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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON

    SKU: 04-790 XDK

    $7,995.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON

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

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

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

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

    This Garde Pionier Pickelhaube is a consignment item.

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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-783 XDK

    $5,495.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT

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

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

    This Prussian Line-Dragoner-Regiment pickelhaube is a consignment item.

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

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

    SKU: 33-381

    $995.00

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

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

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

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - OFFICER - FLIEGER - LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – OFFICER – FLIEGER – LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

    SKU: 33-378 XDK

    $5,995.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – OFFICER – FLIEGER – LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

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

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

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

    This is a consignment item.

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

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

    SKU: 33-377 XDK

    $6,295.00

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

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

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

    • Peninsula
    • Waterloo
    • Göhrde

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

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

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

    The Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - JÄGER - ENLISTED MAN - ERSATZ

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – JÄGER – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ

    SKU: 33-379 XDK

    $3,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – JÄGER – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ

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

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

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

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

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – REITSCHULE EXTRA – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    SKU: 03-120

    $450.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – REITSCHULE EXTRA – FIFTY CIGARETTES

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

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

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

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

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    SKU: 03-121

    $350.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS – FIFTY CIGARETTES

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

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

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

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  • CIGARETTE TIN - MANOLI RUMBLER-TAUBE - LARGE-SIZE FIFTY CIGARETTES

    CIGARETTE TIN – MANOLI RUMBLER-TAUBE – LARGE-SIZE FIFTY CIGARETTES

    SKU: 03-122

    $195.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – MANOLI RUMBLER-TAUBE – LARGE-SIZE FIFTY CIGARETTES

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

    This Manoli cigarette tin measures 1.25” x 3” x 4.” The cigarette tin’s lid shows a Rumpler-Taube airplane in flight, the same aircraft that appears on all German Pilot Badges. The Taube (Pigeon) was one of the Imperial German Army’s earliest planes, a single-wing aircraft that was used for scouting. In addition to the airplane’s image, the caption “Manoli Rumpler-Taube” appears below it. Manoli’s name and logo, along with “Rumpler-Taube,” appears inside the cigarette tin.

    The paint on the Manoli cigarette tin’s obverse is solid and clean. A couple of very small dents are on the lid, but they are not detractive to the overall presentation.

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  • WATCH FOB - BRAUNSCHWEIG

    WATCH FOB – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 10-895

    $95.00

    WATCH FOB – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    This is an interesting watch fob from the Duchy of Braunschweig. The 1.5″ wide x 3.25″ long watch fob’s ribbon is made of black silk, with a device at the top that allows the fob to be attached to a watch chain. A metal piece displaying the owner’s name hangs below, followed by a larger metal centerpiece. The watch fob’s centerpiece features a Coat-of-Arms on a shield flanked by lions. Rather unexpectedly, the shield is topped by an owl with his wings spread wide! This entire affair is contained within what appears to be a horseshoe. [Horseshoes were (and are) commonly used as good luck signs in Germany, as well as in the United States]. The horseshoe’s edge mentions Braunschweig. Two more engraved (with the years “1904/5″) metal pieces appear below the watch fob’s central device.

    This Braunschweig watch fob will make a fine addition to any collection.

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

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

    SKU: 09-1044

    $395.00

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

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

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

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  • STICKPIN - U-BOOT

    STICKPIN – U-BOOT

    SKU: 13-1057

    $125.00

    STICKPIN – U-BOOT

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

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

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    SKU: 13-1058

    $995.00

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

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

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

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

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  • DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-352 XRH

    $695.00

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

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

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

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

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

    This is a consignment item.

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  • CANTEEN - MEDICAL ORDERLY

    CANTEEN – MEDICAL ORDERLY

    SKU: 10-896

    $195.00

    CANTEEN – MEDICAL ORDERLY

    I could not resist buying this nifty Medical Orderly’s (Medizinisch Ordentlich) Canteen, not only due to its subject matter, but because of its excellent condition. The Medical Orderly’s (Medizinisch Ordentlich) Canteen still has the bulk of its olive green wool surface intact. Some moth nips are evident, which is not surprising for a more than one-hundred-year-old item with a wool finish! [Not to mention that canteens usually received hard use at the front lines].

    The canteen has many brown leather straps, which are all intact, as are the buckles that allowed the canteen to be removed and filled up when necessary. One of the straps on the Medical Orderly’s (Medizinisch Ordentlich) Canteen is stamped for its manufacturer, “Herm. Flohr Cöln (Cologne),” and the date it was made, “1915.”

    The Medical Orderly’s (Medizinisch Ordentlich) Canteen’s top features a tin cup with which the orderly could offer water to his patients. This well-maintained Medical Orderly’s (Medizinisch Ordentlich) Canteen can make a lovely item to add to a display, or may be displayed on its own.

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  • PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

    PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

    SKU: 17-676

    $125.00

    PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

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

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

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  • PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE - 1914 - IDENTIFIED - SCHNVERT

    PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE – 1914 – IDENTIFIED – SCHNVERT

    SKU: 18-503 XRH

    $195.00

    PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE – 1914 – IDENTIFIED – SCHNVERT

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

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

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

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

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  • UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

    UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

    SKU: 21-209

    $250.00

    UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

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

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

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

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

    SKU: 10-897

    $30.00

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

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

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

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

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  • IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 10-898

    $30.00

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II

    This is a coin impression card from the Imperial period. Two small embossed roundels appear in the card top’s left and right corners. The embossed roundel on the left displays two men operating a press, while the embossed roundel on the right features Germany’s Postal Service post horn within a laurel leaf wreath. A printed legend between the two roundels reads “Neue Gedenktaler auf Kaiser Wilhelm II (New Memorial Coin of Kaiser Wilhelm II).” Immediately below this legend is the information “Silber (Silver) 990/1000, 18 gr. (Grams) Schwer (Heavy) das Stück M. 4.50 ([for] the Piece 4.5 Marks).”

    The Imperial Period impression card features the embossed fronts of two silver 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II coins below the printed information above. Both coins share the same embossed back, which is displayed below and in the middle of the two fronts. Both coin fronts feature different versions of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s profile. The coin on the left has the designation number “4419″ beneath it, while the one on the right is designated number “4420.”

    The coins’ back impression displays three swords planted in the ground in front of what may be a monument. The date 1914 appears on either side of the monument, while the rest of the embossed coin back features a quote from Kaiser Wilhelm II. Both coins’ designation numbers appear below the back’s embossed impression.

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

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  • SANKE CARD NR 569 - PRUSSIAN PRINZ SIGISMUND

    SANKE CARD NR 569 – PRUSSIAN PRINZ SIGISMUND

    SKU: 42-201

    $60.00

    SANKE CARD NR 569 – PRUSSIAN PRINZ SIGISMUND

    Prinz Sigismund of Prussia (1891-1927) was a member of the lesser House of Hohenzollern branch. As such, he became an à la Suite officer in the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß when he turned the age of ten in 1901. He was also attached to the 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preußen Nr. 2, in which he held the rank of Rittmeister. During WW I, he served in Flieger-Abteilung Nr 22. He survived the war, but was killed in a 1927 riding accident.

    Sanke Card Nr 569 shows Prinz Sigismund in a profile view, wearing a feldgrau attila. He is wearing a schirmmütze that displays his regiment’s Totenkopf (Death’s Head). His shoulder board also shows the regiment’s cypher. Finally, he sports the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his tunic’s left breast.

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  • SANKE CARD NR 361 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - “DEATH CARD.”

    SANKE CARD NR 361 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN – “DEATH CARD.”

    SKU: 42-202

    $55.00

    SANKE CARD NR 361 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN – “DEATH CARD.”

    This is Sanke Card Nr 361 of Max Immelmann who, along with Oswald Boelcke, was an early winner of the Orden Pour le Mérite. Immelmann was killed in the summer of 1916. The Sanke Card is a studio pose that features Immelmann wearing his PLM, his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and his Prussian Army Pilot Badge. He is also wearing a large medal bar.

    Directly under Immelmann’s name, a small cross indicates that he is deceased. It also means this card was produced in 1916 (and later). The postcard shows some silver oxide on its edges. It was never mailed and remains in fine condition.

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  • POSTCARD - MAX IMMELMANN - AVIATION

    POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN – AVIATION

    SKU: 42-203

    $45.00

    POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN – AVIATION

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

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

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  • SANKE CARD NR 363 - HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    SANKE CARD NR 363 – HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    SKU: 42-204

    $55.00

    SANKE CARD NR 363 – HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    Oswald Boelcke was a major hero in Imperial Germany. He and Max Immelmann were the first two aviators to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite. Boelcke ran his score up to an amazing forty victories before he was killed in a midair collision with one of his own pilots.

    This is Sanke Card Nr 363. It features Boelcke in a studio pose and was taken at the same time that Immelmann had his Sanke Card photo taken. [We can recognize this fact because each photo features the same drape behind the men]. Boelcke is seen in his classic hand-on-hip pose. He has his PLM at his throat, his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and his Prussian Army Pilot Badge. His tunic’s buttonhole features his ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and for the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order (Prussia’s second-highest decoration, generally awarded prior to the PLM).

    This card was produced prior to his October 1916 death. Some silver oxidation appears around the edges, which was quite common on early postcards. Later in the war other chemicals were substituted, as silver was needed for the war effort.

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  • SANKE CARD NR 547 - FRANZ SCHULTE

    SANKE CARD NR 547 – FRANZ SCHULTE

    SKU: 42-205

    $60.00

    SANKE CARD NR 547 – FRANZ SCHULTE

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

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

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  • POSTCARD - PRE WAR ZEPPELIN & GRAF VON ZEPPELIN

    POSTCARD – PRE WAR ZEPPELIN & GRAF VON ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-206

    $30.00

    POSTCARD – PRE WAR ZEPPELIN & GRAF VON ZEPPELIN

    This postcard shows a prewar zeppelin in the sky above a large, well-dressed crowd. In the left corner, gazing at his invention, is a jovial-looking Graf von Zeppelin. A bend appears in the card’s lower right corner, while a much smaller bend appears in the upper right corner. The postcard was never mailed. However, an interesting, unofficial, red postage stamp appears on the reverse’s left side where the message would normally be written.

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  • SANKE CARD NR 1057 - GERMAN BOMBER BEING LOADED WITH BOMBS

    SANKE CARD NR 1057 – GERMAN BOMBER BEING LOADED WITH BOMBS

    SKU: 42-207

    $50.00

    SANKE CARD NR 1057 – GERMAN BOMBER BEING LOADED WITH BOMBS

    This is Sanke Card Nr 1057. Willi Sanke had two different types of aviation postcards. Aside from his well-known series of aviators, he had a second line depicting aircraft. The aircraft postcards were generally in the 1,000 series. Aviators were typically in the 300-600 range.

    This postcard shows a twin engine bomber being loaded with bombs for a bombing mission. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • SANKE CARD - HANS MÜLLER

    SANKE CARD – HANS MÜLLER

    SKU: 42-208

    $60.00

    SANKE CARD – HANS MÜLLER

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

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

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  • SANKE CARD - ADOLPHE PÉGOUD

    SANKE CARD – ADOLPHE PÉGOUD

    SKU: 42-209

    $55.00

    SANKE CARD – ADOLPHE PÉGOUD

    Willy Sanke produced the most famous aviation postcards of aviators. Aviator postcards were generally numbered between 300-600. This is a most unusual Sanke Card — it has no number. It clearly says “Sanke,” but the missing number is a bit of a puzzle. Not only does this card lack a number, its subject is a Frenchman!

    Adolphe Pégoud (1889-1915) was a well-known, pre war, French pilot. He joined the French Air Service shortly after WW I began. He first flew single-seater, then two-seater, scouts. He was the first French pilot to achieve ace status. He was shot down in 1915 by one of his pre war German students.

    The postcard shows him in the cockpit of his aircraft. He is identified by name. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition. This card may well have preceded German aviator Sanke Cards.

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  • POSTCARD - NAVY ZEPPELIN

    POSTCARD – NAVY ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-210

    $60.00

    POSTCARD – NAVY ZEPPELIN

    This postcard features a Navy Zeppelin. The card is titled Marine-Luftschiff. The zeppelin’s stern features a small Iron Cross. An “LZ” appears on the bow. No ship number is present. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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

    POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER

    SKU: 44-320

    $20.00

    POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER

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

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

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  • PHOTOGRAPH - NCO - SEEBATAILLON NR II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH – NCO – SEEBATAILLON NR II

    SKU: 44-321

    $50.00

    PHOTOGRAPH – NCO – SEEBATAILLON NR II

    The Seebataillone were attached to the Imperial German Navy. Three Bataillone existed prior to WW I. Seebataillon Nr I was stationed at Kiel, Seebataillon Nr II was located at Wilhelmshaven, and Seebataillon Nr III was based at Tsingtao, China. [During WW I, the Seebataillon became the Marine Infanterie, which included an artillery component and even Marine (Aviation) Jastas. The Marine-Infanterie ballooned into three Divisions containing some 40,000 men by 1917]. Like the U.S. Marine Corps, the Seebataillone were responsible for security on larger naval vessels and at Germany’s embassies. [PLEASE NOTE: China-based Seebataillon Nr III was charged with security in the German-controlled territory].

    The photograph we are offering today features a young Seebataillon NCO. The Marine, attired in his dunkel-blau uniform and schirmmütze, stands in front of a painted backdrop that depicts ships steaming at sea. He is holding his white gloves in his left hand, which is also resting against the pommel of his sword (the sword comes complete with its attached hangers and a light-colored sword knot). The 2.5″ x 3.5″ photograph is pasted onto a 4” x 6.5,” charcoal-colored, cardboard matte. The legend “PHOTOGRAPHIE K. HURTIG WILHELMSHAVEN” is printed in white script just below the photo’s lower right corner. The Wilhelmshaven location strongly suggests that the NCO belonged to Seebataillon Nr II.

    Photographs from Imperial Germany’s Seebataillone are VERY hard-to-find.

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  • PHOTOGRAPH - NCO - SEEBATAILLON NR III

    PHOTOGRAPH – NCO – SEEBATAILLON NR III

    SKU: 44-322

    $75.00

    PHOTOGRAPH – NCO – SEEBATAILLON NR III

    The Seebataillone were attached to the Imperial German Navy. Three Bataillone existed prior to WW I. Seebataillon Nr I was stationed at Kiel, Seebataillon Nr II was located at Wilhelmshaven, and Seebataillon Nr III was based at Tsingtao, China. [During WW I, the Seebataillon became the Marine Infanterie, which included an artillery component and even Marine (Aviation) Jastas. The Marine-Infanterie ballooned into three Divisions containing some 40,000 men by 1917]. Like the U.S. Marine Corps, the Seebataillone were responsible for security on larger naval vessels and at Germany’s embassies. [PLEASE NOTE: China-based Seebataillon Nr III was charged with security in the German-controlled territory].

    The photograph we are offering today features a young Seebataillon Nr III NCO. The glossy photograph was taken at a studio located in China. The photograph measures 4.25” x 6.75,” and is pasted onto a charcoal-colored, cardboard matte. The photographer/studio is identified as “Photo Yung Tai,” which is printed in white script just below the photo’s lower left corner. The photo’s lower right corner bears the phrase “5. Beritt Komp.” (5th Riding Company), which is also printed in white script. The Marine, attired in his dunkel-blau uniform and schirmmütze, is seated in a chair in front of an elaborate painted backdrop depicting a very European-looking countryside. He is holding his white gloves in his left hand, which is also resting against the pommel of his sword (the sword comes complete with its attached hangers and a light-colored sword knot).

    Photographs from any of Imperial Germany’s Seebataillone are VERY hard-to-find. [Locating one for a man stationed in China is even rarer]!

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  • HAND CARVED GERMAN PATRIOTIC BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAND CARVED GERMAN PATRIOTIC BOX

    SKU: 03-116

    $175.00

    This is a hand carved, solid wood German patriotic box. It measures 3″ x 5 ½” x 8,” making it an ideal size for a bedside table or desk top. A hand painted oak leaf wreath is carved into the box’s top, accented in four places with red and black strips of ribbon. The wreath encloses the phrase “Erinnerungen an die Kriegsjahre 1914-16” (Memories of the War Years 1914-16). The latter might just be what its original owner once locked inside it. The box is in excellent condition, with all its hardware in place. Its lock and a small skeleton key (taped inside its lid) are both functional. Most boxes like this that we have acquired in the past have NOT had their keys still present, which makes this one extra special!

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - PICKELHAUBE - FÄHNRICH - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 - BATAILLON Nr III

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – FÄHNRICH – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 – BATAILLON Nr III

    SKU: 04-782 XRK

    $6,495.00

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – FÄHNRICH – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 – BATAILLON Nr III

    This is a very fine Duchy of Braunschweig Fähnrich’s (officer candidate) Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 pickelhaube. [As a comparison, Great Britain used the equivalent rank of Ensign until 1871, while the U.S. used it until 1815]. The spiked helmet is a post 1897 example, whose regiment wore two different styles of wappens prior to 1912. Until 1912, only Bataillone Nr I and Nr 2 sported the dread-inspiring Totenkopf, while Bataillon Nr III featured the running horse emblem that acknowledged their ties to Hanover. After 1912, ALL Bataillone displayed the Totenkopf.

    Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 was founded in 1809. It was posted to Spain, where it fought with Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal against France and Napoleon. They achieved an enviable record and suffered severe casualties during the Peninsula Campaign.

    The helmet’s leather body is in excellent condition. One VERY minor blemish does not affect the overall presentation. The helmet’s furniture is all brass, including its chin scales, front visor trim, base plate, officers’ stars, pearl ring, and spike (the latter is quite tall). The only silver-toned exterior part is a sunburst on which features a running horse in a profile view. As the wappen is for a Fähnrich rather than an officer, it is NOT enameled as is an officer’s wappen. [PLEASE NOTE: we have a simply wonderful Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 officers’ helmet on offer]. The exterior’s final details are the correct officer’s State kokarde and an NCO’s Reich’s kokarde.

    The interior displays a dark-brown, leather liner in good condition. A mint-green, silk liner is attached to that leather liner. The silk is smooth, not ribbed. [Personally, I much prefer the smooth silk liner, but see them far less often]. All of the correct hardware appears under the liner. The two washers on the wappen do NOT match the other hardware pieces. In spite of this situation, we see NO double holes where the wappen is attached.

    This is a 100% original, spiked helmet that comes to us from the collection of a longtime collector who is known for selecting top-quality items that are in sparkling condition. It is a very rare example that constitutes quite a real bargain compared to an officer’s pickelhaube. [This is often the case for Fähnrich’s or One-Year-Volunteer’s helmets, which are quite near in quality to officers’ helmets.

    Consignment item.

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

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

    SKU: 05-1692 XKA

    $4,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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