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Lot of Two: "Ehrenbecher für den Sieger im Luftkampfe", or Honor Goblet for the Victor in Air Combat, late WW1 version in iron, and 28 July 1918 Honor Goblet Award Certificate to Lieutenant Nebgen, Royal Saxon Reserves.

In silver plated iron, measures 200 mm tall, approx 95 mm wide; weighs 13.3 oz.

The overall design of the goblet is exactly the same as the earlier aerial victory goblets is silver: the panel shows two eagles fighting, the one in flight definitely getting the better of the other, whose back is on the ground. Around the base, in a very artistic Teutonic font, is the inscription (in German): "The Victor in Air Combat". The whole ensemble is balanced on four ball feet. The bottom has the raised logo of the "Chef des Feldflugwesens" or "Chief of Aviation in

In silver plated iron, measures 200 mm tall, approx 95 mm wide; weighs 13.3 oz.

The overall design of the goblet is exactly the same as the earlier aerial victory goblets is silver: the panel shows two eagles fighting, the one in flight definitely getting the better of the other, whose back is on the ground. Around the base, in a very artistic Teutonic font, is the inscription (in German): "The Victor in Air Combat". The whole ensemble is balanced on four ball feet. The bottom has the raised logo of the "Chef des Feldflugwesens" or "Chief of Aviation in the Field", or "combat aviation," if you will.

The goblet is in very good condition. There upper part is beautifully preserved showing no wear or scratches; the sculptured artwork is exceptionally detailed and crisp. Very attractive toning to silver finish of the exterior is unaffected by excessive cleaning or tarnish. The interior of the cup has only faint oxidation. The bottom portion where the cup part joins the base has minor bumps that are neither immediately noticeable nor significantly detracting. A close examination reveals light oxidation and characteristic imperfections near the bottom ornament of the band at the seam where its ends meet. Nice russet patina to the inside of the base and the underside of the cup adds character. The ball feet exhibit numerous small dings and scratches from normal use but no real damage; their spherical shape remains essentially intact.

The document is standard issue, hand-signed by Lieutenant General Ernst Wilhelm von Hoeppner, the Commander of the Luftstreitkräfte (the official name for the Imperial German Air Service after 1916). Named to Lieutenant Nebgen, Royal Saxon Reserves who was killed in action later in the war according to the German archival sources. The award certificate comes mounted in a glass covered period frame measuring 8" x 11". The paper shows minor even age toning and creasing but no other detectable wear or damage of any sort. The frame has minor scuffs only, will display beautifully.

We must add that since the goblet is unnamed as is typically the case, no proof exists that the document and goblet were awarded to the same person. They were however originally acquired as a pair; there is no reason to suspect that they are not to the same individual. Needless to say, KIA Honor Goblet documents are much more rare than even the celebrated Blue Max! Coming with a late war goblet - especially in such a premium condition - this set may indeed be the proverbial once in a lifetime opportunity for the serious WW1 militaria collector.
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