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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE- ENLISTED MUSICIAN - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I - FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE- ENLISTED MUSICIAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE

    SKU: 33-363 XJT

    $4,595.00 $3,500.00

    MITRE- ENLISTED MUSICIAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE

    This is an Enlisted Musician’s Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr I or II Mitre. It boasts the “Semper Talis” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is red with ornate white strips for trim. Its red Puschel indicates that it was worn by a musician. Elite regiments, as well as many line regiments, had their own bands that led the regiment during parades. The Mitre’s interior features a soft leather liner similar to those found in pickelhauben. The number 54 appears on one of the liner’s petals, with a name appearing on another petal, as well as a very faint maker’s name stamped on a third petal. Its condition is excellent, with NO moth holes or dirt smudges on the red fabric. This is a beautiful Mitre that was only worn by two Bataillone of one Regiment, or 0.2% of the Imperial German Army.

    A lovely addition to any helmet collection’s display is a military miniature displaying that helmet. Uniforms also complement a helmet, but they require much more space and staging. A well-painted military miniature can add that extra piece of information about the uniform when displaying cloth is NOT the answer. To that end, we are including a single miniature of a pre-1894 Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Fahnenträger wearing the Friedrich der Große-style Mitre and carrying a flag with multiple battle streamers. Do note the two buttonholes on his sleeves and the distinctive Puschel crowning his Mitre.

    This is a consignment item.

    The Grenadiermütze (Grenadier Cap) or Mitre style of headdress dates back to the 1600s and Frederick the Great. It was worn by numerous German Infanterie units throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th, and part of the 20th Centuries. The Mitre’s body was a tall cloth bag with white strips around its base and a large metal front plate. Leather pickelhauben replaced Mitres during the mid-1800s. By 1894, only three out of the hundreds of German Imperial Army Infanterie units still wore the Grenadier Mitre, and then it was only for parades or palace duty. These units were: the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß), the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment NR. 1 (KAGGR1), and the Schloß Garde Kompagnie (Palace Guard Company). It was quite an honor to have these distinctive headdresses.
    The Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) was established on 11 August 1688 and garrisoned in Potsdam, just outside of Berlin. In 1824, its Bataillon II’s enlisted men were authorized by Allerhöchste Kabinettsorder (Supreme Cabinet Order – A.K.O.) dated 30 March 1824 to wear the very distinctive and colorful headdress known as the Grenadiermütze or Mitre for parades and special occasions. On 10 August 1824, Bataillon I’s enlisted men also were authorized to wear the Grenadiermütze. Only the enlisted members of these Bataillone wore this item for parade, while the remainder of the regiment still wore their normal day-to-day headgear with a white plume or bush for parade. The Mitre initially was reserved for enlisted men, but at parade on 26 March 1826 Bataillone I & II’s unmounted officers finally were authorized to wear the Grenadiermütze style.
    In May 1843, Bataillon III (Füsilier) finally was authorized to wear a Grenadiermütze for parade. While their Grenadiermützen were similar to the ones worn by Bataillone I & II, their Grenadiermützen bodies were shorter, possessed a slightly different shape, and the grenades around their headbands were replaced by heraldic eagles.
    In January of 1889 the 3rd and 4th Companies were honored by the addition of the “SEMPER TALIS” (Ever-Following/Always Faithful/Always the Same) bandeaux to their Mitres and leather spiked helmets. (A.K.O. dated 27 January 1889). In either the summer of that year or May of 1890 the rest of Bataillon I and the Regimental staff were also authorized to wear them. The enlisted men’s bandeaux were made from brass, while those for the officers were made of German silver and their letters were sometimes colored in with red lacquer.
    On 9 February 1894 the EGRzuFUß troops of the 1st (Leib), 5th, and 9th Kompagnien were gifted by the Kaiser with new Grenadiermützen for parades. [At that time, these mounted companies’ officers, staff and adjutants still wore pickelhauben with white plumes (or black for the Füsiliers)]. By December 1894, all EGRzuFUß Kompagnien had received the new style of Mitre.
    The EGRzuFUß’s new Grenadiermütze was patterned after one worn by Frederick der Große’s Regimental Guard (Königlich Preußisches Regiments Garde Nr. 15, from 1753 to 1786). It was made from pressed or stamped, white, sheet metal and did not have a scaled metal chin strap. Bataillone I & II’s Mitres sported red cloth trim around their front plates, red cloth bodies with three white cloth strips running from peak to base (silver bullion for the officers), and the “Semper Talis” bandeaux. [This was unusual, since only Bataillon I and the Staff were authorized to wear this banner on their helmets]. The Fusilier Bataillon had a gold cloth body with white strips and the “Pro Gloria Et Patria” (For Glory and Country) inscription on the bandeau above the eagle.
    Initially, no chin strap was worn on the new Grenadiermütze; instead, the Mitre was held in place with a leather string that tied under the chin. This method did NOT keep the Grenadiermütze in place and it frequently fell off of the soldier’s head! In 1897, flat, scaled, metal, chin straps were authorized for the Grenadiermütze. Model 1891 chin strap posts were then added to the Grenadiermütze, with the wearer using the metal chin straps from his pickelhaube on his Grenadiermütze. After parade, the chin strap was removed, and the Grenadiermütze was stored in an oil cloth cover in the regimental storeroom. [More about this oil cloth cover will appear later in this special update].
    When the EGRzuFUß received their new Grenadiermützen in 1894, they turned their old ones over to the Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Regt.1 (KAGGR1). It appears that they made this transition between corresponding companies. The SEMPER TALIS bandeaux were removed, and the KAGGR1 wore their Grenadiermützen with two holes in their front plates until they were replaced due normal wear and tear.
    [For more information on these two Mitres and loads of photos, see The Grenadier Mütze of the Imperial German Army by Jim Turinetti].

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PALLASCH - ENLISTED MAN - REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PALLASCH – ENLISTED MAN – REGIMENT der GARDES du CORPS

    SKU: 50-48

    $1,195.00 $950.00

    This is a consignment item. Keeping in mind that men from Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry who initially wore Küraße in combat, it is not hard to understand why they would use such a heavy sword. The pallasch is distinguished by its large basket-hilt that afforded greater protection for a man’s hand while engaged in hand-to-hand combat.
    It is a massive sword in every respect and very much reminds me (in terms of size) of Otto von Bismarck’s Küraßier sword on display in the eponymous museum dedicated to the Iron Chancellor. [The museum is located on part of the von Bismarck family estate in Aumühle, district of Lauenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, in Hamburg’s outskirts]. The museum display is von Bismarck’s uniform complete with high Küraßier boots, and a monumental sword. I was quite taken by von Bismarck’s size. I stand six feet tall and his sword comes up to my lower chest. After holding and measuring this sword, I think its original owner was of equal size to von Bismarck. After all, the Regiment der Gardes du Corps recruited the most physically imposing specimens that could be found in Prussia. These men who were often 6′ 5″ or taller, and stood nearly seven feet tall when wearing their boots and Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmets.
    When sheathed, this sword measures 46 ¼” from its top to the scabbard’s bottom drag, and when unsheathed, it measures 44 ½” from blade tip to pommel top. Its 39 ½” nickel scabbard displays two rings for attachment to its wearer’s sword belt. Its wooden grip is coated with a hard plasticized covering and triple-brass-wire-wrapped. It sports a high-quality brass basket hilt. A series of hallmarks appears on one portion of the basket hilt’s edge, as well as the number “602.” The sword blade is plain and sports two blood gutters. The blade’s condition and that of the entire sword is quite pleasing.

    This is an impressive sword. I seriously doubt you will easily locate one as large.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL

    SKU: 04-771 XJT

    $8,995.00 $8,000.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL.

    This is a fine Prussian General’s Pickelhaube that provides an intriguing contrast to the Prussian General à la Suite helmet also offered in this update. The helmet has great eye appeal, with a leather body (skull) that is in good condition, overall. It has a squared front visor rather than a rounded one, as is correct for a General Officer. One area on the right rear section does display some leather-loss. It is actually more of a crack that reveals the material underneath the leather. Another one to one and a half-inch spot appears on the opposite side. 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.

    A number of other details make up for these minor flaws. All of the furniture is gilt-toned, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, cruciform, officers’ stars, and, of course, the fluted, quite tall spike. The Grenadier-style wappen features the extra wide wings that extend to the kokarden’s midpoints on either side. In mentioning the latter, please note that the correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden are in place.

    The interior reveals a brown leather sweatband that definitely has seen use, with signs of perspiration stains. The silk liner is smooth rather than ribbed in style. This smooth liner is not as common. I often find it on senior officers’ helmets such as our General, here. A rectangular rubber stamp appears on one half of the liner, with much of its information appearing to have been crossed out with black ink. It looks as though some of the info may have been about the manufacturer. It is also possible some information about its original owner has also been obliterated. The liner’s overall condition is near excellent, with just a hint of a spot where a hole has developed. All of the correct hardware is in place, with NO extra holes where the wappen has been attached to leather body. It is a fine example that is fairly priced. This is a consignment item.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL À LA SUITE’S OR FLÜGELADJUTANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL À LA SUITE’S OR FLÜGELADJUTANT’S

    SKU: 04-770 XKGJT

    $9,495.00 $8,495.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL À LA SUITE’S OR FLÜGELADJUTANT’S .

    This is a very fine Prussian General à la Suite or Flügeladjutant’s pickelhaube. The role of the Imperial German Army General à la Suite was an interesting one. Officers of this type were typically royals or nobles who did NOT have a direct field command. Instead, they were appointed to the à la Suite group based on their birth rather than their military ability. In addition to being more of an honorary officer, they often served their sovereign as a Flügeladjutant. In the Prussian Army, a line or serving General Offizier wore a helmet that had all-gilt furniture, as well as a squared, front visor. The à la Suite General’s had all-silver furniture, with the exception of its gilt-toned officers’ stars.

    The helmet’s leather body is very good, overall. It reveals only a few minor age lines. The helmet’s centerpiece is its Grenadier-style wappen, featuring the ultra widespread wings of the Prussian Eagle. Its wings are so wide that they reach the kokarden’s midpoint. NO other wappen is this wide! A silver sunburst that is superimposed over the Garde Star (composed of black, gold, and white enamel) is centered on the Eagle’s chest. The Garde Star shines like a beacon against the silver background. Please note the Eagle’s simply stunning patina. Every facet of the detailing to the Eagle’s feathers, head, crown, etcetera is absolutely striking.
    As previously mentioned, the front visor is squared. The cruciform, especially due to its gold officers’ stars, really stands out. The fluted spike is quite tall (its owner had a real sense of style). The exterior’s final details are the Prussian State’s and Reich’s kokarden.

    The interior sports a well used, brown, leather sweatband. A rust-colored, ribbed, silk liner is attached to the sweatband. While the liner shows some light wear, it remains obvious that the helmet was definitely worn. ALL of the original hardware appears under the silk liner, with NO signs of double holes. It is a refreshing, all-original pickelhaube that is in very fine condition. This is a consignment item.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - 1. GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß - PARADE BUSH AND SERVICE SPIKE - “SEMPER TALIS” BANDEAU - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – 1. GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß – PARADE BUSH AND SERVICE SPIKE – “SEMPER TALIS” BANDEAU

    SKU: 04-742 XJT

    $19,995.00 $15,000.00

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER’S PARADE – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß – SERVICE SPIKE – “SEMPER TALIS” BANDEAU.

    This amazing pickelhaube ensemble is a consignment item. It comes to us from two very special collections. It originally hailed from one of Europe’s premiere collections, and now has been consigned to DRM by the USA’s leading (in my opinion) pickelhauben collector. The helmet has become surplus to the gentleman’s needs, so he has entrusted us to find it a new home!
    The 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß was Prussia’s most-elite Infanterie Regiment. [One easily could argue that it was THE best-known and most prestigious of all Imperial Germany’s Infanterie Regiments]. Founded in 1688, the regiment was garrisoned in Potsdam, where Prussia’s preeminent Garde-Regiments were based. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was assigned to the Garde-Korps and to the 1. Garde-Division within the Garde-Korps. It was considered the Prussian König’s (later the German Kaiser’s) primary Infanterie Garde-Regiment, much like the Regiment der Garde du Corps was among the Kavallerie Regiments.

    Another indication of the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß’s supremacy was its preponderance of à la Suite officers. No other regiment had as many. A quick glance at the Rangliste classifying all regimental officers (both serving and à la Suite) reveals that the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß had more than twenty-five à la Suite officers! All males from the House of Hohenzollern were admitted to the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß as Leutnants when they were young. As they aged, they attained higher positions within the regiment. A more senior officer like Prinz Heinrich, the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II, served as a General Oberst in the rank of Generalfeldmarschall. Even the Regiment der Garde du Corps did not have so many à la Suite officers as the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Who were these à la Suite officers? In addition to the Princes of the House of Hohenzollern, other officers came from royal families across Germany. This was definitely an “A” list regiment.
    The 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß differed from other Infanterie Regiment in several ways. While most regiments numbered three Bataillone within them, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß had four. The fourth was termed the Lehr Bataillon, which essentially was a training unit. [We have some very scarce photographs available, if you have an interest in the latter]. While the regiment had an Oberst or Oberstleutnant in overall command (Kaiser Wilhelm II was its Regimental Chef or honorary commander), a Major typically commanded a Bataillon. Each of the three Bataillone serving under these majors contained ten to eleven Kompagnien, with one Kompagnie’s members designated to serve as replacements for sick or departed soldiers in the other Kompagnien.
    The helmet we are offering today was worn by Bataillon Nr 1 and Regimental Staff members, which makes it particularly desirable. The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with only a few minor faults to the leather on its right rear quarter (minimal defects, in my opinion). It is harder to see these imperfections when the parade bush is mounted. Moving on to the helmet’s furniture, I just love its wappen. It is the helmet’s star. Its Garde Eagle is massive, with EXTRA wide wings extending all the way back to the kokarden. The wappen’s silver finish shows a great deal of toning and a superb patina. The wappen has not been cleaned in years (perhaps decades). Simply stated, its silver finish is exquisitely rich. This spiked helmet’s previous owners knew better than to “clean up” a wappen. Original is always better! A beautiful Garde Star sits in the wappen’s center. Its enamel is intact and the entire star just glows. A large bandeau sits above the wappen, and also displays significant toning. The bandeau sports the legend “Semper Talis” (Always the Same). The latter confirm that our helmet belonged to members of only one Bataillon and a few regimental staff officers.

    The rest of the magnificent helmet’s furniture also is silver-toned. Its chin scales are flat, as is correct for Infanterie Pickelhauben, and its front visor is rounded rather than squared. Its silver spike is fluted, which also is unique to this regiment, since fluted spikes were generally reserved for General’s helmets in Prussia. In addition to its service spike, our helmet comes with the very rare trichter and parade bush. Like the spike, the trichter is silver and fluted. Mounted to the trichter is a very full and handsome white bush. [PLEASE NOTE: White bushes were used by Bataillone Nr’s 1 and 2, while Bataillone Nr 3 employed black bushes]. The exterior’s final detail is that the correct State’s and Reich’s officers’ kokarden are present.
    The helmet interior’s condition matches that of its exterior. A lovely light-brown leather sweatband that has seen minimal use is in place. Its beige silk-liner is equally as impressive. The pattern of the silk liner is ribbed. Under the silk liner we see that there are no double holes where the wappen is attached. All of the correct and original hardware is present. I can find no indication of a name or helmet size. That said, it is not a large helmet and looks to be in the 53-55 range.
    This is an amazing helmet that offers a discriminating collector the opportunity to acquire a 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß helmet that is complete and original in every way. As mentioned, it has been part of two prestigious collections and has been fully vetted by two of the world’s leading headdress collectors.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PILOT’S FLASK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PILOT’S FLASK

    SKU: 14-455 XTM

    $795.00 $635.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a flask that measures 3 1/2” x 5″ x 1/2” and holds 5 ⅔ ounces of liquid. The flask’s front features an attached Prussian Army Pilot Badge that is vaulted to match the flask’s contours. It is also quite thin, so it is probably NOT a style that a pilot could have actually worn on his tunic. That said, the badge is attractively detailed. The flask is made of metal, perhaps pewter or some other base metal. It has a screw-on top that detaches from the flask. The flask’s exterior sports a tarnished surface (I love seeing this kind of patina). The flask’s base displays what looks like a hallmark and several numbers.
    I can easily picture a pilot slipping this flask into his tunic or flying coat and having a nip, either on the ground or in the air! Personality aviation pieces like this are difficult-to-find.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - SCHIRMUTZE - NCO - GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMUTZE – NCO – GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-110

    $1,595.00 $1,350.00

    This is a wonderful, pre WW I NCO’s visor cap from the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. The regiment was formed in 1815. It was garrisoned in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde Korps. It is important to know that the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was among the four most important of the Küraßier-Regiments, along with the Regiment der Garde du Corps, Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1, and Küraßier-Regiment Königin Pommersches) Nr 2 (one of Kronprinz Wilhelm’s principal regiments). The Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was the only other regiment, aside from the Regiment der Garde du Corps, that wore the massive Hohenzollern Eagle on its helmet for parade functions. This very famous regiment was filled with the flower of German nobility, as was its sister regiment, the Regiment der Garde du Corps.
    Our cap has a fine, white wool body. It features a single wide blue trim band, measuring 1 ¼” wide. A narrower band of blue piping encircles the top. NCO’s state and Reich’s kokarden are in place. Some widely scattered moth tracking appears on the exterior. Inside the cap is a leather sweatband in good condition. The silk liner sports a very elaborate, raised depiction of the Berlin cap manufacturer. The metal initial “J” is also set into the liner.
    This is a very rare visor cap in fine conditionPrice.

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  • Sale! SHOULDER STRAPS - NCO/ENLISTED MAN - KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT Nr 1

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAPS – NCO/ENLISTED MAN – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT Nr 1

    SKU: 23-523 XJT

    $250.00 $195.00

    SHOULDER STRAPS – NCO/ENLISTED MAN – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT Nr 1

    This is a pair of Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I NCO or enlisted man’s shoulder straps. They sport the cypher “A” (for Alexander), a Roman numeral “I” between the A’s legs, and a crown above the “A.” They display a light grey-backing. This is a consignment item.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - TSCHAPKA - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 14 WHICH FOUGHT AT BATTLE OF WATERLOO - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 14 WHICH FOUGHT AT BATTLE OF WATERLOO

    SKU: 33-234

    $6,995.00 $5,495.00

    The Kingdom of Hannover came to an end after being on the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s losing side. Hannover had a good-sized military. It had fought during the Napoleonic Wars against France. As a matter of fact, several of her regiments fought with Wellington during the Peninsula Campaign and 1815’s penultimate Battle of Waterloo. Hannover fielded two Ulanen-Regiments. After the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, her entire territory and her military were annexed by Prussia. From then on, all Hanoverian regiments were considered “Prussian” regiments. Even though they were garrisoned in their former barracks, they were required to wear Prussian uniforms. In 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to be magnanimous and restored the battle honors (bandeaux) that Hanoverian regiments had proudly worn on their headdress prior to 1866. Such was the case with her Ulanen-Regiments. The first regiment was Königs-Ulanen-Regiment (1. Hannoversches) Nr 13. The second was 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. Today we are offering an officer’s tschapka from the latter regiment. It was founded in 1805 and garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps.
    The leather helmet is well formed and shows a fine clean surface that is supple and free from major defects. This includes the mortar board that sits atop the helmet and offers the distinctive view of the Ulanen Tschapka. Please note, Ulanen were considered light cavalry. They were also known as “Lancers,” because troopers carried lances in the early days. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, lances were used more for parades rather than in combat. The tschapka’s furniture was quite limited when compared to that of pickelhauben and kugelhelme. Essentially, it had trim on the front visor, chin scales, and wappen. This helmet’s chin scales are gilt, while the front visor and wappen are silver. The helmet’s wappen is really exciting. Just below the eagle’s head is a bandeau for “Waterloo” (fought from 16-18 June 1815). At the eagle’s base is a bandeau for “Peninsula” (the Peninsula Campaign extended from 1809 through 1814, and another split bandeau that represents “Garzia-Hernandez,” a famous Peninsula Campaign battle fought on 23 July 1812. The wappen has an open (voided) crown, which indicates an officer. It is a high-quality wappen with excellent details, especially with the eagle’s feathers on the helmet’s right side (from the wearer’s perspective). It has only the officer’s Reich’s kokarde, which is 100% correct. Only the Reich’s kokarde was worn AFTER 1897. BEFORE 1897, only the state’s (Prussian) kokarde was worn. Since the helmet has a Reich’s kokarde AND the bandeaux, it is quite clear that it is a post 1897 tschapka. The exterior’s final detail is a fine, silver-bullion feldzeichen (field badge). The feldzeichen’s center is black, which is correct for a Prussian officer.
    As we examine the helmet’s interior, we find something quite interesting. Instead of the conventional leather sweatband and silk liner, we see an enlisted men/NCO’s-style leather liner. It is the type that has multiple leather fingers/tongues (eleven). All of these fingers/tongues are present and complete. Only the leather sizing thong is missing, which is not a major concern. It is quite possible it was this particular officer’s personal preference. He may have found a helmet with this liner-style more comfortable and useful in the field. What we CAN say is that the area where the wappen is attached is free of double holes. It is clear to me that the wappen is original to the helmet.
    This is an exciting find that came from two very exciting and advanced collections, one here in the U.S. and another in Europe. We are pleased and proud to share this very rare tschapka with you.


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

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – IDENTIFIED – GENERALLEUTNANT VON WISSENDORF

    SKU: 15-697 XAS

    $5,995.00 $4,995.00

    This is a consignment item from the collection of a very experienced, longtime collector who has an appreciation for unusual, seldom-seen items that are in excellent condition. Today we are offering, on his behalf, a parade tunic that belonged to a Prussian Generalleutnant named von Wissendorf. The tunic’s consignor informs us that he was assigned to the Prussian VII. Armeekorps, which was based in Münster.

    The pre WWI dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic dates from approximately 1887 and is made of the finest wool that was available at the time. It obviously came from a skilled tailor’s workshop, since it is quite a masterpiece. A total of twelve unadorned gold-toned buttons runs down the tunic’s center. Its collar design is quite striking, and displays the tremendous gold bullion used in the pattern by the period’s General officers (BEFORE bullion kragenspiegel (collar patches) came into use post-1909 – this design dates from 1856 up to 1909). [I personally think the earlier form was a much more elegant way to display a General officer’s rank]. The gold bullion’s design features oak leaves interspersed with gilt-toned, bullet-shaped acorns against a red background. The acorns’ gilt coating has worn away over the years, so that they now appear to be silver-toned.

    The tunic exhibits an amazing combination shoulder board/aiguillette on its right shoulder. It is fashioned from rich, gold bullion and features a single Generalleutnant’s silver pip. [The silver pip usually indicated that its owner was an à la Suite officer (an honorary rank), since gold pips were for use by Generals who were tactical commanders rather than à la Suites]. The aiguillette’s color also confirms its wearer was a line-officer, NOT an à la Suite. The aiguillette consists of two one-inch wide, gold bullion braids attached to four one-quarter-inch wide gold-toned bullion ropes. All of these sections are intricately looped together and attached to two more short, one-quarter-inch, gold-toned bullion ropes whose ends are covered by elaborate, sliding, cylindrical, tapered, metal, three-inch-long extensions. Each extension is topped by a Prussian Hohenzollern Crown, which fits into, but is not attached, to the rest of the elegant, tapered cylinder. It is all extremely attractive.

    The tunic’s other shoulder sports a far different type of decoration. It is a five-inch-long intertwined coil of approximately one-quarter-inch, originally silver-toned, metal disks that have tarnished to a dark, gold-toned color. The tunic’s regulations refer to it as “made of two rolled silver wire bullion cords twisted together.” [Quite frankly, the device reminds me of something that one might have find on a Christmas tree]! It is attached to the inner point of the shoulder by a gold-toned brass button.

    The tunic’s cuffs display the same design featured on its collar. They are quite large, measuring 3.5″ wide. The heavy gold bullion oak leaves are repeated, as are their “acorns.” Each cuff also sports two large gold-toned buttons. The tunic’s reverse once again repeats the same bullion oak leaf design on each of the vent’s two halves, along with three large gold-toned buttons. The tunic’s front displays NO loops for sewn-in medal bars, breast stars, or the like. The exterior’s overall condition is very fine, with very little mothing (just the hint of a small moth nip or two). No tears or other major issues are present beyond the expected signs of age.
    The tunic’s interior features a very heavy, padded, red silk lining. Some small scattered areas of mothing are present, as well as some of the shredding commonly seen on aging silk. When one considers that it is MORE than one-hundred-twenty years-old, the damage is quite limited. A small pocket appears on the interior’s left side. No indication is given of the original owner’s name, nor of the tailor who designed it.
    This tunic is an amazing piece of history that speaks to the elegance of its time. It would make an excellent addition to any uniform collection.

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA / NASSAU - STEIN - FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 27 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA / NASSAU – STEIN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 27

    SKU: 18-437 XLO

    $850.00 $722.50

    PRUSSIA / NASSAU – STEIN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 27

    It comes from a collector of veterans’ steins who recently passed away. His widow has entrusted us with finding a new home for several of his prized steins. The gentleman had an amazing eye for good quality and only acquired the “best of the best” steins. We have four of his steins in this update and hope to share more with you in the future.

    The very large and elaborate veteran’s stein was for a soldier who served in 1. Nassauisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 27 – Batterie Nr 4. The regiment was founded in 1833 and garrisoned at Mainz-Wiesbaden. It was assigned to the XVIII. Armeekorps. Nassau was a Duchy that was founded in 1806. It remained an independent state until 1866, when it fought on the losing side of the Austro-Prussian War and was annexed by Prussia as were the Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig. When Nassau was folded into Prussia, she had two Infanterie Regiments and one Artillerie Regiment. These all became Prussian regiments. In 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm granted the two Nassau Infanterie Regiments their Battle of Waterloo bandeaux, (the battle honors worn on the pickelhauben’s wappen of their from their participation at the 1815 battle). As the Artillerie Regiment was not formed until 1833, their kugelhelme wappens remained unadorned.

    The porcelain stein’s overall height is 12.” A soldier standing beside a cannon adorns the pewter lid. Its thumb device features a rampant crowned lion. An inscription appears just below the lid that reads “Kanonendonner ist unser Gruß” (Our cannons’ thunder is our greeting). [How magnificently German is that]? The central multicolored scene shows cannons attached to their caissons being pulled into position and set up for firing. In we see an enlisted man/NCO’s regimental shoulder strap appears within a crowned frame of artillery shells. This scene is flanked on either side with the names of the owner’s Batterie mates. The owner’s name, “Reservist Wollstadt,” appears below that scene, followed by “4. Batterie 1. Nass. Feld Art. Regiment Nr 27 Oranien Wiesbaden 1905-1907,” the regiment’s formal name, where it was garrisoned and Wollstadt’s time of service.

    Finally, its interior features a lithopane of a soldier walking with his sweetheart. This vibrantly-colored veteran’s stein is in fine condition.

    This is a consignment item.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA / SAXE COBURG GOTHA / OLDENBURG - RIBBON BAR - FIVE-PLACE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA / SAXE COBURG GOTHA / OLDENBURG – RIBBON BAR – FIVE-PLACE

    SKU: 02-428 XBS

    $95.00 $80.75

    RIBBON BAR – FIVE-PLACE.

    This is a consignment item. It is a five-place ribbon bar that measures 3 ¼.” It contains the decorations listed below in order from left to right.

    1) 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class – Prussia.

    2) This decoration is unidentified.

    3). Saxe-Ernestine House Order 4th Class – Saxe-Coburg und Gotha.

    4) Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class – Oldenburg.

    5). Knight’s Cross of the Franz Josef Order.

    It is an attractive piece.

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