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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 #39334C Silvered Marksman's Shooting Statue

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. It is a magnificent piece having the best detail one is likely to observe. 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 ruck sack with all kind of things attached to it to even include a pair of hob-nail boots!. The ruck sack 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 - again, all terrific detail.The folds the soldier's britches are realistic as are the riding-style boots he wears. The silvering remains at 100% across the surfaces with only a couple of small areas where air has penetrated the finish.

If you are a guy that loves details and the finest of workmanship you will really enjoy owning this shooter statue - easily one of the best of its type I have seen. The original bolts and nuts connect the statue to the base at the lower area beneath the marble. 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, this piece is irresistible.

Near Mint. $895.00

ART #44347C Bronze Hitler Bust

This Hitler bronze is a very large size, bring 1 ½ life time presentation. The bronze overall measures about 24 inches high and the bronze of Hitler's head itself is 17 inches . The bronze is a fine likeness of Hitler and is in perfect condition except for a very small indentation just at the very top of the head. It is nothing and it is hardly noticeable. The bronze was produced by Emil Hub. Hub lived from 1876 to 1954 and was well known for his work during the period. The bronze is signed on the back with the artist and also with most likely the casting company "WMF Geislinger, Std, and the the word dekoeyer. This bronze is of extreme weight and if ordered by the next purchaser it would be shipped with the head area separately from the marble base. The marble base is a squared block being a gray material with lots of black grains running through it. The large bronze is supported on the the base by a bolt which is removable. If you have been looking for a Hitler bronze of this size this is a good opportunity to acquire same as bronzes of this side are very rarely offered. A tremendous accent for the right person.

Excellent Plus. $11,995.00

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. The Stuka model carried by the DLV boy is a separate piece. It is fitted by a pin that slips into the boy's hand. This removable airplane makes for ease and security during shipping.

A very 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. $2,495.00

ART #44338C Etched Glass Röhm Portrait

This etched glass portrait is one of the neatest things I have seen and must be virtually unique. The portrait portrays an etched likeness of Röhm portrayed from the chest up having his parted in the middle hair style mustache collar tabs armband and a party pin in his tie. The likeness is undeniable although I will say that they did eliminate some of Röhm's old World War 1 battle scars. The image is shown in a white oval with black treatment for the design. Below the oval portrait is an early SA eagle etched into the glass which grasps a wreath with black mobile swastika. Above the oval image in a ribbon form is the name "RÖHM". The likeness measures seven inches by nine inches and is in its original black forest style frame. The frame is simulated wood branches with a sprig of oak leaves in each corner. Studying the reverse of the frame which has some type of a hard cardboard covering it does not appear to me as though this etching has ever been out of the frame. Can you imagine how rare something like this must be. After the Röhm purge virtually everything that has to do with the "traitor" was destroyed. Anyone that would save this likeness of Röhm I would think would be looking for trouble here as there could be some question to his allegiance to Hitler. At any rate this image is in fantastic original condition and is ultra rare. It would make an absolute great highlight to show off over a full Röhm SA dagger. A very very rare item here in choice condition.

Mint. $2,450.00

ART #44148C Formal Portrait of Adolf Hitler, by Kunz Weidlich, Liberated from the Deutscher Hof Hotel with Documentation

I had sold this Führer painting about 8 years ago to a California collector who unfortunately has recently passed away, and we are now handling the consignment of the painting for the estate and are offering it once again to the collecting community. A very historic painting here of the highest quality accompanied with complete documentation from the American veteran that brought it home.

This remarkable painting was commissioned by Hitler retaining one of Germany’s finest and most well known artists of the period, Kunz Weidlich. Weidlich was born in 1878 and in addition to being a well known artist he was also a designer of children’s toys working for Gebrüder Bing. He is credited with the design of the now famous Stieff teddy bear. He died in 1940. The painting was commissioned to hang in Hitler’s suite in the Deutsch Hof Hotel. As we all know Hitler spent a great deal of time in the Deutsch Hof especially during the Nuremberg Party rallies in September. The Deutsch Hof hotel was purchased by the NSDAP in 1936. This is why the silver flatware and table pieces have the NSDAP swastika pattern in their design. The painting was liberated by Captain Perry of the United States Infantry shortly after the bombing and surrender of Nuremberg. The painting was taken to a United States Army air force fighter base at Furth. The painting was purchased in Furth by Captain Otto Gazaway and subsequently sent to the United States where it was donated to the Atlanta Museum. The painting was cut from the original frame, rolled up and stored in that manner for some seven decades until it was acquired by me. The painting comes with an original letter written by Otto Gazaway attesting to this information. Gazaway also made notes on the back of the letter showing what the original frame looked like as well as its dimensions.

He is credited with the design of the now famous Steiff teddy bear. He died in 1940. The painting was commissioned to hang in Hitler’s suite in the Deutsch Hof Hotel. As we all know Hitler spent a great deal of time in the Deutsch Hof especially during the Nuremberg Party rallies in September. The Deutsch Hof hotel was purchased by the NSDAP in 1936. This is why the silver flatware and table pieces have the NSDAP swastika pattern in their design. The painting was liberated by Captain Perry of the United States Infantry shortly after the bombing and surrender of Nuremberg. The painting was taken to a United States Army air force fighter base at Furth. The painting was purchased in Furth by Captain Otto Gazaway and subsequently sent to the United States where it was donated to the Atlanta Museum. The painting was cut from the original frame, rolled up and stored in that manner for some seven decades until it was acquired by me. The painting comes with an original letter written by Otto Gazaway attesting to this information. Gazaway also made notes on the back of the letter showing what the original frame looked like as well as its dimensions.

When the painting was acquired, due to the many years of improper storage and being rolled up it had substantial cracking and small particles of paint missing throughout the canvas. I kept the painting for about a year wondering if it was better to retain it “as is” or to have it conserved. I finally decided it was best to have the painting conserved and hired an absolute expert in this trade named Fred Koszewnik. Fred has worked with the Philadelphia art museum as well as the Smithsonian Institution on conservation efforts in the past. He has done restorations on such important paintings as those of Thomas Jefferson as well as George Washington. I believe there was no better competent conservator than Fred and I was well satisfied to retain him for the job. The restoration came out perfect and is an exemplary masterpiece of what can be done using the right people. Although the conservation costs approached the $5,000 mark I felt that the painting was well worth it as it is a very historical portrait and given the fact that it comes directly from Hitler’s suite at the Deutsch Hof it deserved all the attention that we could give it as meaningful collectors and for preservation for the future of Third Reich artifacts.

The painting itself measures 38 ¼ inch high by 30 ½ inches wide. Since the painting had been folded many times in both directions and the surface was distorted with numerous bulges and depressions along the folds it was necessary to line the reverse of the painting with a second linen canvas. Every single flaw in the painting was redone to the exact paint color and tone as it was originally. In fact, the painting looks identical today as it did on the day that Fritz Weidlich made his last brush stroke. The details of this conservation are all included with the painting.

The painting portrays Adolf Hitler standing with his arms folded and looking to the viewer’s right. He is wearing his NSDAP tan tunic complete with swastika armband and his well known gold open-winged eagle with swastika tie pin. The details to the Führer’s face and uniform with accoutrements are absolutely perfect. This is easily the best painting of Hitler I have seen. All though the painting is not dated it was most likely painted about 1937 or 1938 at the latest. The background behind Hitler is a series of clouds at the lower section and the upper area appears to be a darkened sky above the clouds. This almost fits into the Wagnerian spectacle that Hitler attempted to recreate as he landed his airplane “D2600” out of the clouds and into Nuremberg to enter triumphantly the Zeppelin stadium.

I had the restored painting framed using what I thought was a tasteful arrangement being a darker brown wood having an inner border of twin resolution gold accent lines. As we know Hitler liked to see himself as “conservative” and I think this frame does justice. With the frame the painting measures 46 inches high by 38 inches wide. Further, I had a wood box constructed to contain the painting. The box is painted black and perfectly secures the painting inside with appropriate closing hardware and handle for carrying. This is an outstanding opportunity for the right person to acquire a very important historical original work of art. I know that most of us can’t hang a painting of Hitler in our living room but this is a piece of history whether it be good or bad. The painting should someday be in a museum in my opinion and it would be great if somewhere in time this will eventually happen. I hope that the next owner of this painting would possibly be able to consider such a future donation. The painting comes with the veteran documentation as well as the receipts for the conservation work that was rendered.

Professionally Restored Mint Condition. $39,995.00

ART #43845 Gilded Brass Garde du Corps Eagle Statue

This most elegant eagle measures 6 inches tall, with a like wingspan. It is a Garde du Corps type, the same style worn about the helmets of the King's Guard.

The regal bird is highly detailed, with fine feathering and proud bearing. At his head is a crisp Prussian crown. Dangling from the beak of the bird (by means of a drilled hole) is a 2nd Class Iron Cross.

The eagle is sat atop a base of black marble. This very fine, high quality marble remains in perfect condition and has nice light streaks running through it.

If you are an Imperial aficionado this piece will make an amazing addition to your collection.

Excellent. $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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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