Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC. Imperial German Merchandise: Desk Pieces and Accessories: Inkwells, Petschaft.  Updated on 24 October 2016.    
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24-165 METAL ASHTRAY FEATURING OTTO von BISMARCK’S LIKENESS. Otto von Bismarck was one of the greatest Germans in his country’s history. In concert with König Wilhelm I and Generalfeldmarschall Helmuth von Moltke, he molded Germany into a European powerhouse that boasted its biggest and best army. Only England was Germany’s equal, primarily because of its mighty Navy. Bismarck was a consummate politician, forging alliances and constantly ensuring that the political scales never weighed against Prussia and Germany.
This bronze ashtray measures 5 ¼" in diameter and features a high-relief profile portrait of the "Iron Chancellor, backed by oak and laurel leaf branches and a shield featuring his Coat-of-Arms. The ashtray is supported by three small legs measuring about ." The deep imprint of Bismarck’s high-relief image is readily apparent on the ashtray’s reverse. It is a ruggedly-handsome depiction of Germany’s greatest political strategist.
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24-167 VINTAGE IMPERIAL ERA TABLE LAMP MADE IN ENGLAND. This is a handsome heavy table lamp that weighs 3lbs. 12 oz. The richly grained wooden lamp base measures 13 inches tall and 6 inches wide at its base. The lamp is identified by its socket with a maker’s stamp that reads "S.L. & S Made in England." The socket is an early 20th Century European style that requires a special bulb. Its socket can easily be exchanged for a modern socket and electrical cord. The cord no longer has a plug. The lamp would look exceptional on a bedside table or office desk. [Due to its weight and size, additional shipping will be required].
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24-166 SMALL EGG-SHAPED HAND GRENADE ATTACHED TO MARBLE BASE. This is a small desk piece consisting of an egg-shaped hand grenade. In fact, it is approximately egg-sized and sports a driving band around its center. It is made of iron, and therefore magnetic. It is attached to a marble base that measures ½" x 2" x 3 ½." The overall presentation’s height is 2 ¾." It is also very heavy, weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces. [This may incur a somewhat higher shipping charge].
It is something different for the collector whose desk has everything!
$95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-106 PRESENTATION SILVER DESK NOTE BOOK AND PAPER PAD TO PRINZ ALFONS OF BAVARIA. Often we feel like Prinz Alfons is an "old friend" of ours. Over time we have been pleased to offer a number of his personal items on our pages. Among these items have been his General der Kavallerie pickelhaube complete with the dress parade feathers, as well as the storage boxes for his helmet and the parade feathers. We have also had a few offbeat items, such as one of his ultra-well-made, high-quality, leather valises, which came from a luggage merchant in Switzerland. We currently are offering a that once belonged to him. Alfons was born on 24 January 1862 and died on 8 January 1933. Although he was a general in the Bavarian cavalry, he was not a true front-line commander, as were some members of German royalty. He was actually better-known in the field of science and mathematics. He was honored in 1905 by being named the Regimental Chef and patron of 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons. This was a great tribute to him by the Prinz Regent and the War Ministry. Today we are offering a superb, high-grade silver note book and pad that was presented to him on the occasion of his 70th birthday. This would have been 24 January 1932, which was a little less than a year before he passed away. This magnificent desk piece was presented to him by the officers, medical staff and veterinarians of "his" regiment. The case, which measures 6 3/8" x 4 1/4," is engraved at the case top with his Royal Cypher. Below reads the following dedication: "Ihrem Durchlauchitigsten Regimentsinhaber ZUM 70. Geburtstage In Alter Unwandelbarer Treue Und Verehrung Die Offiziere, Sanitäts, Und Veterinäroffiziere Des K. B. Chevaulegers - Regiments "Prinz Alfons." This piece is both jeweler and .925 silver hallmarked. Opening up the cover of the note pad, we see that virtually the entire pad of original paper is in place! I do not know the circumstances of Alfons’ health at the time. It is entirely possible that with less than one more year to live, he had little occasion to use this magnificent presentation piece. As one would expect, the caliber of this piece is stunning. Even nearly fifteen years after the war’s end [the monarchy’s end as well(!)], Alfons’ former officers still respected him enough to want to buy the best. Until you claim this item, it will reside on my desk. I can tell you that it looks splendid sitting near my computer monitor. I am sure it would look equally as appealing next to yours. Perhaps you can find some refills for the paper pads, and YOU can work like a Prince! $1,550.00. . . .

 

 

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20-278 KAISER WILHELM II BELL & STAND. I have occasionally seen a "Kaiser Bell" like this example over the years. Known as "Gloriosa," it is a replica of the "Emperor Bell" from the Cologne (Köln) Cathedral, that was given as an award. I always found these bells quite interesting, but for some reason I never bought one. When I was offered this one recently, I was surprised to find that the bells were originally awarded with special bases on which to display them. It was the first time that I had seen such a base (which fits the bell perfectly). I am proud to offer you this fine pair together. The brass bell stands 5" tall by itself. Its circumference is 10 ½" at its widest point. It measures 3 5/16" in diameter at the base. Its handle is decorated with cherubim heads, and measures 2 1/8." Some silver plating remains visible. A Prussian eagle emblem is featured on the bell’s obverse, while a high-relief representation of St. Peter graces the reverse. A banner encircles the bell’s top section, with the following saying printed in German Fraktur, "Die Kaiserglocke heiß ich, des Kaisers Ehren preis ich. Auf heilger Warte steh’ ich, Dem deutschen Reich erfleh’ ich. Dass fried’ und Wehr/Ihm Gott bescheer." (The Emperor bell is my name, I praise the emperor's honor. I stand on the holy watchtower, I invoke the German Reich, That peace and protection / God bestows on him). The bell’s clapper is made of lead. These bells have been featured in Anselm Lange's European Hand Bells, 1981, p. 252 and with the base in L. E. Springer's The Collector's Book of Bells, 1972, p. 100.The hexagonal (six-sided) stand measures 5" across, and stands 1 3/8" tall. When the bell is placed on the stand, its height is 6 3/8" tall overall. The portion that the bell rests on is quite ornate, with a gothic-style breakthrough window in the center adorned with fleurs-de-lis. More stylized fleurs-de-lis and other floral patterns decorate its sides. The bell and stand are quite substantial, weighing 2 pounds and 7 ounces.  $725.00

 

 

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24-136 SEAL - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL GRAF HELMUTH von MOLTKE’S IMAGE. During the Imperial German Period, the business of writing letters was an important part of daily life. It became an art in itself, and setting up a proper desk included a number of accessories. These might include a desk stand to hold ink bottles (no ballpoints back then) and pens. One might have an ink blotter to dry one’s work, (before that sand was sprinkled across the wet ink to dry and keep it from smudging). One might also have letter openers and any number of personal items set on the desk to display one’s personality. One might also have a leather folio to organize important papers, much as we might use in and out baskets today. At the upper end of desk accessories, one found a personal seal or signet (petschaft) with the owner’s name or cypher. The seal was imprinted into hot wax melted across an envelope’s flap. The seal was pressed into the cooling wax, preserving the sender’s initials or cypher. It was a very personal touch, which also assured the recipient (provided the seal was intact) that the contents of the letter had not been disturbed. These seals varied from simple to ornate. Seals belonging to members of German royalty are at the upper end of scale and run to the thousands of dollars. Today we are offering you a most interesting petschaft (seal) for Generalfeldmarschall Graf Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891). Von Moltke was Chief of the Prussian General Staff beginning in 1857. From the time he assumed the position, he began modernizing the Prussian Army. The fruit of his efforts first was demonstrated in the 1864 Danish-Prussian War. These efforts proved overwhelming in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. In the latter war, von Moltke held tactical command over the commanders in the field, including Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm (König Wilhelm/Kaiser Wilhelm I’s son, who later became Kaiser Friedrich III).  Along with the continued modernization of the Prussian Army, von Moltke introduced a new style of warfare to Europe that he saw in the U.S. during the Civil War. He used railroads to move troops and supplies, as well as telegraphs for improved communication. In addition, Prussian troops were far better trained and equipped than any of the troops they faced. The Austro-Prussian War, which lasted from 14 June 1866 to 23 August 1866, was decisive. It gained Prussia a great deal of territory and consolidated its position as the dominant German power. Further modernization under von Moltke from 1867 through 1870 prepared Germany for its crushing defeat of France in 1870-1871. Again, von Moltke held overall command of all German forces and was the chief architect of the French defeat. As a result, Wilhelm I was elevated to Kaiser Wilhelm I and von Moltke was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. Later he was created a Graf (Count). Von Moltke held the position of Chief of the Army Staff until he retired in 1888. He died in 1891. [Interestingly, his nephew, Helmuth von Moltke (1848-1916, known as von Moltke the younger) held the same Chief of Staff position from 1906 through 1914]. Generalfeldmarschall Helmuth von Moltke the Elder was one of the most beloved German army generals. The seal has an excellent likeness of von Moltke. It stands 2 3/4" tall. Von Moltke’s stern visage looks out, wearing his schirmütze and an 1870 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross at his neck. The initials "KK" have been etched into the bottom of the seal. I want to make it clear that the seal was NOT produced for or owned by von Moltke! It is a patriotic piece saluting the great general. $650.00

 

 

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24-144 PETSCHAFT FEATURING KAISER WILHELM II. The petschaft played an important part among an Imperial German’s desk accessories. When used with melted wax, it sealed an envelope’s flap and imprinted the seal with the sender’s Coat-of-Arms (if noble or royal) or his initials. Today’s petschaft has been fashioned out of a non magnetic black metal into a chest-high Kaiser Wilhelm II bust. Standing three inches tall, it features the Kaiser in military uniform. Ordinarily, a vertical piece extended down from the chest, with its base serving as the device’s seal. This particular petschaft, however, never was fitted with a seal; it remains blank. Instead, it serves as an attractive little Kaiser-themed desk decoration. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

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24-131 COMMEMORATIVE DESK PIECE - OTTO von BISMARCK. This is an interesting desk piece that commemorates Imperial Germany’s greatest politician, the "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck. Bismarck served as Chancellor (Reichschancellor) to the three Kaisers. His political influence and policy guided Germany on a path of growth and consolidation. The desk piece displays von Bismarck’s high-relief profile in the upper left corner. In the lower right corner is a tree with von Bismarck’s birth and death dates (1815-1898). To the right of von Bismarck is his famous quote, which was a rallying call for all Germans; "Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott, aber sonst nichts in der Welt!" (We Germans fear God and nobody else in the world). At its bottom is von Bismarck’s distinctive signature. The piece is rectangular and measures 3 1/4" x 5" x 1/2." It is hollow. $250.00

 

 

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24-37 TWO KAISERS DESK PIECE. This is a very fine desk piece that features Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria. The base of the desk piece is a substantial (and heavy) black marble. It measures 3 ½" x 3 3/8". The circular inset features the two Kaisers in profile. Wilhelm II is in front, wearing a full parade Garde du Corps helmet with a Hohenzollern Eagle mounted at the top. This brass-toned inset measures 2 7/8" in diameter. This is of very high quality and in excellent condition. $275.00

 

 

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24-150 DESK PIECE FASHIONED FROM PICKELHAUBE’S CRUCIFORM & SPIKE AND MINIATURE FREDERICK THE GREAT BUST. This is an unusual desk piece that is formed by combining an enlisted man’s pickelhaube base and spike with a mini bust of Prussia’s König Friedrich der Große. The base, spike and bust are made of pre war brass. A small Prussian Crown has been applied to the spike’s side. Friedrich der Große’s bust is attached to the spike’s tip. This brass combination is further attached to a marble base that measures ¼" x 3 ¼" x 3 ¼." The presentation’s overall height is 6." $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-159 CIRCULAR GLASS JEWELRY/HISTORICAL OBJECT DISPLAY CASE. This is a circular glass case that can be used to display any number of historical artifacts. Its potential is limited only by your needs and/or imagination. The glass case stands on three metal feet. It measures 3" in height and 3" in diameter at the base. Its main body is clear glass, with two decorative gilt-toned metal drapes decorating its exterior. It sports a beveled glass lid and a snap opener. A two-and-a-half-inch-in-diameter red velvet pillow sits inside the display case to comfortably cradle any item you care to insert. [Here are a few suggestions for display: an Iron Cross 1st or 2nd Class, another decoration of your choice, or a piece of jewelry. We have our item #17-579 on display. It is NOT included with the case, but may be purchased separately].  The handsome glass case is well made. It deserves to display an interesting piece in it. $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-160 TRIANGULAR-SIDED GLASS DISPLAY CASE FOR JEWELRY OR OTHER HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS. This a fascinating, triangular-sided glass case that can be used to house any number of historical artifacts. It features a sloping rectangular beveled-glass lid that measures 2 ½" x 4 ¾." The triangular-shaped sides are also beveled glass. The case’s mirrored, rectangular back wall measures 2 ½" x 4," and its overall height is 5." It rests on four metal, gilt-toned feet. Its metal frame is also gilt-toned. A snap lock opens the case’s front so it can swing out.
Its interior features a hook at its top for hanging a small item. Its 2 ½" x 3" base sports a tufted, blue/green silk pillow. The pillow’s silk cover is somewhat shredded. This case would make a gorgeous display for one of your special prizes.
[We have our item #17-310 on display. It is NOT included with the case, but may be purchased separately]. $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-157 TRENCH ART ARTILLERY SHELL CASING CONVERTED TO LIDDED CONTAINER. Trench art was one of WW I’s most popular art forms, wherein battlefield debris was transformed into useful products. Soldiers at the war’s fronts and those recovering from wounds in hospitals had a great deal of time on their hands. They also had the imagination to convert artillery shell casings, shrapnel, and driving bands in art objects that proved popular with the people back home. The shell casings became vases of all sorts, shrapnel was transmuted into knives and letters openers, and driving bands became bracelets.
Today’s offering reveals an artillery shell altered to become a lidded container suitable for any desk or table at home. I am very impressed by what a soldier managed to do with this particular shell. It started life as a brass 77mm (7.7cm) artillery shell. He cut the shell down to a height of 2 ½." He then created a floral design on its exterior that features a shield displaying "1917" in its center. The design was laboriously tapped into the casing’s exterior with a sharp point, such as that from a knife or bayonet.
Our soldier also fitted a lid to the container’s top, effectively transforming the shell casing into a jar. Any number of objects could have been placed in its interior--paper clips, tobacco, candies or whatever its recipient desired. The lid’s top also sports an elaborate design created in the same manner as the container’s exterior artwork. The initials "RC" also appear to have been incorporated into the lid design’s center. The way the lid fits on the shell casing further demonstrates that the man devoted a great deal of time on every aspect of his project.
It is a very handsome piece that would greatly enhance any desk, table or bookcase.
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24-151 POLISHED RAIL SPIKE COMMEMORATING WW I SERVICE. This is an attractive desk piece that commemorates a man’s WW I service with the German railway system. It is a spike similar to those used to hold railroad tracks in place after whammed into place by a forcefully swung sledge hammer. The spike measures 6" in length and 1 ½" wide at its widest point. The spike weighs 10 ½ oz. It has a polished silver finish. The legend "Erinnerung a. d. Weltkrieg 1914" has been cut into the spike’s side, then blackened in. It is an intriguing relic from a railway man who ferried troops and much-needed-supplies to and from the front by rail. $75.00

 

 

 

 

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24-152 SMALL FRENCH-MANUFACTURED TRENCH ART ARTILLERY SHELL TURNED CIGARETTE LIGHTER. This miniature artillery shell has been fashioned into a cigarette lighter. The lighter’s overall height is 3 ¼." The lighter’s projectile top pulls out to expose the wheel’s top that the user turns to create a spark from the flint and ignite the wick. The wheel turns and the wick is in place, but it does NOT spark. I do not know if the flint is missing, or what other problem may exist. The lighter’s lower section pulls out to insert lighter fluid. The very bottom of the assembled cigarette lighter measures 3 ¼" in diameter. Stamped on its bottom is the Paris manufacturer/distributer’s name. We seldom offer non Imperial German items. We acquired this with a few other Imperial German items, however, so we offer it in the hope that it will find a good home. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

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24-154 ARTILLERY SHELL REPLICA CIGARETTE. This is a cigarette lighter that was used on a desk or side table. It stands 5" tall and measures 1" in diameter at the base. The artillery shell top removes to reveal the wick and the igniter wheel. The wheel turns and sparks, so it is very possible that the lighter can operate. The lighter’s bottom features a screw that I presume is removed to add lighter fluid, which is necessary for the lighter to operate. I see no marks anywhere on the lighter that indicate its age or origin. $75.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-155 IRON CROSS-SHAPED DESK PIECE. This is a fine desk piece which might have served as a paper weight. It is fashioned to resemble an Iron Cross. It measures ¼" x 4 ¼" x 4 ¼." Prussia’s ruler during the Napoleonic Wars König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s cypher appears at the Iron Cross’s top. [Friedrich Wilhelm III instituted the Iron Cross in 1813 to honor ALL Prussian soldiers’ bravery, regardless of rank]. Prussia’s Hohenzollern Crown appears above his cypher. Laurel leaves appear below it. In the center we see a large "W" for König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I and for his grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II. The dates 1813 and 1870 appear on the three and nine o’clock arms. The bottom arm displays a larger 1914 to commemorate the third time the Iron Cross was awarded (during WW I). It will make a fantastic addition to any desk! $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-140 SMALL CALIBER CANNON PROJECTILE ASHTRAY. This is an interesting ashtray suitable for use on a desk or table. The ashtray’s bottom has been cut from a brass cannon shell casing’s bottom. It measures 3 ½" in diameter. Looking at the bottom, one can see where the firing pin would strike the shell, causing it to fire. The base measures 1 1/8" tall. Three small pieces of brass are mounted on the base, which permitted one to leave a cigarette in one when not in the smoker’s mouth. Extending upward from the shell casing’s bottom is a projectile that measures 1 3/16" in diameter and 5 3/4" in length. I simply do not know enough about artillery to speculate on the cannon’s size that was used for this piece. That said, the overall presentation is neatly done, and the final result is quite attractive. The projectile’s tip comes off to reveal a lighter that has been built into the unit. A spark ignites when the wheel is clicked. Whether or not it will actually operate by adding lighter fluid, I cannot say. I will leave that for the new owner to determine. We make NO guarantees that the lighter can be made functional.
Whether or not you are a smoker, this is a really nifty desk piece. 
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24-116 MAUSER RIFLE STOCK PEN & INK STAND. I have always had a fondness for pen and ink stands. During the Imperial German Period, keeping an orderly AND interesting desk was very important to businessmen, scholars, soldiers and other important fellows. Trench art was a way to use items that a soldier might see on a daily basis and fashion them into useful objects. This pen and ink stand fills that bill quite attractively. The man who crafted this clearly had an eye for the unusual and for a means to make a desk unique. A rifle stock has been cut into a piece 11 1/2" in length. The metal butt plate (with screws) remains in place. Three metal plates were screwed into the stock. In the center is a small ink bottle. The ink bottle could hold a small amount of ink, but has an oversized lid which also served as a magnifier. Two gun sights have been fashioned into either hooks on which to hang items or to lay pens across. They flank the ink bottle. Attached is one of the swivel loops that would have originally held the rifle’s leather sling. At the bottom of the stock, three shell casings have been screwed into the base. These act as feet to hold the pen and ink stand in an upright position. If you are looking for something really different for your desk or for display on a table or bookcase, you MUST consider this. I was quite taken with it. If you take a moment or two to study it in detail, you will be, too. $495.00

 

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13-394 NAVY SEE Bataillon DESK PIECE. This piece was acquired along with the document holder and photographs described below. The man’s name is Baumeister. He served with See Bataillon Nr III in China early in the 20th Century. The desk piece consists of a wooden plaque measuring 8 7/8" x 9." Affixed to the wooden plaque are several metal implements significant to a man serving in the See Bataillon. A crossed pair of oars lean up against a pike. Spread out in front of the oars are a number of tools (pick, shovel, etc.). In the middle of the tools is a fouled anchor. Directly above the anchor and below the oars is an officer’s cap kokarde. This is a touching display to the man’s service. While offered separately, $450.00.
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24-105 1914 IRON CROSS DESK PIECE. This is a remarkable desk piece shaped like an oversized 1914 Iron Cross. It is gold-toned and measures 6 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 1/4." If you look at the crown and between the "9" and "1," you will see some small holes. I believe this allowed the piece to be mounted on a wall. I believe it was diverted from that purpose. White felt then was applied to its back so it could be used as a desk piece. It is very sturdy and weighs 1 pound 13 ounces. $250.00

 

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24-106 HINDENBURG/IRON CROSS DESK PIECE. This is an oversized Iron Cross that measures 5" x 5" x 1/8." It is silver-toned. In its center is a likeness of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg. Below his likeness, on the nine o’clock arm, is the date 1914/15. The reverse sports the name "Witkowitz." It is a very substantial item that weighs 12 ounces. $195.00

 

 

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24-107 MINI HESSEN LETTER OPENER. This is a very small letter opener. Its overall length is 4." At the top is a four-leaf clover. A series of three and four leaf covers mounted on circlets run down its center. Mounted atop that is a shield displaying Hesse-Darmstadt’s rampant lion. On the blade’s reverse is engraved "Echternach."$50.00

 

 

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24-90 IRON CROSS PAPERWEIGHT. This is a very interesting patriotic item from the WW I period. It is an oversized Iron Cross paperweight measuring 4" x 4" x 1 /4." It is gilt-toned, and shows the three Imperial Periods that used the Iron Cross (1813, 1870, and 1914). It also features Friedrich Wilhelm III’s crowned cypher. He was the originator of the Iron Cross. Oak leaves and Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cypher are also included. This item was cast when produced. If you look at the reverse, you can see that it is hollow. It is in excellent condition. $150.00

 

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13-574 NAVY DESK PIECE - S.M.S. THÜRINGEN. This is a heavy metal desk piece given out by the S.M.S. Thüringen’s builder, Actien - Gesellschaft Wesser. This vessel was a battleship of the S. M. S. Helgoland Class. She was launched in 1911, then scrapped during the period from 1923 to 1933. I cannot tell if this was intended as a gift to somebody within the company, or to a naval officer, perhaps at the staff level. It displays the date December 3, 1910, and Bremen, where the ship was built. What makes this interesting is that the date on the desk piece is the year BEFORE the ship’s formal commissioning. The desk piece measures 6 1/2" x 4" x 1." It shows a fine, high-profile image of the ship. The desk piece is quite substantial, weighing 2 pounds. $275.00  

 

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24-124 PRUSSIAN KUGELHELM BELL. This is a bell that was manufactured in the shape of a pre 1897 Prussian Kugelhelm. We know the kugelhelm is pre 1897 since it sports only a single kokarde on the helmet’s right side. The kugelhelm is quite detailed, displaying the wappen, chin scales, etc. a clapper is inside the helmet/bell. The bell does ring. It would make a wonderful desk or display piece, especially for all of you "gunners." $595.00

 

 

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24-125 TRENCH ART LAMP. This is an artillery shell casing that has been made into a trench art lamp. Trench art was made from everyday items that were readily available to soldiers in the trenches or convalescing from war wounds in field hospitals. Shell casings and other artillery parts frequently were etched or carved with battlefield symbols or floral designs and converted into vases, patriotic jewelry, match safes and the like. This particular brass shell casing, which measures 9" tall and 3" inches in diameter, has had its main section etched with a bark-like pattern. The patterned area contains two flowers (roses, perhaps), a sprig of leaves and a double cross symbol. The shell casing has had a wooden post inserted into that, which sticks out at the top approximately 1/4." Someone attached a lamp socket, rising another 3 1/2," to the post so that it can hold a light bulb. The shell casing is mounted on a piece of petrified wood for the lamp’s base. The wooden base measures 11" x 9 1/2" wide and approximately 2" high. The dark-brown wood is attractively gnarled and swirled with darker rings and burls. We cannot tell what type of wood it is, although oak is a possibility. It has been treated with some sort of lacquer or preservative that gives it a soft shine. An electrical cord extends out from the base’s underside.  I am sure the shell casing was converted into a lamp in modern times. The wiring is definitely LATE-20th Century. The decorated shell casing was probably intended for use as a vase. It makes a fetching lamp, however. It does not come with a lampshade or the harp to which the shade is attached. Low wattage light bulbs should be used, probably not above 60 watts. We tried it out with a 40-watt bulb and it lit up without any problems. Its new owner will have the fun of choosing an appropriate shade and displaying this attractive trench art piece. $275.00

 

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24-103 DESK PIECE IN THE SHAPE OF A TSCHAKO - SAXON JÄGER zu FUß-REGIMENT CA. 1867. This is one of the most delightful, well made desk pieces we have ever offered you. It is shaped like an officer’s tschako from the 3. Jäger-Regiment zu Fuß around the time of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. It was the final consolidation war among the Germans, which pitted Austria, Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, Hannover, Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Hesse-Kassel, and etc. against Prussia, Oldenburg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and etc. The war lasted barely seven weeks. The Prussians crushed Austria and her allies. Austria, Württemberg, Bavaria, and Saxony emerged intact, but Hannover and some of the smaller states were absorbed into Prussia. The pivotal battle of the war was at Königgrätz and took place 3 July 1866, (three years after, to the day, of the Battle of Gettysburg’s final day). The German Army unveiled a revolutionary military mobility on the European continent by their use of railroads. The Prussian Army was superbly organized and led compared to Austria and her allies. The Prussians also had use of the more modern breech loading "needle guns," which easily outgunned the muzzle loading muskets of their enemies. The beautiful tschako desk piece is made from a combination of leather and wood. The tschako’s exterior is covered with a superior-grade of extremely supple leather, even at more than 125-years-of-age. The tschako stands 4 1/8" tall, is 3" in diameter at the top, and 2 1/2" in diameter at the base. A high-quality Saxon wappen measuring 1" x 3/4" graces the tschako’s front. Below the wappen are beautifully crafted chin scales showing every bit as much detail as their full-sized counterparts. Above the wappen a well-made field badge appears. It serves as a handle that allows the tschako’s top to open, revealing an inner storage chamber for small objects. The tschako’s hinged top swings up. The tschako’s top has "3. Jäger-Regiment zu Fuß" etched into the leather. At the tschako’s bottom is "5 October Plauen 1867." Plauen is a small town in Southern Saxony, not far from Bavaria and the modern-day Czech Republic. Probably, the officer served in the Austro-Prussian War barely eighteen months before this handsome desk piece was dedicated. It is a wonderful miniature recreation of a tschako from the period. A lot of time and effort was expended in the construction of the piece, which sat on the desk of an officer who took great pride in his military service. $1,225.00

 

 

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24-115 ENLISTED MAN’S DESK PIECE - 1. GARDE-FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA. This is an unusual desk piece for an enlisted man from 1. Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment. It was the senior of the Prussian Army’s Garde Artillery Regiments. It was founded in 1816. It was garrisoned in Berlin, where like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the GardeKorps. Inside the sloped frame, which measures 5 3/4" x 3" x 1," is a reproduction of the regiment’s feldgrau shoulder strap. It is under glass. We see a gray background with the field artillery’s burgundy flaming bomb. At the top is a simulated button with the number "5." At the wood frame’s bottom, we read "Erites Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment 5. Batterie." It is well made and displays quite attractively. $150.00

 

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24-112 DESK PIECE - ARTILLERY SHELL FUZE. This is a most interesting desk piece. The base is fashioned to look like an artillery shell. It is actually made of stone rather than brass, and is painted. Set atop it is an actual fuze from a German artillery shell. All of the various numbers and markings by which the fuze would be set before firing are present. It appears that the fuze was an M-1896. The fuze lifts up. A small compartment sits below where small objects or a small ink well could be stored. Attached to the desk piece’s back is a horse shoe. The horse shoe remains a very lucky symbol to this day in Germany. Attached to the horse shoe are four hooks from which various items can be hung. It could be a most interesting way to display four medals! This desk piece has a lot of character. $250.00

 

 

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24-139 VOLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL BEI LEIPZIG PAPERWEIGHT. This is a paperweight for the Volkerschlacht Denkmal bei Leipzig. The monument (more precisely, monument and gardens) was established in 1913 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the war between the various German states and Napoleon Bonaparte’s France. I was privileged to visit the monument in Leipzig. It is quite stirring. Kaiser Wilhelm II was present for the ceremony. This paperweight is eight-sided, measuring 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 3/4." It is substantial and in perfect condition. It sports a black leather pad on its bottom. The monument proper is shown under glass for viewing. $50.00

 

 

 

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24-138 TSCHAPKA-SHAPED INKWELL - PRUSSIA. This is a silver-toned tschapka-shaped inkwell. The tschapka measures 2 1/4X" x 2 ½" x 2 3/4." It sports the mortar board and feldzeichen at its top. Attached to its front is a Prussian wappen and gold-toned chinstraps. As you raise the tschapka you see a partial ceramic ink holder. It has broken and will not hold ink. Perhaps you have one of the latter sitting in your junk pile without an interesting topper! Or you may see one that will fit at a garage sale or a flea market. Even without a functional inkwell, it is a lovely desk piece. $295.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-96 DESK PIECE - BATTLE OF LENS. This is a desk piece commemorating the Battle of Lens in 1917. This information is written on its marble base. Mounted to the base, which measures 6" x 3 1/4," is a jagged piece of shrapnel. $175.00  

 

 

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24-97 GLASS PRISM DESK PIECE SHOWING GERMANIA. This is a glass prism which shows the protector of Germany, Germania. It is from France. It measures 4 1/2" tall. $110.00  

 

 

 

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24-91 TRENCH ART FLOWER VASE. This is a wonderful piece of trench artwork. It shows the attention that was paid to an approximately 20mm shell. The casing stands 4 1/2" tall. Its edges have been fluted. The shell is then mounted on THREE different bases, which have been combined into one. The top base is made of glass. It is then mounted on a black marble base. The black marble base is in turn mounted on a metal base. It appears to be brass, as is the shell casing. It is a very fine example that would look very gorgeous with a single rose bud. $250.00  

 

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24-94 DESK PIECE - BISMARCK MONUMENT - BERLIN. This is a small decorative tray that depicts the Bismarck monument in Berlin. The small tray was used for display or to hold small objects. The tray measures 9 1/2" x 3 1/2." The monument is in high relief across the tray’s base. "Bismarck Monument Berlin" is imprinted on the obverse, as well. The reverse reveals the four small feet on which the tray rests, as well as some manufacturer’s hallmarking. $140.00  

 

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10-749 CASED DISPLAY - JÄGER zu PFERDE TIN SOLDIERS. Tin soldiers were very popular among Imperial German Period children. Today we are offering an amazing group of tin soldiers from the 1890 to 1914 period. They come in a special glass case in which they are handsomely displayed. The soldiers are from the Regiment Königsjäger zu Pferde Nr 1. (Their name is displayed at the case’s front on a small plaque, which measures 1" x 2 3/4.") This was the first of the Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments created in 1901. The regiment carries the "Wilhelm Rex" cypher on their shoulder boards and straps. A total of thirteen Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments was created between 1901 and 1913. It is interesting to note that these cavalry regiments wore metal helmets with long back visors, which were also worn by the Küraßier-Regiments, including the ultra-elite Regiment der Garde du Corps and the Garde-Reiter-Regiment. The case itself measures 16 1/4" x 4" x 5 1/2." Three sides of the case are covered in red leatherette. The case’s front and top are glass. The front slides up and out of the case, if you need to reposition the soldiers slightly after they are shipped to you. [We will carefully pack it with extra bubble wrap around the soldiers. They are glued down, but we had to reposition them a bit after they arrived from Germany. We only caution, be gentle as you do so, as they are old. Too much pressure may make their glue soften]. ALL the soldiers in the display are mounted, as one expects of a cavalry regiment. The tin soldiers have two officers at the squadron’s head. Behind the officers is another officer/NCO, who escorts the soldier carrying the regimental flag. Behind these men are two lines of troopers. A total of thirteen men is in each of the two lines, making a total of THIRTY men on display. Each trooper in the two rear lines carries a flag on a lance. It is a splendid exhibition of the elite regiment. [Special shipping will be required for this item at a higher cost than our normal shipping, to ensure that it receives the packing it deserves to reach your home safely]. $695.00

 

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23-300 HAND PAINTED SET - SOLDIERS - NAPOLEONIC WARS. Over the years we have strived to bring you the common and uncommon. Today, we think we have something that is certainly the latter! We are offering a set of hand painted miniature soldiers. These were most likely produced during the period from 1890 through 1910. They depict the pride and the glory of the German Army during the Napoleonic Wars. I believe each soldier is made of lead, which was common during the period. They have been hand painted in great detail. The average soldier stands about 2" tall. We will list below what this particular group encompasses. We actually have a large number of them. We will be happy to sell multiple groups at a discount. I have arranged them into groups that are slightly different. When possible, I have built them around the regimental colors. Below is what is included in a group:

*One (1) mounted officer.

*One (1) dismounted officer.

*One (1) mounted walking officer.

*One drummer wearing a mitre.

*One soldier who has been shot and is in the process of falling to the ground. His mitre is already falling from his head.

*Eight (8) infantry soldiers carrying muskets and wearing mitres.

This wonderful mini grouping has a total of THIRTEEN men. It gives you a sense of what soldiers from two-hundred-years ago looked like. These were most likely owned by a young boy or even a collector like you! $225.00 per group

 

 

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24-121 HAND PAINTED SET - SOLDIERS - NAPOLEONIC WARS. Over the years, we have strived to bring you both the common and the uncommon. Today we think we have something that is certainly the latter! Today we are offering a set of hand painted miniature soldiers. They were probably produced during the 1890 to 1910-period. They represent the German Army’s pride and the glory from the Napoleonic Wars. I believe each soldier is made of lead, which was most common prior to the inexpensive production of rubber and plastic. (The best "collectible toy soldiers" are still made of lead or other pliable metals). They were then hand painted in great detail. The average soldier stands about 2" tall.
We have a large number of these figures. We will be happy to sell multiple groups at a discount. I have arranged these into groups that are slightly different. When possible, I have built them around the regimental colors. Below is what is included in a group:

*One (1) officer bearing the regimental colors, flanked by another officer who wearing a sword and a mitre (a special headdress from the period).

*Two (2) sergeants carrying the spontoons that protected the regimental colors. [A spontoon was an evolutionary development of the halberd (a combination of a spear and a battleaxe), as was the partisan]. The regimental colors had to be protected at all costs, as their loss was a disgrace to the entire regiment. To that end, the spontoon was a nasty-looking pike that could eviscerate any who dared to take the regimental colors.

*One (1) mounted officer.

*One drummer wearing a mitre.

*Eight (8) infantry soldiers carrying a musket and wearing mitres.

This wonderful mini grouping has a total of FOURTEEN men. It gives you an idea what soldiers looked like two-hundred-years ago. They probably were owned by a young boy, or perhaps a collector like you! $250.00

 

 

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24-36 KRIEGSFLAGGE LETTER OPENER. This is a unique letter opener, which combines a silvered blade with a black handle. It features a kriegsflagge mounted on a flag pole that is whipping in the wind. The letter opener is of very high quality and measures 9 1/8" in overall length. There is some lifting of the silver surface of the blade on the side opposite the kriegsflagge handle. $175.00.

 

 

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24-119 TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER - SHAPE - CURVED SWORD. This is a very interesting letter opener that is shaped like a curved sword. It has a white and brown stag handle that measures 2 3/4” x 1/2.” It features a brass cross guard. The blade measures 4 3/4” x 1/2.” The blade is also made of brass. One side reads “Weltkrieg 14-18." The other side states “Mb German Prisoner.” The information engraved on the blade is what I call “field engraved,” meaning it was hand-done by the man, not professionally engraved by a jeweler. The overall length of the letter opener measures 7.” $195.00

 

 

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24-135 TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER. Trench art was an interesting art form that developed during and after WW I. During the war it allowed those troops with time on their hands to fashion materials that were close at hand into a number of patriotic items, such as rings, vases, match safes, etc. It also allowed men who were wounded to do the same thing in hospitals or other places as they recovered from their wounds. As you examine some of these items, you can see the craftsmanship and attention to detail that were put into them. Today we are offering a trench art letter opener. This letter opener measures 10 1/8" from tip to handle. The letter opener is made from a single artillery shell driving band. The letter opener has no inscription. What makes this example interesting is the time that was spent in fashioning the blade. Its tip is made to look like a sword, or even a pirate’s cutlass! It is a fine example of trench art. $75.00

 

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24-132 TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER. Trench art was an important folk art in Germany both during and after WW I. Trench art came about when soldiers in the trenches used their idle hours fashioning patriotic articles from whatever they could find in the trenches or at the Front. It also resulted from hospitalized soldiers engaging in "art therapy" while recovering. Some amazing, beautiful items were turned out in this manner. The men created vases, match safes, and other small items from artillery shells, belt buckles, spent bullets, etc. Today we are offering you a rather clever trench art letter opener. The letter opener began as a deactivated rifle round. It consists of both the shell casing and the projectile. Attached to the projectile’s tip is an Iron Cross, which turns into the letter opener’s blade. Crudely scratched on one side of the blade is "Kamerad Leben und Leben Lasen [sic]" (Comrade, live and let live) in all its misspelled glory. The "s" is backwards, as well. The other side reads "Welt Krieg 1914." The letter opener’s overall length is 6."$75.00

 

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24-118 SMALL TRENCH ART SHRAPNEL LETTER OPENER.
Shrapnel letter openers were quite popular during WW I. This is a rather unusual variation. The handle of the letter opener is not quite as jagged as many as we see. It is not as dangerous to handle. It measures 1 1/2” x 2.” A brass cross guard makes it look like a sword or dagger. It has a relatively short blade which measures 2” x 1/2.” This makes the overall length 4 1/4.” It is a very handy, easy-to-use letter opener with a good heft to it. $95.00

 

 

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24-102 DESK PIECE - HUSSAR PIPEHEAD. This is an interesting desk piece that has been constructed from a section of a veteran hussar’s pipe. Its maker joined part of the ceramic pipehead with some of the dark brown wooden pipe sections, then crafted it so it would stand up. He also added a brass horseshoe to one of the upper wooden sections for decoration. The block of wood just below the horseshoe is set at an angle, and each surface has something engraved upon it. This includes "4 Esc. Leib=," "1906," "G. Hus.=Reg.," "Potsdam," "WS" "1903." The white ceramic pipehead features a hand painted portrait of Hussar in his attila, with a pelisse slung over his shoulder and his busby atop his head. The portrait is surrounded by high-relief oak leaves painted in two shades of green, along with brown acorns tipped in gold enamel. The reverse of the pipehead displays a phrase mentioning the remembrance of the soldier’s service. Below the pipehead is another section of the pipe-fitting that attaches to the piece’s base. The entire piece’s height is 13 1/4." The base is 2 3/4" x 1 5/8" x 1 3/8." The base has evidently come apart a bit in the past. Some glue marks show on its bottom, and where the pipefitting joins the base. $225.00

 

 

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24-134 TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER. Trench art was an interesting art form that developed during and after WW I. During the war it allowed those troops with time on their hands to fashion materials that were close at hand into a number of patriotic items, such as rings, vases, match safes, etc. It also allowed men who were wounded to do the same thing in hospitals or other places as they recovered from their wounds. As you examine some of these items, you can see the craftsmanship and attention to detail that were put into them. Today we are offering a trench art letter opener. This letter opener measures 9 1/4" from tip to handle. The letter opener is made from a single artillery shell driving band. On the bottom of the handle we see "1916." The handle’s tip sports an Iron Cross. It is a fine example of patriotic trench art. $75.00

 

 

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10-678 HIGH QUALITY LETTER OPENER - HOLSTENTOR - LÜBECK. This is an extremely high-caliber, silver letter opener, featuring a representation of the Holstentor in Lübeck. The letter opener measures 9 3/4" in length. It is hallmarked for .835 silver (along with the crown and moon) and the manufacturer, whose mark I do not recognize. $150.00  

 

 

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24-129 PETSCHAFT. Petschafte (personal seals) were used for letters, envelopes, and etc. They were very popular during the late Imperial German Period (approximately 1890 to 1918). Those once used by royalty are quite ornate and VERY expensive, when one can find them. Today we are offering a brass petschaft that stands 1 3/4" tall. The base, where the initials reside, measures 1/2" x 1/2." As best as I can discern, the initials are "PT (or PF)." $40.00

 

 

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24-130 PETSCHAFT. Petschafte (personal seals) were used for letters, envelopes, and etc. They were very popular during the late Imperial German Period (approximately 1890 to 1918). Those once used by royalty are quite ornate and VERY expensive, when one can find them. Today we are offering a wood and brass petschaft that stands 2 3/4" tall. The base, where the original owner’s name resides, measures 3/4" in diameter. As best as I can discern, the name is "C. F. Duncker." $50.00

 

 

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24-76 PERSONALIZED INK STAMP. This is another of the personalized ink stamps we recently bought. The use of stamps like this was quite fashionable in Germany before WW I. On first examination this example looks like a mini whisk! It appears to be made of brass. The handle looks like the portion of a whisk that beats one’s eggs in the bowl. The stamp head bears what appear to be the initials "WC" or "WA." The stamp itself stands 2 7/8" tall, while the base with the initials measures ½" x 5/8." $30.00. . .

 

 

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24-73 PERSONALIZED NAVY INITIAL STAMP. Wood handled metal stamps were very popular during the Imperial German period. These were the forerunners of rubber stamps and allowed the individual to stamp his initials, cypher, etc. on letters, etc. by using an ink pad. Even today you can use these on paper. This example has a person’s name and an anchor etched in reverse on the metal stamping portion. Attached is a wooden handle. These are fun to use, display, or have on your desk. $55.00 . . .

 

 

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34-05 PERSONALIZED SEAL. Seals of this nature were very popular in Germany during the Imperial Period. One would melt some wax, drop it on the flap of an envelope, and then impress the seal on it. This would serve to secure the envelope’s contents, and to identify the sender. This example features a name in German script. It has a wooden handle. $45.00

 

 

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34-01 METAL STAMP FOR MARKING SEALING WAX. This is a metal stamp which would have been used for sealing a wax seal on a letter. These were very popular during the Imperial German period. Even the most modest of houses might have had one of these present. This example has a dimpled brass exterior. At the base are two initials A & K. These are impressive-looking as desk accessories even if they are never used. $40.00

 

 

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34-02 METAL STAMP FOR MARKING SEALING WAX. This is a metal stamp which would have been used for sealing a wax seal on a letter. These were very popular during the Imperial German period. Even the most modest of houses might have had one of these present. This example has a straight, four-sided, brass exterior. At the base are three initials which are either AAA or AVA. These are impressive-looking as desk accessories even if they are never used. $40.00

 

 

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24-93 INK BLOTTER. This is an interesting ink blotter. It measures 1 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" long, and 3" high. On the handle’s top is a "B" for the owner. Flanking the handle is a star (possibly signifying an officer) and an Iron Cross. Multiple pieces of blotting paper are attached to the bottom of the blotter. As the bottom piece became too soiled for use, it was removed and a fresh piece was ready to go. The ink blotter is made of wood. It would make a fine accessory on your desk. $175.00  

 

 

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24-56 TRENCH ART DESK PIECE. Desk pieces were very popular during the Imperial German period. This desk piece is of the "trench art" variety. These were very popular. They were made from items that one might have found on a battle field. The base of this desk piece measures 5 3/4" x 4 3/8" and is made of brass. Mounted on an inner base, which is pebbled, is an assortment of used and unused rifle projectiles. Some are twisted. It makes for an fascinating display. $125.00 . . .

 

 

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07-100 MINIATURE OF THE SWORD OF OTTO von BISMARCK. This is a miniature of the sword carried by the "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck. If you look closely, you will see his family’s coat-of-arms. The blade is plain. Overall, this sword, which measures 7 1/2" in length, is in fine condition. This would make a super desk piece. Or as the original owner may have done, you can open letters with it. $150.00.

 

 

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07-62 MINIATURE LION'S HEAD SWORD. Miniature swords were very popular with the officers of Imperial Germany. They were used as desk pieces and even as letter openers. This example is a miniature of a lion’s head officer’s sword. I t comes complete with a metal scabbard. It is 8 3/8" long. The blade is fullered and not engraved. $175.00. . .

 

 

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07-42 MINIATURE KAISERLICHE MARINE OFFICERS SWORD. A very high quality example of the miniature Navy Officers Sword. It features a Lionshead and has the fouled anchor and crown of the Navy. Plain blade and the scabbard has about 50% of its paint which replicates the leather of the full size example. This would make a very nice desk item or perhaps even a letter opener. $375.00

 

 

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24-34 LIONSHEAD SWORD LETTER OPENER. This letter opener is in the form of an officer’s lionshead sword. It is complete with a metal portépée. The blade is un-engraved and quite shiny. It is in very attractive condition.
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24-30 50 YEAR ULANEN DISPLAY. I was really taken by this piece when I first saw it. It is a small, framed shadow box that measures 7" x 5 3/4." It has an easel on the reverse to prop it up for display. Inside the shadow box we see a finely executed gilt plate that itself measures 2" 3 ½." It recognizes the long service of a trooper or former trooper who served in Königl. Sachsen 2. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 18. This regiment was garrisoned in Leipzig and founded in 1867. At the very top of this plate we see, in profile, a tschapka that shows the wappen of the regiment. This plaque was awarded to a Bruno Kühn for 50 years of service. This length of service would have taken him back to 1884, when he first entered the regiment. The date of the award was 11 November 1934. This would have been the 16th anniversary of the end of WW I. This entire presentation is first class. It would be an interesting item for a cavalry collector or for the collector who just wants something different. The easel on the reverse is a little loose, so please be gentle with it. $295.00

 

 

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24-27 BULLET TIPS AND A BRASS SHELL MADE INTO A LIGHTER/DESK PIECE. This most interesting desk piece actually fits into two genres. First it definitely fits into the area of desk pieces that were VERY popular during the Imperial period and especially during the war. But it would also fit into the area of trench art. Whether it was made in the trenches at the front or in a hospital while a man was recovering from wounds, it definitely fits the type and general description of those items that were considered trench art. Its primary makeup comes from articles that one would easily find at the front. We start with a square brass base that measures 3" x 3". Through the four corners extend the tips or projectile portion of four bullets. As we look underneath at the base, we can see where the brass shell casings have been shortened and fluted to make four "feet" for this arrangement to stand on with steadily. Attached to the top of the base is a partial larger shell casing that I would estimate to be a 20mm shell. Attached to the top of this are the lighter mechanicals. One can see the wheel that you would have turned to cause the flint to strike and ignite the fluid. The tip of another, larger bullet is at the very top of the larger shell casing. It is removed to reveal a wick, where the lighter would have ignited. If you ever did attempt to use this as a lighter (which I would not recommend due to its age), some time would need to be spent rehabilitating the mechanism, since it is frozen from age. What I really find interesting about this piece, aside from the time and thought that went into it, is the overall quality of its workmanship. Also, there is a small badge attached to the front of the shell casing that tells us that this was a Christmas gift for 1916 in the field. This entire item has character of the like that we do not often see in professionally-made items. $175.00

 

 

 

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12-344 OVERSIZED 1914 IRON CROSS. I am not quite sure what was the use for this oversized Iron Cross, although it appears to be of a patriotic nature. Having said that, it is quite large, measuring 3" x 2 e." It is about the size of a Grand Cross. It is stamped and has a loop at the top where it could have been worn as a pendant. However, this is huge! It would have taken up a LOT of space under a lady’s neck. It is stamped and there is a wreath of leaves that connects the arms of the cross. It is more likely that it was used as a wall decoration. This is definitely a different kind of item! $175.00.

 

 

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24-09 DESK PIECE IN THE SHAPE OF A FIELD PACK. A unique desk piece, which features a silver-toned field pack mounted on a marble base. The base measures 4 7/8" x 3 ½" x 5/8". The field pack is actually very detailed, and has the man’s blanket and shoes attached! There is some light chipping in a couple of places on the marble base, but it is not detractive. This would look fine on a desk or a shelf. $160.00.

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24-51 BAVARIAN VETERANS FRAME. This is a really attractive photo frame that would have been used to honor a Bavarian soldier. The frame measures 6" x 7 ½ ." It is most likely made of zinc. The frame area features twin unfurled banners of Bavaria. The checkerboard area, which would have been blue and white, is in place with a crown over each banner. In the center at the top of the frame is a large cutout Wittelsbach Crown. At the very bottom of the frame is what appears to be a soldier’s pack with a pair of crossed rifles. Nestled between some leaves is a tschako in profile, complete with field badge. While only half of the tschako is actually showing, if you look closely enough you can see one of the two lions that would have appeared on a Bavarian headpiece. Jäger Bataillone, Machine Gun Abteilungs, Eisenbahn-Bataillone, Telegraphen-Bataillone, Kraftfahr Bataillone, Luftschiffer Bataillone, and Flieger-Bataillone all used the tschako. So this frame could have been used to display a photo by any soldier in one of these units, or his loved ones back home. There is a place to slip in a CDV from the reverse. There is an easel-like prop on the reverse to securely hold up the frame. This would make an interesting display item. $195.00. .

 

 

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24-100 DESK PIECE MADE FROM A FUSE FROM AN ARTILLERY SHELL. This is a great memento which consists of a fuse from an artillery shell mounted to a marble base. The base measures 7" x 4 1/2" x 3/4". In the center of the base is the fuse and on it you can see all of the settings and calibrations which allow the setting of it prior to firing. All in all in very good condition and for you students of artillery it will look just great on your desk. $125.00

 

 

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24-99 GLASS ASHTRAY FOR THE VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL IN LEIPZIG. This is a glass ashtray which commemorates the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig. This is a massive monument which was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Napoleonic wars. This was a major year in German history and there was much going on to honor German’s role in these wars. This monument is every bit as impressive today as it was nearly 100 years ago and Kaiser Wilhelm II and the King of Saxony were both there for its dedication, $30.00

 

 

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24-70 GLASS PAPERWEIGHT FOR THE IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS. This glass paperweight measures 2 5/8" x 4" x 5/8." It was once the property of an Eduard Helms, who served in Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5, 1. Kompagnie. A piece of glass is missing from the top section of the paperweight. The information about Helms has been glued to the bottom of the item. This paperweight could also serve as a small tray to hold paperclips, small coins, etc. $30.00 ..

 

 

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24-71 GLASS PAPERWEIGHT FOR THE WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG. Over the years I have offered several of the highly popular (then and now) glass paperweights featuring the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Today we are offering something a bit different, but in the same style: a paperweight featuring the War Service Cross 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. This glass paperweight measures 2 5/8" x 4" x 5/8.". It was once the property of an Eduard Helms (the same man who owned the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class paperweight listed above)! He served in Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5, 1. Kompagnie. The information about Helms has been glued to the bottom of the item. This paperweight could also serve as a small tray to hold paperclips, small coins, etc. Buy the pair and receive a 10% discount. $75.00 . . .

 

 

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24-123 GLASS ASHTRAY - HELGOLAND ISLAND. This is a glass ashtray of Helgoland Island. It measures 2 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 1/2." It has a color rendering of the island, complete with the town and docks. Other ships can be seen in the distance. The rendering is applied to the ashtray’s bottom so it can be clearly seen, but the image will not be harmed by use. A leatherette covering underneath protects the bottom. It is an unusual presentation. Even if you do not smoke, it will make a nifty desk piece. $50.00

 

 

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24-89 GLASS PAPERWEIGHT FEATURING - ARMY BARRACKS - MUNSTER. This is a mint-condition, glass paperweight that measures 2 3/4" x 4 1/8." Under the glass is a black and white photograph of the army barracks at Munster. $50.00

 

 

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24-15 INK BLOTTER MADE FROM A PROPELLER. This is a unique ink blotter that makes an interesting desk piece. The blotter is made of segments of wood from a propeller (I cannot say whether it is British, American, French, or German). The top of it has a hand-carved propeller that measures 5". The top unscrews to allow access to the bottom of the blotter. This way the blotting paper could be removed when it became too soiled. This would look great on your desk. $150.00

 

 

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10-381 TRENCH ART ASH TRAY. Collecting trench art is a very specialized and interesting area of WW I collecting. There are collectors who collect those types of items only and have very large and diverse collections. Trench art pieces which include artillery shells or bullets are always popular and this piece incorporates BOTH. These shells are set on a triangular base of cooper. It has three legs which are made from the bottoms of rifle casings which have been soldered to the base. In the center of the base is a cut down artillery shell which is some 4" tall. Mounted around the artillery shell are a total of eleven deactivated bullets which include both the brass casing and the projectile. I am no expert on ammunition but there are clearly three different types of shells which were used. Two types appear to have been used for rifles and the this variety appears to have been for a pistol or a revolver. A very impressive piece and would look great on a desk or a book case. $125.00

 

 

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18-57 INK WELL FROM THE BIEDERMAIER PERIOD. This is a unique ink well from the Biedermaier period, which was from approximately 1815-1858. The inkwell begins with a burled style of wood base. Mounted on the wood base are small metal "buttons." Attached to the base is a metal, saucer-like arrangement where spilled ink, pen nibs, paper clips, etc. might be placed. A small glass bottle for the ink is then attached to this area. The stopper for the ink bottle is of the same design as the base, with the inclusion of a floral motif. All is of very fine quality and condition. For you folks who enjoy using a fountain pen (as I do), this would be a great desk piece that could be filled with the ink of your choice. It would make a handsome addition to a desk without ink, as well. $195.00

 

 

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10-353 MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE PRUSSIAN ARTILLERY OFFICER. This is a very interesting miniature Pickelhaube for a Prussian Artillery Officer. It features the Prussian head plate, round ball indicating an Artillery Regiment. It also has the chinscales of an Officer. What is really interesting about this piece is that it is painted glass and the colors black, gold, and silver. I can’t tell if the front visor was ever painted or not but clear glass is present there. The bulk of the rear visor is painted. The detail to this piece is of average not exceptional quality but it sure would make a neat desk piece! It is 2 ½" high, 2 3/4" in length, and 2" wide. $225.00

 

 

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365-99 DESK PIECE. This is an unusual piece which measures 6" x 4" has the fuze (Including driving bands) from an artillery shell and a deactivated small arms round. This round is larger than the round issued for the Mauser. It measures 3" in length and 3/4" in diameter at the bottom of the round. I would estimate it to be from 15-20MM. This may be a round used against tanks among other things. The base is steel and the entire arrangement is quite heavy. An impressive looking piece and while there is some light surface rust on the base, with a little TLC it would clean up quite nicely. $95.00

 

 

 

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24-146 JEWELER’S SCALE. This is a jeweler’s scale. It is not antique, but manufactured recently. It is an old-school jeweler’s scale, where one places the object to be weighed in one basket and then adds weights to the other basket to determine the first item’s weight. It is a complete set, with all the accessories stored in the provided storage container. The blue/black-velvet-covered storage box measures 8 3/8" x 4 ½" x 1." As you open the box, you will notice that all the necessary pieces are stored in various cutout spaces. The open box provides a base to set up the scale. A vertical rod screws into the bottom, allowing one to set up the scale. Included are numerous weights: 20 gm (1), 10 gm (2), 5 gm (1), 2 gm (2), and 1 gm (1). Other accessories also are included, such as a pair of tweezers.
If you are not an electronic scale person or if you are looking for something interesting to put on your desk or a side table, this can neatly fill the bill!
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24-147 SMALL TIN BOX COMMEMORATING SAXONY’S KÖNIG FRIEDRICH AUGUST III. This is a small circular tin box that commemorates König Friedrich August III of Saxony. He was the final House of Wettin King to hold that position.  He resigned his position in 1918 with the rest of Germany’s royals.  The box is circular and measures 1 ½” x 2 3/4.”  One side shows the King in dress uniform. While it is clear who is in the image, some loss of paint makes him a bit harder to discern.  The other side displays an image of the city of Meissen (home to Europe’s oldest porcelain factory).  Unfortunately, the “Meissen” city image’s condition is not good.  It is still an interesting piece for one who enjoys the history of Meissen and Saxony. $50.00

 

 

 

 

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