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 Presentation Statue "Knight of the Crusades" (Item OLD 3-1)

DESCRIPTION: This very dramatic statue is a presentation gift to a major of the Imperial German Army. The statue depicts an officer knight of the Holy Crusades who holds the "Papel Bull," the order to free the Holy Land from the Saracens. The entire sculpture with base measures 19 inches. The figure itself is a foot high. There is a round, applied, penny-sized plaque that says "R. Belair & Co. Berlin" at the rear of the plinth. The figure seems to be of bronze or possibly European spalta with heavy bronze plating. At the front of the plinth is a round plaque with the Latin legend proclaiming the Pope's order to European chivalry on the wooden base there is a plate that serves the dedication "To Major Kirgau from the officer corps of the Field Artillery Regiment Nr. 71 of the great Kamtur Gründung-Ansläsung." The knight has the crusader cross on his cloak and helmet. This item is historically important both in depiction and in presentation.

PRICE: $ 800.00

 

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 Monument to the Liberator (Item OLD 3-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is a Hutschenreuther plate made by one of the finest German porcelain companies. The subject is a wonderful artistic rendition of the Hermannsdenkmal in the Teutoberger Forest. This stands there today as a mute, but heroic-looking, edifice to the memory of der Schlagt im Teutobergerwald. In the early part of the first century, Hermann was the earliest historical hero of the Teutonic people. The Romans were threatening to overwhelm the land Germania, but Hermann, or Arminius, as he was known in the writings of Tacitus, was able to draw the tribes together in unity to soundly defeat the legions of the Roman commander Varus. Thus the legions of Hermann fell upon the Romans (20,000) infantry and cavalry and these trained and disciplined troops were utterly destroyed by the barbarian horde who used their native crafts of fighting in their heavily wooded territory. Varus and his senior officers committed suicide. They regretted the long apprenticeship and the tactics learned by this "Arminius" who had once served with distinction in the Roman army. This brilliant tactician had later returned to his people, the Cherusci, and started to plan for the German revolt. The battle ensued for three days and turned out to be Rome's greatest military defeat since the Punic Wars 200 years earlier. For four years after the disastrous battle, according to Roman historians, Emperor Augustus would beat his head on a door crying, "Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!" Tacitus describes how in the neighboring groves stood the savage alters at which the Germans had immolated captured tribunes and first-rank Centurions, and also mentions the use of gallows used in the disposing of the foot soldiers. This was the way of these Germanic peoples. It was a sacrifice to the gods for their help in the battle and also to hallow the dead of the Teutonic host. This form of offering is specifically dedicated to Odin for victory. This battle had the victorious result of effectively casting the Romans out of Germania and saved central Europe from sharing the fate of the moribund and fateful fall of the Roman Empire. Hermann assuredly was the liberator of Germany (Liberator laud dubic Germaniae). The statue stands in the Teutoberger Forest near the tiny town of Horn and the larger town of Detmold. It is about as large as the American statue of Liberty. Another smaller one is 102 feet tall and stands in Hermann Heights Park in New Ulm, Minnesota and by congressional resolution is recognized as the National German-American Monument; however, the one depicted here on this magnificent plate is the one in the forest of the Teutons. It was designed and built by Ernst von Bandel in 1875. It was erected on the Osning 1,800 feet above sea level. It is truly a monument to the greatest and most heroic of all the Germanic heroes. Twenty million people a year visit this monument. Many souvenirs are sold such as miniature Hermann statues in white metal, plastic buttons, bumper stickers, and for the most popular items it can be said to be souvenir plates, BUT, they are nice but cheaply made with decals; nothing like this ultra-fine depiction on a plate from a major porcelain company. This piece is from the 1930's and is the ultimate remembrance of the liberator that can still be (rarely) found. I have one in my personal collection and this one is only the second one I have seen in 30 years. The plate's diameter is 9 ¼ inches and the picture is under the glaze. The edging is in Prussian gold; absolutely beautiful!

PRICE: $ 325.00

 

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 Table Dagger or Tishdolch (Item OLD 3-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is an incredible table dagger or Tishdolch. These were 19th century and earlier dagger productions that were made and merchandized for their incredible beauty alone. They really did not serve any purpose except to lie on an end table or a coffee table and through their wonderful presentation they would generate intellectual discourse. They often would evoke long-forgotten sagas and poems about knights' ladies, dragons, and elves. This one seems to depict a Teutonic Knight of the order with his sword and shield. He may be a crusader as his shield depicts the Christian cross. The sculpture is probably in bronze with silver finish, but one thing is for sure, it's elegantly and wonderfully sculptured with lifelike realistic detail of man and uniform. It is probably from the early 18th century or as late as the mid century. It's 13 ½ inches long and the double blood-grooved blade measures 7 ½ inches. It is a murderous-looking blade that would pierce flesh and bone straight away forthwith! Perhaps that fact generated conversation as well, or perhaps this was kept in the gentleman's drawer for protection while not on display for company night. This is a great historic treasure in wonderful condition overall.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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 Soldier Image-1870’s (Item OLD 3-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is a fine depiction in early photographic mode of a German bandsman in dress uniform; Bavarian or Prussian? It is in nice presentable shape although the numerous age spots do show as you often see on American photo images of this size, especially those of the Civil War period and Indian wars. This is a large item the measures 17 x 23 inches in the frame. The frame is original-wood with a veneered overlay of beautiful burled mahogany. The glass is bubble-bezeled and domed! A rare item of the late 19th century and a great Germanophile background for a Teutonic collection.

PRICE: $ 175.00

 

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 Souvenir Purse (Item OLD 3-6; WWI 6-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is unique! A velvet purse that probably was a sweetheart gift that some German Lanser had made in Belgium and brought home while on leave to his wife or girlfriend. It says: "Kriegs Andenven (war souvenir) 1914-1915 Belgien" It has the hand-embroidered German Reich eagle in the center and the flags of the central powers surrounding it. The metal shows some surface rusting through the plating, but the fabric of the purse is in fine condition. This is a very neat little memento of a very tragic war.

PRICE: $ 175.00; Sale! Reduced to $105.00

 

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