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  • Sale!  1848/1849 WAR SERVICE MEDAL - HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     1848/1849 WAR SERVICE MEDAL – HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 08-522

    $95.00 $75.00

    This is a consignment item. Hohenzollern was a small Imperial German state near Baden and Württemberg. [Actually, the state had little to do with the House of Hohenzollern whose family ruled Prussia and later Germany]. The decoration we offer is circular and measures 1 1/8″ in diameter. The decoration is bronze-toned. The obverse has a cross with an eagle. The reverse has reference to King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and the dates 1848 and 1849. During this time, a series of revolutions were in Germany. The medal is for the troops from Hohenzollern who fought with Prussia suppressing the revolt. The decoration has a small ribbon that is made of black and white silk. The decoration and ribbon are in very fine condition.

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  • $275.00 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    $275.00

    SKU: 08-525

    $275.00

    This is the Friedrich Cross 2nd Class from the Principality of Anhalt. Anhalt was a small principality with an 1890 population of 271,000, so small that it fielded a single Infanterie Regiment. Prince Friedrich was Anhalt’s ruler. With WW I’s outbreak and Kaiser Wilhelm’s re-institution of the Iron Cross in 1914, many other states (including Anhalt) brought forward their own versions. Anhalt had two Iron Cross equivalents. The first was the Friedrich Cross. We refer to it as their 2nd Class example, since it sported a ribbon (as did the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class). The second version was the Friedrich Cross Steckkreuz (pinback), which had a pin attached to its plain back. The decoration is bronze-toned. Its obverse sports a royal crown, Friedrich of Anhalt’s cypher, and the year, 1914. The reverse displays the phrase “For Service in War.”

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  • 1842 GOLDEN HONOR MEDAL - HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1842 GOLDEN HONOR MEDAL – HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 08-487

    $295.00

    This is the 1842 Golden Honor Medal from Hohenzollern. Hohenzollern was a small German Principality of approximately 67,000 people in 1900. The medal is from a higher rank of service medals for the 1842 Campaign. It was another of the many small wars that led to German consolidation under Kaiser Wilhelm I. (That said, most German states retained a fairly large measure of autonomy regarding their states’ administration within the Reich). The medal is circular and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. It is made of silver covered with a gilt wash. The decoration’s obverse features a Coat-of-Arms and a crown in its center. Around that is the motto “Für Treue und Verdienst ” (For loyalty and merit). The reverse has the Prince’s royal cypher and the date, January 1842. The decoration has a white and black replacement ribbon. This uncommon decoration is in excellent condition.

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  • 1870 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 08-297

    $3,495.00

    This is the Iron Cross 1st Class equivalent (Military Service Cross 1st Class) from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This example was awarded for action in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. Interestingly, variations exist of the Military Service Cross in 1st and/or 2nd Class from 1848, 1849, 1859, 1864, 1866, 1870, 1877, 1900, and with no date! As this was a much smaller state than Prussia, very few of these were awarded. The decoration is very slightly vaulted. This example is an interesting variation because it has no clasp on the reverse with which to hold the pin! None was ever added to the decoration, so this is not a matter of it having broken off. The finish of the decoration is a burnished bronze tone. This indicates a great deal of age and makes for a very handsome patina. It is a very difficult decoration to acquire, in excellent condition.

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  • 1870 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANTS (NICHT KAMPFER) - PRINZENGROßE - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANTS (NICHT KAMPFER) – PRINZENGROßE – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 08-431

    $650.00

    The Military Service Cross from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was that state’s equivalent to Prussia’s Iron Cross. Like the Iron Cross, it was awarded in both a 1st and 2nd Class. After the Iron Cross, it was the oldest award of its type within Imperial Germany, having been first offered in 1848. The Iron Cross was offered in 1813, 1870, and 1914. [Although not part of the Imperial Period, it also was awarded in 1939 and 1957]. The Military Service Cross was offered in 1849, 1859,, 1864, 1866, 1870, 1877, 1900, 1914, and without a date. Like the Iron Cross, the Military Service Cross generally was awarded in a normal full size. It sometimes was awarded or purchased in the prinzengroße size, as well. Our offering today is a very scarce Prinzengroße 1870 War Merit Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants. While I am not certain how many non combatant versions of the decoration were awarded for the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War, it is safe to say the number was far less than the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants. Only about 3,000 examples were awarded for the latter medal. This award’s original owner opted to acquire a prinzengroße-sized example. These were typically about two-thirds the size of an issued cross. The cross is gilt-toned (unlike the Iron Cross) and measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” Like the Iron Cross it features a crown at the top, the ruler’s cypher ( FF for Friedrich Franz), and the conflict’s…

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  • 1870 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS FOR NON COMBATANTS - MECKLENBURG SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS FOR NON COMBATANTS – MECKLENBURG SCHWERIN

    SKU: 08-551

    $650.00

    This is the 1870 Military Service Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It is that state’s Iron Class 2nd Class equivalent. It is similar in size to an Iron Cross 2nd Class and measures 1 ½” x 1 ¾.” The primary difference is that it is gold-toned. A crown sits atop the obverse. In its center is “FF,” which stands for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Friedrich Franz III. At the bottom is the year, 1870. This was awarded to army personnel for participation in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. Like the Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class, it would have been awarded for a few years after the war as well as during actual wartime. On the reverse we see “Für Auszeichnung im Kriege.” A small piece of replacement ribbon for non combatants is attached to the decoration.

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  • 1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS 1st CLASS - ANHALT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS 1st CLASS – ANHALT

    SKU: 08-317

    $625.00

    This is the 1914 Friedrich Cross 1st Class from Anhalt. It is a pinback award that was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. As Anhalt was a very small duchy, these decorations were awarded in small numbers. The cross measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” It is very slightly vaulted and has a bronze appearance. The decoration’s top bears a crown. In the center is Herzog Friedrich of Anhalt’s royal cypher. Below that is “1914.” On the reverse we see a swollen, coke-bottle style pin. The decoration is in excellent condition.

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  • 1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANT - ANHALT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANT – ANHALT

    SKU: 08-416

    $275.00

    This is the Duchy of Anhalt’s 1914 Friedrich Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants. Anhalt was one of Germany’s smaller duchies. It fielded one infantry regiment. The decoration was its equivalent to Prussia’s 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. They also had a 1st Class award equal to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Like the Prussians, the 2nd Class was awarded in classes for Combatants and Non Combatants. The difference between the two rested strictly in their ribbons. This cross measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” Its obverse features a crown, 1914, and the cypher “F.” The decoration’s reverse displays “Für Verdienst im Kriege (For Service in War).” The green and white ribbon on this example is for Non Combatants.

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  • 1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 2nd CLASS WITH COMBATANTS RIBBON - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 2nd CLASS WITH COMBATANTS RIBBON – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-558

    $150.00

    Today we are offering a very fine example of the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) with the Combatants ribbon. Most of the Kingdoms, Grand Duchies, Duchies, Principalities and Free States offered their equivalents of the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, as was the case with the small Duchy of Braunschweig. Its 2nd Class Cross was awarded to both combatants and non combatants during WW I. [The ribbons had their colors REVERSED on the wide vs. narrow ribbon widths]. Braunschweig also had two other special differences. First, the 2nd Class was awarded in some cases with a special metal device indicating that the decoration was awarded for special gallantry in the face of the enemy. It was as if the gallantry device rendered it a 2.5 Class which fell between the normal 2nd and 1st Class awards. Overall, it is a fine example of this infrequently-seen decoration

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  • 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - COMBATANT- BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT- BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-501

    $125.00

    This is the non combatant version of the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross. The decoration measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ and is bronze in color. It comes with the correct blue and yellow ribbon.

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  • 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANT - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANT – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-489

    $175.00

    This is the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent, the 1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class. These are infrequently seen, as Braunschweig was such a small state (1900 population: 464,000). Both the decoration and ribbon are in prime condition.

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  • 22 YEARS LONG SERVICE DECORATION - NASSAU - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    22 YEARS LONG SERVICE DECORATION – NASSAU

    SKU: 08-223

    $525.00

    This decoration for 22 years long and true service comes from the Duchy of Nassau. It was given to NCO’s and enlisted men. This very small state gave a very limited number of decorations. This decoration was first issued beginning in 1834 and continued through 1864. Like Hannover, Nassau was absorbed in 1866. Its independence was lost when it was absorbed by Prussia during the war with Austria. This decoration is a minimum of 135 years old. Very few of them were ever awarded. An original wide, light blue ribbon accompanies this decoration. For its age, the decoration and ribbon are in excellent condition. This represents the very first decoration that we have ever offered from Nassau.

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  • 50-YEAR TRUE SERVICE MEDAL IN SILVER - ANHALT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    50-YEAR TRUE SERVICE MEDAL IN SILVER – ANHALT

    SKU: 08-220

    $350.00

    This was a civil decoration for 50 years of true and faithful service to the state. The obverse of the decoration features the ruler of Anhalt’s crowned cypher. The reverse has “Fur funfzigjahrige Diensttreue” (For Fifty Years True Service). Obviously, since this was for fifty years of service, it was not a common decoration. It has a beautiful patina and comes with a wide green and white ribbon. This decoration was given from the period of 1864 to 1918. Judging from the look of the decoration and ribbon, I would say this particular example was issued in the 19th Century.

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  • BEWÄHRUNGSABZEICHEN zum KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 2nd CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BEWÄHRUNGSABZEICHEN zum KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 2nd CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-566

    $125.00

    This is a lovely example of the War Service Cross 2nd Class with Special Gallantry Device. The Duchy of Braunschweig and the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg were the only two German states to offer their Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalents with an extra device attached to signify extraordinary bravery during combat. I like to refer to is as a War Service Cross 2nd Class “and a half.” It was just a step down from the War Service Cross 1st Class, but higher than the unadorned version. The 2nd Class version is already somewhat unusual, since it is more prinzengroße-sized. It measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” The bronze-toned cross features a crown at its top, along with Herzog Ernst August’s cypher, and the date 1914. [Ernst August was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son-in-law, married to his only daughter, Viktoria Luise (Vikki Lu to the Germans)]. The medal’s reverse simply states “Für Verdienst im Kriege.” The gallantry device is mounted on the yellow and blue Braunschweig ribbon. It consists of a wreath that features a horse’s profile. The wreath is topped by Braunschweig’s Crown and features a pair of crossed swords at its bottom. It is a fine decoration – one that is becoming increasingly difficult-to-find.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - COMBATANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S

    SKU: 08-573

    $150.00

    This is the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross for Combatants, the Duchy’s equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Duchy of Braunschweig had been the Kingdom of Hannover’s vassal state. Both Hannover and Braunschweig were absorbed into Prussia at the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s conclusion, which effectively concluded Germany’s unification struggles. Prussia had emerged as the dominant power within Germany and went on to lead the country’s combined forces to victory over France in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. The German Empire was created 1871 and Prussia’s König Wilhelm I became Imperial Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm I. The War Service Cross in the 1st and 2nd Classes was only awarded during and after WW I to Germans, particularly those from Braunschweig. It would make a fine addition to your collection.

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    COMBATANT’S 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 08-560

    $150.00

    This is a fine example of a 1914 Military Service Cross 2nd Class for Combatants (the Mecklenburg-Schwerin variation of the Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class). Like the Iron Cross, it was awarded in the 1st and 2nd Class levels. Also, like the Iron Cross 2nd Class, it was awarded with different ribbons for combatants or non combatants. The gilt finish on the decoration is excellent. It is accompanied by a fine Combatants 2nd Class ribbon. It would make a perfect addition for any collection.

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  • COMBATANT’S WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMBATANT’S WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN.

    SKU: 08-562

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  • FELDDIENSTZEICHEN 1840 - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDDIENSTZEICHEN 1840 – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-419

    $125.00

    Various variations of the Felddienstzeichen were issued by Hesse-Darmstadt from 1780 through 1866. Changes in the decoration began in 1850. This variation is from 1840. The bronze-toned decoration’s obverse features Grand Duke Ludwig II’s crowned cypher. Below that is the date, 14 June 1840. The decoration’s reverse, which measures 1 1/4″ in diameter, displays “Für Treuen Dienst Im Kriege (For Loyal Service in War).” It presents a fine patina, and a sturdy jump ring at its top. No ribbon is included.

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  • FIFTEEN-YEAR LONG-SERVICE CROSS - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FIFTEEN-YEAR LONG-SERVICE CROSS – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-556

    $150.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt’s Fifteen-Year Long-Service Award. The decoration is a gilt-toned cross. The obverse displays a crown, while the reverse features the Roman numerals “XV.” The ribbon displays one wide red stripe and two narrower ones. The decoration is in very good condition.

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  • GEDÄCHTNISMEDAILLE - 1849 - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GEDÄCHTNISMEDAILLE – 1849 – BADEN

    SKU: 08-474

    $115.00

    This is the Gedächtnismedaille (Remembrance Medal) für 1849. It is bronze-toned and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. From 1848 into 1849, Baden was plagued by military mutiny and civil insurrection. Grand Duke Leopold was forced to flee the country in May 1948. Although civil authority attempted to form a constitutional government, the country remained in the hands of an armed mob of civilians and mutinous soldiers. Grand Duke Leopold joined Bavaria in petitioning Prussia for intervention. The Prussians agreed. Kronprinz Wilhelm (later Prussia’s König, then Germany’s first Kaiser) defeated the Baden insurgents at Waghausel on 10 June 1849, then entered the capital city, Karlsruhe, on 25 June. Prussia occupied the Grand Duchy until order was restored. Grand Duke Leopold made his return on 10 August 1849. He later issued this award for those who had participated in the 1849 campaign. The circular decoration’s obverse features a sword. Its reverse reads “Leopold Grossherzog von Baden” around its outer edges. Within them a victory wreath surrounds the slogan “Dem Tapferen Befreiungs Heer 1849” (The Brave Liberation Army 1849)

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    GENERAL HONOR DECORATION – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-357

    $165.00

    This is the General Honor Decoration from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. It is their equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The decoration’s obverse displays a profile of the Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, Ernst Ludwig. On the reverse we see “Fur Tapferkeit.” This decoration is 1 1/4″ in diameter. It is made of silver. It displays the correct red and light-blue ribbon.

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  • GLASS PAPERWEIGHT FOR THE WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GLASS PAPERWEIGHT FOR THE WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 24-71

    $75.00

    Over the years I have offered several of the highly popular (then and now) glass paperweights featuring the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Today we are offering something a bit different, but in the same style: a paperweight featuring the War Service Cross 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. This glass paperweight measures 2 5/8″ x 4″ x 5/8.”. It was once the property of an Eduard Helms (the same man who owned the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class paperweight listed above)! He served in Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5, 1. Kompagnie. The information about Helms has been glued to the bottom of the item. This paperweight could also serve as a small tray to hold paperclips, small coins, etc. Buy the pair and receive a 10% discount.

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  • HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 08-555

    $50.00

    Hanseatic Crosses were issued for the three Hanseatic Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen. This example hails from Hamburg. It represents the city/state’s equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It measures 1 ½” x 1 .” The decoration’s center depicts Hamburg’s City Hall in red and silver enamel. The structure was destroyed during WW II’s allied bombing. After the war, it was restored to its condition from before the war. The decoration features red enamel arms, one of which has suffered a large chip. The decoration has NO ribbon. The price at which it is offered reflects its damage and lack of ribbon.

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  • HANSEATIC CROSS - HAMBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HANSEATIC CROSS – HAMBURG

    SKU: 08-509

    $150.00

    Three free states were located in Northern Germany during the German Empire, remnants of the medieval Hanseatic League. They included Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen. Hamburg was and is by far the largest. During WW I, each state awarded its own equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross. Today we are offering the Hanseatic Cross from Hamburg. These decorations were awarded to the native sons of these states, to other states within the German Empire, and to the Central Powers allies. The cross, excluding the jump ring, measures 1 ½” x 1 ½.” The obverse’s arms are red enamel. The decoration’s center is red enamel with Hamburg’s City Hall outlined in silver enamel. [The City Hall (along with most of Hamburg) was rebuilt after its massive bombing during WW II]. The decoration’s reverse states in the center “Für Verdienst im Kriege 1914.” A piece of correct red and white ribbon is included.

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  • HANSEATIC CROSSES - FREE STATES - HAMBURG, LÜBECK, AND BREMEN - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AWARDED - AUSTRIA’S ARCHDUKE EUGEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HANSEATIC CROSSES – FREE STATES – HAMBURG, LÜBECK, AND BREMEN – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – AWARDED – AUSTRIA’S ARCHDUKE EUGEN

    SKU: 08-437

    $3,495.00

    Here are THREE Hanseatic Crosses from the Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen in the original presentation case. They were Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 4″ x 7 1/2″ x 1.” The words “Hanseaten Kreuze Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck” are embossed in gold on the outer lid. (My research does not show when these decorations were awarded). Opening the case, the three crosses are lined up from left to right: Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck. Each is in a fitted section that accommodates the cross and its trifold ribbon. That said, only the Lübeck cross has a ribbon attached. It has a very interesting feature. Attached on the upper white silk lid above each decoration is the correct ribbon. While the name Rothe & Neffe does NOT appear on the case’s upper lid, all its features are identical to that of the Roethe & Neffe Oldenburg Friedrich August Crosses case. It has an all-red leatherette exterior, with the exception of the black bottom. It is a very handsome set of three decorations.

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  • HOHENZOLLERN ADLER INHABER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOHENZOLLERN ADLER INHABER

    SKU: 08-390

    $650.00

    This is the Adler Inhaber from Hohenzollern. It shows the Hohenzollern Eagle with wide spread wings. In the center of its chest is a black and white enamel shield. The eagle sports a beautiful, frosted, silver surface. The decoration, which measures 1 1/4″ x 11/4,” is MINT. No ribbon accompanies this decoration.

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  • HOUSE ORDER - ALBERT THE BEAR GOLDEN SERVICE MEDAL - ANHALT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOUSE ORDER – ALBERT THE BEAR GOLDEN SERVICE MEDAL – ANHALT

    SKU: 08-490

    $275.00

    Anhalt was a Principality with a population 316,000 in 1900. Its House Order of Albert the Bear was a series of decorations that extended from Kollars to Breast Stars, Knights Crosses to Service Orders, and etc. The enamel work featuring the Bear is quite striking on the higher order levels. Today we are offering the Golden Service Medal from the Albert the Bear House Order. The gilt-toned medal measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse features a crowned bear striding across a castle’s ramparts. The decoration’s reverse features Anhalt’s crowned Coat-of-Arms, and indicates when the Principality was established (1170). Attached to the decoration is a correct magenta and green ribbon. Both ribbon and decoration are in very fine condition.

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  • HOUSE ORDER OF THE GOLDEN LION COMMANDER'S BREAST STAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOUSE ORDER OF THE GOLDEN LION COMMANDER’S BREAST STAR

    SKU: 08-227

    $3,895.00

    We have a most unusual offering this week. It is not exactly as it may appear from a quick glance at the enclosed photographs. What we have is the House Order of the Golden Lion Commander’s Breast Star from Hessen-Kassel. While its nature as a Breast Star makes it scarce enough, this piece is a bullion, embroidered variation of the Breast Star! It is referred to in Germany as a “Tinsel Star.” The Tinsel Stars were in use long before the metal Breast Stars with which we are more familiar and were sewn to the tunic as opposed to the use of a pinback arrangement for later Breast Stars. They were more common in the 18th and 19th Centuries. This example dates from the 1820’s to the 1830’s. It is one of the earliest orders that we have ever offered. For being 180-190 years old, this Breast Star is in incredible condition. The lion in the center and the colors throughout are quite vibrant. It shows little wear, just gentle age and toning. On the reverse of the Star in faded ink is an inscription that I cannot make out. Perhaps sharper eyes than mine will be able to help out. I was thrilled to get this from a very knowledgeable German collector. Now I am excited to share it with you. This piece would make a wonderful addition to any Orders and Decorations collection. It would make an interesting counterpoint to the more conventional Breast Stars. It is a…

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  • HOUSE SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOUSE SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 08-426

    $495.00

    This is the House Silver Service Medal from Hohenzollern. The decoration is circular, measuring 1 1/4″ in diameter. It has a large jump ring attached to the decoration’s top. The decoration’s obverse features a crowned cypher within a wreath made of oak and laurel leaves. Under the cypher is the date, 1 January 1842. The reverse displays Hohenzollern’s Coat-of-Arms and “Für Treue und Verdienst (For Loyalty and Service).” This also is inside an oak and laurel leaf wreath. Its presentation case measures 4″ x 2 3/4.” “H. S. V. M” is embossed in silver on the exterior. Inside the case, the upper lid is lined in dark-blue silk. Embossed in silver on the silk lining is ” J. G. Zimmerer & Sohn Fürstlich Hohenzollerische Hofjuwellerie Sigmaringen.” The case’s bottom is lined with handsome blue velvet, with a cutout area to house the decoration. Another small area just above the cutout contains a piece of black and white ribbon for the decoration. Both the decoration and presentation case are in excellent condition.

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  • KAISER KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 08-386 XES

    $95.00

    This is the Kaiser Karl Silver Service Medal. The obverse has a profile of Kaiser Karl. The reverse features a Latin motto. This silver-toned decoration measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The trifold ribbon is red and white. We have one of these remaining. It is the decoration on the RIGHT.

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  • KNIGHT’S CROWN WITH SWORDS 2nd CLASS ORDER OF THE WHITE FALCON - SAXE-WEIMAR. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KNIGHT’S CROWN WITH SWORDS 2nd CLASS ORDER OF THE WHITE FALCON – SAXE-WEIMAR.

    SKU: 08-561

    $1,495.00

    his is the Order of the White Falcon 2nd Class with Swords from the Duchy of Saxe-Weimar. The decoration is one of my favorites. I find its overall presentation extremely elegant. The Duchy did a wonderful job of incorporating handsome, multicolored enamel work. The cross, including the large, articulated silver crown, measures 2 ½” from the cross’s top to its bottom. It also measures 1 ½” from its left to its right sides.

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  • KREUZ DER INHABER - HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KREUZ DER INHABER – HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 05-915

    $1,795.00

    This is a seldom-seen example of the Kreuz der Inhaber in silver. It comes from the small state of Hohenzollern as opposed to the House of Hohenzollern. This is the peacetime example because there are no swords attached through the center. This example is different in a number of ways from the more traditional Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. First, it is silver-gilt. Second, the arms of this decoration are trimmed in black enamel instead of solid enamel. Both examples have enamel centers. This example is also hallmarked on the bottom arm for Wagner. An incorrect black and white war ribbon is included. The decoration is in very fine condition.

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  • KREUZ für AUSZEICHNUNG IM KRIEGE 2nd CLASS - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KREUZ für AUSZEICHNUNG IM KRIEGE 2nd CLASS – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ

    SKU: 08-567

    $195.00

    This is the very difficult-to-find Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. The latter was a very small Grand Duchy with a population of about 106,000 in 1910. Since it was so small, it did not field a standalone regiment. Instead, it fielded one Infanterie Bataillon in a Mecklenburg-Schwerin Regiment. [Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Grand Duke committed suicide in February 1918, so Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV served as regent until all Imperial German monarchies abdicated in November 1918]. The silver-toned cross measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¾,” and its arms are plain, NOT pebbled. The decoration’s center displays a wreath. Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich IV’s royal cypher appears within the wreath. Below that is the date, 1914. The motto, “Tapfer und Treu” (Brave and Loyal), appears within the wreath on the cross’s reverse. The decoration uses the same light-blue, red, and yellow ribbon for combatants as Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

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  • KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ AM BAND FÜR NICHTKÄMPFER - LIPPE-DETMOLD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ AM BAND FÜR NICHTKÄMPFER – LIPPE-DETMOLD

    SKU: 08-294

    $195.00

    This is the Iron Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants from Lippe-Detmold. The cross is set up as one-place medal bar with a parade-wrapped ribbon. It has no backing. This is a very pleasing example..

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  • LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS - TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS - AWARDED - ARCHDUKE EUGEN - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS – TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS – AWARDED – ARCHDUKE EUGEN – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 08-441L

    $1,350.00

    This is the Principality of Lippe-Detmold’s Cross for True Service 2nd Class in the original presentation case. It was Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4.” Embossed in gold on the outer lid is “Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe’sches Kreuz für Treue Dienste 1914.” (My research does not show when this decoration was awarded). Upon opening the case, the cross is revealed. It is NOT mounted on its white and blue trifold ribbon. A stretched piece of the correct blue and white ribbon appears on the case’s inner lid. The name of Rothe & Neffe, the Austrian Kaiser’s official court jeweler, appears on the upper lid. It is a very fine decoration, in excellent condition.

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED - VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – VAULTED

    SKU: 08-576

    $395.00

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – VAULTED. This is the 1914 Military Service Cross 1st Class from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The decoration is its equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is the same size (1.75” x 1.75”) as an Iron Cross 1st Class and has a gilt finish. It is set up in similar fashion to the Iron Cross, featuring a crown at the top, “FF” for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV (1882-1945), and the year “1914.” The cross is vaulted, which means it was privately-purchased. Its reverse displays a swollen pin. No manufacturer’s hallmark is evident. It is in excellent condition.

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - COMBATANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S

    SKU: 08-577

    $150.00

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S. This is the 1914 Military Service Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The decoration is the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is the same size (1.75” x 1.75”) as an Iron Cross 1st Class and has a gilt finish. It is set up in similar fashion to the Iron Cross, featuring a crown at the top, “FF” for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV (1882-1945), and the year “1914.” An original blue, yellow, and red ribbon is included. It is in excellent condition

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  • MILITARY RED CROSS SERVICE CROSS - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY RED CROSS SERVICE CROSS – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-361

    $125.00

    This is an interesting decoration that comes from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. It is the Military Red Cross Service Cross. It was awarded to soldiers who were serving in a Red Cross capacity. It is an interestingly-shaped cross, of a type rarely seen among German decorations. The cross is gilt-toned and on the obverse we see “Für Pflege der Soldaten( For Nursing Soldiers)” and 1914. On the reverse it reads “Den 25 ten August 1870(The 25th August 1870),” when the award was established. It comes attached to a red and gold ribbon, and is in very fine condition.

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  • MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS - TWENTY-ONE YEARS LONG SERVICE - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – TWENTY-ONE YEARS LONG SERVICE – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 08-364

    $160.00

    This is the 1st Class Long Service Award for Twenty-one Years of Service. The example is for enlisted man and NCO’s from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The decoration is a cross with a gilt finish to its arms that has diminished with age. It has a brighter gilt-center. The cross’s obverse features the Grand Duke’s crowned cypher. The decoration’s reverse displays twenty-one in Roman numerals, which was quite common on German long-service awards. This particular decoration was awarded from 1868 to 1913. It is in very fine condition, with a magenta, blue, and yellow ribbon.

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  • NINE-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NINE-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL – BADEN

    SKU: 08-565

    $85.00

    This is a Nine-Year Long-Service Medal (the 3rd Class version) from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The decoration is silver in color and features Friedrich of Baden’s cypher on its obverse. The Roman numeral “IX” is present on the reverse. The decoration measures 1″ in diameter. Its ribbon displays Baden’s red and yellow state colors. Both the decoration and ribbon are in excellent condition.

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  • ORDER - HENRY LION MERIT CROSS 2nd CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDER – HENRY LION MERIT CROSS 2nd CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-482

    $250.00

    This is a topnotch example of the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Order of Henry the Lion Merit Cross 2nd Class. The Henry the Lion decoration family is Imperial Braunschweig’s primary award line. It starts with the Kette (Collar), then continues down through the Großkreuz, Breast Star, Kommandeurkreuz, and Knight’s Cross to the Ehrenzeichen. It is one of Imperial Germany’s most extensive decoration lines. Like most Imperial German decorations, all were awarded with swords during times of conflict. Also, from the Knight’s Cross-level upward, they are absolutely gorgeous decorations. The hand painted enamel is breathtaking. Braunschweig royalty’s house jewelry firm, Siebricht, produced material equal to any firm’s throughout the German Empire. Two Merit Cross Classes exist (awarded from 1834 to 1912). Both classes were awarded with swords during wartime, and without them during peace. Our 2nd Class example does NOT have swords. The cross measures 1 1/4″ x 1.” The decoration’s four arms bear one of Braunschweig’s mottos, “Immota Fides” (Unshakably Faithful) [The Latin phrase is also the Order’s motto]. The cross’s center boasts Großherzog Wilhelm’s royal cypher. (The Order was founded by the famous Grand Duke Wilhelm in memory of his grandfather, Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand). The reverse has a plain back. Its lower arm displays a crown, .900 for silver content, and a large “S” for Siebricht. Although its red and yellow ribbon is wider than many, it IS correct. This is a fine example in excellent condition.

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  • ORDER - HENRY LION OFFICER’S CROSS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDER – HENRY LION OFFICER’S CROSS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-479

    $3,495.00

    This is a truly magnificent example of the Henry the Lion Officer’s Cross from the Duchy of Braunschweig. The Henry the Lion Order was the principal decoration family from the small duchy. Braunschweig fielded one cavalry regiment, one infantry regiment, and one artillery battery. The orders from the decoration family included a Collar (Kette), Grand Crosses, Commanders Crosses, Breast Stars, Officer’s Crosses, and so on. The Officer’s Cross actually is a very high level award from this decoration family. It was only awarded from 1908 through 1918. During those years, the total number awarded was TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (228)!!! This was an amazingly small number. When you think about it that is about one-third the number of PLM’s awarded throughout WW I. The cross measures 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ (57mm x 56mm). The convex cross’s arms are a light-blue enamel. The enamel arms are housed within a silver gilt frame. On the three o’clock arm’s lower point is missing a very small chip, which we will show in the detailed photographs that accompany this description. The decoration’s center features Braunschweig/Hannover’s (Braunschweig was a vassal state to Hannover) Horse (in profile). The Horse is surrounded by a circular gilt frame. At that frame’s top is a gilt Ducal crown. [It is interesting to note that both Hannover and Braunschweig were annexed by Prussia after the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Hannover remained Prussia’s vassal state, with no formal recognition or ruler. Braunschweig was under Prussia’s direct authority until after May 1913, when…

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  • ORDER THE HENRY LION EHRENZEICHEN 1st CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDER THE HENRY LION EHRENZEICHEN 1st CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-483

    $325.00

    This is the 1st Class Ehrenzeichen of Braunschweig’s Order of Henry the Lion. The decoration was produced in silver from 1903 through 1918. The circular decoration measures 1 1/8″ in diameter. Its obverse sports Wilhelm of Braunschweig’s cypher, capped by his ducal crown. The cypher is surrounded by a wreath of leaves. The decoration’s reverse features Braunschweig’s Latin motto. It comes complete with a red and yellow ribbon. The decoration is in superb condition.

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  • PRINZENGROßE 1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 1st CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRINZENGROßE 1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 1st CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-557

    $595.00

    This is a first time offering from Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross 1st Class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) in the very rare prinzengroße size. In fact, it is the first of its type that I have ever seen in nearly fifty years of collecting. I was VERY pleased to acquire it. The literal translation of prinzengroße is “prince-sized.” In the 18th and 19th Centuries it was a common practice for nobles’ or royal officers’ sons to wear uniforms like those worn by their fathers. These young men were also permitted to wear the decorations that their fathers had earned. The most common of that era were the 1813 and 1870 Iron Crosses 1st Class. The smaller-sized decorations made sense from a proportional and visual standpoint. Full-sized decorations were not to scale. This size continued to be popular during WW I, but on the winners’ full-sized uniforms as an affectation. Prinzengroße-sized 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class became more common, as were some flight badges. To find one from another state is a real prize. The Duchy of Braunschweig offered an equivalent to the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class: the War Service Cross 1st and 2nd Class. [It is interesting to note that Braunschweig’s 2nd Class War Service Cross is considerably smaller than the 1st Class, which is similar in size to the Iron Cross 2nd Class. So, the War Service Cross 2nd Class could be considered a prinzengroße size. The cross we are…

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  • SAXE-MEININGEN - WAR SERVICE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXE-MEININGEN – WAR SERVICE MEDAL

    SKU: 08-575

    $225.00

    SAXE-MEININGEN – WAR SERVICE MEDAL. Saxe-Meiningen was one of the Saxon Duchies. In 1910, it had a population of approximately 278,000 people. This is a very fine example of its Ehrenzeichen Verdienst im Kriege für Kampfer (Merit Medal for War Combat). It was the primary military award for the Duchy’s native sons. In some instances, it might be awarded to other soldiers of the Empire. The decoration was first awarded in 1915. Another decoration that served as the Duchy’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. This decoration is closer to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The decoration is circular and measures 1.5” in diameter. An oak leaf border encircles its edge. Its interior features a cross, and its center displays the royal cypher “B.” The reverse displays Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms surrounded on the edge by information about service to the homeland and the dates “1914-1915.” A large articulated crown appears above the decoration. Both the crown and the medal are made of bronze. A jump ring is attached to the crown and contains an original green, yellow, black and white, silk ribbon.

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  • SAXE-WEIMAR - WILHELM-ERNST KRIEGSKREUZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXE-WEIMAR – WILHELM-ERNST KRIEGSKREUZ

    SKU: 08-574

    $2,295.00

    SAXE-WEIMAR – WILHELM-ERNST KRIEGSKREUZ. The Order of Heinrich the Lion from Braunschweig and the White Falcon family from the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach are two of my favorite families of orders and decorations. In both cases, it is the superb enamel work and attention to detail that attracts me. That said, I must admit that my favorite is the White Falcon (Weißen Falken). Of course, this is my personal taste. I enjoy the enamel work on ALL Imperial German decorations, but the White Falcon really speaks to me. The White Falcon Wilhelm-Ernst Kriegskreuz with its gold, crosshatched adornment is the decoration’s centerpiece. It just glows. Our offering today is an old friend of mine. I have had the privilege of offering ONE example of the Wilhelm-Ernst Kriegskreuz in the past. They are extremely scarce. [Only THREE-HUNDRED-SIXTY-SIX awards of this decoration were made during WW I. They were awarded by Grand Duke Wilhelm-Ernst’s decree beginning in June 1915]. The example that we offer today was awarded during 1917-1918. This award was considered an “Offizier’s Steckkruez.” It was awarded to officers and, in some cases, NCO’s of 5 Thüringischen Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 94 the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach’s single Infanterie Regiment. It was also awarded to native sons of the Grand Duchy who served in other regiments. It was mandatory that the recipient also had been awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The decoration essentially is a slightly oversized Maltese Cross. The cross’s arms are white enamel. The cross measures 45.0mm x…

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  • SILVER MERIT MEDAL - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER MERIT MEDAL – BADEN

    SKU: 08-528

    $40.00

    The Baden Silver Merit Medal was Baden’s equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Issued pieces had a slot at the top where a ribbon was inserted instead of a conventional jump ring. This example, however, was intended for use on a medal bar and DOES have the jump ring. It may well be a post WW I example.

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  • SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – BADEN

    SKU: 08-529

    $95.00

    This is an early war example of the Silver Service Medal from Baden. This was their 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. It has a slot at the top and comes with a ribbon.

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  • SILVER SERVICE MEDAL WITH AWARD PACKET - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER SERVICE MEDAL WITH AWARD PACKET – BADEN

    SKU: 08-536

    $195.00

    This is a Silver Service Medal from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It is a late-war example. The medal features the likeness of Friedrich II (1857-1928), Baden’s last Grand Duke. The medal is interesting due to its slotted attachment at the top where the ribbon is inserted, rather than a conventional jump ring. It includes its original paper award packet, which is very scarce. A small piece of ribbon is also included. As this was Baden’s equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, it makes a very fine display item. This is the first time that we have offered you the paper award packet. Generally these were tossed away after the award was received.

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    SKU: 08-521

    $150.00

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  • WAR HONOR CROSS 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANTS - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR HONOR CROSS 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANTS – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ

    SKU: 08-498

    $195.00

    This is the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. Its official name is “Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege.” [This very small Grand Duchy was a neighbor to the far larger Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It was so small that it was not able to field a regiment of its own. It had a single Bataillon in one infantry regiment and one battery in an artillery regiment]. The decoration is silver-toned. Its obverse displays the Grand Duke’s crowned royal cypher, along with the date, 1914. On the reverse is the motto “Tapfer und Treu” (Valiant and Faithful). The correct ribbon for a non combatant is attached.

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  • WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-519

    $130.00

    This is the War Service Cross 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. It is the Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent from the Duchy. Interestingly, while many states offered their EK 2 equivalent in a similar size, Braunschweig differed. The Braunschweig award is a prinzengroße-size that measures 1 3/16″ x 1 3/16.” It is bronze-toned and on the obverse has a crown at the top. The middle features “EA” for Ernst August, while the bottom lists “1914.” The reverse displays the simple legend “Für Verdienst im Kriege.” A correct blue and yellow ribbon is attached to the jump ring. The condition is excellent, overall.

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  • WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS NON COMBATANTS- LIPPE-DETMOLD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS NON COMBATANTS- LIPPE-DETMOLD

    SKU: 08-275

    $185.00

    This is the 2nd Class Non Combatants version of the War Service Cross 2nd Class from Lippe-Detmold. The colors of the ribbon are reversed from the combatant’s version to differentiate the difference. This is a very fine example.

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  • WAR SERVICE MEDAL FOR SERVICE ON NATIVE SOIL - LIPPE-DETMOLD. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR SERVICE MEDAL FOR SERVICE ON NATIVE SOIL – LIPPE-DETMOLD.

    SKU: 08-510

    $225.00

    This is a first time offering for Der Rittmeister Militaria. It comes from the Principality of Lippe-Detmold and is known as the War Honor Service Medal on Native (home) Soil. It was not intended as an award to front-line troops in the field. As Lippe-Detmold was a small principality, their decorations generally were awarded in fewer numbers. This decoration is particularly scarce. It is gilt-toned and eight-sided. The decoration’s obverse features Lippe-Detmold’s Rose, the ruling Prince Leopold IX’s royal cypher, and the date 1914. On the reverse we see the decoration’s name. The attached ribbon is for Non Combatants, as is the decoration.

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