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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. This American bomber made an emergency landing on neutral territory at Duebendorf (CH) on 16. August 1944. It probably had taken part in an air raid near Tulln or Vienna.
  2. Reichswehr Reiter-Regiment 4, Potsdam Raised 1920, took over the traditions of the following old regiments: 1. Eskadron: Regiment der Gardes du Corps, Schütztruppe für Deutsch-Südwestafrika 2. Eskadron: Garde-Kürassier-Regiment 3. Eskadron: 1. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment 4. Eskadron: 2. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment (5.) Ausbildungs-Eskadron: 3. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment 6. Eskadron: Leib-Garde-Husaren-Regiment Trakehner-Gestüt. Trakehner are the oldest breed of horses, and probably the most reliable. Trakehnen was an area in East Prussia. Before it was lost in 1945 most of the horses were evacuated to the West. The Gestüt was previously in state posession.
  3. Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Grenadier-Regiment 89 I. & III. Btl., Füsilier-Regiment 90 and Jäger-Btl.14, & Feldartillerie-Regiment 60
  4. Königreich Preußen, 1701-1918 Befreiungskriege, 1813-1814 and 1815, campaign medals Bronze from captured French canon, 2nd series cast in Berlin, edge stamped: AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUTZ (first series was cast in Paris) Medal for 1813 on newer replacement ribbon. Medal for 1813-1814 on later 19th century ribbon. Medals for 1814 on original period ribbon. Medal for 1815 (Waterloo, "La Belle Alliance", Quatre Bras, Ligny, etc.) On copy ribbon Early to Mid 19th Century Medal for the suppression of the rebellion in the Province of Neufchâtel (Neuenburg), 1831. Silver on replacement ribbon "Fidelité au Devoir et à la Patrie, 1831" Commemorative medal from 17. March 1863 for the Napoleonic Wars, awarded to all surviving veterans. Goldbronze on original ribbon 1848-1849 Medal for the suppression of the Revolution in Berlin 1848 and other regions and the First Schleswig-Holstein War. Version for combattants. On replacement ribbon of pre 1945 manufacture. This was the ribbon of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern Einigungskriege - Wars for the unification 1864 Second Schleswig-Holstein War Düppeler Sturmkreuz, 18. April 1864, on older replacement ribbon Alsen Kreuz, 29. June 1864, on short original period ribbon Kriegsdenkmünze 1864, on short older ribbon. Cast from captured Danish canon. There was also an Austrian version, identical, but with the monograms in the reverse order. The ribbon is in the Austrian and Prussian colours. The German War of 1866 Erinnerungskreuz für Königgrätz, 3. July 1866 Erinnerungskreuz für die Main-Armee, 1866 Erinnerungskreuz "Treuen Kriegern" for those in other theatres of war Erinnerungskreuz "Für Pflichttreue im Kriege" 1866, for non-combattants All on correct original or older ribbons The War against France, 1870/71 After the last adversary had been overcome, nothing more stood in the way of the German Unification; the King of Prussia was unanimously proclaimed as German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles on 18. January 1871 Medal for non-combattants in iron on ribbon for non-combattants, 1870/71 An example as worn: A private purchase example, silver plated and with a narrower ring, for non-combattants, mounted on ribbon for combattants! A non-combattant, who was involved in the battlefield or under fire. The first decoration on the set is missing, this was either the Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen or the Roter Adler Orden, both of which were "rückgabepflichtig" (to be returned after the death of the wearer). Top quality mounted in a style known as "Bogenbänder". Various loose bars, size and script could vary, bars were always size-matched. Bars were available in 1895 for the 25th anniversary of the war, and could be purchased by those entitled. All original examples bear the edge inscription: AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ
  5. Nice item, I got my example at a Hamburg fleamarket about 20 years ago for 10 DM. I've noticed the contents usually cost more than the box, there was a printed letter and a postcard with the portraits of Queen Mary and George V., as well as tobacco or cigarettes.
  6. Füsilier-Regiment von Gersdorff (Kurhessisches) Nr. 80 stationed in Wiesbaden / Bad Homburg, XVIII. Armee-Korps Light blue shoulder straps bearing the monogram of Victoria, die Kaiserin Friedrich, with buttons of 8th company. Name tag inside collar "Stein". The tunic has seen very much wear and with service repairs, and notably has been used for training recruits after outbreak of war, as seen by the fieldgrey side-hooks, later added, due to shortage of fieldgrey uniforms, this was common practice, until the recruits were sent to the front. Lower hook and eye set on collar missing. The low collar and brandenburg cuffs bear a unique pattern of single Litzen, known as Altpreußische Litzen, but without centre stripe, as worn only by this regiment. Further regiments wore this pattern of litzen, but with a red centre stripe; 5. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß, and Garde-Grenadier-Regiment 5. The cuff patch is additionally piped on the three outward edges in yellow, indicating the Prussian Regiments within the Hessian XVIII. Korps. The regiment wore the normal Prussian infantry helmet with the addition of a black parade plume. Purchased by my father at a London arms fair about 1969. The tradition of the regiment was Hessian until 1866. Re-raised 1866-67 for the Prussian Army.
  7. An early peaked cap for officers of Dragoner-Regiment 4 or 8, purchased many years ago in Berlin. Cap is not in the best condition, band has been crushed at some stage, inside is an erased stamp of a theatre costume company, shows some abuse in this role. Early small leather peak has been re-attached at some stage, Reichskokarde is probably a later replacement, should be flatter. Interesting to note, the inside of the peak has a red finish. Dragoner-Regiment von Bredow (1. Schlesisches) Nr. 4* based in Lüben Dragoner-Regiment König Friedrich III. (2. Schlesisches) Nr.8 based in Kreuzburg, Bernstadt and Namslau *Lothar von Richthofen joined this regiment in 1914 as a war volunteer
  8. Here is a very good example of a 1915-dated M.15 Bluse, almost identical to my example, which has been fitted with the older style fieldgrey buttons, these being in brown painted iron, replacing the same pattern previous tomback buttons. I assume these are all original fitted to the tunic, they are very correctly fitted as shown in the photo. My own example (B.A.IX.1916) had no exteral buttons, and these I replaced with the type shown here. The tunic depicted had Gardelitzen on the collar, which were removed after 1918 and a stamp of K.B.A.G. Note the typical resedagrün collar, the Bavarian issues had a fieldgrey non-contrasting collar. Interesting to note, there are no shoulder loops on this example, or removed? These tunics are priced well in excess of 2.500 or 3.000 Euros nowadays, and seldom without moth damage. Last photo shows the 18mm M.1915 buttons fitted to hip pockets and shoulders, brown lacquered (tomback colour).
  9. Wehrmacht-Führerschein (Driving Licence) for Walter Dening, born, Nienburg/Weser, 12. June 1914 Truppenteil / unit has been erased, cut out! permitted to drive vehicles of classes II (Motorbike etc.) and III (vehicles up to 7,5 Tonne) issued Hamburg, 10.Oct.1940 by Luftgaukommando XI List 1940, 11389 Valid only for the service period with the Wehrmacht, on leaving to be handed back. Printed on grey waxed linnen. Post war driving licences of this sort were issued till the early 1980s, the latter years in strong paper rather than linnen, after which came a new type, smaller, and later, the new "EU-Führerschein", a small plastic card with photo.
  10. Awarded 1850 by the provisional government to former soldiers of the Schleswig-Holstein Army for the uprising in 1848/49 against Danish rule. It was cast from the iron from the wreck of the Danish warship "Christian VIII.", destroyed in shallow waters off Eckernförde. The uprising failed, although actively supported by Austria, Prussia and the German states. Blackened cast iron with some slight age corrosion with a length of older unworn ribbon. A simple decoration with a historic significance, offered today at around 160-200 Euros.
  11. Various odd miniatures collected over the years. The 2 gilt monograms are post-war commemorative Royal Jubilee bagdes from Sweden, Gustav V. and Gustav Adolf VI. The eagle to the far left is a copy in bronze, it should be in gilt, as worn on the caps of Kavallerie-Regiment 6
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