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HESSE-DARMSTADT – MILITARY RED CROSS SERVICE CROSS

HESSE-DARMSTADT – MILITARY RED CROSS SERVICE CROSS

This is an interesting decoration that comes from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. It is the Military Red Cross Service Cross. It was awarded to soldiers who were serving in a Red Cross capacity. It is an interestingly-shaped cross, of a type rarely seen among German decorations…

 

VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING RED CROSS MEDICAL PERSONNEL’S EFFORTS

VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING RED CROSS MEDICAL PERSONNEL’S EFFORTS

Vivat ribbons were very popular German patriotic items, primarily during the early and mid-war periods. They were made of silk. Most measure approximately 2 ½” x 16.” In addition to being patriotic, they also often benefitted the German Red Cross. This example salutes the efforts of Red Cross medics (Sanitäters). These brave men were volunteers. They went on the battlefield to bring back the wounded for medical attention. It involved them entering “No Man’s Land,” which was extremely hazardous. Three vignettes on the Vivat celebrate their efforts. The top features a dog and man working together to retrieve the battlefield’s wounded. The dogs were specially trained to help find the wounded, who were not always clearly visible. The middle scene depicts a battlefield, complete with a trench. A pair of volunteers carries a stretcher, while the wounded call to them from the trench. The bottom displays a horse drawn ambulance caravan. Beneath the top scene the words “Zum Besten des” (the best of the) appear above the Red Cross emblem. Between the second and third scenes is the phrase “Edel Sei der Mensch Hilfreich und gut” (Precious is the good and helpful man). The Vivat’s color is light-red. The Berlin manufacturer’s name appears at the bottom.

AUSTRIA – RED CROSS DECORATION – WAR SERVICE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

AUSTRIA – RED CROSS DECORATION – WAR SERVICE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

Beautifully maintained, Austrian Red Cross Decoration for Service during Wartime. The Austrian Red Cross Decoration  was issued from 1864 through 1914. As with most Austrian decorations, the enamel work it is simply gorgeous. The cross is elongated and measures 1 3/4″ x 1 1/2.” Its arms are white and red enamel. A red cross is in the center and a gorgeous green enamel wreath joins the four arms together….

 

 

GERMANY – RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL – 2nd CLASS

GERMANY – RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL – 2nd CLASS

This is the 2nd Class level of the Red Cross Worker Medal, which was awarded to both men and women from 1898 through 1921. The Red Cross that appears on the 2nd Class medal is made of red enamel. The decoration and ribbon are both in very fine condition. As the ribbon is the straight variety, our example was meant for a male worker…

ANHALT – FREDRICH CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS

ANHALT – FREDRICH CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS

Anhalt was a small principality ruled by Prince Friedrich, with an 1890 population of 271,000, so small that it fielded a single Infantry Regiment. With WW I’s outbreak and Kaiser Wilhelm’s re-institution of the Iron Cross in 1914, many other states, including Anhalt, brought forward their own versions….

IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS AND 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES WITH RED-EAGLE-STYLE PRESENTATION CASE

IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS AND 25-YEAR OAK LEAVES WITH RED-EAGLE-STYLE PRESENTATION CASE

This is a consignment item. It is a very handsome presentation of a high-quality 1870 Iron Cross in top condition. Its paint is nearly-perfect. It comes from a manufacturer who cared about his work and wanted to present a top-shelf product. He was completely successful in this effort! As handsome as the Iron Cross is, the 25-Year Jubilee Oak Leaves are the real stars. Their silver sports a high, frosted finish that just glows where it is attached to the ribbon. Speaking of the ribbon, it is extra-long, measuring approximately 9″ in length (it is folded in half and sewn together).
The Iron Cross is housed in an INcorrect red leatherette case. The case measures 3/4″ x 2 1/8″ x 2 5/8.” It is similar to, or IS, a Red Eagle Order 3rd or 4th Class’s case. The case has black silk and velvet lining its inner top and bottom halves. It also sports a most-handsome gold trim around its lower half.

GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN -NR 533

GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN -NR 533

This is Sanke card Nr 533 of von Richthofen. This is a different variation of this card. It is what I refer to as a death card. It was produced in 1918 after the death of von Richthofen in April of that year. First we see a cross after Richthofen which indicates that he was deceased. Second the card was originally bordered in black. Over time this has faded into silver due to the oxidation of the card….

 

 

HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS

HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS

Hanseatic Crosses were issued for the three Hanseatic Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen. This example hails from Hamburg. It represents the city/state’s equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class….

 

 

BRAUNSCHWEIG – WAR SERVICE CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS

BRAUNSCHWEIG – WAR SERVICE CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS

The Braunschweig war merit cross was instituted by Duke Ernst August on 23 October 1914, initially in one class, for merit in action and to be awarded regardless of rank. It is often known as the ‘Ernst August Cross’. On 20 March 1918, a first class of the Cross was created in pinback form….

 

 

GERMANY – POSTCARD – FIRST U-BOOT COMMANDER OTTO-WEDDIGEN AND HIS U-9 WITH THE THREE BRITISH ARMORED CRUISER WHICH IT SANK

GERMANY – POSTCARD – FIRST U-BOOT COMMANDER OTTO-WEDDIGEN AND HIS U-9 WITH THE THREE BRITISH ARMORED CRUISER WHICH IT SANK

Otto Weddigen was the first U-Boot commander to be awarded the Orden Pour le Merite. He commanded the U-9 and in September 1914 he sank three British armored cruisers in one hour. For this exploit he was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The other officers and men received the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Shortly there after he sank a few more ships and was awarded the Pour le Merite. He was the first Naval Officer to receive the PLM.
He was transferred to the U-29 and in March his vessel was rammed by a British battleship and sank with all hands….

 

GERMANY – POSTCARD –  FIRST U-BOOT COMMANDER OTTO-WEDDIGEN AND HIS U-9 DURING THE SINKING OF THREE BRITISH ARMORED CRUISERS

GERMANY – POSTCARD –  FIRST U-BOOT COMMANDER OTTO-WEDDIGEN AND HIS U-9 DURING THE SINKING OF THREE BRITISH ARMORED CRUISERS

Otto Weddigen was the first U-Boot comander to be awarded the Orden Pour le Merite. He commanded the U-9 and in September 1914 he sank three British armored cruisers in one hour. For this exploit he was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The other officers and men received the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Shortly there after he sank a few more ships and was awarded the Pour le Merite. He was the first Naval Officer to receive the PLM….

 

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 533

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 533

This is Sanke card Nr 533 of Manfred von Richthofen. He is seen from the waist up in his ulanka and visor cap. He is wearing the Prussian Pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his left breast. His Orden Pour le Mérite is at his throat. He is looking to his left and not at the camera. He has his hand on his left hip much as his mentor Oswald Boelcke had done….

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 7835

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 7835

This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

BREMEN – HANSEATIC CROSS – 1914

BREMEN – HANSEATIC CROSS – 1914

The three Free City states of the Hanseatic League consisted of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen. All three awarded different variations of the Hanseatic Cross. These were considered to be 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalents…

 

HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS – 1914

HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS – 1914

The three Free City states of the Hanseatic League consisted of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen. All three awarded different variations of the Hanseatic Cross. These were considered to be 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalents…

 

GERMANY –  DOCUMENT AND AWARD – 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – GERMAN NAVAL SEAMAN

GERMANY –  DOCUMENT AND AWARD – 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS – GERMAN NAVAL SEAMAN

German naval operations were based in two areas of Germany: the North Sea’s Wilhelmshaven and the Baltic Sea’s Kiel. [During WW I Kaiser Wilhelm II’s brother, Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, was a Großadmiral (the only Großadmiral to have tactical command at the front) based at Kiel. He was responsible for operations in the Baltic against the Russians. Kiel was always a secondary front, since Wilhelmshaven hosted Germany’s biggest, newest, and best ships as they faced the English fleet. This was particularly true in 1916 when the two fleets clashed at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak)]….