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eMedals-A Set of Fine Cased Epaulettes & Belt to Kapitän zur See Otto Kähler

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A Set of Fine Cased Epaulettes & Belt to Kapitän zur See Otto Kähler

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A Set of Fine Cased Epaulettes & Belt to Kapitän zur See Otto Kähler

Epaulette Pair with Carrier (each epaulette with decorative stiff-frames, silvered fouled anchor insignia affixed to the padded fine gold-coloured bullion upper, large raised gold-coloured bullion wire ridge incorporating an intricate design of repeating rows of five thin and one thick strips of bullion, the ridge flanked by rows of fine gold-coloured bullion wire incorporating repeating rows of two thin and one thick strips of bullion on either side of the protruding wide oval cap, trimmed in a 16 mm wide strip of fine silver bullion on all five sides of the tab, a hole with brass eyelet for attachment of the epaulette to the uniform, padded navy blue wool undersides, the epaulettes measuring 118 mm x 150 mm each, on a protective platform carrier incorporating a stiff frame wrapped in a light blue cotton fabric, gradients at either end for placement of the epaulettes, each of theepaulettes secured in place by light blue cotton straps on the raised platform for the inserted epaulette tabs, a third light blue cotton strap sewn in place in the centre that acts as a carrying handle, the platform stamped in black ink "Musterschutz / D.R.G.M. No. 226159." (Design Protection / Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster), light blue paper wrapped underside with "Warnung!" (Warning) proper usage label affixed, the platform measuring 220 mm x 350 mm, the light blue cotton fabric upper slightly soiled); Officer's Belt with Gilt Buckle (fine silver aluminum wire upper, the silver aluminum interlaced with two rows of alternating black embroidery, with two matching fabric sliders at either end, black wool underside, gilt metal buckle illustrating a fouled anchor inside a wreath of laurel leaves at the right end, receiving clip on the reverse, nine holes on the underlying belt with silvered eyelets for length adjustment, a hook at the pointed right end, gilt metal receiving clip at the left end, two gilt metal plates with hinges incorporating loops and covered by protective black wool flaps on the body of the belt, the belt measuring 50 mm x 1,180); Footnote: Otto Kähler was born on March 3, 1894 and was a Konteradmiral with the Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. He commanded the German Auxiliary Cruiser "Thor", a merchant raider, on two combat patrols and sank or captured twelve ships, for a combined tonnage of 96,547 gross register tons (GRT) of Allied shipping. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub), recognizing extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was the 583rd recipient of the Oak Leaves. Kähler relinquished command of "Thor" on July 20, 1941 to Günther Gumprich, who would also received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross as Commander of "Thor". Kähler died on November 2, 1967, at the age of 73. His lifetime awards included the Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914, the U-boat War Badge 1918, the Clasp to the Iron Cross 2nd Class 1939, the Iron Cross 1st Class 1939, the Auxiliary Cruiser Badge, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (the Knight's Cross on December 22, 1940 as Kapitän zur See and Commander of the Auxiliary Cruiser "Thor", the Oak Leaves on September 15, 1944 as Konteradmiral and Sea-Commander of the fortress Brest). From the collection of approximately 900 German buckles accumulated by John R. Angolia, who start collecting buckles, belts and brocades from 1944 until around 1990; most of the buckles were obtained from the American and German veterans; most of these buckles present a core of Angolia’s book “Belt Buckles & Brocades of the Third Reich”, published in 2001.
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