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Brass WWI German Belt Buckle (Item WWI 9-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is a typical German brass belt buckle of the WWI period in very excellent condition. It’s of two-piece construction with the “GOTT MIT UNS,” “GOD WITH US” plate attached separately to the body of the buckle. This is the more unusual style since it has a matching brass plate that is fully brass and not the brass body with silvered plate, which is the usual type.

PRICE: $125.00

 

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Iron Cross, WWI (Item WWI 9-2, KMEDAL 5-7, WWI 1-1a)

DESCRIPTION: Here is the most familiar medal of valor that is known through the world—the German Iron Cross. Here is a nice issued exampled. The cross itself is in very fine condition in three-piece construction. Its all-original finish is intact. The date, ‘1813’ is on the back signifying the earliest issue of the award, while the front has the ‘W’ for Kaiser Wilhelm with the Prussian crown and ‘1914’ for that present issue. The ribbon is fine with a small bit of age fraying here and there, but generally is good and it speaks to you in the fact that it has been there all through the many years. This is a nice example of an award that gets increasingly rare.

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Bronze Art Medal of General von Gallwitz (Item WWI 9-3)

DESCRIPTION: This large art medal commemorates Max von Gallwitz (1852-1937). This officer served in the German Army during the First World War having started the war as commander of an independent cavalry corps on the western front for the siege of Namur, 10 August 1914. In 1915, Gallwitz was appointed commander of Army Group Gallwitz, which incorporated his former cavalry army including the Hussars. This group was later renamed 12th Army. During this period Gallwitz was awarded the Pour le Mérite, Germany’s highest honor, for the capture of the Russian fortress at Pultusk, and the successful offensive against Russian forces in Galicia. He was later awarded the oak leaves following the 12th Army’s operations in several other engagements with the Russians during the summer of 1915. He was a brave, resourceful field commander against the Russians and against the British at the Somme in the summer of 1916. This is a beautiful art medal with his exact likeness and a great depiction of a galloping Hussar on the back of the medal. It measures about 4 1/2 inches in diameter and is in fine condition.

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Veteran’s Standard Featuring Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen (Item WWI 9-4; VETS 1-19; KCLOTH 1-17)

DESCRIPTION: Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen (1849-1945), was one of the most distinguished officers in the army of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Thus we find it most natural that a cavalry Verein would feature the noble warrior in its honor banner (“Ehrenfahne”). The banner features v. Mackensen on its front panel. Supported on top and under the picture with the words: “Gott vertrauen und der eigenen Kraft!,” which means: “Trust in God and Your Own Strength!” On the other side (reverse) there is an utterly fantastic picture of a German cavalry rider with lance mounted on a beautifully rendered horse. NOTE: All the pictures are hand embroidered both front and back. Around the four corners are helmets depicted starting with the Dragoon helmet with horsehair décor and spike. This is seen at the top left-hand corner. At the right corner at the top is a Pelzmutze, or Hussar busby for an officer. At the right-lower corner is a Uhlan Tshapka or Uhlan officer’s helmet, and in the left-bottom corner is the ultimate cavalry helmet of the Garde d’Corps, the Kaiser’s personal mounted bodyguard regiment. The words embroidered in gold bullion letters read: “Kavallerie-Verein des Kreises Bergheim gegr.1930,” which means “Cavalry Association of the Bergheim Section.” The embroidery on this banner is nothing short of phenomenal; the best we have ever seen in that the great-looking gold fringe on two of the edges is virtually intact. The bottom edge is missing about 2 inches of fringe. On the left edge are five fastening loops for securing the banner to a pole or to a lance. The approximate size of the piece is about 29 x 29 inches. As would be expected there are some stains on the rider side (normal!) and also on the v. Mackensen side as well. In the pictures these stains look like fraying, but they are not. This is also unusual as these veteran’s standards are usually quite frayed from age and use. Please understand with all your understanding just what a Teutonic treasure this truly is. Look at the face of the Generalfeldmarschall and you will be looking at a phenomenon, indeed: “This is not a painting.” This likeness is entirely woven by hand stitching. To paint a picture so lifelike and exact would be a task. But to execute this in minute stitches is almost impossible to contemplate. This is without a doubt more than a veteran’s banner; it is a Germanic antiquity of special note. As to the man depicted, Generalfeldmarschall August v. Mackensen, here was one of Germany’s greatest warrior sons. He was a handsome and elegant man who claimed in is old age to have kept the figure of a lieutenant. He wore the startling black uniform of the Death’s Head Hussars with its busby crowned by a silver skull. Von Mackensen was born on December 6, 1849. After being privately tutored he was educated at the University of Halle before becoming an officer candidate at the age of nineteen in the 2nd Leibhussaren Regt. He fought in the Franco-Prussian War, winning the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Thereafter, his rise through the officer ranks was steady, becoming commander of the 1st Leibhussaren Regt. in 1893, and commander of the Leibhussaren Brigade in 1901. He accompanied the Kaiser on his tour of Palestine in 1898 and in his role as adjutant acquired a dashing reputation for his spectacular six-foot black-booted figure and for the courtliness of his behavior in public. In 1903 he was a major general commanding the 36th Division in Danzig. That same year he was promoted to lieutenant general on September 11. Five years later he was a Generaloberst in command of the 17th Army Corps. With the outbreak of World War I his dashing cavalry operations during the Battle of Tannenberg against the Russians on the eastern front earned him a promotion to field marshal in 1915. The rest of the war was spent as military commander of Serbia and Rumania. Thereafter, his life was full of public honor and although retired from the army in 1920, his Hussar uniformed figure was a well-known sight at public occasions. In 1879 von Mackensen married Dorothea von Horn and by that marriage he had two daughters and three sons between 1883 and 1897. His wife died in December 1905. He married Leome von der Osten on April 29, 1908, the year of his promotion to general. During the Third Reich von Mackensen was to be a focus for many disaffected officers from the old army. He remained faithful unto death to his king and emperor. When Wilhelm II died in Holland in 1941 the elderly field marshal was the only survivor from a bygone age to pay last respects to his sovereign. As the grave was made ready and the last respects made, von Mackensen, with tears in his eyes, offered his own personal gesture to the man to whose loyalty he owed his own success. He carefully laid his regimental cavalry cloak over the coffin and saluted the shades of old Prussia. His beloved Leibhussaren protected the last of the German kings even in death. (In 1951 when Crown Prince Wilhelm died, he was also buried in his full dress uniform as the Colonel Chief of the Death's Head Hussars.) The Kaiser had specified in his will that his funeral be strictly a simple military ceremony in Doom, Holland. Hitler was furious that he could not provide a state funeral in Berlin with full pomp and ceremony. That would have enabled Hitler to walk behind the Kaiser's casket showing Germany and the world that he was the legitimate successor. Von Mackensen, always the warrior, was perhaps the only figure in Germany who could honor the wishes of his last king at the expense of the desires of his current Führer. In 1945 von Mackensen, then 96, with sword in hand tried to stop Russian soldiers from looting his home. Fortunately they did not shoot him. He died in his sleep on November 8, 1945. When they buried von Mackensen, Germany paid last respects to an honored field marshal of the German Imperial Army. So, my collector friends and museum curators, I don’t think we could ever offer you something finer in the way of a German imperial item that even transcends that era and goes into the turbulent 1930s, as well. It is a fitting memorial to the “warrior’s warrior,” but also honors the elite German cavalry institutions, as well. What more can I say, “This is great!

PRICE: $3,250.00; Special sale! reduced to $2,100.00

 

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4 x6 Imperial Battle Flag in Beautiful Condition (Item WWI 9-5; KCLOTH 1-18; KRIEG 7-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is just about the nicest of these that we have ever encountered. It’s almost immaculate with one small rip along the left seam about 3 inches long. We have also found five or six small moth holes on the right side of the flag spaced here and there, but it can truthfully said that they do not detract at all from the general great look of this flag. The colors are bright; the fabric clean. These flags when found command huge prices in Germany, but here in the Georgia mountains we will offer it to the fortune buyer at only…

PRICE:   SOLD

 

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Children’s Soldier Book; Soldatenleben (Item WWI 9-6; KBOOKS 2-7)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a beautiful little book called Soldier’s Life for Germany’s youth. It contains 22 really beautiful little pictures in magnificent color pertaining to various types of German servicemen and their lives in service to the Vaterland. The cover has a German infantryman at attention in front of the traditional guard house. The condition is ‘used,’ but a child’s precious possession at one time. It measures 6 x 12 inches. It’s a nice, little memento of a romantic time.

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German Grouping from One Family (Item WWI 9-10)

DESCRIPTION: These items are sold as a lot. They all belonged to one man and they were bought from the family in 1999, during a trip to Germany.

Item 1: This is a really nice portrait studio picture of the grandfather and grandmother when they were young and he was home on leave. We are told that although they lived in Munich Bavaria they visited Berlin where they had this picture taken.

Item 2: This is a medal bar that belonged to the grandfather with the Iron Cross Second Class. The Bavarian Merit Cross with swords for actual combatants and the WWI National Service Cross with swords for combatants.

Item 3: This is a ribbon bar for the above grouping.

Items 4 and 5: These are two beautiful souvenir art spoons that the grandfather bought while visiting both the city of Dachen near where he was stationed and one from Vienna where he must have been deployed during the war. These spoons are really nice with enameled eagles. They are crafted in genuine silver with great city scenes in high relief.

Item 6: This is an NS-period war-service medal won by the grandfather for services rendered to the 1939-1945 war as a civilian.

Item 7: Last, but not least, this is a beautiful porcelain coffee cup that unfortunately lost its handle over the years, but the front scene is really spectacular with gorgeous bust portraits of the German Kaiser, the Austrian emperor, and the Turkish pasha; all allied in WWI. It will still make a great display item on your china cabinet shelf. Intact it would bring about $300.00

PRICE:   $485.00; a screaming bargain; sold as one set

 

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Three copies of the Buffalo Demokrat and one copy of the Deutsche-Amerika (Item WWI 9-12)

DESCRIPTION: These were brought from Buffalo, New York by one of our advisers. At least two of them, the issue of “Kriegs-Album,” 25 September 1915, and Kriegs-Album, in December 1915, are in English and German. The other two issues, March 1916 and July 27, 1916, are entirely in German. They cover events in Germany, especially the ongoing war, and are loaded with pictures. The July 29 issue is concerned with the famous U-boat, Deutschland, that sailed into Baltimore Harbor under the command of Kapitän Paul König in 1916. This, at the time, was an earth-shattering event. The other issues offered here have great pictures of the then ongoing European war and Germany's major role. Buffalo had, at that time, a large German population, which was fiercely loyal to America, but also never forgot or deserted the Deutsche Vaterland. Back during those 4 years Buffalo was Deutsche from the area known as Kaisertown to the Genesee Park where the Bund later in the 1930s would meet

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Letter Opener of Shrapnel (Item WWI 9-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a World War One battlefield souvenir of note. It is a letter opener fashioned from a vicious piece of deadly shrapnel that has part of the support ring in copper evident at the tope. Below the shrapnel is an Iron Cross configuration that surmounts a paper-knife blade. We have had these before, but this one is really the best example we have ever obtained. It measures 9 1/4 inches. This is a first-class memento of the first worldwide fratricidal war of the 20th century.

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Hindenburg Plaque (Item WWI 9-14; KHISTORY 1-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is a wonderful likeness of Field Marshal and Reichspräsident Paul von Hindenburg. To see more about Hindenburg go to Item KSTATUE 1-2. The plaque is in a light steel material or possible light-gauge iron. The words around the edge come from an old Prussian battle hymn “Der Gott der eisen Wachsen liess der Wolte Keine Knechte,” “The God of Iron will Countenance No Servants,” and the song goes on say that He gave to men whom he created saber, sword, and courage. It is a beautiful martial airs and unfortunately today these sentiments are forgotten as the “sheeple” do the bidding of their politically-correct masters and alien influences and predominance. The plaque is a little more than 13 inches in diameter. The portrait of the marshal is extra fine in detail; even his medals come out clear and concise. The portrait portion measures about 5 1/2 inches in diameter. The wonderful words stand out like a pronouncement of defiance loudly thrust against the complacent and lobotomized world of today. This is a great art object, a great statement from a more noble time. (Go to Marshal Hindenburg on Wikipedia on the net for more on this subject. Also, go to YouTube.com and enter the name of the song and hear it played and sung.)

PRICE: $695.00

 

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Book Die Geschichte von General Hindenburg (Item WWI 9-15; KBOOKS 3-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is a really cute little children's book about Germany's WWI hero Paul V. Hindenburg. It contains only 13 full-color illustrations from the military history of this Germany's greatest field marshal. The inside-front cover has some scribbling done undoubtedly by the former owners, who were young children, but thank goodness they did not write on the picture pages. The pictures are as we have said in a word “cute.” This is a really charming little book to be especially displayed in a meaningful collection. The German and the enemy soldiers are depicted as playful little gingerbread-style combatants. This is a rare find and measures 10 x 8.5 inches and is in pretty good condition considering its age, which is probably 1920s or so.

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Bronze Sculpture of Prussian Helmet and Bayonet (Item WWI 9-16; KHELMET 2-10; KSTATUES 4-6)

DESCRIPTION:This is incredible, and out of our personal collection! For years it was our centerpiece when we had booths at military shows. We have never seen a more accurate bronze of a German Pickelhaube, the spiked helmet of the German Prussian army. For all its long history there has never been any piece of uniform gear so recognized. In its long history the spiked helmet has come to symbolize Prussian-ism, Kaiser-ism, Imperial Germany, and the First World War for millions of people. This is the most prominent feature of any collection of Imperial German militaria. It has come to epitomize the pride and power of the German army. In this wonderful depiction in bronze an unknown artist has sculpted a lasting monument to this piece of headgear virtually unequaled in the annals of military history for sheer beauty and design. The Pickelhaube, like the Kaiser's mustache when viewed, stands as sort of “a declaration of war,” or so said his adversaries and his admirers as well. The sculpture is in pure bronze with a wonderful patina. It sits on a great replicated Mauser GEW-98 bayonet and that in turn lays across a wreath of oak leaves and acorns, the symbol of Teutonic heroism and strength. The helmet and bayonet are in full life-size (incredible!). All the fittings are accurate to the nth degree. The eagle’s helmet plate is exactly like the original (size and style). The piece was undoubtedly made for an official display, possibly in a regimental headquarters to be viewed as one would enter the building. It might have been shown in a glass display case. We have observed two threaded mounting holes that are on the bottom. This was for attachment no doubt to a marble plinth, which obviously did not survive World War II. We bought this in Germany several years ago and never contemplated selling it; however, we had accumulated so many precious items in the past few years and we just have to do a turnover even if it means letting go of some of the irreplaceable items such as this. We would wager that this is unique; what more can we say? It is possibly the best bronze we have ever acquired, and we hope it gets a good home.

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WWI Bavarian Pilot’s Badge (Bayern Flyer Flugzeugführerabzeichen) (Item WWI 9-17; LUFT 15-8; KMEDAL 4-21)

DESCRIPTION: This beautiful example was made by Karl Pöllath of Schrobenhausen, the only known maker of Bavarian pilot’s badges. The badge is beautifully constructed of two pieces soldered together with a rayed back. The workmanship is superb with no visible seam between the two halves. The pin is semiflat and tapers to a point. The securing hook is slightly rounded and has one weep hole below the bottom clasp (this is important to originality). The hinge for the pin of the barrel pattern and is correctly recessed into a hollow at the back of the crown, which follows the crown shape, unlike Prussian badges. The center is on the back has the inscription “Karlpöllath Schrobenhausen Silber” in three lines. Note that the maker’s name has no space as if it’s one word. The badge measures 74 mm high and 45 mm wide. The beautiful badge is in perfect, near-mint condition and has exquisite detail with all the silver frosting intact. This would become easily the pride of your collection.

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Prussian Pilot’s Badge by C.E. Juncker, Berlin (Item WWI 9-18; LUFT 15-9; KMEDAL 4-22)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very nice example of the Prussian badge for pilots of WWI. It’s of early light-weight construction with C.E. Juncker marking on a plain back without rays. It has deeply struck stamping with half moon and crown plus ‘800’ for silver content. It has the barrel-pin holder device, proper weight, correct pin, and size. It’s 100-percent original and ultra-fine! This badge was more of a skills insignia and not strictly an award. It was not automatic that a new pilot would be issued his badge upon completion of flight training. During the war a man was expected to have completed some actual combat flying before his pilot’s badge would be presented to him. Many pilots flew active combat missions without having been “awarded” their pilot’s badge. These are very scarce and always desirable in the collecting field. This one is a prime example.

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WWI Prussian Pilot Badge (Item WWI 9-19; LUFT 15-10; KMEDAL 4-23)

DESCRIPTION: This, too, is a C.E. Juncker-produced badge, and is the style with the rayed back with the Juncker name and ‘800’ silver marks as required. It has the “barrel” pin retainer and flat pin that tapers to a point. The crown has the “hollow” behind it. The retaining hook is slightly rounded and has a weep hole under it (proper). The workmanship is superb and the badge is constructed of two pieces soldered together with the rayed back, with no visible seam showing between the two halves. It is in near-mint condition except for the securing hook having been repaired at some time or another. Otherwise, this is a beautiful specimen of a real rarity.

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