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Old 01-26-2013, 04:56 AM   #11
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I took the propeller out into daylight and now it's for sure there's DRUK on it and
IMPERIAL PROPELLER
BENZ
200 PS
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DRUK

That's what I can read.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:14 AM   #12
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Here are some pictures.
you can't see the text on the pictures,but with the daylight it's readable.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:17 AM   #13
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one of the hub side
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:04 AM   #14
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I hope that this info is enough to identify the propeller.
The big serial number on the hub is now certainly 3265
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:13 AM   #15
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Geerste,

This confirms that the prop is very probably from a Friedrichsfafen G II bomber introduced by the Graf von Zeppelin in 1916. The pitch (Steigung) is probably 185 cm, written as ST185. Perhaps you can make that out?

The Imperial Company was originally the German branch of the French Integrale company which was seized by the German Government on the outbreak of war. It continued producing props under this name, primarily for Fokker and Friedrichshafen, until 1916 when it closed down and re-opened as the Imperial Co. where most of the props I have recorded were made for Friedrichshafen and a minority for Gotha.

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:20 AM   #16
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Postscript; reading back on this thread I see that Geerste has already found 185 on the hub, which confirms the prop as from a Freidrichshafen G II.

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:33 AM   #17
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Is it a hard to find prop?
It's the first I have seen for myself.
Could you give me any idea of the value.
This for insurance purposes.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:33 AM   #18
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Are there a lot of these props around?
It's the only one that i have seen?
The Friedriechshafen was built in small numbers.
Could you tell me where it was stationed?
And which Bombersquadron used it?
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:46 AM   #19
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Geerste

The prop is very rare indeed, although this does not mean it is very valuable. At least. not yet. In the next five years we will celebrate the centenary of WW1 which will make artefacts from WW1 more valuable.

The Freidrichshafen G II was made in small numbers. I don't think there were more than two squadrons. It was quickly replaced by the G III.

The production G II initially used the 220ps Benz, but this was soon replaced by the Mercedes 260ps. Therefore yours, with a 200ps Benz must have been one of the very first G IIs produced.

Congratualtions on finding such a rare prop in such excellent condition.

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Old 01-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #20
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Thanks for the info.

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