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Hussar Album
Hussar Album

Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
Hussar Album
The back
Beautiful Presentation Album of Photos from the 14th and 16th KK Hussar Regiment of Imperial Austria
(Item IMP 1-1 & KSPEC 1-3 & WWI 12-10)

DESCRIPTION: This is a gorgeous photo album presented by the elite 14th and 16th Hussar Regiment to their Brigade Commander, Major General Baron Oswald Coburg (probably a retirement gift). In the center of the front cover is a wonderful badge style escutcheon that employs all the equipment of the horse solders (Hussars) -- carbine, swords, shako, horse stirrups, revolver, bugle, etc. and all of this is surrounded by branches of palms and another of oak leaves. This is all in the finest of 800 silver. At top and bottom are the words of presentation. The corners are highly decorated with beautiful floral designs in high relief. The cover is in lovely blue leather. The album measures 13 x 10 inches and is slightly over 2 inches deep and contains 77 mounted picture all on the studio card stock of the age; there are also two loose pictures but all the photo slots that are made to contain the images are filled.  The pictures range in two sizes 2 ½ x 4 1/8th. And the bigger ones are 5 ½ x 4 ½. All are in perfect shape and the pages are clean. The Germanic phrase in the title of the albums cover KK stands for Kaiserlich and Koniglish (Imperial and Royal). This was applied to all units that served Austria and the Hapsburg monarchy. The album is in great shape throughout. The pictures of the uniformed Hussars show the dashing and daring of these soldiers of the horse. The Hussars were of course light cavalry which first originated in Hungary and of all the world's Hussars, the Austro-Hungarian riders were the best! They were very effective against the Prussians and French. The Allies in WWI and even against the Russians in the early days of WW II. This album miraculously turned up and bears silent testimony to a band of equestrian heroes who shall never be forgotten in the annals of military history and glorious renown.

PRICE: $1,600.00 

 

St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue

St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue
Watch on the Isonzo (River)
St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue
St. Michael Statue

Austrian Bronze Statue of Saint Michael Guarding the Austrian Border (Item IMP 1-2 & KSTATUE 5-5 & WWI 12-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is a magnificent bronze statue of the Patron Saint of Imperial Austria armed with sword and shield.  He stands defiant and steadfast as he guards the area known as the “Isonzo” named for the Isonzo River that runs from the Gulf of Trieste through Italy and Slovenia and joins with the Sola and Idrija Rivers as it ambles toward Austria. The battles of the Isonzo were a series of 12 battles between the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies in World War One.  They were fought along this river on the Eastern sector of the Italian front between June 1915 and November 1917.  Most of the battles were fought on the territory of modern Slovenia and the remainder in Italy. During the war the Isonzo valley was part of the Alpine sector of the Italian Front, along which the armies of Italy and Austro-Hungary clashed. During World War One the sixty miles long river ran almost entirely inside Austro–Hungary in parallel to the border with Italy. There is a narrow corridor between northern Italy and central Europe. This corridor is also known as the “Ljubijana Gate.”  The Italian army wanted to break through this passage in order to penetrate into central Carniloa and then on to Stynia to the heart of Austria. The area between the northernmost part of the Adriatic Sea and the sources of the river Soca thus became the scene of twelve successive battles with the rest of the mountainous 400  mile long front almost everywhere dominated by Austro-Hungarian troops. The Isonzo was the practical area for Italian military operations during the war. The Austrians had fortified the mountains ahead of the Italian long expected entry into the war on May 23rd, 1915.  The details of the battles are available on the internet; we won’t go into further description here. Fratricidal War at its Most Heinous. Despite the huge effort and resources poured into the continuing Isonzo struggle the results were invariably disappointing and without real tactical merit, particularly given the geographical difficulties that were inherent in the campaign. Cumulative casualties of the numerous battles of the Isonzo were enormous.  Half of the entire Italian War casualty total some 300,000 - 600,000 were suffered along the Isonzo. Austro-Hungarian losses while by no means as numerous were never the less high at around 200,000 of an overall total of around 1.2 million casualties.  The statue stands today as a memorial to the brave Austrian soldiers who died in those twelve battles as defenders of their sacred fatherland the figure of Saint Michael depicted with the wings of an archangel.  His sword is the wavy blade type and his shield has the double headed eagle of the Hapsburg Empire.  The bronze figure stands at the peak of a simulated mountain. This model mountain is formed from actual Austrian granite from the area of Austria where such stone is quarried.  The realistic tone is exemplified by this clever artistic touch. The whole of the sculpture in height including the granite base is 15 inches with the base being 6 inches high and Saint Michael being 12 inches.  The sculpture and base are in A-1 perfect condition. Very dramatic looking and noble in its concept. This is one of the most meaningful art statues we have ever presented to serious Germanophiles worldwide. By the way, we might need a St. Michael or St. George at our border in the near future to guard against the Dragons and Devils from south of that besieged border. Let’s support Arizona! In Hoc Signo Vinces!!!

PRICE: $2,950.00

 

Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Schwarzlose Machine Gun
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
The artist's signature
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Bottom of marble base
Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue
Austrian machine squad

Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue

Austrian Machine Gunner Bronze Statue

Magnificent Bronze of a WWI Austrian KuK Stormtrooper with Machine Gun (Item IMP 1-3 & KSTATUES 5-3)
DESCRIPTION: The Austro-Hungarian forces in World War One were some of the best but led by the worst. This is a wonderful sculpture in genuine Austrian Bronze of a Austrian "Sturmtruppen” member manning a belt fed Schwarzlose water cooled M-712 machine gun. This gun was fed via a 250 round magazine fabric belt and could fire up to 500 rounds per minute. The soldier is shown with the full issue uniform with field pack, canteen,and bayonet in scabbard. He has the marksmanship award in the form of an agulette looking braided cord worn from the left shoulder board. The phenominal accuracy of the whole sculpted presentation is great. This is a true Austrian bronze in every sense of the word and miniature Austrian bronze are highly sought after by collectors worldwide. We have see the Bergmann “Kitty Kats” Dachshunds, Monkeys, Foxes etc., but to find a military subject is extremely rare indeed. The piece is signed T. Henn and has a copyright stamp that says ‘Henn Vienna’ in a circular stamping. This is in addition to the artist signature. The sculpture is mounted on a piece of thick genuine Austrian marble as a base that is 1 ½ inches thick and measures 5 ½ x 4. The metal base is 5 inches long and 3 ½ wide. From the bottom of the metal plinth or base the soldier is 3 ½ inches high. From the front muzzle of the machine gun to the back of the field pack the measurement is 4 ½ inches. The piece is quite heavy being genuine bronze and marble. The Sturmtrooper is wearing the Austrian issue cap that resembles the WW II .M-43 cap All in all this is a really wonderful museum specimen, extremely rare and historically significant and will make your desk look like it is in KuK Hauptquarters. This is in a word -- “Special.”

PRICE: SOLD

 

Old Reich

Old Reich

Old Reich

Old Reich

Old Reich

Old Reich

Old Reich

Old Reich

Old Reich

 Magnificent Small Bust of Kaiser Franz Joseph of Austria, 1830-1916 (Item IMP 1-4)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a small desk-style bust on a beautiful part metal-part marble plinth. The base is done in the typical floral, art nouveau-style of the period. Halfway up it is ringed with a circular red marble configuration, then a circular metal piece emerges with a rope ring, and, finally, the bust of the emperor is seen. From the bottom of the plinth to the top of the head is about 10 inches, while the actual bust measures 5 1/4 inches high. The bust and the plinth are cast in a zinc alloy and is a very nice late 19th-century memory of a better time in the Austrian Empire. Franz Joseph was one of the most noble of the Hapsburg Dynasty emperors of Austria, the Apostolic King of Hungary, and King of Bohemia with a 68-year reign (1848 to 1916). He was born in Vienna in 1830. At the age of 13 he started a career as a colonel in the army and he wore the uniform for most of his life. In 1854, he married (his cousin), Duchess Elisabeth (Sisi) in Bavaria. It was an ill-fated marriage plagued with tragedy. Their first daughter, Sophie, died as an toddler, while their only son, Crown Prince Rudolph, died with his young mistress (allegedly by suicide) at Mayerling. The empress herself was stabbed to death by a filthy anarchist in 1898. Franz Joseph never fully recovered from the losses and always said to his relatives and friends: “You’ll never know how important she was for me.” In 1914, the heir to the Hapsburg throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated at Sarajevo leading to WWI. Franz Joseph died in 1916, at age 86, in the middle of the war. Ever sad, but it was said by all the Austrian people: “He was our father!”

PRICE:  SOLD

 

Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Helmet
Austrian Tschapka of the Uhlan Regiments (Item IMP 1-5 & KHELMET 2-12)

DESCRIPTION: This is the jaunty looking headgear of the Imperial Austrian Uhlans. The original word for the Tschapka comes from the Polish General description of a cap “Czapka” from 1784. The Tschapka was re-introduced by Austrian Uhlans (light cavalry). This was the time Galicia was under Hapsburg rule. Its use was spread from eastern Europe by the Polish legion fighting for the French in the Napoleonic Wars and became popular not only among Napoleon's French and allied forces such as Westphalia, Bavaria, and Saxony but also among the armies of his enemies but they were only used by these Uhlan units. At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, they continued to be worn by Uhlans in Germany and Austria. The German and Austro-Hungarian Uhlans wore this headgear during the first World Wars, beginning, though they were abolished for the Field Uniform, soon thereafter but it was only after the Polish Lancers proved their effectiveness during the Napoleonic Wars that armies across Europe quickly adopted the concept of the Lancer (Uhlan) regiments complete with the Tschapka as their headdresses. In 1914, Czapki were worn in full dress by all German, Austro-Hungarian, British, Belgian and Russian Uhlan Regiments. They varied in detail but all had the characteristic four sided top, resembling the mortar board of academic graduation. Austrian Lancers wore their Tschapka on active service during the opening weeks of the 1st World War usually with waterproof covers. Some feel that this rather gaudy looking headdress is not so militaristic looking while others feel it is the absolute epitome of dashing elegance and military glory. Certainly those who wore them were usually the flower and aristocracy of the military services. The elite!

This Tschapka is the most complete one we have ever beheld with all original parts. The horsehair plume is usually and almost invariably missing when one of these rare pieces is found and the cords, chin strap, eagle plate are all there and in ultra fine condition when even the embroidered roundel or feldzeichen is there with the FJR for Franz Joseph Reigns. The helmet is as close to perfect as we have ever seen. It is as good or better than the ones shown in the Austrian Museum. The leather liner is intact. The pictures attached are testimony to the excellence of this very rare relic of the “better time” -- a collector would do well to acquire this wonderful Tschapka. 

PRICE: $2.950.00

 

Franz Josef Plaque
Franz Josef Plaque
Emporer Franz Josef with trophy stag
Franz Josef Plaque
Franz Josef Plaque
Hapbsburg Dynasty Crown
Franz Josef Plaque
Artist's signature
Franz Josef Plaque
Foundry mark
Franz Josef Plaque
Franz Josef Plaque
Remarkable likeness
Franz Josef Plaque
Franz Josef Plaque
Strong hanging fixture
Franz Josef Plaque
The Emporer
Franz Josef Plaque
Commemorative picture
celebrating Franz Josef 60
years of rule
Franz Josef Plaque
Franz Josef in 1885
Franz Josef Plaque
Franz Josef on hunt in mountains
Plaque Depicting Emperor Franz Josef of Austria (Item IMP 1-6, KSTATUE 5-12)

DESCRIPTION: This is a beautiful large bronze plaque that is mounted on its original wooden base piece.  It depicts Kaiser Franz Josef, the Hapsburg monarch who was Emperor of Austria, King of Bohemia, King of Croatia, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Galicia and Grand Duke of Cracow from 1845 until his death in 1916.  He had many tragedies in his life including the suicide of his son the Crown Prince Rudolf in 1889 and the heinous murder of his wife the Empress Elizabeth in 1898. He became the war time partner of Kaiser Wilhelm II in the Great War that followed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne. This activated a system of alliances which resulted in World War One.

Franz Josef died on 21 November 1916 after ruling his domains for almost 68 years.  He was a much beloved ruler who enjoyed the love and adoration of his people.  One of the few pleasures and pastimes that this royal personage ever afforded himself was hunting and fishing. He was an avid hunter and indulged in this sport on every occasion that he possibly could.  He had several hunting lodges in the Austrian Alps and the Wienerwald (Vienna forest). This plaque depicts him in his jagertracht (hunting garments) with the jaunty hat with partridge brush. This is a very exact likeness of the grand old emperor.  A piece of magnificent bronze art.  It is mounted nicely on a beautiful wood base measuring 21 ½ inches by 17.  The actual bronze plaque measures 11x15 inches. Below the bust portrait of Kaiser Franz is the Hapsburg crown surrounded by laurel leaves on one side standing for empire and on the other side you can see pine branches and pine cones (hunting décor).  There is a signature of the artist F. Krebs 1908 and there is also a mark of the bronze castor that looks like it indicates a patent protection with numbers (Shutz = protected!). This is an absolutely beautiful art piece and is truly rare and important to the history of our times

PRICE: $1,850.00

 

 

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