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World War I

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Freikorps Ring

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Freikorps or Sturmtruppen Ring (Item WWI 8-1; FREI 1-3)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the tradition rings produced in the 1920s. For the narrative of how we acquired these rings and other jewelry see About Our Rings. The leering skull was a symbol of the German elite divisions know as Sturmtruppen, Storm Troops (assault detachment), which were infantry units specially armed and trained for attacking enemy defensive positions. This type of ring was employed by both these special troops and the Freikorps, later. The Freikorps, Free Corps, was a paramilitary unit that fought the communists in the German streets of Berlin and Munich and in the post-WWI years. They were used to defend the German borders against the good possibility of invasion by the red army and later they were very successful and effective in putting down the revolution from the left-wing Spartacists and other human rodents in 1921. After saving Germany from the red menace the Freikorps was dissolved and many of these seasoned fighters joined the ranks of the SA (Sturmabteilung) (Storm Sections), the private army of Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP. This is a traditions ring made in commemoration of the mission of the Deutsches Freikorps. Of course, many of them were worn by ex-member and SA troopers. The ring is quite nice and made in the old 1920s fashion although produced in the mid to late 1930s. This is a very nice-looking skull ring.

PRICE: $425.00

 

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1870 Dress Bayonet with Saw-Toothed Edge (rare) (Item WWI 8-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a real find! This is an 1870 Mauser-type bayonet made in the traditional style except there is no slot for the bayonet lug on the rifle. This marks it as a ceremonial or parade sidearm. It’s 25 inches long in its scabbard. The blade is etched with floral design and on its right-hand side the blade bears the German (Prussian) eagle. This pattern is well worn, but still quite discernable. There is no company mark. The blade has the counter-opposed saw-toothed top edge for Pioniere troops, but in this case decorative. The grip is solid brass with iron cross guard and bayonet acceptor, but no receptacle at the top of grip. It is quite rare and probably much underpriced.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Austrian Soldier Portrait in Miniature Bronze (Item WWI 8-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is a really neat Soldatenkopf in genuine bronze casting. Purpose??? He wears the typical Austrian Feldmutze with feather for dress occasions. His happy face indicates that this would be a depiction of the early days of the war. It measures 2 inches high and 1 3/8 inches wide. It’s a heavy, little item.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Happy Austrian Sailor from WWI in Brass (Item WWI 8-6; KJEWELRY 2-23; KRIEG 6-11)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a miniature brass depiction of a K.U.K. Kriegsmarine Matrose (sailor) from WWI. He wears the typical Kriegsmarine hatband on his cap. It’s about 1 3/4 inches high by 1 1/4 inches. This is a really novel and original WWI naval souvenir.

PRICE: $120.00; rare

 

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Pendant Depicting an Artillery Shell (Item WWI 8-7; KJEWELRY 2-26)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a nickel-sized little pendant that was given by the State of Würtemberg to those who financially supported the war effort at the beginning in 1914. It says: “DURCH KAMPF ZUM SIEG 1914,” “Through struggle will come victory.” It is struck in silver and has the ‘800’ assay mark. This is a neat, little remembrance of the First World War. By the way, it depicts a 42-cm shell in the center whose base is covered in a black, white, and red national German colors.

PRICE: $92.00

 

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Iron Cross Bar Pin (Item WWI 8-8)

DESCRIPTION: This a beautiful, fine jewelry-style brass bar with silver oak leaves separately affixed that supports an enameled Iron Cross. This is the type of patriotic jewelry that was sent or brought home to wives or sweethearts by the German soldiers. This one measures 2 inches long is an especially fine example in rich, gold-plated elegance. All the appurtenances upon the bar are affixed with special jeweler’s precision with separate pinning devices holding them in place. Do not underestimate its superb quality.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Stickpin of a Bavarian Rifle Regiment (Item WWI 8-9; PINS 5-14)

DESCRIPTION: We don’t recognize the regiment that this stickpin represents, but form the crossed Mausers. We assume it is a rifle regiment and the Bavarian crown gives evidence of where it came from. This is a really beautiful piece of top-quality jewelry in genuine silver. The detail is astounding.

PRICE: $98.00

 

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Miniature Photo Pin of a German Soldier (Item WWI 8-9)

DESCRIPTION: This handsome gentleman is encased in a fine jeweler-made case frame with a pin on the back to facilitate wearing it. We are not sure if the black frame indicates that he died in the war and this would be worn by the hero’s widow, or if it is merely a sweetheart remembrance pin sent home by the Landser to his lady. We know it is well made and the photography for that day and age is phenomenal. The color is so very realistic, although hand tinted. This is a very nice souvenir and a tribute to Germany’s young soldiers who fought for Kaiser, country, and honor.

PRICE: $120.00; rare and beautiful

 

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Hamburg Honor Cross in Miniature (Item WWI 8-10; PINS 8-10)

DESCRIPTION: This is the finest stickpin we have ever seen. It is the famous Hamburg Honor Cross in a petite, miniature version as a stickpin worn proudly by veterans of WWI from the city of Hamburg. This is a wonderful jeweler-made badge rendered in top-quality silver and enamel with gold-plated swords crossed behind a bust figure of a German soldier wearing a Stahlhelm. The pin is marked ‘Ges. Gesch.’ on the back. This looks to be of three-piece construction, at least! It measures about 1/2 inch wide and 3/4 inches tall. It’s gorgeous. Not even our photography can do it justice. It’s just absolutely the best!

PRICE: $185.00

 

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Rare Desk Ornament from Rosenthal (Item WWI 8-11; WEHR 22-4; VETS 1-17)

DESCRIPTION: Here in mint condition is a beautiful porcelain Stahlhelm, or German helmet, which balances on a wreath of oak leaves upon which is a Teutonic sword. The helmet is the WWI style with M.G.-Lugs. The entire piece is depicted upon a white plinth. The helmet and appurtenances are in striking silver color (a Rosenthal specialty). The familiar Rosenthal trademark is clear on the bottom portion. The base measures 5 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches. The piece is about 3 1/2 inches high. This is an absolute beautiful porcelain sculpture reminiscent of the “Great War.” This was the type of item presented to soldiers who now retired were intensely proud of their service to the Deutsche Vaterland.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Medal Bar (Item WWI 8-12)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very nice three-medal bar with the WWI Iron Cross, the Hamburg Honor Cross, and the WWI Cross of Honor. The three medals are accompanied with the ribbon bar with the three medals defined upon the group.

PRICE: $365.00

 

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Book Hindenburg (Item WWI 8-13; GEN 11-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is a great paste-in cigarette-card book printed in the time of the NS regime by the Sturm Cigarette Company in Dresden. It’s not about the zeppelin; it’s about the great WWI Field Marshal and first president of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, the hero of Tannenberg and one of the most successful war leaders of all time. The book has 125 pages with all the glued-in pictures there and intact. The black-and-white pictures are extraordinarily good, sharp, and crisp. The full-color illustrations are great. The pictures and text follow this illustrious career all the way from his first pictures as a young Prussian cadet officer all the way through the Franco-Prussian War, when he was a lieutenant in the Third Guard Regiment 3F in the field up through the First World War to his presidency of the German republic and his meeting with Adolf Hitler, whom he slates as his successor and finally as he is laid to rest at the gigantic memorial crypt at Tannenberg with the largest memorial service and funeral Germany has ever seen. He truly was a warrior and hero and his name will live on to time immemorial. There are hundreds of pictures and illustration here plus, as a bonus, two clippings from German newspapers about the death in 1888 of Frederick Wilhelm III, the Kaiser of Germany, King of Prussia and another chronicle about the death of von Hindenburg. The book is in 100-percent excellent condition with fine linen cover with the Hindenburg coat of arms embossed on the front in high relief. The book measures 9 x 12 inches and is about an inch thick. This is a historical treasure!

PRICE: $250.00

 

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Five-medal Bar (Item WWI 8-14; KMEDAL 4-16)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a nice 5-medal bar with the:
Third Class Bavarian Military Service Order with crown and swords in bronze
Iron Cross Second Class
Third Class Bavarian Army 9-Year Service Medal (Treue Dienste bei der Fahne!)
Treue Dienste Medal known as the Theresian Order for 12 years’ service
WWI Honor Cross
This is an excellent bar with great medals.

PRICE: $495.00

 

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Three-medal Grouping on Bar with Great Appurtenance Ribbons (Item WWI 8-15; KMEDAL 4-17)

DESCRIPTION: Here s an excellent bar with three medals:
Iron Cross Second Class
Frederick II Gross-Herzog Service Medal in silver
WWI Honor Cross
Amazingly there are four ribbon appurtenances; ribbons with the appropriate colors to match the awards on the bar (worn on civilian clothing).

PRICE: $295.00

 

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Very Nice WWI Saxon 3-Medal Bar (Item WWI 8-16; KMEDAL 4-18)

DESCRIPTION: Here s an excellent bar with three medals:
Iron Cross Second Class
Frederick II Gross-Herzog Service Medal in silver
WWI Honor Cross
Amazingly there are four ribbon appurtenances; ribbons with the appropriate colors to match the awards on the bar (worn on civilian clothing). <

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Great Bar with Four Medals and High-Dress Uniform Chain with all the Medal Duplicated in Miniature (Item WWI 8-17; KMEDAL 4-19)

DESCRIPTION: WWI Iron Cross Second Class
The Frederick August Cross of Saxony
Unidentified; possible regimental (help!)
25-Year Service Cross of Prussia.
To find a grouping with the correct and original award chain is very rare. We are quite proud to offer this unusual grouping.

PRICE: $595.00

 

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Six-Piece Medal Bar (spectacular) with Ribbon Appurtenances (Item WWI 8-18; HUNG 1-11; WEHR 22-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a fine medal bar with six awards including a Hungarian medal. Present are the Iron Cross Second Class, the WWI Cross of Honor, the 4-year Wehrmacht Medal, the NSDAP Faithful Service decoration (Treuedienst Ehrenzeichen) in silver, the 1914-1918 Austrian Service Medal, and the 1914-1918 Hungarian Service award. The wearer was obviously a WWI veteran from Austria-Hungary, who also was a loyal early party member who entered the WWII Wehrmacht where he faithfully served. This group is rather great in that it has the ribbon bar with it with all the medals represented. They are extremely rare when found this way.

PRICE: $595.00

 

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Four-Medal Grouping on Bar (Item WWI 8-19; NSD 13-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very nice 4-award bar with the:
WWI Iron Cross Second Class
Rare Saxon Officer’s Service Medal with the oversize swords
WWI Honor Cross
NS Long-Service Medal in silver

PRICE: $395.00

 

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Book Vater ist im Kriege (Item WWI 8-20)

DESCRIPTION: Father is in the War is a special little children’s book published in Berlin and sold back in 1915 for 1,20 Deutschmarks; 25 pfennig going to the collection for the war effort and wounded-soldiers’ fund. The book was published for this purpose and sponsored under the auspices of the Crown Prince palace. It’s hard covered, but shows much wear on the covers and has some loose pages, but they look to be all there from the first page that has a picture of Santa Claus. We can only assume it was a Christmas book meant to support patriotism in the war years. The pictures are all drawing of German soldiers, sailors, airmen, machines, and ships in action. The drawings are typical of children’s-book illustrations: simple but charming with brilliant color. The first picture is that of the German crown prince upon his white steed. This is the only torn page, but has been mended with tape. The book measures 7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches. The pictures are mostly 5 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches. It’s old, used. Loose, “but” charming and rare.

PRICE: $150.00

 

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Book Pour le mérite-Flieger (Item WWI 8-21; LUFT 9-16)

DESCRIPTION: Blue Max Flyers; the Heroic Deeds and Lives of our War Flyers is a great 517-page book chronicling the deeds and life stories of the greatest of the winners of the coveted “Blue Max” (Pour le Mérite). This is a very rare edition with text and pictures—great pictures—both photographic and illustrated. Hundred of pictures of the aces, their aircraft, zeppelins, naval engagements from aircraft; the heroes Herman Göring, Manfred von Richthofen, Woltz, Ernst Udet, and many, many more. This is just a great book for the enthusiastic collector of aeronautical items. It measures 5 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches and is 1 3/4 inches thick. It has wonderful clear and dramatic pictures. This book is highly sought after and seldom found. A beautifully embossed blue and gold “Pour le Mérite” is on the cover. It’s in good overall condition with a tiny bit of fraying at the top of the spine.

PRICE: $225.00

 

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 Art Spoon from WWI (Item WWI 8-22; SPOONS 1-6)

DESCRIPTION: This is an art spoon from the first year of the Great War, 1914-1918. It has the wonderful German eagle perched on a shield with the German national colors—black, white, red—with the years 1914-15 emblazoned upon it. I’m sure there were no 1916-1918 spoons made since the sheer horror of the war overshadowed the artistic aspects completely by then. This eagle was used on pendants that we often encounter as well. It came to be known as the patriot eagle. It has the Iron Cross in the center of its chest (very classic looking). The spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches and is crafted in genuine ‘800’ silver and is so marked along with logo stampings from the company. The style is art deco personified “Jungstahl.” This is one of finest of the art spoon collection that we recently purchased in Germany. These spoons were rare collector’s items in their day and it was usually the more wealthy burgers who invested in them. The artwork is incredible and this particular one is a very fine example in its design. This is a very good investment piece.

PRICE: $495.00

 

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 Original Photograph of WWI Soldier (Item WWI 8-23)

DESCRIPTION: This is a Bavarian officer wearing the Pince-Nez spectacles and the upturned moustache like the Kaiser’s with the same admirable arrogance and rugged determination. He is a Bavarian officer and he signed the card, but in typical Germanic script that I cannot read. The photographer’s logo is on the front and back and he is listed as “KGL. BAYR. HOFPHOTOGRAPHEN;” meaning he was a photographer to the royal palace of the Hohenzollerns and personal photographer to Crown Prince Rupprecht V. of Bavaria. The card measures 6 1/2 x 4 inches and is in 100-percent great condition.

PRICE: $78.00

 

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Prussian Grenadier Miter, or Helmet (Item WWI 8-24; KHELMET 2-7)

DESCRIPTION:This in wonderful condition is the parade miter of the First and Second Battalions of the Guard Regiment of Foot (1894 model) for enlisted ranks. Grenadiers were the elite soldiers who were originally a specialized assault group for siege operations, first established with a distinct rule in the mid-to-late 17th century. Grenadiers were soldiers who threw grenades and stormed breaches leading the forefront of such a breakthrough. Five regiments of the Prussian Guard were designated as guard grenadiers and there were an additional fourteen regiments among the line infantry of the German empire. The miter cap, whether in stiffened cloth or metal, became the distinguishing feature of the grenadier in the armies of Britain, Russia, Prussia, and most of the German states during the 18th century. By 1914, the miter survived in three regiments of the Prussian and Russian Imperial Guards. In the case of Prussia it was the First, Second, and Third Battalions of the Regiment of Foot, and it is this miter we offer here in the 1894-1914 model. This helmet features the scaled chinstrap accouterment, although some examples in museums and private collection are seen without them. This would date the actual issue to after 1896, because that is when the chinstrap was introduced. This explains why grenadier caps like the one from the Third Battalion (featured below) would seem to be missing the strap, but one can readily see on that one that no such accouterment ever was attached. The Prussian eagle in the central design has a banner withSemper Talis (“Always the Same” High Standard). This helmet has a red cloth, bold body with trim (once white). The condition is utterly fantastic; the liner is intact; the metal is unmarred; the detail is wonderful. This is truly a very rare piece of imperial headgear and priced very competitively. Seldom is one of these ever found, and they are so scarce in this condition.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Prussian Grenadier Miter Cap, or Helmet (Item WWI 8-25; KHELMET 2-8)

DESCRIPTION:This is the miter of the enlisted ranks of the 3rd Battalion of the First Prussian Guard Regiment from about 1890 to possibly 1896. It was worn minus a scaled chinstrap of the type seen above in the First and Second Battalion model. Read over description with the above miter: Item KHELMET 2-7. The Third Battalion wore the color yellow as the core color of the cap with once white trim. The miter is in excellent condition overall. The motto on the banner is Pro Gloria et Patria, “For glory and fatherland.” Essentially this mottos and the body color are the only difference between this one the one above. They are both in great condition, but this one has the pom-pom included. These are rare museum pieces in very wonderful shape. This one bears a few stains here and there, but is without mothing and the original liner is there, intact. It’s very reasonably priced.

PRICE: SOLD

 

 

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