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    BRAUNSCHWEIG – BANNER WITH FLAG POLE – HUSAREN-REGIMENT Nr 17 AND INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 –

    SKU: 25-89

    $7,995.00 $6,795.00

    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,

    “25

    Landwehr-

    Verein

    Timmerlah

    15.7.28″

    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

    Stiftungsfest

    gew. V.

    Landwehr-Verein

    Lehndorf

    15.7.1928”

    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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  • Sale! BRAUNSCHWEIG - GOBLET - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 - PENINSULA BANDEAU - 9 CM TALL

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – GOBLET – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 – PENINSULA BANDEAU – 9 CM TALL

    SKU: 18-508 XKA

    $1,295.00 $1,100.75

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – GOBLET – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92 – PENINSULA BANDEAU – 9 CM TALL.

    The Duchy of Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 is one of the Imperial German Army’s most legendary units. Its soldiers displayed Totenköpfe (Deaths-Heads) on their headdresses from the Napoleonic times forward. [They also sported menacing black uniforms well into the 1880’s, before transitioning to dunkel-blau (dark-blue) then WW I’s Feldgrau (field-grey) uniforms]. Naturally, members of this regiment wanted to display the Totenköpfe on their personal items as well, such as this marvelous goblet.

    This Braunschweig Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 Goblet stands 3.5” (9 cm) tall which is much larger than the small Totenkopf-decorated schnapps cups we have offered in the past. Its high-relief Totenkopf is quite bold. Directly below the Totenkopf’s crossed bones is a bandeau for “Peninsula.” The latter was the Napoleonic Wars’ campaign commanded by Great Britain’s Lord Wellington, in which IR 92 and other German regiments won great glory.

    The Braunschweig Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 Goblet measures 2.25” in diameter at the rim and 1.5” in diameter at its base. Its bottom features its manufacturer’s hallmark, in addition to a hallmark for its .935 Silver content. This is a VERY high-quality, silver-hallmarked vessel from an important regiment.

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  • Sale! PICKELHAUBE - BRAUNSCHWEIG - RESERVE OFFICER - INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92

    SKU: 04-779 XKGJT

    $9,995.00 $8,095.00

    One of the most popular pickelhauben is for the Duchy of Braunschweig’s Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92. This popularity stems from their use of massive Totenköpfe (Death’s Heads) that appear superimposed over their Prussian-style wappens. [PLEASE NOTE: the Totenkopf appeared on only four regiments’ headdresses. These were the 92’s sister unit, Husaren-Regiment Nr 17 (also from Braunschweig), along with the Kingdom of Prussia’s Husaren-Regiments Nr 1 and Nr 2]. This Totenkopf had NOT always appeared on all Braunschweig pickelhauben. Up until 1912, one of the regiment’s Bataillone (Nr III) had employed a beautiful, enameled wappen that featured the profile of Braunschweig’s iconic horse, while Bataillone Nr II and Nr III displayed the Totenkopf. After 1912 all Braunschweig Bataillone converted to the Totenkopf. [Many of these earlier helmets converted their “horse” wappens into Totenköpfe, which is why so few “horse” wappens still exist. That said, we have a simply gorgeous 92nd Infanterie-Regiment “horse” wappen on offer elsewhere]……

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    BRAUNSCHWEIG – PICKELHAUBE – RESERVE OFFICER – INFANTERIE-REGIMENT NR 92: BATAILLONE NR I AND II

    SKU: 04-758 XKGJT

    $11,995.00 $7,995.00

    Today we are offering a definite rarity, an Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 Officer’s Pickelhaube. I know you are more used to seeing Infanterie-Regiment Nr 92 helmets displaying the Totenkopf (Death’s Head), but another version was used earlier by the regiment’s Bataillon Nrs I and II. After 1912, the entire regiment switched to the wappen sporting the Totenkopf. The earlier examples are seen far less often. Although many collectors prefer the Totenkopf wappen, this beautiful helmet deserves equal consideration, primarily because the wappen’s center features enamel on it……

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  • Sale! COLONIAL - PICKELHAUBE - GENERAL - BEAMTE

    COLONIAL – PICKELHAUBE – GENERAL – BEAMTE

    SKU: 04-798 XKGJT A

    $11,995.00 $10,795.50

    This may well be one of the rarest General Officer’s pickelhauben that we have ever offered. It is a highly-prized Colonial General/Beamte (Official) Pickelhaube. In the Imperial German Army those officers who held Beamte status often displayed a small eagle on their wappens to distinguish them from the line-military officers who held tactical or field responsibilities……

     

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  • Sale! COVER - MITRE - OILCLOTH - EITHER ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß OR KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1 - KOMPAGNIE NR 7.

    COVER – MITRE – OILCLOTH – EITHER ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß OR KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1 – KOMPAGNIE NR 7.

    SKU: 33-367 XJT

    $1,095.00 $810.00

    This is a beautiful example of the oil cloth cover for a Mitre. It is clearly marked for the 7th Company on its interior. It is correct for either the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) or the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1). It is flawless and in outstanding condition. Its only tiny defect is that one hook fastener is missing at the bottom. This is a VERY rare accouterment that would complete your Mitre……

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  • Sale! COVER - FOR MITRE - OILCLOTH - EITHER ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß OR KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1.

    COVER – FOR MITRE – OILCLOTH – EITHER ERSTE GARDE REGIMENT ZU FUß OR KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT 1.

    SKU: 33-368 XJT

    $795.00 $715.50

    This is a beautiful example of the cloth cover for a Mitre. It has NO unit marking on its interior. It is correct for either the Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß (EGRzuFUß) or the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1). It is flawless and in outstanding condition. The hook fasteners at the bottom are still intact. This is a VERY rare accouterment that is seldom seen and would complete your Mitre…..

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  • Sale! COVER - MITRE - OILCLOTH - KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT NR 1 - 1894 - KOMPAGNIE NR 10.

    COVER – MITRE – OILCLOTH – KAISER ALEXANDER GUARD GRENADIER REGIMENT NR 1 – 1894 – KOMPAGNIE NR 10.

    SKU: 33-366 XJT

    $1,395.00 $810.00

    This is a beautiful example of the cloth cover for a Mitre and, obviously, was the first used by the Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I (KAGGR1) after they received their new Mitres. It is stamped with the date, 1894, as well as KAGGR1 and 1CC, on its interior. It is supple, without flaws, and in outstanding condition. The hook fasteners at the bottom are still intact. This is a rare find and an important accouterment for your Mitre……

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    GERMANY – BOOK – FOUR VOLUME SET OF WELTKRIEG! KRIEGS & RUHMSBLÄTTER 1914-1918

    SKU: 12-783 XJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    It is a four volume set of “Weltkrieg! Kriegs & Ruhmsblätter. The four hardback volumes are labeled “1914-1915,” “1915-1916,” “1916-1917,” and “1917-1918.” The Kriegs & Ruhmsblätter was a weekly newspaper published in a large format…..

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    GERMANY – CIGARETTE CASE – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 03-130 XLD

    $1,050.00 $895.00

    This is a very high-quality cigarette case that has a full-sized Commemorative Airship Badge on the front. Also on the front of the case are the initials “HS,” engraved in the upper left corner……

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    GERMANY – FLAG – BATTLESHIP (LINIENSCHIFF) S. M. S. BRANDENBURG

    SKU: 25-99

    $2,195.00 $1,700.00

    The S. M. S. Brandenburg was a battleship in the Kaiserliche Marine. Generally, Imperial German battleships were named after royal personages, states within the reich, or other geographic places of special interest. The S. M. S. Brandenburg served as the German Navy’s historical turning point in its efforts to modernize and attain status quo with the Great Britain’s Royal Navy…..

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  • Sale! GERMANY - FOUL WEATHER COVER - PICKELHAUBE

    GERMANY – FOUL WEATHER COVER – PICKELHAUBE

    SKU: 04-799 XKGJT

    $250.00 $225.00

    An important part of an officer’s headdress accouterments was a foul weather cover for use in the field. These covers were made of canvas and were tan. It slipped over a pickelhaube and was held in place by clips that were attached to its front and rear visors.

     

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