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  • GERMANY - SCHIRMMÜTZE - OFFICER - KAISERLICHE MARINE FOR OVERSEAS SERVICE

    GERMANY – SCHIRMMÜTZE – OFFICER – KAISERLICHE MARINE FOR OVERSEAS SERVICE

    SKU: 13-1059 XKA

    $2,395.00

    It has been ages since we have been able to offer you an Imperial German Navy officer schirmmütze. And today we offer one that IS very special. In fact I have only seen ONE other example and it was in much poorer condition than our offering. It is an officer schirmmütze for use in overseas service. This would have been used in tropical possessions like China, Africa, the South Seas, etc…..

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE TRAVEL STORAGE CASE - TALL SIZE - WITH RAILWAY STAMPS - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE TRAVEL STORAGE CASE – TALL SIZE – WITH RAILWAY STAMPS – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-805 XKA

    $50.00

    This is the tall version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - TALL SIZE - WITH BOTTOM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – TALL SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-804

    $75.00

    This is the tall version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation. This is the extra tall version of the case…..

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - TALL SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – TALL SIZE – WITHOUT BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-806

    $125.00

    This is the tall version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation……

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-807

    $125.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation……

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - TALL SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – TALL SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-808

    $125.00

    This is the tall version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-809

    $75.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-810

    $125.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation…..

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-811

    $125.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-812

    $125.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation…..

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM.

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-813

    $95.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-814

    $95.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-815

    $75.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE - SHORT SIZE - WITH BOTTOM

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE/SPIKE HELMET TRAVEL/STORAGE CASE – SHORT SIZE – WITH BOTTOM

    SKU: 04-816

    $95.00

    This is the short version of the pickelhaube travel/storage case. This was used to store a pickelhaube or to protect it during transportation.

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  • GERMANY - PARADE BUSH AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE - PARTIAL NOT COMPLETE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – PARADE BUSH AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE – PARTIAL NOT COMPLETE

    SKU: 04-817

    $25.00

    This is the main body of a storage case for a parade bush and trichter.

    The bottom and top portions are missing. Good for parts only.

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  • GERMANY - PARADE BUSH AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE - PARTIAL NOT COMPLETE

    GERMANY – PARADE BUSH AND TRICHTER STORAGE CASE – PARTIAL NOT COMPLETE

    SKU: 04-818

    $15.00

    This is the main body of a storage case for a parade bush and trichter.

    The bottom and top portions are missing. Good for parts only.

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  • GERMANY - BELT AND BUCKLE STORAGE CASE/CARTON FOR A DRESS BROCADE

    GERMANY – BELT AND BUCKLE STORAGE CASE/CARTON FOR A DRESS BROCADE

    SKU: 15-743

    $75.00

    This is a storage case/carton for a dress brocade belt and buckle.

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  • GERMANY - SCHIRMMÜTZE STORAGE CASE/CARTON - OFFICER - ORIGINAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – SCHIRMMÜTZE STORAGE CASE/CARTON – OFFICER – ORIGINAL

    SKU: 33-397

    $125.00

    This is a very scarce accessory for an officer schirmmütze. It is an original and correct storage carton/case ……

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  • GERMANY - CIGARETTE/CIGAR BOX - WITH PRINZENGROßE ARMY PILOT BADGE - SILVER HALLMARKED - JASTA 11 - LEUTNANT DER RESERVE HANS HINTSCH

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE/CIGAR BOX – WITH PRINZENGROßE ARMY PILOT BADGE – SILVER HALLMARKED – JASTA 11 – LEUTNANT DER RESERVE HANS HINTSCH

    SKU: 03-999

    $2,995.00

    This is an amazing piece of WW I aviation history. It is a beautifully constructed silver cigarette/cigar box, dedicated to a pilot from the famed Jasta 11. On the top of the box we see engraved:…..

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET - RESERVE OFFICER - LINE INFANTRY REGIMENT

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – RESERVE OFFICER – LINE INFANTRY REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-706

    $1,495.00

    This is a spike helmet better known as a pickelhaube for a line infantry regiment. It is for a Reserve Officer from the kingdom of Prussia…..

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  • GERMANY - PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET - ENLISTED MAN - EARLY WAR – ERSATZ

    GERMANY – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – ENLISTED MAN – EARLY WAR – ERSATZ

    SKU: 04-794 XRH

    $750.00

    This is a very fine example of a early war ersatz pickelhaube. During the early months of WW I the construction of spike helmets was shifted from using leather (Leather had greater need in the production of belts, pouches, rifle slings, etc.) bodies to felt.

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  • This is an irregular piece of steel that comes from either a driving band of an artillery shell or a hand grenade. There is a paper tag attached which has a description in German in ink which tells of this item.

    GERMANY – TRENCH – PIECE OF DRIVING BAND FROM AN ARTILLERY SHELL OR HAND GRENADE

    SKU: 10-827

    $25.00

    This is an irregular piece of steel that comes from either a driving band of an artillery shell or a hand grenade. There is a paper tag attached which has a description in German in ink which tells of this item…..

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  • GERMANY - TABLE MEDAL - ZEPPELIN - LZ 126 - HUGO ECKENER 

    GERMANY – TABLE MEDAL – ZEPPELIN – LZ 126 – HUGO ECKENER 

    SKU: 27-70

    $190.00

    This table medal commemorates the LZ 126. The LZ 126 was built in post war Germany during 1923-1924. The purpose of it building the LZ was in part to keep the Zeppelin Company in operation and it was also a part of war reparations for WW I……

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  • This is a silver Navy wound badge stickpin. The Navy wound badge was authorized during the Summer of 1918 whereas the army version was authorized in March 1918.

    GERMANY – STICKPIN – NAVY SILVER WOUND BADGE

    SKU: 28-141

    $75.00

    This is a silver Navy wound badge stickpin. The Navy wound badge was authorized during the Summer of 1918 whereas the army version was authorized in March 1918…..

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  • GERMANY - BOUTONNIERE - KNIGHTS CROSS WITH SWORDS - J. GODET & SÖHN - BERLIN.

    GERMANY – BOUTONNIERE – KNIGHTS CROSS WITH SWORDS – J. GODET & SÖHN – BERLIN

    SKU: 29-81

    $250.00

    This is a very elegant boutonniere for the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order (KCSHHO)……

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  • PRUSSIA - BOUTONNIERE - KNIGHTS CROSS WITH SWORDS OF THE HOHENZOLLERN HOUSE ORDER AND THE 1914 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS

    PRUSSIA – BOUTONNIERE – KNIGHTS CROSS WITH SWORDS OF THE HOHENZOLLERN HOUSE ORDER AND THE 1914 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS

    SKU: 29-109

    $75.00

    This is small Prussian / German  boutonniere which bears the ribbons of the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order and the 1914 Iron Cross……

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  • PRUSSIA - CABINET PHOTOGRAPH - GENERAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CABINET PHOTOGRAPH – GENERAL

    SKU: 40-687

    $45.00

    This is a cabinet photograph of Prussian (General) Generalfeldmarschall von Steinmetz (1796-1877) He served Prussia from the time of the Napoleonic wars (Where he won the 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class as a young officer…..

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  • GERMANY - PATRIOTIC PHOTO PENDANT - SOLDIER PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – PATRIOTIC PHOTO PENDANT – SOLDIER PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 17-671

    $125.00

    Today we share with you a very handsome patriotic photograph pendant which features an enlisted soldier in feldgrau uniform and mütze.

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  • GERMANY - BOOK - GERMAN HELMETS KAISER WILHELM II - ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS - DIDIER LAINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOOK – GERMAN HELMETS KAISER WILHELM II – ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS – DIDIER LAINE

    SKU: 12-861

    $195.00

    Didier Laine was a well known author of numerous books on Imperial Germany. His best known work was “L’ Armée Allemande en 1914″ (The German Army in 1914). This is a misnomer as it deals with the army prior to and after 1914. It is a veritable storehouse of information. It deals with headdress, uniforms, shoulder boards/epaulets, etc. It also helps with the identification of colors for these various items……

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  • GERMANY - BOOK - ROMMEL EINE BIOGRAPHIE BY DAVID IRVING - AUTOGRAPHED - GERMAN LANGUAGE FIRST EDITION - HARDBACK WITH DUST COVER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOOK – ROMMEL EINE BIOGRAPHIE BY DAVID IRVING – AUTOGRAPHED – GERMAN LANGUAGE FIRST EDITION – HARDBACK WITH DUST COVER

    SKU: 12-860

    $75.00

    This book covers the history of Germany’s most famous General field marshal of WW II. It covers the period of WW II where Rommel became one of Hitler’s favorite generals. Rommel had gained the Orden Pour le Mérite during WW I for his boldness and bravery. His advancement during the mid war years was slow……

     

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  • PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER - GARDE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – GARDE-DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2

    SKU: 04-803

    $2,395.00

    War time example of a spiked helmet for a One Year Volunteer (OYV) who served in the 2 Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Kaiserin Alexandra von Rußland. This regiment was founded in 1860 and garrisoned in Berlin where it was attached to the Garde-Korps……

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  • GERMANY -DISH - PATRIOTIC - 1914 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY -DISH – PATRIOTIC – 1914 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS

    SKU: 18-282

    $95.00

    Rosenthal Hallmarked small German patriotic dish. The platter has two open handles, one on either end. In the center is a handsome 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class…..

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  • AUSTRIA / HUNGRY / GERMANY - PATRIOTIC PLATE - WAR TIME EFFORT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUSTRIA / HUNGRY / GERMANY – PATRIOTIC PLATE – WAR TIME EFFORT

    SKU: 18-521

    $75.00

    Patriotic plate celebrating the cooperation of the triple alliance between Germany, Austria and Hungary This is a fine patriotic plate……

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  • GERMANY - PATRIOTIC BREAD BASKET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – PATRIOTIC BREAD BASKET

    SKU: 18-522

    $75.00

    Interesting patriotic bread basket with a 1914 Iron Cross motif. With slotted sides and Iron Cross placed between a wreath of oak leaves tied at the bottom with a ribbon in the national colors of Germany this basket shows true patriotism. To the left and right of this centerpiece there are two small branches of laurel leaves……

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  • PRUSSIA – EPAULETES – OBERLEUTNANT – BEZERKSKOMMANDO Nr 35 - IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETES – OBERLEUTNANT – BEZERKSKOMMANDO Nr 35 – IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CARTON

    SKU: 23-561

    $395.00

    This pair of Prussian Oberleutnant’s epaulettes for regiment Bezerkskommando Nr 35. A Bezerkskommando was a combination of a reserve district and a recruit depot for incoming army soldiers. The districts were scattered all over Germany, and District 35 was based in Prussia……

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  • PRUSSIA – EPAULETES – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – 3rd GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETES – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – 3rd GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 23-560

    $450.00

    These are a very scarce pair of Kingdom of Prussia’s 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment epaulets. This very elite regiment was founded in 1860 during König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s final year’s reign. His younger brother, Wilhelm I, was serving as regent, until Friedrich Wilhelm’s death in 1861, when he assumed Prussia’s throne as king. Wilhelm I served in this capacity since Friedrich Wilhelm’s 1858 incapacitating stroke. The 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was garrisoned in Potsdam along with the other elite Garde-Regiments such as the Regiment des Garde du Corps and 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiments, the 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was attached to the GardeKorps……

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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETS - OBERLEUTNANT - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 7 - IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETS – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 7 – IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 23-265

    $425.00

    This is a fine pair of epaulets for an Oberleutnant who served in Westfälisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 7. This regiment was created in 1860 and garrisoned at Saarbrücken where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps…..

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  • GERMANY - CABINET PHOTOGRAPH - KAISER WILHELM I AT DIFFERENT AGES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – CABINET PHOTOGRAPH – KAISER WILHELM I AT DIFFERENT AGES

    SKU: 40-686

    $60.00

    This is a cabinet photograph of Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888) at various ages from the time when he was a young prince to the first Kaiser of Germany. A cabinet photograph is essentially an oversized Carte de Viste (CdV) which were popular during the Victorian period as photo shops became more common. A cabinet photograph would often feature a royal, noble, or military personage……

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  • Sale! GERMANY - BAYONET - PRIVATE-PURCHASE - SAWTOOTH -LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON OFFICER

    GERMANY – BAYONET – PRIVATE-PURCHASE – SAWTOOTH -LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON OFFICER

    SKU: 07-184 XCO

    $1,695.00 $950.00

    GERMANY – BAYONET – PRIVATE-PURCHASE – SAWTOOTH -LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON OFFICER.

    It is a privately-purchased, Luftschiffer Battalion Officer’s, saw-tooth bayonet. The saw-tooth bayonets were one of the Imperial German Army’s most fearsome weapons. They caused grievous wounds both when they were plunged in and then when they were removed from a body. It was a horrible way to die. Allied soldiers were so incensed by the discovery of saw-tooth bayonets that German soldiers captured with them were themselves carved up with them. Often, German soldiers who sensed they were about to be captured simply disposed of their bayonets, then denied owning them.

    This particular example was meant purely for display purposes, or for use on parade. To begin with, the bayonet lacks a scabbard. One might consider this a huge flaw, but in reality its new owner would want to display it to reveal the blade in all its glory. This is particularly important because the bayonet is identified to a “Leutnant Herbert Schreiterer,” which allows one to research its original owner. The opposite side of the blade is inscribed “D. Offz.-Korps d. Feld Luftschiffer-Abt. L2 z. Erg. a.d. Feldzug 1914-15.” The inscription informs us that it was a gift from his fellow Luftschiffer Abteilung officers sometime during 1914 to 1915. Gifts like these were common in the Imperial German Army when an officer had completed his stint with one unit and was making his move to a new one. Clearly, this man had served in a Luftschiffer command for approximately two years. What did he do past 1915? Some further research may answer that question……..

     

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  • Sale! ANHALT - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 93.

    ANHALT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER- INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 93.

    SKU: 04-800 XKGJT

    $4,995.00 $4,495.50

    This pickelhaube is all original. The leather body exhibits some spidering and one gouge which we will show in our photographs. The bulk of the furniture is brass which includes the flat chin scales, wappen officer stars, spike, etc. The only silver toned piece is the star with the coat of arms of the Duchy of Anhalt. This is superimposed over the center of the Prussian Eagle. The other detail to the exterior of this spike helmet are the Kokarden. These are not the Prussian style but rather those used by Saxony, Württemberg, Baden, etc. In my opinion these kokarden are far more beautiful and show off the pickelhaube to greater advantage…….

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  • Sale! MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - KUGELHELM - OFFICER - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 60

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 60

    SKU: 33-396 XJT

    $5,895.00 $5,305.50

    This is a very rare Mecklenburg-Schwerin Feldartillerie Regiment officer’s kugelhelm. The kugelhelm came from Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 60, the only artillery regiment from Mecklenburg-Schwerin which was a Grand Duchy that fielded two Infanterie Regiments, one Jäger-Battalion, two Kavallerie Regiments, and one Feldartillerie Regiment…….

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  • Sale! COLONIAL - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL - BEAMTE

    COLONIAL – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – BEAMTE

    SKU: 04-798 XKGJT

    $11,995.00 $10,795.50

    This may well be one of the rarest General Officer’s pickelhauben that we have ever offered. It is a highly-prized Colonial General/Beamte (Official) Pickelhaube. In the Imperial German Army those officers who held Beamte status often displayed a small eagle on their wappens to distinguish them from the line-military officers who held tactical or field responsibilities……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - GRENADIER-REGIMENT ZU PFERDE VON DERFFLINGER (NEUMÄRKISCHES) NR 3

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GRENADIER-REGIMENT ZU PFERDE VON DERFFLINGER (NEUMÄRKISCHES) NR 3

    SKU: 04-791 XJT

    $7,995.00 $7,195.50

    It is also one of the rarer Dragoner-Regiment Pickelhauben that you will ever see. The regiment, while a Dragoner-Regiment, was officially known as Grenadier-Regiment zu Pferde [a Grenadier Horse Regiment] Freiherr von Derfflinger (Neumärkisches) Nr 3. The regiment was raised in 1703 and garrisoned at Bromberg, where it was attached to the Prussian II. Armeekorps……

     

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  • Sale! GERMANY - FOUL WEATHER COVER - PICKELHAUBE

    GERMANY – FOUL WEATHER COVER – PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-799 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    An important part of an officer’s headdress accouterments was a foul weather cover for use in the field. These covers were made of canvas and were tan. It slipped over a pickelhaube and was held in place by clips that were attached to its front and rear visors.

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN - A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS - 1871

    PRUSSIA – HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN – A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS – 1871

    SKU: 09-1049 XKA

    $2,695.00 $2,290.75

    PRUSSIA – HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN – A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS – 1871.

    The Honor Cross for Women and Young Women (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen), popularly known as the “Virgins Cross,” technically was NOT an Iron Cross. Due to its appearance, however, it is generally classified as an Iron Cross. The decoration was authorized by Kaiser Wilhelm I and his wife, Kaiserin Louise, on 22 March 1871 following the Franco-Prussian War’s end. It was intended to recognize women and young women who had performed good works for the Reich. A total of 2,979 of these awards were made, with one of its most famous recipients being the USA’s Clara Barton. [Barton had worked tirelessly in hospitals to improve medical care during the U.S. Civil War. When the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War broke out she went to Germany, and again helped to improve medical conditions for the German troops wounded at the front].

    As previously stated, the Honor Cross for Women and Young Women (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen) displays the general appearance of an Iron Cross. That said, it comes in Prinzengroße size, measuring 1.25” x 1.25.” Another of its major differences from other Iron Crosses is that both its obverse and reverse are made of enamel. Its obverse features a crown, with the Kaiser and Kaiserin’s intertwined initials “W” and “A” appearing below it. The date “1870/1871″ is placed below the initials. All of the latter are rendered in silver against black enamel. The reverse reveals a red cross trimmed in white against the same black enamel background. It is enclosed within a fine silver frame that displays high-quality beadwork. A white silk ribbon with two narrow black bands on it extends horizontally from the decoration.

    This Honor Cross for Women and Young Women (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen) is in excellent condition. It has been several years since we have been able to offer this decoration to you.

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  • Sale! BRAUNSCHWEIG - GOBLET - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 - PENINSULA BANDEAU - 9 CM TALL

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – GOBLET – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 – PENINSULA BANDEAU – 9 CM TALL

    SKU: 18-508 XKA

    $1,295.00 $1,100.75

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – GOBLET – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 – PENINSULA BANDEAU – 9 CM TALL.

    The Duchy of Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 is one of the Imperial German Army’s most legendary units. Its soldiers displayed Totenköpfe (Deaths-Heads) on their headdresses from the Napoleonic times forward. [They also sported menacing black uniforms well into the 1880’s, before transitioning to dunkel-blau (dark-blue) then WW I’s Feldgrau (field-grey) uniforms]. Naturally, members of this regiment wanted to display the Totenköpfe on their personal items as well, such as this marvelous goblet.

    This Braunschweig Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 Goblet stands 3.5” (9 cm) tall which is much larger than the small Totenkopf-decorated schnapps cups we have offered in the past. Its high-relief Totenkopf is quite bold. Directly below the Totenkopf’s crossed bones is a bandeau for “Peninsula.” The latter was the Napoleonic Wars’ campaign commanded by Great Britain’s Lord Wellington, in which IR 92 and other German regiments won great glory.

    The Braunschweig Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 Goblet measures 2.25” in diameter at the rim and 1.5” in diameter at its base. Its bottom features its manufacturer’s hallmark, in addition to a hallmark for its .935 Silver content. This is a VERY high-quality, silver-hallmarked vessel from an important regiment.

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  • Sale! OLDENBURG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 - CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS

    OLDENBURG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 19 – CANVAS CHINSCALE COVERS

    SKU: 04-794 XKGJT

    $4,495.00 $4,045.50

    This is an interesting wartime Officer’s Oldenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19 Pickelhaube. The regiment was raised in 1849, and garrisoned in the capital city (also called Oldenburg). The regiment was assigned to the X. Armeekorps……

     

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  • Sale! WÜRTTEMBERG - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    WÜRTTEMBERG – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    SKU: 04-793 XKGJT

    $8,995.00 $8,095.50

    One of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Dragoner-Regiments was Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württ.) Nr 26, to which this pickelhaube’s officer-owner once belonged. The regiment was formed in 1805 and garrisoned at Stuttgart (in the section then known as Cannstatt). It was attached to the XIII. Armeekorps. While it was considered to be the second of Württemberg’s Dragoner-Regiments, it actually was the “King’s Own,” making it more elite. [This is noted by a special emblem on the wappen’s center, which we will describe further down]……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - TSCHAPKA - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    SKU: 33-382 XKGJT

    $5,495.00 $4,945.50

    Today we are offering a very special officer’s Tschapka from one of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Ulanen-Regiments. In fact, it is the MOST prestigious Tschapka we have ever presented on our website! It represents Prussia’s 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14, which was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen. Founded in 1805 during the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps. While nominally a Prussian regiment, its roots stretched back to the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed into Prussia after it chose to align with the losing side during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Nevertheless, the Hanoverian tradition remained strong within all of its regiments after their assimilation into the Prussian Army……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - RANGLISTE - 1901

    PRUSSIA – RANGLISTE – 1901

    SKU: 12-856 XJT

    $120.00 $108.00

    This is the 1901 Rangliste that shows the various regiments from all of Imperial Germany, with the exception of Bavaria. The book is invaluable when researching regimental and officer material. I always keep a couple of these handy. You might wish to do so, as well…..

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 8 – ONCE OWNED BY GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II

    SKU: 23-470 XKA

    $1,395.00 $1,185.75

    This  single shoulder board, that was once the property of Baden’s Großherzog Friedrich II (1857-1928), is very rare and desirable shoulder board for this well-known member of German royalty.

    Großherzog Friedrich II was Baden’s final ruler who, like all of the Imperial German heads of state, was swept from his throne with WW I’s end. Along with Hesse-Darmstadt, Baden had the largest military after the four Imperial German Kingdoms (Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony). Friedrich II was the Regimental Chef (Patron) of more than one regiment, as he was of Bavaria’s 8. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich II. von Baden in this instance. The regiment was founded in 1753 and garrisoned at Metz, where it was attached to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. Although he was the regiment’s royal patron, his royal cypher did NOT appear on its shoulder boards (the regimental number did so, instead).

    The shoulder board measures 1 ” x 4 ¼.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the blue chevrons that identify the boards as Bavarian. An “8” appears in the shoulder board’s center. Two silver-toned pips appear above and below the numeral, for a total of four. [Silver-toned pips indicated an à la Suite officer, confirming the unique rank that was strictly reserved for members of royalty. Gold pips were used for field officers]. The board’s reverse reveals a strap that allowed it to be slipped onto a tunic. Some mothing appears on the strap’s side. Its underlay is made of red felt.

     


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  • Sale! BRAUNSCHWEIG - PICKELHAUBE-OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE-OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    SKU: 04-785 XKGJT

    $8,995.00 $8,095.00

    This is a very fine post-1897 Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 officer’s pickelhaube from the Duchy of Braunschweig. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 was founded in 1809. It was posted to Spain, where it fought with Great Britain, Spain, and Portugal against Napoleon’s France. It had an enviable record and suffered severe casualties during the Peninsula Campaign. The regiment sported two different wappen-styles prior to 1912. Prior to 1912, Bataillon Nr I and Nr 2’s headdresses displayed the dreaded Totenkopf (Death’s Head), while Bataillon Nr III’s headdresses featured a running horse emblem that indicated their ties to Hanover. After 1912, ALL the Bataillone’s headdresses displayed the Totenkopf……

     

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  • Sale! PICKELHAUBE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - RESERVE OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    SKU: 04-779 XKGJT

    $9,995.00 $8,095.00

    One of the most popular pickelhauben is for the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. This popularity stems from their use of massive Totenköpfe (Death’s Heads) that appear superimposed over their Prussian-style wappens. [PLEASE NOTE: the Totenkopf appeared on only four regiments’ headdresses. These were the 92’s sister unit, Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 (also from Braunschweig), along with the Kingdom of Prussia’s Husaren-Regiments Nr 1 and Nr 2]. This Totenkopf had NOT always appeared on all Braunschweig pickelhauben. Up until 1912, one of the regiment’s Bataillone (Nr III) had employed a beautiful, enameled wappen that featured the profile of Braunschweig’s iconic horse, while Bataillone Nr II and Nr III displayed the Totenkopf. After 1912 all Braunschweig Bataillone converted to the Totenkopf. [Many of these earlier helmets converted their “horse” wappens into Totenköpfe, which is why so few “horse” wappens still exist. That said, we have a simply gorgeous 92nd Infanterie-Regiment “horse” wappen on offer elsewhere]……

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  • Sale! PICKELHAUBE - HESSE-DARMSTADT - OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 115 - CONVERTED TO DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 23 OR NR 24.

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – PICKELHAUBE – – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 115 – CONVERTED TO DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 23 OR NR 24

    SKU: 04-781 XJT

    $6,495.00 $5,485.50

    Today we are offering an unusual, privately-purchased, officer’s spiked helmet from Hesse-Darmstadt. In addition to the usual variations that we find in Hessen officers’ helmets (round-topped spike fasteners except for Infanterie-Regiment Nr 115, and no pearl ring around the spike’s base except for Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nrs 25 and 61), this helmet saw service in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 115 as well as in Dragoner-Regiment Nr 23 or 24 when its owner transferred to the cavalry……

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  • Sale! KUGELHELM - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - OFFICER

    MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – KUGELHELM – OFFICER

    SKU: 33-375 XKGJT

    $8,995.00 $8,095.50

    Without a doubt, this is the rarest kugelhelm that we have ever offered. Although we have previously offered officers’ kugelhelme from SINGLE regiments in the past, today we are offering you one from a single Batterie WITHIN a regiment. [It is quite probable that the Batterie never contained more than five officers at any one time]. This exciting offering hails from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whose Batterie Nr III formed part of a Prussian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment that was formally designated as Holsteinisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 24. While the rest of the regiment was garrisoned at Güstrow, Batterie Nr III was garrisoned in Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s capital city, Neustrelitz. The regiment was raised in 1872, so it only existed for a brief thirty-six years before WW I’s end. The regiment was attached to Prussia’s IX. Armeekorps……

     

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  • Sale! SHOULDER BOARD - HESSE-DARMSTADT -OBERST

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERST

    SKU: 23-528 XJT

    $195.00 $175.50

    Here is a pre 1897 Oberst’s shoulder board from Hesse-Darmstadt. The shoulder board features a brass button that helps secure it to a tunic. It also sports the Oberst’s two brass pips, which display the Grand Duchy’s brass crown in their centers. The board boasts a silver bullion Russian rope background that is further embellished with Hesse-Darmstadt’s emblematic, red and gold chevrons……

     

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  • Sale! SHOULDER BOARDS - BADEN - MAJOR

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR

    SKU: 23-529 XJT

    $275.00 $247.50

    This pair of pre 1897 shoulder boards is for a Major from the Grand Duchy of Baden. Each one measures 5 1/2” x 2 1/2.” A brass button that exhibits toning appears on each shoulder board. The latter helped to secure each shoulder board to the tunic. The boards’ bullion ropes are silver in the Russian style. Red and gold chevrons also appear on the silver bullion ropes……

     

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  • Sale! WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENT

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-775 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. The fire gilding is excellent. Both posts are present on the reverse, as well as two nuts and one washer. It is in top condition!

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  • Sale! WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    SKU: 04-776 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Its finish is more burnished. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition!

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  • Sale! WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    SKU: 04-777 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Its finish is more burnished. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition!

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  • Sale! WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - ULANEN/TELEGRAPHEN/LUFTSCHIFFER/PIONIER BATAILLONE

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – LINE OFFICER – ULANEN/TELEGRAPHEN/LUFTSCHIFFER/PIONIER BATAILLONE

    SKU: 04-778 XKGJT

    $295.00 $265.50

    This is a high-quality silver-toned wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition with a fine patina!

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  • Sale! KUGELHELM - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - PRE-1897 - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – SENIOR NCO – PRE-1897 – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    SKU: 33-374 XKGJT

    $5,995.00 $4,045.50

    Today we are offering you a very rare kugelhelm from one of the Kingdom of Prussia’s two old-line Artillerie Regiments. It comes from either the 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (FA Nr 2) or Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzeugmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (FA Nr 3). [To give you a sense of the helmet’s rarity, it was used by a SINGLE Batterie in each regiment! FA Nr 2 (created in 1808), employed it in Batterie Nr 2, while FA Nr 3 (founded in 1816) used it in Batterie Nr 6]. This kugelhelm is for an officer from one of the two regiments, which only makes it MORE exceptional……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I

    SKU: 33-358 XJT

    $5,495.00 $3,690.00

    Our offering today is an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Battalion Nr 1 Russian-style enlisted men’s Mitre. Its metal front shield is made of brass plated sheet metal and bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. A bandeau inscribed with the words “SEMPER TALIS” sits above the crown. The metal shield is backed with dark-blue cloth for Bataillone I & II. The Mitre’s cloth body is red with three white strips extending from its top to the headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming, brass grenades for Bataillone I & II. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. [PLEASE NOTE: the Infanterie’s scaled metal pickelhauben chin straps were flat, NOT arched]. The top device, known as the Puschel, is a leather knob covered with white wool that sports a black center. No kokarden are worn on the Mitre……

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1  BATAILLON NR III (FÜSILIER) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1 BATAILLON NR III (FÜSILIER)

    SKU: 33-359 XJT

    $5,695.00 $4,455.00

    This is a beautiful and very rare Mitre from Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Regiment 1 Bataillon Nr III (Füsilier). The 1.Guard Grenadier Regiment, also known as the Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Regiment 1 (KAGGR1), was founded in 1814 and garrisoned in Berlin. [It must have been one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s favorite regiments for it to be awarded the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß’s (EGRzuFUß) old Mitres when they received their new ones in 1894]! Its front shield is made of brass-plated sheet metal, and bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle underneath a large crown. The metal shield is backed with red cloth for Bataillon Nr III……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I - KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE GRENADIER REGIMENT NR. 1 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE GRENADIER REGIMENT NR. 1

    SKU: 33-360 XJT

    $5,695.00 $4,050.00

    This Mitre was originally issued to a soldier in the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Bataillon Nr I, and then was passed along to a soldier in the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1) when the EGRzuFUß received their new Mitres in 1894. The SEMPER TALIS bandeaux were removed, and the KAGGR1 wore their Grenadiermützen with two holes in their front plates until they were replaced due normal wear and tear……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE - RUSSIAN-STYLE - ENLISTED MAN - MUSEUM COPY - EGRzuFUß BATAILLON NR I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – MUSEUM COPY – EGRzuFUß BATAILLON NR I

    SKU: 33-361 XJT

    $3,495.00 $2,250.00

    This beautiful museum copy of an important and VERY rare Mitre, an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Battalion Nr 1 Russian-style enlisted men’s Mitre, was made some time after the WW I. The craftsmanship in creating it is comparable to that of the original Mitres, and is very difficult to identify as a copy, even to an expert (such is the mark of EXCELLENT workmanship)! An original of this Mitre would cost THOUSANDS of dollars more……

     

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

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE

    SKU: 33-362 XJT

    $4,995.00 $3,420.00

    This is a privately-purchased, One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) or NCO’s Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr I or II Mitre. It boasts the “Semper Talis” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is red with ornate white strips for trim. The Mitre’s interior features a wide leather sweatband with a two-piece, red, cloth liner. Its white cotton yarn Puschel displays a black center. No holes or stains mar its red wool body. This is a beautiful Mitre that was worn by two Bataillone of one Regiment, or just 0.2% of the Imperial German Army……

     

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

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

    SKU: 33-363 XJT

    $4,595.00 $3,150.00

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

     

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

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

    SKU: 33-364 XJT

    $4,695.00 $3,420.00

    This is an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr III Enlisted Men’s Mitre. It features the “Pro Gloria et Patria” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is yellow with plain white strips for trim. Its interior reveals a narrow leather sweatband with a two-piece, red, cloth liner. The white cotton yarn Puschel displays a yellow center. No holes or stains mar its yellow wool body. This is a beautiful Mitre that was worn by only one Bataillon of one Regiment, or 0.1% of the army……

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE - NCO - MUSEUM COPY - PALACE GUARD - RUSSIAN-STYLE - SILVER-PLATED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – NCO – MUSEUM COPY – PALACE GUARD – RUSSIAN-STYLE – SILVER-PLATED

    SKU: 33-365 XJT

    $3,495.00 $2,250.00

    For gala events, the Preußische Garde Unteroffizier Kompagnie’s NCO’s wore Grenadiermützen like those worn by the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß’s (EGRzuFUß) Bataillone Nrs I & II. Just like the EGRzuFUß, this Preußische Garde Unteroffizier Kompagnie’s Mitre displays a front shield made of silver-plated sheet-metal that bears a high-relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. The metal shield is backed with black cloth, while the Mitre’s cloth body is red with three white strips running from its top down to its headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming silver grenades. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct, arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. The top device, or Puschel, is a leather knob covered with white colored wool that sports a black center like that worn on the pre-1894 EGRzuFUß’ Mitres. No kokarden are worn on the Mitre. The Mitre’s interior is similar to a pickelhaube’s interior, featuring a leather headband with leather petals. Each petal contains a hole through which a leather string was threaded and tied in order to adjust the fit for each wearer……

     

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  • Sale! COVER - MITRE - OILCLOTH - KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT NR 1 - 1894 - KOMPAGNIE NR 10.

    COVER – MITRE – OILCLOTH – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT NR 1 – 1894 – KOMPAGNIE NR 10.

    SKU: 33-366 XJT

    $1,395.00 $810.00

    This is a beautiful example of the cloth cover for a Mitre and, obviously, was the first used by the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1) after they received their new Mitres. It is stamped with the date, 1894, as well as KAGGR1 and 1CC, on its interior. It is supple, without flaws, and in outstanding condition. The hook fasteners at the bottom are still intact. This is a rare find and an important accouterment for your Mitre……

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  • Sale! COVER - FOR MITRE - OILCLOTH - EITHER ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß OR KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1.

    COVER – FOR MITRE – OILCLOTH – EITHER ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß OR KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1.

    SKU: 33-368 XJT

    $795.00 $715.50

    This is a beautiful example of the cloth cover for a Mitre. It has NO unit marking on its interior. It is correct for either the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) or the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1). It is flawless and in outstanding condition. The hook fasteners at the bottom are still intact. This is a VERY rare accouterment that is seldom seen and would complete your Mitre…..

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

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

    SKU: 23-523 XJT

    $250.00 $175.50

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

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE - 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING  WITH GREEN, RED, AND WHITE PUSCHEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING WITH GREEN, RED, AND WHITE PUSCHEL

    SKU: 33-369 XJT

    $1,295.00 $450.00

    Around the turn of the 20th Century, charitable fund-raising in Imperial Germany touched on its citizens’ patriotic fervor by employing a military theme. A popular offering was inexpensive copies of Mitres that had been worn by famous regiments. This is a copy of a Mitre worn in the mid-1700s. Based on its Puschel, I believe it was for by IR 18. It sports a black metal front plate with a Prussian Black Eagle holding a sword and a scepter, and the cypher “FR.” Its body is red with white piping and flames around the base. The rear flame displays a circular disk below it. Its interior features a strip of black leather and a fine cloth liner with a drawstring to adjust its size. The letters “XXVIk134″ are stamped on the cloth liner. The plush white Puschel is beautiful. It sports a red band and a green center. It is very unusual to find a Puschel with these Centennial pieces. It is a beautiful and rare copy of an early Mitre……..

     

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - MITRE - 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING EARLY 1700'S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MITRE – 1900 CENTENNIAL FUND-RAISING EARLY 1700’S

    SKU: 33-370 XJT

    $895.00 $450.00

    Around the turn of the 20th Century, charitable fund-raising in Imperial Germany touched on its citizens’ patriotic fervor by employing a military theme. A popular offering was inexpensive copies of Mitres that had been worn by famous regiments. This is a copy of the Mitre worn by the Königliches Regiment in the early 1700s. Its body is all cloth with a metal, eight-pointed star with the Order of the Black Eagle on the front’s center. A metal crown sits above the star. Metal flames appear on either side, with a flaming bomb on the rear. The front and headband are made of red cloth, while the rear is made of blue cloth. The front is backed by blue cloth and three cloth strips run down the body’s back. It does NOT have a Puschel. Dirt smudges and a few moth holes are present, but the overall condition is fair-plus. The interior is all cloth, possibly burlap. The letters “IIA148/649″ and “XXVI161″ also appear. This is a beautiful and rare copy of an early Mitre……

     

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  • Sale! KRONPRINZ WILHELM’S DELUXE SILVER PRESENTATION FRAME & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRONPRINZ WILHELM’S DELUXE SILVER PRESENTATION FRAME & AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 19-306

    $4,995.00 $4,495.00

    Today we are offering a first for Der Rittmeister Militaria: a top-of-the-line silver presentation photograph frame from Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951), the man destined to be Germany’s fourth Kaiser who instead went to his grave as the throne’s Pretender…..

     

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

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

    SKU: 04-770 XKGJT

    $9,495.00 $7,645.50

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

     

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

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL

    SKU: 04-771 XJT

    $8,995.00 $7,200.00

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

     

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL - ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – ADJUTANT OR WAR MINISTRY

    SKU: 04-772 XJT

    $7,995.00 $6,750.00

    In keeping with our offering of Generals’ pickelhauben, we present the pickelhaube of a Bavarian General who served either as an Adjutant or at the Bavarian War Ministry. While its basic shape and leather are good, patches of leather are missing between the cruciform’s four arms. Some settling of the crown has occurred at the point where the cruciform is attached, which is a frequent occurrence on helmets that sport large cruciforms. For some reason, we see this occur more on Bavarian helmets than we do on helmets from other states that display similar cruciforms. Its front visor is squared……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - BUSBY - OFFICER - LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-354 XJT

    $11,995.00 $9,900.00

    Officer’s busby from the Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment. The regiment was founded in 1815 and garrisoned in Potsdam along with all the VERY elite Prussian Garde-Regiments such as the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde-Korps……

     

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - ENLISTED MAN - FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT 26 OR FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 35 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – ENLISTED MAN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT 26 OR FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 35

    SKU: 33-356 XKGJT

    $3,995.00 $3,105.00

    It is an enlisted man’s (EM) Feld-Artillerie-Regiment (FAR) Nr 26 or Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 35 Kugelhelm from Prussia. FAR Nr 26 was founded in 1872 and garrisoned at Verden. It was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. FAR 36 was created in 1890 and garrisoned at Deutsch-Eylau in West Prussia. It was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps……

     

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  • Sale! GERMAN REICH - PICKELHAUBE - NCO - BEAMTE - ELAß LOTHRINGEN (ALSACE LORAINE) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMAN REICH – PICKELHAUBE – NCO – BEAMTE – ELAß LOTHRINGEN (ALSACE LORAINE)

    SKU: 04-757 XKGJT

    $3,395.00 $3,055.50

    It is a very unusual pickelhaube for a Beamte (Civilian Administration Official) from the province of Elass (Elaß) Lothringen (Alsace Loraine). The area was traded back and forth between France and Germany for MANY years. Its population spoke both French and German. The first exchange was in 1871 at the Franco-Prussian War’s end. It was returned to France when WW I ended. Nazi Germany seized it again at the beginning of WW II, until its final return to France after the ward ended in 1945……

     

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  • Sale! ANHALT - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER  - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 93 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ANHALT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER  – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 93

    SKU: 04-766 XKGJT

    $6,995.00 $5,395.50

    It has been some time since we have had the pleasure of offering a pickelhaube from the very small Duchy of Anhalt, Saxony’s neighbor. In 1900, the population of Anhalt was 271,963. Its capital was located in Dessau. Its final reigning Duke was Friedrich II, who ruled from 1904-1918. Anhaltisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 93 was founded in 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars. Bataillone Nrs 1 and 3 were garrisoned in Dessau, while Bataillon Nr 2 was based at Zerbst. The regiment was assigned to the IV. Armeekorps……

     

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  • Sale! BRAUNSCHWEIG - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92: BATAILLONE NR I AND II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92: BATAILLONE NR I AND II

    SKU: 04-758 XKGJT

    $11,995.00 $8,995.00

    Today we are offering a definite rarity, an Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 Officer’s Pickelhaube. I know you are more used to seeing Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 helmets displaying the Totenkopf (Death’s Head), but another version was used earlier by the regiment’s Bataillon Nrs I and II. After 1912, the entire regiment switched to the wappen sporting the Totenkopf. The earlier examples are seen far less often. Although many collectors prefer the Totenkopf wappen, this beautiful helmet deserves equal consideration, primarily because the wappen’s center features enamel on it……

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - TRICHTER AND PARADE FEATHERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – TRICHTER AND PARADE FEATHERS

    SKU: 04-760 XKGJT

    $8,495.00 $7,645.50

    One helmet that we are frequently asked about is the Prussian General Officer’s Parade Pickelhaube with the trichter and parade feathers rather than the service spike. To be honest, they do NOT appear very often. The General’s Pickelhaube with spike is rare enough, but a spiked helmet with its parade feathers and trichter, constitutes a stupendous find!…..

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - GARDE-GRENADIER/GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß/ REGIMENT/GARDE-TRAIN ABTEILUNG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GARDE-GRENADIER/GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß/ REGIMENT/GARDE-TRAIN ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 04-761 XKA

    $4,395.00 $3,735.75

    Today we are offering you a very fine officer’s pickelhaube from a Garde-Grenadier-Regiment, Garde zu Fuß-Regiment, or Garde Train-Abteilung. The helmet, which features all-brass fittings was correct for nine different Garde-Regiments AND the Garde-Train Abteilung. The correct units are listed below.

    Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1
    Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2
    Königin Elisabeth Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3
    Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4
    Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 5

    2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
    3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
    4. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß
    1. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Großbritannien und Irland
    Garde-Train Abteilung

    The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with a nominal amount of spidering to its surface. It exhibits NO dings or other issues and rates well above average. As previously mentioned, all of its furniture is brass (gilt), including the wappen, chin scales, base, trim, pearl ring, officers’ stars, and tall, elegant spike.
    The Garde wappen is one of the most beautiful of Imperial Germany’s wappens. Its massive eagle with its outspread wings is an impressive sight. The eagle’s wingtips extend all the way to the officers’ State and Reich’s kokarden on either side of the helmet. [That is a VERY wide eagle]! The Garde wappen’s beauty is even further advanced by the fabulous Garde Star located within the central silver sunburst on the eagle’s chest. The Garde Star boasts a black Hohenzollern Eagle within an enamel center, highlighted by multicolored enamel accents and its Latin motto. This helmet’s emblem is in perfect shape, with no cracks or chips to its enamel.
    The helmet’s interior reveals a light-brown leather sweatband that remains in good condition. A creme-colored, ribbed, silk liner is attached to the sweatband. It also is in excellent condition, with no rips, tears, or running of the material. 100% of the original hardware is visible under the silk liner, with NO double holes where the wappen attaches to the leather body.
    This is a very fine example of a Prussian Garde helmet which is in top condition. It is also reasonably priced.

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  • Sale! WÜRTTEMBERG - OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – OFFICER’S PINBACK (OFFIZIERS STECKKREUZ) TYPE 1 WILHELMSKREUZ MIT KRONE UND SCHWERTEN.

    SKU: 05-1692 XKA

    $4,995.00 $3,995.00

    Württemberg began awarding The Wilhelm’s Cross in 1915 in two classes, as a 2nd Class Cross on a ribbon, or as a 1st Class Pinback Decoration for officers. What we are offering today is an extremely rare (and I do mean RARE) example of Württemberg’s Offiziers Steckkreuz Wilhelmskreuz mit Krone und Schwerten (Officers’ Pinback Wilhelm’s Cross with Crown and Swords)……

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER -1. GARDE REGIMENT zu FUß - ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ ADALBERT. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER -1. GARDE REGIMENT zu FUß – ATTRIBUTED TO PRINZ ADALBERT.

    SKU: 04-715

    $14,995.00 $13,595.00

    This is a simply delicious 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß officer’s spiked helmet. The regiment was the most elite among Prussia’s and Germany’s Infanterie Regiments. It was garrisoned in Potsdam with its Kavallerie Regiment counterpart, the Regiment der Garde du Corps. The regiment was loaded with denizens of Imperial Germany’s highest royal and noble families. Every Hohenzollern Prinz was invested in it, including all of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons, just as the Kaiser himself had been as a young man. The Kaiser also served as its Regimental Chef……

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - GENERAL OFFICER'S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – GENERAL OFFICER’S

    SKU: 33-326

    $9,995.00 $8,195.00

    This is a first time offering for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is a Prussian General der Artillery’s kugelhelm. It is a very rare helmet since the number of Generals der Artillery was significantly less than Generals der Infanterie or Generals der Kavallerie. Even among the old line units prior to WW I’s massive buildup, only about one third were Artillery Regiments……

     

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

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

    SKU: 04-742 XJT

    $19,995.00 $13,500.00

    This amazing pickelhaube ensemble is a consignment item. It comes to us from two very special collections. It originally hailed from one of Europe’s premiere collections, and now has been consigned to DRM by the USA’s leading (in my opinion) pickelhauben collector. The helmet has become surplus to the gentleman’s needs, so he has entrusted us to find it a new home!…..

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - PICKELHAUBE - RESERVE OFFICER’S - CHEVAULEGERS OR SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – CHEVAULEGERS OR SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-752 XKA

    $4,995.00 $4,495.00

    This is a fine Bavarian Reserve Officer’s pickelhaube from a Chevaulegers or Schweres-Reiter-Regiment. The helmet would have been correct for any of the regiments listed below.

    2. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment
    1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nickolaus con Rußland
    3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor
    5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog von Österreich
    7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons

    Each of these five regiments used gold-toned furniture. As these Chevaulegers-Regiments were all “odd-numbered” regiments, their even-numbered counterparts (Chevaulegers-Regiment Nrs 2, 4, 6, and 8) used silver-toned furniture. The 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment also used silver-toned furniture.
    The helmet’s leather body is in fine condition, generally. Some small imperfections and shrinkages in the front and rear visors are present. The quite typical settling of the leather where the large cruciform is attached is not as pronounced on the leather body’s top. All in all, it is a lovely leather body. Like all Bavarian officers’ pickelhauben, it has a squared-front visor rather than the Prussian-style rounded front visor (except for Prussian Dragoner-Regiments and General officers’ spiked helmets). All of its furniture, including the wappen, chin scales, cruciform, officer’s stars, trim and tall, fluted spike (capable of being dismounted for the attachment of a trichter and horsehair bush) are made of brass.
    The wappen features a pair of rampant Bavarian Lions holding between their paws a shield on which the reserve officer cross appears. While the shield is brass, the oversized cross is silver-toned. Mounted on the cross’s center is a smaller shield displaying the Bavarian state flag’s checkerboard design. The chin scales are convex, differentiating it from an Infanterie spiked helmet. The exterior’s final details are the correct officer’s State’s and Reich’s kokarden, which both exhibit some chipping to their paint.
    The helmet’s interior displays a dark leather sweatband that has seen moderate use. An unusual light-green silk liner (in excellent condition) is attached to the sweatband. All of the correct hardware is present beneath the silk liner. NO double holes are present.
    This is a well-preserved Kavallerie officer’s pickelhaube that was produced prior to WW I and remains in fine condition.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER’S - GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 7 - WITH PARADE BUSH

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 7 – WITH PARADE BUSH

    SKU: 04-747 XKA

    $6,995.00 $6,295.50

    This is a first time offering for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria: an officer’s pickelhaube from the very elite Grenadier-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Westpreußisches) Nr 7, with its parade bush. The regiment was founded in 1797. It was garrisoned at Liegnitz (now Legnica, Poland) and attached to Prussia’s V. Armeekorps. Its Regimental Chef was none other than Prussia’s König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I. [The regiment was founded the same year, 1797, as Wilhelm I was born, the importance of which we will share with you shortly].
    The helmet’s leather body is most appealing. Its only flaw shows up on the helmet’s right rear three-quarters, where two small gouges appear very close to one another. They are not overly noticeable, because the parade bush masks the small flaw quite well, unless the bush is lifted up for inspection. Its wappen features a very attractive Grenadier-style eagle whose outspread wings extend greatly from its body (in direct contrast to a Line-Infanterie-Regiment’s closed-wing eagle). This wappen-style was used not only on Grenadiers’ helmets but for the various Garde-Regiments. The eagle’s wings extend almost to the kokarden’s midpoint.

    The Grenadier-style wappen is only part of what makes this helmet so special. Near the eagle’s base it sports a wonderful bandeau that proclaims “22 März 1797,” König Wilhelm I’s birth date. [This bandeau was unique among other German helmets. Bandeaux typically were awarded as battle honors for major battles or campaigns in which a regiment had participated. During the Imperial Period, most bandeaux were worn by regiments whose battle honors had been restored to them in 1897 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Most of these regiments had been absorbed into the Prussian Army following the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The battle honors primarily dated from the Napoleonic Wars. Wilhelm II’s 1897 gesture allowed the regiments (including some from Hannover, Braunschweig, and Nassau) to regain some of their former states’ prestige. Grenadier-Regiment Nr 7, as well as Füsilier-Regiments Nr 34 and Nr 35 were the only regiments whose bandeaux celebrated monarchs (the two Füsilier-Regiments acknowledged the Swedish Queen)].
    All of the helmet’s furniture, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, etc., is gilt-toned. [PLEASE NOTE: Officer’s pickelhauben chin scales often are attached to the helmet by devices called rosettes. A special rosette boasting Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cypher was available as an option on this regiment’s helmet. It was the only regiment to be so honored, since it saluted the first Kaiser, along with a nod from his grandson Wilhelm II. This particular helmet does NOT have those rosettes. It remains ENTIRELY correct, despite the fact that many helmets in reference books sport the rosettes. Remember, the rosettes were an option and were NOT mandatory for Grenadier-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Westpreußisches) Nr 7’s pickelhauben]! The helmet’s parade trichter is also gilt-toned, and sports a marvelous, soundly-attached, full, black bush. NO spike comes with the helmet, just the trichter and parade bush. The correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden are attached.
    The helmet’s interior features a high-quality, light-brown leather sweatband, with an attached, ribbed, light-beige, silk liner. A couple of small tears appear on the silk liner, but no major damage. It is in much better condition than the major shredding we often find. The hardware is all original, with the exception of one nut that does not match. The latter securely fastens the helmet officers’ stars. What is most important, NO double holes are present where the wappen is attached.
    It is a fine pickelhaube in parade configuration from an elite regiment and would make an excellent addition to your collection. Its condition rates as very fine.

    At Der Rittmeister Militaria, we strive to bring you the best in spiked helmets, or pickelhauben (plural for pickelhaube), one of Imperial German Militaria’s most interesting areas for collecting. While ORIGINALITY and AUTHENTICITY are of prime importance, please do not forget Der Rittmeister’s commitment to CONDITION and QUALITY. In this regard, we take special pride in offering you spiked helmets whose condition is at least well above average, if not excellent. I examine hundreds of pickelhauben to find the very few that fulfill all four criteria mentioned above. Upon receiving their new treasure, collectors who have purchased one of our pickelhauben often exclaim that their helmet looks even better than the photos we had displayed on our website. [We do use a high-quality digital camera to photograph our items and upgrade cameras every two years, but enough with the Der Rittmeister Militaria commercial]! Just remember, dear friends, Der Rittmeister’s Four Critical Criteria for collecting pickelhauben: ORIGINALITY, AUTHENTICITY, CONDITION, and QUALITY.
    The pickelhaube was designed in 1842 by Prussia’s König Frederick William IV for use in the Prussian Infanterie. [The Prussian king might have copied similar helmets adopted by Russia’s military during the same time period. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on Napoleonic cuirassiers’ helmets]. The helmet style was soon adopted by Germany’s other states and kingdoms during the mid-19th Century, with Bavaria being the final principality to implement it in 1886. [The Bavarians always seemed to go their own way! Interestingly, Bavaria was also the last to authorize kugelhelme for their Artillerie Regiments in 1913]. In addition to Russia, spiked helmets were adopted by many Latin American countries. They were even worn by the USA’s armed forces from the 1880’s until around 1910.
    We also remind all pickelhaube enthusiasts about our good friend Jim Turinetti’s excellent reference books on the subject (click here to see DRM’s Imperial German Headdress Page Nr 3), available as spiral-bound paperbacks or on CD. You cannot go wrong with them. I can safely state that Jim is the USA’s foremost authority on pickelhauben. Please support him. Dollar for dollar, these books are the best on the market, and reward you with an immeasurable return in value! [Remember, Jim receives any and ALL the profits from his works, Der Rittmeister Militaria just promotes them to help educate the collecting community].

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYERN’S LIFE

    SKU: 20-235

    $1,395.00 $950.00

    Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria served as Bavaria’s defacto King from 1886, when Ludwig II was deposed (Ludwig mysteriously died the following day in a lake accident), until his death in 1912. He proved to be an able ruler. The Bavarian people were very fond of him……

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  • Sale! WÜRTTEMBERG - GENERALMAJOR  - COMPLETE DRESS TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – GENERALMAJOR – COMPLETE DRESS TUNIC

    SKU: 15-562

    $8,995.00 $7,995.00

    Our offering is a prewar dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic, from not too long before the conversion to wartime feldgrau occurred. The tunic is of the highest-quality and in astonishingly good condition……

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  • Sale! U.S. - BOWIE KNIFE - CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    U.S. – BOWIE KNIFE – CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA

    SKU: 07-182

    $3,295.00 $2,725.00

    This is a very rare Bowie Knife, which was manufactured in the Confederate States of America (CSA) during the Civil War. This very knife was featured on page 127 of the book “Confederate Arms.”…..

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYER - SILVER/GOLD OVAL N’S LIFE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PRESENTATION MEDALLION/PENDANT COMMEMORATING PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD von BAYER – SILVER/GOLD OVAL N’S LIFE

    SKU: 20-234

    $2,495.00 $1,700.00

    Today we are offering an interesting medallion/pendant that was given as a gift to court favorites. It is an oval-shaped, silver and gold example. It measures 2” x 1,” using the crown as its top point. The Prinzregent is seen in profile view. The medallion is enclosed within a wreath of leaves, with the Wittelsbach Crown at its top. Both the wreath and crown are GOLD……

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  • Sale! GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND SLOOP - S.M.Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND SLOOP – S.M.Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 18-523

    $250.00 $215.00

    This is a fine goblet that appears to be made from zinc.  The cup is finely made. It sports a manufacturer’s hallmark on the bottom…..

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - EPAULETS - GENERAL LIEUTENANT/ADJUTANT TO KAISER WILHELM II - ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETS – GENERAL LIEUTENANT/ADJUTANT TO KAISER WILHELM II – ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 23-316

    $5,495.00 $4,895.00

    This is a marvelous pair of epaulets for one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s adjutants in the rank of generalleutnant……

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD WITH POSTCARD AND HANDWRITTEN LETTER- GROßADMIRAL  - ALFRED von TIRPITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD WITH POSTCARD AND HANDWRITTEN LETTER- GROßADMIRAL – ALFRED von TIRPITZ

    SKU: 23-562

    $3,495.00

    Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930) was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s best known admiräle (admirals).  The shoulder board measures 1 7/8″ x 4 3/16.” It displays four gilt-toned pips on its obverse. Its reverse reveals that it is of the slip-on variety, which is correct. Its backing material boasts a rich, 100% correct, navy-blue color that is proper for a naval officer’s shoulder boards. We can also see where each pip has been attached.

    In addition we are offering a postcard and handwritten letter…..

     

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  • Sale! GERMANY - BOOK - FOUR VOLUME SET OF WELTKRIEG! KRIEGS & RUHMSBLÄTTER 1914-1918 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOOK – FOUR VOLUME SET OF WELTKRIEG! KRIEGS & RUHMSBLÄTTER 1914-1918

    SKU: 12-783 XJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    It is a four volume set of “Weltkrieg! Kriegs & Ruhmsblätter. The four hardback volumes are labeled “1914-1915,” “1915-1916,” “1916-1917,” and “1917-1918.” The Kriegs & Ruhmsblätter was a weekly newspaper published in a large format…..

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  • Sale! GERMANY - FLAG - BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – FLAG – BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG

    SKU: 25-99

    $2,195.00 $1,700.00

    The S. M. S. Brandenburg was a battleship in the Kaiserliche Marine. Generally, Imperial German battleships were named after royal personages, states within the reich, or other geographic places of special interest. The S. M. S. Brandenburg served as the German Navy’s historical turning point in its efforts to modernize and attain status quo with the Great Britain’s Royal Navy…..

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