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  • 1912 AVIATION DONATION DAY MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1912 AVIATION DONATION DAY MEDAL

    SKU: 14-65

    $95.00

    In Germany both before and during the war there was a tremendous interest in some of the newer services of the armed forces. This included the zeppelin, submarine, and air services. Count von Zeppelin was always receiving donations from the general public to help finance his efforts, especially when his airships crashed and he needed to start over again. The interest in supporting U-boat development and airplanes was equally as robust. This medal was given in 1912 to people who donated money to the cause. The obverse features an eagle in flight and the reverse has National Flugspende 1912. I have had perhaps two of these in the past, but I have never seen what the ribbon looked like until now. It is quite tattered as it was made of silk with a single large band of white flanked by two smaller black bands. Attached to the top is the original small safety pin which was attached the medal to a person’s clothing. The bronze toned medal is in excellent shape and perhaps if the original ribbon had been made of cotton or something other than silk it would have held up better. It is a very interesting pre war item of aviation in Germany.

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  • 1912 FLUGSPENDE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1912 FLUGSPENDE MEDAL

    SKU: 14-368

    $95.00

    The German people were always being called-on to participate in various “Spenden.” Spenden were donations to various causes both before and during WW I. This is a 1912 Flugspende Medal for the support of German Aviation in 1912. The medal measures 1″ in diameter and is silver-toned. The obverse shows an eagle in flight. The reverse says “National Flugspende.” The medal is attached to what was normally the top half of a veteran’s association medal, which is also silver-toned. It consists of a Hohenzollern Crown with crossed swords over oak leaves. In turn, it is attached to a silk ribbon in Germany’s national colors. The attachment’s reverse displays its German manufacturer’s name. It is an interesting display of the 1912 Flugspende Medal.

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  • 1914-1916 - BOXED - AVIATION UNIT GROUP

    1914-1916 – BOXED – AVIATION UNIT GROUP

    SKU: 14-459

    $895.00

    1914-1916 – BOXED – AVIATION UNIT GROUP . I was quite taken with this group when it was offered to me. It is not splashy or significant, but does have great personality. It starts with an interesting box, measuring 1 ½” x 4 ½” x 6 ½,” that holds the group’s other items. A red, black, and white (Imperial Germany’s national colors) silk ribbon is placed diagonally across the box’s upper left top corner. The top also features the word Kriegserinnerungen (War Memories), as well as a small 1914 Iron Cross, and the dates 1914-1916, all embossed on it in silver. The box has a small snap that REMAINS intact, despite the passage of more than one-hundred-years and much handling by an unknown number of individuals. Two compartments are available within the box. The compartment on the right measures 3” x 4.” Fitted neatly into it is a 2 ¾” x 3 ¾” cardboard box (covered by a slipcase) that contains a bronze or brass table medal/plaque. It is engraved near its top with the words “Die/Jungflieger/Staffel” (The/Young Fliers’/Echelon). Below that a flight of five biplanes is shown sailing across the sky above a crowd of spectators. The various spectators are standing beside a fence, with a pennant on a flagpole flying above them. The table medal/plaque’s quality and sharpness are both first-rate, and the entire arrangement slips neatly into its section. The left fitted section measures 2 ¼” x 4,” and contains a pedestal designed to display a 1914…

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  • 2. ARMEE’S OBERKOMMANDO der FLIEGER UNIT RUBBER STAMP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    2. ARMEE’S OBERKOMMANDO der FLIEGER UNIT RUBBER STAMP

    SKU: 14-442

    $995.00

    Rubber unit stamps were an important part of the German military. They assured that all documents prepared for distribution were properly associated with the unit from which they came. As with most modern armies, paperwork was all-important. The job simply was NOT done until the proper paperwork was prepared! Generally speaking, one finds the unit stamp’s circular imprint, along with an authorized officer’s (or his adjutant’s) signature, at the document’s bottom. These stamps typically came from Regimental, Brigade, Division, Armeekorps, Armee, and Armeegruppe levels for documents involving field orders, the award of decorations, etc. In the past we offered these stamps from a variety of units, the rarest coming from a Garde-Division. Today, however, we have a much rarer bird to share with you. It is for office of the Oberkommando der Flieger 2. Armee, which was the 2. Armee’s aviation office. This office was responsible for all aviation units: jastas or observation and bombing squadrons, as well as zeppelin and balloon abteilungen. The office reported to the 2. Armee’s commander, as well as the Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches, which was renamed Die Luftstreitkräfte im Kaiserreich from October 1916 until WW I’s end. The commander of the Imperial German Air Service was Ernst von Hoeppner, known as the Kommandierender General der Luftstreitkräfte. The position was created by von Hindenburg’s Chief of Staff, Erich Ludendorff, in order to unify all aviation functions within the German Army. Von Hoeppner reported directly to von Hindenburg, who by this time was the Chief of…

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  • ALTIMETER - AIRPLANE/ZEPPELIN - ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

    ALTIMETER – AIRPLANE/ZEPPELIN – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 14-460

    $395.00

    ALTIMETER – AIRPLANE/ZEPPELIN – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE. This is an altimeter that dates from 1916 (approximately), and was used for either an airplane or a zeppelin. The altimeter is similar to a pocket watch in appearance, but MUCH thicker. It measures 1 ¾” in diameter and is ¾” thick. A ring at the top allowed it to be hung up in an airplane’s cockpit or on a zeppelin’s control panel. A single hand indicates the altitude in meters by pointing to marks around the dial. A manufacturer’s hallmark appears on the altimeter’s face. Other marks appear on the case’s reverse. I am unable to ascertain their importance. The altimeter is housed in its original, black leatherette, storage/protective case, which measures 1” x 2 ½” x 2 ½.” It has a snap closure that is fully operational, The altimeter fits quite snugly into the case, which has protected it for more than one-hundred-years. It is a marvelous aviation artifact.

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  • AVIATION DONATION BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AVIATION DONATION BADGE

    SKU: 14-317

    $75.00

    During the Imperial German Period, the German people were very supportive of aviation efforts. Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin turned to the German people for financial support when one of his zeppelins crashed and was destroyed. Zeppelin Spende Tage were quite popular in Germany, and large amounts of money were raised. The same thing was done to help raise money for airplanes. Today we offer a different variation of an aviation donation medal. The example is made of zinc. It shows an early, two-winged aircraft. The medal measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. Attached to the medal is a ribbon with three rows of black, and two of white. On the back of the ribbon a small eyelet is sewn in to allow it to hang from a garment. It is an intriguing variation.

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  • AVIATION MILITÄRPAß - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AVIATION MILITÄRPAß

    SKU: 14-66

    $225.00

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

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  • AVIATOR’S THREE-PLACE TIE BAR/LAPEL DECORATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AVIATOR’S THREE-PLACE TIE BAR/LAPEL DECORATION

    SKU: 14-435

    $750.00

    This is an amazing horizontal display that shows some of an Imperial German Air Service aviator’s awards. In addition to its excellent quality, a most interesting aspect is the wonderful story it tells us about his service. Both during and after WW I, it was quite common for military officers to have tie bars or boutonnieres prepared to exhibit their medals and decorations. Our chap here did the same thing, attaching it by a safety pin on the middle device. What is even MORE extraordinary, the Propeller Device and Gallipoli Star are both made of .925 silver, while the Observer Badge is .800! That is an EXTREMELY high silver content. The display’s overall measurement is 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” From left to right, the medals are listed below. 1). Prussian Army Observer Badge Miniature. This is a lovely piece that measures ” x ½.” It is highly detailed on the obverse. The red and white observer’s device is made of enamel. The badge is hallmarked for .800 silver on the reverse, as well as a small rivet in the center by which the observer’s device is affixed. 2). Fliegertruppen’s Winged Propeller Device. It measures 1 ¼” x 1 .” It is also hallmarked for .925 silver in the propeller’s center on its reverse. A large, sturdy safety pin soldered to the hollowed-out propeller’s back allowed the presentation’s attachment to a garment. 3). The Turkish Gallipoli Star Miniature. It was awarded to German allies for their service with the Turks.…

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  • BAVARIAN BEER STEIN FOR FELDFLIEGER ABTEILUNG Nr 7 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIAN BEER STEIN FOR FELDFLIEGER ABTEILUNG Nr 7

    SKU: 14-267

    $1,350.00

    This is an attractive example of a beer stein from one of the early war Bavarian squadrons, Feldflieger Abteilung Nr 7. This stein is quite large. It holds a full litre, compared to most steins and krugs that we see that hold half a litre. This stein stands 11″ tall. It has a marvelous exterior topped by a pewter lid. Its thumb opening device features a rampant Bavarian Lion. Engraved on the lid is “Zum Andenken a. s. Kameraden (In Remembrance of our Comrades).” Hand painted on the exterior of the stein is a shield, topped by a crown. It has a propeller through its center. Below that appears the inscription “Bayr. Feld-Flieger=Abt. 7.” On the bottom of the stein we see that it was manufactured by Mettlach. Due to the markings on the base it is very likely that this stein was manufactured in the 1920’s or 1930’s, as opposed to during WW I. It is in excellent condition and shows honest age and wear.

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  • BOOK - REFERENCE - AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SINCE 1918 BY OWEN THETFORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – REFERENCE – AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SINCE 1918 BY OWEN THETFORD

    SKU: 16-501

    $50.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SINCE 1918 BY OWEN THETFORD. During WW I, the Royal Flying Corps morphed into the Royal Air Force, as it remains today. Owen Thetford is a well-known WW I and WW II aviation expert. This is an eighth edition of this popular book that was released in 1988. The hardcover book is in excellent condition and comes complete with its dust jacket. It contains a total of 685 pages. The book chronicles RAF aircraft from 1918 to the late 1980’s. Many famous and not-so-famous airplanes from that period are shown in great detail with charts, graphs, and a huge collection of photos. Leafing through the book, I even see the American P-51 that was used by the British in WW II and after. This is the English version, NOT the one published in the USA.

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  • BOOK - REFERENCE - CANADIAN FLYING SERVICES: EMBLEMS AND INSIGNIA 1914-1984 BY BILL HAMSON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – REFERENCE – CANADIAN FLYING SERVICES: EMBLEMS AND INSIGNIA 1914-1984 BY BILL HAMSON

    SKU: 16-503

    $40.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – CANADIAN FLYING SERVICES: EMBLEMS AND INSIGNIA 1914-1984 BY BILL HAMSON. Canada remains an important part of the British Commonwealth, after making key contributions during both WW I and WW II. As a matter of fact, the top Allied Ace was a Canadian, Billy Bishop. This soft cover book deals with the assorted badges and insignia used by the Canadian flying services from 1914 into 1984. You will find a large assortment of photos of the various insignia used by Canadians, as well as of Canadian aviation’s more important figures. This book contains more than 190 pages.

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  • BOOK - REFERENCE - WINGS OF GRACE AND VALOR: AVIATION BADGES OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE 1910-1918 BY MICHAEL M. EDELSTEIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – REFERENCE – WINGS OF GRACE AND VALOR: AVIATION BADGES OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE 1910-1918 BY MICHAEL M. EDELSTEIN

    SKU: 16-502

    $25.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – WINGS OF GRACE AND VALOR: AVIATION BADGES OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE 1910-1918 BY MICHAEL M. EDELSTEIN. This soft-cover book deals with the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s various flight badges from the period of 1910 to 1918. While not an extensive work, it provides a good primer for those who have an interest in the Austro-Hungarian Air Service. It has a goodly number of photographs of the pilots and their aircraft. What is more important, it contains color photos of every Austro-Hungarian Army and Navy Flight Badge.

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  • BOOK - SEPTEMBER EVENING: THE LIFE AND FINAL COMBAT OF THE GERMAN WORLD WAR ONE ACE WERNER VOSS BY BARRY DIGGENS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – SEPTEMBER EVENING: THE LIFE AND FINAL COMBAT OF THE GERMAN WORLD WAR ONE ACE WERNER VOSS BY BARRY DIGGENS

    SKU: 16-506

    $95.00

    BOOK – SEPTEMBER EVENING: THE LIFE AND FINAL COMBAT OF THE GERMAN WORLD WAR ONE ACE WERNER VOSS BY BARRY DIGGENS Manfred von Richthofen is arguably the best-known WW I airman whether we are discussing German or Allied pilots. Two other German pilots who both served with Der Rote Baron, however, may well have been better pilots. Ernst Udet survived the war with sixty-two victories, while Werner Voss did not, with forty-eight victories. Von Richthofen was a supreme leader, his training and organizational skills are legendary. Yet at an airplane’s controls both Voss and Udet were sheer geniuses. One post-WW I story has it that while flying at an air show, Udet was able to snatch a handkerchief from the runway with his airplane’s wingtip. THAT takes control! The subject of this book, Werner Voss (1897-1917), started the war as a Hussar in 1914. He soon transferred to the Air Service. After training in two-seaters, he was assigned to Jasta 2 in November 1916, where he met Manfred von Richthofen. They were to remain friends until Voss’s 1917 death. By 6 April 1917, Voss had achieved twenty-four victories and was awarded the PLM. That summer, following a thirty-day leave, he did testing for the Fokker Triplane. He was also assigned as the Jasta 10’s commander on 30 July. It was one of JG 1’s (commanded by von Richthofen) four Jastas. While Manfred von Richthofen perished on 21 April 1918 in WW I’s most infamous air battle, Voss met his fate…

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  • BOOK - THE COURAGE OF THE EARLY MORNING: THE STORY OF BILLY BISHOP BY W. ARTHUR BISHOP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – THE COURAGE OF THE EARLY MORNING: THE STORY OF BILLY BISHOP BY W. ARTHUR BISHOP

    SKU: 16-505

    $65.00

    BOOK – THE COURAGE OF THE EARLY MORNING: THE STORY OF BILLY BISHOP BY W. ARTHUR BISHOP. This is the biography of Billy Bishop, the Canadian ace who had seventy-two confirmed victories and was WW I’s leading Allied Ace. The book was written by his son and released in 1966 after Bishop’s death. Billy Bishop was an amazing pilot and a feared hunter on the Western Front. The book is a first edition printed in England in 1966. It is a hardback volume complete with its dust jacket. It contains many interesting photos of Bishop and his planes. One in particular shows Bishop, Hermann Göring, and Ernst Udet together in Berlin in 1928.

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  • BUST OF RITTMEISTER MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BUST OF RITTMEISTER MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 14-376

    $4,795.00

    In WW I aviation, no individual attracts more attention than Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen. He is not only the best-known of WW I Germany’s aces, but of ALL fighter pilots. He set the bar of achievement not only due to his eighty confirmed victories, but as the leader of Jasta 11, then as commander of the “Flying Circus,” JG 1. Who can say why he was and is so popular? He certainly had charisma, not only with his pilots but with the German people. He was every bit a “Rock Star” of his day. He was stopped in the streets by men and women who wanted his autograph. He wrote a best-selling autobiography while recuperating from injuries sustained the first time he was shot down (although he never truly recovered). His company was sought out by many military commanders and royals, including his Kaiser. It was all part of the magic that swirled around him. His death on 21 April 1918 did nothing to end the legend. If anything, it enhanced it. WW II’s Luftwaffe named a fighter unit after him, a practice that has continued to this day. Items pertaining to von Richthofen are extremely popular among collectors ninety years after his death. Sanke postcards can often fetch more than one hundred dollars. Any small item that relates to him can command serious money. Today we are both excited and pleased to be offering an amazing artifact connected to this famous young man. It is what I would term…

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  • CHRISTMAS 1919 PLATE FROM KPM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CHRISTMAS 1919 PLATE FROM KPM

    SKU: 14-428

    $395.00

    During WW I, the House of Hohenzollern’s royal porcelain firm KPM issued a number of patriotic plates, cups, etc. With the war’s end, KPM continued to issue Christmas plates and offer some of Germany’s finest china. [KPM, Meissen, and Rosenthal still do so today, as all three survived both WW I and WW II]. The plate measures 8″ in diameter. Its central theme is a pilot sitting on the edge of his airplane (a biplane). He is holding up a baby angel who is raising a hand in salute. A garland of laurel leaves is draped over the plane behind the baby. The plane’s side mentions Christmas (Weihnachten) 1919. [KPM and Berlin are also mentioned on the aircraft’s side]. A thin green trim band surrounds the scene, which is further encircled by another wider green band with red berries that hails the Christmas season. On the reverse we see all the correct marks for KPM. Two other sets of marks are a reference to the series of which this plate is a part. One of them indicates that the plate is number 50 of 86 plates in the series. This makes it a relatively rare plate!

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  • CLOCK IN AIRPLANE PROPELLER’S CENTER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CLOCK IN AIRPLANE PROPELLER’S CENTER

    SKU: 14-312

    $1,195.00

    Today we offer a rather unusual piece. It is constructed from pieces of a propeller. The main piece is the propeller’s center, including the hub. The main piece measures 15 ½” x 8″ x 4 ½.” A circular brass disc measures 6 ½” in diameter. Six large bolts appear on the disc. In the center of the disc is a space that measures 2 ½” in diameter. Inside this space a small alarm clock has been installed that measures 2 3/4″ in diameter. The central portion of the display rests on four pieces of propeller that have been fashioned into legs. These four legs are in turn attached to the base, which is also a part of a propeller. The stand is 15 ½” x 5 1/4″ x 3/4.” On the stand, the propeller display is 15 3/4″ tall. It is a rather impressive piece. The graining to the various parts of the propeller that have been glued together is quite handsome. The alarm clock does tick when I wind it. I am unable to set it, however. Thus, we must consider this a static display, unless the new owner wants to tinker with the eliciting clock or replace it with another. In a manner of speaking, this might be considered an offshoot of trench art. That said, it is VERY unusual to see such a large piece like this. It is very striking to look at. For you aviation collectors, it is a nifty piece.

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  • COFFEE CUP FEATURING BARON MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COFFEE CUP FEATURING BARON MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 14-396

    $30.00

    This is a MODERN-DAY coffee cup that features images representing the Rittmeister, Manfred von Richthofen. The coffee cup, which was produced in the USA, displays a red Fokker Triplane, along with a uniformed man (NOT the Baron) and his German Shepherd. Below the plane is a re-creation of the Baron’s actual signature. To its right is another re-creation, famous Sanke Card Nr 503. It depicts “Der Rittmeister ” wearing a schirmütze and his coat collar turned-up to frame his PLM. It will enhance the enjoyment of your morning coffee!

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  • COIN PURSE WITH AVIATION SCENE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COIN PURSE WITH AVIATION SCENE

    SKU: 14-196

    $150.00

    This is a small leather change purse which has a silver scene showing a plane flying over the countryside as seen on the Prussian Pilot Badge. It is in very nice condition.

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  • DELUXE DESK PIECE COMMEMORATING BATTLING EAGLES (AS SEEN ON EHRENBECHER AVIATION AWARDS) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DELUXE DESK PIECE COMMEMORATING BATTLING EAGLES (AS SEEN ON EHRENBECHER AVIATION AWARDS)

    SKU: 14-436

    $2,995.00

    This is one of the most amazing desk pieces that I have ever cast my eyes upon. The magnificent presentation’s central theme is a pair of battling eagles. One eagle is in the superior position with its wings outspread, flapping over the vanquished eagle below it. [They are in flight, by the way]. The design comes directly from Ehrenbechers (honor goblets) first awarded to Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann on 24 December 1915. These Ehrenbechers initially were produced by Berlin’s Godet & Söhne, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s noted house jewelers. The firm also produced many of the PLM’s, Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Orders, and other top German awards. In addition, both men became WW I’s first recipients of the Orden Pour le Mérite (nicknamed the “Blue Max” for Max Immelmann) in January 1916, after achieving their eighth victories. Both were dead before 1916 ended. Max Immelmann was killed in June, while Oswald Boelcke was the victim of a midair collision with one of his own pilots in October. The Ehrenbecher was funded by the German armament industry (which, dear readers, can be spelled “Alfred Krupp”). The actual design, purchase, and distribution of the Ehrenbecher came from the office of the Kommandierender General der Luftstreitkräfte (Commanding General of the Imperial German Air Service) Generalleutnant Ernst von Hoeppner and Oberstleutnant Hermann von der Lieth-Thomsen, von Hoeppner’s Chief-of-Staff. Officially known as “Ehrenbecher für den Sieger” (Honor Goblet for the Winner), featured the two battling eagles in flight and the legend…

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  • DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ZEITSCHRIFT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ZEITSCHRIFT

    SKU: 14-103

    $60.00

    This was a magazine that was published in Germany before WW I which dealt with Zeppelins. It is a large format magazine that has numerous articles about Zeppelins and their development in Germany during this period. There are numerous photos and there is also a great deal of advertising that I find very interesting. Some of the advertising includes motors from Mercedes-Benz, aircraft and flying lessons from Ago, etc. These magazines are professionally done very slick and would be a unique addition to a Zeppelin collection. I have two different issues which are December 1912 and April 1914.

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  • EARLY LUFTHANSA BADGE (1920'S) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    EARLY LUFTHANSA BADGE (1920’S)

    SKU: 14-371

    $325.00

    Lufthansa was founded in Germany in 1926. While it was a commercial airline, many WW I German pilots found employment with the firm. It continued to grow in the 1930’s. After WW II and beyond, it grew into one of the world’s premiere airlines. Today we are offering an interesting early cap badge for a Lufthansa employee during the 1920’s (not long after the company was founded). The badge is painted. It is NOT made of enamel. It sports an outer rim in blue with a red inner center. We see “DLH” in gold on the red background, with Lufthansa’s logo (a bird in flight, still used today). Below that we see “186” punched into the badge. It is a very low number for such a badge. Some paint loss spots on the badge reveal that it is made of brass. The badge measures 1 ½” in diameter. A screw post is mounted to the badge’s reverse. A nut has been screwed onto it. It appears to me this was a cap badge worn by employees, mechanics, baggage handlers, etc. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an early piece of Lufthansa’s history.

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  • ENAMEL AUSTRIAN PATRIOTIC PIN - MONOPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENAMEL AUSTRIAN PATRIOTIC PIN – MONOPLANE

    SKU: 14-340

    $395.00

    We rarely find Austrian patriotic jewelry. When we do, it generally is of very high quality. This is the case with our circular, wreath-shaped pin. At its top is an enameled Austro-Hungarian Empire flag. At the wreath’s bottom is a black-enameled Iron Cross. Through its center is a monoplane. The quality and detail to the pin is amazing.

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  • FLAG FROM 2008 MOVIE THE RED BARON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG FROM 2008 MOVIE THE RED BARON

    SKU: 14-420

    $2,395.00

    The movie The Red Baron (Der Rote Baron when originally released) is the story of Manfred von Richthofen. Today we are offering a flag used in that film. The Red Baron was filmed in Germany and released in 2008. Those of you who know me are aware that the hit movie The Blue Max (1966), was based on Jack D. Hunter’s best-selling novel. It is what inspired my lifelong love of Imperial Germany. As influential as the movie and novel have been in my life, I believe the German-made Der Rote Baron is a superior film. I am well aware of its faults, including a fabricated involvement with Roy Brown that utterly surpasses recorded historical truth, as well as a blatantly 21st Century interpretation of Käte Otersdorf’s character and romantic involvement with von Richthofen. Although much rumor and speculation exist about a possible relationship between the two, all we know from the historical record is that Otersdorf was the Baron’s nurse in July 1917, following the first time he was shot down. No credible evidence has surfaced to indicate otherwise. However, it made a compelling “Hollywood” storyline! As I once pointed out to Jack Hunter when he complained about The Blue Max film’s historical inaccuracies, mainstream motion pictures are NOT produced to satisfy historians, Imperial German Period enthusiasts, or antique collectors. They are created to ENTERTAIN as many average moviegoers as possible, thereby generating massive worldwide profits from ticket, concession, and DVD sales. Having a good-looking young woman jump into…

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  • FLAG-TOPPER FOR POST WORLD WAR I AVIATION VETERANS’ GROUP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAG-TOPPER FOR POST WORLD WAR I AVIATION VETERANS’ GROUP

    SKU: 14-439

    $2,295.00

    In Germany, flag-toppers were important additions to an active military regiment’s flag collection (which often featured a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross in the center). At the top of the list would be aviation unit veterans’ flags. These men had proudly served at the front in a wide variety of Observer, Fighter, Bomber, and Ground Gunner squadrons. Veterans from both Army and Navy aviation units would have been included, since the Navy served alongside their Army comrades on the Western Front. The flags for any veterans’ units were generally very ornate and handsome. It was equally as important to these groups that their flag-toppers be as impressive as their flags. While most other veterans’ groups opted for the Iron Cross as their flag-topper, our offering today instead uses the Commemorative Prussian Pilot Badge for its centerpiece. This badge is similar in construction to a conventional Prussian Pilot Badge. The difference is that the badge’s center is cutout and a single bird flies across the landscape. This badge was to be used by Prussian Pilots who were no longer in active flying service. [A photo exists of Hermann Göring wearing this badge on his uniform before the Luftwaffe’s 1935 creation. The overall dimensions of the flag topper are 5 ¼” x 11.” The dimensions of the Prussian Commemorative Pilot Badge are 5 ¼” x 7 ½.” The bottom portion where the flag is inserted measures 1 ½” in diameter. The flag topper is made of a base metal, and in…

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  • FLIEGERTRUPPEN STICKPIN - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLIEGERTRUPPEN STICKPIN – BAVARIA

    SKU: 14-405

    $425.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a stickpin that commemorates time in the Imperial German Air Service. The stickpin has a blue enamel center with a gold-winged propeller. The enamel center is surrounded by a silver wreath and topped by a Bavarian Crown. It comes with a knurled pin. The badge’s reverse displays an .990 silver hallmark.

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  • FLIEGERTRUPPEN STICKPIN - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLIEGERTRUPPEN STICKPIN – BAVARIA

    SKU: 14-405 XDG

    $425.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a stickpin that commemorates time in the Imperial German Air Service. The stickpin has a blue enamel center with a gold-winged propeller. The enamel center is surrounded by a silver wreath and topped by a Bavarian Crown. It comes with a knurled pin. The badge’s reverse displays an .990 silver hallmark.

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  • FRAMED CANVAS RECREATION (FROM FORMER ALABAMA WW I AVIATION MUSEUM) OF RAMPANT LION ON EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH’S AIRPLANES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED CANVAS RECREATION (FROM FORMER ALABAMA WW I AVIATION MUSEUM) OF RAMPANT LION ON EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH’S AIRPLANES

    SKU: 14-413

    $1,195.00

    This is an unbelievably-gorgeous, framed recreation of Bavaria’s rampant lion against its blue and white flag, a symbol that adorned von Schleich’s airplanes. Eduard Ritter von Schleich was born in 1888, making one of WW I’s older fighter pilots. He was very successful pilot who survived the war with thirty-five victories. He was awarded both the Orden Pour le Mérite and Bavaria’s highest military honor, the Knight’s Cross of the Military Max Joseph Order. Von Schleich not only commanded jastas, but also headed Jagdgeschwader Nr 4b (one of only four WW I fighter groups). After the war, he was involved in a number of aviation-related jobs, including flying for the Bavarian Police and Lufthansa. In the 1930’s he joined the Nazi Party, and even flew Adolf Hitler on his 1932 campaign trail. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, he continued to work within the party. When the Luftwaffe was created, he was immediately made a major. His rise was steady. As an oberst he commanded JG Nr 26 prior to WW II. This famous Jagdgeschwader was later commanded by Adolf Galland (1912-1996), and flew against England during the Battle of Britain. Von Schleich had long suffered from ill health, even during WW I. While he commanded all Norway’s and Denmark’s Luftwaffe forces his health declined even more, so that he retired in November 1944. At WW II’s end, he was questioned by the Allies, as were all high-ranking Luftwaffe officers. He died of the ill health in 1947.…

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  • FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF MAX IMMELMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 14-138

    $2,495.00

    This is a simply marvelous larger format portrait photograph of Max Immelmann. The photograph measures 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is uniquely mounted in a period frame that would have hung from a wall and measures 12″ x 8 1/4.” The photograph is an original of one of Immelmann’s most-popular Sanke Cards ever produced. It has him standing wearing a bayonet, Iron Cross 1st Class, Prussian Pilot Badge, and a five-place medal bar. He is also holding his visor cap in his hands. This photo was most likely given to a family member or friend as it is signed in black on the obverse: “Max Dez. 1915.” This was taken the month before he received the PLM. The portrait photograph is placed in the frame in a way that creates a shadow box effect. The frame, as mentioned previously, is a period type and the wood is brown. Between the brown molding and the gilt trim of the shadow box is a brown velvet that adds to the distinctive look of the frame.

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  • FULLY-AUTHENTICATED FOKKER TRIPLANE FABRIC PIECE FROM MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN’S DEATH FLIGHT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FULLY-AUTHENTICATED FOKKER TRIPLANE FABRIC PIECE FROM MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN’S DEATH FLIGHT

    SKU: 14-427

    $4,495.00

    Today we are offering a fabulous piece of aviation history: a fully-authenticated fabric piece from Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen’s red Fokker Dr 1 Triplane flown on the day he was shot down and killed. If one man and one day in aviation history sparks the interest of the world’s aviation enthusiasts, it is Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen and 21 April 1918. This was the day that the Red Baron took to the air for the last time and lost his life. [Was he shot down by Captain Roy Brown in a Sopwith Camel, or was it Australian machine-gunners’ ground fire? We will not debate the matter here]. Let it suffice that we have a FULLY-AUTHENTICATED, and properly-documented piece of fabric from the Baron’s famous Fokker Triplane. [Now, over the years I have seen countless fabric pieces that were purported to have come from von Richthofen’s plane, enough to have equipped an entire squadron of triplanes]! The consignment we are offering today is the “real deal.” It comes from the late, renowned author and collector, P. J. Carisella. Carisella was well known in the collecting community. He had excellent contacts with former Australian soldiers, their families, as well as noted artifact collectors connected with Manfred von Richthofen. He also coauthored the book, Who Killed the Red Baron. The consigned set includes a piece of fabric from Fokker Dr 1 425/17, which is attached to a letter that Carisella conveyed to a man in the USA. The story concerning how he acquired…

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  • GERMAN AIRPLANE ENGINE IDENTIFICATION PLATE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN AIRPLANE ENGINE IDENTIFICATION PLATE

    SKU: 14-434

    $95.00

    This is a post WW I German airplane engine identification plate. What is interesting is that the engine was manufactured under a license granted by the USA’s well-known Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company. The company was founded and first produced the R-1340 (Wasp) engine 1925. It was followed in 1927 by the R-1690 (Hornet) engine. Both air-cooled, radial engines were very powerful and reliable. [Parts for the engines are still being produced today by Pratt & Whitney, now a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, and an aerospace manufacturer with global service operations]. It is likely that this engine tag was for one of these two engines, which were used extensively in German military and civil aviation until WW II began in 1939. A box for the engine’s identification number appears on the plate, but it is blank. Thus, the plate was never installed on a motor. The plate measures 1 9/16″ x 3 ½” and is stamped as is featured below. Lizenbau No (left blank) Herstellungsrecht erworben von The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A. U.S.A. PATENTE ERTEILT u. ANG. D.R.P. ANG. Holes were drilled in each corner to allow the plate to be mounted to the engine.

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  • GLASS ASHTRAY - HELGOLAND ISLAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GLASS ASHTRAY – HELGOLAND ISLAND

    SKU: 24-123

    $50.00

    This is a glass ashtray of Helgoland Island. It measures 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2.” It has a color rendering of the island, complete with the town and docks. Other ships can be seen in the distance. The rendering is applied to the ashtray’s bottom so it can be clearly seen, but the image will not be harmed by use. A leatherette covering underneath protects the bottom. It is an unusual presentation. Even if you do not smoke, it will make a nifty desk piece.

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    GOTTFRIED BANFIELD TABLE MEDAL

    SKU: 14-402

    $150.00

    This is a table medal that commemorates Freiherr Gottfried von Banfield (1890-1896), WW I’s leading Austrian naval ace. He had nine confirmed victories and eleven unconfirmed victories. Many of these unconfirmed victories were a result of actions over water. He flew seaplanes throughout the entire war. As a point of comparison, the leading army pilot was Benno Fiala von Fernbrugg (1890-1964), with thirty-two confirmed victories. The table medal is made of a dark, non magnetic metal and measures 1 7/8″ in diameter. The obverse shows von Banfield wearing the Austrian Navy’s uniform and visor cap. His name appears on the obverse, along with “KuK. Lschlt.” The reverse shows planes in combat, with a smoking one headed toward the water.

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  • INK BLOTTER MADE FROM A PROPELLER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INK BLOTTER MADE FROM A PROPELLER

    SKU: 24-15

    $150.00

    This is a unique ink blotter that makes an interesting desk piece. The blotter is made of segments of wood from a propeller (I cannot say whether it is British, American, French, or German). The top of it has a hand-carved propeller that measures 5″. The top unscrews to allow access to the bottom of the blotter. This way the blotting paper could be removed when it became too soiled. This would look great on your desk.

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  • Sale! ORIGINAL PAINTING BY JACK D. HUNTER - "GEBRÜDER VON RICHTHOFEN" - THE FOKKER DR. 1 TRIPLANES OF MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING “GEBRÜDER VON RICHTHOFEN” – THE FOKKER DR. 1 TRIPLANES OF MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 14-452 XKG

    $2,995.00 $2,396.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING “GEBRÜDER VON RICHTHOFEN” – THE FOKKER DR. 1 TRIPLANES OF MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN We fondly remember Jack D. Hunter, author of The Blue Max and its two sequels: The Blood Order and The Tin Cravat. Jack was a dear friend, as well an inspiration. When I discovered The Blue Max (both the movie and the novel) as a teenager in the 1960’s, it sparked a lifelong love of WW I in general and its Air War in particular. I first met Jack in the 1980’s, and he remained my dear friend until his death (continuing as my friend today in spirit). In addition to being a talented author, Jack was also a very talented artist. When The Blue Max was first published, it was he who did the dust cover’s artwork! He was told by his publisher that since he was a first-time author, they would not pay for color art on its dust jacket. Jack stepped in and said “I’ll do it!” and he did! Jack continued to paint mixed media pictures throughout his life as a hobby. He had a keen eye and the ability to bring WW I airplanes to life on canvas. Part of this talent was his attention to detail. He had an extensive aviation library in which he conducted detailed research about the pilots and airplanes he wanted to portray. From that information, he worked up rough pencil drafts of the airplane. He wanted…

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  • Sale! JACK D. HUNTER - ORIGINAL PAINTING - FEATURING ALBATROS C. III & BRISTOL "D" SCOUT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ALBATROS C. III & BRISTOL “D” SCOUT

    SKU: 16-401

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ALBATROS C. III & BRISTOL “D” SCOUT The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite “Jack” stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½” x 19 ½.” The action of this painting shows a German Albatros C. III two seater airplane battling a British Bristol “D” Scout “Bullet.” The C. III was one of Germany’s premiere two-seaters…

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  • Sale! JACK D. HUNTER - ORIGINAL PAINTING - FEATURING ENGLISH DH 2 SHOOTING DOWN FOKKER E III (EINDECKER) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ENGLISH DH 2 SHOOTING DOWN FOKKER E III (EINDECKER)

    SKU: 16-394

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ENGLISH DH 2 SHOOTING DOWN FOKKER E III (EINDECKER) My good friend, the late Jack Hunter, was both an accomplished writer (author of the legendary WW I aviation novel The Blue Max) and painter. The first example of his artwork appeared with the release of The Blue Max’s 1st edition. The publisher would not pay for a color dust jacket, so Jack volunteered to provide the artwork. This way his first published effort had the benefit of a more professional-looking dust jacket. Jack continued to paint for more than forty years. He did so mostly for relaxation and to stimulate his mind in between those times when he was writing books. His painting is prized by collectors and has appeared in several museums. In Jack’s paintings, the airplanes were the “stars.” He worked very hard to capture all of an airplane’s correct details. Before starting on a new painting, he first produced what he termed “work sketches.” Many of these were in color. He endeavored to correctly portray ALL his subject aircraft’s historical details before he began the full painting. Even if he had previously produced paintings of Fokker Triplanes in the past, he still painted a new “work sketch” to ensure its story’s details were absolutely accurate. For Jack, his painting was an extension of his writing: he always was telling a story. He usually included a typed or handwritten description of each painting’s action. These generally were attached to its…

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  • LARGE AIRPLANE PROPELLER SECTION EMBEDDED WITH WEATHER STATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE AIRPLANE PROPELLER SECTION EMBEDDED WITH WEATHER STATION

    SKU: 14-406

    $995.00

    Today we introduce you to a large trench art piece. By definition, trench art was an art form wherein soldiers at the front (or recovering in a hospital from wounds) took discarded battlefield items such as shell casings, belt buckles, driving belts, and so on, then fashioned them into interesting and useful items prized by the folks on the home front. [Please note, not only soldiers near or at the front constructed these items. Some of the more complicated pieces were fashioned at home]. This item certainly falls into the trench art category. It is especially noteworthy because it comes from the Imperial German Air Service. Trench art from this military discipline are VERY difficult-to-find. I have seen some propeller-based pieces over the years, but never anything so large. The smaller pieces have always been items that one could set on a desk, such as photograph frames, ink blotters, and etc. One would have to procure a giant’s desk to display this beauty! [Before I describe Mister “large-and-in-charge,” please allow me to digress with a description of a propeller’s construction]. Whenever one views an Imperial German Air Service propeller’s segment, one immediately is aware that it displays two different colors. The Germans took “slices” of wood and glued them together to make their propellers. These glued pieces often featured contrasting colors. I am not aware of any “technical” reason to use different-colored wood (or perhaps wood from a different kind of tree), it may just have been a matter of…

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  • LARGE SILVER CUP WITH LEUTNANT der RESERVE HERBERT A. ANGELROTH’S PRUSSIAN PILOT BADGE AND BOUND MILITARY & PERSONAL RESEARCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE SILVER CUP WITH LEUTNANT der RESERVE HERBERT A. ANGELROTH’S PRUSSIAN PILOT BADGE AND BOUND MILITARY & PERSONAL RESEARCH

    SKU: 14-423

    $1,995.00

    Today we are offering a fine silver cup that measures 5 ½” tall x 2 5/8″ x 1 5/8.” It is a good-sized cup, considerably larger than many we have offered. At any rate, the cup is large enough to display a full-sized Commemorative Prussian Pilot Badge on the side. This was the ONLY cutout Prussian badge. The badge was intended for pilots who were no longer on active duty. It was originally created during WW I when pilots were no longer able to fly due to health issues and/or wounds. Herman Göring appeared in photographs from the early-to-mid 1930’s wearing such a badge (prior to the Luftwaffe’s creation in February 1935). It then became common for officers who were in the Luftwaffe and no longer flew to wear the Commemorative Pilot Badge or the Observer Badge on their tunics. The cup’s reverse features a handwritten inscription comprised of four fellow pilots’ signatures (Kredel, Krogmann, Luchsland, and Weiss). Below the four signatures is another inscription as detailed below. “Dem Angelroth Enkel Jens-Uwe zu seiner Taufe am 7. 1 1962″ (This refers to Arthur Angelroth’s first grandchild, Jens-Uwe Angelroth, and the youngster’s 1 July 1962 baptism date]. The cup’s bottom has sustained two small dents. The number “28272″ is engraved on the cup’s bottom (part of the manufacturer’s identification), along with the .800, the half moon and the Hohenzollern Crown that were part of the Reich’s silver fitness program. [The latter were mandated by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1885]. The initials…

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  • LIDDED PORCELAIN MINI-MUG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LIDDED PORCELAIN MINI-MUG

    SKU: 14-392

    $95.00

    This figurine represents a bomb dropped from a zeppelin. The side features the city of Dover Court’s Coat-of-Arms. The figurine stands 3 1/4″ tall and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The manufacturer’s hallmark is on the bottom.

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  • NAVY LAND PLANE MILITÄRPAß - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY LAND PLANE MILITÄRPAß

    SKU: 13-118

    $575.00

    The Navy Land Plane Jastas of the Naval Air Service were relatively small and quite elite compared to the Navy Sea Plane arm. These squadrons, which flew in Flanders alongside Army Jastas, produced some of the best fighter pilots of the war. These men were often among those with the highest scores of planes shot down. This militärpaß was to an enlisted man who served in one of these jastas, most likely as a ground crewman. This man first entered the Navy in June 1917 and was initially assigned to II. Matrosen Division. He survived the war and entries from as late as 1920 appear in the militärpaß. It is a very difficult-to-find Militärpaß.

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  • NAVY LAND PLANE PILOT’S BADGE RING - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY LAND PLANE PILOT’S BADGE RING

    SKU: 13-594

    $450.00

    Over the years I have offered numerous examples of a ring which featured the Prussian Army Pilot Badge. These are delightful rings and which were generally worn by pilots or possibly their sweetheart. They have always been very popular with collectors and when I am lucky enough to find one I buy it immediately to be able to offer to you on these pages. Today we have something that really excited me when I first saw it. It is a ring for a Navy Land Plane Pilot! If you look at our Navy flight badges you will see an example of this badge. One great difference that you will see is that the badges are gilt toned while our ring is silver. There is a fair amount of wear to the high points of the badge (wreath and crown) but the interior detail can still be seen quite easily. The band on the ring is massive and much larger than the Prussian Army Pilot Badge rings. A cut out slot appears on each side between the actual band and the badge. Inside the band we see that this is a VERY high quality ring as it is both manufacturer hallmarked (SL) and .925 silver. This ring is a size 10 1/2. a very rare and desirable ring.

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  • PATRIOTIC PIN WITH FLIEGERTRUPPEN DEVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC PIN WITH FLIEGERTRUPPEN DEVICE

    SKU: 14-49

    $150.00

    This very long pin is about 4″ wide. It has a metal winged propeller as used on officer shoulder boards which has been soldered to a cross piece. It is a very well made patriotic piece for a wife, sweetheart, etc.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE - BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN FIGURINE – BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 14-391

    $95.00

    This figurine represents an incendiary bomb dropped from a zeppelin. The bomb’s side has the city of Carnoustie’s Coat-of-Arms. The bomb stands 3½” tall and is 1½” in diameter. On the top it states “Model of a German Bomb.” A manufacturer’s hallmark is on the bottom.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE - BRITISH AIRPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN FIGURINE – BRITISH AIRPLANE

    SKU: 14-386

    $95.00

    This is a porcelain British airplane figurine. It measures 5 ½” in length and 4″ in width. The wing’s top side displays the city of Boston’s Coat-of-Arms. No manufacturer’s hallmark is present. The airplane is in excellent condition.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE - INCENDIARY BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN FIGURINE – INCENDIARY BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 14-389

    $95.00

    This figurine represents an incendiary bomb dropped from a zeppelin at Maldon on 16 April 1915. The bomb’s side features the city of Bungay’s Coat-of-Arms. The bomb stands 3″ tall and is 1 1/4″ in diameter. The information about the bomb appears on the bottom, as does a manufacturer’s hallmark.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE - INCENDIARY BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN FIGURINE – INCENDIARY BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 14-390

    $95.00

    This figurine represents an incendiary bomb dropped from a zeppelin. The bomb’s side states that it is a “German Incendiary Bomb.” The other side has the city of Cemlon’s Coat-of-Arms. The bomb stands 3″ tall and is 1½” in diameter.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PILOT’S FLASK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PILOT’S FLASK

    SKU: 14-455 XTM

    $795.00 $635.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a flask that measures 3 1/2” x 5″ x 1/2” and holds 5 ⅔ ounces of liquid. The flask’s front features an attached Prussian Army Pilot Badge that is vaulted to match the flask’s contours. It is also quite thin, so it is probably NOT a style that a pilot could have actually worn on his tunic. That said, the badge is attractively detailed. The flask is made of metal, perhaps pewter or some other base metal. It has a screw-on top that detaches from the flask. The flask’s exterior sports a tarnished surface (I love seeing this kind of patina). The flask’s base displays what looks like a hallmark and several numbers. I can easily picture a pilot slipping this flask into his tunic or flying coat and having a nip, either on the ground or in the air! Personality aviation pieces like this are difficult-to-find.

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  • SIEMENS SCHUCKERT D. III OR D. IV AIRPLANE’S PLYWOOD. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIEMENS SCHUCKERT D. III OR D. IV AIRPLANE’S PLYWOOD.

    SKU: 14-456 XTM

    $295.00

    This is a consignment item that consists of the items listed below. 1. A piece of plywood from the fuselage of a Siemens Schuckert D. III or D. IV. Both of these models were single-seater scouts intended for use by Germany’s Jastas. The D. III was a prototype, and about fifty were built. While they initially showed great promise, they suffered engine problems and were withdrawn from combat. They were quite popular among the Jastas that used them. Modifications were made and the D. IV was introduced in March 1918. Out of the 280 that were originally ordered, 123 examples were actually built and reached the Jastas at the front. They were a hit with the pilots who flew them. They were found to be faster and more maneuverable at 4,000 meters than the vaunted Fokker D. VII (considered to be the best German fighter plane, and perhaps WW I’s best). [Perhaps if the Siemens Schuckert D. IV had reached the front in greater numbers, they might have proved it was indeed better than the Fokker D. VII]. The irregularly-shaped piece of plywood measures 5 1/2” x 5 1/2” at its widest point. One can see that fabric is attached to the plywood backing. Its obverse is green in color and displays multiple scratches. The reverse features the following inscription: “Piece of plywood covering a WW I German Siemens Schuckert Scout from the fuselage presented to Charles Donald.” 2. A letter of authenticity from the seller to our consignor. In…

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  • SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S FELDGRAU SHOULDER STRAP - FLIEGER-BATAILLON Nr 2. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE ENLISTED MAN’S FELDGRAU SHOULDER STRAP – FLIEGER-BATAILLON Nr 2.

    SKU: 23-396

    $295.00

    This is a single enlisted man’s shoulder strap. It is feldgrau and bears the Fliegertruppen’s winged propeller. Below that is a “2” for Flieger Bataillon Nr 2. The winged propeller and the “2” are embroidered in red on the feldgrau material. Two moth nips show on the material.

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  • SOLDBUCH AND MILITÄRPAß TO AN AVIATION SOLDIER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SOLDBUCH AND MILITÄRPAß TO AN AVIATION SOLDIER

    SKU: 14-109

    $150.00

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

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  • SOUP BOWL FOR PLM WINNER AND WWII LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ARTHUR LAUMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SOUP BOWL FOR PLM WINNER AND WWII LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ARTHUR LAUMANN

    SKU: 14-293

    $425.00

    Arthur Laumann was born in 1894. When the war began in August 1914, Laumann volunteered and served in 3. Rheinisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 83. (This regiment was newly raised in 1912 and garrisoned in Bonn-Düren). Having spent much of the war at the front, Laumann was finally accepted for pilot training in August 1917. In March 1918 he was posted to FA(A) 265. In May of 1918 he was transferred to single-seater service with Jasta 66. He briefly commanded this jasta as Jastaführer from July-August 1918. He was then honored to be transferred to Jasta 10, which was one of the four squadrons that had been assigned to JG 1 (later known as Jagdgeschwader Nr 1 Freiherr von Richthofen after the death of the famed ace in April 1918) under the initial command of Manfred von Richthofen. {Upon his death in April 1918 von Richthofen was succeeded by his hand-picked replacement, Wilhelm Reinhard. Reinhard was killed while testing aircraft in July 1918. The final commander of JG 1 was none other than Hermann Göring, who remained the commander until the armistice in November 1918. Interestingly prior to the air crash that took the life of Reinhard, the airplane was flown by Göring! Those of you who are fans of The Blue Max by Jack D. Hunter may find this similar to the crash of then Jastaführer Otto Heidemann immediately after Bruno Stachel flew the plane}. Returning to Laumann, after he joined JG 1 in August 1918 he received the 1914 Iron…

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  • STATUE - GERMAN AVIATOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STATUE – GERMAN AVIATOR

    SKU: 14-363

    $1,595.00

    This is a classic statue depicting a WW I German aviator. I have seen these in the past, and offered them to you on one or two occasions. The statue rests on a base that measures 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 3/4.” The statue’s total height, from boot to upraised hand, measures 11 1/2.” Its overall weight is 2 pounds, 11 ounces. The pilot is wearing what appears to be a double-breasted, leather flying jacket. He is also wearing high boots into which his trousers have been tucked. He sports an old-fashioned leather helmet. This helmet was used early in the war by pilots and observers alike. Its leather was hard-shelled, unlike the more commonly seen soft leather caps. [If you look carefully, you can see a ridge running down the helmet’s center. Its presence is how I identified the helmet’s style. Perched atop his helmet are his goggles. His right arm is raised in salute, and his left hand holds a propeller. Obviously, the propeller is not to a standard propeller’s scale, which would have been much taller. The entire presentation, however, presents the WW I aviator’s spirit. If you look under the base, you can see the twin bolts and nuts that secure the statue to its base. At one time, the base probably had some sort of cover to conceal its innards. It does not affect the statue’s ability to stand solidly and securely when it is displayed. Here is a unique opportunity to add this…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - AUSTRIA - 1912 - FLYING CLUB

    TABLE MEDAL – AUSTRIA – 1912 – FLYING CLUB

    SKU: 14-449

    $150.00

    TABLE MEDAL – AUSTRIA – 1912 – FLYING CLUB. This is a large-format table medal dated 1912 from an Austrian flying club. The Wright Brothers made their first successful airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, just nine years prior! Flying was still in its infancy and WW I was still two years in the future when the table medal was struck. Yet many prominent German and Austrian aviators already had laid the groundwork for how airplanes would revolutionize modern warfare. Soon, airplanes and other such technological breakthroughs as machine guns, superior long-range artillery cannons and tanks would catapult mechanized warfare to unthinkable new levels of destruction.   The table medal is quite large and measures 0.5 × 4.1cm (3/16″ × 1 “). Its obverse depicts a winged female Spirit of Flight soaring over the countryside. The legend “K.(aiserlich)K.(öniglich) Österr.(eich)” (i.e., Imperial Austrian) appears to the left of the Spirit, while “Aero Club” is to the right. A plaque beneath her reads “Wien, Juni 1912” (Vienna, June 1912). The word “Bronze” is inscribed on the medal’s edge. The medal’s reverse gazes down on a pilot and his passenger in an Enrich Taube (very similar to the German Army’s Rumpler Taube monoplane) flying over a cityscape boasting a cathedral (complete with steeples) in its center. An identical example of this medal is on display in Washington, DC’s Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Early aviation pieces like this are difficult-to-find, since they were produced in limited quantities.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - EAST WEST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT 1928 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – EAST WEST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT 1928

    SKU: 14-256

    $250.00

    This is an ultra high quality table medal that commemorates the East to West Trans Atlantic Passage. This flight was made by pilots von Hünefeld and Hermann Köhl, who was a WW I PLM-winner. The flight took place on 13 April 1928. It was actually more difficult than Charles Lindbergh’s West-to-East trip, which, even today, is assisted by favorable tail winds. The reverse of the table medal shows the plane that was used. It also announces that the takeoff point was Bremen. The table medal is manufacturer hallmarked and silver hallmarked for .900 silver on the edge.

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  • THE BLUE MAX MOVIE STILL - FOKKER TRIPLANE PHOTOGRAPH - AUTOGRAPHED AND PERSONALIZED TO “DER RITTMEISTER" - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THE BLUE MAX MOVIE STILL – FOKKER TRIPLANE PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED AND PERSONALIZED TO “DER RITTMEISTER”

    SKU: 14-457

    $250.00

    THE BLUE MAX MOVIE STILL – FOKKER TRIPLANE PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED AND PERSONALIZED TO “DER RITTMEISTER” (KEN GREENFIELD). This photograph has hung behind my desk for years. It features the Fokker Triplane flown by the star of The Blue Max, George Peppard. He portrayed its antihero, the ruthless Bruno Stachel. The photograph shows Peppard leaping from his airplane after completing the mission that would win him the PLM. The photograph has been professionally framed and is double-matted.  The photograph is recognized for being from 20th Century Fox and identified as The Blue Max at the bottom. Also at the left bottom is an inscription to me “To Ken Greenfield Donnerwetter (I’m outta here!) On the right it reads “Best Wishes Always Jack Hunter.” The frame’s reverse sports a further inscription “To my Friend Ken Greenfield Merry Christmas 1996. All the best Sincerely Terry” As I thin out my personal collection, it is time to share this with another collector who will be as inspired as I was by both The Blue Max and Jack Hunter. The framed presentation measures 15” x 12.” The photograph measures 9.5” x 7.”

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  • WW I AVIATION PLATES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WW I AVIATION PLATES

    SKU: 14-197

    $395.00

    This is a most unusual set of three plates that features a German biplane in flight. It appears to be an early war observation plane with a two man crew aboard. The plates are white with a blue border around the edge. In the 12 o’clock position appears the airplane with the initials M. F. S. around it. The reverse of each piece indicates that it was manufactured by the firm of Rosenthal from Bavaria. Under that appears “Franz Kreski Bromberg,” which may have been the store that sold them, but I am not sure about this. There are three plates in the set, two of them are dinner size plates which are 9 3/4″ in diameter. The third is oval shaped and would measure 10 ½” x 6 3/4″ at the widest points. The plates are well used (signs of use in the center from meals is evident where forks, knives or spoons were used), but the blue border and the airplane motif are in exceptional condition. I would estimate these plates to be from 1913-1917. A unique aviation item from the war that was most likely used in an officer’s mess in a squadron. I would prefer to sell these as a group but would consider selling them individually. Please call or write for a price on an individual piece.

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