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Discovered today in the Museum attic, a Luftschutz-Hausapotheke (small version for households)
The box is empty, but the lid still has the large label with the details of all the contents, the manufacturer and the distributor/retailer, plus
the information that the box may be sold without contents, as per § 8 of Luftschutzgesetz  of 1938.

Although the item was distributed from Dresden, it must have had some connection with Wandsbek. A typical and almost vital item from many wartime households.

§ stands for Paragraph



Box is of compressed cardboard with a leather like darkblue finish, nickel plated metal fittings and a blue painted metal handle.


Store dry! Manufacturer Alfred Kipping K.G., Dresden, sold by Parsifal-Apotheke, Dresden





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Schaffnertasche for public transport conductors - 2 examples of this were found in the attic of the Museum, they were hidden in some shelves at the back of the attic, totally full of dust, and ready for decay. These are certainly from the 1920s or 1930s, and were used by the conductors in public transport, busses, trams, etc. for many years, they were still usable till the introduction of the Euro currency, which does not fit. The coin compartments take 10 Pf. pieces, 50 Pf. and 1 Mark pieces, which are inserted at the top of each cylinder, and can be collected at the bottom, by pressing the levers at the side together, one press per coin, 3 of these are no longer operational and stuck fast, the fourth one works, but the bottom part is jammed in the open position. Doubtfull if there is anyone around nowadays, who can get the mechanisms operational again.
These bags were used for decades and solid leather and construction. Used on the trams of the Hamburger Hochbahn till February 1978, the trams were then scrapped. They were still used on the boats of the Alstertouristik till the introduction of the Euro in January 2002. Some examples were converted to take the new currency, but don't look good, as the originality is spoiled. Together with it's original carrying strap and 2 small commemorative pins of the Hamburger Hochbahn depicting the underground trains. The ticket stamping apparatus of brass, which fits in the side pocket on the right is missing.
Thre rear of the nickel plated coin holders bears the manufacturer name - Prof. Alfred Krauth, Eberbach/Baden, no doubt also the patent rights.
Now cleaned and the leather and metal parts freshened up, function defect but still good for display.



Nickel plated Münzfächer, coin compartments release operated by levers


The rear of the bag is solid leather, seams with strong leather piping all round, other parts of solid brass


Detail of the attachment clips (Karabinerhaken) and the two small commemorative badges of the Hamburger Hochbahn, ca. 1978


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A further Schaffnertasche, as previous lot, now awaiting restoration, one of three in posession of the Museum, two in storage, one good example in the permanent exhibition.  The leather shows much more abuse than the previous example. The extras are also missing.
There is some strong verdigris to some of the brass fittings inside. The leather carrying strap has a more simplified buckle than the previous example. Hidden inside the bag were a hoard of greymetal zink coins dating from 1940-1944, most in a poor state, as they had been over 80 years in contact with the leather surfaces within.
A time capsule discovered after more than 80 years! More pictures to follow next week. The coin containers/dispensers on this example are all still fully functioning!




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After cleaning and restoration, the mechanical parts work perfectly.


This hoard of coins remained undiscovered at the bottom of the bag since the end of the war. Coins dating from 1941-1944, all 10 Pf. pieces and three 5 Pf. pieces. Most of the coins with zink oxidation.


The first batch after a mild cleaning. They will never be as new again.


The coins after a final cleaning.

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Update of the Museum's decorations in the exhibition of H.R.15. These represent some of the standard decorations of Prussia, as well as the personal decorations of a veteran of H.R.15, wearer unfortunately not known.



Two interesting photos of Wachtmeister Schröder and his adoptive son Hans Hennings around 1909.   Hans Hennings lived in Wandsbek and died just several years ago. Pictures were donated by  Frau G. Hennnings (daughter of W. Schröder), who died in December 1988.  It is noted that both of these horses fell in the Great War.



Pictures from the Officers' Album, 1866-1914: 2 academic ladies, who are writing a book about the history of classical dance, visited the Museum last week asked for information and pictures of participants from the "Wandsbeker Husars" during a performance of classical dances in 1898, these were of course, exclusively officers.  See digital copy of participants above. The following photos were found in the album. Some of the other participants came from other regiments.


Seconde-Lieutenant v. Lattorf, 1893


Seconde-Lieutenant v. Moriz-Eichborn, 1892


Seconde-Lieutenant v. Bercken, 1891


Seconde-Lieutenant v. Löbbecke, 1894


Seconde-Lieutenant Freiherr v. Münster, 1894


Premier-Lieutenant Ritter v. Dojmi zi Delrysis (?)


Seconde-Lieutenant v. Hofmann, 1896

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Several photos are missing from the Officers' Album, i.e., they were never added/completed.
Today, the missing photo of Rittmeister von Platen (bottom right) could be filled with
a digital re-print. 6 further photos are still missing, it is hoped, that the gaps can be filled in time.
1913/14 Leutnant Fuchs
                Oberleutnant v. Hardt
                Oberleutnant Rudorff
1911/12 Immig, Oberstabsarzt (7.Lothr.Inf.-Regt.158)
1909/10  v. Görne
1905      v. Pelet-Narbonne


Heinrich Sommerkamp, 16.7.1860 – 15.4.1948 , (Fotos) zum 80. Geburtstag, 16.7.1940



Wachtmeister Alfred Behrends, a much later photo, and dedication from Hans Dose dated 1952


Der Fahnenträger (Vereinsfahne) ist Wachtmeister Behrendt zur 100-Jahr-Feier, Sept. 1966



Julius Hüniken, Leutnant der Reserve.  Hüniken war Lt.d.Res. im H.R.15 - Foto in der Uniform des Reiter-Regiments 14, Ludwigslust
(Abzug von 16.1.1999, Studio in Ludwigslust)


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Some new buttons for the Museum. Some of these are destined for the "Musterkarte", the remainder to decorate shoulder pieces.
There are the bright peacetime shoulder buttons of Tomback (18mm), and the toned crown buttons for the piped field (grey) uniform,
normal size, 20mm, the 18mm variety for the hip-pockets and the shoulder pieces, where appropriate.


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A soldier of one of the Prussian Foot Guard Regiments


A photo, presumably Husaren-Regiment 15, before 1899, Robert Sellner (?)


Landsturm Mann Rethwisch (Feldstraße) 1914


Pferdepfleger Albert Westphal, Kaserne Marienthal  nach Kriegsende 1918

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Some new items for the Museum:



Lauenburgisches Jäger-Bataillon Nr. 9, based in Ratzeburg, for a Hauptmann, pre-war uniform
Feldartillerie-Regiment Graf von Waldersee (Holsteinisches) Nr. 9, based in Altona and Rendsburg, ca. 1914/15, Leutnant. Colour was changed to red after January 1916
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 9, Leutnant, based in Harburg, ca. 1914/15



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Wandsbek, 1946. Officers of the British occupation forces in the Villa in the Lydiastraße in Wandsbek. Photo most likely taken by Mercedes Riedel



A private photo taken as a postcard, sent from Lüneburg, 12.11.1905. A group from Hannoversches Dragoner-Regiment 16. The uniform facings are yellow, these are black in the photo.

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+ Heino Schilling +

The Museum has been closed since the 17. March. There is no news as to when it will re-open.
The news bulletin for Wandsbek - WANDSBEK INFORMATIV - announced in the June issue the death of a member of the Bürgerverein Wandsbek

Heino Schilling led guided tours of historical Wandsbek for several years. He was an expert on the history of Wandsbek and the author and poet Matthias Claudius. Heino had been ill for a longer period and gradually withdrew from his voluntary position. The tours were then called off indefinitely.
It was a great shock to  read that Heino passed away in April recently at the age of 63.


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