Lot 10482

The estate of August Hänsen, signal master of the Imperial Navy

Orders & Military Collectibles until 1918 | O91m | Online auction | 543 Lots

Hammer price € 1,700

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Four-part orders clasp with the silver Ottoman Lifesaving Medal on a green ribbon (Tahlisiye Madalyasi). Comes with the award document (dimensions 59 x 41 cm), dated 11.12.1901, and the official German translation with the name entered by hand (dimensions 34.5 x 21 cm), both mounted on card. According to family tradition, as ship's boy, Hänsen saved the life of an Ottoman sailor near Constantinople. Also includes a handwritten letter from Hindenburg to August Hänsen (nicknamed "Winkler"), signed and dated Hannover 29.12.1924, in which Hindenburg congratulates Hänsen on his engagement. Moreover, a large-format photograph (29.5 x 21 cm) of August Hӓnsen in uniform, circa 1920. Hänsen's identity tag as signal master of SMS Nassau. Plus a sabre hilt (in gilt iron) with a white plastic grip. Insignia, buttons, handwritten notes and a photo album (tr.) "Voyage of S.M.S. Victoria Louise 1910 - 11" with over 200 pictures. Documenting two voyages of the protected cruiser SMS Victoria Louise: one voyage along Germany's Baltic coast to Norway and into the Mediterranean, 1910 – 1911, and the other along the countries bordering on the North Atlantic including Norway, Iceland, Canada, the US, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Lesser Antilles, the Canary Islands and Spain, 1911 – 1912 (cover is knocked, binding ripped, some pages have come loose). Also includes two cap tallies for the "S.M.S. Wettin" and the "S.MS. Nassau".
August Hӓnsen (circa 1884 – circa 1965) came from Stavanger in Norway. He had lived in Germany since the late 1890s and joined the German navy circa 1900. His service history: 1. Ship's boy on the SMS Charlotte (1901), 2. Signal master on the SMS Victoria Louise (1911 - 1912), 3. Signal master on the SMS Nassau. Hӓnsen subsequently settled in Hannover as a merchant. According to his grandson, Hindenburg and Hänsen were friends.
An unparalleled, significant collection of navy effects.

Provenance: Consigned directly from the family estate.

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The auction starts on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at 10 am (CET). Lot no. 10001 - 10547. The pre-sale view will take place from 26 - 29 Jan. 2022 in our auction rooms at Bretonischer Ring 3 in 85630 Grasbrunn / Munich from 11 am to 5 pm (CET).