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Busbies, Mutzes, Tschapkas & Visor caps (33)

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  • BADEN - KUGELHELM WITH STORAGE CASE - OFFICER - FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT Nr 14 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – KUGELHELM WITH STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT Nr 14

    SKU: 33-141

    $4,295.00

    Baden was the Imperial German Empire’s largest Grand Duchy. Before WW I, her population was not all that much smaller than the Kingdom of Württemberg, (the smallest of the four kingdoms). For her size, her military was also quite impressive. She fielded a wide variety of regiments, with especially fine Artillerie Regiments. Prior to WW I’s big troop build-up (and the actual war), Baden fielded a total of five Feldartillerie-(Field Artillery) Regiments (Nr’s 14, 30, 50, 66, and 76) and one Fußartillerie-(Foot Artillery)-Regiment (Nr 14). The smaller number of Fußartillerie versus Feldartillerie Regiments was consistent throughout the German Army. Fußartillerie-Regiments were a later development, which limited their numbers. For this reason, Fußartillerie kugelhelme are much more difficult-to-find than Feldartillerie, AND much more expensive. We are offering an officer’s kugelhelm for Baden’s ONLY foot artillery regiment, Badisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 14. The regiment was founded in 1893. It was garrisoned at Straßburg i.E. and assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. The helmet presents a generally pleasing leather body. Some cracking and spidering appear at many points on the body. Some curling also shows on both the rear visor’s halves. While I generally prefer the body to be a bit fitter, it is still an acceptable piece. As it is such an unusual helmet, I could NOT pass on it. All of the kugelhelm’s furniture is gilt. The wappen is particularly handsome. You have probably been wondering how we determine if a kugelhelm is for a field or foot artillery regiment? It is all…

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  • BADEN - SCHIRMÜTZE - OFFICER - DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 22 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – SCHIRMÜTZE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 22

    SKU: 33-318

    $395.00

    This is a prewar Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 officer’s schirmütze from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The Grand Duchy had a total of three Dragoner-Regiments: 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20, 2. Badisches-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21, and 3. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Karl Nr 22. They were founded in 1803, 1850, and 1850, respectively. Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 was garrisoned in Mülhausen i.E, while 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20 resided in Karlsruhe and 2. Badisches-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21 was in Bruchsal-Schwetzingen. All three of the regiments were assigned to the XVI. Armeekorps, as were all of Baden’s regiments. The cap’s main body is made of dark-blue wool. A wide black velvet trim band measuring 1 ¼” in width encircles the cap’s base. A line of narrow white piping trims the velvet band at its top, while narrow red piping decorates its bottom. Another thin red piping line encircles the schirmütze’s top. The black band differentiates Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 from her sister regiments. The cap dates from around 1900, approximately three years after the state’s and Reich’s kokarden first jointly appeared on headdresses. It sports a small short visor, with Baden and the Reich’s correct kokarden appearing in the black band’s center. Its exterior condition is quite pleasing, with minimal mothing (harder and harder to find in more-than-100-year-old wool items). The mothing I DO detect is limited to very minor moth tracking, NOT fully bloomed moth nips. The cap’s exterior is a VERY clean. Inside the cap is a lightly-used, brown, leather sweatband that sports an impression…

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  • BAVARIA - KUGELHELM - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – KUGELHELM – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER

    SKU: 33-214

    $1,695.00

    This is a lovely Bavarian Artillerie Regiment One Year-Volunteer’s kugelhelm. The helmet’s leather body is well formed and in good shape. It shows some of the normal leather imperfections expected of a one-hundred-plus-years-old helmet, which are not extreme. [You may judge this yourself from the photographs we are attaching to the description]. All of the hardware is gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, and etc. The wappen is officers style example with an open crown. Its kugel unscrews from a base that itself is loose (it WILL rotate if you happen to move it). It is all secure and makes NO difference whatsoever when on display. The Bavarian state kokarde is more an NCO’s style. The helmet’s back strap is a bit loose and shows a minimal amount of raising from its body. Inside the helmet is a well-used leather sweatband, and a rust-colored silk liner that shows some staining from wear. All of the original hardware is present. No extra holes appear, so we are sure that it IS an original Bavarian kugelhelm. (Please remember that it is a pre WW I helmet, with typical prewar quality. Even though it boasts a kugel (which was not adopted until 1916 for Bavaria’s artillery), the helmet itself is prewar. This helmet is not in “star” condition, but it is more than satisfactory and priced quite reasonably.

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  • GERMAN  - STUDENT - VISOR CAP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN – STUDENT – VISOR CAP

    SKU: 33-108

    $125.00

    The life of a student was an important time for a young German. Many similarities existed between students in England and Germany at the turn of the century. These included belonging to all sorts of clubs, wearing your school’s garb, and that of your club(s). This is a simple green cap. It has a silver bullion trim ring around the cap’s top. In the center is a green, red, and white band. A bullion leaf is embroidered on top of the cap. The cap has a well used leather sweatband and a silk liner.

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  • GROUPING - GROßADMIRAL HANS von KOESTER’S PERSONAL EFFECTS GROUP - INCLUDING EPAULETTES/FORE AND AFT CAP/ETC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GROUPING – GROßADMIRAL HANS von KOESTER’S PERSONAL EFFECTS GROUP – INCLUDING EPAULETTES/FORE AND AFT CAP/ETC

    SKU: 13-875

    $29,995.00

    I first offered this group over a decade ago. The fellow who has owned it since then recently changed his area of interest, so I was thrilled to take it back in trade. (Items like this just do NOT become available often). Hans von Koester was one of six Imperial Period men (five Germans and one Swede) appointed as a Großadmiral. The rank was created in 1901, with Kaiser Wilhelm II (naturally) appointing himself the first rank holder. King Oskar II of Sweden was granted the same rank that year as a ceremonial gesture. Listed below are the six men who held the rank from 1901 until the empire’s end in 1918. 1901 – Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859–1941) 1901 – King Oskar II of Sweden (1829–1907) 28 June 1905 – Hans von Koester (1844–1928) 4 September 1909 – HRH Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862–1929) 27 January 1911 – Alfred von Tirpitz (1849–1930)* [*Promoted on an Honorary Basis without Patent] 31 May 1918 – Henning von Holtzendorff (1853–1919) The first two recipients were ceremonial appointments rather than direct commands. The third appointee, Hans von Koester, was the first “operational” admiral to receive the rank. He was promoted to Großadmiral in 1905 as a reward for his long service. He actually retired the following year (1906). The next to receive the rank was Prinz Heinrich, (one of whose tunics and officer’s summer schirmütze we are proud to offer). Heinrich held direct command in the Kaiserliche Marine and was a royal, so his…

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  • GROUPING - NAVY FREGATTENKAPITÄN'S "FORE AND AFT" CAP AND DRESS SHOULDER BOARDS WITH STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GROUPING – NAVY FREGATTENKAPITÄN’S “FORE AND AFT” CAP AND DRESS SHOULDER BOARDS WITH STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 13-304

    $2,895.00

    This is a very fine example of a “fore & aft” cap (zweispitz) for an officer in the Kaiserliche Marine, along with his dress shoulder boards. It is the dress headdress for officers that was equivalent to a pickelhaube or busby, etc. for officers in the Imperial German Army. The storage box is an unusual shape so it can hold the cap in the bottom. The dress shoulder boards are placed on a special platform that fits over the cap, and are the first item one sees when opening the storage box. The exterior of the case has seen some extensive wear. It is in far less than perfect condition. However, it is this case that has protected the contents so well over the years. The “fore and aft” cap is in superb condition. All of its attachments and accouterments are in fine order. As we peek at the silk liner (which is also pristine), we see a gold embossed “P” displayed. On top of the case’s specially designed platform are the dress shoulder boards for a Fregattenkapitän. This rank was equivalent to a Commander (Lt. Col. in the U. S. Army, U. S. Marines, and U. S. Air Force) in the U.S. Navy. It is a very handsome ensemble for discerning Navy collectors!

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  • HESSE-DARMSTADT - SCHIRMÜTZE WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - ENLISTED MAN  - ARTILLERIE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – SCHIRMÜTZE WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – ENLISTED MAN – ARTILLERIE REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-111

    $995.00

    This is a privately-purchased, non depot-issued enlisted man’s mütze from a Hesse-Darmstadt Artillerie-Regiment. After the four Imperial German Kingdoms’ Armies (Prussia, Saxony, Bavaria, and Württemberg), the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt had one of Germany’s largest military contingents. Among the many regiments they fielded were two artillerie regiments: Großherzogl. Artilleriekorps. 1. Großherzogl. Hessisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 25, and 2. Großherzogl. Hessisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 61. [Interestingly, Großherzogl. Artilleriekorps. 1. Großherzogl. Hessisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 25 was one of the oldest German Army Artillerie-Regiments. Only one Prussian, one Saxon, and two Württemberg regiments were older]. Also, the regiment’s Inhaber was Prinz Heinrich von Preußen, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Our mütze is of the highest quality. It comes from the workshops of P. H. Lorz, located in the capital city of Darmstadt. They were the official providers to Hesse-Darmstadt’s Royal House and the Grand Duke. Both of the aforementioned regiments were garrisoned in Darmstadt, so a man from either regiment could have owned this mütze. The mütze’s basic body color is dark-blue. It sports a wide black trim band, measuring 1 ⅛,” accented above and below by thin bands of red piping. Another band of red piping encircles the mütze’s top. The German Reich’s kokarde and Hesse-Darmstadt’s state kokarde both are firmly in place. The mütze’s exterior condition is very near mint. Inside the mütze is a very lightly-used leather sweatband. The leather is fresh and supple, with no sweat staining. A red silk liner is present. The maker’s name, P. H. Lorz, and address…

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  • KUGELHELM - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - OFFICER

    KUGELHELM – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – OFFICER

    SKU: 33-375 XKGJT

    $8,995.00

    KUGELHELM – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – OFFICER Without a doubt, this is the rarest kugelhelm that we have ever offered. Although we have previously offered officers’ kugelhelme from SINGLE regiments in the past, today we are offering you one from a single Batterie WITHIN a regiment. [It is quite probable that the Batterie never contained more than five officers at any one time]. This exciting offering hails from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whose Batterie Nr III formed part of a Prussian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment that was formally designated as Holsteinisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 24. While the rest of the regiment was garrisoned at Güstrow, Batterie Nr III was garrisoned in Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s capital city, Neustrelitz. The regiment was raised in 1872, so it only existed for a brief thirty-six years before WW I’s end. The regiment was attached to Prussia’s IX. Armeekorps. The helmet’s body is in good condition, overall. Some cracking appears to the leather across both its front and back, with some shrinkage to its front and rear visors, as well. The rear visor also exhibits some curling, although we have placed it on a head form in an attempt to minimize the situation. The Regiment’s seven other Prussian Batterien displayed brass Prussian wappens. This wappen consists of a brass sunburst with a silver center displaying Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Coat-of-Arms. If you did not pay close attention, you might suppose that it belongs to a Mecklenburg-SCHWERIN regiment. Some minor details, however, confirm that it actually hails from Mecklenburg-STRELITZ. [Such is also the case for the…

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN  - KUGELHELM - OFFICER - FELDARTILLERIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE

    SKU: 33-327

    $6,995.00

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE Today we are offering a very rare Mecklenburg-Schwerin Feldartillerie Regiment officer’s kugelhelm. Mecklenburg-Schwerin was a Grand Duchy that fielded two Infanterie Regiments, one Jäger-Battalion, two Kavallerie Regiments, and one Feldartillerie Regiment. The latter regiment was Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 60. The regiment was founded in 1899 and garrisoned in the capital city of Mecklenburg, today a beautiful city located in former East Germany. The royal family’s castle still stands on an island within the city. [It remains one of my favorite cities/castles in Germany. I always enjoy going back for a visit]. The helmet’s leather body is in well above average condition. It sports a few blemishes, especially on the helmet’s left side. They are minor, however, with NO gouges or breaks. The leather body is very supple and makes a lovely presentation. All the fittings (furniture) are gilt-toned, with the exception of the wappen’s center. The wappen itself consists of a gold-toned sunburst. Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s silver crowned Coat-of-Arms is laid across the sunburst. The Coat-of-Arms’ silver center is beautifully frosted. It stands out to command one’s attention. The helmet’s chin scales are quite attractive. They are convex, as is correct for Feldartillerie kugelhelme. The exterior’s final detail is the presence of the correct officer’s State and Reich’s kokarden. As beautiful as the exterior is, its interior is also noteworthy. It begins with a brown leather sweatband. It is full and complete but does exhibit some perspiration marks. This is where the helmet gets…

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  • MITRE - 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING  WITH GREEN, RED, AND WHITE PUSCHEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING WITH GREEN, RED, AND WHITE PUSCHEL

    SKU: 33-369 XJT

    $1,295.00

    MITRE – 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING WITH GREEN, RED, AND WHITE PUSCHEL Around the turn of the 20th Century, charitable fund-raising in Imperial Germany touched on its citizens’ patriotic fervor by employing a military theme. A popular offering was inexpensive copies of Mitres that had been worn by famous regiments. This is a copy of a Mitre worn in the mid-1700s. Based on its Puschel, I believe it was for by IR 18. It sports a black metal front plate with a Prussian Black Eagle holding a sword and a scepter, and the cypher “FR.” Its body is red with white piping and flames around the base. The rear flame displays a circular disk below it. Its interior features a strip of black leather and a fine cloth liner with a drawstring to adjust its size. The letters “XXVIk134″ are stamped on the cloth liner. The plush white Puschel is beautiful. It sports a red band and a green center. It is very unusual to find a Puschel with these Centennial pieces. It is a beautiful and rare copy of an early Mitre. This is a consignment item. The Grenadiermütze (Grenadier Cap) or Mitre style of headdress dates back to the 1600s and Frederick the Great. It was worn by numerous German Infanterie units throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th, and part of the 20th Centuries. The Mitre’s body was a tall cloth bag with white strips around its base and a large metal front plate. Leather pickelhauben replaced Mitres during the…

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  • MITRE - 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING EARLY 1700'S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING EARLY 1700’S

    SKU: 33-370 XJT

    $895.00

    Around the turn of the 20th Century, charitable fund-raising in Imperial Germany touched on its citizens’ patriotic fervor by employing a military theme. A popular offering was inexpensive copies of Mitres that had been worn by famous regiments. This is a copy of the Mitre worn by the Königliches Regiment in the early 1700s. Its body is all cloth with a metal, eight-pointed star with the Order of the Black Eagle on the front’s center. A metal crown sits above the star. Metal flames appear on either side, with a flaming bomb on the rear. The front and headband are made of red cloth, while the rear is made of blue cloth. The front is backed by blue cloth and three cloth strips run down the body’s back. It does NOT have a Puschel. Dirt smudges and a few moth holes are present, but the overall condition is fair-plus. The interior is all cloth, possibly burlap. The letters “IIA148/649″ and “XXVI161″ also appear. This is a beautiful and rare copy of an early Mitre. It is a consignment item. The Grenadiermütze (Grenadier Cap) or Mitre style of headdress dates back to the 1600s and Frederick the Great. It was worn by numerous German Infanterie units throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th, and part of the 20th Centuries. The Mitre’s body was a tall cloth bag with white strips around its base and a large metal front plate. Leather pickelhauben replaced Mitres during the mid-1800s. By 1894, only three out of the…

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  • MITRE - ENLISTED MAN - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR III - FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR III – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE

    SKU: 33-364 XJT

    $4,695.00

    MITRE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR III – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE This is an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr III Enlisted Men’s Mitre. It features the “Pro Gloria et Patria” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is yellow with plain white strips for trim. Its interior reveals a narrow leather sweatband with a two-piece, red, cloth liner. The white cotton yarn Puschel displays a yellow center. No holes or stains mar its yellow wool body. This is a beautiful Mitre that was worn by only one Bataillon of one Regiment, or 0.1% of the army. A lovely addition to any helmet collection’s display is a military miniature displaying that helmet. Uniforms also complement a helmet, but they require much more space and staging. A well-painted military miniature can add that extra piece of information about the uniform when displaying cloth is NOT the answer. To that end, we are including four miniatures depicting Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß’s Füsiliers in their overcoats and yellow cloth-backed Mitres with this Mitre. The set includes two guards carrying rifles, a Fahnenträger (flag bearer) with a flag sporting a single battle streamer, and an officer with a sword. They are wearing the Füsilier Bataillon’s gold-cloth Mitres. This is a consignment item. The Grenadiermütze (Grenadier Cap) or Mitre style of headdress dates back to the 1600s and Frederick the Great. It was worn by numerous German Infanterie units throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th,…

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  • MITRE - NCO - PRUSSIA - MUSEUM COPY - PALACE GUARD - RUSSIAN-STYLE - SILVER-PLATED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – NCO – PRUSSIA – MUSEUM COPY – PALACE GUARD – RUSSIAN-STYLE – SILVER-PLATED

    SKU: 33-365 XJT

    $3,495.00

    MITRE – NCO – PRUSSIA – MUSEUM COPY – PALACE GUARD – RUSSIAN STYLE – SILVER-PLATED For gala events, the Preußische Garde Unteroffizier Kompagnie’s NCO’s wore Grenadiermützen like those worn by the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß’s (EGRzuFUß) Bataillone Nrs I & II. Just like the EGRzuFUß, this Preußische Garde Unteroffizier Kompagnie’s Mitre displays a front shield made of silver-plated sheet-metal that bears a high-relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. The metal shield is backed with black cloth, while the Mitre’s cloth body is red with three white strips running from its top down to its headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming silver grenades. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct, arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. The top device, or Puschel, is a leather knob covered with white colored wool that sports a black center like that worn on the pre-1894 EGRzuFUß’ Mitres. No kokarden are worn on the Mitre. The Mitre’s interior is similar to a pickelhaube’s interior, featuring a leather headband with leather petals. Each petal contains a hole through which a leather string was threaded and tied in order to adjust the fit for each wearer. This Mitre is in excellent condition, with NO moth holes or nips. This Mitre was worn by only 70 men, making it as rare as the Supravests worn by the Regiment der Guard du Corps’ Kürassiers (who…

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  • MITRE - OFFICER - KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – OFFICER – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 33-357 XRH

    $15,995.00

    MITRE – OFFICER – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1 This is a Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier -Regiment Nr 1 officer’s Mitre. The regiment included both Grenadier and Füsilier Bataillone. The Mitre is for the Grenadier Bataillon. The Mitre was an ultra-high form of headdress used by only two regiments in post 1897 Germany. The first was the incredibly famous 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The other was Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1. The latter regiment was founded in 1814 and named for Russia’s Tsar Alexander, who was Prussia’s ally to during the Napoleonic Wars. [In fact, Alexander had presented a special black Küraß to the Regiment der Garde du Corps’ officers and men as a thank-you gift. In the years after the Napoleonic Wars ended, the Regiment der Garde du Corps wore their black küraßes ONLY during their annual spring parade]. Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier -Regiment Nr 1 was garrisoned in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the prestigious Gardekorps. The Mitre was a holdover from Napoleonic and pre Napoleonic times dating back to Friedrich der Große. Most Imperial German Regiments employed two forms of headdress, a parade or garrison version of a pickelhaube/kugelhelm/etc. and a schirmmütze (visor cap). The two Mitre-wearing regiments wore the aforementioned two headdress pieces in addition to their Mitres. These Mitres were reserved ONLY for very high parades or special occasions. For more ordinary parades, the two regiments reverted to their pickelhauben with parade bushes. The Mitre is basically a cloth piece of headdress with a…

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  • MITRE - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I - FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE

    SKU: 33-362 XJT

    $4,995.00

    MITRE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE This is a privately-purchased, One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) or NCO’s Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr I or II Mitre. It boasts the “Semper Talis” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is red with ornate white strips for trim. The Mitre’s interior features a wide leather sweatband with a two-piece, red, cloth liner. Its white cotton yarn Puschel displays a black center. No holes or stains mar its red wool body. This is a beautiful Mitre that was worn by two Bataillone of one Regiment, or just 0.2% of the Imperial German Army. Period photos of soldiers in their dress uniforms are often better sources of information than many of the reference books on the market, and provide a single snapshot of the information that is not hindered by a language barrier. To that end, we are including a studio photo of an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß member wearing his Friedrich der Große-style Mitre. You will note that the man’s Puschel features a clear distinction between its white outer and black inner colors. Also, the man is NOT wearing chin scales on his Mitre. Based on his sword knot, he belongs to one of Bataillon II’s companies. This is a consignment item. The Grenadiermütze (Grenadier Cap) or Mitre style of headdress dates back to the 1600s and Frederick the Great. It was worn by numerous German Infanterie units throughout the…

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  • MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I

    SKU: 33-358 XJT

    $5,495.00

    MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I Our offering today is an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Battalion Nr 1 Russian-style enlisted men’s Mitre. Its metal front shield is made of brass plated sheet metal and bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. A bandeau inscribed with the words “SEMPER TALIS” sits above the crown. The metal shield is backed with dark-blue cloth for Bataillone I & II. The Mitre’s cloth body is red with three white strips extending from its top to the headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming, brass grenades for Bataillone I & II. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. [PLEASE NOTE: the Infanterie’s scaled metal pickelhauben chin straps were flat, NOT arched]. The top device, known as the Puschel, is a leather knob covered with white wool that sports a black center. No kokarden are worn on the Mitre. The Mitre’s interior is similar to that of a pickelhaube, featuring a leather headband with leather petals. Each petal contains a hole through which a leather string was threaded and tied in order to adjust the fit for each wearer. The Mitre’s condition is very good, overall, with no moth holes or nips. One black spot does appear on the lower part of the red cloth. This…

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  • MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I - KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE GRENADIER REGIMENT NR. 1 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE GRENADIER REGIMENT NR. 1

    SKU: 33-360 XJT

    $5,695.00

    MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE GRENADIER REGIMENT NR. 1 This Mitre was originally issued to a soldier in the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Bataillon Nr I, and then was passed along to a soldier in the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1) when the EGRzuFUß received their new Mitres in 1894. The SEMPER TALIS bandeaux were removed, and the KAGGR1 wore their Grenadiermützen with two holes in their front plates until they were replaced due normal wear and tear. The front shield is made of brass-plated sheet metal that bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. The metal shield is backed with dark blue cloth for Bataillon Nr I. The Mitre’s cloth body is red, with three white strips running from its top down to the headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming, brass grenades for Bataillone I & II. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. [PLEASE NOTE: the Infanterie’s scaled metal pickelhauben chin straps were flat, NOT arched]. The top device, known as the Puschel, is a leather knob covered with white wool that sports a black center. No kokarden are worn on the Mitre. The Mitre’s interior is similar to that of a pickelhaube, featuring a leather…

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  • MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1  BATAILLON NR III (FÜSILIER) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1 BATAILLON NR III (FÜSILIER)

    SKU: 33-359 XJT

    $5,695.00

    MITRE – RUSSIAN – STYLE  – ENLISTED MAN – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1 BATAILLON NR III (FÜSILIER) This is a beautiful and very rare Mitre from Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Regiment 1 Bataillon Nr III (Füsilier). The 1.Guard Grenadier Regiment, also known as the Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Regiment 1 (KAGGR1), was founded in 1814 and garrisoned in Berlin. [It must have been one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s favorite regiments for it to be awarded the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß’s (EGRzuFUß) old Mitres when they received their new ones in 1894]! Its front shield is made of brass-plated sheet metal, and bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle underneath a large crown. The metal shield is backed with red cloth for Bataillon Nr III. The Mitre’s body is formed by an aluminum cone, then covered with red wool that sports three white strips running from its top down to the headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base boasts three brass heraldic eagles, one on either side, with the third attached at its rear. The correct, arched, brass, chin scales are attached to the Mitre by knurled knobs. [PLEASE NOTE: the Infanterie’s scaled metal pickelhauben chin straps were flat, NOT arched. Also note that the style, shape, and height of this Mitre are different from that of the EGRzuFUß’s Mitre]. Its condition is excellent, with no moth holes or nips. Remember, this very rare Mitre was worn by only one Bataillon of one Regiment, or…

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  • MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - MUSEUM COPY - EGRzuFUß BATAILLON NR I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – MUSEUM COPY – EGRzuFUß BATAILLON NR I

    SKU: 33-361 XJT

    $3,495.00

    MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – MUSEUM COPY – EGRzuFUß BATAILLON NR I This beautiful museum copy of an important and VERY rare Mitre, an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Battalion Nr 1 Russian-style enlisted men’s Mitre, was made some time after the WW I. The craftsmanship in creating it is comparable to that of the original Mitres, and is very difficult to identify as a copy, even to an expert (such is the mark of EXCELLENT workmanship)! An original of this Mitre would cost THOUSANDS of dollars more. The front shield is made of brass-plated sheet metal that bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. A bandeau inscribed with the words “SEMPER TALIS” sits above the crown. The latter is the second configuration of the bandeaux found on the First Bataillon’s Mitres. The metal shield is backed with dark-blue cloth for Bataillone I & II. The Mitre’s cloth body is red, with three white strips running from its top down to the headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming, brass grenades for Bataillone I & II. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. [PLEASE NOTE: the Infanterie’s scaled metal pickelhauben chin straps were flat, NOT arched]. The top device, known as the Puschel, is a leather knob covered with red wool to identify it as a musician’s Mitre.…

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  • MITRE- ENLISTED MUSICIAN - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I - FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MITRE- ENLISTED MUSICIAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE

    SKU: 33-363 XJT

    $4,595.00

    MITRE- ENLISTED MUSICIAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE This is an Enlisted Musician’s Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr I or II Mitre. It boasts the “Semper Talis” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is red with ornate white strips for trim. Its red Puschel indicates that it was worn by a musician. Elite regiments, as well as many line regiments, had their own bands that led the regiment during parades. The Mitre’s interior features a soft leather liner similar to those found in pickelhauben. The number 54 appears on one of the liner’s petals, with a name appearing on another petal, as well as a very faint maker’s name stamped on a third petal. Its condition is excellent, with NO moth holes or dirt smudges on the red fabric. This is a beautiful Mitre that was only worn by two Bataillone of one Regiment, or 0.2% of the Imperial German Army. A lovely addition to any helmet collection’s display is a military miniature displaying that helmet. Uniforms also complement a helmet, but they require much more space and staging. A well-painted military miniature can add that extra piece of information about the uniform when displaying cloth is NOT the answer. To that end, we are including a single miniature of a pre-1894 Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Fahnenträger wearing the Friedrich der Große-style Mitre and carrying a flag with multiple battle streamers. Do note the two…

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  • OLDENBURG - SCHIRMÜTZE -NCO -  FELDGRAU INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 91/DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 19 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OLDENBURG – SCHIRMÜTZE -NCO – FELDGRAU INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 91/DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 19

    SKU: 33-286

    $795.00

    Today we are offering an NCO’s feldgrau schirmütze from either the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg’s Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 or its Infanterie-Regiment Nr 91. Oldenburg was one of the German Empire’s smaller Grand Duchies. They fielded one Infanterie Regiment, one Kavallerie Regiment, and one Artillerie Bataillon. Our offering is a feldgrau schirmütze for either the Dragoon or Infantry Regiment. Based on the cap’s construction and quality, I would say it is an early-to-mid-war example. It features a wide red trim band that measures 1 ½.” A single narrow red piping band encircles the top. It bears the Reich’s and Oldenburg’s state kokarden in its center, with the Oldenburg kokarde being lower. Limited moth tracking appears on the side in a few places, as well as some scattered moth tracking at the very top. Inside the cap is a brown leather sweatband. It also has a white cotton liner that has a very interesting Hohenzollern Eagle stamped in black against its white cotton background. Overall, it is a high-quality schirmütze in very pleasing condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - BUSBY - ENLISTED MAN - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – ENLISTED MAN – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 8

    SKU: 33-177

    $3,995.00

    This is an enlisted man’s busby from Husaren-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus II. Von Rußland (1. Westfälisches) Nr 8. The regiment was founded in 1815. It was garrisoned at Paderborn and Neuhaus, where it was attached to the VII. ArmeeKorps. The busby features a fine body covered with black bear fur. A few small spots exhibit fur-loss, but they are in no way detractive to the busby’s overall presentation. It displays a silver-toned wappen that states “Mit Gott Für König und Vaterland” (With God for King and Fatherland) and gilt chin scales. It has a light-blue kolpak and white cap lines. It also has the Kingdom of Prussia’s black and white Feldzeichen. Its right side boasts a red, white, and black enlisted man’s Reich’s kokarde. (A single Reich’s kokarde for post 1897 busbies is correct, so the lack of a Prussian kokarde is not a concern). The exterior’s overall condition is topnotch. The interior shows a complete leather liner with all its tongues intact. The leather is quite pleasing. It remains supple with no signs of cracking or dryness. Furthermore, a leather sizing thong is strung through each of the seven tongues. This is a fine, original and complete enlisted man’s busby from an elite Husaren-Regiment dating to Napoleonic War times.

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  • PRUSSIA - BUSBY - OFFICER - 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 33-353 XRH

    $14,995.00

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1 It is a topnotch officer’s busby from Prussia’s legendary 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1, one of the Imperial German Army’s most fabled Kavallerie Regiments. It was founded in 1741, garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, and attached to the XVII. Armeekorps. The regiment, along with its sister regiment 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2, was one of only two Prussian Army Regiments to display the Totenkopf on their wappens and other headdresses. [Two other NON-Prussian Army Regiments displayed a different Totenkopf-style: the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. These four were the only Imperial German regiments to display the Totenkopf on their dress headdresses, schirmmützen and mützen]. Our busby’s body is covered with sumptuous opossum fur that is in very fine condition. No fur loss is evident. The magnificent silver/German Silver wappen immediately draws one’s attention and measures 2 ½” x 2 ¾.” [This is Figure 20.0 in Jim Turinetti’s Guide to Collecting the Headgear of the 1914 German Army, as well as his Buyer’s Guide]. The wappen’s silver boasts a scrumptious patina. Its Totenkopf’s eyes and nose are backed with black velvet, giving it a sinister appearance. A bandeau (also in silver) sits above the wappen and reads “Mitt Gott fur König und Vaterland,” which is different from the Line-Husaren Regiments’ bandeaux. It sports a constant arch, rather than the dip in its center featured on those worn by the Line-Husaren Regiments. Its chin scales are gold-toned,…

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  • PRUSSIA - BUSBY - OFFICER - LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-354 XJT

    $11,995.00

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT . Officer’s busby from the Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment. The regiment was founded in 1815 and garrisoned in Potsdam along with all the VERY elite Prussian Garde-Regiments such as the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde-Korps. The busby’s body is made of sumptuous opossum fur. It is ever-so-soft to the touch and of the highest quality. Its wappen is a gorgeous Garde Star. A bandeau that states “Mitt Gott fur König und Vaterland 1860” is behind a silver-toned sunburst. The actual Garde Star is in the sunburst’s center. The Star features the Garde-Regiments’ rendered in very striking multicolored enamel that remains in superb condition. [This is Figure 12.0 in Jim Turinetti’s Guide to Collecting the Headgear of the 1914 German Army, as well as his Buyer’s Guide]. The exterior’s other features include gold-toned chin scales that are pinned up behind the wappen, and which also support the correct Prussian officer’s Feldzeichen. The Feldzeichen consists of silver bullion with a black velvet center. Its kolpak is red. It also sports the correct Prussian cap lines that helped to secure the busby in addition to the chin scales when the officer was at the gallop. The final detail is the correct, single, Reich officer’s kokarde on the busby’s right side. The busby’s interior sports a gently-used, light-brown, leather sweatband. Attached to the sweatband is a very high-quality silk liner. It is not a whole…

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  • PRUSSIA - BUSBY - RESERVE OFFICER’S - 1. LEIB HUSAREN REGIMENT Nr 1 - WITH PARADE FEATHERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – RESERVE OFFICER’S – 1. LEIB HUSAREN REGIMENT Nr 1 – WITH PARADE FEATHERS

    SKU: 33-319

    $21,995.00

    A year or so ago, we had the great fortune to offer a Reserve Officer’s 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 Busby. At the time I felt that it would years before I would find another to share with you. They are very scarce to say the least (it was only the second that I had ever turned up). So I was stunned when this example tumbled into my lap, especially considering its source. I cannot publicly name its previous owner, however, he is VERY well known in the collecting community and considered an expert. I will gladly share details of the collector’s identity with the busby’s buyer. This amazing reserve officer’s busby hails from Prussia’s legendary 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. The 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 was one of the Imperial German Army’s most fabled Kavallerie Regiments. It was founded in 1741, garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, and attached to the XVII. Armeekorps. The regiment, along with its sister regiment 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2, was one of only two Prussian Army Regiments to display the Totenkopf on their wappens. Two other NON-Prussian Army Regiments displayed a different Totenkopf-style: the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. These four were the only Imperial German regiments to display the Totenkopf on their dress headdresses, schirmmützen and mützen. Our busby’s body is covered with sumptuous possum fur that is in very fine condition. No fur loss is evident. The magnificent silver/German silver wappen, which immediately draws one’s attention, measures 2…

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  • PRUSSIA - FORE AND AFT CAP IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE - OFFICER - RESERVE NAVY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – FORE AND AFT CAP IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – RESERVE NAVY

    SKU: 13-529

    $2,295.00

    PRUSSIA – FORE AND AFT CAP IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – RESERVE NAVY The fore and aft cap was the dress headdress for officers in the Kaiserliche Marine. These are never easy to come by. German naval reserve officers were more limited before WW I. Moreover, the Navy was a smaller service, with a lower number of officers. What I really like about this cap is its silk kokarde, the gilt intertwined rope, and the officer’s button with its reserve cross. The cap’s exterior is in excellent condition. As we examine the cap’s interior, we find that the leather sweatband and the silk liner are in equally fine condition. The fore and aft cap comes in its original storage box. The boxes are very difficult-to-find as well. This is a wonderful presentation, and a must for a Navy collection.

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  • PRUSSIA - KUEGELHELM - RESERVE OFFICER - ARTILLERIE -  WITH "FRW" WAPPEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KUEGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – ARTILLERIE – WITH “FRW” WAPPEN

    SKU: 33-131

    $6,395.00

    This is a reserve officer’s kugelhelm. It is correct for either Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen (1. Litthauisches) Nr 1, 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3, or Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6. Only these four regiments wore this wappen-style. In 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Batterie Nr 1 wore a “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. Batterie Nr 6 from Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 also wore the “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. The explanation for the difference is quite simple. The four regiments were the Prussian Army’s oldest. I bought this kugelhelm for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is its wappen, as I explained above. The second is the helmet’s fiber body. This was still a novel substance early in the 20th Century, and I doubt it was an inexpensive option. The advantage of fiber is that it is a forerunner of fiberglass and that it delivers an incredible, high-gloss finish and is quite strong. Even after hours of diligent polishing, the more common (and less-expensive) leather helmets lack a fiber helmet’s mirror-like luster. In many ways a fiber helmet resembles patent leather, which is still used in formal wear shoes today. So, our helmet displays a very high level of gloss. A downside to fiber is that, like fiberglass, it can crack. Generally speaking, the cracking of fiber is not as severe as a leather helmet that cracks as it dries out. An elliptical circular crack extends from…

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  • PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - ENLISTED MAN - FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT 26 OR FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 35 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – ENLISTED MAN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT 26 OR FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 35

    SKU: 33-356 XJT

    $3,995.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – ENLISTED MAN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT 26 OR FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 35. It is an enlisted man’s (EM) Feld-Artillerie-Regiment (FAR) Nr 26 or Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 35 Kugelhelm from Prussia. FAR Nr 26 was founded in 1872 and garrisoned at Verden. It was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. FAR 36 was created in 1890 and garrisoned at Deutsch-Eylau in West Prussia. It was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps. This is an extremely rare helmet from the early 1900s. I have only seen three in all of my years of collecting (two officers’ helmets and one enlisted man’s (EM) helmet – this one). [The wappen is identified as Figure 1.7 in Jim Turinetti’s Guide to Collecting the Headgear of the 1914 German Army, as well as his Buyer’s Guide. Figure l.7 is a variation of Figure 1.0]. The wappen features Prussia’s basic line-eagle with the initials FR for Friedrich Rex (König Friedrich der Große) with an outstanding bandeau on the eagle’s thigh/hip area inscribed with “COLBERG 1807,” in recognition of the defiant stance Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nrs 26’s and 35’s ancestral units took against French forces in 1807. [Colberg/Kolberg: former German seaport in Pommern (Western Pomerania), Prussia, Germany, now, Kolobrzeg, Poland]. The honor banner was authorized for wear in 1899. As you can see, since the bandeau was only in existence for nineteen years, not many EM or NCO’s helmets were created. This plate and helmet configuration was worn by only 0.1 % of the Imperial German Army in 1914. The Eagle is…

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  • PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - ENLISTED MAN - IDENTIFIED - M-1867 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – ENLISTED MAN – IDENTIFIED – M-1867

    SKU: 33-130

    $3,995.00

    This is an M-1867 enlisted man’s kugelhelm that was correct for one of the three following Feldartillerie-Regiments (FAR): Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen (1.Litthauisches) Nr 1, 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (excluding Batterie Nr 1), or Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (excluding Batterie Nr 6). It is the earliest kugelhelm we have ever offered. FAR Nr 1 was founded in 1772. It was garrisoned at Gumbinnen-Insterburg, where it was attached to the I. ArmeeKorps. FAR Nr 2 was founded in 1808. It was garrisoned at Kolberg-Belgard, where it was assigned to the II. ArmeeKorps. FAR Nr 3 was founded in 1816. It was garrisoned at Brandenburg a. H., where it was attached to the III. ArmeeKorps. It is almost a certainty that the kugelhelm was used in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, in which all these regiments served. The helmet’s leather body is in very fine condition, especially when one considers it is 130-years-old. I have seen countless pickelhauben and kugelhelme produced during the 1900 to 1914 period that do not even approach the splendid condition of this helmet. All of its furniture is gilt. It boasts a marvelous set of chin scales. Please note the wappen, which is quite different from all other FAR wappens. The front, and especially the rear, visor is longer than those on M-1897 helmets. The shape is a bit different as well, although it remains close to what the helmets’ final incarnation. A single Prussian kokarde appears on the helmet’s right side. It…

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  • PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - GENERAL OFFICER'S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – GENERAL OFFICER’S

    SKU: 33-326

    $9,995.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – GENERAL OFFICER’S. This is a first time offering for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is a Prussian General der Artillerie’s kugelhelm. It is a very rare helmet since the number of Generals der Artillerie was significantly less than Generals der Infanterie or Generals der Kavallerie. Even among the old line units prior to WW I’s massive buildup, only about one third were Artillerie Regiments. Like a general officer’s pickelhaube, the helmet has a squared front visor. The black leather body is not quite as good as we prefer, with scattered cracking visible. [We have been treating the leather with extra leather conditioner to restore some moisture and prevent further issues]. Its exterior is attractively toned, however, with a fine patina. All of its furniture is gilt toned. The chin scales, cruciform, officers’ stars, pearl ring, trim and kugel are all in very fine condition. The helmet’s wappen is a piece of fine art. The Hohenzollern Eagle’s wings extend all the way to the kokarden’s center points on both sides. A beautiful Garde Star adorns the center of the Eagle’s chest. In turn, the Star’s center displays a fantastic combination of multicolored enamel dominated by the black and gold Eagle emblematic of the House of Hohenzollern’s nobility. The Black Eagle is encircled by the Latin motto “Suum Cuique” (To each according to his own merits). All of the multicolored enamel is in very fine condition. The helmet’s interior is well used. The helmet was worn, and…

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  • KUGELHELM - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - PRE-1897 - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – PRE-1897 – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    SKU: 33-374 XKGJT

    $5,995.00

    KUGELHELM – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – PRE-1897 – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE Today we are offering you a very rare kugelhelm from one of the Kingdom of Prussia’s two old-line Artillerie Regiments. It comes from either the 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (FA Nr 2) or Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzeugmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (FA Nr 3). [To give you a sense of the helmet’s rarity, it was used by a SINGLE Batterie in each regiment! FA Nr 2 (created in 1808), employed it in Batterie Nr 2, while FA Nr 3 (founded in 1816) used it in Batterie Nr 6]. This kugelhelm is for an officer from one of the two regiments, which only makes it MORE exceptional. The kugelhelm boasts a delightful leather body. Its condition is excellent, particularly when one considers that it was produced prior to 1897 (more about the date later on). Its furniture is all brass, including the early-style chin scales, its base, pearl ring, wappen, trichter, kugel, and trim. [The wappen is what indicates which regiments and batteries the kugelhelm represents]. This wappen features the “folded-wing” style. A three-part bandeau (banner) flows across the eagle’s wings and chest. Those banners or proclaim “Mit Gott Für Koenig und Vaterland.” An oval shield with the royal cypher “FRW” appears below the word “Koenig” in the center of the eagle’s chest, with another bandeau proclaiming “Colberg. 1807” beneath it. The Battle/Siege of Colberg took place from March to July 1807, when Napoleon’s French forces laid…

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  • PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - OFFICER- FELDARTILLERIE - WITH SPECIAL WAPPEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – OFFICER- FELDARTILLERIE – WITH SPECIAL WAPPEN

    SKU: 33-338

    $4,295.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE – WITH SPECIAL WAPPEN. Prussian Feldartillerie kugelhelme sported three very different wappen-types that represented three vastly different regiments. The most common of the three wappens was intended for Line-Artillerie Regiments. [It was also shared with Line-Infanterie Regiments]. Its bandeau proclaimed “Mitt Gott Fur Koenig und Vaterland,” with the initials “FR” directly underneath. The second wappen-type was used by Garde-Regiments and featured an impressive Garde Star that was displayed on ALL headdresses used by the various Garde-Regiments. The third wappen-type was used by only FOUR old-line, very elite regiments that were only slightly less prestigious than the Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiments: Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen Nr 1 (founded in 1772), 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (founded in 1808), Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (founded in 1816), and Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6 (founded in 1808). This wappen displayed an oval shield/device that featured the King’s cypher under the bandeau rather than the “FR.” Their low regimental numbers were an indication of their importance, as well as how early they were founded. The helmet’s leather body is in excellent condition. It received superb treatment from its original and successive owners for more than one-hundred years. Its leather is clean, clear, and supple. The beautifully-frosted gilt wappen is a delight to view. Its fire-gilding is excellent. All of the other furniture, including its chin scales, trim, base, officer’s stars, and kugel, is also gilt. The final exterior details are the correct Reich and State…

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  • PRUSSIA - SCHIRMMÜTZE - OFFICER’S - FELDGRAU - GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMMÜTZE – OFFICER’S – FELDGRAU – GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-336 XMV

    $1,295.00

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMMÜTZE – OFFICER’S – FELDGRAU – GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT. This is a consignment item. Today we are offering you a high-quality feldgrau Garde-Küraßier-Regiment Officer’s Schirmmütze. [We actually sold this visor cap to a longtime headdress collector several years back. He now has entrusted us to pass it onto another collector’s home]. The Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was founded in 1815 and garrisoned in Berlin. Its Regimental Chef (Chief) was Kaiser Wilhelm II. Just like the Regiment des Gardes du Corps, the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment also wore Hohenzollern Eagle-topped metal helmets for full dress occasions. This meant a Garde-Regiment was kept in Potsdam (Garde du Corps), as well as in Berlin (Garde-Küraßier-Regiment). Both regiments were a part of the Garde-Korps. Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry and wore metal breastplates in combat during the 18th and early 19th Centuries. After the Napoleonic Wars, breastplates were used more for ceremonial occasions instead of combat. A küraß could deflect a sword slash, but not a gunshot. The advent of modern firearms rendered these regiments troopers and their officers easy targets, and their küraßes offered little protection. The cap’s body is made of high-quality feldgrau wool. A wide blue trim band that measures 1 ¾” in width encircles the cap, which is accented above and below it by two white bands of piping. Another white band of piping encircles the Schirmmütze’s top. The cap sports a black brim as well as an officer’s Prussian and Reich’s kokarden. The interior reveals a fine white leather sweatband. A white visor is also…

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  • PRUSSIA - SCHIRMÜTZE - ENLISTED MARINE-FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG SAILOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – ENLISTED MARINE-FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG SAILOR

    SKU: 13-986

    $1,095.00

    This is a summer enlisted Marine-Flieger-Abteilung sailor’s mütze. Enlisted Kaiserliche Marine sailors wore two different-colored tops on their mützen during the year. In the winter, they wore the navy blue tops that matched their dark-blue uniforms. In the summer, the sailors switched to white tops to match their white uniforms. I am not sure why, but we see the summer white top mützen far less frequently. Our offering today is made of heavy, white, cotton twill. As it is white, it is more susceptible to staining and dirt. That said, this white top does show signs of what I would call dirt and, perhaps, even a couple of oil spots. The mütze’s center front features a Reich’s kokarde that is actually for an officer. As you look at the mütze straight-on, you will note that it has the “saddle” effect so favored by cavalry regiments. A gold embossed cap tally attached to the mütze clearly reads “Marine-Flieger-Abteilung.” Inside the mütze is a high-quality, light-brown leather sweatband. The mütze does not have a liner, so the cotton twill material appears on both the cap’s inside and outside. It is a privately-purchased mütze that displays NO depot markings on its interior. If you look at the interior where the kokarde is attached, it looks as though a snap button appears on a tab where the kokarde is attached. If you look closely at that tab, you will see the printed word “Kiel,” where one of the High Seas Fleet’s two major ports…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - SCHIRMUTZE - NCO - GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMUTZE – NCO – GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-110

    $1,595.00 $1,350.00

    This is a wonderful, pre WW I NCO’s visor cap from the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. The regiment was formed in 1815. It was garrisoned in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde Korps. It is important to know that the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was among the four most important of the Küraßier-Regiments, along with the Regiment der Garde du Corps, Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1, and Küraßier-Regiment Königin Pommersches) Nr 2 (one of Kronprinz Wilhelm’s principal regiments). The Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was the only other regiment, aside from the Regiment der Garde du Corps, that wore the massive Hohenzollern Eagle on its helmet for parade functions. This very famous regiment was filled with the flower of German nobility, as was its sister regiment, the Regiment der Garde du Corps. Our cap has a fine, white wool body. It features a single wide blue trim band, measuring 1 ¼” wide. A narrower band of blue piping encircles the top. NCO’s state and Reich’s kokarden are in place. Some widely scattered moth tracking appears on the exterior. Inside the cap is a leather sweatband in good condition. The silk liner sports a very elaborate, raised depiction of the Berlin cap manufacturer. The metal initial “J” is also set into the liner. This is a very rare visor cap in fine conditionPrice.

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  • PRUSSIA - SCHIRMÜTZE - NCO - KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – NCO – KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 8

    SKU: 33-192

    $1,595.00

    This is a high-quality NCO’s feldgrau schirmütze from Küraßier-Regiment Graf Geßler (Rheinisches) Nr 8. The elite regiment was founded in 1815, and was garrisoned at Deutz. It was assigned to the VIII. ArmeeKorps. The visor cap sports a wide medium-to-light-blue band measuring 1 7/16″ in width. It also displays a total of three white piping bands, one each above and below the blue band, and one encircling the cap’s crown. The NCO’s Reich and state’s kokarden are present at the schirmütze’s front. Some paint chipping shows on the state kokarde. The cap’s bulk ( specifically, the cover) is feldgrau. Some very light moth tracking appears on the side and at the top, but it is VERY limited. Inside the cap is a complete, well used brown leather sweatband. The liner is made of light-red polished cotton rather than the silk we generally find in officers’ schirmützen. Feldgrau schirmützen are very difficult-to-find, as too often they saw hard use during WW I. This is especially true of Hussar and Küraßier schirmützen.Price

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  • PRUSSIA - SCHIRMÜTZE - OFFICER - PRINZ/KRONPRINZ/KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – OFFICER – PRINZ/KRONPRINZ/KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-262

    $6,995.00

    Before we begin the formal description of this wonderful schirmütze, let us confirm to whom we are referring as Prinz/Kronprinz Wilhelm. We mean Germany’s third Kaiser, Wilhelm II (1859-1941), prior to 15 June 1888. Our officer’s visor cap dates from approximately 1880 to 1888. During that period, Wilhelm I was Kaiser, his son Friedrich Wilhelm was Kronprinz, and Friedrich’s son Wilhelm was the Prinz. Wilhelm I died in Berlin on 9 March 1888 and his son became Kaiser Friedrich III. Friedrich III served as Kaiser for only ninety-nine days, during which his son Wilhelm was elevated to Kronprinz. After Friedrich III’s death, Wilhelm II was crowned as Kaiser. Germany had three Kaisers during 1888. [At that point, Germans had no reason to suspect that Wilhelm II would be Germany’s final Kaiser, or that the monarchy would be abolished in 1918 by Wilhelm’s abdication and exile to the Netherlands, where he would remain until his death in 1941]. At first glance, this is a fairly standard, pre 1897 Prussian infantry officer’s schirmütze. It sports Prussia’s single kokarde, and the very short black front visor typical of the period’s caps. The cap’s cover is made of the highest quality dark-blue wool. Its wide red trim band measures 1″ in width. An excellent Prussian Officer’s Kokarde is centered on the red trim band. The cap’s top sports a narrow red piping band. The cap’s exterior is in excellent condition, considering its age. Inside the cap is a fine, brown leather sweatband. It is…

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  • PRUSSIA - SCHIRMÜTZE - RESERVE OFFICER - INFANTRY OR CAVALRY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTRY OR CAVALRY

    SKU: 33-310

    $225.00

    This is either a Prussian infantry or cavalry regiment reserve officer’s schirmütze. It has a dark-blue cover. It features a 1 ½” wide red trim band. A single thin red piping band encircles the top. It displays the officer Reich’s kokarde and the Kingdom of Prussia’s reserve officer kokarde. The exterior’s overall condition is above-average. A couple of moth nips appear on the blue cover’s top. The wide red trim band shows some soiling, but no real evidence of moth problems. The cap’s interior exhibits a well used brown leather sweatband. Most of the cap’s original silk liner is missing from its interior top (due to age), exposing the wool’s color. Even with this fault, the cap displays well. It is a true value.

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - ENLISTED REGIMENTAL BAND MEMBER - JÄGER-BATAILLON Nr 10 - FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – ENLISTED REGIMENTAL BAND MEMBER – JÄGER-BATAILLON Nr 10 – FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION

    SKU: 33-294

    $5,995.00

    This is a Hannoversches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 NCO’s tschako from a Hanoverian unit (originally, it was absorbed by Prussia in 1866). The Bataillon was formed in 1803, garrisoned at Goslar, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. [In the past, we have shared the Jäger-Bataillon’s role within the German Army. When it came to marksmanship, these Bataillons were (collectively) the German Army’s best. Most of them were formed in the mid 18th and early 19th centuries. Some of the very early Prussian Bataillone fought with Frederick the Great. All of them, and those formed during Friedrich Wilhelm III’s reign, fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Their role was to advance in front of their army’s main body. When possible, they engaged the opposing army’s officers and NCO’s, disrupting the opposition’s front-line command and control structure. As these men were the best shots, they were given early versions of rifles that boasted a greater range and accuracy than the front-line infantry regiments’ muskets]. While not a Prussian unit during the Napoleonic Wars, no one had a prouder record than the Kingdom of Hannover’s Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. In the Napoleonic Wars, Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 served in both the Peninsula Campaign and in June 1815’s penultimate Battle of Waterloo. At the conclusion of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, Hannover’s territory and army were incorporated into Prussia’s victorious kingdom. This concluded Germany’s reorganization, leaving Prussia as the dominant power under Wilhelm I’s and von Bismarck’s leadership. After the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, Wilhelm I was named Germany’s first…

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - NCO - SEE-BATAILLON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – NCO – SEE-BATAILLON

    SKU: 33-175

    $4,495.00

    This is a wonderful example of an NCO’s tschako for the See-Bataillon. The See-Bataillon was to the Kaiserliche Marine as the U.S. Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.) is to the U.S. Navy. The troops were responsible for security aboard larger naval vessels and for security at German embassies overseas. The See-Bataillon also played a large role in supplying ground troops for Germany’s colonies. See-Bataillon Nr III served an especially important role in China. Prior to the buildup leading to WW I, only three See-Bataillone existed. See-Bataillon Nr I and Nr II were joined by other later-raised units to serve as Marine-Infanterie and Marine-Artillerie units in Flanders. The tschako sports the typical shape for an NCO in the See-Bataillon. The leather body is quite pleasing, overall. It reveals some light spidering (cracking), and a gouge or two. [We will show it in the photographs that accompany the description]. The See-Bataillon’s wappen serves as the helmet’s central theme. It also sports a handsome set of gilt chin scales. A red, black and white feldzeichen (field badge) is attached directly over the wappen. Further examination of the tschako shows it has no kokarde, which is 100% correct. As the See-Bataillon was a national organization, it would not display any state’s kokarde. Furthermore, as the feldzeichen sports Germany’s national colors (red, black and white), a kokarde would be redundant. [REFERENCE/RESEARCH NOTE: The last interesting piece of information comes from Jim Turinetti, our resident headdress expert. We call on Jim quite often for headdress details’ clarification. I…

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAPKA - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 14 WHICH FOUGHT AT BATTLE OF WATERLOO - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 14 WHICH FOUGHT AT BATTLE OF WATERLOO

    SKU: 33-234

    $6,995.00

    The Kingdom of Hannover came to an end after being on the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s losing side. Hannover had a good-sized military. It had fought during the Napoleonic Wars against France. As a matter of fact, several of her regiments fought with Wellington during the Peninsula Campaign and 1815’s penultimate Battle of Waterloo. Hannover fielded two Ulanen-Regiments. After the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, her entire territory and her military were annexed by Prussia. From then on, all Hanoverian regiments were considered “Prussian” regiments. Even though they were garrisoned in their former barracks, they were required to wear Prussian uniforms. In 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to be magnanimous and restored the battle honors (bandeaux) that Hanoverian regiments had proudly worn on their headdress prior to 1866. Such was the case with her Ulanen-Regiments. The first regiment was Königs-Ulanen-Regiment (1. Hannoversches) Nr 13. The second was 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. Today we are offering an officer’s tschapka from the latter regiment. It was founded in 1805 and garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps. The leather helmet is well formed and shows a fine clean surface that is supple and free from major defects. This includes the mortar board that sits atop the helmet and offers the distinctive view of the Ulanen Tschapka. Please note, Ulanen were considered light cavalry. They were also known as “Lancers,” because troopers carried lances in the early days. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, lances were used more…

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  • TSCHAPKA - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - COMPLETE WITH BUSH, FELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA WITH BUSHFELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON – OFFICER

    SKU: 33-373 XRH

    $4,995.00

    TSCHAPKA – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – COMPLETE WITH BUSH, FELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON. Our offering today is a Prussian Ulanen Line-Officer’s Tschapka that comes with several wonderful parade accessories.  It is NOT, however, in complete parade configuration because it lacks its cloth rabatte. It is correct for the following regiments: Westfälisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 5, Thüringisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 6, Ulanen-Regiment Graf zu Dohna Nr 8, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 15, and Ulanen-Regiment Henning von Treffenfeld (Altmärkisches) Nr 16. [ONLY these five Prussian Ulanen Line-Regiments sported silver wappens, all the rest featured gold ones]. The helmet’s black body is in well-above-average condition, although some cracking and spidering appear on the wearer’s right. Another weak point appears near the wingtip. In addition to the silver-toned wappen, the front visor’s trim is silver. The wappen also features a correct officer’s open/voided crown. The correct, arched, chin scales are a contrasting gold. Other of the exterior’s details include a correct, Prussian, officer’s feldzeichen, and a Reich Officer’s kokarde on the helmet’s right side. Its parade accessories are quite attractive. The officer’s white horsehair parade bush attaches via a small metal clip inserted into the helmet’s mortarboard. The correct Prussian officer’s “Fangschnur” (Cap Lines) is also present. The parade bush and Fangschnur are housed in the very difficult-to-locate storage carton, which measures 3” x 4″ x 17 ½.” The latter sports a manufacturer’s paper seal from the firm of Schröder & Frankel – Karlsruhe inside on the carton’s upper half. [Karlsruhe was located in…

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAPKA WITH CAP LINES AND PARADE BUSH  - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2  - RABATT - - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA WITH CAP LINES AND PARADE BUSH – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2 – RABATT –

    SKU: 33-251

    $6,995.00

    This is a very fine Ulanen-Regiment von Katzler (Schlesisches) Nr 2 officer’s tschapka. The regiment was founded in 1745 (during Frederick the Great’s reign), and garrisoned at Gleiwitz-Pleß. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing. It is very supple, smooth, and relatively problem-free. At first glance, it is the wappen that takes one’s attention. In terms of design (not counting their colors), three different Ulanen wappen-styles exist. First is that of the three Garde-Ulanen-Regiments. The two earliest Garde-Ulanen-Regiments were founded in 1819, while the third was created in 1860. Each one’s officers, NCO’s, and enlisted men sported the traditional Garde Stars on their wappens. Next come Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1, 2, and 3. These three regiments were among the first Prussian Ulanen-Regiments to be created: Nr’s 1 and 2 in 1745, and Nr 3 in 1809. Only Ulanen-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich von Baden (Rheinisches) Nr 7 was older, (having been founded in 1734). Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1 through 3 sported different center devices on their wappens. These boasted very elaborately formed royal cyphers featuring “WR” on them. (Later Ulanen-Regiments displayed the more conventional “FR” cypher in plain script, constituting the third wappen style). This wappen style was also used by Prussian line-infantry and artillery regiments. Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1-3’s wappens are very distinctive and very scarce. [I also suggest that you look closely at the crown’s top, which sports the open (voided) style indicative of an officer]. The helmet has all-gilt furniture, including the wappen, chin scales,…

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  • SAXONY - TSCHAPKA - ENLISTED MAN  - ULANEN-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – TSCHAPKA – ENLISTED MAN – ULANEN-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-159

    $3,795.00

    We seldom have the opportunity to offer Ulanen-Regiment tschapkas. Saxon examples tend to be rarer. Saxony fielded only three Ulanen-Regiments, which was a far smaller number than Prussia. Prussia had nineteen of the prewar Ulanen-Regiments (including two formerly Hanoverian regiments), while two hailed from Württemberg and three from Saxony. The three Saxon regiments were Königs. Sächs. 1. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 17 Kaiser Franz Joseph von Österreich. König von Ungaren, Königl. Sächs. 2. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 18, and Königl. Sächs. 3. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 21 Kaiser Wilhelm II, König von Preußen. The tschapka’s wappen reveals that our example was correct for the two earliest Saxon Ulanen-Regiments. Its leather body is nearly flawless. A great variety of officers’ helmets do not display such a fine leather body. It is simply superb. The wappen features a gold sunburst and a silver Saxon Coat-of-Arms in its center. [For your information, helmets from Königl. Sächs. 3. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 21 Kaiser Wilhelm II, König von Preußen display wappens with the opposite color scheme. The helmets sport a silver sunburst and a gilt coat-of-arms]. The helmet also features gilt-toned chin scales and gilt trim on the rounded front visor. A correct, single, Reich’s kokarde appears on the helmet’s right side. The helmet’s mortarboard has the correct, white and green Saxon field badge attached to its top. No depot markings show inside the helmet, so this was a privately-purchased piece. A full and complete leather liner is present. The liner’s multiple tongues are looped together with a sizing cord that the…

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  • SAXONY -SCHIRMÜTZE - ENLISTED MAN - TRAIN BATAILLON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY -SCHIRMÜTZE – ENLISTED MAN – TRAIN BATAILLON

    SKU: 33-132

    $450.00

    Before WW I, the Saxon Army just had two Train-Abteilungen. One was Königl. Sächs. 1. Train Abteilung Nr 12, which was created in 1849. It was garrisoned in Dresden-Bischofswerda, where it was attached to the XII. ArmeeKorps. The second unit was Königl. Sächs. 2. Train-Abteilung Nr 19. This unit was raised in 1899. It was garrisoned in Leipzig, where it was attached to the XIX. ArmeeKorps. Today we are offering an enlisted man’s pre WW I mütze from one of these two Abteilungen. The mütze’s basic body is light-blue. A wide black band, measuring 1 ½” in width, circles its lower section. Two narrow red bands of piping appear above and below the black band. A third red piping band encircles the mütze’s top. The mütze’s front displays the correct state and Reich’s kokarden. The Saxon kokarde is green and white. The Reich’s kokarde exhibits Germany’s national colors: red, black, and white. The mütze has scattered light moth nips across its top, and on the sides’ blue sections. The mütze’s interior is in solid, albeit used, condition. Its leather sweatband is complete, and shows normal wear from perspiration. The liner is complete. It shows some staining from perspiration, and possibly hair oil. The mütze reveals no depot markings. Thus, it is not depot-issued, but privately-purchased. That said, no signs of identification or ownership appear, either. This is a rare mütze. Although it shows signs of aging, it would still make a fine addition to any collection.

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  • USSR - VISOR CAP - ARMY - GENERAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    USSR – VISOR CAP – ARMY – GENERAL

    SKU: 39-45

    $150.00

    This is a Soviet-era Army General’s visor cap. One thing I always found intriguing about high-ranking Russian officers was their visor caps’ sheer size. Their diameters at the top were particularly large. This cap sports a wide, black-velvet trim band that measures 1 3/4″ wide. Above that are two thin red bands of piping. The rest of the cap top’s basic color is a light-blue. In the black trim band’s center (where one would see kokarden on a German visor cap) is a background of gold oak leaves. Within the oak leaves’ center is an oval-shaped cockade surmounted by a red enamel star sporting the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle. Below the oak leaf device is a pair of gilt-toned ropes connected to small, gilt-toned buttons. Within the buttons’ center is another star displaying the hammer and sickle. Inside the cap is a blue leather sweatband. The blue silk liner covering the cap’s interior displays a diamond-shaped leather patch that indicates the cap is a size “57.” It is also features the name of a military effects store located in Moscow. This cap is in mint condition, and dates from 1960 to 1985.

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  • USSR - VISOR CAP - NAVY ADMIRAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    USSR – VISOR CAP – NAVY ADMIRAL

    SKU: 39-46

    $150.00

    This is a Soviet-era Navy Admiral’s visor cap. One thing I always found intriguing about high-ranking Russian officers was their visor caps’ sheer size. Their diameters at the top were particularly large. This cap sports a wide, black-velvet trim band that measures 1″ wide. Above that are two thin white bands of piping. The rest of the cap top’s basic color is black. In the black trim band’s center (where one would see kokarden on a German visor cap) is a background of gold oak leaves. Within the oak leaves’ center is a fouled anchor. Directly above the anchor is a red enamel star sporting the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle. Below the oak leaf device is a chin strap that is connected to small, gilt-toned buttons. Within the buttons’ center is another fouled anchor. Inside the cap is a brown leather sweatband. A black silk liner covers the cap’s interior. This cap is in mint condition, and dates from 1960 to 1985.

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  • WALDECK-PYRMONT - SCHIRMÜTZE - OFFICER - PRE 1897 OFFICER  - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 83 - BATAILLON Nr III - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WALDECK-PYRMONT – SCHIRMÜTZE – OFFICER – PRE 1897 OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 83 – BATAILLON Nr III

    SKU: 33-178

    $650.00

    The principality of Waldeck-Pyrmont was quite small. It fielded a single Bataillon in Infanterie von Wittich (3. Kurhessisches) Nr 83. Their Bataillon was Nr III, which was garrisoned at Arolsen. (The regiment’s other two Bataillons were housed at Kassel). The regiment was founded in 1813 and attached to the XI. ArmeeKorps. Today we are offering a pre 1897 officer’s schirmütze for this single Bataillon. The cap has a short visor. Its body is dark-blue. It sports a wide red trim band that measures 1″ in width. A single narrow red piping band encircles the cap’s top. On the wide band is Waldeck-Pyrmont’s single kokarde. (After 1897, it would display this kokarde AND the Reich’s kokarde). The kokarde is gold, red, and black. The cap’s exterior is in fine overall condition, especially when considering that it is more than one-hundred-ten years-old. Inside the cap is a well-used leather sweat band and a very well used silk liner, which shows some shredding. A circular tag appears with the letter and numbers “H 1388,” which I presume is a museum control number. This is a very rare schirmütze

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG -  KUGELHELM - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - LINE-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – KUGELHELM – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – LINE-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-291

    $3,495.00

    This is a Württemberg One-Year-Volunteer’s Line-Artillerie-Regiment kugelhelm. Although we have explained the One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) program in the past, now is a good time to review it. Imperial Germany required two years of compulsory military service from its young men. After their two years of service, the men were transferred to the reserves where they remained for quite some time. Under the normal two-year enlistment, the men were provided with all the necessary clothing, headdresses, food, housing, etc., which they drew from the military depot. They could choose to accept these items, or they could privately purchase any gear that they wished on their own. The special OYV program generally was used by young, middle-class men whose families did NOT have a longstanding military service tradition. They usually came from money, but (usually) were not members of nobility (we currently are offering a Saxon Graf’s OYV attila). The OYV enlistees were REQUIRED to buy their clothing and other gear, and had to pay for their own food and housing as well. In return, the army allowed OYV’s a certain flexibility in their uniforms’ and headdresses’ appearance. They often purchased their tunics from the same supply stores as did the officers. Their shoulder straps were identical to regular enlisted men/NCO’s, except for a special rope-like trim of alternating colors that immediately identified them as OYV’s. The OYV’s pickelhauben and kugelhelme were allowed to be almost the same as an officer’s, with the proviso that one key element was the same as the…

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SCHIRMUTZE - NCO - INFANTRY/CAVALRY REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SCHIRMUTZE – NCO – INFANTRY/CAVALRY REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-254

    $550.00

    Finding a feldgrau schirmütze is always a happy occasion for us. To find one from a state other than Prussia is a REAL treat. Today we are pleased to offer you an NCO’s schirmütze from a Württemberg infantry or cavalry regiment. The cap’s material is a fine wool. Its wide red trim band measures 1 ½” in width. A narrow red piping band encircles the cap’s top. The state and Reich NCO’s kokarden appear in the cap’s center, with the Württemberg kokarde on the wide red band. A few moth nips show at the cap’s top. They are especially visible on portions of the narrow red trim band. The cap has seen some use in the field, but is in surprisingly good condition, particularly for an NCO’s cap. The interior reveals a sweatband with average wear. The silk liner is also present and in very good condition, overall. We can see where the silk liner touched the top of the man’s head, which marked it with some hair oil.

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