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).
A German trench art WW1 knife made by a soldier from a shell fragment of an artillery round showing a small section of the copper driving band. The trench art knives in which the artillery shell copper driving band has been incorporated in the design of the knife make them very desireable with collectors of militaria trench art. These were very popular souvenir items during the First World War and during the post war battle field tourism boom. On the blade is the slogan: Mein Blud Fur Mein Ehre (My blood for my honor) In the German cross: Ich Bin Treu (I am loyal) On the handle: Ich Helfe Dir Weiter (I will help you further) Length: 21 cm (8.26 inches)
Or best offer A folk art double headed wooden horse on wheels that twists and reveals two compartments in the horse's base. A beautiful piece of hand carved wood made most likely in India for a child in the early 20th century. One of the horse heads is a bit cracked and the piece shows its overall age of a hundred year old item. Dimensions: Height: 45 cm (17.71 inches) Width: 64 cm (25.20 inches) Shoulder width with wheels: 26 cm (10.23 inches)
An authentic Moro Kris short sword from the Southern Philippines. The Moro Kris is a rugged fighting blade that was mostly used in the Mindanao area of the Philippines. The hilt, scabbard and blade are decorated with copper or brass decorations and the blade features a serpent or dragon like design. The Moro people or actually Bangsamoro people, refers to the 13 Islamized ethnolinguistic groups of Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan regoins. The Moro fought against the Spanish invaders in the early 1500's using these short swords but the design of the blade itself is actually from pre Islamic influence era. The wavy blade symbolizes the Naga; a mythical serpentine dragon that was worshipped in the animistic days of Malay history.
A beautiful masterpiece of wood work on this Indonesian Kris dagger with a mythological god on the hilt and other mythological faces and decorations on the scabbard. This Kris dagger has the characteristic wavy blade and the distinctive blade-patterning achieved through alternating lamination of iron and nickelous iron (pamor) originating from a meteor. The hilt-to-blade fitting is made of copper or brass with some jem-like rocks. Dimensions: With scabbard: 64 cm (25.20 inches) Without scabbard: 49 cm (19.30 inches)
A unique collectible from the Victorian era in England. This is an Elliot Brothers charting instruments set in a mahogany wood box which belonged to G.B. Chalon. His name appears on a small plaque on the box and on some of the instruments inside. The instrument set which was used either for nautical map charting, mathematics or engineering drawing includes what we think are all of the original items with a lift out tray. This charting set includes ivory handles on some of the instruments especially the protractor (ruler) which is all in ivory. The ivory protractor, marked: Elliot 449 Strand London, is therefore presumably made after the company moved to their Strand St. location in about 1867. The two slots in the protractor were for a ribbon so that the naval officer or other user could wear it round his neck. This is a fantastic antique Victorian era collectible for those who love scientific or nautical/naval/maritime items. Dimension: 19 cm x 9.5 cm (7.48 inches x 3.74 inches)
A unique and mesmerizing piece of old world craftsmanship at its best. This singing bird mechanical box is made by MMM (Mechanische Musikwerke Manufaktur) of Triberg Germany, the company that purchased the Karl Griesbaum company that specialized in these items from 1905-1980. MMM continues to make the singing bird boxes with the same tools and techniques since 1990. The box is made of plated silver or alpaca silver (nickel silver). The mechanism of this singing bird music box is all made by hand and is completely mechanical without any use of speakers or electronics. DO NOT FORCE THE LID TO OPEN OR CLOSE. IF YOU MOVE THE BUTTON AND NOTHING HAPPENS OR IT STOPS IN THE MIDDLE IT NEEDS TO BE WINDED UP WITH THE KEY. Dimensions: Big Box: Height: 7.5 cm Width: 14.5 cm Depth: 10.5 cm Singing Box: Height: 5.5 cm Width: 10.5 cm Depth: 7.5 cm
This plaque commemorates the first successful rice planting in the Charleston South Carolina colony in the 1670's starting the rice growing culture of the South known as Madagascar gold. The plaque was approved by the Historic Commission of Charleston South Carolina. The plaque is attached to a thick slice of an olive tree trunk. Dimensions: Metal plaque: Height: 40.5 cm (15.94 inches) Width: 30.5 cm (12 inches) Wood plaque: Height: 70 cm (27.55 inches) Width: 64.5 cm (25.39 inches) Weight: 18 kg (39.68 lbs)
Or best offer The Tiffany Studios abalone desk set that we have for sale is simply an incredible set of old school craftsmanship. The desk set includes the following items:
- Memo pad
- Letter rack
- Perpetual Calendar frame
- Ink blotter
- Blotter ends
- Paper clips tray
- Letter opener knife
- Stamp box
- Pin cushion box holder
- Humidor cigar box
Or best offer This is a piece of Alan Shepard memorabilia that has not been seen for decades. It is probably a one of a kind plaque commissioned and presented to astronaut and naval pilot Alan Shepard Jr. for his amazing accomplishment of being the first American and the second human after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagerin to orbit the earth. On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted the Mercury-Redstone 3 mission and named his spacecraft, Mercury Spacecraft 7, Freedom 7. As a show of appreciation and admiration for his incredible achievement in the height of the Cold War and the start of the space race, the American Legion decided to present Alan Shepard with this plaque as an award. Dimensions: Height: 49 cm (19.29) Width: 35.5 cm (13.97 inches) Weight: 7.9 Kg (17.41 lbs)
Or best offer Saint Barbara was an early Christian martyr worshiped by mainly Catholics who face danger of sudden and violent death at work. She is the patron saint of artillery and explosives professions, armorers and gunsmiths, military engineers, miners and tunnelers. This statue of Saint Barbara features the main items associated with her story: the three windowed tower, a cannon and a branch. This statue of Saint Barbara is one of two known to be made as a special commissioned work for the Czech Skoda company. Skoda started in 1859 as an arms manufacturing company, later a producer of bicycles, motorcycles, cars and trucks. During World War 2 and Nazi Germany's occupation of Czechoslovakia, the Skoda factory was under control of Reichswerke Hermann Göring and served as producers of artillery parts, aircraft, firearms and ammunition components. This statue is thought to be presented to the Nazi officers who controlled the company in 1942. The statue is said to be made of artillery grade metal. The small plaque at the base reads: Skodawerke Pilsen, Kreigsjahr 1942. It is in excellent condition. Specifications: Height (with base): 51 cm Width (total): 16.5 cm Width of base: 14 cm Weight: 13.1 Kg
Or best offer Antique German Brass Menorah said to be a retirement gift especially made for a commercial banker that worked from 1896-1921 as written in the inscription on the Menorah's base. This Menorah is made of heavy brass and is beautifully made either in Germany or Northern Europe. Specifications: Height: 53 cm Width: 48 cm Weight: 6 Kg