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    KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF

    SKU: 20-316 XKR

    $12,995.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an utterly spectacular pair of Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards that were once owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the Regimental Chef of 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. The 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was the third (obviously), and final Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. It was created in 1860 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign (Kaiser Wilhelm II’s grandfather). It was garrisoned in Potsdam with all the other elite Garde-Regiments, including the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. [Potsdam was also the site of Sanssouci, the Hohenzollern Summer Palace built by Frederick the Great (Frederick II). It was also where the last Hohenzollern palace was built for Kronprinz Wilhelm and his bride, Kronprinzessin Cecilia, and christened “Cecilienhof” in her honor. The palace was used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference of U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and USSR Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Today the Cecilienhof is, in addition to being a German historical treasure, a conference center/hotel with an excellent restaurant. I have stayed within its confines, wherein history exudes from every nook and cranny]. The shoulder boards are massive, measuring 5” x 2 ¾.” They each display two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify these as Prussian shoulder boards. A magnificent set of crossed silver Generalfeldmarschall (GFM) batons are installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to the man who achieved the rank, with the…

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  • PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – 3rd GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT

    SKU: 23-433

    $395.00

    Today we are offering a very scarce pair of the Kingdom of Prussia’s 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment epaulettes. This very elite regiment was founded in 1860 during König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s final year’s reign. [His younger brother, Wilhelm I, was serving as regent, until Friedrich Wilhelm’s death in 1861, when he assumed Prussia’s throne as king. Wilhelm I had served in this capacity since Friedrich Wilhelm’s 1858 incapacitating stroke]. The 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was garrisoned in Potsdam along with the other elite Garde-Regiments such as the Garde du Corps and 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiments, the 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was attached to the GardeKorps. In addition to being from a very elite regiment (the last Garde-Ulanen-Regiment formed), this pair of epaulettes is made more special as they belonged to a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV). OYV’s made up the smallest portion of any enlisted men/NCO’s in any regiment. Since Kavallerie Regiments were smaller than Infanterie Regiments, even fewer of them were OYV’s. We have chronicled OYV’s particulars in more detail elsewhere. Briefly, OYV’s generally hailed from middle class families of means. They enlisted for a one-year-period rather than ordinary enlisted men’s two-year enlistments. OYV’s were responsible for their own equipment, include uniforms and headdresses. They were also responsible for their own housing and meals. In return, they were allowed some latitude in their uniforms’ and headdresses’ embellishments. Each epaulette’s surface is yellow, with no regimental designation. Its “moon” (metal trim) is silver. Its trim is also silver, which separates enlisted men/NCO’s epaulettes from those of…

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  • PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA WITH CAP LINES AND PARADE BUSH – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2 – RABATT –

    SKU: 33-251 A

    $6,995.00

    This is a very fine Ulanen-Regiment von Katzler (Schlesisches) Nr 2 officer’s tschapka. The regiment was founded in 1745 (during Frederick the Great’s reign), and garrisoned at Gleiwitz-Pleß. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing. It is very supple, smooth, and relatively problem-free. At first glance, it is the wappen that takes one’s attention. In terms of design (not counting their colors), three different Ulanen wappen-styles exist. First is that of the three Garde-Ulanen-Regiments. The two earliest Garde-Ulanen-Regiments were founded in 1819, while the third was created in 1860. Each one’s officers, NCO’s, and enlisted men sported the traditional Garde Stars on their wappens. Next come Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1, 2, and 3. These three regiments were among the first Prussian Ulanen-Regiments to be created: Nr’s 1 and 2 in 1745, and Nr 3 in 1809. Only Ulanen-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich von Baden (Rheinisches) Nr 7 was older, (having been founded in 1734). Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1 through 3 sported different center devices on their wappens. These boasted very elaborately formed royal cyphers featuring “WR” on them. (Later Ulanen-Regiments displayed the more conventional “FR” cypher in plain script, constituting the third wappen style). This wappen style was also used by Prussian line-infantry and artillery regiments. Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1-3’s wappens are very distinctive and very scarce. [I also suggest that you look closely at the crown’s top, which sports the open (voided) style indicative of an officer]. The helmet has all-gilt furniture, including the wappen, chin scales,…

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  • PRUSSIA – BUSBY – RESERVE OFFICER’S – 1. LEIB HUSAREN REGIMENT Nr 1 – WITH PARADE FEATHERS

    SKU: 33-319

    $19,975.00

    A year or so ago, we had the great fortune to offer a Reserve Officer’s 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 Busby. At the time I felt that it would years before I would find another to share with you. They are very scarce to say the least (it was only the second that I had ever turned up). So I was stunned when this example tumbled into my lap, especially considering its source. I cannot publicly name its previous owner, however, he is VERY well known in the collecting community and considered an expert. I will gladly share details of the collector’s identity with the busby’s buyer. This amazing reserve officer’s busby hails from Prussia’s legendary 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. The 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 was one of the Imperial German Army’s most fabled Kavallerie Regiments. It was founded in 1741, garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, and attached to the XVII. Armeekorps. The regiment, along with its sister regiment 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2, was one of only two Prussian Army Regiments to display the Totenkopf on their wappens. Two other NON-Prussian Army Regiments displayed a different Totenkopf-style: the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. These four were the only Imperial German regiments to display the Totenkopf on their dress headdresses, schirmmützen and mützen. Our busby’s body is covered with sumptuous possum fur that is in very fine condition. No fur loss is evident. The magnificent silver/German silver wappen, which immediately draws one’s attention, measures 2…

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    PRUSSIA – KUEGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – ARTILLERIE – WITH “FRW” WAPPEN

    SKU: 33-131

    $5,116.00

    This is a reserve officer’s kugelhelm. It is correct for either Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen (1. Litthauisches) Nr 1, 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3, or Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6. Only these four regiments wore this wappen-style. In 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Batterie Nr 1 wore a “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. Batterie Nr 6 from Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 also wore the “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. The explanation for the difference is quite simple. The four regiments were the Prussian Army’s oldest. I bought this kugelhelm for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is its wappen, as I explained above. The second is the helmet’s fiber body. This was still a novel substance early in the 20th Century, and I doubt it was an inexpensive option. The advantage of fiber is that it is a forerunner of fiberglass and that it delivers an incredible, high-gloss finish and is quite strong. Even after hours of diligent polishing, the more common (and less-expensive) leather helmets lack a fiber helmet’s mirror-like luster. In many ways a fiber helmet resembles patent leather, which is still used in formal wear shoes today. So, our helmet displays a very high level of gloss. A downside to fiber is that, like fiberglass, it can crack. Generally speaking, the cracking of fiber is not as severe as a leather helmet that cracks as it dries out. An elliptical circular crack extends from…

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  • PRUSSIA – EPAULETES – ONE YEAR VOLUNTEER – 3rd GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 23-560

    $450.00

    These are a very scarce pair of Kingdom of Prussia’s 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment epaulets. This very elite regiment was founded in 1860 during König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s final year’s reign. His younger brother, Wilhelm I, was serving as regent, until Friedrich Wilhelm’s death in 1861, when he assumed Prussia’s throne as king. Wilhelm I served in this capacity since Friedrich Wilhelm’s 1858 incapacitating stroke. The 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was garrisoned in Potsdam along with the other elite Garde-Regiments such as the Regiment des Garde du Corps and 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiments, the 3rd Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was attached to the GardeKorps……

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOOTING AWARD - OFFICER - 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX

    PRUSSIA – SHOOTING AWARD – OFFICER – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX

    SKU: 15-412

    $3,495.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOOTING AWARD – OFFICER – 1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX Extremely special shooting award for the regimental commander of the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. This regiment was the most elite of all German infantry regiments. 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuß had more noblemen and members of royalty who served in the regiment or were a la Suite officers than ANY other regiment. Founded in 1688, making it amongst the oldest Prussian infantry regiments, 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, had a long and proud history. The regiment was garrisoned in Potsdam where the most prestigious of the Garde-Regiments were based. This included the Regiment des Garde du Corps. Pretty rich company! This shooting award, first authorized in January 190, was worn until 1914. Below is a list of the regimental commanders of 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. It should be noted that each man went on to become a general officer before he retired: • Karl von Plattenberg • Gustav von Berg • Karl Wilhelm von Willisen • Friedrich von Kleist • Friedrich von Friedeburg • Prinz Eitel Friedrich (The second son of Kaiser Wilhelm II.) • Friedrich von Bismarck This list consists of seven men who served as regimental commander from1901-1914. This is a very elite group and as we continue our description you will find out how very special this item is. We cannot say with certainty which of the seven this shooting award belonged to, it does narrow down the owner. The shooting award or…

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    PRUSSIA – MITRE – OFFICER – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 33-357 XRH

    $12,796.00

    MITRE – OFFICER – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1 This is a Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier -Regiment Nr 1 officer’s Mitre. The regiment included both Grenadier and Füsilier Bataillone. The Mitre is for the Grenadier Bataillon. The Mitre was an ultra-high form of headdress used by only two regiments in post 1897 Germany. The first was the incredibly famous 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The other was Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1. The latter regiment was founded in 1814 and named for Russia’s Tsar Alexander, who was Prussia’s ally to during the Napoleonic Wars. [In fact, Alexander had presented a special black Küraß to the Regiment der Garde du Corps’ officers and men as a thank-you gift. In the years after the Napoleonic Wars ended, the Regiment der Garde du Corps wore their black küraßes ONLY during their annual spring parade]. Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier -Regiment Nr 1 was garrisoned in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the prestigious Gardekorps. The Mitre was a holdover from Napoleonic and pre Napoleonic times dating back to Friedrich der Große. Most Imperial German Regiments employed two forms of headdress, a parade or garrison version of a pickelhaube/kugelhelm/etc. and a schirmmütze (visor cap). The two Mitre-wearing regiments wore the aforementioned two headdress pieces in addition to their Mitres. These Mitres were reserved ONLY for very high parades or special occasions. For more ordinary parades, the two regiments reverted to their pickelhauben with parade bushes. The Mitre is basically a cloth piece of headdress with a…

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    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 33-353 XRH A

    $11,996.00

    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1 It is a topnotch officer’s busby from Prussia’s legendary 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1, one of the Imperial German Army’s most fabled Kavallerie Regiments. It was founded in 1741, garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, and attached to the XVII. Armeekorps. The regiment, along with its sister regiment 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2, was one of only two Prussian Army Regiments to display the Totenkopf on their wappens and other headdresses. [Two other NON-Prussian Army Regiments displayed a different Totenkopf-style: the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. These four were the only Imperial German regiments to display the Totenkopf on their dress headdresses, schirmmützen and mützen]. Our busby’s body is covered with sumptuous opossum fur that is in very fine condition. No fur loss is evident. The magnificent silver/German Silver wappen immediately draws one’s attention and measures 2 ½” x 2 ¾.” [This is Figure 20.0 in Jim Turinetti’s Guide to Collecting the Headgear of the 1914 German Army, as well as his Buyer’s Guide]. The wappen’s silver boasts a scrumptious patina. Its Totenkopf’s eyes and nose are backed with black velvet, giving it a sinister appearance. A bandeau (also in silver) sits above the wappen and reads “Mitt Gott fur König und Vaterland,” which is different from the Line-Husaren Regiments’ bandeaux. It sports a constant arch, rather than the dip in its center featured on those worn by the Line-Husaren Regiments. Its chin scales are gold-toned,…

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  • SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – KÖNIGL. SÄCHS. 1. LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 100 – WITH PARADE BUSH

    SKU: 04-677

    $5,495.00

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – OFFIZIER’S – KÖNIGL. SÄCHS. 1. LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 100 – WITH PARADE BUSH The Imperial German Army had several elite Infanterie Regiments that were considered the crème de la crème infantry contingents that they fielded. Other elite regiments that also boasted unique pickelhauben are listed below. Prussia – 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Braunschweig – Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. Baden – 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. Hesse-Darmstadt – Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Großherzogl. Hessisches ) Nr 115. Württemberg – Grenadier-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr 119. Bavaria – Infanterie-Leib-Regiment. The subject of our offering today is a fine Offizier’s Königl. Sächs 1. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100 Pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Saxony. While perhaps not as showy as some of the other pickelhauben that display enamel highlights, this pickelhaube is very different in an understated and elegant way. The high-quality spiked helmet’s leather body is in very fine condition. Its leather is quite handsome and supple. The wappen consists of a silver sunburst with Saxony’s golden Coat-of-Arms in its center. It is the opposite of Saxon Line-Regiments’ golden sunburst against a silver Coat-of-Arms. Also, ALL of its furniture is silver, where a Line-Regiments is gold, including the correct flat chin scales for Infanterie Pickelhauben, the spike base, the officers’ stars, trim, and so on. The helmet comes with a straight, silver trichter to which a full and beautiful parade bush has been mounted. The bush is VERY full. We curry-combed it a bit so that it just flows over all the helmet’s…

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  • SOUP BOWL FOR PLM WINNER AND WWII LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ARTHUR LAUMANN

    SKU: 14-293

    $425.00

    Arthur Laumann was born in 1894. When the war began in August 1914, Laumann volunteered and served in 3. Rheinisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 83. (This regiment was newly raised in 1912 and garrisoned in Bonn-Düren). Having spent much of the war at the front, Laumann was finally accepted for pilot training in August 1917. In March 1918 he was posted to FA(A) 265. In May of 1918 he was transferred to single-seater service with Jasta 66. He briefly commanded this jasta as Jastaführer from July-August 1918. He was then honored to be transferred to Jasta 10, which was one of the four squadrons that had been assigned to JG 1 (later known as Jagdgeschwader Nr 1 Freiherr von Richthofen after the death of the famed ace in April 1918) under the initial command of Manfred von Richthofen. {Upon his death in April 1918 von Richthofen was succeeded by his hand-picked replacement, Wilhelm Reinhard. Reinhard was killed while testing aircraft in July 1918. The final commander of JG 1 was none other than Hermann Göring, who remained the commander until the armistice in November 1918. Interestingly prior to the air crash that took the life of Reinhard, the airplane was flown by Göring! Those of you who are fans of The Blue Max by Jack D. Hunter may find this similar to the crash of then Jastaführer Otto Heidemann immediately after Bruno Stachel flew the plane}. Returning to Laumann, after he joined JG 1 in August 1918 he received the 1914 Iron…

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  • LARGE SILVER CUP WITH LEUTNANT der RESERVE HERBERT A. ANGELROTH’S PRUSSIAN PILOT BADGE AND BOUND MILITARY & PERSONAL RESEARCH

    SKU: 14-423

    $1,995.00

    Today we are offering a fine silver cup that measures 5 ½” tall x 2 5/8″ x 1 5/8.” It is a good-sized cup, considerably larger than many we have offered. At any rate, the cup is large enough to display a full-sized Commemorative Prussian Pilot Badge on the side. This was the ONLY cutout Prussian badge. The badge was intended for pilots who were no longer on active duty. It was originally created during WW I when pilots were no longer able to fly due to health issues and/or wounds. Herman Göring appeared in photographs from the early-to-mid 1930’s wearing such a badge (prior to the Luftwaffe’s creation in February 1935). It then became common for officers who were in the Luftwaffe and no longer flew to wear the Commemorative Pilot Badge or the Observer Badge on their tunics. The cup’s reverse features a handwritten inscription comprised of four fellow pilots’ signatures (Kredel, Krogmann, Luchsland, and Weiss). Below the four signatures is another inscription as detailed below. “Dem Angelroth Enkel Jens-Uwe zu seiner Taufe am 7. 1 1962″ (This refers to Arthur Angelroth’s first grandchild, Jens-Uwe Angelroth, and the youngster’s 1 July 1962 baptism date]. The cup’s bottom has sustained two small dents. The number “28272″ is engraved on the cup’s bottom (part of the manufacturer’s identification), along with the .800, the half moon and the Hohenzollern Crown that were part of the Reich’s silver fitness program. [The latter were mandated by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1885]. The initials…

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  • The set has an Art Deco feel about it and was likely produced in the late 1920's early 1930's

    GERMANY – TABLEWARE DINING SET – 22K GOLD TRIMMED

    SKU: 18-442-490 XES

    $795.00

    Custom designed – one of a kind set, 22K GOLD TRIMMED porcelain fine dining and serving set. Provided to us from one of our avid collectors and consignors.  You will not find this set on E-Bay or even any of the replacement china sites. The set has an Art Deco feel about it and was likely produced in the late 1920’s early 1930’s.  The German family who owned this set and passed it from generation to generation had it specifically designed to their liking. The Set is Hallmarked and Numbered from : The Porcelain factory Fraureuth founded in 1866 Joint-stock company (German: Porzellanfabrik Fraureuth AG) in Fraureuth was one of the biggest and best standard porcelain factories of the German Reich. The set consists of the following: 2 Covered Soup Terrains bowl 9 inches tall 12 inches wide 1 Serving / Veggie Plate larger 13 7/8 long 1 Serving plate /vegetable plate: smaller – 10 long 1 Dessert / pudding cup on saucer 4 inches tall 4 inches wide 3 tea / coffee cups Bavarian company 8 saucers Bavarian 5 ½ inch diameter 3 coffee / tea cups (round shape) 2 saucers 5 3/4 1 platter 12 inches diameter 1 serving bowl 9 3/4 6 small plates 6 1/4 6 medium plates 7 ½ dessert plates 7 Soup Bowls  10 1/4 diameter 7 Dinner Plates 10 1/4 diameter   This is a consignment item. TO VIEW ALL HOUSEWARES AVAILABLE – CLICK HERE

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - OBERLEUTNANT - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 - M-1915 DESIGN - FELDGRAU - IDENTIFIED

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED

    SKU: 15-732

    $4,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED. Today we are offering a very exciting, IDENTIFIED, feldgrau tunic that was recently unearthed among an advanced collector’s treasures. Originally, it was part of a three-uniform group that had all belonged to the same individual. Its original owner chose to retain the officer’s prewar dunkel-blau tunic and mantel. The dunkel-blau tunic was the only one of the three garments with visible identification. That said, the officer’s name was “Erhardt von Schweinitz.” The tunic’s previous owner is an expert, published author on the Imperial German Kavallerie. He informed me that the arrangement of the tunic’s shoulder boards, more specifically their single pips, tell us that Oberleutnant von Schweinitz survived the war (something about which I was unaware). This great information should further assist one’s research about the Oberleutnant. The M-1915 tunic’s feldgrau material is a very fine, wool twill that is buttery-smooth to the touch. It features a single row of eight subdued, crowned buttons down its front. Another two buttons adorn each cuff. A black velvet trim line extends from the tunic’s collar edges down along the outside center tunic flap, and also adorns the cuffs’ edges. Interestingly, four pockets appear on the tunic’s obverse – two at the breast and two at the hip. All four pockets feature flaps without any buttons. The tunic’s shoulder boards reveal that they are for an Oberleutnant serving in Prussia’s 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2. [The regiment…

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  • JEWELER’S SCALE

    SKU: 24-146

    $75.00

    This is a jeweler’s scale. It is not antique, but manufactured recently. It is an old-school jeweler’s scale, where one places the object to be weighed in one basket and then adds weights to the other basket to determine the first item’s weight. It is a complete set, with all the accessories stored in the provided storage container. The blue/black-velvet-covered storage box measures 8 3/8″ x 4 ½” x 1.” As you open the box, you will notice that all the necessary pieces are stored in various cutout spaces. The open box provides a base to set up the scale. A vertical rod screws into the bottom, allowing one to set up the scale. Included are numerous weights: 20 gm (1), 10 gm (2), 5 gm (1), 2 gm (2), and 1 gm (1). Other accessories also are included, such as a pair of tweezers. If you are not an electronic scale person or if you are looking for something interesting to put on your desk or a side table, this can neatly fill the bill!

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  • PRUSSIA - EPAULETS - WACHMEISTER - GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 1

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETS – WACHMEISTER – GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 23-554

    $595.00

    This is a wonderful pair of epaulets for a Wachmeister (A Senior NCO) who served in the most senior of Prussian Ulanen-Regiments, Garde-Ulanen-Regiment Nr 1. This regiment was raised in 1819 and was garrisoned in Potsdam where the most elite regiments were quartered. Among those regiments were the Regiment des Garde du Corps and 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. Like all Garde-Regiment, it was attached to the Garde-Korps……

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  • Sale!  PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET - OFFICER - GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1

    PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – OFFICER – GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 04-827 XKGJT A

    $4,150.00

    This is a fine officer pickelhaube from Grenadier-Regiment Kronprinz (1. Ostpreußisches ) Nr 1. This elite regiment was founded in 1655 and was garrisoned at Königsberg i. Pr and was attached to the Prussian I. Armeekorp. The front plate (wappen) on this helmet is a variation of the basic wide winged Grenadier eagle with the addition of the historic banner “1655” on the hips of the Grenadier Eagle to commemorate the founding of Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 on 20 December 1655. The “1655” banner was first authorized for Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1 for the Heraldic Eagle (small winged eagle) by AKO on 6 Nov 1888. When the eagle was changed to the Grenadier Eagle on 6 May 1900, the outstanding mention banner was moved from above the eagle’s head to the eagle’s hips. The eagle is found in only one size and was worn with a Reich and a Prussian Kockarde….

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    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – OFFICER- FELDARTILLERIE – WITH SPECIAL WAPPEN

    SKU: 33-338

    $3,412.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE – WITH SPECIAL WAPPEN. Prussian Feldartillerie kugelhelme sported three very different wappen-types that represented three vastly different regiments. The most common of the three wappens was intended for Line-Artillerie Regiments. [It was also shared with Line-Infanterie Regiments]. Its bandeau proclaimed “Mitt Gott Fur Koenig und Vaterland,” with the initials “FR” directly underneath. The second wappen-type was used by Garde-Regiments and featured an impressive Garde Star that was displayed on ALL headdresses used by the various Garde-Regiments. The third wappen-type was used by only FOUR old-line, very elite regiments that were only slightly less prestigious than the Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiments: Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen Nr 1 (founded in 1772), 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (founded in 1808), Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (founded in 1816), and Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6 (founded in 1808). This wappen displayed an oval shield/device that featured the King’s cypher under the bandeau rather than the “FR.” Their low regimental numbers were an indication of their importance, as well as how early they were founded. The helmet’s leather body is in excellent condition. It received superb treatment from its original and successive owners for more than one-hundred years. Its leather is clean, clear, and supple. The beautifully-frosted gilt wappen is a delight to view. Its fire-gilding is excellent. All of the other furniture, including its chin scales, trim, base, officer’s stars, and kugel, is also gilt. The final exterior details are the correct Reich and State…

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  • HANNOVER – SHOULDER BOARDS – IDENTIFIED M-1915 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 74 – OBERST & REGIMENTSKOMMANDEUR HANS VON DEWALL’S – INCLUDES FOUR VON DEWALL AND STAFF POSTCARD PHOTOGRAPHS

    SKU: 23-520

    $995.00

    This highly-unusual, intriguing group features a pair of M-1915 1. Hannoverisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 shoulder boards that once belonged to that regiment’s commander throughout much of WW I, along with four postcard photographs of the commander with his staff. 1. Hannoverisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 was one of the very elite regiments that came from the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed by Prussia at the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s conclusion (Hannover had allied itself with that brief war’s losing side). When WW I began, Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 was assigned to the 19. Infanterie-Division which, in turn, was assigned to the Prussian X. Armeekorps. The regiment was sent to the Western Front in August 1914 and saw active service at the Battles of Liège, Aisne, and Marne. It also spent time in 1915-1916 on the Eastern Front. Later, it participated in the legendary Operation Michael, March 1918’s great Spring Offensive. The entire Division was considered to be a top performer by Allied intelligence. The shoulder boards are of the M-1915 variety, i.e., those used on feldgrau uniforms. They belonged to Oberst Hans von Dewall (1866-1923). Von Dewall was appointed the regiment’s Kommandeur on 6 September 1914 as an Oberstleutnant. He was promoted to Oberst on 18 June 1917 and held that command until 24 April 1918. In that same month, he was promoted to command Infanterie Brigade Nr 21, which he held until the war’s end. On 1 January 1919, he reverted to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74’s command. [PLEASE NOTE: Effective 28 September…

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  • PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S -1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß  M-1915

    SKU: 23-511

    $695.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR’S -1. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß  M-1915. These shoulder boards come from the MOST elite of all Imperial German Infanterie Regiments, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, which was founded in 1688. It was garrisoned in Potsdam, along with the Prussian Army’s most elite regiments. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was assigned to the Garde-Korps AND the 1. Garde-Division. A Major from this regiment was either a Bataillon Kommandeur or on the Regimental staff as the Regimental Kommandeur’s deputy. These M-1915 shoulder boards were worn on a feldgrau tunic. They measure 1 ¾” x 4.” The subdued-silver, rope-like surface sports alternating rows of black and white chevrons that confirm its status as a Prussian Regiment. The silver bullion extends out slightly past the shoulder boards’ edges. This silver trim is mounted on a white underlay that serves as the shoulder boards’ reverse cover. Feldgrau straps are attached to the white material, allowing the shoulder boards to slip onto a tunic. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition and would make a fine addition to any collection.

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  • CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

    SKU: 19-283 XKG

    $4,995.00

    CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Theodore Roosevelt is among the most revered United States Presidents. He served in many governmental roles, such as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897. When war broke out with Spain in 1898, he resigned and formed the Rough Riders in concert with Col. Leonard Wood. [Wood had won the USA’s Medal of Honor for action against the Apaches, and later served as the U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff]. The Rough Riders were (also known as the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry or 1.U.S.V.). During the campaign Wood, its founding regimental commander, assumed the Brigade’s command after its assigned commander fell ill. Roosevelt then was promoted to colonel, took command of the regiment, then led it on the famous charge up San Juan Hill. [PLEASE NOTE the following side notes: the 10th U.S. Cavalry regiment was a flanking regiment consisting of African-American troopers under white officers. Also known as “Buffalo Soldiers,” they had fought Indians in the American West, with John J. (“Black Jack”) Pershing as one of their officers. Pershing later commanded U.S. Army troops in France during WW I. Theodore Roosevelt finally received the Medal of Honor in 2001 from President Bill Clinton for his actions during the Spanish-American War. Roosevelt had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. Both his Medal of Honor and Nobel Peace Prize are enshrined in the White House’s “Roosevelt Room.” Finally, Roosevelt’s son, Brigadier General Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt, Jr. (1887-1944)…

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  • SIGNED EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH DOCUMENT DISCUSSING FUTURE KNIGHT’S CROSS OF THE MILITARY MAX JOSEPH ORDER (BAVARIA) WINNER HANS RITTER von ADAM’S FLYING SKILLS

    SKU: 19-252

    $2,395.00

    This is a signed document by PLM-winner Eduard Ritter von Schleich about pilot Hans Ritter von Adam, who had twenty-one confirmed victories. Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947) was a well-known WW I German Ace. He had rejoined the infantry in August 1914 at WW I’s outbreak. He was wounded and requested a transfer to the Imperial German Air Service. He began his service flying two-seat observation planes. He was a tenacious and dutiful soldier. He was wounded on one mission, but rather than return to base, he had his observer tend to his wound, and then returned. Following the wounding, he was placed in command of Fliegerschule Nr 1 during September 1916, which he commanded until his return to flying service a year later. Between September and December 1917, von Schleich racked up an impressive score. By December 1917, he was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. While he commanded Jasta 21, von Schleich’s good friend was killed in a dogfight. To honor him, von Schleich ordered his Albatros D. V painted all black, with an emblem of the rampant Bavarian Lion against a blue and white checkerboard field. This caused a real stir. He soon became known as “The Black Knight of Germany.” Later, von Schleich replaced his Albatros with a Fokker D. VII, painted in similar livery. He finished the war with a total of thirty-five confirmed victories and JG 4’s command. Eduard Ritter von Schleich survived the war to go through many aviation and non-aviation-related jobs. In…

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  • BAVARIA – VETERAN’S BADGE – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 1

    SKU: 01-625

    $250.00

    This is one of the more ornate veteran’s badges I have encountered. Part of what makes it so unusual is that it has been produced in TWO pieces. The top piece is a cutout, gilt-toned Wittelsbach Crown. The badge’s lower half is a detailed, ornate shield. Mounted on the shield is a rampant Bavarian Lion in high-relief, holding a smaller shield with the Bavarian Flag’s checkerboard design. Mounted on that is a gilt “1.” Below the shield are two bandeaux, which refer to Infanterie-Regiment König Nr 1. The regiment was one of the Bavarian Army’s most elite. The badge’s reverse reveals that a substantial pin was attached to the crown. A small place appears below the crown where the pin could be centered. The badge measures an impressive 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4.”

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  • PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II DRESSED AS AN ULANEN

    SKU: 38-2842

    $20.00

    Pre war postcard of Kaiser Wilhelm II dressed as a member of 1. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. He is wearing the tschapka of that regiment. Further, he is wearing a dark blue ulanka of that regiment with the dress epaulets of a Generalfeldmarschall….    

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  • SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA – OBERLEUTNANT - 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 - M-1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERLEUTNANT – 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA VON PREUßEN NR 2 – M-1915

    SKU: 23-484

    $225.00

    This is a single Oberleutnant’s shoulder board from 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen. The regiment was raised in 1741 and garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, where it was attached to the Prussian XVII. Armeekorps. It was the sister regiment of 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. It was famous for having Kaiser Wilhelm II, his son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, and Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen as members. All three were often seen in the fabled regiment’s uniform and headdress. [In fact, von Mackensen attended Wilhelm II’s funeral in the regiment’s uniform. Before leaving the casket that held his monarch’s remains, he laid his overcoat over it. The 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen boasted as its most famous member (and à la Suite officer), Prinzessin Viktoria Luise, the Kaiser’s only daughter and eventual wife of Braunschweig’s Herzog Ernst August. [Viktoria Luise ( referred to as “Vikki Lu” in Germany) was also the granddaughter of Königin Viktoria (Queen Victoria of England’s eldest daughter) and Kaiser Friedrich III]. The shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It is of the M-1915 variety for use on a feldgrau attila. It displays a single subdued Oberleutnant’s pip, as well as Königin Viktoria’s subdued cypher. Black and white chevrons also appear on the obverse. The sewn-in shoulder board’s reverse of is black. The shoulder board appears on page 269 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. It was cut from the attila at some point, but remains in very…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS (2) - GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION - ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS (2) – GENERALMAJOR ZU DISPOSITION – ONE PRE WAR & ONE M-1915 SUBDUED FELDGRAU

    SKU: 23-472

    $895.00

    These two shoulder boards came to us together. I believe they came from the same officer and represent what was worn on a pre war tunic and on an M-1910 or M-1915 tunic. They are also quite unique as they are for a Generalmajor zu Disposition. [We have never before offered any Generalmajor zu Disposition’s shoulder boards. They provide a fine contrast to an active-duty General’s boards. It typically was the Imperial German Army’s practice to advance an officer one grade when he entered retirement, both in recognition of his long service and to increase his retirement pay. So, it is most likely that this particular officer entered retirement as an Oberst, either as a regimental commander or serving as a Brigade, Division, or Armeekorps staff member]. We will be selling the boards as a pair because they will be more interesting to display together, AND that is how they came to us. 1). Pre War Example Probably for a Dunkel-Blau Tunic. This shoulder board measures 1 ½” x 4.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features a white chevron with thin black trim that identifies the boards as Prussian for an officer who was zu Disposition. The underlay is made of red felt that extends past the board’s end. NO strap is available to slip it on (nor does it appear that one was ever present). It may well have been sewn onto the tunic,…

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  • GERMANY – TABLE MEDAL – COMMEMORATING LEIPZIG’S VÖLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL DEDICATION

    SKU: 27-65

    $95.00

    The bronze table medal measures 1½” in diameter. The monument is depicted on the table medal’s obverse, along with information about its dedication. Its reverse sports a Germanic Knight with sword and shield. The medal comes in its original purchase carton, which measures 7/16″ x 1 ¾” x 1 ¾.” The dates 1813 and 1913 appear on the upper lid’s exterior. It was produced for the benefit of the Deutscher Patriotenbund by the Leipzig firm of Heinrich Schneider, a House Jeweler to Saxony’s King……

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  • CABINET PHOTOGRAPH – KAISER WILHELM II – WEARING 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1’s UNIFORM – MOUNTED ON HIS HORSE

    SKU: 40-679

    $95.00

    CABINET PHOTOGRAPH – KAISER WILHELM II – WEARING 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1’s UNIFORM – MOUNTED ON HIS HORSE. Imperial German era photographs and postcards of Kaiser Wilhelm II generally feature him in the uniforms of either the Regiment der Garde du Corps or the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. Members of these two regiments sported very unusual headdresses that were quite different from those worn by any other Imperial German Army Regiments. This particular cabinet photograph (an oversized CdV), which shows the Kaiser mounted on his horse, is no exception. The photo measures 3 ¼” x 6 .” The Kaiser is wearing a foul weather canvas cover over his busby, so its wappen and kolpak cannot be seen. [It is the first photo I have ever seen that features the Kaiser wearing a foul weather cover over his busby, although I have seen photos of him sporting a covered pickelhaube]. Its feldzeichen is stuck in place (as is correct), and he has the busby’s chin scales pulled down under his chin. His attila is a parade rather than a dienst (daily-wear) version. His cross belt, decorations, and shoulder boards are those of a Generalfeldmarschall. The cabinet photograph’s bottom indicates that it was produced by the noted photographic house of Georg Scheppmeyer, one of Germany’s premiere studios and a purveyor to the royal household.

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  • PRUSSIA – BUTTONS – HUSAREN-TUNIC – GILT-TONED

    SKU: 15-610

    $25.00

    This is a very attractive group of buttons that are suitable for use on Husaren tunics. They are gilt-toned and measure 1″ in diameter. Husaren tunics used two different button types on both the tunic’s front and back. The barrel-type buttons are like toggles that slip through loops on the tunic fronts. The circular-type is referred to as a rosette button, and is used on both tunic fronts and reverses. Regiments that wore gilt toned buttons were: *Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment *Husaren-Regiment von Schill (1. Schlesisches) Nr 4 *Husaren-Regiment Graf Goetzen (2. Schlesisches) Nr 6 *Husaren-Regiment König Wilhelm I. (1. Rheinisches) Nr 7 *2. Rheinisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 9 *Magdeburgisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 10 *Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 *Königl. Sächs. Husaren-Regiment König Albert Nr 18 A total of eighteen buttons ARE available. For the sake of classification, I am describing them as low, medium, and high-finish. They all are in the same condition essentially, but this may help you pick the best finish to complete a tunic. [Let me add, buttons for Husaren tunics are VERY difficult to find]. PRICE PER BUTTON. *Low finish: We have FIVE. *Medium finish: We have NINE. *High finish: We have FOUR. PRICE PER BUTTON! PLEASE EMAIL US FOR SPECIFIC FINISH INFO@DERRITTMEISTER.COM

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  • BADEN – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – 1. BADISCHES LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 109

    SKU: 15-305

    $750.00

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

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  • THREE OFFICER PATENTS – SIGNED – KAISER WILHELM I – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 31-85

    $850.00

    This is a wonderful document group to a single officer, Freiherr von Münstermann. The group consists of his three promotion patents. What makes them so interesting (and dare I say, valuable) are the personal signatures of Kaiser Wilhelm I and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The documents are described below: *Promotion Patent – Premier Lieutenant to Hauptmann. The document measures 14 1/2″ x 9″ when folded, and 5″ x 9″ when unfolded. In this fashion, three of the four sides are utilized. Von Münstermann was serving in 1. Westfäl. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 7. With his promotion to hauptmann, von Münstermann became a Batterie Chef in the same regiment. The document was signed by Kaiser Wilhelm I on 14 December 1875. [Although we do not have earlier information on von Münstermann, it is almost certain he would have been a young leutnant during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War]. *Promotion Patent – Hauptmann to Major. The document measures 14″ x 8 1/2″ when folded, and 4 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ when unfolded. In this fashion, three of the four sides are utilized. Von Münstermann was serving in Holsteinsches Feldartillerie Regiment Nr 24 as a hauptmann. With his promotion to major, von Münstermann was transferred to Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6. The document was signed in Berlin on 22 March 1887. Twelve years as a hauptmann was a long time. It shows how slow advancement can be during peacetime. The document was signed in the final year of Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign. Germany’s first Kaiser…

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  • PRUSSIA – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 1

    SKU: 23-441

    $295.00

    This is a single enlisted man/NCO’s Flieger-Abteilung Nr 1 shoulder strap. The strap was used on a tunic, and measures 1 ¾” x 4 ¾.” The feldgrau strap displays the Fliegertruppen’s winged propeller device and the numeral “1” in red. Some very minor moth tracking is visible on its obverse and reverse. One of the wings also is missing a little bit of its red embroidery.

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    COLOR POSTCARD OF SCHLACHTKREUZER VON der TANN

    SKU: 44-216

    $20.00

    This is a postcard of the heavy cruiser Von der Tann. The Von der Tann was commissioned in 1910 and was the lead ship of her class. She was the flagship of Reconnaissance Group Nr 1 (1. Aufklärungsgruppe). She served in both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and participated in virtually all of WW I’s naval battles and actions. At the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht), she again led 1. Aufklärungsgruppe, suffering several hits, many fatalities and many wounded sailors. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow by her crew in 1919. The color postcard shows her in profile. It was never mailed.

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    POSTCARD OF SCHLACHTKREUZER VON der TANN

    SKU: 44-214

    $20.00

    This is a postcard of the heavy cruiser Von der Tann. The Von der Tann was commissioned in 1910 and was the lead ship of her class. She was the flagship of Reconnaissance Group Nr 1 (1. Aufklärungsgruppe). She served in both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and participated in virtually all of WW I’s naval battles and actions. At the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht), she again led 1. Aufklärungsgruppe, suffering several hits, many fatalities and many wounded sailors. She was scuttled at Scapa Flow by her crew in 1919. The postcard shows her in profile. It was never mailed.

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  • PATRIOTIC PIN – 2. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT KÖNIGIN VICTORIA von PREUßEN Nr 2

    SKU: 32-98

    $295.00

    This is a superb patriotic pin that most likely was worn by a lady whose husband or sweetheart served in 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2. It was one of the two Prussian “Death’s Head” regiments. Prinzessin Viktoria Luise rode with this regiment as an à la Suite officer, while her brother Kronprinz Wilhelm was known for his association with 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. This very high-quality, gilt-toned, pinback piece measures 1 ½” x 2.” It has the crowned cypher “V.” The pin is in excellent condition.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG – SALT POT – OFFICER

    SKU: 34-26

    $695.00

    The dinner tables at officers’ messes were quite formal and elaborate, depending on the regiment. The officers’ messes at Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infantrie-Regiment Nr 92 were among the most elaborate of all of the German Army regiments. Today we are offering an officer’s salt pot from one of these two regiments. Small salt pots were used in place of salt shakers during the Imperial Period, especially in an officer’s mess. Sometimes they had a small spoon that allowed the user to sprinkle salt onto his food. Other times no spoon was used, and a simple “pinch” of salt sufficed. This pot measures 1 ½” in diameter and stands 1″ tall. As I look at it, the pot reminds me of a miniature kettle drum. It has engraving on its three sides, which reveals a great deal about this interesting dining accouterment. On one side is the name Oberleutnant von Schierstaedt. On a second side is the Wilhelm of Braunschweig’s Cypher. The third side bears the date 1 November 1901. Underneath, on the pot’s bottom, is hallmarking for .800 silver and for Jurgens, the Herzog (Duke) of Braunschweig’s house jeweler.   This piece has a lot of personality and a fabulous patina.

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  • AUSTRIA - KNIGHT’S CROSS - FRANZ JOSEF ORDER - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    AUSTRIA – KNIGHT’S CROSS – FRANZ JOSEF ORDER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1476

    $1,150.00

    This is the Knight’s Cross of the Franz Josef Order, named for Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef (1830-1916). The decoration is quite handsome. Measuring from the crown it is 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” Excluding the crown, the decoration measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” The cross’s arms are made of gorgeous red enamel. The Hapsburg Crown is articulated……  

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  • THREE POSTAGE STAMP SET – EARLY ZEPPELINS – REPUBLIC OF VOLTA

    SKU: 21-151

    $50.00

    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.

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  • GERMANY – LONG SERVICE AWARD- FIFTEEN YEARS – ENLISTED MAN/NCO

    SKU: 05-1463

    $125.00

    This is an enlisted man/NCO Long Service Award for fifteen years’ duty. The cross measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” The obverse displays a crown, while the reverse features “XV.” A short 1 1/2″ length of blue ribbon is attached…    

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  • BADEN – SCHIRMÜTZE – OFFICER – DRAGONER-REGIMENT Nr 22

    SKU: 33-318

    $395.00

    This is a prewar Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 officer’s schirmütze from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The Grand Duchy had a total of three Dragoner-Regiments: 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20, 2. Badisches-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21, and 3. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Karl Nr 22. They were founded in 1803, 1850, and 1850, respectively. Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 was garrisoned in Mülhausen i.E, while 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20 resided in Karlsruhe and 2. Badisches-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21 was in Bruchsal-Schwetzingen. All three of the regiments were assigned to the XVI. Armeekorps, as were all of Baden’s regiments. The cap’s main body is made of dark-blue wool. A wide black velvet trim band measuring 1 ¼” in width encircles the cap’s base. A line of narrow white piping trims the velvet band at its top, while narrow red piping decorates its bottom. Another thin red piping line encircles the schirmütze’s top. The black band differentiates Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 from her sister regiments. The cap dates from around 1900, approximately three years after the state’s and Reich’s kokarden first jointly appeared on headdresses. It sports a small short visor, with Baden and the Reich’s correct kokarden appearing in the black band’s center. Its exterior condition is quite pleasing, with minimal mothing (harder and harder to find in more-than-100-year-old wool items). The mothing I DO detect is limited to very minor moth tracking, NOT fully bloomed moth nips. The cap’s exterior is a VERY clean. Inside the cap is a lightly-used, brown, leather sweatband that sports an impression…

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  • GERMANY – FLAG – 2008 MOVIE THE RED BARON

    SKU: 25-98

    $2,395.00

    The movie The Red Baron (Der Rote Baron when originally released) is the story of Manfred von Richthofen. Today we are offering a flag used in that film. The Red Baron was filmed in Germany and released in 2008. Those of you who know me are aware that the hit movie The Blue Max (1966), was based on Jack D. Hunter’s best-selling novel. It is what inspired my lifelong love of Imperial Germany. As influential as the movie and novel have been in my life, I believe the German-made Der Rote Baron is a superior film. I am well aware of its faults, including a fabricated involvement with Roy Brown that utterly surpasses recorded historical truth, as well as a blatantly 21st Century interpretation of Käte Otersdorf’s character and romantic involvement with von Richthofen. Although much rumor and speculation exist about a possible relationship between the two, all we know from the historical record is that Otersdorf was the Baron’s nurse in July 1917, following the first time he was shot down. No credible evidence has surfaced to indicate otherwise. However, it made a compelling “Hollywood” storyline! As I once pointed out to Jack Hunter when he complained about The Blue Max film’s historical inaccuracies, mainstream motion pictures are NOT produced to satisfy historians, Imperial German Period enthusiasts, or antique collectors. They are created to ENTERTAIN as many average moviegoers as possible, thereby generating massive worldwide profits from ticket, concession, and DVD sales. Having a good-looking young woman jump into…

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING TWO JASTA 11 FOKKER Dr. 1’s (TRIPLANES) AND ONE BRITISH NIEUPORT 17c

    SKU: 16-391

    $1,756.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING TWO JASTA 11 FOKKER Dr. 1’s (TRIPLANES) AND ONE BRITISH NIEUPORT 17c The late Jack D. Hunter was an amazing talent and a good friend. One of my favorite “Jack” stories occurred when his first book (The Blue Max) was being prepared for publication. As was standard for first-time authors, Jack was informed that his dust jacket would be rendered in black and white (artwork AND color were too expensive for a writer without a proven sales record). Jack, however, told the publisher that HE would provide the artwork if the dust jacket was published in color. The publisher printed 5,000 (a first-time author’s standard run) hardback copies, in color, as The Blue Max’s first edition. It became a top-seller as soon as it was published, then quickly was snapped up and turned into a major motion picture starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. Jack went on to write seventeen books before his 2009 death. In addition, he became a talented aviation artist whose work resides in museums’ and enthusiasts’ art collections all over the world. Throughout his years as an artist, Jack produced paintings in two basic sizes. His more commonly-seen artwork was larger, measuring 13 ½” x 18 ½.” Occasionally, Jack also produced a smaller size that measured 9 3/8″ x 14 3/8.” Today we are offering the larger painting, which is displayed within a 18 3/4″ x 23 3/4″ frame. The simple, elegant black molded frame is…

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  • HAND PAINTED SET – SOLDIERS – NAPOLEONIC WARS

    SKU: 23-300

    $225.00

    Over the years we have strived to bring you the common and uncommon. Today, we think we have something that is certainly the latter! We are offering a set of hand painted miniature soldiers. These were most likely produced during the period from 1890 through 1910. They depict the pride and the glory of the German Army during the Napoleonic Wars. I believe each soldier is made of lead, which was common during the period. They have been hand painted in great detail. The average soldier stands about 2″ tall. We will list below what this particular group encompasses. We actually have a large number of them. We will be happy to sell multiple groups at a discount. I have arranged them into groups that are slightly different. When possible, I have built them around the regimental colors. Below is what is included in a group: *One (1) mounted officer. *One (1) dismounted officer. *One (1) mounted walking officer. *One drummer wearing a mitre. *One soldier who has been shot and is in the process of falling to the ground. His mitre is already falling from his head. *Eight (8) infantry soldiers carrying muskets and wearing mitres. This wonderful mini grouping has a total of THIRTEEN men. It gives you a sense of what soldiers from two-hundred-years ago looked like. These were most likely owned by a young boy or even a collector like you!

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS

    SKU: 03-109

    $275.00

    PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS This is a small metal box that measures 1 ½” x 2 ¼” x 3 ¼.” The box is made of zinc, which was commonly used in patriotic items. Its outer lid displays a 1914 Iron Cross that measures 1 ⅛” x 1 ⅛.” Interestingly, the Iron Cross is very close to a Prinzengroße-sized Iron Cross. [Literally translated as “prince-sized,” these crosses were worn in Germany’s early days by young princes who were authorized to wear their fathers’ decorations, which were appropriately downsized for their smaller stature. By the time WW I began, they were worn more commonly by noblemen, as well as other officers adopted them to be fashionable]. The cross is of a strikingly high quality. It very possibly could be an actual Prinzengroße Iron Cross. The box’s five sides (its bottom is unadorned) feature ornate scrollwork. It is a finely executed box in first-rate condition.

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  • PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LUETNANT – M 1915 – GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT

    SKU: 23-444

    $375.00

    This is a marvelous pair of Leutnant’s 2. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment M-1915 shoulder straps. The regiment was founded in 1819 during König Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia’s reign (he guided Prussia through the Napoleonic Wars). The regiment was garrisoned in Berlin and attached to the Garde-Korps. The shoulder boards are of the sewn-in variety, the variety most often used by junior officers. Larger than the normal shoulder board, they each measure 2 ¼” x 4 ½.” They feature a red felt backing and are in outstanding condition.

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  • PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – OBERST – GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2

    SKU: 23-74

    $650.00

    This pair of dress (banjo style) epaulettes are correct for a Prussian Garde-Ulanen-Regiment Nr 2 Oberst. The epaulettes have a red background with the double pips and ringlets indicative of an Oberst. The epaulettes show some wear and toning. Overall, they are in well-above-average condition.

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  • PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II WEARING THE SPIKE HELMET OF THE GARDE DU CORPS

    SKU: 38-2843

    $20.00

    Postcard of Kaiser Wilhelm II in the full parade uniform of the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. Kaiser Wilhelm II is wearing the atilla of the regiment, and atop his head is a busby with parade plume….  

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  • PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM II IN THE UNIFORM OF A HUSSAR

    SKU: 38-2841

    $20.00

    Postcard of Kaiser Wilhelm II in the full parade uniform of the 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. Kaiser Wilhelm II is wearing the atilla of the regiment, and atop his head is a busby with parade plume….  

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