Lot of Two: "Ehrenbecher für den Sieger im Luftkampfe",
Honor Goblet for the Victor in Air Combat, late WW1
in iron, and 28 July 1918 Honor Goblet Award Certificate
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
is the inscription (in German): "The Victor in Air
The whole ensemble is balanced on four ball feet. The
bottom has the raised logo of the "Chef des
or "Chief of Aviation in the Field", or "combat
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
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
neither immediately noticeable nor significantly
detracting. A close examination reveals light oxidation
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
Air Service after 1916). Named to Lieutenant Nebgen,
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
and creasing but no other detectable wear or damage of
sort. The frame has minor scuffs only, will display
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.
to say, KIA Honor Goblet documents are much more rare
even the celebrated Blue Max! Coming with a late war
- especially in such a premium condition - this set may
indeed be the proverbial once in a lifetime opportunity
the serious WW1 militaria collector.