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Book Deutsche Reichsmarine Dienst und Leben der Matrosen (Item KRIEG 2-1)
|DESCRIPTION: "Service and Life of the Sailor." This is one of the cigarette-card-style books although not published by a cigarette company. Instead, it is published by the Hanseatischen Publishing Company of Hamburg (the seafaring city). It is a spectacular chronicle of the prewar German navy depicting every aspect of the sailors' daily life on every type of ship. Included are flag-signal charts and naval ensigns plus a chart showing the national flags, etc. The smaller 2 ½ x 2 pictures are in vibrant color depicting many maritime activities and exercises. There is a full page showing ranks and specialties plus a page of patches showing again specialties on 73 pages and a chart at the back showing the plan of the line ship Bayern, its compartments bulkheads, guns, etc. There is a great foreword picture of Admiral Raeder with the Führer and Kapitan zur See von Fischer aboard Deutschland. In 1934 size 11 x 11 ½ and in fine overall condition. All paste-in photos are present and accounted for. This is a great and important archival treasure.
German Marinebund Naval Veteran's Stickpin (Item KRIEG 2-2)
|DESCRIPTION: This is the stickpin used by the Naval Veterans' League. A beautiful silvered eagle and Iron Cross with "Ges Gesch" on the back.
German Imperial Framed Sailor Souvenir (Item KRIEG 2-3)
|DESCRIPTION: This is wonderful (Matrosenbilder), a sailor's souvenir, from his trip to the Orient. These were embroidered pictures that the German sailor would buy in one of the shops from Hong Kong to Macao, when on shore leave. They became most prized possessions in the homeland when sent back to the wives, girlfriends, etc. They came in varying degrees of excellence and this one would be considered one of the (best!). The condition is great! The eagle and dragon are the recurrent theme posed in different manners. This was a European-Asian tradition and we have seen occasionally British ones from the same period with the dragon and the union jack plus British lion, but to the Germans it was a must. Unfortunately, because of their frailty not many survived. Considering they are 1880-1912 period. Mostly the workmanship is nothing short of incredible considering that most of the work was done by hand. The gold and silver bullion used is absolutely gorgeous. The silk material used in the eagle's wings fully resembles feathers. The gold material in the anchor looks exactly like brass. The eyes of the bird and serpent are like those in taxidermy mounts. The colors are fantastic in all the characters and the Imperial war flag. By the way, this flag proves that the man who ordered this one was a sailor on a warship, not a commercial vessel. Under the left arm of the anchor is a little picture frame that contains the Kaiserlichadler, the Kaiser's eagle. This area was left open for a picture of the seaman whose property this was. This particular officer or seaman was so patriotic to Kaiser and Vaterland that he decided to forego his personalized item in favor of having the Hohenzollern eagle instead. This is also embroidered. This is definitely one of the finest of these Erinnerungbilder that we have ever seen. It is newly framed in a deep-set, specially constructed gilded frame setting. This was done because of the three-dimension pattern where the subjects such as the eagle are built up with inner padding to bring them out in incredible relief. The frame measures 31 ¾ x 22 inches (very impressive size). This will make an incredible center for the Imperial collector, especially the Imperial naval collector.
Imperial German Framed Sailor Souvenir (Item KRIEG 2-4)
|DESCRIPTION: This is wonderful (Matrosenbilder), a sailor's souvenir from his trip to the Orient. These were embroidered pictures that the German sailor would buy in one of the shops from Hong Kong to Macao, when on shore leave. They became most prized possessions in the homeland when sent back to the wives, girlfriends, etc. They came in varying degrees of excellence and this one would be considered one of the (best!). The overall condition of this one is fine except that the German family that reframed it in the 1970's did not use the deep, recessed frame and the glass does touch the subjects, thus it shows wrinkles throughout. But, it is old and it is one of the finest detailed examples of these important historical objects we have had the pleasure of offering. This one is really quite different in that where the recipient's pictures usually goes, he has had a picture of his ship put there, also in embroidery. In a banner across the top are the words translated: "In memory of Service Time in Tsingtau, China 1905-1908." At the bottom are words that come out to sailor's artillery section and a Chinese city is again mentioned. Most of the work, if not all, was done by hand. Look at the eye of the eagle and you can see it is installed in the taxidermy style. The feathers of the eagle are absolutely lifelike. The fabric in the war flag is incredibly real looking. The cannons, torpedoes, mines, anchor, paddle, and lifebuoy are great! The oak leaves to one side and the palm leaves to the other add to its overall Teutonic appearance. The Prussian crown is done in absolute perfection. It measures 34 x 20 inches. This is a first-class trophy for any Imperial collector or especially a naval collector.
Reich's War Flag (Item KRIEG 2-5)
|DESCRIPTION: This is an almost mint-condition Reichskriegsflagge, or war flag. This is the military version of the National swastika flag. This flag was used only in wartime; most familiar to us as the flag flown from naval ships, especially u-boats and as a matter of fact most were used by the German Navy; however, the use was not restricted to the Kriegsmarine. The army and air force used it, as well. Often you see them in pictures flying from the city halls in conquered territories, especially after a hard-fought battle. A more somber note is that after 1943, thousands of them were seen on returning caskets of fallen hero soldiers. This particular one is not Kriegsmarine marked. It is marked Loh? KR-FL (Kriegs-Flagge) 150 x 250. The size comes out to 99 x 55 inches. This flag as we have said is in beautiful condition and is all original. The lanyard rope is intact. The price is reflective of the condition and the fact that it is the perfect size for the average collector. It is the size flown from u-boats.
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