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  • "CAMEO" OF FREDERICK THE GREAT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    “CAMEO” OF FREDERICK THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-288

    $295.00

    This is a very high-quality cameo of König Frederick the Great. It measures 2 1/4″ x 1 3/4.” Frederick is seen in high-relief profile. A hanger is at the top. The “cameo” is made of ivory! It is in very fine condition.

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  • ADELSBRIEF - DUCHY OF BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ADELSBRIEF – DUCHY OF BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 20-172

    $5,495.00

    The Adelsbrief was one of the most important documents to come from Imperial Germany. It was a document granting knighthood to a man by the head of state. No greater honor could be granted. The man and all his descendants would wear the coveted “von” attached to their name. While their formats differed slightly, the basic information and general presentation were quite similar regardless of the state. We currently have Adelsbrief available from both Prussia and Bavaria. Today we are offering a most interesting Adelsbrief from the Duchy of Braunschweig. Braunschweig was a part of the Kingdom of Hannover. The House of Hannover has a direct tie to Great Britain. King George III was King of Hannover and Great Britain and Ireland. This is the same George III who ruled during the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig both suffered a terrible fate in 1866. In the final war consolidating Germany, the Prussians and several other Northern States battled it out with Austria and several of the Southern German States. Unfortunately for them, Hannover and Braunschweig allied themselves with the Austrians. When the war ended in a resounding Prussian victory, both Hannover and Braunschweig were annexed into Prussia. This included their military. Hannover, and her vassal state Braunschweig, had one of the finest armies in Germany. Braunschweig was administered by Prussian princes from 1866 until 1913, when Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig married Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, Viktoria Louise. Wilhelm…

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  • AUTOGRAPH - PRINZ ALBRECHT VON PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPH – PRINZ ALBRECHT VON PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-119

    $95.00

    This is a clipped autograph (a clipped signature from a document or letter) of Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (1809-1872). Albrecht was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm I. He was a General der Kavallerie in the Prussian Army. The clipped signature is boldly signed by the Prinz, and displays his rank immediately below.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER - GENERAL der INFANTERIE FRIEDRICH WILHELM GRAF von BÜLOW DENNEWITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – GENERAL der INFANTERIE FRIEDRICH WILHELM GRAF von BÜLOW DENNEWITZ

    SKU: 19-186

    $325.00

    This is a signed letter from Friedrich Wilhelm Graf von Bülow Dennewitz (1755-1816). He was a very successful commander who led the Prussian IV. ArmeeKorps under Blücher at Waterloo. This ArmeeKorps faced the heaviest action and successfully carried out its mission during the momentous battle. The letter, which measures 5″ x 7 1/2,” was written on 13 September 1813. and was a Dienstanweistung (instructions or regulations). For being nearly two-hundred-years-old, the letter is in surprisingly good condition.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL LEONHARD GRAF von BLUMENTHAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL LEONHARD GRAF von BLUMENTHAL

    SKU: 19-185

    $325.00

    Leonhard Graf von Blumenthal (1810-1900) was an able commander and staff officer. He received special recognition for his efforts. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves during the Austro-Prussian War. He served closely with Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm during that war, as well as the Franco-Prussian War. He was appointed to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall in 1888 and served on the General Staff. Today, we are offering a two-page letter written by him in 1876. The letter will prove most interesting, if you care to translate it.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER - PRINZ FRIEDRICH CARL von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – PRINZ FRIEDRICH CARL von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-218

    $165.00

    This is a letter from Prinz Friedrich Carl of Prussia. The letter is directed to a Dr. Eggars and dated 11 January 1869. The young prince received an extensive military education and was taught by future Generalfeldmarschall Albrecht von Roon. He rose steadily in the Prussian Army and served with distinction in the consolidation wars of 1848, 1849, 1864, and 1866. He played a significant part in the winning of the Battle of Königgrätz in 1866. He held the Austrians at bay with his I. Armee until his cousin, Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, arrived on the battlefield. The Crown Prince’s forces attacked the Austrians’ flank, turning the tide to win the penultimate battle of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Prince Friedrich Carl played an equally important role in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, defeating the French in several key battles. He was promoted to generalfeldmarschall as a result of these victories. The letter is written by a scribe and measures 11 3/16″ x 8 7/8.” The prince’s large, bold signature appears in black ink at the letter’s bottom. It also sports a 3 1/4″ tear extending through the signature’s bottom (following a crease line).

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM GENERALFELDMARSCHALL KARL FRIEDRICH von STEINMETZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM GENERALFELDMARSCHALL KARL FRIEDRICH von STEINMETZ

    SKU: 19-227

    $225.00

    Prussia’s Generalfeldmarschall Karl Friedrich von Steinmetz (1796-1877) began his military career in 1813, during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded during the war and received the 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class. After fighting in 1848’s First and Second Schleswig Wars, he achieved the rank of Generalmajor in 1854. Subsequently, he fought in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and then the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. During the latter war, as a Generaloberst, he commanded the I. Armee, one of three Prussian Armies in the field. He retired in April 1871, then was promoted to Generalfeldmarschall. The letter was handwritten in 1876 at Gorlitz, the year before he died. It measures 6 ½” x 8.” It is attached to another piece of paper that serves as a matte. It is interesting to note that Füsilier-Regiment von Steinmetz (Westpreußisches) Nr 37 was named in his honor. It is a fine, complete letter from one of Germany’s most important Franco-Prussian War military commanders.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED LETTER FROM PRINZ HEINRICH OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-92

    $175.00

    This is an original letter written by Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929). Heinrich was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Heinrich served as the head of the Kaiserliche Marine in the rank of Großadmiral. He served in that capacity until he disagreed with Großadmiral Alfred von Tirpitz. Heinrich lost out on that power play when his older brother backed von Tirpitz. Interestingly, this handwritten letter is on an 8 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece of paper that has been folded in half and bears the embossed seal of the Kronprinzessin Cecilie. She was his niece by marriage, a princess from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and the wife of his nephew, Kronprinz Wilhelm, the heir to the Hohenzollern throne and the man who never became Kaiser after the monarchy fell in 1918. This letter was written 22 April 1922 in black ink. A partial description of the letter in German is included.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED PARTY INVITATION CELEBRATING QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF GREAT BRITAIN’S BIRTHDAY - AUTOGRAPHED BY PRINZESSIN/DUCHESS VIKTORIA LUISE (PRUSSIA AND BRAUNSCHWEIG) AND LUDWIG FREIHERR von HAMMERSTEIN-EQUORD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED PARTY INVITATION CELEBRATING QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF GREAT BRITAIN’S BIRTHDAY – AUTOGRAPHED BY PRINZESSIN/DUCHESS VIKTORIA LUISE (PRUSSIA AND BRAUNSCHWEIG) AND LUDWIG FREIHERR von HAMMERSTEIN-EQUORD

    SKU: 19-147 XES

    $250.00

    This is a consignment item. While I am unable to date this definitively, I estimate it hails from the 1960’s or 1970’s. It is an invitation to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain’s birthday celebration. The party was given by British Ambassador Steel. The invitation is addressed to Ludwig Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord. He came from a very old Prussian military family. I have no details about him, however, his father was Freiherr Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord (1878-1943). He was a high-ranking, highly decorated officer in WW I who served on the general staff. Ultimately, he was appointed Chief of Staff in 1930. Violently anti-Nazi, his influence was greatly reduced after their rise to power. This beautifully engraved invitation measures 5″ x 6 1/4.” What makes it so interesting is that it is autographed by Prinzessin/Duchess Viktoria Luise (1892-1980)on the reverse. She was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, and married Duke (Herzog) Ernst August of Braunschweig in 1913. Along with her signature on the reverse, that of von Hammerstein-Equord can be seen. It is all in very fine condition.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - GENERALOBERST von WOYRSCH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – GENERALOBERST von WOYRSCH

    SKU: 19-176

    $450.00

    Remus von Woyrsch (1847-1920) was in retirement at the outbreak of WW I. Like many key officers (including Paul von Hindenburg), he was recalled to service. During WW I, he served on the Eastern Front and held the rank of Generaloberst. He commanded Armee-Gruppe Woyrsch. Later in the war his command was dissolved and he retired. At his retirement he was advanced one rank, as was the German Army’s practice, and became a Generalfeldmarschall. Today we are offering an autographed postcard of the general. He is in uniform wearing a PLM at his throat. If you look carefully, you will see a two-place medal bar with an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with Oak Leaves. Not only did he serve in the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War, but he served as a young officer in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. During WW I he reported to Austrians early in the war, and had a large number of Austrians in his command later. When asked about his Austrian troops, he replied that they had learned little since 1866! His signature on the obverse is bold and signed in black ink. We can see his name and the rank of Generalfeldmarschall (his retirement rank) and the date 3 October 1918. This was then mailed the following day from Breslau. Both card and autograph are in excellent condition.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-165

    $95.00

    This postcard offers good wishes for the New Year of 1908 from Prinz Eitel Friedrich von Preußen. He was another of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons. The black ink signature is quite bold.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - PRINZ OSKAR von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – PRINZ OSKAR von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-164

    $95.00

    This postcard has been autographed by Prinz Oskar von Preußen. He was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons. The postcard shows a stallion in profile. It has the Prinz’s signature, and is dated 1904. It is dedicated on the reverse to a Gräfin von Rantzau, who was a good friend of Oskar’s mother, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria. The dedication has been obscured on the reverse, but the black ink signature of the young Prinz is very clear.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD - VIZEADMIRAL WILHELM von LANS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – VIZEADMIRAL WILHELM von LANS

    SKU: 19-231

    $495.00

    This is a very scarce autographed postcard of Vizeadmiral Wilhelm von Lans (1861-1947). Von Lans joined the Kaiserliche Marine in 1878 as a cadet. Over the next twenty years he filled a variety of posts both on vessels and in staff roles. In 1899 he was given command of the small kanonboot S. M. S. Iltis, which was based in China. This was a traumatic time in China. The Boxer Rebellion erupted in 1900. The rebellion was an effort to rid China of European and Japanese influences. On 17 June 1900, the S. M. S. Iltis participated in an assault on and the taking of several Chinese forts, known as the Battle of the Taku Forts. During the successful assault, the S. M. S. Iltis suffered extensive damage from Chinese cannons within the forts, as well as extensive casualties among the crew. Lans himself was among the wounded. When news reached Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II, a major proponent of German colonial acquisition, was thrilled. In his eyes, the action proved Germany’s benefit in having colonies as well as a modern and powerful navy. The Navy had always been the Kaiser’s favorite, so he lavished praise on the Iltis and her commander, who by this time had been sent to Japan to recover from his wounds. On 25 June the Kaiser awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite to Lans. It was the first PLM awarded to a German naval officer. He also awarded a Pour le Mérite to the ship! This…

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  • BAVARIA - EPAULETTES - MAJOR - PRINZ ALFONS - 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – EPAULETTES – MAJOR – PRINZ ALFONS – 1. SCHWERES-REITER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 20-192 (23)

    $1,895.00

    Once again our old friend Prinz Alfons (1862-1933) of Bavaria makes an appearance on the pages of Der Rittmeister Militaria. Prinz Alfons was Prinz Adalbert of Bavaria’s second son. Although a House of Wittelsbach member, Prinz Alfons was well down on the Bavarian throne’s successor list. After serving as Prinz Regent for years, Ludwig III was elevated to König (when “Mad” Ludwig II died). This meant Kronprinz Rupprecht became the Bavarian heir apparent. Of course, he never became king because the empire fell in 1918. Prinz Alfons joined the Army in 1891 as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. The regiment was founded in 1814. It was garrisoned in the capital of Munich, where it was assigned to the 1. Bavarian ArmeeKorps. In 1892 Prinz Alfons became the commander and oberst of 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. Ultimately, he was promoted to General der Kavallerie, and served as the 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons’ Inhaber (Regimental Chef). This regiment was established in 1905 and named for Prinz Alfons. It was based at Straubing, where it was attached to the III. Bavarian ArmeeKorps. Prinz Alfons was never a front-line military commander, but as a royal he served in an à la Suite capacity. He held no official command during WW I. This pair of epaulettes belonged to Prinz Alfons when he served as a major in 1. Schweres-Reiter-Regiment Prinz Karl von Bayern. They are clearly for this regiment. We can tell by the epaulettes’ silver moons. While the…

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  • BAVARIA - PRINZ ALFONS’ CASED URKUNDE - HONORARY PRESIDENT - ARTILLERY VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION - DILLINGEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – PRINZ ALFONS’ CASED URKUNDE – HONORARY PRESIDENT – ARTILLERY VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION – DILLINGEN

    SKU: 20-218

    $1,495.00

    Over the years I have tried to bring you many different types of royalty items. While I have offered many items from Kaiser Wilhelm II and other key members of German royalty, I have always had a soft place in my heart for Prinz Alfons of Bavaria. I will not task you here with his history, since it is well-chronicled elsewhere on this website. I will say that Prinz Alfons served as regimental chef to several regiments. Today we are offering a unique urkunde (award document). This document was issued to Prinz Alfons in September 1924. The document made him the honorary Ehrenpräsident (President) of the Artillerie-Vereinigung des Bezirks Dillingen. As I understand it, this was a veteran’s organization for former members of Artillerie-Regiments. I cannot stress too strongly this urkunde’s exquisite beauty. The document (actually, two documents) is housed in a sumptuous, dark-blue leather folio. The folio measures 13 1/2″ x 10 1/4.” The folio’s front is trimmed and embellished in gold. Pasted onto its center is a hand painted, full-color profile of a cannon, with its barrel elevated and ready to fire. Some shells are stacked around it. The cannon’s image is enclosed within a hand-painted border of blue and gold, embellished with blue oak and laurel leaves. Stylized “nails” decorate the four corners in Bavaria’s and Germany’s national colors. The small painting is then set within a gold-trimmed frame on the folio’s front. As one opens the folio, the two parts of the document are revealed. Each…

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  • BAVARIA'S KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT GIFT TO OFFICER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA’S KRONPRINZ RUPPRECHT GIFT TO OFFICER

    SKU: 20-99

    $595.00

    This is a most interesting presentation gift which came from Kronprinz Rupprecht of Bavaria. The gift was given to officers for an occasion that I have been unable to identify. Besides being a member of the Bavarian Royal Family and the heir to the throne after his father King Ludwig III, Rupprecht was a most able military commander and Generalfeldmarschall. He achieved the rank of generalfeldmarschall based on his ability, not just his royal birth. This gift consists of a custom-designed presentation case that also acted as a display case. This was done by lifting a section of the interior and converting it to an easel. It locks into a 45-degree position for easy viewing. The case measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4.” The easel holds an oval-shaped medallion of Prinz Rupprecht, which measures 1 3/4″ x 2.” The outer lid of the case is quite decorative and bears the Bavarian checkerboard design. The obverse of the medallion has a high-relief profile of the Prinz. The reverse of the medallion bears the hallmark of the jeweler who produced it, and the silver content (.900). To have received an item like this was a real honor. It would have been a prized possession of the original owner.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - DUKE (HERZOG) ERNST AUGUST  - UNIFORM (ATTILA AND TROUSERS) GROUP - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – DUKE (HERZOG) ERNST AUGUST – UNIFORM (ATTILA AND TROUSERS) GROUP – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17

    SKU: 20-145

    $16,995.00

    This week we are offering one of the most significant uniform groups we have ever had. It is from Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17, which was founded in 1809. The regiment was garrisoned in the capital city of Braunschweig, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 possessed a fabled history. Among the battles and campaigns in which it participated were, the Peninsula Campaign (Spain and Portugal) with Wellington, Waterloo (again with Wellington), and Mars La Tour, during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71. This regiment, along with Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92, and a single artillery Bataillon, constituted the Duchy of Braunschweig’s entire military. Braunschweig once was part of the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover and Braunschweig were absorbed into Prussia after they found themselves on the losing side of the 1866 war between Prussia and Austria. This status continued until 1912, when Duke (Herzog) Ernst August of Braunschweig married Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter. Braunschweig was then afforded greater independence, but very much remained a Prussian vassal state. Our offering today is that very Duke’s feldgrau tunic (attila) and trousers for Braunschweigisches Husaren-Regiment Nr 17. This is an important and exciting group on a number of levels. First, attilas are highly-prized by collectors, especially when found in feldgrau. Second, to find one in a general officer’s rank that once belonged to a German HEAD-OF-STATE (the Kaiser’s son-in-law, no-less) is extra-special. The tunic is made of ultra-high-grade gabardine wool in the highly-desirable feldgrau. Its tresses are silver with black chevrons interwoven throughout.…

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  • BREAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BREAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC)

    SKU: 20-330

    $1,395.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a…

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  • BREAD/DESSERT PLATE - PERSONAL TABLEWARE - KRONPRINZ WILHELM - 1916 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BREAD/DESSERT PLATE – PERSONAL TABLEWARE – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – 1916

    SKU: 20-197

    $1,295.00

    KPM was the leading porcelain manufacturer during the Imperial German Period. This quality maker of porcelain is still in business today. It remains one of the world’s finest producers of porcelain objects. KPM provided top quality tableware to all of Prussia’s royal families, going back to Frederick the Great. Today we are offering a bread or dessert plate, which was a part of Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) of Prussia’s personal service. It measures 7″ in diameter. It is beautifully hand painted, featuring Kronprinz Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Wilhelm was married in 1905 to Kronprinzessin Cecilie (1886-1954), of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This set was set produced in 1916. It is still of very high quality for having been produced during the middle of WW I. The bowl’s reverse is hallmarked for KPM and 1916. A very small chip appears on the reverse. It cannot be seen from the obverse.

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  • BREAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BREAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA.

    SKU: 20-341

    $1,395.00

    This is a very rare bread or dessert plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic…

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  • CADINEN CIGARETTE HOLDER - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CADINEN CIGARETTE HOLDER – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-254

    $225.00

    This is a cigarette holder from Cadinen, the Prussian Royal House’s tableware and personal paraphernalia manufacturer. The cigarette holder is made of Cadinen’s signature dark-red glazed porcelain. It measures 1 3/4″ in length. The point where the cigarette or small cigar is inserted measures 1/4″ in diameter. The name Cadinen, accompanied by a Hohenzollern Crown, is emblazoned on the side. Items from Cadinen are greatly-prized. This is a modestly-priced example.

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  • CANDLE HOLDER - KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CANDLE HOLDER – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB

    SKU: 20-223

    $295.00

    This is an interesting candle holder, displaying the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s flag. Its reverse presents another flag, the Reischsdienstflagge der Kaiserliche Marine. The flag was instituted in 1891 and used until 1918. It was formally abolished in 1922. Insert a candle and you will have an elegantly handsome display.

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  • CAR PENNANT - ROYAL HUNTSMEN - KAISERLICHE HUNTING PRESERVE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CAR PENNANT – ROYAL HUNTSMEN – KAISERLICHE HUNTING PRESERVE

    SKU: 20-229

    $595.00

    This is a car pennant that measures 12 1/4″ x 7 1/2.” It is stiffly mounted, so that it would extend outward when mounted on an automobile’s fender. It was used on the royal huntsmen’s car at a hunting estate owned by Kaiser Wilhelm. The pennant’s edge is black. The pennant itself is green, with a gold device in the center indicating it is for a royal hunting preserve. A rope lanyard with a brass clip at one end secures it. The pennant shows enough wear to confirm its age. It is an unusual item for any collection.

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  • CERAMIC WALL TILE FEATURING KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CERAMIC WALL TILE FEATURING KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-293

    $175.00

    This is a fine ceramic wall tile featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II in high-relief profile. The tile measures 11″ x 11.” The background color is blue, while the Kaiser is in white. To his left, we see “Wilhelm II.” Some VERY light chipping appears in one place on the left, which we will highlight in the photographs that accompany our description. A strong hanger is on the reverse. It is quite handsome.

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  • CLIPPED SIGNATURE - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV OF PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CLIPPED SIGNATURE – KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-169

    $225.00

    König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861) was the eldest son and successor to König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840), the King of Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. When Friedrich Wilhelm III died in 1840, Friedrich Wilhelm IV assumed Prussia’s throne. He served from 1840 until 1857, when he was struck down by a stroke and was unable to continue as King. His younger brother, Wilhelm, assumed the role of Prinzregent, and held that position until his older brother died in 1861. Wilhelm I then became King of Prussia in 1861, and later Kaiser in 1871. Today we are offering a clipped signature of Friedrich Wilhelm IV. It is boldly signed and dated 1841. The signature and date appear on a piece of paper that measures 5” x 2 1/4.”

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  • COFFEE/TEA CREAMER - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COFFEE/TEA CREAMER – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-274

    $895.00

    Prinz Eitel Friedrich (1883-1942) of Prussia was the second of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s six sons. He married the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg’s former Grand Duchess Sophia Charlotte in 1905. They had no children, then their marriage ended in 1926. Like all House of Hohenzollern princes, he was enlisted in Germany’s most elite infantry regiment, the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß (Foot). During WW I, he was a legitimate military commander, commanding this regiment on the Western Front, where he was wounded. After recovering from his wound, he resumed the regiment’s command. He later commanded a Guard Troop Brigade on the Eastern Front. After the war, he was involved in a number of groups, including the Stahlhelm Bund. He died in 1942, one year after his father, the former Kaiser. Each of the Kaiser and Kaiserin’s seven children had their own personal table service, just like their parents. Of course, their dishware’s variety and breadth were quite limited compared to that of Kaiser Wilhelm II. We do not often see examples of the items owned by the princes. Thus, we are excited to be offering you a coffee/tea creamer from Prince Eitel Friedrich’s personal table service. Like all House of Hohenzollern dishware, the item was manufactured by Berlin’s KPM. It was their official purveyor, and had been from König Friedrich der Große’s time. At first glance, the white design looks deceptively simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is etched with a subtle trace work of…

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  • CONDOLENCE THANK YOU CARD FROM PRINZ LOUIS FERDINAND OF PRUSSIA FOR HIS FATHER KRONPRINZ WILHELM OF PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CONDOLENCE THANK YOU CARD FROM PRINZ LOUIS FERDINAND OF PRUSSIA FOR HIS FATHER KRONPRINZ WILHELM OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-160

    $115.00

    This is a note from Prinz Louis Ferdinand of Prussia to a sympathizer who sent his condolences on the death of his father, Kronprinz (later Pretender to Germany’s throne) Wilhelm (1882-1951). Prinz Louis Ferdinand (1907-1994) was the second son of Kronprinz Wilhelm and Kronprinzessin Cecilie. He became the eldest surviving son when his brother, Prinz Wilhelm (1906-1940) was killed in France during WW II while serving in the army. Prinz Louis Ferdinand became the Pretender to Germany’s throne when his father died in 1951. This card, which measures 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4,” is creme-colored and bordered in black. A printed message appears extending appreciation for the kind wishes expressed to the family. The card, from Bremen-Borgfeld, is dated 1951 (July) in the lower left corner. The card is boldly signed in black ink by Louis Ferdinand. It comes with its original mailing envelope, and is addressed to “Rittmeister a. D. Adolf von Lauff.” The envelope is bordered in black, and its inside is all black. The envelope was never mailed. Apparently, it was hand-delivered.

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  • DELUXE ALBUM - FIFTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DELUXE ALBUM – FIFTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-237

    $725.00

    This is a very high-quality album commemorating Kaiser Wilhelm II’s fifty-first (1910) birthday. The album boasts a fine, white-leather cover. The front displays a beautifully embossed Hohenzollern Crown and other assorted items, along with Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Royal Cypher. The album measures 9 1/4″ x 6.” Each album leaf is shielded by a protective glassine page. (I will photograph each page for the pictures accompanying the description. However, to save space, I am not going to describe each one). The first page shows a Garde Star in high-relief. Numerous images of the Kaiser with reproduction signatures are included. It also has a menu from the Kaiser’s gala dinner and musicale on 27 January 1910. It is a captivating album.

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  • DELUXE FELDMARSCHALLLIEUTENANT PROMOTION PATENT FOR AUSTRIA’S ERZHERZOG FRANZ CARL WITH SPECIAL FITTED PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DELUXE FELDMARSCHALLLIEUTENANT PROMOTION PATENT FOR AUSTRIA’S ERZHERZOG FRANZ CARL WITH SPECIAL FITTED PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 20-228

    $13,995.00

    If you think Imperial Germany produced ornate manuscripts (especially promotion patents), wait until you see the Austrian Empire’s documents! This week we are presenting THE most ornate and elaborate document we have ever offered. It is a promotion patent for Austria’s Erzherzog Franz Carl (1802-1878), one of Franz I’s sons. Franz I (1768-1835) served as Austria’s emperor from 1804 until his death in 1835, when he was succeeded by his eldest son, Ferdinand (1793-1875). Franz Carl was Emperor Ferdinand’s younger brother. Ferdinand abdicated during Austria’s 1848 revolts. In the normal course of events, he would have been replaced by Franz Carl. Ferdinand suffered from poor health (epileptic seizures), and often has been portrayed as feeble-minded (which is debatable). Franz Carl was convinced to lay aside his claim to the throne in favor of his eldest son, Franz Joseph I (1830-1916). Franz Joseph served as Emperor of Austria from 1848 until his 1916 death. [Erzherzog Franz Carl had yet another famous son who became an emperor, none other than Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico (1832-1867)! Franz Carl was also the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (1863-1914), Emperor Franz Joseph’s intended heir, whose 1914 assassination in Sarajevo led to WWI]. Franz Carl was not a major player in the Austrian government, although he did serve on the Council that actually ruled Austria from 1835 through 1848. Franz Carl’s military career was not particularly distinguished, either. He served as a Hungarian Infanterie-Regiment Nr 52 Generalmajor and Inhaber (honorary commander). He was promoted to the…

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  • DINNER PLATE - DINNER SERVICE - ROYAL HOUSE - OLDENBURG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – DINNER SERVICE – ROYAL HOUSE – OLDENBURG

    SKU: 20-260

    $695.00

    This is a enchanting dinner plate from the royal house of Oldenburg’s dinnerware service. Oldenburg was a Grand Duchy that was quite small in size. It fielded a limited military and had close ties to Prussia. The Grand Duke of Oldenburg married his daughter to one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s sons. The plate measures 9″ in diameter. It has a sunken area in the center that I find quite interesting. The plate’s edge is rimmed in gold. Within that is a much thinner gold band. The gold trim on the plate’s edge shows substantial wear. The plate’s top presents Oldenburg’s very ornate Coat-of-Arms. Five or more colors are used in its display. The plate’s center features an interesting gold device, perhaps it is feathers. It also shows substantial wear. The reverse has no manufacturer’s markings, etc. While the plate is not in the best condition, its origins in a small state make it more of a rarity. It is a charming piece for you to contemplate.

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  • DINNER PLATE - HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S PERSONAL SERVICE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – HERZOG ERNST AUGUST’S PERSONAL SERVICE – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 20-170

    $1,250.00

    This is a dinner plate from Duke Ernst August of Braunschweig. It is in the pattern that was used after his marriage to Princess Viktoria Luise, the daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, in 1913. The plate measures 9″ in diameter. It features a wide red band, and Ernst August’s crowned royal cypher in gold. The plate is manufacturer hallmarked for KPM on the reverse. It is in very fine condition.

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  • DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL SERVICE - KÖNIG GEORG - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL SERVICE – KÖNIG GEORG – SAXONY

    SKU: 20-187

    $695.00

    This is a simply gorgeous example of a dinner plate from the personal service of Saxony’s König Georg (1832-1904). Georg served as the Kronprinz under his brother König Albert. Georg held the throne of Saxony from 1902 until his death in 1904. The dinner plate measures 9 1/5″ in diameter. The plate features a scalloped trim on its edge. Red and gold trim goes around its edges and further in toward its center. His crowned royal cypher sits at the plate’s top. The plate’s reverse carries a hallmark for the noted firm Meissen.

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  • DINNER PLATE - S. M. Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – S. M. Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-264

    $1,695.00

    In Imperial Germany, the primary royal yacht was the opulent S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. In fact, three Hohenzollerns were commissioned, although the third was never actually completed due to WW I’s beginning. That said, the royal “fleet” had other ships. One was the S. M. Y. Meteor, and the other was the S. M. Y. Iduna. The Meteor was a racing sloop that was used by Kaiser Wilhelm II in his role as the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club’s Commodore. The S. M. Y. Iduna was a sailing vessel that was considered Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s official yacht. Today we are offering a colorful, interesting plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna. The plate is quite large, measuring 10 1/4″ in diameter. It is trimmed around its edges in a green and red chevron design. In the plate’s center is a red shield that measures 5″ x 4 1/4.” A large white goose is displayed on the shield, with the Kaiserin’s crown hanging down around its neck. The reverse sports KPM’s hallmark. KPM produced Hohenzollern tableware going back to Frederick the Great’s time. We also note the initials “E. F.” in black. The reverse’s final details are the holes that have been drilled into the base’s rim. This allows what appears to be modern fishing line to serve as a handy plate hanger. Thus, one has the option of hanging it on the wall or displaying it on a stand. The S. M. Y. Iduna’s table service was VERY limited compared that aboard…

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  • DINNER PLATE - UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE

    SKU: 20-268

    $195.00

    This is a dinner plate for a royal personage whom I have been unable to identify. The plate measures 9 1/2″ in diameter. It has a blue and gold trim band around its edge, and a narrow gold trim band further in toward the plate’s center. At the top is a blue, crowned, royal cypher featuring a “B” and an “I” centered over a “2.” The plate’s reverse features the Bavarian manufacturer’s name, Hulschenreuther Selb. The plates have seen use, but remain in generally pleasing condition. I wish I could positively identify the original owner, but I am unable to do so right now. [Any help from our readers is greatly appreciated]!

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  • DINNER PLATE - UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE – UNIDENTIFIED ROYAL PERSONAGE

    SKU: 20-269

    $195.00

    This is a dinner plate for a royal personage whom I have been unable to identify. The plate measures 9 1/2″ in diameter. It has a blue and gold trim band around its edge, and a narrow gold trim band further in toward the plate’s center. At the top is a blue, crowned, royal cypher featuring a “B” and an “I” centered over a “2.” The plate’s reverse features the Bavarian manufacturer’s name, Hulschenreuther Selb. The plates have seen use, but remain in generally pleasing condition. I wish I could positively identify the original owner, but I am unable to do so right now. [Any help from our readers is greatly appreciated]!

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  • DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-339

    $2,495.00

    This is a very rare dinner plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s racing sloop. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic…

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  • DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC)

    SKU: 20-328

    $2,495.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a…

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  • DINNER PLATE FROM THE PERSONAL SERVICE OF KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DINNER PLATE FROM THE PERSONAL SERVICE OF KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-289

    $1,095.00

    This is a fine example of the Neuozier Pattern from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal service. To say that the Kaiser lived an opulent life style during his reign (1888-1918) is a DEFINITE understatement. He enjoyed a private yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, numerous castles, and entertained guests in a manner befitting his status. Part of the entertainment included the table he set. He had many tableware patterns at his disposal, which were used for specific occasions. I am not sure exactly how many different patterns existed (I am aware of at least five), but this pattern is one of my two favorites, (the other being the Damaskus pattern). The Neuozier Pattern is a very intricate floral design. It is its unique coloring (the designs are pale and dark peach, while gold trim accents the plate’s edge) that sets it apart. The dinner plate is in excellent condition and measures 9 ½” in diameter. Its reverse boasts the KPM hallmark. (This Berlin firm served every Prussian King and German Kaiser of the Hohenzollern line stretching back to Frederick the Great). KPM’s attention to quality and detail is amazing. We are thrilled to share this plate with you today.

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  • FLORAL PATTERN DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL SERVICE - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FLORAL PATTERN DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL SERVICE – KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-233

    $995.00

    This is a recessed dinner plate from König Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia’s personal dinner service. It dates from about 1850. It sports a multicolored floral pattern, with vibrant green leaves flanking green and purple grapes. The reverse has hallmarking for KPM, the firm that provided tableware for all the Kings and Kaisers of Prussia from Frederick the Great through Kaiser Wilhelm II. In addition to KPM’s hallmarking, we also see the Prussian King’s cypher. It is a fine example.

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  • GERMANY - BOOK - THE GERMAN EMPEROR AS SHOWN IN HIS PUBLIC UTTERANCES BY CHRISTIAN GAUSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOOK – THE GERMAN EMPEROR AS SHOWN IN HIS PUBLIC UTTERANCES BY CHRISTIAN GAUSS

    SKU: 12-826 XES

    $30.00

    BOOK – THE GERMAN EMPEROR AS SHOWN IN HIS PUBLIC UTTERANCES BY CHRISTIAN GAUSS. This is a consignment item. The hardbacked book was published in 1915 by a Princeton University professor. It was published very early in WW I as an attempt to educate and/or create propaganda. [You, the reader, will need to decide which is which]! The book covers Kaiser Wilhelm II’s speeches from 1889 into early 1914. The last speech, in June 1914, was at Hamburg and echoes the famous quote made by the Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, at the Reichstag on 6 February 1888: “We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world.” [At that time Wilhelm II was still a Prinz (not yet the Kronprinz), as Wilhelm I did not die until March 1888. Wilhelm’s father, Friedrich III then ruled Germany for a mere ninety nine days. Then, in June 1888, Wilhelm II took to Germany’s throne, the last of his line to do so]. Von Bismarck’s quote echoed forward through time until the German Empire fell in 1918. The book contains more than 300 pages. Two images of Kaiser Wilhelm II, which measure 4 ½” x 7 ½,” appear at the book’s end. The book’s binding is in poor condition, so care should be taken when handling and/or reading it. It contains some great material and insight into Wilhelm II’s character.

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  • GERMANY - BOOK - THE KAISER: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN EUROPE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOOK – THE KAISER: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN EUROPE

    SKU: 12-848 XES

    $35.00

    BOOK – THE KAISER: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN EUROPE. This is an English-language book. Published in 1914, The Kaiser is an illustrated, hardcover book that discusses a man who captured the public’s imagination.

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  • GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND SLOOP - S.M.Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GOBLET HONORING KAISER WILHELM II AND SLOOP – S.M.Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-199

    $250.00

    This is a fine goblet that appears to be made from zinc. It stands 5 1/2″ tall. It measures 3″ in diameter at the rim, and 2 3/4″ in diameter at the base. It sports three decorative panels. The first shows Kaiser Wilhelm II in naval uniform. The second shows his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. The third panel shows König Carl I. von Rumänien’s crowned cypher. (König Carl I. was also the Regimental Chef of Dragoner-Regiment Nr 9). The cup is finely made. It sports a manufacturer’s hallmark on the bottom. Material from any of the Kaiser’s yachts is difficult-to-find. The S.M.Y. Iduna is one of the Kaiser’s lesser-known vessels that was used for yachting competitions of the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club.

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  • Sale! H. J. WILM-MADE DELUXE COVERED PRIVATE CHALICE/CEREMONIAL CUP ONCE OWNED BY BADEN’S GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    H. J. WILM-MADE DELUXE COVERED PRIVATE CHALICE/CEREMONIAL CUP ONCE OWNED BY BADEN’S GROßHERZOG FRIEDRICH II WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 20-318 XKR

    $9,995.00 $8,495.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a covered silver chalice or ceremonial drinking cup housed in a very ornate presentation case, once owned by Großherzog (Grand Duke) Friedrich II (1857-1928), the Grand Duchy of Baden’s final ruler. He ruled from his father Friedrich’s death in 1907 until the German Empire’s 1918 demise. The cup was produced in Berlin by one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s house jewelers, H. J. Wilm. Its overall height is 7 1/4.” The diameter at the rim is 2 1/4,” while its diameter at the bottom is 2 7/8.” [While we use the term “chalice,” we do not feel its use was necessarily religious]. The vessel sports a fitted top, whose handle is graphically depicted as rising flames. It lifts off to reveal a polished, gilt-toned inner bowl. The lid’s underside is also gold-toned. The bowl is quite small (from the standpoint of a liquid-holding vessel). It would hold no more than 3-4 ounces of liquid. The bowl’s exterior displays the central emblem from 1. Badisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 officer’s wappen. [This was the Grand Duchy’s most elite infantry regiment. It was founded in 1803 and garrisoned at the capital city of Karlsruhe. The regiment was assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. It fought extensively in the Napoleonic Wars. It ranked with other kingdoms’ elite regiments, such as Prussia’s 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, Saxony’s 1 Sächs. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100, Hesse-Darmstadt’s Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Grossherzog. Hessisches) Nr 115, and Württemberg’s Grenadier-Regiment (1. Württembergisches) Königin Olga]. The emblem consists of…

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  • HAND PAINTED, FRAMED PORCELAIN OF KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAND PAINTED, FRAMED PORCELAIN OF KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-121

    $795.00

    This is a stunning, hand painted, porcelain image of Kaiser Wilhelm II of the Regiments der Garde du Corps dress uniform. The framed presentation measures 12″ x 9 ½,” and the framed image measures 9″ x 6 ½.” The frame is quite ornate. The image shows the Kaiser in dress uniform (without helmet or supravest). He has on the dress shoulder boards of his rank and is holding his sword. The colors of the porcelain are quite vibrant. It is quite handsome. On his right sleeve is a small chip. It could be corrected easily with a bit of attention. It is not too noticeable, and blends in fairly well with the rest of the tunic. It is not detractive, in my opinion. This will look super on your wall!

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  • HAUPTMANN’S PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY PRUSSIA’S KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAUPTMANN’S PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY PRUSSIA’S KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV

    SKU: 19-260

    $395.00

    In Prussia, promotion patents were presented to the officer on the occasion of his elevation. This document was presented to an Artillerie Hauptmann by König Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The promotion patent was a very elaborate document. The example measures 14 ½” x 8 7/8″ before it is unfolded. As the information often covered several pages, when fully open the document measures 14 ½” x 16.” This provided four pages, measuring 14 ½” x 8 7/8,” on which to write the pertinent information. In our document’s time period, royal court scribes produced these beautiful papers along with urkunden (award documents for orders and decorations). Our document commemorates the promotion of Hermann von Amsberg. He served in Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinzregent Luitpold von Bayern Nr 4. He was promoted from Premier Lieutenant (later, the rank became known as oberleutnant) to Hauptmann on 22 June 1852. The document was signed at Sanssouci, the Potsdam castle modeled on the French castle at Versailles. (The latter was built by Frederick the Great, a great admirer of French culture). The document is boldly signed by König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1796-1861). Directly below his large signature we see the House of Hohenzollern’s embossed royal seal. [Friedrich Wilhelm IV was the son of Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770–1840), Prussia’s King throughout the Napoleonic Wars. He also instituted the Iron Cross during his reign. Friedrich Wilhelm IV was Wilhelm I’s older brother. Friedrich Wilhelm suffered a stroke in 1857 that left him physically and mentally unable to continue his duties. Wilhelm I…

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  • IDENTIFIED BAVARIAN ROYAL YACHT CLUB DRESS TUNIC - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IDENTIFIED BAVARIAN ROYAL YACHT CLUB DRESS TUNIC

    SKU: 20-321

    $725.00

    The Bavarian Yacht Club was founded in 1888. It received its current name in 1909 through the cooperation of the House of Wittelsbach, Bavaria’s ruling family during the Imperial Period. [The Wittelsbachs are still very much involved in Germany today, with varied commercial interests]. The Bavarian Yacht Club was formed at the same time as the Hohenzollern Yacht Club. Even though Bavaria is landlocked, its many lakes have long supported a large sailing tradition. Several House of Wittelsbach princes remain active in sailing today. Today we are offering a Bavarian Yacht Club dress tunic. It is similar to a Navy dress tunic (lower-dress, not the more elaborate high-dress). The tunic resembles a waistcoat. It is made of high-quality, navy-blue wool. A double row (five per side) of gilt-toned buttons runs down the tunic’s center. Another pair of buttons in the center serves as an extender that the wearer would have used to secure the tunic, rather than the five on view. Each tunic sleeve displays five smaller buttons. [Please note that EVERY one of these buttons (twenty-two total) displays a fouled anchor with the Wittelsbach Crown over it. Flanking the anchor we see a “B” and a “Y.” A “C” is centered over the anchor itself]. The tunic has very wide lapels. The tunic’s interior sports a very impressive black mint-condition silk liner. Two inside pockets are present. When we turn one of them out, we reveal a label with the original owner’s name, “Dr. Wilhelm Recknager.” Also included is…

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  • J. GODET & SÖHNE "BON BON" JAR GIVEN BY KAISER WILHELM II AS ROYAL GIFT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    J. GODET & SÖHNE “BON BON” JAR GIVEN BY KAISER WILHELM II AS ROYAL GIFT

    SKU: 20-317

    $2,995.00

    Here is a simply stunning royal “Bon Bon” jar from Berlin’s fabled court jeweler J. Godet & Söhne’s workshops, which Kaiser Wilhelm II gifted to some fortunate recipient. Royal gifts from Kaiser Wilhelm II came in a wide variety of types. Any gift given by the Kaiser was significant. Highly-prized when initially given, they are even more avidly sought out by today’s collectors. The gifts range from jewelry (stickpins, cigarette cases, watches, brooches, etc.) to various other personal items. Today we are offering an unusual glass “Bon Bon” jar. In its time, the squat glass jar would have been a table or desk accessory. The jar measures 5 5/8” at its greatest width, 3 7/8” in diameter at the top, and 3 5/8” in diameter at the base. Its base displays a fine rayed design. Etched into the jar’s side we see “Wilhelm II Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preussen.” Fitted to the jar’s top is a fine-silver and leather-covered lid. Affixed to the center of the lid’s leather background is an ultra-high-quality silver Hohenzollern Eagle that measures 1 ½” x 2.” Its side is hallmarked “J. Godet – .950.” [Berlin’s J. Godet & Söhne was one of the Kaiser and the royal family’s better-known court jewelers, among the likes of Gebrüder Friedlander, Wagner & Söhne, etc. These firms specialized in orders and decorations, as well as assorted silver and gold gifts]. The jar’s workmanship and overall condition is first-rate. Filled with any number of items, or displayed as is,…

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  • KAISER FRIEDRICH III PHOTOGRAPH IN PATRIOTIC FRAME - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER FRIEDRICH III PHOTOGRAPH IN PATRIOTIC FRAME

    SKU: 20-306

    $175.00

    This is a very high-quality, silver-toned, patriotic frame in the shape of an Iron Cross. The frame measures 5 3/4″ x 6 1/4.” Among the Iron Cross’s arms are laurel leaves on one side, with oak leaves and acorns on the other. An oval-shaped inset in the center measures 2″ x 2 3/4.” It allows a photograph to be displayed within the oval. A crown appears directly over the oval space’s top. The reverse sports two means of displaying the frame. First a small easel appears, which when set in place, allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. An eyelet at its top means it could be hung from the wall using a nail or picture hanger. A vertical attachment is also present whereby you can insert a photograph for display. The easel device is mounted to its reverse. The subject shown here comes from a Kaiser Friedrich III postcard. He is in a general’s uniform and wears the Orden pour le Mérite at his neck, and a large medal bar that includes numerous high-level decorations. While this is how the frame came to us, of course you may insert most any postcard (some trimming will be necessary), other original photograph, or CdV. The frame is in very fine condition.

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  • KAISER WILHELM II BELL & STAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II BELL & STAND

    SKU: 20-278

    $725.00

    I have occasionally seen a “Kaiser Bell” like this example over the years. Known as “Gloriosa,” it is a replica of the “Emperor Bell” from the Cologne (Köln) Cathedral, that was given as an award. I always found these bells quite interesting, but for some reason I never bought one. When I was offered this one recently, I was surprised to find that the bells were originally awarded with special bases on which to display them. It was the first time that I had seen such a base (which fits the bell perfectly). I am proud to offer you this fine pair together. The brass bell stands 5″ tall by itself. Its circumference is 10 ½” at its widest point. It measures 3 5/16″ in diameter at the base. Its handle is decorated with cherubim heads, and measures 2 1/8.” Some silver plating remains visible. A Prussian eagle emblem is featured on the bell’s obverse, while a high-relief representation of St. Peter graces the reverse. A banner encircles the bell’s top section, with the following saying printed in German Fraktur, “Die Kaiserglocke heiß ich, des Kaisers Ehren preis ich. Auf heilger Warte steh’ ich, Dem deutschen Reich erfleh’ ich. Dass fried’ und Wehr/Ihm Gott bescheer.” (The Emperor bell is my name, I praise the emperor’s honor. I stand on the holy watchtower, I invoke the German Reich, That peace and protection / God bestows on him). The bell’s clapper is made of lead. These bells have been featured in Anselm…

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  • KAISER WILHELM II PLAQUE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II PLAQUE

    SKU: 20-52

    $250.00

    A unique wooden and metal plaque featuring Kaiser Wilhelm II. This plaque shows him in profile and wearing a Garde du corps helmet complete with the large Hohenzollern Eagle mounted at the top. The wooden plaque measures 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. The metal oval portion which shows the Kaiser measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. The back of the plaque has a metal easel so that you may place it on a desk or a book case. Very fine condition and a nice item for you Wilhelm II collectors. We actually have two of these if you are interested.

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  • Sale! KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT'S REGIMENTAL CHEF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM II’S GENERALFELDMARSCHALL SHOULDER BOARDS AS 3. GARDE-ULANEN-REGIMENT’S REGIMENTAL CHEF

    SKU: 20-316 XKR

    $15,995.00 $12,995.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an utterly spectacular pair of Generalfeldmarschall’s shoulder boards that were once owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the Regimental Chef of 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. The 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment was the third (obviously), and final Garde-Ulanen-Regiment. It was created in 1860 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign (Kaiser Wilhelm II’s grandfather). It was garrisoned in Potsdam with all the other elite Garde-Regiments, including the Regiment der Garde du Corps and the 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. [Potsdam was also the site of Sanssouci, the Hohenzollern Summer Palace built by Frederick the Great (Frederick II). It was also where the last Hohenzollern palace was built for Kronprinz Wilhelm and his bride, Kronprinzessin Cecilia, and christened “Cecilienhof” in her honor. The palace was used for the 1945 Potsdam Conference of U.S. President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and USSR Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Today the Cecilienhof is, in addition to being a German historical treasure, a conference center/hotel with an excellent restaurant. I have stayed within its confines, wherein history exudes from every nook and cranny]. The shoulder boards are massive, measuring 5” x 2 ¾.” They each display two gold bullion braids sandwiching a center silver bullion braid as the primary background. The silver bullion braid sports black chevrons that identify these as Prussian shoulder boards. A magnificent set of crossed silver Generalfeldmarschall (GFM) batons are installed on the gold/silver bullion ropes. [Full-sized batons were issued to the man who achieved the rank, with the…

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  • KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA RINGKRAGEN (GORGET) AS REGIMENTAL CHEF - PRUSSIAN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERIN AUGUSTE VIKTORIA RINGKRAGEN (GORGET) AS REGIMENTAL CHEF – PRUSSIAN KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 IN ORIGINAL STORAGE BOX

    SKU: 20-211

    $34,495.00

    Today we are offering Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria’s ringkragen (gorget) as Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria (1858-1921) was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany’s wife. She was born in Schleswig-Holstein. She married Kronprinz Wilhelm (later Kaiser Wilhelm II) in 1881. She bore him an heir in 1882, who was also to be a Kronprinz Wilhelm. This lad never achieved Germany’s throne, since the monarchy fell in 1918. He instead became a “Pretender,” when his father died in 1941. Auguste Viktoria gave the Kaiser a total of six sons and one daughter. She worshiped her husband and he adored her. They were very close. When Wilhelm II abdicated his throne in 1918, she joined him in exile to the Netherlands at Haus Doorn (Huis Doorn). This is where she died in 1921. Her body was returned to Germany, where it was buried at Berlin’s Neues Palais (New Palace). The Kaiser was not afforded the same privilege. When he died in 1941, he was buried at Haus Doorn, where he remains today in a special crypt on the grounds of the estate not far from where many of his beloved Dachshunds are also buried. It was customary in Imperial Germany for certain elite regiments to be honored with a royal patron who assumed the position of its honorary oberst and Regimental Chef. The Kaiserin was the Regimental Chef of Küraßier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr 2. The regiment was founded in 1717. It was garrisoned at Pasewalk, where it was…

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  • KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB SOUP SPOONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB SOUP SPOONS

    SKU: 20-304

    $95.00

    Have you ever dreamed that you were an important yacht club member? Or have you ever wished you were a member of a yacht club filled with Europe’s best known royals? Well, we cannot exactly help you gain entry, but we CAN help you eat LIKE a Kaiserlicher Yacht Club royal. It was founded in 1887 as a yacht club, then Kaiser Wilhelm II became its Kommodore in 1891 and its name was changed to the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. Many of Germany’s royals, nobles, and captains of industry, including Alfred Krupp, were members. Members of the club were included in both Germany’s Army and Navy, and more than 400 of them died during WW I. Our offering is two fairly large soup spoons. The club’s logo appears on their handles. On the reverse are two hallmarks for their manufacturer. I see no silver hallmarks. That said, the spoons have a marvelous patina. I am almost tempted to enjoy a steaming cup of tomato soup with one!

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  • KNIGHTHOOD PRESENTATION DOCUMENT SET FROM KAISER WILHELM I'S ERA - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KNIGHTHOOD PRESENTATION DOCUMENT SET FROM KAISER WILHELM I’S ERA – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-110

    $6,495.00

    This is the formal presentation set awarded to men who were elevated to Prussian knighthood. This very elaborate set consists of a hand carved wooden box for the Adelsbrief. This was the formal document recognizing the newly-elevated knight. The ornately hand carved storage box depicts the Hohenzollern Eagle on its outer lid. The box is secured by a lock and key. This is the first such relic I have owned that still has its key. The box measures 17 ½” x 14″ x 5.” Even on its own, this box is most impressive! In addition to the intricately carved Hohenzollern Eagle on the lid, elaborate carving decorates all the box’s surfaces. Inside, a floral silk insert graces the upper lid. A sumptuous red, leather, bound folio, measuring 14 ½ ” x 11,” encases the formal knighthood document. Again, the Hohenzollern Eagle is seen embossed in gilt on the folio’s cover. Each of the document’s eight pages is made of the finest heavy velum that could be obtained at the time, (or today, for that matter). The text is rendered by a master calligrapher. The basic information is listed for Franz Albert Philipp Wittcke. His name is mentioned in that manner on several occasions until we finally see Franz Albert Philipp von Wittcke. Von Wittcke was a retired hauptmann in the Landwehr Bataillon. The full-color coat-of-arms, which was created exclusively for the von Wittcke family, is the central theme within the folio. The hand painting on the velum remains vibrant even…

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  • KPM 150TH ANNIVERSARY PLATE - FEATURING KÖNIG FRIEDRICH DER GROßE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KPM 150TH ANNIVERSARY PLATE – FEATURING KÖNIG FRIEDRICH DER GROßE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX

    SKU: 20-205

    $795.00

    Premiere porcelain firm KPM began serving Prussia’s royal houses in 1763, when they provided King Friedrich the Great’s tableware. The illustrious firm remains in business today, still producing some of the finest porcelain pieces in the world. KPM observed their 150th anniversary of service to the Prussian Crown (including six Kings and three Kaisers) in 1913 by issuing this commemorative plate. The eight-sided plate is made of bisque porcelain. It measures 7″ x 6 3/4″ x 3/4.” The central motif gracing the plate’s obverse is the high-relief images of Friedrich the Great and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The words Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM) Berlin are featured around the plate’s edges. Below the two rulers’ images the years 1763 and 1913 appear, with the KPM logo in-between them. The plate’s reverse displays all the KPM markings, along with the dates. The plate is housed in a deluxe leatherette presentation case measuring 8″ x 7 1/2.” The case is fitted to house the plate. It is lined with handsome, green, silk material. It is an absolutely gorgeous display item that is nearly 100 years old itself!

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  • LARGE HAND CARVED HAPSBURG EAGLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE HAND CARVED HAPSBURG EAGLE

    SKU: 26-62

    $2,495.00

    Today we are offering a massive, truly magnificent, artistically hand carved wooden Hapsburg Eagle. It has been years since we have offered a sophisticated example of German Imperial Period woodcarving. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest we have ever offered. During the Imperial Period, most of Europe’s finest hand woodcarving came from Germany and Austria. [The tradition is still practiced today primarily in Southern Germany (the Black Forest and Bavaria) and Northern Austria (the Tyrol)]. I cannot say with certainty whether our example originated in Austria or Germany, although it was done to commemorate Austria’s Hapsburg Empire. I date this fine example from 1875 up through 1918, when the Great War’s end resulted in the demise of Germany and Austria’s empires. The stunning Eagle measures 2″ x 21″ x 26,” and weighs a whopping 8 lbs. 4 oz. The carving is quite intricate, with exquisite detailing to its various feathers. The top crown has movement in it forwards and backwards, almost as though it is articulated. In the center of the Eagle’s chest is a glass-covered frame that measures 4 ½” x 6″ x 2,” and features a cabinet photograph of Kaiser Franz Josef of Austria with a reproduction signature. The reverse features three metal rings that form its hanger system. A very old cord is strung between them that once served as the actual hanger so it could be hung on a wall. I have waited many years for a large and exceptional carving to come…

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  • LARGE SERVING PLATTER FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s S. M. S. KAISER WILHELM II DINNER SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

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

    SKU: 20-320

    $2,495.00

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

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  • METAL WALL PLAQUE DEPICTING HEAVY CRUISER KAISERIN AUGUSTA’S 1893 GOODWILL VISIT TO NEW YORK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    METAL WALL PLAQUE DEPICTING HEAVY CRUISER KAISERIN AUGUSTA’S 1893 GOODWILL VISIT TO NEW YORK

    SKU: 20-338

    $60.00

    This is an interesting multicolored metal wall plaque depicting the Heavy Cruiser Kaiserin Augusta’s goodwill visit to New York City. The Augusta was accompanied by the three-masted windjammer Seeadler to participate in a belated celebration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage across the Atlantic. The plaque measures 8″ x 12″ and features four corner holes by which it can be attached to a flat surface. The plaque itself is slightly vaulted in its center. Several ships, a buoy and the ocean waves are rendered in high-relief. The picture is actually a reproduction of an 1895 chromolithograph by Carl Saltzmann (1847–1923) of the event. [Saltzmann was a Berlin-born marine and landscape painter who completed several paintings of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his brother, Prinz Heinrich, on board their ships]. It depicts the white Kaiserin Augusta steaming out of New York Harbor. The kriegsflagge is visible at her stern. Another kriegsflagge and the Kaiserstandarte appear in the plaque’s upper right corner. A number of vessels, including a paddlewheel steamer, appear on her starboard side, including what looks like the Seeadler’s silhouette further in the background. The Statue of Liberty resplendently brandishes her torch to the Augusta’s stern, also on the ship’s starboard side. A large buoy bobs in the water at the ship’s port side. The caption “Kaiserin Augusta verläßt Neuyork” (Kaiserin Augusta leaves New York) appears at the plaque’s top. I want to stress that this is a modern-day reproduction of the period painting, not a period piece. I…

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  • OFFICER’S PATENT SIGNED BY KÖNIG JOHANN - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S PATENT SIGNED BY KÖNIG JOHANN – SAXONY

    SKU: 19-223

    $395.00

    This is a very handsome, well preserved Saxon army officer’s promotion patent from König Johann of Saxony’s (1801-1873) reign. Johann’s reign extended from 1854 to 1873, and included some of the Saxon Army’s most important wars and events. Saxony participated in the 1864 Prussian-Danish War and, what is more important, fought against Prussia in the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The latter war essentially completed Germany’s unification under Prussia’s influence. The 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War further consolidated Prussia’s dominance when its König Wilhelm I was crowned and acknowledged as Germany’s first Kaiser at its conclusion. [Saxony was more fortunate than Austria’s other defeated 1866 war allies. She did not lose territory or become absorbed into Prussia as did such hapless states as Hannover]. The document, which measures 12 3/4″ x 8 1/4,” unfolds to measure 12 3/4″ x 16 1/4.” The promotion patent’s subject was named Martin von Dieskau. He was promoted from the rank of Leutnant to Oberleutnant. The second page boasts an embossed paper seal bearing the Kingdom of Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms. The document is dated 21 August 1864 and is signed by König Johann and Bernhard von Rabenhorst, Saxony’s War Minister from 1849 to 1866. (He was also a general in the Saxon Army. No doubt he left office after the 1866 War with Prussia). The document is in very good condition for being nearly one-hundred-fifty years-old. It has been folded in thirds both vertically and horizontally. A one-inch tear appears at the bottom of one fold.

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  • ORIENTAL DAMASCUS-STYLE DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIENTAL DAMASCUS-STYLE DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-267

    $1,695.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II had a number of different patterns of tableware for use not only at his various palaces, but aboard his yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, and even when traveling with the fleet aboard the S. M. S. Deutschland. I have seen many of them, but today’s offering is new to me. Germany’s colonial expansion to China engendered a great interest in that ancient country’s art and culture. Our plate comes from the so-called “Damaskus Service” and shows an oriental influence. The plate displays fifteen magenta panels that imitate the wavy Damascus pattern found on ultra-high quality sword and dagger blades. [It is not known why this service, decorated in the Chinese manner, is called the “Damaskus Service.” Some experts suggest that the Emperor was given a plate as a present while traveling to the Orient (he visited Damascus in 1898). This may have formed the basis of the Berlin service’s decorative style]. The plate measures 9 3/4″ in diameter. The plate is edged in gold, with a further intricate gold design between it and the magenta panels. The plate’s center boasts exquisitely-etched gold arabesques and flowers, one of which looks like a lotus. On the reverse we see the royal Wilhelm Rex (King) cypher, the KPM manufacturer’s hallmark, and the date 1903, when the plate was manufactured and placed into service. This is a fine example of a very intricate and rare Kaiser Wilhelm II table setting.

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  • OVERSIZED AUTOGRAPHED WW I ACE AND WW II LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ERNST UDET POSTCARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OVERSIZED AUTOGRAPHED WW I ACE AND WW II LUFTWAFFE GENERAL ERNST UDET POSTCARD

    SKU: 19-239

    $1,695.00

    Ernst Udet (1886-1941) was Germany’s second-leading WW I ace. He was recognized by Manfred von Richthofen for his flying ability and recruited to join Jasta 11. Therein lay a problem that Udet had for the balance of his life. When flying he was a genius, and certainly one of Germany’s ablest pilots. Outside an airplane cockpit, however, his life was not as smooth or easy. After WW I, in which he had sixty-two confirmed victories, he remained involved in aviation as a supreme stunt pilot and an aircraft manufacturer. He also drifted into numerous relationships and marriages, none of which were successful. He joined the Nazi Party in 1933 and became involved in the Luftwaffe’s creation under his old boss, Hermann Göring. (Göring was the third and final commander of JG 1. Manfred von Richthofen was the first). In his Luftwaffe role, he was closely involved in the development of new aircraft. He is best known for his involvement with the JU-87 Stuka. He had seen the capability of early 1930’s U.S.-built Curtiss aircraft. (It was Udet’s idea to add the screaming, dive-attack siren to the JU-87 that made it notorious). Due to mounting political pressure, Udet killed himself in November 1941. The public was not informed of this, just as they were not told of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel’s (forced) suicide. He was buried as a hero and revered by the German people. Today we are offering an oversized postcard that measures 4 1/4″ x 6.” It is based on…

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  • OVERSIZED SERVING PLATTER - GRAF von HOCHSTAEDT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OVERSIZED SERVING PLATTER – GRAF von HOCHSTAEDT

    SKU: 20-290

    $375.00

    This is a large serving platter that measures 14 1/8″(!) in diameter. It comes from the Graf von Hochstaedt’s personal table service. He was the Fürst von Pless auf Schloss Furstenstein bei Waldenburg, Schlesien. The platter sports a golden rim highlighted by blue trim. A typed information label affixed to the platter’s reverse specifies the year 1854. This dates the platter to before our Civil War, making it nearly one-hundred-fifty years-old! Also on the reverse is the KPM hallmark from the noted Berlin firm. While the platter shows some age and usage, it is in very fine condition. This is an opportunity to own a German royal’s tableware piece that was produced in much smaller quantities, especially when compared to Kaiser Wilhelm II and other Imperial family members.

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  • PATRIOTIC PIECE - FULL-COLOR GLASS  - KAISER WILHELM I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC PIECE – FULL-COLOR GLASS – KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 20-297

    $75.00

    I have examined this item for several minutes trying to categorize it for you. The best that I have come up with it is that it is a patriotic display item commemorating Germany’s first Kaiser, Wilhelm I (1797-1888). In addition to being Kaiser, he was also Prussia’s King from 1861 until his death in 1888. He assumed Prussia’s throne in 1861 when his older brother König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861) died. Wilhelm IV was paralyzed and mentally incapacitated by a stroke in 1857. In 1858 Wilhelm I assumed the position of Regent for his older brother and remained in this position until the King’s death in 1861. He continued his brother’s policy of German unification, which was largely completed with the conclusion of the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Through all this and for the balance of his rule until his 1888 death, his closest advisor and political ally was none other than the “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). While Wilhelm I remained King of Prussia, the other German states deferred to Prussian rule. After the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War’s end, he was formally recognized as Emperor of Germany, as well as King of Prussia. Wilhelm I remained the political and moral head of Germany, and was much beloved by his people. Upon his death in March 1888, he was succeeded for ninety-nine days by his son, Germany’s second Kaiser, Friedrich III. Friedrich III was in ill health and died of cancer in June 1888. The third and final Kaiser of Germany,…

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  • PATRIOTIC PIN FEATURING HERZOG ERNST AUGUST AND HERZOGIN VIKTORIA LUISE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PATRIOTIC PIN FEATURING HERZOG ERNST AUGUST AND HERZOGIN VIKTORIA LUISE – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 32-111

    $250.00

    This patriotic pin commemorates the 1913 wedding of Braunschweig’s Duke Ernst August (1887-1953) to Prussia’s Princess Viktoria Luise (1892-1980). “Vikki Lu,” as she was known in Germany, was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter. The marriage resolved some long-standing resentment that hailed back to when Prussia “absorbed” Hannover and Braunschweig after the latter’s defeat during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. After the young couple’s marriage, control of Braunschweig was returned to Ernst August. He and his young bride then repaired to Braunschweig, where she was much beloved by the people. According to all accounts, theirs was a happy marriage, and far more successful for the young princess than many of her brothers marriages. The pin, which measures 1 1/4″ in diameter, is silver-toned. The obverse shows the royal couple in high-relief. He appears in his Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 uniform. Their names are listed on the obverse. The reverse displays a crown with rays of light emanating from it, shining down on “Zum Andenken An Die Thronbesteigung Des Herzogpaares 1913” (To commemorate the accession of the Duke and Duchess 1913). A pin and catch also are attached to the reverse. The patriotic pin is in excellent condition for being nearly one-hundred-years old.

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  • PHOTO ALBUM: KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA ONBOARD VARIOUS NAVY SHIPS INCLUDING S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN, S.M.S. KAISER WILHELM II, AND S.M.Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTO ALBUM: KAISER WILHELM II AND KAISERIN AUGUSTA VIKTORIA ONBOARD VARIOUS NAVY SHIPS INCLUDING S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN, S.M.S. KAISER WILHELM II, AND S.M.Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-311

    $750.00

    This simply astonishing photo album covers a wide variety of topics, although most concern the Kaiserliche Marine. [The Imperial German Navy and its High Seas Fleet was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s pride and joy. Throughout his early reign as Kaiser, Wilhelm pushed Germany’s Navy to become the second most modern and powerful naval force after England’s Royal Navy. Although the Kaiser continually “upped the ante,” Germany was never able to beat England’s ability to produce more ships]. The photo album contains a total of twenty-seven original photographs. Seven of them are large-format photographs that measure 7″ x 9,” while the other twenty are smaller photos that measure 3 3/4″ x 6 ½.” For the most part, the photographs are captioned, generally including the photograph’s subject and date. The large photographs include some of the topics listed below. 1) The Kaiser’s Racing Sloop, S.M.Y. Iduna. The sloop appears offshore in the midst of a regatta containing many sailboats. 2) 1904’s Fleet Maneuvers. The High Seas Fleet participated in annual fleet maneuvers. The photograph shows three warships steaming in line during 1904’s event. 3) The King of England Disembarking from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The photograph shows the King of England’s departure from a visit onboard Germany’s royal yacht. He is stepping down the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s stairs to board his own royal launch, which is flying the Union Jack. Several German officers look down from the Hohenzollern as the King departs. Such visits entailed a plethora of pomp and circumstance! 4) 1904…

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  • PHOTOGRAPH & AUTOGRAPH OF NOTED GERMAN NAVAL ARTIST HANS BOHRDT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PHOTOGRAPH & AUTOGRAPH OF NOTED GERMAN NAVAL ARTIST HANS BOHRDT

    SKU: 19-210

    $225.00

    Both before and during WW I, Hans Bohrdt (1857-1945) was one of Germany’s best-known marine artists. He was born in Berlin. At the age of 15 he visited Hamburg and had his first taste of life involving the sea. He was self-taught. In the 1890’s he caught Kaiser Wilhelm II’s attention, who soon became Bohrdt’s patron. Bohrdt even accompanied the Kaiser on some of the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern’s cruises. Bohrdt’s output was prolific during WW I, and along with Professor Willy Stöwer, he was among the best-known depicters of German naval warfare. Perhaps his best-known wartime painting depicts the Battle of the Falklands. The battle, which took place on 8 December 1914, saw the German East Asian Squadron destroyed by the English. Almost 1,900 sailors lost their lives, including the fleet commander, Vizeadmiral Graf Maximilian von Spee, and his two sons. This painting shows a single German sailor who has had his ship shot from under him. He stands on the wreckage of his ship and defiantly thrusts a kriegsflagge in the air. It is rumored that the sailor belonged to the crew of the Nürnberg, whose members preferred to go down with their ship, flags in hand, rather than surrender to the British. Bohrdt saw great success from 1890 through 1918. When his royal patron was exiled to the Netherlands, and military-themed artwork stirred up too many unpleasant memories, Bohrdt fell from popularity in Germany. Today we are offering a photo of Bohrdt in a marine-themed uniform complete…

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  • Sale! POCKET FLASK ATTRIBUTED TO KRONPRINZ WILHELM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POCKET FLASK ATTRIBUTED TO KRONPRINZ WILHELM

    SKU: 20-342 XKR

    $1,795.00 $1,525.00

    POCKET FLASK ATTRIBUTED TO KRONPRINZ WILHELM. This is a consignment item. This is a superb example of a pocket flask and is attributed to Kronprinz Wilhelm of Germany. Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) was Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) and Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria’s (1858-1921) eldest son, and the heir to the German Empire’s throne. He became, instead, the “Kaiser who never was.” Kronprinz Wilhelm married Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Duchess Cecilie (1886-1954) in 1905. As she was a beautiful woman, and the Kronprinz was an attractive man, the young pair was rivaled only by the younger Wilhelm’s parents as Imperial Germany’s most popular couple. Dozens of postcards were issued that featured them individually and together, many with their ever-growing family. [On a sad note, their eldest son, also a Wilhelm (1906-1940), was killed in France during WW II. His death caused the German military to pull all royals from front-line service. He had renounced his title when his Grandfather Wilhelm II tried to influence whom he could marry]. As were so many royals, young Kronprinz Wilhelm was trained for the military. In spite of the (presumed) circumspection such training might have encouraged, Kronprinz Wilhelm was a notorious womanizer. He and his wife eventually lived separate lives. In August 1914 Kronprinz Wilhelm assumed command of the V. Armee, the principal army that eventually became involved in the Battle of Verdun. Both Germany and France committed about 1,250,000 troops to the battle, which officially ran from 21 February through 18 December 1916. French casualties ranged from 315,000 to…

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  • PRESENTATION SILVER DESK NOTE BOOK AND PAPER PAD TO PRINZ ALFONS OF BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRESENTATION SILVER DESK NOTE BOOK AND PAPER PAD TO PRINZ ALFONS OF BAVARIA

    SKU: 20-106

    $1,550.00

    Often we feel like Prinz Alfons is an “old friend” of ours. Over time we have been pleased to offer a number of his personal items on our pages. Among these items have been his General der Kavallerie pickelhaube complete with the dress parade feathers, as well as the storage boxes for his helmet and the parade feathers. We have also had a few offbeat items, such as one of his ultra-well-made, high-quality, leather valises, which came from a luggage merchant in Switzerland. We currently are offering a that once belonged to him. Alfons was born on 24 January 1862 and died on 8 January 1933. Although he was a general in the Bavarian cavalry, he was not a true front-line commander, as were some members of German royalty. He was actually better-known in the field of science and mathematics. He was honored in 1905 by being named the Regimental Chef and patron of 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons. This was a great tribute to him by the Prinz Regent and the War Ministry. Today we are offering a superb, high-grade silver note book and pad that was presented to him on the occasion of his 70th birthday. This would have been 24 January 1932, which was a little less than a year before he passed away. This magnificent desk piece was presented to him by the officers, medical staff and veterinarians of “his” regiment. The case, which measures 6 3/8″ x 4 1/4,” is engraved at the case top with…

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  • PROMOTION PATENT - HANOVERIAN OFFICER - SIGNED - KING GEORGE III - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PROMOTION PATENT – HANOVERIAN OFFICER – SIGNED – KING GEORGE III

    SKU: 19-221

    $750.00

    This is an interesting patent that was issued to “Otto Achatz Kirchoff.” Kirchoff was a young officer from Hannover. The patent was signed by King George III of England and Hannover. Although George III was Hannover’s ruler, he never visited his domain on the continent. The document is in the typical German format and in the German language instead of English. From what I can make out, apparently Kirchoff was assigned to an English rather than a Hanoverian Cavalry Regiment. This was quite common. England had several regiments that were filled with Hanoverians in the officer’s, NCO’s, and enlisted men’s ranks. The document measures 8″ x 12 ½.” It is dated 1802 and was signed at St. James Palace. George III’s signature is bold and clear. A paper seal has been applied to its left. The document has been folded in half. The document’s back half, which has no writing and does not affect the front half’s written information, has a tear across it. It remains a very desirable document that was signed during the Napoleonic Wars.

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  • PROMOTION PATENT - HANOVERIAN OFFICER - SIGNED - KING GEORGE IV - ENGLAND - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PROMOTION PATENT – HANOVERIAN OFFICER – SIGNED – KING GEORGE IV – ENGLAND

    SKU: 19-222

    $650.00

    This is an interesting patent that was issued to “Otto Achatz Kirchoff.” Kirchoff was a young officer from Hannover. The patent was signed by King George VI of England and Hannover. Although George VI was Hannover’s ruler, he never visited his domain on the continent. The document is in the typical German format and in the German language instead of English. From what I can make out, apparently Kirchoff was assigned to an English rather than a Hanoverian Cavalry Regiment. This was quite common. England had several regiments that were filled with Hanoverians in the officer’s, NCO’s, and enlisted men’s ranks. The document measures 9 ½” x 13 ½.” It is dated 1823 and was signed at the Carleton House Inn. George IV’s signature is bold and clear. A paper seal has been applied to its left. The document has been folded three times. It is in excellent condition for being nearly two-hundred years-old.

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  • PRUSSIA - BOWL- KAISER WILHELM II - SOUP BOWL - S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – BOWL- KAISER WILHELM II – SOUP BOWL – S.M.Y. HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 20-343

    $2,295.00

    The S.M.Y. (Seiner Majestät Yacht) Hohenzollern was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht. An earlier royal yacht by the same name was launched in 1878 and used by the House of Hohenzollern heads until 1892. It was then renamed the Kaiser Adler and later scrapped in 1912. The second, and most famous, S.M.Y. Hohenzollern was placed in service in 1894. It was used extensively by Kaiser Wilhelm II until just shortly before WW I began, when it was retired. [A bigger and even more opulent S.M.Y. Hohenzollern actually was launched in 1914, but it remained incomplete due to the war]. Wilhelm II spent the equivalent of five years (from 1894 through the first part of 1914) aboard the second Hohenzollern, primarily sailing around the Baltic, North, and Mediterranean Seas. Every summer, with the exception of 1906, Wilhelm’s favorite destination was Norway. The Hohenzollern, accompanied by at least one German cruiser anchored in a fjord, where the Kaiser exercised daily in the morning, sailed, and enjoyed visits ashore. He and his guests dined luxuriously from a table service specifically designed for use aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The Kaiser maintained many different place settings at his various castles and estates. He even had a set designed for his use aboard the Kaiserliche Marine’s various flagships, as well as aboard his racing sloop. [Saying the Kaiser knew how to live it up in style is a gross understatement]. One tableware pattern that many Imperial German collectors prefer is that from the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern’s table…

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  • PRUSSIA - CALLING CARD - ALEXANDRA PRINZESSIN zu ERBACH-SCHÖNBERG - GRÄFIN von SCHLITZ GENANNT von GÖRTZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CALLING CARD – ALEXANDRA PRINZESSIN zu ERBACH-SCHÖNBERG – GRÄFIN von SCHLITZ GENANNT von GÖRTZ

    SKU: 12-567

    $35.00

    This calling card is for Alexandra Prinzessin zu Erbach-Schönberg, who was also the Gräfin von Schlitz Gennannt von Görtz. This unusual card measures 4″ x 1 3/4.” We have two of these.

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  • PRUSSIA - CIGARETTE CASE - PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN

    SKU: 20-257

    $2,995.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN Prinz Adalbert was the only one of Kaiser Wilhelm’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. All the other boys served the Army in one capacity or another. (The Kaiser’s eldest son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served as an Armee field commander). This unusual wooden cigarette case sports Prinz Adalbert’s royal cypher, and measures 3 3/4″ x 3 1/4.” The wood (it might be cedar, judging from its grain) has a burled finish. It shows some scratching, but one must search carefully to discover it. Prinz Adalbert’s crowned “A” cypher appears in GOLD on the obverse. The case has a silver frame that secures its wooden sections. The case’s side is hallmarked with .925 silver, a moon, and a Hohenzollern Crown per Kaiser Wilhelm I’s 1885 royal decree. To the right is the manufacturer’s hallmark, a triangle, which appears within a circle, along with two more circles and marks in the triangle’s three corners. I am not familiar with this manufacturer (readers?). This is a terrific cigarette case, either owned by a royal, or given by one as a gift to a lucky recipient. Kaiser Wilhelm II was far more liberal in giving gifts than any of his sons. Gifts from any of the Hohenzollern Princes are quite scarce. I have had the privilege of offering royal gifts from the Kaiser and the Kronprinz, but this is the first time I have had anything from any of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s other sons. The simple…

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  • PRUSSIA - CIGARETTE CASE - PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN

    SKU: 20-258

    $1,995.00

    CIGARETTE CASE – PRINZ ADALBERT von PREUßEN Prinz Adalbert was the only one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. All the other boys served the Army in one capacity or another. (The Kaiser’s eldest son, Kronprinz Wilhelm, served as an Armee field commander). This large (far larger than most I have seen) cigarette case is silver-toned. It measures 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4.” The case’s dimple-patterned exterior rather resembles silver snake-skin. Its interior, which measures 6″ x 5 1/4″ when fully opened, is covered with a gold wash finish. Engraved in the interior’s left half is Prinz Adalbert’s reproduced signature, along with a personalized dedication to the “Kommandeur I/M. B./R 4.” The dedication concludes “In dankbarer Kameradshaft Treuerden 1916” (In grateful, dearest comradeship, 1916). (One speculates that Prinz Adalbert gave cigarette cases like it to several men who served with him in this unit). The elastic strap that held the cigarettes in place is long gone. The case’s side catch is hallmarked underneath for .800 silver and its manufacturer, and sports a moon, and a Hohenzollern Crown per Kaiser Wilhelm I’s 1885 royal decree. It is a high-quality cigarette case, given by a member of the royal family. Kaiser Wilhelm II was far more liberal in giving gifts than any of his sons. Gifts from any of the Hohenzollern Princes are quite scarce. I have had the privilege of offering royal gifts from the Kaiser and the Kronprinz, but this is the first time…

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  • PRUSSIA - DINNER PLATE - KAISER WILHELM II’s PERSONAL DINNER SERVICE ABOARD NAVAL VESSELS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – DINNER PLATE – KAISER WILHELM II’s PERSONAL DINNER SERVICE ABOARD NAVAL VESSELS

    SKU: 20-348

    $1,495.00

    DINNER PLATE – KAISER WILHELM II’s PERSONAL DINNER SERVICE ABOARD NAVAL VESSELS. This is an interesting, very rare, dinner plate that Kaiser Wilhelm II used when he sailed with the German fleet. The plate is interesting because it is NOT named for the Kaiser’s flagships, the battleship S.M.S. Kaiser Wilhelm II or, later, the S.M.S. Deutschland. He also had table service for his royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern and his racing sloop, the S.M.Y. Iduna. Kaiser Wilhelm II was very intrigued by his navy and his role within it. Plans for the Imperial German Navy’s expansion were constantly brewing at the Navy Ministry between the Kaiser and his alter-ego, Admiral von Tirpitz. As the German Empire’s Kaiser, Wilhelm was expected to live well, but he went FAR beyond that. Wilhelm lived in virtually the same style on his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, as he did at any of his palaces on land, INCLUDING the specially-designed dishware. The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern carried special plates, saucers, etc., exclusively for use on that vessel. So, a fifth set of tableware was created for his visits to other ships in the fleet so that he would have the same level of luxury aboard the other ships that he chanced to visit. For example, cruisers were dispatched to attend him on his regular visits to Norway’s fjords. Thus, if he entertained officers aboard their ship instead of the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, he had the “correct” tableware to fete them. The plate measures…

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  • DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II

    PRUSSIA – DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-352 XRH

    $695.00

    DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II One can argue that Kaiser Wilhelm II led the most opulent lifestyle of any European Royal. He owned multiple castles throughout Germany, not to mention his royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, racing sloops, and so on. Each vessel required a different pattern of dishware. He also required special dishware for his flagships when he traveled with the Imperial German Fleet! Today we are offering one of my personal favorites. It is a “Blue Flower” pattern dinner plate made by KPM. Unfortunately, we have been unable to discover much information about this particular pattern. The dinner plate’s obverse features a blossom in its center that has been delicately rendered in several different shades of blue. Three smaller representations of the central theme appear on the dinner plate’s scalloped edges, along with two blue butterflies. On the dinner plate’s reverse displayed the KPM hallmark. Directly above that is the year (1898) when the plate was put into service. [This marked the tenth year of Kaiser Wilhelm II reign, which was twenty years before he was forced to abdicate]. Wilhelm II’s royal cypher, “Wilhelm Rex,” appears just above the “1898.” The dinner plate measures 9.5″ in diameter, and is in very good condition with no nicks. This is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - LITHOGRAPH - FREDERICK THE GREAT

    PRUSSIA – LITHOGRAPH – FREDERICK THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-148

    $50.00

    PRUSSIA – LITHOGRAPH – FREDERICK THE GREAT. This lithograph of Frederick the Great, which was taken from a book, measures 6” x 8.5.” The image of King Frederick the Great measures 3.5” x 4.25.” It is a classic image of him, in very fine condition. CLICK HER FOR ALL IMPERIAL GERMAN ROYALTY AND NOBILITY

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  • PRUSSIA - SCHIRMÜTZE - OFFICER - PRINZ/KRONPRINZ/KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – OFFICER – PRINZ/KRONPRINZ/KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-262

    $6,995.00

    Before we begin the formal description of this wonderful schirmütze, let us confirm to whom we are referring as Prinz/Kronprinz Wilhelm. We mean Germany’s third Kaiser, Wilhelm II (1859-1941), prior to 15 June 1888. Our officer’s visor cap dates from approximately 1880 to 1888. During that period, Wilhelm I was Kaiser, his son Friedrich Wilhelm was Kronprinz, and Friedrich’s son Wilhelm was the Prinz. Wilhelm I died in Berlin on 9 March 1888 and his son became Kaiser Friedrich III. Friedrich III served as Kaiser for only ninety-nine days, during which his son Wilhelm was elevated to Kronprinz. After Friedrich III’s death, Wilhelm II was crowned as Kaiser. Germany had three Kaisers during 1888. [At that point, Germans had no reason to suspect that Wilhelm II would be Germany’s final Kaiser, or that the monarchy would be abolished in 1918 by Wilhelm’s abdication and exile to the Netherlands, where he would remain until his death in 1941]. At first glance, this is a fairly standard, pre 1897 Prussian infantry officer’s schirmütze. It sports Prussia’s single kokarde, and the very short black front visor typical of the period’s caps. The cap’s cover is made of the highest quality dark-blue wool. Its wide red trim band measures 1″ in width. An excellent Prussian Officer’s Kokarde is centered on the red trim band. The cap’s top sports a narrow red piping band. The cap’s exterior is in excellent condition, considering its age. Inside the cap is a fine, brown leather sweatband. It is…

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  • PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT WITH KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV’S SIGNATURE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIAN OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT WITH KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV’S SIGNATURE

    SKU: 19-261

    $395.00

    This is a very interesting officer’s promotion patent. The document comes from the reign of König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861). Friedrich Wilhelm IV was the eldest son of König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840), Prussia’s king during the tumultuous Napoleonic War Period shortly after the 19th Century’s turn. When Friedrich Wilhelm III died in 1840, Friedrich Wilhelm IV ascended the throne. His reign was difficult and involved revolution in 1848, which he initially repressed. He then changed his mind, embraced it and became its leader! Later, in 1857, Friedrich Wilhelm IV suffered a stroke that left him physically and mentally incapacitated. Due to his continued ill health, his younger brother Wilhelm I became Prussia’s regent in 1858. Friedrich Wilhelm died in 1861 and left no heir, so Wilhelm I assumed the throne and became King of Prussia, and later, Germany’s Kaiser. King Friedrich Wilhelm IV personally signed this document. The promotion patent was awarded to Friedrich Albert Schönn zu Stettin. The document measures 9 ¼” x 14″ when unopened, and 14″ x 18″ when opened, making it four-sided. All the information, however, appears on the first page. Its bottom boasts Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s bold and sprawling black-ink signature, as well as a Hohenzollern Eagle-embossed seal. The document was prepared and signed in 1855 at Charlottenburg’s royal castle. Another court official’s signature appears below Friedrich Wilhelm’s, but I cannot identify it. Our document is some one-hundred-sixty years-old! Some foxing effects its right side and bottom, but the document’s body is clear and…

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  • ROYAL SEAL FROM HOUSE OF HAPSBURG - USED ON ADELSBRIEF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ROYAL SEAL FROM HOUSE OF HAPSBURG – USED ON ADELSBRIEF

    SKU: 20-236

    $2,195.00

    In both Germany and Austria, the Adelsbrief was an important document that extended knighthood and nobility to men who had previously been well-respected commoners. They could have been men in the military, government service, men of commerce, or public renown. The documents were often presented in deluxe boxes. The book-like document contained the text and circumstances of the knighthood, including its date and the ruler’s signature. A special coat-of-arms that had been created for the family was included within the document, and remained theirs ever after. A metal canister containing the ruler’s seal was usually attached to the book. In this case, the canister was attached to an Austrian Adelsbrief (which was removed at some point) and thereby the now unknown person was elevated to knighthood. The canister measures 3 3/4” in diameter and is 1 1/4” thick. It is a two-piece device that opens to reveal its contents. The canister’s basic material is silver-toned. Attached to the top is a brass rendition of the Hapsburg Coat-of-Arms. It clearly displays the House of Hapsburg’s two-headed eagle, which was used by Kaiser Franz Josef and his predecessors. Extending from the canister are four small sashes made of red, black, gold, and silver bullion. When one removes the canister’s upper half, the House of Hapsburg’s red wax seal is revealed, displaying the royal family’s coat-of-arms. The wax seal is completely intact and in excellent condition. I cannot accurately date this. I feel quite confident that it comes from the 19th Century, however,…

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  • SALAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA

    SKU: 20-340

    $1,495.00

    This is a very rare salad plate from the S. M. Y. Iduna, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s racing sloop. The Kaiser was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Although the Kaiser employed the luxurious S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to travel all over Europe and the Middle East with his family and various guests, the S. M. Y. Iduna was reserved for yacht racing and activities associated with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC), in which he served as Commodore. The KYC had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It had been known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. The members then asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become its patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic…

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  • SALAD/DESSERT PLATE - SCHLOß NYMPHENBURG - KÖNIG LUDWIG III - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD/DESSERT PLATE – SCHLOß NYMPHENBURG – KÖNIG LUDWIG III – BAVARIA

    SKU: 20-207

    $1,195.00

    We are thrilled to offer a dessert/salad plate from König Ludwig III of Bavaria’s royal table service. This plate was produced from 1900 through 1912, while Ludwig II was still Bavaria’s Prinz Regent. Schloß Nymphenburg was the Bavarian royal household’s summer castle. Located in what is today suburban Munich, it was first built in 1664. The Schloß and its grounds cover more than 200 acres. Interestingly, the Munich 1972 Summer Olympics dressage (equestrian) events were held on the castle grounds. The plate is twelve-sided, and measures 8 1/8″ in diameter. Without a doubt, this is the most beautiful, elaborately hand painted royal plate of the many we have offered. Two shades of blue and a royal gold are featured. An ornate pattern is displayed throughout. The plate’s central theme is a house on a lake or river. It is very striking, and would make a fine addition to any collection.

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  • SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S PERSONAL S. M. Y. HOHENZOLLERN TABLE SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S PERSONAL S. M. Y. HOHENZOLLERN TABLE SERVICE

    SKU: 20-323

    $795.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm lived a life of luxury while he was Germany’s Emperor. He entertained lavishly and had many tableware patterns at his various palaces, hunting lodges, etc. Perhaps the rarest (since it had the fewest place settings) were the pieces that came from the Kaiser’s yacht, the S. M. Y. (Seiner Majestät Yacht) Hohenzollern. Today we are offering a dessert or salad plate from the royal yacht. The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern was launched in 1892. From 1892 to 1914, she served as the Kaiser’s personal yacht. He enjoyed spending summers in Norway, and she sailed to Great Britain, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and the Mediterranean. [In fact, he loved his ship so much he spent four years out of that 24-year span aboard it]! The ship was 390 feet in length, and bristled with fifteen cannons and machine guns. She often was accompanied by one or more German warships. The S. M. Y. Hohenzollern had a crew of 295. Naturally, the Hohenzollern’s crew far outnumbered other similar-sized ships due to the large number of cabin stewards, servants, cooks, etc. required to “properly” attend to the Kaiser and his guests. Many of the officers who served aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern, including the Kaiser’s son Adalbert, went on to have distinguished Kaiserliche Marine careers. Several became Admiräle or other top naval commanders after catching Wilhelm’s eye onboard the Hohenzollern and joining the fast track to more important commands. Our offering today is a dessert or salad plate…

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  • SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SALAD/DESSERT PLATE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’S RACING SLOOP S. M. Y. IDUNA WITH KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB (KYC)

    SKU: 20-329

    $1,250.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm II was an avid sailor. He had a special place in his heart for his Navy AND his personal yachts. Today we are offering a very rare dinner plate from his racing sloop, the S. M. Y. Iduna. He raced it with the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club (KYC). The latter had its origins in a yacht club originally founded in 1887 for Kiel’s naval officers. It was known as the Marine-Regatta-Verein, and its original patron was Prinz Heinrich of Prussia, Wilhelm II’s younger brother. Heinrich was a serving officer in the Kaiserliche Marine and a yachting enthusiast. [He later rose to the rank of Großadmiral and commanded the German naval forces based in Kiel against the Russians]. In 1891, the club was opened to civilians as well as naval officers. Industrialist and arms manufacturer Alfred Krupp, along with other well-known Germans, joined the group. They asked Kaiser Wilhelm II to become the patron and renamed it the Kaiserlicher Yacht Club. [Naval officers revived the Marine-Regatta-Verein in 1928, and it continued to exist into WW II. It was disbanded by the Allies after the war, then re-founded in 1972 as the Marine-Regatta-Verein im Deutschen Marinebund e.V., and continues to this day]. Today we are offering a fantastic dinner plate that was part of the Kaiser’s personal table service when aboard the S. M. Y. Iduna. [PLEASE NOTE: Wilhelm II’s wife, Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria, had her own tableware for the S. M. Y. Iduna. We are fortunate enough to hold a…

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  • SAXE-ALTENBURG’S HERZOG ERNST 1st’s FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXE-ALTENBURG’S HERZOG ERNST 1st’s FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH

    SKU: 20-314

    $795.00

    This is a presentation-framed photograph of Herzog (Duke) Ernst I of Saxe-Altenburg. Saxe-Altenburg was one of the small Saxon duchies. It was associated with the Saxe-Ernestine line, which was directly connected with the Kingdom of Saxony’s ruling House of Wettin. Ernst I (1826-1908) served as the Duke of Saxe-Altenburg from 1853 into 1908, after succeeding his father, Georg. Ernst I’s son, Ernst II, followed him, serving as the Duchy’s final Duke from 1908 until the Empire fell in 1918. The signed portrait of Ernst I comes in an official frame that was given to favored subjects, fellow royals, etc. The photograph depicts Ernst I in a general officer’s uniform. It is very likely that the uniform is for 8. Thüringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 153. [As Saxe-Altenburg was a relatively small duchy, it was the only full regiment that Saxe-Altenburg fielded]! He is wearing a very large medal bar that sports an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class with Twenty-Five year Oak Leaves and the 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal. This dates the photograph from 1897 to 1908. At the photograph’s bottom, we can see Ernst I’s scrawling, black ink signature. The photograph within the frame measures 5 7/8″ x 3 13/16.” The frame is made of high-quality leather. At its top is a large brass crown that signifies Saxe-Altenburg’s royal crown. The frame measures 8 1/4″ x 6 3/4.” A foldaway easel appears on the reverse that allows the frame to be displayed on a flat surface. At the top is…

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  • SEAL - FRIEDRICH THE GREAT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SEAL – FRIEDRICH THE GREAT

    SKU: 20-220

    $650.00

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

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  • SIGNED EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH DOCUMENT DISCUSSING FUTURE KNIGHT’S CROSS OF THE MILITARY MAX JOSEPH ORDER (BAVARIA) WINNER HANS RITTER von ADAM’S FLYING SKILLS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIGNED EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH DOCUMENT DISCUSSING FUTURE KNIGHT’S CROSS OF THE MILITARY MAX JOSEPH ORDER (BAVARIA) WINNER HANS RITTER von ADAM’S FLYING SKILLS

    SKU: 19-252

    $2,395.00

    This is a signed document by PLM-winner Eduard Ritter von Schleich about pilot Hans Ritter von Adam, who had twenty-one confirmed victories. Eduard Ritter von Schleich (1888-1947) was a well-known WW I German Ace. He had rejoined the infantry in August 1914 at WW I’s outbreak. He was wounded and requested a transfer to the Imperial German Air Service. He began his service flying two-seat observation planes. He was a tenacious and dutiful soldier. He was wounded on one mission, but rather than return to base, he had his observer tend to his wound, and then returned. Following the wounding, he was placed in command of Fliegerschule Nr 1 during September 1916, which he commanded until his return to flying service a year later. Between September and December 1917, von Schleich racked up an impressive score. By December 1917, he was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite. While he commanded Jasta 21, von Schleich’s good friend was killed in a dogfight. To honor him, von Schleich ordered his Albatros D. V painted all black, with an emblem of the rampant Bavarian Lion against a blue and white checkerboard field. This caused a real stir. He soon became known as “The Black Knight of Germany.” Later, von Schleich replaced his Albatros with a Fokker D. VII, painted in similar livery. He finished the war with a total of thirty-five confirmed victories and JG 4’s command. Eduard Ritter von Schleich survived the war to go through many aviation and non-aviation-related jobs. In…

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  • SIGNED ORIGINAL WW II PHOTOGRAPH AND TRANSMITTAL LETTER OF ALFRED KELLER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIGNED ORIGINAL WW II PHOTOGRAPH AND TRANSMITTAL LETTER OF ALFRED KELLER

    SKU: 19-23

    $295.00

    An interesting original photograph of Generaloberst Alfred Keller. It is signed by Keller and it is accompanied by a brief note from an aide who forwarded it to a well-wisher for Keller. Keller is wearing both his Pour le Mérite and Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. A nice WW II era pair.

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  • SIGNED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF HERMANN KÖHL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIGNED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF HERMANN KÖHL

    SKU: 19-24

    $295.00

    Hermann Köhl was a pilot early in the war. He was later transferred to a bomber squadron where he was very successful in his efforts against the French. His award was made in May 1918. Interestingly, he was shot down and interred in a POW camp until 1919. He was involved in aviation in post WW I Germany. He was well-known as he made a East to West crossing of the Atlantic in 1918 (this was more difficult than the Lindbergh flight since when one flies from Europe to the U.S. the flying is slower due to fighting head winds). He died in 1938. The portrait photo shows him in a civilian suit and is clearly signed on the obverse.

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  • SILVER NAPKIN RING TO A BARONESS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER NAPKIN RING TO A BARONESS

    SKU: 20-69

    $295.00

    This very fine napkin ring was once used as a part of the table settings of Baroness (Freifrau) von Bodin of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. This is of prewar quality and bears the cypher “B” with a crown over it with seven tips which would be correct for a Baron or Baroness. The napkin ring is silver hallmarked for .800 silver and for manufacturer. While I have not done extensive research on this small fact, the Baroness was apparently a functionary at the court of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

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  • SOUP BOWL - PERSONAL TABLEWARE - KRONPRINZ WILHELM - 1905 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SOUP BOWL – PERSONAL TABLEWARE – KRONPRINZ WILHELM – 1905

    SKU: 20-196

    $1,550.00

    KPM was the leading porcelain manufacturer during the Imperial German Period. This quality maker of porcelain is still in business today. It remains one of the world’s finest producers of porcelain objects. KPM provided top quality tableware to all of Prussia’s royal families, going back to Frederick the Great. Today we are offering a soup bowl, which was a part of Kronprinz Wilhelm (1882-1951) of Prussia’s personal service. It measures 9 1/2″ in diameter. It is beautifully hand painted, featuring Kronprinz Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Wilhelm was married in 1905 to Kronprinzessin Cecilie (1886-1954), of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This set was produced in 1905, the year Wilhelm married Cecilie. I expect it was done as a result of the marriage, and for the greater amount of dinners that he and his wife would soon host. The reverse of the bowl is hallmarked for KPM and 1905.

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  • SWISS RESTAURANT'S PROGRAM AND MENU HONORING KAISER WILHELM II'S 35th BIRTHDAY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SWISS RESTAURANT’S PROGRAM AND MENU HONORING KAISER WILHELM II’S 35th BIRTHDAY

    SKU: 20-334

    $75.00

    This is a combination entertainment program and menu honoring Kaiser Wilhelm II’s birthday on 27 January 1894 at a restaurant in Davos, Switzerland. The menu measures 4 ¼” x 7 ¼” unopened, and 7 ¼” x 8 ¾” opened, the latter act revealing it consists of four pages. The cover announces the Bill-of-Fare for the day. The event was held at the Kurhaus Davos-Platz in central Switzerland. The cover has a floral theme with its binding in Germany’s national colors: red, black, and white. [The Kaiser later visited Davos in 1913. This menu is NOT from that occasion]. When opened, the menu reveals the evening’s food on the left and its beverages on the right. The back cover lists the evening’s entertainment, which included musical selections from Weber, Wagner and Strauß. The menu program has been folded, but remains in pretty good condition at more than one-hundred-twenty years of age.

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  • TEAPOT - PERSONAL SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TEAPOT – PERSONAL SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-266

    $1,095.00

    This is a gorgeous teapot from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s personal service. It is unusually striking. Its primary color is a shade of royal purple. The pot’s upper half is the aforementioned purple, followed by a gold accent band, then its lower half is white. A series of white and gray bows are strung together across the purple section. The handle and spout are white, with a gold design. The teapot’s lid is once more purple, with the bow design extending around it. Instead of a conventional handle to remove the lid to add tea, a beautiful, delicate, white and gold rose with two leaves serves the purpose. Inside, the lid is dated 1912. Along with the Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher on the pot’s bottom is the date 1911, which means these are NOT matching pieces. The pot’s circumference is 5 1/2.” The diameter of the lid is 2 1/2.” The diameter at its base is 2 1/2.” The tea pot’s overall height is 5 1/4.” A very small chip appears at the spout’s tip. One must look carefully to notice it. It is a fine example of a personal item from Kaiser Wilhelm II’s table service.

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  • UNUSED MENU CARD FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s EXILE AT HAUS DOORN - THE NETHERLANDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    UNUSED MENU CARD FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s EXILE AT HAUS DOORN – THE NETHERLANDS

    SKU: 20-326

    $125.00

    Any time Kaiser Wilhelm II entertained, it was customary to have a menu card at each place setting so that the guest could view the evening’s bill-of-fare. This particular menu card was from the time that he resided at Haus Doorn. [I have been told the Dutch government has closed Haus Doorn to the public. To the Dutch government, I say “SHAME!” This short-sighted view robs the public of viewing artifacts from a historic leader a highly-significant time]. The menu card was never used. It measures 6″ x 9 ½.” It features a photograph of the Kaiser at the top. Judging from his age shown in the photograph, I would say the menu card dates from the 1930’s. It is a rare and unusual find.

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  • URKUNDE TO PRINZ ALFONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    URKUNDE TO PRINZ ALFONS

    SKU: 20-19

    $395.00

    This is a very ornate urkunde to Prinz Alfons of Bavaria by “The Geographische Gesellschaft München” (Geographic Society in Munich). This document measures 20 ½” x 16″ matted. The document within the matte measures 11″ x 14″. The document is dated 26 May 1900 and is signed by two officials from the organization saluting Alfons’ efforts on behalf of the society. A very fine red wax seal is also applied at the bottom of the document. The document is wrapped in plastic, is well preserved, and in excellent condition.

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  • WINE CARAFE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s ROYAL YACHT S. M. Y. (SEINER MAJESTÄT YACHT) HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WINE CARAFE FROM KAISER WILHELM II’s ROYAL YACHT S. M. Y. (SEINER MAJESTÄT YACHT) HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 20-336

    $3,495.00

    Today, we are offering you one of the most interesting items ever owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II and offered to you here on Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is no secret that two of our favorite merchandise categories are items once owned by royals and those related to the Navy. Our offering today combines both types with an item attributed to Kaiser Wilhelm II and his royal yacht, the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. This truly magnificent wine carafe was used daily aboard the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern to set a fine table for the Kaiser and his guests. Kaiser Wilhelm II had strong feelings about the sea and its possibilities for Germany. He firmly supported expanding the Kaiserliche Marine under Secretary of the Imperial Navy Alfred von Tirpitz. As one of Queen Victoria of England’s grandsons, Wilhelm was exceedingly jealous of his British cousins. He was determined that Germany should have a Navy equal to Great Britain’s, as well as overseas colonies to produce wealth for Germany’s Empire as they did for Britain’s. Kaiser Wilhelm II also greatly enjoyed his luxurious royal lifestyle on land AND sea. His royal yacht and aviso (royal dispatch boat) was the S. M. Y. Hohenzollern. While onboard, he enjoyed every amenity that was available at his numerous German castles. He had special dishes and glassware created solely for use onboard the Hohenzollern that were just as fine as that at any of his castles. [Recently we offered and quickly sold one of the Hohenzollern’s salad…

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  • WINE GOBLET - PRINZ ADALBERT - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WINE GOBLET – PRINZ ADALBERT – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 20-210

    $895.00

    This is a high quality wine goblet that once was the property of Prinz Adalbert von Preußen (1884-1948). Adalbert was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s (1859-1941) and Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria’s third son. He was the only one of the Kaiser’s six sons who served in the Kaiserliche Marine. He served in several naval positions during WW I. The wine glass is finely etched in the front with a crowned “A.” The glass’s stem is quite ornate. The glass stands 7″ in height, measures 2 1/2″ in diameter at the rim, and is 3″ in diameter at the base. It is in excellent condition.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG’S KÖNIG WILHELM II’S PERSONAL BIBLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG’S KÖNIG WILHELM II’S PERSONAL BIBLE

    SKU: 20-374

    $1,895.00

    This is an amazing royalty item that once belonged to the Kingdom of Württemberg’s König Wilhelm II (1848-1921). Wilhelm II (not to be confused with Kaiser Wilhelm II) was the last King of Württemberg (one of Imperial Germany’s four major kingdoms along with Prussia, Bavaria, and Saxony). [Today, Baden-Württemberg is a state within Germany’s federal government]. König Wilhelm II was a very popular king with Württemberg’s citizens. He advanced many progressive ideas and was often seen in parks in Stuttgart walking his dogs without benefit of bodyguards. Since Wilhelm had no male heir, his cousin, Herzog Albrecht, would have been Württemberg’s next king. [Albrecht was considered one of Germany’s finest royal military commanders during WW I]. However, the war’s end required Wilhelm to abdicate on 30 November 1918 with the rest of Germany’s royalty. Wilhelm II was Württemberg’s final king, reigning from 1891 until 1918. Today we are offering a significant bible that was once König Wilhelm II’s personal property. It measures 1″ x 3 ¾” x 5 ½” The bible is bound in high-quality leather, with leather outside covers whose edges are trimmed in gold. A gold Württemberg Crown appears on its cover. All its pages are trimmed in gold, which adds a sumptuous note to the exterior’s appearance. A large shield immediately inside the front cover states that the bible came from König Wilhelm II’s personal library. The title page reads “Die Bibel,” with a circular rubber-stamped image that again proclaims it comes from König Wilhelm’s personal library.…

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