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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF CHAMPNEUVILLE AND COTE de TALOU

    SKU: 36-91

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Champneuville & Cote de Talou on 27 February 1916. The ribbon is purple and measures 15 3/4″ x 2 1/2.” Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF LOMZA – GENERAL von SMOLTZ

    SKU: 36-85

    $50.00

    This Vivat Ribbon commemorates the Battle of Lomza, which took place on 9 August 1915. General von Smoltz was one of the key German commanders in this battle. The ribbon is pale yellow in color, and measures 16 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF LIBAU – GENERAL der INFANTRIE OTTO von BELOW

    SKU: 36-93

    $60.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Libau under the command of General der Infantrie Otto von Below. The ribbon is orange/red and measures 15 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – GENERALOBERST von GALLWITZ AND BATTLE OF SEMENDRIA

    SKU: 34-53

    $50.00

    This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” The ribbon is lilac. It shows Generaloberst von Gallwitz and the Battle of Semendria on 12 October 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – GENERALOBERST von GALLWITZ AND BATTLE OF BELGRAD

    SKU: 34-52

    $50.00

    This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/4″ x 2 1/2.” The ribbon is orange. It shows Generaloberst von Gallwitz and the Battle of Belgrad on 9 October 1915. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL von der GOLTZ

    SKU: 36-08

    $50.00

    This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” The ribbon is purple. It shows General von der Goltz and his actions against the Russians in 1914. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF GILGENBURG AND ORTELSBURG – GENERALOBERST PAUL von HINDENBURG

    SKU: 36-90

    $50.00

    This Vivat Ribbon commemorates the Battle of Gilgenburg and Ortelsburg, which took place on 29 August 1914. Generaloberst Paul von Hindenburg was the commander. The ribbon is red in color and measures 15 3/4″ x 2 1/2.” Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF WLOCLAWEC – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG

    SKU: 36-92

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorates the Battle of Wloclawec under Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg, which took place on 13-14 November 1914. It has special mention of the 82 Maschinengewehr. The ribbon is lilac in color and measures 15 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. This ribbon is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON FOR CENTRAL POWERS ALLIANCE

    SKU: 36-158

    $75.00

    This is a marvelous Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Central Powers members in 1915. Vivat Ribbons were produced primarily during WW I’s early years to help boost patriotic support and support for the German Red Cross. The handsome gray ribbon is made of silk and measures 2 ½” x 16.” Embossed on the ribbon in black are the members of the Central Alliance: Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Turkey. Above the members’ names we see three swords tied together that commemorate the members (Austria and Hungary share one sword, being a single Empire). The Vivat is in very fine condition. [PLEASE NOTE: we have a very special period collector’s album that was designed specifically to house Vivat Ribbons].

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – HERZOG ALBRECHT – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 34-48

    $50.00

    This is a silk Vivat Ribbon. It measures 15 3/4″ x 2 1/2.” The ribbon is orange. It commemorates the military involvement of Herzog (Duke) Albrecht of the Kingdom of Württemberg. Albrecht was a cavalryman. We once had the pleasure of offering his Ulanen-Regiment tschapka. In addition to a portrait of Albrecht, Württemberg’s Coat-of-Arms and an Iron Cross are featured. The ribbon was issued by the German Red Cross (Deutsche Roten Kreuze). It is in excellent condition.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON COMMEMORATING KAISER WILHELM II AND GENERALFELDMARSCHALL von HINDENBURG – BATTLE OF TANNENBERG.

    SKU: 36-80

    $55.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II and Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg. The Vivat also commemorates the Battle of Tannenberg, where von Hindenburg was the commander. This battle was the most significant on the Eastern Front, and a big German victory. The ribbon is lilac in color and measures 15 ½” x 2 ½.” Vivat Ribbons generally were issued under the auspices of the German Red Cross. The ribbon is in excellent condition.

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  • FRAMED EARLY WW I KAISER WILHELM II VIVAT RIBBON

    SKU: 36-156

    $250.00

    This is a wonderfully framed Vivat Ribbon featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II leading the German people during WW I. Vivat Ribbons were an important Imperial German patriotic art form during the early and mid WW I years. Germans were extremely patriotic people both before and during WW I. They found many ways of expressing that patriotism, from jewelry to tableware. One unique form of expressing/displaying their patriotism was through the acquisition of Vivat Ribbons. Vivat Ribbons were made of silk. They rather resemble bookmarks, and it is possible that some were used for that purpose. Vivat Ribbons celebrated Germany’s battle triumphs, its military commanders, and its royalty, as well as its Navy, Army, and other special themes. They were sold to the public for the benefit of the German Red Cross. They were avidly collected. A special album was offered to house them in an orderly manner and also preserve them from harm. Today we are offering what was the very first Vivat Ribbon. It has a number of special aspects. First, it was larger than the Vivat Ribbons that followed it, measuring 15 1/4″ x 4.” Its central theme is Kaiser Wilhelm II. He is shown in three-quarters profile. At first glance, he appears to be in the center of a battlefield. In fact, he is surrounded by Germans, both past and present. We see women, men, and children, soldiers, politicians, and ancestors going back to the 18th Century. In the upper left are the words (roughly translated) “You wanted…

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

    SKU: 09-951

    $425.00

    During WW I the Iron Cross 2nd Class was generally presented in a very simple paper packet. After the initial award, a recipient might opt for another Iron Cross and could get one from any number of military supply stores or even jewelers. This fine example includes an Iron Cross that is 100% when it comes to the paint. It is about as good as you will ever find. On the jump ring we can see a maker’s mark but cannot determine what it is. The case is an unadorned black leatherette that measures 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ x 4 1/8.” Inside the upper half we see a white silk liner. A diagonal green silk ribbon holds the decoration’s ribbon in place across the upper lid. The case’s bottom half is covered in green velvet. This is quite unusual. We seldom see green used. An alternative compartment for storing the decoration’s ribbon is also present. Overall, the decoration and presentation case are in fine condition and would make an excellent addition to any collection.

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  • BAVARIA – RIBBON FOR A UNIFORM FOR 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS

    SKU: 15-611

    $50.00

    When I began the description of this item, I was unsure in which category to place it. While it is a decoration’s ribbon for, it also is a decoration’s ribbon that was specially cut for wearing in a tunic’s buttonhole. The ribbon was sewn into the tunic buttonhole to show that the man wearing it had won both the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Bavarian Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords. It could really dress up your tunic!

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  • HESSE DARMSTADT – BOUTONNIERE – TWO-PLACE RIBBON

    SKU: 29-76

    $20.00

    This is a simple two-place ribbon boutonniere. It displays the ribbons of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Hessen General Service Medal. The second ribbon is the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. The two pieces of ribbon are mounted to a fairly standard button from a Berlin firm.

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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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  • UNIDENTIFIED - RIBBON BAR - ONE-PLACE

    UNIDENTIFIED – RIBBON BAR – ONE-PLACE

    SKU: 02-258

    $10.00

    UNIDENTIFIED – RIBBON BAR – ONE-PLACE This has been identified by a helpful reader as a fifteen year long service ribbon for the now defunct East German army. Thank you to HG for his help on this. On either end is a narrow black and red band. The center displays three yellow bands and two light-blue bands.

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    POSTCARD – PRINZ AUGUST WILHELM AND FAMILY

    SKU: 45-73

    $15.00

    This postcard shows one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons, Prinz August Wilhelm. He is seen in this wartime photograph wearing an officer’s uniform. He has a ribbon for the 1914 EK 2 along with a substantial ribbon bar. His wife and young son appear with him. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG – RIBBON BAR – THREE PLACE

    SKU: 02-328

    $30.00

    This is a three-place ribbon bar. It is most likely for a man who served in a Württemberg Regiment. From left to right we see the ribbons for: *1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. *Military Service Medal 2nd Class. – Württemberg. *Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords. Overall, it is a very attractive example. A small tear appears in the Württemberg ribbon.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG – MEDAL BAR – TWO PLACE

    SKU: 02-306

    $250.00

    This is a very interesting and unusual two-place medal bar. On the left is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class on the Combatant’s ribbon. On the right is the 1914 Military War Service Cross 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. What is so interesting is that the Braunschweig Cross is on a NON COMBATANT’S ribbon. Both the decorations and the ribbons are in very fine condition. The catch is in place, but no pin appears on the reverse.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG – MEDAL BAR – TWO PLACE

    SKU: 02-385

    $195.00

    This is a most unusual two place medal bar. What makes it so interesting is the presence of TWO Non Combatant’s medals on it. From left to right, its medals are listed below. War Service Cross (Non Combatants) 2nd Class – Braunschweig. Hindenburg Cross for Non Combatants. The decorations and ribbons are quite good. Only a hint of soiling shows on the ribbons.  

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  • GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – SIX PLACE WITH MATCHING RIBBON BARS

    SKU: 02-281

    $750.00

    This is a fine pair of matching six-place medal and ribbon bars. From left to right are the following: *1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. *Crown Order Medal. This is a nifty little medal we rarely see. It is circular and measures 1″ in diameter. Mounted atop the medal is a crown. The medal’s reverse features the cypher “WR” (Wilhelm Rex). *1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class – Braunschweig. *Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. *XII-Year Long-Service Award. *Third Reich Long-Service Medal. As previously mentioned, a matching ribbon bar accompanies the medal bar. The ribbons for the Hindenburg Cross and the Third Reich Long-Service Medal sport attached devices. They make a fine pair for any collection.

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  • GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE – HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NON COMBATANTS

    SKU: 02-413

    $50.00

    After President and former Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg’s 1934 death, Germany created a three-decoration series christened the “Hindenburg Cross.” The series was authorized for all German Great War veterans, as well as their fallen comrades’ family members. Some awards were also arranged for certain of Germany’s WW I allies. Today we are offering a non combatant veteran’s one-place medal bar (i.e., for service in a support role rather than front-line combat). A Non Combatant’s Hindenburg Cross lacks the crossed swords sported by its front-line companion. Other than that the decorations are identical in appearance. The decoration is mounted on a red, black, and white ribbon. The silk ribbon is in excellent condition, although it does show a minor touch of soiling. The medal bar’s reverse is covered with a blue felt backing, with a pin and catch to secure it to a garment. It is a fine example, in top condition.

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  • GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE – KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL

    SKU: 02-388

    $55.00

    This is a one-place Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial medal bar. Along with Frederick the Great and Friedrich Wilhelm III, Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888) was a highly successful Prussian King. Prussia grew to be Germany’s dominant state while he was king (with Otto von Bismarck’s direction as his “Iron Chancellor”). Germany eventually was unified under Prussia’s direction, beating Austrian and French armies in short order. He completed his rise to power in 1871 at Versailles, where he was crowned Germany’s Emperor. His reign continued until his death in 1888. He was replaced by his son, former Kronprinz Friedrich III, who lived for only ninety-nine days before dying of throat cancer. Wilhelm I’s grandson, Wilhelm II, then ascended to the throne and ruled until the German Empire’s end in 1918. In 1897, Wilhelm II authorized this centennial medal in honor of his grandfather’s 100th birthday. The bronze decoration is mounted as a one-place medal bar. The medal displays a deep patina. Its ribbon is soiled.

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  • GERMANY – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE

    SKU: 02-338

    $65.00

    This is a one-place medal bar. It is set up for the Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal. Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized the medal in 1897 to commemorate the centennial of his grandfather Kaiser Wilhelm I’s birth. The decoration is gilt-toned and measures 1 ½” in diameter. The obverse displays a high-relief profile of Kaiser Wilhelm I. The reverse is elaborate and has further information about Germany’s first Kaiser. The decoration is set up on a yellow ribbon as a medal bar.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE – HEINRICH THE LION SERVICE ORDER 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 02-261

    $495.00

    This is a one-place medal bar for the Heinrich the Lion Service Order 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. This order is a silver cross measuring 1 ½” x 1 1/18.” The motto of Braunschweig appears on the four arms. A crowned “W” is in the center. The cross’s reverse is plain. It does bear .900 silver hallmarking, along with a crown and a half moon. It also displays hallmarking for the firm of Hermann Jürgens, the House Jeweler to Braunschweig’s royal family. It was located in the capital city of Braunschweig. The decoration was civil in nature. It appears on a red and yellow ribbon. The backing of the medal bar is red felt. A sturdy pin is present.

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  • SAXONY – MEDAL BAR – THREE PLACE

    SKU: 02-371

    $175.00

    This is a very fine medal bar that represents the Kingdom of Saxony. The three decorations are listed below from left to right: Friedrich August Cross in Bronze. This is the Saxon equivalent of the Iron Cross. Nine-Years Long-Service Award – Saxony. Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. It is a very clean, solid medal bar. The decorations are all quite pleasing. Only very minor soiling shows on the ribbons. The medal bar’s reverse is covered in black felt.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG – MEDAL BAR – FOUR PLACE

    SKU: 02-317

    $1,295.00

    This is a four-place medal bar. From left to right are the *1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. *Friedrich Order Knight’s Cross 1st Class with Swords – Württemberg. It is a fine example, with only a little scuffing on its enamel arms. This is a very high level award and is more frequently seen in the 2nd Class than the 1st Class. I actually thought this was a 2nd Class until corrected by a sharp eyed reader. *Hindenburg Cross for Combatants with Swords. *Landwehr Reserve Long Service Award – Württemberg. This is a fetching medal bar. Both the decorations and the ribbons are in fine condition.

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  • SPECIAL DRINKING SET WITH ZEPPELIN MOTIF

    SKU: 21-314 A

    $1,195.00

    Today we are offering you a very special drink group suitable for schnapps or wine. What really makes it special is that it commemorates zeppelins. First is a small barrel or cask. It measures 7″ in length and 15″ in circumference. At its bottom it measures 4″ in diameter. The barrel has four metal bands/straps that stretch around it. On its top is a knob with a cork where the beverage is poured into the barrel. The barrel’s front sports a tap for dispensing the beverage. At this point, I have been unable to dislodge the tap to make it functional. Because I do not want to break something, I have not forced it. At this point I would have to describe the barrel as unusable for its original purpose. A small metal zeppelin sits on top of the barrel near one end. It measures 3/4″ x 4 ½,” and makes the barrel all the more interesting. The barrel rests on a wooden cradle, flanked by six small wooden cups for the beverage of choice. The cups are shot glass-sized and hold between 1-2 ounces. It is a most impressive set. It would add an interesting focal point to a zeppelin display. I have not seen anything like it, and have been eyeing it for inclusion with my personal items. I have just the place on a nearby office bookcase where it will look dandy until somebody claims it.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON THE CAPTURE OF THE FRENCH FORT AT MAUBEUGE

    SKU: 36-98

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the capture of the French Fort at Maubeuge, 7 September 1914. It is a very early Vivat, covering action barely one month into the war. The ribbon is white in color. It measures 15 3/4″ x 2 1/2.” Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds benefiting their work.

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  • PRUSSIA – TUNIC – IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN – KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 2

    SKU: 15-637

    $1,595.00

    This is a very high-quality, privately-purchased enlisted man’s Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier Regiment Nr 2 tunic. The Regiment was founded in 1814 and garrisoned in Berlin. The Regiment was attached to the Gardekorps. The tunic’s classic, dunkel-blau wool is quite handsome. Eight gilt buttons run down the tunic’s center. A thin red trim line runs down the center, as well. White kragenspiegel appear on the red collar. Each red sleeve sports three white kragenspiegel that extend upward. Each kragenspiegel has a gilt button, totaling six between the two sleeves. The left breast displays two sewn-in loops that could accommodate either a two or three-place ribbon bar, if the new owner so chooses. The shoulder straps are red, embroidered in white with Kaiser Franz’s crowned royal cypher. The crowned cypher is very impressive because it is so different from any of the German monarchies’ crowns. Two smaller gilt buttons attach the shoulder straps to the tunic, each boasting a “5” for Kompagnie Nr 5. The tunic’s back is fairly standard. It features red trim at the vent, along with three gilt buttons on each side. This was a private purchase, not a depot-issued garment. It is no particular surprise. When he was assigned to a Garde-Regiment, a man took great pride in that assignment. He wanted to look extra-sharp. An older, ill-fitting tunic did not fit the image he wanted to present to the public or his fellow soldiers. This soldier opted for a cotton lining, rather than silk. It was less…

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  • GERMANY – BUST -RITTMEISTER MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 26-72

    $4,795.00

    In WW I aviation, no individual attracts more attention than Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen. He is not only the best-known of WW I Germany’s aces, but of ALL fighter pilots. He set the bar of achievement not only due to his eighty confirmed victories, but as the leader of Jasta 11, then as commander of the “Flying Circus,” JG 1. Who can say why he was and is so popular? He certainly had charisma, not only with his pilots but with the German people. He was every bit a “Rock Star” of his day. He was stopped in the streets by men and women who wanted his autograph. He wrote a best-selling autobiography while recuperating from injuries sustained the first time he was shot down (although he never truly recovered). His company was sought out by many military commanders and royals, including his Kaiser. It was all part of the magic that swirled around him. His death on 21 April 1918 did nothing to end the legend. If anything, it enhanced it. WW II’s Luftwaffe named a fighter unit after him, a practice that has continued to this day. Items pertaining to von Richthofen are extremely popular among collectors ninety years after his death. Sanke postcards can often fetch more than one hundred dollars. Any small item that relates to him can command serious money. Today we are both excited and pleased to be offering an amazing artifact connected to this famous young man. It is what I would term…

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  • GERMANY – TUNIC – UNTEROFFIZIER – MINENWERFER DETACHMENT

    SKU: 15-474

    $995.00

    This is a wonderful prewar quality dunkel-blau tunic from a Minenwerfer detachment. Many of you are asking, “What in the world is a Minenwerfer?” Minenwerfers were wheeled artillerie pieces that fell partway between conventional cannons and mortars. They were intended for use in close support of Infanterie. They were mounted on gun carriages, but typically had shorter barrels than traditional cannons as they were not intended for long-range use. They did not require the greater range because they were kept much closer to the Infanterie than other forms of artillerie. Minenwerfers came in three calibers: 7.58CM, 17CM, and 25CM. They also had rifled barrels. They were used in fairly large numbers during WW I. [I do not know if the Allies had a similar weapon, but this does provide quite an intriguing story]! The tunic’s body is dark-blue (dunkel blau). A single row of eight silver buttons runs down its center. The second buttonhole from the top sports a ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Red piping extends from the collar down to the tunic’s center. The tunic’s collar is black (for Artillerie), edged with silver bullion tape. The sleeves display the same arrangement of black material with silver bullion tape of an Unteroffizier. Two silver buttons adorn each sleeve. The shoulder straps are red with a yellow “MW” on them. The tunic’s interior, along with the plain buttons on the shoulder straps, confirms that it is a high-quality, privately-purchased tunic. The tunic’s interior is lined in gray…

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  • CHINA – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE – BOXER REBELLION – 1900-1901

    SKU: 02-376

    $350.00

    This is the Combatant version of the medal which is gold. There was also a silver medal for Non Combatants. Both used the same black, white, red, and yellow ribbon. The obverse shows a German Eagle battling the Chinese Dragon. On the reverse we see Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. There is also mention of the struggle of the conflict and the dates 1900-1901. The medal is mounted with the correct ribbon. On the reverse of the mount we see a red felt backing and the attaching pin is in place. All exhibit what I call honest age….  

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  • HAMBURG - RIBBON - SOLO BOW-TIE RIBBON POSSIBLY FOR HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS

    HAMBURG – RIBBON – SOLO BOW-TIE RIBBON POSSIBLY FOR HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 02-389

    $15.00

    HAMBURG – RIBBON – SOLO BOW-TIE RIBBON POSSIBLY FOR HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS This red and white bow’s colors are similar to the Free State of Hamburg’s Hanseatic Cross. If our readers have other ideas about its purpose, we are certainly open to them.

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  • PRUSSIA – TUNIC – NCO – GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-735

    $795.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – NCO – GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT. This is an NCO’s Garde-Füsilier-Regiment tunic. [The latter was a very elite Prussian Infanterie Regiment that was founded in 1826 and garrisoned in Berlin. As with all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde-Korps]. The prewar, dark-blue tunic features a thin line of red piping that serves as trim down its center. The eight gold-toned buttons that secure the uniform’s closure also run down its center. The tunic’s collar sports a red felt base outlined across its top by a length of gold-and-silver-patterned bullion tape. Two white, cotton, collar-litzen ribbons (each accented by a red line of thread in its center) are placed below the gold bullion tape on either collar side. A small, gold-toned button secures each of the tunic’s two yellow shoulder straps to its shoulders. The straps do NOT display any regimental designation, a clear indication that it the tunic as hailing from the Garde-Füsilier-Regiment. The lack of Kompagnie numbers on the shoulder straps’ buttons is our first clue that it is a privately-purchased tunic. [This is not surprising when one combines the regiment’s elite reputation with its owner’s status as an NCO]. The tunic’s red felt cuffs are edged with the same gold-and-silver bullion tape as the tunic’s collar. The collar’s two white collar-litzen are also echoed on the cuffs, although these ribbons are shorter, wider, and appear in a position that is perpendicular to the bullion tape. Each of the latter boasts a gold-toned button at the point…

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - MEDAL - WAR SERVICE - 2ND CLASS

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – WAR SERVICE CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS

    SKU: 05-1719 XFQ

    $145.00

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

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    SKU: 15-731

    $995.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß. We were quite pleased to recently acquire this tunic. It is not often that we can offer you a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) tunic, particularly one from a Garde-Regiment. Yet that is exactly what we are offering today! You will remember that the OYV program required its participants to pay for their meals, their housing, and ALL of their personal gear (including uniforms and headdresses), in return for an enlistment period of only one year rather than the normal two. The OYV’s were not able to draw from army depots for any of their personal gear. Part of what makes OYV tunics and headdresses so popular is the fact that they generally are officer-level quality. Additionally, only a limited number of men were allowed to enter the program. Being able to assume personal responsibility for their military expenses meant they generally came from middle/upper class families that could afford the extra costs. In many cases, these families could exert enough influence to get their sons into the better regiments like the 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These young men often purchased their personal gear at the same stores as their officers. The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß Regiment was formed in 1860 during the reign of König/Kaiser Wilhelm I. It was garrisoned in Berlin and, like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the GardeKorps. The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß tunic is of the prewar dunkel-blau variety, a high-quality, dark-blue wool. Eight brass-toned buttons run…

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

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION.

    SKU: 09-1046

    $25.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2ND CLASS – RIBBON – NEW/OLD STOCK 6″ SECTION. We have acquired a small hoard of N/OS 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. We can offer you a 6″ section for $25.00. We suggest that you contact us and not use our shopping cart so that we can give you reduced shipping. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF OTHER REPLACEMENT RIBBONS, CONTACT US.  WE MAY HAVE WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR.

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  • MEDAL BAR - ONE-PLACE - BAVARIA - KING LUDWIG III MEDAL

    BAVARIA – MEDAL BAR – ONE-PLACE – KING LUDWIG III MEDAL

    SKU: 02-442

    $50.00

    The King Ludwig III Medal was a civil decoration that was founded on 7. 1. 1916. It was intended for those who aided the war effort on the home front. It consists of a cross made of blackened, non magnetic metal containing an oval-shaped center that features a high-profile image of Bavaria’s King Ludwig III. Its reverse features the Bavarian flag’s checkerboard design beneath the date the decoration was established. The light-blue and white ribbon is in very fine condition, as is the cross. The reverse reveals a hook whereby the jump ring is attached to the ribbon. It also has a pin for mounting it on a garment.

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  • PRUSSIA – ÜBERROCK – OBERST – -REGIMENT von KATZLER (SCHLESISCHES) Nr 2

    SKU: 15-570

    $1,495.00

    This is a commanding Oberst’s überrock from the Ulanen-Regiment von Katzler (Schlesisches) Nr 2.. This Regiment was founded in 1745. It was garrisoned in Gleiwitz-Piess and assigned to the VI ArmeeKorps. An überrock was the army tunic’s long, frock coat version. Like a standard prewar tunic, it is dark-blue. It has a double row (six to each side) of gilt-toned buttons. Stitched into the second buttonhole is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. Another ribbon is present, which on first sight appears to be from Braunschweig. It displays, however, an unusual black and white trim on either side that I cannot identify. The collar is all red. A thin red trim line runs centrally from the collar to just below the tunic’s final button. Red trim is also visible at the cuffs. Its shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. Each sports the regimental designation “2,” along with an Oberst’s twin gilt pips. The left breast displays two pairs of sewn-in loops. One is quite large. It appears to be for a larger decoration, or possibly even a breast star. The second pair is very close and could have held an Iron Cross 1st Class. The tunic’s reverse has a total of four gilt buttons in the vent area. The tunic’s interior is equally clean, boasting a black, traditional silk liner. It is a high-quality tunic at a very fair price.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – VÖLKERSCHLACHTDENKMAL

    SKU: 36-71

    $40.00

    The Völkerschlachtdenkmal is (and has been) one of the most important war memorials in Germany. It is located in Leipzig, which is one of the most important cities in Saxony, along with Dresden (the capital city). Leipzig was deep in East German territory until the early 1990’s, when East and West Germany were reunified. I have seen this memorial in Leipzig, and I can tell you that it is truly beautiful. It has a reflecting pool leading up to it, similar to the reflecting pool for Washington’s Monument in the US capital. The Völkerschlachtdenkmal was dedicated in 1913 to commemorate Germany’s participation 100 years previously in the Napoleonic Wars. This is a very small-sized Vivat Ribbon. It is much smaller than the full-sized Vivat Ribbons that we see from WW I. It measures 9 ½” x 2.” It is white in color, and shows the monument. The condition of this example is about average, with some unraveling at the top and bottom of the ribbon.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – 1916 NEW YEAR

    SKU: 36-96

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the 1916 New Year. The ribbon is white in color. It measures 15 1/2″ x 2 1/2.” Vivats were authorized under the auspices of the German Red Cross, with part of the proceeds benefitting their work.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – NEUN MILLIARDEN KRIEGSANLEIHE 1915

    SKU: 36-67

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Neun Milliarden Kriegsanleihe (Nine-Billion War Bond) of 1915. It features a large Hohenzollern Crown. The Vivat Ribbon measures 16″ x 2 1/2.” It is creme in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF TANGA – GERMAN EAST AFRICA

    SKU: 36-41

    $60.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating action at the German colony of Tanga on 3-5 November 1914. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 1/4″ x 2 ½.” It is purple in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF DÜNA

    SKU: 36-49

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon commemorating the Battle of Düna. The Vivat Ribbon measures 15 3/4″ x 2 1/2.” It is pink in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – JOINT COOPERATION BETWEEN GERMANY, HUNGARY, AND TURKEY

    SKU: 36-35

    $55.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the cooperation between Germany, Hungary, and Turkey in 1915. Three swords are joined. Each of them has the crown of the respective country. This Vivat Ribbon measures 15 ½” x 2 ½.” It is light-brown in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.

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  • VIVAT RIBBON – BATTLE OF MASUREN

    SKU: 36-33

    $50.00

    This is a Vivat Ribbon that commemorates the Battle of Mausern 8-17 February 1915. This Vivat Ribbon measures 15 3/4″ x 2 ½.” It is pink in color. Vivats generally were offered under the auspices of the German Red Cross.

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