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  • BANNER - NAVY VETERAN ASSOCIATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BANNER – NAVY VETERAN ASSOCIATION

    SKU: 25-61

    $1,395.00

    This is one of the most interesting veteran’s table banners that I have encountered. It is especially interesting, because it is for a group of naval veterans from WW I and before. The banner’s stand measures 31″ tall. It has a brass base, which is dented. A brass rod also in it extends upward. An extension fits into the rod that extends both vertically and horizontally. The horizontal piece features delicate lattice work on which appears an anchor and a sailing ship. The horizontal piece extends out 12 3/4.” All of these pieces disassemble, and take a mere thirty seconds to set up again. Attached to the horizontal piece is the banner. The banner is attached by three extensions that come out of the banner’s top. The banner measures 10 1/2″ x 10.” It is made of hand-woven silk. One side features the Bavarian group’s name. Twin Eagles appear on panels. Below that a rampant Bavarian Lion appears. We also see the date 1930, which is when it was placed in service. The banner actually was for the ladies auxiliary of the veterans’ group. This side has suffered some running of the silk, which is more correctly termed “shredding.” It is very common with silk items. You have to remember that the banner is 78-years-old! The banner’s reverse is even more interesting. It recreates one of WW I’s most famous paintings. It is known as “The Last Man.” It depicts a German sailor clinging to his ship’s wreckage and thrusting…

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  • BANNER - OLDENBURG - VETERANS ASSOCIATION - INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 91 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BANNER – OLDENBURG – VETERANS ASSOCIATION – INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 91

    SKU: 25-25

    $1,395.00

    This is a really exciting find from our most recent buying trip to Germany. It is a desk-sized veteran’s banner representing a veteran’s group for Oldenburgisches Infantry-Regiment Nr 91. This regiment was raised during the height of the Napoleonic Wars in1813. It was garrisoned in Oldenburg. Oldenburg, although designated a Grand Duchy, was relatively small. It fielded a single infantry regiment, one cavalry regiment, and one Bataillon of artillery. The regimental banner would always be used at parade functions and even often while on the march. This desk banner closely replicates the regimental banner in many respects. The mini banner measures 8 ½” x 81/2.” It is made of silk and sports mini tassels on three sides, just as the larger version would. One side displays the Oldenburg coat-of-arms, along with the legend “Die Treue ist das Mark der Ehre (Fidelity is the Mark of Honor).” In each of the four corners is the Grand Duke of Oldenburg Peter Ludwig’s royal cypher. The opposite side has as the central theme a gold embroidered crowned cypher for Peter Ludwig appearing within a wreath of leaves. Above and below this cypher is the legend “Verein Ehemaliger 91er Oldenburg (Society of Former 91st Oldenburg).” This marvelous handcrafted banner is attached to a metal frame that allows it to be displayed on a table top or other flat surface. It stands 21 3/4″ tall and 9″ wide. It has a substantial and decorative base. I must tell you that this piece displays like a…

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  • BANNER - PRUSSIA - LANDWEHR-VEREIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BANNER – PRUSSIA – LANDWEHR-VEREIN

    SKU: 25-76

    $2,495.00

    In Germany before WW I the Landwehr-Verein was the largest veteran’s group for men who had served in the German Army. The organization had regional and local chapters all around Germany. Over the years we have offered veterans’ badges from the Landwehr-Verien from these various cities (Please go to our “Badges” Merchandise Page for a sampling of these badges ). Today we are offering a wonderful wall banner from the Landwehr-Verein. It measures 49 1/4″ x 39 1/2.” Its primary motif is a magnificent black Hohenzollern Eagle in the center. The Eagle is embroidered with black silk thread on a cream-colored fabric background of cotton twill or perhaps rough satin. A black satin band at the banner’s top lists “Landwehr-Verien” in gold satin letters outlined with gold-embroidered thread. A thick band of gold filigreed thread borders the bottom of the black band. The Eagle is enclosed within a frame of the gold filigreed thread, which forms a sort of Art Deco pattern. The thick band of filigreed gold thread is repeated at the banner’s bottom. The Eagle is accented with a number of gold embroidered touches, including his beak, the royal cypher on its chest, and a very elaborate pattern running out onto its wings. It also wears a fantastic embroidered Hohenzollern Crown embroidered in gold, with red, white and blue accents. The same is true of the magnificent orb and scepter it clutches in its claws. The banner is excellent condition, particularly when one considers its age. Its front…

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  • BANNER - VETERANS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BANNER – VETERANS

    SKU: 25-19

    $575.00

    This small banner was perhaps used at a veteran’s association meeting and was placed on a table hung from a small flag pole. The banner measures 12 ½” x 8″ and is silk, with high-quality embroidered descriptive and decorative writing. This banner is for 1. Oberrheinisches Infantry-Regiment Nr 97. This Prussian regiment was founded in 1881. It was disbanded in 1918 at the end of WW I. The banner has a wooden horizontal pole that holds the banner up for display. It has a green background with a white bandeau displaying the various campaigns in which the regiment participated. On the bandeau is the creation date of the regiment, along with when it was disbanded. In the center of the bandeau is a black Iron Cross with the date of 1914. A crowned royal cypher over crossed swords also appears. At the bottom of the banner is some fine gold fringe.

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  • BANNER WITH FLAG POLE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 AND INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 - - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BANNER WITH FLAG POLE – BRAUNSCHWEIG – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 AND INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 –

    SKU: 25-89

    $7,995.00

    Over the years we have offered many special items from the Duchy of Braunschweig, one of our favorite German states. Part of this Duchy’s and its army’s allure arises from Husaren-Regiment Nr 17’s and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92’s Totenköpfe (Death’s Heads), which were displayed on their headdress and acted as their persona. To that end, today we are offering you one of the most important items ever, a veterans’ flag for both regiments. It is more than a mere veterans’ flag, however, much more. Allow me to share a regimental banner’s importance with you, as this particular banner shares some great similarities. A regimental banner was any regiment’s most important possession. This goes back to early European times, when European nations’ armies received their regimental flags/banners from their nations’ monarchs. It was personally entrusted to them by their sovereign as his representatives. To lose your regimental flag/banner in battle was a matter of grave consequence. Every man, from the lowliest private all the way up to the regiment’s commander, was shamed by its loss. Such a loss generally signaled the end of a regimental commander’s military career, and turned him into a social pariah. Regiments fought hard for their country’s honor to begin with, and fought doubly hard to protect their flags from the enemy during battle. In the English Army, for example, senior sergeants were assigned to protect the flag with special weapons. Like all regiment members, these men fought to the death to protect their regimental colors. It was…

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  • FLAG - BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG – BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG’S

    SKU: 13-846

    $2,195.00

    The S. M. S. Brandenburg was a battleship in the Kaiserliche Marine. Generally, Imperial German battleships were named after royal personages, states within the reich, or other geographic places of special interest. The S. M. S. Brandenburg served as the German Navy’s historical turning point in its efforts to modernize and attain status quo with the Great Britain’s Royal Navy. First, we must remember that Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) ascended to Germany’s throne in 1888. (It took place less than one-hundred days after his grandfather’s, Kaiser Wilhelm I, then his father’s, Kaiser Friedrich III’s deaths). Wilhelm II was eager to put his “brand” on Germany and secure his place in history. By 1890, he had dismissed the great “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck, and had begun his efforts to upgrade and modernize Germany’s Army and Navy. The old German Navy had been very old-fashioned and quite small. Through many building programs and with Admiral (later Großadmiral) Alfred von Tirpitz’s support, Kaiser Wilhelm II transformed the Kaiserliche Marine from a coastal defense unit into a force that projected Germany’s might as it sailed the world’s oceans. Germany built its first battleships in the early 1890’s. They were officially termed “Linienschiffs,” alluding to the Royal Navy’s Napoleonic-era term “Ships-of-the-Line.” The latter were the largest and most powerful battleships of their day, particularly in terms of their firepower. [Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, the H.M.S. Victory, was a Ship-of-the-Line. He led England to victory over Napoleon’s joint French…

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  • FLAG - GERMAN NATIONAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG – GERMAN NATIONAL

    SKU: 25-84

    $395.00

    This is a very fine example of Imperial Germany’s prewar national flag. It is made of cotton and measures 29 1/2″ x 23 1/4.” It features horizontal rows of red, white, and black. Attached to the bunting is a lanyard that allowed the flag to be flown.

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  • FLAG - GERMANY NATIONAL - IMPERIAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG – GERMANY NATIONAL – IMPERIAL

    SKU: 25-53

    $450.00

    This is a national flag of Germany during the Imperial times. This flag was used before WW I, when Germany was not at war. The flag measures 27″ x 22 1/2.’ It has horizontal stripes of black, white, and red. This is a patriotic flag and would not have been used for military purposes. It shows some minor soiling, but is in very good condition, overall.

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  • FLAG - KRIEGSFLAGGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE

    SKU: 25-74

    $995.00

    This is a fine example of a kriegsflagge. The kriegsflagge was flown during times of conflict. This example, which measures 27” x 40 1/4,” features an Iron Cross and Hohenzollern Eagle. The flag’s material is a light, almost gauze-like cotton. Some mothing shows on several areas. No markings appear on the bunting, so this it was probably NOT used by the military. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find smaller flags in this size. This flag is not from the Imperial period. It first came into use in 1936 to commemorate the Battle of Skagerrak (Jutland from the British perspective). Each year on that ocassion the kriegsflagges were displayedThis battle took place on 31 May-June 1 1916.

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  • FLAG - TWO FABRIC PATRIOTIC FLAGS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG – TWO FABRIC PATRIOTIC FLAGS

    SKU: 25-34

    $50.00

    This is a rather interesting set of two patriotic flags. Both are made of a cloth similar to oil cloth. Each is mounted on a wooden stick. The flags measure 9 ½” x 7 ½.” The first flag is the state flag of Bavaria. The flag on the far right celebrates the wedding of Ernst August of Braunschweig and Princess Viktoria Louise of Prussia, the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II. THIS FLAG HAS BEEN SOLD. The third flag I cannot identify. It has a red background with a white cross on it. The cross has interesting designs on it. If anybody can help identify this flag, I would be very grateful. All of the flags show honest age. They are quite old, and certainly from the Imperial German period.

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  • FLAG - VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG – VETERAN’S ASSOCIATION

    SKU: 25-51

    $895.00

    Many towns and cities had veteran’s association chapters for those who had served in the military. Today we are offering a fine example of a veteran’s association flag. In many cases these flags were an extension of the regimental flags under which they had marched. The flag measures 60″ x 58.” It is one-sided. It sports alternating tassels in white and black around its edges. At the top of the flag are the words “Krieger-Verein.” Below that is a magnificent Hohenzollern Eagle, which measures 30 1/2 x 30. Below the Eagle are the words “Kell, Gegründet 1871.” This was for a branch of the War Veteran’s Association for that city, which had been founded right after the Franco-Prussian War ended. Many such chapters were founded in the years following that war. From the German standpoint it was a much more satisfactory and happy time than 1918. Many associations were founded after WW I, but mostly in the early 1920’s after the postwar revolutionary period had passed. The flag is in very good condition. A couple of spots reveal some very light water staining, which is not detractive to the overall condition of the flag.

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  • FLAG POLE - BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG POLE – BADGE

    SKU: 25-90

    $175.00

    Flagpole badges were quite popular during the Imperial German Period (and after). Today we are offering a silver-toned badge, which is curved to fit a flagpole. It measures 2″ diagonally. Its square display section features a Hohenzollern Eagle, with its matching crown above it. The badge’s reverse reveals a screw post with a nut to screw the badge in place. It is in very fine condition, overall.

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  • FLAG POLE - CHAIN - 50 YEAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG POLE – CHAIN – 50 YEAR

    SKU: 25-47

    $295.00

    This is an interesting flag pole chain from a veteran’s group. It is from a Prussian Landwehr Association. The chain measures 101/2.” The plaque attached to the chain measures 21/2″ x 2.” On the obverse is the name of the group along with an eagle. The reverse has the image of a veteran’s memorial and a “50” for the group’s 50th anniversary. It is a remarkably handsome accouterment.

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  • FLAG TOPPER - REGIMENTAL STANDARD COLORS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG TOPPER – REGIMENTAL STANDARD COLORS

    SKU: 25-71

    $695.00

    This is an interesting brass topper for a Prussian regimental standard colors’ case. The case protected the regimental colors when not in use or during inclement weather. The item is triangular-shaped. It measures 8 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ at the widest point. It appears to be an earlier example. It could come from the early days of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, or perhaps even from his Grandfather König/Kaiser Wilhelm I’s time. In looking at an example that we know comes from after 1900, a number of small details show us this is not as ornately made as the later example. The cypher (WR), which is crowned, is not nearly as decorative or ornate. Other small details lead us to believe such is the case. The apex of the topper features a small ball. The overall weight of the topper is 11.6 ounces. At the topper’s bottom are dozens of small holes where it was sewn to the colors’ case. It is very well made, with a fine patina.

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