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10-861 HOMEMADE EARLY WAR WALLET/MILITÄRPAß COVER. This is an item that was lovingly prepared for a soldier at the front by a girlfriend, wife, or mother back in Germany. It is a Militärpaß wallet/cover that measures 3 ½" x 5" when closed, and 5" x 7" when opened. It incorporates a black silk outer covering attached to the heavier, almost canvas-like material that makes up the wallet/cover proper. The black silk front is embroidered with several decorations. The first is "1914" above a Hohenzollern Crown, with a Hohenzollern Eagle beneath it. The very bottom displays the caption "Kriegsjahr" (War Year). All of it is hand stitched in multiple colors. The silk has shredded over the wallet’s "spine." Its interior features two pockets for money, photos, etc. The Militärpaß was placed in its center for protection, leaving the center pockets for other uses. Although it is too fragile for actual daily use, it would make a fine addition to a group or display. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-825 SOLDIER’S KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 MILITÄRPAß & CdV - PRUSSIA. This is a combination of a Carte de Visite (CdV) and Militärpaß for a soldier named Reinhold Hecker. He was born in 1864 and joined Prussia’ Königin Augusta Garde - Grenadier - Regiment - Regiment Nr in 1886. He served in the regiment’s Kompagnie Nr 5, mustering out in 1899 three years later. The Militärpaß features the regiment’s official unit rubber stamp. I can see an entry as late as 1904, where he served some time in the reserves after a thirteen-year active military career.
Hecker’s CdV shows a serous and erect man dressed in an enlisted infantryman’s regimental Garde uniform, complete with a Garde belt and buckle. It is a handsome little group.
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10-832 XES GERMAN MAN’S WANDERSCHEIN. This booklet is an internal German passport that was required for itinerant workers leaving their home districts to search for employment. Homelessness and vagrancy have been issues for civil authorities from medieval times to the present. An article about European solutions for vagrancy and itinerant workers in the 1908 Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor detailed Imperial Germany’s highly-developed, state-controlled answer for the issue, which was primarily directed toward the unskilled labor class. First, if an unskilled laborer wished to leave his home district in search of employment, he had to apply for a Wanderschein, a combination internal passport and work/temporary lodging booklet. Special bureaus in each district issued these documents. The Wanderschein was used to access lodging and meals in either Herbergen (hostels) or Verpflegungsstationen (small inns). Herbergen were larger home shelters where unemployed/needy workers could secure temporary lodging and food by paying a small sum, or doing odd jobs in exchange for the services. Herbergen were found in almost all Imperial German cities and towns, with around 500 existing shortly after the 20th Century’s turn. [In 1904, Herbergen provided 4,089,506 night lodgings to more than 2,000,000 persons]. For the most part, Herbergen were charitable institutions maintained largely by religious organizations. [Trade unions also maintained their own Herbergen in all of Germany’s larger cities]. Verpflegungsstationen were smaller shelters, sometimes only a room or rooms in connection with an inn or hostel. They were funded by the government, providing itinerant workers traveling in search of work shelter for a single night only before being sent to the next Verpflegungsstationen on the following day. Here, as in the Herbergen, the workers either paid a very small fee for the accommodations or did odd jobs in lieu of payment. [The 1908 Labor Bureau Bulletin reported that more than 1,000 of these stations existed in the German Empire and were increasing at the time]. The Wanderschein provided sections where its owner documented each stay at these institutions, as well as recording any other employment during his travels. Since vagrancy was considered a felony in much of Europe as well as the USA, these documents protected their owners, in addition to providing the German government with accurate employment statistics and controls.
This Wanderschein, which measures approximately 4" x 7," was issued to Joseph Baldauf, a woodworker. In addition to his home district information, it lists his employer, a master carpenter in Niedersessmar b. Gummersbach from February 1894 to November 1895, and his stays in several Herbergen and Verpflegungsstationen. He exited from this program in January of 1896 in Karlstadt. It is a fascinating document. $45.00  

 

 

 

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10-866 LIEDERBUCH FOR JÄGER BATAILLON Nr 3. This is a liederbuch (songbook) for Jäger-Bataillon Nr 3. Jäger-Bataillons had the best marksmen in the entire German Army. [During the Napoleonic Wars, it was their role to advance as skirmishers, engaging the enemy’s skirmishers and endeavoring to pick off enemy Infanterie and Kavallerie Regiment officers]. This particular songbook is from Brandenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 3, which was founded in 1815. It was garrisoned in Lübben and assigned to the III. Armeekorps. It also participated in 1815's Battle of Waterloo.
The small booklet measures ¼" x 4" x 5 ½." It has a full-color cover that displays a red enlisted man’s Bataillon shoulder strap. It is filled with many patriotic songs, including one specially created for Jägers.
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16-348 SOLDBUCH - AVIATION SOLDIER. This is a soldbuch for an aviation soldier named Hermann Schwanz (please, no jokes, it IS his name. It means "tail" in German). He was born in 1888. He served in several aviation units and survived the war. It contains unit notations and stamps. At the time his soldbuch was issued, he was assigned to Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 14. $50.00

 

 

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16-427 FLIEGER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG Nr 7 MILITÄRPAß. This is an interesting for a young soldier from Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 7. He was attached to Kompagnie Nr 3, located in Braunschweig. He entered the military in 1917. His was a training reserve unit that assembled men for the re-assignment to other locations at the front. We see that he served in numerous Prussian units, as well as a Saxon aviation unit. $125.00

 

 

 

 

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21-249 MILITÄRPAß - BAVARIAN LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG. This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier from a Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The man’s name was Fischer. He was born in 1898. He joined the army in 1917 and was initially assigned to a Bavarian Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The militärpaß has a flip down page where you can see his complete service for nearly two years of WW I. In addition to numerous unit stamps from his initial unit, a stamp for his assignment to Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 1 is also present. A unit stamp for a Prussian Luftschiffer-Abteilung also appears, which I find particularly interesting. The militärpaß comes in a protective jacket. It has a wealth of material to research and dig into. $250.00

 

 

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10-781 MINI GROUP - MILITÄRPAß - DOCUMENT - PHOTOGRAPH. Being able to acquire a militärpaß WITH some additional information is always interesting. Learning more about the man is important to me, so I am pleased to share this little group with you. To begin, it is older than what we normally present to you. It is from the 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. This was the second of the two Ulanen-Regiments founded by Hanover. The regiment was founded in 1805. It was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen and assigned to the XVI. ArmeeKorps. The regiment saw extensive service with Wellington at the Peninsula and, ultimately, at Waterloo. The young man who served in the regiment was born in 1863, and served in the regiment from 1883 to 1885. His last name was "Suits." A unit stamp for the regiment is in the militärpaß. As Germany was at peace, no major notations are in the booklet. We see further marks since the man was in the reserves until at least 1896. Due to his age during WW I (he would have been in his fifties at its start), it is unlikely that he served in a combat role. With the militärpaß is a document that was commonly issued when the man had fulfilled his two-year military obligation, stating that good service was performed. The document was signed by a regiment rittmeister. The final part of the group is a CdV of Herr Suits. We see him standing in a studio beside a table. He is wearing his ulanka and tschapka in their full parade configuration. The photograph has been hand-colored to show details of his uniform and headdress. The document has been folded several times, and measures 12" x 8 1/8" when fully unfolded. Both the document and CdV are slipped into the militärpaß. It is a very neat mini group from a famous cavalry regiment. $150.00

 

 

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10-782 MILITÄRPAß - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 152 - PRUSSIA. This is a militärpaß from Deutsch Ordens Infanterie-Regiment Nr 152. The regiment was founded in 1897 and garrisoned at Marienburg and Stuhm. It was assigned to the XX. ArmeeKorps. The soldier’s last name was "Ehlert." He was born in 1893, and entered the army in October 1913. He was awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class on 3 March 1915. It was a fairly early award, so Herr Ehlert really must have accomplished something important. His regiment saw extensive service on the Eastern Front, including the Battle of Tannenburg. One page shows the various battles in which the regiment. I see a unit stamp where he was still serving with the regiment in 1917. I see      further notations where he was mustered out of the army in 1919. He was a lucky man to survive more than four years of war and return home. $75.00

 

 

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16-350 MILITÄRPAß - BAVARIAN SOLDIER/AVIATOR. This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian named Wilhelm Veidt. Veidt was born in 1897. He mustered into the army on 4 April 1916. His first service was in the I. Ersatz-Bataillon of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 19. The unit was based at 1. Rekruten-Depot. He reported to the front as a member of this Bavarian regiment. He was posted to a Bavarian Flieger-Abteilung later in the war. Unit stamps appear from both regiments. The replaced cover of the militärpaß indicates that Veidt served in the army from 4 April 1916 through 17 February 1919. It is an interesting militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier/aviator. $125.00

 

 

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16-351 MILITÄRPAß - SAXON SOLDIER/AVIATOR. This is a militärpaß for a man born in 1889 in Leipzig, Saxony. He entered (or re-entered) the army in 1916. He was assigned to 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. As we thumb through the militärpaß, we see that he demonstrated his proficiency with the Mauser rifle. We also see his regiment’s unit stamp. After his service in this regiment, he served in a Prussian Flieger-Abteilung. The militärpaß contains many interesting entries. It is housed in a cover. It is a fine militärpaß for a Saxon soldier. $125.00

 

 

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10-684 MILITÄRPAß - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 58. This is a militärpaß for Karl Alfred Willig. He was born in 1885. He first joined the army in 1907. He was assigned to 3. Posensches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 58. The regiment was raised in 1860. Bataillons Nr 1 and Nr 2 were assigned to Glogau, while Bataillon Nr 3 was based in Fraustadt. The regiment was assigned to the V. ArmeeKorps. He also saw action with Infanterie-Regiment Nr 19. Many entries are included, especially when he was called back to service during WW I. $40.00  

 

 

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10-823 19th CENTURY SOLDBUCH. This is a partially-filled out Soldbuch for a soldier who was born in 1876. $15.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-824 INFANTERIE REGIMENT Nr 91 SOLDBUCH. This is a partially filled-out Soldbuch for a man in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 91, dated 1914. $15.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-829 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 78 SOLDBUCH - PRUSSIA. This is a soldbuch from Infanterie-Regiment Herzog Friedrich von Braunschweig (Ostfriesches) Nr 78. The soldier’s name was "Rabenberg." Several of its pages are loose. We can see the regiment’s unit stamp and basic information about its owner. I see NO indication of service during WW I. $25.00

 

 

 

 

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10-539 XJW PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN'S SOLDBUCH. This is a rather odd soldbuch. This man entered the army in 1916. He was assigned to an Ersatz artillery unit. It actually seems that he may have been assigned to a Flak unit, although I cannot see that he was assigned to an air unit. This would make for an interesting little research project. $75.00

 

 

 

 

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10-830 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 164 MILITÄRPAß - PRUSSIA. This is a man named Fischer’s militärpaß from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 164. He was born in 1883, and entered the army in 1903. He completed his two years of service in 1905. He entered the reserves and was called back to duty for WW I. He saw substantial action in numerous battles and survived the war. The pass reveals a number of unit stamps from a variety of units. It will provide you with an opportunity to research the military career of a man who served in the army, on and off, from 1903 into 1919. $50.00

 

 

 

 

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10-747 MILITÄRPAß - FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 39 - PRUSSIA. This is a duplicate militärpaß from Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr 39. The man’s name was Johann Heinrich Hüsges. He was born in 1883 and joined his regiment in 1903. He mustered out of the regiment in 1906. On the page with that information we see a regimental unit stamp. We see that he was recalled to the army in 1914. He served through much of early-to-mid WW I. $40.00

 

 

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16-337 ENLISTED MAN’S SOLDBUCH - FLIEGER-ERSATZ-BATAILLON Nr 1, Nr 4, & Nr 10. This is an enlisted man’s soldbuch (pay book) from Flieger-Ersatz-Bataillon Nr 1, Nr 4, and Nr 10. Several of the book’s pages are loose. Some blurring occurs in places where water affected small portions of the information and entries. Still, it is a very fetching item from a soldier attached to an aviation unit. $195.00

 

 

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14-66 AVIATION MILITÄRPAß. An attractively conditioned militärpaß to a soldier who was assigned to Kampfgeschwader 7 O.H.L. Staffel 38. August Eisenberg was born in 1896, and he entered the army in May 1916. He was first posted to Flieger-Ersatz Abteilung Nr 3 in Gotha in July 1916 (this unit stamp and signature of the commander is present). The unit stamp for Staffel 38 and the signature of the Staffelführer, a Hauptmann, is also present. Two other later units are indicated by stamp and they are Flieger Abteilung Nr 10 in Böblingen-Stuttgart in 1917 and Königl. Preuss Rüst-Abteilung fur Flieger-Waffen. The last entry that I can detect is August 1918. A very well marked militärpaß to a soldier who spent his entire career in aviation units. $225.00

 

 

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10-768 MILITÄRPAß - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 16 - BAVARIA. This is a fine militärpaß for a man named Franz Hasinger, who entered the Bavarian Army. He was born in 1867. In 1885 he entered the army and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 16. The booklet has numerous unit stamps and entries through 1895. It is always quite interesting to find a 19th Century militärpaß. $75.00

 

 

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10-772 MILITÄRPAß - SOLDBUCH - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 95 - WW I. This is a combination of a militärpaß and soldbuch from 6. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 95. (The regiment consisted of men from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Saxe-Meinigen). The man was born in 1897 and entered the Army in 1916. He initially served in the regiment’s II. Ersatz-Bataillon, a Bataillon of replacements for men who had been killed or wounded in battle. Later he transferred into Grenadier-Regiment Nr 11's Minenwerfer-Kompagnie. He survived the war and mustered out of the army in 1919. His soldbuch is included. His soldbuch lists numerous entries for hospital stays. They are an interesting pair of documents that allow opportunities for additional research. $95.00

 

 

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14-109 SOLDBUCH AND MILITÄRPAß TO AN AVIATION SOLDIER. This Soldbuch and militärpaß belonged to the same soldier. His last name is Wossner. As we look through his militärpaß, we see that he was born in 1896 and that he was a native of Württemberg. We can tell that he passed through the 3rd Recruit Depot with Infantry Regiment Nr 125 in October 1915. He was immediately reassigned to Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung Nr 10 near Stuttgart. Entries continue from his November reassignment through December 1916 with him attached to Flugpark 5 (a training depot and point of distribution of aviation personnel to front line squadrons.). We then see notations for Flieger-Abteilung (A) Nr 211 which is dated 21 November 1918 so he obviously survived the war. There are also unit stampings for FA 201 and 210 from the period of 1917-1918. In his Soldbuch we see entries for FA 202, 207, and210 along with his service in these units. A well traveled ground crewman by any means. It is unusual to be able to offer both the militärpaß and the Soldbuch together. $150.00

 

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10-728 ENLISTED MAN MILITÄRPAß - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 42 - PRUSSIA. This is a militärpaß for a Wilhelm Meyer, who served in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 42. He was born in 1879. He first entered the army in this regiment during 1898. Later additions to his militärpaß in the years before WW I show he was enrolled in other reserve units. He served throughout WW I. He mustered out of the army in 1919 as a forty-year-old. Along with his Militärpaß's many attachments, we also see a "good performance" certificate in 1900, when he had completed his two years of mandatory service. $50.00

 

 

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10-677 MILITÄRPAß - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 167. This is a militärpaß from 1. Ober-Elsässisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 167. The regiment was formed in 1897. It was garrisoned at Bitsch, where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps. As best as I can tell, the man’s name is Schlitzberger. He was born in 1883. He mustered into the regiment in 1907, and served in Kompagnie Nr 8. He saw service in a number of units during WW I. Many unit stamps appear throughout the militärpaß. $50.00  

 

 

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13-118 NAVY LAND PLANE MILITÄRPAß. The Navy Land Plane Jastas of the Naval Air Service were relatively small and quite elite compared to the Navy Sea Plane arm. These squadrons, which flew in Flanders alongside Army Jastas, produced some of the best fighter pilots of the war. These men were often among those with the highest scores of planes shot down. This Militärpaß was to an enlisted man who served in one of these jastas, most likely as a ground crewman. This man first entered the Navy in June 1917 and was initially assigned to II. Matrosen Division. He survived the war and there are entries as late as 1920 in the Militärpaß. Very difficult to find Militärpaß. $575.00

 

 

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12-336 ABRECHNUNGS-BUCH. You will have to be a person who enjoys military documents such as Militärpäße and Soldbücher to appreciate this, OR somebody who would like a really old document. What we have is an abrechnungs-buch, which is a pay book. This is for a man by the name of Hermann Feshe, who served in an artillery brigade in the Prussian Army. You ask how early this book is? How about 1829-1831!?! I have spent a half hour pouring through this book. I really find it interesting seeing how later German military documents incorporated this information into those documents. The ink entries are clear. It is amazing to hold in one’s hand a document that is more than 170 years old, and which was created barely a decade after the great Napoleonic wars. $125.00

 

 

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10-781 MINI GROUP - MILITÄRPAß - DOCUMENT - PHOTOGRAPH. Being able to acquire a militärpaß WITH some additional information is always interesting. Learning more about the man is important to me, so I am pleased to share this little group with you. To begin, it is older than what we normally present to you. It is from the 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. This was the second of the two Ulanen-Regiments founded by Hanover. The regiment was founded in 1805. It was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen and assigned to the XVI. ArmeeKorps. The regiment saw extensive service with Wellington at the Peninsula and, ultimately, at Waterloo. The young man who served in the regiment was born in 1863, and served in the regiment from 1883 to 1885. His last name was "Suits." A unit stamp for the regiment is in the militärpaß. As Germany was at peace, no major notations are in the booklet. We see further marks since the man was in the reserves until at least 1896. Due to his age during WW I (he would have been in his fifties at its start), it is unlikely that he served in a combat role. With the militärpaß is a document that was commonly issued when the man had fulfilled his two-year military obligation, stating that good service was performed. The document was signed by a regiment rittmeister. The final part of the group is a CdV of Herr Suits. We see him standing in a studio beside a table. He is wearing his ulanka and tschapka in their full parade configuration. The photograph has been hand-colored to show details of his uniform and headdress. The document has been folded several times, and measures 12" x 8 1/8" when fully unfolded. Both the document and CdV are slipped into the militärpaß. It is a very neat mini group from a famous cavalry regiment. $150.00

 

 

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10-567 MILITÄRPAß TO A SOLDIER SERVING IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 145. This is a militärpaß for an enlisted soldier who served in Königs-Infanterie-Regiment (6. Lothringisches) Nr 145. This soldier, Georg Oppel, was born in 1875. Thus, in August 1916, he was forty-one years old. He was mustered in at the recruit depot and assigned to I. Ersatz-Bataillon. He was later assigned to another infantry regiment and saw limited action in the war. $50.00.

 

 

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10-568 MILITÄRPAß TO A SOLDIER SERVING IN FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 39. This is a militärpaß for a soldier serving in Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr 39. The regiment was raised in 1818 after the Napoleonic Wars and garrisoned at Düsseldorf. The soldier was named Johan Heinrich Hüsges. He was born in 1883. He performed his military service from 1903-1906. He was called back to the army during WW I. This contains many interesting entries. $50.00.

 

 

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10-670 MILITÄRPAß - 1870'S GERMAN ARMY - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11. This is a militärpaß for a man born in 1854. The man served in the German Army during the 1870's, after the Franco-Prussian War. He initially served in Ulanen-Regiment Nr 11, then later served in several Landwehr (Reserve) units until 1889, when he ended his career. This is an interesting militärpaß. The front cover is nearly detached from the book, but remains with it. $70.00  

 

 

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10-642 MILITÄRPAß FOR A MAN IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 49 PRUSSIA. This is a militärpaß for a man named Fischer. He was born in 1863. He joined the army in 1886, and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 49. He also saw service in Grenadier-Regiment Nr 8. I see service notes through 1890. $40.00  

 

 

 

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10-643 ASSORTED DOCUMENTS - MILITÄRPAß - ACTING OFFICER OTTO GRUNEBERG. This is a mini grouping of documents to a single man spanning a period of more than thirty years. The man to whom these documents belong is Otto Gruneberg. Gruneberg was born in 1879. He served in Württemberg Nachrichten Bataillon Nr 13. During WW I, he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 22 March 1915. He achieved the rank of Acting Officer (Offz. Stellv.) Assorted personal documents are contained in this mini grouping, including several letters, receipts for items, a membership card for the Reichskolonialbund from 1937, and a document dated 1906 that shows him as a member of the postal service. The latter was his profession before WW I. All of these documents, including his militärpaß, are housed in a folio that once housed postcards. The folio sports a large Hohenzollern Eagle on its reverse. This gives us a good glimpse into the life of an Imperial German Army soldier. $195.00  

 

 

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10-635 MILITÄRPAß - ADOLF ZIESENHENNE. This is a Militärpaß for Adolf Ziesenhenne, who was born in 1881. He served during WW I in 1. Kompagnie Armierungs-Bataillon Nr 66 and Armierungs-Bataillon Nr. 39. Pasted into this militärpaß are the various battles in which he fought, including Reims, Champagne, Soissons, etc. It is interesting to see that his service in this militärpaß begins in 1915, although surely he had seen earlier service before WW I. The man survived WW I. $40.00  

 

 

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10-636 DOUBLE MILITÄRPAß AND SOLDBUCH - ARMIERUNGS-BATAILLON Nr 79. This is a double militärpaß (i.e., a militärpaß that has been completely filled out, then replaced by a later militärpaß) along with a Soldbuch to a soldier named Dose, who was born 1889. He served in the 4th Kompagnie of Armierungs Bataillon Nr 79. While I see many entries for 1915, 1916, and 1917, I do not see later entries. $75.00  

 

 

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10-618 MILITÄRPAß TO A MAN SERVING IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 65. This is a militärpaß to a man by the name of Baldauf, who was born in March 1876 in Bavaria. He first entered the army in October 1898. He was assigned to 5. Rheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 65, where he was assigned to Kompagnie Nr 3. He finished his two years of mandatory service in 1910. He served in a number of units all through WW I. He was mustered out of the army after the war’s end in 1918. $50.00

 

 

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10-826 PERSONAL POST WORLD WAR I AUSWEIS. When used in a civilian setting, an ausweis was an identification card. This example was issued not long after WW I. The ausweis measures 6 1/8" x 4." It is folded so that it has four pages. The front has the basic information on the identified person: his date of birth, address, etc. As you open the ausweis, the left side features the man’s photograph and signature. The page directly across has a local police department official’s signature (the police department issued the ausweis). It is dated 29 Juli 1922. Circular local police department stamp imprints appear across these two pages (similar to a Militärpaß's regimental stamp imprints). The back page is nothing more than information about the police department that issued the ausweis. It is an interesting item for all you “paper” collectors. $10.00

 

 

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10-569 CIVILIAN IDENTIFICATION PAPERS. This is a civilian set of identification papers that were issued by the government of Württemberg to a woman named Linhuber. She was the dependant of a man who served aboard the S. M. S. Prinz Luitpold. This was issued in 1914 for a period of twelve years. Perhaps it granted her specific benefits since she was the dependant of a service man. It is in excellent condition. $20.00.

 

 

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10-698 CIVIL INTERNAL PASSPORT. This is an internal passport for a German citizen that served as identification papers. This is for a person by the name of Morgenstern. It was issued in 1908 and is quite interesting. $40.00  

 

 

 

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10-855 JEWELER’S CUSTOM-MADE .800 SILVER MATCH-SAFE WITH OFFICERS’ REPRODUCED SIGNATURES. This is a match-safe which was used to place a standard box of matches inside and allow a man to display a common item in a very uncommon and decorative housing. It is an ultra high quality officer gift. It was produced by a jeweler and was purchased by six officers to commemorate action at the Battle of Dünaburg.
The match safe measures 2 ½" x 1 ½" x 1." It easily accommodates a box of matches, as well as allowing easy access to the striking surfaces on either side. One match safe side displays six signatures that are NOT immediately familiar to me. The opposite side is engraved with the legend below.

Vor Dünaburg
Weihnachten 1916.

Since it was a Christmas gift, it is possible that each man whose signature appears on its side received the same match safe. Another side’s edge features a manufacturer’s hallmark (I am NOT familiar with the firm, either), and an .800 silver hallmark.
This is an excellent item that is especially impressive in silver. [Silver was still available for gifts of this nature in 1916. By 1918 even the great Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, could not find silver for his cherished victory cups].
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10-863 HAND CARVED "TRENCH ART" VASE. This is a unique, fascinating, trench art vase hand carved from a large cow bone. Trench art is a very interesting collecting area. It was created by soldiers who had a great deal of time on their hands, whether they were active soldiers stationed in the trenches (hence the term "trench art"), recovering from wounds in the hospital, or POW’s. Soldiers from all WW I’s participants created such trench art as bracelets, necklaces, rings, broaches, matchbox holders, lamps, vases, etc. [Naturally, our focus is on items created by Imperial German soldiers].
Most vases that we see have been created from artillery shell casings. When I first acquired THIS vase, I thought I had hit the lottery because it looked like it was made of ivory! It measures 10" in height, 2 ½" in diameter at the base, and 1 ½" in diameter at the lip. Had it been made from ivory, it would have been extremely valuable. Further study and research proved that the source from which the vase was fashioned was NOT an elephant’s tusk but a cow bone! This was confirmed by a visit to the "Ripley’s Believe It Or Not" Museum in St. Augustine, Florida. The museum featured a pair of similar vases, along with the story about who produced them.
One of the first things we notice about the vase is its polished, beautifully finished surface. Its shape is also striking, reflecting the bone’s contour, most of which is essentially three-sided. All of the vase’s decorations have been carved in high-relief out of the bone, while the rest of the surface has been polished smooth. The base is decorated with high-relief stone blocks similar to those in a castle or wall. They encircle the entire base, measuring 1 ½" in height and 8" in circumference. The vase’s lip has an abstract design that resembles a high-relief letter "R" with its bottom and top truncated by high-relief trim bands. In between the base and lip, two of the vase’s sides are dominated by a gorgeous rose and two rosebuds on a leafy stem that winds its way up to about an inch below the lip’s carving. The other side features "1917" at 1 ½" below the lip carving. [1917 is the year the vase was fashioned]. About an inch below the year is a simple shield enclosing the initials "MT." Another inch below the initial shield, and about an inch above the block "wall," is a circle containing a triskelion (a symbol containing three spirals or three bent human legs). [We have learned that this symbol was for Great Britain's WW I Prisoner-of-War Internment Camp at Knockaloe Farm on the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between England and Northern Ireland. 
Over 23,000 German POW's were interned on the island beginning in mid-November 1914. Thank you E. D. for the information]!
This item’s absolute beauty has quite transformed its humble origins. I bet if you put a rose or two in it and presented it to that special person in your life, they might take a different view of this dusty hobby that you love so much. Combine it with some of the other beautiful items on our Patriotic Jewelry Merchandise Pages (click here to see), and totally blow your loved one’s mind! $195.00 

 

 

 

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10-856 DESK CIGAR CUTTER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL FUSE. This is a compact cigar cutter fashioned from an artillery shell fuse, and so is considered a "trench art" piece (wherein interesting battlefield debris was converted to patriotically-themed items). The cigar cutter stands 5 ¼" tall and measures 3 ½" in diameter at its base. It is quite substantial, weighing 2 lbs. and 8 oz. The fuse’s top has a piece added whereby a cigar’s end can be neatly cut off by inserting it through its opening. An eagle has been stamped on the top. The fuse’s base reveals the threads by which it was screwed onto the artillery shell’s top, as well as a number scale for setting the fuse prior to its being screwed in. The fuse’s side displays information reading "Dopp. Z. 98/Sb."
It is an intriguing desk accessory for your desk or collector’s room table. You can also use it when enjoying your favorite cigar.
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10-857 TRENCH ART IRON CROSS LETTER OPENER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND. Trench art was a special genre that came to be quite popular during WW I. Bits and pieces of battlefield scrap were taken and fashioned into useful pieces of art that were highly prized by German soldiers and people on the Home Front. Much of it was produced by front line troops, or wounded soldiers engaged in physical therapy during their hospital recovery time. To a lesser extent some of the scrap was returned to Germany where jewelers and other craftsmen turned the battlefield scrap into highly-desirable jewelry coveted by German women.
Today we are offering a letter opener constructed from an artillery shell driving band. The letter opener is made from brass and measures 9" overall. The handle measures 4 ¼," the Iron Cross measures ¾," and the blade measures 4." Both handle sides reveal clear evidence that it originated from a driving band. The Iron Cross was carved from the driving band. The same is true for the blade, which has been smoothed into a highly-serviceable blade that is perfect for opening letters.
It would make a wonderful accessory for your desk. It also makes opening all those unpleasant bills a bit more enjoyable!
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10-860 SCIMITAR-SHAPED "TRENCH ART" LETTER OPENER - FRANCE. This is an interesting scimitar-shaped "Trench Art" letter opener. It measures 8" in length. The scimitar’s blade measures 5 ½" in length. It is inserted into a deactivated rifle bullet, complete with projectile. One side of the blade has an interesting floral motif pattern engraved on it. Below is a French city’s name, "Brest," and the year "1918." The other side is plain. The bullet casing features an added French Croix de Guerre (War Cross) on its side. It is a charmingly different letter opener! $95.00

 

 

 

 

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10-865 SCIMITAR-SHAPED LETTER OPENER. Every Imperial German military officer took pride in maintaining an organized desk from which to do his paperwork. Part of that organization involved having a number of desk accessories (leather folios, desk trays, letter openers, etc.) that bespoke his personality. Today we are offering an interesting brass scimitar-shaped letter opener that would have been at home on such a desk. It measures 1 ½" in length and is 8 ½" at its widest point. One side of the blade features is a floral design and the word "Campagne" (campaign). Its opposite side displays a semi-intricate design with the dates 1915 and 1916. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

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10-858 PENCIL SHARPENER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL OR ACTUAL CANNON SHRAPNEL. I have never come across anything quite like this. It is a small artillery shell section or shrapnel from an actual cannon that has had a blade inserted into it. A wooden pencil can be inserted in one end and turned in order to be sharpened. It is an intriguing little desk piece that stands 1" tall and measures ½" in diameter at the top and bottom. $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-852 SHRAPNEL-HANDLED PATRIOTIC LETTER OPENER WITH DECORATIVE IRON CROSS. This is a letter opener that qualifies as a combination of a patriotic piece, as well as a piece of trench art. The letter opener’s overall length is 9 ½." The handle is made from a jagged piece of shrapnel, which measures 3 ½" in length. A smooth Iron Cross that measures 1" x 1" is positioned between the blade and the handle. Its center has had letters or initials tapped into its surface on both sides.  We have NO idea what they are, but they certainly look interesting!  The blade itself measures 5" from the Iron Cross’s bottom to the blade’s tip.  It would look fantastic on your desk and help you open your mail in style! $125.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-844 SCIMITAR-SHAPED TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER. This is an amazing piece of trench art. It is a letter opener fashioned from battlefield brass into a letter opener shaped like a scimitar.  The letter opener measures 8” in length. The blade measures 1” in width at its widest point.  If you look closely at the handle, you will see it is made from a complete, deactivated, 8mm Mauser rifle round. In turn, a piece of brass, probably from an artillery shell casing, has been flattened and shaped into the curved blade. The final detail is the rifle shell casing, which is located at the end opposite to the blade’s tip.  A small brass ball has replaced the primer. The blade does NOT feature any engraving.  It is very different from what we have seen before. $125.00

 

 

 

 

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10-701 TRENCH ART ARTILLERY SHELL VASE. Artillery shells that had been converted from their original use to vases were quite popular in Germany. Our example stands 9" tall. It measures 3 1/4" in diameter at the lip, and 3 1/2" in diameter at the base. A flower complete with petals, leaves, and stem has been hand-fashioned on one side. Arsenal markings appear at the casing’s base. The shell was produced in November 1917. $95.00

 

 

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10-745 TRENCH ART FRAME. This is a small trench art frame that I find most touching. It has a rounded top and measures 3" x 2." It has two small feet and a design is etched into the frame’s obverse. The photo has a glass cover. The area for photo display measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/8." A simple modern day piece of cardboard on the reverse acts as an easel. $95.00

 

 

 

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10-810 TWO-HANDLED LARGE-CALIBER ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE. Trench art played an important role in WW I. Soldiers on both sides of the line spent some of their free time fashioning items from the litter and debris that was available to them. Not only was trench art fashioned at the front, soldiers recovering from wounds in hospitals often tinkered with similar items as physical/mental therapy. Examples of trench art fashioned by troops who were sitting out the war in POW camps are also available. Belt buckles were turned into match safes and lighters, bullets into doodads. One of the best-known forms of trench art was turning expended brass artillery shells into vases or other vessels. Most of the shells that we see were from the smallest German cannons (77mm, I believe). [They were fast-firing cannons like the French 75mm’s. It was amazing how quickly these smaller cannons could be fired]. Men took the shell casings and then added numerous designs, some quite elaborate. Flowers were etched and tapped into the sides, and so on.
This example, however, is from a far larger-caliber cannon. It is the largest caliber shell casing fashioned into trench art that I have encountered. The shell measures 6 1/4" in diameter at the top, 7 3/4" in diameter at the base, and stands 5 5/8" tall. The shell has had dozens of vertical lines etched into it. On one side we see the initials "M.V." The other side depicts a two-handled vase with flowers extending from it. Twin decorative handles are attached to the shell casing. Each handle is attached by two pegs. A peg on one handle is a bit loose. Care must be exercised when handling the vase. For normal display, however, one would never notice the fault. Attached to the casing’s bottom are three claw feet. The bottom also reveals that the shell was produced in October 1916 at a munitions plant in Magdeburg. We also see "Polte," "613," and "SP252." It is very heavy (4" lbs. 14 oz.), so extra shipping costs will apply. $295.00

 

 

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10-732 PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN’S BRASS BELT BUCKLE - MATCH SAFE. This is a classic, trench art match safe. It measures 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 3/4." The match safe was created primarily from a prewar Prussian enlisted man’s belt buckle. Its center is undented, which makes it an excellent example. It has a period matchbox in place. Even a striking surface has been added. It is a winsome little reminder of a bygone era. $85.00

 

 

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10-734 BRASS TRENCH ART LIGHTER - BOOK-SHAPED. This is a soldier’s lighter for use in the trenches. It is another example of trench art. It is in the shape of a book, measuring 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 1/2." The interior swings open, revealing the lighter. The lighter displays quite attractively. It would make a fine addition to a display of items that a soldier would have owned in the trenches. I do not believe the lighter operates. $75.00

 

 

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10-509 PEN KNIFE MADE FROM A DEACTIVATED BULLET. This is one of the most unusual items of "Trench Art" I have found. It is a bullet, complete with shell casing and lead round. First, the bullet has been activated. Second, the lead portion of the bullet has been highly modified. The side of the copper shell casing has also been modified. A notch has been cut in and a lever has been installed in the shell casing. A small blade similar to that of a pocket knife also has been installed in the casing. When the lever is moved from the locked to the unlocked position in the shell casing, the blade pops up out of the bullet, producing a perfectly serviceable pen knife. The first time you activate the slide, it startles you. It is almost like using a switch blade! $95.00.

 

 

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10-834 GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE. This is a German 75mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase.  The German “77" was officially known as the “7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art.” (New Kind of 7.7 cm Field Cannon 96). It has been converted to a trench art vase.  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies. When  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles, they took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. 
The 77mm Field Cannon was the German mobile artillery’s mainstay during the entire war.  The field piece was hitched to a caisson and rapidly drawn by horses to new locations.   Each gun’s crew consisted of five men.  The cannon was capable of firing ten rounds each minute.  The shell casing is made of brass.  It stands 9" tall and measures 3" in diameter at the base.   Its bottom sports numerous munitions works’ marks. It also indicates that the original shell was manufactured in 1916.  Engraved on the casing’s front is “Luise 1918.” 
It is a very good example of a trench art vase.  It will look first-rate on any flat surface, or perhaps as some sort of display. You are only limited by your imagination. $125.00

 

 

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10-835 GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE COMMEMORATING 1917 BATTLE OF CHAMPAGNE. This is a German 75mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase.  The German “7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art.” (New Kind of 7.7 cm Field Cannon 96).  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. 
The 77mm Field Cannon was the German mobile artillery’s mainstay during the entire war.  The field piece was hitched to a caisson and rapidly drawn by horses to new locations.   Each gun’s crew consisted of five men.  The cannon was capable of firing ten rounds each minute.  Its shell casing is made of brass. It stands 8" tall and measures 3" in diameter at the base.  Its bottom sports numerous munitions works’ marks.  “Champagne” is engraved on the casing and extends around most of the front, sides, and back.  This represents the THIRD Battle of Champagne, which took place from 17-20 April 1917.  The IV. Armee,  consisting of the VIII. , XVII., and XII. Armeekorps, was the primary German force facing the French.  A shield displaying the initials of the soldier who produced the piece also appears on the shell casing. The entire background is stippled in a size that is much larger than what we normally see. It is an outstanding example of a trench art vase. $140.00

 

 

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10-836 100mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART PITCHER.  This is a German 100mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase. This cannon German  was officially known as “10 cm Canaan 14 (10 cm K 14).” It is heavily modified and has been concerted for use as a pitcher.  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds.  
Considered a medium caliber field piece, the 100 mm cannon was another primary German mobile artillery weapon throughout WW I.  While slightly larger than the 77mm field piece, it was transported by a six-horse team, but a caisson was NOT used due to its larger size than “77.” The pitcher stands 7 ½” tall.  It measures 4" (100mm) in diameter at the base. The typical munitions work’s markings are present.  The shell was originally manufactured in 1915.  The shell’s exterior is completely covered with stippling. This was a very labor intensive process that took its creator many hours to complete.  A sturdy handle made from another stippled, brass piece is attached its side. I estimate that the pitcher holds between 24 and 32 liquid ounces. I have not seen another trench art pitcher like it.  It is quite unusual and very well made.  It exhibits beautifully on any flat surface, or it could highlight a display. You are only limited by your imagination.
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10-837 UNKNOWN ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART ASHTRAY. This piece of brass artillery shell casing clearly was fashioned into a trench art ashtray.  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. 
The brass ashtray stands 2" tall, 1 9/16" in diameter at the top, and 2 ½” in diameter at the base.  An attachment at the rim provided a resting place for one’s cigarette.  The ashtray’s center can hold a fair amount of ashes and extinguished cigarette butts.  It has no visible maker’s marks or indications of the artillery shell’s origins. $50.00

 

 

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10-838 TRENCH ART MATCH SAFE. This is a fancy, brass, trench art match safe.   The brass probably came from an artillery shell casing that was dismantled to make various trench art pieces.  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds.  
Many trench art match safes were fashioned in a manner similar to this example,  except that their centers were commonly decorated with belt buckle.  Our example is three-sided, which allows one to easily insert a matchbox. It measures 2 5/16" x 3/4" x 1."  Each of the three sides sports a different, stippled design.  Its creator spent HOURS tapping out these designs with either a small hammer or a bayonet! 
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10-840 TRENCH ART DESK DECORATION. This is a trench art desk decoration that consists of a base with an attached collage of artillery/infantry items.  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. 
The collage is mounted on a steel base that measures 5 ½” x 4 3/4"  x 1/8."  A piece of an artillery shell’s driving band that measures 3 3/4" x 3" is mounted in its center.  The driving band’s center sports a ball mounted on a vertical piece.  Finally, two projectiles, from what I believe is an 8mm Mauser, are attached. The collage is very substantial and would make for an interesting display. $75.00 

 

 

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10-841 FUNCTIONAL TANK ABWEHR GEWEHR/M 1918/T-GEWEHR ROUND TRENCH ART LIGHTER. This is a trench art lighter fashioned from a Tank Abwehr Gewehr, M1918 or T-Gewehr ammunition round. The round was used in what looked like an oversized bolt action Mauser.  It was chambered for 13.2mm rounds.  The rifle itself was quite heavy, weighing-in at 38 lbs.!  It was more than 5 feet in length and used a bi-pod. [In some cases, it was mounted on a cart].  It was used as an anti tank weapon.  WW I British tanks sported only 20mm armoring, so this weapon proved effective against them, as it did against France’s lightly-armored Renault tanks.
The lighter stands 3" tall and  measures 3/4" in diameter at the base.  The lighter’s silver cover is made from the projectile.  It pulls out to reveal the object’s lighter-fluid-infused wick, and the wheel that ignites it.  The  lighter’s bottom unscrews to pour in the lighter fluid.  Two different designs completely encircle the lighter’s exterior.  One appears on the silver projectile section, while the other decorates the brass shell casing portion. 
I have seen a spark flash when I turned the igniter wheel.  The lighter MIGHT be functional, but I CANNOT guarantee it.
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10-842 NON FUNCTIONAL GERMAN ANTI-TANK ROUND LIGHTER. This is a NON functional lighter.  It is fashioned from a Canada-produced ammunition round like the Tank Abwehr Gewehr, M1918 or T-Gewehr. The lighter stands 2 3/4" tall and measures 3/4" in diameter at the base.  The entire lighter is gold-toned. While the lighter breaks in half, its guts are NOT present, only the pad where one adds lighter fluid.  The lighter’s base features the words “Super Baragge” and “Made in Canada.”  The piece is fine for display. $30.00

 

 

 

 

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10-843 BRITISH EIGHTEEN POUNDER SHELL TRENCH ART ASHTRAY. This is an interesting trench art ash tray made from a British eighteen-pounder artillery shell.  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and fashioned letter openers from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds.
The shell stands 2 1/8."  Its edges are scalloped, allowing placement of a number of cigarettes.  It is a larger caliber shell than the 77mm examples we are offering.  It measures 100mm (10cm) in diameter.  On the bottom are marks from the munitions factory that produced it.  It is marked twice that it was produced in 1915. One mark advises that the shell was produced on 7 December 1915.
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10-848 TRENCH ART DESK PIECE. This piece is assembled from various items that were  found on the battlefield.  First is a bomb-like piece of metal that stands 6” tall.  Four wings are attached to it, making it appear MORE bomb-like. This is attached to a wood base measuring 5 3/4" x 3 3/4" x 1/2"Three small circular pieces of metal that resemble cannon balls are next to the bomb.  It is a very interesting desk piece. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

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10-850 TRENCH ART ARTILLERY SHELL. Today we are offering a most interesting trench art artillery shell.  Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies when  they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects.  Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards.  These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity.  A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds.  A wide variety of items were produced, from small, easily carried pieces to elaborately tooled artillery shells.  The latter were converted to vases, ashtrays, or umbrella stands, depending on the shell’s size.  
Artillery shells that had been converted from their original use to vases were quite popular in Germany.  Today’s 8cm M5 shell stands 10 ½" tall. It measures 4 ½" in diameter at the lip, and 3 1/4" in diameter at the base.  The vase’s top third has been elaborately stippled with dark vertical marks “growing” from a base of tapped-in round spots.  Its lip has been carefully crimped around its entire circumference, giving it a stylized “burst” appearance.  Another section of the tapped-in spots is surrounded by etched-in bands a third of the way up from the base, which is also decorated with simple bands.  The shell casing’s base sports various arsenal marks, such as “1916,” “Berndorf,” 525, and “8cm M5.”  It has suffered a few dents and dings over the years, but remains in good condition, overall. 
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Veteran's Pipes, Patriotic Pipes, Smoking Accessories, etc.

 

 

10-807 COMPLETE KRONPRINZ WILHELM PIPE. On 4 August 1914, Kronprinz Wilhelm assumed command of the German 5. Armee. This army fought exclusively on the Western Front. Early in the war, Kronprinz Wilhelm led his army against the French at the Battle of the Ardennes. The French withdrew, with heavy losses. In February, the 5. Armee led the attack at The Battle of Verdun. The army remained at Verdun for the next two years. Kronprinz Wilhelm was removed from the 5. Armee’s command in November 1916. Under its new commander, General Max von Gallwitz, the 5. Armee continued to fight at Verdun. Late in the war it faced and was defeated by forces led by General John J. (Blackjack) Pershing.
During the years he commanded the 5. Armee, Kronprinz Wilhelm established a tradition of presenting the troops under his command with a Christmas present. For Christmas 1914, he gave a complete pipe along with a document detailing the gift’s purpose and offering Christmas greetings.
Today we are offering an (almost)* complete example of the pipe, sans document. The pipe head and extension are made of white porcelain. The pipe head features a full-color portrait of Kronprinz Wilhelm wearing a feldgrau attila, complete with the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. He is also wearing his officer’s schirmütze bearing the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1's iconic totenkopf. The pipe head’s opposite side bears the legend "5. Armee Weihnachten 1914." The pipe head has a metal cap that flips up and allows tobacco to be placed in the bowl. The pipe head is plugged into another porcelain piece displaying a colorful Iron Cross. Extending up from that porcelain piece is a wooden piece with a threaded section.
The final wooden section is the flexible mouthpiece. The mouthpiece’s end should attach to the wooden extension. However, I cannot see the threaded portion that would allow this to happen! *(We have two extra wooden pieces that belong to the pipe, but we cannot figure out exactly where they belong, either). Thus, while the pipe may be displayed in its (almost) entirety, it cannot be attached together, nor can it actually be used as a functioning pipe, as far as we can tell. [Perhaps a wise reader knows more about putting one of these together and can advise us accordingly. We would be very grateful]!
The pièce de résistance is a red, black, and white mini sash that holds the stem to the pipe head. Aside from the fault with the locking threads, the pipe is in pleasing condition and can make a charming display.
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10-616 CHRISTMAS PIPE AND FRAMED DOCUMENT - KRONPRINZ WILHELM. Early during the Great War, Kronprinz Wilhelm commonly offered a Christmas gift to the soldiers under his command. In the past, we have sold part of this gift. What we offered was a pipe’s head that depicted a colored-likeness of the Kronprinz, wearing his death’s-head Husaren Attila and visor cap. On the back of the pipe was "5. Armee Weihnachten 1914." I have offered perhaps two or three of these pipe heads. Today we are offering the complete pipe, in the long style that German veterans purchased after the war, to display in which regiment they had served. The pipe has two sections. The lower half is where the pipe head is attached. This measures 27" in length. The other piece is some 6 ½" long and attaches to the top, containing the mouthpiece. A problem exists in that an attachment piece (it would have been quite small) is missing. Thus, currently the two primary pieces cannot be mated together. This is still fine for display, as the two pieces can be laid together for this purpose. (If you are enterprising, you may be able to figure a way to make it work)!  Even more interesting is the framed certificate, which accompanied the pipe when it was initially given out by the Kronprinz. This certificate comes in a period wooden frame. The frame measures 13 ½" x 7 ½." The certificate itself measures 11 ½" x 7 ½." The message of the certificate is to the troops spending Christmas in France. He writes that his grandfather, Friedrich Wilhelm (later Kaiser Friedrich III), saluted his brave troops at Christmas while they were also fighting the French. This is a very fine grouping that will display beautifully. $650.00

 

 

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10-680 WALRUS TUSK CIGAR CUTTER. This piece is a perfect example of the cigar cutter as objet d’art. It is created from a curved, ivory walrus tusk measuring 9 1/2" in length and 1 1/2" in diameter. Walrus ivory was highly-prized in Germany. Along with elephant ivory, it was used in the fine grips seen on naval officer’s daggers and swords during the Imperial Period. At the top of the tusk a fine mechanism has been affixed. A fine silver, or German-silver band has been engraved as a gift from one friend to another, saying "Carl Müller s/l Freund Paul Krebs 5 May 1926." The actual cutting mechanism is on the band. It is a bit stiff, but it operates well. Perhaps a bit more use and oiling with WD 40 will loosen it up a bit. I am going to use this example until one of you claims it. It is a great way to enjoy your cigars as a gentleman did more than eighty years ago! $695.00  

 

 

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10-681 TWO-POINT STAG HORN CIGAR CUTTER. Not only was cigar smoking a tradition in Germany, so was hunting. Even today, German hunters take their sport very seriously. Hunters took great pride in their accomplishments. Stags’ horns were routinely mounted and displayed on walls. A small number of these horns were used in making high-quality cigar cutters. Our example is a two-point stag horn. It measures about 9 1/4" in length, and 3 3/4" in diameter. Fitted atop the horn is a fine cigar cutter from Solingen. The example operates smoothly. It will give you much enjoyment as you smoke your fine cigars. $375.00  

 

 

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10-682 ONE-POINT STAG HORN CIGAR CUTTER. Not only was cigar smoking a tradition in Germany, so was hunting. Even today, German hunters take their sport very seriously. Hunters took great pride in their accomplishments. Stags’ horns were routinely mounted and displayed on walls. A small number of these horns were used in making high-quality cigar cutters. Our example is a one-point stag horn. It measures about 8 1/4" in length, and 1 1/2" in diameter. Fitted atop the horn is a fine cigar cutter from Solingen. The example operates smoothly. It will give you much enjoyment as you smoke your fine cigars. $275.00  

 

 

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10-699 KAISER WILHELM II PIPEHEAD. This is an interesting patriotic pipehead featuring a full-color likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm II. It measures 6" in length, and has an open bowl. The Kaiser’s likeness is striking. He is in the center of a wreath of high-relief oak leaves. It is very colorful, with vibrant colors. It probably is hand painted. $225.00

 

 

 

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10-777 PIPE HEAD - BADISCHES LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT - BADEN. This is a pipe head for the Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment (1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109). The regiment was the first and most elite infantry regiment from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It was founded in 1803 during the height of the Napoleonic Wars. The pipe head measures 4 7/8" in length. At the rim it measures 1 1/4" in diameter. Gold trim appears just under the rim. A full-color likeness appears of a soldier (complete with tschako) in the regiment’s garb from the time it was formed. Below the likeness is the original name of the regiment, before it acquired the Regiment Nr 109 when the German army became further organized. At the bottom in the porcelain of the pipe head we see threads where it would have been screwed into the wooden attachment of the pipe. It is in fine condition. $495.00

 

 

 

 

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10-727 VETERAN’S PIPE HEAD - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT. This is a pipe head that was once attached to a large veteran’s memorial pipe. It is made of porcelain. Its overall length is 4 1/2." It sports a decal that depicts several pickelhauben-wearing soldiers standing around a cannon. A patriotic phrase floats above the soldiers’ heads. The pipe head has a metal top that flips open, allowing tobacco to be placed in the pipe. An accessory at the pipe head’s bottom attaches to the rest of the pipe’s tubing, so the smoker can puff his heart out. It is in very good condition. $175.00

 

 

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10-700 KÖNIG LUDWIG II - BAVARIA PIPEHEAD. This pipehead depicts König Ludwig II (Mad Ludwig) of Bavaria. He was an interesting and tragic figure who died under mysterious conditions. The castle at Neuschwanstein was built at his direction, as well as two other famed castles that nearly bankrupted the Bavarian government. The pipehead is in full color. It shows the King when he was young. It has a metal lid at the top. The pipehead measures 4 3/4" in length. $225.00

 

 

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10-815 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 84 VETERAN’S PIPEHEAD - PRUSSIA. This is the oldest pipehead that we have offered. It is for a veteran by the name of P. Speil. He served in Kompagnie Nr 6 of Infanterie-Regiment von Manstein (Schleswigsches) Nr 84. The regiment was founded in 1866. Bataillon Nr’s I and III were garrisoned at Schleswig, while Bataillon Nr II was stationed at Hadersleben. The regiment was attached to the IX. Armeekorps.
This pipehead does not have its metal lid. Furthermore, four stress cracks of varying lengths mark the surface. The pipehead’s front features two soldiers complete with their pickelhauben. The opposite side displays an NCO in his schirmütze, with a gaily dressed lady on his arm. The regiment’s name and the time its owner served in it is painted on the pipehead.
What is astonishing is the pipehead’s age! Herr Speil’s service dates from 1873-1876, which makes it the oldest pipehead (or similar veterans’ piece) that we have ever offered. Even with its faults, it is a wonderful, more than 135-year-old piece of history.
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10-816 2. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß VETERAN’S PIPEHEAD - PRUSSIA. This is a two-piece pipehead for a veteran from the 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The very elite regiment was founded in 1813. It participated in every major war in which Prussia fought from 1813 through 1918. The regiment was garrisoned in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Gardekorps.
The very elaborate pipehead is somewhat larger than a typical example and comes in two parts. The "head" itself slips into a second, Y-shaped piece. The pipehead’s central motif depicts two of the regiment’s soldiers. One wears a pickelhaube complete with Bataillon Nr III’s parade bush. (Only Bataillon Nr III wore a black bush, Bataillon Nrs I and II wore white ones). The soldier on the right is wearing a schirmütze. Between them is the regiment’s crowned shoulder board. The entire scene is flanked by high-relief oak leaf branches. The veteran’s name appears at the bottom where the oak leaf branches are joined together into a wreath. Its reverse depicts an NCO (with a lady on his arm) passing a rifle and pickelhaube-wearing soldier standing before a guard box. Information about the 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß appears underneath the scene. The latter also indicates that the veteran served in the regiment’s Kompagnie Nr 11 from 1897 to 1899.
The pipehead’s lid is fashioned as a pickelhaube. However, its spike is missing and its chin scales are broken. The wappen with its Garde Star is present. The lid still opens and closes. Some spidering/stress cracking extends down about two inches from the rim.
It is a captivating pipehead that will allow you to own a very elite regiment veteran’s possession.
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10-817 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 14 VETERAN’S PIPEHEAD - PRUSSIA. This is a two-piece pipehead for a veteran from Infanterie-Regiment Graf Schwerin (3. Pommersches) Nr 14. The Prussian regiment was founded in 1813. It was garrisoned at Bromberg and assigned to the II. Armeekorps.
The pipehead comes in two parts. The "head" itself slips into a second, Y-shaped piece. The pipehead’s central motif depicts five soldiers grouped around a table celebrating some event, while a waitress distributes their beers. Above the group is the regiment’s crowned shoulder board. The entire scene is flanked by high-relief oak leaf branches formed into a wreath. Its reverse depicts an NCO with a lady on his arm. Information about Infanterie-Regiment Graf Schwerin (3. Pommersches) Nr 14 appears underneath the scene. The latter also indicates that the veteran served in the regiment’s Kompagnie Nr 3 from 1909 to 1911. Unfortunately, much of the information is faded and difficult to read.
The pipehead’s lid is fashioned as a pickelhaube. However, its spike is missing and its chin scales are broken. The wappen also is missing. The lid still opens and closes. It remains an attractive pipehead, overall. It would make a solid addition to your collection.
$125.00

 

 

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10-818 GARDE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT VETERAN’S PIPEHEAD - PRUSSIA. This is a Garde-Küraßier-Regiment veteran’s pipehead. The regiment was founded in 1815 and garrisoned in Berlin, where it was attached to the Gardekorps. Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy cavalry. Prussia’s first Küraßier-Regiment was founded in 1646, and its last was founded in 1815, (for a total of three). The Garde-Küraßier-Regiment, along with the Regiment der Gardes du Corps, sported the Hohenzollern Eagle atop its helmet for dress occasions.
We mention the Parade Eagle because this pipehead features a mounted officer wearing his gold-toned küraß, along with his Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmet. Another soldier stands in front of the horse. Below this scene is the veteran’s name, Karl Krüger. The entire scene is flanked by a high-relief, oak leaf branch wreath. Its reverse lists a number of the men who served in the troop with him. Krüger’s service extended from 1899 into 1902. Some light spidering is evident in one area. The pipehead’s bottom also shows some signs of breakage. The pipe’s top reveals NO evidence it ever featured a lid. No signs appear of attachment nor do any reveal where a lid was removed.
This would make a fetching item for you cavalry collectors.
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10-849 IDENTIFIED VETERAN’S PIPEHEAD FROM INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 16 - PRUSSIA. This is a pipehead for a veteran of Infanterie-Regiment Freiherr von Sparr (3. Westfälisches) Nr 16.  The proud regiment was raised in 1813 and saw substantial service in the Napoleonic Wars, Germany’s 19th Century consolidation conflicts and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War.  Infanterie-Regiment Freiherr von Sparr (3. Westfälisches) Nr 16 was garrisoned in Cologne (Köln), and its foundation day was 01/07/1813.  The unit is named after Feldmarschall Otto Christoph von Sparr.  The regiment is the 3rd Infanterie Regiment from the province of Westphalia, and the 16th within the Prussian Army. 
Our beautifully painted pipehead is missing the top cover over its opening (wherein one placed the tobacco).  Inscribed on the pipehead’s top is the recipient’s name, “Fritz Kappe.” Below this is a picture framed on either side by a high-relief oak leaf wreath that is decorated with black, white and gold pipeheads and tied together at the bottom by a bow in Imperial Germany’s black, white and red national colors.  Depicted within the wreath is another smaller wreath surrounding a Nr 16 blue and red regimental shoulder board.  A German National Flag is on the smaller wreath’s left side, while a black and white Prussian flag is on the right.  A soldier clad in the regiment’s blue and red uniform stands below the National Flag, shaking hands with a civilian.  The latter is dressed in an outfit frequently worn by Otto von Bismarck after he retired ( i.e., a prosperous gentleman’s everyday outfit).  [The civilian even resembles a young von Bismarck]!  
Between the two men is the salutation, “Welcome dear friend.”  The pipehead’s reverse features the phrase “Take this gift from my hand and smoke it all your life long” at the top.  Below it the same men from the obverse are seated at a restaurant table, enjoying a companionable smoke.   Below them are several sentences stating that the pipe is a gift from Franz Willeke to his friend Kappe on his birthday.  It also names Kappe’s Infanterie  Regiment along with information about it and the year, “1911.”
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10-809 MINIATURE - VETERAN’S PIPE. I acquired this small pipe in Germany on one of our trips about ten years ago. I was very taken by it when I first saw it, the detailing on this miniature of a veteran’s pipe. We do not find complete, full-sized veterans’ pipes all that often. The original pipes came in several pieces that connected together. It allowed the man to be seated, with his pipe bowl extending almost to the floor. The veteran’s pipe displayed information on his army or navy unit. In many cases, army pipes often printed his fellow soldiers’ names on their sides.
The miniature measures about 2 7/8" in length. Just like the full-sized pipes, the miniature comes apart. The pipe bowl and extension are made of light-colored wood. The stem and tip, which fit in the mouth, are made of wood on a full-sized pipe. Here, they instead are made of a translucent material.
This is a very well made novelty item that reminds us of old Germany. $50.00 
 

 

 

 

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10-562 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS CIGAR HOLDER. This fiber-based patriotic cigar holder measures 5 5/8" x 5 5/8." A large 1914 Iron Cross is embossed in black on the obverse. It is trimmed in leather. A flap on the reverse allows entry to the interior where the cigars would have been stored. This item is MINT. $95.00. . .

 

 

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10-598 FIELD STATIONERY PORTFOLIO. This is a small folio that measures 4 ½" x 8 1/4," and held a soldier’s stationery. Printed on the front are two 1914 Iron Crosses along with the word Ondo-Feldschreibmappe (Ondo-Field-Portfolio, Ondo probably being the maker). On the reverse is a wonderful crowned Hohenzollern Eagle. Below the eagle is a snap closure that secured the contents. On the inside is a map, with no indication for which year it was intended. It is in excellent condition. It would be a great item for a soldier-display. $40.00  

 

 

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Watches & Watch Fobs

 

39-41 XMG 18th CENTURY ENGLISH SKELETON POCKET WATCH. This is a consignment item. I am no expert on pocket watches. Let me share what I do know about this pocket watch. The watch was manufactured in England during the period of 1750-1775. It is very likely that it came to this country before the beginning of the Revolutionary War. It is a smaller pocket watch than we normally see. The case measures 2" in diameter. The watch face is made of porcelain. The hours are marked on it with hand painted Roman numerals, as well as painted numbers in the increment of five. If you look between the III and IV numerals, you will see where you wind this watch. It was a common spot for winding during this period and for this particular watch. One opens the watch’s front half, which houses the glass shield, inserts the key and winds. The key IS present and the watch fully functions. The time is set by moving the minute and hour hands like one would on a grandfather clock.  As we examine the case, we see an interesting hand-etched design. (PLEASE NOTE: the case is made of GOLD). From the looks of it I would say that it is 18K. A fine jump ring (for lack of a better term) is attached to the watch top. Attach a pocket watch chain to it and the watch can be tucked in a pocket. The reverse sports another glass cover that exposes the watch’s inner workings (thus its title "Skeleton Watch"). It appears that the inner workings of the movement may also be made of GOLD. This is a very high-quality pocket watch that is more than two-hundred-fifty years-old. $5,795.00

 

 

 

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10-621 POCKET WATCH WITH PATRIOTIC WATCH CHAIN - PRESENTATION CASE. This is an ornate presentation of a pocket watch from the Great War Era. The watch has a twenty-four-hour face with a second hand. The case is silver-toned. The watch measures 2" in diameter. The watch operates only sporadically, for a few seconds at a time. Perhaps a watchmaker could do something to return the watch to a fully functional basis. Attached to the watch is an interesting, patriotic, watch chain. Interspersed with the regular links of the chain are three other special links. Two are for the 1916 "Gold for Iron" program, while the other mentions "The Iron Time." The watch and chain are housed in a deluxe presentation case made of black leatherette. It measures 4 1/2" x 4 1/2." Inside the case is a special area where the watch is housed. The chain is laid in a special compartment right above it. $450.00

 

 

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10-674 WATCH CHAIN - GOLD FOR IRON. During the great War, a patriotic program was born where German citizens donated valuable items made mostly of gold to help pay for the war effort. This plan was known as "Gold for Iron" and there numerous items that were given to the people who gave up their gold. Today we offer a very nice watch chain that measures 18" in length. Within the links of the chain there are two medallions. The first refers to the "Gold for Iron" program along with the date 1916. The second medallion shows a Hohenzollern Eagle on both sides. All the connectors are present on this watch chain and you may use it on your pocket watch. $75.00

 

 

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10-738 WATCH FOB - HAPSBURG TWO-HEADED EAGLE. This is a watch fob that sports a circular medallion, measuring 1 1/4” in diameter, at one end. The obverse displays the Central Powers’ (Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, and Turkey) four heads of state. The medallion’s reverse features a large caliber cannon and the dates 1914-17. At the fob’s opposite end is an attachment for the watch. Its ribbon is black and yellow silk, Austria’s national colors. The House of Habsburg’s silver two-headed Eagle is attached to the ribbon. This is a superior-quality item. $195.00

 

 

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10-662 WATCH FOB. This is a watch fob made from an interesting three-Mark coin. The coin is dated 1913 on its obverse, along with an image of a German Eagle battling a snake. The coin’s reverse shows a number of soldiers cheering their Kaiser. The coin measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is attached to a frame through which a black ribbon runs. It is in good condition. $225.00

 

 

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10-753 WATCH FOB - FULL-SIZED DECORATIONS - VETERAN’S MEDALS. This is a rather interesting veteran’s watch fob that includes four, full-sized decorations. The fob’s top sports an interesting device. In some ways it has the look of a sword’s pommel, or perhaps one for a saddle. It appears it was made of "German Silver" (nickel). It boasts a lovely patina from not having been cleaned in decades. Extending down from the silver device is a length of silk ribbon that measures 3" x 1/2." This displays Germany’s national colors (red, black, and white). At the base, where the watch normally attaches, are four decorations/veteran’s medals. They include,

*The 1870 Combatant’s Medal from the Franco-Prussian War. It is a first-issue example, which displays written information on its edge confirming that the decoration was made from captured French cannons. It measures 1 1/8" in diameter.

*The Friedrich August Medal from Saxony. It measures 1" in diameter.

*A Veterans Medal that features Saxony’s König Friedrich August III in profile on the obverse. The reverse displays various military items in its center. Around them is the motto, "Mit Gott Für Kaiser, Fürst Und Vaterland." It measures 1" in diameter.

*A medal that commemorates Otto von Bismarck’s 70th birthday. The obverse displays von Bismarck in profile, wearing a pickelhaube. It also says "Otto Fürst von Bismarck." The reverse has the date 1885 at the top, along with von Bismarck’s coat-of-arms. More information, and mention of his 70th birthday, is included.

It is a captivating fob that will display well in any sort of display. $195.00

 

 

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10-870 PHYSICIAN’S ALLIGATOR SKIN MEDICAL BAG. This is a handsome, well-preserved physician’s alligator skin medical bag. When closed, the bag measures 9" x 9" x 19. When expanded, it measures 9" x 12" x 19." Its interior is lined with brown leather that sports four interior pockets. It has a sturdy thick handle, metal clasps, and is fully functional. The bag is in excellent condition. During the 1900's physicians made house calls and carried their supplies in a physician’s bag like this. [Okay, I know I am dating myself, but I remember the doctor coming to see us at home in the late 1950's. The visit only cost $5.00]! The doctor who originally owned this piece, however, had quite a sense of style and insisted on the very best.
Today the bag could be displayed as a conversation piece, or sit at your bedside holding your favorite crafting items or books. For the more adventurous at heart, it could even be used as a luxurious overnight bag. It would make a beautiful addition to any collectors treasures. $495.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-871 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 VETERAN’S WALKING STICK - PRUSSIA. German soldiers expressed their pride and patriotism in a number of ways, particularly after they had served their enlistments. Common veterans’ mementos included steins, pipes, and canteens displaying emblems from the regiments in which they had served. Our example today, however, is an imaginative way to commemorate a veteran’s service. It is a gentleman’s walking stick, which were more ornamental than medically-required canes. [I admit I much prefer using canes that match my personality. If you have to use one, it might as well make a statement]! Walking sticks were not constructed to support one’s full body weight in the manner of canes, but to elegantly point one’s way when perambulating. They also were an excellent way to indicate that you were a retired veteran.
This walking stick measures 40" in length. [A modern-day cane usually measures about 36" for a six-foot tall man]. The walking stick is considerably longer, in keeping with its status as a showpiece rather than a utilitarian support. It sports a horsehead handle that is made of base metal, and displays a fine patina. A leather strap is located just below the horsehead so the wearer could slip it over his wrist for easy carrying.
The walking stick’s shaft is covered with handsomely interwoven brown leather strips, further decorated by an intertwined black and white fabric cord in Prussia’s state colors. A gold-toned decorative piece is attached about 5" below the handle. It displays the enlisted man/NCO’s Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande (2.Westfälisches) Nr 15 shoulder strap. This proud regiment was raised in 1813. It was garrisoned at Minden, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. An unmarked silver-toned band encircles the walking stick bout three inches below the gold-toned display. Two portépée-like devices hang down near the regimental designation, adding a further decorative flair. The devices’ colors are VERY faded, although I believe they were once Imperial Germany’s red, black, and white national colors.
The overall condition of the walking stick is quite pleasing. Now you can now go for a stroll like a gentleman from more than one-hundred-years ago, or install it as a striking display in your office or collector’s room. [Please note that we are offering a stickpin from the same regiment! Each piece found its serendipitous way to us separately – quite the coincidence]! $395.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-872 NCO’S WALKING STICK - PRUSSIA. This is a handsome walking stick for a Prussian Infanterie/Kavallerie/Artillerie Regiment NCO. The walking stick measures 34" in length. It is covered in an interestingly designed black leatherette that is crisscrossed down its shaft by intertwined cords sporting Imperial Germany’s red, black, and white national colors. A pair of black portépée-like devices are attached to the shaft’s top. The stick’s pommel sports a knob made from a base metal, whose center displays a gilt-toned Prussian NCO’s collar button. It is an elegant presentation. $250.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-859 PRIVATELY-PURCHASED BINOCULARS. This is a pair of small and compact binoculars. They have a metal finish with no sign of the more-commonly-seen black paint/material, just a smooth surface. The eyepieces appear to have rubberized cups. An even more important point is that the optics appear clean and clear. Each binocular side is adjustable, as is the center (adjusting each side’s resting position). NO lanyard is attached to its side. I can see no evidence of a manufacturer’s hallmark. These are as ready be used today as they were more than one-hundred-years-ago. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

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10-780 FRAMED COLLAGE - BLACK EAGLE/GARDE STAR - HOHENZOLLERN CROWN. Now I am at a bit of a loss to explain this collage’s central theme. It could be one of two things. It could be an Order of the Black Eagle Breast Star in embroidered form. These were commonly used before 1840, when breast stars were manufactured in metal. These were also referred to in Germany as "Tinsel Stars." On the other hand, it could also be a device that was sewn to the saddle blanket worn by officer’s horses. It was used as a Garde Star for those officers who served in any Garde-Regiment. The item was sold to me as the former, but I must be honest and at least alert you to the possibility that it may be the latter. That said, it is a beautiful bullion-embroidered item. It lies in the middle of a blue felt background. Directly above that we see a gilt Hohenzollern Crown device. Below the crown is a horizontal grouping of laurel leaves. The collage is beautifully presented in a gold frame, which measures 16" x 12 1/4" x 2." The Black Eagle/Garde Star device measures 5 1/4" in diameter. The frame is modern, not from the Imperial Period. The frame’s reverse has a wood backing, with a hook at the top to hang it from your wall. $1,495.00

 

 

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10-806 1901 FESTIVAL CIRCUIT PRIZE. This elaborate medal is a consolation prize for the runner-up in a 1901 Festival Circuit Pressing contest. A somewhat articulated, bronze-toned cross, the medal measures 6 1/4" in length and 3 3/4" across its breadth. Its topmost part is a crowned Prussian Eagle, with a jump ring attached to its head and an "R" emblazoned on its chest. A bandeau is attached to its feet, with the words "VII Kreisfest 1901" (VII Festival Circuit 1901) engraved across it. The cross itself is a Maltese Cross, with a fleur-de-lis inserted between the two end points of each arm. The cross is attached to the bandeau by another jump ring that is linked to the top fleur-de-lis. Chains are attached to the fleur-de-lis at either end of the horizontal cross arm, then joined to the bandeau on the left and on the right. This serves to steady the decoration, which is large enough to be a trifle unwieldy. A small, stylized eagle with outspread wings is inserted among each of the four spaces between the horizontal and vertical cross arms. The cross’s circular, high-relief center is surrounded by an oak and laurel leaf wreath and topped by a crown, both of which are also in high-relief. On the obverse, the words "I C. I Pr./Ehrenpreis/Stemmen" (I C. I Pr./Consolation Prize/in Lifting) appear within the wreath. The medal’s reverse is totally flat and unadorned, except for some engraving in the corresponding location to that on the front. The words are "St u. Rgk./Mülheim Ruhr./Gest. V. Gen. Tak Lukas" (which we cannot clearly translate). Finally, a small, stylized, four-petal flower hangs down from the bottom fleur-de-lis. This is an intriguing item AND a frustrating one. From what I can glean from some of the words, it may be a consolation prize in a weightlifting event held in Mülheim. I have no clear idea. It’s attractive and a total mystery. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. $695.00

 

 

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10-821 BAVARIAN BOX THALER IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. The Bavarian Box Thaler was a patriotic piece that was quite popular in from 1914 through 1916. It was based on a Bavarian coin from the early to mid 19th Century, before the Mark became Germany’s standard coin and currency denomination. The coin measures 1 ½ in diameter. The obverse displays a likeness of Bavaria’s König Ludwig III. He was the final King of Bavaria and reigned during WW I.
The reverse is quite decorative, with the Bavarian Coat-of-Arms as its central theme. At the top is the Bavarian motto "In Treue Fest " (In Firm Fidelity). At the bottom is "Bayern Thaler 1914/16."
The best thing about the coin is that it opens into two halves. Once opened, it displays connected paper, patriotic images depicting German royalty and Bavarian military in action during the Great War’s first two years.
The images are connected and unfold like paper dolls that have been cut to that purpose. Just a few of the images that we see are Bavaria’s King Ludwig III (the first image we see, of course), Kaiser Wilhelm II, Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria, Otto Weddigen, Vizeadmiral Graf von Spee, zeppelins, airplanes, and etc.
The Box Thaler is housed in its original carton with the item’s name on it. While I have offered the Box Thaler previously, I have never done so with the carton. It is a great item!
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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 that measures 1" x 2 3/4."] This was the first of the Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments created in 1901. The regiment carried 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 Prussia's ultra-elite Regiment der Garde du Corps and Saxony's 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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10-767 HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 LEATHER CHANGE PURSE - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This is a personal item from the Duchy of Braunschweig’s legendary Husaren-Regiment Nr 17. It is a brown leather change purse that measures 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" when closed. When the flap is opened, it measures 4 3/4" x 3 3/4." The flap sports brass numbers "1" and "7." Between them is the Braunschweig-style Totenkopf (Death’s head). The change purse’s reverse displays a silver-toned device which depicts a feather wreath. The snap closure works perfectly. The leather is supple. The purse is in very fine condition. $550.00

 

 

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10-819 BLACK-WHITE-RED GERMAN ROULETTE GAME. Patriotic items in Germany came in many guises, although this is one of the more-unusual examples I have encountered. In fact, it is a game that was designed after a casino’s roulette wheel! It comes in a colorful box that proclaims it "Das Neue Spiel" (The New Game) followed by (in even larger letters) "Schwarz, Weiss, Rot der Deutsches Roulett" (Black, white, red of the German Roulette). A black, white, and red German national flag also appears on the box’s top. 
The box housing the game measures 2 1/3" x 9 3/4" x 9 3/4." After we remove the box top, we find instructions printed on the cover detailing how the game is to be played. It has a wooden roulette wheel that measures 8" in diameter. Three legs at its bottom keep the wheel steady upon a table. Inside the wheel is a series of colored holes where a ball (it is not present, but a standard-sized marble should work just fine) would come to a rest after the wheel is spun. A number from one through 12 appears beside each colored hole. Five game cards that measure 4 5/16" x 4 5/16" are also included. Each card has a metal spinner.
This will give you a taste of how patriotic Germans passed a cold winter night or a rainy afternoon more than one-hundred-years ago! Monopoly® as we know it today was invented in 1934 and patented in 1935. This game predates that world famous pastime by more than a good thirty years plus!
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10-721 OFFICER’S GIFT - STAR FORM - 1864. During the Imperial German Period, gifts from one officer to another were quite common as an expression of friendship. Also, sometimes loyal enlisted men or NCO’s presented a gift to an officer. The latter were a bit more uncommon than the officer-to-officer gift. This gift is in the shape of a six-pointed star. It is quite ornate, with an equal number of lance-like designs among the points. The object measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2." On one side it appears the area could have accommodated a photo. This area measures 1 1/8" in diameter. The other side features engraving to the officer, the date 1864, and the engraved names of the NCO’s who presented the gift to the officer. $250.00

 

 

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10-724 PATRIOTIC GERMAN/AUSTRIAN CHANGE PURSE. This is a patriotic change purse. It features multicolored beads sewn onto both its obverse and reverse, representing the German and Austrian national flags. A crown appears between them. It is a charming little patriotic item. It would make a great display, or if you prefer, you could use it as it was intended. $95.00

 

 

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10-754 SILK PATCH - AUSTRIA. This is a silk patch that comes from Austria. I do not know its exact use. It does, however, feature the crowned, two-headed, Hapsburg Eagle in yellow against a black field. It is quite attractive and measures 4 1/2" x 4." $95.00

 

 

 

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10-763 TERRAIN MAP - GREATER-BERLIN AREA - PRE-1918. This is a terrain map of the greater-Berlin area. It shows Berlin and its surrounding suburbs. It is prepared in the same format in which military maps were constructed. When folded, the map measures 5 3/4" x 7." When unfolded, we see sixteen sections of the map, each of which measures 5 1/2" x 6 3/4." These sections are then affixed to a backing (it is what folds up). Preparing the map in this fashion keeps it from tearing. As a terrain map, it shows varying parts of Berlin’s heights. This captivating map shows what Berlin looked like prior to 1918. $95.00

 

 

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10-714 LARGE CANVAS PATRIOTIC TOBACCO POUCH SALUTING GERMANY AND TURKEY. This is a fascinating patriotic piece. It is a heavy, gray canvas pouch measuring 8" at its longest point, 4 ½" at the opening, and 6" at its widest point. It is shaped roughly like a shield. Its color could be considered feldgrau. Its front is decorated with the embroidered national flags of Turkey and Imperial Germany, joined together by an embroidered green, leafed spiral. A tassel of red, black and white thread dangles from the bottom of the pouch. The pouch’s top is threaded together with a twisted cord of red, white and black. The cord is inserted through twelve eyelets in the top of the pouch. Each eyelet is protected by a metal grommet. The pouch may have been designed to hold tobacco, although it appears NOT to have stored any inside it. It is in very good condition, except for a small moth nip on the upper left front and a bit of tracking. It looks as though it was used more for display than to store or hold any substance. It is a lovely item. $175.00

 

 

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10-731 SOLDIER’S WALLET - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 31 - PRUSSIA. This is a brown soldier’s wallet, measuring 5 3/4" x 7 3/4," from Infanterie-Regiment Graf Bose (1. Thüringisches) Nr 31. A WW I soldier carried his money, documents, photos, etc. in it. It is expandable, with multiple pockets for any of the soldier’s personal items. When fully opened it measures 10 1/2" x 7 3/4." Embossed in gold on its inside is the following inscription:

"Zur Erinnerung
an
E./L. I.R. 31
Kriegsjahr 1914-1917."

Overall, the wallet is in very good condition, although one can clearly see that it was used. I hope its owner survived the war to return to his family and civilian life. $225.00

 

 

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10-666 STEREOPTICON WITH SEVEN PHOTOGRAPHS. This is a stereopticon from the WW I period. It allows viewers to see special photos in a "stereo" mode. This set consists of the special stereo holder and seven of the special photos. It is a fun period-example of "high tech." $225.00  

 

 

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10-746 BRASS CONTAINER. I have played with this item for a while, and I still do not know its exact purpose! It is a brass container that could have held any number of items. It even could have been used as a drinking cup. Only your imagination will limit the uses you can find for it. It measures 1 1/2" tall, 1 3/4" in diameter at one end, and 2" in diameter at the other. Either end can be opened for use. Have fun with it! $75.00

 

 

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10-718 XWH 1914 CALENDAR ISSUED UNDER AUSPICES BAVARIAN POLICE OFFICIALS. This is a consignment item. It is for the year 1914. It also was issued by the Polizeibeamte Bayern in 1914. It has a snap closure that reveals the interior of the calendar when released. It contains a lot of advertising for a number of banks and firms. After the advertisements comes a fine photo of König Ludwig III of Bavaria. Following that is a day-by-day calendar for the year 1914. It has not been used. Following that the calendar is a lot of other information about the Police Officials unit. I think you will find the booklet quite interesting. It is loaded with facts and details that you can research. It even has a pencil attached inside. It shows some wear, but remains very similar to what it looked like in 1914 when the police official purchased it. $95.00

 

 

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10-608 KAISERMANÖVER MAP - 1907. This is a map for the 1907 Kaisermanöver. The Kaiser Maneuvers were the German Army’s annual war games and parades. They were presided over by the Kaiser. Most of Germany’s royalty and nobility participated in them in some fashion. Folded up, the map measures 9 1/2" x 6," and when fully unfolded, it measures 37" x 24 1/2." The map is quite detailed. It shows the areas that were used for this occasion. When the map is fully opened, although the map has separated, it is complete. It has separated into three different pieces. $125.00

 

 

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10-604 1916 KRIEGS-SOAP IN CONTAINER. We are pleased to bring you yet another unusual patriotic item. It is a bar of Kriegs-soap. I imagine it was used at the Front by soldiers taking a quick bath or shave from their helmets, or by the patriotic Germans back home. The bar measures 1 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is unused, as the imprint of the manufacturer, "Kriegs-Seife 1916 F. Wolff & Sohn," is still extant. The soap bar rests in a plastic box half that I do not believe is original to the soap. This is an interesting and unusual item. $75.00

 

 

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10-813 GERMAN MILITARY STYLE FIELD COMPASS. We have never offered a piece quite like this before. What took my eye was its quality of construction and personal use by a soldier in the field. I am quite honestly unable to say if it was used by an enlisted man or an officer. The body of the field compass is rounded at one end and square at the other. The case, which appears to be made of tin, measures 2" x 2 3/16." A ring is at the rounded end, where it could be attached to a belt ring. The case opens quite easily. One can see the compass’s glass face, which measures 1 3/4" in diameter. The compass operates quite well. The compass’s exterior is hallmarked for Bezard Kompass.
The compass comes enclosed in a black leather carrying-case that shows wear and honest age. It is a really interesting item and something that you still can use today.
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10-602 FIELD SHAVING MIRROR. This is a circular mirror that might well have been used by a soldier shaving at the front. The mirror is 3 1/4" in diameter. It is colorful, with patriotic sayings. It is a fine item for a soldier’s display. $90.00 

 

 

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10-532 CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE FOR AN ARTILLERY REGIMENT. This brass plate would have been attached to the front of a cartridge box of a man assigned to an artillery regiment. This would date from about 1890-1910. The detail and quality of this is quite high. $195.00.

 

 

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10-619 SMALL PERSONAL DIARY - WW I. This is a small personal diary from the WW I Era. Only a few of its pages have been used, most of it is empty. The book measures 6" x 5 1/4." It features a 1914 Iron Cross in its corner. It appears that the entries are about a family’s genealogy going back to 1794. The book is in very fine condition. It would be excellent for display purposes. $95.00

 

 

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10-554 PATRIOTIC BANK NOTE HOLDER. This is a terrific patriotic bank note holder. It measures 5 7/8" x 4." Embossed on the outer cover are an Iron Cross and the dates 1914 and 1915. The name of a woman’s group in Harz that distributed these pieces to interested people is also included. These could have been used either as gifts for soldiers, or as support for war aide or soldiers’ aide. Inside are two places where one could secure bank notes, papers, or photos. The woman’s group distributing the holder has its name displayed again on the inside. This is a lovely patriotic piece that can be used daily, or as part of a display. $75.00. . .

 

 

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10-658 OFFICER'S PHOTOGRAPH AND DEATH NOTICES. This is a mini group and photograph for an officer who died in 1929. The officer was a retired Major (Major a. D.) by the name of Kurt Walter. I believe he was a member of a Garde-Grenadier-Regiment or Garde-Füßilier-Regiment. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, along with the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class. He was also awarded the Military Merit Cross 3rd Class from Austria. The large-format photograph measures 4 1/4" x 6 1/2." It shows troops in the field, with four young officers in the foreground. I believe that Walter is the second officer on the right, the one with a canvas cover over his pickelhaube. He died on 2 April 1929 in Göttingen. $65.00  

 

 

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10-736 LUDENDORFF SPENDE DOCUMENT. The Ludendorff Spende was a post WW I organization. Ludendorff was the Chief of Staff to Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg, in both the East and the West. This is a receipt for a donation by a man who served in the Ersatz Bataillon of the Garde-Schutzen-Regiment. It measures 3 1/2” x 5 1/2,” and is in very fine condition. $40.00

 

 

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10-659 SOLDIER DEATH NOTICE. This is a death notice for a veteran of WW I by the name of Georg Möller. He died on 4 September 1922. An Iron Cross is at the top of the death notice. $5.00  

 

 

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17-51 COMPLETE SET (1914-1918) OF KARL GOETZ WEIHNACHTEN (CHRISTMAS) MEDALLIONS. Karl Goetz was one of the leading sculptors of the Imperial German period and beyond. He specialized in producing Table Medals and Medallions relating to the Great War and his work is very much prized. I was delighted to be able to acquire a complete set (5 ) of the medallions which Goetz released for every year of the war. While there were actually only four Christmas during the Great War he had produced one for 1918 in anticipation of another holiday. Of course as we all know today the war ended in November 1918 a full six weeks before Christmas. These medallions are bronze toned and about 2mm in diameter or about the size of a U.S. Nickel. Each has a different obverse along with the initials "K. G." for Karl Goetz. The reverse of each one bears the date, the legend "Christmas In the Field", and a bough of holly with a candle. They are all in excellent condition and represent an example of period art that ties in with a patriotic theme. $595.00 REDUCED PRICE: $495.00

 

 

 

 

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10-557 ARMY DRUM HANGER. This is a complete drum hanger for an army snare drum. It has the leather loop which would have attached to the drummer’s belt. Hanging from that is the hanger itself, which features a crowned eagle. Its talons are actually the attachments from which the drum is hung. The hanger is made of brass. The entire arrangement is in very fine condition. $95.00 . . .

 

 

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10-555 WALL PLAQUE FOR THE DISSOLUTION OF HUSSAR REGIMENT Nr 19. This is rather interesting wall plaque appears to be for the dissolution of a cavalry regiment. The plaque mentions "Sächsischen Kavallerie 3. Gchw. Reiter-Regiment Dresden," which was formally known as Husaren-Regiment Nr 19. The plaque, which measures 8 1/4" x 5 ½," is made of wood. In addition to a metal marker (dated 14 May 1935), a replica 1914 Iron Cross and a horseshoe are fastened to the plaque. The horseshoe makes perfect sense when thinking of a cavalry regiment. Also, as in the USA, a horseshoe is a good luck charm for Germans. It is a lovely cavalry item to display on your wall, already complete with its own hanger. $175.00nyDec16

 

 

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10-846 PAIR OF INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 176 CUFFLINKS - PRUSSIA. This is an interesting pair of cufflinks that look like they were fashioned from Prussian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 176's shoulder strap buttons. [The latter was a Prussian regiment that was raised in 1897, among the last of the old-line regiments formed before 1914's massive pre war buildup].  A closer examination of the cufflinks’ reverse, however, reveals that they actually were made from a feldwebel’s collar buttons!  In the final assessment, they constitute a very delightful remembrance of WW I. $125.00

 

 

 

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10-847 RED CROSS WORKER’S ARMBAND. This is a Red Cross armband for soldiers who served as medics at the front.  Soldiers who served as Red Cross workers at the front had one of the army’s most dangerous jobs. They were expected to go into No Man’s Land and offer medical treatment to wounded soldiers.  One interesting story is that they were often accompanied by German Shepherd dogs who helped them find the wounded.  The Red Cross workers carried stretchers with them to transport the wounded soldiers to field hospitals.  These men wore white arm bands with red crosses stitched to them for identification. The arm band measures 4 ½” x 6.”  It was slipped over the worker’s tunic arm. The workers also wore white stahlhelme (after 1916) that had red crosses on their fronts. The band is in top condition, but does show some soiling on the white fabric. $250.00

 

 

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10-578 RED CROSS ARM BAND. This is a cotton arm band that was worn by men who served in Red Cross units. The basic arm band is white and has a large red cross in the center. It is 14 ½" long. Around the red cross we see in black "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz." It is in excellent condition. It would look good on a tunic or displayed on its own. $150.00

 

 

 

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ASSORTED BATTLEFIELD ARTIFACTS

 

These hail from a single source in Germany. Most have been tagged (in German) and described. They are period tags whose ink descriptions have faded with age to some extent. They definitely display an older writing style typical of
the 1914 to 1930 period. The items arrived together in a cigar box. We are offering them individually.
Each exhibits a tremendous amount of character.

 

10-791 SMALL POCKET COMPASS. This is a small pocket compass that appears to be made of brass. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter and is 3/8" thick. Its glass is cracked. Its small tag reads that it was a "remembrance from the battle at Champagne 25/9/1915." $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-792 THREE ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BANDS. I am far from an expert in battlefield artifacts, but I can tell these are artillery shell driving bands. I am used to seeing smaller, polished sections of the same, which were often used in patriotic jewelry pieces such as bracelets or pins. We have three different sizes here, measuring 3", 3 1/8", and 3 7/8" in circumference. They were not tagged, but came in the above-noted cigar box. $25.00

 

 

 

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10-795 SHRAPNEL PIECE. This is a larger piece of shrapnel that measures 4" x 1½." The piece is extremely jagged and demonstrates how dangerous chunks like it were for soldiers on the battlefield. Attached is a tag, measuring 1" x 2," noting it is a shell splinter. $30.00 

 

 

 

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10-798 SINGLE BELGIAN RIFLE PROJECTILE. This is a single bullet from a Belgium rifle. Attached is a tag that measures 3/4" x 2." $15.00 

 

 

 

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10-799 CIRCULAR SHRAPNEL PIECE. This is an interesting circular shrapnel piece that looks like an old-fashioned musket ball. It is attached to a tag that measures 5/8" in diameter. It labels the piece a "shrapnel ball." $15.00 

 

 

 

 

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Currency & Coin
[We will be happy to put together a special discount if you buy more than one currency or coin item.
This is a fun, inexpensive way to acquire interesting and beautiful items].

 

10-804 DEUTSCHES REICH 1 MARK SILVER COINS. These are 1 Mark coins from the time of the Deutsches Reich. They measure 1" in diameter. Each coin’s obverse has "Deutsches Reich" at the top. A wreath surrounds the words "1 Mark" in the center. Below that we see the coin’s date. A finely detailed Hohenzollern Eagle appears on the reverse. These coins were struck in 90% silver. We have three of them available. Their dates are 1875 (from Kaiser Wilhelm I’s time) and two 1914's from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s era. [We can offer them to you for $30.00 each (your choice of dates) or $75.00 (all three)].

 

 

 

 

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10-805 DEUTSCHES REICH HALF-MARK SILVER COINS. These are Half-Mark coins from the time of the Deutsches Reich. They measure 3/4" in diameter. Each coin’s obverse has "Deutsches Reich" at the top. A wreath surrounds the words "½ Mark" in the center. Below that we see the coin’s date. A finely detailed Hohenzollern Eagle appears on the reverse. These coins were struck in 90% silver. We have five of them available. The dates available are 1905, 1906, 1914, and 1915 from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s time. [We can offer them to you for $25.00 each (Your choice of dates) or $80.00 (for all four)].

 

 

 

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10-800 HALF-MARK COIN. This is an Imperial German Half-Mark coin. The mark was Germany’s basic denomination until the euro’s institution. The mark was divided into 100 "pfennigs," making a half-mark coin equal to 50 pfennigs (pennies). The coin is approximately the same size as a U.S. dime, measuring 3/4" in diameter. Our example features "Half-Mark" inside a wreath on one side, along with "Deutsches Reich," and the date, "1907." The reverse displays a very elaborate Hohenzollern Eagle. After consulting people more knowledgeable than I, it is my understanding that German Half-Mark coins were struck using 90% silver. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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10-801 TEN PFENNIG COIN. This is an Imperial German Ten Pfennig Coin. The mark was Germany’s basic denomination until the euro’s institution. The mark was divided into 100 "pfennigs," or 10 ten pfennig coins. Our example features "10 Pfennig" on one side, along with "Deutsches Reich." The reverse displays a very elaborate Hohenzollern Eagle. Each is about the size of a U.S. Nickel, and measures 3/4" in diameter. We have a total of SIX coins available, sporting the dates 1900, 1901, 1906, 1908, 1911, 1912, and 1914, all from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign.$10.00 ea. or $55.00 (all six).

 

 

 

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10-668 CURRENCY ALBUM - IMPERIAL GERMAN AND WEIMAR REPUBLIC PERIODS. This is an album measuring 5 3/4" x 9 1/2." It contains fifteen different types and denominations of currency from the Imperial and Weimar Periods. The notes date from 1914 to 1917 during the Imperial Period, and 1919 to 1923 during the Weimar Period. The Imperial notes range from one to five Marks, while the Weimar notes range from ten to five million Marks. While five million Mark-notes seem like a lot, when inflation increased the Germans were printing notes in the BILLIONS! This is a fine piece of history. $135.00  

 

 

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10-867 FIFTY-MARK CURRENCY NOTE. This is a fifty-mark Reichsbanknote that was used during the Imperial German Period. It was issued on 21 April 1910 at Berlin’s Reichsbankhauptkasse (Empire Bank’s Central Cash Office). It features several colors on both the obverse and reverse. The obverse displays nine signatures. The note measures 3 ¾" x 5 ¾." It has been well used, but is intact. [We have several other currency and coin types/denominations on our FIELDGEAR MERCHANDISE PAGE (click here to see). We’ll be happy to put together a special discount if you buy more than one item. This is a fun, inexpensive way to acquire interesting and beautiful items]. $15.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10-591 1000 MARK NOTES. I am happy to announce we have a fresh supply of Imperial 1,000 Mark notes available once again. This was the largest denomination of currency offered during the Imperial Period. I would like to point out that GOLD coins were offered in 10 and 20 Mark denominations. This gives you a sense of how much money was involved. These are from the series of 1910 and are oversized. All are in excellent condition and show little use. We can offer a discount on these if they are purchased in quantity. $15.00

 

 

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10-764 TWENTY MARK REICHSBANK NOTE - SERIES 7 FEBRUARY 1908. This is a Twenty-Mark Banknote issued by the Reichsbank. It is from the series of 7 February 1908. It measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/4." During the Imperial German Period, twenty marks was a sizeable amount. Twenty marks was issued both as a gold coin and as paper currency. The obverse features red, black and black printing. Each note displays a serial number, which is printed in two places, as well as the several bank officials’ signatures. The reverse also has the serial number noted twice, along with a large "20." We have several of these. You may mix and match dates as you please. The notes have been circulated and are in various conditions. Buy one at $6.00 or three at $15.00

 

 

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10-765 TWENTY MARK REICHSBANK NOTE - SERIES 21 APRIL 1910. This is a Twenty-Mark Banknote issued by the Reichsbank. It is from the series of 21 April 1910. It measures3 1/2" x 5 1/4." During the Imperial German Period, twenty marks was a sizeable amount. Twenty marks was issued both as a gold coin and as paper currency. The obverse features red, black and black printing. Each note displays a serial number, which is printed in two places, as well as the several bank officials’ signatures. The reverse also has the serial number noted twice, along with a large "20." We have several of these. You may mix and match dates as you please. The notes have been circulated and are in various conditions. Buy one at $6.00 or three at $15.00

 

 

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10-766 TWENTY MARK REICHSBANK NOTE - SERIES 19 FEBRUARY 1914. This is a Twenty-Mark Banknote issued by the Reichsbank. It is from the series of 19 February 1914. It measures 3 1/2" x 5 1/4." During the Imperial German Period, twenty marks was a sizeable amount. Twenty marks was issued both as a gold coin and as paper currency. The obverse features red, black and black printing. Each note displays a serial number, which is printed in two places, as well as the several bank officials’ signatures. The reverse also has the serial number noted twice, along with a large "20." We have several of these. You may mix and match dates as you please. The notes have been circulated and are in various conditions. Buy one at $6.00 or three at $15.00

 

 

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10-761 TWO-KORONA BANK NOTE - HUNGARY. This is a Two-Korona bank note from Hungary, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The note measures 3 1/4" x 4 3/4." It is dated March 1917 and printed in black and red. It is in very poor condition. $1.00

 

 

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10-762 ONE-KORONA BANK NOTE - HUNGARY. This is a One-Korona bank note from Hungary, a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The note measures 2 3/4" x 4 6/16." It is dated December 1918. It was done right after WW I’s end, and is printed in black and red. It is in very poor condition. $1.00

 

 

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Official Governmental Document Stamps

 

Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe & Other States

Buy any three or more of these stamps and receive a 40% discount!!

 

10-742 OLD OFFICIAL DOCUMENT STAMP - MAGDEBURG. This is an official document stamp from Magdeburg. The stamp measures 1 6/16" in diameter. It is red in color. A Prussian Eagle is in the center. Around the edge of the stamp it reads "Königl. Fortification zu Magdeburg." $10.00

 

 

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10-624 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - DIENST SR. HOCHFÜRSTL. DURCHL. V. REIGIERENDEN FÜRSTEN z. SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is light blue, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Dienst Sr. Hochfürst. Durchl. V. Reigierenden Fürsten z. Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00

 

 

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10-625 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - ADJUTANTUR St DURCHL. D. FÜRSTEN. Z. SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is light red, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Dienst Sr. Hochfürst. Durchl. V. Reigierenden Fürsten z. Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00

 

 

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10-626 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - Reigierenden St DURCHL. D. FÜRSTEN. Z. SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is light blue, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Dienst Sr. Hochfürstl. Durchl. V. Reigierenden Fürsten z. Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

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10-627 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - KAMMERHERR IHR. HOHEIT DER FÜRSTEN. ZU SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is light blue, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Kammerherr Ihr. Hoheit Der Fürsten Zu Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-628 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - I.H.D.D. FÜRSTEN MUTTER Z. SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is black, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "I.H.D.D. Fürsten Mutter z. Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-637 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTL SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE STAATSANWALTSCHAFT - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 11/2" in diameter. It is blue and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe Staatsanwaltschaft." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-638 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH SCHAUMBURG-LIPPISCHE HOFKASSE - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 11/2" in diameter. It is light-brown and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstlich Schaumburg-Lippische Hofkasse." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-639 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH SCHAUMBURG-LIPPISCHE LANDESKASSE - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 11/2" in diameter. It is red and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstlich Schaumburg-Lippische Landeskasse." $10.00

 

 

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10-640 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH SCHAUMBURG-LIPPISCHER SEMINAR-DIRECTOR - STAATSANWALTSCHAFT - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 11/2" in diameter. It is brown and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstlich Schaumburg-Lippischer Seminar-Director." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-641 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH LIPP. REGIERUNG - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 11/2" in diameter. It is red and yellow and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstlich Lipp. Regierung." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-629 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - DIENST IHR HOHEIT DER FÜRSTEN ZU - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is black and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Dienst Ihr Hoheit der Fürsten Zu Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

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10-685 OFFICIAL STAMP - CENTRAL VERWALTUNG IN VERÖCZE - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is dark blue, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Central Verwaltung in Veröcze Fürstlich Schaumburg Lippe’sches." $10.00  

 

 

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10-686 OFFICIAL STAMP - CENTRAL VERWALTUNG IN VERÖCZE - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is dark red, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Central Verwaltung in Veröcze Fürstlich Schaumburg Lippe’sches." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-687 OFFICIAL STAMP - CENTRAL VERWALTUNG IN VERÖCZE - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is blue, with Schaumburg-Lippe's Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Central Verwaltung in Veröcze Fürstlich Schaumburg Lippe’sches." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-688 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - DES KREISES BÜCKENBURG LANDRATH. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is red, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. It has a slight tear at the top. The stamp’s interior says "Schaumburg-Lippe Des Kreises Bückenburg Landrath." $6.00  

 

 

 

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10-689 OFFICIAL STAMP - CENTRAL VERWALTUNG IN VERÖCZE - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is purple, with Schaumburg-Lippe's Crown and Coat-of-Arms. It has a slight tear. The stamp’s interior says "Central Verwaltung in Veröcze Fürstlich Schaumburg Lippe’sches." $6.00  

 

 

 

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10-690 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - LANDSRATHSAMT BÜCKENBURG ARENSBURG. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is brown, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Schaumburg-Lippe Landsrathamt Bückenburg Arensburg." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-691 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - AMTSGERICHT BÜCKENBURG. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is light brown, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Schaumburg-Lippe Amtsgericht Bückenburg. $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-692 OFFICIAL STAMP - AMT BÜCKENBURG - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is blue, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Amt Bückenburg Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-693 OFFICIAL STAMP - AMT BÜCKENBURG - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is red, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Amt Bückenburg Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-695 OFFICIAL STAMP MAGISTRATE DER RESIDENZSTADT BÜCKENBURG. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is red, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. It has a small hole in it. The stamp’s interior says "Magistrate der residenzstadt Bückenburg. $6.00  

 

 

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10-696 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH LIPPE AMTSGERICHT LAGE - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is red, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Fürstlich Amtsgericht Lage." $10.00  

 

 

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10-697 OFFICIAL STAMP - Fürstliches Bade - Commissariat - Eilsen - Schaumburg-Lippe. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is brown, with Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The stamp’s interior says "Fürstliches - Commissariat - Eilsen." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-630 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - DIENST IHR HOHEIT DER FÜRSTEN ZU - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is light blue and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Dienst Ihr Hoheit der Fürsten Zu Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-631 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - LANDGERICHT FÜRSTL. - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 ½" in diameter. It is red and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Landgericht Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-632 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - STAATSANWALTSCHAFT - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 ½" in diameter. It is RED and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Staatsanwaltschaft Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-633 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - LANDGERICHT FÜRSTL. - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 ½" in diameter. It is red and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Landgericht Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-645 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE LANDESREGIERUNG - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/2" in diameter. It is red and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstllich Schaumburg-Lippe Landesregierung." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-646 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH SCHAUMBURG-LIPPISCHE REGIERUNG - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/2" in diameter. It is light brown and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstlich Schaumburg-Lippische Regierung." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-647 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH SCHAUMBURG-LIPPISCHE MINISTERIUM - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/2" in diameter. It is red and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstlich Schaumburg-Lippische Ministerium." $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-648 OFFICIAL STAMP - FÜRSTLICH SCHAUMBURG-LIPPISCHER CABINET - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/2" in diameter. It is light red and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. The interior of the stamp says "Fürstlich Schaumburg-Lippischer Cabinet." There are two tears in the stamp. $5.00  

 

 

 

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10-649 OFFICIAL STAMP - SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE. This stamp is circular and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It is blue and sports Schaumburg-Lippe’s Crown and Coat-of-Arms. $10.00  

 

 

 

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10-570 TWENTY MARK BANK NOTE. This is a 20 Mark Reichsbanknote in circulated condition. Up to this point 20 Marks had been produced both in paper form, and as a gold coin. When the Great War began, the gold coins were phased out because gold was needed for the war effort and could not be spared for bank notes. This example was produced as a part of the series of February 1914. $10.00.

 

 

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Non Imperial German Items

 

10-854 BRITISH ARMY OFFICER’S PRIVATELY-PURCHASED BINOCULARS IN LEATHER STORAGE CASE. This is a very attractive pair of binoculars that a British Army officer purchased privately and used. The binoculars are compact and its optics are in fine shape. They come in a high-quality leather storage case. Although the binoculars do not sport a hallmark, but the case’s inside flap is marked for its manufacturer as follows below.

R. Laws. Rennison
Optician
Sunderland

A crown appears above the firm’s name. Both the maker’s inscription and the crown are embossed in gold. Both the binoculars and the case still possess their respective straps. $125.00 

 

 

 

 

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10-585 XMRG POWDER FLASK FOR A PISTOL. This is a powder flask used for loading a single-shot pistol. It is also American or British-made, from prior to 1850. It is also made of brass, but does not have a decorative exterior. It measures 4 3/8" in height and 2" at its widest point. It also has an operable dispensing lever that allows powder delivery to the pistol. It has a great patina and is in very fine condition. $150.00

 

 

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39-40 WW I ERA - U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS BINOCULARS. This is a pair of binoculars that dates from WW I and is the type used by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. These are officer’s quality binoculars. They are black metal with brown, leather-wrapped grips. To left eyepiece’s left are the words "Military Stereo 8x 30." To the right eyepiece’s right are the words "U.S. Navy Gun Factory, Optical Shop Annex, Rochester, NY USA." Underneath, it is marked "Signal Corps, U.S. Army" and "Serial No EE 64640." The optics are not clear (the glass is NOT broken). Perhaps somebody a bit handier than me can address the problem. A leather strap is attached. It also has a brown leather case. Inside the case’s lid is another marking for "U.S. Naval Gun Factory, Optical Annex Shop, Rochester, N.Y." It is an interesting example that is ready for display. $95.00

 

 

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