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    100mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART PITCHER

    SKU: 10-836

    $225.00

    This is a German 100mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase. This cannon German was officially known as “10 cm Canaan 14 (10 cm K 14).” It is heavily modified and has been concerted for use as a pitcher. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. Considered a medium caliber field piece, the 100 mm cannon was another primary German mobile artillery weapon throughout WW I. While slightly larger than the 77mm field piece, it was transported by a six-horse team, but a caisson was NOT used due to its larger size than “77.” The pitcher stands 7 ½” tall. It measures 4″ (100mm) in diameter at the base. The typical munitions work’s markings are present. The shell was originally manufactured in 1915. The shell’s exterior is completely covered with stippling. This was a very labor intensive process that took its creator many hours to complete. A sturdy handle made from another stippled, brass piece is attached its side. I estimate that the pitcher holds…

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  • 19th CENTURY SOLDBUCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    19th CENTURY SOLDBUCH

    SKU: 10-823

    $15.00

    This is a partially-filled out Soldbuch for a soldier who was born in 1876.

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  • A GUIDE TO THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL by PETER STANLEY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    A GUIDE TO THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL by PETER STANLEY

    SKU: 10-712

    $20.00

    Australia was an active participant in WW I. It contributed a large number of troops to the Commonwealth. Their contributions are historically well noted. The book describes in great detail the Australian War Memorial, which was opened in 1941. It is Australia’s single-most-visited building. It commemorates the service of brave men from that country.

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  • ABRECHNUNGS-BUCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ABRECHNUNGS-BUCH

    SKU: 12-336

    $125.00

    You will have to be a person who enjoys military documents such as Militärpäße and Soldbücher to appreciate this, OR somebody who would like a really old document. What we have is an abrechnungs-buch, which is a pay book. This is for a man by the name of Hermann Feshe, who served in an artillery brigade in the Prussian Army. You ask how early this book is? How about 1829-1831!?! I have spent a half hour pouring through this book. I really find it interesting seeing how later German military documents incorporated this information into those documents. The ink entries are clear. It is amazing to hold in one’s hand a document that is more than 170 years old, and which was created barely a decade after the great Napoleonic wars.

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    ALUMINUM PATRIOTIC BOWL

    SKU: 10-267

    $100.00

    This aluminum bowl is actually quite large and measures 11 ½” x 7″. At the bottom of the bowl is a highly detailed and large crown (3″ x 3″) which lies within a wreath of laurel or oak leaves. The crown is stamped into the bowl and is in high relief. Below the crown is a smaller stamped crown with the number “980.” Let me warn you that this does not stand for silver content as there is no way that this bowl is made of silver but is rather made of aluminum as previously stated. A nice bowl and something useful that could be used around the house. Quite reasonably priced.

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  • ASSORTED DOCUMENTS - MILITÄRPAß - ACTING OFFICER OTTO GRUNEBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ASSORTED DOCUMENTS – MILITÄRPAß – ACTING OFFICER OTTO GRUNEBERG

    SKU: 10-643

    $195.00

    This is a mini grouping of documents to a single man spanning a period of more than thirty years. The man to whom these documents belong is Otto Gruneberg. Gruneberg was born in 1879. He served in Württemberg Nachrichten Bataillon Nr 13. During WW I, he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 22 March 1915. He achieved the rank of Acting Officer (Offz. Stellv.) Assorted personal documents are contained in this mini grouping, including several letters, receipts for items, a membership card for the Reichskolonialbund from 1937, and a document dated 1906 that shows him as a member of the postal service. The latter was his profession before WW I. All of these documents, including his militärpaß, are housed in a folio that once housed postcards. The folio sports a large Hohenzollern Eagle on its reverse. This gives us a good glimpse into the life of an Imperial German Army soldier.

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  • AVIATION MILITÄRPAß - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AVIATION MILITÄRPAß

    SKU: 14-66

    $225.00

    An attractively conditioned militärpaß to a soldier who was assigned to Kampfgeschwader 7 O.H.L. Staffel 38. August Eisenberg was born in 1896, and he entered the army in May 1916. He was first posted to Flieger-Ersatz Abteilung Nr 3 in Gotha in July 1916 (this unit stamp and signature of the commander is present). The unit stamp for Staffel 38 and the signature of the Staffelführer, a Hauptmann, is also present. Two other later units are indicated by stamp and they are Flieger Abteilung Nr 10 in Böblingen-Stuttgart in 1917 and Königl. Preuss Rüst-Abteilung fur Flieger-Waffen. The last entry that I can detect is August 1918. A very well marked militärpaß to a soldier who spent his entire career in aviation units.

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  • BINOCULARS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BINOCULARS

    SKU: 10-882

    $75.00

    BINOCULARS This is a pair of smaller than usual binoculars. They are marked “Carl Zeiss – Jena” on the left side, along with “DF 8X” (the lens power) and the serial number, “433914.” A small size such as this was most likely used by an army officer. It has no case, but the leather strap to carry them around one’s neck is in place. The leather wrapping on the exterior is complete and intact. The optics are clear and the binoculars are useable.

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  • BRASS TRENCH ART LIGHTER - BOOK-SHAPED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRASS TRENCH ART LIGHTER – BOOK-SHAPED

    SKU: 10-734

    $75.00

    This is a soldier’s lighter for use in the trenches. It is another example of trench art. It is in the shape of a book, measuring 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 1/2.” The interior swings open, revealing the lighter. The lighter displays quite attractively. It would make a fine addition to a display of items that a soldier would have owned in the trenches. I do not believe the lighter operates.

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  • BRITISH EIGHTEEN POUNDER SHELL TRENCH ART ASHTRAY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRITISH EIGHTEEN POUNDER SHELL TRENCH ART ASHTRAY

    SKU: 10-843

    $75.00

    This is an interesting trench art ash tray made from a British eighteen-pounder artillery shell. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and fashioned letter openers from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The shell stands 2 1/8.” Its edges are scalloped, allowing placement of a number of cigarettes. It is a larger caliber shell than the 77mm examples we are offering. It measures 100mm (10cm) in diameter. On the bottom are marks from the munitions factory that produced it. It is marked twice that it was produced in 1915. One mark advises that the shell was produced on 7 December 1915.

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  • CASED DISPLAY - JÄGER zu PFERDE TIN SOLDIERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CASED DISPLAY – JÄGER zu PFERDE TIN SOLDIERS

    SKU: 10-749

    $695.00

    Tin soldiers were very popular among Imperial German Period children. Today we are offering an amazing group of tin soldiers from the 1890 to 1914 period. They come in a special glass case in which they are handsomely displayed. The soldiers are from the Regiment Königsjäger zu Pferde Nr 1. (Their name is displayed at the case’s front on a small plaque, which measures 1″ x 2 3/4.”) This was the first of the Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments created in 1901. The regiment carries the “Wilhelm Rex” cypher on their shoulder boards and straps. A total of thirteen Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments was created between 1901 and 1913. It is interesting to note that these cavalry regiments wore metal helmets with long back visors, which were also worn by the Küraßier-Regiments, including the ultra-elite Regiment der Garde du Corps and the Garde-Reiter-Regiment. The case itself measures 16 1/4″ x 4″ x 5 1/2.” Three sides of the case are covered in red leatherette. The case’s front and top are glass. The front slides up and out of the case, if you need to reposition the soldiers slightly after they are shipped to you. [We will carefully pack it with extra bubble wrap around the soldiers. They are glued down, but we had to reposition them a bit after they arrived from Germany. We only caution, be gentle as you do so, as they are old. Too much pressure may make their glue soften]. ALL the soldiers in the display are mounted, as…

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  • CHRISTMAS PIPE AND FRAMED DOCUMENT - KRONPRINZ WILHELM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CHRISTMAS PIPE AND FRAMED DOCUMENT – KRONPRINZ WILHELM

    SKU: 10-616

    $650.00

    Early during the Great War, Kronprinz Wilhelm commonly offered a Christmas gift to the soldiers under his command. In the past, we have sold part of this gift. What we offered was a pipe’s head that depicted a colored-likeness of the Kronprinz, wearing his death’s-head Husaren Attila and visor cap. On the back of the pipe was “5. Armee Weihnachten 1914.” I have offered perhaps two or three of these pipe heads. Today we are offering the complete pipe, in the long style that German veterans purchased after the war, to display in which regiment they had served. The pipe has two sections. The lower half is where the pipe head is attached. This measures 27″ in length. The other piece is some 6 ½” long and attaches to the top, containing the mouthpiece. A problem exists in that an attachment piece (it would have been quite small) is missing. Thus, currently the two primary pieces cannot be mated together. This is still fine for display, as the two pieces can be laid together for this purpose. (If you are enterprising, you may be able to figure a way to make it work)! Even more interesting is the framed certificate, which accompanied the pipe when it was initially given out by the Kronprinz. This certificate comes in a period wooden frame. The frame measures 13 ½” x 7 ½.” The certificate itself measures 11 ½” x 7 ½.” The message of the certificate is to the troops spending Christmas in…

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  • CIGAR CASE - PATRIOTIC CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS 1916 IN BERLIN-WILMERSDORF. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIGAR CASE – PATRIOTIC CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS 1916 IN BERLIN-WILMERSDORF.

    SKU: 10-893

    $125.00

    CIGAR CASE – PATRIOTIC CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS 1916 IN BERLIN-WILMERSDORF. This is an interesting tobacco case that would have allowed its owner to carry a number of small cigars. The case is a two-piece, dark-brown leatherette construction. Metal strips on either end might possibly have been intended for use in striking matches. The cypher (a shield) for Berlin-Wilmersdorf, a section within Berlin’s city limits, is embossed on its outer cover. An inscription reads “Ihren im Felde stehenden Mitbürgern zum Weihnachtfeste 1916 Die Stadtgemeinde Berlin-Wilmersdorf” loosely translates as “Your Fellow Citizens of Berlin-Wilmersdorf are Standing with You in the Field on this Christmas 1916.” This lovely patriotic item celebrated Christmas and showed how the German citizens on the home front supported their serving soldiers during WW I. The case could still be used today to hold small-diameter, short cigars.

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  • CIVIL INTERNAL PASSPORT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIVIL INTERNAL PASSPORT

    SKU: 10-698

    $40.00

    This is an internal passport for a German citizen that served as identification papers. This is for a person by the name of Morgenstern. It was issued in 1908 and is quite interesting

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  • CIVILIAN IDENTIFICATION PAPERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIVILIAN IDENTIFICATION PAPERS

    SKU: 10-569

    $20.00

    This is a civilian set of identification papers that were issued by the government of Württemberg to a woman named Linhuber. She was the dependant of a man who served aboard the S. M. S. Prinz Luitpold. This was issued in 1914 for a period of twelve years. Perhaps it granted her specific benefits since she was the dependant of a service man. It is in excellent condition.

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  • DESK CIGAR CUTTER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL FUSE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DESK CIGAR CUTTER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL FUSE

    SKU: 10-856

    $150.00

    This is a compact cigar cutter fashioned from an artillery shell fuse, and so is considered a “trench art” piece (wherein interesting battlefield debris was converted to patriotically-themed items). The cigar cutter stands 5 ¼” tall and measures 3 ½” in diameter at its base. It is quite substantial, weighing 2 lbs. and 8 oz. The fuse’s top has a piece added whereby a cigar’s end can be neatly cut off by inserting it through its opening. An eagle has been stamped on the top. The fuse’s base reveals the threads by which it was screwed onto the artillery shell’s top, as well as a number scale for setting the fuse prior to its being screwed in. The fuse’s side displays information reading “Dopp. Z. 98/Sb.” It is an intriguing desk accessory for your desk or collector’s room table. You can also use it when enjoying your favorite cigar.

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  • DOUBLE MILITÄRPAß AND SOLDBUCH - ARMIERUNGS-BATAILLON Nr 79 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DOUBLE MILITÄRPAß AND SOLDBUCH – ARMIERUNGS-BATAILLON Nr 79

    SKU: 10-636

    $75.00

    This is a double militärpaß (i.e., a militärpaß that has been completely filled out, then replaced by a later militärpaß) along with a Soldbuch to a soldier named Dose, who was born 1889. He served in the 4th Kompagnie of Armierungs Bataillon Nr 79. While I see many entries for 1915, 1916, and 1917, I do not see later entries.

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  • ENLISTED MAN MILITÄRPAß - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 42 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 42 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-728

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß for a Wilhelm Meyer, who served in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 42. He was born in 1879. He first entered the army in this regiment during 1898. Later additions to his militärpaß in the years before WW I show he was enrolled in other reserve units. He served throughout WW I. He mustered out of the army in 1919 as a forty-year-old. Along with his Militärpaß’s many attachments, we also see a “good performance” certificate in 1900, when he had completed his two years of mandatory service.

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  • ENLISTED MAN’S SOLDBUCH - FLIEGER-ERSATZ-BATAILLON Nr 1, Nr 4, & Nr 10 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S SOLDBUCH – FLIEGER-ERSATZ-BATAILLON Nr 1, Nr 4, & Nr 10

    SKU: 16-337

    $195.00

    This is an enlisted man’s soldbuch (pay book) from Flieger-Ersatz-Bataillon Nr 1, Nr 4, and Nr 10. Several of the book’s pages are loose. Some blurring occurs in places where water affected small portions of the information and entries. Still, it is a very fetching item from a soldier attached to an aviation unit.

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    EYE DEEP IN HELL: TRENCH WARFARE IN WORLD WAR 1 by JOHN ELLIS

    SKU: 10-711

    $15.00

    10-711 EYE DEEP IN HELL: TRENCH WARFARE IN WORLD WAR 1 by JOHN ELLIS. This book deals with the hell of trench warfare. It shows in great detail the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, on both sides. The book is a soft cover edition. It is well illustrated.

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  • FIELD PACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FIELD PACK

    SKU: 10-894

    $195.00

    FIELD PACK. This is an interesting soldier’s field pack that measures 14.5” x 15.5” and is made of green canvas. The front of the pack flips up for easy access. Two buckles and straps in the front secure the flap and the bag’s contents within the pack. A roomy area to store all manner of gear is available within the pack’s interior, and features two sets of buckles and straps. A handle at the pack’s top allowed the soldier to carry it by hand. The pack’s backside features actual straps by which the soldier could secure the whole on his back. The section opposite these straps is made of leather instead of the canvas used on the pack’s front. The pack is in very good condition, overall. Its previous owners have taken excellent care of it.

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  • FLIEGER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG Nr 7 MILITÄRPAß - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLIEGER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG Nr 7 MILITÄRPAß

    SKU: 16-427

    $125.00

    This is an interesting for a young soldier from Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 7. He was attached to Kompagnie Nr 3, located in Braunschweig. He entered the military in 1917. His was a training reserve unit that assembled men for the re-assignment to other locations at the front. We see that he served in numerous Prussian units, as well as a Saxon aviation unit.

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  • FRAMED STUDIO POSE OF A PRE WAR GERMAN SOLDIER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED STUDIO POSE OF A PRE WAR GERMAN SOLDIER

    SKU: 10-386

    $75.00

    A very nice pre-WW I studio photo of a young soldier dressed in uniform with sword and portopee. Seated beside him is an older man who could well be his father. The studio background is complete with castle! Has a period frame complete with hanger ready to go up on your wall.

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  • FUNCTIONAL TANK ABWEHR GEWEHR/M 1918/T-GEWEHR ROUND TRENCH ART LIGHTER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FUNCTIONAL TANK ABWEHR GEWEHR/M 1918/T-GEWEHR ROUND TRENCH ART LIGHTER

    SKU: 10-841

    $125.00

    This is a trench art lighter fashioned from a Tank Abwehr Gewehr, M1918 or T-Gewehr ammunition round. The round was used in what looked like an oversized bolt action Mauser. It was chambered for 13.2mm rounds. The rifle itself was quite heavy, weighing-in at 38 lbs.! It was more than 5 feet in length and used a bi-pod. [In some cases, it was mounted on a cart]. It was used as an anti tank weapon. WW I British tanks sported only 20mm armoring, so this weapon proved effective against them, as it did against France’s lightly-armored Renault tanks. The lighter stands 3″ tall and measures 3/4″ in diameter at the base. The lighter’s silver cover is made from the projectile. It pulls out to reveal the object’s lighter-fluid-infused wick, and the wheel that ignites it. The lighter’s bottom unscrews to pour in the lighter fluid. Two different designs completely encircle the lighter’s exterior. One appears on the silver projectile section, while the other decorates the brass shell casing portion. I have seen a spark flash when I turned the igniter wheel. The lighter MIGHT be functional, but I CANNOT guarantee it.

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  • GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE

    SKU: 10-834

    $125.00

    This is a German 75mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase. The German “77″ was officially known as the “7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art.” (New Kind of 7.7 cm Field Cannon 96). It has been converted to a trench art vase. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies. When they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles, they took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The 77mm Field Cannon was the German mobile artillery’s mainstay during the entire war. The field piece was hitched to a caisson and rapidly drawn by horses to new locations. Each gun’s crew consisted of five men. The cannon was capable of firing ten rounds each minute. The shell casing is made of brass. It stands 9″ tall and measures 3″ in diameter at the base. Its bottom sports numerous munitions works’ marks. It also indicates that the original shell was manufactured in 1916. Engraved on the casing’s front is “Luise 1918.” It is a very good example of a trench art vase. It will look first-rate on any flat surface, or perhaps as some sort…

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  • GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE COMMEMORATING 1917 BATTLE OF CHAMPAGNE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE COMMEMORATING 1917 BATTLE OF CHAMPAGNE

    SKU: 10-835

    $140.00

    This is a German 75mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase. The German “7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art.” (New Kind of 7.7 cm Field Cannon 96). Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The 77mm Field Cannon was the German mobile artillery’s mainstay during the entire war. The field piece was hitched to a caisson and rapidly drawn by horses to new locations. Each gun’s crew consisted of five men. The cannon was capable of firing ten rounds each minute. Its shell casing is made of brass. It stands 8″ tall and measures 3″ in diameter at the base. Its bottom sports numerous munitions works’ marks. “Champagne” is engraved on the casing and extends around most of the front, sides, and back. This represents the THIRD Battle of Champagne, which took place from 17-20 April 1917. The IV. Armee, consisting of the VIII. , XVII., and XII. Armeekorps, was the primary German force facing the French. A shield displaying the initials of the soldier…

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  • GERMAN MAN’S WANDERSCHEIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN MAN’S WANDERSCHEIN

    SKU: 10-832 XES

    $45.00

    This booklet is an internal German passport that was required for itinerant workers leaving their home districts to search for employment. Homelessness and vagrancy have been issues for civil authorities from medieval times to the present. An article about European solutions for vagrancy and itinerant workers in the 1908 Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor detailed Imperial Germany’s highly-developed, state-controlled answer for the issue, which was primarily directed toward the unskilled labor class. First, if an unskilled laborer wished to leave his home district in search of employment, he had to apply for a Wanderschein, a combination internal passport and work/temporary lodging booklet. Special bureaus in each district issued these documents. The Wanderschein was used to access lodging and meals in either Herbergen (hostels) or Verpflegungsstationen (small inns). Herbergen were larger home shelters where unemployed/needy workers could secure temporary lodging and food by paying a small sum, or doing odd jobs in exchange for the services. Herbergen were found in almost all Imperial German cities and towns, with around 500 existing shortly after the 20th Century’s turn. [In 1904, Herbergen provided 4,089,506 night lodgings to more than 2,000,000 persons]. For the most part, Herbergen were charitable institutions maintained largely by religious organizations. [Trade unions also maintained their own Herbergen in all of Germany’s larger cities]. Verpflegungsstationen were smaller shelters, sometimes only a room or rooms in connection with an inn or hostel. They were funded by the government, providing itinerant workers traveling in search of work shelter for…

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    GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by ROBERT GRAVES

    SKU: 10-709

    $30.00

    This is an interesting book about the wartime and postwar experiences of Robert Graves. The book was originally published during 1929 in England. This is a later, revised edition. It comes with a slip cover, and makes for interesting reading.

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  • HAND CARVED "TRENCH ART" VASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAND CARVED “TRENCH ART” VASE

    SKU: 10-863

    $195.00

    This is a unique, fascinating, trench art vase hand carved from a large cow bone. Trench art is a very interesting collecting area. It was created by soldiers who had a great deal of time on their hands, whether they were active soldiers stationed in the trenches (hence the term “trench art”), recovering from wounds in the hospital, or POW’s. Soldiers from all WW I’s participants created such trench art as bracelets, necklaces, rings, broaches, matchbox holders, lamps, vases, etc. [Naturally, our focus is on items created by Imperial German soldiers]. Most vases that we see have been created from artillery shell casings. When I first acquired THIS vase, I thought I had hit the lottery because it looked like it was made of ivory! It measures 10″ in height, 2 ½” in diameter at the base, and 1 ½” in diameter at the lip. Had it been made from ivory, it would have been extremely valuable. Further study and research proved that the source from which the vase was fashioned was NOT an elephant’s tusk but a cow bone! This was confirmed by a visit to the “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. The museum featured a pair of similar vases, along with the story about who produced them. One of the first things we notice about the vase is its polished, beautifully finished surface. Its shape is also striking, reflecting the bone’s contour, most of which is essentially three-sided. All of the vase’s decorations…

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  • HESSE-DARMSTADT - METAL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR’S SIGN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – METAL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR’S SIGN

    SKU: 10-892

    $695.00

    This is a first time offering from Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is a large porcelain sign from a government office in Hesse-Darmstadt. [Hesse-Darmstadt was one of Imperial Germany’s two larger Grand Duchies. Along with Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt contributed the largest military contingents after Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony]. The impressive, slightly-vaulted sign measures 20” x 23.5.” Its center features a 12” x 8.75” bright-blue shield adorned with a red-and-white-striped, rampant, Hesse-Darmstadt Lion. The shield is topped by a golden, stylized Fleurs-de-Lis-peaked crown, and the entire image is displayed against a white background. The term “Der Landrat,” which loosely translates as “The District Administrator” (technically, a sub-prefect), appears at the sign’s bottom. Each of the sign’s four corners features a hole through which the sign was attached to the administration’s office building. The shield is in the center. The sign is quite handsome and in very fine condition, overall. [This very large, bulky item will require additional shipping costs. For this reason we ask that you PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY and do NOT use our automated shopping basket! It will NOT calculate the correct shipping charges! We will be happy to assist you].

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  • HIGH QUALITY LETTER OPENER - HOLSTENTOR - LÜBECK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HIGH QUALITY LETTER OPENER – HOLSTENTOR – LÜBECK

    SKU: 24-173

    $150.00

    This is an extremely high-caliber, silver letter opener, featuring a representation of the Holstentor in Lübeck. The letter opener measures 9 3/4″ in length. It is hallmarked for .835 silver (along with the crown and moon) and the manufacturer, whose mark I do not recognize.

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    HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: CARDS MESSAGES, AND LEGENDS OF THE GREAT WAR by PETER T. SCOTT

    SKU: 10-707

    $25.00

    Throughout warfare’s history, one side or the other often has claimed that a conflict would end quickly, and that “the boys will be home by Christmas!” (or the appropriate holiday for the time). This was certainly the case in WW I. Every year hopes rose that the war would soon end, and the soldiers would come home for Christmas. The book deals with postcards, letters, etc. that show the thinking on both sides as the war dragged on. It is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. It is well-illustrated.

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  • INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 164 MILITÄRPAß - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 164 MILITÄRPAß – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-830

    $50.00

    This is a man named Fischer’s militärpaß from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 164. He was born in 1883, and entered the army in 1903. He completed his two years of service in 1905. He entered the reserves and was called back to duty for WW I. He saw substantial action in numerous battles and survived the war. The pass reveals a number of unit stamps from a variety of units. It will provide you with an opportunity to research the military career of a man who served in the army, on and off, from 1903 into 1919.

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  • INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 78 SOLDBUCH - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 78 SOLDBUCH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-829

    $25.00

    This is a soldbuch from Infanterie-Regiment Herzog Friedrich von Braunschweig (Ostfriesches) Nr 78. The soldier’s name was “Rabenberg.” Several of its pages are loose. We can see the regiment’s unit stamp and basic information about its owner. I see NO indication of service during WW I.

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  • JEWELER’S CUSTOM-MADE .800 SILVER MATCH-SAFE WITH OFFICERS’ REPRODUCED SIGNATURES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JEWELER’S CUSTOM-MADE .800 SILVER MATCH-SAFE WITH OFFICERS’ REPRODUCED SIGNATURES

    SKU: 10-855

    $250.00

    This is a match-safe which was used to place a standard box of matches inside and allow a man to display a common item in a very uncommon and decorative housing. It is an ultra high quality officer gift. It was produced by a jeweler and was purchased by six officers to commemorate action at the Battle of Dünaburg. The match safe measures 2 ½” x 1 ½” x 1.” It easily accommodates a box of matches, as well as allowing easy access to the striking surfaces on either side. One match safe side displays six signatures that are NOT immediately familiar to me. The opposite side is engraved with the legend below. Vor Dünaburg Weihnachten 1916. Since it was a Christmas gift, it is possible that each man whose signature appears on its side received the same match safe. Another side’s edge features a manufacturer’s hallmark (I am NOT familiar with the firm, either), and an .800 silver hallmark. This is an excellent item that is especially impressive in silver. [Silver was still available for gifts of this nature in 1916. By 1918 even the great Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, could not find silver for his cherished victory cups].

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  • LETTER OPENER -HIGH QUALITY  - HOLSTENTOR - LÜBECK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LETTER OPENER -HIGH QUALITY  – HOLSTENTOR – LÜBECK

    SKU: 10-678

    $150.00

    LETTER OPENER -HIGH QUALITY  – HOLSTENTOR – LÜBECK. This is an extremely high-caliber, silver letter opener, featuring a representation of the Holstentor in Lübeck. The letter opener measures 9 3/4″ in length. It is hallmarked for .835 silver (along with the crown and moon) and the manufacturer, whose mark I do not recognize.

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  • LIEDERBUCH FOR JÄGER BATAILLON Nr 3 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LIEDERBUCH FOR JÄGER BATAILLON Nr 3

    SKU: 10-866

    $95.00

    This is a liederbuch (songbook) for Jäger-Bataillon Nr 3. Jäger-Bataillons had the best marksmen in the entire German Army. [During the Napoleonic Wars, it was their role to advance as skirmishers, engaging the enemy’s skirmishers and endeavoring to pick off enemy Infanterie and Kavallerie Regiment officers]. This particular songbook is from Brandenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 3, which was founded in 1815. It was garrisoned in Lübben and assigned to the III. Armeekorps. It also participated in 1815’s Battle of Waterloo. The small booklet measures ¼” x 4″ x 5 ½.” It has a full-color cover that displays a red enlisted man’s Bataillon shoulder strap. It is filled with many patriotic songs, including one specially created for Jägers.

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  • MILITÄRPAß - 1870'S GERMAN ARMY - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITÄRPAß – 1870’S GERMAN ARMY – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11

    SKU: 10-670

    $70.00

    This is a militärpaß for a man born in 1854. The man served in the German Army during the 1870’s, after the Franco-Prussian War. He initially served in Ulanen-Regiment Nr 11, then later served in several Landwehr (Reserve) units until 1889, when he ended his career. This is an interesting militärpaß. The front cover is nearly detached from the book, but remains with it.

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  • MILITÄRPAß - ADOLF ZIESENHENNE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITÄRPAß – ADOLF ZIESENHENNE

    SKU: 10-635

    $40.00

    This is a Militärpaß for Adolf Ziesenhenne, who was born in 1881. He served during WW I in 1. Kompagnie Armierungs-Bataillon Nr 66 and Armierungs-Bataillon Nr. 39. Pasted into this militärpaß are the various battles in which he fought, including Reims, Champagne, Soissons, etc. It is interesting to see that his service in this militärpaß begins in 1915, although surely he had seen earlier service before WW I. The man survived WW I.

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  • MILITÄRPAß - BAVARIAN LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITÄRPAß – BAVARIAN LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 21-249

    $250.00

    This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier from a Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The man’s name was Fischer. He was born in 1898. He joined the army in 1917 and was initially assigned to a Bavarian Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The militärpaß has a flip down page where you can see his complete service for nearly two years of WW I. In addition to numerous unit stamps from his initial unit, a stamp for his assignment to Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 1 is also present. A unit stamp for a Prussian Luftschiffer-Abteilung also appears, which I find particularly interesting. The militärpaß comes in a protective jacket. It has a wealth of material to research and dig into.

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    MILITÄRPAß – BAVARIAN SOLDIER/AVIATOR

    SKU: 16-350

    $125.00

    This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian named Wilhelm Veidt. Veidt was born in 1897. He mustered into the army on 4 April 1916. His first service was in the I. Ersatz-Bataillon of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 19. The unit was based at 1. Rekruten-Depot. He reported to the front as a member of this Bavarian regiment. He was posted to a Bavarian Flieger-Abteilung later in the war. Unit stamps appear from both regiments. The replaced cover of the militärpaß indicates that Veidt served in the army from 4 April 1916 through 17 February 1919. It is an interesting militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier/aviator.

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    MILITÄRPAß – FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 39 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-747

    $40.00

    This is a duplicate militärpaß from Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr 39. The man’s name was Johann Heinrich Hüsges. He was born in 1883 and joined his regiment in 1903. He mustered out of the regiment in 1906. On the page with that information we see a regimental unit stamp. We see that he was recalled to the army in 1914. He served through much of early-to-mid WW I.

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    MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 152 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-782

    $75.00

    This is a militärpaß from Deutsch Ordens Infanterie-Regiment Nr 152. The regiment was founded in 1897 and garrisoned at Marienburg and Stuhm. It was assigned to the XX. ArmeeKorps. The soldier’s last name was “Ehlert.” He was born in 1893, and entered the army in October 1913. He was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class on 3 March 1915. It was a fairly early award, so Herr Ehlert really must have accomplished something important. His regiment saw extensive service on the Eastern Front, including the Battle of Tannenburg. One page shows the various battles in which the regiment. I see a unit stamp where he was still serving with the regiment in 1917. I see further notations where he was mustered out of the army in 1919. He was a lucky man to survive more than four years of war and return home.

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    MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 16 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 10-768

    $75.00

    This is a fine militärpaß for a man named Franz Hasinger, who entered the Bavarian Army. He was born in 1867. In 1885 he entered the army and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 16. The booklet has numerous unit stamps and entries through 1895. It is always quite interesting to find a 19th Century militärpaß.

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    MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 167

    SKU: 10-677

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß from 1. Ober-Elsässisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 167. The regiment was formed in 1897. It was garrisoned at Bitsch, where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps. As best as I can tell, the man’s name is Schlitzberger. He was born in 1883. He mustered into the regiment in 1907, and served in Kompagnie Nr 8. He saw service in a number of units during WW I. Many unit stamps appear throughout the militärpaß.

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    MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 58

    SKU: 10-684

    $40.00

    This is a militärpaß for Karl Alfred Willig. He was born in 1885. He first joined the army in 1907. He was assigned to 3. Posensches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 58. The regiment was raised in 1860. Bataillons Nr 1 and Nr 2 were assigned to Glogau, while Bataillon Nr 3 was based in Fraustadt. The regiment was assigned to the V. ArmeeKorps. He also saw action with Infanterie-Regiment Nr 19. Many entries are included, especially when he was called back to service during WW I.

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    MILITÄRPAß – SAXON SOLDIER/AVIATOR

    SKU: 16-351

    $125.00

    This is a militärpaß for a man born in 1889 in Leipzig, Saxony. He entered (or re-entered) the army in 1916. He was assigned to 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. As we thumb through the militärpaß, we see that he demonstrated his proficiency with the Mauser rifle. We also see his regiment’s unit stamp. After his service in this regiment, he served in a Prussian Flieger-Abteilung. The militärpaß contains many interesting entries. It is housed in a cover. It is a fine militärpaß for a Saxon soldier.

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    MILITÄRPAß – SOLDBUCH – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 95 – WW I

    SKU: 10-772

    $95.00

    This is a combination of a militärpaß and soldbuch from 6. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 95. (The regiment consisted of men from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Saxe-Meinigen). The man was born in 1897 and entered the Army in 1916. He initially served in the regiment’s II. Ersatz-Bataillon, a Bataillon of replacements for men who had been killed or wounded in battle. Later he transferred into Grenadier-Regiment Nr 11’s Minenwerfer-Kompagnie. He survived the war and mustered out of the army in 1919. His soldbuch is included. His soldbuch lists numerous entries for hospital stays. They are an interesting pair of documents that allow opportunities for additional research.

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    MILITÄRPAß FOR A MAN IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 49 PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-642

    $40.00

    This is a militärpaß for a man named Fischer. He was born in 1863. He joined the army in 1886, and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 49. He also saw service in Grenadier-Regiment Nr 8. I see service notes through 1890.

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    MILITÄRPAß TO A MAN SERVING IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 65

    SKU: 10-618

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß to a man by the name of Baldauf, who was born in March 1876 in Bavaria. He first entered the army in October 1898. He was assigned to 5. Rheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 65, where he was assigned to Kompagnie Nr 3. He finished his two years of mandatory service in 1910. He served in a number of units all through WW I. He was mustered out of the army after the war’s end in 1918.

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    MILITÄRPAß TO A SOLDIER SERVING IN FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 39

    SKU: 10-568

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß for a soldier serving in Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr 39. The regiment was raised in 1818 after the Napoleonic Wars and garrisoned at Düsseldorf. The soldier was named Johan Heinrich Hüsges. He was born in 1883. He performed his military service from 1903-1906. He was called back to the army during WW I. This contains many interesting entries.

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    MILITÄRPAß TO A SOLDIER SERVING IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 145

    SKU: 10-567

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß for an enlisted soldier who served in Königs-Infanterie-Regiment (6. Lothringisches) Nr 145. This soldier, Georg Oppel, was born in 1875. Thus, in August 1916, he was forty-one years old. He was mustered in at the recruit depot and assigned to I. Ersatz-Bataillon. He was later assigned to another infantry regiment and saw limited action in the war.

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    MINI GROUP – MILITÄRPAß – DOCUMENT – PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 10-781

    $150.00

    Being able to acquire a militärpaß WITH some additional information is always interesting. Learning more about the man is important to me, so I am pleased to share this little group with you. To begin, it is older than what we normally present to you. It is from the 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. This was the second of the two Ulanen-Regiments founded by Hanover. The regiment was founded in 1805. It was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen and assigned to the XVI. ArmeeKorps. The regiment saw extensive service with Wellington at the Peninsula and, ultimately, at Waterloo. The young man who served in the regiment was born in 1863, and served in the regiment from 1883 to 1885. His last name was “Suits.” A unit stamp for the regiment is in the militärpaß. As Germany was at peace, no major notations are in the booklet. We see further marks since the man was in the reserves until at least 1896. Due to his age during WW I (he would have been in his fifties at its start), it is unlikely that he served in a combat role. With the militärpaß is a document that was commonly issued when the man had fulfilled his two-year military obligation, stating that good service was performed. The document was signed by a regiment rittmeister. The final part of the group is a CdV of Herr Suits. We see him standing in a studio beside a table. He is wearing his ulanka and tschapka in…

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  • MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE PRUSSIAN ARTILLERY OFFICER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE PRUSSIAN ARTILLERY OFFICER

    SKU: 10-353

    $225.00

    This is a very interesting miniature Pickelhaube for a Prussian Artillery Officer. It features the Prussian head plate, round ball indicating an Artillery Regiment. It also has the chinscales of an Officer. What is really interesting about this piece is that it is painted glass and the colors black, gold, and silver. I can’t tell if the front visor was ever painted or not but clear glass is present there. The bulk of the rear visor is painted. The detail to this piece is of average not exceptional quality but it sure would make a neat desk piece! It is 2 ½” high, 2 3/4″ in length, and 2″ wide.

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    NON FUNCTIONAL GERMAN ANTI-TANK ROUND LIGHTER

    SKU: 10-842

    $30.00

    This is a NON functional lighter. It is fashioned from a Canada-produced ammunition round like the Tank Abwehr Gewehr, M1918 or T-Gewehr. The lighter stands 2 3/4″ tall and measures 3/4″ in diameter at the base. The entire lighter is gold-toned. While the lighter breaks in half, its guts are NOT present, only the pad where one adds lighter fluid. The lighter’s base features the words “Super Baragge” and “Made in Canada.” The piece is fine for display.

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  • OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE – SAXONY

    SKU: 10-393

    $450.00

    When I first found this brocade belt and buckle in Germany I was struck by the amazingly small size of the belt. It measures some 21″-22″ and initially my first thought was that it was a Kinder (children’s) piece. But aside from its small size it was of the correct width of an Army Officer and it also had a correct and full size Saxon Army Officer’s buckle. Had this been a true Kinder piece, both the belt and buckle would have been smaller to accommodate the overall proportions. I spent some more time with it and brain stormed with the owner. He advanced the theory that the only person who could have been that young (to have worn such a small belt) might have been a member of the Saxon Royal household. Even taking into consideration the fact that people were smaller 80 years ago than they are today, this seems like a plausible explanation. Overall, the belt and buckle is in very fine condition and finding a Saxon Officer brocade belt and buckle is no small task regardless of the size.

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  • OFFICER’S DISPATCH/BRIEF BAG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S DISPATCH/BRIEF BAG

    SKU: 10-887

    $150.00

    This item really caught my attention when I saw it. It is a canvas bag, measuring 22” x 17,” in which an officer could carry maps, dispatches, other papers, and supplies. Essentially, it would have served his briefcase in the field or in the trenches. A great deal of thought and planning went into this bag to render it as handy as possible. Since it was intended for an officer, he would have purchased this on his own. It was NOT issued by a military supply depot. It features a central pouch in which a large number of items could be placed. A smaller pouch is also available for smaller or more important items. This central storage area is accessed through a flap. Two more flaps that are secured by buckles on the bag’s front provide even more storage space. A pair of leather straps extends from the bag’s back, enabling its owner to carry the bag over his shoulder. It even has side attachments that would have allowed the bag to be fastened to a belt! This is truly a clever bag. If the new owner wishes, he could use it in a manner similar to today’s backpacks. One could really add a lot of gear to it. I very much doubt that you would find another quite like it! It is in very good condition, and quite sturdy for being more than one-hundred-years-old.

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    ONE-POINT STAG HORN CIGAR CUTTER

    SKU: 10-682

    $275.00

    Not only was cigar smoking a tradition in Germany, so was hunting. Even today, German hunters take their sport very seriously. Hunters took great pride in their accomplishments. Stags’ horns were routinely mounted and displayed on walls. A small number of these horns were used in making high-quality cigar cutters. Our example is a one-point stag horn. It measures about 8 1/4″ in length, and 1 1/2″ in diameter. Fitted atop the horn is a fine cigar cutter from Solingen. The example operates smoothly. It will give you much enjoyment as you smoke your fine cigars.

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    PEN KNIFE MADE FROM A DEACTIVATED BULLET

    SKU: 10-509

    $95.00

    This is one of the most unusual items of “Trench Art” I have found. It is a bullet, complete with shell casing and lead round. First, the bullet has been activated. Second, the lead portion of the bullet has been highly modified. The side of the copper shell casing has also been modified. A notch has been cut in and a lever has been installed in the shell casing. A small blade similar to that of a pocket knife also has been installed in the casing. When the lever is moved from the locked to the unlocked position in the shell casing, the blade pops up out of the bullet, producing a perfectly serviceable pen knife. The first time you activate the slide, it startles you. It is almost like using a switch blade!

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    PENCIL SHARPENER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL OR ACTUAL CANNON SHRAPNEL

    SKU: 10-858

    $35.00

    I have never come across anything quite like this. It is a small artillery shell section or shrapnel from an actual cannon that has had a blade inserted into it. A wooden pencil can be inserted in one end and turned in order to be sharpened. It is an intriguing little desk piece that stands 1″ tall and measures ½” in diameter at the top and bottom.

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    PERSONAL POST WORLD WAR I AUSWEIS

    SKU: 10-826

    $10.00

    When used in a civilian setting, an ausweis was an identification card. This example was issued not long after WW I. The ausweis measures 6 1/8″ x 4.” It is folded so that it has four pages. The front has the basic information on the identified person: his date of birth, address, etc. As you open the ausweis, the left side features the man’s photograph and signature. The page directly across has a local police department official’s signature (the police department issued the ausweis). It is dated 29 Juli 1922. Circular local police department stamp imprints appear across these two pages (similar to a Militärpaß’s regimental stamp imprints). The back page is nothing more than information about the police department that issued the ausweis. It is an interesting item for all you “paper” collectors.

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    PHOTO ALBUM TO A MEMBER OF THE 1st KOMPAGNIE OF THE GARDE-SCHÜTZEN-Bataillon

    SKU: 10-271

    $395.00

    This is a marvelous oversized album to a man ( who served in the Garde-Schützen Bataillon from 1905-1907. The quality of pre WW I albums like these far exceed war time examples. The cover of the album which measures 14 ½” x 11 ½” is very decorative and ornate. It has a Royal Cypher, a colored regimental standard, and ” I. Comp. 1905-1907. Inside the album on the title page is the name of the man, Heinrich Warch) and the basic information on his service. This album was professionally produced and a photograph of him. Inside the album are professional taken photographs of the Officers and Men of the Company. There are a total of twenty three high quality photos (these were not taken by an amateur photographer with a Brownie) within the album but most are of a larger format and are on a page of their own. These larger photos measure 6″ x 8″ and each are matted on the page to properly frame them. There are several photographs of the men in training and at ease together. The photographs of the Officers are particularly interesting as they represent tremendous uniform studies of what was worn in a Garde-Schützen organization. This unit was a very elite Bataillon that was sponsored by the Hohenzollern household and it was a tremendous honor to serve in it. Included with the album is a document which has the unit rubber stamp on it. It is signed by a Hauptmann who was the…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - VETERAN’S PIPE HEAD - LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – VETERAN’S PIPE HEAD – LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 8

    SKU: 10-888 XTM

    $150.00 $120.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the head from a Leib-Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 8 veteran’s pipe. The latter was an elite Grenadier-Regiment, the first of the regiments attributed to Brandenburg. The regiment was raised in 1808 during the midst of the Napoleonic Wars. It was garrisoned at Frankfurt a.O. and assigned to the Prussian III. Armeekorps. It is a very handsome pipe head whose bowl is a highly-detailed pickelhaube! Its chin scales even flip up. Speaking of flipping up, that is how one gains access to the tobacco bowl, by flipping the pickelhaube up. The pipe head’s body is made of porcelain. Its front shows a soldier and a civilian shaking hands. Between them is a red shoulder strap that displays the number “8.” Extending vertically on either side of the two men is a high-relief representation of oak leaves. Its reverse features some faded writing and the year, 1913. It is a very handsome patriotic item.

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    PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN’S SOLDBUCH

    SKU: 10-539 XJW

    $75.00

    This is a rather odd soldbuch. This man entered the army in 1916. He was assigned to an Ersatz artillery unit. It actually seems that he may have been assigned to a Flak unit, although I cannot see that he was assigned to an air unit. This would make for an interesting little research project.

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    PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN’S BRASS BELT BUCKLE – MATCH SAFE

    SKU: 10-732

    $85.00

    This is a classic, trench art match safe. It measures 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/4.” The match safe was created primarily from a prewar Prussian enlisted man’s belt buckle. Its center is undented, which makes it an excellent example. It has a period matchbox in place. Even a striking surface has been added. It is a winsome little reminder of a bygone era.

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    SCIMITAR-SHAPED “TRENCH ART” LETTER OPENER – FRANCE

    SKU: 10-860

    $95.00

    This is an interesting scimitar-shaped “Trench Art” letter opener. It measures 8″ in length. The scimitar’s blade measures 5 ½” in length. It is inserted into a deactivated rifle bullet, complete with projectile. One side of the blade has an interesting floral motif pattern engraved on it. Below is a French city’s name, “Brest,” and the year “1918.” The other side is plain. The bullet casing features an added French Croix de Guerre (War Cross) on its side. It is a charmingly different letter opener!

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    SCIMITAR-SHAPED LETTER OPENER

    SKU: 10-865

    $95.00

    Every Imperial German military officer took pride in maintaining an organized desk from which to do his paperwork. Part of that organization involved having a number of desk accessories (leather folios, desk trays, letter openers, etc.) that bespoke his personality. Today we are offering an interesting brass scimitar-shaped letter opener that would have been at home on such a desk. It measures 1 ½” in length and is 8 ½” at its widest point. One side of the blade features is a floral design and the word “Campagne” (campaign). Its opposite side displays a semi-intricate design with the dates 1915 and 1916.

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    SCIMITAR-SHAPED TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER

    SKU: 10-844

    $125.00

    This is an amazing piece of trench art. It is a letter opener fashioned from battlefield brass into a letter opener shaped like a scimitar. The letter opener measures 8” in length. The blade measures 1” in width at its widest point. If you look closely at the handle, you will see it is made from a complete, deactivated, 8mm Mauser rifle round. In turn, a piece of brass, probably from an artillery shell casing, has been flattened and shaped into the curved blade. The final detail is the rifle shell casing, which is located at the end opposite to the blade’s tip. A small brass ball has replaced the primer. The blade does NOT feature any engraving. It is very different from what we have seen before.

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    SHRAPNEL-HANDLED PATRIOTIC LETTER OPENER WITH DECORATIVE IRON CROSS

    SKU: 10-852

    $125.00

    This is a letter opener that qualifies as a combination of a patriotic piece, as well as a piece of trench art. The letter opener’s overall length is 9 ½.” The handle is made from a jagged piece of shrapnel, which measures 3 ½” in length. A smooth Iron Cross that measures 1″ x 1″ is positioned between the blade and the handle. Its center has had letters or initials tapped into its surface on both sides. We have NO idea what they are, but they certainly look interesting! The blade itself measures 5″ from the Iron Cross’s bottom to the blade’s tip. It would look fantastic on your desk and help you open your mail in style!

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    SOLDBUCH – AVIATION SOLDIER

    SKU: 16-348

    $50.00

    This is a soldbuch for an aviation soldier named Hermann Schwanz (please, no jokes, it IS his name. It means “tail” in German). He was born in 1888. He served in several aviation units and survived the war. It contains unit notations and stamps. At the time his soldbuch was issued, he was assigned to Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 14.

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    SOLDBUCH AND MILITÄRPAß TO AN AVIATION SOLDIER

    SKU: 14-109

    $150.00

    This Soldbuch and militärpaß belonged to the same soldier. His last name is Wossner. As we look through his militärpaß, we see that he was born in 1896 and that he was a native of Württemberg. We can tell that he passed through the 3rd Recruit Depot with Infantry Regiment Nr 125 in October 1915. He was immediately reassigned to Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung Nr 10 near Stuttgart. Entries continue from his November reassignment through December 1916 with him attached to Flugpark 5 (a training depot and point of distribution of aviation personnel to front line squadrons.). We then see notations for Flieger-Abteilung (A) Nr 211 which is dated 21 November 1918 so he obviously survived the war. There are also unit stampings for FA 201 and 210 from the period of 1917-1918. In his Soldbuch we see entries for FA 202, 207, and210 along with his service in these units. A well traveled ground crewman by any means. It is unusual to be able to offer both the militärpaß and the Soldbuch together.

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    SOLDIER’S KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 MILITÄRPAß & CdV – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-825

    $75.00

    This is a combination of a Carte de Visite (CdV) and Militärpaß for a soldier named Reinhold Hecker. He was born in 1864 and joined Prussia’ Königin Augusta Garde – Grenadier – Regiment – Regiment Nr in 1886. He served in the regiment’s Kompagnie Nr 5, mustering out in 1899 three years later. The Militärpaß features the regiment’s official unit rubber stamp. I can see an entry as late as 1904, where he served some time in the reserves after a thirteen-year active military career. Hecker’s CdV shows a serous and erect man dressed in an enlisted infantryman’s regimental Garde uniform, complete with a Garde belt and buckle. It is a handsome little group.

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  • TRENCH ART - ARTILLERY SHELL CASING - 75MM - FRANCE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL CASING – 75MM – FRANCE

    SKU: 10-890

    $75.00

    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL CASING – 75MM – FRANCE. This is a brass artillery shell casing from a French 75mm canon. The French 75mm was the most common WW I French artillery piece. They were very effective. A well-trained crew could fire the shells in very rapid succession. Shell casings were used by French and German soldiers to make a number of useful items for use at the home front. These items were fashioned by soldiers at the front during their spare time. They were also fashioned by wounded soldiers recuperating in hospitals. These shell casings were fashioned into any number of useful items, such as vases, bowls, ashtrays, etc. This example stands 13.75” tall. It measures 75mm at the rim and at the base. Although this is a French shell, a feature makes me feel that a German soldier decorated it. The exterior detail is quite elaborate, including a great deal of scroll work and a bird. The most exciting and interesting exterior detail is the date 1907 at the bottom. Of even more interest is a central panel that portrays a camel, a lion, and perhaps a mosque. This puzzles me. Somebody spent a lot of time etching all of this work. It is one of the more distinctive shell casings we have offered.

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    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL CASING – 77MM

    SKU: 10-889

    $65.00

    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL CASING – 77MM This is a brass artillery shell casing from a German 77mm cannon. The 77mm was the most common WW I German artillery piece. They were very effective. A well-trained crew could fire the shells in very rapid succession. Various shell casings were used by German soldiers to make a number of useful items for the home front. These items were fashioned by soldiers at the front during their spare time. They were also fashioned by wounded soldiers recuperating in hospitals. These shell casings were fashioned into any number of useful items, such as vases, bowls, ashtrays, etc. This example stands 13.75” tall. It measures 77mm at the rim and at the base. A band of oak leaves is etched onto the shell casing’s rim. It displays an image of a 1914 Iron Cross on two sides. Below one of the Iron Crosses is the word “Hamel” and the date “1916.” Hamel is a section of the infamous 1916 Battle of the Somme.

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  • TRENCH ART - ARTILLERY SHELL VASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL VASE

    SKU: 10-885

    $75.00

    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL VASE. Trench art was a unique art form that emerged during WW I. While it is true that some examples of trench art were produced during the Napoleonic Wars on a very limited basis, but they hardly approached the scale of trench art pieces produced during the Great War. WW I trench art was produced by three basic groups: soldiers, sailors, and home front organizations. The first group was the soldiers at the front who gathered castoff military items that they refashioned into various artifacts. The second was wounded soldiers and sailors who also re purposed military castoffs as part of their recovery rehabilitation. The third group was POW’s who whiled away their hours in their prison camps. [A fourth category included Imperial German companies that fashioned bits and pieces of front line castoffs into patriotic jewelry such as pins and rings]. The shared theme among the first three groups was that its members all had time on their hands. Producing trench art was a means to keep busy, show their creativity, and turn discarded waste into beautiful objects de art that were sought-after back home. I find the endless creativity that was displayed fascinating. Today we are offering an artillery shell casing that has been converted into a useful vase. While I have offered some very elaborate examples of trench art shell casings in the past, this is a far more simple example. The shell/vase stands 9” tall. Its diameter at the lip is…

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    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL VASE

    SKU: 10-884

    $75.00

    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL VASE. Trench art was a unique art form that emerged during WW I. While it is true that some examples of trench art were produced during the Napoleonic Wars on a very limited basis, but they hardly approached the scale of trench art pieces produced during the Great War. WW I trench art was produced by three basic groups: soldiers, sailors, and home front organizations. The first group was the soldiers at the front who gathered castoff military items that they refashioned into various artifacts. The second was wounded soldiers and sailors who also re purposed military castoffs as part of their recovery rehabilitation. The third group was POW’s who whiled away their hours in their prison camps. [A fourth category included Imperial German companies that fashioned bits and pieces of front line castoffs into patriotic jewelry such as pins and rings]. The shared theme among the first three groups was that its members all had time on their hands. Producing trench art was a means to keep busy, show their creativity, and turn discarded waste into beautiful objects de art that were sought-after back home. I find the endless creativity that was displayed fascinating. Today we are offering an artillery shell casing that has been converted into a useful vase. While I have offered some very elaborate examples of trench art shell casings in the past, this is a far more simple example. The shell/vase stands 9” tall. Its diameter at the lip is…

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    TRENCH ART ARTILLERY SHELL VASE

    SKU: 10-701

    $95.00

    Artillery shells that had been converted from their original use to vases were quite popular in Germany. Our example stands 9″ tall. It measures 3 1/4″ in diameter at the lip, and 3 1/2″ in diameter at the base. A flower complete with petals, leaves, and stem has been hand-fashioned on one side. Arsenal markings appear at the casing’s base. The shell was produced in November 1917.

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  • TRENCH ART ASH TRAY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TRENCH ART ASH TRAY

    SKU: 10-381

    $125.00

    Collecting trench art is a very specialized and interesting area of WW I collecting. There are collectors who collect those types of items only and have very large and diverse collections. Trench art pieces which include artillery shells or bullets are always popular and this piece incorporates BOTH. These shells are set on a triangular base of cooper. It has three legs which are made from the bottoms of rifle casings which have been soldered to the base. In the center of the base is a cut down artillery shell which is some 4″ tall. Mounted around the artillery shell are a total of eleven deactivated bullets which include both the brass casing and the projectile. I am no expert on ammunition but there are clearly three different types of shells which were used. Two types appear to have been used for rifles and the this variety appears to have been for a pistol or a revolver. A very impressive piece and would look great on a desk or a book case.

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    TRENCH ART DESK DECORATION

    SKU: 10-840

    $75.00

    This is a trench art desk decoration that consists of a base with an attached collage of artillery/infantry items. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The collage is mounted on a steel base that measures 5 ½” x 4 3/4″ x 1/8.” A piece of an artillery shell’s driving band that measures 3 3/4″ x 3″ is mounted in its center. The driving band’s center sports a ball mounted on a vertical piece. Finally, two projectiles, from what I believe is an 8mm Mauser, are attached. The collage is very substantial and would make for an interesting display.

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    TRENCH ART DESK PIECE

    SKU: 10-848

    $95.00

    This piece is assembled from various items that were found on the battlefield. First is a bomb-like piece of metal that stands 6” tall. Four wings are attached to it, making it appear MORE bomb-like. This is attached to a wood base measuring 5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 1/2″Three small circular pieces of metal that resemble cannon balls are next to the bomb. It is a very interesting desk piece.

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    TRENCH ART FRAME

    SKU: 10-745

    $95.00

    This is a small trench art frame that I find most touching. It has a rounded top and measures 3″ x 2.” It has two small feet and a design is etched into the frame’s obverse. The photo has a glass cover. The area for photo display measures 1 3/4″ x 1 1/8.” A simple modern day piece of cardboard on the reverse acts as an easel.

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    TRENCH ART IRON CROSS LETTER OPENER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND

    SKU: 10-857

    $125.00

    Trench art was a special genre that came to be quite popular during WW I. Bits and pieces of battlefield scrap were taken and fashioned into useful pieces of art that were highly prized by German soldiers and people on the Home Front. Much of it was produced by front line troops, or wounded soldiers engaged in physical therapy during their hospital recovery time. To a lesser extent some of the scrap was returned to Germany where jewelers and other craftsmen turned the battlefield scrap into highly-desirable jewelry coveted by German women. Today we are offering a letter opener constructed from an artillery shell driving band. The letter opener is made from brass and measures 9″ overall. The handle measures 4 ¼,” the Iron Cross measures ¾,” and the blade measures 4.” Both handle sides reveal clear evidence that it originated from a driving band. The Iron Cross was carved from the driving band. The same is true for the blade, which has been smoothed into a highly-serviceable blade that is perfect for opening letters. It would make a wonderful accessory for your desk. It also makes opening all those unpleasant bills a bit more enjoyable!

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    TRENCH ART MATCH SAFE

    SKU: 10-838

    $50.00

    This is a fancy, brass, trench art match safe. The brass probably came from an artillery shell casing that was dismantled to make various trench art pieces. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. Many trench art match safes were fashioned in a manner similar to this example, except that their centers were commonly decorated with belt buckle. Our example is three-sided, which allows one to easily insert a matchbox. It measures 2 5/16″ x 3/4″ x 1.” Each of the three sides sports a different, stippled design. Its creator spent HOURS tapping out these designs with either a small hammer or a bayonet!

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    TWO-HANDLED LARGE-CALIBER ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE

    SKU: 10-810

    $295.00

    Trench art played an important role in WW I. Soldiers on both sides of the line spent some of their free time fashioning items from the litter and debris that was available to them. Not only was trench art fashioned at the front, soldiers recovering from wounds in hospitals often tinkered with similar items as physical/mental therapy. Examples of trench art fashioned by troops who were sitting out the war in POW camps are also available. Belt buckles were turned into match safes and lighters, bullets into doodads. One of the best-known forms of trench art was turning expended brass artillery shells into vases or other vessels. Most of the shells that we see were from the smallest German cannons (77mm, I believe). [They were fast-firing cannons like the French 75mm’s. It was amazing how quickly these smaller cannons could be fired]. Men took the shell casings and then added numerous designs, some quite elaborate. Flowers were etched and tapped into the sides, and so on. This example, however, is from a far larger-caliber cannon. It is the largest caliber shell casing fashioned into trench art that I have encountered. The shell measures 6 1/4″ in diameter at the top, 7 3/4″ in diameter at the base, and stands 5 5/8″ tall. The shell has had dozens of vertical lines etched into it. On one side we see the initials “M.V.” The other side depicts a two-handled vase with flowers extending from it. Twin decorative handles are attached to the…

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    TWO-POINT STAG HORN CIGAR CUTTER

    SKU: 10-681

    $375.00

    Not only was cigar smoking a tradition in Germany, so was hunting. Even today, German hunters take their sport very seriously. Hunters took great pride in their accomplishments. Stags’ horns were routinely mounted and displayed on walls. A small number of these horns were used in making high-quality cigar cutters. Our example is a two-point stag horn. It measures about 9 1/4″ in length, and 3 3/4″ in diameter. Fitted atop the horn is a fine cigar cutter from Solingen. The example operates smoothly. It will give you much enjoyment as you smoke your fine cigars.

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    UNKNOWN ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART ASHTRAY

    SKU: 10-837

    $50.00

    This piece of brass artillery shell casing clearly was fashioned into a trench art ashtray. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The brass ashtray stands 2″ tall, 1 9/16″ in diameter at the top, and 2 ½” in diameter at the base. An attachment at the rim provided a resting place for one’s cigarette. The ashtray’s center can hold a fair amount of ashes and extinguished cigarette butts. It has no visible maker’s marks or indications of the artillery shell’s origins.

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    WALRUS TUSK CIGAR CUTTER

    SKU: 10-680

    $695.00

    This piece is a perfect example of the cigar cutter as objet d’art. It is created from a curved, ivory walrus tusk measuring 9 1/2″ in length and 1 1/2″ in diameter. Walrus ivory was highly-prized in Germany. Along with elephant ivory, it was used in the fine grips seen on naval officer’s daggers and swords during the Imperial Period. At the top of the tusk a fine mechanism has been affixed. A fine silver, or German-silver band has been engraved as a gift from one friend to another, saying “Carl Müller s/l Freund Paul Krebs 5 May 1926.” The actual cutting mechanism is on the band. It is a bit stiff, but it operates well. Perhaps a bit more use and oiling with WD 40 will loosen it up a bit. I am going to use this example until one of you claims it. It is a great way to enjoy your cigars as a gentleman did more than eighty years ago!

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    WORLD WAR I INFANTRY IN COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS by LAURENT MIROUZE

    SKU: 10-713

    $25.00

    This soft cover book deals with infantry troops’ various uniforms from most of WW I’s armies. The uniforms are well displayed, and show interesting detail.

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    WORLD WAR I POSTERS by GARY A. BORKAN

    SKU: 10-710

    $45.00

    This is a book, complete with dust jacket, that deals with WW I posters. The book concerns posters seen in the U.S. during the Great War. It is well illustrated. It is a very interesting topic.

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