WWI German-American Patriotic Spoon Set w/ Iron Cross
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Sold Date: 11/14/2007
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Militaria & Weapons
Unusual German-American patriotic spoon set from WWI / WW1. Each spoon has a beautiful rendering of a different individual: the German Emporer, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German Empress Augusta Viktoria and Field Marshal von Hindenburg. The Imperial German Eagle adorn the handles along with the word "Deutschland." The Hindenburg spoon has an Iron Cross with the dates 1914-1915 below it (see pictures). These spoons were made by Oneida Flatware some time in 1915 or 1916 (they are stamped Oneida on the back). Many people forget that for the better part of WWI, the United States was neutral. Between the years of 1914 and 1916 t was considerable support among German-Americans for the Central Powers. War relief rallies were held in cities like Chicago , New York and San Francisco to raise money for the wounded in Germany . This all changed when the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917. I have been collecting WW1 German militaria for over 20 years, with a particular emphasis on "Kriegskitsch" - patriotic items made to generate enthusiasm at home or sent as gifts to soldiers at the front (usually adorned with pictures of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Hindenburg or an Iron Cross). German-American "Kriegskitsch" is extremely rare - much of it being destroyed by owners after the declaration of war in April 1917. Nice set for the Iron Cross collector. NO RESERVE.I will be liquidating my 20-year collection of First World War German militaria over the next few weeks on E-Bay; continue to check my listings. All sales final so ask questions before bidding. I do not reveal reserve amounts. All payment by USPS money order only. NO FOREIGN SALES.
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