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  • BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – RESERVE INFANTERIE

    SKU: 04-755

    $4,495.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – RESERVE INFANTERIE The Grand Duchy of Baden is one of our favorite states for pickelhauben and kugelhelme, partially due to their handsome wappens that feature the Duchy’s emblematic griffin. Their gorgeous state’s kokarden also is spectacular, as we will detail further along in this description. Our offering today is a Baden Reserve Infanterie Officer’s spiked helmet. Its leather body is in exceptional condition, with a buttery-smooth surface. It is virtually flawless, which is amazing in a more than one-hundred-year-old leather helmet. All of this marvelous helmet’s furniture is gilt-toned, including the wappen, chin scales, officers’ stars, spike-base, pearl ring, spike, front and rear visor trim and its back strap. The only silver-toned piece is the Reserve Officer’s Cross that sits high on the Baden Griffin’s chest, displaying the motto “Mit Gott für Fürst und Vaterland” (With God for the First [their leader’s title] and the Fatherland). The wappen itself sports an extremely gorgeous, frosted and fire-gilded facade. It is absolutely amazing, ranking among the finest Baden wappens that I have encountered. The pickelhaube’s spike is removable. Both the state’s and the Reich’s kokarden are present. The Baden kokarde displays a style employed by Baden, Württemberg, Saxony, and Hesse Darmstadt, while the Reich’s kokarde’s follows the more commonly-used pattern employed by Prussia. Baden’s very elegant kokarde resembles a round fan that has been painted red and gold. The Reich’s kokarde is missing some paint. The helmet’s interior features a high-quality, gently-used, leather sweatband that is…

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  • BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – PRE-1897 DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-628

    $4,995.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – PRE-1897 DRAGONER-REGIMENT This is a fine example of a One-Year-Volunteer’s pickelhaube that was produced prior to 1897 for Dragoner-Regiments Nr 20, Nr 21, and Nr 22. The Grand Duchy of Baden, located just west of modern-day Stuttgart, fielded a total of three Dragoner-Regiments. These included 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20, 2. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21, and 3. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Karl Nr 22. The first regiment was raised in 1803, the other two in 1850. They were garrisoned in Karlsruhe (the capital), Bruchsal-Schwetzingen, and Mülhausen i.E. All three regiments were attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. (ALL Baden regiments were part of the XIV. Armeekorps, since the Armeekorps had been established along geographic boundaries within Germany prior to WW I). These three regiments comprised Baden’s entire Kavallerie contingent. [Unlike some other states that fielded Küraßier, Dragoner, Ulanen, or Husaren Regiments, Baden focused on Dragoner-Regiments only]. Our offering today is a very fine officer’s pickelhaube from a Dragoner-Regiment. The helmet’s leather body has a squared-off front visor rather than a rounded one. All Dragoner helmets throughout Germany had squared visors. Only Württemberg and Bavaria used the squared visor for regiments other than the Dragoner. The other use for a helmet with a squared front visor was as general officers’ pickelhauben. The leather body of this spiked helmet is generally pleasing. The leather is in great shape. We see some minor cracking from age. We also see a bit of settling at the top in the area…

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  • BADEN – KUGELHELM WITH STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT Nr 14

    SKU: 33-141

    $4,295.00

    Baden was the Imperial German Empire’s largest Grand Duchy. Before WW I, her population was not all that much smaller than the Kingdom of Württemberg, (the smallest of the four kingdoms). For her size, her military was also quite impressive. She fielded a wide variety of regiments, with especially fine Artillerie Regiments. Prior to WW I’s big troop build-up (and the actual war), Baden fielded a total of five Feldartillerie-(Field Artillery) Regiments (Nr’s 14, 30, 50, 66, and 76) and one Fußartillerie-(Foot Artillery)-Regiment (Nr 14). The smaller number of Fußartillerie versus Feldartillerie Regiments was consistent throughout the German Army. Fußartillerie-Regiments were a later development, which limited their numbers. For this reason, Fußartillerie kugelhelme are much more difficult-to-find than Feldartillerie, AND much more expensive. We are offering an officer’s kugelhelm for Baden’s ONLY foot artillery regiment, Badisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 14. The regiment was founded in 1893. It was garrisoned at Straßburg i.E. and assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. The helmet presents a generally pleasing leather body. Some cracking and spidering appear at many points on the body. Some curling also shows on both the rear visor’s halves. While I generally prefer the body to be a bit fitter, it is still an acceptable piece. As it is such an unusual helmet, I could NOT pass on it. All of the kugelhelm’s furniture is gilt. The wappen is particularly handsome. You have probably been wondering how we determine if a kugelhelm is for a field or foot artillery regiment? It is all…

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  • BADEN - SHOULDER STRAP - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    BADEN – SHOULDER STRAP – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 109

    SKU: 23-493

    $195.00

    This is a single shoulder strap for an enlisted man/NCO from the Grand Duchy of Baden’s 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. This regiment was the most important one in Baden’s military. As Grand Duchies, Baden and Hesse-Darmstadt were Imperial Germany’s two biggest military contributors after its four main Kingdoms of Prussia, Saxony, Bavaria, and Württemberg. The regiment was founded in 1803 and garrisoned in Baden’s capital city, Karlsruhe. It was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. The shoulder strap appears on page 114 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael A. Kelso. The strap measures 2 ” x 6 ½.” Its background is black with white trim around the edges. An embroidered red crown appears in its center. The strap’s reverse is also black. Its overall condition is excellent. This was one of the Imperial German Army’s premiere regiments. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – FÄHNRICH’S – DRAGONER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-765

    $2,495.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – FÄHNRICH’S  – DRAGONER-REGIMENT In the Imperial German Army, the rank of Fähnrich was equivalent to that of an Offizier’s candidate. [The rank differed from a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) in more than its enlistment duration. A Fähnrich was on a fast track to FULL Offizier’s status in either the regular army or as a reserve officer. Many OYV’s ultimately became officers after they ended their active duty service and entered the reserves. During their formal one year’s service, OYV’s typically remained privates or privates first- class. In some instances they might enter the junior level as an NCO]. The Grand Duchy of Baden maintained three Dragoner-Regiments, Dragoner-Regiment Nrs 20, 21, and 22. Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20 was the oldest, formed as a Leib-Dragoner-Regiment in 1803. The other two regiments were raised in the mid-19th Century. The helmet’s leather body is in good condition. It has a couple of scrapes and dings, but nothing to seriously affect its overall condition. The wappen sports a fine frosted silver surface and an open/voided Offizier’s Crown. The cruciform, spike, and helmet trim is silver-toned. The helmet has NO Offizier’s stars (the helmet’s only feature that is NOT Offizier’s level. The pearl ring where the spike is attached is also an Offizier’s style. The chinstraps are brass. The exterior’s final features are the State’s and Reich’s kokarden. Again, they are Offizier’s level. [I am always drawn to the non Prussian kokarden pattern. The style that we see on the Baden kokarde was also used…

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  • BADEN – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE – TWELVE-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL BAR

    SKU: 02-419

    $125.00

    This is an in interesting version of Baden’s 2nd Class (Twelve-Year) Long-Service Medal. The gold-toned medal measures 1″ in diameter. Its obverse displays Friedrich of Baden’s cypher, while its reverse features the Roman numeral “XII.” It is set up as a one-place medal bar. An “XII” for its owner’s years of service appears on Baden’s red and yellow ribbon. It NEVER had a pin and catch on its reverse. Its overall condition is excellent.

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  • BADEN - SHOULDER BOARDS - LIEUTENANT - TRAIN-ABTEILUNG NR 14

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARDS – LIEUTENANT – TRAIN-ABTEILUNG NR 14

    SKU: 23-563

    $175.00

    This is a pair of shoulder boards are for a Lieutenant who served in Train-Bataillone Nr 14 from the Grand Duchy of Baden. This Baden unit was raised in 1864 and was based at Durlach and assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps……  

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  • BADEN - RIBBON BAR - TWO PLACE

    BADEN – RIBBON BAR – TWO PLACE

    SKU: 02-372

    $50.00

    BADEN – RIBBON BAR – TWO PLACE This is an extremely fine two-place ribbon bar, most likely worn by a native son of the Grand Duchy of Baden. In the first place to the left we see a ribbon and crossed swords for the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Order of the Zähringer Lion in 1st or 2nd Class, an officers-only level decoration. The actual decoration is one of the Imperial German Period’s most handsome decorations. The two place ribbon bar is yellow and green, with gilt, crossed swords and black and white for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It has a dark-blue felt backing. It shows a moth nip or two, which indicates honest age. The ribbon bar measures 2″ x 2 ½”. The condition of the obverse’s ribbons is excellent.

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  • BAVARIA / BADEN – RIBBON BAR – FOUR PLACE

    SKU: 02-382

    $50.00

    BAVARIA / BADEN – RIBBON BAR – FOUR PLACE This is a four-place ribbon bar. From left to right, the medals represented by the ribbons are listed below: *The Bavarian Military Merit Cross, (most likely for the 3rd Class award level). *The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. *The Baden Service Medal. *The Bavarian Long Service Award for an Enlisted Man/NCO. These ribbons are in very fine condition, overall.

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - SINGLE SHOULDER BOARD - GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERALOBERST IN THE RANK OF GENERALFELDMARSCHALL – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 8 – ONCE OWNED BY GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II

    SKU: 23-470 XKA

    $1,395.00 $1,185.75

    This  single shoulder board, that was once the property of Baden’s Großherzog Friedrich II (1857-1928), is very rare and desirable shoulder board for this well-known member of German royalty. Großherzog Friedrich II was Baden’s final ruler who, like all of the Imperial German heads of state, was swept from his throne with WW I’s end. Along with Hesse-Darmstadt, Baden had the largest military after the four Imperial German Kingdoms (Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony). Friedrich II was the Regimental Chef (Patron) of more than one regiment, as he was of Bavaria’s 8. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich II. von Baden in this instance. The regiment was founded in 1753 and garrisoned at Metz, where it was attached to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. Although he was the regiment’s royal patron, his royal cypher did NOT appear on its shoulder boards (the regimental number did so, instead). The shoulder board measures 1 ” x 4 ¼.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the blue chevrons that identify the boards as Bavarian. An “8” appears in the shoulder board’s center. Two silver-toned pips appear above and below the numeral, for a total of four. [Silver-toned pips indicated an à la Suite officer, confirming the unique rank that was strictly reserved for members of royalty. Gold pips were used for field officers]. The board’s reverse reveals a strap that allowed it to be slipped onto a tunic. Some mothing appears on…

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  • BADEN - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - IDENTIFIED ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MEDICAL

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – IDENTIFIED ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MEDICAL

    SKU: 04-723

    $4,295.00

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – IDENTIFIED ARTILLERIE REGIMENT MEDICAL. If you read the title for this item, you are probably scratching your head. How can one have an Artillerie Regiment pickelhaube, shouldn’t it be a kugelhelm? [We should note, however, that Bavaria’s Artillerie Regiments did not convert to kugelhelme from pickelhauben until about 1913, and had delayed converting pickelhauben until about 1886 – the last German state to do so. This helmet is a different exception, and the facts behind it are even more obscure than the Bavarian situation, as you will learn]. This pickelhaube is for a doctor, a veterinarian who served in the 4. Badisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 66. The regiment was raised in 1899 and garrisoned at Lahr. Like all Baden regiments, it was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. Its leather body is in average condition with some areas of distress, especially on the right side. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, spike, trim, officer stars, and so on. Its chin scales reveal why this artillery officer is wearing a pickelhaube! An Infanterie pickelhaube’s chin scales are flat. The chin scales on THIS helmet are vaulted, like those on Kavallerie helmets. The helmet’s original owner was a veterinarian (needed for cavalry units’ and field artillery units’ horses), so his chin scales were vaulted. It is also an identified helmet. Tucked into the silk liner we find a calling card for one Dr. Siebert that also identifies the regiment. The exterior’s final…

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  • BADEN – DRESS SASH – OFFICER

    SKU: 15-658

    $295.00

    This is an officer’s dress sash from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The sash is complete with all attachments. The sash is in excellent condition and ready to mount on a Baden officer’s tunic or for display.

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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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  • POSTCARD – BADEN’S GRAND DUKE FRIEDRICH II

    SKU: 45-65

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Baden’s Grand Duke Friedrich II (1857-1928). He was Baden’s last ruler, seen here in his dress uniform. The occasion was his birthday in 1915. He wears a breast star and a large medal bar. This was not mailed.

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  • BADEN – SHOULDER BOARDS – HAUPTMANN – FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 14

    SKU: 23-171

    $250.00

    This is a pair of M-1915 hauptmann’s shoulder boards from Feldartillerie-Regiment Großherzog (1. Badisches) Nr 14. It was the first of the Artillerie regiments from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The regiment was founded in 1850. It was garrisoned at Karlsruhe, where it was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. Each of the shoulder boards has a “14,” a flaming bomb of the Artillerie, and a hauptmann’s double pips. Prior to the war and the move to the M-1915 boards, this regiment would have shown a Baden crown and no regimental number. The backing of these shoulder boards is red. They are in very fine condition.

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  • BADEN – SHOULDER BOARD – OBERST – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT

    SKU: 23-419

    $225.00

    This is a single shoulder board for an Oberst who was the commanding officer of a Baden Artillerie-Regiment. The board measures 2” x 5 3/4.” It features a Baden Crown over a flaming grenade/artillery bomb. It also features an Oberst’s twin pips. The shoulder board has a red felt backing.

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  • BADEN – SERVICE MEDAL – SILVER

    SKU: 05-1784

    $95.00

    The Baden Silver Merit Medal was Baden’s equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Issued pieces had a slot at the top where a ribbon was inserted instead of a conventional jump ring. This is an early war example of the Silver Service Medal from Baden. This was their 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. It has a slot at the top and comes with a ribbon….    

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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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  • BADEN – AWARD DOCUMENT FOR THE MILITARY KARL-FRIEDRICH SILVER SERVICE MEDAL

    SKU: 06-127

    $695.00

    The Military Karl-Friedrich Silver Service Medal was the second highest award given to enlisted men and NCO’s by the Grand Duchy of Baden. As a matter of comparison, both Prussia and Bavaria offered decorations in these grades. In the Prussian Army, its 1st Class version, the Golden Military Merit Cross, was commonly referred to as the “Enlisted Man’s Blue Max.” This large format document, which measures 13″ x 8 1/4,” was awarded to Vizewachtmeister Paul Gerlach of Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 193 on 9 May 1917. The document has two horizontal folds and one vertical fold. It also has two holes punched on the side, probably because it was once a part of the man’s files. The document has the stamp of the Grand Duchy of Baden Ordenskanzler and the signature of the Chef. It appears to be von Babo, but I could be wrong on this point. This is a fine document for a very high level decoration. To give you an idea of the scarcity of this decoration, only 1,282 were awarded during the period of 1914 to 1917, with 589 of these awards made in 1917. (Also, each decoration was engraved with the name of the awardee on the reverse). Included is a handwritten letter with a regimental stamp on it, which refers to the decoration. I have not tried to translate the letter. I cannot say if it was the recommendation for the decoration, a transmittal letter for the decoration, or what. It is an intriguing companion piece…

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  • OFFICER’S DOCUMENT GROUP – MORITZ SCHLEENSTEIN

    SKU: 31-91

    $1,495.00

    This is a fine document group for an Army officer named Moritz Schleenstein. The documents consist of several promotion patents, five in total. Three of them do not have the Kaiser’s signature, while two were signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. An urkunde (award document) for an Order of the Zähringer Lion Knights Cross 2nd Class is also included. 1) Promotion Patent from Cadet Unteroffizier to Portopee Fähnrich. The document is unsigned, but indicates that Schleenstein was then serving in the Grand Duchy of Baden’s 6. Badisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 114. The document, which measures 14″ x 8 1/2,” was issued on 15 April 1881 while Wilhelm I was Kaiser. It is identical in format to all promotion patents we commonly see, except for NO King or Kaiser’s signature. We typically see a signature for patents beginning with the rank of hauptmann. 2) Promotion Patent from Portopee Fähnrich to 2nd Lieutenant. This took place on 15 November 1881, while Kaiser Wilhelm I still sat on Germany’s throne. Schleenstein remained with 6. Badisches Grenadier-Regiment Nr 114. The document, which measures 14″ x 8 1/2,” is identical in format to all promotion patents we commonly see, except for NO King or Kaiser’s signature. We typically see a signature for patents beginning with the rank of hauptmann. 3) Promotion Patent from 2nd Lieutenant to Premiere Lieutenant (1st Lieutenant or Oberleutnant). This took place on 20 September 1890. Kaiser Wilhelm II now sat on Germany’s throne, his grandfather and father having both died in 1888. Schleenstein…

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  • Baden – Pickelhaube – Officer – Pionier-Bataillon NR 14

    SKU: 04-576

    $4,695.00

    Very clean officer’s pickelhaube from Badisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 14. The unit was raised in 1850. It was garrisoned at Kehl and attached to the XIII. Armeekorps. The leather body is complete and in very good condition, overall. Portions of the leather show some signs of age. The wappen, spike base, pearl ring, spike and trim are silver-toned. The chin scales and officer’s stars are gilt. The officer’s red and gold kokarde is rendered in the style used by Baden, Württemberg, Hessen-Darmstadt, and Saxony. I find this kokardestyle very elegant. The Reich’s kokarde is in the Prussian style. The spiked helmet’s interior has a black leather sweatband that has seen moderate use. The silk liner’s red color is quite unusual. All of the original hardware appears under the silk liner. The helmet’s leather body reveals no double holes. Only one Bataillon wore this helmet. Our example, although clearly worn, has a lot of character and “honest age” to it. It is only the second Baden Pionier’s Pickelhaube I have offered. It is in far better condition than the first.

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  • BADEN - PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET - ENLISTED MAN INFANTRY - PRE WW I

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – ENLISTED MAN INFANTRY – PRE WW I

    SKU: 04-831

    $1,195.00

    Pre WW I Infantry pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Baden present well with a nicely condition black leather body with pre war brass furniture and original leather chin strap. The appropriate state and reich kokarden are installed and do not appear to be replaced or altered….    

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  • BADEN - PICKELHAUBE - OFFICER - INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 109

    BADEN – PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET – OFFICER – INFANTRY-REGIMENT Nr 109

    SKU: 04-818 XKGJT A

    $9,495.00

    This is a very fine example of a highly sought after officer pickelhaube from 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. This elite regiment was founded in 1803 during the midst of the Napoleonic wars and was garrisoned at the capital city of Karlsruhe where it was attached to the XIV. Armeekorps. In the German army there were seven elite infantry regiments. The pickelhauben that they wore was dictinnctly different from the other line and guard regiments from their respective states. Included in this group was 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß from Prussia, Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 from Braunschweig, Königl. Sächs. 1 Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100 from Saxony, 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 from Baden, Leibgarde-Infanterie Regiment (1. Großherzogl.) Hessisches) Nr 115 from Hesse-Darmstadt, and Grenadier-Regiment Königin Olga (1. Württembergisches) Nr 119 from Württemberg, and Infanterie-Leib-Regiment from Bavaria. Each of the headdress from these regiments are highly sought after. The pickelhauben from Saxony and Württemberg are not as showy and hence can be purchased for a more reasonable price. The other five which include four pickelhauben and one mitre are the real stars of the headdress of infantry regiments……

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  • GERMANY - WALL DECOR - BUTTON AND KOKARDEN COLLECTION - PRUSSIA, BADEN, WÜRTTEMBERG, ETC. - FRAMED DISPLAY

    GERMANY – WALL DECOR – BUTTON AND KOKARDEN COLLECTION – PRUSSIA, BADEN, WÜRTTEMBERG, ETC. – FRAMED DISPLAY

    SKU: 15-738

    $250.00

    GERMANY – WALL DECOR – BUTTON AND KOKARDEN COLLECTION – PRUSSIA, BADEN, WÜRTTEMBERG, ETC. – FRAMED DISPLAY What a unique piece of history to display in your office or den. This most interesting assortment of 40 plus – buttons, kokarden, etc. The items attached to a wood oval frame which measures 12” x 10”. There is no glass on the frame. The wide variety of buttons is quite impressive. We see buttons from multiple states. They range to uniform buttons which would run down the center of a tunic, collar buttons for NCO’s, and buttons for Kompagnie numbers for securing shoulder straps. There are a couple of rank pips and even two schirmmütze kokarden. A fine assortment for display. FOR MORE UNIQUE HOME DECOR – CLICK HERE

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  • BADEN - MEDAL - MILITARY MERIT - SILVER

    BADEN – MILITARY MERIT MEDAL – SILVER

    SKU: 05-1720 XFQ

    $95.00

    This is the Military Merit in Silver from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The military merit comes on a yellow and black ribbon……  

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  • REGIMENTAL PATRIOTIC PIN – LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 8 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 17-580

    $975.00

    This is a simply superb patriotic regimental pin for a very elite Prussian regiment. This regiment is unique among Prussian regiments, because it had a special, one-of-a-kind designation. While various types of infantry regiments existed within the Prussian Army (Füsilier, Grenadier, Fuß, and Infanterie), they primarily fell into Garde or non Garde status. It was the only Prussian infantry regiment that carried “Leib” or “Life” status. Three Prussian Husaren-Regiments (one Leib-Garde-Regiment and two Leib-Regiments) and one Prussian Küraßier-Regiment, carried “Leib” status. Saxony, Baden, and Hesse-Darmstadt had infantry and/or cavalry Leib-Regiments. The unusual Prussian infantry regiment of which we speak is Leib-Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 8. The regiment was raised in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in 1809. It was garrisoned at Frankfurt a. O., and assigned to the III. ArmeeKorps. The pin itself is of the highest quality. It measures 1 1/2″ x 3/4.” Its central theme is a shield bearing König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s regimental cypher. I believe the shield is made of GOLD. Flanking the shield are some wonderful oak leaves (just branches, not a full wreath). Also atop the shield is a handsomely-crafted Hohenzollern Crown. It is very full with a high-relief effect. In turn, an elegant, horizontal, oval-shaped wreath surrounds the crown, shield, and oak leaves. An attractive pin is featured on its reverse. This is a magnificent piece from one of the most elite Prussian infantry regiments. When you have it in your hands, you will marvel at the quality…

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  • Sale! SHOULDER BOARDS - BADEN - MAJOR

    BADEN – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR

    SKU: 23-529 XJT

    $275.00 $247.50

    This pair of pre 1897 shoulder boards is for a Major from the Grand Duchy of Baden. Each one measures 5 1/2” x 2 1/2.” A brass button that exhibits toning appears on each shoulder board. The latter helped to secure each shoulder board to the tunic. The boards’ bullion ropes are silver in the Russian style. Red and gold chevrons also appear on the silver bullion ropes……  

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  • HESSE-DARMSTADT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 117

    SKU: 04-674

    $8,295.00

    HESSE-DARMSTADT – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 117 This is a very tasty Infanterie-Regiment Nr 117 officer’s pickelhaube from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. The regiment was officially known as Infanterie-Leib-Regiment Großherzogin (3. Großherzogl. Hessisches) Nr 117. Although it was numbered as Hesse-Darmstadt’s THIRD infantry regiment, it actually was the SECOND-oldest, and also held “Leib” (life) status. The proud old regiment was founded in 1697. It was garrisoned at Mainz and attached to the XVIII. Armeekorps. This very desirable spiked helmet possesses a marvelous, leather body of the highest quality and condition. Despite a small mark or two, its overall condition is amazing. The leather is smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. Some slight settling (often seen in Bavarian helmets) shows at its top due to the cruciform’s weight. The Bavarian and Hesse-Darmstadt cruciforms were much larger than the bases used on Prussian helmets, for example. Its wappen is made of very fine, frosted gold, which adds a lot of style. It displays a rampant, Hesse-Darmstadt Lion brandishing a sword in its right forepaw, surrounded by a wreath on both sides. The dates 1697 and 1897 appear on the wreath’s two halves. [1897 was an important year in Imperial German headdresses’ design. Prior to that year, all headdresses displayed only the state’s kokarde from which the soldier originated. Beginning in 1897, a Reich’s kokarde was added to that of the state. Pickelhauben and kugelhelme had their states’ kokarden moved from their right sides (from the wearers’ perspectives), to their…

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  • SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE SENIOR NCO – INFANTERIE

    SKU: 04-680 A

    $3,495.00

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE SENIOR NCO – INFANTERIE This is a marvelous Saxon line-infantry regiment Senior NCO’s pickelhaube. Its fine leather body is of the highest-quality and condition. All of its furniture is brass, with the exception of the wappen’s center. The latter features a brass sunburst inset with a reserve cross on a silver-toned Saxon Coat-of-Arms. We can tell that this is not an officer’s wappen because the crown is closed, not open. The brass chin scales’ superior quality and condition are extremely impressive, as is the non removable spike (shorter than the ordinarily tall Saxon spikes). The rear brass fitting is not flush against the leather body, which causes it to stand out just a bit. The exterior’s final features are lovely Officers’ Saxon-pattern Reich’s and State’s kokarden. Five Imperial German states (Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Württemberg, and Saxony) employed this particular kokarde pattern instead of the usual Prussian pattern. The helmet’s interior displays a moderately-used dark-brown leather sweatband, and a rust-colored silk liner. The liner has seen more use and wear than the sweatband, exhibiting evidence of perspiration. The barest signs of shredding/running are also visible. Under the silk liner we see NO evidence of double holes. Nearly all of the original hardware is present, although one of the four clips at the top is missing. The latter does NOT affect the helmet’s integrity (that is why four of the clips are in place). This is a rock-solid, high-quality pickelhaube in first-rate condition. The fact that it…

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  • SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – INFANTERIE – FÄHNRICH

    SKU: 04-705

    $4,495.00

    SAXONY – PICKELHAUBE – INFANTERIE – FÄHNRICH. The Imperial German Army had a rank for which the USA does NOT have an equivalent known as a “Fähnrich.” The best way to describe the rank is that it indicated an officer’s candidate or cadet. It ranked above a Senior NCO (Feldwebel), but below the rank of Leutnant (equivalent to the U.S. Army’s 2nd Lieutenant). In Napoleonic times, the same position was referred to as an “Ensign” by the British, even though it had nothing to do with the navy! This brief explanation allows to begin our description of a Saxon line-infantry regiment Fähnrich’s spiked helmet. [One notable difference exists between this helmet and that belonging to an officer ranking as a Leutnant (or above), which we will address later in this description]. Our helmet possesses a particularly delightful leather body that is smooth, clean, and supple, just like a baby’s bottom! The helmet has had the best of care from every family member or collector who has owned it before it came to us. [To maintain your helmet in the best possible condition, apply a high-quality leather conditioner at least twice a year. Doing so more often is perfectly fine, as it helps keep its leather body moist. A lack of moisture causes the leather to dry out and crack. Using a leather conditioner on ALL of your leather goods will contribute to a longer life of your collectible]. All of its furniture is brass, with the exception of the wappen’s…

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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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  • BADEN – DRESS PARADE BELT/SASH – FLÜGELADJUTANT

    SKU: 15-345

    $650.00

    This is a very rare Flügeladjutant parade belt or sash from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The position of Flügeladjutant was not used in every German state. Essentially, he was a high-ranking officer, at least an Oberst or a General. He served as an aide to the King, Grand Duke, Duke, Prince, etc. He often was a close confidant of his ruler. His headdress was different from that of other officers, as was his uniform. This was an extremely important position, and it was a great honor to serve in this capacity. (I believe only one man could do so at any one time). Naturally, the state’s ruler had other military officers on his staff in varying functions, but the Flügeladjutant was by far their chief, and an important member of his ruler’s retinue. As for the object we are offering today, I describe it as a belt or sash since I believe I remember the seller saying that it was worn across the body (over the shoulder). I could be wrong about this! If my memory is incorrect, then it was worn like a more conventional parade belt. The belt portion is silver bullion, with contrasting double stripes of red and yellow (Baden’s state colors) bullion. Two large, decorative, silver, bullion balls hang down from the belt, with silver, red, and yellow bullion tendrils dangling down from them. (The bullion balls resemble large sword portépées. That is not what they are, it is what they look like). The item’s…

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  • BADEN – BELT BUCKLE – OFFICER – INFANTERIE

    SKU: 15-367

    $275.00

    This is a very fine example of a pre WW I brass belt buckle from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It has a fine gilt finish, and comes complete with the keeper.

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  • MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ – BELT BUCKLE – GENERAL OFFICER

    SKU: 15-430

    $3,495.00

    This may well be the rarest belt buckle that one can find from the Imperial German Period. It is for a General officer from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Her larger sister Grand Duchy Mecklenburg-Schwerin was the German Army’s third-largest regiment contributor among the Grand Duchies. Baden and Hessen-Darmstadt were both slightly larger. The other three Grand Duchies contributed one or two regiments at most, while Mecklenburg-Strelitz contributed less than a full regiment of men. She had one Infanterie Bataillon, one Artillerie Battery, and perhaps a few scattered men in the other regiments from Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Although Mecklenburg-Schwerin put up approximately six regiments, she never produced many Generals. That is even truer for the far smaller Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Grand Dukes of this state were Adolf Friedrich V and Adolf Friedrich VI who ruled from 1904-1918. While I have not been able find further research this, it is most likely that the two Grand Dukes and perhaps one other officer were the only Generals fielded by Mecklenburg-Strelitz. While I have seen and offered a General Pickelhaube from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, I have never even seen one from Mecklenburg-Strelitz! This gives you a feeling for a General’s belt buckle’s rarity. Aside from its scarcity, the beauty of the belt buckle is breathtaking. The buckle’s basic shape is similar to any German officer’s buckle. It is circular (measuring 2″ in diameter), with a wreath of laurel leaves. The buckle’s center is identical to the wappen center from a Mecklenburg-Schwerin General’s pickelhaube. It features a high-relief, silver…

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  • BADEN & OLDENBURG – DRESS BROCADE BELT & BUCKLE – OFFICER

    SKU: 15-660

    $350.00

    This is an officer’s dress brocade dress belt and buckle that were correct for the Grand Duchies of Baden and Oldenburg. The belt’s obverse is in excellent condition, particularly the brocade. The buckle exhibits strong fire gilding. The belt’s reverse reveals some mothing on the dark-blue wool. All of its attachments are in place. The belt and buckle can be mounted to any tunic or displayed on their own.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG – PAPERWEIGHT WITH MINIATURE INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 126 OFFICER’S DRESS SHOULDER BOARD –

    SKU: 15-74

    $250.00

    Desk pieces of all kinds were very popular in Imperial Germany. This was especially true for officers who might have miniature swords as decorations or as letter openers, for example. In this case an officer from 8. Württemberg Infanterie-Regiment Nr 126 Große Herzog Friedrich von Baden had a paperweight made with a miniature of a dress (banjo style) shoulder board imbedded in glass. The result is a very striking desk piece that is a real attention-getter. Imagine how handsome this would look on your desk (as it will on mine until you buy it)!

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  • BADEN – CARTRIDGE BOX – OFFICER

    SKU: 15-659

    $650.00

    This is a very high-quality kartuschekasten (cartridge box) for an officer in the Baden military. The cartridge box was where extra rounds of ammunition were stored. The exterior is leather. It is quite clean and supple for being more than one-hundred-years old. Baden’s brass crown appears above the royal cypher. All of its attachments are in place. The box can be mounted on a belt or displayed. It is a rare accessory that we seldom find.

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  • BAVARIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8

    SKU: 15-558

    $450.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Königl. Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Grossherzog Friedrich II of Baden Nr 8. The Regiment was founded in 1753. It was garrisoned at Metz and assigned to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. The tunic is of the prewar blue variety. It has eight gilt buttons down its center, with a red trim line extending to the tunic’s bottom. Each cuff is trimmed in red and sports a further three buttons. The collar is red. Attached to the tunic are two red shoulder straps that display the regimental number (“8”) embroidered to each strap. One of the straps has a small gilt button with an “8,” which indicates Kompagnie Nr 8. The other button is missing. Some moth damage shows on both shoulder straps. [The photos that accompany the description will show it]. On the reverse’s vent area are a further four gilt buttons. The tunic’s left side has scattered moth tracking and nips, which also can be seen in other more limited places. We also see places where the buttons were moved at some point. If they were moved by the original owner, he lost a considerable amount of weight (the lucky devil). Inside the tunic we see that it was originally a privately-purchased example. No depot markings are evident. The liner is a handsome red polished cotton.

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  • LARGE SERVING PLATTER FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM II DINNER SERVICE

    SKU: 20-320

    $2,495.00

    This is an interesting, very rare, large, table platter for Kaiser Wilhelm II while he sailed with the German fleet aboard the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II, which served as his flagship while he was with his fleet. Kaiser Wilhelm II was very intrigued by his Navy and his role within it. Plans for the Imperial German Navy’s expansion were constantly brewing between the Kaiser and his alter-ego, Admiral von Tirpitz, at the Navy Ministry. Naturally, as the German Empire’s Kaiser, Wilhelm was expected to live well, but he went FAR beyond that. Wilhelm lived in virtually the same style on his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, as he did at any of his palaces on land, INCLUDING the specially-designed dishware. The S. M. Y Hohenzollern carried special plates, saucers, etc., exclusively for use on that vessel. Another vessel also carried exclusive tableware, the Battleship S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II. The S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II was a pre dreadnaught battleship. It was a part of the Kaiser Friedrich III (Wilhelm II’s father) Battleship Class, which included a total of five ships. The S. M. S. Kaiser Wilhelm II was commissioned and entered fleet service in 1900. It served as the Kaiser’s fleet flagship (as well as the High Seas Fleet’s Flagship) from 1900 into 1906. It remained in this role until it was replaced by the S. M. S. Deutschland, which served as the Fleet Flagship from 1906 into 1913. (Naturally, a similar…

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  • POSTCARD – GROSSHERZOG FRIEDRICH II – BADEN

    SKU: 38-2670

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Baden’s Grand Duke Friedrich II (1867-1928). He is wearing a general’s dress uniform, as well as an extensive group of medals and medal bars. Below his image we see a reproduction of his signature. This was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1915.

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  • POSTCARD – GROSSHERZOG FRIEDRICH II – BADEN

    SKU: 38-2669

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Baden’s Grand Duke Friedrich II (1867-1928). He is wearing a general’s dress uniform, as well as an extensive group of medals and medal bars. The postcard was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II – BADEN

    SKU: 45-170

    $15.00

    This postcard was produced during WW I by the Badischer Landesverband vom Roten Kreuz. It shows Grand Duke Friedrich II(1857-1928), who was the Grand Duchy of Baden’s last ruler. He is wearing his dress uniform, complete with a large medal bar and a breast star. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – GROSSHERZOG FRIEDRICH II – BADEN

    SKU: 38-2668

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Baden’s Grand Duke Friedrich II (1867-1928). He is wearing a general’s dress uniform, as well as an extensive group of medals and medal bars. The postcard was mailed in 1910.

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  • POSTCARD – GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II – BADEN

    SKU: 38-2694

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Grand Duke Friedrich II of Baden. He is wearing a general’s dress uniform. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II – BADEN

    SKU: 38-2693

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Grand Duke Friedrich II of Baden. He is wearing a general’s dress uniform. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – GRAND DUKE FRIEDRICH I – BADEN

    SKU: 38-444

    $15.00

    This is a postcard of Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden (9 September 1826 to 28 September 1907). The postcard features his inset photograph, and shows a mourning Germania at his casket. His crown sits on top of the casket.

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  • COLORIZED POSTCARD – GRAND DUKE FRIEDRICH I – BADEN

    SKU: 38-422

    $15.00

    This is a wonderful colorized portrait of Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden. He is in full dress uniform, with general’s epaulettes, nine-place medal bar, and Breast Star. A message is written in ink on the obverse. The card was mailed in 1899 from Bavaria, with a Bavarian postage stamp.

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  • BLACK AND WHITE POSTCARD – GRAND DUKE FRIEDRICH I – BADEN

    SKU: 38-420

    $15.00

    This postcard shows an elderly Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden prior to his death on 28 September 1907. The only decoration he is wearing is an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class looped through his tunic’s buttonhole.

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