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    Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – General À LA Suite or Flugeladjutant

    SKU: 04-770 XKGJT


    This is a very fine Prussian General à la Suite or Flügeladjutant’s pickelhaube. The role of the Imperial German Army General à la Suite was an interesting one. Officers of this type were typically royals or nobles who did NOT have a direct field command. Instead, they were appointed to the à la Suite group based on their birth rather than their military ability. In addition to being more of an honorary officer, they often served their sovereign as a Flügeladjutant. In the Prussian Army, a line or serving General Offizier wore a helmet that had all-gilt furniture, as well as a squared, front visor. The à la Suite General’s had all-silver furniture, with the exception of its gilt-toned officers’ stars……


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    Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Officer – Grenadier Rgt NR 1

    SKU: 04-827 XKGJT


    This is a fine officer pickelhaube from Grenadier-Regiment Kronprinz (1. Ostpreußisches ) Nr 1. This elite regiment was founded in 1655 and was garrisoned at Königsberg i. Pr and was attached to the Prussian I. Armeekorp.
    The front plate (wappen) on this helmet is a variation of the basic wide winged Grenadier eagle with the addition of the historic banner “1655” on the hips of the Grenadier Eagle to commemorate the founding of Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 on 20 December 1655. The “1655” banner was first authorized for Grenadier-Regiment Nr 1 for the Heraldic Eagle (small winged eagle) by AKO on 6 Nov 1888. When the eagle was changed to the Grenadier Eagle on 6 May 1900, the outstanding mention banner was moved from above the eagle’s head to the eagle’s hips. The eagle is found in only one size and was worn with a Reich and a Prussian Kockarde….


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    Prussia – Pickelhaube / Spiked Helmet – Officer – Grenadier Rgt Zu Pferde Von Derfflinger (NEUMÄRKISCHES) NR 3

    SKU: 04-791 XJT


    It is also one of the rarer Dragoner-Regiment Pickelhauben that you will ever see. The regiment, while a Dragoner-Regiment, was officially known as Grenadier-Regiment zu Pferde [a Grenadier Horse Regiment] Freiherr von Derfflinger (Neumärkisches) Nr 3. The regiment was raised in 1703 and garrisoned at Bromberg, where it was attached to the Prussian II. Armeekorps……



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    SKU: 12-856 XJT


    This is the 1901 Rangliste that shows the various regiments from all of Imperial Germany, with the exception of Bavaria. The book is invaluable when researching regimental and officer material. I always keep a couple of these handy. You might wish to do so, as well…..

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    Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – NCO – Garde-Küraßier-Regiment

    SKU: 33-110


    This is a wonderful, pre WW I NCO’s visor cap from the Garde-Küraßier-Regiment. The regiment was formed in 1815….



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    SKU: 23-523 XJT


    This is a pair of Kaiser Alexander Garde Grenadier Regiment Nr 1 Bataillon Nr I NCO or enlisted man’s shoulder straps. They sport the cypher “A” (for Alexander), a Roman numeral “I” between the A’s legs, and a crown above the “A.” They display a light grey-backing…..

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    SKU: 26-46


    The statuette is vividly painted in black, red, gold, brown and gray. Friedrich III stands erect in his uniform, with one hand on his sword’s hilt and the other grasping a document. It should also be remembered that statues of Friedrich III are seen far less frequently than Kaiser Wilhelm I, Kaiser Wilhelm II, or King Frederick the Great for that matter….


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    Prussia – Tschapka – Officer – Ulanen Rgt NR 14

    SKU: 33-382 XKGJT


    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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    SKU: 33-234


    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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    Prussia – Tschapka – Officer – with Bushfeldzeichen and Fangschnur in Original Storage Carton

    SKU: 33-373 XRH


    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:…



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    SKU: 15-498


    Hohenzollern was the last and biggest of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yachts to actually see use. It was put into service in 1893. His grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I, was a much more modest man, and not anywhere near as flamboyant as his grandson. His royal yacht was a paddle wheeler! Whether it was opulent yachts such as the Hohenzollern, or the many uniforms and headdresses he owned, Wilhelm II was certainly over the top. Nothing stated that more than the royal yacht. It was Wilhelm II’s desire that Germany become a major sea power to equal England. Again, nothing stated those desires more than the Hohenzollern. She was essentially a floating palace. She sailed all over Europe for Wilhelm II and his family’s state visits or just for vacations. The Hohenzollern even made a trip to New York, although the Kaiser did not sail with her. More than 6,000 people visited her while she was docked in New York early during the 20th Century.

    The officers and men who served aboard the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern were the cream of the German Navy. Their status was somewhat similar to that of the Regiment der Garde du Corps (GdC) on land. Officers selected to serve aboard the Hohenzollern were marked for advancement and promotion once they had served their stint aboard the royal yacht. As with the GdC, the enlisted men and NCO’s were men of the highest conduct level and character. To serve aboard the Hohenzollern and attend the royal family was an honor, indeed. One of the most respected jobs aboard was assignment to the Kaiser’s launch. The launch was stored aboard the yacht, then used to ferry people to other vessels or the shore. Naturally, the sailors who manned the launch needed to look impressive, since they were the first German representatives foreigners saw, after the Kaiser himself. They would provide a strong first impression of the Kaiserliche Marine’s caliber. They had to be sharply dressed, impeccably neat, and striking, to say the least. The fortunate chosen men were honored to wear a special patch on their left tunic sleeves. [We will return to this a bit later in our description].

    Our offering today is the tunic for the Chief Petty Officer (Chief Boatswain’s Mate) who commanded the Hohenzollern’s launch, and supervised the enlisted men who worked with him. The tunic is dunkel-blau (dark-blue). It is double breasted, with a double row of gilt, Navy buttons. It sports twin white kragenspiegel at the collar. The tunic has no shoulder straps. The tunic’s exterior is in excellent condition. One very small period repair appears on the left shoulder, which we will highlight in the photographs accompanying the description. The two devices sewn on the tunic’s left sleeve are what make the tunic historically important. The lower of the two is a stamped metal device on a patch, consisting of a fouled anchor beneath a Hohenzollern Crown. It measures 5″ x 3 1/2.” This indicates the petty officer’s rank. Directly above it is the very rare patch mentioned earlier. It is oval in shape, measuring 3 1/2″ x 3.” It is blue, with a yellow frame. Within the frame is a magnificent, yellow, embroidered Hohenzollern Crown over a pair of crossed, yellow, embroidered großadmiral’s batons.
    Only men serving aboard the launch were entitled to wear this patch. [I believe the other sailors who served aboard the Hohenzollern had their own different patch. This one was extra special]. Inside the tunic is a wool lining, with black silk sleeves. Two pockets are on the tunic’s left and right side. A magnificent, gold-embroidered, set of initials appears on a black silk patch. As best as we can determine, the intricate initials read “CG.” They are attached to the left side inner pocket. It might help those of you are interested in researching the original owner’s identity. I date the tunic from the period of 1901 to 1914 for the following reasons. Wilhelm II did not promote himself to Großadmiral until 1901. The crossed batons on the special patch indicate this rank. The Hohenzollern was pulled from service in 1914, right after the start of WW I. While she was armed, it was only lightly. Also, with WW I beginning, the time for light-hearted cruising was past.

    This is an incredibly beautiful and rare tunic. If you are a serious naval collector, it would make a great addition to your collection.

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    SKU: 15-692 XRH


    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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