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  • SWORD - PRUSSIA - INFANTERIE OFFIZIER’S M-1889 DEGEN - ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ HEINRICH

    SWORD – PRUSSIA – INFANTERIE OFFIZIER’S M-1889 DEGEN – ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ HEINRICH

    SKU: 20-349

    $3,995.00

    SWORD – PRUSSIA – INFANTERIE OFFIZIER’S M-1889 DEGEN – ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ HEINRICH.

    Our offering today is a sword that does NOT have display any regimental information. However, we have clear evidence that attributes it to Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929), Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother, which we will present below. As you may remember, Heinrich was Kaiser Friedrich III’s second son, and one of Imperial Germany’s more popular royals. Primarily a Navy man, he rose in rank to eventually become one of only six men to achieve the rank of Großadmiral. [Here’s an interesting historical tidbit: Prinz Heinrich commanded the royal yacht S.M.Y. Hohenzollern in 1888]. He eventually rose to command all German Navy units based out of Kiel. During WW I, he operated chiefly in the Baltic. His primary opponent was Russia, which had second-rate equipment at best. [Heinrich’s naval vessels were not much better].

    While Prinz Heinrich was a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, he also served as a Generaloberst in the rank of Generalfeldmarschall in the Imperial German Army. Like all Prussian House of Hohenzollern princes, he had been mustered into the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß at a very young age. He eventually became the Regimental Chef of regiments from Saxony, Bavaria, and Hesse-Darmstadt, as well as the Füsilier-Regiment Prinz Heinrich von Preußen (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 35. Prinz Heinrich received the latter appointment in 1896. [This regiment was raised in 1815, garrisoned at Brandenburg a.H., and assigned to the Prussian III. Armeekorps].

    In the case of all of the regiments for which Heinrich served as Regimental Chef (or Colonel-in-Command), he held the rank of Generaloberst in the rank of Generalfeldmarschall. The latter rank was an honorary title intended for use by royals who did NOT have direct field commands. Each of these regiments actually was commanded on a daily basis by a military career Oberst or Oberstleutnant. Regimental Chefs appeared with “their” regiments for parades and special events, wearing uniforms and headdresses that were identical to those worn by the regiment’s rank and file members. Some of the regiments that Prinz Heinrich represented were Artillerie Regiments, in which case he donned a kugelhelm. When he was accompanying his Infanterie Regiments, he sported a pickelhaube.
    Although this sword lacks the regimental markings that would assist in its identification, it does give us clues. Commonly referred to as an “IOD 89,” the sword is officially entitled as a “Preußisches Infanterie Offizier Degen M-1889.” It measures 40” in length from the hilt’s top to the bottom of its scabbard. When drawn from the scabbard, it measures 38” in length, while the blade is 32.” The bright nickle scabbard has two rings with which to mount it onto a sword belt. [Two-ring scabbards were used prior to 1906. After 1906, they were reduced to sporting a single ring].The scabbard features a couple of minor dings and some scratching, which is quite good for a more than 100-year-old sword.

    The sword’s hilt is made of finely fire-gilded brass that displays a magnificent finish in lovely condition. The ebony-colored, single-brass-wire-wrapped grip (I am reasonably certain) is made of tight, straight sharkskin. The grip also displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s brass royal cypher. The oval-shaped pommel brandishes the sword’s most-exciting feature and a major clue, Prinz Heinrich of Prussia’s royal cypher, a crowned “H.” When removed from its scabbard, the blade reveals a plain, unadorned finish in exceptional condition. NO special engraving is present, just handsome, double blood-gutters. Its white felt buffer is discolored with age, yet still protects the blade from rubbing against the hilt. Near the blade’s top we see its manufacturer’s name, “Weyersberg & Stamm – Solingen.” This small firm did a lot of contract work for Austria’s and Bavaria’s Militaries, as well as special orders for Prussian officers, another clue.

    Now it is time to pull all the research and other details together. Years ago, I was privileged to acquire a complete 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß group for Prinz Heinrich. This group included his mitre, his tunic with epaulettes, and a sword, which was nearly identical to the sword we are offering today. Its blade was also quite plain and sported Prinz Heinrich’s crowned cypher on its pommel. That first sword and the rest of its group are now in the hands of a very advanced collector. The end result is that Heinrich was associated with only one other Prussian regiment, his “own” Füsilier-Regiment Prinz Heinrich von Preußen (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 35! All of the other regiments for which he was the Regimental Chef were NOT Prussian, meaning IT is the most likely regiment from which it came.

    Royalty items are always sought-after. It is seldom that we can offer you an edged weapon from a German royal. It is rarer yet to offer an edged weapon from Prinz Heinrich! He was arguably the third best-known member of the House of Hohenzollern after Wilhelm II and his son Kronprinz Wilhelm.

    This has been one of the most interesting and challenging descriptions that I have written in a long time. I hope that you have enjoyed the description as much as I have in writing it. I further hope to find a good home for this fine sword! This is a consignment item.

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  • PARADE HELMET - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - GARDE DU CORPS WITH MASSIVE HOHENZOLLERN EAGLE

    PARADE HELMET – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – GARDE DU CORPS WITH MASSIVE HOHENZOLLERN EAGLE

    SKU: 04-769 XRH

    $15,995.00

    PARADE HELMET – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – GARDE DU CORPS WITH MASSIVE HOHENZOLLERN EAGLE.

    Today we are offering an officer’s parade helmet (complete with its gorgeous Hohenzollern Eagle) from what may be the most legendary regiment in the Imperial Germany Army, the Regiment der Gardes du Corps (GdC).

    The most distinctive parade headdresses in the Imperial Germany Army were the metal helmets worn by the Küraßier-Regiments. Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry whose accouterments harkened back to the Napoleonic era. This included their küraßes, heavy metal breastplates for protection from lances and swords. Their helmets’ extended rear visors (lobster tails) also offered extra protection from sword slashes for their necks. However, as firearms replaced edged weapons on the battlefields, this protection was rendered inadequate, and the elaborate helmets were relegated showpieces in formal parades.
    To begin, please remember that the body of an officer’s helmet was much lighter than troopers’ and NCO’s depot-issued helmets. An officer’s version usually was made of tombak, an expensive and considerably lighter metal that eased the load when the Parade Eagle was attached. [When one hefts an officer’s helmet then picks up one belonging to a trooper, the heaviness of the latter is amazing]! This helmet’s tombak body is gold-toned. The front and rear visors remain a fairly vivid shade of gold, while the rest of the helmet’s color has faded due to age and other factors. Some very small dings and dents are visible, but remain quite limited. The helmet’s wappen features a silver sunburst with a handsome, white, black, and gold enamel Garde Star in its center. The enamel has a bit of dirt on it, but no cracks or chips. The helmet’s large chin scales are gold, and the correct, oversized Küraßier’s State’s and Reich’s kokarden are in place.

    The exterior’s final detail is the impressive officer’s Hohenzollern Eagle, which boasts a gold crown. The Eagle’s detailing is impressive, with its feathers clearly visible on its wings, body, and legs. Its talons firmly grip the base.

    The helmet’s interior sports a well-used brown leather sweatband, which is attached to a complete, beige, ribbed-silk liner. The hardware (a large screw and winged nut) for attaching the Eagle is clearly visible under the silk liner.

    While it is NOT a pristine example, this helmet presents a VERY good value. Top-of-the-line officer’s Garde du Corps helmets often sell for more than $30,000. I have heard of some going as high as $50,000 when purchased directly from the family. This is a consignment item that we are offering for a very reasonable price.

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  • PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß P - SEMPER TALIS BANDEAU

    PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß P – SEMPER TALIS BANDEAU

    SKU: 04-774 XAS

    $9,495.00

    PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß P – SEMPER TALIS BANDEAU.

    This is a simply marvelous officer’s spiked helmet. The regiment was the most elite among Prussia’s and Germany’s Infanterie Regiments. It was garrisoned in Potsdam with its Kavallerie Regiment counterpart, the Regiment der Gardes du Corps. The 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß was loaded with denizens from Imperial Germany’s highest royal and noble families. Every Hohenzollern Prinz was invested in it, including all of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons, just as the Kaiser himself had been as a young man. The Kaiser also served as its Regimental Chef (royal patron). The latter was a ceremonial post, since every regiment that possessed a royal patron actually was run on a daily basis by its true commander, typically an Oberst or Oberstleutnant. [Please remember that the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß also was notable as one of only two Prussian Infanterie Regiments to retain the Mitre as its headdress for high dress occasions. The Mitre had been the Infanterie’s preferred headdress prior to the pickelhaube’s introduction in 1842. After that date, all the other regiments switched to a combination of pickelhauben, schirmmützen and mützen for their headgear].

    This magnificent helmet’s body is quite pleasing. Its leather is generally supple, with no major flaws to its surface. It is clean and in excellent condition for being more than one-hundred-years-old. Its silver body furniture is correct for the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß, including the wappen, chin scales, the base with pearl ring, helmet trim and spike. The fluted spike differs greatly from most pickelhauben’s spikes, lending it a very elegant look. The correct State and Reich’s kokarden are also present.

    The wappen, however, is the true star here and deserves special attention. First, we can easily tell that the helmet is correct for the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß. [PLEASE NOTE: all the Regiment’s Bataillon Nr 1 and Regimental Staff Officers sported the “Semper Talis” bandeaux above the eagle on their wappens, as does this helmet]. The wappen boasts a fine, heavy patina. Such a patina adds an extra level of beauty to an item. Its massive eagle displays wings that extend PAST its kokarden. When you first look at the helmet, it seems as though these wings go on forever. The center of the eagle’s chest displays the Garde Star that decorates all Garde Regiment headdresses. The Garde Star exhibits a rich layering of red, white, black, and gold enamel. Its center displays a multicolored Black Eagle.
    The Order of the Black Eagle is the House of Hohenzollern’s highest order. Certain levels of this Order were invested to all its House’s young princes. [Also, at the discretion of the King or (later) Kaiser, others NOT born to the House of Hohenzollern could be awarded this special honor. It was more of a royal honor than a direct military award]. As not only Prussia’s, but Imperial Germany’s most elite Infanterie Regiment, the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß was packed from top to bottom with royals and nobles from all over Germany. Aside from those on active duty, more than twenty-eight royals were assigned to it as à la Suite officers. Every House of Hohenzollern male was invested in it as a Leutnant at a young age. As they all grew older, they were promoted to higher ranks (depending on their individual situations). For example, in addition to being a Kaiserliche Marine Großadmiral Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother, Prinz Heinrich, was a Generaloberst in the Rank of Generalfeldmarschall in the 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß.

    The helmet’s interior features a nearly-mint, dark-brown, leather sweatband. The smooth (NOT ribbed) silk liner attached to the leather sweatband is also dark-brown. [I see far fewer of these liners, which I personally find more elegant]. It is in mint condition. ALL of the hardware is 100% original to the helmet underneath that silk liner, extending to where the base, pearl ring, and spike are connected at the interior’s top. The same applies to the wappen’s securing hardware, which is original. Of course, NO double holes are present where it is secured.

    This simply superb helmet in TOP condition is a consignment item. It also is value-priced. You will be hard pressed to find a better value on this particular type of helmet.

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  • WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENT

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-775 XKGJT

    $250.00

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENT.

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. The fire gilding is excellent. Both posts are present on the reverse, as well as two nuts and one washer. It is in top condition!

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  • WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    SKU: 04-776 XKGJT

    $250.00

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS .

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Its finish is more burnished. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition!

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  • WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    SKU: 04-777 XKGJT

    $250.00

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS.

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Its finish is more burnished. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition!

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  • WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - ULANEN/TELEGRAPHEN/LUFTSCHIFFER/PIONIER BATAILLONE

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – ULANEN/TELEGRAPHEN/LUFTSCHIFFER/PIONIER BATAILLONE

    SKU: 04-778 XKGJT

    $295.00

    WAPPEN – PRUSSIA – LINE OFFICER – ULANEN/TELEGRAPHEN/LUFTSCHIFFER/PIONIER BATAILLONE .

    This is a high-quality silver-toned wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition with a fine patina!

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS AND AWARD DOCUMENT

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND AWARD DOCUMENT

    SKU: 06-244

    $250.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND AWARD DOCUMENT.

    This 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class is paired with its award document. The award of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class was given on 10 Oktober 1917 to Unteroffizier d. L. Paul Sonnemann, who was assigned to Vermessungs-Abteilung Nr 24. I have never heard of this unit type. Perhaps he was assigned to either a Pionier or Artillerie unit.

    The most detail interesting is the document’s form. Its left upper corner indicates that it came from Armee-Oberkommando der 4. Armee. The Armee-Oberkommando 4. Armee’s rubber unit stamp appears at the document’s bottom. It was signed with a blue grease pencil by a Major serving as the commanding general’s adjutant.

    A bit of quick research shows us that in October 1917 the commanding general was Generaloberst Friedrich Sixt von Armin (1851-1936). He previously had been the IV. Armeekorps’ commander. Von Armin had assumed command of the Armeekorps upon Paul von Hindenburg’s retirement in 1911. Von Armin led this unit until February 1917. His Corps was assigned to von Kluck early in the war and fought in both France and Belgium. He was highly-decorated, receiving both the Orden Pour le Mérite and the Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves. He also received the Order of the Black Eagle, which was more typically given to royals. However, he came from a well-known Prussian family and had performed admirably during the Franco-Prussian War and WW I, so an exception was made. It is a very fine group.

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  • DAGGER - NAVY - REICHSMARINE - PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP.

    DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP

    SKU: 07-171

    $995.00

    DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP.

    Following WW I’s end, in 1919 the Kaiserliche Marine became the ReichsMarine, which it remained until it was replaced by the Kriegsmarine on 1 Juni 1935. Officers continued to carry a dagger (dolch) for certain occasions. The daggers were similar in many instances. The biggest difference was that their grips were black, (perhaps in mourning for the Kaiserliche Marine’s end). Officers could choose to retain the Kaiser Crown at their daggers’ tops, or they could choose another pommel-style that indicated the ReichsMarine. In some cases, the officer filed off the cross that appeared atop his Kaiserliche Marine dagger’s crowned pommel as an act of protest.

    Today we are offering a unique ReichsMarine dagger. The man who sold it to me was of the opinion that this dagger was Bordfertigung (fabricated onboard a German ship). Obviously, to produce a dagger such as this one, its creator must have been highly-skilled in a machine shop!
    I am of the opinion that the Kaiser Crown was NOT machined in the shop, but was original to a dagger. It appears identical to examples I have seen in the past. I cannot believe that this part of the dagger could have been created onboard the ship. It actually screws off just like it would on a naval dagger. The grip, however, most certainly was fashioned in a machine shop. It lacks the typical ivory or walrus tusk handle. It is wrapped loosely by two different kinds of wire. Whereas a traditional dagger would have one SINGLE wire wrap on its grip, this appears to many. A ring of laurel leaves appears below that.
    The dagger measures 9” in length from the tip of its crown to the bottom of its scabbard. It is clearly much shorter than a traditional naval dagger. When pulled from the scabbard, the blade measures 4 ¼” in length. The scabbard itself measures a total of 7 ½” in length. Two rings appear on opposite sides of the scabbard. A metal chain is attached to each ring. The chain is attached to a brass clip that would have allowed the dagger to be slipped onto a belt. This arrangement replaced a normal set of hangers that attached to the dagger and the officer’s belt.

    The dagger’s blade is unadorned and shows signs of wear where it has been removed from the scabbard. This is a very clever and well done piece of what could be considered a type of “trench art.”

    If you are looking for an interesting piece to display with a regular naval dagger or other naval items, you will find it a worthy addition to your collection. Quite frankly, I have never seen anything quite like it. It may well be in the “one-of-a-kind” category.

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  • DAGGER - NAVY - OFFICER REICHSMARINE - WITH INITIAL STAMP

    DAGGER – NAVY – OFFICER REICHSMARINE – WITH INITIAL STAMP

    SKU: 13-1055

    $495.00

    DAGGER – NAVY – OFFICER REICHSMARINE – WITH INITIAL STAMP.

    During and following the Imperial German Period, military officers commonly maintained stamps on their desks that allowed them to imprint their initials and/or cypher on wax seals. Such stamps were generally ornamental in nature. Our offering today is both unique and elegant in that it is modeled on a naval dagger’s pommel, grip, and cross guard. [PLEASE NOTE: it is smaller than an actual dagger in order to take up less desk space].

    Its owner clearly was a naval officer(I cannot begin to estimate his rank) who had served in the Kaiserliche Marine either before and/or during WW I, then served in the ReichsMarine after 1919. A ReichsMarine dagger was noted for its black grip rather than the Kaiserliche Marine’s ivory one (signifying mourning for the latter’s passing). Officers could choose to mount either a Kaiserliche Marine’s Kaiser Crown or the ReichsMarine’s “Flaming Ball” as the pommel.
    Our offering today features a black, single-wire-wrapped grip. A Kaiser Crown is mounted atop the pommel. [It unscrews just like a full-sized dagger]. NO cross appears at the top, which had been the practice during the Kaiserliche Marine era. Instead, an “X” takes its place.
    The stamp’s total height is 4 ½.” It features a brass cross guard that measures ¾” from tip to tip. A circular brass piece that measures 2 ½” in diameter appears at the base. Its initials are “H.F.” [If your initials match this, contact me and I will give you a VERY special price]!

    Pieces like this are important decorations on MY desk, which is where this will reside until a new owner acquires it.

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  • 1914-1916 - BOXED - AVIATION UNIT GROUP

    1914-1916 – BOXED – AVIATION UNIT GROUP

    SKU: 14-459

    $895.00

    1914-1916 – BOXED – AVIATION UNIT GROUP .

    I was quite taken with this group when it was offered to me. It is not splashy or significant, but does have great personality. It starts with an interesting box, measuring 1 ½” x 4 ½” x 6 ½,” that holds the group’s other items. A red, black, and white (Imperial Germany’s national colors) silk ribbon is placed diagonally across the box’s upper left top corner. The top also features the word Kriegserinnerungen (War Memories), as well as a small 1914 Iron Cross, and the dates 1914-1916, all embossed on it in silver.

    The box has a small snap that REMAINS intact, despite the passage of more than one-hundred-years and much handling by an unknown number of individuals. Two compartments are available within the box. The compartment on the right measures 3” x 4.” Fitted neatly into it is a 2 ¾” x 3 ¾” cardboard box (covered by a slipcase) that contains a bronze or brass table medal/plaque. It is engraved near its top with the words “Die/Jungflieger/Staffel” (The/Young Fliers’/Echelon). Below that a flight of five biplanes is shown sailing across the sky above a crowd of spectators. The various spectators are standing beside a fence, with a pennant on a flagpole flying above them. The table medal/plaque’s quality and sharpness are both first-rate, and the entire arrangement slips neatly into its section.
    The left fitted section measures 2 ¼” x 4,” and contains a pedestal designed to display a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, which is in place with its original ribbon. Its jump ring sports the Wilm hallmark for one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers, indicating it was probably privately-purchased. Both the Iron Cross and the original ribbon are in spectacular condition. They are the finest that I have seen in quite awhile!
    The group’s final piece is an NCO’s original photograph. It appears that he may be standing in a cemetery. The photograph’s top features the following printed in black ink. Zur Erinnerung an den Feldzug 1914/? (In Memory of the Campaign) 1914/?)/Rußland, Kurland, Kliwenhof den 15.IV.17 (Russia, Courland, from 15.4.17). [Following Russia’s Great Retreat of 1915, Courland (the western part of Latvia) came under control of the Imperial German Army’s Easter Front commander, Paul von Hindenburg].

    It is a fascinating, attractive group.

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  • ALTIMETER - AIRPLANE/ZEPPELIN - ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

    ALTIMETER – AIRPLANE/ZEPPELIN – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 14-460

    $395.00

    ALTIMETER – AIRPLANE/ZEPPELIN – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE.

    This is an altimeter that dates from 1916 (approximately), and was used for either an airplane or a zeppelin. The altimeter is similar to a pocket watch in appearance, but MUCH thicker. It measures 1 ¾” in diameter and is ¾” thick. A ring at the top allowed it to be hung up in an airplane’s cockpit or on a zeppelin’s control panel. A single hand indicates the altitude in meters by pointing to marks around the dial. A manufacturer’s hallmark appears on the altimeter’s face. Other marks appear on the case’s reverse. I am unable to ascertain their importance.

    The altimeter is housed in its original, black leatherette, storage/protective case, which measures 1” x 2 ½” x 2 ½.” It has a snap closure that is fully operational, The altimeter fits quite snugly into the case, which has protected it for more than one-hundred-years. It is a marvelous aviation artifact.

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  • KUGELHELM - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - PRE-1897 - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    KUGELHELM – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – PRE-1897 – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    SKU: 33-374 XKGJT

    $5,995.00

    KUGELHELM – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – PRE-1897 – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    Today we are offering you a very rare kugelhelm from one of the Kingdom of Prussia’s two old-line Artillerie Regiments. It comes from either the 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (FA Nr 2) or Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzeugmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (FA Nr 3). [To give you a sense of the helmet’s rarity, it was used by a SINGLE Batterie in each regiment! FA Nr 2 (created in 1808), employed it in Batterie Nr 2, while FA Nr 3 (founded in 1816) used it in Batterie Nr 6]. This kugelhelm is for an officer from one of the two regiments, which only makes it MORE exceptional.

    The kugelhelm boasts a delightful leather body. Its condition is excellent, particularly when one considers that it was produced prior to 1897 (more about the date later on). Its furniture is all brass, including the early-style chin scales, its base, pearl ring, wappen, trichter, kugel, and trim. [The wappen is what indicates which regiments and batteries the kugelhelm represents]. This wappen features the “folded-wing” style. A three-part bandeau (banner) flows across the eagle’s wings and chest. Those banners or proclaim “Mit Gott Für Koenig und Vaterland.” An oval shield with the royal cypher “FRW” appears below the word “Koenig” in the center of the eagle’s chest, with another bandeau proclaiming “Colberg. 1807” beneath it. The Battle/Siege of Colberg took place from March to July 1807, when Napoleon’s French forces laid siege to the city. The siege proved unsuccessful and was considered a Prussian victory during the Napoleonic Wars.

    Since this is a pre 1897 helmet, the Prussian and Reich’s kokarden do NOT appear on either side. Instead, a Prussian officer’s kokarde is displayed on the wearer’s right side. This marvelous helmet’s final important detail is its handsome black parade bush, which is attached to a fine brass trichter. This helmet also comes with a non-dress kugel, so the new owner will be able to display the kugelhelm in either the parade or non-parade configuration. Having a parade bush and trichter in top condition is a real plus, but the addition of a kugel completes the presentation. [A small, but significant, detail is that the brass’s patina is very similar, meaning they have been in place for a long time].

    The kugelhelm’s interior displays a dark-brown, leather sweatband in fine condition, with an amazing brown silk (smooth, NOT ribbed) liner attached to it. [In my experience, ribbed silk liners tend to be more common, so smooth ones clearly were an option that officers could specify for their privately-purchased helmets. While this was a matter of taste, smooth silk liners tended to be the popular choice among Imperial German royalty and nobility]. What is particularly important: NO double holes appear under the silk liner where the wappen is attached. Also, all of the hardware is 100% original to the helmet.

    This desirable helmet would be most difficult to upgrade. Its parade bush and trichter set off the “Colberg. 1807″ quite attractively!

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  • TSCHAPKA - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - COMPLETE WITH BUSH, FELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    TSCHAPKA – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – COMPLETE WITH BUSH, FELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 33-373 XRH

    $4,995.00

    TSCHAPKA – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – COMPLETE WITH BUSH, FELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON.

    Our offering today is a Prussian Ulanen Line-Officer’s Tschapka that comes with several wonderful parade accessories.  It is NOT, however, in complete parade configuration because it lacks its cloth rabatte. It is correct for the following regiments: Westfälisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 5, Thüringisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 6, Ulanen-Regiment Graf zu Dohna Nr 8, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 15, and Ulanen-Regiment Henning von Treffenfeld (Altmärkisches) Nr 16. [ONLY these five Prussian Ulanen Line-Regiments sported silver wappens, all the rest featured gold ones]. The helmet’s black body is in well-above-average condition, although some cracking and spidering appear on the wearer’s right. Another weak point appears near the wingtip. In addition to the silver-toned wappen, the front visor’s trim is silver. The wappen also features a correct officer’s open/voided crown. The correct, arched, chin scales are a contrasting gold.

    Other of the exterior’s details include a correct, Prussian, officer’s feldzeichen, and a Reich Officer’s kokarde on the helmet’s right side. Its parade accessories are quite attractive. The officer’s white horsehair parade bush attaches via a small metal clip inserted into the helmet’s mortarboard. The correct Prussian officer’s “Fangschnur” (Cap Lines) is also present. The parade bush and Fangschnur are housed in the very difficult-to-locate storage carton, which measures 3” x 4″ x 17 ½.” The latter sports a manufacturer’s paper seal from the firm of Schröder & Frankel – Karlsruhe inside on the carton’s upper half. [Karlsruhe was located in the Grand Duchy of Baden]. The carton also displays a paper label that reads“Ulanen Fangschnur” on its outer surface.

    The helmet’s interior displays a light-brown leather sweatband that is attached to a light-brown, ribbed-silk liner. NO double holes are visible under the silk liner, while all of the original hardware that holds the wappen in place is present. This is a very high-quality, almost complete Tschapka. It is a consignment item.

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  • BOOK - RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH - by FRIED LANGE

    BOOK – RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH – by FRIED LANGE

    SKU: 16-510 XDW

    $995.00

    BOOK – RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH – by FRIED LANGE.

    This is a biography of Eduard Ritter von Schleich, who was one of the better-known Bavarian Aviation Aces, with thirty-five confirmed victories over British and French airplanes. His planes sported Bavaria’s Lion rampant on a blue and white checkerboard background. He eventually became known as the “Black Knight of Germany” when he had his airplanes painted all black to honor the death of a fellow pilot. While not known as well as Manfred von Richthofen and his red airplanes, von Schleich made his mark over the Western Front’s skies. He also later commanded Jagdgruppe Nr 8, JG 4b.

    Prior to WW II he commanded JG 26, which went on to become the most famous on the second war’s Western Front. He was then reassigned to command a fighter pilot school. During the later part of WW II, he commanded Luftwaffe forces in both Denmark and Norway. After the war, he was held in British custody for war crimes. These charges were never proved and he was never brought to trial. He died in captivity in 1947.

    This book was published in 1939. It is liberally illustrated with seldom seen photographs. It tells Schleich’s story from WW I until the early days of WW II. The book is also autographed by von Schleich (as Ritter von Schleich) in pencil on the flyleaf. It is a consignment item.

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  • SANKE CARD - AUTOGRAPHED - EDUARD RITTER VON SCHLEICH - NR 578.

    SANKE CARD – AUTOGRAPHED – EDUARD RITTER VON SCHLEICH – NR 578

    SKU: 19-294 XDW

    $995.00

    SANKE CARD – AUTOGRAPHED – EDUARD RITTER VON SCHLEICH – NR 578.

    This is a marvelous, and very rare, autographed Sanke Card (Nr 578) of Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947). Von Schleich was one of the better-known Bavarian Aviation Aces, with thirty-five confirmed victories over British and French airplanes. His planes sported Bavaria’s Lion rampant on a blue and white checkerboard background. He eventually became known as the “Black Knight of Germany” when he had his airplanes painted all black to honor the death of a fellow pilot. While not known as well as Manfred von Richthofen and his red airplanes, von Schleich made his mark over the Western Front’s skies. He also later commanded Jagdgruppe Nr 8, JG 4b.

    Prior to WW II he commanded JG 26, which went on to become the most famous on the second war’s Western Front. He was then reassigned to command a fighter pilot school. During the later part of WW II, he commanded Luftwaffe forces in both Denmark and Norway. After the war, he was held in British custody for war crimes. These charges were never proved and he was never brought to trial. He died in captivity in 1947.

    The Sanke Card depicts von Schleich in a studio pose, wearing an overcoat and a visor cap. This card is not commonly seen. The card features his large, bold signature “E. Ritter von Schleich Hptm. U. Kdmur das bayr. Jagdgeschwaders 4” in black ink. The card’s reverse features some biographical details about von Schleich added by a German collector who had acquired the card. Particularly interesting is the mention of von Schleich’s command of JG 4b, the final command of his WW I career. It is a consignment item.

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  • BOOK - RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH - by FRIED LANGE

    PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED – EDUARD RITTER VON SCHLEICH – ORIGINAL LARGE FORMAT – FROM WORLD WAR II

    SKU: 19-295 XDW

    $595.00

    PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED – EDUARD RITTER VON SCHLEICH – ORIGINAL LARGE FORMAT – FROM WORLD WAR II.

    This is an original photograph of General der Flieger Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947). The large photograph.   It shows von Schleich seated at a table or desk. He is wearing a General’s uniform, with the Orden Pour le Mérite that he received during WW I around his neck. He is also wearing a large medal bar that would have included Bavaria’s Military Max Josef Order (whereby he was knighted and given the title “Ritter”). He retained that title for the rest of his life.

    Von Schleich was one of the better-known Bavarian Aviation Aces, with thirty-five confirmed victories over British and French airplanes. His planes sported Bavaria’s Lion rampant on a blue and white checkerboard background. He eventually became known as the “Black Knight of Germany” when he had his airplanes painted all black to honor the death of a fellow pilot. While not known as well as Manfred von Richthofen and his red airplanes, von Schleich made his mark over the Western Front’s skies. He also later commanded Jagdgruppe Nr 8, JG 4b.

    Prior to WW II he commanded JG 26, which went on to become the most famous on the second war’s Western Front. He was then reassigned to command a fighter pilot school. During the later part of WW II, he commanded Luftwaffe forces in both Denmark and Norway. After the war, he was held in British custody for war crimes. These charges were never proved and he was never brought to trial. He died in captivity in 1947.

    The photograph displays a large, bold, black ink, “Ritter von Schleich” signature. This very fine example is a consignment item.

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  • BOOK - THE CALL OF DUTY - MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY JOHN E. STRANDBERG AND ROGER BENDER.

    BOOK – THE CALL OF DUTY – MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY JOHN E. STRANDBERG AND ROGER BENDER

    SKU: 12-839

    $50.00

    BOOK – THE CALL OF DUTY – MILITARY AWARDS AND DECORATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY JOHN E. STRANDBERG AND ROGER BENDER.

    While it is a bit outside our normal Imperial German offerings, nevertheless it remains a useful book that depicts many U.S. decorations. This hardback edition was published in 1994. It has three hundred eighty-two pages. The book centers on decorations for valor, describing the different decorations awarded by the USA’s Army, Air Force, and Navy. It is followed by extensive sections on Good Conduct Medals, those for long service, campaign and service, commemorative medals, proficiency medals, commendation and service ribbons, appurtenances (adjuncts or accessories), presentation cases, and MUCH more. If you want to know about U.S. medals, THIS is the book for you. The book is heavy with black and white (as well as color) photographs of the medals and the men to whom they were awarded. It provides a fascinating read!

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  • TUNIC - PRUSSIA - HAUPTMANS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 13 - LITEWKA

    TUNIC – PRUSSIA – HAUPTMANS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 13 – LITEWKA

    SKU: 15-711

    $550.00

    TUNIC – PRUSSIA – HAUPTMANS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 13 – LITEWKA.

    Today we offer you a handsome Infanterie-Regiment Herwarth von Bittenfeld (1. Westfälisches) Nr 13 Hauptmann’s Litewka (tunic). This regiment was raised in 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars. It was garrisoned at Münster, and assigned to the Prussian VII. Armeekorps. [PLEASE NOTE: Fourteen (14) Prussian Infanterie Regiments were created in July 1813. It is an amazing build-up when one considers Prussia’s population at the time, AND the amount of manpower and material required to fully staff 14 Infanterie Regiments within only one month]. A Litewka was a tunic that featured a double row of buttons on its front, with six, simple, gilt-toned buttons per row. [This particular tunic style differed from the bulk of that time period’s tunics, which all sported merely a single row of buttons]. Its collar is red with white trim. The same white trim appears on its cuffs. The shoulder boards, which were sewn onto the tunic, display a Hauptmann’s twin pips with the regiment’s designated “13″ appearing between them.

    The tunic’s reverse sports four additional, gilt-toned buttons on the vent, along with additional white trim. Its front, generally, is in quite pleasing condition. I do see about two, very small, moth nips. On a one-hundred-year-old tunic, this is not a major issue. I have saved the best for last. This tunic has a wonderful, full and complete, blue, silk liner, which is quite unusual. Like me, this officer must have favored blue!

    The Litewka’s overall condition is quite pleasing, AND it is bargain-priced.

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  • SHOULDER BOARDS - OFFICER - KRAGENSPIEGEL

    SHOULDER BOARDS – OFFICER – KRAGENSPIEGEL

    SKU: 15-712

    $895.00

    SHOULDER BOARDS – OFFICER – KRAGENSPIEGEL

    This is a fine pair of kragenspiegel (collar insignias) for a German General’s tunic. They are a squared shape with a slight “lean.” The background is red felt with gold bullion embroidery. A corner of one kragenspiegel shows wear to its red backing, allowing the lining underneath to show.
    Each kragenspiegel measures 2” x 3 ½.” Due to the condition problem noted above, these are value-priced.

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  • BOOK - ERNST UDET: MEIN FLIEGERLEIBEN.

    BOOK – ERNST UDET: MEIN FLIEGERLEIBEN

    SKU: 16-507

    $75.00

    BOOK – ERNST UDET: MEIN FLIEGERLEIBEN.

    This is Ernst Udet’s German-language autobiography.(-1941). Born in 1896, he became WW I’s lead surviving German Ace, with sixty-two confirmed victories. Only Manfred von Richthofen, who was shot down in April 1918, was more victorious. Udet was one of the young German flyers that the Red Baron selected to join him in JG 1, where he was assigned to Jasta 11. He held squadron command under von Richthofen and Hermann Göring.

    After the war, Udet flew in a variety of situations as a stunt pilot and in air races. He appeared in major USA air shows and races. [I have seen amazing videos of him picking up a handkerchief from the ground with a wingtip, as well as a video of him landing his plane “dead stick” (motor not running) after performing complicated aerial routines]! Udet’s life was only perfect, however, when he was at the controls of an airplane. Outside of it his life was a mess, filled with women, heavy drinking, and the Luftwaffe’s cutthroat politics. His inability to deal with the pressure of it all led him to commit suicide in 1941.

    This book was published in 1935, two years after he joined the Nazi Party. 1935 was also the year that the Luftwaffe was founded. The hardback book is one-hundred-eighty-four pages long, with chapters devoted to his WW I and postwar flying/life. One chapter is devoted to Manfred von Richthofen. It is a first-edition that comes complete with its dust-jacket. It is in very good condition, and is profusely illustrated with many photos that I have NOT previously seen.

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  • BOOK - THE MAD MAJOR - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR CHRISTOPHER DRAPER D.S.C

    BOOK – THE MAD MAJOR – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR CHRISTOPHER DRAPER D.S.C

    SKU: 16-508

    $25.00

    BOOK – THE MAD MAJOR – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR CHRISTOPHER DRAPER D.S.C.

    Christopher Draper was a colorful man who served in Great Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) AND its Royal Air Force (RAF). The RNAS was absorbed into the RAF in 1918, so he then held the British Army’s rank of Major rather than his naval rank. He was less than happy about the situation and continued to wear his naval uniform rather than that of the Army! He was an ace who once wounded Werner Voß. He received his nickname for his habit of flying under bridges at all times. He had an interesting career that included acting as a double agent for England and rejoining the Royal Navy during WW II.

    This book was published in 1962 and was a first edition in the U.S., after having been published in England. It is a hardback edition complete with its dust jacket. The book has two-hundred-thirty-one pages and is liberally illustrated. It deals with his life between and during the two world wars.

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  •  BOOK - FLIEGER AM FEIND - EINUNDSIEBZIG DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ERZÄHLEN BY WERNER VON LANGSDORFF.

     BOOK – FLIEGER AM FEIND – EINUNDSIEBZIG DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ERZÄHLEN BY WERNER VON LANGSDORFF

    SKU: 16-509

    $50.00

    BOOK – FLIEGER AM FEIND – EINUNDSIEBZIG DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ERZÄHLEN BY WERNER VON LANGSDORFF.

    This is a German language book. It is a hardback first edition that was written in 1940. It has three-hundred-fifty-six pages and tells the stories of WW I’s major German aces. It contains numerous photographs. The book definitely gives the German point of view, especially as it was written during WW II. The book is in very fine condition.

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  • EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA - GENERALLEUTNANT  - ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON.

    EPAULETTES – PRUSSIA – GENERALLEUTNANT  – ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 23-527 XRH

    $2,495.00

    EPAULETTES – PRUSSIA – GENERALLEUTNANT  – ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON.

    Today we are offering a very special pair of Generalleutnant’s dress epaulettes from the Kingdom of Prussia. In addition to being for a high-ranking General, they come in a stunning and very rare storage carton. General’s epaulettes are easily distinguished from those belonging to other German officers. In the place of the individual silver bullion strands that flow down from all Major/Oberstleutnant/Oberst’s epaulettes is a thick, rigid, unified ringlet arrangement that is attached to the epaulette’s top by a black velvet and leather backing. The ringlets are also made of silver bullion that sports a gorgeous, heavy, silver patina that has been accumulated over many years, showing their serious age.

    The epaulettes’ tops feature gold crescents that also show a heavy patina. Their patina is somewhat dull at the moment but, if cleaned, they would be brilliant. They have not been polished in decades. Silver material is displayed within those crescents, on which appears a Generalleutnant’s single gold pip. The epaulettes’ tongues display a silver bullion and black thread design that indicates are from the Kingdom of Prussia. Prior to WW I, a Generalleutnant would have commanded an Army Division. Later during the war, it was possible for a General of this rank to command an Armeekorps.
    The epaulettes’ reverses sport a red felt underlay. A VERY light circular rubber stamp appears on the center of each back. I cannot decipher it, but I believe it to be from a theatrical house that bought uniforms and uniform items after WW I’s end (when veterans sold them for a variety of reasons).
    Last, but not least, we have the original storage case. As the epaulettes are quite large (each measures 6” x 7.”) The carton is equally as large and measures a massive 4” x 8″ x 13.” The carton’s exterior features a lovely, marbled design. Inside the carton, its bottom half is lined with red silk. A pair of silk string ties is present to secure the epaulettes within the carton during transportation. The epaulettes could be installed on a dress tunic by means of tunic buttons that were inserted through buttonholes in the epaulettes’ tongues.

    This is a very elegant presentation of a high-ranking German General’s epaulettes that are in top condition. This is a consignment item.

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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.