Machine Gun Memorabilia – Volume 6, Number 3
TOP: German interwar period paperweight or desk ornament. 6-inch long silver German Maxim MG08 with Z.F. 12 optical sight mounted on a prone sled mount and affixed to a 7 x 3 3/4 inch black marble base. MIDDLE RIGHT: French Elite World War I era machine gunner’s badge. White metal badge of two crossed Hotchkiss M1914 machine guns with three-point connecting chain hanging below. This badge was sewn on the uniform. MIDDLE LEFT: English Toby mug of a World War II British Home Guard soldier with a Sten MkII submachine gun as the handle along with a Mills grenade. Manufactured in England by Royal Doulton. The bottom is marked, “Hand made and hand decorated. Royal Doulton Home Guard D6886 modeled by Stanley James Taylor. © 1990 Royal Doulton. A limited edition of 9500 this is No. 622.” BOTTOM: Australian hand painted and carved souvenir boomerang. Features “MGC” (Machine Gun Corps) and “ANZAC” (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) on each end with the center comprising the Australian Rising Sun badge and “Australian Commonwealth Military Forces.” Battle ribbons on each side list “Gallipoli, Crete, Egypt, Gazala, Mersa Matruh and El Alamein. Overall length is approximately 17 inches.