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Tunics - Tunic Groups

Admirals - Kaiserliche Marine

 

13-875 GROßADMIRAL HANS von KOESTER’S PERSONAL EFFECTS GROUP - INCLUDING EPAULETTES/FORE AND AFT CAP/ETC. I first offered this group over a decade ago. The fellow who has owned it since then recently changed his area of interest, so I was thrilled to take it back in trade. (Items like this just do NOT become available often). Hans von Koester was one of six Imperial Period men (five Germans and one Swede) appointed as a Großadmiral. The rank was created in 1901, with Kaiser Wilhelm II (naturally) appointing himself the first rank holder. King Oskar II of Sweden was granted the same rank that year as a ceremonial gesture. Listed below are the six men who held the rank from 1901 until the empire’s end in 1918.

1901 - Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859–1941)
1901 - King Oskar II of Sweden (1829–1907)
28 June 1905 - Hans von Koester (1844–1928)
4 September 1909 - HRH Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862–1929)
27 January 1911 - Alfred von Tirpitz (1849–1930)
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[*Promoted on an Honorary Basis without Patent]
31 May 1918 - Henning von Holtzendorff (1853–1919)

The first two recipients were ceremonial appointments rather than direct commands. The third appointee, Hans von Koester, was the first "operational" admiral to receive the rank. He was promoted to Großadmiral in 1905 as a reward for his long service. He actually retired the following year (1906). The next to receive the rank was Prinz Heinrich, (one of whose tunics and officer’s summer schirmütze we are proud to offer). Heinrich held direct command in the Kaiserliche Marine and was a royal, so his appointment was not an à la Suite promotion. Heinrich was the second officer with a naval background to achieve the rank. Alfred von Tirpitz was the third.
*[PLEASE NOTE: von Tirpitz’s promotion must be viewed with an "asterisk." His promotion was WITHOUT patent. That is, he was a Großadmiral in title, but his rank was more like that of an à la Suite (an honorary appointment for royalty ONLY). This somewhat confusing situation was evident on two different von Tirpitz shoulder boards we have offered in the past. Instead of a Großadmiral’s crossed batons, those boards displayed FOUR pips, which indicated the equivalent of a Generaloberst in the rank of Generalfeldmarschall. The latter was a rank often used by royals in the Imperial German Army, and officially WAS an à la Suite position. Prior to the institution of Großadmiral, the Imperial German Navy’s highest rank was a full Admiral, who wore TWO pips. The Navy had no equivalent to the Imperial German Army’s Generaloberst, who displayed THREE pips. The Navy simply skipped the rank! The number of shoulder board pips displayed on the four admirals’ ranks was as follows: a Konteradmiral wore NO pips; a Vizeadmiral displayed ONE pip; an Admiral boasted TWO pips; and a Großadmiral had NO pips, but instead displayed crossed batons].
The final man to achieve the rank was Henning von Holtzendorff. He assumed Alfred von Tirpitz’s role, and also did not exercise direct command after his promotion. In fact, he retired before the war’s end due to health problems (he died in 1919). Von Holtzendorff was replaced by Admiral Reinhard Scheer (the High Seas Fleet commander at 1916's Battle of Jutland/Skagerrak). Scheer was responsible for running the Navy, but was NOT awarded a Großadmiral’s rank.
The following small group of Großadmiral Hans von Koester’s personal effects is absolutely marvelous.

 

PAIR OF GROßADMIRAL’S EPAULETTES. I have seen some superb shoulder boards and epaulettes over the years, including those from the Kaiser. Nothing, however, has ever touched the sublime beauty of these truly magnificent specimens. Their centers are made of gold silk! Wool or felt is normally used for background material, not silk. Each center is highlighted by a pair of crossed batons. The batons’ artistry sets them apart from any Army Generalfeldmarschall’s batons. Army batons usually are made of silver, rather than the exquisite enamel used by the Navy. These display four different colors: gold, white, red, and black. Neither epaulette displays any damage whatsoever to these magnificent batons. A massive silver eagle grasping a fouled anchor in its claws overlays each baton set. Just below a small gilt naval button on the epaulette’s tongue is a silver Kaiser Crown. The tongue also displays red and black piping on a white background. The use of red, black, and white (the national colors) indicates that the Kaiserliche Marine was under the Reich’s authority, not the Kingdom of Prussia’s.
More gold design work extends out from the silk field on which the batons and eagles are mounted. Massive gold ringlets flow down majestically around their edges. (They must have looked amazing when worn on the dress uniform)! The epaulettes’ undersides are covered in navy-blue wool, another sure sign that they are correct for the Kaiserliche Marine. A sliding brass clip arrangement allows them to be slipped onto the tunic.
Looking at these epaulettes and their superb condition, one would be hard pressed to believe they are more than one-hundred-years-old.

GROßADMIRAL’S UNIFORM CUFFS. Imperial German Navy Admiräle uniforms displayed gold bullion stripes that indicated the man’s rank. Daily-use tunics did NOT display shoulder boards, so rank was determined by the number of stripes on the cuffs. In a Großadmiral’s case, FOUR stripes designated his rank. Each of these stripes measures 9/16" in width. In addition to the rank stripes, a single wide band of gold bullion is present that measures 1 15/16" in width. Its bullion displays a wonderful patina, with gentle toning. Each cuff normally had a bullion Kaiser Crown attached, as well. Only one of them is present, and is NOT attached to the cuff. [We will show this in our photographs]. Each cuff is wrapped very neatly in some very old tissue paper. Both are most attractive.

FORE & AFT CAP (ZWEISPITZ) BELONGING TO ADMIRAL HANS von KOESTER. Naval officers wore two types of headdresses. First, for regular duty, was the schirmütze (visor cap). Second, for more formal occasions, often worn with a Gala Naval Uniform was the zweispitz (fore and aft cap). [Naval officers actually had three types of uniforms: daily wear, dress, and high-dress (Gala). Many officers did not even have a Gala uniform unless they were of higher rank or were extremely wealthy]. In the USA, we more frequently associate fore and aft caps with naval headdresses from the 18th and early 19th Centuries. In the Kaiserliche Marine, an Admiral’s zweispitz was different from the other officers’. Von Koester’s zweispitz is significantly and magnificently more elaborate.
The zweispitz’s body is covered with close-cropped very fine fur, perhaps seal. In addition to the golden coil that extends from the gilt navy button on the cap’s right side, the other huge difference is a 2 ½"bullion band that runs the length of the cap’s two sides. Each of the cap’s ends sports multiple silver bullion ringlets. Beneath the top row of silver ringlets is another row that is interspersed with silver, red, and black ringlets. The cap’s right side boasts a large and very elegant silk Reich's kokarde.
Turning to the interior, we see a very high-quality, light-brown leather sweatband. It is 100% complete and in excellent condition. If we look closely, in a place or two we can see some very slight sweat stains from where von Koester actually wore it! The white silk liner is flawless and in superb condition. His name, "von Koester," is embossed in gold on the white silk liner.

STORAGE CASE FOR ALL ITEMS LISTED ABOVE. This is a large storage case that measures 8 1/4" x 9" x 18." The case was used to store the epaulettes and zweispitz when not in use. It has a handle on the top that made it convenient for use when traveling. On the case’s front is a small plaque that measures 1 3/16" x 3 ½" and bears his name: "von Koester." When I originally bought the group many years ago, the case’s top half was separated from its bottom half. The hinges and screws that secured them had pulled loose. When I bought the group back, I decided to address the problem. Normally, I prefer to avoid restoration, but in this case I felt it was in order. So we inserted new screws in the original hinges and the case operates as it did more than one-hundred-years ago. The original key is attached to the handle!
Inside the case we see that the zweispitz is nestled at the bottom. Over it is a red silk platform. The platform performs two purposes. It separates the zweispitz from the contents at the case’s top. That is where the platform becomes the epaulettes’ storage stand. Each epaulette slides onto the platform and is secured. The tunic cuffs are folded in their tissue and laid at the top, which makes for a tidy package.

SILVER PRESENTATION PLATE FROM von KOESTER’S STAFF WHEN COMMANDER OF DER MARINE STATION den OSTSEE. This is an ultra-high-quality silver presentation plate. It measures 11" in diameter. The plate’s edges display very elaborate scrollwork accented with a floral motif. The following dedication is engraved  at the plate’s top: "Unserem Hochverehrten Stationschef Admiral H. Koester" (Our esteemed station-chief Admiral H. Koester). Another engraving is presented at the plate’s bottom: "Die Offiziere der Marinestation der Ostsee" (The officers of the Baltic Sea Marine Station). An admiral’s flag is in the plate’s center. Below that is the presentation’s date, 22 März 1897. The plate’s reverse is highly tarnished and bears the manufacturer’s hallmark, as well as for .800 silver, and the initials "AP."
The Marinestation Ostsee was the Baltic See Naval Station located in Kiel. Von Koester held this post from 1889 to 1903. It should also be noted that he is recognized as an Admiral, rather than the lower rank of Vizeadmiral. It is interesting to note that von Koester received the promotion in 1897, the same year as the plate! The plate is in amazing condition for its age.  

COLOR POSTCARD AND DETAILED HISTORICAL INFORMATION OF HANS von KOESTER. We are including a period color postcard of Großadmiral Hans von Koester. We thought it important that you know what the man looked like. We also have some historical background on him that chronicles his long career.

 

 

 

 

Words cannot adequately describe the beauty, rarity, and historical importance of this group. If you are a collector of Kaiserliche Marine items, we have many other important items including Prinz Heinrich’s aforementioned group, an overcoat with shoulder boards for a Großadmiral, and numerous epaulettes for every officer rank up-to-and-including a Kapitän zur See. (Please browse our "NAVY" Merchandise Page to see them, click here to see). $29,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Generals - Saxony

 

 

20-186 KRONPRINZ GEORG'S (LATER KING GEORG) M-1872 GENERALOBERST TUNIC - SAXONY. Kronprinz Georg (1832-1904) assumed the throne of Saxony in 1902. He became König when his brother, König Albert, died in 1902. König Georg ruled for a short, two-year-period. Upon his death he was succeeded to the throne by his son, Friedrich August III (1865-1932). [Friedrich August III was Saxony’s final König, until he and all other German royalty abdicated in November 1918]. During the Franco-Prussian War, Prinz Georg (who then was not yet Kronprinz) commanded the XII. Armeekorps, which was primarily a Saxon Armeekorps. He had also commanded troops in the War of 1866 against Prussia. (Saxony had been Bavaria and Austria’s ally in that conflict). In his command of the XII. Armeekorps, Prinz Georg was a Generaloberst. He remained in this rank until his promotion to Generalfeldmarschall on 15 March 1888. Since today ‘s offering is an M-1872 tunic, we can date our tunic to the period from 1872 to 1888. It seems logical that Kronprinz Georg would have stopped wearing this tunic in 1888, and acquired others with the correct rank to which he had been promoted.
The tunic is in wonderful condition for being 125+-years-old. The tunic’s body is a rich and lustrous wool, colored in the classic dunkel-blau (dark-blue). TWELVE gilt Saxon General’s buttons run down the tunic’s center. These highly ornate buttons are unique to the Saxon General’s tunics. Two more of these buttons adorn each sleeve. Both the collar and the sleeves are heavily embroidered with a Prussian General’s style of gold bullion acorns and oak leaves against a red base. In my opinion, it is the handsomest and most impressive bullion embroidery that can be seen on ANY tunic. The left breast sports a set of loops for a medal or ribbon bar. The loops measure 5" from end to end, and would accommodate a very large bar. Below this are four more sets of sewn-in loops to accommodate Breast Stars and other decorations. The shoulder boards display an interesting arrangement typical of Saxon General’s tunics from the period. The wearer’s left shoulder sports a coiled spiral of bullion that serves as the shoulder board. The right shoulder displays a very elegant, contrasting combination. First is a Generaloberst’s shoulder board, with three frosted silver pips. Attached to its end is a complete Saxon General’s aiguillette. This very ornate, exquisitely beautiful accouterment extends down from the shoulder board and flows onto the tunic’s right chest. Its bullion ropes are massive. Attached to the aiguillette’s tips are gorgeous, crowned extensions. The entire aiguillette is then attached to the tunic’s second button. It is simply stunning. It sets off the tunic and adds to its special overall look.
As handsome as is the tunic’s obverse, it is just as delightful on the reverse. The same embroidered bullion from the collar and sleeves has been worked onto both sides of the vent area! The same ornate Saxon General’s buttons appear on both sides of the flap. They number six in all. The tunic’s interior is equally impressive. All the detail one would expect for a Kronprinz is equally lavished on the interior. I have never seen a liner quite like this. It is made from a heavy, quilted, satin (another variation of silk). The interior is complete and virtually trouble free. Some sweat staining shows in the arm pits, so it definitely was worn. The tunic’s neck displays a number "3" sewn in place. This was to help Georg’s valet lay out the proper uniform when so instructed by his master. From a master list bearing this number, the man pulled the correct, corresponding headdress, boots, decorations, belt, etc. It is a stunning tunic, and clearly the most historically important army tunic we have ever offered. Please look closely at the many photographs that accompany our description of a tunic for a man who would become King. $15,995.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-328 PRE WORLD WAR I GENERALLEUTNANT'S DRESS TUNIC - SAXONY. This is an absolutely stunning pre WW I Saxon Army Generalleutnant’s dress tunic. It is one of the "dunkel-blau" (dark-blue) types that preceded feldgrau. A striking differentiation between this General’s tunic and those of other German states is made by the buttons. The Saxon General Officer’s buttons that run down the tunic’s center front, the sleeves, the vent area in the rear, and even on the shoulder boards are unique to Saxony. They are quite elaborate, and far more gorgeous than any other button you will ever see. Eight of the gilt buttons adorn the tunic’s front. Two are sewn over the gold bullion kragenspiegel decorating each sleeve. Four more of these magnificent buttons serve as an accent around the vent on the tunic’s reverse. Finally, a smaller button appears on each dress (banjo-style) shoulder board. (These are smaller than the other fourteen buttons). The tunic’s fine wool fabric is in excellent plus condition. A single pair of vertical, sewn-in loops are on the left breast. It can accommodate a breast star or other award. Then a set of horizontal loops appears for a very extensive ribbon or medal bar (the width is 6").
As previously stated, the bullion on the sleeves is gold. On the collar, a pair of standard General’s kragenspiegel appears in matching gold bullion. The dress shoulder boards, which are attached to the tunic, are nothing short of stunning. A single pip shows on each for the rank of Generalleutnant. A Generalleutnant compares to a Major General (two stars) in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marines. In Imperial Germany, a Generalleutnant commanded either a Division or an Armeekorps. The trim edging the boards is gilt, while the ringlets extending down are silver. The tunic’s interior is lined in red cotton. A moth nip or two is scattered about the lining. This is a simply amazing tunic. The number of Generals in the Saxon Army was far fewer than in Prussia, therefore making General’s tunics difficult-to-find. If you are looking for a tunic in superb condition, you will be hard pressed to find a finer example than this. $11,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Generals - Braunschweig

 

 

20-145 FELDGRAU HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 UNIFORM (ATTILA AND TROUSERS) GROUP FOR DUKE (HERZOG) ERNST AUGUST - BRAUNSCHWEIG. This week we are offering one of the most significant uniform groups we have ever had. It is from Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, which was founded in 1809. The Regiment was garrisoned in the capital city of Braunschweig, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 possessed a fabled history. Among the battles and campaigns in which it participated were, the Peninsula Campaign (Spain and Portugal) with Wellington, Waterloo (again with Wellington), and Mars La Tour during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. This Regiment, along with Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92, and a single Artillerie Bataillon, constituted the Duchy of Braunschweig’s entire military. [Braunschweig once was part of the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover and Braunschweig were absorbed into Prussia after they found themselves on the losing side of the 1866 war between Prussia and Austria. This status continued until 1912, when Duke (Herzog) Ernst August of Braunschweig married Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter. Braunschweig was then afforded greater independence, but very much remained a Prussian vassal state].  Our offering today is that very Duke’s feldgrau tunic (attila) and trousers for Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17. This is an important and exciting group on a number of levels. First, attilas are highly-prized by collectors, especially when found in feldgrau. Second, to find one in a General Officer’s rank that once belonged to a German HEAD-OF-STATE (the Kaiser’s son-in-law, no-less) is extra-special. The tunic is made of ultra-high-grade gabardine wool in the highly-desirable feldgrau. Its tresses are silver with black chevrons interwoven throughout. The rosette and barrel buttons are cloth rather than prewar metal. Two slash pockets decorate the tunic’s front. The collar is trimmed in the same fabric as the tresses. The tunic’s shoulders feature a Prussian Generalmajor’s shoulder boards with crowned buttons. Many sewn-in loops for orders, decorations and ribbon bars dot the tunic’s front left chest area. The one for the ribbon bar is 6" long from end to end. Approximately TEN different sets of loops appear to accommodate all of the other awards worn by Ernst August. In fact, an Ernst August War Service Cross 1st Class is attached to one of the sets!  Three moth nips appear on the tunic’s obverse. (We will detail them in our accompanying photos). Two small nips also show on each of the tunic’s sleeves. The tunic’s reverse repeats the same tresses motif, as well as the cloth rosette buttons. It is in exquisite condition. Inside, the tunic boasts a sumptuous silk liner that excels what other officers commissioned from a tailor (the perks of royalty)! Two pockets show up inside the tunic.  Its collar is quite unusual. A white collar liner is affixed to the tunic’s collar by three snaps. "L/M FEA. III 4708" is stenciled in black on the white attached inner collar. About three to four inches immediately below that "R IV" is embroidered in red thread. This is no doubt a clothing numbering system to assist a valet with knowing which tunic to pull for his master on a given day. We see such a system with Kaiser Wilhelm II’s tunics (especially helpful for his valet, since he had more than 200 from which he could draw!), which appear on the market occasionally.  Although the tunic is quite interesting, I find the trousers that go with it very appealing. They are the classic riding breeches favored by Hussars. They are quite wide at the hip and thigh area, then narrow down substantially on the leg and ankle. They sport a button-front (no zippers in German uniforms at this time!), with five buttons at the front and two in the rear. They also have a buckle adjustment at the rear. Three buttons at each ankle complete the blousing effect. Finally, a single, narrow, red stripe down the outside of each pant leg confirms the General Officer’s status. This is a lovely, historic group. If a visor cap or busby were added to the display (even if they were not the Duke’s) it would make the uniform group even more striking. [The price for feldgrau tunics continues to spiral upward. I was recently offered a feldgrau attila for a Leutnant in an everyday regiment. MY price was $5,000.00. It was a lovely tunic but when considering that this tunic comes from one of the most elite regiments, is for a royal, a General Officer, and includes the trousers, this makes for a superb value]! $16,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Generals - Württemberg 

 

 

15-562 COMPLETE DRESS TUNIC - GENERALMAJOR - WÜRTTEMBERG. It has been some time since I have offered you a General Officer’s tunic. Once you have read the following description, I believe you will agree that the wait has been well worth it. Our offering is a prewar dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic, from not too long before the conversion to wartime feldgrau occurred. The tunic is of the highest-quality and in astonishingly good condition. It has only one tiny little moth nip and a slight sign of wear to its bottom edge. A total of twelve gold-toned buttons runs down its center. Attached to the top two buttons of the tunic is a sumptuous General’s aiguillette. It is a VERY rare accessory indeed that we seldom find attached to a tunic. The tunic sports a set of horizontal sewn-in loops suitable for a ribbon or medal bar. The loops measure 5" wide. Another set of vertical sewn-in loops is present, and probably held a pinback decoration or possibly a breast star. The cuffs are red, with a gold bullion kragenspiegel and two gold-toned buttons on each cuff. The collar is red. Each side again sports the gold bullion kragenspiegel emblematic of a General Officer. It boasts absolutely superb Generalmajor’s epaulettes. Each displays the red and black threads that confirm they hail from the Kingdom of Württemberg. They are in beautiful condition. The tunic’s reverse reveals a total of six more (three to a side) gold-toned buttons on the vent flap. [The left vent flap is also where we find the one teen-eintsy moth nibble]. Its interior is every bit as sumptuous as the exterior. It possesses a fine black silk liner with a small, inner breast pocket (but, alas, no evidence of the owner’s name). Included with the tunic is a superior Württemberg officer’s brocade sash, portépée-like tassels and all, once again sporting Württemberg’s red and black color scheme on a silver bullion background. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a COMPLETE General Officer’s tunic from an infrequently seen German state. Württemberg tunics are available far less often than those from Prussia. (I see Württemberg tunics even less frequently than Bavarian or Saxon). Please enjoy this. It is a great pleasure for us to share it with you! $8,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-551 ÜBERROCK - GENERAL der INFANTERIE À LA SUITE - GRENADIER-REGIMENT KÖNIG KARL (5. WÜRTTEMBERGISCHES) Nr 123 - WÜRTTEMBERG. The überrock was a frock coat (longer in length than a conventional tunic) that was used until 1910 (approximately) when it was phased-out by tunics. At first glance it looks like a pre WW I dark-blue tunic. Instead of ending at or near the midriff however, it continues to the knee area. In any event, it is a much longer tunic. Today we are offering an überrock from Grenadier-Regiment König Karl (5. Württembergisches) Nr 123. The Regiment was founded in 1799. It was garrisoned at Ulm and attached to Württemberg’s XIII Armeekorps. This überrock is quite simple. Its body is dark-blue. A double row of five (ten-total) gilt buttons run down its center. (Its reverse boasts four more large gilt buttons at the vent flap). Its collar is red and red material trims its cuffs. Its second buttonhole sports a prinzengroße-sized Iron Cross ribbon. As the tunic is clearly pre 1910 (indeed, it is from much earlier), the ribbon is for an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. I have saved the best detail for last. Its shoulder boards are for a General der Infanterie! The shoulder boards show that the silver bullion areas’ chevrons are red and black, confirming that they belonged to a Württemberg General. Next, we see the two rank pips that indicate a General der Infanterie. You will note they are silver, although the silver wash has disappeared from several small places, revealing the underlying brass. In their centers is König Karl’s crowned, royal cypher. He was Grenadier-Regiment König Karl (5. Württembergisches) Nr 123's patron. Inside the coat is a fine, black, silk liner. No ownership tag is present, but it does show (unsurprisingly) that the coat was produced in Stuttgart by Gustav Rörer. The firm was a noted purveyor to Württemberg’s royal household. [From some quick research, we found that Herzog Wilhelm Nikolaus was a General der Infanterie à la Suite officer to the Regiment. The information came from several Ranglistes from before and after König Wilhelm II’s time]. The überrock’s exterior is generally pleasing. Some scattered moth nips appear, which are not detractive. The largest is near the Iron Cross ribbon. Also, a repair was made to a seam on the überrock’s back. [We will highlight these areas in the accompanying photographs]. The seam let go and was re-sewn from the outside, instead of removing the lining. Nevertheless, the erstwhile tailor did a tidy job. $2,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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Generals -  Prussia

 

 

15-490 M-1915 GENERALARZT FELDBLUSE FELDGRAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA. We are always pleased to bring you feldgrau tunics. It is an especially good day for us when we offer an example that once belonged to a General. This example is a very different sort of tunic. It was once the property of a “Generalarzt,” that is, a doctor who was also a General Officer. I can assure you, the German Army, did NOT have many Generals who were doctors. A man in this rank would have been assigned at a very high level, perhaps at an Armee or Armee Gruppe. He might also have been on staff at the high command. It would not have been for a man out in the field. He would have overseen medical services at a very high level. The tunic is a M-1915 Feldbluse. This tunic is completely different from other tunic types (including the M-1910) in that all of its center buttons are hidden from view behind a flap. This presents a smooth exterior. A total of six gray buttons hides beneath the flap. The cuffs feature no adornment, either. The tunic does not have conventional General officer’s kragenspiegel mounted on a different shade of (darker) gray collar. Instead, the kragenspiegel are silver and bullion, with a dark-blue background trimmed in red. The shoulder boards are quite large. They are of the subdued M-1915 variety for use on feldgrau tunics. They consist of silver bullion interwoven with black cords. Their centers boast gilt caducei. The shoulder boards’ underlays are the same blue that we see on the kragenspiegel. They are of the slip-on variety. A small, subdued button holds them in place. The tunic’s left breast displays two sets of sewn-in loops. The loops could have held a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class or the EK 1st Class equivalent from another state. [In our photos we show an Iron Cross 1st Class attached. It is an example ONLY, and does NOT come with the tunic]. A five-place ribbon bar sits above the sewn-in loops. Five loops are present and the one on the end is not utilized. It is possible that the ribbon bar is not original to the tunic. This is the way I received it, however, so this is how I am offering it to you. The tunic’s reverse shows two more subdued buttons in the vent area. The tunic’s exterior condition is very pleasing. Some limited areas of moth tracking appear, but no full nips that I can detect. Inside the tunic is a full cotton liner, rather than silk. I surmise it is a late-war tunic based on several details, and its wool. It is not the same buttery feldgrau material that one sees in WW I’s early and mid years. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a General medical officer’s feldgrau tunic. $5,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-202 GENERALLEUTNANT'S HELLGRAU LITEWKA - PRUSSIA. This is an unusual tunic for a Generalleutnant in the Prussian Army prior to the outbreak of WW I. The color hellgrau (sky-gray) was a blue-gray used in addition to the more commonly seen feldgrau (field-gray, which means it has more green mixed with the gray). This tunic is in the litewka style, i.e., double-breasted with a double row (six to a side) of gilt-toned buttons. The tunic is trimmed in red with piping on the sleeves, etc. The tunic also has red collar kragenspiegel as opposed to the later gold-embroidered kragenspiegel. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety which is customary on higher ranking officer tunics. They are for a Prussian Generalleutnant and display a single pip on each shoulder board. This rank would be equivalent to a Major General in the U.S. Army. A Generalleutnant would have been a division commander before the war. Once the war began he might have commanded an Armeekorps of two or more divisions. He might also have been on staff and not a line-commander. No loops are sewn on the tunic for the display of awards or decorations. The interior has a fine silk liner which is complete and in excellent condition. Generally, this tunic is in good condition. It has 3-5 small moth nips that are not detractive to the overall presentation. Also, a seam has separated about an inch or so by the first button. It can be sewn back together once one gets beneath the inner lining. {In fact, when the tunic is buttoned, the separation cannot be seen at all. So, if you are displaying the tunic on a mannequin, you do not need to bother sewing up the seam}. This is a splendid tunic that I bought quite reasonably. I am offering it to you today at a good price. $4,495.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-524 GENERALLEUTNANT'S ÜBERROCK -  - PRUSSIA. This is a Generalleutnant’s überrock (frock coat). These tunics were most commonly seen and used prior to 1905. The tunic is dark-blue (dunkel-blau) in color. The collar is red and displays NO kragenspiegel (as do later tunics). A double row of six gilt buttons (twelve buttons in all) runs down the tunic’s front. No buttons appear at the cuffs, just single, thin, red trim lines. Its shoulders sport a pair of sewn-in Prussian Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards. Each shoulder board displays a single gilt pip. (Each pip shows substantial wear and fading, but both are clearly gilt).  The reverse’s vent boasts four more gilt-toned buttons, and red trim. The tunic interior’s black silk is in beautiful condition. Its exterior displays some scattered mothing. The fourth buttonhole’s surrounding area has a concentration of three noticeable moth nips. The other moth nips are limited and scattered. The right sleeve’s edge also has some fraying and mothing (clearly detailed in the description’s accompanying photographs). It is wonderfully bargain-priced for a General’s tunic. $2,195.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-595 KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT HERZOG FRIEDRICH EUGEN von WÜRTTEMBERG (WESTPREUß.) Nr 5 OBERST DRESS TUNIC - PRUSSIA. This is a dress or parade uniform for the Oberst and commanding officer of Küraßier-Regiment Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg (Westpreuß.) Nr 5. It was one of the older line Küraßier-Regiments, founded in 1717. It is interesting that the Regiment was garrisoned in three separate areas, which included Riesenberg, Rosenberg, and Deutsch-Elau. The Regiment was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps. The tunic’s color is white. It has the high collar unique to Küraßier-Regiment tunics. A wide band of silver bullion runs down each side of the tunic’s center. Within that wide band are two narrow bands of light rose. The tunic secures with a series of hook and eye attachments that, when secured, leaves a smooth center without buttons. The same theme of silver bullion is carried forward to the collar and to the sleeve cuffs. Two silver buttons also appear on each cuff. The epaulettes have a silver moon-shaped device. Within the moon we see a white wool surface. On that white background, we see an Oberst and Regimental Commander’s twin pips. This is confirmed by the loose silver ringlets that extend down from the silver moon device. On the reverse we see the rose colored trim in the area of the vent. Also in this area are six silver-toned buttons. As to condition, this is not quite as fine as we would prefer. The front is in very good condition. The reverse has extensive moth tracing that extends over much of it. While this is a pity, the tunic displays well from the front. It is quite unusual to find a tunic for an officer of this rank who served as the Regimental Commander of Küraßier-Regiment Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg (Westpreuß.) Nr 5. $5,995.00 Price specially reduced to $5,295.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-240 FELDGRAU KLEINER ROCK FOR A MAJOR a. D. IN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 - PRUSSIA. This is one of the most exciting tunics we have offered in quite awhile. It is known as a "Kleiner Rock." This is a handsome, identified tunic for an officer in an armored Kavallerie Regiment. The officer was assigned to Küraßier-Regiment von Dreisen (Westfälisches) Nr 4. This elite Regiment was one of the older Kavallerie Regiments. It was raised in 1717 and garrisoned at Münster. The feldgrau tunic is set up as a litewka, a tunic that has a double row of buttons instead of a single row. This tunic is in EXTRAORDINARY condition. The tunic was probably produced in 1914 prior to the beginning of the war. The material is rich and buttery-smooth, and of the highest quality. Some of the feldgrau material available later in the war (even to officers) had a much rougher weave. It just did not have that superior prewar texture. The exterior’s condition is faultless. I can see no mothing whatsoever. As previously stated, this is the litewka tunic style, with a double row of six, silver buttons. A line of red trim accents the cuffs (with no buttons), collar, and the edge of the flap, etc. The collar features white collar tabs trimmed in red, with a large silver button on each tab. The collar itself is a contrasting darker green, which is quite distinct from the tunic’s feldgrau. A major’s shoulder boards are vibrantly in place, with a red and white underlay. On the tunic’s obverse are a set of sewn-in loops for a ribbon bar. This accommodates a ribbon bar of six to eight places. Immediately below that are two more sets of sewn-in loops. This would have been for a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and one other pinback award. It could have been a wound badge, or an Iron Cross 1st Class equivalent from another state. The tunic’s reverse carries forward the obverse’s red trim. No buttons are on the tunic’s reverse. Inside the tunic in a pocket is a tailor’s label identifying the original owner as Freiherr von Landsberg. In a copy of the 1914 Rangliste von Landsberg was listed as a Rittmeister in Küraßier-Regiment von Dreisen (Westfälisches) Nr 4. In looking through the list of officers EVERY one of them was a nobleman. No fewer than FIVE other barons were in that Regiment. One small "problem" exists. On the officer’s shoulder boards the silver buttons holding them down are mismatched. One button is an 18mm button and the other is a 16mm. If this is the worst problem one can find on this tunic, I think it shows the condition and quality that we offer.
Some additional information on this tunic has come from the collector from whom we acquired the tunic. The officer to whom the tunic belonged to was a Freiherr von Landesberg who retired as a Rittmeister. As was the custom in the German army if an officer had served honorably he was advanced one rank. This was mostly for pension purposes but it also allowed the officer greater prestige as he was one rank higher than his final service rank. Thus his final official rank was Major a. D. This is a superb identified tunic. Finding feldgrau tunics of this quality and rank is an accomplishment and we are most pleased to share this with you.
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15-570 OBERST'S ÜBERROCK - ULANEN-REGIMENT von KATZLER (SCHLESISCHES) Nr 2 - PRUSSIA. This is a commanding Oberst’s überrock from the Ulanen-Regiment von Katzler (Schlesisches) Nr 2.. This Regiment was founded in 1745. It was garrisoned in Gleiwitz-Piess and assigned to the VI ArmeeKorps. An überrock was the army tunic’s long, frock coat version. Like a standard prewar tunic, it is dark-blue. It has a double row (six to each side) of gilt-toned buttons. Stitched into the second buttonhole is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. Another ribbon is present, which on first sight appears to be from Braunschweig. It displays, however, an unusual black and white trim on either side that I cannot identify. The collar is all red. A thin red trim line runs centrally from the collar to just below the tunic’s final button. Red trim is also visible at the cuffs. Its shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. Each sports the regimental designation "2," along with an Oberst’s twin gilt pips. The left breast displays two pairs of sewn-in loops. One is quite large. It appears to be for a larger decoration, or possibly even a breast star. The second pair is very close and could have held an Iron Cross 1st Class. The tunic’s reverse has a total of four gilt buttons in the vent area. The tunic’s interior is equally clean, boasting a black, traditional silk liner. It is a high-quality tunic at a very fair price. $1,495.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-424 MAJOR'S ÜBERROCK - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 - PRUSSIA. This is a major’s high-quality frock coat from the 1. Ober-Elsässisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 15. The Regiment was established in 1871. It was garrisoned at Saarburg-Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps. The tunic’s body is made of fine blue wool. It displays red piping, and a double row of six gilt buttons. Its collar is black. No buttons decorate the sleeves. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. They show the braid reserved for the rank of Major through Oberst. It has no pips, but does display the regimental numerical designation, along with the Artillerie’s flaming bomb. The shoulder boards have a red underlay. The tunic’s reverse features four gilt buttons at the vent. Inside, the tunic is beautifully finished with a silk liner. The tunic’s overall condition is excellent. It is a fine example of a prewar frock coat. $1,495.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-664 XKK IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 OBERLEUTNANT’S LITEWKA - SAXONY. This is a consignment item. It is a fine gray litewka produced for Oberleutnant Paul Hermann Feodor Rössler, who served in Königl. Sächs 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. Born in 1870, Rössler was an Oberleutnant in the Reserves after he finished his mandatory service in 1890/91. He was elevated to the rank of Hauptmann in 1910, when he was 40-years-old. His litewka is correct for an Oberleutnant, so it dates between 1891 and 1910. Rössler’s service was primarily with one old Saxon line-regiment, Königl. Sächs 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. It was raised in 1709, garrisoned at Bautzen, and assigned to the Saxon XII. Armeekorps. What differentiates a litewka from most other uniforms is its double row of buttons. A total of twelve buttons appears, with six per side. [The only other German tunic to sport that many buttons is the ulanka worn by Ulanen-Regiments. An ulanka’s double buttons were attached in a "V" pattern across its front, whereas a litewka’s buttons were arranged in straight up and down parallel rows].
The tunic has red trim running down its center, as well as across each sleeve cuff. The collar is also red, with a gold button on each of the collar’s red kragenspiegel (collar tab). The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, which was common for many officers ranking Hauptmann and lower. Each shoulder board displays the green chevrons that are indicative of Saxony. We also see the gilt numerals "103" for the regiment number and an Oberleutnant’s single gold pip. Two pockets grace the tunic’s exterior. Two pairs of sewn-in loops appear on the litewka’s left breast. The upper one once housed a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The lower set is for a wound badge. [In fact, the previous owner added a black wound badge that we will deliver with the tunic. Add a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class to the litewka’s front and it will be dressed and ready for action]! The second buttonhole from the litewka’s top sports the ribbon from a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.
The litewka’s exterior condition is quite pleasing. It has no major issues, only a very few small, scattered moth nips. Inside the tunic is a full and complete champagne-colored silk liner. It also sports two interior pockets. [In 2003, the consignor contacted the Saxon Public Records Archive in Dresden, Germany, to obtain information about Herr Rössler’s military service. Their answer was printed on two sheets of paper that the consignor tucked into one of these interior pockets. We will include this with the litewka]. Overall, it is in very fine condition and will display quite attractively.
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We are offering an absolutely stunning pair of feldgrau tunics that once belonged to the same officer. One dates from when he served in the Kingdom of Württemberg’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 121, while the other tunic is from when he was attached to Berlin’s Great General Staff. A matched pair of tunics from the same man is rare enough, however, we will reveal another very special aspect in the following descriptions and their accompanying photographs.
While we prefer to sell them as a pair, we will separate them on request.
To entice you, we are offering a special price if you purchase the pair. They belong together historically.
We hope after you have read the descriptions and viewed their photos, you will agree to keep them together!

 

 

15-668 M-1915 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 121 HAUPTMANN’S FELDGRAU FELDBLUSE TUNIC - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a superb M-1915 feldgrau officer’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg (3. Württ.) Nr 121. The regiment was founded in 1716 and garrisoned at Ludwigsburg. It was attached to the Württemberg XIII. Armeekorps.
The feldbluse tunic is easily distinguished from other tunic styles by a frontal flap that covers its buttons, leaving no buttons visible down the tunic’s center. A total of six simple gray buttons is in its center. Once they have been buttoned, an inner flap is laid down, followed by the exterior flap, and "Ausgezeichnet!" the tunic appears to have no center buttons! This creates a very tidy layout that was favored by some officers, however, it was not as popular as the M-1910, M-1915, etc. tunic-styles.
The tunic’s exterior features two pockets that are secured by two small subdued, crowned buttons. The same small buttons secure its shoulder boards. Each shoulder board displays a "121" that identifies the regiment, along with a Hauptmann’s twin pips. The exterior’s final two buttons appear on the reverse in the vent area. They are larger than the other four buttons, the size that normally is visible running down the tunic’s center.
The shoulder boards are the sewn-in variety, which was quite common among Leutnant’s, Oberleutnant’s, and Hauptmann’s ranks. One side is sewn into the tunic and the other is attached by a button. Each shoulder board has a white underlay. The shoulder boards are of the M-1915 feldgrau variety. The chevrons atop the shoulder boards are both black and red, which is indicative of Württemberg. The tunic’s collar is also feldgrau, which is quite interesting.
One other very important area on the tunic’s left chest elevates this tunic to the realm of the VERY, VERY special. The top left breast area sports a large set of horizontally sewn-in loops measuring 5 ½" in width. This could hold a massive ribbon bar sporting a MINIMUM of eight-to-ten decorations (according to my best calculations given the width).  Another set of loops located just below this area elevates this tunic to another dimension.  Typically, most tunics sport two or three sets of loops for their owners' decorations. This tunic displays SEVEN sets of loops. Some contain two loops, while others have three. The loop sets that I have artificially designated as "one" and "three" are of the size that could sustain a larger decoration, possibly a breast star. Loop sets "two" and "four" are probably designed for an Iron Cross 1st Class and possibly a wound badge. Loops "five," "six," and "seven" are also large and could carry larger pinback decorations or breast stars.

 

It is my opinion that at LEAST two breast stars were worn on five of the loop sets, while the balance would have accommodated larger decoration. I have some other "guestimations." For a man to have this many orders and decorations, we are quite possibly looking at a member of royalty. Considering its relatively low rank versus the high number of awards, I think we could be looking at a young Prinz or Graf. This theory is enhanced by the second tunic, which follows below.
The tunic’s interior is finished in fine gray silk. It has a total of four interior pockets: three on the left and one on the right. We have outfitted this tunic and the one below with a ribbon bar and a number of special  awards to illustrate the sort of decorations that might have been worn by the Württemberg gentleman who owned both uniforms.  [PLEASE NOTE: These decorations are NOT INCLUDED with either tunic!!!  We DO have them available for purchase if you are interested.  We also want to emphasize that the
tunics' owner probably WAS awarded a Württemberg Offiziers Steckkreuz Wilhelmskreuz mit Krone und Schwerten like the one we are offering today on JUST IN FROM GERMANY (click here to see)].
The tunic’s condition is excellent both inside and out. I can detect NO moth damage. The tunic has been well preserved for the last nearly one-hundred-years. It is a superb tunic for any collection, especially if coupled with its "mate," listed below. $4,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-669 M-1910 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 121 HAUPTMANN’S FELDGRAU TUNIC BUT ATTACHED TO GREAT GERMAN GENERAL STAFF - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a superb M-1910 feldgrau officer’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg (3. Württ.) Nr 121. The regiment was founded in 1716 and garrisoned at Ludwigsburg. It was attached to the Württemberg XIII. Armeekorps. The M-1910 feldgrau tunic is a companion to the same officer’s feldgrau feldbluse tunic. It is the classic and most frequently seen of the officers’ wartime tunics. The tunic has a single row of eight silver buttons that run down the tunic’s center. Three additional silver buttons appear on each sleeve. The sleeve cuffs and collar display the matching red trim used by officers assigned to Berlin’s Great German General Staff. [The latter served as the Imperial German Army’s heart and soul. It was responsible for everything from planning the logistics of getting material to the troops in the field to selecting new items for uniforms, headdresses, etc. It had more departments than I can name, with the major departments commanded by General Officers. The major departments had lesser departments reporting to them. All of these departments had many officers of varying ranks who handled the paperwork generated to-and-from the field commands and kept the war machine humming].
This tunic was the second of our man’s garments, for when he transferred to the General Staff. It is impressive, to say the least. The shoulder boards are different from those on the other tunic. They are pre war examples, NOT the later M-1915 feldgrau variety. They again sport the "121" for Infanterie-Regiment Alt-Württemberg in gilt rather than silver. The "121" is flanked above and below by a Hauptmann’s twin gilt pips.  The exterior’s final two buttons appear on the reverse in the vent area. They are the same size as those used to run down the tunic’s center.
The shoulder boards are the sewn-in variety, which was quite common among Leutnant’s, Oberleutnant’s, and Hauptmann’s ranks. One side is sewn into the tunic and the other is attached by a button. Each shoulder board has a white underlay. The shoulder boards are of the
M-1915 feldgrau variety. The chevrons atop the shoulder boards are both black and red, which is indicative of Württemberg. The tunic’s collar is also feldgrau, which is quite interesting.
One other very important area on the tunic’s left chest elevates this tunic to the realm of the VERY, VERY special. The top left breast area sports a large set of horizontally sewn-in loops measuring 6 ½" in width. This could hold a massive ribbon bar sporting a MINIMUM of eight-to-ten decorations (according to my best calculations given the width).  Another set of loops located just below this area elevates this tunic to another dimension.  Typically, most tunics sport two or three sets of loops for its owner’s decorations. This tunic displays ELEVEN sets of loops. Some contain two loops, while others have three. Like the loop sets on tunic above, some could sustain larger pinback decorations, or possibly breast stars, while others are probably designed for an Iron Cross 1st Class or possibly a wound badge. 

 

It is my opinion that at LEAST two breast stars were worn on five of the loop sets, while the balance would have accommodated larger decorations. I have some other "guestimations." For a man to have this many orders and decorations, we are quite possibly looking at a member of royalty. Considering its relatively low rank versus the high number of awards, I think we could be looking at a young Prinz or Graf. My theory is based on the supposition that a lowly Hauptmann assigned to the General Staff would NOT have a tunic that housed so many orders and decorations.
The interior of the tunic is finished in fine gray silk. It has only one interior pocket. A decorative tailor's tag appears on the interior below the collar.  It reads  "Gustav Gfrörer, K. u. K Hoflieferant Stuttgart."  The term Hoflieferant indicates a purveyor to royalty, which in this case means Württemberg's König William II (1848-1921). It also further enforces our supposition that the tunic's owner was a royal or a nobleman. We have outfitted this tunic and the one below with a ribbon bar and a number of special  awards to illustrate the sort of decorations that might have been worn by the Württemberg gentleman who owned both uniforms.  [PLEASE NOTE: These decorations are NOT INCLUDED with either tunic!!!  We DO have them available for purchase if you are interested.  We also want to emphasize that the
tunics' owner probably WAS awarded a Württemberg Offiziers Steckkreuz Wilhelmskreuz mit Krone und Schwerten like the one we are offering today on JUST IN FROM GERMANY (click here to see)].
The tunic’s condition is excellent both inside and out. I can detect NO moth damage. The tunic has been well preserved for the last nearly one-hundred-years. It is a superb tunic for any collection, especially if coupled with its "mate," listed above.
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15-492 M-1910 FELDGRAU TUNIC - LEUTNANT - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 5 - PRUSSIA. This is a Leutnant’s feldgrau M-1910 tunic from Niederschlesisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 5. The unit was raised in 1816, right after the Napoleonic Wars ended. It was garrisoned in Glogau and assigned to the V. Armeekorps. The tunic is constructed from an exceptional, feldgrau-colored, wool gabardine material. It sports a single row of eight subdued, crowned buttons running down the tunic’s center. It also features red trim down the center, and black piping at the cuffs. The same black piping is seen on the collar. Two subdued buttons appear on each cuff. (They are the same size as those down the center). The second buttonhole from the top boasts a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon sewn into it, as is correct. The left breast sports two loops for the insertion of a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that are the remnants of a ribbon bar’s loops. Sewn-in Leutnant’s regimental shoulder boards are mounted to the tunic’s shoulders. Each bears the regimental designation. It is important to note that the shoulder boards are of the M-1915 variety. They are subdued, matching the tunic. Each has a small button to assist in attaching them to the tunic. The tunic’s reverse displays red trim on the vent, and six more subdued buttons. Perhaps three-to-five small moth nips show up on the tunic’s exterior, as well as one small field repair on the left sleeve’s reverse. A repair has also been made to a seam on the right sleeve. It has been resewn. Inside the tunic is a fine, complete silk liner, which is in good condition. A tailor’s label is at the neck, although I cannot determine his identity or location. I like a lot of things about this tunic. Above all, is its condition, since the tunic was obviously worn in the field. Our chap did not work in an office. He was very much at the Front. The tunic is not perfect, but it is well made. For an example that saw front-line action, it is just dandy! $3,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-539 PARADE ATTILA - LEUTNANT - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 19 - SAXONY. Today we are offering a Leutnant’s parade attila from Königl. Sachs. 2. Husaren-Regiment Nr 19. The Regiment was raised in 1791 and garrisoned at Grimma. It was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The tunic is light-blue. All of the magnificent silver tresses and frogging sport a tasty patina, as does the collar and cuff’s bullion tape. The collar’s bullion is worth additional mention. Not only is it elaborate, but it also extends to the collar’s reverse. A total of ten (five to each side) rosette style buttons adorn the tunic front. Furthermore, five toggle buttons secure the tunic when it is buttoned. Two sewn-in shoulder boards mark the tunic for a Leutnant. Each shoulder board displays green chevrons, confirming that they are from Saxony. The tunic’s reverse continues the same tresses’ theme as is on the front. Two additional barrel buttons adorn the vent area. While the tunic’s overall condition is quite good, it has a bit more mothing than we would normally offer you. It certainly is reflected in the final price, and makes the tunic a heck of a bargain. The mothing is scattered. One larger nip appears high up on the chest’s right side, just under the shoulder board. We also see a couple of period field repairs that have been stitched up to lessen the effects of a tear. They are small. In fact, they add some character to the tunic. Inside the tunic two tones of shiny cotton appear. As mentioned above, we have a VERY interesting price for a difficult-to-find Saxon dress attila. $1,595.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-487 LEUTNANT'S M-1915 FELDGRAU FRIEDENSUNIFORM (TUNIC) - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6 - PRUSSIA. This is a first class tunic of the M-1915 Feldgrau Friedensuniform (rock) variety. It is a very rare tunic. The M-1915 Friedensuniform was first authorized on 21 September 1915 by the War Ministry. Feldgrau tunics first entered into service in various units beginning in 1907. As WW I neared the end of its first year, the German Army’s rapid expansion placed a major strain on the resources needed to produce stockpiles of blue uniform material. The need for standardization was obvious. It was this mandate in September 1915 that created the Friedensuniform (Future Peace Time Uniform). The uniform style was quite ornate. Not long after the change had been ordered, it was abandoned for a simpler, easier-to-produce tunic that was less expensive. The M-1915 Friedensuniform was the high water mark for Imperial German feldgrau tunics. In his excellent book The German Army in the First World War, Jürgen Kraus describes the uniform (with photos), on page 158. We are very pleased to offer such a tunic to you today. It is for a Leutnant from Schlesisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 6. The unit was founded in 1816 and garrisoned at Neiße. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. The tunic’s body is a buttery, high-quality wool in the classic feldgrau color. It sports a single row of eight silver-toned buttons. Red piping runs down the center, appears at the collar, and on the cuffs. The very elaborate collar boasts black velvet over which massive silver kragenspiegel are laid. The patina on the silver bullion is most impressive. The same theme is carried forward on the cuffs. Each cuff has two silver bullion kragenspiegel. In turn, each kragenspiegel features a silver-toned button attached to it. As with the collar, the kragenspiegel are laid over immaculate black velvet. The second buttonhole from the top has the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in it. No loops appear on the left breast for any other decorations or badges. The shoulder boards are for a Leutnant and are sewn in. Each board is trimmed in red and black for a Pionier-Bataillon, and bears the numeral “6" for Schlesisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 6. A smaller silver-toned button is mounted on each shoulder board. The tunic’s reverse has red piping at the vent flap, with a further six silver-toned buttons on the flaps (three per side). The tunic’s interior is in excellent condition, and is fully complete. To our eyes, it appears to be a heavy silk weave that stands up to wear more easily. The tunic exterior’s condition is VERY fine. A couple of small moth nips may exist, but you have to look hard to find them. Some minor moth tracking appears on the left sleeve, which is hardly noticeable. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest feldgrau tunics I have ever offered. It was manufactured at a time when Germany still had the resources to produce such excellent quality. $5,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-529 IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 76 OFFICER'S HELLGRAU LITEWKA & TROUSERS - PRUSSIA. Seldom do we have the opportunity to offer an officer’s tunic AND trousers. It is even better when we can identify the owner. We are fortunate indeed to share just such a pairing with you. It is for a Leutnant from Infanterie-Regiment "Hamburg" (2. Hanseatisches) Nr. 76. The regiment was raised in 1866 during that year’s big build-up for the Austro-Prussian War. When it was formed, it was part of the Kingdom of Hannover’s X Armeekorps. It was annexed by Prussia following the 1866 war’s end, since Hannover had allied itself with the losing side. From 1867 through 1919, it was attached to Prussia’s IX Armeekorps. The regiment was garrisoned in Hamburg, the largest of the three Hanseatic Free States, and Germany’s largest seaport. [The latter remains true to this day].
The litewka is made of extremely fine hellgrau wool. Hellgrau means "light-gray," which is a distinctly lighter shade than WW I’s darker feldgrau. [The wool cloth is of the highest order, simply topnotch. Clearly the owner insisted on the best quality and was able to pay for it.] A litewka is an interesting double-breasted tunic variation that sports a double row of gilt buttons (six per side) to secure it. A thin band of red piping outlines the litewka collar’s edges. A similar red piping band trims each of the litewka’s vertical front sides, as well as its cuffs (their only decoration). Its collar sports white kragenspiegel, each one accented by a single gilt button. The Leutnant’s shoulder boards also sport single gilt buttons, along with the regimental identification number, "76."
The litewka’s reverse features NO further designs or trim. Its interior reveals a smooth, creamy-white silk liner. One of its two inside pockets displays a tailor’s label from a noted Wiesbaden tailoring firm. It states that the owner was a Leutnant Grages, and the tunic was completed on 2 October 1915. The war had entered its second year when Leutnant Grages took delivery of this ultra high-quality tunic.
The trousers that accompany the litewka are of equally fine quality and condition. They are made of a fine black wool. The outside of each trouser leg displays a thick red trim line that "parts" to allow access to pockets on either side near the top. One pocket has part of it cut away, and is not useable. All of the buttons and attachments are present and functional. The trousers’ front flap unbuttons just above the pockets so it can be lowered. The pants lack a zipper or fly.
This pairing offers a high quality wartime litewka and trousers that are made all the more exciting by being identified. Both are in amazing condition and would look wonderful on display.
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15-565 SENIOR PALACE OFFICIAL'S UNIFORM GROUP - SAXE-ALTENBURG. This is a highly-unusual uniform group for a senior palace official at the Saxe-Altenburg Court. Saxe-Altenburg was a relatively small duchy among the various Saxon Duchies. It fielded a single Infanterie Regiment. Her native sons served in the one Regiment, as well as in other Saxon Jäger, Kavallerie, Artillerie, etc., Regiments.
The group consists of the following four different pieces.

Tunic. This is a fine black cotton "cutaway" tunic. It sports beautiful gold bullion embroidery at the collar, pockets, and sleeves. It has long tails and its front is cut away to the waist. A single row of seven gilt buttons runs down its shortened center. Each button displays Herzog Ernst I’s royal cypher. (He ruled from 1853 to 1908). Two more of these larger-sized buttons are seen on the tunic’s reverse, while two smaller ones appear on the cuffs. The left breast sports two sets of sewn-in loops, measuring 2" and 3 ½" in width respectively, for medal or ribbon bars. The tunic’s interior is a most handsome black silk. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. The combination of gold bullion on black is quite striking.

Trousers. Two pairs of trousers accompany the tunic. I guess that one pair is for winter use while the other is for summer. The winter trousers are black with a wide gold bullion stripe down the sides. The trousers have a fly front (no zippers here). Inside we see a date that I read as 31 December 1883. The summer trousers are white wool. They also sport the wide gold bullion stripes down the sides. No dating appears in these trousers’ interior. Some very small hints of mothing are scattered across them.
 

Fore & Aft Cap. The final ensemble piece is the Fore & Aft Cap, which is similar in design to those worn by naval officers. The cap is made of black fur. Some signs of age are present. On one side we see a six-row gold bullion device superimposed over a green and white silk kokarde. The kokarde is quite large and measures 2 5/8" in diameter. At the bottom of the six-row gold bullion device we see another of the gilt-toned buttons sporting Herzog Ernst I’s crowned cypher. Inside the cap, no markings for ownership or manufacturer are present.

This is a most unusual group from a highly-placed official within Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Altenburg’s 19th Century court. $2,395.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-443 ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 19 FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION LEUTNANT'S ULANKA - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a Leutnant’s Ulanka from Ulanen-Regiment König Karl (1. Württ.) Nr 19. The regiment was founded in 1683. It was garrisoned at Ulm-Wiblingen, where it was attached to the XIII. Armeekorps (primarily consisting Württemberg Regiments). The Regiment was the senior of the two Württemberg Ulanen-Regiments. [The second of the two regiments from Württemberg was Ulanen-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Württ.). It was not established until 1809. It was garrisoned at Ludwigsburg, where it was also attached to the XIII. Armeekorps]. The ulanka has a dark-blue body, with a double row of seven (fourteen total) silver buttons. The collar features massive silver bullion kragenspiegels that boast a lustrous patina. The sleeves are red. Each sleeve sports a single silver bullion kragenspiegel mounted by a small silver button. The epaulettes are the dress version of shoulder boards, and resemble banjos, hence their nickname, "Banjo Boards." Each epaulette displays a silver frame and König Karl of Württemberg’s gilt, crowned royal cypher. These epaulettes are of the slip-on variety. Each displays a small silver button.
A very important and attractive ulanka feature is its red parade plastron (ornamental shirtfront). This attachment is v-shaped and buttons onto the tunic’s front via the aforementioned fourteen silver buttons. The contrast of the red plastron against the dark-blue tunic is quite striking. It matches the sleeves in a most handsome manner. The tunic's reverse features red piping, with a total of ten large silver buttons decorating the vent area. The tunic’s interior reveals a fine black silk liner. Some scattered moth nips appear on the tunic, mostly on the front and toward the bottom on both sides. A period repair appears on the reverse. It has a bit more mothing than we normally prefer, but this does not detract from the tunic’s overall beauty. It is such an elite regiment and THE oldest Ulanen-Regiment in the entire German Army!
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15-673 REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S KÜRAß EMBLEM. The Garde du Corps was the Prussian and Imperial German Armies’ most elite regiment. It served as the König/Kaiser’s personal guard, having been founded in 1740 under König Friedrich der Große’s auspices. It remained the Prussian Army’s supreme regiment through König Wilhelm I’s time, and retained its privileged position when he was created the German Empire’s first Kaiser. [It was quite common to see Kaiser Wilhelm II in the Garde du Corps (GdC) uniform, complete with the massive parade eagle atop his metal helmet]. The GdC was also a Küraßier-Regiment that served as Prussia’s heavy cavalry. As heavy cavalry the officers and troopers were equipped with heavy küraßes that covered their wearers’ fronts, backs, and sides. These breastplates were helpful during the 18th and early 19th Centuries when the GdC primarily participated in mounted charges against enemy Kavallerie and Infanterie units. Swords were ineffective against the metal küraßes, but pistols and muskets could disable or kill. With the evolution of rapid firing rifles and revolvers, the küraß was pretty much relegated to parades by the mid-1800's.
The GdC’s küraß was the most elaborate among Küraßier-Regiments, and came in two varieties. Their original küraß was gold-toned. They were gifted with an all-black version by Russia’s Tsar Alexander in gratitude for Prussia’s assistance during the Napoleonic Wars. The black küraß was reserved for use during the GdC’s Spring Parade.
Our offering today is the küraß’s center emblem that was attached to the küraß’s front. It measurers 4 ½" x 4 ½," is quite hefty for its size, and weighs 7.7 ounces. It is silver-toned, but is NOT made of silver. Its reverse boasts four screws soldered in place, which were placed through the küraß’s corresponding holes. Nuts and washers then secured the emblem in place. Its obverse displays a Prussian Crown at the top. Beneath that is a busy montage of furled banners and other designs encircling König Friedrich der Große’s royal cypher (honoring his founding of the regiment). Below that is a 1712-1912 banner that sits above Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. It will make a fine display item for any collection.
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15-674 XAS OFFICER’S LINE-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT KÜRAß. This is a consignment item. It is a high quality officer’s küraß for a Prussian Line-Küraßier-Regiment. Küraßiers were considered the German Army’s heavy cavalry. They harkened back to when cavalrymen dashed madly across battlefields to fight enemy cavalry and infantry units. The Küraßiers heyday reigned from the 18th Century through the early 19th Century’s Napoleonic Wars. Their usefulness gradually diminished as firearms and artillery became more sophisticated and the 19th Century evolved into the 20th. The same was true of Germany’s other Kavallerie units, which included Ulanen, Dragoner, Husaren, and Chevauleger Regiments. While their tactical usefulness diminished, their ceremonial value greatly increased with the German Empire’s 1871 formation. The Küraßier Regiments took pride of place during this time, particularly Prussia’s Regiment der Gardes du Corps (GdC) and Saxony’s Garde-Reiter-Regiment, both of which displayed elaborate uniforms and headdress.
Five Prussian Army Line-Küraßier-Regiments wore küraßes like the example we are offering today. It features a simple silver-toned finish along with certain gold-toned fittings such as bolts, circular adornments, and the nipple posts to which its securing belts are attached. The securing belts are particularly important, and are attached to the shoulder tops of the küraß’s back section. [The belts themselves greatly resemble an officer’s pickelhaube chinstraps with their individual, overlapping metal scales]. A high-relief ornamental lion’s head within a shield appears just behind the actual attachment device. Once they are secured by the attachment device, the belts are then laid over the wearer’s shoulders to be secured to the corresponding posts on the küraß’s front section. The belts sport very ornate attachment plates with "keyholes" that are secured around the front section’s nipple post attachments. Laurel leaves adorn the attachment plates in very elegant patterns.
The interiors of the küraß’s two sections are lined with padded white cotton for extra protection and comfort. The cotton also helped absorb perspiration. [One can well imagine that wearing a wool koller under a küraß would make its wearer VERY warm in summertime, in addition to the metal pickelhaube with its long lobstertail protecting his neck! At least a Line-Küraßier-Regiment officer did not have to wear the GdC’s heavy eagle on top of his helmet, which would have added more weight to the equation].
All in all, it is a fine example of an officer’s küraß. The küraß’s front sports two areas of tarnish/patina from decades of NOT being cleaned (as an officer’s aid would have done). These appear near the gold-toned nipple post attachments. Another small defect turns up about three inches above the left nipple post (from the wearer’s standpoint). It looks like the küraß was struck by something heavy enough to damage a bit of the silver-toned surface. The actual damage is diagonal and about one inch in length. The küraß’s rear half does not display any damage, but does sport a substantial patina from age. We are very pleased to share this handsome piece with you today.
[Here is one final bit of information to share with you. The consignor is a longtime, very experienced collector. His collection still houses other küraßes, including a black spring-parade GdC küraß. He tells us the Line-Küraßier-Regiment küraß is absolutely the largest one that he has ever encountered. Due to its weight and value, extra shipping costs will be necessary]. $7,995.00 PRICE REDUCED TO $6795.00
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15-675 XAS KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 OFFICER’S DRESS KOLLER AND SASH - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s Küraßier-Regiment von Driesen (Westfälisches) Nr 4 dress tunic (koller), which was worn at formal affairs and parades. The regiment was founded in 1717 and garrisoned at Münster, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps.
Küraßier
and Jäger zu Pferde’s dress tunics were unlike those of all the other troops, even those from other Kavallerie Regiments (the Ulanen’s ulankas and the Husaren’s attilas). The difference lies in the Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde’s collar design and the way its decorative trim is arranged. The trim (in regimental colors) is used on the koller’s front, collar and cuffs, and is referred to as borte (border). When you look at the photos that accompany this selection, you will note that the collar and its trim are rounded from the collar’s upper section to the midpoint where it flows down into the borte decorating the koller’s front. You will also notice that the koller has NO visible buttons on its front. Instead, the borte conceals a hook and eye system beneath it so that the tunic front presents a smooth appearance once everything is secured. It is an extremely elegant design.
The koller is made of fine white wool. The each tunic half’s front sports the previously-mentioned, regimentally-correct, red and silver bullion borte running from collar-to-bottom down its center edge. Furthermore, the same borte adorns each cuff, along with two silver-toned buttons on each sleeve.
The koller comes with two correct, very fine epaulettes. Each epaulette sports a silver and black bullion passant across its tongue where it attaches to the half-moon. [A passant is the small shoulder strap that runs parallel to the tunic’s shoulder seam to attach an epaulette to the uniform]. The latter may indicate that the wearer retired from the regiment as a Leutnant der Reserve. The metal fittings (moons) are silver-toned, while the epaulettes’ centers display the same unadorned white wool as the tunic. The epaulettes’ backing is red. The epaulettes are in excellent condition. Thin red piping traces a design on the koller’s reverse that descends from the shoulder seams down the back to the waistline, then onto the vent area to accent the six plain silver buttons on display. The same red piping accents each sleeve back from the shoulder seam to the cuff’s borte.
The tunic’s interior displays a rather unusual padded design covered with silk. This silk has suffered some shredding, especially in the top center. A bit more shredding is visible in the vent area. Some black numbers and letters are visible on the interior tunic sleeve and just below the shredding in the top center. [I believe these are postwar costume house marks. Many Great War tunics made their way into costume houses for the theater and burgeoning film industries in Europe and the USA. I once had a tunic that was marked for a Los Angeles, California costume house, including a six-digit telephone number! (U.S. telephone numbers did not convert to the current seven digits until after WW II)].
A silver-toned brocade dress sash (in very fine condition) is included with the koller. The tunic’s overall condition is quite pleasing. Even though white material often does not age well, this tunic has NOT suffered extensive soiling. It is an excellent representation of its kind.
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15-649 HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 3 WACHTMEISTER'S (SERGEANT MAJOR) INTERIM ATTILA - PRUSSIA. This is an absolutely first-rate Husaren-Regiment von Zeiten (Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 regimental Wachtmeister’s (Sergeant Major) Interim Attila. [Although we are selling it separately, the correct belt for a Prussian Husaren NCO or enlisted man’s attila is available as item number 15-561. We would prefer to see the two go together]. The incredible tunic comes from one of THE oldest Prussian Husaren-Regiments. It was founded in 1730 (during König Friedrich der Große’s reign), eleven years before the next three Husaren-Regiments were founded. It was garrisoned at Rathenow and attached to the III. Armeekorps. First, I want to address the tunic owner’s rank. In the Imperial German Army, the term “Feldwebel” was often used. Any sergeant might be referred to as a “Feldwebel.” In fact, the German Army contained three sergeant levels. The lowest rank was “Sergeant,” the middle rank was “Vizefeldwebel,” and the highest was simply “Feldwebel.” In the U.S. these ranks, from lowest to highest were “Buck Sergeant,” “Sergeant 1st Class,” and “Sergeant Major.” Next, I have another interesting tidbit to share. In the Infanterie, a Sergeant Major was known as “Feldwebel.” The Kavallerie had a different term (like Rittmeister instead of Hauptmann, which was “Wachtmeister” (it was “Vizewachtmeister” for the 1st Sergeant’s equivalent). I have taken the time to explain these gradients so you would better understand this attila's significance, as well as realizing that the Wachtmeister was the Regiment’s most important NCO. He did not report to Leutnants, Oberleutnants, or Rittmeisters. He was responsible to the Regimental Commander and HIS deputy, who were the Regiment’s commanding officers. The Wachtmeister was responsible for enforcing regimental policies and procedures. Generally, if a junior officer wanted to do one thing and the Wachtmeister another, that junior officer had to hope his reason was good enough. Often, it was NOT. If a Wachtmeister put a word in a junior officer’s ear, if the junior was smart, he would think twice about going forward with his actions!
Our tunic is red (the same shade used by the Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment, which used gold for its buttons and other tunic trim) rather than Husaren-Regiment Nr 5's dark-red. As it is an Interim Attila, the frogging and tresses are all white. In contrast, the tunic sports silver-toned rosette and barrel buttons. The obverse has ten silver rosette buttons (five on each side of the tunic’s center). Five barrel buttons secure the tunic’s center. The collar displays the silver bullion tape that signifies an NCO, and large, silver sergeant’s buttons. White trim and more silver bullion tape runs down to the sleeves. What look like TWO sets of two sewn-in loops appear on the tunic’s left breast. (This was my first thought). Then I began thinking that the attila was for a Wachtmeister, who would have been in the army for quite awhile and probably had accumulated quite a few decorations. I pulled the bit of braid up in the center and saw where a ribbon bar could have fit under it. So I became convinced that it was in fact ONE set of loops that measure 3 7/8" in width, which would accommodate a fairly long ribbon bar! The obverse’s final detail is the white NCO/enlisted man’s shoulder straps. They are made of cotton. Each is secured by a small silver button that displays the number “4," for Squadron Nr 4 (Eskadron Nr 4). As we move to the reverse, we see the white tresses extending down from just under the shoulder to the vented areas, where they expand to six different pieces. We also see two additional silver barrel buttons.
The uniform’s interior reveals one very important detail. We first see that it is a privately purchased piece that was NOT depot issued. (One would not expect a Senior NCO to draw his uniforms from government stores)! The liner is cotton rather than silk. As this was an Interim Attila, we can see our man was very practical. Knowing that he would be in the field during warm days, cotton would breathe more easily than silk and keep him cooler as he perspired. Now, here is the detail that tells us that he was a Wachtmeister. He has a rather large pocket on his interior left breast. It enabled him to carry a notebook to mark down what was happening in the Regiment and what was needed. One might see a pocket like this in an officer’s tunic, but not in a “junior” NCO. Only this specially-ranked Sergeant would possess such an addition. The tunic is in amazing condition. It came to us from a very advanced uniform collector, along with a Husaren-Regiment Nr 11 regimental commander's attila. $3,395.00 
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15-650 DEPOT-ISSUED HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 5 UNTEROFFIZIER’S INTERIM ATTILA - PRUSSIA. This is a depot-issued Husaren-Regiment Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt (Pommersches) Nr 5 unteroffizier’s interim attila. Husaren-Regiment Fürst Blücher von Wahlstatt (Pommersches) Nr 5 was one of the Prussian Army’s oldest Husaren-Regiments. It was named for Prussia’s Napoleonic War/Waterloo hero, Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. It was founded during König Friedrich der Große’s reign in 1758, which made it the fifth-oldest Prussian Husaren-Regiment. It was garrisoned at Stolp and assigned to the XVII. Armeekorps. Our tunic was for an Unteroffizier (Corporal) assigned to the Regiment. We rarely offer depot-issued tunics, usually due to condition issues. Government-issued tunics typically were not as well made as those that were privately-purchased. While minor repairs were done, depot-issued uniforms were reused many times. By the time they entered the collectors’ market, many were in less-than-desirable condition.
I bought this tunic from a longtime Germany-based collector because it was from an interesting Regiment, AND it was in very good condition for a depot-issued piece. The tunic is a much darker shade of red from that used by Husaren-Regiment von Zeiten (Brandenburgisches) Nr 3. Its tresses and frogging are white. A total of ten silver-toned rosette buttons (five per tunic side) and five silver-toned barrel buttons secure both sides of the tunic. Silver bullion tape at the collar and on the sleeves denotes the Unteroffizier’s rank. Moth tracking appears occasionally, particularly in one small area high on the right shoulder. White fabric enlisted man’s/NCO’s shoulder straps are secured by two small, silver-toned buttons that display a “5" for Eskadron Nr 5. The reverse features twin white fabric lines extending down from just below the shoulder, then they branch into six lines near the vent flap. Two silver-toned barrel buttons also appear in the area.
Inside the tunic is a white cotton liner. [Please note: it does NOT have a left breast pocket as does the Husaren-Regiment von Zeiten (Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 Wachtmeister tunic]. The left breast sports a number of depot-marks. The most important one is marked for 1914 and the Regiment. With war arriving that year in July, the tunic clearly did NOT see much use in 1914! It is a good, solid tunic for almost any collection. $1,895.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-655 IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 PRIVATE’S TUNIC - SAXONY.  This is a fine example of a privately purchased and identified pre WW I dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic for a Königl. Sächs 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103 private.  The Regiment was raised in 1709. It was garrisoned at Bautzen and assigned to the XII. Armeekorps.  The tunic’s front sports a single row of eight gold-toned buttons down its center. The collar, center trim, and cuffs are red. The red cuffs boast two gold-toned buttons each. The shoulder straps are blue trimmed in red. Each has the regimental number “103” embroidered on it in yellow.  Two small gold-toned buttons hold the shoulder straps in place. The tunic’s reverse displays red trim at the bottom, along with a total of four large gold-toned buttons.  The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition.
Inside the tunic we see that it has an officer’s style black silk liner. Up on the neck is a label that identifies the tunic and the soldier who owned it, as listed below.

“103 Regiment 7. Komp.
 Soldat
Vogel”

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15-654 DEPOT-ISSUED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 68 FELDWEBEL’S TUNIC - PRUSSIA.  This is a fine example of a depot-issued pre war dunkel-blau (dark-blue) 6 Rheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 68 feldwebel’s tunic.  The Regiment was raised in 1860 and garrisoned in Coblenz. It was attached to the Prussian VIII. Armeekorps. The tunic’s front sports a single row of eight gold-toned buttons down its center. The collar, center trim, and cuffs are red.  Gold bullion tape decorates the red collar. The same bullion tape appears  on each cuff, along with three gold-toned buttons.  The shoulder straps are a lighter blue, with the regimental number “68” embroidered in red on each.  The small, gold-toned buttons that hold the shoulder straps in place each boasts a “3," designating “Kompagnie Nr 3.” The tunic’s reverse boasts red trim at the bottom, along with six, large, gold-toned buttons. I see one small hole on the reverse and one period repair on the obverse.  Otherwise, only normal wear is apparent.  The tunic’s interior features a cotton liner, with a single depot mark on it. It is a fine tunic, overall. $695.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-647 ENLISTED MAN’S CHEVAULEGERS-REGIMENT Nr 1 WAFFENROCK - BAVARIA. This is a first-time offering of a Bavarian enlisted man’s 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus II von Rußland tunic (waffenrock). Bavaria was the only German Kingdom to field Chevaulegers-Regiments, with a total of eight (in contrast with its two Ulanen-Regiments and two Schweren-Reiter-Regiments). 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus II von Rußland was raised in 1682. It was garrisoned at Nürnberg, and attached to the Bavarian III. Armeekorps. It was the senior of the eight Chevaulegers-Regiments. At first glance, Chevaulegers-Regiments’ tunics are quite similar to the Ulanen Regiments’ ulankas. The primary difference is that the Bavarian tunics are dark-green, while the other German states’ prewar ulankas are dark-blue.
Our tunic’s collar and trim are crimson. Like an ulanka, the tunic sports a V-shaped double row of buttons that begins on the chest, then narrows to the "V’s" point toward the tunic’s bottom. A total of fourteen gilt-toned buttons (seven per side) makes up the "V." The sleeves cuffs also are crimson, with two additional gilt buttons per sleeve. The tunic’s shoulder straps, which are a matching crimson, correctly do NOT display a regimental designation. [None of the Chevaulegers-Regiments possessed regimental numbers]. Identification is determined by the strap/epaulette’s color, as well as the epaulette’s metal moon’s color (gold or silver). The straps are sewn-in. Their small shoulder strap buttons display a "3" squadron number. (The cavalry regiments DID employ squadron/kompagnie numbers). The reverse reveals that five of its six, required, gilt buttons are in place. The tunic’s exterior is in very pleasing condition, overall. No major moth problems are present, only a very limited amount of moth tracking.
The interior sports no depot marks, showing that it was a privately-purchased tunic. Interestingly, its off-white lining appears to be made of linen, rather than the more frequently-seen silk found on other privately-purchased pieces. Two areas on the lining bear stamps that are either for the manufacturer, or perhaps a museum that may have housed it, postwar. We are so pleased to present this first-time tunic for your consideration.
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15-612 ENLISTED FELDARTILLERIE Nr 32 SOLDIER’S 1915 FELDGRAU (FRIEDENSUNIFORM) TUNIC - SAXONY. We receive many requests for feldgrau tunics. More often than not we can find officers’ tunics in the condition we require, while many enlisted men’s tunics do not come up to our standards. Today, however, we have an enlisted man’s feldgrau tunic from the Kingdom of Saxony’s Königl. Sächs 3. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 32. The Regiment was raised in 1889 and garrisoned at Riesa. [It was a relatively short-lived regiment that existed only from 1889 into 1918, so material related to it is not easy-to-come-by]. It was assigned to the XIX. Armeekorps, which consisted of all-Saxon units. [The XII. Armeekorps was also a Saxon corps].
The high-quality wool uniform is well made. It is an M-1915 Friedensuniform, the final feldgrau tunic pattern produced by WW I Germany. The Friedensuniform’s literal translation is "Future Peace Uniform." Thus, it was intended to be the uniform pattern used by the German Army once a peace was established. In addition to the feldgrau material, it has a black-velvet collar. A thin red trim line extends to the tunic’s bottom, flanking eight gilt-toned buttons. Each tunic cuff is made of the same black velvet, with two gilt buttons on it. The shoulder straps are green. Embroidered in red on each strap we see a crown, "AR" (König Albert of Saxony’s (1828-1902) cypher), and crossed cannons. The straps are sewn to the tunic on one end and fastened by one gilt-toned button on the other. The tunic’s front sports only two moth nips as far as I can see (one on the tunic’s left skirt and one on its right arm).
The tunic’s reverse sports a total of four gilt buttons on the tunic’s flap. As I examine the reverse, I can see a total of three more small moth nips. None of the nips on the obverse or reverse are detractive to its overall presentation. The interior displays a gray silk lining. This was clearly a privately-purchased tunic, not depot-issued, which explains the tunic material’s superior quality. One large pocket appears on the lining’s left side.
It is a tunic that displays amazingly superior quality. If you are looking for a legitimate wartime tunic, this would make a wonderful addition to your collection. $3,295.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-642 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER (OYV) GEFREITER’S ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 5 ULANKA (TUNIC). The ulanka was a very unusual tunic that was only worn by the German Army’s Ulanens and Chevaulegers. These tunics are instantly recognizable by the double row of buttons that are shaped in a "V" rather than a straight line down the tunic’s front. This makes the man wearing the tunic look more muscular and imposing. Our ulanka today is from Westfälisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 5. The regiment was raised in 1815, and garrisoned in Düsseldorf, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. The tunic is a prewar variety constructed of dark-blue (dunkel-blau) wool. The collar is red, and a thin red trim line also extends down the tunic’s center. A total of twelve silver-toned buttons is shaped in the "V" running down the tunic’s center. The cuffs are also red and each sports a single silver button. The tunic’s collar is a matching red, with a silver Gefreiter button (denoting the man’s rank) on each side.
Mounted on the tunic’s shoulders are the man’s One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV’s) epaulettes. We can determine this by the black and white trim extending around each epaulette. A white background covers each epaulette’s center, with a gilt "5" (denoting the regiment) mounted on it. The ulanka’s reverse has red trim extending from each side to the sleeves. An additional red trim line appears down near the vent flaps, which sport eight more silver buttons in that area.
We have previously mentioned that the tunic’s original owner was a One-Year-Volunteer. The OYV program allowed a man to enlist for a one-year period rather than the normal two-year enlistment. In return, the man was expected to provide ALL of his uniforms and headdress items, instead of receiving them from the depot. He was also expected to pay for his housing and food. In this respect, an OYV was similar to an officer. He was also granted more flexibility in his headdress’ and uniforms’ styling. The most-pronounced differences were in the man’s headdress. He could style it like an officer’s helmet, provided that he left at least one aspect like an enlisted man’s headdress in the wappen, officers’ stars, and kokarden. When it came to uniforms, an OYV still was expected to wear his rank’s correct shoulder boards and epaulettes. He was allowed to show that he was an OYV on his epaulettes and shoulder boards. Since he was expected to provide his own uniforms, he shopped at the same military effects firms as did officers. He was able to order tunics and trousers tailored to his specific needs.
The ulanka’s interior confirms that it was privately-purchased example by its full silk officers’ style lining. Inside AND out, this tunic’s condition is nothing less than excellent. It was a real find for us. If you are searching for a top-quality ulanka, this is it! $1,895.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-601 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER'S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 11 TUNIC - PRUSSIA. Today we are offering you a very fine, pre war, dark-blue, One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV’s) tunic from 1. Kurhessisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 11. [We very happily purchased it from an extremely advanced collector who felt it no longer fit his particular needs/goals]. This was one of the early Prussian Artillerie Regiments, founded during the Napoleonic Wars’ height in 1813. The Regiment was garrisoned at Cassel, where it was attached to the XI. Armeekorps. As an OYV, the man to whom this tunic belonged was responsible for his personal maintenance and the purchase of his personal equipment. An OYV was allowed a bit more latitude with his kugelhelm and tunic’s style, because he had to buy the items himself rather than draw them from the company depot. He could purchase a kugelhelm that was nearly at an officers-level in terms of its details. He was required to display at least one enlisted man/NCO’s detail on it (which usually meant NOT using officers stars atop the helmet). He almost certainly would display an officers-style wappen that included an open (voided) crown.
As for the tunic, he was permitted to wear a distinctive shoulder strap, as we will see. The tunic’s body is made of fine, dark-blue wool. It has the traditional, single row of eight gilt-toned buttons that extend down the tunic’s center. Its black collar sports gilt Gefreiter’s buttons, which are in superb condition. Its black cuffs display red trim bands and another two gilt buttons, each.
This brings us to the shoulder straps. They are red, displaying yellow embroidery for the regimental number (11) and the Artillerie’s flaming bomb. A plain, gilt button holds the strap down on one side, while its other end is sewn in. Around the strap’s three edges is an alternating black/white trim that is unique to OYV’s shoulder straps. Its plain button, instead of a depot-issued tunic’s battery numbers, is another indication it is an OYV’s tunic. The tunic’s reverse has a further six gilt-toned buttons in the vent area.
The final indication of the tunic’s OYV nature is its interior. It has an officer’s normal black silk liner. Of course, this indicates its privately-purchased nature, because a normal enlisted man’s tunic would display multiple depot marks on its cotton liner (it would be reissued as much as possible). The silk liner is complete and in excellent condition. No tailor’s marks or personal ID’s appear anywhere in the interior.
The tunic’s overall condition is quite pleasing. It has only very minor signs of scattered, light, moth nips. It is a high-quality tunic offered at a very attractive price. $550.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-500 IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN'S KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 UNIFORM GROUP - PRUSSIA. Today we are offering a very interesting uniform group for an enlisted man from Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4. The Regiment was raised in 1860. It was garrisoned in Berlin and was a part of the Gardekorps. What makes the group so attractive, aside from its completeness, is that it is identified. We even have the man’s photograph. Let us turn to this fabulous group.

 

*Tunic. It is a fine example of a pre WW I, dark-blue tunic. A thin red trim line runs down the tunic’s center, near where the buttons are attached. Eight gilt buttons adorn the tunic’s center. The red collar sports two sets of embroidered white kragenspiegel. The sleeves are red, with three white kragenspiegel on each sleeve. A gold-toned button is attached to each of the kragenspiegel, in turn. The shoulder straps are a lighter shade of blue. Embroidered on each strap is a crown and Königin Augusta’s cypher. The straps are sewn-in on one side. Each has an unnumbered, gold-toned button on the other side. The tunic’s reverse features red trim and six more gold-toned buttons. Inside the tunic we see it was NOT a depot-issued tunic. It was privately purchased, and sports the classic, black-silk liner. While it is a fine tunic, some scattered moth nips appear on its lower right front. This is chronicled in the photographs which accompany the description.

*Trousers. Included are the white dress trousers that are indicative of Garde-Grenadier, Garde-Fusilier, and Garde-Fuß Regiments. These trousers are made of cotton. They have two side pockets. The front has a button arrangement (a total of four buttons) to secure the trousers. They are in excellent condition and very clean.

*Documents and Misc. Information. This group once belonged to Ernst Wald. He was born in 1896. Included in these items are his Soldbuch, which has a photo of him in this uniform pasted in the front cover. In the early pages we see numerous unit stamps for Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4. Later in the war, we see that he was transferred into the Ersatz Bataillon of 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. At some point he must have been wounded, as we see stampings for the military hospital in Berlin. Also included is an Ausweis, which is for time spent in Turkey, before he was wounded and sent home to Berlin. The Ausweis is in both German and Turkish. [At this point Wald had been promoted to Vizefeldwebel]. In addition to these is another military document from 1937, which chronicles his service in WW I. The final addition to this portion of the group is a booklet that chronicles Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4's history. The booklet shows the Regiment’s service in the 1864 Danish-Prussian War, the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, and the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War. The traditions of the Regiment, etc., are also listed. It is a fine group of items.

Overall, this is a captivating group of a tunic, trousers and documents. The trousers are especially interesting and seldom-seen. $1,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-540 NCO’S ATTILA FOR A GRAF - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 18 - SAXONY. This is an NCO’s everyday attila from Königl. Sächs Husaren-Regiment König Albert Nr 18. It was the senior of three Husaren-Regiments from the Kingdom of Saxony. The Regiment was raised in 1734 and garrisoned at Großenhain. It was attached to the XII. Armeekorps. The tunic is a lighter shade of blue. It has all-yellow tresses and frogging, as well as yellow trim down the tunic’s center and around is edges. A total of ten frosted gilt (five to each side) rosette buttons adorn the attila’s front. Five gilt barrel buttons secure the tunic when it is buttoned. Sewn-in loops on the left breast can accommodate a small ribbon bar. The loops measure 1" in width. Gold bullion tape appears at the collar as well as on the cuff. Gilt Saxon collar buttons are seen on both sides of the collar. Yellow shoulder straps appear on each side and are secured by gilt-toned buttons. The same yellow trim is seen on the reverse. I do not see any barrel buttons on the tunic’s reverse. Scattered moth damage shows on the attila’s front and back. It is seen in many areas on all parts of the tunic. Although this is a lot more moth damage than we generally offer, we have two reasons why we purchased the tunic and decided to share it with you. The tunic’s interior is quite attractive and sports a most unusual light-blue, silk liner. It seems to me that our young Graf had a sense of style. Inside the pocket is a tag for a tailor in Dresden, the capital city. The tailor has written on the tag "S (or L) Graf Schaffgotsch." It is also dated 1912, with a garment number of 774. I find it very curious that a man who was a Graf was serving as an NCO. I am sure by the time WW I started he was serving as an officer. It could be a very interesting research project for the new owner. The second reason I bought this is that I was able to buy it very reasonably. Naturally, I am passing the savings on to you. $795.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-637 IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC FOR KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 - PRUSSIA. This is a very high-quality, privately-purchased enlisted man’s Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier Regiment Nr 2 tunic. The Regiment was founded in 1814 and garrisoned in Berlin. The Regiment was attached to the Gardekorps. The tunic’s classic, dunkel-blau wool is quite handsome. Eight gilt buttons run down the tunic’s center. A thin red trim line runs down the center, as well. White kragenspiegel appear on the red collar. Each red sleeve sports three white kragenspiegel that extend upward. Each kragenspiegel has a gilt button, totaling six between the two sleeves. The left breast displays two sewn-in loops that could accommodate either a two or three-place ribbon bar, if the new owner so chooses.
The shoulder straps are red, embroidered in white with Kaiser Franz’s crowned royal cypher. The crowned cypher is very impressive because it is so different from any of the German monarchies’ crowns. Two smaller gilt buttons attach the shoulder straps to the tunic, each boasting a "5" for Kompagnie Nr 5. The tunic’s back is fairly standard. It features red trim at the vent, along with three gilt buttons on each side.
This was a private purchase, not a depot-issued garment. It is no particular surprise. When he was assigned to a Garde-Regiment, a man took great pride in that assignment. He wanted to look extra-sharp. An older, ill-fitting tunic did not fit the image he wanted to present to the public or his fellow soldiers. This soldier opted for a cotton lining, rather than silk. It was less costly and may have helped him weather the heat during summer months. We find the original owner’s name at the center of tunic’s neck. It reads:

Grenadier
Bartling
5. Compagnie

The tunic’s overall condition rates at very fine. I can see no signs of mothing, and it has been well cared for over the years. We rarely get to offer an identified Garde tunic in such fine condition. $1,595.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-633 GARDE PIONIER BATAILLON UNTEROFFIZIER'S TUNIC - PREUßEN. This is a Prussian Garde Pionier Bataillon unteroffizier’s tunic. The Bataillon was founded in 1810 and garrisoned in Berlin. It was attached to the Gardekorps. It is a pre war dark-blue tunic with a line of red piping running down its front. The tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. It boasts eight silver-toned buttons on its front, and two more on each sleeve. Another six silver-toned buttons appear in the rear vent area. Are the buttons are intact and appear to be original. The collar sports silver embossed tape and white collar kragenspiegel with black stitching in their centers. The collar is closed by three hook and eye clasps. It has red shoulder boards that display another silver-toned button marked for Kompagnie Nr 1. The cuffs repeat the collar’s pattern of silver embossed tape, and two white kragenspiegel with black stitching.
The tunic’s interior has a black silk liner that is in wonderful condition. All of its necessary buckles and attachments are in place. A few areas show some slight wear. A stamp identifying the Berlin tailor who made it is located inside the left sleeve. It is a solid tunic at a reasonable price. $1,050.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-577 NCO TUNIC - GARDE-JÄGER-Bataillon - PRUSSIA. This is a first-rate NCO tunic from the Garde-Jäger-Bataillon. The unit was formed in 1744 during the reign of Frederick the Great. This Bataillon along with Jäger-Bataillon Graf Yorck von Wartenburg Nr 1 and Jäger-Bataillon Fürst Bismarck (Pommersches) Nr 2, was one of the oldest Jäger-Bataillons in the German Army, all having been founded in 1744. Each of these Bataillons had a proud history and tradition in first the Prussian and later the German Army. Men assigned to Jäger Bataillons were expected to be crack shots. In the early days during and before the Napoleonic Wars, they were at the head of other German troops, serving as skirmishers. They were to disrupt enemy troops advancing on the German main body. The tunic is green in color, as is typical of Jäger tunics. It was to offer better camouflage for them when in the field. As with most tunics, this one sports eight gilt buttons down the center. Red piping also runs down the center. The cuffs each sport two more gilt buttons. As the tunic is for an NCO, we see gold bullion braid and two yellow bullion trim pieces where the buttons are attached. Moving to the collar we see the same gold and yellow bullion attached, as well as two Prussian NCO collar buttons in gold. Moving to the shoulder straps, we see plain red examples, which is correct for this Bataillon. Smaller gold buttons displaying the number "2" attach the straps and identify him to Kompagnie Nr 2. On the tunic’s reverse we see red piping in the vent and another six (three on each side) gold buttons. 
A tunic for the Garde-Jäger-Bataillon is rare enough, BUT this one is very special in another way. The German Army featured an annual competition to see who had the best marksmanship by regiment type. This was done for the Infanterie, the Artillerie, and etc., as well as for the Jäger Bataillons. So, this competition would have been for "the best of the best," as Jägers were supposed to excel in marksmanship. If you examine the tunic’s right sleeve, you will see a special gold device sewn to it. It is the Jäger emblem, a stag’s skull and antlers with a cross attached to the skull between the antlers. Attached to the antlers is a Hohenzollern Crown. The skull’s forehead displays the date "1907." Our man received the award for 1907. Then, BELOW this are tied oak leaves sporting the date "1908" above them. Our Jäger was a two-time winner of the contest, which is VERY rare. Were the badge available just on its own, it would be worth nearly $1,000. Its attachment to a tunic makes that tunic especially desirable and valuable. I spoke with a well known German uniform collector and sent him a photo of the badge. He told me the story behind the badge and said in all of his years of collecting, he had seen it only once. He also was fortunate enough to have that one example in HIS extensive collection.  The tunic’s interior is in very fine condition with an officer’s quality silk liner. The tunic’s exterior is in near-mint condition. If you were to have only one Jäger tunic in your collection, THIS would be it. If you already have an extensive collection, this example could be its major star.
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15-254 ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER'S TUNIC - JÄGER - Bataillon Nr 10 - PRUSSIA. This is a very fine tunic from an elite unit with a long and proud history. The very rare tunic comes from Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. The unit was raised in 1803 and garrisoned at Goslar. Prior to the beginning of WW I it was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. This was the only Jäger Bataillon in the Kingdom of Hannover’s Army. It was an elite rifle unit that was greatly prized by Wellington, along with his own 92nd Rifles, for its members’ marksmanship. These troops were an important part of the skirmishers sent out in advance of the regular Infanterie. Their marksmanship helped eliminate officers and interfered with the command and control of the French troops they opposed. This unit proudly served with the Duke of Wellington throughout the Peninsula Campaign and at Waterloo. Like the other Hanoverian Regiments, Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 was absorbed into the Prussian Army in 1866 after Hannover’s defeat when they sided with Austria against Prussia. Even though Hanoverian Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, Jäger, and Pionier units were redesignated as Prussian units, they retained a strong sense of pride in their roots as native sons of Hannover. In the late 1890's this was recognized by Kaiser Wilhelm II. He then allowed these units to wear bandeaux for the battle honors that they had achieved while under Hannover's flag. This small gesture meant a great deal to the troops. From that day until the end of the empire, they could be distinguished from other Prussian units by the wearing of these bandeaux on their parade headdress.
The tunic we are offering today is a wonderful example of a pre WW I tunic for this particular unit. The tunic's body is green. [This was similar to the elite English 92nd Rifles Regiment]. It not only distinguished them from other Infanterie troops, but helped them blend in with the landscape that they were skulking through. The tunic has a single row of eight, gilt-toned buttons, along with gilt buttons at the sleeve, shoulder straps, and rear vent. The sleeves and collar are red, with silver bullion trim. Each of the shoulder straps are red, with the Bataillon number in yellow. Also attached to each of the shoulder boards are buttons with a "1" on them for the 1st Kompagnie of the Bataillon. Perhaps the tunic's most striking detail is a cuff title on the right cuff for "Gibraltar." Only Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10, Füßilier-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (Hannoversches) Nr 73, and Infanterie-Regiment von Voigts-Rhetz (3. Hannoversches) Nr 79 were permitted to wear this cuff title on their tunics! As a matter of fact, these three Regiments were the ONLY three in the entire German Army to wear any sort of cuff title. [Infanterie Regiment Nr 79 was actually not created until 1838, so I do not fully understand why that Regiment was permitted to wear the cuff title]. In any event, you can understand what an honor it was to be in these units, and to be allowed to wear the cuff titles that showed the distinction of Hanoverian units in the Peninsula Campaign. The cuff title is a dark-blue. The word "Gibraltar" appears in yellow. Needless to say, it is very striking, and speaks to the tradition of Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. The condition of the tunic is astounding. I am not sure that I can detect even the hint of a moth nip on it. The tunic was a private purchase. It has the officers-style silk liner, with no hints of depot marks. This is a very rare tunic to an elite Regiment, in sparkling condition.
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15-587 KURAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 5 UNTEROFFIZIER’S TUNIC - PRUSSIA. This is a very well made Küraßier Regiment Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg (Westpreuß.) Nr 5 unteroffizier’s tunic in fine condition. The Regiment was raised in 1717. The three Bataillons were garrisoned at Risenburg, Rosenberg, and Deutsch-Eylau. The Regiment was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps. Küraßier-Regiments were considered heavy or armored Kavallerie. They were unique to Kavallerie in that they wore a heavy metal küraß (breastplate) for protection from swords and lances. The men also wore metal helmets (as did members of Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments), with lobstertails (extended rear visors) to protect their wearers from sword slashes during combat. Most Küraßier-Regiments were created during the 17th and 18th Centuries. The last Küraßier-Regiment was founded in 1815. By that time firearms had made Küraßiers obsolete, and no further regiments were formed.
This circa-1910 tunic is prewar dark-blue. It has the stand-up collar unique to Küraßier-Regiments. The collar, sleeves, and trim are rose red, a lighter shade of red than that used on other Küraßier tunics. [Please remember that the colors highlighting collars, sleeves, and trims are often repeated on their schirmützen and mützen]. A single row of eight gilt buttons runs down the tunic’s center. The collar and sleeves display gold bullion tape that identifies the tunic as an unteroffizier’s. Each sleeve shows two more gilt buttons. The shoulder straps are white, with no cypher or regimental number (as is correct). Each is sewn onto the tunic and secured by a small, unadorned gilt button. As we examine the right sleeve, we see a white Fechtwinkel Badge (an award for proficiency with a lance). This badge is more commonly found on Ulanen-Regiments tunics. The tunic’s reverse has a total of six gilt buttons in the vent flap area. Inside, the tunic sports a black silk officers-style liner. The liner is complete and in excellent condition. The tunic’s exterior is also in very fine condition. This is fine NCO’s tunic from an elite Kavallerie Regiment displaying the highly desirable Fechtwinkel Badge. $1,195.00swFeb17

 

 

 

 

 

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15-474 UNTEROFFIZIER'S TUNIC - MINENWERFER DETACHMENT. This is a wonderful prewar quality dunkel-blau tunic from a Minenwerfer detachment. Many of you are asking, "What in the world is a Minenwerfer?" Minenwerfers were wheeled artillerie pieces that fell partway between conventional cannons and mortars. They were intended for use in close support of Infanterie. They were mounted on gun carriages, but typically had shorter barrels than traditional cannons as they were not intended for long-range use. They did not require the greater range because they were kept much closer to the Infanterie than other forms of artillerie. Minenwerfers came in three calibers: 7.58CM, 17CM, and 25CM. They also had rifled barrels. They were used in fairly large numbers during WW I. [I do not know if the Allies had a similar weapon, but this does provide quite an intriguing story]! The tunic’s body is dark-blue (dunkel blau). A single row of eight silver buttons runs down its center. The second buttonhole from the top sports a ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Red piping extends from the collar down to the tunic’s center. The tunic’s collar is black (for Artillerie), edged with silver bullion tape. The sleeves display the same arrangement of black material with silver bullion tape of an Unteroffizier. Two silver buttons adorn each sleeve. The shoulder straps are red with a yellow "MW" on them. The tunic’s interior, along with the plain buttons on the shoulder straps, confirms that it is a high-quality, privately-purchased tunic. The tunic’s interior is lined in gray and black silk. The lining is complete and in good condition. No ownership marks appear on the pocket, etc. The exterior is a fine wool gabardine. I see perhaps two extremely small moth nips on the entire exterior. This tunic is in EXCELLENT condition. It would make a superb addition to any collection. $995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-613 TRAIN-BATAILLON Nr 4 NCO TUNIC - PRUSSIA. This is an NCO’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Train-Abteilung Nr 4. The unit was one of the nine Train-Abteilungen that were created in 1853, when the Train-Abteilung concept was inaugurated. A Train-Abteilung dealt with the supply trains that moved supplies for the front-line army units. This particular unit was based at Magdeburg and attached to the IV. Armeekorps.
The tunic is a traditional dunkel-blau (dark-blue) pre war example. It has the typical eight gilt-toned buttons running down its center. The sleeves display the gold bullion tape that is emblematic of an NCO rather than an enlisted man. Two gilt-toned buttons appear on each cuff. Its collar is light-blue rather than dunkel-blau. More gold bullion tape trims the entire collar. One interesting point about the collar ends is its shape. It is more rounded, with a somewhat similar appearance to a Küraßier tunic’s collar.
The shoulder straps are also light-blue, matching the collar. Embroidered on them in red is the regimental designation "4." Looking closely, we can detect a small button that secures the strap on one side, while its other side is sewn down. One other small detail on the buttons is the appearance of the company number, which is a "3." The tunic’s reverse displays light blue trim (again) in the vent area. A total of six of the larger gilt-toned buttons is also present.
The tunic’s interior confirms that this is a privately-purchased tunic rather than one issued from an army depot. Its black liner is silk, which is typical of most officer’s style liners. The liner is complete and in near-mint condition. Finally, the tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. I cannot see even a hint of mothing.
This is an ultra clean, original tunic that comes from a unit from which we rarely find examples. It would make an excellent addition to any collection. $795.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-283 ENLISTED MAN'S TUNIC FOR LANDWEHR DISTRICT Nr 61 - PRUSSIA. This is a simply wonderfully-conditioned, prewar, dark-blue enlisted man’s tunic from Landwehr District Nr 61. The Landwehr formed the reserves for the German army and was similar to the Army Reserve or National Guard in the U.S. The tunic’s exterior is a very high-quality, blue wool, in very fine condition. Its collar, sleeves and center trim are all red. It displays eight gilt buttons down the center, with matching buttons on the sleeves, shoulder straps, and rear vent. The shoulder straps are also red, with white thread depicting "61" for the regimental designation. The interior is lined in silk. Thus this was a privately purchased tunic, not depot-issued. If you are looking for an ultra-high-quality enlisted man’s tunic in superb condition, you need look no further. [This tunic was initially described as being from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 61 which is incorrect. Thank you to TS]. $750.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-598 IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 (MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG) TUNIC - PRUSSIA. This is an identified enlisted man’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande (2. Westfälisches) Nr 15. The Regiment was one of many created during the Napoleonic Wars. Its creation occurred on 1 July 1814. It saw extensive service in the Napoleonic Wars’ final phases. It was garrisoned at Minden, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps.
The tunic is made of pre war, dunkel-blau (dark-blue) wool. A single row of eight gilt-toned buttons down its center. It sports a red collar and a thin red trim band that extend down the tunic’s center, parallel to the buttons. The cuffs are also red with thin white trim. Each cuff has three more large, gilt-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are light-blue, with the regimental number embroidered in red. The left strap (from the wearer’s perspective) shows extensive mothing. Some of the damage extends to where the strap connects to the shoulder. Each strap has a smaller gilt-toned button displaying the number "13." This represents Kompagnie Nr 13, traditionally any Infanterie Regiment’s Reserve Kompagnie.
The tunic’s obverse shows scattered moth nips and mothing in several areas. On the reverse reveals red trim at the vent flap and a six more large gilt-toned buttons. Inside the tunic we find several interesting details. First it is a privately-purchased tunic rather than a depot-issued example. It sports a black, silk, officers-style liner that is complete and in very pleasing condition. Also in the tunic’s center is a label that identifies the original owner as seen below.

Musketier
Strothmann
Masch.=Gun.=KP.5.=N.15

If you look at the label’s third line, you will note that the man was assigned to the Regiment’s machine gun section. The tunic’s overall condition is NOT what we prefer to offer you. The tunic’s pluses are its Old Line-Regiment’s status, its identification (always a BIG plus), and that the original owner was attached to the Regiment’s machine gun section. For these reasons, the tunic is desirable and very reasonably priced. $550.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-305 ENLISTED MAN'S 1. BADISCHES LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 109 TUNIC - BADEN. This is a prewar, dark-blue enlisted man’s tunic from Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 from the Grand Duchy of Baden. This was the most elite Infanterie Regiment in the Baden military. It was quite similar to 1. Garde-Regiment zu Füß from Prussia, Königl Sächs 1. (Leib) Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100 from Saxony, Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Großherzogl. Hessisches) Nr 115, and Infanterie-Leib-Regiment from Bavaria. These Regiments were a part of the personal guard to the kings and grand dukes of the various German states. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 was the oldest of all Baden’s Infanterie Regiments. It was raised in 1803 and garrisoned in Karlsruhe, where it was assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps.  The tunic is a dark-blue (dunkel blau). It is a daily-wear tunic. It sports a single row of eight gilt buttons. Six gilt buttons grace the tunic’s rear at the vent. The shoulder straps are white with a red crown, which is emblematic of Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. NO company numbers show on the shoulder straps’ gilt buttons. The tunic’s interior is fresh and clean. This is a privately-purchased tunic and not depot-issued. A tag was in the neck area at one time, but has been removed. It is a delightful tunic from an elite Regiment. $750.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-515 ENLISTED MAN'S JÄGER Bataillon Nr 4 TUNIC - PRUSSIA. This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 4. The unit was raised in1815 and garrisoned at Naumburg a.S. It was attached to the IV. ArmeeKorps. Jäger-Bataillons were assembled to act as the marksmen for the Prussian, Hanoverian, Schaumburg-Lippe, Saxon, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Bavarian Armies. These units were formed from the best marksmen during the Napoleonic Wars. They often using better firearms than traditional Infanterie Regiments. During those times, most ground troops marched against each other in neat lines. At VERY close distance, they unleashed massed fire on one another. Often, victory was determined by the army with the fastest firing rate. [The British Army was the technique’s master. It was a key reason that they eventually prevailed with fewer troops than the French. Also, the British were superior to the French in troop deployment. The French advanced in close ranks that extended far back. Many of the rearward ranks were unable to fire. This was not a problem for the British, who extended their lines and got production out of all their men, even the rearward ranks. When the British employed firing-by-ranks, it was devastating. It often shattered the ineffectively deployed advancing French).
Before the main bodies clashed, however, each army sent out skirmishers. These small groups fired on one another, on NCO’s, and on officers in the advancing main body. This was the Jäger-Bataillons’ function. [I must briefly mention the British Rifle Regiments who did the same work. These men were deadly when working in pairs and using the fabled Baker Rifles]. Like the British Rifle Regiments, the Jäger-Bataillons wore green tunics. They helped the men to blend into the scenery a bit better. The tunics distinguished the Jägers from regular infantrymen. Our tunic today dates from about 1900 to 1910. It has a green body with a row of eight gilt-toned buttons down the center. It sports a red collar and red shoulder straps on which the yellow number "4" has been embroidered. Each shoulder strap is stitched into the tunic on one end. It is held in place on the other by a gilt-toned button displaying a "4." It represents Kompagnie Nr 4. The cuffs are also red, with two gilt-toned buttons. The tunic’s reverse features red trim on the vent, along with six gilt-toned buttons. A scattered moth nip or two shows on the tunic’s exterior, along with a small period repair on the front. Inside, we see it was privately-purchased tunic and not depot-issued. It displays a standard, officer-style, black silk liner. Overall, it is a lovely Jäger-Bataillon tunic from a unit formed during the pivotal year of the war against Napoleon. It is in well-above-average condition. It is value-priced, as well.
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15-409 ENLISTED MAN'S FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 TUNIC - BAVARIA. Today we are offering a pre WW I tunic from 4. Feldartillerie-Regiment König. The Regiment was founded in 1859. It was garrisoned in Augsburg, where it was part of the Bavarian I. ArmeeKorps. [It is interesting to note that the Kingdom of Bavaria had a comparatively small complement of Artillerie Regiments. Their first two were not formed until 1824, whereas other German states had formed regiments back in the 17th and 18th centuries (e.g., Prussia - 1772, Württemberg - 1736, Saxony - 1620, and Hesse-Darmstadt - 1790)]. Our tunic is typical of most pre WW I Bavarian Artillerie tunics in that it is made of black wool. The collar is also black. Eight gilt-toned buttons run down the tunic’s center. The tunic sports red trim. An additional two gilt buttons adorn each sleeve. The shoulder straps are red, with a small gilt button attached to each one. The number of the Regiment is displayed in yellow thread. Unlike most other states, it is correct that these straps do NOT display the Artillerie’s traditional flaming bomb. Since the tunic is black, the man is clearly identified as a member of an Artillerie Regiment. This is a privately-purchased tunic. It was not obtained from the army depot. The tunic’s reverse also features red trim. Six gilt buttons (three to a side) decorate the area of the flap. The cotton liner inside the tunic is in fine condition. It is a fine tunic, overall. We do not see its like as often as the Artillerie tunics that conform to the Prussian style. $750.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-493 IDENTIFIED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 181 FAHNENJUNKER'S TUNIC - SAXONY. This is an identified pre WW I Fahnenjunker’s tunic from Königl. Sächs. 15. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 181. It was the next-to-last of the "old-line" Saxon Infanterie Regiments created before WW I’s big build up. The Regiment was raised in 1887. Bataillon Nr 1 and Bataillon Nr 2 were garrisoned at Chemnitz, while Bataillon Nr 3 was based at Glauchau. The Regiment was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The tunic is the prewar dunkel-blau (dark-blue) color used before feldgrau. Its body is made of fine, dark-blue wool. A single row of eight gilt-toned buttons goes down the center. Its collar is red, with matching red cuffs. A narrow line of red piping runs down the tunic’s center, parallel to the buttons. Each cuff boasts a further two gilt buttons. A small set of red, sewn-in, ribbon bar loops appears on its left breast. (Based on the loops’ width, the ribbon bar held one or two ribbons). The shoulder straps are dark-blue trimmed in red with the regimental number stitched in yellow. The shoulder straps are sewn-in, and sport a small gilt button with NO Kompagnie Number. The reverse vent flap is trimmed in red, with two gilt and two silver-toned buttons. Inside the tunic is a fine silk liner, which provides further evidence it was a privately-purchased tunic rather than depot-issued. It gets even better. Inside the pocket is a tailor’s label from a firm in Dresden. The soldier’s name was "Thüm," and he acquired the tunic on 7 February 1914. The tunic’s exterior condition is very pleasing. I see only a single moth nip. The tunic has a lot of character. It is also a major plus to identify the tunic’s original owner. I hope Herr Thüm survived the war and was able to raise a family. $995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-558 ENLISTED MAN’S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 TUNIC - BAVARIA. This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Königl. Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Grossherzog Friedrich II of Baden Nr 8. The Regiment was founded in 1753. It was garrisoned at Metz and assigned to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. The tunic is of the prewar blue variety. It has eight gilt buttons down its center, with a red trim line extending to the tunic’s bottom. Each cuff is trimmed in red and sports a further three buttons. The collar is red. Attached to the tunic are two red shoulder straps that display the regimental number ("8") embroidered to each strap. One of the straps has a small gilt button with an "8," which indicates Kompagnie Nr 8. The other button is missing. Some moth damage shows on both shoulder straps. [The photos that accompany the description will show it]. On the reverse’s vent area are a further four gilt buttons. The tunic’s left side has scattered moth tracking and nips, which also can be seen in other more limited places. We also see places where the buttons were moved at some point. If they were moved by the original owner, he lost a considerable amount of weight (the lucky devil). Inside the tunic we see that it was originally a privately-purchased example. No depot markings are evident. The liner is a handsome red polished cotton. $450.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-517 GEFREITER'S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 139 TUNIC - SAXONY. This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Königl. Sächs. 11. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 139. The Regiment was raised in 1887. It was garrisoned at Döbeln, where it was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The dunkel-blau tunic has eight gilt-toned buttons down its center. Its cuffs are red with a gilt button, which is just above the blue material. The collar is also red, and sports twin gilt Saxon Gefreiter’s collar buttons. The shoulder straps are blue, trimmed in red. The regimental number "139" appears in yellow on each strap. The straps are held in place on one side by stitching. On the other side they are held with smaller gilt buttons sporting "Nr 11," which indicates the Kompagnie Number. The reverse displays three out-of-four buttons usually present on the vent flap. Both the tunic’s obverse and its reverse show a fair amount of scattered mothing. [This is a partial tradeoff for its price]. Inside is a silk liner. It also has depot marks showing it was first issued in 1900. The tunic has some problems, as we have stated above, but it is most attractively priced. Were it up to our normal standard of condition, it would cost several hundred dollars more. $595.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-547 ENLISTED MAN'S TUNIC - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 32 - SAXONY. This is a pre WW I, enlisted man’s tunic from 3. Königl. Sächs. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 32. In 1889, it was Saxony’s third Artillerie Regiment ever formed. The Regiment was garrisoned Riesa and attached to both the Saxon XII. and Saxon XIX. ArmeeKorps. The tunic’s body is black wool. Its collar, trim, and sleeves are red. Eight gilt buttons run down the tunic’s center. Another two gilt buttons are on each of the sleeves, and two gilt buttons decorate the red collar. The shoulder straps are black with an embossed red regimental number ("32") and the Artillerie’s flaming bomb/grenade. The tunic’s reverse displays four gilt buttons on the vent flap. Inside the tunic, we see that it is a privately-purchased example with a padded silk lining. The tunic’s exterior is in good condition, generally. A few moth nips exist, but are in no way detrimental to its overall display. $895.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-511 XMK ENLISTED MAN’S TUNIC - PRUSSIAN LUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG. This is a consignment item. It is a pre WW I enlisted man’s tunic from a Luftschiffer-Abteilung. As a prewar tunic, it is dark-blue (dunkel-blau) rather than feldgrau. The tunic has eight silver-toned buttons that extend down the tunic’s front. Red trims the collar’s top and extends down the tunic’s front. The same trim is seen at the cuffs. The collar has a black background and two very long kragenspiegel that wrap around the collar’s front and side. The cuffs are also black, with twin white kragenspiegel. Set on each of these two kragenspiegel are another two silver-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are red, with a yellow embroidered "L." Each shoulder strap’s underlay is dark-blue. One end of the strap is sewn-in, while the other is attached with a smaller, domed, silver-toned button. Each button sports a "2" for Kompagnie Nr 2. The vent flap on the tunic’s rear is trimmed in red and features another six silver-toned buttons. Inside the tunic, we see it is a privately-purchased item, complete with a silk liner. Only a trace of moth tracking shows on the surface. It is a superb tunic. $1,795.00  Reduced Price $1,575.00!!

 

 

 

 

 

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15-346 FIVE NAME TAGS - LEIB-GARDE-HUSAREN-REGIMENT - PRUSSIA. These are interesting uniform tags for a man who served in the Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment. They were sewn into tunics and other clothing items. The tags measure 2" x 3." Two are made of white paper with adhesive backing. The other three are made of white cotton. The message and appearance are the same on all five tags. The outline of a black box is printed in black diamonds within the center of the white tag. This inner box measures 1 1/2" x 2 1/4." Printed within the box reads:

Hußar
Uhlig
4. Esk. Leib-Garde-Hus. =Regt.
Waffen-Nummer 74

The tag identifies the trooper (Uhlig). It also identifies the Kompagnie (Eskadron) to which he was assigned in the Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment. He was also assigned number 74. All of his depot-issued property carried this number. These are really interesting. We have five of them available. You may buy these for $20.00 each, or ONLY 4 LEFT, ASK FOR GROUP PRICE! 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-552 COLLECTORS’ MANUAL - NAVY & SCHUTZTRUPPEN UNIFORMS. This is a manual that, at some point, was put together by a German collector. It begins with two full-color pages, which appeared in a 1969 German book. It shows a variety of uniforms, including those from the Navy and the See-Bataillon. Each uniform is numbered, with descriptions on the reverse in German, English, and French. Following that is a page created by the collector and clipped from a reference book’s central panel. It depicts sleeve ratings and naval shooting badges. The collector then placed numbers by each entry and provided an explanation of what they represent. More uniform plates appear in this "manual." Other clipped photographs show Schutztruppen around the world. The presentation has been neatly done. I believe that you will find it useful as a reference. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-498 S. M. Y. (S. M. S.) HOHENZOLLERN ROYAL LAUNCH COMMANDER'S PETTY OFFICER TUNIC. The S. M. Y. (S.M.S.) Hohenzollern was the last and biggest of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yachts. It was put into service in 1893. His grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I, was a much more modest man, and not anywhere near as flamboyant as his grandson. His royal yacht was a paddle wheeler! Whether it was opulent yachts such as the Hohenzollern, or the many uniforms and headdresses he owned, Wilhelm II was certainly over the top. Nothing stated that more than the royal yacht. It was Wilhelm II’s desire that Germany become a major sea power to equal England. Again, nothing stated those desires more than the Hohenzollern. Essentially a floating palace, she sailed all over Europe for Wilhelm II and his family’s state visits or just for vacations. The Hohenzollern even made a trip to New York, although the Kaiser did not sail with her. More than 6,000 people visited her while she was docked in New York early during the 20th Century.
The officers and men who served aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern were the cream of the German Navy. Their status was somewhat similar to that of the Regiment der Garde du Corps (GdC) on land. Officers selected to serve aboard the Hohenzollern were marked for advancement and promotion once they had served their stint aboard the royal yacht. As with the GdC, the enlisted men and NCO’s were men of the highest conduct level and character. To serve aboard the Hohenzollern and attend the royal family was an honor, indeed. One of the most respected jobs aboard was assignment to the Kaiser’s launch. The launch was stored aboard the yacht, then used to ferry people to other vessels or the shore. Naturally, the sailors who manned the launch needed to look impressive, since they were the first German representatives foreigners saw after the Kaiser himself. They provided a strong first impression of the Kaiserliche Marine’s caliber. They had to be sharply dressed, impeccably neat, and striking, to say the least. The fortunate chosen men were honored to wear a special patch on their left tunic sleeves. [We will return to this a bit later in our description].
Our offering today is the tunic for the Chief Petty Officer (Chief Boatswain’s Mate) who commanded the Hohenzollern’s launch, and supervised the enlisted men who worked with him. The tunic is dunkel-blau (dark-blue). It is double breasted, with a double row of gilt, Navy buttons. It sports twin white kragenspiegel at the collar. The tunic has no shoulder straps. The tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. One very small period repair appears on the left shoulder, which we will highlight in the photographs accompanying the description. The two devices sewn on the tunic’s left sleeve are what make the tunic historically important. The lower of the two is a stamped metal device on a patch, consisting of a fouled anchor beneath a Hohenzollern Crown. It measures 5" x 3 1/2." This indicates the petty officer’s rank. Directly above it is the very rare patch mentioned earlier. It is oval in shape, measuring 3 1/2" x 3." It is blue, with a yellow frame. Within the frame is a magnificent yellow embroidered Hohenzollern Crown over a pair of crossed yellow embroidered Großadmiral’s batons. Only men serving aboard the launch were entitled to wear this patch. [I believe the other sailors who served aboard the Hohenzollern wore a different patch. This one was extra special].
Inside the tunic is a wool lining with black silk sleeves. Two pockets are on the tunic’s left and right side. A magnificent gold-embroidered set of initials appears on a black silk patch. As best as we can determine, the intricate initials read "CG." They are attached to the left side inner pocket. It might help those of you are interested in researching the original owner’s identity. I date the tunic from the period of 1901 to 1914 for the following reasons. Wilhelm II did not promote himself to Großadmiral until 1901. The crossed batons on the special patch indicate this rank. The Hohenzollern was pulled from service in 1914, right after the start of WW I. While she was armed, it was only lightly. Also, with WW I beginning, the time for light-hearted cruising was past. This is an incredibly beautiful and rare tunic. If you are a serious naval collector, it would make a great addition to your collection. $6,995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-425 PETTY OFFICER'S NAVY DRESS TUNIC - ATTACHED TO THE NAVAL AIR SERVICE. This is a wonderful NCO'S dress tunic from the Kaiserliche Marine. This particular dress tunic was often referred to as a " Monkey Suit" or "Monkey Jacket." What makes it even more desirable -- the NCO was involved in the Imperial German Naval Air Service! The tunic is made of fine-grade, dark-blue wool. It features silver buttons throughout. It boasts two rows of nine silver buttons down its center. Each button displays the Kaiserliche Marine’s fouled anchor, and the Kaiser’s Hohenzollern Crown. In addition, a device consisting of two more silver buttons joined by a chain allows the tunic to hang open, but remain semi-secured. The collars exhibit the Imperial Naval Air Service’s twin, silver-toned, winged propellers. They are similar to the winged propellers seen on the shoulder boards/straps of the Imperial Army Air Service. The left sleeve exhibits a Petty Officer’s Rating Badge. I believe it indicates that he is an armorer. His cuffs display silver bullion tape indicating he is an NCO (Petty Officer). Extending upward from each sleeve are six more small, silver buttons.
The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. I see only one small moth nip on the obverse and one on the reverse. Inside the tunic is a complete cotton lining with many depot markings. These indicate it came from a naval depot, and was first placed in service on 19 April 1911. It evidently was reissued from the depot in 1916. I can tell you that finding naval aviation items is difficult, and finding tunics is tougher yet. I once owned this tunic. I gladly took it in again as a trade on another item. In all my years of collecting, I have owned and seen two Navy aviation tunics. One was for an officer, then this one for an NCO. It is an important tunic and a worthy addition to any aviation or tunic collection. $2,495.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-115 DRESS MESS JACKET FOR KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB. The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club was the most exclusive yacht club in Germany. Its leading members were royalty and/or navy officers. Wealthy industrialists like Alfred Krupp were also members. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the principal member of the club (he was the club's Commodore), which reflected his intense interest in boats, ships, and yachting. In addition to holding the rank of Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, the Kaiser was also involved in the activities of the Yacht Club. He even raced yachts in regattas of the club which included the S.M.S. Wunsch. This tunic is very similar to a naval dress tunic in cut and general appearance. The lapels of the tunic have a combination of material and silk trim. The tunic, which is in excellent plus condition, features a double row of five large buttons on the chest and five smaller buttons on each sleeve. Each of these buttons are actually standard navy buttons that feature the fouled anchor and Hohenzollern crown. This tunic is in excellent condition and would be a fine addition to any navy-related collection. You’ll not see one of these every day, and certainly not in this condition. $550.00

 

 

 

 

 

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13-928 ENLISTED REICHSMARINE SAILOR’S DRESS TUNIC’S EXTENSION BUTTONS. After WW I and before the Kriegsmarine’s (1935-1945) creation, the Reichsmarine (1919-1935) served as Germany’s Navy. Most of its traditions were similar to those of the Kaiserliche Marine. Its uniforms, headdresses, etc., primarily were identical. One small change was that the Imperial German Period’s Hohenzollern Crown was deleted from its buttons, badges, and so on. Today we are offering a pair of extension buttons that were used on enlisted sailors’ dress tunics. These two buttons are attached to a small chain. The two buttons are then inserted into buttonholes on the tunic’s opposite sides. The chain allows the tunic to remain "closed" without being tightly buttoned. The two small buttons do NOT boast Hohenzollern Crowns. Instead, they are decorated only with the German Navy’s fouled anchor. Each button sports a manufacturer’s hallmark. While not totally correct for use on a Kaiserliche Marine dress tunic, they could be used in a pinch for display purposes. Naturally, they can be used on Reichsmarine tunics. The device is in top condition. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

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13-852 SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS. These are silver-toned uniform buttons for an enlisted sailor’s tunic. The buttons measure 1/2" in diameter. They are the larger sized that ran down a tunic’s center, NOT the smaller size used on the sleeves. The buttons have a frosted finish and bear the Kaiserliche Marine’s crowned, fouled anchor. We have a total of twenty-four buttons in the following quantities, with a variety of markings on the reverse.

* Nine are marked "Extra Fein."
* Four are marked "Hochfeine Qualität."
* Four are marked "Ger. Ehlers - Kiel."
* One is marked "J&S Winns Sueine - Ludenscheid."
* Six are unmarked, with very short shanks.

It has been some time since we have offered Navy buttons. They typically sell very quickly. This is a good opportunity to pick up a few for future needs or to replace a tunic’s missing button. [The buttons are priced at $20.00 each. Buy four at $18.00 each, or eight or more at $15.00 each].ONLY19 LEFT

 

 

 

 

 

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13-853 SILVER-TONED KAISERLICHE MARINE UNIFORM BUTTONS. These are silver-toned uniform buttons for an enlisted sailor’s tunic. The buttons measure 1" in diameter. They are the larger sized that ran down a tunic’s center, NOT the smaller size used on the sleeves. The buttons have a mirrored finish and bear the Kaiserliche Marine’s crowned, fouled anchor. We have a total of twenty-four buttons in the following quantities, with a variety of markings on the reverse.

* Thirteen are marked "A & S Kaiserliche Marine."

* Eight are marked "Extra Fein." Six remain.

* Seven are marked "Hochfeine Qualität."

It has been some time since we have offered Navy buttons. They typically sell very quickly. This is a good opportunity to pick up a few for future needs or to replace a tunic’s missing button. [The buttons are priced at $20.00 each. Buy four at $18.00 each, or eight or more at $15.00 each].

 

 

 

 

 

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13-891 SLEEVE PATCH FOR NAVY MACHINE GUN CREW MEMBER. This is one of the rarest Navy sleeve rating patches you will ever see. I was quite stunned when I first saw it. It is for a man assigned to a naval machine gun crew, most likely aboard a ship rather than a shore installation. The patch is oval shaped and measures 3" x 2."  The patch’s background material is black. A red border encircles the patch’s edge. A profile of a M-08 machine gun appears within the border. (It is similar to the army machine gun badge). As the German Navy was considerably smaller than the German Army, it is only logical that the number of Navy men trained to crew a machine gun was a mere fraction of their army counterparts. The patch is in stone-mint condition. We are very pleased to share it with you. $695.00

 

 

 

 

 

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13-414 NAVY OBER-SCHREISBERSMAAT’S WINTER TUNIC RATING PATCH. This is a sleeve rating patch for an Ober-Schreibersmatt (Chief Clerk’s Mate). The patch is for this NCO-level sailor’s winter tunic. It is in very fine condition. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-417 SLEEVE OR CAP BADGE FOR REICHSMARINE OR MERCHANT MARINE. This is an interesting sleeve or cap badge for either the Reichsmarine (Post WW I) or the Merchant Marine. Mounted on a piece of feldgrau wool measuring 2 ½" x 3" is a gilt-toned fouled anchor flanked by oak leaves. It is in very fine condition. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-412 RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-BOOTSMANNMATT'S WINTER TUNIC. This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Bootsmannsmatt. This would be for a Chief Boatswain’s Mate. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-414 RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-SCHREISBERSMAAT'S WINTER TUNIC. This is the sleeve rating patch for a Ober-Schreibersmatt. This would be for a Chief Clerk’s Mate. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-409 RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIEUR APPLIKANT'S SUMMER TUNIC. This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Ingenieur-Applikant. This is for a Chief Engineering Cadet or Trainee. This patch is for the summer tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-410 RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-INGENIER APPLIKANT'S WINTER TUNIC. This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Ingenieur-Applikant. This is for a Chief Engineering Cadet or Trainee. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-411 RATING PATCH FOR NAVY OBER-SIGNALMAAT'S WINTER TUNIC. This is the sleeve-rating-patch for a Ober-Signalmaat. It is for a Chief Signalman’s Mate, and is the equivalent to a U.S. Navy Senior Petty Officer. This patch is for the winter tunic of this NCO-level sailor. It is in very fine condition. $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-446 NAVAL ARTILLERIE RATING PATCH FOR KAISERLICHE MARINE ENLISTED MAN. This is an oval rating patch that was worn on an enlisted man’s uniform sleeve. It has a dark-blue woolen base that is embroidered in yellow with a Hohenzollern Crown, crossed cannons, and an anchor. Some mothing shows on the patch’s upper left. This is not detractive to the patch’s overall presentation. $150.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-447 RATING PATCH FOR REICHSMARINE ORDINARY SEAMAN. This is a rating patch for an enlisted sailor in the Reichsmarine, from between the two World Wars. The patch has a blue woolen base, with a fouled anchor embroidered on it in yellow. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-797 ENLISTED SAILOR’S SHIPBOARD ARTILLERIE UNIFORM SLEEVE PATCH. This is a blue wool sleeve patch for a sailor aboard a German naval ship who was assigned to the ship’s gun crew. A yellow embroidered pair of crossed cannons over lays an anchor. As this is a dark-blue patch, it was for a winter uniform. The patch is oval-shaped and measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/2." $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-638 KAISERLICHE MARINE ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER'S ARM CHEVRON. This is a One-Year-Volunteer’s arm chevron from the Kaiserliche Marine. As we have chronicled elsewhere, the One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) entered the German military service on a different program from the men doing two-year mandatory service. After most men completed their two-year service, they entered the reserves. They only were called to active service when additional man power was needed. This was the situation, of course, when WW I began. Most reserves were called back to active duty. Returning to the OYV, when entering the military, they essentially paid all of their own expenses. That is, the government did not pay for their equipment (uniforms, headgear, etc.). They were expected to supply their own gear, just as officers did. Since these men provided their own gear, they were allowed a certain amount of latitude in their uniforms and headgear. Men who enlisted in the OYV program were generally from the German middle class or higher. They had more money to spend on their uniforms than say farmers who came into the service. Many OYV’s bought their uniforms and headdress from the same purveyors that the officers did. They were allowed to mimic many officers’ headdress characteristics. For example, they were not allowed to purchase a pickelhaube EXACTLY like an officer’s, but they could get VERY close. At least ONE of the details had to be different from an officer’s. It is common to see a silk liner and officer’s leather liner on an OYV’s pickelhaube. This was one of the extra allowances that OYV’s were allowed to make. They also were allowed to wear a special trim on their shoulder straps that clearly indicated they were an OYV, not a normal enlistee, or even an NCO. I cannot state with authority that Navy OYV’s wore the trim on their shoulder straps. This device, however, serves the same purpose. It was worn on the sleeve. Each "V" shaped arm measures 3 1/2." Woven into the patch is a design of red, black, and white. This is the first time that I have run across one. $150.00

 

 

 

 

 

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20-211 KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA’S RINGKRAGEN (GORGET) AS PRUSSIAN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2'S REGIMENTAL CHEF -  IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX. We are offering Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s ringkragen (gorget) as Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria (1858-1921) was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany’s wife. She was born in Schleswig-Holstein. She married Kronprinz Wilhelm (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) in 1881. She bore him an heir in 1882, who was also to be a "Kronprinz" Wilhelm. This lad never achieved Germany’s throne once the monarchy fell in 1918. He instead became a "Pretender," when his father died in 1941. Augusta Viktoria gave the Kaiser a total of six sons and one daughter. She worshiped her husband and he adored her. They were very close. When Wilhelm II abdicated his throne in 1918, she joined him in exile to the Netherlands at Haus (Huis) Doorn. This is where she died in 1921. Her body was returned to Germany, where it was buried at Berlin’s Neu Palais (New Palace). The Kaiser was not afforded the same privilege. When he died in 1941, he was buried at Haus Doorn, where he remains today in a special crypt on the grounds of the estate not far from where many of his beloved Dachshunds are also buried. It was customary in Imperial Germany for certain elite Regiments to be honored with a royal patron who assumed the position of its honorary Oberst and Regimental Chef.
The Kaiserin was the Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. The Regiment was founded in 1717. It was garrisoned at Pasewalk, where it was attached to the II. Armeekorps. This very special Regiment was considered one of the leading Küraßier-Regiments. The Regiment played a major role in the Battle of Hohenfriedberg, which took place on 4 June 1745. The Prussian Army was led by Frederick II himself. It faced a combined force of Austrians and Saxons in a decisive battle for Silesia (in today’s Poland). As a result of the battle, Frederick II was acknowledged as "Frederick the Great." Also, Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 was granted the right to wear a bandeau on their headdress proclaiming "Hohenfriedberg 4 Juni 1745." This was quite an honor. Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 was the Prussian Army’s only Kavallerie or Infanterie Regiment to be so honored. Most headdresses that carry bandeaux come from the former Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig. Not only did Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria serve as Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2's Regimental Chef, but her son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served in that Regiment as an Oberst à la Suite. (We recently sold the Kronprinz’s personal helmet from the Regiment).
Having a woman as the Regimental Chef presented a number of interesting "problems," especially for a Regiment like Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. When a Regimental Chef rode with "his" Regiment, he normally assumed the Regiment’s complete uniform, including the tunic, trousers, headdress, etc. Since it was a Küraßier-Regiment, Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2 members naturally wore küraßes for parades. [With Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2, this was a gilt küraß similar to the Regiment der Garde du Corps, "the Kaiser’s Own." Kaiser Wilhelm II was the Regiment der Garde du Corps’ Regimental Chef]. Anatomically, it was awkward for a woman to wear a küraß (breastplate). This problem was sidestepped by allowing the Kaiserin to wear only the Regiment’s ringkragen. The Kaiserin also wore a tricorn hat with feathers rather than a spiked helmet when she rode with her Regiment as seen in an image of her from a painting where she is actually wearing the gorget that we offer today.
Along with the küraß the Regiment’s officers wore a ringkragen (gorget), a shield-like plate suspended from a chain. It was an important accessory of an officer’s dress uniform. They are quite rare. In Germany, an example from this Regiment easily fetches $12,000+ when in fine condition. It is a simply amazing piece. Without a doubt, it is one of the most interesting German royalty items we have ever offered. The ringkragen, as previously mentioned, is shaped like a shield. It measures 5 1/2" x 5" at its widest point. Its edge is trimmed in brass. It has a mirror-like surface of polished, silver-toned metal. In the center is a beautifully hand painted, black and gold Hohenzollern Eagle on a red background. Two to three very small stress fractures appear. I cannot tell if this is in the enamel, or if it is a glass covering that has the cracks. [I will try to highlight them as best as I can in the accompanying photographs. They are NOT detractive to the overall presentation]. The Eagle is framed, with green enamel leaves on the sides. Coming from the right and left sides are what appear to be furled flags. The flags are made of silver. The tips of the banners are gold-toned. Beneath this are four crossed cannons and the date "1745." It is just stunning. The detail is breathtaking. The gorget’s reverse is sumptuously lined in a luxuriant, superior-quality, purple velvet. Naturally, the color indicates the wearer is a member of royalty. 
No regular officer from the Regiment would have his gorget lined with the same material! Rather officer's gorgets were lined with a carmine red that is vastly different from this color. Four brass nuts with washers secure the gorget’s front portion to the reverse. The bottom sports an upward-swept clip that allows it to be attached to a garment. Most interesting of all is a horizontal pin, which measures 2 3/4." This pin is GOLD. [In the photographs accompanying the description you will see photos of a "normal" regimental officer’s gorget. Please note the varied differences, including the horizontal pin on the Kaiserin’s version, and the difference in the backing material]. We are also including a photograph of a period oil painting showing the Kaiserin riding with her Regiment. She is wearing the ringkragen. You will now understand why the horizontal pin is present on her gorget. Since she did not wear a küraß, the ringkragen is pinned to her "tunic." The tunic is also different from what the Regiment wore, since it was for a woman (and a royal one at that). She is riding a horse sidesaddle. The tunic almost appears to be more like a blouse, but it is very similar to the Regiment’s tunic in overall construction and design. The chain accompanying the gorget is also quite amazing. It measures 18 1/2" in length. It is far different from an officers version, as you will note from the photographs. The chain is linked and intertwined. The connecting hardware is similar to what you might see on a high-quality neck chain. Its ends are undoubtedly GOLD. I am still unsure if the chain is GOLD or brass. The chain’s backing is the same high quality purple velvet as is found on the ringkragen’s back.
The gorget and all of its supporting materials are made of the highest quality materials. No expense was spared. The ensemble is in sparkling condition. It comes in a fitted box that has helped preserve its condition for more than one-hundred-years. The box measures 5 3/4" x 5 1/4." It is made of black leatherette. The box is structurally sound, although normal wear can be seen on it. Inside, we see a pink silk liner on the upper half, and a matching, pale-rose, flocked velvet on the lower half. Pasted on the pale rose material of the box’s lower half is "C. E. Juncker, Berlin Sw., Alte Jacobstrasse 13. Militair-Effecten-Fabrik." Many people think that C. E. Juncker produced only flight badges. Nothing could have been further from the truth. While they did produce the finest flight badges, they also produced a wide variety of items including metal helmets, uniform items, etc. When this fine firm was commissioned to produce the ringkragen, they went all out to ensure that the Kaiserin received the best, regardless of cost. One final detail is a small piece of paper that measures 6" x 5 1/8," and has been folded in half. In black ink is the simple description that this item was the property of her majesty, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria. It was pierced and held in place by the GOLD pin on the ringkragen’s reverse. I removed it for the photographs, and have returned it to the state in which I received it. While Kaiser Wilhelm II had closets of uniforms and the effects that went with them, items that are military-related for women are very rare.
This is a true piece of history. And yes, this is a one-of-a-kind item and would be the centerpiece of any collection. We are delighted to share it with you today.
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15-530 VETERANS GROUP FLAG BEARER'S GORGET. Veterans’ groups were very popular in Germany, both before and after WW I. Groups of all sorts met in cities and towns all over Germany. These groups were all-encompassing, and regional as well as regimental in nature. Some of the items coming from these groups are as simple as badges. Others are more complex. If a group had a meeting room, for example, they might have displayed a wall flag or perhaps a smaller flag was mounted as a banner to be displayed on a desk or podium. These flags generally were quite ornate. Most were embroidered and quite colorful. Larger groups often had larger flags that were attached to flagpoles, much like the regimental and national colors that were carried at a regiment’s head when on parade. The man selected to bear an active army unit’s or veterans’ group’s colors was known as the Fahnenträger (standard-bearer). This man wore a ringkragen (gorget), a shield that was suspended from a chain. It was hung around his neck (the shield rested on his chest). It is also important to note that a Fahnenträger wore a special patch on his tunic sleeve called a kragenspiegel.
Today we are offering a gorget that comes from a veteran’s group rather than an active military example. The shield is shaped in what I would term a gentle triangle. It has two distinct sides. The top has a dip in it rather than running in a straight line. It measures 3" x 6 1/2," The shield is gold-toned and shows some toning due to age. Laid onto the gold-toned base is a silver-toned arrangement that consists of two flags/banners bordering the central piece, along with scattered laurel leaves. The central piece is oval-shaped and measures 2 1/4" x 4 3/4." The material is more of a polished silver that displays the legend "19 Berlin." One can speculate that it was Infanterie-Regiment Nr 19, Dragoner-Regiment Nr 19, Husaren-Regiment Nr 19, Ulanen-Regiment Nr 19, Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 19, Fußartillerie, Train-Abteilung, or Pionier-Bataillon Nr 19. I do not have a good feel that this was any of these units (none were garrisoned in Berlin and, in fact, many were from Württemberg or Saxony). Perhaps the "19" designation was for a district or something else. The obverse’s final feature is two silver-toned buttons that look similar to pips that one might see on certain officer’s shoulder boards. Its multilinked chain is also gilt-toned and quite decorative. The reverse sports a felt backing. The chain’s fastening clip features the Berlin manufacturer’s name, "HCH. Timm." Overall, it is in good condition. It would make a fine addition to a veterans' collection displayed with similar items, or on its own.
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15-658 OFFICER’S DRESS SASH - BADEN. This is an officer’s dress sash from the Grand Duchy of Baden.  The sash is complete with all attachments. The sash is in excellent condition and ready to mount on a Baden officer’s tunic or for display. $295.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-659 OFFICER’S CARTRIDGE BOX - BADEN. This is a very high-quality kartuschekasten (cartridge box) for an officer in the Baden military.  The cartridge box was where extra rounds of ammunition were stored. The exterior is leather.  It is quite clean and supple for being more than one-hundred-years old. Baden’s brass crown appears above  the royal cypher.  All of its attachments are in place.  The box can be mounted on a belt or displayed. It is a rare accessory that we seldom find. $650.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-514 ENLISTED MAN CARTRIDGE BOX - LEIB-KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT GROßER KURFÜRST Nr 1 - PRUSSIA. This is a very handsome enlisted man/NCO’s cartridge box from Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1. The Regiment was founded in 1646 and garrisoned in Breslau. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. Historically, it was a VERY important Regiment with a long and storied record. In fact, it was THE oldest Küraßier-Regiment in the entire German Army. It held "Leib" (Life) status. This was just a bit lower in importance than Garde-Regiment status. The Prussian Army contained the Regiment der Garde du Corps AND the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. Both Regiments wore the fabled Hohenzollern Eagle atop their helmets during parades. Neither was nearly as old as Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1. (The Garde du Corps was founded 1740 and the Garde-Küraßier was formed in 1815). As a mark of its importance, Leib-Küraßier-Regiment Großer Kurfürst (Schlesisches) Nr 1 possessed a unique insignia for their wappens, küraß devices, and cartridge boxes. One did not mistake a man from this Regiment! The emblem consists of an old-style Hohenzollern Eagle (remember, the Regiment preceded Frederick the Great by a great deal). In its right side claw is a sword. The left side claw grasps a bundle of thunderbolts. Above the eagle is the motto "Pro Gloria Et Patria." The cartridge box measures 6" x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2." All of its straps are attached. The Regiment’s emblem is brass. It measures 2 3/4" in diameter and is 1 1/8" thick. The emblem is applied to the cartridge box’s outer lid. This is a marvelous piece of German history, in very fine condition. $1,895.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-676 XAS KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT OFFICER’S CARTRIDGE BELT AND BOX - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is an excellent example of a Küraßier-Regiment officer’s silver-toned belt and black leather cartridge box. The belt sports an oval-shaped, silver-toned buckle. The belt’s tip and its keeper are also silver-toned. The belt’s front displays gray and silver bullion, while its back is red. The belt measures 50" in length, and the cartridge box measures 3 ½" x 5." Its leather is in fine condition. The box front sports a brass royal cypher beneath a fine brass Prussian Crown. It would make an excellent addition to a tunic or as a collection display piece. $995.00   Price Reduced to $850.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-670 XAS HUSAREN REGIMENT OFFICER’S BELT WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. Today we are offering a wonderful Prussian Husaren Regiment Officer’s parade belt. It is a very hard-to-find accessory worn by Prussian Husaren officers on dress occasions. The belt features stone-mint brown leather attachments at either end for securing the belt. The belt itself consists of many thin braided silver and black-chevroned bullion strings that are threaded through three sets of braided silver bullion tubes. [The tubes, which number five per set, are securely threaded together]. An aiguillette-like section is attached by its braided rosette between two of tube sections. The "aiguillette" itself consists of two thicker silver bullion cords that encircle the looped-together strings near one of the leather fasteners. The aiguillette’s OTHER end features two portépée-like devices made of bullion and coiled silver-toned tinsel, which hang down from the rosette opposite to the aiguillette’s cords. A white silk lining is attached to the belt’s reverse behind the tube sets and the aiguillette’s rosette. It is intact, but shows some minor soiling. The belt measures 30 ½" when fully lengthened.
The belt has been housed in its original storage carton over all these years. The carton measures 8" in diameter. Both carton halves are in excellent condition. Its original one-hundred-year-old tissue paper lines the carton’s bottom. This explains the belt’s superb condition!
It is a mint-condition Husaren officer’s belt. You could search for years and find none better. Even in a lesser condition, it is an accouterment that seldom turns up.
[As an extra incentive, we will add a handsome discount on any Prussian Officer’s Attila in our inventory if you purchase the pair together]. $2,395.00  PRICE REDUCED TO $1,995.00  2nd Price Reduction: $1,795.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-276 ULANKA PARADE PLASTRON - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11 OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 15 - PRUSSIA. This is a lemon-yellow, parade plastron that was correct for Ulanen-Regiment Graf Haesler (2. Brandenburgisches) Nr 11. The Regiment was founded in 1860 and garrisoned at Saarburg. It was assigned to the XXI. Armeekorps. It also was correct for Schleswig-Holsteinsches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 15. This Regiment was founded six years later in 1866. It also was garrisoned at Saarburg and assigned to the XXI. Armeekorps. A plastron was an additional attachment that was fitted over an ulanka ‘s chest for dress or parade functions. A total of fourteen buttons and five clips were on its reverse where it was added to the tunic. This is an extremely difficult-to-find uniform accessory. It really completes an ulanka. This example is in excellent condition. $795.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-401 ULANKA PARADE PLASTRON - ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11, ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 15, OR ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 20 - PRUSSIA AND WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a lemon-yellow, parade plastron, which was correct for Ulanen-Regiment Graf Haesler (2. Brandenburgisches) Nr 11. The Regiment was founded in 1860 and garrisoned at Saarburg. It was assigned to the XXI. ArmeeKorps. It also was correct for Schleswig-Holsteinsches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 15. The Regiment was founded six years later, in 1866. It also was garrisoned at Saarburg and assigned to the XXI. ArmeeKorps. In addition it would be correct for Ulanen-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (2. Württ.) Nr 20. This Regiment was founded in 1809 and was garrisoned at Ludwigsburg. It was attached to XIII ArmeeKorps. A plastron is an additional attachment that fits over an ulankas chest for dress or parade functions. A total of fourteen buttons and five clips appear on its reverse to attach it to the tunic. It is an extremely difficult-to-find uniform accessory. A plastron truly completes an ulanka. Our example is in excellent condition. $795.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-337 INTERIM NCO/OFFICER ARTILLERIE CARTRIDGE BOX 1870/71 - HESSE-DARMSTADT. This is a leather Interim Artillerie cartridge box that was suitable for an NCO or Officer in a Hessen Artillerie Regiment. The box measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 1." The leather, which shows honest age, displays stamped, crossed cannons between wreaths. Two metal rings hang on either side to secure the box. It dates from the period of the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War. For being a leather piece that is more than 130-years-old it is in good condition. $750.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-74 PAPERWEIGHT WITH MINIATURE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 126 OFFICER'S DRESS SHOULDER BOARD - WÜRTTEMBERG. Desk pieces of all kinds were very popular in Imperial Germany. This was especially true for officers who might have miniature swords as decorations or as letter openers, for example. In this case an officer from 8. Württemberg Infanterie-Regiment Nr 126 Große Herzog Friedrich von Baden had a paperweight made with a miniature of a dress (banjo style) shoulder board imbedded in glass. The result is a very striking desk piece that is a real attention-getter. Imagine how handsome this would look on your desk (as it will on mine until you buy it)! $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-611 DUAL 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND BAVARIAN MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS RIBBON FOR UNIFORMS. When I began the description of this item, I was unsure in which category to place it. While it is a decoration’s ribbon, 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. It would really dress up your tunic! $50.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-480 REGIMENTAL FAHNENTRÄGER'S FELDGRAU SLEEVE PATCH - SAXONY. This is an ultra-rare sleeve patch for a Saxon Regimental Fahnenträger (standard-bearer). It is a feldgrau version. It was used from about 1907 through 1918 as feldgrau uniforms were phased into service. The patch is quite large and shield-shaped. It measures 4 3/4" x 3 1/4." It is beautifully manufactured with multicolored bullion thread. I see gold, black, silver, green, red, and blue. As you look at the photos, please pay careful attention to the design of the two crossed flags and especially the Saxonian Crown. It fairly wants to jump off the patch at you. Also, at the patch’s bottom, König Friedrich August III’s royal cypher appears in brilliant gold bullion thread. The patch is in very fine condition. Only a hint of moth tracking shows on the two side panels. I do not believe this was ever issued. It would make an important addition to any collection. $1,595.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-564 PREWAR REGIMENTAL FAHNENTRÄGER'S SLEEVE PATCH - WÜRTTEMBERG. One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain its regimental standard. All of the European armies (including Germany) had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true history of pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flagpoles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner (Fahnenträger) was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight.
Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color bearer (Fahnenträger). As you can see, the number of color bearers in the German Army was very limited, as was this very special sleeve patch. The patch was intended to have been worn on the pre WW I dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic’s sleeve. It measures 5" x 3 ½," and is in the shape of a shield. It sports a pair of crossed regimental flags, beautifully done in yellow, red, and black thread. Between them is a crown from the Kingdom of Württemberg made of yellow, white, green, and red thread. König Wilhelm II’s yellow royal cypher appears at the patch’s bottom. It is very elegant and quite rare. [As an aside, regimental banners are greatly prized by collectors. Prices BEGIN at $20,000 for these beauties, when they come on the market. I have seen examples fetch in excess of $50,000. They rarely become available. Many of them were taken to Russia at the end of WW II, and were not released until thirty to forty years after its end]. This is an amazing piece of history and far rarer than a Prussian example. $1,495.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-440 REGIMENTAL FAHNENTRÄGER'S SLEEVE PATCH FOR PREWAR DUNKEL BLAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA. One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight.
Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color bearer. As you can see, the number of color bearers in the German Army was very limited, as was this very special sleeve patch. The patch was intended to have been worn on the sleeve of the pre WW I dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic. It measures 5" x 3 1/2," and is in the shape of a shield. It sports a pair of crossed regimental flags, beautifully done in yellow, white, and black thread. Between them is a Hohenzollern Crown made of yellow, white, and red thread. At the bottom of the patch is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher in yellow. It is very elegant and quite rare. [As an aside, regimental banners are greatly prized by collectors. Prices BEGIN at $20,000 for these beauties when they come on the market. I have seen examples fetch in excess of $50,000. They rarely become available. Many of them were taken to Russia at the end of WW II, and were not released until thirty to forty years after its end]. This is an amazing piece of history. $1,395.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-441 REGIMENTAL FAHNENTRÄGER'S SLEEVE PATCH FOR FELDGRAU TUNIC - PRUSSIA. One of the most honored positions within any regiment was the assignment to carry and maintain their regimental standard. All of the European armies, (including Germany), had a fascinating tradition in regimental standards. In Germany, regimental banners or standards were authorized and issued by the König, or Kaiser. It had a true pageantry to it. In addition to the actual standard/banner, regiments brandished flag poles adorned with streamers proclaiming the year of the regiment’s establishment, the regiment’s collective battle honors, and brass identification rings. Depending on the regiment, the pole might even have been topped by a Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. The men fought with great pride under these flags. For a regiment to lose its flag in battle was a horrible event. It rained dishonor on ALL the men attached to the regiment, from its regimental commander down to the lowliest private. The man assigned to maintain and carry the regimental banner was highly-regarded by his officers and NCO’s. He bore the standard, carrying it in a special case when it was not unfurled. He was expected to protect the banner with his life. The sight of the banner waving, even in battle, was a rallying point for the regiment’s men. If the color bearer fell during battle, another man immediately snatched-up the banner to show that the regiment was still in the fight.
Naturally, a man so honored as to carry the regimental colors was awarded a special sleeve patch designating him as the regimental color bearer. As you can see, the number of color bearers in the German Army was very limited, as was this very special sleeve patch. The patch was intended to have been worn on the sleeve of the feldgrau tunic. This example is far larger than a pre WW I sleeve patch. It measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4" and is in the shape of a shield. It sports a pair of crossed regimental flags, beautifully done in yellow, green, white, and black thread. Between them is a Hohenzollern Crown made of yellow, white, and red thread. At the bottom of the patch is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher in red. It is very elegant and quite rare. [As an aside, regimental banners are greatly prized by collectors. Prices BEGIN at $20,000 for these beauties when they come on the market. I have seen examples fetch in excess of $50,000. They rarely become available. Many of them were taken to Russia at the end of WW II, and were not released until thirty to forty years after its end]. This is an amazing piece of history. $1.495.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-671 INCOMPLETE KAISER WILHELM II SHOOTING AWARD FOR 1904'S TOP INFANTERIE REGIMENT. Every year Kaiser Wilhelm sponsored a shooting contest for the best shooting unit (Regiment, Bataillon, etc.) for the Infanterie, Artillerie, Jäger, and Kaiserliche Marine. This award was for the Infanterie in 1904. The award itself was a metal and fabric badge that was worn on one’s tunic sleeve. It was an immense honor that enlisted men and NCO’s proudly displayed on their tunics. The badge is made of brass. It measures 2 ¼" x 3 ¼." It consists of a oak leaf wreath topped by the Kaiser Crown. A pair of rifles lies across both wreath halves, and 1904 appears at the award’s bottom. Generally, the badge was mounted on a dark-blue patch that extended beyond the metal so it could be sewn onto the tunic. This badge, however, shows NO evidence of ever having any part of the blue wool fabric. It appears that it never was installed. A mirrored fore panel is evident.
The reverse displays a hallmark for the Berlin firm Paul Meybauer, who produced the badge. Most examples of the Kaiser Wilhelm II shooting badge were produced by C.E. Juncker (also of Berlin). Previously, I had never seen one produced by Meybauer. A zinc backing also is attached on the reverse. It is possible that this particular badge was either a prototype or a salesman’s example. It is also possible that the badge was unfinished for some unknown reason.
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15-410  KAISER WILHELM II ANNUAL 1911 SHOOTING PRIZE BADGE. The award of the annual Kaiser Shooting Badges was a time of keen competition. These were awarded to the top shooting units from Imperial German Army Regiments, as well as Army Artillerie Regiments. A similar award was made to the Navy. This badge was an award to the Army’s top shooting unit in 1911. In this competition every man in the selected regiment was awarded a badge to wear on his tunic sleeve. The badge is oval-shaped and measures 4" x 3." Its background is black felt. The insignia itself is brass. It was an important award within the Imperial German Army. It served as a source of great pride to the winning unit every year. $295.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-465 KAISER WILHELM II 1912 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SHOOTING PRIZE. Annually, Kaiser Wilhelm II awarded a prize to the Infanterie Regiment with the best marksmanship. Each regiment member proudly displays it on his tunic sleeve. Today we are offering the prize from 1912. It is a brass badge measuring 4" x 2 3/4." It features a wreath topped by a Hohenzollern Crown. Below that are crossed rifles, with "1912" displayed at the wreath’s bottom. It is mounted on an oval-shaped piece of dark blue wool, which would then be sewn onto a tunic sleeve. Some light, scattered mothing shows up on the patch. The reverse reveals a backing plate has been added to the badge for extra strength and durability. Badges such as this were considered a great honor. German soldiers also were rewarded for their marksmanship with shooting lanyards. The latter were attached to their shoulder strap buttons and displayed on their right breasts. $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

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29-68 MINIATURE KAISER WILHELM II’S ANNUAL 1905 INFANTERIE REGIMENT SHOOTING PRIZE - PRUSSIA. This is a miniature that was worn on a soldier’s tie chain. The miniature is for the Infanterie’s annual regimental shooting competition. Each year a shooting competition for Infanterie/Kavallerie and Artillerie Regiments was held within the German Army. The regiments that compiled the best records received a special prize from the Kaiser. The prize was in the form of a sleeve badge, which was proudly worn by the regiment’s members (enlisted and NCO). The miniature replicates the 1905 badge. It appears at one time the crown may have snapped off, then was re-soldered back into place. I have NEVER seen such an example before. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-466 KAISER WILHELM II 1904 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SHOOTING PRIZE. Annually, Kaiser Wilhelm II awarded a prize to the Infanterie Regiment with the best marksmanship. Each regiment member proudly displays it on his tunic sleeve. Today we are offering the prize from 1904. It is a brass badge measuring 4 1/2" x 3." It features a wreath topped by a Hohenzollern Crown. Below that are crossed rifles, with "1904" displayed at the wreath’s bottom. It is mounted on an oval-shaped piece of black wool, which would then be sewn onto a tunic sleeve. [I am a bit puzzled as to why the patch is black. Most Infanterie troops typically wore dark-blue uniforms, so a black patch would look odd. I do have a theory. Both the 2. Leib Husaren-Regiment Nr 2 and Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 wore black tunics. Perhaps one of these regiments received the award in 1904. This is just a guess on my part, but I do know the Army and Navy’s various units were eligible to participate in the competition]. The reverse reveals a backing plate has been added to the badge for extra strength and durability. Badges such as this were considered a great honor. German soldiers also were rewarded for their marksmanship with shooting lanyards. The latter were attached to their shoulder strap buttons and displayed on their right breasts. $375.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-645 1913 KÖNIG’S SHOOTING PRIZE - BAVARIA. This is a very hard-to-find 1913 König’s Shooting Prize from the Kingdom of Bavaria. Even after the German Empire’s establishment with Kaiser Wilhelm I at its head, Bavaria retained a greater degree of independence than did the other German states. For example, Bavarian troops were retained in purely Bavarian-commanded Armeekorps (a total of three). Even though the kingdoms of Württemberg and Saxony had their own Armeekorps (two for Saxony), they still operated under Prussia’s General Staff. This meant that all German regiments (except the Bavarians) competed with each other for the annual Kaiser’s Shooting Prize, awarded for the best shooting from Infanterie, Artillerie, Kaiserliche Marine, and Jäger Regiments.
Bavaria, however, awarded its OWN shooting prize for the Infanterie. These awards are so scarce that I had never seen or offered one before. It is quite similar to the Kaiser’s Prize in that it appears on an oval-shaped, dark-blue, sleeve patch measuring 4 1/8" x 3." Attached to the blue patch is a gilt device that sports a wreath of oak leaves crossed by a pair of rifles. Between the crossed rifles at the wreath’s bottom is the year, 1913. At the wreath’s top is a Wittelsbach rather than a Hohenzollern Crown. The frosted gilt device is in amazing condition.
The blue patch also is in good condition, although a small bit of fabric is missing at the eleven o’clock point. It almost looks like a small (very small) bite has been taken from it. A piece of tin on the reverse serves as backing for the gilt device on the obverse. The gilt piece is attached in four places to the tin backing. No manufacturer’s hallmark shows on the reverse.
This is a marvelous piece to add to your badge collection. It could even be sewn to a prewar, dark-blue Bavarian enlisted man’s tunic.
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15-261 ENLISTED MAN'S SIGNALMAN PATCH - MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG. This is a very rare signalman’s patch for a tunic (this would generally be worn on the right arm just below the shoulder) for a man who filled that role in a Machine Gun Abteilung. It is for the feldgrau tunic and features crossed signal flags. Three tiny holes appear (no bigger than pinpoint sized) where this patch might have been mounted by a collector long ago. You have to look closely to see them. They are not detractive. The patch dates from the period of 1910 to 1914. This is very rare and difficult-to-find! $295.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-262 ENLISTED MAN'S INFANTERIE-REGIMENT SIGNALMAN PATCH. This is a signalman’s patch for a man assigned to an Infanterie-Regiment prior to WW I. The patch is dark blue with red and white crossed flags mounted on yellow flag poles. One very small moth track appears on the patch. It is still in very good condition. $85.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-678 DISPLAY OF VARIOUS STATE COLLAR AND UNIFORM BUTTONS. This is a most interesting oval-shaped display of uniform collar buttons, assorted other buttons, and other miscellaneous items. The display is in a wooden frame that measures 10” x 12,” and contains approximately thirty-five assorted burtons. They primarily consist of Feldwebel and Gefreiter collar buttons that helped identify ranks of men in the German Army, including those for Prussia, Saxony, Württemberg, Hesse, and another for what I believe is one of the Saxon Duchies. Aside from these rank buttons, others include the buttons from shoulder straps that indicated an Infanterie Kompagnie, an Artillerie Battery, or a Kavallerie Eskadron. Also included are a smaller number of uniform buttons. Two officer’s kokarden are included from Bavaria, as well as two silver rank pips that are added for a decorative touch.
One final point: while this is an interesting display, I do NOT believe that this is a period frame. Instead, it was assembled more recently for a collector’s enjoyment. $350.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-414 UNIFORM SNAP BUTTONS ON ORIGINAL SALES CARD. During the Imperial German Period,  hooks & eyes, buttons, and snap buttons were an important part of securing uniforms. Zippers were not yet in use for trousers, and so items like this were commonly used to secure them.  Six of these snap buttons are on the original sales card. These date from about 1900-1910.  Even if you do not need them to secure a uniform, they would make a fine addition to a display showing how these items were sold and used. $35.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-318 SIX SMALL SNAP BUTTONS FOR MILITARY USE ON ORIGINAL SALES CARD. Snap buttons were used on military garments, headdress items, etc. This is a set of six of them on their original sales card. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-380 JÄGER-Bataillon VETERAN’S ARMBAND. This is an armband for a veteran from a Jäger-Bataillon. They were worn on the sleeves of veterans who had served in these units. This green armband is 4 1/4" wide. It sports a wonderful, yellow, embroidered emblem of the Jäger-Bataillon. Many of these armbands had a metal device on them. The embroidered examples were far rarer. This example is in MINT condition. $375.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-610 HUSAREN-TUNIC GILT-TONED BUTTONS. This is a very attractive group of buttons that are suitable for use on Husaren tunics. They are gilt-toned and measure 1" in diameter. Husaren tunics used two different button types on both the tunic’s front and back. The barrel-type buttons are like toggles that slip through loops on the tunic fronts. The circular-type is referred to as a rosette button, and is used on both tunic fronts and reverses.
Regiments that wore gilt toned buttons were:

*Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment
*Husaren-Regiment von Schill (1. Schlesisches) Nr 4
*Husaren-Regiment Graf Goetzen (2. Schlesisches) Nr 6
*Husaren-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (1. Rheinisches) Nr 7
*2. Rheinisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 9
*Magdeburgisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 10
*Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17
*Königl. Sächs. Husaren-Regiment König Albert Nr 18

A total of eighteen buttons is available. For the sake of classification, I am describing them as low, medium, and high-finish. They all are in the same condition essentially, but this may help you pick the best finish to complete a tunic. [Let me add, buttons for Husaren tunics are VERY difficult to find].

*Low finish: We have FIVE.
*Medium finish: We have NINE. 
     *High finish: We have FOUR.

The buttons all are priced the same. One is $25.00 each, two to four are $22.00 each, and five or more are $19.00 each.

 

 

 

 

 

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15-679 GOLD FELDWEBEL COLLAR DISCS - PRUSSIA. This is a very fine pair of gold-toned Feldwebel collar discs from Prussia. Each measures 1" in diameter. Both are pre war quality and in very fine condition. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-680 SILVER FELDWEBEL COLLAR DISCS - PRUSSIA. This is a very fine pair of silver-toned Feldwebel collar discs from Prussia. Each measures 1" in diameter. Both are pre war quality and in very fine condition. $95.00
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-605 GEFREITER’S COLLAR BUTTONS - SAXONY. Today we offer a pair of Gefreiter's collar buttons from the Saxon Army. They measure 1 1/8" in diameter and are made by the same manufacturer. They are of wartime issue and are colored a subdued gray. $90.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-575 PREWAR PAIR OF FELDWEBEL COLLAR BUTTONS - BAVARIA. This is a very fine pair of prewar Bavarian Army Feldwebel’s collar buttons.  The collar buttons are gilt-toned and measure 1 3/16" in diameter.  Each button features Bavaria’s rampant lion. $95.00skFeb17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-619 GEFREITER'S COLLAR DISCS. This is a top-quality pair of prewar, brass Gefreiter's collar discs. They sport a Berlin manufacturer’s hallmark on the reverse. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-621 SINGLE GEFREITER M-1915 COLLAR DISC. The subdued (gray-painted) Gefreiter's collar discs were introduced in 1915 for use on feldgrau tunics. We have a single collar disc available. The reverse is not hallmarked. $30.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-561 ARTILLERIE TUNIC BUTTON - FRANCE. This is a memento from a tunic of a French Artilleryman. The button is gilt and measures 1" in diameter. In its center is the Artillerie’s flaming bomb/grenade. It is interesting to note that Napoleon was an Artilleryman by trade. The French Artillery was effective and feared. The button is marked for its Paris manufacturer. $15.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-448 GEFREITER COLLAR DISCS - PRUSSIA. These are Gefreiter’s tunic collar tabs. They are gilt-toned and display the Hohenzollern Eagle. They measure 2 1/4" in diameter, and are manufacturer hallmarked on the reverse. We have two of them available. $25.00 (one) or $45.00 (the pair).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-435 XJW NCO'S COLLAR BUTTONS - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. These are a Prussian Army NCO’s collar buttons. They are gilt-toned and measure 1" in diameter. Three of the four buttons have been sold. Only the 3rd button from the left remains. $60.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Belts - Buckles - Etc.

 

15-687 PERSONALLY & REGIMENTALLY IDENTIFIED PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S LEATHER BELT. This is a top-quality leather officer’s belt, complete with buckle. Its condition is excellent, with clean and supple leather. It also sports a fine Prussian officer’s belt buckle. When fully extended the belt measures 29 ½." All of the correct fittings are present. The belt’s interior displays the man’s name, "Reichert," as well as Infanterie-Regiment Nr 120, which happens to a Württemberg Regiment. Two possibilities could account for the difference. He could have transferred to a Prussian Regiment and retrofitted the belt with a Prussian buckle. It is also possible that a collector added the buckle to the belt at some point.
Whatever the reason, this is one of the handsomest belts of this type that I have seen. Its condition is nothing short of excellent. It would look marvelous added to an officer’s feldgrau tunic or just as a collectible on its own.
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15-584 OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a fine example of a Prussian officer’s dress brocade belt and buckle. The belt is finished in beautifully-toned silver and gray bullion. The buckle has a high-quality fire-gilded finish. Its reverse is lined with dark-blue felt. A small amount of localized mothing appears near the reverse’s leather portion. The belt and buckle come complete with its appropriate keeper. When fully extended, the belt measures 51 ½." Overall, it is in fine condition, ready to be added to a tunic or set up as a general display item. $395.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-627 XES PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN’S HATE BELT - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is a trench art "hate belt" (more accurately, a souvenir belt) probably made near or after WW I’s end. It is fashioned from a daily-wear German (Prussian) soldier’s belt and buckle, the kind worn by all Prussian enlisted men. The brown leather belt measures about 34" in length. It sports a prewar brass buckle whose center features a silver-toned Hohenzollern Crown. The center also displays a very small dent on its surface. The familiar phrase "Gott Mit Uns" is emblazoned on the brass section that encircles the crown. Stitched onto the belt’s exterior in groups of three and four are twenty-seven different coins that appear to hail from Belgium and France. Soldiers from both sides stitched coins, badges, buttons and so forth to belts to have souvenirs of the war’s glory days. The belt is in good overall condition and is ready to wear or display.
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15-672 PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a top quality pre WW I leather belt and buckle for an enlisted man/NCO from a Prussian Regiment. The leather belt is dark-brown with a handsome brass belt buckle attached. The buckle’s center is discolored, with a Hohenzollern Crown at dead-center. Too often these buckles are dented in the center (the buckle’s highest point). This center is undented. Circling the crown, we see "Gott Mit Uns." Outside of the center, the rest of the buckle is heavily-tarnished brass from decades of being uncleaned.
The buckle is attached correctly to the buckle. When the buckle is adjusted to its widest setting, it measures 37" in circumference. It can be adjusted down to 34" in circumference. It is a very fine example for use on a tunic or for display on its own.
$250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-663 OFFICER BELT BUCKLE - SAXONY. This is a very fine officer’s belt buckle from the Kingdom of Saxony. The belt buckle came from the reign of König Albert (1828-1902). His reign was from 1873 into 1902. The belt buckle is silver-toned. It quite possibly was repainted, perhaps for use in WW I. The buckle’s center depicts King Albert’s royal cypher. The keeper on the reverse is present, so it can be mounted to either a leather or a brocade belt. The condition is very good. $350.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-665 PRUSSIAN, OLDENBURG, & BADEN OFFICER’S DRESS SASH. This is a consignment item. It is an officer sash suitable for use with dress tunics from Prussia, Oldenburg, and Baden. The sash is in very fine condition. It comes complete with all the hardware for use on a tunic. It is a lovely example. $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-628 XES LEATHER BELT. This is an officers-style leather belt. It is black and measures 45" in length. An attachment lies at its end to which a belt buckle may be attached. $95.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-629 XES ENLISTED MEN’S PRE WW I BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is an enlisted man’s belt buckle from Prussia. It is made of brass and was produced prior to WW I. The buckle’s center is silver-toned. It features "Gott Mit Uns" along with a Prussian Crown. What is most important, the crown is undented. It is quite common to see them dented. $125.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-633 XES ENLISTED MEN’S PRE WW I BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is an enlisted man’s belt buckle from Prussia. It is made of brass and was produced prior to WW I. The buckle’s center is silver-toned. It features "Gott Mit Uns" along with a Prussian Crown. What is most important, the crown is undented. It is quite common to see them dented. $125.00  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-660 OFFICER’S DRESS BROCADE BELT & BUCKLE - BADEN & OLDENBURG. This is an officer’s dress brocade dress belt and buckle that were correct for the Grand Duchies of Baden and Oldenburg.  The belt’s obverse is in excellent condition, particularly the brocade. The buckle exhibits strong fire gilding.  The belt’s reverse reveals some mothing on the dark-blue wool.  All of its attachments are in place.  The belt and buckle can be mounted to any tunic or displayed on their own. $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-661 ARMY OFFICER’S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a standard infantry officer belt buckle for Prussia. It is gilt-toned and comes complete with its keeper.  It could be used on a brocade or leather belt, or displayed on its own. It features a fine gilt finish with some age and patina on it. $175.00mljan17

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-445 INFANTERIE OFFICER'S DRESS BELT/SASH - SWORD BELT - SPUR ENSEMBLE. This is a wonderful Infanterie Officer’s group. It consists of his sash/belt, sword belt, and a pair of his spurs. The sash sports two large acorns that look like oversized portépées. [Our example does NOT have the "belt-like" attachments one sometimes sees. They are not missing. The sash just never had them. It simply was worn wrapped around the officer’s waist]. Inside this sash is a manufacturer’s label reading "Argentan Specialität." Also penciled in is what appears to be "v. Pilgram," or "v. Pilgrim." The sash measures 70" in overall length. The next piece is the actual belt from which he hung his sword. Various parts of the sword-belt are made of gold bullion and elegant red leather. The belt is complete and in very fine condition, with all its fittings present. The ensemble’s final item is a pair of officer’s spurs. All of the leather fittings and attachments are available for mounting the spurs to a pair of boots. This scintillating assortment can help complete your uniform display, or create an engrossing display on their own! $1,095.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-288 KAVALLERIE REGIMENT DRESS PARADE BELT AND CARTRIDGE BOX WITH ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA. This is a fascinating pairing of a cartridge box and parade belt for a Prussian Kavallerie Regiment officer. The cartridge box is leather, and displays a brass cypher (Wilhelm Rex) with a crown above it. The belt is gold in color, with gilt trim. The belt’s underlay is a dark-blue velvet. The belt’s exterior is mint, while the underlay shows some mothing. The pair is snugly stored in their original, circular carton, which has protected and preserved them in fine condition. The original, tissue, wrapping-paper still rests at the carton’s bottom. It is a most unusual set. $795.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-450 INFANTERIE OFFICER BELT BUCKLE AND BELT - PRUSSIA. This is a complete leather belt and buckle for a Prussian Infanterie officer. The belt buckle’s finish is gilt. It is a prewar variety, rather than the gray-painted/subdued buckle that was normally used during the war. The buckle’s overall condition rates as excellent. The brown leather belt to which it is attached is also in top condition. It is amazingly supple and retains a quality finish. All of the keepers are present. The belt measures 41 1/4" in length. It would finish off a tunic display quite well, or would be great for display on its own. $475.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-275 OFFICER BROCADE DRESS BELT - PRUSSIA. This is an attractive, brocade, dress belt for a Prussian Army Officer. The bullion exterior remains in very fine condition. The belt’s reverse is lined in blue velvet. The belt buckle is gilt, with a fine bright finish. The tip of the belt with the hardware to secure it is missing. This this belt cannot be secured to a tunic and is good for display only. $225.00

 

 

 

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 15-593 INFANTERIE OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - BAVARIA. This is a fine Bavarian Infanterie Officer’s dress brocade belt and buckle. The buckle has a fine gilt finish and is correct for an Infanterie officer. The buckle’s reverse is marked D.R.G.M. 246570. The brocade belt is silver, with a double row of blue hash marks that encircles the entire belt. The belt’s reverse is backed with blue felt. The belt has all of the correct keepers, and can easily be used on a tunic or for display, as you prefer. When fully extended the belt fits a 36" waist. Overall, it is in excellent condition. $695.00

 

 

 

 

 

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10-393 OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - SAXONY. When I first found this brocade belt and buckle in Germany I was struck by the amazingly small size of the belt. It measures some 21"-22" and initially my first thought was that it was a Kinder (children’s) piece. But aside from its small size it was of the correct width of an Army Officer and it also had a correct and full size Saxon Army Officer's buckle. Had this been a true Kinder piece, both the belt and buckle would have been smaller to accommodate the overall proportions. I spent some more time with it and brain stormed with the owner.  He advanced the theory that the only person who could have been that young (to have worn such a small belt) might have been a member of the Saxon Royal household. Even taking into consideration the fact that people were smaller 80 years ago than they are today, this seems like a plausible explanation. Overall, the belt and buckle is in very fine condition and finding a Saxon Officer brocade belt and buckle is no small task regardless of the size. $450.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-420 OFFICER'S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a very fine example of a brocade dress belt and buckle for a Prussian Infanterie officer. It is a fine pre WW I example. It does not have the normal felt or wool backing, but it would work well on a tunic. It displays beautifully with its gilt toned buckle. $295.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-374 OFFICER'S LEATHER BELT AND BUCKLE - BAVARIA. This is a leather belt and buckle for a Bavarian Officer. The brown leather belt measures 29 3/4." The buckle is silver-toned, rather than gilt. I know that gilt is for Infanterie, but am unfamiliar with what the silver-toned buckle represents. The belt appears to be a modern day leather belt, (or it is in unbelievable condition) that has been fitted to a period correct buckle but is still great for display. This price is exceptionally fair for the belt buckle alone. While I am not 100% of the age of the belt the pair is a solid value.  $395.00  

 

 

 

 

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15-586 OFFICER’S BROCADE DRESS BELT - WÜRTTEMBERG. This Kingdom of Württemberg officer’s brocade belt is in good condition. Its silver bullion brocade features small, double, red and black tracks, which indicate Württemberg. The buckle has a silver finish and sports Württemberg’s King Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. Inside the belt we see a dark-blue liner. This is a smaller-sized belt in very fine condition, overall. $550.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-430 GENERAL OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ. This may well be the rarest belt buckle that one can find from the Imperial German Period. It is for a General officer from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Her larger sister Grand Duchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin was the German Army’s third-largest regiment contributor among the Grand Duchies. Baden and Hessen-Darmstadt were both slightly larger. The other three Grand Duchies contributed one or two regiments at most, while Mecklenburg-Strelitz contributed less than a full regiment of men. She had one Infanterie Bataillon, one Artillerie Battery, and perhaps a few scattered men in the other regiments from Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Although Mecklenburg-Schwerin put up approximately six regiments, she never produced many Generals. That is even truer for the far smaller Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Grand Dukes of this state were Adolf Friedrich V and Adolf Friedrich VI who ruled from 1904-1918. While I have not been able find further research this, it is most likely that the two Grand Dukes and perhaps one other officer were the only Generals fielded by Mecklenburg-Strelitz. While I have seen and offered a General Pickelhaube from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, I have never even seen one from Mecklenburg-Strelitz! This gives you a feeling for a General’s belt buckle’s rarity. Aside from its scarcity, the beauty of the belt buckle is breathtaking. The buckle’s basic shape is similar to any German officer’s buckle. It is circular (measuring 2" in diameter), with a wreath of laurel leaves. The buckle’s center is identical to the wappen center from a Mecklenburg-Schwerin General’s pickelhaube. It features a high-relief, silver sunburst. In its center is a multicolored enamel device that includes the Mecklenburg-Strelitz's Crown. There is also a motto in Latin for this state. I originally thought this was a belt buckle from Mecklenburg-Schwerin as they are identical with the exception of the differing Latin motto. Aside from being on General's pickelhauben this motto appears on certain decorations from the two Grand Duchies. The belt buckle is complete with both pieces. It can easily be mounted on a leather belt, or displayed with other items from Mecklenburg-Strelitz. If you are a belt buckle collector, you certainly will make this your collection’s centerpiece. $3,495.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-367 INFANTERIE OFFICER BELT BUCKLE - BADEN. This is a very fine example of a pre WW I brass belt buckle from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It has a fine gilt finish, and comes complete with the keeper. $275.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-451 PIONIER/DRAGOON OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is an officer’s belt buckle suitable for either a Prussian Dragoner-Regiment or a Pionier-Bataillon. The buckle has a silver surface and interior. The center’s primary theme (within an oak leaf wreath) is Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned cypher. No keeper accompanies the buckle. The belt buckle’s condition easily rates as excellent. $395.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-537 XES BAVARIAN OFFICER'S - SUBDUED BELT BUCKLE. This is a consignment item. It is a Bavarian Officer’s belt buckle. It is a wartime purchase that presents a subdued exterior to discourage sunlight from reflecting off it. Both buckle pieces are included. $350.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-548 OFFICER’S DRESS SASH WITH STORAGE CARTON - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is an officer’s dress sash from Württemberg in superb condition. Such a sash was worn about the waist. It has a bullion belt with all the attachments needed for proper sizing. Imbedded in the silver bullion are red and black trim lines, which are the Kingdom of Württemberg’s key colors. Hanging down from the belt are two large "acorns," similar to what one finds on a sword’s portépée, only larger. Dangling from the acorn’s bottom are plentiful silver, red, and black bullion tassels. Each tassel thread measures approximately 9 1/2" in length. A sash like this really sets off an officer’s uniform. The sash is housed in a correct period storage carton. The carton has rounded ends and measures 15" x 3 1/2" x 3." It is made of sturdy, heavy-duty cardboard that sports a leatherette exterior. While the carton has received some scuffs over the last one-hundred-years, it is in amazingly good condition. The sash is also in excellent condition, with some normal, expected toning (patina) to the belt’s bullion. $375.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-345 FLÜGELADJUTANT DRESS PARADE BELT/SASH - BADEN. This is a very rare Flügeladjutant parade belt or sash from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The position of Flügeladjutant was not used in every German state. Essentially, he was a high-ranking officer, at least an Oberst or a General. He served as an aide to the King, Grand Duke, Duke, Prince, etc. He often was a close confidant of his ruler. His headdress was different from that of other officers, as was his uniform. This was an extremely important position, and it was a great honor to serve in this capacity. (I believe only one man could do so at any one time). Naturally, the state’s ruler had other military officers on his staff in varying functions, but the Flügeladjutant was by far their chief, and an important member of his ruler’s retinue. As for the object we are offering today, I describe it as a belt or sash since I believe I remember the seller saying that it was worn across the body (over the shoulder). I could be wrong about this! If my memory is incorrect, then it was worn like a more conventional parade belt. The belt portion is silver bullion, with contrasting double stripes of red and yellow (Baden’s state colors) bullion. Two large, decorative, silver, bullion balls hang down from the belt, with silver, red, and yellow bullion tendrils dangling down from them. (The bullion balls resemble large sword portépées. That is not what they are, it is what they look like). The item’s overall condition is excellent. Very few of these were ever made, and even fewer survived. $650.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-334 PIONIER OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a complete belt buckle for an officer who served in the Pioniers. Pioniers served as the German Army’s engineers. The belt buckle features a silver surface and a gilt cypher for Kaiser Wilhelm II. All of the hardware is present and ready for use. $295.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-543 PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S BROCADE BELT - FELDGRAU BELT BUCKLE. This is a superior-quality officer’s dress brocade belt. Attached to it is a feldgrau (subdued) Prussian officer’s belt buckle. The brocade belt is also subdued and in VERY fine condition. The belt’s backing is even subdued. It represents no specific regiment-type; it is just a generic Army belt. The belt measures 38" when set at maximum width. When set at minimum width, it measures 33." The buckle is in good condition, as well. Its coloring is even, with no issues or damage. The belt’s keeper is also present. This handsome belt is ready for display on its own, or attached to a wartime tunic. $995.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-484 OFFICER'S BROCADE DRESS BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a brocade officer’s belt and buckle from a Prussian Infanterie Regiment. The silver brocade is highly tarnished and shows some toning. The buckle’s gilt finish is well above normal. It shows toning or staining on the reverse. Its light-blue felt backing is complete, but does display several moth nips. All of the fittings are present. It can be displayed on its own or attached to an officer’s tunic. The belt’s maximum measurement is 46." $325.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-340 XES OFFICER'S DRESS BROCADE BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. This is a dress brocade belt and buckle for a Prussian officer. The brocade belt is in fine condition, as is the gilt officer’s buckle. $350.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13-812 REICHSMARINE OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT & BUCKLE & PHOTOGRAPH. This is a brocade belt and buckle for a Reichsmarine officer. The Reichsmarine was Germany’s Navy from the monarchy’s fall in 1918 until 1935, when the Third Reich’s Kriegsmarine replaced it. The Reichsmarine was severely limited to 15,000 men by the Treaty of Versailles, as were the number and size of the ships that Germany could use. The belt is classic brocade, with twin gray lines against a silver bullion background. The bullion’s toning is quite handsome. The belt buckle measures 2 ½" x 2 1/4," and displays a superb gilt finish. It features a fouled anchor as did that of the Kaiserliche Marine, but has no Kaiser Crown. The keeps are present, and the belt is 100% complete. The belt itself measures 43" x 1 7/8." Its overall condition is excellent. A 5 3/8" x 3 ½"photo of a Reichsmarine officer wearing a similar belt accompanies the belt. $350.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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13-834 REICHSMARINE OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT & BUCKLE. This is a brocade belt and buckle for a Reichsmarine officer. The Reichsmarine was Germany’s Navy from the monarchy’s fall in 1918 until 1935, when the Third Reich’s Kriegsmarine replaced it. The Reichsmarine was severely limited to 15,000 men by the Treaty of Versailles, as was the number and size of the ships that Germany could use. The belt is classic brocade, with twin gray lines against a silver bullion background. The bullion’s toning is quite splendid. The belt buckle measures 2 ½" x 2 1/4," and displays a superb gilt finish. It features a fouled anchor (as did the Kaiserliche Marine), but has no Kaiser Crown. The keeps are present, and the belt is 100% complete. The belt itself measures 33." Its overall condition is excellent. $325.00

 

 

 

 

 

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13-840 DAILY DUTY NAVY JUNIOR OFFICER’S BELT - BUCKLE AND SWORD HANGERS. This is a non dress belt and buckle that would have been worn by a junior naval officer. It is a complete "rig" to which one could add a Navy dagger with hangers. It could be displayed in that manner, or perhaps on a naval officer’s tunic. The belt measures 38" in length, overall. Attached to the belt are two lionshead hangers (similar to those on the hangers that actually attach to the Navy dagger). They measure 1 1/4" in diameter. Attached to the belt is a smaller buckle, measuring 1½" in diameter. $795.00

 

 

 

 

 

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13-841 DAILY DUTY NAVY OFFICER’S BELT AND BUCKLE. This is a very fine example of a naval officer’s daily-wear belt and buckle, measuring 38 ½" in length. A larger-sized Navy buckle, measuring 2" in diameter, is attached. We see the daily-wear belt and buckle far less often than we do the dress brocade belt and buckle. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one. $650.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-387 XES OFFICER BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA.  This is a consignment item. It is for an  officer in the Prussian army. The cypher does not match up with any of our research books on belt buckles. We have shared photos with other knowledgeable collectors and the consensus is that it is either a custom purchase example that could have been used while he was in the military or that it was used by an officer in a veteran's group after he had retired from the army.  It has a burnished gold finish. Both the buckle and keeper are present. It is very handsome and of the highest quality. $250.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-351 XES OFFICER'S FIELD BELT AND BUCKLE. This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s style leather belt and buckle. The belt measures 43." It has a sturdy brass buckle, with double hooks to secure the belt when it is buckled up. The black leather belt shows extreme age. It has two brass attachments on the side where a bayonet or other object might be hung. $100.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-419 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 1 OR 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 2 BELT AND CARTRIDGE BOX. This is a set of the leather belt and cartridge box for 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 and 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 2. The belt is white leather, but the white finish is substantially cracked and worn, allowing the black base level to show through. All of the metal attachments are present. The black leather cartridge box is also included. The Kaiser’s crowned cypher appears in brass on the outside lid. They make an interesting pair. $575.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-620 1915 ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE. This is a subdued or gray-painted belt buckle that was instituted in 1915. It is in very fine condition with an undented center. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-636 PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a fine example of a pre WW I Prussian enlisted man’s belt buckle. It has the traditional crown in the center (undented), surrounded by the "Gott Mit Uns" logo. It is complete and needs only a leather belt to be functional for display. Many collectors prefer to collect just the buckle. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-338 ENLISTED MAN'S BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a leather belt and buckle for a Prussian enlisted man. The belt measures 39" in length. The leather is in good condition, for being 100-years-old. The belt buckle is made from prewar brass. It is in very fine condition, with an undented crown. $225.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-342 XES ENLISTED MAN BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is a leather belt and buckle for an enlisted man in the Prussian Army. It has a fine brown belt, and a pre WW I brass buckle. The crown on the buckle is dented. The length of this belt is 37." $195.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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15-546 XES PREWAR ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is a pre WW I Prussian brass belt buckle. It has a silver-toned center with the Prussian Crown and Prussia’s motto "Gott Mit Uns." While the buckle’s brass shows tarnish, the center does not show the all-too-common denting. $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-397 XES ENLISTED MAN HUNGARIAN BELT AND BUCKLE. This is a consignment item. It consists of a brown leather belt that measures 35." Attached to it is an enlisted man brass belt buckle. The buckle measures 2 1/8" x 2 3/4." It is very clean, and in fine condition. $295.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-600 PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a fine example of a pre WW I brass buckle. It measures 1 3/4" x 2 ½," and features a silvered center with a crown and "Gott Mit Uns." The crown’s center is NOT dented. Overall, it is in very fine condition. It displays a fine patina, and the brass has not been polished in decades. $95.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-538 XES PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN’S BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. Our offering today is a Prussian enlisted man’s belt buckle. It is of pre WW I quality. The buckle is made of brass and displays a fine, uncleaned patina on its exterior. In the day, the buckle would have been kept well polished at all times and given extra loving care for an inspection or parade. The center is silver-toned, with an undented crown surrounded by "Gott mit Uns." $95.00

 

 

 

 

 

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15-389 XES ENLISTED MAN BELT AND BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment piece. It is the brown leather belt and buckle for a Prussian enlisted man. The brown leather belt is as fine as I have ever seen. The buckle is also excellent, with an undented center. Dented centers are VERY common on these buckles. To find an undented one is a real plus. $250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-352 XES FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR ERA ENLISTED MAN'S BRASS BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. This is an enlisted man’s Franco-Prussian War-era belt buckle. It is made of brass, with a silver-toned center. It measures 2" x 2 1/2." It is larger than later-era belt buckles. It is marked on the reverse for a firm in Münster. It is in very fine condition. $175.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-436 XJW PRE WW I ENLISTED MAN BRASS BELT BUCKLE - PRUSSIA. This is a consignment item. It is an enlisted man/NCO’s pre WW I brass belt buckle. It has an undented center. $85.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-616 SHOOTING LANYARD. This is a high-quality shooting lanyard.  It is in very fine condition. $125.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-412 SHOOTING LANYARD FOR 1. GARDE-REGIMENT zu FUß IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - PRUSSIA. This is a very rare accouterment for the tunics of men serving in 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. This regiment was the most elite in the Prussian Army. It, along with the Regiment der Garde du Corps, was considered the creme de la creme of the Prussian Army. To be selected for either of these regiments as either an officer or an enlisted Man/NCO was truly an honor. This offering is the special shooting lanyard authorized for the top marksmen of the regiment. It was first authorized in 1901 and continued in use until 1914 (most likely until the beginning of WW I). One of these can be seen on page 253 of Uniformengeschichte des Preußen Heers 1808-1914 Volume 1. This lanyard differs greatly from the typical shooting lanyard. It measures 48" in length. It is all made of silver bullion and there are two bullion acorns attached to the lanyard. There are attachment at either end for securing it to the tunic. The condition of the lanyard is MINT. It comes in the original circular storage carton which is also in excellent condition. The case measures 8" in diameter. This is an ultra rare accouterment and is seldom seen. $1,295.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-325 ENLISTED MAN OR NCO SHOOTING LANYARD 7th CLASS - BAVARIA. This is an enlisted man or NCO shooting lanyard in the coveted 7th Class from the Bavarian Army. The awardee wore it on the right side of his tunic, as acknowledgment he had demonstrated shooting proficiency’s highest order. At the badge’s top, an attached metal piece features the Wittelsbach Crown and Bavaria’s checkerboard design, the latter in blue and silver tones. Most of the blue paint on the checkerboard design is long gone. This remains a very rare accouterment for a uniform, in any event. $395.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-677 BRAUNSCHWEIG OFFICER'S HORSE BLANKET EMBLEMS. I have a fondness for items from Braunschweig. I believe in this case that I have turned up something rather unique related to that Duchy. The officer served in either Hussar Regiment Nr 17 or Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. [Both regiments were among the most elite in the German Army. Braunschweig had very close relations with Prussia. The Duke of Braunschweig, Ernst August, was married to Kaiser Wilhelm II's only daughter.  It is a pair of emblems that was affixed to an officer’s horse blanket. The blanket was placed immediately beneath the officer’s saddle.  The high-quality pair of emblems was sewn to the blanket. The pair consists of a crown and a breast-star-like device with a "W" inside of it. From the looks of the pair, (which is in fine shape and shows only toning and tarnish from age), I would say it is from the turn of the 20th century. $1,195.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15-491 PAIR - OFFICER SPURS. This is a high-quality pair of officer’s spurs. They are silver-toned. Each has its original leather straps to attach it to a boot. $225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

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