Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC, Imperial German Merchandise:  Documents Nr 2: Award Documents, Patents, Promotion Patents, Urkunden, Paper Only.    Updated on 31 January 2017.            
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20-218 BAVARIAN PRINZ ALFONS’ CASED URKUNDE - HONORARY PRESIDENT - ARTILLERY VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION - DILLINGEN. Over the years I have tried to bring you many different types of royalty items. While I have offered many items from Kaiser Wilhelm II and other key members of German royalty, I have always had a soft place in my heart for Prinz Alfons of Bavaria. I will not task you here with his history, since it is well-chronicled elsewhere on this website. I will say that Prinz Alfons served as regimental chef to several regiments. Today we are offering a unique urkunde (award document). This document was issued to Prinz Alfons in September 1924. The document made him the honorary Ehrenpräsident (President) of the Artillerie-Vereinigung des Bezirks Dillingen. As I understand it, this was a veteran’s organization for former members of Artillerie-Regiments. I cannot stress too strongly this urkunde’s exquisite beauty. The document (actually, two documents) is housed in a sumptuous, dark-blue leather folio. The folio measures 13 1/2" x 10 1/4." The folio’s front is trimmed and embellished in gold. Pasted onto its center is a hand painted, full-color profile of a cannon, with its barrel elevated and ready to fire. Some shells are stacked around it. The cannon’s image is enclosed within a hand-painted border of blue and gold, embellished with blue oak and laurel leaves. Stylized "nails" decorate the four corners in Bavaria’s and Germany’s national colors. The small painting is then set within a gold-trimmed frame on the folio’s front. As one opens the folio, the two parts of the document are revealed. Each part is made of a high-quality velum. The left-hand document measures 13" x 9 1/2." The first thing that appears is a hand painted or a water-colored image of a watch tower within a small city. Below that, in the most beautiful calligraphy, is the first part of the award document. It has been executed in black ink. Below that in regal red is the name "S. K. H. Prinz Alfons v. Bayern." Not only is it done in red ink, but each of the letters is painstakingly trimmed in gold. This portion of the document is dated 28 September 1924. The right-hand document displays another hand painted or water-colored image, this one of a castle in the moonlight. Beneath the picture the urkunde’s text continues in black ink. Prinz Alfons and his title of Ehrenpräsident are again listed in red ink trimmed with gold. This side of the document is dated 21 December 1924. It bears the signatures of several officials of either the group and/or the city. Finally, a black rubber stamp has been applied that shows the organization’s name. For being nearly eighty-five-years-old, the leather folio and the two documents are in amazing condition. Even if documents are not your primary interest, please take a few moments to look at the attached photos and see the quality and workmanship that went into this set. $1,495.00

 

 

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22-106 XBS FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR. This is a consignment item. It covers the awarding of the 1914 Iron Cross and the German Wound Badge in Southwest Africa during World War One. The soft cover book was published in 2005. It contains examples of an Iron Cross’s Urkunde (Award Document), including the numerous formats used. It also lists the numbers and types of Iron Crosses awarded (i.e., 1st and 2nd Class and a breakdown of 2nd Class Combatants and Non Combatants), as well as the soldiers who were awarded the 2nd Class.
It is a useful research book, and can help confirm which Colonial Southwest African soldiers were awarded the Iron Cross.
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31-128 XBS AWARD DOCUMENT GROUP FOR GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA SCHUTZTRUPPEN MEMBER. This is a consignment item. The document group covers a German Southwest Africa (DSW) Schutztruppen member named Hugo Kleemann. His documents are chronologically listed below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

This most interesting document group celebrates a man’s service during and after WW I. You may wish to purchase both the group and the book on Iron Cross awards in German Southwest Africa, which would make a fine companion for the documents. $995.00   PRICE REDUCTION!!$845.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19-115 RED EAGLE ORDER 2nd CLASS AWARD DOCUMENT SIGNED - KING WILHELM I (LATER KAISER WILHELM I) OF PRUSSIA. This is a very interesting award document (urkunde) for the Red Eagle Order 2nd Class. It is the earliest award document we have ever offered [with the exception of award documents for the 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class signed by King Friedrich Wilhelm III, the grandfather of King (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I]. This document was signed by King Wilhelm I on 18 January 1863. The recipient was Dr. Albert Sigismund Jaspis, the Generalsuperintendant of Pommern in Stettin (1809-1885). The award was actually for the Red Eagle Order 2nd Class with Bow. The use of the bow was a unique addition to the Red Eagle Order, which marked the recipient for the award of a higher class at a later date. The format of the document is identical to that which was used until the end of the Empire in 1918. $450.00

 

 

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31-87 OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT - SIGNED - KÖNIG WILHELM II - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a promotion patent signed by König Wilhelm II of Württemberg (1848-1921), who served as Württemberg’s king from 1891 through 1918. The ornate document is for Oberstleutnant Ernst Freiherr von Gemmingen-Hornberg. It measures 16 3/4" x 11." The top of the document proclaims that König Wilhelm II authorized the promotion. It took place on 18 October 1897. A large paper seal with Württemberg’s Coat-of-Arms is at the bottom. To the seal’s right is Wilhelm II’s large, bold signature. Below his signature the War Minister’s signature appears. The document is in first-rate condition. Further research by Paul Chepurko has revealed that von Gemmingen-Hornberg was born in 1851. He served during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War and was awarded the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. During WW I, he served in Landwehr Infanterie-Regiment Nr 123. His retirement rank was Oberst a. D. He died in 1928. [We would like to thank Paul Chepurko, our resident research expert, for this additional information. Paul produces all the wonderful Ranglistes and other research works on CD, which we offer on our RANGLISTES ON CD MERCHANDISE PAGE (click here to see). They are invaluable for research. The additional information above is a perfect example of some what can be found]. $495.00

 

 

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19-244 LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 2 OBERSTLIEUTENANT’S PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II. Today we are featuring one of the most interesting and important promotion patents that we have ever offered. Promotion patents were an important part of Imperial Germany. When a man entered the lowest officers’ ranks, he was given a patent entitling him to his office’s rank. When such a man finally reached a hauptmann’s or rittmeister’s rank, the patent was signed by the King/Kaiser.
As promotion patents’ formats are the same, regardless of rank. They simply become more interesting and valuable IF they include a signature of, say, Kaiser Wilhelm I or Kaiser Wilhelm II. The patent we are offering today is for a major being promoted to oberstlieutenant. His name is Franz Miketta. During the promotion process, Miketta was assigned to 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2. It was one of two Prussian Husaren-Regiments that held Leib (Life) status. [It also was one of two Prussian regiments to display totenköpfe on their headdresses. These two Prussian regiments counted as two of the four German regiments that wore totenköpfe. The other two, of course, were from Braunschweig]. The document measures 8 1/4" x 14" when unfolded, and 14" x 17" when folded. Three of the four pages have information printed and handwritten on them.
The third page reveals that the promotion was effective 22 March 1897. We also see that the document was signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II in Berlin. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s signature was always large and oversized. This particular signature was signed with black ink that now appears to be more brown than black. This is nothing more than a function of age, as we are dealing with a document that is more than one-hundred-years old. It is also worth noting that the Kaiser’s signature has been partially stamped with the House of Hohenzollern’s seal. The document has been folded into thirds. It would make a wonderful document for you cavalry collectors. $595.00

 

 

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31-94 FRAMED PROMOTION PATENT - LEUTNANT der RESERVE ADOLF SIDLER - TRAIN-ABTEILUNG Nr 13 - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a promotion patent that has been issued to Leutnant der Reserve Adolf Sidler. Sidler was promoted to this rank from Wachmeister vom Landwehr. The promotion patent has been framed under glass and measures 13" x 8 ½." It took place on 12 May 1918. Sidler served in Württembergerisches Train-Abteilung Nr 13. The unit was established in 1871 and garrisoned at Ludwigsberg, where it was attached to the XIII. ArmeeKorps. The document was signed by both König Wilhelm II of Württemberg and the Kriegsminister. The document has never been folded. Very few patents we see are unfolded. After being under glass for all these years, the document is in amazing condition. $295.00

 

 

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31-69 OFFICER’S ERNENNUNGSURKUNDE - SIGNED - KAISER WILHELM II. This is an Ernennungsurkunde for an Oberst von Engelmann. He had been an oberstleutnant in Infanterie-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm, König von Preußen Nr 120. He was promoted to Oberst, and transferred to command Fusilier-Regiment von Steinmetz Nr 37. This type of document was often sent along with a promotion patent. It served as posting orders to the new position. The officer was probably the first regiment’s deputy commander. He was now given command of his own regiment. The document measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/4." It boasts Kaiser Wilhelm II’s large, bold signature in black ink. The document was prepared and forwarded to von Engelmann on 21 April 1911 from the island of Corfu. Kaiser Wilhelm almost certainly was conducting business from the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. I have not done any research. If von Engelmann was an Oberst and regimental commander in April of 1911, however, he almost certainly served as a general in WW I (if he lived that long). $475.00

 

 

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31-70 OFFICER’S RETIREMENT PAPERS - SIGNED - KAISER WILHELM II. This is a document that confers the rank of Oberleutnant a. D., to a man named Engel. Engel had served in Husaren-Landwehr-Bataillon Nr 36. The document measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/4." It boasts Kaiser Wilhelm II’s large, bold signature in black ink. The document was prepared and forwarded to Engel on 16 December 1906 from the New Palace in Berlin. Perhaps the officer returned to service during WW I. It is a fine Kaiser Wilhelm II signature. $350.00

 

 

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19-209 ENGINEERING OFFICER PROMOTION PATENT - KÖNIG WILHELM I SIGNATURE - 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR. What makes this a special document is that it falls during the time of the Franco-Prussian War. The war began on 19 July 1870 and ended on 10 May 1871. While not as short as the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, it was every bit as decisive, since the French Army was no match for the German Army. [This did not relate to the French soldiers’ efforts on the front lines, but instead to those of the French government and Army. French soldiers were poorly trained and poorly equipped. Also, the French general staff and its generals in the field had no real concept of modern tactics. Thus, French soldiers were poorly led and equipped to face an army which was the world’s best at the time. This patent promotes a Hauptmann to major in the Engineer (Ingenieur) Corps. Our man’s last name is Richter. The document was signed by Prussia’s König Wilhelm I. Wilhelm I became Kaiser on 18 January 1871 in an elaborate coronation at Versailles. Interestingly, this patent was signed by Wilhelm on 22 December 1870 at his Versailles’ Headquarters. Versailles played a continuing role in Franco-German history during the 20th Century’s first half. It was where the German surrender took place during November 1918 in a railway car. In 1940 Adolf Hitler sat in the same railway car to accept the French surrender. The document measures 14 1/8" x 8 3/4" when folded, and 14 1/8" x 17 1/4" when unfolded. $295.00

 

 

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31-98 FRAMED 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS AWARD DOCUMENT. This is a very elaborate 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class award document that has been period-framed. The recipient’s last name was Röhl. I am a bit surprised to see a document of such good quality and size issued on 31 July 1917. Documents like this are more often seen earlier in the war. At the time of the award, Röhl was assigned to Kompagnie Nr 8 of Reserve Ersatz Regiment Nr 3. It is important to know that the document was printed specifically for this regiment. It was not a "fill-in-the blanks award" except for the recipient’s name and the award’s date. At the document’s top is a Hohenzollern Eagle in flight with an Iron Cross in his talons. The document’s bottom displays the unit’s stamp and regimental commander Oberstleutnant von Below’s signature. The document within the frame measures 18 1/2" x 11 1/2." The brown period frame has a most interesting design and measures 18 1/2" x 14 1/2." A hanger at the document’s top allows you to hang this most entertaining document on YOUR wall. $550.00

 

 

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31-119 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER’S CONFIRMATION-OF-SERVICE DOCUMENT - BADEN. This is a confirmation-of-service document for a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) who served in the Grand Duchy of Baden’s 5. Badisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 113. The regiment was founded in 1861 and garrisoned at Freiburg I, B. The regiment was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. The soldier was named Emil Burkhardt. He served in the regiment’s 11th Kompagnie. He was born in 1882 and first joined the regiment in 1904. In 1912 he transferred to a Württemberg regiment, Grenadier-Regiment König Karl (5. Württ.) Nr 123, serving in its 10th Kompagnie. This proud old regiment was raised in 1799 and garrisoned at Ulm, where it was attached to the XIII. Armeekorps.
The normal enlistment in the German Army was for two years. The government assumed all expenses for the soldiers and provided them with food, housing, as well as all clothing and gear associated with their assignment. The OYV program was quite different. As the name implies, OYV’s voluntarily joined the army for a period of one year. These men generally came from wealthier families, although usually not from nobility. They had the money, however, to assume all responsibility for their own maintenance as soldiers. They not only took care of their own food and housing, but all of their clothing. In acknowledgment of this responsibility, the Army allowed them a bit of freedom with their uniforms and headdress.
Generally these young men went to the same stores as officers to purchase their uniforms and dress headdress. Their uniform shoulder straps sported unique rope-like braid-bands that encircled the straps’ edges. The rope-like trim displayed the regiment’s state colors, which clearly stood out. When it came to pickelhauben for OYV’s like Herr Burkhardt, they were allowed to wear ones that were almost the same as their officers. The only rule was that an OYV’s helmet had to have one or more aspects that were different from officers and more like those worn by NCO’s or enlisted men. The one thing they could NOT copy was the officers stars. They often had wappens with voided crowns that were identical to those sported by officers.
After an OYV completed his enlistment, he entered the reserves, as did the two-year enlistees. He was then required to perform an annual duty with the regiment (similar to the American National Guard) and was subject to recall based on the needs of the service. In the reserves, OYV’s often rose to NCO status quite quickly. It was also common for them to be promoted to the Leutnant der Reserve ranks. [Many men assumed this rank when WW I began].
The document, which measures 8 " x 12,"was signed in December 1912 by a regiment official. [It is interesting to note that Burkhardt was thirty-years-old in 1912, which made him thirty-two when WW I broke out].   It has been folded and has two punch holes where it was placed in a file.  That said, the document is in very fine condition. 
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31-42 OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY KING MAXIMILIAN II - BAVARIA. Maximilian II (1811-1864) was Bavaria’s third king after Napoleon created a new royal house for it. Maximilian ruled from 1848-1864. He was followed by his son Ludwig II (a. k. a., Mad Ludwig). This mini group includes a black and white lithograph of Maximilian II, along with his basic vital information. The second item in our mini group is an Oberlieutenant’s (yes, this is the correct term!) Promotion Patent. His name is Friedrich Braun. The promotion took place in 1849, the second year of Maximilian II’s reign. Along with the various signatures is the King’s very elaborate and ornate seal. It measures 4" in diameter. It has been affixed to a separate piece of paper, which has in turn been affixed to the promotion document. The document measures 13 ½" x 8." It is in marvelous condition for being almost 160-years-old. $350.00

 

 

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31-117 PROMOTION PATENT FOR SECOND LIEUTENANT PREPARED FOR PRUSSIA’S PRINZ REGENT WILHELM I. This is a promotion patent for Ferdinand Muskewitz, elevating him to the status of Second Lieutenant serving in Landwehr-Regiment Nr 25. The document measures 8 ¾" x 15" unopened, and 15" x 17 ¾" when fully opened. It reveals four panels of paper when opened, although just two of the four panels are actually used.
What makes the document so interesting is that it was prepared for Prinz Wilhelm I, who was acting as Prinz Regent for his older brother, König Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Friedrich Wilhelm IV had suffered a stroke and was incapacitated until his death in 1861 when Wilhelm I assumed the throne. The document was not signed by Wilhelm I due to the officer’s lower rank. Promotion patents were generally not signed until a man achieved the rank of Hauptmann.
The document was prepared on 20 September 1859 in Baden-Baden. The ink of the document is clear and easily readable. Some foxing shows to the edges on the top and bottom of the document.
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31-114 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 97 SILBERNE DENKMÜNZE DOCUMENT - PRUSSIA. This is a post WW I document for a decoration that was awarded specifically to members of 1. Oberrheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 97.  The regiment was raised in 1881. It was garrisoned at Saarburg and assigned to the XXI. Armeekorps. The very decorative document measures 18” x 12.”  It was awarded to Leutnant der Reserve Arthur Ibach.  Oak leaves appear on three of its sides, which feature bandeaux for the many battles in which the regiment fought.  A quick glance reveals many familiar conflicts: the First Battle of the Somme, 1918's Second Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Masuren, and many other battles in the East and West. Its lower right corner displays the official unit stamp and an oberstleutnant’s signature.  The document has been rolled up for many years, creating about a four-to-five-inch tear on the left side.  We have placed tape over the tear to prevent further damage.  Another tear of about one to two inches appears on the other side. $125.00

 

 

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12-591 THREE TELEGRAMS FROM KAISER WILHELM II TO ARTIST FRITZ KRAUS. This is a set of three telegrams that were sent on Kaiser Wilhelm II’s behalf to artist Fritz Kraus. Kraus was a noted sculptor in Germany during the Imperial Period. The telegrams are dated 1904 and 1905. In them the Kaiser requests that Kraus prepare busts for the Naval Academy at Kiel. [The Academy has a superlative collection of German naval artifacts unlike any other in the world. I was very fortunate to visit it within the last few years, since it is difficult to gain admission. If you are ever offered the chance to visit it–GO!] Each of the telegrams measures 8" x 9 3/4." They carry the full markings, stampings, and tax stamps from the German post office that was responsible for maintaining the telegraph system. Two of the three were sent by the Kaiser’s Adjutant General. They are quite interesting. They also show how important, "Rush" messages were sent in Imperial Germany. $95.00  

 

 

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31-79 1818 PROCLAMATION INITIATING CROWN ORDER - WÜRTTEMBERG - KING WILHELM I.
This is a proclamation issued by König Wilhelm I of Württemberg. The proclamation is dated 23 September 1818. It announces the Kingdom’s establishment of the Order of the Crown. It is a printed copy of the proclamation, which was issued throughout the Kingdom. While not actually signed by Wilhelm I, it is authorized by him, by the Ordens Kanzler and State Minister Graf von Zeppelin. This was the father or uncle of the Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin who founded Germany’s airships. The document measures 9 1/4” x 7 1/4,” and is four pages long. $150.00

 

 

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31-10 DOCUMENT GROUP TO GENERALMAJOR MAX SCHULENBURG. This is a document and photo group for Generalmajor Max Schulenburg. This large file has many photos of Schulenburg, his family and colleagues. The assortment is wide. Most of Schulenburg’s portrait photos date from 1934 to 1936. One is also included of him in uniform as a WW I general. Many photos appear of the young woman whom he married in 1934 (this was probably his second wife). Her name was Mathilde Rosenkränzer. Pictures of her as a young girl, alone and with what appear to be her siblings, are enclosed, as well as some photos of her relatives. From some of the included documents, she was related to some well-known scientists who published academically  (evidence of which is included). At least one of these academics was a woman. Unfortunately for Mathilde, the General died in March of 1937. Their marriage had lasted barely three years. Included in the more personal items are the wedding announcement, telegrams congratulating the happy pair, the death notice, telegrams of sympathy to the widow, and even a 1944 document from an antique dealer appraising some items for the widow. An elaborate award document for one of the Rosenkränzer professors is also included, along with some academic zeitschriften on chemistry and geology. Furthermore, several documents are enclosed that delineate the various family genealogies in extensive detail. Most fascinating of all is an elaborate document from 1815, mounted on an elegant piece of cardboard and bearing a wax Prussian seal. It may be a confirmation document for one of Schulenburg’s forebears.

Some of the General’s documents include the following:

Promotion Patent to the rank of Portopee Fähnrich of Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 4. dated June 1883. Schulenburg had been an Unteroffizier.

Promotion Patent from Portopee Fähnrich to Second Lieutenant while serving with Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 4. This promotion took place in September 1884.

Promotion Patent for Second Lieutenant to Premier Lieutenant (1st Lieutenant or Oberleutnant). This took place in April 1892, while Schulenburg was still assigned to an artillery regiment.

Promotion Patent to Hauptmann, dated May 1898 and personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Schulenburg was still assigned to an artillery regiment.

Accompanying orders to his Promotion Patent to Hauptmann, also from May 1898, also personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Promotion Patent to Major, dated May 1906 and personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Promotion Patent from Major to Oberstleutnant, dated October 1912, while in the Fußartillerie. Personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Accompanying orders also dated October 1912, also personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Several documents from the various military schools Schulenburg attended.

This wonderful group includes FIVE bold signatures by Kaiser Wilhelm II. These alone are worth the price of the group. A mountain of material here awaits deeper exploration. Schulenburg died in 1937. As best as I can decipher, he was born in 1863 and spent more than thirty-five years in the army. $1,795.00 

 

 

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31-91 OFFICER’S DOCUMENT GROUP - MORITZ SCHLEENSTEIN. This is a fine document group for an Army officer named Moritz Schleenstein. The documents consist of several promotion patents, five in total. Three of them do not have the Kaiser’s signature, while two were signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. An urkunde (award document) for an Order of the Zähringer Lion Knights Cross 2nd Class is also included.

1) Promotion Patent from Cadet Unteroffizier to Portopee Fähnrich. The document is unsigned, but indicates that Schleenstein was then serving in the Grand Duchy of Baden’s 6. Badisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 114. The document, which measures 14" x 8 1/2," was issued on 15 April 1881 while Wilhelm I was Kaiser. It is identical in format to all promotion patents we commonly see, except for NO King or Kaiser’s signature. We typically see a signature for patents beginning with the rank of hauptmann.

2) Promotion Patent from Portopee Fähnrich to 2nd Lieutenant. This took place on 15 November 1881, while Kaiser Wilhelm I still sat on Germany’s throne. Schleenstein remained with 6. Badisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 114. The document, which measures 14" x 8 1/2," is identical in format to all promotion patents we commonly see, except for NO King or Kaiser’s signature. We typically see a signature for patents beginning with the rank of hauptmann.

3) Promotion Patent from 2nd Lieutenant to Premiere Lieutenant (1st Lieutenant or Oberleutnant). This took place on 20 September 1890. Kaiser Wilhelm II now sat on Germany’s throne, his grandfather and father having both died in 1888. Schleenstein remained with 6. Badisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 114. The document, which measures 14" x 8 1/2," is identical in format to all promotion patents we commonly see, except for NO King or Kaiser’s signature. We typically see a signature for patents beginning with the rank of hauptmann.

4) Promotion Patent for Hauptmann from Premiere Lieutenant. This promotion came on 12 September 1895. Here is the first time that we see Kaiser Wilhelm II’s signature on the document, which measures 14" x 8 1/2." It is bold and clear in black ink. The signature took place at Stettin. We see now that Schleenstein has been transferred to 9. Württembergisches Regiment Nr 127. These two states were neighbors, so it was common for this to happen.

5) Promotion Patent for Major from Hauptmann. This document also shows Kaiser Wilhelm II’s bold signature. The promotion took place on 18 May 1907. The Kaiser signed the document at Neues Palais (New Palace). No regimental assignment is given for the document.

*Award Document (Urkunde) for the Order of the Zähringer Lion Knights Cross 2nd Class. It was one of the Grand Duchy of Baden’s two key decoration families. It was awarded in a large number of classes and types. The Zähringer Lion is one of the more attractive decorations awarded in the Imperial German Period. The document measures 14" x 8 1/2." It is dated 28 September 1894 and bears Grand Duke Frederick’s signature. It is a most handsome document, in excellent condition. The royal seal of Baden is attached.

The final additions to the document group are photocopies of two Schleenstein photographs. While I cannot clearly see his shoulder boards, he is in the rank of Major, Oberstleutnant, or Oberst. This is a most interesting group that provides the basis for research about the man. It shows him from his days as an enlisted man up through the rank of Major. A good possibility exists that he served in WW I. $1,495.00

 

 

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31-77 AWARD DOCUMENT - PRINZ KARL ALEXANDER - THURN UND TAXIS. This is an interesting award document (urkunde) for a decoration from the small Principality of Thurn und Taxis. The document was issued under the order of Prinz Karl Alexander (1770-1827). Karl Alexander was the Prince of this house from 1805 until his death in 1827. The document is hand printed on parchment. It measures 12" x 15 3/4." The document is actually half-sized. When open, it is double the width. The document is four sided, with writing on three of the four sides. I cannot fully understand the writing, as we are looking at handwriting that dates from 1805. It deals with a man by the name of a Ritter von Seyfried. It sports an intact black wax seal with Prinz Karl Alexander’s Coat-of-Arms. The document was prepared in the central city of Regensburg. Karl Alexander led his small state throughout the Napoleonic Wars. The document is in amazing condition for its age. I would be most interested to learn more about the contents of the document from its new owner. $225.00

 

 

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31-75 AWARD DOCUMENT - HINDENBURG CROSS FOR COMBATANTS. This is an award document for the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. We have several of them. They are $20.00 each, or we will offer you a discount on multiple examples. The names of the awardees are as follows. You can order by name and date:

*Reich - 15 March 1935. $20.00

*Eicklos - 30 April 1935. $20.00

*Niermann - 20 December 1935. $20.00 *SOLD*

*Koslowski - 8 February 1935. $20.00

*Ritter - 30 March 1935. $20.00

 

 

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31-31 FRAMED 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS DOCUMENT. In my viewpoint, this is one of the more elaborate and beautiful of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class award documents. The document within the matte measures an extraordinary 14" x 11." It resides in a modern frame that is quite tasteful, and measures 20 1/2" x 15 1/2." The document features an oval wreath topped by a Hohenzollern Crown with Stole. At the bottom of the wreath hung by a ribbon is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Before this document was framed, it had been folded several times. Fortunately, the document shows NO separations or tears. While it is difficult to read the name of the awardee, it appears to be a man named Lounocd. He was assigned to the 10th Kompagnie of Reserve-Infantrie-Regiment Nr 201. The award was made in 1915 (thus the elaborate document. Toward the end of the war they were often issued on foolscap and signed by Kompagnie Kommandeurs, rather than a General as on this document). It is signed by a General whose name I cannot read, and no identification is present to reveal if he was a Division or Armeekorps Kommandeur. Still, this is a magnificent presentation ready for your wall. $275.00

 

 

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20-303 MENU FOR DINNER AT BERLIN’S NEUES PALAIS 1 NOVEMBER 1911. This is a dinner menu for a function held at the Neues Palais (New Palace) in Potsdam. The Neues Palais was started in 1763 (European history still stuns me, when a palace built by Frederick the Great at the Seven Years War’s conclusion is referred to as "New")! The palace was built on grounds near Sanssouci. Frederick the Great still preferred Sanssouci (due to its French influences), but considered the construction of a new palace an opportunity to demonstrate Prussia’s power and grandeur. The Neues Palais had more than two hundred rooms. When Kaiser Frederick III came to power, he spent most of his ninety-nine-day-reign within its walls. Kaiser Frederick III’s son, Kaiser Wilhelm II, also preferred the Neues Palais after he assumed Germany’s throne. The larger palace enabled Wilhelm to entertain his guests in a far more lavish and grand manner.
The menu measures 5 ½" x 8 5/8." The event’s date(1 November 1918) appears as its first line of information. It is handwritten, as the evening’s actual bill of fare. A rather simple diagram is drawn on its back: a circle with positions noted on two opposing points. Each is identified, yet a clear reading is a bit difficult to come by. They may indicate the positions of the Kaiser and Kaiserin, or two other important dignitaries. When one envisions the plethora of dinnerware patterns Wilhelm II had at his disposal (not to mention the matching cutlery, glassware, and table decorations) and multiplies that by the multitude of guests possible for a grand event – the mind simply boggles! The identities portrayed in the diagram add to the mystery. Purchase this lovely menu and let your imagination conjure up all of its impressive possibilities. $195.00 

 

 

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31-65 AWARD DOCUMENT - GENERAL HONOR DECORATION - PRUSSIA. This is an award document for the General Honor Decoration from Prussia. The modestly-priced document appears in the same general format used by Prussia to award many of its decorations. This included the Orden Pour le Mérite, the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, the Red Eagle, the Crown Order, etc. The document measures 13" x 8 1/4." It was awarded in November 1903. The document is signed by the Prussian Ordenskanzler, Prinz Salm-Hortsmar. The document has previously been folded in quarters. $90.00  

 

 

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31-67 AWARD DOCUMENT-SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - BADEN. This is the award document for the Silver Service Medal of the Karl Friedrich Service Medal from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It was Baden’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. The document measures 6 1/2" x 8 1/4." It has been folded previously. It is a smaller version of the document that was issued earlier in the war. It is also signed by Ordenskanzler von Babo. The recipient was Josef Spitznagel, who was assigned to 5. Batterie Landwehr-Fußartillerie-Bataillon Nr 14. The award was made on 13 September 1918, barely two months before the War’s end in November 1918. $75.00  

 

 

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31-111 DOCUMENT SET FOR ENLISTED MAN WHO FINISHED WW I AS OFFIZIER-STELLVERTRETER. This is a fascinating mini group for someone who began WW I as an enlisted man, and finished it as an Offizier-Stellvertreter. The set consists of his enlisted man’s militärpaß and his Offizier-Stellvertreter’s Kriegs=Stammrollen=Auszug (War Master Rolls Excerpt/Extract). Essentially, an Offizier-Stellvertreter is an acting officer who has not received a commission (patent), but is "acting" with an officer’s command-authority and status. It gives the man a higher ranking than any NCO, but not quite as high as a commissioned leutnant or Leutnant der Reserve. The militärpaß, of course, is an enlisted man/NCO’s service record. The booklet contains all of a soldier’s "who, what, and where." It will list the units in which he has served, any specialized training received, any decorations awarded, and so on. The Kriegs=Stammrollen=Auszug was a document containing most of the same information, but in a different format.
The militärpaß shows that he was an Oldenburg native, born in 1892. He entered the army in October 1912. He was posted to Jäger-Bataillon Fürst Bismarck (Pommersches) Nr 2 in Kompagnie Nr 1. He won both the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and Oldenburg’s equivalent, the Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class. He received both of these decorations in 1914, which was quite an accomplishment, as the requirements to receive them were much stricter that early in WW I.
His progress through the war and the various units to which he was attached are all revealed. This set can provide hours of interesting research. $195.00
 

 

 

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31-89 GOOD SERVICE/CONDUCT DOCUMENT. When a recruit finished his two years of mandatory service in the German Army, he was given a document confirming that he had completed his two years with good service and conduct. This document is for a young man who was born in 1889. His last name was Weimann. He served in a very elite regiment, Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1814. It was garrisoned in Berlin and attached to the Garde-Korps. Weimann served in Kompagnie Nr 5 with the regiment from 1909 through 1911. The document, which measures 13" x 8 1/4," was signed by his Hauptmann und Kompagniechef in 1911. It has been folded in quarters, but aside from a little foxing on its edges it is in very fine condition. $75.00

 

 

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31-90 UNKNOWN HITLER-ISSUED DOCUMENT 1923/1937. This is a document issued between WW I and WW II, when Adolf Hitler was first in power. It measures 16 1/2" x 11 3/4." The following words are written on it in an elaborate script, "Im Glauben an Deutschland werden wir das Schicksal meistern Adolf Hitler in München am 12. September 1923. Urkunde. Reid hat die Grund und Hauptschule mit Erfolg besucht. Der Schulleiter:" (Believing in Germany, we will overcome fate. Adolf Hitler in Munich on 12 September 1923. AWARD. ________ passed elementary and secondary school with success. The head teacher:). It is a school document that quotes Hitler’s September 1923 speech (before the "Beer Hall Putsch"). The student’s name is written in, as is the date, 20 März 1937, and the head teacher’s name. It is decorated with an elaborate Albrecht Dürer engraving of a medieval knight (probably St. George) standing over a slain dragon. The document’s right-hand side is somewhat foxed and curled. It is an interesting item from between the wars. $50.00

 

 

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31-92 AWARD DOCUMENT - ORDER - RED EAGLE 4th CLASS. This is the Award Document (Urkunde) for the Red Eagle Order 4th Class. The document measures 13" x 8 1/4," folded and 13" x 16 1/2" unfolded. It is a preprinted award document, as this class of the Red Eagle Order was most commonly issued. The man to whom it was awarded was Carl Friedrich Rohte. He was not a military man, as it is not mentioned. The document and award were issued on 17 June 1910. The document shows the Prussian Coat-of-Arms, as the Red Eagle and the Orden Pour le Mérite were Prussia’s two oldest decorations. It also has a signature of an official from the Prussian Orders Commission. $195.00

 

 

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31-73 AWARD DOCUMENT - SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - HENRY THE LION - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This is an award document (urkunde) for the Service Cross 2nd Class of the Henry the Lion Decoration. The award was more a civil rather than a military decoration. The document measures 13" x 8 1/4." It was awarded to a man named Michaelis on 8 May 1897. At this point in history, Prinz Albrecht of Prussia was the Duchy of Braunschweig’s regent. Braunschweig, along with the Kingdom of Hannover, was annexed by Prussia in 1866 after that year’s war between Prussia and her allies against Württemberg, Baden, Saxony, and Bavaria and their allies. Thus, Hannover and Braunschweig lost their positions as separate states. This status quo remained until 1913, when Braunschweig’s Duke Ernst August married Viktoria Luise, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s daughter. The document is quite ornate. It was signed by the State Minister of Braunschweig, with the authority of Prinz Albrecht. $235.00

 

 

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31-60 FRAMED REMEMBRANCE - ARMY SERVICE. This is an interesting collage that speaks to a man’s service in the Army from the period of 1907 to 1909. The soldier in question is a Gefreiter Jessen. A photographic image of him appears in a small frame made to look like a guard box! Below that is a white shoulder strap, with a button from Kompagnie Nr 6. No regimental number or cypher appears on it. This indicates that he served in one of the following regiments: 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, or Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5. Below the white shoulder strap is a Garde Star - further evidence that he was in a Garde-Regiment. This is contradicted, however, in the photograph. Clearly painted on the shoulder strap is a "74." It indicates he belonged to 1. Hannoversches Infantrie-Regiment Nr 74. The regiment, although Prussian by designation, originally was a Hanoverian regiment. It was absorbed into the Prussian Army after the 1866 Unification War. The regiment fought bravely at Waterloo and carried a bandeau for that battle on their pickelhauben. It is an interesting, glass-covered presentation, housed in a modern-day metal frame. [Extra shipping will be required for this item due to its size]$125.00  

 

 

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31-54 DOCUMENT GROUP - FELDWEBEL LÜDERS. Here is an interesting document group for a man who served in the German Army during WW I. This soldier’s name was Heinrich Lüders. Lüders was a highly "traveled" soldier. We can see that he was in several regiments. The documents reveal that he served in two cavalry regiments, and at least one infantry regiment. The group includes the following:

*Document for the 1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class from Braunschweig. This document was awarded on 31 October 1916, while he was assigned to Dragoner-Regiment Nr 16.

*Preliminary Award Document for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. A unit stamp is present from what appears to be Infantrie-Regiment Nr 84. Infantrie-Regiment Nr 347 is also mentioned.

*Award Document for the Long Service Award 2nd Class. This award was given for five years service during WW I. The document says that Lüders served in Kavallerie-Regiment Nr 33. At the bottom is a regimental stamp for Ulanen-Regiment Nr 8. It was signed by the regimental commander on 18 February 1920.

*Award Document for the Kyffhäuser=Bund. This was issued on 1 April 1922.

*Award Document for the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. This was issued on 10 February 1935.

This is an interesting small group of documents for a man who served in both infantry and cavalry regiments during WW I. $350.00  

 

 

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06-126 AWARD DOCUMENT GROUP TO ARTHUR HAY.  I have been holding onto this document group for more than three years. I kept it partly because it is extremely interesting. Another reason: it took a long time to familiarize myself adequately with its contents so I could describe it. It concerns a Prussian officer with the unexpected name "Arthur Hay." Hay went from an Unteroffizier in 1886, to at least the rank of Oberstleutnant in 1917. He started in the cavalry and served in both Ulanen, Husaren and Dragoon regiments prior to the war’s outbreak. He achieved the coveted rank of Rittmeister well before the war began in 1914. As best as I can make out, he went from the cavalry to the infantry [as the war developed, most cavalry fought as dismounted troops. WW I showed once and for all that mounted troops were outmoded]. He served as an infantryman until the end of the war. I do not know his final rank, but he may have gone on to be an oberst, or possibly a general. I will leave this as part of the fun for the eventual buyer researching this man. Hay served at least THIRTY years in uniform. He survived the war and even received the Hindenburg Cross in 1935.  No less than SIX Promotion Patents are present, covering him from the ranks of Unteroffizier up to major. Each patent is very ornate and hand printed by a skilled calligrapher, with special seals. Also in this group are many award documents. Of his three wartime decorations, we see the documents for his 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and his Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order (HHO). The latter document is signed by the Graf Zeppelin, prior to his death in 1917. I have never seen his signature on an award document; having it on an HHO document is a real plus! There are a couple of other documents that I have not described which enhance the group. Below is a listing of this amazing group’s contents:

Promotion Patent: from Unteroffizier to Portopee Fähnrich, dated 13 November 1886.

Promotion Patent: from Portopee Fähnrich to Second-Lieutenant, dated 17 September 1887. [I find this interesting, note the old-fashioned use of the French rank: "second-lieutenant"].

Promotion Patent: from Second-Lieutenant to Premier-Lieutenant, dated 14 November 1895. I again find it interesting, the old-fashioned use of the French ranks second-lieutenant and premier-lieutenant.

Promotion Patent: from Oberleutnant to Rittmeister, dated 10 September 1908, personally signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Why he has a second document for this same rank, I do not fully understand.

Promotion Patent: from Rittmeister to Major, dated 17 September 1909, again with the personal signature of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Award document for the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, dated 20 May 1917 while Hay was an oberstleutnant. It is signed by Graf Zeppelin!

Award document for the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class, dated 12 May 1901.

Award document for the Red Eagle Order 4th Class, dated 11 May 1908.

Award document for the Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal.

1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The document is double-dated. The date 3 November 1914 appears, which is the document's original award date. The document was prepared on 5 June 1916. This either is the document's reissue date, or they were correcting an oversight.

Award document to the Hamburg Hanseatic Cross, dated 12 March 1917.

Award document for the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants, dated 1935.

[A helpful reader has done some additional research on Arthur Hay. As you can see from the list below, published research shows that our man eventually achieved the rank of Generalmajor at his retirement in 1919. He was born in 1866 and died in 1940. (I only wish that the additional three patents were available). It remains an amazing group with even more opportunities for  research.  Also, in the book  Hussars and Mounted Rifles. . . by D. H. Hagger,  page 30 displays a photograph of Oberleutnant Hay when he was a member of Husaren Regiment Nr 9! It is wonderful to put a face with the name. MANY thanks to Chris F. for his research and diligence!

[Sekondelieutenant: 17 Sep 1887
Premierlieutenant: 14 Nov 1895
Rittmeister: 21 Sep 1898
Major: 17 Sep 1909
Oberstleutnant: 24 Dec 1914
Oberst: 6 Nov 1917
Generalmajor aD: 1919]

This wonderful group follows the very successful military career of a young man who came up from the ranks. It includes two signatures from Kaiser Wilhelm II, and a signature from the legendary Graf Zeppelin. $2,495.00

 

 

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31-15 DOCUMENT GROUP FOR AN OFFICER SERVING IN GARDE-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT. This is an interesting document group that covers nearly forty years of an officer’s service in the Prussian Army. It is for an officer named Adolf Werner. This man saw action in two wars (1866 and 1870). He even saw service in Germany’s Chinese colony. Included in the group are the following:

Document for the Cross for Combatants at the Battle of Königgratz, where the Prussian shattered the Austrian forces on 3 July 1866. At this time Werner was assigned to a Garde-Artillerie-Regiment.

Document for the Combatants Medal for Service in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. At this point Werner was still serving in a Garde-Artillerie-Regiment.

Promotion Patent dated 18 December 1895. It appears that he was assigned to a post with the Army High Command or the War Ministry. This document is boldly signed in ink by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Over his signature is a large and impressive embossed stamp showing the Prussian Coat-of-Arms.

A transmittal letter for a decoration that I cannot decipher, dated 1899. It comes from the castle at Charlottenburg in Berlin.

Award document for the Non Combatant (in "Steel") Medal for Service in the Chinese Expedition. This document is dated 24 February 1901. Documents for the Combatant and Non Combatant Medals for the Chinese Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion are VERY difficult to find.

Transmittal letter and award document for the Red Eagle 4th Class from 1904. The transmittal letter is on the stationary of the General-Ordenskommission and bears the signature of the head of the Ordenskommission. The official address of the offices of the Ordenskommission was at Wilhelmstraße 63.

Two additional transmittal documents from the Ordenskommission later in 1904. I cannot tell the purpose of these two documents, but these were prepared at the palace of Charlottenburg in Berlin.

This is a fine set of documents to a man who served three Kaisers. A very scarce signature from Kaiser Wilhelm II is included on an officer’s patent. $1,495.00   

 

 

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31-30 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AWARD DOCUMENT AND POSTWAR LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION. This is a mini group of two documents to a single man. The first is an award document for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Felix Kuhfe served with Reserve Infantry-Regiment Nr 30 in Kompagnie Nr 9 which usually was the reserve company, and the company from which replacements were taken for the other companies that had sustained casualties.  The award is dated 6 January 1917 and is signed by the commander of the regiment, a major. The other document is dated 29 November 1919. Essentially, it is a letter of recommendation from Kuhfe’s prewar employer. The letter notes that he was employed with them from 6 November 1911 until 1 August 1914, when he was called to service. The letter is on the letterhead of the firm by which he was employed, F & W. Hendrichs. They were located in Ohligs.  $125.00

 

 

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31-36 DOCUMENT GROUP - DOCTOR WHO SERVED IN WWI AND WW II - BAVARIA. This is a mini group of documents for a doctor who served in WW I and WW II. This man’s name was Richard Stumpf. He was a Bavarian, born in Wurzburg in 1886. The documents include:

Document for the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The document is dated 22 May 1920. The document was signed from the office of Bavarian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 3.

Document for the Army Wound Badge in Silver for three wounds. This document is dated 27 May 1919 and was signed by the Regimental Commander of Bavarian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 3, who was by this time an Oberst and not a Hauptmann.

Document for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Medal for King Ludwig III. This document is dated 1923.

Document for the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. This document was awarded 18 April 1935.

Document dated 14 August 1940, which recaps Stumpf’s service in WW I. It also mentions his award of the Army Silver Wound Badge and the Hindenburg Cross with Swords. Interestingly, it makes no mention of his award of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class as referenced above.

It is a very fine group of documents to an officer. The most interesting documents are for the post WW I award of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Silver Army Wound Badge. $295.00

 

 

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31-48 FRAMED DOCUMENT - 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS SIGNED BY ERNST AUGUST DUKE (HERZOG) - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This is a period framed document that was awarded to a Mr. and Mrs. Heinrich Riemenschneider on the occasion of their Golden Anniversary. The document features Braunschweig’s Coat-of-Arms in full color at its top. The pertinent information on the Riemenschneiders is below. The document is dated 22 Mai 1931. Below that we see Ernst August’s signature, boldly signed in brown ink. Beneath it is his formal title, "Herzog zu Braunschweig und Lüneburg." The document measures 8 3/4" x 5 1/2." The frame measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/4." A hook on the reverse is available for hanging it on the wall. It is a very handsome document with a clear signature from a member of German Royalty. Ernst August was married to Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, Viktoria Luise. [We also have a German-language biography of Viktoria Luise released from1970's, available on our PAPER MERCHANDISE PAGE (click here to view). It has her signature. The biography features many wonderful photos of the couple throughout their marriage]. Even though German royalty officially lost their thrones, they still had a place in the lives of the German populace. Salutations such as these were highly prized. $195.00  

 

 

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31-04 DOCUMENT GROUP TO AN OFFICER DURING THE REIGN OF KAISER (AND KING) WILHELM I AND KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV. This document group is for whom I believe is the father of the Regimental Commander featured in group #31-05, below. This officer is Adalbert von Falkenhayn. These documents cover a career that spanned the reigns of two kings of Prussia. The documents for von Falkenhayn are noted as follows:

Officer’s Patent for a 2nd Lieutenant, dated April 1849, when he was posted to Landwehr-Regiment Nr 12. This document is very similar in appearance and design to the later ones we see from Kaiser Wilhelm II. This is the earliest officer’s patent I have been able to locate and offer.

Officer’s Promotion Patent to Premiere Lieutenant for Hohenzollern-Siegler. At this time he was assigned to Landwehr-Regiment Nr 24. The document is from 1859.

Long Service Award Document signed by Kriegs Minister von Roon and dated 1861. This is a very desirable signature.

1870-71 Franco-Prussian War Combatant’s Medal Document, while he was a Hauptmann. At that time he was a company commander in Landwehr-Regiment Nr’s 24 and 64.

A document dated 1883 for a further Long Service Award.

This is a splendid older document set from the period of 1859-1883. $395.00 . . .

 

 

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31-88 OFFICER’S PROMOTION DOCUMENT - KÖNIG KARL’S SIGNATURE - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a promotion patent signed by König Wilhelm II of Württemberg (1848-1921), who served as Württemberg’s king from 1891 through 1918. The ornate document is for Oberstleutnant Ernst Freiherr von Gemmingen-Hornberg. It measures 16 1/2" x 11." The top of the document proclaims that König Wilhelm II authorized the promotion. It took place on 18 May 1882. A large paper seal with Württemberg’s Coat-of-Arms is at the bottom. To the seal’s right is Wilhelm II’s large, bold signature. Below his signature the War Minister’s and Cabinets-Chef signature appears. At the time of the promotion von Gemminegen-Hornberg had been serving in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 119. He was transferred with the promotion to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 122. The document is in first-rate condition. Further research by Paul Chepurko has revealed that von Gemmingen-Hornberg was born in 1851. He served during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War and was awarded the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. During WW I, he served in Landwehr Infanterie-Regiment Nr 123. His retirement rank was Oberst a. D. He died in 1928. [We would like to thank Paul Chepurko, our resident research expert, for this additional information. Paul produces all the wonderful Ranglistes and other research works on CD, which we offer on our RANGLISTES ON CD MERCHANDISE PAGE (click here to see). They are invaluable for research. The additional information above is a perfect example of some what can be found]. $450.00

 

 

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06-127 AWARD DOCUMENT FOR THE MILITARY KARL-FRIEDRICH SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - BADEN. The Military Karl-Friedrich Silver Service Medal was the second highest award given to enlisted men and NCO’s by the Grand Duchy of Baden. As a matter of comparison, both Prussia and Bavaria offered decorations in these grades. In the Prussian Army, its 1st Class version, the Golden Military Merit Cross, was commonly referred to as the "Enlisted Man’s Blue Max." This large format document, which measures 13" x 8 1/4," was awarded to Vizewachtmeister Paul Gerlach of Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 193 on 9 May 1917. The document has two horizontal folds and one vertical fold. It also has two holes punched on the side, probably because it was once a part of the man’s files. The document has the stamp of the Grand Duchy of Baden Ordenskanzler and the signature of the Chef. It appears to be von Babo, but I could be wrong on this point. This is a fine document for a very high level decoration. To give you an idea of the scarcity of this decoration, only 1,282 were awarded during the period of 1914 to 1917, with 589 of these awards made in 1917. (Also, each decoration was engraved with the name of the awardee on the reverse). Included is a handwritten letter with a regimental stamp on it, which refers to the decoration. I have not tried to translate the letter. I cannot say if it was the recommendation for the decoration, a transmittal letter for the decoration, or what. It is an intriguing companion piece to this very scarce document. I would like to direct you to our Orders and Decorations Nr 2 Merchandise Page where you may view an example of this decoration that was awarded during the Franco-Prussian War This is a very rare award document, the first I have been able to offer. $695.00

 

 

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31-24 OFFICER’S DOCUMENT GROUP. This is a most interesting group of documents to an officer serving in the Prussian Army. His name was Dietrich Siemers. (He has a plethora of names, many of which are abbreviated in the documents). The following documents are included:

Promotion patent to Second Lieutenant dated 14 December 1889. At this time Siemers was attached to Infantrie-Regiment 82. It lacks Kaiser Wilhelm II’s signature, although Prussia’s embossed seal is present.

Promotion patent for Siemers from the rank of Secondlieutenant to Premierlieutanant. At this level the Kaiser did not sign. Prussia’s embossed seal is present. The document was prepared  in Berlin on 18 November 1897.

Promotion patent for Siemers from the rank of Oberleutnant to Hauptmann. Siemers was serving in a Landwehr Regiment. The document is complete with Prussia’s embossed seal over Kaiser Wilhelm’s bold signature. The patent was signed in Berlin on 16 March 1905.

Document to Hauptmann Siemers of the Landwehr dated 22 January 1912.

Award document for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. While Siemers was still a hauptmann, he was attached to the staff of the X. Armeekorps. This document was issued on 8 August and signed by a generalleutnant, who was the Chief of Staff for the X. Armeekorps.

A total of SIXTEEN other documents deals with aspects of his civilian and early military life before he became an officer. Included are early promotion papers when he was an enlisted man. Also enclosed are civilian papers dealing with his education . . . even a will! This group makes engrossing reading about a man who rose through the ranks to achieved officer status. I see a train of service in the army that lasted nearly forty years. $495.00

 

 

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31-07 AWARD DOCUMENT FOR THE RED EAGLE 4th CLASS. This is an award document for the Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class (Rothen Adler Orden Vierter Klasse). This award was made to a Heinrich Johannes Halke. The award came in 1886, during the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm I. The document is signed by an official of the Royal Prussian Orders Commission, more commonly known as the Ordenskanzler. The document measures 13" x 8 1/4," and is quite ornate. It has been folded in quarters. A two inch tear shows at the top of the document where one of the folds was made. $195.00.

 

 

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06-125 TWO PROMOTION DOCUMENTS (PATENTS) FOR AN OFFICER IN THE PRUSSIAN ARMY. This is a set of two promotion or "patents" to one man in the Prussian Army. The first shows the promotion of a man from vizefeldwebel to leutnant der reserve. It is always interesting to see a man who has come up through the ranks and this was not terribly common twelve years before the beginning of WW I. His name was Wilhelm Fehler. This document was prepared 16 December 1902. There is a second document prepared on 27 January 1912 promoting Fehler from leutnant der reserve to oberleutnant der reserve. Both of these documents are quite ornate. They both measure 14 ¼" x 8 ½ ." The document has four sides, and opens up like a book. Each of the documents has holes punched into its side. Obviously, they were a part of a military record Fehler kept on himself, which was quite common among officers. $195.00. .

 

 

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31-53 SAXON EDICT - NAPOLEONIC WARS. Edicts were periodically issued by the King of Saxony, August Friedrich. Once a proclamation was issued, copies were printed and distributed throughout the kingdom. This particular edict was issued 28 May 1811. This was during the height of the Napoleonic Wars. Saxony was allied with France against Prussia. In this edict, it is forbidden to buy cloth for the making of Prussian uniforms. The four-page document measures 13 1/2" x 8 1/4." A 1" wide hole appears at the bottom of each page. It does not affect any of the printing. This is a very interesting, nearly two-hundred-year-old document. $115.00  

 

 

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31-52 SAXON EDICT - NAPOLEONIC WARS. This is a very interesting Edict issued by the King of Saxony, Friedrich August. The Edict announced that the royal treasury had raised the sum of 1,000,000 Thalers. The Edict is dated 18 September 1809, during the height of the Napoleonic Wars. Saxony was a French ally in this war. The document is printed on seven sides and measures 14" X 8 1/2". It was distributed throughout the Kingdom to keep people appraised of events affecting Saxony. The document is in excellent condition. $115.00  

 

 

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06-102 DOCUMENT GROUP TO AN OFFICER. This is a small, but interesting, document to an acting officer (Offizier -Stellvertreter) who served in an infantry regiment during WW I. The documents in this group belonged to Friedrich Kraus, who served in Infantry Regiment Nr 131. The documents are as follows:

Document for the Silver Service Medal with ribbon to the Karl-Friedrich Service Medal dated 15 November 1915.

Document for the Iron Cross 1st Class dated 7 June 1919 (it is always interesting to see documents for the Iron Cross dated after the end of the war.

Document for the Kyffhäuser Bund issued 22 March 1925.

Document for the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants dated 1 November 1934.

Document for the 25 Years True Service in Silver True Service Badge awarded 14 June 1939.

It is a lovely assortment of WW I and post WW I documents to a single man. $225.00. .

 

 

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06-135 AWARD DOCUMENT FOR THE HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS. This is a fine example of the award document for the Hamburg Hanseatic Cross. The document is ornate. It was awarded to a man who served in Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 20. The document was signed and issued on 12 November 1918, one day after the end of the Great War. $150.00 . .

 

 

 

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31-43 AWARD DOCUMENT - HANSEATIC CROSS - HAMBURG. This is an award document for the Hanseatic Cross from the Free State of Hamburg. The document measures 13" x 8 1/4." At the document’s top is the Hamburg Coat-of-Arms. The award was made to Otto Dannhauer, who served in 5. Hannoversches Infantrie-Regiment Nr 165. This was one of the old-line regiments from the Kingdom of Hannover. The Prussian Army absorbed Hanoverian regiments in 1866, when Hannover fought with Austria against Prussia. The Duchy of Braunschweig, which was a vassal state of the Kingdom of Hannover, was also absorbed into Prussia. That Duchy did not gain a real measure of freedom until 1913, when its Duke (Herzog), Ernst August, married Kaiser Wilhelm’s only daughter, Viktoria Luise. 5. Hannoversches Infantrie-Regiment Nr 165 was founded in 1813, and proudly served at Waterloo in 1815. As a result the regiment’s members, like all Hanoverian regiments that served in the Napoleonic Wars at Waterloo and/or the Peninsula, wore bandeaux on the wappens of their pickelhauben, as authorized by Kaiser Wilhelm in 1897. Bataillons Nr 1 and Nr 3 were garrisoned at Quedlinburg, while Bataillon Nr 2 was based at Blakenburg. The regiment was assigned to the IV. Armeekorps. The document was awarded in 1918. While having been previously folded, this document is in very fine condition. $140.00  

 

 

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06-113 DOCUMENT FOR THE FRIEDRICH-AUGUST MEDAL IN BRONZE - SAXONY. This is a very fine document for the Friedrich-August Medal in Bronze from Saxony. It is dated 30 November 1917. A staff officer by the name of Walter Keller earned it. He served in III. Abteilung Feldartillerie Regiment Nr 279. The document bears the signature and unit stamp for Infantry Division Nr 212. The signature is from a Generalmajor, whose name appears to be Francke. This was not an especially high-ranking decoration. It is unusual to see it signed by a generalmajor and Division Kommandeur so late in the war. Keller must have been well-thought-of, since documents such as these would often have been signed by just Bataillon or regimental commanders. $125.00

 

 

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31-86 FRAMED AWARD DOCUMENT - 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS - RESERVE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 92. This is a very interesting award document for a man from Kompagnie Nr 9 of Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. The document measures 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" and is housed in a simple, period, brown wooden frame that measures 8" x 9 3/4." The document was issued to a Sergt. der Reserve Heinrich Wehmeyer. The award was made on 23 February 1915 for action at Marvaux. The document was signed by Oberstleutnant und Regiments=Kommandeur Dürr. A hanger on its reverse allows it to be hung to the wall. $175.00

 

 

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06-148 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS DOCUMENT IN A FRAME. This is a very early war award document for a man who served in 1. Garde-Reserve-Regiment in the 7. Kompagnie. This document was issued in December 1914, so it is very early war. The document is signed by an oberstleutnant and regimental commander. The document is mounted in a period frame. The latter must be handled with care as it has substantial age. This is a nice document that has been in this frame for 80+ years. $250.00 . . .

 

 

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06-143 PAIR OF DOCUMENTS TO A SOLDIER WHO SERVED IN SAXON KARBINER & ULANEN REGIMENTS. This is an interesting pair of documents for a soldier (Rudenz Halm) who served in Königl. Sächs Karbiner Regiment before the war. One of the two documents is a certificate of satisfactory service during his two-year enlistment (1910-1912). The document is signed by his company (squadron) commander (chef). The second document is for the award of the Friedrich-August Medal in Bronze, This award was made in January 1918 while the man was assigned to Königl. Sächs Reserve Ulanen Schutzen Regiment. It is signed by the regimental commander, a major. It displays the regiment’s unit stamp. Both documents have been folded. They are most interesting. The Karbiner-Regiment was a very elite mounted regiment in the Saxon Army. It stood just behind the Garde-Reiter-Regiment in terms of status amongst cavalry regiments. The Ulanen-Schutzen-Regiment was a composite reserve regiment formed after August 1914, but was still an elite regiment. Just guessing, I would say it is very possible that Halm was wounded earlier in the war and was reassigned to the Ulanen regiment after his recovery. $125.00. . .

 

 

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31-39 AWARD DOCUMENT - MILITARY SERVICE ORDER 4th CLASS WITH SWORDS - BAVARIA. This award document is for a Knight’s Cross-level award, which was an officers-only decoration. It was the Military Service Order 4th Class Swords. The award was made to a Leutnant Franz Geiger. The award was made on 15 July 1918. The document measures 6 ½" x 8 1/4." Another document is also included that has information about Geiger’s service with Bavarian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 2 and his discharge from it.  $250.00

 

 

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31-40 AWARD DOCUMENT - SILVER SERVICE MEDAL OF THE MILITARY KARL-FRIEDRICH SERVICE MEDAL - BADEN. This is an interesting award document for an enlisted man or NCO (his name was Reich) in a Telegraph-Bataillon, who was awarded the Silver Military Karl-Friedrich Service Medal. This was an early war award which came on 16 November 1914. This decoration was the second highest award for bravery that an Enlisted Man or NCO could receive from the Grand Duchy of Baden. This award would have been similar to the Golden Military Merit Cross and the Military Merit Cross from Prussia. The document is in fine condition and measures 13" x 8 ½." This is a very rare document. $695.00 

 

 

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31-104 WAFFENRING der EHEMALIGEN DEUTSCHEN FELDARTILLERIE AWARD DOCUMENT. This is a document that honoring and welcoming a man to a veterans’ group whose members served in WW I’s Field Artillery. The document measures 12" x 15 ½." At the top is the phrase "Für Treue und Komeradschaft" (For Loyalty and Comradeship). Below that we see a photograph of a monument for "Der Deutschen Feldartillerie" (The German Field Artillery). The document is made out to "Karl Tapenendorff." He was a member of Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 502. He is saluted for his service. Below this information is the organization’s Coat-of-Arms and a note that it was created in 1926. The document is hand signed by a generalleutnant in black ink. I cannot make out his name. The document is printed on heavy paper and has been folded in half. $125.00

 

 

 

 

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31-33 GENERALMAJOR PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV PRUSSIA. This is the oldest promotion patent that we have ever offered. It is for an Oberst who was being promoted to Generalmajor. His name was Ludwig von Gersdorff. He was the commander of Infantrie-Brigade Nr 32 and á la Suite Infantrie-Regiment Nr 27. This document measures 14 1/4" x 8 3/4." It unfolds into three separate pages with various information. The document is dated 22 May 1858 and signed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. It has been folded, with some minor tears and foxing at certain points. That said, the document is complete, and generally in good condition. It is very difficult to find promotion patents for generals. It is nothing short of astounding to find one that is nearly 150 years old! King Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s signature is on the final page. $595.00 

 

 

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34-17 AWARD DOCUMENT - AUSTRIAN LANDESDENKMÜNZE 1914-1918. This is a preprinted award document for the Austrian Landesdenkmünze. This was the Austrian equivalent of the Hindenburg Cross. The decoration was founded in 1928. It was awarded not only to those from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, but to other soldiers who fought with the Central Alliance, including Germans. This particular example was awarded in 1929. The document previously has been folded, but is in very good condition. $50.00

 

 

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34-14 DOCUMENT - LUDENDORFF SPENDE. This is a document for a contribution to the "Ludendorff Spende." It was a five-mark contribution to what I believe was a political action group furthering General Erich Ludendorff’s political ambitions. Ludendorff was the Chief of Staff to Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg during WW I. He served in this position on the Eastern Front early in the war, and when von Hindenburg was called to command the armies of the Western Front later on. Ludendorff was the winner of the Pour le Mérite, the Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves, and the1914 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. After WW I, Ludendorff was an early supporter of Adolf Hitler. He participated in the 1923 Putsch, when the Nazis, with Hitler and Hermann Göring, attempted to overthrow the Bavarian government. This document, which measures 3 ½" x 5 ½" (approx. postcard-sized) recognized that the person named on the reverse has contributed five marks to the Ludendorff Spende. This colorful and impressive small document features a crowned Prussian Eagle, a 1914 Iron Cross and a reproduction signature of Ludendorff. Its reverse has the name of the contributor and a stamp for the organization. $50.00

 

 

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34-15 MUSIC PROGRAM - FUNCTION IN 1909. This is a high-quality, printed musical program for a performance that took place 17 January 1909. Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1 is mentioned on the program. This elite regiment was founded in 1814. It was garrisoned in Berlin, where it was a part of the Garde-Korps. The other regiment mentioned is Grenadier-Regiment König Karl (5. Württembergerisches) Nr 123. This regiment was founded in 1799 and based in Ulm. It was attached to the XIII. Armeekorps. The program has a number of selections, including one by Richard Wagner. It is most interesting. $50.00

 

 

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34-16 MUSIC PROGRAM - FUNCTION IN 1908. This is a high-quality, printed musical program for a performance that took place 22 October 1908. One can see at the top of the program that the honored regiment was none other than 1. Garde-Regiment zu Füßilier. Several selections are on the program, including one by Mozart. $50.00

 

 

 

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31-63 XES EHREN-URKUNDE - POST WW I GERMANY. This is a consignment item. It is an Ehren-Urkunde for a man who served in WW I. The document measures 11 1/2" x 7 1/4." It has two reproduction signatures of Generalfeldmarschall and President of the Weimar Republic, Paul von Hindenburg. The document is dated 1927. It shows its age. $50.00  

 

 

 

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31-93 TWO OFFICER PATENTS - ONE OF WHICH IS SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II FOR A DOCTOR SERVING IN THE KAISERLICHE MARINE. We are always pleased to offer you patents (two) for one officer, particularly a naval officer. They are for a medical doctor named Wilhelm Haltermann. The two documents are described below.

1). Dr. Haltermann was promoted to Marine-Ober-Assistenzarzt on 27 March 1909. The document was prepared at the Neues Palais. The document measures 8 ½" x 14" when closed, and 17" x 14" when opened. It is set up with four pages, although only two are used. Its second page features a large embossed Hohenzollern Eagle.

2). The second document is set up in a similar fashion. In this document we see that Dr. Haltermann was promoted to Marine-Stabsarzt in 1912. Again, the embossed Hohenzollern Eagle appears. This promotion, however, features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s large and bold signature. At this time we do not know what service if any that Dr. Haltermann had during and after WW I. Any additional information on him would be greatly appreciated from our audience.

It is a fine pair of documents. As they are to a navy doctor, we can be assured that they are scarce. $895.00

 

 

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We are offering a series of four Kriegstagebücher (war diaries) for the UC 14, a small coastal
U-Boot
that laid mines. It sank multiple ships during the war. Franz Becker was her 2nd commander. He commanded the sinking of 42 ships in WW I. He won the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order and the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class.
Available individually.
SPECIAL price for all 4.

 

13-854 U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE BAUER COMMANDING. The UC 14 was a UC I Class Boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct. 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla.
Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.
Today we are offering the UC 14's Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 24 December through 28 December 1915 under Bauer’s command. The document measures 8 1/4" x 13." It consists of two-sided pages, totaling four pages of typed information, with additional pencilled comments and other information. The report consists of a daily recap of his vessel’s activities. It includes their exact position and the activities performed on that given date. It mentions mines, ship-sightings, etc.
This is a fine document listing the UC 14's activities. He was her first commander and was most likely his last patrol before he was transferred to another U-Boot. $395.00

 

 

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13-855 U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) -OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING. The UC 14 was a UC I Class Boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct. 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla.
Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.
Today we are offering the UC 14's Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 4 April through 7 Aril 1916 under Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker’s command. The report is typewritten, with a total of three typewritten sheets (as well as several blank pages). This is all bound together with a string. The document measures 8 1/4" x 13." The daily observations and results are noted, including daily positions, etc. The document is well-organized, extremely neat, and displays Becker’s signature. $495.00

 

 

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13-856 U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING. The UC 14 was a UC I Class Boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct. 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla.
Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.
Today we are offering the UC 14's Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 12 April through 20 April 1916 under Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker’s command. The report is typewritten, with a total of five typewritten sheets (as well as one blank page). This is all bound together with a string. The document measures 8 1/4" x 13." The daily observations and results are noted, including daily positions, etc. Each daily report is signed "Becker." The last entry bears his full signature and rank. The entire document is well-organized, extremely neat, and displays Becker’s signature. $595.00

 

 

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13-857 U-BOOT UC 14 KRIEGSTAGBUCH (WAR DIARY) - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRANZ BECKER COMMANDING. The UC 14 was a UC I Class boat. She was commissioned on 5 June 1915. Her career ended when she sank on 3 October 1917, after striking a mine at the Zeebrugge Harbor entrance. All hands were lost. During her career, she sank a total of fourteen Allied ships, plus two warships. Her submarine class consisted of mine layers that carried no deck guns or torpedoes. From 5 Jun. 1915 until 9 Oct. 1916, she served in the Pola Flotilla. From 11 Jan. 1917 until 3 Oct 1917, she served in the Flandern Flotilla.
Her first commander, from 5 June 1915 through 6 January 1916, was Oberleutnant zur Zee Cäsar Bauer (1886-1916). Bauer was later killed while commanding the UB 46. He was relieved on 7 January 1916 by Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker (1888-1980), who served through 30 June 1916. Becker later commanded other U-Boots, sinking forty-two ships and damaging five. Becker eventually won the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order.
Today we are offering the UC 14's Kriegstagbuch (war diary/combat patrol document) from 18 June through 24 June 1916 under Oberleutnant zur See Franz Becker’s command. The report is typewritten, with a total of three typewritten sheets (as well as one blank page). The document measures 8 1/4" x 13." The daily observations and results are noted which includes daily positions, etc. Each daily report is signed "Becker." The last entry bears his full signature and rank. The document is well-organized, extremely neat, and displays Becker’s signature. A map drawn by Becker that shows his U-Boot’s course is also included and measures 11 1/4" x 11 ½." $695.00

 

 

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13-727 KRIEGSTAGBUCH - TORPEDOBOOTS. This is a Kriegstagbuch (daily war book) for a squadron of Torpedoboots. The log covers the period of 1-12 May 1918. The commander (Kommodore) of the squadron was Kapitän zur See Heinrich. The document measures 13" x 8 1/4." It has nine pages. The log carries a day-by-day (and by hour, where necessary) account of the squadron’s activities. It was often spilt up into "half-flotillas." At the end of the report, which is marked "Secret," Heinrich has signed his name in pencil. It is a very interesting report and great for research. $450.00

 

 

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13-728 KRIEGSTAGBUCH - TORPEDOBOOTS. This is a Kriegstagbuch (daily war book) for a squadron of Torpedoboots. The log covers the period of 13-27 May 1918 and 28-31 May. The commander (Kommodore) of the squadron was Kapitän zur See Heinrich, for the period 13-27 May. For the period of 28-31 May, it was a Kapitän zur See Madlung. The document measures 13" x 8 1/4." It has thirteen pages. The log carries a day-by-day (and by hour, where necessary) account of the squadron’s activities. It was often spilt up into "half-flotillas." At the end of the report, which is marked "Secret," Madlung has signed his name in pencil. It is a very interesting report and great for research. $495.00

 

 

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13-858 COLOR DOCUMENT - ONBOARD CRUISER EMDEN CROSSING EQUATOR. The first time a sailor crosses the equator has always been a memorable event, no matter to which navy or merchant shipping line he belongs. The crossing generally involves an appearance by King Neptune, the novice is hazed by experienced crew members, and general merriment ensues. It was no different in the post-Imperial German Navy, as evidenced by this large colored document. It measures 11 ½" x 15 1/4." A 1914 Iron Cross overlays an anchor in its upper left corner. A German warship (presumably the Emden) occupies the document’s top center. Below it, King Neptune, his queen and two mermaids wait for the ship to cross the equator. Many other colorful oceanic motifs decorate its surface. The date 1 January 1927 is mentioned at the bottom, so the event took place in the Reichsmarine aboard the Emden.  It is a handsome, unusual document. $295.00

 

 

 

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31-102 DOCUMENT APPROVING THREE-YEAR-ENLISTMENT IN THE KAISERLICHE MARINE. This document measures 6 9/16" x 8 3/8." It confirms approval for a man’s three-year-enlistment in Abteilung Nr 2 at the Wilhelmshaven naval dockyard. The man was to be a machinist. The document is dated 16 December 1913 and is signed by an Oberleutnant zur See. The document has been folded. $50.00 

 

 

 

 

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13-476 DOCUMENT FOR SAILOR WHO RECEIVED THE VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE. This is an award document for the Verdiensttkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Service Cross for War Aide). This document, which measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/8," was issued to a sailor on 12 April 1920. It bears the stamp of the Reichs -Marine-Amt. It was signed by a representative of der Chef der Admiralität. The document is in very good condition. $95.00   

 

 

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13-321 NAVY LONG SERVICE AWARD DOCUMENT. This is an award document for a Long Service Award in the Kaiserliche Marine. It is the 1st Class award. It represents fifteen years of long service. It is signed by a Kapitän zur See in 1920. The document still bears the Kaiserliche Marine unit stamping on it. This is a fine Navy document. $110.00 .

 

 

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Postcards Nr 38: German Royalty-Kaiser Wilhelm I/Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria ONLY

Postcards Nr 40: Photo Albums/Original/Framed/Cabinet Photos/Cartes Des Visite (CdV's).

Postcards Nr 42:Imperial German Air Service & All Aviation-Related.

Postcards Nr 43:Imperial German Armed Service & All Army-Related.

Postcards Nr 44:Kaiserliche Marine & All Navy-Related.

Postcards Nr 45:Other Imperial German/Central  & Allied Powers Royalty and Nobility

Ranglistes: Imperial German Army/Navy & Imperial German References on CD

Royalty & Nobility (German): Personalities, Swords/Daggers/ Portraits, Memorabilia

Shoulder Boards

Signed Photos/Documents/Autographs from German Military/Nobility/Royalty

 

Stickpins

Swords/Daggers/Edged Weapons & Accessories

Table Medals

Uniforms & Related Accessories

Vivat Ribbons

Wooden Display Products (Helmet & Visor Stands)

Zeppelin & Balloon Memorabilia

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