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ART #36122 Imperial Large Bronze Solider with Dedication on Wood Base
This impressive looking bronze measures overall about 18inches high. The soldier along with the base he is standing on is bronze while the structure below although it looks like marble is actually black painted wood. The soldier is a completely outfitted Prussian pre-1916 participant. The soldier is an officer and he is dressed with a finely detailed pickelhaube with spike. The detail is so crisp on the pickelhaube that it is easy to see that the faceplate is that of a Prussian eagle. The soldier wears his chinstrap in place beneath his jaw. He wears a well detailed tunic which has large shoulder boards with buttons having the number “63” engraved into the boards. The tunic has lots of detailed buttons running down the front, and also along the cuffs. He wears a belt with two cartridge containers attached and a cross strap with buckle. The belt even has an imperial buckle attached which has excellent detail. Behind him the soldier wears a blanket type affair along with what appears to be possibly a bread basket. Attached to the side of the belt is an outstanding detailed bayonet which is an 1871 Prussian model. The bayonet is complete with “shaving brush” troddel which is also easily discernible. At the reverse is a canteen being the type that has cross straps.
I can’t emphasize how great the detail is throughout this bronze. The solider further wears britches that are tucked into boots. He carries a K-98 rifle with his finger at the trigger and his left hand supporting the rifle beneath the stock. Again, the detail is outstanding throughout the muzzle, sight and the action of this rifle. Even the barrel end is cut out! The solider stands on a small metal base which appears to be part of the casting. This bronze base has a circular logo at a rear corner which has the name of the producer, “Belaire Berlin”.
The bronze portion is mounted onto an elaborate wooden pedestal. This pedestal is painted black and gives the look of marble. On the face of the center of the pedestal is a fine wreath which is laurel on the left side and oak leaves on the right side. In the center of the wreath is a brass plate that has a dedication consisting of nine lines. The dedication reads, “Dem / scheidenden Kameraden / Premier Lieutenant / Roerdansz / die Offiziere / und Sanitäts-Offiziere / des 4. Oberschlesisebeu / Infauterir – Regiments / No 63.” This dedication would basically translate to, “Our Retiring Comrade Premier Lieutenant Roerdansz from the Officers of the Medical Division of 4. Oberschlesisebeu Infantry Regiment 63”. Obviously this fine bronze was given as a retirement gesture to the recipient. This bronze is a bit dusty but overall it is in fine condition and you will not see better detail anywhere. A really outstanding artifact to highlight an imperial collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
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 #42397C Nüremberg Style Bronze Desk Eagle
This bronze Desk Eagle is not the same as the usual type we see, having slightly different wing tips. It is extremely solid and heavy and is mounted on a brown marble base. It is 8 inches tall and 7 ½ inches wide.
The bird looks to the viewer's left and has half-opened wings; most birds look to the right. It looks have the initials of the artist on the back, which seem to be "HB".
An interesting variant eagle here.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
ART #42441C Large Print of the the German West Wall
The West Wall is best remembered for the "dragon's teeth" tank obstructions that ran for miles upon miles; these figure into this image as well. After the teeth is a wide moat flanked with rows of barbed wire. The print shows what looks to be ruined tanks in the upper left corner, to give the impression of the invincibility of the wall. Off in the distance is a dark copse of trees.
The main portion of the print depicts a cutaway of a huge concrete gun emplacement, complete with an observation post manned battery, a radio room, a railway line for the transport of troops an ammunition, and a magazine stacked to the rafters with shells. Really interesting stuff here!
In the top right corner is an applied seal having the number "342" on it. Written to the left, in pencil, is also the number "342". At the bottom of the print is the title, "Der Wal im Westen" and some text blocks relating to the printer and edition of the piece, in a Gothic font. The artist's name, Planck" is printed in the right corner.
The print shows a little age but remains in good shape overall. It is enclosed in thin plastic frame to keep it flat and in order.
Accompanying this print is the original cardboard tube that was used to ship it. This container is marked "Shulman Stüttgart" and is stamped "8.10.38". The label is addressed to "Sohulo Herrn Schalleiter / I. Sälzine".
A most interesting period print here, with some great subject matter. It is all set to be proudly hung.
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 #42398C Bronze Hitler Bust
The bust is a faithful reproduction of Hitler's rather unfortunate looking face, with particularly good detailing to the eyes (complete with bags) and severe OCD hair parting. This bust has a little more character than those we normally see, with deeper facial lines and a more grave expression. The reverse of the best is signed by the artist, "F Berberich".
A fine looking period objet d'art here.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
ART #42026C Bronze Mussolini Bust on Marble Base
The piece measures 11 ½ inches high and 9 inches wide. The bust itself is rendered flat, with a hollow back. It depicts a very stylize profile of Mussolini which is significantly more streamlined and handsome that the genuine, much more porcine article. Mussolini's double chins have been mercifully left out of this depiction, and his swooping hairline looks like it was laid down with a compass. The overall look is simply splendid.
The bust is mounted on a large black marble base, cut at interesting angles to better highlight the bust. The overall look is very impressive.
Subject notwithstanding, this a very striking piece of period artwork. It could easily make the grade as an objet d'ar in just about any modern expression of interior design.
ART #40981 Two Original Waffen-SS Watercolors by Renowned Poster Artist Prof. Ottomar Anton
These two original, signed, and professionally framed and matted watercolors were produced by the famed artist Professor Ottomar Anton, who lived from 1895-1976. Anton produced posters done in the patriotic style for Waffen-SS and Hitlerjugend recruitment. In addition, he also did commercial posters for the Hamburg Shipping Line as well as the German Zeppelin Company. His art work has been highly acclaimed and world renowned.
Anton worked in Hamburg, Cologne and Cairo. In addition to his artistic pursuits he also held the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer. These paintings were produced to be used for Waffen-SS recruitment posters. The artwork will be familiar to most of us, as Anton used the same appealing style for all of his recruiting posters. We have all seen his posters, but now through this listing you will know who the artist was, as well as something of his history.
The first watercolor, #40981C, portrays a stoic Waffen-SS enlisted man dressed in full camo tunic with matching camo-covered helmet. The collar tabs, depicting an impressionist-style skull tab and SS runes tab are visible above the tunic. The SS soldier seems to be looking off in the distance with an air of grave concern on his face, apparently standing guard as there is a rifle at his back, slung over his shoulder. He is positioned in front of a quaint German village with turrets on the building roofs. Above the soldier in black text is, "Wir Schützen Unsere Neimat", or "We are guarding our homeland". The watercolors remain completely brilliant, showing little to no age.
In the lower right corner in capital letters is the pencil-printed name, "O. Anton". The "O" letter is purposely slightly higher than the "A". Beneath is the artist's signature.There is a brown and gold matting with black frame, paper sealed at the reverse. The overall dimension of the framed painting is 9 3/4 X 11 3/4 inches.
The second watercolor, #40982C, depicts a Waffen-SS soldier with K-98 rifle at the ready, complete with leather sling, This NCO wears a camo tunic with matching cover over his helmet. A pair of binoculars dangle from a leather strap around his neck. The collar tabs clearly show the SS runes on one and somewhat vaguer, is a Totenkopf skull on the other tab. The soldier appears ready to challenge an oncoming combatant, with a deadly serious look on his face. Behind the SS man is an inviting German village with white houses and red peaked roofs. At the bottom is the text, "KAMPF gegen den Ansturm aus den Osten!", or "Fight against the onslaught from the East!" The watercolors are outstanding, done in the appealing style for which Anton was famous. The overall condition is superb. Hard to not want to join up, looking at this poster!
On the lower left, the painting is artist-signed in pencil, "O Anton". The "O" letter is slightly higher than the "A". Beneath is the artist's signature. There is a brown and gold matting with black frame, paper sealed at the reverse. The overall dimension of the framed painting is 9 3/4 X 11 3/4 inches. So, here are two extremely historical, original watercolors done by the best of the best - Ottomar Anton. What a grand manner to dress-up your collecting room! Nothing wrong with combining militaria with art as these magnificent paintings are the best of both worlds! Either of these paintings can be had for $3,000.00, or we will sell the pair for $5,000.00.
Mint. $3,000.00 each / $5,000.00 or the pair.
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
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
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
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.
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. $3,495.00ART #3785 Oil Painting of a Third Reich Hunter
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. $495.00c-->
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 officers 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