German WWI Militaria

Imperial era Iron Cross 1st Class, screwback

148MAB38 - Imperial era Iron Cross 1st Class, screwback. This cross features the standard Imperial crown design with a two-piece screwback construction. Unmarked. $350. More Photos

Prussian Curassier enlisted lobster tail spiked helmet by C.E. JUNCKER

143IHEL2 - Prussian Curassier enlisted "lobster tail" spiked helmet by C.E. JUNCKER and dated 1916. This helmet features a polished steel finish to its body. The spike is attached to aovoid shaped design enlisted base plate. The wappenshield front plate is silvered matching the body and features the Imperial Prussian eagle. The side rosettes, one indicating the state colors of Prussia, attach the black leather chinstrap. The lobster tail scaled neck shield features the the scales and attachment bolts.. The interior features an enlisted style leather liner. The top displays the C.E. JUNCKER imprint and the date 1916. The rear neck shield is stamped "56" indicating the size. Excellent and rare example. $2500. More Photos

Prussian Jager zu pferde enlisted

143IHEL1 - Prussian Jager zu pferde enlisted "lobster tai" spiked helmet. This helmet features a gun metal gray finish to its steel body. The spike is attached to a cloverleaf design enlisted base plate. The wappenshield front plate is zinc and features the Imperial Prussian eagle. The side rosettes, one indicating the state colors of Prussia, attach the black leather chinstrap. The lobster tail neck shield shows a "pointed" mid-point indicating Jager zu pferde use. The interior features an enlisted style leather liner. There is a name plate affixed with miniscule screws that displays the maker's name "Herm. Weissenburger & Co., ..." The front visor and rear neck lobster tail are trimmed with zink. The rear neck shield has the size "61" stamped in to the metal. This helmet was acquired after being decommissioned by a museum and retains its museum inventory tag on the front visor. helmet . Excellent example. $2750. More Photos

Imperial German Army Prussian Ersatz felt picklehaub

1310IMPH2 - Imperial German Army Prussian Ersatz felt picklehaub. Ersatz picklehaubs are rare. They were issued from September 1914 through January 1915 and issued to mainly reserve troops. This excellent example features silvered brass Prussian eagle on the wappenschield holding the sceptor and orb. The leather helmet is in overall excellent condition showing no serious distractions. The pressed felt is in excellent condition having no faults. The leather chinstrap is held in place by two rosettes; the Prussian and the red,black and white national colors. The spike and metal base are affixed with four metal split pins evident on the interior. The full leather liner with its original drawstring shows age with light wear. $1750. More Photos

Prussian Transport Battl. marked nco/enlisted picklehaub

1310IMPH1 - Prussian Transport Battl. marked nco/enlisted picklehaub. This excellent example features the Prussian eagle on the wappenschield holding the sceptor and orb. The leather helmet is in overall excellent condition showing no serious distractions. There appears to be a minor repair to the leather on the left side near the wappenshield above the intact chinstrap. The leather chinstrap is held in place by two rosettes; the Prussian and the red,black and white national colors. The spike and metal base are affixed with four metal split pins evident on the interior. The back neck guard displays the unit 'TRA.8. The leather liner shows age and wear. Nice display piece. $$625. More Photos

110 Mai 1884 silver cross medal

134IMPCI1 - Pre WW1-110 Mai 1884 silver cross medal $150. More Photos

WWI Imperial navy belt buckle

132IMPB1 - WWI Imperial navy belt buckle $75. More Photos

Imperial era white feather plume for attachment to shako

132IMPH1 - Imperial era white feather plume for attachment to shako as worn for parade dress with cardboard cylinder case. Rare. $200. More Photos

Imperial Totenkopf for the busby or other headgear insignia as worn by Hussars

131IMPC1 - Imperial Totenkopf for the busby or other headgear insignia as worn by Hussars. Silver over tin. Reverse displays to sets of split pins for attachment. Unmarked. $125. More Photos

The Pelzmuetze ( busby ) of Kaiser Wilhelm II for his Leib Garde Hussar Regiment

1212SO1 - The Pelzmuetze ( "busby" ) of Kaiser Wilhelm II for his Leib Garde Hussar Regiment. This one-of-a-kind piece of Imperial German/Prussian headgear would have been worn by the Emperor ( "Kaiser" ) of the Second German Reich ( Wilhelm II ) whenever he visited his personal Hussar bodyguard regiment. The pillbox-shaped "busby" is covered in luxurious brown otter fur and has a red wool Kolpak ( bag ), appropriate for his Leib Garde Hussar Regiment. A pleasantly patinated silver/enamel "garde star" adorns the front of the busby, and is in perfect condition. The gilted-brass, convex chin scales were usually positioned in an inverted "V" when the Kaiser actually wore the busby, during one of his many visits to his personal Hussar bodyguard regiment ( circa 1900-1918 ). The removable Feldzeichen is deeply-patinated silver-wire bullion with a black wool center. The interior of the headgear is lined in beautiful ivory-colored, watered-silk which is gold-embossed with the imperial crown and "W". The wide, supple, tan leather sweatband is undamaged and in excellent condition. The overall condition of this rare piece of history is "Lightly used; Excellent +". $25,000. More Photos

Army M16 WWI combat helmet

1211HEL44 - Army M16 WWI combat helmet. This helmet features an original "bring-back" condition field gray shell. The front of the helmet has an area where the Doughboy affixed his mailing information to send the helmet home as his souvenir. The interior reveals its original three pad liner. The original leather chinstrap is present. 27. $750. More Photos

German Imperial Guard Kuirassier koller

1101IMP1 - German Imperial Guard Kuirassier koller. This tunic displays the correct royal blue piping of the Guard Kuirassir The tunic is fabricated with boiled white wool and is in near excellent condition having no mothing or stains. The front displays two blue vertical stripes on each side of the front closure. The front is fastened by a series of alternating hooks and catches. The cuffs display the traditional decorative piping each with two brass buttons. Each shoulder epaulet is secured by a button with the Arabic numeral 5. The rear of the tunic features a scalloped vent with each side having three decorative brass buttons. The tunic is unlined, unmarked and in excellent condition. $1250. More Photos

Imperial Prussian 5th Hussars pair of sewn-in boards

1205IMPCI1 - Imperial Prussian 5th Hussars pair of sewn-in boards for field gray tunic with maroon backing. $100. More Photos

Imperial Bavarian officer single board

1205IMPCI2 - Imperial Bavarian officer single board with one rank pip on white waffenfarbe. $44. More Photos

Imperial Kurasier Rgt. 7 shoulder boards

1205IMPCI3 - Imperial Kurasier Rgt. 7 or 3rd Rgt. Guard zu Fuss enlisted shoulder board for field gray tunic with yellow piping. $50. More Photos

Imperial pre-war shoulder boards for the 110th Infantry Rgt

1205IMPCI4 - Imperial pre-war shoulder boards for the 110th Infantry Rgt. Features red embroidered crown over R 1. $80. More Photos

Imperial Wurtemberg Reserve pair of shoulder boards

1205IMPCI5 - Imperial Wurtemberg Reserve pair of shoulder boards for the 123rd Infantry Rgt. $60. More Photos

Prussian wartime set of slip-on shoulder board

1205IMPCI6 - Prussian wartime set of slip-on shoulder board for 112th Infantry Rgt. $95. More Photos

Prussian wartime set of sew-in shoulder board

1205IMPCI7 - Prussian wartime set of sew-in shoulder board for 155th Infantry Rgt. $60. More Photos

Imperial Wurtemberg single shoulder board

1205IMPCI8 - Imperial Wurtemberg single shoulder board for the field gray tunic for the 124th Infantry Rgt. $60. More Photos

Very rare Luftschiffer Litewka ( tunic)

118IMPU1 - Very rare Luftschiffer Litewka ( tunic). At the start of World War I the Imperial German Army had five ( 5) Luftschiffer ( airship ) battalions and one airship company. The airship troops, like the aviation units, were part of the transport troops, which consisted of railway, telegraph, motorized and all avaiation units. In October 1916 the flying troops, the airship troops and the air defense were combined to to form the "Luftstreitkrafte" or aerial forces which separated from the transport troops. The airship units, like their fixed-winged cousins, were in their infancy and required various specialists and numerous volunteers from the multitude of sources. The airship units, like the flying units, allowed those qualified to wear their former service uniforms within the air service. The airship service drew its ranks from the Infantry, Hussars, Dragoon, Engineers, etc. Although the airship service ( formed 1901) predated the flying service ( formed 1912) neither the army or naval units had a qualification badge until August 1920. The bullion badge embroidered on the tunic was added after WWI. The featured Luftschiffer officer tunic is a wartime Litewka ( Lithuanian in origin), the working tunic, like the kleiner rock. The parent regiment would be any regiment that displayed red piping ( here shown on the front closure, front and lower edge of the collar and edge of the cuffs) and blue tabs with copper/yellow color buttons. The litewka was favored tunic with officers of all branches of service because of its comfort, smart appearance being double breasted and short skirt unlike the longer uberrock or mantel. The leutnant sewn-in shoulder boards have light gray waffenfarb ( underlay ) of the Luftschiffer branch of service. On each shoulder board is the gold "L" cipher worn in wartime. On the left upper sleeve is a post-1918 added commemoration wreathed "2" likely indicating his wartime assignment with the 2nd Luftschiffer Battalion ( Berlin - Dresden 3rd Company ). It is unlikely that the "2" would commemorate service on LZ2 as the airship was "lost" in January 1906. Over the upper left breast are loops for a five place ribbon bar. Below the the loops for the ribbon bar is another set of loops to accommodate the Iron Cross 1st Class. The extremely rare bullion hand-embroidered airship badge is displayed on the lower left front. The Army version of the airship badge was without the imperial crown on the wreath. Whereas, the naval version displayed the crown. The interior is lined with gray/green cotton material. It is of interest to note where the lining was opened in order to embroider the bullion airship badge directly to the Litewka. Very rare. $7150. More Photos

Imperial Prussian Stelldertretter ( acting officer) Tschapka of the 2nd Garde Ulan Rgt

113H7 - Imperial Prussian Stelldertretter ( acting officer) Tschapka of the 2nd Garde Ulan Rgt. This rare tschapka features the large gilt Prussian state eagle wappen with a non-enameled Garde Star indicating an acting officer. The Prussian Garde regiment motto 'Suum Cuiqui' is on the central Garde Star along with the Prussian eagle that is affixed to the larger gilt wappen. The black leather body is in excellent plus condition with leather shell having no serious distractions or repairs. The officer's gilt chinscales match the gilt of the wappen and are attached to the tschapka's body with the Prussian kokarde on the right side. The top morter board is in excellent condition and the attached officer's bullion kokarde is of a larger size and higher quality. The leather visor is bordered with a gilt edge that matches the chinscales and wappen. The interior displays a complete officer quality leather sweatband that is in near mint condition. A silk officer's "clamshell' liner opens to reveal the size 57 ½. There are no additional holes that would indicate that the wappen or attaching hardware has been tampered with. The 2nd Prussian Garde Regiment served on the eastern front and few of these have been made available. $9500. More Photos

Imperial Prussian non-commissioned pickelhaube

104H3 - Imperial Prussian non-commissioned pickelhaube. This helmet features a silvered zinc frontplate (wappen) with the Prussian state eagle clutching a scepter and crown. Silvered fittings on Prussian helmets were commonly worn by pionier (combat engineer) units. The crown of this leather helmet displays a vented enlisted fixed spike mounted on an enlisted/nco silver baseplate. The silver chinscales perfectly match the other silver helmet fittings. The chinscales are attached to the sides of the helmet with two bolts. Under one of the bolts is a rosette with the national colors. The other rosette displays the state colors of Prussia, black and white. The black lacqured shell shows normal age crazing and wear. The front leather visor has a silvered zinc trim. The metal spine that descends from the spike's baseplate to the edge of the rear visor is secure. The interior features a complete standard enlisted/nco leather liner with drawstring. On the underside of the front and back visors is written in ink, " Brought back from France by Fred Roberts 1917 -18….". $2999. More Photos

Prussian Cuirassier (mounted jagers) enlisted helmet

102H3 - Prussian Cuirassier (mounted jagers) enlisted helmet. This lobstertail helmet worn by mounted heavy and light Prussian cavalry was first introduced in 1915. The silver plated iron helmet features a large Prussian frontplate (wappen) with the zinc Prussian eagle. The enlisted style leather chinstrap is secured to each side by a rosette plate with a kokarde with the German national colors on one side and the state colored black and white kokarde indicating Prussia on the other. At the top appears a tall zinc vented non-removable spike that is secured to an enlisted style baseplate. The front visor is trimmed with silvered zinc. The highly stylized lobstertail neck guard is composed of three silvered iron scales that extend downward from the rear of the helmet. The underside of the lobstertail is laminated and in excellent condition. The interior features a light brown supple leather lining that opens at the crown revealing the ventilation hole and attaching bolt hardware for the spike baseplate. The maker's stamp is clearly visible revealing the name "Lachmann Berlin" and the date "16". The helmet's size approximately 55. All the interior bolts are present and original to the helmet.. There are no dents or dells. The helmet is in overall excellent plus condition. $2999. More Photos

Imperial Prussian enlisted pickelhaube

102H4 - Imperial Prussian enlisted pickelhaube. This helmet features a zinc frontplate (wappen) with the Prussian state eagle clutching a scepter and crown. The crown of this leather helmet displays a vented enlisted removable spike mounted on an enlisted baseplate. The leather chinstrap shows age and use. This chinstrap is attached to the sides of the helmet with two bolts. Under one of the bolts is a rosette with the national colors. The black lacqured shell shows normal age crazing and wear. The lacquer finished leather is in very good condition having no serious detractions. The front leather visor has a zinc trim that has a single split. The metal spine that descends from the spike's baseplate to the edge of the rear visor is loose but secure. The interior features a complete standard enlisted leather liner with drawstring. The interior shell is maker stamped with the size "56 ½". Along the back neck visor is written the name "Voigt" and unit 5/434. $725. More Photos

Imperial German Pickelhaube for Saxon reserve officer with parade trichtor

101H4 - Imperial German Pickelhaube for Saxon reserve officer with parade trichtor. This helmet features a large, starburst frontplate (wappen) with the gilt coat-of-arms of Saxony superimposed over a silvered Maltese Cross below a gilt crown. The silvered Maltese Cross differentiates the helmet as being that of a reserve officer's. The gilt brass officer chinscales are secured to each side by a plate with a rosette with the German national colors on one side and the state colored green rosette of Saxony on the other. At the top appears a tall, fluted spike that is secured to an officer's style baseplate having four stars. For full dress occasions a trichtor (plume of horsehair or feathers) was attached to the spike. This helmet features a trichtor of red dyed horsehair worn by officer musicians. The black lacquered leather helmet body is in excellent condition having a deep black patent leather finish free of cracks retaining a degree of its original glossy appearance. The front visor is trimmed with polished brass. The rear neck visor shows minor use around the edge. A gilt brass spine extends from the top center of the helmet to the center of the back neck visor. The interior features a moiré silk lining that opens in a clamshell design giving ventilation and access to the attaching bolt hardware that affixes the fluted spike and officer's baseplate at the helmet's crown. The helmet's size is approximately 57 1/2. All the interior bolts are present and original to the helmet. There are no additional holes present that would indicate the helmet has ever been tampered with. The helmet's full width officer's leather sweatband is complete and shows light period wear. There is a name written on the sweatband that has been blackened out. This pickelhaube is an exceptional offering in overall excellent condition. $2950. More Photos

Saxon Garde-Reiter- Rgt. (Die Sachsischen Schweren Reiter) reserve officers ceremonial parade helmet with travel box

098SO1 - Saxon Garde-Reiter- Rgt. (Die Sachsischen Schweren Reiter) reserve officer’s ceremonial parade helmet with travel box. This lobstertail helmet worn by reserve officers of the Saxon Heavy Cavalry was first introduced in 1907. The tombak helmet features a large, starburst helmet plate (wappen) with the gilt coat-of-arms of Saxony superimposed over a silvered Maltese Cross below a gilt crown. The silvered Maltese Cross differentiates the helmet as being that of a reserve officer’s. The gilt brass officer chinscales are secured to each side by a plate with a kokarde with the German national colors on one side and the state colored green kokarde of Saxony on the other. At the top appears a tall, fluted and vented spike that is secured to an officer’s style baseplate. For full dress occasions the spike was removed and replaced with a silver lion. The highly stylized lobstertail neck guard is composed of three tombak scales that extend downward from the rear of the helmet. The underside of the lobstertail is laminated and in excellent condition. The interior features a moiré silk ling that opens in a clamshell design giving ventilation and access to the attaching bolt hardware that affixes the fluted spike and officer’s baseplate at the helmet’s crown. Affixed to the moiré silk lining is a single brass initial “S”. The helmet’s size 57 is stamped in the tombak. All the interior bolts are present and original to the helmet. The helmet’s full width officer’s leather sweatband is complete and shows light period wear. There are no dents or dells. There is a tiny crack present on the right side of the helmet body which shows signs of a period repair. However, the helmet is in overall excellent plus condition. Accompanying the helmet is the original travel box. The box is conical in shape with a flat top. Made of wood and covered with black lacquered fabric, the box is secured with supple and functional leather straps and buckles. The interior is lined with golden-yellow silk and is in excellent condition. The original maker’s label is affixed to the box’s base. The exterior of the travel box shows normal wear having several areas of minor loss of the black lacquer finish. This helmet and box set is an exceptional offering in overall excellent condition. $14,500. More Photos

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0812H3 - Pickelhaube for enlisted man from Baden. This helmet features a pewter Griffin on the helmet's front plate . All the metal hardware (finial, frontplate, back spineattachments for the kokarden and visor trim) all match for age and wear. The chinstrap is a replacement. The interior is stamped BA XI (?) and dated 1910. The size is 56. Nice example. $925.  More Photos

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0812H4 - Prussian World War I enlisted pickelhaube. This helmet's pewter wappen features the Prussian Imperial eagle clutching the scepter and crown. All the exterior metal fiting show consistent age and wear. The leather chinstrap is a replacement. The black leather body shows normal age crazing. The interior features a complete leather liner in excellent condition. The rear leather neck apron is maker stamped, "HUGO BARUSCH..1915." $950. More Photos

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