World War I
WW I Aviation (Germany) [Incredible group of items from a flyer named Andreas Jansen] (Item WWI 4-1)
|DESCRIPTION:This is an incredible group of items from a flyer by the name of Andreas Jansen, born in Hamburg, Germany in 1897, who flew a Zweidecker, biplane, in 1919, when he belonged to the Luftfahrer Verband He was member no. 8267. He joined this outfit because flying was in his blood having been a combat flyer in WW I. This is one of the best pilot groups we have ever seen out of this period. It includes:
His Flugzeugführer pass with information and picture
His WW I flyer's badge in silver; very fine example
The propeller tip from his airplane
A hard-card photo of him (first on left) with two of his friends The Verdienst Kreuz 1914 from city of Hamburg
The stickpin in enamel for membership in the Luftfahrer Verband (silver marked "LLERCH" 800) A photo album containing 23 photographs starting with a great picture of Jansen, himself, posing with a comrade in front of his biplane. Then a picture taken for fun of him second from left where all these officers are in the act of dislodging a huge wheel. On the next page there is a group picture of German officers all wearing artillery Pickelhaubes, spike helmets. His father may be in this scene. Then a couple of photos of his family's estate and a photo of some of the airmen butchering a pig.
Next, a group shot of flyers and single picture of Jansen's friend while on the next is (signed) in 1918 dashing with flyer's scarf about his neck. On the next page are two pictures from the air of the Wartburg near Eisenach. It was here in May 4, 1521 that Frebrih the Wise, the Elector allowed Martin Luther to be brought. It was here he translated the New Testament into German from the original Greek. The other aerial picture is the Volkerschlacthdenkmal by Leipzig, the monument to the battle of nations against Napoleon in 1813. On this page there is also a really neat picture of Jansen (first on right) with Kameraden and his mascot mastiff. There is also a picture of him with his airplane and his tail gunner pilot, 1918. The next page has scenes from the Fleigerheim, flyer's command HQ, and a shot of his plane and a crushed aircraft, plus more of Jansen with air buddies. Next, war damage and Jansen as a boy with an aquarium. Next pictures of British prisoners and Andreas on skis wearing his uniform!. The next, a way station at the front and a picture of our hero at a switchboard.
Three pictures of WW I aircraft mounted to glass; probably were framed at one time
A postcard-type photo (but original) of a biplane in the clouds with a letter to his parents from Andreas dated August 22, 1918, signed Andreas and it seems to be from "your flyer son."
A picture of a smashed German fighter aircraft (his?)
A picture of German airmen at the front sitting at an outdoor, makeshift table.
A letter dated April 2, 1919 with stamp from König. Preuss. (?) in Hamburg and it must be important as it has been numbered no. 8267. It mentions in opening Fleiger Jansen and his rank and section and then the date September 9, 1918 and signed at the bottom by the Abteilungsführer (section leader). This seems to be a good reference for Jansen.
This is definitely a great grouping seldom seen this complete. We are very proud to offer it for museums, or for fine collections worldwide.
Imperial Regimental Beer Stein (Item WWI 4-2)
|DESCRIPTION: This is a very handsome regimental beer stein from the First Company, Ninth Wurtemberg Infantry Regiment No. 127 stationed at Ulm from 1904 to 1906. In the lithophane bottom one can see a fine picture of King Ludwig of Bavaria, a sort of hero to all German soldiers. This stein belonged to a musketeer by the name of Baur whose name is also listed with 54 of his comrades down the back of the body near the handle. All the patriotic sayings abound in the design and much of the motif is done with hand painting over the decal to bring out the highlights. The thumb lift is very unusual in that instead of the usual eagle we have a little bird, a wren. The wren is the symbol of the city. During the construction of the Ulm Cathedral, the architect sat in a park across the street from the site, trying to figure out how to get the long timbers into the spire. As he pondered he saw a wren building a nest, and saw him slide the long twigs into the nest. This gave the architect the idea of how to do the same on the cathedral, and since, it has been the pride of the city, thanks to the wren. That bird became the city's symbol. The top is, of course, pewter with various patriotic motif employing helmets, weapons, field pack, oak leaves, and, of course, Wilhelm the Kaiser and the Imperial eagle. Victorious German infantrymen stand at the top in joyful exuberance. The stein is tight! and perfect in every way and is one of the most colorful we've seen yet. It is a .5-liter size and it is signed by the maker in Ulm on the Danube. If one wanted a token Imperial beer stein this by all means should be considered. They really don't come better in Imperial infantry steins.
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