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  • PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT WITH KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV’S SIGNATURE

    SKU: 19-261

    $395.00

    This is a very interesting officer’s promotion patent. The document comes from the reign of König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861). Friedrich Wilhelm IV was the eldest son of König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840), Prussia’s king during the tumultuous Napoleonic War Period shortly after the 19th Century’s turn. When Friedrich Wilhelm III died in 1840, Friedrich Wilhelm IV ascended the throne. His reign was difficult and involved revolution in 1848, which he initially repressed. He then changed his mind, embraced it and became its leader! Later, in 1857, Friedrich Wilhelm IV suffered a stroke that left him physically and mentally incapacitated. Due to his continued ill health, his younger brother Wilhelm I became Prussia’s regent in 1858. Friedrich Wilhelm died in 1861 and left no heir, so Wilhelm I assumed the throne and became King of Prussia, and later, Germany’s Kaiser. King Friedrich Wilhelm IV personally signed this document. The promotion patent was awarded to Friedrich Albert Schönn zu Stettin. The document measures 9 ¼” x 14″ when unopened, and 14″ x 18″ when opened, making it four-sided. All the information, however, appears on the first page. Its bottom boasts Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s bold and sprawling black-ink signature, as well as a Hohenzollern Eagle-embossed seal. The document was prepared and signed in 1855 at Charlottenburg’s royal castle. Another court official’s signature appears below Friedrich Wilhelm’s, but I cannot identify it. Our document is some one-hundred-sixty years-old! Some foxing effects its right side and bottom, but the document’s body is clear and…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN - A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS - 1871

    PRUSSIA – HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN – A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS – 1871

    SKU: 09-1049 XKA

    $2,695.00 $2,290.75

    PRUSSIA – HONOR CROSS FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG WOMEN – A.K.A. VIRGINS CROSS – 1871. The Honor Cross for Women and Young Women (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen), popularly known as the “Virgins Cross,” technically was NOT an Iron Cross. Due to its appearance, however, it is generally classified as an Iron Cross. The decoration was authorized by Kaiser Wilhelm I and his wife, Kaiserin Louise, on 22 March 1871 following the Franco-Prussian War’s end. It was intended to recognize women and young women who had performed good works for the Reich. A total of 2,979 of these awards were made, with one of its most famous recipients being the USA’s Clara Barton. [Barton had worked tirelessly in hospitals to improve medical care during the U.S. Civil War. When the 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War broke out she went to Germany, and again helped to improve medical conditions for the German troops wounded at the front]. As previously stated, the Honor Cross for Women and Young Women (Ehrenkreuz für Frauen und Jungfrauen) displays the general appearance of an Iron Cross. That said, it comes in Prinzengroße size, measuring 1.25” x 1.25.” Another of its major differences from other Iron Crosses is that both its obverse and reverse are made of enamel. Its obverse features a crown, with the Kaiser and Kaiserin’s intertwined initials “W” and “A” appearing below it. The date “1870/1871″ is placed below the initials. All of the latter are rendered in silver against black enamel. The reverse reveals a…

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - THIRD REICH ERA PRODUCTION - SLIGHTLY VAULTED - GODET "L/12" HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – THIRD REICH ERA PRODUCTION – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – GODET “L/12” HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1019 XBB

    $450.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – THIRD REICH ERA PRODUCTION – SLIGHTLY VAULTED – GODET “L/12” HALLMARK. Today we are offering a most interesting 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is very slightly vaulted, just a bit higher than a flat issued Iron Cross 1st Class. The paint on its obverse is in excellent condition, rating 100%. The frame has a fine patina and its beading is even and well formed. The reverse also reveals that it is a true, custom, three-piece screwback (consisting of the EK itself, an arched backing plate, and the nut that screws the backing plate down. The Iron Cross is also magnetic. The bottom of the six o’clock arm features an “L/12.” During the Third Reich era, numbers were assigned to decoration and badge manufacturers. These were unique to each manufacturer and replaced the hallmarking system used during the Imperial period. In this case, “L/12” was the code used by Berlin’s Godet, one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and the Prussian royal family’s House Jewelers during the Imperial German Period. While this was a privately-purchased Iron Cross, it probably was purchased by an officer. Perhaps he had a need for an extra Iron Cross, lost or damaged his original Iron Cross, or did not want to keep moving his Iron Cross from one tunic to another. Whatever the reason, it made sense to purchase an additional Iron Cross. This is a high-quality Iron Cross. It deserves a place in a…

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – THREE DECORATION GROUPING – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 09-511

    $625.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – THREE DECORATION GROUPING – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – BAVARIA This is a most interesting presentation grouping including the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Military Service Cross with Swords 3rd Class, and the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. This presentation comes in a deluxe, brown, leatherette box measuring 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4.” The outer lid depicts a central motif of a 1914 Iron Cross. Surrounding it is a Bavarian flag, oak leaves, and crossed cannons, all exquisitely executed in high relief. The oversized upper lid is lined in traditional blue silk, while a darker blue velvet covers the fitted lower (also oversized) half of the case. The lower half houses the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and the Bavarian Military Service Cross 3rd Class with Swords. Above each of these two decorations is a small rectangle of the appropriate ribbon for each decoration. Attached to the upper lid (with the ribbon tucked into the liner) is the Hindenburg Cross for Combatants. This was probably a late addition to the grouping, at some point after the Hindenburg Cross was first issued in 1935. Multi decoration groupings like this are an infrequent find, particularly in such an attractive display. This combination is also quite scarce. It is splendid and shows this native son of Bavaria‘s pride of service.

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  • CABINET PHOTOGRAPH OF KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 40-665

    $75.00

    This is an ultra high-quality Cabinet Photograph of Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888), who was Prussia’s König, as well as the Empire’s Kaiser. Wilhelm I was König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s second son. It was Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840) who led Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars against Napoleon, when Prussia was allied with Russia and Great Britain. Wilhelm I’s elder brother Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861) assumed the throne upon their father’s 1840 death. Friedrich Wilhelm IV ruled Prussia during very stressful times including the 1848 Revolution. In 1857, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV suffered a stroke and was incapacitated. Wilhelm I then stepped in as Regent for his older brother, a role he maintained until Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s death in 1861. Wilhelm I became King of Prussia that same year. He then worked with Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) and General Staff Chief Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891) to guide Prussia and Germany toward a path of consolidation and centralization. The journey reached its culmination in 1871 when Wilhelm I became Germany’s first Emperor. Cabinet Photograph is a larger version of the CdV, an extremely popular Victorian-era photograph. This example measures 4 ½” x 6 ½.” It was produced by the Berlin photographic studio of Reichard & Lindner Hofphotograph. The firm was one of the House of Hohenzollern’s official house photographers (as well as several other royals. The studio was located on the famous Berlin street Unter den Linden (Nr 54/55). The photograph’s reverse displays awards they received along with the Coats-of-Arms of the…

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  • PRUSSIA – STATUETTE – KAISER FRIEDRICH III

    SKU: 26-46

    $675.00

    Friedrich III was Germany’s second Kaiser. He lived a mere three months after he assumed his father Kaiser Wilhelm I’s throne. Friedrich III was an able military commander who competently handled the units under his command during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. He proved himself to be a mature and evenhanded administrator. Both of these virtues were NOT held by his son Wilhelm II. With Friedrich III’s untimely death in 1888, one has to wonder what history would have been like under his rule rather than Wilhelm II’s. It is, of course, one of those “what if” situations. Personally, I doubt that WW I would have developed under his rule. The statuette we are offering today is vividly painted in black, red, gold, brown and gray. Friedrich III stands erect in his uniform, with one hand on his sword’s hilt and the other grasping a document. He stands on a base that measures 1/2″ tall. The figure of Friedrich III stands 8 1/2″ tall. The combined height of the base and statuette is 9.” The statuette’s back is flat, and contains two cutout areas. They may have allowed the statue to be hung on a wall or, at the very least, stand flat against one. Kaiser Friedrich III’s facial features of are well done. It should also be remembered that statues of Friedrich III are seen far less frequently than Kaiser Wilhelm I, Kaiser Wilhelm II, or King Frederick the Great for that matter.

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  • GERMANY - CASE - IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2ND CLASS - REPRODUCTION

    GERMANY – CASE – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – REPRODUCTION

    SKU: 09-1053

    $95.00

    GERMANY – CASE – IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – REPRODUCTION. We rarely offer reproduction items at Der Rittmeister Militaria, but we are making an exception today. While we currently offer several ORIGINAL Iron Cross presentation cases with their respective Iron Crosses (as well as other original presentation cases with THEIR proper decorations), we do NOT have any empty Iron Cross cases. Also, original EK cases usually cost $400 or more. Therefore, we are offering this REPRODUCTION 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Presentation Case to which you can add your own EK 2 (or we will be happy to add an original EK 2 at a discounted price). The REPRODUCTION 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Presentation Case measures 1” x 3” x 5.5.” It boasts a black, pebbled, leatherette exterior. The case’s lower right corner displays a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class embossed on it in silver. Its closure button easily pops the case open to allow entry into its interior. The upper half is covered in padded white silk, while the lower portion features creme-colored velvet with a fitted EK-shaped section neatly cut into it. It also contains a horizontal recess into which the ribbon could be neatly folded. This REPRODUCTION 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Presentation Case will allow you to display your EK 2 in a handsome manner. [REMEMBER, DRM can supply you with either an EK 2 and/or its ribbon if you so desire]. FOR MORE IRON CROSSES – CLICK HERE

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE PIECE SCREWBACK

    SKU: 09-325

    $375.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS THREE PIECE SCREWBACK This is a rather interesting variation of the three-piece screwback of the Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is low-vaulted. The paint on the obverse, while virtually complete (with the exception of the high point of the “W” in the center), has an unusual toning. Often, in Iron Crosses from 1813 and 1870, we will see a crinkling effect on the paint due to the age. This Iron Cross has the same effect. We do not often see this on 1914 Iron Crosses. In another 20 to 30 years this may be more common, but right now we just do not see it. This makes for an unusual “look.” If you want an Iron Cross that is a little salty, this one will be fine for you. The Iron Cross has a great patina on the obverse and reverse. It is not hallmarked for manufacturer or silver content. This is a very affordable screwback Iron Cross.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED – HALLMARKED .925 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-897

    $950.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED – HALLMARKED .925 SILVER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE Today we are offering a top-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The cross is flat (non vaulted) and is similar in style to presentation Iron Crosses. The obverse’s paint is in excellent condition. The frame and, in particular the beading, (which is as fine as I have seen) has a first-rate patina. As we examine the reverse, we see the same attention to detail. The catch is a bit larger than normal and has “superior-quality” screaming from it. To the catch’s right is where we really see the Iron Cross’s excitement and superiority revealed. It is hallmarked .925 silver. This is extremely high for an Iron Cross, as most that have silver hallmarks of .800. [I have seen a few Iron Crosses hallmarked .950, but that level is quite unusual]. Its presentation case is also quite striking. It is black leatherette and measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 2 ½.” Embossed on the outer lid is a silver Iron Cross that duplicates the Iron Cross housed within, complete to its 1914 date. Inside the case, we see a white silk upper lid. The cross is housed in the lower half, which has a brown velvet cover. The case shows a bit of honest age, but is visually and structurally sound. This is an amazing set and one of the finest Iron Crosses we have offered you.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – KO HALLMARK – ENGRAVED

    SKU: 09-1015

    $750.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – KO HALLMARK – ENGRAVED This is an issued 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class that was engraved by or for its recipient. The bulk of 1914 Iron Crosses 1st Class was issued by KO, a Stuttgart firm. It is a flat (non vaulted) Iron Cross. The paint on its obverse rates at 95%. The paint is complete, but displays a flaw on the cross’s right arm. The cross is magnetic. Its frame has a fine patina, and its beading is even and consistent. After it was awarded, the Iron Cross was taken to a jeweler, who engraved the information listed below. 22.9 – 3. 11 1915 Karl Schamp Kassel Am Fasahenhof 20 Every engraved Iron Cross is different. This one’s dates of 22 September through 3 November 1915 are rather curious. Perhaps it was a battle in which its recipient participated that led to the Iron Cross’s award? Perhaps it was a period during which two men served together, and one offered the engraving as a gift? Why was the German city of Kassel mentioned? Did Herr Schamp reside in Kassel or was that where the two men knew one another? The line below Herr Schamp’s name is an address in Kassel (confirmed by a quick Google search). [I do not know what kind of building displays that address, but it remains viable more than one-hundred-years later]. Regardless, it is all a bit unusual and provides an interesting mystery. It is a handsome…

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    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-1020 XMB

    $450.00 $350.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a consignment item. It is a striking 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in the original presentation case. The red leatherette case measures 1″ x 2 ½” x 3 ¾.” Some scuffing on its surface indicates honest age. The interior’s upper half is covered with white silk. Stretched across that white silk is a white and blue ribbon that is embossed with an Iron Cross’s outline. The dates 1914 and 1918 flank the Iron Cross on either side. This band’s white and blue colors lead me to believe it was manufactured in Bavaria. The silk band permits the EK’s ribbon to be stored behind it. The case’s bottom half is lined in with burgundy velvet that was NOT fitted to hold the EK’s pin. The Iron Cross itself is a very high-quality example. The paint on its obverse is quite pleasing and rates at 98%. The cross’s frame features an excellent patina. A hallmark appears on the jump ring, but I cannot decipher it. The ribbon attached to the cross is well used, with significant shredding/running in its silk. This handsome 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and presentation case’s quality indicates that it is a privately-purchased, post WW I example.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – IN A DISPLAY EASEL  (EARLY WAR AWARD)

    SKU: 09-514

    $425.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – IN A DISPLAY EASEL  (EARLY WAR AWARD) This is an interesting display easel for a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The easel measures 4 ½” x 3 ½.” It presents purple velvet on its obverse, with a small peg on which the jump ring for the Iron Cross is hung. Below the Iron Cross, engraved on a small, silver, bandeau-shaped plaque is “Dinont 15 August 1914.” This is a very early war Iron Cross which would date t the first ten days of WW I. This man achieved a real act of bravery to receive such an early war Iron Cross 2nd Class. On the reverse of the display is the easel, which swings out when one desires to display the presentation. This is different and quite handsome way to display an Iron Cross.

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  • PRUSSIA – AWARD DOCUMENT GROUP TO ARTHUR HAY

    SKU: 06-126

    $2,495.00

    I have been holding onto this document group for more than three years. I kept it partly because it is extremely interesting. Another reason: it took a long time to familiarize myself adequately with its contents so I could describe it. It concerns a Prussian officer with the unexpected name “Arthur Hay.” Hay went from an Unteroffizier in 1886, to at least the rank of Oberstleutnant in 1917. He started in the cavalry and served in both Ulanen, Husaren and Dragoon regiments prior to the war’s outbreak. He achieved the coveted rank of Rittmeister well before the war began in 1914. As best as I can make out, he went from the cavalry to the infantry [as the war developed, most cavalry fought as dismounted troops. WW I showed once and for all that mounted troops were outmoded]. He served as an infantryman until the end of the war. I do not know his final rank, but he may have gone on to be an oberst, or possibly a general. I will leave this as part of the fun for the eventual buyer researching this man. Hay served at least THIRTY years in uniform. He survived the war and even received the Hindenburg Cross in 1935. No less than SIX Promotion Patents are present, covering him from the ranks of Unteroffizier up to major. Each patent is very ornate and hand printed by a skilled calligrapher, with special seals. Also in this group are many award documents. Of his three…

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  • CABINET PHOTOGRAPH OF PRUSSIA’S KRONPRINZ FRIEDRICH WILHELM (LATER GERMANY’S KAISER FRIEDRICH III)

    SKU: 40-654

    $75.00

    This is a large Cabinet Photograph of Kaiser Friedrich III (1831-1888), Kaiser Wilhelm I’s son. Upon his father’s death in 1888, he became Germany’s second Kaiser. Sadly, his reign was short. He died ninety-nine days after his rise to the throne. [How interesting history might have been had he lived longer! He and his wife, Kaiserin Victoria (Queen Victoria of England’s eldest daughter) were both progressives who had many ideas that would have charted a different course for the German Empire than what occurred under their son, Wilhelm II]. Friedrich III was a seasoned army commander who led major portions of the Prussian Army during the 1864 Danish-Prussian War, 1866 Austro-Prussian War, and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. Joined with Generalfeldmarschall von Moltke (the architect of the Prussian Army as a fighting machine) as commander of the German General Staff, the two successfully charted a winning strategy through three sharp and furious wars. In actuality, a Cabinet Photograph is a larger version of the CdV, an extremely popular type of Victorian-era photograph. The example measures 4 ¼” x 6 ½.” It was produced by the Hermann Selle photographic studio in Potsdam, a Hofphotograph (House Photographer) to the House of Hohenzollern. He was located in Potsdam at York Strasse Nr 4. As a House purveyor he was allowed to show the House of Hohenzollern Coat-of-Arms on his photographs. In the photo, Friedrich stands erect wearing an überrock. His tunic sports the 1870 Iron Cross 1st Class on its left breast. Around his…

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  • OLDENBURG – FREIDRICH AUGUST CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1914

    SKU: 05-1788

    $125.00

    The Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Friedrich August Cross is a black magnetic cross with the crowned cypher of the Grand Duke and the date 1914.        

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  • OLDENBURG – FREIDRICH AUGUST CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1914 – COMBANTANT

    SKU: 05-1768

    $125.00

    The Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Friedrich August Cross is a black magnetic cross with the crowned cypher of the Grand Duke and the date 1914, circled with laurel leaves….            

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  • OLDENBURG – FREIDRICH AUGUST CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1914

    SKU: 05-1767

    $125.00

    The Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Friedrich August Cross is a black magnetic cross with the crowned cypher of the Grand Duke and the date 1914.        

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  • OLDENBURG – FREIDRICH AUGUST CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1914 – NON COMBANTANT

    SKU: 05-1765

    $125.00

    The Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Friedrich August Cross is a black magnetic cross with the crowned cypher of the Grand Duke and the date 1914….  

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  • OLDENBURG – FRIEDRICH AUGUST CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1914

    SKU: 05-1723 XFQ

    $125.00

    The Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Friedrich August Cross is a black magnetic cross with the crowned cypher of the Grand Duke and the date 1914, circled with laurel leaves….  

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  • OLDENBURG - FRIEDRICH AUGUST COMBATANTS CROSS - 2nd CLASS

    OLDENBURG – FREIDRICH AUGUST CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1914

    SKU: 08-581

    $125.00

    The Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Friedrich August Cross is a black magnetic cross with the crowned cypher of the Grand Duke and the date 1914, circled with laurel leaves.  

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS - THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK - LOW-VAULTED - .925 SILVER HALLMARK

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – LOW-VAULTED – .925 SILVER HALLMARK

    SKU: 09-1025

    $595.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – THREE-PIECE SCREWBACK – LOW-VAULTED – .925 SILVER HALLMARK. This is a lovely example of a high-quality, three-piece screwback, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The Iron Cross’s obverse shows good paint, overall. Some wear is evident on the highest points of the “W” and the “1914.” The frame exhibits a wonderful patina. The source of the patina is confirmed on the reverse by its .925 silver hallmark. This is an unusually high silver content. [The bulk of silver-hallmarked Iron Crosses only an .800 content level, and even those are unusual. ANY silver hallmarked Iron Cross constitutes a REAL plus]. The cross is also slightly vaulted. So, taking into consideration its low vault, silver content, and three-piece construction, it is a VERY special Iron Cross. Its reverse sports a backing plate and a nut to secure the other two pieces together (neither piece exhibits a silver hallmark). It is also worth mentioning that the Iron Cross is magnetic. This truly is an officers-grade, privately-purchased, custom-made Iron Cross.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-973

    $650.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class in its original presentation case, which sports an unusual, arched-pentagon shape. The case measures 3 ½” x 3 ½” at the widest width, and 2 ½” x 3/4″ at its smallest. The black case is embossed with an Iron Cross’s image. The interior is white, with its silk-lined top stamped in blue with an Iron Cross and the words “Der Dank des Vaterlandes!” (The thanks of the Fatherland!). Its bottom is velvet-lined and molded to accommodate the Iron Cross. The 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class is inlaid with black paint, which rates at 100%. The Iron Cross is in great condition. NO chips are evident in the paint, and it displays very little wear. The jump ring is also intact. NO ribbon is included.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 1st CLASS WITH STICKPIN - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – STICKPIN – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-833

    $425.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS WITH STICKPIN – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE Today we offer a flat, issued-type, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class from the Stuttgart firm, “KO.” This is a flat, non vaulted cross rather than a privately-purchased, vaulted cross. The obverse’s paint rates at about 75%. It has substantial paint loss and even some light surface rust. On the reverse, we see the “KO” hallmark under the catch. A 1914 Iron Cross stickpin is also included. The obverse’s surface material is enamel, indicating a higher-quality stickpin. The pair is housed in a leatherette presentation case. The case measures 3″ x 2 3/4.” A silver outline of an Iron Cross appears on the outer lid. This little set is a real value, especially if you like your Iron Crosses a little “salty.”

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1870 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS AND URKUNDE

    SKU: 06-187

    $1,495.00

    This is a simply marvelous group which consists of the 1870 Military Service Cross 2nd Class and its Urkunde (award document) from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71, Friedrich Franz II (1823-1883) ruled the duchy. He sat on the throne from 1842 to 1883. Mecklenburg-Schwerin had long been Prussia’s ally. It fought with Prussia during the 1864 Danish-Prussian War and the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The document and decoration were awarded to a young officer by the name of Wilhelm Meyer. Meyer served in Hannoversches Pionier Bataillon Nr 10. The regiment was raised in 1804. It was garrisoned in Minden and assigned to the X. ArmeeKorps. The Bataillon was a former Hanoverian unit. It fought proudly in the Peninsular Campaign and at Waterloo with the Duke of Wellington. Its men carried the bandeaux for those campaigns on their pickelhauben. Meyer went on to become a Generalleutnant in the Prussian Army. He was assigned to the General Staff for matters relating to Pionier-Bataillons. The document is quite ornate and measures 12 1/4″ x 7 1/2.” It is dated 31 December 1872 and signed by Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The embossed seal of the Duchy appears on the document. The decoration is the same size as an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is gilt-toned. A short length of original ribbon, measuring 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2,” is present. The silk ribbon is light blue, yellow, and red. The Military Service Cross 2nd Class was awarded in…

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  • IRON CROSS – 1870 – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 09-257

    $2,795.00

    This is a most interesting private-purchase example of the 1870 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is, of course, of the flat, or non vaulted, variety. What really makes this example unique is that it is has four loops on the reverse to sew it onto a tunic as opposed to being the more commonly seen pinback. This system of affixing the Iron Cross to the tunic was used for 1813 Iron Crosses, which sometimes used four and eight loops. This system was used from time to time for 1914 Iron Crosses, but rarely. There is no manufacturer hallmarking on this Iron Cross. The cross and the patina to it exhibit honest wear. A very unusual example compared with the more commonly seen Godet and Wagner 1870 Iron Crosses. This Iron Cross really has a lot of personality.

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  • CLIPPED SIGNATURE – KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-169

    $225.00

    König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861) was the eldest son and successor to König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840), the King of Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. When Friedrich Wilhelm III died in 1840, Friedrich Wilhelm IV assumed Prussia’s throne. He served from 1840 until 1857, when he was struck down by a stroke and was unable to continue as King. His younger brother, Wilhelm, assumed the role of Prinzregent, and held that position until his older brother died in 1861. Wilhelm I then became King of Prussia in 1861, and later Kaiser in 1871. Today we are offering a clipped signature of Friedrich Wilhelm IV. It is boldly signed and dated 1841. The signature and date appear on a piece of paper that measures 5” x 2 1/4.”

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - MEDAL - WAR SERVICE - 2ND CLASS

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – WAR SERVICE CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS

    SKU: 05-1719 XFQ

    $145.00

    The Braunschweig War Merit Cross, also known as the Ernst-Augustkreuz, was a military decoration of the Duchy of Brunswick. The Cross was established 23 October 1914 by Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick. The cross was awarded to all ranks for distinction in war. On 20 March 1918, a first class of the Cross was created in pinback form, with the existing Cross becoming the second class. The cross was awarded on a blue ribbon with yellow stripes for combatants and on a yellow ribbon with blue stripes for non-combatants….      

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION (BLUE) CASE

    SKU: 09-794

    $395.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION (BLUE) CASE This is a most interesting combination of a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and its presentation case. As the Iron Cross was generally awarded in a simple paper packet, those that came in a presentation case were almost always privately-purchased. The Iron Cross is in exceptional condition, with 100% paint on the obverse and reverse. The presentation case is blue. It measures 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 1.” Inside the case, the upper lid is lined in red silk. The case’s lower half is lined in red velvet. The top part of the case’s bottom half has a small section where the ribbon is stored. The ribbon piece measures 4 1/2″ in length. The case also has a fitted section in which the Iron Cross resides. This is a different variation of the cased Iron Cross 2nd Class theme. No button is present for closing and opening the case. The top half, which is hinged, simply opens up.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND HINDENBURG CROSS NEXT-OF-KIN ( WIDOW’S CROSS) – CASED SET

    SKU: 09-853

    $550.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS AND HINDENBURG CROSS NEXT-OF-KIN ( WIDOW’S CROSS) – CASED SET This is a most unusual presentation of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and a Hindenburg Cross for Next-of-Kin (Widow’s Cross). Both come housed in a delightful presentation case. The case measures 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 3/4.” Its exterior is multicolored and stippled. This pattern completely covers the exterior and extends to its upper inner lid. The case’s lower half is lined in brown velvet, with fitted places for both of the decorations. These areas even include spaces for the decorations’ rings. Both the decorations are in MINT condition. It is an exquisitely stunning presentation.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS & HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS FOR COMBATANTS IN DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS & HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS FOR COMBATANTS IN DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-862

    $550.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS & HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS FOR COMBATANTS IN DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE This is a post WW I veterans’ set, where a man combined his 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants that he received in 1934 (or later). The large, beige, faux-linen-covered case measures 6″ x 3 1/4″ x 1.” Inside the case, the upper half is lined in white silk. The bottom half is covered in claret-red velvet and stepped. (That is, the upper section housing the Iron Cross is lower than the lower section housing the Hindenburg Cross). The two decorations are in very fine condition. The outer lid’s lower left corner exhibits some evidence of staining. A brass catch secures the case’s two halves. The case’s bottom displays a manufacturer’s tag with assorted writing on it.

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  • PATRIOTIC BOX – FEATURING 1914 IRON CROSS

    SKU: 03-109

    $275.00

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

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG – FRACK BAR – THREE PLACE – HIGHLIGHTED BY KNIGHT’S CROSS 2nd CLASS WITH SWORDS

    SKU: 02-393

    $850.00

    This is a three-place “Frack Bar” highlighted by the Kingdom of Württemberg’s Friedrich Order Knight’s Cross 2nd Class with Swords. It is a marvelous three-place “Frack Bar.” [Two characteristics separate a Frack bar from a medal bar. The first visually different feature is that the Frack bar is set at a slight diagonal that generally skews from left-to-right. The second is that the medals are listed in importance from the right-to-left, rather than the medal bar’s more common left-to-right ranking. Also remember that medal and Frack bars typically begin with the Iron Cross 2nd Class]. Going from right-to-left, the decorations on this “Frack Bar” are listed below. * 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class – Prussia. * Knight’s Cross 2nd Class with Swords – Württemberg. The decoration was awarded from 1870 through 1918. It features a white enamel center displaying Friedrich’s gilt-crowned royal cypher. A pair of crossed gilt swords is attached in two places on the medal’s top. A single jump ring is then attached to the swords’ center so that a medal/Frack bar’s ribbon can be attached as needed. * Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords. The award was authorized after Paul von HIndenburg’s 1930’s-era death. It came in three classes: combatant’s, non combatant’s, and next-of-kin. The medals, the ribbons, and the bar itself are in excellent condition.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1870 - 2nd CLASS - SPANGE

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE

    SKU: 09-1023

    $495.00

    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – SPANGE The 1870 Iron Cross received two additions (rendered in two stages) after the initial awards of approximately 50,000 examples. A “Jubilee” was proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1895, wherein its awardees were authorized to add oak leaves with a “25” to their Iron Crosses. This was known as the Jubiläumsspange. This was either added as a device to the jump ring area, or attached directly to the top of the ribbon. A further honor was granted to the original 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class winners when WW I began. [Remember that 1914 was nearly forty-five years after the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. Most of the surviving awardees had reached their sixties, so a certain number of the original 50,000 had died]. Another spange was created that was slipped onto the EK 2’s ribbon. It featured a 1914 Iron Cross against a pebbled background. The bulk of the awarded pieces came from the workshops of Wagner & Söhne, one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s leading Court Jewelers. Our offering today is a Jeweler’s/Wearer’s copy from another of the Kaiser’s House Jewelers, C.E. Juncker. It measures ¼” x 1 ¼.” The spange’s reverse reveals a depression where it was pushed in to secure it to the ribbon. The reverse also features their hallmark as listed below. C.E. Juncker Berlin S.W. This spange is in very fine condition and can be added to an existing 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with the “25-Year” Oak Leaves.

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    IRON CROSS – 1870 – 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANTS WITH TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR OAK LEAVES MOUNTED ON TRI-FOLD RIBBON

    SKU: 09-960 XTZ

    $1,395.00 $1,195.00

    This is a consignment item. In 1895 Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized the award of Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves for the 1870 Iron Cross. This was for veterans who were awarded the 1870 EK during the Franco-Prussian War and the subsequent years, as awards caught up with all those deemed worthy. Furthermore, they remained in the reich’s service. This 1870 Iron Cross is in very fine condition, both on its obverse and reverse. I believe it was not an issued piece, but instead was sold as a full rig with the Twenty-Five-Year Oak Leaves attached. Its paint is even and just beginning to “crinkle,” as we so often see on 19th Century Iron Crosses. The “25” year device sports a fine, frosted-silver finish. What makes this Iron Cross special is all about the ribbon. The ribbon boasts a wide, white, central panel flanked by two thinner black bands, which means it is for Non Combatants. The ribbon’s other distinctive feature is that it is a tri-fold. Although Austrians folded their ribbons in this manner, they did NOT participate in the Franco-Prussian War. Thus, the ribbon most probably was for a soldier from Saxony. The ribbon makes the Iron Cross quite distinctive, as well as quite scarce. Both ribbon and cross are in top condition.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED WITH “KO” HALLMARK IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-509

    $550.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED WITH “KO” HALLMARK IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE A flat (non vaulted) 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class usually was an “issued” piece. Today we are offering one such “issued” EK 1 in very attractive condition. Its paint rates at about 95%. Its patina definitely is worthy of mention. The initials “KO” are evident under the reverse’s catch. During WW I, it was this particular firm that produced the bulk of issued 1914 Iron Crosses. Our example comes in a black leatherette presentation case. A silver Iron Cross, dated 1914, is embossed on the case’s exterior. Inside, the case sports a white, silk-lined upper-half. The Iron Cross nestles in the black, velvet, fitted-bottom. Some scuffing shows on the case’s exterior. All in all, this is a very handsome 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, with its original presentation case.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – LOW VAULTED – .930 SILVER HALLMARKED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-835

    $895.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – LOW VAULTED – .930 SILVER HALLMARKED – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is an ultra high-quality 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is a very low vaulted example. Its silver frame has marvelous beading with a lovely patina. The paint rates at nearly 100%. The reverse sports a fine swollen pin, which shows signs of having been pressed into a tunic where it was worn. The pin is “wavy,” probably from piercing a uniform rather than using sewn-in loops. Under the pin is hallmarking for .930 silver. This is unusual, but that IS the hallmarking. The catch at the bottom that holds the pin is more delicately designed. This beautiful Iron Cross is housed in an early-war presentation case. Substantial wear shows on the case’s outer lid. That said, a decal for the 1914 Iron Cross was affixed, which has a small bit missing on its right arm, but is mostly intact. Inside the case we see the standard silk upper half, and a velvet lower half fitted to accommodate the Iron Cross’s pin. The Iron Cross fits into the case like a hand into a glove.

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  • SEAL – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL GRAF HELMUTH von MOLTKE’S IMAGE

    SKU: 24-136

    $650.00

    During the Imperial German Period, the business of writing letters was an important part of daily life. It became an art in itself, and setting up a proper desk included a number of accessories. These might include a desk stand to hold ink bottles (no ballpoints back then) and pens. One might have an ink blotter to dry one’s work, (before that sand was sprinkled across the wet ink to dry and keep it from smudging). One might also have letter openers and any number of personal items set on the desk to display one’s personality. One might also have a leather folio to organize important papers, much as we might use in and out baskets today. At the upper end of desk accessories, one found a personal seal or signet (petschaft) with the owner’s name or cypher. The seal was imprinted into hot wax melted across an envelope’s flap. The seal was pressed into the cooling wax, preserving the sender’s initials or cypher. It was a very personal touch, which also assured the recipient (provided the seal was intact) that the contents of the letter had not been disturbed. These seals varied from simple to ornate. Seals belonging to members of German royalty are at the upper end of scale and run to the thousands of dollars. Today we are offering you a most interesting petschaft (seal) for Generalfeldmarschall Graf Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891). Von Moltke was Chief of the Prussian General Staff beginning in 1857. From the time…

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  • POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM AND GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST VON MACKENSEN.

    SKU: 38-2827

    $20.00

    POSTCARD – KAISER WILHELM AND GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST VON MACKENSEN. This postcard shows Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) and Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen (1849-1945) in Galicia. The career of August von Mackensen was nothing short of amazing. He joined the army and was posted to Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 2. It was with this regiment that he was awarded the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class as a young Leutnant. He later served as an adjutant to Generalfeldmarschall Alfred von Schlieffen and then to Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser knighted him in 1899 and he served as a Brigade and Division commander. Prior to WW I, he became commander of the XVII. Armeekorps. With the outbreak of the war, he was assigned to the army commanded by Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg on the Eastern Front. They made an unbeatable team and routed the Russians in numerous battles. In November 1914, he was given command of the German IX. Armee and was also awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. Ultimately, he was given command of Heeresgruppe Mackensen, which consisted of Germany’s IX. and XI. Armees, as well as the Austro-Hungarian IV. Armee. This was followed by his June 1915 promotion to Generalfeldmarschall and the award of the Orden Pour le Mérite’s Oak Leaves. Ultimately, he was given command of all German forces in the East when von Hindenburg was promoted to Chief of the General Staff. Von Mackensen was also in command of Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian, and even Turkish forces in the East. When Russia signed an…

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  • GERMANY – STICKPIN – THREE-PLACE

    SKU: 28-88

    $70.00

    This is a three-place stickpin. From left to right, we see: the 1914 Iron Cross, the Hanseatic Cross from Hamburg, and the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. Both the Iron Cross and the Hanseatic Cross from Hamburg have enamel surfaces. The pin is knurled.

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  • PATRIOTIC RING IRON CROSS MOTIF

    PATRIOTIC RING – IRON CROSS

    SKU: 17-527

    $75.00

    This is an interesting variation of a patriotic Iron Cross ring. The ring has a black-enamel Iron Cross as its central theme. It has only the outline of an Iron Cross, and displays no actual information on the cross itself. An unusual aspect of the Iron Cross is that arrows are formed on the three o’clock and nine o’ clock arms where they merge with the ring’s band. No hallmarks appear on the band’s interior. It is a fairly straight forward design. its condition is fine, with no chipping of the enamel. The ring is a size 8.”

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-733

    $595.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a fascinating 1914 Iron Cross that comes in its original presentation case. The case is a most unusual white leatherette, which measures 3 3/4″ x 3″ x 1.” The high-quality Iron Cross sports excellent paint on both its obverse and reverse, which rates at 100%. The frame has a superb patina, and shows signs of being silver. No hallmarking is present on the jump ring. Inside the presentation case is a white silk upper lid. Attached to the silk liner is a piece of diagonally-stretched original ribbon. The case’s black-velvet lower half is fitted to accommodate the cross. Resting on the base is a small piece of shrapnel measuring 3/4″ x 3/4.” It must have had some sentimental attachment for its owner. (Perhaps he was wounded with it)? Although we will never know the answer, this remains a very fine presentation of a privately-purchased 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class.

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – NON VAULTED AND .800 SILVER HALLMARKED IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE.

    SKU: 09-503

    $595.00

    This is a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class in its original presentation case. The Iron Cross is of the flat, or non vaulted variety. The paint on the obverse rates about 90%. The patina on the frame is quite pleasing. The Iron Cross is hallmarked .800 silver under the catch on its reverse. The Iron Cross has an excellent mirrored reverse. The presentation case sports a silver embossed Iron Cross on the outer lid. The catch mechanism of the case does not operate. Some warping shows on the sides

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  • IRON CROSS – 1914 – 1st CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 09-793

    $650.00

    This Iron Cross 1st Class is of the non vaulted (flat) variety. The obverse’s paint rates at 100%. The reverse is hallmarked under the catch but I can not make out the hallmarking. The presentation case is black leatherette. The 1914 Iron Cross decal has lost part of two arms from age. Inside the case is a white silk upper liner. The case’s bottom is lined with black velvet. The Iron Cross nestles comfortably in the lower half. The Iron Cross and presentation case make a splendid combination. The Iron Cross in particular is in excellent condition

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

    SKU: 14-423

    $1,995.00

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

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  • BAVARIA – DOCUMENT GROUP – DOCTOR WHO SERVED IN WWI AND WW II

    SKU: 31-36

    $295.00

    This is a mini group of documents for a doctor who served in WW I and WW II. This man’s name was Richard Stumpf. He was a Bavarian, born in Wurzburg in 1886. The documents include: Document for the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The document is dated 22 May 1920. The document was signed from the office of Bavarian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 3. Document for the Army Wound Badge in Silver for three wounds. This document is dated 27 May 1919 and was signed by the Regimental Commander of Bavarian Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 3, who was by this time an Oberst and not a Hauptmann. Document for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Medal for King Ludwig III. This document is dated 1923. Document for the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. This document was awarded 18 April 1935. Document dated 14 August 1940, which recaps Stumpf’s service in WW I. It also mentions his award of the Army Silver Wound Badge and the Hindenburg Cross with Swords. Interestingly, it makes no mention of his award of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class as referenced above. It is a very fine group of documents to an officer. The most interesting documents are for the post WW I award of the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Silver Army Wound Badge.

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

    SKU: 06-234

    $250.00

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

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

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

    SKU: 15-412

    $3,495.00

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

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  • 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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