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  • AUSTRIA / HUNGARY - PATRIOTIC PIN - AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN PATRIOTIC FLIGHT BADGE

    AUSTRIA / HUNGARY – PATRIOTIC PIN – AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN PATRIOTIC FLIGHT BADGE

    SKU: 17-685 XBB

    $195.00

    This is a patriotic badge which commemorates the Austro-Hungarian Air Service. The badge consists of a circular wreath. Extending from the center and beyond the wreath is a monoplane, possibly a Taube. At the top of the wreath there is an Austro-Hungarian flag. At the bottom is an Iron Cross. There is a horizontal pin on the reverse……

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  • BAVARIA – STEIN – FELDFLIEGER ABTEILUNG Nr 7

    SKU: 14-267

    $1,350.00

    This is an attractive example of a beer stein from one of the early war Bavarian squadrons, Feldflieger Abteilung Nr 7. This stein is quite large. It holds a full litre, compared to most steins and krugs that we see that hold half a litre….

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  • BAVARIA – STICKPIN – FLIEGERTRUPPEN

    SKU: 28-159 XDG

    $425.00

    It is a stickpin that commemorates time in the Imperial German Air Service…..

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  • BOOK – REFERENCE – AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SINCE 1918 BY OWEN THETFORD

    SKU: 16-501

    $50.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SINCE 1918 BY OWEN THETFORD. During WW I, the Royal Flying Corps morphed into the Royal Air Force, as it remains today. Owen Thetford is a well-known WW I and WW II aviation expert. This is an eighth edition of this popular book that was released in 1988. The hardcover book is in excellent condition and comes complete with its dust jacket. It contains a total of 685 pages. The book chronicles RAF aircraft from 1918 to the late 1980’s. Many famous and not-so-famous airplanes from that period are shown in great detail with charts, graphs, and a huge collection of photos. Leafing through the book, I even see the American P-51 that was used by the British in WW II and after. This is the English version, NOT the one published in the USA.

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  • BOOK – REFERENCE – CANADIAN FLYING SERVICES: EMBLEMS AND INSIGNIA 1914-1984 BY BILL HAMSON

    SKU: 16-503

    $40.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – CANADIAN FLYING SERVICES: EMBLEMS AND INSIGNIA 1914-1984 BY BILL HAMSON. Canada remains an important part of the British Commonwealth, after making key contributions during both WW I and WW II. As a matter of fact, the top Allied Ace was a Canadian, Billy Bishop. This soft cover book deals with the assorted badges and insignia used by the Canadian flying services from 1914 into 1984. You will find a large assortment of photos of the various insignia used by Canadians, as well as of Canadian aviation’s more important figures. This book contains more than 190 pages.

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  • BOOK – REFERENCE – WINGS OF GRACE AND VALOR: AVIATION BADGES OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE 1910-1918 BY MICHAEL M. EDELSTEIN

    SKU: 16-502

    $25.00

    BOOK – REFERENCE – WINGS OF GRACE AND VALOR: AVIATION BADGES OF THE AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE 1910-1918 BY MICHAEL M. EDELSTEIN. This soft-cover book deals with the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s various flight badges from the period of 1910 to 1918. While not an extensive work, it provides a good primer for those who have an interest in the Austro-Hungarian Air Service. It has a goodly number of photographs of the pilots and their aircraft. What is more important, it contains color photos of every Austro-Hungarian Army and Navy Flight Badge.

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  • BOOK - THE MAD MAJOR - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR CHRISTOPHER DRAPER D.S.C

    BOOK – THE MAD MAJOR – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR CHRISTOPHER DRAPER D.S.C

    SKU: 16-508

    $25.00

    BOOK – THE MAD MAJOR – THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MAJOR CHRISTOPHER DRAPER D.S.C. Christopher Draper was a colorful man who served in Great Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) AND its Royal Air Force (RAF). The RNAS was absorbed into the RAF in 1918, so he then held the British Army’s rank of Major rather than his naval rank. He was less than happy about the situation and continued to wear his naval uniform rather than that of the Army! He was an ace who once wounded Werner Voß. He received his nickname for his habit of flying under bridges at all times. He had an interesting career that included acting as a double agent for England and rejoining the Royal Navy during WW II. This book was published in 1962 and was a first edition in the U.S., after having been published in England. It is a hardback edition complete with its dust jacket. The book has two-hundred-thirty-one pages and is liberally illustrated. It deals with his life between and during the two world wars.

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  • CANADA – BOOK – THE COURAGE OF THE EARLY MORNING: THE STORY OF BILLY BISHOP BY W. ARTHUR BISHOP

    SKU: 16-505

    $65.00

    BOOK – THE COURAGE OF THE EARLY MORNING: THE STORY OF BILLY BISHOP BY W. ARTHUR BISHOP. This is the biography of Billy Bishop, the Canadian ace who had seventy-two confirmed victories and was WW I’s leading Allied Ace. The book was written by his son and released in 1966 after Bishop’s death. Billy Bishop was an amazing pilot and a feared hunter on the Western Front. The book is a first edition printed in England in 1966. It is a hardback volume complete with its dust jacket. It contains many interesting photos of Bishop and his planes. One in particular shows Bishop, Hermann Göring, and Ernst Udet together in Berlin in 1928.

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  • CHRISTMAS 1919 PLATE FROM KPM

    SKU: 14-428

    $395.00

    During WW I, the House of Hohenzollern’s royal porcelain firm KPM issued a number of patriotic plates, cups, etc. With the war’s end, KPM continued to issue Christmas plates and offer some of Germany’s finest china. [KPM, Meissen, and Rosenthal still do so today, as all three survived both WW I and WW II]. The plate measures 8″ in diameter. Its central theme is a pilot sitting on the edge of his airplane (a biplane). He is holding up a baby angel who is raising a hand in salute. A garland of laurel leaves is draped over the plane behind the baby. The plane’s side mentions Christmas (Weihnachten) 1919. [KPM and Berlin are also mentioned on the aircraft’s side]. A thin green trim band surrounds the scene, which is further encircled by another wider green band with red berries that hails the Christmas season. On the reverse we see all the correct marks for KPM. Two other sets of marks are a reference to the series of which this plate is a part. One of them indicates that the plate is number 50 of 86 plates in the series. This makes it a relatively rare plate!

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  • CLOCK IN AIRPLANE PROPELLER’S CENTER

    SKU: 14-312

    $1,195.00

    Today we offer a rather unusual piece. It is constructed from pieces of a propeller. The main piece is the propeller’s center, including the hub. The main piece measures 15 ½” x 8″ x 4 ½.” A circular brass disc measures 6 ½” in diameter. Six large bolts appear on the disc. In the center of the disc is a space that measures 2 ½” in diameter. Inside this space a small alarm clock has been installed that measures 2 3/4″ in diameter. The central portion of the display rests on four pieces of propeller that have been fashioned into legs. These four legs are in turn attached to the base, which is also a part of a propeller. The stand is 15 ½” x 5 1/4″ x 3/4.” On the stand, the propeller display is 15 3/4″ tall. It is a rather impressive piece. The graining to the various parts of the propeller that have been glued together is quite handsome. The alarm clock does tick when I wind it. I am unable to set it, however. Thus, we must consider this a static display, unless the new owner wants to tinker with the eliciting clock or replace it with another. In a manner of speaking, this might be considered an offshoot of trench art. That said, it is VERY unusual to see such a large piece like this. It is very striking to look at. For you aviation collectors, it is a nifty piece.

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  • COIN PURSE WITH AVIATION SCENE

    SKU: 14-196

    $150.00

    This is a small leather change purse which has a silver scene showing a plane flying over the countryside as seen on the Prussian Pilot Badge. It is in very nice condition.

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  • DIE WOCHENSCHAU 27 JULY 1918

    SKU: 16-426

    $50.00

    This is a German periodical displaying the photograph of an observer seated in an airplane’s rear compartment. He is assisting two ground crewmen as they work with pigeons who are going to be launched from an airplane, perhaps? (I do not quite get it, since they used radio transmissions between the airplane and the ground when it came to artillery spotting). The opening article is about the tradition of aviators (observers AND pilots) in the war. It also has a photo of pilots from Jagdgruppe Nr 8, which was commanded by Hauptmann Eduard Ritter von Schleich. Schleich is the first of the pilots, with his PLM visible at his neck (his award came in December 1917). A bulldog is seated in front of him. As we browse through the periodical, we see some interesting stories and even more-interesting photographs. One photo features the complete gun crew of a German 28.5CM Railway Gun. About two dozen men are sitting on the gun barrel. The crew that served the massive cannon numbered at least fifty! A two page photograph shows the battleship U.S.S. Texas being towed down the Hudson River in New York. The 1917 skyline of New York is much smaller at this point, with no Empire State or Chrysler buildings (completed in 1931 and 1930, respectively). We can see that the tallest is the Woolworth Building, which was completed in 1913. It still stands today. Toward the publication’s end is a lot of advertising showing the variety of items available…

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  • DIE WOCHENSCHAU 29 DECEMBER 1917

    SKU: 16-428

    $50.00

    This is a German periodical that features a photograph of an observer seated in an airplane’s rear compartment. He is working with two ground crewmen passing packages up to him so he can store them on the floor in front of his feet. It has many articles and photographs that outline war action, as well as the course of the war at home. One page in particular outlines the most recent PLM (Ritter des Ordens Pour le Mérite) winners from earlier in the month. A total of eight men were so honored, including Fliegeroberleutnant Schleich. A lot of advertising at the publication’s end shows the variety of items available in 1918 Germany.

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  • ENAMEL AUSTRIAN PATRIOTIC PIN – MONOPLANE

    SKU: 14-340

    $395.00

    We rarely find Austrian patriotic jewelry. When we do, it generally is of very high quality. This is the case with our circular, wreath-shaped pin. At its top is an enameled Austro-Hungarian Empire flag. At the wreath’s bottom is a black-enameled Iron Cross. Through its center is a monoplane. The quality and detail to the pin is amazing.

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  • ENLISTED MAN’S SOLDBUCH – FLIEGER-ERSATZ-BATAILLON Nr 1, Nr 4, & Nr 10

    SKU: 16-337

    $195.00

    This is an enlisted man’s soldbuch (pay book) from Flieger-Ersatz-Bataillon Nr 1, Nr 4, and Nr 10. Several of the book’s pages are loose. Some blurring occurs in places where water affected small portions of the information and entries. Still, it is a very fetching item from a soldier attached to an aviation unit.

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  • ENVELOPE WITH UNIT STAMPS FOR FELD-FLIEGER-ABTEILUNG Nr 20

    SKU: 16-264

    $45.00

    This is a white envelope that measures 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4.” It has unit stamps in two places for Feld-Flieger-Abteilung Nr 20. One stamp appears in the obverse’s lower left corner. The second is over the tip’s flap on the reverse.

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  • FLIEGER ERSATZ ABTEILUNG Nr 7 MILITÄRPAß

    SKU: 16-427

    $125.00

    This is an interesting for a young soldier from Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 7. He was attached to Kompagnie Nr 3, located in Braunschweig. He entered the military in 1917. His was a training reserve unit that assembled men for the re-assignment to other locations at the front. We see that he served in numerous Prussian units, as well as a Saxon aviation unit.

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  • FLOWN PRE WW I AIRMAIL POSTCARD

    SKU: 16-411

    $95.00

    This is a postcard that was flown by airmail prior to WW I. The postcard was specially printed and offered to collectors who wanted to obtain a postcard that had actually flown on an airplane. It was an early offering, as it was flown barely nine years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The specially-printed postcard proudly proclaims that it was flown by airplane from Frankfurt am Rheine. It was double cancelled on 22 June 1912. A special 20-pfennig postage stamp was used. On the obverse, where an address was inserted, is a stamp for “Schufein & Co. Berlin.” The postcard was addressed, but no message was written on it.

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  • FLYBOYS: A STORY OF COURAGE BY JAMES BRADLEY

    SKU: 16-441

    $20.00

    This is a hardcover, English-language book that was published in 2003. The book, which has nearly four hundred pages, deals with aspects of the Pacific Air War. Most of the pilots and men who are written about here were not well-known, beyond having endured the war’s terrible strain and having performed heroically. (They would never admit to the latter). The one exception was the young pilot of an Avenger Torpedo Bomber who crashed in the Pacific and was rescued by a submarine crew. The young George H. W. Bush went on later to become an United States President. The book contains numerous photos of many participants from both sides. Some are from back in the day, and others from well after WW II when, as old men, they met and became friends. [Here is an interesting note about the author, James Bradley. Before writing this book, he wrote Flags of our Fathers, the story of the U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsman who raised the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima. The latter book became the basis of a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. At the same time, Eastwood also directed Letters From Iwo Jima, which recounted the battle from the Japanese perspective. I personally found it to be a very enlightening tale about the Japanese soldier. As a child of the 50’s and 60’s, I watched many American-made movies from the 1941-1945 period (and later), which presented the Japanese in a very unflattering manner. Although one can understand and sympathize with…

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  • FRAMED COLOR ILLUSTRATION OF AND POEM TO OSWALD BOELCKE

    SKU: 16-136

    $40.00

    This is a touching memorial poem to the “Father” of German aviation tactics, Oswald Boelcke. Boelcke was an amazing aviator who, at the time of his death in October 1916, had forty confirmed victories to his credit, and more than triple the kills of his closest pursuer. With the victories he had to his credit, and with the better quality planes that were starting to reach service, had he not perished in the collision, HOW many victories could he have claimed? Think of “Bloody April” in 1917, where many of the pilots in Jasta 11 shot down 15 to 25 planes in a single month! This framed presentation is in a modern frame, which measures 14 1/4″ x 11 1/4,” with a light, wooden molding. Framed within is a colorized picture of Boelcke in his helmet, with his goggles on his forehead. Below is a very popular memorial poem. The page, which appears to have been removed from a book (I see what I believe is a page number), measures 11 ½” x 8 ½.”

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  • FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 14-138

    $2,495.00

    This is a simply marvelous larger format portrait photograph of Max Immelmann. The photograph measures 7 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is uniquely mounted in a period frame that would have hung from a wall and measures 12″ x 8 1/4.” The photograph is an original of one of Immelmann’s most-popular Sanke Cards ever produced. It has him standing wearing a bayonet, Iron Cross 1st Class, Prussian Pilot Badge, and a five-place medal bar. He is also holding his visor cap in his hands. This photo was most likely given to a family member or friend as it is signed in black on the obverse: “Max Dez. 1915.” This was taken the month before he received the PLM. The portrait photograph is placed in the frame in a way that creates a shadow box effect. The frame, as mentioned previously, is a period type and the wood is brown. Between the brown molding and the gilt trim of the shadow box is a brown velvet that adds to the distinctive look of the frame.

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  • FRAMED STUDIO PORTRAIT – NCO – AVIATION UNIT

    SKU: 16-192

    $110.00

    This is a framed studio photograph of a young NCO attached to an aviation unit. He is holding a sword with portopee, and his visor cap. His shoulder straps clearly identify him for being in an aviation unit. The brown wood, period-framed presentation measures 12″ x 9.” A fastener is on the back of the frame, so this is ready to hang and enjoy. The young soldier’s photo measures 6″ x 3,” within the frame. The photographer’s name, address, and even his telephone number are noted on the matting. The photographer was located in Köln (Cologne).

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  • FULL COLOR LIMITED EDITION POSTER: AUSTRIA’S LEADING ACE HAUPTMANN GOODWIN BRUMOWSKI

    SKU: 16-443

    $50.00

    The leading ace of Austria-Hungary was Hauptmann Goodwin Brumowski, with thirty-five confirmed victories. Our offering today is a full color poster that measures 23″ x 18″ It describes Brumowski’s career and features a likeness of the last airplane he flew during the war. The depiction’s central theme is a profile view of the Albatros D. III (OEF) that Brumowski flew at the war’s end. The airplane is a vivid red and black, with a macabre white skull. Below the airplane we see a large Austrian Field Pilot badge with information about Brumowski’s career. The limited-edition print is signed and numbered by its artist. It is poster number 551/950. [When I was doing research on this flyer, I read a story that describes his no-nonsense attitude. He was being put forward for the highest military medal that Austria could offer. The usual practice was for nominee-designate to apply to a generaloberst for the medal. He wrote back that he would not do so. He went on to say that if his conduct and performance merited the award, HE felt no need to ask for it. The story’s end is that he NEVER did receive the decoration. He was quite a strong-willed individual, don’t you think?]

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  • GERMAN AIRPLANE ENGINE IDENTIFICATION PLATE

    SKU: 14-434

    $95.00

    This is a post WW I German airplane engine identification plate. What is interesting is that the engine was manufactured under a license granted by the USA’s well-known Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company. The company was founded and first produced the R-1340 (Wasp) engine 1925. It was followed in 1927 by the R-1690 (Hornet) engine. Both air-cooled, radial engines were very powerful and reliable. [Parts for the engines are still being produced today by Pratt & Whitney, now a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, and an aerospace manufacturer with global service operations]. It is likely that this engine tag was for one of these two engines, which were used extensively in German military and civil aviation until WW II began in 1939. A box for the engine’s identification number appears on the plate, but it is blank. Thus, the plate was never installed on a motor. The plate measures 1 9/16″ x 3 ½” and is stamped as is featured below. Lizenbau No (left blank) Herstellungsrecht erworben von The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. Hartford, Conn. U.S.A. U.S.A. PATENTE ERTEILT u. ANG. D.R.P. ANG. Holes were drilled in each corner to allow the plate to be mounted to the engine.

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  • GERMANY –  SANKE CARD  – OBERLEUTNANT RUDOLF BERTHOLD – NR 423

    SKU: 42-317

    $85.00

    Rudolf Berthold (1891-1920) was a forty-four victory ace. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in April 1917. His commands included Jastas 4, 14, and 18. Also Jagdgruppe 7 and Jagdeshwader II. He was severely wounded several times during the war and was killed in fighting in Hamburg during the Freikorps period….    

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  • GERMANY – BADGE – EARLY LUFTHANSA (1920’S)

    SKU: 01-904

    $325.00

    The badge is painted. It is NOT made of enamel. It sports an outer rim in blue with a red inner center. We see “DLH” in gold on the red background, with Lufthansa’s logo (a bird in flight, still used today). Below that we see “186” punched into the badge. It is a very low number for such a badge. Some paint loss spots on the badge reveal that it is made of brass.  A screw post is mounted to the badge’s reverse. A nut has been screwed onto it. It appears to me this was a cap badge worn by employees, mechanics, baggage handlers, etc…….

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – ACES HIGH – THE WAR IN THE AIR OVER THE WESTERN FRONT 1914 – 1918 by ALAN CLARK

    SKU: 16-369

    $40.00

    This is a hard cover book complete with a dust jacket. It measures 9″ x 11″ x 1.” The book was published in 1999. It is broken down into four parts covering the air war: 1914-1915, 1916-1916, 1917, and 1918. It tells the story of the men, the machines, and particularly the technical changes/advancements as the war progressed. The photographs and color illustrations are well done, making it useful for any library.

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – BOELCKE – DEUTSCHLAND’S FLIEGERHELD

    SKU: 16-357

    $125.00

    This is a WW I period book about Germany’s great early ace, Oswald Boelcke. He was the father of early WW I German Aviation. He originated the concept of “hunting squadrons” (jastas) composed of single-seated fighter planes. He also recruited a number of promising pilots to whom he taught his way of fighting, which became known as the “Dicta Boelcke.” His most astute “cub” was a young Prussian cavalry officer named Manfred von Richthofen….

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – DER ROTE KAMPFFLEIGER – BY RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 16-513

    $125.00

    This book was written by Manfred Richthofen in the Summer of 1917 with a severe head wound. He was never really the same and although adding to his number of victories he was a different man and more fatalistic….  

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  • BOOK - ERNST UDET: MEIN FLIEGERLEIBEN.

    GERMANY – BOOK – ERNST UDET: MEIN FLIEGERLEIBEN

    SKU: 16-507

    $75.00

    This is Ernst Udet’s German-language autobiography.(-1941). Born in 1896, he became WW I’s lead surviving German Ace, with sixty-two confirmed victories. Only Manfred von Richthofen, who was shot down in April 1918, was more victorious. Udet was one of the young German flyers that the Red Baron selected to join him in JG 1, where he was assigned to Jasta 11. He held squadron command under von Richthofen and Hermann Göring….

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  •  BOOK - FLIEGER AM FEIND - EINUNDSIEBZIG DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ERZÄHLEN BY WERNER VON LANGSDORFF.

    GERMANY – BOOK – FLIEGER AM FEIND – EINUNDSIEBZIG DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ERZÄHLEN BY WERNER VON LANGSDORFF

    SKU: 16-509

    $50.00

    BOOK – FLIEGER AM FEIND – EINUNDSIEBZIG DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ERZÄHLEN BY WERNER VON LANGSDORFF. This is a German language book. It is a hardback first edition that was written in 1940. It has three-hundred-fifty-six pages and tells the stories of WW I’s major German aces. It contains numerous photographs. The book definitely gives the German point of view, especially as it was written during WW II. The book is in very fine condition.

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – FLIEGER DES WELTKRIEGES

    SKU: 16-59

    $95.00

    This was a six-volume series about the principal pilots, observers, etc. (PLM-winners) of WW I. Published in 1941, these are quite difficult to find. I have found one or two of them before, but never three of the six volumes. They are quite interesting and would be a welcome addition to a WW I aviation collection. Only ONE volume is left! * Volume 3. Has a drawing of Heinrich Bongartz on the cover. Inside we find descriptions and drawings of Ernst Brandenburg, Julius Buckler, Hans-Joachim Buddecke, Franz Büchner, Walter von Bülow, Friedrich Christiansen, Carl Degelow, Albert Dossenbach, Eduard Ritter von Dostler, Hermann Fricke, Heinrich Gontermann, Robert Ritter von Griem, Wilhelm Griebsch, and Jürgen von Grone.

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – HELMUTH HIRTH MEINE FLUG=ERLEBNISSE

    SKU: 16-308

    $85.00

    This is a German language book. It was published in 1915, and deals with the early German pilot Helmuth Hirth. Hirth was a well-known prewar aviation figure. He was among the very first of Germany’s pilots during the Great War. The book is in excellent condition. It has many photographs.

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

    SKU: 16-331

    $50.00

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

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  • Sale! BOOK - RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH - by FRIED LANGE

    GERMANY – BOOK – RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH – by FRIED LANGE

    SKU: 16-510 XDW

    $995.00 $750.00

    This is a biography of Eduard Ritter von Schleich, who was one of the better-known Bavarian Aviation Aces, with thirty-five confirmed victories over British and French airplanes. His planes sported Bavaria’s Lion rampant on a blue and white checkerboard background. He eventually became known as the “Black Knight of Germany” when he had his airplanes painted all black to honor the death of a fellow pilot. While not known as well as Manfred von Richthofen and his red airplanes, von Schleich made his mark over the Western Front’s skies. He also later commanded Jagdgruppe Nr 8, JG 4b….

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – THE DIARY OF A “PBO” (POOR BLOODY OBSERVER) by FRANK J. SHRIVE

    SKU: 16-312

    $30.00

    This book tells the air war from an RFC observer’s perspective, and the RAF during WW I. It is illustrated, with a dust jacket.

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  • GERMANY – BOOK – THE FLEDGLING: AN AERIAL GUNNER’S EXPERIENCES IN WW I by ARCH WHITEHOUSE

    SKU: 16-363

    $20.00

    This is a hardcover book written by WW I aviator Arch Whitehouse. The book is illustrated. Written in 1964, it deals with aerial gunners (of which Whitehouse was one). The original dust jacket is present. Overall, the book is in very fine condition.

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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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  • GERMANY – BOOK – ZWEI GENERATIONEN LUFTWAFFE 1. WEGBEREITER DER LUFTFAHRT FLIEGER DES WELTKRIEGES by ROLF ROEINICH

    SKU: 16-316

    $125.00

    This German-language book is part of a multiple volume series. It deals with Germany’s WW I aviators. It was published in 1942. It tells the story of WW I’s PLM-winners and includes their pictures. It was written under Hermann Göring’s auspices in his capacity as the Luftwaffe commander during WW II. Göring was himself a PLM-winner, and JG 1’s (the von Richthofen Geschwader) final commander.

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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 - CIGARETTE/CIGAR BOX - WITH PRINZENGROßE ARMY PILOT BADGE - SILVER HALLMARKED - JASTA 11 - LEUTNANT DER RESERVE HANS HINTSCH

    GERMANY – CIGARETTE/CIGAR BOX – WITH PRINZENGROßE ARMY PILOT BADGE – SILVER HALLMARKED – JASTA 11 – LEUTNANT DER RESERVE HANS HINTSCH

    SKU: 03-999

    $2,995.00

    This is an amazing piece of WW I aviation history. It is a beautifully constructed silver cigarette/cigar box, dedicated to a pilot from the famed Jasta 11. On the top of the box we see engraved:…..

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

    SKU: 14-448

    $995.00

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

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  • GERMANY - DESK PIECE - PILOT WATCH WITH HAND CARVED WOODEN STAND IN THE SHAPE OF AN EAGLE

    GERMANY – DESK PIECE – PILOT WATCH WITH HAND CARVED WOODEN STAND IN THE SHAPE OF AN EAGLE

    SKU: 18-541

    $2,795.00

    Over the years we have been able to offer one or two of the pilot watches which were issued and used aboard various types of aircraft. This was an important aide on an airplane to keep track of how long the flight had lasted and how much fuel was remaining aboard. This pilots watch has a white dial which includes a second hand. On the face of the watch we see midway down the dial “Eigentum der FlIegertruppen.” On the reverse we see engraved the winged propeller of the FlIegertruppen and the letters “FZL…..    

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  • GERMANY – DIE CAST MODEL – FRIEDRICH RITTER von ROTH’S ALBATROS D. V. – 1:48 SCALE

    SKU: 14-375

    $75.00

    The carton’s overall size is 8 ½” x 8 ½” x 3.” The model comes in its original packaging, which we will not unwrap so that it is factory fresh for the new owner….

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  • GERMANY – FLAG – 2008 MOVIE THE RED BARON

    SKU: 25-98

    $2,395.00

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

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  • GERMANY – FLUGSPENDE -1912

    SKU: 01-905

    $95.00

    The medal is silver-toned. The obverse shows an eagle in flight. The reverse says “National Flugspende.” The medal is attached to what was normally the top half of a veteran’s association medal, which is also silver-toned. It consists of a Hohenzollern Crown with crossed swords over oak leaves. In turn, it is attached to a silk ribbon in Germany’s national colors. The attachment’s reverse displays its German manufacturer’s name. It is an interesting display of the 1912 Flugspende Medal……

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  • GERMANY – GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1732

    $195.00

    This is a lovely medal that commemorates Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin. The medal is circular. It measures 1 1/4″ in diameter.

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  • GERMANY - GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD - VIZEFELDWEBEL RUDOLF WINDISCH - NR 4784

    GERMANY – GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD – VIZEFELDWEBEL RUDOLF WINDISCH – NR 7784

    SKU: 42-307

    $95.00

    Rudolf Windisch (1897-1918) had one of the more interesting stories of aviators of WW I. After pilot training he was assigned to an observation squadron. In a daring move he and his observer Maximilian von Cossel blew up a bridge when von Cossel was dropped off to pull of this daring act. Both were personally decorated by Kaiser Wilhelm II with Windisch receiving the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class with Swords….  

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  • GERMANY – MAGAZINE – DER DEUTSCHE SPORTFLIEGER

    SKU: 16-281

    $60.00

    This is a large-format German-language magazine, which measures 12″ x 9.” It is from April 1936, the heyday of pre WW II German aviation. Germany was still operating its two airships, the Graf Zeppelin and the Hindenburg. A portion of this edition devotes itself to information on the LZ 129 Hindenburg. Barely a year would pass until May 1937 when this amazing airship would explode in flames at Lakehurst, NJ. Many photos in the magazine show the Hindenburg under construction. Many photographs and stories about civil aviation in Germany are included, as well as some of the unusual airplanes and gliders that were produced. Photographs of Hermann Göring and Ernst Udet also appear. A large photograph on the back cover shows Göring and other officials of the newly formed Luftwaffe at the grave of Manfred von Richthofen in Berlin. [After WW I his body was removed from its original grave in France and taken to Berlin]. It is a most interesting magazine. It also has a large number of advertisements, some aviation-related, and some not.

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  • GERMANY – MAGAZINE – DEUTSCHE LUFTFAHRER ZEITSCHRIFT

    SKU: 21-344

    $60.00

    This was a magazine that was published in Germany before WW I which dealt with Zeppelins. It is a large format magazine that has numerous articles about Zeppelins and their development in Germany during this period. There are numerous photos and there is also a great deal of advertising that I find very interesting. Some of the advertising includes motors from Mercedes-Benz, aircraft and flying lessons from Ago, etc. These magazines are professionally done very slick and would be a unique addition to a Zeppelin collection. I have two different issues which are December 1912 and April 1914.

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  • GERMANY – MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 13, NUMBER 1 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS

    SKU: 16-499

    $10.00

    MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 13, NUMBER 1 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS. The League of World War 1 Aviation Historians is the premiere group that researches and shares information about the Great War’s aviation. [I have been a member of this fine organization on and off over the years]. Its members range from serious researchers and authors to the average individual who is curious about aviation as it unfolded during WW I. The League publishes a high-quality, very professional magazine for the enjoyment of its members on a quarterly basis. Various members research and present articles and photographs about different WW I aviators, aircraft, and related topics from both the Allies’ and the Central Powers’ perspectives. Today we are offering the 1998 Spring Quarter issue. It contains several interesting articles, including one about aviation in Palestine, another focusing on Italian aviation, and one regarding a Russian naval aviator. The issue is in excellent condition. If you have an interest in WW I aviation, I urge you to join the League. They do good work preserving the memory of WW I aviators and their aircraft.

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  • GERMANY – MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 13, NUMBER 2 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS

    SKU: 16-498

    $10.00

    MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 13, NUMBER 2 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS. The League of World War 1 Aviation Historians is the premiere group that researches and shares information about the Great War’s aviation. [I have been a member of this fine organization on and off over the years]. Its members range from serious researchers and authors to the average individual who is curious about aviation as it unfolded during WW I. The League publishes a high-quality, very professional magazine for the enjoyment of its members on a quarterly basis. Various members research and present articles and photographs about different WW I aviators, aircraft, and related topics from both the Allies’ and the Central Powers’ perspectives. Today we are offering the 1998 Summer Quarter issue. It contains several interesting articles about German and American aviators, the latter including training in Texas and flying on the Texas Gulf Coast. The issue is in excellent condition. If you have an interest in WW I aviation, I urge you to join the League. They do good work preserving the memory of WW I aviators and their aircraft.

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  • GERMANY – MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 13, NUMBER 4 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS.

    SKU: 16-496

    $10.00

    MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 13, NUMBER 4 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS. The League of World War 1 Aviation Historians is the premiere group that researches and shares information about the Great War’s aviation. [I have been a member of this fine organization on and off over the years]. Its members range from serious researchers and authors to the average individual who is curious about aviation as it unfolded during WW I. The League publishes a high-quality, very professional magazine for the enjoyment of its members on a quarterly basis. Various members research and present articles and photographs about different WW I aviators, aircraft, and related topics from both the Allies’ and the Central Powers’ perspectives. Today we are offering the 1998 Winter Quarter issue. It contains several interesting articles, including one about the American Ace/Balloon Buster/Medal of Honor winner Frank Luke. It is in excellent condition. If you have an interest in WW I aviation, I urge you to join the League. They do good work preserving the memory of WW I aviators and their aircraft.

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  • GERMANY – MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 15, NUMBER 2 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS

    SKU: 16-497

    $10.00

    MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 15, NUMBER 2 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS. The League of World War 1 Aviation Historians is the premiere group that researches and shares information about the Great War’s aviation. [I have been a member of this fine organization on and off over the years]. Its members range from serious researchers and authors to the average individual who is curious about aviation as it unfolded during WW I. The League publishes a high-quality, very professional magazine for the enjoyment of its members on a quarterly basis. Various members research and present articles and photographs about different WW I aviators, aircraft, and related topics from both the Allies’ and the Central Powers’ perspectives. Today we are offering the 2000 Summer Quarter issue. It contains several interesting articles about the Bavarian Fliegertruppen and its pilots. It is in excellent condition. If you have an interest in WW I aviation, I urge you to join the League. They do good work preserving the memory of WW I aviators and their aircraft.

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  • GERMANY – MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 6, NUMBER 4 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS

    SKU: 16-500

    $10.00

    MAGAZINE – OVER THE FRONT: VOLUME 6, NUMBER 4 – LEAGUE OF WORLD WAR 1 AVIATION HISTORIANS. The League of World War 1 Aviation Historians is the premiere group which researches and shares information of aviation during the Great War. I have been a member of this fine organization on and off over the years. The members range from serious researchers and authors to the average individual who is interested in the aviation as it unfolded during WW I. The League publishes on a Quarterly basis a high quality and very professional magazine for the enjoyment of their members. Various members research and offer articles and photographs on different aviators, topics, and aircraft of WW I on both the Allied and Central power side. Today we are offering the 1991 Winter Quarter issue. It contains several interesting articles about the 91st Aero Squadron, translations of some of Erwin Böhme’s letters about flying over Flanders, and another about a Texas aerial gunner school for bombardiers. The issue is in excellent condition. If you have an interest in WW I aviation, I urge you to join the League. They do good work preserving the memory of WW I aviators and their aircraft.

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  • GERMANY – MEDAL – 1912 AVIATION DONATION DAY

    SKU: 01-903

    $95.00

    This medal was given in 1912 to people who donated money to the cause. The obverse features an eagle in flight and the reverse has National Flugspende 1912……

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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 – MINIATURE – COMMEMORATIVE NAVY AIRSHIP BADGE

    SKU: 29-106

    $450.00

    This is a miniature of the Commemorative Navy Airship Badge…..

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  • GERMANY – NEWSPAPER – BERLINER ILLUSTRIRTE ZEITUNG – 5 NOVEMBER 1916

    SKU: 16-429

    $50.00

    The Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung was Berlin’s most popular news periodical. It was a large-format publication that measured 11″ x 15.” It was produced on a weekly basis. This is the 5 November 1916 issue. The cover shows a crashed observation plane on the Italian Front, with men peering into the cockpit. Inside, we see many interesting stories and photos of war developments. I particularly like a large photograph, covering two-thirds of an entire page, that features Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen riding his horse. He is accompanied by an aide wearing 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1’s uniform. One of the things that I personally enjoy in these editions is all of the advertising that deals with the many goods and services available at the time. It has ads for patriotic rings, (examples of which we have carried in the past and still have listed), military watches, Daimler Benz cars, and Mercedes airplane engines. This is just great stuff! The periodical will give you a great deal of entertainment and let you know what was happening in Germany more than ninety-six years ago.

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  • GERMANY – PATRIOTIC PIN – FLIEGERTRUPPEN

    SKU: 17-683

    $150.00

    This very long metal winged propeller pin.  The propeller appears to be that as used on officer shoulder boards. It is a very well made patriotic piece for a wife, sweetheart, etc.

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  • Sale! BOOK - RITTER VON SCHLEICH: JAGDFLIEGER IM WELTKRIEG UND IMDRITTEN REICH - by FRIED LANGE

    GERMANY – PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED – EDUARD RITTER VON SCHLEICH – ORIGINAL LARGE FORMAT – FROM WORLD WAR II

    SKU: 19-295 XDW

    $595.00 $450.00

    This is an original photograph of General der Flieger Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947). The large photograph.   It shows von Schleich seated at a table or desk. He is wearing a General’s uniform, with the Orden Pour le Mérite that he received during WW I around his neck. He is also wearing a large medal bar that would have included Bavaria’s Military Max Josef Order (whereby he was knighted and given the title “Ritter”). He retained that title for the rest of his life….  

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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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  •  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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  • GERMANY – POCKETWATCH – CHRONOMETER/WIND INDICATOR – OFFICER  – HEINRICH KLEIN – PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 10-912

    $4,995.00

    This is the most important and significant time piece that we have ever been able to share with you. There are numerous things about this time piece that are important to note. It comes from the noted watch maker Paul Ditsheim. He began in his family firm and by 1892 he had formed his own firm Paul Ditsheim at Solvil. Sovil was the town where his firm was based….  

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  • GERMANY – POSTCARD – 1938 GERMAN ENGINEERING

    SKU: 16-410

    $25.00

    This postcard started life as one that would have been used for the Imperial Period’s (Kaiser Zeit) Air Mail. Mention of that fact has been blacked out. Instead, it was mailed as a postcard regarding German technical or engineering prowess.

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  • GERMANY - POSTCARD - LEUTNANT KURT WOLFF - GUSTAV LIERSCH - NR 7845 

    GERMANY – POSTCARD – LEUTNANT KURT WOLFF – GUSTAV LIERSCH – NR 7845

    SKU: 42-299

    $95.00

    Gustav Liersch along with Willy Sanke were the two leading firms producing aviation postcards. In fact they often shared the same photographs and in this case the name Sanke appears in the lower right corner of the postcard….  

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  • GERMANY – RUBBER STAMP – 2. ARMEE’S OBERKOMMANDO der FLIEGER UNIT

    SKU: 14-442

    $995.00

    In the past we offered these stamps from a variety of units, the rarest coming from a Garde-Division. Today, however, we have a much rarer bird to share with you. It is for office of the Oberkommando der Flieger 2. Armee, which was the 2. Armee’s aviation office. This office was responsible for all aviation units: jastas or observation and bombing squadrons, as well as zeppelin and balloon abteilungen. The office reported to the 2. Armee’s commander, as well as the Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches, which was renamed Die Luftstreitkräfte im Kaiserreich from October 1916 until WW I’s end.

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD  - RITTER MAX von MULZER  - NR 385

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTER MAX von MULZER  – NR 385

    SKU: 42-305

    $85.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916 ) was a Bavarian and early Orden Pour le Mérite winner and the first Bavarian to be so honored. He was also awarded the Military Max Joseph Order which was the highest award for military valor which also included a knighthood and the right to add “Ritter” to his name. He scored all ten of his victories in variations of the Fokker Eindecker….    

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN -NR 533

    SKU: 42-318

    $150.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 533 of von Richthofen. This is a different variation of this card. It is what I refer to as a death card. It was produced in 1918 after the death of von Richthofen in April of that year. First we see a cross after Richthofen which indicates that he was deceased. Second the card was originally bordered in black. Over time this has faded into silver due to the oxidation of the card….    

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD  - RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN AND FOUR FELLOW PILOTS FROM JASTA 11  - NR 511

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN AND FOUR FELLOW PILOTS FROM JASTA 11  – NR 511

    SKU: 42-312

    $140.00

    Jasta 11 was the most famous German squadron of WW I. Manfred von Richthofen was given command of it in January 1917 shortly after he received the Orden Pour le Mérite. He is seen with four of his fellow pilots from the squadron. From left to right there is Vizefeldwebel Sebastian Festner (12 victories), Leutnant Karl-Emil Schäfer (30 victories), Manfred von Richthofen (80 victories), Lothar von Richthofen (40 victories), Kurt Wolff (33 victories)….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - ERICH LOEWENHARDT - NR 641

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – ERICH LOEWENHARDT – NR 641

    SKU: 42-310

    $110.00

    Erich Loewenhardt was the third ranking German ace of WW I with fifty-four confirmed victories. Only Manfred von Richthofen and Ernst Udet achieved more victories than him….  

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD – FLIERGERHAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE – NR 409

    SKU: 42-316

    $75.00

    Oswald Boelcke was an important ace with forty confirmed victories. He along with Max Immelmann were the first aces who were awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite when they had achieved eight victories in January 1916. Boelcke would go on to create the first hunting squadron which was equipped with single seater biplanes as opposed to the earlier Fokker Eindecker….    

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

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

    SKU: 42-304

    $75.00

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

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 450

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

    SKU: 42-266

    $135.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD – NR 281

    SKU: 42-297

    $75.00

    This is a very early Sanke Card Nr 281. The airplane is actually French but it bears an Iron Cross on its rudder. There is also a German officer in the cockpit….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - OBERLEUTNANT EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH - NR 578

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – OBERLEUTNANT EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH – NR 578

    SKU: 42-309

    $95.00

    Eduard Ritter von Schleich was a Bavarian. He achieved thirty-five confirmed victories during WW I. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite and the Bavarian Military Max Joseph which was the highest award from his home state. This also granted him knighthood and the right to attach “Ritter” to his name….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - RITTER MAX von MULZER - NR 379

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – RITTER MAX von MULZER – NR 379

    SKU: 42-306

    $60.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916 ) was a Bavarian and early Orden Pour le Mérite winner and the first Bavarian to be so honored. He was also awarded the Military Max Joseph Order which was the highest award for military valor which also included a knighthood and the right to add “Ritter”. He scored all ten of his victories in variations of the Fokker Eindecker….  

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  • GERMANY – SERVICE BOOKS – SOLDIER’S WWI AND WWII MILITÄRPAß AND WEHRPAß

    SKU: 12-346

    $250.00

    This is a matched pair of service books for a soldier who served in both WW I and WW II. The man’s last name was Roy. He was born in 1899. He served as a mechanic in several Flieger Abteilungen during the war. He was released from service in 1919. His WW II Wehrpaß has his photo. It shows service both before and during WW II.

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  • GERMANY – STATUE – AVIATOR

    SKU: 14-363

    $1,595.00

    This is a classic statue depicting a WW I German aviator. I have seen these in the past, and offered them to you on one or two occasions. The statue rests on a base that measures 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ x 3/4.” The statue’s total height, from boot to upraised hand, measures 11 1/2.” Its overall weight is 2 pounds, 11 ounces. The pilot is wearing what appears to be a double-breasted, leather flying jacket. He is also wearing high boots into which his trousers have been tucked. He sports an old-fashioned leather helmet. This helmet was used early in the war by pilots and observers alike. Its leather was hard-shelled, unlike the more commonly seen soft leather caps. [If you look carefully, you can see a ridge running down the helmet’s center. Its presence is how I identified the helmet’s style. Perched atop his helmet are his goggles. His right arm is raised in salute, and his left hand holds a propeller. Obviously, the propeller is not to a standard propeller’s scale, which would have been much taller. The entire presentation, however, presents the WW I aviator’s spirit. If you look under the base, you can see the twin bolts and nuts that secure the statue to its base. At one time, the base probably had some sort of cover to conceal its innards. It does not affect the statue’s ability to stand solidly and securely when it is displayed. Here is a unique opportunity to add this…

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  • GERMANY – STICKPIN – COMMEMORATIVE ARMY AIRSHIP BADGE

    SKU: 28-161 XBB

    $325.00

    It is a very high-quality miniature mounted onto a pin. It was then used by a veteran. It is silver-toned. It is very well made for such a small item. As is correct for a full-sized Commemorative Army Airship Badge, it does not sport a Hohenzollern Crown. It is a lovely miniature……

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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 – TABLE MEDAL – EAST WEST TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT 1928 – HALLMARKED – SILVER .900

    SKU: 27-69

    $250.00

    This is an ultra high quality table medal that commemorates the East to West Trans Atlantic Passage……

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  • GERMANY – TABLE MEDAL – HUGO ECKNER – SMALL – BRONZE

    SKU: 27-67

    $125.00

    The table medal is quite unusual. All of the previous table medals I have seen commemorating the event were made of silver, nickel, or even aluminum. This example is gold-toned and is made of either brass or bronze, possibly. All of its other details are identical with the other medals. The obverse shows Hugo Eckner. The reverse shows the LZ-126 flying across the Atlantic. Below that are details of the flight. At the table medal’s very top somebody has neatly drilled a small hole so that it might have had a ring installed for supporting a ribbon, or for some other similar purpose…..

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  • 1914-1916 - BOXED - AVIATION UNIT GROUP

    GERMANY – TABLE MEDAL – IRON CROSS – 1914-1916 – BOXED – AVIATION UNIT GROUP

    SKU: 09-1055

    $895.00

    I was quite taken with this group when this unique grouping was offered to me. It is not splashy or significant, but does have great personality. The grouping starts with an interesting box, measuring 1 ½” x 4 ½” x 6 ½,” that holds the group’s other items. A red, black, and white (Imperial Germany’s national colors) silk ribbon is placed diagonally across the box’s upper left top corner. The top also features the word Kriegserinnerungen (War Memories), as well as a small 1914 Iron Cross, and the dates 1914-1916, all embossed on it in silver……

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  • GERMANY – TABLE MEDAL – ZEPPELIN – DR. HUGO ECKNER AND LZ-126

    SKU: 27-68

    $210.00

    This is a circular table medal commemorating the LZ 126. The LZ 126 was a part of Germany’s war reparations to the victorious allies. Dr. Hugo Eckner, who assumed the Zeppelin company’s control after Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s death, personally delivered the LZ 126 to the U. S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1924. [Lakehurst was where the zeppelin Hindenburg exploded thirteen years later]. The LZ 126 became theU. S. S. Los Angeles. The medal’s obverse shows a high-relief likeness of Dr. Hugo Eckner. Its reverse depicts the LZ 126 and the various stops on her voyage to America.

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  • GERMANY – TABLE MEDAL – ZEPPELIN/HUGO ECKNER

    SKU: 27-66 XJB

    $250.00

    Our table medal today measures 1 1/4” in diameter. The obverse features a likeness of Hugo Eckner. The reverse has a likeness of the LZ 126 and “1924,” the year she flew to the U.S. The table medal’s bottom lists the flight dates and other information. This is a very high-quality table medal that is very important in the Zeppelin Company’s  history……

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  • GERMANY-  SANKE CARD - RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN - NR 533

    GERMANY-  SANKE CARD – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN – NR 533

    SKU: 42-313

    $140.00

    Little need to be said about the career of Manfred von Richthofen. He was the ace of aces during WW I and no one sparks more interest in the history of aviation than him….  

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  • GERMNAY – SANKE CARD – CAPTURED BRITISH BOMBER – NR 1039

    SKU: 42-292

    $50.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 1039. Sanke cards came in three different categories. First comes aviators. Second is aircraft. Finally the third are Zeppelins….  

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    HISTORY OF AVIATION: 50 OF THE GREATEST AIRCRAFT IN THE HISTORY OF FLIGHT

    SKU: 16-345

    $35.00

    This is an English-produced book from, I would guess, the 1960’s or 1970’s. It chronicles what the author feels are the 50 greatest aircraft in history. It features a write-up about each of the various aircraft, which is then adorned with a small card displaying its picture. The card measures 5″ x 7 1/2,” and is pasted in with the description. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it is very similar to the German cigarette card albums of the 1920’s and 1930’s. I will not attempt to list all the aircraft, but among them are the Fokker D. VII, Montgolfier Balloon (?), ME 262, and Lockheed Tristar. On the back cover it says that the cards were given free with the purchase of Brooke Bond Tea and tea bags.

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  • HUNGARY – STAMPS – AVIATION RELATED – BLOCK OF FOUR

    SKU: 21-183

    $15.00

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  • IMPERIAL GERMANY – BADGE – AVIATION DONATION

    SKU: 01-902

    $75.00

    Today we offer a different variation of an aviation donation medal. The example is made of zinc. It shows an early, two-winged aircraft……

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  • INK BLOTTER MADE FROM A PROPELLER

    SKU: 24-15

    $150.00

    This is a unique ink blotter that makes an interesting desk piece. The blotter is made of segments of wood from a propeller (I cannot say whether it is British, American, French, or German). The top of it has a hand-carved propeller that measures 5″. The top unscrews to allow access to the bottom of the blotter. This way the blotting paper could be removed when it became too soiled. This would look great on your desk.

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  • JACK D. HUNTER – AUDIO CASSETTES – THE BLUE MAX

    SKU: 16-438

    $20.00

    This is a complete set of CASSETTES for the hit aviation novel The Blue Max. A total of seven cassettes are housed in a storage album. The tapes are read by Tom Parker and were produced by Blackthorne Audio Books in 1995. I have owned these since 1998 and have used them twice.

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    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (DE ADELAAR VAN HET ESKADER)

    SKU: 16-388

    $95.00 $76.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (DE ADELAAR VAN HET ESKADER) This is a Dutch edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a hardback version complete with the dust jacket. It was published by Plaza & Janes, S.A. with offices in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Bogota, and Barcelona. It is a first edition that was published in 1966. It is in very good condition.

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    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (DEN BLÅ MAX)

    SKU: 16-386

    $95.00 $76.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (DEN BLÅ MAX) This is a Swedish edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a hardback version complete with its dust jacket. It was published by Folket I Bilds Forlag of Stockholm, Sweden. This is a first edition that was published in 1966. It is in very good condition.

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    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (LA CADUTA DELLE AQUILE)

    SKU: 16-387

    $50.00 $40.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (LA CADUTA DELLE AQUILE) This is an Italian edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a high-quality soft cover version. It was published by Galleria del Corso of Milan, Italy. It is in excellent condition.

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    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (LAS AGUILAS AZULES)

    SKU: 16-385

    $95.00 $76.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – BOOK – THE BLUE MAX (LAS AGUILAS AZULES) This is a Spanish edition of the hit WW I novel The Blue Max, which was written by the late Jack D. Hunter. It is a hardback version complete with its dust jacket. It was published by Plaza & Janes, S.A. with offices in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Bogota, and Barcelona. This is a first edition that was published in 1966. It is in very good condition.

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING AMERICAN SE 5 ATTACKING A PAIR OF FOKKER D. VII’s

    SKU: 16-393 XJB

    $1,995.00 $1,596.00

    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….  

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ONE ALBATROS D. Va AND ONE SE-5

    SKU: 16-392

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING ONE ALBATROS D. Va AND ONE SE-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, 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 one of his paintings in the smaller and more compact size. Its simple, elegant, black, molded frame measures 14 3/8″ x 19 3/8.” The painting’s subject…

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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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    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 AMERICAN SALMSON SAL 2-A-2

    SKU: 16-402

    $1,995.00 $1,596.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING AMERICAN SALMSON SAL 2-A-2 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, blue matte providing a subtle contrast. The subject of the painting is…

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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

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

    SKU: 16-398

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

    SKU: 16-394

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    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 – 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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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING GOTHA G. V. BOMBER ATTACKED BY SE-5A

    SKU: 16-407

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING GOTHA G. V. BOMBER ATTACKED BY SE-5A 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 19 ½” x 24 ½.” It sports a single-matte. The painting’s subject is a German Gotha G. V. Bomber flying over Southeast England. It has become separated from the rest of its squadron, and is…

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    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING U. S. SALMSON TWO-SEATER FENDING-OFF PFALZ D-XII’S ATTACK

    SKU: 16-397

    $1,495.00 $1,196.00

    JACK D. HUNTER – ORIGINAL PAINTING – FEATURING U. S. SALMSON TWO-SEATER FENDING-OFF PFALZ D-XII’S ATTACK 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 duel between an American Salmson Observation Airplane and a Pfalz D. XII. In the action is the Salmson, decked out in camouflage and sporting the…

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  • LARGE AIRPLANE PROPELLER SECTION EMBEDDED WITH WEATHER STATION

    SKU: 14-406

    $995.00

    Today we introduce you to a large trench art piece. By definition, trench art was an art form wherein soldiers at the front (or recovering in a hospital from wounds) took discarded battlefield items such as shell casings, belt buckles, driving belts, and so on, then fashioned them into interesting and useful items prized by the folks on the home front. [Please note, not only soldiers near or at the front constructed these items. Some of the more complicated pieces were fashioned at home]. This item certainly falls into the trench art category. It is especially noteworthy because it comes from the Imperial German Air Service. Trench art from this military discipline are VERY difficult-to-find. I have seen some propeller-based pieces over the years, but never anything so large. The smaller pieces have always been items that one could set on a desk, such as photograph frames, ink blotters, and etc. One would have to procure a giant’s desk to display this beauty! [Before I describe Mister “large-and-in-charge,” please allow me to digress with a description of a propeller’s construction]. Whenever one views an Imperial German Air Service propeller’s segment, one immediately is aware that it displays two different colors. The Germans took “slices” of wood and glued them together to make their propellers. These glued pieces often featured contrasting colors. I am not aware of any “technical” reason to use different-colored wood (or perhaps wood from a different kind of tree), it may just have been a matter of…

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  • LARGE SILVER CUP WITH LEUTNANT der RESERVE HERBERT A. ANGELROTH’S PRUSSIAN PILOT BADGE AND BOUND MILITARY & PERSONAL RESEARCH

    SKU: 14-423

    $1,995.00

    Today we are offering a fine silver cup that measures 5 ½” tall x 2 5/8″ x 1 5/8.” It is a good-sized cup, considerably larger than many we have offered. At any rate, the cup is large enough to display a full-sized Commemorative Prussian Pilot Badge on the side. This was the ONLY cutout Prussian badge. The badge was intended for pilots who were no longer on active duty. It was originally created during WW I when pilots were no longer able to fly due to health issues and/or wounds. Herman Göring appeared in photographs from the early-to-mid 1930’s wearing such a badge (prior to the Luftwaffe’s creation in February 1935). It then became common for officers who were in the Luftwaffe and no longer flew to wear the Commemorative Pilot Badge or the Observer Badge on their tunics. The cup’s reverse features a handwritten inscription comprised of four fellow pilots’ signatures (Kredel, Krogmann, Luchsland, and Weiss). Below the four signatures is another inscription as detailed below. “Dem Angelroth Enkel Jens-Uwe zu seiner Taufe am 7. 1 1962″ (This refers to Arthur Angelroth’s first grandchild, Jens-Uwe Angelroth, and the youngster’s 1 July 1962 baptism date]. The cup’s bottom has sustained two small dents. The number “28272″ is engraved on the cup’s bottom (part of the manufacturer’s identification), along with the .800, the half moon and the Hohenzollern Crown that were part of the Reich’s silver fitness program. [The latter were mandated by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1885]. The initials…

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  • LAS AGUILAS AZULES (THE BLUE MAX) by JACK D. HUNTER

    SKU: 16-417

    $95.00

    This is the Spanish edition of The Blue Max. The hit book, published in 1964, was made into a 20th Century Fox blockbuster starring George Peppard, James Mason, and Ursula Andress. It clearly is the best novel about German WW I aviation written-to-date. It paves the way for all others, as we watch Bruno Stachel attempt to rise from his humble origins by winning the Orden Pour le Mérite. Stachel is utterly ruthless as he claws his way to his goal, regardless of the cost to others. After the publication of Mr. Hunter’s books in the U.S. and Great Britain, he was published all over the world. This Spanish first-edition was published in 1966. It is complete with a dust jacket and is in very good condition, overall.

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  • LIDDED PORCELAIN MINI-MUG

    SKU: 14-392

    $95.00

    This figurine represents a bomb dropped from a zeppelin. The side features the city of Dover Court’s Coat-of-Arms. The figurine stands 3 1/4″ tall and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The manufacturer’s hallmark is on the bottom.

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  • LIECHTENSTEIN – STAMPS – AVATION – BLOCK OF TWENTY

    SKU: 21-186

    $25.00

    This is a block of twenty mint-condition postage stamps from 1979 in Liechtenstein. The stamps honor early aviation in that country. This set of stamps was produced specially for postage stamp collectors.

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  • LIMITED EDITION PRINT “MOONLIGHT RENEGADE” by STAN STOKES

    SKU: 16-448

    $75.00

    Stan Stokes is one of today’s premier WW I aviation artists. We are offering a signed and numbered print of his “Moonlight Renegade.” The limited edition print is number 2041/4750, and measures 11 ½” x 16.” The print’s subject is Zeppelin L-48’s raid over England on 16 June 1917. The L-48 was a part of a larger zeppelin raiding party that evening. British pilot Captain Robert Saundby led a more than three hour chase of the zeppelin until the L-48 was shot down in flames. Amazingly, two L-48 crew members survived the attack, the only zeppelin crew members to ever survive being shot down. The moment of the explosion is caught in this print. Included with it is a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) that describes the evening’s action.

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  • LIMITED EDITION PRINT “THE RINGMASTER” by STAN STOKES

    SKU: 16-447

    $75.00

    Stan Stokes is one of today’s premier WW I aviation artists. We are offering a signed and numbered print of his “The Ringmaster.” The limited edition print is number 2389/4750, and measures 11 ½” x 16.” The print’s subject is Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) and his feared Fokker Dr 1 triplane. He has pulled behind two British Sopwith Camels that are pursuing another Dr 1. Included with the print is a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) that features a brief biography of von Richthofen. It is a handsome, colorful rendition of the “Red Baron.”

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  • MILITÄRPAß – BAVARIAN SOLDIER/AVIATOR

    SKU: 16-350

    $125.00

    This is a militärpaß for a Bavarian named Wilhelm Veidt. Veidt was born in 1897. He mustered into the army on 4 April 1916. His first service was in the I. Ersatz-Bataillon of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 19. The unit was based at 1. Rekruten-Depot. He reported to the front as a member of this Bavarian regiment. He was posted to a Bavarian Flieger-Abteilung later in the war. Unit stamps appear from both regiments. The replaced cover of the militärpaß indicates that Veidt served in the army from 4 April 1916 through 17 February 1919. It is an interesting militärpaß for a Bavarian soldier/aviator.

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  • MILITÄRPAß – SAXON S’OLDIER/AVIATOR

    SKU: 16-351

    $125.00

    This is a militärpaß for a man born in 1889 in Leipzig, Saxony. He entered (or re-entered) the army in 1916. He was assigned to 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103. As we thumb through the militärpaß, we see that he demonstrated his proficiency with the Mauser rifle. We also see his regiment’s unit stamp. After his service in this regiment, he served in a Prussian Flieger-Abteilung. The militärpaß contains many interesting entries. It is housed in a cover. It is a fine militärpaß for a Saxon soldier.

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  • Sale! MOVIE THEATER CARD - VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-518 XMD

    $75.00 $63.75

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN. This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown. While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-517 XMD

    $75.00 $63.75

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN. This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown. While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-516 XMD

    $75.00 $63.75

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN. This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown. While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-515 XMD

    $75.00 $63.75

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN. This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown. While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-514 XMD

    $75.00 $63.75

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN. This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown. While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-513 XMD

    $75.00 $63.75

    MOVIE THEATER CARD – VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN. This is a full-color theater card from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown. While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,”. consignment item.

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  • Sale! MOVIE THEATER CARDS - SET OF 6 -VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN 

    MOVIE THEATER CARDS – SET OF 6 -VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN

    SKU: 16-519 XMD

    $375.00 $313.00

    MOVIE THEATER CARDS – SET OF 6 -VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN Please call 727.233-6173 or email kgreenfield@derrittmeister.com before ordering the set – so we may ensure all 6 mini posters are still available. These are full-color theater cards from the movie Von Richthofen & Brown. The movie was released in 1971 and is a highly fictionalized story about Manfred von Richthofen and Roy Brown. It starred John Phillip Law as von Richthofen and Don Stroud as Roy Brown. While the movie has some historical errors, its flying action employed many of the same airplanes that were used in the production of the Blue Max. The theater card measures 14” x 11,” consignment item

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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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  • NEWS CLIPPING – MAX IMMELMANN’S LAST VICTORY AND DEATH

    SKU: 16-334

    $95.00

    This is a news clipping relating Max Immelmann’s last aerial victory and his death in combat. The clipping is dated June (1916) and measures 5” x 3 1/2.” Immelmann, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first German aviators to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916.

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

    SKU: 16-354

    $125.00

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

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  • 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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  • ORIGINAL PRE WW I AVIATION LITHOGRAPH

    SKU: 16-380

    $95.00

    This is an original lithograph that was removed from an aviation book. At the bottom we see that it came from Die Eroberung der Luft. Penciled at the bottom we see the date, 1911. From an Austrian aviation book, it handsomely depicts a prewar aviation scene. The image itself measures 14 1/2″ x 11 1/4.”

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  • PAINTING OF FREIHERR MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN

    SKU: 16-126

    $75.00

    This painting was done by an amateur artist who lives in Minnesota. It measures 24″ x 18″ and depicts the Baron in his famous ulanka (tunic). Von Richthofen is superimposed against the sky. He is wearing his Pour le Mérite, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, Prussian Pilot Badge, and the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class looped through a buttonhole of his tunic. This painting is ready to display as it is on its canvas, or you may have it framed as suits your individual taste. Shipping for this item will be $20.00.

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  • PHOTOGRAPH – POSTCARD – MAP GROUP

    SKU: 16-365

    $895.00

    This is a group that consists of original photographs, postcards, and an observation squadron map. The group has seventeen original photographs. They are quite varied and include a pose of the squadron’s ground crew posing in front of what appears to be a Fokker Eindecker, as well as the officers as they party-hearty. Some shots show airplanes flying, while others are individual poses of the squadron’s airmen. Two photographs display captured French and British airplanes. The other three postcards are detailed in the photos that accompany our description. Last, but not least, is a map used by German aviators for flight in Germany. When fully opened, the map measures 17″ x 14 ½.” It is stamped three times on the reverse and once on the obverse for “Fliegerstation Meß, Kartenberwaltung, 2. Komp. Flieger=Batl Nr 4.” The map is in color. It is a 1907 series that was updated in 1914. The map shows Berlin and the areas in the Northeast. The map, like the group’s other items, is in fine condition.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE – BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 14-391

    $95.00

    This figurine represents an incendiary bomb dropped from a zeppelin. The bomb’s side has the city of Carnoustie’s Coat-of-Arms. The bomb stands 3½” tall and is 1½” in diameter. On the top it states “Model of a German Bomb.” A manufacturer’s hallmark is on the bottom.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE – BRITISH AIRPLANE

    SKU: 14-386

    $95.00

    This is a porcelain British airplane figurine. It measures 5 ½” in length and 4″ in width. The wing’s top side displays the city of Boston’s Coat-of-Arms. No manufacturer’s hallmark is present. The airplane is in excellent condition.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE – INCENDIARY BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 14-389

    $95.00

    This figurine represents an incendiary bomb dropped from a zeppelin at Maldon on 16 April 1915. The bomb’s side features the city of Bungay’s Coat-of-Arms. The bomb stands 3″ tall and is 1 1/4″ in diameter. The information about the bomb appears on the bottom, as does a manufacturer’s hallmark.

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  • PORCELAIN FIGURINE – INCENDIARY BOMB DROPPED FROM ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 14-390

    $95.00

    This figurine represents an incendiary bomb dropped from a zeppelin. The bomb’s side states that it is a “German Incendiary Bomb.” The other side has the city of Cemlon’s Coat-of-Arms. The bomb stands 3″ tall and is 1½” in diameter.

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  • POSTCARD - GERMANY - MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN AND AND GENERAL von HOEPPNER - GUSTAV LIERSCH - NR 7847 

    POSTCARD – GERMANY – MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN AND AND GENERAL von HOEPPNER – GUSTAV LIERSCH – NR 7847

    SKU: 42-300

    $150.00

    Gustav Liersch along with Willy Sanke were the two leading firms producing aviation postcards. In fact they often shared the same photographs and in this case the name Sanke appears in the lower right corner of the postcard. We currently have on offer a Sanke card which features Manfred von Richthofen and General Ernst von Hoeppner….  

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  • PRE WW I AIRMAIL FLOWN POSTCARD

    SKU: 16-389

    $95.00

    This is a postcard that was flown by airmail prior to WW I. The postcard was specially printed and offered to collectors who wanted to obtain a postcard that had actually flown on an airplane. It was an early offering, as it was flown barely nine years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The specially printed postcard proudly proclaims that it was flown by airplane from Frankfurt am Rhein. It was double cancelled on 22 June 1912. A special 20-pfennig postage stamp was used. The postcard was addressed, but no message was written on it.

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  • PRUSSIA - BADGE - ARMY LAND PILOT

    PRUSSIA – BADGE – ARMY LAND PILOT

    SKU: 01-897 XFQ

    $595.00

    PRUSSIA – BADGE – ARMY LAND PILOT This is a Prussian land Pilot Badge. There were three types of badges that were used. The most desirable was the two piece hollow that was often made in silver. Following that were the one piece solid badges, then the badges that were stamped similar to wound badges. The one piece solid are the second most desirable and from my experience are actually less frequently seen than the other two. This example is made from a base metal. Thus the patina is different from the other two. There is no hallmarking on the reverse. The pin is sturdy looking. This is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - LEATHER FLYING HELMET - AVIATION

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER FLYING HELMET – AVIATION

    SKU: 15-730

    $495.00

    PRUSSIA – LEATHER FLYING HELMET – AVIATION. This is a WW I German aviator’s soft, leather, flying helmet. During the war, the Germans used two basic types of flying helmets. The first and earliest was a hard, leather-shell design similar to a motorcycle helmet. The second was a soft, leather, flying helmet. No standard design had been mandated for the latter, and most were-privately purchased from a number of sources. Our offering today is made of dark-brown, very supple leather. It sports ear flaps that can be opened by way of a snap. A loop is attached at the very top by which it could be hung in or out of the airplane. The interior is made of light brown felt. If you look closely, you can see light areas of wear – what I refer to as “honest age.” The overall condition of this helmet is exceptional.

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  • PRUSSIA – MINIATURE – BADGE – ARMY GUNNER

    SKU: 29-105

    $450.00

    This is a miniature of a Prussian Army Gunner’s Badge. The badge is vaulted, which is highly unusual…..

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  • PRUSSIA – POSTCARD -PRINCE SIGISMUND – NR NPG 5574

    SKU: 42-314

    $75.00

    Prince Sigismund of Prussia was from the lesser house of Hohenzollern. Like all Hohenzollerns he was enlisted as a Leutnant á la Suite in 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. He was also a Rittmeister in 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preußen Nr. 2. He also flew as a pilot in 1917-1918….  

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  • PRUSSIA – RING – IMPERIAL GERMAN AIR SERVICE – PRUSSIAN ARMY PILOT BADGE

    SKU: 17-684 XBB

    $495.00

    It is seldom that we are able to offer you a Prussian Army pilot badge finger ring….      

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  • PRUSSIA – STICKPIN – ARMY PILOT’S BADGE

    SKU: 28-160

    $125.00

    This is an interesting example of the Prussian Army Pilot’s Badge stickpin. The badge is a smaller version than we usually see. The detail is amazingly strong, even with the smaller size. The stickpin’s badge measures a diminutive 1/2″ x 1/2.” The pin is knurled, as is typical the era’s stickpins.

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  • RECOLLECTIONS OF AN AIRMAN by LT. COL. L. A. STRANGE

    SKU: 16-423

    $40.00

    This is a hardback book that is complete with its dust jacket. It was published in Great Britain in 1989. It was first published in 1933. In it, Lt. Col. Strange recalls his experiences during the Great War. Strange was in aviation training when WW I began. He served all during the war and survived it. He flew and led squadrons and wings in France. He was also involved with training. It shows good examples of his experiences and his involvement. He was not a major figure in the air war, but was definitely present to see a fair amount of action. The book is long out-of-print. You will find it both satisfying and interesting.

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  • SOLDBUCH – AVIATION SOLDIER

    SKU: 16-348

    $50.00

    This is a soldbuch for an aviation soldier named Hermann Schwanz (please, no jokes, it IS his name. It means “tail” in German). He was born in 1888. He served in several aviation units and survived the war. It contains unit notations and stamps. At the time his soldbuch was issued, he was assigned to Flieger Ersatz Abteilung Nr 14.

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

    SKU: 14-293

    $425.00

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

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  • THE BLUE MAX MOVIE STILL – FOKKER TRIPLANE PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED AND PERSONALIZED TO “DER RITTMEISTER”

    SKU: 14-457

    $250.00

    THE BLUE MAX MOVIE STILL – FOKKER TRIPLANE PHOTOGRAPH – AUTOGRAPHED AND PERSONALIZED TO “DER RITTMEISTER” (KEN GREENFIELD). This photograph has hung behind my desk for years. It features the Fokker Triplane flown by the star of The Blue Max, George Peppard. He portrayed its antihero, the ruthless Bruno Stachel. The photograph shows Peppard leaping from his airplane after completing the mission that would win him the PLM. The photograph has been professionally framed and is double-matted.  The photograph is recognized for being from 20th Century Fox and identified as The Blue Max at the bottom. Also at the left bottom is an inscription to me “To Ken Greenfield Donnerwetter (I’m outta here!) On the right it reads “Best Wishes Always Jack Hunter.” The frame’s reverse sports a further inscription “To my Friend Ken Greenfield Merry Christmas 1996. All the best Sincerely Terry” As I thin out my personal collection, it is time to share this with another collector who will be as inspired as I was by both The Blue Max and Jack Hunter. The framed presentation measures 15” x 12.” The photograph measures 9.5” x 7.”

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  • THREE LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN FROM OBSERVATION AIRPLANE

    SKU: 16-384

    $50.00

    This is a fine group of four large-format original phonographs. Two show the ground below since they were on patrol when not taking actual observation photographs. The third shows the French Fort Manonvillier. Each photograph measures 7 1/4″ x 4 3/4.” One of the photos has a piece of its corner missing.

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  • U.K. – HANDLEY PAGE BOMBERS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR by CHAZ BOWYER

    SKU: 16-444

    $50.00

    This book tells the story of the British large bombers that were classed against Germany’s Gotha Bombers. The book contains a lot of technical information about the bombers, along with some interesting period photos. Even the U.S. Air Service used these large bombers.

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    U.S. – BOOK – A HISTORY OF FLIGHT: VOLUME THREE BY COURTLAND CANBY

    SKU: 16-492

    $20.00 $17.00

    BOOK – A HISTORY OF FLIGHT: VOLUME THREE BY COURTLAND CANBY. This is the third volume of this book series. Volume Three starts out with early attempts at aviation, from ancient attempts at winged flight on through the early balloons of 18th Century France. It then goes on to detail the history of modern aviation, but does NOT deal with WW I to any great extent. It focuses instead on civil aviation before and after WW I on up to just before its 1963 copyright date. The book is a first edition that comes complete with its dust jacket. It is in excellent condition.

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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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  • U.S. / GERMANY – NEWSPAPER – PHOTO – BADGE – FRAMED – ZEPPELIN COLLAGE

    SKU: 21-262

    $595.00

    This is a marvelous framed collage of items that relate to zeppelins. A total of four items appear in the collage. They range in dates from 1917 to 1937. I will describe the four items chronologically. 1) Photograph of Navy Zeppelin L53. The L53 also held the production number of LZ 100. It was launched on 8 August 1917. During its service, it flew nineteen reconnaissance missions and four bombing missions over England. It was shot down over England on 11 August 1918 by a Royal Naval Air Service Lieutenant flying a Sopwith Camel. The photo, which measures 6 7/8″ x 4 1/8,” shows the L 53 as she is rolled out of her hanger. The zeppelin’s stern appears in the photograph. 2) Graf Zeppelin World Flight Badge from 1929. A wide variety of badges were produced, covering a great assortment of zeppelin badges like this. Some were world flight badges and others were more regionalized. The badge measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. The edge proclaims “Graf Zeppelin Weltflug 1929.” The badge’s center shows the Graf Zeppelin in profile. She is superimposed over a blue and green map of the world. While it cannot be seen, these had a pin on the reverse. They are VERY prized by collectors. 3) Newspaper clipping from 19 October 1933. The clipping comes from a newspaper in Hanover. The headline reads“Deutsche Zeppeline über York.” The article deals with zeppelins that flew over and bombed York in England during WW I. At the end of…

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  • UNIFORMS AND INSIGNIA OF THE LUFTWAFFE VOLUME ONE: 1933-1940 BY BRIAN L. DAVIS

    SKU: 16-421

    $30.00

    This is a comprehensive book by Brian L. Davis about Germany’s 1933 through 1940 Luftwaffe uniforms and insignia. The book features hundreds of black and white photographs and drawings depicting the uniforms, badges, cuff titles, helmets, etc. that played important parts in the Luftwaffe. Follow their evolution under Hermann Göring’s leadership, from the Reichsluftfahrtministerium’s (Reich’s Air Ministry) creation when Adolf Hitler became Germany’s Chancellor in 1933 to WW II’s 1940 midpoint. The book is in excellent condition, and comes complete with a dust jacket.

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  • WINGED WARS VOLUME 1: THE GERMAN AIR WEAPON 1870-1914 by JOHN R. CUNEO

    SKU: 16-424

    $50.00

    This is a second-edition of this book’s first volume, and was published in 1942. It is an English-language book and comes complete with a dust jacket. Mr. Cuneo deals with the early days of German aviation from 1870 to 1914. During the U.S. Civil War, observers from many nations came to see what developments the U.S. had employed in the art of warfare. The Germans had numerous observers here. They saw many major developments, which included those listed below. 1) The use of railroads to move troops and supplies rapidly to where they were needed. 2) The use of telegraphs to aid in command and control at the front, and to communicate with commanders about what was happening and what was expected from them, as well as to request men and material for the front. 3) The use of observation balloons at the front. The Prussians learned their lessons well, the first two developments listed above to great effect in routing the French Army during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. Observation balloons were used in the latter war, but were not nearly as important as in WW I. One of the German observers in the U.S. was none other than the young Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917). His view of balloons led to his creation of the first zeppelin in 1900. As the years grew closer to WW I, both balloons and zeppelins took to the skies, as did fixed-wing aircraft. In this book airplanes did not yet take a major…

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  • WW I AVIATION PLATES

    SKU: 14-197

    $395.00

    This is a most unusual set of three plates that features a German biplane in flight. It appears to be an early war observation plane with a two man crew aboard. The plates are white with a blue border around the edge. In the 12 o’clock position appears the airplane with the initials M. F. S. around it. The reverse of each piece indicates that it was manufactured by the firm of Rosenthal from Bavaria. Under that appears “Franz Kreski Bromberg,” which may have been the store that sold them, but I am not sure about this. There are three plates in the set, two of them are dinner size plates which are 9 3/4″ in diameter. The third is oval shaped and would measure 10 ½” x 6 3/4″ at the widest points. The plates are well used (signs of use in the center from meals is evident where forks, knives or spoons were used), but the blue border and the airplane motif are in exceptional condition. I would estimate these plates to be from 1913-1917. A unique aviation item from the war that was most likely used in an officer’s mess in a squadron. I would prefer to sell these as a group but would consider selling them individually. Please call or write for a price on an individual piece.

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