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    Collecting for many years now. Mainly Imperial German, old States, Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Württemberg, etc., orders, decorations, documents, militaria, Pickelhauben, tunics, accoutrements, weapons, etc., also 3rd Reich, same aspects.

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  1. A dress cap for other ranks of the Mecklenburg regiments, Grenadier-Regiment 89 or Füsilier-Regiment 90 It could also be for Dragoner-Regiment 17. The dragoon regiments usually had a lighter blue uniform, but this varied in shade from light to cornflower blue. Fine quality dark blue cloth with red band and crown piping, band with internal stiffener and brown leather sweat band, the interior with a saffran coloured silk lining. The sweat band is detached at the front, evidence that this could have also been a peaked cap (peak now missing). No makers details. On the band is the cockade in Mecklenburg colours, red, gold, blue, which is an NCO version, the Reichscockade as a normal version, not matching, a later replacement. Peaked caps were permitted for the cavalry as from 1912. Condition otherwise very fresh. Purchased at a flea market in Hamburg in the mid 1970s for 10 D-Mark.
  2. Field grey infantry peaked cap with patent leather strap. Cap could be either for Hessen, I.R. 115, 116, 117, 118 or 168 or Bremen, I.R.75 In very clean, fresh condition, fine doeskin cloth, brown waxcloth sweatband, slight traces of wear to inside, only very slight traces of mothing, ca. 1914-16 - over 100 years old. Purchased in early 1968 in Londons Portobello Road for only 5 pounds!
  3. Uwe Steimle from Sachsen

    Uwe Steimle from Sachsen - for those who can follow, really funny, a bit political, satire and cabaret, entertaining and genial - and Germany's number one Honnecker impersonator
  4. A wine glass out of which Fürst Bismarck drank during his visit to Wandsbek, 10. March 1892 was later engraved in commemoration of the occasion: "Aus diesem Glas trank Fürst Bismack am 10. März 1892....anläßlich seines Besuchs in Wandsbeck, Kreis Stormarn..." Next to this are two bronze prehistoric amulets of early settlers, found in the region of Wandsbek by archaeologists. An iron wall plaque of Fürst Bismarck and documents commemorating his visit to Wandsbek, 1892 A service uniform of a member of Wandbek Freiwillige Feuerwehr, 1960s
  5. More cockades destined for the museum: Other ranks' cockade for the field cap, stitch-on A mixed bag of cockades, two of which are for the museum, top-left and top-centre Two of the cockades, which needed some slight attention, right, has some slight surface rust, which is now mostly removed using lamp oil The other was only a fragment consisting of the silver ring, so I cut out a cardboard circle, painted it black and attached the ring, in between, I put a corner of red felt. Will now look fine on the display panel, soon almost complete.
  6. That is the standard reference work and a good recommendation. They were originally brought out by the Graf Klenau oHG in Munich, later taken over, I think by Nimmergut, don't know who brings the latest out - these always have the standard internationally recognised catalogue number for all German decorations, beginning with OEK and then the number. My first one I got around 1978 and the last one 1986. Nothing changes much apart from the market prices. They also brought out a volume for European orders and decorations, and also a very usefull ribbon catalogue for identifying all known German ribbons, each with the relevant cat.-no. These are now republished by Battenberg Verlag, Munich - I mentioned this in an earlier post. They always cost a lot more than 2 pounds, so you made a good bargain there.
  7. Nice early example you have, the quality of the case is superb, this changed after the beginning of WWI, the cases no longer had the gold impressed rim, and the medals were then produced in zinc or iron. Your example still has some nice gilt finish. The "Überkarton" is of course very rare and can improve the total value enormously. The decoration was institued in 1898 and most of the early examples were awarded during the campaigns in the colonies. Bars could also be worn as from 1900, the following examples are known: Südafrika 1899-1900, – Ostasien 1900/01 – and– Südwestafrika 1904/06
  8. One for Fritz

    The order to hold at all costs is nothing new in military history. I think the English translation has over-dramatised it a bit. In original German text would have sounded quite normal. The Western Front photos show John Giles , the founder of the WFA, here wearing hat (at Trônes Wood) , to his left and right are two WWI veterans, who were there at the time (1916), one of them, William Grover (light jacket) is wearing his medal ribbons! The other was Bert Russill, who was at Lenze Wald (Bois de Leuze?). Unfortunately, I never recorded their regiment or rank, I think Grover was a private in an infantry regiment. They both made a fresh and lively impression at the time, that is now 35 years ago.
  9. My Latest Additions

    I think this could be a very early one. The later ones were chrone and not so finely made, up to now I thought they would have been of white metal. The chrome beret badge is like the one I used to wear around 1969/70. I have seen picture of present day ATC, the beret is unchanged but the badge could not be discerned as they were too far away. We had the 1949 battledress jackets and trousers, nowadays they wear a civilian type trousers in RAF blue and a matching pullover with their badges, bit of a comedown. The beret badge is probably unchanged.
  10. My Latest Additions

    The chrome plated ATC beret badge was worn around 1960s till around mid 1970s - earlier badges were of white metal. The lapel badge is probably much earlier. They were also later chrome and not so nicely made. The 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards badge has a 1922 date -MCMXXII - ?
  11. Mürkel I & II

    Mürkel I (Angüla oder Angie) Mürkel II
  12. Another one this time Rheinland humour