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German WW2 MG34 Basket Drum
(Gurttrommel) dated 1940
Basket Drum (Gurttrommel) is a
simple, round, stamped sheet-metal container. The basket drum has a sliding
dust cover which almost seals of the drum and should be kept closed when not in
use - the sliding dust cover was replaced by a sprig-loaded cover on late
drum shown for sale, the lid is stamped “M (plus
manufacturer’s logo) 40/3” – I can not find any visible waffenamt stampings
– possible if faint under considerable paint finish. Early war issue with
manual sliding dust cover. It would appear drum was originally painted ‘Sand
Yellow’ then over painted with a Light Green similar to that used when
camouflaging vehicles in the later part of the war. Internal drum base is also
etched/stamped with direction arrow.
I have had
this item in my collection since 1993 and is original. It fully represents in
its presentation 70+ years of historical wear & tear.
If you like
pristine military items – then this is not for you! But, it does have good
honest great character about it. Basically – What you see is what you get.
Personal appraisal: - Condition III