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    Anhalt – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Officer – Infanterie Rgt NR 93

    SKU: 04-766 XKGJT


    We have the pleasure of offering a pickelhaube from the very small Duchy of Anhalt, Saxony’s neighbor. In 1900, the population of Anhalt was 271,963. Its capital was located in Dessau. Its final reigning Duke was Friedrich II, who ruled from 1904-1918. Anhaltisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr 93 was founded in 1807 during the Napoleonic Wars. Bataillone Nrs 1 and 3 were garrisoned in Dessau, while Bataillon Nr 2 was based at Zerbst. The regiment was assigned to the IV. Armeekorps….



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    SKU: 26-62 A


    Massive, truly magnificent, artistically hand carved wooden Hapsburg Eagle. It has been years since we have offered a sophisticated example of German Imperial Period woodcarving. Without a doubt, this is one of the finest we have ever offered. During the Imperial Period, most of Europe’s finest hand woodcarving came from Germany and Austria. [The tradition is still practiced today primarily in Southern Germany (the Black Forest and Bavaria) and Northern Austria (the Tyrol)]. I cannot say with certainty whether our example originated in Austria or Germany, although it was done to commemorate Austria’s Hapsburg Empire. I date this fine example from 1875 up through 1918, when the Great War’s end resulted in the demise of Germany and Austria’s empires….


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    SKU: 23-529 XJT


    This pair of pre 1897 shoulder boards is for a Major from the Grand Duchy of Baden. Each one measures 5 1/2” x 2 1/2.” A brass button that exhibits toning appears on each shoulder board. The latter helped to secure each shoulder board to the tunic. The boards’ bullion ropes are silver in the Russian style. Red and gold chevrons also appear on the silver bullion ropes……


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    SKU: 05-1585 XDG


    Oval shaped, Prinzregent Medal that was offered for the Bavarian Army in 1905, measuring 1 ½ ” x 1 ½ “…



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    Bavaria – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Reserve Officer – Chevaulegers or Schweres Reiter Rgt

    SKU: 04-752 XKA


    This is a fine Bavarian Reserve Officer’s pickelhaube from a Chevaulegers or Schweres-Reiter-Regiment. The helmet would have been correct for any of the regiments listed below…


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    SKU: 20-234


    Today we are offering an interesting medallion/pendant that was given as a gift to court favorites. It is an oval-shaped, silver and gold example. It measures 2” x 1,” using the crown as its top point. The Prinzregent is seen in profile view. The medallion is enclosed within a wreath of leaves, with the Wittelsbach Crown at its top. Both the wreath and crown are GOLD……

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    SKU: 20-235


    Prinzregent Luitpold of Bavaria served as Bavaria’s defacto King from 1886, when Ludwig II was deposed (Ludwig mysteriously died the following day in a lake accident), until his death in 1912. He proved to be an able ruler. The Bavarian people were very fond of him……

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    SKU: 05-1570 XDG


    Bavarian Prinz Regent Luitpold Service Medal from 1905….


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    SKU: 23-470 XKA


    This  single shoulder board, that was once the property of Baden’s Großherzog Friedrich II (1857-1928), is very rare and desirable shoulder board for this well-known member of German royalty.

    Großherzog Friedrich II was Baden’s final ruler who, like all of the Imperial German heads of state, was swept from his throne with WW I’s end. Along with Hesse-Darmstadt, Baden had the largest military after the four Imperial German Kingdoms (Prussia, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Saxony). Friedrich II was the Regimental Chef (Patron) of more than one regiment, as he was of Bavaria’s 8. Infanterie-Regiment Großherzog Friedrich II. von Baden in this instance. The regiment was founded in 1753 and garrisoned at Metz, where it was attached to the Bavarian II. Armeekorps. Although he was the regiment’s royal patron, his royal cypher did NOT appear on its shoulder boards (the regimental number did so, instead).

    The shoulder board measures 1 ” x 4 ¼.” It features two Russian-style gold bullion ropes, with a single band of silver bullion in between them. The silver bullion features the blue chevrons that identify the boards as Bavarian. An “8” appears in the shoulder board’s center. Two silver-toned pips appear above and below the numeral, for a total of four. [Silver-toned pips indicated an à la Suite officer, confirming the unique rank that was strictly reserved for members of royalty. Gold pips were used for field officers]. The board’s reverse reveals a strap that allowed it to be slipped onto a tunic. Some mothing appears on the strap’s side. Its underlay is made of red felt.


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    SKU: 26-27


    It is an oversized statue of a rampant Lion of Bavaria. It is made of base metal which has a coating of gilt over it. The Lion stands 10 1/2″ tall from its base to the tip of its mane. The Lion is mounted on a wooden base which is a further 2 1/4″ tall so the overall height of this presentation is 13″. The Lion is attached firmly to the base. The consignor tells me that this piece was used as a finial at a castle and displays the might and bravery of Bavaria. It weighs a whopping 9 ½ lbs. and is very well made with excellent detail. Due to the weight and the size additional shipping may be required depending on to where it will be shipped.

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    SKU: 15-691 XRH



    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. A smaller gold button secures each epaulette to the ulanka’s shoulders.

    The collar, cuffs, and trim are all crimson, serving as accents against the tunic’s dark-green background. Since our ulanka is set-up in parade configuration, its shoulders are mounted with epaulettes rather than everyday/garrison-use shoulder boards. The crimson epaulettes sport gold metal crescent moons and gold trim. NO regimental designation is indicated, as is correct.

    The ulanka’s interior reveals a beautiful, black, silk liner. The tunic’s overall condition is beyond excellent. You will be hard-pressed to find a better officer’s parade tunic, and upgrading will never be a concern.


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    SKU: 25-89


    Over the years we have offered many special items from the Duchy of Braunschweig, one of our favorite German states. Part of this Duchy’s and its army’s allure arises from Husaren-Regiment Nr 17’s and Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92’s Totenköpfe (Death’s Heads), which were displayed on their headdress and acted as their persona. To that end, today we are offering you one of the most important items ever, a veterans’ flag for both regiments. It is more than a mere veterans’ flag, however, much more. Allow me to share a regimental banner’s importance with you, as this particular banner shares some great similarities. A regimental banner was any regiment’s most important possession. This goes back to early European times, when European nations’ armies received their regimental flags/banners from their nations’ monarchs. It was personally entrusted to them by their sovereign as his representatives. To lose your regimental flag/banner in battle was a matter of grave consequence. Every man, from the lowliest private all the way up to the regiment’s commander, was shamed by its loss. Such a loss generally signaled the end of a regimental commander’s military career, and turned him into a social pariah. Regiments fought hard for their country’s honor to begin with, and fought doubly hard to protect their flags from the enemy during battle. In the English Army, for example, senior sergeants were assigned to protect the flag with special weapons. Like all regiment members, these men fought to the death to protect their regimental colors. It was no less important in the German Army. The German Army followed a special process when awarding a regiment its colors. The King (or Kaiser) gathered the regiment and personally consecrated the regiment’s colors to it. This was a solemn ceremony. The colors were given over to the regiment with great pomp and circumstance. Flag rings or special streamers that commemorated the consecration of the regiment’s colors for their honorable use in representing their King (or Grand Duke, Duke, or Prince, etc.) were included. This occasioned a major gathering of the regiment’s men as their ruler awarded them their colors as his honorable representatives in public gatherings, AND in battle, if necessary. This use of battle colors pretty much ended with either the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War or WW I’s VERY earliest days. [It became clear early in WW I that warfare as it once had been practiced was changed forever with the advent of machine guns, rapid firing cannons, poison gas, airplanes, trenches, and tanks. Cavalry charges were at an end (cavalry fought the WW I’s majority as dismounted units). war was changed]. Prior to WW I’s advent, however, regimental flags were still significant, and the manner in which they were conveyed was a matter of great importance. The following bit of history emphasizes their significance. In 1866, the Austro-Prussian War was the final piece of the puzzle that concluded Germany’s consolidation, which had begun under Prussia’s König Friedrich Wilhelm IV in the 1840’s. His brother, König Wilhelm I, had succeeded him in 1861, and had led Prussia in the smashing defeat of Austria and her German allies (including the Kingdoms of Saxony, Bavaria, Württemberg, and Hannover). The three kingdoms suffered little change, but Prussia annexed Hannover, absorbing its territory AND military. Hannover’s King, who had strong ties to Great Britain, lost control of his kingdom. Hannover’s vassal state, the Duchy of Braunschweig, also was annexed. In 1885, Prussia’s Prinz Albrecht (1837-1906) was appointed Regent over Braunschweig by his uncle, Kaiser Wilhelm I. Albrecht had entered the Prussian army in 1847. He had served in both the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, commanding a Garde-Kavallerie Brigade in that war. He rose to command the X. Armeekorps in 1874, which was headquartered in the Kingdom of Hannover’s former capital city, Hannover. Thus, he was positioned for the appointment as Regent of Braunschweig when that took place in 1885. He actually moved to Braunschweig when his appointment took place in order to administer the former Duchy. [It is interesting to note that he was promoted to generalfeldmarschall shortly after Kaiser Friedrich III’s death in June 1888, during the first few days of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s rule]. Prinz Albrecht continued to administer Braunschweig until his death in 1906. [Please keep the year 1906 in mind, as it becomes more important later in our description].
    * The Banner. This magnificent and historically significant banner measures 3’ 8″ x 3’ 6 1/2.” The banner is made of high-grade silk. The banner contains a substantial weight and heft. Its printing is double-sided. Although one side is crisper and better- defined than the other, I cannot tell if an actual difference existed when it was manufactured, or if it is a matter of fading and age. The banner’s background is light-blue. A yellow frame within the blue background houses all that I am about to describe. The blue background and yellow frame together represent Braunschweig’s state colors. These same colors are seen in their decorations’ ribbons and on their headdresses’ kokarden. Each corner sports a Braunschweig-style Totenkopf. They are quite large and impressive, measuring 7″ x 7 3/4.” They are identical to the Totenköpfe appearing on the regiments’ pickelhauben, busbies, mützen, and schirmützen. In the banner’s center is the Kingdom of Hannover’s and the Duchy of Braunschweig’s white horse, in profile. Above the horse we see the crown that formed part of the two states’ Coats-of-Arms. Below the crowned horse is a bandeau outlined in yellow. Within the bandeau we see “Mitt Gott Für Kaiser, Fürst, and Vaterland.” The banner’s left side displays a series of decorative nails whereby the banner was attached to its flagpole.
    *The Flagpole. Over the years that we have offered various flags and banners, we have only offered one that had a partial pole. That is part of what makes today’s offering so special — it COMES with its original pole (and a very special pole at that)! The banner and pole come from a very fine European source. In order to get the pole here, it could not be shipped intact. We consulted several shipping sources. In every case ,due to the pole’s length, the carriers would NOT ship it. Reluctantly, we removed the flag, then separated the pole. It is now in two pieces. The two pieces measure 4’ 1 1/2″ and 4’ 3 1/2,” respectively. The pole is white. Due to its age, some of its white finish is missing in places. The bottom half has a rounded base. The top half has a brass attachment, which has a female screw attachment that allows a flag topper to be screwed into it. The flag topper is not present. The flagpole’s lower half sports a brass rectangular plate that says “Landwehr-Verein Wedtleenstedt.” During the post WW I Period large veterans’ reunions were often held all over Germany wherein veterans met with former comrades. While not exactly like the USA’s American Legion or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, it allowed veterans to share their military and personal experiences. It was healthy for these veterans to share those experiences with others who understood the war’s true nature. Often at these congregations, badges were issued for attending the gathering. Flagpoles could be adorned with the badges, which were rounded to fit a circular flagpole. The flagpole’s upper half has two of these badges. The first device measures 2 3/4″ x 2.” At its top is a likeness of von Hindenburg. Below his likeness we see the following,






    The second plaque measures 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2,” and has a 1914 Iron Cross at the top. Below the Iron Cross we see the following:

    “Zum 25 Jähr


    gew. V.




    This leads me to believe that two different veterans groups attended two different gatherings representing Braunschweig on the same date. They brought back the badges, which were then affixed to their flagpole. It is also noteworthy that these gatherings were held ten years after WW I’s end. [The gatherings were actually held on 15 July 1928, and the war ended on 11 November 1918, so it was just about four months short of the ten-year mark]. I believe this presentation’s final piece ties all of it together, (it even addresses the severed flagpole problem). Earlier I mentioned that the Braunschweig’s Regent held the position until his 1906 death. I also mentioned the formal ceremony’s importance (when a monarch conveyed the regimental colors to a unit). It practically was a consecration, a holy ceremony. A token usually was attached to the flagpole to show that the monarch had indeed conveyed the flag. The token showed that the monarch was accompanying his troops in spirit wherever they ventured, whether during peace or war. In Germany, the monarch’s token was either a streamer or a metal ring that was added the flagpole. Just such a ring accompanies this banner and flagpole! It is bronze-toned in color, although I cannot tell its metal type. It has a burnished finish. It has a crowned cypher “A” on the side, which, of course, stands for Prussia’s Prinz Albrecht, Braunschweig’s Regent. Directly below his cypher is the year “1903,” which was three years before his death. A very practical function the ring serves is to allow the flagpole’s two halves to be joined together. Two holes appear in the ring’s side so it can be screwed into place and join the halves together. Make no mistake, this will NOT allow you to march around carrying the flagpole! It could be used for display purposes only if you propped it in a corner. Although I have offered several states’ regimental veterans’ flags in the past, this one is truly special. This banner and pole were directly bestowed to the group by Braunschweig’s Prinz Regent more than one-hundred-years ago. The banner’s condition is first-rate, showing only minor signs of age. It also represents two of the German Army’s most storied regiments. Both regiments fought with Wellington at Waterloo. One regiment also fought with him during the Peninsula Campaign. Both also served during the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War. It will make a superb display in your collector’s area.

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