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100 Years ago the 11th day of November and the 11th hour the guns fell silent after more than four years of biter fighting.  Millions fell and even more were wounded.  The war to end all wars did not end wars.  They continue to this day. 

On this solemn day we offer our respects to all who suffered in WWI.  

We notify our Newsletter subscribers when we update our online “Just In From Germany” Merchandise Page. In addition, you will receive early notification when we add new items to any clearance pages (currently under revision). More importantly, we notify our list members when we have a sale. These sales are NEVER announced on our web site. They are for our Newsletter subscribers ONLY.

  • PICKELHAUBE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - RESERVE OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    PICKELHAUBE – BRAUNSCHWEIG – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    SKU: 04-779 XKGJT

    $9,995.00

    PICKELHAUBE – BRAUNSCHWEIG – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    One of the most popular pickelhauben is for the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. This popularity stems from their use of massive Totenköpfe (Death’s Heads) that appear superimposed over their Prussian-style wappens. [PLEASE NOTE: the Totenkopf appeared on only four regiments’ headdresses. These were the 92’s sister unit, Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 (also from Braunschweig), along with the Kingdom of Prussia’s Husaren-Regiments Nr 1 and Nr 2]. This Totenkopf had NOT always appeared on all Braunschweig pickelhauben. Up until 1912, one of the regiment’s Bataillone (Nr III) had employed a beautiful, enameled wappen that featured the profile of Braunschweig’s iconic horse, while Bataillone Nr II and Nr III displayed the Totenkopf. After 1912 all Braunschweig Bataillone converted to the Totenkopf. [Many of these earlier helmets converted their “horse” wappens into Totenköpfe, which is why so few “horse” wappens still exist. That said, we have a simply gorgeous 92nd Infanterie-Regiment “horse” wappen on offer elsewhere].
    This particular helmet dates back prior to 1897. Its exterior surface is very clean and supple. The few scuff marks present are quite modest. As the helmet is a MINIMUM of one-hundred-twenty-years-old, its leather exterior is simply gorgeous. The bulk of its furniture is brass, including its wappen, chin scales, front and rear trim, base, officers’ stars, and spike. [The spike is especially tall, which leads me to believe its owner was quite well-off]. The only NON brass item is the silver Totenkopf that bedecks the brass wappen. It features black velvet behind its eye sockets, which lends it a sinister appearance. A light, gold-toned, Reserve Officer’s Cross sits below the jaw. As this spiked helmet is for a Reserve Officer, its wappen lacks the legend “Für Fürst und Vaterland” that would be present for regular Army Officers. The Reserve Officer’s Cross is one of the finest I have ever seen (as is correct, the “Für Fürst und Vaterland” legend appears here). The exterior’s final details are the State’s and Reich’s Kokarden (I find the Braunschweig kokarde’s combination of blue and gold particularly pleasing).
    The interior features a leather liner with the squared-off petals that were worn by officers until the late 1890’s (when silk became the fabric of choice for officers’ helmets). I date the helmet to the 1893-1897 period. The interior’s hardware reveals NO double holes. The hardware is all original, with the exception of one mismatched washer.
    While I have offered several officers’ helmets over the years, this is only the second that I actually have owned. The other was for a Hauptmann attached to Berlin’s War Ministry, who happened to be the brother of IR 92’s WW I regimental commander. In retrospect, I realize the helmets were VERY similar, except for their liners. This helmet is a good ten-to-twelve-years older than the first, but its condition is more than its equal. Other pluses include this helmet’s Reserve Officer’s Cross, and a spike that is a bit taller than the other. In the final analysis, this helmet is in better condition.
    We are quite excited to offer you this helmet. [We again refer you to the IR 92 Bataillone Nr I Officer’s helmet that we currently have on. If you are interested in the pair, please contact us. We can offer you a VERY special price]!

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  • PICKELHAUBE - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - DRAGONER REGIMENT 9

    PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – DRAGONER REGIMENT 9

    SKU: 04-780 XKGJT

    $6,495.00

    PICKELHAUBE – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – DRAGONER REGIMENT 9

    Today we are offering one of the most historic pickelhauben that we have ever purchased! The regiment that sported these helmets fought in some of the Napoleonic Wars’ most-famous historic battles and campaigns from 1807 through 1815. The helmet is for an officer who served in Dragoner-Regiment König Carl I. von Rumänien (1. Hannoverisches) Nr, a Prussian Regiment by way of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, wherein the Kingdom of Hannover was absorbed into Prussia under König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I. That said, it had been a Hanoverian Regiment that originally was formed in 1805, attached to the XVI. Armeekorps, and garrisoned at Metz.

    The helmet’s wappen displays a wonderful brass finish, and features three different bandeaux. Bandeaux were granted to certain Prussian, Hanoverian, and Braunschweig regiments for extreme bravery displayed during major battles. When Hannover and Braunschweig were absorbed into Prussia in 1866, they lost the right to display their battle honors. Later, in 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm II and the General Staff made numerous changes to the German Regiments’ headdresses. One of these changes was the inclusion of Reich’s Kokarden on most headdresses (formerly the States’ Kokarden’s position), while most States’ Kokarden were moved to the other side of their respective pickelhauben, kugelhelme, etc. Another change was that regiments who had once possessed bandeaux were again permitted to display them. This was very important to the Hanoverian and Braunschweig regiments.

    The wappen’s left side features a bandeau reading “Peninsula” on the lower edge of the Eagle’s wing. The latter was the Napoleonic Wars’ longest campaign, and took place on the Iberian peninsula from 1807 to 1814. The English, Spanish, and Portugese allies fought a bitter campaign of numerous battles against France, culminating with a break-through out of Spain into France that ended the Napoleonic Wars’ first phase.
    The second bandeau, for “Göhrde,” sits directly across from that for “Peninsula.” It commemorates a battle that took place in September 1813 in the Prussian city of Göhrde. It was important because it increased the pressure on Napoleon as the actions in Spain forced him back into France. The final bandeau, for “Waterloo,” (Napoleon’s last gasp) appears just below the Eagle’s neck. Following that decisive battle, the former Emperor was exiled to St. Helena, an island 2,500 miles off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in South America. [It remains a British possession to this day. It even served as a place of exile for the King of the Zulus after the South African Zulu Wars]!

    The helmet’s leather is superlative. It is as smooth and clean as the proverbial baby’s bottom. Its front visor is squared, as is correct for ALL Dragoner helmets. All of its furniture is brass, including the chin scales, cruciform, officers’ stars, and the extra-tall spike, as well as the front and rear visors. [The spike is far taller than that of the average Prussian officer, looking closer to Saxon officers’ spikes]. The exterior’s final details are the correct State and Reich’s Officers’ Kokarden.
    The interior features a fine, brown-leather sweatband that shows minimal use and remains in excellent condition. A silk liner in beautiful condition is attached to the leather sweatband. The liner displays NO rips, tears, or shredding. Even more important, NO double holes appear under the silk liner, and ALL of the original hardware is in place. Finally, a small paper tag displays the helmet’s size, “58,” which is a larger size than normal. [A size “55-56″ helmet is about average, while anything beneath that number is small. Anything OVER “56″ should be considered large].

    This is a superb pickelhaube from a very elite regiment. Research shows that only 0.01% of German Army officers wore this helmet. Finding a helmet like this in such good condition is exceptional. The helmet comes to us from an elderly collector who has slowly been releasing excellent helmets.

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  • PICKELHAUBE - HESSE-DARMSTADT - OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 115 - CONVERTED TO DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 23 OR NR 24.

    PICKELHAUBE – HESSE-DARMSTADT – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 115 – CONVERTED TO DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 23 OR NR 24

    SKU: 04-781 XJT

    $6,495.00

    PICKELHAUBE – HESSE-DARMSTADT – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 115 – CONVERTED TO DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 23 OR NR 24.

    Today we are offering an unusual, privately-purchased, officer’s spiked helmet from Hesse-Darmstadt. In addition to the usual variations that we find in Hessen officers’ helmets (round-topped spike fasteners except for Infanterie-Regiment Nr 115, and no pearl ring around the spike’s base except for Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nrs 25 and 61), this helmet saw service in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 115 as well as in Dragoner-Regiment Nr 23 or 24 when its owner transferred to the cavalry.
    The pickelhaube’s leather body shows spidering (NOT deep cracking) in both its front and its rear. It also sports a rounded front visor (as is correct), unlike Dragoner-Regiment pickelhauben. It is configured with the spike’s round-topped fasteners and arched chin scales, which are appropriate for the Dragoners. The Infanterie Regiment Nr 115-appropriate, star-topped spike fasteners and their correspondingly flat chin scales are also included.

    The helmet’s interior is clean, with an acceptable amount of wear showing on the cloth liner. A real gem is pasted to the leather body underneath the liner, the maker’s label that displays the Hessen Lion and the inscription “HOF MARSCHALL AMTS.KÖN.HOHEIT des LANDGRAFENv.HESSEN.” [PLEASE NOTE: the interior DOES reveal holes (located above the Lion) for the double laurel and oak leaf wreath and IR Nr 115’s 1621 bandeau. The helmet’s exterior shows that these holes were professionally filled in at the armory. ONLY the basic Hessen front plate’s holes remain. While we generally prefer to see helmets with NO extra holes, some legitimate exceptions do exist for their presence. This situation is one of them].

    It is a solid helmet with no dings whose overall appearance is very pleasing. The helmet clearly has an interesting history that presents a challenge to any history buff who desires to identify an officer who served in both branches. [REMEMBER: the price includes the helmet, the star fasteners, and the flat chin scales]. This is a consignment item.

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  • KUGELHELM - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - OFFICER

    KUGELHELM – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – OFFICER

    SKU: 33-375 XKGJT

    $8,995.00

    KUGELHELM – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – OFFICER

    Without a doubt, this is the rarest kugelhelm that we have ever offered. Although we have previously offered officers’ kugelhelme from SINGLE regiments in the past, today we are offering you one from a single Batterie WITHIN a regiment. [It is quite probable that the Batterie never contained more than five officers at any one time]. This exciting offering hails from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whose Batterie Nr III formed part of a Prussian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment that was formally designated as Holsteinisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 24. While the rest of the regiment was garrisoned at Güstrow, Batterie Nr III was garrisoned in Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s capital city, Neustrelitz. The regiment was raised in 1872, so it only existed for a brief thirty-six years before WW I’s end. The regiment was attached to Prussia’s IX. Armeekorps.

    The helmet’s body is in good condition, overall. Some cracking appears to the leather across both its front and back, with some shrinkage to its front and rear visors, as well. The rear visor also exhibits some curling, although we have placed it on a head form in an attempt to minimize the situation. The Regiment’s seven other Prussian Batterien displayed brass Prussian wappens. This wappen consists of a brass sunburst with a silver center displaying Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Coat-of-Arms. If you did not pay close attention, you might suppose that it belongs to a Mecklenburg-SCHWERIN regiment. Some minor details, however, confirm that it actually hails from Mecklenburg-STRELITZ. [Such is also the case for the Infanterie Regiment that the two Grand Duchies shared (Grenadier-Regiment Nr 89). Mecklenburg-Strelitz fielded one Bataillon (Nr II), while two Bataillone (Nrs I and III) belonged to Mecklenburg-Schwerin].

    The rest of the kugelhelm’s furniture is brass, including the flat chin scales, the base, the officers’ stars, the pearl ring, the kugel, the back strap, and the front visor trim. The helmet exterior’s final details include the correct officer State’s and Reich’s Kokarden.

    The interior features a well-used leather sweatband and a silk liner. The latter shows signs of shredding. Most important, NO double holes appear under the silk liner where the wappen is attached. Furthermore, we can see that 100% of the original hardware is present.

    This rare kugelhelm comes to us from an elderly German’s collection. It has been in his possession for decades. It is a consignment item.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1870 - 2nd CLASS - SPANGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE

    SKU: 09-1040

    $995.00

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE

    The Iron Cross forms a rich part of German military history. First introduced in 1813 by King Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, it marked a dramatic change from the past. Before, decorations and honors had been bestowed on officers. The institution of the two Iron Cross classes broke with this tradition by recognizing ALL soldiers, regardless of rank. With the advent of the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, King Wilhelm I (soon to be crowned KAISER Wilhelm I in 1871) again authorized the Iron Cross’s award to all German soldiers. Kaiser Wilhelm I’s grandson, Wilhelm II, then authorized a set of Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves in 1895 to commemorate the Franco-Prussian War’s jubilee AND the award of the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class.
    When 1914 brought the beginning of WW I, Wilhelm II again authorized the Iron Cross’s award, but with a difference. He introduced a Spange (Bar) to be awarded to soldiers who previously had received the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. [PLEASE NOTE: Approximately 50,000 Iron Crosses 2nd Class were awarded during and following the Franco-Prussian War. Remember, by 1914 the soldiers who had been awarded the prior war’s Iron Cross 2nd Class were in their sixties. Obviously, a good number of them were no longer alive, and I have NO information as to how many actually received the Spange. Two important 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class recipients do come to mind, however, Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen and Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg].
    The Spange measures 1 1/4” x 1 1/2.” A small, enamel, 1914 Iron Cross, with pebbled arms extending outward from the Iron Cross, sits in its center.
    The Spange’s reverse sports a slider through which an Iron Cross’s ribbon can be inserted. The Wagner and Söhne manufacturer’s hallmark is engraved on the Spange’s reverse, along with a Hohenzollern Eagle, a half moon, and its .800 silver content. The slider also reveals a depression in its center where it was pressed down to hold it against the ribbon.
    Please note one final bit of information. The Spange was intended for use on an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves, which completes its proper presentation. Naturally, one can display the Spange alone, however, its appearance is absolutely exquisite when combined with the other two pieces! $995.00

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  • PLATE - BAVARIA - COMMEMORATING MARTIN LUTHER’S 400TH ANNIVERSARY - ROSENTHAL

    PLATE – BAVARIA – COMMEMORATING MARTIN LUTHER’S 400TH ANNIVERSARY – ROSENTHAL

    SKU: 18-500

    $175.00

    PLATE – BAVARIA – COMMEMORATING MARTIN LUTHER’S 400TH ANNIVERSARY – ROSENTHAL

    Martin Luther (1483-1546) was the famous Protestant reformer for whom the Lutheran Church is named. He published his famous Ninety-five Theses in 1517, and sparked the Protestant Reformation. Today we are offering a handsome plate from the well-known Bavarian porcelain manufacturing company Rosenthal that celebrates the 400th Anniversary of the Ninety-Five Theses’ publication. The plate measures 8 1/2” in diameter and features Luther’s likeness along with the dates 1517 and 1917 in blue on a white background. The plate’s reverse features Rosenthal’s hallmark, as well as a hanger from which the plate could be hung on a wall. It is a very fine, one-hundred-year-old presentation.

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  • SHOULDER BOARD - HESSE-DARMSTADT -OBERST

    SHOULDER BOARD – HESSE-DARMSTADT -OBERST

    SKU: 23-528 XJT

    $195.00

    SHOULDER BOARD – HESSE-DARMSTADT -OBERST

    Here is a pre 1897 Oberst’s shoulder board from Hesse-Darmstadt. The shoulder board measures 5 1/2” x 2 1/4,” and features a brass button that helps secure it to a tunic. It also sports the Oberst’s two brass pips, which display the Grand Duchy’s brass crown in their centers. The board boasts a silver bullion Russian rope background that is further embellished with Hesse-Darmstadt’s emblematic, red and gold chevrons.
    Its reverse displays a white felt backing that features just a hint of moth nips, showing honest wear for the more than one-hundred-year-old shoulder board. The board’s reverse also reveals a substantial metal clip that allowed it to slip onto the tunic, as well as a black strap. It is a lovely item that remains in fine condition, overall. It is a consignment item.

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  • SHOULDER BOARDS - BADEN - MAJOR

    SHOULDER BOARDS – BADEN – MAJOR

    SKU: 23-529 XJT

    $275.00

    SHOULDER BOARDS – BADEN – MAJOR

    This pair of pre 1897 shoulder boards is for a Major from the Grand Duchy of Baden. Each one measures 5 1/2” x 2 1/2.” A brass button that exhibits toning appears on each shoulder board. The latter helped to secure each shoulder board to the tunic. The boards’ bullion ropes are silver in the Russian style. Red and gold chevrons also appear on the silver bullion ropes.

    The boards’ reverses feature red felt backing that shows signs of mild soiling and minor moth nipping. A fine, substantial, brass clip is in place that enabled the shoulder boards to be slipped onto a tunic. Their felt tabs are also in place.
    Overall, this is a fine, early pair of shoulder boards from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It is a consignment item.

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  • BOOK - THE PEOPLES WAR BOOK & ATLAS - AUTOGRAPHED EDITION

    BOOK – THE PEOPLES WAR BOOK & ATLAS – AUTOGRAPHED EDITION

    SKU: 12-855 XMD

    $150.00

    BOOK – THE PEOPLES WAR BOOK & ATLAS – AUTOGRAPHED EDITION.

    A joint publication by the U.S. and Canada, this book covered the Great War from those two countries’ perspectives. It was published with soldiers in mind, and with the hope that they would buy it. It is profusely illustrated with photographs and maps that reveal the war’s four years. It is a hardbacked edition that contains more than four hundred pages. The binding has suffered some separation, so caution must be used when handling it. The separation is not so severe that the book is in danger of falling apart but, nevertheless, caution should be exercised. It is a consignment item.

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  • MOVIE THEATER CARD - VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-513 XMD

    $75.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN.

    This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown.
    While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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  • MOVIE THEATER CARD - VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-514 XMD

    $75.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN.

    This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown.
    While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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  • MOVIE THEATER CARD - VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-515 XMD

    $75.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN.

    This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown.
    While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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  • MOVIE THEATER CARD - VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-516 XMD

    $75.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN.

    This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown.
    While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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  • MOVIE THEATER CARD - VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-517 XMD

    $75.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN.

    This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown.
    While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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  • MOVIE THEATER CARD - VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-518 XMD

    $75.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN.

    This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown.
    While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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  • MOVIE THEATER CARDS - SET OF 6 -VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN 

    MOVIE THEATER CARDS – SET OF 6 -VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN 

    SKU: 16-519 XMD

    $375.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARDS – SET OF 6 -VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    Please call 727.233-6173 or email kgreenfield@derrittmeister.com before ordering the set – so we may ensure all 6 mini posters are still available.
    These are full-color theater cards from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown.
    While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”

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  • PLATE - PATRIOTIC FEATURING GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL VON HINDENBURG

    PLATE – PATRIOTIC FEATURING GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL VON HINDENBURG

    SKU: 18-501

    $150.00

    PLATE – PATRIOTIC FEATURING GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL VON HINDENBURG.

    Paul von Hindenburg was Germany’s most popular military official during WW I. Recalled from retirement in 1914, he commanded a victorious army in Russia during 1914 to 1915. He rose to become the Chief of the German General Staff in 1916. His popularity continued after WW I’s end, and eventually was elected the Weimar Republic’s President.

    Our offering today is a most handsome patriotic plate that measures 10” in diameter. The multicolored plate features green, red, black, white, and gold highlights, with gold being the dominant color. It is an early war example that displays the legend “Aus Großer Zeit 1914-15” (From the Greater Time 1914-15).
    The plate is in mint condition, with no chips or damage.

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  • BOOK - THE RED BATTLE FLYER - BY CAPTAIN MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN

    BOOK – THE RED BATTLE FLYER – BY CAPTAIN MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 16-511 XMD

    $75.00

    BOOK – THE RED BATTLE FLYER – BY CAPTAIN MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN.

    This is the autobiography of Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron.” It was first published in Germany during 1917. While I am not certain of the exact date when it was written, I believe it took place during his recovery after being shot down in July of that year. This is a first English-language edition, which was published in New York in July 1918, after von Richthofen’s death. It is illustrated on a limited basis. The book does not have a dust jacket and shows some damage on the outside binding. The volume remains sound structurally and can be read with no difficulty. It is a consignment item.

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  • BOOK - MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY - BY JAMES W. GERARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY – BY JAMES W. GERARD

    SKU: 12-840 XES

    $35.00

    BOOK – MY FOUR YEARS IN GERMANY – BY JAMES W. GERARD.

    This is an English-language book. Author James W Gerard was an ambassador to the German Imperial Court who written several books on Germany and the Great War. He chose to write this book as an attempt to show Americans the magnitude and importance of the war. Gerard shows great passion in his writing for alerting Americans to what was really going on.

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  • BOOK - THE WORLDS WORK: WAR MANUAL OF THE GREAT 1914 EUROPEAN CONFLICT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – THE WORLDS WORK: WAR MANUAL OF THE GREAT 1914 EUROPEAN CONFLICT

    SKU: 12-841 XES

    $55.00

    BOOK – THE WORLDS WORK: WAR MANUAL OF THE GREAT 1914 EUROPEAN CONFLICT.

    This is an English-language book. Copyrighted in 1914, this hardcover book containing 100 illustrations, maps and a full reference index is a great compilation of articles by several authors (we have included a photo of the Contents Page for your review). The book is in fine condition and only consists of 136 pages. Reading through it will take the avid reader no time at all. For the less aggressive reader, the books compilation of short stories will pull you in and allow you to feel accomplished each time you pick it up and read a new author’s story.

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  • BOOK - A REFERENCE HISTORY OF THE WAR - BY IRWIN SCOFIELD GUERNSEY, MA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – A REFERENCE HISTORY OF THE WAR – BY IRWIN SCOFIELD GUERNSEY, MA

    SKU: 12-847 XES

    $35.00

    BOOK – A REFERENCE HISTORY OF THE WAR – BY IRWIN SCOFIELD GUERNSEY, MA.

    This is an English-language book. The 392 page hardcover book, published in 1920, includes numerous maps and illustrations. As the editor states in the preface, it was “. . . prepared in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for a reliable authentic history of the war in all its phases in one volume.”

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  • BOOK - THE KAISER: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN EUROPE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – THE KAISER: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN EUROPE

    SKU: 12-848 XES

    $35.00

    BOOK – THE KAISER: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN EUROPE.

    This is an English-language book. Published in 1914, The Kaiser is an illustrated, hardcover book that discusses a man who captured the public’s imagination.

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  • BOOK - THE NATIONS AT WAR - BY WILLIS JOHN ABBOT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – THE NATIONS AT WAR – BY WILLIS JOHN ABBOT

    SKU: 12-849 XES

    $25.00

    BOOK – THE NATIONS AT WAR – BY WILLIS JOHN ABBOT.

    This is an English-language book. It was published as a current-history book containing numerous illustrations, from drawings by the foremost war artists to photographs taken in the field by experts of every nation. The author Willis J Abbot also wrote Panama and the Canal, The story of Our Navy,” and “ The story of our army.” has put together 338 well written pages of the WW1.

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  • BOOK - I SEEK THE TRUTH: EX-CROWN PRINCE WILLIAM OF GERMANY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – I SEEK THE TRUTH: EX-CROWN PRINCE WILLIAM OF GERMANY

    SKU: 12-850 XES

    $35.00

    BOOK – I SEEK THE TRUTH: EX-CROWN PRINCE WILLIAM OF GERMANY.

    This is an English-language book. Its famous author states: “In Presenting my book…I do hope that proverbial fairness and the clear headed independence of American readers will give me a fair chance.” The 352 page, hardcover book has been translated into English.

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  • BOOK - THE GOVERMENTS OF EUROPE - BY FREDERIC AUSTIN, OGC, PHD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – THE GOVERMENTS OF EUROPE – BY FREDERIC AUSTIN, OGC, PHD

    SKU: 12-851 XES

    $25.00

    BOOK – THE GOVERMENTS OF EUROPE – BY FREDERIC AUSTIN, OGC, PHD.

    This is an English-language book. Published in 1918, it was written by a Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, who also wrote Social Progress in Contemporary Europe. The book was written to afford open and comparative study of political institutions of the time.

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  • BOOK - INSIDE THE GERMAN EMPIRE 1916 - BY HERBERT BAYARD SWOPE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – INSIDE THE GERMAN EMPIRE 1916 – BY HERBERT BAYARD SWOPE

    SKU: 12-852 XES

    $35.00

    BOOK – INSIDE THE GERMAN EMPIRE 1916 – BY HERBERT BAYARD SWOPE.

    This is an English-language book. Published in 1917, its foreword (written by James W. Gerard) states that the book is a first-hand representation of facts and impressions by the author, whom he admires. The book addressed the questions of the day, such as “What of Germany today?” “How does it stand?” “Are her people despairing?”

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  • BOOK - MEN AROUND THE KAISER - BY FREDERIC W WILLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – MEN AROUND THE KAISER – BY FREDERIC W WILLE

    SKU: 12-853 XES

    $125.00

    BOOK – MEN AROUND THE KAISER – BY FREDERIC W WILLE.

    This is an English-language book. Published in 1914, the author introduces the men around the Kaiser as “War Makers of Modern Germany.” The author was a journalist living in Berlin during the final years of the fatherlands restless preparation for war. This book is easy to read and has a unique perspective.

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  • BOOK - FACE TO FACE WITH KAISERISM - BY JAMES W GERARD. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – FACE TO FACE WITH KAISERISM – BY JAMES W GERARD.

    SKU: 12-854 XES

    $35.00

    BOOK – FACE TO FACE WITH KAISERISM – BY JAMES W GERARD.

    This is an English-language book. Published in 1918, it was written by James W Gerard, the then-late ambassador to the German Imperial Court. He also authored My Four Years In Germany.

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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

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – 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

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA WITH BUSHFELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON – OFFICER

    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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  • 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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  • 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.