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  • BADEN - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - 1. BADISCHES LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 109 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BADEN – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – 1. BADISCHES LEIB-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 109

    SKU: 15-305

    $750.00

    This is a prewar, dark-blue enlisted man’s tunic from Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 from the Grand Duchy of Baden. This was the most elite Infanterie Regiment in the Baden military. It was quite similar to 1. Garde-Regiment zu Füß from Prussia, Königl Sächs 1. (Leib) Grenadier-Regiment Nr 100 from Saxony, Leibgarde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Großherzogl. Hessisches) Nr 115, and Infanterie-Leib-Regiment from Bavaria. These Regiments were a part of the personal guard to the kings and grand dukes of the various German states. Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109 was the oldest of all Baden’s Infanterie Regiments. It was raised in 1803 and garrisoned in Karlsruhe, where it was assigned to the XIV. Armeekorps. The tunic is a dark-blue (dunkel blau). It is a daily-wear tunic. It sports a single row of eight gilt buttons. Six gilt buttons grace the tunic’s rear at the vent. The shoulder straps are white with a red crown, which is emblematic of Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 109. NO company numbers show on the shoulder straps’ gilt buttons. The tunic’s interior is fresh and clean. This is a privately-purchased tunic and not depot-issued. A tag was in the neck area at one time, but has been removed. It is a delightful tunic from an

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  • BAVARIA - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN -  FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 4

    SKU: 15-409

    $750.00

    Pre WW I tunic from 4. Feldartillerie-Regiment König. Regiment 4 was founded in 1859. It was garrisoned in Augsburg, where it was part of the Bavarian I. ArmeeKorps. [It is interesting to note that the Kingdom of Bavaria had a comparatively small complement of Artillerie Regiments. Their first two were not formed until 1824, whereas other German states had formed regiments back in the 17th and 18th centuries (e.g., Prussia – 1772, Württemberg – 1736, Saxony – 1620, and Hesse-Darmstadt – 1790)]. Our tunic is typical of most pre WW I Bavarian Artillerie tunics in that it is made of black wool. The collar is also black. Eight gilt-toned buttons run down the tunic’s center. The tunic sports red trim. An additional two gilt buttons adorn each sleeve. The shoulder straps are red, with a small gilt button attached to each one. The number of the Regiment is displayed in yellow thread. Unlike most other states, it is correct that these straps do NOT display the Artillerie’s traditional flaming bomb. Since the tunic is black, the man is clearly identified as a member of an Artillerie Regiment. This is a privately-purchased tunic. It was not obtained from the army depot. The tunic’s reverse also features red trim. Six gilt buttons (three to a side) decorate the area of the flap. The cotton liner inside the tunic is in fine condition. It is a fine tunic, overall. We do not see its like as often as the Artillerie tunics that conform…

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  • BAVARIA - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - DEPOT-ISSUED - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – DEPOT-ISSUED – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10

    SKU: 15-701 XRH

    $1,195.00

    BAVARIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN’S – DEPOT-ISSUED – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 10. This is a consignment item. It is a tunic from the Kingdom of Bavaria’s 10. Infanterie-Regiment König Ludwig. The regiment was founded in 1682. Along with the 2. Infanterie-Regiment Kronprinz, it was one of the oldest Bavarian Infanterie Regiments. It was garrisoned at Ingolstadt and attached to the Bavarian III. Armeekorps. The tunic is a pre war dunkel-blau (dark-blue) example, made of wool. It sports eight large silver-toned buttons edged with red piping down its center. The vent flap on the uniform’s reverse repeats the red piping and another six (three per each side of the flap) silver-toned buttons. The tunic’s collar displays red and white kragenspiegel. Its red shoulder straps are embroidered with König Ludwig’s crowned “L” royal cypher, as is correct for the regiment. The straps are held in place by small silver-toned buttons that indicate the wearer was assigned to Kompagnie Nr 6. Both of the uniform’s red cuffs display three white litzen, each of which sports a silver-toned button. The interior features an excellent white cotton lining. Two different black depot marks have been stamped onto the liner. This very hard-to-find, depot-issued tunic is in excellent condition. It may have only been issued once, as it does NOT feature extensive depot marks that cover a long period, (which also may be why the tunic is in such marvelous condition)!

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  • BAVARIA - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    BAVARIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 8

    SKU: 15-558

    $450.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Königl. Bavarian Infanterie-Regiment Grossherzog Friedrich II of Baden Nr 8. The Regiment was founded in 1753. It was garrisoned at Metz and assigned to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. The tunic is of the prewar blue variety. It has eight gilt buttons down its center, with a red trim line extending to the tunic’s bottom. Each cuff is trimmed in red and sports a further three buttons. The collar is red. Attached to the tunic are two red shoulder straps that display the regimental number (“8”) embroidered to each strap. One of the straps has a small gilt button with an “8,” which indicates Kompagnie Nr 8. The other button is missing. Some moth damage shows on both shoulder straps. [The photos that accompany the description will show it]. On the reverse’s vent area are a further four gilt buttons. The tunic’s left side has scattered moth tracking and nips, which also can be seen in other more limited places. We also see places where the buttons were moved at some point. If they were moved by the original owner, he lost a considerable amount of weight (the lucky devil). Inside the tunic we see that it was originally a privately-purchased example. No depot markings are evident. The liner is a handsome red polished cotton.

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  • BAVARIA - ULANKA - PARADE - LEUTNANT - ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT. This is a

    BAVARIA – ULANKA – LEUTNANT – PARADE – ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-691 XRH

    $1,895.00

    BAVARIA – ULANKA – PARADE – LEUTNANT – ULANEN/CHEVAULEGERS REGIMENT. This is a consignment item. It is an exceptional ulanka that would be correct for any of the Bavarian Regiments listed below. 1. Ulanen-Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm II. 1. Chevaulegers-Regiment Kaiser Nicholas von Rußland. 3. Chevaulegers-Regiment Herzog Karl Theodor. 5. Chevaulegers-Regiment Erzherzog Friedrich von Österreich. 7. Chevaulegers-Regiment Prinz Alfons. These two Bavarian Kavallerie types (Chevaulegers and Ulanen) were considered light cavalry. [They were designated Lancers in the Imperial British Army, due to the lances that they originally carried]. Both types sported ulankas, as did Prussia’s, Saxony’s, and Württemberg’s Ulanen Regiments. The ulanka was far different from all other Imperial German Army tunics. Its front was decorated with a double row of buttons that formed a “V” shape. This not only slimmed its wearer’s torso, but made his shoulders appear broader and his overall appearance more muscular. The ulankas worn by the Prussians, Saxons and Württembergians were dunkel-blau (dark-blue) in color up until the wartime conversion to feldgrau tunics. The Bavarian Army’s Ulanen, however, sported very dark-green ulankas. [PLEASE NOTE: it is such a dark green that it appears black in the accompanying photographs]. For this particular tunic, its contrasting trim and lapel lining is crimson-red. The prerequisite double row of fourteen (seven per side) gold-toned buttons decorate the front. A single button appears on each cuff. A further six (three per side) appear on the rear vent flaps. Crimson trim runs down from the reverse’s shoulder area to highlight the vent.…

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  • GERMANY - TUNIC - UNTEROFFIZIER - MINENWERFER DETACHMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GERMANY – TUNIC – UNTEROFFIZIER – MINENWERFER DETACHMENT

    SKU: 15-474

    $995.00

    This is a wonderful prewar quality dunkel-blau tunic from a Minenwerfer detachment. Many of you are asking, “What in the world is a Minenwerfer?” Minenwerfers were wheeled artillerie pieces that fell partway between conventional cannons and mortars. They were intended for use in close support of Infanterie. They were mounted on gun carriages, but typically had shorter barrels than traditional cannons as they were not intended for long-range use. They did not require the greater range because they were kept much closer to the Infanterie than other forms of artillerie. Minenwerfers came in three calibers: 7.58CM, 17CM, and 25CM. They also had rifled barrels. They were used in fairly large numbers during WW I. [I do not know if the Allies had a similar weapon, but this does provide quite an intriguing story]! The tunic’s body is dark-blue (dunkel blau). A single row of eight silver buttons runs down its center. The second buttonhole from the top sports a ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. Red piping extends from the collar down to the tunic’s center. The tunic’s collar is black (for Artillerie), edged with silver bullion tape. The sleeves display the same arrangement of black material with silver bullion tape of an Unteroffizier. Two silver buttons adorn each sleeve. The shoulder straps are red with a yellow “MW” on them. The tunic’s interior, along with the plain buttons on the shoulder straps, confirms that it is a high-quality, privately-purchased tunic. The tunic’s interior is lined in gray…

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  • PRUSSIA - ATTILA - SERGEANT MAJOR - HUSAREN REGIMENT Nr 3  - WACHTMEISTER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ATTILA – SERGEANT MAJOR – HUSAREN REGIMENT Nr 3 – WACHTMEISTER

    SKU: 15-649

    $2,995.00

    This is an absolutely first-rate Husaren-Regiment von Zeiten (Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 regimental Wachtmeister’s (Sergeant Major) Interim Attila. [Although we are selling it separately, the correct belt for a Prussian Husaren NCO or enlisted man’s attila is available as item number 15-561. We would prefer to see the two go together]. The incredible tunic comes from one of THE oldest Prussian Husaren-Regiments. It was founded in 1730 (during König Friedrich der Große’s reign), eleven years before the next three Husaren-Regiments were founded. It was garrisoned at Rathenow and attached to the III. Armeekorps. First, I want to address the tunic owner’s rank. In the Imperial German Army, the term “Feldwebel” was often used. Any sergeant might be referred to as a “Feldwebel.” In fact, the German Army contained three sergeant levels. The lowest rank was “Sergeant,” the middle rank was “Vizefeldwebel,” and the highest was simply “Feldwebel.” In the U.S. these ranks, from lowest to highest were “Buck Sergeant,” “Sergeant 1st Class,” and “Sergeant Major.” Next, I have another interesting tidbit to share. In the Infanterie, a Sergeant Major was known as “Feldwebel.” The Kavallerie had a different term (like Rittmeister instead of Hauptmann, which was “Wachtmeister” (it was “Vizewachtmeister” for the 1st Sergeant’s equivalent). I have taken the time to explain these gradients so you would better understand this attila’s significance, as well as realizing that the Wachtmeister was the Regiment’s most important NCO. He did not report to Leutnants, Oberleutnants, or Rittmeisters. He was responsible to the Regimental Commander…

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  • PRUSSIA - DRESS MESS JACKET - NAVY - KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – DRESS MESS JACKET – NAVY – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB

    SKU: 15-115

    $550.00

    The Kaiserlicher Yacht Club was the most exclusive yacht club in Germany. Its leading members were royalty and/or navy officers. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the principal member of the club and its Kommodore, which reflected his intense interest in boats, ships, and yachting. Aside from holding the rank of Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine, the Kaiser was also involved in the activities of the Yacht Club. He even raced yachts in regattas of the club which included the S.M.S. Wunsch. This tunic is very similar to a naval dress tunic in cut and general appearance. The lapels of the tunic have a combination of material and silk trim. The tunic, which is in excellent plus condition, features a double row of five large buttons on the chest and five smaller buttons on each sleeve. Each of these buttons are actually standard navy buttons that feature the fouled anchor and Hohenzollern Crown. This tunic is in excellent condition and would be a fine addition to any navy-related collection. You will not see one of these every day, and certainly not in this condition.

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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - DRESS TUNIC - KOLLAR AND SASH - OFFICER - KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – DRESS TUNIC – KOLLAR AND SASH – OFFICER – KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT Nr 4

    SKU: 15-675 XAS

    $2,495.00 $1,695.00

    This is a consignment item. It is an officer’s Küraßier-Regiment von Driesen (Westfälisches) Nr 4 dress tunic (koller), which was worn at formal affairs and parades. The regiment was founded in 1717 and garrisoned at Münster, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde’s dress tunics were unlike those of all the other troops, even those from other Kavallerie Regiments (the Ulanen’s ulankas and the Husaren’s attilas). The difference lies in the Küraßier and Jäger zu Pferde’s collar design and the way its decorative trim is arranged. The trim (in regimental colors) is used on the koller’s front, collar and cuffs, and is referred to as borte (border). When you look at the photos that accompany this selection, you will note that the collar and its trim are rounded from the collar’s upper section to the midpoint where it flows down into the borte decorating the koller’s front. You will also notice that the koller has NO visible buttons on its front. Instead, the borte conceals a hook and eye system beneath it so that the tunic front presents a smooth appearance once everything is secured. It is an extremely elegant design. The koller is made of fine white wool. The each tunic half’s front sports the previously-mentioned, regimentally-correct, red and silver bullion borte running from collar-to-bottom down its center edge. Furthermore, the same borte adorns each cuff, along with two silver-toned buttons on each sleeve. The koller comes with two correct, very fine epaulettes.…

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  • PRUSSIA - DRESS TUNIC - PETTY OFFICER -NAVY AIR SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – DRESS TUNIC – PETTY OFFICER -NAVY AIR SERVICE

    SKU: 15-425

    $2,495.00

    This is a wonderful NCO dress tunic from the Kaiserliche Marine. This particular dress tunic was often referred to as a “Monkey Suit” or “Monkey Jacket.” What makes it even more desirable – the NCO was involved in the Imperial German Naval Air Service! The tunic is made of fine-grade, dark-blue wool. It features silver buttons throughout. It boasts two rows of nine silver buttons down its center. Each button displays the Kaiserliche Marine’s fouled anchor, and the Kaiser’s Hohenzollern Crown. In addition, a device consisting of two more silver buttons joined by a chain allows the tunic to hang open, but remain semi-secured. The collars exhibit the Imperial Naval Air Service’s twin, silver-toned, winged propellers. They are similar to the winged propellers seen on the shoulder boards/straps of the Imperial Army Air Service. The left sleeve exhibits a Petty Officer’s Rating Badge. I believe it indicates that he is an armorer. His cuffs display silver bullion tape indicating he is an NCO (Petty Officer). Extending upward from each sleeve are six more small, silver buttons. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. I see only one small moth nip on the obverse and one on the reverse. Inside the tunic is a complete cotton lining with many depot marks. These indicate it came from a naval depot, and was first placed in service on 19 April 1911. It evidently was reissued from the depot in 1916. I can tell you that finding naval aviation items is difficult, and…

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  • PRUSSIA - FELDGRAU FELDBLUSE - GENERALLEUTNANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – FELDGRAU FELDBLUSE – GENERALLEUTNANT

    SKU: 15-733 XAA

    $4,495.00

    PRUSSIA – FELDGRAU FELDBLUSE – GENERALLEUTNANT. Today we are offering a rather intriguing Prussian Generalleutnant’s Feldgrau Feldbluse. Prussian Generals usually acquired their uniforms at military effects shops, or from their tailors in Berlin or other Prussian cities. This particular tunic, however, was acquired at a military depot near the Front. Why did this happen? We can speculate that the general’s need for a tunic was so immediate that he lacked the time to order it from his tailor, or to shop at his favorite, hometown military effects establishment. We simply do NOT know. Nevertheless, this is, indeed, a Prussian Generalleutnant’s Feldgrau Feldbluse. [This rank certainly would have merited the command of a Division. Later in the war, the command of an Armeekorps would not have been out of the question]. First, it is called a Feldbluse (Field Blouse), a tunic whose buttons are concealed under a flap on one side. The result presents a clean front whereon NO buttons are visible. In my opinion, it delivers a very clean and sleek appearance. A Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards are sewn to the tunic (more often, a General’s shoulder boards are slip-ons). Each shoulder board displays a small, gilt-crowned button. The General’s kragenspiegel are also in place (they are pre war rather than M-1915 subdued shoulder boards). Three pockets are featured on the tunic’s obverse, each displaying a single, large, crowned, gilt button. [One appears on the tunic’s left breast, and then one appears on each tunic side. The tunic’s cuffs are trimmed…

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  • PRUSSIA - GEFREITER - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER (OYV) - ULANEN - REGIMENT Nr 5 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – GEFREITER – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER (OYV) – ULANEN – REGIMENT Nr 5

    SKU: 15-642

    $1,895.00

    The ulanka was a very unusual tunic that was only worn by the German Army’s Ulanens and Chevaulegers. These tunics are instantly recognizable by the double row of buttons that are shaped in a “V” rather than a straight line down the tunic’s front. This makes the man wearing the tunic look more muscular and imposing. Our ulanka today is from Westfälisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 5. The regiment was raised in 1815, and garrisoned in Düsseldorf, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. The tunic is a prewar variety constructed of dark-blue (dunkel-blau) wool. The collar is red, and a thin red trim line also extends down the tunic’s center. A total of twelve silver-toned buttons is shaped in the “V” running down the tunic’s center. The cuffs are also red and each sports a single silver button. The tunic’s collar is a matching red, with a silver Gefreiter button (denoting the man’s rank) on each side. Mounted on the tunic’s shoulders are the man’s One-Year-Volunteer’s (OYV’s) epaulettes. We can determine this by the black and white trim extending around each epaulette. A white background covers each epaulette’s center, with a gilt “5” (denoting the regiment) mounted on it. The ulanka’s reverse has red trim extending from each side to the sleeves. An additional red trim line appears down near the vent flaps, which sport eight more silver buttons in that area. We have previously mentioned that the tunic’s original owner was a One-Year-Volunteer. The OYV program allowed a man…

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  • PRUSSIA - LITEWKA & TROUSERS - IDENTIFIED OFFICER - HELLGRAU - REGIMENT Nr 76 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – LITEWKA & TROUSERS – IDENTIFIED OFFICER – HELLGRAU – REGIMENT Nr 76

    SKU: 15-529

    $2,295.00

    Seldom do we have the opportunity to offer an officer’s tunic AND trousers. It is even better when we can identify the owner. We are fortunate indeed to share just such a pairing with you. It is for a Leutnant from Infanterie-Regiment “Hamburg” (2. Hanseatisches) Nr. 76. The regiment was raised in 1866 during that year’s big build-up for the Austro-Prussian War. When it was formed, it was part of the Kingdom of Hannover’s X Armeekorps. It was annexed by Prussia following the 1866 war’s end, since Hannover had allied itself with the losing side. From 1867 through 1919, it was attached to Prussia’s IX Armeekorps. The regiment was garrisoned in Hamburg, the largest of the three Hanseatic Free States, and Germany’s largest seaport. [The latter remains true to this day]. The litewka is made of extremely fine hellgrau wool. Hellgrau means “light-gray,” which is a distinctly lighter shade than WW I’s darker feldgrau. [The wool cloth is of the highest order, simply topnotch. Clearly the owner insisted on the best quality and was able to pay for it.] A litewka is an interesting double-breasted tunic variation that sports a double row of gilt buttons (six per side) to secure it. A thin band of red piping outlines the litewka collar’s edges. A similar red piping band trims each of the litewka’s vertical front sides, as well as its cuffs (their only decoration). Its collar sports white kragenspiegel, each one accented by a single gilt button. The Leutnant’s shoulder boards…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED  - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 (MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 (MACHINE GUN ABTEILUNG)

    SKU: 15-598

    $550.00

    This is an identified enlisted man’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Prinz Friedrich der Niederlande (2. Westfälisches) Nr 15. The Regiment was one of many created during the Napoleonic Wars. Its creation occurred on 1 July 1814. It saw extensive service in the Napoleonic Wars’ final phases. It was garrisoned at Minden, where it was attached to the VII. Armeekorps. The tunic is made of pre war, dunkel-blau (dark-blue) wool. A single row of eight gilt-toned buttons down its center. It sports a red collar and a thin red trim band that extend down the tunic’s center, parallel to the buttons. The cuffs are also red with thin white trim. Each cuff has three more large, gilt-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are light-blue, with the regimental number embroidered in red. The left strap (from the wearer’s perspective) shows extensive mothing. Some of the damage extends to where the strap connects to the shoulder. Each strap has a smaller gilt-toned button displaying the number “13.” This represents Kompagnie Nr 13, traditionally any Infanterie Regiment’s Reserve Kompagnie. The tunic’s obverse shows scattered moth nips and mothing in several areas. On the reverse reveals red trim at the vent flap and a six more large gilt-toned buttons. Inside the tunic we find several interesting details. First it is a privately-purchased tunic rather than a depot-issued example. It sports a black, silk, officers-style liner that is complete and in very pleasing condition. Also in the tunic’s center is a label that identifies the original owner as…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - JÄGER Bataillon Nr 4 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – JÄGER Bataillon Nr 4

    SKU: 15-515

    $895.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 4. The unit was raised in1815 and garrisoned at Naumburg a.S. It was attached to the IV. ArmeeKorps. Jäger-Bataillons were assembled to act as the marksmen for the Prussian, Hanoverian, Schaumburg-Lippe, Saxon, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and Bavarian Armies. These units were formed from the best marksmen during the Napoleonic Wars. They often using better firearms than traditional Infanterie Regiments. During those times, most ground troops marched against each other in neat lines. At VERY close distance, they unleashed massed fire on one another. Often, victory was determined by the army with the fastest firing rate. [The British Army was the technique’s master. It was a key reason that they eventually prevailed with fewer troops than the French. Also, the British were superior to the French in troop deployment. The French advanced in close ranks that extended far back. Many of the rearward ranks were unable to fire. This was not a problem for the British, who extended their lines and got production out of all their men, even the rearward ranks. When the British employed firing-by-ranks, it was devastating. It often shattered the ineffectively deployed advancing French). Before the main bodies clashed, however, each army sent out skirmishers. These small groups fired on one another, on NCO’s, and on officers in the advancing main body. This was the Jäger-Bataillons’ function. [I must briefly mention the British Rifle Regiments who did the same work. These men were deadly when working in pairs and…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - LANDWEHR DISTRICT Nr 61 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – LANDWEHR DISTRICT Nr 61

    SKU: 15-283

    $750.00

    This is a simply wonderfully-conditioned, prewar, dark-blue enlisted man’s tunic from Landwehr District Nr 61. The Landwehr formed the reserves for the German army and was similar to the Army Reserve or National Guard in the U.S. The tunic’s exterior is a very high-quality, blue wool, in very fine condition. Its collar, sleeves and center trim are all red. It displays eight gilt buttons down the center, with matching buttons on the sleeves, shoulder straps, and rear vent. The shoulder straps are also red, with white thread depicting “61” for the regimental designation. The interior is lined in silk. Thus this was a privately purchased tunic, not depot-issued. If you are looking for an ultra-high-quality enlisted man’s tunic in superb condition, you need look no further. [This tunic was initially described as being from Infanterie-Regiment Nr 61 which is incorrect. Thank you to TS].

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - FELDWEBEL - DEPOT-ISSUED - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 68 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – FELDWEBEL – DEPOT-ISSUED – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 68

    SKU: 15-654

    $695.00

    This is a fine example of a depot-issued pre war dunkel-blau (dark-blue) 6 Rheinisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 68 feldwebel’s tunic. The Regiment was raised in 1860 and garrisoned in Coblenz. It was attached to the Prussian VIII. Armeekorps. The tunic’s front sports a single row of eight gold-toned buttons down its center. The collar, center trim, and cuffs are red. Gold bullion tape decorates the red collar. The same bullion tape appears on each cuff, along with three gold-toned buttons. The shoulder straps are a lighter blue, with the regimental number “68” embroidered in red on each. The small, gold-toned buttons that hold the shoulder straps in place each boasts a “3,” designating “Kompagnie Nr 3.” The tunic’s reverse boasts red trim at the bottom, along with six, large, gold-toned buttons. I see one small hole on the reverse and one period repair on the obverse. Otherwise, only normal wear is apparent. The tunic’s interior features a cotton liner, with a single depot mark on it. It is a fine tunic, overall.

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - GENERALARTZ - M-1915 - FELDBLUSE  - FELDGRAU - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – GENERALARTZ – M-1915 – FELDBLUSE – FELDGRAU

    SKU: 15-490

    $5,995.00

    We are always pleased to bring you feldgrau tunics. It is an especially good day for us when we offer an example that once belonged to a General. This example is a very different sort of tunic. It was once the property of a “Generalarzt,” that is, a doctor who was also a General Officer. I can assure you, the German Army, did NOT have many Generals who were doctors. A man in this rank would have been assigned at a very high level, perhaps at an Armee or Armee Gruppe. He might also have been on staff at the high command. It would not have been for a man out in the field. He would have overseen medical services at a very high level. The tunic is a M-1915 Feldbluse. This tunic is completely different from other tunic types (including the M-1910) in that all of its center buttons are hidden from view behind a flap. This presents a smooth exterior. A total of six gray buttons hides beneath the flap. The cuffs feature no adornment, either. The tunic does not have conventional General officer’s kragenspiegel mounted on a different shade of (darker) gray collar. Instead, the kragenspiegel are silver and bullion, with a dark-blue background trimmed in red. The shoulder boards are quite large. They are of the subdued M-1915 variety for use on feldgrau tunics. They consist of silver bullion interwoven with black cords. Their centers boast gilt caducei. The shoulder boards’ underlays are the same blue…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - GENERALLEUTNANT - HELLGRAU LITEWKA - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – GENERALLEUTNANT – HELLGRAU LITEWKA

    SKU: 15-202

    $4,495.00

    This is an unusual tunic for a Generalleutnant in the Prussian Army prior to the outbreak of WW I. The color hellgrau (sky-gray) was a blue-gray used in addition to the more commonly seen feldgrau (field-gray, which means it has more green mixed with the gray). This tunic is in the litewka style, i.e., double-breasted with a double row (six to a side) of gilt-toned buttons. The tunic is trimmed in red with piping on the sleeves, etc. The tunic also has red collar kragenspiegel as opposed to the later gold-embroidered kragenspiegel. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety which is customary on higher ranking officer tunics. They are for a Prussian Generalleutnant and display a single pip on each shoulder board. This rank would be equivalent to a Major General in the U.S. Army. A Generalleutnant would have been a division commander before the war. Once the war began he might have commanded an Armeekorps of two or more divisions. He might also have been on staff and not a line-commander. No loops are sewn on the tunic for the display of awards or decorations. The interior has a fine silk liner which is complete and in excellent condition. Generally, this tunic is in good condition. It has 3-5 small moth nips that are not detractive to the overall presentation. Also, a seam has separated about an inch or so by the first button. It can be sewn back together once one gets beneath the inner lining. {In…

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  • Sale! TUNIC - PRUSSIA - IDENTIFIED - GENERALLEUTNANT VON WISSENDORF

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – IDENTIFIED – GENERALLEUTNANT VON WISSENDORF

    SKU: 15-697 XAS

    $5,995.00 $4,995.00

    This is a consignment item from the collection of a very experienced, longtime collector who has an appreciation for unusual, seldom-seen items that are in excellent condition. Today we are offering, on his behalf, a parade tunic that belonged to a Prussian Generalleutnant named von Wissendorf. The tunic’s consignor informs us that he was assigned to the Prussian VII. Armeekorps, which was based in Münster. The pre WWI dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic dates from approximately 1887 and is made of the finest wool that was available at the time. It obviously came from a skilled tailor’s workshop, since it is quite a masterpiece. A total of twelve unadorned gold-toned buttons runs down the tunic’s center. Its collar design is quite striking, and displays the tremendous gold bullion used in the pattern by the period’s General officers (BEFORE bullion kragenspiegel (collar patches) came into use post-1909 – this design dates from 1856 up to 1909). [I personally think the earlier form was a much more elegant way to display a General officer’s rank]. The gold bullion’s design features oak leaves interspersed with gilt-toned, bullet-shaped acorns against a red background. The acorns’ gilt coating has worn away over the years, so that they now appear to be silver-toned. The tunic exhibits an amazing combination shoulder board/aiguillette on its right shoulder. It is fashioned from rich, gold bullion and features a single Generalleutnant’s silver pip. [The silver pip usually indicated that its owner was an à la Suite officer (an honorary rank), since gold…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN - KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 2 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN – KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 2

    SKU: 15-637

    $1,595.00

    This is a very high-quality, privately-purchased enlisted man’s Kaiser Franz Garde-Grenadier Regiment Nr 2 tunic. The Regiment was founded in 1814 and garrisoned in Berlin. The Regiment was attached to the Gardekorps. The tunic’s classic, dunkel-blau wool is quite handsome. Eight gilt buttons run down the tunic’s center. A thin red trim line runs down the center, as well. White kragenspiegel appear on the red collar. Each red sleeve sports three white kragenspiegel that extend upward. Each kragenspiegel has a gilt button, totaling six between the two sleeves. The left breast displays two sewn-in loops that could accommodate either a two or three-place ribbon bar, if the new owner so chooses. The shoulder straps are red, embroidered in white with Kaiser Franz’s crowned royal cypher. The crowned cypher is very impressive because it is so different from any of the German monarchies’ crowns. Two smaller gilt buttons attach the shoulder straps to the tunic, each boasting a “5” for Kompagnie Nr 5. The tunic’s back is fairly standard. It features red trim at the vent, along with three gilt buttons on each side. This was a private purchase, not a depot-issued garment. It is no particular surprise. When he was assigned to a Garde-Regiment, a man took great pride in that assignment. He wanted to look extra-sharp. An older, ill-fitting tunic did not fit the image he wanted to present to the public or his fellow soldiers. This soldier opted for a cotton lining, rather than silk. It was less…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - LEUTNANT - M-1915 FELDGRAU FRIEDENSUNIFORM - PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – LEUTNANT – M-1915 FELDGRAU FRIEDENSUNIFORM – PIONIER-Bataillon Nr 6

    SKU: 15-487

    $5,995.00

    This is a first class tunic of the M-1915 Feldgrau Friedensuniform (rock) variety. It is a very rare tunic. The M-1915 Friedensuniform was first authorized on 21 September 1915 by the War Ministry. Feldgrau tunics first entered into service in various units beginning in 1907. As WW I neared the end of its first year, the German Army’s rapid expansion placed a major strain on the resources needed to produce stockpiles of blue uniform material. The need for standardization was obvious. It was this mandate in September 1915 that created the Friedensuniform (Future Peace Time Uniform). The uniform style was quite ornate. Not long after the change had been ordered, it was abandoned for a simpler, easier-to-produce tunic that was less expensive. The M-1915 Friedensuniform was the high water mark for Imperial German feldgrau tunics. In his excellent book The German Army in the First World War, Jürgen Kraus describes the uniform (with photos), on page 158. We are very pleased to offer such a tunic to you today. It is for a Leutnant from Schlesisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr 6. The unit was founded in 1816 and garrisoned at Neiße. It was attached to the VI. Armeekorps. The tunic’s body is a buttery, high-quality wool in the classic feldgrau color. It sports a single row of eight silver-toned buttons. Red piping runs down the center, appears at the collar, and on the cuffs. The very elaborate collar boasts black velvet over which massive silver kragenspiegel are laid. The patina on the…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - MAJOR - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 64 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 64

    SKU: 15-734

    $1,295.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – MAJOR – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 64. This is a high-quality, prewar, dunkel-blau (dark-blue) Major’s tunic from Infanterie-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preußen (8. Brandenburgerisches) Nr 64. This Brandenburg Regiment was established in 1860 and assigned to the Prussian III. Armeekorps. Bataillon Nrs I and II were garrisoned at Prenzlau, while Bataillon Nr III was based at Angermünde. [As a Major this man would have commanded one of the three Bataillone or he might have served as the Regiment’s Deputy Commander. The Major’s Infanterie-Regiment Generalfeldmarschall Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preußen (8. Brandenburgerisches) Nr 64 tunic is constructed of fine wool. It has the standard eight brass buttons running down its center. A 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon is in its second buttonhole. [I am not sure if the officer actually was awarded the Iron Cross early in the war or if a collector has added it. Either way, it is a very nice touch]. A very small pair of sewn-in loops that are 1” apart is present on the tunic’s front. A very small ribbon bar would have fit in these loops. The tunic has a red collar, and red trim decorates the tunic’s center. A fine pair of Major’s shoulder boards is attached to the tunic via its slip-on straps. The shoulder boards’ underlays are white. The regimental designation, “64,” is present on each shoulder board. The tunic cuffs are also red. Each one boasts three brass buttons. The tunic’s reverse features six more brass…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - NCO - GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – NCO – GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT

    SKU: 15-735

    $795.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – NCO – GARDE-FÜSILIER-REGIMENT. This is an NCO’s Garde-Füsilier-Regiment tunic. [The latter was a very elite Prussian Infanterie Regiment that was founded in 1826 and garrisoned in Berlin. As with all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the Garde-Korps]. The prewar, dark-blue tunic features a thin line of red piping that serves as trim down its center. The eight gold-toned buttons that secure the uniform’s closure also run down its center. The tunic’s collar sports a red felt base outlined across its top by a length of gold-and-silver-patterned bullion tape. Two white, cotton, collar-litzen ribbons (each accented by a red line of thread in its center) are placed below the gold bullion tape on either collar side. A small, gold-toned button secures each of the tunic’s two yellow shoulder straps to its shoulders. The straps do NOT display any regimental designation, a clear indication that it the tunic as hailing from the Garde-Füsilier-Regiment. The lack of Kompagnie numbers on the shoulder straps’ buttons is our first clue that it is a privately-purchased tunic. [This is not surprising when one combines the regiment’s elite reputation with its owner’s status as an NCO]. The tunic’s red felt cuffs are edged with the same gold-and-silver bullion tape as the tunic’s collar. The collar’s two white collar-litzen are also echoed on the cuffs, although these ribbons are shorter, wider, and appear in a position that is perpendicular to the bullion tape. Each of the latter boasts a gold-toned button at the point…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - NCO - TRAIN-BATAILLON Nr 4 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – NCO – TRAIN-BATAILLON Nr 4

    SKU: 15-613

    $795.00

    This is an NCO’s tunic from Magdeburgisches Train-Abteilung Nr 4. The unit was one of the nine Train-Abteilungen that were created in 1853, when the Train-Abteilung concept was inaugurated. A Train-Abteilung dealt with the supply trains that moved supplies for the front-line army units. This particular unit was based at Magdeburg and attached to the IV. Armeekorps. The tunic is a traditional dunkel-blau (dark-blue) pre war example. It has the typical eight gilt-toned buttons running down its center. The sleeves display the gold bullion tape that is emblematic of an NCO rather than an enlisted man. Two gilt-toned buttons appear on each cuff. Its collar is light-blue rather than dunkel-blau. More gold bullion tape trims the entire collar. One interesting point about the collar ends is its shape. It is more rounded, with a somewhat similar appearance to a Küraßier tunic’s collar. The shoulder straps are also light-blue, matching the collar. Embroidered on them in red is the regimental designation “4.” Looking closely, we can detect a small button that secures the strap on one side, while its other side is sewn down. One other small detail on the buttons is the appearance of the company number, which is a “3.” The tunic’s reverse displays light blue trim (again) in the vent area. A total of six of the larger gilt-toned buttons is also present. The tunic’s interior confirms that this is a privately-purchased tunic rather than one issued from an army depot. Its black liner is silk, which is…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - OBERLEUTNANT - DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 - M-1915 DESIGN - FELDGRAU - IDENTIFIED

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED

    SKU: 15-732

    $4,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERLEUTNANT – DRAGONER-REGIMENT NR 2 – M-1915 DESIGN – FELDGRAU – IDENTIFIED. Today we are offering a very exciting, IDENTIFIED, feldgrau tunic that was recently unearthed among an advanced collector’s treasures. Originally, it was part of a three-uniform group that had all belonged to the same individual. Its original owner chose to retain the officer’s prewar dunkel-blau tunic and mantel. The dunkel-blau tunic was the only one of the three garments with visible identification. That said, the officer’s name was “Erhardt von Schweinitz.” The tunic’s previous owner is an expert, published author on the Imperial German Kavallerie. He informed me that the arrangement of the tunic’s shoulder boards, more specifically their single pips, tell us that Oberleutnant von Schweinitz survived the war (something about which I was unaware). This great information should further assist one’s research about the Oberleutnant. The M-1915 tunic’s feldgrau material is a very fine, wool twill that is buttery-smooth to the touch. It features a single row of eight subdued, crowned buttons down its front. Another two buttons adorn each cuff. A black velvet trim line extends from the tunic’s collar edges down along the outside center tunic flap, and also adorns the cuffs’ edges. Interestingly, four pockets appear on the tunic’s obverse – two at the breast and two at the hip. All four pockets feature flaps without any buttons. The tunic’s shoulder boards reveal that they are for an Oberleutnant serving in Prussia’s 1. Brandenburgisches Dragoner-Regiment Nr 2. [The regiment…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - OBERST - KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT HERZOG FRIEDRICH EUGEN von WÜRTTEMBERG (WESTPREUß.) Nr 5 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – OBERST – KÜRAßIER-REGIMENT HERZOG FRIEDRICH EUGEN von WÜRTTEMBERG (WESTPREUß.) Nr 5

    SKU: 15-595

    $5,295.00

    This is a dress or parade uniform for the Oberst and commanding officer of Küraßier-Regiment Herzog Friedrich Eugen von Württemberg (Westpreuß.) Nr 5. It was one of the older line Küraßier-Regiments, founded in 1717. It is interesting that the Regiment was garrisoned in three separate areas, which included Riesenberg, Rosenberg, and Deutsch-Elau. The Regiment was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps. The tunic’s color is white. It has the high collar unique to Küraßier-Regiment tunics. A wide band of silver bullion runs down each side of the tunic’s center. Within that wide band are two narrow bands of light rose. The tunic secures with a series of hook and eye attachments that, when secured, leaves a smooth center without buttons. The same theme of silver bullion is carried forward to the collar and to the sleeve cuffs. Two silver buttons also appear on each cuff. The epaulettes have a silver moon-shaped device. Within the moon we see a white wool surface. On that white background, we see an Oberst and Regimental Commander’s twin pips. This is confirmed by the loose silver ringlets that extend down from the silver moon device. On the reverse we see the rose colored trim in the area of the vent. Also in this area are six silver-toned buttons. As to condition, this is not quite as fine as we would prefer. The front is in very good condition. The reverse has extensive moth tracing that extends over much of it. While this is a pity, the…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß

    SKU: 15-731

    $995.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – 3. GARDE-REGIMENT ZU FUß. We were quite pleased to recently acquire this tunic. It is not often that we can offer you a One-Year-Volunteer (OYV) tunic, particularly one from a Garde-Regiment. Yet that is exactly what we are offering today! You will remember that the OYV program required its participants to pay for their meals, their housing, and ALL of their personal gear (including uniforms and headdresses), in return for an enlistment period of only one year rather than the normal two. The OYV’s were not able to draw from army depots for any of their personal gear. Part of what makes OYV tunics and headdresses so popular is the fact that they generally are officer-level quality. Additionally, only a limited number of men were allowed to enter the program. Being able to assume personal responsibility for their military expenses meant they generally came from middle/upper class families that could afford the extra costs. In many cases, these families could exert enough influence to get their sons into the better regiments like the 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. These young men often purchased their personal gear at the same stores as their officers. The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß Regiment was formed in 1860 during the reign of König/Kaiser Wilhelm I. It was garrisoned in Berlin and, like all Garde-Regiments, it was attached to the GardeKorps. The 3. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß tunic is of the prewar dunkel-blau variety, a high-quality, dark-blue wool. Eight brass-toned buttons run…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER - JÄGER - Bataillon Nr 10 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – ONE-YEAR-VOLUNTEER – JÄGER – Bataillon Nr 10

    SKU: 15-254

    $2,295.00

    This is a very fine tunic from an elite unit with a long and proud history. The very rare tunic comes from Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. The unit was raised in 1803 and garrisoned at Goslar. Prior to the beginning of WW I it was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. This was the only Jäger Bataillon in the Kingdom of Hannover’s Army. It was an elite rifle unit that was greatly prized by Wellington, along with his own 92nd Rifles, for its members’ marksmanship. These troops were an important part of the skirmishers sent out in advance of the regular Infanterie. Their marksmanship helped eliminate officers and interfered with the command and control of the French troops they opposed. This unit proudly served with the Duke of Wellington throughout the Peninsula Campaign and at Waterloo. Like the other Hanoverian Regiments, Hannoverisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10 was absorbed into the Prussian Army in 1866 after Hannover’s defeat when they sided with Austria against Prussia. Even though Hanoverian Infanterie, Kavallerie, Artillerie, Jäger, and Pionier units were redesignated as Prussian units, they retained a strong sense of pride in their roots as native sons of Hannover. In the late 1890’s this was recognized by Kaiser Wilhelm II. He then allowed these units to wear bandeaux for the battle honors that they had achieved while under Hannover’s flag. This small gesture meant a great deal to the troops. From that day until the end of the empire, they could be distinguished from other Prussian units…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - PETTY OFFICER - NAVY - ROYAL LAUNCH OF THE S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) HOHENZOLLERN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – PETTY OFFICER – NAVY – ROYAL LAUNCH OF THE S.M.Y. (S.M.S.) HOHENZOLLERN

    SKU: 15-498

    $6,995.00

    Hohenzollern was the last and biggest of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yachts to actually see use. It was put into service in 1893. His grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I, was a much more modest man, and not anywhere near as flamboyant as his grandson. His royal yacht was a paddle wheeler! Whether it was opulent yachts such as the Hohenzollern, or the many uniforms and headdresses he owned, Wilhelm II was certainly over the top. Nothing stated that more than the royal yacht. It was Wilhelm II’s desire that Germany become a major sea power to equal England. Again, nothing stated those desires more than the Hohenzollern. She was essentially a floating palace. She sailed all over Europe for Wilhelm II and his family’s state visits or just for vacations. The Hohenzollern even made a trip to New York, although the Kaiser did not sail with her. More than 6,000 people visited her while she was docked in New York early during the 20th Century. The officers and men who served aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern were the cream of the German Navy. Their status was somewhat similar to that of the Regiment der Garde du Corps (GdC) on land. Officers selected to serve aboard the Hohenzollern were marked for advancement and promotion once they had served their stint aboard the royal yacht. As with the GdC, the enlisted men and NCO’s were men of the highest conduct level and character. To serve aboard the Hohenzollern and attend the royal family was…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - SENIOR NCO - KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 2

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – SENIOR NCO – KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 2

    SKU: 15-692 XRH

    $1,495.00

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – SENIOR NCO – KAISER FRANZ GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT NR 2. This is a consignment item. It is a Senior NCO’s Kaiser Franz-Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 2 tunic. This proud regiment was raised in 1814 during the Napoleonic Wars and named for Franz, Kaiser Franz Josef’s predecessor as Austro-Hungarian Emperor. It was garrisoned in the capital city of Berlin and, like all Garde-Regiments, assigned to the Garde-Korps. The dunkel-blau tunic dates from about 1900. A total of eight gold-toned brass buttons run down the tunic’s center. A set of sewn-in loops for a three-inch wide ribbon bar appears on its left breast. The tunic sports kragenspiegel (collar patches) made of white cotton laid over a red felt/or wool background. Handsome gold bullion tape trims the collar, indicating the wearer’s NCO status. The same gold bullion tape appears on the cuffs, as well as three white/red patches of the same design as the collar’s kragenspiegel, each decorated with a gold-toned brass button. The shoulder straps’ base color is red. Each strap’s center features Kaiser Franz’s royal cypher chain-stitched in yellow. A small brass button secures each shoulder strap to the tunic. Each button displays a “1” in its center indicating it is for Kompagnie Nr 1, the regiment’s honor kompagnie. The tunic’s reverse reveals six more gold buttons in its vent/flap area. The tunic’s interior shows that its original liner has been removed. If this tunic has a fault, this is it. [The following is a speculation on my part]. Perhaps the…

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  • PRUSSIA - TUNIC - UNTEROFFIZIER - GARDE PIONIER BATAILLON - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – UNTEROFFIZIER – GARDE PIONIER BATAILLON

    SKU: 15-633

    $1,050.00

    This is a Prussian Garde Pionier Bataillon unteroffizier’s tunic. The Bataillon was founded in 1810 and garrisoned in Berlin. It was attached to the Gardekorps. It is a pre war dark-blue tunic with a line of red piping running down its front. The tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. It boasts eight silver-toned buttons on its front, and two more on each sleeve. Another six silver-toned buttons appear in the rear vent area. Are the buttons are intact and appear to be original. The collar sports silver embossed tape and white collar kragenspiegel with black stitching in their centers. The collar is closed by three hook and eye clasps. It has red shoulder boards that display another silver-toned button marked for Kompagnie Nr 1. The cuffs repeat the collar’s pattern of silver embossed tape, and two white kragenspiegel with black stitching. The tunic’s interior has a black silk liner that is in wonderful condition. All of its necessary buckles and attachments are in place. A few areas show some slight wear. A stamp identifying the Berlin tailor who made it is located inside the left sleeve. It is a solid tunic at a reasonable price.

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  • PRUSSIA - ÜBERROCK - ADMIRAL - NAVY - KAISERLICHE MARINE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ÜBERROCK – ADMIRAL – NAVY – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 13-970

    $6,495.00

    This is an amazing find for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. Today we are offering a very special, full Admiral’s überrock. Finding tunics for General Officers is a hard task, although we are proud that our current inventory boasts tunics or complete General’s uniforms for Prussia, Württemberg, Saxony, and Braunschweig. Finding tunics for Kaiserliche Marine Admiräle is indeed a daunting task. Even tunics for junior officers are NOT easy to find. [We were blessed in the past to offer none other than Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich of Prussia’s überrock]. The Kaiserliche Marine possessed only four Admiräle levels. Unlike the Imperial German Army, which featured five Generals’ levels, the Navy did not sport a Generaloberst’s equivalent (the Army’s Generaloberst being its highest rank). The Navy Admiräle ranks included the four positions listed below, in lowest-to-highest order. Konteradmiral Vizeadmiral Admiral Großadmiral For the most part, Admiral was the Kaiserliche Marine’s highest operational/tactical rank. Of the six men who achieved the Großadmiral’s rank, only ONE actually commanded fleet operations: Prinz Heinrich, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. He commanded activities in the Baltic during WW I, and did not achieve his rank until 1909. The rest of the six included two who commanded the overall Kaiserliche Marine (Alfred von Tirpitz [1911] and Henning von Holtzendorff [1918]), and whose official titles were “State Secretaries of the Imperial Navy Office.” Another, Hans von Koester, received the rank in 1905, primarily as a thank-you when he was approaching retirement. The final two recipients were royals (Kaiser Wilhelm II…

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  • PRUSSIA - ÜBERROCK - GENERALLEUTNANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ÜBERROCK – GENERALLEUTNANT

    SKU: 15-524

    $2,195.00

    This is a Generalleutnant’s überrock (frock coat). These tunics were most commonly seen and used prior to 1905. The tunic is dark-blue (dunkel-blau) in color. The collar is red and displays NO kragenspiegel (as do later tunics). A double row of six gilt buttons (twelve buttons in all) runs down the tunic’s front. No buttons appear at the cuffs, just single, thin, red trim lines. Its shoulders sport a pair of sewn-in Prussian Generalleutnant’s shoulder boards. Each shoulder board displays a single gilt pip. (Each pip shows substantial wear and fading, but both are clearly gilt). The reverse’s vent boasts four more gilt-toned buttons, and red trim. The tunic interior’s black silk is in beautiful condition. Its exterior displays some scattered mothing. The fourth buttonhole’s surrounding area has a concentration of three noticeable moth nips. The other moth nips are limited and scattered. The right sleeve’s edge also has some fraying and mothing (clearly detailed in the description’s accompanying photographs). It is wonderfully bargain-priced for a General’s tunic.

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  • PRUSSIA - UBERROCK - MAJOR - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – UBERROCK – MAJOR – FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 15

    SKU: 15-424

    $1,495.00

    This is a major’s high-quality frock coat from the 1. Ober-Elsässisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 15. The Regiment was established in 1871. It was garrisoned at Saarburg-Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XXI. Armeekorps. The tunic’s body is made of fine blue wool. It displays red piping, and a double row of six gilt buttons. Its collar is black. No buttons decorate the sleeves. The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. They show the braid reserved for the rank of Major through Oberst. It has no pips, but does display the regimental numerical designation, along with the Artillerie’s flaming bomb. The shoulder boards have a red underlay. The tunic’s reverse features four gilt buttons at the vent. Inside, the tunic is beautifully finished with a silk liner. The tunic’s overall condition is excellent. It is a fine example of a prewar frock coat.

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  • PRUSSIA - ÜBERROCK - OBERST - -REGIMENT von KATZLER (SCHLESISCHES) Nr 2 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – ÜBERROCK – OBERST – -REGIMENT von KATZLER (SCHLESISCHES) Nr 2

    SKU: 15-570

    $1,495.00

    This is a commanding Oberst’s überrock from the Ulanen-Regiment von Katzler (Schlesisches) Nr 2.. This Regiment was founded in 1745. It was garrisoned in Gleiwitz-Piess and assigned to the VI ArmeeKorps. An überrock was the army tunic’s long, frock coat version. Like a standard prewar tunic, it is dark-blue. It has a double row (six to each side) of gilt-toned buttons. Stitched into the second buttonhole is a 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon. Another ribbon is present, which on first sight appears to be from Braunschweig. It displays, however, an unusual black and white trim on either side that I cannot identify. The collar is all red. A thin red trim line runs centrally from the collar to just below the tunic’s final button. Red trim is also visible at the cuffs. Its shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. Each sports the regimental designation “2,” along with an Oberst’s twin gilt pips. The left breast displays two pairs of sewn-in loops. One is quite large. It appears to be for a larger decoration, or possibly even a breast star. The second pair is very close and could have held an Iron Cross 1st Class. The tunic’s reverse has a total of four gilt buttons in the vent area. The tunic’s interior is equally clean, boasting a black, traditional silk liner. It is a high-quality tunic at a very fair price.

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  • PRUSSIA - UNIFORM GROUP -  IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN - KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    PRUSSIA – UNIFORM GROUP – IDENTIFIED ENLISTED MAN – KÖNIGIN AUGUSTA GARDE-GRENADIER-REGIMENT Nr 4

    SKU: 15-500

    $1,995.00

    Today we are offering a very interesting uniform group for an enlisted man from Königin Augusta Garde-Grenadier-Regiment Nr 4. The Regiment was raised in 1860. It was garrisoned in Berlin and was a part of the Gardekorps. What makes the group so attractive, aside from its completeness, is that it is identified. We even have the man’s photograph. Let us turn to this fabulous group. *Tunic. It is a fine example of a pre WW I, dark-blue tunic. A thin red trim line runs down the tunic’s center, near where the buttons are attached. Eight gilt buttons adorn the tunic’s center. The red collar sports two sets of embroidered white kragenspiegel. The sleeves are red, with three white kragenspiegel on each sleeve. A gold-toned button is attached to each of the kragenspiegel, in turn. The shoulder straps are a lighter shade of blue. Embroidered on each strap is a crown and Königin Augusta’s cypher. The straps are sewn-in on one side. Each has an unnumbered, gold-toned button on the other side. The tunic’s reverse features red trim and six more gold-toned buttons. Inside the tunic we see it was NOT a depot-issued tunic. It was privately purchased, and sports the classic, black-silk liner. While it is a fine tunic, some scattered moth nips appear on its lower right front. This is chronicled in the photographs which accompany the description. *Trousers. Included are the white dress trousers that are indicative of Garde-Grenadier, Garde-Fusilier, and Garde-Fuß Regiments. These trousers are made of…

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  • SAXE-ALTENBURG - UNIFORM GROUP - SENIOR PALACE OFFICIAL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXE-ALTENBURG – UNIFORM GROUP – SENIOR PALACE OFFICIAL

    SKU: 15-565

    $2,395.00

    This is a highly-unusual uniform group for a senior palace official at the Saxe-Altenburg Court. Saxe-Altenburg was a relatively small duchy among the various Saxon Duchies. It fielded a single Infanterie Regiment. Her native sons served in the one Regiment, as well as in other Saxon Jäger, Kavallerie, Artillerie, etc., Regiments. The group consists of the following four different pieces. Tunic. This is a fine black cotton “cutaway” tunic. It sports beautiful gold bullion embroidery at the collar, pockets, and sleeves. It has long tails and its front is cut away to the waist. A single row of seven gilt buttons runs down its shortened center. Each button displays Herzog Ernst I’s royal cypher. (He ruled from 1853 to 1908). Two more of these larger-sized buttons are seen on the tunic’s reverse, while two smaller ones appear on the cuffs. The left breast sports two sets of sewn-in loops, measuring 2″ and 3 ½” in width respectively, for medal or ribbon bars. The tunic’s interior is a most handsome black silk. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. The combination of gold bullion on black is quite striking. Trousers. Two pairs of trousers accompany the tunic. I guess that one pair is for winter use while the other is for summer. The winter trousers are black with a wide gold bullion stripe down the sides. The trousers have a fly front (no zippers here). Inside we see a date that I read as 31 December 1883. The summer trousers…

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  • SAXONY - DRESS TUNIC - GENERALLEUTNANT - PRE WORLD WAR I - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – DRESS TUNIC – GENERALLEUTNANT – PRE WORLD WAR I

    SKU: 15-328

    $11,995.00

    This is an absolutely stunning pre WW I Saxon Army Generalleutnant’s dress tunic. It is one of the “dunkel-blau” (dark-blue) types that preceded feldgrau. A striking differentiation between this General’s tunic and those of other German states is made by the buttons. The Saxon General Officer’s buttons that run down the tunic’s center front, the sleeves, the vent area in the rear, and even on the shoulder boards are unique to Saxony. They are quite elaborate, and far more gorgeous than any other button you will ever see. Eight of the gilt buttons adorn the tunic’s front. Two are sewn over the gold bullion kragenspiegel decorating each sleeve. Four more of these magnificent buttons serve as an accent around the vent on the tunic’s reverse. Finally, a smaller button appears on each dress (banjo-style) shoulder board. (These are smaller than the other fourteen buttons). The tunic’s fine wool fabric is in excellent plus condition. A single pair of vertical, sewn-in loops are on the left breast. It can accommodate a breast star or other award. Then a set of horizontal loops appears for a very extensive ribbon or medal bar (the width is 6″). As previously stated, the bullion on the sleeves is gold. On the collar, a pair of standard General’s kragenspiegel appears in matching gold bullion. The dress shoulder boards, which are attached to the tunic, are nothing short of stunning. A single pip shows on each for the rank of Generalleutnant. A Generalleutnant compares to a Major…

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  • SAXONY - PARADE ATTILA - LEUTNANT - HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 19 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – PARADE ATTILA – LEUTNANT – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 19

    SKU: 15-539

    $1,595.00

    Leutnant’s parade attila from Königl. Sachs. 2. Husaren-Regiment Nr 19. Regiment 19 was raised in 1791 and garrisoned at Grimma. It was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The tunic is light-blue. All of the magnificent silver tresses and frogging sport a tasty patina, as does the collar and cuff’s bullion tape. The collar’s bullion is worth additional mention. Not only is it elaborate, but it also extends to the collar’s reverse. A total of ten (five to each side) rosette style buttons adorn the tunic front. Furthermore, five toggle buttons secure the tunic when it is buttoned. Two sewn-in shoulder boards mark the tunic for a Leutnant. Each shoulder board displays green chevrons, confirming that they are from Saxony. The tunic’s reverse continues the same tresses’ theme as is on the front. Two additional barrel buttons adorn the vent area. While the tunic’s overall condition is quite good, it has a bit more mothing than we would normally offer you. It certainly is reflected in the final price, and makes the tunic a heck of a bargain. The mothing is scattered. One larger nip appears high up on the chest’s right side, just under the shoulder board. We also see a couple of period field repairs that have been stitched up to lessen the effects of a tear. They are small. In fact, they add some character to the tunic. Inside the tunic two tones of shiny cotton appear. As mentioned above, we have a VERY interesting price for a…

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  • SAXONY - TUNIC -  FAHNENJUNKER - IDENTIFIED - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 181 'S - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – TUNIC – FAHNENJUNKER – IDENTIFIED – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 181 ‘S

    SKU: 15-493

    $995.00

    This is an identified pre WW I Fahnenjunker’s tunic from Königl. Sächs. 15. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 181. It was the next-to-last of the “old-line” Saxon Infanterie Regiments created before WW I’s big build up. The Regiment was raised in 1887. Bataillon Nr 1 and Bataillon Nr 2 were garrisoned at Chemnitz, while Bataillon Nr 3 was based at Glauchau. The Regiment was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The tunic is the prewar dunkel-blau (dark-blue) color used before feldgrau. Its body is made of fine, dark-blue wool. A single row of eight gilt-toned buttons goes down the center. Its collar is red, with matching red cuffs. A narrow line of red piping runs down the tunic’s center, parallel to the buttons. Each cuff boasts a further two gilt buttons. A small set of red, sewn-in, ribbon bar loops appears on its left breast. (Based on the loops’ width, the ribbon bar held one or two ribbons). The shoulder straps are dark-blue trimmed in red with the regimental number stitched in yellow. The shoulder straps are sewn-in, and sport a small gilt button with NO Kompagnie Number. The reverse vent flap is trimmed in red, with two gilt and two silver-toned buttons. Inside the tunic is a fine silk liner, which provides further evidence it was a privately-purchased tunic rather than depot-issued. It gets even better. Inside the pocket is a tailor’s label from a firm in Dresden. The soldier’s name was “Thüm,” and he acquired the tunic on 7 February 1914. The…

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  • SAXONY - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 32 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 32

    SKU: 15-547

    $895.00

    This is a pre WW I, enlisted man’s tunic from 3. Königl. Sächs. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 32. In 1889, it was Saxony’s third Artillerie Regiment ever formed. The Regiment was garrisoned Riesa and attached to both the Saxon XII. and Saxon XIX. ArmeeKorps. The tunic’s body is black wool. Its collar, trim, and sleeves are red. Eight gilt buttons run down the tunic’s center. Another two gilt buttons are on each of the sleeves, and two gilt buttons decorate the red collar. The shoulder straps are black with an embossed red regimental number (“32”) and the Artillerie’s flaming bomb/grenade. The tunic’s reverse displays four gilt buttons on the vent flap. Inside the tunic, we see that it is a privately-purchased example with a padded silk lining. The tunic’s exterior is in good condition, generally. A few moth nips exist, but are in no way detrimental to its overall display.

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  • SAXONY - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN - FELDARTILLERIE Nr 32 SOLDIER’S 1915 FELDGRAU (FRIEDENSUNIFORM) - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN – FELDARTILLERIE Nr 32 SOLDIER’S 1915 FELDGRAU (FRIEDENSUNIFORM)

    SKU: 15-612

    $3,295.00

    We receive many requests for feldgrau tunics. More often than not we can find officers’ tunics in the condition we require, while many enlisted men’s tunics do not come up to our standards. Today, however, we have an enlisted man’s feldgrau tunic from the Kingdom of Saxony’s Königl. Sächs 3. Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 32. The Regiment was raised in 1889 and garrisoned at Riesa. [It was a relatively short-lived regiment that existed only from 1889 into 1918, so material related to it is not easy-to-come-by]. It was assigned to the XIX. Armeekorps, which consisted of all-Saxon units. [The XII. Armeekorps was also a Saxon corps]. The high-quality wool uniform is well made. It is an M-1915 Friedensuniform, the final feldgrau tunic pattern produced by WW I Germany. The Friedensuniform’s literal translation is “Future Peace Uniform.” Thus, it was intended to be the uniform pattern used by the German Army once a peace was established. In addition to the feldgrau material, it has a black-velvet collar. A thin red trim line extends to the tunic’s bottom, flanking eight gilt-toned buttons. Each tunic cuff is made of the same black velvet, with two gilt buttons on it. The shoulder straps are green. Embroidered in red on each strap we see a crown, “AR” (König Albert of Saxony’s (1828-1902) cypher), and crossed cannons. The straps are sewn to the tunic on one end and fastened by one gilt-toned button on the other. The tunic’s front sports only two moth nips as far as I…

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  • SAXONY - TUNIC - ENLISTEN MAN- GEFREITER INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 139 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – TUNIC – ENLISTEN MAN- GEFREITER INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 139

    SKU: 15-517

    $595.00

    This is an enlisted man’s tunic from Königl. Sächs. 11. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 139. The Regiment was raised in 1887. It was garrisoned at Döbeln, where it was attached to the XIX. Armeekorps. The dunkel-blau tunic has eight gilt-toned buttons down its center. Its cuffs are red with a gilt button, which is just above the blue material. The collar is also red, and sports twin gilt Saxon Gefreiter’s collar buttons. The shoulder straps are blue, trimmed in red. The regimental number “139” appears in yellow on each strap. The straps are held in place on one side by stitching. On the other side they are held with smaller gilt buttons sporting “Nr 11,” which indicates the Kompagnie Number. The reverse displays three out-of-four buttons usually present on the vent flap. Both the tunic’s obverse and its reverse show a fair amount of scattered mothing. [This is a partial tradeoff for its price]. Inside is a silk liner. It also has depot marks showing it was first issued in 1900. The tunic has some problems, as we have stated above, but it is most attractively priced. Were it up to our normal standard of condition, it would cost several hundred dollars more.

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  • SAXONY - TUNIC - PRIVATE - IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SAXONY – TUNIC – PRIVATE – IDENTIFIED PRIVATELY-PURCHASED INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 103

    SKU: 15-655

    $995.00

    This is a fine example of a privately purchased and identified pre WW I dunkel-blau (dark-blue) tunic for a Königl. Sächs 4. Infanterie-Regiment Nr 103 private. The Regiment was raised in 1709. It was garrisoned at Bautzen and assigned to the XII. Armeekorps. The tunic’s front sports a single row of eight gold-toned buttons down its center. The collar, center trim, and cuffs are red. The red cuffs boast two gold-toned buttons each. The shoulder straps are blue trimmed in red. Each has the regimental number “103” embroidered on it in yellow. Two small gold-toned buttons hold the shoulder straps in place. The tunic’s reverse displays red trim at the bottom, along with a total of four large gold-toned buttons. The tunic’s exterior is in very fine condition. Inside the tunic we see that it has an officer’s style black silk liner. Up on the neck is a label that identifies the tunic and the soldier who owned it, as listed below. “103 Regiment 7. Komp. Soldat Vogel” Overall, it is a good tunic.

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  • SOUTHWEST AFRICA - GERMANY - TUNIC - ENLISTED MAN/NCO - POST WW I

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – GERMANY – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – POST WW I

    SKU: 15-728 XAA

    $3,895.00

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – GERMANY – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – POST WW I This is an excellent tunic once worn by a German Enlisted Man/NCO who served in the Colony of German Southwest Africa. This was the lesser known colony as compared to German East Africa which was larger and more productive……..

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  • SOUTHWEST AFRICA - TUNIC - COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) - OFFICER - FELDGRAU

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – TUNIC – COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) – OFFICER – FELDGRAU

    SKU: 15-729

    $7,495.00

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – TUNIC – COLONIAL/HEIMETAT (HOME SERVICE) – OFFICER – FELDGRAU. This is one of the most amazing colonial feldgrau tunics that we have ever offered, as well as being of the highest-quality and rarity. It is for an Oberleutnant who served in German Southwest Africa (Deutsche Südwest Afrika – DSW). The Colonial Feldgrau Tunic was correct for wear when the soldier returned from his service in DSW to Germany and was now considered correct for the Heimetat (Home Service). Officers of the Heimetat wore tunics like this, although they wore different pickelhauben. [We recently sold a Heimetat pickelhaube that, interestingly, was the LAST pickelhaube to be authorized for that service. It also was quite rare. We also sold a correct Heimetat officer’s brocade and belt. That brocade belt was 100% correct for this tunic]. The DSW colony was lost quite early in WW I, so many of its former officers who returned to Germany would have worn this tunic, not to mention officers who had returned to Germany PRIOR to the war’s outbreak. [PLEASE NOTE: This tunic is ALSO an M-1915 Friedensrock (Peace Coat)]! The Colonial/Heimetat Feldgrau Tunic’s material is an ultra-high-quality, twill wool that feels quite smooth to the touch. A total of eight crowned silver buttons runs down the tunic’s center. The tunic’s handsome, blue collar is attached to a massive pair of silver bullion litzen, each of which measures 2” x 6.” The same blue runs down the tunic’s center and colors the cuffs. Each…

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  • WÜRTTEMBERG - ÜBERROCK - GENERAL der INFANTERIE À LA SUITE - GRENADIER-REGIMENT KÖNIG KARL (5. WÜRTTEMBERGISCHES) Nr 123 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    WÜRTTEMBERG – ÜBERROCK – GENERAL der INFANTERIE À LA SUITE – GRENADIER-REGIMENT KÖNIG KARL (5. WÜRTTEMBERGISCHES) Nr 123

    SKU: 15-551

    $2,995.00

    The überrock was a frock coat (longer in length than a conventional tunic) that was used until 1910 (approximately) when it was phased-out by tunics. At first glance it looks like a pre WW I dark-blue tunic. Instead of ending at or near the midriff however, it continues to the knee area. In any event, it is a much longer tunic. Today we are offering an überrock from Grenadier-Regiment König Karl (5. Württembergisches) Nr 123. The Regiment was founded in 1799. It was garrisoned at Ulm and attached to Württemberg’s XIII Armeekorps. This überrock is quite simple. Its body is dark-blue. A double row of five (ten-total) gilt buttons run down its center. (Its reverse boasts four more large gilt buttons at the vent flap). Its collar is red and red material trims its cuffs. Its second buttonhole sports a prinzengroße-sized Iron Cross ribbon. As the tunic is clearly pre 1910 (indeed, it is from much earlier), the ribbon is for an 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class. I have saved the best detail for last. Its shoulder boards are for a General der Infanterie! The shoulder boards show that the silver bullion areas’ chevrons are red and black, confirming that they belonged to a Württemberg General. Next, we see the two rank pips that indicate a General der Infanterie. You will note they are silver, although the silver wash has disappeared from several small places, revealing the underlying brass. In their centers is König Karl’s crowned, royal cypher. He was…

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