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WUTTEMBERG – KÖNIG WILHELM II – SILVER SERVICE MEDALSKU: 05-1332
This is a late-war example of the Silver Service Medal from the Kingdom of Württemberg. It comes complete with ribbon…
WUTTEMBERG – SHIPPING BOX – SENT TO SOLDIERSKU: 03-100
This is a small cardboard box that measures 6″ x 4″ x 3.” It was used to ship small items to a soldier serving in the army or at the Front……
WW I AVIATION PLATESSKU: 14-197
This is a most unusual set of three plates that features a German biplane in flight. It appears to be an early war observation plane with a two man crew aboard. The plates are white with a blue border around the edge. In the 12 o’clock position appears the airplane with the initials M. F. S. around it. The reverse of each piece indicates that it was manufactured by the firm of Rosenthal from Bavaria. Under that appears “Franz Kreski Bromberg,” which may have been the store that sold them, but I am not sure about this. There are three plates in the set, two of them are dinner size plates which are 9 3/4″ in diameter. The third is oval shaped and would measure 10 ½” x 6 3/4″ at the widest points. The plates are well used (signs of use in the center from meals is evident where forks, knives or spoons were used), but the blue border and the airplane motif are in exceptional condition. I would estimate these plates to be from 1913-1917. A unique aviation item from the war that was most likely used in an officer’s mess in a squadron. I would prefer to sell these as a group but would consider selling them individually. Please call or write for a price on an individual piece.
WW I ERA PHOTO ALBUMSKU: 40-621
This photo album starts with what I believe are photographs of a peaceful Germany from either before or during WW I’s early part. We see many scenic photographs of rural Germany both during the milder times of the year and winter. Some of these photographs show a fairly grand estate that could well have belonged to a freiherr or a graf. It even may have belonged to one of the men that we will see a bit later on. Next, we begin to see photographs of groups of officers and more military scenes. We catch a glimpse of flight badges in some of the photos. We see scenes of merriment among the men. Nobody lets their hair down like the Germans when the schnapps come out.
We see photos of damaged buildings and even a photo where a German plane has crashed into a building. Many photos were taken by observation aircraft. In these, we can clearly see the damage wrought to the terrain by both bombers and artillery. They look like moonscapes. More than forty-five photographs are in the album.