Der Rittmeister Militaria, LLC. Imperial German Merchandise: Zeppelin, Graf Zeppelin, Hindenburg, & Balloon-Related Materials: Badges, Books, Memorabilia, Headdress, etc.  
Updated on 31 January 2017.      
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21-320 PRE WW I ZEPPELIN BADGE. This is a fascinating PRE-WW I Zeppelin Badge that was produced when zeppelins’ use was primarily commercial. I have heard two different stories regarding the badge’s purpose. The first version states that it was intended for zeppelin crew members. The second version indicates it was a high-end badge produced in limited numbers for supporters of the Zeppelin Company’s collection campaigns. In either case, the badges were produced in very limited numbers and made to exacting standards. They were NOT cheaply-made trinkets, but rather of very elaborate high-quality construction.
The badge measures
1 ½" x 1 ¾," and is shaped like a cut-out Prussian Eagle. The Eagle’s head appears at the twelve o’clock position, while its wings are at the three and nine o’clock positions. A small Hohenzollern Crown sits atop the eagle’s head. The obverse’s center features a high-quality circular enamel medallion measuring ¾" in diameter that covers the Eagle's belly.  Its black enamel background is emblazoned with a silver "Z"  crossed horizontally by a zeppelin. The enamel exhibits some small imperfections, as well as one or two very minor chips. Overall, however, the enamel is complete and in very fine condition. Its reverse bears the manufacturer’s name, Mayer & Wilhelm, and its location, Stuttgart. It is a fine badge that is in good condition, overall. $795.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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21-308 DEDICATED HONOR STATUETTE FOR PETER STRASSER - NAVY ZEPPELIN SERVICE COMMANDER.  Fregattenkapitän Peter Strasser (1876-1918) was the commander of all the Imperial German Navy zeppelins that flew against England, Paris, and Brussels. Strasser was a brave and respected man. He was highly-regarded as a leader by his superiors and his subordinates alike. He flew with his crews and took the same chances as they did.  He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite.  Ultimately, he suffered the same fate as many of his fellow zeppelin officers and crew members when he went down in flames on what became his FINAL bombing mission over London on 6 August 1918. [Nearly 50% of all Navy zeppelins were destroyed, and 40% of their crews died in combat. When their hydrogen-fueled vessels exploded, the crew went down in flames with them].  
Today we are offering a very unique statuette that was presented to him by one of his technical section members. [Located in Belgium, the technical section was responsible for zeppelin repair and maintenance].  The gold-toned statuette is constructed from assorted bits of zeppelin scrap metals. The statuette stands an impressive 9 ½" tall, 9 ½" wide and 6 ½" deep. Furthermore, it weighs an impressive 19 lbs and 2 ounces.  Its primary subject depicts a mountain topped by an eagle. The mountain is constructed from droplets of molten metal, looking much the same as wax melting and running down a candle.  At the mountain’s bottom is a British Lion (NOT to be confused with a German Lion).  Naturally, the symbolism is that the German Lion, and Germany, are superior to the British Lion and Great Britain. Near the statuette’s bottom is a small area etched with the words "Peter Strasser Pour le Mérite,"  referencing Strasser's Orden Pour le Mérite award. The statuette is extremely well made by an artist who was used to working with his hands and very skilled in doing so. It is a remarkable historical artifact that will make an important addition to any zeppelin or aviation collection. [SPECIAL SHIPPING WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THIS ITEM]. $5,795.00

 

 

 

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21-322 WORLD GLOBE SHOWING GRAF ZEPPELIN’S (LZ-127) VARIOUS ROUTES. This is one of the most interesting zeppelin items we have ever offered. It is a world globe (produced in Stuttgart, Germany) depicting the Graf Zeppelin’s (LZ-127) various worldwide routes. The LZ 127 was patterned after the LZ 126. The LZ 126 served as part of Germany’s war reparations following WW I’s end. The Zeppelin Company’s leader, Dr. Hugo Eckener, personally flew the LZ 126 from its Friedrichshafen home base in southern Germany to the Lakehurst, New Jersey, U. S. Naval Air Station in October 1924. It was then turned over to the U.S. Navy and renamed the U.S.S. Los Angeles, which became the longest-serving rigid airship ever operated by the US Navy. [Lakehurst was also the site of the Hindenburg’s (LZ 129) 1937 explosion. I still remember my late mother-in-law telling me how as a New York City school girl, she and her class watched the Hindenburg fly overhead on its way to that fateful rendezvous].
Eckener was a man who understood the value of publicity and took full advantage of it. Upon his return to Germany, he lobbied the German government for support and financial assistance to build a zeppelin for commercial purposes. While Eckener received some governmental support, most of the more than two million Reichsmarks necessary to begin the zeppelin’s production was donated by the German public. The German people had enthusiastically supported Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) when he built the first airships. Even when a zeppelin had crashed and been totally destroyed, the German people had donated money to restart the program. They were just as eager in 1926 to show their patriotism and pride in German aviation by financially supporting Eckener’s commercial zeppelin.
The LZ 127 was based on the same plans as the LZ 126. Work began in 1926 and the zeppelin was launched in 1928. It was christened the Graf Zeppelin by his daughter, Helene (Hella) Gräfin Brandenstein-Zeppelin. [PLEASE NOTE: Some of the dishware we offer from the Graf Zeppelin was part of the special place settings for her and her husband]. The Graf Zeppelin made its first voyage to the USA shortly after being christened. The airship made some 590 voyages that covered more than one million miles of essentially trouble-free service. While the Graf Zeppelin did offer passenger service, its primary source of income was from transporting mail and critical cargo. The mailing of letters and postcards provided a large source of revenue. Zeppelins actually carried small post offices onboard to frank mail that was traveling from Germany to other destinations on the zeppelin routes. This was hugely popular among collectors of all kinds, including stamp collectors, aviation collectors, etc. Mailing a letter aboard a zeppelin was hugely expensive. The U.S. Postal Service issued several different postage stamps for use only on zeppelin flights.
In 1929, a year after the Graf Zeppelin was first launched, it was sent on an around-the-world tour. The tour was funded by American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who had accompanied Teddy Roosevelt during the 1898 Spanish-American War’s invasion of Cuba. Hearst paid $200,000 for the commercial rights and assigned four people to travel aboard the Graf Zeppelin on its global voyage. The trip actually began in Germany with the Graf Zeppelin’s flight west to Lakehurst, NJ, which was the tour’s official starting point. Weltrundfahrt 1929 then commenced with a return to Friedrichshafen for refueling before continuing nonstop across Europe, Russia and Siberia to Tokyo. After five days in Tokyo, the Graf Zeppelin flew on across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles, CA (the first ever NONSTOP flight over that ocean), before completing its last leg across the USA to Lakehurst.
At first glance, our item appears to be a standard 1920's German world globe. It was produced in full color and measures 41" in circumference. Long distance mileage (in kilometers) is depicted between selected world cities (as was common on regular globes). Special blue paint, however, indicates the Graf Zeppelin Weltrundfahrt’s assorted international routes.
The globe stands 26" tall. Printed on its side is the information below.

"Wirtschaftspolitischer
Kosmos -
Erd-Globus
* No 1 *
Kosmos Gesellschaft der Naturfreunde STUTTGART"

[Economic Cosmos Earth Globe Number 1 Cosmos Friends of Nature Society Stuttgart]

The base of the globe is made of fine-quality wood. Inserted in its base is a small compass that measures 1" in diameter.
Generally, I am not one to speculate about an item’s origins or history if I do not have hard facts to back me up. This time, however, I will speculate. I have two theories. The first is that it was owned by a real zeppelin fan, particularly of the Graf Zeppelin and its travels. My second theory is that it was owned by somebody at the Zeppelin factory, perhaps an executive or other important person.  The globe’s superior quality and the time that somebody took to patiently trace the Graf Zeppelin’s various routes on its surface is just amazing.
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21-314 SPECIAL DRINKING SET WITH ZEPPELIN MOTIF. Today we are offering you a very special drink group suitable for schnapps or wine. What really makes it special is that it commemorates zeppelins. First is a small barrel or cask. It measures 7" in length and 15" in circumference. At its bottom it measures 4" in diameter. The barrel has four metal bands/straps that stretch around it. On its top is a knob with a cork where the beverage is poured into the barrel. The barrel’s front sports a tap for dispensing the beverage. At this point, I have been unable to dislodge the tap to make it functional. Because I do not want to break something, I have not forced it. At this point I would have to describe the barrel as unusable for its original purpose.
A small metal zeppelin sits on top of the barrel near one end. It measures 3/4" x 4 ½," and makes the barrel all the more interesting. The barrel rests on a wooden cradle, flanked by six small wooden cups for the beverage of choice. The cups are shot glass-sized and hold between 1-2 ounces.
It is a most impressive set. It would add an interesting focal point to a zeppelin display. I have not seen anything like it, and have been eyeing it for inclusion with my personal items. I have just the place on a nearby office bookcase where it will look dandy until somebody claims it. $1,195.00  

 

 

 

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21-149 ORIGINAL PAINTING - EARLY ZEPPELIN FLYING OVER FREDERICK THE GREAT’S PRUSSIAN ROYAL PALACE SANS SOUCCI. This is a most unusual painting on wood, circa 1910. The painting shows the palace built by order of Frederick the Great in Potsdam, Sans Soucci. It is one of the most fascinating of the Prussian royal palaces. When it was built, it was intended to be a summer palace for Frederick the Great when he wanted to get away from all of the hubbub of Berlin. It remains a beautiful site today. I enjoy touring it when we are in the Potsdam area. What is so unusual about this piece is that the artist did his work on wood, instead of canvas or paper. I am no expert, but this is a beautiful light wood. The artist used a knife to cut indentations around and within all the painted areas. This gives the illusion that the picture is created from different colored pieces of inlaid wood.  Some patterns even have small pieces of wood cut out to further the illusion. Close inspection, however, reveals that the images are PAINTED, not inlaid. The painting's actual surface  measures 17" x 10 1/4."  The full, framed picture measures 20 1/4" X 13 3/4." A black-framed rectangular area, measuring 15 1/4" x 8 1/2," is painted inside the overall surface. This imitates a matte within a framed picture. Inside this area at the bottom is a classic view of Sans Soucci. An early pre WW I zeppelin is flying in the sky above. The presentation has a black wooden frame, trimmed in gold. What appears to be the artist’s signature is on the painting’s reverse. It looks like "FJ."  This is a superb piece of work, very different from what we often see. It is totally original and unique! [Special shipping will be required on this item. The price will be based on where it needs to be shipped]. $1,695.00  

 

 

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21-300 IDENTIFIED ARMY LUFTSCHIFFER BATAILLON LEUTNANT’S LEATHER FLYING COAT. This is a simply dazzling Army Luftschiffer Bataillon leutnant’s leather flying coat. The coat is identified to its original owner. [Both the Army and Navy operated zeppelins at strategic places over continental Europe and against England. (It is not generally known that the Imperial German Army operated the first zeppelins to bomb London). In 1917, due to political pressure (primarily from Navy-favoring Kaiser Wilhelm II), the Army’s zeppelin forces were disbanded. Their equipment and crew were reassigned to the Navy, who continued the bombing missions against England. The actual damage inflicted by German Army and Navy zeppelins was minimal. (The L-38, an Army zeppelin, made five successful bombing raids on England, including the first bombing of London on 31 May 1915). The real effect was psychological, as more of a terror weapon. One could compare the zeppelin barrages to Hitler’s V-1 and V-2 rockets during WW II. They caused some damage, but even greater mental and emotional stress]. This is our most impressive and rare zeppelin item to date. When I first saw this coat, I was blown away. Aviators’ attire and other personal items are rare enough, but to offer a coat that was actually worn by an officer who flew aboard an Army zeppelin prior to the service’s disbanding is a rare privilege!
The coat is a medium-brown leather. (I have seen similar coats used by fixed-wing aviators). It has a double-breasted effect, almost like a Litewka, wherein one row of buttons actually secures the coat, but another row is added to present a neat appearance. The buttons are most unusual, and made of brown wood with notches cut into them. They add a real "pop" to the coat. Three buttons appear on each side, with another single button at the top that secures the collar. (Remember, the coat was designed to keep aviators warm whether in an airplane or a zeppelin). The exterior has two slash pockets where the officer could keep personal or military items. Loops on the reverse allowed him to his service belt through them. The collar is dyed-brown sheep’s wool. The two leutnants’ shoulder boards display the stylized "L" for Luftschiffer. They are of the slip-on variety and attach to the coat in a very easy manner. Each shoulder board has a white underlay. Their look and general feel indicate that they are original to the coat and have not been added to "dress it up." The leather’s condition is amazing. Certainly, it shows scuffing -- it had hard service! The leather itself remains surprisingly supple. Treat it with a leather conditioner (as we have to maintain its moisture), and it will stay in this fine original condition for it NEXT one-hundred-years!
Inside the coat, we see a white sheep’s wool lining. It sports a fine, heavy, tufted-silk, partial liner at the coat’s bottom. (Here is where the coat just gets better and better). As we peel the coat open to really look at the interior, stenciled on one section is the name of the young officer who owned the coat nearly one-hundred years-ago. The name "K. Müller" is very tidily stenciled in white. 
As we took the pictures for this coat, its history exuded into our workroom. I am constantly around pieces of history. This is one of those pieces to which we can attach a name. I even asked one of my partners to try it on and see how it looked. While I am sure she is certainly a lot better-looking than was Herr Müller, it gave me a sense of what it looked like when worn. As a matter of fact, I just about had to fight to get her to give it back!
If you are looking for something to really top off your aviation collection, this is it. $6,995.00
 

 

 

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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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21-325 XBS LUFTSCHIFFER OFFICER’S DOCUMENT AND PHOTO GROUP. This is a consignment item. If you have an interest in document groups, we have something special for you. If you have an interest in observation balloons and zeppelins, this wonderful group is VERY special for you. The number of documents it contains is absolutely staggering, and will enable you to track and research almost everything the man ever did. His name was Werner Eugen Möschke. He was born in 1881, then first entered the army at the dawn of the 20th Century. The document group indicates he saw early service in Nassau Field Artillery-Regiment Nr 27. After completing his mandatory two years of military service, Möschke began his post high school (called "gymnasium" in Germany) studies, eventually becoming a mechanical engineer. The group contains many documents from this period, including some confirming his graduation and his qualifications as an engineer.
When WW I broke out, Möschke found himself in a Luftschiffer-Bataillon as a Leutnant der Reserve. Luftschiffer-Bataillons included the observation balloons that were launched from mobile units to spy on enemy positions and call in artillery strikes, which was his assignment. Later he was transferred to the Luftschiffer-Bataillon’s zeppelin section. He finished the war as a Hauptmann der Reserve. Our document group provides definite proof that he did indeed serve with a zeppelin unit, although I am unable to determine if he was onboard as a zeppelin commander or if he was a unit commander. [Please note: in 1917, the Imperial German Army decided it was no longer interested in fielding Luftschiffer-Bataillons. So, the Army turned over all its airships and zeppelin-related equipment to the Kaiserliche Marine, including (perhaps) some transfer of personnel].
Möschke returned to his peacetime profession when WW I was over. In the 1930's, however, he returned to the army, where he eventually achieved a major’s rank. The group’s consignor has included several typed papers containing translated information concerning some of the documents, including his war service. These papers indicate that he served as a member of the executive committee for a military reporting office in Freiburg during WW II. Photos from the group show him wearing the very rare Army Commemorative Airship Badge, which further documents his involvement with zeppelins as well as an observation squadron.
We are listing some of the group’s military-related documents below. Some of them detail his various assignments during the Great War.

 

Above all, they show some of the more important and costly battles in which Möschke was involved.

 

 

1) 1907 Artillerie Officer’s Patent. The same type of patent was used whether its recipient was a Leutnant or a Generalmajor. The only real difference is that junior officer’s Patents were not signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Prior to WW I, the Kaiser had personally signed Patents in the rank of Hauptmann and above. Due to the Imperial German Army’s size, however, as the war progressed, he signed far fewer Patents, perhaps only for Majors and above.

 

 

 

 

 

2) Award Document for the Long-Service Award 2nd Class. Dated March 1914, it was issued through the XVIII Armeekorps.

 

 

 

3) Award Document for the Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is dated August 1917.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Award Document for the Ernst Ludwig Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen für Tapferkeit. He was awarded Hesse’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent in 1915. The very ornate document bears the Grand Duke of Hesse’s signature. Möschke probably was a native son of Hesse to have received its award so much earlier than the Imperial Iron Cross 2nd Class he later was awarded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Enlisted Man/NCO’s Militärpaß and Soldbuch. This dates from his two-year mandatory service.

 

 

6) Two Kriegsranglisten. These documents were used by officers, much as an enlisted man and NCO used a Militärpaß. Each contained all of their owner’s critical information about his rank, promotions, areas of service with dates, awards, and so on. They are excellent sources for research. They indicate that he saw service in the battles of Verdun and Ypres. One of the two was updated in 1935 when he once more re-entered the army.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants Award Document. The document is dated 1935.

 

 

A number of military-related documents date from 1935 forward. Following WW II, Möschke went through the de-Nazification process where he was deemed not to be a hard-core Nazi threat. He again returned to engineering, although the papers indicate he had health problems that stemmed from his many high-altitude flights. He died at the age of 73.
We have barely scratched the surface of what is contained in this fantastic document group. We have never offered anything as extensive as this group! Möschke took great pains to retain the many documents that related to his military and professional life. Stacked up, the group measures some two-to-three inches in height! Frankly, the group is mind-boggling.
You will have hours of fun pouring though all of these documents and learning more about a man who served his country through two world wars. Please be ready for the large number of photographs attached to our entry. In this case, a picture IS worth a thousand words! $2,495.00 PRICE REDUCTION!  $2,250.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21-326 FRAMED FELIX GRAF von LUCKNER COLLECTION FROM UNITED STATES VISIT. This is a beautifully arranged four-piece framed collection honoring Felix Graf von Luckner. The entire piece measures 28" x 30 ½." It is professionally mounted with a glass front and antique brown matting within its gold-toned, solid-wood frame. It features three photographs of von Luckner, along with a front page newspaper article. The front page is from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Daily, a student newspaper, and is displayed on the frame’s left half. The article is dated November 1, 1928 and titled "German Raider Speaks Tonight." The article features von Luckner’s photo and announces his appearance at the U of M auditorium. It further states that he will be speaking to the audience about his adventures as Germany’s "Sea Devil," the friendly foe of the allied merchant marines. The well-preserved newspaper measures 17" x 21."
The frame’s top right section features a signed photo of a well dressed von Luckner aboard a ship, casually smoking his pipe. The signed photograph measures 4 ¼"x 6," and sits within a 6 ½" x 8 ½" white matte border that bears von Luckner’s signature. A 4 ¼" x and 6 ¼" professional photograph that features Luckner, Henry Ford and von Luckner’s wife, Ingeborg von Luckner, appears below the signed photograph. [The latter was taken in New York on January 11, 1928]. The frame’s bottom right section features a 4 ½"x 6 ½" candid snapshot of von Luckner and his friend "Bill," along with a handwritten message in German. [We are unable to further identify the other gentleman, except to note that the handwritten note is signed Bill].
Felix Graf von Luckner (1881-1966) was one of WW I’s most interesting naval figures. To say that he was a colorful figure is an absolute understatement!
Von Luckner came from an aristocratic family and did not want to follow the life path required by his father. Instead, he left home at a young age and traveled around the world taking any number of physically-demanding jobs: working in a circus, as a lumberman, and many positions requiring heavy labor. His father wanted him to join the cavalry, but von Luckner said he would not return to his family until he could wear his Emperor’s naval uniform. He returned to Germany in 1911 and passed his exams for the merchant fleet. He joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1912 and returned home as a naval officer. His first posting was aboard the S. M. S. Panther, one of the six-ship S. M. S. Iltis Gunboat Class that saw service off South America’s coast and in the Caribbean. With WW I’s advent, von Luckner found himself posted to the battleship S. M. S. Kronprinz Wilhelm. He commanded one of her main turrets, and acquitted himself well at 1916's Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht).
He next was given his first command, the S. M. S. Seeadler (Sea Eagle). It was a highly unusual ship, a three-masted, steel-bodied sailing ship that had been captured by a U-Boot. It then was converted to a Commerce Raider that boasted two 105mm (10.5cm) cannons, as well as machine guns. Now war-ready, the ship departed from Germany in December 1916.
During its 225-day voyage, the S. M. S. Seeadler sank or captured fifteen allied ships. Von Luckner was very careful to preserve the captured crew members’ lives, for which he was greatly respected. His ship was forced aground in a bad storm during September 1917. He and his crew were captured and made POW’s by New Zealand. He, however, was not willing to remain a POW and led a daring escape in the New Zealand commandant’s speedboat. Unfortunately for the plucky von Luckner, they were caught and remained in New Zealand’s hands until the war’s end.
After the war, von Luckner wrote a book about his adventures. This brought him to Lowell Thomas’s attention, who then helped make him famous in the U.S. He visited the U.S., made many public speeches, and even met Henry Ford, who presented him with a car!
During the Nazi regime, he was recruited to join and publicly endorse Hitler. Had he agreed, he might have been awarded a high-profile job in the Kriegsmarine. He refused to rescind his status as a Free Mason, however, that and other anti-Nazi activities eventually led the Nazis to call for his death as the war was ending (fortunately for von Luckner, they were unable to carry it out). After WW II, he moved to Sweden with his second wife (a Swedish lady who also appears in one of the collection’s photos) where he lived until his 1966 death.
This is a great collection featuring von Luckner after his days in the Imperial German Navy, which he spent traveling with his wife and speaking all over the world about his victorious adventures and capture. The collection is in excellent condition and would make a great conversation piece for German Navy enthusiasts and general history buffs alike. [Extra packing will be required due to the nature of this framed piece of history]. $795.00  

 

 

 

 

 

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21-262 FRAMED ZEPPELIN COLLAGE. This is a marvelous framed collage of items that relate to zeppelins. A total of four items appear in the collage. They range in dates from 1917 to 1937. I will describe the four items chronologically.

1) Photograph of Navy Zeppelin L53. The L53 also held the production number of LZ 100. It was launched on 8 August 1917. During its service, it flew nineteen reconnaissance missions and four bombing missions over England. It was shot down over England on 11 August 1918 by a Royal Naval Air Service Lieutenant flying a Sopwith Camel. The photo, which measures 6 7/8" x 4 1/8," shows the L 53 as she is rolled out of her hanger. The zeppelin’s stern appears in the photograph.

2) Graf Zeppelin World Flight Badge from 1929. A wide variety of badges were produced, covering a great assortment of zeppelin badges like this. Some were world flight badges and others were more regionalized. The badge measures 1 3/4" in diameter. The edge proclaims "Graf Zeppelin Weltflug 1929." The badge’s center shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile. She is superimposed over a blue and green map of the world. While it cannot be seen, these had a pin on the reverse. They are VERY prized by collectors.

3) Newspaper clipping from 19 October 1933. The clipping comes from a newspaper in Hanover. The headline reads "Deutsche Zeppeline über York." The article deals with zeppelins that flew over and bombed York in England during WW I. At the end of the article, another smaller article deals with a speed record set by the Graf Zeppelin.

4) Crew uniform button from either the Graf Zeppelin or the Hindenburg. The gilt-toned button is a post 1933 example. The button has an eagle with the world in his claws. Superimposed over the globe is a zeppelin. At the globe’s bottom is a swastika.

The collage is framed in a black with gold trim and measures 16 ½" x 14 3/4." It is a great historical collage that will be of particular interest to you zeppelin collectors. $595.00

 

 

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21-323 PERIOD-FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF ZEPPELIN SAILING OVER (ALLEGED) KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. METEOR. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a man with a passion for the sea. His Kaiserliche Marine was his pride and joy. He and his Chief of the Admiralty, von Tirpitz, had grand plans to expand the Navy and challenge England on the high seas. Of course, the problem here was that the British also had great pride in their Navy and were well aware that it was their key means of strengthening their overseas possessions and holding on to the shipping lanes. So, if the Germans built four battleships, the English built eight even bigger and better than what the Germans had produced, which challenged the Germans to up the ante. This was a game that Germany could never win, however. By the time the Great War began, all the battleships that had been built on both sides from 1900 to 1905 were obsolete and relegated to secondary roles as they were no longer fit for front-line duty.
In addition to his love for his Navy, the Kaiser enjoyed the sea in other roles. He spent long periods of time aboard his royal yacht the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. From the time that the yacht was commissioned in 1892 until it was laid up when WW I began in 1914, he spent a total of more than five solid years onboard. Much of this was spent in Norway anchored in a fjord with a German warship accompanying him.
The Kaiser was also a yachtsman and served as the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club's (KYC) Commodore. This club was similar to many of today’s yacht clubs. Men of means and naval officers enjoyed the social aspects of joining a club of fellow enthusiasts. Fine dining and fine wine were the order of the day in the club house. They did not neglect their yacht racing, however. Some of Germany’s and Europe’s finest yachts participated in races sponsored by the KYC.
This leads us to our featured item. What I really like about this photograph is that it combines two aspects of pre WW I Germany. It combines an airborne zeppelin sailing above a racing sloop on the water. As previously noted, the Kaiser was an avid yachtsman. While this included time on his yacht, he also had his personal racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Meteor. Actually FIVE Meteors were purchased by the Kaiser or were built to his specifications. The first two were built in Scotland. The first was purchased from a British yachtsman who, in addition to sailing it in England, participated in the America’s Cup yacht race. The Kaiser owned this yacht from 1891-1896. The second was built in Scotland to Wilhelm II’s specifications and was sailed from 1896-1902. The third S. M. Y. Meteor was American-built, which began a friendly pre WW I relationship between the two countries during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency. This vessel was christened in 1902 and was sailed from 1902 to 1908. The Kaiser’s brother, Prinz Heinrich (also a seaman) traveled to New York for the christening. [I recently saw that a magnificent Damascus sword in a presentation case, presented to Prinz Heinrich during his historic New York visit, was sold at an auction]. President Roosevelt’s oldest daughter, Alice Roosevelt (1884-1980), was chosen as the yacht’s godmother. Prinz Heinrich was well-received during his visit.
The 4th and 5th Meteors were German-built, which gave the Kaiser a great deal of pride. The 5th, and final, Meteor had sailed to England in 1914 fully under wind power as she had not had auxiliary engines installed. She barely made it out of England before war was declared! [Several other German yachts were not so lucky and were confiscated by the British once war was declared].
This photograph is either Meteor #3 or #4, I believe. The ship is heeled-up with one side lower to the water in the classic manner in which to attain the greatest speed. One other yacht appears in the distance, while a pre war zeppelin majestically sails over the racing sloop. The yacht and the zeppelin are the photo’s central focus.
The photograph is double-matted with white and black mattes. The image measures 17” x 23.” The overall dimensions of the framed photograph are 24 ¼” x 30.” The photograph’s framing is definitely period. Its outer portion sports a fancy black molding.  Smaller gold trim appears closer to the image.
The story of the framing and its origin does not end here. As we look at the frame’s reverse, we see a paper backing over the image. On it we find two interesting “surprises.” The first is a postcard that shows a similar scene to the obverse. This shot, however, shows the zeppelin above a larger group of racing yachts. A total of SEVEN yachts appear beneath the zeppelin in a long line.
Under the postcard is an older label (it definitely exhibits honest age) that lists the name of George Trubey, who was located in Cardiff, Wales. He was a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild. Included among his services were fine art, picture frames, and restorations!
This is a fine photograph that shows the importance of European yachting and of the zeppelin industry, which was young and struggling at the time under the leadership of the Graf Zeppelin himself. $250.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21-324 HINDENBURG ZEPPELIN PIN. This is a pin for the Hindenburg zeppelin. Zeppelins were very important to and hugely popular with the German people from before 1910. When one of Graf Zeppelin’s early airships crashed and was destroyed, the people chipped in to help build another. The population followed the company’s ups and downs with great interest through WW I’s end. They next supported the Zeppelin Company’s rebirth when it built and transported the LZ 127 to the US, where it became the U. S. Navy’s USS Los Angeles. The people were delighted when the Graf Zeppelin, and later the Hindenburg, were entered into service. They were crushed when the Hindenburg exploded with great loss of life in May 1937 at the Lakehurst, NJ. U.S. Naval Air Station. The zeppelin era ended shortly after the tragic event.
Our pin measures 1 ½" in length. Toward the front of the pin on the obverse, is the word "HINDENBURG." A sturdy pin appears on the reverse. This is a pre 1934 pin, as it does NOT display a swastika (later added with the Nazis’ rise to power). The pin is in excellent condition. $150.00 rhDec16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21-306 AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN’S FIRST (1929) WORLD TOUR COMMEMORATIVE BADGE. The Graf Zeppelin was the first commercial German zeppelin. She began running regular routes in 1929.  Later that year she began an around-the-world flight that electrified the world, as only two years earlier Charles Lindbergh had completed the first solo flight across the Atlantic.  This commemorative pin was sold to an anxious German public eager to participate in the historic event.  The pin measures 2” in diameter.   The words “Graf Zeppelin” and “Weltflug 1929” are imprinted around the pin’s edges at the top and bottom, respectively.  A high-profile zeppelin is affixed to a green and blue enamel world map in its center.  The pin features its manufacturer’s hallmark on the reverse. These pins are becoming increasingly difficult-to-find. $250.00

 

 

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21-298 ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT FROM GERMANY TO USA. This is an envelope that was flown on the first flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Germany to the U.S. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after the Graf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, the LZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburg landed for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it ran on the much safer helium, while the German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the U.S.’s embargo.
Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin on its FIRST flight from Germany to the U.S. It is a deluxe envelope prepared just for the event. A yellow zeppelin that covers most of its top width is preprinted on the envelope. A special blue German stamp that was specially produced for mail flown aboard the Graf Zeppelin appears in the envelope’s upper right corner. It sports a zeppelin circling the globe, and proclaims "Deutsche Luftpost." It mentions "Amerika" on the left and "Europa" on the right. The cost of the stamp was two Reichsmarks. The stamp is cancelled twice: once with "Friedrichshafen Bodensee Luftpost," then with the normal postal cancellation.
Below it, a large, very elaborate, hand-stamped cancellation shows the New York skyline, including the Statue of Liberty. Within the hand cancellation we also see "Luftschiff Graf Zeppelin 1. Amerikafahrt 1929." In the lower left corner we see the more traditional blue "Mit Luftpost - Par Avion." To the right we see the hand-stamped cancellation where the envelope was received in New York on 5 August 1929. In the center is the large legend, "Zeppelin Mail," which was pre printed on the envelope like the yellow zeppelin. The envelope was prepared for the collector firm of A.b.s. Roessler in East Orange, NJ. The envelope was prepared for postage stamp and first-day-cover collectors. It is a fine example of a first-day-cover. It would make a fine addition to a zeppelin collection.
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21-303 ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT. This is an envelope that was flown on the Graf Zeppelin’s first U.S. to Germany flight. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after the Graf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, the LZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburg landed for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it used the much safer helium (German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the USA’s embargo).
Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127, Graf Zeppelin, on its FIRST flight from the U.S. to Germany. It is an envelope that was a part of Joel E. Fischer, 40 Wall Street, New York’s personal stationery. The envelope’s upper right corner sports a one dollar U.S. stamp and a five-cent U.S. Air Mail stamp. It cost a total of $1.05 to send the envelope. [The equivalent cost in 2013 U. S. dollars is more than $14.00]! To the two stamps’ left is a cancellation for New York, NY on 27 October 1928 at 5:00 PM.
The envelope was mailed to a Mrs. Charles Robinson at a hotel in Paris, France. Directly below Mr. Fisher’s address is a special large, oval, hand stamp that contains the various information listed below.

"First Flight Air Mail"
"Via Graf Zeppelin"
A profile of the
Graf Zeppelin
"United States ± Germany"
Two globes depicting North America and Europe
A date stamp of
28 October 1928

The lower left corner displays the following in black ink, "Via Zeppelin C/O Postmaster New York." The reverse displays an inbound cancellation for Friedrichshafen dated 1 November 1928. The Graf Zeppelin carried a small post office on board. Mail was forwarded accordingly, based on its final destination.
This is a lovely envelope from a historic flight. It would make a fine addition to a zeppelin collection. $125.00

 

 

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21-304 ENVELOPE FLOWN ON FIRST USA-TO-GERMANY ZEPPELIN FLIGHT. This is an envelope that was flown on the Graf Zeppelin’s first U.S. to Germany flight. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. It was a major effort for the company, which struggled financially after the Graf Zeppelin’s death in 1917 and the war’s end. Hugo Eckner assumed the company’s control after the Graf’s death and navigated the company through a difficult period. He convinced the German government to include building a zeppelin to count toward German war reparations. Thus, the LZ-124 was constructed. Eckner personally commanded it in an historic 1924 flight and, with a great deal of publicity, turned it over to the U.S. Navy to become the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The historic flight began in Friedrichshafen, and ended in Lakehurst, NJ, a U.S. Navy station. Lakehurst was the East Coast base for zeppelin operations. The Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg landed there. The Hindenburg landed for the last time as a fireball at Lakehurst in 1937. The U.S.S. Los Angeles continued in service until 1940, partly because it ran on the much safer helium (German zeppelins were forced to use highly flammable hydrogen due to the USA’s embargo).
Today we are offering a very special zeppelin-flown envelope. It was flown aboard the LZ-127, Graf Zeppelin, on its FIRST flight from the U.S. to Germany. The envelope’s upper right corner sports a one dollar U.S. stamp and a five-cent Theodore Roosevelt stamp. It cost a total of $1.05 to send the envelope. [The equivalent cost in 2013 U. S. dollars is more than $14.00]! To the two stamps’ left is a cancellation for New York, NY on 27 October 1928 at 5:00 PM.
The envelope was addressed to a Lazar Kauerluip in Berlin. Its right upper left region features the first-flight special stamp used for the maiden voyage from the U.S. to Germany, which contains the various information listed below.

"First Flight Air Mail"
"Via Graf Zeppelin"
A profile of the
Graf Zeppelin
"United States ± Germany"
Two globes depicting North America and Europe
A date stamp of
28 October 1928

In the envelope’s upper left corner, written in ink, is the information that the envelope was to travel by Air Mail/Zeppelin. The reverse features handwritten information from the sender, including his address. It also displays an inbound cancellation for Friedrichshafen dated 1 November 1928. The Graf Zeppelin carried a small post office onboard. Mail was forwarded accordingly, based on its final destination.
This is a lovely envelope from a historic flight. It would make a fine addition to a zeppelin collection. $125.00
 

 

 

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21-193 MEISSEN TABLE MEDAL - GRAF ZEPPELIN "AROUND THE WORLD VOYAGE" - 1929. Meissen was one of the premier makers of tableware and porcelain items in Imperial Germany. The firm is hundreds of years old, and has survived to this day. Today we are offering a large-format table medal that salutes the Graf Zeppelin’s (LZ-127) "Around the World Tour." The tour began in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where the Graf Zeppelin was built, and continued on to Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Lakehurst, NJ (where her sister ship, the Hindenburg, exploded in May 1937) before returning to Germany. It measures 2" in diameter and is chocolate brown. It shows a hallmark for Meissen on both sides. This is something different for you zeppelin collectors. $350.00

 

 

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21-281 GRAF ZEPPELIN TABLE MEDAL. This is a large table medal that features the Graf von Zeppelin, and measures 2 3/8" in diameter. The obverse displays a high-relief three-quarters-view of the German nobleman who began lighter than air aviation at the turn of the 20th Century. His name also appears on the obverse. Its reverse shows a zeppelin in the sky. Below that we see the legend "Das Ende Krönt Das Werk" (The end crowns the work). Below that we see a man and woman, with the words below them, "Bewunderung und Entsetzen" (Admiration and astonishment). $250.00

 

 

 

 

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21-198 METAL CIGARILLO BOX - ZEPPELIN. It was quite common in Germany, during and after WW I, to sell cigarettes in metal boxes. Today we are offering a metal box measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/2." It held ten cigarillos when new. It is multicolored, and shows a zeppelin emerging from a cloud bank. $325.00

 

 

 

 

 

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21-249 MILITÄRPAß - BAVARIAN LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG. This is a Militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier from a Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The man’s name was Fischer. He was born in 1898. He joined the army in 1917 and was initially assigned to a Bavarian Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The Militärpaß has a flip down page where you can see his complete service for nearly two years of WW I. In addition to numerous unit stamps from his initial unit, a stamp for his assignment to Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 1 is also present. A unit stamp for a Prussian Luftschiffer-Abteilung also appears, which I find particularly interesting. The Militärpaß comes in a protective jacket. It has a wealth of material to research and dig into. $250.00

 

 

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21-231 ZEPPELIN-FLOWN ENVELOPE - USA. Flying postcards, letters, and plain cards via zeppelin was always popular with the German people and their correspondents at the many worldwide zeppelin destinations. These items have a lot of detail to them, and remain quite popular to this date. Our offering today is an envelope that measures 4 1/4" x 6 1/2." The envelope was mailed to a Josef Goldberger in New York. In the upper left corner is a stamp that says "Erstflug Mit Luftschiff ‘Hindenburg L. Z. 129' nach Nord-Amerika." To the right we see a blue rubber stamp that reads "Mit Luftpost Par Avion." Below it and again to the left is a red rubber stamp that shows an airplane and a zeppelin flying together. Around the edge of the stamp is "Deutsche Luftpost Europa-Nordamerika." To its right is a canceled stamp in the amount of 50 Pfennig. The stamp shows a zeppelin in flight. The stamp’s top reads "Mit LZ 129 nach Nordamerika." The stamp is canceled from the Bahnpostamt in Frankfurt. On the reverse we see the return address of the sender, a Norbert Frischer in Vienna. Also it has a cancellation from New York, NY on 9 May 1936. This is particularly interesting, as the Hindenburg exploded into flames barely one year later at Lyndhurst, NJ. $175.00

 

 

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21-207 POSTCARD FLOWN - GRAF ZEPPELIN - AUSTRIA - GERMANY - 1931. Postcards and letters that were flown on the zeppelins Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg were prized all over the world in the 1920's and 1930's. The premium prices paid for the luxury of mailing a postcard or letter on one of these two zeppelins were good bargains for people who never got to fly aboard one. Even here in the United States, special stamps were issued for the purpose of mailing items aboard one of the zeppelins. The always-popular gentle giants of the air flew all over the world, and made regular runs to the U.S. and South America. Today we are offering a postcard that was carried on a flight from Vienna to Germany. The simple card measures 4" x 6." At the top is a Luftpost blue sticker. In the upper right corner is a 1 Mark German postage stamp, featuring an eagle. It was canceled at Friedrichshafen on the Bodensee on 12 July 1931. In the center is another circular cancellation for 12 July 1931 from Vienna, with special emphasis that the postcard has traveled aboard the LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin. The lower left of the card has a triangular cancellation indicating it is for a 1931 flight of the Graf Zeppelin from Vienna. This was a relatively short "hop" from Friedrichshafen to Vienna. The card’s opposite side is blank. The primary purpose was to send the card to an individual, not to deliver an actual message, but to have something that actually flew on a zeppelin! $95.00

 

 

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21-206 SMALL SERVING TRAY - GRAF ZEPPELIN OR HINDENBURG. This is a small serving tray which was used on the zeppelin Hindenburg or the Graf Zeppelin airship. The bowl is curved and measures 7 3/4" in diameter. It has a high aluminum finish. It sports the Zeppelin Company’s hallmark in the center on the reverse. Items of this nature are always prized by collectors of zeppelin antiques. $625.00
 

 

 

 

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21-125 FRAMED PAINTING - ZEPPELIN IN EGYPT. The zeppelins Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg made voyages that touched a great portion of the earth. One of their more celebrated voyages included passing over the deserts of Egypt and the pyramids. Today we offer a period painting that shows one of the Zeppelins achieving this feat. The frame is a period, burled wood. The entire framed display measures 16 1/2" x 24." No glass covers the painting, which measures 14" x 21 3/4." The painting depicts the zeppelin flying over the Great Sphinx and between two pyramids. In the foreground are a party of Egyptians and camels. This naively styled painting is signed by the artist. If you are a zeppelin collector, this will certainly enhance your wall and your collection. $895.00 

 

 

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21-146 TABLE MEDAL - GRAF ZEPPELIN. This is an interesting early table medal for the Graf Zeppelin. The table medal is gilt-colored and measures 1" in diameter. The obverse features the Graf Zeppelin in profile, along with the date 1928 and "Graf Zeppelin." On the reverse we see something most interesting, the symbol for Shell Oil Co. Within the shell we also see the word "Shell." I would expect that this is some kind of sponsorship deal that the Zeppelin Company had with Shell Oil. $60.00  

 

 

 

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21-201 GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN MEDAL. This is a lovely medal that commemorates Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. The medal is circular. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. $195.00

 

 

 

 

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21-202 HUGO ECKNER - SMALL TABLE MEDAL - BRONZE. Over the years we have offered several examples of Karl Goetz’s beautifully executed table medal, which commemorates the voyage of the LZ-126 from Germany to the USA. As a part of the WW I’s reparations, Germany was obligated to turn over a zeppelin to the U. S. government. This all took place in 1924. Hugo Eckner was the company’s head. Like old Graf von Zeppelin himself, he was a real salesman and promoter. He knew if he was to save his company, he had to convince the world that zeppelins had potential not only as military tools, but as ultimate travel conveyances between countries. This was particularly true when crossing large bodies of water was involved. Ultimately, zeppelins made frequent trans-Atlantic voyages to the U.S., South America, and even Japan. The good doctor himself personally flew the LZ-126 to Boston, New York and finally, Lakehurst, NJ (scene of the destruction of the LZ-129 Hindenburg in May 1937), where it was handed over to American authorities and renamed the U. S. S. Los Angeles. Eckner went on to design and build the highly successful LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin and the LZ-129 Hindenburg. The table medal is quite unusual. All of the previous table medals I have seen commemorating the event were made of silver, nickel, or even aluminum. This example is gold-toned and is made of either brass or bronze, possibly. All of its other details are identical with the other medals. The obverse shows Hugo Eckner. The reverse shows the LZ-126 flying across the Atlantic. Below that are details of the flight. At the table medal’s very top somebody has neatly drilled a small hole so that it might have had a ring installed for supporting a ribbon, or for some other similar purpose. $125.00

 

 

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21-222 INFLATABLE ZEPPELIN FROM THE MOTION PICTURE - "ZEPPELIN." During the 20th Century when motion pictures were released, interesting items were often shipped to theaters to help promote the movies. The most basic was a "Theater Card." It had information on the actors, the studio, etc. Today we are offering a very interesting item from the motion picture "Zeppelin." The movie was released in 1971 by Warner Brothers. The stars were Michael York and Elke Sommer. The item is an inflatable zeppelin that measures 37 1/2" in length and 21 1/2" in height. It is silver in color." Zeppelin is coming from Warner Bros" is printed on both sides. The zeppelin is reasonably detailed. String attachments are at the top where it could have been hung for display. It has a valve where one can blow it up. This is a great zeppelin item from a movie that was released thirty-eight years ago. $225.00

 

 

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21-223 ZEPPELIN CUTOUT CARD - MOTION PICTURE "ZEPPELIN." During the 20th Century when motion pictures were released, interesting items were often shipped to theaters to help promote the movies. The most basic was a "Theater Card." It had information on the actors, the studio, etc. Today we are offering a very interesting item from the motion picture "Zeppelin." The movie was released in 1971 by Warner Brothers. The stars were Michael York and Elke Sommer. The item is a cutout zeppelin card that measures 16 3/4" in length and 3" in height. The card is two-sided. Each side of the card has "Zeppelin" written in white German Fraktur lettering. The "I" is dotted with an Iron Cross. Another small Iron Cross appears on the tail. The card’s top has a small punched-out hole. This allowed a string to be run through it and then the "Zeppelin" card could hang from a ceiling. This is a great zeppelin item from a movie that was released thirty-eight years ago. We have one left. $50.00

 

 

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21-316 NAVY LUFTSCHIFFER ASSOCIATION MEDALLION. This is a small medallion that represents the Marine Luftschiffer Verein (Navy Airship Association). The Kaiserliche Marine operated the biggest fleet of airships in the German military. The Army also had zeppelins but eventually turned their equipment over to the Navy. The small medallion/badge  is gold-toned and displays a small replica of the Navy Commemorative Airship Badge. It is a lovely badge in top condition. $195.00  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21-242 TINNIE - ZEPPELIN - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. This is a tinnie that measures 1 1/8" x 1 3/4." Two small holes are drilled into either end. At the tinnie’s top a zeppelin floats in the sky over the city of Friedrichshafen. The city is located on Lake Konstanz. The zeppelin’s early hangers were constructed on the lake. If we look carefully, we can see a hanger with another zeppelin in it. At the top is "Friedrichshafen A/B." At the bottom is "Luftschiffbau Zeppelin." It is an interesting piece. $95.00

 

 

 

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21-200 ZEPPELIN: DER MENSCH - DER KAMPFER - DER SIEGER by DR. ADOLF SAAGER. GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S BIOGRAPHY IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - SIGNED BY DR. HUGO ECKNER. This is an engrossing, German-language biography of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). Von Zeppelin had cultivated a longtime interest in airships before he even thought of producing them. He came to the USA as an observer of the Union Army’s balloon operations during 1863. Although he was still a German Army officer, he did not have an overly successful career. He retired as a Generalmajor in about 1890. It was then that he began his airship production efforts in earnest. The German public was captivated by the sight of zeppelins flying across Germany. The German public was always generous and supportive of efforts to advance German aviation. After one of the early zeppelins crashed, a large donation program was begun and a substantial sum raised. This enabled von Zeppelin to further his experiments and develop bigger and better airships. Prior to WW I more than 30,000 Germans flew on more than zeppelin 1,500 flights, with no substantial problems. As the clouds of WW I began to form, the German Army and Navy realized the zeppelins’ potential for scouting and bombing roles. The Navy had a higher profile with zeppelins than did the Army. While their actual contribution to the war effort was more psychological than material, the zeppelins did leave their mark. Peter Strasser, commander of the Navy Zeppelins (1876-1918), was a hero in Germany. For his efforts, he was awarded with the presentation of the Orden Pour le Mérite. Strasser died in a fiery crash in 1918, while leading a bombing mission in the L-70. Ferdinand von Zeppelin died in 1917, and did not see the full realization of his gentle giants’ potential.  After WW I, Hugo Eckner both saved and led the company. As a part of Germany’s war reparations, Eckner and the Zeppelin Company supplied the LZ-126 to the U.S. Eckner had the instincts of a showman. He personally brought the LZ-126 to the U.S. authorities. He gained a great deal of media attention for the faltering company, which ultimately lead to the highly-successful launching of the Graf Zeppelin. The Graf Zeppelin was a commercial success. After many long voyages often personally conducted by Eckner, including around the world voyages, the Graf Zeppelin was joined by the Hindenburg. The sight of the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg flying around the world gained a lot of pride, for the German people and their aviation industry. With Nazi Party’s rise to power, Adolf Hitler knew a good thing when he saw it. He began using the two zeppelins for propaganda purposes. Swastikas were placed on the two airships’ rudders. They were used extensively at the Berlin Summer Olympic Games of 1936. When the Hindenburg exploded in flames at Lakehurst, NJ in May 1937, the use of zeppelins as air transport was at an end. [As an interesting aside: in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the original site of the zeppelins’ construction, a reconstituted Zeppelin Company has a smaller version back in the air in which the public can still ride]. Getting back to our book, this is a biography of Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s life. It places special emphasis on the WW I years, as the book was written in 1915. The book is not illustrated, with the exception of a photograph and reproduction of the Graf Zeppelin’s signature. Inside, the book has been autographed by Hugo Eckner! The book has its original dust jacket. The book is housed inside of the original, cardboard protecting carton. It features the book’s name and the author. $295.00

 

 

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21-269 FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH - GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S FUNERAL CORTEGE. This is a framed photograph of the funeral cortege of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. The Graf founded airships used in Germany before WW I. During WW I his ships were used for the bombing of England and Belgium. The procession follows the casket and is led by König Wilhelm II of Württemberg. The casket has crossed swords and the Graf’s tschapka. He held the rank of general of cavalry in the army. The framed photograph measures 10" x 13." The photo within measures 8 3/4" x 11 3/4." Below the photograph is another smaller window with printed information about the funeral and the date. $75.00
 

 

 

 

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21-271 PORCELAIN FIGURINE - WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN. This is an attractively manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin. The zeppelin measures 5" in length. Emblazoned on the side is the city of Manchester’s Coat-of-Arms. The figurine rests on a porcelain stand. The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition. $125.00

 

 

 

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21-272 PORCELAIN FIGURINE - WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN. This is an attractively manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin. The zeppelin measures 5" in length. Emblazoned on the side is the city of Hull’s Coat-of-Arms. The figurine rests on a porcelain stand. The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition. $125.00
 

 

 

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21-275 PORCELAIN FIGURE - DESTROYED WW 1 GERMAN ZEPPELIN. This is an attractively-manufactured porcelain figurine of a German zeppelin that was destroyed over England during WW I. The zeppelin measures 5" in length. On the top we see "The Victory of Justice Armistice of the Great War Signed Nov. 11th 1918." On the other side is a coat-of-arms which says "Town Hall." The name of its English production firm is marked on the base. The figurine is in excellent condition. $125.00

 

 

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21-256 ZEPPELIN FLUG=POST=KARTE. This is a very interesting postcard that was flow on the Zeppelin "Schwaben" on 15 June 1912. It was produced for collectors of the period. It has two stamps and two cancellations. The normal price for mailing a postcard in 1912 was five pfennigs. A surcharge of an additional ten pfennigs was added for the air transport. The cancellations and the special stamp are quite interesting. This is FAR rarer than a postcard or letter that was flown on a 1920's or 1930's zeppelin. It would make an excellent addition to a zeppelin collection. $195.00

 

 

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21-248 COLOR POSTCARD - TOWED EARLY ZEPPELIN - LAKE KONSTANZ - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. This is a special commemorative postcard for the LZ 1, which was first launched in 1900. The airship was built and flown from Lake Konstanz at Friedrichshafen. The color postcard was specifically designed and mailed with special cancellations by the Deutsche Post on 5 August 1983. It commemorates the 75th anniversary (1908-1983) of Friedrichshafen’s Zeppelin Museum. $30.00

 

 

 

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21-127 ORIGINAL 1937 FRONT PAGE - ZEPPELIN HINDENBURG CRASH. This is an original front page (with the facing second page) recounting the disastrous explosion of the zeppelin Hindenburg. The newspaper comes from Frankfurt am Main, a common zeppelin port of call. The paper is dated 7 May 1937. It has been folded in half, but remains in very good condition. This really should be framed using conservation methods. $395,00 

 

 

 

 

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21-251 GERMAN-LANGUAGE ARTICLE - RADIOS ABOARD ZEPPELINS - DER DEUTSCHE RUNDFUNK. This is a German-language article that comes from Der Deutsche Rundfunk. It tells the story about radios and radio rooms aboard zeppelins. The article goes into great detail about zeppelins’ radio rooms and the technical aspects of usage of radios onboard. This is a post WW I article. $30.00

 

 

 

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21-239 CORRESPONDENCE - MAGAZINES -"NEW ZEPPELIN" - 1966. This group has a letter soliciting information about the demolition of zeppelin hangars in Frankfort, a one page ad for a new (1960’s) zeppelin service in Frankfort, the three magazines from an airship navigation society, and the envelope in which the information was delivered. The letter is from Herr J. A. Becker, a member of the Verein Für Luftschiffahrt e.V. Landesgruppe Hessen (Society for Airship Navigation - Hessian State Group). He is writing to a Herr Otto Jung regarding some photos the latter sent to Becker. The letter’s text is as follows:

Herzlichen Dank für die Zusendung der Fotos von der Sprengung der beiden Zeppelinhallen in Frankfurt. Die Fotos sind für uns sehr wertvoll. Gut wäre es, wenn Sie noch den Film zu diesen Aufnahmen hätten um Vergrößerungen machen zu können. Falls Sie den Film noch haben sollten wäre ich für ein kurzfristige Überlassung dankbar.
Da Sie damals als Funker Die Sprengung der Zeppelinhallen miterlebt haben, wäre ich Ihnen sehr dankbar, wenn Sie mir einen erlebnisbericht über die Sprengung zukommen liesen. Haben Sie auch die Zerstörung der beiden Zeppeline LZ 127 u. 130 miterlebt? Wie war damals die Stimmung bei den Leuten die bei der Sprengung der beiden Hallen und der Zerstörung der beiden Zeppeline mitgewirkt, oder als Zuschauer anwesend waren?
Für Ihre Bemühungen danke ich Ihnen im Namen aller alten Zeppelinfahrer und des Vereins für Luftschiffahrt. Als Anerkennung erhalten Sie für Ihre Mitarbeit die in der Anlage beigefügten 3 Hefte "Die Welt der Luftschiffe."

[Cordial thanks for sending us the pictures of the demolition of the two zeppelin warehouses in Frankfurt. The photos are very valuable to us. It would be good, if you have the film from these shots, to be able to make enlargements. If you still have the movie, I would be grateful to lease it for a short term.
Since you lived through those days, the destruction of the Zeppelin halls, as a radio operator, I would be very grateful if you could give me an exciting report about the demolition. Did you witness the destruction of the two airships, LZ 127 and 130? How was the mood among the people who were involved in the demolition of the two buildings and the destruction of the two airships, or of those attending as spectators? For your efforts, I thank you in the name of all the old zeppelin pilots and the society for airship navigation. In recognition for your cooperation, please receive the enclosed 3 issues of The World of the Airships].

The text for the advertisement is as follows:

FRANKFURT UND NEUE SICHERE! LUFTSCHIFFE.

Frankfort, die Stadt der Luftschifftradition, soll wieder Mittelpunkt des Luftschiffbaues werden! Genau wie der Henninger-Turm jetzt ein Bestandteil und ein Wahrzeichen von Frankfurt geworden ist, so war einst die DELAG und die ZEPPELIN - Reederei mit der schönen Stadt am Main verwachsen und zu einem wahren Begriff geworden. Die neuen Luftschiffe, die nun heute nur mit dem unbrennbaren Heliumgas gefüllt werden sollen, garantieren daher für Jedermann eine fast 100% Sicherheit im Fluge.

[FRANKFURT AND NEW SECURE! AIRSHIPS.

Frankfort, the city of airship tradition, will again be the center of airship construction! Just as the Henninger Tower has become a part and a symbol of Frankfurt, so the DELAG and ZEPPELIN - Shipping Company was once, with the beautiful city on the Main healed and become a genuine concept. The new airships, which today are supposed to be filled only with incombustible helium gas, guarantee almost 100% safety in flight for everyone].
The airships Hindenburg and Graf Zeppelin were denied use of helium by the U.S. government after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and his zeppelin-centered propaganda. The LZ 127 and LZ 130 were destroyed by Hermann Göring’s orders in 1940, as were Frankfort’s zeppelin hangers. Included in the information packet are three copies of Die Welt Der Luftschiffe from 1963. These magazines have information and photos of the zeppelins from the 1930's. This is an engrossing set of documents and pamphlets. $125.00

 

 

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21-171 ZEPPELIN TILE. This is a most unusual kitchen tile featuring a zeppelin in flight. The tile measures 3 3/4" x 4 1/8." The zeppelin is in high relief. Look closely, and you can see a light house and a ship at sea. While the tile is white, some trim on all four corners is blue. The tile’s back has information on its manufacturer. $395.00  

 

 

 

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21-213 1937 HOTEL LISTING - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN. Friedrichshafen was the home of the zeppelins. Graf Ferdinand built his airships in this picturesque town and even had zeppelin hangers on the lake. It was a great location in Southern Germany, with good access to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and France. The menu’s front depicts an early zeppelin flying over Lake Konstanz. Inside is a listing of hotels and guest houses in the city during 1937. $95.00

 

 

 

 

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21-173 HOOK AND EYE CARD - ZEPPELIN. This is an interesting complete card of the hooks and eyes that were commonly used on Imperial Period clothing. Zippers were not in use yet, so these small devices, (and buttons) were used to secure garments. The card measures 2 1/2" x 4 3/4." It contains twelve of the small devices. While this was the "Bato" brand, it features an early zeppelin (pre 1908) flying over the countryside. $55.00  

 

 

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21-86 ZEPPELIN AUTOMOBILE OR BUS TOY. Zeppelins have always sparked a special interest in people all over the world. Something about those giants of the air captured people’s imaginations, not only in Germany but everywhere they flew. I cannot begin to tell you the various forms of "zeppelin-mania" that erupted not just in Germany, but even here in the USA. The U.S. was an important market to the Zeppelin company. The Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg were seen across the country from Los Angeles to Lakehurst, New Jersey. [Just to give you an idea of the breadth of this mania, I have in my collection a "repro" zeppelin cocktail shaker]!  The item we are offering today is a glass automobile or small bus of a zeppelin! This is really wild-looking. The vehicle is clearly shaped like a zeppelin, including ridges at the top to further the resemblance. As if that were not enough, it has a rudder to further confirm that it is supposed to be a zeppelin on wheels! This small toy measures 5" in length and 1 5/8" in width. If you look underneath to where the chassis should be, it is stamped "Chicago, Illinois." While this was American-made (either in the 1920's or 1930's, most likely in the 1930's) I purchased it in Germany! At some point it made its way across the Atlantic. Perhaps it even made a flight on a zeppelin as a gift for some wide-eyed German youngster. Who knows? You can see this piece’s age particularly in its wheels, and in the texture and finish of the glass. This is quite an interesting item. While I had heard of these before, this is the first one that I have encountered. $450.00

 

 

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18-179 PATRIOTIC CUP FOR THE AIR SERVICE, LUFTSCHIFFER SERVICE, AND THE KAISERLICHE MARINE. This is a wonderful cup that salutes three of the most highly visible branches of the German military. Commemorated here are the Imperial German Air Service, the Zeppelin Service, and the Imperial German Navy. The cup measures 5" in height. It is 3 1/8" in diameter at the lip and 2 1/4" in diameter at the base. The central theme of the cup is an outline of an Iron Cross. Within the Iron Cross we see an airplane, zeppelin, and various navy ships. Included in the vessels are surface ships and a U-boat. This is very well made by a firm in Bavaria. It is in excellent condition. $350.00

 

 

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21-78 ZEPPELIN BRACELET. At first glance, this appears to be one of the popular WW I bracelets made from an artillery shell driving band. A closer look, however, reveals it to be a plain copper band without any driving band markings. What provides the interest is that the bracelet’s central motif is a zeppelin! In fact, TWO zeppelins are attached to the bracelet. It also sports a small drilled hole, for which I cannot offer an explanation. The bracelet breaks in half to place it on the wrist. A catch is present to ensure that it stays in place. No marks or hallmarks are present on the inside. It is quite a handsome piece. $215.00. . .

 

 

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21-79 ZEPPELIN TIN BOX. This is a large format tin box measuring 7 3/4" x 4 ½" x 3 1/4." In fact, this box once held tea! Five different panels on its outside depict life in and around Frankfurt prior to WW I. The lid of the box shows the most wear of the five panels. The most interesting of the remaining four panels features a zeppelin flying over the city. This box would be great for display. It has a spacious holding capacity. This lovely item would look very charming on a bookshelf or holding your special treasures. $225.00

 

 

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21-290 ZEPPELIN-RELATED FOOT LOCKER. This is an interesting zeppelin-related footlocker.  The foot locker is quite stout and well made.  Its overall exterior dimensions are 32" x 17" x 18."  The foot locker is not square.  Instead, it sports an arched top.  Two leather straps appear on the side.  In addition, it has decorative bars that measure 18 ½” x 2."  Four decorative buttons appear on each bar. Three are on the top, two are on each side, and on the back.  One lock is present in the center that was secured by a key, which is NOT present.  Flanking it are two more locks that have NOT ever had keys. They are only manually locked down to help secure the locker’s top.  The locker’s top sports a zeppelin’s profile, measuring 7" x 1," etched into its surface.  Upon opening the locker, we reveal a total of thirteen original photographs & postcards inside its lid. These tie-in quite well with the zeppelin motif.  A removable partition/tray that measures 30 ½ x 16" also is revealed when the locker is opened.  The pullout tray features six dividers on both the top and bottom.  Each of the six divided trays measures 11 3/4" x 4 ½.”  If you imagine a letter divider’s appearance, this is quite similar, although on a larger scale. The tray can be removed.  An identical tray is at the bottom.  I do not understand why the upper tray is double-sided. The foot locker is quite sturdy and well built, which also means it is quite HEAVY.  [This item will require special shipping and handling. Contact us directly by phone to receive  an accurate shipping quote for your location]. $995.00

 

 

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21-82 ZEPPELIN SCHNAPPS GLASS. This is a small schnapps glass celebrating the city of Friedrichshafen and its involvement with zeppelins. Hand painted in multiple colors on the glass’s front is the city with a zeppelin overhead. Also appearing in the painted area is the legend, "Friedrichshafen Bodensee." This small cup stands 2 1/4" tall. I have never seen a shape quite like this on items of this nature. It is in excellent condition. $225.00

 

 

 

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21-327 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ZEPPELIN ZR 3 (LZ 126) IN HANGER. This photograph measures 4 ½" x 6 ½." It shows the German zeppelin ZR 3, also known as the LZ 126, in a hanger. The photo is attributed to a Berlin photo studio on the reverse. The identification is typed on a piece of onionskin paper that is attached to the reverse.
The LZ 126 was a part of German war reparations. It was turned over to the U.S. government personally by Dr. Hugo Eckener. The LZ 126 became the U.S.S. Los Angeles and was operated by the U.S. Navy. The LZ 126 saved the Zeppelin Company and served as the basis for the LZ 127, which became the Graf Zeppelin.
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21-328 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ZEPPELIN FLYING OVER BERLIN. This photograph measures 4 ½" x 6 ½." It shows a zeppelin flying over Berlin and the Potsdamer Platz. The photo is attributed to a Berlin photo studio on the reverse. The identification is typed on a piece of onionskin paper that is attached to the reverse. The photograph has NO date. A huge crowd is on the street and the sidewalk looking up at the rare sight of a zeppelin flying over the city. $50.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21-329 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ZEPPELIN ZR 3 (LZ 126) FLYING OVER FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AND BODENSEE. This photograph measures 4 ½" x 6 ½." It shows the German zeppelin ZR 3, also known as the LZ 126, flying over Friedrichshafen and the Bodensee before her departure for the USA. The photo is attributed to a Berlin photo studio on the reverse. A period-written description mentions the ZR 3 (LZ 126).
The LZ 126 was a part of German war reparations. It was turned over to the U.S. government personally by Dr. Hugo Eckener. The LZ 126 became the U.S.S. Los Angeles and was operated by the U.S. Navy. The LZ 126 saved the Zeppelin Company and served as the basis for the LZ 127, which became the Graf Zeppelin.
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21-330 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ZEPPELIN ZR 3 (LZ 126) IN HANGER. This photograph measures 4 ½" x 6 ½."" It shows the German zeppelin ZR 3, also known as the LZ 126, in a hanger at Friedrichshafen before her departure for the USA. This is a shot looking head on at the zeppelin. The hanger’s size can be discerned and a number of men are on the ground. The event’s date was 12 October 1924. Dr. Hugo Eckener would soon personally pilot the zeppelin to the naval air station at Lakehurst, NJ (the scene thirteen years later of the Hindenburg’s explosion. The photo is attributed to a Berlin photo studio on the reverse. A period-written description mentions the ZR 3 (LZ 126).
The LZ 126 was a part of German war reparations. It was turned over to the U.S. government personally by Dr. Hugo Eckener. The LZ 126 became the U.S.S. Los Angeles and was operated by the U.S. Navy. The LZ 126 saved the Zeppelin Company and served as the basis for the LZ 127, which became the Graf Zeppelin.
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21-83 FRAMED HAND COLORED PHOTOGRAPH OF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN WITH A ZEPPELIN. Let me begin by telling how exquisite this piece is. It is a hand colored photograph of Friedrichshafen circa 1900 to 1910. It looks down on the city as it meanders along the edge of Lake Konstanz. Friedrichshafen was the zeppelin’s birthplace under the care of Graf (Count) von Zeppelin. The airships were often seen in the sky over the city and the lake, which separates Germany from Switzerland. Indeed, this portrait depicts a zeppelin in flight. The photo is quite unusual as it is slightly vaulted under the glass of the frame! A small brass plaque under the glass identifies the city as "Friedrichshafen a/B." The frame is gilt, with short diagonal black lines accenting the molding. The frame and photo measure 6" x 5." On the back both an easel and a ring appear by which the piece can be displayed. It is in delightful shape and is of the highest caliber. A lot of pride went into the manufacture of this item. $225.00

 

 

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21-120 ZEPPELIN GUEST’S HAND TOWEL. This is a most unusual guest towel, which was hung in the bathroom to "make pretty" for guests. When I first saw this, I thought it was a table scarf. Then I saw a loop sewn onto the towel’s edge so it could be hung from a hook. This allowed one to display its marvelous exterior. Towels are hung like this in Germany today, to dry one’s hands on at the sink. The towel measures 20 1/2" x 18 1/2." It is woven in a handsome gray, red and white damask pattern. Three central panels alternate zeppelin and balloon motifs. This towel is in mint condition. From the looks of it, it was never used. You will be struck by the caliber of this towel. I believe it would be very difficult to produce such a superior towel today. $325.00 

 

 

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21-45 WOODEN BOX FOR A ZEPPELIN. This is an oversized box that measures 9 ½" x 6 1/4" x 4." This box would be suitable for holding documents or jewelry. The top of this hand-carved box has the coat-of-arms for the city-state of Hamburg. The front of the box is hand carved as well and reads "Hamburg." Inside the box is carved the legend "Zum Zeppelin." Very fine workmanship. $675.00.

 

 

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21-255 ZEPPELIN UNIFORM BUTTONS. These are uniform buttons for a zeppelin crewman. They show a zeppelin of a much earlier design than the "Hindenburg" or the "Graf Zeppelin." It is my belief that these were worn by crewmen who served on zeppelins PRIOR to WW I. The buttons are gilt and measure 7/8" in diameter. All are in VERY good condition. One of them has a spot on it, so we can offer that example for $75.00.  The other one is offered at $95.00 each

 

 

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21-48 PATRIOTIC BOX FOR THE ZEPPELIN SERVICE. This is a very fine patriotic box that has been hand carved. It salutes the zeppelin service. This box measures 8" x 6" x 4 ½." It has a very intricately crenellated (notched like battlements) pattern around much of the exterior. On the lid is a Hohenzollern Eagle, which appears to be made of brass. There is also a small brass pull on the top lid that allows access to the interior. The front panel of the box displays a beautiful hand carved, high-relief zeppelin. This is a darker color than the wood on which it appears. Inside, the wood of the box presents a burled appearance. This is, however, a paper-like material that has been applied to the inside surface. This is a wonderful example of German woodcarving art. It is especially unique since it salutes zeppelins. $450.00.

 


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21-46 ID BRACELET FOR A ZEPPELIN. This ID bracelet has a zeppelin as the centerpiece. There is also a brass tag with the numbers 31-613. Total length of the bracelet is 8." $295.00.

 

 

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21-307 XJB LZ 126 ZEPPELIN/HUGO ECKNER TABLE MEDAL. This is a consignment item.  It is a table medal that commemorates  Zeppelin LZ 126's Atlantic Crossing from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst, NJ.  With WW I’s end, Germany was required to pay reparations to the victorious Allies.  Germany’s aircraft industry was severely curtailed in the types and numbers of airplanes it was allowed to maintain.  For example, the Fokker D. VII, Germany’s finest single-seater fighter airplane, was specifically banned from their use.  All its examples produced during WW I had to be handed over to the Allies.  Germany’s zeppelin industry was also in a difficult situation.  With the 1917 death of Graf von Zeppelin, and the use of zeppelins for military purposes winding down, the Zeppelin Company’s  head, Hugo Eckner, was looking for ways to promote the company and convert the zeppelins to more peaceful purposes. Eckner was able to convince the German and American governments that he should build a zeppelin to count as part of German reparations and turn it over to the U.S. Navy. Thus,  was the LZ 126 built.  With his knack for gaining public attention, Eckner personally piloted the LZ 126 from Germany to New Jersey.  Upon arrival, the zeppelin was accepted by the U.S. Navy and her name was changed to the “U.S.S. Los Angeles.”  The craft was the safest and most successful American zeppelin ever flown, even though it had been constructed by Germans!  Eckner saved his beloved company, and next constructed the LZ 127, the “Graf Zeppelin.” She was later followed by the LZ 129, “Hindenburg.” The “Hindenburg” exploded over the same Lakehurst, NJ airfield in May 1937.  This effectively ended the zeppelin service that had circled the globe, covering hundreds of thousands of miles.  [You might be interested to know that a reconstituted Zeppelin Company was formed earlier in the 21st Century.   Zeppelins (albeit much smaller) have been flying again, transporting tourists from the company’s old base city of Friedrichshafen, Germany].
Our table medal today measures 1 1/4” in diameter. The obverse features a likeness of Hugo Eckner. The reverse has a likeness of the LZ 126 and “1924,” the year she flew to the U.S. The table medal’s bottom lists the flight dates and other information. This is a very high-quality table medal that is very important in the Zeppelin Company’s  history. 
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21-166 TABLE MEDAL - DR. HUGO ECKNER AND LZ-126. This is a circular table medal commemorating the LZ 126. The LZ 126 was a part of Germany’s war reparations to the victorious allies. Dr. Hugo Eckner, who assumed the Zeppelin company’s control after Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s death, personally delivered the LZ 126 to the U. S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1924. [Lakehurst was where the zeppelin Hindenburg exploded thirteen years later]. The LZ 126 became the U. S. S. Los Angeles. The medal’s obverse shows a high-relief likeness of Dr. Hugo Eckner. Its reverse depicts the LZ 126 and the various stops on her voyage to America. $210.00  

 

 

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Zeppelin Tableware

 

21-318 DINNER PLATE FROM AIRSHIP GRAF ZEPPELIN LZ-127's ONBOARD SERVICE. Today we are offering a most interesting dinner plate that saw service on board the airship LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. The ivory plate measures 10" in diameter. The outer edge is trimmed in gold with a decorative abstract design etched in the trim’s middle. Below this is a wider blue trim band sandwiched between very thin gold bands above and below it. An oval containing the letters "LZ," for Luftschiff Zeppelin, appears against the blue band’s top center. Another gold trim band appears below the blue band, quite similar to the band encircling the plate’s outer edge. The plate’s reverse bears information on the manufacturer, Heinrich & Co., Selb., as well as Graf Zeppelin and 1928. 1928 was the first year that the Graf Zeppelin saw service on her maiden voyage from Germany to Lakehurst, New Jersey. The plate is in excellent condition and shows only slight signs of wear on the obverse’s blue band area. $1,795.00 

 

 

 

 

 

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21-319 ZEPPELIN SALAD PLATE. Zeppelin tableware is very prized among collectors. Today we have an unusual offering to share with you, a gorgeous salad plate. You may have seen similar examples among tableware from the Graf Zeppelin (LZ 127) or the Hindenburg (LZ 129). The elegant plate sports a wide gold trim band around its rim, with a narrower blue band immediately below it. An even thinner gold band is located several inches further down, where it encircles the plates central depression. The plate measures 8" in diameter. The plate’s face features a legend, "Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei," encircling a globe that encloses a zeppelin. All of the latter is situated above and parallel to the plate’s six o’clock position, where it is intersected by the inmost thin gold band.  [A three-quarter-inch hairline stress mark appears at the plate's seven o'clock position, running from behind the second "p" in "Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei" (beneath the globe) down to the thinner gold trim band's edge. It cannot be felt when one runs a fingernail over it.  It appears to be under the glazing that was applied to the plate.  We have included it in our accompanying photographs].
Here is where the plate differs from standard zeppelin tableware. At its twelve o’clock position, located halfway between the blue trim band and the inmost slender gold band is a blue oval. The oval contains the initials "WB," rendered in white and stacked atop one another. Both the blue oval and the white initials are thinly outlined in gold. Certain important families who were zeppelin "frequent-flyers" often commissioned tableware for their private use when onboard. Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin’s daughter married into a family whose last name began with "B." I do not have a firm lead on the family name, but I was told that they had a financial interest in the Zeppelin Company.

On the salad plate’s bottom, we see a hallmark for Heinrich and Company in Bavaria, who produced the tableware for the Zeppelin Company. The salad plate is in superb condition.
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21-321 TEAPOT USED BY EMPLOYEES AT FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AND FRANKFURT ZEPPELIN PLANTS. Here is a very different example of zeppelin-affiliated tableware. This simple teapot was NOT intended for passenger use onboard zeppelins. It IS possible that some were used by LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin and the LZ-129 Hindenburg crew members. It primarily was used in the employee dining rooms at the Zeppelin Company’s Friedrichshafen and Frankfurt workshops and plants. Both cities’ locations maintained hanger and construction/repair space.
The teapot (teekanne) is made of a base metal and measures
2 ⅛" x 4 ¼" x 5." It has a stout handle and a simple button on the lid for opening to add hot water and tea. It has the legend below stamped on its side.

                                                                Flug u. Zeppelinhafen
                                                            Gaststätten (Restaurants)

 

The teekanne’s bottom displays a manufacturer’s hallmark for Krupp Berndorf. Its size, 30cl., is also listed. It represents three-tenths of a liter (10.14 ounces), which would fill two small teacups. The pot sports a wonderful patina. A lot of Zeppelin Company shoptalk was shared over this pot. You can create some fine memories of your own by using it to brew your tea. From personal experience, I can vouch that it works just as well as it did some ninety years ago! $475.00 

 

 

 

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21-312 COMMEMORATIVE PLATE FOR ZEPPELIN ZR III (LATER U.S.S. LOS ANGELES) PRODUCED BY NOTED GERMAN PORCELAIN FIRM ROSENTHAL. Today we are offering a very high-quality commemorative plate for the Zeppelin ZR III. This was the internal American code for what would become the LZ 126. It was constructed in 1923-1924 and delivered personally to the U.S. Navy in October 1924 by the Zeppelin Company’s Managing Director, Hugo Eckener. It was a part of Germany’s WW I war reparations. In fact, the airship’s building saved the Zeppelin Company following WW I. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the 1937 site of the Hindenburg’s (LZ 129) explosion, the LZ 126/ZR III became the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The LZ 126 was very similar in general construction to the LZ 127 (Graf Zeppelin) and was built as a "passenger airship" rather than a military airship and thus permitted under the Treaty of Versailles’ terms. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. She remained in service until October 1937. Ultimately, she performed 590 flights spanning the globe, covering more than 1,000,000 miles.
Imperial Germany had three major porcelain manufacturers. KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin) was founded in 1763 and produced tableware for the Prussian royal families from Friedrich the Great forward. All Kaisers, Kings, and Princes and their spouses acquired their tableware from KPM, which undoubtedly was Germany’s best known firm. The next noted manufacturer was Meissen, which was located in Saxony. It began producing porcelain in 1710, making it the oldest German porcelain manufacturer. Meissen was famous for their plates. They specialized in producing commemorative plates that commemorated many military units and establishments in Germany. Many of their plates commemorated one hundred and two hundred years of service by specific regiments. The third noted porcelain producer was Rosenthal of Bavaria. As the youngest of the three German firms, it was founded in1879 and actually began producing porcelain pieces in 1891. [It is interesting to note that all three firms survive today and still produce top-quality tableware, figurines, and other fine porcelain items].
This marvelous Rosenthal plate measures 8 ½" in diameter. It features the ZR III/LZ 126/U.S.S. Los Angeles drifting across the Atlantic on its way to its new home in the U.S. The zeppelin, which measures 6" in length, is highly-detailed and somewhat raised above the plate’s surface. Below her on a rolling sea a ship steams eastward toward Europe. All of this is depicted in various shades of blue, gray, and white on the plate’s obverse. The reverse features the three lines listed below.

"Sammel Teller
Erinnerung
Z. R. III"

Below that is Rosenthal of Bavaria’s hallmark. Also, two holes are drilled in the plate’s inner edge and have a wire attached to enable the plate to be hung on a wall. This is a top quality plate in excellent condition. $795.00 

 

 

 

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We recently acquired a large collection of WW I Luftschiffer and Balloon Photographs.
They came to us in an album that was falling apart.
We had no choice but to remove them and offer them to you individually.
It is a wonderful assortment.

 

40-460 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN. This is an original photograph that measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/2." It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin "Sachsen." She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. She is shown just a few feet off the ground, with a large number of people around her. The zeppelin’s name has not yet been painted forward. No doubt exists that she is the Sachsen. $30.00

 

 

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40-461 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN. This is an original photograph that measures 3" x 4." It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin "Sachsen." She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. She is shown just a few feet off the ground, with a large number of people around her. $40.00

 

 

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40-462 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN. This is an original photograph that measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/4." It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin "Sachsen." She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. This shot is looking on at the zeppelin’s bow. She is still on the ground, as her engines are not turning over. A large crowd is gathered around her. $30.00

 

 

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40-463 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN. This is an original photograph that measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/2." It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin "Sachsen." She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. In the photograph one is looking up and under the zeppelin. The shot was taken of the zeppelin’s forward portion. One of the two gondolas can be seen. $30.00

 

 

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40-464 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - PRE WW I ZEPPELIN SACHSEN. This is an original photograph that measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/2." It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin "Sachsen." She was placed into service in May 1913. Before the beginning of WW I, she transported nearly 10,000 people. When the war began, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids and retired from service in 1916. This shot shows the zeppelin’s stern. She is still in her hanger, but appears to being pulled out. Men are pulling on lines and others are directing the action. $30.00

 

 

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40-465 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN. This is an original photograph measuring of a zeppelin’s bow (which I cannot identify). It appears similar in some ways to the Sachsen, but differences can be noted. $30.00

 

 

 

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40-466 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN. This is an original photograph measuring of a zeppelin’s bow (which I cannot identify). It appears similar in some ways to the Sachsen, but differences can be noted. $30.00

 

 

 

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40-467 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - UNIDENTIFIED ZEPPELIN. This is an original photograph measuring of a zeppelin’s bow (which I cannot identify). It appears similar in some ways to the Sachsen, but differences can be noted. $30.00

 

 

 

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40-411 MATTED PHOTOGRAPH - TWO BALLOONS - PRE WW I. This is a matted photograph that depicts two balloons. The matted photograph measures 6 1/4" x 7 3/4." The actual photograph housed within the matting measures 4" x 5 3/4." A large group of men is watching the proceedings on what appears to be a testing field. The date 19 April 1901 appears at the matte’s bottom. $75.00

 

 

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40-412 MATTED PHOTOGRAPH - BALLOON - PRE WW I. This is a matted photograph that depicts one balloon. The matted photograph measures 8 1/4" x 6." The actual photograph housed within the matting measures 5" x 3 1/8." A large group of army officers is gathered around the balloon’s gondola. The photograph dates from early in the 20th Century. $75.00

 

 

 

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40-413 THREE-PHOTOGRAPH SET - EARLY ZEPPELIN. This is a three-photograph set that shows an early zeppelin as it readies for flight. A name is written on each photograph ‘s reverse, which looks like "Lachmüller," or something similar.

*Nr 1. The photograph measures 4 3/4" x 5 1/4." The zeppelin is tethered to the ground, while its small gondola is on the ground allowing passengers to embark. A large group of military officers and ground crew is on the airfield.

*Nr 2. The photograph measures 4 3/4" x 6 1/4." The zeppelin has just lifted off. The gondola is under it, while the ground crew and observers are watching it take off.

*Nr 3. The photograph measures 6 1/4" x 4 1/2." The zeppelin is in full flight, perhaps 100-200 meters above the ground. Some smoke or a wisp of fog is right under the zeppelin. I do not know or understand its cause, unless it is related to a factory smoke stack in the background.

This is a fine group of a very early zeppelin as it goes from being readied for flight, to launch, and to actual flight. $125.00

 

 

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40-414 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN SACHSEN - HANGER. This is an ORIGINAL photograph that measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/2." It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin "Sachsen." She was placed in service in May 1913. Before WW I began, she transported nearly 10,000 people. Once the war started, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids, then was retired from service in 1916. She is shown in her hanger prior to being wheeled out and launched. $50.00

 

 

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40-415 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN SACHSEN OUTSIDE - HANGER. This is an ORIGINAL photograph that measures  3 1/4" x 4 1/2." It depicts the pre WW I zeppelin "Sachsen." She was placed in service in May 1913. Before WW I began, she transported nearly 10,000 people. Once the war started, she was placed in the Army’s service and became known as the LZ 17. She participated in bombing raids, then was retired from service in 1916. She is shown outside her hanger, with a large number of people gathered around her. $50.00

 

 

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40-416 LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - HANGER - MECHANICS - ZEPPELIN ENGINES. This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/2" x 9." It shows several mechanics working on zeppelins’ engine assemblies. The action is taking place in a large hanger. $50.00

 

 

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40-417 LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - AERIAL VIEW - SAXON FELDLUFTSCHIFFER-ABTEILUNG. This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/4" x 6 1/4." It is an aerial photograph from approximately 1,000 meters. It shows a town in the foreground. On the reverse it is unit stamped for 2. Königl. Sächs. Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 32. It is pencil-dated 18 March 1918. The area’s or city’s name is added in pencil as well. $40.00

 

 

 

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40-418 LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN ENGINE. This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/2" x 8 3/4." It shows a zeppelin engine that has been removed from the airship. $30.00

 

 

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40-419 LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN ENGINE. This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/2" x 8 3/4." It shows a zeppelin engine that has been removed from the airship. $30.00

 

 

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40-420 LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPH - ZEPPELIN ENGINE. This is a large-format photograph that measures 6 1/2" x 8 3/4." It shows a zeppelin engine that has been removed from the airship. $30.00

 

 

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From Around the World.

All stamps in this special section are now available for 20% off!!

 

21-150 LARGE FORMAT POSTAGE STAMP - LZ-127 GRAF ZEPPELIN - OVER ROMANIA’S CAPITAL. This is a single large postage stamp from Romania, which commemorates the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. The stamp measures a whopping 2 3/4" x 3 1/4." It is dated 16 October 1929. It is multicolored and shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile over a city that I presume to be Bucharest. The stamp, which was printed for collectors, bears a serial number of 078062. It is in excellent condition, and has been preserved in a plastic holder. $35.00  

 

 

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21-151 THREE POSTAGE STAMP SET - EARLY ZEPPELINS - REPUBLIC OF VOLTA. This is a set of three postage stamps commemorating the early zeppelins. The set includes the following:

 

*A 10 Franc stamp that shows the Zeppelin "Deutschland" flying over a German town. The stamp measures 1 1/2" x 2 1/2." It has been cancelled, and is in a plastic holder. It is in excellent condition.

*A 40 Franc stamp that shows the Zeppelin "Viktoria Luise" flying over five sailboats. The stamp measures 1 1/2" x 2 1/2." It has been cancelled and is in a plastic holder. It is in excellent condition.

*A 50 Franc stamp that shows the Zeppelin "Sachsen." The stamp measures 1 1/2" x 2 1/2." It has been cancelled, and is in a plastic holder. It is in excellent condition.

This full-color trio of stamps is in excellent condition. $50.00  

 

 

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21-152 LARGE FORMAT POSTAGE STAMP - GRAF ZEPPELIN - REPUBLIC DE COTE D’IVOIRE. This is a deluxe postage stamp that was issued by the Republique De Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in 1977. The stamp is for 500 Francs. The stamp itself measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/2." It shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile over a city. The stamp is in full color. The stamp is part of a larger display that shows an early zeppelin along with "Retrospective Zeppelin." The overall size of the display of the Graf Zeppelin measures 3 3/4" x 5 1/2." $40.00  

 

 

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21-153 PLATE BLOCK - FOUR STAMPS - HUNGARY - EXPLORING AVIATION ERAS. This is a plate block of four stamps, showing various eras in the history of aviation. They were issued for Aerofila in 1967 by Hungary. The four stamps showcase Man and his early efforts in Aviation. The plate block is very decorative. Its overall measurements are 3 3/4" x 5." Each stamp measures 1 3/4" x 1 1/8." $35.00  

 

 

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21-174 THREE-STAMP SET - ZEPPELINS - REPUBLIC OF MALAGASY. These large-format stamps each show a zeppelin in flight, along with a small, inset depiction of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. One zeppelin flies over the Egyptian Pyramids, another over Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, and the third over London). The three represent different denominations. All were cancelled in the 1970's. $25.00  

 

 

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21-154 BLOCK - EIGHT STAMPS - SPAIN - ZEPPELIN. This is a block of eight stamps, featuring a zeppelin from Spain. All are attached and a part of a unit.  $25.00  

 

 

 

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21-155 SET - TWO STAMPS - GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN AND ZEPPELINS - GERMAN BUNDESPOST. These stamps commemorate the life of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917) and his gentle giants, the zeppelins. The stamps are in full color. They were issued in 1992. It is a pair of connected, mint stamps. We have two pairs of them. They are priced at $15.00 per pair or $25.00 for both.  

 

 

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21-157 SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN POSTAGE STAMP - GERMANY. This is a most interesting display card which shows the Zeppelin LZ 4 over Mannheim on 4 August 1908. It has a postage stamp showing Ferdinand Graf Zeppelin and one of his zeppelins. It also proclaims that the stamp was issued by the Deutsche Luftpost and cost 3 Reichs Marks. This stamp may come from the Third Reich era. I believe Marks in Germany after 1945 were referred to as Deutsche Marks (D-Marks). The card measures 4 1/4" x 6," while the stamp itself measures 1" x 1 1/4." This collector’s card is serial numbered on the reverse. $30.00  

 

 

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21-158 SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD - GRAF ZEPPELIN (LZ-127) POSTAGE STAMP - NIGER. This is an interesting display card showing the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127) flying over a mountain. The large-format postage stamp measures 4 1/8" x 5." It is for 500 Francs from the République du Niger. The stamp has a special cancellation, dated 1976. The display card measures 1 1/2" x 2 1/2." It shows the many cities the Graf Zeppelin visited on her world voyages. Included are Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, London, Séville, Spain, Rome, Berlin, New York, and Tokyo. $25.00  

 

 

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21-159 SPECIAL DISPLAY CARD - FOUR POSTAGE STAMP PLATE - INTERNATIONAL AVIATION - NORWAY. This is an attractive display card showing four different aviation scenes. Each of the four stamps measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/2." The stamps are for 1.25 Kroner, 2.00 Kroner, 2.80 Kroner, and 4.00 Kroner from Norway. The display card measures 3 3/4" x 4 1/2." It was issued for a special philatelic display that took place in Oslo, Norway, 13-22 June 1980. Sets like this are quite popular with stamp collectors. They were never sold for use on everyday mail. $20.00  

 

 

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21-160 PAIR POSTAGE STAMPS - EARLY AIRSHIP - SWITZERLAND. This is a lovely pair of postage stamps showing an early style airship. Each stamp measures 1" x 1 1/2," and is for .90 Swiss Francs from Switzerland. The stamp has a special cancellation, dated 1980. This was done especially for stamp collectors. The stamps are mounted on a piece of paper. Both the stamps and the paper have been cancelled. It is a very attractive piece. $15.00  

 

 

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21-161 POSTAGE STAMP - GRAF ZEPPELIN AND EARLY ZEPPELIN - 75th ANNIVERSARY FIRST ZEPPELIN FLIGHT(1902-1977) - GRENADA. This is a postage stamp showing Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin and his first zeppelin, which flew in 1902. This postage stamp from Grenada celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first zeppelin flight. The stamp, which has not been cancelled, is for ½ Cent. $5.00  

 

 

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21-177 SINGLE STAMP - ZEPPELIN - REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA. This is a special commemorative stamp that was issued in 1974. It shows a zeppelin on the ground, with passengers embarking on a flight. The stamp was also issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary (1874-1974) of the Universal Postal Union. The postage stamp has been cancelled in the corner.  $10.00  

 

 

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21-182 SPECIAL EDITION STAMP HONORING LZ-127 - REPUBLIC CONGO. This is a special stamp issued for stamp collectors. It features a large color image of the LZ-127, attached to a special card. It comes from the Republic of the Congo. $20.00  

 

 

 

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21-183 BLOCK FOUR AVIATION-RELATED POSTAGE STAMPS - HUNGARY. This is a block of four aviation-related postage stamps from Hungary. Each is different. All were issued for stamp collectors in honor of the VII. Postal Congress held in Budapest in 1967. $15.00  

 

 

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21-184 SPECIAL EDITION - STAMPS HONORING THREE AVIATION PIONEERS - WEST GERMANY. This is a special group of three stamps issued for stamp collectors. It was offered in 1977 at a Berlin postal convention. It features stories of three aviation pioneers: Graf von Zeppelin, Hermann Oberth, and Hans Grade. They are attached to a special card. $20.00  

 

 

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21-185 BLOCK TWENTY POSTAGE STAMPS - GRAF ZEPPELIN - 1931 FLIGHT - LIECHTENSTEIN. This is a block of twenty, mint-condition, 1979, Liechtenstein, postage stamps. The stamps honor the Graf Zeppelin’s flight over the tiny principality in 1931. This set of stamps was produced specially for postage stamp collectors. $30.00  

 

 

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21-186 BLOCK TWENTY POSTAGE STAMPS - EARLY AVIATION - LIECHTENSTEIN. This is a block of twenty mint-condition postage stamps from 1979 in Liechtenstein. The stamps honor early aviation in that country. This set of stamps was produced specially for postage stamp collectors. $25.00  

 

 

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21-187 SET - FIVE AVIATION POSTAGE STAMPS - 1978 LUFTPOSTAUSSTELLUNG - STUTTGART. This set of five postage stamps comes from the 1978 Luftpostausstellung Stuttgart. Four postage stamps celebrate early German aviation. They are in four different denominations. The largest is for the Graf Zeppelin. All have been hand canceled in Berlin for collectors. The group’s fifth piece is a special stamp on a card with the name Luftpostausstellung Stuttgart from 1978. It displays a stamp commemorating aviation in Germany. It is a very handsome set. $35.00 

 

 

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21-188 SET - FIVE POSTAGE STAMPS - ZEPPELINS - SOVIET UNION. This is a set of five postage stamps from the former Soviet Union (USSR/CCCP). The stamps commemorate airships. The Graf Zeppelin is among the stamps. The stamps have different subjects and different denominations. $25.00 

 

 

 

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21-189 EARLY AIRSHIP POSTAGE STAMP - LIBERIA. This is a single postage stamp from Liberia. It shows an early airship from 1908, with a U.S. flag on it. It is hand canceled in the margin. It is a very colorful stamp. $10.00 

 

 

 

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21-190 SET - FIVE STAMPS - EARLY AVIATION - GRAF ZEPPELIN - MALDIVES ISLANDS. This is a set of five postage stamps that come from the Maldives Islands (also known as the Falkland Islands). These stamps, which are all different and of different denominations, commemorate aviation. Two of the stamps commemorate the ZL-130, the Graf Zeppelin II. They are both complete, with swastikas on the airships’ rudders. $20.00 

 

 

 

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21-191 SET - THREE ZEPPELIN-RELATED POSTAGE STAMPS - HUNGARY. This is a set of four postage stamps from Hungary. They commemorate Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917) and Hugo Eckner (1868-1954). Their zeppelins appear with them. $15.00 

 

 

 

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11-415 COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE - MINIATURE. This is a miniature of the Commemorative Navy Airship Badge. The badge has amazing detail for its size. It is in excellent condition. $450.00 

 

 

 

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21-110 GILT COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE STICKPIN. This is a consignment piece. A very high-quality miniature was mounted onto a pin. This was then used by a veteran. This is gilt on silver. Its superiority and attention to detail are quite striking for such a small item. As is correct for a full-sized Commemorative Navy Airship Badge, it sports a Hohenzollern Crown. This example is quite unusual due to its gilt finish. While all other naval flight badges were gilt-toned, the Navy Commemorative Airship Badge was silver like its Army counterpart. A half moon and crown, along with the silver content (.800) are marked on the reverse. It is a lovely miniature. $325.00

 

 

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21-17 ZEPPELIN OCTAGONAL BRONZE MEDALLION. This medallion is identical to the example described above, with the exception that the ribbon is white and red, and the medallion is bronze. A safety pin is also present to attach the medallion to garment. Very attractive condition. $250.00 .

 

 


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21-12 AIRSHIP HINDENBURG/AMERICAN AIRLINES METAL PLAQUE. This is a REPRODUCTION of a period metal plaque which portrays the Airship Hindenburg and an American Airlines DC-3. American Airlines had connecting service with the Hindenburg, which enabled passengers to travel on to Europe. This plaque was manufactured in the 1990's and is NOT an original piece. $125.00.

 

 

 

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14-103 DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ZEITSCHRIFT. This was a magazine that was published in Germany before WW I which dealt with Zeppelins. It is a large format magazine that has numerous articles about Zeppelins and their development in Germany during this period. There are numerous photos and there is also a great deal of advertising that I find very interesting. Some of the advertising includes motors from Mercedes-Benz, aircraft and flying lessons from Ago, etc. These magazines are professionally done very slick and would be a unique addition to a Zeppelin collection. I have two different issues which are December 1912 and April 1914. Each magazine is $60.00

 

 

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21-15 ZEPPELINS AGAINST LONDON by KENNETH POOLMAN. This is a U.S. 1st edition of this book, which was originally published in London. This edition was published in 1961 and is long out of print. The book, which is liberally illustrated, deals with the German "Blitz" of WW I. This was carried out by zeppelins instead of the fixed wing aircraft and rockets used during WW II. Much consternation was stirred up in England when the zeppelin attacks began. This book chronicles both the German raids and the English efforts to defeat them. The books makes excellent reading for those with an interest in zeppelins. It is in excellent condition with no dust jacket. The book is seldom seen. This copy comes directly from my library. $90.00

 

 

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21-02 ZEPPELIN CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM VOLUME 1. The Zeppelin cigarette card albums were among the most popular of all of the cigarette card albums produced in the 1930's. These cards were included with packs of cigarettes as a premium. Those who wanted the entire series at once could get a complete album. This is volume 1 of the three volume series. When published It had 265 cards that show various scenes of zeppelin flight and history. Volume 1 features pre-WW I and WW I zeppelin scenes and information. It also is very heavy on the first commercial post-WW I Airship, the Graf Zeppelin.  This album has FIVE  missing (the missing cards are numbers 19, 72,163, 172, and 218) cards and is offered for $125.00

 

 

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Postcards Nr 38: German Royalty-Kaiser Wilhelm I/Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria ONLY

Postcards Nr 40: Photo Albums/Original/Framed/Cabinet Photos/Cartes Des Visite (CdV's).

Postcards Nr 42:Imperial German Air Service & All Aviation-Related.

Postcards Nr 43:Imperial German Armed Service & All Army-Related.

Postcards Nr 44:Kaiserliche Marine & All Navy-Related.

Postcards Nr 45:Other Imperial German/Central  & Allied Powers Royalty and Nobility

Ranglistes: Imperial German Army/Navy & Imperial German References on CD

Royalty & Nobility (German): Personalities, Swords/Daggers/ Portraits, Memorabilia

Shoulder Boards

Signed Photos/Documents/Autographs from German Military/Nobility/Royalty

 

Stickpins

Swords/Daggers/Edged Weapons & Accessories

Table Medals

Uniforms & Related Accessories

Vivat Ribbons

Wooden Display Products (Helmet & Visor Stands)

Zeppelin & Balloon Memorabilia

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