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  • Sale! PRUSSIA - CROWN ORDER - 4TH CLASS - IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    PRUSSIA – CROWN ORDER – 4TH CLASS – IN THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 05-1711 XRH

    $440.00

    Well cared for, brilliant gold toned Prussian Crown Order 4th Class in original black leather presentation case….

     

     

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  • Sale! DINNER PLATE - PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE - KAISER WILHELM II

    PRUSSIA – DINNER PLATE – PERSONAL TABLE SERVICE – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 20-352 XRH

    $556.00

    One can argue that Kaiser Wilhelm II led the most opulent lifestyle of any European Royal. He owned multiple castles throughout Germany, not to mention his royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, racing sloops, and so on. Each vessel required a different pattern of dishware. He also required special dishware for his flagships when he traveled with the Imperial German Fleet!….

     

     

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    PRUSSIA – DRESS MESS JACKET – NAVY – KAISERLICHER YACHT CLUB

    SKU: 15-115

    $450.00

    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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    PRUSSIA – DRESS TUNIC – PETTY OFFICER -NAVY AIR SERVICE

    SKU: 15-425

    $2,120.00

    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 finding tunics is tougher yet. I once owned this tunic. I gladly took it in again as a trade on another item. In all my years of collecting, I have owned and seen two Navy aviation tunics. One was for an officer, then this one for an NCO.

    It is an important tunic and a worthy addition to any aviation or tunic collection.

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  • Sale! EPAULETTES - PRUSSIA - GENERALLEUTNANT  - ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON.

    PRUSSIA – EPAULETTES – GENERALLEUTNANT  – ORIGINAL STORAGE CARTON

    SKU: 23-527 XRH

    $1,996.00

    These are a very special pair of Generalleutnant’s dress epaulettes from the Kingdom of Prussia. In addition to being for a high-ranking General, they come in a stunning and very rare storage carton. General’s epaulettes are easily distinguished from those belonging to other German officers. In the place of the individual silver bullion strands that flow down from all Major/Oberstleutnant/Oberst’s epaulettes is a thick, rigid, unified ringlet arrangement that is attached to the epaulette’s top by a black velvet and leather backing. The ringlets are also made of silver bullion that sports a gorgeous, heavy, silver patina that has been accumulated over many years, showing their serious age.

    The epaulettes’ tops feature gold crescents that also show a heavy patina. Their patina is somewhat dull at the moment but, if cleaned, they would be brilliant. They have not been polished in decades. Silver material is displayed within those crescents, on which appears a Generalleutnant’s single gold pip. The epaulettes’ tongues display a silver bullion and black thread design that indicates are from the Kingdom of Prussia. Prior to WW I, a Generalleutnant would have commanded an Army Division. Later during the war, it was possible for a General of this rank to command an Armeekorps.

    The epaulettes’ reverses sport a red felt underlay. A VERY light circular rubber stamp appears on the center of each back. I cannot decipher it, but I believe it to be from a theatrical house that bought uniforms and uniform items after WW I’s end (when veterans sold them for a variety of reasons).

    Last, but not least, we have the original storage case. As the epaulettes are quite large (each measures 6” x 7.”) The carton is equally as large and measures a massive 4” x 8″ x 13.” The carton’s exterior features a lovely, marbled design. Inside the carton, its bottom half is lined with red silk. A pair of silk string ties is present to secure the epaulettes within the carton during transportation. The epaulettes could be installed on a dress tunic by means of tunic buttons that were inserted through buttonholes in the epaulettes’ tongues.

    This is a very elegant presentation of a high-ranking German General’s epaulettes that are in top condition.

    This is a consignment item.

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    PRUSSIA – JEWELRY BOX – REPRESENTING THE GARDE du CORPS

    SKU: 03-81

    $495.00

    This is a jewelry box in the shape of an officer’s visor cap from the Regiment des Garde du Corps (GdC)……

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    PRUSSIA – KUEGELHELM – RESERVE OFFICER – ARTILLERIE – WITH “FRW” WAPPEN

    SKU: 33-131

    $5,116.00

    This is a reserve officer’s kugelhelm. It is correct for either Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen (1. Litthauisches) Nr 1, 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3, or Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6. Only these four regiments wore this wappen-style. In 1. Pommersches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2, Batterie Nr 1 wore a “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. Batterie Nr 6 from Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 also wore the “Colberg. 1807” bandeau. The explanation for the difference is quite simple. The four regiments were the Prussian Army’s oldest.
    I bought this kugelhelm for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is its wappen, as I explained above. The second is the helmet’s fiber body. This was still a novel substance early in the 20th Century, and I doubt it was an inexpensive option. The advantage of fiber is that it is a forerunner of fiberglass and that it delivers an incredible, high-gloss finish and is quite strong. Even after hours of diligent polishing, the more common (and less-expensive) leather helmets lack a fiber helmet’s mirror-like luster. In many ways a fiber helmet resembles patent leather, which is still used in formal wear shoes today. So, our helmet displays a very high level of gloss. A downside to fiber is that, like fiberglass, it can crack. Generally speaking, the cracking of fiber is not as severe as a leather helmet that cracks as it dries out. An elliptical circular crack extends from the wappen back to the rear trim on the helmet’s left side. The crack is not wide. It is more of a stress fracture. The wappen is beautifully frosted gilt. All of the helmet’s furniture is gilt, with the exception of the silver reserve officer’s cross. The reserve cross sits below the king’s cypher. As is correct for reserve officers helmets, the slogan “Für Gott un Vaterland” appears on the cross rather than on the eagle. The reserve officer’s cross also displays the date 1813. The rest of the furniture is in prime condition. Both the officer and Reich’s kokarden are present and in lovely condition. The helmet’s interior is especially interesting. The leather sweatband is of supreme quality. It has the rarely-seen high stitching embellishing the interior.
    The liner is green silk. It is a much different style of material than we generally see in helmets. The usual silk is a thicker, heavier weave. This silk is almost paper-thin. One clearly can see the watermark in it. Some sections of the silk liner are missing. It has substantial tearing. I still like this liner however, because we just do not see them very often. All of the original hardware is intact. The size, “57,” is penciled in.

    It is a remarkable kugelhelm that was worn by one of the Prussian Army’s oldest artillery regiments


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    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – ENLISTED MAN – FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT 26 OR FELD-ARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 35

    SKU: 33-356 XKGJT

    $3,105.00

    It is an enlisted man’s (EM) Feld-Artillerie-Regiment (FAR) Nr 26 or Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr 35 Kugelhelm from Prussia. FAR Nr 26 was founded in 1872 and garrisoned at Verden. It was assigned to the X. Armeekorps. FAR 36 was created in 1890 and garrisoned at Deutsch-Eylau in West Prussia. It was assigned to the XX. Armeekorps……

     

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    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – GENERAL OFFICER’S

    SKU: 33-326 A

    $8,195.00

    This is a first time offering for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. It is a Prussian General der Artillery’s kugelhelm. It is a very rare helmet since the number of Generals der Artillery was significantly less than Generals der Infanterie or Generals der Kavallerie. Even among the old line units prior to WW I’s massive buildup, only about one third were Artillery Regiments……

     

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    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – OFFICER- FELDARTILLERIE – WITH SPECIAL WAPPEN

    SKU: 33-338

    $3,412.00

    PRUSSIA – KUGELHELM – OFFICER – FELDARTILLERIE – WITH SPECIAL WAPPEN.

    Prussian Feldartillerie kugelhelme sported three very different wappen-types that represented three vastly different regiments. The most common of the three wappens was intended for Line-Artillerie Regiments. [It was also shared with Line-Infanterie Regiments]. Its bandeau proclaimed “Mitt Gott Fur Koenig und Vaterland,” with the initials “FR” directly underneath. The second wappen-type was used by Garde-Regiments and featured an impressive Garde Star that was displayed on ALL headdresses used by the various Garde-Regiments. The third wappen-type was used by only FOUR old-line, very elite regiments that were only slightly less prestigious than the Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiments: Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinz August von Preußen Nr 1 (founded in 1772), 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (founded in 1808), Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzügmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (founded in 1816), and Feldartillerie-Regiment von Peucker (1. Schlesisches) Nr 6 (founded in 1808). This wappen displayed an oval shield/device that featured the King’s cypher under the bandeau rather than the “FR.” Their low regimental numbers were an indication of their importance, as well as how early they were founded.

    The helmet’s leather body is in excellent condition. It received superb treatment from its original and successive owners for more than one-hundred years. Its leather is clean, clear, and supple. The beautifully-frosted gilt wappen is a delight to view. Its fire-gilding is excellent. All of the other furniture, including its chin scales, trim, base, officer’s stars, and kugel, is also gilt. The final exterior details are the correct Reich and State officer’s kokarden.

    The helmet’s interior features a brown leather sweatband in magnificent condition. The rust-colored silk liner is complete and in excellent condition. The original hardware and fittings can be seen under the silk liner. NO double holes are present, a vital testament to the originality of any headdress.

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  • Sale! KUGELHELM - PRUSSIA - OFFICER - PRE-1897 - FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 2/FELDARTILLERIE-REGIMENT NR 3 PARADE

    Prussia – Kugelhelm – Senior NCO – PRE-1897 – Feldartillerie Rgt NR 2/ NR 3 Parade

    SKU: 33-374 XKGJT

    $4,045.50

    Very rare kugelhelm from one of the Kingdom of Prussia’s two old-line Artillerie Regiments. It comes from either the 1. Pommerisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 2 (FA Nr 2) or Feldartillerie-Regiment General Feldzeugmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr 3 (FA Nr 3). [To give you a sense of the helmet’s rarity, it was used by a SINGLE Batterie in each regiment! FA Nr 2 (created in 1808), employed it in Batterie Nr 2, while FA Nr 3 (founded in 1816) used it in Batterie Nr 6]. This kugelhelm is for an officer from one of the two regiments, which only makes it MORE exceptional……

     

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    Prussia – Mitre – Enlisted Man – Erste Garde Rgt ZU FUß Bataillon NR III – Friedrich der GROßE-Style

    SKU: 33-364 XJT

    $3,420.00

    This is an Erste Garde Regiment zu Fuß Bataillon Nr III Enlisted Men’s Mitre. It features the “Pro Gloria et Patria” bandeau on its ornate silver front plate. The cloth back is yellow with plain white strips for trim. Its interior reveals a narrow leather sweatband with a two-piece, red, cloth liner. The white cotton yarn Puschel displays a yellow center. No holes or stains mar its yellow wool body. This is a beautiful Mitre that was worn by only one Bataillon of one Regiment, or 0.1% of the army……

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