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Drinking Vessels, Steins, Porcelain, Goblets, Flatware, etc. (18)

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  • BIG BERTHA PATRIOTIC FIGURINE OR BUD VASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BIG BERTHA PATRIOTIC FIGURINE OR BUD VASE

    SKU: 18-215

    $175.00

    This is an unusual patriotic figurine that could have been displayed alone or possibly even used as a bud vase. It is made of porcelain and represents the huge, powerful cannon “Big Bertha.” While the Germans had larger cannons in their arsenal, Big Bertha really captured the public’s imagination. I believe the gun received its name from the head of Krupp Werke naming it for a daughter or granddaughter. The figurine measures 6 3/8″ in height. It shows the gun at an angle of 45 degrees, ready to fire. On the barrel in gold is noted “Die Dicke Bertha aus Essen Hasweitte 42”. Attractively made and in very fine condition, it would make a most unusual addition to any collection.

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

    BOX OF MATCHES – VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL

    SKU: 18-270

    $45.00

    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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  • COOKIE CUTTER IN THE SHAPE OF A DOVE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COOKIE CUTTER IN THE SHAPE OF A DOVE

    SKU: 18-190

    $75.00

    While the average German citizen supported the military aims of the Kaiser and the military, a yearning still existed for peace. To that end, cookie cutters in the shape of a peace dove were also popular during the period. This example measures 3 5/8″ 3 1/4.”

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  • DEMITASSE COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER WITH IRON CROSS MOTIF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DEMITASSE COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER WITH IRON CROSS MOTIF

    SKU: 18-290

    $95.00

    This is a demitasse coffee cup and saucer. The saucer is 4 1/8″ in diameter and on its blue surface in gold we see “Erinnerung aus Großer zeit 1914/15. The saucer is marked for the noted Bavarian form Rosenthal. The demitasse cup is also blue with a handsome 1914 Iron Cross in gold. The inside of the cup is also a most striking gold. There is repaired damage to the cup as at some point it shattered in 3-4 pieces. It has been nicely repaired and the damage is more noticeable in the interior than the exterior. It is also marked for Rosenthal. While a pity that this damage took place the pricing reflects the fault.

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  • INK WELL FROM THE BIEDERMAIER PERIOD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INK WELL FROM THE BIEDERMAIER PERIOD

    SKU: 18-57

    $195.00

    This is a unique ink well from the Biedermaier period, which was from approximately 1815-1858. The inkwell begins with a burled style of wood base. Mounted on the wood base are small metal “buttons.” Attached to the base is a metal, saucer-like arrangement where spilled ink, pen nibs, paper clips, etc. might be placed. A small glass bottle for the ink is then attached to this area. The stopper for the ink bottle is of the same design as the base, with the inclusion of a floral motif. All is of very fine quality and condition. For you folks who enjoy using a fountain pen (as I do), this would be a great desk piece that could be filled with the ink of your choice. It would make a handsome addition to a desk without ink, as well.

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    IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS COOKIE CUTTER

    SKU: 18-187

    $95.00

    This is a cookie cutter in the shape of an Iron Cross 1st Class. It measures 2 ½” 2 1/8.” What a wonderful way to enjoy a homemade cookie or in our case making homemade cheese biscuits during the holidays!

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  • IRON CROSS PATRIOTIC COOKIE CUTTER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS PATRIOTIC COOKIE CUTTER

    SKU: 18-195

    $85.00

    This Iron Cross cookie cutter measures 2 ½” x 2 1/4.” Enjoy your cookies in style!

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

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

    SKU: 20-343

    $2,295.00

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

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

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

    SKU: 18-301

    $495.00

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

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  • METAL SERVING TRAY FEATURING IRON CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    METAL SERVING TRAY FEATURING IRON CROSS

    SKU: 18-205

    $75.00

    This is a painted metal serving tray. It was a part of the effects I acquired in an officer’s foot locker. The tray measures 7 5/8″ x 6 7/8.” It depicts an orange-painted surface along with a black Iron Cross. I have not come across a tray like this before. It is well made and in very good condition.

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  • METAL TANKARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    METAL TANKARD

    SKU: 18-260

    $125.00

    Here we have a metal tankard. It appears to be made of pewter. Its capacity is about a half a litre and it stands 6 1/4″ tall. No design is readily evident on its sides. The initials “MK” are engraved on the top of the lid. Inside the tankard one can discover the manufacturer’s markings for its production firm. It dates from about 1900. It is a handsome tankard that is ready to be used on any occasion.

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  • ONE-HANDLED PITCHER - METAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ONE-HANDLED PITCHER – METAL

    SKU: 18-261

    $150.00

    This is an interesting one-handled pitcher that appears to be made of pewter. It stands 7 1/2″ tall and 5″ wide. The pitcher sits on a X” in diameter base. The base has a dent. No other problem mars the pitcher. The central motif on the pitcher’s side is two knights greeting one another. The knight on the right appears to be dropping to his knee and offering homage to the other. The piece dates from around 1900.

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  • PAIR OF PATRIOTIC BISQUE PORCELAIN FLOWERPOTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR OF PATRIOTIC BISQUE PORCELAIN FLOWERPOTS

    SKU: 18-416

    $450.00

    This is a marvelous pair of small patriotic flowerpots that are made of bisque porcelain. The first shows a young boy in an enlisted infantryman’s feldgrau uniform. It stands 5 ½” tall. He is smoking a cigar and has bright rosy-red cheeks. His uniform sports many painted details. He also wears a bayonet at his side and a pickelhaube on his head. The flowerpot is attached to his back and measures 1 ½” x 1 ⅝” x 2 ¼.” Some manufacturer’s hallmark appears on the bottom, along with the number 97. The second young “soldier” stands 5″ tall. [His companion’s pickelhaube spike accounts for the extra half inch]. He also is smoking a cigar and has bright rosy-red cheeks. His uniform also is covered with many painted details. He wears a bayonet at his side and a mütze on his head. The flowerpot attached to his back measures 1 ½” x 1 ⅝” x 2 ¼.” Some manufacturer’s hallmarks are on the flowerpot’s bottom.

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  • PATRIOTIC CUP FOR THE AIR SERVICE, LUFTSCHIFFER SERVICE, AND THE KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC CUP FOR THE AIR SERVICE, LUFTSCHIFFER SERVICE, AND THE KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 18-179

    $350.00

    This is a wonderful cup that salutes three of the most highly visible branches of the German military. Commemorated here are the Imperial German Air Service, the Zeppelin Service, and the Imperial German Navy. The cup measures 5″ in height. It is 3 1/8″ in diameter at the lip and 2 1/4″ in diameter at the base. The central theme of the cup is an outline of an Iron Cross. Within the Iron Cross we see an airplane, zeppelin, and various navy ships. Included in the vessels are surface ships and a U-boat. This is very well made by a firm in Bavaria. It is in excellent condition.

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  • PATRIOTIC DEMITASSE COFFEE CUP - SAUCER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC DEMITASSE COFFEE CUP – SAUCER

    SKU: 18-343

    $95.00

    This is a very attractive demitasse coffee cup and saucer with a fine patriotic motif. The cup stands 2 1/8″ tall, measures 1 5/16″ at the rim, and 1 1/4″ at the base. The cup bears Prussia’s Hohenzollern Eagle and Austria-Hungary’s two-headed Hapsburg Eagle. The rim of the cup sports a gold band. A manufacturer’s hallmark is on the bottom. The matching saucer measures 4 ½” in diameter. The saucer is not hallmarked. It is a very elegant small cup that would make a great companion piece to a larger sized coffee cup.

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  • PATRIOTIC DOILY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC DOILY

    SKU: 18-186

    $195.00

    This is a very early war, or perhaps even prewar, embroidered patriotic doily. It measures 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4.” It features crossed flags representing Bavaria and Prussia, and the date 1914. It is a handsome piece of handiwork.

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  • PATRIOTIC SERVING TRAY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC SERVING TRAY

    SKU: 18-193

    $275.00

    This tray is most interesting. Its central motif shows Germany oldest general (Generalfeldmarschall, actually) of WW I, Graf von Haesler. This man, who was a cavalrymen, came from the Uhlans. He served Germany in four wars, in 1864, 1866, 1870, and in WW I. This serving tray has a wooden frame and wooden handles with brass trim. It measures 12 ½” x 7 7/8.” In the center under glass is a very colorful patriotic rendition of von Haesler with flags, banners, etc. Von Haesler is dressed in the feldgrau uniform of a Generalfeldmarschall. He is superimposed over an Iron Cross with the date 1914. In looking at this, I have come to the conclusion that this was at one time the lid of a cigar box. It was probably used to house fine Havana cigars! Today it can serve as a wonderful serving tray to hold your drinks when served at cocktail hour, or for any other purpose. Or, it would look neat on its own!

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  • PATRIOTIC WICKER BASKET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC WICKER BASKET

    SKU: 18-209

    $65.00

    This is an unusual patriotic wicker basket. The basket stands 3 5/8″ tall and 7 5/8″ in diameter. Attached to the basket’s top is a ribbon and bow in Germany’s national colors. It is perfect for any number of uses, from display to storage to picnicking at an Imperial German re-enactment event.

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  • PLATE - MILITARY THEMES FROM CHILD’S VIEWPOINT - KPM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PLATE – MILITARY THEMES FROM CHILD’S VIEWPOINT – KPM

    SKU: 18-321

    $395.00

    This is an interesting plate, which comes from the noted Prussian porcelain firm, KPM. KPM was located in Berlin and served every Prussian King and Kaiser from Frederick the Great onward. By the time KPM was serving Kaiser Wilhelm II, they were producing large numbers (in terms of place settings) of tableware and in multiple patterns. As if it were not enough that they produced tableware for all the various castles wherein the Kaiser entertained, they also produced tableware for the Kaiser’s ships. Tableware had to be provided for the S.M.S. Deutschland (the ship he sailed on when he was with the fleet) and the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern (his primary yacht). This gives you just a hint of the quantity, not to mention the quality of the items that KPM produced. They did other work aside from the royal family (this included the Kaiserin, the Kaiser’s children, and other Princes of the House of Hohenzollern). The plate measures 7 3/4” in diameter. It is multicolored and has an angel as the central motif. Around the angel are items that appeal to children, although most are of a military nature. One sees a teddy bear wearing a busby. An airplane appears, as well as a cannon and a drum. Even a zeppelin shows up. The plate’s obverse is in excellent condition. As we examine the reverse, we see the hallmarking for KPM. Also a chip is present here, which, while unfortunate, does not detract from the overall presentation of the plate.

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  • PORCELAIN PATRIOTIC FIGURINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN PATRIOTIC FIGURINE

    SKU: 18-109

    $175.00

    This is a small hand painted patriotic porcelain figurine that celebrated the second year of WW I. This figurine stands 2 3/4″ tall and is 2 ½’ wide. It consists of two columns with eagles mounted on them. Between the two columns is a wreath with an Iron Cross in the center. This entire arrangement is mounted on a base that bears the date of 1915. The reverse of this base has the number 7925. The basic color of this small figurine is white. There are gold highlights on the columns. The eagles are mostly gold. The wreath is both gold and white. The Iron Cross is black. There is a ribbon looped from it to the wreath above. This is all hand painted. The figurine has no chipping or cracks to it.

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  • SILVERED SERVING TRAY WITH MIRRORED BASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVERED SERVING TRAY WITH MIRRORED BASE

    SKU: 18-204

    $125.00

    Life in Imperial Germany was much more formal than ours. Entertaining was more elaborate. This is obvious from the glassware, tableware, etc. used at the time. {For further examples of the ornate and delightful pieces available, visit our PATRIOTIC TABLEWARE MERCHANDISE PAGE. This silvered tray measures 14″ in diameter and is quite large. It rests on three small balled “feet.” The edges have an intricate cutout design that is quite attractive. The center of the serving tray is mirrored and silvered. This makes for an interesting effect. However from age and use the mirror is flaking in places. Its coating is no longer complete. The tray is still sturdy. If one put some silver polish on this, it could look amazing. Or, one can enjoy its patina as is.

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  • SMALL CUP HONORING THE NAVY AND KIEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SMALL CUP HONORING THE NAVY AND KIEL

    SKU: 18-221

    $65.00

    This is a small zinc cup that honors the Navy and Kiel. On the sides are panels for the Marine Akademie, S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal, the University, and the Kgl. (Royal) Schloss. The cup stands 3″ tall, 2 1/8″ in diameter at the rim, and 1 ½” in diameter at the base. The cup is somewhat out of round, but the exterior is just fine.

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  • SPOONS - MADE FROM 1/4 RUPIE COINS FROM GERMAN EAST AFRICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPOONS – MADE FROM 1/4 RUPIE COINS FROM GERMAN EAST AFRICA

    SKU: 18-66

    $110.00

    These are the most interesting and delicate spoons I have ever encountered. They are handmade. The bowl of the spoon is actually a 1/4 Rupie coin from German East Africa. They are hammered into a bowl-like shape, which would allows them to be used to stir a beverage. The coins are dated from the early 1900’s. The obverse shows Wilhelm II in his Garde du Corps helmet. The reverse has the denomination of the coin, date, and location. The shaft of the spoon is knurled and is topped by a small ball. I have four of these and each is a bit different. There is some obscuring of the coin markings where the hammering took place.

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  • TWO-HANDLED VASE - METAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TWO-HANDLED VASE – METAL

    SKU: 18-262

    $150.00

    This is a pewter, two-handled vase. It stands 8 1/2″ tall and 6 3/4″ wide. The obverse features a noble family’s coat-of-arms. At the very least, this family held the title “Von.” The head of the family might also have held the title of Baron or Count. Each handle is in the shape of a woman. It is exquisitely executed, and dates from the turn of the 20th Century.

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  • VASE WITH A SOLDIER ON IT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VASE WITH A SOLDIER ON IT

    SKU: 18-169

    $100.00

    This is a small vase that would be suitable for holding a bud or other small flower. The flower holder looks like a guard house or door and stands 4″. A soldier wearing a pickelhaube and holding his Mauser stands against it. It is in charming condition.

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  • VETERAN’S STEIN - BRAUNSCHWEIG - HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17

    VETERAN’S STEIN – BRAUNSCHWEIG – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17

    SKU: 18-441

    $1,050.00

    VETERAN’S STEIN – BRAUNSCHWEIG – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17. Braunschweig, referred to as Brunswick by the English, was a small Duchy that served as an important trade center throughout much of Germany’s earlier history. Braunschweig’s Herzog Friedrich Wilhelm (1771-1815), whose father was a Prussian Generalfeldmarschall, participated in the 1806 Battle of Jena, which was a major defeat of Prussia by Napoleon Bonaparte. Friedrich Wilhelm’s father was killed in the battle, and Braunschweig was taken over by France. Friedrich Wilhelm then fled to England in order to begin raising troops. After he had raised about 2,200 men, Friedrich Wilhelm returned to fight against Napoleon in 1809 with England’s Duke of Wellington. Friedrich Wilhelm formed both a Hussar Regiment and an Infanterie Regiment from his recruits. [The Hussar Regiment eventually became Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, while the Infanterie Regiment became Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. Both regiments eventually became famous for wearing the infamous Totenkopf (Death’s Head) on their headdresses. They also retained their black “mourning” uniforms until the switch to feldgrau in WW I]. Friedrich Wilhelm’s men became known as the “Black Brunswickers” because they wore black uniforms as a sign of mourning for their homeland’s takeover by France. Friedrich Wilhelm soon became known as the “Black Duke.” Although his troops were decimated in Spain and Portugal, the Black Duke refused to give up and refitted his regiments. When Napoleon escaped from his exile to Elba in 1815, Friedrich Wilhelm joined the allied forces rallying once more under Wellington’s command. This ultimately led to Bonaparte’s…

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