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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. German Cavalry, Film 1939

    Excercise. Artillery Battery takes up position
  2. Swastika Good Luck Charm

    Buckle fitting found in the Oseberg Schiff, near Oslo Fjord, 1907 The symbol was used by many ancient cultures, Scandinavians, Romans, Greeks, even earlier in Asia. Now banned in several European countries.
  3. German Cavalry, Film 1939

    Militär-Reitschule, Potsdam
  4. I had to google to see exactly what an "Anne Frank Costume" is, never heard of it before and found following article under The Daily Telegraph, it must have been typical clothing of the period (or worn only by Anne Frank?), now given a brand name (I think nowadays everything seems to be getting a bit out of hand, the media is much responsable for widespead hysteria): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/17/anne-frank-outfit-removed-halloween-costume-website-provoking/ Anne Frank outfit removed from Halloween costume website after provoking outcry
  5. Military Clocks

    The first clock is by "Junghans", who I believe, are still in business today. Shame that it has been defaced.
  6. Military Clocks

    A traditional ship's clock, not antique, purchased over 40 years ago at Optik Schröder, Dammtorstraße, Hamburg, complete with key for winding. It also has the "Glasen", bell sounds at each hour and half hour, which can be adjusted to auto or "off". Casing is in brass. Such nautical pieces were quite popular in the 70s locally. The clock is of the make of Hermle, probably little known today. Cost probably as much as a historical piece, at the time about DM 160,00 -which was a lot of money in those days.
  7. Some new entries to the Museum. Prussia: Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung II.KLasse, (clasp / Schnalle ) blackened iron on woven silk, awarded 1842 - 1913. It was replaced in 1913 by a small gilt or copper coloured bronze medal on a blue ribbon. Prussia: Kartuschkasten for cavalry officers, including Husaren-Regiment 15 also worn by Field Artillery and Train. As worn on the officers bandelier.
  8. The German Pickelhaube

    N.B.: refering to main title - these helmets are not "Imperial" - there was no such thing as "Imperial German Army" (no Kaiserlich deutsche Armee). The helmets are from the armies of various states, mainly Prussia, which did not have an Emperor, but a King, a correct equivalent would be Royal Prussian, Royal Saxon, Royal Bavarian, etc. "Imperial" applied only to the Navy and the Overseas Colonies - Kaiserliche Marine, etc. Also, the official title of the head of the Prussian state as from 1871 (and before) was König von Preußen - "Deutscher Kaiser" (and not Kaiser von Deutschland) was only a secondary and honorary title.
  9. Leather skull patch

    First of all, the skull above is the club badge of St.Pauli F.C., don't know how well known they are abroad, but locally rather controversial, play mainly in smaller leagues (football was never really my thing). Secondly, the person depicted, more a reconstruction, is said to be Klaus Störtebeker. There is reference to him in the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, along with a skull discovered more than 100 years ago at Hamburg-Grasbrook, near the port. Nikolaus Storzenbecher, or Klaus Störtebeker known as Germany's most famous pirate (c. 1360 in Wismar – 20 October 1401 {1400} in Hamburg), was a leader and the best known representative of a companionship of privateers known as the Victual Brothers (German: Vitalienbrüder). The Victual Brothers (Latin "victualia") were originally hired during a war between Denmark and Sweden to fight the Danish and supply the besieged Swedish capital Stockholm with provisions. After the end of the war, the Victual Brothers continued to capture merchant vessels for their own account and named themselves "Likedeelers" (literally: equal sharers). According to legend, in 1401, a Hamburgian fleet led by Simon of Utrecht caught up with Störtebeker's force near Heligoland. According to some stories, Störtebeker's ship had been disabled by a traitor who cast molten lead into the links of the chain which controlled the ship's rudder. Störtebeker and his crew were captured and brought to Hamburg, where they were tried for piracy. Legend says that Störtebeker offered a chain of gold long enough to enclose the whole of Hamburg in exchange for his life and freedom. However, Störtebeker and all of his 73 companions were sentenced to death and were beheaded on the Grasbrook. The most famous legend of Störtebeker relates to the execution itself. Störtebeker is said to have asked the mayor of Hamburg to release as many of his companions as he could walk past after being beheaded. Following the granting of this request and the subsequent beheading, Störtebeker's body arose and walked past eleven of his men before the executioner tripped him with an outstretched foot. Nevertheless, the eleven men were executed along with the others. The senate of Hamburg asked the executioner if he was not tired after all this, but he replied he could easily execute the whole of the senate as well. For this, he himself was sentenced to death and executed by the youngest member of the senate. More under Wikipedia. The St.Pauli skull and bones is said to be associated with Klaus Störtebeker, who has become a legend locally. Here's an interesting link under "Typisch Hamburch" with some info and pictures of Störtebeker (German text): http://typisch-hamburch.de/klaus-stoertebeker-hamburgs-beruehmter-seeraeuber/
  10. The latest donation to the museum was this document from 1917. A lady from Stuttgart was staying in Hamburg and being originally from Wandsbek, she paid a visit to the museum and brought this document with her. She told us it was from her grandfather, discovered it recently in her house, had never seen it before! It comes complete with a very modern frame. This could help us to start our special exhibition of the 100 year anniversary of the Great War. The document for an Iron Cross 2nd Class is in an unusal individual style as issued by the 38. Landwehr Division. It was awarded to Sanitäts-Unteroffizier Adolf Landahl, serving with Reserve Feld Lazarett 109, and issued on 4.September 1917 and signed by Generalleutnant Karl Wilhelm Freiherr von Willisen, Kommandeur 38. Landwehr Division. N.B: Only reference found to - Reserve Feld Lazarett 109: Verlustliste: 4. Lothringisches Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 136: (Quelle: Ehrentafel des 4. Lothringischen Infanterie-Regiments Nr. 136) Ersatz-Reservist WISSENBACH Gestorben, 03.10.1915, Reserve-Feldlazarett 109, Wilna (found under Genealogy.net)
  11. The German Pickelhaube

    Did you stop collecting?
  12. For all those who revel in the glories of war, take a look at this. The scenes are typical of those of the last days of the war, when extreme force was exerted against those who had to serve till the end.
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