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Merchandise from the Gardes du Corps and More: Items from the Regiment der Gardes du Corps and the Jäger-Regiments zu Pferde (50)

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  • Sale! BOOK  - GERMAN LANGUAGE- REGIMENT GARDES du CORPS 1740 - 1890 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – GERMAN LANGUAGE- REGIMENT GARDES du CORPS 1740 – 1890

    SKU: 50-27

    $125.00 $95.00

    This is a consignment item. The small book details the Garde du Corps’ history from 1740 until 1890. In addition to a brief regimental history, the book even lists officers who served from 1745 to 1890. [The latter information was taken from the GdC’s official Ranglisten over those years]. The book goes even further, listing the Regiment’s enlisted men and NCO’s, as well as casualties from conflicts. I even saw a list of decorations from 1807 (BEFORE the Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class) extended though the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. It is a fine, compact book that will be helpful for researching the regiment’s history, as well as those of the men who served in it.

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  • Sale! COMMEMORATIVE SILVER PLATE - POST WW I  FOR  NCO - REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMMEMORATIVE SILVER PLATE – POST WW I FOR NCO – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    SKU: 50-38

    $295.00 $195.00

    COMMEMORATIVE SILVER PLATE – POST WW I FOR NCO – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS This is a consignment item. It is a lovely silver plate to a Regiment der Garde du Corps Wachtmeister. The plate is dated 1.10.1927, some nine or ten years after his service in the regiment. The plate measures 11″ in diameter. The edges are scalloped to give it character. In the center is a crowned cypher that appears to be GdC (not what they used during the Imperial German Period, but by 1927, who knows?). The date appears directly below it. Text circling the plate’s outer section reads “Dem letzten etatmäßigen Wachtmeister des Regts. Gardes du Corps” (The last regular Watch Master of the Regiments [der] Gardes du Corps) across the top, “Die Traditions-Schwadron” (The Traditional Squadron) across the bottom. The obverse displays a number of problem areas, with a great deal of small scratches scattered across its surface. Several distinct smudges also affect the plate’s bottom third. The plate’s reverse features the half moon and Hohenzollern Crown silver hallmarks as mandated by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1885, as well as a .800 silver hallmark. These are followed by a hallmark for the jewelry firm that produced it, “D. GADEBUSCH.” [The Potsdam jewelry firm was founded in 1844. It was moved to Cologne (Köln) after WW 2, where it remains in business to this day]. While the condition is not quite what we prefer, please remember that it is nearly ninety-years-old and has been through…

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  • Sale! ENLISTED MAN’S PRIVATELY-PURCHASED KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 KOLLER - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S PRIVATELY-PURCHASED KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 KOLLER – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 50-05

    $3,195.00 $1,995.00

    It is an enlisted man’s Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 “koller” (the regimental tunic for Prussian Küraßier or Jäger zu Pferde units). Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 was among Prussia’s most-elite Küraßier-Regiments. It was founded in 1717, garrisoned at Pasewalk, and attached to the II. Armeekorps. Its Regimental Chef was the Kaiserin, Augusta Viktoria (1858-1921), who was also Königin of Prussia. [The Kaiserin’s eldest son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, was associated with the regiment as an à la Suite officer, as he was with 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 and 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß]. The regiment displayed special emblems on its gilt-toned küraßes pertaining to battle honors granted it from a key battle in the 1745 War of Austrian Succession, 4 June’s Battle of Hohenfriedberg. [Frederick the Great led his Prussians against a large force of Austrians and Saxons at Hohenfriedberg. It was a total rout]. In addition to displaying the special devices on their küraßes, the regiment boasted bandeaux on their spiked helmets with the battle’s name and date. [The device featured a Hohenzollern Crown surrounded by regimental flags representing the sixty-seven Austrian and Saxon flags/standards captured at Hohenfriedberg. As indicated above, the “koller” tunic style was worn ONLY by Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde Regiments. The term referenced their tunics’ uniquely-shaped collars. [Another connection between the two regiment types was their extended-rear-visored metal helmets, which were designed to protect their wearers’ necks]. While the Gardes du Corps (GdC) was considered to be the Imperial German Army’s top-of-the-line unit, the Garde-Küraßier Regiment,…

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  • Sale! ENLISTED MAN’S WARTIME ISSUE (M-1915) JÄGER-REGIMENT zu PFERDE HELMET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S WARTIME ISSUE (M-1915) JÄGER-REGIMENT zu PFERDE HELMET

    SKU: 50-56

    $1,695.00 $1,525.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a wartime enlisted man’s Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde helmet. Literally translated, Jäger-zu-Pferde means “Hunter on Horse (back).” Jäger-Regiments zu Pferde were an early 20th Century creation, although Kavallerie units were already outmoded. The last major cavalry charge came during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, some thirty years before the first Jäger zu Pferde-Regiment was established. Changes in military tactics, along with the advent of automatic rifles and machine guns, rendered cavalry charges obsolete, although all WW I’s participants were slow to acknowledge the change. Mounted troops’ actions in early WW I usually were limited to scouting missions. [Manfred von Richthofen began the war as a Ulanen-Regiment officer and quickly transferred to the Imperial German Air Service to see more action]. The first Jäger-Regiments zu Pferde (JzP) were raised in 1905 and the last in 1913 (seven in that year)! Before 1914’s end, virtually all participating cavalry regiments had turned in their horses (which were put to use transporting artillery pieces). They fought as dismounted troops, joining their infantry “brothers” in the trenches. The JzP sported metal helmets with long back visors (often referred to as “lobstertails”), similar to those worn by Küraßier-Regiments. [The lengthy visors were relics from the Küraßiers heavy-armor days, meant to protect their wearers’ necks from sword slashes during combat. By the time the JzP arrived on the scene, their use was primarily decorative]. The JzP’s helmet color also differed from that of the Küraßier-Regiments. The Küraßiers helmets were either gold or…

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  • Sale! FLAGPOLE TOPPER FOR REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS VETERANS’ GROUP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLAGPOLE TOPPER FOR REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS VETERANS’ GROUP

    SKU: 50-37

    $1,995.00 $1,695.00

    FLAGPOLE TOPPER FOR REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS VETERANS’ GROUP This is a consignment item. Veterans’ groups played a large part in the lives of veterans after they had completed their military service. Sometimes these groups were organized on a regional or citywide basis to include ALL veterans regardless of the regiment in which they had originally served. It comes as no surprise, then, that the most well known and elite veterans’ organization was that for the Regiment der Gardes du Corps. Veteran groups had flags produced to represent their regiments/groups. At the meetings, the banner for their regiment/organization was proudly displayed. The banner was attached to a flagpole that usually had a topper attached it. The flag/banner along with the personalized topper (often an Iron Cross was part it) completed the presentation. It was featured at the front of the room, or displayed at the head of the group when they were on parade. As the Regiment der Gardes du Corps was the Imperial German Army’s most elite regiment, it was only fitting that the topper for THEIR banner was the emblematic crowned Hohenzollern Eagle with outspread wings. When mounted on a gleaming golden helmet, these Eagles made for a very impressive sight. Our offering is that same Hohenzollern Eagle, but attached to a ball. It weighs 3 lbs., 9 oz. and is 10 ½” tall. The ball’s bottom has a pipe extending down that allowed it to be slipped into a flagpole. The Eagle looks fairly close in…

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  • Sale! HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S FELDGRAU INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 92 GENERALMAJOR MANTEL (OVERCOAT) - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S FELDGRAU INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 92 GENERALMAJOR MANTEL (OVERCOAT) – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 50-01

    $4,995.00 $3,395.00

    This is a mantel (overcoat) once owned by the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Herzog Ernst August (1887-1953). Ernst August was Braunschweig’s final Duke, who married Viktoria Luise (1892-1980), Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s only daughter. [Braunschweig was the Kingdom of Hannover’s vassal state, until both were absorbed into Prussia following their defeat in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Braunschweig’s ducal succession was rather confused at the time. Otto von Bismarck stepped in to block the purported Hannover/Braunschweig next-in-line from ascending the throne. Instead, Prussia’s Prinz Albrecht (1837-1906) was named as Braunschweig’s regent, a role in which he served from 1885 to 1906. (Albrecht’s father was Wilhelm I and Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s brother). Prinz Albrecht had been a military officer, serving as the Hannover-based X. Armeekorps’ commander prior to his regency. Another Prussian took over the regency after Albrecht’s 1906 death. Following Ernst August’s 1913 marriage to Viktoria Luise (THE year’s social event and the European crowned heads’ last major gathering before WW I), Ernst August was allowed to become Braunschweig’s final Herzog. Braunschweig was then afforded greater independence, but remained a Prussian vassal state. Young Ernst August was the Regimental Chef for his Duchy’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, a well as Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. The Braunschweigisches Infantry Regiment Nr. 92 was founded in 1809. The regiment was garrisoned in the capital city of Braunschweig, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. Braunschweigisches Infantry Regiment Nr. 92 possessed a fabled history. Among the battles and campaigns in which it participated were the 1808…

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  • Sale! HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 GENERALMAJOR PALETOT (OVERCOAT) - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 GENERALMAJOR PALETOT (OVERCOAT) – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 50-02

    $3,995.00 $2,750.00

    This is a “paletot” (a loose or fitted overcoat, originally a medieval French term, later used in 19th Century Germany) once owned by the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Herzog Ernst August (1887-1953). Ernst August was Braunschweig’s final Duke, who married Viktoria Luise (1892-1980), Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s only daughter. [Braunschweig was the Kingdom of Hannover’s vassal state, until both were absorbed into Prussia following their defeat in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Braunschweig’s ducal succession was rather confused at the time. Otto von Bismarck stepped in to block the purported Hannover/Braunschweig next-in-line from ascending the throne. Instead, Prussia’s Prinz Albrecht (1837-1906) was named as Braunschweig’s regent, a role in which he served from 1885 to 1906. (Albrecht’s father was Wilhelm I and Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s brother). Prinz Albrecht had been a military officer, serving as the Hannover-based X. Armeekorps’ commander prior to his regency. Another Prussian took over the regency after Albrecht’s 1906 death. Following Ernst August’s 1913 marriage to Viktoria Luise (THE year’s social event and the European crowned heads’ last major gathering before WW I), Ernst August was allowed to become Braunschweig’s final Herzog. Braunschweig was then afforded greater independence, but remained a Prussian vassal state. The Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 was founded in 1809. The regiment was garrisoned in the capital city of Braunschweig, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 possessed a fabled history. Among the battles and campaigns in which it participated were: the Peninsula Campaign (Spain and Portugal) with Wellington,…

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  • Sale! HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 7 OFFICER’S BUSBY IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION WITH TWO STORAGE CONTAINERS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 7 OFFICER’S BUSBY IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION WITH TWO STORAGE CONTAINERS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 33-322

    $9,995.00 $8,495.00

    This is a consignment item, a truly amazing Husaren-Regiment Nr 7 officer’s busby. What sets it apart from so many others is its condition. Often, an antique headdress has remained in such excellent shape due to the way it has been stored. This particular busby has TWO storage cases, one for the helmet itself and the other for its parade feathers. These have kept everything in as near-to-mint condition as possible. [I continue to preach the importance of condition because that, dear friends, is what distinguishes a first-rate collection from the merely run-of-the-mill. In my opinion, ONE excellent item easily trumps TEN average pieces. Junk never improves with age, while top-quality items provide great short-term enjoyment AND increase in value as the years go by]! This very tasty officer’s busby comes from Husaren-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (1. Rheinisches) Nr 7. The regiment was created in 1815, close to the Napoleonic Wars’ end at the Battle of Waterloo. The regiment was garrisoned at Bonn (West Germany’s former capital prior to Germany’s reunification and Berlin’s restoration as the governmental seat). As a Prussian Regiment, it was attached to the Prussian VIII. Armeekorps. The busby dates to around 1900, meaning it sports rich, chocolate otter fur rather than the later-mandated light-gray opossum fur. Both furs are very lovely and desirable. Quite frankly, when the fur is in such good condition, it is simply a matter of personal preference. As I hold this gem in my hands, I am awed that something more than…

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  • Sale! KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 OFFICER’S DRESS KOLLER AND SASH - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 OFFICER’S DRESS KOLLER AND SASH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-675

    $2,995.00 $2,495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s Küraßier-Regiment von Driesen (Westfälisches) Nr 4 dress tunic (koller), which was worn at formal affairs and parades. The regiment was founded in 1717 and garrisoned at Münster, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde’s dress tunics were unlike those of all the other troops, even those from other Kavallerie Regiments (the Ulanen’s ulankas and the Husaren’s attilas). The difference lies in the Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde’s collar design and the way its decorative trim is arranged. The trim (in regimental colors) is used on the koller’s front, collar and cuffs, and is referred to as borte (border). When you look at the photos that accompany this selection, you will note that the collar and its trim are rounded from the collar’s upper section to the midpoint where it flows down into the borte decorating the koller’s front. You will also notice that the koller has NO visible buttons on its front. Instead, the borte conceals a hook and eye system beneath it so that the tunic front presents a smooth appearance once everything is secured. It is an extremely elegant design. The koller is made of fine white wool. The each tunic half’s front sports the previously-mentioned, regimentally-correct, red and silver bullion borte running from collar-to-bottom down its center edge. Furthermore, the same borte adorns each cuff, along with two silver-toned buttons on each sleeve. The koller comes with two correct, very fine epaulettes.…

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  • Sale! OFFICER’S LINE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT KÜRAß - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S LINE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT KÜRAß

    SKU: 15-674

    $7,995.00 $6,495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a high quality officer’s küraß for a Prussian Line-Küraßier-Regiment. Küraßiers were considered the German Army’s heavy cavalry. They harkened back to when cavalrymen dashed madly across battlefields to fight enemy cavalry and infantry units. The Küraßiers heyday reigned from the 18th Century through the early 19th Century’s Napoleonic Wars. Their usefulness gradually diminished as firearms and artillery became more sophisticated and the 19th Century evolved into the 20th. The same was true of Germany’s other Kavallerie units, which included Ulanen, Dragoner, Husaren, and Chevauleger Regiments. While their tactical usefulness diminished, their ceremonial value greatly increased with the German Empire’s 1871 formation. The Küraßier Regiments took pride of place during this time, particularly Prussia’s Regiment der Gardes du Corps (GdC) and Saxony’s Garde-Reiter-Regiment, both of which displayed elaborate uniforms and headdress. Five Prussian Army Line-Küraßier-Regiments wore küraßes like the example we are offering today. It features a simple silver-toned finish along with certain gold-toned fittings such as bolts, circular adornments, and the nipple posts to which its securing belts are attached. The securing belts are particularly important, and are attached to the shoulder tops of the küraß’s back section. [The belts themselves greatly resemble an officer’s pickelhaube chinstraps with their individual, overlapping metal scales]. A high-relief ornamental lion’s head within a shield appears just behind the actual attachment device. Once they are secured by the attachment device, the belts are then laid over the wearer’s shoulders to be secured to the corresponding posts on…

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  • Sale! PREWAR ENLISTED MAN’S JÄGER-REGIMENT zu PFERDE Nr 7 DEPOT-ISSUED HELMET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PREWAR ENLISTED MAN’S JÄGER-REGIMENT zu PFERDE Nr 7 DEPOT-ISSUED HELMET

    SKU: 50-55

    $2,595.00 $2,325.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a pre war enlisted man’s Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde helmet. Literally translated, Jäger-zu-Pferde means “Hunter on Horse (back).” Jäger-Regiments zu Pferde were an early 20th Century creation, although Kavallerie units were already outmoded. The last major cavalry charge came during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, some thirty years before the first Jäger zu Pferde-Regiment was established. Changes in military tactics, along with the advent of automatic rifles and machine guns, rendered cavalry charges obsolete, although all WW I’s participants were slow to acknowledge the change. Mounted troops’ actions in early WW I usually were limited to scouting missions. [Manfred von Richthofen began the war as a Ulanen-Regiment officer and quickly transferred to the Imperial German Air Service to see more action]. The first Jäger-Regiments zu Pferde (JzP) were raised in 1905 and the last in 1913 (seven in that year)! Before 1914’s end, virtually all participating cavalry regiments had turned in their horses (which were put to use transporting artillery pieces). They fought as dismounted troops, joining their infantry “brothers” in the trenches. The JzP sported metal helmets with long back visors (often referred to as “lobstertails”), similar to those worn by Küraßier-Regiments. [The lengthy visors were relics from the Küraßiers heavy-armor days, meant to protect their wearers’ necks from sword slashes during combat. By the time the JzP arrived on the scene, their use was primarily decorative]. The JzP’s helmet color also differed from that of the Küraßier-Regiments. The Küraßiers helmets were either gold…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA -  SCHIRMÜTZE - OFFICER’S -REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – OFFICER’S -REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS

    SKU: 50-49

    $950.00 $850.00

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – OFFICER’S -REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS This is a consignment item. It is a Regiment der Garde du Corps officer’s schirmütze. It is the tall elegant prewar style (NOT feldgrau). Its body is made of a superior-quality white wool. A wide red trim band measuring 1 ¾” sits above the black visor. The latter shows some signs of wear and some breaks in the black lining material. The cap front’s center features the correct Reich and State officer’s kokarden. A single narrow red trim band encircles the cap’s top. The exterior shows some signs of minor soiling and age, with some very small moth tracks. They have not bloomed into full-blown moth nips. One must look carefully to see them. The interior reveals a well-used brown leather sweatband that shows some cracks. The interior visor is brown. The cap’s golden/wheat-colored liner is a treated fabric (oilcloth) that repels moisture and lessens hair oil stains. This is a decent visor cap, although not a great one. It is still quite attractive and desirable coming from such an elite regiment.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - BELT WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - OFFICER’S - HUSAREN REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BELT WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON – OFFICER’S – HUSAREN REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-670

    $2,395.00 $1,795.00

    PRUSSIA – BELT WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON – OFFICER’S – HUSAREN REGIMENT This is a consignment item. Today we are offering a wonderful Prussian Husaren Regiment Officer’s parade belt. It is a very hard-to-find accessory worn by Prussian Husaren officers on dress occasions. The belt features stone-mint brown leather attachments at either end for securing the belt. The belt itself consists of many thin braided silver and black-chevroned bullion strings that are threaded through three sets of braided silver bullion tubes. [The tubes, which number five per set, are securely threaded together]. An aiguillette-like section is attached by its braided rosette between two of tube sections. The “aiguillette” itself consists of two thicker silver bullion cords that encircle the looped-together strings near one of the leather fasteners. The aiguillette’s OTHER end features two portépée-like devices made of bullion and coiled silver-toned tinsel, which hang down from the rosette opposite to the aiguillette’s cords. A white silk lining is attached to the belt’s reverse behind the tube sets and the aiguillette’s rosette. It is intact, but shows some minor soiling. The belt measures 30 ½” when fully lengthened. The belt has been housed in its original storage carton over all these years. The carton measures 8″ in diameter. Both carton halves are in excellent condition. Its original one-hundred-year-old tissue paper lines the carton’s bottom. This explains the belt’s superb condition! It is a mint-condition Husaren officer’s belt. You could search for years and find none better. Even in a lesser condition,…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN’S  - REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS - IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN’S – REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS – IN FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION

    SKU: 04-717

    $9,495.00 $7,995.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the enlisted man’s helmet for the Regiment der Gardes du Corps. Its owner tells me it is a Model 1866 or 1867 that was updated through the Garde Depot. By looking at the helmet, we can also see that it is pre-1897, when the addition of the Reich’s Kokarde was mandated. This helmet has only the white and black (state colors) Prussia’s State Kokarde. Kokarden for Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde metal helmets sport a much larger kokarde than Infanterie, Kavallerie, or Artillerie helmets. I estimate that the Küraßier Kokarde is about 50% larger than the Army’s other divisions. All enlisted men were offered the opportunity to receive their uniforms, their dress headdresses and daily wear from the Army Depot. (Some soldiers opted to purchase their own). When a soldier completed his enlistment with his regiment, he returned the gear to the Depot. It then inspected the items to determine what it would take to make them suitable for issuance to the next soldier. Such may have been the case with this helmet, since it was easier to upgrade or repair metal helmets than leather pickelhauben. The helmet’s exterior displays substantial age and patina. [Please note that the helmet exhibits a gold tone]. It possesses an extended rear visor that was often referred to as a “Lobster Tail.” Küraßier-Regiments were considered “heavy” cavalry, having originated when those soldiers and their mounts wore heavy armor. By the 19th Century, the Küraßier’s armor had devolved…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH WITH OVERSIZED FRAMED  - ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S - REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH WITH OVERSIZED FRAMED – ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S – REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS

    SKU: 50-53

    $195.00 $150.00

    PRUSSIA – PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH WITH OVERSIZED FRAMED – ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S – REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS This is a consignment item. It is an oversized photograph of an enlisted man/NCO wearing the Regiment Garde du Corps dress koller. The koller was the special tunic worn by the officers and men serving in Küraßier or Jäger zu Pferde Regiments. The uniforms worn by these regiment types boasted unique collars that were unlike any others within the Imperial German Army. The GdC’s parade (dress) koller was white with red trim. For a special effect, the photo has been enhanced with hand-painted colors. Its subject sports a (red) Supravest, a garment unique to the Regiment der Gardes du Corps, pulled over his tunic. A large, predominately white Garde Star decorates the vest’s front. He is wearing a red and white sash, and sports three red chevrons for the highest lance proficiency on his sleeve. The young trooper even boasts a Kaiser Wilhelm II style mustache! The silver-toned frame measures 9″ x 11 ½.” The photo within the frame measures 5 ¾” x 8 ¼.” This is gorgeous depiction of a proud young man from Imperial Germany most elite regiment.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PREWAR SLEEVE DEVICE/PATCH FOR KÜRAßIER KOLLER  - REGIMENTAL FAHNENTRÄGER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PREWAR SLEEVE DEVICE/PATCH FOR KÜRAßIER KOLLER – REGIMENTAL FAHNENTRÄGER

    SKU: 50-09

    $2,295.00 $1,525.00

    PRUSSIA – PREWAR SLEEVE DEVICE/PATCH FOR KÜRAßIER KOLLER – REGIMENTAL FAHNENTRÄGER One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain its regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had fascinating traditions with regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flagpoles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might be topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - SCHIRMÜTZE - NCO’S -REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – NCO’S -REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS

    SKU: 50-50

    $750.00 $625.00

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – NCO’S -REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS This is a consignment item. It is a Regiment der Garde du Corps NCO’s schirmütze. Instead of a tall peaked look, this man preferred the cavalry’s popular “crusher” style. The latter was accomplished by removing much of the cap’s interior stiffening. Some officers removed all of it so they could roll their cap up and stick it in a jacket or back pocket. Manfred von Richthofen did so (I have held one of his schirmützen in my hands, and that was how it looked). The cap is prewar, so its body is made of top-quality white wool (NOT feldgrau). A wide red trim band measuring 1 ¾” sits above the black visor, which has a crusher’s crinkled appearance. The cap front’s center features the correct Reich and State officer’s kokarden. A single narrow red trim band encircles the cap’s top. The exterior displays some scattered moth nips and moth tracking (NOT a large amount). The latter are not detractive to the cap’s overall appearance. The interior reveals a gently-used brown leather sweatband. Its interior visor displays a great deal of staining. Its rough silk liner is ivory in color. The initials “A. E. N.” are stamped on the silk liner beneath a crown. This is the first GdC NCO’s schirmütze that I have offered, and it has a wonderful appearance. The man wearing it must have looked jaunty!

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS -  LEUTNANT’S  - REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT’S – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    SKU: 50-22

    $895.00 $495.00

    This is a pair of Regiment Gardes du Corps leutnant’s shoulder boards. The Regiment was founded in 1740 by Friedrich der Große. It was garrisoned in Potsdam and attached to the Gardekorps. These boards are of the slip-on variety, which is more unusual for a leutnant. They were typically found, however, on coats such as the waffenrock or litewka. More commonly, they came in the sewn-in type board. The boards sport the Regiment Gardes du Corps’ double underlay of red and white. They display prewar silver bullion tops with Prussia’s black chevrons. The pair was tied together in storage. The board that was stored on top shows darkened areas on the bullion where the string was attached. Otherwise, they are in very good condition.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT’S  - REGIMENT der GARDES DU CORPS FELDGRAU M-1910 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT’S – REGIMENT der GARDES DU CORPS FELDGRAU M-1910

    SKU: 50-24

    $995.00 $695.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT’S – REGIMENT der GARDES DU CORPS FELDGRAU M-1910 This is a rare pair of Regiment der Gardes du Corps leutnant’s M-1910 feldgrau shoulder boards used during WW I. The regiment was founded by Friedrich der Große in 1740. It was garrisoned in Potsdam and attached to the Gardekorps. These boards are of the sewn-in variety. The boards sport the Regiment Gardes du Corps’ double underlay of red and white. They display Prussia’s wartime (M-1910) grey tops with black and white chevrons.

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  • Sale! REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS ENLISTED MAN’S COLORIZED CABINET PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS ENLISTED MAN’S COLORIZED CABINET PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 50-28

    $75.00 $50.00

    This is a consignment item. Cabinet Photographs are larger-sized examples of Cartes des Visite. This particular photograph measures 4 ½ x 6 ½.” It has been colorized. It shows an enlisted man wearing the Garde du Corps’ full dress uniform. It includes the supravest, which was ONLY worn by the GdC. He stands holding his sword, while his Hohenzollern Eagle-topped parade helmet rests on a table beside him. The photo’s bottom sports a Potsdam photographer’s name, whose studio was located in the same Berlin suburb where the GdC was based.

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  • Sale! REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS ENLISTED MAN PALLASCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS ENLISTED MAN PALLASCH

    SKU: 50-48

    $1,195.00 $950.00

    This is a consignment item. Keeping in mind that men from Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry who initially wore Küraße in combat, it is not hard to understand why they would use such a heavy sword. The pallasch is distinguished by its large basket-hilt that afforded greater protection for a man’s hand while engaged in hand-to-hand combat. It is a massive sword in every respect and very much reminds me (in terms of size) of Otto von Bismarck’s Küraßier sword on display in the eponymous museum dedicated to the Iron Chancellor. [The museum is located on part of the von Bismarck family estate in Aumühle, district of Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, in Hamburg’s outskirts]. The museum display is von Bismarck’s uniform complete with high Küraßier boots, and a monumental sword. I was quite taken by von Bismarck’s size. I stand six feet tall and his sword comes up to my lower chest. After holding and measuring this sword, I think its original owner was of equal size to von Bismarck. After all, the Regiment der Gardes du Corps recruited the most physically imposing specimens that could be found in Prussia. These men who were often 6′ 5″ or taller, and stood nearly seven feet tall when wearing their boots and Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmets. When sheathed, this sword measures 46 ¼” from its top to the scabbard’s bottom drag, and when unsheathed, it measures 44 ½” from blade tip to pommel top. Its 39 ½” nickel scabbard displays two rings for attachment to…

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  • Sale! REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS M-1904 KETTLE DRUM BANNER & BACKING PAD - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS M-1904 KETTLE DRUM BANNER & BACKING PAD – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 50-04

    $95,000.00 $65,995.00

    This ultra rare banner was draped around the Gardes du Corps regimental band’s kettle drum. The very ornate item is the rarest article Der Rittmeister Militaria has offered, to date. The following anecdote reveals even more about the stunning “pièce de résistance.” On Monday, 30 May 1904, Kaiser Wilhelm II ordered the Imperial German Army’s premier cavalry regiment, the Gardes du Corps, to report to him prior to its Annual Spring Parade behind Potsdam’s Neues Palais (New Palace). The regiment formed up on Kurfürsten Street around six in the morning. Everyone was clad in their dress uniforms, including their kollers (tunics), Hohenzollern Eagle-topped metal helmets and Spring-Parade-ONLY black küraßes. [The latter originally were presented to the GdC by Russia’s Tsar Alexander I in appreciation of his Prussian allies’ efforts against Napoleon in 1815]. Led by their kettle drummer, Master Sergeant (Vizewachtmeister) Gommelt, the regimental band (conducted by its famous director, Louis Lehmann), and the rest of the formation moved out toward the Neues Palais. Gommelt was a large, knightly figure (then weighing 265 pounds), and the only soldier in the army permitted the high honor of wearing a full beard. As the regiment reached historic Mopke Platz [the parade grounds located between the Neues Palais and the Communs, two buildings that housed the GdC, other palace staff, and guests], they shifted into a “pass-in-review” formation. It was here that the Kaiser ordered Gommelt to enter the Neues Palais, where Wilhelm received him in a friendly, jesting manner. The Kaiser who…

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  • Sale! REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS PARADE EAGLE FOR ENLISTED MAN’S PICKELHAUBE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS PARADE EAGLE FOR ENLISTED MAN’S PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 50-40

    $2,495.00 $2,095.00

    This is a consignment item. The Regiment der Gardes du Corps clearly was the most elite unit within the Imperial German Army. They were considered the personal Garde of Prussia’s König (later the German Empire’s Kaiser). The regiment’s officers and enlisted men sported distinctive spiked helmets. For daily wear (Dienst), the pickelhaube was worn with a fluted spike. For dress occasions, the spike was replaced with an elaborate, silver-toned Hohenzollern Eagle, which is what we are offering here. The Eagle’s wings are outspread and a gold-toned Hohenzollern Crown is perched on its head. The detailing to the Eagle’s wings and body is quite striking. One can clearly see individual feathers on its body. An old, professional repair is visible on one of its toes. Another professional repair was made to the Eagle’s underside. Some very old blue tape is visible in this area. The owner never removed it since it cannot be seen when the Eagle is mounted on the pickelhaube. Speaking of mounting, a large wingnut spins down on a screw that extends into the helmet. The nut is what secures the Eagle to the helmet’s top. This is a very hard-to-find accouterment that would complete a Gardes du Corps enlisted man’s helmet. The Eagle’s condition is quite pleasing, overall. It will make a fine addition to any collection.

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