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Royal Bavarian Regimental Stein, Medal, Photograph & Book Grouping (#23656)



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This superb Royal Bavarian grouping was recently obtained from the family of the original owner, Reservist Hans Johann Danner, a pre-war reservist (1910-1912) with the 5th Company, Royal Bavarian Infantry Life Regiment who later saw wartime service as a member of the German Mountain Corps.  This superb porcelain stein grades Near MINT with only minor wear to the enamel on the lower edge, but no cracks or chips, is from “k..b. Inft. Leib. Rgt. 5. Comp. 1910/12 München” (Royal Bavarian Infantry Life Regiment, 5th Company 1910/12 Munich).  The central transfer panel is a scene of troops on the parade ground in front of the Prinz Arnulf Kaserne above the Bavarian Coat of Arms and the blue/white diamond pattern of the Bavarian colors surmounted by the Royal Bavarian Crown.  The Bavarian motto, “In Treue Fest” is written in black script on the colors.  In the upper left panel is a panoramic scene of Infantry on line supported by Artillery and Cavalry.  The lower panel depicts soldiers in a bivouac scene.  The upper left panel depicts Infantry in kneeling firing position beneath the inscription, “Königsmanöver 1911”.  The lower panel depicts an off-duty scene of soldier and young women.  To the left and right of handle are rosters of the Company personnel to include Reservist “Danner”.  The pewter lid features a finial of a soldier assisting a wounded comrade while the thumb lift features a rampant Bavarian lion grasping a Bavarian Crest.  The bottom interior lithopane is farewell scene of a soldier and lady.  Included with the stein are the following items:

  1. Imperial/Third Reich Medal Bar w/5 Decorations.  Decorations include the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd  Class with document, Bavarian Military Service Cross 3rd Class w/Swords & document, 1914-1918 Cross of Honor W/Swords & Document, Bavarian Service Decoration & Austrian Tyrol Medal.  Light age/wear with Bavarian blue silk backing (EX++).  Documents have been folded and show wear/age.
  2. Royal Bavarian Infantry Life Regiment Association Badge. Octagonal badge measuring 33cm wide X 46cm long features a blue/white enamel, diamond pattern background of the Bavarian colors overlaid with a heavy silver laurel leaf border surrounding a central motif of a silver Bavarian Crown above the Regimental cipher in silver script letters, “ILR”.  Reverse of the badge features a plain, frosted silver surface with attaching pin and makers name, “C. Poelath  Schrobenhausen”. Badge grades Near MINT/MINT with virtually no wear/age to silver and no damage to enamel. 
  3. Framed Photograph of Herr Danner.  Black and white photograph measuring 2 ½” X 4 1/16” shows Herr Danner in service uniform with Iron Cross 2nd Class and is marked on the reverse with the photographer’s name, “Carl Berne München”.  Photograph is housed in a heavy, ornate, silver-plated frame measuring 6 ½” wide X 8” long complete with metal standing device on reverse.  Frame features a large Royal Bavarian Crown surmounting crossed Bavarian flags and oak leaf side supports above crossed rifles with pickelhaube and backpack.  Photograph shows minor age with light surface wear/age patina to the superbly detailed frame.
  4. “History of The Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment in The World War.  Large 10” X 13”, fabric covered, commemorative book in German language was published in 1931 as part of the Bavarian War Archives.  The book contains 784 pages with black and white and color prints as well as detailed maps, personnel rosters and names of those who died in battle or from battle wounds.  Front cover is embossed with gilt Bavarian crown with gilt lettering on blue leather on spine.  Cover shows minor age staining.  EX++