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POTPOURRI #44005 Bürgermeister's Chain From The Town of Hersheiler-Pettersheim
Mayors' Chains are something we do not see often, and they are very desirable for their quality and great looks. The chains, of course, were worn by the town's Bürgermeister when conducting official business and also as an acknowledgement of his rank. Some of the chains I have seen in the past were extremely elegant and often contained a good amount of gold, gems and other precious medals. This chain is from a small place in Bavaria that seems to be very countrified and specialized in farm animals and the raising of food for the Reich. Nevertheless, the chain still has much elegance about it.
The Chain consists of 25 links in a necklace form and a large silver medallion at the bottom with Hitler's image. The silver links alternate decorative pierced curled designs with links depicting NSDAP subjects. There are three links which depict raised DAF symbols being the cog wheel with swastika in the center. Then there are three links which depict an NSDAP Political Eagle with open wings and wreathed swastika. And lastly, there are three links which depict the NSDAP farming symbol being a swastika with a wheat shaft and sword superimposed. The bottom link of the chain is a larger shield-shaped link depicting a colorful stag with his front legs raised. The stag is positioned on a yellow background and standing on green turf. This depiction was the coat of arms of the town of Hershweiler-Pettersheim, and still in use today. On the reverse of this link is engraved, "GEMEINDEN/ HERSHWEILER-PETTERSHEIM/ LENGENBACK/KROTTELEACH/ OHMBACK". To the left is a smaller silver shield-shaped link with an enameled Stag eating grass. On the reverse of this link is "LANGENBACH". And the link to the right of center is a silver shield-shape link with enameled dairy cow with horns. On the reverse is engraved, "KROTTELBACH" These latter two depictions are the coat of arms of two lessor towns which were connected to Hershweiler-Pettersheim, and are also still used today.
Below the links, at the bottom, is attached a large silver medallion with a heavily raised bust of Hitler portrayed from the side, where he is looking to the viewer's left. Around the surface edge is the raised legend, "Der Führer und Reichkanzler Adolf Hitler". The reverse of the medallion has a raised cluster of oak leaves and acorns with a swastika in a circle placed at the top of the cluster. At the bottom is engraved, "BÜRGERMEISTEREI/ HERSCHWEILER/ PETTERSHEIM". These areas were very much under the control of SS Gruppenfuhrer Walther Darde, who was the Reich Agricultural Food Minister. This chain is quite heavy given all of the silver incorporated in the links, and is a very decorative piece.
Sometimes with these mayor's chains (some of which can be 150 years old or more) the respective cities want them back if they hear of their liberation discovery surfacing in America, but with the amount of swastikas on this example, and the town's obvious devotion to the Nazi Party, there is not much danger of that ever happening.
A very decorative, rare item here to enhance a collection. This chain was recently purchased from a veteran family by myself.
Excellent Plus. $2,995.00
POTPOURRI #40684C Edda Göring Birth Announcement
As we all know Hermann became the proud father in 1938, much to the shock of many who made fun of "Der Dicke" thinking that he was not capable. Well, he showed them, and if you have ever seen a picture of little Edda, there is no denying her as Hermann's own stock. This document is the official birth announcement which says, "Ministerpräsident Generalfeldmarschall Göring and Frau Göring announce the birth of their daughter Edda in Berlin on 2 June 1938" or something very close to that.
Along with the original announcement is a telegram sent to one "Herrn Dr Labougle" (who was apparently the ambassador to Argentina) from Göring thanking him for his kindness. Presumably an appropriate gift was sent for the momentous occasion. The telegram is dated June 8, 1938. These two documents appear to have been a scrap book or the like as there is black paper residue on the reverse of the announcement.
A fine original artifact here that makes history come alive!
Excellent Plus. $650.00
POTPOURRI #44015 Skinning Knife for Hunting Cutlass Scabbard
Many times we run across a hirschfanger that have a pocket built into the scabbard for a small skinning knife but 9 out of 10 times the skinner is missing. This particular example looks to be a long lost skinner.
The blade is just shy of three inches long, with a 4 inch stag handle and a nickel cap. The blade is slab sided, with a ricasso and a single edge. It does show some minor age but not bad.
If you have a similar hirschfanger it might be worth a shot to see if this knife will finish your piece.
POTPOURRI #44016 Small High Quality Skinning Knife - J. A. Henckels
This skinning knife is a very beautiful little item, measuring six and one half inches long. The grip is mother of pear that remains in perfect condition. The blade and ferrule are nicely gilded, with much of the original finish still intact.
The blade is single edged and is in nice condition. It is marked with the Henckels Twins trademark, along with "Rein Nickel". I think this means "Purely Nickel". IIt is possible this knife was part of a larger, elaborate hirschfanger with the same motif.
A very nice piece for your Hunting collection here.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
POTPOURRI #43973 Signed and Dedicated Photo of Hitler's Pilot Hans Bauer
This photo measures approximately 6 inches by 4. On the obverse is an image of Hitler's pilot, Hans Bauer, dressed in his SS uniform and walking with Hitler. Both are smiling at each other and are shaking hands. To the right of the photograph is the famous D2600, the three engined aircraft Bauer ferried Hitler around in during the 1930's, including one famous landing at the 1934 Party Day.
The card is signed on the obverse by Bauer. On the reverse of the card is a dedication written by Bauer to a collector that no doubt asked Bauer to oblige him. It is dated 12.12.86 and stamped "Fleugkapitan A. D. Hans Bauer". Accompanying the card is the original German Post envelope, also in Bauer's hand, addressed to a collector in New York. Bauer lived into the 90's so he was able to take advantage of his famous career in his later life.
Near Mint. $495.00
POTPOURRI #43914C SS Marked Barometer
This SS marked Barometer comes from the 2n SS Totenkopf Standarte of Brandenburg. It remains in working order, with a very good glass face. The needle and the pointer are both straight, and various weather conditions are labeled in German around the rim of the face. It is about six inches across, with a hanging ring at the top.
Cut into the wood on the reverse of the instrument are the words, "2 SS-Toten. - Stand. "Brandenberg". Attached to the center is a paper label which seem to indicate this piece was given as a Christmas gift. The label reads, "Dem St. - tottenf Wilh. ASCNE 2. SS / T / Stand. "Brandenberg / Orienienburg / Berlin / 25. Dez. 1936".
This is a very, very fine, working barometer with an interesting SS related provenance.
POTPOURRI #43992C Red Cross Tea Set
This tea set made of fine white ceramic. The centerpiece is a large, 9 inch tea pot adorned with a fine Deutsche Rotes Kreuz eagle and swastika. This pot rests on a fine oval dish, also with the eagle.
Accompanying the port is a cup and saucer, a 5 inch creamer pot, a small egg cup with saucer, each with the eagle and swastika. All of the pieces are marked with a green figure that looks like a slice of bread with an "S" in the center.
The whole set is in mint condition and really quite nice. It is a miracle they have survived together all these years.
POTPOURRI #43999C Hunting/Shooting Grouping
This grouping of three pieces was recently in the collection of a Norwegian collector. He sent me a picture of how it was displayed in his home and the accompanying description includes the picture so that you too can see how this elegant set might look in your collecting room. The set includes a beautiful Norwegian hirschfanger. The hilt mounts appear to be nickel plated being similar to the German style but not quite. The pommel has the same umbrella-like flares at the top but the edge of the pommel is smooth. The center upper portion has a ball device which also acts as a tang. The matching ferrule is plain but for a raised circular area at the top where the grip fits in. Below is a simple crossguard consisting of a rounded center area with quillon arms that flare straight outward and are squared on all edges. The antler grip is quite impressive bing straight rather than the way the Germans used curved examples however it has beautiful grain that really stands out. It also has the rich brown and coffee colors in the backgrounds. The scabbard is made of a fine brown leather being sewn up the rear. Like the German types it also has the twin lines which decorate both edges on both sides. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel being the same as German types having scalloped edges where they meet the leather shell. They are retained by staples. At the lower scabbard mount on the reverse is the original owner's name "P. D. Osen / 1943". The upper scabbard mount is equipped with a fine brown leather frog which has a belt loop sewn to the rear. The mint condition blade is about 10 and a quarter inches long. It features a ricasso with fuller and at the upper edge is a very fine saw back. The saw back is done just as well as the Germans would have done it and clings to any finger that comes near it. The blade is buffered by an off red felt washer. The overall length of the cutlass is 17 inches. A very fine high quality item. Accompanying this weapon is an outstanding plaque that apparently was used as a shooting prize whoever the recipient never had his name engraved into the plate. The brown wood background measures 12 inches by 7 and a quarter inches. The wood remains in perfect condition with nice finish having no faults. At the top of the plaque is a five inch round silver disk. The disk portrays three riflemen being in unison. One man stands one man kneels and the other man shoots from the ground. There are mountains in the background and shrubbery at the bottom. The detail throughout is outstanding and the figures are all raised out of the silvered metal. At the bottom left of the plaque is an applied oak leaf sprig. It is beautifully done and certainly resembles the German manner complete with acorns having checkered caps. As mentioned above there is a small presentation plaque which is affixed to the wood however a name has never been engraved into it. A nice item here. The final artifact in this grouping is a bugle which could have been the type used for hunting. The bugle is of all brass having a ding upwards from the bell which with a little care could possibly be removed. To the bell is affixed a set of oak leaf sprigs with crossed swords over the oak leaves. Attached to the pipe end of the bugle is a set of cords which are colored in blue red yellow and white. Both cords have fine tassels at the end which are also in green red and yellow. The mouth piece is still affixed to this bugle. We looked the bugle up on the internet and it seems to be a British cavalry type. The bugle displayed with the plaque and the hunting weapon goes very well as you can see in the collector's photograph. A nice grouping of items here reasonably priced.
Near Mint. $1,095.00
POTPOURRI #43863 Kriegsmarine Bulk Food Sack
It measures 27 inches across and 41 long. One side is printed with a good looking large Naval eagle, while the other reads, "Mar. Verpflegungsamt / Wilhelmshaven". This means "Catering Services / Wilhelmshaven 1942". It is interesting to note that the interior of the sack has exactly the same printing, presumably so the sack could be used inside-out.
An interesting relic of the Kreigsmarine here.
POTPOURRI #43949C Pair of Cased Cuff Links Once Belonging to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
These cuff links are elegance personified and certainly extremely historical. The cuff links of are of gold with the Crown Prince's cypher "W" surmounted by cobalt blue enamel, surrounded by a meander gold band. The inner area of the cypher "W" contains an applied rose-cut diamond. Above the cypher is positioned a gold, highly-detailed Prussian crown. Affixed to the links at the reverse is a gold chain with hasp attachment at the end. The back panel retains the links with four rivets.
The cuff links are retained in their original storage box bearing the maker marking on the inside lid. The box is covered with purple velvet remaining in mint condition, and measuring 3 inches x 2 1/2 inches. Applied to the lid is a gold Prussian crown, representing the Crown Prince. The inside of the box is covered in a cream velvet having recesses which perfectly accommodate the links. The inner lid is a padded white silk. Imprinted in the silk is the producer name, "Cy & Wagner/ Königl. Hofgoldschmeide/ Berlin W./ 7. Werderstr.7./ Fabrik Brüderstr.2". Sy & Wagner were the goldsmith for the crown and their name is well-known to edged weapons collectors, as they were also responsible for the construction supervision of the famous "Heavy Naval Dirk" presented to Kaiser Wilhelm's son, Adalbert in 1902.
Crown Prince Wilhelm was born 6 May 1882, just over a year after his father, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II married Augusta Victoria. Wilhelm attended the University of Bonn. His relationship with is father, the Kaiser, was not always good as he was a critique of some of his policies. Although he had little interest in the military, during WWI, he commanded the 5th Army which was named after him. He resigned November 11, 1918 and went into exile in the Netherlands with other members of the royal family. Five years later he returned to Germany with the promise of staying out of politics. During his teenage and later years he had affairs with many women, one of which was with Mata Hari, a dancer and notorious spy. His affairs continued even during his marriage to the beautiful Cecilie of Mecklenberg-Schwerin. The Kaiser looked at his promiscuity with dislike. After the war, Wilhelm was a member of the Stalhelm. Unlike his brother August Wilhelm, however, he did not later become an active member of the Nazi Party, but on two occasions did announce his alliance to Hitler. Hitler, however, would not allow him to become a "People's Kaiser" as Wilhelm lacked the qualities necessary to become even a puppet ruler for Hitler. He died in Hechingen on July 21, 1951 and is buried at Hohenzollern Castle.
A very important and beautiful offering here with undeniable ties to history that still effects our lives of today.
POTPOURRI #43909 US Army Dachau Visitor's Pass with Original SS Trapezoid
This Visitor's Pass measures about 6 inches by 8. It is entitled, "Dachau Concentration Cap" and give the bearer, "Capt. Kadow and Three Men" permission to enter the camp and compound between 10:30 to 11:30 on June 27th, 1945. The pass is signed by "Lt. Col. A. H. Dowd", in his roles as Security Officer.
Included wit the pass is an original SS cap trapezoid. It looks to have alway been with this pass as the paper actually shows an outline of the insignia when it is moved.
An interesting and very rarely seen period document here.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
POTPOURRI #43893C Himmler & Göring Autographed Photo
This photo is a rather interesting example measuring 5 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches. It depicts a group of businessmen or veterans that were celebrating "Partietag Nüremberg 1935". It appears that the owner of the photograph beings as these people were all connected with party day were able to snag Himmler and Göring for them both to sign the picture although neither on of these leaders is in the actual photograph. The photograph is signed "H. Himmler 17.V.1936" and then at the bottom is a Göring signature. Apparently it was the following year after this photograph was taken before our autograph seeker here was lucky enough to secure these two signatures. An absolute original item here and one of the boldest Himmler signatures you will ever see. A really great piece here that if it was framed properly would certainly add to any Third Reich collecting display.
POTPOURRI #43993C Amber Inlaid Cigarette Case Presented to SS Horse Jumping Competition Winner by SA Obergruppenführer & Rhine Province Governor Heinz Haake
This cigarette case is quite elaborate and beautiful. The case is silver being hallmarked 'SBM' with crossed hammers and '935'. The lid is covered with 20 strips of amber, all in attractive golden color hues and shades. The amber remains in perfect condition. The case measures 4 inches by 3 inches.The lid is hinged with a flip tab to raise the lid open. Inside, the area has a gild finish which is still all there. The inner lid is professionally engraved with a four line dedication. "EHRENPREIS für das SS/ REIT u. SPRINGTURNER/ am 17. u. 18. Oktober 1936/ gegeben Landeshauptmann der Rheinprovinz/ HEINZ HAAKE". This would translate to, "Honor Prize for the SS Riding and Jumping Competition on October 17 and 18 1936. Given by Heinz Haake, Governor of Rhein Province.". The reverse of the case is plain. The case is completely dent free, showing only normal usage signs.
The case also comes with a copy of a photo and biography of Haake, a prominent early Party supporter in the Rheinland. He was primarily interested in cultural policy as well as conserving genealogical racist objectives and was also involved with the Euthanasia program. Haake was a fanatical Hitler supporter, but he kept himself far from the inter-Party struggles leaving him somewhat weak in the hierarchy. At war's end, Haake was taken to the internment camp at Recklinghausen, where he died of an illness on September 9, 1945.
A very fine SS artifact here with an interesting history relating to the presenter, SA Obergruppenführer Heinz Haake.
Excellent Plus. $3495.00
POTPOURRI #43975 Elaborate Cigar Box with Inset Spanish Panzer Badge & Presentation to General Der Panzertruppe Wilhhelm Ritter von Thoma
This very impressive large cigar box was given to then Panzer Oberst. v. Thoma after his successful campaign with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. The box was produced by the respected German jeweler, "WMF", bearing their hallmark on the reverse edge of the box, together with their logo of a large bird resembling perhaps an ostrich. The box is extremely heavy apparently having very thick metal encompassing the lid and bottom. The box appears to be silver. It measures 8 1/2 inches X 5 inches, being 3 inches thick. It is lined with fine cedar wood, still being in perfect condition. The lid has a border, which is an extension from its edges. There is a lift tab on the obverse center area. The lid is decorated with two applied silver strips which run parallel separating the center area. Each silver strip is decorated with four raised oak leaves, each of which has a raised swastika in between. At the center of the lid is an applied facsimile of the Spanish Tank Badge. The badge is oval-formed with a border having overlapping tripled oak leaves. In the center is a raised skull and bones, similar to the style used in the Great War. Beneath the skull is a raised tank shown from the side.
All sides of the box are smooth and on the front side, is an eight line, professionally rendered dedication. It reads, "Unserem hochverehrten Kommandanten/ Oberst w. von Thoma/ Herzlichsten Dank für die Führung, Aufopferung/ und Gelegenheit für die garechte Sache, unseren spanischen/ Waffenbrüdern im siegreichen Kampf zur Seite zu stehen./ VIVA v., Thoma/ Das Offiziercorps. Drohne/ 24. Dez. 1938". This basically translates as, "To our honored Commander Col. W. von Thoma, Our Heartfelt gratitude for your Leadership and Service in the fight for the righteous course with our Spanish Brothers-in-arms. Long live v. Thoma/ The Officers' Corps "Drohne"/ December 24, 1938". This dedication speaks well of the esteem and respect v. Thoma's men had for him at this early period of the Third Reich.
Wilhelm Ritter v. Thoma lived from 11 September 1891 to April 30, 1948. He served during the Great War in Russia and in Serbia, winning the Knights Cross of the Bavarian Military Max Joseph Order, being the highest decoration for bravery in the Bavarian Army. At the same time he was awarded the noble title of "Ritter". During the Spanish Civil War. he served in Spain with the Condor Legion commanding the ground forces of the Nationalists led by Franco. He received the Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords and Diamonds. As General der Panzercorps in 1941 he lead the 17th Panzer Division and then the 20th Panzer Division, taking part in the battle for Moscow, for which he received the Knights Cross on December 31, 1941. In September 1942, v. Thoma was transferred to the Afrikakorps where he took part in the second battle of El Alamein in October. He was captured bt the British and served in several prisoner-of-war camps in England. It is interesting that during his imprisonment he was being monitored by the British Secret Service and was overheard discussing the rocket program under construction at Peenemünde with another captive German officer. Based on the conversation, the British learned of Hitler's rocket plan and attacked Peenemünde in August 1943. The notorious Waffen-SS commander, Kurt Meyer, captured by the Belgians while commanding the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitler Youth", arrived at the same prison camp and found Thoma to be the appointed leader and said of Thoma " he was highly thought of by the English".
This is a one-of-kind, important opportunity to acquire an extremely historical and very exciting cigar box in the best of condition. The box has been in an American collection for over 40 years and only now has come to the surface. A wonderful original artifact here that you too can enjoy for your collecting lifetime. There is much to research on this excellent, respected warrior's career. In fact, most likely a whole collection could be built around the box by just acquiring examples of the awards received by v. Thoma. The box remains in near mint condition. A real gem here!
Near Mint. $8,695.00
POTPOURRI #43864 Kaiser Gift Inkwell
This inkwell is very attractive and in first rate condition. It was probably the kind of item that would be given as a gift to friends of the crown. The inkwell measures about 6 inches wide and is about 5 inches high. The base of the inkwell is made of a fine red glazed ceramic which is marked on the bottom "L. A. Gundel". Affixed to the upper portion of the ceramic base is a silver round shoulder area which supports the inkwell and at the top is a know which is hinged being lifted up for the well. The knob at he top has beautiful engraving featuring the Kaiser's personal cypher being a Prussian crown positioned over the letter W with the Roman numeral II in between. The engraving is extremely nice and very well done. On the lower silver portion there is a facsimile of the Kaiser's signature engraved which reads Wilhelm II. A great item here for those of you out there that love imperial things connected with the royal family.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
POTPOURRI #43813C "Front Heil" Pocket Knife
This pocket knife has two identical brass plates which depict a sword going through a World War One style helmet which is placed over a wreath. At the bottom of the plate is raised out the words "Front Heil". The reverse is identical. At the bottom rim of the knife are printed the words "Der Wolite Keine Knecht". The knife has a single blade which shows age and the tip is broken from it. The blade is maker marked "Amicus Solingen". I assume that this knife would have been something carried during the 1920's when the different paramilitary organizations were functioning. This same identical knife can been seen in Johnson's volume 1 pictured on page 189.
POTPOURRI #43814C "Front Heil" Pocket Knife
This pocket knife has two brass plates which are identical on both sides. The knifes depicts a helmet with a sword going through the top and beneath there are crossed flags one of which has the Iron Cross with a wreath beneath. Raised out beneath the wreath is "Front Heil". Printed at the bottom is "Der Wolite Keine Knecht". At the top are the words "Der Gott der Eisen Wachsen Liess". This folding knife is equipped with two blades one smaller than the other the blades are still in fairly good shape showing mild age. One of the blades is marked Wilh. Jansen Solingen-O. This exact knife is shown pictured in the Johnson Volume 1 book on page 189.
POTPOURRI #43812C Pocket Knife with Celluloid Grip Plates
The knife is equipped with a single blade which is marked DRGM.
This exact knife is pictured in Volume 1 of Johnson's books on page 189.
A sharp looking period pocket knife here.
POTPOURRI #43815C Olympic Souvenir Pocket Knife
This pocket knife is quite nice having white celluloid grip plates. The obverse grip plate has the five colored rings of the Olympic games. To the left of the rings is "Olympische Spiele" on the other side is Berlin 1936. There are two blades in this pocket knife and one is marked "Carl Schmidt" withe small church logo. SA collectors should know this logo as they were also a SA producer. This fine example is pictured on page 189 of Volume 1 of Tom Johnson's books. A great Olympic keepsake here.
Excellent Plus. $500.00
POTPOURRI #43816C Hitler Campaign Pocket Knife
This pocket knife was no doubt made up for sale during Hitler's campaign for the rise to power. The reverse grip plate is of white celluloid with swirl decoration. The opposite side has the same motif with the exception that there is a framed portrait of a fairly young Hitler in short with tie. The portrait appears to be possibly a photograph that is enclosed within the oval frame. At the lower portion of the knife is double metal circular frame which encloses a mobile swastika. The knife is equipped with two blades which are marked "SMF" with the king logo. A rare original party item here. This identical piece is pictured in Tom Johnson's Volume 1 on page 189.
POTPOURRI #43817C Nüremberg Congress Hall Pocket Knife
This pocket knife is in choice as new condition. It has dark blued style grip plates. The one on the reverse is plain. The one on the obverse depicts in very fine detail in silver the Nüremberg Congress Hall famous from the annual Nüremberg rallies. The detail is absolutely outstanding of the building and in the center area depicts and open winged eagle with wreathed swastika. At the top of the building at the left and right areas are the silvered words "Kongressbau" and "Nüremberg". The knife is equipped with two blades both of which are in fine condition and are marked SMF with the king logo. This is a very rare item here and the first of which I have seen. This identical knife is pictured in Tom Johnson's Volume 4 on page 170.
POTPOURRI #43676C 1970's Russian Banner with Medals
The flag features an image of Lenin in the center, set about three lines of Cyrillic script. Pinned to the banner are 16 assorted Russian medals and insignia that I think are from the 1970's.
The flag has a tunnel hoist, a steel hanging rod, and a yellow hanging cord.
A fine conditioned Soviet item here.
Near Mint. $395.00
POTPOURRI #43870 4th Prize Shooting Plaque
Applied to the front of the plaque is a pair of K98 rifles flanking a circular target. Below the target is a plain wreath set with a mobile swastika. At the bottom of the plaque is an engrave dedication plate that reads, "Schlussen-Schiessen 1937 / IV. Pries". In other words this plaque was 4th Prize in the 1937 shooting contest.
The reverse of the plaque is fitted with a standard triangular hanging wire. It is interesting to note that the name of the maker, "Matthias Müller / Leipzig" is clearly visible, along with their trademark of a knight holding aloft a flag.
A fine period plaque here.
Excellent Plus. $350.00
POTPOURRI #43765C Porcelain Grenadier
The figure stands on a small base marked "Tyrol 1915/16". It stands about 7 inches tall and is hollow.
A very fine accent piece here, in perfect condition.
POTPOURRI #43768C Porcelain Solider on Motorbike
Both the soldier and the cycle both highly detailed, the latter having everything from saddle bags and a license plate. The soldier is also fully rigged up with a rifle and gas mask, and is portrayed in the act of peering through his binoculars.
The bottom of the base is marked with a crowned Imperial eagle and "1894", which is most likely a model number.
A fine display piece here.
POTPOURRI #43767C Meissen Porcelain Infantry Regimental Plate
The top of the plate reads, "1939 I. R. 414 1940" and, at the bottom is the city crest of Darmstadt. Next to the crest are two other crests that are unfamiliar to me. There are oak leaves running halfway around the plate on both sides. In the very center is an ominous looking timber building sat glowering atop a hill, topped with the Russian style onion-shaped towers that are a fairly common sight in Darmstadt. The building is set against a rather eerie backdrop of dead trees and a darkening sky. The reverse is marked with the Meissen Crossed Swords trademark and has a mounting hole.
A very interesting piece of period Meissen porcelain here, with an intriguing image.
POTPOURRI #43766C Porcelain Kriegsschule Dresden Plate
Above the bird the plate reads, "Kriegsschule Dresden", while below we see "KS / D". The letters are done in a fancy Gothic script, and the plate is trimmed with fine oak leaves.
A very fine piece of period porcelain here.
POTPOURRI #43769C Cased AH Medallion
It measures about 3 ½ inches across. Raised out of the center is an image of Hitler in profile, looking to the viewer's right. Surrounding the head are the words, "Adolf Hitler - unser Führer - 1889 - 20 - April - 1939". Obviously this piece was made to commemorate Hitler's 50th birthday in 1939.
The medallion is mounted on a fine red base and enclosed in a black case with a glass front.
POTPOURRI #43510 Political License Plate Tag
This License Plat Tag is made of zinc, with a Political eagle and wreathed set on a red background. There is a rivet struck through the center of the bird, used to secure the tag to the license plate of a local official.
The tag reads "Landrat / des Kreises Euskirchen" or "Chief administrative Officer of (the area) of Euskirchen", the latter being a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. I'm sure the presence of this tag would have prevented any parking tickets!
An interesting Political item here.
POTPOURRI #43664 Meissen U-9 Porcelain Plate
This porcelain plate is quite beautiful being ten inches round. The center of the plate displays the famous U-9 World War I u-boat crashing through the waves with two spotters in the conning tower and flying the Imperial flag. The ocean is seen to be very rough and there are some great clouds in the background. Beneath the image on the rim of the plate is raised out in blue "U-9". The plate is marked on the reverse with the Meissen crossed swords and also has a number 5 which may have been a model number.
The U-9 submarine was extremely famous as it was the first u-boat to prove that submarines were an effective weapon. In 1914 this u-boat under the command of Weddigan sunk three British warships (the totally obsolescent British Cressy-class armoured cruisers HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue, and HMS Cressy, sardonically nicknamed the "Live Bait Squadron") one by one. It was an "amazing" feat and gave instant credibility to the effectiveness of submarine warfare. Weddigan won the Pour le Mérite for his efforts but unfortunately was killed during the war, his boat (then the U-29) being unceremoniously rammed, sliced in two, and reduced to flotsam by the rampaging HMS Dreadnought after he bungled an attempt to torpedo the HMS Neptune.
The U-9 legend lived on well into the Third Reich and was a symbol of success that was cherished by all submariners of the day. This plate is in full mint condition and is set up on the reverse with a wire hook for hanging on the wall. It is all set to help show off your naval collection.
POTPOURRI #43733C 24 Inch Reichsbahn Eagle
This Railway Eagle appears to be unissued, most probably coming from a left-over box full of them. It is the typical 24 inch type produced by the PS company with the initials in a circle stamped on the reverse left side wing. Beneath this are the stamped initials, "LOK 600", meaning "Lokomotive and the centimeter dimension of the eagle wing length; these eagles are also found with 27 inch wing span. Beneath this are the metal content stampings, being "GAL - Mg Si" which means a metal mix of aluminum, magnesium and silicon.
Stamped into the center area behind the bird's talons is, "LOK/RZA 5" and "BERL", meaning Lokomotive, Reich Zug Adler, and Berlin. The five mounting studs are all there and are not threaded, typical of unissued birds. The entire reverse is painted an olive color green. The paint shows a few scraps, but overall is there at about 95%. The obverse eagle is a great image with fine detail throughout the bird's head, breast and wing feathering, talons, wreath and vaulted swastika.
The perfect artifact to display over top of a wall-mounted collection. A fine original PS LOK example.
Mint Minus. $3,995.00
POTPOURRI #39594C Arbeitsbuch issued to Female Worker
The book details her employment from 1928 all the way to 1953. She was involved with porcelain making, being employed by several different manufacturers over the years. Apparently German citizens continued to use these books, just masking the swastika on the cover with a piece of paper. Evidence of something covering the swastika on this book can still be seen.
An interesting book here; I wonder if any of her relatives are still alive? This would make for an interesting research project, to be sure.
POTPOURRI #39578C Cigarette Box with U-Boat Dedication & Research
This Cigarette Box is constructed from alpaca and has hallmarks on the bottom edges. It is silver in color and plain around the edges. The top is decorated with lines that enclose fine checkering. This box shows some age but has no dings or dents, measuring 4 Ω by 3 Ω inches, and about 1 º inches high.
Affixed to the center of the upper portion is a brass likeness of a U-Boat Badge, with an eagle and swastika set atop a detailed submarine and enclosed in the laurel wreath.
Jeweler engraved on the interior lid we see the dedication. It reads, "Harry Kunstmann / v. s. Kamaraden U 375 / 4.3.1943". Obviously this was a gift to Harry Kunstmann from his comrades on U-Boat 375 on March 4, 1943.
The interior of the box has a cedar-like wood bottom.
Along with the box is some complied research on U-boat 375. This submarine was highly active during the war, under the command of Jürgen Könenkampa. The research includes a record of U375ís exploits. Unfortunately this boat was lost on July 30th, 1943. The research comes with a list of all of the men that dead, including Harry Kunstmann, who was a machinist. It was sunk off of Malta by USS PC-624. This was the first and only success for this hapless submarine chaser, as it went on to be badly damaged grounding itself not far from Palermo and ended its life as an unpowered French barge.
A very interesting, researched item here, which is absolutely original and very exciting for the U-Boat enthusiast. The more you look at this box and read the research the more it comes to life! In my estimation this is a very special relic.
POTPOURRI #39579C Pair of Army Cavalry Spurs
The ends of the spurs have free-spinning stars, used to coax your recalcitrant mount along a given stretch of bomb-cratered road, body-strewn killing field, or Parisian boulevard.
These spurs show show a little bit of age in the form of some green patina here and there, but remain in good condition overall. The leather is not rotted, which is remarkable given the kind of exposure these things were forced to endure.
A fine relic of the German Cavalry here.
POTPOURRI #39580C LAH Straight Razor with Strap
The blade itself shows evidence of much wear but remains relatively bright. It is marked, "Kobar" on one side and "Solingen" on the other.
Accompanying the razor is the original strop. These strops have one leather side and an opposite facing of a webbed, olive drab material. There is a fold-out handle and a wire mounting catch used to hold the strap in the proper position to sharpen a blade. Although it is very faint there is a RZM marking stamped into the leather handle, while the belt has a very faint ink stamping that reads, "SS Eigentum". This, of course, means "Property of the SS".
An interesting pair of SS relics here, and the only examples of the kind I have every seen.
POTPOURRI #39918C Göring Cigar & Glass Tube with Foil Wrap
Inside the cigar is still completely wrapped with a foil covered. On the outside of the tube is a seal with the Göring coat of arms as well as a tag marked "Sonderanfertigung", which translates to something like "custom made" in English.
A very rare, original cigar here, one that I donít think anyone would want to smoke after all these years, but it is a unique Göring item.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
POTPOURRI #40165C LAH Cigarette Lighter
The lighter itself is a standard period example , with a flint wheel at the top. There is an acorn-shaped wick cover that is pulled up and over when the lighter is to be lit.
On the front of the lighter is an outstanding engraved LAH cypher. This double scribed engraving is totally professional, with very fine shading.
The reverse of the lighter has a set of LAH SS runes within a pentagon, These runes have bee gilded and the engraving has been beautifully shaded. There is a ding in the lighter near the left rune.
The bottom of the lighter has two well used screws, one to hold the flint and another to secure the filler.
An absolutely original, period lighter here, beautifully engraved. it does show some wear, but of the kind that really speaks to you of its history. This piece would make an outstanding addition to a LAH collection.
POTPOURRI #40168C Aluminum SS Totenkopf Eyeglass Case
Engraved on the front of the case is a tremendous SS skull and bones. The detailing to this skull is extraordinary, particularly throughout the checkered eyes and the teeth. The crossed bones are also finely rendered.
Beneath the totenkopf is the engraving, "SS/T. St Dachau". Obviously this case was once owned by one of the SS men of the Dachau Totenkopf division. Studying this engraving there is no question it was professionally applied a long, long time ago.
The interior of the case retains the original felt lining. The upper interior is marked "Julius Grünwald". Below this is the word "Baden".
A really rare item here, which is absolutely guaranteed to be original.
POTPOURRI #41223C Christmas Gift Cigarette Box from Von Hindenburg
The top of the box is vaulted and engraved, "Weihnachten 1933". On the lower right side is a facsimile Hindenburg signature; this signature is very crisp and beautifully done. The interior of the box is constructed of fine cedar.
The lower edge of the box is hallmarked with the German silver markings of a crescent, a crown, "835", and "WTB", which are most likely the initials of the producer.
A beautiful thing here, given to someone who was obviously favored by Hindenburg. A very rare, authentic offering here.
Near Mint. $1,895.00
POTPOURRI #39583C SS Marked Sugar/Alcohol Tester in Original Cardboard Tube
This cardboard storage tube of this SS marked device is red, with a lift-off top. The details of the item are printed on a white label. It is stamped with the date "April 1942"" as well as "SS-Packung".
I originally thought this was some species of thermometer, but have been informed it is actually a device for measuring the sugar and alcohol percentages in finished wine! I'm not sure why the SS would be involved in this kind of testing, but given their tentacles were everywhere during the period I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
Well, not many people would be able to say they have one of these in their collection! This is the first one I have ever seen, and an interesting piece of SS equipment to be sure.
Excellent Plus. $145.00
POTPOURRI #43491C Leather Dress Axe Cover
The leather shows some age and cracking but remains sound and serviceable. Securely attached to the cover is a massive snap clip, obviously designed to support the usually heavy axes. There are also a pair of heavy brass studs use to secure the flap.
A very, very rare accoutrement here; you could look for a long time to find one, if ever.
POTPOURRI #29161C Desk Model Stuka Fighter Plane
This Stuka would make a great desk piece. The airplane is about 6 inches long and has a wing-spread of about 8 inches. The body is made of solid nickel material painted a green camo finish. The finish is original, showing some age and wear, but still looks really good. The steel three-pronged propeller is separately mounted and it turns by hand. The details to the airplane are quite good with a simulation of the cockpit glass, and a black swastika on one of side the tail. The skirted wheels are riveted to the wings. The plane also carries a well-detailed steel bomb under the fuselage. The plane is mounted on a steel stem which positions the aircraft at a 45 degree diving angle. The stem is connected to a nickel-plated steel round resting cover, which is in turn attached to a black steel square-shaped sitting base. A great original artifact here for the German fighter plane enthusiast. Imagine the popularity of these successful screaming airplanes, especially after the over running of Poland, Holland and Belgium. I am sure there were a good share of these models to be seen on Luftwaffe Flight Officer's desks.
POTPOURRI #43554C Pair of Württemberg Imperial Model 89 Sword Candle Sticks
This pair of Imperial candle sticks feature the rarely seen hilts of the Würtemberg Model 1889 Sword. Both hilts are nickel plated featuring stationary baskets that are complete with the pierced seal of Württemberg. It features a lion and crowned knight head over a crest that splits views of three lions at the right side and antler-like devices on the left. The ribbed grip is of carved ebony wood having twisted silver wire. In the center is the Kaiser's cypher featuring the intertwined crowned letters of "WR" At the upper area there is a short blade that is attached to a brass candle holder with wax catcher fitting below. Both mounts have floral designs. At the bottom is a four-legged brass stand being decorated with fine designs. A rarely seen type of Candle Sticks and a nice addition to an Imperial Sword collection.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
POTPOURRI #34342C 1940 Commemorative War Christmas Plate - KPM
This plate commemorates the war within Gau Bayer Ostmark. Plate shows minuscule wear and has no chips. A nice piece of porcelain here ready for display.
POTPOURRI #43365C White Porcelain Grenade-Throwing Soldier
This all white porcelain portrays a Wehrmacht soldier dressed helmet, tunic and boots. The National Eagle and swastika outline can been seen on the breast eagle of the uniform as well as the four pocket flaps and the shoulder boards.. The soldier is readying to throw a stick grenade grasping the weapon in both hands at his right side. There is an additional grenade tucked into each boot. The soldier is positioned on a base which portrays a couple of tree branches beneath him. The porcelain measures 15 inches high. The lower base is maker-marked with a stick-like subject having the letters, "ENS". A great-looking example here sure to enhance a collection.
POTPOURRI #40894 Imperial Brass Match Safe
Applied to the obverse is an applied circular border enclosing the slogan "Gott Mit Uns", as well as a wreath of laurel leaves. In the center is a Prussian helmet, which is slightly pushed in but the damage is not too bad.
A nice Imperial example here.
Good Plus. $95.00
POTPOURRI #40893 Deluxe Imperial Brass Match Safe
Applied to the front of the case is a silvered image of Jeanne d'Arc, in a round, coin-like shape. On the reverse is an applied "Gott Mit Uns" slogan, along with a wreath of laurel leaves and a Prussian crown. Flanking the design are a pair of artillery shells.
A heavy, high quality Imperial piece here.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
POTPOURRI #43516 Loose Hitler Stamps
Perhaps these would be of interest to a stamp collector, or perhaps the thematic/topical philately enthusiast? Hungry termite? Your guess is as good as mine, but I'm sure someone will appreciate these. In any event they are priced to sell.
POTPOURRI #43273 Quick Release Parachute Buckle
I understand that this is a buckle from an RZ 20 Luftwaffe parachute. The buckle is marked "awj".
I'm don't have any more details about this but perhaps this would be a great item if your trying to complete a period parachute rigging.
POTPOURRI #43364C Porcelain Wehrmacht Fully Outfitted Soldier on Motorcycle
Additionally there is a Wehrmacht eagle with open wings and a wreathed swastika. The soldier is depicted peering through a pair of binoculars while seated on a military-style motorcycle positioned on a pedestal. The helmeted soldier wears a well-detailed ammo pouch, canteen, bayonet, gas mask and a K-98 rifle is strung across his back. The details to the motorcycle are also keen. This porcelain is about 10 inches long and about 5 inches wide.
It is a spectacular piece and would enhance any collecting room with this tastefully rendered porcelain. We believe the porcelain to be quite rare and in mint condition.
Mint. $995.00 (#101819)
POTPOURRI #43361C Porcelain Munich Commemorative Vase - Rosenthal
This commemorative vase was presented by the city of Munich to participants in a city-sponsored flower presentation event. The vase is 8 1/2 inches high with a flared top and with a bell-shaped center. The upper rim is accented with a gild edge as is the lower rim.
At the bottom lip, in gild letters is, "München 1939 Blumenschmuck - Wettbewere". At the center is a shield with gild trim featuring an open-winged eagle with wreathed swastika positioned over the Munich twin towers.
Below is the symbol of Munich being the Munich Maid. The bottom is marked, "Thomas/ Bavaria/ Rosenthal Porcellan". A very fine display vase here.
POTPOURRI #43366C Colored Porcelain Wehrmacht Grenadier
This porcelain is quite impressive and in full color. It depicts a Wehrmacht solder who measures 14 inches tall. He is in full uniform, with a white National eagle clearly visible on his green tunic. HIs chin strap, color tabs and shoulder boards are in black, contrasting nicely against the green uniform.
The solider has a stielhandgranate (the infamous "potato masher" grenade) in each hand and is poised to give them a toss. He really means business and has more grenades stiffed in his boots!
The posing and action of this figure are quite good. The solider stands on a porcelain base that has a suggestion of battlefield terrain in the form of branches.
The bottom of this piece is marked with a trademark resembling a tree and the initials "E & S".
A fine period porcelain figure here, perfect for your "war room".
POTPOURRI #43372C Luftwaffe Porcelain Vase Award
The vase is white porcelain with a gold floral / oak leaf design around the upper portion. There is one tiny chip in the bottom of the rim but it is barely noticeable.
The bottom of the vase has a rich blue color and large floral designs in three panels. The whole affair stands on three legs decorated with gold floral designs. At the center area is the the presentation "3rd Kampfgeschwader 54". Running around the center of the vase are 4 Luftwaffe eagles clutching swastikas and pierced with swords. In between each bird is large black mobile swastika. The overall look is just outstanding.
The vase is maker marked underneath the glaze but I can't quite make out the words. A splendid item here, and most likely one of a kind.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
POTPOURRI #43417 Fender Mount Postal Pole & Flag
It consists of a nickel plated hollow pole which would have mounted on a car fender and above this is a circle with an open mobile swastika. Attached to the pole at the top is a device which retains a Postal flag. The device is triangular shaped and displays a Postal horn and next to the horn are six lightning bolts that are part of the Postal insignia and something dagger collectors will be familiar with as these are the images that appear on the grip insignia of a Postal dagger. This fender pole is about 33 inches high.
The flag which attaches to the pole is 10 inches by 12 inches. It is of a red silk-like fabric and is double sided. Unfortunately much of the silk fabric has come loose and separated over time but it is still all there. In the center is separately applied white field and separately applied swastika on both sides. The flag has a 1 inch gold fringe that runs around the sides and the bottom. AT the top there are four bullion strap connectors that attach the flag to the pole. Below the swastika on both sides of the flag is woven "Fachschaft / D. R. P.". Assumedly this was the term used for the German Post Office.
A really great display item here which is quite rare being the first example I have seen. The pole comes with a post-war pole and stand that we made up so that the piece can stand on its own.
POTPOURRI #43427 50 Year Service Plaque from J. A. Henckels
Recesses into the velvet is a 9 inch metal disc fashioned in the shape of the famous Henckels Twins trademark. The twins themselves are done in gilded brass and affixed to the circular portion. On the 13th of June way back in 1731 Peter Henckels registered the "Zwilling" (German for "Twin") logo with the Cutlers Guild of Solingen, making this one of the oldest trademarks in the world.
Affixed below the twins is a seven line presentation which reads, "Herrn /Walter Albrecht / In Dankbarer Anerkennung von 50 Jahren Erfolgreicher / Arbeit für den Zwilling / J. A. Henckels Solingen, Den 1 August 1953". This translates to something like "(To) Mr. Walter Albrecht, In Grateful Recognition for 50 Years of Prosperous Work for the Twins". On either side of the presentation are the dates 1903 and 1953, obviously representing Herr Albrecht's term of employment
A must for the die hard dagger and knife collector here, especially for those who appreciate the long tradition of Henckels quality.
POTPOURRI #43369C Three Piece Police Porcelain Condiment Server
The large vessel in the front has a green Police Eagle under the glazing. The maker's name appears in a ellipse and, in the center, are the intials "BW" in green.
A fine Police item here.
POTPOURRI #43368C Wehrmacht Cigarette Case
In the center of the lid is an image of a fully equipped solder, looking out over a town. The soldier is equipped with a K98 rifle, a gas mask, ammo pouches and the like. He is very detailed; it is just possible to make out the eagle on his tunic and the insignia on his helmet.
Surrounding this image is a series of immobile swastikas bordered in raised, overlapping oak leaves that cover the rest of the lid.
When opened we see the usual gold washed interior and a wood liner at the bottom. This helped to keep the smokes from drying out.
A nice case in very fine condition.
Near Mint. $895.00
POTPOURRI #43235 US Navy Sword
The hilt are constructed of finely gilded brass, with the gilding is about 85% intact. The pommel is an oval topped with a raided eagle and a series or stars around the bird. It flares downward with fine, hand enhanced floral designs at the edges.
The fixed basket hilt and "D" guard have the stylized Navy "dolphin" at the top, as well as floral designs. The quillon ends in another dolphin head. The grip is covered in a fine white shagreen that remains in perfect condition throughout, showing little to no age. It is wrapped with a skein of brass wires with a twisted center strand.
The scabbard is interesting in that is covered in black leather. This leather remains in perfect condition and is sewn up the rear. The scabbard shell, however, is made of metal. The scabbard has triple mounts consistent with Naval swords. The upper and center mount are fitted with carrying bands in the shape of Navy hawsers. These mounts are marked "45" and are retained by small screws. I do notice the screws are Phillips head, so this puts the vintage of the sword at some time after 1940. The lower chape is fitted is fitted with another Navy dolphin, with fine detailing.
The blade is a double etched example. It remains in choice, mint condition and measures 27 ½ inches. It features an anchor with Old Glory on one side, floral designs, and nautical implements. The opposite side has a fouled anchor ,an American eagle resting on a cannon, a ribbon marked "USN", and more nautical designs. The ricasso has a Star of David and is stamped "Made USA".
A very fine US example here, and fine addition to any Naval collection.
Near Mint. $350.00
POTPOURRI #43232 Imperial Match Safe
The safe is made of brass. On the face of the case is a raised out Prussian crown, a wreath, and the slogan "Gott mit Uns".
A great example here, and would still work today if you favor wooden matches for your cigars!
Excellent Plus. $50.00
POTPOURRI #43253 Mine Warning Flag with Original Metal Stake
The original metal stake is present, with the little flag attached via a tunnel hoist. It is essentially a thick piece of wire and has been bent over on itself, mostly likely when the vet who brought it home needed to stow it for travel.
These little flags are always popular with collectors.
POTPOURRI #43181C Two Original Wrought Iron Lighting Fixtures from Ordensburg Vogelsang
These two light fixtures come from the famous Ordensburg Vogelsang "political education" complex. Apparently a member of the Belgian Army absconded with them at some point in 1950's. Initially I was confused why the Belgians would be lurking around in Germany at this time, but apparently the entire area area was turned over to them in 1950, and they remained there until 2006! These fixtures were recovered by the consignor's grandfather, a military man assigned to postwar Germany in the early 1950's. Apparently they were going to be thrown out during the remodeling of the compound.
Ordensburg Vogelsang is a former Nazi estate located in Eifel National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia, used by the NSDAP between 1936 and 1939 as a a sort of education center for future leaders. This project was enormously important to Hitler, so it is somewhat baffling that he placed infamous drunken, stuttering pinhead Robert Ley in charge of the massive project. In spite of Ley's erratic, schnapps-soaked "leadership" the site was rapidly transformed into a grim, sprawling complex that epitomized both National Socialist ideology as well as their design aesthetic.
The first fixture is a brutal looking affair, constructed entirely of very heavy wrought iron; it would honestly not look out of place in a dungeon, torture chamber, or the lounge of your local Elk's Lodge. Eight thick, curled flaps, extend down from a central hub, each roughly peened. The whole affair is topped with a heavy suspension chain that looks similar to something you might use to restrain a bull elephant. At the bottom of each of these flaps is a huge, triangular black spike, also of wrought iron. You would need to make sure this lamp was hung well up near the ceiling, as one of these spikes could make short work of your average skull. There is an internal stiffening ring that makes this already solid piece even more sturdy. This example has a good deal of rust and surface age but this only adds to the extremely intimidating appearance rather than detract from the look of the piece.
The second fixture is a bit less medieval. It is circular, spoked design, not unlike a ship's wheel. The ring of wrought iron that makes up the body of the map is twisted along the entire length. Six spokes just out from a central hub (also of twisted iron) each ending in a bulb socket enclosed in a wire cage, and the hub itself is topped with a cup-shaped ceiling mount. The spokes end in turned, tulip-like curls, and the wiring for the bulbs looks to have been run through tubes soldered to the top of each. The bulb cages have been covered in with interesting shades made out of what looks to be celluloid panels, each joined together with heavy whip stitching. These shades have taken a lot of abuse and are in a state of disarray, but given how fragile the material is this isn't a huge surprise. We've done our best to clean them up and they do look better, but they will probably need to be replaced at some point.
Neither of these fixtures are functional and would need to be completely rewired to work, but this might be a worthwhile project. I have a similar lamp from Wewelsberg Castle that I had rewired and it is among my favorite pieces.
All in all a really great pair of period fixtures here, from one of the most noteworthy sites in all of the Third Reich. Perhaps one day they will shine down on your collection!
POTPOURRI #42767C Wooden SS Standarte "Deutschland" Plaque
Applied to the upper corner of the obverse is a brass rectangle decorated with raised SS runes. Below this is the profile of a German soldier, complete with helmet. Further down is a set of raised oak leaves and detailed acorns. All of these embellishments are detailed and of high quality.
The reverse is very fascinating. Affixed to the reverse is piece of typed paper identifying the owner of this plaque as "SS Oberscharführer Sepp Mayr / München 20 April 1939". Below this is a rubber stamp on the wood which reads "Zur Erinnerung / an die Dienstze / der SS Verfügungstruppe / SS-Standarte Deutschland". This plaque was obviously purchase by (or for) Herr Mayr in memory of his time in the SS-VT. The reverse surface has an oval cutout to allow hanging.
A very interesting, original SS item here, with a fantastic personalization.
POTPOURRI #43077C Ivory Cigarette Holder & Signed Photo of U552 Commander Erik Topp
The cigarette holder is 4 inches long segmented into 3 sections having the flared end for insertion of the cigarette and a small ovaled end for the act of smoking. Engraved at the smoking end of the holder is a circle with a mobile swastika in black. In the center are of the holder is engraved in very fine black printing "Kaptain Leutnant / Topp".
Some may say the Kaptain spelling would seem incorrect as well usual hear the term Kapitän but in looking throughout sources we see that the Low German form of speech used the word Kaptain as spelled on the cigarette holder. This holder shows lots of age toning but there are no cracks or problems anywhere.
Coming with the cigarette holder is an autographed photo of the Erik Topp. It is signed Erik Topp and beneath is written a slash mark and letter that looks like an S but must be U 552. The photograph shows Topp in his white captain's hat talking with a group of other U-Boat men as well as some officer's in the rear. Topp lived long after the war and chances are that this photograph was signed by him some time in the 1960's or 70's but it is still quite neat and makes for a nice touch along with the cigarette holder. There is no provenance to go with the cigarette holder but just using my judgment of many years of looking at things I believe this item to be 100% original.
POTPOURRI #43065C 1935 Schützenkönig Medallion & Chain
This medallion is quite elaborate being made of silver. It features a Prussian style crown positioned over a silver ribbon and attached to the ribbon via two small chains is a cross-like shaped award. The cross is quite elaborate with the edges having pebbling and in the center there is a raised diamond-like surface to which is engraved "Schützenkönig 1935". Attached to the bottom leg of the cross structure is some type of a seal.
On the reverse of the cross there is an additional diamond shaped silver diamond which is marked in four lines, "Präsident / des / Herman W. Göring / Reichstages". Apparently Göring who was indeed president of the Reichstag in 1935 may have had a small shooting contest for the entertainment for members of the Reichstag and perhaps this medallion was given as an award for the event. Stamped on the reverse lower area of the medallion is the marker mark and location which is "Bollig / Dusseldorf". Below this is stamped the silver content of the medallion "800".
Attached to the upper portion of the medallion is a fine neck chain which appears to be made from wither silver or nickel links. It has a catch at the top.
An interesting item that would make a great display addition to hunting shooting collection.
Excellent Plus. $1,895.00
POTPOURRI #43049C Kriegsmarine Porthole Clock
This porthole clock has survived the war in grand style, still running great with its eight day wind. The clock outside is of all polished brass being staged outward from the crystal area to the rear of the clock. There are no dents or dings anywhere. The clock crystal is hinged to exactly fit over the face and has a locking mechanism that is secured with the same key that winds the clock.
The black numerals are all in Arabic, having matching black second timer digits above. The hands are black metal with arrow-like heads, together with a sweep second hand. On the left center face, the clock is marked with a an open-winged Kriegsmarine eagle with swastika placed over the letter "M", standing for "Marine". On the right side is the number of the clock, "12408", which was used to designate the ship to which the clock was assigned. It would be nice to know if these clock companies or the ship yards ever kept records of these numbers after the war, wouldn't it?. Beneath the numeral is the capital letter "N", which stood for the harbor of "Nordsee", also known as Wilhelmshaven. It is interesting to note that the brass rim of the crystal housing is also stamped with the matching ship number, "12408".
This clock is a terrific artifact that can be used for many years and fun to install with your Naval collection on a wall - I have two of them with my collection. An Imperial marked example and a 3rd Reich marked example. I have been looking for a Weimar example for many years, however, I have never found or seen one. Perhaps there was no money for new ship clocks during this terrible period in Germany? It is also interesting to note that the elevator within the mountain that carries the passengers to the Eagle's Nest on top, is also equipped with an exact 3rd Reich Naval clock.
These clocks are rarely offered, and this example is really nice.
Excellent Plus. $4,195.00
POTPOURRI #42591 Silver Equestrian Award Plaque
This award plaque measures 2 ½ inches by 3 inches. It depicts a replica of the Equestrian Riding Award in the center. The medal is a wreath of oak leaves with a nude figure running beside a horse. At the bottom is a circle with the raised letter "R".
The top of the plaque reads "Reichsverband Für Zucht und / Prufrung Deutschen Warmbluts". The bottom reads "Für hervorragende Liestungen / In Pferdepflege und Haltung". This translates to ""Reich Association for Breeding and Testing (of) German Warmbloods / For Outstanding Performance / In Horse Care and Attitude. This of course refers to the The Rhenish Warmblood, a German breed of sport horse.
The plaque has a drilled hole in each corner, presumably for mounting.
A beautiful item here.
Excellent Plus. $275.00
POTPOURRI #38239 Austrian Passport for Rosa Schenner
This Austrian Passport was issued to a woman named Rosa Schenner. Schenner was born on 28 December 1915. The passport has a picture of Rosa as a fairly young girl, being issued in Cologne on 17 March 1931.
There are not a lot of entries in this passport, but I do see markings dated 1941. The interesting part of this piece is the number of letters contained within. There are nine or ten both to and from Rosa. She must have gotten married at some point as her surname changes over the course of the entries. The letters are run from the 30's all the way up to 1945. Rosa had excellent handwriting and this could be easily read by someone fluent in German.
There is also a postcard from the 1936 Reich Party Day; Rosa must have supported the Party or she most likely would not have saved this card.
A very interesting item here, especially for those who enjoy researching.
POTPOURRI #33525 Imperial Hunting Medallion/Pin for Dress Sash
This Imperial Hunting Medallion is about 4" round, being produced of nickel. The edges are smooth throughout and the center is cut out with a raised area. The center area sits on a series of 8 struts. The center area is also circular, only having a rippled edge with decorative dot center. In the middle is a pierced cipher having a hunting horn with Prussian crown above and in the center of the copper hunting horn is a nickeled boar's head. On the reverse of the medallion there is a very long pin complete with substantial hinge and catch.
I believe that this medallion would have been applied to the hunting sash worn with a hunting uniform or perhaps it could have been used to decorate a game badge. A rare item here, the first example I have seen. This would go very nicely displayed next to an Imperial hunting cutlass.
Excellent Plus. $200.00
POTPOURRI #31848 Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Death Card
Reder is listed as a Gefreiter and was killed during his service with the Fallschirmjäger on 28 August 1944. The card has the picture of the deceased on one side and a mock up of a grave on the other.
A fine Death Card here. These grim little cards have always been popular with collectors.
POTPOURRI #31847 Army Gebirgsjäger Death Card
It's a pretty standard example of a Death Card, with a picture of the dead man and what I can only assume are the edited highlights of his demise. Hopefully he dies bravely in battle and didn't simply wander off a cliff or take a kick to the head from a mountain goat.
A good (if rather morbid) collectible card here.
POTPOURRI #27027 Fallschirmjäger Death Card
This NCO was killed on “1 July 1941” in “Krete”; the details are on the obverse. Did he meet a valiant death in furious combat, or did he accidentally land in a vat of olive oil? Only those who read German will be able to unravel this mystery.
The reverse has some species of religious verse, festooned with doves and crosses.
Excellent Plus. $65.00
POTPOURRI #4777 Child’s Toy Bayonet and Belt on Original Packing Cardboard
This child’s toy bayonet is still attached to the original cardboard from the factory. The bayonet has a Bakelite style handle held by two rivets and a steel scabbard which is black painted. There is a frog which is made of a celluloid style material with a belt and steel buckle of the same type of material.
The bayonet has a small “brush” style portepee attached. The blade is a thin steel type with slightly blunted tip. This child’s toy is still in newlike condition.
An interesting item here from the period to add to a collection.
POTPOURRI #42549 American Hindenburg Watch Fob
The strap retains a medallion set in the center with an enamel covered photograph of Paul Hindenburg. Around the photo are Prussian eagles and other nationalist iconography. Around the medallion, in English, are the words "In Memory of Our Heroes". At the bottom it reads "Pro Patria 1914 / 1916".
The reverse has block go very tiny text that is rather difficult to read, but upon closer inspection reveals itself to be no other than an excerpt from Lincoln's 2nd inaugural address! It reads, "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." Classic Lincoln here, and a perfect quote for an item of this type.
Apparently these things were sold to German Americans who stood in support of Germany throughout the early 20th century... at least until the outbreak of the war, when this sort of thing would most likely be hidden in a sock in the back of a drawer.
POTPOURRI #42521C Imperial Dagger Watch Fob
At the top of the sheathe, on both sides, is a perfect likeness of the Iron Cross, complete with the date and the "W" cypher. The whole affair is topped with a clip to secure a watch.
A very, very fine looking Watch Fob.
POTPOURRI #33565C Lot of Three Arbeitsbuch
These look to have been issued to what I can only assume to be a married couple, one Joseph and Anna Stiegler. They contain all the usual stamps, Party eagles, arcane lists, and cryptic numbering that we associate with these books. It is interesting to note that Joseph uses a fairly conventional, loopy sort of cursive for his signature, while Anna opts for a rather sloppily executed Sütterlin. She was mostly likely younger and raised with this new script.
A fine set of Arbeitsbuchs here.
POTPOURRI #33564C Lot of Four Wehrpasses
Three of the four Wehrpasses included in this lot remain in surprisingly good condition, with only minor signs of age. The fourth, however, looks to have been extensively damaged by exposure to moisture. While this last book is rather beat up it is still legible, however.
All of the photographs are intact, picturing a quartet of unremarkable looking German gentlemen. Of course the books are loaded with all of the usual stamps, cyphers, notations, and inscrutable abbreviations that we normally see in this type of thing. I'm sure the avid collector of period documents could have quite a fun time pouring through the pages.
A good set of Wehrpasses here, princes to sell.
POTPOURRI #42420C Framed Lined Swastika Napkin
The napkin has an immobile swastika in the center, woven in black. The swastika is decorated with floral touches on each of the legs. There is a border around the swastika, about an inch thick, that has a similar floral pattern.
Although the consignor disagrees, I feel this is most likely a Victorian era piece. The swastika was a popular good luck symbol before it was forever tainted by the Nazis.
An interesting conversation piece here. The frame alone is extremely high quality and has value.
Excellent Plus. $350.00
POTPOURRI #42422C Framed Soviet Naval Flag
This Naval Flag dates from the 1970's. It is all white with a blue line at the bottom, and measures 12 inches by 18 inches. The white portion bears a red star, hammer, and sickle. At the top of the flag is a Russian Naval medal depicting a battleship and dated 1975.
The flag is equipped with a white canvas hoist that retains the original looped rope. This piece is mounted in a black frame.
A fine piece of Soviet Naval militaria here.
Excellent Plus. $175.00
POTPOURRI #40807C Period Munich Hotel Comb & Mirror
This is a nice set of souvenir items most likely given out to guests of the Park Hotel in Munich. They come with a leather case which is boldly embossed in a rather extravagant looking font, "Cafe Restaurante Park Hotel München". The case is slightly split but remains in generally good condition.
Inside the case is a tiny mirror with a comb attached to the back. They look to be made of Bakelite, which has taken on a pale yellow color over the year. The mirror remains clear and all of the teeth are intact on the little comb.
A very nice period souvenir here; hotels still knew how to treat their guests right in the 30's!
Near Mint. $50.00
POTPOURRI #42339 Weimar Ashtray
This ashtray is constructed of fired clay and is about 6 inches across. The upper section of the ashtray has been fitted with a fine silver rim. Engraved on the rim is a dedication and a number of facsimile signatures.
The dedication reads, "Dem Kammandanten "V1" zum 29.6.1927 / 1-A.N. und Seine Kapitäne". Underneath this is a number of facsimile signatures, including "Röhm", "Epp", "Bülow", "Vogel", and "Kempe". It is possible that this could be some sort of early Party memento, as Ritter von Epp and Röhm were involved in the early days of the Party.
Unfortunately this ashtray was broken at one time and has been repaired. The bottom is marked "Cadinen".
An interesting piece here that I'm sure could be a lot more interesting with some research.
POTPOURRI #30653C Set of 42 World War II 8x10 AP Photos
This set of black and white photographs all have captions and were taken by the news organization “Associated Press”. The quality of the compositions is very good, with some very interesting subject matter.
The photos cover both the Pacific and European Theatres, and feature many photographs of exciting events, admirals, generals, and troops; all the usual fare, but it never gets old! I had not seen any of the photos before, so perhaps a lot of these have never been published and could be of interest to collectors.
A very nice selection of period photographs here.
POTPOURRI #33569C Lot of First and Second Class War Merit Cross with Swords Documents to Same Individual and Police Dienstausweiss
This grouping of period documents is most interesting, consisting of some prisoner of war papers as well as the documents for the award of the 1st and 2nd Class War Merit Cross with Swords. These documents were awarded to a man by the name of Heinrich Winzinger.
Additionally there is a police Dienstausweiss passbook which has a oil skin type cover with photograph of the original carrier, a policeman by the name of Strobl.
A very fine lot of period papers here, worth it for the medal award documents alone.
Excellent Plus. $250.00
POTPOURRI #33570C Various Documents to Stürzer Family
This grouping of period documents has at least twelve different items issued to members of the Stürzer family. I notice there is an RLB booklet, a few copies of what looks to be some species of ration stamps and the associated pricing book, a color postcard... the list goes on and on and on.
It's really a grab bag of many other items which should be of interest to people who are paper fanatics.
A nice grouping here. This kind of period ephemera is just loaded with interesting information, should you care to ferret it out.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
POTPOURRI #33669 Imperial Match Safe
This Imperial Match Safe is constructed from fine brass. It is mostly plain, with the exception of a Prussian Crown design on the front. The crown sits atop sprigs of laurel leaves and in contained in a rope-like circular border.
Above the crown is the familiar motto, "GOTT MIT UNS". The detailing throughout remains quite good, even after 100 years.
A nice Imperial example here. Matches of course were a valuable commodity in the trenches and warranted sturdy protection such as this!
Excellent Plus. $75.00
POTPOURRI #28394C Pair of Period German Documents
The first document is in the pair is a marriage certificate that was issued on July 21, 1939 and signed by the local Burgermeister. The second document in the pair is a ticket which allows the holder into a general NSDAP meeting for the citizenry. This meeting was held on November 15, 1942 and represented the Gau of Berlin Kreis III.
An interesting set of period documents here to be sure.
Excellent Plus. $65.00
POTPOURRI #42107C Kriegsmarine Bulkhead Clock
This is the first clock of this type that I have offered, and I must say it is a very high quality instrument. It was sold by a firm named "Doxa", but was actually manufactured by the Swiss company "Brebet" circa 1935.
The clock itself is quite small, measuring only 4 ½ inches across. There is a screw device on the reverse that acts to mount the clock. It is an eight day wind-up type.
The face has standard numerals and a second hand dial on the upper portion. At the center left is a Kriegsmarine eagle and swastika and "M", for Marine. On the right side is the code "6424 / N". This indicates the clock was used on a ship out of Wilhemshaven.
According to the consignor the clock was serviced back in 1948. I've had it on my desk for a few weeks and can attest to the fact that it runs great!
A very fine Kriegsmarine clock here.
Excellent Plus. $1,095.00
POTPOURRI #42112C National Hunting Association Cigarette Case
It is quite thin and measures 4 inches by 3. It has a nice front cover decorated with a checkered pattern in the center and line patterns towards the sides. The stag head of national Hunting Association insignia appears in brass, but probably was silvered when it was new. The reverse of the case is entirely checkered.
Opening the case reveals an interior finished with a gilded wash on both sides. The lower portion has been engraved with the name of the original owner, "Lukas Scheffler / 1939". There is also a silver hallmarking and a "Gesch Gesch" stamping. One of the original bands is missing, but the other is sound.
This case does not appear to have been cleaned since the war and is absolutely original.
POTPOURRI #42095C SS Ausweiss ID Card
This SS ID Card is in nice condition, bearing the issue number "213 991". The card was issued to man named Alfred Beutling, who has a SS number of 215 865. Apparently he was an SS man with "M / II / 54 Standarte".
The card bears Beutling's signature and a fined raised stamping. The reverse is marked with his personal details, a rubber stamped Himmler signature, and some Party related stampings.
These cards are quite rare these days.
POTPOURRI #42096C SS Ausweiss ID Card
Krebs was apparently an SS man with "Stab 27 Standarte". HIs picture and signature appear on the card.
The reverse of the card lists Kreb's personal details. It also has a facsimile Himmler signature, a genuine signature of some sort of SS official, and an orange Party stamp.
A nice, uncommon card here.
POTPOURRI #33566C Lot of Four Führerschein and One Kennkarte
This group of various identification booklets include assorted documents and photographs of five different Third Reich individuals. Honestly I do not know much about these kind of things but they look to be quite interesting, especially with all of the various photographs and dates. In terms of condition they have held up well over the years.
Some good batch of period ephemera here; these should probably be of interest to those with a inclination for research.
POTPOURRI #27986C Wehrpass to Paul Gerbig
The Wehrpass contains Gerbigís photo and lots of information. He was in the service until 1945.
Lots to look at here, and lots to study.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
#41134C Leather Pistol Holster
Judging by the size Iím thinking this holster was designed for some species of diminutive .25 caliber German pistol, but Iím not sure. You gun guys will probably identify it immediately, and Iím sure youíll let me know!
POTPOURRI #41994C Dagger with Porcelain Female Figure Grip
This dagger is very beautifully made and measures 14 Ω inches long. The grip is constructed of fine white porcelain, rendered in the form of a stylized woman holding her arms above her head. It remains in perfect condition.
The pommel is a simple, cone-shaped affair constructed from brass, while crossguard looks to be constructed from aluminum.
The blade looks quite old and measures about 8 inches long. It has a short ricasso, double edges, and a pronounced center ridge on both sides. It shows wear, has some nicks and is slightly gray, but overall it is still quite good looking.
I believe this piece dates from the 30ís given the design, but I am not sure.
A fine decorative dagger here.
POTPOURRI #41183 Luftwaffe Table Standarte
It measures about 5 Ω inches by 5 Ω inches. It is quite beautiful, constructed of a canvas-like material to provide a degree of stiffness and help it stay "flying". It is yellow, indicating Luftwaffe Flight branch. On one side there is a black wreathed Iron Cross with four white rays projecting from it, each trimmed in black and marked with a swastika. The other side is nearly identical, although the wreath is made of laurel leaves and contains a Luftwaffe eagle. The detailing throughout is outstanding and the edges have a fine fringe.
The original wooden mounting dowel is present, complete with a knob finial. We added a simple wooden base so it stands up.
A great Luftwaffe piece here, and a perfect accent to a dagger collection.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #41252C Imperial / 3rd Reich Destroyer Cigarette Case
The surfaces have a very nice nice peened look throughout. The lid is vaulted and is decorated with a pattern of lines on the right and left. There is a catch located on the edge of the lid. The obverse of the case is engraved "Der Nr 1 In Anerkennung und zur Erinnerung / an die Fahrzelt auf G 10 / Kommandant u. Besalzung". This basically translates to a remembrance given to a member of the crew of the G10 (a German destroyer that saw action at Jutland and who was not scuttled until '45) from the commander and crew.
The lid also has what appears to be an original E Boat Badge. The pin, hinge and catch looked with have been removed and it was firmly soldered on.
A most interesting case here, and one that could probably be researched.
POTPOURRI #41436 Oval Bronze RAD Plaque
Raised out of the plaque at the top are the words "Arbeits Deinst der NSDAP". In the center of the plaque is a raised RAD spade and swastika set atop a pair of wheat stalks.
Below this is the unit designation "Abt. 5/205". Further below is the name of the town "Rhynern", where the unit was most likely based. It is possible that this is some species of retirement memento, but I'm just guessing.
The reverse is marked "Eingelr" and "AE". There is also a hanging bracket.
A nice RAD piece here, and a perfect accent to your collection.
POTPOURRI #41428C Massive Grouping of Documents & Ephemera Attributed to Renowned Third Reich Sculptor Kurt Schmid-Ehmen
As most of you are aware, Hitler was an ardent fan of art, spending much of his time studying and expounding his views on the subject as well as establishing the Haus de Kunst in Munich so that art could be displayed, providing it met his strict criteria. Hitler sponsored and funded many artists during the time and had great respect for them.
One of the foremost artists of the time when Hitler was consolidating the power of the Party (and himself, as Chancellor of Germany) was Prof. Kurt Schmid-Ehmen. He was introduced to Hitler by Prof. Paul Ludwig Troost (who was apparently Hitler's favorite artist) after he joined the Party in the early 1930's.
Schmid-Ehman was eagerly retained by Hitler to design and sculpt the infamous Mehnmal Memorial at the Feldherrnhalle as well as the magnificent huge Party eagles that decorated the entrances to Zeppelin Field at Nürnberg. In 1937 he designed the largest eagle shown at the German Pavillon at the Paris Exhibition.
This grouping of artifacts consists of a wide variety of personal documents and ephemera owned by Schmid-Ehmen. A list of the grouping is below:
Just think of the history contained in the above material. It is unbelievable and brings the viewer into the actual nest of Hitler's establishment of the Party through these ingenious artistic propaganda means and the Wehrmacht which went on to nearly conquer the world. I can't emphasize more profoundly how important this material is to document these events that could not have been written, did it not happen. A very rare opportunity here for the right student of 3rd Reich history to acquire one-of-a kind material here that literally "proves" that what we have read of Nazi Germany over the years was indeed the truth. Many always ask, "How could people such Hitler and his menagerie of henchmen actually rise to power only two generations ago?" Well, much of the "evidence" remains contained in material such as this.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00
POTPOURRI #41146 Hitler Life Studies Plaque
At the upper portion is a profile of Hitler's head. To the right of his neck are the initial of the artist, which appear to be "MM".
The the head the plaque reads, "Die Voraussetzung zur tat ist der Wille†und der Mut zur Wahrhaftigkeit", which translates to something like, "The prerequisite for action is the will and the courage to be truthful." Below this inscription is a raised mobile swastika.
Hitler had these plaques made up early in his career as commemorative/promotional items. The reverse has a small mounting bracket which could be a replacement.
These plaques are quite rare.
Excellent. $495.00 (#082318)
POTPOURRI #41088C Italian Fascist Pole Top
From what I understand, this pole top is a fairly rare item and is the first one that I have handled. The pole top is in the form of an eagle with half-open wings. The bird's head looks to the viewer's left. The bird is well-detailed to its feathering and talons. The talons grasp the traditional Italian grouping of sticks having pointed protrusions coming out the two side ends of the sticks.
Below is a flared collar device which would have accommodated the flag pole. There is also an opening at the top of the eagle's head which must have accommodated some sort of a decorative device or possibly a coat of arms depiction. The eagle appears to be produced of cast brass having a light nickel-plated surface. There is some wear to the plating at the high points of the head, wing tips, talons and lower collar device. Otherwise, the pole top is in nice condition.
A fine accent piece to display with other Italian Fascist items.
POTPOURRI #28027 Series of Nine Photo Negatives of German Soldiers
This series of negatives contains each photograph within a paper sleeve. Written on the paper sleeve in most cases is the name of the soldier as well as the date. These negatives were found in the drawers of an old photographer in Sweden.
Most of the photographs are dated 1943. There are photographs of Army, Naval and Luftwaffe personnel. Quite interesting stuff here, and you could easily develop these negatives for first-rate portrait pictures. They measure about 6æ" by about 5".
A great little grouping here.
Excellent Plus. $225.00
POTPOURRI #33653 German Army Dog Tag
This German Army Dog Tag is in the standard format; an aluminum oval, with three central perforations and string holes at the top and bottom. The surface has some mild discolored patches here and there and the "top" edge has a minor gouge, but in the main the condition is quite good.
Mirrored on the top and bottom of the perforations on one side is the code, "252 / 4 BATT R ARTL ERS ABT225". I don't know the exact meaning of this code but I suspect the original owner was assigned to the Artillery in some fashion. The reverse of the tag is blank.
A good example of the type here. If you collect these tags hopefully this is a code you need!
POTPOURRI #40829C WW1 Imperial Trench Armor
The armor consists of a cuirass style breast plate designed to distribute the weight of the plating on the wearer's shoulders. Attached to the the lower edge of the breastplate are three overlapping, segmented plates, affixed to the main plate by means of stout thongs. These extend protection down to just below the groin while still affording some freedom of movement.
An impressive set of armor here. These suits were worn by standing sentries, assault troops (although they most have been more of a hindrance in this case, given the awkwardness and weight) and machine gunners, this last group being be biggest adopters. Given that a machine gun crew was static, to to mention singled out with particular hatred, these suits would have provided a measure of very welcome protection from incoming rifle fire.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,995.00
POTPOURRI #40548C NSKOV Funeral Sash
In silver printing one on end of the sash are the words, "Nat. Soz. / Kriegsopferversorgung". At the bottom of this area is a round white field printed with a NSKOV insignia. The other end of the sash has a fine white field with a black printed swastika.
The†Nationalsozialistische Kriegsopferversorgung†(NSKOV), meaning "National Socialist War Victim's Care", was a†social welfare†organization for seriously wounded veterans as well as frontline fighters of†World War I. The NSKOV was established in 1934 and was affiliated to the†Nazi Party.
If you are a NSKOV collector or simply looking for a visually striking piece, this sash is for you. It would make a first rate accent to any collection.
POTPOURRI #40205 1936 Berlin Olympics Radiator Emblem
This emblem is a real beauty, done with a nickel backing and having enamel surfaces. it is a fairly good sized piece, measuring 3 inches by 3 inches. I can imagine it, in its day, being proudly mounted on a fine German motorcar.
The emblem depicts the Brandenburg gate on a background of white enamel. Atop the gate is the famous statute and the date of "1936". Below the columns it reads "XL Olympiad Berlin". Below are the five Olympic rings.
There are a pair of holes designed to accept mounting bolts.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #40423 Six Rolls of F. W. Höller Naval Sword Grip Wire
Imagine my surprise to see six separate rolls of neatly bundled brass wire, the twisted type that was must likely used on Naval Sword grips given the gauge. The wire is in perfect, new-like condition, and each spool is individually wrapped. All six rolls are in turn bundled by a larger piece of wire. This main wire has a paper issue tag that reads "F. W. Höller / Solingen", along with "16722" in red pencil. This must have been the stop number of these parts. Additionally there is a metal Höller tag marked with the trademark of the firm.
I think these bundles are extremely collectible. It would be a shame if they were used to fix sword grips, but if you demand absolutely period materials for your restorations you will do no better than this wire. It is unbelievable that these managed to survive all these years in this kind of mint condition.
POTPOURRI #40091C German Jaeger Regiment Dog Tag
This Jaeger Regiment Dog Tag remains in nice condition throughout. It is constructed of very thin of what looks to be aluminum, with the usual central perforation used to split the tag into two pieces in the event the soldier was killed.
It is stamped "5. J. R. 632". The "J" denotes it comes from a member of a Jaeger Regiment.
An excellent dog tag here.
Excellent Plus. $50.00
POTPOURRI #40201 Adolf Hitler Memorial Wreath Sash
This beautiful Wreath Sash was designed to be lain in a memorial wreath by Hitler himself. It is constructed of a very fine, lined red satin, the same as the material used to make the AH funeral sash.
At the top of the sash is a standard bow. Behind the bow are a pair of matching satin strings designed to secure the sash to a wreath. Extending out from the bow are the "arms" of the sash, each about 6 inches wide. These measure about 26 inches long, with a fine 2 inch gold bullion fringe at the end. All of the fringe material is intact.
The left sash is decorated with one of the most beautiful of Third Reich eagles, the Funeral Pattern. This choice bird is rendered out of both matte and shiny bullion, with the excellent detailing being enhanced by the contrasting materials. The eagle looks to the right, with the breast area lined in black to accentuate the fine feathering; the wings have the same treatment. The wreath has a symbolic ribbon at each quadrant, rendered in fine bullion. The black velvet swastika within the wreath is mounted on a lined white field. The entire eagle is mounted on a background of red wool.
On the other sash is a bullion rectangle fitted with a piece of transparent celluloid. This arrangement acted to hold and display Hitler's calling card. When we received the sash it did not have a card in place, but we made an exact copy of an original we had on had and placed it in the slot. It reads, "Adolf Hitler Deutscher Reichkanzler".
A tremendous item here, and quite beautiful. This piece would make for a really fantastic display if it was mounted on a proper wreath. This is an extremely rare item, being the first I've had to offer.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
POTPOURRI #36448C SS Motorsport Award Plaque
This plaque is shaped in the form of a shield. It is fairly large, measuring about 3 inches to the pointed end, and about 2Ω inches wide at the top, squared end. It features a swastika over a sun, which has rays emanating towards the peaks of mountains. Below the mountains appears to be a grove of trees. Positioned below the sun swastika is a cross with the name, "Schlageter" at the base. This is of course a memorial to Albert Leo Schlageter, WWI Freikorp member and anti-French saboteur, who upon his execution at the hands of the French was elevated to martyrdom by the NSDAP. Below this is a date of 1934.
At the top of the plaque, in capital letters, is a three line dedication: "Motorsporttreffen der SS-Motorstaffel III/I in Bad Reichenhall" or "Motorsport meeting of the SS Motor Squadron III / I in Bad Reichenhall".
An interesting and quite scarce SS Award Plaque here, in perfect condition.
POTPOURRI #39755 Luftwaffe Eagle-marked Wallet with Veteran Medals
It is interesting to note that one side of the wallet is embossed with a Luftwaffe eagle. The bird flies to the viewerís right and clutches a swastika in his talons. Much of the original embossing is worn by it remains very discernible.
Opening the wallet we see that it has compartments on either side, in the usual manner. On one side of the wallet the veteran has added some "souvenirs", much like we see on WW1 "hate" belts. The medals that have been added are a Veteranís medal, a British Womanís Land Army medal, and early NSDAP cap insignia and an aluminum Wehrmacht cap insignia. These medals have all been neatly sewn into the leather.
There is also an old bill in one of the pockets, an "Eine Rentenmark". The Rentenmark was a currency issued on October 15th, 1923, in an effort to stop the hyperinflation crisis of 1922 and 1923 in Weimar Germany. It was introduced at a rate of one Rentenmark equalling one million million old marks, with an exchange rate of one United States dollar equaling roughly four Rentenmarks. The bill adds a nice touch, I think.
A nice little item here that has a lot of appeal to me, and an interesting Luftwaffe item. The leather must have been top notch as it is still very soft and supple.
POTPOURRI #39586 Dr. Fritz Todt Funeral Sash
This Funeral Sash is constructed of blue and gold silk cloth, with the colors being split down the center. It measures approximately 40 inches long and has gold bullion fringe at either end. It shows some minor traces of age here and there but remains in basically good condition.
At one end is the symbol the Todt organization; a gold, closed-wing eagle with a swastika set in a toothed gear wheel. Below this, in gold, is the name of the presenter, who was none other than the "Oberburgomeister der Reichsmessestadt Leipzig". On the other end of the sash is the crest of the city of Leipzig, also in gold.
Todt was the armaments minister prior to being killed in an airplane accident at Rastenberg, He also was involved in the construction of the Autobahn and the Siegfried Line, among other things.
A rare item here.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
#39597C NSDAP September Party Rally Postcard
On the left is a great shot of the Zeppelin stadium with the three large NSDAP banners in the air and throngs of standing people greeting Hitler.
This card was never used and remains in the original state.
POTPOURRI #35747C Silver Cigarette Case from the SS Gneisenau
This beautiful Cigarette Case is of all silver construction, and has a motif of lines that run through the lid and back section. In the right corner of the cover section is a brass, naval-style button applied to the case by a rivet. The case was made in Japan for a German customer, and as such is marked in the Japanese style of silver identification, "Silver 0950".
The inner lid of the cigarette case bears a five line dedication. It reads, "Zum andenken au meine reise nach-Japan 1937 / un bord / S.S. "Gneisenau" Rudolf Weilund". This dedication was done by the person who purchased the case, Rudolf Weilund, and roughly translates to, "In memory of my journey to Japan in 1937 aboard "SS Gneisenau" / Rudolf Weilund".
The bottom section of the cigarette case has a very clever metal holding mechanism, which is lightly spring-loaded. This differs from the usual German style elastic band, and is extremely well done.
The SS Gneisenau was a German transport liner. Built by AG Bremen, she was laid down in 1934 and launched 17 May, 1935. Until the outbreak of the war, she ran the express route between Bremen and the Far East. She was taken over as transport in June of 1940. The Gneisenau met her end at the hands of a British mine laid by an RAF aircraft, sunk on the 2nd of May, 1943.
Researching Herr Weilund might prove difficult, but with all technology available today I'm sure something can be found out. Either way, an outstanding cigarette case here.
Excellent Plus. $300.00
POTPOURRI #39339C Schellenbaum ("Jingling Johnny") Eagle
This most impressive eagle is highly detailed throughout its wing feathering and head. The bird has a wingspan of 14 inches. This eagle originally was installed at the top pole of a beautiful "Jingling Johnny" carried at the forefront of German military bands.
We have mounted the eagle on a post-war base of the same style finish metal and honestly, it really looks good, and is a great way to display and enjoy this rarely seen eagle as a central part of a collection. With the mounting stand the bird stands about 10 1/2 inches high. The eagle has a built-in ring at the birds upper shoulders that was used to hook decorative streamers.
A very rare and desirable item.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,995.00
POTPOURRI #34492 German Air Raid Blackout Bicycle Lamp Cover
This small cover was used on a bicycle lamp during the blackouts ordered in Germany during the war. I can't imagine a bike lamp being bright enough to be seen from a bomber, but I suppose the Germans weren't in a position to tempt fate. I'm guessing that this item was a very small comfort to the poor soul ordered on to his bike in the middle of an Allied bombing raid.
The cover itself is a gray camouflage color and measures 3 1/2 inches round. There a slot in the center that would permit just a sliver of light to shine through, presumably enough to let the cyclist avoid the potholes rapidly being created by the 500 pound bombs.
An interesting piece of history here, and a great item for someone with a period Army bicycle.
Excellent Plus. $85.00
POTPOURRI #39328 Himmler Christmas 1943 Gift Pipe
This Himmler Christmas Gift Pipe (a collection of words that I never dreamed I would string together, but there you are) is quite interesting, being in unissued, indeed very nearly brand-new condition, complete with the original envelope.
The pipe has what appears to be a standard briar bowl, joined with a stem of a blond wood by means of a metal ferrule. This ferrule has just a touch of very minor rust, being the only evidence of age that I can see on this pipe.
Along with the pipe if a three piece tool that includes a reamer, a scoop, and some sort of cleaning implement. These three tools are joined by means of a rivet. It is interesting to note that the cleaning tool has an SS-Kulturzeichen proof in the form of a diamond with a set of SS runes in the center.
Also included is the original manila issue envelope. It measures about 6 Ω inches by 4 inches, and is typical of the type of paper product we see from the period. Printed on the face of the envelope we read, "Vom Reichf¸hrer SS / f¸r feine tapferen Soldaten / der Waffen-SS / Kriegsweinachten 1943". This translates to something like "From the Reichsf¸hrer of the SS, to this brave soldiers of the Waffen-SS, War Christmas 1943".
I understand that this piece comes from a box of ten unopened examples discovered in Germany during the late 1990ís. A most interesting item here; I donít know how many of these were made, but this is the first one I have ever seen and I find it to be quite fascinating.
Unissued Mint. $750.00
POTPOURRI #39295C Handwork Knife Sharpener
The grip is made from a 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger. It remains in perfect condition, with no chips or problems. This grip has never been holed to accept grip wire. The pommel is made from an Army ferrule topped with a brass cap soldered to it. The lower ferrule is a standard tapered type with some floral decorations on both sides.
The blade sharpener is a narrow piece of steel, typical in design. After the war many of the factories were looking for ways to make money and use up old dagger parts, a problem they solved by knocking up this sort of thing to sell to GIís. This is doubtlessly a product of this initiative.
A very interesting item here.
POTPOURRI #38811C Hungarian Shield Medallion
This Hungarian Shield Medal could possibly have been on a car radiator during the 1930's, or was intended for a purpose now known only to the ghosts of long dead Hungarians. Whatever the case it is finely constructed from some species of non-magnetic gray metal.
The medallion is in the shape of a shield and features a Hungarian crown set over the Double Cross. Around the edges of the cross are a series of overlapping oak leaves. The reverse of the medallion is unmarked.
A good looking mystery piece here.
POTPOURRI #38810AC Three Link Swastika Bracelet
The links consist of three static swastikas which have red enamel centers. The reverse of each is plain. They are connected by three small link tabs. At the end there is a catch with a chain.
A very appealing item here, with a air of mystery about it.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $250.00
POTPOURRI #38219 Boxed Personal Effects of POW Luftwaffe Officer
This offering is quite interesting, consisting of the original cardboard box used to gather the belongings of a Luftwaffe Officer that was detained in the camp in Trinidad Colorado. Along with the various items there is a letter that was written by the Red Cross concerning this POW parcel, coming from Geneva Switzerland.
It names the prisoner as Lt. Wolfgang Matheus. Matheus was given the prisoner number A767015. The lid of the box also has this name and number written in pen and ink. There is also some other some other writing beneath it which I really can't make out.
Inside the box is a beautiful Luftwaffe Officer's brocade belt. The brocade is in strikingly good condition, still new-like and with no soiling. It is constructed of fine textured aluminum bullion, having twin gray stripes that run the length and a thin red stripe down the center. The inside of the belt is covered in the later gray canvas. The two slides are still on the belt and in the same exceptional condition. The leather adjustment piece is in good condition, complete with the matching aluminum catch. The buckle is a very handsome oval example with raised overlapping oak leaves around the border. Inside it is pebbled and has a gilded Luftwaffe eagle clutching a mobile swastika. The detail throughout is exceptional.
Also included in the box is a single Luftwaffe Leutnant's collar tab. It has a red velvet background indicating artillery, and is bordered with gray cord. Inside there is a fine woven set of oak leaves with a single gull above. On the reverse is the usual burlap backing.
There is also two sets of shoulder boards, the first being the sewn-in type. This pair of boards has a red wool backing. There is some moth damage to both of the undersides. The second is pair of slip-on Leutnant's shoulder boards as well, also having the red wool. The wool on the this set is in perfect condition.
There is also some type of old pen in this box.
This is a very interesting grouping, something that could quite possible be researched given the amount of information included about the original owner.
POTPOURRI #19995 Silver Frame with Blue Leatherette Case
This very beautiful set was brought back from the war by 82nd Airborne T-4 Sergeant Max Fine, and comes with paper attesting to this fact. The artifact was discovered in the Reichschancellory at the end of the war.
The presentation box measures approximately 12 inches by 15 inches with a depth of 2 inches. The blue leatherette covering has fine graining, and shows only nominal wear throughout. One of the scallop shaped, shell-like, catches is missing, but the other is intact. They are both brass and have holes, which go over pins. The lid lifts upward from the front. The inside lid is a beautiful white silk, having padding within. The bottom section of the case is a dark blue velvet, having a cut out which recesses the silver frame.
The frame itself measures approximately 10 x 11 and 1/2 inches and is approximately 1/2 inch thick. This silver frame is hallmarked, "800" along with maker symbols. The reverse of the frame is fitted with leatherette sliding mounts, which would retain a photograph. Also there is a standing flap device attached. The backing is retained through the use of four silver clips held by screws. The top half of the retainage portion is hinged.
Although there was no photograph in this presentation package when liberated, it does have a printed example of Grand Admiral Raeder currently. This may or may not have been the original purpose of the device, but the fact remains it was found in the Reichschancellory, and was definitely produced for the photograph of a most important individual.
This frame and box are very collectable in their own right and would add greatly if someone possessed an original autographed Raeder or perhaps Admiral Dönitz photograph. It is also worth mentioning that I have an original Raider autographed photograph period mounted in a nearly identical silver frame, the only difference being, it is about one inch bigger all around.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,495.00
POTPOURRI #38118 Piece Black Marble Desk Set with Dedication Plaque
This Marble Desk Set was presented to an officer by his staff, probably to commemorate a promotion or retirement. It is quite an impressive set, constructed from black marble with gold and white veins that run throughout the surfaces.
The inkwell/pen rest of the the set has a marble cover with a silvered M17 helmet set on top. This helmet is beautifully detailed, with the "Frankenstein" air vents and a good rolled edge around the bottom. The helmet is used as lever to open the hinged marble cover which protects the two ink wells inside. The inkwells are drilled directly into the marble. The front of the piece is grooved to hold a pen.
There is a matching marble-based envelope holder with this set. It consists of two inverted "U" shaped brass sections that project from the marble base, perfect for holding envelopes, paper, or what have you.
A fine blotter completes the set. The body and the handle of this blotter are constructed out of matching marble. The lower portion of the blotter is of curved wood, which would have been fitted out with blotter paper.
On the front of the set base is a brass dedication plaque. Engraved on the plaque we see, "Dem lb. Kameraden / A. Rogoﬂ / zur Erinnerung gew. v. d. / Uffz. Korps. Hacketau". This translates, roughly, to "To Our Admired Comrade, A. Rogoﬂ, given in memory from the Under Officer's Corps Hacketau".
It is interesting to note that Hacketau is connected to the 1920's Freikorps. It is possible that this desk set goes back to that time, and if this indeed the case it certainly adds interest to this very fine desk set.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
POTPOURRI #38078C Brass Stuka Model
The plain is scribed with lines that suggest the cockpit windows, flaps and rudder. The propeller is free spinning. The model has inverted gull type wings and a spatted undercarriage, design elements forever associated with this famous dive bomber. The wheels under the spats have been flatted to keep the model stable on a flat surface. There appears to have been a tailwheel at one time, but it is missing; perhaps it was shot off by a brass Thunderbolt.
This model has been mounted on a steel rod connected to a support pedestal. The plane, when mounted, sits in a steep banked turn and looks very dynamic. You can almost hear the wailing dive horns when you look at it!
This is a very substantial piece here, very finely executed. A terrific item to pair with your Luftwaffe collection, or if you are an aviation enthusiast. Until this one is purchased it is going to sit on my desk because I really love it, and I am sure you will too.
POTPOURRI #37936C One-of-a-kind Damascus Letter Opener
This striking Damascus Letter Opener measures about 11 inches overall. It has a beautifully shaped dark wood handle with fine grain. The handle has been formed with a flat center edge and tapered edges on both sides. Decorating the handle is an silvered oval embellishment similar to an edelweiss flower. This flower has been enhanced with small berries around the leaves and a large berry in the center.
The crossguard and combination ferrule also have leaves that resemble an edelweiss. They are beautifully raised out and has small, berry-like beads. The ferrule flares outward, with more bead-like ornamentation, to form a an oval guard.
The blade is quite beautiful, being hand forged Damascus in the Large Roses pattern. The pattern is perfectly executed throughout and very distinct, still remaining in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is marked, in raised letters, "Echt Damast" while the obverse has a raised maker's name "Krusius Solingen". Crusius is a name well know to SA collectors, as once in a while we see one of their brand names on a SA Dagger, as well as their Gazelle logo.
This piece comes with a leather sheath which is definitely original to the piece. The leather is well shaped and remains in very nice condition with just a hint of age cracking in the surface.
If you would like to have something you could admire every day while you open letter at your desk, this would be perfect for you. This looks like it would have been a high-end retail item and is definitely a period piece.
Near Mint. $2,795.00
POTPOURRI #38000C Handmade Pontoon Bridge Presentation Plaque
This plaque is truly extraordinary and simply must be totally unique. It consists of a mounting board that measures 14 inches by 9 inches. Attached to the board are two handmade scale model pontoon boats holding up a finely detailed bridge of planking.
The bridge is reinforced with two steel beams. Each beam is retained by a working clamp which is attached to a slot on the upper portion of each side of the float. The craftsmanship throughout these parts is just amazingly realistic.
At the bottom of the plaque there is a painted dedication. First we see a red seal with a rearing horse. Then, in black lettering, it reads "Unserem Chef zur". Next we see, in red capitals, "VERMƒHLUNG". Following this is "GIWIDMENT. 2. KOMP. PI. BTL. 254" in black. This is followed by a rectangle with an arrow and a "2" at the right. Beneath this in red capital letters we see "RUSSLAND IM." and another word which has become obscured.
This appears to be a wedding present to the Chief of the 3nd Company Pioneer Battalion 254, if you can believe it. I'm not sure the bride would have been too thrilled with this model, but I'm sure most collectors would feel differently. This is a fantastic piece of Pioneer memorabilia, and very interesting in and of itself; truly a one-of-a-kind thing. The consignor values it highly and has set the price accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $4,995.00
POTPOURRI #37772 Cased Magnifier
Inside is the magnifier, which is meant to be placed on a printed image and peered through; I imagine it would have been used primarily to look at aerial reconnaissance photos, but I supposed it could have been plopped down on a map as well.
The device is in good working order and would make a perfect addition to a collection of period field gear, or perhaps just reading the newspaper or legal fine print.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
POTPOURRI #37650C NSKK Travel Medallion
The medallion is quite striking, having an open-winged NSKK eagle with a wreath and swastika on the upper portion, surrounding by the inscription "Der Motorstandarte 78". Around the rim of the medallion we see "7. Orientientierungsfahrt 1937".
In the center of the badge is the image of an NSKK man seated in a 30's open-topped touring car looking at a map with a NSKK man on a motorcycle. The motorcycle has tremendous detail throughout; the headlight, handlebars, motor, et cetera are all present. The number "220" appears on the cycle, the number assigned to him for the excursion.
What is really amazing in this depiction is the fact that the helmeted NSKK driver is clearly wearing an NSKK dagger at his side! This is a rare image here, and extremely interesting to me and should be to other collectors. What a great item to display next to a NSKK dagger.
The medallion is marked with the maker "C. Balmberger / N¸rnberg". A fine piece of NSKK memorabilia here!
POTPOURRI #37689 RAD Desk Plaque
This RAD Desk Plaque (or possibly a paperweight) is a most interesting decorative item. It consists of a black piece of marble which is 5 inches by 4 inches, and about æ inch thick. The marble has some nice white veining in it, giving it a good look. There are a couple of chips around the edges of the marble but nothing too bad.
Applied to the surface of the marble is a silvered RAD Officer's Cap. The cap is extremely well detailed, showing the insignia and with a simulated crease on the front. The cap sits atop a sprig of laurel leaves complete with berries. This depiction has been silvered and lacquered, and retains 100% of the original finish.
There is a green felt buffer on the bottom to keep the item from scratching the desk. We installed this felt ourselves and it looks quite good.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $195.00
POTPOURRI #37322C Eva Braun Handbag
This identical bag is shown in the book, "Liberated Adolf Hitler Memorabilia", by Mark D. Griffith, M.D. The purse measures about 8 1/2 inches in height. It is 6 inches wide at the top and increases in size to about 8 inches at the bottom. There are two matching holding straps at the top. The purse is made of finest leather, being an apple-green color. The leather remains supple throughout. There are a couple of scuffs at the tips of the two lower corners which are also visible in the photo. The two upper metal hinged frames are of brass, with a knob in the center that acts to open the purse.
At the upper front of the bag is a decorative brass figure that could be said to resemble an art-deco open butterfly, being the monogram of Eva. The inside of the bag is lined with highest quality soft tan kidskin. There is slip pocket in the sides of each liner. I have no other provenance for the bag other than the fact that I am sure this bag is the same example appearing in the Griffith book.
Excellent Plus. $4,995.00
POTPOURRI #37317C Silver Cigarette Case with Dedication to Observer Corps
This cigarette case is quite elegant and was an expensive item during the period. The reverse is silver and jeweler hallmarked "835 SJ". The box measures 5 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches. It is 1 1/4 inches high. The tasteful upper lid is engraved with a checkered pattern, having a 1/4 inch area along the edge where the checkering is reversed to create a distinctive border. The four side surfaces are plain silver providing an effective contrast with the lid decoration.
The lower edge of the center lid is fitted with a thin lip which is used for opening. On the surface area below the opening lip, there is a jeweler-engraved three-line dedication. "OFFIZIERKORPS DER/ AUFKLARUNGS GRUPPE 122/ 1 - 6 - 39 - 30 - 9 - 40". This time period begins with the German attack on Poland and follows through the occupation of the lowlands, Denmark and Norway and ending with the defeat of the French and the capitulation of Paris. Obviously, these were great times for Germany and the Wehrmacht. This Observation Group played a large part in the successes of these invasions of Europe.
To the left of the dedication is a precisely engraved Iron Cross or possibly a Knight's Cross, complete with swastika; it is hard to tell as the two awards basically look the same in an engraving. The lid of the box is retained with a piano-style hinge, and inside, the box is lined with cedar wood, to keep the tobacco fresh. Inside, is a period wartime pack of cigarettes all still there in the original cardboard carton. The carton is marked with the cigarette brand name, "Waldorf Astoria", with an open eagle and swastika printed next to this, as well as "20 das Stuck zigaretten". On the reverse is printed "Echt Orient, No 5".
I am sure a little research into this Observer Group would be rewarding to the next owner of this desirable silver cigarette box.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,450.00
POTPOURRI #37275 Miniature Imperial Anchor on Wooden Plaque
This wooden plaque measures approximately 3 inches by 5Ω. It is constructed of oak, with rounded corners and beveled edges, and is painted black. There is a fixture at the top of the plaque rigged with a chain and regain hook. This holds the attached anchor in place.
The anchor itself is either of nickel-plated brass or of solid nickel; it is not immediately apparent. The anchor is extremely clever, having a movable ring at the top of the shaft which is connected via a screw device. Further down there is an articulated "U" shaped device that is about even with the plows. At the bottom is another articulated rig. These articulations would have acted to release the plows from the muck when the anchor was pulled up, presumably via ropes or chains. Apparently Imperial anchors were rigged this way; if you think about it, getting an anchor that has bitten into the seabed to release is no easy feat. A real mechanical wonder here!
In the lower corner of the plaque is a cutout, complete with glass, which encloses a picture of the original seaman that originally owned with anchor.
Accompanying the plaque is a card with a photograph of the Imperial ship "S.M.S. Kınigsberg", Below, written in red pencil, is "1911". To the right of the ship is written, in ink, "Prosit-neujahr". Beneath is more writing and also the signature of the writer. Unfortunately I cannot make out the writing, but maybe some of you German language experts will be able to figure it out. The signature seems to read "C. Pzepka". Beneath this a rank which appears to be "LTF. MTR". Again, it would take a German expert to translate this card.
A very neat item here for the Kaiserliche Marine enthusiast.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $295.00
POTPOURRI #37238 Painted Metal Child in SA Garb
This painted metal child figure is about 6 inches high. It is entirely of solid metal, and is made in the shape of a young boy in an SA uniform complete with a swastika armband. The details to the cap, belt, shorts, socks and shoes as well as the armband were, at one time, all realistically painted. Much of the paint has worn off but there is about 70% left. The child is either waving or giving the Hitler Salute; the latter seems more likely.
The reverse base of the figure is marked "D.R.G.M." in raised out letters. Protruding from the bottom of the base is a length of threaded rod, indicating this piece was mounted on something at one time.
A very rare and desirable piece here; it would make a good addition to an SA collection.
POTPOURRI #37071 Sheet of 50 Unissued Adolph Hitler Stamps
This sheet of 50 Hitler Stamps is unissued and in the same condition as "liberated" from a 3rd Reich post office at war's end. The glue on the reverse is still in perfect condition. The stamps are gray in color and are the larger size type. Each stamp is for 2 Pfennigs.
The top border is labeled "GENERALGOUVERNEMENT . DEUTSCHE POST OSTEN". The label is flanked by open-wing eagles with swastika in wreath.
The border label on the right side of the stamps is printed, "STAATSDRUCKEREI WIEN", indicating the stamps originally come from the Vienna Post Office. An interesting and historical original item that will show well with other 3rd Reich memorabilia.
Mint. $95.00 (#37073)
POTPOURRI #37004C Wooden Newspaper Holder
This wooden newspaper holder is a popular item in Europe and is still used today. It was designed to allow a number of people to read the same newspaper at once while preserving the integrity of the paper.
The rack is about 28 inches long, and is constructed of wood and is an orange color. On both sides of the wood stick is painted "Das Reich". Das Reich was a popular NSDAP sponsored newspaper that was published by propaganda master Josef Goebbels. It has a hook at the top so it could be hung up when not in use, and there are two wing nuts which open are used to secured the slats which would hold the paper in place. I notice that, on one side of the wood near the handle section, there is a "DRGM" stamping.
A very interesting artifact here for those of you out there that may have period newspapers, particularly issues of Das Reich. This would certainly make the whole process come alive!
Near Mint. $995.00
POTPOURRI #36990C Pioneer Saw with Leather Sheathe
This Pioneer Saw is approximately 22 inches in length. It has a oval metal handle fit with wooden grips. The blade of the saw is the type I would normally associate with the cutting of tree limbs, and is marked with the maker name "F. Winterhoff & Co, Remscheid / 1941". There is also a waffenamt stamped below the maker mark, being an open-winged eagle with a swastika, with the amt code "WaA 127". The blade shows some modest age throughout but is in good condition overall.
The accompanying leather scabbard is still in excellent shape, being equipped with a built-in belt loop at the top as well as an additional carrying loop affixed to the center of the sheathe. The sheathe is stamped "FUG 1941" on the reverse.
If you are working on an Army Pioneer uniform this would be an excellent item to add to the mannequin.
POTPOURRI #36988C Lineol 88cm Flak 36 Cannon with Carriage
This toy 88cm Flak is absolutely fantastic looking in terms of construction and attention to detail. I don't know what the exact scale of this cannon is, but overall it is fairly large, measuring about a foot in length.
It is precision made throughout, complete with functional wheels, spoked rims, and fenders, not to mention a host of other details. The heavy duty tires are marked "Lineol". Mounted on the top of each rear fender is a tow cable spoon, free spinning and with nicely simulated cables.
Both front and rear wheel assemblies can be removed from the gun, to simulate a fixed artillery emplacement. They are held in place over top of the large forward and reverse outriggers with a clever locking system, complete with a pin and dummy chain. The forward outrigger leg is equipped with a folding barrel support.
There are two more working, spring-loaded and hinged outriggers attached to either side of the gun carriage, each with a wire catch to secure them while raised./P>
The gun itself is nicely detailed and fully actuated, with working elevation and traverse wheels. The action of these wheels is really fantastic; the gun can be elevated, depressed and traversed throughout the whole range of motion available to an actual gun.
As an added bonus the cannon is actually fully functional! From what I can tell these toys originally came with a supply of pellet "shells" to fire, although this example doesn't have any remaining with it. In any event it has a very clever breech loading firing mechanism. The simplified breech block is spring-loaded, and can be cocked with a little effort. A pellet "shell" would be inserted, and then gun itself can then be fired by means of a simple vertical trigger mounted next to the breech. The mechanism itself is very sound even after all these years, surviving the both the war and the often brutal attentions of a Junior Artillery Officer!
The cannon has the original olive drab paint, still in perfect condition. It is an amazing little device, and outstanding additional to any toy or military collection. If I were a little kid I'm sure I could spend hours happily blasting away with this cannon, and I'm sure those of you out there who enjoy this sort of piece could do the same. Just an amazing, highest quality toy here, which works as good today as the day it was made.
Near Mint. $1,695.00
POTPOURRI #36965C Imperial Silvered Austrian Cigar Box dedicated to 1st Hussar Regiment Commander
The box measures approximately 7 inches by 5, and is about 2 inches high. The lid of the box curves downward throughout the edges, and has rounded corners. The borders of the lid are all scalloped. The sides of the box are equally fluted throughout. The lower portion of the box has a small border that encloses the lower wood of the interior, which appears to be some sort of mahogany. The lower portion rim has two hallmarks, one which is not distinguishable, while the other appears to have the initials "PJ" within a square. The same hallmarks appear on the lip which serves to open the hinged lid.
The lid of the cigar box has an applied oval shape to a series of overlapping laurel-style leaves. Each of the diameters has decorative embellishments; flower on the east and west edges, and a ribbon at the top. In the center is a small medallion with the likeness of the Emperor of Austria, Franz Josef, who looks to the viewers right and attired in a military uniform with medals.
Above the image of the King is engraved, in block letters, "1. Husaren Regiment". Below the image of Franz is the engraving to the recipient, "Oberst Freih Ernst Unterrichter / Von Rechtenthal". At the bottom right corner there is an indication that the box was presented on Christmas 1908, "Weinachten 1908".
Von Rechtenthal was the commander of the elite 1st Hussar Regiment under Franz Josef of Austria. He held this command from 1903 until 1908. Looking into the regiment it was entitled "Hussars Regiment Emperor #1"". This regiment was of cavalry, and was attached to the personal command of Emperor Franz Josef. I believe that there could be a great amount of research done of Von Rechtenthal, as he was obviously an important Austrian officer.
This box was not used much, if at all, as it still remains in nearly full Mint condition. The interior of the box has a wood liner, what appears to be mahogany, and is separated by a wood partition. I believe it held the small, narrow cigars that were smoked in that day.
This box is a real treasure for the right collector.
Near Mint. $2,495.00
POTPOURRI #36497 Porcelain KPM Box given to Opera Singer Lotte Lehmann by Hermann Göring
I acquired this porcelain box several years ago from a gentleman who informed me that his mother was the maid of famed opera singer Lotte Lehmann. The box was given to his mother by Lehmann, and she had saved it all these years, finally passing it down to her son.
The porcelain box comes in the original, tan colored case. The case is of finely grained leatherette, and shows some wear along the edges, and a small spot has worn through to the base on the obverse corner. The case is opened via a brass push-button catch. The interior of the case is lined with a tan satin material, and is recessed slightly at the bottom to accept the porcelain box.
The box has a white, vaulted lid, which flows downward along the edges, and is bordered in gold leaf. Pictured on the lid of the case is the Berlin Opera House. Beneath this image is the German name, "Staatliches Schauspielhaus". This is a most beautiful building, which was restored after the war and still exists today. On the inside of the lid, written in gold, can be seen, "WEIHNACHT 1934". The lower portion of the box is similarly gold-leafed around the rim. On the reverse is the hallmark of the KPM Porcelain firm, and below this the initials, "KPM".
Contained within the box is an early calling-card from Hermann Göring. The card has since torn in two, and is missing the left corner. The card is printed in fine Gothic script, "Hermann Göring" and then below, "Reichminister f¸r die Luftfahrt und Reichstagspr‰sident/Preussicher Ministerpr‰sident/General der Infanterie". This exhaustive title is of course composed of all of the offices held by Göring in 1934. Hermann's wife, Karin, had died in 1931, and at this time Göring was active with many ladies of the Reich. As we know, in 1935 he did go on to marry Emmy Sonnemann. However, in '34, he was (apparently) still very much available. Apparently Göring knew Lehmann, as was seeing her at this time.
Lehmann was a very well know opera singer in her day, born in 1888 and dying in 1976, in Santa Barbara, California. Extremely popular, she was known for her performances in various Wagner operas. In fact, she debuted in the US in a production of Die Walk¸re. She returned to the US several occasions, and toured in South America as well. She eventually was forced to emigrate to the US, as her step-children were at least partially Jewish.
A most captivating item here! I'm sure someone else out there will appreciate this fine KPM box, not to mention the history surrounding it!
Near Mint. $1,995.00
POTPOURRI #36389 Austrian Street Sign, "Kaltenbrunner Gasse"
This street sign reads, "20 Kaltenbrunner Gasse". Ernst Kaltenbrunner was the SS replacement for Reinhard Heydrich, in the wake of Heydrich's death in 1942. Since Kaltenbrunner was an Austrian, it makes perfect sense to see that there were streets in his native country named after him.
The German word, "gasse" translates to "lane" or "alley", and is used quite frequently in Austria. This sign is constructed of steel, with a painted, raised obverse surface. The raised portion of the sign are in the back, against a white background. The white color is now fading to an ivory look, but all of the original paint still appears to be there. This sign measures 10 inches by 7º inches.
Another great street sign, and a perfect addition to any SS collection.
POTPOURRI #36098 Large Table Medallion for Pioneer Battalion
This large medallion measures about 5 inches round and is made of steel. It is quite impressive having an open-winged eagle clutching a wreath with mobile swastika posionted over a shield which depicts a pioneer insignia. The shield depicts a set of crossed hammers that are positioned over what looks like the opening to a mine. Around the edge of the medallion is the raised out designation, "F‹R BESONDERE VERDIENSTE PIONIER LEHR BATAIALLON Z.B.V.".
The center border area separates the words on both sides with a small wreath of laurel leaves. There is some age and rust that have formed around the letters and the raised out figures but if anything it gives the medallion some good character. Items associated with pioneer battalions are quite rare. A very nice artifact here!
POTPOURRI #31609C Political Leader's Companion Pennant with Canvas Carrying Case
This Political Leader Companion Fender Pennant measures approximately 12 inches by 12 inches. This pennant would be displayed on the left fender of a Political Leader's vehicle with the traditional Political Eagle on the right. The pennant is double sided and consists of bright red cotton fabric with a separately sewn lined off-white circular field having a bevo style black sewn swastika in the center. The pennant is covered with a celluloid material which is bordered with a red leather.
On the hoist end of the pennant there are two metal brackets which have cylindrical shaped ends which would have slipped over the original fender staff. The celluloid has shrunk some on one end causing it to break free from the leather trim. This is just on the bottom side however. The rest of the celluloid is still in good condition and on the hoist side is complete with its original working red snaps. The pennant does have a couple of extremely minor bug nips on both sides but they are very negligible. The pennant comes with its original army drab color canvas carrying case which is also fit with working snaps. A very nice NSDAP Party fender pennant here, and not something that you will see too often.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
POTPOURRI #35212 Silvered Boar's Head Cigar Clipper
This extremely rare Silvered Cigar Clipper is probably about 100 years old. It is approximately six inches in length. At one end of the clipper is an elaborately detailed boar's head fitted with green glass eyes. His hair is all hand enhanced, and is flared out in several areas. It really looks great when you are staring at it head-on; from the curling tusks to the broad snout, this savage porcine is a sight to behold!
The handhold section of the clipper resembles a tree branch in the backgrounds, and superimposed on the surfaces is a pattern of oak loeaves and acorns. The clipper appears to be a silver-plated type, and is further enhanced by deep and uniform patination. Just a wonderful look here!
The business end of the clipper has a tradition German style "push-in" blade at the bottom, and at the end there is a domed opened designed to accept the end of a cigar. The opening is smaller than the types we see today, as the cigars of modern times are much larger than those that were smoked early in the last century. This looks to be the right size clipper for a "riverboat gambler" cigar such as a Panetela.
A wonderful item here, either to display or to actually use if you are a cigar smoker!
POTPOURRI #34883 Grouping of Ausweiss Cards with Photo to SA Member
This grouping consists of two Ausweiss cards which were issued to the same individual. The second card is actually a work card which has the work stamps on the reverse. The Ausweiss is a canvas like, folded document in a tan-brown color. It is issued to Heinrich Schroder, who was a member of SA Marinesturm 32-35, from the city of Bad-Lauterberg. Schroder was born on June 28, 1914 in Kassel.
Opening the Ausweiss card, there is a photograph of Schroder in his Marine SA uniform, complete with peaked cap. There are other details, stampings and signatures on the inside of the card. On the reverse of the card there are many stampings from the years starting in 1937, and running up to the year 1942. This is an interesting set of cards here, as SA Marine items are quite rarely encountered. A great addition for those who like to collect documents.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #35215C Railway Shipping Contents Forms
The forms included detail all of the considerable amount of information that the was required by the Third Reich government shipping freight by rail. These documents are quite interesting, as they are great example of the type of paperwork that was required during the 1930's.
These are sure to be of interest to a collector of period documents, or perhaps even railway enthusiasts!
Excellent Plus. $650.00
POTPOURRI #31532 Elaborate Shooting Prize Chain from Prince of Prussia Shooting Guild of Schoeneck dating from 1850
This elaborate Shooting Chain is done all in silver using many silver five mark coins to act as links throughout the chain. The chain appears to come from the Prince of Prussia Shooting Gild of Schoeneck. There is a lower medallion which is extremely beautiful showing a Prussian eagle with smaller Prussian eagles surrounding the crowned bird. In the border around the depiction it has the following engraving, "PRINZ VON PREUSSEN DER SCH‹lT. ZENGILDE ZU SCHOENECK 1850". At the top of this medallion is a beautiful detailed Prussian crown. Attached to the crown above is a further medallion which refers to the Bavarian city of "Aschaffenburg".
All of the coins are very interesting, having silver wreaths surrounding them and then the connecting chain links in the style of other shooting gild chains that I have seen. Also spaced around the beautiful chain are enameled city crests. These crests could probably be looked up to determine which cities they come from. Probably these were the participants with the normal shooting even each year. This chain would require some research to ascertain its full importance. It appears to be a chain that was used through the imperial period probably up through the Weimar time. One of the coins does have a date of 1930 on it. This chain is of highest quality and is a fantastic antique.
For those not familiar with these chains each year a town, village or group of villages sponsored shooting events. These events usually lasted for three days and involved not only participation of the town's shooters but also the town citizens as it was also a great beer drinking time and celebration. The shooting events tended to bring the citizens of a town together each year. They were very important and even today still are important events. Because of its quality and beautiful look I would think that this was the chain that the main town kept on display in city hall and was probably taken out for wear only once a year during the shooting event. A beautiful antique which could take on much more value once the history of its towns are researched.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00
POTPOURRI #31570 Elaborate Schützen King Shooting Necklace
I have had a number of Shooting Necklaces over the years, but this example certainly takes the prize as far as one with the most medallions on it, and also for the most magnificent appearance. This necklace has about 35 different medallions and they are all connected professionally and strung properly so that the necklace can hang in an arch form to look its best.
The necklace is currently mounted in a beautiful handmade oak box with glass opening and a black velvet background. It is all set for hanging on your wall, and I can tell you it will make one great looking appearance. The necklace stems from the first shooting medallion in 1898 and runs up to 1939. So, this fine artifact actually covers three periods of German history, being The Imperial Times, The Weimar Period, and also The Nazi Period right up to the beginning of World War II.
At the top portion of the necklace there a beautiful medallions that are produced of green background enamel, having an eagle positioned over a target with crossed rifles. This enamel scene is circular and the details are in gold. These circular shooting medallions are mounted in a silver background and there are 9 of these that make up the upper section of the necklace. All 9 are connected with matching silvered chain. The medallions encompassing the necklace are all connected to the bottom portions of this dual chain. The shooting medallions are all different and some of them are really quite elaborate. Many feature silver star-like backgrounds with applied hat over shooting target with wreath around the depiction. All have the dates that they were won, as well as the name of the town and the name of the shooter.
The way these shooting contests worked, each year a town or group of towns would get together and have a target shooting contest. The winner of the contest would receive a medallion with his engraved name, date, and city, and the medallion would be applied to the shooting chain necklace which normally would have been established over the years. It was then the honor of the current "Shooting King" to wear the necklace either for a brief time, or in some cases, he could keep it until the following year. These shooting contests were traditional events, some stemming back 400 and 500 years. They are very important to the towns that sponsor them, and normally the contests will bring out the entire village for support. Needless to say, it is also a great time for good fellowship and good beer drinking!
At any rate, on this necklace there are names, dates, and towns on the reverse, as I stated above, and I'm going to give you as many as I can practically transcribe so that there is a record of what's on the necklace and it would be easier on the next owner. The below are some of the names, towns, and dates engraved on the medallions.
T. Schulz, Schanardou 1898 / T. Glutte, Bredenbock 1912 / Wilh. Ottels, Metzingen 1936-37 / H. Schul, Schmellau 1907 / H. Barge, Govelin 1910 / O. Schulze, Tellendorf 1927 / Herm. Gl¸he, Tellendorf 1935-36 / Otto M¸ller, Tellendorf 1923 / W. Wettsaok, Metzingen 1931-32 / A. Stallbohm 1926 / Johann Lange, Metzingen 1932-33 / W. Schutz, Larckem 1930-31 / Heinrich Brahms, Tellendorf 1934-35 / A.Schoop 38-39 / W. Gr¸tzmaihen 1929-30 / Wilhelm Carstens, Tellendorf 1905 / Willi Grutzmacher, Tellendorf 1908 / H. Schröder Betten 1914.
There are additional names, dates, and places that I may have missed, but I think I've got most of them. There is also in the center a really great looking Hitler portrait, which is a large medallion bigger than a silver dollar. On the reverse of it, it is named to the person I mentioned above, "Johann Lange". There are also swastikas on two of the shooting medals. I can’t overestimate how great looking this necklace is, and really how historically important it is too, because it makes a permanent mark of an event that truly was important to this particular area that encompassed these towns. A great piece of history here as well as a very spectacular view to add to your collecting room.
Near Mint. $5,495.00
POTPOURRI #34155C Period Letter Opener with Damascus Blade
This period letter opener is about ten inches in overall length. The grip appears to be made of a black celluloid material, having an interesting rounded pommel shape, that transcends into an eight-sided, handheld grip below. The obverse panel of the grip contains an edelweiss flower with stem and leaves. The flower is cut into the celluloid and is colored white. It is a most attractive decoration, probably meant for female consumption. The crossguard and ferrel are a nickel material, the ferrel having raised serrated decoration, and the crossguard being short with ball-like quillons on each end. The scabbard is a black leather shell, having twin line decoration on the edges of each side, and sewn up the middle. It has a plain nickel upper mount, and probably had a matching one at the bottom, but this lower mount has gone to time.
The attention, though, of the user is immediately focused when the blade is pulled from the scabbard. This beautiful 5 3/4" blade has a double fuller design on both sides, running about 2/3 of the way. The blade is forged of a remarkable patterned Damascus. This Damascus has maidenhair style on the right side of the blade and the left side of the blade has a series of small roses. It is really a fantastic mating of patterns. There are also some lines that run perpendicular down through the blade, breaking up the patterns of maidenhair and roses. I do not know how a pattern like this was achieved, but it is extremely beautiful and unbelievably impressive. The tip is still needle-like, and the blade remains in mint condition. The letter opener is held together with a screw-like pommel at the tip of the grip. This does not seem to want to turn, so I am hesitant to take this piece apart in order to see if there is a Damascus smith named on the tang. I guess it doesn't really matter, because whoever made this blade was a true genius of the trade. A remarkable artifact here, and something that you will get great enjoyment out of each day if you use it on your desk to open letters. Absolutely beautiful piece of Damascus here!
POTPOURRI #28678C Great War Memorial Plaque, AKA "The Dead Man's Penny"
This medallion is of all solid brass and measures approximately 4æ inches round. It is quite heavy and very substantially made. These plaques were issued to the next-of-kin of British and British Empire servicemen and women who died in the Great War. The medallion features an image of Britannia, whose rather nautical appearance speaks to the naval might of the Empire. She is carrying a trident in one hand and in the other hand bears an invertd wreath. There are two fish which surround her and there is also a lion standing at her feet.
At the right of the medallion there is a rectangular box which has the raised name, "Joseph Coady". Around the inside rim of the medallion it says, "He died for freedom and honour". A nice item here and perhaps a good decoration with some other British militaria. NB: Thanks to John Owens for casting some light on the proper identity of this piece!
POTPOURRI #35133C Das Neue Soldaten Liederbuch (The New Soldiers' Songbook), Volumes 1 and 2
This pair of small softcover songbooks each bear the impressive subtitling of "Die Bekanntesten und Beliebtesten Lieder Unserer Wehrmacht" or "The Best-Known and Best-Loved Songs of our Armed Forces".
The covers depict two Wehrmact soldiers singing with apparent gusto. They are published by B. Schott's Söhne, Mainz, and are undated, but were probably printed about 1939. They contain lyrics and scores of military marching songs, as well as music for the piano. These are fantastic pieces of Wehrmact ephemera, and only uncommonly seen as a set.
POTPOURRI #35132C Large Wehrpass Holder
This Wehrpass Holder was meant to carry papers for its original wearer. The folder is made out of heavy canvas with sewn border, and inside are two sewn border celluloid slots for holding the papers. The original owner's name is embroidered on the cover, "ALOIS SCHLIPFINGER, PASSAU".
Additionally, there is a cloth crest sewn to the center of the cover, consisting of red, white, and red colors . A good, original holder here to keep collectible Wehrmacht or Hitler Youth papers.
POTPOURRI #35131C SA Liederbuch
This particular edition of the songbook contains a rather lengthy series of dedications penned by Dietirch Eckhardt, who of course was one of the key members of the nascent NSDAP. Printed by Verlag Huber in Munich, this songbook is 4" x 5", has 304 pages.
POTPOURRI #34528 Silvered Fireman Helmet on Marble Base
This paperweight features a fine black marble base having a swirled design. The base is 3Ω inches by 4 inches approximately and is covered on the bottom with its original felt. Positioned on the top of the marble base is a silver firemanís helmet which is complete with the neck shield at the reverse and also a chinstrap at the obverse.
The depiction is very well done and probably was the kind of thing that a fireman would have purchased for his desk at home making for a fine paperweight. It will serve the same purpose for its next owner.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
POTPOURRI #34529 Bronze Fireman Helmet on Marble Base
This paperweight features a marble base which is about 3Ω inches by 3Ω inches having swirls in the grain and the lower portion covered in the original purple velvet. Applied to the marble block is a bronze firemanís helmet complete with the simulated leather neck shield and chinstrap.
This depiction is quite good looking and obviously would have been a nice gift to a fireman to use on his desk as a paperweight. A good example here that will nicely decorate your desk.
Excellent Plus. $125.00
POTPOURRI #34494 Grab Bag of Miscellaneous Militaria
This grab bag contains the sort of random, miscellaneous (and often rather odd and/or unidentifiable) items that tend to get accumulated by collecting over the years. Honestly it is such a random collection of objects I just don't know what to fo with it! So, to that end, I've put it all together and am offering it up. Perhaps there is something that you could use in this material, consisting of some US and some German insignia, medals, and accoutrements. There are also some horsehair plumes that look like they come off some American spiked helmets.
If you have a use for any of this stuff, or simply are a packrat or collector of odds and ends, then this should be a terrific value.
POTPOURRI #34239 1920's Naval Dirk Hilt Paperweight
This Naval Dirk Paper Weight is an outstanding item that most likely was used by a Weimar-period officer. The paperweight is composed of an actual naval dirk hilt from this period. The hilt has outstanding fittings to the pommel and crossguard, both mounts being gilded brass. The pommel depicts fine cattails and reeds and has a cresting wave that runs around the bottom collar. The crossguard depicts the usual fouled anchor motif on both sides of the center block with nicely detailed acanthus leaves decorating the quillon arms. The button ends are nicely grooved and have far out nipples in the center. Much of the original gilt still remains throughout these mounts.
The grip is a carved wood base having a celluloid covering. The celluloid is in totally perfect condition having a nice off-white tone with tightly wrapped twisted brass wire. There is seventy or eighty years of residue still in the grooves trapped by the wire. This hilt is mounted onto a mirror like nickel base. This base has shaved edges to give it a deluxe look and it is covered on the bottom with a green felt which appears original to this piece. A great opportunity here to acquire a fine paperweight for either your desk at work or at home. A beautiful item here in top condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00
POTPOURRI #33230 Period Carved Wood Replica of RAD Hewer
This RAD Hewer is an exact carved replica of the large sized piece. Apparently, it was done by an RAD member during his off time, as his identification appears on the reverse of the hewer. I will get to this further down in the description. The hilt portion of the hewer has been carved to near exact specifications exactly simulating the bright nickel parts of the hilt, being the pommel, beak, ferrule, spine and back strap as well as the cross guard. These parts have an old silver painted finish. The grip plates have been simulated in wood, having grain carved into them and they have a coat of brown paint on them. Even the screws have been replicated through the installation of original metal screws into the wood.
The scabbard portion which is attached to the hilt ñ this is a one-piece construction ñ is exactly simulated. The upper scabbard fitting has the complicated RAD curls along with the dock pattern at the border where it meets the scabbard shell, and the lower fitting has the pebbling at the border. It appears as though a possible genuine RAD insignia consisting of shovel with swastika on the center resting over two wheat shafts has been placed onto the wood and painted to match. This insignia has been countersunk so at first glance it looks like it is hand carved. I also see a nail head at the shovelís end area which may be the way this device is held in. The scabbard shell also has a texture to it and is painted black.
There are round head nails put into the sides of each fitting to simulate the screws. The hanger bracket is simulated with two eyelets. Pretty neat design here! On the reverse, the carver of this RAD hewer has carved into the upper fitting area "RAD/1/188 /1939". At the bottom of the intertwined initials cut in. "OH". At the center of the reverse scabbard shell there is an old period label which is printed "Arbeitsmann/Heuer, Otto/R.A.D. Abtlg. 1/1" and the rest of the paper is torn, but it is probably matching the RAD assignment number carved in above. This is a great example of period "trench art" and would look pretty neat displayed next to other RAD things. I think it is a great item and worthy of preserving.
POTPOURRI #28958C Handmade German Eagle with AH Photo
This eagle is most impressive and actually quite comical when the viewer realizes that the person within the wreath instead of the usual swastika is a fine color picture of Uncle Adolf himself. But the bird is extremely well madeif you are a fan of metal work. This bird has a 12 inch wing spread and it looks to the viewerís right. The bird is made by using a number of metal layers each one stacked on top of the other with a slight overhang. The overhanging area was used to sculpt the look of descending feathers on the wings as well as the birdís breast. The individual metal pieces are all held together via eight rivets which are sanded flush to the metal surfaces. The eye of the bird is also a ninth rivet which was left intact.
If all of this was not impressive enough there is a smooth round wreath at the bottom of the birdís claws which has a celluloid insert and covers the face of Adolf Hitler. The wreath stays closed via four flush mount screws. These screws have nuts on the back so that I guess if the regime changed a new face could be added. This eagle is really quite comical, at least I think, and it is a very displayable artifact made in a very clever manner typical of German craftsmanship. A great piece here!
POTPOURRI #28242C Portrait and Banner Grouping of US Sergeant Herman J. Mischke
This grouping consists of a large banner painted on canvas by a German POW. The POW apparently painted the banner for his capture, Sergeant Herman J. Mischke. There is also a portrait of Sergeant Mischke which comes with the banner. I do not know much about American units, but on the banner there is a large eagle which is holding a star which has patches on all 5 of the points. I recognized the big red one as one of the patches, but there are others which consist of a tank, a shield with a horse on it, a 7 pointed star with the roman numeral "VII" in it and also a downward pointing arrow which has chain links next to it. Surrounding the star and army patches are mountains, a battleship under fire and in the center is Sergeant Herman J. Mischkeís name block lettered. The canvas is signed "P.W.V. Kopic 1945". Below this is the word "Hrvatska" and also something that resembles a Croatian symbol.
This painted canvas is about 36 inches wide by about 48 inches high. A long with the canvas is a period framed portrait of Sergeant Mischke. The portrait appears to have been done in pastels and it is extremely well executed. The Sergeant has his stripes on his shirt and wears a patch which appears to be a pussycat over some type of equipment. Once again, the American collectors out there can probably readily identify the purposes of all of this. The portrait of the Sergeant is about 12 inches by 14 inches and with the overall frame and mounting, it is 19 inches by 21 inches. A nice grouping here which definitely needs research. If this canvas were framed, it would make a great centerpiece for an American collection.
POTPOURRI #22616 Pair of Porcelain Vanity Boxes attributed to Hermann Göring
These two little boxes are made of porcelain each being identical and having a lid which comes off. These boxes appear to be decorative items which would have been placed on the vanity of perhaps a guest room and used for storage of small accessory items such as cuff links, etc. The boxes were brought back from Göring's Berchtesgaten residence by a returning veteran. (I have a letter from him validating this information.) The lids of these boxes are equipped with a circular device which acts as a lifting handhold. Decorating the surface of the lid is a sword, rifle and flintlock style pistol. At the front is a spiked helmet. They give the look of a hunting motif. The box itself has lots of flower style rim designs with the head of a deer on the obverse area. The boxes are trimmed with gild, green, and brown colors, most of which has worn off over the years. On one box, a portion of the rifle has been broken off and has gone to time. The other box is complete and in perfect condition. The inner lid is marked, "1944" on one of the boxes. The other example has no markings anywhere. If you stand back and look at these items, they give the appearance of little miniature bureaus with mirrors at the top. They are really quite nice and easy to imagine Göring having as part of his décor. These boxes are about 5 inches high with the lid on and about 4 inches wide. They are what they are, and would be perfect for the right collector out there.
POTPOURRI #27285C SS Blade with Exclamation Point (RZM M7/29)
This original blade was produced by the Klittermann & Moog Company. It is the type that has the exclamation point after the SS motto and, as most collectors know, is a very desirable example. This blade is still nice and bright and has much of its original cross graining visible in the surfaces. There is some mild age, which is very, very slight, over the surfaces. The one flaw that the blade does have, however, is that there is a bad pit that is about 2 inches up from the ricasso on the right reverse edge. This pit is fairly large, being about a half-inch in round. A little bit of it stretches onto the edge of the other side of the blade. Apparently, some acid or some type of destructive material wound up on this blade somehow. It is a shame, but perhaps with a little work some of this could be rubbed out and even if it couldnt, it would still make for the key piece of a very desirable dagger. This blade is absolutely real and authentic and is identical to the example I show in my SS book on Page 679, lower. The backgrounds in the SS etch are at least 98%. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with the large double RZM circle, the center being shaded. The circle is positioned over the code M 7/29". This blade could be displayed just as it is with an SS collection, or if there is some enterprising craftsman out there, this blade could be used to build your own exclamation point motto SS dagger. I can tell you exactly what you need. The parts involved would be a set of solid nickel cross guards with no group marking on the reverse. Further, these cross guards are usually internally marked e.w. The grip should be a standard SS ebony type with nickel grip eagle. The scabbards on these pieces are generally found to have a period painted shell with the use of nickel upper and lower mounts. So there you are, if you can find these pieces there is no reason why you couldnt have your own SS exclamation point dagger. These daggers generally sell in the $5,000. to $6,000. range, so there is your incentive. A good blade here, if you can do something with the large pit.