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