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  • GERMANY - SWORD - LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN - DAMASCUS LIONSHEAD - NO SCABBARD - PRESENTATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SWORD – LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – DAMASCUS LIONSHEAD – NO SCABBARD – PRESENTATION

    SKU: 07-178 XJFO

    $5,495.00

    GERMANY – PRESENTATION SWORD – LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – DAMASCUS LIONSHEAD – NO SCABBARD.  Over the years, we have been privileged to offer you some very interesting edged weapons. [Most recently, this included a spectacular Court Degen that once belonged to Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother]. Today’s sword is equally intriguing, and presents a unique historical background. It is a presentation sword for Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen (1894-1922), which was given to him by a family friend. Although Manfred is the more famous of the two brothers, Lothar was an equally-accomplished flyer who achieved spectacular results in a relatively-short time period at the Front.

    Imperial German aristocrats often practiced a custom wherein a male child’s birth required that the father (or a close family friend) present his son with a sword. A family friend of Albrecht von Richthofen, Lothar’s father, presented this Kavallerie sword to the boy. Serving in Prussia’s Kavallerie was something of a tradition within the von Richthofen family. Albrecht had served in Kürassier-Regiment Nr 1, and eventually achieved the rank of Major. While rescuing one of his troopers from a river, the Major damaged one of his ears, which led to his being medically retired from active service. Later on his sons continued the tradition, with Manfred serving in an Ulanen-Regiment, while Lothar belonged to a Dragoner-Regiment.

    [PLEASE allow me to fill in some background information about the way this wonderful sword came to its current owner. This gentleman’s father served in the U.S. Army during the 1960’s. He was based in West Berlin, where he was in charge of all the Western sector’s military clubs. From time to time, the father crossed into East Germany on U.S. Army business, or to scout out militaria artifacts to add to his collection (a man after my own heart)! He discovered this sword during a museum visit, and was able to acquire it. The sword remained with the family for many years, then was passed on to the son when his father died. That son has now entrusted Der Rittmeister Militaria to find it a new home].

    You will notice that this sword does NOT have a scabbard. It does, however, boast a “Damascus” blade. Damascus blades are among the finest swords that one can find, and are VERY desirable to edged weapon collectors. It is a type of steel known for its amazing sword characteristics. Damascus blades display an unusual pattern in the steel due to different elements present during the smelting process. [If you will indulge me with this comparison, a Damascus blade could be considered the Porsche of edged weapons]! This handsome, massive, Lionshead presentation sword measures 38 ½” from the brass Lionshead atop the pommel to its elaborately-engraved blade’s tip. The blade’s width (it measures 1 ½” at its widest point) helps to confirm its status as a presentation piece.

    The Lionshead and the rest of the brass-fitting on the sword handle’s back are adorned with elaborate scroll-work running down from the lion’s mane, while the brass guard displays a pattern of finely sculpted oak leaves and acorns coming out from the lion’s jaws. The Lionshead’s eyes are made of faceted black stone or glass, and are NOT original. [The current owner remembers seeing the sword for the first time when he was a boy, and noticing that its eye sockets were empty. His father had a jeweler insert the black stones later]. The sword’s brass, quillon finial (cross guard’s end-piece) sports a smaller, less elaborate Lionshead. The sword’s sharkskin grip (which displays some worn areas) is triple wire-wrapped (a copper strand, a twisted, silver-toned, metal strand, and a second copper strand). Decorative brass rain guards adorn both sides of the cross guard. One rain guard features crossed cavalry swords above two leafy, berry-bedecked branches that are tied together at the base. The other rain guard boasts the von Richthofen Coat-of-Arms, with a Freiherr’s (Baron’s) Crown perched atop the knight’s helmet. The underside of the cross guard features the words “Geschütztes Muster” (Protected Pattern), which means the design essentially was copyrighted.

    The blade itself features elaborate, somewhat faded, gilt engravings upon the elegant Damascus steel. Gilt scroll-work decorates the upper part of the sword’s spine above the false edge. The sword’s ricasso (unsharpened length of blade just above the guard) displays the words “Gust. (av) Günther Metz.” This firm was involved in producing “Drillings” (a combination gun with three barrels that was used by sportsmen all over Europe). [Gustav Günther Metz evidently worked with the steel and weapons company Krupp, probably specializing in producing decorative plates for the shotguns and specially decorated sword blades].

    Just below the rain guard that features the cavalry swords the blade is decorated with a panel displaying two scrolls inside a border of oak leaves and acorns. The first scroll displays the name v.(von) Wendt u. (und) Niemann i/l.” The second scroll reads “Frhr. v. Richthofen” (Freiherr von Richthofen, Lothar’s father), “Metz,” and “1894″ (the year of Lothar’s birth). The panel’s decoration is finished with an illustration of a Kavallerie Offizier’s sword, Pickelhaube, and Küraß sitting atop a military drum.

    The blade’s reverse contains five different panels filled with gilt illustrations. They start just below the rain guard depicting the von Richthofen family crest. Most of them are typical of the images found on military-themed sword blades. The most interesting panel features ANOTHER very detailed gilt image of the von Richthofen Coat-of-Arms. [PLEASE NOTE the illustration at left]. The Coat-of-Arms features two crowned knights’ helmets above a Freiherr’s Crown, with a stork perched atop the right-hand helmet. In turn, the Freiherr’s Crown sits on top of a heraldic shield held between two rampant lions. The shield features items related to the family’s history. The seated figure on the right depicts a judge, which relates to the family name’s original meaning (“Richter” means judge, while “Hof” means court).

    In conclusion, this is a historically-important sword associated with a famous German family that produced two of WW I’s best fighter pilots. [Manfred’s story is related on other parts of our website]. Lothar shot down forty enemy planes during the war, and commanded Jasta 11 on many occasions. He was a PLM winner and, unlike his brother, survived the war. Tragically, he died in a 1922 Hamburg air crash. [PLEASE NOTE: the accompanying photos feature one of Lothar’s Sanke Cards in which he is holding a Lionshead sword that we feel is similar to the sword on offer. We do see some small differences between them, and thus do NOT think they are one and the same].

    This is a consignment item.

     

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  • OLDENBURG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 - CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS

    OLDENBURG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 – CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS

    SKU: 04-794 XKGJT

    $4,495.00

    OLDENBURG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 – CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS.

    This is an interesting wartime Officer’s Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 Pickelhaube. The regiment was raised in 1849, and garrisoned in the capital city (also called Oldenburg). The regiment was assigned to the X. Armeekorps.

    The Officer’s Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 spiked helmet’s very smooth leather body is in top condition. Most of the spiked helmet’s furniture, including its wappen, cruciform, pearl ring, trim, and spike is silver-toned. The wappen’s center features a brass sunburst with Oldenburg’s silver Coat-of-Arms in its center. The officers’ stars are made of heavily-tarnished brass. The chin scales are also brass. [PLEASE NOTE: Here is an interesting feature of the chin scales that I have NEVER seen before – they have canvas “foul weather” covers mounted on them! They are similar to the canvas “foul weather” covers found on pickelhauben. Both such covers offered total protection from rainy conditions when they were mounted in place]. The obverse’s final details are a correct blue, red, and gold Oldenburg kokarde, as well as a proper Reich’s kokarde.

    The Officer’s Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 spiked helmet’s interior reveals a dark-brown, leather sweatband, along with an attached, well-used, burnt-gold silk liner. ALL of the original hardware is present underneath the silk liner. NO extra holes appear where the wappen is attached. Finally, a label indicates that the pickelhaube’s size is 57 ½ (a bit larger than normal).

    This is a very fine spiked helmet from a seldom-seen regiment.

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  • PRUSSIA - LEATHER FLYING HELMET - AVIATION

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER FLYING HELMET – AVIATION

    SKU: 15-730

    $495.00

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER FLYING HELMET – AVIATION.

    This is a WW I German aviator’s soft, leather, flying helmet. During the war, the Germans used two basic types of flying helmets. The first and earliest was a hard, leather-shell design similar to a motorcycle helmet. The second was a soft, leather, flying helmet. No standard design had been mandated for the latter, and most were-privately purchased from a number of sources.

    Our offering today is made of dark-brown, very supple leather. It sports ear flaps that can be opened by way of a snap. A loop is attached at the very top by which it could be hung in or out of the airplane. The interior is made of light brown felt. If you look closely, you can see light areas of wear – what I refer to as “honest age.” The overall condition of this helmet is exceptional.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    SKU: 04-793 XKGJT

    $8,995.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26.

    One of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Dragoner-Regiments was Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26, to which this pickelhaube’s officer-owner once belonged. The regiment was formed in 1805 and garrisoned at Stuttgart (in the section then known as Cannstatt). It was attached to the XIII. Armeekorps. While it was considered to be the second of Württemberg’s Dragoner-Regiments, it actually was the “King’s Own,” making it more elite. [This is noted by a special emblem on the wappen’s center, which we will describe further down].

    This Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26 Officer’s Pickelhaube is in very fine condition, overall. Its front visor is squared rather than rounded. It sports clear and supple leather that does, however, display a fault that I wish to share with you. Its rear visor displays two small holes that are a little larger than two pencil points. [This was more commonly done just after the war (and up into the 1950’s) so that the helmets’ owners could hang them up on their walls to commemorate their war service]. THESE holes are quite small compared to others I have seen, and delicately done. Since they appear on the rear visor, they are not detractive to the helmet’s overall presentation, particularly when one views its obverse. Furthermore, when its parade bush is installed instead of its service spike, the holes are mostly obscured.

    The Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26 Pickelhaube’s obverse displays a silver-toned wappen that possesses a fantastic patina. The wappen itself features Württemberg’s rampant Lion and Stag on either side of Württemberg’s shield. The shield itself sports Württemberg’s Coat-of-Arms, which is mostly obscured by a metallic sunburst that displays the Order of the Württemberg Crown’s multicolored enamel emblem. The latter was Württemberg royalty’s highest order, which also appeared on Württemberg General Officers’ pickelhauben and kugelhelme. The members of Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26 Pickelhaube were the only other Württembergian officers who were allowed to display these emblems on their spiked helmets’ wappens.

    Again, this is a reflection of the regiment’s status as the “King’s Own,” making it comparable to Prussia’s Garde du Corps. The emblem is similar in meaning to the Prussian Garde-Regiment helmets’ Garde Stars. All of the helmet’s remaining furniture is silver-toned (including the trichter and spike), except for its brass chin scales and officers’ stars. It is a true PLEASURE to offer the parade bush mounted on its trichter AND its service spike.

    The obverse’s final details are its correct officer’s kokarden. The Württembergian kokarde is a special design that differs from that of Prussia, while the Reich’s kokarde actually exhibits the Prussian style. (I find Württemberg’s kokarde to be quite elegant).

    Finally, our very special Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26 spiked helmet’s interior features a high-quality, light-brown, leather sweatband attached to a beige silk liner. The latter is complete, but exhibits some light shredding in four places. All of the original hardware is present under the silk liner, with NO double holes where the wappen is attached.

    This is a wonderful example of a Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26 Pickelhaube. We seldom run across them. Similar examples of the helmet WITHOUT the previously-described fault can run between $12,000 and $15,000, which renders our helmet an exceptional value!

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  • BOOK - L’ ARMEE ALLEMANDE EN 1914 - DIDIER LAINÉ

    GERMANY – BOOK – L’ ARMEE ALLEMANDE EN 1914 – DIDIER LAINÉ

    SKU: 04-797 XJT

    $325.00

    BOOK – L’ ARMEE ALLEMANDE EN 1914 – DIDIER LAINÉ.

    Long before I discovered Jim Turinetti’s wonderful Imperial German headdress guidebooks, I relied on this excellent reference work that was published in 1984. I thumbed through it so often that its binding (many books weak points) required extensive repairs. As I type this description, my battered copy rests on my desk, looking as if IT went through a World War! [I know one collector who pulled Lainé’s book apart, enclosed all of its pages into plastic covers, and inserted them into a binder. I have considered doing so a time or two, but my dear wife Melissa grabs the book periodically and mends it until I bang it up again].

    What L’ Armee Allemande en 1914 offers is a full layout of each German Army unit (Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, and all supporting units). It does not cover Navy units such as the See-Bataillone. Below is a listing of what you’ll find with each unit:

    1). The unit’s formal name, including the royalty part of the designation AND the regimental number.

    2). The year the unit was formed, where it was garrisoned, and the Armeekorps to which it was assigned.

    3). The State kokarde, wappen, prewar uniform color, and prewar schirmmütze.

    1. The prewar uniform’s buttons, shoulder boards, collar litzen and sleeve litzen.

    I personally found it a huge help in identifying schirmmützen and shoulder boards. While MY copy of Lainé’s book has suffered from weakness in its binding, the copy that we are offering today is in near-mint condition. Careful handling on your part will reward you with years of enjoyment and aid in your research. This is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAPKA - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    SKU: 33-382 XKGJT

    $5,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14.

    Today we are offering a very special officer’s Tschapka from one of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Ulanen-Regiments. In fact, it is the MOST prestigious Tschapka we have ever presented on our website! It represents Prussia’s 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14, which was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen. Founded in 1805 during the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps. While nominally a Prussian regiment, its roots stretched back to the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed into Prussia after it chose to align with the losing side during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Nevertheless, the Hanoverian tradition remained strong within all of its regiments after their assimilation into the Prussian Army.

    The 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 Tschapka’s leather body is in very fine condition. A bit of scarring (just superficial marks that do NOT extend below its surface) and scuffing can be seen, but its overall appearance remains quite appealing. The silver wappen includes THREE separate bandeaux (battle honors) from the Napoleonic Wars: one each for “Waterloo,” “Peninsula,” and “Garza-Hernandez.” 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 had fought with distinction alongside British troops. These battle awards were restored (along with those of other Hanoverian regiments) by Kaiser Wilhelm in 1897, confirming its status as a VERY special regiment. As was correct, the Tschapka has brass chin scales and a single kokarde for Prussia on the wearer’s left side. The exterior’s final detail is an officer’s Prussian Feldzeichen.

    The 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 Tschapka’s interior features a simply gorgeous, light-brown, leather sweatband. The sweatband features extremely handsome and decorative white stitching. A pristine green silk liner is attached to the sweatband. NO double holes appear under the liner where the wappen is attached to the helmet’s leather body. It is truly amazing Tschapka that is priced well under the current market cost, since we obtained it for a very reasonable price.

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN - METAL

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN – METAL

    SKU: 04-796 XRH

    $695.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN – METAL.

    When WW I began (and as the German Army was greatly expanded), leather soon was in short supply for manufacturing pickelhauben due to the HUGE demand for leather belts and all the other field gear pieces constructed of this desperate-needed commodity. During the war’s early days, ersatz helmets were made of felt. Then, the German Army’s supply departments asked various manufacturers (toy maker Bing being the largest firm) to supply metal helmets. This was merely a stopgap measure, as these metal helmets supplied minimal protection from shrapnel. By 1916, the stahlhelm had been introduced, which offered far greater protection than had the various leather, felt, or toy manufacturers’ metal helmets.

    Today we are offering an early metal pickelhaube that was used by a Bavarian infantryman. It sports a pre war brass wappen. Its wappen is loose in the front and shifts around a bit. It stays in position, however, once the helmet is set down. Neither a chin strap nor any kokarden are attached. It features a standard enlisted man’s leather pickelhaube liner. The liner, while complete, is NOT well attached to the pickelhaube’s interior. Although it is not in the greatest shape, it is an interesting oddity and is priced accordingly.

    It is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - DEGEN - OFFICER - INFANTERIE - IOD 1889/1915 - WITH AUSTRIAN PORTÉPÉE

    PRUSSIA – DEGEN – OFFICER – INFANTERIE – IOD 1889/1915 – WITH AUSTRIAN PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-177 XAS

    $1,495.00

    PRUSSIA – DEGEN – OFFICER – INFANTERIE – IOD 1889/1915 – WITH AUSTRIAN PORTÉPÉE.

    This is a very high-quality IOD 1889/1915 officer’s Degen. The overall sword’s length (in the scabbard) is 39.” The black scabbard is in extraordinarily beautiful condition. On its own, the sword measures 37.5,” and features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cyphers.

    The blade of the sword is plain with double blood gutters. The sword is hallmarked for WKC (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum, & Co., Solingen). The sword’s hilt is also a bit unusual. Instead of the normal sharkskin wrapping, it boasts a very handsome, wire-wrapped, dark-brown wood. The accompanying portépée is actually Austrian, but has been enclosed by the sword’s consigner.

    This wartime sword would pair beautifully with a 1915 Friedensrock tunic (the most elegant of the feldgrau tunics).

    It is a consignment item.

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  • COLONIAL - SWORD - OFFICER - WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE - FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLONIAL – SWORD – OFFICER – WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE – FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN

    SKU: 07-173 XAS

    $2,495.00

    COLONIAL – SWORD – OFFICER – WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE – FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN.

    Today we are offering an Imperial German Colonial Officer’s sword. It is of the “First Pattern,” which was used from 1889 through 1913. It is distinguished by a Hohenzollern Crown on the pommel. The overall sword’s length (in the scabbard) is 40.” The sword’s length (without the scabbard) measures 37.” The sword’s grip is double-wire-wrapped in sharkskin. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cypher also appears on the grip. A sword hanger and a correct portépée (the latter being quite scarce) are attached to the sword. The sword’s scabbard is made of nickel. The sword blade is marked “Eisenhauer” and features either a manufacturer’s hallmark with which I am not familiar, or it could be someone’s initials.

    Colonial swords are never easy to come by. This is a particularly fine example. It is a consignment item.

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  • COLONIAL - SWORD - OFFICER - WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE - FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN

    PRUSSIA – COURT DEGEN – WITH PORTÉPÉE – REGIMENT der GARDE DU CORPS

    SKU: 07-176 XAS

    $1,895.00

    PRUSSIA – COURT DEGEN – WITH PORTÉPÉE – REGIMENT der GARDE DU CORPS.

    This is a classic Court Degen (specifically a rapier) with a “twist.” The Degen’s overall length (when in its scabbard) is 35.” The rapier’s length (without the scabbard) is 34.” The leather scabbard (by itself) measures 29.75.” The Degen’s wire-wrapped grip features a Garde Star, indicating that it belonged to a Regiment der Garde du Corps officer rather than a court official. The Degen would have been paired with his Gala Dress or his walking-out uniform.

    In addition to its interesting grip, our Degen also has its frog (a leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword, bayonet, or scabbard to a waist or shoulder belt) and a high-quality Prussian portépée. These additions help to elevate this Court Degen above more common, run-of-the-mill swords. It is a consignment item.

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  • BOOK - THE BLUE MAX - JACK D. HUNTER - FIRST EDITION

    GERMANY – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX – JACK D. HUNTER – FIRST EDITION

    SKU: 14-462

    $200.00

    BOOK – THE BLUE MAX – JACK D. HUNTER – FIRST EDITION.

    The Blue Max by Jack D. Hunter was a highly-successful, WW I-aviation novel. It was made into a hit movie featuring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress in the mid-1960’s. For many of us interested in WW I aviation, it was the book and/or movie that fueled our interest in this area of Imperial German history and collectibles.

    Today we are offering a hard-to-find first edition of The Blue Max. Since it was Jack’s first book, his publishers were willing to print ONLY 5,000 copies. Furthermore, they refused to produce the book’s dust jackets in color, since they would have to pay an artist to produce the design. Jack, an amateur artist, offered to paint an original color design for the cover himself, which provides an early example of Jack’s painting ability. The cover’s primary subject is a black Fokker D. VII, the plane flown by its central character, Bruno Stachel. [In real life, Eduard Ritter von Schleich, the “Black Knight of Germany” flew a similar plane, although it lacked the crude epithet Jack had his edgy antihero Stachel emblazon on HIS plane’s upper wing (all the better to agitate Stachel’s English opponents).

    The book and dust cover are in fine condition.

    [SPECIAL OFFER: purchase either Jack D. Hunter’s original painting Fokker D.VII Shooting Down a British S.E.5, SKU# 16-400 for $1,676.00, or the original Stachel Takes a Prisoner, SKU#, 14-461 for $1,995.00, and

    we will gift you this book. I commissioned the latter painting from Jack. It features action from both the book AND the movie. It is custom-framed. Both paintings are quite interesting and aptly display the late Jack D. Hunter’s amazing artistry].

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - OBERLEUTNANT - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 - M-1915 DESIGN - FELDGRAU - IDENTIFIED

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED

    SKU: 15-732

    $4,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED.

    Today we are offering a very exciting, IDENTIFIED, feldgrau tunic that was recently unearthed among an advanced collector’s treasures. Originally, it was part of a three-uniform group that had all belonged to the same individual. Its original owner chose to retain the officer’s prewar dunkel-blau tunic and mantel. The dunkel-blau tunic was the only one of the three garments with visible identification. That said, the officer’s name was “Erhardt von Schweinitz.” The tunic’s previous owner is an expert, published author on the Imperial German Kavallerie. He informed me that the arrangement of the tunic’s shoulder boards, more specifically their single pips, tell us that Oberleutnant von Schweinitz survived the war (something about which I was unaware). This great information should further assist one’s research about the Oberleutnant.

    The M-1915 tunic’s feldgrau material is a very fine, wool twill that is buttery-smooth to the touch. It features a single row of eight subdued, crowned buttons down its front. Another two buttons adorn each cuff. A black velvet trim line extends from the tunic’s collar edges down along the outside center tunic flap, and also adorns the cuffs’ edges. Interestingly, four pockets appear on the tunic’s obverse – two at the breast and two at the hip. All four pockets feature flaps without any buttons.

    The tunic’s shoulder boards reveal that they are for an Oberleutnant serving in Prussia’s 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2. [The regiment was founded in 1689 (rendering it the oldest Dragoner-Regiment within the Imperial German Army, as well as one of its most prestigious Kavallerie units. The regiment was garrisoned at Schwedt a.O. and attached to the III. Armeekorps]. The previously-described black trim served as a key component of 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2’s uniform edges, its epaulettes, its shoulder boards, and so on. The boards’ underlay is also appropriately black. A very few, scattered, moth nips are appear on the exterior, and are NOT detractive to the tunic’s overall presentation.

    The shoulder boards are sewn-into the 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2 uniform, which is a bit unusual for a junior officer. They are of the M-1915 subdued, wartime variety. Their regimental numbers also are subdued, as are their buttons, which are larger than those on average shoulder boards. Even more intriguingly, the single Oberleutnant’s pip is placed ON his regimental number. The latter takes the place of an “A.d.” retirement designation, and informs us that he survived the war. [I do find it curious that he was in the army for such a long time and only attained the rank of Oberleutnant. Furthermore, NO loops appear on the tunic for a medal bar, for a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, or other medals. NO 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon appears in his buttonhole, either].

    The 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2 tunic’s reverse displays six more subdued, crowned buttons (three per side) on the vent flaps, as well as more black trim. Its interior features a complete, high-quality, gray silk liner that is in excellent condition. A single pocket is present in the interior. It also has another detail I have not seen before, a strap with a button extending down from the sleeve. I have no clue as to its purpose.

    In conclusion, this is a very fine, mid-to-late-war 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2 tunic constructed of the superior materials that one expects for a nobleman. Its virtues are plentiful. It is feldgrau, in very fine condition, associated with a famous regiment, and (to top it all off) IDENTIFIED.

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  • SOUTHWEST AFRICA - TUNIC - COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) - OFFICER - FELDGRAU

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – TUNIC – COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) – OFFICER – FELDGRAU

    SKU: 15-729

    $7,495.00

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – TUNIC – COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) – OFFICER – FELDGRAU.

    This is one of the most amazing colonial feldgrau tunics that we have ever offered, as well as being of the highest-quality and rarity. It is for an Oberleutnant who served in German Southwest Africa (Deutsche Südwest Afrika – DSW). The Colonial Feldgrau Tunic was correct for wear when the soldier returned from his service in DSW to Germany and was now considered correct for the Heimetat (Home Service). Officers of the Heimetat wore tunics like this, although they wore different pickelhauben. [We recently sold a Heimetat pickelhaube that, interestingly, was the LAST pickelhaube to be authorized for that service. It also was quite rare. We also sold a correct Heimetat officer’s brocade and belt. That brocade belt was 100% correct for this tunic].

    The DSW colony was lost quite early in WW I, so many of its former officers who returned to Germany would have worn this tunic, not to mention officers who had returned to Germany PRIOR to the war’s outbreak. [PLEASE NOTE: This tunic is ALSO an M-1915 Friedensrock (Peace Coat)]!

    The Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic’s material is an ultra-high-quality, twill wool that feels quite smooth to the touch. A total of eight crowned silver buttons runs down the tunic’s center. The tunic’s handsome, blue collar is attached to a massive pair of silver bullion litzen, each of which measures 2” x 6.” The same blue runs down the tunic’s center and colors the cuffs. Each cuff sports a handsome, silver-bullion litzen and a silver-crowned button. Each shoulder board is of the sewn-in variety that displays an Oberleutnant’s single, gold pip. A small, silver-crowned button further secures each shoulder board. The correct, blue underlay covers the shoulder strap’s bottom. A small button also sits underneath the left shoulder strap, which would have had an aiguillette attached to it. The tunic’s left breast displays three sewn-in loops, measuring a total of 2.5” in length, for the accommodation of a three-to-five-place ribbon bar.

    The Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic’s reverse features six more silver-crowned buttons (three per side) attached to either side of the rear vent. The familiar blue trim also appears. The tunic’s interior reveals a complete, handsome, gray, silk liner that is in excellent condition.

    I want to add one final word about ALL of the silver buttons on this Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic. EVERY single one is made of frosted silver, and each is an absolute work of art.

    The condition of this AMAZING Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic is as close to perfect as you will ever see. It is the first of its type that I have seen. To my way of thinking, one would be absolutely unable to upgrade it!

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    SKU: 15-731

    $995.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß.

    We were quite pleased to recently acquire this tunic. It is not often that we can offer you a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) tunic, particularly one from a Garde-Regiment. Yet that is exactly what we are offering today! You will remember that the OYV program required its participants to pay for their meals, their housing, and ALL of their personal gear (including uniforms and headdresses), in return for an enlistment period of only one year rather than the normal two. The OYV’s were not able to draw from army depots for any of their personal gear.

    Part of what makes OYV tunics and headdresses so popular is the fact that they generally are officer-level quality. Additionally, only a limited number of men were allowed to enter the program. Being able to assume personal responsibility for their military expenses meant they generally came from middle/upper class families that could afford the extra costs. In many cases, these families could exert enough influence to get their sons into the better regiments like the 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These young men often purchased their personal gear at the same stores as their officers.

    The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß Regiment was formed in 1860 during the reign of König/Kaiser Wilhelm I. It was garrisoned in Berlin and, like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the GardeKorps.

    The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß tunic is of the prewar dunkel-blau variety, a high-quality, dark-blue wool. Eight brass-toned buttons run down the tunic’s center. The collar sports a silver-bullion border embellished with a pattern of gold-thread-outlined diamond-shapes above a red and white striped, cotton base. The sleeves each sport two gold buttons, each of which is attached to a white strip of ribbon with a single red thread-line running partway down from the button’s center. The sleeve’s cuffs are made of red felt bordered on the top by the same silver-bullion/gold-thread diamond ribbon pattern as the collar. The shoulder straps display a plain yellow background with NO regimental designation or cypher, whose edges are trimmed with a thin, black and white, thread braid confirming its status as a Prussian Regiment. The small brass buttons that secure the straps are engraved with its Kompagnie Nr, a “6.”

    The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß tunic’s reverse displays six more brass buttons (three per side) on the vent flaps, which are trimmed in red. The interior of the tunic is lined in officers-quality, black silk. Imperial German Army Depot-issued, enlisted men’s tunics usually were made of cotton, so THIS tunic definitely was privately-purchased.

    This 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß tunic definitely has a condition concern, as its front skirts exhibit considerable mothing, particularly on its right side. For that reason, the tunic is VALUE-PRICED. Were it in better condition, it could easily cost $1,500 or more.

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  • PRUSSIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915

    SKU: 23-533

    $2,495.00

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915.

    This is a very fine example of a single Prussian Generalfeldmarschall’s M-1915 subdued shoulder board that measures 1.5″ x 5.” By my count, six different WW I Prussian Generalfeldmarschalls could have worn this particular shoulder board. Its black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver rope enclosed within its border of muted, dark-gold braid. The detailing on its crossed, restrained-silver, Generalfeldmarschall’s batons is extremely impressive. The shoulder board’s reverse reveals a slip-on, red-felt backing. Its condition is excellent, overall.

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  • PRUSSIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915

    SKU: 23-534

    $2,495.00

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915.

    Here is another very fine example of a single Prussian Generalfeldmarschall’s M-1915 subdued shoulder board that measures 1.5″ x 4.” As you can see, it is slightly smaller than SKU# 23-533, so they clearly came from two different tunics. By my count, six different WW I Prussian Generalfeldmarschalls could have worn this particular shoulder board. Its black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver rope enclosed within its border of muted, dark-gold braid. The detailing on its crossed, restrained-silver, Generalfeldmarschall’s batons is extremely impressive. Both the batons and the gold braid are a bit brighter on SKU# 23-534 than SKU# 23-533.
    The shoulder board’s reverse reveals a red felt backing that is of the sewn-in variety (which is an unusual variation). Its condition is excellent, overall.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - GENERALMAJOR - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALMAJOR – M 1915

    SKU: 23-540

    $1,095.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALMAJOR – M 1915.

    This is an excellent pair of Prussian Generalmajor’s M-1915 subdued shoulder boards that each measure 1.5″ x 4.” Their black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver ropes enclosed within their borders of muted, dark-gold braid. They are in excellent condition and were worn on a feldgrau tunic. The shoulder boards’ reverses reveal slip-on, red-felt backings. General Officer’s M-1915 shoulder boards are never easy-to-find. This pair is as good as one could desire, with lovely patinas.

    FOR MORE ITEMS LIKE THIS – CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO OUR SHOULDER BOARD PAGE

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS - GENERALLEUTNANT

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALLEUTNANT

    SKU: 23-541

    $1,395.00

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALLEUTNANT.

    This is an excellent pair of Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards that each measure 1 ¾” x 4.” Their green Saxon chevrons are clearly visible on the light-silver ropes enclosed within their bright-gold borders. A single large gilt pip in the center of each board indicates the Generalleutnant’s rank. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety and sport red-felt backings.

    They were appropriate for pre WWI dunkel-blau tunics, as well as the early-war feldgrau tunics prior to the switch to subdued shoulder boards. Prior to the war, an officer of this rank might have commanded a Division. During wartime, he might have commanded an Armeekorps.

    FOR MORE SHOULDER BOARDS. STRAPS AND EPULATTES – CLICK HERE

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  • ARMY WOUND BADGE - SILVER.

    GERMANY – ARMY WOUND BADGE – SILVER

    SKU: 01-886

    ARMY WOUND BADGE – SILVER

     

    This is a Silver Army Wound Badge, which was considered a 2nd Class award. [Black was the 3rd Class award, while Gold was the 1st Class]. Each was awarded for a certain number of wounds or, in the case of the Gold Badge, for loss of an eye or a limb. These were first awarded in March 1918. This Silver Army Wound Badge is of the issued variety. It is stamped and displays a sturdy pin on its reverse.


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  • BREMEN - HANSEATIC CROSS

    BREMEN – HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 08-586

    $195.00

    BREMEN – HANSEATIC CROSS.

    This is the Hanseatic Cross for the city-state of Bremen, of which approximately 20,000 were awarded. The Hamburg Hanseatic Cross was awarded 50,000 times. Lübeck, the smallest of the Hanseatic cities, awarded ITS Hanseatic Cross approximately 8,000 to 10,000 times. The cross’s obverse features red enamel arms. A silver key decorates the cross’s circular red enamel center. Its silver reverse features the phrase “Für Verdienst im Kriege” (For Service in War) and 1914. The enamel is undamaged and a short piece of the correct ribbon is included.

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  • HAMBURG - HANSEATIC CROSS

    HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 08-585

    $165.00

    HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS

    This is the Hanseatic Cross for the city-state of Hamburg, of which approximately 50,000 were awarded. The Hanseatic Cross from Bremen was awarded 20,000 times. Lübeck, the smallest of the Hanseatic cities, awarded ITS Hanseatic Cross approximately 8,000 to 10,000 times. The cross’s obverse features red enamel arms. Its circular red enamel center features a silver image of Hamburg’s Rathaus (City Hall). [The building was totally destroyed by Allied bombing during WW II, then rebuilt postwar, using the original plans. Its silver reverse features the phrase “Für Verdienst im Kriege” (For Service in War) and 1914. The enamel is undamaged and a short piece of the correct ribbon is included.

    FOR MORE ORDERS OF THE DUCHIES, GRAND DUCHIES AND MORE – CLICK HERE

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - “KO” HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1048

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK.

    This is a top-quality 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is in very fine condition, with a piece of ribbon that measures 8″ in length. The cross’s paint rates 100%. It is hallmarked “KO” on the jump ring. KO was a Stuttgart firm that provided most of the issued 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class, as well as many of the 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-1047

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS.

    This is an interesting variation of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Its short ribbon’s reverse features an attachment with a safety pin. The cross’s paint on the obverse rates at about 90%.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2ND CLASS - RIBBON - NEW/OLD STOCK 6" SECTION.

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION.

    SKU: 09-1046

    $25.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION.

    We have acquired a small hoard of N/OS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 6″ section for $25.00. We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping.

    IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS, CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - RIBBON - 2ND CLASS - RIBBON - NEW/OLD STOCK 6" SECTION

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION

    SKU: 09-1045

    $40.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION

    We have acquired a small hoard of NOS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 10″ section . We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping.

    IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ANY OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS PLEASE CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE THEM FOR YOU.

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  • PRUSSIA - RANGLISTE - 1901

    PRUSSIA – RANGLISTE – 1901

    SKU: 12-856 XJT

    $120.00

    PRUSSIA – RANGLISTE – 1901.

    This is the 1901 Rangliste that shows the various regiments from all of Imperial Germany, with the exception of Bavaria. The book is invaluable when researching regimental and officer material. I always keep a couple of these handy. You might wish to do so, as well. It is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - LITHOGRAPH - FREDERICK THE GREAT

    PRUSSIA – LITHOGRAPH – FREDERICK THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-148

    $50.00

    PRUSSIA – LITHOGRAPH – FREDERICK THE GREAT.

    This lithograph of Frederick the Great, which was taken from a book, measures 6” x 8.5.” The image of King Frederick the Great measures 3.5” x 4.25.” It is a classic image of him, in very fine condition.

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  • GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA - STAMP - DEUTSCH-SÜDWESTAFRIKA

    GERMANY SOUTHWEST AFRICA – STAMP – DEUTSCH-SÜDWESTAFRIKA

    SKU: 22-115

    $15.00

    GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA – STAMP – DEUTSCH-SÜDWESTAFRIKA.

    This postage stamp came from Deutsch-Südwestafrika (German Southwest Africa). It cost three pfennigsand was used in 1905. It is green in color.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - YOUNG KAISER WILHELM II - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – YOUNG KAISER WILHELM II – NAVY

    SKU: 38-2830

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – YOUNG KAISER WILHELM II – NAVY.

    This postcard shows Kaiser Wilhelm II as a very young man, perhaps when he was either a Prinz or the Kronprinz. We can see two pips on his epaulettes, which was his rank in the Kaiserliche Marine at that time. The postcard was mailed and is in excellent condition.

    CLICK HER FOR ALL POSTCARDS: KEISER WILHELM II & KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - HARRY ROTHENBERG - AVIATION - NR 3002.

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3002

    SKU: 42-221

    $125.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3002.

    Harry Rothenberg was a little-known firm that produced aviation postcards. The firm was located in Breslau, Eastern Prussia, near to the von Richthofen family estate. This card, Nr 3002 in the series, depicts Manfred von Richthofen standing in front of a hanger. He is wearing a flying coat. The card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH - AVIATION - NR 416

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416

    SKU: 42-218

    $65.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416.

    Albert Dossenbach (1891-1917) was an early PLM-winner, having shot down fifteen enemy planes. He is shown here in uniform, with his PLM at his throat. The postcard is in good condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE - AVIATION

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION

    SKU: 42-217

    $45.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION.

    This aviation postcard shows Max Immelmann in an oval frame wearing his PLM and a medal bar. To his right is an airplane in flight. A message reads “Leutnant Immelmann der erfolgreichste Flieger über feindliche Flugzeuge” (Lieutenant Immelmann, the most successful flyer against enemy airplanes). The postcard was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from the 18. Reserve-Division in August 1916.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER - AVIATION - NR 507

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507

    SKU: 42-216

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507.

    Karl Emil Schäfer (1891-1917) was one of the leading aces within Manfred von Richthofen’s Jasta 11. Schäfer achieved twenty-three confirmed victories with Jasta 11, nine of which came during “Bloody April,” one of the RFC’s worst months during WW I. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite during his service with Jasta 11. He was transferred to Jasta 28 as its CO on 1 May 1917, where he was killed the following month, having reached a total of thirty confirmed victories. Sanke Card Nr 507 depicts him from the chest-up. He is NOT wearing his PLM. The postcard was never mailed and is in very fine condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL - AVIATION - NR 384

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384

    SKU: 42-214

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384.

    Wilhelm Frankl (1893-1917) began as a pilot in an observation plane. His first victory came when he used a carbine to shoot down his opponent. He went on to score twenty confirmed victories before falling in April 1917. He received little attention during the 1930’s because he was Jewish. He was often scornfully referred to as the “Jew with the Blue Max.” Frankl is seated in Sanke Card Nr 384. His PLM appears at his throat, and he also wears his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The postcard was mailed via regular post in 1925 and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME - AVIATION - NR 502

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502

    SKU: 42-213

    $75.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502.

    Erwin Böhme (1879-1917) was one of WW I’s tragic figures. Far older than the average German pilot, he was an early member of Oswald Boelcke’s Jasta 2. Böhme was the pilot who collided with Boelcke on 28 October 1916, which resulted in Boelcke’s death (he had achieved forty confirmed victories by that point). Böhme lived for thirteen more months. He commanded Jasta 2 during that time, which had been renamed Jasta Boelcke. [It was the only Jasta to be named for a fallen ace at the time, although JG 1 was later renamed in honor of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen]. Böhme went on to score twenty-four confirmed victories, and was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 November 1917. He fell in battle five days later on 29 November 1917. His PLM arrived after his death. His Sanke Card Nr 502 depicts him seated, wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - PHOTOGRAPH - BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS

    PRUSSIA – PHOTOGRAPH – BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS

    SKU: 42 - 211

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – PHOTOGRAPH – BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS.

    This is an original photograph that measures 3” x 6.” It shows a balloon detachment. A number of men are either at work or at rest. A small tent is visible, and two antiaircraft cannons are at the ready.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-338

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY.

    Hans von Köster (1844-1928) was one of six Großadmirale appointed in the Kaiserliche Marine. In fact, he was the FIRST active-duty Admiral promoted to that rank in 1905. He retired the following year.

    He appears in a Großadmiral’s uniform in this photograph. He holds the elaborate Großadmiral’s baton in his right hand. His uniform displays a large Frack Bar and Breast Stars. He wears the Order of the Black Eagle at his throat. He also sports a Zweispitz (Fore and Aft Cap). [We currently have von Köster’s magnificent piece of headdress (THIS one) as part of a group we are offering. The group includes his Großadmiral’s epaulettes and other assorted items in his special, NAMED, storage case]. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-337

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY.

    Hans von Köster (1844-1928) was one of six Großadmirale appointed in the Kaiserliche Marine. In fact, he was the FIRST active-duty Admiral promoted to that rank in 1905. He retired the following year.

    He appears in a Großadmiral’s uniform in this photograph. He holds the elaborate Großadmiral’s baton in his right hand. His uniform displays a large Frack Bar and Breast Stars. He wears the Order of the Black Eagle at his throat. He also sports a Zweispitz (Fore and Aft Cap). [We currently have von Köster’s magnificent piece of headdress (THIS one) as part of a group we are offering. The group includes his Großadmiral’s epaulettes and other assorted items in his special, NAMED, storage case]. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL MAX VON FISCHEL - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL MAX VON FISCHEL – NAVY

    SKU: 44-336

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL MAX VON FISCHEL – NAVY.

    Max von Fischel (1850-1929) was the Chief of the Admiralty Staff from 1909-1911. The postcard shows him in uniform.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER - NAVY - WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    SKU: 44-335

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH.

    Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928) was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s leading admirals. He led the High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). Franz von Hipper served as Scheer’s subordinate in the battle. [Hipper was vital in allowing the main German fleet to withdraw at the battle’s conclusion]. In 1918, Scheer replaced Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff as Chief of the Navy Staff. This was the top position in the German Navy that previously had been held by Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. Scheer was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite following June 1916’s Battle of Jutland. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves in February 1918.

    This postcard depicts him from the thighs up. Scheer is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his chest, with his PLM at his throat. His hand rests on his naval dagger. A reproduction of his signature appears below him, along with his rank of “Admiral.” He is a stern-looking officer. The postcard is in excellent condition and was never mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER - NAVY.

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-334

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY.

    Franz von Hipper (1863-1932) was one of WW I Germany’s greatest naval heroes. His career had exhibited a steady upward progression through the ranks. He served as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht commander from 1899 to 1902, which attracted attention that helped advance his career. Once WW I began, Hipper was placed in command of th I. Scouting Group. He was serving in that role during the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). When his flagship was destroyed, he transferred his flag to another ship. He then placed his command in harm’s way, which allowed Admiral Reinhard Scheer to withdraw with the bulk of the German High Seas Fleet, including its precious battleships. Von Hipper received the Orden Pour le Mérite after the Battle of Jutland, as well as the Bavarian Knight’s Cross of the Military Order of Max Joseph, which included an elevation to Bavarian Knighthood.

    In August 1918 Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff, Germany’s Chief of the Naval Staff, was forced to retire for health reasons. His position was assumed by the German High Seas Fleet Commander, Admiral Reinhard Scheer. At the same time, Von Hipper was concurrently promoted to the rank of Admiral AND promoted to replace as Commander of the High Seas Fleet. Von Hipper served in that position through WW I’s end, then retired.

    This postcard depicts Von Hipper in his naval uniform. He is sporting a large Frack Bar, and what appears to be three or four neck orders. I do NOT see a PLM, so the photo may be prior to June 1916. Although some information is written on its reverse, the postcard was not mailed. It is in very fine condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - VIZEADMIRAL MAXIMILIAN GRAF VON SPEE - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – VIZEADMIRAL MAXIMILIAN GRAF VON SPEE – NAVY

    SKU: 44-333

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – VIZEADMIRAL MAXIMILIAN GRAF VON SPEE – NAVY.

    This postcard depicts one of WW I Germany’s great naval heroes, Vizeadmiral Maximilian Graf von Spee (1861-1914). He was serving as the commander of Germany’s East Asian Squadron when war broke out in August 1914. Knowing that his situation in China was untenable, von Spee decided to return the East Asian Squadron to Germany. As the Squadron made its way across the Pacific, it met up with the British 4th Cruiser Squadron off the coast of Chile in what became the Battle of Coronel. Von Spee and his Squadron were victorious in that encounter. After seeking shelter at Valparaiso, they rounded the tip of South America to enter the South Atlantic. In December 1914, the Squadron engaged a stronger British fleet in the Battle of the Falkland Islands, which ended disastrously for the Germans. Graf von Spee, along with his two young, junior-officer sons, Otto and Heinrich, and 2,200 German sailors, died during the lopsided battle.

    This postcard depicts Graf von Spee from the chest up, wearing his visor cap. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

     

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL EDUARD VON KNORR - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON KNORR – NAVY

    SKU: 44-332

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON KNORR – NAVY.

    Eduard von Knorr was a 19th Century Kaiserliche Marine Admiral who helped establish Germany’s colonial empire. He went from fighting against pirates off Morocco’s coast when he first went to sea in 1856, to receiving the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class for a battle with a French ship near Havana, Cuba, during the Franco-Prussian War. He became a Konteradmiral in 1883, was promoted to Vizeadmiral in 1889, became an Admiral in 1895, then was knighted in 1896. Along the way, he played various roles in Germany’s African and Pacific colonies.

    The postcard depicts him seated with a Red Eagle Order 2nd Class at his throat, and an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class in his buttonhole. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL EDUARD VON CAPELLE - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON CAPELLE – NAVY

    SKU: 44-331

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON CAPELLE – NAVY.

    Eduard von Capelle (1855-1931) was a leading naval administrator within Reichsmarineamt (RMA), a.k.a. the Imperial Navy Office. He also served as the Naval Secretary of State during WW I, between the administrations of Alfred von Tirpitz and Henning von Holtzendorff. By that point, the Naval Secretary of State was the Kaiserliche Marine’s head administrator, while the Admiral who commanded the High Seas Fleet controlled naval operations in the field. Von Capelle had been promoted to Konteradmiral in 1906, Vizeadmiral in 1909, and, finally, Admiral in 1913 (after being knighted in 1912).

    In this postcard, von Capelle is depicted from the chest up. The postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN - S.M.S. GOEBEN - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN – S.M.S. GOEBEN – NAVY

    SKU: 44-330

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN – S.M.S. GOEBEN – NAVY

    Richard Ackermann (1869-1930) commanded the Battle Cruiser S.M.S. Goeben. Along with the Light Cruiser Breslau, the Goeben was most famous for being attached to the Turkish Navy and seeing action in the Black Sea against the Russians.

    The postcard is a black and white, pen and ink rendition of Ackermann. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a soldier in a Bavarian Infanterie Regiment.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN - NAVY - PLM-WINNER - COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-2

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-2

    SKU: 44-329

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29.

    Otto Weddigen (1892-1915) was a national hero of Imperial Germany. He was a Kapitänleutnant in the Kaiserliche Marine and served in the U-Boot Service early during WW I. On 22 September 1914, while commanding the U-9, he sank three British Cruisers in less than one hour. For this action he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The rest of his crew received 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class.

    The following month Weddigen sank another Cruiser and some merchant ships. For this he became the first junior naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 October 1914. He was also awarded top military awards from Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. He then was reassigned to the U-29, which then was rammed by the H.M.S. Dreadnaught on 18 March 1915. Weddigen’s ship was lost with all hands.

    Today we are offering a color postcard of Weddigen. He is depicted within a green, laurel-leafed frame. A Kriegsflagge appears below his image. Below the flag is a short verse that mentions Weddigen, the U-9 and the red, white, and black flag. The postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN - NAVY - PLM-WINNER - COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    SKU: 44-327

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29.

    Otto Weddigen (1892-1915) was a national hero of Imperial Germany. He was a Kapitänleutnant in the Kaiserliche Marine and served in the U-Boot Service early during WW I. On 22 September 1914, while commanding the U-9, he sank three British Cruisers in less than one hour. For this action he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The rest of his crew received 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class.

    The following month Weddigen sank another Cruiser and some merchant ships. For this he became the first junior naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 October 1914. He was also awarded top military awards from Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. He then was reassigned to the U-29, which then was rammed by the H.M.S. Dreadnaught on 18 March 1915. Weddigen’s ship was lost with all hands.

    This postcard is a mourning card. An oval image of Weddigen is draped in black. He is wearing his Pour le Mérite in this pen and ink image. The postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER - NAVY - FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    SKU: 44-325

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    Ludwig von Schröder was an admiral prior to WW I’s beginning. He had retired, but was called back to service once the war began. Admiral Ludwig von Schröder was placed in charge of the naval ships and land forces that eventually became known as Marinekorps or Marineinfanterie in Flanders. The latter was the ramping up of the See-Bataillone to division strength.

    This is a pen and ink portrait of Admiral Ludwig von Schröder. The caption below his image, identifies him as the Commander of Marine troops in Flanders. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER - NAVY - FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    SKU: 44-324

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    Ludwig von Schröder was an admiral prior to WW I’s beginning. He had retired, but was called back to service once the war began. Admiral Ludwig von Schröder was placed in charge of the naval ships and land forces that eventually became known as Marinekorps or Marineinfanterie in Flanders. The latter was the ramping up of the See-Bataillone to division strength.

    This is a pen and ink portrait of Admiral Ludwig von Schröder. The caption below his image, identifies him as the Commander of Marine troops in Flanders. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON – NAVY

    SKU: 44-323

    $30.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON – NAVY

    In my opinion, 1st Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was the greatest admiral of all time. The man was truly amazing! He revolutionized battle tactics for 18th and 19th Century fleets. Viscount Horatio Nelson was fearless and enjoyed the fierce loyalty of his officers and seamen. During his career he suffered numerous wounds, including the loss of an eye and an arm. Nelson is best-known for the sea battles St. Vincent (1797), The Nile (1798), and, of course, Trafalgar (1805). Trafalgar was, perhaps his most famous sea battle, where ships from France and Spain greatly outnumbered the British, and Nelson lost his life to a French sharpshooter. Nelson gained additional fame during the Battle of Trafalgar for the signal that he sent to his fleet before the action began, “England expects that every man will do his duty.”

    One particular incident I remember about Nelson highlights his fighting spirit. At the Battle of Copenhagen, Nelson was second-in-command for the British Navy’s forces. His superior ordered Nelson to withdraw, which was relayed to him by an aide. Nelson held his spy glass up to his blind eye and said “I see no such signal.” He continued the fight and the battle was won. You have to love a leader who constantly put himself at the forefront of hostilities and inspired his men to give their best. That, my dear readers, is what leadership is all about!

    This color postcard shows Nelson in uniform with a breast star.

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  • SAXONY - POSTCARD - KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III

    SAXONY – POSTCARD – KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III

    SKU: 45-274

    $20.00

    SAXONY – POSTCARD – KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III

    This is a high-quality postcard of King Friedrich August III (1865-1932), who was the last King of Saxony. His reign extended from 1904 to 1918. King Friedrich August III was very popular with his people.

    The postcard shows him in full dress uniform, including the epaulettes from prior to his being promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. He is wearing a massive medal bar and two breast stars.

    The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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

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

    SKU: 20-350 XDK

    $3,295.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SKU: 23-482

    $425.00

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

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

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  • KUGELHELM - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - OFFICER

    MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – KUGELHELM – 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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