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

    ANHALT – AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL LEONHARD GRAF von BLUMENTHAL

    SKU: 19-185

    $325.00

    Today, we are offering a two-page letter written by him in 1876. The letter will prove most interesting, if you care to translate it…….  

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  • AUTOGRAPHED BIOGRAPHY - OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRIEDRICH CHRISTIANSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED BIOGRAPHY – OBERLEUTNANT zur SEE FRIEDRICH CHRISTIANSEN

    SKU: 13-803

    $250.00

    This is an autographed biography of Oberleutnant zur See Friedrich Christiansen (1879-1972). Christiansen. Christiansen was a prewar naval pilot who received his certificate early in 1914. He was credited with a total of thirteen victories, including a British submarine! He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 11 December 1917. He was one of only three naval aviation officer to be awarded the PLM. After the war, he was a pilot for Dornier and flew the Dornier Do. X across the Atlantic in 1930. In 1937, he was appointed Korpsführer of the NSFK (National Socialist Flying Corps). He later became a General der Flieger in the Luftwaffe. He commanded all German troops in Holland during WW II. He died in 1972, one of the last of WW I’s pilots to win the PLM.

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  • AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OF ALFRED KELLER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO OF ALFRED KELLER

    SKU: 16-03

    $85.00

    Reproduction Hoffmann Card from WW II. Keller commanded a Squadron of Bombers during WW I which was highly successful in bombing Allied targets (Paris). He was a Generaloberst in WW II in the Luftwaffe, and one of the few airmen who received both the Pour le Mérite (12/4/17) and the Knights Cross. Post WW II signature.

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  • AWARD DOCUMENT - PRINZ KARL ALEXANDER - THURN UND TAXIS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AWARD DOCUMENT – PRINZ KARL ALEXANDER – THURN UND TAXIS

    SKU: 31-77

    $225.00

    This is an interesting award document (urkunde) for a decoration from the small Principality of Thurn und Taxis. The document was issued under the order of Prinz Karl Alexander (1770-1827). Karl Alexander was the Prince of this house from 1805 until his death in 1827. The document is hand printed on parchment. It measures 12″ x 15 3/4.” The document is actually half-sized. When open, it is double the width. The document is four sided, with writing on three of the four sides. I cannot fully understand the writing, as we are looking at handwriting that dates from 1805. It deals with a man by the name of a Ritter von Seyfried. It sports an intact black wax seal with Prinz Karl Alexander’s Coat-of-Arms. The document was prepared in the central city of Regensburg. Karl Alexander led his small state throughout the Napoleonic Wars. The document is in amazing condition for its age. I would be most interested to learn more about the contents of the document from its new owner.

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

    CLIPPED SIGNATURE – KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-169

    $225.00

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

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

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

    SKU: 19-160

    $115.00

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

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  • CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT. - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT.

    SKU: 19-283 XKG

    $4,995.00

    CUSTOM-FRAMED NAVAL ADMIRAL PATENT & PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED BY PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Theodore Roosevelt is among the most revered United States Presidents. He served in many governmental roles, such as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897. When war broke out with Spain in 1898, he resigned and formed the Rough Riders in concert with Col. Leonard Wood. [Wood had won the USA’s Medal of Honor for action against the Apaches, and later served as the U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff]. The Rough Riders were (also known as the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry or 1.U.S.V.). During the campaign Wood, its founding regimental commander, assumed the Brigade’s command after its assigned commander fell ill. Roosevelt then was promoted to colonel, took command of the regiment, then led it on the famous charge up San Juan Hill. [PLEASE NOTE the following side notes: the 10th U.S. Cavalry regiment was a flanking regiment consisting of African-American troopers under white officers. Also known as “Buffalo Soldiers,” they had fought Indians in the American West, with John J. (“Black Jack”) Pershing as one of their officers. Pershing later commanded U.S. Army troops in France during WW I. Theodore Roosevelt finally received the Medal of Honor in 2001 from President Bill Clinton for his actions during the Spanish-American War. Roosevelt had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. Both his Medal of Honor and Nobel Peace Prize are enshrined in the White House’s “Roosevelt Room.” Finally, Roosevelt’s son, Brigadier General Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt, Jr. (1887-1944)…

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  • DOCUMENT FOR A YOUNG LEUTNANT - SIGNED BY KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV - PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    DOCUMENT FOR A YOUNG LEUTNANT – SIGNED BY KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV – PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-122

    $450.00

    This is an ORIGINAL letter signed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1795-1861). Friedrich Wilhelm IV was King of Prussia (1840-1850). He was removed from the throne after he went insane. The letter was written in the castle at Charlottenburg on 30 December 1847. This dealt with the promotion of a young Portopeefähnrich to Second Lieutenant. The officer in question was Graf zu Stolberg Wernigerode. This action was taken by Friedrich Wilhelm IV as the head of the Gardekorps. The young officer was attached to 1. Garde-Regiment zu Füsilier. It is a fine early promotion patent to a young nobleman. The format is different from what was used by both Kaiser Wilhelm I and II.

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  • FRAMED COLLAGE - KAISER WILHELM I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRAMED COLLAGE – KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 20-143

    $1,195.00

    This is a fascinating framed collage of artifacts relating to Kaiser Wilhelm I (1797-1888). To begin, the framed collage measures 26″ x 29 1/2.” The framing is very high-quality but modern-day, not period. The frame displays a beautiful gilded molding that sets off the items within the frame quite handsomely. At the frame’s bottom is a brass plaque that states “Kaiser Wilhelm I 1797-1888.” Within the frame are three different windows that have been created to house three items. Each of the windows is double-matted to set off the contents even more attractively. To the far left is a front page newspaper dated 13 March 1888. The newspaper measures 20 1/4″ x 15,” and is from Bremen. It carries the story of the Kaiser’s death, along with key points of his life. On display at the top right is a high-quality, printed notice of a memorial service for the Kaiser by the “Deutschen Vereinen Londons (Germans United in/with London) on 24 March 1888. This measures 9 1/4″ x 7.” Finally, on the bottom right is Kaiser Wilhelm I’s formal portrait, measuring 7″ x 4 3/4.” It also displays his distinctive signature in black ink. This magnificent presentation deserves a special place in your home or office. [As this is a very large presentation, professional packing will be required to ensure safe delivery to its new owner. Shipping charges are dependent on the buyer’s location].

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  • GENERALMAJOR PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GENERALMAJOR PROMOTION PATENT SIGNED BY KING FRIEDRICH WILHELM IV PRUSSIA

    SKU: 31-33

    $595.00

    This is the oldest promotion patent that we have ever offered. It is for an Oberst who was being promoted to Generalmajor. His name was Ludwig von Gersdorff. He was the commander of Infantrie-Brigade Nr 32 and á la Suite Infantrie-Regiment Nr 27. This document measures 14 1/4″ x 8 3/4.” It unfolds into three separate pages with various information. The document is dated 22 May 1858 and signed by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. It has been folded, with some minor tears and foxing at certain points. That said, the document is complete, and generally in good condition. It is very difficult to find promotion patents for generals. It is nothing short of astounding to find one that is nearly 150 years old! King Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s signature is on the final page.

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

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

    SKU: 19-147 XES

    $250.00

    This beautifully engraved invitation is so interesting because is that it is autographed by Prinzessin/Duchess Viktoria Luise (1892-1980)on the reverse. She was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, and married Duke (Herzog) Ernst August of Braunschweig in 1913. Along with her signature on the reverse, that of von Hammerstein-Equord can be seen……

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

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

    SKU: 19-260

    $395.00

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

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  • LARGE FORMAT WARTIME AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH OF A POUR LE MÉRITE WINNER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    LARGE FORMAT WARTIME AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH OF A POUR LE MÉRITE WINNER

    SKU: 12-360

    $250.00

    This is a very pleasing large format photograph of Oberstleutnant Friedrich Ritter von Haack. Von Haack was a Bavarian who was assigned to the General Staff of the Bavarian I. Armeekorps. His award of the coveted Orden Pour le Mérite (PLM) came on 4 August 1918 for his planning while on the General Staff. He is wearing the PLM in the photo. His signature and personalization appear on the photo’s reverse. This photo was taken shortly after his award. The personalization was dated 30 August 1918, a mere twenty-six days after his award. Von Haack was also awarded the Knights Cross of the Bavarian Military Max Joseph in April 1918, which carried with it an automatic elevation to knighthood. This is a very fine photograph and personalization to a man who won the highest military awards that both Prussia and Bavaria could offer.

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

    OFFICER’S PATENT SIGNED BY KÖNIG JOHANN – SAXONY

    SKU: 19-223

    $395.00

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

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  • OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT - LIEUTENANT TO HAUPTMANN - SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT – LIEUTENANT TO HAUPTMANN – SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 31-95

    $350.00

    This is a promotion patent in fine condition for a young man by the name of von Münstermann. He was promoted from Premier Lieutenant (Oberleutnant) to Hauptmann. In his new role he was a Batterie Chef (Commander) in 1. Westfälisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 7. The regiment was founded in 1816. It was garrisoned at Wesel-Düsseldorf and assigned to the VII. ArmeeKorps. The document measures 14 ½” x 9.” It was boldly signed in black ink by Kaiser Wilhelm I on 14 December 1875. Directly under Wilhelm I’s signature we see the House of Hohenzollern’s embossed royal seal. The document has been folded in half one way, and into thirds the other. The document is complete, but has some separation in one fold. This does not cause a problem in viewing any part of the document or the signature. It is a fine example of a document that is more than one-hundred-thirty-five years old.

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  • OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT FROM HAUPTMANN TO MAJOR SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT FROM HAUPTMANN TO MAJOR SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 31-96

    $395.00

    Promotion in peacetime has always been slow in any army. Imperial Germany’s Army was no different. This patent is for a man who was promoted from a hauptmann to a major. It took twelve years to happen. The officer involved was named von Münstermann. As a hauptmann, he had served in Holsteinisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 24. The regiment was founded in 1872 and garrisoned at Güstrow and Neustrelitz. The regiment was interesting because it contained a single batterie that was populated by officers and men from Mecklenburg-Strelitz. [As an aside, I must point out the kugelhelme for this batterie are very rare. Several years ago I sold one of its mint officer’s helmets for more than $20,000. It was/is probably the finest kugelhelm in existence (in my experience)]. Von Münstermann was assigned to Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6. This famed regiment was founded in 1808 and garrisoned in Eastern Prussia’s Breslau. The promotion document was signed by Kaiser Wilhelm I in Berlin on 22 March 1887. The Kaiser’s signature is large and bold. The House of Hohenzollern’s embossed seal appears below his name. The document measures 14″ x 8 ½.” The document is folded in half one way, and into thirds the other way. It is in mint condition.

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  • OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT FROM MAJOR TO OBERSTLEUTNANT SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    OFFICER’S PROMOTION PATENT FROM MAJOR TO OBERSTLEUTNANT SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 31-97

    $495.00

    This document is for a promotion from a major to an oberstleutnant. His name was von Münstermann. He had been serving in Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6 as a major. His promotion found him assigned to 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2. This proud regiment was one of two that wore the “Colberg 1807″ bandeaux on its kugelhelme’s wappen. With the rank of oberstleutnant, von Münstermann may have commanded the regiment or he may have been the deputy commander to the regimental commander. He was long past commanding a Bataillon. Based on his age, it is likely that he retired before WW I began. It is also quite possible that he retired as a general. Von Munstermann was promoted and the document was signed at the Neues Palais on 15 June 1892. The document is boldly signed by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Hohenzollern Seal is to the left of his signature. The document measures 14 1/4″ x 8 ½.” It has been folded in half one way, and in thirds the other. The document is in mint condition.

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

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

    SKU: 19-239

    $1,695.00

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

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

    PHOTOGRAPH & AUTOGRAPH OF NOTED GERMAN NAVAL ARTIST HANS BOHRDT

    SKU: 19-210

    $225.00

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

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  • POSTCARD - AUTOGRAPHED - GENERALOBERST ALEXANDER VON KLUCK

    POSTCARD – AUTOGRAPHED – GENERALOBERST ALEXANDER VON KLUCK

    SKU: 19-285

    $175.00

    POSTCARD – AUTOGRAPHED – GENERALOBERST ALEXANDER VON KLUCK. Alexander von Kluck (1846-1934) was a Generaloberst (Colonel General) during WW I’s early stages. [A Generaloberst was the equivalent of a four-star U.S. Army General]. He first entered the Prussian Army in 1865. He served during the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, as well as the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, during which he was wounded twice and awarded the 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. He was knighted in 1909, becoming Alexander von Kluck, then continued to steadily progress through the Imperial German Army’s ranks. In 1914 he was promoted to Generaloberst from General der Infanterie.   Prior to the buildup for WW I, an Armeekorps was the Imperial Germany’s largest military organization (although Armees had been created for the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War). This was in accordance with the von Schlieffen Plan attributed to Generalfeldmarschall Graf Alfred von Schlieffen, the Chief of the General Staff from 1891 to 1906. Von Schlieffen had observed the 1905 Russo Japanese War and came up with a strategy to avoid a possible two-front war against France and Russia. Realizing that the Russian military was weak, von Schlieffen’s plan called for two German Armees to sweep through Belgium and knock France out of the war by quickly capturing Paris. This would take place before the British could muster a big enough army on the continent, and before Russia could effectively enter the war. It was not used when von Schlieffen was in power, but remained as a strategy if another war…

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

    PROMOTION PATENT – HANOVERIAN OFFICER – SIGNED – KING GEORGE III

    SKU: 19-221

    $750.00

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

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

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

    SKU: 19-222

    $650.00

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

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  • PROMOTION PATENT - OFFICER’S NAVAL  - SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PROMOTION PATENT – OFFICER’S NAVAL – SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM I

    SKU: 19-249

    $550.00

    During Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign, the German Navy was essentially an afterthought. Much of this mind-set came from the “Iron Chancellor,” Otto von Bismarck. It was only when Kaiser Wilhelm II came to power that the Kaiserliche Marine emerged as an important arm of Germany’s military. Wilhelm II’s further interest in overseas colonies engendered a truly international German Navy rather than one limited to the North and the Baltic Seas. Today we are offering a first for Der Rittmeister Militaria: a naval officer’s promotion patent signed by Kaiser Wilhelm I. The man being promoted was Christian Gustav Adolf Schwarzlose. The document’s format is identical to what then was used for Army officers, and that used later by Kaiser Friedrich III and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The document measures 15″ x 9″ before the document is unfolded to its full size of 15″ x 18.” It allows the document to have four equal sections for writing information, which was common with all written documents and letters. Three of the document’s four pages are used. The patent’s final page bears Wilhelm I’s signature. Beside it is the House of Hohenzollern’s large, embossed seal. Wilhelm I’s signature is quite large and impressive. On this page’s lower left, we see that the young officer has been promoted to Korvettenkapitän. The document was signed in Berlin. Knowing that the document is more than one-hundred-thirty-years-old, it has a few issues. The document was folded into quarters. Foxing marks the document’s edges. A 3/4″ tear appears on the…

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  • PROMOTION PATENT - OFFICER’S TO HAUPTMANN der RESERVE - SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PROMOTION PATENT – OFFICER’S TO HAUPTMANN der RESERVE – SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 19-262

    $350.00

    This is a high-quality Feldartillerie officer’s promotion patent in beautiful condition. His name was Spielberg. The document is two sided and measures 8 ½” x 14 1/4.” The second page bears Kaiser Wilhelm II’s bold black-ink signature, as well as a Hohenzollern Eagle-embossed seal. Spielberg was promoted from the rank of Oberleutnant der Reserve to that of Hauptmann der Reserve. This seems a bit unusual to me, a Hauptmann who was a reservist, primarily because I have not encountered one before. Chances are he had been in the Army for some time, and had been a reservist even longer! The document was signed by Wilhelm II at the Neues Palais (New Palace) on 18 June 1908. The document is in excellent condition, still fresh and crisp after more than one-hundred plus years. I am especially pleased by the signature of Kaiser Wilhelm II. It is quite large, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/4.”

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPH – PRINZ ALBRECHT VON PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-119

    $95.00

    This is a clipped autograph (a clipped signature from a document or letter) of Prinz Albrecht von Preußen (1809-1872)……

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

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

    SKU: 19-186

    $325.00

    This is a signed letter from Friedrich Wilhelm Graf von Bülow Dennewitz (1755-1816)……

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL KARL FRIEDRICH von STEINMETZ

    SKU: 19-227

    $225.00

    The letter was handwritten in 1876 at Gorlitz, the year before he died. It is attached to another piece of paper that serves as a matte…..

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – PRINZ FRIEDRICH KARL von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-218

    $165.00

    This is a letter from Prinz Friedrich Carl of Prussia. The letter is directed to a Dr. Eggars and dated 11 January 1869…..

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED LETTER – PRINZ HEINRICH

    SKU: 19-92

    $175.00

    This is an original letter written by Prinz Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929)……

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – GENERALOBERST von WOYRSCH

    SKU: 19-176

    $450.00

    Autographed postcard of General oberst Von Woyrsch in uniform wearing a PLM at his throat……

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – PRINZ EITEL FRIEDRICH von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-165

    $95.00

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

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – PRINZ OSKAR von PREUßEN

    SKU: 19-164

    $95.00

    This postcard has been autographed by Prinz Oskar von Preußen. He was one of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s six sons…..

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

    PRUSSIA – AUTOGRAPHED POSTCARD – VIZEADMIRAL WILHELM von LANS

    SKU: 19-231

    $495.00

    This is a very scarce autographed postcard of Vizeadmiral Wilhelm von Lans (1861-1947).  Both the postcard and signature are in very fine condition……

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  • PRUSSIA - ENGINEERING OFFICER PROMOTION PATENT - KÖNIG WILHELM I SIGNATURE - 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ENGINEERING OFFICER PROMOTION PATENT – KÖNIG WILHELM I SIGNATURE – 1870-1871 FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR

    SKU: 19-209

    $295.00

    What makes this a special document is that it falls during the time of the Franco-Prussian War. The war began on 19 July 1870 and ended on 10 May 1871. While not as short as the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, it was every bit as decisive, since the French Army was no match for the German Army. [This did not relate to the French soldiers’ efforts on the front lines, but instead to those of the French government and Army. French soldiers were poorly trained and poorly equipped. Also, the French general staff and its generals in the field had no real concept of modern tactics. Thus, French soldiers were poorly led and equipped to face an army which was the world’s best at the time. This patent promotes a Hauptmann to major in the Engineer (Ingenieur) Corps. Our man’s last name is Richter. The document was signed by Prussia’s König Wilhelm I. Wilhelm I became Kaiser on 18 January 1871 in an elaborate coronation at Versailles. Interestingly, this patent was signed by Wilhelm on 22 December 1870 at his Versailles’ Headquarters. Versailles played a continuing role in Franco-German history during the 20th Century’s first half. It was where the German surrender took place during November 1918 in a railway car. In 1940 Adolf Hitler sat in the same railway car to accept the French surrender. The document measures 14 1/8″ x 8 3/4″ when folded, and 14 1/8″ x 17 1/4″ when unfolded.

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

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

    SKU: 19-261

    $395.00

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

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  • RED EAGLE ORDER 2nd CLASS AWARD DOCUMENT SIGNED - KING WILHELM I (LATER KAISER WILHELM I) OF PRUSSIA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RED EAGLE ORDER 2nd CLASS AWARD DOCUMENT SIGNED – KING WILHELM I (LATER KAISER WILHELM I) OF PRUSSIA

    SKU: 19-115

    $450.00

    This is a very interesting award document (urkunde) for the Red Eagle Order 2nd Class. It is the earliest award document we have ever offered [with the exception of award documents for the 1813 Iron Cross 2nd Class signed by King Friedrich Wilhelm III, the grandfather of King (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I]. This document was signed by King Wilhelm I on 18 January 1863. The recipient was Dr. Albert Sigismund Jaspis, the Generalsuperintendant of Pommern in Stettin (1809-1885). The award was actually for the Red Eagle Order 2nd Class with Bow. The use of the bow was a unique addition to the Red Eagle Order, which marked the recipient for the award of a higher class at a later date. The format of the document is identical to that which was used until the end of the Empire in 1918.

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

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

    SKU: 19-252

    $2,395.00

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

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

    SIGNED ORIGINAL WW II PHOTOGRAPH AND TRANSMITTAL LETTER OF ALFRED KELLER

    SKU: 19-23

    $295.00

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

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

    SIGNED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH OF HERMANN KÖHL

    SKU: 19-24

    $295.00

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

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  • SIGNED THANK YOU CARD - KAISERIN HERMINE- CONCERNING KAISER WILHELM II’S DEATH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SIGNED THANK YOU CARD – KAISERIN HERMINE- CONCERNING KAISER WILHELM II’S DEATH

    SKU: 19-242

    $375.00

    Kaiser Wilhelm was born in 1859, then died on 4 June 1941. He and the other German royals abdicated in November 1918. Shortly afterwards (still in 1918), Wilhelm II left Germany for the final time. He lived the balance of his life exiled at Haus Doorn, in the Netherlands. His beloved wife, Auguste Viktoria, passed away in 1921. She was returned for burial in Berlin. The year after her death, Wilhelm married the recently-widowed Hermine, former Princess of Reuss (1887-1947). Some of the former Kaiser’s children were unhappy with the marriage because she was the nearly the same age as she was. By all accounts, however, they were a happy couple. She survived Wilhelm by only six years. The Kaiser was buried on Haus Doorn’s grounds in a special mausoleum. [Many of the Kaiser’s pet Daschunds also are buried on the lawn, between his mausoleum and the house]. Many high-ranking officials from the former Reich came to pay their respects. One of the best-known was Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen. He laid his overcoat over his Kaiser’s casket. [Mackensen had been Wilhelm II’s favorite. The Kaiser had done much to advance von Mackensen’s career over more senior men]. After Wilhelm II’s death Hermine sent note cards in response to the condolences she had received from certain people. These cards measured 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8.” They were bordered in black, very simply composed, and personally signed by Hermine. This particular card is dated June 1941, and was sent from Doorn. Hermine…

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  • TELEGRAM - SIGNED - KAISERIN HERMINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TELEGRAM – SIGNED – KAISERIN HERMINE

    SKU: 19-217

    $225.00

    This is a telegram that was signed by Kaiserin-in-exile Hermine (1887-1947). Hermine was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s (1859-1941) second wife. She was a Princess of Reuss. Her first husband died about the same time as did Kaiser Wilhelm II’s first wife, Augusta Viktoria, in 1921. They met in 1922 and were married that same year. She lived with him for the remainder of his life. The telegram, which measures 8″ x 11,” came from Haus (Huis) Doorn in January 1933. In it she thanks a well-wisher on behalf of her husband for kind birthday greetings. It is signed by Hermine in the same purplish grease pencil often used at the front during WW I by officers signing documents. The telegram is in very fine condition.

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  • THREE OFFICER PATENTS - SIGNED - KAISER WILHELM I - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THREE OFFICER PATENTS – SIGNED – KAISER WILHELM I – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 31-85

    $850.00

    This is a wonderful document group to a single officer, Freiherr von Münstermann. The group consists of his three promotion patents. What makes them so interesting (and dare I say, valuable) are the personal signatures of Kaiser Wilhelm I and Kaiser Wilhelm II. The documents are described below: *Promotion Patent – Premier Lieutenant to Hauptmann. The document measures 14 1/2″ x 9″ when folded, and 5″ x 9″ when unfolded. In this fashion, three of the four sides are utilized. Von Münstermann was serving in 1. Westfäl. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 7. With his promotion to hauptmann, von Münstermann became a Batterie Chef in the same regiment. The document was signed by Kaiser Wilhelm I on 14 December 1875. [Although we do not have earlier information on von Münstermann, it is almost certain he would have been a young leutnant during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War]. *Promotion Patent – Hauptmann to Major. The document measures 14″ x 8 1/2″ when folded, and 4 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ when unfolded. In this fashion, three of the four sides are utilized. Von Münstermann was serving in Holsteinsches Feldartillerie Regiment Nr 24 as a hauptmann. With his promotion to major, von Münstermann was transferred to Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6. The document was signed in Berlin on 22 March 1887. Twelve years as a hauptmann was a long time. It shows how slow advancement can be during peacetime. The document was signed in the final year of Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign. Germany’s first Kaiser…

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  • TWO OFFICER PATENTS - ONE OF WHICH IS SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II FOR A DOCTOR SERVING IN THE KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TWO OFFICER PATENTS – ONE OF WHICH IS SIGNED BY KAISER WILHELM II FOR A DOCTOR SERVING IN THE KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 31-93

    $895.00

    We are always pleased to offer you patents (two) for one officer, particularly a naval officer. They are for a medical doctor named Wilhelm Haltermann. The two documents are described below. 1). Dr. Haltermann was promoted to Marine-Ober-Assistenzarzt on 27 March 1909. The document was prepared at the Neues Palais. The document measures 8 ½” x 14″ when closed, and 17″ x 14″ when opened. It is set up with four pages, although only two are used. Its second page features a large embossed Hohenzollern Eagle. 2). The second document is set up in a similar fashion. In this document we see that Dr. Haltermann was promoted to Marine-Stabsarzt in 1912. Again, the embossed Hohenzollern Eagle appears. This promotion, however, features Kaiser Wilhelm II’s large and bold signature. At this time we do not know what service if any that Dr. Haltermann had during and after WW I. Any additional information on him would be greatly appreciated from our audience. It is a fine pair of documents. As they are to a navy doctor, we can be assured that they are scarce.

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