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  • BAVARIA - BOX THALER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – BOX THALER

    SKU: 10-821

    $250.00

    BOX THALER – BAVARIA   I have had several occasions to offer these marvelous Bavarian “Box Thalers” over the years. They are not particularly easy-to-find, so it has been at least five years since I offered the last one. It is an enlarged circular “coin” that measures 2″ in diameter. The obverse features a high-relief profile of Bavaria’s King Ludwig III. He is dressed in a military uniform as evidenced by the epaulettes on his tunic shoulders. The Thaler’s reverse features Bavaria’s Coat-of-Arms (with its magnificent twin rampant lions) as its central theme. Above it is the motto “In Treue Fest” Celebrating Loyalty). Below the Coat-of-Arms we see “Bayern Thaler 1914/16.” Now we come to the Box Thaler’s most interesting features. The 5/16″ thick “coin” separates into two pieces that open to reveal a series of round color images that are connected to one another at the sides. They fan out “accordion” style to expose portraits of King Ludwig III, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Bavarian Kronprinz Rupprecht, Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg, Otto Weddigen, Admiral Graf von Spee, and Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen. The balance of the miniature paintings depicts various WW I scenes from 1914 through 1916. We see ground troops, zeppelins, aircraft, etc. The contents of this Box Thaler are complete. It is as fine an example as I have ever encountered.

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

    CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN

    SKU: 20-257

    $2,995.00

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

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  • CIGARETTE 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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  • GERMANY - ASHTRAY - HELGOLAND ISLAND - GLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – ASHTRAY – HELGOLAND ISLAND – GLASS

    SKU: 24-123

    $50.00

    This is a glass ashtray of Helgoland Island. It measures 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ x 1/2.” It has a color rendering of the island, complete with the town and docks. Other ships can be seen in the distance. The rendering is applied to the ashtray’s bottom so it can be clearly seen, but the image will not be harmed by use. A leatherette covering underneath protects the bottom. It is an unusual presentation. Even if you do not smoke, it will make a nifty desk piece.

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  • GERMANY - ASHTRAY - VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL IN LEIPZIG - GLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – ASHTRAY – VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL IN LEIPZIG – GLASS

    SKU: 24-99

    $30.00

    This is a glass ashtray which commemorates the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig. This is a massive monument which was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Napoleonic wars. This was a major year in German history and there was much going on to honor German’s role in these wars. This monument is every bit as impressive today as it was nearly 100 years ago and Kaiser Wilhelm II and the King of Saxony were both there for its dedication.

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  • GERMANY - BOX - ZEPPELIN - PATRIOTIC - WOOD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOX – ZEPPELIN – PATRIOTIC – WOOD

    SKU: 21-48

    $450.00

    This is a very fine patriotic box that has been hand carved. It salutes the zeppelin service. This box measures 8″ x 6″ x 4 ½.” It has a very intricately crenellated (notched like battlements) pattern around much of the exterior. On the lid is a Hohenzollern Eagle, which appears to be made of brass. There is also a small brass pull on the top lid that allows access to the interior. The front panel of the box displays a beautiful hand carved, high-relief zeppelin. This is a darker color than the wood on which it appears. Inside, the wood of the box presents a burled appearance. This is, however, a paper-like material that has been applied to the inside surface. This is a wonderful example of German woodcarving art. It is especially unique since it salutes zeppelins.

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  • GERMANY - BOX - ZEPPELIN - TIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOX – ZEPPELIN – TIN

    SKU: 03-123

    $225.00

    This is a large format tin box measuring 7 3/4″ x 4 ½” x 3 1/4.” In fact, this box once held tea! Five different panels on its outside depict life in and around Frankfurt prior to WW I. The lid of the box shows the most wear of the five panels. The most interesting of the remaining four panels features a zeppelin flying over the city. This box would be great for display. It has a spacious holding capacity. This lovely item would look very charming on a bookshelf or holding your special treasures.

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  • GERMANY - BOX OF MATCHES - VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOX OF MATCHES – VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL

    SKU: 18-270

    $45.00

    BOX OF MATCHES – VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL The Völkerschlachtdenkmal is (and has been) one of the most important war memorials in Germany. It is located in Leipzig, which is one of the most important cities in Saxony, along with Dresden (the capital city). Leipzig was deep in East German territory until the early 1990’s, when East and West Germany were reunified. I have seen this memorial in Leipzig, and I can tell you that it is truly beautiful. It has a reflecting pool leading up to it, similar to the reflecting pool for Washington’s Monument in the US capital. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate Germany’s participation 100 years previously in the Napoleonic Wars. This is a box of matches, measuring 3″ x 4″ x 1 ½.” It has a likeness of the monument on the box top. The monument, along with the trees, shrubs, and reflecting pool can be seen. When opening the box, we can see two sections of pink tipped matches. The two compartments seem full. On the sides where one strikes matches, I see that perhaps two or three matches have been struck. Mint.

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM - DAS WAFFENSTARRENDE AUSLAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM – DAS WAFFENSTARRENDE AUSLAND

    SKU: 12-701

    $75.00

    This is one of the very interesting German cigarette card albums. It deals with the military of countries outside of Germany in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The text and tables are most helpful. Its photographs are in the classic cigarette card format.

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM - DER BUNTE ROCK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM – DER BUNTE ROCK

    SKU: 12-605

    $125.00

    This is a cigarette card album titled “Der Bunte Rock.” ” The album consists of the ever-popular cigarette cards that were often used as a premiums in cigarette packets. For those who wanted to make sure they had the entire series, the cards were placed in a decorative album (such as this). Additional information was added for the collectors’ enjoyment. They were very popular in Germany during the 1920’s and 1930’s. They covered a wide assortment of topics. This album covers the German Army’s assorted uniforms from 1800 through 1863. 252 full color cigarette cards are included, each measuring 13 1/2″ x 11 1/8.” The album is complete. It is a treasure trove of information on German Army uniforms during this period.

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM - DEUTSCHE KOLONIEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM – DEUTSCHE KOLONIEN

    SKU: 12-693

    $125.00

    This is a cigarette card album that was produced in 1936. It deals with Imperial Germany’s colonies. It contains a total of 270 cards, each measuring 2 ½” x 2.” Some interesting information tables list where Germany’s colonies were located, when they were founded, their size, etc. Separate chapters tell the history of each of the colonies. The 270 color cards show us life in each of the colonies, including the German military, native Africans, the products of the areas, and what happened to them in WW I.

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM - WELTKRIEG 1914 /1918 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM – WELTKRIEG 1914 /1918

    SKU: 12-830 XES

    $100.00

    CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM – WELTKRIEG 1914 /1918 This is a consignment item. It is one of the very popular cigarette card albums that were published in Imperial Germany. It was common for cigarette manufacturers to include a cigarette card with a pack of cigarettes as a premium. Many people had an interest in collecting the entire series of cards, so complete albums were offered to the public. Generally, an interesting story about the subject accompanied the cards. This album is quite different in that the cigarette cards were far larger than those we normally see. It contains eighty five cards that measure 3 ½” x 4 ½.” The album itself measures 10” x 11 ½.” Its cover displays the legend “Weltkrieg 1914 1918,” and an oversized Iron Cross. The war’s time frames and theaters are featured throughout the album. It includes sections concerning von Hindenburg, von Mackensen, and Ludendorff. On the naval side we find Graf Spee, and Admiral Scheer, who commanded the High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland and later headed the Kaiserliche Marine. Sections are also featured on the U Boot ace Otto Weddigen, and Generalmajor von Lettow Vorbeck, the hero of East Africa who did not surrender until after WW I had ended. All cards are in place, along with some interesting maps and diagrams at the back. [One final factoid: when this album was published it cost .90 Reichs Marks]!

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM VOLUME 1 - ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM VOLUME 1 – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-02

    $125.00

    The Zeppelin cigarette card albums were among the most popular of all of the cigarette card albums produced in the 1930’s. These cards were included with packs of cigarettes as a premium. Those who wanted the entire series at once could get a complete album. This is volume 1 of the three volume series. When published It had 265 cards that show various scenes of zeppelin flight and history. Volume 1 features pre-WW I and WW I zeppelin scenes and information. It also is very heavy on the first commercial post-WW I Airship, the Graf Zeppelin.

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

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CASE – commemorating Weihnachten (Christmas) 1916

    SKU: 03-37

    $395.00

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

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE CASE - featuring an Iron Cross and “Verdun 1916 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CASE – featuring an Iron Cross and “Verdun 1916

    SKU: 03-93

    $210.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – featuring an Iron Cross and “Verdun 1916 This is a brass-toned cigarette case. It measures 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” x 3/4.” The obverse features an Iron Cross and “Verdun 1916.” The overall exterior is dimpled. The engraving is clearly homemade. The case’s opposite side has the owner’s name, Walter Wahl, who served at Verdun in 1916. The case’s closing device does not operate properly. It is a prime example of trench art.

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  • Sale! GERMANY - CIGARETTE CASE - ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CASE – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-47 XLD

    $1,050.00 $895.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – ZEPPELIN This is a very high-quality cigarette case that has a full-sized Commemorative Airship Badge on the front. Also on the front of the case are the initials “HS,” engraved in the upper left corner. There are some designs engraved into the exterior of the cigarette case. On the catch the case is marked Alpaca, which denotes that the makeup of the case is essentially nickel (German silver). Both elastic keepers in the interior of the case are present. The case has a nice patina to it. Overall, it is in fine condition.

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE LITER - ARTILLERY SHELL REPLICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE LITER – ARTILLERY SHELL REPLICA

    SKU: 24-154

    $75.00

    This is a cigarette lighter that was used on a desk or side table. It stands 5″ tall and measures 1″ in diameter at the base. The artillery shell top removes to reveal the wick and the igniter wheel. The wheel turns and sparks, so it is very possible that the lighter can operate. The lighter’s bottom features a screw that I presume is removed to add lighter fluid, which is necessary for the lighter to operate. I see no marks anywhere on the lighter that indicate its age or origin.

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

    GERMANY – 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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  • GERMANY - CIGARILLO BOX - ZEPPELIN THEME - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CIGARILLO BOX – ZEPPELIN THEME

    SKU: 21-198

    $325.00

    CIGARILLO BOX – ZEPPELIN THEME It was quite common in Germany, during and after WW I, to sell cigarettes in metal boxes. Today we are offering a metal box measuring 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2.” It held ten cigarillos when new. It is multicolored, and shows a zeppelin emerging from a cloud bank.

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  • GERMANY - TIN - brand "The Duke of Edinbourgh Flaggengala" - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – TIN – brand “The Duke of Edinbourgh Flaggengala”

    SKU: 03-70

    $80.00

    CIGARETTE TIN – brand “The Duke of Edinbourgh Flaggengala” In Imperial Germany, most cigarettes came in tin boxes of varying sizes. The manufacturers produced these tins in ranges from 20 to 25 to 50 or 100 cigarettes. Many different types of cigarettes were advertised in a multitude of ways. Also, it was common to be given cigarette cards with one’s purchase. These could be for a variety of subjects, like orders and decorations, uniforms, etc. This box, which measures 3″ x 2 3/4″ holds twenty cigarettes. It is for the brand “The Duke of Edinbourgh Flaggengala,” which was manufactured by the firm Garbaty in Berlin-Pankow. It is in very fine condition.

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  • GERMANY - TRUNK - ZEPPELIN-RELATED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – TRUNK – ZEPPELIN-RELATED

    SKU: 21-290

    $995.00

    This is an interestingzeppelin-related footlocker.  The foot locker is quite stout and well made.  Its overall exterior dimensions are 32″ x 17″ x 18.”  The foot locker is not square.  Instead, it sports an arched top.  Two leather straps appear on the side.  In addition, it has decorative bars that measure 18 ½” x 2.”  Four decorative buttons appear on each bar. Three are on the top, two are on each side, and on the back.  One lock is present in the center that was secured by a key, which is NOT present.  Flanking it are two more locks that have NOT ever had keys. They are only manually locked down to help secure the locker’s top. The locker’s top sports a zeppelin’s profile, measuring 7″ x 1,” etched into its surface.  Upon opening the locker, we reveal a total of thirteen original photographs & postcards inside its lid. These tie-in quite well with the zeppelinmotif.  A removable partition/tray that measures 30 ½ x 16″ also is revealed when the locker is opened.  The pullout tray features six dividers on both the top and bottom.  Each of the six divided trays measures 11 3/4″ x 4 ½.”  If you imagine a letter divider’s appearance, this is quite similar, although on a larger scale. The tray can be removed.  An identical tray is at the bottom.  I do not understand why the upper tray is double-sided. The foot locker is quite sturdy and well built, which also means it is quite HEAVY.…

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  • GERMANY - WOODEN FORM FOR DRYING AND TRANSPORTING CIGARS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – WOODEN FORM FOR DRYING AND TRANSPORTING CIGARS

    SKU: 12-387

    $95.00

    This fascinating piece measures 24″ x 4″ x 2 ½.” The divided wooden form was originally meant for the drying and storage of cigars. It has been fire-stamped on the outside with the name Schimmelpenninck (these were Dutch cigars), and the word “Holland,” among others. The form breaks into two parts, each side having twenty 4 1/4″ long, bullet-shaped spaces designed for the cigars. The cigar-spaces vary from a little less than one-half inch to a little more than three-quarters of an inch in width. One side has spaces almost three-quarters of an inch in depth, the other about three-eighths. The halves are joined together by a trio of pegs and holes at the ends. An eyelet screw has been put into one end of half so that it can be hung on the wall if desired. This is another piece that can be converted into a display case for smaller objets d’art or displayed whole as one itself. Please see how appealingly the accompanying photographs show off some small articles. (The artifacts on display are NOT for sale). It is utterly charming.

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  • GERMANY COLONIAL - CIGARETTE CASE - SILVER - CHINA SEA-SOLDIER’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY COLONIAL – CIGARETTE CASE – SILVER – CHINA SEA-SOLDIER’S

    SKU: 22-105

    $895.00

    This is a high-quality cigarette case that once belonged to a German See-Battalion soldier based in China. The cigarette case measures 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm. It is rounded and a bit thicker than we generally see in cigarette cases. Its front features an enamel device in the upper right corner that consists of three silver-toned lions passant against a dark blue field surrounded by nine small hearts. This is very similar to the Danish National Coat-of-Arms. Engraved on the front are quite faint attributions of officers from Württemberg and Saxony. On the cases reverse the information below is professionally engraved in clear printed type (rather than script). “Seesoldat Kuno Golz [Sea Soldier/See-Battalion Soldier] 1. Komp. OMD [Ostasiatische Marine Detachement] Tientsin China via Sibirien” A very faint engraving in script appears across the “S” in Seesoldat and reads either “Huna” or “Kuna” followed by a symbol. Inside the case, both elastic bands are in place that held cigarettes on either side. Engraved in script on the left side is the information listed below. “Rabe Feldart-Regt. 20” This is a fine cigarette case for a soldier who served in China at the colonial German base in Tientsin.

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  • HAMBURG - BOX - ZEPPELIN - WOODEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAMBURG – BOX – ZEPPELIN – WOODEN

    SKU: 03-125

    $675.00

    This is an oversized box that measures 9 ½” x 6 1/4″ x 4.” This box would be suitable for holding documents or jewelry. The top of this hand-carved box has the coat-of-arms for the city-state of Hamburg. The front of the box is hand carved as well and reads “Hamburg.” Inside the box is carved the legend “Zum Zeppelin.” Very fine workmanship.

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  • HAND CARVED GERMAN PATRIOTIC BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAND CARVED GERMAN PATRIOTIC BOX

    SKU: 03-116

    $175.00

    This is a hand carved, solid wood German patriotic box. It measures 3″ x 5 ½” x 8,” making it an ideal size for a bedside table or desk top. A hand painted oak leaf wreath is carved into the box’s top, accented in four places with red and black strips of ribbon. The wreath encloses the phrase “Erinnerungen an die Kriegsjahre 1914-16” (Memories of the War Years 1914-16). The latter might just be what its original owner once locked inside it. The box is in excellent condition, with all its hardware in place. Its lock and a small skeleton key (taped inside its lid) are both functional. Most boxes like this that we have acquired in the past have NOT had their keys still present, which makes this one extra special!

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  • Sale! JEWELRY BOX - REPRESENTING THE GARDE du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JEWELRY BOX – REPRESENTING THE GARDE du CORPS

    SKU: 03-81

    $550.00 $495.00

    JEWELRY BOX – REPRESENTING THE GARDE du CORPS This is a jewelry box in the shape of an officer’s visor cap from the Regiment des Garde du Corps (GdC). [They were the Prussian Army’s leading cavalry regiment. When the Kaiser was out in public, a group of them always accompanied him. One generally saw an NCO in full-parade-gear (including the Hohenzollern-Eagle-topped helmet), standing near the Kaiser, brandishing the emperor’s personal standard]. This charming jewelry box is faithful in detail to its larger counterpart. It sports a black visor, the wide, lower red trim band, and the narrow band of red piping encircling its top. The rest of the “cap” is white. The case’s top exhibits some soiling from age (it IS nearly 100-years-old). One kokarde is present. The spot for the second is filled by the button that opens the box. Inside, the box’s bottom surface appears to be leather. The upper half sports a white silk liner, which has embossed on it in gold, “Zur Erinnerung an den Weltkrieg 1914 Gesetzl. Gesch.” The box’s top (the cap’s cover) measures 2 1/2″ in diameter. The entire box measures 1″ in height. This is a marvelous little item. Only your imagination will limit what you can do with it!

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  • PATRIOTIC  BOX - HIGH QUALITY WOODEN FEATURING THE 1914 IRON CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – HIGH QUALITY WOODEN FEATURING THE 1914 IRON CROSS

    SKU: 03-83

    $275.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – HIGH QUALITY WOODEN FEATURING THE 1914 IRON CROSS This is a very high quality wooden box. It measures 7″ x 9 1/4″ x 4 3/4.” It has a fine finish. In the upper left corner is a painted 1914 Iron Cross. A lock is on the front of the box but, unfortunately, the key is no longer present. As you will note from the dimensions, this is a generously sized box. You can put MANY items in it for storage. It would be first-rate on a desk for display. It would also have the advantage of storing many of your other treasures.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX  - FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS

    SKU: 03-104

    $125.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS This is a patriotic remembrance box that features a 1914 Iron Cross. The box is covered in black leatherette and measures 8″ x 12″ x 2 ½.” The Iron Cross is embossed in silver in its upper left corner. Embossed in silver on its lower right corner is the label “Kriegs-Erinnerungen.” A lock appears on the box’s front, but the key is no longer available.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX  - FEATURING GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG

    SKU: 03-50

    $195.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG This patriotic box is the type that probably graced a woman’s dressing table, although it is possible a man might have used it for cuff links, stickpins, and so on. The octagonal metal box is embellished with roses, metal cabochons, and fancy scrollwork. Its crowning glory is a large, high-relief portrait of von Hindenburg in the center of the lid, with the label “Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg.” The box measures 6″ in length, 4″ in width and 3″ in height. It rests on four scroll-decorated feet. The remains of a gilt or silver wash can still be seen, although much of it has worn off over the years. The box itself would appear to be made of tin, or some other base metal. Although it has a lock, the key is missing. Inside, the top lid retains its linen cover. This would enable the owner to insert stickpins or other pieces of jewelry into for safekeeping. Some cotton batting remains inside the box, which may have been used to protect valuables, and keep them from bumping into one another. All in all, this is a very charming patriotic item.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX - "Kriegs - Erinnerungen 1914/15" - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – “Kriegs – Erinnerungen 1914/15”

    SKU: 03-115

    $225.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – “Kriegs – Erinnerungen 1914/15″ Today we are offering a lovely early-war patriotic box, from when patriotism was running high. Any number of personal treasures could be housed inside. The box measures 1 ½” x 5 ½” x 9 ½,” and is covered in handsome magenta leatherette. A small black and gold-trimmed enamel Iron Cross appears in its upper left corner. The right lower corner features the legend “Kriegs – Erinnerungen 1914/15” in gold.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX - COMMEMORATING KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – COMMEMORATING KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 03-107

    $295.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – COMMEMORATING KAISER WILHELM II This is an interesting wooden box commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II and Germany during WW I. The box sports an unusual shape and measures 9 5/8″ x 6 7/8″ x 5 ½.” All of its measurements include curves. Its top is especially interesting, with tiers at three different elevations. A wide array of Art Deco-style design decals, including oak leaves with acorns (signifying strength), swords, lyres, and varying floral designs were applied to its surface when it was made (during the Imperial German Period). As you look down at the box’s top, you read “Mitt Gott,” “Fuer (Für),” “Kaiser und,” and “Reich” on its four sides. In the center is an appropriately silver and black 1914 Iron Cross. A hasp that fastens over a loop is present, which one can be secured with a small lock (not included). The hasp was broken at some point and has been repaired. The box stands on four balled feet. Some parts of the box display small cracks, but they are barely noticeable. They do NOT affect the box’s structural integrity. This is an attractive box that will display well, as well as contain a goodly number of your personal treasures.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX - FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS

    SKU: 03-109

    $275.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS This is a small metal box that measures 1 ½” x 2 ¼” x 3 ¼.” The box is made of zinc, which was commonly used in patriotic items. Its outer lid displays a 1914 Iron Cross that measures 1 ⅛” x 1 ⅛.” Interestingly, the Iron Cross is very close to a Prinzengroße-sized Iron Cross. [Literally translated as “prince-sized,” these crosses were worn in Germany’s early days by young princes who were authorized to wear their fathers’ decorations, which were appropriately downsized for their smaller stature. By the time WW I began, they were worn more commonly by noblemen, as well as other officers adopted them to be fashionable]. The cross is of a strikingly high quality. It very possibly could be an actual Prinzengroße Iron Cross. The box’s five sides (its bottom is unadorned) feature ornate scrollwork. It is a finely executed box in first-rate condition.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX - fun little boxes for which the Germans were famous - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – fun little boxes for which the Germans were famous

    SKU: 03-36

    $195.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – fun little boxes for which the Germans were famous This is a very well-made and unusual oval-shaped box. It appears to be made of zinc and measures 4 1/8″ x 2 ½” x 1 1/8″. It is double-hinged. As we open the lid, we find that the box is lined in either a coarse gray silk or possibly cotton. The top of the lid has a fancy design with a 1914 Iron Cross in the center. Four roses are at compass points outside the frame that surround the EK. The outer ring of the box features a series of small frames that have nothing displayed in them. However, they add an interesting decorative design. This is one of those fun little boxes for which the Germans were famous. Let your imagination lead you to whatever treasures you want to place inside it. Better yet, why not give it to a special someone?

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX - HIGHLIGHTING THE 1914 IRON CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – HIGHLIGHTING THE 1914 IRON CROSS

    SKU: 03-71

    $35.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – HIGHLIGHTING THE 1914 IRON CROSS This is an interesting cardboard box that features a 1914 Iron Cross. The box measures 3 3/4″ x 5 ½.” It has a faux-textured exterior on the upper lid that simulates linen cloth. The Iron Cross is quite large, measuring 2 ½” x 2.” Two of the upper half’s corners have been taped to repair splitting. This box would be fun for holding any number of treasures, business cards, etc.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX - IMPERIAL GERMAN - WW I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – IMPERIAL GERMAN – WW I

    SKU: 03-119

    $195.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – IMPERIAL GERMAN – WW I. This is a most interesting patriotic box that would have been purchased during WW I and used to store letters or other personal trinkets. The box is covered with feldgrau cotton material, the color of German Army uniforms in both WW I and WW II. It measures 4″ x 8 ½” x 12.” Some light stains appear on its top. It is trimmed with red leather/leatherette around the top lid’s edges, which has suffered some lifting in places. The motto “Kriegs-Erinnerungen” (War Memories) appears on the front’s the bottom right corner. Its upper left corner displays a small boxed area that measures 2 ” x 2 ¾” and contains a multicolored, embroidered Imperial German eagle with a shield superimposed over its chest sporting another black and white eagle. At one point the box had a key to secure its contents, but it is no longer present. Beneath the lid is a generous storage area for whatever treasures you may care to deposit. It is in surprisingly good condition for being one-hundred-years-old.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX - intricately carved - with Iron cross motif - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX – intricately carved – with Iron cross motif

    SKU: 03-103

    $125.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – intricately carved – with Iron cross motif During the Imperial German Period, all types of patriotic boxes were proudly displayed in many homes. This increased during WW I, when patriotism rose to extreme levels. Our box measures 8″ x 6″ x 3/4.” It has been intricately carved with designs of all sorts on three sides (its back panel is plain) and its lid. The lid displays a plain black Iron Cross, which is about the size of a normal Iron Cross. A small metal knob helps one lift the box lid. Its interior is trimmed in green leatherette. The uses for this box are limited only by your imagination.

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  • PILL/SNUFF BOX  - DEPICTING FRENCH RAILWAY CAR USED FOR GERMANY’S WW I SURRENDER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PILL/SNUFF BOX – DEPICTING FRENCH RAILWAY CAR USED FOR GERMANY’S WW I SURRENDER

    SKU: 03-112

    $125.00

    PILL/SNUFF BOX – DEPICTING FRENCH RAILWAY CAR USED FOR GERMANY’S WW I SURRENDER This is a silver-toned box that might have been used to hold snuff or pills. It has a hinge so that the box opens by swinging upward. It measures 2″ in diameter and is ½” tall. The upper half features the same design on both the outer and inner sections. The bottom half is silver-toned inside, while its outer section displays a bronze-toned medallion that depicts a railway car. The car is identified for being where the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918. This simple railway car became even more famous in 1940 (twenty-two years later) when Adolf Hitler accepted France’s surrender. He then imposed some of the same harsh terms that had been levied on Germany in 1918.

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  • PRUSSIA - CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM - ODEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM – ODEN

    SKU: 12-685

    $175.00

    This is one of the ever popular Orden cigarette card albums. The album’s topic is Imperial Germany’s varied orders and decorations. These albums were produced in the 1930’s by Waldorf Astoria of Munich. The album is complete, with all 287 cigarette cards in place. The cards were given as a premium when one bought a packet of cigarettes. For those who wanted an instant collection, one could buy the complete album with all of the cards in place. Each card measures 2 ½” x 1 3/4.” I have always found the album quite useful as a basic identification handbook. It shows many of Imperial Germany’s leading orders and decorations in full color. The album’s cover sports a wonderfully detailed Orden Pour le Mérite. As you flip through the album, you will note many of the period’s popular orders and decorations. The album measures a sizable 13 ½” x 11.” You will receive hours of pleasure as you page through this marvelous album.

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

    PRUSSIA – CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN

    SKU: 20-258

    $1,995.00

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

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  • SHIPPING BOX - SENT TO SOLDIER IN Württemberg - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SHIPPING BOX – SENT TO SOLDIER IN Württemberg

    SKU: 03-100

    $75.00

    SHIPPING BOX – SENT TO SOLDIER IN Württemberg This is a small cardboard box that measures 6″ x 4″ x 3.” It was used to ship small items to a soldier serving in the army or at the Front. Transport for gifts to soldiers was quite limited, so small boxes like this were required to limit the amount sent. These boxes were often filled with small gifts and those necessities that were difficult-to-obtain. I cannot see a date when it was mailed, but it was mailed TO a Kingdom of Württemberg soldier serving in Kompagnie Nr 8 of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 127. The box is in excellent condition and would make a fine part of a soldier’s display.

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  • SIBERIA - CIGARETTE BOX  - COMMEMORATING POST WW I SERVICE IN SIBERIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIBERIA – CIGARETTE BOX – COMMEMORATING POST WW I SERVICE IN SIBERIA

    SKU: 03-110 XFB

    $175.00

    CIGARETTE BOX – COMMEMORATING POST WW I SERVICE IN SIBERIA Following WW I’s end, both Russia and Germany experience particularly chaotic internal situations. In Russia, Bolshevik Red and anti-Bolshevik White forces battled for control in a bloody civil war. Meanwhile in Germany, many soldiers found themselves policing internal strife during the Freikorps Period, or battling the Reds alongside the Whites in Russia. Such was the case with this small wooden cigarette box’s original owner, who saw combat in Siberia. The cedar box measures 1″ x 3 ¼” 4 ¼.” Its exterior features the legend “Erinnerung an Sibirien,” (Memory of Siberia). Its top swings up to allow access to the interior where his cigarettes were placed. The handsome little box is in very fine condition. This is a consignment item.

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  • STORAGE BOX - Featuring an authentic 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STORAGE BOX – Featuring an authentic 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class

    SKU: 03-67

    $130.00

    STORAGE BOX – Featuring an authentic 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class This storage box measures 6 ½” x 8 7/8″ x 2 3/4.” It is covered in a feldgrau-like material. At the top is an authentic 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with a smaller black and white ribbon attached. The box shows ordinary wear and age for an 80+ year-old piece.

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  • STORAGE BOX - IDENTIFIED - LEATHER AND BRASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STORAGE BOX – IDENTIFIED – LEATHER AND BRASS

    SKU: 03-108

    $275.00

    PERSONAL STORAGE BOX – IDENTIFIED – LEATHER AND BRASS This is a handsome, Art Deco style, brown-leather box with brass corners and a hinged brass handle on top. The pebbled leather exterior may actually be Moroccan leather, as the leather on the box’s interior has more of a reddish tint. The leather on the box’s exterior exhibits some slight wear and scuff marks, although a treatment with a good leather conditioner should alleviate the worn look. The box itself is very sturdily built and in excellent shape. Its dimensions are 4 ½” x 8″ x 11 ¾.” Each brass corner fixture is outlined with a tooled, Art Deco design, which is repeated around the center-placed handle. The handle is inscribed with its owner’s name, “Christ.n (abbreviated for Christian) Bove,” in black German Fraktur script. The handle is hinged so that it can fold down against the box’s exterior. The box’s front sports a fine brass lock, which unfortunately lacks a key. The lock itself appears to be in working order and the hinges are sturdy. The box’s interior is exquisitely lined with green felt that shows NO wear or tear. It could have held important papers, men’s toiletries or any number of other treasures.

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  • STORAGE BOX - KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB PRIZE PLAQUES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STORAGE BOX – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB PRIZE PLAQUES

    SKU: 03-97 XES

    $895.00

    STORAGE BOX – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB PRIZE PLAQUES The Kaiserliche Yacht Club was one of the forerunners of the Kiel Yacht Club. Known also as “Küz” from its acronym KYC, it was a prestigious yacht club located in the harbor city of Kiel, Germany. German Emperor Wilhelm II, his younger brother Prince Heinrich of Prussia, and Alfred Krupp were among its members. The club was famous for the sailing events it organized, including its role in the first Kieler Woche regattas, an event that still takes place yearly in the Kiel Bay. (It is the largest sailing event in the world). The club’s origins are in the “Marine-Regatta-Verein” (Regatta Union of the Navy), a club for Kaiserliche Marine officers founded in Kiel in 1887. The Marine-Regatta-Verein specialized in yacht racing. Prince Heinrich of Prussia, a yachting enthusiast, was its patron. In 1891 the club allowed civilians in and Emperor Wilhelm II became its commodore, bringing his own yacht Meteor I (the former Thistle) to the club’s marina in Kiel. That same year the club changed its name to “Kaiserlicher Yacht Club.” At the time of World War I the club house was transformed into a Lazaretto (a quarantine station for maritime travelers). Four hundred fifty-five members of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club died in the war. After these difficult years the club almost went bankrupt. It barely managed to survive. The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club retained its name even after the Treaty of Versailles that brought the German monarchy to an end.…

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  • STORAGE BOX - ROSE MOTIF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    STORAGE BOX – ROSE MOTIF

    SKU: 03-101

    $75.00

    STORAGE BOX – ROSE MOTIF This is a fine, black -lacquered wooden box that measures 6″ x 4″ x 2 ½.” The box’s top displays an oval wreath of yellow roses and green leaves surrounded by a dotted yellow oval. Inside, the case’s upper lid and its bottom section are padded with green silk. A 3/4″ tear appears in the upper lid’s green silk and the cotton backing shows through. The bottom has more extensive damage to the green silk and much more of the white cotton backing is exposed. The exterior is in good condition.

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  • TOBACCO BOX - ERA 1750 - 1775 - FREDERICK THE GREAT’S TIME - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TOBACCO BOX – ERA 1750 – 1775 – FREDERICK THE GREAT’S TIME

    SKU: 03-87

    $750.00

    TOBACCO BOX – ERA 1750 – 1775 – FREDERICK THE GREAT’S TIME This is a highly unusual, detailed metal tobacco box from 1750 to 1775, during Frederick the Great’s (Friedrich der Große) reign. He was the first of the well-known Prussian kings, the man who set Prussia (later Germany) on its course toward a greater role in European politics. The brass box measures 6 1/4″ x 1 3/4,” and weighs 6 ounces. The box is hinged. The box’s top depicts the Prussian Army at battle. Part of the battlefield is labeled “Prussian Armee,” while the other section is labeled “Schwerin’s Armee.” It is all dated 6 May 1757. To the left is a description of the action in which the Prussian Army vanquished the Austrians. To the right, the King of Prussia and his (period) military commanders are listed. The box’s bottom reveals a scene where mounted generals looking down at a battle in a valley. The date, 31 July 1760, and the battle’s name are mentioned. The wording on the top and bottom has faded somewhat from age. The box’s bottom half has some damage to one corner, where a 3/4″ portion of the metal trim is missing. This is an amazing piece that depicts Germany’s military history of more than two-hundred-fifty-years ago.

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