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  • BADEN – KUGELHELM WITH STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – FUßARTILLERIE- REGIMENT Nr 14

    SKU: 33-141

    $4,295.00

    Baden was the Imperial German Empire’s largest Grand Duchy. Before WW I, her population was not all that much smaller than the Kingdom of Württemberg, (the smallest of the four kingdoms). For her size, her military was also quite impressive. She fielded a wide variety of regiments, with especially fine Artillerie Regiments. Prior to WW I’s big troop build-up (and the actual war), Baden fielded a total of five Feldartillerie-(Field Artillery) Regiments (Nr’s 14, 30, 50, 66, and 76) and one Fußartillerie-(Foot Artillery)-Regiment (Nr 14). The smaller number of Fußartillerie versus Feldartillerie Regiments was consistent throughout the German Army. Fußartillerie-Regiments were a later development, which limited their numbers. For this reason, Fußartillerie kugelhelme are much more difficult-to-find than Feldartillerie, AND much more expensive. We are offering an officer’s kugelhelm for Baden’s ONLY foot artillery regiment, Badisches Fußartillerie-Regiment Nr 14. The regiment was founded in 1893. It was garrisoned at Straßburg i.E. and assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. The helmet presents a generally pleasing leather body. Some cracking and spidering appear at many points on the body. Some curling also shows on both the rear visor’s halves. While I generally prefer the body to be a bit fitter, it is still an acceptable piece. As it is such an unusual helmet, I could NOT pass on it. All of the kugelhelm’s furniture is gilt. The wappen is particularly handsome. You have probably been wondering how we determine if a kugelhelm is for a field or foot artillery regiment? It is all…

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  • Baden – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Officer – Dragoner Regiment NR 22

    SKU: 33-318

    $395.00

    This is a prewar Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 officer’s schirmütze from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The Grand Duchy had a total of three Dragoner-Regiments: 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20, 2. Badisches-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21, and 3. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Karl Nr 22…  

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  • BAVARIA – KUGELHELM – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER

    SKU: 33-214

    $1,695.00

    This is a lovely Bavarian Artillerie Regiment One Year-Volunteer’s kugelhelm. The helmet’s leather body is well formed and in good shape. It shows some of the normal leather imperfections expected of a one-hundred-plus-years-old helmet, which are not extreme. [You may judge this yourself from the photographs we are attaching to the description]. All of the hardware is gilt, including the wappen, chin scales, trim, and etc. The wappen is officers style example with an open crown. Its kugel unscrews from a base that itself is loose (it WILL rotate if you happen to move it). It is all secure and makes NO difference whatsoever when on display. The Bavarian state kokarde is more an NCO’s style. The helmet’s back strap is a bit loose and shows a minimal amount of raising from its body. Inside the helmet is a well-used leather sweatband, and a rust-colored silk liner that shows some staining from wear. All of the original hardware is present. No extra holes appear, so we are sure that it IS an original Bavarian kugelhelm. (Please remember that it is a pre WW I helmet, with typical prewar quality. Even though it boasts a kugel (which was not adopted until 1916 for Bavaria’s artillery), the helmet itself is prewar. This helmet is not in “star” condition, but it is more than satisfactory and priced quite reasonably.

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  • BRAUNSCHWEIG – BUSBY – ENLISTED MAN – PRIVATE PURCHASE – PARADE – HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 17

    SKU: 33-403

    $7,495.00

    This is a major prize for us. In the past we have been able to offer a similar example of an Enlisted Man busby for Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 from the Duchy of Braunschweig but never quite like this one. It is a private purchase example rather than depot issued Pelmmütze. Even more importantly it is to full parade to include a correct parade bush!…..

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  • Braunschweig / Prussia – Kugelhelm – One Year Volunteer – Feldartellerie Rgt NR 46 – Depot Issued

    SKU: 33-457

    $2,995.00

    Extremely scarce kugelhelm for Niedersächisches Feldartellerie-Regiment Nr 46. This was essentially a Prussian Regiment but there was one Bataillone (Nr 2) from Braunschweig attached….    

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  • GERMANY - MÜTZE - ENLISTED MAN - PRIVATE PURCHASE - S.M.S. KARLSRUHE 

    Germany – Mutze / Visor cap – Enlisted Man – Private Purchase – S.M.S. KARLSRUHE 

    SKU: 33-409

    $1,495.00

    This is a very special mütze for an enlisted sailor as we will soon share with you for the S.M.S. Karlsruhe. The S.M.S. Karlsruhe was a light cruiser. She completed her final sea trials and entered service of the Kaiserliche Marine in January 1914. She had issues with an unusually high coal consumption and was not assigned sea duty until July 1914. She was assigned to service in the Caribbean (A hint as to why this mutze is so special.)…    

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  • Germany – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – For a Student

    SKU: 33-108

    $125.00

    The life of a student was an important time for a young German. Many similarities existed between students in England and Germany at the turn of the century. These included belonging to all sorts of clubs, wearing your school’s garb, and that of your club(s). This is a simple green cap. It has a silver bullion trim ring around the cap’s top. In the center is a green, red, and white band. A bullion leaf is embroidered on top of the cap. The cap has a well used leather sweatband and a silk liner.  

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  • GERMANY - SCHIRMMÜTZE - OFFICER - JÄGER BATAILLONE - FELDGRAU

    Germany – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Officer – Jäger Bataillone – Feldgrau

    SKU: 33-390

    $2,395.00

    This is a very hard to find officer schirrmütze in feldgrau for a Jäger Bataillone. The top of the schirrmütze is a fine feldgrau material…  

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  • Germany – Schirmutze / Visor cap – Officer – Navy See Battalion

    SKU: 33-456 XRH

    $1,995.00

    Pre WW I officer visor cap for the Navy See Battalion which at that time there were three Battalions. One battalion was based in Wilhelmshaven, another in Kiel, and the third in China at Tsingtao. Once the war began the See Battalion transitioned to Marine Infantry. They then fought in Flanders along with elements of artillery and even Jastas….  

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  • Germany – Stalhelm – Camouflage

    SKU: 33-415

    $850.00

    This sturdy thick and historic helmet is a stalhelm in camouflage….  

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  • Germany – Stalhelm – Camouflage

    SKU: 33-461 XKGJT

    $1,095.00

    This sturdy thick and historic helmet is a stalhelm in camouflage….  

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  • Germany – Stalhelm – Camouflage – M16

    SKU: 33-462

    $950.00

    This sturdy thick and historic helmet is a stalhelm in camouflage….  

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  • Germany – Stalhelm Front Brow Plate – M16

    SKU: 33-463

    $1,250.00

    Original  armored brow plate for German stalhelm helmets that were introduced in April 1916 together with the steel helmet needed for trench warfare.  Our steel brow plate is an original and fits our item 33-462 stalhelm M16. …  

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  • GERMANY – VISOR CAP – OFFICER – IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY – SUMMER WHITE TOP 

    SKU: 33-391

    $4,995.00

    We recently acquired a small collection of items from the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Each of these are in the much rarer summer weight WHITE. While the entire German Navy wore white during summer months as opposed to dark blue in the winter due to the weight of the fabric it is entirely possible it was worn by A Navy officer in China and Africa…..  

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    Hannover / Prussia – Tschako – Enlisted Regimental Band Member – Jager Bataillon Nr 10 – Full Parade Configuration

    SKU: 33-294

    $4,796.00

    This is a Hannoversches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 NCO’s tschako from a Hanoverian unit (originally, it was absorbed by Prussia in 1866). The Bataillon was formed in 1803, garrisoned at Goslar, and assigned to the X. Armeekorps. [In the past, we have shared the Jäger-Bataillon’s role within the German Army. When it came to marksmanship, these Bataillons were (collectively) the German Army’s best….    

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  • Hesse Darmstadt – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Original Storage Box – Enlisted Man – Artillery Regiment

    SKU: 33-111

    $995.00

    This is a privately-purchased, non depot-issued enlisted man’s mütze from a Hesse-Darmstadt Artillerie-Regiment. This is an amazing mütze, in stone-mint condition. The example cannot be upgraded. You will be very pleased with its condition….  

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    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE – Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 60

    SKU: 33-327

    $5,095.75

    MECKLENBURG-SCHWERIN – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE Today we are offering a very rare Mecklenburg-Schwerin Feldartillerie Regiment officer’s kugelhelm. Mecklenburg-Schwerin was a Grand Duchy that fielded two Infanterie Regiments, one Jäger-Battalion, two Kavallerie Regiments, and one Feldartillerie Regiment. The latter regiment was Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 60. The regiment was founded in 1899 and garrisoned in the capital city of Mecklenburg, today a beautiful city located in former East Germany. The royal family’s castle still stands on an island within the city. [It remains one of my favorite cities/castles in Germany. I always enjoy going back for a visit]. The helmet’s leather body is in well above average condition. It sports a few blemishes, especially on the helmet’s left side. They are minor, however, with NO gouges or breaks. The leather body is very supple and makes a lovely presentation. All the fittings (furniture) are gilt-toned, with the exception of the wappen’s center. The wappen itself consists of a gold-toned sunburst. Mecklenburg-Schwerin’s silver crowned Coat-of-Arms is laid across the sunburst. The Coat-of-Arms’ silver center is beautifully frosted. It stands out to command one’s attention. The helmet’s chin scales are quite attractive. They are convex, as is correct for Feldartillerie kugelhelme. The exterior’s final detail is the presence of the correct officer’s State and Reich’s kokarden. As beautiful as the exterior is, its interior is also noteworthy. It begins with a brown leather sweatband. It is full and complete but does exhibit some perspiration marks. This is where the helmet gets…

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    PRUSSIA – BUSBY – OFFICER – 1. LEIB-HUSAREN-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 33-353 XRH A

    $11,996.00

    It is a topnotch officer’s busby from Prussia’s legendary 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1, one of the Imperial German Army’s most fabled Kavallerie Regiments. It was founded in 1741, garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, and attached to the XVII. Armeekorps. The regiment, along with its sister regiment 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2, was one of only two Prussian Army Regiments to display the Totenkopf on their wappens and other headdresses. [Two other NON-Prussian Army Regiments displayed a different Totenkopf-style: the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. These four were the only Imperial German regiments to display the Totenkopf on their dress headdresses, schirmmützen and mützen]….  

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  • Prussia – Busby – Reserve Officer – 1. Leib Husaren Rgt Nr 1 – With Parade Feathers

    SKU: 33-319

    $19,975.00

    This amazing reserve officer’s busby hails from Prussia’s legendary 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1. The 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1 was one of the Imperial German Army’s most fabled Kavallerie Regiments. It was founded in 1741, garrisoned at Danzig-Langfuhr, and attached to the XVII. Armeekorps. The regiment, along with its sister regiment 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Victoria von Preußen Nr 2, was one of only two Prussian Army Regiments to display the Totenkopf on their wappens. Two other NON-Prussian Army Regiments displayed a different Totenkopf-style: the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. These four were the only Imperial German regiments to display the Totenkopf on their dress headdresses, schirmmützen and mützen…  

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  • PRUSSIA – FORE AND AFT CAP IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – RESERVE NAVY

    SKU: 13-529

    $2,295.00

    PRUSSIA – FORE AND AFT CAP IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CASE – OFFICER – RESERVE NAVY The fore and aft cap was the dress headdress for officers in the Kaiserliche Marine. These are never easy to come by. German naval reserve officers were more limited before WW I. Moreover, the Navy was a smaller service, with a lower number of officers. What I really like about this cap is its silk kokarde, the gilt intertwined rope, and the officer’s button with its reserve cross. The cap’s exterior is in excellent condition. As we examine the cap’s interior, we find that the leather sweatband and the silk liner are in equally fine condition. The fore and aft cap comes in its original storage box. The boxes are very difficult-to-find as well. This is a wonderful presentation, and a must for a Navy collection.

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  • Prussia – Fore and Aft Cap with Dress Shoulder Boards in Storage Transport Case – Navy

    SKU: 13-304

    $2,895.00

    This is a very fine example of a “fore & aft” cap (zweispitz) for an officer in the Kaiserliche Marine, along with his dress shoulder boards. It is the dress headdress for officers that was equivalent to a pickelhaube or busby, etc. for officers in the Imperial German Army…  

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  • PRUSSIA – GROUPING – GROßADMIRAL HANS von KOESTER’S PERSONAL EFFECTS GROUP – INCLUDING EPAULETTES/FORE AND AFT CAP/ETC

    SKU: 13-875

    $29,995.00

    I first offered this group over a decade ago. The fellow who has owned it since then recently changed his area of interest, so I was thrilled to take it back in trade. (Items like this just do NOT become available often). Hans von Koester was one of six Imperial Period men (five Germans and one Swede) appointed as a Großadmiral. The rank was created in 1901, with Kaiser Wilhelm II (naturally) appointing himself the first rank holder. King Oskar II of Sweden was granted the same rank that year as a ceremonial gesture. Listed below are the six men who held the rank from 1901 until the empire’s end in 1918. 1901 – Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859–1941) 1901 – King Oskar II of Sweden (1829–1907) 28 June 1905 – Hans von Koester (1844–1928) 4 September 1909 – HRH Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862–1929) 27 January 1911 – Alfred von Tirpitz (1849–1930)* [*Promoted on an Honorary Basis without Patent] 31 May 1918 – Henning von Holtzendorff (1853–1919) The first two recipients were ceremonial appointments rather than direct commands. The third appointee, Hans von Koester, was the first “operational” admiral to receive the rank. He was promoted to Großadmiral in 1905 as a reward for his long service. He actually retired the following year (1906). The next to receive the rank was Prinz Heinrich, (one of whose tunics and officer’s summer schirmütze we are proud to offer). Heinrich held direct command in the Kaiserliche Marine and was a royal, so his…

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    PRUSSIA – KUEGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – ARTILLERIE – WITH “FRW” WAPPEN

    SKU: 33-131

    $5,116.00

    This is a reserve officer’s kugelhelm. It is correct for either Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen (1. Litthauisches) Nr 1, 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3, or Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6. Only these four regiments wore this wappen-style. In 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Batterie Nr 1 wore a “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. Batterie Nr 6 from Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 also wore the “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. The explanation for the difference is quite simple. The four regiments were the Prussian Army’s oldest. I bought this kugelhelm for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is its wappen, as I explained above. The second is the helmet’s fiber body. This was still a novel substance early in the 20th Century, and I doubt it was an inexpensive option. The advantage of fiber is that it is a forerunner of fiberglass and that it delivers an incredible, high-gloss finish and is quite strong. Even after hours of diligent polishing, the more common (and less-expensive) leather helmets lack a fiber helmet’s mirror-like luster. In many ways a fiber helmet resembles patent leather, which is still used in formal wear shoes today. So, our helmet displays a very high level of gloss. A downside to fiber is that, like fiberglass, it can crack. Generally speaking, the cracking of fiber is not as severe as a leather helmet that cracks as it dries out. An elliptical circular crack extends from…

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    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – ENLISTED MAN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT 26 OR FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 35

    SKU: 33-356 XKGJT

    $3,105.00

    It is an enlisted man’s (EM) Feld-Artillerie-Regiment (FAR) Nr 26 or Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 35 Kugelhelm from Prussia. FAR Nr 26 was founded in 1872 and garrisoned at Verden. It was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. FAR 36 was created in 1890 and garrisoned at Deutsch-Eylau in West Prussia. It was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps……  

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    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – GENERAL OFFICER’S

    SKU: 33-326 A

    $8,195.00

    This is a first time offering for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is a Prussian General der Artillery’s kugelhelm. It is a very rare helmet since the number of Generals der Artillery was significantly less than Generals der Infanterie or Generals der Kavallerie. Even among the old line units prior to WW I’s massive buildup, only about one third were Artillery Regiments……  

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    Prussia – Kugelhelm – Senior NCO – PRE-1897 – Feldartillerie Rgt NR 2/ NR 3 Parade

    SKU: 33-374 XKGJT

    $4,045.50

    Very rare kugelhelm from one of the Kingdom of Prussia’s two old-line Artillerie Regiments. It comes from either the 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (FA Nr 2) or Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzeugmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (FA Nr 3). [To give you a sense of the helmet’s rarity, it was used by a SINGLE Batterie in each regiment! FA Nr 2 (created in 1808), employed it in Batterie Nr 2, while FA Nr 3 (founded in 1816) used it in Batterie Nr 6]. This kugelhelm is for an officer from one of the two regiments, which only makes it MORE exceptional……  

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    Prussia – Mitre – Enlisted Man – Erste Garde Rgt ZU FUß Bataillon NR III – Friedrich der GROßE-Style

    SKU: 33-364 XJT

    $3,420.00

    This is an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr III Enlisted Men’s Mitre. It features the “Pro Gloria et Patria” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is yellow with plain white strips for trim. Its interior reveals a narrow leather sweatband with a two-piece, red, cloth liner. The white cotton yarn Puschel displays a yellow center. No holes or stains mar its yellow wool body. This is a beautiful Mitre that was worn by only one Bataillon of one Regiment, or 0.1% of the army……

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    Prussia – Mitre – Enlisted Man – Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Rgt 1 Bataillon NR III (FÜSILIER)

    SKU: 33-359 XJT

    $4,455.00

    This is a beautiful and very rare Mitre from Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Regiment 1 Bataillon Nr III (Füsilier). The 1.Guard Grenadier Regiment, also known as the Kaiser Alexander Guard Grenadier Regiment 1 (KAGGR1), was founded in 1814 and garrisoned in Berlin. [It must have been one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s favorite regiments for it to be awarded the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß’s (EGRzuFUß) old Mitres when they received their new ones in 1894]! Its front shield is made of brass-plated sheet metal, and bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle underneath a large crown. The metal shield is backed with red cloth for Bataillon Nr III……  

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    Prussia – Mitre – Enlisted Man – Muscian – Erste Garde Rgt ZU FUß Bataillon NR I – Friedrich der GROßE-Style

    SKU: 33-363 XJT

    $3,150.00

    This is an Enlisted Musician’s Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr I or II Mitre. It boasts the “Semper Talis” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is red with ornate white strips for trim. Its red Puschel indicates that it was worn by a musician. Elite regiments, as well as many line regiments, had their own bands that led the regiment during parades. The Mitre’s interior features a soft leather liner similar to those found in pickelhauben. The number 54 appears on one of the liner’s petals, with a name appearing on another petal, as well as a very faint maker’s name stamped on a third petal. Its condition is excellent, with NO moth holes or dirt smudges on the red fabric. This is a beautiful Mitre that was only worn by two Bataillone of one Regiment, or 0.2% of the Imperial German Army……  

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    Prussia – Mitre – NCO – Museum Copy – Palace Guard – Russian Style – Silver Plate

    SKU: 33-365 XJT

    $2,250.00

    For gala events, the Preußische Garde Unteroffizier Kompagnie’s NCO’s wore Grenadiermützen like those worn by the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß’s (EGRzuFUß) Bataillone Nrs I & II. Just like the EGRzuFUß, this Preußische Garde Unteroffizier Kompagnie’s Mitre displays a front shield made of silver-plated sheet-metal that bears a high-relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. The metal shield is backed with black cloth, while the Mitre’s cloth body is red with three white strips running from its top down to its headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming silver grenades. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct, arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. The top device, or Puschel, is a leather knob covered with white colored wool that sports a black center like that worn on the pre-1894 EGRzuFUß’ Mitres. No kokarden are worn on the Mitre. The Mitre’s interior is similar to a pickelhaube’s interior, featuring a leather headband with leather petals. Each petal contains a hole through which a leather string was threaded and tied in order to adjust the fit for each wearer……  

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    PRUSSIA – MITRE – OFFICER – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1

    SKU: 33-357 XRH

    $12,796.00

    MITRE – OFFICER – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1 This is a Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier -Regiment Nr 1 officer’s Mitre. The regiment included both Grenadier and Füsilier Bataillone. The Mitre is for the Grenadier Bataillon. The Mitre was an ultra-high form of headdress used by only two regiments in post 1897 Germany. The first was the incredibly famous 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. The other was Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1. The latter regiment was founded in 1814 and named for Russia’s Tsar Alexander, who was Prussia’s ally to during the Napoleonic Wars. [In fact, Alexander had presented a special black Küraß to the Regiment der Garde du Corps’ officers and men as a thank-you gift. In the years after the Napoleonic Wars ended, the Regiment der Garde du Corps wore their black küraßes ONLY during their annual spring parade]. Kaiser Alexander Garde-Grenadier -Regiment Nr 1 was garrisoned in Berlin. Like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the prestigious Gardekorps. The Mitre was a holdover from Napoleonic and pre Napoleonic times dating back to Friedrich der Große. Most Imperial German Regiments employed two forms of headdress, a parade or garrison version of a pickelhaube/kugelhelm/etc. and a schirmmütze (visor cap). The two Mitre-wearing regiments wore the aforementioned two headdress pieces in addition to their Mitres. These Mitres were reserved ONLY for very high parades or special occasions. For more ordinary parades, the two regiments reverted to their pickelhauben with parade bushes. The Mitre is basically a cloth piece of headdress with a…

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    PRUSSIA – MITRE – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – FRIEDRICH der GROßE-STYLE

    SKU: 33-362 XJT

    $3,420.00

    This is a privately-purchased, One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) or NCO’s Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr I or II Mitre. It boasts the “Semper Talis” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is red with ornate white strips for trim. The Mitre’s interior features a wide leather sweatband with a two-piece, red, cloth liner. Its white cotton yarn Puschel displays a black center. No holes or stains mar its red wool body. This is a beautiful Mitre that was worn by two Bataillone of one Regiment, or just 0.2% of the Imperial German Army……  

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    PRUSSIA – MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I

    SKU: 33-358 XJT

    $3,690.00

    Our offering today is an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Battalion Nr 1 Russian-style enlisted men’s Mitre. Its metal front shield is made of brass plated sheet metal and bears a relief Order of the Black Eagle beneath a large crown. A bandeau inscribed with the words “SEMPER TALIS” sits above the crown. The metal shield is backed with dark-blue cloth for Bataillone I & II. The Mitre’s cloth body is red with three white strips extending from its top to the headband. The white cloth border/headband around the Mitre’s base features three flaming, brass grenades for Bataillone I & II. One is positioned on either side to fasten the correct arched, brass, chin scales to the Mitre, while the third one appears at the Mitre’s rear. [PLEASE NOTE: the Infanterie’s scaled metal pickelhauben chin straps were flat, NOT arched]. The top device, known as the Puschel, is a leather knob covered with white wool that sports a black center. No kokarden are worn on the Mitre……

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    PRUSSIA – MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß BATAILLON NR I – KAISER ALEXANDER GARDE GRENADIER REGIMENT NR. 1

    SKU: 33-360 XJT

    $4,050.00

    This Mitre was originally issued to a soldier in the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Bataillon Nr I, and then was passed along to a soldier in the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1) when the EGRzuFUß received their new Mitres in 1894. The SEMPER TALIS bandeaux were removed, and the KAGGR1 wore their Grenadiermützen with two holes in their front plates until they were replaced due normal wear and tear……  

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    PRUSSIA – MITRE – RUSSIAN-STYLE – ENLISTED MAN – MUSEUM COPY – EGRzuFUß BATAILLON NR I

    SKU: 33-361 XJT

    $2,250.00

    This beautiful museum copy of an important and VERY rare Mitre, an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) Battalion Nr 1 Russian-style enlisted men’s Mitre, was made some time after the WW I. The craftsmanship in creating it is comparable to that of the original Mitres, and is very difficult to identify as a copy, even to an expert (such is the mark of EXCELLENT workmanship)! An original of this Mitre would cost THOUSANDS of dollars more……  

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  • Sale!  PRUSSIA - PICKELHAUBE / SPIKED HELMET - OFFICER - GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 1

    Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Officer – Grenadier Rgt NR 1

    SKU: 04-827 XKGJT

    $4,150.00

    This is a fine officer pickelhaube from Grenadier-Regiment Kronprinz (1. Ostpreußisches ) Nr 1. This elite regiment was founded in 1655 and was garrisoned at Königsberg i. Pr and was attached to the Prussian I. Armeekorp. The front plate (wappen) on this helmet is a variation of the basic wide winged Grenadier eagle with the addition of the historic banner “1655” on the hips of the Grenadier Eagle to commemorate the founding of Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 on 20 December 1655. The “1655” banner was first authorized for Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1 for the Heraldic Eagle (small winged eagle) by AKO on 6 Nov 1888. When the eagle was changed to the Grenadier Eagle on 6 May 1900, the outstanding mention banner was moved from above the eagle’s head to the eagle’s hips. The eagle is found in only one size and was worn with a Reich and a Prussian Kockarde….  

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  • Prussia – Schirmutze – NCO – Küraßier-Regiment Graf Geßler (Rheinisches) Nr 8

    SKU: 33-192

    $1,595.00

    This is a high-quality NCO’s feldgrau schirmütze from Küraßier-Regiment Graf Geßler (Rheinisches) Nr 8….  

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    Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – NCO – Garde-Küraßier-Regiment

    SKU: 33-110

    $1,350.00

    This is a wonderful, pre WW I NCO’s visor cap from the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. The regiment was formed in 1815….    

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  • Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – NCO – M-1910 – Feldgrau – Artillery

    SKU: 33-450

    $995.00

    Fine example of a M-1910 NCO feldgrau visor cap for artillery from Prussia. This is a good solid feldgrau visor cap in well above average condition….    

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  • Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Officer – Graf – Kurassier Regiment 7 – Feldgrau

    SKU: 33-460 XKGJT

    $2,495.00

    This is one of the most interesting officer schirmützes that we have encountered in some time. There are so many interesting details to share with yo, that I hardly know where to start!…  

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  • Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor cap – Officer – Member of a Royal House – Regiment des Garde du Corps

    SKU: 33-452 XMV

    $1,995.00

    Pre WW I officer visor cap for the Regiment des Garde du Corps…  

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  • Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Officer- Feldgrau – Garde-Küraßier-Regiment

    SKU: 33-336 XMV

    $1,295.00

    The Garde-Küraßier-Regiment was founded in 1815 and garrisoned in Berlin. Its Regimental Chef (Chief) was Kaiser Wilhelm II. Just like the Regiment des Gardes du Corps, the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment also wore Hohenzollern Eagle-topped metal helmets for full dress occasions. This meant a Garde-Regiment was kept in Potsdam (Garde du Corps), as well as in Berlin (Garde-Küraßier-Regiment)…  

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  • Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Reserve Officer

    SKU: 33-454 XRH

    $495.00

    I am most puzzled by this officer cap…. To begin it is in outstanding condition, with only a very slight hint of a moth track on the top. The visor cap has a fine black visor and the State kokarde for a Prussian reserve officer and a Reich kokarde. The side band is black. There are three trim piping bands. Two are red and there is one that is white. It is this white piping that puzzles me. Can any one help with this mystery?…  

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  • PRUSSIA – SHAKO – ENLISTED MAN – MACHINE-GUN ABTEILUNG

    SKU: 33-416 XKGJT

    $4,295.00

    This is a first time offering from Der Rittmeister Militaria and which I have long sought. It is an Enlisted Man’s (EM) shako for one of the two elite Guard Machine Gun Abteilung units. These units were formed in 1901 (Nr. 1) and 1902 (Nr.2) and were integrated into the infantry regiments early in the war so I doubt if these shakos saw more than thirteen or fourteen years of service at best….  

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  • PRUSSIA – TSCHAKO – NCO – SEE-BATAILLON

    SKU: 33-175

    $4,495.00

    This is a wonderful example of an NCO’s tschako for the See-Bataillon. The See-Bataillon was to the Kaiserliche Marine as the U.S. Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.) is to the U.S. Navy. The troops were responsible for security aboard larger naval vessels and for security at German embassies overseas. The See-Bataillon also played a large role in supplying ground troops for Germany’s colonies. See-Bataillon Nr III served an especially important role in China. Prior to the buildup leading to WW I, only three See-Bataillone existed. See-Bataillon Nr I and Nr II were joined by other later-raised units to serve as Marine-Infanterie and Marine-Artillerie units in Flanders. The tschako sports the typical shape for an NCO in the See-Bataillon. The leather body is quite pleasing, overall. It reveals some light spidering (cracking), and a gouge or two. [We will show it in the photographs that accompany the description]. The See-Bataillon’s wappen serves as the helmet’s central theme. It also sports a handsome set of gilt chin scales. A red, black and white feldzeichen (field badge) is attached directly over the wappen. Further examination of the tschako shows it has no kokarde, which is 100% correct. As the See-Bataillon was a national organization, it would not display any state’s kokarde. Furthermore, as the feldzeichen sports Germany’s national colors (red, black and white), a kokarde would be redundant. [REFERENCE/RESEARCH NOTE: The last interesting piece of information comes from Jim Turinetti, our resident headdress expert. We call on Jim quite often for headdress details’ clarification. I…

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - TSCHAPKA - OFFICER - ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    Prussia – Tschapka – Officer – Ulanen Rgt NR 14

    SKU: 33-382 XKGJT

    $4,203.25

    Very special officer’s Tschapka from one of the Imperial German Army’s most elite Ulanen-Regiments. In fact, it is the MOST prestigious Tschapka we have ever presented on our website! It represents Prussia’s 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14, which was garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen. Founded in 1805 during the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps. While nominally a Prussian regiment, its roots stretched back to the Kingdom of Hannover. Hannover was absorbed into Prussia after it chose to align with the losing side during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War. Nevertheless, the Hanoverian tradition remained strong within all of its regiments after their assimilation into the Prussian Army……  

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    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 14 WHICH FOUGHT AT BATTLE OF WATERLOO

    SKU: 33-234

    $5,495.00

    The Kingdom of Hannover came to an end after being on the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s losing side. Hannover had a good-sized military. It had fought during the Napoleonic Wars against France. As a matter of fact, several of her regiments fought with Wellington during the Peninsula Campaign and 1815’s penultimate Battle of Waterloo. Hannover fielded two Ulanen-Regiments. After the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, her entire territory and her military were annexed by Prussia. From then on, all Hanoverian regiments were considered “Prussian” regiments. Even though they were garrisoned in their former barracks, they were required to wear Prussian uniforms. In 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to be magnanimous and restored the battle honors (bandeaux) that Hanoverian regiments had proudly worn on their headdress prior to 1866. Such was the case with her Ulanen-Regiments. The first regiment was Königs-Ulanen-Regiment (1. Hannoversches) Nr 13. The second was 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. Today we are offering an officer’s tschapka from the latter regiment. It was founded in 1805 and garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps. The leather helmet is well formed and shows a fine clean surface that is supple and free from major defects. This includes the mortar board that sits atop the helmet and offers the distinctive view of the Ulanen Tschapka. Please note, Ulanen were considered light cavalry. They were also known as “Lancers,” because troopers carried lances in the early days. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, lances were used more…

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  • Sale! TSCHAPKA - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - COMPLETE WITH BUSH, FELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    Prussia – Tschapka – Officer – with Bushfeldzeichen and Fangschnur in Original Storage Carton

    SKU: 33-373 XRH

    $3,996.00

    Prussian Ulanen Line-Officer’s Tschapka that comes with several wonderful parade accessories.  It is NOT, however, in complete parade configuration because it lacks its cloth rabatte. It is correct for the following regiments:…  

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  • PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA WITH CAP LINES AND PARADE BUSH – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT Nr 2 – RABATT –

    SKU: 33-251 A

    $6,995.00

    This is a very fine Ulanen-Regiment von Katzler (Schlesisches) Nr 2 officer’s tschapka. The regiment was founded in 1745 (during Frederick the Great’s reign), and garrisoned at Gleiwitz-Pleß. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. The helmet’s leather body is quite pleasing. It is very supple, smooth, and relatively problem-free. At first glance, it is the wappen that takes one’s attention. In terms of design (not counting their colors), three different Ulanen wappen-styles exist. First is that of the three Garde-Ulanen-Regiments. The two earliest Garde-Ulanen-Regiments were founded in 1819, while the third was created in 1860. Each one’s officers, NCO’s, and enlisted men sported the traditional Garde Stars on their wappens. Next come Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1, 2, and 3. These three regiments were among the first Prussian Ulanen-Regiments to be created: Nr’s 1 and 2 in 1745, and Nr 3 in 1809. Only Ulanen-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich von Baden (Rheinisches) Nr 7 was older, (having been founded in 1734). Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1 through 3 sported different center devices on their wappens. These boasted very elaborately formed royal cyphers featuring “WR” on them. (Later Ulanen-Regiments displayed the more conventional “FR” cypher in plain script, constituting the third wappen style). This wappen style was also used by Prussian line-infantry and artillery regiments. Ulanen-Regiment Nr’s 1-3’s wappens are very distinctive and very scarce. [I also suggest that you look closely at the crown’s top, which sports the open (voided) style indicative of an officer]. The helmet has all-gilt furniture, including the wappen, chin scales,…

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  • Saxony – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Enlisted Man – Train Battalion

    SKU: 33-132

    $450.00

    Before WW I, the Saxon Army just had two Train-Abteilungen. One was Königl. Sächs. 1. Train Abteilung Nr 12, which was created in 1849. It was garrisoned in Dresden-Bischofswerda, where it was attached to the XII. ArmeeKorps. The second unit was Königl. Sächs. 2…  

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  • SAXONY – TSCHAPKA – ENLISTED MAN – ULANEN-REGIMENT

    SKU: 33-159

    $3,795.00

    We seldom have the opportunity to offer Ulanen-Regiment tschapkas. Saxon examples tend to be rarer. Saxony fielded only three Ulanen-Regiments, which was a far smaller number than Prussia. Prussia had nineteen of the prewar Ulanen-Regiments (including two formerly Hanoverian regiments), while two hailed from Württemberg and three from Saxony. The three Saxon regiments were Königs. Sächs. 1. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 17 Kaiser Franz Joseph von Österreich. König von Ungaren, Königl. Sächs. 2. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 18, and Königl. Sächs. 3. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 21 Kaiser Wilhelm II, König von Preußen. The tschapka’s wappen reveals that our example was correct for the two earliest Saxon Ulanen-Regiments. Its leather body is nearly flawless. A great variety of officers’ helmets do not display such a fine leather body. It is simply superb. The wappen features a gold sunburst and a silver Saxon Coat-of-Arms in its center. [For your information, helmets from Königl. Sächs. 3. Ulanen-Regiment Nr 21 Kaiser Wilhelm II, König von Preußen display wappens with the opposite color scheme. The helmets sport a silver sunburst and a gilt coat-of-arms]. The helmet also features gilt-toned chin scales and gilt trim on the rounded front visor. A correct, single, Reich’s kokarde appears on the helmet’s right side. The helmet’s mortarboard has the correct, white and green Saxon field badge attached to its top. No depot markings show inside the helmet, so this was a privately-purchased piece. A full and complete leather liner is present. The liner’s multiple tongues are looped together with a sizing cord that the…

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  • USSR – Visor Cap – Admiral – Navy

    SKU: 39-46

    $125.00

    This is a Soviet-era Navy Admiral’s visor cap. One thing I always found intriguing about high-ranking Russian officers was their visor caps’ sheer size. Their diameters at the top were particularly large….    

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  • USSR – Visor Cap – Army – General

    SKU: 39-45

    $125.00

    This is a Soviet-era Army General’s visor cap. One thing I always found intriguing about high-ranking Russian officers was their visor caps’ sheer size. Their diameters at the top were particularly large….  

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  • Waldeck-Pyrmont – Schrimutze – Officer – PRE 1897 Officer – Infantry-Regiment Nr 83 – Battalion Nr III

    SKU: 33-178

    $650.00

    The principality of Waldeck-Pyrmont was quite small. It fielded a single Bataillon in Infanterie von Wittich (3. Kurhessisches) Nr 83. Their Bataillon was Nr III, which was garrisoned at Arolsen. (The regiment’s other two Bataillons were housed at Kassel)….  

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - KUGELHELM -  OFFICER - LINE FELDARTELLERIE-REGIMENT 

    WÜRTTEMBERG – KUGELHELM –  OFFICER – LINE FELDARTELLERIE-REGIMENT 

    SKU: 33-404

    $3,995.00

    This is a very fine example of a line officer kugelhelm from the Kingdom of Württemberg for a Feldartellerie-Regiment. Württemberg had a total of four Feldartellerie regiments, They being Nr 13, 29, 49, and 65. This helmet could be correct for any of these four regiments……

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  • Wurttemberg – Mutze – Enlisted Man – Artillery – Private Purchase

    SKU: 33-394 XFQ

    $450.00

    This is a particularly interesting example as it was privately purchased as opposed to being issued from the army depot. This resulted in a mütze that was made from better materials and was not issued and reissued to multiple men. It would also have been better cared for as this man paid for it with his own funds….    

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  • Wurttemberg – Schirmutze – NCO – Infantry / Cavalry Regiment

    SKU: 33-254

    $550.00

    Finding a feldgrau schirmütze is always a happy occasion for us. To find one from a state other than Prussia is a REAL treat. Today we are pleased to offer you an NCO’s schirmütze from a Württemberg infantry or cavalry regiment….  

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  • Wurttemberg – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – NCO – Infantry

    SKU: 33-395 XFQ

    $495.00

    Schirrmütze for an NCO serving in an infantry regiment from Württemberg….  

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  • Wurttemberg – Shako – Enlisted Man – Mountain Troops

    SKU: 33-290

    $2,895.00

    This is a very rare enlisted man shako to an elite unit in the Württemberg army. This unit was known as “Mountain Troops”. The leather body of the shako is in excellent condition with some minor blemishes. The wappen is silver and has the emblem of the royal house of Württemberg. The chin scales are also silver toned and show a lovely patina. The final detail to the obverse is a Wurttemberg feldzeichen (field badge.). This is a pre 1900 shako and thus the lack of a kokarde is correct….  

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