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  • BAVARIA – SHOOTING PRIZE – 1913 KÖNIG

    SKU: 15-645

    $450.00

    This is a very hard-to-find 1913 König’s Shooting Prize from the Kingdom of Bavaria. Even after the German Empire’s establishment with Kaiser Wilhelm I at its head, Bavaria retained a greater degree of independence than did the other German states. For example, Bavarian troops were retained in purely Bavarian-commanded Armeekorps (a total of three). Even though the kingdoms of Württemberg and Saxony had their own Armeekorps (two for Saxony), they still operated under Prussia’s General Staff. This meant that all German regiments (except the Bavarians) competed with each other for the annual Kaiser’s Shooting Prize, awarded for the best shooting from Infanterie, Artillerie, Kaiserliche Marine, and Jäger Regiments. Bavaria, however, awarded its OWN shooting prize for the Infanterie. These awards are so scarce that I had never seen or offered one before. It is quite similar to the Kaiser’s Prize in that it appears on an oval-shaped, dark-blue, sleeve patch measuring 4 1/8″ x 3.” Attached to the blue patch is a gilt device that sports a wreath of oak leaves crossed by a pair of rifles. Between the crossed rifles at the wreath’s bottom is the year, 1913. At the wreath’s top is a Wittelsbach rather than a Hohenzollern Crown. The frosted gilt device is in amazing condition. The blue patch also is in good condition, although a small bit of fabric is missing at the eleven o’clock point. It almost looks like a small (very small) bite has been taken from it. A piece of tin on the…

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  • BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – LEIB-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-724 XLO

    $4,295.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – LEIB-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT High-quality Leib-Infanterie-Regiment Reserve Officer’s spiked helmet from the Kingdom of Bavaria’s most elite infantry regiment. Each of Imperial Germany’s four kingdoms, as well as many of its Grand Duchies and Duchies had a regiment that was often their oldest and/or part of their ruler’s private guard, as was the case with Bavaria’s Leib-Infanterie-Regiment. The latter was founded in 1814 during Maximilian Joseph I of Bavaria’s reign. It was garrisoned in the capital city of Munich, and assigned to the I. Bavarian Armeekorps. The helmet boasts a lovely leather body. Its front visor is squared, as was the case for all Bavarian Infanterie and Kavallerie pickelhauben. A few blemishes show on the exterior, including some areas of cracking, but nothing major. The crown has settled a bit where the cruciform is attached, which is quite common for Bavarian helmets due, in part, to the cruciform’s size and weight. The primary difference between the Leib-Infanterie-Regiment’s pickelhaube and all other Bavarian Infanterie Regiments is that all its fittings (with the exception of the gold-toned Reserve Officer’s Cross) are silver-toned. The latter include the wappen, chin scales (flat, as is correct for the Infanterie), cruciform, front/rear visor trims, officers’ stars, and the extra-tall fluted spike. The spike is massive. It is one of the tallest that I have ever seen on ANY pickelhaube. It is large even by Saxon standards, which are among the tallest of all pickelhauben spikes. Finally, the helmet’s exterior displays the correct…

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – ARTILLERIE GENERALOBERST

    SKU: 23-524

    $2,495.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – ARTILLERIE GENERALOBERST. One of my personal interests is shoulder boards/epaulettes, especially when they are for General Officers AND come from states other than Prussia. For your consideration, today I am presenting a very interesting and rare pair of Artillerie Generaloberst’s shoulder boards from the Kingdom of Württemberg. The rank of Generaloberst, one rank below a Generalfeldmarschall, was rarely attained within the Imperial German Army. Early in WWI, two Generalobersts commanded the I. and II. Armees that were massed on the Western Front after invading France through Belgium. Also early in WW I, Paul von Hindenburg was recalled from retirement and made a Generaloberst commanding the German VIII. Armee. His promotion to Generalfeldmarschall did not come until 1 November 1914. They feature alternating rows of silver and gold bullion in the Russian braid-style on the obverse. Their red and black chevrons (Württemberg’s state colors) indicate their origin. These same colors appear on the state kokarden for Württemberg’s pickelhauben and kugelhelme. The boards’ triangular formation of three brass pips indicates a Generaloberst. The boards also display the Artillerie’s flaming bomb (grenade). Their reverses display red felt backings. The shoulder boards overall condition is very fine. One can easily see how the shoulder boards are slightly rounded from being worn on a tunic. Naturally, whoever buys these shoulder boards will have an interest in their original owner’s identity. We asked a premiere researcher from the UK for his opinion. While he cannot be 100% certain, and notes some…

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  • BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – REGIMENTAL COMMANDER AND OBERST – PRINZ FRANZD – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 2 – ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE

    SKU: 20-226 (23)

    $2,895.00

    Prinz Franz (1875-1957) of Bavaria was Kronprinz Rupprecht’s (1869-1955) younger brother. Their father was König Ludwig III (1845-1921) of Bavaria. Like his older brother Prinz Rupprecht, Prinz Franz had a military career, although it was less distinguished. Both brothers commanded the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz at different times. This very proud regiment was founded in 1682, making it one of the Bavarian Army’s two oldest Infanterie regiments. It was garrisoned in München and attached to the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. Prinz Rupprecht commanded the regiment in 1899, until he was promoted to generalmajor and assumed other responsibilities. Ultimately, Prinz Rupprecht achieved the rank of Generalfeldmarschall. I do not have the exact dates when Prinz Franz commanded the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz. It was from before WW I to slightly before or after WW I erupted. He then was promoted to generalmajor and commanded an Infanterie brigade throughout the war. Each of the epaulettes is framed by a gilt “moon.” Its background is red (wool) felt. Mounted on the background is the regiment’s massive crowned cypher. It is so large it spills over the gilt “moon frame’s” edges. Flanking the cypher are two pips indicating an oberst’s rank. Silver ringlets hang down from the frame. This adornment was used only on a major’s, oberstleutnant’s, or oberst’s epaulettes. Whether for a lower or higher rank, all other epaulettes were significantly different. The epaulette’s “tongue” sports silver bullion tape embedded with blue, further confirming the epaulette is Bavarian. Each epaulette features a plain, gold-toned button. When…

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  • BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT NRs 2, 4, 6, AND 8

    SKU: 04-763

    $3,995.00

    The Bavarian Army’s principle Kavallerie units were known as Chevaulegers (from the French) and for a total of eight. Bavaria also fielded two Ulanen-Regiments that were created AFTER the Chevaulegers-Regiments came into existence. That said, two of the eight Chevaulegers-Regiments were created in 1905 and 1909. The other six regiments were created during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, the last being raised during the Napoleonic Wars. Of the eight regiments, four had helmets featured brass furniture, while the other four had silver furniture. [In the past, it has been my experience that brass helmets were more plentiful than silver]. This spiked helmet is correct for the Bavarian units listed below. The 2. Chevaulegers-Regiment Taxis, which was raised in 1682 and garrisoned at Regensburg. The 4. Chevaulegers-Regiment König, which was raised in 1744 and garrisoned at Augsburg. The 6. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Albrecht von Preußen, which was raised in 1803 and garrisoned at Bayreuth. The 8. Chevaulegers-Regiment, which was raised in 1909 and garrisoned at Dillingen. The helmet’s leather body is in very good condition, overall. One small scrape appears near the State kokarde. The wappen is most attractive, with an excellent frosted finish. A shield that boasts a gold-toned Reserve Officer’s Cross in its center appears between the two rampant Bavarian Lions. All of its remaining furniture, including the chin scales, cruciform, trim, officers’ stars and fluted spike is silver. The chin scales, cruciform, and spike have a marvelous patina to them. The spike is quite tall for a Bavarian…

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  • FRAMED CANVAS RECREATION (FROM FORMER ALABAMA WW I AVIATION MUSEUM) OF RAMPANT LION ON EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH’S AIRPLANES

    SKU: 14-413

    $1,195.00

    This is an unbelievably-gorgeous, framed recreation of Bavaria’s rampant lion against its blue and white flag, a symbol that adorned von Schleich’s airplanes. Eduard Ritter von Schleich was born in 1888, making one of WW I’s older fighter pilots. He was very successful pilot who survived the war with thirty-five victories. He was awarded both the Orden Pour le Mérite and Bavaria’s highest military honor, the Knight’s Cross of the Military Max Joseph Order. Von Schleich not only commanded jastas, but also headed Jagdgeschwader Nr 4b (one of only four WW I fighter groups). After the war, he was involved in a number of aviation-related jobs, including flying for the Bavarian Police and Lufthansa. In the 1930’s he joined the Nazi Party, and even flew Adolf Hitler on his 1932 campaign trail. After the Nazis came to power in 1933, he continued to work within the party. When the Luftwaffe was created, he was immediately made a major. His rise was steady. As an oberst he commanded JG Nr 26 prior to WW II. This famous Jagdgeschwader was later commanded by Adolf Galland (1912-1996), and flew against England during the Battle of Britain. Von Schleich had long suffered from ill health, even during WW I. While he commanded all Norway’s and Denmark’s Luftwaffe forces his health declined even more, so that he retired in November 1944. At WW II’s end, he was questioned by the Allies, as were all high-ranking Luftwaffe officers. He died of the ill health in 1947.…

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  • BAVARIA - SHOOTING AWARD - SCHÜTZENSCHNUR - 7th CLASS

    BAVARIA – SHOOTING AWARD – SCHÜTZENSCHNUR – 4th CLASS

    SKU: 15-740

    $125.00

    BAVARIA – SHOOTING AWARD – SCHÜTZENSCHNUR – 4th CLASS This is an extremely scarce 4th class Schützenschnur from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The cord measures 15” in length. The cord is blue cloth with black chevrons to indicate Bavaria. At the top of the cord you will find a blue badge. In determining the class you will note that there is only 1 acorn at the bottom which indicates that it is a 4th class. *There are several points where there is material missing both on the cords and on the badge.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1555

    $15.00

    This is a color postcard of Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria. Luitpold was the effective King of Bavaria from 1886, when Ludwig II was removed as King due to his insanity (or so the story goes). His brother Otto was also judged too insane to become an acting king. Although Otto retained the title as Bavaria’s King, it was Luitpold who headed the royal family until his death in 1911. He is seen here in uniform. The postcard was mailed in Bavaria in 1911.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1262

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, and indicates his death on 12 December 1912. Luitpold had been the Regent of Bavaria after “Mad” Ludwig II was removed from the throne. Upon the death of Luitpold, his son became König Ludwig III, the final King of Bavaria.

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  • BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERAL der INFANTERIE – LUDWIG SAMSON ARTHUR FREIHERR von UND zu der TANN-RATHSAMHAUSEN

    SKU: 23-427

    $995.00

    This is a stunning single shoulder board for Ludwig Samson Arthur Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen (June 18, 1815 – April 26, 1881). Interestingly, his third name, Arthur, was for British Duke and Field Marshall Wellington. [Von der Tann was born in 1815 when the Battle of Waterloo took place]. Von der Tann came from a noble family that had roots in Bavaria and Alsace. He worked through the system of the Bavarian Army with special attention from King Ludwig II. In 1869 he was promoted to General der Infanterie and also given command of the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. He led this unit in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. His record was exemplary in the war that resulted in Prussia’s Wilhelm I being named Germany’s first Kaiser. His courage led to major German victories at Worth and Sedan. He commanded the I. Armeekorps until his death in 1881. Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 11 was named in his honor. [A Battle cruiser also was named for him, known as the S. M. S. Von der Tann. She joined the fleet in 1910 and participated in the Battle of Jutland. It was her artillery that sank the HMS Indefatigable, one of Britain’s more advanced battle cruisers. Only two known survivors survived the HMS Indefatigable’s sinking out of a crew of more than 1,000 men. The S. M. S. Von der Tann suffered severe damage at the Battle of Jutland, but returned to fleet service after two months of repairs. She was scuttled at…

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  • BAVARIA – AWARD DOCUMENT & DECORATION – MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 3rd CLASS – CROWN AND SWORDS

    SKU: 06-202

    $425.00

    This is a mini group consisting of the Military Service Cross 3rd Class with Crown and Swords (Militär-Verdienstkreuz 3. Klasse mit der Krone und mit Schwerten) from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was first authorized in 1866 during König (Mad) Ludwig II’s reign, when Bavaria fought on Austria’s (losing) side with her other allies (Saxony, Württemberg, Hannover, and Braunschweig) in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The decoration was awarded in three levels (1st through 3rd Classes). It was similar to the Iron Cross awards’ family, except it was awarded during peacetime as well as wartime. The cross was awarded by itself during peacetime. During wartime, it was awarded with swords. A higher level of the award featured a large crown. It is the latter we are offering today. The decoration, swords, and oversized crown are all bronze-toned and in very fine condition. A blue, white, and black ribbon is attached. The document accompanies it is very high-quality. It represents an early-war example, and measures 13″ x 8 1/4.” The King of Bavaria is mentioned at the top. The award was issued to a Max Kuhnigk, and is dated 23 December 1914. The document is countersigned by the Ordens-Großkanzler. Both document and decoration are in very fine condition.

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  • SAXONY – DESK PIECE IN THE SHAPE OF A TSCHAKO – JÄGER zu FUß-REGIMENT CA. 1867

    SKU: 24-103

    $1,225.00

    This is one of the most delightful, well made desk pieces we have ever offered you. It is shaped like an officer’s tschako from the 3. Jäger-Regiment zu Fuß around the time of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. It was the final consolidation war among the Germans, which pitted Austria, Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, Hannover, Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Hesse-Kassel, and etc. against Prussia, Oldenburg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and etc. The war lasted barely seven weeks. The Prussians crushed Austria and her allies. Austria, Württemberg, Bavaria, and Saxony emerged intact, but Hannover and some of the smaller states were absorbed into Prussia. The pivotal battle of the war was at Königgrätz and took place 3 July 1866, (three years after, to the day, of the Battle of Gettysburg’s final day). The German Army unveiled a revolutionary military mobility on the European continent by their use of railroads. The Prussian Army was superbly organized and led compared to Austria and her allies. The Prussians also had use of the more modern breech loading “needle guns,” which easily outgunned the muzzle loading muskets of their enemies. The beautiful tschako desk piece is made from a combination of leather and wood. The tschako’s exterior is covered with a superior-grade of extremely supple leather, even at more than 125-years-of-age. The tschako stands 4 1/8″ tall, is 3″ in diameter at the top, and 2 1/2″ in diameter at the base. A high-quality Saxon wappen measuring 1″ x 3/4″ graces the tschako’s front. Below the wappen are beautifully crafted chin…

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    POSTCARD – PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1529

    $15.00

    This is a color postcard featuring Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria (1821-1912). Luitpold assumed the position of Bavaria’s regent in 1886, when Ludwig II (1846-1886) was deposed, then died mysteriously the next day. Otto, Ludwig II’s brother (1848-1916), was named King, but judged insane and incapable of carrying out a King’s duties. Otto remained in his semiofficial role until 1913. He finally died in 1916. Luitpold served as Prinzregent from 1886 until his death in 1912. Luitpold was very popular in Bavaria. The postcard shows him in 1911 at the age of ninety, the year before he died. He is in uniform, wearing a collar, medal bar, and breast stars. A wonderful embossed Bavarian Coat-of-Arms appears on the obverse. The postcard was mailed in 1912 to the U.S., and bears a Bavarian postage stamp.

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  • BAVARIA – MEDAL BAR – FIVE PLACE

    SKU: 02-266

    $950.00

    This is a five-place medal bar from a native Bavarian enlisted man/NCO. It is in beautiful condition. From left to right, we see the following awards: *The Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Crown and Swords – Bavaria. *The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Place. *The Hindenburg Cross with swords for Combatants. *The German Southwest-Africa Medal for Combatants. *The Landwehr Long Service Medal 2nd Class – Bavaria. It is a most interesting decoration combination. It takes a Bavarian man from service in Germany’s Southwest Africa Colony(1904-1906) to Europe’s battlefields during WW I. All the decorations and ribbons are very clean and in solid condition.

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  • PATRIOTIC PORCELAIN WINE GOBLET - FROM NOTED FIRM H & C SELB

    GERMANY – WINE GOBLET – FROM NOTED FIRM H & C SELB

    SKU: 18-502

    $95.00

    PATRIOTIC PORCELAIN WINE GOBLET – FROM NOTED FIRM H & C SELB This porcelain wine goblet is in good condition. It stands 5” tall, is 3.5” in diameter at the rim, and 2.5” in diameter at the base. It sports a row of colorful blue, green, and black flowers beginning at the rim. A trim band of Imperial Germany’s red, white, and black national colors separates that row from a row of golden oak leaves. The latter sits above the words “Zum Andenken Kriegsjahr 1914/17″ (To Commemorate the War Years 1914/17), which are underscored by two lines of fine, gold trim. The hallmark for H & C Selb, Bavaria appears underneath on the base. Heinrich and Company is a Bavarian firm located in Selb, Bavaria, which was founded in 1903. It remains in business today under the ownership of Villeroy & Boch AG. The piece sports vibrant colors with no chipping, and is fine condition, overall. This goblet is value-priced!

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  • SALAD/DESSERT PLATE – SCHLOß NYMPHENBURG – KÖNIG LUDWIG III – BAVARIA

    SKU: 20-207

    $1,195.00

    We are thrilled to offer a dessert/salad plate from König Ludwig III of Bavaria’s royal table service. This plate was produced from 1900 through 1912, while Ludwig II was still Bavaria’s Prinz Regent. Schloß Nymphenburg was the Bavarian royal household’s summer castle. Located in what is today suburban Munich, it was first built in 1664. The Schloß and its grounds cover more than 200 acres. Interestingly, the Munich 1972 Summer Olympics dressage (equestrian) events were held on the castle grounds. The plate is twelve-sided, and measures 8 1/8″ in diameter. Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful, elaborately hand painted royal plate of the many we have offered. Two shades of blue and a royal gold are featured. An ornate pattern is displayed throughout. The plate’s central theme is a house on a lake or river. It is very striking, and would make a fine addition to any collection.

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  • POSTCARD – BAVARIAN GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PRINZ LEOPOLD

    SKU: 43-358

    $15.00

    During WW I, three German royals were truly able commanders. They worked their way to their positions not so much by their royal births, but by their performances. Those three men were Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria, Herzog Albrecht of Württemberg, and Prinz Leopold of Bavaria. These men achieved the rank of generalfeldmarschall and commanded vast troop numbers in Armeegruppen or Herresgruppen. (Army Groups were assemblages of multiple armies (generally three or more) that reported to these men. They were a huge responsibility. [Remember, Kronprinz Wilhelm was only given command of ONE army during the war(!)]. These three men were excellent commanders. Along with von Mackensen and von Hindenburg, they were among WW I Germany’s best. The postcard we are offering today is of Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Leopold (1846-1930). We do not hear a great deal about him as he spent the war’s bulk fighting on the Eastern Front. It is interesting to note that during the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War Leopold was awarded the 1870 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class (first as a young hauptmann, then a major). He progressed through the Bavarian Army and was promoted to generalfeldmarschall in 1905. He retired in 1913, but was brought back to active service at the age of sixty-eight with WW I’s onset. This made him one of the German Army’s older senior commanders. In 1915 he was given command of the IX. Armee, replacing von Mackensen. Next, he was promoted to lead Herresgruppe Prinz Leopold, which consisted of German and Austrian troops…

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1526

    $15.00

    This is a color postcard featuring Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria (1821-1912). Luitpold assumed the position of Bavaria’s regent in 1886, when Ludwig II (1846-1886) was deposed, then died mysteriously the next day. Otto, Ludwig II’s brother (1848-1916), was named King, but judged insane and incapable of carrying out a King’s duties. Otto remained in his semiofficial role until 1913. He finally died in 1916. Luitpold served as Prinzregent from 1886 until his death in 1912. Luitpold was very popular in Bavaria. The postcard shows him in 1911 at the age of ninety, the year before he died. He is in uniform, wearing a collar, medal bar, and breast stars. The postcard was mailed in 1900 and bears a Bavarian postage stamp.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – PRINZREGENT LUITPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1524

    $15.00

    This is a color postcard featuring Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria (1821-1912). Luitpold assumed the position of Bavaria’s regent in 1886, when Ludwig II (1846-1886) was deposed, then died mysteriously the next day. Otto, Ludwig II’s brother (1848-1916), was named King, but judged insane and incapable of carrying out a King’s duties. Otto remained in his semiofficial role until 1913. He finally died in 1916. Luitpold served as Prinzregent from 1886 until his death in 1912. Luitpold was very popular in Bavaria. The postcard shows him in 1911 at the age of ninety, the year before he died. He is in uniform, wearing a collar, medal bar, and breast stars. The postcard was mailed in 1911 and bears a Bavarian postage stamp.

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - ULANKA - PARADE - LEUTNANT - ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT. This is a

    BAVARIA – ULANKA – LEUTNANT – PARADE – ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-691 XRH

    $1,895.00 $1,516.00

    BAVARIA – ULANKA – PARADE – LEUTNANT – ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT. This is a consignment item. It is an exceptional ulanka that would be correct for any of the Bavarian Regiments listed below. 1. Ulanen-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm II. 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nicholas von Rußland. 3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor. 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog Friedrich von Österreich. 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons. These two Bavarian Kavallerie types (Chevaulegers and Ulanen) were considered light cavalry. [They were designated Lancers in the Imperial British Army, due to the lances that they originally carried]. Both types sported ulankas, as did Prussia’s, Saxony’s, and Württemberg’s Ulanen Regiments. The ulanka was far different from all other Imperial German Army tunics. Its front was decorated with a double row of buttons that formed a “V” shape. This not only slimmed its wearer’s torso, but made his shoulders appear broader and his overall appearance more muscular. The ulankas worn by the Prussians, Saxons and Württembergians were dunkel-blau (dark-blue) in color up until the wartime conversion to feldgrau tunics. The Bavarian Army’s Ulanen, however, sported very dark-green ulankas. [PLEASE NOTE: it is such a dark green that it appears black in the accompanying photographs]. For this particular tunic, its contrasting trim and lapel lining is crimson-red. The prerequisite double row of fourteen (seven per side) gold-toned buttons decorate the front. A single button appears on each cuff. A further six (three per side) appear on the rear vent flaps. Crimson trim runs down from the reverse’s shoulder area to highlight the vent.…

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 385 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER

    SKU: 42-135

    $55.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. On his tunic he wears the PLM at his throat, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • LARGE FORMAT WARTIME AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH OF A POUR LE MÉRITE WINNER

    SKU: 12-360

    $250.00

    This is a very pleasing large format photograph of Oberstleutnant Friedrich Ritter von Haack. Von Haack was a Bavarian who was assigned to the General Staff of the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. His award of the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM) came on 4 August 1918 for his planning while on the General Staff. He is wearing the PLM in the photo. His signature and personalization appear on the photo’s reverse. This photo was taken shortly after his award. The personalization was dated 30 August 1918, a mere twenty-six days after his award. Von Haack was also awarded the Knights Cross of the Bavarian Military Max Joseph in April 1918, which carried with it an automatic elevation to knighthood. This is a very fine photograph and personalization to a man who won the highest military awards that both Prussia and Bavaria could offer.

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  • IDENTIFIED BAVARIAN ROYAL YACHT CLUB DRESS TUNIC

    SKU: 20-321

    $725.00

    The Bavarian Yacht Club was founded in 1888. It received its current name in 1909 through the cooperation of the House of Wittelsbach, Bavaria’s ruling family during the Imperial Period. [The Wittelsbachs are still very much involved in Germany today, with varied commercial interests]. The Bavarian Yacht Club was formed at the same time as the Hohenzollern Yacht Club. Even though Bavaria is landlocked, its many lakes have long supported a large sailing tradition. Several House of Wittelsbach princes remain active in sailing today. Today we are offering a Bavarian Yacht Club dress tunic. It is similar to a Navy dress tunic (lower-dress, not the more elaborate high-dress). The tunic resembles a waistcoat. It is made of high-quality, navy-blue wool. A double row (five per side) of gilt-toned buttons runs down the tunic’s center. Another pair of buttons in the center serves as an extender that the wearer would have used to secure the tunic, rather than the five on view. Each tunic sleeve displays five smaller buttons. [Please note that EVERY one of these buttons (twenty-two total) displays a fouled anchor with the Wittelsbach Crown over it. Flanking the anchor we see a “B” and a “Y.” A “C” is centered over the anchor itself]. The tunic has very wide lapels. The tunic’s interior sports a very impressive black mint-condition silk liner. Two inside pockets are present. When we turn one of them out, we reveal a label with the original owner’s name, “Dr. Wilhelm Recknager.” Also included is…

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  • BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – MAJOR – SERVING ON THE GENERAL STAFF

    SKU: 23-344

    $995.00

    This is an unusual pair of Bavarian General Staff (Generalstab) Major’s epaulettes. These date from 1910, approximately. Their silver-toned crescent moons serve as framing devices. Silver-toned (with a touch of brassiness) braid ringlets hang down from their edges, and a silver-toned button decorates each epaulette. The bullion striping on each epaulette’s tongue displays blue thread identifying them as Bavarian. The magenta rose color of the wool felt covering the epaulettes’ basic shape confirms they are for a General Staff officer. The epaulettes’ underlay matches their magenta rose tops. I am very pleased to offer them. It is the first time I have offered a General Staff officer’s uniform accessory, particularly one from Bavaria and they even come in the original storage carton from a Bavarian military effects firm. Their overall condition is excellent.

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  • BAVARIA – KUGELHELM – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER

    SKU: 33-214

    $1,695.00

    This is a lovely Bavarian Artillerie Regiment One Year-Volunteer’s kugelhelm. The helmet’s leather body is well formed and in good shape. It shows some of the normal leather imperfections expected of a one-hundred-plus-years-old helmet, which are not extreme. [You may judge this yourself from the photographs we are attaching to the description]. All of the hardware is gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, and etc. The wappen is officers style example with an open crown. Its kugel unscrews from a base that itself is loose (it WILL rotate if you happen to move it). It is all secure and makes NO difference whatsoever when on display. The Bavarian state kokarde is more an NCO’s style. The helmet’s back strap is a bit loose and shows a minimal amount of raising from its body. Inside the helmet is a well-used leather sweatband, and a rust-colored silk liner that shows some staining from wear. All of the original hardware is present. No extra holes appear, so we are sure that it IS an original Bavarian kugelhelm. (Please remember that it is a pre WW I helmet, with typical prewar quality. Even though it boasts a kugel (which was not adopted until 1916 for Bavaria’s artillery), the helmet itself is prewar. This helmet is not in “star” condition, but it is more than satisfactory and priced quite reasonably.

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  • GERMANY – BADGE – VETERAN’S

    SKU: 01-738

    $40.00

    This veterans’ medal, measuring 1 1/8″ in diameter, was made to celebrate the unveiling on 3 July 1927 of a monument honoring the 15 Infanterie Regiment König Friedrich August (III) von Sächsen. The regiment was created in 1722 and garrisoned at Neuburg on the Donau. It was attached to the Bavarian I Armeekorps. It was disbanded in 1919. The gilt medal’s obverse features a high-relief rendition of the monument. The upper half’s edge sports the following words, “Denkmals Enthüllung K. B. 15. I. R. Neuburg a. D.,” while the date “3 July 1927” appears across the bottom. Its reverse is plain, except for a hallmark listing the manufacturer’s name and location, “C. Poellath” in “Schrobenhausen” (Bavaria). Poellath was a well-known Bavarian maker of high-quality decorations and Bavarian Flight Badges. This handsome medal sports an eyelet at the top by which it can be attached to a slender chain.

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  • BAVARIA – PRINZ ALFONS SHOOTING BADGE – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 01-916

    $95.00

    Prinz Alfons of Bavaria was a very popular royal in Bavaria and beyond. He did serve in the army even acquiring the rank of General, but he never held command authority. He was a cultured man and was more of a scientist. After WW I he sponsored a shooting badge for shooting competitions. This badge was awarded in both a 1st and 2nd Class. Today we offer the 2nd Class version. It is silver while the 1st Class was gold….  

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  • GERMANY – COMMEMORATIVE DESK PEICE –  MADE FROM THE WOOD FROM THE GERMAN BATTLESHIP S.M.S. PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD

    SKU: 18-545

    $225.00

    The S.M.S. Prinz Regent Luitpold was named for Luitpold (1821-1912) who was the regent and ruler of Bavaria from 1886-1912. He held his position beginning in 1886 when King Ludwig II (Mad Ludwig) was deposed when he was judged mentally incompetent and removed as King. Under mysterious circumstances Ludwig II drowned the day after his removal. Ludwig II’s younger brother Prinz Otto was also judged incompetent and while called King Otto, he never sat on the throne. Thus Luitpold became the Regent and ruled until his death in 1912. Following him Ludwig III (1845-1921) became the final King of Bavaria in 1913. Like all of the heads of the German houses he stepped down in November 1918….  

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  • BAVARIA - JEWELRY OR KEEPSAKE BOX - MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE

    BAVARIA – JEWELRY OR KEEPSAKE BOX – MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 17-680

    $195.00

    BAVARIA – JEWELRY OR KEEPSAKE BOX – MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE This is a miniature jewelry or keepsake box which is fashioned to be a pickelhaube from the Kingdom of Bavaria…..

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  • BAVARIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - NON MILITARY - FOR A COURT OR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL

    BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – NON MILITARY – FOR A COURT OR GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL

    SKU: 23-551 XFQ

    $225.00

    This is a pair of shoulder boards for a non military official in Bavaria. The official may have been a palace official or another branch of government. The shoulder boards have a flower like pip and a shield with an Eagle. The chevrons on the shoulder board are blue which suggests Bavaria. The shoulder boards have a blue underlay with matching blue straps which would allow the shoulder boards to be mounted to a tunic. Overall excellent condition. This is a consignment item.

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  • BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – CHEVAULEGER-REGIMENTS NR 1, NR 3, NR 5, AND NR 7

    SKU: 04-564

    $5,195.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – CHEVAULEGER-REGIMENTS NR 1, NR 3, NR 5, AND NR 7 This is an officer’s pickelhaube from Bavaria’s 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nikolaus von Rußland, 3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor, 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog Friedrich von Österreich, or 7. Chevaulegers Prinz Alfons. Bavaria had a total of eight Chevaulegers-Regiments. The four odd-numbered regiments featured gilt furniture. The four even-numbered regiments displayed silver furniture, instead. Today’s helmet sports a fine leather body. It is in excellent condition. Its front visor is squared rather than rounded. All of its furniture, including the chin scales, the wappen, the trim, the cruciform, and the spike, is gilt-toned (meaning it belongs to an odd-numbered regiment). Its spike is fluted. Both the Reich and state’s kokarden are attached. Inside the helmet we find a used leather sweatband and a fine, light-brown, silk liner. All of the original hardware is visible under the silk liner. No double holes are evident. This is a VERY attractive spiked helmet!

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  • BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – STABSARZT

    SKU: 23-525XJF

    $395.00

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – STABSARZT. This is a wonderful pair of Stabsarzt’s (a medical officer equivalent to a Hauptmann) epaulettes. The epaulettes display a carmine-red, felt background. On that background we see twin brass pips for the Stabsarzt’s rank. Between the pips is the caduceus confirming his status as a doctor. The caduceus is surrounded by a gold-toned crescent. The epaulettes’ tongues each feature a hole to secure them to the tunic. A pair of blue stripes indicating Bavaria is interwoven within the gold bullion. The same red felt color appears on their reverses. These epaulettes are in superb condition. THIS IS A CONSIGNMENT ITEM.

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  • POSTCARD – BAVARIA’S PRINZ JOSEF KLEMENS

    SKU: 45-60

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a very young Prinz Klemens (1902-1990) of Bavaria. He was the only child of our favorite, Prinz Alfons of Bavaria. This was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ LEOPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1689

    $20.00

    During WW I, three German royals were considered very able military commanders. All held the rank of Generalfeldmarschall and commanded Armee-Gruppen. They included Herzog Albrecht of Württemberg, Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria, and Prinz Leopold of Bavaria. Today we are offering a postcard of Prinz Leopold in uniform. He was one of the five men (including Kaiser Wilhelm II) who received the 1914 Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. This was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1916.

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  • BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARDS AND EPAULETTES – LEUTNANT – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 3 OR FELDARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 3 – ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 23-360 xdg

    $650.00

    Wonderful group of lieutenant’s epaulets and shoulder boards from one of two regiments in the Bavarian Army. The first unit is 3. Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. This regiment was the second-oldest Infanterie regiment in the Bavarian Army. It was founded in 1698. It was garrisoned at Augsburg and attached to the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. As you will note below, each shoulder board and epaulet displays a gilt “3” on it. Before 1898, the regiment displayed the numbers on the epaulets and shoulder boards. AFTER 1898 (and until the Bavarian Kingdom’s end in 1918) the shoulder boards and epaulets featured Prinz Karl’s royal cypher. The other possibility for these was 3. Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz Leopold. This regiment was founded in 1848. It was garrisoned at Grafenwöhr, and assigned to the III. Bavarian Armeekorps….

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  • BAVARIA – POSTCARD – PRINZ LEOPOLD

    SKU: 38-1495

    $20.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Leopold of Bavaria (1846-1930). Bavaria produced two significant military commanders during WW I. One was Prinz Leopold, and the other was Kronprinz Rupprecht (1869-1955)…..

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ LUDWIG – WIFE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 45-34

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Ludwig of Bavaria. Ludwig eventually became King of Bavaria, and was known as König Ludwig III. He was Bavaria’s final King. He appears in a suit with his wife, the then Prinzessin Ludwig, at his side. The postcard was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ LUDWIG – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-1534

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Prinz Ludwig of Bavaria (1845-1921). The postcard was produced before he became König Ludwig III in 1913. He is in uniform. It was mailed in 1913 from Bavaria. It boasts a postage stamp of Prinzregent Luitpold, who served until his death in 1912.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ LUITPOLD – FAMILY – BAVARIA

    SKU: 45-35

    $15.00

    This is a postcard featuring Prinz Luitpold of Bavaria 1821-1912 and his family. The postcard is dated 1860, and is taken from a painting. At this time, Ludwig II (Mad Ludwig) was Bavaria’s King. He remained on the throne until 1886, when he drowned (or was helped to drown) under mysterious circumstances. His brother, the next-in-line for the throne, was deemed to be insane. Therefore, Prinz Luitpold became the Prinz Regent and governed Bavaria until his death in 1912. Luitpold appears here with his wife and four children. The postcard was not mailed.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 45-232

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Prinzregent Luitpold (1821-1912) of Bavaria. He assumed the throne of Bavaria in 1886, when his nephews, König Ludwig II and König Otto, were judged to be mentally incompetent. He is wearing a uniform in this 1850 photo. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – KÖNIG LUDWIG II – BAVARIA

    SKU: 38-2603

    $20.00

    This is a color postcard of Bavaria’s König Ludwig (Mad Ludwig) II (1845-1886). He was a troubled man who led a troubled life. He surrounded himself with Wagnerian music (he was Wagner’s royal patron for many years, the composer even lived with him) and the several castles he had built (to Bavaria’s near financial ruin). He is best known for his castle Neuschwanstein. [The castle, which was never fully completed, is the model for the fairytale castles at Disney theme parks around the world]. In 1886 he was removed from office due to his “insanity.” The next day he drowned in a lake with his doctor under circumstances much fishier than the lake water! This postcard shows the King wearing many decorations. The postcard was never mailed.

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  • BAVARIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL

    SKU: 23-370

    $4,995.00

    The Kingdom of Bavaria produced only three generalfeldmarschalls during the Imperial German Period: König Ludwig III, Kronprinz Rupprecht, and Prinz Leopold. König Ludwig III’s appointment was strictly political, an acknowledgment of his stature as ruler of one of the Reich’s four Kingdoms. Württemberg’s Wilhelm II and Saxony’s Friedrich August III received their appointments within relatively close proximity of Ludwig’s. The appointments of Kronprinz Rupprecht and Prinz Leopold, while they had some political weight, were based on their qualifications and contributions to the German war machine. They were excellent field commanders who had earned their promotions. Today we are offering you a pair of generalfeldmarschall shoulder boards from one of these three men. We do not know which of those three owned this pair. Trying to judge which one was the owner is a matter of pure speculation. At least it is a very limited number from which to choose! These gorgeous shoulder boards measure 2″ x 5″. [We can tell they were meant for a tunic rather than an overcoat (mantel) by their size]. They exhibit alternating rows of silver and gold bullion (often referred to as “Russian Rope”). If one carefully examines the silver row, one can detect the blue chevrons confirming that they hail from Bavaria. In each shoulder board’s center is a handsome set of generalfeldmarschall’s crossed batons. Each one measures 2 1/4″ in length. The board’s reverse sports a red strap that helps to attach each shoulder board to a tunic, which made these shoulder boards…

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    FRAMED COLOR LIKENESS – PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 40-256

    $95.00

    This is a WW I era frame that measures 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4.” The image area measures 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4.” At the bottom is an area that measures 7 1/2″ x 4 1/4,” with a 1914 Iron Cross. In the area for the image is a color likeness of Prinz Regent Luitpold of Bavaria. He led Bavaria from 1886 (and König Ludwig II’s death) until his own death in 1911. On the reverse is a foldaway easel.

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  • BAVARIA – HANDBUCH – 1900 MILITÄR=HANDBUCH

    SKU: 12-679

    $175.00

    This is the Bavarian Army’s 1900 Militär=Handbuch. It is an amazing book that covers all aspects of the Bavarian Army for the year 1900. It goes far beyond just listing the various units from the ArmeeKorps, Division, Brigade, Regiment, and other levels. It lists historical aspects of the Bavarian royalty. It has a listing of the better-known Bavarian decorations. In the case of the Military Max Josef Order, it displays the various classes of this very important decoration, as well as a listing of its recipients, and award dates through 1900. The volume measures 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 1/4,” and weighs 1 pound and 10 ounces. I guess the easiest way to describe this volume is to say that it is a Rangliste on steroids! That is, it contains much more detail and information than the ordinary rank list. It is a very difficult-to-find volume. If you have an interest in the Bavarian Army, the book is a must. Many of its senior officers served in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, while many of the junior and mid-level officers went on to serve in WW I fourteen years later. [SALES ON ALL RANGLISTEN ARE FINAL. We do NOT send them out on approval, or for someone to do research and then return them. Please keep this in mind when ordering any rangliste].

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    BAVARIA – STATUE – RAMPANT LION

    SKU: 26-27

    $1,495.00 $1,395.00

    It is an oversized statue of a rampant Lion of Bavaria. It is made of base metal which has a coating of gilt over it. The Lion stands 10 1/2″ tall from its base to the tip of its mane. The Lion is mounted on a wooden base which is a further 2 1/4″ tall so the overall height of this presentation is 13″. The Lion is attached firmly to the base. The consignor tells me that this piece was used as a finial at a castle and displays the might and bravery of Bavaria. It weighs a whopping 9 ½ lbs. and is very well made with excellent detail. Due to the weight and the size additional shipping may be required depending on to where it will be shipped.

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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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  • BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE INFANTERIE REGIMENT

    SKU: 04-610

    $3,495.00

    BAVARIA – PICKELHAUBE – OFFICER – LINE INFANTERIE REGIMENT This is an officer’s pickelhaube from a Bavarian line-infantry regiment. The helmet’s leather body is generally pleasing, with no major flaws or issues. A mild case of shrinkage affects the left rear quarter, and some settling shows at the crown where the cruciform are attached. [For some reason, this situation seems quite common among Bavarian pickelhauben. I have no idea why. We will depict it in the photographs that accompany our description]. All of the furniture is gilt, including the wappen, cruciform, chin scales, spike, etc. Please pay particular attention to the wappen’s splendid appearance. It absolutely glistens (NOT from cleaning)! The removable spike is fluted. The chin scales are flat (non vaulted), which confirms that it is an Infanterie helmet. The front visor is squared. The helmet’s exterior exhibits fine state (Bavarian) and Reich’s kokarden. Inside the helmet is a brown leather sweatband. It displays normal use. The silk liner is gold. A few spots exhibit shredding (what women used to refer to as “runs” in silk stockings). The helmet’s front and rear visors are lined in green and red leather, respectively. Under the silk liner is the original hardware. We also see that no double holes appear where the wappen is attached. It is a solid officer’s spiked helmet that is fairly priced.

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