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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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  • 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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  • PRUSSIA – ÜBERROCK – ADMIRAL – NAVY – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 13-970

    $6,495.00

    This is an amazing find for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. Today we are offering a very special, full Admiral’s überrock. Finding tunics for General Officers is a hard task, although we are proud that our current inventory boasts tunics or complete General’s uniforms for Prussia, Württemberg, Saxony, and Braunschweig. Finding tunics for Kaiserliche Marine Admiräle is indeed a daunting task. Even tunics for junior officers are NOT easy to find. [We were blessed in the past to offer none other than Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich of Prussia’s überrock]. The Kaiserliche Marine possessed only four Admiräle levels. Unlike the Imperial German Army, which featured five Generals’ levels, the Navy did not sport a Generaloberst’s equivalent (the Army’s Generaloberst being its highest rank). The Navy Admiräle ranks included the four positions listed below, in lowest-to-highest order. Konteradmiral Vizeadmiral Admiral Großadmiral For the most part, Admiral was the Kaiserliche Marine’s highest operational/tactical rank. Of the six men who achieved the Großadmiral’s rank, only ONE actually commanded fleet operations: Prinz Heinrich, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. He commanded activities in the Baltic during WW I, and did not achieve his rank until 1909. The rest of the six included two who commanded the overall Kaiserliche Marine (Alfred von Tirpitz [1911] and Henning von Holtzendorff [1918]), and whose official titles were “State Secretaries of the Imperial Navy Office.” Another, Hans von Koester, received the rank in 1905, primarily as a thank-you when he was approaching retirement. The final two recipients were royals (Kaiser Wilhelm II…

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  • GERMANY – PHOTOGRAPH – ZEPPELINSAILING OVER (ALLEGED) KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. METEOR.

    SKU: 21-323 A

    $250.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II was a man with a passion for the sea. His Kaiserliche Marinewas his pride and joy. He and his Chief of the Admiralty, von Tirpitz, had grand plans to expand the Navy and challenge England on the high seas. Of course, the problem here was that the British also had great pride in their Navy and were well aware that it was their key means of strengthening their overseas possessions and holding on to the shipping lanes. So, if the Germans built four battleships, the English built eight even bigger and better than what the Germans had produced, which challenged the Germans to up the ante. This was a game that Germany could never win, however. By the time the Great War began, all the battleships that had been built on both sides from 1900 to 1905 were obsolete and relegated to secondary roles as they were no longer fit for front-line duty. In addition to his love for his Navy, the Kaiser enjoyed the sea in other roles. He spent long periods of time aboard his royal yacht the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. From the time that the yacht was commissioned in 1892 until it was laid up when WW I began in 1914, he spent a total of more than five solid years onboard. Much of this was spent in Norway anchored in a fjord with a German warship accompanying him. The Kaiser was also a yachtsman and served as the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s (KYC)…

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – THE GREAT WAR IN THE AIR: MILITARY AVIATION FROM 1909-1921 BY JOHN H. MORROW, JR

    SKU: 16-490

    $65.00

    BOOK – THE GREAT WAR IN THE AIR: MILITARY AVIATION FROM 1909-1921 BY JOHN H. MORROW, JR. This absorbing book was published in 1993. John Morrow presents a fine historical viewpoint of military aviation from 1909 to 1921. In 1909, six years after the Wright Brothers’ historical flight at Kitty Hawk, European and United States officials began to consider whether or not fixed wing aircraft might be useful during military operations. When WW I arrived, aircraft’s first role was to scout enemy positions. As the war progressed, opposing pilots began to shoot at one another with pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Soon, an enterprising French pilot decided to armor his airplane’s propeller and shoot a machine gun through it. [That did NOT work well! The enterprising French airman shot himself down]. The great Tony Fokker further developed the Frenchman’s idea, inventing an interrupter gear that allowed German aircraft to fire only when the propeller was NOT in the line of fire. This fantastic modification soon had airplanes falling from the skies at record levels. More innovations quickly followed. Larger airplanes became bombers, dropping increasingly massive bomb loads on assorted targets. At the same time, the German Army and Navy were sending zeppelins on bombing missions over England and the Continent. And all the while, everyone’s planes kept getting faster and more deadly. The book gives a fine overview of the operations and advancing of military planes during WW I. While it includes some photographs, the author focuses one’s attention on the…

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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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  • GERMANY – SWORD – OFFICER – IDENTIFIED – NAVY

    SKU: 07-181

    $2,295.00

    Our offering today is for an identified Navy Officer’s Sword from a very specialized Kaiserliche Marine branch. His name was Theodor Schneider, and he was born 22 February 1887. He became an officer in April 1905. He served in the Navy during WW I and retired from active service on 31 May 1920. Schneider was a Navy official who held the position of Marine=Zahlmeister. A Zahlmeister was a paymaster. [In the Imperial German Army, the regimental officer assigned to duty as a Zahlmeister wore a pickelhaube/kugelhelm with different fittings that differentiated his rank, (a point to remember)]. Schneider’s career was centered around ships that laid mines. He served as the paymaster for a single ship as well as a Flotilla. This sword that once belonged to Schneider is in remarkable condition. One of the first things that you will notice in the photos attached to our description is that the sword’s back-strap is SILVER, unlike the brass used on the rest of the sword. [Indeed, most naval swords display all-brass fittings]. The silver trim extends from the Lionshead down the back-strap’s length. The grip that protrudes from the Lionshead’s mouth is all-brass, as is the rest of the sword’s furniture. The handle appears to be either bone or (possibly) ivory. [Its toning leads us to guess that it is ivory]. The handle’s wrap is made of gold-toned wire. The Lionshead’s eyes are the traditional naval green and red glass, replicating a ship’s port and starboard red and green running lights.…

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  • PRUSSIA – EHRENRANGLISTE DER KAISERLICHE DEUTSCHEN MARINE – 1914-1918

    SKU: 13-795

    $495.00

    Both the German Army and Navy produced annual publications that showcased their various units and to which ones officers were assigned. (As a matter of fact, they shared a single book in the 1860’s, before Germany’s consolidation and a new Kaiser greatly increased their sizes). Ranglistes are very useful tools for researching officers and their assignments at given times within their careers. One of the most useful of the books was the one that showed the combined results during the years of WW I (1914-1916). Both the Army and Navy produced such a book after WW I. The navy was always the smaller branch, with fewer officers. This was further influenced by the larger numbers of army officers killed in action. Today we are offering the Ehrenrangliste der Kaiserliche Deutschen Marine (Honor Rank List for the Imperial German Navy), which covers the years 1914 through 1918. The book was published in 1930. It is quite large, measuring 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and weighing a hefty 4 lb. 7 ounces. With it, you can seek out a particular officer and determine his rank, what ships or other assignments wherein he served, etc. These books are quite helpful and hard-to-find. I have seen these fetch nearly $1,000 in the past. The binding on our example is a bit weak, so caution should be exercised when using it (which should go without saying for an eighty-year-old book. [SALES ON ALL RANGLISTEN ARE FINAL. We do NOT send them out…

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ALBATROS C. III & BRISTOL “D” SCOUT

    SKU: 16-401

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ALBATROS C. III & BRISTOL “D” SCOUT 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. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½” x 19 ½.” The action of this painting shows a German Albatros C. III two seater airplane battling a British Bristol “D” Scout “Bullet.” The C. III was one of Germany’s premiere two-seaters…

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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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  • GERMANY – PILOT BADGE – NAVY LAND – ENGRAVED

    SKU: 01-896

    $2,495.00

    Today we are offering an interesting naval Land Plane Pilot Badge. The badge was used by the pilots of the Marine Jastas that flew in Flanders against France and Great Britain’s air services. The badge was first authorized in 1915. By WW I’s end, two Navy Plane Geschwaders had been created and had contributed to the air war, along with their Army brethren. The badge’s obverse depicts an albatross flying beneath a bright sun and over a walled city on the ocean. Surrounding this scene is an oak and laurel leaf wreath, topped by an open Hohenzollern Crown. The reverse features horizontal engraving containing the information listed below. 1*7 1 M F F A 1917 *[The 1 sports an unusual added fillip on its top left side]. The reverse’s pin is flat, as is often the case on a one-piece-massive Navy flight badge. The badge is in topnotch condition, overall. It displays a very pleasing patina. This is a consignment item.  

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING FOKKER D. VII. SHOOTING DOWN BRITISH S. E. 5.

    SKU: 16-400

    $2,095.00 $1,676.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING FOKKER D. VII. SHOOTING DOWN BRITISH S. E. 5. 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, while he occasionally produced a smaller size. Today we are offering the larger painting, which measures 19 ½” x 24 ½” within its frame. The simple, elegant, black, molded frame is accented by an inner, gold trim band, with a single, off-white matte providing a subtle contrast. The…

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  • NAVY VETERAN FLASK

    SKU: 13-261

    $450.00

    Veteran’s items are always popular, and they are varied, to say the least. In the Army, the more common pieces are steins, canteens, and pipes. Each of these commemorates the veteran’s service, generally the two years of compulsive service that all German men were expected to do in their late teens or early 20’s. In the Navy, the more popular pieces were various drinking vessels, including steins, flasks, and canteens. Today we offer a very unusual flask for a navy veteran. The flask is actually a glass bottle covered with leather. It has a black and white cord by which the man could have hung the flask around his neck. On one side of the leather flask we see a gilt-toned Hohenzollern Crown (complete with stole) over an anchor with crossed paddles. Just below the anchor is the legend: “1. Werft (Work) Division Kiel.” The latter is embossed in silver on the black leather. Some small loss of leather shows over the word Werft, but its meaning is clear. The flask’s reverse side reveals some patriotic phrases regarding his service. A heart-shaped cutout allows you to look into the glass flask to see the sailor’s sweetheart (much the same as on a veteran’s stein). A lithopane allows the viewer to hold the stein up to the light and see a sweetheart as well. The top of the flask has a removable jigger. This exposes a screw top that allowed the veteran to access his beverage of choice. Navy items like…

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER - NAVY - WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH

    SKU: 44-335

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL REINHARD SCHEER – NAVY – WITH REPRODUCTION AUTOGRAPH. Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928) was one of the Kaiserliche Marine’s leading admirals. He led the High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). Franz von Hipper served as Scheer’s subordinate in the battle. [Hipper was vital in allowing the main German fleet to withdraw at the battle’s conclusion]. In 1918, Scheer replaced Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff as Chief of the Navy Staff. This was the top position in the German Navy that previously had been held by Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. Scheer was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite following June 1916’s Battle of Jutland. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves in February 1918. This postcard depicts him from the thighs up. Scheer is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his chest, with his PLM at his throat. His hand rests on his naval dagger. A reproduction of his signature appears below him, along with his rank of “Admiral.” He is a stern-looking officer. The postcard is in excellent condition and was never mailed.

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

    SKU: 20-320

    $2,495.00

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

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  • U.S. / GERMANY – NEWSPAPER – FRAMED – FELIX GRAF von LUCKNER COLLECTION FROM UNITED STATES VISIT

    SKU: 21-326

    $795.00

    This is a beautifully arranged four-piece framed collection honoring Felix Graf von Luckner. The entire piece measures 28″ x 30 ½.” It is professionally mounted with a glass front and antique brown matting within its gold-toned, solid-wood frame. It features three photographs of von Luckner, along with a front page newspaper article. The front page is from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Daily, a student newspaper, and is displayed on the frame’s left half. The article is dated November 1, 1928 and titled “German Raider Speaks Tonight.” The article features von Luckner’s photo and announces his appearance at the U of M auditorium. It further states that he will be speaking to the audience about his adventures as Germany’s “Sea Devil,” the friendly foe of the allied merchant marines. The well-preserved newspaper measures 17″ x 21.” The frame’s top right section features a signed photo of a well dressed von Luckner aboard a ship, casually smoking his pipe. The signed photograph measures 4 ¼”x 6,” and sits within a 6 ½” x 8 ½” white matte border that bears von Luckner’s signature. A 4 ¼” x and 6 ¼” professional photograph that features Luckner, Henry Ford and von Luckner’s wife, Ingeborg von Luckner, appears below the signed photograph. [The latter was taken in New York on January 11, 1928]. The frame’s bottom right section features a 4 ½”x 6 ½” candid snapshot of von Luckner and his friend “Bill,” along with a handwritten message in German. [We…

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER - NAVY.

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY

    SKU: 44-334

    $25.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – ADMIRAL FRANZ VON HIPPER – NAVY. Franz von Hipper (1863-1932) was one of WW I Germany’s greatest naval heroes. His career had exhibited a steady upward progression through the ranks. He served as Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht commander from 1899 to 1902, which attracted attention that helped advance his career. Once WW I began, Hipper was placed in command of th I. Scouting Group. He was serving in that role during the Battle of Jutland (Skagerrakschlacht). When his flagship was destroyed, he transferred his flag to another ship. He then placed his command in harm’s way, which allowed Admiral Reinhard Scheer to withdraw with the bulk of the German High Seas Fleet, including its precious battleships. Von Hipper received the Orden Pour le Mérite after the Battle of Jutland, as well as the Bavarian Knight’s Cross of the Military Order of Max Joseph, which included an elevation to Bavarian Knighthood. In August 1918 Großadmiral Henning von Holtzendorff, Germany’s Chief of the Naval Staff, was forced to retire for health reasons. His position was assumed by the German High Seas Fleet Commander, Admiral Reinhard Scheer. At the same time, Von Hipper was concurrently promoted to the rank of Admiral AND promoted to replace as Commander of the High Seas Fleet. Von Hipper served in that position through WW I’s end, then retired. This postcard depicts Von Hipper in his naval uniform. He is sporting a large Frack Bar, and what appears to be three or four…

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  • PROMOTION PATENT – OFFICER’S NAVAL – SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 19-249

    $550.00

    During Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign, the German Navy was essentially an afterthought. Much of this mind-set came from the “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck. It was only when Kaiser Wilhelm II came to power that the Kaiserliche Marine emerged as an important arm of Germany’s military. Wilhelm II’s further interest in overseas colonies engendered a truly international German Navy rather than one limited to the North and the Baltic Seas. Today we are offering a first for Der Rittmeister Militaria: a naval officer’s promotion patent signed by Kaiser Wilhelm I. The man being promoted was Christian Gustav Adolf Schwarzlose. The document’s format is identical to what then was used for Army officers, and that used later by Kaiser Friedrich III and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The document measures 15″ x 9″ before the document is unfolded to its full size of 15″ x 18.” It allows the document to have four equal sections for writing information, which was common with all written documents and letters. Three of the document’s four pages are used. The patent’s final page bears Wilhelm I’s signature. Beside it is the House of Hohenzollern’s large, embossed seal. Wilhelm I’s signature is quite large and impressive. On this page’s lower left, we see that the young officer has been promoted to Korvettenkapitän. The document was signed in Berlin. Knowing that the document is more than one-hundred-thirty-years-old, it has a few issues. The document was folded into quarters. Foxing marks the document’s edges. A 3/4″ tear appears on the…

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING BRITISH BE 2c (IDENTIFIED AS A BE 12) TAKING OFF FROM AIRFIELD

    SKU: 16-405

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING BRITISH BE 2c (IDENTIFIED AS A BE 12) TAKING OFF FROM AIRFIELD 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. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½” x 19 ½.” The painting’s action depicts a British BE 2c, which Jack misidentifies as a BE 12. I find this interesting, as Jack heavily researched his subjects…

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  • U.K. – BOOK – THE AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE – ISSUED BY JOHN PLAYER & SONS CIGARETTE COMPANY

    SKU: 16-494

    $25.00

    BOOK – THE AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE – ISSUED BY JOHN PLAYER & SONS CIGARETTE COMPANY. John Player & Sons Cigarettes is a famous British tobacco and cigarette manufacturer that was founded in 1820. It merged with the Imperial Tobacco Group in 1901, but continued to produce cigarettes under its original name. Its cigarettes are still produced today by the United Kingdom’s Imperial Brands. This small book was issued under the John Player & Sons name and sold in the U.K. for one penny. It features the R.A.F.’s aircraft from the mid-20th Century. Like Imperial Germany’s similar cigarette albums, the small (only 5″ x 7 ¼”) book features 47 cigarette cards and descriptions of the R.A.F.’s various airplanes. The planes include fighter planes, bombers, transports, seaplanes, and such from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Each full-color cigarette card measures 1 ½” x 2 ½.” It is an informative and interesting handbook that details basic facts about the R.A.F.’s many aircraft from the period. The book is in excellent condition, with all the cards present.

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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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  • PRUSSIA – TUNIC – PETTY OFFICER – NAVY – ROYAL LAUNCH OF THE S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 15-498

    $6,995.00

    Hohenzollern was the last and biggest of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yachts to actually see use. It was put into service in 1893. His grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I, was a much more modest man, and not anywhere near as flamboyant as his grandson. His royal yacht was a paddle wheeler! Whether it was opulent yachts such as the Hohenzollern, or the many uniforms and headdresses he owned, Wilhelm II was certainly over the top. Nothing stated that more than the royal yacht. It was Wilhelm II’s desire that Germany become a major sea power to equal England. Again, nothing stated those desires more than the Hohenzollern. She was essentially a floating palace. She sailed all over Europe for Wilhelm II and his family’s state visits or just for vacations. The Hohenzollern even made a trip to New York, although the Kaiser did not sail with her. More than 6,000 people visited her while she was docked in New York early during the 20th Century. The officers and men who served aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern were the cream of the German Navy. Their status was somewhat similar to that of the Regiment der Garde du Corps (GdC) on land. Officers selected to serve aboard the Hohenzollern were marked for advancement and promotion once they had served their stint aboard the royal yacht. As with the GdC, the enlisted men and NCO’s were men of the highest conduct level and character. To serve aboard the Hohenzollern and attend the royal family was…

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ENGLISH DH 2 SHOOTING DOWN FOKKER E III (EINDECKER)

    SKU: 16-394

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ENGLISH DH 2 SHOOTING DOWN FOKKER E III (EINDECKER) My good friend, the late Jack Hunter, was both an accomplished writer (author of the legendary WW I aviation novel The Blue Max) and painter. The first example of his artwork appeared with the release of The Blue Max’s 1st edition. The publisher would not pay for a color dust jacket, so Jack volunteered to provide the artwork. This way his first published effort had the benefit of a more professional-looking dust jacket. Jack continued to paint for more than forty years. He did so mostly for relaxation and to stimulate his mind in between those times when he was writing books. His painting is prized by collectors and has appeared in several museums. In Jack’s paintings, the airplanes were the “stars.” He worked very hard to capture all of an airplane’s correct details. Before starting on a new painting, he first produced what he termed “work sketches.” Many of these were in color. He endeavored to correctly portray ALL his subject aircraft’s historical details before he began the full painting. Even if he had previously produced paintings of Fokker Triplanes in the past, he still painted a new “work sketch” to ensure its story’s details were absolutely accurate. For Jack, his painting was an extension of his writing: he always was telling a story. He usually included a typed or handwritten description of each painting’s action. These generally were attached to its…

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  • JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – STACHEL TAKES A PRISONER

    SKU: 14-461

    $1,995.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – STACHEL TAKES A PRISONER Jack Hunter was an old, dear friend. His hit German WW I aviation novel inspired my lifelong interest in WW I in general, and WW I aviation in particular. I met Jack through his lovely wife, Tommy. She had a small antique shop in St. Augustine, FL. My wife, Melissa, and I were walking by the shop where I first noticed an easel with a lovely painting of a WW I German Navy airplane shooting down a British airplane. I then looked up to discover that the shop’s name was “The Blue Max.” I walked in and learned that the painting was for sale, along with another portraying a similar theme. Melissa bought both for me on the spot as it was close to my birthday. I then asked the shop owner (whose name was Tommy, i.e. Shirley Thompson Hunter) about the shop’s name. She replied “My husband wrote the book!” I was stunned and told her how his novel had inspired me. She said that I ought to call him as he was always happy to chat with fans. From that point onward until his death in 2009, Jack and I had a very special relationship, one that I truly miss. In addition to his talents as an author, he was also a fine painter. In fact, he painted the dust jacket for The Blue Max’s first 500 editions, since his publisher would not sanction a color dust…

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  •  GERMANY - PILOT BADGE - NAVY LAND PLANE P - HUGO SCHAPER - IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE 

    GERMANY – PILOT BADGE – NAVY LAND PLANE – HUGO SCHAPER – IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 01-920

    $2,495.00

    This is an absolute first for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is Navy Land Plane pilot badge in the original presentation case. Hugo Schaper was a well-known firm that was founded in 1844. It continued in operation until 1915 and was passed to his son and continued until the 1940’s. One of their specialties was Navy flight badges and many of the true war time examples came from their shop….  

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    U.S. – BOOK – ABOVE AND BEYOND: THE AVIATION MEDALS OF HONOR BY BARRETT TILMANN

    SKU: 16-491

    $30.00 $25.50

    BOOK – ABOVE AND BEYOND: THE AVIATION MEDALS OF HONOR BY BARRETT TILMANN. The Medal of Honor, once known as the Congressional Medal of Honor, is the highest award that the United States can confer on a soldier, sailor (from the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Coast Guard), marine, or airman. Like Great Britain’s Victoria Cross, it is awarded to personnel of ALL ranks, not just officers (as was Prussia’s Pour le Mérite). The Medal of Honor was first awarded during the U.S. Civil War. Since its inception, it has been awarded 3,515 times (621 times posthumously). This book was first published in 2002, and covers aviation Medal of Honor winners from WW I, WW II, Korea, and Viet Nam. The U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy all have had famous aviation winners. The book features all of them and includes many interesting photos of the pilots and their planes. The more than 290-page book comes with its dust jacket. Its condition is just like new!

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  • GERMANY – VISOR CAP – OFFICER – IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY – SUMMER WHITE TOP

    SKU: 33-391

    $4,995.00

    We recently acquired a small collection of items from the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Each of these are in the much rarer summer weight WHITE. While the entire German Navy wore white during summer months as opposed to dark blue in the winter due to the weight of the fabric it is entirely possible it was worn by A Navy officer in China and Africa…..  

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  • GERMANY – TUNIC – IDENTIFIED Steinmüller – NAVY OFFICER – KORVETTENKAPITÄITN – WHITE

    SKU: 15-769

    $3,295.00

    We recently acquired a small collection of items from the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Each of these are in the much rarer summer weight WHITE. While the entire German Navy wore white during summer months as opposed to dark blue in the winter due to the weight of the fabric it is entirely possible it was worn by Navy personnel in China and Africa as we will point out shortly…..  

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  • GERMANY – TUNIC – IDENTIFIED Steinmüller – NAVY OFFICER – KORVETTENKAPITÄITN – WHITE

    SKU: 15-768

    $3,295.00

    We recently acquired a small collection of items from the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Each of these are in the much rarer summer weight WHITE. While the entire German Navy wore white during summer months as opposed to dark blue in the winter due to the weight of the fabric it is entirely possible it was worn by Navy personnel in China and Africa as we will point out shortly….  

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  • GERMANY – TUNIC – SENIOR NAVY NCO – OBERSTABSBOOTSMANN – NAVY – WHITE

    SKU: 15-767

    $2,495.00

    We recently acquired a small collection of items from the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Each of these are in the much rarer summer weight WHITE. While the entire German Navy wore white during summer months as opposed to dark blue in the winter due to the weight of the fabric it is entirely possible it was worn by Navy personnel in China and Africa….    

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  • GERMANY – WOUND BADGE – NAVY – SILVER

    SKU: 01-922

    $195.00

    The Navy wound badge was authorized on 24 June 1918. The army version was authorized in March 1918. Both versions were awarded in three classes. Black 3rd Class, Silver 2nd Class, and Gold 1st Class. The silver was awarded for three wounds. Navy wound badges are far scarcer then army badges due to higher amount of soldiers compared to sailors. Also Navy ships saw far less combat than soldiers who served at the Western and Eastern fronts….  

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  • SLEEVE PATCH FOR NAVY MACHINEGUN CREW MEMBER

    SKU: 13-891

    $695.00

    This is one of the rarest Navy sleeve rating patches you will ever see. I was quite stunned when I first saw it. It is for a man assigned to a naval machinegun crew, most likely aboard a ship rather than a shore installation. The patch is oval-shaped and measures 3″ x 2.”  The patch’s background material is black. A red border encircles the patch’s edge. A profile of a M-08 Machinegun appears within the border. (It is similar to the Army Machinegun Badge). As the German Navy was considerably smaller than the German Army, it is only logical that the number of Navy men trained to crew a machinegun was a mere fraction of their army counterparts.  The patch is in stone-mint condition. We are very pleased to share it with you.

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  • PRUSSIA – FORE AND AFT CAP IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – RESERVE NAVY

    SKU: 13-529

    $2,295.00

    PRUSSIA – FORE AND AFT CAP IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – RESERVE NAVY The fore and aft cap was the dress headdress for officers in the Kaiserliche Marine. These are never easy to come by. German naval reserve officers were more limited before WW I. Moreover, the Navy was a smaller service, with a lower number of officers. What I really like about this cap is its silk kokarde, the gilt intertwined rope, and the officer’s button with its reserve cross. The cap’s exterior is in excellent condition. As we examine the cap’s interior, we find that the leather sweatband and the silk liner are in equally fine condition. The fore and aft cap comes in its original storage box. The boxes are very difficult-to-find as well. This is a wonderful presentation, and a must for a Navy collection.

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  • PRUSSIA – RANGLISTE – 1867 RANG und QUARTIER-LISTE – ARMY AND NAVY

    SKU: 12-670

    $175.00

    This is a Prussian Army and Navy Rang und Quartier-Liste for the year 1867. At the time the Prussian military was so small that Army and Navy officers could be included in the same book. (Major changes occurred once WW I began)! Even then it is not a large book, measuring only 7 3/4″ x 5″ x 1 1/2″ and weighs 1 pound 5 ounces. Regardless of the time period, Ranglistes were intended to enumerate officers and the units in which they served. This is a significant Rangliste, as it reflects the Hanoverian regiments Prussia acquired as a result of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Prussia annexed Hannover, along with Braunschweig and Nassau, and their regiments became Prussian ones. In addition, any officers who served in the 1864 Danish-Prussian War most likely would appear in this particular volume. It means the volume serves as a helpful reference for the two final pieces in Germany’s consolidation jigsaw puzzle, which saw Prussia and König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I become dominant. The Prussian Navy, which was quite small at the time (prior to Wilhelm II’s enthusiastic build-up), is also listed in the volume. Each officer who received decorations has them listed next to his name. In the book’s front is a pictorial listing of the various types and classes of decorations. We see Red and Black Eagles, Hohenzollern House Orders, Crown Orders, Orden Pour le Mérites, and even the 1813 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class! (The Iron Cross was NOT awarded for the…

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – ZEPPELIN: DER MENSCH – DER KAMPFER – DER SIEGER by DR. ADOLF SAAGER. GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN’S BIOGRAPHY IN THE ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX – SIGNED BY DR. HUGO ECKNER

    SKU: 21-200

    $295.00

    This is an engrossing, German-language biography of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917). Von Zeppelin had cultivated a longtime interest in airships before he even thought of producing them. He came to the USA as an observer of the Union Army’s balloon operations during 1863. Although he was still a German Army officer, he did not have an overly successful career. He retired as a Generalmajor in about 1890. It was then that he began his airship production efforts in earnest. The German public was captivated by the sight of zeppelins flying across Germany. The German public was always generous and supportive of efforts to advance German aviation. After one of the early zeppelins crashed, a large donation program was begun and a substantial sum raised. This enabled von Zeppelin to further his experiments and develop bigger and better airships. Prior to WW I more than 30,000 Germans flew on more than zeppelin 1,500 flights, with no substantial problems. As the clouds of WW I began to form, the German Army and Navy realized the zeppelins’ potential for scouting and bombing roles. The Navy had a higher profile with zeppelins than did the Army. While their actual contribution to the war effort was more psychological than material, the zeppelins did leave their mark. Peter Strasser, commander of the Navy Zeppelins (1876-1918), was a hero in Germany. For his efforts, he was awarded with the presentation of the Orden Pour le Mérite. Strasser died in a fiery crash in 1918, while leading…

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  • GERMANY – MEDALLION – NAVY LUFTSCHIFFER ASSOCIATION

    SKU: 21-316

    $195.00

    This is a small medallion that represents the Marine Luftschiffer Verein (Navy Airship Association). The Kaiserliche Marine operated the biggest fleet of airships in the German military. The Army also had zeppelinsbut eventually turned their equipment over to the Navy. The small medallion/badge  is gold-toned and displays a small replica of the Navy Commemorative Airship Badge. It is a lovely badge in top condition.

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  • GERMANY – STICKPIN – COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE

    SKU: 28-162 XBB

    $325.00

    Very high-quality miniature commemorative navy airship badge mounted onto a pin. The stickpin is silver-toned and very well made for such a small item. As is correct for a full-sized Commemorative Navy Airship Badge, it sports a Hohenzollern Crown. While all other naval flight badges were gilt-toned, the Navy Commemorative Airship Badge was silver, like its Army counterpart. It is a lovely miniature. This is a consignment item.

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD – NAVY SEAPLANE ON THE LAUNCHING RAMP – NR 355

    SKU: 42-338

    $75.00

    This is an early Sanke card Nr 355. It shows a seaplane on the launching ramp being prepared for takeoff. The plane is being rolled into the water with the aid of several crew members. The pilot is aboard the plane ready for takeoff….  

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  • ORIGINAL AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHS FOLIO

    SKU: 16-446

    $495.00

    This is a folio of original aviation photographs. Although they are not contained in an album, they are housed in a clear plastic folio. It features openings that render them easy to remove, and view on both the obverse and reverse. The folio contains seventeen large-format photos that measure 5” x 7.” It also has twenty-nine small-format photos that are approximately postcard-sized. Three actual postcards, and a menu round out the selection. The photos feature a number of shots of airplanes on the ground and in the air. One particular photo shot from a plane highlights an observation balloon. Poses of air crews are included, as well as a very haunting photo of a crashed plane with its pilot’s body lying on a wall beside it. A German soldier stands guard over the fallen airman and his airplane. Most of these photos come from Flieger-Abteilung Nr 212. It is a fine collection with plenty of research opportunities for those interested. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find this many aviation-related photos in one place. Collectors in Germany snap them up as quickly as they find them.

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  • SEAL – FRIEDRICH THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-220

    $650.00

    This is a metal seal bearing Frederick II’s (1712-1786) likeness. Frederick II is more commonly known as “Frederick the Great.” He was Prussia’s third King, who began Prussia’s march toward a position of prominence in Europe. (His grandson, Friedrich Wilhelm III, led Prussia though the Napoleonic Wars and instituted the Iron Cross in 1813). The seal reproduces a profile view of Germany’s first great King. The seal stands 1 1/8″ tall. The actual seal is 1″ in diameter. The seal dates from approximately 1800, not too long after Frederick the Great’s death. Frederick the Great was also known for founding the Orden Pour le Mérite and building the historic palace Sanssoucci. His fondness for French over the German language is evident in both of these names. Included with the seal is a piece of paper whereupon the seal was stamped, producing seals as they would have appeared TWO centuries ago. It is a most interesting display item.

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN - S.M.S. GOEBEN - NAVY

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN – S.M.S. GOEBEN – NAVY

    SKU: 44-330

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – KAPITÄN ZUR SEE RICHARD ACKERMANN – S.M.S. GOEBEN – NAVY Richard Ackermann (1869-1930) commanded the Battle Cruiser S.M.S. Goeben. Along with the Light Cruiser Breslau, the Goeben was most famous for being attached to the Turkish Navy and seeing action in the Black Sea against the Russians. The postcard is a black and white, pen and ink rendition of Ackermann. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from a soldier in a Bavarian Infanterie Regiment.

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  • PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – ENLISTED MARINE-FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG SAILOR

    SKU: 13-986

    $1,095.00

    This is a summer enlisted Marine-Flieger-Abteilung sailor’s mütze. Enlisted Kaiserliche Marine sailors wore two different-colored tops on their mützen during the year. In the winter, they wore the navy blue tops that matched their dark-blue uniforms. In the summer, the sailors switched to white tops to match their white uniforms. I am not sure why, but we see the summer white top mützen far less frequently. Our offering today is made of heavy, white, cotton twill. As it is white, it is more susceptible to staining and dirt. That said, this white top does show signs of what I would call dirt and, perhaps, even a couple of oil spots. The mütze’s center front features a Reich’s kokarde that is actually for an officer. As you look at the mütze straight-on, you will note that it has the “saddle” effect so favored by cavalry regiments. A gold embossed cap tally attached to the mütze clearly reads “Marine-Flieger-Abteilung.” Inside the mütze is a high-quality, light-brown leather sweatband. The mütze does not have a liner, so the cotton twill material appears on both the cap’s inside and outside. It is a privately-purchased mütze that displays NO depot markings on its interior. If you look at the interior where the kokarde is attached, it looks as though a snap button appears on a tab where the kokarde is attached. If you look closely at that tab, you will see the printed word “Kiel,” where one of the High Seas Fleet’s two major ports…

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  • GERMANY – PLATE – ZEPPELIN ZR III (LATER U.S.S. LOS ANGELES) PRODUCED BY NOTED GERMAN PORCELAIN FIRM ROSENTHAL

    SKU: 21-312

    $795.00

    Today we are offering a very high-quality commemorative plate for the Zeppelin ZR III. This was the internal American code for what would become the LZ 126. It was constructed in 1923-1924 and delivered personally to the U.S. Navy in October 1924 by the Zeppelin Company’s Managing Director, Hugo Eckener. It was a part of Germany’s WW I war reparations. In fact, the airship’s buildingsaved the Zeppelin Company following WW I. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey, the 1937 site of the Hindenburg’s(LZ 129) explosion, the LZ 126/ZR III became the U.S.S. Los Angeles. The LZ 126 was very similar in general construction to the LZ 127(Graf Zeppelin) and was built as a “passenger airship” rather than a military airship and thus permitted under the Treaty of Versailles’ terms. The Graf Zeppelin entered service in 1928. She remained in service until October 1937. Ultimately, she performed 590 flights spanning the globe, covering more than 1,000,000 miles. Imperial Germany had three major porcelain manufacturers. KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin) was founded in 1763 and produced tableware for the Prussian royal families from Friedrich the Great forward. All Kaisers, Kings, and Princes and their spouses acquired their tableware from KPM, which undoubtedly was Germany’s best known firm. The next noted manufacturer was Meissen,which was located in Saxony. It began producing porcelain in 1710, making it the oldest German porcelain manufacturer. Meissen was famous for their plates. They specialized in producing commemorative plates that commemorated many military units and establishments…

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  • GERMANY - POSTCARD - SEAPLANE - MARINE FLIEGER

    GERMANY – POSTCARD – SEAPLANE – MARINE FLIEGER

    SKU: 43-371

    $35.00

    This a full color postcard of A German seaplane in flight. There is no identification as to type. There is a note at the bottom which is headed by “Marine Flieger” (Navy plane). At the very bottom is mention of Prinz Heinrich of Prussia. He was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II and a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine. Heinrich was an enthusiastic aviation and automobile buff….

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  • OVAL-SHAPED PLATE COMMEMORATING S. M. S. EMDEN

    SKU: 13-962

    $1,095.00

    This is an amazing oval plate that commemorates Germany’s earliest heroic ship of the Great War, the S. M. S. Emden. The S. M. S. Emden was the final vessel from the two-ship class headed by the S. M. S. Dresden. Both ships were Kleiner (Small) Kreuzers in the Kaiserliche Marine. The Emden was officially placed into service in 1909. She spent much of her career attached to the East Asia Squadron, which was based at Tsingtao in China and commanded by Vizeadmiral Maximilian Graf von Spee. She received a new commander, Karl von Mueller (1873-1921), in Spring, 1913. He was a young officer who had risen through the ranks and caught the attention of both Großadmiral Prinz Henry of Prussia and Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz, after serving on their respective staffs. In fact, von Tirpitz sent von Mueller to his new post and command. When WWI broke out, most of the East Asia Squadron was at sea. The Emden was at port, but immediately departed. Once at sea, she was the first German warship of WW I to capture an enemy ship — a Russian steamer. She then received notification from Squadron Commander von Spee to rendezvous with the rest of the squadron. Von Mueller suggested that one of the small cruisers be detached and assigned to the Indian Ocean to raid on Allied shipping. Von Spee agreed. As the Emden was the newest, fastest, and best suited for the task, she was chosen. Graf von Spee and the…

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING BRITISH BE-12 PURSUED BY TWO ALBATROS FIGHTER-PLANES

    SKU: 16-398

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING BRITISH BE-12 PURSUED BY TWO ALBATROS FIGHTER-PLANES 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. Today we are offering one of his paintings in the smaller, more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 ½” x 19 ½.”The painting’s subject is a British BE-12. It was a single-seater scout plane that was in use in the summer of 1916. The airplane was no match for the Albatros (most…

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  • GERMANY – CUP – AIR SERVICE, LUFTSCHIFFER SERVICE, AND THE KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 18-179

    $350.00

    This is a wonderful cup that salutes three of the most highly visible branches of the German military. Commemorated here are the Imperial German Air Service, the Zeppelin Service, and the Imperial German Navy. The cup measures 5″ in height. It is 3 1/8″ in diameter at the lip and 2 1/4″ in diameter at the base. The central theme of the cup is an outline of an Iron Cross. Within the Iron Cross we see an airplane, zeppelin, and various navy ships. Included in the vessels are surface ships and a U-boat. This is very well made by a firm in Bavaria. It is in excellent condition.

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  • NAVY VETERAN’S STEIN

    SKU: 13-375

    $525.00

    Veterans’ steins are always very popular with collectors. Some of the very elaborate Navy steins can often sell for more than $2,000. When I say elaborate, I mean those that were painted individually for the owner, showing the unit or ship on which he served along with a list of his comrades. This example stands 8″ tall. It is 2 3/4″ in diameter at the lid and 3 ½” in diameter at the base. The stein is multicolored, with a primarily white and navy-blue color scheme. We see two sailors holding Mausers in the front. Immediately behind them is the conning tower of a U-Boot from which a kriegsflagge is flying. Flanking either sailor are flags, one of which is easily identified as a kriegsflagge. On the opposite side we can see the turret of a warship with two cannons extending outward. On either side of the turret are two 1914 Iron Crosses. The lid of the stein is flat and made of pewter. It depicts the port at Wilhelmshaven with ships at the piers. The stein is very well made and in excellent condition. If you are looking for a stein, this one is a real bargain for a Navy example. It is even more cost-effective than some of the Army steins that we see.

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