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

    ARMY GENERAL’S VISOR CAP – USSR

    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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  • ARTILLERIE RESERVE OFFICER'S KUGELHELM WITH "FRW" WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ARTILLERIE RESERVE OFFICER’S KUGELHELM WITH “FRW” WAPPEN – PRUSSIA

    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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  • BAVARIAN OFFICER’S STATE SCHIRMÜTZE KOKARDE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIAN OFFICER’S STATE SCHIRMÜTZE KOKARDE

    SKU: 33-266

    $50.00

    This is an original Bavarian kokarde for an officer’s schirmütze. It bears the correct blue and white colors for that kingdom. It is mint and unused, with the correct two prongs on its reverse to attach it to a visor cap. It can be very collectible without its correct schirmütze. I have seen entire displays of schirmützen, mützen, and pickelhauben kokarden for the various states. It also could be displayed with other Bavarian items, such as shoulder boards.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - TOTENKOPF CAP DEVICE - NCO/ENLISTED MAN - HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17 OR INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – TOTENKOPF CAP DEVICE – NCO/ENLISTED MAN – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17 OR INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    SKU: 33-343

    $175.00

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – TOTENKOPF CAP DEVICE – NCO/ENLISTED MAN – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17 OR INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92. A total of four Imperial German Army regiments used the Totenkopf. They included Prussia’s 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 and 2. Leib–Husaren-Regiment Nr 2, along with the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. [It is interesting to note that the Totenköpfe used by Prussia and Braunschweig were completely different from one another. Those used by Prussia evolved to be used during the Third Reich Period by a combination of SS and Panzer troops. Finding items using the Braunschweig Totenkopf pattern helps us to be sure that they came from the Imperial Period and not the Third Reich]. Today we are offering a Totenkopf device for an enlisted man/NCO’s mütze or schirmmütze from one of the two Braunschweig Regiments. The device measures 1″ x 1.” It has a first-rate patina. None of the mounting attachments are present on the reverse. It would make a fine addition to any display.

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  • COTTON FOUL WEATHER KUGELHELM COVER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COTTON FOUL WEATHER KUGELHELM COVER

    SKU: 33-295

    $350.00

    This is a canvas cover that was used on a kugelhelm when worn in the field. Before WW I, they were used in the field to protect the helmet’s leather body and metal hardware during rain and other foul weather. With the war began, in addition to protecting the helmet’s body the cover offered some camouflage and protection for the soldier. The pre war brass wappens had made excellent targets for enemy snipers. With the M-1915 helmets, the wappens became subdued and often covered with gray paint, which eliminated the shiny surface. The troops in the field continued to use these covers on their helmets, however, until the M-1916 stahlhelme replaced the pre war headgear. The cover is made of natural cotton. It has an extra large sack to accommodate the kugel (ball) that was mounted atop the helmet rather than a spike. Inside the cover we see printed on three lines: “R.D. ULM 56” “56” refers to the helmet size the cover could accommodate. Overall, it is in very fine condition, with the exception of fading due to age. It is an excellent accessory for your kugelhelm.

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  • DELUXE OFFICER'S STORAGE CASE FOR PICKELHAUBE AND VISOR CAP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DELUXE OFFICER’S STORAGE CASE FOR PICKELHAUBE AND VISOR CAP

    SKU: 33-62

    $650.00

    In Germany, I came across a wonderful storage case for an officer’s pickelhaube and visor cap. It was totally different than any I had ever seen. While basically shaped like a pickelhaube storage case, it is not as pointed at the top. This allows for the storage of BOTH headdress pieces. While I routinely see storage cases for either pickelhauben or visor caps, this is a nifty combination of both into one. It reduced the number of cases required when the officer was traveling. It would make a great addition to any headdress collection. Some of the securing straps on the case’s exterior are missing, but the case itself is in excellent condition.

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

    DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 22 OFFICER’S SCHIRMÜTZE – BADEN

    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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  • ENLISTED II SEEFLIEGER=ABTEILUNG. II. SAILOR’S MÜTZE IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED II SEEFLIEGER=ABTEILUNG. II. SAILOR’S MÜTZE IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 13-981

    $1,095.00

    This is a top-quality mütze for an enlisted Kaiserliche Marine sailor assigned to .II Seeflieger=Abteilung II. The Kaiserliche Marine had two completely different aviation arms. The older of the two was for seaplanes sporting attached floats that enabled them to land in the water. These planes came in both single-seater and two-seater configurations. Later in the war, Marine Jastas were formed that primarily fought over land in Flanders alongside their Army Jasta counterparts. The latter group’s mützen sported fine, dark-blue wool exteriors, as can be seen on our offering today. I can only find one small moth nip on it. A silver-embossed .II Seeflieger=Abteilung II. cap tally is tied in the correct manner, allowing its twin tails to extend down from the mütze’s reverse. Inside the mütze we see that it has a well used, brown, leather sweatband. The cap definitely was worn. The mütze’s front has been folded down, and some separation is apparent where it was attached to the cap. The cap’s silk liner is in very fine condition. The mütze comes in the original cardboard carton produced by its military effects firm, Aug. (August) Geiger. The company was well known for producing all sorts of naval officers, NCO’s, and enlisted men’s items. They had locations in Kiel (two), Wilhelmshaven, and Kiel-Wik. The carton measures 11″ in diameter and is 3″ tall. The carton is complete, but in fragile condition. Although the carton is not in the best condition, it has done its job of protecting the mütze.…

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

    ENLISTED MAN’S ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MÜTZE WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – HESSE-DARMSTADT

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

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

    SKU: 33-177

    $3,995.00


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  • ENLISTED MAN'S TRAIN BATAILLON MÜTZE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S TRAIN BATAILLON MÜTZE – SAXONY

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

    ENLISTED MAN’S TSCHAPKA – ULANEN-REGIMENT – SAXONY

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

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

    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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  • FOUL WEATHER CANVAS COVER FOR UMPIRE'S TSCHAKO - FIELD MANEUVERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FOUL WEATHER CANVAS COVER FOR UMPIRE’S TSCHAKO – FIELD MANEUVERS

    SKU: 33-193

    $795.00

    The Imperial German Period produced a wide variety of headdresses, including pickelhauben, kugelhelme, tschapkas, busbies, and tschakos. Because of the number of regiments, pickelhauben and kugelhelme were the most common. Busbies, tschapkas, and tschakos appeared in far fewer numbers. Canvas foul weather covers were produced for all the varieties. They protected the leather, felt, and even metal exteriors from rain, mud, etc. Today we are offering a foul weather canvas cover suitable for a tschako. It is made of feldgrau canvas. Circling the cover is a red band measuring 2 ½” in width. On the red band’s front the letters “V. A. M.” are stenciled. (They were what one might call “traffic troops” or perhaps a variation of the U.S. Army’s MP’s). The cover is in very fine condition. It has clips in the front and back that secure it to the tschako’s front and back visors. One other detail is a slit on the cover’s top in the front. It allowed the field badge (feldzeichen) to be inserted, so people could determine the wearer’s home state.

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

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

    IDENTIFIED M-1867 ENLISTED MAN’S KUGELHELM – PRUSSIA

    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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  • IDENTIFIED ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER'S KUGELHELM WITH PARADE BUSH - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S KUGELHELM WITH PARADE BUSH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 33-238

    $3,995.00

    This is a very handsome Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV) kugelhelm. Foot artillery regiments (rather than field artillery regiments) developed later in the German Army. Its first regiment was created in 1864. The Garde-Fußartillerie-Regiment was founded in 1865 and garrisoned in Spandau. The regiment was assigned to the Gardekorps. The helmet’s leather body is in very good condition and shows minimal wear. It exhibits one small spot where a loss of leather can be noted. Its furniture is all gilt, with the exception of the silver-toned Garde Star. The state and Reich’s kokarden both are present, so it is a post 1897 helmet. The trichter is attached to a pearl ring, which may indicate an OYV’s helmet. A very full white, horsehair, parade bush is attached to the trichter. As we look at the helmet’s interior, we immediately can tell it is privately-purchased. It has no depot marks. It does possess a normal enlisted man/NCO’s leather liner. The liner is intact, with the exception of the leather sizing thong. It displays the multiple leather tongue arrangement. In the interior is a label that lists the size as “58.” Furthermore, the tag identifies its original owner. The following words are written on the tag: “Graumann Einjährig=Freiwilliger 8. Batterie” It is a fine, identified kugelhelm with its parade bush. It hails from the most elite Fußartillerie-Regiment.

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

    INFANTRY OR CAVALRY RESERVE OFFICER’S SCHIRMÜTZE – PRUSSIA

    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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  • INFANTRY/CAVALRY REGIMENT NCO'S FELDGRAU SCHIRMÜTZE - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTRY/CAVALRY REGIMENT NCO’S FELDGRAU SCHIRMÜTZE – WÜRTTEMBERG

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

    JÄGER-BATAILLON Nr 10 ENLISTED REGIMENTAL BAND MEMBER’S TSCHAKO IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION- PRUSSIA

    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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  • KOKARDE - NCO’S SCHIRMMÜTZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KOKARDE – NCO’S SCHIRMMÜTZE

    SKU: 33-265

    $50.00

    This is a mütze or schirmmütze kokarde for the Reich that displays Imperial Germany’s national colors of black, red, and white. It is still mounted to its original sales card. If you intend to actually use it, you will need to remove that paper. As it has never been used, both clips on its reverse are present.

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  • Sale! LEATHER HELMET - GERMAN PANZER CREWMAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LEATHER HELMET – GERMAN PANZER CREWMAN

    SKU: 33-187

    $5,495.00 $4,675.00

    LEATHER HELMET – GERMAN PANZER CREWMAN. This is one of the rarest headdress pieces I have ever owned. In fact, my first response when it was offered to me was “What in the world is this?” Until I started some research, I was not aware that such “Tanker’s” helmets existed. Tanks were an important WW I invention. Great Britain was the leading country in tank development. Their first examples appeared (in small numbers) during March 1916’s Battle of the Somme. The first major tank deployment was during the Battle of Cambrai on 7 December 1917. This extensive use of tanks resulted in a major breakthrough, which unfortunately was not exploited. The British produced approximately 1,900 tanks from 1916 through 1918. The French also were involved in tank production, many of which were created by French auto manufacturer Renault. They produced about 4,500 (much smaller) tanks, some of which were used by the US. On the other hand, the German General Staff did not have much faith in tanks. They were slow to employ them and devoted few resources to tank development. What the Germans did develop was a large and bulky tank known as the A7V. These monsters were so large that they required an eighteen-man crew (including two officers). The A7V boasted a single 5.7CM fortress cannon and six machine guns. It weighed thirty-two tons and was powered by two 100 HP engines. A mere TWENTY A7V’s were built before WW I ended. In addition, the Germans used less…

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  • LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS - TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS - AWARDED - ARCHDUKE EUGEN - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS – TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS – AWARDED – ARCHDUKE EUGEN – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 08-441

    $1,350.00

    This is the Principality of Lippe-Detmold’s Cross for True Service 2nd Class in the original presentation case. It was Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4.” Embossed in gold on the outer lid is “Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe’sches Kreuz für Treue Dienste 1914.” (My research does not show when this decoration was awarded). Upon opening the case, the cross is revealed. It is NOT mounted on its white and blue trifold ribbon. A stretched piece of the correct blue and white ribbon appears on the case’s inner lid. The name of Rothe & Neffe, the Austrian Kaiser’s official court jeweler, appears on the upper lid. It is a very fine decoration, in excellent condition.

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  • M-1916/M-1917/M-1918 STAHLHELME CHINSTRAPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    M-1916/M-1917/M-1918 STAHLHELME CHINSTRAPS

    SKU: 33-249

    $195.00

    Today, we are offering a pair of original chinstraps for the M-1916, M-1917, or M-1918 stahlhelme. These chinstraps are substantially different from the leather chinstraps that were used on pickelhauben or kugelhelme. They are leather with steel fittings. We applied a leather conditioner on them upon their receipt and would suggest that you do the same, periodically. Lack of moisture is death to leather products. We periodically condition ALL leather items in our possession. The chinstraps are available for $195.00 each, or $350.00 the pair.

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  • MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - SCHIRMMÜTZE - OFFIZIER’S - PRE-WAR ARTILLERIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – SCHIRMMÜTZE – OFFIZIER’S – PRE-WAR ARTILLERIE

    SKU: 33-350

    $795.00

    MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – SCHIRMMÜTZE – OFFIZIER’S – PRE-WAR ARTILLERIE Mecklenburg, located in far Northern Germany, had two Grand Duchies. The larger was Mecklenburg-Schwerin (which boasts one of my favorite Imperial German castles), while the smaller was Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The latter fielded a single Infanterie Bataillon and a single Artillerie Batterie. Since these contingents were so small, the opportunity to acquire headdresses from Mecklenburg-Strelitz naturally is QUITE limited. Today we are offering a Mecklenburg-Strelitz Artillerie Offizier’s Schirmmütze. It is a pre-war/pre-feldgrau schirmmütze whose primary color is dunkel-blau (dark-blue). The cap’s top sports this dark-blue wool. The wide trim band that encircles the cap is made of black velvet, signifying that it is for an Artillerie rather than an Infanterie Offizier. An Artillerie Batterie was significantly smaller than an Infanterie Bataillon, consequently containing far fewer Offiziers and far fewer visor caps. It also sports three thin, red bands of piping. Two of the latter are placed above and below the larger black trim band, while the third encircles the cover’s top. Four small moth nips appear at the cover’s top, along with a slight area of moth tracking on the side. The schirmmütze’s interior features a well-used leather sweatband. A high-quality, gold, silk liner in very fine condition is attached the sweatband. In the liner’s center is a silver embossed stamp that proclaims “Waarenhaus für Armee und Marine Berlin.” [Waarenhaus is an old-fashioned spelling of Warenhaus, which in German means a department store rather than a warehouse (lager or lagerhaus). The Warenhaus für Armee…

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

    NAVY ADMIRAL’S VISOR CAP – USSR

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

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

    NCO FELDGRAU SCHIRMÜTZE – KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 8 – PRUSSIA

    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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  • NCO SCHIRMÜTZE’S KOKARDE NEEDING RESTORATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO SCHIRMÜTZE’S KOKARDE NEEDING RESTORATION

    SKU: 33-264

    $10.00

    If you have a schirmütze that is in need of a kokarde, we have an example that needs restoration. The colors are faded, with some light surface-rust. Once you take care of the surface rust, you can paint the kokarde to be for the Reich or any other state that you wish.

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  • NCO'S (RESERVE) VISOR CAP KOKARDEN - WÜRTTEMBER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S (RESERVE) VISOR CAP KOKARDEN – WÜRTTEMBER

    SKU: 33-136

    $75.00

    . This is a fine pair of Reserve NCO’s kokarden from a Württemberg Regiment. The Reich’s kokarde has a reserve cross in its center. The Württemberg kokarde is black and orange. All of the prongs are in place. I have these attached to a piece of cardboard to keep them safe. The less the prongs are opened and closed, the better. This way, they are fine for collecting for their own sake, or for inclusion on a visor cap

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  • NCO'S SCHIRMÜTZE REICH'S KOKARDE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S SCHIRMÜTZE REICH’S KOKARDE

    SKU: 33-106

    $30.00

    This is a an NCO’s schirmütze kokarde suitable for any state in the Reich. Each visor cap displayed its wearer’s home state kokarde, as well as the national (Reich’s) kokarde. This kokarde has a red, black, and white center, which denotes that it is for any NCO in the German Army.

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  • NCO'S TSCHAKO - SEE-BATAILLON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S TSCHAKO – 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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  • Sale! NCO'S VISOR CAP - GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S VISOR CAP – GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT – PRUSSIA

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

    OFFICER KUGELHELM – FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT Nr 14 – BADEN

    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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  • OFFICER'S TSCHAKO FOR A LINE-JÄGER-BATAILLON - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S TSCHAKO FOR A LINE-JÄGER-BATAILLON – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 33-03

    $5,295.00

    This is a perfectly lovely officer’s tschako for a Prussian Line-Jäger-Bataillon. This tschako would have been correct for Jäger-Bataillon Nr’s 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, or 11. The body of the tschako is in pristine condition with no faults whatsoever. The wappen is gilt in color. The matching chin scales really take one’s attention. The field badge also is an attention-getter with its silver embroidered center and contrasting trim. The single Reich’s kokarde is present and of the highest quality and condition. The interior sports a beautifully conditioned and lightly-used WHITE leather sweatband bearing the name of the Berlin manufacturer and a gently used WHITE silk liner. We often see headdress of the royalty or nobility using white for the interior. Having said that, no marks are present to identify this to any individual. Material for Jäger-Bataillone are always at a premium, especially in such pristine condition. You could spend years trying to find a better conditioned tschako than this example.

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

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

    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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  • Sale! OFFICER’S JÄGER TSCHAKO PARADE BUSH IN ITS ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S JÄGER TSCHAKO PARADE BUSH IN ITS ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 33-316  

    $1,095.00 $925.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a beautiful parade bush for any of the Prussian and Mecklenburg-Schwerin Jäger-Bataillons, as well as the Navy See-Bataillon. It also was correct for any of the Prussian or Saxon Machine Gun Abteilungs. Whereas a pickelhaube parade bush uses a trichter to replace its spike, a tschako’s bush is attached to a clip that then attaches to a much shorter, unusually-shaped trichter. The latter then is inserted at the tschako’s top. The parade bush is stored in its original storage carton. The carton stands 10 ¾” tall and measures 4 ¼” in circumference. The bush slips into the carton, then into an inner holder. This combination has kept the parade bush fresh and ready for your collection! The black parade bush is in excellent condition. It is full and bushy. It will look gorgeously showy when attached to a tschako. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a near-mint parade bush to complete an officer’s tschako.

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

    ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER KUGELHELM – BAVARIA

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

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

    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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  • PRE 1897 ENLISTED INFANTERIE MAN’S MÜTZE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE 1897 ENLISTED INFANTERIE MAN’S MÜTZE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 33-274

    $395.00

    This is a pre 1897 Bavarian Infanterie Regiment enlisted man’s mütze in good condition. [Remember, prior to 1897 all headdresses featured the state’s kokarde ONLY, not the Reich’s kokarde. It was only in 1897 that the Reich’s kokarde was introduced and added to most headdresses. The Reich’s kokarde definitely was added to all visor caps]. The mütze’s primary color is dark-blue. It boasts a wide red trim band, measuring 2″ in width, circling the mütze’s base. A thin red piping band encircles the visor cap’s top. We see the single state’s kokarde in the large red trim band’s center. It is sewn into place. The cap’s exterior is astounding. I can see no evidence of any mothing, which is amazing for a one-hundred-plus-year-old wool item. Turning to the interior, we see a simple cotton liner that displays some miscellaneous stamps. Overall, this is a tiptop enlisted man’s mütze.

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

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

    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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  • PRE WW I SEE-BATAILLON OFFICER’S SCHIRMÜTZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE WW I SEE-BATAILLON OFFICER’S SCHIRMÜTZE

    SKU: 33-277

    $3,495.00

    Today, we are offering a very rare schirmütze. Not only is it rare, but it is in amazing condition. The See-Bataillon was a relatively small, elite force. It was formed in 1852 to fill the same role as the British Royal Marines and the United States Marine Corps, i.e., acting as a shipboard security force. Historically, (for example, on British ships during 1805’s Battle of Trafalgar) Marines were tasked with positioning themselves in the ship’s rigging and raining fire down on the opposing vessel’s sailors. If the action involved ship-to-ship fighting, they were the first wave, leading their fellow sailors. (Naval warfare eventually evolved so that ships faced off from great distances and simply lobbed shells at one another). Marines also enforced security onboard ship, such as standing guard at the ship captain’s door. In addition, the U.S. Marines and the See-Bataillon provided security forces for overseas embassies and legations. [The latter became especially important for Germany as she began an overseas expansion under Kaiser Wilhelm II, against Chancellor Otto von Bismarck’s wishes. (Von Bismarck was sacked two years after Wilhelm II assumed the throne)]. Thus, the See-Bataillon grew in importance. In 1886, two years before Kaiser Wilhelm I’s death, the entire See-Bataillon comprised a mere two half-Bataillone based in Wilhelmshaven and Kiel, Germany’s two naval bases. Soon after Wilhelm II’s 1889 ascension to the German throne, the half-Bataillone were elevated to full Bataillon status. See-Bataillon Nr I was established in Kiel, while See-Bataillon Nr II was garrisoned at Wilhelmshaven.…

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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 - HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 7

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 7

    SKU: 33-355 XJT

    $7,995.00

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 7. It is an ultra-high-quality Husaren-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (1. Rheinisches) Nr 7 officer’s busby. The regiment was founded in1815 and garrisoned in Bonn (the former West German capital). It was attached to the VIII. Armeekorps. The busby’s body is covered with rich, very soft opossum fur. The fur is very full, with no bald spots. The gilt-toned wappen features König/Kaiser Wilhelm I’s royal cypher, the intertwined initials “RW” with a Roman numeral I between the W’s legs, and the motto banner “MIT GOTT FÜR KOENIG UND VATERLAND.” [This is Figure 18.0 in Jim Turinetti’s Guide to Collecting the Headgear of the 1914 German Army, as well as his Buyer’s Guide]. The brass chin scales are set up over the wappen. Above that is a Prussian officer’s silver bullion Feldzeichen, which also sports a black velvet center. Its other features include a red kolpak, Prussian officer’s cap lines, and a Reich officer’s kokarde that is mounted on the busby’s right side. The busby’s interior features a white, leather sweatband that has seen moderate-to-light use. A white silk liner that displays a hole in its center is attached to the sweatband (it was designed to have NO center). Busbies featured a wide variety of silk liners, of which this was one variation. [PLEASE NOTE: even though no royal cypher appears on the silk liner, the presence of a white sweatband AND a white silk liner means that this busby probably was owned by…

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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 - 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 - SCHIRMMÜTZE - RESERVE OFFICER’S - FELDGRAU - JÄGER-BATAILLON

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMMÜTZE – RESERVE OFFICER’S – FELDGRAU – JÄGER-BATAILLON

    SKU: 33-342

    $750.00

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMMÜTZE – RESERVE OFFICER’S – FELDGRAU – JÄGER-BATAILLON. This is an excellent Reserve Officer’s Prussian Jäger-Bataillon Schirmmütze.  Jägers were the elite among all Imperial German Infanterie Regiments. In Napoleonic times, Germany’s Jägers (and their equivalents in the British Rifle Battalions) were their armies’ marksmen. They were the best shots, equipped with the most advanced weapons. British Rifle Battalions were actually issued rifles rather than the then-more-common muskets. These enabled them to hit selected targets at a greater distance, with a higher degree of accuracy. They were served as skirmishers at their armies’ heads, and were trained to target officers to disrupt their enemies’ command and control over their troops. The cap is made of feldgrau wool, with a bright green band that measures 1 ¾” in width. One very thin bright green piping band encircles the cap’s top, while another tops its central band. The correct Prussian Reserve Officer and Reich officer’s kokarden decorate the cap’s front center. Please note that the cap’s chin strap is still connected. As we receive and offer officer’s schirmmützen, we seldom get one with the original chin strap still attached, which makes this example extra special. It also boasts a high-quality black visor. As for the exterior’s condition, it exhibits two moth nips. Otherwise, the cap is in very pleasing condition. The schirmmutze interior is very near mint. A virtually unused leather sweatband and an exceptional gold silk liner are present. The cap’s metric size,”54,” is stenciled on the silk liner. This…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIAN - BUSBY - OFFICER - HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 12 - FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION INCLUDING PARADE FEATHERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN – BUSBY – OFFICER – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 12 – FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION INCLUDING PARADE FEATHERS

    SKU: 33-334 XRP

    $11,995.00 $10,195.00

    PRUSSIAN – BUSBY – OFFICER – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 12 – FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION INCLUDING PARADE FEATHERS. This is a consignment item. It is a Thüringisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 12 officer’s busby (pelzmütze) in full-parade-configuration with its very rare parade feathers. The regiment was founded in 1781, and garrisoned in Torgau from 1901 until WWI’s end. It was attached to the IV. Armeekorps. It was an old-line Prussian regiment that participated in conflicts spanning from the Napoleonic Wars to the German unification wars of the 1860’s through the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War up to WW I, when it fought as dismounted cavalry in the trenches on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. It had been among the leading German units in WW I ‘s early days, when it still functioned as mounted cavalry. It was directly involved in the invasion of Belgium. Officers’ busbies are among the most elegant and beautiful Imperial German headdresses. The busby’s exterior is lined with very soft, plush otter fur. Near the top, facing the observer, is the very handsome silver-frosted wappen in the form of a bandeau that proclaims “Mitt Gott Für König und Vaterland” (With God for King and Fatherland). The pelzmütze had evolved from Hungarian cavalry regiments, as had the attila, the unique tunic worn by Husaren-Regiment troops. Slipped in behind the wappen is the officer’s feldzeichen (field badge), constructed of silver bullion with a black velvet center that denoted the Kingdom of Prussia. The convex gold chin scales are mounted in the “up” position…

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  • SAXON OFFICER’S STATE SCHIRMÜTZE KOKARDE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXON OFFICER’S STATE SCHIRMÜTZE KOKARDE

    SKU: 33-260

    $50.00

    This is an original Saxon kokarde for an officer’s schirmütze. It bears the correct green and white colors for that kingdom. It is mint and unused, with the correct two prongs on its reverse to attach it to a visor cap. It can be very collectible without its correct schirmütze. I have seen entire displays of schirmützen, mützen, and pickelhauben kokarden for the various states. It also could be displayed with other Saxon items, such as shoulder boards.

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  • STORAGE CASE FOR OFFICER'S PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM/SCHIRMÜTZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STORAGE CASE FOR OFFICER’S PICKELHAUBE/KUGELHELM/SCHIRMÜTZE

    SKU: 04-687

    $995.00

    Imperial German Period Storage case that will accommodate an Officer’s Pickelhaube or Kugelhelm and Schirmutze. Today we are offering a very special officer’s pickelhaube/kugelhelm/schirmütze storage/transport case, quite unlike any Storage Case that we have offered previously. To safely transport their headdresses, as well as protect them when not being worn, military officers purchased storage cases . Most such cases are conical, looking much like a cylindrical pyramid, instead this case is round.   This first section of the Storage Case under is a covered single epaulet box. The first thing one sees when the outer lid is removed, if the box is empty, is the epaulet box raised on a platform, making it . Although when it is in full transport mode the schirmütze would be placed over the “epaulet” box. The Storage Case is rather unusual as this internal storage box can contain only ONE epaulet. One would have to store its mate on the upper deck or in the case’s lower section.  To reveal a red cover over the lower storage section, the entire upper deck lifts out (by pulling two ribbons located on either side). The removable cover sports a circular opening in its center to accommodate the helmet’s spike or kugel. This means the helmet can be placed in the lower section WITHOUT necessitating the spike’s or kugel’s being dismounted. Once the helmet and inner contents are packed into place, the top lid is replaced over and strapped down. I should add that all of the leather straps to…

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  • SUMMER ENLISTED MARINE-FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG SAILOR’S MÜTZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SUMMER ENLISTED MARINE-FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG SAILOR’S MÜTZE

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

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

    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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  • ULANEN-REGIMENT TSCHAPKA'S PARADE BUSH - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ULANEN-REGIMENT TSCHAPKA’S PARADE BUSH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 33-267

    $750.00

    This is a Prussian Ulanen-Regiment NCO’s tschapka parade bush. The bushes were designed to slip in behind the Feldzeichen (Field Badge) at the tschapka’s top. The bush is composed of black and white horsehair attached to a metal clip, which is inserted behind the Feldzeichen. It can complete an NCO’s tschapka, adding a great deal of value and enjoyment. It is in terrific shape and ready to install in a jiffy!

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