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  • PRUSSIA - PERSONAL TUNIC COLLAR AND CUFF ATTACHMENTS - KAISER WILHELM II - GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 5 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PERSONAL TUNIC COLLAR AND CUFF ATTACHMENTS – KAISER WILHELM II – GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 5

    SKU: 20-350 XDK

    $3,295.00

    PRUSSIA – PERSONAL TUNIC COLLAR AND CUFF ATTACHMENTS – KAISER WILHELM II – GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 5

    Kaiser Wilhelm II had an amazing wardrobe of uniforms and headdresses. It is my understanding that he had more than two hundred uniforms at his disposal. He also had a valet who was charged with keeping his wardrobe in order. I have seen tunics that had his cypher and a number embroidered into a tunic’s collar area, the latter which enabled the valet to identify it properly. Many accouterments often had to be assembled for the given tunic, and the appropriate orders and decorations had to be attached in a specific manner.

    Today we are offering the collar and cuff attachments for Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5 tunic. This regiment was formed in 1897. It, along with the 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, was one of the last two Garde Infanterie Regiments formed. They were also among the last Garde-Regiments to be formed. Only Garde-MG.-Abteilung Nr 1 (1901), Garde-MG.-Abteilung Nr 2 (1902), 3. Garde-Feldartillerie (1899), 4. Garde-Feldartillerie (1899), Eisenbahn-Regiment Nr 4 (1913), Telegraphen-Bataillon Nr 1 (1899), Luftschiffer-Bataillon Nr 2 (1911), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 1 (1913), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 2 (1913), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 3 (1913), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 4 (1913), and Kraftfahr-Bataillon (1911) were formed after 1897. Also of interest is that Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5. and 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß were garrisoned at Spandau, a Berlin suburb.

    [This gives us a background on Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5. PLEASE NOTE: Their pickelhauben wappens are gilt-toned, while the 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß sport silver wappens.

    Our Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5 items are for two separate uniform areas. The first is a detachable tunic collar, which enabled his valet to simplify the process by employing ONE tunic that could be altered appropriately for multiple regiments The more elaborate or famous tunics would have been used just for those regiments. This particular collar is quite distinctive and was correct ONLY for Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5. The collar measures 17” x 2.5,” and sports a red felt background. A very elaborate gold-bullion design is embroidered upon the red felt, signifying that it is appropriate for a General Officer with further embellishments. The collar’s reverse reveals many wonderful details. First is a combination of gray felt with gray silk. One side of the collar features a set of three hooks that mated up with their requisite “eye” attachments on the tunic. Even more exciting, a tab on the opposite side from the hooks lifts up to reveal a ribbon of the same design as used for the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves. The ribbon is rather narrow. [It is the width used on Prinzengroße-sized rather than full-sized decorations. I am unable to determine the ribbon’s length because as the material is sewn down]. This collar would have been attached to an M-1915 Friedensrock (Peace Coat), which was a more elaborate feldgrau tunic, especially in the collar area. The Friedensrock was used in anticipation of peacetime.

    The cuff attachments are a pair of decorations for that area. Their background consists of dark-blue wool. Each side sports a design of three gold-bullion insignias that display tarnish/patina, a welcome sign of “honest age” in a one-hundred-plus-year-old item. A tarnished brass button also accompanies the designs on each side. The dimensions of the pair are 5” x 5.” It is interesting is that the two sides have not been separated, which would have allowed them to be mounted to a sleeve. This they were never used, as does their MINT condition.

    The two photos accompanying our description come from the items’ owner, and depict Kaiser Wilhelm II in uniform. They are for comparison ONLY, as neither shows a Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5 tunic. What they DO show is Kaiser Wilhelm II wearing the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves, although they do not show the ribbon.

    This is a marvelous presentation. Remember, items that are attributed to Kaiser Wilhelm II are very rare and difficult-to-find. It is a consignment item.

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  • BAVARIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 8 – ONCE OWNED BY GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II

    SKU: 23-470 XKA

    $1,395.00

    This  single shoulder board, that was once the property of Baden’s Großherzog Friedrich II (1857-1928), is very rare and desirable shoulder board for this well-known member of German royalty.

    Großherzog Friedrich II was Baden’s final ruler who, like all of the Imperial German heads of state, was swept from his throne with WW I’s end. Along with Hesse-Darmstadt, Baden had the largest military after the four Imperial German Kingdoms (Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony). Friedrich II was the Regimental Chef (Patron) of more than one regiment, as he was of Bavaria’s 8. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich II. von Baden in this instance. The regiment was founded in 1753 and garrisoned at Metz, where it was attached to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. Although he was the regiment’s royal patron, his royal cypher did NOT appear on its shoulder boards (the regimental number did so, instead).

    The shoulder board measures 1 ” x 4 ¼.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the blue chevrons that identify the boards as Bavarian. An “8” appears in the shoulder board’s center. Two silver-toned pips appear above and below the numeral, for a total of four. [Silver-toned pips indicated an à la Suite officer, confirming the unique rank that was strictly reserved for members of royalty. Gold pips were used for field officers]. The board’s reverse reveals a strap that allowed it to be slipped onto a tunic. Some mothing appears on the strap’s side. Its underlay is made of red felt.

     


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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALMAJOR a.D. - SCHUTZTRUPPEN - M 1915 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR a.D. – SCHUTZTRUPPEN – M 1915

    SKU: 23-500

    $895.00

    Today we are offering a shoulder board that is very rare on several levels. First, it is an M-1915 shoulder board intended for a feldgrau tunic. Second, it is for a Generalmajor a.D., which signified he was a General Officer in retirement. [The Imperial German Army commonly promoted an officer up one grade upon his retirement, which allowed him to receive a greater pension AND the prestige of a higher rank]. Third, and perhaps most important, it is for a General in the Schutztruppen. The Schutztruppen were primarily found in Imperial Germany’s colonial holdings, German East and Southwest Africa, and China, as well as the SeeBataillon. So for all of these reasons, this piece is a very rare bird.

    The oversized shoulder board measures 2 ½” x 4 ¾.” The shoulder board features the typical Russian rope bullion: two ropes of gold bullion separated by one subdued silver bullion rope. The silver bullion rope features large black chevrons that confirm its status as a Prussian shoulder board. Some smaller chevrons appear on the gold bullion.

    The shoulder board’s reverse has a red felt underlay, as well as a tab that allows the shoulder board to slip onto a tunic. This is a very exciting and rare shoulder board, the first we have ever seen.

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  • GERMANY - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALMAJOR - SCHUTZTRUPPEN

    GERMANY – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR – SCHUTZTRUPPEN

    SKU: 23-501

    $895.00

    Today we are sharing with you a very rare shoulder board for a Generalmajor who served in the Schutztruppen. The Schutztruppen were primarily found in Imperial Germany’s colonial holdings, German East and Southwest Africa, and China, as well as the SeeBataillon.

    The shoulder board measures 2 ¼” x 4 ½.” It features the typical Russian rope bullion: two ropes of gold bullion separated by one rope of silver bullion that sports a thin blue trim of blue on its edges. Large black chevrons appear on the silver bullion, confirming its status as a Prussian shoulder board. The shoulder board’s center displays a gold-toned shield featuring a crowned Hohenzollern Eagle in its center that measures ” x 1.”

    The shoulder board’s reverse has a red felt underlay, as well as a tab that allows the shoulder board to slip onto a tunic. This is a very exciting and rare shoulder board that is in mint condition. It is the first of its type that we have seen.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT NR 5

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT NR 5

    SKU: 23-483

    $175.00

    This is a mint, unissued pair of Leutnant’s shoulder boards from Niederschlesisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 5. The regiment was founded in 1865. It participated in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, and WW I. It was garrisoned at Posen and was attached to the Prussian V. Armeekorps.

    The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was common for junior officers. Typically, slip-on shoulder boards were not seen until the rank of Major and above. These shoulder boards measure 1 ½” x 4.” Their facing is silver bullion containing the Kingdom of Prussia’s black chevrons. Gilt numerals (5) appear on their obverse. The reverse features a white underlay. Just the slightest hint of moth tracking is visible on the white underlay. This adds to the honest age of these very fine shoulder boards, which remain in excellent condition.

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  • BADEN - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    BADEN – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    SKU: 23-493

    $195.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from the Grand Duchy of Baden’s 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. This regiment was the most important one in Baden’s military. As Grand Duchies, Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt were Imperial Germany’s two biggest military contributors after its four main Kingdoms of Prussia, Saxony, Bavaria, and Württemberg. The regiment was founded in 1803 and garrisoned in Baden’s capital city, Karlsruhe. It was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps.

    The shoulder strap appears on page 114 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The strap measures 2 ” x 6 ½.” Its background is black with white trim around the edges. An embroidered red crown appears in its center. The strap’s reverse is also black. Its overall condition is excellent.

    This was one of the Imperial German Army’s premiere regiments. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2 - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915

    SKU: 23-485

    $225.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field].

    This is a single Leutnant’s shoulder board from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1905 and headquartered at Langensalza. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 4″ x 1 9/16.” This is a subdued obverse, in line with other feldgrau shoulder boards. It sports a subdued metal regimental designation (“2”). Black and white chevrons also appear on the obverse. The underlay features two layers, a red upper and a lower green one. Interestingly, the shoulder board a slip-on, which is a bit unusual for a junior officer. The shoulder board appears on page 340 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso.

    The shoulder board is in excellent condition and it is a real plus appearing in this book. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 89

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 89

    SKU: 23-492

    $225.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Großherzogl. Mecklenburgisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 89, Bataillon Nr 1 and Nr 3. Bataillon Nr 2 was from Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Bataillon Nr 1 and Nr 3 were garrisoned at Mecklenburg, while Bataillon Nr 2 was located at Neu Strelitz. The regiment was founded in 1782 and attached to the IX. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap appears on page 87 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso.

    The strap measures 2 ½” x 5.” Its background is white. The Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s royal cypher is emblazoned on it in red. Its reverse is dark-blue. A single moth nip shows on the obverse, while some very scattered moth tracking appears on its reverse. It is in good condition and from an important regiment. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA – OBERLEUTNANT - 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERLEUTNANT – 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 – M-1915

    SKU: 23-484

    $225.00

    This is a single Oberleutnant’s shoulder board from 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen. The regiment was raised in 1741 and garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, where it was attached to the Prussian XVII. Armeekorps. It was the sister regiment of 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. It was famous for having Kaiser Wilhelm II, his son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, and Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen as members. All three were often seen in the fabled regiment’s uniform and headdress. [In fact, von Mackensen attended Wilhelm II’s funeral in the regiment’s uniform. Before leaving the casket that held his monarch’s remains, he laid his overcoat over it. The 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen boasted as its most famous member (and à la Suite officer), Prinzessin Viktoria Luise, the Kaiser’s only daughter and eventual wife of Braunschweig’s Herzog Ernst August. [Viktoria Luise ( referred to as “Vikki Lu” in Germany) was also the granddaughter of Königin Viktoria (Queen Victoria of England’s eldest daughter) and Kaiser Friedrich III].

    The shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It is of the M-1915 variety for use on a feldgrau attila. It displays a single subdued Oberleutnant’s pip, as well as Königin Viktoria’s subdued cypher. Black and white chevrons also appear on the obverse. The sewn-in shoulder board’s reverse of is black. The shoulder board appears on page 269 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. It was cut from the attila at some point, but remains in very pleasing condition. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 3

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 3

    SKU: 23-487

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field].

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO who served in Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 3. The regiment was founded in 1905 and headquartered at Colmar I. E.. It was attached to the Prussian XV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 1 ¾” x ” 5 ¼.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (“3”) is chain stitched in red. The strap is edged in yellow. The reverse is lined in yellow. The shoulder board appears on page 341 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso.

    The shoulder strap has some minor mothing on the obverse. More extensive mothing appears on the reverse, and the yellow underlay shows through in a couple of spots. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 7

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 7

    SKU: 23-489

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field].

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 7. The regiment was founded in 1913 and headquartered at Trier. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2 ¼” x 5 ½.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (“7”) is chain stitched on it in red. The strap is edged in yellow. Its reverse is feldgrau. The shoulder board appears on page 342 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso.

    Some light scattered mothing shows on its obverse. The reverse shows a bit more mothing and its yellow underlay shows through at some points. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 12

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 12

    SKU: 23-490

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field].

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 12. The regiment was founded in 1913 and headquartered at St. Avold. It was attached to the Prussian XVI. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2 ¼” x 5 ½.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (12″) is chain stitched in red. The strap is edged in blue. Its reverse is feldgrau. A gold-toned button is attached to the strap. The shoulder strap appears on page 340 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso.

    The shoulder strap is in very fine condition. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 6

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 6

    SKU: 23-488

    $225.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field].

    This is a single Leutnant’s shoulder board from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 6. The regiment was founded in 1910 and headquartered at Erfurt. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It sports a gilt-toned metal regimental designation (“6”). Black chevrons appear on the obverse. It has two layers of underlay. The upper is blue and the lower is green. Interestingly, the shoulder board is a slip-on, which is a bit unusual for a junior officer. The shoulder board appears on page 342 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso.

    The shoulder board is in excellent condition. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERAL DER INFANTERIE - GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 - FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERAL DER INFANTERIE – GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 – FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 23-471

    $1,195.00

    Germany’s royal houses often sported more than one “line” of succession. This was true for the House of Hohenzollern, which was split into two lines. The greater line contained Prussia’s ruling family, including Prussia’s Kings and, later, Imperial Germany’s Kaisers. The lesser line ruled the principality of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Fürst Wilhelm (1864-1927) was Fürst Leopold’s elder son, who assumed the title and served as head of that Hohenzollern family branch upon Leopold’s 1905 death. Fürst Wilhelm did not hold any military command, but DID serve as a General der Infanterie à la Suite of Prussia’s 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The regiment was founded in 1813 and headquartered in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments it was attached to the Gardekorps.

    This single shoulder board once belonged to Fürst Wilhelm of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. It measures 2 ¼” x 4 .” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the black chevrons that identify the boards as Prussian. The shoulder board’s center features two silver-toned pips, which indicate a General der Infanterie à la Suite. [Gold pips would have indicated a true command General at the Armeekorps level]. The board’s reverse displays a double underlay, a small red trim band and a larger white band. [The latter band ties the shoulder board to the 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß]. The white underlay is also interesting in that it is not made of the more commonly-seen felt. It is made of cotton twill. A white strap also is attached that permitted the shoulder board to be slipped onto a tunic.

    It is a truly fine example of a shoulder board belonging to a member of German royalty.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS (2) - GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION - ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS (2) – GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION – ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    SKU: 23-472

    $895.00

    These two shoulder boards came to us together. I believe they came from the same officer and represent what was worn on a pre war tunic and on an M-1910 or M-1915 tunic. They are also quite unique as they are for a Generalmajor zu Disposition. [We have never before offered any Generalmajor zu Disposition’s shoulder boards. They provide a fine contrast to an active-duty General’s boards. It typically was the Imperial German Army’s practice to advance an officer one grade when he entered retirement, both in recognition of his long service and to increase his retirement pay. So, it is most likely that this particular officer entered retirement as an Oberst, either as a regimental commander or serving as a Brigade, Division, or Armeekorps staff member].

    We will be selling the boards as a pair because they will be more interesting to display together, AND that is how they came to us.

    1). Pre War Example Probably for a Dunkel-Blau Tunic. This shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features a white chevron with thin black trim that identifies the boards as Prussian for an officer who was zu Disposition. The underlay is made of red felt that extends past the board’s end. NO strap is available to slip it on (nor does it appear that one was ever present). It may well have been sewn onto the tunic, which is a bit unusual. Some light mothing appears on the red surface. They appear more like blooms rather than full nips.

    2). M-1915 Example for an M-1910 or M-1915 Feldgrau Tunic. This also measures 1 ½” x 4.” As it was intended for use on a feldgrau tunic, the roping is subdued rather than the pre war gold/silver. Again, its white chevron with thin black trim really stands out against the subdued roping. The same red underlay as the pre war example is present, also extending past the board’s end. Also, NO strap is available to slip it on (nor does it appear one was ever present), just like the pre war example. It also exhibits some light mothing on its red surface, although a bit less than what appears on the other shoulder board.

    If you have an interest in shoulder boards (especially those belonging to Generals), these two would make an excellent addition to your collection.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 8

    SKU: 23-463

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Pionier-Battalion Nr 8, a Prussian unit that was raised in 1816 following the Napoleonic Wars’ end. It was garrisoned at Koblenz, and attached to the VIII. Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap measures 2″ x 5 ¼.” The battalion number is embroidered in yellow on the obverse. The unit’s name is also noted on the reverse. Soiling is evident on both the obverse and reverse.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 1

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 1

    SKU: 23-461

    $85.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for Pionier-Battalion Fürst Radziwill (Ostreußisches) Nr 1. The oldest of all Prussian Pionier Battalions, it was raised in 1780. It was garrisoned in Königsberg I. Pr. and assigned to the I Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap features its unit number embroidered in yellow on the obverse.

    The strap measures 2 ½” x 5 ¾.” It may have been for a great coat, as it is considerably larger than the type used on a tunic.  Some soiling appears on the obverse, while substantial mothing marks the dark-blue backing.

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  • PRUSSIA - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - SINGLE SHOULDER STRAP - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 11

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 11

    SKU: 23-464

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Pionier-Battalion Nr 11, a Prussian unit formally known as Kurhessisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 11. It was garrisoned at Hann.-Münden (Hannoversch-Münden). It was founded in 1842 and assigned to the XI. Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap measures 2″ x 4 ½.” The battalion number is embroidered in yellow on the obverse. Soiling is evident on both the obverse and reverse.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON – M 1915

    SKU: 23-475

    $375.00

    This is a pair of Leutnant’s M-1915 Kraftfahr-Bataillon shoulder boards. The Imperial German motorized transport units that served in support of front-line operations, known as the Kraftfahr-Bataillon, came into existence in 1911. Its units served with Eisenbahn-Regiments and Train-Battalions, and performed very useful functions when WW I began. Considered a Garde unit, it was based in Berlin. Saxon and Württemberg Companies existed in addition to the Prussian Battalion.

    The shoulder boards measure 1 ¾” x 4 .” As they are of the M-1915 variety, they were intended to be worn on a feldgrau tunic. Instead of gold or silver bullion, their background is a subdued gray. Their white chevrons sport a thin black trim. Each board’s center displays a subdued, stylized “K.” Each board’s reverse features a feldgrau cotton twill strap that enabled it to be slipped onto a tunic. It is a bit unusual to see slip-on shoulder boards for a junior officer. Such details were a matter of individual taste, however, not something dictated by regulations.
    These quite scarce shoulder boards are in excellent condition.

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER STRAPS - ENLISTED MAN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 179 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SHOULDER STRAPS – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 179

    SKU: 23-153

    $150.00

    Very fine pair of enlisted man’s shoulder straps from Saxony’s Königl Sächs 14. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 179. The regiment was raised in 1897. It was garrisoned in Wurzen-Leisnig, where it was assigned to the XIX. Armeekorps. The regimental designation, “179,” is in yellow on a dark-blue background. These are unissued (buttonholes have not even been cut!), and in near mint condition.

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 106

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 106

    SKU: 23-345

    $395.00

    Here is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Königl. Sächs. 7. Infanterie-Regiment König Georg Nr 106. This old-line regiment from the Kingdom of Saxony was raised in 1708. It was garrisoned at Leipzig, where it was attached to Saxony’s XIX. Armeekorps.

    The boards measure 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4.” Each shoulder board bears König Georg of Saxony’s gilt-toned, crowned, royal cypher. If you look closely at the silver toned bullion’s chevrons, you will note Saxony’s characteristic green color rather than Prussia’s black or Bavaria’s blue. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was quite common for junior officers. Each also has a gilt button attached. Their reverse underlays are red. Their overall condition is excellent.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION NR 23

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION NR 23

    SKU: 23-477

    $95.00

    This is a single Prussian enlisted man/NCO’s Pionier-Battalion Nr 23 shoulder strap. Pioniere were the Imperial German Army’s engineers responsible for the building of roads, trenches, bridges, and etc. The 2. Westpreußisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 23 was founded in 1907. It was garrisoned at Graudenz and attached to Prussia’s XX. Armeekorps. As the regiment was founded in 1907, its brief history only extending into 1918. This particular shoulder strap was only in use for a few years, as feldgrau uniforms and shoulder straps were already being incorporated within the German Army shortly after the regiment was founded. I doubt if this shoulder strap style was used more than three years.

    The shoulder strap is red in color. The regimental designation, “23,” is embroidered in yellow stitching on the red material. The strap’s backing is black. The strap is in very good condition, generally, but shows some minor soiling due to its more than hundred years of age. You can also see where the button that was once present has left an impression.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATAILLON NR 4

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATAILLON NR 4

    SKU: 23-481

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Magdeburgisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 4. Pioniere were the Imperial German Army’s engineers, responsible for building bridges, roads, etc. The unit was founded in 1816, the year after the Napoleonic Wars’ conclusion. The Bataillon was garrisoned at Magdeburg and attached to the Prussian IV. Armeekorps.

    The shoulder strap measures 2″ x 5 ½.” Its obverse is black with red trim around its edges, and a red embroidered “4” in its center. Some slight evidence of moth tracking is evident on its obverse. Its reverse is covered with feldgrau felt.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    SKU: 23-479

    $650.00

    This is a marvelous pair of shoulder boards for a Major from Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württembergisches) Nr 26. This regiment was the Württemberg military’s most elite regiment. To this end, the regiment boasted a special enamel Garde-Starlike device on its pickelhauben much like the Order of the Württemberg Crown, one of the kingdom’s highest decorations. It was the “King’s Own” Regiment.

    The massive pair of shoulder boards measures 2 ½” x 5 ½.” The silver rope bullion is beautiful. [The same pattern was used by Majors, Oberstleutnants and Obersts, although gold-toned pips were added for the latter two ranks]. If one looks carefully, one can detect many red and black (Württemberg) chevrons on the silver bullion roping’s face.

    The shoulder boards’ obverses feature a metal device that allowed them to be slipped on and off a tunic. The reverses’ yellow underlay confirms that these shoulder boards are for a Dragoner-Regiment. Some very light mothing is visible on the underlay’s surface. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition, overall.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - OBERST - FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERST – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT – M-1915

    SKU: 23-482

    $425.00

    This is a pair of Oberst’s M-1915 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment shoulder boards. They appear on page 375 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. Their obverses feature the pattern used by Majors, Oberstleutnants and Obersts. Each board displays a burnished, gilt-toned, Artillerie-Regiment’s flaming bomb. Each also displays a pair of gold-toned pips that flank the artillery designation and indicate they were for an Oberst who served as its regimental commander. The boards’ muted roping displays black and white chevrons identifying it as a Prussian unit.

    Each board exhibits a red underlay that extends beyond its edges. The boards are of the slip-on variety that typified a field-grade officer (from a Major up to an Oberst). They would have been worn on a feldgrau tunic. While the shoulder boards’ obverses are in excellent condition, their reverses display a bit more wear. They are in very pleasing condition, overall. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances their value!

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  • GREAT BRITAIN - WALKING STICK - 17TH LANCERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GREAT BRITAIN – WALKING STICK – 17TH LANCERS

    SKU: 10-873 XRV  

    $2,295.00

    I am sure you are wondering why in the world we are offering an item attributed to a British cavalry regiment, but read on]! The regiment is best-known as one of the regiments attached to a cavalry brigade during the Crimean War. [Are you starting to tingle yet]? Yes, it was one of the regiments that formed the Light Brigade involved in the famous incident recounted in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1854 narrative poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” It took place during the Crimean War (1853-1856), which pitted England, France, Sardinia, and Turkey against Russia. This costly war saw the loss of at least 750,000 lives.

    The Light Brigade’s charge took place on 25 October 1854. The Brigade consisted of 670 officers and men from the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons, the 8th and 11th Hussars, and the 17th Lancers, five very small and under-strength regiments. Through miscommunication, they were ordered to attack Russian positions consisting of some twenty infantry battalions and a large number of cannons. The charge took the Light Brigade through a valley wherein they were surrounded by Russian troops on three sides. The result of the charge was disastrous. Out of the 670 men, 110 were killed and 161 were wounded. The horses fared even worse, with some 350 killed during, or destroyed after, the battle.

    This was the 17th Lancers’ greatest claim to fame. The regiment was originally founded in 1759, and was known as the Duke of Cambridge’s Own or the 18th Regiment of Dragoons. The regiment was renamed countless times over the years. In 1766 they became the 3rd Regiment of Dragoons. 1769 saw them christened the 17th Dragoons. Ultimately, they were designated the 17th Lancers. The regiment saw service in Germany, France, Jamaica, the United States (from 1775 to 1781 during the American Revolution, participating in numerous battles), South America, a brief appearance in 1879 South Africa, and extensive experience in India from as early as 1817, then the 1850’s and up into the 1880’s. It was amalgamated with the 21st Lancers to form the 17th/21st Lancers in 1922.

    When the regiment was formed by its initial commander, Col. John Hale, he created a cap badge that was worn by the regiment until its amalgamation in 1922. It was a Death’s Head with the legend “Or Glory” (as in “Death or Glory”) in honor of the great General James Wolfe. The Death’s Head used by the regiment was more like the Braunschweig Totenkopf used by Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 and Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 than the Prussian-style Totenkopf employed by Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr’s 1 and 2.

    So our offering today is a gentleman’s walking stick that belonged to a member of the 17th Lancers. The walking stick dates from the period of 1880 to 1890. British officers of the time frequently used walking sticks, both in and out of uniform. They (as well as swagger sticks) were an important part of a British officer’s uniform. What makes this walking stick so unusual is that it incorporates a skull or “Death’s Head” into the stick’s handle. Naturally, one was never expected to use it the way a disabled person would use a cane (i.e., putting one’s full weight on it). It was intended as a walking “accessory,” which also explains why its shaft is quite short. It just was too short to use as a conventional cane.

    The shaft appears to be made from bamboo that has been stained dark-brown. The stick measures 34″ from the base to the skull’s top and is 3″ in circumference. A modern-day rubber tip has been added to protect the cane. The skull, is 2 ¼” tall and measures 5 ¾” in circumference at its top. It is made from a very high grade of ivory. If you look at the detailed photos, you will see both decorative lines and some cracks. Some of the cracks are natural, while others are skillful repairs where the skull was slightly damaged. [Had I not mentioned it, you would not have guessed it had been cracked in the past]. Whoever did the repair was very skilled and patient. A gorgeous silver bandeau that proclaims “Or Glory” adorns the skull’s front.

    This is an amazing piece of history. Although it is not German, we find it fascinating from a historical standpoint. Its materials and craftsmanship are simply breathtaking.

    This is a consignment item.

     

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON

    SKU: 04-790 XDK

    $7,995.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON

    This pickelhaube is a real treat for us, since we have seldom been able to offer Garde Pionier Pickelhauben over the years, particularly in such good condition! First-of-all, the helmet’s body is fiber rather than leather, most-likely dating it to circa 1917. This is revealed by the front visor’s trim, which is made of gray, galvanized metal, as is the back strap’s trim.

    Once one moves beyond those two metal fittings, the spiked helmet just screams “prewar quality!” The pickelhaube’s wappen is an unbelievably handsome frosted silver. I believe its appearance must be little different from when it was delivered to its first owner. The helmet’s noteworthy Garde Star is extra-clean. I cannot detect dirt in any crevice. The Garde Star’s enamel is perfectly-centered, and its lovely surface exhibits NO cracks or chips. The Garde Pionier Pickelhaube’s chin scales and officer’s stars are brass. The spiked helmet’s base, pearl ring, and spike are all silver. [Incidentally, I cannot remember seeing a taller spike on a Prussian helmet, with the possible exception of a General. This spike’s height would rival that of any Saxon Pickelhaube]! The pickelhaube’s marvelous exterior is capped by the correct Officer’s State’s and Reich’s kokarden.

    The Garde Pionier Pickelhaube’s interior reveals a perfect, dark-brown sweatband. The spiked helmet’s perfect, ribbed, silk liner is a handsome green, with NO rips, tears, or runs. A small paper tag is pasted underneath the liner, stating that the helmet is a size 57 (a tad larger-than-average). We also can see that 100% of the original hardware is in excellent condition. Naturally, NO double holes appear where the wappen is attached.

    This is a very scarce Prussian Pionier Spiked Helmet in near-perfect condition. You will search for a LONG time to find a Garde Pionier Pickelhaube in better condition. It comes from the collection of a very advanced collector who was kind enough to entrust me with finding this glorious spiked helmet a new home.

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-783 XDK

    $5,495.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    Here is yet another excellent pickelhaube that comes to us from a very serious, advanced, collector’s collection. The spiked helmet is correct for Dragoner-Regiment Nrs 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, and 15. These were the Prussian Line-Dragoner-Regiments that used silver fittings on their spiked helmets, rather than the other line-regiments’ brass fittings. [To be specific, the wappen, front and rear trim, cruciform, pearl ring, and spike are all silver. The chin scales and officers’ stars are brass]. The spike is exceptionally tall for a Prussian helmet. Perhaps its owner was a Saxon at heart!

    The pickelhaube’s leather body is in exceptional condition, with a squared front visor. The exterior’s final details are the correct, and finely-conditioned State’s and Reich’s kokarden. The spiked helmet’s interior reveals a brown leather sweatband in top condition, with a beige, ribbed-silk liner attached to it. The pickelhaube’s liner is complete, with no tears or rips, and just a bit of minor soiling. I am happy to report that all of the original hardware is in place (as it should be) under the silk liner. NO double holes are present in this fine spiked helmet, which has not been modified in any manner.

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  • PRUSSIA - M-1917 STAHLHELM - 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    PRUSSIA – M-1917 STAHLHELM – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    SKU: 33-381

    $995.00

    PRUSSIA – M-1917 STAHLHELM – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    Today we are offering a most interesting M-1917 Stahlhelm from the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The Prussian Army’s top two elite regiments were its Kavallerie’s Garde-Regiment du Corps (GdC), and its Infanterie’s 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (1GRzF). Each one was elite in its own way. The GdC was considered the Kaiser’s personal guard. All the GdC members looked very impressive on parade when they sported their GdC helmets topped with the regiment’s massive Hohenzollern Eagles. The GdC served in the field, as well. The 1GRzF also was elite due to the fact that EVERY male member of the House of Hohenzollern (from both the ruling and the lesser branches) was admitted into it at the age of ten. The regiment also boasted other German royals – the 1GRzF contained more than 25 à la Suite officers.

    This 1GRzF M-1917 Stahlhelm displays the standard gray-green finish, although it has NOT had a camouflage pattern applied to it. The M-1917 Stahlhelm’s right side features the 1GRzF’s painted, regimental emblem. The emblem shows honest wear, but it is complete. The Stahlhelm lacks
    a chin strap, and only two of its liner’s pads are present. If, however, you desire a very rare helmet with a fine exterior, this 1GRzF M-1917 Stahlhelm will make an excellent addition to your collection.

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - OFFICER - FLIEGER - LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – OFFICER – FLIEGER – LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

    SKU: 33-378 XDK

    $5,995.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – OFFICER – FLIEGER – LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

    This is an Officer’s Tschako that is correct for either Prussian Flieger or Prussian Luftschiffer Bataillone. These are the most frequently requested variety of Tschakos of those I offer, although I have rarely been able to find them. Aviation items are of EXTREME interest to many collectors, so I am thrilled to present this Tschako for your consideration.

    The Prussian Flieger/Luftschiffer Bataillon Tschako sports a fine, black, felt body decorated with gold chin scales and silver rosettes. The silver-toned, beautifully executed wappen is a work of art, with a gorgeous Garde Star in its center. The Garde Star’s multi colored enamel is perfect, and its central Hohenzollern Eagle stands out splendidly. A very handsome Prussian Officer’s Feldzeichen (made of silver bullion with a black velvet center) is in place, as is a correct Reich’s Kokarde on the Tschako’s right side.

    The Tschako’s interior reveals a brown leather sweatband that is in fine condition, with a beige, ribbed-silk liner attached to it. A little bit of its stitching is loose, but that can easily be repaired. I expect this wonderful Prussian Flieger/Luftschiffer Bataillon Tschako to be snatched up quickly!

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  • PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - RESERVE OFFICER - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46

    SKU: 33-377 XDK

    $6,295.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46

    This is an ultra-high-quality Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm that was correct for either of two regiments. The first was Feldartillerie-Regiment von Scharnhorst (1. Hannoversches) Nr 10, and the second was Niedersächsisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 46 (Batteries 1, 4, 5, and 6). Both of them were superior regiments due to their extensive service during the Napoleonic Wars (as we will further detail below).

    This very high-quality Kugelhelm’s body is made of fiber (a top-of-the-line precursor of fiberglass), rather than the more traditionally-used leather. It has an excellent surface, although two small chips appear on its right rear quadrant. The Prussian wappen is made of brass that is decorated across its top by three different bandeaux. From left to right we see:

    * Peninsula
    * Waterloo
    * Göhrde

    The Peninsula Campaign and Waterloo were the two most important engagements during the Napoleonic Wars. The Duke of Wellington led British, Spanish, Portugal, and German forces in both of them. Below the Frederick Rex cypher on the Prussian Eagle’s chest is the silver Reserve Officer’s Cross, dated “1813.” The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s wappen is the star of the helmet and deserves this accolade. All of the other pieces of the furniture are rendered in handsome brass, including the chin scales, front visor trim, back strap trim, base, officers’ stars and kugel. The exterior’s final detail is the correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden.

    The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s interior features a used, brown, leather sweatband in decent condition. The attached beige, ribbed-silk liner is complete with no tears or rips. The correct hardware is evident under the Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s silk liner. Even more important, NO double holes appear where the wappen is attached.

    This is a very important Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm in top condition. The Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm comes from the collection of a very experienced collector who (like me) puts condition and authenticity at the forefront.

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - JÄGER - ENLISTED MAN - ERSATZ

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – JÄGER – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ

    SKU: 33-379 XDK

    $3,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – JÄGER – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ

    While Ersatz Pickelhauben are frequently seen, Ersatz Tschakos seldom come up, particularly in such good condition. Our offering today is an excellent Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako that is correct for Prussian Bataillon Nrs 3 through 9 and Nr 11. The exterior’s felt material is near-mint. The wappen is prewar brass. The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako’s Feldzeichen is correct for Prussia. A PERIOD leather chin strap is present, complete with the brass buckles. Although some of the chin strap’s leather is cracking, it is good to see a correct period chin strap. [Some leather conditioner will do a lot to restore its freshness. We will apply the first coating. PLEASE remember to do this once a year]. The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako is definitely pre war or early war quality. Its final detail is the correct Reich’s kokarde on the left side.

    The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako’s interior features a stone-mint leather liner, complete with its sizing thong. The Tschako is a size 58 (an unusually large size for an enlisted man), and is so-marked on the leather liner. [PLEASE NOTE: larger headdresses like this Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako are more common for more-senior, older officers. This chap must have been the brightest fellow in his unit – destined to become a general]! Some minor mothing is visible on the interior’s front and rear visors.

    This Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako is amazing. It is NOT an example that could be upgraded. The Tschako comes to us from the collection of a very advanced collector who has always offered us premium pieces. It is a consignment item.

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  • CIGARETTE TIN - CONSTANTIN BRAND - REITSCHULE EXTRA - FIFTY CIGARETTES

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – REITSCHULE EXTRA – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    SKU: 03-120

    $450.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – REITSCHULE EXTRA – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    I am not sure if Imperial-Era Germans bought cigarettes in paper packets as people do in the present. My educated guess, however, is that tin cigarette containers were upscale, premium purchases. Such cigarette tins varied in size. The container we are offering today was produced by Constantin, a well-known cigarette firm from Hannover. It would have held fifty cigarettes. [I have seen a one-hundred cigarette tin elsewhere, although I cannot say with certainty if a larger size was available].

    This particular Constantin cigarette tin is the rarest of the three cigarette tins that we are offering today, measuring 1” x 3” x 5.” The center of the handsome Constantin tin’s outer lid depicts an officer in his great coat smoking a cigarette. He is most probably a Kürassier as his schirmmütze sports a white top with a yellow band. The caption “Reitschule (Riding School) Extra” is placed next to the officer on either side. Additional information about the firm is available inside the tin.

    The Constantin cigarette tin (a key item among tin collectors) is in excellent condition.

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  • CIGARETTE TIN - CONSTANTIN BRAND - KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS - FIFTY CIGARETTES

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    SKU: 03-121

    $350.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    I am not sure if Imperial-Era Germans bought cigarettes in paper packets as people do in the present. My educated guess, however, is that tin cigarette containers were upscale, premium purchases. Such cigarette tins varied in size. The container we are offering today was produced by Constantin, a well-known cigarette firm from Hannover. It would have held fifty cigarettes. [I have seen a one-hundred cigarette tin elsewhere, although I cannot say with certainty if a larger size was available].

    This Constantin cigarette tin’s lid is designed to look like a Kriegsflagge with an Iron Cross in its upper left corner. It measures 1” x 3.25” x 5.25.” A naval officer with a warship behind him appears in the tin’s center. The officer is in full uniform, with a cigarette in his hand. The caption “Constantin Kaiserpreis” (Kaiser Prize) appears at the bottom, rendered in traditional German Fraktur printing. Additional information about the firm is available inside the tin.

    The Constantin cigarette tin is in very fine condition, overall. It is relatively scarce.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED - NON-VAULTED - .800 SILVER

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – NON-VAULTED – .800 SILVER

    SKU: 09-1044

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – NON-VAULTED – .800 SILVER

    This very high-quality, privately-purchased, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is in fine condition. It is fashioned in the flat, non-vaulted style that is similar in appearance to the issued KO Iron Crosses. The obverse’s paint is mint and rates at 100%. The beading on the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is even, and the balance of the silvered portion displays an excellent patina.

    The 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class’s reverse reveals a swollen/cola bottle design pin, which always indicates a high-quality piece. It is also engraved for .800 silver. This is a highly-desirable item!

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  • STICKPIN - U-BOOT

    STICKPIN – U-BOOT

    SKU: 13-1057

    $125.00

    STICKPIN – U-BOOT

    Stickpins were greatly prized by those men who had served in the Imperial German Army and Navy during the Great War. Today we are offering an excellent stickpin commemorating a sailor’s U-Boot service. The U-Boot Stickpin features a gleaming, golden finish, with a fine, knurled pin at its top. It would make an excellent addition to either a general or a naval collection.

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  • FLAG - KRIEGSFLAGGE - KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    SKU: 13-1058

    $995.00

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    We have offered Kriegsflagges in the past, including Naval Kriegsflagges. Today, for the first time ever, we are offering something a bit different, a Kaiserliche Marine Kriegsflagge with a partial flagstaff.

    The Kriegsflagge itself measures 15” x 24,” while the partial flagstaff measures 28” in length. The flagstaff has all the necessary hardware for tying off the flag from its halyard with the attached ropes.

    The Kriegsflagge features an “M” for Marine (Navy) and the date, “1915,” on its bunting. Since the Kriegsflagge and its flagstaff are both small in size, it clearly hails from a smaller vessel. The Kriegsflagge is in generally good condition. One area does exhibit some slight wear, which have detailed in the attached photographs

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  • DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-352 XRH

    $695.00

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    One can argue that Kaiser Wilhelm II led the most opulent lifestyle of any European Royal. He owned multiple castles throughout Germany, not to mention his royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, racing sloops, and so on. Each vessel required a different pattern of dishware. He also required special dishware for his flagships when he traveled with the Imperial German Fleet!

    Today we are offering one of my personal favorites. It is a “Blue Flower” pattern dinner plate made by KPM. Unfortunately, we have been unable to discover much information about this particular pattern. The dinner plate’s obverse features a blossom in its center that has been delicately rendered in several different shades of blue. Three smaller representations of the central theme appear on the dinner plate’s scalloped edges, along with two blue butterflies.

    On the dinner plate’s reverse displayed the KPM hallmark. Directly above that is the year (1898) when the plate was put into service. [This marked the tenth year of Kaiser Wilhelm II reign, which was twenty years before he was forced to abdicate]. Wilhelm II’s royal cypher, “Wilhelm Rex,” appears just above the “1898.”

    The dinner plate measures 9.5″ in diameter, and is in very good condition with no nicks.

    This is a consignment item.

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  • PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

    PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

    SKU: 17-676

    $125.00

    PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

    I am always pleased to share the new patriotic pieces that I acquire. Today we are offering a gilt-toned, patriotic, Iron Cross pendant that is encircled within a decorative design. It measures 1″ in diameter. The pendant’s center features an excellent, high-relief 1914 Iron Cross. It perfectly replicates the full-sized original decoration.

    This patriotic 1914 Iron Cross pendant is a top-quality example. It will make a great addition to your collection, or as a gift for a special someone to share in your enjoyment of the hobby.

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  • PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE - 1914 - IDENTIFIED - SCHNVERT

    PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE – 1914 – IDENTIFIED – SCHNVERT

    SKU: 18-503 XRH

    $195.00

    PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE – 1914 – IDENTIFIED – SCHNVERT

    This patriotic wall display plate is a gorgeous early-war example that is quite unusual in that it is identified to a soldier. While it may have started as a stock item, the inclusion of the soldier’s name makes this German patriotic plate quite unusual.

    The patriotic wall display plate’s central theme is that of three soldiers who are marching off to war, waving and smiling as they depart their village. Its artist, C. Halke, has autographed the illustration. The multicolored scene features a wide variety of autumn colors.

    The patriotic wall display plate’s top features a 1914 Iron Cross. Two branches of oak leaves flank the Iron Cross down to the plate’s center. Below that is a patriotic saying, indicating the German troops are departing for the war to protect Germany from its aggressors. The patriotic wall display plate’s bottom displays “1914.” Just above it we see the identified soldier’s name, “Schnvert.” I wonder if he was able to return to his home in 1918.

    The patriotic wall display plate’s reverse reveals a wire hanger at the top, by which it could be mounted on a wall. The plate’s center mentions the firm that produced it, along with the date 11 June 1870. It is a very fine presentation, overall. This consignment item will look great on your wall!

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  • UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

    UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

    SKU: 21-209

    $250.00

    UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

    Actual Zeppelin Badges were not issued until after WW I, which meant they were called “Commemorative” Navy and Army Airship Badges. Today we are offering a fascinating oval-shaped badge. This “unofficial” Navy Zeppelin Badge is blackened and stamped just like a wound badge. The “unofficial” Navy Zeppelin Badge’s outer rim consists of a laurel leaf wreath. A naval anchor extends vertically (from top to bottom) within the wreath, with the zeppelin itself being placed horizontally across the anchor just below its top crosspiece. The front and back of the zeppelin extend beyond the wreath’s sides. The airship is emblazoned with the word “Zeppelin.” The badge’s reverse sports four pins that would have allowed the badge to be attached to a garment or a cap.

    I have never before seen a Navy Zeppelin Badge like this. It would make a fine addition to any Zeppelin collection.

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  • IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD - KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 10-897

    $30.00

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    This is an Imperial Period coin impression card. Two small embossed roundels appear in the card top’s left and right corners. The embossed roundel on the left displays two men operating a press, while the embossed roundel on the right features Germany’s Postal Service post horn within a laurel leaf wreath. A printed legend between the two roundels reads “Gedenktaler auf die Bundesbrüderschaft” (Memorial Coin for the Federal Brotherhood).

    The Imperial Period impression card’s center features an embossed front and back of the silver 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II/Kaiser Franz Josef coin, which the coin’s designation number, “4436,” between them. The coin’s front impression displays Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and Austro-Hungary’s Kaiser Franz Josef’s profiles. The coin’s back impression features shields displaying both Germany’s and Austria Coats-of-Arms. The phrase “Einigkeit Macht Stark” (Unity is Strength) appears above the shields, while the date, August 1914, appears below them. The legend “Silber (Silver) 990/1000, 18 gr. (Grams) Schwer (Heavy) das Stück M. 4.50 ([for] the Piece 4.5 Marks)” appears at the bottom of the card.

    Coin collectors’ cards like this are not something we come across often. It would make a good addition to any collection.

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  • POSTCARD - MAX IMMELMANN - AVIATION

    POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN – AVIATION

    SKU: 42-203

    $45.00

    POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN – AVIATION

    This is, perhaps, one of the earliest aviation postcards. I believe that it predates any of the later firms. It features the early WWI flying ace Max Immelmann. The card depicts him seated. His uniform displays only a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The award of the Orden Pour le Mérite would not come until January 1916. At the card’s bottom is a reproduction of Immelmann’s signature that reads “M. Immelmann Leutnant 1915.”

    The postcard was mailed from Bavaria and features a stamp for King Ludwig III. The card is in good condition, overall.

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  • SANKE CARD NR 547 - FRANZ SCHULTE

    SANKE CARD NR 547 – FRANZ SCHULTE

    SKU: 42-205

    $60.00

    SANKE CARD NR 547 – FRANZ SCHULTE

    This is Sanke Card Nr 547 of Leutnant Franz Schulte. My research finds no information on him and I have no idea why he was selected to be on a Sanke Card.

    Schulte is wearing his schirmmütze. His 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army Pilot Badge can be seen. He also is wearing the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in his buttonhole. If you look closely at his shoulder board, you can see the Fliegertruppen device. The postcard was never mailed and is in very fine condition.

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  • SANKE CARD - HANS MÜLLER

    SANKE CARD – HANS MÜLLER

    SKU: 42-208

    $60.00

    SANKE CARD – HANS MÜLLER

    Willy Sanke produced the most famous aviation postcards of aviators. Aviator postcards were generally numbered between 300-600. This is a most unusual Sanke Card as it has no number. It clearly says “Sanke,” but the missing number is a bit of a puzzle. Hans Müller (1896-1964) had a most curious service record. He served in Jastas 12, 15, and 18. He first arrived in a jasta in January 1918 and by the end of the war had twelve confirmed victories.

    At first glance you might ask, why was he significant and why did he warrant having a Sanke Card? In looking at his victory list it was quite simple to see. He had four victories in one day against an American squadron in September 1918. Three of these victories came in fifteen minutes! Müller survived WW I and saw service in the Luftwaffe in WW II. This postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • POSTCARD - KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER

    POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER

    SKU: 44-320

    $20.00

    POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER

    This is a WW I era postcard that was part of a very popular postcard series known as “Kriegskarten.” Its subjects are Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) and Admiral Georg Alexander von Müller (1854-1940). Von Müller first joined the Imperial German Navy in 1871 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s (1787-1888) reign, when the Prussian/German Navy was little more than a coastal navy. He rose in rank, becoming Alfred von Tirpitz’s protegee. He held several ship commands, including the Battleship S.M.S. Wettin. He also served as adjutant to both Kaiser Wilhelm II and to his brother, Prinz Heinrich. He was appointed to the head the “Marine-Kabinett” (Navy Cabinet) in 1906, retaining the position until he retired in 1918.

    The postcard shows the Kaiser wearing a General’s uniform and pickelhaube. He holds the Interim Generalfeldmarschall’s Baton in one hand, while the other hand rests on a sword. Von Müller wears a Naval Admiral’s Frock Coat, a Summer Officer’s Schirmmütze, and a sword. He sports a Breast Star and a Medal Bar on his coat. The two men are having a friendly discussion.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN.

    SKU: 05-1692 XKA

    $4,995.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN.

    Württemberg began awarding The Wilhelm’s Cross in 1915 in two classes, as a 2nd Class Cross on a ribbon, or as a 1st Class Pinback Decoration for officers. What we are offering today is an extremely rare (and I do mean RARE) example of Württemberg’s Offiziers Steckkreuz Wilhelmskreuz mit Krone und Schwerten (Officers’ Pinback Wilhelm’s Cross with Crown and Swords). The decoration is made of oxidized bronze and features a massive voided crown at its top. It measures 2 ¾” from the crown’s top to the decoration’s bottom, and 2″ in width. Its center displays King Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s royal cypher enclosed within a laurel leaf wreath. A pair of crossed swords extends through the decoration’s body.

    The decoration’s reverse exhibits a long, tapered pin that measures 1 ¾” in length. A closer inspection reveals that the pin is somewhat discolored. [This is a good sign, showing me that it was worn on a tunic at some point, rubbing against the uniform’s sewn-in decoration loops when it was pinned to and removed from the tunic. A small detail like this increases my comfort level, since it reveals “honest” age]. The reverse’s center also displays a hallmark that we cannot identify. The latter’s details appear in the photos accompanying our description.

    Earlier, I mentioned that it is a very rare decoration. My research in Jörg Nimmergut’s excellent five volume series about German decorations reveals that it was awarded ONE HUNDRED and TWENTY-ONE times. Out of those 121 awards, ONE HUNDRED and EIGHT were awarded to Württemberg’s native sons, while the rest went to officers of other states within the German Empire. [This is quite rarefied company when one notes that the Orden Pour le Mérite was awarded more than seven hundred times]!

    It gets even better! During the award’s brief existence, three different versions were awarded and classified as Types 1, 2, and 3. This example is a Type 1, the rarest of the three, and commands a higher value. [Nimmergut’s current price guide values a Type 1 at €5,500, which translates to $5,995 at the November 2016 rate of exchange]. Since we bought it at a very reasonable price, we are pleased to share the bargain with you.
    [PLEASE NOTE: the photos accompanying this description show the decoration mounted onto two Württemberg tunics (#15-668 and #15-669, listed below) that we are offering. The officer to whom the tunics belonged worked at the German General Staff, and was a member of Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg (3. Württ.) Nr 121. A very good probability exists that he proudly wore one of these decorations on his tunic]!

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Just In From Germany - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

We are proud to feature works and art by Jack D. Hunter Author of The Blue Max

Our good friend Jack D. Hunter passed away on 13 April 2009, at the age of eighty-seven (he would have been eighty-eight in June). I miss him. He remains an extremely important influence on my life, as well as for many WWI collectors and readers.