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

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA – OFFICER – ULANEN-REGIMENT NR 14

    SKU: 33-382 XKGJT

    $5,495.00 $4,203.25

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

     

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

    SKU: 33-234

    $6,995.00 $5,495.00

    The Kingdom of Hannover came to an end after being on the 1866 Austro-Prussian War’s losing side. Hannover had a good-sized military. It had fought during the Napoleonic Wars against France. As a matter of fact, several of her regiments fought with Wellington during the Peninsula Campaign and 1815’s penultimate Battle of Waterloo. Hannover fielded two Ulanen-Regiments. After the 1866 Austro-Prussian War, her entire territory and her military were annexed by Prussia. From then on, all Hanoverian regiments were considered “Prussian” regiments. Even though they were garrisoned in their former barracks, they were required to wear Prussian uniforms. In 1897 Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to be magnanimous and restored the battle honors (bandeaux) that Hanoverian regiments had proudly worn on their headdress prior to 1866. Such was the case with her Ulanen-Regiments. The first regiment was Königs-Ulanen-Regiment (1. Hannoversches) Nr 13. The second was 2. Hannoversches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 14. Today we are offering an officer’s tschapka from the latter regiment. It was founded in 1805 and garrisoned at St. Avold-Mörchingen, where it was attached to the XVI. Armeekorps.
    The leather helmet is well formed and shows a fine clean surface that is supple and free from major defects. This includes the mortar board that sits atop the helmet and offers the distinctive view of the Ulanen Tschapka. Please note, Ulanen were considered light cavalry. They were also known as “Lancers,” because troopers carried lances in the early days. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, lances were used more for parades rather than in combat. The tschapka’s furniture was quite limited when compared to that of pickelhauben and kugelhelme. Essentially, it had trim on the front visor, chin scales, and wappen. This helmet’s chin scales are gilt, while the front visor and wappen are silver. The helmet’s wappen is really exciting. Just below the eagle’s head is a bandeau for “Waterloo” (fought from 16-18 June 1815). At the eagle’s base is a bandeau for “Peninsula” (the Peninsula Campaign extended from 1809 through 1814, and another split bandeau that represents “Garzia-Hernandez,” a famous Peninsula Campaign battle fought on 23 July 1812. The wappen has an open (voided) crown, which indicates an officer. It is a high-quality wappen with excellent details, especially with the eagle’s feathers on the helmet’s right side (from the wearer’s perspective). It has only the officer’s Reich’s kokarde, which is 100% correct. Only the Reich’s kokarde was worn AFTER 1897. BEFORE 1897, only the state’s (Prussian) kokarde was worn. Since the helmet has a Reich’s kokarde AND the bandeaux, it is quite clear that it is a post 1897 tschapka. The exterior’s final detail is a fine, silver-bullion feldzeichen (field badge). The feldzeichen’s center is black, which is correct for a Prussian officer.
    As we examine the helmet’s interior, we find something quite interesting. Instead of the conventional leather sweatband and silk liner, we see an enlisted men/NCO’s-style leather liner. It is the type that has multiple leather fingers/tongues (eleven). All of these fingers/tongues are present and complete. Only the leather sizing thong is missing, which is not a major concern. It is quite possible it was this particular officer’s personal preference. He may have found a helmet with this liner-style more comfortable and useful in the field. What we CAN say is that the area where the wappen is attached is free of double holes. It is clear to me that the wappen is original to the helmet.
    This is an exciting find that came from two very exciting and advanced collections, one here in the U.S. and another in Europe. We are pleased and proud to share this very rare tschapka with you.


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

    PRUSSIA – TSCHAPKA WITH BUSHFELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON – OFFICER

    SKU: 33-373 XRH

    $4,995.00 $3,996.00

    TSCHAPKA – PRUSSIA – OFFICER – COMPLETE WITH BUSH, FELDZEICHEN AND FANGSCHNUR IN ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON.

    Our offering today is a Prussian Ulanen Line-Officer’s Tschapka that comes with several wonderful parade accessories.  It is NOT, however, in complete parade configuration because it lacks its cloth rabatte. It is correct for the following regiments: Westfälisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 5, Thüringisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 6, Ulanen-Regiment Graf zu Dohna Nr 8, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Ulanen-Regiment Nr 15, and Ulanen-Regiment Henning von Treffenfeld (Altmärkisches) Nr 16. [ONLY these five Prussian Ulanen Line-Regiments sported silver wappens, all the rest featured gold ones]. The helmet’s black body is in well-above-average condition, although some cracking and spidering appear on the wearer’s right. Another weak point appears near the wingtip. In addition to the silver-toned wappen, the front visor’s trim is silver. The wappen also features a correct officer’s open/voided crown. The correct, arched, chin scales are a contrasting gold.

    Other of the exterior’s details include a correct, Prussian, officer’s feldzeichen, and a Reich Officer’s kokarde on the helmet’s right side. Its parade accessories are quite attractive. The officer’s white horsehair parade bush attaches via a small metal clip inserted into the helmet’s mortarboard. The correct Prussian officer’s “Fangschnur” (Cap Lines) is also present. The parade bush and Fangschnur are housed in the very difficult-to-locate storage carton, which measures 3” x 4″ x 17 ½.” The latter sports a manufacturer’s paper seal from the firm of Schröder & Frankel – Karlsruhe inside on the carton’s upper half. [Karlsruhe was located in the Grand Duchy of Baden]. The carton also displays a paper label that reads“Ulanen Fangschnur” on its outer surface.

    The helmet’s interior displays a light-brown leather sweatband that is attached to a light-brown, ribbed-silk liner. NO double holes are visible under the silk liner, while all of the original hardware that holds the wappen in place is present. This is a very high-quality, almost complete Tschapka. It is a consignment item.

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

    PRUSSIA – TUNIC – IDENTIFIED – GENERALLEUTNANT VON WISSENDORF

    SKU: 15-697 XAS

    $5,995.00 $3,500.00

    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 pips were for use by Generals who were tactical commanders rather than à la Suites]. The aiguillette’s color also confirms its wearer was a line-officer, NOT an à la Suite. The aiguillette consists of two one-inch wide, gold bullion braids attached to four one-quarter-inch wide gold-toned bullion ropes. All of these sections are intricately looped together and attached to two more short, one-quarter-inch, gold-toned bullion ropes whose ends are covered by elaborate, sliding, cylindrical, tapered, metal, three-inch-long extensions. Each extension is topped by a Prussian Hohenzollern Crown, which fits into, but is not attached, to the rest of the elegant, tapered cylinder. It is all extremely attractive.

    The tunic’s other shoulder sports a far different type of decoration. It is a five-inch-long intertwined coil of approximately one-quarter-inch, originally silver-toned, metal disks that have tarnished to a dark, gold-toned color. The tunic’s regulations refer to it as “made of two rolled silver wire bullion cords twisted together.” [Quite frankly, the device reminds me of something that one might have find on a Christmas tree]! It is attached to the inner point of the shoulder by a gold-toned brass button.

    The tunic’s cuffs display the same design featured on its collar. They are quite large, measuring 3.5″ wide. The heavy gold bullion oak leaves are repeated, as are their “acorns.” Each cuff also sports two large gold-toned buttons. The tunic’s reverse once again repeats the same bullion oak leaf design on each of the vent’s two halves, along with three large gold-toned buttons. The tunic’s front displays NO loops for sewn-in medal bars, breast stars, or the like. The exterior’s overall condition is very fine, with very little mothing (just the hint of a small moth nip or two). No tears or other major issues are present beyond the expected signs of age.
    The tunic’s interior features a very heavy, padded, red silk lining. Some small scattered areas of mothing are present, as well as some of the shredding commonly seen on aging silk. When one considers that it is MORE than one-hundred-twenty years-old, the damage is quite limited. A small pocket appears on the interior’s left side. No indication is given of the original owner’s name, nor of the tailor who designed it.
    This tunic is an amazing piece of history that speaks to the elegance of its time. It would make an excellent addition to any uniform collection.

     

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  • Sale! 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 $1,196.00

    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 lining was in such poor shape that a previous owner opted to remove it. The removal was neatly done, and reveals the tunic’s original, dark-blue wool material. Also, three of the buttonholes have been reinforced with leather patches on the interior. I have never seen this before. Although the lack of an interior liner is a factor, in reality, one rarely sees a tunic’s interior when it is on display. Greater consideration must be directed to the exterior.
    This is a fine example of a prewar tunic worn by an NCO of a well-known Grenadier-Regiment.

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    PRUSSIA – WALL DECOR – ORNATELY FRAMED COLOR LITHOGRAPH OF KAISER WILHELM II AND HIS FAMILY

    SKU: 18-527 XRH

    $395.00 $316.00

    This is an outstanding and handsomely period framed lithograph of Kaiser Wilhelm II, his wife, sons, daughter (With her husband the Duke of Braunschweig.), and their grandsons. I have seen this particular pose on postcards which are generally in black and white. The difference in size and being in full color, makes for a striking difference. At the bottom the royals are identified. I’ll not describe the uniforms worn as this print will tell you all that you need know. This is a perfect example of a picture being worth 1,000 words!…..

     

     

     

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  • Sale! WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    SKU: 04-777 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Its finish is more burnished. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition!

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  • Sale! WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – LINE OFFICER – INFANTERIE/ULANEN/ARTILLERIE/JÄGER/TRAIN- ABTEILUNGEN REGIMENTS

    SKU: 04-776 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    This is a high-quality brass wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Its finish is more burnished. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition!

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  • Sale! WAPPEN - PRUSSIA - LINE OFFICER - ULANEN/TELEGRAPHEN/LUFTSCHIFFER/PIONIER BATAILLONE

    PRUSSIA – WAPPEN – LINE OFFICER – ULANEN/TELEGRAPHEN/LUFTSCHIFFER/PIONIER BATAILLONE

    SKU: 04-778 XKGJT

    $295.00 $265.50

    This is a high-quality silver-toned wappen that was used by a variety of Prussian Regiments. It is for an officer as it displays the open (voided) crown. Both posts are present on the reverse. It is in very fine condition with a fine patina!

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    PRUSSIA – HONOR AWARD – EHRENZEICHEN MEDAL– 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 05-1665 XDG

    $125.00 $95.00

    Prussia’s 2nd Class version of the Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen (General Honor Decoration)…

     

     

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    PRUSSIA / NASSAU – STEIN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 27

    SKU: 18-437 XLO

    $850.00 $722.50

    PRUSSIA / NASSAU – STEIN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT Nr 27

    It comes from a collector of veterans’ steins who recently passed away. His widow has entrusted us with finding a new home for several of his prized steins. The gentleman had an amazing eye for good quality and only acquired the “best of the best” steins. We have four of his steins in this update and hope to share more with you in the future.

    The very large and elaborate veteran’s stein was for a soldier who served in 1. Nassauisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 27 – Batterie Nr 4. The regiment was founded in 1833 and garrisoned at Mainz-Wiesbaden. It was assigned to the XVIII. Armeekorps. Nassau was a Duchy that was founded in 1806. It remained an independent state until 1866, when it fought on the losing side of the Austro-Prussian War and was annexed by Prussia as were the Kingdom of Hannover and the Duchy of Braunschweig. When Nassau was folded into Prussia, she had two Infanterie Regiments and one Artillerie Regiment. These all became Prussian regiments. In 1897, Kaiser Wilhelm granted the two Nassau Infanterie Regiments their Battle of Waterloo bandeaux, (the battle honors worn on the pickelhauben’s wappen of their from their participation at the 1815 battle). As the Artillerie Regiment was not formed until 1833, their kugelhelme wappens remained unadorned.

    The porcelain stein’s overall height is 12.” A soldier standing beside a cannon adorns the pewter lid. Its thumb device features a rampant crowned lion. An inscription appears just below the lid that reads “Kanonendonner ist unser Gruß” (Our cannons’ thunder is our greeting). [How magnificently German is that]? The central multicolored scene shows cannons attached to their caissons being pulled into position and set up for firing. In we see an enlisted man/NCO’s regimental shoulder strap appears within a crowned frame of artillery shells. This scene is flanked on either side with the names of the owner’s Batterie mates. The owner’s name, “Reservist Wollstadt,” appears below that scene, followed by “4. Batterie 1. Nass. Feld Art. Regiment Nr 27 Oranien Wiesbaden 1905-1907,” the regiment’s formal name, where it was garrisoned and Wollstadt’s time of service.

    Finally, its interior features a lithopane of a soldier walking with his sweetheart. This vibrantly-colored veteran’s stein is in fine condition.

    This is a consignment item.

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    RUSSIA – HELMET – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – GARDE du CORPS

    SKU: 04-730 XRH

    $10,995.00 $8,796.00

    As a rule, we rarely stray from offering Imperial German artifacts on our website. BUT – This is one of those times when an item deserves to be shared with you.

    Our offering is a Russian Empire Garde du Corps trooper’s (enlisted man/NCO’s) helmet….

     

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