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Old 05-29-2018, 04:10 AM   #1
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Default DRGM cutlery - WW2 era ?

Hi gents

Came across a set of foldable spoon and fork which are stamped KAWESTA DRGM and a code.

Have never seen such as Heer equipment, maybe postwar DDR ? (DRGM should say no).

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Old 05-29-2018, 09:34 AM   #2
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If markings are original to item, then it is before 1945. Deutsches Reichs Gebrauchs Muster was a "Poor Man's Patent," giving sole manufacturing rights to holder for 7 years, much cheaper and easier than true Patent (DRP). However, a spork was a universal design made by many companies, DRGM impossible, so I think markings added later to postwar DDR spork to sell it.
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I highly doubt the DRGM markings are added during the DDR period. How about the manufacturer ? Actually its not a spork since one is a fork and the other is a spoon being 2 different itema just each is foldable.
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Without a date, really a tough call. Looks more complex and costly than the bare military types, but this may further explain the markings SkaraBrae mentioned as he was correct.

D.R.G.M., or DRGM, is not a German patent, but a way for maker’s to register a product design within Germany. D.R.G.M. stands for Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster, and spelled differant ways including: Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster, Deutsches Reichs Gebrauchs Muster, or Deutsches Reichs-Gebrauchsmuster.

From 1891 to 1952, products made in Germany were stamped D.R.G.M., if the manufacturer decided not to pay the high patent fees Germany charged, but instead chose to copyright their product’s design. This copyright was for 3 years, with an option to extend it another 3. This gave the copyright owner 6 years protection with no fees paid.
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I feel confident that maybe someone came across such types.
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:02 PM   #6
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This is civilian camping stuff which of course could also have been used by soldiers. It's probably from before WWII.
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Old 05-29-2018, 02:37 PM   #7
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This is civilian camping stuff which of course could also have been used by soldiers. It's probably from before WWII.
Indeed they look like prewar but would be nice to have some other examples or at least the manufacturer by the code.
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