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  • Sale! JACK D. HUNTER - ORIGINAL PAINTING - FEATURING FOKKER D. VII. SHOOTING DOWN BRITISH S. E. 5. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING FOKKER D. VII. SHOOTING DOWN BRITISH S. E. 5.

    SKU: 16-400

    $2,095.00 $1,676.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING FOKKER D. VII. SHOOTING DOWN BRITISH S. E. 5.

    The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite “Jack” stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world.

    Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. His more commonly-seen artwork was larger, while he occasionally produced a smaller size. Today we are offering the larger painting, which measures 19 ½” x 24 ½” within its frame. The simple, elegant, black, molded frame is accented by an inner, gold trim band, with a single, off-white matte providing a subtle contrast. The painting’s subject is a gray-colored Fokker D. V. II. The pilot looks on as his victim, an RAF S. E. 5, appears to be fatally hit. The S. E. 5. is zooming up and trailing a large plume of smoke. It is only a matter of time before the S. E. 5 noses down for his flight’s end. We cannot see the British pilot, so we cannot determine if he could still control his plane. Hopefully, he will be able to bring his plane to the ground the “easy” way.

    Without a doubt, the Fokker D. V. II was the finest single-seater fighter aircraft that Germany produced during WW I. It replaced the Fokker Dr 1. and the Albatros D. V. as Germany’s front-line fighter plane. The D. V. II. was personally endorsed by Manfred von Richthofen. The airplanes started arriving at the front a month after his death. More than 3,300 examples were built. So deadly were they that the Versailles treaty required Germany to surrender all D. VII’s to the Allied authorities. It is said that the final commander of JG 1, Hermann Göring, ordered all of his planes to be destroyed rather than surrender them.

    The S. E. 5 (Scout Experimental 5) first reached the front in March 1917, and more than 5,200 were built. The S. E. 5. and the Sopwith Camel were the best known British fighter planes.
    Jack’s signature appears in the lower right corner. (The reverse does NOT display Mr. Hunter’s customary description of his painting’s action). Such a beautiful painting would make an outstanding addition to any collection.

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  • Sale! JACK D. HUNTER - ORIGINAL PAINTING - FEATURING GOTHA G. V. BOMBER ATTACKED BY SE-5A - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING GOTHA G. V. BOMBER ATTACKED BY SE-5A

    SKU: 16-407

    $1,995.00 $1,596.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING GOTHA G. V. BOMBER ATTACKED BY SE-5A

    The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent, and a good friend. One of my favorite “Jack” stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world.
    Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 19 ½” x 24 ½.” It sports a single-matte. The painting’s subject is a German Gotha G. V. Bomber flying over Southeast England. It has become separated from the rest of its squadron, and is heading for home.

    The Gotha was one of Germany’s best-known WW I bombers. Considered a heavy bomber, it was produced in three variations: the G. V., the G. Va., and the G. Vb. A total of 205 G. V.’s was built between 1917 and 1918. According to Jack Hunter, they carried twelve bombs and flew at 92 mph. The bomber carried a crew of three and had multiple machine guns to protect itself. The Gotha had two engines to propel it. It was a “pusher” aircraft, meaning its propellers were located aft of the engines to “push” the airplane.

    In the painting, the Gotha is being attacked by a SE-5a coming from above. Arguably, the SE-5 and Sopwith Camel were Britain’s best-known WW I fighter planes. Nearly 5,200 SE-5’s, SE-5a’s and SE-5b’s were built. The SE-5 was flown by many top British and American aces. (An original SE-5 can be seen at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio). The first SE-5’s reached the front in March 1917, and were flown by the RFC’s famous 56th Squadron. One of its unique features was a single machine gun mounted in front of the pilot on its cowl. A second was mounted on the top wing.

    Jack’s signature appears in the painting’s lower right corner. The painting’s reverse displays a printed description of the action written and signed by him.

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  • Sale! JACK D. HUNTER - ORIGINAL PAINTING - FEATURING U. S. SALMSON TWO-SEATER FENDING-OFF PFALZ D-XII’S ATTACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING U. S. SALMSON TWO-SEATER FENDING-OFF PFALZ D-XII’S ATTACK

    SKU: 16-397

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING U. S. SALMSON TWO-SEATER FENDING-OFF PFALZ D-XII’S ATTACK

    The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent and a good friend. One of my favorite “Jack” stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½” x 19 ½.”The painting’s subject is a duel between an American Salmson Observation Airplane and a Pfalz D. XII. In the action is the Salmson, decked out in camouflage and sporting the U.S. Army Air Service Roundel. The observer in the airplane’s back is manning his twin machine guns. The Pfalz D. XII has been critically wounded and is heading for a forced landing. The Pfalz D. XII was first brought into service in March 1918, at about the same time as the better-known Fokker D. VII. The Fokker was the better aircraft, but the Pfalz was still produced in large numbers (about 800). Although it was not as popular, it was a competent airplane. Jack’s signature appears in the lower left corner. The reverse features a hand-printed note by Jack D. Hunter describing the painting’s action. The description ends with his signature. Such a beautiful painting would make an outstanding addition to any collection.

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  • Sale! JEWELER’S/WEARER’S ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE COPY WITH OAK LEAVES IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JEWELER’S/WEARER’S ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE COPY WITH OAK LEAVES IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1545 XJG

    $23,395.00 $19,995.00

    This is a consignment item that. It is a Jeweler’s (Wearer’s) copy of the Orden Pour le Mérite with the very rare Oak Leaves. The example dates from the 1914-1929 period. In designating it a “Jeweler’s or Wearer’s Copy,” we say it is from the period, but was not an awarded piece. [We are always careful NOT to claim a decoration was awarded unless it comes with some form of provenance such as an award document or paperwork from the family]. It probably was purchased after the initial award by one of the recipients. Such was often the practice with PLM’s, since at this level it is almost certain that Kaiser Wilhelm II had presented the award. Since it was Germany’s highest honor to bestow, and it usually was presented by the Kaiser himself, many men put the presentation piece away for safekeeping and bought another PLM for daily wear. As a matter of fact, the Order’s rules required that a PLM awardee (with or without Oak Leaves) wear the award in public. Even if he was wearing a suit and not in uniform, he was required to wear a PLM boutonniere.
    During WW I, a total of 687 PLM’s were awarded to various officers in the German military and to important men from the Central Powers. The PLM with Oak Leaves was awarded 121 times. Oak Leaves indicated a second award or higher award of the PLM (as they did for other German decorations).
    One difference between the award’s two levels was the officers’ ranks. The first award of a PLM was made to both senior and junior officers. If given to a junior officer, it was for supreme bravery or accomplishments in battle. For example, the Imperial German Air Service offered its first PLM for shooting down eight airplanes. Within a year of the first award, they increased the score to sixteen (the level at which Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM). As the war progressed, the tally was increased to twenty, then thirty kills late in the war. The Kaiserliche Marine received their share of PLM awards. Several U-Boot commanders and commanders of surface vessels were awarded PLM’s.
    When it came to the award of the Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves, junior officers were excluded. Recipients of the award were often general officers (or admirals) and/or members of royalty, from both Germany and the Central Powers. Among the men awarded the PLM with Oak Leaves were Generalfeldmarschalls Paul von Hindenburg and August von Mackensen, as well as Prinz Heinrich, Kronprinz Wilhelm and his brother, Prinz Eitel Friedrich.
    The decoration we are offering today is from the pre 1917, “pie slice,” suspension-device variation. The enamel is a lighter blue than others, and the gold lettering is chased. The enamel is quite pleasing, overall. We see a scratch or two on the obverse, along with one very small chip at one of the arms’ points. One must look very closely to see it. Two small chips also appear near the reverse’s center. If anything, these small flaws give us a comfort level and attest that the decoration was actually worn.
    The Oak Leaves are attached to a device that looks like a paper clip. The .938 silver and “JG” for J. Godet hallmarks appear on the PLM’s top edge. Another critical point is the ribbon, which measures 32 1/2″ x 2 1/4.” It is a full ribbon with ties on either end, which is a real plus. The VERY important final detail: the ribbon displays THREE silver bands instead of the two we see on a regular PLM’s ribbon. Three bands were only used on PLM’s WITH Oak Leaves.
    The decoration comes in a very handsome presentation case, which measures 5″ x 7.” It is covered with red leatherette and sports a fine gold trim band around the exterior of the case’s top half. It does NOT appear on its bottom half. The case’s upper interior is covered with rich, red, gathered silk. The bottom is covered with red velvet and is fitted for the cross. It also has a fitted compartment for the full-length ribbon.
    This is an extraordinary offering for the very advanced collector.


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  • Sale! KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT'S REGIMENTAL CHEF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF

    SKU: 20-316 XKR

    $15,995.00 $12,995.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an utterly spectacular pair of Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards that were once owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the Regimental Chef of 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. The 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was the third (obviously), and final Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. It was created in 1860 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign (Kaiser Wilhelm II’s grandfather). It was garrisoned in Potsdam with all the other elite Garde-Regiments, including the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. [Potsdam was also the site of Sanssouci, the Hohenzollern Summer Palace built by Frederick the Great (Frederick II). It was also where the last Hohenzollern palace was built for Kronprinz Wilhelm and his bride, Kronprinzessin Cecilia, and christened “Cecilienhof” in her honor. The palace was used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference of U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and USSR Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Today the Cecilienhof is, in addition to being a German historical treasure, a conference center/hotel with an excellent restaurant. I have stayed within its confines, wherein history exudes from every nook and cranny].
    The shoulder boards are massive, measuring 5” x 2 ¾.” They each display two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify these as Prussian shoulder boards. A magnificent set of crossed silver Generalfeldmarschall (GFM) batons are installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to the man who achieved the rank, with the owner’s name noted on each one]. Each miniature baton measures 2 ¼.” If you look closely, you can see Prussian Crowns and Hohenzollern Eagles.
    The sumptuous detailing just keeps on coming! Laid over the batons is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher, with a beautiful Prussian Crown directly above it. The fire gilding is little changed from when these shoulder boards were manufactured more than one-hundred-years ago, which renders these two items particularly striking. They rivet your eyes to the shoulder boards’ centers like miniature beacons. Two different colors underlay the gold and silver bullion ropes. The first, on which the bullion is mounted, is yellow. In turn, the yellow is mounted on a slightly-larger red underlay. The color combination connects them to the 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment, as yellow is its central coloring scheme (unlike the 1. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment and 2. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment). Their reverses reveal the strap attachments that allow each shoulder board to slip quite quickly onto the ulanka (tunic). I have seen countless Kaiser Wilhelm II shoulder boards. This pair’s condition is MINT, perhaps the best that I have ever offered. If you are looking for a pair of shoulder boards that can become the crown jewels of your collection, you need look no further.

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  • Sale! KING LUDWIG III MEDAL SET UP AS MEDAL BAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KING LUDWIG III MEDAL SET UP AS MEDAL BAR

    SKU: 05-1627 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the King Ludwig III Medal. The medal was first issued on 7 January 1916. It was awarded for civilians’ services to Bavaria during WW I. The cross is made from a black metal. The obverse features King Ludwig III’s profile, while the reverse displays the medal’s creation date. This example’s ribbon is set up as a medal bar. Interestingly, a piece of what might be the original ribbon is attached to the reverse.


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  • Sale! KRIEGERVEREIN KUES/MOSEL TIN CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRIEGERVEREIN KUES/MOSEL TIN CROSS

    SKU: 05-1662 XDG

    $50.00 $40.00

    This is a consignment item. It is similar to a veteran’s medal issued by private organization, such as Germany’s postwar Kriegervereins (Soldiers’ Organizations). It features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s profile cut out in the center of a cross. Words on the area surrounding the center indicate it is from a veteran’s organization in “Cues,” which refers to Bernkastel-Kues, a German town in the Mosel wine district. The medal’s reverse reveals that it is “stamped” production, probably made of tin. An eyelet is fastened to its top, but it has no jump ring or ribbon.


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    LANDWEHR SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1569 XDG

    $50.00 $40.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Landwehr Long Service Award 2nd Class from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The award is a clasp that appears on a blue and white ribbon marked with “L. II.” A black metal frame appears on the decoration. A pin on the reverse can secure it to a garment.


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  • Sale! LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1584 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Bavarian Long Service Award Class 2nd Class. The decoration consists of a blue and white ribbon that is mounted with a schnalle (buckle). It is in superb condition.


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  • Sale! MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS WITH SWORDS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS WITH SWORDS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1612 XDG

    $850.00 $675.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Military Service Cross 1st Class with Swords from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was created in 1866 while Bavaria, under King Ludwig II, fought with the Austrians and her allies against Prussia and her allies. It was intended for enlisted men and NCO’s. (The Military Merit Order (in four classes) was created at the same time for officers). The 1866 war was short and violent. The Austrians were soundly beaten by Prussia, et al.
    The 1st Class medal is the highest class of its decoration family. Its arms are gold and its center is enamel. Overall, its condition is quite decent. It is accompanied by the correct blue, white, and black ribbon.


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  • Sale! MINIATURE U-BOOT VETERAN’S BADGE - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE U-BOOT VETERAN’S BADGE – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 13-1005

    $495.00 $450.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a miniature Austrian Veteran’s U-Boot Badge. It features an eagle with partially folded wings. The center of the eagle’s chest features a shield with enameled diagonal stripes of Austria’s national colors. Grasped in the eagle’s talons is a large, oversized blue enamel “U” trimmed in gold. [A very small chip appears on the blue “U.” You must look closely to see it]. The reverse sports a horizontal, rather than a vertical pin, for attaching it to a garment. Its overall dimensions are 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” Overall, it is in very fine condition.


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  • Sale! NCO’S FIFTEEN-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S FIFTEEN-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1619 XDG

    $150.00 $120.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality Long-Service Award for an NCO with fifteen years of service. It is a Spange over a blue and white ribbon. The overall dimensions measure ½” x 1 ½.” The Spange has what looks like a silver patina, but does not have any silver hallmarks.


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