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  • 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 1 OR 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 2 BELT AND CARTRIDGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 1 OR 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 2 BELT AND CARTRIDGE BOX

    SKU: 15-419

    $575.00

    This is a set of the leather belt and cartridge box for 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 and 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 2. The belt is white leather, but the white finish is substantially cracked and worn, allowing the black base level to show through. All of the metal attachments are present. The black leather cartridge box is also included. The Kaiser’s crowned cypher appears in brass on the outside lid. They make an interesting pair.

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  • 1913 KÖNIG’S SHOOTING PRIZE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1913 KÖNIG’S SHOOTING PRIZE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 15-645

    $450.00

    This is a very hard-to-find 1913 König’s Shooting Prize from the Kingdom of Bavaria. Even after the German Empire’s establishment with Kaiser Wilhelm I at its head, Bavaria retained a greater degree of independence than did the other German states. For example, Bavarian troops were retained in purely Bavarian-commanded Armeekorps (a total of three). Even though the kingdoms of Württemberg and Saxony had their own Armeekorps (two for Saxony), they still operated under Prussia’s General Staff. This meant that all German regiments (except the Bavarians) competed with each other for the annual Kaiser’s Shooting Prize, awarded for the best shooting from Infanterie, Artillerie, Kaiserliche Marine, and Jäger Regiments. Bavaria, however, awarded its OWN shooting prize for the Infanterie. These awards are so scarce that I had never seen or offered one before. It is quite similar to the Kaiser’s Prize in that it appears on an oval-shaped, dark-blue, sleeve patch measuring 4 1/8″ x 3.” Attached to the blue patch is a gilt device that sports a wreath of oak leaves crossed by a pair of rifles. Between the crossed rifles at the wreath’s bottom is the year, 1913. At the wreath’s top is a Wittelsbach rather than a Hohenzollern Crown. The frosted gilt device is in amazing condition. The blue patch also is in good condition, although a small bit of fabric is missing at the eleven o’clock point. It almost looks like a small (very small) bite has been taken from it. A piece of tin on the…

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  • 1915 ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1915 ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE

    SKU: 15-620

    $95.00

    This is a subdued or gray-painted belt buckle that was instituted in 1915. It is in very fine condition with an undented center.

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  • ALBUM BELONGING TO MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN'S GREAT AUNT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ALBUM BELONGING TO MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN’S GREAT AUNT

    SKU: 15-32

    $1,595.00

    Clara von Richthofen was the paternal great-aunt of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen. She was the sister of Julius Georg Ludwig, the father of Albrecht von Richthofen, who was the father of Manfred and Lothar von Richthofen. Clara was born in 1829 and died in Berlin 1909. This album which was presented to her in 1845 by a favorite uncle (a von Berenhorst). There are numerous entries mostly from the 1840’s and 1850’s. There is at least one item as late as the 1870’s. She married Guido von Busse in 1850, and although they were married for 38 years, she had no children; which is why this album would have passed down into the Red Baron’s family. This very high quality album, in which Clara made entries for many years, is the journal and art album of a young Prussian noblewoman starting at the age of sixteen. On the opposite page from the dedication by her Uncle is her autograph, “Clara von Richthofen.” As the album develops we see the art and writings of a romantic young woman. There are lithographs (colored and black and white) of places that she visited and people that she admired. Many of these images have captions which due to their age are somewhat faded. There are several poems sprinkled through the album. As you go through the album there are also several examples of pressed flowers and leaves which are surprisingly nice for being one hundred and fifty years old. There are also at least…

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  • ARMY OFFICER’S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ARMY OFFICER’S BELT BUCKLE – PRUSSIA.

    SKU: 15-661

    $175.00

    This is a standard infantry officer belt buckle for Prussia. It is gilt-toned and comes complete with its keeper. It could be used on a brocade or leather belt, or displayed on its own. It features a fine gilt finish with some age and patina on it.

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  • ARTILLERIE TUNIC BUTTON - FRANCE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ARTILLERIE TUNIC BUTTON – FRANCE

    SKU: 15-561

    $15.00

    This is a memento from a tunic of a French Artilleryman. The button is gilt and measures 1″ in diameter. In its center is the Artillerie’s flaming bomb/grenade. It is interesting to note that Napoleon was an Artilleryman by trade. The French Artillery was effective and feared. The button is marked for its Paris manufacturer.

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  • BAVARIA - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN’S - DEPOT-ISSUED - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN’S – DEPOT-ISSUED – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10

    SKU: 15-701 XRH

    $1,195.00

    BAVARIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN’S – DEPOT-ISSUED – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10. This is a consignment item. It is a tunic from the Kingdom of Bavaria’s 10. Infanterie-Regiment König Ludwig. The regiment was founded in 1682. Along with the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz, it was one of the oldest Bavarian Infanterie Regiments. It was garrisoned at Ingolstadt and attached to the Bavarian III. Armeekorps. The tunic is a pre war dunkel-blau (dark-blue) example, made of wool. It sports eight large silver-toned buttons edged with red piping down its center. The vent flap on the uniform’s reverse repeats the red piping and another six (three per each side of the flap) silver-toned buttons. The tunic’s collar displays red and white kragenspiegel. Its red shoulder straps are embroidered with König Ludwig’s crowned “L” royal cypher, as is correct for the regiment. The straps are held in place by small silver-toned buttons that indicate the wearer was assigned to Kompagnie Nr 6. Both of the uniform’s red cuffs display three white litzen, each of which sports a silver-toned button. The interior features an excellent white cotton lining. Two different black depot marks have been stamped onto the liner. This very hard-to-find, depot-issued tunic is in excellent condition. It may have only been issued once, as it does NOT feature extensive depot marks that cover a long period, (which also may be why the tunic is in such marvelous condition)!

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  • BAVARIA - ULANKA - PARADE - LEUTNANT - ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT. This is a

    BAVARIA – ULANKA – PARADE – LEUTNANT – ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-691 XRH

    $1,895.00

    BAVARIA – ULANKA – PARADE – LEUTNANT – ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT. This is a consignment item. It is an exceptional ulanka that would be correct for any of the Bavarian Regiments listed below. 1. Ulanen-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm II. 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nicholas von Rußland. 3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor. 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog Friedrich von Österreich. 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons. These two Bavarian Kavallerie types (Chevaulegers and Ulanen) were considered light cavalry. [They were designated Lancers in the Imperial British Army, due to the lances that they originally carried]. Both types sported ulankas, as did Prussia’s, Saxony’s, and Württemberg’s Ulanen Regiments. The ulanka was far different from all other Imperial German Army tunics. Its front was decorated with a double row of buttons that formed a “V” shape. This not only slimmed its wearer’s torso, but made his shoulders appear broader and his overall appearance more muscular. The ulankas worn by the Prussians, Saxons and Württembergians were dunkel-blau (dark-blue) in color up until the wartime conversion to feldgrau tunics. The Bavarian Army’s Ulanen, however, sported very dark-green ulankas. [PLEASE NOTE: it is such a dark green that it appears black in the accompanying photographs]. For this particular tunic, its contrasting trim and lapel lining is crimson-red. The prerequisite double row of fourteen (seven per side) gold-toned buttons decorate the front. A single button appears on each cuff. A further six (three per side) appear on the rear vent flaps. Crimson trim runs down from the reverse’s shoulder area to highlight the vent.…

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  • BAVARIAN OFFICER'S - SUBDUED BELT BUCKLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIAN OFFICER’S – SUBDUED BELT BUCKLE

    SKU: 15-537 XES

    $350.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a Bavarian Officer’s belt buckle. It is a wartime purchase that presents a subdued exterior to discourage sunlight from reflecting off it. Both buckle pieces are included.

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  • BERLIN – BELT – OFFICER – REICHSKOLONIAL (SCHUTZTRUPPEN) - DRESS BROCADE AND BUCKLE WITH STORAGE CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BERLIN – BELT – OFFICER – REICHSKOLONIAL (SCHUTZTRUPPEN) – DRESS BROCADE AND BUCKLE WITH STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 15-710 XAS

    $995.00

    BERLIN – BELT – OFFICER – REICHSKOLONIAL (SCHUTZTRUPPEN) – DRESS BROCADE AND BUCKLE WITH STORAGE CASE It is a Schutztruppen officer’s dress brocade belt and buckle which is correct for the uniform and pickelhaube for an officer of the Schutztruppen who had been posted to the Reichskolonialamt. It is in excellent condition, which primarily comes from being housed in their original cardboard storage carton. The circular carton’s exterior is covered with black leatherette, similar to what one sees on a medal presentation case’s exterior. The surface is pebbled. The 8 ½” in diameter case consists of two pieces, a lid and the box. The lid’s interior sports a sticker and rubber stamp for a firm in Hannover and Cöln named F. Bennigstorf. It was the royal purveyor to Prinz Albrecht of Prussia, who served as the Duchy of Braunschweig’s administrator. The bottom of the carton is lined with its original tissue paper. The brocade belt sports a circular, silver-toned buckle. A high-relief circular wreath decorates the buckle’s outer edge, encircling an even higher-relief Hohenzollern Crown in its center. A thin red line marks the brocade belt’s center, flanked on either side by alternating lines of silver and gray bullion. Two or three small patches of the belt exhibit greater age and wear. The keeper is present, so the belt is fully functional. The belt’s interior is backed with what appears to be feldgrau cotton twill. This is a key to the belt’s age, indicating that it is later than the…

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  • COLLECTORS’ MANUAL - NAVY & SCHUTZTRUPPEN UNIFORMS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLLECTORS’ MANUAL – NAVY & SCHUTZTRUPPEN UNIFORMS

    SKU: 15-552

    $125.00

    This is a manual that, at some point, was put together by a German collector. It begins with two full-color pages, which appeared in a 1969 German book. It shows a variety of uniforms, including those from the Navy and the See-Bataillon. Each uniform is numbered, with descriptions on the reverse in German, English, and French. Following that is a page created by the collector and clipped from a reference book’s central panel. It depicts sleeve ratings and naval shooting badges. The collector then placed numbers by each entry and provided an explanation of what they represent. More uniform plates appear in this “manual.” Other clipped photographs show Schutztruppen around the world. The presentation has been neatly done. I believe that you will find it useful as a reference.

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  • COMPLETE DRESS TUNIC - GENERALMAJOR - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMPLETE DRESS TUNIC – GENERALMAJOR – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-562

    $8,995.00

    It has been some time since I have offered you a General Officer’s tunic. Once you have read the following description, I believe you will agree that the wait has been well worth it. Our offering is a prewar dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic, from not too long before the conversion to wartime feldgrau occurred. The tunic is of the highest-quality and in astonishingly good condition. It has only one tiny little moth nip and a slight sign of wear to its bottom edge. A total of twelve gold-toned buttons runs down its center. Attached to the top two buttons of the tunic is a sumptuous General’s aiguillette. It is a VERY rare accessory indeed that we seldom find attached to a tunic. The tunic sports a set of horizontal sewn-in loops suitable for a ribbon or medal bar. The loops measure 5″ wide. Another set of vertical sewn-in loops is present, and probably held a pinback decoration or possibly a breast star. The cuffs are red, with a gold bullion kragenspiegel and two gold-toned buttons on each cuff. The collar is red. Each side again sports the gold bullion kragenspiegel emblematic of a General Officer. It boasts absolutely superb Generalmajor’s epaulettes. Each displays the red and black threads that confirm they hail from the Kingdom of Württemberg. They are in beautiful condition. The tunic’s reverse reveals a total of six more (three to a side) gold-toned buttons on the vent flap. [The left vent flap is also where we find the…

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  • DEPOT-ISSUED HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 5 UNTEROFFIZIER’S INTERIM ATTILA - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DEPOT-ISSUED HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 5 UNTEROFFIZIER’S INTERIM ATTILA – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-650

    $1,895.00

    This is a depot-issued Husaren-Regiment Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt (Pommersches) Nr 5 unteroffizier’s interim attila. Husaren-Regiment Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt (Pommersches) Nr 5 was one of the Prussian Army’s oldest Husaren-Regiments. It was named for Prussia’s Napoleonic War/Waterloo hero, Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. It was founded during König Friedrich der Große’s reign in 1758, which made it the fifth-oldest Prussian Husaren-Regiment. It was garrisoned at Stolp and assigned to the XVII. Armeekorps. Our tunic was for an Unteroffizier (Corporal) assigned to the Regiment. We rarely offer depot-issued tunics, usually due to condition issues. Government-issued tunics typically were not as well made as those that were privately-purchased. While minor repairs were done, depot-issued uniforms were reused many times. By the time they entered the collectors’ market, many were in less-than-desirable condition. I bought this tunic from a longtime Germany-based collector because it was from an interesting Regiment, AND it was in very good condition for a depot-issued piece. The tunic is a much darker shade of red from that used by Husaren-Regiment von Zeiten (Brandenburgisches) Nr 3. Its tresses and frogging are white. A total of ten silver-toned rosette buttons (five per tunic side) and five silver-toned barrel buttons secure both sides of the tunic. Silver bullion tape at the collar and on the sleeves denotes the Unteroffizier’s rank. Moth tracking appears occasionally, particularly in one small area high on the right shoulder. White fabric enlisted man’s/NCO’s shoulder straps are secured by two small, silver-toned buttons that display a “5″…

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  • DEPOT-ISSUED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 68 FELDWEBEL’S TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DEPOT-ISSUED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 68 FELDWEBEL’S TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-654

    $695.00

    This is a fine example of a depot-issued pre war dunkel-blau (dark-blue) 6 Rheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 68 feldwebel’s tunic. The Regiment was raised in 1860 and garrisoned in Coblenz. It was attached to the Prussian VIII. Armeekorps. The tunic’s front sports a single row of eight gold-toned buttons down its center. The collar, center trim, and cuffs are red. Gold bullion tape decorates the red collar. The same bullion tape appears on each cuff, along with three gold-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are a lighter blue, with the regimental number “68” embroidered in red on each. The small, gold-toned buttons that hold the shoulder straps in place each boasts a “3,” designating “Kompagnie Nr 3.” The tunic’s reverse boasts red trim at the bottom, along with six, large, gold-toned buttons. I see one small hole on the reverse and one period repair on the obverse. Otherwise, only normal wear is apparent. The tunic’s interior features a cotton liner, with a single depot mark on it. It is a fine tunic, overall.

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  • DISPLAY OF VARIOUS STATE COLLAR AND UNIFORM BUTTONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DISPLAY OF VARIOUS STATE COLLAR AND UNIFORM BUTTONS

    SKU: 15-678

    $350.00

    This is a most interesting oval-shaped display of uniform collar buttons, assorted other buttons, and other miscellaneous items. The display is in a wooden frame that measures 10” x 12,” and contains approximately thirty-five assorted burtons. They primarily consist of Feldwebel and Gefreiter collar buttons that helped identify ranks of men in the German Army, including those for Prussia, Saxony, Württemberg, Hesse, and another for what I believe is one of the Saxon Duchies. Aside from these rank buttons, others include the buttons from shoulder straps that indicated an Infanterie Kompagnie, an Artillerie Battery, or a Kavallerie Eskadron. Also included are a smaller number of uniform buttons. Two officer’s kokarden are included from Bavaria, as well as two silver rank pips that are added for a decorative touch. One final point: while this is an interesting display, I do NOT believe that this is a period frame. Instead, it was assembled more recently for a collector’s enjoyment.

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  • DRESS MESS JACKET FOR THE KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DRESS MESS JACKET FOR THE KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB

    SKU: 15-115

    $550.00

    The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club was the most exclusive yacht club in Germany. Its leading members were royalty and/or navy officers. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the principal member of the club and its Kommodore, which reflected his intense interest in boats, ships, and yachting. Aside from holding the rank of Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, the Kaiser was also involved in the activities of the Yacht Club. He even raced yachts in regattas of the club which included the S.M.S. Wunsch. This tunic is very similar to a naval dress tunic in cut and general appearance. The lapels of the tunic have a combination of material and silk trim. The tunic, which is in excellent plus condition, features a double row of five large buttons on the chest and five smaller buttons on each sleeve. Each of these buttons are actually standard navy buttons that feature the fouled anchor and Hohenzollern Crown. This tunic is in excellent condition and would be a fine addition to any navy-related collection. You will not see one of these every day, and certainly not in this condition.

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  • DUAL RIBBON FOR A UNIFORM FOR 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND BAVARIAN MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DUAL RIBBON FOR A UNIFORM FOR 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND BAVARIAN MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS

    SKU: 15-611

    $50.00

    When I began the description of this item, I was unsure in which category to place it. While it is a decoration’s ribbon for, it also is a decoration’s ribbon that was specially cut for wearing in a tunic’s buttonhole. The ribbon was sewn into the tunic buttonhole to show that the man wearing it had won both the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Bavarian Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords. It could really dress up your tunic!

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  • ENLISTED FELDARTILLERIE Nr 32 SOLDIER’S 1915 FELDGRAU (FRIEDENSUNIFORM) TUNIC - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED FELDARTILLERIE Nr 32 SOLDIER’S 1915 FELDGRAU (FRIEDENSUNIFORM) TUNIC – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-612

    $3,295.00

    We receive many requests for feldgrau tunics. More often than not we can find officers’ tunics in the condition we require, while many enlisted men’s tunics do not come up to our standards. Today, however, we have an enlisted man’s feldgrau tunic from the Kingdom of Saxony’s Königl. Sächs 3. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 32. The Regiment was raised in 1889 and garrisoned at Riesa. [It was a relatively short-lived regiment that existed only from 1889 into 1918, so material related to it is not easy-to-come-by]. It was assigned to the XIX. Armeekorps, which consisted of all-Saxon units. [The XII. Armeekorps was also a Saxon corps]. The high-quality wool uniform is well made. It is an M-1915 Friedensuniform, the final feldgrau tunic pattern produced by WW I Germany. The Friedensuniform’s literal translation is “Future Peace Uniform.” Thus, it was intended to be the uniform pattern used by the German Army once a peace was established. In addition to the feldgrau material, it has a black-velvet collar. A thin red trim line extends to the tunic’s bottom, flanking eight gilt-toned buttons. Each tunic cuff is made of the same black velvet, with two gilt buttons on it. The shoulder straps are green. Embroidered in red on each strap we see a crown, “AR” (König Albert of Saxony’s (1828-1902) cypher), and crossed cannons. The straps are sewn to the tunic on one end and fastened by one gilt-toned button on the other. The tunic’s front sports only two moth nips as far as I…

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  • ENLISTED MAN CARTRIDGE BOX - LEIB-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT GROßER KURFÜRST Nr 1 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN CARTRIDGE BOX – LEIB-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT GROßER KURFÜRST Nr 1 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-514

    $1,895.00

    This is a very handsome enlisted man/NCO’s cartridge box from Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1. The Regiment was founded in 1646 and garrisoned in Breslau. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. Historically, it was a VERY important Regiment with a long and storied record. In fact, it was THE oldest Küraßier-Regiment in the entire German Army. It held “Leib” (Life) status. This was just a bit lower in importance than Garde-Regiment status. The Prussian Army contained the Regiment der Garde du Corps AND the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. Both Regiments wore the fabled Hohenzollern Eagle atop their helmets during parades. Neither was nearly as old as Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1. (The Garde du Corps was founded 1740 and the Garde-Küraßier was formed in 1815). As a mark of its importance, Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1 possessed a unique insignia for their wappens, küraß devices, and cartridge boxes. One did not mistake a man from this Regiment! The emblem consists of an old-style Hohenzollern Eagle (remember, the Regiment preceded Frederick the Great by a great deal). In its right side claw is a sword. The left side claw grasps a bundle of thunderbolts. Above the eagle is the motto “Pro Gloria Et Patria.” The cartridge box measures 6″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” All of its straps are attached. The Regiment’s emblem is brass. It measures 2 3/4″ in diameter and is 1 1/8″ thick. The emblem is applied to the cartridge box’s outer lid. This is a…

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S 1. BADISCHES LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 109 TUNIC - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S 1. BADISCHES LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 109 TUNIC – BADEN

    SKU: 15-305

    $750.00

    This is a prewar, dark-blue enlisted man’s tunic from Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 from the Grand Duchy of Baden. This was the most elite Infanterie Regiment in the Baden military. It was quite similar to 1. Garde-Regiment zu Füß from Prussia, Königl Sächs 1. (Leib) Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100 from Saxony, Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Großherzogl. Hessisches) Nr 115, and Infanterie-Leib-Regiment from Bavaria. These Regiments were a part of the personal guard to the kings and grand dukes of the various German states. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 was the oldest of all Baden’s Infanterie Regiments. It was raised in 1803 and garrisoned in Karlsruhe, where it was assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. The tunic is a dark-blue (dunkel blau). It is a daily-wear tunic. It sports a single row of eight gilt buttons. Six gilt buttons grace the tunic’s rear at the vent. The shoulder straps are white with a red crown, which is emblematic of Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. NO company numbers show on the shoulder straps’ gilt buttons. The tunic’s interior is fresh and clean. This is a privately-purchased tunic and not depot-issued. A tag was in the neck area at one time, but has been removed. It is a delightful tunic from an

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S BELT AND BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-338

    $225.00

    This is a leather belt and buckle for a Prussian enlisted man. The belt measures 39″ in length. The leather is in good condition, for being 100-years-old. The belt buckle is made from prewar brass. It is in very fine condition, with an undented crown.

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 TUNIC - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 TUNIC – BAVARIA

    SKU: 15-409

    $750.00

    Today we are offering a pre WW I tunic from 4. Feldartillerie-Regiment König. The Regiment was founded in 1859. It was garrisoned in Augsburg, where it was part of the Bavarian I. ArmeeKorps. [It is interesting to note that the Kingdom of Bavaria had a comparatively small complement of Artillerie Regiments. Their first two were not formed until 1824, whereas other German states had formed regiments back in the 17th and 18th centuries (e.g., Prussia – 1772, Württemberg – 1736, Saxony – 1620, and Hesse-Darmstadt – 1790)]. Our tunic is typical of most pre WW I Bavarian Artillerie tunics in that it is made of black wool. The collar is also black. Eight gilt-toned buttons run down the tunic’s center. The tunic sports red trim. An additional two gilt buttons adorn each sleeve. The shoulder straps are red, with a small gilt button attached to each one. The number of the Regiment is displayed in yellow thread. Unlike most other states, it is correct that these straps do NOT display the Artillerie’s traditional flaming bomb. Since the tunic is black, the man is clearly identified as a member of an Artillerie Regiment. This is a privately-purchased tunic. It was not obtained from the army depot. The tunic’s reverse also features red trim. Six gilt buttons (three to a side) decorate the area of the flap. The cotton liner inside the tunic is in fine condition. It is a fine tunic, overall. We do not see its like as often as…

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SIGNALMAN PATCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SIGNALMAN PATCH

    SKU: 15-262

    $85.00

    This is a signalman’s patch for a man assigned to an Infanterie-Regiment prior to WW I. The patch is dark blue with red and white crossed flags mounted on yellow flag poles. One very small moth track appears on the patch. It is still in very good condition.

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S JÄGER Bataillon Nr 4 TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S JÄGER Bataillon Nr 4 TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-515

    $895.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 4. The unit was raised in1815 and garrisoned at Naumburg a.S. It was attached to the IV. ArmeeKorps. Jäger-Bataillons were assembled to act as the marksmen for the Prussian, Hanoverian, Schaumburg-Lippe, Saxon, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Bavarian Armies. These units were formed from the best marksmen during the Napoleonic Wars. They often using better firearms than traditional Infanterie Regiments. During those times, most ground troops marched against each other in neat lines. At VERY close distance, they unleashed massed fire on one another. Often, victory was determined by the army with the fastest firing rate. [The British Army was the technique’s master. It was a key reason that they eventually prevailed with fewer troops than the French. Also, the British were superior to the French in troop deployment. The French advanced in close ranks that extended far back. Many of the rearward ranks were unable to fire. This was not a problem for the British, who extended their lines and got production out of all their men, even the rearward ranks. When the British employed firing-by-ranks, it was devastating. It often shattered the ineffectively deployed advancing French). Before the main bodies clashed, however, each army sent out skirmishers. These small groups fired on one another, on NCO’s, and on officers in the advancing main body. This was the Jäger-Bataillons’ function. [I must briefly mention the British Rifle Regiments who did the same work. These men were deadly when working in pairs and…

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S SIGNALMAN PATCH - MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S SIGNALMAN PATCH – MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 15-261

    $295.00

    This is a very rare signalman’s patch for a tunic (this would generally be worn on the right arm just below the shoulder) for a man who filled that role in a Machine Gun Abteilung. It is for the feldgrau tunic and features crossed signal flags. Three tiny holes appear (no bigger than pinpoint sized) where this patch might have been mounted by a collector long ago. You have to look closely to see them. They are not detractive. The patch dates from the period of 1910 to 1914. This is very rare and difficult-to-find!

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S TUNIC - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 32 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 32 – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-547

    $895.00

    This is a pre WW I, enlisted man’s tunic from 3. Königl. Sächs. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 32. In 1889, it was Saxony’s third Artillerie Regiment ever formed. The Regiment was garrisoned Riesa and attached to both the Saxon XII. and Saxon XIX. ArmeeKorps. The tunic’s body is black wool. Its collar, trim, and sleeves are red. Eight gilt buttons run down the tunic’s center. Another two gilt buttons are on each of the sleeves, and two gilt buttons decorate the red collar. The shoulder straps are black with an embossed red regimental number (“32”) and the Artillerie’s flaming bomb/grenade. The tunic’s reverse displays four gilt buttons on the vent flap. Inside the tunic, we see that it is a privately-purchased example with a padded silk lining. The tunic’s exterior is in good condition, generally. A few moth nips exist, but are in no way detrimental to its overall display.

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  • ENLISTED MAN'S TUNIC FOR LANDWEHR DISTRICT Nr 61 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC FOR LANDWEHR DISTRICT Nr 61 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-283

    $750.00

    This is a simply wonderfully-conditioned, prewar, dark-blue enlisted man’s tunic from Landwehr District Nr 61. The Landwehr formed the reserves for the German army and was similar to the Army Reserve or National Guard in the U.S. The tunic’s exterior is a very high-quality, blue wool, in very fine condition. Its collar, sleeves and center trim are all red. It displays eight gilt buttons down the center, with matching buttons on the sleeves, shoulder straps, and rear vent. The shoulder straps are also red, with white thread depicting “61” for the regimental designation. The interior is lined in silk. Thus this was a privately purchased tunic, not depot-issued. If you are looking for an ultra-high-quality enlisted man’s tunic in superb condition, you need look no further. [This tunic was initially described as being from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 61 which is incorrect. Thank you to TS].

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  • ENLISTED MAN’S CHEVAULEGERS-REGIMENT Nr 1 WAFFENROCK - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S CHEVAULEGERS-REGIMENT Nr 1 WAFFENROCK – BAVARIA

    SKU: 15-647

    $1,495.00

    This is a first-time offering of a Bavarian enlisted man’s 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus II von Rußland tunic (waffenrock). Bavaria was the only German Kingdom to field Chevaulegers-Regiments, with a total of eight (in contrast with its two Ulanen-Regiments and two Schweren-Reiter-Regiments). 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus II von Rußland was raised in 1682. It was garrisoned at Nürnberg, and attached to the Bavarian III. Armeekorps. It was the senior of the eight Chevaulegers-Regiments. At first glance, Chevaulegers-Regiments’ tunics are quite similar to the Ulanen Regiments’ ulankas. The primary difference is that the Bavarian tunics are dark-green, while the other German states’ prewar ulankas are dark-blue. Our tunic’s collar and trim are crimson. Like an ulanka, the tunic sports a V-shaped double row of buttons that begins on the chest, then narrows to the “V’s” point toward the tunic’s bottom. A total of fourteen gilt-toned buttons (seven per side) makes up the “V.” The sleeves cuffs also are crimson, with two additional gilt buttons per sleeve. The tunic’s shoulder straps, which are a matching crimson, correctly do NOT display a regimental designation. [None of the Chevaulegers-Regiments possessed regimental numbers]. Identification is determined by the strap/epaulette’s color, as well as the epaulette’s metal moon’s color (gold or silver). The straps are sewn-in. Their small shoulder strap buttons display a “3” squadron number. (The cavalry regiments DID employ squadron/kompagnie numbers). The reverse reveals that five of its six, required, gilt buttons are in place. The tunic’s exterior is in very pleasing condition, overall.…

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  • ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 TUNIC - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 TUNIC – BAVARIA

    SKU: 15-558

    $450.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Königl. Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Grossherzog Friedrich II of Baden Nr 8. The Regiment was founded in 1753. It was garrisoned at Metz and assigned to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. The tunic is of the prewar blue variety. It has eight gilt buttons down its center, with a red trim line extending to the tunic’s bottom. Each cuff is trimmed in red and sports a further three buttons. The collar is red. Attached to the tunic are two red shoulder straps that display the regimental number (“8”) embroidered to each strap. One of the straps has a small gilt button with an “8,” which indicates Kompagnie Nr 8. The other button is missing. Some moth damage shows on both shoulder straps. [The photos that accompany the description will show it]. On the reverse’s vent area are a further four gilt buttons. The tunic’s left side has scattered moth tracking and nips, which also can be seen in other more limited places. We also see places where the buttons were moved at some point. If they were moved by the original owner, he lost a considerable amount of weight (the lucky devil). Inside the tunic we see that it was originally a privately-purchased example. No depot markings are evident. The liner is a handsome red polished cotton.

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  • Sale! ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC - PRUSSIAN LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC – PRUSSIAN LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 15-511

    $1,795.00 $1,575.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a pre WW I enlisted man’s tunic from a Luftschiffer-Abteilung. As a prewar tunic, it is dark-blue (dunkel-blau) rather than feldgrau. The tunic has eight silver-toned buttons that extend down the tunic’s front. Red trims the collar’s top and extends down the tunic’s front. The same trim is seen at the cuffs. The collar has a black background and two very long kragenspiegel that wrap around the collar’s front and side. The cuffs are also black, with twin white kragenspiegel. Set on each of these two kragenspiegel are another two silver-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are red, with a yellow embroidered “L.” Each shoulder strap’s underlay is dark-blue. One end of the strap is sewn-in, while the other is attached with a smaller, domed, silver-toned button. Each button sports a “2” for Kompagnie Nr 2. The vent flap on the tunic’s rear is trimmed in red and features another six silver-toned buttons. Inside the tunic, we see it is a privately-purchased item, complete with a silk liner. Only a trace of moth tracking shows on the surface. It is a superb tunic.

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  • ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC - PRUSSIAN LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC – PRUSSIAN LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 15-511 XMK

    $1,575.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a pre WW I enlisted man’s tunic from a Luftschiffer-Abteilung. As a prewar tunic, it is dark-blue (dunkel-blau) rather than feldgrau. The tunic has eight silver-toned buttons that extend down the tunic’s front. Red trims the collar’s top and extends down the tunic’s front. The same trim is seen at the cuffs. The collar has a black background and two very long kragenspiegel that wrap around the collar’s front and side. The cuffs are also black, with twin white kragenspiegel. Set on each of these two kragenspiegel are another two silver-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are red, with a yellow embroidered “L.” Each shoulder strap’s underlay is dark-blue. One end of the strap is sewn-in, while the other is attached with a smaller, domed, silver-toned button. Each button sports a “2” for Kompagnie Nr 2. The vent flap on the tunic’s rear is trimmed in red and features another six silver-toned buttons. Inside the tunic, we see it is a privately-purchased item, complete with a silk liner. Only a trace of moth tracking shows on the surface. It is a superb tunic.

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  • ENLISTED MEN’S PRE WW I BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MEN’S PRE WW I BELT BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-629 XES

    $125.00

    This is an enlisted man’s belt buckle from Prussia. It is made of brass and was produced prior to WW I. The buckle’s center is silver-toned. It features “Gott Mit Uns” along with a Prussian Crown. What is most important, the crown is undented. It is quite common to see them dented.

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  • ENLISTED MEN’S PRE WW I BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MEN’S PRE WW I BELT BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-633 XES

    $125.00

    This is an enlisted man’s belt buckle from Prussia. It is made of brass and was produced prior to WW I. The buckle’s center is silver-toned. It features “Gott Mit Uns” along with a Prussian Crown. What is most important, the crown is undented. It is quite common to see them dented.

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  • ENLISTED SAILOR’S SHIPBOARD ARTILLERIE UNIFORM SLEEVE PATCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED SAILOR’S SHIPBOARD ARTILLERIE UNIFORM SLEEVE PATCH

    SKU: 13-797

    $125.00

    This is a blue wool sleeve patch for a sailor aboard a German naval ship who was assigned to the ship’s gun crew. A yellow embroidered pair of crossed cannons over lays an anchor. As this is a dark-blue patch, it was for a winter uniform. The patch is oval-shaped and measures 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2.”

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  • FELDGRAU KLEINER ROCK FOR A MAJOR a. D. IN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDGRAU KLEINER ROCK FOR A MAJOR a. D. IN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-240

    $4,295.00

    This is one of the most exciting tunics we have offered in quite awhile. It is known as a “Kleiner Rock.” This is a handsome, identified tunic for an officer in an armored Kavallerie Regiment. The officer was assigned to Küraßier-Regiment von Dreisen (Westfälisches) Nr 4. This elite Regiment was one of the older Kavallerie Regiments. It was raised in 1717 and garrisoned at Münster. The feldgrau tunic is set up as a litewka, a tunic that has a double row of buttons instead of a single row. This tunic is in EXTRAORDINARY condition. The tunic was probably produced in 1914 prior to the beginning of the war. The material is rich and buttery-smooth, and of the highest quality. Some of the feldgrau material available later in the war (even to officers) had a much rougher weave. It just did not have that superior prewar texture. The exterior’s condition is faultless. I can see no mothing whatsoever. As previously stated, this is the litewka tunic style, with a double row of six, silver buttons. A line of red trim accents the cuffs (with no buttons), collar, and the edge of the flap, etc. The collar features white collar tabs trimmed in red, with a large silver button on each tab. The collar itself is a contrasting darker green, which is quite distinct from the tunic’s feldgrau. A major’s shoulder boards are vibrantly in place, with a red and white underlay. On the tunic’s obverse are a set of sewn-in loops…

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  • FELDGRAU SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDGRAU SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-480

    $1,595.00

    This is an ultra-rare sleeve patch for a Saxon Regimental Fahnenträger. It is a feldgrau version. It was used from about 1907 through 1918 as feldgrau uniforms were phased into service. The patch is quite large and shield-shaped. It measures 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4.” It is beautifully manufactured with multicolored bullion thread. I see gold, black, silver, green, red, and blue. As you look at the photos, please pay careful attention to the design of the two crossed flags and especially the Saxonian Crown. It fairly wants to jump off the patch at you. Also, at the patch’s bottom, König Friedrich August III’s royal cypher appears in brilliant gold bullion thread. The patch is in very fine condition. Only a hint of moth tracking shows on the two side panels. I do not believe this was ever issued. It would make an important addition to any collection.

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  • FIVE NAME TAGS - LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FIVE NAME TAGS – LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-346

    $20.00

    4. Esk. Leib-Garde-Hus. =Regt. Waffen-Nummer 74 The tag identifies the trooper (Uhlig). It also identifies the Kompagnie (Eskadron) to which he was assigned in the Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment. He was also assigned number 74. All of his depot-issued property carried this number. These are really interesting. We have five of them available.

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  • FLÜGELADJUTANT DRESS PARADE BELT/SASH - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLÜGELADJUTANT DRESS PARADE BELT/SASH – BADEN

    SKU: 15-345

    $650.00

    This is a very rare Flügeladjutant parade belt or sash from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The position of Flügeladjutant was not used in every German state. Essentially, he was a high-ranking officer, at least an Oberst or a General. He served as an aide to the King, Grand Duke, Duke, Prince, etc. He often was a close confidant of his ruler. His headdress was different from that of other officers, as was his uniform. This was an extremely important position, and it was a great honor to serve in this capacity. (I believe only one man could do so at any one time). Naturally, the state’s ruler had other military officers on his staff in varying functions, but the Flügeladjutant was by far their chief, and an important member of his ruler’s retinue. As for the object we are offering today, I describe it as a belt or sash since I believe I remember the seller saying that it was worn across the body (over the shoulder). I could be wrong about this! If my memory is incorrect, then it was worn like a more conventional parade belt. The belt portion is silver bullion, with contrasting double stripes of red and yellow (Baden’s state colors) bullion. Two large, decorative, silver, bullion balls hang down from the belt, with silver, red, and yellow bullion tendrils dangling down from them. (The bullion balls resemble large sword portépées. That is not what they are, it is what they look like). The item’s…

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  • GARDE PIONIER BATAILLON UNTEROFFIZIER'S TUNIC - PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GARDE PIONIER BATAILLON UNTEROFFIZIER’S TUNIC – PREUßEN

    SKU: 15-633

    $1,050.00

    This is a Prussian Garde Pionier Bataillon unteroffizier’s tunic. The Bataillon was founded in 1810 and garrisoned in Berlin. It was attached to the Gardekorps. It is a pre war dark-blue tunic with a line of red piping running down its front. The tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. It boasts eight silver-toned buttons on its front, and two more on each sleeve. Another six silver-toned buttons appear in the rear vent area. Are the buttons are intact and appear to be original. The collar sports silver embossed tape and white collar kragenspiegel with black stitching in their centers. The collar is closed by three hook and eye clasps. It has red shoulder boards that display another silver-toned button marked for Kompagnie Nr 1. The cuffs repeat the collar’s pattern of silver embossed tape, and two white kragenspiegel with black stitching. The tunic’s interior has a black silk liner that is in wonderful condition. All of its necessary buckles and attachments are in place. A few areas show some slight wear. A stamp identifying the Berlin tailor who made it is located inside the left sleeve. It is a solid tunic at a reasonable price.

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  • GEFREITER'S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 139 TUNIC - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GEFREITER’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 139 TUNIC – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-517

    $595.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Königl. Sächs. 11. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 139. The Regiment was raised in 1887. It was garrisoned at Döbeln, where it was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The dunkel-blau tunic has eight gilt-toned buttons down its center. Its cuffs are red with a gilt button, which is just above the blue material. The collar is also red, and sports twin gilt Saxon Gefreiter’s collar buttons. The shoulder straps are blue, trimmed in red. The regimental number “139” appears in yellow on each strap. The straps are held in place on one side by stitching. On the other side they are held with smaller gilt buttons sporting “Nr 11,” which indicates the Kompagnie Number. The reverse displays three out-of-four buttons usually present on the vent flap. Both the tunic’s obverse and its reverse show a fair amount of scattered mothing. [This is a partial tradeoff for its price]. Inside is a silk liner. It also has depot marks showing it was first issued in 1900. The tunic has some problems, as we have stated above, but it is most attractively priced. Were it up to our normal standard of condition, it would cost several hundred dollars more.

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  • GEFREITER’S COLLAR BUTTONS - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GEFREITER’S COLLAR BUTTONS – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-605

    $90.00

    Today we offer a pair of Gefreiter’s collar buttons from the Saxon Army. They measure 1 1/8″ in diameter and are made by the same manufacturer. They are of wartime issue and are colored a subdued gray.

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  • GENERAL OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GENERAL OFFICER’S BELT BUCKLE – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ

    SKU: 15-430

    $3,495.00

    This may well be the rarest belt buckle that one can find from the Imperial German Period. It is for a General officer from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Her larger sister Grand Duchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin was the German Army’s third-largest regiment contributor among the Grand Duchies. Baden and Hessen-Darmstadt were both slightly larger. The other three Grand Duchies contributed one or two regiments at most, while Mecklenburg-Strelitz contributed less than a full regiment of men. She had one Infanterie Bataillon, one Artillerie Battery, and perhaps a few scattered men in the other regiments from Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Although Mecklenburg-Schwerin put up approximately six regiments, she never produced many Generals. That is even truer for the far smaller Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Grand Dukes of this state were Adolf Friedrich V and Adolf Friedrich VI who ruled from 1904-1918. While I have not been able find further research this, it is most likely that the two Grand Dukes and perhaps one other officer were the only Generals fielded by Mecklenburg-Strelitz. While I have seen and offered a General Pickelhaube from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, I have never even seen one from Mecklenburg-Strelitz! This gives you a feeling for a General’s belt buckle’s rarity. Aside from its scarcity, the beauty of the belt buckle is breathtaking. The buckle’s basic shape is similar to any German officer’s buckle. It is circular (measuring 2″ in diameter), with a wreath of laurel leaves. The buckle’s center is identical to the wappen center from a Mecklenburg-Schwerin General’s pickelhaube. It features a high-relief, silver…

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  • GENERAL OFFICER’S TUNIC KRAGENSPIEGEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GENERAL OFFICER’S TUNIC KRAGENSPIEGEL

    SKU: 15-683 XRH

    $1,095.00

    This is a consignment item. We have a pair of tunic kragenspiegels for a general officer’s tunic measuring 1 ¾” x 3 ¾.” They were appropriate from a Generalmajor’s level up to that of a Generalfeldmarschall. Each kragenspiegel’s background is made of red felt. The various designs that comprised kragenspiegel are embroidered to the felt in gold bullion. The kragenspiegels’ obverses reveal the slightest hint of moth tracking. You have to look closely to see it. This simply confirms these devices’ honest age. Their reverses display some actual moth nips. We also can see where the red felt is stitched up over what appears to be a cardboard backing. These are a very important general’s tunic accouterment

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  • GENERALLEUTNANT'S HELLGRAU LITEWKA - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GENERALLEUTNANT’S HELLGRAU LITEWKA – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-202

    $4,495.00

    This is an unusual tunic for a Generalleutnant in the Prussian Army prior to the outbreak of WW I. The color hellgrau (sky-gray) was a blue-gray used in addition to the more commonly seen feldgrau (field-gray, which means it has more green mixed with the gray). This tunic is in the litewka style, i.e., double-breasted with a double row (six to a side) of gilt-toned buttons. The tunic is trimmed in red with piping on the sleeves, etc. The tunic also has red collar kragenspiegel as opposed to the later gold-embroidered kragenspiegel. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety which is customary on higher ranking officer tunics. They are for a Prussian Generalleutnant and display a single pip on each shoulder board. This rank would be equivalent to a Major General in the U.S. Army. A Generalleutnant would have been a division commander before the war. Once the war began he might have commanded an Armeekorps of two or more divisions. He might also have been on staff and not a line-commander. No loops are sewn on the tunic for the display of awards or decorations. The interior has a fine silk liner which is complete and in excellent condition. Generally, this tunic is in good condition. It has 3-5 small moth nips that are not detractive to the overall presentation. Also, a seam has separated about an inch or so by the first button. It can be sewn back together once one gets beneath the inner lining. {In…

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  • GENERALLEUTNANT'S ÜBERROCK -  - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GENERALLEUTNANT’S ÜBERROCK – – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-524

    $2,195.00

    This is a Generalleutnant’s überrock (frock coat). These tunics were most commonly seen and used prior to 1905. The tunic is dark-blue (dunkel-blau) in color. The collar is red and displays NO kragenspiegel (as do later tunics). A double row of six gilt buttons (twelve buttons in all) runs down the tunic’s front. No buttons appear at the cuffs, just single, thin, red trim lines. Its shoulders sport a pair of sewn-in Prussian Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards. Each shoulder board displays a single gilt pip. (Each pip shows substantial wear and fading, but both are clearly gilt). The reverse’s vent boasts four more gilt-toned buttons, and red trim. The tunic interior’s black silk is in beautiful condition. Its exterior displays some scattered mothing. The fourth buttonhole’s surrounding area has a concentration of three noticeable moth nips. The other moth nips are limited and scattered. The right sleeve’s edge also has some fraying and mothing (clearly detailed in the description’s accompanying photographs). It is wonderfully bargain-priced for a General’s tunic.

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  • GOLD FELDWEBEL COLLAR DISCS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GOLD FELDWEBEL COLLAR DISCS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-679

    $95.00

    This is a very fine pair of gold-toned Feldwebel collar discs from Prussia. Each measures 1″ in diameter. Both are pre war quality and in very fine condition.

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  • HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 3 WACHTMEISTER'S (SERGEANT MAJOR) INTERIM ATTILA - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 3 WACHTMEISTER’S (SERGEANT MAJOR) INTERIM ATTILA – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-649

    $2,995.00

    This is an absolutely first-rate Husaren-Regiment von Zeiten (Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 regimental Wachtmeister’s (Sergeant Major) Interim Attila. [Although we are selling it separately, the correct belt for a Prussian Husaren NCO or enlisted man’s attila is available as item number 15-561. We would prefer to see the two go together]. The incredible tunic comes from one of THE oldest Prussian Husaren-Regiments. It was founded in 1730 (during König Friedrich der Große’s reign), eleven years before the next three Husaren-Regiments were founded. It was garrisoned at Rathenow and attached to the III. Armeekorps. First, I want to address the tunic owner’s rank. In the Imperial German Army, the term “Feldwebel” was often used. Any sergeant might be referred to as a “Feldwebel.” In fact, the German Army contained three sergeant levels. The lowest rank was “Sergeant,” the middle rank was “Vizefeldwebel,” and the highest was simply “Feldwebel.” In the U.S. these ranks, from lowest to highest were “Buck Sergeant,” “Sergeant 1st Class,” and “Sergeant Major.” Next, I have another interesting tidbit to share. In the Infanterie, a Sergeant Major was known as “Feldwebel.” The Kavallerie had a different term (like Rittmeister instead of Hauptmann, which was “Wachtmeister” (it was “Vizewachtmeister” for the 1st Sergeant’s equivalent). I have taken the time to explain these gradients so you would better understand this attila’s significance, as well as realizing that the Wachtmeister was the Regiment’s most important NCO. He did not report to Leutnants, Oberleutnants, or Rittmeisters. He was responsible to the Regimental Commander…

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  • HUSAREN-TUNIC GILT-TONED BUTTONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HUSAREN-TUNIC GILT-TONED BUTTONS

    SKU: 15-610

    $25.00

    This is a very attractive group of buttons that are suitable for use on Husaren tunics. They are gilt-toned and measure 1″ in diameter. Husaren tunics used two different button types on both the tunic’s front and back. The barrel-type buttons are like toggles that slip through loops on the tunic fronts. The circular-type is referred to as a rosette button, and is used on both tunic fronts and reverses. Regiments that wore gilt toned buttons were: *Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment *Husaren-Regiment von Schill (1. Schlesisches) Nr 4 *Husaren-Regiment Graf Goetzen (2. Schlesisches) Nr 6 *Husaren-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (1. Rheinisches) Nr 7 *2. Rheinisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 9 *Magdeburgisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 10 *Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 *Königl. Sächs. Husaren-Regiment König Albert Nr 18 A total of eighteen buttons is available. For the sake of classification, I am describing them as low, medium, and high-finish. They all are in the same condition essentially, but this may help you pick the best finish to complete a tunic. [Let me add, buttons for Husaren tunics are VERY difficult to find]. *Low finish: We have FIVE. *Medium finish: We have NINE. *High finish: We have FOUR.

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  • IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN'S KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 UNIFORM GROUP - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN’S KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 UNIFORM GROUP – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-500

    $1,995.00

    Today we are offering a very interesting uniform group for an enlisted man from Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4. The Regiment was raised in 1860. It was garrisoned in Berlin and was a part of the Gardekorps. What makes the group so attractive, aside from its completeness, is that it is identified. We even have the man’s photograph. Let us turn to this fabulous group. *Tunic. It is a fine example of a pre WW I, dark-blue tunic. A thin red trim line runs down the tunic’s center, near where the buttons are attached. Eight gilt buttons adorn the tunic’s center. The red collar sports two sets of embroidered white kragenspiegel. The sleeves are red, with three white kragenspiegel on each sleeve. A gold-toned button is attached to each of the kragenspiegel, in turn. The shoulder straps are a lighter shade of blue. Embroidered on each strap is a crown and Königin Augusta’s cypher. The straps are sewn-in on one side. Each has an unnumbered, gold-toned button on the other side. The tunic’s reverse features red trim and six more gold-toned buttons. Inside the tunic we see it was NOT a depot-issued tunic. It was privately purchased, and sports the classic, black-silk liner. While it is a fine tunic, some scattered moth nips appear on its lower right front. This is chronicled in the photographs which accompany the description. *Trousers. Included are the white dress trousers that are indicative of Garde-Grenadier, Garde-Fusilier, and Garde-Fuß Regiments. These trousers are made of…

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  • IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC FOR KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC FOR KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-637

    $1,595.00

    This is a very high-quality, privately-purchased enlisted man’s Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier Regiment Nr 2 tunic. The Regiment was founded in 1814 and garrisoned in Berlin. The Regiment was attached to the Gardekorps. The tunic’s classic, dunkel-blau wool is quite handsome. Eight gilt buttons run down the tunic’s center. A thin red trim line runs down the center, as well. White kragenspiegel appear on the red collar. Each red sleeve sports three white kragenspiegel that extend upward. Each kragenspiegel has a gilt button, totaling six between the two sleeves. The left breast displays two sewn-in loops that could accommodate either a two or three-place ribbon bar, if the new owner so chooses. The shoulder straps are red, embroidered in white with Kaiser Franz’s crowned royal cypher. The crowned cypher is very impressive because it is so different from any of the German monarchies’ crowns. Two smaller gilt buttons attach the shoulder straps to the tunic, each boasting a “5” for Kompagnie Nr 5. The tunic’s back is fairly standard. It features red trim at the vent, along with three gilt buttons on each side. This was a private purchase, not a depot-issued garment. It is no particular surprise. When he was assigned to a Garde-Regiment, a man took great pride in that assignment. He wanted to look extra-sharp. An older, ill-fitting tunic did not fit the image he wanted to present to the public or his fellow soldiers. This soldier opted for a cotton lining, rather than silk. It was less…

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  • IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 OBERLEUTNANT’S LITEWKA - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 OBERLEUTNANT’S LITEWKA – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-664 XKK

    $1,595.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a fine gray litewka produced for Oberleutnant Paul Hermann Feodor Rössler, who served in Königl. Sächs 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. Born in 1870, Rössler was an Oberleutnant in the Reserves after he finished his mandatory service in 1890/91. He was elevated to the rank of Hauptmann in 1910, when he was 40-years-old. His litewka is correct for an Oberleutnant, so it dates between 1891 and 1910. Rössler’s service was primarily with one old Saxon line-regiment, Königl. Sächs 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. It was raised in 1709, garrisoned at Bautzen, and assigned to the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. What differentiates a litewka from most other uniforms is its double row of buttons. A total of twelve buttons appears, with six per side. [The only other German tunic to sport that many buttons is the ulanka worn by Ulanen-Regiments. An ulanka’s double buttons were attached in a “V” pattern across its front, whereas a litewka’s buttons were arranged in straight up and down parallel rows]. The tunic has red trim running down its center, as well as across each sleeve cuff. The collar is also red, with a gold button on each of the collar’s red kragenspiegel (collar tab). The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was common for many officers ranking Hauptmann and lower. Each shoulder board displays the green chevrons that are indicative of Saxony. We also see the gilt numerals “103” for the regiment number and an Oberleutnant’s single gold pip.…

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  • IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 181 FAHNENJUNKER'S TUNIC - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 181 FAHNENJUNKER’S TUNIC – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-493

    $995.00

    This is an identified pre WW I Fahnenjunker’s tunic from Königl. Sächs. 15. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 181. It was the next-to-last of the “old-line” Saxon Infanterie Regiments created before WW I’s big build up. The Regiment was raised in 1887. Bataillon Nr 1 and Bataillon Nr 2 were garrisoned at Chemnitz, while Bataillon Nr 3 was based at Glauchau. The Regiment was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The tunic is the prewar dunkel-blau (dark-blue) color used before feldgrau. Its body is made of fine, dark-blue wool. A single row of eight gilt-toned buttons goes down the center. Its collar is red, with matching red cuffs. A narrow line of red piping runs down the tunic’s center, parallel to the buttons. Each cuff boasts a further two gilt buttons. A small set of red, sewn-in, ribbon bar loops appears on its left breast. (Based on the loops’ width, the ribbon bar held one or two ribbons). The shoulder straps are dark-blue trimmed in red with the regimental number stitched in yellow. The shoulder straps are sewn-in, and sport a small gilt button with NO Kompagnie Number. The reverse vent flap is trimmed in red, with two gilt and two silver-toned buttons. Inside the tunic is a fine silk liner, which provides further evidence it was a privately-purchased tunic rather than depot-issued. It gets even better. Inside the pocket is a tailor’s label from a firm in Dresden. The soldier’s name was “Thüm,” and he acquired the tunic on 7 February 1914. The…

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  • IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 76 OFFICER'S HELLGRAU LITEWKA & TROUSERS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 76 OFFICER’S HELLGRAU LITEWKA & TROUSERS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-529

    $2,295.00

    Seldom do we have the opportunity to offer an officer’s tunic AND trousers. It is even better when we can identify the owner. We are fortunate indeed to share just such a pairing with you. It is for a Leutnant from Infanterie-Regiment “Hamburg” (2. Hanseatisches) Nr. 76. The regiment was raised in 1866 during that year’s big build-up for the Austro-Prussian War. When it was formed, it was part of the Kingdom of Hannover’s X Armeekorps. It was annexed by Prussia following the 1866 war’s end, since Hannover had allied itself with the losing side. From 1867 through 1919, it was attached to Prussia’s IX Armeekorps. The regiment was garrisoned in Hamburg, the largest of the three Hanseatic Free States, and Germany’s largest seaport. [The latter remains true to this day]. The litewka is made of extremely fine hellgrau wool. Hellgrau means “light-gray,” which is a distinctly lighter shade than WW I’s darker feldgrau. [The wool cloth is of the highest order, simply topnotch. Clearly the owner insisted on the best quality and was able to pay for it.] A litewka is an interesting double-breasted tunic variation that sports a double row of gilt buttons (six per side) to secure it. A thin band of red piping outlines the litewka collar’s edges. A similar red piping band trims each of the litewka’s vertical front sides, as well as its cuffs (their only decoration). Its collar sports white kragenspiegel, each one accented by a single gilt button. The Leutnant’s shoulder boards…

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  • IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 (MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG) TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 (MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG) TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-598

    $550.00

    This is an identified enlisted man’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande (2. Westfälisches) Nr 15. The Regiment was one of many created during the Napoleonic Wars. Its creation occurred on 1 July 1814. It saw extensive service in the Napoleonic Wars’ final phases. It was garrisoned at Minden, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. The tunic is made of pre war, dunkel-blau (dark-blue) wool. A single row of eight gilt-toned buttons down its center. It sports a red collar and a thin red trim band that extend down the tunic’s center, parallel to the buttons. The cuffs are also red with thin white trim. Each cuff has three more large, gilt-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are light-blue, with the regimental number embroidered in red. The left strap (from the wearer’s perspective) shows extensive mothing. Some of the damage extends to where the strap connects to the shoulder. Each strap has a smaller gilt-toned button displaying the number “13.” This represents Kompagnie Nr 13, traditionally any Infanterie Regiment’s Reserve Kompagnie. The tunic’s obverse shows scattered moth nips and mothing in several areas. On the reverse reveals red trim at the vent flap and a six more large gilt-toned buttons. Inside the tunic we find several interesting details. First it is a privately-purchased tunic rather than a depot-issued example. It sports a black, silk, officers-style liner that is complete and in very pleasing condition. Also in the tunic’s center is a label that identifies the original owner as…

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  • IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 PRIVATE’S TUNIC - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 PRIVATE’S TUNIC – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-655

    $995.00

    This is a fine example of a privately purchased and identified pre WW I dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic for a Königl. Sächs 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103 private. The Regiment was raised in 1709. It was garrisoned at Bautzen and assigned to the XII. Armeekorps. The tunic’s front sports a single row of eight gold-toned buttons down its center. The collar, center trim, and cuffs are red. The red cuffs boast two gold-toned buttons each. The shoulder straps are blue trimmed in red. Each has the regimental number “103” embroidered on it in yellow. Two small gold-toned buttons hold the shoulder straps in place. The tunic’s reverse displays red trim at the bottom, along with a total of four large gold-toned buttons. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. Inside the tunic we see that it has an officer’s style black silk liner. Up on the neck is a label that identifies the tunic and the soldier who owned it, as listed below. “103 Regiment 7. Komp. Soldat Vogel” Overall, it is a good tunic.

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  • INCOMPLETE KAISER WILHELM II SHOOTING AWARD FOR 1904'S TOP INFANTERIE REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INCOMPLETE KAISER WILHELM II SHOOTING AWARD FOR 1904’S TOP INFANTERIE REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-671

    $250.00

    Every year Kaiser Wilhelm sponsored a shooting contest for the best shooting unit (Regiment, Bataillon, etc.) for the Infanterie, Artillerie, Jäger, and Kaiserliche Marine. This award was for the Infanterie in 1904. The award itself was a metal and fabric badge that was worn on one’s tunic sleeve. It was an immense honor that enlisted men and NCO’s proudly displayed on their tunics. The badge is made of brass. It measures 2 ¼” x 3 ¼.” It consists of a oak leaf wreath topped by the Kaiser Crown. A pair of rifles lies across both wreath halves, and 1904 appears at the award’s bottom. Generally, the badge was mounted on a dark-blue patch that extended beyond the metal so it could be sewn onto the tunic. This badge, however, shows NO evidence of ever having any part of the blue wool fabric. It appears that it never was installed. A mirrored fore panel is evident. The reverse displays a hallmark for the Berlin firm Paul Meybauer, who produced the badge. Most examples of the Kaiser Wilhelm II shooting badge were produced by C.E. Juncker (also of Berlin). Previously, I had never seen one produced by Meybauer. A zinc backing also is attached on the reverse. It is possible that this particular badge was either a prototype or a salesman’s example. It is also possible that the badge was unfinished for some unknown reason.

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  • INFANTERIE OFFICER BELT BUCKLE - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE OFFICER BELT BUCKLE – BADEN

    SKU: 15-367

    $275.00

    This is a very fine example of a pre WW I brass belt buckle from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It has a fine gilt finish, and comes complete with the keeper.

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  • INFANTERIE OFFICER BELT BUCKLE AND BELT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE OFFICER BELT BUCKLE AND BELT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-450

    $475.00

    This is a complete leather belt and buckle for a Prussian Infanterie officer. The belt buckle’s finish is gilt. It is a prewar variety, rather than the gray-painted/subdued buckle that was normally used during the war. The buckle’s overall condition rates as excellent. The brown leather belt to which it is attached is also in top condition. It is amazingly supple and retains a quality finish. All of the keepers are present. The belt measures 41 1/4″ in length. It would finish off a tunic display quite well, or would be great for display on its own.

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  • INFANTERIE OFFICER'S DRESS BELT/SASH - SWORD BELT - SPUR ENSEMBLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE OFFICER’S DRESS BELT/SASH – SWORD BELT – SPUR ENSEMBLE

    SKU: 15-445

    $1,095.00

    This is a wonderful Infanterie Officer’s group. It consists of his sash/belt, sword belt, and a pair of his spurs. The sash sports two large acorns that look like oversized portépées. [Our example does NOT have the “belt-like” attachments one sometimes sees. They are not missing. The sash just never had them. It simply was worn wrapped around the officer’s waist]. Inside this sash is a manufacturer’s label reading “Argentan Specialität.” Also penciled in is what appears to be “v. Pilgram,” or “v. Pilgrim.” The sash measures 70″ in overall length. The next piece is the actual belt from which he hung his sword. Various parts of the sword-belt are made of gold bullion and elegant red leather. The belt is complete and in very fine condition, with all its fittings present. The ensemble’s final item is a pair of officer’s spurs. All of the leather fittings and attachments are available for mounting the spurs to a pair of boots. This scintillating assortment can help complete your uniform display, or create an engrossing display on their own!

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  • INFANTERIE OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFANTERIE OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 15-593

    $695.00

    This is a fine Bavarian Infanterie Officer’s dress brocade belt and buckle. The buckle has a fine gilt finish and is correct for an Infanterie officer. The buckle’s reverse is marked D.R.G.M. 246570. The brocade belt is silver, with a double row of blue hash marks that encircles the entire belt. The belt’s reverse is backed with blue felt. The belt has all of the correct keepers, and can easily be used on a tunic or for display, as you prefer. When fully extended the belt fits a 36″ waist. Overall, it is in excellent condition.

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  • INTERIM NCO/OFFICER ARTILLERIE CARTRIDGE BOX 1870/71 - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INTERIM NCO/OFFICER ARTILLERIE CARTRIDGE BOX 1870/71 – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 15-337

    $750.00

    This is a leather Interim Artillerie cartridge box that was suitable for an NCO or Officer in a Hessen Artillerie Regiment. The box measures 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ x 1.” The leather, which shows honest age, displays stamped, crossed cannons between wreaths. Two metal rings hang on either side to secure the box. It dates from the period of the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War. For being a leather piece that is more than 130-years-old it is in good condition.

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  • JÄGER-Bataillon VETERAN’S ARMBAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JÄGER-Bataillon VETERAN’S ARMBAND

    SKU: 15-380

    $375.00

    This is an armband for a veteran from a Jäger-Bataillon. They were worn on the sleeves of veterans who had served in these units. This green armband is 4 1/4″ wide. It sports a wonderful, yellow, embroidered emblem of the Jäger-Bataillon. Many of these armbands had a metal device on them. The embroidered examples were far rarer. This example is in MINT condition.

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  • KAISER WILHELM II 1904 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SHOOTING PRIZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II 1904 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SHOOTING PRIZE

    SKU: 15-466

    $375.00

    Annually, Kaiser Wilhelm II awarded a prize to the Infanterie Regiment with the best marksmanship. Each regiment member proudly displays it on his tunic sleeve. Today we are offering the prize from 1904. It is a brass badge measuring 4 1/2″ x 3.” It features a wreath topped by a Hohenzollern Crown. Below that are crossed rifles, with “1904” displayed at the wreath’s bottom. It is mounted on an oval-shaped piece of black wool, which would then be sewn onto a tunic sleeve. [I am a bit puzzled as to why the patch is black. Most Infanterie troops typically wore dark-blue uniforms, so a black patch would look odd. I do have a theory. Both the 2. Leib Husaren-Regiment Nr 2 and Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 wore black tunics. Perhaps one of these regiments received the award in 1904. This is just a guess on my part, but I do know the Army and Navy’s various units were eligible to participate in the competition]. The reverse reveals a backing plate has been added to the badge for extra strength and durability. Badges such as this were considered a great honor. German soldiers also were rewarded for their marksmanship with shooting lanyards. The latter were attached to their shoulder strap buttons and displayed on their right breasts.

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  • KAISER WILHELM II 1912 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SHOOTING PRIZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II 1912 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SHOOTING PRIZE

    SKU: 15-465

    $350.00

    Annually, Kaiser Wilhelm II awarded a prize to the Infanterie Regiment with the best marksmanship. Each regiment member proudly displays it on his tunic sleeve. Today we are offering the prize from 1912. It is a brass badge measuring 4″ x 2 3/4.” It features a wreath topped by a Hohenzollern Crown. Below that are crossed rifles, with “1912” displayed at the wreath’s bottom. It is mounted on an oval-shaped piece of dark blue wool, which would then be sewn onto a tunic sleeve. Some light, scattered mothing shows up on the patch. The reverse reveals a backing plate has been added to the badge for extra strength and durability. Badges such as this were considered a great honor. German soldiers also were rewarded for their marksmanship with shooting lanyards. The latter were attached to their shoulder strap buttons and displayed on their right breasts.

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  • KAISER WILHELM II ANNUAL 1911 SHOOTING PRIZE BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II ANNUAL 1911 SHOOTING PRIZE BADGE

    SKU: 15-410

    $295.00

    The award of the annual Kaiser Shooting Badges was a time of keen competition. These were awarded to the top shooting units from Imperial German Army Regiments, as well as Army Artillerie Regiments. A similar award was made to the Navy. This badge was an award to the Army’s top shooting unit in 1911. In this competition every man in the selected regiment was awarded a badge to wear on his tunic sleeve. The badge is oval-shaped and measures 4″ x 3.” Its background is black felt. The insignia itself is brass. It was an important award within the Imperial German Army. It served as a source of great pride to the winning unit every year.

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  • KAISERLICHE MARINE ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER'S ARM CHEVRON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHE MARINE ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S ARM CHEVRON

    SKU: 13-638

    $150.00

    This is a One-Year-Volunteer’s arm chevron from the Kaiserliche Marine. As we have chronicled elsewhere, the One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) entered the German military service on a different program from the men doing two-year mandatory service. After most men completed their two-year service, they entered the reserves. They only were called to active service when additional man power was needed. This was the situation, of course, when WW I began. Most reserves were called back to active duty. Returning to the OYV, when entering the military, they essentially paid all of their own expenses. That is, the government did not pay for their equipment (uniforms, headgear, etc.). They were expected to supply their own gear, just as officers did. Since these men provided their own gear, they were allowed a certain amount of latitude in their uniforms and headgear. Men who enlisted in the OYV program were generally from the German middle class or higher. They had more money to spend on their uniforms than say farmers who came into the service. Many OYV’s bought their uniforms and headdress from the same purveyors that the officers did. They were allowed to mimic many officers’ headdress characteristics. For example, they were not allowed to purchase a pickelhaube EXACTLY like an officer’s, but they could get VERY close. At least ONE of the details had to be different from an officer’s. It is common to see a silk liner and officer’s leather liner on an OYV’s pickelhaube. This was one of the extra allowances…

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  • KAVALLERIE REGIMENT DRESS PARADE BELT AND CARTRIDGE BOX WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAVALLERIE REGIMENT DRESS PARADE BELT AND CARTRIDGE BOX WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-288

    $795.00

    This is a fascinating pairing of a cartridge box and parade belt for a Prussian Kavallerie Regiment officer. The cartridge box is leather, and displays a brass cypher (Wilhelm Rex) with a crown above it. The belt is gold in color, with gilt trim. The belt’s underlay is a dark-blue velvet. The belt’s exterior is mint, while the underlay shows some mothing. The pair is snugly stored in their original, circular carton, which has protected and preserved them in fine condition. The original, tissue, wrapping-paper still rests at the carton’s bottom. It is a most unusual set.

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  • KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT HERZOG FRIEDRICH EUGEN von WÜRTTEMBERG (WESTPREUß.) Nr 5 OBERST DRESS TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT HERZOG FRIEDRICH EUGEN von WÜRTTEMBERG (WESTPREUß.) Nr 5 OBERST DRESS TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-595

    $5,295.00

    This is a dress or parade uniform for the Oberst and commanding officer of Küraßier-Regiment Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg (Westpreuß.) Nr 5. It was one of the older line Küraßier-Regiments, founded in 1717. It is interesting that the Regiment was garrisoned in three separate areas, which included Riesenberg, Rosenberg, and Deutsch-Elau. The Regiment was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps. The tunic’s color is white. It has the high collar unique to Küraßier-Regiment tunics. A wide band of silver bullion runs down each side of the tunic’s center. Within that wide band are two narrow bands of light rose. The tunic secures with a series of hook and eye attachments that, when secured, leaves a smooth center without buttons. The same theme of silver bullion is carried forward to the collar and to the sleeve cuffs. Two silver buttons also appear on each cuff. The epaulettes have a silver moon-shaped device. Within the moon we see a white wool surface. On that white background, we see an Oberst and Regimental Commander’s twin pips. This is confirmed by the loose silver ringlets that extend down from the silver moon device. On the reverse we see the rose colored trim in the area of the vent. Also in this area are six silver-toned buttons. As to condition, this is not quite as fine as we would prefer. The front is in very good condition. The reverse has extensive moth tracing that extends over much of it. While this is a pity, the…

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    KURAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 5 UNTEROFFIZIER’S TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-587

    $1,195.00

    This is a very well made Küraßier Regiment Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg (Westpreuß.) Nr 5 unteroffizier’s tunic in fine condition. The Regiment was raised in 1717. The three Bataillons were garrisoned at Risenburg, Rosenberg, and Deutsch-Eylau. The Regiment was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps. Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy or armored Kavallerie. They were unique to Kavallerie in that they wore a heavy metal küraß (breastplate) for protection from swords and lances. The men also wore metal helmets (as did members of Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments), with lobstertails (extended rear visors) to protect their wearers from sword slashes during combat. Most Küraßier-Regiments were created during the 17th and 18th Centuries. The last Küraßier-Regiment was founded in 1815. By that time firearms had made Küraßiers obsolete, and no further regiments were formed. This circa-1910 tunic is prewar dark-blue. It has the stand-up collar unique to Küraßier-Regiments. The collar, sleeves, and trim are rose red, a lighter shade of red than that used on other Küraßier tunics. [Please remember that the colors highlighting collars, sleeves, and trims are often repeated on their schirmützen and mützen]. A single row of eight gilt buttons runs down the tunic’s center. The collar and sleeves display gold bullion tape that identifies the tunic as an unteroffizier’s. Each sleeve shows two more gilt buttons. The shoulder straps are white, with no cypher or regimental number (as is correct). Each is sewn onto the tunic and secured by a small, unadorned gilt button. As we examine the right sleeve,…

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  • LEATHER BELT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LEATHER BELT

    SKU: 15-628 XES

    $95.00

    This is an officers-style leather belt. It is black and measures 45″ in length. An attachment lies at its end to which a belt buckle may be attached.

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  • LEUTNANT'S M-1915 FELDGRAU FRIEDENSUNIFORM (TUNIC) - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LEUTNANT’S M-1915 FELDGRAU FRIEDENSUNIFORM (TUNIC) – PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-487

    $5,995.00

    This is a first class tunic of the M-1915 Feldgrau Friedensuniform (rock) variety. It is a very rare tunic. The M-1915 Friedensuniform was first authorized on 21 September 1915 by the War Ministry. Feldgrau tunics first entered into service in various units beginning in 1907. As WW I neared the end of its first year, the German Army’s rapid expansion placed a major strain on the resources needed to produce stockpiles of blue uniform material. The need for standardization was obvious. It was this mandate in September 1915 that created the Friedensuniform (Future Peace Time Uniform). The uniform style was quite ornate. Not long after the change had been ordered, it was abandoned for a simpler, easier-to-produce tunic that was less expensive. The M-1915 Friedensuniform was the high water mark for Imperial German feldgrau tunics. In his excellent book The German Army in the First World War, Jürgen Kraus describes the uniform (with photos), on page 158. We are very pleased to offer such a tunic to you today. It is for a Leutnant from Schlesisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 6. The unit was founded in 1816 and garrisoned at Neiße. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. The tunic’s body is a buttery, high-quality wool in the classic feldgrau color. It sports a single row of eight silver-toned buttons. Red piping runs down the center, appears at the collar, and on the cuffs. The very elaborate collar boasts black velvet over which massive silver kragenspiegel are laid. The patina on the…

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  • M-1910 FELDGRAU TUNIC - LEUTNANT - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 5 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    M-1910 FELDGRAU TUNIC – LEUTNANT – PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 5 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-492

    $3,995.00

    This is a Leutnant’s feldgrau M-1910 tunic from Niederschlesisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 5. The unit was raised in 1816, right after the Napoleonic Wars ended. It was garrisoned in Glogau and assigned to the V. Armeekorps. The tunic is constructed from an exceptional, feldgrau-colored, wool gabardine material. It sports a single row of eight subdued, crowned buttons running down the tunic’s center. It also features red trim down the center, and black piping at the cuffs. The same black piping is seen on the collar. Two subdued buttons appear on each cuff. (They are the same size as those down the center). The second buttonhole from the top boasts a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon sewn into it, as is correct. The left breast sports two loops for the insertion of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that are the remnants of a ribbon bar’s loops. Sewn-in Leutnant’s regimental shoulder boards are mounted to the tunic’s shoulders. Each bears the regimental designation. It is important to note that the shoulder boards are of the M-1915 variety. They are subdued, matching the tunic. Each has a small button to assist in attaching them to the tunic. The tunic’s reverse displays red trim on the vent, and six more subdued buttons. Perhaps three-to-five small moth nips show up on the tunic’s exterior, as well as one small field repair on the left sleeve’s reverse. A repair has also been made to a seam on the right sleeve. It has been resewn.…

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  • M-1910 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 121 HAUPTMANN’S FELDGRAU TUNIC BUT ATTACHED TO GREAT GERMAN GENERAL STAFF - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    M-1910 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 121 HAUPTMANN’S FELDGRAU TUNIC BUT ATTACHED TO GREAT GERMAN GENERAL STAFF – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-669

    $6,995.00

    This is a superb M-1910 feldgrau officer’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg (3. Württ.) Nr 121. The regiment was founded in 1716 and garrisoned at Ludwigsburg. It was attached to the Württemberg XIII. Armeekorps. The M-1910 feldgrau tunic is a companion to the same officer’s feldgrau feldbluse tunic. It is the classic and most frequently seen of the officers’ wartime tunics. The tunic has a single row of eight silver buttons that run down the tunic’s center. Three additional silver buttons appear on each sleeve. The sleeve cuffs and collar display the matching red trim used by officers assigned to Berlin’s Great German General Staff. [The latter served as the Imperial German Army’s heart and soul. It was responsible for everything from planning the logistics of getting material to the troops in the field to selecting new items for uniforms, headdresses, etc. It had more departments than I can name, with the major departments commanded by General Officers. The major departments had lesser departments reporting to them. All of these departments had many officers of varying ranks who handled the paperwork generated to-and-from the field commands and kept the war machine humming]. This tunic was the second of our man’s garments, for when he transferred to the General Staff. It is impressive, to say the least. The shoulder boards are different from those on the other tunic. They are pre war examples, NOT the later M-1915 feldgrau variety. They again sport the “121” for Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg in gilt rather than silver.…

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  • M-1915 GENERALARZT FELDBLUSE FELDGRAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    M-1915 GENERALARZT FELDBLUSE FELDGRAU TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-490

    $5,995.00

    We are always pleased to bring you feldgrau tunics. It is an especially good day for us when we offer an example that once belonged to a General. This example is a very different sort of tunic. It was once the property of a “Generalarzt,” that is, a doctor who was also a General Officer. I can assure you, the German Army, did NOT have many Generals who were doctors. A man in this rank would have been assigned at a very high level, perhaps at an Armee or Armee Gruppe. He might also have been on staff at the high command. It would not have been for a man out in the field. He would have overseen medical services at a very high level. The tunic is a M-1915 Feldbluse. This tunic is completely different from other tunic types (including the M-1910) in that all of its center buttons are hidden from view behind a flap. This presents a smooth exterior. A total of six gray buttons hides beneath the flap. The cuffs feature no adornment, either. The tunic does not have conventional General officer’s kragenspiegel mounted on a different shade of (darker) gray collar. Instead, the kragenspiegel are silver and bullion, with a dark-blue background trimmed in red. The shoulder boards are quite large. They are of the subdued M-1915 variety for use on feldgrau tunics. They consist of silver bullion interwoven with black cords. Their centers boast gilt caducei. The shoulder boards’ underlays are the same blue…

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  • M-1915 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 121 HAUPTMANN’S FELDGRAU FELDBLUSE TUNIC - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    M-1915 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 121 HAUPTMANN’S FELDGRAU FELDBLUSE TUNIC – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-668

    $4,995.00

    This is a superb M-1915 feldgrau officer’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg (3. Württ.) Nr 121. The regiment was founded in 1716 and garrisoned at Ludwigsburg. It was attached to the Württemberg XIII. Armeekorps. The feldbluse tunic is easily distinguished from other tunic styles by a frontal flap that covers its buttons, leaving no buttons visible down the tunic’s center. A total of six simple gray buttons is in its center. Once they have been buttoned, an inner flap is laid down, followed by the exterior flap, and “Ausgezeichnet!” the tunic appears to have no center buttons! This creates a very tidy layout that was favored by some officers, however, it was not as popular as the M-1910, M-1915, etc. tunic-styles. The tunic’s exterior features two pockets that are secured by two small subdued, crowned buttons. The same small buttons secure its shoulder boards. Each shoulder board displays a “121” that identifies the regiment, along with a Hauptmann’s twin pips. The exterior’s final two buttons appear on the reverse in the vent area. They are larger than the other four buttons, the size that normally is visible running down the tunic’s center. The shoulder boards are the sewn-in variety, which was quite common among Leutnant’s, Oberleutnant’s, and Hauptmann’s ranks. One side is sewn into the tunic and the other is attached by a button. Each shoulder board has a white underlay. The shoulder boards are of the M-1915 feldgrau variety. The chevrons atop the shoulder boards are both black and red,…

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  • MAJOR'S ÜBERROCK - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MAJOR’S ÜBERROCK – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-424

    $1,495.00

    This is a major’s high-quality frock coat from the 1. Ober-Elsässisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 15. The Regiment was established in 1871. It was garrisoned at Saarburg-Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps. The tunic’s body is made of fine blue wool. It displays red piping, and a double row of six gilt buttons. Its collar is black. No buttons decorate the sleeves. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. They show the braid reserved for the rank of Major through Oberst. It has no pips, but does display the regimental numerical designation, along with the Artillerie’s flaming bomb. The shoulder boards have a red underlay. The tunic’s reverse features four gilt buttons at the vent. Inside, the tunic is beautifully finished with a silk liner. The tunic’s overall condition is excellent. It is a fine example of a prewar frock coat.

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  • NAVAL ARTILLERIE RATING PATCH FOR KAISERLICHE MARINE ENLISTED MAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVAL ARTILLERIE RATING PATCH FOR KAISERLICHE MARINE ENLISTED MAN

    SKU: 13-446

    $150.00

    This is an oval rating patch that was worn on an enlisted man’s uniform sleeve. It has a dark-blue woolen base that is embroidered in yellow with a Hohenzollern Crown, crossed cannons, and an anchor. Some mothing shows on the patch’s upper left. This is not detractive to the patch’s overall presentation.

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  • NCO TUNIC - GARDE-JÄGER-Bataillon - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO TUNIC – GARDE-JÄGER-Bataillon – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-577

    $2,995.00

    This is a first-rate NCO tunic from the Garde-Jäger-Bataillon. The unit was formed in 1744 during the reign of Frederick the Great. This Bataillon along with Jäger-Bataillon Graf Yorck von Wartenburg Nr 1 and Jäger-Bataillon Fürst Bismarck (Pommersches) Nr 2, was one of the oldest Jäger-Bataillons in the German Army, all having been founded in 1744. Each of these Bataillons had a proud history and tradition in first the Prussian and later the German Army. Men assigned to Jäger Bataillons were expected to be crack shots. In the early days during and before the Napoleonic Wars, they were at the head of other German troops, serving as skirmishers. They were to disrupt enemy troops advancing on the German main body. The tunic is green in color, as is typical of Jäger tunics. It was to offer better camouflage for them when in the field. As with most tunics, this one sports eight gilt buttons down the center. Red piping also runs down the center. The cuffs each sport two more gilt buttons. As the tunic is for an NCO, we see gold bullion braid and two yellow bullion trim pieces where the buttons are attached. Moving to the collar we see the same gold and yellow bullion attached, as well as two Prussian NCO collar buttons in gold. Moving to the shoulder straps, we see plain red examples, which is correct for this Bataillon. Smaller gold buttons displaying the number “2” attach the straps and identify him to Kompagnie Nr…

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  • NCO'S COLLAR BUTTONS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S COLLAR BUTTONS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-435 XJW

    $60.00

    This is a consignment item. These are a Prussian Army NCO’s collar buttons. They are gilt-toned and measure 1″ in diameter. Three of the four buttons have been sold. Only the 3rd button from the left remains.

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  • NCO’S ATTILA FOR A GRAF - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 18 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S ATTILA FOR A GRAF – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 18 – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-540

    $795.00

    This is an NCO’s everyday attila from Königl. Sächs Husaren-Regiment König Albert Nr 18. It was the senior of three Husaren-Regiments from the Kingdom of Saxony. The Regiment was raised in 1734 and garrisoned at Großenhain. It was attached to the XII. Armeekorps. The tunic is a lighter shade of blue. It has all-yellow tresses and frogging, as well as yellow trim down the tunic’s center and around is edges. A total of ten frosted gilt (five to each side) rosette buttons adorn the attila’s front. Five gilt barrel buttons secure the tunic when it is buttoned. Sewn-in loops on the left breast can accommodate a small ribbon bar. The loops measure 1″ in width. Gold bullion tape appears at the collar as well as on the cuff. Gilt Saxon collar buttons are seen on both sides of the collar. Yellow shoulder straps appear on each side and are secured by gilt-toned buttons. The same yellow trim is seen on the reverse. I do not see any barrel buttons on the tunic’s reverse. Scattered moth damage shows on the attila’s front and back. It is seen in many areas on all parts of the tunic. Although this is a lot more moth damage than we generally offer, we have two reasons why we purchased the tunic and decided to share it with you. The tunic’s interior is quite attractive and sports a most unusual light-blue, silk liner. It seems to me that our young Graf had a sense of style.…

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  • OBERST'S ÜBERROCK - ULANEN-REGIMENT von KATZLER (SCHLESISCHES) Nr 2 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OBERST’S ÜBERROCK – ULANEN-REGIMENT von KATZLER (SCHLESISCHES) Nr 2 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-570

    $1,495.00

    This is a commanding Oberst’s überrock from the Ulanen-Regiment von Katzler (Schlesisches) Nr 2.. This Regiment was founded in 1745. It was garrisoned in Gleiwitz-Piess and assigned to the VI ArmeeKorps. An überrock was the army tunic’s long, frock coat version. Like a standard prewar tunic, it is dark-blue. It has a double row (six to each side) of gilt-toned buttons. Stitched into the second buttonhole is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. Another ribbon is present, which on first sight appears to be from Braunschweig. It displays, however, an unusual black and white trim on either side that I cannot identify. The collar is all red. A thin red trim line runs centrally from the collar to just below the tunic’s final button. Red trim is also visible at the cuffs. Its shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. Each sports the regimental designation “2,” along with an Oberst’s twin gilt pips. The left breast displays two pairs of sewn-in loops. One is quite large. It appears to be for a larger decoration, or possibly even a breast star. The second pair is very close and could have held an Iron Cross 1st Class. The tunic’s reverse has a total of four gilt buttons in the vent area. The tunic’s interior is equally clean, boasting a black, traditional silk liner. It is a high-quality tunic at a very fair price.

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  • OFFICER BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER BELT BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-387 XES

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item. It is for an officer in the Prussian army. The cypher does not match up with any of our research books on belt buckles. We have shared photos with other knowledgeable collectors and the consensus is that it is either a custom purchase example that could have been used while he was in the military or that it was used by an officer in a veteran’s group after he had retired from the army. It has a burnished gold finish. Both the buckle and keeper are present. It is very handsome and of the highest quality.

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  • OFFICER BELT BUCKLE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER BELT BUCKLE – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-663

    $350.00

    This is a very fine officer’s belt buckle from the Kingdom of Saxony. The belt buckle came from the reign of König Albert (1828-1902). His reign was from 1873 into 1902. The belt buckle is silver-toned. It quite possibly was repainted, perhaps for use in WW I. The buckle’s center depicts King Albert’s royal cypher. The keeper on the reverse is present, so it can be mounted to either a leather or a brocade belt. The condition is very good.

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  • OFFICER BROCADE DRESS BELT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER BROCADE DRESS BELT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-275

    $225.00

    This is an attractive, brocade, dress belt for a Prussian Army Officer. The bullion exterior remains in very fine condition. The belt’s reverse is lined in blue velvet. The belt buckle is gilt, with a fine bright finish. The tip of the belt with the hardware to secure it is missing. This this belt cannot be secured to a tunic and is good for display only.

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  • OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE – SAXONY

    SKU: 10-393

    $450.00

    When I first found this brocade belt and buckle in Germany I was struck by the amazingly small size of the belt. It measures some 21″-22″ and initially my first thought was that it was a Kinder (children’s) piece. But aside from its small size it was of the correct width of an Army Officer and it also had a correct and full size Saxon Army Officer’s buckle. Had this been a true Kinder piece, both the belt and buckle would have been smaller to accommodate the overall proportions. I spent some more time with it and brain stormed with the owner. He advanced the theory that the only person who could have been that young (to have worn such a small belt) might have been a member of the Saxon Royal household. Even taking into consideration the fact that people were smaller 80 years ago than they are today, this seems like a plausible explanation. Overall, the belt and buckle is in very fine condition and finding a Saxon Officer brocade belt and buckle is no small task regardless of the size.

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  • OFFICER'S BROCADE DRESS BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S BROCADE DRESS BELT AND BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-484

    $325.00

    This is a brocade officer’s belt and buckle from a Prussian Infanterie Regiment. The silver brocade is highly tarnished and shows some toning. The buckle’s gilt finish is well above normal. It shows toning or staining on the reverse. Its light-blue felt backing is complete, but does display several moth nips. All of the fittings are present. It can be displayed on its own or attached to an officer’s tunic. The belt’s maximum measurement is 46.”

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  • OFFICER'S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-420

    $295.00

    This is a very fine example of a brocade dress belt and buckle for a Prussian Infanterie officer. It is a fine pre WW I example. It does not have the normal felt or wool backing, but it would work well on a tunic. It displays beautifully with its gilt toned buckle.

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  • OFFICER'S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-340 XES

    $350.00

    This is a consignment item. This is a dress brocade belt and buckle for a Prussian officer. The brocade belt is in fine condition, as is the gilt officer’s buckle.

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  • OFFICER'S FIELD BELT AND BUCKLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S FIELD BELT AND BUCKLE

    SKU: 15-351 XES

    $100.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s style leather belt and buckle. The belt measures 43.” It has a sturdy brass buckle, with double hooks to secure the belt when it is buckled up. The black leather belt shows extreme age. It has two brass attachments on the side where a bayonet or other object might be hung.

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  • OFFICER'S LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 15-374

    $395.00

    This is a leather belt and buckle for a Bavarian Officer. The brown leather belt measures 29 3/4.” The buckle is silver-toned, rather than gilt. I know that gilt is for Infanterie, but am unfamiliar with what the silver-toned buckle represents. The belt appears to be a modern day leather belt, (or it is in unbelievable condition) that has been fitted to a period correct buckle but is still great for display. This price is exceptionally fair for the belt buckle alone. While I am not 100% of the age of the belt the pair is a solid value.

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  • OFFICER’S BROCADE DRESS BELT - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S BROCADE DRESS BELT – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-586

    $550.00

    This Kingdom of Württemberg officer’s brocade belt is in good condition. Its silver bullion brocade features small, double, red and black tracks, which indicate Württemberg. The buckle has a silver finish and sports Württemberg’s King Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. Inside the belt we see a dark-blue liner. This is a smaller-sized belt in very fine condition, overall.

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  • OFFICER’S CARTRIDGE BOX - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S CARTRIDGE BOX – BADEN

    SKU: 15-659

    $650.00

    This is a very high-quality kartuschekasten (cartridge box) for an officer in the Baden military. The cartridge box was where extra rounds of ammunition were stored. The exterior is leather. It is quite clean and supple for being more than one-hundred-years old. Baden’s brass crown appears above the royal cypher. All of its attachments are in place. The box can be mounted on a belt or displayed. It is a rare accessory that we seldom find.

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  • OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT & BUCKLE - BADEN & OLDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT & BUCKLE – BADEN & OLDENBURG

    SKU: 15-660

    $350.00

    This is an officer’s dress brocade dress belt and buckle that were correct for the Grand Duchies of Baden and Oldenburg. The belt’s obverse is in excellent condition, particularly the brocade. The buckle exhibits strong fire gilding. The belt’s reverse reveals some mothing on the dark-blue wool. All of its attachments are in place. The belt and buckle can be mounted to any tunic or displayed on their own.

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  • OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-584

    $395.00

    This is a fine example of a Prussian officer’s dress brocade belt and buckle. The belt is finished in beautifully-toned silver and gray bullion. The buckle has a high-quality fire-gilded finish. Its reverse is lined with dark-blue felt. A small amount of localized mothing appears near the reverse’s leather portion. The belt and buckle come complete with its appropriate keeper. When fully extended, the belt measures 51 ½.” Overall, it is in fine condition, ready to be added to a tunic or set up as a general display item.

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  • OFFICER’S DRESS SASH - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S DRESS SASH – BADEN

    SKU: 15-658

    $295.00

    This is an officer’s dress sash from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The sash is complete with all attachments. The sash is in excellent condition and ready to mount on a Baden officer’s tunic or for display.

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  • OFFICER’S DRESS SASH WITH STORAGE CARTON - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S DRESS SASH WITH STORAGE CARTON – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-548

    $375.00

    This is an officer’s dress sash from Württemberg in superb condition. Such a sash was worn about the waist. It has a bullion belt with all the attachments needed for proper sizing. Imbedded in the silver bullion are red and black trim lines, which are the Kingdom of Württemberg’s key colors. Hanging down from the belt are two large “acorns,” similar to what one finds on a sword’s portépée, only larger. Dangling from the acorn’s bottom are plentiful silver, red, and black bullion tassels. Each tassel thread measures approximately 9 1/2″ in length. A sash like this really sets off an officer’s uniform. The sash is housed in a correct period storage carton. The carton has rounded ends and measures 15″ x 3 1/2″ x 3.” It is made of sturdy, heavy-duty cardboard that sports a leatherette exterior. While the carton has received some scuffs over the last one-hundred-years, it is in amazingly good condition. The sash is also in excellent condition, with some normal, expected toning (patina) to the belt’s bullion.

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  • ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER (OYV) GEFREITER’S ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 5 ULANKA (TUNIC) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER (OYV) GEFREITER’S ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 5 ULANKA (TUNIC)

    SKU: 15-642

    $1,895.00

    The ulanka was a very unusual tunic that was only worn by the German Army’s Ulanens and Chevaulegers. These tunics are instantly recognizable by the double row of buttons that are shaped in a “V” rather than a straight line down the tunic’s front. This makes the man wearing the tunic look more muscular and imposing. Our ulanka today is from Westfälisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 5. The regiment was raised in 1815, and garrisoned in Düsseldorf, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. The tunic is a prewar variety constructed of dark-blue (dunkel-blau) wool. The collar is red, and a thin red trim line also extends down the tunic’s center. A total of twelve silver-toned buttons is shaped in the “V” running down the tunic’s center. The cuffs are also red and each sports a single silver button. The tunic’s collar is a matching red, with a silver Gefreiter button (denoting the man’s rank) on each side. Mounted on the tunic’s shoulders are the man’s One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV’s) epaulettes. We can determine this by the black and white trim extending around each epaulette. A white background covers each epaulette’s center, with a gilt “5” (denoting the regiment) mounted on it. The ulanka’s reverse has red trim extending from each side to the sleeves. An additional red trim line appears down near the vent flaps, which sport eight more silver buttons in that area. We have previously mentioned that the tunic’s original owner was a One-Year-Volunteer. The OYV program allowed a man…

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  • ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER'S TUNIC - JÄGER - Bataillon Nr 10 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S TUNIC – JÄGER – Bataillon Nr 10 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-254

    $2,295.00

    This is a very fine tunic from an elite unit with a long and proud history. The very rare tunic comes from Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. The unit was raised in 1803 and garrisoned at Goslar. Prior to the beginning of WW I it was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. This was the only Jäger Bataillon in the Kingdom of Hannover’s Army. It was an elite rifle unit that was greatly prized by Wellington, along with his own 92nd Rifles, for its members’ marksmanship. These troops were an important part of the skirmishers sent out in advance of the regular Infanterie. Their marksmanship helped eliminate officers and interfered with the command and control of the French troops they opposed. This unit proudly served with the Duke of Wellington throughout the Peninsula Campaign and at Waterloo. Like the other Hanoverian Regiments, Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 was absorbed into the Prussian Army in 1866 after Hannover’s defeat when they sided with Austria against Prussia. Even though Hanoverian Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, Jäger, and Pionier units were redesignated as Prussian units, they retained a strong sense of pride in their roots as native sons of Hannover. In the late 1890’s this was recognized by Kaiser Wilhelm II. He then allowed these units to wear bandeaux for the battle honors that they had achieved while under Hannover’s flag. This small gesture meant a great deal to the troops. From that day until the end of the empire, they could be distinguished from other Prussian units…

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  • PAPERWEIGHT WITH MINIATURE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 126 OFFICER'S DRESS SHOULDER BOARD - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAPERWEIGHT WITH MINIATURE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 126 OFFICER’S DRESS SHOULDER BOARD – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-74

    $250.00

    Desk pieces of all kinds were very popular in Imperial Germany. This was especially true for officers who might have miniature swords as decorations or as letter openers, for example. In this case an officer from 8. Württemberg Infanterie-Regiment Nr 126 Große Herzog Friedrich von Baden had a paperweight made with a miniature of a dress (banjo style) shoulder board imbedded in glass. The result is a very striking desk piece that is a real attention-getter. Imagine how handsome this would look on your desk (as it will on mine until you buy it)!

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  • PARADE ATTILA - LEUTNANT - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 19 - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PARADE ATTILA – LEUTNANT – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 19 – SAXONY

    SKU: 15-539

    $1,595.00

    Today we are offering a Leutnant’s parade attila from Königl. Sachs. 2. Husaren-Regiment Nr 19. The Regiment was raised in 1791 and garrisoned at Grimma. It was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The tunic is light-blue. All of the magnificent silver tresses and frogging sport a tasty patina, as does the collar and cuff’s bullion tape. The collar’s bullion is worth additional mention. Not only is it elaborate, but it also extends to the collar’s reverse. A total of ten (five to each side) rosette style buttons adorn the tunic front. Furthermore, five toggle buttons secure the tunic when it is buttoned. Two sewn-in shoulder boards mark the tunic for a Leutnant. Each shoulder board displays green chevrons, confirming that they are from Saxony. The tunic’s reverse continues the same tresses’ theme as is on the front. Two additional barrel buttons adorn the vent area. While the tunic’s overall condition is quite good, it has a bit more mothing than we would normally offer you. It certainly is reflected in the final price, and makes the tunic a heck of a bargain. The mothing is scattered. One larger nip appears high up on the chest’s right side, just under the shoulder board. We also see a couple of period field repairs that have been stitched up to lessen the effects of a tear. They are small. In fact, they add some character to the tunic. Inside the tunic two tones of shiny cotton appear. As mentioned above, we have a…

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  • PETTY OFFICER TUNIC WHO COMMANDED THE ROYAL LAUNCH OF THE S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) HOHENZOLLERN. The S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PETTY OFFICER TUNIC WHO COMMANDED THE ROYAL LAUNCH OF THE S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) HOHENZOLLERN. The S.M.Y. (S.M.S.)

    SKU: 15-498

    $6,995.00

    Hohenzollern was the last and biggest of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yachts to actually see use. It was put into service in 1893. His grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I, was a much more modest man, and not anywhere near as flamboyant as his grandson. His royal yacht was a paddle wheeler! Whether it was opulent yachts such as the Hohenzollern, or the many uniforms and headdresses he owned, Wilhelm II was certainly over the top. Nothing stated that more than the royal yacht. It was Wilhelm II’s desire that Germany become a major sea power to equal England. Again, nothing stated those desires more than the Hohenzollern. She was essentially a floating palace. She sailed all over Europe for Wilhelm II and his family’s state visits or just for vacations. The Hohenzollern even made a trip to New York, although the Kaiser did not sail with her. More than 6,000 people visited her while she was docked in New York early during the 20th Century. The officers and men who served aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern were the cream of the German Navy. Their status was somewhat similar to that of the Regiment der Garde du Corps (GdC) on land. Officers selected to serve aboard the Hohenzollern were marked for advancement and promotion once they had served their stint aboard the royal yacht. As with the GdC, the enlisted men and NCO’s were men of the highest conduct level and character. To serve aboard the Hohenzollern and attend the royal family was…

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  • PETTY OFFICER'S NAVY DRESS TUNIC - ATTACHED TO THE NAVAL AIR SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PETTY OFFICER’S NAVY DRESS TUNIC – ATTACHED TO THE NAVAL AIR SERVICE

    SKU: 15-425

    $2,495.00

    This is a wonderful NCO dress tunic from the Kaiserliche Marine. This particular dress tunic was often referred to as a “Monkey Suit” or “Monkey Jacket.” What makes it even more desirable – the NCO was involved in the Imperial German Naval Air Service! The tunic is made of fine-grade, dark-blue wool. It features silver buttons throughout. It boasts two rows of nine silver buttons down its center. Each button displays the Kaiserliche Marine’s fouled anchor, and the Kaiser’s Hohenzollern Crown. In addition, a device consisting of two more silver buttons joined by a chain allows the tunic to hang open, but remain semi-secured. The collars exhibit the Imperial Naval Air Service’s twin, silver-toned, winged propellers. They are similar to the winged propellers seen on the shoulder boards/straps of the Imperial Army Air Service. The left sleeve exhibits a Petty Officer’s Rating Badge. I believe it indicates that he is an armorer. His cuffs display silver bullion tape indicating he is an NCO (Petty Officer). Extending upward from each sleeve are six more small, silver buttons. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. I see only one small moth nip on the obverse and one on the reverse. Inside the tunic is a complete cotton lining with many depot marks. These indicate it came from a naval depot, and was first placed in service on 19 April 1911. It evidently was reissued from the depot in 1916. I can tell you that finding naval aviation items is difficult, and…

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  • PIONIER OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PIONIER OFFICER’S BELT BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-334

    $295.00

    This is a complete belt buckle for an officer who served in the Pioniers. Pioniers served as the German Army’s engineers. The belt buckle features a silver surface and a gilt cypher for Kaiser Wilhelm II. All of the hardware is present and ready for use.

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  • PIONIER/DRAGOON OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PIONIER/DRAGOON OFFICER’S BELT BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-451

    $395.00

    This is an officer’s belt buckle suitable for either a Prussian Dragoner-Regiment or a Pionier-Bataillon. The buckle has a silver surface and interior. The center’s primary theme (within an oak leaf wreath) is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned cypher. No keeper accompanies the buckle. The belt buckle’s condition easily rates as excellent.

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  • PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-636

    $95.00

    This is a fine example of a pre WW I Prussian enlisted man’s belt buckle. It has the traditional crown in the center (undented), surrounded by the “Gott Mit Uns” logo. It is complete and needs only a leather belt to be functional for display. Many collectors prefer to collect just the buckle.

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  • PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S BELT AND BUCKLE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-672

    $250.00

    This is a top quality pre WW I leather belt and buckle for an enlisted man/NCO from a Prussian Regiment. The leather belt is dark-brown with a handsome brass belt buckle attached. The buckle’s center is discolored, with a Hohenzollern Crown at dead-center. Too often these buckles are dented in the center (the buckle’s highest point). This center is undented. Circling the crown, we see “Gott Mit Uns.” Outside of the center, the rest of the buckle is heavily-tarnished brass from decades of being uncleaned. The buckle is attached correctly to the buckle. When the buckle is adjusted to its widest setting, it measures 37″ in circumference. It can be adjusted down to 34″ in circumference. It is a very fine example for use on a tunic or for display on its own.

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  • PREWAR PAIR OF FELDWEBEL COLLAR BUTTONS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PREWAR PAIR OF FELDWEBEL COLLAR BUTTONS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 15-575

    $95.00

    This is a very fine pair of prewar Bavarian Army Feldwebel’s collar buttons. The collar buttons are gilt-toned and measure 1 3/16″ in diameter. Each button features Bavaria’s rampant lion.

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  • PREWAR REGIMENTAL COLOR FAHENTRÄGER SLEEVE PATCH - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PREWAR REGIMENTAL COLOR FAHENTRÄGER SLEEVE PATCH – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-564

    $1,495.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain its regimental standard. All of the European armies (including Germany) had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true history of pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flagpoles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner (Fahnenträger) was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - BELT WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - OFFICER’S - HUSAREN REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BELT WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON – OFFICER’S – HUSAREN REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-670

    $2,395.00 $1,795.00

    PRUSSIA – BELT WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON – OFFICER’S – HUSAREN REGIMENT This is a consignment item. Today we are offering a wonderful Prussian Husaren Regiment Officer’s parade belt. It is a very hard-to-find accessory worn by Prussian Husaren officers on dress occasions. The belt features stone-mint brown leather attachments at either end for securing the belt. The belt itself consists of many thin braided silver and black-chevroned bullion strings that are threaded through three sets of braided silver bullion tubes. [The tubes, which number five per set, are securely threaded together]. An aiguillette-like section is attached by its braided rosette between two of tube sections. The “aiguillette” itself consists of two thicker silver bullion cords that encircle the looped-together strings near one of the leather fasteners. The aiguillette’s OTHER end features two portépée-like devices made of bullion and coiled silver-toned tinsel, which hang down from the rosette opposite to the aiguillette’s cords. A white silk lining is attached to the belt’s reverse behind the tube sets and the aiguillette’s rosette. It is intact, but shows some minor soiling. The belt measures 30 ½” when fully lengthened. The belt has been housed in its original storage carton over all these years. The carton measures 8″ in diameter. Both carton halves are in excellent condition. Its original one-hundred-year-old tissue paper lines the carton’s bottom. This explains the belt’s superb condition! It is a mint-condition Husaren officer’s belt. You could search for years and find none better. Even in a lesser condition,…

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  • PRUSSIA - CARTRIDGE BELT AND BOX - OFFICER'S - KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CARTRIDGE BELT AND BOX – OFFICER’S – KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-676 XAS

    $850.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an excellent example of a Küraßier-Regiment officer’s silver-toned belt and black leather cartridge box. The belt sports an oval-shaped, silver-toned buckle. The belt’s tip and its keeper are also silver-toned. The belt’s front displays gray and silver bullion, while its back is red. The belt measures 50″ in length, and the cartridge box measures 3 ½” x 5.” Its leather is in fine condition. The box front sports a brass royal cypher beneath a fine brass Prussian Crown. It would make an excellent addition to a tunic or as a collection display piece.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - DRESS KOLLAR AND SASH - OFFICER'S - KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – DRESS KOLLAR AND SASH – OFFICER’S – KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4

    SKU: 15-675 XAS

    $2,495.00 $1,695.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s Küraßier-Regiment von Driesen (Westfälisches) Nr 4 dress tunic (koller), which was worn at formal affairs and parades. The regiment was founded in 1717 and garrisoned at Münster, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde’s dress tunics were unlike those of all the other troops, even those from other Kavallerie Regiments (the Ulanen’s ulankas and the Husaren’s attilas). The difference lies in the Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde’s collar design and the way its decorative trim is arranged. The trim (in regimental colors) is used on the koller’s front, collar and cuffs, and is referred to as borte (border). When you look at the photos that accompany this selection, you will note that the collar and its trim are rounded from the collar’s upper section to the midpoint where it flows down into the borte decorating the koller’s front. You will also notice that the koller has NO visible buttons on its front. Instead, the borte conceals a hook and eye system beneath it so that the tunic front presents a smooth appearance once everything is secured. It is an extremely elegant design. The koller is made of fine white wool. The each tunic half’s front sports the previously-mentioned, regimentally-correct, red and silver bullion borte running from collar-to-bottom down its center edge. Furthermore, the same borte adorns each cuff, along with two silver-toned buttons on each sleeve. The koller comes with two correct, very fine epaulettes.…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - KÜRAß -OFFICER’S REGIMENT LINE-KÜRAßIER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KÜRAß -OFFICER’S REGIMENT LINE-KÜRAßIER

    SKU: 15-674 XAS

    $6,495.00 $5,495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a high quality officer’s küraß for a Prussian Line-Küraßier-Regiment. Küraßiers were considered the German Army’s heavy cavalry. They harkened back to when cavalrymen dashed madly across battlefields to fight enemy cavalry and infantry units. The Küraßiers heyday reigned from the 18th Century through the early 19th Century’s Napoleonic Wars. Their usefulness gradually diminished as firearms and artillery became more sophisticated and the 19th Century evolved into the 20th. The same was true of Germany’s other Kavallerie units, which included Ulanen, Dragoner, Husaren, and Chevauleger Regiments. While their tactical usefulness diminished, their ceremonial value greatly increased with the German Empire’s 1871 formation. The Küraßier Regiments took pride of place during this time, particularly Prussia’s Regiment der Gardes du Corps (GdC) and Saxony’s Garde-Reiter-Regiment, both of which displayed elaborate uniforms and headdress. Five Prussian Army Line-Küraßier-Regiments wore küraßes like the example we are offering today. It features a simple silver-toned finish along with certain gold-toned fittings such as bolts, circular adornments, and the nipple posts to which its securing belts are attached. The securing belts are particularly important, and are attached to the shoulder tops of the küraß’s back section. [The belts themselves greatly resemble an officer’s pickelhaube chinstraps with their individual, overlapping metal scales]. A high-relief ornamental lion’s head within a shield appears just behind the actual attachment device. Once they are secured by the attachment device, the belts are then laid over the wearer’s shoulders to be secured to the corresponding posts on…

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  • PRUSSIA - LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE - ENLISTED MAN - PREWAR ISSUE

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE – ENLISTED MAN – PREWAR ISSUE

    SKU: 15-693

    $225.00

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE – ENLISTED MAN – PREWAR ISSUE. This is a Prussian enlisted man’s pre WW I leather belt and buckle. [Once WW I began, the use of brass for buckles was curtailed because the metal was needed for artillery and bullet casings]. It is complete and ready to display or wear (if your waist is small enough). The belt’s size ranges from 36″ to its most expanded length of 40.” The leather belt is in good condition. The buckle has an un-dented crown in the center, although one small depression appears elsewhere.

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  • PRUSSIA - LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE - ENLISTED MAN - WARTIME ISSUE

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE – ENLISTED MAN – WARTIME ISSUE

    SKU: 15-694

    $195.00

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE – ENLISTED MAN – WARTIME ISSUE. This is a Prussian enlisted man’s WW I leather belt and buckle. Prior to WW I, buckles were made of brass. This example is silver-toned rather than gilt-toned steel. It is complete and ready to display or wear (if your waist is small enough). The belt’s size ranges from 38″ to its most expanded length of 40.” The leather belt is in good condition. The buckle has an un-dented crown in the center, although one small depression appears elsewhere.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - TUNIC - MAJOR’S - REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – MAJOR’S – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    SKU: 15-706 XAS

    $3,495.00 $2,695.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – MAJOR’S – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS. This is a consignment item. The Regiment der Gardes du Corps (GdC) was the most elite of all of the Prussian cavalry regiments. It was garrisoned in Potsdam which is today considered a suburb of Berlin. Back in the day by horse or carriage it was a good half day’s ride. Most of the very elite Garde Regiments were based in Potsdam rather than Berlin. Like all Garde Regiments, it was a part of the Garde Korps and was assigned to the 1. Garde Division. It should also be noted that it was founded in 1740 during the reign of the Great Prussian King, Frederick the Great. The GdC was a Küraßier Regiment. This type of regiment was considered heavy cavalry as they wore a küraß (breastplate). The latter protected the wearer from sword and (to a lesser extent) lance slashes. However, they offered little protection against the rifle and pistol shots that rapidly became more common AFTER the regiment’s foundation. In addition, the men of the regiment wore a metal helmet that also offered greater protection against sword slashes. The GdC’s helmet also offered an extended rear visor (called a “lobster tail”) that afforded the neck extra protection. After 1815’s conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars, it was realized that the role of heavy cavalry was changing and lighter, nimbler cavalry units were in order. After 1815, no further Küraßier Regiments were formed. Indeed, with the exception of one…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - SENIOR NCO - KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 2

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – SENIOR NCO – KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 2

    SKU: 15-692 XRH

    $1,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – SENIOR NCO – KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 2. This is a consignment item. It is a Senior NCO’s Kaiser Franz-Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2 tunic. This proud regiment was raised in 1814 during the Napoleonic Wars and named for Franz, Kaiser Franz Josef’s predecessor as Austro-Hungarian Emperor. It was garrisoned in the capital city of Berlin and, like all Garde-Regiments, assigned to the Garde-Korps. The dunkel-blau tunic dates from about 1900. A total of eight gold-toned brass buttons run down the tunic’s center. A set of sewn-in loops for a three-inch wide ribbon bar appears on its left breast. The tunic sports kragenspiegel (collar patches) made of white cotton laid over a red felt/or wool background. Handsome gold bullion tape trims the collar, indicating the wearer’s NCO status. The same gold bullion tape appears on the cuffs, as well as three white/red patches of the same design as the collar’s kragenspiegel, each decorated with a gold-toned brass button. The shoulder straps’ base color is red. Each strap’s center features Kaiser Franz’s royal cypher chain-stitched in yellow. A small brass button secures each shoulder strap to the tunic. Each button displays a “1” in its center indicating it is for Kompagnie Nr 1, the regiment’s honor kompagnie. The tunic’s reverse reveals six more gold buttons in its vent/flap area. The tunic’s interior shows that its original liner has been removed. If this tunic has a fault, this is it. [The following is a speculation on my part]. Perhaps the…

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  • PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN’S HATE BELT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN’S HATE BELT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-627 XES

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a trench art “hate belt” (more accurately, a souvenir belt) probably made near or after WW I’s end. It is fashioned from a daily-wear German (Prussian) soldier’s belt and buckle, the kind worn by all Prussian enlisted men. The brown leather belt measures about 34″ in length. It sports a prewar brass buckle whose center features a silver-toned Hohenzollern Crown. The center also displays a very small dent on its surface. The familiar phrase “Gott Mit Uns” is emblazoned on the brass section that encircles the crown. Stitched onto the belt’s exterior in groups of three and four are twenty-seven different coins that appear to hail from Belgium and France. Soldiers from both sides stitched coins, badges, buttons and so forth to belts to have souvenirs of the war’s glory days. The belt is in good overall condition and is ready to wear or display.

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  • PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT - FELDGRAU BELT BUCKLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT – FELDGRAU BELT BUCKLE

    SKU: 15-543

    $995.00

    This is a superior-quality officer’s dress brocade belt. Attached to it is a feldgrau (subdued) Prussian officer’s belt buckle. The brocade belt is also subdued and in VERY fine condition. The belt’s backing is even subdued. It represents no specific regiment-type; it is just a generic Army belt. The belt measures 38″ when set at maximum width. When set at minimum width, it measures 33.” The buckle is in good condition, as well. Its coloring is even, with no issues or damage. The belt’s keeper is also present. This handsome belt is ready for display on its own, or attached to a wartime tunic.

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  • PRUSSIAN, OLDENBURG, & BADEN OFFICER’S DRESS SASH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN, OLDENBURG, & BADEN OFFICER’S DRESS SASH

    SKU: 15-665

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer sash suitable for use with dress tunics from Prussia, Oldenburg, and Baden. The sash is in very fine condition. It comes complete with all the hardware for use on a tunic. It is a lovely example.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIER APPLIKANT'S WINTER TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIER APPLIKANT’S WINTER TUNIC

    SKU: 13-410

    $225.00

    This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Ingenieur-Applikant. This is for a Chief Engineering Cadet or Trainee. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIEUR APPLIKANT'S SUMMER TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIEUR APPLIKANT’S SUMMER TUNIC

    SKU: 13-409

    $225.00

    This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Ingenieur-Applikant. This is for a Chief Engineering Cadet or Trainee. This patch is for the summer tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-SIGNALMAAT'S WINTER TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-SIGNALMAAT’S WINTER TUNIC

    SKU: 13-411

    $250.00

    This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Signalmaat. It is for a Chief Signalman’s Mate, and is the equivalent to a U.S. Navy Senior Petty Officer. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition.

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  • RATING PATCH FOR REICHSMARINE ORDINARY SEAMAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RATING PATCH FOR REICHSMARINE ORDINARY SEAMAN

    SKU: 13-447

    $50.00

    This is a rating patch for an enlisted sailor in the Reichsmarine, from between the two World Wars. The patch has a blue woolen base, with a fouled anchor embroidered on it in yellow.

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  • REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S KÜRAß EMBLEM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S KÜRAß EMBLEM

    SKU: 15-673

    $750.00

    The Garde du Corps was the Prussian and Imperial German Armies’ most elite regiment. It served as the König/Kaiser’s personal guard, having been founded in 1740 under König Friedrich der Große’s auspices. It remained the Prussian Army’s supreme regiment through König Wilhelm I’s time, and retained its privileged position when he was created the German Empire’s first Kaiser. [It was quite common to see Kaiser Wilhelm II in the Garde du Corps (GdC) uniform, complete with the massive parade eagle atop his metal helmet]. The GdC was also a Küraßier-Regiment that served as Prussia’s heavy cavalry. As heavy cavalry the officers and troopers were equipped with heavy küraßes that covered their wearers’ fronts, backs, and sides. These breastplates were helpful during the 18th and early 19th Centuries when the GdC primarily participated in mounted charges against enemy Kavallerie and Infanterie units. Swords were ineffective against the metal küraßes, but pistols and muskets could disable or kill. With the evolution of rapid firing rifles and revolvers, the küraß was pretty much relegated to parades by the mid-1800’s. The GdC’s küraß was the most elaborate among Küraßier-Regiments, and came in two varieties. Their original küraß was gold-toned. They were gifted with an all-black version by Russia’s Tsar Alexander in gratitude for Prussia’s assistance during the Napoleonic Wars. The black küraß was reserved for use during the GdC’s Spring Parade. Our offering today is the küraß’s center emblem that was attached to the küraß’s front. It measurers 4 ½” x 4 ½,” is…

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  • SAXONY - DRESS TUNIC - GENERALLEUTNANT'S - PRE WORLD WAR I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – DRESS TUNIC – GENERALLEUTNANT’S – PRE WORLD WAR I

    SKU: 15-328

    $11,995.00

    This is an absolutely stunning pre WW I Saxon Army Generalleutnant’s dress tunic. It is one of the “dunkel-blau” (dark-blue) types that preceded feldgrau. A striking differentiation between this General’s tunic and those of other German states is made by the buttons. The Saxon General Officer’s buttons that run down the tunic’s center front, the sleeves, the vent area in the rear, and even on the shoulder boards are unique to Saxony. They are quite elaborate, and far more gorgeous than any other button you will ever see. Eight of the gilt buttons adorn the tunic’s front. Two are sewn over the gold bullion kragenspiegel decorating each sleeve. Four more of these magnificent buttons serve as an accent around the vent on the tunic’s reverse. Finally, a smaller button appears on each dress (banjo-style) shoulder board. (These are smaller than the other fourteen buttons). The tunic’s fine wool fabric is in excellent plus condition. A single pair of vertical, sewn-in loops are on the left breast. It can accommodate a breast star or other award. Then a set of horizontal loops appears for a very extensive ribbon or medal bar (the width is 6″). As previously stated, the bullion on the sleeves is gold. On the collar, a pair of standard General’s kragenspiegel appears in matching gold bullion. The dress shoulder boards, which are attached to the tunic, are nothing short of stunning. A single pip shows on each for the rank of Generalleutnant. A Generalleutnant compares to a Major…

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  • SENIOR PALACE OFFICIAL'S UNIFORM GROUP - SAXE-ALTENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SENIOR PALACE OFFICIAL’S UNIFORM GROUP – SAXE-ALTENBURG

    SKU: 15-565

    $2,395.00

    This is a highly-unusual uniform group for a senior palace official at the Saxe-Altenburg Court. Saxe-Altenburg was a relatively small duchy among the various Saxon Duchies. It fielded a single Infanterie Regiment. Her native sons served in the one Regiment, as well as in other Saxon Jäger, Kavallerie, Artillerie, etc., Regiments. The group consists of the following four different pieces. Tunic. This is a fine black cotton “cutaway” tunic. It sports beautiful gold bullion embroidery at the collar, pockets, and sleeves. It has long tails and its front is cut away to the waist. A single row of seven gilt buttons runs down its shortened center. Each button displays Herzog Ernst I’s royal cypher. (He ruled from 1853 to 1908). Two more of these larger-sized buttons are seen on the tunic’s reverse, while two smaller ones appear on the cuffs. The left breast sports two sets of sewn-in loops, measuring 2″ and 3 ½” in width respectively, for medal or ribbon bars. The tunic’s interior is a most handsome black silk. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. The combination of gold bullion on black is quite striking. Trousers. Two pairs of trousers accompany the tunic. I guess that one pair is for winter use while the other is for summer. The winter trousers are black with a wide gold bullion stripe down the sides. The trousers have a fly front (no zippers here). Inside we see a date that I read as 31 December 1883. The summer trousers…

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  • SHOULDER BOARDS - OFFICER - KRAGENSPIEGEL

    SHOULDER BOARDS – OFFICER – KRAGENSPIEGEL

    SKU: 15-712

    $895.00

    SHOULDER BOARDS – OFFICER – KRAGENSPIEGEL This is a fine pair of kragenspiegel (collar insignias) for a German General’s tunic. They are a squared shape with a slight “lean.” The background is red felt with gold bullion embroidery. A corner of one kragenspiegel shows wear to its red backing, allowing the lining underneath to show. Each kragenspiegel measures 2” x 3 ½.” Due to the condition problem noted above, these are value-priced.

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  • SILVER FELDWEBEL COLLAR DISCS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER FELDWEBEL COLLAR DISCS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-680

    $95.00

    This is a very fine pair of silver-toned Feldwebel collar discs from Prussia. Each measures 1″ in diameter. Both are pre war quality and in very fine condition.

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  • SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS

    SKU: 13-852

    $20.00

    These are silver-toned uniform buttons for an enlisted sailor’s tunic. The buttons measure 1/2″ in diameter. They are the larger sized that ran down a tunic’s center, NOT the smaller size used on the sleeves. The buttons have a frosted finish and bear the Kaiserliche Marine’s crowned, fouled anchor. We have a total of twenty-four buttons in the following quantities, with a variety of markings on the reverse. * Nine are marked “Extra Fein.” * Four are marked “Hochfeine Qualität.” * Four are marked “Ger. Ehlers – Kiel.” * One is marked “J&S Winns Sueine – Ludenscheid.” * Six are unmarked, with very short shanks. It has been some time since we have offered Navy buttons. They typically sell very quickly. This is a good opportunity to pick up a few for future needs or to replace a tunic’s missing button.

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  • SINGLE GEFREITER M-1915 COLLAR DISC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE GEFREITER M-1915 COLLAR DISC

    SKU: 15-621

    $30.00

    The subdued (gray-painted) Gefreiter’s collar discs were introduced in 1915 for use on feldgrau tunics. We have a single collar disc available. The reverse is not hallmarked.

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  • SIX SMALL SNAP BUTTONS FOR MILITARY USE ON ORIGINAL SALES CARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIX SMALL SNAP BUTTONS FOR MILITARY USE ON ORIGINAL SALES CARD

    SKU: 15-318

    $50.00

    Snap buttons were used on military garments, headdress items, etc. This is a set of six of them on their original sales card.

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  • SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER FOR A FELDGRAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER FOR A FELDGRAU TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-441

    $1,495.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color…

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  • SLEEVE PATCH - REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER PREWAR - FOR A DUNKEL-BLAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SLEEVE PATCH – REGIMENTAL FAHENTRÄGER PREWAR – FOR A DUNKEL-BLAU TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-440

    $1,395.00

    One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight. Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color…

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  • TRAIN-BATAILLON Nr 4 NCO TUNIC - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TRAIN-BATAILLON Nr 4 NCO TUNIC – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-613

    $795.00

    This is an NCO’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Train-Abteilung Nr 4. The unit was one of the nine Train-Abteilungen that were created in 1853, when the Train-Abteilung concept was inaugurated. A Train-Abteilung dealt with the supply trains that moved supplies for the front-line army units. This particular unit was based at Magdeburg and attached to the IV. Armeekorps. The tunic is a traditional dunkel-blau (dark-blue) pre war example. It has the typical eight gilt-toned buttons running down its center. The sleeves display the gold bullion tape that is emblematic of an NCO rather than an enlisted man. Two gilt-toned buttons appear on each cuff. Its collar is light-blue rather than dunkel-blau. More gold bullion tape trims the entire collar. One interesting point about the collar ends is its shape. It is more rounded, with a somewhat similar appearance to a Küraßier tunic’s collar. The shoulder straps are also light-blue, matching the collar. Embroidered on them in red is the regimental designation “4.” Looking closely, we can detect a small button that secures the strap on one side, while its other side is sewn down. One other small detail on the buttons is the appearance of the company number, which is a “3.” The tunic’s reverse displays light blue trim (again) in the vent area. A total of six of the larger gilt-toned buttons is also present. The tunic’s interior confirms that this is a privately-purchased tunic rather than one issued from an army depot. Its black liner is silk, which is…

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  • TUNIC - PRUSSIA - HAUPTMANS - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 13 - LITEWKA

    TUNIC – PRUSSIA – HAUPTMANS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 13 – LITEWKA

    SKU: 15-711

    $550.00

    TUNIC – PRUSSIA – HAUPTMANS – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 13 – LITEWKA. Today we offer you a handsome Infanterie-Regiment Herwarth von Bittenfeld (1. Westfälisches) Nr 13 Hauptmann’s Litewka (tunic). This regiment was raised in 1813 during the Napoleonic Wars. It was garrisoned at Münster, and assigned to the Prussian VII. Armeekorps. [PLEASE NOTE: Fourteen (14) Prussian Infanterie Regiments were created in July 1813. It is an amazing build-up when one considers Prussia’s population at the time, AND the amount of manpower and material required to fully staff 14 Infanterie Regiments within only one month]. A Litewka was a tunic that featured a double row of buttons on its front, with six, simple, gilt-toned buttons per row. [This particular tunic style differed from the bulk of that time period’s tunics, which all sported merely a single row of buttons]. Its collar is red with white trim. The same white trim appears on its cuffs. The shoulder boards, which were sewn onto the tunic, display a Hauptmann’s twin pips with the regiment’s designated “13″ appearing between them. The tunic’s reverse sports four additional, gilt-toned buttons on the vent, along with additional white trim. Its front, generally, is in quite pleasing condition. I do see about two, very small, moth nips. On a one-hundred-year-old tunic, this is not a major issue. I have saved the best for last. This tunic has a wonderful, full and complete, blue, silk liner, which is quite unusual. Like me, this officer must have favored blue! The Litewka’s overall…

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  • Sale! TUNIC - PRUSSIA - IDENTIFIED - GENERALLEUTNANT VON WISSENDORF

    TUNIC – PRUSSIA – IDENTIFIED – GENERALLEUTNANT VON WISSENDORF

    SKU: 15-697 XAS

    $5,995.00 $4,995.00

    This is a consignment item from the collection of a very experienced, longtime collector who has an appreciation for unusual, seldom-seen items that are in excellent condition. Today we are offering, on his behalf, a parade tunic that belonged to a Prussian Generalleutnant named von Wissendorf. The tunic’s consignor informs us that he was assigned to the Prussian VII. Armeekorps, which was based in Münster. The pre WWI dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic dates from approximately 1887 and is made of the finest wool that was available at the time. It obviously came from a skilled tailor’s workshop, since it is quite a masterpiece. A total of twelve unadorned gold-toned buttons runs down the tunic’s center. Its collar design is quite striking, and displays the tremendous gold bullion used in the pattern by the period’s General officers (BEFORE bullion kragenspiegel (collar patches) came into use post-1909 – this design dates from 1856 up to 1909). [I personally think the earlier form was a much more elegant way to display a General officer’s rank]. The gold bullion’s design features oak leaves interspersed with gilt-toned, bullet-shaped acorns against a red background. The acorns’ gilt coating has worn away over the years, so that they now appear to be silver-toned. The tunic exhibits an amazing combination shoulder board/aiguillette on its right shoulder. It is fashioned from rich, gold bullion and features a single Generalleutnant’s silver pip. [The silver pip usually indicated that its owner was an à la Suite officer (an honorary rank), since gold…

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  • ÜBERROCK - GENERAL der INFANTERIE À LA SUITE - GRENADIER-REGIMENT KÖNIG KARL (5. WÜRTTEMBERGISCHES) Nr 123 - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ÜBERROCK – GENERAL der INFANTERIE À LA SUITE – GRENADIER-REGIMENT KÖNIG KARL (5. WÜRTTEMBERGISCHES) Nr 123 – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-551

    $2,995.00

    The überrock was a frock coat (longer in length than a conventional tunic) that was used until 1910 (approximately) when it was phased-out by tunics. At first glance it looks like a pre WW I dark-blue tunic. Instead of ending at or near the midriff however, it continues to the knee area. In any event, it is a much longer tunic. Today we are offering an überrock from Grenadier-Regiment König Karl (5. Württembergisches) Nr 123. The Regiment was founded in 1799. It was garrisoned at Ulm and attached to Württemberg’s XIII Armeekorps. This überrock is quite simple. Its body is dark-blue. A double row of five (ten-total) gilt buttons run down its center. (Its reverse boasts four more large gilt buttons at the vent flap). Its collar is red and red material trims its cuffs. Its second buttonhole sports a prinzengroße-sized Iron Cross ribbon. As the tunic is clearly pre 1910 (indeed, it is from much earlier), the ribbon is for an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. I have saved the best detail for last. Its shoulder boards are for a General der Infanterie! The shoulder boards show that the silver bullion areas’ chevrons are red and black, confirming that they belonged to a Württemberg General. Next, we see the two rank pips that indicate a General der Infanterie. You will note they are silver, although the silver wash has disappeared from several small places, revealing the underlying brass. In their centers is König Karl’s crowned, royal cypher. He was…

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  • ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 19 FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION LEUTNANT'S ULANKA - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 19 FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION LEUTNANT’S ULANKA – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-443

    $3,895.00

    This is a Leutnant’s Ulanka from Ulanen-Regiment König Karl (1. Württ.) Nr 19. The regiment was founded in 1683. It was garrisoned at Ulm-Wiblingen, where it was attached to the XIII. Armeekorps (primarily consisting Württemberg Regiments). The Regiment was the senior of the two Württemberg Ulanen-Regiments. [The second of the two regiments from Württemberg was Ulanen-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Württ.). It was not established until 1809. It was garrisoned at Ludwigsburg, where it was also attached to the XIII. Armeekorps]. The ulanka has a dark-blue body, with a double row of seven (fourteen total) silver buttons. The collar features massive silver bullion kragenspiegels that boast a lustrous patina. The sleeves are red. Each sleeve sports a single silver bullion kragenspiegel mounted by a small silver button. The epaulettes are the dress version of shoulder boards, and resemble banjos, hence their nickname, “Banjo Boards.” Each epaulette displays a silver frame and König Karl of Württemberg’s gilt, crowned royal cypher. These epaulettes are of the slip-on variety. Each displays a small silver button. A very important and attractive ulanka feature is its red parade plastron (ornamental shirtfront). This attachment is v-shaped and buttons onto the tunic’s front via the aforementioned fourteen silver buttons. The contrast of the red plastron against the dark-blue tunic is quite striking. It matches the sleeves in a most handsome manner. The tunic’s reverse features red piping, with a total of ten large silver buttons decorating the vent area. The tunic’s interior reveals a fine black silk…

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  • ULANKA PARADE PLASTRON - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11 OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 15 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ULANKA PARADE PLASTRON – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11 OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 15 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 15-276

    $795.00

    This is a lemon-yellow, parade plastron that was correct for Ulanen-Regiment Graf Haesler (2. Brandenburgisches) Nr 11. The Regiment was founded in 1860 and garrisoned at Saarburg. It was assigned to the XXI. Armeekorps. It also was correct for Schleswig-Holsteinsches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 15. This Regiment was founded six years later in 1866. It also was garrisoned at Saarburg and assigned to the XXI. Armeekorps. A plastron was an additional attachment that was fitted over an ulanka ‘s chest for dress or parade functions. A total of fourteen buttons and five clips were on its reverse where it was added to the tunic. This is an extremely difficult-to-find uniform accessory. It really completes an ulanka. This example is in excellent condition.

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  • ULANKA PARADE PLASTRON - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11, ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 15, OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 20 - PRUSSIA AND WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ULANKA PARADE PLASTRON – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11, ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 15, OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 20 – PRUSSIA AND WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 15-401

    $795.00

    This is a lemon-yellow, parade plastron, which was correct for Ulanen-Regiment Graf Haesler (2. Brandenburgisches) Nr 11. The Regiment was founded in 1860 and garrisoned at Saarburg. It was assigned to the XXI. ArmeeKorps. It also was correct for Schleswig-Holsteinsches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 15. The Regiment was founded six years later, in 1866. It also was garrisoned at Saarburg and assigned to the XXI. ArmeeKorps. In addition it would be correct for Ulanen-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Württ.) Nr 20. This Regiment was founded in 1809 and was garrisoned at Ludwigsburg. It was attached to XIII ArmeeKorps. A plastron is an additional attachment that fits over an ulanka’s chest for dress or parade functions. A total of fourteen buttons and five clips appear on its reverse to attach it to the tunic. It is an extremely difficult-to-find uniform accessory. A plastron truly completes an ulanka. Our example is in excellent condition.

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  • UNIFORM SNAP BUTTONS ON ORIGINAL SALES CARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNIFORM SNAP BUTTONS ON ORIGINAL SALES CARD

    SKU: 15-414

    $35.00

    During the Imperial German Period, hooks & eyes, buttons, and snap buttons were an important part of securing uniforms. Zippers were not yet in use for trousers, and so items like this were commonly used to secure them. Six of these snap buttons are on the original sales card. These date from about 1900-1910. Even if you do not need them to secure a uniform, they would make a fine addition to a display showing how these items were sold and used.

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  • UNTEROFFIZIER'S TUNIC - MINENWERFER DETACHMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNTEROFFIZIER’S TUNIC – MINENWERFER DETACHMENT

    SKU: 15-474

    $995.00

    This is a wonderful prewar quality dunkel-blau tunic from a Minenwerfer detachment. Many of you are asking, “What in the world is a Minenwerfer?” Minenwerfers were wheeled artillerie pieces that fell partway between conventional cannons and mortars. They were intended for use in close support of Infanterie. They were mounted on gun carriages, but typically had shorter barrels than traditional cannons as they were not intended for long-range use. They did not require the greater range because they were kept much closer to the Infanterie than other forms of artillerie. Minenwerfers came in three calibers: 7.58CM, 17CM, and 25CM. They also had rifled barrels. They were used in fairly large numbers during WW I. [I do not know if the Allies had a similar weapon, but this does provide quite an intriguing story]! The tunic’s body is dark-blue (dunkel blau). A single row of eight silver buttons runs down its center. The second buttonhole from the top sports a ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Red piping extends from the collar down to the tunic’s center. The tunic’s collar is black (for Artillerie), edged with silver bullion tape. The sleeves display the same arrangement of black material with silver bullion tape of an Unteroffizier. Two silver buttons adorn each sleeve. The shoulder straps are red with a yellow “MW” on them. The tunic’s interior, along with the plain buttons on the shoulder straps, confirms that it is a high-quality, privately-purchased tunic. The tunic’s interior is lined in gray…

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  • VETERANS GROUP FLAG BEARER'S GORGET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VETERANS GROUP FLAG BEARER’S GORGET

    SKU: 15-530

    $695.00

    Veterans’ groups were very popular in Germany, both before and after WW I. Groups of all sorts met in cities and towns all over Germany. These groups were all-encompassing, and regional as well as regimental in nature. Some of the items coming from these groups are as simple as badges. Others are more complex. If a group had a meeting room, for example, they might have displayed a wall flag or perhaps a smaller flag was mounted as a banner to be displayed on a desk or podium. These flags generally were quite ornate. Most were embroidered and quite colorful. Larger groups often had larger flags that were attached to flagpoles, much like the regimental and national colors that were carried at a regiment’s head when on parade. The man selected to bear an active army unit’s or veterans’ group’s colors was known as the Fahnenträger (standard-bearer). This man wore a ringkragen (gorget), a shield that was suspended from a chain. It was hung around his neck (the shield rested on his chest). It is also important to note that a Fahnenträger wore a special patch on his tunic sleeve called a kragenspiegel. Today we are offering a gorget that comes from a veteran’s group rather than an active military example. The shield is shaped in what I would term a gentle triangle. It has two distinct sides. The top has a dip in it rather than running in a straight line. It measures 3″ x 6 1/2,” The shield…

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