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    ALUMINUM PATRIOTIC BOWL

    SKU: 10-267

    $100.00

    This aluminum bowl is actually quite large and measures 11 ½” x 7″. At the bottom of the bowl is a highly detailed and large crown (3″ x 3″) which lies within a wreath of laurel or oak leaves. The crown is stamped into the bowl and is in high relief. Below the crown is a smaller stamped crown with the number “980.” Let me warn you that this does not stand for silver content as there is no way that this bowl is made of silver but is rather made of aluminum as previously stated. A nice bowl and something useful that could be used around the house. Quite reasonably priced.

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  • ASSORTED DOCUMENTS – MILITÄRPAß – ACTING OFFICER OTTO GRUNEBERG

    SKU: 10-643

    $195.00

    This is a mini grouping of documents to a single man spanning a period of more than thirty years. The man to whom these documents belong is Otto Gruneberg. Gruneberg was born in 1879. He served in Württemberg Nachrichten Bataillon Nr 13. During WW I, he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 22 March 1915. He achieved the rank of Acting Officer (Offz. Stellv.) Assorted personal documents are contained in this mini grouping, including several letters, receipts for items, a membership card for the Reichskolonialbund from 1937, and a document dated 1906 that shows him as a member of the postal service. The latter was his profession before WW I. All of these documents, including his militärpaß, are housed in a folio that once housed postcards. The folio sports a large Hohenzollern Eagle on its reverse. This gives us a good glimpse into the life of an Imperial German Army soldier.

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  • BAVARIA – MILITÄRPAß – LUFTSCHIFFER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 21-249

    $250.00

    This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier from a Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The man’s name was Fischer. He was born in 1898. He joined the army in 1917 and was initially assigned to a Bavarian Luftschiffer Ersatz Abteilung. The militärpaß has a flip down page where you can see his complete service for nearly two years of WW I. In addition to numerous unit stamps from his initial unit, a stamp for his assignment to Feldluftschiffer-Abteilung Nr 1 is also present. A unit stamp for a Prussian Luftschiffer-Abteilung also appears, which I find particularly interesting. The militärpaß comes in a protective jacket. It has a wealth of material to research and dig into.

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  • CIVIL INTERNAL PASSPORT

    SKU: 10-698

    $40.00

    This is an internal passport for a German citizen that served as identification papers. This is for a person by the name of Morgenstern. It was issued in 1908 and is quite interesting

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  • CIVILIAN IDENTIFICATION PAPERS

    SKU: 10-569

    $20.00

    This is a civilian set of identification papers that were issued by the government of Württemberg to a woman named Linhuber. She was the dependant of a man who served aboard the S. M. S. Prinz Luitpold. This was issued in 1914 for a period of twelve years. Perhaps it granted her specific benefits since she was the dependant of a service man. It is in excellent condition.

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  • DOUBLE MILITÄRPAß AND SOLDBUCH – ARMIERUNGS-BATAILLON Nr 79

    SKU: 10-636

    $75.00

    This is a double militärpaß (i.e., a militärpaß that has been completely filled out, then replaced by a later militärpaß) along with a Soldbuch to a soldier named Dose, who was born 1889. He served in the 4th Kompagnie of Armierungs Bataillon Nr 79. While I see many entries for 1915, 1916, and 1917, I do not see later entries.

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  • ENLISTED MAN MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 42 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-728

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß for a Wilhelm Meyer, who served in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 42. He was born in 1879. He first entered the army in this regiment during 1898. Later additions to his militärpaß in the years before WW I show he was enrolled in other reserve units. He served throughout WW I. He mustered out of the army in 1919 as a forty-year-old. Along with his Militärpaß’s many attachments, we also see a “good performance” certificate in 1900, when he had completed his two years of mandatory service.

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  • FRAMED STUDIO POSE OF A PRE WAR GERMAN SOLDIER

    SKU: 10-386

    $75.00

    A very nice pre-WW I studio photo of a young soldier dressed in uniform with sword and portopee. Seated beside him is an older man who could well be his father. The studio background is complete with castle! Has a period frame complete with hanger ready to go up on your wall.

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  • GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE

    SKU: 10-834

    $125.00

    This is a German 75mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase. The German “77″ was officially known as the “7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art.” (New Kind of 7.7 cm Field Cannon 96). It has been converted to a trench art vase. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies. When they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles, they took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The 77mm Field Cannon was the German mobile artillery’s mainstay during the entire war. The field piece was hitched to a caisson and rapidly drawn by horses to new locations. Each gun’s crew consisted of five men. The cannon was capable of firing ten rounds each minute. The shell casing is made of brass. It stands 9″ tall and measures 3″ in diameter at the base. Its bottom sports numerous munitions works’ marks. It also indicates that the original shell was manufactured in 1916. Engraved on the casing’s front is “Luise 1918.” It is a very good example of a trench art vase. It will look first-rate on any flat surface, or perhaps as some sort…

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  • GERMAN 77mm ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART VASE COMMEMORATING 1917 BATTLE OF CHAMPAGNE

    SKU: 10-835

    $140.00

    This is a German 75mm artillery piece shell casing that has been converted to a trench art vase. The German “7.7 cm Feldkanone 96 neuer Art.” (New Kind of 7.7 cm Field Cannon 96). Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The 77mm Field Cannon was the German mobile artillery’s mainstay during the entire war. The field piece was hitched to a caisson and rapidly drawn by horses to new locations. Each gun’s crew consisted of five men. The cannon was capable of firing ten rounds each minute. Its shell casing is made of brass. It stands 8″ tall and measures 3″ in diameter at the base. Its bottom sports numerous munitions works’ marks. “Champagne” is engraved on the casing and extends around most of the front, sides, and back. This represents the THIRD Battle of Champagne, which took place from 17-20 April 1917. The IV. Armee, consisting of the VIII. , XVII., and XII. Armeekorps, was the primary German force facing the French. A shield displaying the initials of the soldier…

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – EYE DEEP IN HELL: TRENCH WARFARE IN WORLD WAR 1 by JOHN ELLIS

    SKU: 10-711

    $15.00

    10-711 EYE DEEP IN HELL: TRENCH WARFARE IN WORLD WAR 1 by JOHN ELLIS. This book deals with the hell of trench warfare. It shows in great detail the daily life of soldiers in the trenches, on both sides. The book is a soft cover edition. It is well illustrated.

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  • GERMANY – BOOK BAG OR BRIEF CASE – ZEPPELIN – EMBROIDERED

    SKU: 21-340 XJB

    $250.00

    I have never seen an item like it. I would describe it as a youngster’s school bag or possibly a brief case.  The bag’s front flips up to allow access to its interior, and sports an embroidered scene. The scene shows a zeppelin flying over a town. It is quite clever….

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  • GERMANY - CURRENCY - FIVE MARK DEUTSCHES REICH COIN COMMEMORATING THE WORLD TOUR OF THE ZEPPELIN GRAF ZEPPELIN

    GERMANY – CURRENCY – FIVE MARK DEUTSCHES REICH COIN COMMEMORATING THE WORLD TOUR OF THE ZEPPELIN GRAF ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 10-908

    $95.00

    This is a five mark silver coin which was authorized by the Deutsches Reich which commemorates the epic world tour of the Zeppelin Graf Zeppelin in 1929, with the coin issued in 1930. …  

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  • GERMANY – MILITÄRPAß – August Eisenberg – AVIATION

    SKU: 14-66

    $225.00

    An attractively conditioned militärpaß to a soldier who was assigned to Kampfgeschwader 7 O.H.L. Staffel 38. August Eisenberg was born in 1896, and he entered the army in May 1916….

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  • GERMANY - POCKET WATCH  - FEATURING GERMANY’S LEADING U-BOOT COMMANDER  - LOTHAR VON ARNAULD de le PERIÈRE

    GERMANY – POCKET WATCH  – FEATURING GERMANY’S LEADING U-BOOT COMMANDER  – LOTHAR VON ARNAULD de le PERIÈRE

    SKU: 10-910

    $1,495.00

    This is an amazing pocket watch that features the likeness of Lothar von Arnauld de le Perière (1886-1941). He was the leading German U-Boot commander of WW I. The ships under his command sank an astonishing 194 ships with a total gross tonnage of 454,00….  

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  • GERMANY – STORAGE BOX – IDENTIFIED – CHRISTIAN BOVE – LEATHER AND BRASS

    SKU: 03-108

    $275.00

    This is a handsome, Art Deco style, brown-leather box with brass corners and a hinged brass handle on top. The pebbled leather exterior may actually be Moroccan leather, as the leather on the box’s interior has more of a reddish tint. The handle is inscribed with its owner’s name, “Christ.n (abbreviated for Christian) Bove,” in black German Fraktur script……

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  • This is an irregular piece of steel that comes from either a driving band of an artillery shell or a hand grenade. There is a paper tag attached which has a description in German in ink which tells of this item.

    GERMANY – TRENCH – PIECE OF DRIVING BAND FROM AN ARTILLERY SHELL OR HAND GRENADE

    SKU: 10-827

    $25.00

    This is an irregular piece of steel that comes from either a driving band of an artillery shell or a hand grenade. There is a paper tag attached which has a description in German in ink which tells of this item…..

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  • GERMANY – WICKER TRANSPORT BASKET FOR A 15CM ARTILLERY SHELL

    SKU: 10-911 A

    $195.00

    This is a first time item from Der Rittmeister Militaria, AND WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU. It is a wicker transport case for a 15cm artillery shell during WW I!…  

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  • GREAT BRITAIN – WALKING STICK – 17TH LANCERS

    SKU: 10-873 XRV

    $2,295.00

    I am sure you are wondering why in the world we are offering an item attributed to a British cavalry regiment, but read on]! The regiment is best-known as one of the regiments attached to a cavalry brigade during the Crimean War. [Are you starting to tingle yet]? Yes, it was one of the regiments that formed the Light Brigade involved in the famous incident recounted in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1854 narrative poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” It took place during the Crimean War (1853-1856), which pitted England, France, Sardinia, and Turkey against Russia. This costly war saw the loss of at least 750,000 lives. The Light Brigade’s charge took place on 25 October 1854. The Brigade consisted of 670 officers and men from the 4th and 13th Light Dragoons, the 8th and 11th Hussars, and the 17th Lancers, five very small and under-strength regiments. Through miscommunication, they were ordered to attack Russian positions consisting of some twenty infantry battalions and a large number of cannons. The charge took the Light Brigade through a valley wherein they were surrounded by Russian troops on three sides. The result of the charge was disastrous. Out of the 670 men, 110 were killed and 161 were wounded. The horses fared even worse, with some 350 killed during, or destroyed after, the battle. This was the 17th Lancers’ greatest claim to fame. The regiment was originally founded in 1759, and was known as the Duke of Cambridge’s Own or the 18th Regiment…

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  • HAND PAINTED SET – SOLDIERS – NAPOLEONIC WARS

    SKU: 23-300

    $225.00

    Over the years we have strived to bring you the common and uncommon. Today, we think we have something that is certainly the latter! We are offering a set of hand painted miniature soldiers. These were most likely produced during the period from 1890 through 1910. They depict the pride and the glory of the German Army during the Napoleonic Wars. I believe each soldier is made of lead, which was common during the period. They have been hand painted in great detail. The average soldier stands about 2″ tall. We will list below what this particular group encompasses. We actually have a large number of them. We will be happy to sell multiple groups at a discount. I have arranged them into groups that are slightly different. When possible, I have built them around the regimental colors. Below is what is included in a group: *One (1) mounted officer. *One (1) dismounted officer. *One (1) mounted walking officer. *One drummer wearing a mitre. *One soldier who has been shot and is in the process of falling to the ground. His mitre is already falling from his head. *Eight (8) infantry soldiers carrying muskets and wearing mitres. This wonderful mini grouping has a total of THIRTEEN men. It gives you a sense of what soldiers from two-hundred-years ago looked like. These were most likely owned by a young boy or even a collector like you!

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  • HIGH QUALITY LETTER OPENER – HOLSTENTOR – LÜBECK

    SKU: 24-173

    $150.00

    This is an extremely high-caliber, silver letter opener, featuring a representation of the Holstentor in Lübeck. The letter opener measures 9 3/4″ in length. It is hallmarked for .835 silver (along with the crown and moon) and the manufacturer, whose mark I do not recognize.

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  • HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 LEATHER CHANGE PURSE – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 10-767

    $550.00

    HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 LEATHER CHANGE PURSE – BRAUNSCHWEIG. This is a personal item from the Duchy of Braunschweig’s legendary Husaren-Regiment Nr 17. It is a brown leather change purse that measures 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ when closed. When the flap is opened, it measures 4 3/4″ x 3 3/4.” The flap sports brass numbers “1” and “7.” Between them is the Braunschweig-style Totenkopf (Death’s head). The change purse’s reverse displays a silver-toned device which depicts a feather wreath. The snap closure works perfectly. The leather is supple. The purse is in very fine condition.

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  • IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 10-898

    $30.00

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II This is a coin impression card from the Imperial period. Two small embossed roundels appear in the card top’s left and right corners. The embossed roundel on the left displays two men operating a press, while the embossed roundel on the right features Germany’s Postal Service post horn within a laurel leaf wreath. A printed legend between the two roundels reads “Neue Gedenktaler auf Kaiser Wilhelm II (New Memorial Coin of Kaiser Wilhelm II).” Immediately below this legend is the information “Silber (Silver) 990/1000, 18 gr. (Grams) Schwer (Heavy) das Stück M. 4.50 ([for] the Piece 4.5 Marks).” The Imperial Period impression card features the embossed fronts of two silver 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II coins below the printed information above. Both coins share the same embossed back, which is displayed below and in the middle of the two fronts. Both coin fronts feature different versions of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s profile. The coin on the left has the designation number “4419″ beneath it, while the one on the right is designated number “4420.” The coins’ back impression displays three swords planted in the ground in front of what may be a monument. The date 1914 appears on either side of the monument, while the rest of the embossed coin back features a quote from Kaiser Wilhelm II. Both coins’ designation numbers appear below the back’s embossed impression. Coin collectors’ cards like this are not something we come across often. It…

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  • IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD - KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF

    SKU: 10-897

    $30.00

    IMPERIAL GERMAN 4.5 MARK COIN IMPRESSION CARD – KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISER FRANZ JOSEF This is an Imperial Period coin impression card. Two small embossed roundels appear in the card top’s left and right corners. The embossed roundel on the left displays two men operating a press, while the embossed roundel on the right features Germany’s Postal Service post horn within a laurel leaf wreath. A printed legend between the two roundels reads “Gedenktaler auf die Bundesbrüderschaft” (Memorial Coin for the Federal Brotherhood). The Imperial Period impression card’s center features an embossed front and back of the silver 1914 Kaiser Wilhelm II/Kaiser Franz Josef coin, which the coin’s designation number, “4436,” between them. The coin’s front impression displays Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II’s and Austro-Hungary’s Kaiser Franz Josef’s profiles. The coin’s back impression features shields displaying both Germany’s and Austria Coats-of-Arms. The phrase “Einigkeit Macht Stark” (Unity is Strength) appears above the shields, while the date, August 1914, appears below them. The legend “Silber (Silver) 990/1000, 18 gr. (Grams) Schwer (Heavy) das Stück M. 4.50 ([for] the Piece 4.5 Marks)” appears at the bottom of the card. Coin collectors’ cards like this are not something we come across often. It would make a good addition to any collection.

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  • IMPERIAL GERMANY - CUFF LINKS - FASHIONED FROM IMPERIAL GERMAN COINS

    IMPERIAL GERMANY – CUFF LINKS – FASHIONED FROM IMPERIAL GERMAN COINS

    SKU: 17-681

    $125.00

    There was a time when a Gentlemen had to use cuff links when he wore a dress shirt. This was before the more common use of buttons on shirts as we have today……

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  • IMPERIAL GERMANY – CURRENCY  – ASSORTED

    SKU: 10-907

    $25.00

    Please note below an assortment of currency. There are a total of three Imperial German bank notes. All are very well used:….  

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  • INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 78 SOLDBUCH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-829

    $25.00

    This is a soldbuch from Infanterie-Regiment Herzog Friedrich von Braunschweig (Ostfriesches) Nr 78. The soldier’s name was “Rabenberg.” Several of its pages are loose. We can see the regiment’s unit stamp and basic information about its owner. I see NO indication of service during WW I.

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  • LETTER OPENER -HIGH QUALITY  – HOLSTENTOR – LÜBECK

    SKU: 10-678

    $150.00

    LETTER OPENER -HIGH QUALITY  – HOLSTENTOR – LÜBECK. This is an extremely high-caliber, silver letter opener, featuring a representation of the Holstentor in Lübeck. The letter opener measures 9 3/4″ in length. It is hallmarked for .835 silver (along with the crown and moon) and the manufacturer, whose mark I do not recognize.

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  • LIEDERBUCH FOR JÄGER BATAILLON Nr 3

    SKU: 10-866

    $95.00

    This is a liederbuch (songbook) for Jäger-Bataillon Nr 3. Jäger-Bataillons had the best marksmen in the entire German Army. [During the Napoleonic Wars, it was their role to advance as skirmishers, engaging the enemy’s skirmishers and endeavoring to pick off enemy Infanterie and Kavallerie Regiment officers]. This particular songbook is from Brandenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 3, which was founded in 1815. It was garrisoned in Lübben and assigned to the III. Armeekorps. It also participated in 1815’s Battle of Waterloo. The small booklet measures ¼” x 4″ x 5 ½.” It has a full-color cover that displays a red enlisted man’s Bataillon shoulder strap. It is filled with many patriotic songs, including one specially created for Jägers.

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  • MILITÄRPAß – 1870’S GERMAN ARMY – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 11

    SKU: 10-670

    $70.00

    This is a militärpaß for a man born in 1854. The man served in the German Army during the 1870’s, after the Franco-Prussian War. He initially served in Ulanen-Regiment Nr 11, then later served in several Landwehr (Reserve) units until 1889, when he ended his career. This is an interesting militärpaß. The front cover is nearly detached from the book, but remains with it.

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    MILITÄRPAß – FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 39 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-747

    $40.00

    This is a duplicate militärpaß from Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr 39. The man’s name was Johann Heinrich Hüsges. He was born in 1883 and joined his regiment in 1903. He mustered out of the regiment in 1906. On the page with that information we see a regimental unit stamp. We see that he was recalled to the army in 1914. He served through much of early-to-mid WW I.

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  • MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 16 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 10-768

    $75.00

    This is a fine militärpaß for a man named Franz Hasinger, who entered the Bavarian Army. He was born in 1867. In 1885 he entered the army and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 16. The booklet has numerous unit stamps and entries through 1895. It is always quite interesting to find a 19th Century militärpaß.

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  • MILITÄRPAß – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 167

    SKU: 10-677

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß from 1. Ober-Elsässisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 167. The regiment was formed in 1897. It was garrisoned at Bitsch, where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps. As best as I can tell, the man’s name is Schlitzberger. He was born in 1883. He mustered into the regiment in 1907, and served in Kompagnie Nr 8. He saw service in a number of units during WW I. Many unit stamps appear throughout the militärpaß.

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  • MILITÄRPAß – SOLDBUCH – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 95 – WW I

    SKU: 10-772

    $95.00

    This is a combination of a militärpaß and soldbuch from 6. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 95. (The regiment consisted of men from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Saxe-Meinigen). The man was born in 1897 and entered the Army in 1916. He initially served in the regiment’s II. Ersatz-Bataillon, a Bataillon of replacements for men who had been killed or wounded in battle. Later he transferred into Grenadier-Regiment Nr 11’s Minenwerfer-Kompagnie. He survived the war and mustered out of the army in 1919. His soldbuch is included. His soldbuch lists numerous entries for hospital stays. They are an interesting pair of documents that allow opportunities for additional research.

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  • MILITÄRPAß FOR A MAN IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 49 PRUSSIA

    SKU: 10-642

    $40.00

    This is a militärpaß for a man named Fischer. He was born in 1863. He joined the army in 1886, and was assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr 49. He also saw service in Grenadier-Regiment Nr 8. I see service notes through 1890.

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  • MILITÄRPAß TO A MAN SERVING IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 65

    SKU: 10-618

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß to a man by the name of Baldauf, who was born in March 1876 in Bavaria. He first entered the army in October 1898. He was assigned to 5. Rheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 65, where he was assigned to Kompagnie Nr 3. He finished his two years of mandatory service in 1910. He served in a number of units all through WW I. He was mustered out of the army after the war’s end in 1918.

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  • MILITÄRPAß TO A SOLDIER SERVING IN FÜSILIER-REGIMENT Nr 39

    SKU: 10-568

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß for a soldier serving in Niederrheinisches Füsilier-Regiment Nr 39. The regiment was raised in 1818 after the Napoleonic Wars and garrisoned at Düsseldorf. The soldier was named Johan Heinrich Hüsges. He was born in 1883. He performed his military service from 1903-1906. He was called back to the army during WW I. This contains many interesting entries.

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  • MILITÄRPAß TO A SOLDIER SERVING IN INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 145

    SKU: 10-567

    $50.00

    This is a militärpaß for an enlisted soldier who served in Königs-Infanterie-Regiment (6. Lothringisches) Nr 145. This soldier, Georg Oppel, was born in 1875. Thus, in August 1916, he was forty-one years old. He was mustered in at the recruit depot and assigned to I. Ersatz-Bataillon. He was later assigned to another infantry regiment and saw limited action in the war.

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  • MINI GROUP – MILITÄRPAß – DOCUMENT – PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 10-781

    $150.00

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

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  • MINIATURE PICKELHAUBE PRUSSIAN ARTILLERY OFFICER

    SKU: 10-353

    $225.00

    This is a very interesting miniature Pickelhaube for a Prussian Artillery Officer. It features the Prussian head plate, round ball indicating an Artillery Regiment. It also has the chinscales of an Officer. What is really interesting about this piece is that it is painted glass and the colors black, gold, and silver. I can’t tell if the front visor was ever painted or not but clear glass is present there. The bulk of the rear visor is painted. The detail to this piece is of average not exceptional quality but it sure would make a neat desk piece! It is 2 ½” high, 2 3/4″ in length, and 2″ wide.

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  • PATRIOTIC BAG – SALUTES FLAG

    SKU: 12-630

    $75.00

    This is a patriotic bag that measures 7” x 3 1/4.” It is made of a type of crepe paper. The bag is black, white, and red. It features an embossed gold Hohenzollern Crown. Below that, also in gold, is the impassioned legend, “Dir Wollen wir treu ergebensein! Der Fahne schwarz, weiss, rot. [To thee we wish to be faithfully devoted! The Flag (colors) black, white, red].” A golden drawstring is at the bag’s top. It is in excellent condition.

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    PEN KNIFE MADE FROM A DEACTIVATED BULLET

    SKU: 10-509

    $95.00

    This is one of the most unusual items of “Trench Art” I have found. It is a bullet, complete with shell casing and lead round. First, the bullet has been activated. Second, the lead portion of the bullet has been highly modified. The side of the copper shell casing has also been modified. A notch has been cut in and a lever has been installed in the shell casing. A small blade similar to that of a pocket knife also has been installed in the casing. When the lever is moved from the locked to the unlocked position in the shell casing, the blade pops up out of the bullet, producing a perfectly serviceable pen knife. The first time you activate the slide, it startles you. It is almost like using a switch blade!

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  • PENCIL SHARPENER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL OR ACTUAL CANNON SHRAPNEL

    SKU: 10-858

    $35.00

    I have never come across anything quite like this. It is a small artillery shell section or shrapnel from an actual cannon that has had a blade inserted into it. A wooden pencil can be inserted in one end and turned in order to be sharpened. It is an intriguing little desk piece that stands 1″ tall and measures ½” in diameter at the top and bottom.

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  • PERSONAL POST WORLD WAR I AUSWEIS

    SKU: 10-826

    $10.00

    When used in a civilian setting, an ausweis was an identification card. This example was issued not long after WW I. The ausweis measures 6 1/8″ x 4.” It is folded so that it has four pages. The front has the basic information on the identified person: his date of birth, address, etc. As you open the ausweis, the left side features the man’s photograph and signature. The page directly across has a local police department official’s signature (the police department issued the ausweis). It is dated 29 Juli 1922. Circular local police department stamp imprints appear across these two pages (similar to a Militärpaß’s regimental stamp imprints). The back page is nothing more than information about the police department that issued the ausweis. It is an interesting item for all you “paper” collectors.

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    PHOTO ALBUM TO A MEMBER OF THE 1st KOMPAGNIE OF THE GARDE-SCHÜTZEN-Bataillon

    SKU: 10-271

    $395.00

    This is a marvelous oversized album to a man ( who served in the Garde-Schützen Bataillon from 1905-1907. The quality of pre WW I albums like these far exceed war time examples. The cover of the album which measures 14 ½” x 11 ½” is very decorative and ornate. It has a Royal Cypher, a colored regimental standard, and ” I. Comp. 1905-1907. Inside the album on the title page is the name of the man, Heinrich Warch) and the basic information on his service. This album was professionally produced and a photograph of him. Inside the album are professional taken photographs of the Officers and Men of the Company. There are a total of twenty three high quality photos (these were not taken by an amateur photographer with a Brownie) within the album but most are of a larger format and are on a page of their own. These larger photos measure 6″ x 8″ and each are matted on the page to properly frame them. There are several photographs of the men in training and at ease together. The photographs of the Officers are particularly interesting as they represent tremendous uniform studies of what was worn in a Garde-Schützen organization. This unit was a very elite Bataillon that was sponsored by the Hohenzollern household and it was a tremendous honor to serve in it. Included with the album is a document which has the unit rubber stamp on it. It is signed by a Hauptmann who was the…

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  • POCKET WATCH WITH PATRIOTIC WATCH CHAIN – PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 10-621

    $450.00

    POCKET WATCH WITH PATRIOTIC WATCH CHAIN – PRESENTATION CASE. This is an ornate presentation of a pocket watch from the Great War Era. The watch has a twenty-four-hour face with a second hand. The case is silver-toned. The watch measures 2″ in diameter. The watch operates only sporadically, for a few seconds at a time. Perhaps a watchmaker could do something to return the watch to a fully functional basis. Attached to the watch is an interesting, patriotic, watch chain. Interspersed with the regular links of the chain are three other special links. Two are for the 1916 “Gold for Iron” program, while the other mentions “The Iron Time.” The watch and chain are housed in a deluxe presentation case made of black leatherette. It measures 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2.” Inside the case is a special area where the watch is housed. The chain is laid in a special compartment right above it.

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  • PRUSSIA – CASED DISPLAY – JÄGER zu PFERDE TIN SOLDIERS

    SKU: 10-749

    $695.00

    Tin soldiers were very popular among Imperial German Period children. Today we are offering an amazing group of tin soldiers from the 1890 to 1914 period. They come in a special glass case in which they are handsomely displayed. The soldiers are from the Regiment Königsjäger zu Pferde Nr 1. (Their name is displayed at the case’s front on a small plaque, which measures 1″ x 2 3/4.”) This was the first of the Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments created in 1901. The regiment carries the “Wilhelm Rex” cypher on their shoulder boards and straps. A total of thirteen Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments was created between 1901 and 1913. It is interesting to note that these cavalry regiments wore metal helmets with long back visors, which were also worn by the Küraßier-Regiments, including the ultra-elite Regiment der Garde du Corps and the Garde-Reiter-Regiment. The case itself measures 16 1/4″ x 4″ x 5 1/2.” Three sides of the case are covered in red leatherette. The case’s front and top are glass. The front slides up and out of the case, if you need to reposition the soldiers slightly after they are shipped to you. [We will carefully pack it with extra bubble wrap around the soldiers. They are glued down, but we had to reposition them a bit after they arrived from Germany. We only caution, be gentle as you do so, as they are old. Too much pressure may make their glue soften]. ALL the soldiers in the display are mounted, as…

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  • PRUSSIA – PAY BOOK – ABRECHNUNGS-BUCH

    SKU: 12-336

    $125.00

    You will have to be a person who enjoys military documents such as Militärpäße and Soldbücher to appreciate this, OR somebody who would like a really old document. What we have is an abrechnungs-buch, which is a pay book. This is for a man by the name of Hermann Feshe, who served in an artillery brigade in the Prussian Army. You ask how early this book is? How about 1829-1831!?! I have spent a half hour pouring through this book. I really find it interesting seeing how later German military documents incorporated this information into those documents. The ink entries are clear. It is amazing to hold in one’s hand a document that is more than 170 years old, and which was created barely a decade after the great Napoleonic wars.

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  • PRUSSIA – VETERANS WALKING STICK – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15

    SKU: 10-871

    $395.00

    PRUSSIA – VETERANS WALKING STICK – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 German soldiers expressed their pride and patriotism in a number of ways, particularly after they had served their enlistments. Common veterans’ mementos included steins, pipes, and canteens displaying emblems from the regiments in which they had served. Our example today, however, is an imaginative way to commemorate a veteran’s service. It is a gentleman’s walking stick, which were more ornamental than medically-required canes. [I admit I much prefer using canes that match my personality. If you have to use one, it might as well make a statement]! Walking sticks were not constructed to support one’s full body weight in the manner of canes, but to elegantly point one’s way when perambulating. They also were an excellent way to indicate that you were a retired veteran. This walking stick measures 40″ in length. [A modern-day cane usually measures about 36″ for a six-foot tall man]. The walking stick is considerably longer, in keeping with its status as a showpiece rather than a utilitarian support. It sports a horsehead handle that is made of base metal, and displays a fine patina. A leather strap is located just below the horsehead so the wearer could slip it over his wrist for easy carrying. The walking stick’s shaft is covered with handsomely interwoven brown leather strips, further decorated by an intertwined black and white fabric cord in Prussia’s state colors. A gold-toned decorative piece is attached about 5″ below the handle. It displays the enlisted…

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  • PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MAN’S SOLDBUCH

    SKU: 10-539 XJW

    $75.00

    This is a rather odd soldbuch. This man entered the army in 1916. He was assigned to an Ersatz artillery unit. It actually seems that he may have been assigned to a Flak unit, although I cannot see that he was assigned to an air unit. This would make for an interesting little research project.

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  • SCIMITAR-SHAPED “TRENCH ART” LETTER OPENER – FRANCE

    SKU: 10-860

    $95.00

    This is an interesting scimitar-shaped “Trench Art” letter opener. It measures 8″ in length. The scimitar’s blade measures 5 ½” in length. It is inserted into a deactivated rifle bullet, complete with projectile. One side of the blade has an interesting floral motif pattern engraved on it. Below is a French city’s name, “Brest,” and the year “1918.” The other side is plain. The bullet casing features an added French Croix de Guerre (War Cross) on its side. It is a charmingly different letter opener!

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  • SCIMITAR-SHAPED LETTER OPENER

    SKU: 10-865

    $95.00

    Every Imperial German military officer took pride in maintaining an organized desk from which to do his paperwork. Part of that organization involved having a number of desk accessories (leather folios, desk trays, letter openers, etc.) that bespoke his personality. Today we are offering an interesting brass scimitar-shaped letter opener that would have been at home on such a desk. It measures 1 ½” in length and is 8 ½” at its widest point. One side of the blade features is a floral design and the word “Campagne” (campaign). Its opposite side displays a semi-intricate design with the dates 1915 and 1916.

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  • SCIMITAR-SHAPED TRENCH ART LETTER OPENER

    SKU: 10-844

    $125.00

    This is an amazing piece of trench art. It is a letter opener fashioned from battlefield brass into a letter opener shaped like a scimitar. The letter opener measures 8” in length. The blade measures 1” in width at its widest point. If you look closely at the handle, you will see it is made from a complete, deactivated, 8mm Mauser rifle round. In turn, a piece of brass, probably from an artillery shell casing, has been flattened and shaped into the curved blade. The final detail is the rifle shell casing, which is located at the end opposite to the blade’s tip. A small brass ball has replaced the primer. The blade does NOT feature any engraving. It is very different from what we have seen before.

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  • SHRAPNEL-HANDLED PATRIOTIC LETTER OPENER WITH DECORATIVE IRON CROSS

    SKU: 10-852

    $125.00

    This is a letter opener that qualifies as a combination of a patriotic piece, as well as a piece of trench art. The letter opener’s overall length is 9 ½.” The handle is made from a jagged piece of shrapnel, which measures 3 ½” in length. A smooth Iron Cross that measures 1″ x 1″ is positioned between the blade and the handle. Its center has had letters or initials tapped into its surface on both sides. We have NO idea what they are, but they certainly look interesting! The blade itself measures 5″ from the Iron Cross’s bottom to the blade’s tip. It would look fantastic on your desk and help you open your mail in style!

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  • SOLDBUCH AND MILITÄRPAß TO AN AVIATION SOLDIER

    SKU: 14-109

    $150.00

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

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  • SOUTHWEST AFRICA – WATCH FOB – COLONIAL

    SKU: 22-52

    $325.00

    This is a very engaging watch fob from the German colony of Südwest-Afrika……

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  • TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL VASE

    SKU: 10-884

    $75.00

    TRENCH ART – ARTILLERY SHELL VASE. Trench art was a unique art form that emerged during WW I. While it is true that some examples of trench art were produced during the Napoleonic Wars on a very limited basis, but they hardly approached the scale of trench art pieces produced during the Great War. WW I trench art was produced by three basic groups: soldiers, sailors, and home front organizations. The first group was the soldiers at the front who gathered castoff military items that they refashioned into various artifacts. The second was wounded soldiers and sailors who also re purposed military castoffs as part of their recovery rehabilitation. The third group was POW’s who whiled away their hours in their prison camps. [A fourth category included Imperial German companies that fashioned bits and pieces of front line castoffs into patriotic jewelry such as pins and rings]. The shared theme among the first three groups was that its members all had time on their hands. Producing trench art was a means to keep busy, show their creativity, and turn discarded waste into beautiful objects de art that were sought-after back home. I find the endless creativity that was displayed fascinating. Today we are offering an artillery shell casing that has been converted into a useful vase. While I have offered some very elaborate examples of trench art shell casings in the past, this is a far more simple example. The shell/vase stands 9” tall. Its diameter at the lip is…

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  • TRENCH ART ARTILLERY SHELL VASE

    SKU: 10-701

    $95.00

    Artillery shells that had been converted from their original use to vases were quite popular in Germany. Our example stands 9″ tall. It measures 3 1/4″ in diameter at the lip, and 3 1/2″ in diameter at the base. A flower complete with petals, leaves, and stem has been hand-fashioned on one side. Arsenal markings appear at the casing’s base. The shell was produced in November 1917.

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  • TRENCH ART DESK DECORATION

    SKU: 10-840

    $75.00

    This is a trench art desk decoration that consists of a base with an attached collage of artillery/infantry items. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The collage is mounted on a steel base that measures 5 ½” x 4 3/4″ x 1/8.” A piece of an artillery shell’s driving band that measures 3 3/4″ x 3″ is mounted in its center. The driving band’s center sports a ball mounted on a vertical piece. Finally, two projectiles, from what I believe is an 8mm Mauser, are attached. The collage is very substantial and would make for an interesting display.

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  • TRENCH ART DESK PIECE

    SKU: 10-848

    $95.00

    This piece is assembled from various items that were found on the battlefield. First is a bomb-like piece of metal that stands 6” tall. Four wings are attached to it, making it appear MORE bomb-like. This is attached to a wood base measuring 5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 1/2″Three small circular pieces of metal that resemble cannon balls are next to the bomb. It is a very interesting desk piece.

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  • TRENCH ART FRAME

    SKU: 10-745

    $95.00

    This is a small trench art frame that I find most touching. It has a rounded top and measures 3″ x 2.” It has two small feet and a design is etched into the frame’s obverse. The photo has a glass cover. The area for photo display measures 1 3/4″ x 1 1/8.” A simple modern day piece of cardboard on the reverse acts as an easel.

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    TRENCH ART IRON CROSS LETTER OPENER FASHIONED FROM ARTILLERY SHELL DRIVING BAND

    SKU: 10-857

    $125.00

    Trench art was a special genre that came to be quite popular during WW I. Bits and pieces of battlefield scrap were taken and fashioned into useful pieces of art that were highly prized by German soldiers and people on the Home Front. Much of it was produced by front line troops, or wounded soldiers engaged in physical therapy during their hospital recovery time. To a lesser extent some of the scrap was returned to Germany where jewelers and other craftsmen turned the battlefield scrap into highly-desirable jewelry coveted by German women. Today we are offering a letter opener constructed from an artillery shell driving band. The letter opener is made from brass and measures 9″ overall. The handle measures 4 ¼,” the Iron Cross measures ¾,” and the blade measures 4.” Both handle sides reveal clear evidence that it originated from a driving band. The Iron Cross was carved from the driving band. The same is true for the blade, which has been smoothed into a highly-serviceable blade that is perfect for opening letters. It would make a wonderful accessory for your desk. It also makes opening all those unpleasant bills a bit more enjoyable!

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  • TWO-POINT STAG HORN CIGAR CUTTER

    SKU: 10-681

    $375.00

    Not only was cigar smoking a tradition in Germany, so was hunting. Even today, German hunters take their sport very seriously. Hunters took great pride in their accomplishments. Stags’ horns were routinely mounted and displayed on walls. A small number of these horns were used in making high-quality cigar cutters. Our example is a two-point stag horn. It measures about 9 1/4″ in length, and 3 3/4″ in diameter. Fitted atop the horn is a fine cigar cutter from Solingen. The example operates smoothly. It will give you much enjoyment as you smoke your fine cigars.

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  • U.S. – BOOK – WORLD WAR I POSTERS by GARY A. BORKAN

    SKU: 10-710

    $45.00

    This is a book, complete with dust jacket, that deals with WW I posters. The book concerns posters seen in the U.S. during the Great War. It is well illustrated. It is a very interesting topic.

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  • UNKNOWN ARTILLERY SHELL CASING TRENCH ART ASHTRAY

    SKU: 10-837

    $50.00

    This piece of brass artillery shell casing clearly was fashioned into a trench art ashtray. Trench art was created by soldiers from all WW I’s armies, when they had extra time on their hands in the trenches between battles. They took bits and pieces of gear and fashioned them into artistic objects. Some common examples were belt buckles converted into match safes, as well as jewelry and letter openers fashioned from shrapnel shards. These often-bored soldiers showed amazing creativity. A great deal of trench art also was created in hospitals as therapy for soldiers recovering from mild to severe wounds. The brass ashtray stands 2″ tall, 1 9/16″ in diameter at the top, and 2 ½” in diameter at the base. An attachment at the rim provided a resting place for one’s cigarette. The ashtray’s center can hold a fair amount of ashes and extinguished cigarette butts. It has no visible maker’s marks or indications of the artillery shell’s origins.

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  • WALRUS TUSK CIGAR CUTTER

    SKU: 10-680

    $695.00

    This piece is a perfect example of the cigar cutter as objet d’art. It is created from a curved, ivory walrus tusk measuring 9 1/2″ in length and 1 1/2″ in diameter. Walrus ivory was highly-prized in Germany. Along with elephant ivory, it was used in the fine grips seen on naval officer’s daggers and swords during the Imperial Period. At the top of the tusk a fine mechanism has been affixed. A fine silver, or German-silver band has been engraved as a gift from one friend to another, saying “Carl Müller s/l Freund Paul Krebs 5 May 1926.” The actual cutting mechanism is on the band. It is a bit stiff, but it operates well. Perhaps a bit more use and oiling with WD 40 will loosen it up a bit. I am going to use this example until one of you claims it. It is a great way to enjoy your cigars as a gentleman did more than eighty years ago!

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  • WUTTEMBERG – SHIPPING BOX – SENT TO SOLDIER

    SKU: 03-100

    $75.00

    This is a small cardboard box that measures 6″ x 4″ x 3.” It was used to ship small items to a soldier serving in the army or at the Front……

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