Original U.S. WWII and Korean War Era Piton Spikes With Hammers as Used by the 10th Mountain Division Dated 1945 and 1950 - 4 Items

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Original Items: Only One Lot of 4 Available. Originally activated as the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943, the division was redesignated the 10th Mountain Division in 1944 and fought in the mountains of Italy in some of the roughest terrain in World War II. On 5 May 1945 the division reached Nauders, Austria, just beyond the Reschen Pass, where it made contact with German forces being pushed south by the U.S. Seventh Army. A status quo was maintained until the enemy headquarters involved had completed their surrender to the Seventh. On 6 May, 10th Mountain troops met the 44th Infantry Division of Seventh Army.

Following the war, the division was deactivated, only to be reactivated and redesignated as the 10th Infantry Division in 1948. The division first acted as a training division and, in 1954, was converted to a full combat division and sent to Germany before being deactivated again in 1958.

Rock climbing hammers, also known as wall hammers, big wall hammers, or aid hammers, are a type of specialty hammer used mainly in aid climbing for the placement and removal of pitons, copper-heads, and circle-heads. They can also be used in the initial placement of fixed anchors (bolts) or the forceful removal of stuck free climbing protection. In climbing, a piton is a metal spike (usually steel) that is driven into a crack or seam in the climbing surface with a climbing hammer, and which acts as an anchor to either protect the climber against the consequences of a fall or to assist progress in aid climbing. Pitons are equipped with an eye hole or a ring to which a carabiner is attached; the carabiner can then be directly or indirectly attached to a climbing rope.

These piton hammers are in lovely, moderate used condition. The WWII 1945 dated hammer is maker marked but we have not been able to identify it and us stamped as US45. It still retains nearly all original OD green paint on the upper portion. The other hammer is in wonderful condition as well and still retains a legible US1950 and a very faded manufacturer marking. The pitons themselves are in lovely condition with one having the appearance of not being used and the second one showing definite signs of use. The clean one is stamped US WYOTT 77M.

Wonderful examples that come ready for display and possible use!

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