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  • ARTILLERY OFFICER LIONSHEAD SWORD - PORTÉPÉE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ARTILLERY OFFICER LIONSHEAD SWORD – PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-125

    $995.00

    This is a high-quality, lionshead officer’s sword from a Prussian artillery regiment. A lionshead sword is the classic German officer’s sword. Its grip displays the dramatic lion’s head, which features twin red glass eyes. The grip is wrapped in sharkskin. Crossed artillery cannon tubes are depicted on the extension running down from the cross guard. A handsome Prussian officer’s portépée is attached. It is in appealing condition. The scabbard is painted black, and has an unusual feature. The two hangers and their attachment to the scabbard are gold-toned, instead of the usual black. The scabbard measures 34 3/4″ in length. The sword measures 38 1/4″ from the lionshead’s top to the sword’s tip. Both sides of the blade are engraved. The engraving shows some wear, but the sword remains quite attractive.

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  • BAYONET - CHINA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAYONET – CHINA

    SKU: 07-124

    $475.00

    This is a bayonet that was used in China. The scabbard measures 11 3/4″ in length. The bayonet measures 16 1/4″ in length from handle top to blade tip. The bayonet and scabbard have differing numbers. The bayonet is in very fine condition.

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  • BAYONET SUITABLE FOR MAUSER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAYONET SUITABLE FOR MAUSER

    SKU: 07-156

    $195.00

    This is a typical bayonet used by the German Army on their issued-Mauser rifles. Our example has both the bayonet and its scabbard. The bayonet’s length, when installed in the scabbard, is 20 ½.” The bayonet has a wooden handle with two screws in it. The handle, which is one-hundred years-old (more or less), displays wonderful aging and/or toning. The handle measures 5 1/4″ in length and the blade measures 14″ in length. Stamped on the cross guard is “1920.” The blade’s end opposite the tip reads “Schleutermann Remscheid.” The blade’s edge displays a crowned “W” with the number “18 + 19.” It appears that the bayonet’s tip has been cut down so it is no longer sharp. It also was smoothed over so it is not jagged. This alteration was neatly done. You have to look twice to notice it. The blade’s surface is also a bit unusual. It is a bit rough and with patches that are not rust, however, they do cause the roughness. The scabbard measures 15″ in length. It is metal. Its reverse has a peg from which the scabbard was attached to the frog on the soldier’s sword belt when the bayonet was not in use. The scabbard sports one dent down near its tip. The scabbard also displays the numbers “0.9381” and “0.7275.” Overall, the scabbard’s condition is quite good.

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  • BOOK - REFERENCE - IMPERIAL GERMAN EDGED WEAPON AND PRICE GUIDE BY GERHARD WINDBIEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – REFERENCE – IMPERIAL GERMAN EDGED WEAPON AND PRICE GUIDE BY GERHARD WINDBIEL

    SKU: 12-831

    $50.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – IMPERIAL GERMAN EDGED WEAPON AND PRICE GUIDE BY GERHARD WINDBIEL. This is a useful soft-cover book that deals with Imperial German edged weapons. It has one hundred and fifty pages filled with countless drawings of Imperial German edged weapons. A price guide is included at the back of the book. That said, it is an older book that should be used more for information that for current prices. I often caution collectors about price guides, even those that appear up-to-date. They are, in fact, merely guides or that author’s opinion of an item’s value. Too often market conditions and the state of the particular decoration are not taken into consideration. Some guides are well written and researched. Even so, the market conditions may dictate a different price, either higher or lower.

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  • BOOK - REFERENCE - SWORDS OF GERMANY - 1900-1945 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – REFERENCE – SWORDS OF GERMANY – 1900-1945

    SKU: 12-832

    $60.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – SWORDS OF GERMANY – 1900-1945. This is a hardback book that deals with German swords from the Imperial Period through the Third Reich Era. The book has four hundred ninety-six pages. It begins with the swords of 1900 and continues through to 1945. It is profusely illustrated and also has excellent photos of the various swords’ accouterments. It is a first edition that is in very good condition, overall.

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  • BOWIE KNIFE - CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOWIE KNIFE – CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA

    SKU: 39-15

    $3,295.00

    This is a very rare Bowie Knife, which was manufactured in the Confederate States of America (CSA) during the Civil War. This very knife was featured on page 127 of the book “Confederate Arms.” [A copy of the page will be included with the Bowie Knife when it is sold]. The Bowie Knife has a wooden handle. The handle measures 5.” The blade measures 12 1/8,” making the overall length of the knife 17 1/8.” A scabbard is not included. Items from the CSA are always more prized than Union examples. This is especially true for any kind of Confederate edged weapon. Confederate officer’s swords are VERY expensive. (One of my favorite CSA swords is for naval officers. All of those were made in England and routinely sell for $20,000.00+). Confederate-made examples such as this were crudely-constructed when compared to their Northern counterparts. The South lacked both the resources and the manufacturers to produce finer weapons. This piece almost screams “history!” It has been in my collection for many years.

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  • BROWN LEATHER BELT - SWORD HANGER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BROWN LEATHER BELT – SWORD HANGER

    SKU: 07-136

    $295.00

    This is a simple brown leather belt with the hanger necessary for attaching a sword. When buckled to its widest notch, the belt measures 48″ in diameter. At its shortest, it measures 38.” It measures 3/4″ in width. The sword’s gilt-toned hanger hangs down from its left side. Both the leather and all the hardware are in excellent condition.

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  • DAGGER - NAVY - OFFICER REICHSMARINE - WITH INITIAL STAMP

    DAGGER – NAVY – OFFICER REICHSMARINE – WITH INITIAL STAMP

    SKU: 13-1055

    $495.00

    DAGGER – NAVY – OFFICER REICHSMARINE – WITH INITIAL STAMP. During and following the Imperial German Period, military officers commonly maintained stamps on their desks that allowed them to imprint their initials and/or cypher on wax seals. Such stamps were generally ornamental in nature. Our offering today is both unique and elegant in that it is modeled on a naval dagger’s pommel, grip, and cross guard. [PLEASE NOTE: it is smaller than an actual dagger in order to take up less desk space]. Its owner clearly was a naval officer(I cannot begin to estimate his rank) who had served in the Kaiserliche Marine either before and/or during WW I, then served in the ReichsMarine after 1919. A ReichsMarine dagger was noted for its black grip rather than the Kaiserliche Marine’s ivory one (signifying mourning for the latter’s passing). Officers could choose to mount either a Kaiserliche Marine’s Kaiser Crown or the ReichsMarine’s “Flaming Ball” as the pommel. Our offering today features a black, single-wire-wrapped grip. A Kaiser Crown is mounted atop the pommel. [It unscrews just like a full-sized dagger]. NO cross appears at the top, which had been the practice during the Kaiserliche Marine era. Instead, an “X” takes its place. The stamp’s total height is 4 ½.” It features a brass cross guard that measures ¾” from tip to tip. A circular brass piece that measures 2 ½” in diameter appears at the base. Its initials are “H.F.” [If your initials match this, contact me and I will…

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  • DAGGER - NAVY - REICHSMARINE - PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP.

    DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP

    SKU: 07-171

    $995.00

    DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP. Following WW I’s end, in 1919 the Kaiserliche Marine became the ReichsMarine, which it remained until it was replaced by the Kriegsmarine on 1 Juni 1935. Officers continued to carry a dagger (dolch) for certain occasions. The daggers were similar in many instances. The biggest difference was that their grips were black, (perhaps in mourning for the Kaiserliche Marine’s end). Officers could choose to retain the Kaiser Crown at their daggers’ tops, or they could choose another pommel-style that indicated the ReichsMarine. In some cases, the officer filed off the cross that appeared atop his Kaiserliche Marine dagger’s crowned pommel as an act of protest. Today we are offering a unique ReichsMarine dagger. The man who sold it to me was of the opinion that this dagger was Bordfertigung (fabricated onboard a German ship). Obviously, to produce a dagger such as this one, its creator must have been highly-skilled in a machine shop! I am of the opinion that the Kaiser Crown was NOT machined in the shop, but was original to a dagger. It appears identical to examples I have seen in the past. I cannot believe that this part of the dagger could have been created onboard the ship. It actually screws off just like it would on a naval dagger. The grip, however, most certainly was fashioned in a machine shop. It lacks the typical ivory or walrus tusk handle. It is wrapped loosely by two different kinds…

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  • ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SWORD PORTÉPÉE - KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 - UNTEROFFIZIER SCHOOL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SWORD PORTÉPÉE – KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 – UNTEROFFIZIER SCHOOL

    SKU: 07-143

    $150.00

    This sword portépée is correct for an enlisted man/NCO from the Unteroffizier School. Two yellow portions with a light red stripe in the middle appear below the attachment where the portépée is tied to the sword. Its overall condition is reasonable, although the red and yellow reveal some obvious fading.

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  • FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 "BLUE PANEL" OFFICER’S SWORD WITH PORTÉPÉE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 “BLUE PANEL” OFFICER’S SWORD WITH PORTÉPÉE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 07-148 XMRG

    $495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s “P” Guard sword with its scabbard, in fine condition. It represents Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz-Regent Luitpold (Magdeburgisches) Nr 4. The regiment was founded in 1816, shortly after the Napoleonic Wars ended. It was garrisoned at Sprottau and assigned to the V. Armeekorps. The sword’s grip is manufactured of Bakelite® and is triple-wire-wrapped. Its blade is quite handsome and is engraved on both sides. Each side has a decorated blue panel that contrasts dramatically against the blade’s silvery surface. (An etched floral design also appears on each side, interspersed with military symbols). On one side we see an artillery caisson with an attached cannon. A spirited team of six horses pulls the caisson and cannon. Seated on the cannon are two soldiers facing rearward. Another two soldiers are seated forward on the caisson. A further three soldiers are astride the horse team (one rider for each yoked pair of horses). The other blue panel features “Feld.-Artill. Regt. Prinz Luitpold v. Bayern (Magdeb.) Nr 4.” The blade has no evidence of its manufacturer. A partial red felt buffer is in place. The scabbard is of the single-ring design. It is painted black, with the paint about 95% complete. The final detail is a Prussian officer’s portépée, which has been tied to the handle.

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  • FELDGRAU SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDGRAU SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-480

    $1,595.00

    This is an ultra-rare sleeve patch for a Saxon Regimental Fahnenträger. It is a feldgrau version. It was used from about 1907 through 1918 as feldgrau uniforms were phased into service. The patch is quite large and shield-shaped. It measures 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4.” It is beautifully manufactured with multicolored bullion thread. I see gold, black, silver, green, red, and blue. As you look at the photos, please pay careful attention to the design of the two crossed flags and especially the Saxonian Crown. It fairly wants to jump off the patch at you. Also, at the patch’s bottom, König Friedrich August III’s royal cypher appears in brilliant gold bullion thread. The patch is in very fine condition. Only a hint of moth tracking shows on the two side panels. I do not believe this was ever issued. It would make an important addition to any collection.

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    IOD 89 MINIATURE SWORD

    SKU: 07-00

    $150.00

    This is a miniature version of the well known Infantry Officer Degen Model 1889 which was the classic sword of the German Army. This example is some 5′ long and does not have a scabbard. Would make a handsome display on your desk or use it as a letter opener.

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  • KINDER SWORD WHICH IS DOUBLE ENGRAVED AND PERSONALIZED FOR A BRAUNSCHWEIG FUßILIER REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KINDER SWORD WHICH IS DOUBLE ENGRAVED AND PERSONALIZED FOR A BRAUNSCHWEIG FUßILIER REGIMENT

    SKU: 07-53

    $795.00

    This is a more classic example of a Kinder Sword as it is a good bit smaller (and would have consequently belonged to a younger boy). It measures about 27″ in length and has a dulled point to prevent injury to overly enthusiastic youngsters while playing. It features a basket guard and comes from a young noblemen from Braunschweig. The grip is sharkskin-wrapped, which in turn is gilt wire wrapped. The scabbard is nickel-plated and has two scabbard loops. The blade is quite elaborate for a Kinder Sword and is double engraved and personalized with the name Wilhelm Nafs. Perhaps some research will allow the new owner to find out what became of this young nobleman. A very nice sword that is as high quality as I have seen in Kinder Swords. Very attractive–would be nice contrast in a sword collection.

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  • KÜRAßIER LINE-OFFICER STICHDEGEN - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÜRAßIER LINE-OFFICER STICHDEGEN – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 07-103

    $1,250.00

    This is the Stichdegen for a küraßier line-officer. Not only that, it is a World War I period example, as opposed to a pre World War I piece. This is actually harder to find than a prewar Stichdegen. When you think about it, most of the küraßier officers already had swords since they had been in küraßier regiments before the outbreak of the war. This sword would have been for an officer who might have been newly transferred to a küraßier line-regiment, or perhaps needed to replace his prewar sword. This sword is similar in general appearance to the Stichdegen above. It measures 37″ from the pommel to the tip of the scabbard. It measures 35″ from the tip of the pommel to the tip of the blade. With just a glance, one can see the difference in quality between the two swords. Like the other sword, this is silver wire-wrapped on the grip. I cannot tell if it is wrapped over sharkskin or not, as was the custom with top-quality swords before the beginning of WW I. It is physically a smaller sword than the other. The handguard is also considerably smaller. At first look the scabbard appears quite similar to the other Stichdegen; however, it is leather-wrapped over steel as opposed to wood. It has two brass fittings at the top and the bottom of the scabbard. The buffer is in place between the top of the blade and the scabbard. This provides for a good tight fit.…

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  • MINIATURE LION'S HEAD SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE LION’S HEAD SWORD

    SKU: 07-62

    $175.00

    Miniature swords were very popular with the officers of Imperial Germany. They were used as desk pieces and even as letter openers. This example is a miniature of a lion’s head officer’s sword. I t comes complete with a metal scabbard. It is 8 3/8″ long. The blade is fullered and not engraved.

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  • MINIATURE M-1889 IOD PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE M-1889 IOD PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S SWORD

    SKU: 07-163

    $150.00

    This is a miniature Prussian M-1889 IOD sword in fine condition. These were very popular during the period as letter openers. It again can be used for that purpose more than one-hundred-years after this particular miniature sword was produced. The sword is 8 ½” in overall length from the tip of the blade to the hilt. On the guard, we see a highly-detailed Hohenzollern Eagle. Its overall condition is very pleasing.

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  • MINIATURE NAVY OFFICER’S DAGGER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE NAVY OFFICER’S DAGGER

    SKU: 07-167 XRH

    $695.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a very handsome naval officer’s miniature dagger. The dagger measures 7 ½” in length. It could have been used on an officer’s desk as a display piece or as a letter opener. It is also possible that it was used as a salesman’s sample when he offered daggers to military effects stores or sold them directly in Navy offices. The sword features a highly detailed scabbard with all of its expected small fillips. It displays the double hoops whereby a full-sized dagger was hung from its officer’s belt. In real life the dagger’s grip often was made of ivory or walrus tusk. The white grip is wire-wrapped. A highly-detailed Hohenzollern Crown serves as the dagger’s pommel. The miniature’s blade is unadorned with NO engraving whatsoever. A full-sized dagger, however, would have displayed a great deal of engraving featuring naval motifs. Naturally, a well-heeled officer’s dagger might have sported a Damascus-steel blade. It has been quite awhile since we have offered one of these fine pieces to you. This beauty is in prime condition.

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  • MINIATURE OFFICER’S LIONSHEAD ARTILLERIE SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE OFFICER’S LIONSHEAD ARTILLERIE SWORD

    SKU: 07-169 XRH

    $125.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s Artillerie Regiment Lionshead miniature sword. It measures 9″ in length. It features a detailed grip with a Lionshead. The blade shows a heavy patina of age. It has NO scabbard.

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  • MINIATURE SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE SWORD

    SKU: 07-165

    $150.00

    This is a lovely miniature sword. It has a basket hilt and a plain blade with a blood fuller down its center. The sword measures 8 ¾” in overall length.

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  • MINIATURE SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE SWORD

    SKU: 07-23

    $265.00

    Imperial German Naval, has the fouled anchor and a plain blade. The scabbard is painted black and gilt. About 50% of the black paint remains.

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  • MINIATURE SWORD DESK PIECE (NON IMPERIAL GERMAN) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE SWORD DESK PIECE (NON IMPERIAL GERMAN)

    SKU: 07-159

    $75.00

    This is a very high-quality miniature sword that can be used as a desk piece or letter opener. The sword measures 9 1/4″ in length. An intricate basket surrounds the grip, and the word “Toledo” appears just below its guard. It is NOT Imperial German, nor do we know its age, although it is probably 20th Century. It still makes a handsome desk piece or a letter opener.

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  • NCO SWORD - GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO SWORD – GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT – SAXONY

    SKU: 07-116

    $2,695.00

    This is a sword for an NCO from Königliches Sächsen Garde-Reiter-Regiment (1. Schweres Regiment) (GRR). The regiment was founded in 1680. It was garrisoned in the capital of Saxony, Dresden and assigned to the XII. Armeekorps. The sword was used by a Senior NCO or an officer in the GRR. The sword measures 34 1/4″ from the tip of the pommel to the tip of the blade. It also measures 35 1/4″ from end to end of the scabbard. The scabbard displays excellent paint. It has a single ring. The grip is Bakelite®. The guard, which features Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms, folds down. The exterior has all silver fittings. As we remove the sword from the scabbard, we see that it is hallmarked for WK & C. The blade, which is slightly curved, is double engraved. One side displays Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms. The other side boasts the regiment’s royal cypher, which was seen on their regular service shoulder boards. Their dress shoulder boards carried the Saxon Crown. The blade is thin. It measures 1/2″ wide. The edge of the sword is also engraved for a sword firm in Leipzig. It is my guess that while WK & C produced the blade, the firm in Leipzig did the engraving. The blade is in very fine condition, overall. It has a portion of the buffer that protects the blade from the scabbard’s mouth. It is a superb sword from a very elite regiment.

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  • OFFICER PORTÉPÉE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER PORTÉPÉE – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 07-130

    $795.00

    This is an UNISSUED officer’s portépée for a sword from the Duchy of Braunschweig. It was correct for officers in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92, Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, and Braunschweig’s single artillery Bataillon. The portépée is in spectacular condition, primarily because it remains how its workshop originally prepared it. It is neatly folded over one time, with yellow thread wrapped around it. The leather is supple and fresh. It sports three rows of golden stitching. The portépée’s acorn is made of brilliant golden bullion, with a blue woven interior. This almost impossible-to-find accouterment is in very fine condition. It would make a great display. If you have a Braunschweig officer’s sword, it would look fantastic mounted on it.

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  • OFFICER SWORD - SCHLOß-GARDE-KOMPAGNIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER SWORD – SCHLOß-GARDE-KOMPAGNIE

    SKU: 07-121

    $9,495.00

    The story of the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie is one of the more interesting to come from the Kingdom of Prussia. I only started learning about the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie a few years ago. Like many Imperial German Period collectors, I had not heard of the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. I misunderstood their role as compared to the Regiment der Garde du Corps. I had also thought of the Garde du Corps as the Kaiser’s personal guard. I thought this function was true for all situations. We have all seen photographs of the Kaiser in the field or on parade with men from the Garde du Corps surrounding him, holding his personal standard. This was all true, however, the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie served as the Kaiser’s personal guard at his palaces. They were a highly-decorative unit in performing this function. To that end, highly-experienced soldiers who had proven themselves in previous duties were selected for the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. It was, in fact, Kompagnie sized. Generally one officer commanded the Kompagnie while all the other soldiers were feldwebels. Today we are offering one of the rarest edged weapons from the Imperial German Period. It is a very handsome ceremonial officer’s sword from the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. The sword is technically known as a Court Degen. It has brass fittings. Its hilt is silver-wire-wrapped. The degen’s pommel is a magnificent crown. The blade is unadorned and shows no manufacturer’s hallmarking. The scabbard is black leather with brass fittings. Sheathed, the degen measures 39 1/4″ from the crown’s top to the scabbard’s bottom. Unsheathed from the…

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  • ORIGINAL CATALOG - AUGUST LÜNEBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL CATALOG – AUGUST LÜNEBURG

    SKU: 13-811

    $195.00

    This is a catalog from the August Lüneberg firm, which had offices in Kiel and Flensburg during the Imperial German Period. They sold naval officers’ daggers, portépées, etc. The catalog measures 9 1/4″ x 12 1/4″ and has a total of ten pages. The firm’s specialty was officers’ daggers. Several pages showcase their various models. The blades exhibit various levels of engraving. Even Damascus blades are listed. I see full daggers ranging from 30 to 70 Marks for a dagger with a Damascus blade. Farther along are such things as officers’ belts, belts with hangers, and portépées. [My mouth really watered when I saw a Konteradmiral’s epaulettes for 70.50 marks! His daily-use uniform’s shoulder boards cost 13.75 marks]. Lüneberg’s also sold miniatures of decorations that could be attached to tie chains. The back page’s reverse features pistols from such firms as Browning, Mauser, etc. Although complete, the catalog is NOT in perfect condition. Some foxing affects its pages. It also has a cut where a portion of the paper is missing on several pages.

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  • PATRIOTIC MINIATURE BAYONET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC MINIATURE BAYONET

    SKU: 07-110

    $295.00

    I rarely find miniature bayonets in such fabulous condition and of such superior quality. The bayonet measures 9 1/4″ from the top of its dove-shaped handle to the tip of its scabbard. Abundant bright work is present, as well as a black Bakelite grip. The black-painted scabbard measures 6.” The scabbard boasts a handsome, silver, Hohenzollern Crown. Below that appears a green oak leaf-decorated 1914 Iron Cross. When removed from the scabbard, the bayonet measures 8 3/4″ in length. The blade has a brilliant finish.

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  • PORTÉPÉE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-153

    $95.00

    I have had this portépée in a desk drawer for years. I cannot identify it. I will let the photos speak for themselves. Perhaps one of our sword experts can help us better describe it! (Any assistance is DEEPLY appreciated). [As often is the case in life, ask and ye shall receive. I have learned from a sharp-eyed reader that this is a 1902 U.S. Army Model 1902 portépée that was used prior to WW I from 1902 to 1912. Thank you to ZH from Massachusetts. Great area except for their baseball team. Sorry, ZH, I just could not resist! I DO thank you again for the helping hand].

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  • PORTÉPÉE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORTÉPÉE – SAXONY

    SKU: 07-131

    $125.00

    This is a pre 1889 Saxon officer portépée. I am always open to a better identification as edged weapons and their accouterments are NOT my forte. It is in very good condition, overall. [Many thanks to Zack H. for his help properly identifying this item].

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  • PRESENTATION ARTILLERY LIONSHEAD SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRESENTATION ARTILLERY LIONSHEAD SWORD

    SKU: 07-94

    $2,595.00

    This is a very high quality presentation sword. It was a gift from one officer who served in 1. Posensches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 20 to another. {This was a Prussian regiment that was raised in 1872 right after the end of the 1870/1871 Franco-Prussian War. The regiment was established at a time when the German Army was building up. Approximately twelve artillery regiments were formed in 1872}. This is a beautiful lionshead sword that has excellent gilding on the pommel and the lionshead. The sword has a superbly conditioned grip covered in sharkskin and is triple wire-wrapped. I’ll return to the lionshead at the end of the description, as it has an interesting feature I would like to share with you. As we pull the blade from the scabbard we can see it is slightly curved. The overall length of the sword is 40.” The length of the blade is 34.” The blade is beautifully engraved. It has a black paneled design with gilt trim. The one side shows the presentation of the sword to a “Günther,” who served in this regiment during the late 19th Century. He returned to service in the same regiment then served until the end of the war. The other side of the blade carries forward the same black/blue design in a military and floral manner. The scabbard is a black design with two rings. The scabbard’s ring area is decorative and gilt-colored for contrast. The final detail (and what I find most striking) is that…

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  • PREWAR REGIMENTAL COLOR FAHENTRÄGER SLEEVE PATCH - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PREWAR REGIMENTAL COLOR FAHENTRÄGER SLEEVE PATCH – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-564

    $1,495.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain its regimental standard. All of the European armies (including Germany) had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true history of pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flagpoles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner (Fahnenträger) was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the…

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  • SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER FOR A FELDGRAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER FOR A FELDGRAU TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-441

    $1,495.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color…

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  • SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER PREWAR - FOR A DUNKEL-BLAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER PREWAR – FOR A DUNKEL-BLAU TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-440

    $1,395.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color…

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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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  • SWORD BELT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SWORD BELT

    SKU: 07-155

    $250.00

    This is a complete sword belt. The belt’s exterior is gold bullion, while its reverse is red Moroccan leather. The exterior hardware for the buckles is also gold-toned and oval-shaped. Hanging down from the belt is a fabric extension on which holds the hardware for hanging the sword. The belt is in very fine condition.

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  • SWORD BELT AND HANGERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SWORD BELT AND HANGERS

    SKU: 07-137

    $350.00

    Collectors accumulate swords in a number of ways. Some collect the sword to display it alone. Others like to have all of the sword’s associated accessories, including portépées and sword belts. Some go all the way, using complete mannequins upon which they mount the proper uniform and headdress, and add belts, sashes, sword belts, and swords to show what the soldier looked like when he was “geared-up.” Today we are offering a sword belt that is primarily red in color. The fabric shows significant wear, with patches where the red is missing and reveals the base fabric. The belt measures 45 ½” when fully extended and 35″ when it is totally cinched in. What hangs down from this belt is most interesting. A simple hook appears upon which one could hang a sword. In addition, another leather belt extends down from the first, with twin gilt lions mounted on it. They look similar to the lions we see on Navy belts however, in all fairness, I cannot claim this is a naval belt. I will leave that to the collector to decide. Behind the twin lions is a heavy-duty attachment that could hold a sword, keys, etc. The metal piece here is black and marked D.R.G.M.

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  • SWORD BELT WITH SWORD HANGER ATTACHMENT AND SWORD HANGER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SWORD BELT WITH SWORD HANGER ATTACHMENT AND SWORD HANGER

    SKU: 07-152

    $425.00

    This is a brocade belt used for a sword. The belt’s red felt backing shows extensive mothing. The belt sports high-quality leather fittings. It is complete and ready, including the sword hanger. This is a full rig ready to be hung with a sword.

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    UNIDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SWORD PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-144

    $95.00

    This is a portépée for an enlisted man/NCO which I cannot identify. Portions that are colored blue (faded), red, and dark-blue appear, in descending order, below the attachment where the portépée is tied to the sword. [If anybody can help me identify the portépée, I would be most grateful]. While the portépée’s bottom portion is complete, the tape portion where the portépée is attached show shredding in several places.

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  • UNIDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SWORD PORTÉPÉE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNIDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S SWORD PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-145

    $95.00

    This is a portépée for an NCO/enlisted man which I cannot identify. Everything is all white below the attachment where the portépée is tied to the sword. [If anybody can help me identify the portépée, I would be most grateful]. The tape portion where the portépée attaches is made of leather. It shows substantial use and wear.

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  • UNISSUED NCO PORTÉPÉE - KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 - INFANTERIE OR FUß-ARTILLERIE OR EISENBAHN REGIMENTS OR PIONIER-BATAILLONS OR LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNGS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNISSUED NCO PORTÉPÉE – KOMPAGNIE Nr 3 – INFANTERIE OR FUß-ARTILLERIE OR EISENBAHN REGIMENTS OR PIONIER-BATAILLONS OR LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNGS

    SKU: 07-162

    $250.00

    This is an NCO’s unissued portépée from Bataillon Nr 1, Kompagnie Nr 3 within an Infanterie, Fuß-Artillerie, or Eisenbahn Regiment, a Pionier-Bataillon, or a Luftschiffer-Abteilung. These portépées were worn on NCO’s bayonets as a sign of their rank. The white strap is doubled over and held in place by white thread. White tassels hang down from the portépée’s yellow-capped acorn, which has a white and yellow handle extending all the way to the strap. It certainly would complete a bayonet display for any of the previously-mentioned units.

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  • UNISSUED NCO’S PORTÉPÉE - KOMPAGNIE Nr 6 - INFANTERIE OR FUß-ARTILLERIE OR EISENBAHN REGIMENTS OR PIONIER-BATAILLONS OR LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNGS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNISSUED NCO’S PORTÉPÉE – KOMPAGNIE Nr 6 – INFANTERIE OR FUß-ARTILLERIE OR EISENBAHN REGIMENTS OR PIONIER-BATAILLONS OR LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNGS

    SKU: 07-161

    $250.00

    This is an NCO’s unissued portépée from Bataillon Nr 3, Kompagnie Nr 6 within an Infanterie, Fuß-Artillerie, or Eisenbahn Regiment, a Pionier-Bataillon, or a Luftschiffer-Abteilung. These portépées were worn on NCO’s bayonets as a sign of their rank. The white strap is doubled over and held in place by white thread. White tassels hang down from the portépée’s red-capped acorn, which has a red handle extending all the way to the strap. It certainly would complete a bayonet display for any of the previously-mentioned units.

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