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  • Sale!  KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT'S REGIMENTAL CHEF. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF.

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    $16,995.00 $12,995.00

    KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF. This is a consignment item. It is an utterly spectacular pair of Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards that were once owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the Regimental Chef of 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. The 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was the third (obviously), and final Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. It was created in 1860 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign (Kaiser Wilhelm II’s grandfather). It was garrisoned in Potsdam with all the other elite Garde-Regiments, including the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. [Potsdam was also the site of Sanssouci, the Hohenzollern Summer Palace built by Frederick the Great (Frederick II). It was also where the last Hohenzollern palace was built for Kronprinz Wilhelm and his bride, Kronprinzessin Cecilia, and christened “Cecilienhof” in her honor. The palace was used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference of U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and USSR Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Today the Cecilienhof is, in addition to being a German historical treasure, a conference center/hotel with an excellent restaurant. I have stayed within its confines, wherein history exudes from every nook and cranny]. The shoulder boards are massive, measuring 5” x 2 ¾.” They each display two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify these as Prussian shoulder boards. A magnificent set of crossed silver Generalfeldmarschall (GFM) batons are installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons…

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  • Sale!  POCKET FLASK ATTRIBUTED TO KRONPRINZ WILHELM. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     POCKET FLASK ATTRIBUTED TO KRONPRINZ WILHELM.

    SKU: 20-342 XKR

    $1,795.00 $1,525.00

    POCKET FLASK ATTRIBUTED TO KRONPRINZ WILHELM. This is a consignment item. This is a superb example of a pocket flask and is attributed to Kronprinz Wilhelm of Germany. Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) was Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) and Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria’s (1858-1921) eldest son, and the heir to the German Empire’s throne. He became, instead, the “Kaiser who never was.” Kronprinz Wilhelm married Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Duchess Cecilie (1886-1954) in 1905. As she was a beautiful woman, and the Kronprinz was an attractive man, the young pair was rivaled only by the younger Wilhelm’s parents as Imperial Germany’s most popular couple. Dozens of postcards were issued that featured them individually and together, many with their ever-growing family. [On a sad note, their eldest son, also a Wilhelm (1906-1940), was killed in France during WW II. His death caused the German military to pull all royals from front-line service. He had renounced his title when his Grandfather Wilhelm II tried to influence whom he could marry]. As were so many royals, young Kronprinz Wilhelm was trained for the military. In spite of the (presumed) circumspection such training might have encouraged, Kronprinz Wilhelm was a notorious womanizer. He and his wife eventually lived separate lives. In August 1914 Kronprinz Wilhelm assumed command of the V. Armee, the principal army that eventually became involved in the Battle of Verdun. Both Germany and France committed about 1,250,000 troops to the battle, which officially ran from 21 February through 18 December 1916. French casualties ranged from 315,000 to…

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  • "CAMEO" OF FREDERICK THE GREAT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    “CAMEO” OF FREDERICK THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-288

    $295.00

    This is a very high-quality cameo of König Frederick the Great. It measures 2 1/4″ x 1 3/4.” Frederick is seen in high-relief profile. A hanger is at the top. The “cameo” is made of ivory! It is in very fine condition.

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  • ADELSBRIEF - DUCHY OF BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ADELSBRIEF – DUCHY OF BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 20-172

    $5,495.00

    The Adelsbrief was one of the most important documents to come from Imperial Germany. It was a document granting knighthood to a man by the head of state. No greater honor could be granted. The man and all his descendants would wear the coveted “von” attached to their name. While their formats differed slightly, the basic information and general presentation were quite similar regardless of the state. We currently have Adelsbrief available from both Prussia and Bavaria. Today we are offering a most interesting Adelsbrief from the Duchy of Braunschweig. Braunschweig was a part of the Kingdom of Hannover. The House of Hannover has a direct tie to Great Britain. King George III was King of Hannover and Great Britain and Ireland. This is the same George III who ruled during the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig both suffered a terrible fate in 1866. In the final war consolidating Germany, the Prussians and several other Northern States battled it out with Austria and several of the Southern German States. Unfortunately for them, Hannover and Braunschweig allied themselves with the Austrians. When the war ended in a resounding Prussian victory, both Hannover and Braunschweig were annexed into Prussia. This included their military. Hannover, and her vassal state Braunschweig, had one of the finest armies in Germany. Braunschweig was administered by Prussian princes from 1866 until 1913, when Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig married Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, Viktoria Louise. Wilhelm…

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  • ALBUM BELONGING TO MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN'S GREAT AUNT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ALBUM BELONGING TO MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN’S GREAT AUNT

    SKU: 15-32

    $1,595.00

    Clara von Richthofen was the paternal great-aunt of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen. She was the sister of Julius Georg Ludwig, the father of Albrecht von Richthofen, who was the father of Manfred and Lothar von Richthofen. Clara was born in 1829 and died in Berlin 1909. This album which was presented to her in 1845 by a favorite uncle (a von Berenhorst). There are numerous entries mostly from the 1840’s and 1850’s. There is at least one item as late as the 1870’s. She married Guido von Busse in 1850, and although they were married for 38 years, she had no children; which is why this album would have passed down into the Red Baron’s family. This very high quality album, in which Clara made entries for many years, is the journal and art album of a young Prussian noblewoman starting at the age of sixteen. On the opposite page from the dedication by her Uncle is her autograph, “Clara von Richthofen.” As the album develops we see the art and writings of a romantic young woman. There are lithographs (colored and black and white) of places that she visited and people that she admired. Many of these images have captions which due to their age are somewhat faded. There are several poems sprinkled through the album. As you go through the album there are also several examples of pressed flowers and leaves which are surprisingly nice for being one hundred and fifty years old. There are also at least…

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  • AUTOGRAPH - PRINZ ALBRECHT VON PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPH – PRINZ ALBRECHT VON PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-119

    $95.00

    This is a clipped autograph (a clipped signature from a document or letter) of Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (1809-1872). Albrecht was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm I. He was a General der Kavallerie in the Prussian Army. The clipped signature is boldly signed by the Prinz, and displays his rank immediately below.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER - GENERAL der INFANTERIE FRIEDRICH WILHELM GRAF von BÜLOW DENNEWITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – GENERAL der INFANTERIE FRIEDRICH WILHELM GRAF von BÜLOW DENNEWITZ

    SKU: 19-186

    $325.00

    This is a signed letter from Friedrich Wilhelm Graf von Bülow Dennewitz (1755-1816). He was a very successful commander who led the Prussian IV. ArmeeKorps under Blücher at Waterloo. This ArmeeKorps faced the heaviest action and successfully carried out its mission during the momentous battle. The letter, which measures 5″ x 7 1/2,” was written on 13 September 1813. and was a Dienstanweistung (instructions or regulations). For being nearly two-hundred-years-old, the letter is in surprisingly good condition.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL LEONHARD GRAF von BLUMENTHAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL LEONHARD GRAF von BLUMENTHAL

    SKU: 19-185

    $325.00

    Leonhard Graf von Blumenthal (1810-1900) was an able commander and staff officer. He received special recognition for his efforts. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves during the Austro-Prussian War. He served closely with Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm during that war, as well as the Franco-Prussian War. He was appointed to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall in 1888 and served on the General Staff. Today, we are offering a two-page letter written by him in 1876. The letter will prove most interesting, if you care to translate it.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER - PRINZ FRIEDRICH CARL von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – PRINZ FRIEDRICH CARL von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-218

    $165.00

    This is a letter from Prinz Friedrich Carl of Prussia. The letter is directed to a Dr. Eggars and dated 11 January 1869. The young prince received an extensive military education and was taught by future Generalfeldmarschall Albrecht von Roon. He rose steadily in the Prussian Army and served with distinction in the consolidation wars of 1848, 1849, 1864, and 1866. He played a significant part in the winning of the Battle of Königgrätz in 1866. He held the Austrians at bay with his I. Armee until his cousin, Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, arrived on the battlefield. The Crown Prince’s forces attacked the Austrians’ flank, turning the tide to win the penultimate battle of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Prince Friedrich Carl played an equally important role in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, defeating the French in several key battles. He was promoted to generalfeldmarschall as a result of these victories. The letter is written by a scribe and measures 11 3/16″ x 8 7/8.” The prince’s large, bold signature appears in black ink at the letter’s bottom. It also sports a 3 1/4″ tear extending through the signature’s bottom (following a crease line).

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM GENERALFELDMARSCHALL KARL FRIEDRICH von STEINMETZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM GENERALFELDMARSCHALL KARL FRIEDRICH von STEINMETZ

    SKU: 19-227

    $225.00

    Prussia’s Generalfeldmarschall Karl Friedrich von Steinmetz (1796-1877) began his military career in 1813, during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded during the war and received the 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class. After fighting in 1848’s First and Second Schleswig Wars, he achieved the rank of Generalmajor in 1854. Subsequently, he fought in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and then the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. During the latter war, as a Generaloberst, he commanded the I. Armee, one of three Prussian Armies in the field. He retired in April 1871, then was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. The letter was handwritten in 1876 at Gorlitz, the year before he died. It measures 6 ½” x 8.” It is attached to another piece of paper that serves as a matte. It is interesting to note that Füsilier-Regiment von Steinmetz (Westpreußisches) Nr 37 was named in his honor. It is a fine, complete letter from one of Germany’s most important Franco-Prussian War military commanders.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-92

    $175.00

    This is an original letter written by Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929). Heinrich was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Heinrich served as the head of the Kaiserliche Marine in the rank of Großadmiral. He served in that capacity until he disagreed with Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. Heinrich lost out on that power play when his older brother backed von Tirpitz. Interestingly, this handwritten letter is on an 8 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece of paper that has been folded in half and bears the embossed seal of the Kronprinzessin Cecilie. She was his niece by marriage, a princess from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and the wife of his nephew, Kronprinz Wilhelm, the heir to the Hohenzollern throne and the man who never became Kaiser after the monarchy fell in 1918. This letter was written 22 April 1922 in black ink. A partial description of the letter in German is included.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED PARTY INVITATION CELEBRATING QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF GREAT BRITAIN’S BIRTHDAY - AUTOGRAPHED BY PRINZESSIN/DUCHESS VIKTORIA LUISE (PRUSSIA AND BRAUNSCHWEIG) AND LUDWIG FREIHERR von HAMMERSTEIN-EQUORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED PARTY INVITATION CELEBRATING QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF GREAT BRITAIN’S BIRTHDAY – AUTOGRAPHED BY PRINZESSIN/DUCHESS VIKTORIA LUISE (PRUSSIA AND BRAUNSCHWEIG) AND LUDWIG FREIHERR von HAMMERSTEIN-EQUORD

    SKU: 19-147 XES

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item. While I am unable to date this definitively, I estimate it hails from the 1960’s or 1970’s. It is an invitation to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain’s birthday celebration. The party was given by British Ambassador Steel. The invitation is addressed to Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord. He came from a very old Prussian military family. I have no details about him, however, his father was Freiherr Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord (1878-1943). He was a high-ranking, highly decorated officer in WW I who served on the general staff. Ultimately, he was appointed Chief of Staff in 1930. Violently anti-Nazi, his influence was greatly reduced after their rise to power. This beautifully engraved invitation measures 5″ x 6 1/4.” What makes it so interesting is that it is autographed by Prinzessin/Duchess Viktoria Luise (1892-1980)on the reverse. She was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, and married Duke (Herzog) Ernst August of Braunschweig in 1913. Along with her signature on the reverse, that of von Hammerstein-Equord can be seen. It is all in very fine condition.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - GENERALOBERST von WOYRSCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – GENERALOBERST von WOYRSCH

    SKU: 19-176

    $450.00

    Remus von Woyrsch (1847-1920) was in retirement at the outbreak of WW I. Like many key officers (including Paul von Hindenburg), he was recalled to service. During WW I, he served on the Eastern Front and held the rank of Generaloberst. He commanded Armee-Gruppe Woyrsch. Later in the war his command was dissolved and he retired. At his retirement he was advanced one rank, as was the German Army’s practice, and became a Generalfeldmarschall. Today we are offering an autographed postcard of the general. He is in uniform wearing a PLM at his throat. If you look carefully, you will see a two-place medal bar with an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with Oak Leaves. Not only did he serve in the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War, but he served as a young officer in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. During WW I he reported to Austrians early in the war, and had a large number of Austrians in his command later. When asked about his Austrian troops, he replied that they had learned little since 1866! His signature on the obverse is bold and signed in black ink. We can see his name and the rank of Generalfeldmarschall (his retirement rank) and the date 3 October 1918. This was then mailed the following day from Breslau. Both card and autograph are in excellent condition.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - POP PIUS XI - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – POP PIUS XI

    SKU: 19-225

    $295.00

    This postcard is of Pope Pius XI (1857-1939). He became the pope in February 1922. His reign included the creation of Vatican City as an independent state in 1929. He was opposed to both Communism and Socialism. The postcard shows the pope seated. Its bottom is boldly signed by him in black ink. The postcard and signature are in excellent condition.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-165

    $95.00

    This postcard offers good wishes for the New Year of 1908 from Prinz Eitel Friedrich von Preußen. He was another of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons. The black ink signature is quite bold.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - PRINZ OSKAR von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – PRINZ OSKAR von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-164

    $95.00

    This postcard has been autographed by Prinz Oskar von Preußen. He was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons. The postcard shows a stallion in profile. It has the Prinz’s signature, and is dated 1904. It is dedicated on the reverse to a Gräfin von Rantzau, who was a good friend of Oskar’s mother, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria. The dedication has been obscured on the reverse, but the black ink signature of the young Prinz is very clear.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - VIZEADMIRAL WILHELM von LANS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – VIZEADMIRAL WILHELM von LANS

    SKU: 19-231

    $495.00

    This is a very scarce autographed postcard of Vizeadmiral Wilhelm von Lans (1861-1947). Von Lans joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1878 as a cadet. Over the next twenty years he filled a variety of posts both on vessels and in staff roles. In 1899 he was given command of the small kanonboot S. M. S. Iltis, which was based in China. This was a traumatic time in China. The Boxer Rebellion erupted in 1900. The rebellion was an effort to rid China of European and Japanese influences. On 17 June 1900, the S. M. S. Iltis participated in an assault on and the taking of several Chinese forts, known as the Battle of the Taku Forts. During the successful assault, the S. M. S. Iltis suffered extensive damage from Chinese cannons within the forts, as well as extensive casualties among the crew. Lans himself was among the wounded. When news reached Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II, a major proponent of German colonial acquisition, was thrilled. In his eyes, the action proved Germany’s benefit in having colonies as well as a modern and powerful navy. The Navy had always been the Kaiser’s favorite, so he lavished praise on the Iltis and her commander, who by this time had been sent to Japan to recover from his wounds. On 25 June the Kaiser awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite to Lans. It was the first PLM awarded to a German naval officer. He also awarded a Pour le Mérite to the ship! This…

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  • Sale! AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - WW I PLM-WINNER - WW II LUFTWAFFE GENERAL - BRUNO LOERZER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – WW I PLM-WINNER – WW II LUFTWAFFE GENERAL – BRUNO LOERZER

    SKU: 19-219 XBO

    $350.00 $250.00

    This is a consignment item. Bruno Loerzer (1891-1960) was a WW I air ace. He achieved a total of forty-four confirmed victories, which tied him for sixth on the German air aces list. (Many of those ahead of him, including Manfred von Richthofen and Werner Voß, did not survive the war). He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in February 1918. He was also given the command of Jagdgeschwader (JG) Nr III. Each JG had four squadrons assigned to it. Manfred von Richthofen commanded the first (JG I). After von Richthofen’s death and that of his picked heir, Hermann Göring was JG 1’s final commander. Interestingly, Göring served as Loerzer’s observer until 1915 when both switched to single-seaters. The connection with Göring served Loerzer well after WW I. With the Nazi Party’s (NSDAP) rise to power in the mid-1930’s, a new air force, the Luftwaffe was born. Loerzer rose through the ranks due to his friendship with Göring. Before WW II began, Loerzer found himself a generalmajor. He served on the Eastern Front and in Italy, rising to the rank of Generaloberst, the second-highest rank in the Luftwaffe after generalfeldmarschall. He received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross in 1940. He was one of the few officers to win Germany’s highest decoration in both WW I and WW II. Loerzer retired due to ill health before the end of WW II. Our offering is a WW II postcard of Loerzer as a General der Flieger, which was equal…

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  • BAVARIA'S KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT GIFT TO OFFICER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA’S KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT GIFT TO OFFICER

    SKU: 20-99

    $595.00

    This is a most interesting presentation gift which came from Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria. The gift was given to officers for an occasion that I have been unable to identify. Besides being a member of the Bavarian Royal Family and the heir to the throne after his father King Ludwig III, Rupprecht was a most able military commander and Generalfeldmarschall. He achieved the rank of generalfeldmarschall based on his ability, not just his royal birth. This gift consists of a custom-designed presentation case that also acted as a display case. This was done by lifting a section of the interior and converting it to an easel. It locks into a 45-degree position for easy viewing. The case measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4.” The easel holds an oval-shaped medallion of Prinz Rupprecht, which measures 1 3/4″ x 2.” The outer lid of the case is quite decorative and bears the Bavarian checkerboard design. The obverse of the medallion has a high-relief profile of the Prinz. The reverse of the medallion bears the hallmark of the jeweler who produced it, and the silver content (.900). To have received an item like this was a real honor. It would have been a prized possession of the original owner.

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  • BAVARIAN PRINZ ALFONS’ CASED URKUNDE - HONORARY PRESIDENT - ARTILLERY VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION - DILLINGEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIAN PRINZ ALFONS’ CASED URKUNDE – HONORARY PRESIDENT – ARTILLERY VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION – DILLINGEN

    SKU: 20-218

    $1,495.00

    Over the years I have tried to bring you many different types of royalty items. While I have offered many items from Kaiser Wilhelm II and other key members of German royalty, I have always had a soft place in my heart for Prinz Alfons of Bavaria. I will not task you here with his history, since it is well-chronicled elsewhere on this website. I will say that Prinz Alfons served as regimental chef to several regiments. Today we are offering a unique urkunde (award document). This document was issued to Prinz Alfons in September 1924. The document made him the honorary Ehrenpräsident (President) of the Artillerie-Vereinigung des Bezirks Dillingen. As I understand it, this was a veteran’s organization for former members of Artillerie-Regiments. I cannot stress too strongly this urkunde’s exquisite beauty. The document (actually, two documents) is housed in a sumptuous, dark-blue leather folio. The folio measures 13 1/2″ x 10 1/4.” The folio’s front is trimmed and embellished in gold. Pasted onto its center is a hand painted, full-color profile of a cannon, with its barrel elevated and ready to fire. Some shells are stacked around it. The cannon’s image is enclosed within a hand-painted border of blue and gold, embellished with blue oak and laurel leaves. Stylized “nails” decorate the four corners in Bavaria’s and Germany’s national colors. The small painting is then set within a gold-trimmed frame on the folio’s front. As one opens the folio, the two parts of the document are revealed. Each…

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  • BREAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BREAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC)

    SKU: 20-330

    $1,395.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a…

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  • BREAD/DESSERT PLATE - PERSONAL TABLEWARE - KRONPRINZ WILHELM - 1916 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BREAD/DESSERT PLATE – PERSONAL TABLEWARE – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – 1916

    SKU: 20-197

    $1,295.00

    KPM was the leading porcelain manufacturer during the Imperial German Period. This quality maker of porcelain is still in business today. It remains one of the world’s finest producers of porcelain objects. KPM provided top quality tableware to all of Prussia’s royal families, going back to Frederick the Great. Today we are offering a bread or dessert plate, which was a part of Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) of Prussia’s personal service. It measures 7″ in diameter. It is beautifully hand painted, featuring Kronprinz Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Wilhelm was married in 1905 to Kronprinzessin Cecilie (1886-1954), of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This set was set produced in 1916. It is still of very high quality for having been produced during the middle of WW I. The bowl’s reverse is hallmarked for KPM and 1916. A very small chip appears on the reverse. It cannot be seen from the obverse.

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  • BREAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BREAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA.

    SKU: 20-341

    $1,395.00

    This is a very rare bread or dessert plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic…

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  • CADINEN CIGARETTE HOLDER - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CADINEN CIGARETTE HOLDER – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-254

    $225.00

    This is a cigarette holder from Cadinen, the Prussian Royal House’s tableware and personal paraphernalia manufacturer. The cigarette holder is made of Cadinen’s signature dark-red glazed porcelain. It measures 1 3/4″ in length. The point where the cigarette or small cigar is inserted measures 1/4″ in diameter. The name Cadinen, accompanied by a Hohenzollern Crown, is emblazoned on the side. Items from Cadinen are greatly-prized. This is a modestly-priced example.

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  • CANDLE HOLDER - KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CANDLE HOLDER – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB

    SKU: 20-223

    $295.00

    This is an interesting candle holder, displaying the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s flag. Its reverse presents another flag, the Reischsdienstflagge der Kaiserliche Marine. The flag was instituted in 1891 and used until 1918. It was formally abolished in 1922. Insert a candle and you will have an elegantly handsome display.

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  • CAP BADGE - KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB AND TWO SMALL CHIN STRAP BUTTONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CAP BADGE – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB AND TWO SMALL CHIN STRAP BUTTONS

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    CAP BADGE – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB AND TWO SMALL CHIN STRAP BUTTONS. This is a cap badge worn by Kaiserlicher Yacht Club members on their visor caps. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the club’s head, and participated in many club activities. The oval-shaped, embroidered bullion badge measures 1 ½ x 2.” It is a much higher-quality badge than the example that we currently have on our site. The gold bullion is crisp and displays a lovely patina. The black eagle is a different type and appears on a very high-quality, multicolored, enamel shield. Based on this cap badge’s quality, and that of the one or two we have offered in the past, it was NOT from an ordinary member’s cap. The owner was a man of taste, very likely a member of German royalty or, at the very least, the upper nobility. Two small black buttons that measure ½” in diameter are included. They would have attached the chin strap to the cap’s front. Each button features a fouled anchor. They make a lovely addition to the cap badge. Together, they will provide a fine addition to any maritime collection.

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  • CAR PENNANT - ROYAL HUNTSMEN - KAISERLICHE HUNTING PRESERVE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CAR PENNANT – ROYAL HUNTSMEN – KAISERLICHE HUNTING PRESERVE

    SKU: 20-229

    $595.00

    This is a car pennant that measures 12 1/4″ x 7 1/2.” It is stiffly mounted, so that it would extend outward when mounted on an automobile’s fender. It was used on the royal huntsmen’s car at a hunting estate owned by Kaiser Wilhelm. The pennant’s edge is black. The pennant itself is green, with a gold device in the center indicating it is for a royal hunting preserve. A rope lanyard with a brass clip at one end secures it. The pennant shows enough wear to confirm its age. It is an unusual item for any collection.

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  • CERAMIC WALL TILE FEATURING KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CERAMIC WALL TILE FEATURING KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-293

    $175.00

    This is a fine ceramic wall tile featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II in high-relief profile. The tile measures 11″ x 11.” The background color is blue, while the Kaiser is in white. To his left, we see “Wilhelm II.” Some VERY light chipping appears in one place on the left, which we will highlight in the photographs that accompany our description. A strong hanger is on the reverse. It is quite handsome.

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  • CIGARETTE CASE - commemorating Weihnachten (Christmas) 1916 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIGARETTE CASE – commemorating Weihnachten (Christmas) 1916

    SKU: 03-37

    $395.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – commemorating Weihnachten (Christmas) 1916 This is a very attractive cigarette case commemorating Weihnachten (Christmas) 1916. This information is displayed on the outside lid along with “Hohenlohe,” which is a place. There is also an enamel badge in the lower right corner that has what appears to be initials and a “2”. This may be for a military unit. The enamel is three different colors. The case is marked for Alpaca Silver on the catch to open the case. The case measures 3 ½” x 3.” There are no elastic keepers in the interior. A very handsome and high-quality cigarette case.

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  • CIGARETTE CASE - PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN

    SKU: 20-257

    $2,995.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN Prinz Adalbert was the only one of Kaiser Wilhelm’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. All the other boys served the Army in one capacity or another. (The Kaiser’s eldest son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served as an Armee field commander). This unusual wooden cigarette case sports Prinz Adalbert’s royal cypher, and measures 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4.” The wood (it might be cedar, judging from its grain) has a burled finish. It shows some scratching, but one must search carefully to discover it. Prinz Adalbert’s crowned “A” cypher appears in GOLD on the obverse. The case has a silver frame that secures its wooden sections. The case’s side is hallmarked with .925 silver, a moon, and a Hohenzollern Crown per Kaiser Wilhelm I’s 1885 royal decree. To the right is the manufacturer’s hallmark, a triangle, which appears within a circle, along with two more circles and marks in the triangle’s three corners. I am not familiar with this manufacturer (readers?). This is a terrific cigarette case, either owned by a royal, or given by one as a gift to a lucky recipient. Kaiser Wilhelm II was far more liberal in giving gifts than any of his sons. Gifts from any of the Hohenzollern Princes are quite scarce. I have had the privilege of offering royal gifts from the Kaiser and the Kronprinz, but this is the first time I have had anything from any of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s other sons. The simple…

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  • CIGARETTE CASE - PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN

    SKU: 20-258

    $1,995.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN Prinz Adalbert was the only one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. All the other boys served the Army in one capacity or another. (The Kaiser’s eldest son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served as an Armee field commander). This large (far larger than most I have seen) cigarette case is silver-toned. It measures 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4.” The case’s dimple-patterned exterior rather resembles silver snake-skin. Its interior, which measures 6″ x 5 1/4″ when fully opened, is covered with a gold wash finish. Engraved in the interior’s left half is Prinz Adalbert’s reproduced signature, along with a personalized dedication to the “Kommandeur I/M. B./R 4.” The dedication concludes “In dankbarer Kameradshaft Treuerden 1916” (In grateful, dearest comradeship, 1916). (One speculates that Prinz Adalbert gave cigarette cases like it to several men who served with him in this unit). The elastic strap that held the cigarettes in place is long gone. The case’s side catch is hallmarked underneath for .800 silver and its manufacturer, and sports a moon, and a Hohenzollern Crown per Kaiser Wilhelm I’s 1885 royal decree. It is a high-quality cigarette case, given by a member of the royal family. Kaiser Wilhelm II was far more liberal in giving gifts than any of his sons. Gifts from any of the Hohenzollern Princes are quite scarce. I have had the privilege of offering royal gifts from the Kaiser and the Kronprinz, but this is the first time…

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  • CIGARETTE CASE - STERLING SILVER - PRESENTATION FROM KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CIGARETTE CASE – STERLING SILVER – PRESENTATION FROM KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST

    SKU: 20-347

    $950.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – STERLING SILVER – PRESENTATION FROM KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST We have sold many royalty pieces over the years, but this one is special for two reasons—it required a little forensic work and its simple design (but exquisite quality) did not immediately reveal its high-ranking donor. It sports Prussia’s silver moon and crown hallmarks, followed by “201236 DRGM” and the initials BC, probably a maker’s mark. The DRGM stands for Deutsches Reichs Gebrauchs Musterschutz, which meant the case had a protected patent design with the Reich’s government. According to a Reichs Patent chart (available to the buyer, if desired), the case dates from 1903, a memorable year for its donor. A different monogram appears on the case’s upper front corner and on its back. The front features a highly-stylized “FA” surmounted by a crown, all exquisitely jeweler-engraved. Imperial Germany had two “FA’s” at the turn of the 20th Century. We can eliminate Friedrich August, Grand Duke of Oldenburg, from the running because the monogram does NOT bear a ducal crown. A heraldic chart reveals it is a Rangkrone, the highest form of noble crown, which was reserved for kings. That tells us this case was presented by Friedrich August III, King of Saxony. The case’s reverse displays, in the same JEWELER’s hand, the initials “WS.” He probably was an officer, and definitely a noble. His five-pearled coronet is called a “modern nobility crown,” which was not as fancy as the Rangkrone, and was reserved for the lowest ranks of…

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  • CLIPPED SIGNATURE - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV OF PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CLIPPED SIGNATURE – KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-169

    $225.00

    König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861) was the eldest son and successor to König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840), the King of Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. When Friedrich Wilhelm III died in 1840, Friedrich Wilhelm IV assumed Prussia’s throne. He served from 1840 until 1857, when he was struck down by a stroke and was unable to continue as King. His younger brother, Wilhelm, assumed the role of Prinzregent, and held that position until his older brother died in 1861. Wilhelm I then became King of Prussia in 1861, and later Kaiser in 1871. Today we are offering a clipped signature of Friedrich Wilhelm IV. It is boldly signed and dated 1841. The signature and date appear on a piece of paper that measures 5” x 2 1/4.”

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  • COFFEE/TEA CREAMER - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COFFEE/TEA CREAMER – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-274

    $895.00

    Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883-1942) of Prussia was the second of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s six sons. He married the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg’s former Grand Duchess Sophia Charlotte in 1905. They had no children, then their marriage ended in 1926. Like all House of Hohenzollern princes, he was enlisted in Germany’s most elite infantry regiment, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (Foot). During WW I, he was a legitimate military commander, commanding this regiment on the Western Front, where he was wounded. After recovering from his wound, he resumed the regiment’s command. He later commanded a Guard Troop Brigade on the Eastern Front. After the war, he was involved in a number of groups, including the Stahlhelm Bund. He died in 1942, one year after his father, the former Kaiser. Each of the Kaiser and Kaiserin’s seven children had their own personal table service, just like their parents. Of course, their dishware’s variety and breadth were quite limited compared to that of Kaiser Wilhelm II. We do not often see examples of the items owned by the princes. Thus, we are excited to be offering you a coffee/tea creamer from Prince Eitel Friedrich’s personal table service. Like all House of Hohenzollern dishware, the item was manufactured by Berlin’s KPM. It was their official purveyor, and had been from König Friedrich der Große’s time. At first glance, the white design looks deceptively simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is etched with a subtle trace work of…

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  • CONDOLENCE THANK YOU CARD FROM PRINZ LOUIS FERDINAND OF PRUSSIA FOR HIS FATHER KRONPRINZ WILHELM OF PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CONDOLENCE THANK YOU CARD FROM PRINZ LOUIS FERDINAND OF PRUSSIA FOR HIS FATHER KRONPRINZ WILHELM OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-160

    $115.00

    This is a note from Prinz Louis Ferdinand of Prussia to a sympathizer who sent his condolences on the death of his father, Kronprinz (later Pretender to Germany’s throne) Wilhelm (1882-1951). Prinz Louis Ferdinand (1907-1994) was the second son of Kronprinz Wilhelm and Kronprinzessin Cecilie. He became the eldest surviving son when his brother, Prinz Wilhelm (1906-1940) was killed in France during WW II while serving in the army. Prinz Louis Ferdinand became the Pretender to Germany’s throne when his father died in 1951. This card, which measures 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4,” is creme-colored and bordered in black. A printed message appears extending appreciation for the kind wishes expressed to the family. The card, from Bremen-Borgfeld, is dated 1951 (July) in the lower left corner. The card is boldly signed in black ink by Louis Ferdinand. It comes with its original mailing envelope, and is addressed to “Rittmeister a. D. Adolf von Lauff.” The envelope is bordered in black, and its inside is all black. The envelope was never mailed. Apparently, it was hand-delivered.

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  • DELUXE ALBUM - FIFTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DELUXE ALBUM – FIFTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-237

    $725.00

    This is a very high-quality album commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II’s fifty-first (1910) birthday. The album boasts a fine, white-leather cover. The front displays a beautifully embossed Hohenzollern Crown and other assorted items, along with Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Royal Cypher. The album measures 9 1/4″ x 6.” Each album leaf is shielded by a protective glassine page. (I will photograph each page for the pictures accompanying the description. However, to save space, I am not going to describe each one). The first page shows a Garde Star in high-relief. Numerous images of the Kaiser with reproduction signatures are included. It also has a menu from the Kaiser’s gala dinner and musicale on 27 January 1910. It is a captivating album.

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  • DELUXE COMMEMORATIVE 78 RECORD SET - 25th ANNIVERSARY - KAISER WILHELM II’S ASCENSION -THRONE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DELUXE COMMEMORATIVE 78 RECORD SET – 25th ANNIVERSARY – KAISER WILHELM II’S ASCENSION -THRONE

    SKU: 20-217

    $1,150.00

    This is a fascinating piece of memorabilia. It is a 78 rpm record issued to commemorate Kaiser Wilhelm II’s 25th anniversary of his ascension to Germany’s throne. It comes encased in its own highly-decorated cardboard container, which is still totally intact 95 years after it was released! The record is probably made of glass or wax, rather than the vinyl of the later 20th Century (we are not 100% sure of its composition). Its surface is decorated with a high-relief portrait of Wilhelm II in the center of the album. The following words are printed (again in high-relief) around the album’s edge: “Zur Erinnerung an das Funfundzanzigjährige Regierungs-Jubiläum Seiner Majestat des Kaisers und Königs Wilhelm II – 1888-1913. (In Remembrance of the 25-year-Reign-Jubilee of Our Majesty of Kaisers and Kings Wilhelm 2nd ).” These same words encircle the cover of cardboard container. In the cover’s center is a framed picture of Kaiser Wilhelm II. A Hohenzollern Crown sits high above his portrait, and elaborate curtains swag down from it to drape dramatically on either side of the Kaiser’s picture. A small label below the picture announces “Grammophon-Orchester. M 040749 Jubel – Ouverture von C. M. Weber.” The latter is the music selection on the recording. The box is 12″ in diameter and approximately 1″ high. Someone has taped it together in the past. A removable, protective cardboard liner is still present inside. Another insert, this one made of metal, sits in the case’s lower half to help further protect the…

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  • DELUXE FELDMARSCHALLLIEUTENANT PROMOTION PATENT FOR AUSTRIA’S ERZHERZOG FRANZ CARL WITH SPECIAL FITTED PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DELUXE FELDMARSCHALLLIEUTENANT PROMOTION PATENT FOR AUSTRIA’S ERZHERZOG FRANZ CARL WITH SPECIAL FITTED PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 20-228

    $13,995.00

    If you think Imperial Germany produced ornate manuscripts (especially promotion patents), wait until you see the Austrian Empire’s documents! This week we are presenting THE most ornate and elaborate document we have ever offered. It is a promotion patent for Austria’s Erzherzog Franz Carl (1802-1878), one of Franz I’s sons. Franz I (1768-1835) served as Austria’s emperor from 1804 until his death in 1835, when he was succeeded by his eldest son, Ferdinand (1793-1875). Franz Carl was Emperor Ferdinand’s younger brother. Ferdinand abdicated during Austria’s 1848 revolts. In the normal course of events, he would have been replaced by Franz Carl. Ferdinand suffered from poor health (epileptic seizures), and often has been portrayed as feeble-minded (which is debatable). Franz Carl was convinced to lay aside his claim to the throne in favor of his eldest son, Franz Joseph I (1830-1916). Franz Joseph served as Emperor of Austria from 1848 until his 1916 death. [Erzherzog Franz Carl had yet another famous son who became an emperor, none other than Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico (1832-1867)! Franz Carl was also the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914), Emperor Franz Joseph’s intended heir, whose 1914 assassination in Sarajevo led to WWI]. Franz Carl was not a major player in the Austrian government, although he did serve on the Council that actually ruled Austria from 1835 through 1848. Franz Carl’s military career was not particularly distinguished, either. He served as a Hungarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 52 Generalmajor and Inhaber (honorary commander). He was promoted to the…

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  • DINNER PLATE - DINNER SERVICE - ROYAL HOUSE - OLDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – DINNER SERVICE – ROYAL HOUSE – OLDENBURG

    SKU: 20-260

    $695.00

    This is a enchanting dinner plate from the royal house of Oldenburg’s dinnerware service. Oldenburg was a Grand Duchy that was quite small in size. It fielded a limited military and had close ties to Prussia. The Grand Duke of Oldenburg married his daughter to one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons. The plate measures 9″ in diameter. It has a sunken area in the center that I find quite interesting. The plate’s edge is rimmed in gold. Within that is a much thinner gold band. The gold trim on the plate’s edge shows substantial wear. The plate’s top presents Oldenburg’s very ornate Coat-of-Arms. Five or more colors are used in its display. The plate’s center features an interesting gold device, perhaps it is feathers. It also shows substantial wear. The reverse has no manufacturer’s markings, etc. While the plate is not in the best condition, its origins in a small state make it more of a rarity. It is a charming piece for you to contemplate.

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  • DINNER PLATE - HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S PERSONAL SERVICE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S PERSONAL SERVICE – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 20-170

    $1,250.00

    This is a dinner plate from Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig. It is in the pattern that was used after his marriage to Princess Viktoria Luise, the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, in 1913. The plate measures 9″ in diameter. It features a wide red band, and Ernst August’s crowned royal cypher in gold. The plate is manufacturer hallmarked for KPM on the reverse. It is in very fine condition.

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  • DINNER PLATE - KAISER WILHELM II’s PERSONAL DINNER SERVICE ABOARD NAVAL VESSELS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – KAISER WILHELM II’s PERSONAL DINNER SERVICE ABOARD NAVAL VESSELS

    SKU: 20-348

    $1,495.00

    DINNER PLATE – KAISER WILHELM II’s PERSONAL DINNER SERVICE ABOARD NAVAL VESSELS. This is an interesting, very rare, dinner plate that Kaiser Wilhelm II used when he sailed with the German fleet. The plate is interesting because it is NOT named for the Kaiser’s flagships, the battleship S.M.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II or, later, the S.M.S. Deutschland. He also had table service for his royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern and his racing sloop, the S.M.Y. Iduna. Kaiser Wilhelm II was very intrigued by his navy and his role within it. Plans for the Imperial German Navy’s expansion were constantly brewing at the Navy Ministry between the Kaiser and his alter-ego, Admiral von Tirpitz. As the German Empire’s Kaiser, Wilhelm was expected to live well, but he went FAR beyond that. Wilhelm lived in virtually the same style on his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, as he did at any of his palaces on land, INCLUDING the specially-designed dishware. The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern carried special plates, saucers, etc., exclusively for use on that vessel. So, a fifth set of tableware was created for his visits to other ships in the fleet so that he would have the same level of luxury aboard the other ships that he chanced to visit. For example, cruisers were dispatched to attend him on his regular visits to Norway’s fjords. Thus, if he entertained officers aboard their ship instead of the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, he had the “correct” tableware to fete them. The plate measures…

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  • DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL SERVICE - KÖNIG GEORG - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL SERVICE – KÖNIG GEORG – SAXONY

    SKU: 20-187

    $695.00

    This is a simply gorgeous example of a dinner plate from the personal service of Saxony’s König Georg (1832-1904). Georg served as the Kronprinz under his brother König Albert. Georg held the throne of Saxony from 1902 until his death in 1904. The dinner plate measures 9 1/5″ in diameter. The plate features a scalloped trim on its edge. Red and gold trim goes around its edges and further in toward its center. His crowned royal cypher sits at the plate’s top. The plate’s reverse carries a hallmark for the noted firm Meissen.

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  • DINNER PLATE - PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA’S PERSONAL SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA’S PERSONAL SERVICE

    SKU: 20-284

    $350.00

    Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929) was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. They were both sons of Kaiser Friedrich III and grandsons of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Heinrich established a career in the Kaiserliche Marine. He became a cadet in 1877 and advanced through the ranks, commanding several German Navy ships. He commanded the royal yacht S. M. Y. Hohenzollern from 1889 through 1890. Next, he commanded several large ships, then was promoted to Konteradmiral in 1899, commanding the East Asia Squadron. In 1909 he was promoted to the rank of Großadmiral. The only six men to achieve the rank were: Kaiser Wilhelm II King Gustav of Sweden Hans von Koester Prinz Heinrich Alfred von Tirpitz Henning von Holtzendorff Wilhelm II and Gustav of Sweden were symbolic appointments, while the other four men held true administrative/command positions. In the case of Prinz Heinrich, he was Commander in Chief of the Baltic Fleet beginning in 1914, commanding that fleet until the end of the war with Russia in 1917. Nevertheless, he was successful and his modest fleet gave the Russians a good run for their money. When the war with Russia ended, Heinrich retired from the naval service. In his old age his interests turned to aviation (he was one of Germany’s first pilots at the turn of the century), motorsports, and sailing. He died in 1929 from cancer of the throat, as had his father. Today we offer a dinner plate from Prinz Heinrich’s personal service. The plate measures 9 1/4″ in…

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  • DINNER PLATE - S. M. Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – S. M. Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-264

    $1,695.00

    In Imperial Germany, the primary royal yacht was the opulent S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. In fact, three Hohenzollerns were commissioned, although the third was never actually completed due to WW I’s beginning. That said, the royal “fleet” had other ships. One was the S. M. Y. Meteor, and the other was the S. M. Y. Iduna. The Meteor was a racing sloop that was used by Kaiser Wilhelm II in his role as the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s Commodore. The S. M. Y. Iduna was a sailing vessel that was considered Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s official yacht. Today we are offering a colorful, interesting plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna. The plate is quite large, measuring 10 1/4″ in diameter. It is trimmed around its edges in a green and red chevron design. In the plate’s center is a red shield that measures 5″ x 4 1/4.” A large white goose is displayed on the shield, with the Kaiserin’s crown hanging down around its neck. The reverse sports KPM’s hallmark. KPM produced Hohenzollern tableware going back to Frederick the Great’s time. We also note the initials “E. F.” in black. The reverse’s final details are the holes that have been drilled into the base’s rim. This allows what appears to be modern fishing line to serve as a handy plate hanger. Thus, one has the option of hanging it on the wall or displaying it on a stand. The S. M. Y. Iduna’s table service was VERY limited compared that aboard…

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  • DINNER PLATE - UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE

    SKU: 20-268

    $195.00

    This is a dinner plate for a royal personage whom I have been unable to identify. The plate measures 9 1/2″ in diameter. It has a blue and gold trim band around its edge, and a narrow gold trim band further in toward the plate’s center. At the top is a blue, crowned, royal cypher featuring a “B” and an “I” centered over a “2.” The plate’s reverse features the Bavarian manufacturer’s name, Hulschenreuther Selb. The plates have seen use, but remain in generally pleasing condition. I wish I could positively identify the original owner, but I am unable to do so right now. [Any help from our readers is greatly appreciated]!

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  • DINNER PLATE - UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE

    SKU: 20-269

    $195.00

    This is a dinner plate for a royal personage whom I have been unable to identify. The plate measures 9 1/2″ in diameter. It has a blue and gold trim band around its edge, and a narrow gold trim band further in toward the plate’s center. At the top is a blue, crowned, royal cypher featuring a “B” and an “I” centered over a “2.” The plate’s reverse features the Bavarian manufacturer’s name, Hulschenreuther Selb. The plates have seen use, but remain in generally pleasing condition. I wish I could positively identify the original owner, but I am unable to do so right now. [Any help from our readers is greatly appreciated]!

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  • DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-339

    $2,495.00

    This is a very rare dinner plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s racing sloop. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic…

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  • DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC)

    SKU: 20-328

    $2,495.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a…

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    DINNER PLATE FROM THE PERSONAL SERVICE OF KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-289

    $1,095.00

    This is a fine example of the Neuozier Pattern from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal service. To say that the Kaiser lived an opulent life style during his reign (1888-1918) is a DEFINITE understatement. He enjoyed a private yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, numerous castles, and entertained guests in a manner befitting his status. Part of the entertainment included the table he set. He had many tableware patterns at his disposal, which were used for specific occasions. I am not sure exactly how many different patterns existed (I am aware of at least five), but this pattern is one of my two favorites, (the other being the Damaskus pattern). The Neuozier Pattern is a very intricate floral design. It is its unique coloring (the designs are pale and dark peach, while gold trim accents the plate’s edge) that sets it apart. The dinner plate is in excellent condition and measures 9 ½” in diameter. Its reverse boasts the KPM hallmark. (This Berlin firm served every Prussian King and German Kaiser of the Hohenzollern line stretching back to Frederick the Great). KPM’s attention to quality and detail is amazing. We are thrilled to share this plate with you today.

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  • FELDGRAU UNIFORM (ATTILA AND TROUSERS) GROUP - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 - FOR DUKE (HERZOG) ERNST AUGUST - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDGRAU UNIFORM (ATTILA AND TROUSERS) GROUP – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 – FOR DUKE (HERZOG) ERNST AUGUST – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 20-145

    $16,995.00

    This week we are offering one of the most significant uniform groups we have ever had. It is from Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, which 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, Waterloo (again with Wellington), and Mars La Tour, during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. This regiment, along with Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92, and a single artillery Bataillon, constituted the Duchy of Braunschweig’s entire military. Braunschweig once was part of the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover and Braunschweig were absorbed into Prussia after they found themselves on the losing side of the 1866 war between Prussia and Austria. This status continued until 1912, when Duke (Herzog) Ernst August of Braunschweig married Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter. Braunschweig was then afforded greater independence, but very much remained a Prussian vassal state. Our offering today is that very Duke’s feldgrau tunic (attila) and trousers for Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17. This is an important and exciting group on a number of levels. First, attilas are highly-prized by collectors, especially when found in feldgrau. Second, to find one in a general officer’s rank that once belonged to a German HEAD-OF-STATE (the Kaiser’s son-in-law, no-less) is extra-special. The tunic is made of ultra-high-grade gabardine wool in the highly-desirable feldgrau. Its tresses are silver with black chevrons interwoven throughout.…

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  • FLORAL PATTERN DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL SERVICE - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLORAL PATTERN DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL SERVICE – KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-233

    $995.00

    This is a recessed dinner plate from König Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia’s personal dinner service. It dates from about 1850. It sports a multicolored floral pattern, with vibrant green leaves flanking green and purple grapes. The reverse has hallmarking for KPM, the firm that provided tableware for all the Kings and Kaisers of Prussia from Frederick the Great through Kaiser Wilhelm II. In addition to KPM’s hallmarking, we also see the Prussian King’s cypher. It is a fine example.

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    FOUR ROYAL AUTOMOBILE PENNANTS FOR KAISER WILHELM II’S HOUSEHOLD AND TWO PHOTOGRAPHS

    SKU: 20-224

    $12,995.00

    Over the years we have brought you some unusual items associated with either Kaiser Wilhelm II or his household. Today we are offering four automobile pennants (flags or standards) from the Kaiser’s household auto detachment. During Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, automobile transportation was still in its infancy. A horse drawn carriage remained his preferred vehicle for certain special occasions, but Wilhelm II’s affinity for motor cars increased the longer he sat on the throne. Then, as now, a high-level official (particularly the head-of-state) displayed his nation’s flag on his chauffeur-driven limousine’s bumper. These are exactly the type of item with which we are tempting you today. Allow me to share with you the story of how we obtained these pennants. On 15 August 1907, a young man, Wilhelm G., joined the royal household as one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s chauffeurs. [I am not revealing the family name for privacy reasons. A handwritten letter of provenance, written and attested to on 15 February 1988 will be provided to the group’s buyer]. He remained in the Kaiser’s service until November 1918, when Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated his throne (along with all of Germany’s other royals). Wilhelm G. found himself unemployed when the Kaiser and Kaiserin left for the Netherlands to live in exile at Haus (Huis) Doorn. As a token of appreciation for his loyalty, the Kaiser gave the four pennants to Wilhelm G. as a gift. These standards remained in the family for seventy years. They ultimately were sold in 1988…

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  • FRAMED DOCUMENT & POSTCARD SIGNED BY GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST von MACKENSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED DOCUMENT & POSTCARD SIGNED BY GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST von MACKENSEN

    SKU: 19-226

    $695.00

    This is a custom-framed piece consisting of a document signed by Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen (1849-1945) and a postcard depicting him. The document actually is a telegram sent by the Generalfeldmarschall (who achieved this lofty rank in June 1915) to Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen (1856-1936), the Austro-Hungarian Army’s Supreme Commander during WW I. [A Historical Footnote: the Archduke was supported in his office by a Count Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852-1925), who served as the Austrian General Staff’s Chief. Soon after he became Austria’s Emperor, Kaiser Karl (1887-1922) replaced both men in 1917. Karl assumed both positions for the war’s balance. He was pleased neither with the men’s performances, nor with the way the war was conducted]. The telegram from von Mackensen to Archduke Friedrich is dated 28 November 1915. When von Mackensen sent the telegram, he commanded Heeresgruppe Mackensen (as of October 1915). This Armeegruppe consisted of Germany’s XI Armee, Austro-Hungary’s III. Armee, and Bulgaria’s I. Armee. The telegram is handwritten, and marked by von Mackensen’s distinctive signature. The document measures 7 3/4″ x 10 7/8.” The entire framed piece measures 13 3/4″ x 23 3/4,” while von Mackensen’s postcard measures 3 3/16″ x 5 3/16.” While the frame is modern-day (Melissa picked out herself and color coordinated the matting to go along with the frame. This was done at a high end framer in our city.), it is beautifully rendered in an elaborately gilt style reminiscent of the period.

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  • GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG’S CLIPPED SIGNATURE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG’S CLIPPED SIGNATURE

    SKU: 19-265

    $135.00

    Paul von Hindenburg was a noted Generalfeldmarschall who became the President of the Weimar Republic. When WW I began, he was retired, but was then brought back as a Generaloberst to command the 8. Armee. He was victorious at the Battle of Tannenberg in late August 1914. His smaller army was far out-manned by the Russians (150,000 to 230,000), but his forces were able to completely rout the Russians. [They suffered 150,000 casualties in the battle, including vast numbers of captured troops]. He was Germany’s first national hero during WW I. His star continued to rise as he went on to command all the German and Central Powers troops on the Eastern Front. He was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall, then ultimately headed the German General Staff in Berlin. Assisted by his deputy, Erich Ludendorff, he planned the German war effort for the rest of the war. He again retired at WW I’s end, but was recalled to his country’s service in the mid 1920’s as President of the Weimar Republic, an office he filled until his 1933 death. He was replaced by then Chancellor Adolf Hitler. Today we are offering a von Hindenburg signature that was clipped from a document or letter. It measures 3 ¼” x 4 ¼,” and bears the famed General’s distinctive signature rendered in the purple grease pencil commonly used at combat commands (meaning it probably was clipped from a wartime document or letter). We are including a postcard of von Hindenburg, so that you may combine…

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  • GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND SLOOP - S.M.Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND SLOOP – S.M.Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-199

    $250.00

    This is a fine goblet that appears to be made from zinc. It stands 5 1/2″ tall. It measures 3″ in diameter at the rim, and 2 3/4″ in diameter at the base. It sports three decorative panels. The first shows Kaiser Wilhelm II in naval uniform. The second shows his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. The third panel shows König Carl I. von Rumänien’s crowned cypher. (König Carl I. was also the Regimental Chef of Dragoner-Regiment Nr 9). The cup is finely made. It sports a manufacturer’s hallmark on the bottom. Material from any of the Kaiser’s yachts is difficult-to-find. The S.M.Y. Iduna is one of the Kaiser’s lesser-known vessels that was used for yachting competitions of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club.

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  • Sale! H. J. WILM-MADE DELUXE COVERED PRIVATE CHALICE/CEREMONIAL CUP ONCE OWNED BY BADEN’S GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    H. J. WILM-MADE DELUXE COVERED PRIVATE CHALICE/CEREMONIAL CUP ONCE OWNED BY BADEN’S GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 20-318 XKR

    $9,995.00 $8,495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a covered silver chalice or ceremonial drinking cup housed in a very ornate presentation case, once owned by Großherzog (Grand Duke) Friedrich II (1857-1928), the Grand Duchy of Baden’s final ruler. He ruled from his father Friedrich’s death in 1907 until the German Empire’s 1918 demise. The cup was produced in Berlin by one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers, H. J. Wilm. Its overall height is 7 1/4.” The diameter at the rim is 2 1/4,” while its diameter at the bottom is 2 7/8.” [While we use the term “chalice,” we do not feel its use was necessarily religious]. The vessel sports a fitted top, whose handle is graphically depicted as rising flames. It lifts off to reveal a polished, gilt-toned inner bowl. The lid’s underside is also gold-toned. The bowl is quite small (from the standpoint of a liquid-holding vessel). It would hold no more than 3-4 ounces of liquid. The bowl’s exterior displays the central emblem from 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 officer’s wappen. [This was the Grand Duchy’s most elite infantry regiment. It was founded in 1803 and garrisoned at the capital city of Karlsruhe. The regiment was assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. It fought extensively in the Napoleonic Wars. It ranked with other kingdoms’ elite regiments, such as Prussia’s 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, Saxony’s 1 Sächs. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100, Hesse-Darmstadt’s Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Grossherzog. Hessisches) Nr 115, and Württemberg’s Grenadier-Regiment (1. Württembergisches) Königin Olga]. The emblem consists of…

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  • HAND PAINTED, FRAMED PORCELAIN OF KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAND PAINTED, FRAMED PORCELAIN OF KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-121

    $795.00

    This is a stunning, hand painted, porcelain image of Kaiser Wilhelm II of the Regiments der Garde du Corps dress uniform. The framed presentation measures 12″ x 9 ½,” and the framed image measures 9″ x 6 ½.” The frame is quite ornate. The image shows the Kaiser in dress uniform (without helmet or supravest). He has on the dress shoulder boards of his rank and is holding his sword. The colors of the porcelain are quite vibrant. It is quite handsome. On his right sleeve is a small chip. It could be corrected easily with a bit of attention. It is not too noticeable, and blends in fairly well with the rest of the tunic. It is not detractive, in my opinion. This will look super on your wall!

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  • HANDWRITTEN LETTER TO FRIEDRICH von INGENOHL FROM ADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HANDWRITTEN LETTER TO FRIEDRICH von INGENOHL FROM ADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ

    SKU: 19-250

    $895.00

    This is a handwritten letter from Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) to future admiral and commander of the Hochseeflotte (High Seas Fleet) from 1913-1915, Friedrich von Ingenohl (1857-1933). The letter has been written on a piece of paper that measures 9 5/8″ by 7 3/4.” It has been folded in half, which allows four different pages measuring 7 3/4″ x 4″ x 7/8″ for writing. Two of these pages are used in the letter to von Ingenohl. The letter is dated 2 July 1905 and was written in Nauheim. At the time, von Tirpitz held the post of Naval Secretary of State. The letter is written in ink. Glancing through the letter, I see that von Tirpitz is congratulating von Ingenohl on the occasion of his appointment to serve as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Flügeladjutant. The following year, von Ingenohl was transferred to command the Kaiser’s royal yacht, S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. (This is an historically important document as it shows when von Ingenohl got on the fast track to Admiral). The letter’s opening is simply “Meine Lieber Ingenohl.” It concludes with the clear and recognizable signature, v. Tirpitz. The letter is written in black ink. Someone with the time and inclination could fully translate the letter. The letter is in excellent condition for being more than one-hundred-years-old. We will include a postcard of von Tirpitz, so that you can better enjoy the letter.

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  • HAUPTMANN’S PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY PRUSSIA’S KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAUPTMANN’S PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY PRUSSIA’S KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV

    SKU: 19-260

    $395.00

    In Prussia, promotion patents were presented to the officer on the occasion of his elevation. This document was presented to an Artillerie Hauptmann by König Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The promotion patent was a very elaborate document. The example measures 14 ½” x 8 7/8″ before it is unfolded. As the information often covered several pages, when fully open the document measures 14 ½” x 16.” This provided four pages, measuring 14 ½” x 8 7/8,” on which to write the pertinent information. In our document’s time period, royal court scribes produced these beautiful papers along with urkunden (award documents for orders and decorations). Our document commemorates the promotion of Hermann von Amsberg. He served in Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinzregent Luitpold von Bayern Nr 4. He was promoted from Premier Lieutenant (later, the rank became known as oberleutnant) to Hauptmann on 22 June 1852. The document was signed at Sanssouci, the Potsdam castle modeled on the French castle at Versailles. (The latter was built by Frederick the Great, a great admirer of French culture). The document is boldly signed by König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1796-1861). Directly below his large signature we see the House of Hohenzollern’s embossed royal seal. [Friedrich Wilhelm IV was the son of Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770–1840), Prussia’s King throughout the Napoleonic Wars. He also instituted the Iron Cross during his reign. Friedrich Wilhelm IV was Wilhelm I’s older brother. Friedrich Wilhelm suffered a stroke in 1857 that left him physically and mentally unable to continue his duties. Wilhelm I…

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  • IDENTIFIED BAVARIAN ROYAL YACHT CLUB DRESS TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED BAVARIAN ROYAL YACHT CLUB DRESS TUNIC

    SKU: 20-321

    $725.00

    The Bavarian Yacht Club was founded in 1888. It received its current name in 1909 through the cooperation of the House of Wittelsbach, Bavaria’s ruling family during the Imperial Period. [The Wittelsbachs are still very much involved in Germany today, with varied commercial interests]. The Bavarian Yacht Club was formed at the same time as the Hohenzollern Yacht Club. Even though Bavaria is landlocked, its many lakes have long supported a large sailing tradition. Several House of Wittelsbach princes remain active in sailing today. Today we are offering a Bavarian Yacht Club dress tunic. It is similar to a Navy dress tunic (lower-dress, not the more elaborate high-dress). The tunic resembles a waistcoat. It is made of high-quality, navy-blue wool. A double row (five per side) of gilt-toned buttons runs down the tunic’s center. Another pair of buttons in the center serves as an extender that the wearer would have used to secure the tunic, rather than the five on view. Each tunic sleeve displays five smaller buttons. [Please note that EVERY one of these buttons (twenty-two total) displays a fouled anchor with the Wittelsbach Crown over it. Flanking the anchor we see a “B” and a “Y.” A “C” is centered over the anchor itself]. The tunic has very wide lapels. The tunic’s interior sports a very impressive black mint-condition silk liner. Two inside pockets are present. When we turn one of them out, we reveal a label with the original owner’s name, “Dr. Wilhelm Recknager.” Also included is…

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  • J. GODET & SÖHNE "BON BON" JAR GIVEN BY KAISER WILHELM II AS ROYAL GIFT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    J. GODET & SÖHNE “BON BON” JAR GIVEN BY KAISER WILHELM II AS ROYAL GIFT

    SKU: 20-317

    $2,995.00

    Here is a simply stunning royal “Bon Bon” jar from Berlin’s fabled court jeweler J. Godet & Söhne’s workshops, which Kaiser Wilhelm II gifted to some fortunate recipient. Royal gifts from Kaiser Wilhelm II came in a wide variety of types. Any gift given by the Kaiser was significant. Highly-prized when initially given, they are even more avidly sought out by today’s collectors. The gifts range from jewelry (stickpins, cigarette cases, watches, brooches, etc.) to various other personal items. Today we are offering an unusual glass “Bon Bon” jar. In its time, the squat glass jar would have been a table or desk accessory. The jar measures 5 5/8” at its greatest width, 3 7/8” in diameter at the top, and 3 5/8” in diameter at the base. Its base displays a fine rayed design. Etched into the jar’s side we see “Wilhelm II Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preussen.” Fitted to the jar’s top is a fine-silver and leather-covered lid. Affixed to the center of the lid’s leather background is an ultra-high-quality silver Hohenzollern Eagle that measures 1 ½” x 2.” Its side is hallmarked “J. Godet – .950.” [Berlin’s J. Godet & Söhne was one of the Kaiser and the royal family’s better-known court jewelers, among the likes of Gebrüder Friedlander, Wagner & Söhne, etc. These firms specialized in orders and decorations, as well as assorted silver and gold gifts]. The jar’s workmanship and overall condition is first-rate. Filled with any number of items, or displayed as is,…

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  • KAISER FRIEDRICH III PHOTOGRAPH IN PATRIOTIC FRAME - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER FRIEDRICH III PHOTOGRAPH IN PATRIOTIC FRAME

    SKU: 20-306

    $175.00

    This is a very high-quality, silver-toned, patriotic frame in the shape of an Iron Cross. The frame measures 5 3/4″ x 6 1/4.” Among the Iron Cross’s arms are laurel leaves on one side, with oak leaves and acorns on the other. An oval-shaped inset in the center measures 2″ x 2 3/4.” It allows a photograph to be displayed within the oval. A crown appears directly over the oval space’s top. The reverse sports two means of displaying the frame. First a small easel appears, which when set in place, allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. An eyelet at its top means it could be hung from the wall using a nail or picture hanger. A vertical attachment is also present whereby you can insert a photograph for display. The easel device is mounted to its reverse. The subject shown here comes from a Kaiser Friedrich III postcard. He is in a general’s uniform and wears the Orden pour le Mérite at his neck, and a large medal bar that includes numerous high-level decorations. While this is how the frame came to us, of course you may insert most any postcard (some trimming will be necessary), other original photograph, or CdV. The frame is in very fine condition.

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  • KAISER WILHELM II - SOUP BOWL - S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II – SOUP BOWL – S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 20-343

    $2,295.00

    The S.M.Y. (Seiner Majestät Yacht) Hohenzollern was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht. An earlier royal yacht by the same name was launched in 1878 and used by the House of Hohenzollern heads until 1892. It was then renamed the Kaiser Adler and later scrapped in 1912. The second, and most famous, S.M.Y. Hohenzollern was placed in service in 1894. It was used extensively by Kaiser Wilhelm II until just shortly before WW I began, when it was retired. [A bigger and even more opulent S.M.Y. Hohenzollern actually was launched in 1914, but it remained incomplete due to the war]. Wilhelm II spent the equivalent of five years (from 1894 through the first part of 1914) aboard the second Hohenzollern, primarily sailing around the Baltic, North, and Mediterranean Seas. Every summer, with the exception of 1906, Wilhelm’s favorite destination was Norway. The Hohenzollern, accompanied by at least one German cruiser anchored in a fjord, where the Kaiser exercised daily in the morning, sailed, and enjoyed visits ashore. He and his guests dined luxuriously from a table service specifically designed for use aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser maintained many different place settings at his various castles and estates. He even had a set designed for his use aboard the Kaiserliche Marine’s various flagships, as well as aboard his racing sloop. [Saying the Kaiser knew how to live it up in style is a gross understatement]. One tableware pattern that many Imperial German collectors prefer is that from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern’s table…

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  • KAISER WILHELM II BELL & STAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II BELL & STAND

    SKU: 20-278

    $725.00

    I have occasionally seen a “Kaiser Bell” like this example over the years. Known as “Gloriosa,” it is a replica of the “Emperor Bell” from the Cologne (Köln) Cathedral, that was given as an award. I always found these bells quite interesting, but for some reason I never bought one. When I was offered this one recently, I was surprised to find that the bells were originally awarded with special bases on which to display them. It was the first time that I had seen such a base (which fits the bell perfectly). I am proud to offer you this fine pair together. The brass bell stands 5″ tall by itself. Its circumference is 10 ½” at its widest point. It measures 3 5/16″ in diameter at the base. Its handle is decorated with cherubim heads, and measures 2 1/8.” Some silver plating remains visible. A Prussian eagle emblem is featured on the bell’s obverse, while a high-relief representation of St. Peter graces the reverse. A banner encircles the bell’s top section, with the following saying printed in German Fraktur, “Die Kaiserglocke heiß ich, des Kaisers Ehren preis ich. Auf heilger Warte steh’ ich, Dem deutschen Reich erfleh’ ich. Dass fried’ und Wehr/Ihm Gott bescheer.” (The Emperor bell is my name, I praise the emperor’s honor. I stand on the holy watchtower, I invoke the German Reich, That peace and protection / God bestows on him). The bell’s clapper is made of lead. These bells have been featured in Anselm…

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  • KAISER WILHELM II PLAQUE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II PLAQUE

    SKU: 20-52

    $250.00

    A unique wooden and metal plaque featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II. This plaque shows him in profile and wearing a Garde du corps helmet complete with the large Hohenzollern Eagle mounted at the top. The wooden plaque measures 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. The metal oval portion which shows the Kaiser measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. The back of the plaque has a metal easel so that you may place it on a desk or a book case. Very fine condition and a nice item for you Wilhelm II collectors. We actually have two of these if you are interested.

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  • Sale! KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT'S REGIMENTAL CHEF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF

    SKU: 20-316 XKR

    $16,995.00 $14,995.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an utterly spectacular pair of Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards that were once owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the Regimental Chef of 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. The 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was the third (obviously), and final Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. It was created in 1860 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign (Kaiser Wilhelm II’s grandfather). It was garrisoned in Potsdam with all the other elite Garde-Regiments, including the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. [Potsdam was also the site of Sanssouci, the Hohenzollern Summer Palace built by Frederick the Great (Frederick II). It was also where the last Hohenzollern palace was built for Kronprinz Wilhelm and his bride, Kronprinzessin Cecilia, and christened “Cecilienhof” in her honor. The palace was used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference of U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and USSR Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Today the Cecilienhof is, in addition to being a German historical treasure, a conference center/hotel with an excellent restaurant. I have stayed within its confines, wherein history exudes from every nook and cranny]. The shoulder boards are massive, measuring 5” x 2 ¾.” They each display two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify these as Prussian shoulder boards. A magnificent set of crossed silver Generalfeldmarschall (GFM) batons are installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to the man who achieved the rank, with the…

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  • KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA RINGKRAGEN (GORGET) AS REGIMENTAL CHEF - PRUSSIAN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA RINGKRAGEN (GORGET) AS REGIMENTAL CHEF – PRUSSIAN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 20-211

    $34,495.00

    Today we are offering Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria’s ringkragen (gorget) as Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria (1858-1921) was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany’s wife. She was born in Schleswig-Holstein. She married Kronprinz Wilhelm (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) in 1881. She bore him an heir in 1882, who was also to be a Kronprinz Wilhelm. This lad never achieved Germany’s throne, since the monarchy fell in 1918. He instead became a “Pretender,” when his father died in 1941. Auguste Viktoria gave the Kaiser a total of six sons and one daughter. She worshiped her husband and he adored her. They were very close. When Wilhelm II abdicated his throne in 1918, she joined him in exile to the Netherlands at Haus Doorn (Huis Doorn). This is where she died in 1921. Her body was returned to Germany, where it was buried at Berlin’s Neues Palais (New Palace). The Kaiser was not afforded the same privilege. When he died in 1941, he was buried at Haus Doorn, where he remains today in a special crypt on the grounds of the estate not far from where many of his beloved Dachshunds are also buried. It was customary in Imperial Germany for certain elite regiments to be honored with a royal patron who assumed the position of its honorary oberst and Regimental Chef. The Kaiserin was the Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1717. It was garrisoned at Pasewalk, where it was…

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  • KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB SOUP SPOONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB SOUP SPOONS

    SKU: 20-304

    $95.00

    Have you ever dreamed that you were an important yacht club member? Or have you ever wished you were a member of a yacht club filled with Europe’s best known royals? Well, we cannot exactly help you gain entry, but we CAN help you eat LIKE a Kaiserlicher Yacht Club royal. It was founded in 1887 as a yacht club, then Kaiser Wilhelm II became its Kommodore in 1891 and its name was changed to the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. Many of Germany’s royals, nobles, and captains of industry, including Alfred Krupp, were members. Members of the club were included in both Germany’s Army and Navy, and more than 400 of them died during WW I. Our offering is two fairly large soup spoons. The club’s logo appears on their handles. On the reverse are two hallmarks for their manufacturer. I see no silver hallmarks. That said, the spoons have a marvelous patina. I am almost tempted to enjoy a steaming cup of tomato soup with one!

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  • KNIGHTHOOD PRESENTATION DOCUMENT SET FROM KAISER WILHELM I'S ERA - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KNIGHTHOOD PRESENTATION DOCUMENT SET FROM KAISER WILHELM I’S ERA – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-110

    $6,495.00

    This is the formal presentation set awarded to men who were elevated to Prussian knighthood. This very elaborate set consists of a hand carved wooden box for the Adelsbrief. This was the formal document recognizing the newly-elevated knight. The ornately hand carved storage box depicts the Hohenzollern Eagle on its outer lid. The box is secured by a lock and key. This is the first such relic I have owned that still has its key. The box measures 17 ½” x 14″ x 5.” Even on its own, this box is most impressive! In addition to the intricately carved Hohenzollern Eagle on the lid, elaborate carving decorates all the box’s surfaces. Inside, a floral silk insert graces the upper lid. A sumptuous red, leather, bound folio, measuring 14 ½ ” x 11,” encases the formal knighthood document. Again, the Hohenzollern Eagle is seen embossed in gilt on the folio’s cover. Each of the document’s eight pages is made of the finest heavy velum that could be obtained at the time, (or today, for that matter). The text is rendered by a master calligrapher. The basic information is listed for Franz Albert Philipp Wittcke. His name is mentioned in that manner on several occasions until we finally see Franz Albert Philipp von Wittcke. Von Wittcke was a retired hauptmann in the Landwehr Bataillon. The full-color coat-of-arms, which was created exclusively for the von Wittcke family, is the central theme within the folio. The hand painting on the velum remains vibrant even…

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  • KPM 150TH ANNIVERSARY PLATE - FEATURING KÖNIG FRIEDRICH DER GROßE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KPM 150TH ANNIVERSARY PLATE – FEATURING KÖNIG FRIEDRICH DER GROßE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX

    SKU: 20-205

    $795.00

    Premiere porcelain firm KPM began serving Prussia’s royal houses in 1763, when they provided King Friedrich the Great’s tableware. The illustrious firm remains in business today, still producing some of the finest porcelain pieces in the world. KPM observed their 150th anniversary of service to the Prussian Crown (including six Kings and three Kaisers) in 1913 by issuing this commemorative plate. The eight-sided plate is made of bisque porcelain. It measures 7″ x 6 3/4″ x 3/4.” The central motif gracing the plate’s obverse is the high-relief images of Friedrich the Great and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The words Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM) Berlin are featured around the plate’s edges. Below the two rulers’ images the years 1763 and 1913 appear, with the KPM logo in-between them. The plate’s reverse displays all the KPM markings, along with the dates. The plate is housed in a deluxe leatherette presentation case measuring 8″ x 7 1/2.” The case is fitted to house the plate. It is lined with handsome, green, silk material. It is an absolutely gorgeous display item that is nearly 100 years old itself!

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  • Sale! KRONPRINZ WILHELM’S DELUXE SILVER PRESENTATION FRAME & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRONPRINZ WILHELM’S DELUXE SILVER PRESENTATION FRAME & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 20-331

    $4,995.00 $4,295.00

    KRONPRINZ WILHELM’S DELUXE SILVER PRESENTATION FRAME & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH. Members of Imperial Germany royalty often presented special gifts to favored followers. These gifts included stickpins, cigarette cases, brooches, etc. One of the most highly prized gifts was the royal’s autographed photograph in a custom-made, officially-presented photo frame. The superior quality and special attention given to these frames was nothing short of amazing. Today we are offering a first for Der Rittmeister Militaria: a top-of-the-line silver presentation photograph frame from Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951), the man destined to be Germany’s fourth Kaiser who instead went to his grave as the throne’s Pretender. As Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s eldest child, Kronprinz Wilhelm had many other responsibilities besides being the royal heir. He groomed for a military career. At WW I’s outbreak he commanded the V. Armee. In 1915, he assumed command of Armeegruppe Kronprinz. Wilhelm participated in many of WW I’s major battles, including Verdun where his three-army Armeegruppe had some success. The Kronprinz was best known for wearing 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1’s uniform. His father, the Kaiser, was its Regimental Chef and Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen frequently and proudly wore the regiment’s attila and busby. The magnificent frame measures 9 ½” x 11.” The frame’s top displays the Kronprinz’s high-relief, crowned royal cypher, which measures 1″ x 1 ¼.” At its bottom, the frame is engraved with a sentiment and dedication to its fortunate recipient, with Wilhelm’s engraved signature as a part of it. The frame’s bottom edge features the…

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  • LARGE HAND CARVED HAPSBURG EAGLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE HAND CARVED HAPSBURG EAGLE

    SKU: 26-62

    $2,495.00

    Today we are offering a massive, truly magnificent, artistically hand carved wooden Hapsburg Eagle. It has been years since we have offered a sophisticated example of German Imperial Period woodcarving. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest we have ever offered. During the Imperial Period, most of Europe’s finest hand woodcarving came from Germany and Austria. [The tradition is still practiced today primarily in Southern Germany (the Black Forest and Bavaria) and Northern Austria (the Tyrol)]. I cannot say with certainty whether our example originated in Austria or Germany, although it was done to commemorate Austria’s Hapsburg Empire. I date this fine example from 1875 up through 1918, when the Great War’s end resulted in the demise of Germany and Austria’s empires. The stunning Eagle measures 2″ x 21″ x 26,” and weighs a whopping 8 lbs. 4 oz. The carving is quite intricate, with exquisite detailing to its various feathers. The top crown has movement in it forwards and backwards, almost as though it is articulated. In the center of the Eagle’s chest is a glass-covered frame that measures 4 ½” x 6″ x 2,” and features a cabinet photograph of Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria with a reproduction signature. The reverse features three metal rings that form its hanger system. A very old cord is strung between them that once served as the actual hanger so it could be hung on a wall. I have waited many years for a large and exceptional carving to come…

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  • LARGE SERVING PLATTER FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM II DINNER SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE SERVING PLATTER FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM II DINNER SERVICE

    SKU: 20-320

    $2,495.00

    This is an interesting, very rare, large, table platter for Kaiser Wilhelm II while he sailed with the German fleet aboard the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II, which served as his flagship while he was with his fleet. Kaiser Wilhelm II was very intrigued by his Navy and his role within it. Plans for the Imperial German Navy’s expansion were constantly brewing between the Kaiser and his alter-ego, Admiral von Tirpitz, at the Navy Ministry. Naturally, as the German Empire’s Kaiser, Wilhelm was expected to live well, but he went FAR beyond that. Wilhelm lived in virtually the same style on his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, as he did at any of his palaces on land, INCLUDING the specially-designed dishware. The S. M. Y Hohenzollern carried special plates, saucers, etc., exclusively for use on that vessel. Another vessel also carried exclusive tableware, the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II. The S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a pre dreadnaught battleship. It was a part of the Kaiser Friedrich III (Wilhelm II’s father) Battleship Class, which included a total of five ships. The S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II was commissioned and entered fleet service in 1900. It served as the Kaiser’s fleet flagship (as well as the High Seas Fleet’s Flagship) from 1900 into 1906. It remained in this role until it was replaced by the S. M. S. Deutschland, which served as the Fleet Flagship from 1906 into 1913. (Naturally, a similar…

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  • LIFE-SIZED KAISER WILHELM II BUST - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LIFE-SIZED KAISER WILHELM II BUST

    SKU: 20-337

    $1,995.00

    Many years ago I purchased this display bust of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The seller (a very trusted friend and colleague) told me then that it was one of two busts produced at Madame Tussauds™ London workshop for display in a museum or similar setting. It appears to have been cast from a mold and is made of a hard plastic-composite material. It presents an excellent likeness of Wilhelm II. Its eyes are hand painted and implanted with three-dimensional lashes. It also sports a luxurious mustache and a partial wiglet. Both are made of real human hair the same color as the Kaiser’s hair as a young man. Since the bust was designed to display headdresses appropriate for the Kaiser, it was unnecessary to fully cover his head with hair, which also saved the cost of a full wig. With a headdress in place, the hair can be combed down properly so that only the sides and back peek out from underneath. I have owned the bust for at least ten years, during which I used it extensively for photographing high-end headdress items, including some that once belonged to Wilhelm II. It is now time for someone else to enjoy it. Its realism is spot on. I know when I put a pickelhaube on this bust, I feel as though the old boy is with me. I almost feel the need to stand to attention and click my heels! If you have an important piece of headdress in your collection that…

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  • MEISSEN PLATE FOR KÖNIG FRIEDRICH AUGUST III'S CORONATION - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MEISSEN PLATE FOR KÖNIG FRIEDRICH AUGUST III’S CORONATION – SAXONY

    SKU: 18-301

    $495.00

    This is a fine porcelain plate from the noted manufacturer, Meissen. It was created to commemorate Friedrich August III’s assumption of the Kingdom of Saxony’s throne in 1904. Friedrich August III (1865-1932) was Saxony’s final king. The plate measures 10″ in diameter. It has a sunken center. Its edge is trimmed in gold. The plate is ornately hand painted in blue. Near the gilt trim on the edge is a band of oak leaves and acorns. Inside on the sunken portion of the plate, more oak leaves serve as a wreath around the King’s Cypher, “AR” (Augustus Rex) and Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms. Below it is the date, 15 Okt. 1904, when Friedrich August III ascended to the throne after his father, König Georg (1832-1904) died. The plate’s reverse is attractively hallmarked for Meissen with the firm’s crossed swords. It is a fetching porcelain item, and a tribute to the King of Saxony, who led his kingdom during WW I.

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  • MENU FOR DINNER AT BERLIN’S NEUES PALAIS 1 NOVEMBER 1911 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MENU FOR DINNER AT BERLIN’S NEUES PALAIS 1 NOVEMBER 1911

    SKU: 20-303

    $195.00

    This is a dinner menu for a function held at the Neues Palais (New Palace) in Potsdam. The Neues Palais was started in 1763 (European history still stuns me, when a palace built by Frederick the Great at the Seven Years War’s conclusion is referred to as “New”)! The palace was built on grounds near Sanssouci. Frederick the Great still preferred Sanssouci (due to its French influences), but considered the construction of a new palace an opportunity to demonstrate Prussia’s power and grandeur. The Neues Palais had more than two hundred rooms. When Kaiser Frederick III came to power, he spent most of his ninety-nine-day-reign within its walls. Kaiser Frederick III’s son, Kaiser Wilhelm II, also preferred the Neues Palais after he assumed Germany’s throne. The larger palace enabled Wilhelm to entertain his guests in a far more lavish and grand manner. The menu measures 5 ½” x 8 5/8.” The event’s date(1 November 1918) appears as its first line of information. It is handwritten, as the evening’s actual bill of fare. A rather simple diagram is drawn on its back: a circle with positions noted on two opposing points. Each is identified, yet a clear reading is a bit difficult to come by. They may indicate the positions of the Kaiser and Kaiserin, or two other important dignitaries. When one envisions the plethora of dinnerware patterns Wilhelm II had at his disposal (not to mention the matching cutlery, glassware, and table decorations) and multiplies that by the multitude of…

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  • METAL WALL PLAQUE DEPICTING HEAVY CRUISER KAISERIN AUGUSTA’S 1893 GOODWILL VISIT TO NEW YORK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    METAL WALL PLAQUE DEPICTING HEAVY CRUISER KAISERIN AUGUSTA’S 1893 GOODWILL VISIT TO NEW YORK

    SKU: 20-338

    $60.00

    This is an interesting multicolored metal wall plaque depicting the Heavy Cruiser Kaiserin Augusta’s goodwill visit to New York City. The Augusta was accompanied by the three-masted windjammer Seeadler to participate in a belated celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage across the Atlantic. The plaque measures 8″ x 12″ and features four corner holes by which it can be attached to a flat surface. The plaque itself is slightly vaulted in its center. Several ships, a buoy and the ocean waves are rendered in high-relief. The picture is actually a reproduction of an 1895 chromolithograph by Carl Saltzmann (1847–1923) of the event. [Saltzmann was a Berlin-born marine and landscape painter who completed several paintings of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his brother, Prinz Heinrich, on board their ships]. It depicts the white Kaiserin Augusta steaming out of New York Harbor. The kriegsflagge is visible at her stern. Another kriegsflagge and the Kaiserstandarte appear in the plaque’s upper right corner. A number of vessels, including a paddlewheel steamer, appear on her starboard side, including what looks like the Seeadler’s silhouette further in the background. The Statue of Liberty resplendently brandishes her torch to the Augusta’s stern, also on the ship’s starboard side. A large buoy bobs in the water at the ship’s port side. The caption “Kaiserin Augusta verläßt Neuyork” (Kaiserin Augusta leaves New York) appears at the plaque’s top. I want to stress that this is a modern-day reproduction of the period painting, not a period piece. I…

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  • NAVAL STANDARD FOR A PRINZ OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVAL STANDARD FOR A PRINZ OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 20-176

    $3,495.00

    This is an incredible standard/banner that was used on Kaiserliche Marine vessels. The banner proclaimed the presence of a Prinz of the House of Hohenzollern on board. Three Hohenzollern Princes are the most likely to have had this particular flag flown for them. The senior of the three was Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich (1862-1929). He was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s (1859-1941) younger brother. The second was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son, Prinz Adalbert (1884-1948). The final prince was Prinz Heinrich’s son, Prinz Waldemar (1889-1945). That said, if ANY Hohenzollern Prinz were visiting a ship (even if he served in the Army), this flag would have correctly flown to honor and recognize him. The standard measures a whopping 6’ 11″(83″) x 6’ 6″(78.”) The banner’s center sports a large Hohenzollern Eagle within a shield. Below that is an important symbol of Prussian royalty, the Black Eagle Collar. [An excellent representative of the Collar resides at Haus Doorn, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s residence-in-exile, in the Netherlands. The last example I saw on the market, which had belonged to the King of Bulgaria, sold with its presentation case for more than $100,000!] Above it all sits a red and gold Hohenzollern Crown. The entire arrangement is superimposed on a large Iron Cross measuring 5′ 11″ (71″) x 6′ 6″(78.”) Two more smaller Hohenzollern Crowns appear to the right of the shield. The upper left and lower right corners feature smaller Hohenzollern Eagles. Two repair patches show in the upper and lower right corners. No tearing or rips…

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

    OFFICER’S SCHIRMÜTZE – PRINZ/KRONPRINZ/KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-262

    $6,995.00

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

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  • OFFICER’S PATENT SIGNED BY KÖNIG JOHANN - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S PATENT SIGNED BY KÖNIG JOHANN – SAXONY

    SKU: 19-223

    $395.00

    This is a very handsome, well preserved Saxon army officer’s promotion patent from König Johann of Saxony’s (1801-1873) reign. Johann’s reign extended from 1854 to 1873, and included some of the Saxon Army’s most important wars and events. Saxony participated in the 1864 Prussian-Danish War and, what is more important, fought against Prussia in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The latter war essentially completed Germany’s unification under Prussia’s influence. The 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War further consolidated Prussia’s dominance when its König Wilhelm I was crowned and acknowledged as Germany’s first Kaiser at its conclusion. [Saxony was more fortunate than Austria’s other defeated 1866 war allies. She did not lose territory or become absorbed into Prussia as did such hapless states as Hannover]. The document, which measures 12 3/4″ x 8 1/4,” unfolds to measure 12 3/4″ x 16 1/4.” The promotion patent’s subject was named Martin von Dieskau. He was promoted from the rank of Leutnant to Oberleutnant. The second page boasts an embossed paper seal bearing the Kingdom of Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms. The document is dated 21 August 1864 and is signed by König Johann and Bernhard von Rabenhorst, Saxony’s War Minister from 1849 to 1866. (He was also a general in the Saxon Army. No doubt he left office after the 1866 War with Prussia). The document is in very good condition for being nearly one-hundred-fifty years-old. It has been folded in thirds both vertically and horizontally. A one-inch tear appears at the bottom of one fold.

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  • ORIENTAL DAMASCUS-STYLE DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIENTAL DAMASCUS-STYLE DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-267

    $1,695.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II had a number of different patterns of tableware for use not only at his various palaces, but aboard his yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, and even when traveling with the fleet aboard the S. M. S. Deutschland. I have seen many of them, but today’s offering is new to me. Germany’s colonial expansion to China engendered a great interest in that ancient country’s art and culture. Our plate comes from the so-called “Damaskus Service” and shows an oriental influence. The plate displays fifteen magenta panels that imitate the wavy Damascus pattern found on ultra-high quality sword and dagger blades. [It is not known why this service, decorated in the Chinese manner, is called the “Damaskus Service.” Some experts suggest that the Emperor was given a plate as a present while traveling to the Orient (he visited Damascus in 1898). This may have formed the basis of the Berlin service’s decorative style]. The plate measures 9 3/4″ in diameter. The plate is edged in gold, with a further intricate gold design between it and the magenta panels. The plate’s center boasts exquisitely-etched gold arabesques and flowers, one of which looks like a lotus. On the reverse we see the royal Wilhelm Rex (King) cypher, the KPM manufacturer’s hallmark, and the date 1903, when the plate was manufactured and placed into service. This is a fine example of a very intricate and rare Kaiser Wilhelm II table setting.

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  • OVERSIZED AUTOGRAPHED WW I ACE AND WW II LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ERNST UDET POSTCARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OVERSIZED AUTOGRAPHED WW I ACE AND WW II LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ERNST UDET POSTCARD

    SKU: 19-239

    $1,695.00

    Ernst Udet (1886-1941) was Germany’s second-leading WW I ace. He was recognized by Manfred von Richthofen for his flying ability and recruited to join Jasta 11. Therein lay a problem that Udet had for the balance of his life. When flying he was a genius, and certainly one of Germany’s ablest pilots. Outside an airplane cockpit, however, his life was not as smooth or easy. After WW I, in which he had sixty-two confirmed victories, he remained involved in aviation as a supreme stunt pilot and an aircraft manufacturer. He also drifted into numerous relationships and marriages, none of which were successful. He joined the Nazi Party in 1933 and became involved in the Luftwaffe’s creation under his old boss, Hermann Göring. (Göring was the third and final commander of JG 1. Manfred von Richthofen was the first). In his Luftwaffe role, he was closely involved in the development of new aircraft. He is best known for his involvement with the JU-87 Stuka. He had seen the capability of early 1930’s U.S.-built Curtiss aircraft. (It was Udet’s idea to add the screaming, dive-attack siren to the JU-87 that made it notorious). Due to mounting political pressure, Udet killed himself in November 1941. The public was not informed of this, just as they were not told of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel’s (forced) suicide. He was buried as a hero and revered by the German people. Today we are offering an oversized postcard that measures 4 1/4″ x 6.” It is based on…

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  • OVERSIZED SERVING PLATTER - GRAF von HOCHSTAEDT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OVERSIZED SERVING PLATTER – GRAF von HOCHSTAEDT

    SKU: 20-290

    $375.00

    This is a large serving platter that measures 14 1/8″(!) in diameter. It comes from the Graf von Hochstaedt’s personal table service. He was the Fürst von Pless auf Schloss Furstenstein bei Waldenburg, Schlesien. The platter sports a golden rim highlighted by blue trim. A typed information label affixed to the platter’s reverse specifies the year 1854. This dates the platter to before our Civil War, making it nearly one-hundred-fifty years-old! Also on the reverse is the KPM hallmark from the noted Berlin firm. While the platter shows some age and usage, it is in very fine condition. This is an opportunity to own a German royal’s tableware piece that was produced in much smaller quantities, especially when compared to Kaiser Wilhelm II and other Imperial family members.

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  • PAIR OF OBERST EPAULETTES IN A DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE TO THE FIRST COMMANDER OF FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 86 - KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA GIFT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF OBERST EPAULETTES IN A DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE TO THE FIRST COMMANDER OF FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 86 – KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA GIFT

    SKU: 20-252

    $15,995.00

    This week we are offering one of the most amazing and beautiful royalty gifts we have ever been able to offer. It is a one-of-a-kind gift of incredibly superior quality. The presentation’s basis is a pair of oberst’s epaulettes from Füsilier-Regiment Königin (Schleswig-Holsteinisches) Nr 86. The regiment was founded in1866. Bataillon Nr’s 1 and 2 were garrisoned at Flensburg, while Bataillon Nr 3 was based at Sonderburg. The regiment was attached to the IX. ArmeeKorps. In 1890 the regiment was renamed to Füsilier-Regiment Königin (Schleswig-Holsteinsches) Nr 86 from what it had been formerly known as at the time of its inception. Also, it received a very royal Regimental Chef as its patron. The royal personage was none other than Auguste Viktoria, Kaiserin of Germany and Königin of Prussia. (She was a princess from Schleswig-Holstein when she married Kronprinz Wilhelm (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) in 1881). The reorganized regiment’s first commander was Oberst Berger. In a special ceremony at Potsdam’s Neuen Palais, the Kaiserin presented Oberst Berger with his epaulettes as the “new” regiment’s commander. The ceremony took place on 22 October 1890. It is one thing to say that the Kaiserin presented him with the epaulettes. As the Kaiserin’s royal gift, it was more a matter of the presentation’s intricate embellishment. The epaulettes were presented to Oberst Berger in a massive, handsome, black, velvet-covered box. The box measures 15 3/4″ x 10″ x 5 1/2.” With the epaulettes in place, it weighs a hefty 8 lbs. Its top lid features…

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  • PAIR OF PRINZ ALFONS’ EPAULETTES - 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT - RANK - MAJOR - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF PRINZ ALFONS’ EPAULETTES – 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT – RANK – MAJOR – BAVARIA

    SKU: 20-192

    $1,895.00

    Once again our old friend Prinz Alfons (1862-1933) of Bavaria makes an appearance on the pages of Der Rittmeister Militaria. Prinz Alfons was Prinz Adalbert of Bavaria’s second son. Although a House of Wittelsbach member, Prinz Alfons was well down on the Bavarian throne’s successor list. After serving as Prinz Regent for years, Ludwig III was elevated to König (when “Mad” Ludwig II died). This meant Kronprinz Rupprecht became the Bavarian heir apparent. Of course, he never became king because the empire fell in 1918. Prinz Alfons joined the Army in 1891 as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. The regiment was founded in 1814. It was garrisoned in the capital of Munich, where it was assigned to the 1. Bavarian ArmeeKorps. In 1892 Prinz Alfons became the commander and oberst of 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. Ultimately, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie, and served as the 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons’ Inhaber (Regimental Chef). This regiment was established in 1905 and named for Prinz Alfons. It was based at Straubing, where it was attached to the III. Bavarian ArmeeKorps. Prinz Alfons was never a front-line military commander, but as a royal he served in an à la Suite capacity. He held no official command during WW I. This pair of epaulettes belonged to Prinz Alfons when he served as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. They are clearly for this regiment. We can tell by the epaulettes’ silver moons. While the…

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  • PATRIOTIC PIECE - FULL-COLOR GLASS  - KAISER WILHELM I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC PIECE – FULL-COLOR GLASS – KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 20-297

    $75.00

    I have examined this item for several minutes trying to categorize it for you. The best that I have come up with it is that it is a patriotic display item commemorating Germany’s first Kaiser, Wilhelm I (1797-1888). In addition to being Kaiser, he was also Prussia’s King from 1861 until his death in 1888. He assumed Prussia’s throne in 1861 when his older brother König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861) died. Wilhelm IV was paralyzed and mentally incapacitated by a stroke in 1857. In 1858 Wilhelm I assumed the position of Regent for his older brother and remained in this position until the King’s death in 1861. He continued his brother’s policy of German unification, which was largely completed with the conclusion of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Through all this and for the balance of his rule until his 1888 death, his closest advisor and political ally was none other than the “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). While Wilhelm I remained King of Prussia, the other German states deferred to Prussian rule. After the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War’s end, he was formally recognized as Emperor of Germany, as well as King of Prussia. Wilhelm I remained the political and moral head of Germany, and was much beloved by his people. Upon his death in March 1888, he was succeeded for ninety-nine days by his son, Germany’s second Kaiser, Friedrich III. Friedrich III was in ill health and died of cancer in June 1888. The third and final Kaiser of Germany,…

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  • PATRIOTIC PIN FEATURING HERZOG ERNST AUGUST AND HERZOGIN VIKTORIA LUISE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC PIN FEATURING HERZOG ERNST AUGUST AND HERZOGIN VIKTORIA LUISE – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 32-111

    $250.00

    This patriotic pin commemorates the 1913 wedding of Braunschweig’s Duke Ernst August (1887-1953) to Prussia’s Princess Viktoria Luise (1892-1980). “Vikki Lu,” as she was known in Germany, was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter. The marriage resolved some long-standing resentment that hailed back to when Prussia “absorbed” Hannover and Braunschweig after the latter’s defeat during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. After the young couple’s marriage, control of Braunschweig was returned to Ernst August. He and his young bride then repaired to Braunschweig, where she was much beloved by the people. According to all accounts, theirs was a happy marriage, and far more successful for the young princess than many of her brothers marriages. The pin, which measures 1 1/4″ in diameter, is silver-toned. The obverse shows the royal couple in high-relief. He appears in his Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 uniform. Their names are listed on the obverse. The reverse displays a crown with rays of light emanating from it, shining down on “Zum Andenken An Die Thronbesteigung Des Herzogpaares 1913” (To commemorate the accession of the Duke and Duchess 1913). A pin and catch also are attached to the reverse. The patriotic pin is in excellent condition for being nearly one-hundred-years old.

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  • PERIOD-FRAMED ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHED MAX IMMELMANN PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PERIOD-FRAMED ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHED MAX IMMELMANN PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 19-255

    $1,695.00

    This is a very interesting original autographed photograph of Max Immelmann (1890-1916). Immelmann was one of early WW I’s two leading single-seater pilots. At the time he flew to fame, he and Oswald Boelcke were flying the first Fokker Eindeckers (monoplanes with a single wing). They were assigned to Flieger Abteilung 62 and, under certain circumstances, were allowed to fly their Eindeckers against the French and British. Boelcke and Immelmann changed the landscape of how fighter planes were employed. By January 1916, each had scored eight victories, and both were awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. (The PLM also came to be known as the “Blue Max” after Max Immelmann, if we believe the legend). Ultimately, single-seater airplanes were formed into Jagdstaffeln, which were better known as Jastas. Before this took place, however, Immelmann died on 18 June 1916. [Boelcke lived long enough to begin the process, and raised-up many “cubs” in his Jasta Nr 2, including Manfred von Richthofen]. When he died, Immelmann had seventeen confirmed victories. Only Boelcke had more at that time. Immelmann also created the “Immelmann Turn” before his death, an aviation maneuver that is still used by fighter pilots today. Today we are offering an original photograph of Immelmann. Immelmann is standing in front of the Fokker Eindecker that he made famous. It is a fairly close-up photograph that shows excellent details of the Fokker rotary engine. In looking at the engine, one can see that a wreath with a ribbon is draped over it.…

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  • PHOTO ALBUM: KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA ONBOARD VARIOUS NAVY SHIPS INCLUDING S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN, S.M.S. KAISER WILHELM II, AND S.M.Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTO ALBUM: KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA ONBOARD VARIOUS NAVY SHIPS INCLUDING S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN, S.M.S. KAISER WILHELM II, AND S.M.Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-311

    $750.00

    This simply astonishing photo album covers a wide variety of topics, although most concern the Kaiserliche Marine. [The Imperial German Navy and its High Seas Fleet was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s pride and joy. Throughout his early reign as Kaiser, Wilhelm pushed Germany’s Navy to become the second most modern and powerful naval force after England’s Royal Navy. Although the Kaiser continually “upped the ante,” Germany was never able to beat England’s ability to produce more ships]. The photo album contains a total of twenty-seven original photographs. Seven of them are large-format photographs that measure 7″ x 9,” while the other twenty are smaller photos that measure 3 3/4″ x 6 ½.” For the most part, the photographs are captioned, generally including the photograph’s subject and date. The large photographs include some of the topics listed below. 1) The Kaiser’s Racing Sloop, S.M.Y. Iduna. The sloop appears offshore in the midst of a regatta containing many sailboats. 2) 1904’s Fleet Maneuvers. The High Seas Fleet participated in annual fleet maneuvers. The photograph shows three warships steaming in line during 1904’s event. 3) The King of England Disembarking from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The photograph shows the King of England’s departure from a visit onboard Germany’s royal yacht. He is stepping down the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s stairs to board his own royal launch, which is flying the Union Jack. Several German officers look down from the Hohenzollern as the King departs. Such visits entailed a plethora of pomp and circumstance! 4) 1904…

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  • PHOTOGRAPH - FELIX GRAF von LUCKNER  - AUTOGRAPHED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH – FELIX GRAF von LUCKNER – AUTOGRAPHED

    SKU: 19-264

    $150.00

    Felix Graf von Luckner (1881-1966) was one of WW I’s most interesting naval figures. To say that he was a colorful figure is an absolute understatement! Today we are offering a fine autographed photograph of the man nicknamed the Seeteufel (Sea Devil). Von Luckner came from an aristocratic family and did not want to follow the life path required by his father. Instead, he left home at a young age and traveled around the world taking any number of physically-demanding jobs: working in a circus, as a lumberman, and many positions requiring heavy labor. His father wanted him to join the cavalry, but von Luckner said he would not return to his family until he could wear his Emperor’s naval uniform. He returned to Germany in 1911 and passed his exams for the merchant fleet. He joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1912 and returned home as a naval officer. His first posting was aboard the S. M. S. Panther, one of the six-ship S. M. S. Iltis Gunboat Class that saw service off South America’s coast and in the Caribbean. With WW I’s advent, von Luckner found himself posted to the battleship S. M. S. Kronprinz Wilhelm. He commanded one of her main turrets, and acquitted himself well at 1916’s Battle of Jutland (Skagerrak). He next was given his first command, the S. M. S. Seeadler (Sea Eagle). It was a highly unusual ship, a three-masted, steel-bodied sailing ship that had been captured by a U-Boot. It then was converted…

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  • PHOTOGRAPH & AUTOGRAPH OF NOTED GERMAN NAVAL ARTIST HANS BOHRDT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH & AUTOGRAPH OF NOTED GERMAN NAVAL ARTIST HANS BOHRDT

    SKU: 19-210

    $225.00

    Both before and during WW I, Hans Bohrdt (1857-1945) was one of Germany’s best-known marine artists. He was born in Berlin. At the age of 15 he visited Hamburg and had his first taste of life involving the sea. He was self-taught. In the 1890’s he caught Kaiser Wilhelm II’s attention, who soon became Bohrdt’s patron. Bohrdt even accompanied the Kaiser on some of the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s cruises. Bohrdt’s output was prolific during WW I, and along with Professor Willy Stöwer, he was among the best-known depicters of German naval warfare. Perhaps his best-known wartime painting depicts the Battle of the Falklands. The battle, which took place on 8 December 1914, saw the German East Asian Squadron destroyed by the English. Almost 1,900 sailors lost their lives, including the fleet commander, Vizeadmiral Graf Maximilian von Spee, and his two sons. This painting shows a single German sailor who has had his ship shot from under him. He stands on the wreckage of his ship and defiantly thrusts a kriegsflagge in the air. It is rumored that the sailor belonged to the crew of the Nürnberg, whose members preferred to go down with their ship, flags in hand, rather than surrender to the British. Bohrdt saw great success from 1890 through 1918. When his royal patron was exiled to the Netherlands, and military-themed artwork stirred up too many unpleasant memories, Bohrdt fell from popularity in Germany. Today we are offering a photo of Bohrdt in a marine-themed uniform complete…

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  • PHOTOGRAPH AND FLAG - PRUSSIAN PRINCE - SMALL VESSEL - GERMAN LAKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH AND FLAG – PRUSSIAN PRINCE – SMALL VESSEL – GERMAN LAKE

    SKU: 20-214

    $3,850.00

    The pageantry afforded to House of Hohenzollern members was on par with other royal European houses. As with England, the naval tradition was very important to Wilhelm II. He spent lavishly on his fleet in an effort to match the British Royal Navy. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, as was his brother, Prinz Heinrich. Both men had a son who served in the Navy (Prinz Adalbert and Prinz Sigismund, respectively). Traditionally, when a prinz was aboard a vessel, the ship raised a special flag signifying his presence. We currently are offering a large banner that was flown aboard battleships when a prinz was aboard. Today we are offering something even more unusual. It is a pairing of a photograph, and a flag that was flown from a small pleasure craft on the Wannsee in Berlin. The photograph comes from a photographic studio in Berlin. It measures 6″ x 7 3/4.” It depicts a small pleasure craft, which I estimate to be 45′ to 55′ in length. Flying from its stern is the very flag we are offering today! It measures 59 1/2″ x 39.” In its center is a Hohenzollern Eagle. An Iron Cross is in the corner. The flag is swallow-tailed. It is made of a light-cotton material that is gauzy in appearance. Some light mothing shows in a few places, but the flag remains in very good condition.

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  • PILLOWCASES - KAISER WILHELM II's ROYAL YACHT S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PILLOWCASES – KAISER WILHELM II’s ROYAL YACHT S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 20-203

    $195.00

    I am constantly looking for items pertaining to German royal families. I also am always on the lookout for items relating to Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. When we discover items from both categories at once, it is our day for celebration! Today we are offering pillowcases from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. These are like no pillowcases that you ever seen, my friends. They are different sizes. One measures 24″ x 25,” while the other measures 17 1/2″ x 25 1/2.” It is not their sizes that make them so different. Instead, it is each pillowcase’s buttons (five and three, respectively), which secured it on the pillow once the cases were laundered and pressed. Each case sports Kaiser Wilhelm II’s embroidered cypher, along with a number 1 and 2 below the cypher. The red embroidery looks very striking against the pillowcase’s whiteness. The pillowcase’s material is an unbelievably high-quality cotton, or, a fine linen. It is extremely soft.

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  • PRESENTATION SILVER DESK NOTE BOOK AND PAPER PAD TO PRINZ ALFONS OF BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRESENTATION SILVER DESK NOTE BOOK AND PAPER PAD TO PRINZ ALFONS OF BAVARIA

    SKU: 20-106

    $1,550.00

    Often we feel like Prinz Alfons is an “old friend” of ours. Over time we have been pleased to offer a number of his personal items on our pages. Among these items have been his General der Kavallerie pickelhaube complete with the dress parade feathers, as well as the storage boxes for his helmet and the parade feathers. We have also had a few offbeat items, such as one of his ultra-well-made, high-quality, leather valises, which came from a luggage merchant in Switzerland. We currently are offering a that once belonged to him. Alfons was born on 24 January 1862 and died on 8 January 1933. Although he was a general in the Bavarian cavalry, he was not a true front-line commander, as were some members of German royalty. He was actually better-known in the field of science and mathematics. He was honored in 1905 by being named the Regimental Chef and patron of 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons. This was a great tribute to him by the Prinz Regent and the War Ministry. Today we are offering a superb, high-grade silver note book and pad that was presented to him on the occasion of his 70th birthday. This would have been 24 January 1932, which was a little less than a year before he passed away. This magnificent desk piece was presented to him by the officers, medical staff and veterinarians of “his” regiment. The case, which measures 6 3/8″ x 4 1/4,” is engraved at the case top with…

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  • PROMOTION PATENT - HANOVERIAN OFFICER - SIGNED - KING GEORGE III - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PROMOTION PATENT – HANOVERIAN OFFICER – SIGNED – KING GEORGE III

    SKU: 19-221

    $750.00

    This is an interesting patent that was issued to “Otto Achatz Kirchoff.” Kirchoff was a young officer from Hannover. The patent was signed by King George III of England and Hannover. Although George III was Hannover’s ruler, he never visited his domain on the continent. The document is in the typical German format and in the German language instead of English. From what I can make out, apparently Kirchoff was assigned to an English rather than a Hanoverian Cavalry Regiment. This was quite common. England had several regiments that were filled with Hanoverians in the officer’s, NCO’s, and enlisted men’s ranks. The document measures 8″ x 12 ½.” It is dated 1802 and was signed at St. James Palace. George III’s signature is bold and clear. A paper seal has been applied to its left. The document has been folded in half. The document’s back half, which has no writing and does not affect the front half’s written information, has a tear across it. It remains a very desirable document that was signed during the Napoleonic Wars.

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  • PROMOTION PATENT - HANOVERIAN OFFICER - SIGNED - KING GEORGE IV - ENGLAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PROMOTION PATENT – HANOVERIAN OFFICER – SIGNED – KING GEORGE IV – ENGLAND

    SKU: 19-222

    $650.00

    This is an interesting patent that was issued to “Otto Achatz Kirchoff.” Kirchoff was a young officer from Hannover. The patent was signed by King George VI of England and Hannover. Although George VI was Hannover’s ruler, he never visited his domain on the continent. The document is in the typical German format and in the German language instead of English. From what I can make out, apparently Kirchoff was assigned to an English rather than a Hanoverian Cavalry Regiment. This was quite common. England had several regiments that were filled with Hanoverians in the officer’s, NCO’s, and enlisted men’s ranks. The document measures 9 ½” x 13 ½.” It is dated 1823 and was signed at the Carleton House Inn. George IV’s signature is bold and clear. A paper seal has been applied to its left. The document has been folded three times. It is in excellent condition for being nearly two-hundred years-old.

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  • PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT WITH KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV’S SIGNATURE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT WITH KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV’S SIGNATURE

    SKU: 19-261

    $395.00

    This is a very interesting officer’s promotion patent. The document comes from the reign of König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861). Friedrich Wilhelm IV was the eldest son of König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840), Prussia’s king during the tumultuous Napoleonic War Period shortly after the 19th Century’s turn. When Friedrich Wilhelm III died in 1840, Friedrich Wilhelm IV ascended the throne. His reign was difficult and involved revolution in 1848, which he initially repressed. He then changed his mind, embraced it and became its leader! Later, in 1857, Friedrich Wilhelm IV suffered a stroke that left him physically and mentally incapacitated. Due to his continued ill health, his younger brother Wilhelm I became Prussia’s regent in 1858. Friedrich Wilhelm died in 1861 and left no heir, so Wilhelm I assumed the throne and became King of Prussia, and later, Germany’s Kaiser. King Friedrich Wilhelm IV personally signed this document. The promotion patent was awarded to Friedrich Albert Schönn zu Stettin. The document measures 9 ¼” x 14″ when unopened, and 14″ x 18″ when opened, making it four-sided. All the information, however, appears on the first page. Its bottom boasts Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s bold and sprawling black-ink signature, as well as a Hohenzollern Eagle-embossed seal. The document was prepared and signed in 1855 at Charlottenburg’s royal castle. Another court official’s signature appears below Friedrich Wilhelm’s, but I cannot identify it. Our document is some one-hundred-sixty years-old! Some foxing effects its right side and bottom, but the document’s body is clear and…

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  • ROYAL SEAL FROM HOUSE OF HAPSBURG - USED ON ADELSBRIEF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ROYAL SEAL FROM HOUSE OF HAPSBURG – USED ON ADELSBRIEF

    SKU: 20-236

    $2,195.00

    In both Germany and Austria, the Adelsbrief was an important document that extended knighthood and nobility to men who had previously been well-respected commoners. They could have been men in the military, government service, men of commerce, or public renown. The documents were often presented in deluxe boxes. The book-like document contained the text and circumstances of the knighthood, including its date and the ruler’s signature. A special coat-of-arms that had been created for the family was included within the document, and remained theirs ever after. A metal canister containing the ruler’s seal was usually attached to the book. In this case, the canister was attached to an Austrian Adelsbrief (which was removed at some point) and thereby the now unknown person was elevated to knighthood. The canister measures 3 3/4” in diameter and is 1 1/4” thick. It is a two-piece device that opens to reveal its contents. The canister’s basic material is silver-toned. Attached to the top is a brass rendition of the Hapsburg Coat-of-Arms. It clearly displays the House of Hapsburg’s two-headed eagle, which was used by Kaiser Franz Josef and his predecessors. Extending from the canister are four small sashes made of red, black, gold, and silver bullion. When one removes the canister’s upper half, the House of Hapsburg’s red wax seal is revealed, displaying the royal family’s coat-of-arms. The wax seal is completely intact and in excellent condition. I cannot accurately date this. I feel quite confident that it comes from the 19th Century, however,…

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  • SALAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-340

    $1,495.00

    This is a very rare salad plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s racing sloop. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic…

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  • SALAD/DESSERT PLATE - SCHLOß NYMPHENBURG - KÖNIG LUDWIG III - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD/DESSERT PLATE – SCHLOß NYMPHENBURG – KÖNIG LUDWIG III – BAVARIA

    SKU: 20-207

    $1,195.00

    We are thrilled to offer a dessert/salad plate from König Ludwig III of Bavaria’s royal table service. This plate was produced from 1900 through 1912, while Ludwig II was still Bavaria’s Prinz Regent. Schloß Nymphenburg was the Bavarian royal household’s summer castle. Located in what is today suburban Munich, it was first built in 1664. The Schloß and its grounds cover more than 200 acres. Interestingly, the Munich 1972 Summer Olympics dressage (equestrian) events were held on the castle grounds. The plate is twelve-sided, and measures 8 1/8″ in diameter. Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful, elaborately hand painted royal plate of the many we have offered. Two shades of blue and a royal gold are featured. An ornate pattern is displayed throughout. The plate’s central theme is a house on a lake or river. It is very striking, and would make a fine addition to any collection.

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  • SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S PERSONAL S. M. Y. HOHENZOLLERN TABLE SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S PERSONAL S. M. Y. HOHENZOLLERN TABLE SERVICE

    SKU: 20-323

    $795.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm lived a life of luxury while he was Germany’s Emperor. He entertained lavishly and had many tableware patterns at his various palaces, hunting lodges, etc. Perhaps the rarest (since it had the fewest place settings) were the pieces that came from the Kaiser’s yacht, the S. M. Y. (Seiner Majestät Yacht) Hohenzollern. Today we are offering a dessert or salad plate from the royal yacht. The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was launched in 1892. From 1892 to 1914, she served as the Kaiser’s personal yacht. He enjoyed spending summers in Norway, and she sailed to Great Britain, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Mediterranean. [In fact, he loved his ship so much he spent four years out of that 24-year span aboard it]! The ship was 390 feet in length, and bristled with fifteen cannons and machine guns. She often was accompanied by one or more German warships. The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern had a crew of 295. Naturally, the Hohenzollern’s crew far outnumbered other similar-sized ships due to the large number of cabin stewards, servants, cooks, etc. required to “properly” attend to the Kaiser and his guests. Many of the officers who served aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, including the Kaiser’s son Adalbert, went on to have distinguished Kaiserliche Marine careers. Several became Admiräle or other top naval commanders after catching Wilhelm’s eye onboard the Hohenzollern and joining the fast track to more important commands. Our offering today is a dessert or salad plate…

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  • SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC)

    SKU: 20-329

    $1,250.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a…

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  • SAXE-ALTENBURG’S HERZOG ERNST 1st’s FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXE-ALTENBURG’S HERZOG ERNST 1st’s FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 20-314

    $795.00

    This is a presentation-framed photograph of Herzog (Duke) Ernst I of Saxe-Altenburg. Saxe-Altenburg was one of the small Saxon duchies. It was associated with the Saxe-Ernestine line, which was directly connected with the Kingdom of Saxony’s ruling House of Wettin. Ernst I (1826-1908) served as the Duke of Saxe-Altenburg from 1853 into 1908, after succeeding his father, Georg. Ernst I’s son, Ernst II, followed him, serving as the Duchy’s final Duke from 1908 until the Empire fell in 1918. The signed portrait of Ernst I comes in an official frame that was given to favored subjects, fellow royals, etc. The photograph depicts Ernst I in a general officer’s uniform. It is very likely that the uniform is for 8. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 153. [As Saxe-Altenburg was a relatively small duchy, it was the only full regiment that Saxe-Altenburg fielded]! He is wearing a very large medal bar that sports an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with Twenty-Five year Oak Leaves and the 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal. This dates the photograph from 1897 to 1908. At the photograph’s bottom, we can see Ernst I’s scrawling, black ink signature. The photograph within the frame measures 5 7/8″ x 3 13/16.” The frame is made of high-quality leather. At its top is a large brass crown that signifies Saxe-Altenburg’s royal crown. The frame measures 8 1/4″ x 6 3/4.” A foldaway easel appears on the reverse that allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. At the top is…

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS -  GENERALFELDMARSCHALL’S -KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 101 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS –  GENERALFELDMARSCHALL’S -KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 101

    SKU: 20-346

    $7,495.00

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS –  GENERALFELDMARSCHALL’S -KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 101. König Friedrich August III (1865-1932) was the final King of Saxony, one of the four Imperial German Kingdoms. Saxony’s royal house was the House of Wettin. In 1877 Friedrich August, then twelve, was enlisted as a Leutnant in the Saxon Army. He advanced through the various levels of rank and military responsibility, becoming appointed Generalmajor (1894), then Generalleutnant (1898), then General der Infanterie (1902). Between 1902 and 1904, Friedrich August assumed command of the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. He became Saxony’s King that same year (1904), then managed to achieve the rank of Generaloberst while he was King. Ultimately, he was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall on 9 September 1912. Today we are offering a pair of exceedingly-rare Infanterie-Regiment Nr 101 shoulder boards that were King Friedrich August III’s personal property. [Kaiser Wilhelm II was the unit’s Regimental Chef. Regimental Chef was an honorary position, with the Chef serving as the regiment’s honorary Oberst. The regiment also had a true Oberst who led the regiment on a daily basis]. As the head of the Saxon state, King Friedrich August III also wore the regiment’s uniform on special occasions. Königlich Sächsisches 2. Grenadier-Regiment Nr 101, Kaiser Wilhelm, König von Preußen (as it was officially known)was one of the Saxon Army’s elite regiments. Garrisoned in the capital city of Dresden, it was founded in 1670. The regiment was assigned to the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. [Please Note: it was named for Kaiser…

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  • SEAL - FRIEDRICH THE GREAT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SEAL – FRIEDRICH THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-220

    $650.00

    This is a metal seal bearing Frederick II’s (1712-1786) likeness. Frederick II is more commonly known as “Frederick the Great.” He was Prussia’s third King, who began Prussia’s march toward a position of prominence in Europe. (His grandson, Friedrich Wilhelm III, led Prussia though the Napoleonic Wars and instituted the Iron Cross in 1813). The seal reproduces a profile view of Germany’s first great King. The seal stands 1 1/8″ tall. The actual seal is 1″ in diameter. The seal dates from approximately 1800, not too long after Frederick the Great’s death. Frederick the Great was also known for founding the Orden Pour le Mérite and building the historic palace Sanssoucci. His fondness for French over the German language is evident in both of these names. Included with the seal is a piece of paper whereupon the seal was stamped, producing seals as they would have appeared TWO centuries ago. It is a most interesting display item.

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  • Sale! SHOULDER BOARD - KAISER WILHELM II’S GROßADMIRAL’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SHOULDER BOARD – KAISER WILHELM II’S GROßADMIRAL’S

    SKU: 20-315

    $11,495.00 $9,995.00

    This is a single Großadmiral’s shoulder board that once adorned Kaiser Wilhelm II’s uniform. Only six men achieved this exalted rank in the Imperial German Navy’s history. These men included: 1901 – Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859 – 1941) 1901 – King Oskar II of Sweden (1829 – 1907) 28 June 1905 – Hans von Koester (1844 – 1928) 4 September 1909 – HRH Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862 – 1929) 27 January 1911 – Alfred von Tirpitz (1849 – 1930)* *[Promoted on an Honorary Basis without Patent, and thus NOT authorized to wear his shoulder boards with the crossed batons (the other five recipients could do so).] 31 May 1918 – Henning von Holtzendorff (1853–1919) A Großadmiral’s rank in the Kaiserliche Marine was equivalent to that of a Generalfeldmarschall in the German Army, hence the use of crossed batons. The shoulder board is massive, measuring 2 ¼” x 5 .” It sports two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify it as a naval shoulder board, since the Navy was part of the Reich (Empire) [not even such a mighty Kingdom as Prussia had possessed a Navy]. A magnificent set of crossed 2 ¼” Großadmiral’s batons is installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to any man who achieved this rank, with the owner’s name noted on each one. Also please note: although the Großadmiral’s shoulder board batons have the same measurements…

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  • SIGNED EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH DOCUMENT DISCUSSING FUTURE KNIGHT’S CROSS OF THE MILITARY MAX JOSEPH ORDER (BAVARIA) WINNER HANS RITTER von ADAM’S FLYING SKILLS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIGNED EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH DOCUMENT DISCUSSING FUTURE KNIGHT’S CROSS OF THE MILITARY MAX JOSEPH ORDER (BAVARIA) WINNER HANS RITTER von ADAM’S FLYING SKILLS

    SKU: 19-252

    $2,395.00

    This is a signed document by PLM-winner Eduard Ritter von Schleich about pilot Hans Ritter von Adam, who had twenty-one confirmed victories. Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947) was a well-known WW I German Ace. He had rejoined the infantry in August 1914 at WW I’s outbreak. He was wounded and requested a transfer to the Imperial German Air Service. He began his service flying two-seat observation planes. He was a tenacious and dutiful soldier. He was wounded on one mission, but rather than return to base, he had his observer tend to his wound, and then returned. Following the wounding, he was placed in command of Fliegerschule Nr 1 during September 1916, which he commanded until his return to flying service a year later. Between September and December 1917, von Schleich racked up an impressive score. By December 1917, he was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. While he commanded Jasta 21, von Schleich’s good friend was killed in a dogfight. To honor him, von Schleich ordered his Albatros D. V painted all black, with an emblem of the rampant Bavarian Lion against a blue and white checkerboard field. This caused a real stir. He soon became known as “The Black Knight of Germany.” Later, von Schleich replaced his Albatros with a Fokker D. VII, painted in similar livery. He finished the war with a total of thirty-five confirmed victories and JG 4’s command. Eduard Ritter von Schleich survived the war to go through many aviation and non-aviation-related jobs. In…

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  • SIGNED ORIGINAL WW II PHOTOGRAPH AND TRANSMITTAL LETTER OF ALFRED KELLER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIGNED ORIGINAL WW II PHOTOGRAPH AND TRANSMITTAL LETTER OF ALFRED KELLER

    SKU: 19-23

    $295.00

    An interesting original photograph of Generaloberst Alfred Keller. It is signed by Keller and it is accompanied by a brief note from an aide who forwarded it to a well-wisher for Keller. Keller is wearing both his Pour le Mérite and Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. A nice WW II era pair.

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  • SIGNED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF HERMANN KÖHL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIGNED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF HERMANN KÖHL

    SKU: 19-24

    $295.00

    Hermann Köhl was a pilot early in the war. He was later transferred to a bomber squadron where he was very successful in his efforts against the French. His award was made in May 1918. Interestingly, he was shot down and interred in a POW camp until 1919. He was involved in aviation in post WW I Germany. He was well-known as he made a East to West crossing of the Atlantic in 1918 (this was more difficult than the Lindbergh flight since when one flies from Europe to the U.S. the flying is slower due to fighting head winds). He died in 1938. The portrait photo shows him in a civilian suit and is clearly signed on the obverse.

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  • SILVER NAPKIN RING TO A BARONESS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER NAPKIN RING TO A BARONESS

    SKU: 20-69

    $295.00

    This very fine napkin ring was once used as a part of the table settings of Baroness (Freifrau) von Bodin of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. This is of prewar quality and bears the cypher “B” with a crown over it with seven tips which would be correct for a Baron or Baroness. The napkin ring is silver hallmarked for .800 silver and for manufacturer. While I have not done extensive research on this small fact, the Baroness was apparently a functionary at the court of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

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  • SILVER OVAL PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER OVAL PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE

    SKU: 20-235

    $1,395.00

    Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria served as Bavaria’s defacto King from 1886, when Ludwig II was deposed (Ludwig mysteriously died the following day in a lake accident), until his death in 1912. He proved to be an able ruler. The Bavarian people were very fond of him. Today we are offering an interesting medallion/pendant that was given as a gift to court favorites. Our offering today is an oval-shaped silver example. The Prinzregent is seen in profile view. The medallion is enclosed within a wreath of leaves, with the Wittelsbach Crown at its top. Inscribed on the reverse in Latin is information about Prinzregent Luitpold. It lists his birth information (12 March 1821) and his death date (12 December 1912). These medallions were issued to favored people after his death by members of the Wittelsbach family, including König Ludwig III, who succeeded Luitpold in 1913. These medallions were created by Professor W. von Hildebrand (1847-1921), who crafted many items of this nature for the Wittelsbachs. It is a beautiful memento of Prinzregent Luitpold, who was held in the deepest esteem by his subjects. It measures 1 1/2″ X 1″.

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  • SILVER/GOLD OVAL PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER/GOLD OVAL PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE

    SKU: 20-234

    $2,495.00

    Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria served as Bavaria’s defacto King from 1886, when Ludwig II was deposed (Ludwig mysteriously died the following day in a lake accident), until his death in 1912. He proved to be an able ruler. The Bavarian people were very fond of him. Today we are offering an interesting medallion/pendant that was given as a gift to court favorites. It is an oval-shaped, silver and gold example. It measures 2” x 1,” using the crown as its top point. The Prinzregent is seen in profile view. The medallion is enclosed within a wreath of leaves, with the Wittelsbach Crown at its top. Both the wreath and crown are GOLD. Four small rubies appear at the 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock positions. In addition, the crown circlet features two small emeralds and a pearl. This, in fact, forms a complete frame, which we will see as we examine the reverse. Another elongated pearl hangs down at the frame’s bottom on the obverse. Looking at the back of the crown, we see that it serves as a holder to mount the medallion on a chain or any other item of the wearer’s choice. The medallion’s reverse is encased in the GOLD frame. Inscribed on the reverse in Latin is information about Prinzregent Luitpold. It lists his birth information (12 March 1821) and his death date (12 December 1912). These medallions were issued to favored people after his death by members of the Wittelsbach family, including…

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  • SOUP BOWL - PERSONAL TABLEWARE - KRONPRINZ WILHELM - 1905 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SOUP BOWL – PERSONAL TABLEWARE – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – 1905

    SKU: 20-196

    $1,550.00

    KPM was the leading porcelain manufacturer during the Imperial German Period. This quality maker of porcelain is still in business today. It remains one of the world’s finest producers of porcelain objects. KPM provided top quality tableware to all of Prussia’s royal families, going back to Frederick the Great. Today we are offering a soup bowl, which was a part of Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) of Prussia’s personal service. It measures 9 1/2″ in diameter. It is beautifully hand painted, featuring Kronprinz Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Wilhelm was married in 1905 to Kronprinzessin Cecilie (1886-1954), of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This set was produced in 1905, the year Wilhelm married Cecilie. I expect it was done as a result of the marriage, and for the greater amount of dinners that he and his wife would soon host. The reverse of the bowl is hallmarked for KPM and 1905.

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  • SWISS RESTAURANT'S PROGRAM AND MENU HONORING KAISER WILHELM II'S 35th BIRTHDAY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SWISS RESTAURANT’S PROGRAM AND MENU HONORING KAISER WILHELM II’S 35th BIRTHDAY

    SKU: 20-334

    $75.00

    This is a combination entertainment program and menu honoring Kaiser Wilhelm II’s birthday on 27 January 1894 at a restaurant in Davos, Switzerland. The menu measures 4 ¼” x 7 ¼” unopened, and 7 ¼” x 8 ¾” opened, the latter act revealing it consists of four pages. The cover announces the Bill-of-Fare for the day. The event was held at the Kurhaus Davos-Platz in central Switzerland. The cover has a floral theme with its binding in Germany’s national colors: red, black, and white. [The Kaiser later visited Davos in 1913. This menu is NOT from that occasion]. When opened, the menu reveals the evening’s food on the left and its beverages on the right. The back cover lists the evening’s entertainment, which included musical selections from Weber, Wagner and Strauß. The menu program has been folded, but remains in pretty good condition at more than one-hundred-twenty years of age.

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  • SWORD - PRUSSIA - INFANTERIE OFFIZIER’S M-1889 DEGEN - ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ HEINRICH

    SWORD – PRUSSIA – INFANTERIE OFFIZIER’S M-1889 DEGEN – ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ HEINRICH

    SKU: 20-349

    $3,995.00

    SWORD – PRUSSIA – INFANTERIE OFFIZIER’S M-1889 DEGEN – ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ HEINRICH. Our offering today is a sword that does NOT have display any regimental information. However, we have clear evidence that attributes it to Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929), Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother, which we will present below. As you may remember, Heinrich was Kaiser Friedrich III’s second son, and one of Imperial Germany’s more popular royals. Primarily a Navy man, he rose in rank to eventually become one of only six men to achieve the rank of Großadmiral. [Here’s an interesting historical tidbit: Prinz Heinrich commanded the royal yacht S.M.Y. Hohenzollern in 1888]. He eventually rose to command all German Navy units based out of Kiel. During WW I, he operated chiefly in the Baltic. His primary opponent was Russia, which had second-rate equipment at best. [Heinrich’s naval vessels were not much better]. While Prinz Heinrich was a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, he also served as a Generaloberst in the rank of Generalfeldmarschall in the Imperial German Army. Like all Prussian House of Hohenzollern princes, he had been mustered into the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß at a very young age. He eventually became the Regimental Chef of regiments from Saxony, Bavaria, and Hesse-Darmstadt, as well as the Füsilier-Regiment Prinz Heinrich von Preußen (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 35. Prinz Heinrich received the latter appointment in 1896. [This regiment was raised in 1815, garrisoned at Brandenburg a.H., and assigned to the Prussian III. Armeekorps]. In the case of…

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  • TEAPOT - PERSONAL SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TEAPOT – PERSONAL SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-266

    $1,095.00

    This is a gorgeous teapot from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal service. It is unusually striking. Its primary color is a shade of royal purple. The pot’s upper half is the aforementioned purple, followed by a gold accent band, then its lower half is white. A series of white and gray bows are strung together across the purple section. The handle and spout are white, with a gold design. The teapot’s lid is once more purple, with the bow design extending around it. Instead of a conventional handle to remove the lid to add tea, a beautiful, delicate, white and gold rose with two leaves serves the purpose. Inside, the lid is dated 1912. Along with the Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher on the pot’s bottom is the date 1911, which means these are NOT matching pieces. The pot’s circumference is 5 1/2.” The diameter of the lid is 2 1/2.” The diameter at its base is 2 1/2.” The tea pot’s overall height is 5 1/4.” A very small chip appears at the spout’s tip. One must look carefully to notice it. It is a fine example of a personal item from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s table service.

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  • TELESCOPE GIVEN AS GIFT BY KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TELESCOPE GIVEN AS GIFT BY KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-134

    $5,995.00

    This is a fascinating, naval-style telescope. It probably was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm to an admirer. It measures 13 3/4″ unextended and 21 1/4″ extended. It is leather-wrapped. I do not see a silver content on the exposed metal surfaces that are not leather wrapped. An interesting peg arrangement uncovers the eye piece and protects it from exposure or damage when the telescope is not in use. Also up near the eyepiece is a staggered trim that looks like four coiled ropes, further advancing the telescope’s naval motif. As previously mentioned, the leather wrapping provided a better grip of the telescope when in use. On the barrel’s exposed metal is a wonderful, jeweler-engraved cypher of Wilhelm II, along with a Hohenzollern Crown. This cypher is quite large, measuring 2 3/4″ x 1.” Also, on the barrel is an indication the telescope was made in France. It is entirely possible it was purchased from German sources on one of the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s voyages, when she was away from her home port. At the front of the telescope is an interesting swing-away lens cover. An item like this shows the wide range of items given by the Kaiser to admirers, German and foreign dignitaries, and supporters. It is splendidly made. [Its one current defect is that the lens are cloudy, making it impossible to see through it (only light shows). The new owner may disassemble the piece to clean the lens if he or she so desires]. It would…

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  • UNUSED MENU CARD FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s EXILE AT HAUS DOORN - THE NETHERLANDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNUSED MENU CARD FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s EXILE AT HAUS DOORN – THE NETHERLANDS

    SKU: 20-326

    $125.00

    Any time Kaiser Wilhelm II entertained, it was customary to have a menu card at each place setting so that the guest could view the evening’s bill-of-fare. This particular menu card was from the time that he resided at Haus Doorn. [I have been told the Dutch government has closed Haus Doorn to the public. To the Dutch government, I say “SHAME!” This short-sighted view robs the public of viewing artifacts from a historic leader a highly-significant time]. The menu card was never used. It measures 6″ x 9 ½.” It features a photograph of the Kaiser at the top. Judging from his age shown in the photograph, I would say the menu card dates from the 1930’s. It is a rare and unusual find.

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  • UNUSED MENU CARD FROM ONE OF KAISER WILHELM II’s HUNTING LODGES/RURAL CASTLES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNUSED MENU CARD FROM ONE OF KAISER WILHELM II’s HUNTING LODGES/RURAL CASTLES

    SKU: 20-325

    $150.00

    Any time Kaiser Wilhelm II entertained, it was customary to have a menu card at each place setting so that the guest could view the evening’s bill-of-fare. Kaiser Wilhelm greatly enjoyed hunting, as did most German royals and nobles. Since he also liked comfort, he had hunting lodges and even small schlosses in which to stay while on a hunt. This menu card from one such residence, measuring 6″ x 9 ½,” features hunting motifs. The first depicts a number of wild beasts in front of a hunting estate’s main gate. Another hunting scene features hunting dogs and a huntsman with a horn at the card’s bottom. A Hohenzollern Eagle on a shield with a Hohenzollern Crown above it appears in the upper left corner.

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  • URKUNDE TO PRINZ ALFONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    URKUNDE TO PRINZ ALFONS

    SKU: 20-19

    $395.00

    This is a very ornate urkunde to Prinz Alfons of Bavaria by “The Geographische Gesellschaft München” (Geographic Society in Munich). This document measures 20 ½” x 16″ matted. The document within the matte measures 11″ x 14″. The document is dated 26 May 1900 and is signed by two officials from the organization saluting Alfons’ efforts on behalf of the society. A very fine red wax seal is also applied at the bottom of the document. The document is wrapped in plastic, is well preserved, and in excellent condition.

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  • WILHELM II LEATHER NOTEBOOK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WILHELM II LEATHER NOTEBOOK

    SKU: 20-25

    $225.00

    A very fine leather notebook that measures 6 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and is made of brown leather. Embossed in the center measuring 3 1/4″ in diameter is a profile likeness of Wilhelm II. This is very highly detailed. We can see that Wilhelm II is in full dress uniform and that he is even wearing a Black Eagle Collar. Over his head we see “Wilhelm II Deutscher Kaiser.” Inside there is a single sheet of paper from the original pad of paper under a cover. It is a lovely item for your desk.

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  • WINE CARAFE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s ROYAL YACHT S. M. Y. (SEINER MAJESTÄT YACHT) HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WINE CARAFE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s ROYAL YACHT S. M. Y. (SEINER MAJESTÄT YACHT) HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 20-336

    $3,495.00

    Today, we are offering you one of the most interesting items ever owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II and offered to you here on Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is no secret that two of our favorite merchandise categories are items once owned by royals and those related to the Navy. Our offering today combines both types with an item attributed to Kaiser Wilhelm II and his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. This truly magnificent wine carafe was used daily aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to set a fine table for the Kaiser and his guests. Kaiser Wilhelm II had strong feelings about the sea and its possibilities for Germany. He firmly supported expanding the Kaiserliche Marine under Secretary of the Imperial Navy Alfred von Tirpitz. As one of Queen Victoria of England’s grandsons, Wilhelm was exceedingly jealous of his British cousins. He was determined that Germany should have a Navy equal to Great Britain’s, as well as overseas colonies to produce wealth for Germany’s Empire as they did for Britain’s. Kaiser Wilhelm II also greatly enjoyed his luxurious royal lifestyle on land AND sea. His royal yacht and aviso (royal dispatch boat) was the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. While onboard, he enjoyed every amenity that was available at his numerous German castles. He had special dishes and glassware created solely for use onboard the Hohenzollern that were just as fine as that at any of his castles. [Recently we offered and quickly sold one of the Hohenzollern’s salad…

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  • WINE GOBLET - PRINZ ADALBERT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WINE GOBLET – PRINZ ADALBERT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-210

    $895.00

    This is a high quality wine goblet that once was the property of Prinz Adalbert von Preußen (1884-1948). Adalbert was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s (1859-1941) and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s third son. He was the only one of the Kaiser’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. He served in several naval positions during WW I. The wine glass is finely etched in the front with a crowned “A.” The glass’s stem is quite ornate. The glass stands 7″ in height, measures 2 1/2″ in diameter at the rim, and is 3″ in diameter at the base. It is in excellent condition.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG’S KÖNIG WILHELM II’S PERSONAL BIBLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG’S KÖNIG WILHELM II’S PERSONAL BIBLE

    SKU: 20-374

    $1,895.00

    This is an amazing royalty item that once belonged to the Kingdom of Württemberg’s König Wilhelm II (1848-1921). Wilhelm II (not to be confused with Kaiser Wilhelm II) was the last King of Württemberg (one of Imperial Germany’s four major kingdoms along with Prussia, Bavaria, and Saxony). [Today, Baden-Württemberg is a state within Germany’s federal government]. König Wilhelm II was a very popular king with Württemberg’s citizens. He advanced many progressive ideas and was often seen in parks in Stuttgart walking his dogs without benefit of bodyguards. Since Wilhelm had no male heir, his cousin, Herzog Albrecht, would have been Württemberg’s next king. [Albrecht was considered one of Germany’s finest royal military commanders during WW I]. However, the war’s end required Wilhelm to abdicate on 30 November 1918 with the rest of Germany’s royalty. Wilhelm II was Württemberg’s final king, reigning from 1891 until 1918. Today we are offering a significant bible that was once König Wilhelm II’s personal property. It measures 1″ x 3 ¾” x 5 ½” The bible is bound in high-quality leather, with leather outside covers whose edges are trimmed in gold. A gold Württemberg Crown appears on its cover. All its pages are trimmed in gold, which adds a sumptuous note to the exterior’s appearance. A large shield immediately inside the front cover states that the bible came from König Wilhelm II’s personal library. The title page reads “Die Bibel,” with a circular rubber-stamped image that again proclaims it comes from König Wilhelm’s personal library.…

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