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  • LIPPE-DETMOLD – WAR MERIT CROSS – KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ AM BAND FÜR NICHTKÄMPFER- 1914 – NON COMBANTANT

    SKU: 05-1787

    $185.00

    Established in August of 1914, the Lippe Detmold war merit cross is adorned with gilt tone and ribbon.  This award from the World War I., was established by the Prince Leopold IV….  

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  • LIPPE-DETMOLD - WAR MERIT CROSS - KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ AM BAND FÜR NICHTKÄMPFER- 1914

    LIPPE-DETMOLD – WAR MERIT CROSS – KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ AM BAND FÜR NICHTKÄMPFER- 1914

    SKU: 05-1782

    $185.00

    Established in August of 1914, the Lippe Detmold war merit cross is adorned with gilt tone and one place ribbon bar.  This award from the World War I., was established by the Prince Leopold IV….  

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – COLLECTORS’ MANUAL – NAVY & SCHUTZTRUPPEN UNIFORMS

    SKU: 15-552

    $125.00

    This is a manual that, at some point, was put together by a German collector. It begins with two full-color pages, which appeared in a 1969 German book. It shows a variety of uniforms, including those from the Navy and the See-Bataillon. Each uniform is numbered, with descriptions on the reverse in German, English, and French. Following that is a page created by the collector and clipped from a reference book’s central panel. It depicts sleeve ratings and naval shooting badges. The collector then placed numbers by each entry and provided an explanation of what they represent. More uniform plates appear in this “manual.” Other clipped photographs show Schutztruppen around the world. The presentation has been neatly done. I believe that you will find it useful as a reference.

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  • PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPH – PRINZ ALBRECHT VON PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-119

    $95.00

    This is a clipped autograph (a clipped signature from a document or letter) of Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (1809-1872)……

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  • SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - STAMPS - THIRTEEN DOCUMENT STAMPS

    SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE – DOCUMENT STAMPS – THIRTEEN

    SKU: 12-862

    $125.00

    This is a fine assortment of document stamps which were used on various documents from the Principality of Schaumburg-Lippe. Each is unique and are of varying color and sizes. Each is displayed in a plastic covering on black backing (but are loose and not attached / glued).

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  • GERMANY - RIBBON BAR - TWO PLACE - SCHAUMBURG LIPPE - IRON CROSS

    GERMANY – RIBBON BAR – TWO PLACE – SCHAUMBURG LIPPE – IRON CROSS

    SKU: 02-332

    $15.00

    This is a ribbon bar that represents the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and Schaumburg-Lippe’s ribbon for Long Service……  

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  • Sale! GERMANY - FOUL WEATHER COVER - PICKELHAUBE

    GERMANY – FOUL WEATHER COVER – PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-799 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    An important part of an officer’s headdress accouterments was a foul weather cover for use in the field. These covers were made of canvas and were tan. It slipped over a pickelhaube and was held in place by clips that were attached to its front and rear visors.  

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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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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARD - GENERAL DER INFANTERIE - GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 - FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARD – GENERAL DER INFANTERIE – GARDE ZU FUß-REGIMENT NR 2 – FÜRST WILHELM OF HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 23-471

    $1,195.00

    Germany’s royal houses often sported more than one “line” of succession. This was true for the House of Hohenzollern, which was split into two lines. The greater line contained Prussia’s ruling family, including Prussia’s Kings and, later, Imperial Germany’s Kaisers. The lesser line ruled the principality of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. Fürst Wilhelm (1864-1927) was Fürst Leopold’s elder son, who assumed the title and served as head of that Hohenzollern family branch upon Leopold’s 1905 death. Fürst Wilhelm did not hold any military command, but DID serve as a General der Infanterie à la Suite of Prussia’s 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The regiment was founded in 1813 and headquartered in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments it was attached to the Gardekorps. This single shoulder board once belonged to Fürst Wilhelm of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. It measures 2 ¼” x 4 .” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the black chevrons that identify the boards as Prussian. The shoulder board’s center features two silver-toned pips, which indicate a General der Infanterie à la Suite. [Gold pips would have indicated a true command General at the Armeekorps level]. The board’s reverse displays a double underlay, a small red trim band and a larger white band. [The latter band ties the shoulder board to the 2. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß]. The white underlay is also interesting in that it is not made of the more commonly-seen felt. It is made of cotton twill. A white…

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  • PRUSSIA - SHOULDER BOARDS - LEUTNANT - KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON - M 1915

    PRUSSIA – SHOULDER BOARDS – LEUTNANT – KRAFTFAHR-BATAILLON – M 1915

    SKU: 23-475

    $375.00

    This is a pair of Leutnant’s M-1915 Kraftfahr-Bataillon shoulder boards. The Imperial German motorized transport units that served in support of front-line operations, known as the Kraftfahr-Bataillon, came into existence in 1911. Its units served with Eisenbahn-Regiments and Train-Battalions, and performed very useful functions when WW I began. Considered a Garde unit, it was based in Berlin. Saxon and Württemberg Companies existed in addition to the Prussian Battalion. The shoulder boards measure 1 ¾” x 4 .” As they are of the M-1915 variety, they were intended to be worn on a feldgrau tunic. Instead of gold or silver bullion, their background is a subdued gray. Their white chevrons sport a thin black trim. Each board’s center displays a subdued, stylized “K.” Each board’s reverse features a feldgrau cotton twill strap that enabled it to be slipped onto a tunic. It is a bit unusual to see slip-on shoulder boards for a junior officer. Such details were a matter of individual taste, however, not something dictated by regulations. These quite scarce shoulder boards are in excellent condition.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - SHOULDER BOARDS - MAJOR - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 26

    SKU: 23-479

    $650.00

    This is a marvelous pair of shoulder boards for a Major from Dragoner-Regiment König (2. Württembergisches) Nr 26. This regiment was the Württemberg military’s most elite regiment. To this end, the regiment boasted a special enamel Garde-Starlike device on its pickelhauben much like the Order of the Württemberg Crown, one of the kingdom’s highest decorations. It was the “King’s Own” Regiment. The massive pair of shoulder boards measures 2 ½” x 5 ½.” The silver rope bullion is beautiful. [The same pattern was used by Majors, Oberstleutnants and Obersts, although gold-toned pips were added for the latter two ranks]. If one looks carefully, one can detect many red and black (Württemberg) chevrons on the silver bullion roping’s face. The shoulder boards’ obverses feature a metal device that allowed them to be slipped on and off a tunic. The reverses’ yellow underlay confirms that these shoulder boards are for a Dragoner-Regiment. Some very light mothing is visible on the underlay’s surface. The shoulder boards are in excellent condition, overall.

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  • SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - TRUE COMBATABTS SERVICE CROSS - 2nd CLASS

    SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE – TRUE COMBATABTS SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 08-579

    $175.00

    Schaumburg-Lippe was a small Imperial German Principality. Our offering today is its Combatant’s Cross for True Service in the 2nd Class. The gilt-toned cross measures 1.5” x 1.5.” Its obverse displays the legend “Für Treue Dienst,” Schaumburg-Lippe’s crowned royal cypher, and the date 1914…  

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  • DAGGER - NAVY - REICHSMARINE - PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP.

    GERMANY – DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP

    SKU: 07-171

    $995.00

    DAGGER – NAVY – REICHSMARINE – PRODUCED ABOARD SHIP. Following WW I’s end, in 1919 the Kaiserliche Marine became the ReichsMarine, which it remained until it was replaced by the Kriegsmarine on 1 Juni 1935. Officers continued to carry a dagger (dolch) for certain occasions. The daggers were similar in many instances. The biggest difference was that their grips were black, (perhaps in mourning for the Kaiserliche Marine’s end). Officers could choose to retain the Kaiser Crown at their daggers’ tops, or they could choose another pommel-style that indicated the ReichsMarine. In some cases, the officer filed off the cross that appeared atop his Kaiserliche Marine dagger’s crowned pommel as an act of protest. Today we are offering a unique ReichsMarine dagger. The man who sold it to me was of the opinion that this dagger was Bordfertigung (fabricated onboard a German ship). Obviously, to produce a dagger such as this one, its creator must have been highly-skilled in a machine shop! I am of the opinion that the Kaiser Crown was NOT machined in the shop, but was original to a dagger. It appears identical to examples I have seen in the past. I cannot believe that this part of the dagger could have been created onboard the ship. It actually screws off just like it would on a naval dagger. The grip, however, most certainly was fashioned in a machine shop. It lacks the typical ivory or walrus tusk handle. It is wrapped loosely by two different kinds…

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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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  • HANNOVER – SHOULDER BOARDS – IDENTIFIED M-1915 INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 74 – OBERST & REGIMENTSKOMMANDEUR HANS VON DEWALL’S – INCLUDES FOUR VON DEWALL AND STAFF POSTCARD PHOTOGRAPHS

    SKU: 23-520

    $995.00

    This highly-unusual, intriguing group features a pair of M-1915 1. Hannoverisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 shoulder boards that once belonged to that regiment’s commander throughout much of WW I, along with four postcard photographs of the commander with his staff. 1. Hannoverisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 was one of the very elite regiments that came from the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed by Prussia at the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s conclusion (Hannover had allied itself with that brief war’s losing side). When WW I began, Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74 was assigned to the 19. Infanterie-Division which, in turn, was assigned to the Prussian X. Armeekorps. The regiment was sent to the Western Front in August 1914 and saw active service at the Battles of Liège, Aisne, and Marne. It also spent time in 1915-1916 on the Eastern Front. Later, it participated in the legendary Operation Michael, March 1918’s great Spring Offensive. The entire Division was considered to be a top performer by Allied intelligence. The shoulder boards are of the M-1915 variety, i.e., those used on feldgrau uniforms. They belonged to Oberst Hans von Dewall (1866-1923). Von Dewall was appointed the regiment’s Kommandeur on 6 September 1914 as an Oberstleutnant. He was promoted to Oberst on 18 June 1917 and held that command until 24 April 1918. In that same month, he was promoted to command Infanterie Brigade Nr 21, which he held until the war’s end. On 1 January 1919, he reverted to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 74’s command. [PLEASE NOTE: Effective 28 September…

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  • PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – JÄGER Bataillon Nr 4

    SKU: 15-515

    $895.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 4. The unit was raised in1815 and garrisoned at Naumburg a.S. It was attached to the IV. ArmeeKorps. Jäger-Bataillons were assembled to act as the marksmen for the Prussian, Hanoverian, Schaumburg-Lippe, Saxon, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Bavarian Armies. These units were formed from the best marksmen during the Napoleonic Wars. They often using better firearms than traditional Infanterie Regiments. During those times, most ground troops marched against each other in neat lines. At VERY close distance, they unleashed massed fire on one another. Often, victory was determined by the army with the fastest firing rate. [The British Army was the technique’s master. It was a key reason that they eventually prevailed with fewer troops than the French. Also, the British were superior to the French in troop deployment. The French advanced in close ranks that extended far back. Many of the rearward ranks were unable to fire. This was not a problem for the British, who extended their lines and got production out of all their men, even the rearward ranks. When the British employed firing-by-ranks, it was devastating. It often shattered the ineffectively deployed advancing French). Before the main bodies clashed, however, each army sent out skirmishers. These small groups fired on one another, on NCO’s, and on officers in the advancing main body. This was the Jäger-Bataillons’ function. [I must briefly mention the British Rifle Regiments who did the same work. These men were deadly when working in pairs and…

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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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  • 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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  • SAXONY – EPAULETTES – ENLISTED MAN – GARDE-REITER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 23-331

    $795.00

    This is an amazing and highly desirable pair of enlisted man’s (EM) epaulettes from Königl. Sächs. Garde-Reiter-Regiment (1. Schweres-Regiment). The regiment was raised in Saxony’s capitol city, Dresden, in 1680. It was attached to the Saxon XII. ArmeeKorps. The Garde-Reiter-Regiment was to Saxony’s King what the Regiment der Garde du Corps was to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Each was their ruler’s primary bodyguard, and they were generally seen at most parades and ceremonial functions. Members of the two regiments each wore gilt-toned helmets. In the case of Prussia’s Garde du Corps, their helmets were topped with Hohenzollern Eagles. The Saxon regiment had their helmets topped by a rampant lion. Saxon-style epaulettes are far different from those of other German Army regiments. To begin, they are gilt-toned and all metal. The center, which is similar in size to most EM’s epaulettes, contains a large Saxon Crown. Each epaulette’s tongue is quite different, and consisting of five discs of decreasing size. The reverse reveals blue felt backing and a long metal device that allows the epaulette to be slipped onto a tunic. While I have offered single examples from the regiment, this is the FIRST time that I have offered a complete pair. They are in very fine condition.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG – SHOULDER BOARDS – MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 124

    SKU: 23-276

    $675.00

    This is a pair of major’s shoulder boards from Infanterie-Regiment König Wilhelm I (6.Württ.) Nr 124. The regiment was raised in 1673. It was garrisoned at Weingarten, where it was assigned to the Württemberg XIII. ArmeeKorps. The shoulder boards are quite large. Each one measures 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” They are made of silver bullion. You will see red/black chevrons on the rope-like bullion, Württemberg’s colors. Mounted in the center of each shoulder board is a crown and König Wilhelm I’s royal cypher. A gilt button is attached to each shoulder board. Red felt backing appears on the reverse, as do the sliders that allow the shoulder boards to be slipped onto a tunic. [One shoulder board has some small problem areas that I will highlight in the attached photographs]. They remain very attractive shoulder boards. They are priced accordingly for an officer of this level, from a well-known regiment that had a history of more than two-hundred-years before WW I began.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ AUGUST WILHELM – WIFE

    SKU: 38-2398

    $5.00

    This postcard shows one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons, Prinz August Wilhelm and his wife. The postcard’s lower left corner has been clipped. It is offered at a bargain price taking into consideration the damage.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZESSIN EITEL FRIEDRICH

    SKU: 38-2353

    $10.00

    This postcard shows Prinzessin Eitel Friedrich (1879-1964). She was born Sophia Charlotte, a Duchess of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. She was married to Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883-1942) one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons. It was well known publicly that the marriage was unhappy. Rumors of infidelities by both parties and suggestions that the Prinz was homosexual were rampant. Supposedly, Eitel Friedrich had wanted to divorce Sophia in 1919, but was prevented from doing so by his father. They finally were divorced in 1926. They had no children. She is seated at a table outside, holding what looks like a buggy whip. She is wearing the sumptiously embroidered dress and another huge picture hat covered with what probably are ostrich plumes. A portion of the upper right corner has been clipped off.

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

    SKU: 23-427

    $995.00

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

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    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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  • GERMANY – BOOK – REGIMENTAL HISTORY OF RESERVE-INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 212

    SKU: 12-786

    $75.00

    It became very popular to compile unit histories of those regiments that had served in the Great War. This German-language book describes Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 212’s history. The book was published in 1933 in Oldenburg. A brief scan of the book, which was written in old fashioned Fraktur script, reveals that the regiment was assigned to the 45. Reserve-Division. Its first commander was Oberst von Basedow, who was placed in charge when the regiment was created in October 1914. He was followed by Oberstleutnant von Fransden, who assumed command of the regiment in 1915. The book is liberally illustrated with photos of the officers and men at various times of the war from 1914-1918. The book’s early part features photos of the commander of the Regiment, the Brigade, the Division, and the Armeekorps to which it was assigned. It gives detailed information about where the regiment fought. One of book’s real highlights is a large map that is slipped into a holder on its back cover. While not one of the Army’s more important or older regiments, the regiment fought bravely and sustained heavy casualties. You will find the book helpful for tracking a front-line regiment’s activities. The book measures 2″ x 6″ x 9,” and has nearly eight hundred pages. It weighs 2 pounds and 1 ounces. The book’s index has a complete roster of officers for each Bataillon and company. The attrition it suffered is frightful. The company commanders who led charges across No Mans Land suffered major battle…

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  • 1914 IRON CROSS FRAME IN METAL

    SKU: 12-614

    $295.00

    This is a finely made metal frame. The frame measures 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4.” A wreath of leaves is made to highlight a photograph, which is inserted from behind in the frame. At the frame’s top is a small enamel 1914 Iron Cross measuring 9/16″ x 10/16.” Examining the reverse, we see an easel attached at the frame’s top. It swings open and permits the frame to stand alone on a flat surface. The photograph was slipped in place behind the leaves, and the frame was ready for display. The frame is substantial, sturdy, and very well made.

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  • MINI GROUP – MILITÄRPAß – DOCUMENT – PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 10-781

    $150.00

    Being able to acquire a militärpaß WITH some additional information is always interesting. Learning more about the man is important to me, so I am pleased to share this little group with you. To begin, it is older than what we normally present to you. It is from the 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. This was the second of the two Ulanen-Regiments founded by Hanover. The regiment was founded in 1805. It was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen and assigned to the XVI. ArmeeKorps. The regiment saw extensive service with Wellington at the Peninsula and, ultimately, at Waterloo. The young man who served in the regiment was born in 1863, and served in the regiment from 1883 to 1885. His last name was “Suits.” A unit stamp for the regiment is in the militärpaß. As Germany was at peace, no major notations are in the booklet. We see further marks since the man was in the reserves until at least 1896. Due to his age during WW I (he would have been in his fifties at its start), it is unlikely that he served in a combat role. With the militärpaß is a document that was commonly issued when the man had fulfilled his two-year military obligation, stating that good service was performed. The document was signed by a regiment rittmeister. The final part of the group is a CdV of Herr Suits. We see him standing in a studio beside a table. He is wearing his ulanka and tschapka in…

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  • PRUSSIA – GROUPING – GROßADMIRAL HANS von KOESTER’S PERSONAL EFFECTS GROUP – INCLUDING EPAULETTES/FORE AND AFT CAP/ETC

    SKU: 13-875

    $29,995.00

    I first offered this group over a decade ago. The fellow who has owned it since then recently changed his area of interest, so I was thrilled to take it back in trade. (Items like this just do NOT become available often). Hans von Koester was one of six Imperial Period men (five Germans and one Swede) appointed as a Großadmiral. The rank was created in 1901, with Kaiser Wilhelm II (naturally) appointing himself the first rank holder. King Oskar II of Sweden was granted the same rank that year as a ceremonial gesture. Listed below are the six men who held the rank from 1901 until the empire’s end in 1918. 1901 – Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859–1941) 1901 – King Oskar II of Sweden (1829–1907) 28 June 1905 – Hans von Koester (1844–1928) 4 September 1909 – HRH Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862–1929) 27 January 1911 – Alfred von Tirpitz (1849–1930)* [*Promoted on an Honorary Basis without Patent] 31 May 1918 – Henning von Holtzendorff (1853–1919) The first two recipients were ceremonial appointments rather than direct commands. The third appointee, Hans von Koester, was the first “operational” admiral to receive the rank. He was promoted to Großadmiral in 1905 as a reward for his long service. He actually retired the following year (1906). The next to receive the rank was Prinz Heinrich, (one of whose tunics and officer’s summer schirmütze we are proud to offer). Heinrich held direct command in the Kaiserliche Marine and was a royal, so his…

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