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  • ARMY WOUND BADGE - SILVER.

    ARMY WOUND BADGE – SILVER

    SKU: 02-449

    $95.00

    ARMY WOUND BADGE – SILVER. This is a Silver Army Wound Badge, which was considered a 2nd Class award. [Black was the 3rd Class award, while Gold was the 1st Class]. Each was awarded for a certain number of wounds or, in the case of the Gold Badge, for loss of an eye or a limb. These were first awarded in March 1918. This Silver Army Wound Badge is of the issued variety. It is stamped and displays a sturdy pin on its reverse. FOR MORE BADGES – CLICK HERE!

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  • BADEN - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    BADEN – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    SKU: 23-493

    $195.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from the Grand Duchy of Baden’s 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. This regiment was the most important one in Baden’s military. As Grand Duchies, Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt were Imperial Germany’s two biggest military contributors after its four main Kingdoms of Prussia, Saxony, Bavaria, and Württemberg. The regiment was founded in 1803 and garrisoned in Baden’s capital city, Karlsruhe. It was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap appears on page 114 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The strap measures 2 ” x 6 ½.” Its background is black with white trim around the edges. An embroidered red crown appears in its center. The strap’s reverse is also black. Its overall condition is excellent. This was one of the Imperial German Army’s premiere regiments. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - ENLISTED MAN - METAL

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN – METAL

    SKU: 04-796 XRH

    $695.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – ENLISTED MAN – METAL. When WW I began (and as the German Army was greatly expanded), leather soon was in short supply for manufacturing pickelhauben due to the HUGE demand for leather belts and all the other field gear pieces constructed of this desperate-needed commodity. During the war’s early days, ersatz helmets were made of felt. Then, the German Army’s supply departments asked various manufacturers (toy maker Bing being the largest firm) to supply metal helmets. This was merely a stopgap measure, as these metal helmets supplied minimal protection from shrapnel. By 1916, the stahlhelm had been introduced, which offered far greater protection than had the various leather, felt, or toy manufacturers’ metal helmets. Today we are offering an early metal pickelhaube that was used by a Bavarian infantryman. It sports a pre war brass wappen. Its wappen is loose in the front and shifts around a bit. It stays in position, however, once the helmet is set down. Neither a chin strap nor any kokarden are attached. It features a standard enlisted man’s leather pickelhaube liner. The liner, while complete, is NOT well attached to the pickelhaube’s interior. Although it is not in the greatest shape, it is an interesting oddity and is priced accordingly. It is a consignment item.

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  • BAVARIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 8 – ONCE OWNED BY GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II

    SKU: 23-470 XKA

    $1,395.00

    This  single shoulder board, that was once the property of Baden’s Großherzog Friedrich II (1857-1928), is very rare and desirable shoulder board for this well-known member of German royalty. Großherzog Friedrich II was Baden’s final ruler who, like all of the Imperial German heads of state, was swept from his throne with WW I’s end. Along with Hesse-Darmstadt, Baden had the largest military after the four Imperial German Kingdoms (Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony). Friedrich II was the Regimental Chef (Patron) of more than one regiment, as he was of Bavaria’s 8. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich II. von Baden in this instance. The regiment was founded in 1753 and garrisoned at Metz, where it was attached to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. Although he was the regiment’s royal patron, his royal cypher did NOT appear on its shoulder boards (the regimental number did so, instead). The shoulder board measures 1 ” x 4 ¼.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the blue chevrons that identify the boards as Bavarian. An “8” appears in the shoulder board’s center. Two silver-toned pips appear above and below the numeral, for a total of four. [Silver-toned pips indicated an à la Suite officer, confirming the unique rank that was strictly reserved for members of royalty. Gold pips were used for field officers]. The board’s reverse reveals a strap that allowed it to be slipped onto a tunic. Some mothing appears on…

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  • BOOK - L’ ARMEE ALLEMANDE EN 1914 - DIDIER LAINÉ

    BOOK – L’ ARMEE ALLEMANDE EN 1914 – DIDIER LAINÉ

    SKU: 04-797 XJT

    $325.00

    BOOK – L’ ARMEE ALLEMANDE EN 1914 – DIDIER LAINÉ. Long before I discovered Jim Turinetti’s wonderful Imperial German headdress guidebooks, I relied on this excellent reference work that was published in 1984. I thumbed through it so often that its binding (many books weak points) required extensive repairs. As I type this description, my battered copy rests on my desk, looking as if IT went through a World War! [I know one collector who pulled Lainé’s book apart, enclosed all of its pages into plastic covers, and inserted them into a binder. I have considered doing so a time or two, but my dear wife Melissa grabs the book periodically and mends it until I bang it up again]. What L’ Armee Allemande en 1914 offers is a full layout of each German Army unit (Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, and all supporting units). It does not cover Navy units such as the See-Bataillone. Below is a listing of what you’ll find with each unit: 1). The unit’s formal name, including the royalty part of the designation AND the regimental number. 2). The year the unit was formed, where it was garrisoned, and the Armeekorps to which it was assigned. 3). The State kokarde, wappen, prewar uniform color, and prewar schirmmütze. 4. The prewar uniform’s buttons, shoulder boards, collar litzen and sleeve litzen. I personally found it a huge help in identifying schirmmützen and shoulder boards. While MY copy of Lainé’s book has suffered from weakness in its binding, the copy…

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  • BOOK - THE BLUE MAX - JACK D. HUNTER - FIRST EDITION

    BOOK – THE BLUE MAX – JACK D. HUNTER – FIRST EDITION

    SKU: 14-462

    $200.00

    BOOK – THE BLUE MAX – JACK D. HUNTER – FIRST EDITION. The Blue Max by Jack D. Hunter was a highly-successful, WW I-aviation novel. It was made into a hit movie featuring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress in the mid-1960’s. For many of us interested in WW I aviation, it was the book and/or movie that fueled our interest in this area of Imperial German history and collectibles. Today we are offering a hard-to-find first edition of The Blue Max. Since it was Jack’s first book, his publishers were willing to print ONLY 5,000 copies. Furthermore, they refused to produce the book’s dust jackets in color, since they would have to pay an artist to produce the design. Jack, an amateur artist, offered to paint an original color design for the cover himself, which provides an early example of Jack’s painting ability. The cover’s primary subject is a black Fokker D. VII, the plane flown by its central character, Bruno Stachel. [In real life, Eduard Ritter von Schleich, the “Black Knight of Germany” flew a similar plane, although it lacked the crude epithet Jack had his edgy antihero Stachel emblazon on HIS plane’s upper wing (all the better to agitate Stachel’s English opponents). The book and dust cover are in fine condition. [SPECIAL OFFER: purchase either Jack D. Hunter’s original painting Fokker D.VII Shooting Down a British S.E.5, SKU# 16-400 for $1,676.00, or the original Stachel Takes a Prisoner, SKU#, 14-461 for $1,995.00, and we will gift…

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  • BREMEN - HANSEATIC CROSS

    BREMEN – HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 08-586

    $195.00

    BREMEN – HANSEATIC CROSS. This is the Hanseatic Cross for the city-state of Bremen, of which approximately 20,000 were awarded. The Hamburg Hanseatic Cross was awarded 50,000 times. Lübeck, the smallest of the Hanseatic cities, awarded ITS Hanseatic Cross approximately 8,000 to 10,000 times. The cross’s obverse features red enamel arms. A silver key decorates the cross’s circular red enamel center. Its silver reverse features the phrase “Für Verdienst im Kriege” (For Service in War) and 1914. The enamel is undamaged and a short piece of the correct ribbon is included. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ODERS FROM THE DUCHIES AND GRAND DUCHIES AND MORE

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  • CIGARETTE TIN - CONSTANTIN BRAND - KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS - FIFTY CIGARETTES

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    SKU: 03-121

    $350.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – KONSTANTIN KAISERPREIS – FIFTY CIGARETTES I am not sure if Imperial-Era Germans bought cigarettes in paper packets as people do in the present. My educated guess, however, is that tin cigarette containers were upscale, premium purchases. Such cigarette tins varied in size. The container we are offering today was produced by Constantin, a well-known cigarette firm from Hannover. It would have held fifty cigarettes. [I have seen a one-hundred cigarette tin elsewhere, although I cannot say with certainty if a larger size was available]. This Constantin cigarette tin’s lid is designed to look like a Kriegsflagge with an Iron Cross in its upper left corner. It measures 1” x 3.25” x 5.25.” A naval officer with a warship behind him appears in the tin’s center. The officer is in full uniform, with a cigarette in his hand. The caption “Constantin Kaiserpreis” (Kaiser Prize) appears at the bottom, rendered in traditional German Fraktur printing. Additional information about the firm is available inside the tin. The Constantin cigarette tin is in very fine condition, overall. It is relatively scarce.

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  • CIGARETTE TIN - CONSTANTIN BRAND - REITSCHULE EXTRA - FIFTY CIGARETTES

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – REITSCHULE EXTRA – FIFTY CIGARETTES

    SKU: 03-120

    $450.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – CONSTANTIN BRAND – REITSCHULE EXTRA – FIFTY CIGARETTES I am not sure if Imperial-Era Germans bought cigarettes in paper packets as people do in the present. My educated guess, however, is that tin cigarette containers were upscale, premium purchases. Such cigarette tins varied in size. The container we are offering today was produced by Constantin, a well-known cigarette firm from Hannover. It would have held fifty cigarettes. [I have seen a one-hundred cigarette tin elsewhere, although I cannot say with certainty if a larger size was available]. This particular Constantin cigarette tin is the rarest of the three cigarette tins that we are offering today, measuring 1” x 3” x 5.” The center of the handsome Constantin tin’s outer lid depicts an officer in his great coat smoking a cigarette. He is most probably a Kürassier as his schirmmütze sports a white top with a yellow band. The caption “Reitschule (Riding School) Extra” is placed next to the officer on either side. Additional information about the firm is available inside the tin. The Constantin cigarette tin (a key item among tin collectors) is in excellent condition.

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  • COLONIAL - SWORD - OFFICER - WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE - FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN

    COLONIAL – SWORD – OFFICER – WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE – FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN

    SKU: 07-173 XAS

    $2,495.00

    COLONIAL – SWORD – OFFICER – WITH SWORD HANGER AND PORTÉPÉE – FIRST PATTERN WITH CROWN. Today we are offering an Imperial German Colonial Officer’s sword. It is of the “First Pattern,” which was used from 1889 through 1913. It is distinguished by a Hohenzollern Crown on the pommel. The overall sword’s length (in the scabbard) is 40.” The sword’s length (without the scabbard) measures 37.” The sword’s grip is double-wire-wrapped in sharkskin. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cypher also appears on the grip. A sword hanger and a correct portépée (the latter being quite scarce) are attached to the sword. The sword’s scabbard is made of nickel. The sword blade is marked “Eisenhauer” and features either a manufacturer’s hallmark with which I am not familiar, or it could be someone’s initials. Colonial swords are never easy to come by. This is a particularly fine example. It is a consignment item.

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  • DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-352 XRH

    $695.00

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II One can argue that Kaiser Wilhelm II led the most opulent lifestyle of any European Royal. He owned multiple castles throughout Germany, not to mention his royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, racing sloops, and so on. Each vessel required a different pattern of dishware. He also required special dishware for his flagships when he traveled with the Imperial German Fleet! Today we are offering one of my personal favorites. It is a “Blue Flower” pattern dinner plate made by KPM. Unfortunately, we have been unable to discover much information about this particular pattern. The dinner plate’s obverse features a blossom in its center that has been delicately rendered in several different shades of blue. Three smaller representations of the central theme appear on the dinner plate’s scalloped edges, along with two blue butterflies. On the dinner plate’s reverse displayed the KPM hallmark. Directly above that is the year (1898) when the plate was put into service. [This marked the tenth year of Kaiser Wilhelm II reign, which was twenty years before he was forced to abdicate]. Wilhelm II’s royal cypher, “Wilhelm Rex,” appears just above the “1898.” The dinner plate measures 9.5″ in diameter, and is in very good condition with no nicks. This is a consignment item.

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  • FLAG - KRIEGSFLAGGE - KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF

    SKU: 13-1058

    $995.00

    FLAG – KRIEGSFLAGGE – KAISERLICHE MARINE SHIP WITH A PARTIAL FLAGSTAFF We have offered Kriegsflagges in the past, including Naval Kriegsflagges. Today, for the first time ever, we are offering something a bit different, a Kaiserliche Marine Kriegsflagge with a partial flagstaff. The Kriegsflagge itself measures 15” x 24,” while the partial flagstaff measures 28” in length. The flagstaff has all the necessary hardware for tying off the flag from its halyard with the attached ropes. The Kriegsflagge features an “M” for Marine (Navy) and the date, “1915,” on its bunting. Since the Kriegsflagge and its flagstaff are both small in size, it clearly hails from a smaller vessel. The Kriegsflagge is in generally good condition. One area does exhibit some slight wear, which have detailed in the attached photographs

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  • GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA - STAMP - DEUTSCH-SÜDWESTAFRIKA

    GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA – STAMP – DEUTSCH-SÜDWESTAFRIKA

    SKU: 22-115

    $15.00

    GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA – STAMP – DEUTSCH-SÜDWESTAFRIKA. This postage stamp came from Deutsch-Südwestafrika (German Southwest Africa). It cost three pfennigsand was used in 1905. It is green in color.

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  • GERMANY - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALMAJOR - SCHUTZTRUPPEN

    GERMANY – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR – SCHUTZTRUPPEN

    SKU: 23-501

    $895.00

    Today we are sharing with you a very rare shoulder board for a Generalmajor who served in the Schutztruppen. The Schutztruppen were primarily found in Imperial Germany’s colonial holdings, German East and Southwest Africa, and China, as well as the SeeBataillon. The shoulder board measures 2 ¼” x 4 ½.” It features the typical Russian rope bullion: two ropes of gold bullion separated by one rope of silver bullion that sports a thin blue trim of blue on its edges. Large black chevrons appear on the silver bullion, confirming its status as a Prussian shoulder board. The shoulder board’s center displays a gold-toned shield featuring a crowned Hohenzollern Eagle in its center that measures ” x 1.” The shoulder board’s reverse has a red felt underlay, as well as a tab that allows the shoulder board to slip onto a tunic. This is a very exciting and rare shoulder board that is in mint condition. It is the first of its type that we have seen.

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  • GREAT BRITAIN - WALKING STICK - 17TH LANCERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GREAT BRITAIN – WALKING STICK – 17TH LANCERS

    SKU: 10-873 XRV  

    $2,295.00

    I am sure you are wondering why in the world we are offering an item attributed to a British cavalry regiment, but read on]! The regiment is best-known as one of the regiments attached to a cavalry brigade during the Crimean War. [Are you starting to tingle yet]? Yes, it was one of the regiments that formed the Light Brigade involved in the famous incident recounted in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1854 narrative poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” It took place during the Crimean War (1853-1856), which pitted England, France, Sardinia, and Turkey against Russia. This costly war saw the loss of at least 750,000 lives. The Light Brigade’s charge took place on 25 October 1854. The Brigade consisted of 670 officers and men from the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons, the 8th and 11th Hussars, and the 17th Lancers, five very small and under-strength regiments. Through miscommunication, they were ordered to attack Russian positions consisting of some twenty infantry battalions and a large number of cannons. The charge took the Light Brigade through a valley wherein they were surrounded by Russian troops on three sides. The result of the charge was disastrous. Out of the 670 men, 110 were killed and 161 were wounded. The horses fared even worse, with some 350 killed during, or destroyed after, the battle. This was the 17th Lancers’ greatest claim to fame. The regiment was originally founded in 1759, and was known as the Duke of Cambridge’s Own or the 18th Regiment…

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  • HAMBURG - HANSEATIC CROSS

    HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 08-585

    $165.00

    HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS This is the Hanseatic Cross for the city-state of Hamburg, of which approximately 50,000 were awarded. The Hanseatic Cross from Bremen was awarded 20,000 times. Lübeck, the smallest of the Hanseatic cities, awarded ITS Hanseatic Cross approximately 8,000 to 10,000 times. The cross’s obverse features red enamel arms. Its circular red enamel center features a silver image of Hamburg’s Rathaus (City Hall). [The building was totally destroyed by Allied bombing during WW II, then rebuilt postwar, using the original plans. Its silver reverse features the phrase “Für Verdienst im Kriege” (For Service in War) and 1914. The enamel is undamaged and a short piece of the correct ribbon is included. FOR MORE ORDERS OF THE DUCHIES, GRAND DUCHIES AND MORE – CLICK HERE

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  • IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD - KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 10-897

    $30.00

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF This is an Imperial Period coin impression card. Two small embossed roundels appear in the card top’s left and right corners. The embossed roundel on the left displays two men operating a press, while the embossed roundel on the right features Germany’s Postal Service post horn within a laurel leaf wreath. A printed legend between the two roundels reads “Gedenktaler auf die Bundesbrüderschaft” (Memorial Coin for the Federal Brotherhood). The Imperial Period impression card’s center features an embossed front and back of the silver 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II/Kaiser Franz Josef coin, which the coin’s designation number, “4436,” between them. The coin’s front impression displays Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and Austro-Hungary’s Kaiser Franz Josef’s profiles. The coin’s back impression features shields displaying both Germany’s and Austria Coats-of-Arms. The phrase “Einigkeit Macht Stark” (Unity is Strength) appears above the shields, while the date, August 1914, appears below them. The legend “Silber (Silver) 990/1000, 18 gr. (Grams) Schwer (Heavy) das Stück M. 4.50 ([for] the Piece 4.5 Marks)” appears at the bottom of the card. Coin collectors’ cards like this are not something we come across often. It would make a good addition to any collection.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED - NON-VAULTED - .800 SILVER

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – NON-VAULTED – .800 SILVER

    SKU: 09-1044

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – NON-VAULTED – .800 SILVER This very high-quality, privately-purchased, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is in fine condition. It is fashioned in the flat, non-vaulted style that is similar in appearance to the issued KO Iron Crosses. The obverse’s paint is mint and rates at 100%. The beading on the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class is even, and the balance of the silvered portion displays an excellent patina. The 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class’s reverse reveals a swollen/cola bottle design pin, which always indicates a high-quality piece. It is also engraved for .800 silver. This is a highly-desirable item!

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 09-1047

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS. This is an interesting variation of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Its short ribbon’s reverse features an attachment with a safety pin. The cross’s paint on the obverse rates at about 90%. CLICK HERE FOR ALL IRON CROSSES

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - “KO” HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1048

    $125.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – “KO” HALLMARK. This is a top-quality 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is in very fine condition, with a piece of ribbon that measures 8″ in length. The cross’s paint rates 100%. It is hallmarked “KO” on the jump ring. KO was a Stuttgart firm that provided most of the issued 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class, as well as many of the 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class. CLICK HERE – FOR ALL IRON CROSSES

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2ND CLASS - RIBBON - NEW/OLD STOCK 6" SECTION.

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION.

    SKU: 09-1046

    $25.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION. We have acquired a small hoard of N/OS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 6″ section for $25.00. We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS, CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - RIBBON - 2ND CLASS - RIBBON - NEW/OLD STOCK 6" SECTION

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION

    SKU: 09-1045

    $40.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION We have acquired a small hoard of NOS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 10″ section . We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ANY OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS PLEASE CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE THEM FOR YOU.

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 89

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 89

    SKU: 23-492

    $225.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Großherzogl. Mecklenburgisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 89, Bataillon Nr 1 and Nr 3. Bataillon Nr 2 was from Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Bataillon Nr 1 and Nr 3 were garrisoned at Mecklenburg, while Bataillon Nr 2 was located at Neu Strelitz. The regiment was founded in 1782 and attached to the IX. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap appears on page 87 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The strap measures 2 ½” x 5.” Its background is white. The Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s royal cypher is emblazoned on it in red. Its reverse is dark-blue. A single moth nip shows on the obverse, while some very scattered moth tracking appears on its reverse. It is in good condition and from an important regiment. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • NEWSPAPER - FEATURING THE CRASH OF THE ZEPPELIN “HINDENBURG” - 8 MAY 1937

    NEWSPAPER – FEATURING THE CRASH OF THE ZEPPELIN “HINDENBURG” – 8 MAY 1937

    SKU: 21-343

    $95.00

    NEWSPAPER – FEATURING THE CRASH OF THE ZEPPELIN “HINDENBURG” – 8 MAY 1937. This is a complete newspaper dated 8 May 1937 that has the headline about the explosion and crash of the zeppelin “Hindenburg.” Since Germany had used its airships for scouting and bombing during World War I, the Zeppelin Company was faced by a financial crisis when Germany lost. The founder, Graf von Zeppelin, had died in 1917, leaving Hugo Eckener (1868-1954) to carry on. He was able to build a zeppelin funded by the German government that served as a war reparation. It was given to the U.S. government, then became the U.S.S. Los Angeles and was operated successfully by the U.S. Navy for many years. Eckener then turned to building an airship that would compete directly with luxury liners. The speed and distance to be covered far outstripped ship travel and even the fledgling airline travel. The first post-World War I zeppelin was the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127), which was joined by the Hindenburg (LZ-129). The Graf Zeppelin flew more than 1,000,000 miles without any issues. Her sister ship, the Hindenburg, was not so fortunate. It exploded in a fireball while docking at the Lakehurst, NJ U.S. naval airbase. The newspaper in question was the Bayerisches Anzeiger (Bavarian Scoreboard). A large photo of the Hindenburg (sporting large swastikas) in happier days accompanies the lead story. [It is interesting to note that Eckener was very anti Nazi. The Zeppelin Company had been nationalized prior to the Hindenburg’s crash,…

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  • OLDENBURG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 - CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS

    OLDENBURG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 – CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS

    SKU: 04-794 XKGJT

    $4,495.00

    OLDENBURG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 – CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS. This is an interesting wartime Officer’s Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 Pickelhaube. The regiment was raised in 1849, and garrisoned in the capital city (also called Oldenburg). The regiment was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. The Officer’s Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 spiked helmet’s very smooth leather body is in top condition. Most of the spiked helmet’s furniture, including its wappen, cruciform, pearl ring, trim, and spike is silver-toned. The wappen’s center features a brass sunburst with Oldenburg’s silver Coat-of-Arms in its center. The officers’ stars are made of heavily-tarnished brass. The chin scales are also brass. [PLEASE NOTE: Here is an interesting feature of the chin scales that I have NEVER seen before – they have canvas “foul weather” covers mounted on them! They are similar to the canvas “foul weather” covers found on pickelhauben. Both such covers offered total protection from rainy conditions when they were mounted in place]. The obverse’s final details are a correct blue, red, and gold Oldenburg kokarde, as well as a proper Reich’s kokarde. The Officer’s Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 spiked helmet’s interior reveals a dark-brown, leather sweatband, along with an attached, well-used, burnt-gold silk liner. ALL of the original hardware is present underneath the silk liner. NO extra holes appear where the wappen is attached. Finally, a label indicates that the pickelhaube’s size is 57 ½ (a bit larger than normal). This is a very fine spiked helmet from a seldom-seen…

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  • PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

    PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT

    SKU: 17-676

    $125.00

    PATRIOTIC 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT I am always pleased to share the new patriotic pieces that I acquire. Today we are offering a gilt-toned, patriotic, Iron Cross pendant that is encircled within a decorative design. It measures 1″ in diameter. The pendant’s center features an excellent, high-relief 1914 Iron Cross. It perfectly replicates the full-sized original decoration. This patriotic 1914 Iron Cross pendant is a top-quality example. It will make a great addition to your collection, or as a gift for a special someone to share in your enjoyment of the hobby.

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  • PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE - 1914 - IDENTIFIED - SCHNVERT

    PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE – 1914 – IDENTIFIED – SCHNVERT

    SKU: 18-503 XRH

    $195.00

    PATRIOTIC DISPLAY PLATE – 1914 – IDENTIFIED – SCHNVERT This patriotic wall display plate is a gorgeous early-war example that is quite unusual in that it is identified to a soldier. While it may have started as a stock item, the inclusion of the soldier’s name makes this German patriotic plate quite unusual. The patriotic wall display plate’s central theme is that of three soldiers who are marching off to war, waving and smiling as they depart their village. Its artist, C. Halke, has autographed the illustration. The multicolored scene features a wide variety of autumn colors. The patriotic wall display plate’s top features a 1914 Iron Cross. Two branches of oak leaves flank the Iron Cross down to the plate’s center. Below that is a patriotic saying, indicating the German troops are departing for the war to protect Germany from its aggressors. The patriotic wall display plate’s bottom displays “1914.” Just above it we see the identified soldier’s name, “Schnvert.” I wonder if he was able to return to his home in 1918. The patriotic wall display plate’s reverse reveals a wire hanger at the top, by which it could be mounted on a wall. The plate’s center mentions the firm that produced it, along with the date 11 June 1870. It is a very fine presentation, overall. This consignment item will look great on your wall!

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  • POSTCARD - KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER

    POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER

    SKU: 44-320

    $20.00

    POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND ADMIRAL GEORG ALEXANDER VON MÜLLER This is a WW I era postcard that was part of a very popular postcard series known as “Kriegskarten.” Its subjects are Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) and Admiral Georg Alexander von Müller (1854-1940). Von Müller first joined the Imperial German Navy in 1871 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s (1787-1888) reign, when the Prussian/German Navy was little more than a coastal navy. He rose in rank, becoming Alfred von Tirpitz’s protegee. He held several ship commands, including the Battleship S.M.S. Wettin. He also served as adjutant to both Kaiser Wilhelm II and to his brother, Prinz Heinrich. He was appointed to the head the “Marine-Kabinett” (Navy Cabinet) in 1906, retaining the position until he retired in 1918. The postcard shows the Kaiser wearing a General’s uniform and pickelhaube. He holds the Interim Generalfeldmarschall’s Baton in one hand, while the other hand rests on a sword. Von Müller wears a Naval Admiral’s Frock Coat, a Summer Officer’s Schirmmütze, and a sword. He sports a Breast Star and a Medal Bar on his coat. The two men are having a friendly discussion.

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  • POSTCARD - MAX IMMELMANN - AVIATION

    POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN – AVIATION

    SKU: 42-203

    $45.00

    POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN – AVIATION This is, perhaps, one of the earliest aviation postcards. I believe that it predates any of the later firms. It features the early WWI flying ace Max Immelmann. The card depicts him seated. His uniform displays only a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The award of the Orden Pour le Mérite would not come until January 1916. At the card’s bottom is a reproduction of Immelmann’s signature that reads “M. Immelmann Leutnant 1915.” The postcard was mailed from Bavaria and features a stamp for King Ludwig III. The card is in good condition, overall.

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  • PRUSSIA - COURT DEGEN - WITH PORTÉPÉE - REGIMENT der GARDE DU CORPS

    PRUSSIA – COURT DEGEN – WITH PORTÉPÉE – REGIMENT der GARDE DU CORPS

    SKU: 07- 176 XAS

    $1,895.00

    PRUSSIA – COURT DEGEN – WITH PORTÉPÉE – REGIMENT der GARDE DU CORPS. This is a classic Court Degen (specifically a rapier) with a “twist.” The Degen’s overall length (when in its scabbard) is 35.” The rapier’s length (without the scabbard) is 34.” The leather scabbard (by itself) measures 29.75.” The Degen’s wire-wrapped grip features a Garde Star, indicating that it belonged to a Regiment der Garde du Corps officer rather than a court official. The Degen would have been paired with his Gala Dress or his walking-out uniform. In addition to its interesting grip, our Degen also has its frog (a leather or fabric loop used to attach a sword, bayonet, or scabbard to a waist or shoulder belt) and a high-quality Prussian portépée. These additions help to elevate this Court Degen above more common, run-of-the-mill swords. It is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - DEGEN - OFFICER - INFANTERIE - IOD 1889/1915 - WITH AUSTRIAN PORTÉPÉE

    PRUSSIA – DEGEN – OFFICER – INFANTERIE – IOD 1889/1915 – WITH AUSTRIAN PORTÉPÉE

    SKU: 07-177 XAS

    $1,495.00

    PRUSSIA – DEGEN – OFFICER – INFANTERIE – IOD 1889/1915 – WITH AUSTRIAN PORTÉPÉE. This is a very high-quality IOD 1889/1915 officer’s Degen. The overall sword’s length (in the scabbard) is 39.” The black scabbard is in extraordinarily beautiful condition. On its own, the sword measures 37.5,” and features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cyphers. The blade of the sword is plain with double blood gutters. The sword is hallmarked for WKC (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum, & Co., Solingen). The sword’s hilt is also a bit unusual. Instead of the normal sharkskin wrapping, it boasts a very handsome, wire-wrapped, dark-brown wood. The accompanying portépée is actually Austrian, but has been enclosed by the sword’s consigner. This wartime sword would pair beautifully with a 1915 Friedensrock tunic (the most elegant of the feldgrau tunics). It is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - RESERVE OFFICER - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46

    SKU: 33-377 XDK

    $6,295.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46 This is an ultra-high-quality Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm that was correct for either of two regiments. The first was Feldartillerie-Regiment von Scharnhorst (1. Hannoversches) Nr 10, and the second was Niedersächsisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 46 (Batteries 1, 4, 5, and 6). Both of them were superior regiments due to their extensive service during the Napoleonic Wars (as we will further detail below). This very high-quality Kugelhelm’s body is made of fiber (a top-of-the-line precursor of fiberglass), rather than the more traditionally-used leather. It has an excellent surface, although two small chips appear on its right rear quadrant. The Prussian wappen is made of brass that is decorated across its top by three different bandeaux. From left to right we see: * Peninsula * Waterloo * Göhrde The Peninsula Campaign and Waterloo were the two most important engagements during the Napoleonic Wars. The Duke of Wellington led British, Spanish, Portugal, and German forces in both of them. Below the Frederick Rex cypher on the Prussian Eagle’s chest is the silver Reserve Officer’s Cross, dated “1813.” The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s wappen is the star of the helmet and deserves this accolade. All of the other pieces of the furniture are rendered in handsome brass, including the chin scales, front visor trim, back strap trim, base, officers’ stars and kugel. The exterior’s final detail is the correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden. The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s interior features a used, brown, leather sweatband…

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  • PRUSSIA - LEATHER FLYING HELMET - AVIATION

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER FLYING HELMET – AVIATION

    SKU: 15-730

    $495.00

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER FLYING HELMET – AVIATION. This is a WW I German aviator’s soft, leather, flying helmet. During the war, the Germans used two basic types of flying helmets. The first and earliest was a hard, leather-shell design similar to a motorcycle helmet. The second was a soft, leather, flying helmet. No standard design had been mandated for the latter, and most were-privately purchased from a number of sources. Our offering today is made of dark-brown, very supple leather. It sports ear flaps that can be opened by way of a snap. A loop is attached at the very top by which it could be hung in or out of the airplane. The interior is made of light brown felt. If you look closely, you can see light areas of wear – what I refer to as “honest age.” The overall condition of this helmet is exceptional.

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  • PRUSSIA - LITHOGRAPH - FREDERICK THE GREAT

    PRUSSIA – LITHOGRAPH – FREDERICK THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-148

    $50.00

    PRUSSIA – LITHOGRAPH – FREDERICK THE GREAT. This lithograph of Frederick the Great, which was taken from a book, measures 6” x 8.5.” The image of King Frederick the Great measures 3.5” x 4.25.” It is a classic image of him, in very fine condition. CLICK HER FOR ALL IMPERIAL GERMAN ROYALTY AND NOBILITY

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  • PRUSSIA - M-1917 STAHLHELM - 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    PRUSSIA – M-1917 STAHLHELM – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    SKU: 33-381

    $995.00

    PRUSSIA – M-1917 STAHLHELM – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß Today we are offering a most interesting M-1917 Stahlhelm from the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The Prussian Army’s top two elite regiments were its Kavallerie’s Garde-Regiment du Corps (GdC), and its Infanterie’s 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (1GRzF). Each one was elite in its own way. The GdC was considered the Kaiser’s personal guard. All the GdC members looked very impressive on parade when they sported their GdC helmets topped with the regiment’s massive Hohenzollern Eagles. The GdC served in the field, as well. The 1GRzF also was elite due to the fact that EVERY male member of the House of Hohenzollern (from both the ruling and the lesser branches) was admitted into it at the age of ten. The regiment also boasted other German royals – the 1GRzF contained more than 25 à la Suite officers. This 1GRzF M-1917 Stahlhelm displays the standard gray-green finish, although it has NOT had a camouflage pattern applied to it. The M-1917 Stahlhelm’s right side features the 1GRzF’s painted, regimental emblem. The emblem shows honest wear, but it is complete. The Stahlhelm lacks a chin strap, and only two of its liner’s pads are present. If, however, you desire a very rare helmet with a fine exterior, this 1GRzF M-1917 Stahlhelm will make an excellent addition to your collection.

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  • PRUSSIA - PERSONAL TUNIC COLLAR AND CUFF ATTACHMENTS - KAISER WILHELM II - GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 5 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PERSONAL TUNIC COLLAR AND CUFF ATTACHMENTS – KAISER WILHELM II – GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 5

    SKU: 20-350 XDK

    $3,295.00

    PRUSSIA – PERSONAL TUNIC COLLAR AND CUFF ATTACHMENTS – KAISER WILHELM II – GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 5 Kaiser Wilhelm II had an amazing wardrobe of uniforms and headdresses. It is my understanding that he had more than two hundred uniforms at his disposal. He also had a valet who was charged with keeping his wardrobe in order. I have seen tunics that had his cypher and a number embroidered into a tunic’s collar area, the latter which enabled the valet to identify it properly. Many accouterments often had to be assembled for the given tunic, and the appropriate orders and decorations had to be attached in a specific manner. Today we are offering the collar and cuff attachments for Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5 tunic. This regiment was formed in 1897. It, along with the 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, was one of the last two Garde Infanterie Regiments formed. They were also among the last Garde-Regiments to be formed. Only Garde-MG.-Abteilung Nr 1 (1901), Garde-MG.-Abteilung Nr 2 (1902), 3. Garde-Feldartillerie (1899), 4. Garde-Feldartillerie (1899), Eisenbahn-Regiment Nr 4 (1913), Telegraphen-Bataillon Nr 1 (1899), Luftschiffer-Bataillon Nr 2 (1911), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 1 (1913), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 2 (1913), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 3 (1913), Flieger-Bataillon Nr 4 (1913), and Kraftfahr-Bataillon (1911) were formed after 1897. Also of interest is that Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5. and 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß were garrisoned at Spandau, a Berlin suburb. [This gives us a background on Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5. PLEASE NOTE: Their pickelhauben wappens are gilt-toned, while the 5. Garde-Regiment zu…

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  • PRUSSIA - PHOTOGRAPH - BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS

    PRUSSIA – PHOTOGRAPH – BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS

    SKU: 42 - 211

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – PHOTOGRAPH – BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS. This is an original photograph that measures 3” x 6.” It shows a balloon detachment. A number of men are either at work or at rest. A small tent is visible, and two antiaircraft cannons are at the ready. CLICK HERE FOR ALL POSTCARDS – AVIATION RELATED

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON

    SKU: 04-790 XDK

    $7,995.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE PIONIER-BATAILLON This pickelhaube is a real treat for us, since we have seldom been able to offer Garde Pionier Pickelhauben over the years, particularly in such good condition! First-of-all, the helmet’s body is fiber rather than leather, most-likely dating it to circa 1917. This is revealed by the front visor’s trim, which is made of gray, galvanized metal, as is the back strap’s trim. Once one moves beyond those two metal fittings, the spiked helmet just screams “prewar quality!” The pickelhaube’s wappen is an unbelievably handsome frosted silver. I believe its appearance must be little different from when it was delivered to its first owner. The helmet’s noteworthy Garde Star is extra-clean. I cannot detect dirt in any crevice. The Garde Star’s enamel is perfectly-centered, and its lovely surface exhibits NO cracks or chips. The Garde Pionier Pickelhaube’s chin scales and officer’s stars are brass. The spiked helmet’s base, pearl ring, and spike are all silver. [Incidentally, I cannot remember seeing a taller spike on a Prussian helmet, with the possible exception of a General. This spike’s height would rival that of any Saxon Pickelhaube]! The pickelhaube’s marvelous exterior is capped by the correct Officer’s State’s and Reich’s kokarden. The Garde Pionier Pickelhaube’s interior reveals a perfect, dark-brown sweatband. The spiked helmet’s perfect, ribbed, silk liner is a handsome green, with NO rips, tears, or runs. A small paper tag is pasted underneath the liner, stating that the helmet is a size 57…

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-783 XDK

    $5,495.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT Here is yet another excellent pickelhaube that comes to us from a very serious, advanced, collector’s collection. The spiked helmet is correct for Dragoner-Regiment Nrs 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, and 15. These were the Prussian Line-Dragoner-Regiments that used silver fittings on their spiked helmets, rather than the other line-regiments’ brass fittings. [To be specific, the wappen, front and rear trim, cruciform, pearl ring, and spike are all silver. The chin scales and officers’ stars are brass]. The spike is exceptionally tall for a Prussian helmet. Perhaps its owner was a Saxon at heart! The pickelhaube’s leather body is in exceptional condition, with a squared front visor. The exterior’s final details are the correct, and finely-conditioned State’s and Reich’s kokarden. The spiked helmet’s interior reveals a brown leather sweatband in top condition, with a beige, ribbed-silk liner attached to it. The pickelhaube’s liner is complete, with no tears or rips, and just a bit of minor soiling. I am happy to report that all of the original hardware is in place (as it should be) under the silk liner. NO double holes are present in this fine spiked helmet, which has not been modified in any manner. This Prussian Line-Dragoner-Regiment pickelhaube is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL EDUARD VON CAPELLE - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON CAPELLE – NAVY

    SKU: 44-331

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON CAPELLE – NAVY. Eduard von Capelle (1855-1931) was a leading naval administrator within Reichsmarineamt (RMA), a.k.a. the Imperial Navy Office. He also served as the Naval Secretary of State during WW I, between the administrations of Alfred von Tirpitz and Henning von Holtzendorff. By that point, the Naval Secretary of State was the Kaiserliche Marine’s head administrator, while the Admiral who commanded the High Seas Fleet controlled naval operations in the field. Von Capelle had been promoted to Konteradmiral in 1906, Vizeadmiral in 1909, and, finally, Admiral in 1913 (after being knighted in 1912). In this postcard, von Capelle is depicted from the chest up. The postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL EDUARD VON KNORR - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON KNORR – NAVY

    SKU: 44-332

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL EDUARD VON KNORR – NAVY. Eduard von Knorr was a 19th Century Kaiserliche Marine Admiral who helped establish Germany’s colonial empire. He went from fighting against pirates off Morocco’s coast when he first went to sea in 1856, to receiving the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class for a battle with a French ship near Havana, Cuba, during the Franco-Prussian War. He became a Konteradmiral in 1883, was promoted to Vizeadmiral in 1889, became an Admiral in 1895, then was knighted in 1896. Along the way, he played various roles in Germany’s African and Pacific colonies. The postcard depicts him seated with a Red Eagle Order 2nd Class at his throat, and an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class in his buttonhole. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER - NAVY.

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-334

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY. Franz von Hipper (1863-1932) was one of WW I Germany’s greatest naval heroes. His career had exhibited a steady upward progression through the ranks. He served as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht commander from 1899 to 1902, which attracted attention that helped advance his career. Once WW I began, Hipper was placed in command of th I. Scouting Group. He was serving in that role during the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). When his flagship was destroyed, he transferred his flag to another ship. He then placed his command in harm’s way, which allowed Admiral Reinhard Scheer to withdraw with the bulk of the German High Seas Fleet, including its precious battleships. Von Hipper received the Orden Pour le Mérite after the Battle of Jutland, as well as the Bavarian Knight’s Cross of the Military Order of Max Joseph, which included an elevation to Bavarian Knighthood. In August 1918 Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff, Germany’s Chief of the Naval Staff, was forced to retire for health reasons. His position was assumed by the German High Seas Fleet Commander, Admiral Reinhard Scheer. At the same time, Von Hipper was concurrently promoted to the rank of Admiral AND promoted to replace as Commander of the High Seas Fleet. Von Hipper served in that position through WW I’s end, then retired. This postcard depicts Von Hipper in his naval uniform. He is sporting a large Frack Bar, and what appears to be three or four…

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON – NAVY

    SKU: 44-323

    $30.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON – NAVY In my opinion, 1st Viscount Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was the greatest admiral of all time. The man was truly amazing! He revolutionized battle tactics for 18th and 19th Century fleets. Viscount Horatio Nelson was fearless and enjoyed the fierce loyalty of his officers and seamen. During his career he suffered numerous wounds, including the loss of an eye and an arm. Nelson is best-known for the sea battles St. Vincent (1797), The Nile (1798), and, of course, Trafalgar (1805). Trafalgar was, perhaps his most famous sea battle, where ships from France and Spain greatly outnumbered the British, and Nelson lost his life to a French sharpshooter. Nelson gained additional fame during the Battle of Trafalgar for the signal that he sent to his fleet before the action began, “England expects that every man will do his duty.” One particular incident I remember about Nelson highlights his fighting spirit. At the Battle of Copenhagen, Nelson was second-in-command for the British Navy’s forces. His superior ordered Nelson to withdraw, which was relayed to him by an aide. Nelson held his spy glass up to his blind eye and said “I see no such signal.” He continued the fight and the battle was won. You have to love a leader who constantly put himself at the forefront of hostilities and inspired his men to give their best. That, my dear readers, is what leadership is all about! This color postcard shows Nelson in uniform…

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER - NAVY - FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    SKU: 44-324

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS Ludwig von Schröder was an admiral prior to WW I’s beginning. He had retired, but was called back to service once the war began. Admiral Ludwig von Schröder was placed in charge of the naval ships and land forces that eventually became known as Marinekorps or Marineinfanterie in Flanders. The latter was the ramping up of the See-Bataillone to division strength. This is a pen and ink portrait of Admiral Ludwig von Schröder. The caption below his image, identifies him as the Commander of Marine troops in Flanders. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER - NAVY - FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS

    SKU: 44-325

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL LUDWIG VON SCHRÖDER – NAVY – FLANDERS MARINEKORPS Ludwig von Schröder was an admiral prior to WW I’s beginning. He had retired, but was called back to service once the war began. Admiral Ludwig von Schröder was placed in charge of the naval ships and land forces that eventually became known as Marinekorps or Marineinfanterie in Flanders. The latter was the ramping up of the See-Bataillone to division strength. This is a pen and ink portrait of Admiral Ludwig von Schröder. The caption below his image, identifies him as the Commander of Marine troops in Flanders. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL MAX VON FISCHEL - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL MAX VON FISCHEL – NAVY

    SKU: 44-336

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL MAX VON FISCHEL – NAVY. Max von Fischel (1850-1929) was the Chief of the Admiralty Staff from 1909-1911. The postcard shows him in uniform.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER - NAVY - WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    SKU: 44-335

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH. Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928) was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s leading admirals. He led the High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). Franz von Hipper served as Scheer’s subordinate in the battle. [Hipper was vital in allowing the main German fleet to withdraw at the battle’s conclusion]. In 1918, Scheer replaced Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff as Chief of the Navy Staff. This was the top position in the German Navy that previously had been held by Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. Scheer was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite following June 1916’s Battle of Jutland. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves in February 1918. This postcard depicts him from the thighs up. Scheer is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his chest, with his PLM at his throat. His hand rests on his naval dagger. A reproduction of his signature appears below him, along with his rank of “Admiral.” He is a stern-looking officer. The postcard is in excellent condition and was never mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-337

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY. Hans von Köster (1844-1928) was one of six Großadmirale appointed in the Kaiserliche Marine. In fact, he was the FIRST active-duty Admiral promoted to that rank in 1905. He retired the following year. He appears in a Großadmiral’s uniform in this photograph. He holds the elaborate Großadmiral’s baton in his right hand. His uniform displays a large Frack Bar and Breast Stars. He wears the Order of the Black Eagle at his throat. He also sports a Zweispitz (Fore and Aft Cap). [We currently have von Köster’s magnificent piece of headdress (THIS one) as part of a group we are offering. The group includes his Großadmiral’s epaulettes and other assorted items in his special, NAMED, storage case]. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-338

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – GROßADMIRAL HANS VON KÖSTER – NAVY. Hans von Köster (1844-1928) was one of six Großadmirale appointed in the Kaiserliche Marine. In fact, he was the FIRST active-duty Admiral promoted to that rank in 1905. He retired the following year. He appears in a Großadmiral’s uniform in this photograph. He holds the elaborate Großadmiral’s baton in his right hand. His uniform displays a large Frack Bar and Breast Stars. He wears the Order of the Black Eagle at his throat. He also sports a Zweispitz (Fore and Aft Cap). [We currently have von Köster’s magnificent piece of headdress (THIS one) as part of a group we are offering. The group includes his Großadmiral’s epaulettes and other assorted items in his special, NAMED, storage case]. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed. ALL POSTCARDS – NAVY    

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN - S.M.S. GOEBEN - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN – S.M.S. GOEBEN – NAVY

    SKU: 44-330

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN – S.M.S. GOEBEN – NAVY Richard Ackermann (1869-1930) commanded the Battle Cruiser S.M.S. Goeben. Along with the Light Cruiser Breslau, the Goeben was most famous for being attached to the Turkish Navy and seeing action in the Black Sea against the Russians. The postcard is a black and white, pen and ink rendition of Ackermann. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a soldier in a Bavarian Infanterie Regiment.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN - NAVY - PLM-WINNER - COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-2

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-2

    SKU: 44-329

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29. Otto Weddigen (1892-1915) was a national hero of Imperial Germany. He was a Kapitänleutnant in the Kaiserliche Marine and served in the U-Boot Service early during WW I. On 22 September 1914, while commanding the U-9, he sank three British Cruisers in less than one hour. For this action he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The rest of his crew received 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class. The following month Weddigen sank another Cruiser and some merchant ships. For this he became the first junior naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 October 1914. He was also awarded top military awards from Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. He then was reassigned to the U-29, which then was rammed by the H.M.S. Dreadnaught on 18 March 1915. Weddigen’s ship was lost with all hands. Today we are offering a color postcard of Weddigen. He is depicted within a green, laurel-leafed frame. A Kriegsflagge appears below his image. Below the flag is a short verse that mentions Weddigen, the U-9 and the red, white, and black flag. The postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN - NAVY - PLM-WINNER - COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    SKU: 44-327

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29. Otto Weddigen (1892-1915) was a national hero of Imperial Germany. He was a Kapitänleutnant in the Kaiserliche Marine and served in the U-Boot Service early during WW I. On 22 September 1914, while commanding the U-9, he sank three British Cruisers in less than one hour. For this action he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The rest of his crew received 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class. The following month Weddigen sank another Cruiser and some merchant ships. For this he became the first junior naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 October 1914. He was also awarded top military awards from Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. He then was reassigned to the U-29, which then was rammed by the H.M.S. Dreadnaught on 18 March 1915. Weddigen’s ship was lost with all hands. This postcard is a mourning card. An oval image of Weddigen is draped in black. He is wearing his Pour le Mérite in this pen and ink image. The postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN - NAVY - PLM-WINNER - COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    SKU: 44-328

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29. Otto Weddigen (1892-1915) was a national hero of Imperial Germany. He was a Kapitänleutnant in the Kaiserliche Marine and served in the U-Boot Service early during WW I. On 22 September 1914, while commanding the U-9, he sank three British Cruisers in less than one hour. For this action he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The rest of his crew received 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class. The following month Weddigen sank another Cruiser and some merchant ships. For this he became the first junior naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 October 1914. He was also awarded top military awards from Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. He then was reassigned to the U-29, which then was rammed by the H.M.S. Dreadnaught on 18 March 1915. Weddigen’s ship was lost with all hands. This is a colorized postcard of Weddigen. His portrait appears within a life preserver/frame with laurel leaf branches beneath him. To his right is a Kriegsflagge. A short caption names him, the U-9, and the firing of a torpedo at a Cruiser on the German sea. The postcard was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a Bavarian Kavallerie Division.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN AND HIS WIFE - NAVY - PLM-WINNER - COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN AND HIS WIFE – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29

    SKU: 44-326

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄNLEUTNANT OTTO WEDDIGEN AND HIS WIFE – NAVY – PLM-WINNER – COMMANDER OF U-9 AND U-29. Otto Weddigen (1892-1915) was a national hero of Imperial Germany. He was a Kapitänleutnant in the Kaiserliche Marine and served in the U-Boot Service early during WW I. On 22 September 1914, while commanding the U-9, he sank three British Cruisers in less than one hour. For this action he received the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The rest of his crew received 1914 Iron Crosses 2nd Class. The following month Weddigen sank another Cruiser and some merchant ships. For this he became the first junior naval officer to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 October 1914. He was also awarded top military awards from Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. He then was reassigned to the U-29, which then was rammed by the H.M.S. Dreadnaught on 18 March 1915. Weddigen’s ship was lost with all hands. This postcard shows Weddigen and his wife. He is in uniform, wearing his 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. The photo was taken before he was awarded his PLM in October 1914. A caption concerning his exploits in the U-9 sinking three British cruisers appears below the photo. The postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE - AVIATION

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION

    SKU: 42-217

    $45.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION. This aviation postcard shows Max Immelmann in an oval frame wearing his PLM and a medal bar. To his right is an airplane in flight. A message reads “Leutnant Immelmann der erfolgreichste Flieger über feindliche Flugzeuge” (Lieutenant Immelmann, the most successful flyer against enemy airplanes). The postcard was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from the 18. Reserve-Division in August 1916.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - VIZEADMIRAL MAXIMILIAN GRAF VON SPEE - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – VIZEADMIRAL MAXIMILIAN GRAF VON SPEE – NAVY

    SKU: 44-333

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – VIZEADMIRAL MAXIMILIAN GRAF VON SPEE – NAVY. This postcard depicts one of WW I Germany’s great naval heroes, Vizeadmiral Maximilian Graf von Spee (1861-1914). He was serving as the commander of Germany’s East Asian Squadron when war broke out in August 1914. Knowing that his situation in China was untenable, von Spee decided to return the East Asian Squadron to Germany. As the Squadron made its way across the Pacific, it met up with the British 4th Cruiser Squadron off the coast of Chile in what became the Battle of Coronel. Von Spee and his Squadron were victorious in that encounter. After seeking shelter at Valparaiso, they rounded the tip of South America to enter the South Atlantic. In December 1914, the Squadron engaged a stronger British fleet in the Battle of the Falkland Islands, which ended disastrously for the Germans. Graf von Spee, along with his two young, junior-officer sons, Otto and Heinrich, and 2,200 German sailors, died during the lopsided battle. This postcard depicts Graf von Spee from the chest up, wearing his visor cap. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.  

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - YOUNG KAISER WILHELM II - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – YOUNG KAISER WILHELM II – NAVY

    SKU: 38-2830

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – YOUNG KAISER WILHELM II – NAVY. This postcard shows Kaiser Wilhelm II as a very young man, perhaps when he was either a Prinz or the Kronprinz. We can see two pips on his epaulettes, which was his rank in the Kaiserliche Marine at that time. The postcard was mailed and is in excellent condition. CLICK HER FOR ALL POSTCARDS: KEISER WILHELM II & KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA

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  • PRUSSIA - RANGLISTE - 1901

    PRUSSIA – RANGLISTE – 1901

    SKU: 12-856 XJT

    $120.00

    PRUSSIA – RANGLISTE – 1901. This is the 1901 Rangliste that shows the various regiments from all of Imperial Germany, with the exception of Bavaria. The book is invaluable when researching regimental and officer material. I always keep a couple of these handy. You might wish to do so, as well. It is a consignment item. CLICK HERE FOR MORE BOOKS

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH - AVIATION - NR 416

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416

    SKU: 42-218

    $65.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416. Albert Dossenbach (1891-1917) was an early PLM-winner, having shot down fifteen enemy planes. He is shown here in uniform, with his PLM at his throat. The postcard is in good condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME - AVIATION - NR 502

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502

    SKU: 42-213

    $75.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502. Erwin Böhme (1879-1917) was one of WW I’s tragic figures. Far older than the average German pilot, he was an early member of Oswald Boelcke’s Jasta 2. Böhme was the pilot who collided with Boelcke on 28 October 1916, which resulted in Boelcke’s death (he had achieved forty confirmed victories by that point). Böhme lived for thirteen more months. He commanded Jasta 2 during that time, which had been renamed Jasta Boelcke. [It was the only Jasta to be named for a fallen ace at the time, although JG 1 was later renamed in honor of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen]. Böhme went on to score twenty-four confirmed victories, and was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 November 1917. He fell in battle five days later on 29 November 1917. His PLM arrived after his death. His Sanke Card Nr 502 depicts him seated, wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER - AVIATION - NR 507

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507

    SKU: 42-216

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507. Karl Emil Schäfer (1891-1917) was one of the leading aces within Manfred von Richthofen’s Jasta 11. Schäfer achieved twenty-three confirmed victories with Jasta 11, nine of which came during “Bloody April,” one of the RFC’s worst months during WW I. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite during his service with Jasta 11. He was transferred to Jasta 28 as its CO on 1 May 1917, where he was killed the following month, having reached a total of thirty confirmed victories. Sanke Card Nr 507 depicts him from the chest-up. He is NOT wearing his PLM. The postcard was never mailed and is in very fine condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL - AVIATION - NR 384

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384

    SKU: 42-214

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384. Wilhelm Frankl (1893-1917) began as a pilot in an observation plane. His first victory came when he used a carbine to shoot down his opponent. He went on to score twenty confirmed victories before falling in April 1917. He received little attention during the 1930’s because he was Jewish. He was often scornfully referred to as the “Jew with the Blue Max.” Frankl is seated in Sanke Card Nr 384. His PLM appears at his throat, and he also wears his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The postcard was mailed via regular post in 1925 and is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN - HARRY ROTHENBERG - AVIATION - NR 3000

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3000

    SKU: 42-220

    $95.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3000. Harry Rothenberg was a little-known firm that produced aviation postcards. The firm was located in Breslau, Eastern Prussia, near to the von Richthofen family estate. This card, Nr 3000 in the series, depicts Lothar von Richthofen. He is wearing his PLM. The card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed. CLICK HERE FOR ALL AVIATION POSTCARDS

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN - HARRY ROTHENBERG - AVIATION - NR 3001

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3001

    SKU: 42-219

    $95.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3001. Harry Rothenberg was a little-known firm that produced aviation postcards. The firm was located in Breslau, Eastern Prussia, near to the von Richthofen family estate. This card, Nr 3001 in the series, depicts Lothar von Richthofen. He is wearing his PLM. The card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN - HARRY ROTHENBERG - AVIATION - NR 3003

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3003

    SKU: 42-222

    $125.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3003. Harry Rothenberg was a little-known firm that produced aviation postcards. The firm was located in Breslau, Eastern Prussia, near to the von Richthofen family estate. This card, Nr 3003 in the series, depicts the two von Richthofen brothers standing in a field. Both are wearing their PLM’s. The card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed. CLICK HERE FOR ALL AVIATION POSTCARDS

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN - HARRY ROTHENBERG - AVIATION - NR 3004

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3004

    SKU: 42-223

    $125.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED AND LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3004. Harry Rothenberg was a little-known firm that produced aviation postcards. The firm was located in Breslau, Eastern Prussia, near to the von Richthofen family estate. This card, Nr 3004 in the series, depicts the two von Richthofen brothers standing in front of a building. Both are wearing their PLM’s. The card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed. CLICK HERE FOR ALL AVIATION POSTCARDS

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - HARRY ROTHENBERG - AVIATION - NR 3002.

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3002

    SKU: 42-221

    $125.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – HARRY ROTHENBERG – AVIATION – NR 3002. Harry Rothenberg was a little-known firm that produced aviation postcards. The firm was located in Breslau, Eastern Prussia, near to the von Richthofen family estate. This card, Nr 3002 in the series, depicts Manfred von Richthofen standing in front of a hanger. He is wearing a flying coat. The card is in excellent condition and has never been mailed. CLICK HERE FOR ALL AVIATION POSTCARDS

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - OBERLEUTNANT RUDOLF BERTHOLD - AVIATION - NR 423

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – OBERLEUTNANT RUDOLF BERTHOLD – AVIATION – NR 423

    SKU: 42-215

    $75.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – OBERLEUTNANT RUDOLF BERTHOLD – AVIATION – NR 423. Rudolf Berthold was among the Imperial German Air Service’s leading air aces. He survived the war with a total of forty-four confirmed victories. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in October 1916. He served in Jastas 4, 14, and 18. He also commanded JG II from March 1918 until the war’s end. He was killed in a postwar battle with Communists. He is seen outdoors in Sanke Nr 423 wearing his PLM at his throat, with his Prussian Army Pilot Badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his left breast. The card is good condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERAL DER INFANTERIE - GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 - FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERAL DER INFANTERIE – GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 – FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 23-471

    $1,195.00

    Germany’s royal houses often sported more than one “line” of succession. This was true for the House of Hohenzollern, which was split into two lines. The greater line contained Prussia’s ruling family, including Prussia’s Kings and, later, Imperial Germany’s Kaisers. The lesser line ruled the principality of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Fürst Wilhelm (1864-1927) was Fürst Leopold’s elder son, who assumed the title and served as head of that Hohenzollern family branch upon Leopold’s 1905 death. Fürst Wilhelm did not hold any military command, but DID serve as a General der Infanterie à la Suite of Prussia’s 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The regiment was founded in 1813 and headquartered in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments it was attached to the Gardekorps. This single shoulder board once belonged to Fürst Wilhelm of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. It measures 2 ¼” x 4 .” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the black chevrons that identify the boards as Prussian. The shoulder board’s center features two silver-toned pips, which indicate a General der Infanterie à la Suite. [Gold pips would have indicated a true command General at the Armeekorps level]. The board’s reverse displays a double underlay, a small red trim band and a larger white band. [The latter band ties the shoulder board to the 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß]. The white underlay is also interesting in that it is not made of the more commonly-seen felt. It is made of cotton twill. A white…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALMAJOR a.D. - SCHUTZTRUPPEN - M 1915 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALMAJOR a.D. – SCHUTZTRUPPEN – M 1915

    SKU: 23-500

    $895.00

    Today we are offering a shoulder board that is very rare on several levels. First, it is an M-1915 shoulder board intended for a feldgrau tunic. Second, it is for a Generalmajor a.D., which signified he was a General Officer in retirement. [The Imperial German Army commonly promoted an officer up one grade upon his retirement, which allowed him to receive a greater pension AND the prestige of a higher rank]. Third, and perhaps most important, it is for a General in the Schutztruppen. The Schutztruppen were primarily found in Imperial Germany’s colonial holdings, German East and Southwest Africa, and China, as well as the SeeBataillon. So for all of these reasons, this piece is a very rare bird. The oversized shoulder board measures 2 ½” x 4 ¾.” The shoulder board features the typical Russian rope bullion: two ropes of gold bullion separated by one subdued silver bullion rope. The silver bullion rope features large black chevrons that confirm its status as a Prussian shoulder board. Some smaller chevrons appear on the gold bullion. The shoulder board’s reverse has a red felt underlay, as well as a tab that allows the shoulder board to slip onto a tunic. This is a very exciting and rare shoulder board, the first we have ever seen.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2 - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915

    SKU: 23-485

    $225.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single Leutnant’s shoulder board from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1905 and headquartered at Langensalza. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 4″ x 1 9/16.” This is a subdued obverse, in line with other feldgrau shoulder boards. It sports a subdued metal regimental designation (“2”). Black and white chevrons also appear on the obverse. The underlay features two layers, a red upper and a lower green one. Interestingly, the shoulder board a slip-on, which is a bit unusual for a junior officer. The shoulder board appears on page 340 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - LEUTNANT - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 6

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – LEUTNANT – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 6

    SKU: 23-488

    $225.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single Leutnant’s shoulder board from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 6. The regiment was founded in 1910 and headquartered at Erfurt. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It sports a gilt-toned metal regimental designation (“6”). Black chevrons appear on the obverse. It has two layers of underlay. The upper is blue and the lower is green. Interestingly, the shoulder board is a slip-on, which is a bit unusual for a junior officer. The shoulder board appears on page 342 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The shoulder board is in excellent condition. Being featured in…

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  • SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA – OBERLEUTNANT - 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERLEUTNANT – 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 – M-1915

    SKU: 23-484

    $225.00

    This is a single Oberleutnant’s shoulder board from 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen. The regiment was raised in 1741 and garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, where it was attached to the Prussian XVII. Armeekorps. It was the sister regiment of 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. It was famous for having Kaiser Wilhelm II, his son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, and Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen as members. All three were often seen in the fabled regiment’s uniform and headdress. [In fact, von Mackensen attended Wilhelm II’s funeral in the regiment’s uniform. Before leaving the casket that held his monarch’s remains, he laid his overcoat over it. The 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen boasted as its most famous member (and à la Suite officer), Prinzessin Viktoria Luise, the Kaiser’s only daughter and eventual wife of Braunschweig’s Herzog Ernst August. [Viktoria Luise ( referred to as “Vikki Lu” in Germany) was also the granddaughter of Königin Viktoria (Queen Victoria of England’s eldest daughter) and Kaiser Friedrich III]. The shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It is of the M-1915 variety for use on a feldgrau attila. It displays a single subdued Oberleutnant’s pip, as well as Königin Viktoria’s subdued cypher. Black and white chevrons also appear on the obverse. The sewn-in shoulder board’s reverse of is black. The shoulder board appears on page 269 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. It was cut from the attila at some point, but remains in very…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - GENERALMAJOR - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALMAJOR – M 1915

    SKU: 23-540

    $1,095.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALMAJOR – M 1915. This is an excellent pair of Prussian Generalmajor’s M-1915 subdued shoulder boards that each measure 1.5″ x 4.” Their black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver ropes enclosed within their borders of muted, dark-gold braid. They are in excellent condition and were worn on a feldgrau tunic. The shoulder boards’ reverses reveal slip-on, red-felt backings. General Officer’s M-1915 shoulder boards are never easy-to-find. This pair is as good as one could desire, with lovely patinas. FOR MORE ITEMS LIKE THIS – CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO OUR SHOULDER BOARD PAGE

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT NR 5

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT NR 5

    SKU: 23-483

    $175.00

    This is a mint, unissued pair of Leutnant’s shoulder boards from Niederschlesisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 5. The regiment was founded in 1865. It participated in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, and WW I. It was garrisoned at Posen and was attached to the Prussian V. Armeekorps. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was common for junior officers. Typically, slip-on shoulder boards were not seen until the rank of Major and above. These shoulder boards measure 1 ½” x 4.” Their facing is silver bullion containing the Kingdom of Prussia’s black chevrons. Gilt numerals (5) appear on their obverse. The reverse features a white underlay. Just the slightest hint of moth tracking is visible on the white underlay. This adds to the honest age of these very fine shoulder boards, which remain in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON – M 1915

    SKU: 23-475

    $375.00

    This is a pair of Leutnant’s M-1915 Kraftfahr-Bataillon shoulder boards. The Imperial German motorized transport units that served in support of front-line operations, known as the Kraftfahr-Bataillon, came into existence in 1911. Its units served with Eisenbahn-Regiments and Train-Battalions, and performed very useful functions when WW I began. Considered a Garde unit, it was based in Berlin. Saxon and Württemberg Companies existed in addition to the Prussian Battalion. The shoulder boards measure 1 ¾” x 4 .” As they are of the M-1915 variety, they were intended to be worn on a feldgrau tunic. Instead of gold or silver bullion, their background is a subdued gray. Their white chevrons sport a thin black trim. Each board’s center displays a subdued, stylized “K.” Each board’s reverse features a feldgrau cotton twill strap that enabled it to be slipped onto a tunic. It is a bit unusual to see slip-on shoulder boards for a junior officer. Such details were a matter of individual taste, however, not something dictated by regulations. These quite scarce shoulder boards are in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - OBERST - FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – OBERST – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT – M-1915

    SKU: 23-482

    $425.00

    This is a pair of Oberst’s M-1915 Feld-Artillerie-Regiment shoulder boards. They appear on page 375 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. Their obverses feature the pattern used by Majors, Oberstleutnants and Obersts. Each board displays a burnished, gilt-toned, Artillerie-Regiment’s flaming bomb. Each also displays a pair of gold-toned pips that flank the artillery designation and indicate they were for an Oberst who served as its regimental commander. The boards’ muted roping displays black and white chevrons identifying it as a Prussian unit. Each board exhibits a red underlay that extends beyond its edges. The boards are of the slip-on variety that typified a field-grade officer (from a Major up to an Oberst). They would have been worn on a feldgrau tunic. While the shoulder boards’ obverses are in excellent condition, their reverses display a bit more wear. They are in very pleasing condition, overall. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances their value!

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS (2) - GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION - ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS (2) – GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION – ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    SKU: 23-472

    $895.00

    These two shoulder boards came to us together. I believe they came from the same officer and represent what was worn on a pre war tunic and on an M-1910 or M-1915 tunic. They are also quite unique as they are for a Generalmajor zu Disposition. [We have never before offered any Generalmajor zu Disposition’s shoulder boards. They provide a fine contrast to an active-duty General’s boards. It typically was the Imperial German Army’s practice to advance an officer one grade when he entered retirement, both in recognition of his long service and to increase his retirement pay. So, it is most likely that this particular officer entered retirement as an Oberst, either as a regimental commander or serving as a Brigade, Division, or Armeekorps staff member]. We will be selling the boards as a pair because they will be more interesting to display together, AND that is how they came to us. 1). Pre War Example Probably for a Dunkel-Blau Tunic. This shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features a white chevron with thin black trim that identifies the boards as Prussian for an officer who was zu Disposition. The underlay is made of red felt that extends past the board’s end. NO strap is available to slip it on (nor does it appear that one was ever present). It may well have been sewn onto the tunic,…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 12

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 12

    SKU: 23-490

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 12. The regiment was founded in 1913 and headquartered at St. Avold. It was attached to the Prussian XVI. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2 ¼” x 5 ½.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (12″) is chain stitched in red. The strap is edged in blue. Its reverse is feldgrau. A gold-toned button is attached to the strap. The shoulder strap appears on page 340 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The shoulder strap is in very fine condition. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 3

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 3

    SKU: 23-487

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO who served in Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 3. The regiment was founded in 1905 and headquartered at Colmar I. E.. It was attached to the Prussian XV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 1 ¾” x ” 5 ¼.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (“3”) is chain stitched in red. The strap is edged in yellow. The reverse is lined in yellow. The shoulder board appears on page 341 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The shoulder strap has some minor mothing on the obverse. More extensive mothing appears on the reverse, and…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 7

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – JÄGER ZU PFERDE REGIMENT NR 7

    SKU: 23-489

    $195.00

    Jäger zu Pferde regiments were created in 1905. Thirteen total regiments (all Prussian) were created, the last in 1913. Jäger zu Pferde members were considered “hunters on horse.” They wore a metal helmet similar in design to those of the Küraßiers. Although they did not wear the Küraßiers’ breastplates, they were considered heavy cavalry. In reality, even when the first Jäger zu Pferde regiment was created in 1905, the cavalry had been rendered obsolete and useless by the new machine guns. [This was proven true during WW I’s early days on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Cavalry units were first limited to scouting, then ultimately served as dismounted infantry fighting in the trenches beside their infantry brethren. Their horses were relegated to moving artillery pieces about on the field]. This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Jäger zu Pferde Regiment Nr 7. The regiment was founded in 1913 and headquartered at Trier. It was attached to the Prussian XI. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2 ¼” x 5 ½.” The surface of the strap is green. The regimental designation (“7”) is chain stitched on it in red. The strap is edged in yellow. Its reverse is feldgrau. The shoulder board appears on page 342 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. Some light scattered mothing shows on its obverse. The reverse shows a bit more mothing and its yellow underlay shows through at some…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATAILLON NR 4

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATAILLON NR 4

    SKU: 23-481

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Magdeburgisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 4. Pioniere were the Imperial German Army’s engineers, responsible for building bridges, roads, etc. The unit was founded in 1816, the year after the Napoleonic Wars’ conclusion. The Bataillon was garrisoned at Magdeburg and attached to the Prussian IV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap measures 2″ x 5 ½.” Its obverse is black with red trim around its edges, and a red embroidered “4” in its center. Some slight evidence of moth tracking is evident on its obverse. Its reverse is covered with feldgrau felt.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 1

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 1

    SKU: 23-461

    $85.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for Pionier-Battalion Fürst Radziwill (Ostreußisches) Nr 1. The oldest of all Prussian Pionier Battalions, it was raised in 1780. It was garrisoned in Königsberg I. Pr. and assigned to the I Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap features its unit number embroidered in yellow on the obverse. The strap measures 2 ½” x 5 ¾.” It may have been for a great coat, as it is considerably larger than the type used on a tunic.  Some soiling appears on the obverse, while substantial mothing marks the dark-blue backing.

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  • PRUSSIA - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - SINGLE SHOULDER STRAP - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 11

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 11

    SKU: 23-464

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Pionier-Battalion Nr 11, a Prussian unit formally known as Kurhessisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 11. It was garrisoned at Hann.-Münden (Hannoversch-Münden). It was founded in 1842 and assigned to the XI. Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap measures 2″ x 4 ½.” The battalion number is embroidered in yellow on the obverse. Soiling is evident on both the obverse and reverse.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION NR 23

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION NR 23

    SKU: 23-477

    $95.00

    This is a single Prussian enlisted man/NCO’s Pionier-Battalion Nr 23 shoulder strap. Pioniere were the Imperial German Army’s engineers responsible for the building of roads, trenches, bridges, and etc. The 2. Westpreußisches Pionier-Battalion Nr 23 was founded in 1907. It was garrisoned at Graudenz and attached to Prussia’s XX. Armeekorps. As the regiment was founded in 1907, its brief history only extending into 1918. This particular shoulder strap was only in use for a few years, as feldgrau uniforms and shoulder straps were already being incorporated within the German Army shortly after the regiment was founded. I doubt if this shoulder strap style was used more than three years. The shoulder strap is red in color. The regimental designation, “23,” is embroidered in yellow stitching on the red material. The strap’s backing is black. The strap is in very good condition, generally, but shows some minor soiling due to its more than hundred years of age. You can also see where the button that was once present has left an impression.

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – PIONIER-BATTALION Nr 8

    SKU: 23-463

    $95.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from Pionier-Battalion Nr 8, a Prussian unit that was raised in 1816 following the Napoleonic Wars’ end. It was garrisoned at Koblenz, and attached to the VIII. Armeekorps. The red shoulder strap measures 2″ x 5 ¼.” The battalion number is embroidered in yellow on the obverse. The unit’s name is also noted on the reverse. Soiling is evident on both the obverse and reverse.

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  • PRUSSIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915

    SKU: 23-534

    $2,495.00

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915. Here is another very fine example of a single Prussian Generalfeldmarschall’s M-1915 subdued shoulder board that measures 1.5″ x 4.” As you can see, it is slightly smaller than SKU# 23-533, so they clearly came from two different tunics. By my count, six different WW I Prussian Generalfeldmarschalls could have worn this particular shoulder board. Its black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver rope enclosed within its border of muted, dark-gold braid. The detailing on its crossed, restrained-silver, Generalfeldmarschall’s batons is extremely impressive. Both the batons and the gold braid are a bit brighter on SKU# 23-534 than SKU# 23-533. The shoulder board’s reverse reveals a red felt backing that is of the sewn-in variety (which is an unusual variation). Its condition is excellent, overall. FOR A LOOK AT MORE OF OUR SHOULDER BOARDS CLICK HERE

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  • PRUSSIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915

    SKU: 23-533

    $2,495.00

    PRUSSIA – SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – M 1915. This is a very fine example of a single Prussian Generalfeldmarschall’s M-1915 subdued shoulder board that measures 1.5″ x 5.” By my count, six different WW I Prussian Generalfeldmarschalls could have worn this particular shoulder board. Its black and white Prussian chevrons are clearly visible on the subdued silver rope enclosed within its border of muted, dark-gold braid. The detailing on its crossed, restrained-silver, Generalfeldmarschall’s batons is extremely impressive. The shoulder board’s reverse reveals a slip-on, red-felt backing. Its condition is excellent, overall. CLICK HERE – TO GO TO OUR SHOULDER BOARDS AND SHOULDER STRAP PAGE

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - JÄGER - ENLISTED MAN - ERSATZ

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – JÄGER – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ

    SKU: 33-379 XDK

    $3,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – JÄGER – ENLISTED MAN – ERSATZ While Ersatz Pickelhauben are frequently seen, Ersatz Tschakos seldom come up, particularly in such good condition. Our offering today is an excellent Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako that is correct for Prussian Bataillon Nrs 3 through 9 and Nr 11. The exterior’s felt material is near-mint. The wappen is prewar brass. The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako’s Feldzeichen is correct for Prussia. A PERIOD leather chin strap is present, complete with the brass buckles. Although some of the chin strap’s leather is cracking, it is good to see a correct period chin strap. [Some leather conditioner will do a lot to restore its freshness. We will apply the first coating. PLEASE remember to do this once a year]. The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako is definitely pre war or early war quality. Its final detail is the correct Reich’s kokarde on the left side. The Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako’s interior features a stone-mint leather liner, complete with its sizing thong. The Tschako is a size 58 (an unusually large size for an enlisted man), and is so-marked on the leather liner. [PLEASE NOTE: larger headdresses like this Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako are more common for more-senior, older officers. This chap must have been the brightest fellow in his unit – destined to become a general]! Some minor mothing is visible on the interior’s front and rear visors. This Ersatz Enlisted Man’s Jäger-Bataillon Tschako is amazing. It is NOT…

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAKO - OFFICER - FLIEGER - LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – OFFICER – FLIEGER – LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON

    SKU: 33-378 XDK

    $5,995.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – OFFICER – FLIEGER – LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON This is an Officer’s Tschako that is correct for either Prussian Flieger or Prussian Luftschiffer Bataillone. These are the most frequently requested variety of Tschakos of those I offer, although I have rarely been able to find them. Aviation items are of EXTREME interest to many collectors, so I am thrilled to present this Tschako for your consideration. The Prussian Flieger/Luftschiffer Bataillon Tschako sports a fine, black, felt body decorated with gold chin scales and silver rosettes. The silver-toned, beautifully executed wappen is a work of art, with a gorgeous Garde Star in its center. The Garde Star’s multi colored enamel is perfect, and its central Hohenzollern Eagle stands out splendidly. A very handsome Prussian Officer’s Feldzeichen (made of silver bullion with a black velvet center) is in place, as is a correct Reich’s Kokarde on the Tschako’s right side. The Tschako’s interior reveals a brown leather sweatband that is in fine condition, with a beige, ribbed-silk liner attached to it. A little bit of its stitching is loose, but that can easily be repaired. I expect this wonderful Prussian Flieger/Luftschiffer Bataillon Tschako to be snatched up quickly! This is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - TSCHAPKA - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    SKU: 33-382 XKGJT

    $5,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14. Today we are offering a very special officer’s Tschapka from one of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Ulanen-Regiments. In fact, it is the MOST prestigious Tschapka we have ever presented on our website! It represents Prussia’s 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14, which was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen. Founded in 1805 during the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps. While nominally a Prussian regiment, its roots stretched back to the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed into Prussia after it chose to align with the losing side during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Nevertheless, the Hanoverian tradition remained strong within all of its regiments after their assimilation into the Prussian Army. The 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 Tschapka’s leather body is in very fine condition. A bit of scarring (just superficial marks that do NOT extend below its surface) and scuffing can be seen, but its overall appearance remains quite appealing. The silver wappen includes THREE separate bandeaux (battle honors) from the Napoleonic Wars: one each for “Waterloo,” “Peninsula,” and “Garza-Hernandez.” 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14 had fought with distinction alongside British troops. These battle awards were restored (along with those of other Hanoverian regiments) by Kaiser Wilhelm in 1897, confirming its status as a VERY special regiment. As was correct, the Tschapka has brass chin scales and a single kokarde for Prussia on the wearer’s left side. The exterior’s final detail is an officer’s Prussian…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - OBERLEUTNANT - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 - M-1915 DESIGN - FELDGRAU - IDENTIFIED

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED

    SKU: 15-732

    $4,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED. Today we are offering a very exciting, IDENTIFIED, feldgrau tunic that was recently unearthed among an advanced collector’s treasures. Originally, it was part of a three-uniform group that had all belonged to the same individual. Its original owner chose to retain the officer’s prewar dunkel-blau tunic and mantel. The dunkel-blau tunic was the only one of the three garments with visible identification. That said, the officer’s name was “Erhardt von Schweinitz.” The tunic’s previous owner is an expert, published author on the Imperial German Kavallerie. He informed me that the arrangement of the tunic’s shoulder boards, more specifically their single pips, tell us that Oberleutnant von Schweinitz survived the war (something about which I was unaware). This great information should further assist one’s research about the Oberleutnant. The M-1915 tunic’s feldgrau material is a very fine, wool twill that is buttery-smooth to the touch. It features a single row of eight subdued, crowned buttons down its front. Another two buttons adorn each cuff. A black velvet trim line extends from the tunic’s collar edges down along the outside center tunic flap, and also adorns the cuffs’ edges. Interestingly, four pockets appear on the tunic’s obverse – two at the breast and two at the hip. All four pockets feature flaps without any buttons. The tunic’s shoulder boards reveal that they are for an Oberleutnant serving in Prussia’s 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2. [The regiment…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    SKU: 15-731

    $995.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß. We were quite pleased to recently acquire this tunic. It is not often that we can offer you a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) tunic, particularly one from a Garde-Regiment. Yet that is exactly what we are offering today! You will remember that the OYV program required its participants to pay for their meals, their housing, and ALL of their personal gear (including uniforms and headdresses), in return for an enlistment period of only one year rather than the normal two. The OYV’s were not able to draw from army depots for any of their personal gear. Part of what makes OYV tunics and headdresses so popular is the fact that they generally are officer-level quality. Additionally, only a limited number of men were allowed to enter the program. Being able to assume personal responsibility for their military expenses meant they generally came from middle/upper class families that could afford the extra costs. In many cases, these families could exert enough influence to get their sons into the better regiments like the 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These young men often purchased their personal gear at the same stores as their officers. The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß Regiment was formed in 1860 during the reign of König/Kaiser Wilhelm I. It was garrisoned in Berlin and, like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the GardeKorps. The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß tunic is of the prewar dunkel-blau variety, a high-quality, dark-blue wool. Eight brass-toned buttons run…

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  • SANKE CARD - HANS MÜLLER

    SANKE CARD – HANS MÜLLER

    SKU: 42-208

    $60.00

    SANKE CARD – HANS MÜLLER Willy Sanke produced the most famous aviation postcards of aviators. Aviator postcards were generally numbered between 300-600. This is a most unusual Sanke Card as it has no number. It clearly says “Sanke,” but the missing number is a bit of a puzzle. Hans Müller (1896-1964) had a most curious service record. He served in Jastas 12, 15, and 18. He first arrived in a jasta in January 1918 and by the end of the war had twelve confirmed victories. At first glance you might ask, why was he significant and why did he warrant having a Sanke Card? In looking at his victory list it was quite simple to see. He had four victories in one day against an American squadron in September 1918. Three of these victories came in fifteen minutes! Müller survived WW I and saw service in the Luftwaffe in WW II. This postcard has never been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • SANKE CARD NR 547 - FRANZ SCHULTE

    SANKE CARD NR 547 – FRANZ SCHULTE

    SKU: 42-205

    $60.00

    SANKE CARD NR 547 – FRANZ SCHULTE This is Sanke Card Nr 547 of Leutnant Franz Schulte. My research finds no information on him and I have no idea why he was selected to be on a Sanke Card. Schulte is wearing his schirmmütze. His 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army Pilot Badge can be seen. He also is wearing the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in his buttonhole. If you look closely at his shoulder board, you can see the Fliegertruppen device. The postcard was never mailed and is in very fine condition.

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  • SAXONY - POSTCARD - KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III

    SAXONY – POSTCARD – KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III

    SKU: 45-274

    $20.00

    SAXONY – POSTCARD – KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III This is a high-quality postcard of King Friedrich August III (1865-1932), who was the last King of Saxony. His reign extended from 1904 to 1918. King Friedrich August III was very popular with his people. The postcard shows him in full dress uniform, including the epaulettes from prior to his being promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. He is wearing a massive medal bar and two breast stars. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS - GENERALLEUTNANT

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALLEUTNANT

    SKU: 23-541

    $1,395.00

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALLEUTNANT. This is an excellent pair of Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards that each measure 1 ¾” x 4.” Their green Saxon chevrons are clearly visible on the light-silver ropes enclosed within their bright-gold borders. A single large gilt pip in the center of each board indicates the Generalleutnant’s rank. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety and sport red-felt backings. They were appropriate for pre WWI dunkel-blau tunics, as well as the early-war feldgrau tunics prior to the switch to subdued shoulder boards. Prior to the war, an officer of this rank might have commanded a Division. During wartime, he might have commanded an Armeekorps. FOR MORE SHOULDER BOARDS. STRAPS AND EPULATTES – CLICK HERE

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 106

    SAXONY – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 106

    SKU: 23-345

    $395.00

    Here is a pair of leutnant’s shoulder boards from Königl. Sächs. 7. Infanterie-Regiment König Georg Nr 106. This old-line regiment from the Kingdom of Saxony was raised in 1708. It was garrisoned at Leipzig, where it was attached to Saxony’s XIX. Armeekorps. The boards measure 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4.” Each shoulder board bears König Georg of Saxony’s gilt-toned, crowned, royal cypher. If you look closely at the silver toned bullion’s chevrons, you will note Saxony’s characteristic green color rather than Prussia’s black or Bavaria’s blue. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was quite common for junior officers. Each also has a gilt button attached. Their reverse underlays are red. Their overall condition is excellent.

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  • SAXONY - SHOULDER STRAPS - ENLISTED MAN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 179 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – SHOULDER STRAPS – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 179

    SKU: 23-153

    $150.00

    Very fine pair of enlisted man’s shoulder straps from Saxony’s Königl Sächs 14. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 179. The regiment was raised in 1897. It was garrisoned in Wurzen-Leisnig, where it was assigned to the XIX. Armeekorps. The regimental designation, “179,” is in yellow on a dark-blue background. These are unissued (buttonholes have not even been cut!), and in near mint condition.

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  • SOUTHWEST AFRICA - TUNIC - COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) - OFFICER - FELDGRAU

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – TUNIC – COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) – OFFICER – FELDGRAU

    SKU: 15-729

    $7,495.00

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – TUNIC – COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) – OFFICER – FELDGRAU. This is one of the most amazing colonial feldgrau tunics that we have ever offered, as well as being of the highest-quality and rarity. It is for an Oberleutnant who served in German Southwest Africa (Deutsche Südwest Afrika – DSW). The Colonial Feldgrau Tunic was correct for wear when the soldier returned from his service in DSW to Germany and was now considered correct for the Heimetat (Home Service). Officers of the Heimetat wore tunics like this, although they wore different pickelhauben. [We recently sold a Heimetat pickelhaube that, interestingly, was the LAST pickelhaube to be authorized for that service. It also was quite rare. We also sold a correct Heimetat officer’s brocade and belt. That brocade belt was 100% correct for this tunic]. The DSW colony was lost quite early in WW I, so many of its former officers who returned to Germany would have worn this tunic, not to mention officers who had returned to Germany PRIOR to the war’s outbreak. [PLEASE NOTE: This tunic is ALSO an M-1915 Friedensrock (Peace Coat)]! The Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic’s material is an ultra-high-quality, twill wool that feels quite smooth to the touch. A total of eight crowned silver buttons runs down the tunic’s center. The tunic’s handsome, blue collar is attached to a massive pair of silver bullion litzen, each of which measures 2” x 6.” The same blue runs down the tunic’s center and colors the cuffs. Each…

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  • STICKPIN - U-BOOT

    STICKPIN – U-BOOT

    SKU: 13-1057

    $125.00

    STICKPIN – U-BOOT Stickpins were greatly prized by those men who had served in the Imperial German Army and Navy during the Great War. Today we are offering an excellent stickpin commemorating a sailor’s U-Boot service. The U-Boot Stickpin features a gleaming, golden finish, with a fine, knurled pin at its top. It would make an excellent addition to either a general or a naval collection.

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  • UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

    UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE

    SKU: 21-209

    $250.00

    UNOFFICIAL NAVY ZEPPELIN BADGE Actual Zeppelin Badges were not issued until after WW I, which meant they were called “Commemorative” Navy and Army Airship Badges. Today we are offering a fascinating oval-shaped badge. This “unofficial” Navy Zeppelin Badge is blackened and stamped just like a wound badge. The “unofficial” Navy Zeppelin Badge’s outer rim consists of a laurel leaf wreath. A naval anchor extends vertically (from top to bottom) within the wreath, with the zeppelin itself being placed horizontally across the anchor just below its top crosspiece. The front and back of the zeppelin extend beyond the wreath’s sides. The airship is emblazoned with the word “Zeppelin.” The badge’s reverse sports four pins that would have allowed the badge to be attached to a garment or a cap. I have never before seen a Navy Zeppelin Badge like this. It would make a fine addition to any Zeppelin collection.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    SKU: 23-479

    $650.00

    This is a marvelous pair of shoulder boards for a Major from Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württembergisches) Nr 26. This regiment was the Württemberg military’s most elite regiment. To this end, the regiment boasted a special enamel Garde-Starlike device on its pickelhauben much like the Order of the Württemberg Crown, one of the kingdom’s highest decorations. It was the “King’s Own” Regiment. The massive pair of shoulder boards measures 2 ½” x 5 ½.” The silver rope bullion is beautiful. [The same pattern was used by Majors, Oberstleutnants and Obersts, although gold-toned pips were added for the latter two ranks]. If one looks carefully, one can detect many red and black (Württemberg) chevrons on the silver bullion roping’s face. The shoulder boards’ obverses feature a metal device that allowed them to be slipped on and off a tunic. The reverses’ yellow underlay confirms that these shoulder boards are for a Dragoner-Regiment. Some very light mothing is visible on the underlay’s surface. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition, overall.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN.

    SKU: 05-1692 XKA

    $4,995.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN. Württemberg began awarding The Wilhelm’s Cross in 1915 in two classes, as a 2nd Class Cross on a ribbon, or as a 1st Class Pinback Decoration for officers. What we are offering today is an extremely rare (and I do mean RARE) example of Württemberg’s Offiziers Steckkreuz Wilhelmskreuz mit Krone und Schwerten (Officers’ Pinback Wilhelm’s Cross with Crown and Swords). The decoration is made of oxidized bronze and features a massive voided crown at its top. It measures 2 ¾” from the crown’s top to the decoration’s bottom, and 2″ in width. Its center displays King Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s royal cypher enclosed within a laurel leaf wreath. A pair of crossed swords extends through the decoration’s body. The decoration’s reverse exhibits a long, tapered pin that measures 1 ¾” in length. A closer inspection reveals that the pin is somewhat discolored. [This is a good sign, showing me that it was worn on a tunic at some point, rubbing against the uniform’s sewn-in decoration loops when it was pinned to and removed from the tunic. A small detail like this increases my comfort level, since it reveals “honest” age]. The reverse’s center also displays a hallmark that we cannot identify. The latter’s details appear in the photos accompanying our description. Earlier, I mentioned that it is a very rare decoration. My research in Jörg Nimmergut’s excellent five volume series about German decorations reveals that it was…

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    SKU: 04-793 XKGJT

    $8,995.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26. One of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Dragoner-Regiments was Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26, to which this pickelhaube’s officer-owner once belonged. The regiment was formed in 1805 and garrisoned at Stuttgart (in the section then known as Cannstatt). It was attached to the XIII. Armeekorps. While it was considered to be the second of Württemberg’s Dragoner-Regiments, it actually was the “King’s Own,” making it more elite. [This is noted by a special emblem on the wappen’s center, which we will describe further down]. This Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26 Officer’s Pickelhaube is in very fine condition, overall. Its front visor is squared rather than rounded. It sports clear and supple leather that does, however, display a fault that I wish to share with you. Its rear visor displays two small holes that are a little larger than two pencil points. [This was more commonly done just after the war (and up into the 1950’s) so that the helmets’ owners could hang them up on their walls to commemorate their war service]. THESE holes are quite small compared to others I have seen, and delicately done. Since they appear on the rear visor, they are not detractive to the helmet’s overall presentation, particularly when one views its obverse. Furthermore, when its parade bush is installed instead of its service spike, the holes are mostly obscured. The Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26 Pickelhaube’s…

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