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  • GERMANY – FLAG – 2008 MOVIE THE RED BARON

    SKU: 25-98

    $2,395.00

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

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  • GERMANY – SANKE – LEUTNANT KARL BOLLE – NR 657

    SKU: 42-321

    $95.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 657 of Leutnant Karl Bolle (1893-1950). He began his military career in 1913 as a One Year Volunteer in a Kürassier Regiment. In 1914-1916 he served with this regiment. He was wounded at least once during this time. He then transferred to the Imperial German Air Service in 1916. He was then assigned to an observation squadron and his observer was Lothar von Richthofen. He finally moved to Jasta 28. He was then posted to Jasta 2 in February 1918 (Jasta Boelcke). Jasta 2 had lost three PLM winners who commanded the Jasta in short order. He was to be the final commander of Jasta 2 and from the time he was made commander Jasta 2 which flew Fokker Dr 1’s had the second most victories of any Jasta. He would receive the Orden Pour le Mérite on 28 August 1918 and would finish the war with thirty-six victories. He held a number of jobs after the war including some aviation related. He did not formally serve in the Luftwaffe but served as an advisor to Hermann Göring….  

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD – RITTER MAX VON MÜLLER – NR 444

    SKU: 42-322

    $70.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 444 of Leutnant Max Ritter von Müller. He was an interesting and very aggressive pilot. Standing only a bit over five feet tall he fought like a giant. He was one of the most highly decorated pilots of WW I. Only Manfred von Richthofen had more awards than him. While he was a Bavarian by birth he was actually inducted into the Prussian army and flew in two Prussian Jasta, Jasta 28 and Jasta 2. He briefly commanded Jasta 2, renamed Jasta Boelcke in honor of its founder and the man behind the idea of forming hunting squadrons which flew single seater scouts. Max Ritter von Müller received his Pour le Mérite on 3 September 1917….    

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    SANKE CARD Nr 502 – PLM WINNER ERWIN BÖHME

    SKU: 38-1741

    $55.00

    Erwin Böhme was one of the leading pilots of Jasta 2. Jasta 2 was commanded by Hauptmann Boelcke. Another member of the Jasta in 1916 was a young officer who had come from an Ulanen-Regiment, basic pilot training, and limited service in an observation squadron. The young pilot was none other than Manfred von Richthofen. Böhme was a PLM-winner and had twenty-four confirmed victories. He is perhaps best known as the pilot who collided with Oswald Boelcke, who then plunged to his death. Böhme ultimately commanded Jasta 2, which was renamed “Jasta Boelcke” in honor of its fallen commander. Böhme received notification of his award of the PLM. He never actually received his PLM before his death. This postcard shows him in a feldbluse with a ribbon bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and a Prussian Pilot Badge. This postcard was removed from a photo album.

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

    SKU: 14-293

    $425.00

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

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER - AVIATION - NR 507

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507

    SKU: 42-216

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507. Karl Emil Schäfer (1891-1917) was one of the leading aces within Manfred von Richthofen’s Jasta 11. Schäfer achieved twenty-three confirmed victories with Jasta 11, nine of which came during “Bloody April,” one of the RFC’s worst months during WW I. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite during his service with Jasta 11. He was transferred to Jasta 28 as its CO on 1 May 1917, where he was killed the following month, having reached a total of thirty confirmed victories. Sanke Card Nr 507 depicts him from the chest-up. He is NOT wearing his PLM. The postcard was never mailed and is in very fine condition.

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

    SKU: 16-391

    $2,195.00 $1,756.00

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

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  • POSTCARD - FELDPOST-MAILED - FROM JASTA 10 SOLDIER

    POSTCARD – FELDPOST-MAILED – FROM JASTA 10 SOLDIER

    SKU: 42-198 XMD

    $40.00

    POSTCARD – FELDPOST-MAILED – FROM JASTA 10 SOLDIER This is a postcard that features a young boy sitting at his school desk. A message is written on the obverse and it is dated February 1918. Its reverse has been stamped as “Feldpost” AND “Jasta Nr 10.” This squadron was one of four that formed JG 1, which was commanded by Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen. The card comes from a man who had previously been assigned to FA 251 [The postcard listed next (SKU#42-199) comes from the same man]. This card DOES exhibit a flaw, as it has been bent from top to bottom. Consignment item.

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

    SKU: 15-254

    $2,295.00

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

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    PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – ENLISTED REGIMENTAL BAND MEMBER – JÄGER-BATAILLON Nr 10 – FULL PARADE CONFIGURATION

    SKU: 33-294

    $5,995.00 $4,796.00

    This is a Hannoversches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 NCO’s tschako from a Hanoverian unit (originally, it was absorbed by Prussia in 1866). The Bataillon was formed in 1803, garrisoned at Goslar, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. [In the past, we have shared the Jäger-Bataillon’s role within the German Army. When it came to marksmanship, these Bataillons were (collectively) the German Army’s best. Most of them were formed in the mid 18th and early 19th centuries. Some of the very early Prussian Bataillone fought with Frederick the Great. All of them, and those formed during Friedrich Wilhelm III’s reign, fought throughout the Napoleonic Wars. Their role was to advance in front of their army’s main body. When possible, they engaged the opposing army’s officers and NCO’s, disrupting the opposition’s front-line command and control structure. As these men were the best shots, they were given early versions of rifles that boasted a greater range and accuracy than the front-line infantry regiments’ muskets]. While not a Prussian unit during the Napoleonic Wars, no one had a prouder record than the Kingdom of Hannover’s Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. In the Napoleonic Wars, Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 served in both the Peninsula Campaign and in June 1815’s penultimate Battle of Waterloo. At the conclusion of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, Hannover’s territory and army were incorporated into Prussia’s victorious kingdom. This concluded Germany’s reorganization, leaving Prussia as the dominant power under Wilhelm I’s and von Bismarck’s leadership. After the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, Wilhelm I was named Germany’s first…

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    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD NR 512 – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 42-229

    $65.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD NR 512 – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER. Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s leading pilots during 1917’s infamous “Bloody April.” He then was transferred to command Jasta 28. He shot down thirty enemy planes before being killed in June 1917. He had been awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite before his death. Today we are offering Schäfer’s Sanke Card Nr 512. He is standing near the wing of an aircraft. This may have taken place while he was with Jasta 11 since he is not wearing a PLM. The postcard was never mailed. FOR MORE AVIATION RELATED CARDS – CLICK HERE The postcard was never mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME - AVIATION - NR 502

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502

    SKU: 42-213

    $75.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502. Erwin Böhme (1879-1917) was one of WW I’s tragic figures. Far older than the average German pilot, he was an early member of Oswald Boelcke’s Jasta 2. Böhme was the pilot who collided with Boelcke on 28 October 1916, which resulted in Boelcke’s death (he had achieved forty confirmed victories by that point). Böhme lived for thirteen more months. He commanded Jasta 2 during that time, which had been renamed Jasta Boelcke. [It was the only Jasta to be named for a fallen ace at the time, although JG 1 was later renamed in honor of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen]. Böhme went on to score twenty-four confirmed victories, and was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 November 1917. He fell in battle five days later on 29 November 1917. His PLM arrived after his death. His Sanke Card Nr 502 depicts him seated, wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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

    SKU: 19-252

    $2,395.00

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

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  • NAVY LAND PLANE MILITÄRPAß

    SKU: 13-118

    $575.00

    The Navy Land Plane Jastas of the Naval Air Service were relatively small and quite elite compared to the Navy Sea Plane arm. These squadrons, which flew in Flanders alongside Army Jastas, produced some of the best fighter pilots of the war. These men were often among those with the highest scores of planes shot down. This militärpaß was to an enlisted man who served in one of these jastas, most likely as a ground crewman. This man first entered the Navy in June 1917 and was initially assigned to II. Matrosen Division. He survived the war and entries from as late as 1920 appear in the militärpaß. It is a very difficult-to-find Militärpaß.

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

    GERMANY – TABLEWARE DINING SET – 22K GOLD TRIMMED

    SKU: 18-442-490 XES

    $795.00

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

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  • PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 10

    SKU: 23-502

    $325.00

    SHOULDER BOARD – PRUSSIA – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 10. This is a single shoulder board for a Magdeburgisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 10 Enlisted Man/NCO. The regiment was founded in 1813 and garrisoned at Stendal, where it was attached to the IV. Armeekorps. The regiment saw action in the Napoleonic Wars and in other conflicts up to and including WW I. After the end of WW I, it was disbanded. The shoulder board measures 2″ x 5 ¼.” The shoulder board’s surface is dark-blue. A heavy design of small yellow chevrons is set against the blue surface. The subdued metal regimental designation, “10,” is set in its center. It was worn on a feldgrau attila, as evidenced by the reverse’s feldgrau backing. It is in very fine condition. It appears on page 290 of Under Arms for the Kaiser: Shoulder Insignia of the German Army’s Regiments 1871-1918, by Michael Kelso. Being featured in this excellent reference book certainly enhances its value!

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 38-1915

    $60.00

    Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s best-known pilots under Manfred von Richthofen’s command. During 1917’s “Bloody April,” he shot down no less then fifteen enemy airplanes. He was awarded his PLM and the Knight’s Cross of the Hohenzollern House Order on 26 April 1917. He was also transferred to Jasta 28 as its jastaführer. He was killed in action on 5 June, with a total of thirty confirmed victories. Young Schäfer is shown before his PLM award. All that is visible in his tunic’s buttonholes are the ribbons for two decorations. One is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The card is clean on both the front and back.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - RIBBON - 2ND CLASS - RIBBON - NEW/OLD STOCK 6" SECTION

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION

    SKU: 09-1045

    $40.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – RIBBON – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 10″ SECTION We have acquired a small hoard of NOS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 10″ section . We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ANY OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS PLEASE CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE THEM FOR YOU.

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  • SOLDBUCH AND MILITÄRPAß TO AN AVIATION SOLDIER

    SKU: 14-109

    $150.00

    This Soldbuch and militärpaß belonged to the same soldier. His last name is Wossner. As we look through his militärpaß, we see that he was born in 1896 and that he was a native of Württemberg. We can tell that he passed through the 3rd Recruit Depot with Infantry Regiment Nr 125 in October 1915. He was immediately reassigned to Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung Nr 10 near Stuttgart. Entries continue from his November reassignment through December 1916 with him attached to Flugpark 5 (a training depot and point of distribution of aviation personnel to front line squadrons.). We then see notations for Flieger-Abteilung (A) Nr 211 which is dated 21 November 1918 so he obviously survived the war. There are also unit stampings for FA 201 and 210 from the period of 1917-1918. In his Soldbuch we see entries for FA 202, 207, and210 along with his service in these units. A well traveled ground crewman by any means. It is unusual to be able to offer both the militärpaß and the Soldbuch together.

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  • GERMANY – POSTCARD – HARRY ROTHENBERG AVIATION CARD – 3001 – LOTHAR FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 42-320

    $110.00

    Today we offer Rothenberg card Nr 3001 of Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen (1894-1922) the younger brother of Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918). Like his elder brother Lothar was a cavalryman. Whereas Manfred was an Ulanen, Lothar was a Dragoner. Lothar followed Manfred into the Imperial German Air Service having served on the Eastern front and served a brief stint in an observation squadron. His first posting to a Jasta was to Jasta Nr 11 with his brother. He was wounded severely several times and his final score was forty victories including a dubious victory over the English ace Albert Ball who at the time was the top English ace. Lothar was killed in an air crash in 1922….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT KARL-EMIL SCHÄFER - NR 507 

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL-EMIL SCHÄFER – NR 507

    SKU: 42-304

    $75.00

    Karl-Emil Schäfer (1891-1917) was initially a One Year Volunteer in a Prussian Jäger-Bataillone. He was later seriously wounded and was promoted to Leutnant. He then transferred to the Air Service and joined Jasta 11. He was one of the leading pilots there shooting down fifteen enemy aircraft during “Bloody April” 1917 (He was also one of the Jasta’s pranksters and jokester along with Kurt Wolff.). He was then posted to Jasta 28 as its C.O. At the time of his death later in 1917 he had a total of thirty conformed victories….    

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS

    SKU: 42- 156

    $55.00

    Hartmut Baldamus flew with both Jasta 5 and Jasta 9. He had a total of eighteen confirmed victories. He was killed in April 1917. He was very close to having the twenty victories that were required for a PLM at the time. Interestingly, he had received his eighth victory in December 1916, but the number to receive a PLM was increased. Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM at the time of his sixteenth victory in January 1917. This postcard was not mailed.

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  • GERMANY – DESK PIECE – AIR SERVICE – GONG FOR OFFICER’S CASINO

    SKU: 14-448

    $995.00

    AIR SERVICE – GONG FOR OFFICER’S CASINO. This is a most interesting cross between an Imperial German Air Service squadron’s gong and an intricate piece of trench art. It was intended to be used in an aviation unit Officers’ Casino (Club). All Officers’ Casinos, whether they were for the Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, Imperial German Air Service or other military units, were intended as a retreat for their officers where they could relax and enjoy companionship off-duty. [Please note: Air Squadron Officers’ Casinos were far more informal and relaxed than those of other military units. For one thing, they were closer to the Front. The other regiments’ more formal casinos, which existed prior to WWI, were located in the cities wherein each regiment was garrisoned. The Air Squadrons’ informality also may have been a by-product of aviation’s high casualty rates. Pilots and observers were killed in action or taken prisoner so frequently that their squadron mates could hardly keep up with the constant turnover of personnel. Some of the Air Squadron Casinos were the scene of riotous parties and drinking bouts as surviving officers tried to calm their nerves, mourned the loss of their friends, and tried to forget that they might suffer the same fate during their next mission. Front-line squadrons, especially the hunting squadrons known as Jastas, had severe attrition rates. Replacement pilots who had not gained sufficient dogfighting skills were feasted on by the enemy. A significant number of pilots did not last beyond their first five missions].…

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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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LIEUTENANT - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LIEUTENANT – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10

    SKU: 23-545 XFQ

    $150.00

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LIEUTENANT – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 This is a pair of shoulder boards for a Lieutenant who served in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 10 from Prussia. Each of the shoulder boards have the regimental designation in brass and a white underlay that shows some mothing. These are of the sewn in variety. This is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - KUGELHELM - RESERVE OFFICER - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46

    SKU: 33-377 XDK

    $6,295.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 OR NR 46 This is an ultra-high-quality Reserve Officer’s Kugelhelm that was correct for either of two regiments. The first was Feldartillerie-Regiment von Scharnhorst (1. Hannoversches) Nr 10, and the second was Niedersächsisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 46 (Batteries 1, 4, 5, and 6). Both of them were superior regiments due to their extensive service during the Napoleonic Wars (as we will further detail below). This very high-quality Kugelhelm’s body is made of fiber (a top-of-the-line precursor of fiberglass), rather than the more traditionally-used leather. It has an excellent surface, although two small chips appear on its right rear quadrant. The Prussian wappen is made of brass that is decorated across its top by three different bandeaux. From left to right we see: * Peninsula * Waterloo * Göhrde The Peninsula Campaign and Waterloo were the two most important engagements during the Napoleonic Wars. The Duke of Wellington led British, Spanish, Portugal, and German forces in both of them. Below the Frederick Rex cypher on the Prussian Eagle’s chest is the silver Reserve Officer’s Cross, dated “1813.” The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s wappen is the star of the helmet and deserves this accolade. All of the other pieces of the furniture are rendered in handsome brass, including the chin scales, front visor trim, back strap trim, base, officers’ stars and kugel. The exterior’s final detail is the correct State’s and Reich’s kokarden. The Reserve Officer Kugelhelm’s interior features a used, brown, leather sweatband…

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  • GERMANY – PATRIOTIC DOILY

    SKU: 18-186

    $195.00

    This is a very early war, or perhaps even prewar, embroidered patriotic doily. It measures 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4.” It features crossed flags representing Bavaria and Prussia, and the date 1914. It is a handsome piece of handiwork.

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  • Prussia – Pickelhaube – One-Year-Volunteer – Grenadier-Regiment w/FRW

    SKU: 04-557

    $5,995.00

    This is a One-Year-Volunteer Pickelhaube for a line-Grenadier-Regiment that displayed the FRW wappen. A total of eight Grenadier-Regiments could have worn a wappen similar to this at various times up to 1913. They included Grenadier-Regiment Nr’s 2, Nr 3, Nr 5, Nr 6, Nr 8, Nr 10, Nr 11, and Nr 12. As this pickelhaube has state and Reich’s kokarden, rather than the single state kokarde used prior to 1897, we can eliminate Grenadier-Regiment Nr’s 2 and 8. They shifted to the newer style Grenadier wappen prior to 1897. Historically, we can reduce the number of regiments that wore this to SIX. They included Grenadier-Regiment Nr 3 (founded in 1685), Nr 5 (founded in 1689), Nr 6 (founded in 1772), Nr 10 (founded in 1808), Nr 11 (founded in 1808), and Nr 12 (founded in 1813). Whew! As you can see, these were very old and elite regiments. All fought in the Napoleonic Wars and the Franco-Prussian War under Prussian leadership. The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing, with only minor scuffing. All of the furniture is gilt, including the chin scales, wappen, spike, trim, etc. As this is a One-Year-Volunteer’s Pickelhaube, many of the features are pure officers quality. This includes the early Grenadier-style wappen with the FRW center. The older-style Grenadier wappens also have an eagle with folded wings, rather than the later style where the eagle had outspread wings. The pearl ring, trim, and spike are all officers-level items. Only the lack of officers stars and the…

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  • GERMANY – BANNER – NAVY VETERAN ASSOCIATION

    SKU: 25-61

    $1,395.00

    This is one of the most interesting veteran’s table banners that I have encountered. It is especially interesting, because it is for a group of naval veterans from WW I and before. The banner’s stand measures 31″ tall. It has a brass base, which is dented. A brass rod also in it extends upward. An extension fits into the rod that extends both vertically and horizontally. The horizontal piece features delicate lattice work on which appears an anchor and a sailing ship. The horizontal piece extends out 12 3/4.” All of these pieces disassemble, and take a mere thirty seconds to set up again. Attached to the horizontal piece is the banner. The banner is attached by three extensions that come out of the banner’s top. The banner measures 10 1/2″ x 10.” It is made of hand-woven silk. One side features the Bavarian group’s name. Twin Eagles appear on panels. Below that a rampant Bavarian Lion appears. We also see the date 1930, which is when it was placed in service. The banner actually was for the ladies auxiliary of the veterans’ group. This side has suffered some running of the silk, which is more correctly termed “shredding.” It is very common with silk items. You have to remember that the banner is 78-years-old! The banner’s reverse is even more interesting. It recreates one of WW I’s most famous paintings. It is known as “The Last Man.” It depicts a German sailor clinging to his ship’s wreckage and thrusting…

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  • GERMANY – OFFICER’S DOCUMENT – DECORATION – PHOTOGRAPH – 1914 IRON CROSS 1st CLASS

    SKU: 06-195

    $650.00

    This is a mini group to an officer who received the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. His name was Hauptmann d. L. II Karl Pletscher. As indicated on the document, Pletscher was a member of Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 30. At the time of the award he was forty-four years-old and hardly a youngster. The award document measures 6 1/4″ x 8.” It features the award date (1. April 1918) and the regimental commander’s signature (he was a major). [This illustrates the officers’ attrition rate by the late war, having a major command a regiment instead of an oberst]. A privately-purchased EK 1 accompanies the document. The Iron Cross is a “KO-manufactured,” flat (non vaulted) model, which was the primary, issued 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. We can see the KO hallmark under the reverse’s catch. A large-format photograph depicts Pletscher when he was a younger officer, probably as a leutnant around the turn of the 20th Century. A 10 September 1918 clipping from Berlin’s Allgemeiner Anzeiger zum Militär Wochenblatt (General Gazette Weekly Newspaper for the Military) accompanies the mini group. It features several soldiers’ obituaries, including Pletscher’s. His mentions that he died on the battlefield on 10 August 1918, exactly a month before the obituary notice. This is an interesting, and ultimately, touching, group of items.

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  • GERMANY – 1914 IRON CROSSES 1st AND 2nd CLASS – DOCUMENTS & DECORATIONS

    SKU: 06-220

    $550.00

    This is a most interesting mini group that consists of three backdated documents for the 1914 Iron Cross. The man involved was named Julius Lelonge. He served in Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 during WW I. He originally was awarded the EK 1 on 30 June 1918. The three documents are all dated April or May 1937. They either are backdated, or served as replacements for his original citation. Lelonge was born in 1898, and was serving with Reserve-Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 in 1937. Two of the documents are signed by his Bataillon Commander and bear the unit’s stamp. The third document comes from Berlin. Also, another document, dated 6 June 1916, awards Lelonge the Iron Cross 2nd Class. It sports the Armee-Korps to which Lelonge’s Bataillon was attached commanding general’s typewritten name. The general’s name was Kosch. Included are the actual Iron Crosses. The 1st Class is a true issued cross as it is hallmarked “KO” on the reverse. The 2nd Class has a correct period ribbon that shows great age. It is a wonderful group.

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

    SKU: 15-305

    $750.00

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

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - VIZEFELDWEBEL SEBASTIAN FESTNER - NR 510

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – VIZEFELDWEBEL SEBASTIAN FESTNER – NR 510

    SKU: 42-281

    $85.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 510 of Vizefeldwebel Sebastian Festner. Festner was an early pilot to Jasta 11 even before the arrival of Manfred von Richthofen. He had a total of twelve victories. He was killed in action in April 1917….

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  • NEWSPAPER ANNOUNCEMENT – OSWALD BOELCKE’S 19th AERIAL VICTORY

    SKU: 16-354

    $125.00

    This is a newspaper from June 1916. The headline boldly announces Oswald Boelcke’s 19th victory. Boelcke had been awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916, along with Max Immelmann. Boelcke’s 19th victory actually took place on 27 June 1916. His victim was a French Nieuport. Number 19 is important, as it was his last in FA 62. [Max Immelmann, who achieved fifteen total victories, had fallen eleven days earlier on 18 June 1916. Boelcke then became the “ace of aces.” His final score of forty victories was not surpassed until 13 April 1917 when Manfred von Richthofen, Boelcke’s pupil, achieved forty-one victories]. All nineteen of Boelcke’s victories up to 27 June 1916 had taken place in FA 62. It is historically important to note that Boelcke’s next victory took place on 2 September 1916, after he had assumed Jasta 2’s command. It was a result of changes he had instituted, using dedicated squadrons of single-seater aircraft, which we call fighter planes today. The front page deals with other war news. The four-page Berlin paper is filled with articles and maps of the action. Page four has some interesting advertisements, including the “Herzog Ernst August Constantin-Cigarette,” and an ad for a 100,000-Mark lottery. It is an interesting piece of history.

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

    SKU: 15-610

    $25.00

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

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  • PHOTOGRAPH & AUTOGRAPH OF NOTED GERMAN NAVAL ARTIST HANS BOHRDT

    SKU: 19-210

    $225.00

    Both before and during WW I, Hans Bohrdt (1857-1945) was one of Germany’s best-known marine artists. He was born in Berlin. At the age of 15 he visited Hamburg and had his first taste of life involving the sea. He was self-taught. In the 1890’s he caught Kaiser Wilhelm II’s attention, who soon became Bohrdt’s patron. Bohrdt even accompanied the Kaiser on some of the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s cruises. Bohrdt’s output was prolific during WW I, and along with Professor Willy Stöwer, he was among the best-known depicters of German naval warfare. Perhaps his best-known wartime painting depicts the Battle of the Falklands. The battle, which took place on 8 December 1914, saw the German East Asian Squadron destroyed by the English. Almost 1,900 sailors lost their lives, including the fleet commander, Vizeadmiral Graf Maximilian von Spee, and his two sons. This painting shows a single German sailor who has had his ship shot from under him. He stands on the wreckage of his ship and defiantly thrusts a kriegsflagge in the air. It is rumored that the sailor belonged to the crew of the Nürnberg, whose members preferred to go down with their ship, flags in hand, rather than surrender to the British. Bohrdt saw great success from 1890 through 1918. When his royal patron was exiled to the Netherlands, and military-themed artwork stirred up too many unpleasant memories, Bohrdt fell from popularity in Germany. Today we are offering a photo of Bohrdt in a marine-themed uniform complete…

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  • POSTCARD – GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH I – BADEN

    SKU: 38-2610

    $15.00

    This postcard shows Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden seated at his desk performing paperwork. He is in a general’s uniform, but for which regiment I cannot say. The obverse has a lengthy message in French to the right of his image. The reverse reveals it was mailed from Germany on 10 August 1899, to be delivered to a man in Paris.

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  • GERMANY – PLATES (SET OF 3) – VICTORIAN ERA MOTIF

    SKU: 18-491-493 XES

    $85.00

    Set of 3 porcelain white plates with a deep cobalt blue rim and gold trimmed.  The plates measure 10 3/4 inch diameter.  There is a wonderful painted print in center depicting a Victorian era image of a woman and gentleman outside dancing while another gentleman is playing the piccolo. The plates are decorative with some beveling on the rim along with raised edge. There is no hallmarking so to identify the specifics of where they plates were manufactured is a mystery other than they come to us from a family that has had them in their possession for nearly 100 years. These plate cans be sold separate or as a set.  Please call us for individual pricing. FOR MORE HOUSEWARES – CLICK HERE

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - GOBLET - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 OR HUSAREN-REGIMENT 17 - 10CM TALL

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – GOBLET – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 OR HUSAREN-REGIMENT 17 – 10CM TALL

    SKU: 18-507

    $1,495.00

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – GOBLET – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 OR HUSAREN-REGIMENT 17 – 10CM TALL. The Duchy of Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 and Husaren-Regiment 17 were two of the Imperial German Army’s most legendary units. Their soldiers displayed Totenköpfe (Deaths-Heads) on their headdresses from the Napoleonic times forward. [They also sported menacing black uniforms well into the 1880’s, before transitioning to dunkel-blau (dark-blue) then WW I’s Feldgrau (field-grey) uniforms]. Naturally, members of both regiments wanted to display the Totenköpfe on their personal items as well, such as this marvelous goblet. Since the goblet does not sport a bandeau, it could belong to either Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 or Husaren-Regiment 17. This Braunschweig Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 or Husaren-Regiment 17 Goblet stands 4” (10 cm) tall, which is much larger than the small Totenkopf-decorated schnapps cups we have offered in the past. Its high-relief Totenkopf is quite bold. It does NOT display a battle campaign bandeau. It measures 3” in diameter at its rim and 1.75” in diameter at its base. Its bottom features a hallmark for “Wilkens,” a very fine German manufacturer. I believe that this cup is made of “German Silver” (nickel).

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

    SKU: 19-283 XKG

    $4,995.00

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

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  • PRUSSIA – RANGLISTE – 1855 RANG und QUARTIER-LISTE – ARMY – NAVY

    SKU: 12-680

    $125.00

    This is the 1855 Rang und Quartier-Liste for the Prussian Army and Navy. During this period, the Prussian Navy was quite small. They needed only a few pages in the volume to number their officers and their assignments. The book measures 7″ x 4 1/4″ x 1,” and weighs 10 ounces. Every unit in the Prussian Army is listed, as well as the officers assigned to each regiment/unit. As you flip through the pages, you will see where certain officers have been crossed out. This leads me to believe that some army official was crossing off officers who were no longer assigned to a given unit at a later date. Its front and back covers are missing. Aside from that, the book is in very good condition. It is 100% useable. [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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  • PRUSSIA – LITHOGRAPH – FRAMED COLOR – GARDE-INFANTERIE OFFICER – INTERIM UNIFORM CIRCA 1803

    SKU: 12-520

    $150.00

    This is a framed color lithograph that shows two views of a Garde-Infantrie officer in an Interim uniform. This lithograph is enclosed in a frame that I would date from 1900 to 1910. Its molding is gold. The frame measures 10″ x 7.” The multicolored lithograph is matted inside the frame, and measures 6″ x 4 1/4.” A description is on the frame’s reverse.

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  • PRUSSIA – PAINTING – EARLY ZEPPELIN FLYING OVER FREDERICK THE GREAT’S PRUSSIAN ROYAL PALACE SANS SOUCCI

    SKU: 21-149

    $1,695.00

    This is a most unusual painting on wood, circa 1910. The painting shows the palace built by order of Frederick the Great in Potsdam, Sans Soucci. It is one of the most fascinating of the Prussian royal palaces. When it was built, it was intended to be a summer palace for Frederick the Great when he wanted to get away from all of the hubbub of Berlin. It remains a beautiful site today. I enjoy touring it when we are in the Potsdam area. What is so unusual about this piece is that the artist did his work on wood, instead of canvas or paper. I am no expert, but this is a beautiful light wood. The artist used a knife to cut indentations around and within all the painted areas. This gives the illusion that the picture is created from different colored pieces of inlaid wood.  Some patterns even have small pieces of wood cut out to further the illusion. Close inspection, however, reveals that the images are PAINTED, notinlaid. The painting’s actual surface  measures 17″ x 10 1/4.”  The full, framed picture measures 20 1/4″ X 13 3/4.” A black-framed rectangular area, measuring 15 1/4″ x 8 1/2,” is painted inside the overall surface. This imitates a matte within a framed picture. Inside this area at the bottom is a classic view of Sans Soucci. An early pre WW I zeppelin is flying in the sky above. The presentation has a black wooden frame, trimmed in gold. What…

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – JANE’S FIGHTING AIRCRAFT OF WW I by JOHN W.R. TAYLOR

    SKU: 16-331

    $50.00

    This is a large-format book covering WW I’s aircraft and air services. It measures 12 3/4″ x 10.” It is also quite hefty, weighing 4 lbs and 13 ounces. [Extra shipping in the U. S. will be necessary. For this reason, we strongly suggest that ONLY U.S. collectors buy the book due to the high cost of international shipping]. The book contains more than 300 pages and more than 1,000 illustrations. The book is comprehensive. It includes aircraft from the primary combatants of WW I (France, Germany, Great Britain, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Russia, and the U.S.), and many other nations. When I first looked through the book, I was surprised to see sections on Argentina, Chile, China, Japan, Mexico, Siam, etc! It has tons of information about virtually every airplane that flew during the Great War. The dust cover is in place. This book is ready to reveal a treasure trove of information to you.

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  • KAISER WILHELM II BELL & STAND

    SKU: 20-278

    $725.00

    I have occasionally seen a “Kaiser Bell” like this example over the years. Known as “Gloriosa,” it is a replica of the “Emperor Bell” from the Cologne (Köln) Cathedral, that was given as an award. I always found these bells quite interesting, but for some reason I never bought one. When I was offered this one recently, I was surprised to find that the bells were originally awarded with special bases on which to display them. It was the first time that I had seen such a base (which fits the bell perfectly). I am proud to offer you this fine pair together. The brass bell stands 5″ tall by itself. Its circumference is 10 ½” at its widest point. It measures 3 5/16″ in diameter at the base. Its handle is decorated with cherubim heads, and measures 2 1/8.” Some silver plating remains visible. A Prussian eagle emblem is featured on the bell’s obverse, while a high-relief representation of St. Peter graces the reverse. A banner encircles the bell’s top section, with the following saying printed in German Fraktur, “Die Kaiserglocke heiß ich, des Kaisers Ehren preis ich. Auf heilger Warte steh’ ich, Dem deutschen Reich erfleh’ ich. Dass fried’ und Wehr/Ihm Gott bescheer.” (The Emperor bell is my name, I praise the emperor’s honor. I stand on the holy watchtower, I invoke the German Reich, That peace and protection / God bestows on him). The bell’s clapper is made of lead. These bells have been featured in Anselm…

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

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

    SKU: 04-818 XKGJT A

    $9,495.00

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

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

    SKU: 04-677

    $5,495.00

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

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  • PRUSSIA – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – LINE DRAGONER-REGIMENT NRs 7, 8, 11, 13, AND 14 – WITH PARADE BUSH AND SPIKE

    SKU: 04-754

    $6,995.00

    Today we are offering a fine reserve officer’s pickelhaube that would have been suitable for FIVE different Prussian Line Dragoner-Regiments (Nrs 7, 8, 11, 13, and 14). All of them featured gold-toned brass fittings, in contrast to Dragoner-Regiments Nrs 4, 5, 6, 9, 12, and 15, which featured silver-toned fittings. Dragoner Regiments were part of the Prussian Army’s Kavallerie, along with the Husaren, Ulanen, and Küraßiers. The first Prussian Dragoner-Regiment was formed in 1689. Another was formed in 1704. More were formed in the early 19th Century during the Napoleonic Wars. The bulk of the line Kavallerie Regiments were formed around 1860, prior to the 1864 Danish-Prussian, the 1866 Austro-Prussian, and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian Wars.   By the time the Franco-Prussian War arrived, it was becoming evident that the cavalry’s future in modern warfare would be limited. This was partially due to bolt action rifles that permitted more accurate, rapid firing than the old muzzle-loaders, and other advances in artillery. The situation was further heightened by the introduction of machine guns late in the 19th Century, which rendered cavalrymen equally as tasty targets as the infantry. During WW I’s early months, the cavalry’s role was quickly reduced, since charges against entrenched positions became futile. At best, the cavalrymen were used as scouts, or more often dismounted to fight in the trenches alongside the infantry. Their horses were sent home, used to move artillery, or (later) eaten. The era for the cavalry had ended. The helmet’s leather body is high-quality, with…

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