Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC, Imperial German Merchandise: Patriotic Domesticware Nr 1: Fine Tableware, Steins, Glassware, Porcelain & Goblets.   Updated on 16 August 2017.
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20-317 J. GODET & SÖHNE "BON BON" JAR GIVEN BY KAISER WILHELM II AS ROYAL GIFT. Here is a simply stunning royal “Bon Bon” jar from Berlin’s fabled court jeweler J. Godet & Söhne’s workshops, which Kaiser Wilhelm II gifted to some fortunate recipient. Royal gifts from Kaiser Wilhelm II came in a wide variety of types. Any gift given by the Kaiser was significant. Highly-prized when initially given, they are even more avidly sought out by today’s collectors. The gifts range from jewelry (stickpins, cigarette cases, watches, brooches, etc.) to various other personal items. Today we are offering an unusual glass “Bon Bon” jar. In its time, the squat glass jar would have been a table or desk accessory. The jar measures 5 5/8” at its greatest width, 3 7/8” in diameter at the top, and 3 5/8” in diameter at the base. Its base displays a fine rayed design. Etched into the jar’s side we see “Wilhelm II Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preussen.” Fitted to the jar’s top is a fine-silver and leather-covered lid. Affixed to the center of the lid’s leather background is an ultra-high-quality silver Hohenzollern Eagle that measures 1 ½" x 2." Its side is hallmarked “J. Godet - .950.” [Berlin’s J. Godet & Söhne was one of the Kaiser and the royal family’s better-known court jewelers, among the likes of Gebrüder Friedlander, Wagner & Söhne, etc. These firms specialized in orders and decorations, as well as assorted silver and gold gifts]. The jar’s workmanship and overall condition is first-rate. Filled with any number of items, or displayed as is, it will make a striking addition to any collection. $2,995.00 REDUCED TO $2,550.00

 

 

 

 

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20-336 WINE CARAFE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s ROYAL YACHT S. M. Y. (SEINER MAJESTÄT YACHT) HOHENZOLLERN. Today, we are offering you one of the most interesting items ever owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II and offered to you here on Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is no secret that two of our favorite merchandise categories are items once owned by royals and those related to the Navy. Our offering today combines both types with an item attributed to Kaiser Wilhelm II and his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. This truly magnificent wine carafe was used daily aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to set a fine table for the Kaiser and his guests.
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Wilhelm II had strong feelings about the sea and its possibilities for Germany. He firmly supported expanding the Kaiserliche Marine under Secretary of the Imperial Navy Alfred von Tirpitz. As one of Queen Victoria of England’s grandsons, Wilhelm was exceedingly jealous of his British cousins. He was determined that Germany should have a Navy equal to Great Britain’s, as well as overseas colonies to produce wealth for Germany’s Empire as they did for Britain’s.
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Wilhelm II also greatly enjoyed his luxurious royal lifestyle on land AND sea. His royal yacht and aviso (royal dispatch boat) was the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. While onboard, he enjoyed every amenity that was available at his numerous German castles. He had special dishes and glassware created solely for use onboard the Hohenzollern that were just as fine as that at any of his castles. [Recently we offered and quickly sold one of the Hohenzollern’s salad cruets].
The best-known S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was the second to bear that name. It was placed in service in 1893, then used extensively until mid-1914. A third S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was under construction when war broke out in July 1914. WW I not only halted progress on the third yacht, but also ended Wilhelm’s use of the second. [In the nineteen years the second Hohenzollern was in service, Wilhelm spent the equivalent of FOUR full years on board]!
The Hohenzollern’s carafe is a glass flagon that is rounded at the bottom. It holds a total of 28 U.S. ounces (.83 liters). Its diameter at the top is 2 ½" and 3" in diameter at the base. The flagon’s bottom features a sunburst design. The title S. M. Y. Hohenzollern is etched into its glass side toward the base. The presentation’s true stars are featured at the carafe’s top and its handle, which are both rendered in .800 silver! The graceful handle flows down smoothly to the flagon’s mid line. It attaches to the top, where a close look reveals Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned royal cypher attached to the flip-up. A wreath encircles the cypher, then is joined at the top with the Hohenzollern Crown. The distinctively elegant presentation simply reeks of Imperial German noblesse oblige. The lid’s underside reveals the hallmarks "37230," a mark I cannot identify, and the royal silver fineness hallmarks: a half moon, a crown, and .800.
We are proud to offer such an exquisite carafe with its echoes of an epoch of Imperial grace and refinement.
$3,495.00
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18-398 GLASS AND SILVER CARAFE GIVEN BY INFANTERIE-REGIMENT GRAF BARFUß (4. WESTFÄLISCHES) Nr 17'S OFFICERS TO GENERALLEUTNANT von KUHL. This is a very high-quality glass and silver presentation carafe that was given by an infantry regiment’s officers to Generalleutnant von Kuhl. Regiment Graf Barfuß (4. Westfälisches) Nr 17 was raised in 1813 and garrisoned at Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps. The carafe stands 11 1/4" tall. It is elegantly elongated and narrow at the top, then broadens the closer one gets to its base. Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned cypher is etched on one side of the glass. A silver lid is attached to the carafe’s top and handle that extend down the carafe’s side. The lid’s top features a small ball that allows one to raise the lid and pour in any desired beverage.
One side of the carafe’s silver section has the dedication listed below,

"Vom
Offizier-Corps
Graf Barfuß,"

while its opposite side sports the following information.

"Generalleutnant Von Kuhl
            28. 8. 1916."

The silver attachment also displays information about the manufacturer, etc., including the half moon and Hohenzollern Crown, and .800 silver fitness markings. To the right, as a part of the manufacturer’s hallmark, are a leaf and the firm’s name, W. Metzger, located in Metz.
The officer to whom this was presented was Doktor Hermann Josef von Kuhl (1856-1958). Von Kuhl was a well known, respected, German Army officer before and during WW I. Before the war he frequently served on the General Staff. When war began, he was the I. Armee’s Chief of Staff under Generaloberst Alexander von Kluck’s (1846-1934) command. The German I. Armee and II. Armee (commanded by Generaloberst Karl von Bülow) were tasked with implementing the Schlieffen Plan. The Schlieffen Plan was originated by Alfred Graf von Schlieffen (1833-1913). The plan worked from the premise that Germany could not fight a two-front war against France and Russia. The idea was to knock the French out quickly early in the war, as it would take Russia some time to mobilize her armies to move against Germany. [It was a good lesson. Regrettably, it did not work in WW I OR WW II for Germany].
Von Schlieffen was a difficult man for whom to work, however, for part of his early staff work, von Kuhl worked for von Schlieffen successfully.
While things did not work out well for the plan, von Kuhl’s name was untarnished, and he was saluted for his staff work. He was a tireless worker and served as Chief of Staff for the XII. Armee. He was recognized for his fine work on 28 August 1916 with the award of the Orden Pour le Mérite (hence the date engraved on the carafe). Later in the year, he was awarded the ultimate honor when he received the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves. He was assigned as Bavarian Kronprinz Rupprecht’s Chief of Staff for Heeresgruppe Kronprinz Rupprecht. With the war’s end on 11 November 1918, Germany’s system of royalty ended and Kronprinz Rupprecht resigned. Von Kuhl was promoted to General der Infanterie and assumed command of Heeresgruppe Kronprinz Rupprecht. His responsibility was to command the unit’s soldiers’ return to Germany. Once this assignment was completed, he retired.
After the war, von Kuhl became a noted author, writing extensively about WW I. One final accomplishment was that he received the Orden Pour le Mérite for Sciences in 1924. Only FIVE men received both the military AND the science versions of the Orden Pour le Mérite.
This piece celebrates a man who operated at the highest levels of the German General Staff, who had an amazing history. (Including the Oak Leaves to the PLM).
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18-352 DELUXE KRIEGSFLAGGE SCHNAPPS GLASSES AND DECANTER AND SERVING TRAY SET. This is a wonderful set of seven pieces that sport a kriegsflagge motif. Five small glasses are included, which could have been used for schnapps or some other liqueur. They resemble Pilsner beer glasses in miniature. They measure 3 ½" tall, 1 3/8" in diameter at the top and 1 1/4" in diameter at the base. Gold trim bands encircle their brims. Each glass displays a full-color kriegsflagge on its side (flown by the German military during wartime). Commonly seen on the Kaiserliche Marine’s ships, each kriegsflagge is rendered complete with its attached flagpole. I especially like the glasses’ bottoms. They are quite heavy. One can even see the bubbles in the base.
The single-handled carafe is the set’s centerpiece, and comes complete with a splendid stopper. It stands 10 3/4" tall and measures 3 1/8" in diameter at its base. The crystalline glass stopper displays tiny bubbles from its production. A wide, gold trim band encircles the carafe’s mouth. A similar wide gold trim band appears further down the carafe’s neck, flanked by two smaller gold trim bands above and below it. Some of the gold has worn off these trim bands. The kriegsflagge motif is repeated on the carafe’s front (naturally in a much larger size than those on the five glasses [!]).
The final piece of this gracefully exquisite set is a handsome tray upon which the five glasses and carafe are displayed. The clear glass tray measures 7 1/8" in diameter, and exhibits a single gold trim band around its edge. The tray’s simplicity causes the pieces’ kriegsflagges to "pop" out.
This truly elegant set effectively shows the lengths patriotic Germans traveled to demonstrate their love of country and Kaiser. This magnificent group will totally transform any area in which you care to display it. It displays especially well under light.
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13-525 NAVY RESERVIST KRUG - S.M.S. ROON. This is a very tall example of a reservist’s krug from the S.M.S. Roon. The S.M.S. Roon was a Heavy Cruiser, the lead Cruiser of the "Roon Class" Cruisers. It was commissioned in 1906, served during WW I, and scrapped in 1921. The owner of this krug was a Reservist "Olkiewicz." He served in Kiel from 1907 to 1910 as part of the 1. Werft.-Division 2nd Kompagnie. This krug does not have a metal top, and never did. That is partly why it is larger than a conventional stein with top. The center panel’s main theme shows two sailors, one with a Mauser. Steaming between them and toward the viewer is a German ship. A kriegsflagge is also present. All of this is in high relief! On either side of the central panel are further panels with a view of the S. M. S. Roon, and men from the work division shoveling coal into the boilers. On these two panels are the names of this man’s shipmates. The krug’s handle features another high-relief sailor. This is a one Litre krug that stands 9" tall. The diameter at the rim is 3," and the diameter at the base is 4 1/2." This krug is in excellent condition, with vibrant colors and no problems whatsoever. $1,295.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-433 VETERAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 11 STEIN - BAVARIA. This is a lovely veteran’s stein from Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment 11, von der Tann. The elite regiment was raised in 1805 and garrisoned at Regensburg. It was attached to the III. Bavarian Armeekorps. [The Kingdom of Bavaria’s armed force was the only one to avoid being totally consumed by the Imperial German Army once the Empire was established. It operated on a semi-independent basis during peacetime].
German men were very proud of their army service, especially their two years of active duty. They acquired a wide range of commemorative items such as steins, canteens, glasses, and pipes to commemorate that service. Steins were one of their most frequent choices.
Today we are offering one from a Feldwebel named Johann Engerer. He served in the regiment from 1903 to 1905. An interesting difference with this particular stein is its lack of the commonly seen lists of his regimental comrades from either side of the stein’s center. [An explanation for this situation lies in the fact that Nr 11 was a kind of ersatz unit. When new men were required from other units, they were drawn from Nr 11. In turn, new recruits were funneled in for training with Nr 11. This meant a constant stream of new faces]. Instead of the lists, various scenes from a soldier’s life decorate either side. The stein’s center is dominated by Bavarian flags, official coats-of-arms and Bavaria’s twin lions. We also see a red regimental shoulder strap displaying the cypher of its patron, Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen. [Another interesting variation with this stein is at its top, where the dates of service, regimental information, etc. are listed. It cites München (Munich), Bavaria’s capital, rather than Regensburg, where the regiment was garrisoned].
The stein’s pewter lid features a rampant Bavarian Lion resting its paws on a shield as its thumb device (to open the stein). A soldier attired in a spiked helmet and holding his rifle sits atop the lid, with another Bavarian Lion sitting next to him, opposite the side with the. [Those Bavarians really loved their Lions]! The stein features a standard lithopane of the soldier and his beloved at the bottom of its interior. Since its owner went into the reserves in 1905, it is a very good possibility that he served during WW I.

 

It is a fine Bavarian stein is in excellent condition with no chips. Its colors are vibrant. A. We do not see as many 20th Century steins, most come from the 1890's, 1880's, and 1870's. $650.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-312 GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT VETERAN’S STEIN - PRUSSIA. This is a reservist’s stein from the Garde-Füsilier-Regiment, the Prussian Army's ONLY Garde-Füsilier-Regiment! It was founded in 1826, garrisoned in Berlin, and attached to the GardeKorps. The man who owned the stein was a reservist named Murawski. He served in the regiment’s Kompagnie Nr 9 during 1908 - 1910. The stein’s front features all of the typical military motifs. His fellow Kompagnie Nr 9 members' names are listed. The lithopane is intact. It shows a soldier and his sweetheart. No lid is attached to the stein. I cannot determine if one was once present and removed, or if it was manufactured like this. The stein’s colors are vibrant. It is a very pleasing example. $550.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-437 XLO FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 27 VETERAN’S STEIN - PRUSSIA/NASSAU. This is a consignment item. It comes from a collector of veterans’ steins who recently passed away. His widow has entrusted us with finding a new home for several of his prized steins. The gentleman had an amazing eye for good quality and only acquired the "best of the best" steins. We have four of his steins in this update and hope to share more with you in the future.
The very large and elaborate veteran’s stein was for a soldier who served in 1. Nassauisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 27 - Batterie Nr 4. The regiment was founded in 1833 and garrisoned at Mainz-Wiesbaden. It was assigned to the XVIII. Armeekorps. Nassau was a Duchy that was founded in 1806. It remained an independent state until 1866, when it fought on the losing side of the Austro-Prussian War and was annexed by Prussia as were the Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig. When Nassau was folded into Prussia, she had two Infanterie Regiments and one Artillerie Regiment. These all became Prussian regiments. In 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm granted the two Nassau Infanterie Regiments their Battle of Waterloo bandeaux, (the battle honors worn on the pickelhauben’s wappen of their from their participation at the 1815 battle). As the Artillerie Regiment was not formed until 1833, their kugelhelme wappens remained unadorned.
The porcelain stein’s overall height is 12." A soldier standing beside a cannon adorns the pewter lid. Its thumb device features a rampant crowned lion. An inscription appears just below the lid that reads "Kanonendonner ist unser Gruß" (Our cannons’ thunder is our greeting). [How magnificently German is that]? The central multicolored scene shows cannons attached to their caissons being pulled into position and set up for firing. In we see an enlisted man/NCO’s regimental shoulder strap appears within a crowned frame of artillery shells. This scene is flanked on either side with the names of the owner’s Batterie mates. The owner’s name, "Reservist Wollstadt," appears below that scene, followed by "4. Batterie 1. Nass. Feld Art. Regiment Nr 27 Oranien Wiesbaden 1905-1907," the regiment’s formal name, where it was garrisoned and Wollstadt’s time of service.

 

Finally, its interior features a lithopane of a soldier walking with his sweetheart. This vibrantly-colored veteran’s stein is in fine condition. $850.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-438 SMALL SERVICE PLATE WITH MUSTARD RECEPTACLE. This is a rather interesting plate combination that was probably used to serve wurst or pretzels. What makes it so unique is a small mustard pot that was built into one side of the plate. The plate measures 7" in diameter. It has a rather high side, unlike a normal flat plate. The plate’s rim is decorated by a gold band. The mustard pot also sports two gold bands. Another gold band appears on the lid, as well as a gold center on the knob that lifts the pot’s top. A blue, black, white, red, and gold embellishment for the "Deutscher Flotten-Verein" appears in the plate’s center beneath a semicircle laurel wreath that is highlighted with crisscrossed black, red and white ribbons. The Deutscher Flotten-Verein was the leading veterans’ group for those who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. Its logo consists of an anchor superimposed with a red life preserver displaying the organization’s name. A black Hohenzollern Eagle (symbol of the House of Hohenzollern and Kaiser Wilhelm II) is centered within the life preserver. A Hohenzollern Crown with its flowing stole is centered just above the Eagle’s head.
The plate’s bottom has a rough unfinished surface that has not been glazed. It is somewhat stained and has been written on with a pencil. One set of pencil marks may be a price of 15.00 Reichsmarks, which would make it a fairly expensive item for the time.
The plate is well made and in marvelous condition. Add a little mustard to the pot and enjoy your favorite sausage or soft pretzel!
$195.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-429 PORCELAIN VASE/FLOWER POT FEATURES PRUSSIAN KÖNIG (SOON TO BE KAISER) WILHELM I AND FRENCH EMPEROR NAPOLEON III. This is a lovely patriotic vase/flower basket commemorating the after effects of the victory of 1871's Battle of Sedan. In this scene, the Prussian King and the French Emperor are seated at a table facing one another with each one's (respective) pickelhaube and kepi on the table before them. Each figure is beautifully painted in multiple colors. The name “Sedan” is seen at the display’s bottom. A white pair of columns appear behind the two royals. At the far back is a large box that measures 1 ½” x 2½” x 3.” A smaller one appears on the left side that could hold a few matches. If this is the case, the larger basket could contain cigarettes rather than flowers.
The overall dimensions of the piece are 3” x 5” x 5 ½.” The various colors seen throughout the display are black, blue, gold, white, and rose-red. It is lovely display item from the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. It was a very significant war that united Germany and made her Europe’s dominant army power. $175.00 ttAug17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-427 A VERY SPECIAL ASHTRAY. This is an ornate star-shaped white porcelain ashtray that measures 1 ¼" x 5" x 5." The five "star" points sport wavy, beaded, gilt-trimmed edges whose shapes rather resemble flames. Each flame has a concave shape that extends down to the ashtray’s center. A very small floral design appears within the top section of four star points. Several of the designs are partially worn off. More beaded trim marks a circle within the ashtray that extends from each star point to its neighbor. This trim was gilt-toned at one time, but most it has lost its paint. A small three-dimensional gold and white porcelain pipe rests across the ashtray’s bottom two star points. It measures three-inches in length. Some of the gold trim has rubbed off the pipe’s bowl and stem.
The ashtray’s center features a black-lettered (in German Fraktur) Frau ärgere Deinen Mann nicht" (Wife do not resent your husband) The ashtray is in excellent condition, with the exception of some wear to its gilding. Although it has no formal manufacturer’s hallmark, it does feature the number "49" stamped in gold on the bottom.
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18-412 DEMITASSE CUP AND SAUCER COMMEMORATING KRONPRINZ WILHELM OF PRUSSIA AND GERMANY. Today we are offering you a delicate demitasse cup and saucer that highlight Kronprinz Wilhelm, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son. The small cup is an absolute work of art. It stands 2 ½" tall. It measures 3" in diameter at the rim and 1 ¾" in diameter at the base. The rim features a handsome golden wreath of leaves. An intricate design of red and gold dominates the cup’s center, with an oval image of Kronprinz Wilhelm in a general officer’s uniform appearing in its middle. The bottom of the cup sports a manufacturer’s hallmark, "C. T. Altwasser Silesia." The cup handle is a dazzling gold. The 5 ½" in diameter saucer has the same designs and colors as the cup. It also displays the manufacturer’s hallmark. Both the cup and saucer are in excellent condition and all of the colors remain vibrant. $425.00

 

 

 

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18-417 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS HOSPITAL TECHNICAL UNIT DEMITASSE - CHRISTMAS 1915. This is a high-quality demitasse (a small coffee cup) produced by Berlin’s noted Prussian porcelain manufacturer KPM. The splendid porcelain coffee cup stands 2 ¼" tall, measures 2" in diameter at the rim, and ¾" in diameter at the base. The cup has a striated design across its surface, with a basket-like design at the top. The information below is printed in green across its side.

Kriegs-Weihnachten
1915
Res. (Reserve) Lazarett
Techn. Hochschule.

A simple white handle appears on the side. The bottom features the KPM Berlin hallmark, along with an Iron Cross. $150.00

 

 

 

 

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18-371 WINE GOBLET WITH HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN’S COAT-OF-ARMS. This is yet another example of a patriotic item that shows the German people’s support and zeal during the Imperial Period (Kaiser Zeit [Kaiser’s time]). It is a small wine goblet that stands 5 1/2" tall. It measures 2 1/4" in diameter across the rim and 3" in diameter at the base. Its glass has a pale yellow cast to it. Just below the rim is a white ,high-relief trim band that encircles the goblet. Numerous (eleven) high-relief flowers and other designs (twenty-six) are spread across its surface. The stem contains a total of six more upraised, multicolored designs. If you look immediately above the base, you will see another trim band that is identical to the one at the rim. The goblet bowl’s central theme is a shield that displays the House of Hohenzollern’s Coat-of-Arms. Inside the shield we see the Hohenzollern Eagle with its wings outstretched. In his chest’s center is another, smaller eagle. Directly above the shield, a high-relief Hohenzollern Crown appears, complete with stole. All of these designs are in high-relief and appear hand painted, achieving a very handsome effect. As to its condition, two fair-sized chips appear on the rim. The good news is that the chips are more toward the rim’s left side. If one is looking at the goblet’s front where the shield appears, they are not very obvious. Naturally, we will document this in the accompanying photographs. Of course, I would prefer it to be perfect, but I was quite taken with the goblet. When it was new, it could not have been inexpensive due to its high quality. I was also enticed by its reasonable price, so I purchased it. $175.00

 

 

 

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13-833 NAVY NCO TIME-OF-SERVICE MEMORIAL GOBLET - S.M.S. BRANDENBURG. This is a goblet that was used to commemorate service in the Kaiserliche Marine, just as were porcelain steins. The goblet is made of zinc. It stands 5 ½" tall. It measures 3" in diameter at the lip and 2 3/4" in diameter at the base. Its top is a bit misshapen. The goblet commemorates the original owner’s service aboard the S. M. S. Brandenburg. The Brandenburg was a very important ship in the Kaiserliche Marine’s history. She was a four-vessel Linienschiffen Klass’s lead ship. The Linienschiff was Germany’s first attempt at a battleship. When Kaiser Wilhelm II came to power in 1888, he came into conflict with his father and grandfather’s "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck. Wilhelm II had a vision of Germany acquiring overseas colonies and a navy with England’s power and extensive reach. He felt this would give Germany a real place on the international power stage. Bismarck disagreed, feeling that Germany required neither. Bismarck lost the power struggle and was retired. Germany then began adding colonies and started to build a modern fleet. The S.M.S. Brandenburg was a part of that modernization plan, and was formally commissioned in 1893. (In fact, Kaiser Wilhelm II was aboard during her first sea trials). In 1900, she was dispatched to China. During 1900 through 1901, she was a part of the international response to China’s Boxer Rebellion. After that, she was continually retired from service, updated, then returned. From 1914 through 1915 she served as a part of Germany’s coastal defense, (no mention is made of her having seen combat). From 1916 through 1918 she was used as a floating barracks. Finally, she was scrapped at Danzig. The goblet has four panels that extend from its center around the goblet. One panel shows the S.M.S. Brandenburg steaming along, with the vessel’s name listed beneath it. Another panel shows another ship identified as the S.M.S. Weissenburg. (It was one of the three other ships in the Brandenburg Linienschiffen Class). The third panel is of the Friedrichsort Lighthouse with the Ironclad Wörtche nearby. The fourth panel shows a sailor standing, holding a rifle in front of a ship’s cannon and a ship’s wheel. In the background we can see the kriegsflagge. At the top of the goblet we see engraved the name "Ob.(er) Mat.(rosen) Resemann" followed by "S.M.S. Brandenburg 1901." This makes the goblet all the more interesting as our man was on duty in China during the Boxer Rebellion! It is a very handsome remembrance for a man who participated in an important historical period. $250.00

 

 

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18-316 SILVER PRESENTATION GOBLET - .800 SILVER. This is a most interesting silver presentation goblet. It stands 4 3/4” tall. It measures 3 3/4” in diameter at the rim, and 2 3/4” in diameter at the base. The goblet’s top is greatly expanded from its stem. The stem sports a rather whimsical design resembling upright and reversed balloons! The goblet’s top has an engraving in script which is dated 1917. The middle line is one word, “Wollart,” which might be the owner’s name. We do NOT have a clue what the rest of the engraving says! If any of our sharp-eyed readers can look at the accompanying photos and give us the translation, we will be happy to share it. The goblet’s base has hallmarking for its manufacturer, Kiesel, and the appropriate .800 silver hallmarks. As this is a superior-quality silver goblet, it displays an absolutely luscious patina, which confirms it has not been cleaned in quite awhile. (Just the way that I like them)! It is a charming piece that would enhance any collection. $550.00

 

 

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18-391 KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 VETERAN’S STEIN - PRUSSIA. This is a very handsome Kaiser-Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2 veteran’s stein. The regiment was formed in 1814. It was garrisoned in Berlin and attached to the Gardekorps. The high-quality stein is constructed differently from most we normally see. It stands 6 3/4" tall, 3 1/4" in diameter at the rim, and 4" in diameter at the base. It has a half-litre capacity. Its front indicates its owner’s was a reservist named Keller. The regiment’s crowned shoulder strap appears below his name. The German national flag and Kaiser-Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2's regimental banner flank the shoulder strap. Directly below it is a brilliant, gold, Garde Star. To the right of these decorations is information indicating that Keller belonged to the regiment's Kompagnie Nr 6. It also mentions that the regiment was based in Berlin. To the left of the central decorations, we see that Keller served from 1910 into 1912.
The stein’s lid is a very simple pewter design. Its thumb device is in the shape of a crowned Hohenzollern Eagle. A Garde Star hangs from its beak! I have never seen such an accouterment on a veteran’s stein. The stein’s bottom reveals that it was produced by Mettlach, one of the better-known German manufacturers of top-quality steins. The stein is in excellent condition.
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18-315 GARDE-KURAßIER-REGIMENT - METTLACH STEIN. This is a splendid stein from the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. It is not a formal veteran’s stein, but one produced by Mettlach. The stein holds ½ Litre. It stands 6 3/4” tall, measures 3 1/4” in diameter at the rim, and 4” in diameter at the base. Two different sets of images appear on the stein’s exterior. The central theme shows a mounted man in dress uniform wearing his eagle-topped parade helmet and metal küraß. Standing beside him is a man in a “Dienst (service)” uniform and his pickelhaube with the spike rather than the parade eagle. To the right is another officer mounted in a Dienst tunic and pickelhaube, while an enlisted man stands at attention beside his horse. Above and to the right of this scene are two small paint chips, which do not affect the image. [We will show them in the accompanying photographs]. At the stein’s bottom is the marking for Mettlach, and other information that we also will show in detail. $695.00

 

 

 

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18-344 NCO’S BEER GLASS - TWO YEARS SERVICE - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 - BAVARIA. Imperial German men who completed their two years of active Army duty were then placed in the reserves. Such men often purchased items commemorating their active service. The best known are the highly-decorative porcelain steins, although other items such as beer glasses, pipes, and flasks were also popular. Today we are offering a classic beer glass. It stands 4 7/8" tall, measures 3 1/4" in diameter at the rim, and 3 1/16" in diameter at the base. Our glass is for "Unteroffizier Max Biselsperger." He served in 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz, which was raised in 1682 and garrisoned in Munich. It was assigned to the Bavarian I. ArmeeKorps. It and 10. Infanterie-Regiment König were Bavaria’s two oldest infantry regiments. The glass has Biselsperger’s name etched into it at the top. He served in the regiment’s Kompagnie Nr 8 from 1911 through 1913. He probably was recalled to his regiment in 1914 when war broke out. Many of the same events we have seen on steins appear on this glass: scenes of a man’s time in the army along with King Ludwig III. The glass is in excellent condition. $425.00

 

 

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20-85 CRYSTAL WINE GLASS TO GRAND DUKE FRIEDRICH FRANZ III - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN. This is a very fine example of a wine glass from the personal tableware of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Friedrich Franz III. The glass has a total of eight panels on it. The Grand Duke’s crowned royal cypher appears on one of them. The glass stands 4 5/8" in height, with a diameter of 2 ½" at the rim, and 2 3/8" at the base. The stem is also quite ornate. The entire glass is of the highest caliber. $575.00

 


 

 

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18-420 CRYSTAL WINE GLASS FOR INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 38 OFFICER - PRUSSIA. This is a very elegant crystal wine glass for a Füsilier-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Graf Moltke (Schlesisches) Nr 38 officer. The proud regiment was formed on 26 January 1818, and garrisoned at Glatz. It was assigned to the VI Armeekorps. The handsome crystal glass stands 6" tall, measures 2 ½" in diameter at the rim, and 2 ¾" in diameter at the base. Several small bubbles have been blown into the glass’s stem just where the bowl meets it. [The latter is one sure sign that it is a crystal drinking vessel]. A Prussian Crown is etched into its side, as well as the initials VAAR or VPAR or even VGAR (perhaps an acronym for a veteran’s organization? We do not know). The regiment number, "38," appears below the initials. The glass is in excellent condition. $195.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14-267 BAVARIAN BEER STEIN FOR FELDFLIEGER ABTEILUNG Nr 7. This is an attractive example of a beer stein from one of the early war Bavarian squadrons, Feldflieger Abteilung Nr 7. This stein is quite large. It holds a full litre, compared to most steins and krugs that we see that hold half a litre. This stein stands 11" tall. It has a marvelous exterior topped by a pewter lid. Its thumb opening device features a rampant Bavarian Lion. Engraved on the lid is "Zum Andenken a. s. Kameraden (In Remembrance of our Comrades)." Hand painted on the exterior of the stein is a shield, topped by a crown. It has a propeller through its center. Below that appears the inscription "Bayr. Feld-Flieger=Abt. 7." On the bottom of the stein we see that it was manufactured by Mettlach. Due to the markings on the base it is very likely that this stein was manufactured in the 1920's or 1930's, as opposed to during WW I. It is in excellent condition and shows honest age and wear. $1,350.00

 

 

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18-173 METTLACH PATRIOTIC BEER KRUG. This is a superb Mettlach patriotic beer krug. It is only .3 Litre, which is about 10 ounces (an unusual size). This is a bit smaller than many of the krugs and steins that we see. This krug stands 5 ½" tall, and is 2 ½" in diameter at the top, and 3 1/4" in diameter at the base. The central theme of this hand painted stein is a wonderful Hohenzollern Eagle. It is in wonderful condition. $295.00 . ..

 

 

 

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18-293 VETERAN’S BEER KRUG - ARMEEGRUPPE KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT von BAYERN. This is a very fine beer krug from Heeresgruppe Kronprinz Rupprecht von Bayern. Besides being the Kronprinz of Bavaria, Rupprecht was a capable military commander who achieved the rank of Generalfeldmarschall. In this capacity, he commanded an Armeegruppe that consisted of multiple armies. The krug is rather large. It holds one litre of liquid, whereas so many krugs hold only half-a-litre. The dates 1914-1918, along with the name of Rupprecht’s army group, are in blue on the side of the krug. The krug stands 7 1/8" tall. It is 3 1/4" in diameter at the lid and 4" in diameter at the base. $375.00  

 

 

 

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18-362 TWO KAISERS’ MINI BEER KRUG. This is a small, very fine, patriotic beer mug. Early in WW I, a lot of patriotic items were issued to build and maintain good relations between Austria and Germany. A great number of items featured the two Kaisers, Wilhelm II and Franz Josef. The mug stands 4 ¼" tall. It measures 2 ½" in diameter at the top, and 2 ¼" in diameter at the base. $95.00 
 

 

 

 

 

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18-299 GLASS JAR - LARGE ARTILLERY SHELL-SHAPED. This is an exceptionally attractive glass jar that has been fashioned in the shape of a large artillery shell. Most of the glass is frosted, except for the very top of the jar (the shell’s tip, if you will) and its bottom. The very edge of the clear glass on the jar’s top is encircled by delicate gold trim. The jar’s top is attached by a brass hinge and clasp. A hand painted Iron Cross graces the jar’s front. It is flanked by two branches of what appear to be laurel leaves (with berries?), tied together at the bottom by a red, white and black (Germany’s national colors) bow. The jar is approximately 5 1/4" tall and 2 3/8" in diameter. Its delicacy and the presence of a bow may indicate that it was a patriotic piece intended for a woman. It is certainly a lovely item, worthy of addition to any collection. $325.00

 

 

 

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18-166 GLASS OR CRYSTAL 1914 IRON CROSS POKAL. This is an immense glass or crystal pokal of the highest quality and condition. The pokal measures 10 7/8" tall, 3 7/8" in diameter at the rim, and 4 1/8" in diameter at the base. Etched quite delicately into the front of the pokal is a 1914 Iron Cross. $395.00. . .

 

 

 

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18-171 METTLACH PATRIOTIC BEER KRUG. This is well-made and attractively conditioned beer krug manufactured by the well-known firm of Mettlach. The body of the krug is a plain-fired porcelain. It is of the ½ Litre size. The top of the krug has a fine recreation of the 1914 Iron Cross. A ball-shaped thumb device opens the lid. The bottom of the krug has the markings for the Mettlach firm. This is very well made and in excellent condition. It would make a fine way to enjoy your favorite beverage or for display. $475.00. .

 

 

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18-227 VETERAN STEIN FOR AN ARTILLERY SCHOOL. This is a veteran’s stein for a man who served at an artillery school during the period of 1897 through 1899. It has a very colorful exterior, showing a cypher on a shoulder strap (which represents the Lehr-Batt. of the Artillery School). A scene depicts a cannon being pulled to the Front by a caisson and horse team. No cannon decorates the lid’s top, only a simple disc. However, some very ornate, high-relief work is displayed on the lid’s flanks, including the Kaiser, cannons, etc. The lithopane at the bottom is in very good condition. This is a fine veteran’s stein that is more than 100-years-old and in very good condition. $595.00 

 

 

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18-223 PATRIOTIC BEER KRUG. This is a wonderful earthenware beer krug of the ½ litre variety. Across the front of the krug is a colorful and marvelously executed kriegsflagge. The krug is in excellent condition. It has a simple metal cover that flips up to give access to the krug’s contents. $295.00

 

 

 

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18-222 AIRPLANE SALT AND PEPPER SERVER/HOLDER. This is a porcelain airplane figurine, which is in fact a salt and pepper server/holder. The aircraft is a single-wing design. In addition to the salt and pepper shakers, it has a small reservoir for what might have held mustard. I have seen these before, and I believe that is the purpose for the third compartment. Emblazoned on the side of the airplane is a view of the city of Lindau, along with the legend "Lindau Seehafen mit alt. Leuchtturm." Embedded in the highly-lustered white porcelain are flecks of gold, which lend the item a lovely appearance. $195.00  

 

 

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18-224 PRESENTATION GLASS BEER KRUG FROM ONE DOCTOR TO ANOTHER. This is a glass beer krug that dates from 1863. It stands 5 1/4" tall. It measures 3 3/4" at the bottom and 3 1/4" at its rim. The body of the krug is of clear glass that has been cut evenly in ridges around the sides. Its lid is silver, probably silver-plate, with an attached silver thumb-device on the handle by which one can lift the lid. The thumb is device plain, without any decoration other than simple fluting on the edges. The top of the lid has been engraved with the legend "Seinem Treuen Collegen Dr. Henke Dankt für Liebevolle Sorgfalt und Aufopfernde Hingebung Glücklich im Gefühle Seiner Genesung." This translates to "Your faithful colleague, Dr. Henke, thanks you for your affectionate care and sacrificial devotion. Feeling fortunate in his convalescence, Dr. Popp, November 1863." A maker’s mark and what may be the silver content marking is present on the silver part of the handle. This was before silver hallmarking became standardized. Also, both marks are rather illegible. Another interesting point because of its age is the spelling of the word "colleague," using the "c" rather than "k," as would be proper in German. In the mid-19th century, particularly among the elite classes (and doctors would at least aspire to this state), a tendency to use French spellings for some words still lingered. This is a very handsome piece, with some interesting history behind it. $175.00

 

 

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18-201 SMALL SHERRY GLASSES BEARING THE CYPHER "WILHELM REX." We have a total of three of these small patriotic sherry glasses bearing the cypher "Wilhelm Rex." These glasses stand 5 1/8" tall, are 1 3/4" in diameter at the rim, and 1 7/8" in diameter at the base. While they are attractively made, they are not a part of the Kaiser‘s glass service. They are patriotic in nature and appear to be a "daily-use" grade of crystal. Each has the royal cypher etched into its front. We have three of these available for the individual price of $75.00 each. [Buy all three for the special price of $200.00! When the first of these is sold, this special offer will end]. . . .

 

 

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18-64 PORCELAIN SCHNAPPS FLASK. This is a marvelous schnapps flask in the form of a bugle, dating from the turn of the last century. This porcelain bugle has a removable mouthpiece, which allows one to pour out the contents of the flask. The flask, which stands 11 1/2" tall and is 5 1/2" at the bell of the bugle, holds ½ Litre of liquid. The flask is hand-painted and even has a representation of the cord wrapped around the center of the bugle. It bears the saying "Für Tonangebende Kneip-Genieg." The flask is manufacturer hallmarked underneath. $225.00

 

 

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18-403 PORCELAIN PATRIOTIC DEMITASSE CUP FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS. This is a very fine patriotic demitasse coffee cup. The cup has a white background. Painted on its front is a black, silver, and white 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.  The cup is plain, but in good condition. The cup measures 2" tall, 2" in diameter at the rim, and 1" in diameter at the base.  The cup is manufacturer-marked for “Rosenthal Selb Bavaria," on the cup’s bottom.  Rosenthal remains a well known porcelain manufacturer to this day. $195.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-408 PATRIOTIC COFFEE/TEAPOT COMMEMORATING GENERAL-FELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG. Today we are offering a very attractive porcelain patriotic coffee/teapot that commemorates Germany’s most important and revered WW I militar y figure, Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg.  During WW I, patriotic items of all sorts were VERY popular in Germany.  Von Hindenburg was the most popular figure after Kaiser Wilhelm II, even above other royals.  Paul von Hindenburg actually had retired from the army in 1911 with the rank of Generaloberst.  When WW I broke out, he was called back to service and given command of the VIII. Armee. This army was based in the East, where he led his troops to a huge victory over the Russians at the Battle of Tannenberg.  His success against them from 1914 to 1916 eventually rewarded  him with an Armeegruppe’s command. [This consisted of commanding multiple Armees]. He was given the title of “Ober-Ost,” (Supreme Commander East). The command included the VIII., IX., X. Armees and some other Armeekorps. He was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in November 1914, and had continued successes in his sector. Finally, in August 1916, he was promoted to Chief of the General Staff and had overall command over all German troops.
He held this post until the end of WW I and was still revered by the German people. [An interesting story concerns a visit made with Kaiser Wilhelm II by von Hindenburg and his new Chief of Staff, Wilhelm Groener (1867-1939), who had taken over in October 1918 from Erich Ludendorff. They went to tell the Kaiser that the German Army was on the verge of collapse and the war was essentially over.  They were also bringing the message that the Kaiser had to step down.  As the meeting began, von Hindenburg tried to tell his Kaiser the news that he must abdicate.  After much stumbling and fumbling, the old Feldmarschall could not speak the words. Ultimately, it was Groener who had to break the news to a shocked Kaiser]. Von Hindenburg tried to disappear from public following WW I.  He returned in 1925, however, to serve as President of the Weimar Republic, a post he held until his 1934 death.
Today we are offering a wonderful coffee or teapot saluting the old Generalfeldmarschall. It stands 3 ½” tall.  From its spout to its handle, it measures 8” wide. Finally, it measures 6 ½” in diameter at the base.  The pot’s central theme is an oval portrait of von Hindenburg in dress uniform, complete with a neck order and a medal bar.  A kriegsflagge and a German national flag appear on either side of the portrait. Laurel leaves appear below his portrait.  Three slashes of gold decorate the spout, while the spout itself is encircled by a gold embellishment that is partially-faded.  The spout also has a small chip in it.  One side of the handle is trimmed in gold partially faded from use. The pot’s top also sports a gold-trimmed handle that is partially faded.  Another gold trim band runs around the entire lid.  Finally, a trim band appears in Germany’s national colors of red, black, and white.  
While we have seen many different plates and cups honoring von Hindenburg, this is the first coffee or teapot that we have unearthed. It is in very good condition, overall, and would make a fine addition to your collection. Who knows?  You might even use it from time to time, serving coffee or tea to your guests or even yourself! $225.00

 

 

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18-409 WW I PATRIOTIC BUTTER DISH. This is a mid-to-late-war two-piece butter dish. [I remember my maternal grandmother’s two-piece porcelain butter dishes that she used every day.  She was European-born, where this was a very common practice.  For special occasions, she pulled out a crystal butter dish. I have this memento from ninety-plus years ago].  The small butter dish we are offering is quite simple, however.  At best it would hold one quarter of a quarter-pound stick of butter. The lid measures 3 ½” tall. At the base it measures 1 ½” in diameter. It has a small handle that has a gold trim band around it.  On the lid’s top it reads “Butterdose aus des Kriegsjahren 1916/18.”
The butter dish’s bottom looks like a small coffee saucer with a tiny circular wall in its center where the butter was placed. It has a gold trim band around the edge.  No manufacturer’s hallmark appears.  It is in very fine condition. 
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18-410 SMALL COFFEE SAUCER. This coffee saucer would be suitable for a smaller coffee cup. It measures 4 ½” in diameter and has a small gold trim band around the edge.  No manufacturer’s hallmark appears at the bottom. $20.00

 

 

 

 

 

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18-392 FREIHERR’S COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER. This is a handsome coffee cup and saucer for a Freiherr (Baron). The cup is a bit larger than those we generally see. It stands 2 1/4" tall, 3 1/8" in diameter at the rim, and 2" in diameter at the base. The cup has a gold band at the rim that appears both outside and inside the cup. Many parts of the trim are faded. The gold on the cup’s handle is also faded. Another gold trim band encircles the cup’s bottom. We even see a gold band underneath the cup! The cup’s front boasts three initials "FKH" that feature the seven-pointed Freiherr’s Crown. The initials also have faded from how they would have appeared when the cup was new.
The saucer is quite unusual, although it matches the cup’s design. It measures 6 ½" in diameter at the rim. The saucer’s atypical nature is reflected in its design. Most saucers are more or less flat, but this one’s edges are raised a good inch in height. It is so high that one probably could pour most of the cup’s contents into the saucer without causing an overflow! The saucer’s interior duplicates the cup’s gold trim design, with a small gold circle appearing in its center.
Neither the cup nor the saucer shows any indication of their manufacturer. It is very reasonably-priced for a piece of tableware that once belonged to a noble. Why not use this for your morning coffee or afternoon tea so you can feel as though YOU are a noble!?!
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18-347 PATRIOTIC GERMAN/AUSTRIAN COFFEE CUP. This is a coffee cup that celebrates German and Austrian cooperation. It is an early war piece featuring the German and Austrian flags, as well as shields emblazoned with the Hohenzollern and Hapsburg Eagles. The date 1914 is in the center. The cup measures 3 ½" in height. It measures 3 3/4" in diameter at the rim and 2" in diameter at the base. On the bottom we see the name of the manufacturer, who was located in Bavaria. $75.00
 

 

 

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18-389 PATRIOTIC DEMITASSE COFFEE CUP STRESSING GERMAN/AUSTRIAN COOPERATION. Early in WW I, a key patriotic theme was the cooperation between Germany and her allies. Most frequently, cooperation between Germany and Austria was stressed. Today we are offering a demitasse coffee cup that stresses the theme.
The cup is a bit unusual in its construction. It measures 2 5/8" in diameter at the rim, 2 3/8" in diameter at the base, and stands 1 7/8" tall. The unusual cup rim is not round but irregularly-shaped. It also sports gold trim on the rim. The handle has no decoration. The cup’s central images are portraits of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria. Below them is a quote in German that proclaims "Strength though Unity." No manufacturer’s hallmark appears on the cup’s bottom, which is rough-hewn in appearance.
The cup is in above-average condition, with no cracks.
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18-343 PATRIOTIC DEMITASSE COFFEE CUP - SAUCER. This is a very attractive demitasse coffee cup and saucer with a fine patriotic motif. The cup stands 2 1/8" tall, measures 1 5/16" at the rim, and 1 1/4" at the base. The cup bears Prussia’s Hohenzollern Eagle and Austria-Hungary’s two-headed Hapsburg Eagle. The rim of the cup sports a gold band. A manufacturer’s hallmark is on the bottom. The matching saucer measures 4 ½" in diameter. The saucer is not hallmarked. It is a very elegant small cup that would make a great companion piece to a larger sized coffee cup. $95.00
 

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18-379 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS CUP. This is a very high-quality porcelain cup that has a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class as its centerpiece. The Iron Cross and ribbon are surrounded by a green, oak leaf wreath. A red, white, and black band expands all the way around the cup. Near the inside cup rim at the top is a gold trim band that exhibits wear. The cup measures 2 7/8" in diameter at the rim. It also measures 2" at the base. It stands 4" tall.
The cup shows no manufacturer’s hallmark. The cup’s condition is quite attractive, aside from the previously-mentioned wear to the gold trim. One very small chip at the base is barely noticeable as it sits on a flat surface.
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18-287 COFFEE CUP FOR THE VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL IN LEIPZIG. This is a coffee cup which commemorates the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig. This is a massive monument which was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Napoleonic wars. This was a major year in German history and there was much going on to honor German’s role in these wars. This monument is every bit as impressive today as it was nearly 100 years ago and Kaiser Wilhelm II and the King of Saxony were both there for its dedication, $30.00

 

 

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18-289 DEMITASSE CUP FOR THE VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL IN LEIPZIG. This is a demitasse cup which commemorates the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig. This is a massive monument which was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Napoleonic wars. This was a major year in German history and there was much going on to honor German’s role in these wars. This monument is every bit as impressive today as it was nearly 100 years ago and Kaiser Wilhelm II and the King of Saxony were both there for its dedication, $35.00

 

 

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18-395 PATRIOTIC COFFEE CUP. This is an elaborately decorated patriotic coffee cup that measures 3 3/8" tall, 3 ½" wide at the rim and 1 7/8" at its base. Its surface is very-detailed, and decorated with three-dimensional leaves, grapes and little seeds, as well as a profile of either Kaiser Wilhelm II or his son, Crown Prince Wilhelm. It displays a dedication "Zum, Namenstage m. geliebten Nettchen Düjardin 25 Novb. 1905" (To My Beloved’s Birthdays in our Pretty Little Garden 25 November 1905). The decorations encircle the dedication, covering the cup’s front. The gilded handle is flanked by gilt depictions of crossed leaves on either side. The inner rim at the top was also encircled with gilt at one time, although it is now very faded. Some of the gilt has also worn off the handle and from some grapes, leaf stems and seeds. The profile has lost its gilt on the edges, but is about 95% intact. A thin gilt band encircles the base and remains intact. It is a lovely little cup, with just one small nick in the rim near the royalty member’s profile. It is quite a bargain at this price. $40.00

 

 

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18-290 DEMITASSE COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER WITH IRON CROSS MOTIF. This is a demitasse coffee cup and saucer. The saucer is 4 1/8" in diameter and on its blue surface in gold we see "Erinnerung aus Großer zeit 1914/15. The saucer is marked for the noted Bavarian form Rosenthal. The demitasse cup is also blue with a handsome 1914 Iron Cross in gold. The inside of the cup is also a most striking gold. There is repaired damage to the cup as at some point it shattered in 3-4 pieces. It has been nicely repaired and the damage is more noticeable in the interior than the exterior. It is also marked for Rosenthal. While a pity that this damage took place the pricing reflects the fault. $95.00  

 

 

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18-385 UNUSUAL WARTIME COFFEE CUP - AUSTRIA. This is a very simple coffee cup made from earthenware, then fired in a kiln. What it lacks in manufacturing quality, it makes up for in charm and uniqueness. The first thing we see is that it is six-sided, with six separate panels. The front panel features a multicolored, two-headed Austrian Eagle, with crown. Below the crown are the wartime dates, "1914-1915." Circling the cup’s top near the rim we see a band of Austria’s national colors, with a band made-up to look like oak leaves below it. It stands 3 3/8" tall and measures 3 1/8" in diameter. It will display quite attractively. $75.00

 

 

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20-199 GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND RACING SLOOP - S.M.Y. IDUNA. This is a fine goblet that appears to be made from zinc. It stands 5 1/2" tall. It measures 3" in diameter at the rim, and 2 3/4" in diameter at the base. It sports three decorative panels. The first shows Kaiser Wilhelm II in naval uniform. The second shows his racing sloop, the S.M.Y. Iduna. The third panel shows König Carl I. von Rumänien’s crowned cypher. (König Carl I. was also the Regimental Chef of Dragoner-Regiment Nr 9). The cup is finely made. It sports manufacturer’s hallmarking on the bottom. Material from any of the Kaiser’s yachts is difficult to find. The S.M.Y. Iduna is one of the Kaiser’s lesser-known vessels that was used for yachting competitions of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. $250.00

 

 

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18-298 METAL GOBLET SALUTING IRON CHANCELLOR OTTO von BISMARCK. Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck was born April 1, 1815 in Schönhausen, which today is in Saxony-Anhalt. He died July 30, 1898 in Friedrichsruh near Hamburg. He was a Prussian and the greatest German statesman of the 19th century. As Minister-President of Prussia from 1862 through 1890, he oversaw the unification of Germany. From 1867 on, he was Chancellor of the North German Confederation. In 1871, he was raised to the rank of Fürst (Prince) von Bismarck. He was also appointed Imperial Chancellor of the German Empire, but retained his Prussian offices (including those of Minister-President and Foreign Minister). When the second German Empire was formed in 1871, he served as its first Chancellor, gaining the nickname "Iron Chancellor." Although he had been an essential part of Germany’s unification and played a pivotal role in 19th Century European diplomacy, Bismarck did NOT get along with Wilhelm II when he became Kaiser in 1888. Bismarck resigned at Wilhelm II's insistence in 1890, at the age of 75. This zinc cup commemorates von Bismarck’s life. It stands 8 3/4" tall. It is 3 ½" in diameter at the brim, 2" in diameter at the bottom and sits on a 3 1/4" diameter base. It features a profile high-relief portrait of von Bismarck within a laurel leaf wreath. Ribbons at the bottom of the wreath read "1 Apr. 1815 Fürst Bismarck 20 Jul. 98." The next panel features an 1870 Iron Cross set off by a frame of elaborate scroll work. The last panel features a detailed, high-relief rendering of Bismarck’s rural estate at Friedrichsruh, (and is so-labeled). The rest of this handsome drinking vessel is set off with abstract designs and scroll work. The only flaw is that the base is somewhat bent, which causes the vessel to wobble slightly when set on a flat surface. Otherwise, it is a magnificent piece. $350.00

 

 

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34-71 METAL CUP - KAISER WILHELM II. This is a zinc cup that depicts Kaiser Wilhelm II in profile. On the reverse is the House of Hohenzollern’s Coat-of-Arms. Some engraving appears at the rim that I cannot identify, although I can discern the year 1903. The left of the Kaiser’s face is dented. The rim and the base are also slightly misshapen. The cup stands 4 1/2" tall, measures 3 1/4" in diameter at the rim, and 2 1/4" in diameter at the base. $95.00  

 

 

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18-207 LARGE POKAL FEATURING A FLORAL MOTIF. This is a large, silver-toned pokal, measuring 11 3/8" in height, 4 3/4" in diameter at the rim, and 5 1/8" in diameter at the base. A 3" etched-band of roses and leaves encircles the cup’s exterior. Engraved at the base is "Verein 15. Husaren Wandesbeck 1 June 1925." This refers to Husaren-Regiment Könign Wilhelmina der Niederlande (Hannoverisches) Nr 15, which was raised in Wandesbek in 1803. The regiment was Hanoverian and received battle honors for fighting at the Peninsula, Waterloo, El Bodon, and Barossa. It is a fine memorial cup from an elite Hussar regiment that fought proudly with Wellington in Spain and at Waterloo. $175.00 .

 

 

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18-326 XKK SILVER STAHLHELM SCHNAPPS CUPS. This is a consignment item. Today we are offering some fine silver-toned schnapps cups that are shaped like M-16, M-17, or M-18 Stahlhelms. They measure 4 3/4" in total height. The stahlhelm, which is mounted upside down on the stem (the stem measures 3 1/4" in length) measures 1 3/4" x 2 1/4." The base of each cup measures 1 3/4" in diameter. I estimate that each cup holds about 1 ounce of liquid. At the cup’s bottom, we see it was produced by the firm Gebrüder Schürmann. They are not made of silver, and thus are not so hallmarked. We have a total of four cups. Two of these have been sold and only ONE remains.  $150.00 EACH.

 

 

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18-241 GLASS BEER BOTTLE. This is a glass beer bottle that dates to around 1900 to 1910. It comes from Hamburg. The bottle is green and stands 12 1/4" tall. The following is seen on the bottle’s side in a circular area: "Herm. Peters Bergedorf." The bottle has the unique, European-style, porcelain stopper. It is great for display on its own or as a part of any display that you might create. $75.00 
 

 

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18-244 FELDPOST SHIPPING CARTON - GLASS SCHNAPPS FLASK. This is a Feldpost shipping carton with a label on the front containing all the information needed to mail it to a soldier at the front. The box measures 5 3/4" x 3" x 2." The top is secured using twine, which is still in place. Inside the box is a glass schnapps bottle with a porcelain top. The bottle measures 5 1/2" x 2 1/4." It looks as though it would hold 4-6 ounces of schnapps. The bottle is protected by a cardboard wrapper. This is little different from how it was ninety years ago. It is in mint condition.  $160.00 

 

 

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18-370 1914 IRON CROSS PATRIOTIC BUD VASE. The Germans always have been a patriotic people. They took great pride in being Germans and constantly bought all sorts of patriotic items to demonstrate their patriotism, during both peace and wartime. Today we are offering a fine bud vase in the shape of an urn. The vase measures 4" in height. It measures 1" at its top and 1 1/2" at its base. In addition, the vase measures 8" in circumference. In its center is a 1914 Iron Cross within a green frame. The right and left sides near the center feature an additional green frame encircling the vase and in the reverse we see the dates "1914-15." Its porcelain exterior shows no cracking or damage. I do see some small bubbling in places, however. I do not understand its cause, but it is apparent if you look closely. This very fine bud vase comes from Rosenthal’s well known Bavarian workshops. Their hallmark appears on the bud vase’s bottom. Rosenthal remains a well known porcelain manufacturer that is in business today. $195.00

 

 

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18-274 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS DEMITASSE CUP. This is a beautiful, patriotic demitasse (coffee cup). The cup has a very dark-blue background. Painted on the front is a black, gold, and white Iron Cross in a golden frame. The rim, handle, and the cup’s base are trimmed in gold as well. The cup stands 2" tall, is 2" in diameter at the rim, and 2" in diameter at the base. The cup is manufacturer-marked and numbered "654/245." $325.00  

 

 

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Plates, Bowls, Etc.

 

13-770 MEISSEN PLATE - OTTO WEDDIGEN - U-9. I have sought one of the plates honoring Otto Weddigen and the U-9's intrepid crew for years. I never found one that met my stringent standards and was worthy to offer you. Finally, I discovered this fine plate, manufactured by the noteworthy manufacturer, Meissen. The U-9 was a small, prewar U-Boot that burned kerosene (!) as its power source. During September 1914, the tiny U-9, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Otto Weddigen, made history in a single hour. She sank three British cruisers within sixty minutes! Kaiser Wilhelm II was so delighted, he awarded Weddigen the 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class, and presented the Iron Cross 2nd Class to all the U-9's other officers and crewmen. A month later, the U-9 sank yet another British cruiser, at which time Weddigen was invested with the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order and the Orden Pour le Mérite. Scarcely six months later, Weddigen and the U-29's crew (his new assignment) were killed when a British battleship rammed them. Weddigen became a German national hero, since he was the first naval officer awarded the PLM. While later U-Boot commanders far exceeded Weddigen’s total amount of ships and tonnage sunk, no one was more famous or more revered by the German people. He was a superstar who, like Manfred von Richthofen, was asked for his autograph wherever he went. The plate we are offering today measures 10" in diameter. Depicted in blue on white, the U-9 sails across a rough ocean’s surface. One solitary man, clearly Weddigen, stands in the conning tower. The Kriegsflagge streams out high atop the tower. Another U-Boot is steaming along in the background. The plate’s bottom reads "U9." The plate’s exterior condition is absolutely stunning. Its reverse boasts Meissen’s emblematic crossed swords. Two small holes have been drilled in the plate’s ridge, which allows the placement of string or wire by which it can be hung on a wall. The choice remains open to the plate’s future owner. This is a fantastic tribute to Germany’s most famous WW I U-Boot commander. These plates are very scarce today. I have never seen a better example. $1,995.00

 

 

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18-401 KPM 1917 WEIHNACHTEN PLATE. KPM was the House of Hohenzollern’s (including Kaiser Wilhelm II and all members of his immediate and extended family) official house tableware firm.  The small plate was issued to commemorate Christmas 1917. [A plate like it was produced each Christmas].   One of Germany’s finest porcelain producers, KPM had served the House of Hohenzollern since the time of Frederick the Great. This is a smaller plate, about the size of a salad or dessert plate, that measures 7 5/8" in diameter. The plate’s center shows a German soldier seated astride a German 77mm cannon.  In one hand he has an artillery shell and in the other, a bottle of German sparkling wine. Behind him is a Christmas tree, complete with lighted candles. At the bottom of this multicolored scene we see “Weihnachten 1917.”  The KPM hallmark appears on the reverse, along with an Iron Cross and other marks for the plate series. $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-414 PATRIOTIC PLATE DEPICTING IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY’S 1914 LEADERSHIP. This is a 1914 (one-hundred-years-old!) early-war patriotic plate that features "Die Deutschen Heerführer" (Imperial German Army Leaders). It measures 9 3/4" in diameter. The plate has a total of ten oval-shaped photos of the German Army senior commanders during WW I’s opening months. These worthies include Württemberg’s Herzog Albrecht, Bavaria’s Kronprinz Rupprecht, von Hindenburg, von Beseler, von Heeringen, von Bülow, von Emmich, von Kluck, von Falkenhayn, and von Hausen. The plate’s center displays a square portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm II flanked by images of his son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, and his brother, Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich. The images appear against a background of oak and laurel leaves. The obverse reveals some very light wear. No manufacturer’s hallmark shows on the reverse, although the number "2233" is displayed in gold. $250.00

 

 

 

 

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18-413 COMMEMORATIVE PLATE FOR THE PRUSSIAN RED CROSS AND THE GERMAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION. This is a fine commemorative plate that was released for the benefit of the German Red Cross and the German Women’s Association. This plate was issued in 1915, the Great War’s second year. The plate measures 8 ½" in diameter. In muted tones on the obverse we see a baby holding shields for Germany’s House of Hohenzollern and Austria’s House of Hapsburg, as well as a flag for the German Red Cross in one hand. The reverse features information about the plate’s two sponsoring organizations. The artist’s name appears on both the obverse and reverse. We also see that the plate was produced by Bavaria’s Rosenthal. Along with KPM and Meissen, it was one of Germany’s three leading porcelain houses. All three survived WW I and WW II to remain in business today. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

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18-428 PORCELAIN PLATE FEATURING WEIMAR REPUBLIC PRESIDENT PAUL von HINDENBURG. This is a fine quality porcelain plate commemorating President of the Weimar Republic and former Chief of the German General Staff Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934). Hindenburg was a bright young Leutnant when the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870. He did well and his future was assured with continued growth in the Prussian and German Army. Von Hindenburg elected to retire in 1911 when he was a Generaloberst. When WW I began, he was recalled to service. He was placed in charge of the German 8th Armee, which was locked in combat with the Russian 1st and 2nd Armies. With his staff performing brilliantly, the 8th Armee put the two Russian armies to flight at the Battle of Tannenberg. Hindenburg was promoted further up to Generalfeldmarschall in late November with the formation of the 9th Armee, which placed him in command of all Central Powers troops in the East. In August 1916 von Hindenburg was promoted to head of the Great German General Staff. Von Hindenburg brought Ludendorff along with him. Once he departed, August von Mackensen commanded all German troops in the East for a time, doing a first-rate job. 
Von Hindenburg and Ludendorff both were enormously popular. In fact, THEY ran Germany for the last two years of the war, not the Kaiser and his mob. It was a difficult time, which only worsened the longer the war lasted. Ludendorff suffered a near mental breakdown, and Hindenburg had to approach the Kaiser with the need to end the war. Being a staunch monarchist, von Hindenburg could not speak the words. Another junior general had to tell the story while Hindenburg looked on. The armistice was set for November 1918, and Germany’s monarchies agreed to resign at a similar time. Hindenburg retired, but was brought back to be the second President of the Weimar Republic in 1925. Though in ill health, he served until his death in 1934.
This is a very highly-detailed decorative plate that measures 9 ¼" in diameter. The white porcelain plate features an inside circular gold frame about 1" from its outer edge (which features an abstract high-relief design). The gold frame surrounds a multicolored high-relief portrait of von Hindenburg wearing a business suit. [I imagine it is a post WW I portrayal, when he was less often in uniform]. The name "Hindenburg" appears below his portrait.
The plate’s reverse features a hanger that was added by drilling two small holes in its top. This allows the plate to be hung on the wall if the owner so desires. The plate’s center displays a manufacturer’s hallmark for Hutschenreuther in Selb, Bavaria.  Porcelain production in Northern Bavaria was established in 1814 by C. M. Hutschenreuther, who settled in Hohenberg an der Eger.  In 1857, his son, Lorenz, opened a second factory in Selb, Bavaria.   This plate was produced at the Selb location, as indicated in the hallmark pictured below.    L. H. S. stands for Lorenz  Hutschenreuther Selb, while Abteilung für Kunst translates as Division for ArtL. H. S. acquired several other Selb porcelain makers in the 1920's, then merged with C. M. Hutschenreuther of Hohenberg in 1969.  It became part of  well known porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal in 2000.  [Rosenthal itself was taken over by Sambonet Paderno Industrie S.p.A., an Italian metal kitchen and table accessories manufacturer, in 2009. Rosenthal GmbH continues to produce porcelain today, with Hutschenreuther as one of its sections].

 

This top-quality commemorative plate is in excellent condition and ready to add to your collection. $125.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-384 MEISSEN COMMEMORATIVE COLOR PLATE FEATURING INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 108 - SAXONY. This is a top-quality plate from the Meissen workshops. It commemorates Königl Sächs. Schützen (Füsilier) Regiment Prinz Georg Nr 108. The regiment was raised in 1809, during the Napoleonic Wars’ height. It was garrisoned in Saxony’s capital city, Dresden, and attached to the XII. Armeekorps. This rather unusual regiment was considered as both a Schützen AND a Füsilier Regiment! Naturally, it was similar to other states’ Jäger-Bataillons. The Kingdom of Prussia had both Jäger and Schützen Bataillons. The regiment’s members were considered sharpshooters. Even though they were considered an Infanterie-Regiment (Nr 108), they did not wear pickelhauben as did the other infantry units. Instead, they proudly wore shakos, and were the only infantry regiment to do so. Their shakos were similar to but not quite the same as the other Jäger and Schützen Bataillons. A magnificent plume was worn on it.
The plate measures 10" in diameter. Oak leaves are painted on the obverse’s right and left edges in various shades of green, gray, and black. At the top is the caption "K. S. Sch. R. 108." The King of Saxony’s crown is displayed in the center. Below that, the regiment’s Napoleonic Wars-era shako appears (sitting on more oak leaves) next to the newer-style shako worn by the regiment one-hundred-years later. At the oak leaves bottom, a portopee-like device appears, attached to a hunting horn (another important symbol from the regiment’s traditions). At the plate’s bottom are the regiment’s founding and disbandment dates, "1809" and "1919." The Kingdom of Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms sits between the dates.
On the reverse we see twin holes drilled into the plate’s bottom ridge. A hanger is incorporated. If you do not wish to use the incorporated hanger, no evidence of it appears on the plate’s obverse. Meissen’s hallmark is displayed on its reverse.
This plate is in excellent condition. It represents one of the Saxon Army’s more elite, unusual regiments. $650.00

 

 

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18-353 MEISSEN JÄGER-BATAILLON Nr 13's CENTENNIAL PLATE - SAXONY. This is a fine dinner plate that commemorates the Königl. Sächs. 2 Jäger-Bataillon Nr 13's centennial. The unit was founded in 1809 and based in Dresden. It was attached to the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. Jäger-Bataillons were elite regiments of crack shots. They were equipped with rifles rather than muskets during the Napoleonic Wars. They were positioned at the army’s head to serve as skirmishers who targeted officers and NCO’s. Their ability to "pick off" those men often diminished the opposition’s command and control over their men. It was a great honor to be selected for such a prestigious posting as a Jäger-Bataillon.
The white porcelain plate sports a handsome design painted on it in green. Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms, flanked by the years 1809 and 1909, appears at its top. Around the plate’s edge on either side are victory wreath sections, an oak leaf sprig with acorns on the left, and a laurel leaf sprig with berries on the right. The bottom edge displays "K. S. 2. J. B. 13," which is the regimental designation. The plate’s center features a stag’s skull implanted with a cross, whose antlers are joined together at its top by a crown. This emblem was used by all Jäger-Bataillons. The plate measures 10" in diameter. The plate’s reverse features noted Saxon porcelain maker Meissen’s hallmark. Only Berlin’s KPM was Meissen’s equal. An attachment on the reverse enables one to hang the plate from a wall.
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20-233 FLORAL PATTERN DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL SERVICE - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - PRUSSIA. This is a recessed dinner plate from König Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia’s personal dinner service. It dates from about 1850. It sports a multicolored floral pattern, with vibrant green leaves flanking green and purple grapes. The reverse has hallmarking for KPM, the firm that provided tableware for all the Kings and Kaisers of Prussia from Frederick the Great through Kaiser Wilhelm II. In addition to KPM’s hallmarking, we also see the Prussian King’s cypher. It is a fine example. $995.00

 

 

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18-321 PLATE - MILITARY THEMES FROM CHILD’S VIEWPOINT - KPM.
This is an interesting plate, which comes from the noted Prussian porcelain firm, KPM. KPM was located in Berlin and served every Prussian King and Kaiser from Frederick the Great onward. By the time KPM was serving Kaiser Wilhelm II, they were producing large numbers (in terms of place settings) of tableware and in multiple patterns. As if it were not enough that they produced tableware for all the various castles wherein the Kaiser entertained, they also produced tableware for the Kaiser’s ships. Tableware had to be provided for the S.M.S. Deutschland (the ship he sailed on when he was with the fleet) and the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern (his primary yacht). This gives you just a hint of the quantity, not to mention the quality of the items that KPM produced. They did other work aside from the royal family (this included the Kaiserin, the Kaiser’s children, and other Princes of the House of Hohenzollern). The plate measures 7 3/4” in diameter. It is multicolored and has an angel as the central motif. Around the angel are items that appeal to children, although most are of a military nature. One sees a teddy bear wearing a busby. An airplane appears, as well as a cannon and a drum. Even a zeppelin shows up. The plate’s obverse is in excellent condition. As we examine the reverse, we see the hallmarking for KPM. Also a chip is present here, which, while unfortunate, does not detract from the overall presentation of the plate. $395.00

 

 

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20-207 SALAD/DESSERT PLATE - SCHLOß NYMPHENBURG - KÖNIG LUDWIG III - BAVARIA. We are thrilled to offer a dessert/salad plate from König Ludwig III of Bavaria’s royal table service. This plate was produced from 1900 through 1912, while Ludwig II was still Bavaria’s Prinz Regent. Schloß Nymphenburg was the Bavarian royal household’s summer castle. Located in what is today suburban Munich, it was first built in 1664. The Schloß and its grounds cover more than 200 acres. Interestingly, the Munich 1972 Summer Olympics dressage (equestrian) events were held on the castle grounds. The plate is twelve-sided, and measures 8 1/8" in diameter. Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful, elaborately hand painted royal plate of the many we have offered. Two shades of blue and a royal gold are featured. An ornate pattern is displayed throughout. The plate’s central theme is a house on a lake or river. It is very striking, and would make a fine addition to any collection. $1,195.00

 

 

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18-301 MEISSEN PLATE - CORONATION - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH AUGUST III - SAXONY. This is a fine porcelain plate from the noted manufacturer, Meissen. It was created to commemorate Friedrich August III’s assumption of the Kingdom of Saxony’s throne in 1904. Friedrich August III (1865-1932) was Saxony’s final king. The plate measures 10" in diameter. It has a sunken center. Its edge is trimmed in gold. The plate is ornately hand painted in blue. Near the gilt trim on the edge is a band of oak leaves and acorns. Inside on the sunken portion of the plate, more oak leaves serve as a wreath around the King’s Cypher, "AR" (Augustus Rex) and Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms. Below it is the date, 15 Okt. 1904, when Friedrich August III ascended to the throne after his father, König Georg (1832-1904) died. The plate’s reverse is attractively hallmarked for Meissen with the firm’s crossed swords. It is a fetching porcelain item, and a tribute to the King of Saxony, who led his country during WW I. $495.00

 

 

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18-303 MEISSEN PORCELAIN PLATE - SCHÜTZEN - (FÜSILIER) REGIMENT PRINZ GEORG Nr 108 - SAXONY. Both before and after WW I, Saxony’s leading porcelain manufacturer, Meissen, issued commemorative porcelain plates for important historical events. Among the most favored of these plates were those manufactured to commemorate important dates in the history of Saxony’s regiments and other military establishments. Today we are offering a very high quality plate that celebrates the years of Königl. Sächs. Schützen -(Füsilier -)Regiment Prinz Georg Nr 108's existence. The regiment was garrisoned at the capital city of Dresden, where it was attached to the Saxon XII ArmeeKorps. One thing made the regiment unusual among infantry regiments. Its soldiers wore shakos for dress occasions rather than pickelhauben. The white porcelain plate is hand painted in shades of green and black. The plate’s top bears the letters K. S. SCH. R. 108, indicating the formal name of the regiment, Königl. Sächs. Schützen -(Füsilier -)Regiment Prinz Georg Nr 108. In the plate’s center is a combination of leaves with two shakos, which were emblematic of the regiment. Below the shakos is a horn and above the leaves is the Kingdom of Saxony’s crown. On the left and right of the plate are oak leaves with acorns. At the plate’s bottom, Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms is centered between the dates 1809 and 1919. Of course, 1809 was the establishment of the regiment. 1919 represents the formal disbanding of the regiment after WW I’s end. The plate’s reverse has an attachment by which the plate can be mounted to a wall. This is a beautifully crafted, high-quality plate from one of Germany’s leading porcelain makers. The colors remain vibrant even after nearly ninety years. $750.00

 

 

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18-375"DEUTSCHER REICHSTELLER" FEATURING KAISER AND GERMANY’S KINGS WITH THEIR COATS-OF-ARMS. This is a lovely patriotic glass plate. It measures 9 1/4" in diameter. The plate’s center displays a large Hohenzollern Eagle. Above the Eagle, it displays the word "Deutscher," and below it, the word "Reichsteller."
Surrounding the Eagle and extending around the plate’s complete circumference are the names and profile likenesses of Germany’s various Kings, as well as the Kaiser. Beside each man is his state’s Coat-of-Arms. Kaiser Wilhelm II, König Karl of Württemberg, König Otto of Bavaria (even though he was considered insane and Bavaria was actually governed by Prinz Regent Luitpold), and König Albert of Saxony are included. The plate was produced early in Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign, as both König Karl (1823-1891) and König Albert (1828-1902) were dead before WW I. König Otto (1848-1916) died during WW I.
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18-304 MEISSEN PORCELAIN PLATE - ROYAL SAXON CADET CORPS. Both before and after WW I, Saxony’s leading porcelain manufacturer, Meissen, issued commemorative porcelain plates for important historical events. Among the most favored of these plates were those manufactured to commemorate important dates in the history of Saxony’s regiments and other military establishments. Today we are offering a very high quality plate that celebrates the 195th anniversary of the Königl. Sächs. KadettenKorps. I am not very familiar with the Royal Saxon KadettenKorps. I believe it was the institution that turned out the Saxon Army’s military officers, perhaps similar to the U. S. Army Academy located at West Point, New York.
The white porcelain plate is hand painted in shades of blue. The plate’s top bears the words Königl. Sächs. KadettenKorps. The plate’s center features a motif that looks like crossed leaves, or possibly feathers. In its center is a Saxon crown. At the plate’s bottom are the dates "1725-1920," which commemorate the institution’s 195th anniversary. The plate’s reverse has an attachment by which the plate can be mounted to a wall. This is a beautifully crafted, high-quality plate from one of Germany’s leading porcelain makers. The colors remain vibrant even after nearly ninety years.
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18-324 KPM BERLIN PLATE - OTTO von BISMARCK MOUNTED. This is an exquisite, smaller-sized plate that depicts the "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck, mounted on his horse. The plate measures 7 3/4" in diameter. It was manufactured by the noted Berlin firm KPM. The firm supplied the Hohenzollern family, including all its kings and kaisers. It is a gorgeous plate in top condition. $395.00

 

 

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20-293 CERAMIC WALL TILE FEATURING KAISER WILHELM II. This is a fine ceramic wall tile featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II in high-relief profile. The tile measures 11" x 11." The background color is blue, while the Kaiser is in white. To his left, we see "Wilhelm II." Some VERY light chipping appears in one place on the left, which we will highlight in the photographs that accompany our description. A strong hanger is on the reverse. It is quite handsome. $175.00
 

 

 

 

 

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18-314 BIRD PITCHER - KAISER WILHELM II - OTTO von BISMARCK. This is a very handsome pitcher that stands 7" in height and is 4" at its widest point. It is unusual as the pitcher’s mouth is shaped like a bird. Sometimes I look at it and think that it might be a parrot. Other times it looks like an eagle. (My wife thinks it looks like a griffin). A ring is in the bird’s beak. The pitcher’s exterior is quite elaborate. It displays shades of oven-fired blue and gray porcelain. One side of the pitcher has a high-relief likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The other side features a high-relief likeness of Fuerst (Fürst) Bismarck, Germany’s "Iron Chancellor." Bismarck served as chancellor under all three kaisers, although he was ultimately retired under Wilhelm II. The pitcher is signed by the artist who made it. Its condition is excellent. We actually have two of these available. Both are in equally fine condition. If you want one, the price is $550.00. If you would like them both (they are magnificent when displayed together), we can offer you the pair for $995.00

 

 

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20-170 DINNER PLATE - HERZOG ERNST AUGUST PERSONAL SERVICE - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This is a dinner plate from Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig. It is in the pattern that was used after his marriage to Princess Viktoria Luise, the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, in 1913. The plate measures 9" in diameter. It features a wide red band, and Ernst August’s crowned royal cypher in gold. The plate is manufacturer hallmarked for KPM on the reverse. It is in very fine condition. $1,250.00  

 

 

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18-307 PORCELAIN BOX - FREDERICK THE GREAT - KPM BERLIN. KPM was Prussia’s leading porcelain manufacturer. They were founded during King Frederick the Great’s reign. They served every Prussian King and German Kaiser through Kaiser Wilhelm II, and still exist today. This is an interesting, white porcelain box that might have served any number of purposes. It could have held tobacco, desk or dresser incidentals, small candies, the possibilities are endless. The box measures 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" x 1 1/4." The box lid features the great King’s high-relief profile. The KPM hallmarking appears on the box’s bottom. The box is in very fine condition. $495.00

 

 

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18-377 EARLY WAR SMALL DESSERT/BREAD PLATES SALUTING THE KAISERLICHE MARINE. These small white plates measure 5 3/4" in diameter and would have been suitable for use as bread or dessert plates. The plates’ surfaces feature a series of gold flowers around their scalloped edges. In their centers, we see an oval-shaped laurel leaf wreath. Within the wreath is a pair of crossed flags. The German National Flag is on the left, while the Kriegsflagge is on the right. In their center is a fouled anchor. The plates are not hallmarked for their manufacturer.
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18-365 FOUR DESSERT PLATES WITH OAK LEAF AND ACORN THEME. These are some very handsome, patriotic, dessert plates. The plates measure 6 ½" in diameter. They feature three multicolored oak leaf and acorn sprays against a white background. All are hallmarked "Vohenstrauss Johann Seltmann Bavaria" on the reverse. Two come from Batch Number Eight, and two from Batch Number 110. We are offering them for $35.00 (each) or $125.00 (all four).

 

 

 

 

 

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20-205 KPM’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY PLATE - FEATURING KÖNIG FRIEDRICH DER GROßE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX. Premiere porcelain firm KPM began serving Prussia’s royal houses in 1763, when they provided King Friedrich the Great’s tableware. The illustrious firm remains in business today, still producing some of the finest porcelain pieces in the world. KPM observed their 150th anniversary of service to the Prussian Crown (including six Kings and three Kaisers) in 1913 by issuing this commemorative plate. The eight-sided plate is made of bisque porcelain. It measures 7" x 6 3/4" x 3/4." The central motif gracing the plate’s obverse is the high-relief images of Friedrich the Great and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The words Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM) Berlin are featured around the plate’s edges. Below the two rulers’ images the years 1763 and 1913 appear, with the KPM logo in-between them. The plate’s reverse displays all the KPM markings, along with the dates. The plate is housed in a deluxe leatherette presentation case measuring 8" x 7 1/2." The case is fitted to house the plate. It is lined with handsome, green, silk material. It is an absolutely gorgeous display item that is nearly 100 years old itself! $795.00

 

 

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20-139 BISQUE PORCELAIN PLAQUE COMMEMORATING CHRISTMAS 1917 AND KÖNIG LUDWIG III - BAVARIA. This is an oval-shaped plaque made of white, bisque porcelain. It measures 7" x 5 1/4." Its subject is the King of Bavaria, Ludwig III. The plaque’s edges (frame) feature an enchanting design. A high-relief profile of Ludwig III with his title dominates the plaque’s center. Two different notations on the reverse mention this was for Christmas (Weihnachten) 1917. A serial number also advises that this is a limited edition piece. At its top, a small blue and white (the Bavarian colors) string hanger is handy for wall-mounting. This piece is in excellent condition. $395.00 

 

 

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18-305 PATRIOTIC PLATE - GERMAN RED CROSS - 1915. This is an interesting plate that was created as a patriotic display. The plate, which measures 8 1/2" in diameter, is more the size of a salad plate than a dinner plate. The plate’s obverse features a young nude child. He or she holds two Prussian shields and a Red Cross banner. The plate’s reverse states it was issued by the German Red Cross and a woman’s association. The artist’s name is noted at the plate’s bottom. The plate was produced by the well known firm, Rosenthal, which was to porcelain plates in Bavaria what KPM was in Prussia, and Meissen was in Saxony. Rosenthal remains in business today (as do the other two firms), and still produces some of the finest porcelain in the world. A small string has been incorporated on its reverse, which allows the plate to be hung on a wall. $250.00

 

 

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18-329 SERVING TRAY - COBLENZ MONUMENT - SALUTING KAISER WILHELM I. This is a wonderful serving tray made of hand painted, multicolored porcelain that commemorates the Kaiser Wilhelm I monument located in Coblenz. The serving tray’s porcelain portion measures 8" in diameter. At the porcelain area’s top, we read "Erinnerung an Coblenz." In the center is the monument’s image as it existed in Coblenz. At the porcelain center’s bottom, we see "Kaiserdenkmal Wilhelm dem Grossen am deutschen Eck gewidmet von der Rheinprovinz."(Monument to Wilhelm the Great in a German Corner dedicated by the Rhine Province). I am not sure if the monument still exists today, or if it was lost to bombing during WW II. Surrounding the center is a silver attachment that makes the serving tray’s overall diameter equal 10." It would look marvelous carrying small schnapps glasses on a special occasion. It is also great for display. $250.00

 

 

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18-331 BRASS BOWL -OFFICERS’ CORPS - 2nd BATAILLON - 18th REGIMENT - REICHSHEER. This is a handsomely-worked brass bowl, measuring 9 3/4" in diameter. In the basin bottom it reads, "Zum 25 VII 1922 Offizierkorps II/18 (On July 25, 1922, the Officers’ Corps, 2nd Bataillon of the 18th Regiment)." It then lists the officers by name: "von Platen, Edler, von Daniels, von Reichenau, Mummenthey, Souchay, von Rudloff, Junck, von Eichstedt, Hermann, Behnsen, Daenell, Cramer, Keyser, and Butze." The bowl’s sides are fluted. It is an engaging piece. $125.00

 

 

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21-57 GRAF ZEPPELIN GLASS PLATE. This patriotic glass plate measures 8 ½" in diameter. It salutes Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. It shows a likeness of him in the center of this elaborate plate. Above him is a bandeau that says "Deutschland’s Ruhm," (Germany’s Glory). Above the bandeau is a zeppelin in flight. There is a small stress fracture on the reverse of the plate. This is a wonderful early zeppelin piece. $295.00 .

 

 

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18-291 SAUCER FOR A COFFEE CUP. If you are looking for a saucer to match up with a coffee cup that has no saucer, this is a fine example for your consideration. The saucer measures 4 3/4" in diameter and has blue and gold motif on the outside edges of the saucer. There is no marking for manufacturer on the reverse but the saucer is finely made and in excellent condition. $25.00

 

 

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18-320 COFFEE CUP AND FOUR SAUCERS - GARDE-JÄGER-REGIMENT.
This is a set of one coffee cup and four matching saucers from the Garde-Jäger-Regiment. Some chipping affects the coffee cup. The regiment’s cypher is present. The saucers are unmarked, but the general design matches the coffee cup. Matching manufacturer’s hallmarks appear on the bottom of each of the five pieces. The group is value priced due to the flaw. $150.00

 

 

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18-292 SMALL BOWL. This is a small soup or salad bowl. It measures 5 1/4" in diameter at the rim and the base measures 3" in diameter. The porcelain is a flecked design with a trim band in goal. There is also a small gold leaf in the center. $15.00

 

 

 

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18-114 HAND PAINTED MINI PLATE. This colorful plate measures 4 1/4" in diameter. The central theme is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class within a laurel wreath. There are ribbons of blue and white in the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. This shows that the piece was Bavarian-made. The colors are very vivid and handsome. There is a small chip at the 5 o’clock position. $125.00

 

 

 

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18-267 DINNER SIZED-PLATE - VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal is (and has been) one of the most important war memorials in Germany. It is located in Leipzig, which is one of the most important cities in Saxony, along with Dresden (the capital city). Leipzig was deep in East German territory until the early 1990's, when East and West Germany were reunified. I have seen this memorial in Leipzig, and I can tell you that it is truly beautiful. It has a reflecting pool leading up to it, similar to the reflecting pool for Washington’s Monument in the US capital. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate Germany’s participation 100 years previously in the Napoleonic Wars. We are offering today a dinner-sized plate, measuring 10 ½" in diameter. The monument is painted in full color, along with the surrounding trees, shrubs, and the reflecting pool that leads from the street. One tiny chip shows on the plate’s obverse. It is about the size of a pencil tip. On the reverse is a string that allows it to be hung from the wall, as was the custom of the period for such items. $95.00

 

 

 

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18-233 SAUCER - DEMITASSE CUP. This is a saucer that would be suitable for a demitasse cup. It measures 4 5/8" in diameter. It is plain white with no markings. $30.00

 

 

 

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18-253 PORCELAIN DISC WITH 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS. This is a vaulted circular porcelain disc that measures 2 1/2" in diameter. The disc has a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class on a red background. This arrangement is surrounded by a wreath of leaves. Leaves like this were very important to the German tradition. They displayed oak for strength and laurel for victory. Themes like this are constantly seen throughout patriotic items and even on Flight Badges. $95.00 

 

 

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18-373 COLORFUL CERAMIC BOWL - AUSTRIA. This is a wonderful old ceramic bowl from Austria. The bowl might have been placed on an Austrian household’s table for holding bread or fruit. The bowl measures 11" in diameter across the top. It sports two handles on its sides. Its center displays a two-headed eagle with a crown above its heads. A yellow trim band highlights its rim, with a colorful green design encircling the bowl just beneath it. It is just a simple ceramic bowl that has been glazed then has been fired in a kiln. Some cracking shows in the glaze in the lower portion where the eagle appears. This, as well as its general appearance, reinforces its considerable age. It is reasonably priced and would make a lovely, everyday display in your kitchen or dining room. $100.00  

 

 

 

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KPM Display Plates Showing Berlin Throughout History

 

KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur) has been a premiere German manufacturer of fine porcelain products for more than two hundred and fifty years. This firm, which was founded during the time of König Friedrich der Große, served every member of the Hohenzollern family from King Frederick the Great through Kaiser Wilhelm II. It was Friedrich der Große who awarded the company its name in 1763, as well as the blue scepter that has long been KPM’s symbol. The firm is in operation to this day, and continues to offer some of the world’s finest porcelain.

Today we are offering a modern-day production group of display plates that showcase Prussia’s capital city of Berlin circa 1840 and 1900. [We will offer a discount to anyone purchasing two or more plates. The more plates you buy, the more we can discount your total purchase]!

 

18-354 KPM DISPLAY PLATE COMMEMORATING THE BRANDENBURG TOR’S 200th ANNIVERSARY. This is a fine display plate from Berlin’s noted porcelain-manufacturing firm, KPM. Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur has been in business for more than 200 years. KPM served all the House of Hohenzollern members from their years as Prussian royalty up through the Imperial German Period, and continues to please discerning clients up to this very day. Our display plate dates from the 1990's. It measures 9 3/4" in diameter, and sports a gold-rimmed edge. Its central image depicts Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Tor (Gate) circa 1900. The scene details the area’s landscaping and people strolling toward the Gate, as well as a coach. Its reverse displays the caption "200 Jahre Brandenburg Tor 1791-1911," along with KPM’s hallmark. The plate is in excellent condition. $150.00

 

 

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18-355 KPM DISPLAY PLATE COMMEMORATING THE HEILANDS KIRCHE AT SAKROW CA. 1843. This is a fine display plate from Berlin’s noted porcelain-manufacturing firm, KPM. Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur has been in business for more than 200 years. KPM served all the House of Hohenzollern members from their years as Prussian royalty up through the Imperial German Period, and continues to please discerning clients up to this very day. Our display plate dates from the 1990's. It measures 9 3/4" in diameter, and sports a gold-rimmed edge. Its central image depicts Berlin’s Heilands Kirche (Church) at Sakrow circa 1843. The scene shows the church, which was located on the Jungfernsee, a part of the Havel River. A sailboat and two other small boats are out on the water. The reverse reveals that the scene was painted by Carl Daniel Freydanck (1811-1887). The KPM hallmark is also present. $125.00

 

 

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18-356 KPM DISPLAY PLATE SHOWING POTSDAM’S ROYAL PRUSSIAN CASTLE SANSSOUCI ca. 1843. This is a fine display plate from Berlin’s noted porcelain-manufacturing firm, KPM. Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur has been in business for more than 200 years. KPM served all the House of Hohenzollern members from their years as Prussian royalty up through the Imperial German Period, and continues to please discerning clients up to this very day. Our display plate dates from the 1990's. It measures 9 3/4" in diameter, and sports a gold-rimmed edge. Its central image depicts the Schloß Sanssouci, which is located in Potsdam. The castle was built during Frederick the Great’s reign. The scene showcases the castle’s and its gardens’ great beauty. It is captioned "Potsdam 1840." The reverse reveals that the scene was painted by Carl Daniel Freydanck (1811-1887). Below that is the caption "Das Königl. Schloß Sanssouci 1843," followed by another caption "Friedrich der Große Rückkehr nach Sanssouci 17 August 1991" (Frederick the Great returned to Sanssouci 17 August 1991). This refers to Frederick the Great’s death date on 17 August 1786. He is buried at Sanssouci. The KPM hallmark is also present. $150.00

 

 

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18-357 KPM DISPLAY PLATE SHOWING BERLIN’S WERDERSCHE CHURCH - 1840. This is a fine display plate from Berlin’s noted porcelain-manufacturing firm, KPM. Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur has been in business for more than 200 years. KPM served all the House of Hohenzollern members from their years as Prussian royalty up through the Imperial German Period, and continue to please discerning clients up to this very day. Our display plate dates from the 1990's. It measures 9 3/4" in diameter, and sports a gold-rimmed edge. Its central image depicts Berlin’s Werdersche Church. Adjacent to the church we see some shops on the street, as well as a number of people near the church. It is captioned "Berlin 1840." The reverse reveals that the scene was painted by Carl Daniel Freydanck (1811-1887). Below that is the caption "Die Werdersche Kirche 1838." The KPM hallmark is also present. $125.00

 

 

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18-358 KPM DISPLAY PLATE SHOWING BERLIN’S OBSERVATORY - 1840. This is a fine display plate from Berlin’s noted porcelain-manufacturing firm, KPM. Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur has been in business for more than 200 years. KPM served all the House of Hohenzollern members from their years as Prussian royalty up through the Imperial German Period, and continue to please discerning clients up to this very day. Our display plate dates from the 1990's. It measures 9 3/4" in diameter, and sports a gold-rimmed edge. Its central image depicts Berlin’s Observatory (Sternwarte). If you look carefully through one of the building’s windows, you can see a telescope. A number of people appear near the Observatory. It is captioned "Berlin 1840." The reverse reveals that the scene was painted by Carl Daniel Freydanck (1811-1887). Below that is the caption "Die Sternwarte 1838." The KPM hallmark is also present. $125.00

 

 

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18-359 KPM DISPLAY PLATE SHOWING THE PALACE AT GLIENCKE. This is a fine display plate from Berlin’s noted porcelain-manufacturing firm, KPM. Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur has been in business for more than 200 years. KPM served all the House of Hohenzollern members from their years as Prussian royalty up through the Imperial German Period, and continue to please discerning clients up to this very day. Our display plate dates from the 1990's. It measures 9 3/4" in diameter, and sports a gold-rimmed edge. Its central image depicts the Palace at Gliencke. The palace was built for Prussia’s Prinz Carl (1801-1883). He was one of König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s younger brothers. Friedrich Wilhelm III ruled Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. The palace was built in 1826. It is located on an island at Berlin-Wannsee. The scene depicted is a gorgeous fountain at the castle’s front, which features two gilt lions spouting water into it. In front of the fountain area variety of crane-like birds. It is captioned "Berlin 1840." The reverse reveals that the scene was painted by Carl Daniel Freydanck (1811-1887). Below that is the caption "Das Prinz Carl - Palais zu Gliencke 1847." The KPM hallmark is also present. $125.00

 

 

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18-294 PORCELAIN PLATE - KPM - PRUSSIAN PALACE CHARLOTTENBURG - BERLIN. The firm KPM supplied dinnerware for every German king and kaiser from Friedrich the Great to Kaiser Wilhelm II. This plate shows the Palace of Charlottenburg in Berlin as it looked in 1840. The original plate was produced by KPM and the artist, Carl Daniel Freydanch (1811-1887). Our piece is a post-1945 reissue of the original plate. It measures 9 3/4" in diameter, and is hand painted, as was the original KPM plate. The obverse indicates that it depicts the castle as it was in 1840. The reverse features information on the original artist, and the title of the plate that he originally produced. All of the correct KPM hallmarking is present, as it is a KPM plate produced 100 years after the original. $225.00

 

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Misc. Porcelain & Metal Items

 

18-431 WINE BOTTLE STOPPER FEATURING 18th CENTURY SOLDIER. This is a wine stopper that features the figure of an 18th Century soldier holding a sword. A cork at its bottom slips into the wine bottle. The stopper’s length from the tip of the soldier’s head to the cork’s bottom measures 4." $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18-432 WINE BOTTLE STOPPER FEATURING 18th CENTURY GENTLEMAN. This is a wine stopper that features the figure of an 18th Century gentleman wearing a bicorn hat. He holds a walking stick in one hand and perches opera glasses to his eyes. A cork at its bottom slips into the wine bottle. The stopper’s length from the tip of the fine fellow’s head to the cork’s bottom measures 4." $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20-223 CANDLE HOLDER - KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB. This is an interesting candle holder, displaying the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s flag. Its reverse presents another flag, the Reischsdienstflagge der Kaiserliche Marine. The flag was instituted in 1891 and used until 1918. It was formally abolished in 1922. Insert a candle and you will have an elegantly handsome display. $295.00

 

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18-185 JUGENDSTIL PITCHER. The Jugendstil period of German art was one of the most popular and impressive periods of art in Imperial Germany. Essentially, Jugendstil was Germany’s Art Nouveau. It was quite popular at the turn of the 20th Century. This large pouring pitcher is a classic piece from that period. The pitcher stands 11" tall. It is 3 ½" in diameter at the rim and 4 1/4" in diameter at the base. It is handmade and is beautifully painted with a design in blue. This pitcher would date from about 1900. It has a pewter lid that has an imperfection, but remains structurally sound. $250.00

 

 

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18-308 PORCELAIN VISOR CAP - RED CROSS MILITARY VOLUNTEER WORKER - BAVARIA. This is an interesting porcelain visor cap. It mirrors the caps worn by Red Cross volunteers serving at the front. The piece could have been used just as a remembrance of someone’s service in the Red Cross. Flipped over, it could have served a more utilitarian purpose as a small container for desk or dresser incidentals. The cap measures 3 1/2" in diameter at the top, and 2 3/4" in diameter at the bottom. It stands 1 3/4" tall. The cap’s body is white. A red cross marks the cap’s front center. Below that is a blue band sporting a Bavarian kokarde. The cap’s visor is black. A thin band of blue piping encircles the top. Inside the cap, a brown band encircles the bottom. It represents the cap’s sweatband liner. The item is in very fine condition. $450.00

 

 

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18-229 VETERAN CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR TELEGRAPH SCHOOL. Veteran’s pieces like steins, shaving mugs, pipes, canteens, etc. are always of interest. This is a veteran’s piece with a couple of "twists." First, as opposed to being for a man’s time during his two years of mandatory service to the Reich, this is for Christmas 1902. When I first looked at this small object, it looked familiar, but I could not figure out exactly what it was. When I read that it was for "Post & Telegraphenschule" (Post & Telegraph School), it all popped into place. If you can remember old-style telegraph lines on telegraph poles, they had insulators to protect the lines. That is exactly what this piece is! It is a telegraph line insulator. The item is bowl-shaped with a gilt interior. It has a notched bottom where the line would have run under the insulator. Aside from what I have described above, which is hand painted, it also features a coat of arms for a nobleman. Perhaps he was the head of the school and presented these small gifts to the students. I have never turned up anything like this before. It sure is nifty! $160.00  

 

 

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26-31 PORCELAIN STATUE - KAISER WILHELM II. This is a well-made porcelain statue of Kaiser Wilhelm II. It is hand painted and stand 10 3/4" tall. The Kaiser stands on a base that identifies him. It measures 2 1/2" x 3." Wilhelm II is dressed in a blue überrock, with a visor cap. He is wearing a neck order. If you look closely enough, you will see that his shoulder boards bear a generalfeldmarschall’s crossed batons. The statute is hallmarked on the base. $295.00

 

 

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18-252 SOLDAT DE LA GARDE 1757 FIGURINE. In Germany the two best-known, post WW II manufacturers of figurines are the firms of Hummel and Goebel. Today we are offering a Goebel figurine that replicates a Garde soldier from the period of 1757. This was during the reign of King Frederick the Great , who initiated the Orden Pour le Mérite. The figurine stands 8" tall on its base, which measures 2 3/4" x 3 3/4." The soldier was hand painted in multiple colors by German craftsmen. He is wearing a three cornered hat, which was typical of the period, and is dressed in a Garde uniform. He is holding a musket and has a sword strapped to his side. The front of the figurine has painted on it "Soldat de la Garde 1757." At the rear, etched into the base is the name of the artist who designed the original from which the later example was created. Under the base we see "Goebel W. Germany" along with some other manufacturer’s markings and numbers. One of the figurines has the lower half of the sword broken off and missing. It is available. $85.00. The second figurine is NO longer available.

 

 

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26-29 PORCELAIN FIGURINE - PRUSSIAN OFFICER CA. 1740. This is a finely-made porcelain figurine of a Prussian officer, circa 1740. This is from the time when Frederick the Great (1712-1786) was King of Prussia. Frederick the Great served as Prussia’s King from 1740 into 1786. This is considered the beginning of Prussia’s dominance within Germany, which extend from 1740 through 1918. The exquisitely-detailed figurine is hand painted. It rests on an oval-shaped base. The figurine stands 8 1/4" tall. Adding the base increases the total height to 9 1/2." The lower one third of the officer’s sword is missing. Hallmarking for the manufacturer appears at the bottom, but I am not familiar with it. [If any of our sharp-eyed readers can help us ID the firm, we would greatly appreciate it]! I estimate that the figurine was manufactured after 1945. The colors are very vibrant. This is an extremely handsome figurine. $250.00  

 

 

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26-30 PORCELAIN FIGURINE - 18TH CENTURY OFFICER - GOEBEL. This is a fine, hand painted figurine of an 18th Century officer. It is complete, undamaged and in pristine condition. It is marked for Goebel in W. Germany. It probably was produced in the 1970's or 1980's, before Germany’s reunification. The figure stands 7 3/4" tall. $250.00

 

 

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18-280 PRESENTATION PLAQUE - REGIMENTAL OFFICERS. This silver plaque lists the entire officers’ corps of a single regiment. It measures 5 1/4" x 3." It is curved as though it might have been placed on a pole, or a bottle of wine. Four small holes are in the four corners. Engraved on the plaque is the name of EVERY officer, from the commanding oberst down to the most lowly leutnant. The list also includes four regimental officers. While the plaque does not identify the regiment, some research may turn up that information. Based on the number of officers (fifty-three, not counting the doctors), I would say this is an infantry regiment. Other types of regiments generally do not have this many officers. The plaque is top quality. It is hallmarked .800 silver. $150.00  

 

 

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18-281 PRESENTATION PLAQUE OF A MAJOR TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER REGIMENT. This is a presentation plaque to a major on the occasion of either his transfer or retirement from Infantrie-Regiment Nr 72. It shows the major served with the regiment from 1875 to 1902. It measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/2," and is finely made. Research shows that Major Hermann Rehden did indeed transfer from Infantrie-Regiment Nr 72 in 1902 when he was promoted to Major and was transferred to Infantrie-Regiment Nr 128. He retired as an Oberst and died in 1921. This information was provided by GJ who has helped us on several occasions with research information. $95.00  

 

 

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18-348 XJB SMALL PORCELAIN CANDLE HOLDER FIGURINE. This is a most interesting consignment porcelain figurine. It is a small candle holder of the type used during air raids. It also is similar to lamps carried by miners. It has a half hood over it and stands 2 ½" tall. On the inside of the hooded/domed piece is the city of Swanley’s Coat-of-Arms. A handle is featured on the hood. Inside we see a small candle that actually was used. The bottom of the candle holder is hallmarked for the manufacturer. $75.00

 


 

 

 

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18-421 MONOGRAMMED FIVE-PIECE SINGLE PATRIOTIC PLACE SETTING. This is a five-piece patriotic Imperial German place setting from the Great War era. Each utensil features its original owner’s intertwined monogram, "AS," on the handle’s front. The handle’s back side displays an Iron Cross and the date 1916. The utensils have a manufacturer’s hallmark for a pair of dice, Wellner, a circled 90 and a circled 45.  The dice and name are for the Wellner firm, which produced both fine silverware and silver-plate.  The 90 and 40 indicate that the utensils are silver-plate, with the standard coating for fine silver-plate. They are sturdy, well made, and boast a heavy patina. The setting includes a dinner knife, one teaspoon, one soup/serving spoon, one salad fork, and one dinner fork. This is YOUR opportunity to honor World War One’s Centennial by eating your bratwurst and sauerkraut in patriotic Imperial German style! $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

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18-319 PATRIOTIC SOUP OR PUNCH LADLE - CHRISTMAS 1916. This is a high quality soup or punch ladle. It sports a decorative design on the handle’s obverse. Engraved on the handle’s top (by the jeweler who sold it) is “Weihnachten I/ Kriege 1916.” The jeweler’s name, the silver’s fineness (.800), and the silver guild markings are also engraved on the handle’s reverse. $295.00

 

 

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18-300 19th CENTURY CAKE SERVER - FRIEDRICH DER GROßE. This is a magnificent cake server commemorating Prussia’s first great king, Frederick the Great. The cake server measures 12" x 3," and weighs 2.2 ounces. The server’s obverse is engraved with the likeness of Frederick the Great’s monument showing him mounted on a horse. The cake server predates 1885 since it displays a small box with the number "12" within it. This refers to the silver’s fineness under the "Loth System." The system was used for hallmarking various items (including many issued Iron Cross 1st Classes from the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War). By Imperial Decree in 1885, Kaiser Wilhelm I converted Germany to the more commonly-used decimal system (.800, .925, etc.). Decimals were used from that date forward and are commonly seen on silver items from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign. It is an exquisitely-made, fascinating utensil. $475.00

 

 

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13-627 THREE FORKS - OFFICER’S MESS/CASINO - KAISERLICHE-MARINE. This is a captivating three-fork set that comes from a Kaiserliche Marine Offiziers Kasino (officer’s mess). Two of the forks are most unusual. Each one has four tines, with a horizontal bar joining the tips. These forks were used for eating fish! They measure 5 3/4" x 1 1/4." Each fork handle boasts an engraved Hohenzollern Crown. The manufacturer, Gebrüder Hepp, is noted on the reverse. The third fork is much smaller. It is more suitable for an appetizer or a salad, perhaps. It also has four tines and measures 5 3/4" x 3/4." It has the Hohenzollern Eagle on the handle as well. These forks would make a fine addition for a naval display or your own dinner table!  $195.00

 

 

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34-28 SILVER PATRIOTIC COFFEE SPOONS. These are wonderful patriotic coffee spoons from WW I. Coffee spoons in Germany are a good bit smaller than the teaspoons we use to stir our coffee in the USA. They are of superior quality. They sport a high-relief 1914 Iron Cross on each spoon handle. Each spoon is hallmarked for manufacturer and .800 silver. We have FIVE of these remaining at $100.00 EACH. Buy three or more and the price will be $85.00 EACH. 

 

 

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18-46 FOUR 1914 IRON CROSS SPOONS. A most interesting set of four 1914 Iron Cross spoons. There are two teaspoons and two serving-sized spoons. They are all from the same original set as the 1914 Iron Cross pattern is identical. These are not made of silver but are manufacturer hallmarked on the reverse. $195.00

 

 

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18-397 ASSORTED ROYAL TABLE UTENSILS. Here is an interesting assortment of table utensils from an unidentified royal household. This group of table utensils bears the intertwined initials S, R, and O in no particular order. A Prince’s crown appears over the initials. The pieces were produced by a firm in Münster. Each is in very fine condition and displays a fine patina.
We are offering the pieces individually or at a reduced price as a set, as listed below.

*Serving spoon: $ 30.00

*Soup spoon: $ 25.00

               *Teaspoon: $ 20.00

*Dinner fork: $ 25.00

*Salad fork: $ 25.00

*Dinner Knife: $ 25.00

Here is the price for the entire group. $125.00 

 

 

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18-272 SMALL PATRIOTIC SPOON - VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL. This is a terrific patriotic collector’s spoon that commemorates the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig. This memorial was dedicated in 1913, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Napoleonic Wars. This dainty spoon was produced for period collectors. The inside bowl of the spoon features the monument’s multicolored enamel likeness. The shaft and trim of the bowl are gilt-toned. A multicolored enamel Saxon Coat-of-Arms tops the handle. The spoon is very well made, and in very fine condition. $75.00  

 

 

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18-250 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS TABLE KNIFE. This is a top-rate patriotic table knife. On the handle is engraved "Mich Gebar das Eiserne Jahr 1915 (I was born in the Iron Year 1915)." Below that is a 1914 Iron Cross. On the back of the handle is hallmarking for .800 silver. Two small dents are on the handle. It’s a good early-war piece. $140.00

 

 

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