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  • Sale!  AUSTRIA - SERVICE MEDAL - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

     AUSTRIA – SERVICE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1701 XMB

    $450.00 $325.00

    AUSTRIA – SERVICE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is a consignment item. It is a simply gorgeous example of Austria’s Bronzene Militär Verdienst Medaille mit Schwerten (Bronze Military Service Medal with Swords). The order was first introduced in 1890 by Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef. It was originally intended for officers. In 1916, also under the Austrian Kaiser’s direction, swords were added to the decoration for wartime service. The medal measures 1 ¼” in diameter. Its obverse features a high-relief likeness of Franz Josef in profile. Information about the Kaiser circles the decoration’s outer edge. Its reverse proclaims “Signum Laudis” (Seal/Battle Standard of Glory/Merit/Approval). An orange and white tri-fold Austrian ribbon bearing a pair of gold-toned, crossed swords is attached to an articulated crown. In turn, the crown is connected to the medal. The decoration’s red presentation case has its name embossed on its outer lid. The case measures ¾” x 2 ½” x 4 ½,” and features the rounded lower edge indicative of Austrian cases. The case’s interior reveals a white silk upper lid with its manufacturer’s name embossed on it in gold as listed below. Zimbler, Wein VII K.u.K Hof- lieferant Burggasse 33 Zimbler was one of the Austrian Kaiser’s House Jewelers (Rothe Neffe was another leading purveyor). Zimbler’s work was among the Austrian Empire’s finest. The case’s bottom half is covered in black velvet that has been elevated and fitted to properly display the decoration. This is a mint presentation of a rare decoration.

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    1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND AWARD DOCUMENT

    SKU: 06-188

    $150.00

    This is a mini group of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and an award document. The man who received the award was a member of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 7 from Bavaria. The award was made in 1920, after WW I ended. The document has been laminated in plastic (not by me). One can see the stains and age on its reverse. One can also tell the document has been folded. The Iron Cross is on an original ribbon that measures 3.”

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    BERLINER LOKAL-ANZEIGER SPECIAL EDITION DATED SUNDAY, 28 JUNE 1914: ANNOUNCING ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA’S ASSASSINATION IN SERBIA

    SKU: 12-787

    $45.00

    This is a special edition that was published free-of-charge, announcing the assassination of Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Grand Duchess Sophie, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. In all practicality, he was that country’s Crown Prince. [Franz Ferdinand was Emperor Franz-Josef’s nephew rather than his son. Franz-Josef’s son, Kronprinz Rudolf, had committed suicide in 1889. Franz Ferdinand became the heir to the Austrian throne upon the passing of his father Archduke Karl Ludwig, in 1896]. The deaths of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie served as the spark that began WW I. Following that assassination, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia. When its demands were not met, Austria-Hungry declared war on Serbia. Because of assorted existing European alliances, Russia, Great Britain, and France reciprocated by declaring war on Austria-Hungry. Germany then came to her ally Austria-Hungary’s aide by declaring war on the opposition. War officially began on 28 July 1914. Subsequently, Italy, a previous ally of Austria-Hungry, defected to joined the Russians, French, and English, as did Japan. Ultimately, the USA also declared war on Germany in 1917. Turkey and Bulgaria sided with the Germans and Austrians. This one-page special-edition also has a lengthy message from Kaiser Franz-Josef. It would look very impressive if framed–perhaps accompanied by another Great War artifact.

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    BRONZE PLAQUE – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 12-660

    $200.00

    This is a very high-quality bronze plaque of Austria’s Kaiser Franz Josef. It measures 8 3/4″ x 7.” It displays the Kaiser’s high-relief image facing to the left. It is dated 1915 to his shoulder’s right and sports the manufacturer’s hallmark. A reproduction of the Kaiser’s signature is at the bottom. A laurel leaf frame surrounds the edges. Holes are drilled in the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions. The plaque weighs 1lb 11 oz. It is in astounding condition, considering it is nearly 100-years-old. $250.00 [when purchased with Kaiser Wilhelm II plaque]

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    BRONZE PLAQUE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 12-659

    $200.00

    This is a very high-quality bronze plaque of Kaiser Wilhelm II. It measures 9″ x 7.” It displays the Kaiser’s high-relief image facing to the left. It is dated 1915 to his shoulder’s right and sports the manufacturer’s hallmark. A reproduction of the Kaiser’s signature is at the bottom. A laurel leaf frame surrounds the edges. Holes are drilled in the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions. The plaque weighs 2 lbs. It is in astounding condition, considering it is nearly 100-years-old. $250.00 [when purchased with Kaiser Franz Josef plaque]

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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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  • LARGE BRASS NAVAL FRAME & S.M.S. CHARLOTTE ENLISTED SAILOR’S CDV - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE BRASS NAVAL FRAME & S.M.S. CHARLOTTE ENLISTED SAILOR’S CDV

    SKU: 13-1053

    $295.00

    LARGE BRASS NAVAL FRAME & S.M.S. CHARLOTTE ENLISTED SAILOR’S CDV. This is a simply marvelous, massive, brass photo frame that was appropriate for the German Navy. The frame is 13” inches long and 8 ½” wide at its widest point. It also weighs a hefty 2 pounds, 12 ½ ounces. It is designed as a Hohenzollern Eagle superimposed over a large, fouled, ship’s anchor. The ring just above the anchor’s cross is topped by a Hohenzollern Crown with its royal stole flowing down over the crossbar. A small frame that measures 2 ⅜” x 3 ¾” extends from the base of the Eagle’s neck down to its legs. The frame’s center has an oval cutout designed to present a German sailor’s CdV. The area currently displays the CdV of a German sailor who served aboard the S.M.S. Charlotte. It was a German Kreuzerfregatte (Cruiser-Frigate) that was launched on 5 September 1885, then retired from service in November 1914. [She was a motorized sailing vessel]. The frame’s reverse features the small brass compartment for housing the CdV. You may easily change the CdV to one of your choosing, but since it came to us with its current inhabitant, we are leaving him in place. The reverse also sports a large, brass easel that allows the frame to be set on a flat surface. It is a VERY impressive frame that will display handsomely wherever you choose to place it.

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  • PATRIOTIC BRACELET - ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BRACELET – ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND

    SKU: 17-637

    $125.00

    Patriotic bracelets made from artillery shell driving bands were very popular during WW I. These bracelets were a means for the women at home to show support for their country and their loved ones fighting at the front. This example has an enameled Iron Cross in its center. The band’s interior has a small plaque that states “Zur Erinnerung A/D. Weltkrieg 1914-15” (In remembrance A/D World War 1914-15). It is a very high-quality, early-war example. The band breaks open, allowing the bracelet to be slipped over the lady’s wrist. A small safety chain keeps it closed. The bracelet is in excellent condition.

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  • PATRIOTIC BRACELET - DRIVING BAND

    PATRIOTIC BRACELET – DRIVING BAND

    SKU: 17-495

    $150.00

    This is a patriotic bracelet made from an artillery-shell driving band. The bracelet unfastens and swings open to place it on the wearer’s wrist. It is decorated with an enamel 1915 Iron Cross, flanked by oak leaves. PATRIOTIC BRACELET – DRIVING BAND

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  • PEN AND INK DRAWING - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST VON MACKENSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PEN AND INK DRAWING – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST VON MACKENSEN

    SKU: 43-368

    $15.00

    PEN AND INK DRAWING – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST VON MACKENSEN. This is a postcard that comes from an original, black and white, pen-and-ink portrait of Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen (1849-1945). He is wearing a standard uniform (NOT his famous Hussar attila), with his PLM at his throat. His stern visage and large moustache make him appear the way every German General SHOULD have looked! The name of the artist appears on the tunic, along with the date, 1915. The postcard has never been mailed.

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  • PHOTOGRAPH PIN - PATRIOTIC SOLDIER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH PIN – PATRIOTIC SOLDIER

    SKU: 32-185

    $95.00

    This is one of the ever-popular patriotic photo pins from before and during WW I. The pin measures 1.25” in diameter. It is gold-toned with an intricate, lattice-work design. Four small pearls mark the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock positions. The photograph shows a soldier in a feldgrau uniform wearing his pickelhaube. I cannot be certain, but I believe he is from Bavaria or Württemberg. A sturdy pin and catch are on the reverse. It is in very fine condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - INKWELL - PICKELHAUBE-SHAPED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – INKWELL – PICKELHAUBE-SHAPED

    SKU: 24-175

    $125.00

    Desk ornaments and accouterments were an important part of any man’s office or home desk during the Imperial Period, whether he was a civilian or in the military. Today’s offering, a black, porcelain inkwell in the shape of a Prussian pickelhaube, would have graced such a man’s desk. The inkwell measures 3.5” x 3” and its “furniture” is gilt-toned, as it would have been on a full-sized pickelhaube. The latter include the wappen, chin scales, spike, etc. Speaking of the spike, it can be lifted out to reveal the actual inkwell. Its manufacturer’s name appears on the inkwell’s bottom. It definitely was made in Germany during the Imperial Period. If you enjoy fountain pens (especially if, like me, you prefer to draw the ink from an ink bottle or inkwell rather than use a cartridge), this would make a nifty accessory for your desk!

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  • TRIANGULAR-SIDED GLASS DISPLAY CASE FOR JEWELRY OR OTHER HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TRIANGULAR-SIDED GLASS DISPLAY CASE FOR JEWELRY OR OTHER HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS

    SKU: 24-160

    $250.00

    This a fascinating, triangular-sided glass case that can be used to house any number of historical artifacts. It features a sloping rectangular beveled-glass lid that measures 2 ½” x 4 ¾.” The triangular-shaped sides are also beveled glass. The case’s mirrored, rectangular back wall measures 2 ½” x 4,” and its overall height is 5.” It rests on four metal, gilt-toned feet. Its metal frame is also gilt-toned. A snap lock opens the case’s front so it can swing out. Its interior features a hook at its top for hanging a small item. Its 2 ½” x 3″ base sports a tufted, blue/green silk pillow. The pillow’s silk cover is somewhat shredded. This case would make a gorgeous display for one of your special prizes. [We have our item #17-310 on display. It is NOT included with the case, but may be purchased separately].

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    VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF TIRTEMONT

    SKU: 36-53

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Tirtemont on 19 August 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 16 1/4″ x 2 1/2.” It is green in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.

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  • WAPPEN - SAXONY - RESERVE OFFICER - LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAPPEN – SAXONY – RESERVE OFFICER – LINE-INFANTRY REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-594

    $350.00

    This two-piece wappen is suitable for an officer’s spiked helmet in a Saxon Reserve line-infantry regiment. The wappen measures 4 ½” x 4 ½.” It features a gilt sunburst with the Kingdom of Saxony’s crowned Coat-of-Arms in its center. Please note its open (voided) crown, which is indicative of an officer. No nuts exist for the posts that are on the reverse and placed through the leather body’s holes. The wappen’s overall condition is excellent.

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    ZEPPELIN CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM VOLUME 1

    SKU: 21-02

    $125.00

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