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AOD #43660 Impressive Carved Wooden Wall Eagle

This carved eagle is extremely impressive with a wing spread of 32 inches and being 19 inches wide. The carving skill demonstrated is second to none. The bird is produced using three wood segments. The bird's body, talons and wreathed swastika are carved a single mass of wood, and the two wings are separate carved pieces, most likely connected with dowels. The eagle appears to be similar in structure to that depicted on early SA buckles and the like, in that the oak leaf wreath dimensions are about the same size as the eagle's body - a great look here. The bird's head is truly a master piece, being positioned at an angle looking partially upward and to the viewer's right. The bird has a brow that effectively cantilevers over the bird's eye. The eye itself appears to be made from rounded glass.

The breast feathering is heavily carved and the large feathers are all raised to overlap the ones below - very striking depiction here. The outward stretched wings have the same effect with their overlapping feathering. The talons are beautifully formed with their nails grasping the wreath. The oak leaves of the wreath also overlap each other. In the center of the wreath, the area is smooth and there is an applied black wood mobile swastika which is centered.

The obverse of the eagle is perfect with the exception of a minor rub on the eagle's brow and also a small piece of wood has lifted at the end of the left wing, but is not detractive.

The reverse is flat throughout where the connections of the two wings to the body can be discerned. At the upper area between the wings, there is a countersunk fine brass bracket that has been provided for the hanging of the eagle.

I can't imagine a better work of art to hang above your show cases or over mounted daggers on the wall. Absolute original 3rd Reich work of art here, and guaranteed to please the next owner and his friends viewing his collection for many years to come. A very rare bird here!

Excellent Plus. $2,995.00

ART #43436 Mussolini Bronze

This bronze of Mussolini is very large, measuring 26 inches tall and weighing in at 31 pounds.

The bronze depicts Il Duce is at his best, in his typical power stance and with a large smile. His right arm is raised and his almost looks to be plucking an olive from a tree. He his dressed in his full fascist military garb, including jodhpurs and his ridiculous hat. The detailing throughout the figure is very good.

The figure stands on a bronze base that is at least two inches thick. On the front of the base are the words "L'Italia Tira Diritto", or "Italy Pulls Straight". On both of the sides of the plaque are more Italian phrases, which is most amounts to more Fascist bombast.

Given the size and solid quality of this bronze this piece would make a fantastic centerpiece to a Italian Fascist collection. A great bronze here, and very rare.

Excellent Plus. $4,395.00

ART #43437 Bronze Frederick the Great Statue

This bronze is quite remarkable, having outstanding detail throughout. It is approximately 150 years old and signed by the artist regarded as the best German 19th century sculptor, Christian Rauch.

Frederick is shown in his familiar pose, holding a cane in his right hand and with the left on his hip. A sword hangs from his belt and he wears a colonial style uniform with a tricorn hat. Most collectors know Frederick is thought by some (usually Germans) to be the best king that ever ruled in Europe. What cannot be disputed is that Der Alte Fritz ruled for a whopping 46 years and was undoubtedly a capable general and enlightened monarch.

This bronze measures 21 inches tall and weighs in at 27 pounds. The statute is mounted in a fine black marble base. It looks to have had a plaque affixed to the front at one time, as there are four mounting holes present.

If you are an admirer of Frederick the Great and would like to add some class to your home, you cannot go wrong with this fine piece of art.

Excellent Plus. $2,795.00

ART #43584 NSFK "Glider Pilot" Bronze

This bronze is a very captivating item and quite elegant. I have seen the bronze for sale over the past year and have been bugging the dealer that owned it to part with it and he finally agreed to do so.

The bronze features a young man no doubt purported to be a trainee with glider pilots. The young man is dressed in a sleek outfit of t-shirt and shorts and is wearing a sash. He also has a set of decorative boots that he is wearing. The bronze is 12 inches high. The young man is also wearing a wrist watch or possible it is a stop watch since he was involved with glider pilots. His left arm is hanging at about his waist and his right arm is up in the air and he is grasping a detailed model of a Stuka. The Stuka is in his hand and he appears to be ready to throw it to see how it glides. The details to the Stuka are phenomenal, including the separate propellor.

Avery fetching bronze here that should really capture the eye of most collectors. I know it did mine.

The young boy is attached to a square bronze base which appears to be part of the figure. At the upper left corner of the base is an applied matching Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer's right and clutching a swastika. The detail to the eagle is excellent. The bottom of the bronze is covered with a green felt material showing modest wear.

If you are looking for a very special artifact to decorate your Glider Pilot knives I can't think of anything better than this example. It is a real eye catcher and might even please your wife. I certainly like it a lot and it is the only example I have seen. More than likely this bronze was some type of an award for a NSFK field event.

Excellent. $2,395.00

ART #43147 Bronze Solingen Bladesmith On Marble

If you are serious about this hobby and the wonderful edged weapons of highest quality produced in Solingen, the "City of Swords", I can't imagine that you would not be interested in adding a German bronze depicting a blade being forged. This bronze was recently brought over from Germany for me by a dealer friend.

This beautiful bronze is 12 1/2 inches high and is mounted on a 1 1/2 thick thick piece of black marble with attractive white grain. The marble measures 5 1/4 inches by 4 1 /4 inches, having a green felt base covering. There are a couple of minor chips in the obverse edge of the marble. The beautifully-toned bronze portrays a bladesmith hard at work on his anvil. A massive hammer is in his right hand, poised to strike, while the left hand steadies a large piece of metal on the anvil that appears to be possibly plowshares. The smith is attired in shirt, pants, work shoes and a large apron, while the anvil appears to be mounted on a tree stump.

Although unsigned, the details to the figure are outstanding and very pleasing to the eye. The smith himself measures about 12 inches high. Due to the bronze and the marble base, the piece is quite heavy. I assume the piece comes from the 1930's.

This work of art would add much depth displayed with a fine collection of blades.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

ART #42445 HE-111 Desk Model

This model HE-111 is very well done, having come from a family. The seller stated he had given to a local museum where it remained for many years, until it was removed after complaints about the swastika on the tail. After this he figured it should be sold to someone who would appreciate it.

The model is made of metal, being gray on the top and a light aqua color on the lower fuselage. There are Iron Crosses on the tops and bottoms of each wing, and also an Iron Cross on each side of the fuselage. The tail bears a mobile swastika on both sides.

The model is a fairly faithful likeness of the actual aircraft, albeit more stylized. The triple bladed propellors are retained with pins and spin to the touch. The whole affair is mounted on a display base, fashioned to look like an iron bomb sitting on its fins. This bomb is mounted to a segmented black base.

If you are a Luftwaffe enthusiast I can't imagine a better piece to highlight your collection, or to sit on your desk! A fine period item here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

ART #40344 Grand Admiral Dönitz Portrait

This oil painting is quite an interesting depiction of Dönitz in his Grand Admiral's uniform. He is gazing rather sternly off to the left. The artist attempted to depict light falling on the face of the Admiral, which fades off in a reasonably good approximation of reality beneath his cap and towards the right of his face.

The detailing to the Naval Eagle and swastika, wreath, and "scrambled eggs" on the brim are quite well done, as are the Field Marshall batons on this shoulder boards. He also wears his Knight's Cross with Oak leaves.

The painting has some cracking but there are no cuts or repairs. It looks to be in the original wooden frame. It measures 27 inches by 24 inches.

The reverse has a tag which reads "Kriegsmarine / Stützputst Pillau / Kasino". This painting was allegedly found hanging in the submarine base at Pillau. There is also an attached hanging wire, so it's ready to be hung up.

A compelling piece of period art here. It is not expensive and would definitely add interest to a Navy Dagger collection.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

ART #40413 Grenadier Statue

This statue is most impressive, measuring 12 inches tall. It depicts a full equipped Grenadier mounted on a base. It has a silvered finish and a very fine patina.

The soldier is rendered in the act of preparing to lob a stick grenade. The detailing to the uniform are superb. The face of the grenadier is extraordinarily done, capturing a look of concentration as he readies himself to fling his deadly potato masher. Four additional grenades hang off his belt, along with ammo pouches, a canteen and bread bag, and a gas mask canister. The boots are also nicely detailed, as is the bayonet which is partially hidden the his brace of grenades.

The helmet has the "Frankenstein" style rivets and no breast eagle on the uniform so this probably dates from the early 1930's, although I hesitate to say this with certainty after allowing for artistic license.

The pedestal base is professionally engraved "Z. Erinnerung / an / meine / 12 / jähr / Dienstzeit / d. Kamaraden d. 2 Schwadron". This tränslates to something like, "In Memory of My 12 Years Service (with) My Comrades of the 2nd Squadron".

An outstanding period art piece here, perfect to dress up your collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

ART #39905 White Marble Bust of Mussolini

This bust measures 6 inches high. It depicts the “unforgettable” face of Il Duce, who is dressed in uniform complete with a helmet marked with a Fascist flag. He wears a military tunic, tie, and the usual smug expression.

An extended panel on the base reads “Benito Mussolini Dux”. I don’t see any other markings on this bust.

A great item to add to an Italian Fascist dagger collection, or as a paperweight for bills you’d rather not look at.

Near Mint. $495.00

ART #39334C Silvered Marksman's Shooting Stature

This statue is about 11 inches high overall and is mounted on an off-white marble base being 1 1/2 inches high and measuring 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches in diameter. The silvering remains at 100% across the surfaces with only a couple of small areas where air has penetrated the finish. The original bolts and nuts connect the statue to the base at the lower area beneath the marble.

It is a magnificent piece, having some of the best detail one is likely to encounter. The marksman is fully outfitted in service uniform. He is aiming a K-98 rifle. Every detail is visible to the rifle as are the soldiers finger's and nails which hold the barrel from the stock. The soldier wears an M-35 double decal helmet. The Wehrmacht eagle and swastika decal is clearly visible on the helmet's left, as is the State shield decal on the right. The shooter wears a four-pocket tunic with full details visible to the buttons, pocket flaps and even include the eagle and swastika breast eagle.

He also wears a rucksack with all kind of things attached to it; there is even a pair of hob-nail boots! The rucksack is a separately applied part. The shooter wears a detailed bayonet, a six pouch cartridge case around his belt, a canteen at the rear and some kind of a side bag at his right, all terrific detail. The folds the soldier's britches are realistic as are the riding-style boots he wears.

If you are a guy that loves details and the finest of workmanship you will really enjoy owning this shooter statue; it is easily one of the best of its type I have seen. This example has everything, and its fairly large size is also most desirable. If you are looking for a piece of military art to truly accent your collection, you are likely to find this piece to be irresistible.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

ART #28469 Reservist Soldier Bust on Marble

This Reservist Soldier Bust on Marble would make a fine desk piece. It is only about 3½ inches high by about 3 inches wide.

As the name would imply, this is a silvered bust of a solfier. He has excellent detail to his helmet, face, collar tabs, pockets, and even the 3rd Reich eagle can be seen above the man’s right pocket. This depiction has a silver finish, and must of the original frosting still clings to it.

The bust is mounted to a white marble base, having a white felt bottom. The base has a crack running through it, but does not look like it is going to separate any further.

A nice looking desk piece here.

Excellent Plus. $125.00

ART #37561C Hermann Göring Portrait Plaque

This plaque depicts a profile of Hermann Göring, done in nickel or brass and colored black. It is mounted in a walnut base. The plaque measures 8 by 11 inches, and it is quite heavy.

The image of Hermann is very well done, and he is looking to the viewer's left. This type of plaque would have been displayed in an office or the like.

The reverse has a bracket for mounting the piece, and the bolt that hold the head in place is visible.

A great item here to spice up your Luftwaffe collection.

Excellent Plus. $495.00

ART #28117 Hermann Göring Color Portrait on Porcelain - Rosenthal

This portrait on porcelain of Hermann Göring is a fantastic work of art. It was produced by the famous Rosenthal porcelain company and is in a beautiful color format. The portrait itself measures about 10 inches by 12.5 inches, and in its modern day frame is about 12 inches by 15 inches overall. The portrait depicts Göring from the left side dressed as a Luftwaffe Field Marshall. The detail to Hermann's blue eyes, hair and facial features is second to none; Hermann was handsome man and Rosenthal has really captured his best side!

Hermann is dressed in the great coat of a Luftwaffe Field Marshall, which places the date of the work at about 1938 or 1939. The Luftwaffe great coat, of course, is a gray-blue in color, having the white lapels designated for general officers and Field Marshalls. The collar taps also are most interesting, featuring a beautiful oak leaf wreath with an eagle in flight over the top area of the depiction. Below is a swastika positioned over what appears to be a pair of crossed Marshall's batons. The collar tabs are in white, matching the lapels. The shoulder boards are the heavy braided type, having a set of crossed batons at the top left. There is a hint of Göring's Blue Max showing at his collar, but since the portrait is in profile it is not really identifiable. On Göring's left breast there is some sort of a very high Order, which has a star burst style background with a round center. In the background there is sort of a muted drape or some other treatment that enhances the colors and artistic feeling of the personage portrayed.

I do not know how many of these portraits were produced by Rosenthal but this is the first one that I have seen portraying Hermann Göring. A wonderful work of art here that would be stupendous gracing the proper collecting room wall. I doubt that Rosenthal would own up to actually making this portrait, but, let’s face it, it indeed was their work and history is history, regardless of the principles involved. A beautiful, investment quality artifact.

Mint. $1,795.00

ART #34385 Imperial Navy Chinese Silk from Tsing Tau

This Imperial Navy Chinese Silk is really a spectacular piece. It was made in the German Chinese colony of Tsing Tau for a Vice Admiral that apparently was assigned there from 1906 through 1909. The silk measures approximately 4 feet by 2 ½ feet. It is a blue background silk material to which have been sewn beautiful figures all completely hand done. The silk features a long flag pole at the left holding the admiral’s flag. The admiral’s flag was a white background with an Iron Cross and one dot in the upper left field of the flag. Stemming outward from the flag is the remembrance slogan in a white textured ribbon and done in blue lettering, “ZUR ERINNERUNG AN MEINE DIENSTZEIT / TSING TAU / CHINA / 1906 1909”. Beneath this is a brocade hand done beautiful Imperial crown with two silk scarf-like lengths below and underneath this is a magnificent eagle flying to the viewer’s left with an imperial crown on his head. The detail to the eagle’s wings is just outstanding having lots of gold bullion work and even an eye which appears to be some type of a taxidermy accoutrement. The eagle is in colors of brown, gold, yellow and gray. The bird’s talons grasp a beautiful hand done brocade Imperial flag. The flag of course has the Imperial eagle with the striped colors of red, white and black featuring an Iron Cross and a laurel branch over the flag. Below this is a series of war implements consisting of a torpedo, a mine, a life preserver, an anchor, an oar and a boat hook. Again, the work is beautiful. In the middle of this assemblage of naval war implements is a crest shaped cut out which is bordered and was meant to contain a photograph of the original owner. I did not have the original owner’s photograph but was lucky enough to find a photograph of a Vice Admiral which works perfectly with this silk. Around the bottom border of the silk are oak leaves at the right and laurel leaves at the left. At the lower portion of the silk are the blue letter branch of the naval words in capital letters, “MATROSEN ARTILLERIE”. On the opposite side is most likely the name of the area where the base was located, “KLAUTSCHOU”.

I had this silk framed and covered with special plexiglass which is light resistant. The frame is a black border with a silver highlight and a red inner border. A fabulous silk here in near full mint condition. It is amazing that something well over a century old could have stayed in this outstanding condition. I also had a case made for the framed silk. The case is all made in wood and lined with red velvet material. It is equipped with hinged hardware and a handle for carrying. A great package all set to be sent to your house and ready to go up on your collecting wall. I have seen a lot of Imperial silks over the years but this one is not only the largest but best conditioned most well done example I have seen to date. The Chinese were experts at this type of work and they specialized at the turn of the last century in making these silks for visiting navies throughout the world. A great opportunity here to really acquire something nice to set off an Imperial naval collection or just to add much color and interest to your collecting room.

Mint Minus. $3,495.00

ART #3785 Oil Painting of a Third Reich Hunter

This oil painting has been framed in the last 20 years or so, and it is all set to hang up in your collecting room. The painting overall in the frame measures 20 inches by 16 inches.

It depicts the upper torso of a National Hunting Association member complete with hunting tunic and hat. The hat has the boar bristle sprig coming up the back of it and it is also complete with the Third Reich hunting insignia, consisting of an open-winged eagle looking to the viewer's left and clutching a wreathed mobile swastika. The face of the man is well done and the uniform shows the darker green collar and shoulder boards with a lighter green color to the tunic itself. The painting is artist signed, looks like "Jos. Laejeriski" and has "München 1942"signed at the upper top section of the painting.

A good chance to decorate your hobby room here for reasonable money.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00


ART #27319 Imperial Bavarian Framed Service Time Memory Board

This Imperial Bavarian Framed Service Time Memory Board is quite well done and appears to still be in itsoriginal frame. The frame is a brown wood and is complete with the original backing and hanging devices. The frame measures 21 inches by 17 inches. There is a gray matte that runs around the border and the interior background is a green color. Applied to the background is the silvered slogan “zur Erinnerung/an meine Dienstzeit”. This, of course, means “In Memory of My Service Time”. There is a colorful depiction of the Bavarian prince regent Luitpold shown in his bemedalled uniform with dried flowers around his portrait. Below and to the left of the regent is a semblance of Germania. She is holding up an orb in one arm and a sword in the other. In the center is an Uhlan style facsimile of a shoulder board and to the right is a little house over sets of standartes. Within the house is a photograph of the original owner of this framed presentation, who is celebrating his service time. The owner is in a photograph, showing him in officer’s Uhlan uniform, complete with great coat, sword and flat-topped Uhlan pickelhaub. The sword has one of the shaving brush style portepees and overall, the photograph is still very well preserved. This framed presentation would go very nicely in a collecting room.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $250.00