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  • Sale! 1813-1814 OFFICIAL’S MILITARY MERIT MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1813-1814 OFFICIAL’S MILITARY MERIT MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1587 XDG

    $695.00 $550.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a special medal that was issued to military officials during the 1813-1814 Napoleonic Wars. The circular medal, which measures 1 1/4 ” in diameter, features a rampant lion on the obverse. On the reverse we see König Maximilian’s initials and the dates for which the award was given. It comes on an original ribbon. It is a VERY rare medal.


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  • Sale! 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANTS SERVICE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANTS SERVICE MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1664 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the combatant’s version of the War Service Medal that was awarded for the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. [The latter provided the final piece in Imperial Germany’s unification puzzle]. Four years after the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, a militarily united Germany went to war with France. All its Kingdoms, Grand Duchies, Duchies, Principalities, and free States fought under Prussia’s command. When the war ended in 1871, Germany finally became politically united under its first Kaiser, Wilhelm I.
    As had been the case during its Napoleonic War involvement, Prussia melted down the captured French cannons into medals, then issued them to the war’s active combatants. As is the case with all similar medals, its authenticity is confirmed by the same information engraved on its edge.
    A replacement ribbon is attached to the original medal.


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  • Sale! 1873 KRIEGS-MEDAILLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    1873 KRIEGS-MEDAILLE

    SKU: 05-1581 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    This is a consignment medal. It was issued by Austria from 1873 through 1916. The gold-toned medal measures 1 ½ ” in diameter. The obverse displays a profile view of Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef. Its reverse presents the date when the decoration was first awarded, 2 December 1873. Its tri-fold ribbon is yellow and black.

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  • Sale! ALLGEMEINES EHRENZEICHEN MEDAL 2nd CLASS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ALLGEMEINES EHRENZEICHEN MEDAL 2nd CLASS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1665 XDG

    $125.00 $95.00

    This is a consignment item. It is Prussia’s 2nd Class version of the Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen (General Honor Decoration). It was a civil decoration awarded for merit in peacetime. It is a large silver-toned medal that measures 2″ in diameter. It comes with a replacement ribbon.


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  • Sale!  AUSTRIA - SERVICE MEDAL - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    AUSTRIA – SERVICE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1701 XMB

    $450.00 $325.00

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

    Zimbler, Wein VII
    K.u.K Hof-
    lieferant
    Burggasse 33

    Zimbler was one of the Austrian Kaiser’s House Jewelers (Rothe Neffe was another leading purveyor). Zimbler’s work was among the Austrian Empire’s finest. The case’s bottom half is covered in black velvet that has been elevated and fitted to properly display the decoration.
    This is a mint presentation of a rare decoration.


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  • Sale! AWARD DOCUMENT GROUP FOR GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA SCHUTZTRUPPEN MEMBER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AWARD DOCUMENT GROUP FOR GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA SCHUTZTRUPPEN MEMBER

    SKU: 31-128 XBS

    $995.00 $845.75

    AWARD DOCUMENT GROUP FOR GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA SCHUTZTRUPPEN MEMBER.

    This is a consignment item. The document group covers a German Southwest Africa (DSW) Schutztruppen member named Hugo Kleemann. His documents are chronologically listed below.

    1). Document for the Award of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The document measures 6 ¾” x 10.” At this point Kleemann was an Unteroffizier. It is dated 15 May 1919, after he had been returned to Germany. The document’s left section depicts a standing enlisted man/NCO holding the German national flag (NOT the kriegsflagge) beneath a 1914 Iron Cross. The man is wearing the Schutztruppen’s well-known hut (hat) with its half-turned-up brim. The document is stamped in blue ink with the Schutztruppen unit’s identification “Kommando der Schutztruppen im Reichskolonialministerium” (Imperial Colonial Office Protection Forces Command) accompanying a scrawled official’s signature. The document clearly states that on this date Kleemann had received his Iron Cross 2nd Class.

    2). Ausweiß (Identity Transcript). The document’s obverse is dated 16 May 1919. It was issued in Friedrichshafen on the same date, and measures 8″ x 10 ¼.” It bears the unit stamp for the “Reichs-Kolonial amt Kommando der Schutztruppen” (an abbreviated form of Imperial Colonial Office Protection Forces Command). It also features a hastily scrawled Major’s signature. The document’s reverse states that Kleemann was honorably separated from the Schutztruppen effective 30 January 1919.

    3). Fifteen-Years Loyal Service Award Document. It is a first class award that bears the Schutztruppen’s unit stamp. It was signed by the same officer who signed Kleemann’s 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Award Document. The Service award’s date is 31 October 1919. It measures 6 ¼” x 7.”

    4). Kolonialabzeichen Urkunde (Colonial Badge Award Document). The award’s date was 22 March 1922. The document measures 7 ¼” x 8 ½.” Two of the sides display African motifs such as a native shield, spears and swords. A lion’s head decorates the document’s top. The phrase “Afrika, Kiautschou, and Südsee” is displayed at the document’s bottom enclosed within a wreath. The document was signed with the purple grease pencil often used by officers in the field.

    5). Hindenburg Cross for Combatants Award Document. This was awarded through the Hamburg police department (we later discover that Kleemann was a Hamburg policeman). The basic form date given for the preprinted document is 13 July 1934. It was signed and issued on 19 December 1934 by a police official. It measures 5 ¾” x 8 ¼.”

    6). Police Department Long-Service Award Document. This is a very fancy velum document attesting to twenty-five years of long service to the police department. The document is signed in Berlin with a deeply embossed eagle and swastika. It is dated 26 September 1938, and is signed at the bottom with a reproduction signature for “Der Führer and Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler.” The document measures 8 ¼” x 11 ½,” and is four pages long, only one of which was used. It is a very impressive document that was presented in the name of the German people.

    This most interesting document group celebrates a man’s service during and after WW I. You may wish to purchase both the group and the book on Iron Cross awards in German Southwest Africa, which would make a fine companion for the documents.


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  • Sale! BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL - ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY

    SKU: 04-772 XJT

    $7,995.00 $7,500.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY .

    In keeping with our offering of Generals’ pickelhauben, we present the pickelhaube of a Bavarian General who served either as an Adjutant or at the Bavarian War Ministry. While its basic shape and leather are good, patches of leather are missing between the cruciform’s four arms. Some settling of the crown has occurred at the point where the cruciform is attached, which is a frequent occurrence on helmets that sport large cruciforms. For some reason, we see this occur more on Bavarian helmets than we do on helmets from other states that display similar cruciforms. Its front visor is squared.

    The helmet’s furniture features a superb, frosted-gold wappen that displays the traditional, twin, rampant, Bavarian Lions. A stunning, unblemished, oval, red, gold, black, and blue enamel shield appears between them. This shield was first introduced to Bavarian General Officers’ helmets in May 1914, just a few months before WW I began in August. All of the helmet’s other metal details, including the chin scales, trim, cruciform, and officers’ stars, are gold-toned. Its very tall, elegant spike is fluted. The exterior’s final detail is a fine pair of State and Reich Officer’s kokarden.

    The spiked helmet’s interior shows a topnotch leather sweatband. The sweatband is a very dark brown, which is a bit unusual. The back visor displays a gilt button that indicates the helmet is a size “57,” which is on the top limit of average (55-57). [Anything below those dimensions was a Small. Anything above it was a large. That said, the largest pickelhaube that I have encountered was a size “60,” which belonged to a General.

    Clearly, Generals had more brains than anybody else and consequently their larger heads needed larger helmets]! A brown, ribbed, silk liner that shows very moderate wear and is in good condition is attached to the liner. ALL of the original hardware for the officers stars and the wappen is in place.

    The helmet DOES feature one oddity that we must share with you. If you look directly below the most forward officers’ star’s hardware, you will see an old, period patch. When one presses on the patch, one can feel a depression that contains a hole. Frankly, I found this very puzzling since the hole is in an odd place. It is nowhere near where the wappen holes appear. All I can theorize is that when the manufacturer was building the helmet he made a mistake in where he drilled the hole for the officer’s star. No other logical explanation exists. [Please remember this is a VERY old patch, and NOT a recent event].

    I feel very confident about this spiked helmet. Its consignor has allowed me to offer it at a very reasonable price for such a piece. It is a real looker that will display most attractively. This is a consignment item.

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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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  • Sale! BOOK - FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BOOK – FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR

    SKU: 22-106 XBS

    $95.00 $80.75

    BOOK – FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR.

    This is a consignment item. It covers the awarding of the 1914 Iron Cross and the German Wound Badge in Southwest Africa during World War One. The soft cover book was published in 2005. It contains examples of an Iron Cross’s Urkunde (Award Document), including the numerous formats used. It also lists the numbers and types of Iron Crosses awarded (i.e., 1st and 2nd Class and a breakdown of 2nd Class Combatants and Non Combatants), as well as the soldiers who were awarded the 2nd Class.
    It is a useful research book, and can help confirm which Colonial Southwest African soldiers were awarded the Iron Cross.


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  • Sale! BRONZE PRINZ LUITPOLD JUBILEE MEDAL (1854-1904) FOR K.u.K CORPS-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 10 - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRONZE PRINZ LUITPOLD JUBILEE MEDAL (1854-1904) FOR K.u.K CORPS-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 10 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1611 XDG

    $595.00 $475.00

    This is a Prinz Regent Luitpold Jubilee Medal in bronze. It celebrates K.u.K. Corps-Artillerie Regiment Nr 10’s 50th anniversary. The medal measures 1 ½” in diameter. The medal is extremely scarce. Its obverse sports a high-relief profile of the Prinz Regent. The reverse features information about the regiment and the award’s significance. An original blue and white ribbon is attached to the decoration.


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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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  • Sale! COMMEMORATIVE SILVER PLATE - POST WW I  FOR  NCO - REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMMEMORATIVE SILVER PLATE – POST WW I FOR NCO – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    SKU: 50-38

    $295.00 $195.00

    COMMEMORATIVE SILVER PLATE – POST WW I FOR NCO – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    This is a consignment item. It is a lovely silver plate to a Regiment der Garde du Corps Wachtmeister. The plate is dated 1.10.1927, some nine or ten years after his service in the regiment. The plate measures 11″ in diameter. The edges are scalloped to give it character. In the center is a crowned cypher that appears to be GdC (not what they used during the Imperial German Period, but by 1927, who knows?). The date appears directly below it. Text circling the plate’s outer section reads “Dem letzten etatmäßigen Wachtmeister des Regts. Gardes du Corps” (The last regular Watch Master of the Regiments [der] Gardes du Corps) across the top, “Die Traditions-Schwadron” (The Traditional Squadron) across the bottom.
    The obverse displays a number of problem areas, with a great deal of small scratches scattered across its surface. Several distinct smudges also affect the plate’s bottom third. The plate’s reverse features the half moon and Hohenzollern Crown silver hallmarks as mandated by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1885, as well as a .800 silver hallmark. These are followed by a hallmark for the jewelry firm that produced it, “D. GADEBUSCH.” [The Potsdam jewelry firm was founded in 1844. It was moved to Cologne (Köln) after WW 2, where it remains in business to this day].
    While the condition is not quite what we prefer, please remember that it is nearly ninety-years-old and has been through a lot before coming to us. The subject matter is interesting and the plate still displays well.

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