Militaria auction sells Kaiser Wilhelm II helmets for $30,250



2015-06-26 10:40:34

Militaria auction sells Kaiser Wilhelm II helmets for $30,250

 Mohawk Arms June 1st – 2nd auction of militaria offered around 1,700 lots, the highlight of which was a pair of helmets owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

The Kaiser’s personal Garde Jager shako leather helmet fetched $13,750, and his personal Garde Hussar busby fur-covered helmet sold for $16,500.

Wilhelm II was the last Kaiser. He ruled the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 1888 until 1918. The grandson of Queen Victoria, he was related to many monarchs and princes in Europe. His activities and allegiances led to his support for Austria-Hungary in the crisis of July 1914, that led to World War I. He was not a particularly effective war leader, and abdicated in 1918, feeling to the Netherlands.

The lots at Mohawk Arms’ 67th auction encompassed multiple generations and conflicts. Medals and badges did particularly well, as well as edged weapons. A group of German World War II assault badges sold for impressive prices, five of them selling in the $2,300 - $9,000 range. At the top end of these was a 100-engagement Panzer badge with an eagle/swastika on an oak leaf wreath, surrounding a tank.

A German World War II wrapper jacket sold for $7,000, and a German World War II Infantry peaked cap plus photo of a young SS man wearing it fetched $2,703.

An archive from the property of Lt. John H. Wilson, an American World War I 94th Squadron Observer and parachute pioneer, included a rare ‘Fighting Observer’ Wing, a uniform insignia, a dress sword and several photographs. The whole sold for $8,438.

A pre-American Civil War snare drum with a portrait of George Washington sold for $1,763.


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