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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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  • PAINTING - S.M.S. EMDEN - ENHANCED SILK THREAD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAINTING – S.M.S. EMDEN – ENHANCED SILK THREAD

    SKU: 22-114

    $495.00

    PAINTING – S.M.S. EMDEN – ENHANCED SILK THREAD This is a fascinating painting of the S.M.S. Emden. The S.M.S. Emden was a Kleiner (Light) Cruiser that officially joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1909. She saw most of her service in the East Asian Squadron (Ostasiengeschwader), which was headquartered in Tsingtao, China. Beginning in 1913, her commander was Korvettenkapitän Karl von Müller (1879-1923). With the outbreak of the war on 2 August 1914, the Emden was the first German ship to capture an Allied ship on 3 August 1914. At that time, the German East Asian Squadron, under the command of Vizeadmiral Graf Maximilian von Spee, had begun the long voyage back to Germany. Unfortunately for them, the bulk of the fleet was sunk during the Battle of the Falkland Islands in December 1914. The S.M.S. Emden, however, was detached from the Ostasiengeschwader to raid the Indian Ocean’s shipping lanes. She captured and/or sank nearly two dozen ships, including a Russian Cruiser and a French Destroyer. The S.M.S. Emden’s end came in November 1914, when she was outgunned and sunk by the RANS’ (Royal Australian Naval Service) H.M.S. Sydney. Von Müller was captured and sent to England. Due to poor health, he was released and returned to Germany as a hero. He was then awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. Today we are sharing with you a unique painting that probably came from China. During its colonial period, Imperial Germany had a substantial number of army and naval units based in…

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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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    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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    ZEPPELIN CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM VOLUME 1

    SKU: 21-02

    $125.00

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