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  • AWARD DOCUMENT -  KOLONIALAUSZEICHNUNG BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AWARD DOCUMENT – KOLONIALAUSZEICHNUNG BADGE

    SKU: 22-16

    $250.00

    This document is for the award of the very popular Colonial Lion Badge in silver. The document measures 11 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ and is quite ornate. It displays numerous views that would have been appropriate for the colonies. The document is dated and bears the signature of Ritter von Epp, a well-known figure during and after WW I. The document has been reinforced on its reverse with period tape.

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  • BOOK - FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR

    SKU: 22-106 XBS

    $95.00

    BOOK – FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR. This is a consignment item. It covers the awarding of the 1914 Iron Cross and the German Wound Badge in Southwest Africa during World War One. The soft cover book was published in 2005. It contains examples of an Iron Cross’s Urkunde (Award Document), including the numerous formats used. It also lists the numbers and types of Iron Crosses awarded (i.e., 1st and 2nd Class and a breakdown of 2nd Class Combatants and Non Combatants), as well as the soldiers who were awarded the 2nd Class. It is a useful research book, and can help confirm which Colonial Southwest African soldiers were awarded the Iron Cross.

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  • CIGARETTE CASE - SILVER - GERMAN COLONIAL CHINA SEA-SOLDIER’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIGARETTE CASE – SILVER – GERMAN COLONIAL CHINA SEA-SOLDIER’S

    SKU: 22-105

    $895.00

    This is a high-quality cigarette case that once belonged to a German See-Battalion soldier based in China. The cigarette case measures 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm. It is rounded and a bit thicker than we generally see in cigarette cases. Its front features an enamel device in the upper right corner that consists of three silver-toned lions passant against a dark blue field surrounded by nine small hearts. This is very similar to the Danish National Coat-of-Arms. Engraved on the front are quite faint attributions of officers from Württemberg and Saxony. On the cases reverse the information below is professionally engraved in clear printed type (rather than script). “Seesoldat Kuno Golz [Sea Soldier/See-Battalion Soldier] 1. Komp. OMD [Ostasiatische Marine Detachement] Tientsin China via Sibirien” A very faint engraving in script appears across the “S” in Seesoldat and reads either “Huna” or “Kuna” followed by a symbol. Inside the case, both elastic bands are in place that held cigarettes on either side. Engraved in script on the left side is the information listed below. “Rabe Feldart-Regt. 20” This is a fine cigarette case for a soldier who served in China at the colonial German base in Tientsin.

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  • COMBATANT MEDAL WITH SPANGE - MINIATURE - SOUTHWEST AFRICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMBATANT MEDAL WITH SPANGE – MINIATURE – SOUTHWEST AFRICA

    SKU: 22-75

    $325.00

    This is an incredibly detailed miniature of the Southwest Africa Combatant Medal. The decoration was given for action in Southwest Africa during the period of 1904-1906. The miniature measures 3/4″ in diameter. It is suspended from a correct ribbon. On the ribbon is a marvelous miniature Spange for Heroeroland. A pinback is on the reverse. I have never seen a miniature so detailed. This is a little gem for you Colonial collectors.

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  • COMBATANT’S MEDAL - CHINESE (BOXER) REBELLION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMBATANT’S MEDAL – CHINESE (BOXER) REBELLION

    SKU: 05-1458

    $250.00

    This is the Combatant’s Medal given to Germans (Navy and Army) who served in China during 1900 through 1901 (the time referred to as the “Boxer Rebellion).” The Boxers, who were “secretly” supported by the Chinese government, fought against the powers from Europe, Japan, and the USA with interests in China. The rebellion’s highlight was the siege of Peking, in which all of the non-Chinese powers combined their efforts against the Boxers. The decoration is gold and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. Its obverse depicts a German eagle defeating a Chinese dragon. The reverse displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned cypher, along with mention of the reason for decoration. This piece is a nonstandard size, but the correct ribbon is attached.

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  • COMBATANT’S MINIATURE BOUTONNIERE - SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMBATANT’S MINIATURE BOUTONNIERE – SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE

    SKU: 22-83

    $225.00

    This is a miniature of the Southwest Africa Combatants’ Medal. It is set up on a boutonniere and has TWO Colonial ribbons that indicate service in both China and Southwest Africa. The medal measures 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse shows a profile of Germania. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. This boutonniere is in excellent condition. The miniature decoration’s finish is first-rate.

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  • FRAMED PRESENTATION - S.M.S. KAISERIN AUGUSTA SAILOR’S  - CHINA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED PRESENTATION – S.M.S. KAISERIN AUGUSTA SAILOR’S – CHINA

    SKU: 13-871

    $895.00

    Beginning in the late 19th Century, Germany began building up its presence in China. They “assumed” land at Khiatsou and expanded their foothold in Asia. Ultimately, Germany maintained an entire squadron in China under the command of Vizeadmiral von Spee. When WW I began, he realized that Germany could not hold its base in China. He made arrangements for his squadron to depart and head back to Europe. Sadly for him, after a successful battle off Chile’s coast in November 1914, he met up with the British again in the Battle of Falkland Islands in December 1814. The bulk of his squadron, as well as the Vizeadmiral and his two sons, perished with their respective ships. German sailors who served in China found remarkable ways to commemorate their service. One very popular way was to produce an embroidered, silk likeness of their ship. Along with that likeness, their ship’s name and their years of service were noted. Usually, a place was provided where a sailor could place his photograph. In most cases you could see that the vessel’s name on his cap tally matched the ship’s name indicated on the silk montage. The S. M. S. Kaiserin Augusta was commissioned in 1895. She was an all-new ship-type, with all-new engines. She was the first Kaiserliche Marine ship to have three shafts and propellers. She had other problems with her guns, so it was another two years before she was ready for fleet service. From 1897 through 1902 she served in…

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  • MEDAL BAR - TWO PLACE - CHINESE BOXER REBELLION’S NON COMBATANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MEDAL BAR – TWO PLACE – CHINESE BOXER REBELLION’S NON COMBATANT

    SKU: 02-364

    $295.00

    I was quite pleased to acquire this small medal bar. Generally, finding a two-place medal bar is not a great cause for excitement. This medal bar, however, is quite different because it represents a man who served in China during the Boxer Rebellion! The bar measures 1 3/8″ x 3 3/8.” From left to right, the following medals appear on the medal bar. *Non Combatant’s Medal for the Boxer Rebellion. The silver-toned decoration is in fine condition. *Kaiser Wilhelm Centennial Medal. Both the medals and the correct ribbons are in top condition.

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  • NEWSPAPER - NOVEMBER 1914 - WAR NEWS FROM SUPREME HEADQUARTERS - ACTION - TSINGTAU - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NEWSPAPER – NOVEMBER 1914 – WAR NEWS FROM SUPREME HEADQUARTERS – ACTION – TSINGTAU

    SKU: 22-56

    $55.00

    This is a special extra edition of a Nürnberg newspaper, announcing an action at the German colony of Tsingtau, another against the Russians in the East, and one against the French on the Western Front. The single-sided, special edition newspaper measures 15 3/4″ x 9 1/2.” It comes from the Nürenberger Anzeiger, and is dated Monday, 9 November 1914. It describes special news from all three fronts.

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  • NON COMBATANTS MEDAL -MINIATURE - SOUTHWEST AFRICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NON COMBATANTS MEDAL -MINIATURE – SOUTHWEST AFRICA

    SKU: 22-78

    $125.00

    The Southwest Africa Campaign took place during 1904 through 1906. Numerous actions took place during this time, and medals were awarded or had Spangen attached for those actions. Here is a miniature of the medal. It is silver-toned and was awarded to non combatants. Combatants received a gilt-toned decoration. This is similar to the decorations that were awarded for service in China during 1900-1901. The decoration measures 3/4″ in diameter. The obverse has a neck-up likeness of Germania. Around the edge it features “Sudwest Afrika 1904-1906.” The decoration’s reverse has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned cypher. Around the edge is says “Verdienst um die Expedition.” A correct and to scale ribbon is included.

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  • NON COMBATANTS MINIATURE - SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NON COMBATANTS MINIATURE – SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE

    SKU: 22-84

    $175.00

    This is the Southwest African Service Non Combatants’ Medal. This medal was awarded in gold for combatants and silver for non combatants for service during 1904-1906 actions in Southwest Africa against native tribes. Campaign bars and/or spangen often were awarded as well and attached to the medal’s ribbon. This is a miniature of the non combatants’ medal. It measures 1/2″ in diameter. The obverse shows a profile of Germania. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. A gilt-toned bale appears at the top where a chain could be looped through. It is in very fine condition. [Buy this example along with the Miniature for the China Commemorative Service Medal for Non Combatants $295.00 ].

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  • PAINTING - S.M.S. EMDEN - ENHANCED SILK THREAD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAINTING – S.M.S. EMDEN – ENHANCED SILK THREAD

    SKU: 22-114

    $495.00

    PAINTING – S.M.S. EMDEN – ENHANCED SILK THREAD This is a fascinating painting of the S.M.S. Emden. The S.M.S. Emden was a Kleiner (Light) Cruiser that officially joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1909. She saw most of her service in the East Asian Squadron (Ostasiengeschwader), which was headquartered in Tsingtao, China. Beginning in 1913, her commander was Korvettenkapitän Karl von Müller (1879-1923). With the outbreak of the war on 2 August 1914, the Emden was the first German ship to capture an Allied ship on 3 August 1914. At that time, the German East Asian Squadron, under the command of Vizeadmiral Graf Maximilian von Spee, had begun the long voyage back to Germany. Unfortunately for them, the bulk of the fleet was sunk during the Battle of the Falkland Islands in December 1914. The S.M.S. Emden, however, was detached from the Ostasiengeschwader to raid the Indian Ocean’s shipping lanes. She captured and/or sank nearly two dozen ships, including a Russian Cruiser and a French Destroyer. The S.M.S. Emden’s end came in November 1914, when she was outgunned and sunk by the RANS’ (Royal Australian Naval Service) H.M.S. Sydney. Von Müller was captured and sent to England. Due to poor health, he was released and returned to Germany as a hero. He was then awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. Today we are sharing with you a unique painting that probably came from China. During its colonial period, Imperial Germany had a substantial number of army and naval units based in…

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  • PAPER STAMP - GERMAN CONSULATE - BUSCHIR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAPER STAMP – GERMAN CONSULATE – BUSCHIR

    SKU: 22-49

    $50.00

    This is a paper stamp from this Middle Eastern German Consulate in December 1914, when the Consulate was captured by British forces. It comes with a typewritten sheet which explains in English the story behind this interesting item. It comes complete with a Hohenzollern Eagle of the type used overseas in Germany’s possessions and embassies.

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  • PHOTO ALBUM  - JAPANESE PRODUCED - PURCHASED BY GERMAN MILITARY PERSONNEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTO ALBUM – JAPANESE PRODUCED – PURCHASED BY GERMAN MILITARY PERSONNEL

    SKU: 22-90

    $395.00

    This is a wonderful Japanese-produced album of the type greatly prized by German sailors, soldiers, etc., who passed through Japan while serving in China. Albums such as these also might have been purchased by German sailors in the merchant marine. These albums were beautifully hand produced, using rich, lacquered wood and the best of other materials to complete them. This example has black lacquered covers. The front cover sports a silver oriental dragon in its center. The image is trimmed in a thin, upraised, silver frame. Working outward from the thin silver frame, we find a larger, brown-lacquered, wooden frame. On that is an ornate silver series of designs. The back cover is unadorned black lacquer. Inside the album is the front and back covers richly hand painted on silk. The front cover features three birds on the ground (some sort of cranes, I believe). The back cover features a small Japanese village on the water. Structures appear on both sides of the water. What appear to be sails are in the distance, perhaps those of fishing boats. Inside the album, we see nine double-sided pages. Each page has a silk surface that displays colorfully painted scenes of Japan. Each side of the page has two cutout areas where photos or even postcards can be inserted. Directly below each of these cutouts, we see a smaller box where the subject can be described, if so desired. With the double sided pages, a total of thirty-six open spaces are available for…

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  • PHOTO ALBUM - JAPANESE PRODUCED -  PURCHASED BY GERMAN MILITARY PERSONNEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTO ALBUM – JAPANESE PRODUCED – PURCHASED BY GERMAN MILITARY PERSONNEL

    SKU: 22-91

    $550.00

    This is a wonderful Japanese-produced album of the type greatly prized by German sailors, soldiers, etc., who passed through Japan while serving in China. Albums such as these also might have been purchased by German sailors in the merchant marine. These albums were beautifully hand produced, using rich, lacquered wood and the best of other materials to complete them. This example has black-lacquered covers. The front cover features a simply magnificent reproduction of birds and flowers. It is rendered in mother-of-pearl and iridescent, multicolored abalone. These designs are framed in a silver border. The back cover is unadorned black lacquer. Inside the album, the front and back covers are richly hand painted on silk. The front cover features a single, large bird in flight through the branches of a brightly colored tree. The back cover features a Japanese house on a stream, with several tall pine trees rising above it. It sports nine double-sided pages. Each page has a silk surface that displays colorfully painted scenes of Japan. Each side of the page has two cutout areas where photos or even postcards can be inserted. Directly below each of these cutouts, we see a smaller box where the subject can be described, if so desired. With the double-sided pages, a total of thirty-six open spaces is available for photographs or postcards. The two wooden covers and the nine double-sided pages are attached to a leatherette spine. The album measures 14″ x 11″ x 2 ½.” The album shows great potential…

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  • PHOTO ALBUM - JAPANESE PRODUCED COLONIAL STYLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTO ALBUM – JAPANESE PRODUCED COLONIAL STYLE

    SKU: 22-94

    $275.00

    This is one of the ever-popular albums acquired by German sailors and colonial soldiers while they traveled in Japan and China during Germany’s colonial occupation of China. The album features a combination of beautifully-lacquered woods on the front and back covers. The front cover shows a handsome combination of hand-painted oriental scenes, including a village, mountains, flowers and a rickshaw with driver and passenger. (In fact, their faces are small bits of ivory fashioned into heads, then painted). The back cover is not as intricate and only displays a flower design. The two covers are mounted to a leather spine that makes it look book-like. The album measures 6 3/8″ x 5 1/4″ x 1 7/8.” Inside the album we see eighteen double-sided pages, which could hold thirty-six conventionally sized CdV’s. These pages are really amazing. Each is covered in silk, on which scenes of nature and the countryside are painted. Several different designs are used, so you are not seeing the same scene over and over. Ten CdV’s are already mounted in the album. One features a soldier, while the others show 19th Century females. One can easily remove them and add CdV’s that are of more interest. Check our CdV section on our “Original Photograph” Page and we will offer you a dandy discount on any that you would like to include!

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  • PHOTO ALBUM - WOOD & IVORY CHINESE/COLONIAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTO ALBUM – WOOD & IVORY CHINESE/COLONIAL

    SKU: 22-81

    $1,495.00

    This is without a doubt THE most magnificent photo album we have ever offered. It measures 14 ½” x 11″ x 2 ½.” The album is empty and contains no photos. From what I can tell, it was never used. A total of nine double-sided pages yields eighteen individual pages on which photos and/or postcards can be mounted in a variety of cutouts. Three different-sized cutouts accommodate images of varying sizes. The cutouts measure 5 3/16″ x 3 5/8,” 5 3/16″ x 3 11/16,” and 3″ x 2.” Below each of the cutouts is a small window in which to insert a caption. What is more, each page’s background is hand painted on silk! While some scenes are repeated, a great variation exists, even among same-sized pages of cutouts. In addition, the front cover liner and back page are also hand painted silk. I cannot even comprehend how much time was required for the front and back covers’ artwork, let alone the interior’s eighteen pages. As intricate and beautiful as is the interior’s artwork, the album’s exterior front cover is even more amazing. The front and back cover’s is made of black lacquered wood. The front cover boasts a hand painted framing design that encloses within it a Chinese man and woman in ornate Chinese gowns, and a dragon. Each character is hand carved in high-relief ivory. At various strategic places it is highlighted with mother-of-pearl. The album’s back cover is unadorned, but has suffered a horizontal crack.Although we will…

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  • PHOTOGRAPH - LARGE-FORMAT  - SAXON INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 101/RESERVE-KOMPAGNIE Nr 9 IN CHINA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH – LARGE-FORMAT – SAXON INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 101/RESERVE-KOMPAGNIE Nr 9 IN CHINA

    SKU: 22-87

    $95.00

    This is an unusually large-format photograph (12 3/8″ x 19 1/4″) of Kompagnie Nr 9 (the regiment’s Reserve-Kompagnie) from Königl. Sächs 2. Grenadier-Regiment Nr 101 Kaiser Wilhelm (I), König von Preußen. The regiment was formed in 1670. It was garrisoned at Saxony’s capital city, Dresden, and attached to the XII. Armeekorps. It is interesting to note from the photograph that the Kompagnie was serving in China from 1899 to 1901. They would have been present during the Boxer Rebellion. It is a marvelous photograph that is a true boon to a uniform study. It features seventy-four different men. We see a number of different uniforms, headdress forms, etc. The men are holding several signs to indicate their years of Chinese service. I honestly cannot remember a photograph this large being taken of any unit. All you Colonial and Saxon collectors, this is a must for your collection.

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  • RIBBON BAR WITH KAMERUN 1900 SPANGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RIBBON BAR WITH KAMERUN 1900 SPANGE

    SKU: 22-65

    $275.00

    This is an interesting one-place ribbon bar. It features the ribbon for the Southwest African Campaign Medal. Mounted on the ribbon is a spange (bar) that reads “Kamerun 1900.” Campaign bars were used beginning with the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. They showed the battles or campaigns in which a man participated. The practice was also used for service in the German colonies of Africa and China. This ribbon bar was worn on the tunic’s left breast. A pin on the reverse secures the ribbon bar to the wearer’s clothing. Bars from the various German colonial campaigns can be very difficult-to-find. Perhaps one of the rarest is the bar for “Peking” from the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. I have had a single bar offered to me for more than $1,000! This example is in very fine condition.

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  • SPOONS - MADE FROM 1/4 RUPIE COINS FROM GERMAN EAST AFRICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPOONS – MADE FROM 1/4 RUPIE COINS FROM GERMAN EAST AFRICA

    SKU: 18-66

    $110.00

    These are the most interesting and delicate spoons I have ever encountered. They are handmade. The bowl of the spoon is actually a 1/4 Rupie coin from German East Africa. They are hammered into a bowl-like shape, which would allows them to be used to stir a beverage. The coins are dated from the early 1900’s. The obverse shows Wilhelm II in his Garde du Corps helmet. The reverse has the denomination of the coin, date, and location. The shaft of the spoon is knurled and is topped by a small ball. I have four of these and each is a bit different. There is some obscuring of the coin markings where the hammering took place.

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  • STAMP - COLONIAL GERMAN CAMEROON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP – COLONIAL GERMAN CAMEROON

    SKU: 22-101

    $25.00

    This is an unused postage stamp from colonial German Cameroon. The stamp sports a vivid color likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The original glue is in place on the three pfennig stamps’ reverse. It is a very rare and difficult-to-find stamp, as the German colony in West Africa’s Cameroon (Kamerun) was quite small. It existed from 1884 into 1916.

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  • STAMP - GERMAN COLONIAL  - GERMAN EAST AFRICA - 30 HELLER - POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL  – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 30 HELLER – POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM

    SKU: 22-113

    $10.00

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL  – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 30 HELLER – POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM. This is a cancelled postage stamp from German East Africa ( Deutsche Ostafrika). This was the largest of the German colonies outside of China. The capital of German East Africa was Dar es Salaam. This particular stamp is in the amount of 30 Hellers. The stamp shows cancellation in Dar es Salaam. The stamp’s theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser spent a great deal of time on his yacht. Its opulence and strength projected the German Empire’s power. The stamp is red in color. $10.00 If you purchase the set of six Deutsche Ost Afrika postage stamps, which total $60.00 ($10.00 each), then we can offer them to you for $50.00!

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  • STAMP - GERMAN COLONIAL -  GERMAN EAST AFRICA - 20 HELLER - POSTMARKED LOSSA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL –  GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 20 HELLER – POSTMARKED LOSSA

    SKU: 22-112

    $10.00

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL –  GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 20 HELLER – POSTMARKED LOSSA. his is a cancelled postage stamp from German East Africa ( Deutsche Ostafrika). This was the largest of the German colonies outside of China. The capital of German East Africa was Dar es Salaam. This particular stamp is in the amount of 20 Hellers. The stamp shows cancellation in Lossa. The stamp’s theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser spent a great deal of time on his yacht. Its opulence and strength projected the German Empire’s power. The stamp is yellow in color.

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  • STAMP - GERMAN COLONIAL - GERMAN EAST AFRICA - 15 HELLER - POSTMARKED TANGA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 15 HELLER – POSTMARKED TANGA

    SKU: 22-111

    $10.00

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 15 HELLER – POSTMARKED TANGA. This is a canceled postage stamp from German East Africa (Deutsche Ostafrika), the largest of Germany’s colonies outside of China. The capital of German East Africa was Dar es Salaam. This particular stamp is in the amount of 15 Hellers. The stamp shows cancellation in Tanga. The stamp’s theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser spent a great deal of time on his yacht. Its opulence and strength projected the German Empire’s power. The stamp is blue in color.

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  • STAMP - GERMAN COLONIAL - GERMAN EAST AFRICA - 2 ½ HELLER - POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 2 ½ HELLER – POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM

    SKU: 22-108

    $10.00

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 2 ½ HELLER – POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM. This is a canceled postage stamp from German East Africa (Deutsche Ostafrika), the largest of Germany’s colonies outside of China. The capital of German East Africa was Dar es Salaam. This particular stamp is in the amount of 2 ½ Hellers. The stamp has been cut from the envelope or postcard on which it was originally mailed. The stamp’s theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser spent a great deal of time on his yacht. Its opulence and strength projected the German Empire’s power. The stamp is brown in color.

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  • STAMP - GERMAN COLONIAL - GERMAN EAST AFRICA - 4 HELLER - POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 4 HELLER – POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM

    SKU: 22-109

    $10.00

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 4 HELLER – POSTMARKED DAR ES SALAAM. This is a canceled postage stamp from German East Africa (Deutsche Ostafrika), the largest of Germany’s colonies outside of China. The capital of German East Africa was Dar es Salaam. This particular stamp is in the amount of 4 Hellers. The stamp shows cancellation in Dar es Salaam. The stamp’s theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser spent a great deal of time on his yacht. Its opulence and strength projected the German Empire’s power. The stamp is green in color.

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  • STAMP - GERMAN COLONIAL - GERMAN EAST AFRICA - 7 ½ HELLER - POSTMARKED MUHESA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 7 ½ HELLER – POSTMARKED MUHESA

    SKU: 22-110

    $10.00

    STAMP – GERMAN COLONIAL – GERMAN EAST AFRICA – 7 ½ HELLER – POSTMARKED MUHESA. This is a canceled postage stamp from German East Africa (Deutsche Ostafrika), the largest of Germany’s colonies outside of China. The capital of German East Africa was Dar es Salaam. This particular stamp is in the amount of 7 ½ Hellers. The stamp shows cancellation in Muhesa (now Muheza). The stamp’s theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser spent a great deal of time on his yacht. Its opulence and strength projected the German Empire’s power. The stamp is red in color.

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  • STAMP SET - COLONIAL GERMAN NEW GUINEA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMP SET – COLONIAL GERMAN NEW GUINEA

    SKU: 22-99

    $85.00

    This is an unused postage stamp (four) set from Colonial German New Guinea. The stamps depict Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, in vivid colors. The original glue is in place on each stamp’s reverse. The set contains a five-mark stamp, a ten-pfennig stamp, a five-pfennig stamp, and a three-pfennig stamp. It is an amazing set of very difficult-to-find stamps from Deutsch-Neuguinea, Germany’s very small colony in New Guinea. It is also interesting to note that German New Guinea actually was Imperial Germany’s very first overseas colony! These stamps date from approximately 1897 to 1914, when Australia took over the territory at the beginning of WW I.

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  • STAMPS - SIX USED - COLONIAL GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STAMPS – SIX USED – COLONIAL GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA

    SKU: 22-100

    $30.00

    This is a lovely set of six used postage stamps from colonial German Southwest Africa. The German colony Deutsch-Südwestafrika (DSWA) was administered by Germany from 1884 into 1915. With WW I’s onset, the territory was taken over by British (South African) forces. The stamps, which are cancelled, depict Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, in vivid colors. The set consists of three cancelled ten-pfennig (green) stamps and three cancelled five pfennig (red) stamps.

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  • SWORD - MINIATURE - FROM CHINA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SWORD – MINIATURE – FROM CHINA

    SKU: 22-86

    $295.00

    This is a most-interesting miniature sword produced in China around (approximately) 1900. The sword’s overall length in its scabbard is 11 11/16.” When drawn from the scabbard, the sword measures 10 11/16″ from pommel to tip. The sword’s blade is plain, except for some Chinese characters that appear below the handle. They may very well be its maker’s marks. Its pommel (sword top) is simple and unadorned. Its style is what I would describe as “free form.” As we move down the grip, we see it is wrapped in what appears to be tightly woven chainmail. Both sides of the grip display some enamel shapes that appear to be flowers and leaves. Three of the four designs feature multicolored enamel work. Its rather narrow cross-guard appears to be made of “paktong.” [Interestingly, “German silver” was created in an attempt to duplicate paktong, a Chinese metal alloy used in jewelry-making]. The sword’s locket (the metal fitting that bears a carrying ring or stud for wearing the sword) and chape (a metal tip that protects the blade’s point), as well as three trim pieces, are also made of paktong. More of the tightly woven chainmail appears among the three trim pieces. More of the enamel designs noted on the grip are mounted in these three sections. These designs are very attractively done and of the highest quality. In fact, all of the workmanship is topnotch. A miniature sword like this was very attractive to Germans visiting China and provided a fine keepsake…

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  • VETERAN’S MEDAL FOR SERVICE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VETERAN’S MEDAL FOR SERVICE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA

    SKU: 22-67

    $250.00

    This is a high-quality veterans medal from the German Colonial troops (Schutztruppen) of German Southwest Africa (Deutsch Süd-West-Afrika). The medal is silver-toned. It measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. It was specifically for troops involved in combat during the years 1904 through 1906. Special medals were produced for men who participated in the conflict as combatants and as non combatants. Across the medal’s top is the legend “zur Erinnerung an die Kriegsjahre in Deutsch Süd-West-Afrika (In remembrance of the war year in German Southwest Africa.” Below that is a Hohenzollern Crown, with a wreath enclosing a pair of crossed rifles and a colonial-style hat sporting an upturned brim. A reich’s kokarde is pinned onto the upturned brim. The medal’s reverse features the ever-watchful Germania, along with the words “In Trutziger Wehr Für Deutschlands Ruhm & Ehr!” (In Defiant Defense for Germany’s Glory and Honor!). A loop appears at the medal’s top, but it has no jump ring or ribbon.

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  • WATCH FOB - COLONIAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WATCH FOB – COLONIAL

    SKU: 22-52

    $325.00

    This is a very engaging watch fob from the German colony of Südwest-Afrika. At one end is a silver-toned veteran’s medal measuring X” in diameter. It shows Kaiser Wilhelm II in his Garde du Corps Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmet. On the reverse it states “zur Erinnerung an die Aufstände in Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika.” Attached to that are four square links that measure 2 1/2″ x 1/2.” Inside the individual links are circular portraits of Hauptmann Franke, Major Vestorft, Oberst Leutwein and General von Trotha. The last link (General von Trotha) has no further attachment on it. This is a very unusual colonial item from the lesser-known of Germany’s two African colonies.

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  • WOODEN FRAME  - HAND CARVED  - COMMEMORATING VETERAN’S EAST ASIA SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WOODEN FRAME – HAND CARVED – COMMEMORATING VETERAN’S EAST ASIA SERVICE

    SKU: 22-61

    $495.00

    Some of the most amazing veteran items came from those men who saw either Army or Navy service in East Asia. Elegantly handcrafted photo albums and marvelous hand carved photo frames like today’s offering were common. While Imperial Germany was well known for its hand carved wooden items, the Imperial Chinese were equally as skilled. The frame measures 12 ¾” x 15 ½.” Twin dragons face each other from left and right sides of the frame. They extend nearly the entire length of the frame. Three inserts are provided for displaying photos, CdV’s and Cabinet Photos. The first is a small oval area at the frame’s center top, which measures 2 ⅛” x 3 ¾.” Two larger cutout areas, each measuring 2 ¾” x 4 ½,” appear near the frame’s bottom. The frame’s reverse reveals that each of the three cutouts have swing-away pegs to hold the photos in place once inserted. This lovely frame shows lots of character. It will display colonial or any other photos quite well.

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