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  1. Königl. 1. Sächsisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment Nr. 100, fieldgrey 1915/16 (stitch-in type) Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 244, Leutnant, fieldgrey 1915/16 Königlich Sächsisches Leib-Grenadier-Regiment 100 (Dresden) Detail of rear skirting on Saxon uniforms, the bottom edge was also piped. Collar and shoulder details, Doppellitze With monogram FAR, Friedrich August (1904-1918), and button of 3. Kompagnie With rank button, zink, indicating that this was worn till at least 1914/15. Stamped: B.A.XII 03 (1903), 100.R
  2. Nearly all the shoulder straps of the Old Army before 1902, as shown on these old colour plates by Moritz Ruhl of Leipzig. A few more new ones were introduced in the years following, otherwise a representative overview. All with their correct designation. Usefull information on a fascinating subject. These of course, are all other ranks' versions.
  3. Shown is an officers helmet, basic pattern for Grenadier Regiments 1-12, except for G.R. 1,4,7 and 9, which wore helmets with the Grenadier eagle, old or new pattern and with battle honours etc. The old pattern eagle shown is pre 1913. The new pattern eagle was introduced gradually for all regiments between 1897 and 1913. Shown is the old pattern heraldic eagle with an oval FWR shield on the breast. The helmet is presumably from Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich I. (4. Ostpreussisches) No.5, based in Danzig, as it came complete with cloth cover and red regimental number. The eagle display
  4. A pair of rear tunic buttons (belt hooks) worn on the M.1915 Bluse or blouse as per the regulations of September 1915. The Bluse had at the front concealed buttons, the only insignia buttons were on the shoulder straps with a company number, the side pockets and the two over the rear vents, serving as belt hooks. These were made of zinc galvanised steel, and were finished in either grey for the previous silver colour, or brown for the previous copper bronze colour. This set of buttons was obtained from a militaria dealer in the antiques passage in the centre of East Berlin (fo
  5. Here, a selection of belt buckles of the main German states, M.1915, all in fieldgrey. Note the differences between the three various crowns. Prussia / GOTT MIT UNS Bavaria / IN TREUE FEST Saxony / PROVIDENTIAE MEMOR Württemberg / FÜRCHTLOS UND TREW (treu) Other German states had their own patterns, such as Hessen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Saxony also had further variations for I.R. 107 and 108, and for Leib-Grenadier-Regt.100. The new buckles were made by a variety of manufacturers using Siemens-Martin Stahlblech (a patent), which was zinc c
  6. A private purchase dress cap for other ranks and n.c.o. of the Saxon Field and Foot Artillery Regiments. The cockades indicate a higher n.c.o. rank Similar to cap worn by Bavarian 4th Chevauleger-Regiment, difference being only the cockade. The Bavarians used also a different type of cloth, more the ribbed variety. The lining has possibly been replaced at some stage, possibly by a theater costumier, stiffener is slightly crushed. Helmet for a Reserve officer of the Saxon Field Artillery. Of very lightweight construction. Saxon officer's helmets ha
  7. Regiment der Garde du Corps. Ringkragen for other ranks, introduced 24. January 1912, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich II. Maker's mark C.E. Juncker, no further marks. Two of the fixing post screws are missing. Worn when the Kürass was not worn. When the Küraß was worn, the centre piece was from this shield was bolted on. Garde du Corps wearing the 1814 presentation Kürass (donated to the Regiment by Tsar Aleksandr I.), worn only once a year, here with the 1912 emblem from the Ringkragen. Kürassier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr. 2. Introduced for th
  8. A tunic for Gefreiter of 2. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment Kaiserin Alexandra von Russland (3rd Squadron), Regiment based in Berlin. The regiment was raised in 1860, it later bore the mongram of the Empress Alexandra of Russia, who was honorary Colonel in Chief since 1896. It took part in the Battle of Königgrätz in 1866 and reached Vienna. In 1870 it took part in the battles of Vionville, Mars la Tour, Gravelotte and St. Privat, as well as at Sedan and the encirclement of Paris. It saw action on the Eastern Front in 1916 , and 3 squadrons of the regiment were sent to France in 1917 and saw servic
  9. Kürassier-Regiment Königin (Pommersches) Nr. 2, based in Pasewalk, II. Armee-Korps last of the series of peacetime quality by C.E. Juncker, Berlin, 1915 Maker's stamp: C:E.Juncker, 1915 Ringkragen for the entire Regiment, introduced 1895. Other Ranks' version. Private purchase peaked cap, premitted only for walking-out dress, this example early to mid-war, relatively poor quality materials Kürassier high boots ( so-called "Kanonenröhre" or "Brandenbourgs"), private purchase quality, complete with both spurs, h
  10. An old period chart showing insignia for one year volunteers. The shoulder straps were edged with a twisted coloured cord in the colours of their state. They were usually expected to provide their own uniform and equipment, and these were often in a fine quality compared to officers items. The one year volunteers usually came from well situated families, and after qualifying in studies or a civilian profession, had the possibility of later becoming a Reserve Officer.
  11. A 1915 Infantry officer peaked fieldcap. Lacquered peak and visor strap. Mid to late war manufacture, a damast silk material has been used to make the lining. Peak is deep red inside, as also fixing ribbon to leather sweatband. Some smaller holes, silk crown lining is somewhat shot, some rust stains to outer crown. A 1915 pattern Feldmütze mit Schirm for NCOs with Hessian cockade. Fine doeskin material, with peak and strap. No internal marks. A textbook example of a 1907/15 fieldcap, Feldmütze or Krätzchen for Garde-Infanterie. 1916 dated, still of go
  12. A peaked cap for Unteroffiziere, ca. 1897-1900 in the typical low form of the period, and with the Reichskokarde for other ranks of Husaren-Regiment von Zieten (Brandenburgisches) No. 3, based in Rathenow, belonging to the III. Army Corps. At the time peaked caps were not permitted for the other ranks of the cavalry, these were first permitted as from 1912 The cap is as per the Attila (jacket), bright red, and has a darkblue band piped in white. Prussian- and Reichskokarde in ranks and n.c.o. version. The peak has been re-attached at a later date and is not originally from the p
  13. An other ranks peaked cap for walking out dress of the Prussian Jäger-Bataillone or Garde-Jäger-Bataillon ca. 1897 or therafter. Reichskokarde has been added after 1897. Fine dark green cloth with red facings, small pressed leather peak, leather headband, interior handwritten markings, Name Groth ? I. Compagnie, no makers mark. For any of the Prussian Jäger-Bataillone, other than Jäger-Btl. 7 (Schaumburg-Lippe) and Jäger-Btl. 14 (Mecklenburg)
  14. Bavarian cap cockades: Officer Reserve-Officer Other ranks' field cap (stitched on) Pair of rank buttons for Feldwebel, M.1916, silver subdued (see previous article) Rank buttons for Gefreiter, gold, various singles, one right and two left, pre 1916
  15. Prussian Heavy Cavalry Breast- and Backplate A Kürass of the Prussian heavy Cavalry, as worn by all eight line regiments. The breast and backplate have both original rough white linen liner, the breastplate has a large pocket in the liner for the field cap. There is a cloth name tag attached, Kürassier Lindau, Kür.8, 5. Esk. Both steel pieces are stamped under the left armpit with regiimental details, at slight variance: 8.K. 2.E. the 2E has been stroked out and replaced by 5.E.30, being the 5th squadron, weapon no.30. The backplate has 8.K. 5.E. and a weapon no.31. The piece is undated,
  16. Westpreussisches Fussartillerie-Regiment No. 11, based in Thorn a.d. Weichsel, West Prussia, XVII. Armee-Korps. A photo from album of uniforms previously in my collection, and a uniform type that is seldom encountered. The tunic is in similar cut to the infantry pattern, but with the red-piped black facings of the artillery, it has the typical "Brandenburg" cuffs of the infantry. The cuff patch is of dark blue tunic cloth, the remaining cuff black with red edge piping as shown. The shoulder straps for all foot artillery regiments were white with a red regimental number. A shoulder
  17. Schleswig-Holsteinisches Ulanen-Regiment No. 15 Commander in Chief: Generaloberst Prinz Leopold von Preussen, K.H. Commander: Oberst von Printz Garrison: Saarburg/Lothringen (XXI. Armeekorps) A matching pair of Epaulettes for other ranks or n.c.o. ca. 1880-1890. These are considerably larger than later examples. Buttons of 1.Eskadron, one of which is a replacement. Traces of age and wear. Peakless cap and Pass-Gurtel for other ranks or n.c.o. The cap has a maker's name, Uwe N.Breininger, Militair Mützen Fabrik, Saarburg i./Lothr., Lange Str.70. The belt has a red ink stamp
  18. Uniform accessories for an officer of Husaren-Regiment 15: See also previous articles about Husaren-Regiment 15 Officer's cap, worn by Major Freiherr von Tettau. Bandelier and Kartuschkasten with crowned FWR monogram. The bandelier is backed in blue uniform cloth as per the Attila, with silver brocade and silver plated fittings. Worn from the left shoulder to the right hip - the buckle to the rear. Säbeltasche, yellow cloth, silver braid, red maroquin leather, hangers of patent leather with fire-gilded bronze fittings The Säbeltasche is i
  19. Tunic for other ranks, private purchase, from the Bavarian Infanterie-Leib-Regiment, stationed in München. This Regiment was the Royal Household Regiment of the Kings of Bavaria, and was raised in 1814, belonged to the I. Bavarian Army Corps. The tunic is of a lighter blue than the Prussian regiments, and as often encountered, of a ribbed cloth material, commonly seen with Bavarian private purchase uniforms. This was the only regiment in the German army to wear buttons with a crown on the peacetime uniforms. It was also the only Bavarian regiment to wear white metal buttons, S
  20. Uniform items for a Rittmeister der Reserve of 2. Hannoversches Dragoner-Regiment Nr. 16, based in Lüneburg. Regimental Chief was King Albert of Belgium. The white metal helmet emblem had a Waterloo scroll, regimental colours were lemon yellow, collar and cuffs piped white, buttons silver. Old photo of items no longer in my collection. N.B.: These items would not have been worn together in this order. The cap is the so-called "Reitmütze", more often seen on a racecourse and with a sportive jaunty look, not matching a dress tunic with epaulettes, also of a slightly darker bl
  21. Peaked cap for other ranks for walking out dress from Royal Saxon 5. Infanterie-Regiment No.104, 8th Company, based in Chemnitz i./Sa. Dark blue top, darker than in photo, red band and crown piping, small black lacquered leather peak, brown glazed calico lining and leather sweatband with silver embossed maker's mark Franz Ruttloff, Chemnitz, Lange Strasse 51. There is an issue stamp: 104.R., 8.C. and a large stamped E, meaning that the recruit has purchased the cap for his own property, E meaning "Eigenthum". The cap can be dated around 1897 to 1900 by its low shape, and the Rei
  22. Shoulder strap, September 1915 for Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinzregent Luitpold von Bayern (Magdeburgisches) No.4 based in Magdeburg, raised 1814. As from September 1915 shoulder straps for all field artillery units were bright red. Backing in fieldgrey. Below the crowned monogram of PRL is a flaming artillery grenade. Prinzregent Luitpold ruled Bavaria from 1886 till 1912 (Interregnum). The regiment belonged to the IV. A.K. (Prussia) Shoulder strap, 1914/15 for 1.Feldartillerie-Regiment Prinzregent Luitpold (Bavaria) based in München, raised 1824 and belonged to the I. Ba
  23. A peaked dress cap - Schirmmütze for other ranks walking out dress of Königs-Ulanen-Regiment (Hannoversches) No. 13 based in Hannover. Cap can be dated as around 1914. To compliment this is an other ranks' shoulder strap for the greatcoat, peacetime wear. Otherwise metal-edged epaulettes were worn. The shoulder-piece is in the regimental colour, white and bears the crowned monogram of it's honorary commander-in-chief, Kaiser Wilhelm II., this example is hand-embroidered. Certain items from this popular regiment often turn up on the collector's market, usually epaulettes, tunics, ca
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