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ART #43955 Bronze Hitler Bust with Marble Base
Hitler is depicted with the usual stern expression and overall is very nicely detailed. This fine bust measures 9 ½ inches tall.
The bust is attached to a base of gray marble base, with white flecks. The marble has some minor chipping on the corners, but nothing serious.
This bust is unsigned but is obviously a high quality piece.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
ART #43954 Bronze Hitler Bust with Marble Base
Hitler is depicted with his normal serious expression and the likeness has fairly good detailing to his hair and mustache.
The bronze cast is attached to a two inch base of black marble, with flecks.
The bottom of the base has a felt liner. The corners of the marble have some minor chips but nothing threatening.
ART #43956 Small Bronze Hitler Bust
Hitler's face is finely detailed, with exceptional work to the hair and eyes. It is nice to see a high level of detail on a smaller example.
This is a hollow bronze, connected to a small bronze base that looks to be part of the casting.
The bottom of the base is covered in red felt.
A very fine period bronze here.
ART #43957 Small Bronze Göring Bust
The likeness is exact and very well made. Göring always said that 50 years after the war there would be statues of him and he was right, at least after a fashion.
The bust is attached to a square base of black marble with white flecks, with black felt on the bottom. It is artist signed on the back which looks to read "RETZA CH".
A fine Göring bust here, and a perfect addition to a Luftwaffe collection.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
ART #43845 Gilded Brass Garde du Corps Eagle Statue
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.
ART #43436 Mussolini Bronze
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 #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.
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.
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
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 #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 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