Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC, Imperial German Merchandise: Patriotic Jewelry Nr 1: Pendants, Rings, Necklaces, etc.     Updated on 15 January 2017.
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20-297 FULL-COLOR GLASS PATRIOTIC PIECE - KAISER WILHELM I. I have examined this item for several minutes trying to categorize it for you. The best that I have come up with it is that it is a patriotic display item commemorating Germany’s first Kaiser, Wilhelm I (1797-1888). In addition to being Kaiser, he was also Prussia’s King from 1861 until his death in 1888. He assumed Prussia’s throne in 1861 when his older brother König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861) died. Wilhelm IV was paralyzed and mentally incapacitated by a stroke in 1857. In 1858 Wilhelm I assumed the position of Regent for his older brother and remained in this position until the King’s death in 1861. He continued his brother’s policy of German unification, which was largely completed with the conclusion of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Through all this and for the balance of his rule until his 1888 death, his closest advisor and political ally was none other than the "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). While Wilhelm I remained King of Prussia, the other German states deferred to Prussian rule. After the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War’s end, he was formally recognized as Emperor of Germany, as well as King of Prussia. Wilhelm I remained the political and moral head of Germany, and was much beloved by his people. Upon his death in March 1888, he was succeeded for ninety-nine days by his son, Germany’s second Kaiser, Friedrich III. Friedrich III was in ill health and died of cancer in June 1888. The third and final Kaiser of Germany, Friedrich III’s son and Wilhelm I’s grandson was Wilhelm II. He ruled Germany from June 1888 until November 1918. As a part of the German surrender following WW I’s end, Wilhelm II agreed to exile in the Netherlands. The House of Hohenzollern, which extended back to Frederick the Great’s time, no longer ruled Germany. Returning to our offering, we have a circular piece that measures 1 1/2" in diameter. Its gold-toned frame might be brass, or some other non magnetic material. What I believe is a glass panel is inside the frame. A full color likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm I is painted on the panel. He is wearing a full dress uniform complete with a generalfeldmarschall’s epaulettes. On the uniform we see a large medal bar with numerous decorations. He is also wearing the Goldene Kette of the Order of the Black Eagle. The Kette was a large and elaborate collar or oversized neck device. It was made of gold and placed over his neck. It hung down making a very impressive device that was the ultimate expression of being a House of Hohenzollern Prince. Princes were invested with it, and it could only be worn by a born-of-the-blood Prince on state occasions. Certain decorations from the "Black Eagle" decoration family were awarded to very favored individuals at the pleasure of the House of Hohenzollern’s head member. The Black Eagle was proximately displayed on general officers’ headdresses and was a central theme of the headdresses of officers, NCO’s, and enlisted men from the various Garde-Regiments, General Staff, etc. Also on Wilhelm I’s neck in this presentation is the Orden Pour le Mérite. This patriotic item is two-sided so the image may be seen on both sides. The image is somewhat faded and less than what it looked like when it was created more than one-hundred-years ago. Scratches and discoloration of the glass itself are evident. The entire feel is that it shows honest age. I have not seen anything quite like this. Other than being a patriotic piece, I do not know how to explain it. One might also think of it as table medal, but even that is not a correct assessment. $75.00

 

 

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17-656 OVAL PATRIOTIC PHOTO PENDANT OF SOLDIER WITH PICKELHAUBE IN DRESS CONFIGURATION - BADEN. This is a very interesting oval-shaped patriotic photo pendant of a soldier from the Grand Duchy of Baden. He is wearing his pickelhaube with parade bush. It measures 1" x 1 ½." It is very unusual to see an oval-shaped pendant. It is all the better being from a smaller state and with the man wearing a parade bush. The pendant is in excellent condition. $150.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-642 PATRIOTIC PENDANT FEATURING PICKELHAUBE-WEARING SOLDIER’S PHOTOGRAPH. This would be considered not only a patriotic but a sweetheart item. It is a high-quality pendant that has inserted into its central panel the photo of a young soldier in uniform. He is wearing his pickelhaube complete with its foul weather cover. Its reverse displays a manufacturer’s hallmark. $75.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-671 PATRIOTIC PENDANT WITH SOLDIER’S PHOTO. The Imperial German people were among the most patriotic people in the world. They were especially supportive of their troops during WW I. The various types of patriotic jewelry worn by German women were very diverse. One of its most touching genres focused, naturally, on photos of their loved ones. This pendant is oval-shaped and measures 1" x 1 ½." The frame is silver-toned and sports a rope-like trim around its edges. The soldier is wearing a feldgrau tunic and a mütze. I believe he is from an infantry regiment. It is in very fine condition and displays a manufacturer’s hallmark on the reverse. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-672 PATRIOTIC PIN SHOWING YOUNG SOLDIER’S PHOTOGRAPH. This is without a doubt one of the most impressive and well made patriotic pins featuring a soldier’s photograph that we have ever offered. The gold-toned pin measures a whopping 1 ¼" x 1 ¾." It has a most decorative design, with a wreath arrangement that is tied at the bottom by a bow. The soldier appears to be wearing a prewar uniform, so it may pre date WW I. Also note that it has a glass back on its reverse in addition to the glass on its obverse. The reverse sports a horizontal pin and a hinge that allow one to open the compartment holding the photo. These features indicate the piece was not mass-produced, thus making it more expensive to manufacture AND purchase.
Its overall presentation exudes fantastic style and class. It is far superior to many patriotic pins from the mid-to-late-war period.
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17-520 PATRIOTIC PENDANT - AUSTRIAN GENERAL. This is a circular patriotic pendant of an Austrian General. It measures 1" in diameter and appears to be made of zinc. $20.00

 

 

 

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17-521 PATRIOTIC PENDANT - AUSTRIAN GENERAL. This is a circular patriotic pendant of an Austrian General. It measures 1" in diameter and appears to be made of zinc. $20.00

 

 

 

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17-522 PATRIOTIC PENDANT - AUSTRIAN GENERAL. This is a circular patriotic pendant of an Austrian General. It measures 1" in diameter and appears to be made of zinc. $20.00  

 

 

 

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17-651 PATRIOTIC PHOTO PENDANT OF KAISER FRIEDRICH III. This is an interesting, unusual photo pendant of Kaiser Friedrich III. In Germany, Friedrich III is referred to as the "ninety-nine day Kaiser," as he survived his father and reigned for less than three months. [The result was that within the span of ninety-nine days, Germany had three different kaisers]. The petite, silver-toned pendant has a semiprecious red jasper stone affixed to its reverse. An eagle perches atop the pendant. It is an appealing piece that would be great for an avid collector of Kaiser Friedrich III memorabilia, or as a new collector’s first piece. $95.00

 

 

 

 

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17-652 WW I Enlisted Man's Pendant. This is a rather interesting enlisted man’s pendant featuring him in a feldgrau tunic and mütze. The pictured young soldier’s photo is enclosed in one of WW I’s ever-popular gold-toned, framed pendants. A small Iron Cross graces the frame’s top. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

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17-653 COLORIZED PATRIOTIC SOLDIER’S PHOTOGRAPH PENDANT. This is a patriotic photo pendant of a soldier. It has been colorized to highlight certain details about its subject. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-646 SAXON HUSAREN TROOPER AND PARENTS’ PATRIOTIC PHOTO PENDANT. This patriotic photo pendant features a photo of a mother, father and their son, who served in a Saxon Husaren-Regiment. The man is dressed in his full uniform, wearing the Saxon Husaren Regiment’s busby. His busby even has the parade plume that was worn on dress occasions. The pendant measures 1" x 1." It is gold-toned with a neat decorative style. It is somewhat diamond-shaped and accented with a twisted decorative metal from which one can hang the pendant. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

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17-641 MINIATURE PATRIOTIC DEVICE INCLUDING TURKISH GALLIPOLI STAR. During WW I, the Central Powers lined up against the Allies consisted of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria. The early through mid-war years revealed numerous signs of this cooperation. Patriotic jewelry was certainly one means of expressing the cooperation, particularly in the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires (perhaps due to the Teutonic ties between them). Turkey and Bulgaria also produced such artifacts, if on a less-plentiful scale. Our offering today reflects the Turkish involvement with a silver-toned badge that features an Iron Cross as its central theme. The cross’s center displays the word "Deutschland," with the date, "1916," below it. The cross is topped by a crown. A pair of crossed swords extends through the cross’s center. A crescent-shaped banner, with a star (which may represent a mini-Gallipoli Star) sitting atop its middle, is attached to the cross just above the two swords’ tips. The crescent bears the legend "Kriegs Andenken" (War Souvenirs). A miniature Gallipoli Star dangles from a jump ring attached to the middle-bottom of the crescent. The Star is in very fine condition, and even has enameled arms like its full-sized counterparts. While the decoration’s metal is silver-toned, no silver content hallmarks are visible on it.
This exceptional piece of patriotic jewelry is in wonderful condition. It would make a captivating addition to any collection.
$175.00

 

 

 

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17-310 HONOR GIFT OR PRIZE FOR THE CITY OF DÜSSELDORF. I am not sure exactly for what this was presented. Based on the translation, it was an honor gift or prize from the City of Düsseldorf. It is quite large and measures 2 ½" x 2 ½". The arms are made of green enamel. The center has the coat-of-arms of Düsseldorf. It is manufacturer hallmarked on the reverse, AND .800 silver hallmarked. This could be used as a pendant or for display. $175.00. .

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17-516 AUSTRIAN SILVER COIN PENDANT - WITH LIKENESS KAISER FRANZ JOSEF. This is a most interesting pendant that uses a fancy silver frame to house an Austrian silver coin. The framed presentation measures 3/4" in diameter, while the coin itself measures 1 1/4" in diameter. The obverse has a likeness of Kaiser Franz Josef. The reverse bears the Austrian crown and the date 1914. It is very handsome, and ready to place on a silver or gold chain.  $125.00

 

 

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Patriotic Photographic Pendants

 

Patriotic Photograph pendants are a popular genre within the patriotic jewelry portion of Imperial German collecting.
I find these particularly touching as they often show the husbands, sweethearts, sons, or brothers of the women of the period.
In this category we see men both before and during World War I.
As I look at these young faces I wonder and hope that they survived the war.

We will also see pendants from time to time that show the royalty of the period or men not dressed in military uniforms.

 

17-629 DOUBLE-SIDED PATRIOTIC SOLDIER AND TWO SONS' PHOTO PENDANT. Here is another variation of classic patriotic photograph jewelry. These were commonly set up as pins, while this example is set up as a pendant. What really makes it different are the photographs on BOTH sides of the pendant. One side shows a soldier, and the other side shows his two young sons. It is gold-toned, with a braided decorative frame encircling the basic structure. This is an unusual piece of patriotic jewelry. I have never seen another quite like it.  $125.00

 

 

 

 

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17-640 SAILOR’S PATRIOTIC PHOTOGRAPH PIN. This patriotic photograph pin features a young enlisted sailor. It measures 1 5/16" in diameter. He is wearing his winter tunic with the neck scarf. The frame is gilt-toned. The reverse shows that the pin is missing. It is fine for display, of course, and we have priced it accordingly. It remains a very interesting naval display piece. $95.00 

 

 

 

 

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17-383 COLORIZED PATRIOTIC PHOTOGRAPH PENDANT OF A SOLDIER WEARING A PRE WAR UNIFORM AND A MÜTZE. This is a patriotic pendant that is gold toned. In the center is a colorized photo of a young enlisted soldier wearing his prewar tunic and mütze. $75.00 . .

 

 

 

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17-592 PATRIOTIC PENDANT/LOCKET OF A SOLDIER WEARING A UNIFORM. This is a lovely patriotic pendant/locket that features the photo portraits of a soldier and his sweetheart or wife on opposite sides. It measures 1 1/4" x 1." The colorized portrait photos are enclosed in a gold-toned circlet, which is further enclosed within a stylized heart. The heart’s top "bows" feature scalloped, gold-toned shapes dripping down from them, while its bottom section rather resembles an anchor’s point. (Whether this meant the man was involved with the Navy, or it was just Art Deco styling, who knows)? A tiny replica of a 1914 Iron Cross decorates the pendant just below the jump ring at the heart’s top. Both photos have some age damage to them. The man appears to be in civilian dress, so he may have survived the war. It is very touching. $150.00

 

 

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17-643 PATRIOTIC PHOTOGRAPH PENDANT FEATURING AUSTRIAN SOLDIER AND SWEETHEART. This is a rather unusual pendant that depicts an Austrian soldier in uniform, wearing his kepi. Its frame is quite attractive, consisting of two thin gold-toned bands woven together to form the frame. It has a small ring at the top through which a chain could be inserted in order to wear the pendant.
Its reverse is quite unusual. Instead of the normal, gilt-toned backing, the soldier’s wife or sweetheart has inserted her photograph. I do not know if he or she wore it, or whether it was given to a mother to keep her two children near her heart. Many of these photographic pins and pendants are just so touching! Some days they make my heart hurt. $125.00

 

 

 

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17-579 PENDANT WITH A LIKENESS OF KAISER WILHELM I. This is a pendant that displays a photographic likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm I. It opens and a different picture can be placed inside if one so desires. It measures 1 ½" x  1" x 1/4." It is silver-toned. $125.00

 

 

 

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17-600 PENDANT - KAISER WILHELM I & KAISER FRIEDRICH III. This pendant features the likenesses of Kaiser Wilhelm I, Germany’s first Kaiser, on one side, and his son, Kaiser Friedrich III, on the other side. It is probable that Friedrich Wilhelm was still Kronprinz when this pendant was produced. The pendant measures 3/4" in diameter. It is quite attractive and in excellent condition. Both men are in uniform. Beveled glass covers each of their photographs. This is a very early patriotic piece, that most likely dates from the 1870 through 1885-period. Friedrich III succeeded his father for only one-hundred-days. In a space of approximately one-hundred-days, Germany had THREE Kaisers: Wilhelm I, Friedrich III, and Wilhelm II. $125.00

 

 

 

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17-632 PATRIOTIC EAGLE PENDANT. This is a compelling silver-toned patriotic pendant. It is circular and features an eagle whose outspread wings extend beyond the pendant’s frame. At the frame’s bottom is the motto "In Treue Fest." The finely detailed pendant is in excellent condition.$75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-598 GLASS-DOMED PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS PENDANT. This is a lovely, glass-domed, patriotic pendant that features an Iron Cross as its primary motif. It measures 1" in diameter. Its outer edge is encircled with a twisted, silver-toned bezel from which a jump ring extends. Its base is of a copper-flecked material which is also under glass. A replica of a 1914 Iron Cross has been cut out of some material then hand painted and placed in the pendant’s center, under the glass. Hand painted, crossed branches of laurel and oak leaves (with acorns) have been placed beneath it. It is a simply gorgeous piece. $150.00

 

 

 

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17-597 1914 IRON CROSS PATRIOTIC PENDANT. This is a circular patriotic pendant that measures 1" in diameter. On the obverse is a painted Iron Cross, surrounded by a wreath of leaves. At first glance it looks like it might be a locket, but this is not the case. The reverse is undecorated. It shows no manufacturer’s or silver hallmarking. $95.00

 

 

 

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17-332 IRON CROSS PATRIOTIC PENDANT. This is one of the ever-popular Iron Cross pendants. It is circular-shaped and about the size of a U.S. nickel. Suspended freely in the center and attached to a rope-like device is an enameled 1914 Iron Cross. The item is in laudable condition. $95.00 . .


 

 

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17-648 ONE PFENNIG COIN KAISER WILHELM II PENDANT. I am continually amazed by Imperial German Period patriotic jewelry’s great variety. Our offering today is a 1915 one pfennig coin that measures 5/8" in diameter that has been converted into a pendant. Its center features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s head (with pickelhaube) in high relief. The coin is gilt-toned, while the Kaiser’s rendition is silver-toned. Soldered to the coin’s top is an attachment featuring a jump ring by which the pendant can be threaded on a chain. I am particularly impressed by the coin’s exquisitely detailed likeness of the Kaiser. You can easily install it on a necklace of your choice. Its overall condition is excellent. $110.00

 

 

 

 

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17-610 SILVER PENDANT - SILVER COIN - KÖNIG WILHELM I - PRUSSIA. This is a marvelous combination of a Prussian silver coin for then König (and future Kaiser) Wilhelm I with a bezel that allowed a lucky lady to wear it as a pendant on a chain around her neck. The bezel is quite heavy and wide. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. The bail (connects the pendant to a necklace) is marked .800 silver. This means it was produced after 1885, when the silver marking standard was changed by an aging Kaiser Wilhelm I. The coin, however, is dated 1866 (Prussia’s big year, when she and her allies made short work of Austria, etc. in the Austro-Prussian War: a good warm-up for the 1870-1871 Franco Prussian War). It shows the Prussian king in profile on the obverse, surrounded by the words "Wilhelm Koenig von Preussen." The coin’s reverse features the Hohenzollern Eagle and these words around its edge "Ein Vereins Thaler XXX Ein Pfund Fein" (An Association Dollar Thirty a Pound Fine). A small capital "A" is evident just beneath Wilhelm’s profile on the obverse. It is probably an indication which artist designed this special coin for whatever association benefitted by its sale. $150.00

 

 

 

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12-344 OVERSIZED 1914 IRON CROSS PENDANT. I am not quite sure what was the use for this oversized Iron Cross, although it appears to be of a patriotic nature. Having said that, it is quite large, measuring 3" x 2 e." It is about the size of a Grand Cross. It is stamped and has a loop at the top where it could have been worn as a pendant. However, this is huge! It would have taken up a LOT of space under a lady’s neck. It is stamped and there is a wreath of leaves that connects the arms of the cross. It is more likely that it was used as a wall decoration. This is definitely a different kind of item! $175.00

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17-312 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS PENDANT. This unusually-shaped pendant features an enameled Iron Cross in the center. There is a small chip in one corner of the Iron Cross. The oblong wreath has a series of gently scalloped edges. The wreath itself consists of a flower and filigree design that appears to have been covered with a "wash" of white paint at one time. Much of the wash has worn off on the back, although it still serves to accentuate the flowers on the front of the piece. The Iron Cross has been superimposed on top of this distinctive wreath. The entire piece is very delicate. It measures 1" in length. $95.00 . . .

 

 

 

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17-618 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS PENDANT. This lovely pendant just has tons of personality. It combines the Iron Cross (which is not dated) with three pink roses that are attached to their leaves. It is all on enamel and makes a very handsome presentation. I find it very dainty and feminine. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

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17-593 IRON CROSS PATRIOTIC PENDANT. This is a patriotic pendant that features a 1914 Iron Cross. It measures 3/4" in diameter. It features a laurel leaf and berry wreath in high-relief around its edges. A small replica of a 1914 Iron Cross hangs from a ribbon suspended at the ten and two o’clock positions. Both ribbon and EK also are high-relief. The pendant may be made of "German Silver" (nickel). It is not hallmarked for actual silver. $125.00

 

 

 

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17-283 PATRIOTIC PENDANT. This is an unusually shaped pendant highlighted by a 1914 Iron Cross. The pendant has the appearance of a flower. The entire arrangement is made of enamel. The four different colors of enamel used here make it a striking, marvelous piece. $85.00

 

 

 

 

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17-630 PATRIOTIC PENDANT FEATURING IRON CROSS AND DATES 1914 AND 1916. This is an elongated Iron Cross that measures 1" x 1 3/4." At the cross’s top is a crown. In the middle we see the date "1916" surrounded by half a wreath. The cross’s bottom features "1914." It is a most interesting variation that was produced during the middle of WW I.  $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-575 SINGLE-SIDED KAISER WILHELM II PENDANT/ CHARM. This is a delicate, one-sided pendant or charm representing Kaiser Wilhelm II. It is silver-toned and measures 3/4" in diameter. It shows the Kaiser in profile. To his right we see "1914." To the left we see his cypher "W II." $10.00

 

 

 

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17-669 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a fine patriotic ring that features an Iron Cross as its central theme. The ring’s center reveals an enamel shield with Imperial Germany’s black, red, and white national colors striped across it diagonally. The shield’s center displays an enamel Iron Cross. It is all quite striking. A floral motif on the German silver band flanks the central imagery. A white enamel box on one side features the year "1914." The band’s other side presents another white rectangular box with "191?" Its last number is obscured so that we decipher it. The ring’s interior displays a .800 silver content hallmark.  It is a fine, sturdy size 11" man’s ring. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-658 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is an attractively detailed Iron Cross patriotic ring that features a black enamel Iron Cross in its center. The band flanking either side of the Iron Cross displays the words "Welt Krieg." No hallmarks for manufacturer or silver content appear inside the band. The ring is a size 7 ¾" and is quite suitable for a lady. $65.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-545 PRO PATRIA PATRIOTIC RING. This silver-toned ring has the legend "Pro Patria 1914" on its silver band. The ring is a size 5. $75.00  
 

 

 

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17-599 PATRIOTIC RING - SERVICE - EASTERN FRONT - RIGA. This is a simple patriotic ring that commemorates service on the Eastern Front at Riga in 1916. The following year, Russia dropped out of the war. It appears to be a simple aluminum band. Engraved on the band is "Vor Riga 1916." The ring is a size 10 3/4. $50.00

 

 

 

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17-122 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This ring features a 1914 Iron Cross as its central theme. It is black, but has some gold highlights showing through. The Iron Cross has a wreath around it. It is a size 5." $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

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17-647 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a very simple patriotic Iron Cross ring. It has a silver-toned band. An Iron Cross flanked by two leaves is painted in its center. The ring is a size 6 ½. $50.00

 

 

 

 

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17-556 PATRIOTIC RING. This is a very petite, patriotic Iron Cross ring for a woman, or perhaps a child. It is silver and features an Iron Cross as its central theme. Flanking the Iron Cross are the dates "1914" and "1915." It is a well made, high-quality ring, just very small. This ring is a perfect fit for a women's pinky. The ring is a size 3 3/4. $65.00  

 

 

 

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17-527 PATRIOTIC RING WITH IRON CROSS MOTIF. This is an interesting variation of a patriotic Iron Cross ring. The ring has a black-enamel Iron Cross as its central theme. It has only the outline of an Iron Cross, and displays no actual information on the cross itself. An unusual aspect of the Iron Cross is that arrows are formed on the three o’clock and nine o’ clock arms where they merge with the ring’s band. No hallmarks appear on the band’s interior. It is a fairly straight forward design. its condition is fine, with no chipping of the enamel. The ring is a size 8." $75.00

 

 

 

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17-560 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a patriotic ring with an Iron Cross as its central motif. The band is gold-toned. It has a black Iron Cross in its center. It is a size 6 3/4. $50.00   

 

 

 

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17-561 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a patriotic ring with an Iron Cross as its central motif. The band is gold-toned. It has a black Iron Cross in its center. It is a size 6 1/4.$50.00  

 

 

 

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17-559 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a patriotic ring in which the Iron Cross is the central theme. The band is gold-toned. It features an Iron Cross. The ring is a size 7 1/2. $50.00

 

 

 

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17-552 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a patriotic Iron Cross ring. The central theme is an Iron Cross. The ring is brass toned. It is a size 9 1/2." $75.00  

 

 

 

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17-553 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a patriotic Iron Cross ring. The ring is silver-toned. The central theme is an Iron Cross. Inside, the ring is marked .800 silver. The band is broken on the reverse. It is a size 9." $40.00

 

 

 

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17-543 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a very delicate lady’s patriotic ring. It features a silver band, with a white, enamel centerpiece upon which rests a black Iron Cross. Flanking the Iron Cross are the years 1914 and 1915. It is hallmarked .800 silver inside the band. The reverse of the band is slightly separated. The ring is a size 9.  $75.00  

 

 

 

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17-538 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING - ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND. This is a gilt-toned patriotic Iron Cross ring, which has been made from an artillery shell’s driving band. The Iron Cross is flanked by oak leaves. The ring is a size 8. $75.00  

 

 

 

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17-539 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a very simple, gold-toned, patriotic, Iron Cross ring. An Iron Cross can be seen at the band’s front. The ring is a size 7 1/2. $75.00  

 

 

 

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17-547 VATERLANDS DANK PATRIOTIC RING. This is a silver-toned patriotic ring that carries the legend "Vaterlands Dank 1914." This is a size 5 1/2. $60.00  

 

 

 

 

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17-437 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is an unusual variation of the ever-popular patriotic Iron Cross ring. It has a split, silver-toned band. An enameled Iron Cross serves as its centerpiece. It is dated "1915." The ring is a size 8 1/2. $60.00.

 

 

 

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17-163 PATRIOTIC RING. This is a very simple patriotic ring that bears only the date "1914" in the center of the band. It is silver-toned and is a size 6 1/2. $45.00.

 

 

 

 

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17-388 PATRIOTIC RING. This well-made patriotic ring is a size 8 ½. The words "Dank Vaterland" are inscribed around the ring’s silver-toned band. It makes an attractive remembrance of another time. $60.00

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17-406 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This ring is a patriotic example. It appears to be made of a bronze-colored base metal. It is quite small, a size 5 3/4. It features a small Iron Cross on the center of the band. You will find this quite dainty. $40.00. . .

 

 

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17-570 PATRIOTIC RING - VATERLANDS DANK. This is one of the very popular "Vaterland Dank 1914" patriotic rings. It is a size 10, in very fine condition. It is silver-toned. $50.00

 

 

 

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17-486 VATERLANDSDANK PATRIOTIC RING FOR A WOMAN. "Vaterlandsdank" rings were quite popular in Germany during WW I. Essentially, it means "Thanks of the Fatherland." These generally were received for a contribution to the war effort. This example is for a woman. It is a size 6 1/2. $60.00.

 

 

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17-500 PATRIOTIC 1914/1915 IRON CROSS RING. This is a very high caliber patriotic ring that has an Iron Cross as its central motif. The Iron Cross is made of two-colored enamel. The dates 1914-1915 appear on the Iron Cross, so it is early-war quality. The ring is quite striking. It is a size 5 1/2. $95.00

 

 

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17-549 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS RING. This is a patriotic Iron Cross ring. It displays a lovely Iron Cross, flanked by "1914" and "1916." The ring is silver hallmarked for .800 silver. The band is separated in the reverse’s center. The ring is a size 8 1/2. $75.00

 

 

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Non Imperial German Rings

 

39-31 PATRIOTIC RING - FRENCH COIN. This is a patriotic ring which has been fashioned from a French coin. The coin has been bent to fit a finger’s contours. A hole has been drilled in the center of the coin. The coin itself dates from 1923. The ring is size 7 1/2. $25.00 

 

 

 

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Bracelets

 

 

17-657 PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS BANGLE BRACELET. This is a very high-quality patriotic bangle bracelet. The bracelet appears to be made of "German Silver" (a combination of silver well-below the .800 level and nickle). The bracelet’s central motif is a circular Iron Cross 2nd Class rendered in multicolored enamel. The enamel center measures 2 ⅝" x 2 7/16." The highly detailed enamel is green, white, and black. $150.00

 

 

 

 

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17-662 LADIES PATRIOTIC BRACELET FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND. This is a high-quality ladies’ bracelet that was fashioned from an artillery shell driving band. A black enamel Iron Cross flanked by oak leaves appears in the obverse’s center. The information listed below is engraved inside the bracelet.

Z. Erg. w. d. Eiserne Zeit
in der Champagne 1915
Unt’ffz. Beyes

While made from battlefield scrap, this is a nearly 100-year-old, professionally fashioned bracelet in top condition. $150.00

 

 

 

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17-663 LADIES PATRIOTIC BRACELET FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND. This is a very simple lady’s bracelet that is made from two artillery shell driving band pieces. The two halves are held together by a metal chain that sports a tiny tag engraved with "Bruge Aisne 1914/15" (Between Bruges and the Aisne 1914/15). [France’s Aisne River is considered the birthplace of WW I’s Trench Warfare, where the opposing British and German forces confronted each other in September 1914 after Germany’s initial sweep through Belgium. Two more battles were fought here in 1917 and 1918]. The bracelet is in very fine condition. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

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17-583 DELUXE 19th CENTURY BRACELET - BRAUNSCHWEIG OR HANNOVER. This is the most magnificent bracelet we have ever offered to you. It comes from the Kingdom of Hannover or its vassal state, the Duchy of Braunschweig, and dates from 1859. This was a full seven years before the 1866 Austro-Prussian War wherein Hannover was annexed by Prussia. The massive and elegant bracelet is made of silver and richly-applied, two-color cloisonné.
If we run a tape measure around the bracelet, it measures 8 3/4" in diameter. At its widest point, it measures 1 1/2." The bracelet’s surface is covered in ravishing black cloisonné enamel, inset with contrasting gold laurel leaves. The latter appear on the right and left halves of the bracelet. In the bracelet’s center is an oval-shaped compartment that opens to reveal a photograph. The compartment’s outer lid features a gold-crowned royal cypher. It was presented on a 50th anniversary, which I suspect was a golden wedding anniversary. Directly below the cypher is the date "31 Juli 1809-1859." As we open the center compartment, we see a photograph of a stern-looking elderly man, who is probably in his 60's or 70's.
The compartment lifts out from the bracelet, which allows the photo to be displayed in its housing. The bracelet breaks open to allow it to be more easily slipped onto the wrist. Around the bracelet’s edges, where the halves connect, is a fancy trim that may be made of GOLD (although of a lower fineness, perhaps 14K or even 10K). When the bracelet comes open, a delicate chain holds the two hinged pieces together. I cannot even begin to adequately describe the beauty and luxuriousness of this bracelet.
If you want something unique, breathtakingly gorgeous, with a kiss of 19th Century romance to it, you should carefully consider this magnificent piece.
$2,495.00

 

 

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17-637 PATRIOTIC ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND BRACELET. Patriotic bracelets made from artillery shell driving bands were very popular during WW I. These bracelets were a means for the women at home to show support for their country and their loved ones fighting at the front. This example has an enameled Iron Cross in its center. The band’s interior has a small plaque that states "Zur Erinnerung A/D. Weltkrieg 1914-15" (In remembrance A/D World War 1914-15). It is a very high-quality, early-war example.
The band breaks open, allowing the bracelet to be slipped over the lady’s wrist. A small safety chain keeps it closed. The bracelet is in excellent condition.
$125.00

 

 

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17-563 TRENCH ART PATRIOTIC IRON BRACELET. This is a gorgeous bracelet that serves as a prime example of trench art patriotic jewelry. The bracelet’s central decorative portion is fashioned from a piece of an artillery shell’s driving band. Attached to it is an enameled 1914 Iron Cross. The cross is flanked by two branches of oak tree leaves. Above the Iron Cross is a wonderfully-crafted Hohenzollern Crown, complete with its flowing stole. The band section is made of mesh. It has a clasp and chain to secure it. The band and the center piece measure 8." This is one of the more unusual patriotic bracelets that I have seen in awhile. $250.00

 

 

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17-585 PATRIOTIC BANGLE BRACELET - KRIEGSFLAGGE. This is a patriotic bangle bracelet. It measures 2 3/4" in diameter. It pulls apart to assist in placing it on a wrist. In the bracelet’s center sits a small, multicolored kriegsflagge. The bracelet appears to be made of German silver (nickel). It is very well made. $150.00

 

 

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17-410 PATRIOTIC TRENCH ART BRACELET. This bracelet is one of the ever-popular artillery shell driving band-derived trench art pieces. A black enameled EK is the centered on the band, and the recipient’s name is engraved inside. The piece is well-made and in good condition. $140.00 . .

 

 

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17-566 PATRIOTIC BRACELET - ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND. This is one of the ever-popular patriotic bracelets made from an artillery shell’s driving band, which serves as the bracelet’s basic component. Attached to the bracelet’s front is a small, enamel, 1914 Iron Cross. Inside the bracelet is engraved "Welt Krieg 1914/1915," along with a dedication from a brother (Peter) to his sister. It is a very tidy arrangement. The bracelet has been cleaned. It glows like gold, but is made of brass. $95.00

 

 

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17-430 PATRIOTIC LOCKET AND BRACELET. This is a combination of a bracelet and a patriotic locket. The bracelet is made of a driving band from an artillery shell. It snaps open for wearing on a wrist. It is dated 1914-1915. Its center may once have displayed an emblem, but if so, it no longer exists. The locket is gilt-toned with an enamel Iron Cross on the front cover. It snaps open and two pictures may be installed inside. The locket measures 1" in diameter. $275.00 .

 

 

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17-481 PATRIOTIC TRENCH ART BRACELET. This is an ultra-high-quality patriotic bracelet that has been fashioned principally from the driving band of an artillery shell. This is a very early war piece. On the obverse are the dates 1914 and 1915. Between those dates is a breathtaking miniature 1914 Iron Cross. It is as well-detailed as any full-sized EK you’ll ever see. This mini really sets off this bracelet. It is worked into the overall presentation in a stylish and elegant manner. $195.00. .

 

 

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17-495 PATRIOTIC DRIVING BAND BRACELET. This is a patriotic bracelet made from an artillery-shell driving band. The bracelet unfastens and swings open to place it on the wearer’s wrist. It is decorated with an enamel 1915 Iron Cross, flanked by oak leaves. $150.00 

 

 

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17-490 PATRIOTIC TRENCH-ART BRACELET. This is one of the ever-popular Trench-Art patriotic bracelets. These were very popular during the early and mid-war years. The bracelet is made, in fact, from the driving band of an artillery shell. Emblazoned on the front of the bracelet is an enameled Iron Cross flanked by oak leaves. When the bracelet is broken open, a small plaque is in place that says "Verdun 1914/15." $140.00  

 

 

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Lockets

 

17-290 PATRIOTIC LOCKET. This locket is really quite different in that it is eight sided (octagonal). It is shaped like a stop sign! It has a black finish, and a gilt-toned 1914 EK on the obverse. It opens and a small photo could be inserted inside. It also could just be worn as a pendant. On the reverse we can see that it is hallmarked .800 for silver content. The quality and condition are both at a very high level. $185.00

 

 

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Necklaces

 

17-408 PATRIOTIC NECKLACE IN A PRESENTATION CASE. This is a very high-caliber patriotic necklace, which is exhibited in a black leatherette case. The circular pendant measures 1 3/8" in diameter. The case is 2 ½" x 2 ½ ." A black Iron Cross, which is dated 1914, is surrounded by a gilt-toned wreath. The necklace comes complete with a small chain. The pendant is hallmarked on its reverse. The fitted leatherette case highlights the name of a jeweler in Berlin. This is a lovely, well-made piece. Since it features a black EK, it may well be a mourning piece worn by a family member in memory of a soldier who fell in battle. $250.00.

 

 

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17-605 PATRIOTIC PENDANT - CHAIN. This is a fine patriotic pendant and chain. The pendant is circular and measures 1" in diameter. A gold and black 1914 Iron Cross appears in the center. Around the Iron Cross is a black and gold enamel band with stars. A very delicate period chain, which measures 20" in length, is attached. $125.00

 

 

 

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17-295 PATRIOTIC NECKLACE. This patriotic necklace has a gold-toned chain that measures about 17". The pendant attached to the chain is a free-floating black enameled Iron Cross within a cutout circular device. The chain measures 17 3/4" The necklace is very clean and in well-above-average condition. $75.00.....

 

 

 

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Miscellaneous

 

17-670 COIN CUFFLINKS. Back in the day, gentlemen wore studs or cufflinks with their dress shirts. Although cufflinks are still available today for dress shirts, they are not nearly as common as they were 100+ years ago. These were produced from a combination of 1-Mark and half-Mark coins (the latter is considerably smaller in diameter). These were the coins of the realm, so each one boasts a large Hohenzollern Crown. Both of the half-Mark coins are dated "1916," (unusual for wartime)! One of the 1-Mark coins is dated "1907," while the other is dated "1914." Each larger coin is secured to its smaller counterpart by a short metal link. Here is your chance to adorn your dress shirt as gentlemen did more than 100 years ago! $125.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-660 PATRIOTIC EARRINGS FASHIONED FROM COINS. This is a very handsome pair of pierced earrings that combine a patriotic theme with a touch of trench art. The earrings’ centers consist of gilt-toned 20 pfennig coins. Both were minted in 1876, five years after Kaiser Wilhelm I became Germany’s first Kaiser. The obverse features a magnificent crowned Hohenzollern Eagle. The reverse speaks of the Deutsches Reich, the coins’ denomination and the date. A loop is attached to each earring to allow them to be threaded through the ear. A miniature bullet hangs from a very small loop on the bottom of each coin. These earrings are in top condition, and ready for your favorite lady to wear (or for her to purchase for herself). $125.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17-635 VETERAN WEARING ASSORTED MEDALS IN PHOTO-CUFFLINKS. This is a fine pair of older veterans’ cufflinks. Each cufflink displays a photo of an older veteran in his 60's or 70's wearing several Austrian medals on his left suit coat’s breast. The photo-cufflinks each measure 7/8" in diameter. They also sport a small chain attached to a crosspiece as the means of fastening them. It is a most-unusual arrangement. $125.00 
 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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