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The Ruptured Duck
2015 Show of Shows After Battle Report
Looking Back and Looking Forward!
Well, another SOS is “in the books” so to speak but what an experience it was for all of us involved. There are always factors involved in determining the difference between a good show and a great show. So what made this a great show for us?
Of course, there are always the buying and selling aspects of the show which I’ll get to in a bit. There was a lot going on this year. Once again the weather played a big part in the turnout. In fact it was one of the big topics of conversation. Everybody, whether they came in from North, South, East or West had a story to tell. Frigid temperatures, icy roads, blizzards and lost luggage give you an idea of what I’m getting at.
So, overall, in my opinion, attendance was off and weather would certainly contribute to this. The second factor was the exchange rate. Many attendees come from all over the world to attend this show. In fact, many tell me if they are only going to select one show to attend per year, the SOS is their first choice. It would be conservative to say that the Euro, the British Pound, the Aussie Dollar and every other form of foreign currency had dropped 20% since the 2014 SOS. Naturally, this plays a major factor in the buying power, and this was evident by the fewer foreign visitors at the show.
Coming to the show knowing these factors upfront, I had lowered my expectations but the end result was much better than I projected. This, combined with the general overall attitude of not only the attendees but also those who run the show, makes this significant investment of time and effort on our part well worth it. From the time I walked in the door and was warmly greeted by Ohio Valley Military Society officials until five minutes before I left the show and was thanked for my support by Bill Combs, the President of the OVMS, I felt there was a positive and uplifting atmosphere.
Virtually everybody I spoke with said they had a good show whether they were just attending or setting up. I talked to a number of collectors who said they were able to find items from their most wanted list because the selection at the show is so varied. My sales were brisk throughout the shows and I actually had the opportunity to meet, interact and sell to a few people I had never dealt with before. These individuals are now customers and friends! Where else could this happen except at the SOS?
Purchases were actually plentiful and mind you I hardly left my tables. Imagine if you had more than two full days to roam the entire halls? Next year the show will be held in a different hall with room for a few extra tables. It will take place one week earlier so we'll be rolling the "weather dice" again.
The icing on the cake for us was the privilege to sponsor a veteran again this year. Larry Eads of the OVMS does a great job coordinating this and we are proud to be a part of this effort to show our gratitude to these great Americans. This year we sponsored George Klein who was with 2nd Ranger battalion that climbed Pointe du Hoc on D-Day. This great man is going to be 94 years old shortly and he practically wore us out when we took him to dinner after a long day at the show. He regaled us with life's stories and my team was absolutely in awe of being in this man's presence. He is truly a fine representative of what we know is "The Greatest Generation"
There is a distinct advantage to being a member of the OVMS as your paid dues gets you early and free access to all their shows. Now that they own the MAX this will include that show also. I strongly encourage you to join this vibrant organization, as the future is very bright with people like them running the shows!
Secrets of the Arsenal
And the moment we've all been waiting for...Here's the clip of our segment on "Secrets of the Arsenal" on the American Heroes Channel. Click below and enjoy!
The Ruptured Duck
The Ruptured Duck is a family-owned and operated on-line mail order business. We deal in all types of authentic German, Japanese, and American militarymemorabilia from the WWI and WWII periods. Every item we sell is guaranteed for life to be original, having been produced in the period prior to May of1945. Our staff has over six decades of experience buying, selling, appraising, consulting and collecting the souvenirs from that very important period of American history. We deal in many different items, including but not limited to helmets, uniforms, headgear, medals, flags, edged weapons, field gear and belt buckles.
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|E-250 Luftwaffe Documented General’s Sword||HG-60a Clean Luftwaffe “Other Ranks” Visor Cap for Flight/Para..||M-332 Armed Forces 4 Year Faithful Service Award|
|This exact piece appears on pages 353, 354 of Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Luftwaffe by T.T. Wittmann. This is from my personal collections of nearly 30 years and is a great second model variant. As it has characteristics of both the...||Clean Luftwaffe “Other Ranks” Visor Cap for Flight/Paratrooper Personnel-This super clean cap is produced in blue gray wool in a trikot weave. As mentioned, it is very clean and there is just one single sharpened pencil tip sized moth...|
These were awarded for 4 years faithful service to the Wehrmacht. The silver finish remains mostly intact with minor burnishing to one side. Above average condition!
|U-060z Incredibly Scarce, Untouched Model 1940 SS Tunic for NCO||HG-3 Scarce and Desirable Early War Army General Visor Cap||HG-46a MEGA SCARCE SS Verfügungstruppe Enlisted Ranks Visor Cap|
This is a textbook, untouched, original tunic which as you know regarding SS tunics is as rare as hens teeth! It has an amazing, been there look that I believe we all love. This comes at the price of some wear and holes which we have photographed...
This type is associated with pre-1943 production. It is produced in green doe skin wool that remains very clean. There is minor tracking here and there, and a few very small nips. The front peak is quite high, and this has the classic saddle...
MEGA SCARCE SS Verfügungstruppe Enlisted Ranks Visor Cap With Cloth Bill- The SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) was formed in 1934 as combat troops for the NSDAP. By 1940 these military SS units had become the nucleus of the Waffen SS. They...
|C-480b SCARCE Waffen SS Obergruppenführer Shoulder Board Set||F-250b SS Zeltbahn||C-951d RAD Other Ranks Cap Insignia|
Yes, that is right, a real set of SS Gruppenführer boards! These are produced with a braid of toned gold and silver flat wire. There is minor wear and discoloration. The underlay is light gray badge cloth which also has wear and...
|This example is for use by the SS and features a reversible oak leaf camouflage pattern. The majority is oak leaf pattern 5, with pattern 6 seen used for the flap at the slot in the middle. There is only minor wear from use, this is a very clean...|
This one has been removed from a cap. It is machine woven with minor discoloration only. Above average condition!
|S-077 One-Of-A-Kind Painting of Luftwaffe “General Göring: Off.||E-112 Late-Period Government Official’s Dagger by Alcoso||C-491a Waffen SS Enlisted Rank Single Shoulder Board|
Amazing, One-Of-A-Kind Painting of Luftwaffe “General Göring” Officer (KIA) -This fantastic, hand painted portrait was most likely done by the family of this Luftwaffe 2 nd lieutenant after he was killed in action in 1941. His...
This dagger was purchased as part of a small dagger collection! There is a nice look to the entire dagger, having a mixture of original factory lacquer and a dark and light patina. Beautiful! The hilt eagle head exhibits minor carrying time to...
|This example is produced in black badge cloth that is excellent with just slight wear. The strap is black as well, and the backing is field gray. The piping is yellow, indicating this was used by signals personnel. A great piece! $200.00|