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     DELUXE KRIEGSFLAGGE SCHNAPPS GLASSES AND DECANTER AND SERVING TRAY SET

    SKU: 18-352

    $1,295.00

    This is a wonderful set of seven pieces that sport a kriegsflagge motif. Five small glasses are included, which could have been used for schnapps or some other liqueur. They resemble Pilsner beer glasses in miniature. They measure 3 ½” tall, 1 3/8″ in diameter at the top and 1 1/4″ in diameter at the base. Gold trim bands encircle their brims. Each glass displays a full-color kriegsflagge on its side (flown by the German military during wartime). Commonly seen on the Kaiserliche Marine’s ships, each kriegsflagge is rendered complete with its attached flagpole. I especially like the glasses’ bottoms. They are quite heavy. One can even see the bubbles in the base. The single-handled carafe is the set’s centerpiece, and comes complete with a splendid stopper. It stands 10 3/4″ tall and measures 3 1/8″ in diameter at its base. The crystalline glass stopper displays tiny bubbles from its production. A wide, gold trim band encircles the carafe’s mouth. A similar wide gold trim band appears further down the carafe’s neck, flanked by two smaller gold trim bands above and below it. Some of the gold has worn off these trim bands. The kriegsflagge motif is repeated on the carafe’s front (naturally in a much larger size than those on the five glasses [!]). The final piece of this gracefully exquisite set is a handsome tray upon which the five glasses and carafe are displayed. The clear glass tray measures 7 1/8″ in diameter, and exhibits a single gold…

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

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

    SKU: 13-846

    $2,195.00

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

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  • BINOCULARS - NAVY OFFICER

    BINOCULARS – NAVY OFFICER

    SKU: 13-1036

    $125.00

    BINOCULARS – NAVY OFFICER. This is a compact pair of Navy officer binoculars. They were produced by Jena, a noted firm, which is stated on the binoculars’ left side. “Marineglas 440728 6X” appears on the opposite side. The strap is present, as is a leather cover that slips over the eyepieces. The optics are serviceable. This fine pair can be added to any Imperial German naval display.

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  • BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH - BATTLE OF CORONEL by PROFESSOR HANS BOHRDT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH – BATTLE OF CORONEL by PROFESSOR HANS BOHRDT

    SKU: 13-502

    $10.00

    This is a black and white lithograph of the Battle of Coronel. It measures 9″ x 12 1/8.” The original work was done by Professor Hans Bohrdt. It features several ships in high seas battling it out at close range.

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  • BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH - SINKING OF S. M. S. KÖNIGIN LUISE by PROFESSOR HANS BOHRDT. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH – SINKING OF S. M. S. KÖNIGIN LUISE by PROFESSOR HANS BOHRDT.

    SKU: 13-503

    $10.00

    This is a black and white lithograph of the sinking of the S. M. S. KÖNIGIN Luise. It measures 12 1/4″ x 17 3/4.” The original work was done by Professor Hans Bohardt. The S. M. S. KÖNIGIN Luise was a Minelayer. She is shown being sunk by British ships. 

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  • BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH - TORPEDOBOOT IN ACTION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH – TORPEDOBOOT IN ACTION

    SKU: 13-496

    $5.00

    This is a black and white lithograph that has been removed from a book. It measures 9″ x 12 1/4.” It depicts a torpedoboot in choppy seas.

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  • BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH - TROOPS LANDING IN FRANCE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLACK & WHITE LITHOGRAPH – TROOPS LANDING IN FRANCE

    SKU: 13-497

    $10.00

    This is a black and white lithograph that has been removed from a book. It measures 12 1/4″ x 17 3/4.” It comes from an original work by Professor Willy Stower. Stower was perhaps the best-known of the WW I German naval artists. This work was done in August 1914, immediately after the declaration of war. It shows English troops landing in France. 

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  • BLACK AND WHITE LITHOGRAPH - S. M. S. EMDEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLACK AND WHITE LITHOGRAPH – S. M. S. EMDEN

    SKU: 13-488

    $15.00

    This is a black and white lithograph of the S. M. S. Emden that has been removed from a book. The small cruiser gained great fame early in the war. This shows her in action against the enemy. The lithograph comes from an original work by the noted naval artist Professor Hans Bohrdt. It measures 12 1/4″ x 17 3/4.”

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  • BLACK AND WHITE LITHOGRAPH - SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLACK AND WHITE LITHOGRAPH – SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA

    SKU: 13-487

    $15.00

    This is a black and white lithograph that has been removed from a book. It shows the steamer Lusitania as she is sinking, with her crew and passengers leaving the ship. This comes from an original work by Claus Bergen. It was done in 1915 at the same time the painting was executed. The lithograph measures 12 1/4″ x 17 3/4.”

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  • BOOK - MEMOIRS: TEN YEARS AND TWENTY DAYS - GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DOENITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – MEMOIRS: TEN YEARS AND TWENTY DAYS – GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DOENITZ

    SKU: 13-1047

    $20.00

    BOOK – MEMOIRS: TEN YEARS AND TWENTY DAYS – GRAND ADMIRAL KARL DOENITZ. This is an English translation of Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz’s memoirs. He was the architect of the Kriegsmarine’s U-Boot Service during WW II. He also became Germany’s second Führer after Adolf Hitler killed himself in 1945. Dönitz received a lengthy prison sentence after the war. This book tells his story, detailing how the U-Boot Service was built and groomed, and explaining its “Wolfpack” tactics. The soft-cover book spans 500+ pages. It has limited illustrations.

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  • COLOR DOCUMENT - ONBOARD CRUISER EMDEN CROSSING EQUATOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR DOCUMENT – ONBOARD CRUISER EMDEN CROSSING EQUATOR

    SKU: 13-858

    $295.00

    The first time a sailor crosses the equator has always been a memorable event, no matter to which navy or merchant shipping line he belongs. The crossing generally involves an appearance by King Neptune, the novice is hazed by experienced crew members, and general merriment ensues. It was no different in the post-Imperial German Navy, as evidenced by this large colored document. It measures 11 ½” x 15 1/4.” A 1914 Iron Cross overlays an anchor in its upper left corner. A German warship (presumably the Emden) occupies the document’s top center. Below it, King Neptune, his queen and two mermaids wait for the ship to cross the equator. Many other colorful oceanic motifs decorate its surface. The date 1 January 1927 is mentioned at the bottom, so the event took place in the Reichsmarine aboard the Emden. It is a handsome, unusual document.

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  • COMMEMORATIVE NAVAL OFFICER’S MEMO PAD HOLDER - MANUFACTURER’S & .800 SILVER HALLMARKS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMMEMORATIVE NAVAL OFFICER’S MEMO PAD HOLDER – MANUFACTURER’S & .800 SILVER HALLMARKS

    SKU: 13-1052

    $595.00

    COMMEMORATIVE NAVAL OFFICER’S MEMO PAD HOLDER – MANUFACTURER’S & .800 SILVER HALLMARKS. Today we are offering a very high-quality, silver, naval officer’s desk accessory. It is a ten-year commemorative of his 1903-1913 service. It was also used as a memo pad holder on his desk either aboard ship or on shore. The holder measures 3.25” x 5.25.” It features an enamel Kriegsflagge affixed to the top’s surface in the upper left corner. The latter device shows evidence of wear. The dates “1903-1913″ appear in the top’s center. Since it is dated 1913, it is quite possible that this officer served during WW I. The silver top’s bottom edge is scalloped. This top displays a wonderful patina that has not been cleaned in years or, perhaps, decades. Once opened, we see a bottom that is covered in wood and mounted in the center of the silver frame. The frame’s top edge does not reveal the same patina as its outer side, and is more indicative of what the frame looks like when new. It makes an arresting contrast. The jewelry store that produced this product has its name, H.M. Eyen & Co., engraved in the lower right section of the top edge. The silver hallmark, .800 silver along with the crown and moon specified by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1885, appears to the name’s right. The memo pad holder’s reverse is covered in brown leather. It should not be difficult to find paper to insert into this holder. You may then…

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  • CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

    SKU: 19-283 XKG

    $4,995.00

    CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Theodore Roosevelt is among the most revered United States Presidents. He served in many governmental roles, such as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897. When war broke out with Spain in 1898, he resigned and formed the Rough Riders in concert with Col. Leonard Wood. [Wood had won the USA’s Medal of Honor for action against the Apaches, and later served as the U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff]. The Rough Riders were (also known as the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry or 1.U.S.V.). During the campaign Wood, its founding regimental commander, assumed the Brigade’s command after its assigned commander fell ill. Roosevelt then was promoted to colonel, took command of the regiment, then led it on the famous charge up San Juan Hill. [PLEASE NOTE the following side notes: the 10th U.S. Cavalry regiment was a flanking regiment consisting of African-American troopers under white officers. Also known as “Buffalo Soldiers,” they had fought Indians in the American West, with John J. (“Black Jack”) Pershing as one of their officers. Pershing later commanded U.S. Army troops in France during WW I. Theodore Roosevelt finally received the Medal of Honor in 2001 from President Bill Clinton for his actions during the Spanish-American War. Roosevelt had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. Both his Medal of Honor and Nobel Peace Prize are enshrined in the White House’s “Roosevelt Room.” Finally, Roosevelt’s son, Brigadier General Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt, Jr. (1887-1944)…

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  • DAILY DUTY NAVY JUNIOR OFFICER’S BELT - BUCKLE AND SWORD HANGERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DAILY DUTY NAVY JUNIOR OFFICER’S BELT – BUCKLE AND SWORD HANGERS

    SKU: 13-840

    $795.00

    This is a non dress belt and buckle that would have been worn by a junior naval officer. It is a complete “rig” to which one could add a Navy dagger with hangers. It could be displayed in that manner, or perhaps on a naval officer’s tunic. The belt measures 38″ in length, overall. Attached to the belt are two lionshead hangers (similar to those on the hangers that actually attach to the Navy dagger). They measure 1 1/4″ in diameter. Attached to the belt is a smaller buckle, measuring 1½” in diameter.

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  • DAILY DUTY NAVY OFFICER’S BELT AND BUCKLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DAILY DUTY NAVY OFFICER’S BELT AND BUCKLE

    SKU: 13-841

    $650.00

    This is a very fine example of a naval officer’s daily-wear belt and buckle, measuring 38 ½” in length. A larger-sized Navy buckle, measuring 2″ in diameter, is attached. We see the daily-wear belt and buckle far less often than we do the dress brocade belt and buckle. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one.

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  • DEPOT-ISSUED ENLISTED NAVAL COASTAL ARTILLERY MAN’S DRESS TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DEPOT-ISSUED ENLISTED NAVAL COASTAL ARTILLERY MAN’S DRESS TUNIC

    SKU: 13-947

    $825.00

    This is a depot-issued, enlisted sailor’s coastal artillery unit dress tunic from the Kaiserliche Marine. Enlisted sailors had the option to accept clothing that was issued to them by a naval depot, or to buy their own uniforms from a military effects shop. Today we are offering a depot-issued tunic. Its interior reveals at least two different times that this particular dress tunic was issued, 1912 and 1913. The tunic’s exterior is very clean. Two rows of nine gilt-toned buttons each run down the tunic’s center. In addition, five more gilt-toned buttons decorate each tunic cuff. The tunic also sports a handy accessory that serves as an extender. Another two tunic buttons are attached to a chain. The chain’s extra length allowed the wearer to leave his tunic front unbuttoned, while securing it in a semi open manner via the buttons on either end of the chain. The tunic’s left sleeve displays a patch with the winged artillery shell that was emblematic of the Coastal Artillery. Below that is a pair of “V’s.” The tunic’s interior displays its various depot marks, as well as a pocket on its left side. Overall, the tunic’s condition is very fine.

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  • DOCUMENT FOR SAILOR WHO RECEIVED THE VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DOCUMENT FOR SAILOR WHO RECEIVED THE VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE

    SKU: 13-476

    $95.00

    This is an award document for the Verdiensttkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Service Cross for War Aide). This document, which measures 8 1/4″ x 6 3/8,” was issued to a sailor on 12 April 1920. It bears the stamp of the Reichs -Marine-Amt. It was signed by a representative of der Chef der Admiralität. The document is in very good condition.

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  • DRESS MESS JACKET FOR THE KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DRESS MESS JACKET FOR THE KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB

    SKU: 15-115

    $550.00

    The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club was the most exclusive yacht club in Germany. Its leading members were royalty and/or navy officers. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the principal member of the club and its Kommodore, which reflected his intense interest in boats, ships, and yachting. Aside from holding the rank of Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, the Kaiser was also involved in the activities of the Yacht Club. He even raced yachts in regattas of the club which included the S.M.S. Wunsch. This tunic is very similar to a naval dress tunic in cut and general appearance. The lapels of the tunic have a combination of material and silk trim. The tunic, which is in excellent plus condition, features a double row of five large buttons on the chest and five smaller buttons on each sleeve. Each of these buttons are actually standard navy buttons that feature the fouled anchor and Hohenzollern Crown. This tunic is in excellent condition and would be a fine addition to any navy-related collection. You will not see one of these every day, and certainly not in this condition.

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  • EHRENRANGLISTE DER KAISERLICHE DEUTSCHEN MARINE - 1914-1918 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    EHRENRANGLISTE DER KAISERLICHE DEUTSCHEN MARINE – 1914-1918

    SKU: 13-795

    $495.00

    Both the German Army and Navy produced annual publications that showcased their various units and to which ones officers were assigned. (As a matter of fact, they shared a single book in the 1860’s, before Germany’s consolidation and a new Kaiser greatly increased their sizes). Ranglistes are very useful tools for researching officers and their assignments at given times within their careers. One of the most useful of the books was the one that showed the combined results during the years of WW I (1914-1916). Both the Army and Navy produced such a book after WW I. The navy was always the smaller branch, with fewer officers. This was further influenced by the larger numbers of army officers killed in action. Today we are offering the Ehrenrangliste der Kaiserliche Deutschen Marine (Honor Rank List for the Imperial German Navy), which covers the years 1914 through 1918. The book was published in 1930. It is quite large, measuring 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and weighing a hefty 4 lb. 7 ounces. With it, you can seek out a particular officer and determine his rank, what ships or other assignments wherein he served, etc. These books are quite helpful and hard-to-find. I have seen these fetch nearly $1,000 in the past. The binding on our example is a bit weak, so caution should be exercised when using it (which should go without saying for an eighty-year-old book. [SALES ON ALL RANGLISTEN ARE FINAL. We do NOT send them out…

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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 KAISERLICHE MARINE SAILOR’S PROMOTION PATENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED KAISERLICHE MARINE SAILOR’S PROMOTION PATENT

    SKU: 13-988

    $75.00

    This is an interesting promotion patent for an enlisted Kaiserliche Marine sailor. He was promoted to a Machinist 2nd Class effective 23 December 1918, some six weeks after WW I ended! The handwritten document measures 8 ¼” x 11 ¼,” and was issued to a man whose last name was Rettick. It shows he served aboard Torpedo Boots S 247 and S 210. The promotion was actually approved prior to 11 November 1918, but apparently took awhile to wend its way through the Kaiserliche Marine’s bureaucracy.

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  • ENLISTED MAN’S S.M.S. RHEINLAND CAP TALLY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S S.M.S. RHEINLAND CAP TALLY

    SKU: 13-1019

    $125.00

    This is a cap tally for an enlisted sailor who served aboard the battleship S.M.S. Rheinland, part of the four-ship Nassau Class. This class came into use immediately after the Deutschland Class and represented the beginning of Germany’s modern battleships. She was commissioned in 1910 and scrapped in 1921. She also served at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht) in 1916, where she suffered one hit. The Kaiserliche Marine had other more modern battleships than this vessel, which were sent to be turned over to the British at Scapa Flow. Once they arrived in England, however, their German crews scuttled the ships rather than turn them over to the British. The commander of the interned ships at Scapa Flow was Konteradmiral Ludwig von Reuter. [Admiral Franz von Hipper and Admiral Reinhard Scheer had refused to participate. Indeed, they were overjoyed when they later received news of the scuttling]. Von Reuter had a difficult situation, since morale among the defeated German sailors was very low. They were still in a fractious mood following their mutiny during WW I’s late stages. [The fleet had been ordered to sail from Kiel to fight the British, but the sailors had refused and mutinied]. The crews on the interned ships were less than happy with their food, recreation, and so on. Finally, on 21 June 1919, von Reuter gave the order to scuttle the fleet. The ships raised the Imperial German battle ensign for the final time (an action that had been prohibited once the fleet…

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  • ENLISTED REICHSMARINE SAILOR’S DRESS TUNIC’S EXTENSION BUTTONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED REICHSMARINE SAILOR’S DRESS TUNIC’S EXTENSION BUTTONS

    SKU: 13-928

    $125.00

    After WW I and before the Kriegsmarine’s (1935-1945) creation, the Reichsmarine (1919-1935) served as Germany’s Navy. Most of its traditions were similar to those of the Kaiserliche Marine. Its uniforms, headdresses, etc., primarily were identical. One small change was that the Imperial German Period’s Hohenzollern Crown was deleted from its buttons, badges, and so on. Today we are offering a pair of extension buttons that were used on enlisted sailors’ dress tunics. These two buttons are attached to a small chain. The two buttons are then inserted into buttonholes on the tunic’s opposite sides. The chain allows the tunic to remain “closed” without being tightly buttoned. The two small buttons do NOT boast Hohenzollern Crowns. Instead, they are decorated only with the German Navy’s fouled anchor. Each button sports a manufacturer’s hallmark. While not totally correct for use on a Kaiserliche Marine dress tunic, they could be used in a pinch for display purposes. Naturally, they can be used on Reichsmarine tunics. The device is in top condition.

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  • ENLISTED SAILOR’S SHIPBOARD ARTILLERIE UNIFORM SLEEVE PATCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED SAILOR’S SHIPBOARD ARTILLERIE UNIFORM SLEEVE PATCH

    SKU: 13-797

    $125.00

    This is a blue wool sleeve patch for a sailor aboard a German naval ship who was assigned to the ship’s gun crew. A yellow embroidered pair of crossed cannons over lays an anchor. As this is a dark-blue patch, it was for a winter uniform. The patch is oval-shaped and measures 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2.”

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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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  • FRAMED PHOTO - NAVAL TRAINING SHIP - LIFE PRESERVER SHAPED

    FRAMED PHOTO – NAVAL TRAINING SHIP – LIFE PRESERVER SHAPED

    SKU: 13-1039

    $95.00

    FRAMED PHOTO – NAVAL TRAINING SHIP – LIFE PRESERVER SHAPED. A note that refers to this ship as “Rover” appears on this framed presentation’s reverse. Further information on the tag states “Schiffsjungen-schuerschiff 1863-1890 Kgl. Preuß. Marine,” indicating that the vessel, a two-masted sailing ship, was used by the Prussian (later the Imperial German) Navy from 1863 to 1890 as a training ship for young naval candidates. [The Navy was a very low priority during Prussian King Wilhelm I’s (later Germany’s first Kaiser) reign. As far as Wilhelm I, Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, and General Staff Chief and architect of Germany’s modern Army Helmuth von Moltke (the Elder), the Army was of SUPREME importance. Since the German Navy operated primarily in the North Sea and the Baltic, with few forays into other oceans, they felt that coastal defense ships were more than adequate. This all changed, however, when Wilhelm II assumed the throne in 1888. In his desire for Germany to become a world player with both an Army AND a Navy to back it up, he soon set the stage for WW I].   Today’s offering is a photograph of the Rover that is framed within a life preserver replica. These frames were quite popular among sailors and their families. The frame measures 4 ½” in diameter and the photo within measures 3″ in diameter. The wooden frame is white, with “328” painted in black at its top (this may refer to its training class). “Kgl.” appears at the nine…

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  • FRAMED PHOTO - S.M.S. VINETA - LIFE PRESERVER SHAPED

    FRAMED PHOTO – S.M.S. VINETA – LIFE PRESERVER SHAPED

    SKU: 13-1038

    $95.00

    FRAMED PHOTO – S.M.S. VINETA – LIFE PRESERVER SHAPED. The S.M.S. Vineta was considered a Große Kreuzer (Heavy Cruiser), the forerunner of the Hochseeflotte’s battle cruisers. The ship was commissioned in 1899 as one of the Viktoria Luise Class’s five ships. [Viktoria Luise was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, who married Braunschweig’s Herzog Ernst August]. The ship saw service in the West Indies, South America, Africa and even made port in the USA at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Newport News, Virginia. She also occasionally accompanied the Kaiser as an honor vessel when he summered in Norway aboard his royal yacht, the S.M.S. Hohenzollern. All of the Viktoria Luise Class’s five ships underwent modernization between 1905 to 1910. Part of the latter process was converting from three funnels to two. Our photo shows the ship with its original three funnels, indicating that it dates prior to 1905. When WW I began, the Vineta was assigned to coastal defense in the Baltic under Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich’s command (he was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother). She did not serve in this role for long, then was anchored at Kiel to serve as a floating barracks for U-Boot crews while they were in port. She was scrapped in 1920. Today we are offering a photograph of the S.M.S. Vineta that is framed within a life preserver replica. These frames were quite popular among sailors and their families. The frame measures 4 ¾” in diameter, while the photo within measures 3 ½” in diameter. The…

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  • FRAMED PRESENTATION - S.M.S. KAISERIN AUGUSTA SAILOR’S  - CHINA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED PRESENTATION – S.M.S. KAISERIN AUGUSTA SAILOR’S – CHINA

    SKU: 13-871

    $895.00

    Beginning in the late 19th Century, Germany began building up its presence in China. They “assumed” land at Khiatsou and expanded their foothold in Asia. Ultimately, Germany maintained an entire squadron in China under the command of Vizeadmiral von Spee. When WW I began, he realized that Germany could not hold its base in China. He made arrangements for his squadron to depart and head back to Europe. Sadly for him, after a successful battle off Chile’s coast in November 1914, he met up with the British again in the Battle of Falkland Islands in December 1814. The bulk of his squadron, as well as the Vizeadmiral and his two sons, perished with their respective ships. German sailors who served in China found remarkable ways to commemorate their service. One very popular way was to produce an embroidered, silk likeness of their ship. Along with that likeness, their ship’s name and their years of service were noted. Usually, a place was provided where a sailor could place his photograph. In most cases you could see that the vessel’s name on his cap tally matched the ship’s name indicated on the silk montage. The S. M. S. Kaiserin Augusta was commissioned in 1895. She was an all-new ship-type, with all-new engines. She was the first Kaiserliche Marine ship to have three shafts and propellers. She had other problems with her guns, so it was another two years before she was ready for fleet service. From 1897 through 1902 she served in…

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  • GODET HALLMARKED U-BOOT BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GODET HALLMARKED U-BOOT BADGE

    SKU: 13-1007

    $995.00

    This is an U-Boot Abzeichen (Badge). It sports a fine gilt finish, and displays a Hohenzollern Crown over an U-Boot in profile. The badge measures 1 ¾” x 1 ¾.” Its reverse features a high-gloss backing with a beautifully-crafted swollen (coke bottle) pin. The pin displays a stamped “G” for Berlin’s Godet. This badge is hard-to-top.

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  • GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD AND POSTCARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ’S SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD AND POSTCARD

    SKU: 13-876

    $2,995.00

    Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s best known admiräle (admirals). He joined the Navy in 1865. At that time the Prussian Navy was very small and insignificant. [When the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War took place, the Prussian Navy was far outnumbered by the French Navy. The Prussians stayed in port during the conflict, (engendering embarrassment for their lack of participation)]. Early in his career, Tirpitz was involved in the development of torpedoes, then Torpedo-Boots. He held a number of administrative and tactical commands. In 1895, he was promoted to the rank of Konteradmiral. In 1899, he was promoted to Vizeadmiral. The following year he was ennobled. In 1903, he was promoted to the rank of Admiral. His final promotion was to Großadmiral, which took place in 1911. (We will return to that later). In the late 1890’s, he became more involved in the Kaiserliche Marine’s political/administrative arm. From 1897-1916, he served as the “Secretary of State of the Imperial German Naval Office.” Von Tirpitz was responsible for the Navy’s growth. With the Kaiser’s support, the Navy greatly increased its numbers of battleships and cruisers. This led to an arms race with England, with each country enlarging its Navy in competition with its rival. Von Tirpitz also was responsible for building a fleet of U-Boots, as he felt that they would be very effective against England’s bigger ships (particularly those on duty in the eventual blockade that von Tirpitz realized was inevitable). He also knew submarines would help…

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  • IDENTIFIED NAVY OFFICER SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED NAVY OFFICER SWORD

    SKU: 13-625

    $2,095.00

    This is a typical naval officer’s sword in good condition. It measures 36″ in length from its lionshead’s top to the bottom of the drag. The triple-wire wrapped grip looks like it might be made of walrus tusk rather than ivory. It sports some dark striations that make me suspect this, but I am no ivory/walrus tusk expert! The lionshead does not have glass chips for eyes, just a plain brass finish. The sword hilt’s folding lock mechanism is engraved with the owner’s last name, Röder. A quick look in one of my German naval research works revealed his full name was Alfred Röder. He entered the Kaiserliche Marine in 1912. He later saw service as a Kriegsoffizier with Lehrkommando 350, in July 1944. His rank was as an Oberleutnant zur See. I did not find information on his WW I service in my brief search. The blade, which measures 30 ½” is engraved with naval designs. The engraving is somewhat faded from age. The blade has several small black spots on it where it is slightly corroded. They do not detract from the blade’s overall appearance. The manufacturer’s name is listed on the blade’s non cutting edge, but has been somewhat obscured by one of the black marks. It reads “obrecht Hoflieferant Berlin.” Hoflieferant means “purveyor to the king’s court.” The leather scabbard is in pleasing condition. It has the traditional two leather sections with three brass trim and adornment areas. Two scabbard rings are present. Overall, it is…

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  • IDENTIFIED NAVY OFFICER’S SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED NAVY OFFICER’S SWORD

    SKU: 13-978

    $2,295.00

    Our offering today is for an identified Navy Officer’s Sword from a very specialized Kaiserliche Marine branch. His name was Theodor Schneider, and he was born 22 February 1887. He became an officer in April 1905. He served in the Navy during WW I and retired from active service on 31 May 1920. Schneider was a Navy official who held the position of Marine=Zahlmeister. A Zahlmeister was a paymaster. [In the Imperial German Army, the regimental officer assigned to duty as a Zahlmeister wore a pickelhaube/kugelhelm with different fittings that differentiated his rank, (a point to remember)]. Schneider’s career was centered around ships that laid mines. He served as the paymaster for a single ship as well as a Flotilla. This sword that once belonged to Schneider is in remarkable condition. One of the first things that you will notice in the photos attached to our description is that the sword’s back-strap is SILVER, unlike the brass used on the rest of the sword. [Indeed, most naval swords display all-brass fittings]. The silver trim extends from the Lionshead down the back-strap’s length. The grip that protrudes from the Lionshead’s mouth is all-brass, as is the rest of the sword’s furniture. The handle appears to be either bone or (possibly) ivory. [Its toning leads us to guess that it is ivory]. The handle’s wrap is made of gold-toned wire. The Lionshead’s eyes are the traditional naval green and red glass, replicating a ship’s port and starboard red and green running lights.…

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  • Sale! IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY OFFICER’S CAP BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY OFFICER’S CAP BADGE

    SKU: 13-1006

    $695.00 $650.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a cap badge that was displayed in the front center of a naval officer’s schirmütze. It measures 2 ¾ x 3.” The badge is made of fine gold bullion, including the Hohenzollern Crown that was emblematic of the crowns seen on all naval items. The bullion extends to the laurel leaves that encircle the badge’s kokarde. These varied according to officer’s duties. This particular variety is for an officer who served aboard a Kaiserliche Marine ship. Its kokarde is gold bullion with a red center, indicating the Reich rather than a particular State. It sports a different type of cloth as its backing on the reverse. The obverse’s bullion displays a wonderful patina that just shouts that it is one-hundred-plus years-old. The patina and its honest wear assure us that this is the real deal. It is a marvelous example of these hard-to-find cap badges.

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  • KAISERLICHE MARINE ADMIRAL’S ÜBERROCK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHE MARINE ADMIRAL’S ÜBERROCK

    SKU: 13-970

    $6,495.00

    This is an amazing find for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. Today we are offering a very special, full Admiral’s überrock. Finding tunics for General Officers is a hard task, although we are proud that our current inventory boasts tunics or complete General’s uniforms for Prussia, Württemberg, Saxony, and Braunschweig. Finding tunics for Kaiserliche Marine Admiräle is indeed a daunting task. Even tunics for junior officers are NOT easy to find. [We were blessed in the past to offer none other than Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich of Prussia’s überrock]. The Kaiserliche Marine possessed only four Admiräle levels. Unlike the Imperial German Army, which featured five Generals’ levels, the Navy did not sport a Generaloberst’s equivalent (the Army’s Generaloberst being its highest rank). The Navy Admiräle ranks included the four positions listed below, in lowest-to-highest order. Konteradmiral Vizeadmiral Admiral Großadmiral For the most part, Admiral was the Kaiserliche Marine’s highest operational/tactical rank. Of the six men who achieved the Großadmiral’s rank, only ONE actually commanded fleet operations: Prinz Heinrich, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. He commanded activities in the Baltic during WW I, and did not achieve his rank until 1909. The rest of the six included two who commanded the overall Kaiserliche Marine (Alfred von Tirpitz [1911] and Henning von Holtzendorff [1918]), and whose official titles were “State Secretaries of the Imperial Navy Office.” Another, Hans von Koester, received the rank in 1905, primarily as a thank-you when he was approaching retirement. The final two recipients were royals (Kaiser Wilhelm II…

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  • KAISERLICHE MARINE OFFICER’S CUFF LINKS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHE MARINE OFFICER’S CUFF LINKS

    SKU: 13-866

    $200.00

    This is an extremely fine pair of officer’s cuff links from the Imperial German Navy. Each cuff link is made from a small, gold-toned, officer’s button bearing the Navy’s fouled anchor with a Kaiser Crown above it. The buttons have different makers, but their covers look the same. The cuff links are in mint condition.

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  • KAISERLICHE MARINE ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER'S ARM CHEVRON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHE MARINE ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S ARM CHEVRON

    SKU: 13-638

    $150.00

    This is a One-Year-Volunteer’s arm chevron from the Kaiserliche Marine. As we have chronicled elsewhere, the One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) entered the German military service on a different program from the men doing two-year mandatory service. After most men completed their two-year service, they entered the reserves. They only were called to active service when additional man power was needed. This was the situation, of course, when WW I began. Most reserves were called back to active duty. Returning to the OYV, when entering the military, they essentially paid all of their own expenses. That is, the government did not pay for their equipment (uniforms, headgear, etc.). They were expected to supply their own gear, just as officers did. Since these men provided their own gear, they were allowed a certain amount of latitude in their uniforms and headgear. Men who enlisted in the OYV program were generally from the German middle class or higher. They had more money to spend on their uniforms than say farmers who came into the service. Many OYV’s bought their uniforms and headdress from the same purveyors that the officers did. They were allowed to mimic many officers’ headdress characteristics. For example, they were not allowed to purchase a pickelhaube EXACTLY like an officer’s, but they could get VERY close. At least ONE of the details had to be different from an officer’s. It is common to see a silk liner and officer’s leather liner on an OYV’s pickelhaube. This was one of the extra allowances…

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  • KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB BADGE

    SKU: 20-279

    $450.00

    This is a cap badge for the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. The club, which was formed by Kaiser Wilhelm II, was Imperial Germany’s most exclusive yacht club. Wilhelm II served as the Commodore. The most famous names in Germany were members: royals, nobles, and naval officers. Most royal family members belonged. Even men like Felix Graf von Luckner were members. The multicolored bullion badge is oval-shaped and measures 2 1/4″ x 1 3/8.” The club’s pennant is in the center, with “KYC” under it. The obverse is in near mint condition. The reverse, which is covered with black leather material, shows just enough age to confirm that it really is 100+ years-old. This is a slightly different variation of the example of a cap badge from the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club above. Buy both and receive a handsome discount.

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  • KINDER OR CADET NAVY OFFICER SWORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KINDER OR CADET NAVY OFFICER SWORD

    SKU: 07-52

    $895.00

    Kinder (child’s or children’s) Swords or Kinder Sabels are a unique sub-collecting area within Imperial German edged weapons. Members of the nobility who had sons often dressed the youngsters in a variety of uniforms which often were duplicates of their own. Of course, with the young boys being much smaller than Papa everything was scaled down, including the swords, and thus we have Kinder Swords. This “downsizing” continued on to items such as pickelhauben and even decorations. The latter evolved into the Prinzengroße (prince-sized) decorations which during WW I were favored by certain members of nobility in items such as Iron Crosses and even flight badges. Having given a bit of background on Kinder Swords, it is time to describe the item being offered here. What we have is a very unique Kinder or young Cadet Navy Officers Sword. It is faithful in most details to its larger counterpart. It has glass eyes in the lionshead and has double folding guards, one of which shows the crowned fouled anchor. The grip appears to be a yellowed enamel as opposed to ivory or walrus tusk and is gilt wire wrapped. There is a chip high on the grip near the lionshead, but it is not detractive to the overall sword. The scabbard is the proper leather and metal. There is a small chain that serves as the hanger from the two loops on the scabbard. The blade is not engraved but that is not uncommon in the smaller swords. It does…

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  • KRIEGSTAGBUCH - TORPEDOBOOTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRIEGSTAGBUCH – TORPEDOBOOTS

    SKU: 13-727

    $450.00

    This is a Kriegstagbuch (daily war book) for a squadron of Torpedoboots. The log covers the period of 1-12 May 1918. The commander (Kommodore) of the squadron was Kapitän zur See Heinrich. The document measures 13″ x 8 1/4.” It has nine pages. The log carries a day-by-day (and by hour, where necessary) account of the squadron’s activities. It was often spilt up into “half-flotillas.” At the end of the report, which is marked “Secret,” Heinrich has signed his name in pencil. It is a very interesting report and great for research.

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  • KRIEGSTAGBUCH - TORPEDOBOOTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRIEGSTAGBUCH – TORPEDOBOOTS

    SKU: 13-728

    $495.00

    This is a Kriegstagbuch (daily war book) for a squadron of Torpedoboots. The log covers the period of 13-27 May 1918 and 28-31 May. The commander (Kommodore) of the squadron was Kapitän zur See Heinrich, for the period 13-27 May. For the period of 28-31 May, it was a Kapitän zur See Madlung. The document measures 13″ x 8 1/4.” It has thirteen pages. The log carries a day-by-day (and by hour, where necessary) account of the squadron’s activities. It was often spilt up into “half-flotillas.” At the end of the report, which is marked “Secret,” Madlung has signed his name in pencil. It is a very interesting report and great for research.

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  • KÜRAßIER LINE-OFFICER STICHDEGEN - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÜRAßIER LINE-OFFICER STICHDEGEN – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 07-103

    $1,250.00

    This is the Stichdegen for a küraßier line-officer. Not only that, it is a World War I period example, as opposed to a pre World War I piece. This is actually harder to find than a prewar Stichdegen. When you think about it, most of the küraßier officers already had swords since they had been in küraßier regiments before the outbreak of the war. This sword would have been for an officer who might have been newly transferred to a küraßier line-regiment, or perhaps needed to replace his prewar sword. This sword is similar in general appearance to the Stichdegen above. It measures 37″ from the pommel to the tip of the scabbard. It measures 35″ from the tip of the pommel to the tip of the blade. With just a glance, one can see the difference in quality between the two swords. Like the other sword, this is silver wire-wrapped on the grip. I cannot tell if it is wrapped over sharkskin or not, as was the custom with top-quality swords before the beginning of WW I. It is physically a smaller sword than the other. The handguard is also considerably smaller. At first look the scabbard appears quite similar to the other Stichdegen; however, it is leather-wrapped over steel as opposed to wood. It has two brass fittings at the top and the bottom of the scabbard. The buffer is in place between the top of the blade and the scabbard. This provides for a good tight fit.…

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  • LARGE BRASS NAVAL FRAME & S.M.S. CHARLOTTE ENLISTED SAILOR’S CDV - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE BRASS NAVAL FRAME & S.M.S. CHARLOTTE ENLISTED SAILOR’S CDV

    SKU: 13-1053

    $295.00

    LARGE BRASS NAVAL FRAME & S.M.S. CHARLOTTE ENLISTED SAILOR’S CDV. This is a simply marvelous, massive, brass photo frame that was appropriate for the German Navy. The frame is 13” inches long and 8 ½” wide at its widest point. It also weighs a hefty 2 pounds, 12 ½ ounces. It is designed as a Hohenzollern Eagle superimposed over a large, fouled, ship’s anchor. The ring just above the anchor’s cross is topped by a Hohenzollern Crown with its royal stole flowing down over the crossbar. A small frame that measures 2 ⅜” x 3 ¾” extends from the base of the Eagle’s neck down to its legs. The frame’s center has an oval cutout designed to present a German sailor’s CdV. The area currently displays the CdV of a German sailor who served aboard the S.M.S. Charlotte. It was a German Kreuzerfregatte (Cruiser-Frigate) that was launched on 5 September 1885, then retired from service in November 1914. [She was a motorized sailing vessel]. The frame’s reverse features the small brass compartment for housing the CdV. You may easily change the CdV to one of your choosing, but since it came to us with its current inhabitant, we are leaving him in place. The reverse also sports a large, brass easel that allows the frame to be set on a flat surface. It is a VERY impressive frame that will display handsomely wherever you choose to place it.

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  • LARGE FRAMED PORTRAIT OF SAILOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE FRAMED PORTRAIT OF SAILOR

    SKU: 13-443

    $150.00

    This is a period-framed portrait of an enlisted sailor. The frame measures 19 ½” x 15.” It is quite ornate, with a black molding infused with gold scroll work. The image measures 11″ x 8 3/4.” It shows the sailor standing in his pea coat, wearing a mütze that says “Kaiserliche Marine.” This is ready to display on your wall. [$20.00 shipping required for domestic shipping on this item].

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  • MEISSEN PLATE - OTTO WEDDIGEN - U-9 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MEISSEN PLATE – OTTO WEDDIGEN – U-9

    SKU: 13-770

    $1,995.00

    I have sought one of the plates honoring Otto Weddigen and the U-9’s intrepid crew for years. I never found one that met my stringent standards and was worthy to offer you. Finally, I discovered this fine plate, manufactured by the noteworthy manufacturer, Meissen. The U-9 was a small, prewar U-Boot that burned kerosene (!) as its power source. During September 1914, the tiny U-9, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen, made history in a single hour. She sank three British cruisers within sixty minutes! Kaiser Wilhelm II was so delighted, he awarded Weddigen the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and presented the Iron Cross 2nd Class to all the U-9’s other officers and crewmen. A month later, the U-9 sank yet another British cruiser, at which time Weddigen was invested with the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order and the Orden Pour le Mérite. Scarcely six months later, Weddigen and the U-29’s crew (his new assignment) were killed when a British battleship rammed them. Weddigen became a German national hero, since he was the first naval officer awarded the PLM. While later U-Boot commanders far exceeded Weddigen’s total amount of ships and tonnage sunk, no one was more famous or more revered by the German people. He was a superstar who, like Manfred von Richthofen, was asked for his autograph wherever he went. The plate we are offering today measures 10″ in diameter. Depicted in blue on white, the U-9 sails across a rough ocean’s…

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  • MEMORIAL MEDAL - S.M.S. MOLTKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MEMORIAL MEDAL – S.M.S. MOLTKE

    SKU: 13-792

    $125.00

    This is a memorial medal that was issued to honor the S. M. S. Moltke. I am not sure when the medal was issued, but an interesting story about it exists. The decoration is bronze-toned and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse displays a profile image of Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, the Prussian Army’s Chief of the General Staff. (After the Empire was created in 1871, he became the Chief of Staff for all of Germany’s armies). Von Moltke became a military legend in Germany. Under his control the Prussian Army was modernized with better training, better tactics, superior weapons, and a rail transportation system that moved troops quickly to where they were needed. His generals in the field were the best in Europe. During the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, his troops made short work of the enemy and the wars ended with all his objectives achieved. Ultimately, he became known after his death as “von Moltke the elder,” while his nephew, who became Chief of the General Staff early in WW I, was known as “Moltke the younger.” To illustrate the extent of the German public’s admiration for him, postcards (from before and after his death, and particularly during WW I) showed von Moltke, von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm I as the team that led had Germany to greatness. I acquired a small horde of these commemorative medals from a collector in Hamburg. They were originally manufactured by the Hamburg firm of…

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  • Sale! MINIATURE U-BOOT VETERAN’S BADGE - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE U-BOOT VETERAN’S BADGE – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 13-1005

    $495.00 $450.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a miniature Austrian Veteran’s U-Boot Badge. It features an eagle with partially folded wings. The center of the eagle’s chest features a shield with enameled diagonal stripes of Austria’s national colors. Grasped in the eagle’s talons is a large, oversized blue enamel “U” trimmed in gold. [A very small chip appears on the blue “U.” You must look closely to see it]. The reverse sports a horizontal, rather than a vertical pin, for attaching it to a garment. Its overall dimensions are 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” Overall, it is in very fine condition.

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  • MÜTZE - ENLISTED SAILOR - S.M.S. THUERINGEN

    MÜTZE – ENLISTED SAILOR – S.M.S. THUERINGEN

    SKU: 13-1035

    $650.00

    MÜTZE – ENLISTED SAILOR – S.M.S. THUERINGEN. This is a high-quality, beautifully-conditioned, privately-purchased enlisted sailor’s mütze from the S.M.S. Thueringen. It was a Schlachtschiff (Battleship) that was launched in 1909, then commissioned after sea trials during 1911. She was one of the Heligoland Class’s four ships. The other three vessels were the class leader, S.M.S. Heligoland, the S.M.S. Oldenburg, and S.M.S. Ostfriesland. [The S.M.S. Ostfriesland has a place in history, since it later was tuned over to the American Army. It was used by General Billy Mitchell to prove that bombers could sink a large Navy ship]. At the outbreak of WW I, these ships formed Battleship Squadron Nr 1 of the Hochseeflotte (High Seas Fleet). During the war, the S.M.S. Thueringen saw action in both the North Sea and the Baltic. She had her classmates served at the Battle of Jutland (Skageraak) on 31 May 1916. The Thueringen was undamaged during the battle and aided in sinking more than one British ship (including the H.M.S. Black Prince). After the war, she was not one of the ships that had to be turned over to the British at Scapa Flow since she was an older, NOT technologically advanced vessel. She was instead turned over to the French in 1920, used as a target ship, then eventually scrapped. The mütze was privately-purchased, not depot-issued by the German Navy. The cap is dark-blue, which was considered the Winter issue. White was worn during the Summer months. An officer-style Reich’s kokarde is attached…

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  • NAVAL ARTILLERIE RATING PATCH FOR KAISERLICHE MARINE ENLISTED MAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVAL ARTILLERIE RATING PATCH FOR KAISERLICHE MARINE ENLISTED MAN

    SKU: 13-446

    $150.00

    This is an oval rating patch that was worn on an enlisted man’s uniform sleeve. It has a dark-blue woolen base that is embroidered in yellow with a Hohenzollern Crown, crossed cannons, and an anchor. Some mothing shows on the patch’s upper left. This is not detractive to the patch’s overall presentation.

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  • NAVAL OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT WITH KAISER WILHELM II’S SIGNATURE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVAL OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT WITH KAISER WILHELM II’S SIGNATURE

    SKU: 19-208

    $450.00

    This is a very interesting naval officer’s promotion patent. The recipient’s name was Oskar Röcher. He was promoted to Kapitänleutnant on 12 November 1904. Prior to WW I, Kaiser Wilhelm II personally signed promotion patents only when the rank reached that of Hauptmann or Kapitänleutnant. The document measures 14 1/4″ x 8 ½” when unopened, and 14 1/4″ x 17″ when opened. The second page bears Kaiser Wilhelm II’s bold signature in black ink, and an embossed seal with the Hohenzollern Eagle. A patent like this is very difficult-to-find, as the Kaiserliche Marine was far smaller than the German Army (thus involving far fewer officers). Further research on Röcher shows that he received the very rare Colonial Medal with Clasp for service in Venezuela during 1902/1903. He served on several ships during World War I, including the S. M. S. Großer Kurfürst, the S. M. S. München, and the S. M. S. Freya. He retired in 1919 as a Kapitän zur See a.D.

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  • Sale! NAVAL SEE-BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVAL SEE-BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S SHOULDER BOARDS

    SKU: 23-447

    $1,050.00 $945.00

    This is a consignment item. The See-Bataillon was Imperial Germany’s version of the USA’s Marine Corps. Its members filled a number of roles: serving aboard large naval vessels, providing security at German embassies in foreign countries, etc. (e.g., the entire See-Bataillon Nr III was based in China to oversee Germany’s colonial interests). These shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety and measure 1″ x 4.” Each displays a large Hohenzollern Crown on its obverse. Half-black/half-red-and-white chevrons are interwoven into the boards’ silver bullion, indicating the See-Bataillon’s status as a national entity (rather than coming from a particular state or kingdom). The reverse sports a white fabric backing. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition.

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  • NAVY DAGGER PIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY DAGGER PIN

    SKU: 13-696

    $695.00

    In the past we have offered miniatures of the German naval dagger. We have never offered one quite like this! This miniature was intended either as a tie tack or as a lady’s pin. It has a safety on the reverse. The attaching pin is mounted to the scabbard’s reverse. The dagger actually can be withdrawn from its scabbard, to which it is attached by a very fine gold-toned chain. When withdrawn, we see that the blade is plain, with a high-silver finish. The overall dagger length (in the scabbard) is 2 1/4.” When withdrawn from the scabbard, the dagger measures 1 1/2″ in length. The scabbard by itself measures 1 1/2.” It is a very handsome decorative piece which can be worn by that special person (or you) on dress-up occasions!

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  • NAVY DESK PIECE - S.M.S. THÜRINGEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY DESK PIECE – S.M.S. THÜRINGEN

    SKU: 13-574

    $275.00

    This is a heavy metal desk piece given out by the S.M.S. Thüringen’s builder, Actien – Gesellschaft Wesser. This vessel was a battleship of the S. M. S. Helgoland Class. She was launched in 1911, then scrapped during the period from 1923 to 1933. I cannot tell if this was intended as a gift to somebody within the company, or to a naval officer, perhaps at the staff level. It displays the date December 3, 1910, and Bremen, where the ship was built. What makes this interesting is that the date on the desk piece is the year BEFORE the ship’s formal commissioning. The desk piece measures 6 1/2″ x 4″ x 1.” It shows a fine, high-profile image of the ship. The desk piece is quite substantial, weighing 2 pounds.

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  • NAVY ENLISTED MAN’S IDENTIFIED DRESS TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY ENLISTED MAN’S IDENTIFIED DRESS TUNIC

    SKU: 13-980

    $750.00

    This is an identified, depot-issued enlisted sailor’s dress tunic (nicknamed a “monkey jacket”). It is made of dark-blue wool. Eighteen gold-toned buttons run down its center in a double row. Two more same-sized buttons appear on its lapels. Six smaller gilt buttons decorated each cuff. A dress tunic was never actually buttoned up. Instead, two buttons connected by a chain were attached through opposing buttonholes in order to preserve a neat appearance. All of the tunic’s buttons, whether large or small, display a fouled anchor beneath the Hohenzollern Crown. The interior confirms that it was depot-issued through two separate depot marks, one of which is dated 18 December 1908. The sailor assigned to the tunic’s name, “Schmid,” is sewn between the two depot marks. The tunic’s condition, both inside and out, is excellent.

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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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  • 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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  • NAVY LONG SERVICE AWARD DOCUMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY LONG SERVICE AWARD DOCUMENT

    SKU: 13-321

    $110.00

    This is an award document for a Long Service Award in the Kaiserliche Marine. It is the 1st Class award. It represents fifteen years of long service. It is signed by a Kapitän zur See in 1920. The document still bears the Kaiserliche Marine unit stamping on it. This is a fine Navy document.

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  • NAVY OBER-SCHREISBERSMAAT’S WINTER TUNIC RATING PATCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY OBER-SCHREISBERSMAAT’S WINTER TUNIC RATING PATCH

    SKU: 13-414

    $225.00

    This is a sleeve rating patch for an Ober-Schreibersmatt (Chief Clerk’s Mate). The patch is for this NCO-level sailor’s winter tunic. It is in very fine condition.

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  • NAVY OFFICER'S VISOR CAP BADGE - KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY OFFICER’S VISOR CAP BADGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 13-617

    $695.00

    This is an officer’s visor cap badge from the Kaiserliche Marine. The badge is made of fine gold, silver, and black bullion. It reveals honest age, yet remains in good, solid condition. It has been worn on, and removed from, a visor cap.

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  • NAVY RESERVIST KRUG - S.M.S. ROON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY RESERVIST KRUG – S.M.S. ROON

    SKU: 13-525

    $1,295.00

    This is a very tall example of a reservist’s krug from the S.M.S. Roon. The S.M.S. Roon was a Heavy Cruiser, the lead Cruiser of the Roon Class Cruisers. It was commissioned in 1906, served during WW I, and scrapped in 1921. The owner of this krug was a Reservist named “Olkiewicz.” He served in Kiel from 1907 to 1910 as part of the 1. Werft.-Division 2nd Kompagnie. The krug does not have a metal top, and never did. That is partly why it is larger than a conventional stein with top. The center panel’s main theme shows two sailors, one with a Mauser. Steaming between them and toward the viewer is a German ship. A kriegsflagge is also present. All of this is in high relief! On either side of the central panel are further panels with a view of the S.M.S. Roon, and men from the work division shoveling coal into the boilers. On these two panels are the names of this man’s shipmates. The krug’s handle features another high-relief sailor. This is a one Litre krug that stands 9″ tall. The diameter at the rim is 3,” and the diameter at the base is 4 ½.” This krug is in excellent condition, with vibrant colors and no problems whatsoever.

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  • NAVY SEE Bataillon DESK PIECE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY SEE Bataillon DESK PIECE

    SKU: 13-394

    $450.00

    This piece was acquired along with the document holder and photographs described below. The man’s name is Baumeister. He served with See Bataillon Nr III in China early in the 20th Century. The desk piece consists of a wooden plaque measuring 8 7/8″ x 9.” Affixed to the wooden plaque are several metal implements significant to a man serving in the See Bataillon. A crossed pair of oars lean up against a pike. Spread out in front of the oars are a number of tools (pick, shovel, etc.). In the middle of the tools is a fouled anchor. Directly above the anchor and below the oars is an officer’s cap kokarde. This is a touching display to the man’s service. While offered separately.

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  • NAVY SLEEVE RATING PATCH - MUSICIAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY SLEEVE RATING PATCH – MUSICIAN

    SKU: 13-790

    $250.00

    This is a most interesting sleeve rating patch for an enlisted sailor’s tunic. In the Kaiserliche Marine (as is common in the U.S. Navy to this day), it was standard practice to wear a rating patch on a tunic sleeve. It allowed one to determine what job the sailor performed with a quick glance. This is a rating patch for wear on the winter uniform. The patch is oval-shaped and measures 4″ x 3.” The background is navy-blue. Embroidered on that in yellow ribbon is a Hohenzollern Crown. This appears above an anchor over which a lyre is superimposed. Thus, our man served as a musician. Larger vessels had ships’ bands and perhaps on certain smaller ships, a bugler was employed (of this I am not certain). It is also possible that a man might have held this rating if assigned to shore duty. At any rate, the patch is in excellent condition.

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  • NAVY VETERAN FLASK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY VETERAN FLASK

    SKU: 13-261

    $450.00

    Veteran’s items are always popular, and they are varied, to say the least. In the Army, the more common pieces are steins, canteens, and pipes. Each of these commemorates the veteran’s service, generally the two years of compulsive service that all German men were expected to do in their late teens or early 20’s. In the Navy, the more popular pieces were various drinking vessels, including steins, flasks, and canteens. Today we offer a very unusual flask for a navy veteran. The flask is actually a glass bottle covered with leather. It has a black and white cord by which the man could have hung the flask around his neck. On one side of the leather flask we see a gilt-toned Hohenzollern Crown (complete with stole) over an anchor with crossed paddles. Just below the anchor is the legend: “1. Werft (Work) Division Kiel.” The latter is embossed in silver on the black leather. Some small loss of leather shows over the word Werft, but its meaning is clear. The flask’s reverse side reveals some patriotic phrases regarding his service. A heart-shaped cutout allows you to look into the glass flask to see the sailor’s sweetheart (much the same as on a veteran’s stein). A lithopane allows the viewer to hold the stein up to the light and see a sweetheart as well. The top of the flask has a removable jigger. This exposes a screw top that allowed the veteran to access his beverage of choice. Navy items like…

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  • NAVY VETERAN'S STEIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY VETERAN’S STEIN

    SKU: 13-375

    $525.00

    Veterans’ steins are always very popular with collectors. Some of the very elaborate Navy steins can often sell for more than $2,000. When I say elaborate, I mean those that were painted individually for the owner, showing the unit or ship on which he served along with a list of his comrades. This example stands 8″ tall. It is 2 3/4″ in diameter at the lid and 3 ½” in diameter at the base. The stein is multicolored, with a primarily white and navy-blue color scheme. We see two sailors holding Mausers in the front. Immediately behind them is the conning tower of a U-Boot from which a kriegsflagge is flying. Flanking either sailor are flags, one of which is easily identified as a kriegsflagge. On the opposite side we can see the turret of a warship with two cannons extending outward. On either side of the turret are two 1914 Iron Crosses. The lid of the stein is flat and made of pewter. It depicts the port at Wilhelmshaven with ships at the piers. The stein is very well made and in excellent condition. If you are looking for a stein, this one is a real bargain for a Navy example. It is even more cost-effective than some of the Army steins that we see.

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  • NAVY WOUND BADGE -BLACK - MINIATURE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY WOUND BADGE -BLACK – MINIATURE

    SKU: 13-827

    $50.00

    This is a high-quality miniature of the Navy Black Wound Badge. It usually was attached to a miniature chain that secured a tie. It has a fine black finish and measures 1″ x 3/4.”

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  • OFFICER SWORD - SCHLOß-GARDE-KOMPAGNIE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER SWORD – SCHLOß-GARDE-KOMPAGNIE

    SKU: 07-121

    $9,495.00

    The story of the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie is one of the more interesting to come from the Kingdom of Prussia. I only started learning about the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie a few years ago. Like many Imperial German Period collectors, I had not heard of the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. I misunderstood their role as compared to the Regiment der Garde du Corps. I had also thought of the Garde du Corps as the Kaiser’s personal guard. I thought this function was true for all situations. We have all seen photographs of the Kaiser in the field or on parade with men from the Garde du Corps surrounding him, holding his personal standard. This was all true, however, the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie served as the Kaiser’s personal guard at his palaces. They were a highly-decorative unit in performing this function. To that end, highly-experienced soldiers who had proven themselves in previous duties were selected for the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. It was, in fact, Kompagnie sized. Generally one officer commanded the Kompagnie while all the other soldiers were feldwebels. Today we are offering one of the rarest edged weapons from the Imperial German Period. It is a very handsome ceremonial officer’s sword from the Schloß-Garde-Kompagnie. The sword is technically known as a Court Degen. It has brass fittings. Its hilt is silver-wire-wrapped. The degen’s pommel is a magnificent crown. The blade is unadorned and shows no manufacturer’s hallmarking. The scabbard is black leather with brass fittings. Sheathed, the degen measures 39 1/4″ from the crown’s top to the scabbard’s bottom. Unsheathed from the…

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  • ORIGINAL CATALOG - AUGUST LÜNEBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL CATALOG – AUGUST LÜNEBURG

    SKU: 13-811

    $195.00

    This is a catalog from the August Lüneberg firm, which had offices in Kiel and Flensburg during the Imperial German Period. They sold naval officers’ daggers, portépées, etc. The catalog measures 9 1/4″ x 12 1/4″ and has a total of ten pages. The firm’s specialty was officers’ daggers. Several pages showcase their various models. The blades exhibit various levels of engraving. Even Damascus blades are listed. I see full daggers ranging from 30 to 70 Marks for a dagger with a Damascus blade. Farther along are such things as officers’ belts, belts with hangers, and portépées. [My mouth really watered when I saw a Konteradmiral’s epaulettes for 70.50 marks! His daily-use uniform’s shoulder boards cost 13.75 marks]. Lüneberg’s also sold miniatures of decorations that could be attached to tie chains. The back page’s reverse features pistols from such firms as Browning, Mauser, etc. Although complete, the catalog is NOT in perfect condition. Some foxing affects its pages. It also has a cut where a portion of the paper is missing on several pages.

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  • OVAL-SHAPED PLATE COMMEMORATING S. M. S. EMDEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OVAL-SHAPED PLATE COMMEMORATING S. M. S. EMDEN

    SKU: 13-962

    $1,095.00

    This is an amazing oval plate that commemorates Germany’s earliest heroic ship of the Great War, the S. M. S. Emden. The S. M. S. Emden was the final vessel from the two-ship class headed by the S. M. S. Dresden. Both ships were Kleiner (Small) Kreuzers in the Kaiserliche Marine. The Emden was officially placed into service in 1909. She spent much of her career attached to the East Asia Squadron, which was based at Tsingtao in China and commanded by Vizeadmiral Maximilian Graf von Spee. She received a new commander, Karl von Mueller (1873-1921), in Spring, 1913. He was a young officer who had risen through the ranks and caught the attention of both Großadmiral Prinz Henry of Prussia and Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz, after serving on their respective staffs. In fact, von Tirpitz sent von Mueller to his new post and command. When WWI broke out, most of the East Asia Squadron was at sea. The Emden was at port, but immediately departed. Once at sea, she was the first German warship of WW I to capture an enemy ship — a Russian steamer. She then received notification from Squadron Commander von Spee to rendezvous with the rest of the squadron. Von Mueller suggested that one of the small cruisers be detached and assigned to the Indian Ocean to raid on Allied shipping. Von Spee agreed. As the Emden was the newest, fastest, and best suited for the task, she was chosen. Graf von Spee and the…

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  • PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR AN OBERSTABSINGENIEUR - KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF EPAULETTES FOR AN OBERSTABSINGENIEUR – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 23-104

    $250.00

    This is a first-rate pair of naval epaulettes. They are for an officer who held the rank of Oberstabsingenieur (staff engineering officer). Each has a black velvet surface on which the engineering officer’s gilt device (an anchor and gear) appears. Flanking the engineering device are two gilt pips. Extending down the sides are a magnificent set of gilt bullion ringlets. Silver bullion tape also extends around each epaulette’s tongue. The epaulette’s end is graced by a small gilt Navy button. Underneath each epaulette we see black velvet and leather holding the brass device that attaches the epaulette to the uniform. These epaulettes are in VERY fine condition!

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  • PAPER STAMP FOR CRUISER SQUADRONS’ COMMANDING OFFICER - KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAPER STAMP FOR CRUISER SQUADRONS’ COMMANDING OFFICER – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 13-1054

    $75.00

    PAPER STAMP FOR CRUISER SQUADRONS’ COMMANDING OFFICER – KAISERLICHE MARINE. The Imperial German Navy employed a combination of rubber and paper stamps that were applied to all sorts of documents, letters, envelopes, etc. This is one of the paper versions. It measures 1.5” in diameter, and sports a combination of blue and white colors. Its center displays a Hohenzollern Eagle superimposed over an anchor, with the words “Kaiserl. Marine Kommando des Kreuzergeschwaders” surrounding it around the edge. The Kaiserliche Marine had a heavy concentration of heavy and light cruisers that constituted an important section of the High Seas Fleet. For example, cruisers made up the biggest part of the East Asian Squadron (commanded by Maximilian Graf von Spee). [None of the latter survived the actions in the Indian Ocean or at the Battle of Falkland Islands). Also, at the Battle of Jutland (Skageraak), Franz von Hipper and his Cruiser Squadron saved the German fleet from disaster by covering the battleships’ withdrawal from action. Von Hipper’s combination of heavy and light cruisers were very mobile and effective and his actions gained him a Pour le Mérite and a Military Max Joseph Order and a Knighthood as a result of the battle. The stamp is in excellent condition.

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  • PETTY OFFICER TUNIC WHO COMMANDED THE ROYAL LAUNCH OF THE S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) HOHENZOLLERN. The S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PETTY OFFICER TUNIC WHO COMMANDED THE ROYAL LAUNCH OF THE S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) HOHENZOLLERN. The S.M.Y. (S.M.S.)

    SKU: 15-498

    $6,995.00

    Hohenzollern was the last and biggest of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yachts to actually see use. It was put into service in 1893. His grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I, was a much more modest man, and not anywhere near as flamboyant as his grandson. His royal yacht was a paddle wheeler! Whether it was opulent yachts such as the Hohenzollern, or the many uniforms and headdresses he owned, Wilhelm II was certainly over the top. Nothing stated that more than the royal yacht. It was Wilhelm II’s desire that Germany become a major sea power to equal England. Again, nothing stated those desires more than the Hohenzollern. She was essentially a floating palace. She sailed all over Europe for Wilhelm II and his family’s state visits or just for vacations. The Hohenzollern even made a trip to New York, although the Kaiser did not sail with her. More than 6,000 people visited her while she was docked in New York early during the 20th Century. The officers and men who served aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern were the cream of the German Navy. Their status was somewhat similar to that of the Regiment der Garde du Corps (GdC) on land. Officers selected to serve aboard the Hohenzollern were marked for advancement and promotion once they had served their stint aboard the royal yacht. As with the GdC, the enlisted men and NCO’s were men of the highest conduct level and character. To serve aboard the Hohenzollern and attend the royal family was…

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  • PETTY OFFICER'S NAVY DRESS TUNIC - ATTACHED TO THE NAVAL AIR SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PETTY OFFICER’S NAVY DRESS TUNIC – ATTACHED TO THE NAVAL AIR SERVICE

    SKU: 15-425

    $2,495.00

    This is a wonderful NCO dress tunic from the Kaiserliche Marine. This particular dress tunic was often referred to as a “Monkey Suit” or “Monkey Jacket.” What makes it even more desirable – the NCO was involved in the Imperial German Naval Air Service! The tunic is made of fine-grade, dark-blue wool. It features silver buttons throughout. It boasts two rows of nine silver buttons down its center. Each button displays the Kaiserliche Marine’s fouled anchor, and the Kaiser’s Hohenzollern Crown. In addition, a device consisting of two more silver buttons joined by a chain allows the tunic to hang open, but remain semi-secured. The collars exhibit the Imperial Naval Air Service’s twin, silver-toned, winged propellers. They are similar to the winged propellers seen on the shoulder boards/straps of the Imperial Army Air Service. The left sleeve exhibits a Petty Officer’s Rating Badge. I believe it indicates that he is an armorer. His cuffs display silver bullion tape indicating he is an NCO (Petty Officer). Extending upward from each sleeve are six more small, silver buttons. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. I see only one small moth nip on the obverse and one on the reverse. Inside the tunic is a complete cotton lining with many depot marks. These indicate it came from a naval depot, and was first placed in service on 19 April 1911. It evidently was reissued from the depot in 1916. I can tell you that finding naval aviation items is difficult, and…

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  • POSTCARD OR ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM FROM LINIENSCHIFF S.M.S. ELASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD OR ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM FROM LINIENSCHIFF S.M.S. ELASS

    SKU: 13-923

    $150.00

    This is an interesting postcard or original photograph album from the Battleship S.M.S. Elass. The S. M. S. Elass was a part of the five-ship Braunschweig Battleship Class (Linienschiffe). She was commissioned in 1904. By the time WW I began, she was considered obsolete. She was assigned to the Baltic fleet under Prinz Heinrich’s command. The S.M.S. Elass participated in a couple of minor engagements with Russian ships, was used for coastal defense, and finally was anchored at Kiel, where she was used as a floating barracks. She was scrapped in 1936. The album has a pebbled exterior and measures 16 ½” x 11″ x 1 1/4,” Embossed on the front cover is a shield with the S.M.S. Elass’s Coat-of-Arms. [Elass is the German word for Alsace, part of the Alsace-Lorraine territory along the French and German borders, with both French and German-speaking citizens. It was seized by Germany during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, and returned to France in 1919 as a result of the Treaty of Versailles]. Along with its Coat-of-Arms, the album is imprinted in gold with “Linienschiff Elass.” The album is massive, with a total of thirty-five double pages. Each page has the capability of housing eight postcards or postcard-sized photographs. The album can accommodate a total of two hundred-eighty (280) photographs/postcards. Each page is shielded by a protective glassine sheet. The inside back cover sports a tag for the Wilhelmshaven shop where it was purchased. The album is in excellent condition, overall. It is a unique…

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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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  • PRIVATELY-PURCHASED SHIPYARD DIVISION ENLISTED MAN’S DRESS TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRIVATELY-PURCHASED SHIPYARD DIVISION ENLISTED MAN’S DRESS TUNIC

    SKU: 13-982

    $650.00

    This is an ultra-high-quality dress tunic (“monkey jacket”) for an enlisted man who had duties in the Kaiserliche Marine’s shipyard division. A quick examination of the tunic reveals that it was privately-purchased by the sailor, NOT depot-issued. It is clearly prewar officers’ quality, although it sports NO tailor’s or manufacturer’s labels and does not indicate the sailor’s name. It is made from very high caliber dark-blue wool. The tunic boasts a double row of silver-toned buttons, nine per side (eighteen total). Since this tunic-style was never designed to be fully buttoned, a pair of buttons suspended from either end of a small extender chain actually held the tunic semi closed when worn. Six silver-toned buttons appear on each tunic cuff. The tunic’s interior sports an officers-style silk liner. This very elegant dress tunic is in marvelous condition and would display quite attractively.

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  • PROMOTION PATENT - NAVAL ENGINEER/OFFICER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PROMOTION PATENT – NAVAL ENGINEER/OFFICER

    SKU: 13-1050 XTM

    $125.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a fascinating, rare naval officer’s promotion patent (urkunde). Promotion patents were issued for both Army and Navy officers. Since Imperial Germany’s Navy was considerably smaller than its Army, its officers’ corps was also less plentiful. Prior to WW I, Kaiser Wilhelm II personally signed patents for Army officers above the rank of Hauptmann/Rittmeister, and above Kapitänleutnant in the Navy. Ranks below these were NOT signed. When fully opened, the document measures 28” x 17.” When folded in half, it measures 14” x 8 1/2.” As was the custom (for ease in mailing and/or presentation), the document has been folded two more times. Two pages contain printed information, while the two other pages are blank. The front page features the officer’s name, along with some of the document’s basic “boiler plate” information. The officer’s name was Otto Oerter. Apparently, he was a Marine Engineer Candidate (similar to a Fähnrich, the term for an Army officer candidate) at a Hamburg candidate training school. His promotion made him a Marine Ingenieur der Reserve, which was equivalent to a Leutnant zur See der Reserve, the lowest naval officer’s rank. The second page features Oerter’s appointment date, 1911. It also repeats the information that he was promoted from an Engineer candidate to an Ingenieur der Reserve at that time. It is very likely that he served during WW I, probably aboard one of the Kaiser Wilhelm II’s beloved Kaiserliche Marine vessels. The document is in excellent condition with…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - NAVY PETTY OFFICER - ENGINEERING SECTION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – NAVY PETTY OFFICER – ENGINEERING SECTION

    SKU: 23-521

    $75.00

    This is a single shoulder bard for a Kaiserliche Marine Petty Officer who served as an engineer. The board measures 4” x 1.5.” Its obverse features a brass Kaiser Krone, which is missing a small section from the end of its stole. [Its price has been lowered due to this defect]. Below it is a brass anchor embellished with a wheel/gear-like device indicating that this Petty Officer served aboard a naval vessel in its engineering department. The board’s obverse is covered with black corduroy, while its reverse is covered in red felt. A buttonhole appears above the Kaiser Krone for attaching the board to a tunic. Despite its slight defect, the board’s overall condition is quite good.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-BOOTSMANNMATT'S WINTER TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-BOOTSMANNMATT’S WINTER TUNIC

    SKU: 13-412

    $225.00

    This is the sleeve-rating-patch for an Ober-Bootsmannmatt (Chief Boatswain’s Mate). The patch is for this NCO-level sailor’s winter tunic. It is in very fine condition.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIER APPLIKANT'S WINTER TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIER APPLIKANT’S WINTER TUNIC

    SKU: 13-410

    $225.00

    This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Ingenieur-Applikant. This is for a Chief Engineering Cadet or Trainee. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIEUR APPLIKANT'S SUMMER TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIEUR APPLIKANT’S SUMMER TUNIC

    SKU: 13-409

    $225.00

    This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Ingenieur-Applikant. This is for a Chief Engineering Cadet or Trainee. This patch is for the summer tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-SIGNALMAAT'S WINTER TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-SIGNALMAAT’S WINTER TUNIC

    SKU: 13-411

    $250.00

    This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Signalmaat. It is for a Chief Signalman’s Mate, and is the equivalent to a U.S. Navy Senior Petty Officer. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR REICHSMARINE ORDINARY SEAMAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR REICHSMARINE ORDINARY SEAMAN

    SKU: 13-447

    $50.00

    This is a rating patch for an enlisted sailor in the Reichsmarine, from between the two World Wars. The patch has a blue woolen base, with a fouled anchor embroidered on it in yellow.

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  • REICHSMARINE OFFICER - BROCADE BELT - BUCKLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REICHSMARINE OFFICER – BROCADE BELT – BUCKLE

    SKU: 13-834

    $325.00

    This is a brocade belt and buckle for a Reichsmarine officer. The Reichsmarine was Germany’s Navy from the monarchy’s fall in 1918 until 1935, when the Third Reich’s Kriegsmarine replaced it. The Reichsmarine was severely limited to 15,000 men by the Treaty of Versailles, as was the number and size of the ships that Germany could use. The belt is classic brocade, with twin gray lines against a silver bullion background. The bullion’s toning is quite splendid. The belt buckle measures 2 ½” x 2 1/4,” and displays a superb gilt finish. It features a fouled anchor (as did the Kaiserliche Marine), but has no Kaiser Crown. The keeps are present, and the belt is 100% complete. The belt itself measures 33.” Its overall condition is excellent.

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  • REICHSMARINE OFFICER - BROCADE BELT - BUCKLE - PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REICHSMARINE OFFICER – BROCADE BELT – BUCKLE – PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 13-812

    $350.00

    This is a brocade belt and buckle for a Reichsmarine officer. The Reichsmarine was Germany’s Navy from the monarchy’s fall in 1918 until 1935, when the Third Reich’s Kriegsmarine replaced it. The Reichsmarine was severely limited to 15,000 men by the Treaty of Versailles, as were the number and size of the ships that Germany could use. The belt is classic brocade, with twin gray lines against a silver bullion background. The bullion’s toning is quite handsome. The belt buckle measures 2 ½” x 2 1/4,” and displays a superb gilt finish. It features a fouled anchor as did that of the Kaiserliche Marine, but has no Kaiser Crown. The keeps are present, and the belt is 100% complete. The belt itself measures 43″ x 1 7/8.” Its overall condition is excellent. A 5 3/8″ x 3 ½”photo of a Reichsmarine officer wearing a similar belt (I cannot say with certainty that the belt shown in the photograph is in fact the belt that we offer today.) accompanies the belt.

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

    RESERVE NAVY OFFICER FORE AND AFT CAP IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 13-529

    $2,295.00

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

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  • RING - NAVAL BUTTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RING – NAVAL BUTTON

    SKU: 13-734

    $95.00

    This ring was made from a naval tunic button. The button is gold-toned. It features a crown over a fouled anchor. In looking at the button, I am certain that it is not a German button but from another European country. It may well be English. The button is housed in a silver-toned setting. It is quite ornate. The ring is a size 7 1/4.

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  • S.M.S. SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN ENLISTED RESERVIST’S CAP TALLY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    S.M.S. SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN ENLISTED RESERVIST’S CAP TALLY

    SKU: 13-1018

    $150.00

    This is an unusual cap tally for an enlisted Kaiserliche Marine sailor. The S.M.S. Schleswig-Holstein was a battleship that was launched in 1908. She was the last of the older-style battleship, made just before Germany started began building the “Big Gun” battleships. She was a part of the five-ship Deutschland Class. As an older ship she was not a part of the front-line battleship squadron. She was relegated to a lesser role instead, although she did serve in the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). She survived WW I and the scrapping of German ships in the 1920’s. She saw some service in WW II, then was finally scrapped in 1947. The black silk cap tally measures 49″ in length. “Reserve S.M.S. Schleswig=Holstein” is embossed in silver on the tally’s front. The tally is in excellent condition. This is the first time that we have offered a Reservist’s cap tally.

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  • SANKE CARD - AUTOGRAPHED - GUNTHER PLÜSCHOW - NR 550 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD – AUTOGRAPHED – GUNTHER PLÜSCHOW – NR 550

    SKU: 19-291

    $395.00

    SANKE CARD – AUTOGRAPHED – GUNTHER PLÜSCHOW – NR 550. Gunther Plüschow (1886-1931) was an interesting WW I character. Prior to WW I’s onset, he was assigned to the Tsingtau naval base in China, where the East Asian Fleet was based under Vizeadmiral Maximilian Graf von Spee’s command. Two Taube observation aircraft were shipped to China where they were uncrated and assembled. The first one was piloted by another naval aviator, who crashed. Plüschow continued to fly his airplane until Tsingtau was evacuated. While flying away, he shot down a Japanese aircraft with his pistol! [This may have been the first allied airplane shot down in the war. It most certainly was the first shot down by the German Navy]! Plüschow burned his plane, then continued on foot across China, eventually sailing on a ship that got him to San Francisco. He crossed America and reached New York, where he sailed on a ship to Europe. He landed at Gibraltar and was arrested by the British. He was sent to a POW camp in England and in 1915 became the only German in either WW I or WW II who managed to escape from a British POW camp and return to Germany. After arriving home, Plüschow was highly decorated and promoted. He became an author whose first book was about his exploits during his return from China. It sold 700,000 copies during the war. After the war ended, he explored Patagonia and eventually was killed in 1931 when his plane…

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  • SHIP’S MESSENGER LAMP - KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SHIP’S MESSENGER LAMP – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 13-1048 XKA

    $1,995.00

    SHIP’S MESSENGER LAMP – KAISERLICHE MARINE. This is a consignment item. Here is one of the more interesting items for you naval enthusiasts, a messenger lamp from aboard a Kaiserliche Marine ship. Officially christened a Petroleum Schiffslampe (Petroleum Ship’s Lamp), Kaiserliche Marine, Messing mit Glas (Brass with Glass), it dates from approximately 1900. It is made of a combination of brass and glass. The handle at its top swings up and down, allowing it to be carried by hand. The lamp’s body is constructed of the highest-quality brass, as was required aboard a navy ship (brass being preferred, since it resists rusting). With the handle extended the lamp stands an impressive 22” (55.88 cm) tall. The circumference at the widest point measures 21 ” (53.34 cm). A vertical bracket/handle at its side, which measures 12”tall (30.48 cm), allowed the lamp to be attached to a bulkhead in a fixed position via a rivet or other metal attachment. The lamp weighs approximately 5 lbs. and 8 ounces, overall. [NOTE: I have seen only one similar lamp, but it was considerably smaller, standing 30 cm tall instead of this lamp’s impressive 55.88 cm]. As previously mentioned, the lamp used a petroleum-based fuel. Several mesh areas built into the brass allowed the heat and gas to escape. A brass cage encases a clear white glass section from which the gas flame’s light was emitted. As a matter of fact, it comes with a second glass section in case its original glass cover is…

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  • SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS

    SKU: 13-852

    $20.00

    These are silver-toned uniform buttons for an enlisted sailor’s tunic. The buttons measure 1/2″ in diameter. They are the larger sized that ran down a tunic’s center, NOT the smaller size used on the sleeves. The buttons have a frosted finish and bear the Kaiserliche Marine’s crowned, fouled anchor. We have a total of twenty-four buttons in the following quantities, with a variety of markings on the reverse. * Nine are marked “Extra Fein.” * Four are marked “Hochfeine Qualität.” * Four are marked “Ger. Ehlers – Kiel.” * One is marked “J&S Winns Sueine – Ludenscheid.” * Six are unmarked, with very short shanks. It has been some time since we have offered Navy buttons. They typically sell very quickly. This is a good opportunity to pick up a few for future needs or to replace a tunic’s missing button.

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  • SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS - PLAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS – PLAIN

    SKU: 13-853

    $20.00

    These are silver-toned uniform buttons for an enlisted sailor’s tunic. The buttons measure 1″ (20mm) in diameter. They are the larger sized that ran down a tunic’s center, NOT the smaller size used on the sleeves. The buttons have a mirrored finish and bear the Kaiserliche Marine’s crowned, fouled anchor. We have a total of twenty-four buttons in the following quantities, with a variety of markings on the reverse. * Eleven are marked “A & S Kaiserliche Marine.” * Eight are marked “Extra Fein.” Six Remain * Seven are marked “Hochfeine Qualität.” It has been some time since we have offered Navy buttons. They typically sell very quickly. This is a good opportunity to pick up a few for future needs or to replace a tunic’s missing button.

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  • SLEEVE OR CAP BADGE FOR THE REICHSMARINE OR MERCHANT MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SLEEVE OR CAP BADGE FOR THE REICHSMARINE OR MERCHANT MARINE

    SKU: 13-417

    $95.00

    This is an interesting sleeve or cap badge for either the Reichsmarine (Post WW I) or the Merchant Marine. Mounted on a piece of feldgrau wool measuring 2 ½” x 3″ is a gilt-toned fouled anchor flanked by oak leaves. It is in very fine condition.

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  • SLEEVE PATCH FOR NAVY MACHINEGUN CREW MEMBER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SLEEVE PATCH FOR NAVY MACHINEGUN CREW MEMBER

    SKU: 13-891

    $695.00

    This is one of the rarest Navy sleeve rating patches you will ever see. I was quite stunned when I first saw it. It is for a man assigned to a naval machinegun crew, most likely aboard a ship rather than a shore installation. The patch is oval-shaped and measures 3″ x 2.”  The patch’s background material is black. A red border encircles the patch’s edge. A profile of a M-08 Machinegun appears within the border. (It is similar to the Army Machinegun Badge). As the German Navy was considerably smaller than the German Army, it is only logical that the number of Navy men trained to crew a machinegun was a mere fraction of their army counterparts.  The patch is in stone-mint condition. We are very pleased to share it with you. 

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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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  • U-BOOT BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U-BOOT BADGE

    SKU: 13-1017 XRH

    $795.00

    This is a consignment item. The U-Boot Badge was instituted on 1 February 1918. Like the Imperial German Air Service’s assorted flight badges, it was a qualification badge. Aviators and sailors needed to fulfill certain qualifications in order to receive one of these badges. Whereas the Imperial German Air Service had four basic types of flight qualification badges, the Kaiserliche Marine (excluding its Air arm) had only one U-Boot Abzeichen. Just prior to WW II (starting in 1935), the Kriegsmarine had added a number of badges for its various sizes and types of surface ships, in addition to the U-Boot Badge. To earn the qualification badge, every sailor (officer, NCO, or enlisted man) had to serve aboard a U-Boot and participate in three war patrols. The badge is oval-shaped and measures 2″ x 2.” An oval wreath of leaves contains within it a U-Boot complete with its conning tower and bridge. A periscope is also evident. A detailed Hohenzollern Crown appears at the badge’s top. The badge displays a marvelous patina that has not been cleaned for decades, turning it a burnished gilt. The badge’s reverse features a gorgeous swollen (coke bottle type) pin. This particular style of pin (also seen on custom 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class) is a mark of excellent quality and attention to detail. Another unusual detail of the pin is that is vertical, not horizontal as on most badges. We can also see on the pin where it has been slightly pressed in. It is…

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    U-BOOT BADGE

    SKU: 13-1017

    $795.00

    This is a consignment item. The U-Boot Badge was instituted on 1 February 1918. Like the Imperial German Air Service’s assorted flight badges, it was a qualification badge. Aviators and sailors needed to fulfill certain qualifications in order to receive one of these badges. Whereas the Imperial German Air Service had four basic types of flight qualification badges, the Kaiserliche Marine (excluding its Air arm) had only one U-Boot Abzeichen. Just prior to WW II (starting in 1935), the Kriegsmarine had added a number of badges for its various sizes and types of surface ships, in addition to the U-Boot Badge. To earn the qualification badge, every sailor (officer, NCO, or enlisted man) had to serve aboard a U-Boot and participate in three war patrols. The badge is oval-shaped and measures 2″ x 2.” An oval wreath of leaves contains within it a U-Boot complete with its conning tower and bridge. A periscope is also evident. A detailed Hohenzollern Crown appears at the badge’s top. The badge displays a marvelous patina that has not been cleaned for decades, turning it a burnished gilt. The badge’s reverse features a gorgeous swollen (coke bottle type) pin. This particular style of pin (also seen on custom 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class) is a mark of excellent quality and attention to detail. Another unusual detail of the pin is that is vertical, not horizontal as on most badges. We can also see on the pin where it has been slightly pressed in. It is…

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  • U-BOOT BADGE WITH .800 SILVER HALLMARK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U-BOOT BADGE WITH .800 SILVER HALLMARK

    SKU: 13-1016

    $995.00

    This is an exciting WW I U-Boot Badge. The award was instituted on 1 February 1918. Like the Imperial German Air Service’s assorted flight badges, it was a qualification badge. Aviators and sailors needed to fulfill certain qualifications in order to receive one of these badges. Whereas the Imperial German Air Service had four basic types of flight qualification badges, the Kaiserliche Marine (excluding its Air arm) had only one U-Boot Abzeichen. Just prior to WW II (starting in 1935), the Kriegsmarine had added a number of badges for its various sizes and types of surface ships, in addition to the U-Boot Badge. To earn the qualification badge, every sailor (officer, NCO, or enlisted man) had to serve aboard a U-Boot and participate in three war patrols. The badge is oval-shaped and measures 2″ x 2.” An oval wreath of leaves contains within it a U-Boot complete with its conning tower and bridge. A periscope is also evident. A detailed Hohenzollern Crown appears at the badge’s top. The badge displays a marvelous patina that has not been cleaned for decades, turning it a burnished gilt. The badge’s reverse features a gorgeous swollen (coke bottle type) pin. This particular style of pin (also seen on custom 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class) is a mark of excellent quality and attention to detail. We can also see on the pin where it has been slightly pressed in. It is a sure sign that the badge was actually worn on a tunic. More often…

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  • U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE BAUER COMMANDING - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) – OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE BAUER COMMANDING

    SKU: 13-854

    $395.00

    The UC 14 was a UC I Class Boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct. 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla. Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Today we are offering the UC 14’s Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 24 December through 28 December 1915 under Bauer’s command. The document measures 8 1/4″ x 13.” It consists of two-sided pages, totaling four pages of typed information, with additional pencilled comments and other information. The report consists of a daily recap of his vessel’s activities. It includes their exact position and the activities performed on that given date. It mentions mines, ship-sightings,…

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  • U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) – OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING

    SKU: 13-856

    $595.00

    The UC 14 was a UC I Class Boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct. 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla. Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Today we are offering the UC 14’s Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 12 April through 20 April 1916 under Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker’s command. The report is typewritten, with a total of five typewritten sheets (as well as one blank page). This is all bound together with a string. The document measures 8 1/4″ x 13.” The daily observations and results are noted, including daily positions, etc. Each daily report is signed “Becker.”…

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  • U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) – OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING

    SKU: 13-857

    $695.00

    The UC 14 was a UC I Class boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla. Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Today we are offering the UC 14’s Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 18 June through 24 June 1916 under Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker’s command. The report is typewritten, with a total of three typewritten sheets (as well as one blank page). The document measures 8 1/4″ x 13.” The daily observations and results are noted which includes daily positions, etc. Each daily report is signed “Becker.” The last entry bears his full signature…

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  • U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) -OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) -OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING

    SKU: 13-855

    $495.00

    The UC 14 was a UC I Class Boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct. 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla. Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Today we are offering the UC 14’s Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 4 April through 7 Aril 1916 under Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker’s command. The report is typewritten, with a total of three typewritten sheets (as well as several blank pages). This is all bound together with a string. The document measures 8 1/4″ x 13.” The daily observations and results are noted, including daily positions, etc. The document is well-organized, extremely neat,…

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  • U-BOOT UC-23'S COMBAT PATROL REPORT - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE JOHANNES KIRSCHNER COMMANDING - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U-BOOT UC-23’S COMBAT PATROL REPORT – OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE JOHANNES KIRSCHNER COMMANDING

    SKU: 13-900

    $1,095.00

    This is a combat patrol report for the UC-23 under Oberleutnant zur See Johannes Kirchner’s command. The Kaiserliche Marine operated several U-Boot classes and types. One of its smaller classes was the “UC,” which featured coastal boats that also laid mines in designated areas. The UC-23 was commissioned in July 1916, assigned to the Constantinople Flotilla to operate primarily in the Mediterranean. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Johannes Kirschner. He was an early U-Boot commander who also served on the UC 13 and UC 48 (his final command, which lasted through the war’s end). The UC 23 was responsible for sinking forty-five ships, nineteen under Kirschner’s command (July 1916-1917). [It is also worth mentioning that Kirschner received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class during his career]. Today we are offering the UC 23’s interesting and very neatly typed combat patrol report from 18–24 February 1917. The cover sheet displays all the U-Boot’s basic information: its name, the time period, and so on. It also is marked by the various entities who reviewed the document, from Kirschner’s immediate superior to Berlin’s Admiralty. It is one of the more detailed combat patrol reports that I have encountered. It has a daily report with hourly notations where needed. At the end of each day’s events, Kirschner signed it boldly in black ink. The report features six-to-seven Johannes Kirschner signatures. The daily notations mention weather conditions, conditions on board the UC 23, and sightings. I have not read it in…

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  • VETERAN'S CANTEEN/FLASK - S.M.S. BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VETERAN’S CANTEEN/FLASK – S.M.S. BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 13-720

    $725.00

    Today we are offering a veteran’s flask/canteen from the Kaiserliche Marine. The veteran’s canteen/flask was one of a variety of items a veteran might acquire to commemorate his military service. Perhaps the most common item was a stein, but we also see veterans’ pipes, boxes, etc. The Kaiserliche Marine was always a much smaller branch of the German military than the Army. Veterans’ items like this are always sought-after and prized by collectors. Our offering today is an unusual sailor’s flask from aboard the WW I battleship S.M.S. Braunschweig. The central part is a brilliant white porcelain flask. It is framed by a silver-toned holder. The flask’s obverse displays a Hohenzollern Crown, with a fouled anchor. The flask’s strap is interwoven with blue and yellow, which are Braunschweig’s state colors. This is a very fine piece. It certainly will be of interest to you naval collectors.

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