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  • AUSTRIA – PROMOTION PATENT – FELDMARSCHALLLIEUTENANT ERZHERZOG FRANZ CARL WITH SPECIAL FITTED PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 20-228

    $12,995.00

    Franz I (1768-1835) served as Austria’s emperor from 1804 until his death in 1835, when he was succeeded by his eldest son, Ferdinand (1793-1875). Franz Carl was Emperor Ferdinand’s younger brother. Ferdinand abdicated during Austria’s 1848 revolts. In the normal course of events, he would have been replaced by Franz Carl. Ferdinand suffered from poor health (epileptic seizures), and often has been portrayed as feeble-minded (which is debatable). Franz Carl was convinced to lay aside his claim to the throne in favor of his eldest son, Franz Joseph I (1830-1916). Franz Joseph served as Emperor of Austria from 1848 until his 1916 death. [Erzherzog Franz Carl had yet another famous son who became an emperor, none other than Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico (1832-1867)! Franz Carl was also the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914), Emperor Franz Joseph’s intended heir, whose 1914 assassination in Sarajevo led to WWI]….    

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    AUSTRIA – POSTCARD – KAISER CARL

    SKU: 45-20

    $15.00

    This is a postcard of Austria’s Kaiser Carl I (1887-1922). He was Austria’s final Kaiser. He is in uniform. The postcard was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – KAISER CARL – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 45-19

    $15.00

    This is a postcard of Austria’s Kaiser Carl I (1887-1922). He was Austria’s final Kaiser. He is in uniform, with his reproduction signature below his image. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON FOR CENTRAL POWERS ALLIANCE

    SKU: 36-158

    $75.00

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

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  • GERMANY – NEWSPAPER – BERLINER LOKAL-ANZEIGER SPECIAL EDITION DATED SUNDAY, 28 JUNE 1914: ANNOUNCING ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA’S ASSASSINATION IN SERBIA

    SKU: 12-787

    $45.00

    This is a special edition that was published free-of-charge, announcing the assassination of Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Grand Duchess Sophie, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. In all practicality, he was that country’s Crown Prince. [Franz Ferdinand was Emperor Franz-Josef’s nephew rather than his son. Franz-Josef’s son, Kronprinz Rudolf, had committed suicide in 1889. Franz Ferdinand became the heir to the Austrian throne upon the passing of his father Archduke Karl Ludwig, in 1896]. The deaths of Franz Ferdinand and Sophie served as the spark that began WW I. Following that assassination, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia. When its demands were not met, Austria-Hungry declared war on Serbia. Because of assorted existing European alliances, Russia, Great Britain, and France reciprocated by declaring war on Austria-Hungry. Germany then came to her ally Austria-Hungary’s aide by declaring war on the opposition. War officially began on 28 July 1914. Subsequently, Italy, a previous ally of Austria-Hungry, defected to joined the Russians, French, and English, as did Japan. Ultimately, the USA also declared war on Germany in 1917. Turkey and Bulgaria sided with the Germans and Austrians. This one-page special-edition also has a lengthy message from Kaiser Franz-Josef. It would look very impressive if framed–perhaps accompanied by another Great War artifact.

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  • PRUSSIAN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – FÜSILIER REGIMENT Nr 73

    SKU: 04-673

    $4,995.00

    This is an amazing Füsilier-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (Hannoversches) Nr 73 officer’s pickelhaube. The regiment, commonly referred to as Füsilier-Regiment Nr 73, was originally founded by the Kingdom of Hannover in1803. The Kingdom’s senior Infanterie regiment, it was garrisoned in the capital city of Hannover and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. The regiment was sent to Spain, where it fought with Great Britain’s Field Marshal Wellington. It later joined other Hanoverian regiments in the penultimate Battle of Waterloo, which defeated Napoleon for the final time. Five Hanoverian Infanterie regiments fought at the Battle of Waterloo, along with one Jäger-Bataillon, two Dragoner-Regiments, two Ulanen-Regiments, two Artillerie Regiments, and one Pionier-Bataillon. Years later, Hannover sided with Austria in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, a very brief, sharp war in which Prussia and its allies ROLLED over Austria and hers. Hannover paid a huge price for its poor choice of allegiance when her territory was annexed by Prussia. This included the complete takeover of all Hanoverian military units, whose regiments were required to display Prussian wappens on their headdresses. In 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm II honored the former Hanoverian units by allowing them to once more display their battle honors (bandeaux) on their headdresses. The gesture was warmly received by these regiments/Bataillons, as it distinguished them from other Prussian line-units. The pickelhaube’s leather body is in excellent condition, overall. It has an unusual, matte-black finish that I see every once in a while. This finish’s benefit is that it provides an impeccable background…

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  • BAVARIA – MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS DECORATION AND AWARD DOCUMENT

    SKU: 06-234

    $250.00

    This is a Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords award document (urkunde) and decoration. The Military Merit Cross was established in 1866 during (“Mad”) König Ludwig II’s (1845-1886) reign. Bavaria had aligned herself with Austria, Saxony, Württemberg, and Hannover. The sharp, brief war lasted seven weeks in which Austria and her allies were soundly defeated. During the conflict, Ludwig II authorized two completely different decoration lines for Bavaria’s soldiers. The first line was the Military Merit Order (MMO), which was limited to officers. The second line was the Military Merit Cross (MMC), intended for enlisted men and NCO’s. Both were introduced during the conflict. The MMC came to be Bavaria’s enlisted men and NCO’s Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class equivalents. In wartime it could be awarded with Swords and/or a Crown. The Crown signified a higher or second award within the three classes in which the decoration was awarded. Our Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords (Militär-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit Schwerten), with its urkunde, was awarded on 15 March 1915 to an “L. Wiedemann” from Bavaria’s Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 3. While the award’s date was 15 March, the Ordenskanzler’s Office did not sign off on it until 24 March. WW I was only about 19-months-old, so it was a relatively early award. The document measures 8” x 12” and has been folded into quarters. The decoration is in excellent condition. The pair will make an appealing display.

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    AUSTRIA – FRAME – HAND CARVED WOOD – HAPSBURG EAGLE

    SKU: 26-62 A

    $2,150.00

    Massive, truly magnificent, artistically hand carved wooden Hapsburg Eagle. It has been years since we have offered a sophisticated example of German Imperial Period woodcarving. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest we have ever offered. During the Imperial Period, most of Europe’s finest hand woodcarving came from Germany and Austria. [The tradition is still practiced today primarily in Southern Germany (the Black Forest and Bavaria) and Northern Austria (the Tyrol)]. I cannot say with certainty whether our example originated in Austria or Germany, although it was done to commemorate Austria’s Hapsburg Empire. I date this fine example from 1875 up through 1918, when the Great War’s end resulted in the demise of Germany and Austria’s empires….  

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  • AUSTRIAN – VETERAN’S BADGE – HEERES GRUPPE BÖHM-ERMOLLI

    SKU: 01-854

    $30.00

    This is an interesting WW I Austrian veteran’s badge. The badge measures 1 ½” x 1 ½.” Its bottom displays shields sporting Prussian, Austrian, and Turkish Coats-of-Arms. The badge’s center features the legend “Heeres Gruppe Böhm-Ermolli,” which refers to Eduard Freiherr von Böhm-Ermolli (1856-1941). When WW I began, von Böhm-Ermolli was an Austrian General der Kavallerie. He led several different Austrian armies, commanding Heeres Gruppe Böhm-Ermolli from 15 September 1915 to 25 July 1916. He was promoted to a Generaloberst’s rank in May 1916. When von Hindenburg was promoted to Chief of the General Staff, and Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen was given command of the East, Bavaria’s Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Leopold assumed overall command of all the Central Powers’ troops. At that point, von Böhm-Ermolli found himself reporting to Prinz Leopold. Von Böhm-Ermolli was ultimately promoted to Feldmarschall in January 1918. The gilt-toned badge is stamped.

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  • GERMANY - PATRIOTIC PENDANT - EARLY WAR -  IRON CROSS MOTIF

    AUSTRIA / GERMANY – PATRIOTIC PENDANT – EARLY WAR –  IRON CROSS MOTIF

    SKU: 17-675

    $95.00

    Beautiful and elegant German and Austrian patriotic Iron Cross pendant from early WW I. The pendant cross is black enameled with white trim. In the center there is a small gold toned medallion which shows Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Kaiser Franz Joseph of Austria…..

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  • ROYAL SEAL FROM HOUSE OF HAPSBURG – USED ON ADELSBRIEF

    SKU: 20-236

    $2,195.00

    In both Germany and Austria, the Adelsbrief was an important document that extended knighthood and nobility to men who had previously been well-respected commoners. They could have been men in the military, government service, men of commerce, or public renown. The documents were often presented in deluxe boxes. The book-like document contained the text and circumstances of the knighthood, including its date and the ruler’s signature. A special coat-of-arms that had been created for the family was included within the document, and remained theirs ever after. A metal canister containing the ruler’s seal was usually attached to the book. In this case, the canister was attached to an Austrian Adelsbrief (which was removed at some point) and thereby the now unknown person was elevated to knighthood. The canister measures 3 3/4” in diameter and is 1 1/4” thick. It is a two-piece device that opens to reveal its contents. The canister’s basic material is silver-toned. Attached to the top is a brass rendition of the Hapsburg Coat-of-Arms. It clearly displays the House of Hapsburg’s two-headed eagle, which was used by Kaiser Franz Josef and his predecessors. Extending from the canister are four small sashes made of red, black, gold, and silver bullion. When one removes the canister’s upper half, the House of Hapsburg’s red wax seal is revealed, displaying the royal family’s coat-of-arms. The wax seal is completely intact and in excellent condition. I cannot accurately date this. I feel quite confident that it comes from the 19th Century, however,…

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – HERZOG ALBRECHT – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 38-1390

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows Herzog Albrecht of Württemberg (1865-1939). With the death of his father in 1917, he became the heir to Württemberg’s throne. When König Wilhelm II died in 1921, he became Württemberg’s Pretender to the throne. Herzog Albrecht was a highly-decorated generalfeldmarschall during WW I, one of Germany’s top military commanders with key posts on the Western Front. In this pose he is wearing a general’s feldgrau uniform. He has an Iron Cross 1st Class on his left breast and a high-level Austrian decoration at his throat. Württemberg’s royal house had strong ties to Austria. They even served as Austria’s ally in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War.

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    MINIATURE U-BOOT VETERAN’S BADGE – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 13-1005

    $450.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a miniature Austrian Veteran’s U-Boot Badge. It features an eagle with partially folded wings. The center of the eagle’s chest features a shield with enameled diagonal stripes of Austria’s national colors. Grasped in the eagle’s talons is a large, oversized blue enamel “U” trimmed in gold. [A very small chip appears on the blue “U.” You must look closely to see it]. The reverse sports a horizontal, rather than a vertical pin, for attaching it to a garment. Its overall dimensions are 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” Overall, it is in very fine condition.

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  • PATRIOTIC PIN REPRESENTING GERMANY’S KAISER WILHELM II AND AUSTRIA’S KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 32-161

    $75.00

    WW I’s early years featured a lot of patriotic representation of Germany and Austria’s alliance. In this case, we have a very finely-made, early-war patriotic pin. The circular, gold-toned, mini badge is attached to a pin and measures 1 ½” in diameter. A wreath of oak leaves encircles it. Facing each other in the badge’s center are the Austrian and German Kaisers. At the badge’s top is a Hohenzollern Crown, with “1914” directly beneath it. At the very bottom is a 1914 Iron Cross. The badge is in excellent condition.

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  • AUSTRIA – HONOR BADGE – PRESENTATION CASE WITH TWO MINIATURES AND ONE STICKPIN

    SKU: 05-1628 XES

    $395.00

    Ehrenzeichen für Verdiensts um die Republik die Österreich (Honor Badge for Service Within the Republic of Austria). It is a post WW II decoration first authorized in 1952. The single-sided decoration sports a large red enameled cross with a white cross interior. A large eagle with the shields of various Austrian locations is mounted at the top. The decoration is attached to an orange and white tri-fold ribbon….

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  • AUSTRIA / GERMANY - PLATE - PATRIOTIC - COMMEMORATING THE GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN ALLIANCE 1914-1916

    AUSTRIA / GERMANY – PLATE – PATRIOTIC – COMMEMORATING THE GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN ALLIANCE 1914-1916

    SKU: 18-516

    $95.00

    This is a patriotic plate which celebrates the German and Austrian alliance during WW I. Generally we see plates which show the German and Austrian Kaisers. This plate speaks to the more common man in the form of German and Austrian soldiers……

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    AUSTRIA – POSTCARD – ARCHDUKE EUGEN

    SKU: 45-262

    $20.00

    This is a postcard of Archduke Eugen Ferdinand Pius Bernhard Felix Maria of Austria-Teschen (1863-1954). He began his military career in 1877. During his early military career, he served in the Tyrolean Kaiserjäger-Regiment and in a Husaren-Regiment. After completing a rigid military education, he was posted to the Austrian General staff. Then he was posted to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 13, first as a Bataillon Commander, and then as the Regimental Commander. From this, he was promoted to a Brigade, and later, a Division Commander. In 1900, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie (equal to a U.S. Lieutenant General) of the Austrian XIV. ArmeeKorps. (Some say that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was increasingly jealous of him). Eugen retired from the army in 1911, at the age of forty-eight….  

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  • AUSTRIA – POSTCARD – ARCHDUKE EUGEN

    SKU: 45-261

    $20.00

    This is a color postcard of Archduke Eugen Ferdinand Pius Bernhard Felix Maria of Austria-Teschen (1863-1954). He began his military career in 1877. During his early military career, he served in the Tyrolean Kaiserjäger-Regiment and in a Husaren-Regiment. After completing a rigid military education, he was posted to the Austrian General staff. Then he was posted to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 13, first as a Bataillon Commander, and then as the Regimental Commander. From this, he was promoted to a Brigade, and later, a Division Commander. In 1900, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie (equal to a U.S. Lieutenant General) of the Austrian XIV. ArmeeKorps. (Some say that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was increasingly jealous of him). Eugen retired from the army in 1911, at the age of forty-eight….  

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  • AUSTRIA - RED CROSS DECORATION - WAR SERVICE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    AUSTRIA – RED CROSS DECORATION – WAR SERVICE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1490

    $550.00

    Beautifully maintained, Austrian Red Cross Decoration for Service during Wartime. The Austrian Red Cross Decoration  was issued from 1864 through 1914. As with most Austrian decorations, the enamel work it is simply gorgeous. The cross is elongated and measures 1 3/4″ x 1 1/2.” Its arms are white and red enamel. A red cross is in the center and a gorgeous green enamel wreath joins the four arms together….    

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  • GERMANY/AUSTRIA – PENDANT – PATRIOTIC IRON CROSS

    SKU: 17-697 XRH

    $50.00

    Enameled in the colors of Germany and Austria gold toned Iron Cross pendant. In the center we read “1914″….  

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  • GERMANY / AUSTRIA – PATRIOTIC BOWL – KAISER WILHELM II OF GERMANY AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF OF AUSTRIA

    SKU: 18-582 XRH

    $75.00

    Germany and Austria were allies at the beginning of WW I. There was a true fever of patriotism at the outset of the war. This plate shows the two Kaisers and their respective coats of arms. …  

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  • BAVARIA - MERIT CROSS - THIRD CROSS WITH CROWN AND SWORDS

    BAVARIA – MILITARY MERIT CROSS – 3RD CLASS – WITH CROWN AND SWORDS

    SKU: 05-1739

    $150.00

    The Military Merit Cross was founded by King Ludwig II around the time of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. Bavaria was on the losing side with Austria…..  

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  • AUSTRIA / HUNGRY / GERMANY – PATRIOTIC PLATE – WAR TIME EFFORT

    SKU: 18-521

    $75.00

    Patriotic plate celebrating the cooperation of the triple alliance between Germany, Austria and Hungary This is a fine patriotic plate……

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  • AUSTRIA / GERMANY - PLATE - PATRIOTIC - GERMAN RED CROSS FROM THE PERIOD OF 1915

    AUSTRIA / GERMANY – PLATE – PATRIOTIC – GERMAN RED CROSS FROM THE PERIOD OF 1915

    SKU: 18-517

    $150.00

    This is an interesting plate which commemorates the German Red Cross from 1915. It also commemorates the alliance between Germany and Austria……

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  • GERMANY - MEDAL BAR - FIVE PLACE

    GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – FIVE PLACE

    SKU: 02-440 XLO

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a five-place medal bar. Its medals are listed from left to right below. 1). Military Merit Cross 3rd Class – Bavaria. 2). Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. 3). Land Tirol Veterans Medal for Service 1914-1918. 4). War Service Medal for Service during WW I – Austria. 5). War Service Medal for Service during WW I – Hungary. The medals are all in fine condition. The ribbon shows considerable soiling.  

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  • IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD - KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 10-897

    $30.00

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF This is an Imperial Period coin impression card. Two small embossed roundels appear in the card top’s left and right corners. The embossed roundel on the left displays two men operating a press, while the embossed roundel on the right features Germany’s Postal Service post horn within a laurel leaf wreath. A printed legend between the two roundels reads “Gedenktaler auf die Bundesbrüderschaft” (Memorial Coin for the Federal Brotherhood). The Imperial Period impression card’s center features an embossed front and back of the silver 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II/Kaiser Franz Josef coin, which the coin’s designation number, “4436,” between them. The coin’s front impression displays Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and Austro-Hungary’s Kaiser Franz Josef’s profiles. The coin’s back impression features shields displaying both Germany’s and Austria Coats-of-Arms. The phrase “Einigkeit Macht Stark” (Unity is Strength) appears above the shields, while the date, August 1914, appears below them. The legend “Silber (Silver) 990/1000, 18 gr. (Grams) Schwer (Heavy) das Stück M. 4.50 ([for] the Piece 4.5 Marks)” appears at the bottom of the card. Coin collectors’ cards like this are not something we come across often. It would make a good addition to any collection.

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    AUSTRIA – SERVICE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1701 XMB

    $325.00

    Simply gorgeous example of the Austria’s Bronzene Militär Verdienst Medaille mit Schwerten (Bronze Military Service Medal with Swords)……  

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  • GERMANY – PATRIOTIC DOILY/PLACE MAT CELEBRATING WW I ALLIED VICTORY

    SKU: 34-91

    $50.00

    PATRIOTIC DOILY/PLACE MAT CELEBRATING WW I ALLIED VICTORY. During WW I and shortly thereafter, patriotic objects were numerous and varied. As with so many wars, the initial enthusiasm and excitement soon devolved into grimness as the war years dragged on and on. By the war’s end, few families in Europe had not been affected by family members’ or friends’ deaths and the sheer horror of all-out war. While Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey had little to celebrate, the Allies found validation in victory. The item we are offering today details the winning camp’s attitude. This 11″ x 14″ doily/place mat revels in the Allied victory. It features an exquisitely delicate lace background that contains an 8″ x 10″ pink satin frame several inches inside it. A smaller, 3″ x 4″ panel within the pink frame displays the date “1919.” Each of the date’s numbers has been stitched from the various, victorious Allies’ national flags. For example, Great Britain’s Union Jack appears on the initial “1,” along with Japan’s flag. France and Australia appear on the “9.” The second “1” features the USA’s flag by itself. [This is only a partial list. Most of the major nations that participated in the war, including Belgium, appear on the various numbers. Below the numbers is a legend that proclaims “Souvenir de France.” This lovely piece is in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – JÄGER – Bataillon Nr 10

    SKU: 15-254

    $2,295.00

    This is a very fine tunic from an elite unit with a long and proud history. The very rare tunic comes from Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. The unit was raised in 1803 and garrisoned at Goslar. Prior to the beginning of WW I it was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. This was the only Jäger Bataillon in the Kingdom of Hannover’s Army. It was an elite rifle unit that was greatly prized by Wellington, along with his own 92nd Rifles, for its members’ marksmanship. These troops were an important part of the skirmishers sent out in advance of the regular Infanterie. Their marksmanship helped eliminate officers and interfered with the command and control of the French troops they opposed. This unit proudly served with the Duke of Wellington throughout the Peninsula Campaign and at Waterloo. Like the other Hanoverian Regiments, Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 was absorbed into the Prussian Army in 1866 after Hannover’s defeat when they sided with Austria against Prussia. Even though Hanoverian Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, Jäger, and Pionier units were redesignated as Prussian units, they retained a strong sense of pride in their roots as native sons of Hannover. In the late 1890’s this was recognized by Kaiser Wilhelm II. He then allowed these units to wear bandeaux for the battle honors that they had achieved while under Hannover’s flag. This small gesture meant a great deal to the troops. From that day until the end of the empire, they could be distinguished from other Prussian units…

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  • POSTCARD – AUSTRIA’S KAISERIN ZITA AND KRONPRINZ OTTO

    SKU: 45-142

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Kaiser Karl I of Austria’s wife, Zita, and their son, Crown Prince Otto. The postcard was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – KAISER KARL I – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 45-155

    $20.00

    Karl I (1887-1922) was Austria’s final Kaiser, ruling from 1916 until his abdication in 1918 following WW I’s end. He appears in a Hussar’s feldgrau uniform. He is wearing several orders and decorations. The postcard was mailed in 1917.

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  • AUSTRIA – POSTCARD – ERZHERZOG LEOPOLD FERDINAND

    SKU: 38-2390

    $14.50

    This postcard shows Erzherzog Leopold Ferdinand of Austria in uniform. He was a cousin of Austria’s royal family, Archduke Ferdinand IV of Tuscany’s son, and quite the black sheep. Leopold fell in love with a prostitute and suffered from alcoholism. His parents had him dried-out, then tried to bribe him to abandon his mistress. He left the Imperial House and fled to Switzerland, where he married the prostitute, Wilhelmina Adamovich, whom he later divorced. (He married two more times)….  

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  • POSTCARD – KAISERIN ELISABETH’S MONUMENT – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 38-2414

    $15.00

    This postcard shows the monument to Kaiserin Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898). Affectionately known as “Sissi,” she was Kaiser Franz Josef’s wife. She was born in Bavaria as a princess. Franz Josef’s life was filled with tragedy. First, his son Crown Prince Rudolf killed himself. Then in 1898, while visiting Italy, Sissi was assassinated. As if that were not enough, Franz Josef’s new heir, Franz Ferdinand, was himself assassinated in June 1914, which touched off WW I. The monument to Sissi was erected in Vienna (Wien). The postcard has been mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF – 60 YEARS – RULER – AUSTRIA-HUNGARY

    SKU: 38-1324

    $12.00

    This postcard celebrates sixty years of rule by Kaiser Franz Josef (1848-1908) of Austria. The postcard was mailed in Vienna in 1916.

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  • POSTCARD – 60 YEARS – AUSTRIAN THRONE -KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 38-2618

    $15.00

    This postcard commemorates 60 (1848-1908) years on Austria’s throne by Kaiser Franz Josef. The old Kaiser lived another eight years. The postcard’s reverse has a pre cancelled stamp and other cancellations that observe the celebration.

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  • POSTCARD – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 38-2617

    $15.00

    This postcard depicts Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria. He is seated at a desk signing a promotion patent or award document.

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  • POSTCARD – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 38-2615

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria at a much younger age. I estimate that the pose dates from 1840 to 1860. The postcard was never mailed.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 38-2614

    $15.00

    This a wonderful color postcard of Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria. He is in uniform and wears no less than FOUR breast stars, along with other medals. The postcard was never mailed.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 38-2613

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria in a generalfeldmarschall’s dress uniform, complete with epaulettes, numerous medals, breast stars, and decorations. The image comes from a painting and is dated 1914. A message on the obverse has his reproduction signature. The postcard was never mailed.

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    POSTCARD – ERZHERZOG FRANZ CARL AND FAMILY – INCLUDING FUTURE KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 45-120

    $15.00

    This postcard comes from an 1836 painting. It shows Erzherzog Franz Carl of Austria and his family. Included is the very young future Kaiser, Franz Josef I. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – 60th ANNIVERSARY – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 38-2186

    $20.00

    In Austria during 1908 the entire country celebrated the 60th year of rule of Kaiser Franz Josef. He first assumed the throne in 1848. This postcard commemorates the celebration. A message is written on the reverse. A special stamp and cancellation for the occasion also are present.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – SIXTY YEARS RULE – AUSTRIA – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 38-2369

    $15.00

    Kaiser Franz Josef had a long rule of Austria. He sat upon the Hapsburg throne for 60+ years. This color postcard commemorates the 60th year of his rule. The central theme is his oval portrait, with the Hapsburg Crown above him. The rest of the postcard shows a variety of postage stamps covering his rule’s span. The reverse shows that the postcard was mailed, but the postage stamp was removed.

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    POSTCARD – KAISER FRANZ JOSEF I OF AUSTRIA

    SKU: 45-258

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Kaiser Franz Josef I of Austria. He is wearing a military uniform in what is actually a pen and ink sketch. The postcard was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – HERZOG MAXIMILIAN – BAVARIA

    SKU: 45-224

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Duke Maximilian of Bavaria (1808-1888). Maximilian was a minor member of the Wittelsbach Royal House. His daughter Elisabeth (1837-1898), known as Sissi to family and friends) married Kaiser Franz Josef I of Austria. The postcard was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ LUDWIG – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1072

    $15.00

    This postcard comes from a charcoal sketch. It shows Prinz Ludwig of Bavaria. The postcard was mailed from Austria.

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    COLORIZED POSTCARD OF BATTLESHIP S. M. S. KAISER FRIEDRICH III

    SKU: 44-145

    $20.00

    This is a colorized postcard of the battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Friedrich III. Friedrich III (1831-1888) was Germany’s second Kaiser. He was Kaiser Wilhelm I’s son and Kaiser Wilhelm II’s father. He was a very effective military commander in the 1865 Danish War, the 1866 war against Austria and her German allies, and the 1870/1871 Franco-Prussian War. Friedrich III served as Kaiser for only ninety-nine days and die at the age of fifty-six from cancer of the larynx. His son named a battleship for Kaiser Friedrich III. She was commissioned in 1898, but by the time WW I began she was totally out-of-date. She only was used for harbor defense and as a floating barracks. The postcard has some information, including a pencilled signature. It never was mailed.

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  • COLORIZED POSTCARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL von HINDENBURG

    SKU: 38-888

    $15.00

    This is a colorized postcard of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg (1847-1934). He is wearing a dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic, with epaulettes, a ribbon bar, breast star, and two neck orders. Von Hindenburg achieved fame early in WW I, defeating the Russians at Tannenberg on the Eastern Front. He later commanded the entire German Army. He became the President of the Weimar Republic in the 1920’s. He ultimately was forced to accept Adolf Hitler as his Chancellor. Upon von Hindenburg’s death in 1934, Hitler assumed control of Germany and the Third Reich was born. This postcard was mailed from Austria during WW I.

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  • BELGIUM- PATRIOTIC DOILY/PLACE MAT – 1914-1918

    SKU: 34-80

    $110.00

    This is a very handsome, well made doily/place mat. It measures 11” x 11.” The edges are white lace, while the interior is a rich chocolate color. The interior’s material feels as though it has been treated to make it somewhat water-resistant, much like oilskin. The material itself has a fine weave, and could be either linen or silk. A yellow-embroidered flower and its leafy stem grace the mat’s center. Embroidered in light-blue thread above and to the left are the words “Andenken Belgien (Souvenir of Belgium).” Below the flower to the right are the dates 1914-1918. Each corner sports an embroidered flag for one of the Central Powers (Germany, Austria, Turkey, and Bulgaria), with its proper national colors. It is a charming patriotic reminder of a bygone era.

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