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Letter from a customer

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Tue, December 15, 2015 10:11PM
I wanted to share this nice letter from the Zeitgeschichtliches Museum Mannheim thanking me for a set of reproduction stamps I created for an exhibit. I take pride in making reproductions that are truly museum quality.

"Dear Chris,

we received our order of WW2 copy rubber stamp set today.

Again we are very pleased with your work as it is excellent.

The stamp will be used in our Museum exhibit to show what kind of

stamps were used in the Mannheim area during the time of WW2.

We also appreciate that you questioned us why and what for we needed

the stamps, so you know what will be done with them and that you do

not open doors for fakers.

Again, thank you very much for your great work!"




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SS Uniform Maker Stamps

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, December 14, 2015 06:04PM

Here are a couple of rubber ink stamps I made for marking uniform items manufactured in SS facilities. I have designs for many different WWII uniform and equipment stamps, copied from originals. E-mail me at intrenches1945@gmail.com for any custom stamp for marking reproduction items.




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Re-typeset custom stamps

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Wed, December 17, 2014 12:59PM
I make a lot of custom stamps where no original stamp image to copy is available. The most commonly requested type of stamp is the standard Dienststempel round service stamp with the German eagle emblem. Unless otherwise requested I create the designs for these using the Tannenberg font, which is the most similar computer font that I have found to the various metal typefaces used in the Nazi era for rubber stamps. I use an eagle design that I painstakingly copied from an original printed Dienststempel on an official mail envelope. I can also vary the fonts and eagle designs as needed for variety. Here are just a few of the many custom stamp designs I have made in the standard way. These are for the Heer, Luftwaffe, Waffen-SS and Kriegsmarine but I can of course design reproduction rubber stamps using the correct text, designations and abbreviations for absolutely any kind of unit. I can offer these as rubber only, with a regular wood handle, or with one of my WWII German reproduction wood handles.



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Reproduction handles for round Dienststempel stamps

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Tue, August 26, 2014 03:15PM
I have been working on these for months and am finally satisfied with these. I will be adding these to the web site soon.

It can be difficult to find old used stamp handles that will fit the round "Dienststempel" service stamps that are the most important stamps for personal ID paperwork and other military and civilian documents. Originals varied, here are a couple pictures of original stamp handles (first picture Spence Waldron collection):
I have copied the style that I believe was the most common and typical. These are made here in Massachusetts, hand-turned on a lathe from solid maple. Each one is about 3.25" high and the bottom is sized to fit standard Dienststempel stamps- the handle is about 40mm in diameter, original stamps (the rubber or metal part) were approximately 35mm. Because they are individually made and finished by hand they vary slightly and may have very slight imperfections but they are all very nice. Each one is burnished on the lathe, coated with linseed oil then finished with a gloss clear coat. They even have the brass pins in the handle as seen on originals to indicate which way to hold them when stamping. Here are pictures:

The cost for these handles is $12 each for just the handle or $25 each complete with a rubber stamp, plus shipping. Shipping is $3 for 1-3 stamps in the USA. In my opinion these original-type handles really add to a Schreibstube display. Please e-mail me at intrenches1945@gmail.com for ordering information.

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Luftschutz property stamp

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Fri, February 28, 2014 03:30PM
I wanted to show another stamp I made based on an original that is not a document stamp. This is a property stamp for the Luftschutz, the German air raid protection service. The Luftschutz used significant quantities of captured and obsolete equipment and this stamp was used on things like helmets, lanterns, gas masks and other personal equipment items.



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Stamps for a Festungs-Bau-Bataillon

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Mon, January 27, 2014 02:16AM

Here are some stamps I copied recently from an original Soldbuch. These are for Festungs-Bau-Bataillon 12 (a fortress construction unit) and the associated Ersatz unit, Bau-Ersatz-Batl. 6. I really like the ornate font on the line stamp for the Festungs-Bau-Batl.






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Soldbuch for an administrative officer

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Sat, March 30, 2013 11:15AM

I uploaded some scans of a Soldbuch for a paymaster in an administrative unit.

I've been reproducing many of these stamps for a project.

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Reproduction Volkssturm Rubber Stamp

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Sat, March 09, 2013 03:09PM

I finally got a nice clear Volkssturm stamp to copy. The original stamp was very clear so I was able to replicate it exactly.

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New stamp sheet coming very soon!

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Thu, February 21, 2013 07:25PM
I'm almost done with a sheet of stamps for SS paperwork. I've had a lot of requests for it and I am excited to be able to offer it, I have had a lot of requests for an SS-specific sheet. It's going to have a lot of different unit stamps and officer rank stamps, stuff for the Soldbuch, Wehrpass, award documents and more, all copied from originals. I am about a week away from making the first sample of this new sheet, the first new one I have done in a year.

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Re-typeset stamps

Rubber stamp projectsPosted by Chris Pittman Sun, June 17, 2012 12:43AM

Here are seven newly typeset stamps I made recently. The Wehrmachtstreifenkommandeur and Wehrkreis-Ersatz-Depot stamps are stamps that would have existed during WWII but of which I had no examples to copy, while the "Festung Grauerort" and "Festungskommandantur" stamps are for a special project and may not have actually existed in 1939-1945. For projects like these I use period-type fonts as shown. The original stamps from before 1945 were made in a variety of fonts using moveable metal type. Most of these typefaces were original creations of the Third Reich and are not available as computer fonts, so similar fonts must be used. When making multiple stamps for the same project I always use a few different fonts and letter styles (with or without ligatures, etc.) to create an authentic-looking amount of variation in the stamp images. I base the fonts and the sizes of the stamps on original examples of the same kinds of stamps.

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