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  • AUSTRIA - GLASS STATUE - KAISER JOSEF II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUSTRIA – GLASS STATUE – KAISER JOSEF II

    SKU: 26-44

    $195.00

    This is a translucent glass statue of Austria’s Kaiser Josef II (1741-1790). He was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1765 to his death in 1790. He also ruled the Hapsburg lands from 1780 to 1790. He was a proponent of enlightened absolutism. He was considered one of the Enlightenment’s greatest despots, along with Prussia’s König Frederick the Great and Russia’s Catherine II (a.k.a. the Great). His attempted modernization reforms aroused significant opposition, which eventually led to their failure to become fully enacted. The statue is considered is made of pressed glass and stands 7 1/2″ tall. Its base identifies him as “Josef II.” It is in very fine condition.

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - STATUE - RAMPANT LION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – STATUE – RAMPANT LION

    SKU: 26-27

    $1,495.00 $1,395.00

    It is an oversized statue of a rampant Lion of Bavaria. It is made of base metal which has a coating of gilt over it. The Lion stands 10 1/2″ tall from its base to the tip of its mane. The Lion is mounted on a wooden base which is a further 2 1/4″ tall so the overall height of this presentation is 13″. The Lion is attached firmly to the base. The consignor tells me that this piece was used as a finial at a castle and displays the might and bravery of Bavaria. It weighs a whopping 9 ½ lbs. and is very well made with excellent detail. Due to the weight and the size additional shipping may be required depending on to where it will be shipped.

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  • GERMANY - BUST -RITTMEISTER MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BUST -RITTMEISTER MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 26-72

    $4,795.00

    In WW I aviation, no individual attracts more attention than Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen. He is not only the best-known of WW I Germany’s aces, but of ALL fighter pilots. He set the bar of achievement not only due to his eighty confirmed victories, but as the leader of Jasta 11, then as commander of the “Flying Circus,” JG 1. Who can say why he was and is so popular? He certainly had charisma, not only with his pilots but with the German people. He was every bit a “Rock Star” of his day. He was stopped in the streets by men and women who wanted his autograph. He wrote a best-selling autobiography while recuperating from injuries sustained the first time he was shot down (although he never truly recovered). His company was sought out by many military commanders and royals, including his Kaiser. It was all part of the magic that swirled around him. His death on 21 April 1918 did nothing to end the legend. If anything, it enhanced it. WW II’s Luftwaffe named a fighter unit after him, a practice that has continued to this day. Items pertaining to von Richthofen are extremely popular among collectors ninety years after his death. Sanke postcards can often fetch more than one hundred dollars. Any small item that relates to him can command serious money. Today we are both excited and pleased to be offering an amazing artifact connected to this famous young man. It is what I would term…

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  • GERMANY - FIGURINE - 18TH CENTURY OFFICER - GOEBEL -  PORCELAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FIGURINE – 18TH CENTURY OFFICER – GOEBEL – PORCELAIN

    SKU: 26-30

    $250.00

    This is a fine, hand painted figurine of an 18th Century officer. It is complete, undamaged and in pristine condition. It is marked for Goebel in W. Germany. It probably was produced in the 1970’s or 1980’s, before Germany’s reunification. The figure stands 7 3/4″ tall.

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  • GERMANY - FIGURINE - PORCELAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FIGURINE – PORCELAIN

    SKU: 26-71

    $175.00

    This is a small hand painted patriotic porcelain figurine that celebrated the second year of WW I. This figurine stands 2 3/4″ tall and is 2 ½’ wide. It consists of two columns with eagles mounted on them. Between the two columns is a wreath with an Iron Cross in the center. This entire arrangement is mounted on a base that bears the date of 1915. The reverse of this base has the number 7925. The basic color of this small figurine is white. There are gold highlights on the columns. The eagles are mostly gold. The wreath is both gold and white. The Iron Cross is black. There is a ribbon looped from it to the wreath above. This is all hand painted. The figurine has no chipping or cracks to it.

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  • GERMANY - FIGURINE - SOLDIER AIDING WOUNDED COMRADE - PORCELAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FIGURINE – SOLDIER AIDING WOUNDED COMRADE – PORCELAIN

    SKU: 26-45

    $15.00

    This is an enchanting white bisque porcelain figurine of a soldier sharing his canteen with a wounded comrade. The figurine is realistic. It is easy to see the caregiver’s compassion for his wounded comrade. The figure measures 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ x 2.” A serial number, 3283, appears on the reverse. It is in very fine condition.

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  • GERMANY - FIGURINE - WW 1 ZEPPELIN - PORCELAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FIGURINE – WW 1 ZEPPELIN – PORCELAIN

    SKU: 21-271

    $125.00

    This is an attractively manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin. The zeppelin measures 5″ in length. Emblazoned on the side is the city of Manchester’s Coat-of-Arms. The figurine rests on a porcelain stand. The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition

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  • GERMANY - FIGURINE - ZEPPELIN - PORCELAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FIGURINE – ZEPPELIN – PORCELAIN

    SKU: 21-275

    $125.00

    This is an attractively-manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin that was destroyed over England during WW I. The zeppelin measures 5″ in length. On the top we see “The Victory of Justice Armistice of the Great War Signed Nov. 11th 1918.” On the other side is a coat-of-arms which says “Town Hall.” The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition. 

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  • GERMANY - STATUE - AVIATOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – STATUE – AVIATOR

    SKU: 14-363

    $1,595.00

    This is a classic statue depicting a WW I German aviator. I have seen these in the past, and offered them to you on one or two occasions. The statue rests on a base that measures 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 3/4.” The statue’s total height, from boot to upraised hand, measures 11 1/2.” Its overall weight is 2 pounds, 11 ounces. The pilot is wearing what appears to be a double-breasted, leather flying jacket. He is also wearing high boots into which his trousers have been tucked. He sports an old-fashioned leather helmet. This helmet was used early in the war by pilots and observers alike. Its leather was hard-shelled, unlike the more commonly seen soft leather caps. [If you look carefully, you can see a ridge running down the helmet’s center. Its presence is how I identified the helmet’s style. Perched atop his helmet are his goggles. His right arm is raised in salute, and his left hand holds a propeller. Obviously, the propeller is not to a standard propeller’s scale, which would have been much taller. The entire presentation, however, presents the WW I aviator’s spirit. If you look under the base, you can see the twin bolts and nuts that secure the statue to its base. At one time, the base probably had some sort of cover to conceal its innards. It does not affect the statue’s ability to stand solidly and securely when it is displayed. Here is a unique opportunity to add this…

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  • GERMANY - STATUETTE - DEDICATED HONOR FOR PETER STRASSER - NAVY ZEPPELIN SERVICE COMMANDER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – STATUETTE – DEDICATED HONOR FOR PETER STRASSER – NAVY ZEPPELIN SERVICE COMMANDER

    SKU: 26-73

    $5,795.00

    .  FregattenkapitänPeter Strasser (1876-1918) was the commander of all the Imperial German Navy zeppelins that flew against England, Paris, and Brussels. Strasser was a brave and respected man. He was highly-regarded as a leader by his superiors and his subordinates alike. He flew with his crews and took the same chances as they did.  He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite.  Ultimately, he suffered the same fate as many of his fellow zeppelin officers and crew members when he went down in flames on what became his FINAL bombing mission over London on 6 August 1918. [Nearly 50% of all Navy zeppelins were destroyed, and 40% of their crews died in combat. When their hydrogen-fueled vessels exploded, the crew went down in flames with them]. Today we are offering a very unique statuette that was presented to him by one of his technical section members. [Located in Belgium, the technical section was responsible for zeppelin repair and maintenance].  The gold-toned statuette is constructed from assorted bits of zeppelin scrap metals. The statuette stands an impressive 9 ½” tall, 9 ½” wide and 6 ½” deep. Furthermore, it weighs an impressive 19 lbs and 2 ounces.  Its primary subject depicts a mountain topped by an eagle. The mountain is constructed from droplets of molten metal, looking much the same as wax melting and running down a candle.  At the mountain’s bottom is a British Lion (NOT to be confused with a German Lion).  Naturally, the symbolism is that the German Lion, and…

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  • GERMANY - STATUTE - ANGEL PROTECTING GERMAN SOLDIER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – STATUTE – ANGEL PROTECTING GERMAN SOLDIER

    SKU: 26-59

    $195.00

    SMALL PORCELAIN STATUE OF ANGEL PROTECTING GERMAN SOLDIER. This is a small bisque porcelain statue of an angel spreading her wings to protect a German soldier as he prepares to go to battle. She stands 6″ tall and her wings are 6″ wide. She has gold painted highlights. A small chip appears on her gold headpiece. The soldier is painted in his feldgrau uniform, complete with his rifle, etc. He is kneeling on one knee. The statue is in very fine condition, overall.

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  • GERMANY - VASE - SOLDIER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – VASE – SOLDIER

    SKU: 26-70

    $100.00

    This is a small vase that would be suitable for holding a bud or other small flower. The flower holder looks like a guard house or door and stands 4″. A soldier wearing a pickelhaube and holding his Mauser stands against it. It is in charming condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - BUST - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BUST – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 26-42

    $1,195.00

    This is a most unusual and beautiful bust of Kaiser Wilhelm II. It is a classic bust of Germany’s final Kaiser. The bust is made of tiger’s eye, a semiprecious gemstone. [Tiger’s eye is a quartz variety that displays rich yellow and golden-brown stripes, with a fine golden luster when polished. It displays chatoyancy (a vertical luminescent band like that of a cat’s eye). Tiger’s eye commonly is used for jewelry and small statues ]. It has been delicately carved into Kaiser Wilhelm II’s likeness from the chest up. Its luminescent golden bands run vertically through the bust, particularly through Wilhelm’s face down into where his chest broadens out. The exquisite carving is precise enough to reveal the Kaiser’s neck order, tunic buttons, medal bar (at least 7 places), epaulettes and aiguillette. The hairs on his mustache and head are individually rendered. The statuette’s overall height is 6.” The bust portion measures 2 1/4,” while its base measures 3 3/4.” The base appears to be made of either agate or onyx, which are other quartz-forms related to tiger’s eye. [Agate is a variety of chalcedony formed from layers of quartz that usually show varicolored bands. Onyx is a gemstone with alternating light and dark bands, which are colored in brown, red, black, white and grey. Some forms of agate are called onyx, which is, strictly speaking, coarsely banded agate. The agate-working industry grew up centuries ago in the Idar-Oberstein district of Germany, where agates were abundant around Oberstein on the…

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  • PRUSSIA - FIGURINE - HUSSAR - PORCELAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – FIGURINE – HUSSAR – PORCELAIN

    SKU: 26-13

    $125.00

    This is an exquisite porcelain figure of a Hussar. He stands 7 3/4″ tall. The man is wearing a 19th Century dress uniform, complete with sword, busby, atilla, etc. He even has a cape and bedroll slung over his shoulder. The only small flaw in this delightful item is that two-thirds of his sword is missing below the hilt. Otherwise, this is a lovely piece in excellent condition. It is a bargain at this price.

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  • PRUSSIA - FIGURINE - OFFICER - PORCELAIN - CA. 1740 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – FIGURINE – OFFICER – PORCELAIN – CA. 1740

    SKU: 26-29

    $250.00

    This is a finely-made porcelain figurine of a Prussian officer, circa 1740. This is from the time when Frederick the Great (1712-1786) was King of Prussia. Frederick the Great served as Prussia’s King from 1740 into 1786. This is considered the beginning of Prussia’s dominance within Germany, which extend from 1740 through 1918. The exquisitely-detailed figurine is hand painted. It rests on an oval-shaped base. The figurine stands 8 1/4″ tall. Adding the base increases the total height to 9 1/2.” The lower one third of the officer’s sword is missing. Hallmarking for the manufacturer appears at the bottom, but I am not familiar with it. [If any of our sharp-eyed readers can help us ID the firm, we would greatly appreciate it]! I estimate that the figurine was manufactured after 1945. The colors are very vibrant. This is an extremely handsome figurine.

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  • PRUSSIA - STATUE - FRIEDRICH DER GROßE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – STATUE – FRIEDRICH DER GROßE

    SKU: 26-64

    $150.00

    This is a small statue of Prussia’s König Friedrich der Große (King Frederick the Great). The statue measures 3 ” tall and 1 ½” x 1 ½” at the base. Friedrich’s actual figure stands 2 ” tall. The hollow base is rendered as four stairs upon which the king stands. Friedrich der Große’s stance is the classic pose frequently employed in German statues and paintings. The great king sports his famous tricorn hat, thrusts one leg forward and grips a walking stick in one hand. This fine little statue attractively portrays Frederick the Great in a compact format.

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  • PRUSSIA - STATUE - HUSSAR - DELUXE LEATHER PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – STATUE – HUSSAR – DELUXE LEATHER PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 26-49

    $1,295.00

    I have had the pleasure of offering a number of interesting statues over the years. This one is a more unusual example than most. The statue is that of a Hussar. I believe he is Austro-Hungarian. He is wearing a shako complete with its parade plume. The man stands tall, wearing both his sword and rifle slung over his shoulder. His cartridge box is prominent at his waist. The figure’s actual height is 5 3/16.” He is mounted on a circular base, which is in turn mounted on a marble square. The marble base has green felt on its bottom to prevent the statue from sliding on a smooth surface. The presentation’s overall height is 6 3/8.” It is also important to note that the statue has a wonderful patina. I believe it was manufactured of “German Silver” (nickel). I can detect no signs of a hallmark. Although the statue and its superior quality are extremely interesting, it is the presentation case that adds that extra measure of captivating luxury. The case’s exterior is red leatherette. It measures 8 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ x 3 5/8.” Two snaps at the front keep the case closed when not on display or during transport. When the clasps are released, the two halves swing open to display the statue within. (It makes a stunning presentation with the doors swung back and the Hussar shining inside). The case must have been produced by a true craftsman as its construction is quite intricate. I would…

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  • PRUSSIA - STATUE - PRESENTED TO WAHLSTATT MILITARY SCHOOL’S HEADMASTER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – STATUE – PRESENTED TO WAHLSTATT MILITARY SCHOOL’S HEADMASTER

    SKU: 26-58

    $495.00

    STATUE PRESENTED TO WAHLSTATT MILITARY SCHOOL’S HEADMASTER. This is a statue that was given to the military school headmaster at Wahlstatt, which was located in Eastern Prussia. Wahlstatt was one of several junior military schools around Germany. When its students graduated and wanted to pursue a military career, they would go to Lichterfelde, Germany’s primary military academy located in Berlin. The statue shows a young cadet standing in his school uniform. The statue stands 16″ tall overall, is 5″ wide, and 3 ½” deep. The statue itself measures 11″ in height, while its wooden base measures 5″ in height. On the statue’s front just below the cadet is a plaque that reads: “Dem scheidenden Oberlehrer Dr. Ronneburger die Offiziere u. Lehrer des Kadettenhauses Wahlstatt 1. 10. 05.-31. 3. 10.” [For the departing head teacher Dr. Ronneburger from the officers and teachers of the Wahlstatt Cadet Houses]. Please remember the above dates, as they will become very important a bit later]. On the base of the statue itself is the name “Willi Klein – Kolnar – 1909,” (probably the sculptor). Also seen is the firm that produced the statue, “C. Rakenius & Co. – Berlin.” When I first saw this statue, I will be honest and say that I was not overly impressed with it. I generally try to offer you statues of famous royal or military figures. Sometimes I will offer a statue of a military officer who is being honored by other officers under his command on the occasion…

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  • PRUSSIA - STATUE - SCHLESSISCHER SCHÜTZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – STATUE – SCHLESSISCHER SCHÜTZE

    SKU: 26-40

    $225.00

    This is a fine porcelain statue of a Schlessischer Schütze. The man was a member of an elite Schützen unit during the Napoleonic Wars, circa 1810. The figure is mounted on a white porcelain base, which measures 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 1/2.” The man is wearing a black shako and a green tunic with what appear to be light-blue or gray trousers and black boots. He appears to be leaning against a tree stump. He measures 9 1/4″ in height from his shako’s plume to the tip of his boots. The item’s condition is excellent. I cannot say when it was manufactured. At the item’s base are the description and date of the soldier, as we have noted in our title.

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  • PRUSSIA - STATUETTE - KAISER FRIEDRICH III - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – STATUETTE – KAISER FRIEDRICH III

    SKU: 26-46

    $675.00

    Friedrich III was Germany’s second Kaiser. He lived a mere three months after he assumed his father Kaiser Wilhelm I’s throne. Friedrich III was an able military commander who competently handled the units under his command during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. He proved himself to be a mature and evenhanded administrator. Both of these virtues were NOT held by his son Wilhelm II. With Friedrich III’s untimely death in 1888, one has to wonder what history would have been like under his rule rather than Wilhelm II’s. It is, of course, one of those “what if” situations. Personally, I doubt that WW I would have developed under his rule. The statuette we are offering today is vividly painted in black, red, gold, brown and gray. Friedrich III stands erect in his uniform, with one hand on his sword’s hilt and the other grasping a document. He stands on a base that measures 1/2″ tall. The figure of Friedrich III stands 8 1/2″ tall. The combined height of the base and statuette is 9.” The statuette’s back is flat, and contains two cutout areas. They may have allowed the statue to be hung on a wall or, at the very least, stand flat against one. Kaiser Friedrich III’s facial features of are well done. It should also be remembered that statues of Friedrich III are seen far less frequently than Kaiser Wilhelm I, Kaiser Wilhelm II, or King Frederick the Great for that matter.

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  • SAXONY - STATUE - SCHÜTZEN-REGIMENT Nr 108 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – STATUE – SCHÜTZEN-REGIMENT Nr 108

    SKU: 26-53

    $495.00

    Königl. Sächs Schützen (Füsilier) Regiment Prinz Georg Nr 108 was a VERY different infantry regiment that was fielded by Saxony. As you can see from the regiment’s formal title, it was considered both a Schützen and a Füsilier regiment. The regiment was founded in 1809 during the Napoleonic Wars. It was garrisoned at Dresden, where it was attached to the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. Another difference with the regiment was that they did not wear a pickelhaube as their dress helmet. Instead, they wore a shako with a black parade plume. It was like a Saxon version of the Jäger-Bataillone, although that is not 100% correct. Saxony also created two Jäger-Bataillone in the same year, and they also wore the shako. Also, the Jäger-Bataillone’s wappens were different from that of Königl. Sächs Schützen (Füsilier) Regiment Prinz Georg Nr 108. So, perhaps it was more of a variation, but enough of my speculation. Today our offering is a full-figure metal statue of a soldier from this regiment. The statue’s overall height is 12.” The statue’s base also is metal, but it is mounted on a marble base that measures 4″ x 4.” The man is wearing his shako with the plume, as is correct. He wears all of his gear, including his slung Mauser, pack, and cartridge boxes. His left shoulder clearly displays the regiment’s number (108). At the marble base’s front is a small engraved plaque that states “Zur Erinnerung am mein Regiment” (In remembrance of my Regiment). On the statue’s…

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  • U.S. - FIGURINE - ZEPPELIN AUTOMOBILE OR BUS - GLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U.S. – FIGURINE – ZEPPELIN AUTOMOBILE OR BUS – GLASS

    SKU: 21-86

    $450.00

     Zeppelins have always sparked a special interest in people all over the world. Something about those giants of the air captured people’s imaginations, not only in Germany but everywhere they flew. I cannot begin to tell you the various forms of “zeppelin-mania” that erupted not just in Germany, but even here in the USA. The U.S. was an important market to the Zeppelin company. The Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg were seen across the country from Los Angeles to Lakehurst, New Jersey. [Just to give you an idea of the breadth of this mania, I have in my collection a “repro” zeppelin cocktail shaker]!  The item we are offering today is a glass automobile or small bus of a zeppelin! This is really wild-looking. The vehicle is clearly shaped like a zeppelin, including ridges at the top to further the resemblance. As if that were not enough, it has a rudder to further confirm that it is supposed to be a zeppelin on wheels! This small toy measures 5″ in length and 1 5/8″ in width. If you look underneath to where the chassis should be, it is stamped “Chicago, Illinois.” While this was American-made (either in the 1920’s or 1930’s, most likely in the 1930’s) I purchased it in Germany! At some point it made its way across the Atlantic. Perhaps it even made a flight on a zeppelin as a gift for some wide-eyed German youngster. Who knows? You can see this piece’s age particularly in its wheels,…

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