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  •  HINDENBURG ZEPPELIN PIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     HINDENBURG ZEPPELIN PIN

    SKU: 21-324

    $150.00

    This is a pin for the Hindenburg zeppelin. Zeppelins were very important to and popular with the German people. They were hugely popular from before 1910. When one of Graf Zeppelin’s early airships crashed and was destroyed, the people chipped in to help build another. The population followed the company’s ups and downs with great interest through WW I’s end. They next supported the Zeppelin Company’s rebirth when it built and transported the LZ 127 to the US, where it became the U. S. Navy’s USS Los Angeles. The people were delighted when the Graf Zeppelin, and later the Hindenburg, were entered into service. They were crushed when theHindenburg exploded with great loss of life in May 1937 at the Lakehurst, NJ. U.S. Naval Air Station. The zeppelin era ended shortly after the tragic event. Our pin measures 1 ½” in length. Toward the front of the pin on the obverse, is the word“HINDENBURG.” A sturdy pin appears on the reverse. This is a pre 1934 pin, as it does NOT display a swastika (later added with the Nazis’ rise to power). The pin is in excellent condition.

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  • - TWO STAMPS - GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN AND ZEPPELINS - GERMAN BUNDESPOST - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    – TWO STAMPS – GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN AND ZEPPELINS – GERMAN BUNDESPOST

    SKU: 21-155 SET

    $15.00

    These stamps commemorate the life of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917) and his gentle giants, the zeppelins. The stamps are in full color. They were issued in 1992. It is a pair of connected, mint stamps. We have two pairs of them. They are priced at $15.00 per pair or $25.00 for both.  

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  • 1937 HOTEL LISTING - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1937 HOTEL LISTING – FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

    SKU: 21-213

    $95.00

    Friedrichshafen was the home of the zeppelins. Graf Ferdinand built his airships in this picturesque town and even had zeppelin hangers on the lake. It was a great location in Southern Germany, with good access to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and France. The menu’s front depicts an early zeppelin flying over Lake Konstanz. Inside is a listing of hotels and guest houses in the city during 1937.

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    AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN’S FIRST (1929) WORLD TOUR COMMEMORATIVE BADGE

    SKU: 21-306

    $250.00

    The Graf Zeppelin was the first commercial German zeppelin. She began running regular routes in 1929.  Later that year she began an around-the-world flight that electrified the world, as only two years earlier Charles Lindbergh had completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic.  This commemorative pin was sold to an anxious German public eager to participate in the historic event.  The pin measures 2” in diameter.   The words “Graf Zeppelin” and “Weltflug 1929” are imprinted around the pin’s edges at the top and bottom, respectively.  A high-profile zeppelin is affixed to a green and blue enamel world map in its center.  The pin features its manufacturer’s hallmark on the reverse. These pins are becoming increasingly difficult-to-find. 

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  • AIRSHIP HINDENBURG/AMERICAN AIRLINES METAL PLAQUE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AIRSHIP HINDENBURG/AMERICAN AIRLINES METAL PLAQUE

    SKU: 21-12

    $125.00

    This is a REPRODUCTION of a period metal plaque which portrays the Airship Hindenburg and an American Airlines DC-3. American Airlines had connecting service with the Hindenburg, which enabled passengers to travel on to Europe. This plaque was manufactured in the 1990’s and is NOT an original piece. 

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  • Sale! BLOCK - EIGHT STAMPS - SPAIN - ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLOCK – EIGHT STAMPS – SPAIN – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-154

    $25.00 $21.00

    This is a block of eight stamps, featuring a zeppelin from Spain. All are attached and a part of a unit.

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  • BLOCK FOUR AVIATION-RELATED POSTAGE STAMPS - HUNGARY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLOCK FOUR AVIATION-RELATED POSTAGE STAMPS – HUNGARY

    SKU: 21-183

    $15.00

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  • BLOCK TWENTY POSTAGE STAMPS - EARLY AVIATION - LIECHTENSTEIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLOCK TWENTY POSTAGE STAMPS – EARLY AVIATION – LIECHTENSTEIN

    SKU: 21-186

    $25.00

     This is a block of twenty mint-condition postage stamps from 1979 in Liechtenstein. The stamps honor early aviation in that country. This set of stamps was produced specially for postage stamp collectors.   

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  • BLOCK TWENTY POSTAGE STAMPS - GRAF ZEPPELIN - 1931 FLIGHT - LIECHTENSTEIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BLOCK TWENTY POSTAGE STAMPS – GRAF ZEPPELIN – 1931 FLIGHT – LIECHTENSTEIN

    SKU: 21-185

    $30.00

    This is a block of twenty, mint-condition, 1979, Liechtenstein, postage stamps. The stamps honor the Graf Zeppelin’s flight over the tiny principality in 1931. This set of stamps was produced specially for postage stamp collectors.

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  • BOOK - MIT DEM ZEPPELIN NACH AMERIKA BY LUDWIG DETTMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – MIT DEM ZEPPELIN NACH AMERIKA BY LUDWIG DETTMANN

    SKU: 21-341 XJB

    $275.00

    BOOK – MIT DEM ZEPPELIN NACH AMERIKA BY LUDWIG DETTMANN. It is a very rare German language book that is illustrated by the noted German landscape and aviation artist, Ludwig Dettmann (1865-1944). Dettmann received training at one of Berlin’s finest art schools before the turn of the 20th Century. He had the opportunity to fly with the Graf Zeppelin (LZ 127) on its maiden flight from Germany to the United States in October 1928. He had a firsthand opportunity to view the crew and passengers of the Graf Zeppelin as it made its historic Atlantic crossing. Aside from the text, it contains more than 50 images that range from pen and ink to black and white to full-color. Each image has been reproduced from its original painting and sketch and photographically affixed to the blank page. These images are of varying sizes and depict the story of that Atlantic crossing. Several show Dr. Hugo Eckener and his aircrew as they guided the Graf Zeppelin on her journey. Eckener was the one-time assistant to the Zeppelin Company’s founder, Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). Following the Graf’s death, Eckener assumed control of the company. After WW I, he managed to build a zeppelin that was coded as LZ 126. This was, in fact, the future U.S.S. Los Angeles, which was turned over to the U.S. Navy as part of Germany’s war reparations to the Allies. Eckener was an engineering genius at building airships, as well as a showman who flew aboard both…

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

    CIGARETTE CASE – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-47 XLD

    $1,050.00 $895.00

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

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

    CIGARILLO BOX – ZEPPELIN THEME

    SKU: 21-198

    $325.00

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

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - TOWED EARLY ZEPPELIN - LAKE KONSTANZ - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – TOWED EARLY ZEPPELIN – LAKE KONSTANZ – FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

    SKU: 21-248

    $30.00

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    COMMEMORATIVE PLATE FOR ZEPPELIN ZR III (LATER U.S.S. LOS ANGELES) PRODUCED BY NOTED GERMAN PORCELAIN FIRM ROSENTHAL

    SKU: 21-312

    $795.00

     Today we are offering a very high-quality commemorative plate for the Zeppelin ZR III. This was the internal American code for what would become the LZ 126. It was constructed in 1923-1924 and delivered personally to the U.S. Navy in October 1924 by the Zeppelin Company’s Managing Director, Hugo Eckener. It was a part of Germany’s WW I war reparations. In fact, the airship’s buildingsaved the Zeppelin Company following WW I. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the 1937 site of the Hindenburg’s(LZ 129) explosion, the LZ 126/ZR III became the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The LZ 126 was very similar in general construction to the LZ 127(Graf Zeppelin) and was built as a “passenger airship” rather than a military airship and thus permitted under the Treaty of Versailles’ terms. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. She remained in service until October 1937. Ultimately, she performed 590 flights spanning the globe, covering more than 1,000,000 miles. Imperial Germany had three major porcelain manufacturers. KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin) was founded in 1763 and produced tableware for the Prussian royal families from Friedrich the Great forward. All Kaisers, Kings, and Princes and their spouses acquired their tableware from KPM, which undoubtedly was Germany’s best known firm. The next noted manufacturer was Meissen,which was located in Saxony. It began producing porcelain in 1710, making it the oldest German porcelain manufacturer. Meissen was famous for their plates. They specialized in producing commemorative plates that commemorated many military units and establishments…

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  • CORRESPONDENCE - MAGAZINES -"NEW ZEPPELIN" - 1966 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CORRESPONDENCE – MAGAZINES -“NEW ZEPPELIN” – 1966

    SKU: 21-239

    $125.00

     This group has a letter soliciting information about the demolition of zeppelin hangars in Frankfort, a one page ad for a new (1960’s) zeppelin service in Frankfort, the three magazines from an airship navigation society, and the envelope in which the information was delivered. The letter is from Herr J. A. Becker, a member of the Verein Für Luftschiffahrt e.V. Landesgruppe Hessen (Society for Airship Navigation – Hessian State Group). He is writing to a Herr Otto Jung regarding some photos the latter sent to Becker. The letter’s text is as follows: Herzlichen Dank für die Zusendung der Fotos von der Sprengung der beiden Zeppelinhallen in Frankfurt. Die Fotos sind für uns sehr wertvoll. Gut wäre es, wenn Sie noch den Film zu diesen Aufnahmen hätten um Vergrößerungen machen zu können. Falls Sie den Film noch haben sollten wäre ich für ein kurzfristige Überlassung dankbar. Da Sie damals als Funker Die Sprengung der Zeppelinhallen miterlebt haben, wäre ich Ihnen sehr dankbar, wenn Sie mir einen erlebnisbericht über die Sprengung zukommen liesen. Haben Sie auch die Zerstörung der beiden Zeppeline LZ 127 u. 130 miterlebt? Wie war damals die Stimmung bei den Leuten die bei der Sprengung der beiden Hallen und der Zerstörung der beiden Zeppeline mitgewirkt, oder als Zuschauer anwesend waren? Für Ihre Bemühungen danke ich Ihnen im Namen aller alten Zeppelinfahrer und des Vereins für Luftschiffahrt. Als Anerkennung erhalten Sie für Ihre Mitarbeit die in der Anlage beigefügten 3 Hefte “Die Welt der Luftschiffe.” [Cordial thanks for sending us…

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  • DEDICATED HONOR STATUETTE FOR PETER STRASSER - NAVY ZEPPELIN SERVICE COMMANDER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DEDICATED HONOR STATUETTE FOR PETER STRASSER – NAVY ZEPPELIN SERVICE COMMANDER

    SKU: 21-308

    $5,795.00

    .  FregattenkapitänPeter Strasser (1876-1918) was the commander of all the Imperial German Navy zeppelins that flew against England, Paris, and Brussels. Strasser was a brave and respected man. He was highly-regarded as a leader by his superiors and his subordinates alike. He flew with his crews and took the same chances as they did.  He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite.  Ultimately, he suffered the same fate as many of his fellow zeppelin officers and crew members when he went down in flames on what became his FINAL bombing mission over London on 6 August 1918. [Nearly 50% of all Navy zeppelins were destroyed, and 40% of their crews died in combat. When their hydrogen-fueled vessels exploded, the crew went down in flames with them]. Today we are offering a very unique statuette that was presented to him by one of his technical section members. [Located in Belgium, the technical section was responsible for zeppelin repair and maintenance].  The gold-toned statuette is constructed from assorted bits of zeppelin scrap metals. The statuette stands an impressive 9 ½” tall, 9 ½” wide and 6 ½” deep. Furthermore, it weighs an impressive 19 lbs and 2 ounces.  Its primary subject depicts a mountain topped by an eagle. The mountain is constructed from droplets of molten metal, looking much the same as wax melting and running down a candle.  At the mountain’s bottom is a British Lion (NOT to be confused with a German Lion).  Naturally, the symbolism is that the German Lion, and…

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  • DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ZEITSCHRIFT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ZEITSCHRIFT

    SKU: 14-103

    $60.00

    This was a magazine that was published in Germany before WW I which dealt with Zeppelins. It is a large format magazine that has numerous articles about Zeppelins and their development in Germany during this period. There are numerous photos and there is also a great deal of advertising that I find very interesting. Some of the advertising includes motors from Mercedes-Benz, aircraft and flying lessons from Ago, etc. These magazines are professionally done very slick and would be a unique addition to a Zeppelin collection. I have two different issues which are December 1912 and April 1914.

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  • DINNER PLATE FROM AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN LZ-127's ONBOARD SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE FROM AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN LZ-127’s ONBOARD SERVICE

    SKU: 21-318

    $1,795.00

    Today we are offering a most interesting dinner plate that saw service on board the airship LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. The ivory plate measures 10” in diameter. The outer edge is trimmed in gold with a decorative abstract design etched in the trim’s middle. Below this is a wider blue trim band sandwiched between very thin gold bands above and below it. An oval containing the letters “LZ,” for Luftschiff Zeppelin, appears against the blue band’s top center. Another gold trim band appears below the blue band, quite similar to the band encircling the plate’s outer edge. The plate’s reverse bears information on the manufacturer, Heinrich & Co., Selb., as well as Graf Zeppelin and 1928. 1928 was the first year that the Graf Zeppelin saw service on her maiden voyage from Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey. The plate is in excellent condition and shows only slight signs of wear on the obverse’s blue band area.  

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  • DOCUMENT AND PHOTO GROUP - LUFTSCHIFFER OFFICER’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DOCUMENT AND PHOTO GROUP – LUFTSCHIFFER OFFICER’S

    SKU: 21-325 XBS

    $2,495.00

    DOCUMENT AND PHOTO GROUP – LUFTSCHIFFER OFFICER’S  This is a consignment item. If you have an interest in document groups, we have something special for you. If you have an interest in observation balloons and zeppelins, this wonderful group is VERY special for you. The number of documents it contains is absolutely staggering, and will enable you to track and research almost everything the man ever did. His name was Werner Eugen Möschke. He was born in 1881, then first entered the army at the dawn of the 20th Century. The document group indicates he saw early service in Nassau Field Artillery-Regiment Nr 27. After completing his mandatory two years of military service, Möschke began his post high school (called “gymnasium” in Germany) studies, eventually becoming a mechanical engineer. The group contains many documents from this period, including some confirming his graduation and his qualifications as an engineer. When WW I broke out, Möschke found himself in a Luftschiffer-Bataillon as a Leutnant der Reserve. Luftschiffer-Bataillons included the observation balloons that were launched from mobile units to spy on enemy positions and call in artillery strikes, which was his assignment. Later he was transferred to the Luftschiffer-Bataillon’s zeppelin section. He finished the war as a Hauptmann der Reserve. Our document group provides definite proof that he did indeed serve with a zeppelin unit, although I am unable to determine if he was onboard as a zeppelin commander or if he was a unit commander. [Please note: in 1917, the Imperial German…

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  • EARLY AIRSHIP POSTAGE STAMP - LIBERIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    EARLY AIRSHIP POSTAGE STAMP – LIBERIA

    SKU: 21-189

    $10.00

    This is a single postage stamp from Liberia. It shows an early airship from 1908, with a U.S. flag on it. It is hand canceled in the margin. It is a very colorful stamp.

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  • ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT

    SKU: 21-303

    $125.00

    This is an envelope that was flown on the Graf Zeppelin’s first U.S. to Germany flight. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after theGraf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, the LZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburglanded for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it used the much safer helium (German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the USA’s embargo). Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127, Graf Zeppelin, on its FIRST flight from the U.S. to Germany. It is an envelope that was a part of Joel E. Fischer, 40 Wall Street, New York’s personal stationery. The envelope’s upper right corner sports a one dollar U.S. stamp and a five-cent U.S. Air Mail stamp.…

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  • ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT

    SKU: 21-304

    $125.00

     This is an envelope that was flown on the Graf Zeppelin’s first U.S. to Germany flight. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after theGraf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, the LZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburglanded for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it ran on the much safer helium (German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the USA’s embargo). Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127, Graf Zeppelin, on its FIRST flight from the U.S. to Germany. The envelope’s upper right corner sports a one dollar U.S. stamp and a five-cent Theodore Roosevelt stamp. It cost a total of $1.05 to send the envelope. [The equivalent cost in 2013 U. S. dollars is…

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  • ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT FROM GERMANY TO USA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT FROM GERMANY TO USA

    SKU: 21-298

    $125.00

    This is an envelope that was flown on the first flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Germany to the U.S. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after the Graf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, theLZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburg landed for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it ran on the much safer helium, while the German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the U.S.’s embargo. Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin on its FIRST flight from Germany to the U.S. It is a deluxe envelope prepared just for the event. A yellow zeppelin that covers most of its top width is preprinted on the envelope. A special blue German…

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  • FRAMED FELIX GRAF von LUCKNER COLLECTION FROM UNITED STATES VISIT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED FELIX GRAF von LUCKNER COLLECTION FROM UNITED STATES VISIT

    SKU: 21-326

    $795.00

    This is a beautifully arranged four-piece framed collection honoring Felix Graf von Luckner. The entire piece measures 28″ x 30 ½.” It is professionally mounted with a glass front and antique brown matting within its gold-toned, solid-wood frame. It features three photographs of von Luckner, along with a front page newspaper article. The front page is from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Daily, a student newspaper, and is displayed on the frame’s left half. The article is dated November 1, 1928 and titled “German Raider Speaks Tonight.” The article features von Luckner’s photo and announces his appearance at the U of M auditorium. It further states that he will be speaking to the audience about his adventures as Germany’s “Sea Devil,” the friendly foe of the allied merchant marines. The well-preserved newspaper measures 17″ x 21.” The frame’s top right section features a signed photo of a well dressed von Luckner aboard a ship, casually smoking his pipe. The signed photograph measures 4 ¼”x 6,” and sits within a 6 ½” x 8 ½” white matte border that bears von Luckner’s signature. A 4 ¼” x and 6 ¼” professional photograph that features Luckner, Henry Ford and von Luckner’s wife, Ingeborg von Luckner, appears below the signed photograph. [The latter was taken in New York on January 11, 1928]. The frame’s bottom right section features a 4 ½”x 6 ½” candid snapshot of von Luckner and his friend “Bill,” along with a handwritten message in German. [We…

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  • FRAMED HAND COLORED PHOTOGRAPH OF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN WITH A ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED HAND COLORED PHOTOGRAPH OF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN WITH A ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-83

    $225.00

    Let me begin by telling how exquisite this piece is. It is a hand colored photograph of Friedrichshafen circa 1900 to 1910. It looks down on the city as it meanders along the edge of Lake Konstanz. Friedrichshafen was the zeppelin’s birthplace under the care of Graf (Count) von Zeppelin. The airships were often seen in the sky over the city and the lake, which separates Germany from Switzerland. Indeed, this portrait depicts a zeppelin in flight. The photo is quite unusual as it is slightly vaulted under the glass of the frame! A small brass plaque under the glass identifies the city as “Friedrichshafen a/B.” The frame is gilt, with short diagonal black lines accenting the molding. The frame and photo measure 6″ x 5.” On the back both an easel and a ring appear by which the piece can be displayed. It is in delightful shape and is of the highest caliber. A lot of pride went into the manufacture of this item.

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  • FRAMED PAINTING - ZEPPELIN IN EGYPT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED PAINTING – ZEPPELIN IN EGYPT

    SKU: 21-125

    $895.00

    The zeppelins Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg made voyages that touched a great portion of the earth. One of their more celebrated voyages included passing over the deserts of Egypt and the pyramids. Today we offer a period painting that shows one of the Zeppelins achieving this feat. The frame is a period, burled wood. The entire framed display measures 16 1/2″ x 24.” No glass covers the painting, which measures 14″ x 21 3/4.” The painting depicts the zeppelin flying over the Great Sphinx and between two pyramids. In the foreground are a party of Egyptians and camels. This naively styled painting is signed by the artist. If you are a zeppelin collector, this will certainly enhance your wall and your collection. 

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  • FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH - GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S FUNERAL CORTEGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH – GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S FUNERAL CORTEGE

    SKU: 21-269

    $75.00

    This is a framed photograph of the funeral cortege of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. The Graf founded airships used in Germany before WW I. During WW I his ships were used for the bombing of England and Belgium. The procession follows the casket and is led by König Wilhelm II of Württemberg. The casket has crossed swords and the Graf’s tschapka. He held the rank of general of cavalry in the army. The framed photograph measures 10″ x 13.” The photo within measures 8 3/4″ x 11 3/4.” Below the photograph is another smaller window with printed information about the funeral and the date.

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  • FRAMED ZEPPELIN COLLAGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED ZEPPELIN COLLAGE

    SKU: 21-262

    $595.00

    This is a marvelous framed collage of items that relate to zeppelins. A total of four items appear in the collage. They range in dates from 1917 to 1937. I will describe the four items chronologically. 1) Photograph of Navy Zeppelin L53. The L53 also held the production number of LZ 100. It was launched on 8 August 1917. During its service, it flew nineteen reconnaissance missions and four bombing missions over England. It was shot down over England on 11 August 1918 by a Royal Naval Air Service Lieutenant flying a Sopwith Camel. The photo, which measures 6 7/8″ x 4 1/8,” shows the L 53 as she is rolled out of her hanger. The zeppelin’s stern appears in the photograph. 2) Graf Zeppelin World Flight Badge from 1929. A wide variety of badges were produced, covering a great assortment of zeppelin badges like this. Some were world flight badges and others were more regionalized. The badge measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. The edge proclaims “Graf Zeppelin Weltflug 1929.” The badge’s center shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile. She is superimposed over a blue and green map of the world. While it cannot be seen, these had a pin on the reverse. They are VERY prized by collectors. 3) Newspaper clipping from 19 October 1933. The clipping comes from a newspaper in Hanover. The headline reads“Deutsche Zeppeline über York.” The article deals with zeppelins that flew over and bombed York in England during WW I. At the end of…

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  • GILT COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE STICKPIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GILT COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE STICKPIN

    SKU: 21-110

    $325.00

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  • GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN MEDAL

    SKU: 21-201

    $195.00

    This is a lovely medal that commemorates Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. The medal is circular. It measures 1 1/4″ in diameter.

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  • GRAF ZEPPELIN TABLE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GRAF ZEPPELIN TABLE MEDAL

    SKU: 21-281

    $250.00

     This is a large table medal that features the Graf von Zeppelin, and measures 2 3/8″ in diameter. The obverse displays a high-relief three-quarters-view of the German nobleman who began lighter than air aviation at the turn of the 20th Century. His name also appears on the obverse. Its reverse shows a zeppelin in the sky. Below that we see the legend “Das Ende Krönt Das Werk” (The end crowns the work). Below that we see a man and woman, with the words below them, “Bewunderung und Entsetzen” (Admiration and astonishment).

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  • HOOK AND EYE CARD - ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOOK AND EYE CARD – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-173

    $55.00

    This is an interesting complete card of the hooks and eyes that were commonly used on Imperial Period clothing. Zippers were not in use yet, so these small devices, (and buttons) were used to secure garments. The card measures 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4.” It contains twelve of the small devices. While this was the “Bato” brand, it features an early zeppelin (pre 1908) flying over the countryside.

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  • HUGO ECKNER - SMALL TABLE MEDAL - BRONZE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HUGO ECKNER – SMALL TABLE MEDAL – BRONZE

    SKU: 21-202

    $125.00

    Over the years we have offered several examples of Karl Goetz’s beautifully executed table medal, which commemorates the voyage of the LZ-126 from Germany to the USA. As a part of the WW I’s reparations, Germany was obligated to turn over a zeppelin to the U. S. government. This all took place in 1924. Hugo Eckner was the company’s head. Like old Graf von Zeppelin himself, he was a real salesman and promoter. He knew if he was to save his company, he had to convince the world that zeppelins had potential not only as military tools, but as ultimate travel conveyances between countries. This was particularly true when crossing large bodies of water was involved. Ultimately, zeppelins made frequent trans-Atlantic voyages to the U.S., South America, and even Japan. The good doctor himself personally flew the LZ-126 to Boston, New York and finally, Lakehurst, NJ (scene of the destruction of the LZ-129 Hindenburg in May 1937), where it was handed over to American authorities and renamed the U. S. S. Los Angeles. Eckner went on to design and build the highly successful LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin and the LZ-129 Hindenburg. The table medal is quite unusual. All of the previous table medals I have seen commemorating the event were made of silver, nickel, or even aluminum. This example is gold-toned and is made of either brass or bronze, possibly. All of its other details are identical with the other medals. The obverse shows Hugo Eckner. The reverse shows the LZ-126…

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  • ID BRACELET FOR A ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ID BRACELET FOR A ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-46

    $295.00

    This ID bracelet has a zeppelin as the centerpiece. There is also a brass tag with the numbers 31-613. Total length of the bracelet is 8.”.

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  • IDENTIFIED ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S LEATHER FLYING COAT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S LEATHER FLYING COAT

    SKU: 21-300

    $6,995.00

     This is a simply dazzling Army Luftschiffer Bataillon leutnant’s leather flying coat. The coat is identified to its original owner. [Both the Army and Navy operated zeppelins at strategic places over continental Europe and against England. (It is not generally known that the Imperial German Army operated the first zeppelins to bomb London). In 1917, due to political pressure (primarily from Navy-favoring Kaiser Wilhelm II), the Army’s zeppelinforces were disbanded. Their equipment and crew were reassigned to the Navy, who continued the bombing missions against England. The actual damage inflicted by German Army and Navy zeppelins was minimal. (The L-38, an Army zeppelin, made five successful bombing raids on England, including the first bombing of London on 31 May 1915). The real effect was psychological, as more of a terror weapon. One could compare the zeppelin barrages to Hitler’s V-1 and V-2 rockets during WW II. They caused some damage, but even greater mental and emotional stress]. This is our most impressive and rare zeppelin item to date. When I first saw this coat, I was blown away. Aviators’ attire and other personal items are rare enough, but to offer a coat that was actually worn by an officer who flew aboard an Army zeppelinprior to the service’s disbanding is a rare privilege! The coat is a medium-brown leather. (I have seen similar coats used by fixed-wing aviators). It has a double-breasted effect, almost like a Litewka, wherein one row of buttons actually secures the coat, but another row is…

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  • INFLATABLE ZEPPELIN FROM THE MOTION PICTURE - "ZEPPELIN." - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    INFLATABLE ZEPPELIN FROM THE MOTION PICTURE – “ZEPPELIN.”

    SKU: 21-222

    $225.00

    During the 20th Century when motion pictures were released, interesting items were often shipped to theaters to help promote the movies. The most basic was a “Theater Card.” It had information on the actors, the studio, etc. Today we are offering a very interesting item from the motion picture “Zeppelin.” The movie was released in 1971 by Warner Brothers. The stars were Michael York and Elke Sommer. The item is an inflatable zeppelin that measures 37 1/2″ in length and 21 1/2″ in height. It is silver in color.” Zeppelin is coming from Warner Bros” is printed on both sides. The zeppelin is reasonably detailed. String attachments are at the top where it could have been hung for display. It has a valve where one can blow it up. This is a great zeppelin item from a movie that was released thirty-eight years ago. 

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  • LARGE FORMAT POSTAGE STAMP - GRAF ZEPPELIN - REPUBLIC DE COTE D’IVOIRE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE FORMAT POSTAGE STAMP – GRAF ZEPPELIN – REPUBLIC DE COTE D’IVOIRE

    SKU: 21-152

    $40.00

    This is a deluxe postage stamp that was issued by the Republique De Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in 1977. The stamp is for 500 Francs. The stamp itself measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2.” It shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile over a city. The stamp is in full color. The stamp is part of a larger display that shows an early zeppelin along with “Retrospective Zeppelin.” The overall size of the display of the Graf Zeppelin measures 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2.”

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  • LARGE FORMAT POSTAGE STAMP - LZ-127 GRAF ZEPPELIN - OVER ROMANIA’S CAPITAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE FORMAT POSTAGE STAMP – LZ-127 GRAF ZEPPELIN – OVER ROMANIA’S CAPITAL

    SKU: 21-150

    $35.00

    This is a single large postage stamp from Romania, which commemorates the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. The stamp measures a whopping 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4.” It is dated 16 October 1929. It is multicolored and shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile over a city that I presume to be Bucharest. The stamp, which was printed for collectors, bears a serial number of 078062. It is in excellent condition, and has been preserved in a plastic holder.

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  • LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - AERIAL VIEW - SAXON FELDLUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH – AERIAL VIEW – SAXON FELDLUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 40-417

    $40.00

     This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4.” It is an aerial photograph from approximately 1,000 meters. It shows a town in the foreground. On the reverse it is unit stamped for 2. Königl. Sächs. Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 32. It is pencil-dated 18 March 1918. The area’s or city’s name is added in pencil as well. 

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  • LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - HANGER - MECHANICS - ZEPPELIN ENGINES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH – HANGER – MECHANICS – ZEPPELIN ENGINES

    SKU: 40-416

    $50.00

    This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/2″ x 9.” It shows several mechanics working on zeppelins’ engine assemblies. The action is taking place in a large hanger.

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  • LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN ENGINE  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH – ZEPPELIN ENGINE 

    SKU: 40-418

    $30.00

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  • LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN ENGINE  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH – ZEPPELIN ENGINE 

    SKU: 40-419

    $30.00

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  • LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN ENGINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH – ZEPPELIN ENGINE

    SKU: 40-420

    $30.00

    This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/2″ x 8 3/4.” It shows a zeppelin engine that has been removed from the airship.

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  • MATTED PHOTOGRAPH - BALLOON - PRE WW I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MATTED PHOTOGRAPH – BALLOON – PRE WW I

    SKU: 40-412

    $75.00

    This is a matted photograph that depicts one balloon. The matted photograph measures 8 1/4″ x 6.” The actual photograph housed within the matting measures 5″ x 3 1/8.” A large group of army officers is gathered around the balloon’s gondola. The photograph dates from early in the 20th Century.

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  • MATTED PHOTOGRAPH - TWO BALLOONS - PRE WW I  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MATTED PHOTOGRAPH – TWO BALLOONS – PRE WW I 

    SKU: 40-411

    $75.00

    This is a matted photograph that depicts two balloons. The matted photograph measures 6 1/4″ x 7 3/4.” The actual photograph housed within the matting measures 4″ x 5 3/4.” A large group of men is watching the proceedings on what appears to be a testing field. The date 19 April 1901 appears at the matte’s bottom.

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  • MEISSEN TABLE MEDAL - GRAF ZEPPELIN "AROUND THE WORLD VOYAGE" - 1929 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MEISSEN TABLE MEDAL – GRAF ZEPPELIN “AROUND THE WORLD VOYAGE” – 1929

    SKU: 21-193

    $350.00

     Meissen was one of the premier makers of tableware and porcelain items in Imperial Germany. The firm is hundreds of years old, and has survived to this day. Today we are offering a large-format table medal that salutes the Graf Zeppelin’s (LZ-127) “Around the World Tour.” The tour began in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where the Graf Zeppelin was built, and continued on to Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Lakehurst, NJ (where her sister ship, the Hindenburg, exploded in May 1937) before returning to Germany. It measures 2″ in diameter and is chocolate brown. It shows a hallmark for Meissen on both sides. This is something different for you zeppelin collectors.

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  • MILITÄRPAß - BAVARIAN LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITÄRPAß – BAVARIAN LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 21-249

    $250.00

    This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier from a Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The man’s name was Fischer. He was born in 1898. He joined the army in 1917 and was initially assigned to a Bavarian Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The militärpaß has a flip down page where you can see his complete service for nearly two years of WW I. In addition to numerous unit stamps from his initial unit, a stamp for his assignment to Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 1 is also present. A unit stamp for a Prussian Luftschiffer-Abteilung also appears, which I find particularly interesting. The militärpaß comes in a protective jacket. It has a wealth of material to research and dig into.

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  • NAVY LUFTSCHIFFER ASSOCIATION MEDALLION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NAVY LUFTSCHIFFER ASSOCIATION MEDALLION

    SKU: 21-316

    $195.00

    This is a small medallion that represents the Marine Luftschiffer Verein (Navy Airship Association). The Kaiserliche Marine operated the biggest fleet of airships in the German military. The Army also had zeppelinsbut eventually turned their equipment over to the Navy. The small medallion/badge  is gold-toned and displays a small replica of the Navy Commemorative Airship Badge. It is a lovely badge in top condition. 

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  • ORIGINAL 1937 FRONT PAGE - ZEPPELIN HINDENBURG CRASH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL 1937 FRONT PAGE – ZEPPELIN HINDENBURG CRASH

    SKU: 21-127

    $30.00

     This is an original front page (with the facing second page) recounting the disastrous explosion of the zeppelin Hindenburg. The newspaper comes from Frankfurt am Main, a common zeppelin port of call. The paper is dated 7 May 1937. It has been folded in half, but remains in very good condition. This really should be framed using conservation methods.

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  • ORIGINAL PAINTING - EARLY ZEPPELIN FLYING OVER FREDERICK THE GREAT’S PRUSSIAN ROYAL PALACE SANS SOUCCI - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PAINTING – EARLY ZEPPELIN FLYING OVER FREDERICK THE GREAT’S PRUSSIAN ROYAL PALACE SANS SOUCCI

    SKU: 21-149

    $1,695.00

    This is a most unusual painting on wood, circa 1910. The painting shows the palace built by order of Frederick the Great in Potsdam, Sans Soucci. It is one of the most fascinating of the Prussian royal palaces. When it was built, it was intended to be a summer palace for Frederick the Great when he wanted to get away from all of the hubbub of Berlin. It remains a beautiful site today. I enjoy touring it when we are in the Potsdam area. What is so unusual about this piece is that the artist did his work on wood, instead of canvas or paper. I am no expert, but this is a beautiful light wood. The artist used a knife to cut indentations around and within all the painted areas. This gives the illusion that the picture is created from different colored pieces of inlaid wood.  Some patterns even have small pieces of wood cut out to further the illusion. Close inspection, however, reveals that the images are PAINTED, notinlaid. The painting’s actual surface  measures 17″ x 10 1/4.”  The full, framed picture measures 20 1/4″ X 13 3/4.” A black-framed rectangular area, measuring 15 1/4″ x 8 1/2,” is painted inside the overall surface. This imitates a matte within a framed picture. Inside this area at the bottom is a classic view of Sans Soucci. An early pre WW I zeppelin is flying in the sky above. The presentation has a black wooden frame, trimmed in gold. What…

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN

    SKU: 40-460

    $30.00

    This is an original photograph that measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2.” It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin “Sachsen.” She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. She is shown just a few feet off the ground, with a large number of people around her. The zeppelin’s name has not yet been painted forward. No doubt exists that she is the Sachsen.

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN

    SKU: 40-462

    $30.00

     This is an original photograph that measures 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4.” It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin “Sachsen.” She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. This shot is looking on at the zeppelin’s bow. She is still on the ground, as her engines are not turning over. A large crowd is gathered around her. 

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN 

    SKU: 40-463

    $30.00

    This is an original photograph that measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2.” It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin “Sachsen.” She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. In the photograph one is looking up and under the zeppelin. The shot was taken of the zeppelin’s forward portion. One of the two gondolas can be seen.

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN

    SKU: 40-464

    $30.00

    This is an original photograph that measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2.” It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin “Sachsen.” She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. This shot shows the zeppelin’s stern. She is still in her hanger, but appears to being pulled out. Men are pulling on lines and others are directing the action.

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN 

    SKU: 40-465

    $30.00

    This is an original photograph measuring of a zeppelin’s bow (which I cannot identify). It appears similar in some ways to the Sachsen, but differences can be noted. 

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 40-466

    $30.00

    This is an original photograph measuring of a zeppelin’s bow (which I cannot identify). It appears similar in some ways to the Sachsen, but differences can be noted. 

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 40-467

    $30.00

     This is an original photograph measuring of a zeppelin’s bow (which I cannot identify). It appears similar in some ways to the Sachsen, but differences can be noted.

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN SACHSEN - HANGER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – ZEPPELIN SACHSEN – HANGER

    SKU: 40-414

    $50.00

    This is an ORIGINAL photograph that measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2.” It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin “Sachsen.” She was placed in service in May 1913. Before WW I began, she transported nearly 10,000 people. Once the war started, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids, then was retired from service in 1916. She is shown in her hanger prior to being wheeled out and launched.

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN SACHSEN OUTSIDE - HANGER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH – ZEPPELIN SACHSEN OUTSIDE – HANGER

    SKU: 40-415

    $50.00

     This is an ORIGINAL photograph that measures  3 1/4″ x 4 1/2.” It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin “Sachsen.” She was placed in service in May 1913. Before WW I began, she transported nearly 10,000 people. Once the war started, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids, then was retired from service in 1916. She is shown outside her hanger, with a large number of people gathered around her.

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  • PAIR POSTAGE STAMPS - EARLY AIRSHIP - SWITZERLAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR POSTAGE STAMPS – EARLY AIRSHIP – SWITZERLAND

    SKU: 21-160

    $15.00

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX FOR THE ZEPPELIN SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC BOX FOR THE ZEPPELIN SERVICE

    SKU: 21-48

    $450.00

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

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

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

    SKU: 18-179

    $350.00

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

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  • PERIOD-FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF ZEPPELINSAILING OVER (ALLEGED) KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. METEOR. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PERIOD-FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF ZEPPELINSAILING OVER (ALLEGED) KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. METEOR.

    SKU: 21-323

    $250.00

     Kaiser Wilhelm II was a man with a passion for the sea. His Kaiserliche Marinewas his pride and joy. He and his Chief of the Admiralty, von Tirpitz, had grand plans to expand the Navy and challenge England on the high seas. Of course, the problem here was that the British also had great pride in their Navy and were well aware that it was their key means of strengthening their overseas possessions and holding on to the shipping lanes. So, if the Germans built four battleships, the English built eight even bigger and better than what the Germans had produced, which challenged the Germans to up the ante. This was a game that Germany could never win, however. By the time the Great War began, all the battleships that had been built on both sides from 1900 to 1905 were obsolete and relegated to secondary roles as they were no longer fit for front-line duty. In addition to his love for his Navy, the Kaiser enjoyed the sea in other roles. He spent long periods of time aboard his royal yacht the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. From the time that the yacht was commissioned in 1892 until it was laid up when WW I began in 1914, he spent a total of more than five solid years onboard. Much of this was spent in Norway anchored in a fjord with a German warship accompanying him. The Kaiser was also a yachtsman and served as the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s (KYC)…

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  • PLATE BLOCK - FOUR STAMPS - HUNGARY - EXPLORING AVIATION ERAS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PLATE BLOCK – FOUR STAMPS – HUNGARY – EXPLORING AVIATION ERAS

    SKU: 21-153

    $35.00

    This is a plate block of four stamps, showing various eras in the history of aviation. They were issued for Aerofila in 1967 by Hungary. The four stamps showcase Man and his early efforts in Aviation. The plate block is very decorative. Its overall measurements are 3 3/4″ x 5.” Each stamp measures 1 3/4″ x 1 1/8.”

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURE - DESTROYED WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN FIGURE – DESTROYED WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-275

    $125.00

    This is an attractively-manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin that was destroyed over England during WW I. The zeppelin measures 5″ in length. On the top we see “The Victory of Justice Armistice of the Great War Signed Nov. 11th 1918.” On the other side is a coat-of-arms which says “Town Hall.” The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition. 

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE - WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN FIGURINE – WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN 

    SKU: 21-271

    $125.00

    This is an attractively manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin. The zeppelin measures 5″ in length. Emblazoned on the side is the city of Manchester’s Coat-of-Arms. The figurine rests on a porcelain stand. The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE - WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PORCELAIN FIGURINE – WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN 

    SKU: 21-272

    $125.00

    This is an attractively manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin. The zeppelin measures 5″ in length. Emblazoned on the side is the city of Hull’s Coat-of-Arms. The figurine rests on a porcelain stand. The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition.

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  • POSTAGE STAMP - GRAF ZEPPELIN AND EARLY ZEPPELIN - 75th ANNIVERSARY FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT(1902-1977) - GRENADA. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTAGE STAMP – GRAF ZEPPELIN AND EARLY ZEPPELIN – 75th ANNIVERSARY FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT(1902-1977) – GRENADA.

    SKU: 21-161

    $5.00

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  • POSTCARD FLOWN - GRAF ZEPPELIN - AUSTRIA - GERMANY - 1931 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD FLOWN – GRAF ZEPPELIN – AUSTRIA – GERMANY – 1931

    SKU: 21-207

    $95.00

     Postcards and letters that were flown on the zeppelins Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg were prized all over the world in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The premium prices paid for the luxury of mailing a postcard or letter on one of these two zeppelins were good bargains for people who never got to fly aboard one. Even here in the United States, special stamps were issued for the purpose of mailing items aboard one of the zeppelins. The always-popular gentle giants of the air flew all over the world, and made regular runs to the U.S. and South America. Today we are offering a postcard that was carried on a flight from Vienna to Germany. The simple card measures 4″ x 6.” At the top is a Luftpost blue sticker. In the upper right corner is a 1 Mark German postage stamp, featuring an eagle. It was canceled at Friedrichshafen on the Bodensee on 12 July 1931. In the center is another circular cancellation for 12 July 1931 from Vienna, with special emphasis that the postcard has traveled aboard the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin. The lower left of the card has a triangular cancellation indicating it is for a 1931 flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Vienna. This was a relatively short “hop” from Friedrichshafen to Vienna. The card’s opposite side is blank. The primary purpose was to send the card to an individual, not to deliver an actual message, but to have something that actually flew on a zeppelin!

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  • PRE WW I ZEPPELIN BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRE WW I ZEPPELIN BADGE

    SKU: 21-320

    $795.00

    This is a fascinating PRE-WW I Zeppelin Badge that was produced when zeppelins’ use was primarily commercial. I have heard two different stories regarding the badge’s purpose. The first version states that it was intended for zeppelin crew members. The second version indicates it was a high-end badge produced in limited numbers for supporters of the Zeppelin Company’s collection campaigns. In either case, the badges were produced in very limited numbers and made to exacting standards. They were NOT cheaply-made trinkets, but rather of very elaborate high-quality construction. The badge measures 1 ½” x 1 ¾,” and is shaped like a cut-out Prussian Eagle. The Eagle’s head appears at the twelve o’clock position, while its wings are at the three and nine o’clock positions. A small Hohenzollern Crown sits atop the eagle’s head. The obverse’s center features a high-quality circular enamel medallion measuring ¾” in diameter that covers the Eagle’s belly. Its black enamel background is emblazoned with a silver “Z” crossed horizontally by a zeppelin. The enamel exhibits some small imperfections, as well as one or two very minor chips. Overall, however, the enamel is complete and in very fine condition. Its reverse bears the manufacturer’s name, Mayer & Wilhelm, and its location, Stuttgart. It is a fine badge that is in good condition, overall.

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  • SET - FIVE AVIATION POSTAGE STAMPS - 1978 LUFTPOSTAUSSTELLUNG - STUTTGART - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SET – FIVE AVIATION POSTAGE STAMPS – 1978 LUFTPOSTAUSSTELLUNG – STUTTGART

    SKU: 21-187

    $35.00

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  • SET - FIVE STAMPS - EARLY AVIATION - GRAF ZEPPELIN - MALDIVES ISLANDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SET – FIVE STAMPS – EARLY AVIATION – GRAF ZEPPELIN – MALDIVES ISLANDS

    SKU: 21-190

    $20.00

    This is a set of five postage stamps that come from the Maldives Islands (also known as the Falkland Islands). These stamps, which are all different and of different denominations, commemorate aviation. Two of the stamps commemorate the ZL-130, the Graf Zeppelin II. They are both complete, with swastikas on the airships’ rudders.

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  • SET - THREE ZEPPELIN-RELATED POSTAGE STAMPS - HUNGARY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SET – THREE ZEPPELIN-RELATED POSTAGE STAMPS – HUNGARY

    SKU: 21-191

    $15.00

    This is a set of four postage stamps from Hungary. They commemorate Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) and Hugo Eckner (1868-1954). Their zeppelins appear with them. 

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  • SINGLE STAMP - ZEPPELIN - REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SINGLE STAMP – ZEPPELIN – REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA

    SKU: 21-177

    $10.00

    This is a special commemorative stamp that was issued in 1974. It shows a zeppelin on the ground, with passengers embarking on a flight. The stamp was also issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary (1874-1974) of the Universal Postal Union. The postage stamp has been cancelled in the corner.    

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  • SMALL SERVING TRAY - GRAF ZEPPELIN OR HINDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SMALL SERVING TRAY – GRAF ZEPPELIN OR HINDENBURG

    SKU: 21-206

    $625.00

    This is a small serving tray which was used on the zeppelin Hindenburg or the Graf Zeppelin airship. The bowl is curved and measures 7 3/4″ in diameter. It has a high aluminum finish. It sports the Zeppelin Company’s hallmark in the center on the reverse. Items of this nature are always prized by collectors of zeppelin antiques.

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  • SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD - FOUR POSTAGE STAMP PLATE - INTERNATIONAL AVIATION - NORWAY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD – FOUR POSTAGE STAMP PLATE – INTERNATIONAL AVIATION – NORWAY

    SKU: 21-159

    $20.00

    This is an attractive display card showing four different aviation scenes. Each of the four stamps measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/2.” The stamps are for 1.25 Kroner, 2.00 Kroner, 2.80 Kroner, and 4.00 Kroner from Norway. The display card measures 3 3/4″ x 4 1/2.” It was issued for a special philatelic display that took place in Oslo, Norway, 13-22 June 1980. Sets like this are quite popular with stamp collectors. They were never sold for use on everyday mail.

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  • SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN (LZ-127) POSTAGE STAMP - NIGER  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD – GRAF ZEPPELIN (LZ-127) POSTAGE STAMP – NIGER 

    SKU: 21-158

    $25.00

    This is an interesting display card showing the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127) flying over a mountain. The large-format postage stamp measures 4 1/8″ x 5.” It is for 500 Francs from the République du Niger. The stamp has a special cancellation, dated 1976. The display card measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” It shows the many cities the Graf Zeppelin visited on her world voyages. Included are Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, London, Séville, Spain, Rome, Berlin, New York, and Tokyo.

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  • SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN POSTAGE STAMP - GERMANY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD – GRAF ZEPPELIN POSTAGE STAMP – GERMANY

    SKU: 21-157

    $30.00

    This is a most interesting display card which shows the Zeppelin LZ 4 over Mannheim on 4 August 1908. It has a postage stamp showing Ferdinand Graf Zeppelin and one of his zeppelins. It also proclaims that the stamp was issued by theDeutsche Luftpost and cost 3 Reichs Marks. This stamp may come from the Third Reich era. I believe Marks in Germany after 1945 were referred to as Deutsche Marks (D-Marks). The card measures 4 1/4″ x 6,” while the stamp itself measures 1″ x 1 1/4.” This collector’s card is serial numbered on the reverse.

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  • SPECIAL DRINKING SET WITH ZEPPELIN MOTIF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPECIAL DRINKING SET WITH ZEPPELIN MOTIF

    SKU: 21-314

    $1,195.00

     Today we are offering you a very special drink group suitable for schnapps or wine. What really makes it special is that it commemorates zeppelins. First is a small barrel or cask. It measures 7″ in length and 15″ in circumference. At its bottom it measures 4″ in diameter. The barrel has four metal bands/straps that stretch around it. On its top is a knob with a cork where the beverage is poured into the barrel. The barrel’s front sports a tap for dispensing the beverage. At this point, I have been unable to dislodge the tap to make it functional. Because I do not want to break something, I have not forced it. At this point I would have to describe the barrel as unusable for its original purpose. A small metal zeppelin sits on top of the barrel near one end. It measures 3/4″ x 4 ½,” and makes the barrel all the more interesting. The barrel rests on a wooden cradle, flanked by six small wooden cups for the beverage of choice. The cups are shot glass-sized and hold between 1-2 ounces. It is a most impressive set. It would add an interesting focal point to a zeppelin display. I have not seen anything like it, and have been eyeing it for inclusion with my personal items. I have just the place on a nearby office bookcase where it will look dandy until somebody claims it. 

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  • SPECIAL EDITION - STAMPS HONORING THREE AVIATION PIONEERS - WEST GERMANY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPECIAL EDITION – STAMPS HONORING THREE AVIATION PIONEERS – WEST GERMANY

    SKU: 21-184

    $20.00

    This is a special group of three stamps issued for stamp collectors. It was offered in 1977 at a Berlin postal convention. It features stories of three aviation pioneers: Graf von Zeppelin, Hermann Oberth, and Hans Grade. They are attached to a special card.

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  • SPECIAL EDITION STAMP HONORING LZ-127 - REPUBLIC CONGO - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SPECIAL EDITION STAMP HONORING LZ-127 – REPUBLIC CONGO

    SKU: 21-182

    $20.00

     This is a special stamp issued for stamp collectors. It features a large color image of theLZ-127, attached to a special card. It comes from the Republic of the Congo.    

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  • TABLE MEDAL - DR. HUGO ECKNER AND LZ-126 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – DR. HUGO ECKNER AND LZ-126

    SKU: 21-166

    $210.00

    This is a circular table medal commemorating the LZ 126. The LZ 126 was a part of Germany’s war reparations to the victorious allies. Dr. Hugo Eckner, who assumed the Zeppelin company’s control after Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s death, personally delivered the LZ 126 to the U. S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1924. [Lakehurst was where the zeppelin Hindenburg exploded thirteen years later]. The LZ 126 became theU. S. S. Los Angeles. The medal’s obverse shows a high-relief likeness of Dr. Hugo Eckner. Its reverse depicts the LZ 126 and the various stops on her voyage to America.  

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  • TABLE MEDAL - GRAF ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – GRAF ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-146

    $60.00

    This is an interesting early table medal for the Graf Zeppelin. The table medal is gilt-colored and measures 1″ in diameter. The obverse features the Graf Zeppelin in profile, along with the date 1928 and “Graf Zeppelin.” On the reverse we see something most interesting, the symbol for Shell Oil Co. Within the shell we also see the word “Shell.” I would expect that this is some kind of sponsorship deal that the Zeppelin Company had with Shell Oil.  

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  • TEAPOT USED BY EMPLOYEES AT FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AND FRANKFURTZEPPELIN PLANTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TEAPOT USED BY EMPLOYEES AT FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AND FRANKFURTZEPPELIN PLANTS

    SKU: 21-321

    $475.00

    Here is a very different example of zeppelin-affiliated tableware. This simple teapot was NOT intended for passenger use onboard zeppelins. It IS possible that some were used by LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin and the LZ-129 Hindenburg crew members. It primarily was used in the employee dining rooms at the Zeppelin Company’sFriedrichshafen and Frankfurt workshops and plants. Both cities’ locations maintained hanger and construction/repair space. The teapot (teekanne) is made of a base metal and measures 2 ⅛” x 4 ¼” x 5.” It has a stout handle and a simple button on the lid for opening to add hot water and tea. It has the legend below stamped on its side.                                                                 Flug u. Zeppelinhafen Gaststätten (Restaurants) The teekanne’s bottom displays a manufacturer’s hallmark for Krupp Berndorf. Its size, 30cl., is also listed. It represents three-tenths of a liter (10.14 ounces), which would fill two small teacups. The pot sports a wonderful patina. A lot of Zeppelin Company shoptalk was shared over this pot. You can create some fine memories of your own by using it to brew your tea. From personal experience, I can vouch that it works just as well as it did some ninety years ago!

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  • THREE POSTAGE STAMP SET - EARLY ZEPPELINS - REPUBLIC OF VOLTA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THREE POSTAGE STAMP SET – EARLY ZEPPELINS – REPUBLIC OF VOLTA

    SKU: 21-151

    $50.00

    This is a set of three postage stamps commemorating the early zeppelins. The set includes the following: *A 10 Franc stamp that shows the Zeppelin “Deutschland” flying over a German town. The stamp measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” It has been cancelled, and is in a plastic holder. It is in excellent condition. *A 40 Franc stamp that shows the Zeppelin “Viktoria Luise” flying over five sailboats. The stamp measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” It has been cancelled and is in a plastic holder. It is in excellent condition. *A 50 Franc stamp that shows the Zeppelin “Sachsen.” The stamp measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” It has been cancelled, and is in a plastic holder. It is in excellent condition. This full-color trio of stamps is in excellent condition.

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  • THREE-PHOTOGRAPH SET - EARLY ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THREE-PHOTOGRAPH SET – EARLY ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 40-413

    $125.00

    This is a three-photograph set that shows an early zeppelin as it readies for flight. A name is written on each photograph ‘s reverse, which looks like “Lachmüller,” or something similar. *Nr 1. The photograph measures 4 3/4″ x 5 1/4.” The zeppelin is tethered to the ground, while its small gondola is on the ground allowing passengers to embark. A large group of military officers and ground crew is on the airfield. *Nr 2. The photograph measures 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4.” The zeppelin has just lifted off. The gondola is under it, while the ground crew and observers are watching it take off. *Nr 3. The photograph measures 6 1/4″ x 4 1/2.” The zeppelin is in full flight, perhaps 100-200 meters above the ground. Some smoke or a wisp of fog is right under the zeppelin. I do not know or understand its cause, unless it is related to a factory smoke stack in the background. This is a fine group of a very early zeppelin as it goes from being readied for flight, to launch, and to actual flight.

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  • THREE-STAMP SET - ZEPPELINS - REPUBLIC OF MALAGASY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THREE-STAMP SET – ZEPPELINS – REPUBLIC OF MALAGASY

    SKU: 21-174

    $25.00

    These large-format stamps each show a zeppelin in flight, along with a small, inset depiction of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. One zeppelin flies over the Egyptian Pyramids, another over Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, and the third over London). The three represent different denominations. All were cancelled in the 1970’s.

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  • TINNIE - ZEPPELIN - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TINNIE – ZEPPELIN – FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

    SKU: 21-242

    $95.00

    This is a tinnie that measures 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4.” Two small holes are drilled into either end. At the tinnie’s top a zeppelin floats in the sky over the city of Friedrichshafen. The city is located on Lake Konstanz. The zeppelin’s early hangers were constructed on the lake. If we look carefully, we can see a hanger with another zeppelin in it. At the top is “Friedrichshafen A/B.” At the bottom is “Luftschiffbau Zeppelin.” It is an interesting piece.

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  • WOODEN BOX FOR A ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WOODEN BOX FOR A ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 21-45

    $675.00

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

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  • WORLD GLOBE SHOWING GRAF ZEPPELIN’S (LZ-127) VARIOUS ROUTES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WORLD GLOBE SHOWING GRAF ZEPPELIN’S (LZ-127) VARIOUS ROUTES

    SKU: 21-322

    $1,295.00

     This is one of the most interestingzeppelin items we have ever offered. It is a world globe (produced in Stuttgart, Germany) depicting the Graf Zeppelin’s (LZ-127) various worldwide routes. The LZ 127 was patterned after the LZ 126. The LZ 126 served as part of Germany’s war reparations following WW I’s end. The Zeppelin Company’s leader, Dr. Hugo Eckener, personally flew the LZ 126from its Friedrichshafen home base in southern Germany to the Lakehurst, New Jersey, U. S. Naval Air Station in October 1924. It was then turned over to the U.S. Navy and renamed the U.S.S. Los Angeles, which became the longest-serving rigid airship ever operated by the US Navy. [Lakehurst was also the site of the Hindenburg’s (LZ 129) 1937 explosion. I still remember my late mother-in-law telling me how as a New York City school girl, she and her class watched the Hindenburg fly overhead on its way to that fateful rendezvous]. Eckener was a man who understood the value of publicity and took full advantage of it. Upon his return to Germany, he lobbied the German government for support and financial assistance to build a zeppelin for commercial purposes. While Eckener received some governmental support, most of the more than two million Reichsmarks necessary to begin the zeppelin’s production was donated by the German public. The German people had enthusiastically supported Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) when he built the first airships. Even when a zeppelin had crashed and been totally destroyed, the German people had…

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  • ZEPPELIN - BOOK BAG OR BRIEF CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN – BOOK BAG OR BRIEF CASE

    SKU: 21-340 XJB

    $250.00

    ZEPPELIN – BOOK BAG OR BRIEF CASE. I have never seen an item like it. I would describe it as a youngster’s school bag or possibly a brief case.  The bag’s front flips up to allow access to its interior, and sports an embroidered scene. The scene shows a zeppelin flying over a town. It is quite clever. My guess is that a young woman made this her project. She painstakingly stitched the scene on the bag’s front cover. The scene exhibits some wear to it, as do its back portions where it was attached to the bag. It contains a good amount of space inside, in which one might fit a small laptop or notebook computer. Two leather straps on the front allow the contents to be secured. Another strap is on the back. Unfortunately, all of its hardware is not present to make it operable as a strap. A lot of time and love were put into this bag’s construction. Bag measures 13” x 10 X 3.” This is a consignment item.

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  • ZEPPELIN - CAP BADGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN – CAP BADGE

    SKU: 21-257

    $195.00

    ZEPPELIN – CAP BADGE. This is an interesting cap badge that I have never seen before. It measures 1.5” x 1.75.” It is silver-toned and oval-shaped. The outer portion features an oak leaf wreath. Inside it is a vertical anchor, and a horizontal zeppelin emblazoned with the name “Zeppelin” across it. The wreath displays two prongs whereby the badge was attached to a cap. The badge is stamped in a similar manner to an Army or Navy Wound Badge.

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  • ZEPPELIN AUTOMOBILE OR BUS TOY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN AUTOMOBILE OR BUS TOY

    SKU: 21-86

    $450.00

     Zeppelins have always sparked a special interest in people all over the world. Something about those giants of the air captured people’s imaginations, not only in Germany but everywhere they flew. I cannot begin to tell you the various forms of “zeppelin-mania” that erupted not just in Germany, but even here in the USA. The U.S. was an important market to the Zeppelin company. The Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg were seen across the country from Los Angeles to Lakehurst, New Jersey. [Just to give you an idea of the breadth of this mania, I have in my collection a “repro” zeppelin cocktail shaker]!  The item we are offering today is a glass automobile or small bus of a zeppelin! This is really wild-looking. The vehicle is clearly shaped like a zeppelin, including ridges at the top to further the resemblance. As if that were not enough, it has a rudder to further confirm that it is supposed to be a zeppelin on wheels! This small toy measures 5″ in length and 1 5/8″ in width. If you look underneath to where the chassis should be, it is stamped “Chicago, Illinois.” While this was American-made (either in the 1920’s or 1930’s, most likely in the 1930’s) I purchased it in Germany! At some point it made its way across the Atlantic. Perhaps it even made a flight on a zeppelin as a gift for some wide-eyed German youngster. Who knows? You can see this piece’s age particularly in its wheels,…

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  • ZEPPELIN CUTOUT CARD - MOTION PICTURE "ZEPPELIN." - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN CUTOUT CARD – MOTION PICTURE “ZEPPELIN.”

    SKU: 21-223

    $50.00

     During the 20th Century when motion pictures were released, interesting items were often shipped to theaters to help promote the movies. The most basic was a “Theater Card.” It had information on the actors, the studio, etc. Today we are offering a very interesting item from the motion picture “Zeppelin.” The movie was released in 1971 by Warner Brothers. The stars were Michael York and Elke Sommer. The item is a cutout zeppelin card that measures 16 3/4″ in length and 3″ in height. The card is two-sided. Each side of the card has “Zeppelin” written in white German Fraktur lettering. The “I” is dotted with an Iron Cross. Another small Iron Cross appears on the tail. The card’s top has a small punched-out hole. This allowed a string to be run through it and then the “Zeppelin” card could hang from a ceiling. This is a great zeppelin item from a movie that was released thirty-eight years ago. We have one left. 

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  • ZEPPELIN FLUG=POST=KARTE  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN FLUG=POST=KARTE 

    SKU: 21-256

    $195.00

    This is a very interesting postcard that was flow on the Zeppelin “Schwaben” on 15 June 1912. It was produced for collectors of the period. It has two stamps and two cancellations. The normal price for mailing a postcard in 1912 was five pfennigs. A surcharge of an additional ten pfennigs was added for the air transport. The cancellations and the special stamp are quite interesting. This is FAR rarer than a postcard or letter that was flown on a 1920’s or 1930’s zeppelin. It would make an excellent addition to a zeppelin collection.

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  • ZEPPELIN GUEST’S HAND TOWEL  - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN GUEST’S HAND TOWEL 

    SKU: 21-120

    $325.00

    This is a most unusual guest towel, which was hung in the bathroom to “make pretty” for guests. When I first saw this, I thought it was a table scarf. Then I saw a loop sewn onto the towel’s edge so it could be hung from a hook. This allowed one to display its marvelous exterior. Towels are hung like this in Germany today, to dry one’s hands on at the sink. The towel measures 20 1/2″ x 18 1/2.” It is woven in a handsome gray, red and white damask pattern. Three central panels alternate zeppelin and balloon motifs. This towel is in mint condition. From the looks of it, it was never used. You will be struck by the caliber of this towel. I believe it would be very difficult to produce such a superior towel today.

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  • ZEPPELIN OCTAGONAL BRONZE MEDALLION. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN OCTAGONAL BRONZE MEDALLION.

    SKU: 21-17

    $250.00

     This medallion is identical to the example described above, with the exception that the ribbon is white and red, and the medallion is bronze. A safety pin is also present to attach the medallion to garment. Very attractive condition. 

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  • ZEPPELIN SALAD PLATE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN SALAD PLATE

    SKU: 21-319

    $1,295.00

     Zeppelin tableware is very prized among collectors. Today we have an unusual offering to share with you, a gorgeous salad plate. You may have seen similar examples among tableware from the Graf Zeppelin(LZ 127) or the Hindenburg (LZ 129). The elegant plate sports a wide gold trim band around its rim, with a narrower blue band immediately below it. An even thinner gold band is located several inches further down, where it encircles the plates central depression. The plate measures 8″ in diameter. The plate’s face features a legend, “Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei,” encircling a globe that encloses a zeppelin. All of the latter is situated above and parallel to the plate’s six o’clock position, where it is intersected by the inmost thin gold band.  [A three-quarter-inch hairline stress mark appears at the plate’s seven o’clock position, running from behind the second “p” in “Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei”(beneath the globe) down to the thinner gold trim band’s edge. It cannot be felt when one runs a fingernail over it.  It appears to be under the glazing that was applied to the plate.  We have included it in our accompanying photographs]. Here is where the plate differs from standard zeppelin tableware. At its twelve o’clock position, located halfway between the blue trim band and the inmost slender gold band is a blue oval. The oval contains the initials “WB,” rendered in white and stacked atop one another. Both the blue oval and the white initials are thinly outlined in gold. Certain important families…

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  • ZEPPELIN SCHNAPPS GLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN SCHNAPPS GLASS

    SKU: 21-82

    $225.00

    This is a small schnapps glass celebrating the city of Friedrichshafen and its involvement with zeppelins. Hand painted in multiple colors on the glass’s front is the city with a zeppelin overhead. Also appearing in the painted area is the legend, “Friedrichshafen Bodensee.” This small cup stands 2 1/4″ tall. I have never seen a shape quite like this on items of this nature. It is in excellent condition.

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  • ZEPPELIN TABLE MEDAL - DEUTSCHE FLOTTEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN TABLE MEDAL – DEUTSCHE FLOTTEN

    SKU: 21-336

    $295.00

    ZEPPELIN TABLE MEDAL – DEUTSCHE FLOTTEN – 1914/1915. This is a high-quality, early WW I table medal that was issued for the “Deutsche Flotten,” all of the Kaiserliche Marine’s various arms, including all naval vessels (surface and U-Boots), fixed-wing airplanes, and zeppelins. Its obverse features examples of all of the naval pieces, the zeppelin in the sky being the most prominent. The table medal’s bottom half features dedication listed below. “Deutsche Flotten (The German Fleet is Deutsches Schwert the German Sword Beschützen Unseren Protecting Our Heimatherd Homeland’s Hearth 1914/15” 1914/15) The table medal’s reverse displays a high-relief likeness of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, the creator of the zeppelins used for commercial service prior to the war. He is wearing a military uniform (he was a Württemberg General). The motto “Excellenz Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin” surrounds his image. Von Zeppelin, along with Hugo Eckener produced the wartime zeppelins used by both the Imperial Army and Navy (as well as the prewar, civilian zeppelin). After von Zeppelin’s 1917 death, Eckener continued the company. After WW I’s end, they produced the “Graf Zeppelin” and the ill-fated “Hindenburg,” both of which provided around-the-world luxury air transport. The medal measures 33mm (1 ¼”) in diameter. Its silver content, .800 silber, is noted on the edge. The table medal’s date is significant, since silver for items like this was no longer available by 1916. [Even the great Manfred von Richthofen was unable to purchase his prized silver victory cups after his 60th victory]. This table medal…

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  • ZEPPELIN TILE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN TILE

    SKU: 21-171

    $395.00

    This is a most unusual kitchen tile featuring a zeppelin in flight. The tile measures 3 3/4″ x 4 1/8.” The zeppelin is in high relief. Look closely, and you can see a light house and a ship at sea. While the tile is white, some trim on all four corners is blue. The tile’s back has information on its manufacturer.

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  • ZEPPELIN TIN BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN TIN BOX

    SKU: 21-79

    $225.00

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

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  • ZEPPELIN UNIFORM BUTTONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN UNIFORM BUTTONS

    SKU: 21-255

    $95.00

    These are uniform buttons for a zeppelin crewman. They show a zeppelin of a much earlier design than the“Hindenburg” or the “Graf Zeppelin.” It is my belief that these were worn by crewmen who served on zeppelins PRIOR to WW I. The buttons are gilt and measure 7/8″ in diameter. All are in VERY good condition. One of them has a spot on it, so we can offer that example for $75.00.  The other one is offered at $95.00

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  • ZEPPELIN-FLOWN ENVELOPE - USA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN-FLOWN ENVELOPE – USA

    SKU: 21-231

    $175.00

     Flying postcards, letters, and plain cards via zeppelin was always popular with the German people and their correspondents at the many worldwide zeppelin destinations. These items have a lot of detail to them, and remain quite popular to this date. Our offering today is an envelope that measures 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2.” The envelope was mailed to a Josef Goldberger in New York. In the upper left corner is a stamp that says “Erstflug Mit Luftschiff ‘Hindenburg L. Z. 129′ nach Nord-Amerika.” To the right we see a blue rubber stamp that reads“Mit Luftpost Par Avion.” Below it and again to the left is a red rubber stamp that shows an airplane and a zeppelin flying together. Around the edge of the stamp is “Deutsche Luftpost Europa-Nordamerika.” To its right is a canceled stamp in the amount of 50 Pfennig. The stamp shows azeppelin in flight. The stamp’s top reads “Mit LZ 129 nach Nordamerika.” The stamp is canceled from the Bahnpostamt in Frankfurt. On the reverse we see the return address of the sender, a Norbert Frischer in Vienna. Also it has a cancellation from New York, NY on 9 May 1936. This is particularly interesting, as theHindenburg exploded into flames barely one year later at Lyndhurst, NJ. 

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  • ZEPPELIN-RELATED FOOT LOCKER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN-RELATED FOOT LOCKER

    SKU: 21-290

    $995.00

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

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  • ZEPPELIN: DER MENSCH - DER KAMPFER - DER SIEGER by DR. ADOLF SAAGER. GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S BIOGRAPHY IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - SIGNED BY DR. HUGO ECKNER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN: DER MENSCH – DER KAMPFER – DER SIEGER by DR. ADOLF SAAGER. GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S BIOGRAPHY IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – SIGNED BY DR. HUGO ECKNER

    SKU: 21-200

    $295.00

    This is an engrossing, German-language biography of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). Von Zeppelin had cultivated a longtime interest in airships before he even thought of producing them. He came to the USA as an observer of the Union Army’s balloon operations during 1863. Although he was still a German Army officer, he did not have an overly successful career. He retired as a Generalmajor in about 1890. It was then that he began his airship production efforts in earnest. The German public was captivated by the sight of zeppelins flying across Germany. The German public was always generous and supportive of efforts to advance German aviation. After one of the early zeppelins crashed, a large donation program was begun and a substantial sum raised. This enabled von Zeppelin to further his experiments and develop bigger and better airships. Prior to WW I more than 30,000 Germans flew on more than zeppelin 1,500 flights, with no substantial problems. As the clouds of WW I began to form, the German Army and Navy realized the zeppelins’ potential for scouting and bombing roles. The Navy had a higher profile with zeppelins than did the Army. While their actual contribution to the war effort was more psychological than material, the zeppelins did leave their mark. Peter Strasser, commander of the Navy Zeppelins (1876-1918), was a hero in Germany. For his efforts, he was awarded with the presentation of the Orden Pour le Mérite. Strasser died in a fiery crash in 1918, while leading…

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  • ZEPPELIN/HUGO ECKNER TABLE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELIN/HUGO ECKNER TABLE MEDAL

    SKU: 21-307

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item.  It is a table medal that commemorates  Zeppelin LZ 126’s Atlantic Crossing from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst, NJ.  With WW I’s end, Germany was required to pay reparations to the victorious Allies.  Germany’s aircraft industry was severely curtailed in the types and numbers of airplanes it was allowed to maintain.  For example, the Fokker D. VII, Germany’s finest single-seater fighter airplane, was specifically banned from their use.  All its examples produced during WW I had to be handed over to the Allies.  Germany’s zeppelin industry was also in a difficult situation.  With the 1917 death of Graf von Zeppelin, and the use ofzeppelins for military purposes winding down, the Zeppelin Company’s  head, Hugo Eckner, was looking for ways to promote the company and convert the zeppelins to more peaceful purposes. Eckner was able to convince the German and American governments that he should build azeppelin to count as part of German reparations and turn it over to the U.S. Navy. Thus,  was the LZ 126 built.  With his knack for gaining public attention, Eckner personally piloted the LZ 126 from Germany to New Jersey.  Upon arrival, the zeppelin was accepted by the U.S. Navy and her name was changed to the “U.S.S. Los Angeles.”  The craft was the safest and most successful American zeppelin ever flown, even though it had been constructed by Germans!  Eckner saved his beloved company, and next constructed the LZ 127, the “Graf Zeppelin.” She was later followed by the LZ 129,…

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  • ZEPPELINS AGAINST LONDON by KENNETH POOLMAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ZEPPELINS AGAINST LONDON by KENNETH POOLMAN

    SKU: 21-15

    $90.00

    This is a U.S. 1st edition of this book, which was originally published in London. This edition was published in 1961 and is long out of print. The book, which is liberally illustrated, deals with the German “Blitz” of WW I. This was carried out by zeppelins instead of the fixed wing aircraft and rockets used during WW II. Much consternation was stirred up in England when the zeppelin attacks began. This book chronicles both the German raids and the English efforts to defeat them. The books makes excellent reading for those with an interest in zeppelins. It is in excellent condition with no dust jacket. The book is seldom seen. This copy comes directly from my library.

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