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Imperial German & WWI – Awards, Medals, Orders, Military Merits, Service Crosses, etc.

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  • ANHALT - 1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS - 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ANHALT – 1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 08-317

    $625.00

    This is the 1914 Friedrich Cross 1st Class from Anhalt. It is a pin back award that was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class……

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  • ANHALT - 1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS - 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ANHALT – 1914 FRIEDRICH CROSS – 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANT

    SKU: 08-416

    $275.00

    This is the Duchy of Anhalt’s 1914 Friedrich Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants……  

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  • ANHALT - FREDRICH CROSS - 2ND CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ANHALT – FREDRICH CROSS – 2ND CLASS

    SKU: 08-525

    $275.00

    Friedrich Cross 2nd Class from the Principality of Anhalt.  The decoration is bronze-toned. Its obverse sports a royal crown, Friedrich of Anhalt’s cypher, and the year, 1914. The reverse displays the phrase “For Service in War.”…..

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  • ANHALT - FRIEDRICH COMBATABT’S CROSS - 2nd CLASS

    ANHALT – FRIEDRICH COMBATABT’S CROSS – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 08-580

    $175.00

    The Combatant’s ribbon exhibits great age, but is correct. The decoration is in very fine condition. As it was a smaller state, the decoration was awarded in smaller numbers to its native sons, as well as other German and Austrian allies……

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  • ANHALT- 50-YEAR TRUE SERVICE MEDAL IN SILVER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ANHALT- 50-YEAR TRUE SERVICE MEDAL IN SILVER

    SKU: 08-220

    $350.00

    This was a civil decoration for 50 years of true and faithful service to the state. The obverse of the decoration features the ruler of Anhalt’s crowned cypher. The reverse has “Fur funfzigjahrige Diensttreue” (For Fifty Years True Service). Obviously, since this was for fifty years of service, it was not a common decoration. It has a beautiful patina and comes with a wide green and white ribbon. This decoration was given from the period of 1864 to 1918. Judging from the look of the decoration and ribbon, I would say this particular example was issued in the 19th Century.

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  • Sale!  AUSTRIA - SERVICE MEDAL - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    AUSTRIA – SERVICE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1701 XMB

    $450.00 $325.00

    Simply gorgeous example of the Austria’s Bronzene Militär Verdienst Medaille mit Schwerten (Bronze Military Service Medal with Swords)……

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  • AUSTRIA / SAXONY - ORDER OF THE RED EAGLE 4th CLASS

    AUSTRIA / SAXONY – ORDER OF THE RED EAGLE – 4th CLASS

    SKU: 05-1713

    $495.00

    This is the final version of the Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class, which was awarded from 1879 to 1918. It can be confirmed to be the final version by the cross’s pebbled arms……

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  • BADEN - MEDAL - MILITARY MERIT - SILVER

    BADEN – MEDAL – MILITARY MERIT – SILVER

    SKU: 05-1720 XFQ

    $95.00

    This is the Military Merit in Silver from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The military merit comes on a yellow and black ribbon……  

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  • BADEN - MERIT MEDAL - SILVER

    BADEN – MERIT MEDAL – SILVER

    SKU: 05-1724 XFQ

    $65.00

    The Silver Merit Medal from the Grand Duchy of Baden is the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class……

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  • BADEN - WAR SERVICE CROSS

    BADEN – WAR SERVICE CROSS

    SKU: 08-582

    $95.00

    This is the Grand Duchy of Baden’s War Service Cross. It was issued from 1916 to 1918. The cross is gilt-toned and has a yellow, red, and white ribbon

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  • BADEN - ZÄHRINGER LION BREAST STAR ORDER

    BADEN – ZÄHRINGER LION BREAST STAR ORDER

    SKU: 08-578

    $2,495.00

    Today we are offering a TOP SHELF Breast Star of the Order of the Zähringer Lion. [It was considered to be the lowest Breast Star level, since it lacked Diamonds, Swords, or Oak Leaves. It remains a very high-level award, sitting just above the Commander’s Cross (a neck order) and the Knight’s Crosses 1st and 2nd Class]. The Zähringer Lion Breast Star is one of my favorite Imperial German Breast Stars. It is amazingly beautiful, with a unique combination of enamel and silver work. It is both massive and beautiful. To say it is eye-catching is an understatement!…..  

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  • Sale! BAVARIA - MILITARY MERIT MEDAL - OFFICIAL - 1813-1814 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – MILITARY MERIT MEDAL – OFFICIAL – 1813-1814

    SKU: 05-1587 XDG

    $695.00 $550.00

    BAVARIA – MILITARY MERIT MEDAL – OFFICIAL – 1813-1814 It is a special medal that was issued to military officials during the 1813-1814 Napoleonic Wars. The circular medal, which measures 1 1/4 ” in diameter, features a rampant lion on the obverse. On the reverse we see König Maximilian’s initials and the dates for which the award was given. It comes on an original ribbon. It is a VERY rare medal. This is a consignment item.

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  • BAVARIA - MILITARY MERIT ORDER  - 4th CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – MILITARY MERIT ORDER – 4th CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1473

    $1,150.00

    This is an infrequently seen Bavarian decoration, the Military Merit Order 4th Class. The order was founded in 1866, during König Ludwig II’s reign. It was part of a larger series of decorations within the Military Merit Order (MMO). The MMO was an officer’s-only decoration. In the 4th Class it was awarded without Swords, with Swords, and with Crown. [In the normal course of business I see a lot of MMO’s 4th Class with Swords, since they were awarded in great numbers during WW I. During the same time, only limited numbers of the MMO with Swords and Crown were awarded]. This is a beautiful example of the MMO 4th Class, which was awarded without benefit of the Swords and Crown. It probably was awarded to an officer prior to the beginning of WW I, most likely between 1905 to 1914. The cross measures 1 3/4″ x 1 1/2.” The arms’ blue enamel is gorgeous and without problems. The flames among the arms are silver. In the obverse’s center is Ludwig’s cypher in GOLD. The reverse’s center sports the rampant Lion of Bavaria, also in GOLD. The cross was produced by the high-quality firm of Weiss and Company. Its silver portions are .950 silver. Its ORIGINAL presentation case is light-blue with decoration’s name embossed in gold on the exterior. The case measures 3″ x 2″ x 3/4.” The interior consists of a cream-colored silk upper liner and a cream-colored velvet base. A correct and original length of white and blue…

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  • BAVARIA - MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL - 3rd CLASS - WITH CROWN AND SWORDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL – 3rd CLASS – WITH CROWN AND SWORDS

    SKU: 05-1643

    $295.00

    The third class award does not have enamel center, like the 2nd class. The swords are mounted above the cross and a large articulated crown is attached to the swords. A short length of ribbon is attached……

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  • BAVARIA - RIBBON FOR A UNIFORM FOR 1914 IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS AND MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

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

    SKU: 15-611

    $50.00

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

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - 1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ  - 2nd CLASS WITH COMBATANTS RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – 1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ – 2nd CLASS WITH COMBATANTS RIBBON

    SKU: 08-558

    $150.00

    Today we are offering a very fine example of the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) with the Combatants ribbon……..

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS - 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANT

    SKU: 08-501

    $125.00

    This is the non combatant version of the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross. The decoration is bronze in color and comes with the correct blue and yellow ribbon.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS - 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANT

    SKU: 08-489

    $175.00

    This is the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent, the 1914 War Service Cross 2nd Class. These are infrequently seen, as Braunschweig was such a small state (1900 population: 464,000). Both the decoration and ribbon are in prime condition.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - COMBATANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – 1914 WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S

    SKU: 08-573

    $150.00

    This is the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross for Combatants, the Duchy’s equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The Duchy of Braunschweig had been the Kingdom of Hannover’s vassal state. Both Hannover and Braunschweig were absorbed into Prussia at the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s conclusion, which effectively concluded Germany’s unification struggles. Prussia had emerged as the dominant power within Germany and went on to lead the country’s combined forces to victory over France in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. The German Empire was created 1871 and Prussia’s König Wilhelm I became Imperial Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm I. The War Service Cross in the 1st and 2nd Classes was only awarded during and after WW I to Germans, particularly those from Braunschweig. It would make a fine addition to your collection.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG - MEDAL - WAR SERVICE - 2ND CLASS

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – MEDAL – WAR SERVICE – 2ND CLASS

    SKU: 05-1719 XFQ

    $150.00

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – MEDAL – WAR SERVICE – 2ND CLASS This is the War Service Medal 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. It is the Duchy of Braunschweig equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The medal comes with a long length of blue and yellow ribbon. This is a consignment item.

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  • Sale! BRONZE PRINZ LUITPOLD JUBILEE MEDAL (1854-1904) FOR K.u.K CORPS-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 10 - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BRONZE PRINZ LUITPOLD JUBILEE MEDAL (1854-1904) FOR K.u.K CORPS-ARTILLERIE REGIMENT Nr 10 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1611 XDG

    $595.00 $475.00

    This is a Prinz Regent Luitpold Jubilee Medal in bronze. It celebrates K.u.K. Corps-Artillerie Regiment Nr 10’s 50th anniversary. The medal measures 1 ½” in diameter. The medal is extremely scarce. Its obverse sports a high-relief profile of the Prinz Regent. The reverse features information about the regiment and the award’s significance. An original blue and white ribbon is attached to the decoration.

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  • CARL POELLATH KG AWARD PACKETS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CARL POELLATH KG AWARD PACKETS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1636 XBG

    $35.00

    Today we are offering two Carl Poellath KG paper award packets. Carl Poellath was well known as the major producer of WW I Bavarian flight badges, along with other medals. [The firm was founded in 1778 and has remained in business ever since. In 1910, they were declared the purveyor to the pontifical and royal Bavarian court (they were also well-known for religious medals). They produced and delivered the official badges and tags for the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. 2013 marks their 235th anniversary as a company]. The paper packets measure 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4’They were used to present items that the firm produced. They would be ideal for display. We actually have two of them available.

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  • CASED MEDAL - CREDIT UNIONS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CASED MEDAL – CREDIT UNIONS

    SKU: 05-1453

    $175.00

    This cased medal honors Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, who founded Germany’s first rural credit union in 1864. Born in 1818, Raiffeisen was the mayor of several towns. He served in Weyerbusch/Westerwald from 1845 to 1848, in Flammersfeld/Westerwald from 1848 to 1852, and Heddesdorf from 1852 until late 1865. He had to retire from public office in 1867 due to ill health. He died in 1888. As a young mayor in Flammersfeld, Raiffeisen observed local farmers suffering from the predation of loan sharks. He founded the first cooperative lending bank in 1864, which was, essentially, a rural credit union. A number of banks in existence today are named after him. They operate in Germany Austria, Switzerland, Romania, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The brass-toned, circular medal features Raiffeisen’s high-relief portrait on its obverse. The reverse features the words “Für Treue Arbeit” (For Faithful Participation/Assistance), surrounded by an oak leaf wreath. The wreath is further encircled by twinkling stars. The medal has an attachment by which one could insert it for display in a suit’s buttonhole. The medal comes with a black leatherette presentation case. The case has the standard white silk upper lid, and a blue velvet base with a cutout area to accommodate the medal. It is an interesting historical item.

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  • CHARLOTTEN KREUZ - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CHARLOTTEN KREUZ – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 05-1546

    $125.00

    The Charlotten Cross from the Kingdom of Württemberg was first authorized by Königin Charlotte (1864-1946). She was the wife of Württemberg’s König Wilhelm II(1849-1921). Charlotte was involved in many women’s organizations. The decoration was instituted for the benefit of women who participated in war aid societies. The cross measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” This style of cross is called a Budded Cross, and is also known as the Apostles’/Disciples’ Cross, or the Cathedral Cross. In the obverse’s center is a “W” and a “C” for the royal couple. On the reverse is “1916,” for the year the decoration was first authorized. The ribbon is black and yellow, which is typical for many Kingdom of Württemberg decorations. Also on the reverse is a bar attached to the ribbon. It carries the original safety pin for attaching the decoration to a garment. It is a fine original decoration.

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  • CHINA DENKMÜNZE FOR NON COMBATANTS - MINIATURE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CHINA DENKMÜNZE FOR NON COMBATANTS – MINIATURE

    SKU: 22-82

    $295.00

    The English translation for the China Denkmünze is the Chinese Commemorative Service Medal. The medal was awarded in gold for combatants and silver for non combatants for service during the 1900-1901 Boxer Rebellion. This is a miniature of the non combatants’ medal. It measures 1/2″ in diameter. The obverse shows a German Eagle battling and conquering a Chinese Dragon. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. A gilt-toned bale appears at the top where a chain could be looped through. It is in very fine condition.[Buy this example along with the Miniature for the Southwest African Non Combatants for $295.00

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  • COMBATANT’S 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMBATANT’S 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 08-560

    $150.00

    This is a fine example of a 1914 Military Service Cross 2nd Class for Combatants (the Mecklenburg-Schwerin variation of the Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class). Like the Iron Cross, it was awarded in the 1st and 2nd Class levels. Also, like the Iron Cross 2nd Class, it was awarded with different ribbons for combatants or non combatants. The gilt finish on the decoration is excellent. It is accompanied by a fine Combatants 2nd Class ribbon. It would make a perfect addition for any collection.

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  • COMBATANT’S WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COMBATANT’S WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN.

    SKU: 08-562

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  • DER MAIN ARMEE MEDAL - AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR - 1866 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DER MAIN ARMEE MEDAL – AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR – 1866

    SKU: 05-1576

    $30.00

    The 1866 Austro-Prussian War was a very sharp, short conflict between Prussia (and her allies) and Austria (and her allies). The war revealed how far the Prussian Army had outstripped the rest of Europe’s military forces, as the 1866 war’s final outcome was nothing short of a rout. The Der Main Armee Medal was presented to those Prussian soldiers who participated in the conflict. It is a bronze-toned cross. The obverse displays the Prussian Eagle along with the decoration’s name and the year 1866. Its reverse features König Wilhelm I of Prussia’s royal cypher. Following the Franco-Prussian War five years later, he became Germany’s first Kaiser. Someone completely removed the jump ring and attachment from this decoration’s top. I have no idea why it was done, but it was done neatly. Due to the damage, we are offering it at a bargain price, with the hope that you can find a purpose for it.

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  • DUCHY OF NASSAU - 22 YEARS LONG SERVICE DECORATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DUCHY OF NASSAU – 22 YEARS LONG SERVICE DECORATION

    SKU: 08-223

    $525.00

    This decoration is a minimum of 135 years old. Very few of them were ever awarded. An original wide, light blue ribbon accompanies this decoration. For its age, the decoration and ribbon are in excellent condition…….  

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  • EHRENZEICHEN für VERDIENSTS UM DIE REPUBLIK DIE ÖSTERREICH 2. MODEL IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE WITH TWO MINIATURES AND ONE STICKPIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    EHRENZEICHEN für VERDIENSTS UM DIE REPUBLIK DIE ÖSTERREICH 2. MODEL IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE WITH TWO MINIATURES AND ONE STICKPIN

    SKU: 05-1628 XES

    $395.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Ehrenzeichen für Verdiensts um die Republik die Österreich (Honor Badge for Service Within the Republic of Austria). It is a post WW II decoration first authorized in 1952. The single-sided decoration sports a large red enameled cross with a white cross interior. A large eagle with the shields of various Austrian locations is mounted at the top. The decoration is attached to an orange and white tri-fold ribbon. It comes housed in a traditional Austrian presentation case with a rounded lower portion. The leather case is red with a gold embossed reproduction of a large eagle on top. The case’s upper half features the jeweler who produced it’s name: Vienna’s Anton Reitterer. Two smaller miniatures and a stickpin are also included. This is a high quality presentation in top condition.

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  • Sale! EMBROIDERED GRAND CROSS OF MILITARY MAX JOSEPH BREAST STAR (REPRODUCTION) - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    EMBROIDERED GRAND CROSS OF MILITARY MAX JOSEPH BREAST STAR (REPRODUCTION) – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1609 XDG

    $250.00 $195.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a REPRODUCTION of the Grand Cross of the Military Max Joseph. It is embroidered rather than made of metal. Such embroidered breast stars were referred to as “Tinsel Stars” in Germany. Commonly used during the 18th and 19th Centuries, they were most popular prior to the 1840’s. Our example measures 4 ½” x 4 ½” and is quite handsome. The later metal versions of the breast star are very rare. One would have to pay $8,000.00+ for one. This MODERN REPRODUCTION serves well as a collection space filler. It should NOT be confused with an original piece.

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  • ENLISTED MAN/NCO LONG SERVICE AWARD- FIFTEEN YEARS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ENLISTED MAN/NCO LONG SERVICE AWARD- FIFTEEN YEARS

    SKU: 05-1463

    $125.00

    This is an enlisted man/NCO Long Service Award for fifteen years’ duty. The cross measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” The obverse displays a crown, while the reverse features “XV.” A short 1 1/2″ length of blue ribbon is attached.

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  • Sale! ERINNERUNGSZEICHEN für VERDIENSTLICHE LEISTUNGEN IM KRIEGSJAHRE 1866 für ZIVILÄRZTE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ERINNERUNGSZEICHEN für VERDIENSTLICHE LEISTUNGEN IM KRIEGSJAHRE 1866 für ZIVILÄRZTE

    SKU: 05-1589 XDG

    $2,495.00 $1,995.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Erinnerungszeichen für Verdienstliche Leistungen im Kriegsjahre 1866 für Zivilärzte (Honor Badge for Meritorious Service in War-Year 1866 by Civilian Doctors), which was awarded during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. It is a pinback award that measures 2″ x 1 3/4,” and is shaped like an oversized cross. Each arm boasts a caduceus, the ancient sign of a physician. In the cross’s center is the war’s year, 1866. König Ludwig (Mad) II was Bavaria’s monarch during the conflict. It is written that he was greatly affected when he witnessed Bavarian soldiers suffering alongside their Austrian, Württembergian, and Saxon compatriots after their defeat by Prussia and her allies. In addition to the creation of this decoration, Ludwig also instituted the Military Merit Order, Military Service Cross, and the 1866 Bavarian War Honor Medal for the same war. This very rare decoration was for doctors who served Bavaria during the conflict. Only forty were created.

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  • FELDDIENSTZEICHEN 1840 - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FELDDIENSTZEICHEN 1840 – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-419

    $125.00

    Various variations of the Felddienstzeichen were issued by Hesse-Darmstadt from 1780 through 1866. Changes in the decoration began in 1850. This variation is from 1840. The bronze-toned decoration’s obverse features Grand Duke Ludwig II’s crowned cypher. Below that is the date, 14 June 1840. The decoration’s reverse, which measures 1 1/4″ in diameter, displays “Für Treuen Dienst Im Kriege (For Loyal Service in War).” It presents a fine patina, and a sturdy jump ring at its top. No ribbon is included.

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  • FIFTEEN-YEAR LONG-SERVICE CROSS - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FIFTEEN-YEAR LONG-SERVICE CROSS – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-556

    $150.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt’s Fifteen-Year Long-Service Award. The decoration is a gilt-toned cross. The obverse displays a crown, while the reverse features the Roman numerals “XV.” The ribbon displays one wide red stripe and two narrower ones. The decoration is in very good condition.

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  • FRAMED PHOTO - DECORATION - BOUTONNIERE - JÄGER zu PFERDE-REGIMENT Nr 7 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED PHOTO – DECORATION – BOUTONNIERE – JÄGER zu PFERDE-REGIMENT Nr 7 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1196

    $1,795.00

    This is a very exciting grouping. The grouping once belonged to a man from Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 7. Jäger zu Pferde regiments were first established in the early 20th Century. They served as a mounted, light-hunting cavalry. They were at the opposite of the spectrum from küraßier regiments. Jäger-Regiment zu Pferde Nr 7 was established in 1913 and garrisoned at Trier. It was assigned to the VIII. Armeekorps. A framed photograph of the items’ original owner is a part of the grouping. The frame measures 12 ½” x 8 ½,” while the framed image measures 6 ½” x 4 3/4.” In the photograph one can clearly see his shoulder straps and regimental designation. He is wearing a gorget around his neck. He is also wearing a four-place medal bar. Also evident on his chest is the veteran’s badge described below. This is the most exciting veterans’ badge I have ever acquired. Indeed, the term “veteran’s badge” does not do the piece justice. The construction and design of the badge are quite striking. This badge was presented to men who served in küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde-Regiments. It is slightly larger than an Iron Cross 1st Class. It measures 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4.” Crossed swords extend through the badge’s center. The arms are a beautiful white enamel, while the enamel center is a gorgeous black and gold. I said earlier that calling this a veteran’s badge was unfair. Its superior quality and beauty rank with the most prestigious decorations.…

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  • FRANCO PRUSSIAN-WAR NON COMBATANT'S WAR SERVICE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRANCO PRUSSIAN-WAR NON COMBATANT’S WAR SERVICE MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1137

    $65.00

    This is a splendidly conditioned example of the Non Combatant’s Medal for the Franco-Prussian War. This decoration has a very fine steel surface. It is silver-toned, as opposed to the bronze-toned Combatant’s version. This decoration has been setup as a one-place medal bar. It uses a replacement ribbon. This is in very fine condition.

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  • FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANT’S MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANT’S MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1657

    $35.00

    This is a second-generation 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War Combatant’s Medal. The original Franco-Prussian War Combatant’s Medals were produced from captured French cannons’ melted bronze. They had etchings on their edges stating the fact. The practice began in the Napoleonic Wars. Medals were offered for the wars’ various years, and also were etched on the edge. This medal was purchased by a veteran who either had lost his medal, or perhaps wanted an example like this to mount on a medal bar. The medal is in excellent condition. It is supplied without a ribbon so you too can mount it on a medal bar. If you would like to have a ribbon, you may have one for an additional $10.00.

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  • FRANZ JOSEF ORDER WITH SPECIAL OFFICER DEVICE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRANZ JOSEF ORDER WITH SPECIAL OFFICER DEVICE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 05-1435

    $1,550.00

    This is a superb example of the Franz Josef Order, which Austria instituted in 1849. The cross has red enameled arms and a white enameled center featuring “FJ.” Atop the cross is an articulated crown with red enamel imbedded at the crown’s top. The decoration is attached to a red and white ribbon. Attached to the ribbon’s center is an officer’s device consisting of a smaller example of the main decoration. The decoration is housed in a very smart-looking presentation case, which measures 4 1/2″ x 2 1/4.” The case is red leatherette. Embossed in gold in the center is “F.J.O.” Inside the case, the upper lid is white silk. The case’s lower half is fitted and covered in light beige or tan velvet. The reverse of the case is dated 1916. It is a very handsome decoration that comes to us directly from Vienna (Wien).

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  • FRANZ-JOSEF SERVICE CROSS WITH CROWN - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRANZ-JOSEF SERVICE CROSS WITH CROWN – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 05-1226

    $325.00

    The Franz-Josef Service Cross with Crown was an officer’s-level decoration awarded by the Emperor Franz-Josef. The decoration’s arms are enameled, as is the crown’s interior. It comes on a correct, red triangular ribbon.

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  • FRIEDRICH AUGUST MEDAL - BRONZE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRIEDRICH AUGUST MEDAL – BRONZE – SAXONY

    SKU: 05-1423

    $55.00

    This is a fine example of the Friedrich August Medal in Bronze from the Kingdom of Saxony. The medal was awarded from 1905 through 1918. The medal measures 1″ in diameter. The medal’s obverse features the decoration’s name. Its reverse has Friedrich August III’s royal cypher. He was Saxony’s final king. No ribbon comes with this decoration.

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    GENERAL HONOR DECORATION – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-357

    $165.00

    This is the General Honor Decoration from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. It is their equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The decoration’s obverse displays a profile of the Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, Ernst Ludwig. On the reverse we see “Fur Tapferkeit.” This decoration is 1 1/4″ in diameter. It is made of silver. It displays the correct red and light-blue ribbon.

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  • GERMAN - KYFFHAUSERBUND MEDAL - GOLD

    GERMAN – KYFFHAUSERBUND MEDAL – GOLD

    SKU: 05-1722 XFQ

    $45.00

    This Veterans group Kyffhauserbund medal was associated with one of the largest post WW I veteran groups……

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  • GERMANY - AWARD PAMPHLET - MATTED PAGE FROM ORDEN DER AUSSERDEUTSCHE STAATEN EUROPAS PLATE Nr 2 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – AWARD PAMPHLET – MATTED PAGE FROM ORDEN DER AUSSERDEUTSCHE STAATEN EUROPAS PLATE Nr 2

    SKU: 12-389

    $95.00

    Prior to the beginning of WW I, a series of high quality pamphlets were printed in Germany displaying the orders and decorations of Imperial Germany and Europe. Many variations of these were produced, and I have offered several of them in the past. When I mentioned that these were high-quality, I failed to mention that they were in FULL COLOR. The example we are offering today describes in crystal clear detail many of the top awards from the various nations of Europe (some were allied to Germany in WW I and some were bitter enemies). It covers examples from Great Britain, France, Greece, Spain. etc. This has been matted and is ready for display or framing. The matte measures 17 3/8″ x 13 ½,” while the image within measures 11″ x 8 5/8.”

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  • GERMANY - BOOK - AUSZEICHNUNGEN des 3. REICHES - SPEZIALKATALOG 2009/2010 by LOTHAR HARTUNG & LOTHAR BICHLMAIER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – BOOK – AUSZEICHNUNGEN des 3. REICHES – SPEZIALKATALOG 2009/2010 by LOTHAR HARTUNG & LOTHAR BICHLMAIER

    SKU: 05-1513

    $20.00

    This is a handy pocket catalog that helps identify the orders, decorations, and badges of the Third Reich……

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  • GERMANY - DECORATION - KING LUDWIG III CROSS

    GERMANY – DECORATION – KING LUDWIG III CROSS

    SKU: 05-1715 XFQ

    $50.00

    GERMANY – DECORATION – KING LUDWIG III CROSS It is the King Ludwig III Cross. It was a civil decoration awarded for service for the state. The Cross was authorized for award on 1 July 1916. The decoration is accompanied with a blue and white ribbon. This is a consignment item.

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  • GERMANY - MEDAL - 1912 FLUGSPENDE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – MEDAL – 1912 FLUGSPENDE

    SKU: 01-905

    $95.00

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

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  • GERMANY - MEDAL - ZEPPELIN - GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – MEDAL – ZEPPELIN – GRAF FERDINAND von ZEPPELIN MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1732

    $195.00

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

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  • GERMANY - MINIATURE - 1870 COMBATANTS MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – MINIATURE – 1870 COMBATANTS MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1364

    $50.00

    This is a very well made 1870 Combatants Medal miniature. Like its larger counterpart, it has a bronze finish. The detail is amazing. The decoration measures 2/3″ in diameter. No ribbon accompanies it. It may have been worn on a tie bar.

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  • Sale! GOLDEN MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GOLDEN MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1558 XDG

    $1,295.00 $1,025.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a second generation (non awarded) example of the Golden Military Service Medal from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was the highest award that could be given to a Bavarian enlisted man or NCO. The medal would have been purchased from a medal supply shop and used for mounting on a medal bar. This could have happened because the owner wanted to keep his issued piece “put away,” so as prevent it from being lost or damaged. Perhaps it was a replacement for a lost or damaged decoration. At any rate, it should NOT be confused with a presentation example. The gilt-toned decoration is actually a gold wash over .800 silver. The obverse has a profile of Maximilian (Max) Joseph, the first King of Bavaria. The reverse features the rampant Bavarian Lion with crown, sword, and shield. An older ribbon comes with it. It is in very fine condition.

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  • HAMBURG - HANSEATIC CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAMBURG – HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 05-1725 XFQ

    $150.00

    The Hanseatic Cross from the free State of Hamburg consists of a cross with handsome red enamel……

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  • HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HAMBURG HANSEATIC CROSS

    SKU: 08-555

    $50.00

    Hanseatic Crosses were issued for the three Hanseatic Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen. This example hails from Hamburg. It represents the city/state’s equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It measures 1 ½” x 1 .” The decoration’s center depicts Hamburg’s City Hall in red and silver enamel. The structure was destroyed during WW II’s allied bombing. After the war, it was restored to its condition from before the war. The decoration features red enamel arms, one of which has suffered a large chip. The decoration has NO ribbon. The price at which it is offered reflects its damage and lack of ribbon.

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  • HANSEATIC CROSSES - FREE STATES - HAMBURG, LÜBECK, AND BREMEN - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AWARDED - AUSTRIA’S ARCHDUKE EUGEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HANSEATIC CROSSES – FREE STATES – HAMBURG, LÜBECK, AND BREMEN – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – AWARDED – AUSTRIA’S ARCHDUKE EUGEN

    SKU: 08-437

    $3,495.00

    Here are THREE Hanseatic Crosses from the Free States of Hamburg, Lübeck, and Bremen in the original presentation case. They were Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 4″ x 7 1/2″ x 1.” The words “Hanseaten Kreuze Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck” are embossed in gold on the outer lid. (My research does not show when these decorations were awarded). Opening the case, the three crosses are lined up from left to right: Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck. Each is in a fitted section that accommodates the cross and its trifold ribbon. That said, only the Lübeck cross has a ribbon attached. It has a very interesting feature. Attached on the upper white silk lid above each decoration is the correct ribbon. While the name Rothe & Neffe does NOT appear on the case’s upper lid, all its features are identical to that of the Roethe & Neffe Oldenburg Friedrich August Crosses case. It has an all-red leatherette exterior, with the exception of the black bottom. It is a very handsome set of three decorations.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS - COMBATANTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS – COMBATANTS

    SKU: 05-1464

    $15.00

    After Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg’s death, Germany issued a medal bearing his name to honor WW I’s combatants, non combatants, and their next-of-kin. This is an example of the Combatant’s Cross. No jump ring or ribbon accompanies the example.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS - COMBATANTS - MATCHING ONE-PLACE RIBBON BAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS – COMBATANTS – MATCHING ONE-PLACE RIBBON BAR

    SKU: 05-1424

    $45.00

    This is a Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatant. The decoration has the correct ribbon attached. Also, accompanying the decoration is the one-place ribbon bar. The crossed swords for the decoration are attached to the ribbon bar.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS - NEXT OF KIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS – NEXT OF KIN

    SKU: 05-1354

    $40.00

    This is the Hindenburg Cross for the Next of Kin. It was given to the families of fallen soldiers from the Great War. It was often referred to as the “Widows Cross.” It is black, with NO swords through its center. It is hallmarked D. S. M. on the reverse. No ribbon is present.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS - NON COMBATANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS – NON COMBATANT’S

    SKU: 05-1512

    $35.00

    This is the non combatant’s version of the Hindenburg Cross. It has no swords and was meant for a person who did not see front-line action. Its attached ribbon is well-used.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS - NON COMBATANTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS – NON COMBATANTS

    SKU: 05-1525

    $30.00

    This is one of the three classes of the Hindenburg Cross. It is for Non Combatants. It is similar to the Combatants except that it does not sport swords. It measures 1 ½” x 1 ½,” and comes with a ribbon.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NEXT-OF-KIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NEXT-OF-KIN

    SKU: 05-1667

    $40.00

    The Hindenburg Cross was initiated in three classes after President and former Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg died in 1934. The medal was issued to honor participants who served in the Great War and their families. The first class was intended for actual front-line soldiers, and was awarded WITH swords. The second medal was awarded WITHOUT swords for Non Combatants. Both medals are bronze-toned and feature the dates 1914 and 1918 encircled with a wreath. They were presented with an award document that typically was issued through the local police department. The third example was the Hindenburg Cross for Next-of-Kin, popularly known as the Widow’s Cross. It was painted black to represent mourning a loved one. Its ribbon also was different from the Combatant’s and Non Combatant’s awards. It also had the 1914 and 1918 dates within a wreath. In all cases, the decorations’ reverses were blank except for manufacturers’ hallmarks. Our example today of the Hindenburg Cross for next of kin is in very fine condition, with a correct and original ribbon in place.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NEXT-OF-KIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NEXT-OF-KIN

    SKU: 05-1201

    $30.00

    When the Hindenburg Cross was created in 1934 after the death of President and Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg, they decided to create three classes. First was for Combatants, which was a bronze-toned cross with swords. The next class was for Non Combatants. It looked similar to the Combatants Cross, except without swords. The final class was for the families of those soldiers who fell for the Fatherland. While officially it was known as the Cross for Next-of-Kin, it was unofficially called the “Widow’s Cross.” This came in part because it had a black finish with swords. This example is in excellent condition. It has its jump ring, but no ribbon.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NON COMBATANTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS FOR NON COMBATANTS

    SKU: 05-1343

    $25.00

    The Hindenburg Cross, which was authorized after the death of President and Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg, was awarded in three classes. First was a brass-toned award with swords through its center. This was for front-line combatants. The second class was similar, exception without swords. It was for Non Combatants. The final version was black, without swords. It was for the next-of-kin of those soldiers who had died for the Fatherland. Our example today is the Non Combatants award, without swords. It is in very fine condition, but lacks a ribbon.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS - COMBATANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS – COMBATANT’S

    SKU: 05-1708

    $45.00

    HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS – COMBATANT’S. This is the Hindenburg Cross with Swords for Combatants. The decoration was first authorized after the death of German Präsident and former Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg. The award was given in three classes. The bronze-colored, front-line-combat soldiers’ decorations featured crossed swords. The bronze-toned non combatants decoration did NOT have swords. The final black decoration was intended for the next-of-kin of soldiers who died serving their country. The latter also did NOT sport swords, and was often referred to as the “Widows Cross.” This example is in excellent condition and comes with the correct ribbon.

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  • HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS - COMBATANTS MOUNTED - BOW - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HINDENBURG CROSS WITH SWORDS – COMBATANTS MOUNTED – BOW

    SKU: 05-1408

    $25.00

    The Hindenburg Cross was instituted in 1934, shortly after the death of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg. He also had served as Germany’s President, with Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. The award was made in three classes: Combatants, Non Combatants, and Next-of-Kin. This example is for Combatants, and so has swords crossed through its body. A bow rather than a straight ribbon is attached on the ring. This was most likely worn by the wife, mother, sister, or sweetheart of a combat veteran. It is an unusual variation.

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  • HOHENZOLLERN - EHRENKREUZ (HONOR CROSS) - 3RD CLASS

    HOHENZOLLERN – EHRENKREUZ (HONOR CROSS) – 3RD CLASS

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    $1,795.00

    Today we offer a most interesting Ehrenkreuz (Honor Cross) 3rd Class from Hohenzollern. If you look you will see that the cross bears a resemblance to the Knights Cross with and without swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. This particular example could be either civil or military. It is without swords so it was most likely awarded during peace time. The cross is silver toned and has a black enamel border. There is a green enamel wreath that connects all of the arms. In the center we see multiple colors of enamel. The central theme is an Eagle with the coat of arms of the lesser Hohenzollern……

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  • HOHENZOLLERN ADLER INHABER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOHENZOLLERN ADLER INHABER

    SKU: 08-390

    $650.00

    This is the Adler Inhaber from Hohenzollern. It shows the Hohenzollern Eagle with wide spread wings. In the center of its chest is a black and white enamel shield. The eagle sports a beautiful, frosted, silver surface. The decoration, which measures 1 1/4″ x 11/4,” is MINT. No ribbon accompanies this decoration.

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  • HOUSE ORDER - ALBERT THE BEAR GOLDEN SERVICE MEDAL - ANHALT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOUSE ORDER – ALBERT THE BEAR GOLDEN SERVICE MEDAL – ANHALT

    SKU: 08-490

    $275.00

    Anhalt was a Principality with a population 316,000 in 1900. Its House Order of Albert the Bear was a series of decorations that extended from Kollars to Breast Stars, Knights Crosses to Service Orders, and etc. The enamel work featuring the Bear is quite striking on the higher order levels. Today we are offering the Golden Service Medal from the Albert the Bear House Order. The gilt-toned medal measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse features a crowned bear striding across a castle’s ramparts. The decoration’s reverse features Anhalt’s crowned Coat-of-Arms, and indicates when the Principality was established (1170). Attached to the decoration is a correct magenta and green ribbon. Both ribbon and decoration are in very fine condition.

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  • HOUSE SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HOUSE SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 08-426

    $495.00

    This is the House Silver Service Medal from Hohenzollern. The decoration is circular, measuring 1 1/4″ in diameter. It has a large jump ring attached to the decoration’s top. The decoration’s obverse features a crowned cypher within a wreath made of oak and laurel leaves. Under the cypher is the date, 1 January 1842. The reverse displays Hohenzollern’s Coat-of-Arms and “Für Treue und Verdienst (For Loyalty and Service).” This also is inside an oak and laurel leaf wreath. Its presentation case measures 4″ x 2 3/4.” “H. S. V. M” is embossed in silver on the exterior. Inside the case, the upper lid is lined in dark-blue silk. Embossed in silver on the silk lining is ” J. G. Zimmerer & Sohn Fürstlich Hohenzollerische Hofjuwellerie Sigmaringen.” The case’s bottom is lined with handsome blue velvet, with a cutout area to house the decoration. Another small area just above the cutout contains a piece of black and white ribbon for the decoration. Both the decoration and presentation case are in excellent condition.

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  • IRON CROSS - 1914 - 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON

    SKU: 05-69

    $90.00

    IRON CROSS – 1914 – 2nd CLASS WITH RIBBON These Iron Crosses come complete with ribbon. These items are always in-stock. The photos shown here are representative of the Iron Cross you will receive and are NOT of the Iron Cross we will select for you. All are in fine condition. Iron Crosses offered at this price will be UNHALLMARKED. We do have several varieties of HALLMARKED iron Crosses which while available are more expensive. Please feel free to ask for what we currently have and we will be happy to assist you.

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  • Sale! JEWELER’S/WEARER’S ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE COPY WITH OAK LEAVES IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    JEWELER’S/WEARER’S ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE COPY WITH OAK LEAVES IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1545 XJG

    $23,395.00 $19,995.00

    This is a consignment item that. It is a Jeweler’s (Wearer’s) copy of the Orden Pour le Mérite with the very rare Oak Leaves. The example dates from the 1914-1929 period. In designating it a “Jeweler’s or Wearer’s Copy,” we say it is from the period, but was not an awarded piece. [We are always careful NOT to claim a decoration was awarded unless it comes with some form of provenance such as an award document or paperwork from the family]. It probably was purchased after the initial award by one of the recipients. Such was often the practice with PLM’s, since at this level it is almost certain that Kaiser Wilhelm II had presented the award. Since it was Germany’s highest honor to bestow, and it usually was presented by the Kaiser himself, many men put the presentation piece away for safekeeping and bought another PLM for daily wear. As a matter of fact, the Order’s rules required that a PLM awardee (with or without Oak Leaves) wear the award in public. Even if he was wearing a suit and not in uniform, he was required to wear a PLM boutonniere. During WW I, a total of 687 PLM’s were awarded to various officers in the German military and to important men from the Central Powers. The PLM with Oak Leaves was awarded 121 times. Oak Leaves indicated a second award or higher award of the PLM (as they did for other German decorations). One difference between the award’s…

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  • KAISER KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 08-386 XES

    $95.00

    This is the Kaiser Karl Silver Service Medal. The obverse has a profile of Kaiser Karl. The reverse features a Latin motto. This silver-toned decoration measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The trifold ribbon is red and white. We have one of these remaining. It is the decoration on the RIGHT.

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  • KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1670

    $50.00

    The Kaiser Wilhelm I Centennial Medal commemorated the 100th (1797-1897) anniversary of Kaiser Wilhelm I’s birth. The decoration is in very good condition. An original ribbon accompanies it.

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    KAISER WILHELM I CENTENNIAL MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1496

    $20.00

    In 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized this medal to commemorate the centennial of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I’s birth. The gold toned-medal measures 1 ½” in diameter. The obverse displays Wilhelm der Große’s high-relief profile. The reverse has information about him, including his birth year and death date. The medal does not have a jump ring or ribbon.

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  • Sale! KING LUDWIG III MEDAL SET UP AS MEDAL BAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KING LUDWIG III MEDAL SET UP AS MEDAL BAR

    SKU: 05-1627 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the King Ludwig III Medal. The medal was first issued on 7 January 1916. It was awarded for civilians’ services to Bavaria during WW I. The cross is made from a black metal. The obverse features King Ludwig III’s profile, while the reverse displays the medal’s creation date. This example’s ribbon is set up as a medal bar. Interestingly, a piece of what might be the original ribbon is attached to the reverse.

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  • KNIGHT’S CROSS - FRANZ JOSEF ORDER - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KNIGHT’S CROSS – FRANZ JOSEF ORDER – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 05-1476

    $1,150.00

    This is the Knight’s Cross of the Franz Josef Order, named for Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef (1830-1916). The decoration is quite handsome. Measuring from the crown it is 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” Excluding the crown, the decoration measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” The cross’s arms are made of gorgeous red enamel. The Hapsburg Crown is articulated. The decoration’s reverse bears the same red enameled arms as the obverse. The decoration’s center bears the date “1849.” (The order was founded one year after Franz Josef assumed the throne in 1848). The decoration is mounted on a triangular-shaped red and white ribbon. It comes in its original red presentation case, which measures 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4.” The three initials for the order’s name appear embossed in gilt on the lid. Inside the presentation case is an embossed logo in gold.

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  • KNIGHT’S CROSS WITH SWORDS OF THE HOHENZOLLERN HOUSE ORDER - PRUSSIA. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KNIGHT’S CROSS WITH SWORDS OF THE HOHENZOLLERN HOUSE ORDER – PRUSSIA.

    SKU: 05-1681

    $1.00

    The Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order (KCHHO) was one of the most important of the Imperial German decorations. It was founded during Prussian König Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s reign. He was König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s eldest son. The latter led Prussia during the Napoleonic Wars. The decoration was founded in 1851. During WW I, it was awarded to officers (only) who previously had been awarded the Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class (in most cases). Generally, the KCHHO was to have been awarded BEFORE the Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM). This was not a firm and fast rule, however. Sometimes it was skipped or quickly awarded before the nomination for the PLM was put forward.

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  • KNIGHT’S CROWN WITH SWORDS 2nd CLASS ORDER OF THE WHITE FALCON - SAXE-WEIMAR. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KNIGHT’S CROWN WITH SWORDS 2nd CLASS ORDER OF THE WHITE FALCON – SAXE-WEIMAR.

    SKU: 08-561

    $1,495.00

    his is the Order of the White Falcon 2nd Class with Swords from the Duchy of Saxe-Weimar. The decoration is one of my favorites. I find its overall presentation extremely elegant. The Duchy did a wonderful job of incorporating handsome, multicolored enamel work. The cross, including the large, articulated silver crown, measures 2 ½” from the cross’s top to its bottom. It also measures 1 ½” from its left to its right sides.

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  • KÖNIG KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÖNIG KARL SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 05-1445

    $195.00

    This is the Kingdom of Württemberg’s Silver Service Medal as awarded under König Karl’s reign. It is a civil decoration. The decoration measures 1″ in diameter. It shows König Karl of Württemberg’s profile. It comes with a short length of black and red ribbon.

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  • KÖNIG WILHELM II - SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÖNIG WILHELM II – SILVER SERVICE MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1332

    $75.00

    This is a late-war example of the Silver Service Medal from the Kingdom of Württemberg. It comes complete with ribbon.

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  • KÖNIG WILHELM II GOLDEN SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÖNIG WILHELM II GOLDEN SERVICE MEDAL – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 05-1443

    $250.00

    This is the Golden Service Medal from the Kingdom of Württemberg. It is a civil decoration, with a gilt finish applied over a base metal. The decoration measures 1″ in diameter. It shows König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s profile. It comes with a short length of black and red ribbon.

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  • KÖNIG WILHELM II SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KÖNIG WILHELM II SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 05-1444

    $175.00

    This is the Silver Service Medal from the Kingdom of Württemberg. It is a civil decoration. This variation features a star under the King’s likeness, as well as a star on the reverse under the words “For Service.” The decoration measures 1″ in diameter. It shows König Wilhelm II of Württemberg’s profile. It comes with a short length of black and red ribbon.

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  • KREUZ DER INHABER - HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KREUZ DER INHABER – HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 05-915

    $1,795.00

    This is a seldom-seen example of the Kreuz der Inhaber in silver. It comes from the small state of Hohenzollern as opposed to the House of Hohenzollern. This is the peacetime example because there are no swords attached through the center. This example is different in a number of ways from the more traditional Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. First, it is silver-gilt. Second, the arms of this decoration are trimmed in black enamel instead of solid enamel. Both examples have enamel centers. This example is also hallmarked on the bottom arm for Wagner. An incorrect black and white war ribbon is included. The decoration is in very fine condition.

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  • KREUZ für AUSZEICHNUNG IM KRIEGE 2nd CLASS - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KREUZ für AUSZEICHNUNG IM KRIEGE 2nd CLASS – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ

    SKU: 08-567

    $195.00

    This is the very difficult-to-find Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. The latter was a very small Grand Duchy with a population of about 106,000 in 1910. Since it was so small, it did not field a standalone regiment. Instead, it fielded one Infanterie Bataillon in a Mecklenburg-Schwerin Regiment. [Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Grand Duke committed suicide in February 1918, so Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV served as regent until all Imperial German monarchies abdicated in November 1918]. The silver-toned cross measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¾,” and its arms are plain, NOT pebbled. The decoration’s center displays a wreath. Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich IV’s royal cypher appears within the wreath. Below that is the date, 1914. The motto, “Tapfer und Treu” (Brave and Loyal), appears within the wreath on the cross’s reverse. The decoration uses the same light-blue, red, and yellow ribbon for combatants as Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

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  • Sale! KRIEGERVEREIN KUES/MOSEL TIN CROSS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRIEGERVEREIN KUES/MOSEL TIN CROSS

    SKU: 05-1662 XDG

    $50.00 $40.00

    This is a consignment item. It is similar to a veteran’s medal issued by private organization, such as Germany’s postwar Kriegervereins (Soldiers’ Organizations). It features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s profile cut out in the center of a cross. Words on the area surrounding the center indicate it is from a veteran’s organization in “Cues,” which refers to Bernkastel-Kues, a German town in the Mosel wine district. The medal’s reverse reveals that it is “stamped” production, probably made of tin. An eyelet is fastened to its top, but it has no jump ring or ribbon.

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  • KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ AM BAND FÜR NICHTKÄMPFER - LIPPE-DETMOLD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ AM BAND FÜR NICHTKÄMPFER – LIPPE-DETMOLD

    SKU: 08-294

    $195.00

    This is the Iron Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants from Lippe-Detmold. The cross is set up as one-place medal bar with a parade-wrapped ribbon. It has no backing. This is a very pleasing example..

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  • KYFFHÄUSERBUND MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KYFFHÄUSERBUND MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1680

    $40.00

    The Kyffhäuserbund (Kyffhäuser League) was one of Germany’s largest post WW I veterans’ associations. It pushed to improve conditions (according to the association’s thinking and agenda) for millions of men who had served in the Germany Army during WW I. The medal is oval-shaped and measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¾.” The medal and ribbon are in fine shape.

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  • KYFFHÄUSERBUND MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    KYFFHÄUSERBUND MEDAL

    SKU: 05-985

    $35.00

    This oval-shaped and gilt-toned medal was for a veteran’s group or association (Bund), in which veterans joined to enjoy the company of other veterans of the Great War. The obverse has a flag and the dates “1914-1918.” The reverse of the medal has the name of the Bund along with a quote from von Hindenburg. This example comes complete with an original ribbon that is tied in a hint of a bow. This would indicate it was worn by a woman if it is indeed a bow and not just randomly tied. Also, the original safety pin with which this veteran affixed the decoration to a garment is present.

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  • LANDWEHR ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LONG-SERVICE AWARD - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LANDWEHR ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LONG-SERVICE AWARD – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1671

    $50.00

    This is an Enlisted Man/NCO’s Landwehr Long-Service Award awarded to a reservist after he had completed his required service. The decoration is a clasp with yellow information printed on a dark-blue background. It is a pinback award. Its pin is complete on the reverse.

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  • LANDWEHR ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LONG-SERVICE AWARD - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LANDWEHR ENLISTED MAN/NCO’S LONG-SERVICE AWARD – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1672

    $50.00

    This is an Enlisted Man/NCO’s Landwehr Long-Service Award awarded to a reservist after he had completed his required service. The decoration is a clasp with yellow information printed on a dark-blue background. It is a pinback award. Its pin is complete on the reverse.

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  • LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS WITH MINIATURE - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS WITH MINIATURE – SAXONY

    SKU: 05-1687

    $115.00

    This is the Landwehr Long Service Award 2nd Class from Saxony. The Landwehr was the reserve service (similar to the National Guard in the U.S. Army) for those men who had completed their mandatory active duty service. Once a man completed active duty, he was then assigned to the Landwehr. This delightful little set features the actual full size award and a miniature. This is the first time I have ever seen the miniature.

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  • LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE CLASP 2nd CLASS - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE CLASP 2nd CLASS – SAXONY

    SKU: 05-1460

    $75.00

    This is the Landwehr Long Service Award (Clasp) 2nd Class from the Kingdom of Saxony. The clasp measures 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4.” Running through its center is a green and white ribbon. The crowned royal cypher, “AR,” is attached to the clasp’s center. It is set up as a pin-back award. It was awarded from 1874 to 1913. It is in very fine condition.

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  • LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE CLASP 2nd CLASS - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LANDWEHR LONG SERVICE CLASP 2nd CLASS – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 05-1459

    $75.00

    This is the Landwehr Long Service Award (Clasp) 2nd Class from the Kingdom of Württemberg. The clasp measures 3/4″ x 1 1/2.” Running through its center is a red and blue ribbon. The crowned royal cypher, “W,” is attached to the clasp’s center. The clasp has a silver back. It was awarded from 1891 to 1912.

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  • LANDWEHR LONG-SERVICE AWARD FOR UNTEROFFIZIERE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LANDWEHR LONG-SERVICE AWARD FOR UNTEROFFIZIERE

    SKU: 05-1673

    $50.00

    This is the Landwehr Long Service Medal for Unteroffiziere. It features a blue and gold decoration suspended from a blue ribbon.

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    LANDWEHR SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1569 XDG

    $50.00 $40.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Landwehr Long Service Award 2nd Class from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The award is a clasp that appears on a blue and white ribbon marked with “L. II.” A black metal frame appears on the decoration. A pin on the reverse can secure it to a garment.

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  • LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS - TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS - AWARDED - ARCHDUKE EUGEN - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LIPPE-DETMOLD CROSS – TRUE SERVICE 2nd CLASS – AWARDED – ARCHDUKE EUGEN – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 08-441

    $1,350.00

    This is the Principality of Lippe-Detmold’s Cross for True Service 2nd Class in the original presentation case. It was Archduke Eugen (1863-1954) of Austria’s personal property. The presentation case measures 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/4.” Embossed in gold on the outer lid is “Fürstl. Schaumburg-Lippe’sches Kreuz für Treue Dienste 1914.” (My research does not show when this decoration was awarded). Upon opening the case, the cross is revealed. It is NOT mounted on its white and blue trifold ribbon. A stretched piece of the correct blue and white ribbon appears on the case’s inner lid. The name of Rothe & Neffe, the Austrian Kaiser’s official court jeweler, appears on the upper lid. It is a very fine decoration, in excellent condition.

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  • Sale! LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1584 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Bavarian Long Service Award Class 2nd Class. The decoration consists of a blue and white ribbon that is mounted with a schnalle (buckle). It is in superb condition.

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  • LONG SERVICE CROSS - TWENTY-FIVE YEARS - OFFICER - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LONG SERVICE CROSS – TWENTY-FIVE YEARS – OFFICER – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1488

    $195.00

    This is an officer’s twenty-five year decoration for long service. It was the highest award given to an officer for long service. The cross is gilt and measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2.” It is attached to a blue ribbon which that is parade-wrapped. It is a fine example of a not frequently-seen decoration.

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  • MECKLENBURG SCHWERIN - MILITARY SERVICE CROSS - 2nd CLASS - 1870 - NON COMBATANTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG SCHWERIN – MILITARY SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS – 1870 – NON COMBATANTS

    SKU: 08-551

    $650.00

    MECKLENBURG SCHWERIN – MILITARY SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS – 1870 – NON COMBATANTS This is the 1870 Military Service Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It is that state’s Iron Class 2nd Class equivalent. It is similar in size to an Iron Cross 2nd Class and measures 1 ½” x 1 ¾.” The primary difference is that it is gold-toned. A crown sits atop the obverse. In its center is “FF,” which stands for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Friedrich Franz III. At the bottom is the year, 1870. This was awarded to army personnel for participation in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. Like the Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class, it would have been awarded for a few years after the war as well as during actual wartime. On the reverse we see “Für Auszeichnung im Kriege.” A small piece of replacement ribbon for non combatants is attached to the decoration.

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS - PRIVATELY-PURCHASED - VAULTED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – VAULTED

    SKU: 08-576

    $395.00

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – VAULTED. This is the 1914 Military Service Cross 1st Class from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The decoration is its equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It is the same size (1.75” x 1.75”) as an Iron Cross 1st Class and has a gilt finish. It is set up in similar fashion to the Iron Cross, featuring a crown at the top, “FF” for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV (1882-1945), and the year “1914.” The cross is vaulted, which means it was privately-purchased. Its reverse displays a swollen pin. No manufacturer’s hallmark is evident. It is in excellent condition.

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - COMBATANT’S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S

    SKU: 08-577

    $150.00

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – 1914 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S. This is the 1914 Military Service Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The decoration is the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. It is the same size (1.75” x 1.75”) as an Iron Cross 1st Class and has a gilt finish. It is set up in similar fashion to the Iron Cross, featuring a crown at the top, “FF” for Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV (1882-1945), and the year “1914.” An original blue, yellow, and red ribbon is included. It is in excellent condition

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - MILITARY MERIT CROSS - 2ND CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – MILITARY MERIT CROSS – 2ND CLASS

    SKU: 05-1726 XFQ

    $150.00

    The Military Merit cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin is the equivalent to the Iron Cross 2nd Class from Prussia……

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - MILITARY SERVICE CROSS - 1870 - 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – MILITARY SERVICE CROSS – 1870 – 1st CLASS

    SKU: 08-297

    $3,495.00

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – MILITARY SERVICE CROSS – 1870 – 1st CLASS This is the Iron Cross 1st Class equivalent (Military Service Cross 1st Class) from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This example was awarded for action in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. Interestingly, variations exist of the Military Service Cross in 1st and/or 2nd Class from 1848, 1849, 1859, 1864, 1866, 1870, 1877, 1900, and with no date! As this was a much smaller state than Prussia, very few of these were awarded. The decoration is very slightly vaulted. This example is an interesting variation because it has no clasp on the reverse with which to hold the pin! None was ever added to the decoration, so this is not a matter of it having broken off. The finish of the decoration is a burnished bronze tone. This indicates a great deal of age and makes for a very handsome patina. It is a very difficult decoration to acquire, in excellent condition.

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  • MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - MILITARY SERVICE CROSS - 2nd CLASS - 1870 - NON COMBATANTS (NICHT KAMPFER) - PRINZENGROßE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – MILITARY SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS – 1870 – NON COMBATANTS (NICHT KAMPFER) – PRINZENGROßE

    SKU: 08-431

    $650.00

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – MILITARY SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS – 1870 – NON COMBATANTS (NICHT KAMPFER) – PRINZENGROßE The Military Service Cross from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was that state’s equivalent to Prussia’s Iron Cross. Like the Iron Cross, it was awarded in both a 1st and 2nd Class. After the Iron Cross, it was the oldest award of its type within Imperial Germany, having been first offered in 1848. The Iron Cross was offered in 1813, 1870, and 1914. [Although not part of the Imperial Period, it also was awarded in 1939 and 1957]. The Military Service Cross was offered in 1849, 1859,, 1864, 1866, 1870, 1877, 1900, 1914, and without a date. Like the Iron Cross, the Military Service Cross generally was awarded in a normal full size. It sometimes was awarded or purchased in the prinzengroße size, as well. Our offering today is a very scarce Prinzengroße 1870 War Merit Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants. While I am not certain how many non combatant versions of the decoration were awarded for the 1870/71 Franco-Prussian War, it is safe to say the number was far less than the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class for Non Combatants. Only about 3,000 examples were awarded for the latter medal. This award’s original owner opted to acquire a prinzengroße-sized example. These were typically about two-thirds the size of an issued cross. The cross is gilt-toned (unlike the Iron Cross) and measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” Like the Iron Cross it…

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  • MEMORIAL MEDAL - S.M.S. MOLTKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MEMORIAL MEDAL – S.M.S. MOLTKE

    SKU: 13-792

    $125.00

    This is a memorial medal that was issued to honor the S. M. S. Moltke. I am not sure when the medal was issued, but an interesting story about it exists. The decoration is bronze-toned and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse displays a profile image of Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, the Prussian Army’s Chief of the General Staff. (After the Empire was created in 1871, he became the Chief of Staff for all of Germany’s armies). Von Moltke became a military legend in Germany. Under his control the Prussian Army was modernized with better training, better tactics, superior weapons, and a rail transportation system that moved troops quickly to where they were needed. His generals in the field were the best in Europe. During the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, his troops made short work of the enemy and the wars ended with all his objectives achieved. Ultimately, he became known after his death as “von Moltke the elder,” while his nephew, who became Chief of the General Staff early in WW I, was known as “Moltke the younger.” To illustrate the extent of the German public’s admiration for him, postcards (from before and after his death, and particularly during WW I) showed von Moltke, von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm I as the team that led had Germany to greatness. I acquired a small horde of these commemorative medals from a collector in Hamburg. They were originally manufactured by the Hamburg firm of…

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  • MILITARY LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS - KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY LONG SERVICE AWARD 2nd CLASS – KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III

    SKU: 05-1375

    $150.00

    Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840) is one of Prussia’s better known kings. He was Friedrich II’s (Frederick the Great: 1712-1786) grandson. Friedrich Wilhelm III was King of Prussia from 1797-1840. He was the father of König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I, who was born the year Friedrich Wilhelm III assumed the Prussian throne. Friedrich Wilhelm III was King of Prussia through the Napoleonic Wars, when Prussia served Great Britain and Russia’s key ally against Napoleon and France. Under his administration, the Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class were established to honor Prussian soldiers’ bravery. Before that time, although the Orden Pour le Mérite and other decorations recognized officers’ military contributions, nothing existed for the “common man.” With the establishment of the Iron Cross in 1813, a man was recognized for his military bravery, NOT his rank. Any man could win the Iron Cross. [The decoration was again awarded during three later wars: the Franco-Prussian War (1870 EK), World War I (1914 EK), and World War II (1939 EK). It was even given to veterans after WW II, with 1957’s de-Nazified version]. Under Friedrich Wilhelm III, the practice of awarding war service medals produced from the bronze of melted-down, captured enemy cannons was also inaugurated. These medals were issued in 1813, 1814, and 1815. (This practice was also revived in 1870/71’s short but fierce Franco-Prussian War). Today we are offering still another decoration from Friedrich Wilhelm III’s era. It is an enlisted man/NCO’s Military Long-Service Award 2nd Class. It is a clasp featuring…

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  • MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1605

    $75.00

    This is a good example of the Bavarian Military Merit Cross. It is the 3rd Class and comes with swords. It has a fine, burnished-gilt finish, does not come with a ribbon.

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  • MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH SWORDS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1400

    $195.00

    This is a Military Merit Cross with Swords from Bavaria. The decoration was first instituted in 1866 during König Ludwig II’s reign. It was awarded to military personnel during peacetime and wartime. It was awarded in three classes: without swords, with swords, or with swords and a crown (as a higher award-level). This particular example features a burnished gilt finish. The cross measures 1 3/4″ x 1 ½.” Attached to its top is a pair of crossed swords. The cross’s obverse sports Bavarian König Ludwig II’s cypher in its center. The cross’s reverse displays a rampant Bavarian Lion and 1866, the year the decoration was instituted. Accompanying the cross is its original presentation case, which measures 3 ½” x 2 ½” x 3/4.” The case is covered in light-blue leatherette. Its name and its decoration class are embossed in silver on its outer lid. Inside the case’s upper lid is a white, silk liner. Its Munich manufacturing firm’s name (Gebrüder Hemerle) is embossed on the white silk. A strap is present in the upper lid to hold the decoration, but no ribbon is at hand. The case’s lower half is velvet, fitted to hold the decoration in place. It is a fine decoration from a noted Bavarian manufacturer.

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  • MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS- SWORDS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY MERIT CROSS 3rd CLASS- SWORDS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1511

    $175.00

    This is the Bavarian equivalent of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Military Merit Cross 3rd Class with Swords. The decoration was originated following the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Intended for enlisted men and NCO’s, it was instituted during König (Mad) Ludwig II’s reign. The decoration has a fine gilt finish and measures 2″ x ½.” Attached to its top are a pair of crossed swords, indicating that the decoration was awarded during wartime. Its obverse displays Ludwig’s royal cypher. On the reverse is a rampant Bavarian Lion and the date 1866. Attached to the jump ring is a very small and old piece of blue, black, and white ribbon. The decoration is housed in its original presentation case. It is a light blue and measures 3 ½” x 2 ½” x ½.” The decoration’s name is embossed in silver on the case. Inside is a blue silk liner. A white band of ribbon is attached to house the ribbon. On the ribbon we see in black “Deschler & Sohn München.” The fitted bottom of the case is a handsome purple velvet.

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  • MILITARY RED CROSS SERVICE CROSS - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY RED CROSS SERVICE CROSS – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-361

    $125.00

    This is an interesting decoration that comes from the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. It is the Military Red Cross Service Cross. It was awarded to soldiers who were serving in a Red Cross capacity. It is an interestingly-shaped cross, of a type rarely seen among German decorations. The cross is gilt-toned and on the obverse we see “Für Pflege der Soldaten( For Nursing Soldiers)” and 1914. On the reverse it reads “Den 25 ten August 1870(The 25th August 1870),” when the award was established. It comes attached to a red and gold ribbon, and is in very fine condition.

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  • MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS - TWENTY-ONE YEARS LONG SERVICE - MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS – TWENTY-ONE YEARS LONG SERVICE – MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN

    SKU: 08-364

    $160.00

    This is the 1st Class Long Service Award for Twenty-one Years of Service. The example is for enlisted man and NCO’s from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The decoration is a cross with a gilt finish to its arms that has diminished with age. It has a brighter gilt-center. The cross’s obverse features the Grand Duke’s crowned cypher. The decoration’s reverse displays twenty-one in Roman numerals, which was quite common on German long-service awards. This particular decoration was awarded from 1868 to 1913. It is in very fine condition, with a magenta, blue, and yellow ribbon.

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  • Sale! MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS WITH SWORDS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 1st CLASS WITH SWORDS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1612 XDG

    $850.00 $675.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Military Service Cross 1st Class with Swords from the Kingdom of Bavaria. The decoration was created in 1866 while Bavaria, under King Ludwig II, fought with the Austrians and her allies against Prussia and her allies. It was intended for enlisted men and NCO’s. (The Military Merit Order (in four classes) was created at the same time for officers). The 1866 war was short and violent. The Austrians were soundly beaten by Prussia, et al. The 1st Class medal is the highest class of its decoration family. Its arms are gold and its center is enamel. Overall, its condition is quite decent. It is accompanied by the correct blue, white, and black ribbon.

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  • MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH CROWN AND SWORDS - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY SERVICE CROSS 3rd CLASS WITH CROWN AND SWORDS – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1549

    $275.00

    This is the Military Service Cross from the Kingdom of Bavaria. It is a 3rd Class award that comes with crown and swords. The decoration was founded in 1866 during König Ludwig II’s (Mad Ludwig) reign around the time of the Austro-Prussian War in which Bavaria sided with Austria against Prussia. The decoration is gilt-toned with an excellent finish. The massive crown at the decoration’s top is articulated. It comes in the original presentation case. A correct ribbon is included.

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  • MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL - MAX JOSEPH  - GOLDEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MILITARY SERVICE MEDAL – MAX JOSEPH – GOLDEN

    SKU: 05-1359

    $1,495.00

    The Max Joseph Golden Military Service Medal (MJGMSM) was the highest award for heroism given to enlisted men/NCO’s in the Bavarian Army. It was similar to Prussia’s Golden Military Merit Cross, which was often referred to as the “Enlisted Man’s Blue Max.” Like its Prussian counterpart, the MJGMSM was awarded in two grades. The Golden was the higher of the two classes. The other was the Silver level. This example is a privately-purchased piece, NOT the awarded piece. An issued piece can easily fetch $5,000. +! This is a very rare decoration. They were awarded sparingly. Depending on which expert you read, between 1,300 and 1,400 of the MJGMSM were awarded between 1870 and 1920. It is a rare bird any way that you look at it. The decoration measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. A profile of König Maximilian Joseph is seen on the obverse. The reverse shows a rampant lion holding a shield with the Bavarian Coat-of-Arms and a sword. The lion is crowned. A correct blue, white, and black ribbon, which measures 2 1/4,” is attached. It is a fine example. This is most likely a post WW I private purchase example to replace a lost decoration or to serve as an additional “Wearer’s Copy” similar to the Blue Max where additional copies were acquired to supplement the original award piece.

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  • MINIATURE JOHANNITER ORDER - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE JOHANNITER ORDER – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1313 XES

    $75.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a miniature of the Prussian Johanniter Order. This was a Prussian decoration awarded to members of royalty and nobility. One often sees this decoration on Kaiser Wilhelm II’s uniforms, as well as on those of other high ranking military officers. It boasts fine white enamel and measures 1/4″ x 1/4.”

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  • MINIATURE OF THE COMBATANT CAMPAIGN MEDAL 1864 DANISH-PRUSSIAN WAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    MINIATURE OF THE COMBATANT CAMPAIGN MEDAL 1864 DANISH-PRUSSIAN WAR

    SKU: 05-1102

    $55.00

    This is a miniature of the combatant’s campaign medal for the 1864 War. This was a further consolidation of Germany as Prussia strengthened her position. No ribbon or jump ring is included with this. The detail is quite striking.

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  • Sale! NCO’S FIFTEEN-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S FIFTEEN-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1619 XDG

    $150.00 $120.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality Long-Service Award for an NCO with fifteen years of service. It is a Spange over a blue and white ribbon. The overall dimensions measure ½” x 1 ½.” The Spange has what looks like a silver patina, but does not have any silver hallmarks.

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  • Sale! NCO’S NINE-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NCO’S NINE-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1620 XDG

    $95.00 $75.00

    short – This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality Long-Service Award for an NCO with nine years of service. It is a Spange over a blue and white ribbon. The overall dimensions measure ½” x 1 ½.” The Spange has a black patina.

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    NCO’S TWENTY-ONE-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1621 XDG

    $125.00 $95.00

    This is a consignment item. It is a very high-quality Long-Service Award for an NCO with twenty-one years of service. It is a Spange over a blue and white ribbon. The overall dimensions measure ½” x 1 ½.” The Spange has a gilt-toned finish.

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  • NINE-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NINE-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL – BADEN

    SKU: 08-565

    $85.00

    This is a Nine-Year Long-Service Medal (the 3rd Class version) from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The decoration is silver in color and features Friedrich of Baden’s cypher on its obverse. The Roman numeral “IX” is present on the reverse. The decoration measures 1″ in diameter. Its ribbon displays Baden’s red and yellow state colors. Both the decoration and ribbon are in excellent condition.

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  • NON COMBATANT HOHENZOLLERN MEDAL - 1848/1849 - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NON COMBATANT HOHENZOLLERN MEDAL – 1848/1849 – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1462

    $295.00

    This is the Hohenzollern Medal for Non Combatant from 1848 through 1849. The decoration was awarded in 1851-1852 for Prussian Army service during the early German consolidation wars. The decoration is gilt and measures 1 1/8″ in diameter. Its front features a cross with a Hohenzollern Eagle. The reverse displays the dates 1848 and 1849, along with mention of König Friedrich Wilhelm IV. [He was the eldest son of Friedrich Wilhelm III. Friedrich Wilhelm III led Prussia against Napoleon during the Napoleonic Wars. His younger son, Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s brother, became Wilhelm I. Wilhelm I succeeded Friedrich Wilhelm IV as King of Prussia and Germany’s first Kaiser]. Attached to the decoration is a replacement non combatants’ ribbon. Its dominant color is white, with three narrow black bands.

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  • OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEAR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1655

    $150.00

    This is an officer’s Prussian Twenty-Year Long-Service Medal. Its obverse features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse has twenty in Roman numerals. A small piece of correct blue ribbon is attached.

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  • OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1540

    $175.00

    This is a Prussian officer’s Twenty-Years Long-Service Cross. The obverse displays the “Wilhelm Rex” cypher. The reverse features “XX,” which signifies twenty-years Prussian Army service. The medal is in very fine condition, as is its cornflower blue ribbon.

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  • OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEARS LONG-SERVICE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S TWENTY-YEARS LONG-SERVICE MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1530

    $150.00

    This is a Twenty-Years Long-Service Medal. It is a cross. Its obverse features the Wilhelm Rex cypher. The reverse displays the Roman numerals (XX) for twenty-years of long-service. The reverse’s center is slightly indented.

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  • OLDENBURG - FRIEDRICH AUGUST COMBATANTS CROSS - 2nd CLASS

    OLDENBURG – FRIEDRICH AUGUST COMBATANTS CROSS – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 08-581

    $125.00

    OLDENBURG – FRIEDRICH AUGUST COMBATANTS CROSS – 2nd CLASS Oldenburg was a small Imperial German Grand Duchy. Our offering today is its Friedrich August Combatant’s Cross 2nd Class. The gilt-toned cross measures 1.5” x 1.5.” Its obverse displays the legend “Für Treue Dienst,” Friedrich August’s crowned royal cypher, and the date, 1914. It is Oldenburg’s 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. Its reverse is plain. The Combatant’s ribbon features two narrow blue stripes and one wide red stripe. The decoration is in very fine condition. As it was a smaller state, the decoration was awarded in smaller numbers to its native sons, as well as other German and Austrian allies.

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  • OLDENBURG - FRIEDRICH AUGUST CROSS - 2ND CLASS - 1914 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OLDENBURG – FRIEDRICH AUGUST CROSS – 2ND CLASS – 1914

    SKU: 05-1723 XFQ

    $125.00

    The Friedrich August Cross 2nd Class from the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the equivalent to the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class……

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  • OLDENBURG - GRAND CROSS WITH SWORDS ON THE RING OF THE HOUSE AND SERVICE ORDER HERZOG PETER FRIEDRICH LUDWIG

    OLDENBURG – GRAND CROSS WITH SWORDS ON THE RING OF THE HOUSE AND SERVICE ORDER HERZOG PETER FRIEDRICH LUDWIG

    SKU: 05-1164

    $5,495.00

    OLDENBURG – GRAND CROSS WITH SWORDS ON THE RING OF THE HOUSE AND SERVICE ORDER HERZOG PETER FRIEDRICH LUDWIG The Grand Cross with Swords on the Ring of the House and Service Order Herzog Peter Friedrich Ludwig was one of the highest awards that could be given by the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. This relatively small Grand Duchy fielded a single infantry and cavalry regiment along with one artillery Bataillon. The decoration was awarded as a sash. This very rare decoration was only awarded TWENTY-ONE times from 1856 to 1918. It measures 4″ x 2 1/4.” Made of silver-gilt, it comes complete with a massive crown and a smaller set of crossed swords that are located on the ring. Oldenburgers were known for producing some of the finest enamel work among Imperial Germany’s decoration makers. That said, some enamel damage shows on the decoration’s reverse in two places with a crude repair to the center. Normally, I am not inclined to purchase an order with damaged enamel. However, since the decoration is SO rare, I bought it. I may never see another one, regardless of the condition. This is, without question, the rarest decoration we have ever offered in terms of the number that were awarded. Consider that the Pour le Mérite had nearly seven hundred awards during WW I alone, then you get an inkling of how rare a bird we are offering today. Even if you do not normally collect orders and decorations, have a look at this…

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  • ORDENKISSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDENKISSEN

    SKU: 05-1519

    $250.00

    This is a reproduction of the famous Ordenkissen (Order Pillow) used in WW I. They were used at combat-stricken German officers’ funerals. [Funeral photographs of PLM-winning pilots Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann in particular show a fellow officer walking ahead of the casket, holding before him the dead officer’s Ordenkissen displaying the orders and decorations each had been awarded. The Ordenkissen was also placed in front of the pilot’s casket at the church wherein his final services were held. The Ordenkissen played an important part in the rituals for burying an officer who had died for his Emperor and Fatherland]. I had this Ordenkissen constructed many years ago to display decorations at militaria shows. As I no longer attend shows, it is surplus to my needs. It is made of black velvet surrounded by a red rope-like trim and measures 16″ x 10″ x 4.” In the accompanying photos I will show you the Ordenkissen with and without decorations. (Needless to say what is displayed on the Ordenkissen is NOT a part of the sale)! It is a marvelous way to display decorations and badges, whether they are authentic or reproduction.

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  • ORDER - HENRY LION MERIT CROSS 2nd CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDER – HENRY LION MERIT CROSS 2nd CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-482

    $250.00

    This is a topnotch example of the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Order of Henry the Lion Merit Cross 2nd Class. The Henry the Lion decoration family is Imperial Braunschweig’s primary award line. It starts with the Kette (Collar), then continues down through the Großkreuz, Breast Star, Kommandeurkreuz, and Knight’s Cross to the Ehrenzeichen. It is one of Imperial Germany’s most extensive decoration lines. Like most Imperial German decorations, all were awarded with swords during times of conflict. Also, from the Knight’s Cross-level upward, they are absolutely gorgeous decorations. The hand painted enamel is breathtaking. Braunschweig royalty’s house jewelry firm, Siebricht, produced material equal to any firm’s throughout the German Empire. Two Merit Cross Classes exist (awarded from 1834 to 1912). Both classes were awarded with swords during wartime, and without them during peace. Our 2nd Class example does NOT have swords. The cross measures 1 1/4″ x 1.” The decoration’s four arms bear one of Braunschweig’s mottos, “Immota Fides” (Unshakably Faithful) [The Latin phrase is also the Order’s motto]. The cross’s center boasts Großherzog Wilhelm’s royal cypher. (The Order was founded by the famous Grand Duke Wilhelm in memory of his grandfather, Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand). The reverse has a plain back. Its lower arm displays a crown, .900 for silver content, and a large “S” for Siebricht. Although its red and yellow ribbon is wider than many, it IS correct. This is a fine example in excellent condition.

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  • ORDER - HENRY LION OFFICER’S CROSS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDER – HENRY LION OFFICER’S CROSS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-479

    $3,495.00

    This is a truly magnificent example of the Henry the Lion Officer’s Cross from the Duchy of Braunschweig. The Henry the Lion Order was the principal decoration family from the small duchy. Braunschweig fielded one cavalry regiment, one infantry regiment, and one artillery battery. The orders from the decoration family included a Collar (Kette), Grand Crosses, Commanders Crosses, Breast Stars, Officer’s Crosses, and so on. The Officer’s Cross actually is a very high level award from this decoration family. It was only awarded from 1908 through 1918. During those years, the total number awarded was TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (228)!!! This was an amazingly small number. When you think about it that is about one-third the number of PLM’s awarded throughout WW I. The cross measures 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ (57mm x 56mm). The convex cross’s arms are a light-blue enamel. The enamel arms are housed within a silver gilt frame. On the three o’clock arm’s lower point is missing a very small chip, which we will show in the detailed photographs that accompany this description. The decoration’s center features Braunschweig/Hannover’s (Braunschweig was a vassal state to Hannover) Horse (in profile). The Horse is surrounded by a circular gilt frame. At that frame’s top is a gilt Ducal crown. [It is interesting to note that both Hannover and Braunschweig were annexed by Prussia after the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Hannover remained Prussia’s vassal state, with no formal recognition or ruler. Braunschweig was under Prussia’s direct authority until after May 1913, when…

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  • ORDER OF THE IRON CROWN 3rd CLASS WITH WAR DECORATION - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDER OF THE IRON CROWN 3rd CLASS WITH WAR DECORATION – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 05-1429

    $1,495.00

    The Order of the Iron Crown 3rd Class with Swords has always been a personal favorite among the Austrian decorations. As with many of the higher grade Austrian decorations, the enamel work is sensational. The decoration (not counting the jump ring) measures 2 1/4″ x 1.” Suspended from the jump ring is a handsome, articulated, gilt crown with red enamel embedded in it. This crown is in turn attached to the two-headed House of Hapsburg Eagle. In the center of the Eagle’s chest is a handsome blue enamel shield. In the center of that shield is an “F.” Green enamel laurel leaves appear on either side of the eagle. The eagle rests on a base that is trimmed with two rows of small bits of white enamel. White/green and red bits of enamel appear between those rows. The decoration’s reverse is similar to the obverse. The only difference is that the blue shield features “1815” in gold. The decoration is attached to a yellow and blue triangular ribbon. Mounted on the ribbon are gilt, crossed swords which are referred to as War Decorations. This example was awarded for valor to an officer during WW I. It is in very fine condition, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection.

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  • ORDER THE HENRY LION EHRENZEICHEN 1st CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDER THE HENRY LION EHRENZEICHEN 1st CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-483

    $325.00

    This is the 1st Class Ehrenzeichen of Braunschweig’s Order of Henry the Lion. The decoration was produced in silver from 1903 through 1918. The circular decoration measures 1 1/8″ in diameter. Its obverse sports Wilhelm of Braunschweig’s cypher, capped by his ducal crown. The cypher is surrounded by a wreath of leaves. The decoration’s reverse features Braunschweig’s Latin motto. It comes complete with a red and yellow ribbon. The decoration is in superb condition.

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  • ORDERS AND DECORATIONS OF ALL NATIONS: ANCIENT AND MODERN CIVIL AND MILITARY: SECOND EDITION by ROBERT WERLICH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORDERS AND DECORATIONS OF ALL NATIONS: ANCIENT AND MODERN CIVIL AND MILITARY: SECOND EDITION by ROBERT WERLICH

    SKU: 05-1526 XJB

    $150.00

    This is a second edition that was published in 1974. The book is hard covered and spans nearly five hundred pages. It is out-of-print. It describes the orders and decorations by country. If you are looking for a good primer, it is this book’s purpose. As for Germany, it breaks down the various awards by state. It contains extensive, mostly black and white photographs.

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  • PAIR - AUSTRIAN OFFICER’S DECORATIONS - DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PAIR – AUSTRIAN OFFICER’S DECORATIONS – DELUXE PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1436

    $795.00

    This is a wonderful pair of decorations for an Austrian officer. They come in a deluxe, specially-fitted case. The first decoration is the Austrian Ear Medal for 1873. The circular medal’s obverse, which measures 1 1/2″ in diameter, has a likeness of Austria’s Franz Joseph I. The decoration’s reverse has the date 2. December 1873. The decoration is bronze. It is attached to a black and yellow ribbon in the typical Austrian trifold style. The second medal is the Austrian Officer’s Long Service Medal for twenty-five years of service. The decoration consists of a brass cross that measures 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4.” In the center is a silver, two-headed eagle with the Hapsburg Coat-of-Arms in the center. The decoration’s back is covered in mother-of-pearl. Again, the decoration sports a black and yellow, trifold ribbon. The presentation case measures 4 1/4″ x 5″ x 3/4.” It has a pebbled brown exterior. Inside the case, the upper lid is lined with white silk. A sticker for the firm Moritz Kuttig in Vienna appears on the upper lid. The case’s lower half is an upraised velvet platform that is cut out for the two medals. It is a handsome presentation for the two decorations.

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  • PERIOD FOLIO - DECORATION ID’S & RIBBON SAMPLES - IMPERIAL GERMANY, THIRD REICH, AND OTHER COUNTRIES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PERIOD FOLIO – DECORATION ID’S & RIBBON SAMPLES – IMPERIAL GERMANY, THIRD REICH, AND OTHER COUNTRIES

    SKU: 05-1349

    $695.00

    This is a wonderful research tool for collectors who want to identify ribbons from both the Imperial German Period and the Third Reich. It is a folio featuring small ribbon samples and the names of the appropriate matching decorations. Please note, it was produced during the Third Reich (1933-1945). It is a very rare research tool. I had heard about these before, but I have never actually seen one until now. It unfolds like a map, with a total of twelve panels upon which the ribbons appear. In addition to the German ribbons, small sections appear for Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Finland, Spain, Russia (VERY small), and Italy. The ribbons are organized by state during the Imperial Period so one can compare the folio’s ribbons to those on the decorations. Its greatest use, perhaps, might be identifying ribbons on ribbon bars. This is an invaluable research tool. It is a pleasant touch that it comes from the time when these ribbons and decorations were actually worn.

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  • Sale! PRINZ REGENT 1905 ARMY MEDAL - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRINZ REGENT 1905 ARMY MEDAL – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1585 XDG

    $95.00 $75.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Prinzregent Medal that was offered for the Bavarian Army in 1905. The medal is oval-shaped and measures 1 ½ ” x 1 ½ “. It boasts a high-relief likeness of Prinzregent Luitpold on its obverse. The reverse displays information connecting it to the Army. It is attached to a red ribbon. Both medal and ribbon are in excellent condition.

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  • Sale! PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD MEDAL FOR SERVICE - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD MEDAL FOR SERVICE – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1570 XDG

    $60.00 $45.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Bavarian Prinz Regent Luitpold Service Medal from 1905. The medal was awarded in 1905 for service to the crown. It is oval-shaped and measures 1 1/4″ x 1 ½.” The obverse features Luitpold’s profile in high-relief. The reverse features the Bavarian Coat-of-Arms and the year of the award. It comes with a short length of red and gold ribbon.

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  • Sale! PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD SILVER MEDAL 1905 - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRINZ REGENT LUITPOLD SILVER MEDAL 1905 – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1591 XDG

    $450.00 $350.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the 1905 Prinz Regent Luitpold Medal in Silver. This oval-shaped medal measures 1 1/4″ x 1 ½.” The obverse features a high-relief profile view of Luitpold. Surrounding him is the title “Luitpold Prinz Regent von Bayern.” The reverse sports a shield that displays the Bavarian Flag’s blue and white checkerboard design, with a Wittelsbach Crown above it. Surrounding that is the Bavarian motto “In Treue Fest.” A “19” flanks the shield on the left, while an “05” flanks it on the right. Its ribbon is red with two thin green stripes. Today is the first time we have offered this very scarce decoration to you.

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  • PRINZENGROßE 1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 1st CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRINZENGROßE 1914 KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 1st CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-557

    $595.00

    This is a first time offering from Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is the Duchy of Braunschweig’s 1914 War Service Cross 1st Class (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) in the very rare prinzengroße size. In fact, it is the first of its type that I have ever seen in nearly fifty years of collecting. I was VERY pleased to acquire it. The literal translation of prinzengroße is “prince-sized.” In the 18th and 19th Centuries it was a common practice for nobles’ or royal officers’ sons to wear uniforms like those worn by their fathers. These young men were also permitted to wear the decorations that their fathers had earned. The most common of that era were the 1813 and 1870 Iron Crosses 1st Class. The smaller-sized decorations made sense from a proportional and visual standpoint. Full-sized decorations were not to scale. This size continued to be popular during WW I, but on the winners’ full-sized uniforms as an affectation. Prinzengroße-sized 1914 Iron Crosses 1st and 2nd Class became more common, as were some flight badges. To find one from another state is a real prize. The Duchy of Braunschweig offered an equivalent to the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class: the War Service Cross 1st and 2nd Class. [It is interesting to note that Braunschweig’s 2nd Class War Service Cross is considerably smaller than the 1st Class, which is similar in size to the Iron Cross 2nd Class. So, the War Service Cross 2nd Class could be considered a prinzengroße size. The cross we are…

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  • PRUSIA - 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR MEDAL - NON COMBATANTS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSIA – 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR MEDAL – NON COMBATANTS

    SKU: 05-1607

    $40.00

    This is the non combatant’s version of the 1870-71Franco-Prussian War Medal. It is silver and has a fine finish. It has no ribbon.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA -  EHRENZEICHEN MEDAL  - 2nd CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – EHRENZEICHEN MEDAL – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 05-1665 XDG

    $125.00 $95.00

    It is Prussia’s 2nd Class version of the Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen (General Honor Decoration). It was a civil decoration awarded for merit in peacetime. It is a large silver-toned medal that measures 2″ in diameter. It comes with a replacement ribbon. This is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANT’S DECORATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANT’S DECORATION

    SKU: 05-1533

    $40.00

    This is a decoration that was awarded to veterans who fought during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. It is a second-generation example, not an issued or awarded piece. A piece like this was often used on a medal bar if the original was no longer available. It does NOT have the engraving on the edge that states the medal was produced from the bronze of captured French cannons. It comes with the jump ring. (If you need a replacement ribbon, we can provide one for a nominal price). It is in very fine condition.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANTS SERVICE MEDAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMBATANTS SERVICE MEDAL

    SKU: 05-1664 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    It is the combatant’s version of the War Service Medal that was awarded for the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War……  

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  • PRUSSIA - ALSEN CROSS - NON COMBATANT - 1864 DANISH-PRUSSIAN WAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ALSEN CROSS – NON COMBATANT – 1864 DANISH-PRUSSIAN WAR

    SKU: 05-1046

    $125.00

    This is the Alsen Cross for Non Combatants from the 1864 War. This is set up as a one-place medal bar. It uses a replacement ribbon.

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  • PRUSSIA - KÖNIGGRÄTZ CROSS - 1866 - AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – KÖNIGGRÄTZ CROSS – 1866 – AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR

    SKU: 05-1630 XES

    $75.00

    PRUSSIA – KÖNIGGRÄTZ CROSS – 1866 – AUSTRO-PRUSSIAN WAR Medal for the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s decisive Battle of Königgrätz, which took place on 3 July 1866. The war saw Prussia and her allies of the Northern Confederation face Austria and her allies (including, but not limited to, Württemberg, Bavaria, Saxony, and Hannover. It was a very short, sharp war. Even though the Prussians were outnumbered, they outmaneuvered, out gunned, and out fought the Austrians. Frankly, the war was over before it started. The plan that von Moltke and the general staff developed, together with its execution by the Prussian field commanders (the Kronprinz included) made short work of their opponents. [A story about Bavaria’s Ludwig II sticks in my mind. Ludwig was so upset by the carnage visited upon his kingdom’s soldiers that he wept at the folly of having joined the Austrians]. T he cross is in fine condition and comes on a very short piece of replacement ribbon. This is a consignment item.

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  • PRUSSIA - MEDAL BAR - ONE PLACE - LANDWEHR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL 2ND CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MEDAL BAR – ONE PLACE – LANDWEHR LONG-SERVICE MEDAL 2ND CLASS

    SKU: 02-406

    $50.00

    This is a one-place medal bar for the Landwehr Long Service Medal for Unteroffiziere. The blue and gold decoration is suspended from a blue ribbon.

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  • PRUSSIA - MEDAL BAR - ONE-PLACE - VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – MEDAL BAR – ONE-PLACE – VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE

    SKU: 02-407

    $65.00

    The Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Merit Cross for War Aid) was a wartime civil decoration from Prussia. It was awarded for patriotic war aid service, especially on the home front. Its obverse displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse exhibits the legend, “Für Kriegs Hilfsdienst” (For War Aid Service). It is set up as a one-place medal bar. Both the decoration and medal are in excellent condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - ORDEN POUR LE MÉRITE - JEWELERS OR WEARERS COPY - .800 SILVER HALLMARKED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ORDEN POUR LE MÉRITE – JEWELERS OR WEARERS COPY – .800 SILVER HALLMARKED

    SKU: 05-1727 XCH

    $7,495.00

    PRUSSIA – ORDEN POUR LE MÉRITE – JEWELERS OR WEARERS COPY – .800 SILVER HALLMARKED This very fine example of an Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM) Jeweler/Wearer’s copy that dates from the post WW I (1919-1939) period. A wearer’s copy was purchased by a recipient for daily wear and to preserve his period-issued cross. [The latter usually had been personally presented by Kaiser Wilhelm II, as it was Germany’s highest honor and his privilege to bestow]. The decoration we are offering today is a post-1917 with the small suspension-device variation. Its enamel is a medium-blue, while the gold lettering and crown stand out magnificently against the blue enamel. The cross is unmarked for manufacturer, as many were, although the side of the 6 ‘o clock arm is hallmarked for .800 silver. The well-worn, original ribbon bears two silver bands for a first award. It is period issue (NOT a modern replacement) that measures about 21.5” inches in length and 2.5″ inches wide. It can be seen in the center of the ribbon where the material is gathered together. This is a sign that the ribbon was worn. The ends where the ties were originally located have been clipped off. Overall this is a quality example with excellent details at every point. During WWI, a total of 687 PLM’s were awarded to various officers in the German military and to important men from the Central Powers. The award of a PLM was made to both senior and junior officers. If given…

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  • PRUSSIA - RED EAGLE ORDER - 4TH CLASS - FINAL PATTERN

    PRUSSIA – RED EAGLE ORDER – 4TH CLASS – FINAL PATTERN

    SKU: 05-1728

    $375.00

    The Red Eagle Order 4th Class in its final pattern awarded from 1888 until the end of the Empire in 1918. The Red Eagle has pebbled arms and a multi colored enamel center. The reverse has the crowned royal cypher of Friedrich Wilhelm. There is no manufacturer hallmarking and there is a short piece of replacement ribbon.

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  • PRUSSIA - RED EAGLE ORDER - 4TH CLASS - FINAL PATTERN – WITH SIXTY YEAR BUTTON

    PRUSSIA – RED EAGLE ORDER – 4TH CLASS – FINAL PATTERN – WITH SIXTY YEAR BUTTON

    SKU: 05-1729

    $450.00

    This Red Eagle Order 4th Class. comes with a sixty year button which indicates how long the holder of this decoration has been a member of the order. This red eagle is the “final pattern” which was awarded from 1888 until the end of the Empire in 1918. It has pebbled arms and a multi colored enamel center. The reverse has the crowned royal cypher of Friedrich Wilhelm……

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  • PRUSSIA - STICKPIN- ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE  - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – STICKPIN- ORDEN POUR le MÉRITE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1688 XKG

    $2,295.00

    Beautifully detailed stickpin. Its PLM is quite small and discreet, measuring ¼” x ¼.” Its enamel work is exceptionally handsome. The blue arms are lovely, and its gold “Pour le Mérite” lettering and crown are eye-catching and easily discernible. The detailing of its four eagles is exceptional. The PLM itself is attached to a gold-toned pin that measures 2″ in length. The pin is knurled. I see no signs of a maker’s hallmark, but it is evident that a very skilled jeweler produced this amazingly small and faithfully produced stickpin. It displays no hallmarks for gold content, but the stickpin certainly has that “look.” I will not crawl out on a limb to unequivocally state it is made of gold, but my watery old eyes tell me that it IS so. The final detail to this sensational presentation is a custom-made, fitted presentation case. It is covered with black leatherette and measures 1″ x 1″ x 3 ½.” The top half’s exterior has rounded corners that lend it a stylish air. The exterior also reveals some scuffing, but it is in fine condition structurally. Its interior reveals a deep red silk liner for its top half. The case’s bottom half features a fitted black velvet area in which the stickpin nestles. The latter sports a loop at the bottom to secure the pin within the case. I rarely see PLM stickpins, and have never seen one that boasted such superior quality. Add this to the deluxe presentation case, and one…

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  • PRUSSIA - WAR AIDE CROSS

    PRUSSIA – WAR AIDE CROSS

    SKU: 05-1721 XFQ

    $50.00

    The War Aide Crosse from Prussia was awarded to civilians who assisted in the war effort…..

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  • PRUSSIA - WAR MEDAL - DANISH WAR OF 1864

    PRUSSIA – WAR MEDAL – DANISH WAR OF 1864

    SKU: 05-1730 XDG

    $125.00

    This war medal is an issued medal for combatants from Prussia who fought in the war. Like the Napoleonic medals for 1813, 1814, and 1815 the decorations were cast from the bronze of captured enemy cannons. On the edge of the medal you will see the marking that indicate this information(see pictures). The obverse of the decoration has the twin crowns of King Wilhelm I of Prussia (Later to be Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany.) And kaiser Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary. The reverse of the medal has mention of the victory and the date 1864. A short piece of correct ribbon is attached……

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  • RED CROSS DECORATION - WAR SERVICE - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - AUSTRIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED CROSS DECORATION – WAR SERVICE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE – AUSTRIA

    SKU: 05-1490

    $550.00

    This is Austria’s Red Cross Decoration for Service during Wartime. It was issued from 1864 through 1914. As with most Austrian decorations, the enamel work it is simply gorgeous. The cross is elongated and measures 1 3/4″ x 1 1/2.” Its arms are white and red enamel. A red cross is in the center and a gorgeous green enamel wreath joins the four arms together. The decoration’s reverse displays the award’s dates, 1864-1914. A correct, original, red and white trifold Austrian ribbon completes the decoration. It is snugly housed in an original, typically-Austrian presentation case. The red leatherette case is rounded at the bottom and measures 4″ x 2 1/4.” Embossed in silver on its outside is the decoration’s name. Inside the case on the upper silk-lined liner is the manufacturer’s name, G. A. Scheid, which had locations in Vienna and Budapest. The case’s lower half is covered in light-brown velvet that is raised to better display the decoration. This is a fantastically handsome presentation.

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  • RED CROSS MEDAL 3rd CLASS - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED CROSS MEDAL 3rd CLASS – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1439

    $250.00

    This is the Red Cross Medal 3rd Class. It was awarded to those workers who assisted in Red Cross activities. The medal is gilt-toned and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse features a cross. Each arm’s top is crowned. Among the arms are the letters W, R, V, and A. On the reverse we see “Fuer Verdienste um das Rothe Kreuz,” along with a branch of leaves. Attached to the medal is a ribbon with a wide, red band, trimmed with two smaller red, black, and white bands. The ribbon is 1 3/4″ long. It is attached to the jump ring. The case is red leatherette and measures 2 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ x 3/4.” A name has been penned to the case’s upper lid, most likely the recipient from many decades ago. The name appears to be Cienna(e). Inside, we see a white, silk, upper liner and a black velvet lower half where the decoration is housed. The entire presentation is in very fine condition.

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  • RED CROSS MEDAL 3rd CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED CROSS MEDAL 3rd CLASS WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1391

    $250.00

    This is the Red Cross Medal 3rd Class. It was awarded to workers who assisted in Red Cross activities. The medal is gilt-toned and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse features a cross. The top of each arm is crowned. Among the arms are the letters “W,” “R,” “V,” and “A.” The reverse has the words “Für Verdienste um das Rothe Kreuz,” along with a branch of leaves. Attached to the medal is a ribbon featuring a wide red band, trimmed with two smaller red, black, and white bands. The ribbon is 3 1/4″ long. It is attached to a jump ring. The presentation case is red leatherette, measuring 2 ½” x 2″ x 3/4.” Some minor scuffing shows on the upper lid. Inside, we see a white, silk, upper liner, and a black, velvet, lower half where the decoration is housed. The entire presentation is in very fine condition.

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  • RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL 2nd CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 05-1538

    $125.00

    This is the 2nd Class level of the Red Cross Worker Medal, which was awarded to both men and women from 1898 through 1921. The Red Cross that appears on the 2nd Class medal is made of red enamel. The decoration and ribbon are both in very fine condition. As the ribbon is the straight variety, our example was meant for a male worker.

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  • RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL 3rd CLASS WITH BOW - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED CROSS WORKER MEDAL 3rd CLASS WITH BOW

    SKU: 05-1539

    $75.00

    This is the Red Cross Worker Medal 3rd Class. It was awarded to both men and women from 1898 through 1921. This example was meant for a female worker, as its ribbon is tied in a bow. Both medal and ribbon are in very fine condition.

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  • RED EAGLE ORDER 4th CLASS - 3rd MODEL - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED EAGLE ORDER 4th CLASS – 3rd MODEL – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1477

    $1,095.00

    The Red Eagle Order was the oldest of the Prussian decorations that were awarded in peacetime and wartime alike. It predates both the Crown Order and the Hohenzollern House Order. It was awarded to both civilians and military officers in a wide variety of classes, including neck orders, breast stars, and so on. Our offering today is the 3rd Model of the 4th Class. The 3rd Model was awarded from 1846 through 1854. This particular example is an early version, which was awarded during the years 1848 to 1849. Several characteristics mark it as an early Red Eagle. The first are its smooth arms. Later Red Eagles displayed a pebbled arm-surface. An even more apparent difference shows up in the eagles. Our decoration’s enamel center boasts a hand-painted, gold, red, black, and green eagle. An earlier decoration’s eagle is smaller, particularly when comparing the wings. The green wreath held in the eagle’s talons is also far smaller. The cross, which measures 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2,” is made of silver. The decoration’s reverse displays König Friedrich Wilhelm’s crowned royal cypher. Its ribbon is a replacement. The decoration’s condition is exceptional, overall. We rarely have the opportunity to share such an early Red Eagle with you. This one is a beauty.

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  • RED EAGLE ORDER 4th CLASS WITH CROWN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED EAGLE ORDER 4th CLASS WITH CROWN

    SKU: 05-1410

    $1,095.00

    This is a very fine example of the Red Eagle Order 4th Class with Crown. The Red Eagle Order was one of three Prussian decoration families. These families include the Red Eagle Order (Roter Adler Orden/RAO), the Crown Order, and the Hohenzollern Order. The decorations within each Order consisted of a Collar, Breast Stars, a Großkreuz, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Classes, as well as the Medal of the Order. The RAO was instituted in 1792. It was the oldest of the three Prussian Order families. Many models were issued during the RAO’s lifetime. Our offering today is a Red Eagle Order 4th Class, which was the order’s final model, instituted in 1892. By itself, the medal measures 1 1/2” x 1 1/2.” The articulated crown measures 3/4” x 3/4.” The medal has pebbled arms. The silver crown boasts a red enameled interior. The decoration’s center features a hand painted Red Eagle. The decoration’s reverse displays König Friedrich Wilhelm III’s crowned royal cypher “FW.” The decoration is not hallmarked. A beautiful, watermarked silk ribbon, measuring 2,” accompanies it. The decoration is in excellent condition.

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  • SAXE-COBURG UND GOTHA - WAR HONOR SERVICE BADGE - 2nd CLASS

    SAXE-COBURG UND GOTHA – WAR HONOR SERVICE BADGE – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 08-584

    $250.00

    SAXE-COBURG UND GOTHA – WAR HONOR SERVICE BADGE – 2nd CLASS Saxe-Coburg und Gotha was the largest of the many Saxon Duchies. Carl Eduard (1884-1954) was the final Duke of Saxe Coburg und Gotha. He was a member of the British Royal House (another of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s grandsons), and was raised as an Englishman until he was 15. At that point, he was named as the new Duke of Saxe Coburg und Gotha and moved to Germany. In 1919, he was stripped of his British titles by King George V because he fought for Germany during WW I. [The British Royal House also changed its name from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor during the war]. The bronze-toned cross measures a Prinzengroße-sized 1.25” x 1.25.” Its obverse features Carl Eduard’s crowned royal cypher, the year 1914, and a branch of laurel leaves. Its reverse has a gilt-toned shield with Saxe-Coburg und Gotha’s Coat-of-Arms. The ribbon is green, black, and yellow.

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  • SAXE-WEIMAR - WILHELM-ERNST KRIEGSKREUZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXE-WEIMAR – WILHELM-ERNST KRIEGSKREUZ

    SKU: 08-574

    $2,295.00

    SAXE-WEIMAR – WILHELM-ERNST KRIEGSKREUZ. The Order of Heinrich the Lion from Braunschweig and the White Falcon family from the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach are two of my favorite families of orders and decorations. In both cases, it is the superb enamel work and attention to detail that attracts me. That said, I must admit that my favorite is the White Falcon (Weißen Falken). Of course, this is my personal taste. I enjoy the enamel work on ALL Imperial German decorations, but the White Falcon really speaks to me. The White Falcon Wilhelm-Ernst Kriegskreuz with its gold, crosshatched adornment is the decoration’s centerpiece. It just glows. Our offering today is an old friend of mine. I have had the privilege of offering ONE example of the Wilhelm-Ernst Kriegskreuz in the past. They are extremely scarce. [Only THREE-HUNDRED-SIXTY-SIX awards of this decoration were made during WW I. They were awarded by Grand Duke Wilhelm-Ernst’s decree beginning in June 1915]. The example that we offer today was awarded during 1917-1918. This award was considered an “Offizier’s Steckkruez.” It was awarded to officers and, in some cases, NCO’s of 5 Thüringischen Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 94 the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach’s single Infanterie Regiment. It was also awarded to native sons of the Grand Duchy who served in other regiments. It was mandatory that the recipient also had been awarded the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. The decoration essentially is a slightly oversized Maltese Cross. The cross’s arms are white enamel. The cross measures 45.0mm x…

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  • SAXONY - 9 YEAR LONG SERVICE AWARD - 3rd CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – 9 YEAR LONG SERVICE AWARD – 3rd CLASS

    SKU: 05-1245

    $85.00

    This is the 3rd Class Long Service Award for Nine Years of Service. This example is for enlisted men and NCO’s in the Saxon Army from 1913 to 1918. The decoration is circular and silver in color. It is in very fine condition, with a green and white ribbon.

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  • SAXONY - 9 YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD - 3rd CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – 9 YEARS LONG-SERVICE AWARD – 3rd CLASS

    SKU: 05-1244

    $105.00

    This is a Saxon 3rd Class Nine-Years Long-Service Award. The example is for enlisted men and NCO’s in the Saxon Army from 1874 to 1913. The circular decoration is gilt in color. It is in very fine condition, with a green and white ribbon.

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  • SAXONY - ALBERT ORDER COMMANDER’S CROSS (2nd MODEL)

    SAXONY – ALBERT ORDER COMMANDER’S CROSS (2nd MODEL)

    SKU: 05-1369

    $2,595.00

    The Albert Order series was a key decoration range in the Kingdom of Saxony. Like Prussia, Saxony had more than one line of decorations. The kingdom awarded two principal groups of orders and decorations. The first group contained the Military St. Heinrich Orders, and the second held the Albert Orders. The St. Heinrich was reserved for military officers in both peace and wartime. The Albert Order was given to both military and civil officials. The Albert Order was first offered in 1850. It was awarded as a first model from 1850 to 1876. The second model was awarded from 1876 to 1918. It was awarded at the top level as a Grand Cross (Großkreuz), in both a neck badge and a Breast Star. The next level down was the Commander’s Cross (Komturkreuz). Again, it was awarded as a neck order and as a Breast Star. Following the Commander’s Cross, the Albert Order was offered as a pinback award (OFFIZIERKREUZ), Knight’s Cross 1st Class, Knight’s Cross 2nd Class, and finally as the Albrechtskreuz (Albert Cross). Our offering is an Albert Order at the Commander’s level. This very handsome decoration measures 3 1/2″ from crown to bottom. The crown measures 1″ x 1 1/4,” while the cross itself measures 2 1/2″ x 2 1/8.” The decoration sports massive, white, enameled arms. In the obverse’s center is a gilt profile of Albert, with blue and gold enamel surrounding the white enamel background to which the Albert medallion is affixed. A green enameled wreath…

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  • SAXONY - KNIGHT’S CROSS - ALBRECHT ORDER 1st CLASS WITH CROWN.

    SAXONY – KNIGHT’S CROSS – ALBRECHT ORDER 1st CLASS WITH CROWN

    SKU: 05-1714

    $750.00

    SAXONY – KNIGHT’S CROSS – ALBRECHT ORDER 1st CLASS WITH CROWN. This is a very high-quality example of the Knights Cross 1st Class of the Albrecht Order with Crown. Its obverse features a white, enameled cross with white, gold, and blue enamel in its center. An image of Albrecht appears as the focal point within that center. The reverse also displays a white enameled cross with white, gold, and blue enamel in its center. However, ITS focal point is Saxony’s Coat-of-Arms rather than Albrecht’s image. The date, 1850 (when the Order was instituted), is also included. A green, enameled wreath connects each of the white, enameled cross’s arms to one another. The cross is also suspended from a large, articulated, gilt crown. The Knights Cross 1st Class of the Albrecht Order with Crown measures 2.5” in length from the crown’s top to the cross’s base, and measures 1.5” in width from one tip of its crosspiece to the other. No hallmark is evident. The decoration comes with a short, green and white, silk ribbon. Its overall condition rates as very fine. If the Knights Cross Interests You Click Here For More Items Related!

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  • SAXONY - MEDAL - FRIEDRICH AUGUST - BRONZE

    SAXONY – MEDAL – FRIEDRICH AUGUST – BRONZE

    SKU: 05-1717 XFQ

    $50.00

    SAXONY – MEDAL – FRIEDRICH AUGUST – BRONZE It is the Friedrich August Medal in bronze. The medal has a short piece of green and yellow ribbon. This is a consignment item.

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  • SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE - TRUE COMBATABTS SERVICE CROSS - 2nd CLASS

    SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE – TRUE COMBATABTS SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 08-579

    $175.00

    SCHAUMBURG-LIPPE – TRUE COMBATABTS SERVICE CROSS – 2nd CLASS Schaumburg-Lippe was a small Imperial German Principality. Our offering today is its Combatant’s Cross for True Service in the 2nd Class. The gilt-toned cross measures 1.5” x 1.5.” Its obverse displays the legend “Für Treue Dienst,” Schaumburg-Lippe’s crowned royal cypher, and the date 1914. It is the Principality’s 1914 Iron Cross equivalent. The decoration’s reverse is plain. Its Combatant’s ribbon features three narrow white stripes and two wide blue stripes. The decoration is in very fine condition. As this was a smaller state, the decoration was awarded in smaller numbers to its native sons, as well as other German and Austrian allies.

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  • SILESIAN EAGLE 1st CLASS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILESIAN EAGLE 1st CLASS

    SKU: 05-1007

    $225.00

    The Silesian Eagle was a Freikorps-era decoration that replaced the Iron Cross, effectively. The Silesian Eagle came in both a 1st and 2nd Class levels, just like the Iron Cross. This example of the 1st Class is the more commonly seen pinback version. It is in very good condition.

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  • SILVER MEDAL FÜR TREUE IN DER ARBEIT - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER MEDAL FÜR TREUE IN DER ARBEIT – SAXONY

    SKU: 05-1348

    $110.00

    This is the Silver Medal Für Treue in der Arbeit from the Kingdom of Saxony. It measures 1″ in diameter. The decoration’s obverse depicts König Friedrich August III of Saxony. The decoration’s reverse shows “Für Treue in der Arbeit” within a wreath of laurel leaves. It comes complete with a short length of green ribbon.

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  • SILVER MERIT MEDAL - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER MERIT MEDAL – BADEN

    SKU: 08-528

    $40.00

    The Baden Silver Merit Medal was Baden’s equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Issued pieces had a slot at the top where a ribbon was inserted instead of a conventional jump ring. This example, however, was intended for use on a medal bar and DOES have the jump ring. It may well be a post WW I example.

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  • SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – BADEN

    SKU: 08-529

    $95.00

    This is an early war example of the Silver Service Medal from Baden. This was their 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. It has a slot at the top and comes with a ribbon.

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  • SILVER SERVICE MEDAL - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER SERVICE MEDAL – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 05-1531

    $95.00

    This is the Silver Service Medal that was presented from 1892 through 1918 during König Wilhelm II’s (1848-1941) reign. A higher class of the award was presented in gold. While the decoration was awarded during peacetime, it also served as Württemberg’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent award during WW I. The decoration is silver-toned and measures 1″ in diameter. The obverse sports a high profile of Wilhelm II, along with the designation “Wilhelm II Koening von Württemberg.” The reverse has “Für Tapferkeit und Treue” within a wreath of laurel leaves. Attached to the decoration is a correct yellow and black ribbon, emblematic of the Kingdom of Württemberg. The decoration is in very fine condition.

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  • SILVER SERVICE MEDAL WITH AWARD PACKET - BADEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SILVER SERVICE MEDAL WITH AWARD PACKET – BADEN

    SKU: 08-536

    $195.00

    This is a Silver Service Medal from the Grand Duchy of Baden. It is a late-war example. The medal features the likeness of Friedrich II (1857-1928), Baden’s last Grand Duke. The medal is interesting due to its slotted attachment at the top where the ribbon is inserted, rather than a conventional jump ring. It includes its original paper award packet, which is very scarce. A small piece of ribbon is also included. As this was Baden’s equivalent of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, it makes a very fine display item. This is the first time that we have offered you the paper award packet. Generally these were tossed away after the award was received.

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  • SOUTHWEST AFRICA COLONIAL - VETERAN’S MEDAL FOR SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA COLONIAL – VETERAN’S MEDAL FOR SERVICE

    SKU: 05-1731

    $250.00

    This is a high-quality veterans medal from the German Colonial troops (Schutztruppen) of German Southwest Africa (Deutsch Süd-West-Afrika)……

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  • TAPFERKEITS=MEDAILLE IN ORIGINAL AWARD PACKET - HESSE-DARMSTADT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TAPFERKEITS=MEDAILLE IN ORIGINAL AWARD PACKET – HESSE-DARMSTADT

    SKU: 08-521

    $150.00

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  • Sale! VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1663 XDG

    $75.00 $60.00

    This is a consignment item. The Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Merit Cross for War Aid) is a wartime civil decoration from Prussia. It was awarded for patriotic war aid service, especially on the home front. Its obverse displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse exhibits the legend, “Für Kriegs Hilfsdienst” (For War Aid Service). It comes with an original ribbon.

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  • VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VERDIENSTKREUZ FÜR KRIEGSHILFE – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1678

    $50.00

    The Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe (Merit Cross for War Aid) was a wartime civil decoration from Prussia. It was awarded for patriotic war aid service, especially on the home front. Its obverse displays Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. The reverse exhibits the legend, “Für Kriegs Hilfsdienst” (For War Aid Service). Both the decoration and medal are in excellent condition.

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  • Sale! VETERAN’S TWENTY-FOUR-YEARS LONG-SERVICE SHIELD - BAVARIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VETERAN’S TWENTY-FOUR-YEARS LONG-SERVICE SHIELD – BAVARIA

    SKU: 05-1582 XDG

    $550.00 $450.00

    This is a consignment item. It is the Veterans Shield for Twenty-Four-Years Long Service in the Bavarian Army. It is gold-toned and measures 1 ½ ” x 2 3/4″. The award is seldom-seen. It was designed to be stitched to a tunic. For that purpose, it displays four sets of double holes (two holes per set). It is a stamped award that we are offering today for the first time.

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  • VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION HONOR CROSS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    VETERANS’ ASSOCIATION HONOR CROSS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1467

    $75.00

    This is the Prussian Veterans’ Association Honor Cross 2nd Class. It is a large, silver-plated cross with the initials “P. L. K. V.” (Preußischer Landes Kriegern Verband/Prussian National Warriors Association) among its four arms. It measures 2″ x 2.” The obverse features a central circular medallion containing a depiction of the Kyffhäuser Denkmal (War Memorial). [The Kyffhäuser Denkmal was built in 1890-1896 atop Kyffhäuser Mountain in Thuringia, with donations from the 19th Century German War Veterans’ Federation]. The reverse’s central medallion has the words “Für Verdienst im Kriegervereins Wesen” (For Service in the War Veterans’ Association). The Preußischer Landes Kriegern Verband Cross was established after World War I, to recognize philanthropic, charitable and social service in the Preußischer Landes Kriegern Verband, an equivalent to the British and American Legion. It was usually worn with the monument facing forward. The manufacturer’s name, “HCH. TIMM BERLIN C, ” is imprinted in small letters on the cross’s top loop. It is a handsome award.

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  • WAR COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL - 1848 SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN CAMPAIGN - WÜRTTEMBERG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL – 1848 SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN CAMPAIGN – WÜRTTEMBERG

    SKU: 05-1487

    $1,995.00

    This is not a well-known German state-issued campaign medal, although it is certainly a rarer example. It is the War Commemorative Medal for the Schleswig-Holstein Campaign. The bronze decoration was awarded by Württemberg and measures 1 1/8″ in diameter. Its obverse features a wreath going around the interior. Within that wreath is König Wilhelm I of Württemberg’s crowned cypher. [Wilhelm I (1781-1864) was the son of Frederick I (1754-1816). He was the second King of Württemberg, following his father Frederick I, the first King. Wilhelm I’s reign was from 1816-1864]. The obverse also features an assay mark, “D,” at the bottom, which indicates the decoration’s maker. The decoration’s reverse displays an abstract shield design topped by a crown and opposing lions’ heads over crossed swords. The legend “Für Treuen Dienst in einem Feldzuge” (For faithful campaign service) appears on the shield. It sports a replacement ribbon with three black and two red wide bands. A very narrow red trim band on both of the ribbon’s sides serves to frame the outer black bands and make them “pop.” The Schleswig-Holstein Campaign was one of the earlier incidents in what were to become the German Unification Wars. [These unification wars, under the influence of Chancellor Bismarck and King (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I, continued through the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. The latter war confirmed Prussia as Germany’s supreme power]. The Schleswig-Holstein Campaign War Commemorative Medal was awarded to 42 officers, and a total of 2,240 NCO’s and enlisted men (making a grand total of…

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  • WAR HONOR CROSS 2nd CLASS - NON COMBATANTS - MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR HONOR CROSS 2nd CLASS – NON COMBATANTS – MECKLENBURG-STRELITZ

    SKU: 08-498

    $195.00

    This is the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz’s Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. Its official name is “Kreuz für Auszeichnung im Kriege.” [This very small Grand Duchy was a neighbor to the far larger Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It was so small that it was not able to field a regiment of its own. It had a single Bataillon in one infantry regiment and one battery in an artillery regiment]. The decoration is silver-toned. Its obverse displays the Grand Duke’s crowned royal cypher, along with the date, 1914. On the reverse is the motto “Tapfer und Treu” (Valiant and Faithful). The correct ribbon for a non combatant is attached.

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  • WAR SERVICE CROSS - SAXONY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR SERVICE CROSS – SAXONY

    SKU: 05-1599

    $125.00

    This is the Kingdom of Saxony’s War Service Cross. It was awarded during the years 1915 through 1918. The cross measures 1 3/4″ x 1 7/16.” The obverse features a crown at the top, a profile view of Saxony’s König Friedrich August III, and the year 1915. The reverse displays the King’s royal cypher flanked by “Welt” and “Krieg.” The medal is in very fine condition, but lacks a ribbon.

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  • WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - BRAUNSCHWEIG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

    SKU: 08-519

    $130.00

    This is the War Service Cross 2nd Class from the Duchy of Braunschweig. It is the Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent from the Duchy. Interestingly, while many states offered their EK 2 equivalent in a similar size, Braunschweig differed. The Braunschweig award is a prinzengroße-size that measures 1 3/16″ x 1 3/16.” It is bronze-toned and on the obverse has a crown at the top. The middle features “EA” for Ernst August, while the bottom lists “1914.” The reverse displays the simple legend “Für Verdienst im Kriege.” A correct blue and yellow ribbon is attached to the jump ring. The condition is excellent, overall.

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  • WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS - COMBATANT’S - LIPPE DETMOLD

    WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S – LIPPE DETMOLD

    SKU: 08-583

    $150.00

    WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS – COMBATANT’S – LIPPE DETMOLD Lippe-Detmold was a small Imperial German Principality. Our offering today is its War Service Cross 2nd Class. The gilt-toned cross measures 1.5” x 1.5.” Its obverse features the Lippe-Detmold Prince’s crowned royal cypher, Lippe-Detmold’s symbolic rose, and the date, 1914. It is Lippe-Detmold’s 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalent. Its reverse displays the legend “For Service in War.” Its Combatant’s ribbon displays two thin red stripes, two thin red stripes, and one wide yellow stripe. The decoration is in very fine condition. As it was a smaller state, the decoration was awarded in smaller numbers to its native sons, as well as other German and Austrian allies.

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  • WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS NON COMBATANTS- LIPPE-DETMOLD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR SERVICE CROSS 2nd CLASS NON COMBATANTS- LIPPE-DETMOLD

    SKU: 08-275

    $185.00

    This is the 2nd Class Non Combatants version of the War Service Cross 2nd Class from Lippe-Detmold. The colors of the ribbon are reversed from the combatant’s version to differentiate the difference. This is a very fine example.

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  • WAR SERVICE MEDAL FOR SERVICE ON NATIVE SOIL - LIPPE-DETMOLD. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WAR SERVICE MEDAL FOR SERVICE ON NATIVE SOIL – LIPPE-DETMOLD.

    SKU: 08-510

    $225.00

    This is a first time offering for Der Rittmeister Militaria. It comes from the Principality of Lippe-Detmold and is known as the War Honor Service Medal on Native (home) Soil. It was not intended as an award to front-line troops in the field. As Lippe-Detmold was a small principality, their decorations generally were awarded in fewer numbers. This decoration is particularly scarce. It is gilt-toned and eight-sided. The decoration’s obverse features Lippe-Detmold’s Rose, the ruling Prince Leopold IX’s royal cypher, and the date 1914. On the reverse we see the decoration’s name. The attached ribbon is for Non Combatants, as is the decoration.

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  • WARTIME SERVICE MERIT CROSS - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WARTIME SERVICE MERIT CROSS – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 05-1111

    $55.00

    This is the Prussian Merit Cross for Wartime Service. The obverse features the cypher “Wilhelm Rex.” The reverse has “Fur Kriegs Hilfdienst.” It comes complete with an original ribbon.

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - AWARD - NINE YEAR LONG SERVICE

    WÜRTTEMBERG – AWARD – NINE YEAR LONG SERVICE

    SKU: 05-1716 XFQ

    $75.00

    WÜRTTEMBERG – AWARD – NINE YEAR LONG SERVICE It is a nine year long service award for service in the Württemberg army and is adorned with a red and blue ribbon. This is a consignment item.

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  • WW I BULGARIAN WAR SERVICE DECORATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WW I BULGARIAN WAR SERVICE DECORATION

    SKU: 05-1675

    $50.00

    This is the Bulgarian War Service Medal for WW I. Similar in purpose to the Hindenburg Cross, it was given to Bulgarian, Austrian, Hungarian, and German soldiers for their service during WW I. The medal is gold-toned and measures 1 ¼” in diameter. It is also quite thick, measuring ” in depth. The ribbon is a red, green, and white tri-fold arrangement. It is in excellent condition.

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  • WW I HUNGARIAN WAR SERVICE DECORATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WW I HUNGARIAN WAR SERVICE DECORATION

    SKU: 05-1674

    $50.00

    This is the Hungarian War Service Medal for WW I. Similar in purpose to the Hindenburg Cross, it was given to Austrian, Hungarian, German, and Bulgarian soldiers for their service during WW I. The decoration is silver-toned and measures 1 ½” in diameter. The decoration is attached to a white, green, and red tri-fold ribbon. It is in very fine condition.

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