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    PRUSSIA – ÜBERROCK – ADMIRAL – NAVY – KAISERLICHE MARINE

    SKU: 13-970

    $5,225.00

    This is an amazing find for us at Der Rittmeister Militaria. Today we are offering a very special, full Admiral’s überrock. Finding tunics for General Officers is a hard task, although we are proud that our current inventory boasts tunics or complete General’s uniforms for Prussia, Württemberg, Saxony, and Braunschweig. Finding tunics for Kaiserliche Marine Admiräle is indeed a daunting task. Even tunics for junior officers are NOT easy to find. [We were blessed in the past to offer none other than Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich of Prussia’s überrock].
    The Kaiserliche Marine possessed only four Admiräle levels. Unlike the Imperial German Army, which featured five Generals’ levels, the Navy did not sport a Generaloberst’s equivalent (the Army’s Generaloberst being its highest rank). The Navy Admiräle ranks included the four positions listed below, in lowest-to-highest order.

    Konteradmiral
    Vizeadmiral
    Admiral
    Großadmiral

    For the most part, Admiral was the Kaiserliche Marine’s highest operational/tactical rank. Of the six men who achieved the Großadmiral’s rank, only ONE actually commanded fleet operations: Prinz Heinrich, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s younger brother. He commanded activities in the Baltic during WW I, and did not achieve his rank until 1909. The rest of the six included two who commanded the overall Kaiserliche Marine (Alfred von Tirpitz [1911] and Henning von Holtzendorff [1918]), and whose official titles were “State Secretaries of the Imperial Navy Office.” Another, Hans von Koester, received the rank in 1905, primarily as a thank-you when he was approaching retirement. The final two recipients were royals (Kaiser Wilhelm II and King Oskar II of Sweden), both of whom received the rank in 1901, the year in which it was originated.
    So, a man who achieved an Admiral’s rank was a very high level naval officer who commanded great responsibility within the Kaiserliche Marine. Today, we are offering just such a man’s überrock. [The classic naval überrock was a frock coat that extended down its wearer’s legs, rather than stopping near the waist as did most tunics]. Our überrock is made from fine-quality, dark-blue, buttery-smooth wool. It sports a double row of gleaming gilt buttons (five-per-side) that run down the uniform’s center. The buttons display fouled anchors with Hohenzollern Crowns above them. The überrock’s left breast features a row of sewn-in loops for displaying a ribbon bar. The loops’ total width is 2.”

    The shoulder boards are of the slip-on variety. Each features a small gilt Navy button, and the two silver pips typical of an Admiral’s shoulder boards. [It is one area where the Imperial German Navy’s shoulder boards differed from those belonging to the Army. For the Army, silver pips generally indicated an à la Suite officer, whereas gold pips signaled a staff or field-assigned officer. Navy shoulder boards were the exact opposite]. These shoulder boards feature “Russian rope” bullion, whose design displays alternating silver and gold rows. The silver bullion rope is imbedded with black chevrons. The shoulder boards have the dark-blue underlay characteristic of all Navy shoulder boards (a key point when confirming Navy status).

    Each überrock sleeve displays a small gold bullion Hohenzollern Crown that measures 1 ” x 1 ½.” Each sleeve also reveals a wide gold bullion tape band that measures 2,” as well as two narrow gold bullion tape bands that each measure ” in width. It is here that we discover an anomaly. Two bands indicate a Vizeadmiral, while three stand for a full Admiral. I examined the shoulder boards closely, checking their size, fit, and etc. It is clear to me that they have been attached for a long time, and are NOT recent additions. [It is my view (and that of other knowledgeable collectors and experts) that the überrock’s owner never took the tunic to a tailor to have the other bullion band added after his promotion. As it is likely that a man of his rank owned several uniforms, it is quite possible our offering was an earlier tunic that he did not upgrade. He simply inserted the correct shoulder boards once he was promoted from Vizeadmiral to Admiral. Then he later purchased other tunics with the correct sleeve markings and shoulder boards].

    The überrock’s reverse exhibits six more (three per side) large gilt buttons in its vent area. Its interior displays a magnificent, superior quality black silk lining. The inside lining possesses three large pockets. Two are slash examples, while the third is the more conventional vertical example. The entire liner is in excellent condition.
    The überrock is in stunning condition, overall. We are pleased to share it with you today.

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

    SKU: 18-527 XRH

    $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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    PRUSSIA – HONOR AWARD – EHRENZEICHEN MEDAL– 2nd CLASS

    SKU: 05-1665 XDG

    $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

    $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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    SAXONY – DRESS TUNIC – GENERALLEUTNANT – PRE WORLD WAR I

    SKU: 15-328

    $10,195.75

    This is an absolutely stunning pre WW I Saxon Army Generalleutnant’s dress tunic. It is one of the “dunkel-blau” (dark-blue) types that preceded feldgrau. A striking differentiation between this General’s tunic and those of other German states is made by the buttons. The Saxon General Officer’s buttons that run down the tunic’s center front, the sleeves, the vent area in the rear, and even on the shoulder boards are unique to Saxony. They are quite elaborate, and far more gorgeous than any other button you will ever see. Eight of the gilt buttons adorn the tunic’s front. Two are sewn over the gold bullion kragenspiegel decorating each sleeve. Four more of these magnificent buttons serve as an accent around the vent on the tunic’s reverse. Finally, a smaller button appears on each dress (banjo-style) shoulder board. (These are smaller than the other fourteen buttons). The tunic’s fine wool fabric is in excellent plus condition. A single pair of vertical, sewn-in loops are on the left breast. It can accommodate a breast star or other award. Then a set of horizontal loops appears for a very extensive ribbon or medal bar (the width is 6″).

    As previously stated, the bullion on the sleeves is gold. On the collar, a pair of standard General’s kragenspiegel appears in matching gold bullion. The dress shoulder boards, which are attached to the tunic, are nothing short of stunning. A single pip shows on each for the rank of Generalleutnant. A Generalleutnant compares to a Major General (two stars) in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marines. In Imperial Germany, a Generalleutnant commanded either a Division or an Armeekorps. The trim edging the boards is gilt, while the ringlets extending down are silver. The tunic’s interior is lined in red cotton. A moth nip or two is scattered about the lining. This is a simply amazing tunic. The number of Generals in the Saxon Army was far fewer than in Prussia, therefore making General’s tunics difficult-to-find. If you are looking for a tunic in superb condition, you will be hard pressed to find a finer example than this.

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    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – MEDAL BAR – THREE PLACE – HINDENBURG CROSS – 25 YEARS SERVICE

    SKU: 02-421 XRH

    $556.00

    It features the three medals listed.  All the ribbons and decorations are in fine condition…..

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    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – GERMANY – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – POST WW I

    SKU: 15-728 XAA

    $2,895.00

    SOUTHWEST AFRICA – GERMANY – TUNIC – ENLISTED MAN/NCO – POST WW I

    This is an excellent tunic once worn by a German Enlisted Man/NCO who served in the Colony of German Southwest Africa. This was the lesser known colony as compared to German East Africa which was larger and more productive……..

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    SPAIN – STAMPS – ZEPPELIN – BLOCK OF EIGHT STAMPS

    SKU: 21-154

    $21.00

    This is a block of eight stamps, featuring a zeppelin from Spain. All are attached and a part of a unit.

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    U.S. – BINOCULARS – ARMY – SIGNAL CORP – WW I ERA

    SKU: 39-40

    $80.75

    U.S. – BINOCULARS – ARMY – SIGNAL CORP – WW I ERA

    This pair of binoculars dates from WW I and is the type used by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The binoculars  are officer’s quality. They are black metal with brown, leather-wrapped grips. To the eyepiece’s left are the words “Military Stereo 8x 30.” To the eyepiece’s right are the words “U.S. Navy Gun Factory, Optical Shop Annex, Rochester, NY USA.” Underneath, it is marked “Signal Corps, U.S. Army” and “Serial No EE 64640.”  A leather strap is attached. It also has a brown leather case. Inside the case’s lid is another marking for “U.S. Naval Gun Factory, Optical Annex Shop, Rochester, N.Y.” It is an interesting example that is ready for display.

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    U.S. – BOOK – A HISTORY OF FLIGHT: VOLUME THREE BY COURTLAND CANBY

    SKU: 16-492

    $17.00

    BOOK – A HISTORY OF FLIGHT: VOLUME THREE BY COURTLAND CANBY.

    This is the third volume of this book series. Volume Three starts out with early attempts at aviation, from ancient attempts at winged flight on through the early balloons of 18th Century France. It then goes on to detail the history of modern aviation, but does NOT deal with WW I to any great extent. It focuses instead on civil aviation before and after WW I on up to just before its 1963 copyright date. The book is a first edition that comes complete with its dust jacket. It is in excellent condition.

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    U.S. – BOOK – ABOVE AND BEYOND: THE AVIATION MEDALS OF HONOR BY BARRETT TILMANN

    SKU: 16-491

    $25.50

    BOOK – ABOVE AND BEYOND: THE AVIATION MEDALS OF HONOR BY BARRETT TILMANN.

    The Medal of Honor, once known as the Congressional Medal of Honor, is the highest award that the United States can confer on a soldier, sailor (from the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Coast Guard), marine, or airman. Like Great Britain’s Victoria Cross, it is awarded to personnel of ALL ranks, not just officers (as was Prussia’s Pour le Mérite). The Medal of Honor was first awarded during the U.S. Civil War. Since its inception, it has been awarded 3,515 times (621 times posthumously).
    This book was first published in 2002, and covers aviation Medal of Honor winners from WW I, WW II, Korea, and Viet Nam. The U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy all have had famous aviation winners. The book features all of them and includes many interesting photos of the pilots and their planes. The more than 290-page book comes with its dust jacket. Its condition is just like new!

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    U.S. – BOOK – AIRCRAFT OF THE NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

    SKU: 16-53

    $8.50

    This is the tour book from the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. This museum houses a fine collection of historically significant aircraft from the beginning of aviation early in the 20th Century up until modern days. My personal favorite is the “Spirit of St. Louis,” which marked the first solo flight across the Atlantic. Many fine airplanes are featured in this tour book. You don’t have to be a WW I enthusiast to enjoy it.


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