Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC. Imperial German Merchandise : Imperial German Vivat Ribbons. Updated on 25 October 2016.    Contact us @:kgreenfield@derrittmeister.com

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We acquired a HUGE collection of Vivat Ribbons from a longtime German collector. Vivat Ribbons are made of silk. They were very popular among the always-patriotic Imperial Germans. The ribbons celebrated people (royalty and the military) from Germany’s past and from the Great War. Many of the ribbons were released by the German Red Cross to raise funds for war relief. This collection numbers more than 100 ribbons. 
You will see an enormous variety among them.

 

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36-73 VIVAT COLLECTING ALBUM. If you ever thought of seriously collecting Vivat Ribbons, we have an album that offers you the perfect way to display these ribbons. This is a custom album that was designed SPECIFICALLY for the Vivats. The album measures a massive 19 1/2" x 14." On the cover, we see the title "Vivatbänder aus großer Zeit. (Vivat Ribbons from a Greater Time)" It is very possibly a period WW I album. If it is not from the Great War Era, it dates no later than the 1920's or 1930's. As you look through the album, you will see it employs a unique method of securing the ribbons without harming them. A slide- through device exists at the top and the bottom, with inserts on either side of the ribbon for securing it. This arrangement will protect your Vivats from damage, yet allow you to enjoy them as you flip through the album. The first page has space for one of the over-sized Vivats. After that initial page, each of the other pages will hold three Vivats in a neat and orderly manner. [NOTE from the photographs following this description that we show you how each different page type looks with a Vivat present]. Special Offer!! Buy any TEN Vivats and you may have this custom album for $50.00!! This is a wonderful opportunity to start a collection of these interesting ribbons and to have the ideal way to preserve and display them. $250.00

 

 

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Imperial German - Central Powers
Royalty

 

Kaiser Wilhelm II - Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria - House of Hohenzollern

 

36-162 VIVAT RIBBON SALUTING HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN RULERS’ CENTENNIAL (1813-1913). This is a very early Vivat Ribbon that commemorates a century of Hohenzollern rule in Germany. The mustard-yellow Vivat measures 2 ¼" x 12." At its top we see the dates 1813-1913. Below Kaiser Wilhelm II appears in his Garde du Corps uniform and helmet. His great-grandfather König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840), who was Prussia’s König during all of the Napoleonic Wars’ phases, appears below him. Appearing below König Friedrich Wilhelm III are three other important Germans from his time period, including Generalfeldmarschall von Blücher, commander of all Prussian forces during the Napoleonic campaigns (including the Battle of Waterloo), and the latter’s Chief-of-Staff, General Gerhard von Scharnhorst.
[We also want to point out that we maintain a complete Merchandise Page featuring Vivat Ribbons (click here to see). We have a wide variety of these commemorative ribbons that salute Imperial Germany’s members of royalty and military commanders, as well as Germany’s WW I military victories. We even have a very special album that was created during WW I to specifically display Vivats. We will be happy to offer a very special price on the latter so that you may start and enjoy a wonderful Vivat collection]. $60.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-144 FRAMED VIVAT RIBBON - 400 YEARS - HOUSE HOHENZOLLERN. This is a very handsome Vivat Ribbon that has been framed. The ribbon commemorates 500 years of rule by the House of Hohenzollern, from 1415 to 1915. Along with Kaiser Wilhelm II, one sees many of his celebrated and lesser-known ancestors. The ribbon is made of silk and is creme-colored. It measures 15" x 2 1/2." The Vivat is neatly framed in a custom frame measuring 20 1/4" x 6 3/4." Within the frame, the Vivat is enclosed in a matte, which measures 19" x 5 1/4." The frame is made of gold-toned wood. The reverse reveals that the framing was accomplished by a German firm. It has a hanger and is ready to place on YOUR wall. $175.00

 

 

 

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36-25 VIVAT RIBBON - KAISER WILHELM II. This is a Vivat Ribbon saluting Kaiser Wilhelm II. This is the key Vivat ribbon in the entire series. He is the central theme of the Vivat, and is flanked by armies of Germans from the past. The oversized Vivat measures 16" x 2 1/2" (the biggest Vivat I have ever seen). It is white in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $60.00 

 

 

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36-156 FRAMED EARLY WW I KAISER WILHELM II VIVAT RIBBON. This is a wonderfully framed Vivat Ribbon featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II leading the German people during WW I. Vivat Ribbons were an important Imperial German patriotic art form during the early and mid WW I years. Germans were extremely patriotic people both before and during WW I. They found many ways of expressing that patriotism, from jewelry to tableware. One unique form of expressing/displaying their patriotism was through the acquisition of Vivat Ribbons. Vivat Ribbons were made of silk. They rather resemble bookmarks, and it is possible that some were used for that purpose. Vivat Ribbons celebrated Germany’s battle triumphs, its military commanders, and its royalty, as well as its Navy, Army, and other special themes. They were sold to the public for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They were avidly collected. A special album was offered to house them in an orderly manner and also preserve them from harm.
Today we are offering what was the very first Vivat Ribbon. It has a number of special aspects. First, it was larger than the Vivat Ribbons that followed it, measuring 15 1/4" x 4." Its central theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II. He is shown in three-quarters profile. At first glance, he appears to be in the center of a battlefield. In fact, he is surrounded by Germans, both past and present. We see women, men, and children, soldiers, politicians, and ancestors going back to the 18th Century. In the upper left are the words (roughly translated) "You wanted the peace but were forced to war and now you must (or will) have the glorious victory." To the upper right we see, "To what many have aspired you have succeeded to defeat the discord."  At the bottom we see a date of early August 1914, the first week of the war. The massive Vivat Ribbon is cream-colored. All that I have described is printed on it in black. It is beautifully preserved. It is framed in a modern day gilt frame that highlights its contents most handsomely. The frame measures 19" x 8." It is an exciting and tasteful presentation that is ready to be hung on YOUR wall.
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36-47 VIVAT RIBBON - 500 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - HOUSE OF HOHENZOLLERN. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating 500 years of the House of Hohenzollern, from 1415 to 1915. It is a family tree showing Kaiser Wilhelm II with five other famous members of the House of Hohenzollern, including Kaiser Wilhelm I and Frederick the Great. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is white in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $55.00

 

 

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36-117 VIVAT RIBBON - KAISER WILHELM II AND THE KAISERLICHE MARINE. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Kaiserliche Marine. The Vivat shows a Kriegsflagge at the top. Below that is a circular panel featuring a WW I-era German warship with the dates 1683-1914, along with Hohenzollern shields above it. Another circular panel shows the Kaiser and, I believe, Frederick III (a.k.a.) Frederick I, the Prince Elector of Brandenburg (upon his death he would be succeeded by Frederick the Great). The final circular panel shows a warship from the 1680's. At this time Prussia was a second-rate (at best) naval power, unable to match the might of Great Britain or Spain. It is a very decorative Vivat. The ribbon is white in color. It measures 16 1/8" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $55.00

 

 

 

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36-80 VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING KAISER WILHELM II AND GENERALFELDMARSCHALL von HINDENBURG - BATTLE OF TANNENBERG. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II and Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg. The Vivat also commemorates the Battle of Tannenberg, where von Hindenburg was the commander. This battle was the most significant on the Eastern Front, and a big German victory. The ribbon is lilac in color and measures 15 ½" x 2 ½." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition. $55.00  

 

 

 

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36-101 VIVAT RIBBON - KAISER WILHELM II AND FIRST YEAR OF WORLD WAR I. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II and 1914, the first year of WW I. Below an image of the Kaiser is a Teutonic knight riding into battle. The ribbon is deep red in color. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $55.00  

 

 

 

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36-28 VIVAT RIBBON - COMMEMORATING KAISER WILHELM II. This is a Vivat Ribbon that salutes Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Vivat measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." It is light-blue in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $55.00

 

 

 

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36-139 VIVAT RIBBON - KAISER WILHELM - KAISER FRANZ JOSEPH. This is a Vivat Ribbon, which salutes the German and Austrian Kaisers at its top. Below is mentioned the successes in the Karpathens and at Bukowina in 1914/1915. A warship and an Iron Cross are shown at the bottom. The Vivat measures 14 3/4" x 2 1/2," and is medium-blue in color. $50.00

 

 

 

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34-32 VIVAT RIBBON - KAISER WILHELM II AND CZAR FERDINAND OF BULGARIA. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 153/4" x 21/2." The ribbon is green. It celebrates the alliance between Germany and Bulgaria. Both Kaiser Wilhelm II and Czar Ferdinand of Bulgaria are depicted. The date 18 January is also shown. Perhaps the ribbon was issued to commemorate a meeting in the field on this date. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $55.00 

 

 

 

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36-130 VIVAT RIBBON - KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Germany’s Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria. The Kaiserin was very much involved with the German Red Cross. She also visited wounded soldiers in hospitals to help improve their morale. The pink Vivat measures 14 3/4" x 2 1/2."$55.00

 

 

 

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36-100 VIVAT RIBBON - KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Kaiserin and wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Augusta Viktoria. She bore him seven children and died in 1921, after their exile to the Netherlands. The top of the Vivat has her and the Kaiser’s Coats-of-Arms. This ribbon is light-green in color. It measures 16 1/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $55.00  

 

 

 

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Kronprinz Wilhelm

 

36-52 VIVAT RIBBON - KRONPRINZ WILHELM AND THE BATTLE OF GIVET. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Givet and Kronprinz Wilhelm on 31 August 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." It is pink in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $55.00

 

 

 

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Kronprinz Rupprecht - Bavaria

 

36-103 VIVAT RIBBON - KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT OF BAVARIA AND BATTLE OF METZ AND VOGESEN. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria and the Battle of Metz and Vogesen on 20 August 1914. The ribbon is light-blue in color. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-104 VIVAT RIBBON - KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT OF BAVARIA - BATTLE OF METZ. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Metz and Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria. The ribbon is blue in color. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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King Friedrich August III - Saxony

 

36-40 VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING KING FRIEDRICH AUGUST III OF SAXONY AND THE SAXON ARMY. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating King Friedrich August III of Saxony, as well as Saxony’s Infantry-Division Nr 32 and Infantrie-Brigade Nr 63. The Vivat ribbon measures 15 ½" x 2 ½." It is white in color with the printing in green. These are the Kingdom of Saxony’s primary national colors. At the top of the Vivat is a profile of the Saxon King. In the middle is a salute to Infantrie-Division Nr 32 and Infantrie-Brigade Nr 63, which were Saxon units. They fought well at the Battle of Craonne on 26 January 1915. The Vivat’s bottom panel shows the Saxon Coat-of-Arms. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.$50.00

 

 

 

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Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV - Mecklenburg-Schwerin

 

36-31 VIVAT RIBBON - GRAND DUKE FRIEDRICH FRANZ IV AND THE BATTLES OF LUTTICH, HALELEN, ESTERNAY, AND MAUSERN- MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Friedrich Franz IV. It also commemorates various battles in which the troops of Mecklenburg-Schwerin fought, including Lüttich (5-6 August 1914), Halelen (12 August 1914), Esternay (6 September 1914), and Mausern (8-17 February 1915). This Vivat Ribbon measures 16" x 2 ½." It is yellow in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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Duke Albrecht - Württemberg

 

36-42 VIVAT RIBBON FOR HERZOG ALBRECHT OF WÜRTTEMBERG AND THE BATTLE OF STEENSTRAATE AND HETSAS-LIZERNE. This is a Vivat Ribbon saluting Herzog (Duke) Albrecht of the Kingdom of Württemberg. It also salutes his service at Steenstraate and Hetsas-Lizerne on 22 April 1915. The Vivat Ribbon measures 16" x 2 ½." It is a light green in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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34-48 VIVAT RIBBON - HERZOG ALBRECHT - WÜRTTEMBERG. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is orange. It commemorates the military involvement of Herzog (Duke) Albrecht of the Kingdom of Württemberg. Albrecht was a cavalryman. We once had the pleasure of offering his Ulanen-Regiment tschapka. In addition to a portrait of Albrecht, Württemberg’s Coat-of-Arms and an Iron Cross are featured. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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Princes of Imperial Germany

 

Central Powers

 

36-158 VIVAT RIBBON FOR CENTRAL POWERS ALLIANCE. This is a marvelous Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Central Powers members in 1915. Vivat Ribbons were produced primarily during WW I’s early years to help boost patriotic support and support for the German Red Cross. The handsome gray ribbon is made of silk and measures 2 ½" x 16." Embossed on the ribbon in black are the members of the Central Alliance: Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Turkey. Above the members’ names we see three swords tied together that commemorate the members (Austria and Hungary share one sword, being a single Empire). The Vivat is in very fine condition. [PLEASE NOTE: we have a very special period collector’s album that was designed specifically to house Vivat Ribbons]. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kaiserliche Marine &
Imperial German Air Service

 

 

36-160 VIVAT RIBBON SALUTING REICH’S AVIATORS. This is a Vivat Ribbon that salutes the Imperial German Army’s aviators. The turquoise Vivat measures 2 ½" x 15 ½." At the top are the words "Vivat Unseren Fliegern" (Long Live our Flyers). Below that German airplanes fill the sky, along with mythical Icarus’s likeness. A quote from Goethe and the date 1915 appear below the scene. It also mentions that its sale proceeds go to the German Red Cross.
[We want to point out that we have a very special album that was created during WW I to specifically display Vivats. We will be happy to offer a very special price on the latter so that you may start and enjoy a wonderful Vivat collection]. $65.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-163 VIVAT RIBBON FOR U-26. Vivat ribbons were patriotic silk ribbons that were sold for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They measured 2 ½" x 15 3/4" and featured scenes that saluted the German royalty and military during WW I. Most that I have seen were produced during the war’s early-to-mid years. This teal-colored example is for the U-26. She was sunk during her first patrol that sank three Russian merchant ships and two Russian warships. She was commanded by Kapitänleutnant Egewolf Freiherr von Berckheim. The U-26 never returned to port. She was presumed to have hit in a mine in the Gulf of Finland and was lost with all hands. Her wreck was discovered in 2014.
The Vivat has three panels. The first and largest features the Kaiserliche Marine’s kriegsflagge. Below that we see the U-26 sinking the Russian Cruiser Pallada in October 1914. It was the first Russian warship sunk during WW I. The final panel shows an Iron Cross along with Danzig 16. X. 1914 (16 October 1914). It is a very desirable naval Vivat ribbon.
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36-164 VIVAT RIBBON FOR GROßADMIRAL ALFRED von TIRPITZ. Vivat ribbons were patriotic silk ribbons that were sold for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They measured 2 ½" x 15 3/4" and featured scenes that saluted the German royalty and military during WW I. Most that I have seen were produced during the war’s early-to-mid years. This baby-blue example is for Großadmiral von Tirpitz. Tirpitz was the Secretary of the Navy. He was responsible for the build-up of the Kaiserliche Marine during the later 19th Century and into the 20th Century leading up to WW I. The Vivat has four panels. The first shows a U-Boot sinking a ship. The second features von Tirpitz. The third shows a German Eagle swooping down and attacking a British Lion. The fourth shows a nautical scene with King Neptune. It is a very desirable naval Vivat ribbon. $60.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-165 VIVAT RIBBON FOR KAPITÄNLEUTNANT von MUECKE AND S.M.S. AYESHA. Vivat ribbons were patriotic silk ribbons that were sold for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They measured 2 ½" x 15 3/4" and featured scenes that saluted the German royalty and military during WW I. Most that I have seen were produced during the war’s early-to-mid years. This blue-gray example is for the Auxiliary Cruiser S.M.S. Ayesha, a sailing ship. Along with the S.M.S. Seeadler, it was famous for exploits raiding allied merchant ships during WW I. Also seen on the Vivat is an image of her commander, Kapitänleutnant von Muecke, and a Kaiserliche Marine battle standard. It is a very desirable naval Vivat ribbon. $60.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-142 VIVAT RIBBON - GROßADMIRAL VON TIRPITZ. This Vivat Ribbon commemorates Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. A fine likeness of him is shown, with a kriegsflagge over his head. Below von Tirpitz is a written passage, and below that we see an U-Boot sinking a ship. A special salute to the men who served aboard U-Boots during 1914/1915 follows. The Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2," and is light-green in color. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-95 VIVAT RIBBON - S. M. S. KARLSRUHE. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the S. M. S. Karlsruhe. The ribbon is white in color. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds benefitting their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

 

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34-11 VIVAT RIBBON FOR THE S. M. S. KARLSRUHE. Vivat ribbons were patriotic silk ribbons sold for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They measure 16" x 2 ½," and feature scenes saluting German royalty and military during WW I. Most that I have seen were produced during the early to midyears of the war. This example is white with red embossing. It celebrates the small cruiser S. M. S. Karlsruhe. Actually, two S. M. S. Karlsruhes existed. S. M. S. Karlsruhe I was commissioned in 1914 and blew up in Trinidad before the beginning of WW I. S. M. S. Karlsruhe II was commissioned in 1916 and was scuttled along with much of the German fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919. This ribbon features an eagle and kriegsflagge overarching the German fleet steaming at sea. Also included is a patriotic poem written by a man on board the vessel. Finally, at the bottom are a number of German flags crossed behind an anchor. At the bottom is a small date of 1914/1915, so this ribbon may well refer to S. M. S. Karlsruhe I. $55.00   

 

 

 

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36-94 VIVAT RIBBON - S. M. S. MÖWE. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the S. M. S. Möwe (Seagull) and her commander, Graf Doha Schlodien. The S. M. S. Möwe was a successful raider. The ribbon is light-green in color. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds benefitting their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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34-10 VIVAT RIBBON FOR THE S. M. S. MOWE. Vivat ribbons were patriotic silk ribbons sold for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They measure 16" x 2 ½," and feature scenes saluting German royalty and military during WW I. Most that I have seen were produced during the early to midyears of the war. This example salutes Korvettenkapitän Graf zu Dohna Schlodien, the commander of the S. M. S. Möwe. This vessel was an auxiliary cruiser and raider that was commissioned in 1915 and sunk. Graf zu Dohna Schlodien was a celebrated commander in the Navy. He was awarded the Pour le Mérite. The ribbon is white and embossed in black with an eagle, a likeness of Graf zu Dohna Schlodien, and a kriegsflagge. It is dated February 1916. $60.00   

 

 

 

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13-472 VIVAT RIBBON FOR THE S. M. S. AYESHA. Vivat ribbons were patriotic silk ribbons that were sold for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They measured 15 3/4" x 2 ½" and had scenes that saluted the German royalty and military during WW I. Most that I have seen were produced during the early to mid years of the war. This example is for the Auxiliary Cruiser S. M. S. Ayesha. This vessel was a sailing ship. Along with the S. M. S. Seeadler, it was famous for exploits raiding allied merchant ships during WW I. This is a very desirable naval Vivat ribbon. $60.00

 

 

 

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36-133 VIVAT RIBBON - GERMAN TORPEDOBOOTEN. This is a Vivat ribbon commemorating Germany’s Torpedobooten. We see a crew preparing to launch a torpedo. The blue Vivat measures 15 1/4" x 2 1/2."$55.00

 

 

 

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36-132 VIVAT RIBBON-GERMAN AVIATION. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating German aviation in 1914-1915. We see both a single-wing and double-wing plane. Below them, large numbers of troops can be seen on the battlefield. The red Vivat measures 15 1/4" x 2 1/2."$55.00

 

 

 

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36-125 VIVAT RIBBON SALUTING GERMAN GROUND - WATER - AIR TROOPS. This is a Vivat ribbon that salutes all German troops in 1914-1915, whether on the ground, sea, or in the air. Its color is white. It measures 15" x 2 1/2." At its top are an Iron Cross and a ribbon. Above that, the Iron Cross is mentioned. The material is stained in that text. Below that we see a scene that show German troops in their trenches. We see warships, and an U-Boot, with airplanes and a zeppelin in the sky. Vivat ribbons were produced for the benefit of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

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Imperial German Army

 

Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg

 

 

36-115 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG - BATTLE OF MITAU. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg at the Battle of Mitau on 1 August 1915. The ribbon is green in color. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-32 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG AND THE BATTLE OF OPATOW. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Opatow under the command of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg on 4 October 1914. This Vivat Ribbon measures 15 ½" x 2 ½." It is raspberry in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

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36-145 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALOBERST von HINDENBURG. This Vivat Ribbon commemorates Paul von Hindenburg early in WW I, while he was still a Generaloberst. He was victorious on the Eastern Front in the Battles of Hilgenburg and Ortelsburg on 29 August 1914. Hindenburg had great success on the Eastern Front early in the war and was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. Von Hindenburg appears as the Vivat’s central theme, along with a Teutonic knight battling a snake. The Vivat is salmon-colored and measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It was produced for the German Red Cross’s benefit. $60.00

 

 

 

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36-17 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG AND THE BATTLE AT KOWNO. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Kowno, under the command of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg on 18 August 1915. This Vivat measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2" and is golden yellow in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-59 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG AND THE BATTLE OF WARSAW. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Warsaw under the command of von Hindenburg on 14-16 November 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is lilac in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $55.00  

 

 

 

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36-92 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF WLOCLAWEC - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorates the Battle of Wloclawec under Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg, which took place on 13-14 November 1914. It has special mention of the 82 Maschinengewehr. The ribbon is lilac in color and measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-112 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALOBERST PAUL von HINDENBURG - BATTLE OF MASURISCHEN. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg and his Armee at the Battle of Masurischen on 26-28 August 1914. The ribbon is white in color. It measures 16" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-90 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF GILGENBURG AND ORTELSBURG - GENERALOBERST PAUL von HINDENBURG. This Vivat Ribbon commemorates the Battle of Gilgenburg and Ortelsburg, which took place on 29 August 1914. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg was the commander. The ribbon is red in color and measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-18 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG AND GENERAL von BESELER AT THE BATTLE AT NOWO-GEORGIEWSK. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Nowo-Georiewsk, under the command of Generals von Hindenburg and von Beseler, on 19 August 1915. This Vivat measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2," and is plum in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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Other Generals

 

36-08 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL von der GOLTZ. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is purple. It shows General von der Goltz and his actions against the Russians in 1914. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00

 

 

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34-30 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERAL von GALLWITZ AND BATTLE OF KRALIEVO. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 153/4" x 21/2." The ribbon is a light red. It celebrates the Battle of Kralievo under the command of Generaloberst von Gallwitz on 6 November 1915. Von Gallwitz was one of Germany’s greatest commanders during WW I. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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34-52 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALOBERST von GALLWITZ AND BATTLE OF BELGRAD. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/4" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is orange. It shows Generaloberst von Gallwitz and the Battle of Belgrad on 9 October 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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34-53 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALOBERST von GALLWITZ AND BATTLE OF SEMENDRIA. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is lilac. It shows Generaloberst von Gallwitz and the Battle of Semendria on 12 October 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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36-20 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALOBERST von GEROF AND THE BATTLE OF CZARTORYSK. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates Armeegruppe Gerof under the command of Generaloberst von Gerof in the Battle of Czartorysk, which took place from 17 October to 14 November 1915. This Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2," and is teal in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-51 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALOBERST von HANSEN AND THE BATTLE OF DINANT. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Dinant on 23 August 1914. It was led by Generaloberst von Hansen. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is green in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

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36-143 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERAL d’ ELSA. This is a Vivat Ribbon saluting General d’Elsa, who apparently was a Saxon. Below his likeness is a panel which speaks of his success in the Winter Battle of Champagne on 25-26 January 1915. The Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2," and is light-green in color. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-64 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF ST. MIHIEL AND GENERAL von HOEHN. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of St. Mihiel, which took place on 25 September 1914. This is the battle commanded by General von Hoehn. The Vivat Ribbon measures 16" x 2 1/2." It is red in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.$50.00

 

 

 

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36-154 VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATES CAPTURING FORTRESSES. Vivat ribbons were very popular German patriotic items, primarily during the early and mid-war periods. They were made of silk. Most measure approximately 2 ½" x 16." In addition to being patriotic, they also often benefitted the German Red Cross. This example commemorates the July 24, 1915 capture of the fortresses of Rozan and Pultusk on the Narew River in Poland under General von Gallwitz. Its color is chartreuse. "Den Groberern der Festen" (The Roughest of the Fortresses[?]). The Berlin manufacturer’s name and the attribution that the German Red Cross benefitted from the Vivat’s sale appear at the bottom. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-65 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERAL HERD. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the actions of a General Herd. His likeness and that of German infantry in action can be seen. The Vivat Ribbon measures 16" x 2 1/2." It is yellow in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.$50.00  

 

 

 

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34-43 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERAL von MÜLHAUSEN. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is pink. It celebrates the successes of General von Mülhausen, who commanded the VII. Armeekorps during the first days of WW I. This ribbon specifies the date of 10 August 1914. The ribbon features a portrait of von Mülhausen, a 1914 Iron Cross, and French troops being routed from the battlefield. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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36-108 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERALOBERST von BÜLOW - BATTLE OF NAMUR. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Generaloberst von Bülow and the Battle of Namur on 25 August 1914. The ribbon is orange in color. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-93 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF LIBAU - GENERAL der INFANTRIE OTTO von BELOW. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Libau under the command of General der Infantrie Otto von Below. The ribbon is orange/red and measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition. $60.00  

 

 

 

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36-99 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERAL von MÜLHAUSEN. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating General von Mülhausen, who commanded the VII. Armeekorps on 10 August 1914. The ribbon is pink in color. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-85 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF LOMZA - GENERAL von SMOLTZ. This Vivat Ribbon commemorates the Battle of Lomza, which took place on 9 August 1915. General von Smoltz was one of the key German commanders in this battle. The ribbon is pale yellow in color, and measures 16 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-107 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERAL von BESELER - BATTLE OF ANTWERP. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating General von Beseler and the Battle of Antwerp on 9 October 1914. The ribbon is mustard yellow in color. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-54 VIVAT RIBBON - GENERAL von LOCHNOW AND THE BATTLE OF VAILLY. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Vailly on 30 October 1914. It was led by General von Lochow. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is yellow in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00 

 

 

 

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Battles

 

36-48 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF RIGA. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Riga, which concluded on 3 September 1917. A great deal about this Vivat is historically interesting. First, I have never seen a Vivat issued this late in the war. Dozens were issued in 1914/1915. As the war news worsened, far fewer were issued in 1916. I cannot remember seeing another Vivat from this late in the war. A significant reason exists for the issue of this Vivat. The Battle of Riga was the penultimate action designed to bring the Russian government to the peace table. Riga was (and still is) an important Russian port. With its capture by the Germans on this date, the Russians had another reason to settle. The withdrawal of Russian troops on their Eastern Front freed hundreds of thousands of troops for service on Germany’s Western Front. At this point, another fourteen months of war remained. On more than one occasion, the Germans came very close to turning the tables on the Allies (Great Britain, France, and the U.S.) before fresh troops from the U.S. decided the conflict’s outcome. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is light-brown in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $55.00

 

 

 

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36-147 VIVAT RIBBON - WINTER BATTLE - MASUREN 8-17 FEBRUARY 1915. This Vivat Ribbon commemorates the Masuren Winterschlacht (Winter Battle) during 8-17 February 1915. Its central theme is a Teutonic Knight standing victorious over a dragon he has slain. The Vivat’s bottom features a shield with the Hohenzollern Eagle. The Vivat is pink and measures 16" x 2 1/2." The Vivat was produced by a Berlin firm for the German Red Cross’s benefit. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-148 VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING BATTLE OF LUETTICH. Vivat ribbons were very popular German patriotic items, primarily during the early and mid-war periods. They were made of silk. Most measure approximately 2 ½" x 16." In addition to being patriotic, they also often benefitted the German Red Cross. This example commemorates the Battle of Luettich. The color is a dark salmon-pink. The German general-in-command at the battle, General von Emmich, appears at its top framed by a wreath emblazoned with the year 1914. Below him is a charging German soldier, brandishing his Mauser in one hand and his regimental standard in the other. Below him is a Pour le Mérite embellished with the word "Luettich." The PLM is surrounded by the words "VIVAT not Kennt kein Gebot" (Necessity knows no commandment). The Berlin manufacturer’s name and the attribution that the German Red Cross benefitted from the Vivat’s sale appear at the bottom. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-149 VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING AUSTRIAN RECAPTURE OF LEMBERG 22 JUNE 1915. Vivat ribbons were very popular German patriotic items, primarily during the early and mid-war periods. They were made of silk. Most measure approximately 2 ½" x 16." In addition to being patriotic, they also often benefitted the German Red Cross. This example commemorates the Austrian recapture of Lemberg, the capital of Galacia (present-day L'vov in Western Ukraine). The action was on the Eastern Front, and was aided by August von Mackensen's Eleventh Army troops. (They had retaken the Przemysl Fortress just prior to Lemberg). Von Mackensen received the prestigious Order of the Black Eagle and was promoted to field marshal due to these actions. The ribbon’s color is deep gold. It depicts a giant hand forcing a jailor’s hand to release a key above a fortress with its gate flung open. A short verse praising the victory appears next, just above Lemberg’s jubilant residents welcoming their liberators. This is followed by the phrase "Befreiung Lemberg am 22 Juni 1915" (Liberation of Lemberg on June 22, 1915). The Berlin manufacturer’s name and the attribution that the German Red Cross benefitted from the Vivat’s sale appear at the bottom. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

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36-62 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF VAUX AND THIAUMONT. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Vaux and Thiamount, which took place on 2-24 June 1916. This Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/4" x 2 1/2." It is light pink in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.$50.00    

 

 

 

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36-91 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF CHAMPNEUVILLE AND COTE de TALOU. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Champneuville & Cote de Talou on 27 February 1916. The ribbon is purple and measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-140 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF GRODNO. This is a Vivat Ribbon saluting the German victory at Grodno. The Vivat measures 16" x 2 1/2," and is a vivid yellow in color. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-159 VIVAT RIBBON FOR BATTLE OF DIXMUIDEN. This lovely Vivat Ribbon commemorates Belgium’s Battle of Dixmuiden. Vivat Ribbons were produced mostly in the early years of WW I, to help boost patriotic support and to help efforts of the German Red Cross. The pale blue/red ribbon is made of silk and measures 2 ½" x 15 1/4." Embossed on the ribbon in black is the Belgian city of Dixmuide with a small Iron Cross. Below that within a wreath is a Hohenzollern Eagle and the caption, "Vivat 20 October 1914 Dixmuiden." Mention is made of "Die Jungen Regimenter." The area was the site of some of WW I’s most vicious fighting, including Yser. The Vivat is in very fine condition. [PLEASE NOTE: we have a very special period collector’s album that was designed specifically to house Vivat Ribbons. Click here to visit our Vivat Page to see it and our many other fine Vivat Ribbons]. $75.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-55 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF DIXMUIDEN. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Dixmuiden on 20 October 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is red in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00 

 

 

 

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36-56 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF MAUBEUGE. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Maubeuge, which took place on 7 September 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." It is lilac in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00    

 

 

 

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36-87 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF MONASTIR. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Monastir, which took place on 4 December 1915. The ribbon is pale yellow in color, and measures 15 1/4" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-88 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLES OF DOUAMONT AND HARDAUMONT. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Battles at Douamont and Hardaumont. These were French forts at Verdun that fell to the Germans. The fort at Douamont was victoriously entered by a German hauptmann, who was then awarded the Pour le Mérite. [We were privileged to offer and sell his PLM, Urkunde, as well as many other documents and decorations several years ago]. The ribbon is orange in color, and measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition. $60.00  

 

 

 

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36-50 VIVAT RIBBON - SEVERAL BATTLES NEAR GALATIA. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating several battles near Galatia. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." It is a light red, almost a raspberry, in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00 

 

 

 

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36-24 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF ROVIPAZAR. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Rovipazar on 21 November 1915. A PLM is featured in its center. The Vivat measures 15" x 2 1/2." It is purple in color.  Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00


 

 

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36-102 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF CONSENVOYE & AZANNES. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Consenvoye and Azannes on 23 February 1916. The ribbon is pink in color. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds to benefit their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-53 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF TIRTEMONT. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Tirtemont on 19 August 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 16 1/4" x 2 1/2." It is green in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-33 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF MASUREN. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Mausern 8-17 February 1915. This Vivat Ribbon measures 15 3/4" x 2 ½." It is pink in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-84 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF ST. QUENTIN. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of St. Quentin, which took place on 27 August 1914. The ribbon is dark green in color and measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-03 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF LYCK. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 16" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is a light green. It commemorates the Battle of Lyck on 12 September 1914 and 14 October 1914. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-04 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF PRASZNYSZ. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is purple. It commemorates the Battle of Prasznysz on 15 July 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00
 

 

 

 

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36-81 VIVAT RIBBON CELEBRATING -BATTLES - VAUX AND THIAMONT. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battles at Vaux and Thiamont. These battles took place 2-24 June 1916. The ribbon is light pink and measures 15 1/4" x 2 ½." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-82 VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING BATTLES - BULGARIA. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating battles in Bulgaria. These battles included Brza Palanka, Ljubicevac, and Kladovo on 26 October 1915. The ribbon is green in color and measures 15 ½" x 2 ½." Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-35 VIVAT RIBBON - JOINT COOPERATION BETWEEN GERMANY, HUNGARY, AND TURKEY. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the cooperation between Germany, Hungary, and Turkey in 1915. Three swords are joined. Each of them has the crown of the respective country. This Vivat Ribbon measures 15 ½" x 2 ½." It is light-brown in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $55.00

 

 

 

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34-47 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF MONTMÉDY. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 16" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is a light green. It celebrates the Battle of Montmédy in 1914. The ribbon features a Hussar charging with drawn sword across the battlefield. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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36-30 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF BRZECINYI. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Brzecinyi on 24-28 November 1914. The Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is copper in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-13 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE NEAR WARSAW. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates a battle at Warsaw (Warschau) on 5 August 1915. This Vivat measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2," and is creme-colored. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00
 

 

 

 

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36-14 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE AT BURLUST AND ROZAN. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle at Burlust and Rozan, 24 July 1915. This Vivat measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2," and is mustard in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-15 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE AT PRISTINA. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Pristina. A likeness of a German general is shown, whom I cannot identify. This Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2," and is light-green in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

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36-131 VIVAT RIBBON - GERMAN CAVALRY. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Germany’s cavalry at the Battle of Wilna in 1915. A German Ulanen is seen at the bottom of the Vivat. The lilac Vivat measures 15" x 2 1/2." $50.00

 

 

 

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36-19 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE AT IWANGOROD. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Iwangorod on 5 August 1915. This Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2," and is white in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00 

 

 

 

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34-56 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF GRODNO. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is yellow and commemorates the Battle of Grodno on 4 September 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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34-34 VIVAT RIBBON TUTRAKAN AND SILISTRIA ACTION 6-10 SEPTEMBER 1916. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 153/4" x 21/2." The ribbon is dark green. It celebrates the Battle of Tutrakan and Silistria on 6-10 September 1916. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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34-36 VIVAT RIBBON - CHAMPNEUVILLE-COTE de TALOU ACTION 27 FEBRUARY 1916. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 153/4" x 21/2." The ribbon is a dusty rose. It celebrates the Battle of Champneuville-Cote de Talou on 27 February 1916. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 

 

 

 

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34-37 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF ARGES 2-3 DECEMBER 1916. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 153/4" x 21/2." The ribbon is blue. It celebrates the Battle of Arges on 2-3 December 1916. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $50.00 
 

 

 

 

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34-57 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF EROBERUNG AND BREST-WTOWSK. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is yellow. It commemorates the Battle of Eroberung and Brest-Wtowsk on 26 August 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $55.00 

 

 

 

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36-98 VIVAT RIBBON THE CAPTURE OF THE FRENCH FORT AT MAUBEUGE. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the capture of the French Fort at Maubeuge, 7 September 1914. It is a very early Vivat, covering action barely one month into the war. The ribbon is white in color. It measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds benefiting their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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34-59 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF WILNA. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." The ribbon is a light green. It commemorates the Battle of Wilna, which took place on 19 September 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition. $55.00 

 

 

 

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36-49 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF DÜNA. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Düna. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." It is pink in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00 

 

 

 

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36-37 VIVAT RIBBON - WINTER BATTLES - 1915. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the "Feldgrau" at the Winter Battles of 1915. Specifically mentioned are the Battles of Champagne, Souain-Perthes, and Le Mesnil. These actions took place from 10 February to 20 March 1915. This Vivat is interesting in that it salutes the troops, rather than the more commonly saluted generals who led the actions. At the top is a wonderful 1914 Iron Cross, and at the bottom is a German soldier clubbing a French soldier with his rifle. This Vivat Ribbon measures 15 ½" x 2 ½." It is white in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.$50.00

 

 

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36-126 VIVAT RIBBON - GERMANY’S COLONY - TANGA. This is a Vivat ribbon for Germany’s colony in Tanga. Its color is orange. It measures 15" x 2 1/2." It mentions the dates 3-5 November 1914, a successful battle. Ships are depicted off the coast. Below that is the Governor of East Africa (Ostafrika). Vivat ribbons were produced for the benefit of the German Red Cross. $60.00

 

 

 

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36-41 VIVAT RIBBON - BATTLE OF TANGA - GERMAN EAST AFRICA. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating action at the German colony of Tanga on 3-5 November 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/4" x 2 ½." It is purple in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $60.00

 

 

 

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36-161 VIVAT RIBBON SALUTING ONE-HUNDRED-YEARS (1813-1913) FOR HAMBURG. This is a very early Vivat Ribbon that commemorates a century in the city of Hamburg’s life span. The lavender Vivat measures 2" x 17." At the top it depicts Hamburg’s world-famous Rathaus (town hall). It was completed in 1897, suffered heavy damage in WW II, and was restored using the original blueprints. Three important men from Hamburg’s history are shown. A patriotic poem (I believe) appears under their likenesses. [Hamburg itself dates to the 9th Century, and has long been a major trade center. A proud Hamburger once told me that Hamburg had more canals than Venice! He added that Hamburg boasted more embassies and consulates than West Germany’s pre reunification capital, Bonn].
[We also want to point out that we maintain a complete Merchandise Page featuring Vivat Ribbons (click here to see). We have a wide variety of these commemorative ribbons that salute Imperial Germany’s members of royalty and military commanders, as well as Germany’s WW I military victories. We even have a very special album that was created during WW I to specifically display Vivats. We will be happy to offer a very special price on the latter so that you may start and enjoy a wonderful Vivat collection]. $50.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-123 VIVAT RIBBON - GERMAN ALLIANCE - TURKEY. This is a silk Vivat Ribbon that mentions action at Linnahme von Krusevac. Above this is the emblem of Germany’s ally, Turkey. The date of the action is 6-7 November 1915. The Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2" and is cream colored. It was produced under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-150 VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING RED CROSS MEDICAL PERSONNEL’S EFFORTS. Vivat ribbons were very popular German patriotic items, primarily during the early and mid-war periods. They were made of silk. Most measure approximately 2 ½" x 16." In addition to being patriotic, they also often benefitted the German Red Cross. This example salutes the efforts of Red Cross medics (Sanitäters). These brave men were volunteers. They went on the battlefield to bring back the wounded for medical attention. It involved them entering "No Man’s Land," which was extremely hazardous. Three vignettes on the Vivat celebrate their efforts. The top features a dog and man working together to retrieve the battlefield’s wounded. The dogs were specially trained to help find the wounded, who were not always clearly visible. The middle scene depicts a battlefield, complete with a trench. A pair of volunteers carries a stretcher, while the wounded call to them from the trench. The bottom displays a horse drawn ambulance caravan. Beneath the top scene the words "Zum Besten des" (the best of the) appear above the Red Cross emblem. Between the second and third scenes is the phrase "Edel Sei der Mensch Hilfreich und gut" (Precious is the good and helpful man). The Vivat’s color is light-red. The Berlin manufacturer’s name appears at the bottom. $50.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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36-129 VIVAT RIBBON - OTTO von BISMARCK. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Germany’s "Iron Chancellor," Otto von Bismarck. At the Vivat’s top is von Bismarck in his famous Küraßier helmet. It mentions the 100th anniversary of his birth (1815-1915). Below that is a knight with a banner who resembles von Moltke. At the bottom is von Bismarck’s famous quote: "We German’s fear only God and no one else in the world." The golden Vivat measures 15 3/4" x 2 1/2." $55.00

 

 

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36-26 VIVAT RIBBON - 100th ANNIVERSARY - OTTO von BISMARCK’S BIRTH. This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the 100th anniversary (1815-1915) of "Iron Chancellor" Otto von Bismarck’s birth. The Vivat measures 16" x 2 1/2." It is white in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

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36-67 VIVAT RIBBON - NEUN MILLIARDEN KRIEGSANLEIHE 1915. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Neun Milliarden Kriegsanleihe (Nine-Billion War Bond) of 1915. It features a large Hohenzollern Crown. The Vivat Ribbon measures 16" x 2 1/2." It is creme in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00  

 

 

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36-96 VIVAT RIBBON - 1916 NEW YEAR. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the 1916 New Year. The ribbon is white in color. It measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds benefitting their work. $50.00  

 

 

 

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36-23 VIVAT RIBBON - CELEBRATING NEW YEARS 1916. This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating no battles. It is patriotically themed and celebrates New Year’s, 1916. This Vivat measures 15 1/2" x 2 1/2." It is creme-colored. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross. $50.00

 

 

 

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36-71 VIVAT RIBBON - VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal is (and has been) one of the most important war memorials in Germany. It is located in Leipzig, which is one of the most important cities in Saxony, along with Dresden (the capital city). Leipzig was deep in East German territory until the early 1990's, when East and West Germany were reunified. I have seen this memorial in Leipzig, and I can tell you that it is truly beautiful. It has a reflecting pool leading up to it, similar to the reflecting pool for Washington’s Monument in the US capital. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate Germany’s participation 100 years previously in the Napoleonic Wars. This is a very small-sized Vivat Ribbon. It is much smaller than the full-sized Vivat Ribbons that we see from WW I. It measures 9 ½" x 2." It is white in color, and shows the monument. The condition of this example is about average, with some unraveling at the top and bottom of the ribbon. $40.00

 

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36-72 VIVAT RIBBON - VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal is (and has been) one of the most important war memorials in Germany. It is located in Leipzig, which is one of the most important cities in Saxony, along with Dresden (the capital city). Leipzig was deep in East German territory until the early 1990's, when East and West Germany were reunified. I have seen this memorial in Leipzig, and I can tell you that it is truly beautiful. It has a reflecting pool leading up to it, similar to the reflecting pool for Washington’s Monument in the US capital. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate Germany’s participation 100 years previously in the Napoleonic Wars. This is a very small-sized Vivat Ribbon. It is much smaller than the full-sized Vivat Ribbons that we see from WW I. It measures 9 1/4" x 2." It is yellow in color, and shows the monument. Its condition is poor. At some point in that past it was cut in half, then taped together. $15.00

 

 

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