Unique and one of a kind antiques and collectibles of historic value, decorative importance, items of which very few were made, sets of items rarely seen together and other specialties. Unique and one of a kind antiques and collectibles for sale.
A French Trib pocket watch and a Prussian display stand commemorating the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 featuring two kneeling captured French soldiers on each side with broken flags and spears as sign of defeat. This unique pocket watch stand features five major places of significant battles during the war: Weissens (Weissembourg), Worth, Metz, Sedan, Strassburg, Paris with the German Iron Cross at the bottom. The French Trib pocket watch is in working condition and dates to the early 20th century, around 1920's. The pocket watch is hung on on a small hook from a lion's head, a wreath with 1871 in it, and fits into a larger circular wreath where the watch rests.
A rare and unique piece of history featuring a commemorative plaque presented to Marshall Ferdinand Foch, the Supreme Allied Commander during the First World War, and Georges Clemenceau, Prime Minister and Minister of War during the war. The plaque shows all of the characteristics of World War One such as the trench warfare, airplanes and zeppelins first used in battle, firearms, helmets and digging tools. In the center is a French soldier holding a flag that is being kissed by a woman, maybe representing the gratefulness of the French nation to its brave fighters. The plaque was presented as part of the Law of November 17th 1918, that was established to pay national tribute to the armies and their leaders who participated in World War One, the war to end all wars. The writing in the center translates to:
The Law of November 17, 1918
To the armies and their chiefs
To the government of the Republic
the citizen Georges Clémenceau
President of the Council
Minister of War
Supreme leader of the allied armies
From a well deserved Fatherland
This commemorative World War One plaque in appreciation to George Clémenceau and Marshall Foch is a one of a kind piece of history and is in museum quality significance.
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An Antique early 20th century German blacksmith bronze sculpture beautifully made showing the blacksmith swinging his hammer towards the anvil which is set on a chopped tree truck. The iron piece on the anvil that is being hammered is made loose and comes out. This blacksmith sculpture was given as an award or gift according to the plaque on the base written: Jhrem allverehrten Paul Siele zum 1. October 1919 Vereinigung Deutscher Sackgrosshandler Translated: To the well honored Paul Siele On October 1st 191 From the Association of German sack wholesalers Probably a one of a kind item since we couldn't find another. Dimensions Height: 38 cm (15 inches) Width: 21 cm (8.26 inches) Base: 18 x 13 cm (7x5.11 inches) Weight: 6.5 Kg (14.33 lbs)
This is a rare display of an 1899 advertisement poster from the theatre play Jeanne D'Arc played by French stage actress Sarah Bernhard, at one point in time she was considered the most famous actress in the world, and illustrated by Swiss artist Eugene Grasset, credited in introducing the Art Nouveau style to the United States. The display features from left to right the black and white plate, the brass printing plate and the advertisement itself in full color. This is a rare and unique find since these items are hardly sold together. The plaque at the bottom reads: Jeanne D'Arc - 1899 Vintage French Poster - Gicle'e Print This vintage French poster is an example of "Affiche Artistic", advertising Sarah Bernhardt's performance in Jeanne D'Arc. The artist was Eugene Grasset and the poster was published in 1899. Dimensions: Height: 67 cm (26.37 inches) Width: 119 cm (46.85 inches)
The Montblanc TimeWalker wrist watch symbolizes the spirit of car racing by featuring racing car-like dashboard timing and gauge instruments. The Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph comes in a 41 mm stainless steel case. In the spirit of car racing, this Montblanc TimeWalker model is equipped with a practical tachymeter scale for timing speed that is indicated on the fixed ceramic bezel. The timepiece features a “reverse panda” dial with a contrasting black background and silvery-white counters and flanges at 6 and 12 o’clock. The timepiece features Super-LumiNova* numerals and indexes, as well as a precise minute track on the flange that has also been enhanced with both Super-LumiNova and red markers for the 15-minute mark for utmost legibility.
Israeli Lee Enfield long branch No.4 MK1 T rifle scope made by Goldberg of Tel-Aviv. This is one of the first prototypes of Israeli made rifle scope made in the late 1940's and early 1950's as Israel planned to self rely on as much weapons and weapon related material as possible and in addition smuggle and later import military surplus firearms from post WW2 Europe. This Israeli rifle scope is made of brass and includes the original rifle mount. The outside of the scope has patches of scratched paint, the lenses are in tact and a bit foggy and the reticle is in tact as well. A rare and unique piece of history.
A unique item from the Vietnam war era featuring a Laotian woman bronze bust sculpture made by Nguyen Thanh Le that was presented as a gift in September 1969 to Brigadier General Homer K. Hansen by Major General Tran Van Minh, commander of the VNAF (South Vietnam Air Force). Nguyen Thanh Le was a Vietnamese artisan, graduate of the Bien Hoa Fine Arts School, who sold her sculptures and other works of art to mainly military personnel from a shop on Thu Do Street in the former Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. These works later found their way to the US and France as military personnel went back home. This Laotian woman bust of a young woman shows her beautiful features, unique hair style and ornate earrings. Dimensions: Height: 31 cm (12.20 inches) Width: 9 cm (3.54 inches) Weight: 5.4 Kg (11.90 lbs)
Or best offer November 4th is celebrated and commemorated in Italy as the end of World War 1, the day of Armistice at Villa Giusti. Italy lost in WW1 over 500,000 soldiers. This rare bronze plaque was sculpted by one of Milan's most famous sculptures in the early to mid 20th century: Egidio Boninsegna. The memorial plaque depicts an angel carrying to a tomb a half-draped male soldier accompanies by his mourning wife and two children bidding him a final farewell and another man holding the ends of the drape. Both the angel and the fallen soldier show deep, hollowed-out eyes, indicating the suffering and grief caused by the war. The angel is sitting on a slab with the writing Ignoto Militi, the unknown soldier. In the background is a great memorial tomb complete with fluted columns and another frieze of mourning figures. The artist Egidio Boninsegna is best known for the creation of numerous tombs for the Monumental Cemetery and the Musocco Cemetery in Milan. He also sculpted the monument dedicated to the Milanese painter Filippo Carcano in 1915. This November 4th Italian memorial cast bronze plaque is rare in this excellent condition. It is fastened to a heavy wooden frame. Dimensions: Height: 48 cm (18.9 inches) Width: 39 cm (15.35 inches) Weight: 7.4 Kg (16.31 lbs)
A unique and one of a kind industrial desk lamp made of brass and a headlight made by the Hella car lighting company in Germany. The desk lamp is with a nice and rough finish and patina just like we like it. On the glass the writing is: E1/4414/Hella/4-77606/Made in Germany This industrial lighting style desk lamp works and is fitted electrically with a type C 2.5 amperes power plug with on/off switch button. This can easily be changed to your local electric system by any electrician. Dimensions: Height: 41 cm (16.14 inches) Base width: 24 cm (9.44 inches) Lamp diameter: 16 cm (6.30 inches)
Or best offer A set of World War 1 trench art knives made by American, British, German and possibly French or Belgium soldiers between 1914-1918 during the constant bombardments across the trench lines. This unique set includes the following items from top to bottom as shown in the photos: British Trench Art Knife From The First World War American World War One Trench Art Knife Trench Art Knife From WW1 1914 German World War One Trench Art Knife German Trench Art WW1 Knife These are all unique and one of a kind items.
An American trench art knife or letter opener from World War 1 made of a metal fragment, probably from an artillery round. The US entered the First World War three years after it began and declared war officially on April 6th, 1917. This American trench art knife has the following writing on its blade: "Kill The German To Keep Our Freedom". Length: 21.5 cm (8.46 inches)
A trench art knife or letter opener made in 1914 probably during the siege of the fortified city of Namur in Belgium between August 20-25, 1914, when German and Austro-Hungarian forces fought and defeated the defending Belgium and French forces. Like many other trench art items this knife is made of an artillery shell fragment which can be seen from the ridges in the handle. On one side of the ricasso "1914" is etched and on the other side "Namur" is etched, hence associating this trench art knife to the time period of the siege. The knife length is 17 cm (6.70 inches).