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Authentic Imperial Germany Navy Kaiserliche Marine (1870-1918), German Weimar Republic Reichsmarine (1919-1933) and WWII-era Third Reich German Navy Kriegsmarine (1933-1945) Restaurantware and Linen Produced for the Kriegsmarine along with period-appropriate Waffenamt or Military Ordinance Marks. Kriegsmarine Porzellan or German Navy China (literal translation: War Navy Porcelain) - Also known as KM (for KriegsMarine) or German Navy (Deutsche Marine) Teller, Suppenteller, Kaffeetasse und Tasse Porzellan.

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reichsmarine blanket The first photo shows a WWI Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) Handtowel used aboard U-Boats and Surface Vessels between 1870's thru 1918., Reichsmarine und Kriegsmarine Weltkrieg Marine Schiff Porzellan und Keramik, Wolldecke, und Handtuch.

The second photo shows a WWII Third Reich Nazi Germany (Kriegsmarine) Handtowel used aboard U-Boats and Surface Vessels between 1933 thru 1945. The Kriegsmarine Linens, Blankets and Towels were again also curiously very similar in quality, style and design to the US Navy's comparable hand towels, blankets, tablecloths and napkins.

The third photo shows a German Weimar Republic (Reichsmarine) heavy wool blanket also used aboard U-Boats and Surface Vessels between the end of WWI 1919 thru 1935 at the establishment of the Third Reich or Nazi Germany.

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The plate above are ca 1898-1918 with provenance based upon the German Eagle (or Adler) being presented on the plate is the type used during that period, plus the manufacturers backstamp. Baerly discernible but pressed into the body of the plate is the actual manufacturer, "Bauscher Weiden" and the number "24". Bauscher was the sole provider of all North German Lloyd ships between 1887-1890, and a premier porcelain dinnerware provider to all German Reichs of the day, and are still in existence today. This plate was certainly used by the senior officer corps and is unclear whether by the Army, Navy or Both. During this period the waffenamt or reichwaffenamt was not used.

NOTE: The Pirate's Lair offer's this page for historical purposes only and not as any political statement. However the historical fact remains that the sailors as individual men and human beings who sailed aboard WWII Germany's ships, and endured the same hardships, trials and travails while at sea as any other sailor in any other navy, in any other war, at any other time in history.
By offering this web page The Pirate's Lair is in no way endorsing, attempting to glorify or romanticize what transpired by the WWII German Third Reich regime or it's military but offers this page to our antique collectors and clients alike whose sole interest is the collection, documentation, and preservation of naval restaurantware, dinnerware and tableware made for and used by all sailors and seamen throughout the ages.

NOTICE TO COLLECTORS, CLIENTS AND VISITORS: There are NO offensive marks or markings such as swastika's shown, displayed or to be found on this page. While The Pirate's Lair has certain pieces and artifacts of 3rd Reich Kriegsmarine dinnerware in our private collection it is for historical purposes.

We fully display and do offer German Naval items of historical interest from the Kaiserliche Marine and Reichsmarine era's (1870 - 1935) as they do not have any offensive markings and are not associated with the WWII German Third Reich.

However, due to an overwhelming number and abundance of requests from bonafide collectors of vintage china and history buffs that look to The Pirate's Lair for help in establishing historically accurate information regarding naval dinnerware in general, and German Navy tableware and dinnerware in particular, we have designed a web page which will provide photographic illustrations and documentation regarding the various German Reichsmarine and Third Reich military stamps found on dinnerware and tableware from 1919 through 1945.

Our clients, guests, and naval historians have come to trust and recognize that The Pirate's Lair strives to provide historically accurate information, and they have come to rely upon us in helping them to identify and substantiate true naval dinnerware relics from the past. The German Military Stamp, or Waffenamt, of the Third Reich while having what some consider to be offensive markings (and in some nations outlawed); is used in large part by collectors and museums alike to identify bonafide German WWII militaria and artifacts produced between 1933 and 1945, and as such requires a certain amount of analysis.

The below web page addresses the historical significance of these German Navy Military Stamps and includes photographic illustrations which while historically accurate and factual will also include the above referenced markings that some people may find to be patently offensive and objectionable. If you find the WWII Third Reich German Swastika and similar marks to be offensive then we caution you not to proceed in viewing the below web page.

Click Here For Photograhpic Historical Analysis and Illustrations of German Military Ordinance Marks Found On Porzellan Naval China Plates, Cups, Bowls 1900-1945 - Warning! Achtung! Some May Find The Marks on This Web Page To Be Offensive

Kaiserliche Marine, Reichsmarine und Kriegsmarine Porzellan und Keramik (German Navy Porcelain and Ceramic) was used by enlisted crew members and officers aboard surface ships, U-Boats and shore facilities from the late 1880's through 1945.

The naval china was heavy duty, thick restaurantware made for industrial use similar to the type produced for the US Navy during the same time period, but a bit more elegant and a larger variety of pieces in the "old world" European style. The aluminum, stainless steel and silverplate was of typical high quality, also similar to the type and quality of items used by the US Navy during the same time periods.

It has been surmized that plain white china was used by junior enlisted crewmembers while the red, green and blue gold striped pieces were used by petty officers or officers of various ranks. And that the aluminum and stainless utensils were used by German Navy enlisted crew while the silverplated flatware was used by the Naval Officers.

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The above photograph to the right illustrates a collection of the red striped type of german navy china (porzellan or porcelain) produced for the German Kriegsmarine (German Navy) from 1935 to 1945. There were four styles of german china tableware produced for the Kriegsmarine which were plain white, green stripes on white, red stripes on white, and gold/blue stripes on white. It has not been completely documented as to what each of these four different types of china were used for, ie; enlisted, officer, surface or sub surface.

However it appears from period photographs that at least the white china was used by German Kriegsmarine crew members aboard U-boats. The photo to the left was taken in the galley of an unknown U-boat where it can be clearly seen that a sailor is eating sausages and broth from a white 9" soup bowl. It is undetermined whether the pictured sailor was enlisted or officer but in almost all cases all submarine crewmembers shared the same galley. Also notice to the left in the photograph some dirty dishes and bowls which have stripes on them. Due to the black and white photograph it cannot be determined what color stripes were used. But it can at least be documented that both white and striped china dinnerware was used simultaneously aboard submarines.

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The china produced for the German Kriegsmarine Porzellan included complete place settings for breakfast, lunch and dinner; essentially soup to nuts - nothing skimped on or left out! The china produced for the Kriegsmarine was also the same as produced for civilian use as well as the other branches of the German military. Each china piece had bottom marks identifying manufacturer and a military inspection stamp. Each branch or service had their own stylized military stamps.

Besides the manufacturer's bottom marks, most all German Reichsmarine and Kriegsmarine Porzellan (German Navy China) also had miltary inspection stamps on them called the "Waffenamt". From 1919 to 1935/1936 the name of the military ordinance office and stamp was called the "Reichwaffenamt" which consisted of a stylized Imperial German Eagle with a capital M below it. From 1936 to 1945 under the Third Reich the military ordinance mark was called the Waffenamt and consisted of a stylized stick-figure German National Eagle designed for the Kriegsmarine, a Swastika below that, and below that an "M" for Marine or Navy. In most but not all cases the year the item was produced along with a manufacturer's mark or name is also found, particularly on the china.

Some of the producers of this Kriegsmarine Porzellan or German Navy China were KPM, Rubers, Koenigszect, Rosenthal, and a collection of others which we will update on the list when we get them.

The Pirate's Lair does not display the German Kriegsmarine Military Stamps as we deem them to be offensive and of no historical value in-so-far-as documenting naval dinnerware or tableware.

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The photo on right is of a 9" Soup Bowl with Green Stripes and the photo to the left is an 16" Serving Platter with Red Stripes.


kriegsmarine tureen with green stripes german kriegsmarine white bowl Photo on the left shows a standard 3 green stripe tureen (the water pitcher to the left of the tureen is Luftwaffe not Kriegsmarine). Photo on the right shows a plain white bowl.

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Photo above shows plain white coffee cup and further illustrated in the photo to the left showing Kriegsmaine enlisted sailors drinking coffee using same style cup.





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Photo to the left illustrates a display of Kriegsmarine dinnerware recovered from a sunken U-Boat. Of particular note in this photograph is the gravy boat and water pitcher. The gravy boat can be seen in the hand of a Officer in the photo to the right, and the water pitcher can be seen in the photograph of the captain's cabin of the captured U-Boat 505 further down this page! There is also a tureen with lid in the left photo with an exact match in the right photo placed on the table in the lower right of the photo.

Photo to the right shows Kriegsmarine Officer's at a formal dress blue dinner using striped china (Teller, Suppenteller, Kaffeetasse). Again, it is unclear if the different colors of dinnerware were used for specific ranks or not. However the gravy boat being held by one of the officers is an exact match to the gravy boat in the photo to the left.

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Photo's showing standard dinner plates (Teller), one with red stripes and plain white.

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Photo's showing standard 16" long serving platters with red and green stripes. All serving platters are standard in size. The same china patterns were used for the German Army and Airforce with the only differentiation between the three services being the "waffenamt" stamped onto the bottom of each piece.

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Photo on the left shows a 16" serving platter with a blue stripe inside two thinner gold stripes. Photo to the right shows a plain white standard size 16" serving platter. The above four platters represent the only four color patterns used on all Kriegsmarine German Navy china.

The above four platters are perfect examples of the four patterns used by the the German Armed Forces during WWII. If you see any patterns other than these four then it is likely a fake. And again, the only way to tell which branch of the armed forces they were specifically produced was based upon the Waffenamt stamp on the bottom.





kriegsmarine tablecloth folded kriegsmarine tablecloth Rare Find! A WWII Kriegsmarine White-on-White Damask Tablecloth with "Kriegsmarine" and surrounding rosettes weaved right into cloth!

It is ironic that the beautiful linens found in the US Navy and in the German Kriegsmarine during WWII were very similar in quality and construction.







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Left photo showing the nice tight weave of the Kriegsmarine damask tablecloth.

Right photo showing a white-on-white linen Kriegsmarine Officer's Mess formal table napkin.





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Both photo's show personal white-on-white towels with a red and a blue weave. Both have "Kriegsmarine" weaved right into the towel with various design embroidery.

It was common practice for sailor's to stitch or embroider onto the designs of these personal hand towels (or handtuch) their initials so as to identify ownership. The Pirate's Lair has a number of these towels some with stiched initials. One can imagine a sailor's mother, wife or girlfriend stitching his initials into the towels before he went off to sea.
U-boat U505 captains cabin china and towel

Very RARE! Photo is taken of the Captains Cabin aboard captured U-Boat U505 as immediately observed by the US Navy raiding and landing party who was looking for Enigma communication codes and other information before the U-boat had a chance to sink. Note the disarray of the cabin.

Note the ringed pitchers on the writing desk and the dirty ringed dinner plate on the floor, it is undetermined whether the china is in the green or red pattern.

Also note that the two water pitcher's seen in this photo are an exact match to the water pitcher seen in a previous photo of dinnerware recovered from a sunken U-Boat.

The "red" version of the Kriegsmarine hand towel (or handtuch) is clearly visible hanging on the Captain's rack.

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Above photo is taken in the captains cabin of an unknown U-boat. Note the water pitcher and other dinnerware on a shelf behind the captain.


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The above photo's illustrate a rare late 1880's to 1918 stainless steel tablespoon produced for the Kaiserliche Marine, the German Imperial Navy. Note the germanic eagle and M on the handle called the Military Ordinance Stamp or Reichwaffenamt.


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The above left photo shows a German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) joint dinner with Turkish Navy counterparts. Note the Geman Navy War Flag displayed next to the Turkish Flag. This is ca 1915 to 1918 WWI era.

Above right photo shows a beautifully made Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) Hand Towel ca 1880's to 1918.

German North Sea Lloyd Shipping Line Monogram

The above left photo shows a tablespoon from the German North Sea Lloyd Shipping Line monogram. The German Shipping companies were very closely allied with the German Kriegsmarine in a similar relationship to the US Merchant Marine with the US Navy.

Below Are Kriegsmarine, Reichsmarine and Kaiserliche Marine China, Silverware and Linen Items Available For Sale
 
WWII Kriegsmarine Linen-Cotton Hand Towel or Handtuch - Blue on White with Machine Embroidery Lettering and Square Design #1
WWII German Kriegsmarine Hand Towel Used Aboard Surface Ships and U-Boats. Has the peculiar repeating forward/backward weaved arrow white-on-white pattern.
 
WWII Kriegsmarine Hand Towel) Click Photo!
 
Size 38"L x 20"W
Kriegsmarine is weaved right into the towel with NO offensive markings or stamps. Perfect, Clean, Aged Condition. Very unique item and a must for any WWII collector. Has stiched reinforced holes for hanging. As was custom has sailor's initials "JF" sewn into the square design
 
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WWII Kriegsmarine Linen-Cotton Hand Towel or Handtuch - Blue on White with Machine Embroidery Lettering and Rare Oak Leaf Design #3
WWII German Kriegsmarine Hand Towel Used Aboard Surface Ships and U-Boats. Has the white-on-white repeating weave pattern.
 
WWII Kriegsmarine Hand Towel with Oak Leaf Design Click Photo!
 
Size 35"L x 18"W
Kriegsmarine is weaved right into the towel with NO offensive markings or stamps. Perfect, Clean almost Unused Condition. Very unique item and a must for any WWII collector. Has Two Stitched Loops for Hanging. Almost Unused Condition.
 
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WWII Kriegsmarine Linen-Cotton Hand Towel or Handtuch - Blue on White with Machine Embroidery Lettering and Square Design #2
WWII German Kriegsmarine Hand Towel Used Aboard Surface Ships and U-Boats. Has the peculiar repeating forward/backward weaved arrow white-on-white pattern.
 
WWII Kriegsmarine Hand Towel Click Photo!
 
Size 35"L x 18"W
Kriegsmarine is weaved right into the towel with NO offensive markings or stamps. Perfect, Clean, Aged Condition. Very unique item and a must for any WWII collector. Has two stiched reinforced holes and one loop for hanging. As was custom has sailor's initials "WW" sewn into the square design
 
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WWII Kriegsmarine Linen-Cotton Hand Towel or Handtuch - Red on White with Machine Embroidery Lettering and Square Design
WWII German Kriegsmarine Hand Towel Used Aboard Surface Ships and U-Boats. Has the peculiar repeating forward/backward weaved arrow white-on-white pattern.
 
WWII Kriegsmarine Hand Towel Click Photo!
 
Size 36"L x 17"W
Kriegsmarine is weaved right into the towel with NO offensive markings or stamps. Aged, Slightly Soiled Condition From Use w/ Knife Slash. Very unique item and a must for any WWII collector. Has two stiched reinforced loops for hanging. See Above U505 Captains Cabin Photo Illustrating This Style of Hand Towel in Use
 
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ca 1919-1925 German Reichsmarine Wolldecke (Kriegsmarine) or German Navy Heavy Wool Blanket Used Aboard Surface Ships and Submarines #1
Slightly soiled with small hole but exactly as it came from off of a ship or U-Boat and then stored.
 
1919 to 1922 Reichsmarine Wool Blanket Click Photo!
 
Size 7'6"L x 4'9"W
Early Reichsmarine in slightly raised red lettering as this script was used right after WWI during the initial demise of Imperial Germany. Very unique item and a must for any WWI or WWII German Navy collector.
 
$275.
 
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1919-1935 German Reichsmarine Woodecke (Kriegsmarine) or German Navy Heavy Wool Blanket Used Aboard Surface Ships and Submarines - #2
Perfect Condition except for a small 3 inch tear.
 
1919 to 1935 Reichsmarine Wool Blanket Click Photo!
 
Size 7'6"L x 4'9"W
Early Reichsmarine in slightly raised red lettering as this script was used right after WWI during the initial demise of Imperial Germany. Very unique item and a must for any WWI or WWII German Navy collector.
 
$325.
 
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RARE! Cigar Ash Tray, German North Sea Shipping Lines, Norddeutscher Lloyd
Perfect Condition, Never Been Used. Designed for Cigars and Cigarettes. Has Crossed Anchor and Key topmark
 
German North Sea Shipping Lines Click Photo!
 
Size 6" Across, 1.25" High
German North Sea Shipping was very closely Allied to the German Kriegsmarine and Reichsmarine During WWI and WWII - Similar to the relationship between the US Navy and the US Merchant Marine
 
$125.
 
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RARE! Silverplated Dinner Spoon of German North Sea Shipping Lines, Norddeutscher Lloyd
Excellent Condition. Has Crossed Anchor and Key topmark
 
German North Sea Shipping Lines Click Photo!
 
5.5"
German North Sea Shipping was very closely Allied to the German Kriegsmarine and Reichsmarine During WWI and WWII - Similar to the relationship between the US Navy and the US Merchant Marine
 
$75.
 
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YouTube Video Links from the Inside of a German U-Boat Illustrating the China Dinnerware, Tableware and Foodstuffs

Video 1 Showing U-Boat Captains Cabin and Galley - Plates, Bowls, Tureens, Food

Video 2 Showing U-Boat Captains Cabin and Galley - Plates, Bowls, Tureens, Food

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