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Rubber stamp projects Posted on Wed, January 13, 2021 11:22AM

A new year is here, and I am still making stamps. Here are some custom reproduction stamps I completed this week.

I hope everyone has a great 2021.

Gray rubber

Rubber stamp projects Posted on Mon, June 15, 2020 10:31PM

I wasn’t able to make any stamps for 10 weeks because of the Covid-19 lockdown in my state. When non-essential businesses were finally allowed to reopen, I found it hard to get the supplies I needed. I don’t ever want to be unable to make stamps again, so I have had to find other suppliers and to make sure that I won’t be restricted to any one supplier for anything. I’ve had to re-examine every aspect of the stamps I make. When I first started with stamps, more than 10 years ago, I was using a cheap transparent photopolymer that was poor quality and not durable. I quickly switched to laser engraved rubber. At the time I used red rubber and I stayed with that, mostly because the web site photos showed red rubber and I never had any reason to change. I’ve decided now to switch to gray rubber. It is just as durable as red rubber, just as resistant to heat and to sunlight, to solvents and acids. It’s easy to clean, and may actually last longer than red rubber. It’s easier for me to get, and it’s almost odorless- I did get some complaints about the strong smell of the red rubber when brand new (the smell fades over time). Gray is also a correct color for WWII, although they were made differently then (without a laser, of course). Here is a picture of the material I will be using. It’s made in Austria.

Gray is a correct color for WWII, although the stamps weren’t laser engraved back then, of course. Here are some photos of original stamps offered by sellers online.

I’m taking new photos for the web site and will have the site updated this week. For a while, I will have some red and some gray stamps as I transition to using the new material.

I’ve also decided to keep some of the stamp sheets in stock, rather than always making everything to order. It feels good to be back in business.

Letter from a customer

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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!”

SS Uniform Maker Stamps

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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 for any custom stamp for marking reproduction items.

Re-typeset custom stamps

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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.

Reproduction handles for round Dienststempel stamps

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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 for ordering information.

Luftschutz property stamp

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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.

Stamps for a Festungs-Bau-Bataillon

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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.

Soldbuch for an administrative officer

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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.

Reproduction Volkssturm Rubber Stamp

Rubber stamp projects Posted on 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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