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IMPERIAL GERMAN DELUX QUALITY NAVAL OFFICERS DAGGER BELONGING TO CAPTAIN EHLERS WITH RARE PRIVATE PURCHASE SCABBARD AND DAMASCUSE BLADE WITH PRESENTATION INSRIPTION.

Superb deluxe naval officers dagger belonging to Captain Gustav Ehlers with a fascinating history connected to England, he took part in the naval attack on several English coastal towns in 1914. Open crown brass pommel and Imperial style crossguard still retain traces of the original gilt finish. Beautiful bone grip has several old hairline cracks which are normally seen on these grips. Superb matching private purchase scabbard features panels of oakleaves and acorns and it is extremely attractive and in fine condition. The fine quality damascuse blade is in superb condition and it is the maiden hair style, the detail to the blade is exceptional, the obverse side of the blade is beautifully engraved, BIELER S/L EHLERS (Bieler presented the dagger to his dear friend Ehlers). Captain Ehlers was born on the 14.12.1885, he joined the German navy on the 6.4.1904 which interestingly was the same date as Bieler also Joined. Ehlers was promoted to Lieutenant on 28.9.1907, senior Lieutenant on the 16.10.09 and Captain on the 17.10.1915. He served on a number of Battleships before WW1 and in early 1914 was Inspector of the naval school at Flensberg. In August 1914 he became the Captain of the Cruiser Hamburg serving as the flagship and part of the escort for the north sea U.boat flotilla. On the 15th and 16th of December 1914 the Hamburg participated in the naval bombardment of the English towns of, Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby in which much damage was inflicted on the towns with 592 casualties, of whom 137 died, the attack caused public outrage towards the German navy for an attack mostly conducted against civilians,private buildings and homes. During the battle of Jutland in 1916 the Hamburg was a part of the scouting group. On the 28th of August 1916 Ehlers was awarded the iron cross 1st class. From 3.3.1917 Ehlers served at the naval torpedo school for several months, he then served on a number of ships until the end of WW1 and was with the fleet at Scape Flow when the German naval fleet was scuttled. Checking the 1914 / 1918 naval rank list there is only one officer by the name of Bieler listed but several named Ehlers, but i can say for certainty that the dagger belonged to, Kapitanleutnant Gustav Ehlers, the reason for this is that Bieler and Ellers joined the navy on the same date and strangely even many of there promotions were on the same date, the other offers named Ehlers were much younger officers and almost certainly had no contact with Bieler. Captain Bieler served as a U.Boat officer and during WW1 as mentioned above Captain Ehlers served on the cruiser Hamburg as the escort captain for the North sea U.Boats which Bieler was probably also serving with, this is probably just a coincidence but still interesting.The dagger comes with some research concerning Kapitanleutnant Gustave Ellers. This is a dagger with historical importance because of the connection to the attack on the coastal towns of England and so this dagger should probably be on display in a museum in England, especially perhaps Scarborough town museum. [Condition: Near Mint]

Code: 34403

Reserved


WW1 GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS.

A fine example still retaining all original black paint finish.The reverse side features pin and hook and makers initials KO. [Condition: Near Mint]

Code: 34096

225.00 GBP


MINIATURE IMPERIAL GERMAN SWORD WITH BLUED PRESENTATION BLADE.

Although I have owned a number of miniature imperial presentation swords over the years I have never owned or even seen this model before. Gilt metal hilt features a large open wing Imperial crowned eagle and a black painted grip. The double engraved blade is plated and it is factory frosted with a blued background, decorative long panel to the obverse side with inscription, S.HOCHVEREHRTEN CHEF, 50 JAHR. MILITAR DIENST JUBILAUM, D.OFFIZIERKORPS D.INF REGTS, GEN-FELDM.V.HINDENBURG, VOR THINABURG 7.4.16 I GR FELDZUG, with crowned initials and coat of arms. The reverse side features long blued decorative panel. Black painted scabbard is in fine condition. Complete with matching miniature blue and white portepee knot. Size just under 10 inches long and which would make the perfect paper knife for a collectors desk. [Condition: Near Mint]

Code: 32974

325.00 GBP


WW1 GERMAN 1898/05 MODEL BAYONET.

This model bayonet is oftener described as the butchers bayonet because of its huge clever like blade. Metal hilt shows age and the reverse of the pommel is stamped with imperial Waffen amp marks, the bayonet slot is complete but no longer functions, it probably just needs some oil to get it working properly again. The brown wooden grip plates are in perfect condition and are very fine quality. The blade is by Simson & Co Suhl and it is still in excellent condition, the spine is marked with a crown, W15 and other marks. The scabbard shows faint age pitting to the surface, it is also marked with a stamp to the upper reverse side but this is now difficult to decipher. EXC+

Code: 35492

135.00 GBP


SUPERB WW1 PORCELLEIN VASE BY MEISSEN DECORATED WITH IRON CROSS.

A very attractive porcelain vase decorated with a large Imperial German iron cross with dates below in gilt, 1914 / 1915 and with decorative gilt highlights. The vase is fitted with four paw and claw feet and standing on a base. The base is marked with Miessen crossed swords and other pottery stamps. Height 14cm. Extremity high quality and very decorative.[Condition: Mint]

Code: 35452

200.00 GBP


IMPERIAL GERMAN WW1 STEIN MODELED AS GENERAL OTTO VON BISMARK.

A superb stein modelled as General Otto Von Bismark. The general is shown wearing his imperial helmet which is actually the lid of the stein. The detail is exceptional and amazingly it is in mint condition. [Condition: Mint]

Code: 35453

295.00 GBP


IMPERIAL GERMAN GUARD REGIMENT PICKELHAUBE HELMET INKWELL.

A superb Imperial German inkwell designed as a miniature Guard Regiment officers Pickelhaube helmet. Silver metal skull fitted with officers chin chain and with Guard Regiment helmet plate with Regimental motto, SUUM GUIQUE and with Imperial German eagle to the centre. Ball top to crown of helmet for an artillery Regiment. The top of the helmet lifts on a hinge to reveal an internal inkwell. Occasionally miniature helmet inkwells are seen but these are normally British or French fireman's helmets, it is extremely unusual to find one designed as a German army pickelhaube helmet and I believe this is the 1st example I have offered for sale. A desirable and rare decorative item for a collectors desk especially if you collect helmets. [Condition: Exc++]

Code: 35440

220.00 GBP


MINIATURE WW1 GERMAN PICKELHAUBE HELMET.

Highly detailed miniature Imperial German pickelhaube helmet probably produced as a paperweight. The helmet is mounted by separately applied helmet plate and chin strap, the helmet is pierced with a miniature sword. A very impressive and interesting item for a collectors desk. Circa 1910. [Condition: Near Mint]

Code: 35431

110.00 GBP


LUSITANIA CASED MADALLION.

These medallions were produced in England during WW1 as propaganda commemorating the sinking of the passenger ship Lusitania by a German U.Boat. The Lusitania was sunk in 1915 with over 1000 casualty's, the German government declared that the passenger ship was also carrying ammunition and explosives for British forces making it a legitimate target but this was denied by the British Government, in recent years divers examining the wreck discovered a quantity of ammunition so apparently the German statement of 1915 was correct. The obverse side of the medallion depicts the Lusitania sinking into the sea with commemorative inscription, the reverse side features the grim reaper greeting the passengers. Complete with original issue box. [Condition: Exc++]

Code: 35361

68.00 GBP


WW1 GERMAN MINIATURE SWORD.

This is a superb quality miniature of the Kaiser Wilhelm honour sword. Very impressive gilt basket hilt features an angel crowning the German eagle, the grip is decorated with oakleaves, the pommel depicts the imperial crown. Plain plated blade. Silver plated scabbard with decorative mounts. [Condition: Near Mint]

Code: 35225

125.00 GBP