Lot 4422

An estate of Friedrich Schwaiger – Snowshoe Battalion, deployment in the Alpine Corps/Dolomites, World War I

International Orders & Military Collectibles | A89m | Live auction | 454 Lots

Hammer price € 1,500

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Very extensive estate of the (tr.) “alpinist, ski pioneer, native painter, striking character” Friedrich “Fritz” Schwaiger, born on 25 March 1878 in Weicht (Beckstetten) near Kaufbeuren/Buchloe in Bavaria. Deployed in the newly formed Snowshoe Battalion/Mountain Infantry Troops in World War I. Military pass of Staff Sergeant F. Schwaiger, issued on 14 October 1898 in the Bavarian 1st Jaeger Battalion. Several entries such as promotions, awards, deployment during World War I and later in the Border Guard Battalion (volunteer corps and Einwohnerwehr, respectively). Three excellently captioned photograph albums, the covers inscribed “Italy, Vosges, Serbia”. Inside characteristic photographs from World War I, including many pictures of his deployment at the alpine front in the Dolomites, positions, marksmen, documentary photographs of uniforms, technology and many more. Comes with a pair of binoculars (service binoculars DF 03 manufactured by Rodenstock), trench dagger with staghorn grip, cigar box with award Iron Cross 2nd Class 1914 and Military Merit Cross ribbon. Two books of the Alpine Corps, each with dedication by Franz Schwaiger on the inside. Dimensions of photograph albums approx. 26 x 35 x 3 cm each. A pre-auction viewing is recommended. Objects in various states of preservation. Very interesting estate of the “striking Allgäu character” who died in 1953, information material on the artist who was well-known in Immenstadt in the Allgäu region is enclosed.

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The auction includes 454 lots and starts on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 4001 - 4454. The pre-sale view will take place from 19 - 22 May, 25, 29 and 31 May 2021. However, the number of participants for both auction and viewing is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and requires an appointment. Prior to any visit please check our website - we'll up.