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A fantastic classic padded embroidered set of issued pilots wings that are in very good condition and they have been worn and very carefully removed from a uniform.
WW1 RFC pilots wings were never a type or model as such i.e early vs. late war, but rather they were made throughout the war by different manufacturers, so hence the different variants that you will see in the old photo's.
These pilots wings are of the most classic shape and a fully padded style.
This huge Prussian battle flag is of fine printed composition on traditional flag cloth. The flag bearing the design of Iron Cross to the corner, and the Imperial eagle to the centre. The flag with its heavy duty stitched reinforcing section at one end. To the upper staff area, the flag attachment. The main rope to the lower section. The flag with the stamped ink 'Kaiserliche Kriegsflg 1,5 x 2,5’ marking to the reinforcement.
The flag showing some general wear and use overall. Some holes to the field (the holes ranging from 1cm approx to the largest approximately 3cm). The printed colours remaining fresh & vibrant. An inked name is visible to the base of the central roundel. Possibly inked by the person taking the flag as a souvenir.
This came from a large naval collection and haven’t been on the market for over fifty years.
The size of this flag is of the type carried on Capital shipping i.e. major battleships, or U-boats. Particularly rare to the market. The design of the flag is of the 1903 – 1919 pattern, and typical of those carried during the First World War.
A large size Imperial German State flag with an original period photograph showing it being captured by the men of an engineer regiment at the Hotel de Ville, Douai, France on September 16 1918.
The flag has been carefully cut from the pole shown in the photo, and is otherwise it is in very good worn condition after over 100 years and has lots of character.
A beautiful condition 'Hobson & Sons' of London, 1916 dated Webley Mark 6 holster. A rich deep mahogany-brown colour and solid hard-shell leather and in overall excellent condition. There is what looks to be small patches of some type of scuffing to the forward edge, which could be removed, otherwise it is absolute pristine condition. The correct military arrow stamp of '174' and an ink written name inside the inner flap which looks like ' CCC Howe'.
A top quality holster for a Sam Brown belt by a known and established London outfitter for WW1 officers.
A nice and fully complete Sam Brown belt that has come directly from the family of a NZ officer who served in Greece and N. Africa. A brief history and some digital photo's of the officer are available to the buyer and also his service number.
A nice convex type early quality EK1 with no makers mark. Excellent silver and 99% of the black gloss paint is intact and with a good secure working pin.
A wonderful engraved Imperial Bavarian pilots badge by Carl Poellath of Schrobenhausen. This hollow type badge is in very good used condition with no damage and maintaining some of its original frosting within the edges of the inside leaves.
The rear has period engraving detailed to Lieutenant of the Reserve, A. Hermann who qualified as a pilot on 24 September 1917, and notes his unit and located on the Western Front (France/Belgium).
A photo of him (3rd from the left) with his squadron dated December 1917 and a summary of this WW1 service history. See pics 8 to10.
It came with an art-deco type bakelite case with a Dresden jewellers label, and this was not original to the badge, but it would have found it way into this case.
NB. Unable to fully confirm when this badge was produced (so hence purposely not listed it as WW1), but in my view it was most probably between WW1 to WW2, and during the time of rearmament when many ex-WW1 soldiers got back into uniform, so hence it is priced accordingly otherwise it would command a market value of $5K+ as a confirmed WW1 piece.
A rare card and hard to find
WW1 Bavarian officers very early war aviation Litewka tunic and trousers (not to be confused with the 'Kleiner Rock', which were introduced in late 1915).
Both the Litewkas and Kleiner Rocks were very popular with pilots because they were a more comfortable uniform to wear.
Made with the distinct Litewka soft doeskin silvery grey wool material and with the straight lower pockets. Two rows of silver (Bavarian) buttons, and matching collar patches and slip-on type shoulder boards and all corresponding in colour for the 8th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment.
Matching gilded winged propellers on each shoulder board and with vertical loops for one award on the left hand side (presumably for a Bavarian pilots or observers badge) and a smaller set of vertical loops on the right hand side (possibly for an Austro-Hungarian pilots badge or Gallipoli Star). And with a nice pair of dark navy coloured straight-leg trousers of similar soft doeskin wool material with WW1 period matching metal buttons marked 'solide neuheit'.
Named to a Lt 'Rothe' or "Bothe' (as it is hard to tell the first letter being hand-written in italics).
Initial research has found a PLM winner, Fritz Ritter von Roth, who did serve in the 8th Bavarian Atty Regiment, before joining the the Air Service in late 1917, and he was famous for being known as the "Balloon Buster". Although his spelling differs, with the 'e' at the end, Roth(e) was spelt both ways, and it is a well known Southern German surname with both spellings being used.
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