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Updated on 28 November 2017.
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22-61 HAND CARVED WOODEN FRAME COMMEMORATING VETERAN’S EAST ASIA SERVICE. Some of the most amazing veteran items came from those men who saw either Army or Navy service in East Asia. Elegantly handcrafted photo albums and marvelous hand carved photo frames like today’s offering were common. While Imperial Germany was well known for its hand carved wooden items, the Imperial Chinese were equally as skilled. The frame measures 12 ¾" x 15 ½." Twin dragons face each other from left and right sides of the frame. They extend nearly the entire length of the frame. Three inserts are provided for displaying photos, CdV’s and Cabinet Photos. The first is a small oval area at the frame’s center top, which measures 2 ⅛" x 3 ¾." Two larger cutout areas, each measuring 2 ¾" x 4 ½," appear near the frame’s bottom. The frame’s reverse reveals that each of the three cutouts have swing-away pegs to hold the photos in place once inserted.
This lovely frame shows lots of character. It will display colonial or any other photos quite well.








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22-81 WOOD & IVORY CHINESE/COLONIAL ALBUM. This is without a doubt THE most magnificent photo album we have ever offered. It measures 14 ½" x 11" x 2 ½." The album is empty and contains no photos. From what I can tell, it was never used. A total of nine double-sided pages yields eighteen individual pages on which photos and/or postcards can be mounted in a variety of cutouts. Three different-sized cutouts accommodate images of varying sizes. The cutouts measure 5 3/16" x 3 5/8," 5 3/16" x 3 11/16," and 3" x 2." Below each of the cutouts is a small window in which to insert a caption. What is more, each page’s background is hand painted on silk! While some scenes are repeated, a great variation exists, even among same-sized pages of cutouts. In addition, the front cover liner and back page are also hand painted silk. I cannot even comprehend how much time was required for the front and back covers’ artwork, let alone the interior’s eighteen pages. As intricate and beautiful as is the interior’s artwork, the album’s exterior front cover is even more amazing. The front and back cover’s is made of black lacquered wood. The front cover boasts a hand painted framing design that encloses within it a Chinese man and woman in ornate Chinese gowns, and a dragon. Each character is hand carved in high-relief ivory. At various strategic places it is highlighted with mother-of-pearl. The album’s back cover is unadorned, but has suffered a horizontal crack. Although we will show very detailed photos of every aspect of the silk hand painted artwork, as well as the front cover’s ivory and mother-of-pearl, they simply do not render full justice to the album’s sheer beauty. If you are a collector of Colonial photos or postcards, this would be the ultimate way to display them. If you appreciate early 20th Century Chinese Art, then the album will be your collection’s highlight. $1,495.00  





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22-94 JAPANESE PRODUCED COLONIAL STYLE PHOTO ALBUM. This is one of the ever-popular albums acquired by German sailors and colonial soldiers while they traveled in Japan and China during Germany’s colonial occupation of China. The album features a combination of beautifully-lacquered woods on the front and back covers. The front cover shows a handsome combination of hand-painted oriental scenes, including a village, mountains, flowers and a rickshaw with driver and passenger. (In fact, their faces are small bits of ivory fashioned into heads, then painted). The back cover is not as intricate and only displays a flower design. The two covers are mounted to a leather spine that makes it look book-like. The album measures 6 3/8" x 5 1/4" x 1 7/8."
Inside the album we see eighteen double-sided pages, which could hold thirty-six conventionally sized CdV’s. These pages are really amazing. Each is covered in silk, on which scenes of nature and the countryside are painted. Several different designs are used, so you are not seeing the same scene over and over. Ten CdV’s are already mounted in the album. One features a soldier, while the others show 19th Century females. One can easily remove them and add CdV’s that are of more interest. Check our CdV section on our "Original Photograph" Page and we will offer you a dandy discount on any that you would like to include!




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22-91 JAPANESE PRODUCED PHOTO ALBUM AS PURCHASED BY GERMAN MILITARY PERSONNEL. This is a wonderful Japanese-produced album of the type greatly prized by German sailors, soldiers, etc., who passed through Japan while serving in China. Albums such as these also might have been purchased by German sailors in the merchant marine. These albums were beautifully hand produced, using rich, lacquered wood and the best of other materials to complete them. This example has black-lacquered covers. The front cover features a simply magnificent reproduction of birds and flowers. It is rendered in mother-of-pearl and iridescent, multicolored abalone. These designs are framed in a silver border. The back cover is unadorned black lacquer.
Inside the album, the front and back covers are richly hand painted on silk. The front cover features a single, large bird in flight through the branches of a brightly colored tree. The back cover features a Japanese house on a stream, with several tall pine trees rising above it. It  sports nine double-sided pages. Each page has a silk surface that displays colorfully painted scenes of Japan. Each side of the page has two cutout areas where photos or even postcards can be inserted. Directly below each of these cutouts, we see a smaller box where the subject can be described, if so desired. With the double-sided pages, a total of thirty-six open spaces is available for photographs or postcards. The two wooden covers and the nine double-sided pages are attached to a leatherette spine. The album measures 14" x 11" x 2 ½." The album shows great potential for you to insert and display your prized photographs, Cabinet Photographs, CdV’s or postcards. Whether you are going to use it for colonial material or other Imperial German images, it will result in an attractive display. For that matter, the album would be superb for a scrap booker! It is in very fine condition.




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22-90 JAPANESE-PRODUCED PHOTO ALBUM PURCHASED BY GERMAN MILITARY PERSONNEL. This is a wonderful Japanese-produced album of the type greatly prized by German sailors, soldiers, etc., who passed through Japan while serving in China. Albums such as these also might have been purchased by German sailors in the merchant marine. These albums were beautifully hand produced, using rich, lacquered wood and the best of other materials to complete them. This example has black lacquered covers. The front cover sports a silver oriental dragon in its center. The image is trimmed in a thin, upraised, silver frame. Working outward from the thin silver frame, we find a larger, brown-lacquered, wooden frame. On that is an ornate silver series of designs. The back cover is unadorned black lacquer.
Inside the album is the front and back covers richly hand painted on silk. The front cover features three birds on the ground (some sort of cranes, I believe). The back cover features a small Japanese village on the water. Structures appear on both sides of the water. What appear to be sails are in the distance, perhaps those of fishing boats.
Inside the album, we see nine double-sided pages. Each page has a silk surface that displays colorfully painted scenes of Japan. Each side of the page has two cutout areas where photos or even postcards can be inserted. Directly below each of these cutouts, we see a smaller box where the subject can be described, if so desired. With the double sided pages, a total of thirty-six open spaces are available for photographs or postcards.
The two wooden covers and the nine double-sided pages are attached to a leatherette spine. The album measures 14" x 11" x 2 ½." The spine has partially separated from the front cover. Proper care should be exhibited when handing the album.
The album has a lot of potential to hold your prized photographs, cabinet photographs, CdV’s or postcards. Whether you are going to use it for colonial material or other Imperial German images, it will result in an attractive display. For that matter, the album would be superb for a scrap booker!



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13-871 S.M.S. KAISERIN AUGUSTA SAILOR’S FRAMED PRESENTATION - CHINA. Beginning in the late 19th Century, Germany began building up its presence in China. They "assumed" land at Khiatsou and expanded their foothold in Asia. Ultimately, Germany maintained an entire squadron in China under the command of Vizeadmiral von Spee. When WW I began, he realized that Germany could not hold its base in China. He made arrangements for his squadron to depart and head back to Europe. Sadly for him, after a successful battle off Chile’s coast in November 1914, he met up with the British again in the Battle of Falkland Islands in December 1814. The bulk of his squadron, as well as the Vizeadmiral and his two sons, perished with their respective ships. 
German sailors who served in China found remarkable ways to commemorate their service. One very popular way was to produce an embroidered, silk likeness of their ship. Along with that likeness, their ship’s name and their years of service were noted. Usually, a place was provided where a sailor could place his photograph. In most cases you could see that the vessel’s name on his cap tally matched the ship’s name indicated on the silk montage. 
The S. M. S. Kaiserin Augusta was commissioned in 1895. She was an all-new ship-type, with all-new engines. She was the first Kaiserliche Marine ship to have three shafts and propellers. She had other problems with her guns, so it was another two years before she was ready for fleet service. From 1897 through 1902 she served in East Asia as a part of its Cruiser Squadron. This time included the 1900-1901 Boxer Rebellion. She was in the middle of all the action taking place. In 1902, she returned to Germany and was placed in reserve status. Ship design had passed her by, and she was no longer considered front-line-capable. She was reactivated in 1914 and placed in the Baltic Seas Fleet under the command of Prussia’s Großadmiral Prinz Heinrich. She first was used for coastal defense, then for artillery training. Finally, she was broken up and scrapped in 1920. 
Today we are offering something just a bit different. It is a framed presentation for the S. M. S. Kaiserin Augusta. The central piece shows a silk-embroidered ship’s profile. A multitude of silk thread colors appear in the image, which is so detailed that the kriegsflagge can be clearly seen flying from the ship’s stern. The smaller German National Flag flies from the bow. Directly below the ship we see S. M. S. Kaiserin Augusta handsomely embroidered in silk lettering. Around its image is a red, black, and white thread rope that replicates the German national colors. Below that are multicolored oak leaves and acorns. The image is under glass. The oval-shaped image’s overall measurements are 7 3/4" x 10."  
As handsome as the image is, it is the frame that really makes it special. The frame is made of lacquered wood that was hand painted in China with images of birds, leaves, and flowers. [It is similar to the wood and lacquer painting on a photo album we are offering in our Colonial Merchandise Page (click here to see)]. The frame measures 12 ½" x 15." Sadly, some areas of the frame are damaged and show the bare wood underneath the lacquered finish. A simple hanger is on the reverse, which I suggest that you reinforce or replace. 
This is a super combination that shows the beauty and artistic attention of China’s artists. I cannot begin to imagine how many hours the artists required to fashion the ship’s likeness. Nor could I begin to count the multitude of stitches made to produce the image. It is simply gorgeous. The same applies to the frame, as well as the patience and dedication that it took to produce it. It is a pity that it sustained some damage, but it remains a gorgeous presentation that highlights Germany’s power in 1898-1914 China.




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22-105 GERMAN COLONIAL CHINA SEA-SOLDIER’S SILVER CIGARETTE CASE. This is a high-quality cigarette case that once belonged to a German See-Battalion soldier based in China. The cigarette case measures 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm. It is rounded and a bit thicker than we generally see in cigarette cases. Its front features an enamel device in the upper right corner that consists of three silver-toned lions passant against a dark blue field surrounded by nine small hearts. This is very similar to the Danish National Coat-of-Arms. Engraved on the front are quite faint attributions of officers from Württemberg and Saxony. On the cases reverse the information below is professionally engraved in clear printed type (rather than script).

"Seesoldat Kuno Golz [Sea Soldier/See-Battalion Soldier]
1. Komp. OMD
[Ostasiatische Marine Detachement]
Tientsin China via Sibirien



A very faint engraving in script appears across the "S" in Seesoldat and reads either "Huna" or "Kuna" followed by a symbol.
Inside the case, both elastic bands are in place that held cigarettes on either side. Engraved in script on the left side is the information listed below.

Feldart-Regt. 20

This is a fine cigarette case for a soldier who served in China at the colonial German base in Tientsin. $895.00 








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02-364 TWO-PLACE MEDAL BAR FROM CHINESE BOXER REBELLION’S NON COMBATANT. I was quite pleased to acquire this small medal bar. Generally, finding a two-place medal bar is not a great cause for excitement. This medal bar, however, is quite different because it represents a man who served in China during the Boxer Rebellion! The bar measures 1 3/8" x 3 3/8." From left to right, the following medals appear on the medal bar.

*Non Combatant’s Medal for the Boxer Rebellion. The silver-toned decoration is in fine condition.

*Kaiser Wilhelm Centennial Medal.

Both the medals and the correct ribbons are in top condition. $295.00



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22-83 SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE FOR COMBATANT’S MINIATURE - BOUTONNIERE. This is a miniature of the Southwest Africa Combatants’ Medal. It is set up on a boutonniere and has TWO Colonial ribbons that indicate service in both China and Southwest Africa. The medal measures 1/4" in diameter. The obverse shows a profile of Germania. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. This boutonniere is in excellent condition. The miniature decoration’s finish is first-rate. $225.00





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05-1279 COLONIAL DENKMÜNZE MEDAL. This is the Colonial Denkmünze (Service) Medal from 1912. It was awarded to those who had served overseas in Germany’s colonies. The obverse features a profile view of Kaiser Wilhelm II, along with his royal cypher. The medal’s reverse is bronze-toned and measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It boasts a Hohenzollern Crown and the legend "Den Tapferen Streitern Für Deutchlands Ehre" (The Brave Battle for Germany’s Honor). The medal is in very fine condition. It comes complete with the correct red, black, and white ribbon. $495.00





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22-78 MINIATURE - SOUTHWEST AFRICA MEDAL - NON COMBATANTS. The Southwest Africa Campaign took place during 1904 through 1906. Numerous actions took place during this time, and medals were awarded or had Spangen attached for those actions. Here is a miniature of the medal. It is silver-toned and was awarded to non combatants. Combatants received a gilt-toned decoration. This is similar to the decorations that were awarded for service in China during 1900-1901. The decoration measures 3/4" in diameter. The obverse has a neck-up likeness of Germania. Around the edge it features "Sudwest Afrika 1904-1906." The decoration’s reverse has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s crowned cypher. Around the edge is says "Verdienst um die Expedition." A correct and to scale ribbon is included. $125.00



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22-84 SOUTHWEST AFRICAN DENKMÜNZE FOR NON COMBATANTS MINIATURE. This is the Southwest African Service Non Combatants’ Medal. This medal was awarded in gold for combatants and silver for non combatants for service during 1904-1906 actions in Southwest Africa against native tribes. Campaign bars and/or spangen often were awarded as well and attached to the medal’s ribbon. This is a miniature of the non combatants’ medal. It measures 1/2" in diameter. The obverse shows a profile of Germania. The other side has Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal cypher. A gilt-toned bale appears at the top where a chain could be looped through. It is in very fine condition. $175.00





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22-75 MINIATURE - SOUTHWEST AFRICA COMBATANT MEDAL WITH SPANGE. This is an incredibly detailed miniature of the Southwest Africa Combatant Medal. The decoration was given for action in Southwest Africa during the period of 1904-1906. The miniature measures 3/4" in diameter. It is suspended from a correct ribbon. On the ribbon is a marvelous miniature Spange for Heroeroland. A pinback is on the reverse. I have never seen a miniature so detailed. This is a little gem for you Colonial collectors. $325.00



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22-67 VETERAN’S MEDAL - SERVICE - GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA. This is a high-quality veterans medal from the German Colonial troops (Schutztruppen) of German Southwest Africa (Deutsch Süd-West-Afrika). The medal is silver-toned. It measures 1 1/4" in diameter. It was specifically for troops involved in combat during the years 1904 through 1906. Special medals were produced for men who participated in the conflict as combatants and as non combatants. Across the medal’s top is the legend "zur Erinnerung an die Kriegsjahre in Deutsch Süd-West-Afrika (In remembrance of the war year in German Southwest Africa." Below that is a Hohenzollern Crown, with a wreath enclosing a pair of crossed rifles and a colonial-style hat sporting an upturned brim. A reich’s kokarde is pinned onto the upturned brim. The medal’s reverse features the ever-watchful Germania, along with the words "In Trutziger Wehr Für Deutschlands Ruhm & Ehr! (In Defiant Defense for Germany’s Glory and Honor!"). A loop appears at the medal’s top, but it has no jump ring or ribbon. $250.00



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22-52 COLONIAL WATCH FOB. This is a very engaging watch fob from the German colony of Südwest-Afrika. At one end is a silver-toned veteran’s medal measuring X" in diameter. It shows Kaiser Wilhelm II in his Garde du Corps Hohenzollern Eagle-topped helmet. On the reverse it states "zur Erinnerung an die Aufstände in Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika." Attached to that are four square links that measure 2 1/2" x 1/2." Inside the individual links are circular portraits of Hauptmann Franke, Major Vestorft, Oberst Leutwein and General von Trotha. The last link (General von Trotha) has no further attachment on it. This is a very unusual colonial item from the lesser-known of Germany’s two African colonies. $325.00  



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22-86 MINIATURE SWORD FROM CHINA. This is a most-interesting miniature sword produced in China around (approximately) 1900. The sword’s overall length in its scabbard is 11 11/16." When drawn from the scabbard, the sword measures 10 11/16" from pommel to tip. The sword’s blade is plain, except for some Chinese characters that appear below the handle. They may very well be its maker’s marks. Its pommel (sword top) is simple and unadorned. Its style is what I would describe as "free form." As we move down the grip, we see it is wrapped in what appears to be tightly woven chainmail. Both sides of the grip display some enamel shapes that appear to be flowers and leaves. Three of the four designs feature multicolored enamel work. Its rather narrow cross-guard appears to be made of "paktong." [Interestingly, "German silver" was created in an attempt to duplicate paktong, a Chinese metal alloy used in jewelry-making]. The sword’s locket (the metal fitting that bears a carrying ring or stud for wearing the sword) and chape (a metal tip that protects the blade's point), as well as three trim pieces, are also made of paktong. More of the tightly woven chainmail appears among the three trim pieces. More of the enamel designs noted on the grip are mounted in these three sections.
These designs are very attractively done and of the highest quality. In fact, all of the workmanship is topnotch. A miniature sword like this was very attractive to Germans visiting China and provided a fine keepsake from their visit to the ancient country. It is a very well made, attractive, and unusual sword, especially if you are interested in the German Colonial Period of 1890-1914.



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22-16 AWARD DOCUMENT FOR THE KOLONIALAUSZEICHNUNG BADGE. This document is for the award of the very popular Colonial Lion Badge in silver. The document measures 11 3/4" x 8 1/2" and is quite ornate. It displays numerous views that would have been appropriate for the colonies. The document is dated and bears the signature of Ritter von Epp, a well-known figure during and after WW I. The document has been reinforced on its reverse with period tape. $250.00 . . . .



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22-106 XBS FOR VALOUR: THE HISTORY OF THE IRON CROSS AND WOUND BADGE IN GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA 1914-1918 by GORDON McGREGOR. This is a consignment item. It covers the awarding of the 1914 Iron Cross and the German Wound Badge in Southwest Africa during World War One. The soft cover book was published in 2005. It contains examples of an Iron Cross’s Urkunde (Award Document), including the numerous formats used. It also lists the numbers and types of Iron Crosses awarded (i.e., 1st and 2nd Class and a breakdown of 2nd Class Combatants and Non Combatants), as well as the soldiers who were awarded the 2nd Class.
It is a useful research book, and can help confirm which Colonial Southwest African soldiers were awarded the Iron Cross.











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31-128 XBS AWARD DOCUMENT GROUP FOR GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA SCHUTZTRUPPEN MEMBER. This is a consignment item. The document group covers a German Southwest Africa (DSW) Schutztruppen member named Hugo Kleemann. His documents are chronologically listed below.









1). Document for the Award of the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The document measures 6 ¾" x 10." At this point Kleemann was an Unteroffizier. It is dated 15 May 1919, after he had been returned to Germany. The document’s left section depicts a standing enlisted man/NCO holding the German national flag (NOT the kriegsflagge) beneath a 1914 Iron Cross. The man is wearing the Schutztruppen’s well-known hut (hat) with its half-turned-up brim. The document is stamped in blue ink with the Schutztruppen unit’s identification "Kommando der Schutztruppen im Reichskolonialministerium" (Imperial Colonial Office Protection Forces Command) accompanying a scrawled official’s signature. The document clearly states that on this date Kleemann had received his Iron Cross 2nd Class.


2). Ausweiß (Identity Transcript). The document’s obverse is dated 16 May 1919. It was issued in Friedrichshafen on the same date, and measures 8" x 10 ¼." It bears the unit stamp for the "Reichs-Kolonial amt Kommando der Schutztruppen" (an abbreviated form of Imperial Colonial Office Protection Forces Command). It also features a hastily scrawled Major’s signature. The document’s reverse states that Kleemann was honorably separated from the Schutztruppen effective 30 January 1919.


3). Fifteen-Years Loyal Service Award Document. It is a first class award that bears the Schutztruppen’s unit stamp. It was signed by the same officer who signed Kleemann’s 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class Award Document. The Service award’s date is 31 October 1919. It measures 6 ¼" x 7."



4). Kolonialabzeichen Urkunde (Colonial Badge Award Document). The award’s date was 22 March 1922. The document measures 7 ¼" x 8 ½." Two of the sides display African motifs such as a native shield, spears and swords. A lion’s head decorates the document’s top. The phrase "Afrika, Kiautschou, and Südsee" is displayed at the document’s bottom enclosed within a wreath. The document was signed with the purple grease pencil often used by officers in the field.


5). Hindenburg Cross for Combatants Award Document. This was awarded through the Hamburg police department (we later discover that Kleemann was a Hamburg policeman). The basic form date given for the preprinted document is 13 July 1934. It was signed and issued on 19 December 1934 by a police official. It measures 5 ¾" x 8 ¼."


6). Police Department Long-Service Award Document. This is a very fancy velum document attesting to twenty-five years of long service to the police department. The document is signed in Berlin with a deeply embossed eagle and swastika. It is dated 26 September 1938, and is signed at the bottom with a reproduction signature for "Der Führer and Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler." The document measures 8 ¼" x 11 ½," and is four pages long, only one of which was used. It is a very impressive document that was presented in the name of the German people.


This most interesting document group celebrates a man’s service during and after WW I. You may wish to purchase both the group and the book on Iron Cross awards in German Southwest Africa, which would make a fine companion for the documents. $995.00   HOLIDAY-ONLY PRICE REDUCTION!!$775.00







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22-49 PAPER STAMP - GERMAN CONSULATE - BUSCHIR. This is a paper stamp from this Middle Eastern German Consulate in December 1914, when the Consulate was captured by British forces. It comes with a typewritten sheet which explains in English the story behind this interesting item. It comes complete with a Hohenzollern Eagle of the type used overseas in Germany’s possessions and embassies. $50.00



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22-99 MINT COLONIAL GERMAN NEW GUINEA POSTAGE STAMP SET. This is an unused postage stamp (four) set from Colonial German New Guinea. The stamps depict Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, in vivid colors. The original glue is in place on each stamp’s reverse. The set contains a five-mark stamp, a ten-pfennig stamp, a five-pfennig stamp, and a three-pfennig stamp.
It is an amazing set of very difficult-to-find stamps from Deutsch-Neuguinea, Germany’s very small colony in New Guinea. It is also interesting to note that German New Guinea actually was Imperial Germany’s very first overseas colony! These stamps date from approximately 1897 to 1914, when Australia took over the territory at the beginning of WW I. $85.00



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22-100 SIX USED POSTAGE STAMPS FROM COLONIAL GERMAN SOUTHWEST AFRICA. This is a lovely set of six used postage stamps from colonial German Southwest Africa. The German colony Deutsch-Südwestafrika (DSWA) was administered by Germany from 1884 into 1915. With WW I’s onset, the territory was taken over by British (South African) forces. The stamps, which are cancelled, depict Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern, in vivid colors. The set consists of three cancelled ten-pfennig (green) stamps and three cancelled five pfennig (red) stamps. $30.00 





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22-101 MINT POSTAGE STAMP FROM COLONIAL GERMAN CAMEROON. This is an unused postage stamp from colonial German Cameroon. The stamp sports a vivid color likeness of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s royal yacht, the S.M.Y. Hohenzollern. The original glue is in place on the three pfennig stamps’ reverse. It is a very rare and difficult-to-find stamp, as the German colony in West Africa’s Cameroon (Kamerun) was quite small. It existed from 1884 into 1916. $25.00 





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