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Historical Museum in Wandsbek (Heimatmuseum)

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Some spares arrived this week, destined for the museum. The large button is one of a pair worn as collar buttons for a Sergeant, Vizewachtmeister or Wachtmeister as rank buttons. One of these was missing on one of the uniforms in the museums collection. This will be remedied next week. A further pair of shoulder buttons for those missing on an officer's interims-attila. The shoulder straps with their respective monograms are also missing, these will prove more difficult to find. The shoulder buttons will be attached next week.

A further pair of shoulder buttons for other ranks of a 4th squadron or company, as worn on the fieldgrey uniforms. These have a rim and a pebbled surface and are destined for my own collection. Very rare to find. They are made of Neusilber.

Work has now been carried out on two uniforms:
Tunic (Attila) for a Sergeant or Vizewachtmeister, the left collar button has now been attached. Interesting to note is the higher grade of lance fencing stripe of silver braid on the right upper arm.
Interims-Attila for an officer. After some slight alteration to the shoulders, the shoulder buttons now stitched on. The area below the buttons had to be reinforced with cloth squares. Now just the officers shoulder pieces with their mongrams are missing. This is the only officers uniform in the museum.

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Some more new items acquired today for the museum:

Kriegsdenkmünze 1870/71 for the war against France. Awarded to all combattants who took part. The edge of the medal is impressed with the inscription:
AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZE, being of captured cannon metal.
Kaiser Wilhelm (I)  Gedächtnismedaille, 1897. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Medal, awarded to all in service of the state at the time, on the initiative of Kaiser Wilhelm II., in memory of his Grandfather. Goldbronze.
Kreuz für Kriegshilfsdienste, 1916. Awarded for wartime services, military and non-military. Grey war metal (zink).
All on their original ribbons, some with traces of storage. The two latter decorations are absolutely mint and probably never awarded and only stored for all these years.

Three iconic pieces of historical significance.

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Some more uniforms from the reserve collection of the museum.

An Attila for a Sergeant or Vizewachtmeister of the 5. Eskadron. This example is an issued piece from the depot of the IX. Armee-Korps, the white linnen linng is fully stamped, B.A.IX - H.R.15 - 5.E. - with size markings and dated 1914. The markings are much clearer than in the photos. The right arm has three chevrons for lance expertise. Further detail photos of issue stamps in lining. Together with this is a pair of officers breeces with silver braid, not matching the nco tunic.

A further example is the scarce fur trimmed cape, known as a "Pelz", standard issue with black Persianer trim. The cuffs are laced with nco braid, no further rank badges were worn. The garment is lined in yellow, as per regulations. This was normally worn open, suspended from the left shoulder by the two long "Peitschen" attached to the collar, in Winter fully closed. Shoulder pieces and lance chevrons were worn. This example from the 2. Eskadron. A rare item, worn only with full parade dress.

 

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