Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC, Imperial German Merchandise: Orders, Decorations, & Medals Nr 1: From the Kingdoms of Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony. Also from the Central Powers: Austria, Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria. Updated on 21 August 2017.      Contact us @:kgreenfield@derrittmeister.com

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WW I Decorations to Archduke Eugen of Austria

 

We are offering you a special selection of German decorations from World War I that once belonged to Archduke Eugen of Austria. As was common during the period, decorations were shared among the various German states and their allies who were members of the Central Powers. The decorations that are listed below were all the property of Archduke Eugen Ferdinand Pius Bernhard Felix Maria of Austria-Teschen (1863-1954). He began his military career in 1877. During his early military career he served in the Tyrolean Kaiserjäger-Regiment and in a Husaren-Regiment. After a rigid military education, he was posted to the Austrian General staff. Then he was posted to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 13, first as a Bataillon Commander, and then as the Regimental Commander. From this, he was promoted to a Brigade, and later, Division Commander. In 1900, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie (equal to a U.S. Lieutenant General) of the Austrian XIV. ArmeeKorps. Some say that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was increasingly jealous of him. He retired from the army in 1911, at the age of forty-eight.
After the assassination of Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and the beginning of WW I, Eugen returned to the army. He was in command of the 5. Armee. In May 1915, he was promoted to Generaloberst and commanded all troops from the Swiss boarder to the Adriatic. In March 1916, he was officially placed in charge of an Armeegruppe known as Herresgruppen-Kommando Erzherzog Eugen. In the Spring of 1916, he assumed command of the 3. Armee and 11. Armee. He was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall in November 1916. [Please remember that the rank of Generalfeldmarschall in both the German and Austrian Armies were not given out lightly or in any great numbers. In the Austrian army a total of eight GFM’s were created during WW I. Four of these were pure military commanders who were of noble birth, three were royals who commanded troops in the field, and the eighth was the head of the Austrian General Staff. By comparison, the German Army had eight GFM’s of noble birth who were true military commanders, three of royal birth who were military commanders in the field, four kings, and a Sultan who were made GFM’s].
Archduke Eugen was released from active duty in December 1917 at the behest of Kaiser Karl. After the armistice with Russia, less territory was in need of military commanders on the Western Front. He lived a quiet life after WW I, spending a great deal of time in Switzerland. He died in Austria at the age of ninety-one, a very popular man. During WW I he received more than seven high-level Austrian decorations. He also received more than twenty decorations from Austria’s allies. Among them was the Orden Pour le Mérite in 1916, and the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves in 1917.
What we offer individually today are several of his CASED German decorations from World War I. They are from the various German states that were Austria’s allies. What makes each of them so interesting is that all of the cased decorations come from Austrian firms, most notably Roethe & Neffe. Also, where ribbons are attached to the decorations, they are in the Austrian trifold style.
Although we will sell each of these individually, we will also offer a substantial discount should one person take them all. We will also offer an appealing discount for the purchase of multiple decorations. Each will come with a detailed biography of Archduke Eugen.  Every purchase of a cased decoration will be shipped with a high-quality copy of period postcard and the previously-mentioned biography, as well as a copy of this historical description. Our descriptions follow. Enjoy!

 

 

08-437 HANSEATIC CROSSES - FREE STATES - HAMBURG, LÜBECK, AND BREMEN - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AWARDED - AUSTRIA’S ARCHDUKE EUGEN. Here are THREE Hanseatic Crosses from the Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen in the original presentation case. They were Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 4" x 7 1/2" x 1." The words "Hanseaten Kreuze Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck" are embossed in gold on the outer lid. (My research does not show when these decorations were awarded). Opening the case, the three crosses are lined up from left to right: Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck. Each is in a fitted section that accommodates the cross and its trifold ribbon. That said, only the Lübeck cross has a ribbon attached. It has a very interesting feature. Attached on the upper white silk lid above each decoration is the correct ribbon.
While the name Rothe & Neffe does NOT appear on the case’s upper lid, all its features are identical to that of the Roethe & Neffe Oldenburg Friedrich August Crosses case. It has an all-red leatherette exterior, with the exception of the black bottom. It is a very handsome set of three decorations.
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08-441 LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS - TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS - AWARDED - ARCHDUKE EUGEN - AUSTRIA. This is the Principality of Lippe-Detmold’s Cross for True Service 2nd Class in the original presentation case. It was Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 5 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 3/4." Embossed in gold on the outer lid is "Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe’sches Kreuz für Treue Dienste 1914." (My research does not show when this decoration was awarded). Upon opening the case, the cross is revealed. It is NOT mounted on its white and blue trifold ribbon. A stretched piece of the correct blue and white ribbon appears on the case’s inner lid.
The name of Rothe & Neffe, the Austrian Kaiser’s official court jeweler, appears on the upper lid. It is a very fine decoration, in excellent condition.
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05-1519 ORDENKISSEN. This is a reproduction of the famous Ordenkissen (Order Pillow) used in WW I. They were used at combat-stricken German officers’ funerals. [Funeral photographs of PLM-winning pilots Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann in particular show a fellow officer walking ahead of the casket, holding before him the dead officer’s Ordenkissen displaying the orders and decorations each had been awarded. The Ordenkissen was also placed in front of the pilot’s casket at the church wherein his final services were held. The Ordenkissen played an important part in the rituals for burying an officer who had died for his Emperor and Fatherland]. I had this Ordenkissen constructed many years ago to display decorations at militaria shows. As I no longer attend shows, it is surplus to my needs. It is made of black velvet surrounded by a red rope-like trim and measures 16" x 10" x 4." In the accompanying photos I will show you the Ordenkissen with and without decorations. (Needless to say what is displayed on the Ordenkissen is NOT a part of the sale)! It is a marvelous way to display decorations and badges, whether they are authentic or reproduction. $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1349 PERIOD FOLIO - DECORATION ID’S & RIBBON SAMPLES - IMPERIAL GERMANY, THIRD REICH, AND OTHER COUNTRIES. This is a wonderful research tool for collectors who want to identify ribbons from both the Imperial German Period and the Third Reich. It is a folio featuring small ribbon samples and the names of the appropriate matching decorations. Please note, it was produced during the Third Reich (1933-1945). It is a very rare research tool. I had heard about these before, but I have never actually seen one until now. It unfolds like a map, with a total of twelve panels upon which the ribbons appear. In addition to the German ribbons, small sections appear for Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Finland, Spain, Russia (VERY small), and Italy. The ribbons are organized by state during the Imperial Period so one can compare the folio’s ribbons to those on the decorations. Its greatest use, perhaps, might be identifying ribbons on ribbon bars. This is an invaluable research tool. It is a pleasant touch that it comes from the time when these ribbons and decorations were actually worn. $695.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-611 DUAL RIBBON FOR A UNIFORM FOR 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND BAVARIAN MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS. When I began the description of this item, I was unsure in which category to place it. While it is a decoration’s ribbon for, it also is a decoration’s ribbon that was specially cut for wearing in a tunic’s buttonhole. The ribbon was sewn into the tunic buttonhole to show that the man wearing it had won both the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Bavarian Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords. 
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05-1612 XDG MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS WITH SWORDS - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the Military Service Cross 1st Class with Swords from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was created in 1866 while Bavaria, under King Ludwig II, fought with the Austrians and her allies against Prussia and her allies. It was intended for enlisted men and NCO’s. (The Military Merit Order (in four classes) was created at the same time for officers). The 1866 war was short and violent. The Austrians were soundly beaten by Prussia, et al.
The 1st Class medal is the highest class of its decoration family. Its arms are gold and its center is enamel.  Overall, its condition is quite decent. It is accompanied by the correct blue, white, and black ribbon.
$850.00
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05-1473 MILITARY MERIT ORDER 4th CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - BAVARIA. This is an infrequently seen Bavarian decoration, the Military Merit Order 4th Class. The order was founded in 1866, during König Ludwig II’s reign. It was part of a larger series of decorations within the Military Merit Order (MMO). The MMO was an officer’s-only decoration. In the 4th Class it was awarded without Swords, with Swords, and with Crown. [In the normal course of business I see a lot of MMO’s 4th Class with Swords, since they were awarded in great numbers during WW I. During the same time, only limited numbers of the MMO with Swords and Crown were awarded]. This is a beautiful example of the MMO 4th Class, which was awarded without benefit of the Swords and Crown. It probably was awarded to an officer prior to the beginning of WW I, most likely between 1905 to 1914. The cross measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/2." The arms’ blue enamel is gorgeous and without problems. The flames among the arms are silver. In the obverse’s center is Ludwig’s cypher in GOLD. The reverse’s center sports the rampant Lion of Bavaria, also in GOLD. The cross was produced by the high-quality firm of Weiss and Company. Its silver portions are .950 silver. Its ORIGINAL presentation case is light-blue with decoration’s name embossed in gold on the exterior. The case measures 3" x 2" x 3/4." The interior consists of a cream-colored silk upper liner and a cream-colored velvet base. A correct and original length of white and blue ribbon is attached to the decoration. It is a beautiful presentation of the seldom-seen decoration. $1,150.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1610 XDG MILITARY MERIT ORDER 4th CLASS - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the Military Merit Order (MMO) 4th Class from the Kingdom of Bavaria. Like the Military Service Cross award family, the MMO was created during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. This particular version was awarded to officers during peacetime, because no swords are attached to it. The decoration comes with blue enamel arms. The obverse features a silver, blue, and white enamel center. Flames appear among the cross’s arms. Its reverse features a rampant silver, blue, and white Bavarian Lion in the center. A blue and white replacement ribbon is attached. $950.00  50% Reduction Pricing!! $475.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1691 XBS MILITARY MERIT CROSS 4th CLASS - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the Military Merit Cross 4th Cross from the Kingdom of Bavaria, an officer-level award that was given in a number of variations (i.e., 1st through 4th award levels, pinbacks, etc.). The 4th Class award was the most basic. It was given not only to native sons, but to allied officers of Bavaria who fought side by side with Bavarian troops. It was first awarded in 1866 after that same year’s Austro-Prussian War. It was authorized by King (Mad) Ludwig II (1845-1886) of Bavaria. [Ludwig led a tortured life. He nearly bankrupted Bavaria with his lavish lifestyle and the building of numerous castles all over Bavaria. Ultimately, he was removed from his throne in 1886 for "mental defect," then was found mysteriously drowned the following day. His brother Otto was also found mentally incompetent. This led to the appointment of a Regent, Prinz Regent Luitpold, who served in that role from 1886 through 1912. Upon his death, he was succeeded by Prinz Ludwig. The latter served as Regent until 1913, when he assumed the throne as King Ludwig III. He was Bavaria’s King until 1918, when all the heads of state relinquished their thrones at WW I’s end.
The 4th Class award was given in both combatants’ and non combatants’ versions. The cross, which measures 1 ¾" x 1 ¾," has handsome blue arms. Its center features black, gold and white enamel, with a brilliant crowned gold "L" cypher in place. Above that is the Latin word Merenti.
The decoration’s reverse features a rampant Bavarian Lion and the date 1866 (when the decoration was introduced) beneath a pair of crossed swords at the top. The sword’s reverse is hallmarked for .800 silver. The cross’s overall condition is excellent. The enamel shows no chipping whatsoever. This example is in top condition.
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05-1549 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH CROWN AND SWORDS - BAVARIA. This is the Military Service Cross from the Kingdom of Bavaria. It is a 3rd Class award that comes with crown and swords. The decoration was founded in 1866 during König Ludwig II’s (Mad Ludwig) reign around the time of the Austro-Prussian War in which Bavaria sided with Austria against Prussia. The decoration is gilt-toned with an excellent finish. The massive crown at the decoration’s top is articulated. It comes in the original presentation case. A correct ribbon is included. $275.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1400 MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - BAVARIA. This is a Military Merit Cross with Swords from Bavaria. The decoration was first instituted in 1866 during König Ludwig II’s reign. It was awarded to military personnel during peacetime and wartime. It was awarded in three classes: without swords, with swords, or with swords and a crown (as a higher award-level). This particular example features a burnished gilt finish. The cross measures 1 3/4" x 1 ½." Attached to its top is a pair of crossed swords. The cross’s obverse sports Bavarian König Ludwig II’s cypher in its center. The cross’s reverse displays a rampant Bavarian Lion and 1866, the year the decoration was instituted. Accompanying the cross is its original presentation case, which measures 3 ½" x 2 ½" x 3/4." The case is covered in light-blue leatherette. Its name and its decoration class are embossed in silver on its outer lid. Inside the case’s upper lid is a white, silk liner. Its Munich manufacturing firm’s name (Gebrüder Hemerle) is embossed on the white silk. A strap is present in the upper lid to hold the decoration, but no ribbon is at hand. The case’s lower half is velvet, fitted to hold the decoration in place. It is a fine decoration from a noted Bavarian manufacturer. $195.00 

 

 

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05-1511 MILITARY MERIT CROSS  3rd CLASS- SWORDS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - BAVARIA. This is the Bavarian equivalent of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords. The decoration was originated following the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Intended for enlisted men and NCO’s, it was instituted during König (Mad) Ludwig II’s reign. The decoration has a fine gilt finish and measures 2" x ½." Attached to its top are a pair of crossed swords, indicating that the decoration was awarded during wartime. Its obverse displays Ludwig’s royal cypher. On the reverse is a rampant Bavarian Lion and the date 1866. Attached to the jump ring is a very small and old piece of blue, black, and white ribbon. The decoration is housed in its original presentation case. It is a light blue and measures 3 ½" x 2 ½" x ½." The decoration’s name is embossed in silver on the case. Inside is a blue silk liner. A white band of ribbon is attached to house the ribbon. On the ribbon we see in black "Deschler & Sohn München." The fitted bottom of the case is a handsome purple velvet. $175.00

 

 

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05-1589 XDG ERINNERUNGSZEICHEN für VERDIENSTLICHE LEISTUNGEN IM KRIEGSJAHRE 1866 für ZIVILÄRZTE. This is a consignment item. It is the Erinnerungszeichen für Verdienstliche Leistungen im Kriegsjahre 1866 für Zivilärzte (Honor Badge for Meritorious Service in War-Year 1866 by Civilian Doctors), which was awarded during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. It is a pinback award that measures 2" x 1 3/4," and is shaped like an oversized cross. Each arm boasts a caduceus, the ancient sign of a physician. In the cross’s center is the war’s year, 1866. König Ludwig (Mad) II was Bavaria’s monarch during the conflict. It is written that he was greatly affected when he witnessed Bavarian soldiers suffering alongside their Austrian, Württembergian, and Saxon compatriots after their defeat by Prussia and her allies. In addition to the creation of this decoration, Ludwig also instituted the Military Merit Order, Military Service Cross, and the 1866 Bavarian War Honor Medal for the same war. This very rare decoration was for doctors who served Bavaria during the conflict. Only forty were created. $2,495.00  50% Reduction Pricing!! $1,250.00

 

 

 

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05-1593 XDG SILVER MILITÄR-SANITÄTSEHRENZEICHEN 1871 - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a 1871 Militär-Sanitätsehrenzeichen. It was awarded to high-level doctors and medical officials who fought during the Franco-Prussian War in two classes, gold and silver.  It originated toward the latter part of the Napoleonic Wars (1812), to later be issued again in subsequent conflicts. Our example today is in silver (second class).  The circular decoration  measures 1 ½" in diameter. It has a high-relief profile of Bavaria's König Maximilian I (1756-1825). He was the first King of Bavaria and the First of the House of Wittelsbach, Bavaria's ruling family. His reign was from 1806 into 1825.  His name surrounds the edge and his likeness. 
On the reverse we see "OB Milites Inter Proelia Et Arte Et Virtute Servatos." As previously mentioned, the decoration was awarded to high-level doctors and medical officials, and was only awarded FORTY times. This is a very rare decoration. I cannot imagine how many survive today.
$3,895.00 
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05-1605 MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS - BAVARIA. This is a good example of the Bavarian Military Merit Cross. It is the 3rd Class and comes with swords. It has a fine, burnished-gilt finish, does not come with a ribbon $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1359 MAX JOSEPH GOLDEN MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL. The Max Joseph Golden Military Service Medal (MJGMSM) was the highest award for heroism given to enlisted men/NCO’s in the Bavarian Army. It was similar to Prussia’s Golden Military Merit Cross, which was often referred to as the "Enlisted Man’s Blue Max." Like its Prussian counterpart, the MJGMSM was awarded in two grades. The Golden was the higher of the two classes. The other was the Silver level. This example is a privately-purchased piece, NOT the awarded piece. An issued piece can easily fetch $5,000. +! This is a very rare decoration. They were awarded sparingly. Depending on which expert you read, between 1,300 and 1,400 of the MJGMSM were awarded between 1870 and 1920. It is a rare bird any way that you look at it. The decoration measures 1 1/4" in diameter. A profile of König Maximilian Joseph is seen on the obverse. The reverse shows a rampant lion holding a shield with the Bavarian Coat-of-Arms and a sword. The lion is crowned. A correct blue, white, and black ribbon, which measures 2 1/4," is attached. It is a fine example. This is most likely a post WW I private purchase example to replace a lost decoration or to serve as an additional "Wearer's Copy" similar to the Blue Max where additional copies were acquired to supplement the original award piece. $1,495.00

 

 

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05-1558 XDG GOLDEN MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a second generation (non awarded) example of the Golden Military Service Medal from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was the highest award that could be given to a Bavarian enlisted man or NCO. The medal would have been purchased from a medal supply shop and used for mounting on a medal bar. This could have happened because the owner wanted to keep his issued piece "put away," so as prevent it from being lost or damaged. Perhaps it was a replacement for a lost or damaged decoration. At any rate, it should NOT be confused with a presentation example.
The gilt-toned decoration is actually a gold wash over .800 silver. The obverse has a profile of Maximilian (Max) Joseph, the first King of Bavaria. The reverse features the rampant Bavarian Lion with crown, sword, and shield. An older ribbon comes with it. It is in very fine condition. $1,295.00 
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05-1617 XDG MILITARY MAX JOSEPH SERVICE MEDAL IN SILVER. This is a consignment item. It is the Military Max Joseph Service Medal in Silver. It is a second-generation award, not an originally-issued piece. It does not have all of the information found on issued pieces. The medal probably was purchased as a replacement, or for possible use on a medal bar. It measures 1 1/3" in diameter. Its obverse features a profile view of König Max Joseph, Bavaria’s first King. The reverse displays a rampant Bavarian Lion as a part of the Bavarian Coat-of-Arms. An old and correct ribbon completes the decoration. $395.00  50% Reduction Pricing!! $200.00kgJuly17lyawy

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1611 XDG BRONZE PRINZ LUITPOLD JUBILEE MEDAL (1854-1904) FOR K.u.K CORPS-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 10 - BAVARIA. This is a Prinz Regent Luitpold Jubilee Medal in bronze. It celebrates K.u.K. Corps-Artillerie Regiment Nr 10's 50th anniversary. The medal measures 1 ½" in diameter. The medal is extremely scarce. Its obverse sports a high-relief profile of the Prinz Regent. The reverse features information about the regiment and the award’s significance. An original blue and white ribbon is attached to the decoration. $595.00   50% Reduction Pricing!! $300.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1591 XDG PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD SILVER MEDAL 1905 - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the 1905 Prinz Regent Luitpold Medal in Silver. This oval-shaped medal measures 1 1/4" x 1 ½." The obverse features a high-relief profile view of Luitpold. Surrounding him is the title "Luitpold Prinz Regent von Bayern." The reverse sports a shield that displays the Bavarian Flag’s blue and white checkerboard design, with a Wittelsbach Crown above it. Surrounding that is the Bavarian motto "In Treue Fest." A "19" flanks the shield on the left, while an "05" flanks it on the right. Its ribbon is red with two thin green stripes.
Today is the first time we have offered this very scarce decoration to you. $450.00  
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05-1619 XDG NCO’S FIFTEEN-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality Long-Service Award for an NCO with fifteen years of service. It is a Spange over a blue and white ribbon. The overall dimensions measure ½" x 1 ½." The Spange has what looks like a silver patina, but does not have any silver hallmarks. $150.00   50% Reduction Pricing!! $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1620 XDG NCO’S NINE-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality Long-Service Award for an NCO with nine years of service. It is a Spange over a blue and white ribbon. The overall dimensions measure ½" x 1 ½." The Spange has a black patina. $95.00   50% Reduction Pricing!! $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1621 XDG NCO’S TWENTY-ONE-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality Long-Service Award for an NCO with twenty-one years of service. It is a Spange over a blue and white ribbon. The overall dimensions measure ½" x 1 ½." The Spange has a gilt-toned finish. $125.00   50% Reduction Pricing!! $60.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1582 XDG VETERAN’S TWENTY-FOUR-YEARS LONG-SERVICE SHIELD - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the Veterans Shield for Twenty-Four-Years Long Service in the Bavarian Army. It is gold-toned and measures 1 ½ " x 2 3/4". The award is seldom-seen. It was designed to be stitched to a tunic. For that purpose, it displays four sets of double holes (two holes per set). It is a stamped award that we are offering today for the first time. $550.00  50% Reduction Pricing!! $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1584 XDG LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the Bavarian Long Service Award Class 2nd Class. The decoration consists of a blue and white ribbon that is mounted with a schnalle (buckle). It is in superb condition. $75.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1585 XDG PRINZ REGENT 1905 ARMY MEDAL - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the Prinzregent Medal that was offered for the Bavarian Army in 1905. The medal is oval-shaped and measures 1 ½ " x 1 ½ ". It boasts a high-relief likeness of Prinzregent Luitpold on its obverse. The reverse displays information connecting it to the Army. It is attached to a red ribbon. Both medal and ribbon are in excellent condition. $95.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1587 XDG 1813-1814 OFFICIAL’S MILITARY MERIT MEDAL. This is a consignment item. It is a special medal that was issued to military officials during the 1813-1814 Napoleonic Wars. The circular medal, which measures 1 1/4 " in diameter, features a rampant lion on the obverse. On the reverse we see König Maximilian’s initials and the dates for which the award was given. It comes on an original ribbon. It is a VERY rare medal. $695.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1570 XDG PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD MEDAL FOR SERVICE - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is the Bavarian Prinz Regent Luitpold Service Medal from 1905. The medal was awarded in 1905 for service to the crown. It is oval-shaped and measures 1 1/4" x 1 ½." The obverse features Luitpold’s profile in high-relief. The reverse features the Bavarian Coat-of-Arms and the year of the award. It comes with a short length of red and gold ribbon. $60.00   50% Reduction Pricing!! $30.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1626 XDG KING LUDWIG III MEDAL ON BOW. This is a consignment item. It is the King Ludwig III Medal. The medal was first issued on 7 January 1916. It was awarded for civilians’ services to Bavaria during WW I. The cross is made from a black metal. The obverse features King Ludwig III’s profile, while the reverse displays the medal’s creation date. This example’s ribbon is tied in a bow rather than a straight ribbon. It was awarded to a female. A safety pin on the reverse could attach it to a garment. It is in very fine condition. $50.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $25.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1627 XDG KING LUDWIG III MEDAL SET UP AS MEDAL BAR. This is a consignment item. It is the King Ludwig III Medal. The medal was first issued on 7 January 1916. It was awarded for civilians’ services to Bavaria during WW I. The cross is made from a black metal. The obverse features King Ludwig III’s profile, while the reverse displays the medal’s creation date. This example’s ribbon is set up as a medal bar. Interestingly, a piece of what might be the original ribbon is attached to the reverse. $75.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1609 XDG EMBROIDERED GRAND CROSS OF MILITARY MAX JOSEPH BREAST STAR (REPRODUCTION) - BAVARIA. This is a consignment item. It is a REPRODUCTION of the Grand Cross of the Military Max Joseph. It is embroidered rather than made of metal. Such embroidered breast stars were referred to as "Tinsel Stars" in Germany. Commonly used during the 18th and 19th Centuries, they were most popular prior to the 1840's.
Our example measures 4 ½" x 4 ½" and is quite handsome. The later metal versions of the breast star are very rare. One would have to pay $8,000.00+ for one. This MODERN REPRODUCTION serves well as a collection space filler. It should NOT be confused with an original piece. $250.00  
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05-1608 BRONZE-TONED CROSSED SWORDS. This is a bronze-toned pair of crossed swords. They were correct for the Bavarian Military Merit Cross. They also could have been used on some other decorations issued during wartime that required crossed swords. $25.00

 

 

 

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05-1636 XBG CARL POELLATH KG AWARD PACKETS - BAVARIA. Today we are offering two Carl Poellath KG paper award packets. Carl Poellath was well known as the major producer of WW I Bavarian flight badges, along with other medals. [The firm was founded in 1778 and has remained in business ever since. In 1910, they were declared the purveyor to the pontifical and royal Bavarian court (they were also well-known for religious medals). They produced and delivered the official badges and tags for the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. 2013 marks their 235th anniversary as a company]. The paper packets measure 3 1/4" x 5 1/4'They were used to present items that the firm produced. They would be ideal for display. We actually have two of them available. $35.00 EACH
 

 

 

 

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05-1700 XML JEWELER’S/WEARER’S COPY - ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It was previously purchased from Der Rittmeister Militaria, and meets our exacting standards. We all know that the Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM) was the highest decoration that Prussia and Germany could offer to its officers. Enlisted Men and NCO’s were not eligible for the award. Instead, they had their own decoration that recognized extreme bravery in combat, often referred to as the "Enlisted Man’s Blue Max." [The PLM, or "Blue Max," is supposedly nicknamed that for Max Immelmann, the first WW I aviator to receive it. I have been asked over the years, why was Prussia and Germany’s top decoration given a French name? When it was created in 1740, during Friedrich der Große’s reign, the official court language was French. Friedrich considered the German language uncouth, and French to be more refined and cultured. He even modeled his primary Potsdam castle, Sanssouci, after the French Palace at Versailles].
Approximately seven hundred examples of the Orden Pour le Mérite were awarded during WW I from 1914 through 1918. No more examples were awarded after the war’s end. You will note that we have used the terms "Jeweler’s or Wearer’s Copy" for this PLM. I wish I knew of a better term for these decorations. In other words, this is a period PLM that lacks the provenance to offer it as a presentation piece. Traditionally, the provenance that allows a PLM (or any other high decoration) to be considered an "awarded" decoration comes in the form of an Urkunde (the official award document signed by the Kaiser or, in some cases, the Ordenskanzler), or some other documentation from the family of the man awarded the PLM.
For example, Godet & Sohn was one of Kaiser Wilhelm’s house jewelers who provided presentation PLM’s for nominated officers. Suppose that Godet had ten PLM’s in stock. They get the call from the Kaiser’s Ordenskanzler that five PLM’s are required for presentation by the Kaiser. Five are pulled from the stock and sent to the Ordenskanzler, who then arranged for five Urkunden to be signed by the Kaiser for presentation with the PLM’s. After receiving his award, one of the officers might decide he did not want to risk harming something that had been personally presented to him by his Kaiser, instead preferring to store it in a safe place. At the same time, however, the Orden Pour le Mérite statutes mandated that the recipient wear one on his uniform whenever he was out in public. The solution to this dilemma was for the officer to visit Godet & Sohn in order to purchase ANOTHER PLM for daily wear (he might even purchase two, just in case). [The same solution applied if the officer lost or damaged his PLM and required a replacement]. So Godet would pull another PLM from its inventory that was IDENTICAL to his awarded piece in every way. In this instance, no actual difference existed between the "Jeweler’s/Wearer’s Copy" and the actual awarded piece because they were constructed by the SAME company in the SAME manner.
So I use the term "Jeweler’s or Wearer’s Copy" only because I cannot present any supporting documentation to you. I have offered PLM’s in this manner for twenty years, with the exception of the very rare instance when I DID have provenance that I felt was sufficient to classify it as an "awarded" PLM. In point of fact, if a PLM is a period piece (NOT post war), NO actual difference exists between them.
This is what we are offering to you today, a "Jeweler’s or Wearer’s Copy." The decoration measures 2 ¼" x 2 ¼." It displays a handsome blue enamel surface on both the obverse and reverse. The obverse features the "Pour le Mérite" and Friedrich der Große’s crowned royal cypher in gold lettering (chased gold lettering, to be specific). A gold Hohenzollern Eagle nestles between each blue enamel arm. A pie-shaped suspension device is attached to a paperclip-like holder through which the decoration’s neck-ribbon was inserted. This pie-shaped device was used on early-to-mid World War I PLM’s. The VERY early-war examples actually were made of gold. As WW I progressed, gold soon was in short supply, so awards were made of silver that was covered with a gold wash, as was this example. A close examination of the pie-shaped device’s edge reveals a mark that reads "JguS .938." The latter attests that the decoration INDEED came from J. Godet und Sohn’s workshops and that the decoration is made of .938 silver beneath its gold wash. The obverse’s enamel finish is quite pleasing, with one very small dimple near the "P" that keeps it from being perfect. I actually like the idea that it shows some wear to it, which I classify as "honest age." The reverse is flawless.
A 100% correct ribbon accompanies the decoration. It measures 18 ¾" in length and is 2" wide. The ties at the end that allowed the decoration to be worn around the neck are NOT present. The ribbon is made of black silk, with two narrow silver bullion stripes, each of which measures ¼" in width. It has been quite some time since we have been able to offer a PLM of this quality and condition.  With this substantial price reduction, the superb Pour le Mérite represents an excellent value. $8,495.00 FINAL PRICE REDUCTION: $7,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1545 XJG JEWELER’S/WEARER’S ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE COPY WITH OAK LEAVES IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is a consignment item that. It is a Jeweler's (Wearer’s) copy of the Orden Pour le Mérite with the very rare Oak Leaves. The example dates from the 1914-1929 period. In designating it a "Jeweler’s or Wearer’s Copy," we say it is from the period, but was not an awarded piece. [We are always careful NOT to claim a decoration was awarded unless it comes with some form of provenance such as an award document or paperwork from the family]. It probably was purchased after the initial award by one of the recipients. Such was often the practice with PLM’s, since at this level it is almost certain that Kaiser Wilhelm II had presented the award. Since it was Germany’s highest honor to bestow, and it usually was presented by the Kaiser himself, many men put the presentation piece away for safekeeping and bought another PLM for daily wear. As a matter of fact, the Order’s rules required that a PLM awardee (with or without Oak Leaves) wear the award in public. Even if he was wearing a suit and not in uniform, he was required to wear a PLM boutonniere.
During WW I, a total of 687 PLM’s were awarded to various officers in the German military and to important men from the Central Powers. The PLM with Oak Leaves was awarded 121 times. Oak Leaves indicated a second award or higher award of the PLM (as they did for other German decorations). 
One difference between the award’s two levels was the officers’ ranks. The first award of a PLM was made to both senior and junior officers. If given to a junior officer, it was for supreme bravery or accomplishments in battle. For example, the Imperial German Air Service offered its first PLM for shooting down eight airplanes. Within a year of the first award, they increased the score to sixteen (the level at which Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM). As the war progressed, the tally was increased to twenty, then thirty kills late in the war. The Kaiserliche Marine received their share of PLM awards. Several U-Boot commanders and commanders of surface vessels were awarded PLM’s. 
When it came to the award of the Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves, junior officers were excluded. Recipients of the award were often general officers (or admirals) and/or members of royalty, from both Germany and the Central Powers. Among the men awarded the PLM with Oak Leaves were Generalfeldmarschalls Paul von Hindenburg and August von Mackensen, as well as Prinz Heinrich, Kronprinz Wilhelm and his brother, Prinz Eitel Friedrich.
The decoration we are offering today is from the pre 1917, "pie slice," suspension-device variation. The enamel is a lighter blue than others, and the gold lettering is chased. The enamel is quite pleasing, overall. We see a scratch or two on the obverse, along with one very small chip at one of the arms’ points. One must look very closely to see it. Two small chips also appear near the reverse’s center. If anything, these small flaws give us a comfort level and attest that the decoration was actually worn.
The Oak Leaves are attached to a device that looks like a paper clip. The .938 silver and "JG" for J. Godet hallmarks appear on the PLM’s top edge. Another critical point is the ribbon, which measures 32 1/2" x 2 1/4." It is a full ribbon with ties on either end, which is a real plus. The VERY important final detail: the ribbon displays THREE silver bands instead of the two we see on a regular PLM’s ribbon. Three bands were only used on PLM’s WITH Oak Leaves.
The decoration comes in a very handsome presentation case, which measures 5" x 7." It is covered with red leatherette and sports a fine gold trim band around the exterior of the case’s top half. It does NOT appear on its bottom half. The case’s upper interior is covered with rich, red, gathered silk. The bottom is covered with red velvet and is fitted for the cross. It also has a fitted compartment for the full-length ribbon.
This is an extraordinary offering for the very advanced collector. $23,395.00
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05-1688 KG ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE STICKPIN IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. The Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM) was the Kingdom of Prussia’s (and later Imperial Germany’s) most coveted military decoration. It was first authorized by Prussia’s König Friedrich der Große in the 18th Century. He was so enamored with all things French that he created what was to become Imperial Germany’s best-remembered military decoration with a French name. [He also dictated that French was to be his court’s official language, and built Germany’s first great palace in Potsdam Sanssouci, modeling it on the French Palace of Versailles]. It was awarded to both top-level military commanders and young line-officers during its nearly one-hundred-and-fifty years of existence. During WW I, it was given to young aviators, U-Boot commanders, and even Army company commanders who showed extreme bravery in the face of the enemy.
All PLM recipients were required to wear their PLM (or an item related to it) at ALL times they were out in public, so they could be properly honored by other military personnel AND the population at large. Naturally, when they were in uniform, the decoration was worn at their throats. Yet how were they to properly display the decoration when they were NOT in uniform? Wearing a neck decoration when attired in a suit simply was not proper. So, to comply with the requirement, many officers wore miniature PLM boutonnieres in their suits’ buttonholes. Another somewhat less common way to display the PLM was on stickpins through their ties or attached to their lapels.
The latter form is what we are offering today, a beautifully detailed stickpin.  Its PLM is quite small and discreet, measuring ¼" x ¼." Its enamel work is exceptionally handsome. The blue arms are lovely, and its gold "Pour le Mérite" lettering and crown are eye-catching and easily discernible. The detailing of its four eagles is exceptional. The PLM itself is attached to a gold-toned pin that measures 2" in length. The pin is knurled. I see no signs of a maker’s hallmark, but it is evident that a very skilled jeweler produced this amazingly small and faithfully produced stickpin. It displays no hallmarks for gold content, but the stickpin certainly has that "look." I will not crawl out on a limb to unequivocally state it is made of gold, but my watery old eyes tell me that it IS so.
The final detail to this sensational presentation is a custom-made, fitted presentation case. It is covered with black leatherette and measures 1" x 1" x 3 ½." The top half’s exterior has rounded corners that lend it a stylish air. The exterior also reveals some scuffing, but it is in fine condition structurally. Its interior reveals a deep red silk liner for its top half. The case’s bottom half features a fitted black velvet area in which the stickpin nestles. The latter sports a loop at the bottom to secure the pin within the case.

 

I rarely see PLM stickpins, and have never seen one that boasted such superior quality. Add this to the deluxe presentation case, and one has an amazing pair of collectibles! $2,295.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1477 RED EAGLE ORDER 4th CLASS - 3rd MODEL - PRUSSIA. The Red Eagle Order was the oldest of the Prussian decorations that were awarded in peacetime and wartime alike. It predates both the Crown Order and the Hohenzollern House Order. It was awarded to both civilians and military officers in a wide variety of classes, including neck orders, breast stars, and so on. Our offering today is the 3rd Model of the 4th Class. The 3rd Model was awarded from 1846 through 1854. This particular example is an early version, which was awarded during the years 1848 to 1849. Several characteristics mark it as an early Red Eagle. The first are its smooth arms. Later Red Eagles displayed a pebbled arm-surface. An even more apparent difference shows up in the eagles. Our decoration’s enamel center boasts a hand-painted, gold, red, black, and green eagle. An earlier decoration’s eagle is smaller, particularly when comparing the wings. The green wreath held in the eagle’s talons is also far smaller. The cross, which measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2," is made of silver. The decoration’s reverse displays König Friedrich Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Its ribbon is a replacement. The decoration’s condition is exceptional, overall. We rarely have the opportunity to share such an early Red Eagle with you. This one is a beauty. $1,095.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1693 XRV PRUSSIAN - ORDER OF THE RED EAGLE - 4th CLASS WITH SWORDS. This is a consignment item. It is an Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class with Swords from the Kingdom of Prussia. It features smooth, rather than pebbled, silver-toned arms. The Red Eagle in its enamel center regrettably has suffered a chip, which does affect its value. The decoration’s crossed, gold-toned swords extend through its center. The crossed swords generally indicate that it was awarded to an officer during wartime. No manufacturer’s hallmark is visible. It is accompanied by a correct war ribbon. Taking into account the damage to the enamel center, the piece is bargain-priced. $495.00  PRICE REDUCTION $395.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1410 RED EAGLE ORDER 4th CLASS WITH CROWN. This is a very fine example of the Red Eagle Order 4th Class with Crown. The Red Eagle Order was one of three Prussian decoration families. These families include the Red Eagle Order (Roter Adler Orden/RAO), the Crown Order, and the Hohenzollern Order. The decorations within each Order consisted of a Collar, Breast Stars, a Großkreuz, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Classes, as well as the Medal of the Order. The RAO was instituted in 1792. It was the oldest of the three Prussian Order families. Many models were issued during the RAO’s lifetime. Our offering today is a Red Eagle Order 4th Class, which was the order’s final model, instituted in 1892. By itself, the medal measures 1 1/2” x 1 1/2.” The articulated crown measures 3/4” x 3/4.” The medal has pebbled arms. The silver crown boasts a red enameled interior. The decoration’s center features a hand painted Red Eagle. The decoration’s reverse displays König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s crowned royal cypher “FW.” The decoration is not hallmarked. A beautiful, watermarked silk ribbon, measuring 2,” accompanies it. The decoration is in excellent condition. $1,095.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1696 XRV PRUSSIAN - COMBATANT’S MEDAL - 1864 PRUSSIAN-DANISH WAR. This is a consignment item. It is the combatant’s medal from the 1864 Prussian-Danish War. The 1864 conflict represented the second Schleswig War, the first having occurred from 1848 to 1851. Austria acted as Prussia’s ally against Denmark during the 1864 conflict. When the war ended in favor of Prussia and Austria, the former territories of Schleswig, Holstein, and Saxe-Lauenburg were ceded to Prussia, with some compensation given to Denmark and Sweden. The latter were determined by the 1864 Treaty of Vienna.
This decoration was awarded to noncombatants who served Prussia. As this was a smaller war than usual, fewer Prussian troops were involved. The end result was that fewer of these decorations were awarded than in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War or the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. The decoration, called the Düppeler Stürmkreuz für Kämpfer in German, was a silver-toned medal featuring the profile of King Wilhelm I of Prussia on one side and the Prussian Eagle on the other. The cross measures 1 ¼" x 1 ¼," and has an original ribbon attached. It is in very fine condition.
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05-1699 XRV PRUSSIAN - COMBATANT’S MEDAL - 1864 PRUSSIAN-DANISH WAR. This is a consignment item. The 1864 conflict represented the second Schleswig War, the first having occurred from 1848 to 1851. Austria acted as Prussia’s ally against Denmark during the 1864 conflict. When the war ended in favor of Prussia and Austria, the former territories of Schleswig, Holstein, and Saxe-Lauenburg were ceded to Prussia, with some compensation given to Denmark and Sweden. The latter were the determined by the 1864 Treaty of Vienna.
This decoration was awarded to combatants who fought for Prussia. As this was a smaller war than usual, fewer Prussian troops were involved. The end result was that fewer of these decorations were awarded than in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War or the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War.
This decoration is a companion piece to the Düppeler Stürmkreuz für Kämpfer, and is known as the Kriegsdenkmünze 1864 für Kämpfer. It is a gilt toned decoration which measures 1" in diameter. Its obverse displays Prussian König Wilhelm I’s and Austrian Kaiser Franz Ferdinand’s crowned cyphers. The reverse features the legend "Unseren Tapfern Kriegern 1864" (Our Valiant Warriors 1864) within a laurel leaf wreath. The medal and ribbon are both in excellent condition.
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05-1697 XRV PRUSSIAN - KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL. This is a consignment item, the Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal. It commemorates the 100th anniversary (1797-1897) of Kaiser Wilhelm I’s birth. It was issued during his grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s reign. The medal is gold-toned and measures 1 ½" in diameter. Its obverse exhibits a high-relief profile image of Wilhelm I (wearing a pickelhaube). The reverse also lists the first Imperial German Kaiser’s birth information. The decoration is attached to an original yellow ribbon. $50.00 PRICE REDUCTION $40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1698 XRV PRUSSIAN - HINDENBURG CROSS FOR COMBATANTS. This is a consignment item, the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. The Hindenburg Cross was awarded in three classes after the death of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934), who also served as Germany’s President until his death. Awards were made to combatants, noncombatants, and to the combatants’ next-of-kin. This medal displays KM&F’s hallmark on the medal’s reverse. The decoration possesses a jump ring for attaching a ribbon, but does NOT have the ribbon itself. $25.00  PRICE REDUCTION $20.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1640 XDG OFFICER’S TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s twenty-five-year decoration for long service. It was the highest award given to an officer for long service. The cross is gilt and measures 1 ½" x 1 ½." It is attached to a blue ribbon. It is a fine example of a not-frequently-seen decoration. $195.00 50% Reduction Pricing!!$100.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1660 XDG PREUßEN DÜPPELER STURMKREUZ FÜR 1864. This is a consignment item. It is the Düppeler Sturmkreuz für 1864 (Düppel Storming Cross of 1864) for 1864 Danish-Prussian War Non Combatants. It refers to a decisive 18 April 1864 battle between the Prussians and the Danish at the Dybbøl Skanser (Danish)/Düppeler Schanzen (German)/Diipel Redoubt (English) [a large entrenchment meant to protect Denmark from invaders]. This bloody engagement caused considerable loss of lives on both sides, although the German forces were victorious. Their decisive win eventually resulted in a treaty that ceded Schleswig and Holstein to the Germans.
The silver-toned cross’s obverse features Prussia’s König Wilhelm I in profile. The reverse features "Düppel/18/Apr" and "1864" on the cross’s four arms. A crowned Prussian Eagle gripping a cannon in its talons appears in the medal’s center. It features a replacement ribbon for non combatants.
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05-1661 XDG 1866 AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR DER MAIN ARMEE MEDAL - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is a Der Main Armee Medal, one of three medals awarded to the Prussian Army’s victorious soldiers at the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s conclusion. A replacement ribbon has been added. $85.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1662 XDG KRIEGERVEREIN KUES/MOSEL TIN CROSS. This is a consignment item. It is similar to a veteran’s medal issued by private organization, such as Germany’s postwar Kriegervereins (Soldiers’ Organizations). It features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s profile cut out in the center of a cross. Words on the area surrounding the center indicate it is from a veteran’s organization in "Cues," which refers to Bernkastel-Kues, a German town in the Mosel wine district. The medal’s reverse reveals that it is "stamped" production, probably made of tin. An eyelet is fastened to its top, but it has no jump ring or ribbon. $50.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $25.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1663 XDG VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. The Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Merit Cross for War Aid) is a wartime civil decoration from Prussia. It was awarded for patriotic war aid service, especially on the home front. Its obverse displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse exhibits the legend, "Für Kriegs Hilfsdienst" (For War Aid Service). It comes with an original ribbon. $75.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1664 XDG 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANTS SERVICE MEDAL. This is a consignment item. It is the combatant’s version of the War Service Medal that was awarded for the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. [The latter provided the final piece in Imperial Germany’s unification puzzle]. Four years after the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, a militarily united Germany went to war with France. All its Kingdoms, Grand Duchies, Duchies, Principalities, and free States fought under Prussia’s command. When the war ended in 1871, Germany finally became politically united under its first Kaiser, Wilhelm I.
As had been the case during its Napoleonic War involvement, Prussia melted down the captured French cannons into medals, then issued them to the war’s active combatants. As is the case with all similar medals, its authenticity is confirmed by the same information engraved on its edge.
A replacement ribbon is attached to the original medal.
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05-1665 XDG ALLGEMEINES EHRENZEICHEN MEDAL 2nd CLASS - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is Prussia’s 2nd Class version of the Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen (General Honor Decoration). It was a civil decoration awarded for merit in peacetime. It is a large silver-toned medal that measures 2" in diameter. It comes with a replacement ribbon. $125.00 50% Reduction Pricing!! $65.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1678 VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE - PRUSSIA. The Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Merit Cross for War Aid) was a wartime civil decoration from Prussia. It was awarded for patriotic war aid service, especially on the home front. Its obverse displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse exhibits the legend, "Für Kriegs Hilfsdienst" (For War Aid Service). Both the decoration and medal are in excellent condition. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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02-407 ONE-PLACE MEDAL BAR - VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE - PRUSSIA. The Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Merit Cross for War Aid) was a wartime civil decoration from Prussia. It was awarded for patriotic war aid service, especially on the home front. Its obverse displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse exhibits the legend, "Für Kriegs Hilfsdienst" (For War Aid Service). It is set up as a one-place medal bar. Both the decoration and medal are in excellent condition. $65.00    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1702 HINDENBURG CROSS - COMBATANT’S. After Generalfeldmarschall (and Weimar Republic President) Paul von Hindenburg’s death, a series of three decorations was created and authorized for former Great War soldiers and their families. Its three classes were for combatants, non combatants, and families of those soldiers who had died during WW I. The combatant’s cross was bronze-toned and sported crossed swords through its center. The non combatant’s class was also bronze-toned, but lacked swords. The cross for the families of those soldiers who had died during WW I was black, and also lacked swords.
Today we offer a combatant’s version that is displayed on a short length of original red, white, and black silk ribbon. The reverse of the cross is hallmarked "G 11" for its manufacturer.
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05-1703 DECORATION - KYFFHÄUSERBUND. The Kyffhäuserbund was one of the largest post WW I veterans’ organizations. A similar well-known veterans’ group was the Stahlhelm Bund. As the Nazis gained more power beginning in the mid 1920's, many members of these two organizations joined the SA.
This decoration was worn by German Great War veterans. The oval-shaped decoration measures 1" x 1 ¾." It has patriotic information on both its obverse and reverse. Its original red, black, and white ribbon (Germany’s national colors) is attached. Oftentimes, a veteran applied spangen to the ribbon that represented the battles in which he had participated. This example does NOT have any spangen. Some toning shows on the cross, but it is still in very fine condition.
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05-1670 KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL. The Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal commemorated the 100th (1797-1897) anniversary of Kaiser Wilhelm I’s birth. The decoration is in very good condition. An original ribbon accompanies it. $50.00    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1671 LANDWEHR ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LONG-SERVICE AWARD - PRUSSIA. This is an Enlisted Man/NCO’s Landwehr Long-Service Award awarded to a reservist after he had completed his required service. The decoration is a clasp with yellow information printed on a dark-blue background. It is a pinback award. Its pin is complete on the reverse. $50.00   

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1672 LANDWEHR ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LONG-SERVICE AWARD - PRUSSIA. This is an Enlisted Man/NCO’s Landwehr Long-Service Award awarded to a reservist after he had completed his required service. The decoration is a clasp with yellow information printed on a dark-blue background. It is a pinback award. Its pin is complete on the reverse. $50.00    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1673 LANDWEHR LONG-SERVICE AWARD FOR UNTEROFFIZIERE. This is the Landwehr Long Service Medal for Unteroffiziere. It features a blue and gold decoration suspended from a blue ribbon. $50.00    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1488 LONG SERVICE CROSS - TWENTY-FIVE YEARS - OFFICER - PRUSSIA. This is an officer’s twenty-five year decoration for long service. It was the highest award given to an officer for long service. The cross is gilt and measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2." It is attached to a blue ribbon which that is parade-wrapped. It is a fine example of a not frequently-seen decoration. $195.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1655 OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL - PRUSSIA. This is an officer’s Prussian Twenty-Year Long-Service Medal.  Its obverse features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse has twenty in Roman numerals. A small piece of correct blue ribbon is attached. $150.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1530 OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEARS LONG-SERVICE MEDAL. This is a Twenty-Years Long-Service Medal. It is a cross. Its obverse features the Wilhelm Rex cypher. The reverse displays the Roman numerals (XX) for twenty-years of long-service. The reverse’s center is slightly indented. $150.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1540 OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - PRUSSIA. This is a Prussian officer’s Twenty-Years Long-Service Cross. The obverse displays the "Wilhelm Rex" cypher. The reverse features "XX," which signifies twenty-years Prussian Army service. The medal is in very fine condition, as is its cornflower blue ribbon. $175.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1463 ENLISTED MAN/NCO LONG SERVICE AWARD- FIFTEEN YEARS. This is an enlisted man/NCO Long Service Award for fifteen years’ duty. The cross measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2." The obverse displays a crown, while the reverse features "XV." A short 1 1/2" length of blue ribbon is attached. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1679 ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S TWELVE-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL - PRUSSIA. This is a Twelve-Year Long-Service Medal for a Prussian Army enlisted man/NCO. The decoration is gilt-toned and measures 1 ¼" in diameter. The ribbon and decoration are in very fine condition. $45.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1538 RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL 2nd CLASS. This is the 2nd Class level of the Red Cross Worker Medal, which was awarded to both men and women from 1898 through 1921. The Red Cross that appears on the 2nd Class medal is made of red enamel. The decoration and ribbon are both in very fine condition. As the ribbon is the straight variety, our example was meant for a male worker. $125.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1539 RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL 3rd CLASS WITH BOW. This is the Red Cross Worker Medal 3rd Class. It was awarded to both men and women from 1898 through 1921. This example was meant for a female worker, as its ribbon is tied in a bow. Both medal and ribbon are in very fine condition. $75.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1439 RED CROSS MEDAL 3rd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is the Red Cross Medal 3rd Class. It was awarded to those workers who assisted in Red Cross activities. The medal is gilt-toned and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. The obverse features a cross. Each arm’s top is crowned. Among the arms are the letters W, R, V, and A. On the reverse we see "Fuer Verdienste um das Rothe Kreuz," along with a branch of leaves. Attached to the medal is a ribbon with a wide, red band, trimmed with two smaller red, black, and white bands. The ribbon is 1 3/4" long. It is attached to the jump ring. The case is red leatherette and measures 2 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 3/4." A name has been penned to the case’s upper lid, most likely the recipient from many decades ago. The name appears to be Cienna(e). Inside, we see a white, silk, upper liner and a black velvet lower half where the decoration is housed. The entire presentation is in very fine condition. $250.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1391 RED CROSS MEDAL 3rd CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is the Red Cross Medal 3rd Class. It was awarded to workers who assisted in Red Cross activities. The medal is gilt-toned and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. The obverse features a cross. The top of each arm is crowned. Among the arms are the letters "W," "R," "V," and "A." The reverse has the words "Für Verdienste um das Rothe Kreuz," along with a branch of leaves. Attached to the medal is a ribbon featuring a wide red band, trimmed with two smaller red, black, and white bands. The ribbon is 3 1/4" long. It is attached to a jump ring. The presentation case is red leatherette, measuring 2 ½" x 2" x 3/4." Some minor scuffing shows on the upper lid. Inside, we see a white, silk, upper liner, and a black, velvet, lower half where the decoration is housed. The entire presentation is in very fine condition. $250.00 

 

 

 

 

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05-1111 WARTIME SERVICE MERIT CROSS - PRUSSIA. This is the Prussian Merit Cross for Wartime Service. The obverse features the cypher "Wilhelm Rex." The reverse has "Fur Kriegs Hilfdienst." It comes complete with an original ribbon. $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1647 1866 TREUEN KRIEGERN KREUZ - PRUSSIA. This is the Prussian Treuen Kriegern Kreuz (True War Cross) awarded to combatants in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. In that conflict Prussia and her allies from the Northern Confederation made short work of Austria, Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, Hannover, Nassau, and Braunschweig.   Hannover, Braunschweig, and Nassau paid the ultimate price when they were absorbed into Prussia. Their territory was annexed into Prussia and came under direct Prussian rule. Their military also came under Prussian authority. The medal is in very fine condition and comes with a correct replacement ribbon. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1375 MILITARY LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III. Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840) is one of Prussia’s better known kings. He was Friedrich II’s (Frederick the Great: 1712-1786) grandson. Friedrich Wilhelm III was King of Prussia from 1797-1840. He was the father of König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I, who was born the year Friedrich Wilhelm III assumed the Prussian throne. Friedrich Wilhelm III was King of Prussia through the Napoleonic Wars, when Prussia served Great Britain and Russia’s key ally against Napoleon and France. Under his administration, the Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class were established to honor Prussian soldiers’ bravery. Before that time, although the Orden Pour le Mérite and other decorations recognized officers’ military contributions, nothing existed for the "common man." With the establishment of the Iron Cross in 1813, a man was recognized for his military bravery, NOT his rank. Any man could win the Iron Cross. [The decoration was again awarded during three later wars: the Franco-Prussian War (1870 EK), World War I (1914 EK), and World War II (1939 EK). It was even given to veterans after WW II, with 1957's de-Nazified version]. Under Friedrich Wilhelm III, the practice of awarding war service medals produced from the bronze of melted-down, captured enemy cannons was also inaugurated. These medals were issued in 1813, 1814, and 1815. (This practice was also revived in 1870/71's short but fierce Franco-Prussian War). Today we are offering still another decoration from Friedrich Wilhelm III’s era. It is an enlisted man/NCO’s Military Long-Service Award 2nd Class. It is a clasp featuring König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s cypher in its center. Obviously, the decoration must precede 1840. It is AT LEAST one-hundred-twenty-five-years-old. It is mounted on an original blue ribbon that shows its age. A pin appears on its reverse to secure it to a garment. It is in very fine condition, especially when one considers its age. $150.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1196 FRAMED PHOTO - DECORATION - BOUTONNIERE - JÄGER zu PFERDE-REGIMENT Nr 7 - PRUSSIA. This is a very exciting grouping. The grouping once belonged to a man from Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 7. Jäger zu Pferde regiments were first established in the early 20th Century. They served as a mounted, light-hunting cavalry. They were at the opposite of the spectrum from küraßier regiments. Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 7 was established in 1913 and garrisoned at Trier. It was assigned to the VIII. Armeekorps. A framed photograph of the items’ original owner is a part of the grouping. The frame measures 12 ½" x 8 ½," while the framed image measures 6 ½" x 4 3/4." In the photograph one can clearly see his shoulder straps and regimental designation. He is wearing a gorget around his neck. He is also wearing a four-place medal bar. Also evident on his chest is the veteran’s badge described below. This is the most exciting veterans’ badge I have ever acquired. Indeed, the term "veteran’s badge" does not do the piece justice. The construction and design of the badge are quite striking. This badge was presented to men who served in küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments. It is slightly larger than an Iron Cross 1st Class. It measures 1 3/4" x 1 3/4." Crossed swords extend through the badge’s center. The arms are a beautiful white enamel, while the enamel center is a gorgeous black and gold. I said earlier that calling this a veteran’s badge was unfair. Its superior quality and beauty rank with the most prestigious decorations. Elite cavalry regiments such as Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 7 were substantially smaller than infantry regiments. Included as part of this grouping is a boutonniere for the badge. It is faithfully reproduced and mounted on a red, black, blue, and yellow ribbon. The name of the firm that produced it appears on the reverse’s button, reading, "Paul Kust." The boutonniere comes in a small, cardboard carton, which is also marked with the manufacturer’s name. The number of these that were manufactured surely was quite limited. This is a very important grouping. $1,795.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1313 XES MINIATURE JOHANNITER ORDER - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is a miniature of the Prussian Johanniter Order. This was a Prussian decoration awarded to members of royalty and nobility. One often sees this decoration on Kaiser Wilhelm II’s uniforms, as well as on those of other high ranking military officers. It boasts fine white enamel and measures 1/4" x 1/4." $75.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1683 MILITARY ORDER OF KNIGHT’S CROSS OF ST. HEINRICH - SAXONY. This decoration represents the highest military order for bravery from the Kingdom of Saxony. It was the Knight’s Cross of the Military St. Heinrich Order. [Please Note: within the Heinrich Order’s family, this "small" award was the highest that a soldier serving Saxony could receive]. While the Orden Pour le Mérite was the highest award given in the Reich (originally Prussia’s highest award, first-issued by Frederick the Great in the 18th Century), each German Kingdom, Grand Duchy, and Duchy had its OWN top medal, which was most often reserved for that state’s native sons. Such was the case with the Kingdom of Saxony, so it was common for an officer who received one award to also receive the other. This award was reserved for officer’s ONLY. Several states offered a different award to NCO’s or enlisted men.
The order’s cross measures 1 ½" x 2 ¼" from its bottom to the massive articulated crown’s top. The order has an extremely-detailed and interesting obverse and reverse. The obverse features a beautifully hand-painted representation of St. Heinrich at the very center. This small center area displays SIX different colors of enamel. Surrounding that is a blue and gold Latin motto. White enamel trim on a gold metal background extends out to the cross’s arms. A system of enamel studded with semiprecious stones connects the cross’s four arms. The previously-mentioned large, articulated gold crown sits atop the cross. A jump ring at the crown’s top allows the attachment of the decoration’s ribbon.
The decoration’s reverse features Saxony’s well-known Coat-of-Arms: a black and gold enamel background featuring a diagonal green branch in its center (in the same position as St. Heinrich on the obverse). It is surrounded by a blue and gold enamel circle that features Saxony’s motto in gold against the blue enamel. The cross’s arms are connected and decorated in the identical manner as the obverse.
After examining the medal as closely as I can through a high-powered lens, I can fin NO hallmarks for the manufacturer or the silver content. I believe the medal is a gilt-coating over silver rather than a gold example. It just does not have the look of gold. I DO judge it to be a WW I era example, probably late-war.
The ribbon is quite attractive and quite a bit longer than what we normally see. It measures some 17 ½" in length. A black suspender is attached to the ribbon.
Perhaps the most famous man to be awarded this decoration was Max Immelmann. He, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two Imperial German Air Service pilots to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. He also is the person for whom the Pour le Mérite was nicknamed. ["Blue Max" sounds better than the "Blue Oswald" doesn’t it? Manfred von Richthofen did not receive his award until the following year, and the "Blue Manfred" just doesn’t have the same ring either]!
The decoration is in excellent condition with no enamel damage that I am able to see. It is a stunning piece.
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05-1369 ALBERT ORDER COMMANDER’S CROSS (2nd MODEL) - SAXONY. The Albert Order series was a key decoration range in the Kingdom of Saxony. Like Prussia, Saxony had more than one line of decorations. The kingdom awarded two principal groups of orders and decorations. The first group contained the Military St. Heinrich Orders, and the second held the Albert Orders. The St. Heinrich was reserved for military officers in both peace and wartime. The Albert Order was given to both military and civil officials. The Albert Order was first offered in 1850. It was awarded as a first model from 1850 to 1876. The second model was awarded from 1876 to 1918. It was awarded at the top level as a Grand Cross (Großkreuz), in both a neck badge and a Breast Star. The next level down was the Commander’s Cross (Komturkreuz). Again, it was awarded as a neck order and as a Breast Star. Following the Commander’s Cross, the Albert Order was offered as a pinback award (OFFIZIERKREUZ), Knight’s Cross 1st Class, Knight’s Cross 2nd Class, and finally as the Albrechtskreuz (Albert Cross). Our offering today is an Albert Order at the Commander’s level. This very handsome decoration measures 3 1/2" from crown to bottom. The crown measures 1" x 1 1/4," while the cross itself measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/8." The decoration sports massive, white, enameled arms. In the obverse’s center is a gilt profile of Albert, with blue and gold enamel surrounding the white enamel background to which the Albert medallion is affixed. A green enameled wreath connects all of the decoration’s arms. The reverse displays the Saxon Coat-of-Arms on a white enamel center. The date of institution, 1850, also appears on the reverse.

 

The decoration is made of silver gilt. On the six o’ clock arm is a "G" for Glaser. This well-known firm was located in Dresden. They produced excellent orders and decorations, even flight badges. The decoration comes on a 15" length of correct green and white ribbon, which also measures 2 1/4" in width. It is not a full-length ribbon, as the ties are not in place. This example is in beautiful condition. It has no enamel problems that I can detect. $2,595.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1656 EHRENKREUZ FÜR FREIWILLIGE WOHLFAHRTSPFLEGE IM KRIEGE 1914/1916 IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - SAXONY.  This is the Honor Cross for Voluntary Welfare Service in War from Saxony. The decoration was similar to one given to Red Cross workers, but was for civilians aiding the war effort on a voluntary basis.  It was awarded for service during the period from 1914 to 1916.  It is a smaller decoration that measures 1” x 1 5/8” from the top where the jump ring is attached to the cross’s bottom.  The obverse’s center features König Friedrich August III of Saxony’s royal cypher.  The reverse features the dates “1914-1916.”
The decoration is housed in its original presentation case.  It is white and measures 3/4” x 3” x 2.”  A red cross’s outline appears on the outer lid.  Much of the paint from the red cross has worn off.   The reverse features one complete manufacturer’s paper stamp, and a partial paper stamp for another.  Inside, the case’s upper section is lined in green velvet.  The lower half has a fitted portion where the decoration is housed. It also has a small compartment where a small piece of the original ribbon is housed. It is an attractive,

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05-1599 WAR SERVICE CROSS - SAXONY. This is the Kingdom of Saxony’s War Service Cross. It was awarded during the years 1915 through 1918. The cross measures 1 3/4" x 1 7/16." The obverse features a crown at the top, a profile view of Saxony’s König Friedrich August III, and the year 1915. The reverse displays the King’s royal cypher flanked by "Welt" and "Krieg." The medal is in very fine condition, but lacks a ribbon. $125.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1074 TREUE IN DER ARBEIT SILVER MEDAL KÖNIG ALBERT IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - SAXONY. This is a civil medal for "Treue in Der Arbeit," (Loyalty in Work/Service). It is a silver medal that was issued during the reign of König Albert of Saxony between 1894 to 1902. This decoration, which is made of silver, is about the size of a U.S. quarter. It has a high-relief profile of the king who was the next-to-last king of the Saxons. The black leatherette presentation case carries the stamp on the bottom of G. A. Scharffenberg, the primary house jeweler to the Saxon royal family. The upper lid of the case is white silk. The lowercase has an elevated and angled base for the medal, which is made of gathered red silk. The entire presentation is in excellent condition and really adds to the enjoyment of this decoration. $195.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1245 3rd CLASS LONG SERVICE AWARD - NINE YEARS - SAXONY. This is the 3rd Class Long Service Award for Nine Years of Service. This example is for enlisted men and NCO’s in the Saxon Army from 1913 to 1918. The decoration is circular and silver in color. It is in very fine condition, with a green and white ribbon. $85.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1244 3rd CLASS NINE-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - SAXONY. This is a Saxon 3rd Class Nine-Years Long-Service Award. The example is for enlisted men and NCO’s in the Saxon Army from 1874 to 1913. The circular decoration is gilt in color. It is in very fine condition, with a green and white ribbon. $105.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1348 SILVER MEDAL FÜR TREUE IN DER ARBEIT - SAXONY. This is the Silver Medal Für Treue in der Arbeit from the Kingdom of Saxony. It measures 1" in diameter. The decoration’s obverse depicts König Friedrich August III of Saxony. The decoration’s reverse shows "Für Treue in der Arbeit" within a wreath of laurel leaves. It comes complete with a short length of green ribbon. $110.00

 

 

 

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05-1423 FRIEDRICH AUGUST MEDAL - BRONZE - SAXONY. This is a fine example of the Friedrich August Medal in Bronze from the Kingdom of Saxony. The medal was awarded from 1905 through 1918. The medal measures 1" in diameter. The medal’s obverse features the decoration’s name. Its reverse has Friedrich August III’s royal cypher. He was Saxony’s final king. No ribbon comes with this decoration.  $55.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1687 LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS WITH MINIATURE - SAXONY. This is the Landwehr Long Service Award 2nd Class from Saxony. The Landwehr was the reserve service (similar to the National Guard in the U.S. Army) for those men who had completed their mandatory active duty service. Once a man completed active duty, he was then assigned to the Landwehr. This delightful little set features the actual full size award and a miniature. This is the first time I have ever seen the miniature. $115.00. .

 

 

 

 

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05-1460 LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE CLASP 2nd CLASS - SAXONY. This is the Landwehr Long Service Award (Clasp) 2nd Class from the Kingdom of Saxony. The clasp measures 1 1/4" x 1 3/4." Running through its center is a green and white ribbon. The crowned royal cypher, "AR," is attached to the clasp’s center. It is set up as a pin-back award. It was awarded from 1874 to 1913. It is in very fine condition. $75.00

 

 

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05-1689 WÜRTTEMBERG’S KÖNIG KARL TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR JUBILEE MEDAL IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. Karl (1823-1891) was Württemberg’s King from 1864 until 1891. He initially sided with Austria and other German states (including Bavaria, Saxony, Hannover, etc.) in the 1864 Austro-Prussian War. He entered into a secret pact with Prussia during the brief war, however, and changed sides. This action saved his Kingdom from suffering Hannover, Braunschweig, and Nassau’s fate when they were annexed by Prussia after losing the war.
He also joined the other German states and Prussia in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, after which Wilhelm I of Prussia become Kaiser Wilhelm I of Imperial Germany (wherein all German states came under the empire’s control yet retained home rule authority).
This Württemberg medal hails from 1864 to 1891. The 1 ¼" decoration’s obverse measures in diameter and features King Karl’s high-relief profile. It also identifies him by name as Württemberg’s king. The reverse commemorates the 25-year jubilee of Karl’s ascension to Württemberg’s throne. The decoration is housed in its original black leatherette case presentation case, which measures ½" x 2 ½" x 2 ½." Its outer lid has the Kingdom of Württemberg’s Coat-of-Arms embossed on it in silver. Inside the case, the silk-covered upper lid is a handsome shade of red. The case’s lower half is covered with black velvet and fitted to hold the decoration. A piece of red and black ribbon is attached to the decoration and tucked into the lower section. Another small section of ribbon comes with the case.

 

This is a fine, seldom-seen civil decoration, complete with the original presentation case from the Kingdom of Württemberg. $295.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1654 WILHELMKREUZ ANLÄSSLICH DES 25 JÄHRINGEN IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is the Wilhelmkreuz (William's Cross) for König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s  25th anniversary of assuming the throne. A civil decoration, it looks similar to the military’s Wilhelmkreuz that was issued with swords.  The decoration is bronze-toned.  It features the Württemberg crown at the top, Wilhelm’s royal cypher in the center, and 1915 at the bottom.  It is rather interesting to note (I do NOT have an answer) that his 25th year on the throne was actually in 1916.  For some reason they celebrated it early.  König Wilhelm II sat on Württemberg’s throne from 1891 into 1918. 
Nothing is on its reverse. The shape of the cross is considered a variation of a “cross pattee.” The original yellow and black ribbon indicative of Württemberg is attached to the cross.  ITS reverse features a small black safety pin that extends through a rectangular metal piece.  The presentation case is actually a cardboard carton, which IS never-the-less correct for how the decoration was awarded.  The case measures 3 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 5/8" and is blue in color. Embossed in silver on the front is “W. K.” for Wilhelmkreuz. Inside the case we see a sticker has been applied. The Württemberg Coat-of-Arms is in its center. Above that we see “K. Münzamt Abt. Orden.” Below the  Coat-of-Arms we see “Stuttgart,” Württemberg’s capital, and also the home for KO, the firm that produced the decoration. If KO sounds familiar, it is because it is found on many 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class. KO was the primary firm that produced “issued” Iron Crosses during WW I. The bottom half of the case has a raised platform (if you will) in which the decoration is placed. It holds the decoration and displays it in a very tidy manner.
This is the first civil Wilhelmkreuz that I have been able to find.  We are very happy that we have it in the presentation case.  Both are in very fine condition.  $195.00

 

 

 

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05-1487 WAR COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL - 1848 SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN CAMPAIGN - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is not a well-known German state-issued campaign medal, although it is certainly a rarer example. It is the War Commemorative Medal for the Schleswig-Holstein Campaign. The bronze decoration was awarded by Württemberg and measures 1 1/8" in diameter. Its obverse features a wreath going around the interior. Within that wreath is König Wilhelm I of Württemberg’s crowned cypher. [Wilhelm I (1781-1864) was the son of Frederick I (1754-1816). He was the second King of Württemberg, following his father Frederick I, the first King. Wilhelm I’s reign was from 1816-1864]. The obverse also features an assay mark, "D," at the bottom, which indicates the decoration’s maker. The decoration’s reverse displays an abstract shield design topped by a crown and opposing lions’ heads over crossed swords. The legend "Für Treuen Dienst in einem Feldzuge" (For faithful campaign service) appears on the shield. It sports a replacement ribbon with three black and two red wide bands. A very narrow red trim band on both of the ribbon’s sides serves to frame the outer black bands and make them "pop." The Schleswig-Holstein Campaign was one of the earlier incidents in what were to become the German Unification Wars. [These unification wars, under the influence of Chancellor Bismarck and King (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I, continued through the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The latter war confirmed Prussia as Germany’s supreme power]. The Schleswig-Holstein Campaign War Commemorative Medal was awarded to 42 officers, and a total of 2,240 NCO’s and enlisted men (making a grand total of 2,282). You will not find the decoration often (this is the first example that I have seen). For being more than 160-years-old, it is in amazing condition. $1,995.00

 

 

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05-1531 SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is the Silver Service Medal that was presented from 1892 through 1918 during König Wilhelm II’s (1848-1941) reign. A higher class of the award was presented in gold. While the decoration was awarded during peacetime, it also served as Württemberg’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent award during WW I. The decoration is silver-toned and measures 1" in diameter. The obverse sports a high profile of Wilhelm II, along with the designation "Wilhelm II Koening von Württemberg." The reverse has "Für Tapferkeit und Treue" within a wreath of laurel leaves. Attached to the decoration is a correct yellow and black ribbon, emblematic of the Kingdom of Württemberg. The decoration is in very fine condition. $95.00

 

 

 

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05-1332 KÖNIG WILHELM II - SILVER SERVICE MEDAL. This is a late-war example of the Silver Service Medal from the Kingdom of Württemberg. It comes complete with ribbon. $75.00  

 

 

 

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05-1546 CHARLOTTEN KREUZ - WÜRTTEMBERG. The Charlotten Cross from the Kingdom of Württemberg was first authorized by Königin Charlotte (1864-1946). She was the wife of Württemberg’s König Wilhelm II(1849-1921). Charlotte was involved in many women’s organizations. The decoration was instituted for the benefit of women who participated in war aid societies. The cross measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2." This style of cross is called a Budded Cross, and is also known as the Apostles’/Disciples’ Cross, or the Cathedral Cross. In the obverse’s center is a "W" and a "C" for the royal couple. On the reverse is "1916," for the year the decoration was first authorized. The ribbon is black and yellow, which is typical for many Kingdom of Württemberg decorations. Also on the reverse is a bar attached to the ribbon. It carries the original safety pin for attaching the decoration to a garment. It is a fine original decoration. $125.00

 

 

 

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05-1395 ANERKENNUNGSMEDAILLE der KÖNIG-KARL-JUBILÄUMS-STIFTUNG (ACKNOWLEDGMENT MEDAL of the KING KARL ANNIVERSARY FOUNDATION) KÖNIG WILHELM II 1893-1921 -WÜRTTEMBERG - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is an interesting jubilee decoration that commemorates both König Karl and König Wilhelm II of Württemberg. The decoration is silver. It measures 1" in diameter. The obverse features a high-profile image of König Wilhelm II of Württemberg. The reverse displays "Koenig-Karl-Jubilaeums-Stiftung." Within a wreath of leaves are the words "Für Langjährice Treue Dienste." The decoration is attached to a red and black ribbon. A decorative clasp is attached to the ribbon with a crowned "W." The decoration’s final touch is a pin on the reverse that allowed it to be attached to a garment. The decoration is handsomely housed in a black leatherette presentation case. The presentation case is somewhat scuffed and measures 4" x 2" x 1/2." Inside the case, the upper half is lined in red silk. The lower half is cut out to hold the decoration. The upper portion that holds the clasp spills over into a separate compartment. The decoration is in first-class condition, having been protected by the presentation case for all these years. $250.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1443 KÖNIG WILHELM II GOLDEN SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is the Golden Service Medal from the Kingdom of Württemberg. It is a civil decoration, with a gilt finish applied over a base metal. The decoration measures 1" in diameter. It shows König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s profile. It comes with a short length of black and red ribbon. $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1445 KÖNIG KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is the Kingdom of Württemberg’s Silver Service Medal as awarded under König Karl’s reign. It is a civil decoration. The decoration measures 1" in diameter. It shows König Karl of Württemberg’s profile. It comes with a short length of black and red ribbon. $195.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1444 KÖNIG WILHELM II SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is the Silver Service Medal from the Kingdom of Württemberg. It is a civil decoration. This variation features a star under the King’s likeness, as well as a star on the reverse under the words "For Service." The decoration measures 1" in diameter. It shows König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s profile. It comes with a short length of black and red ribbon. $175.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1459 LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE CLASP 2nd CLASS - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is the Landwehr Long Service Award (Clasp) 2nd Class from the Kingdom of Württemberg. The clasp measures 3/4" x 1 1/2." Running through its center is a red and blue ribbon. The crowned royal cypher, "W," is attached to the clasp’s center. The clasp has a silver back. It was awarded from 1891 to 1912. $75.00

 

 

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German Campaign Medals - Misc.

 

05-1630 XES 1866 AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR KÖNIGGRÄTZ CROSS. This is a consignment item. It is the medal for the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s decisive Battle of Königgrätz, which took place on 3 July 1866. The war saw Prussia and her allies of the Northern Confederation face Austria and her allies (including, but not limited to, Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, and Hannover. It was a very short, sharp war. Even though the Prussians were outnumbered, they outmaneuvered, out gunned, and out fought the Austrians. Frankly, the war was over before it started. The plan that von Moltke and the general staff developed, together with its execution by the Prussian field commanders (the Kronprinz included) made short work of their opponents. [A story about Bavaria’s Ludwig II sticks in my mind. Ludwig was so upset by the carnage visited upon his kingdom’s soldiers that he wept at the folly of having joined the Austrians]. The cross is in fine condition and comes on a very short piece of replacement ribbon. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1462 NON COMBATANT HOHENZOLLERN MEDAL - 1848/1849 - PRUSSIA. This is the Hohenzollern Medal for Non Combatant from 1848 through 1849. The decoration was awarded in 1851-1852 for Prussian Army service during the early German consolidation wars. The decoration is gilt and measures 1 1/8" in diameter. Its front features a cross with a Hohenzollern Eagle. The reverse displays the dates 1848 and 1849, along with mention of König Friedrich Wilhelm IV. [He was the eldest son of Friedrich Wilhelm III. Friedrich Wilhelm III led Prussia against Napoleon during the Napoleonic Wars. His younger son, Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s brother, became Wilhelm I. Wilhelm I succeeded Friedrich Wilhelm IV as King of Prussia and Germany’s first Kaiser]. Attached to the decoration is a replacement non combatants’ ribbon. Its dominant color is white, with three narrow black bands. $295.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1046 ALSEN CROSS FOR NON COMBATANT 1864 DANISH-PRUSSIAN WAR. This is the Alsen Cross for Non Combatants from the 1864 War. This is set up as a one-place medal bar. It uses a replacement ribbon. $125.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1102 MINIATURE OF THE COMBATANT CAMPAIGN MEDAL 1864 DANISH-PRUSSIAN WAR. This is a miniature of the combatant’s campaign medal for the 1864 War. This was a further consolidation of Germany as Prussia strengthened her position. No ribbon or jump ring is included with this. The detail is quite striking. $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1576 DER MAIN ARMEE MEDAL - AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR - 1866. The 1866 Austro-Prussian War was a very sharp, short conflict between Prussia (and her allies) and Austria (and her allies). The war revealed how far the Prussian Army had outstripped the rest of Europe’s military forces, as the 1866 war’s final outcome was nothing short of a rout.
The Der Main Armee Medal was presented to those Prussian soldiers who participated in the conflict. It is a
bronze-toned cross. The obverse displays the Prussian Eagle along with the decoration’s name and the year 1866. Its reverse features König Wilhelm I of Prussia’s royal cypher. Following the Franco-Prussian War five years later, he became Germany’s first Kaiser.
Someone completely removed the jump ring and attachment from this decoration’s top. I have no idea why it was done, but it was done neatly. Due to the damage, we are offering it at a bargain price, with the hope that you can find a purpose for it.
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05-1657 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANT’S MEDAL. This is a second-generation 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War Combatant’s Medal.  The original Franco-Prussian War Combatant’s Medals were produced from captured French cannons’ melted  bronze. They had etchings on their edges stating the fact. The practice began in the Napoleonic Wars.  Medals were offered for the wars’ various years, and also were etched on the edge.  This medal was purchased by a veteran who either had lost his medal, or perhaps wanted an example like this to mount on a medal bar.
The medal is in excellent condition. It is supplied without a ribbon so you too can mount it on a medal bar. If you would like to have a ribbon, you may have one for an additional $10.00. The medal on its own is $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1607 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR NON COMBATANT’S MEDAL. This is the non combatant’s version of the 1870-71Franco-Prussian War Medal. It is silver and has a fine finish. It has no ribbon. $40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1137 FRANCO PRUSSIAN-WAR NON COMBATANT'S WAR SERVICE MEDAL. This is a splendidly conditioned example of the Non Combatant’s Medal for the Franco-Prussian War. This decoration has a very fine steel surface. It is silver-toned, as opposed to the bronze-toned Combatant’s version. This decoration has been setup as a one-place medal bar. It uses a replacement ribbon. This is in very fine condition. $65.00.

 

 

 

 

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05-1364 MINIATURE - 1870 COMBATANTS MEDAL. This is a very well made 1870 Combatants Medal miniature. Like its larger counterpart, it has a bronze finish. The detail is amazing. The decoration measures 2/3" in diameter. No ribbon accompanies it. It may have been worn on a tie bar. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1533 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANT’S DECORATION. This is a decoration that was awarded to veterans who fought during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. It is a second-generation example, not an issued or awarded piece. A piece like this was often used on a medal bar if the original was no longer available. It does NOT have the engraving on the edge that states the medal was produced from the bronze of captured French cannons. It comes with the jump ring. (If you need a replacement ribbon, we can provide one for a nominal price). It is in very fine condition. $40.00

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1496 KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL. In 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized this medal to commemorate the centennial of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I’s birth. The gold toned-medal measures 1 ½" in diameter. The obverse displays Wilhelm der Große’s high-relief profile. The reverse has information about him, including his birth year and death date. The medal does not have a jump ring or ribbon. $20.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1695 XRV PRUSSIAN - COMBATANT’S MEDAL - BOXER REBELLION. This is a consignment item. It is a decoration that was authorized for both combatants and non combatants for their service during China’s Boxer Rebellion of 1899-1901. The example is gold-toned, which means it was issued to combatants. It is mounted on a replacement ribbon. $150.00PRICE REDUCTION $120.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22-82 CHINA DENKMÜNZE FOR NON COMBATANTS - MINIATURE. The English translation for the China Denkmünze is the Chinese Commemorative Service Medal. The medal was awarded in gold for combatants and silver for non combatants for service during the 1900-1901 Boxer Rebellion. This is a miniature of the non combatants’ medal. It measures 1/2" in diameter. The obverse shows a German Eagle battling and conquering a Chinese Dragon. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. A gilt-toned bale appears at the top where a chain could be looped through. It is in very fine condition. $175.00. [Buy this example along with the Miniature for the Southwest African Non Combatants for $295.00]

 

 

 

 

 

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22-84 SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE FOR NON COMBATANTS MINIATURE. This is the Southwest African Service Non Combatants’ Medal. This medal was awarded in gold for combatants and silver for non combatants for service during 1904-1906 actions in Southwest Africa against native tribes. Campaign bars and/or spangen often were awarded as well and attached to the medal’s ribbon. This is a miniature of the non combatants’ medal. It measures 1/2" in diameter. The obverse shows a profile of Germania. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. A gilt-toned bale appears at the top where a chain could be looped through. It is in very fine condition. $175.00 [Buy this example along with the Miniature for the China Commemorative Service Medal for Non Combatants’. $295.00]

 

 

 

 

 

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22-83 SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE FOR COMBATANT’S MINIATURE - BOUTONNIERE. This is a miniature of the Southwest Africa Combatants’ Medal. It is set up on a boutonniere and has TWO Colonial ribbons that indicate service in both China and Southwest Africa. The medal measures 1/4" in diameter. The obverse shows a profile of Germania. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. This boutonniere is in excellent condition. The miniature decoration’s finish is first-rate. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

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13-792 MEMORIAL MEDAL - S.M.S. MOLTKE. This is a memorial medal that was issued to honor the S. M. S. Moltke. I am not sure when the medal was issued, but an interesting story about it exists. The decoration is bronze-toned and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. The obverse displays a profile image of Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, the Prussian Army’s Chief of the General Staff. (After the Empire was created in 1871, he became the Chief of Staff for all of Germany’s armies). Von Moltke became a military legend in Germany. Under his control the Prussian Army was modernized with better training, better tactics, superior weapons, and a rail transportation system that moved troops quickly to where they were needed. His generals in the field were the best in Europe. During the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, his troops made short work of the enemy and the wars ended with all his objectives achieved. Ultimately, he became known after his death as "von Moltke the elder," while his nephew, who became Chief of the General Staff early in WW I, was known as "Moltke the younger." To illustrate the extent of the German public’s admiration for him, postcards (from before and after his death, and particularly during WW I) showed von Moltke, von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm I as the team that led had Germany to greatness. I acquired a small horde of these commemorative medals from a collector in Hamburg. They were originally manufactured by the Hamburg firm of M. Fleck & Söhne. Each medal comes inside the original packet in which it was purchased. (I have little information about M. Fleck & Söhne, other than it was a military effects store serving the needs of military personnel from 1882). The paper packets measure 5 1/4" x 2 3/4." While all the medals come in the packet as described, some come with a ribbon and some do not. We are offering a small number of these very special decorations. The medals are priced at $150.00 WITH the packet and a ribbon. We are offering them for $125.00 in the packet and WITHOUT a ribbon. [If you would like more than one of these handsome decorations, we can offer even better pricing].

 

 

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05-1658 XKK HAMBURG FIELD CROSS. This is a consignment item. It is a post WW I veterans’ badge known as the Hamburg Field Cross (Deutsches Feld Ehrenzeichen). The badge was awarded to a variety of soldiers, not just those from Hamburg. The English name comes from the fact that the crosses were produced IN Hamburg. The badge has a silver sunburst on the obverse. Mounted on the sunburst is a white enamel cross. Some discoloration has occurred on the white enamel from wear, but it shows NO chips. Mounted in the center of the white cross is a metal oval depicting a German soldier trudging home after WW I’s end. He is wearing all of his gear, including his stahlhelm. He carries an extra bag, but no longer has his Mauser rifle. The decoration’s name appears on the reverse, along with Hamburg 11. Ges Gesch also appears, which is like a copyright mark. The badge has a fine swollen pin and measures 2" x 2¾." $225.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1453 CASED MEDAL - CREDIT UNIONS. This cased medal honors Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, who founded Germany’s first rural credit union in 1864. Born in 1818, Raiffeisen was the mayor of several towns. He served in Weyerbusch/Westerwald from 1845 to 1848, in Flammersfeld/Westerwald from 1848 to 1852, and Heddesdorf from 1852 until late 1865. He had to retire from public office in 1867 due to ill health. He died in 1888. As a young mayor in Flammersfeld, Raiffeisen observed local farmers suffering from the predation of loan sharks. He founded the first cooperative lending bank in 1864, which was, essentially, a rural credit union. A number of banks in existence today are named after him. They operate in Germany Austria, Switzerland, Romania, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
The brass-toned, circular medal features Raiffeisen’s high-relief portrait on its obverse. The reverse features the words "Für Treue Arbeit" (For Faithful Participation/Assistance), surrounded by an oak leaf wreath. The wreath is further encircled by twinkling stars. The medal has an attachment by which one could insert it for display in a suit’s buttonhole. The medal comes with a black leatherette presentation case. The case has the standard white silk upper lid, and a blue velvet base with a cutout area to accommodate the medal. It is an interesting historical item.
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05-1701 XMB AUSTRIA - SERVICE MEDAL - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. This is a consignment item. It is a simply gorgeous example of Austria’s Bronzene Militär Verdienst Medaille mit Schwerten (Bronze Military Service Medal with Swords). The order was first introduced in 1890 by Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef. It was originally intended for officers. In 1916, also under the Austrian Kaiser’s direction, swords were added to the decoration for wartime service. The medal measures 1 ¼" in diameter. Its obverse features a high-relief likeness of Franz Josef in profile. Information about the Kaiser circles the decoration’s outer edge. Its reverse proclaims "Signum Laudis" (Seal/Battle Standard of Glory/Merit/Approval). An orange and white tri-fold Austrian ribbon bearing a pair of gold-toned, crossed swords is attached to an articulated crown. In turn, the crown is connected to the medal.
The decoration’s red presentation case has its name embossed on its outer lid. The case measures ¾" x 2 ½" x 4 ½," and features the rounded lower edge indicative of Austrian cases. The case’s interior reveals a white silk upper lid with its manufacturer’s name embossed on it in gold as listed below.

 

 

Zimbler, Wein VII
K.u.K Hof-
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Burggasse 33

 

Zimbler was one of the Austrian Kaiser’s House Jewelers (Rothe Neffe was another leading purveyor). Zimbler's work was among the Austrian Empire’s finest. The case’s bottom half is covered in black velvet that has been elevated and fitted to properly display the decoration.
This is a mint presentation of a rare decoration.
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05-1628 XES EHRENZEICHEN für VERDIENSTS UM DIE REPUBLIK DIE ÖSTERREICH 2. MODEL IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE WITH TWO MINIATURES AND ONE STICKPIN. This is a consignment item. It is the Ehrenzeichen für Verdiensts um die Republik die Österreich (Honor Badge for Service Within the Republic of Austria). It is a post WW II decoration first authorized in 1952. The single-sided decoration sports a large red enameled cross with a white cross interior. A large eagle with the shields of various Austrian locations is mounted at the top. The decoration is attached to an orange and white tri-fold ribbon.
It comes housed in a traditional Austrian presentation case with a rounded lower portion. The leather case is red with a gold embossed reproduction of a large eagle on top. The case’s upper half features the jeweler who produced it’s name: Vienna’s Anton Reitterer. Two smaller miniatures and a stickpin are also included. This is a high quality presentation in top condition.
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05-1429 ORDER OF THE IRON CROWN 3rd CLASS WITH WAR DECORATION - AUSTRIA. The Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with Swords has always been a personal favorite among the Austrian decorations. As with many of the higher grade Austrian decorations, the enamel work is sensational. The decoration (not counting the jump ring) measures 2 1/4" x 1." Suspended from the jump ring is a handsome, articulated, gilt crown with red enamel embedded in it. This crown is in turn attached to the two-headed House of Hapsburg Eagle. In the center of the Eagle’s chest is a handsome blue enamel shield. In the center of that shield is an "F." Green enamel laurel leaves appear on either side of the eagle. The eagle rests on a base that is trimmed with two rows of small bits of white enamel. White/green and red bits of enamel appear between those rows. The decoration’s reverse is similar to the obverse. The only difference is that the blue shield features "1815" in gold. The decoration is attached to a yellow and blue triangular ribbon. Mounted on the ribbon are gilt, crossed swords which are referred to as War Decorations. This example was awarded for valor to an officer during WW I. It is in very fine condition, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection. $1,495.00

 

 

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05-1430 MINIATURE - ORDER OF THE IRON CROWN 3rd CLASS WITH WAR DECORATION - AUSTRIA. The Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with Swords has always been a personal favorite among the Austrian decorations. As with many of the higher grade Austrian decorations, the enamel work is sensational. Today we are offering a highly detailed miniature of the decoration. The miniature (not counting the jump ring) measures 1 1/8" x 1/2." Suspended from the jump ring is a handsome, articulated, gilt crown with red enamel embedded in it. This crown is in turn attached to the two-headed House of Hapsburg Eagle. In the center of the Eagle’s chest is a handsome blue enamel shield. In the center of that shield is an "F." Green enamel laurel leaves appear on either side of the eagle. The decoration’s reverse is similar to the obverse. The only difference is that the blue shield features "1815" in gold. $775.00

 

 

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05-1476 KNIGHT’S CROSS - FRANZ JOSEF ORDER - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AUSTRIA. This is the Knight’s Cross of the Franz Josef Order, named for Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef (1830-1916). The decoration is quite handsome. Measuring from the crown it is 2 1/4" x 1 1/4." Excluding the crown, the decoration measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2." The cross’s arms are made of gorgeous red enamel. The Hapsburg Crown is articulated. The decoration’s reverse bears the same red enameled arms as the obverse. The decoration’s center bears the date "1849." (The order was founded one year after Franz Josef assumed the throne in 1848). The decoration is mounted on a triangular-shaped red and white ribbon. It comes in its original red presentation case, which measures 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 3/4." The three initials for the order’s name appear embossed in gilt on the lid. Inside the presentation case is an embossed logo in gold. $1,150.00

 

 

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05-1435 FRANZ JOSEF ORDER WITH SPECIAL OFFICER DEVICE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AUSTRIA. This is a superb example of the Franz Josef Order, which Austria instituted in 1849. The cross has red enameled arms and a white enameled center featuring "FJ." Atop the cross is an articulated crown with red enamel imbedded at the crown’s top. The decoration is attached to a red and white ribbon. Attached to the ribbon’s center is an officer’s device consisting of a smaller example of the main decoration. The decoration is housed in a very smart-looking presentation case, which measures 4 1/2" x 2 1/4." The case is red leatherette. Embossed in gold in the center is "F.J.O." Inside the case, the upper lid is white silk. The case’s lower half is fitted and covered in light beige or tan velvet. The reverse of the case is dated 1916. It is a very handsome decoration that comes to us directly from Vienna (Wien). $1,550.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1436 PAIR - AUSTRIAN OFFICER’S DECORATIONS - DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE. This is a wonderful pair of decorations for an Austrian officer. They come in a deluxe, specially-fitted case. The first decoration is the Austrian Ear Medal for 1873. The circular medal’s obverse, which measures 1 1/2" in diameter, has a likeness of Austria’s Franz Joseph I. The decoration’s reverse has the date 2. December 1873. The decoration is bronze. It is attached to a black and yellow ribbon in the typical Austrian trifold style. The second medal is the Austrian Officer’s Long Service Medal for twenty-five years of service. The decoration consists of a brass cross that measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/4." In the center is a silver, two-headed eagle with the Hapsburg Coat-of-Arms in the center. The decoration’s back is covered in mother-of-pearl. Again, the decoration sports a black and yellow, trifold ribbon. The presentation case measures 4 1/4" x 5" x 3/4." It has a pebbled brown exterior. Inside the case, the upper lid is lined with white silk. A sticker for the firm Moritz Kuttig in Vienna appears on the upper lid. The case’s lower half is an upraised velvet platform that is cut out for the two medals. It is a handsome presentation for the two decorations. $795.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1490 RED CROSS DECORATION - WAR SERVICE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AUSTRIA. This is Austria’s Red Cross Decoration for Service during Wartime. It was issued from 1864 through 1914. As with most Austrian decorations, the enamel work it is simply gorgeous. The cross is elongated and measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/2." Its arms are white and red enamel. A red cross is in the center and a gorgeous green enamel wreath joins the four arms together. The decoration’s reverse displays the award’s dates, 1864-1914. A correct, original, red and white trifold Austrian ribbon completes the decoration. It is snugly housed in an original, typically-Austrian presentation case. The red leatherette case is rounded at the bottom and measures 4" x 2 1/4." Embossed in silver on its outside is the decoration’s name. Inside the case on the upper silk-lined liner is the manufacturer’s name, G. A. Scheid, which had locations in Vienna and Budapest. The case’s lower half is covered in light-brown velvet that is raised to better display the decoration. This is a fantastically handsome presentation. $550.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1226 FRANZ-JOSEF SERVICE CROSS WITH CROWN - AUSTRIA. The Franz-Josef Service Cross with Crown was an officer’s-level decoration awarded by the Emperor Franz-Josef. The decoration’s arms are enameled, as is the crown’s interior. It comes on a correct, red triangular ribbon. $325.00 

 

 

 

 

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05-1581 XDG 1873 KRIEGS-MEDAILLE. This is a consignment medal. It was issued by Austria from 1873 through 1916. The gold-toned medal measures 1 ½ " in diameter. The obverse displays a profile view of Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef. Its reverse presents the date when the decoration was first awarded, 2 December 1873. Its tri-fold ribbon is yellow and black. $75.00  50% Reduction Pricing!! $35.00

 

 

 

 

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08-386 XES KAISER KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - AUSTRIA. This is the Kaiser Karl Silver Service Medal. The obverse has a profile of Kaiser Karl. The reverse features a Latin motto. This silver-toned decoration measures 1 1/4" in diameter. The trifold ribbon is red and white. We have one of these remaining. It is the decoration on the RIGHT. $95.00  

 

 

 

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05-1568 XDG BRAVERY CROSS 2ND CLASS WITH SWORDS - BULGARIA. This is a consignment piece. It is the Bravery Cross 2nd Class with Swords from Bulgaria. Bulgaria was a part of the Central Alliance, along with Germany, Austria, and Turkey. The decoration was a part of an extensive family of decorations. This particular decoration was instituted in 1915 and was awarded to both Bulgarians and non Bulgarians. The cross is gilt-toned and comes with a short piece of original ribbon. The decoration is in very fine condition. [We had initially identified this as a 1st Class and we received a helpful correction from a collector in Bulgaria advising that this was a 2nd Class. I thank Nick for writing and for his expertise]. $75.00  50% Reduction Pricing!! $35.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1007 SILESIAN EAGLE 1st CLASS. The Silesian Eagle was a Freikorps-era decoration that replaced the Iron Cross, effectively. The Silesian Eagle came in both a 1st and 2nd Class levels, just like the Iron Cross. This example of the 1st Class is the more commonly seen pinback version. It is in very good condition. $225.00

 

 

 

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05-1512 HINDENBURG CROSS - NON COMBATANT’S. This is the non combatant’s version of the Hindenburg Cross. It has no swords and was meant for a person who did not see front-line action. Its attached ribbon is well-used. $35.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1525 HINDENBURG CROSS - NON COMBATANTS. This is one of the three classes of the Hindenburg Cross. It is for Non Combatants. It is similar to the Combatants except that it does not sport swords. It measures 1 ½" x 1 ½," and comes with a ribbon. $30.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1464 HINDENBURG CROSS - COMBATANTS. After Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg’s death, Germany issued a medal bearing his name to honor WW I’s combatants, non combatants, and their next-of-kin. This is an example of the Combatant’s Cross. No jump ring or ribbon accompanies the example. $15.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1667 HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NEXT-OF-KIN. The Hindenburg Cross was initiated in three classes after President and former Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg died in 1934. The medal was issued to honor participants who served in the Great War and their families. The first class was intended for actual front-line soldiers, and was awarded WITH swords. The second medal was awarded WITHOUT swords for Non Combatants. Both medals are bronze-toned and feature the dates 1914 and 1918 encircled with a wreath. They were presented with an award document that typically was issued through the local police department.
The third example was the Hindenburg Cross for Next-of-Kin, popularly known as the Widow’s Cross. It was painted black to represent mourning a loved one. Its ribbon also was different from the Combatant’s and Non Combatant’s awards. It also had the 1914 and 1918 dates within a wreath. In all cases, the decorations’ reverses were blank except for manufacturers’ hallmarks.
Our example today of the Hindenburg Cross for next of kin is in very fine condition, with a correct and original ribbon in place.
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05-1354 HINDENBURG CROSS - NEXT OF KIN. This is the Hindenburg Cross for the Next of Kin. It was given to the families of fallen soldiers from the Great War. It was often referred to as the "Widows Cross." It is black, with NO swords through its center. It is hallmarked D. S. M. on the reverse. No ribbon is present. $40.00

 

 

 

 

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05-1408 HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS - COMBATANTS MOUNTED - BOW. The Hindenburg Cross was instituted in 1934, shortly after the death of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg. He also had served as Germany’s President, with Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. The award was made in three classes: Combatants, Non Combatants, and Next-of-Kin. This example is for Combatants, and so has swords crossed through its body. A bow rather than a straight ribbon is attached on the ring. This was most likely worn by the wife, mother, sister, or sweetheart of a combat veteran. It is an unusual variation. $25.00

 

 

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05-1343 HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NON COMBATANTS. The Hindenburg Cross, which was authorized after the death of President and Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg, was awarded in three classes. First was a brass-toned award with swords through its center. This was for front-line combatants. The second class was similar, exception without swords. It was for Non Combatants. The final version was black, without swords. It was for the next-of-kin of those soldiers who had died for the Fatherland. Our example today is the Non Combatants award, without swords. It is in very fine condition, but lacks a ribbon. $25.00

 

 

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05-1201 HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NEXT-OF-KIN. When the Hindenburg Cross was created in 1934 after the death of President and Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg, they decided to create three classes. First was for Combatants, which was a bronze-toned cross with swords. The next class was for Non Combatants. It looked similar to the Combatants Cross, except without swords. The final class was for the families of those soldiers who fell for the Fatherland. While officially it was known as the Cross for Next-of-Kin, it was unofficially called the "Widow’s Cross." This came in part because it had a black finish with swords. This example is in excellent condition. It has its jump ring, but no ribbon. $30.00 

 

 

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05-1424 HINDENBURG CROSS - COMBATANTS - MATCHING ONE-PLACE RIBBON BAR. This is a Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatant. The decoration has the correct ribbon attached. Also, accompanying the decoration is the one-place ribbon bar. The crossed swords for the decoration are attached to the ribbon bar. $45.00

 

 

 

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05-1680 KYFFHÄUSERBUND MEDAL. The Kyffhäuserbund (Kyffhäuser League) was one of Germany’s largest post WW I veterans’ associations. It pushed to improve conditions (according to the association’s thinking and agenda) for millions of men who had served in the Germany Army during WW I. The medal is oval-shaped and measures 1 ¼" x 1 ¾." The medal and ribbon are in fine shape. $40.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-985 KYFFHÄUSERBUND MEDAL. This oval-shaped and gilt-toned medal was for a veteran’s group or association (Bund), in which veterans joined to enjoy the company of other veterans of the Great War. The obverse has a flag and the dates "1914-1918." The reverse of the medal has the name of the Bund along with a quote from von Hindenburg. This example comes complete with an original ribbon that is tied in a hint of a bow. This would indicate it was worn by a woman if it is indeed a bow and not just randomly tied. Also, the original safety pin with which this veteran affixed the decoration to a garment is present. $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05-1467 VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION HONOR CROSS - PRUSSIA. This is the Prussian Veterans’ Association Honor Cross 2nd Class. It is a large, silver-plated cross with the initials "P. L. K. V." (Preußischer Landes Kriegern Verband/Prussian National Warriors Association) among its four arms. It measures 2" x 2." The obverse features a central circular medallion containing a depiction of the Kyffhäuser Denkmal (War Memorial). [The Kyffhäuser Denkmal was built in 1890-1896 atop Kyffhäuser Mountain in Thuringia, with donations from the 19th Century German War Veterans’ Federation]. The reverse’s central medallion has the words "Für Verdienst im Kriegervereins Wesen" (For Service in the War Veterans’ Association). The Preußischer Landes Kriegern Verband Cross was established after World War I, to recognize philanthropic, charitable and social service in the Preußischer Landes Kriegern Verband, an equivalent to the British and American Legion. It was usually worn with the monument facing forward. The manufacturer’s name, "HCH. TIMM BERLIN C, " is imprinted in small letters on the cross’s top loop. It is a handsome award. $75.00

 

 

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05-1513 AUSZEICHNUNGEN des 3. REICHES - SPEZIALKATALOG 2009/2010 by LOTHAR HARTUNG & LOTHAR BICHLMAIER. This is a handy pocket catalog that helps identify the orders, decorations, and badges of the Third Reich. In addition, it helps with pricing from the years 2009/2010. I find reference books like this (mine are not specifically for the Third Reich as is this one) helpful when I’m traveling and my larger, more complete books are not available. Most of the major examples have photographs. Prices in books like this I take with a grain of salt. I do not generally find them accurate, but they do serve as a starting point. It will be helpful to you when YOU are traveling for business, pleasure, or to a show. $20.00

 

 

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05-1526 XJB ORDERS AND DECORATIONS OF ALL NATIONS: ANCIENT AND MODERN CIVIL AND MILITARY: SECOND EDITION by ROBERT WERLICH. This is a second edition that was published in 1974. The book is hard covered and spans nearly five hundred pages. It is out-of-print. It describes the orders and decorations by country. If you are looking for a good primer, it is this book’s purpose. As for Germany, it breaks down the various awards by state. It contains extensive, mostly black and white photographs. $150.00

 

 

 

 

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12-389 MATTED PAGE FROM ORDEN DER AUSSERDEUTSCHE STAATEN EUROPAS PLATE Nr 2. Prior to the beginning of WW I, a series of high quality pamphlets were printed in Germany displaying the orders and decorations of Imperial Germany and Europe. Many variations of these were produced, and I have offered several of them in the past. When I mentioned that these were high-quality, I failed to mention that they were in FULL COLOR. The example we are offering today describes in crystal clear detail many of the top awards from the various nations of Europe (some were allied to Germany in WW I and some were bitter enemies). It covers examples from Great Britain, France, Greece, Spain. etc. This has been matted and is ready for display or framing. The matte measures 17 3/8" x 13 ½," while the image within measures 11" x 8 5/8." $95.00

 

 

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