POTPOURRI #41158C Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo) Identity Disc
This Gestapo identity disc is in exceptional condition being die-struck in nickel-silver and being an oval shape. The obverse contains the open-winged Party-style eagle, looking to the viewer's left and clutching an oak wreath with raised mobile swastika. The finish at eye-level remains brilliant, but when looking through an eye loupe, the history of the disc's carrying time shows on the surfaces of the metal. To the left of the eagle is a precisely drilled hole which was used to retain the wearer's pocket chain.
The reverse of the disc features the dreaded two-line, full name of the Gestapo, "GEHEIME/ STAATSPOLIZEI". The word "Gestapo" is derived from these words. Interestingly, it was none other than Prussian Minister Hermann Göring who created this feared organization back in the organizing days of the Reich in 1935. After Himmler was given full charge of the Polizei in 1936, he, of course, fine-tuned the ruthless duties of this organization. But, I digress.... the first letter "S" in Staatspolizei is located slightly lower than the letter "T" next to it. At the bottom of the reverse disc is the accountability number of the agent, "11053". The number is precisely stamped and there is a vague line beneath the number which was built into the die to give the number stamper a straight- line position to do his work.
The accompanying pocket chain assembly appears to be the original example. It is made of non-magnetic nickel links with one end attached directly to the disc and the other having a spring-loaded circular device containing an opening bracket. This chain measures 11 inches in length.
This original Gestapo disc is accompanied by a letter written by the well-known author/researcher and Gestapo disc authority, Don Bible. The recent letter is dated May 5, 2018. In the signed letter, Don states that he has personally examined the above disc, compared it to other known originals, and it is his opinion that this disc, #11053, was issued between the period 1937-1945.
An outstanding opportunity to acquire a truly fascinating original piece of history. These discs are extremely rare and desirable. An outstanding potential investment for the future, as it would be hard to believe that collectors will not always be interested in items from this infamous, sinister organization. Think of the shutters experienced by the unfortunates confronted with the site of this disc coming from the pocket of a black leather over-coated Gestapo officer - "Papers Please!"
Mint Minus. $9,995.00
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 #41001 Hitler Youth Collection Can
This HJ Collection Can is about 6 ½ inches tall and 4" wide. The metal can has a paper label printed with a HJ flag. The paper is ripped in a few place at the edges but it remains secure around the can.
At the top and bottom of the can there is a green background. The top is marked "Deutsche Jugendherbergen" or "German Young Peoples Housing". The bottom is printed "Gau Saxon", which is no doubt wear this can comes from. The reverse is printed with a "D" over "JH".
The upper surface of the can has a slot to accept coins. It is also stamped "595", although I am not sure what this stands for. If you shake the can you can hear a couple of old pfennigs rattling around. There is what looks to be a sealed wire closure used to secure the top, so I can't pry it open and retrieve them without ruining the can.
A great HJ piece here; these cans are quite scarce these days.
POTPOURRI #41032C Geheime Staatspolizei Identity Disc with Chain
This very rare original disc is non-magnetic, indicating that it is made of German silver. Some discs, however, will be magnetic as different metal contents were used at various times during the period.
The disc is die-struck and accordingly has very precise detail throughout. On the obverse, the oval disc depicts a raised, open-wing eagle looking to the viewer's left clutching a wreath with mobile swastika. On the reverse is the two-line raised infamous words for which the abbreviation "Gestapo" was devised, "GEHEIME/ STAATSPOLIZEI" The letters are completely crisp, and as we want to see on original discs, the "S" letter in Staatspolizei is slightly lower than the "T" being the next letter in the word. Neatly stamped at the bottom edge is serial number of the holder of the disc, "5350". There is a slightly vague straight line under the numbers, as there should be.
There is a precise hole drilled at the left obverse edge of the disc which contains the chain device. The chain measures about 9 1/2 inches in length. It consists of joined metal links. On one end is a snap clip which goes through the disc hole, and on the other is a round device with spring-loaded internal opening rod.
Accompanying this original disc is a letter of authenticity written and signed by the world's leading expert on these elusive discs, Don Bible. The letter is recently dated, 30 April 2018, and states that Don has personally examined this disc and is of the opinion that it was issued during the 1937-1945 period.
As we all know, these Gestapo discs because of their desirability and value have been frequently reproduced with many generations of fakes making appearances over the years. This is a rare opportunity to acquire the real deal being in exceptional condition and guaranteed to be original.
Near Mint. $9,995.00
POTPOURRI #41031C Zollpolzei Fahndungdienst Customs Police Disc
While ostensibly an element of the Reich Ministry of Finance, the Customs Police were ultimately subject to the direct control of the Gestapo, who could (and did) modify, nullify, overturn or otherwise disregard their decisions with no explanation. Talk about a rock and a hard place! In any event these discs are extremely rare and there are only about 6 examples that are known to exist today.
The disc is about the size of a silver dollar. It is a struck medallion being non-magnetic and appearing to be made of German silver. The obverse portrays a raised, open-winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika. The noted authority, Don Bible states in his book, "Warrant Discs and I.D. Cards of the Gestapo and Kripo", that "it has been determined that the Zoll Fahndungsdienst warrant discs were de-nazified for post-war usage".
This example has had an attempt to remove the swastika, but at best it was halfheartedly performed, as easily 50% to 60% of the swastika remains. In raised capital letters around the edge of the disc is, "DER OBERFINANZPRÄSIDENT BERLIN-BRANDENBURG". On the reverse of the disc are the raised letter words in three lines, "ZOLL/ FAHNDUNGS/ DIENST". Below this, near the edge of the disc, are the stamped numbers, "1631". Like the Gestapo discs, there is also a vague straight line below the numbers. At the top of the disc is a precisely drilled hole.
An extremely rare Customs Police artifact here being original and very collectible.
Excellent Plus. $8,995.00
POTPOURRI #41030C Staatliche KriminalPolizei (KRIPO) Disc
The Staatlche Krimanlpolizei discs are struck in bronze and are much more commonly seen today than the rarer Gestapo discs. Apparently the "stigma" attached to the ownership of a Gestapo disc was far greater than that of a KRIPO official, thus the fact that these disc types have survived in far great quantities.
This disc is non-magnetic. The obverse portrays a raised open-wing eagle clutching a wreath with mobile swastika. The detail is excellent showing only modest wear. The reverse is struck with two-line capital letters, STAATLICHE/ KRIMINALPOLIZEI. Below is heavily punched the number of the carrier, "2444". There is a narrow line beneath the numbers. At the obverse left is a carefully drilled holes which would have been used to attached a pocket chain.
A very fine original example here, in perfect condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,895.00
POTPOURRI #41029C Staatliche KriminalPolizei (KRIPO) Disc
The Staatliche Kriminalpolizei discs are struck in bronze and are more commonly seen today than the rare Gestapo discs. Because of the "stigma" attached to the Gestapo, these agents were more likely to dispose of their discs and this was not so much the case with the KRIPO.
The obverse displays a crisp open-wing eagle looking to the viewer's left and grasping a wreathed mobile swastika. There are a few minor "taps" in the bronze here and there, but overall the obverse is in fine condition. The reverse has the two-line raised capital letters, "STAATLICHE/ KRIMALPOLIZEI". At the bottom of the disc is stamped the owner's serial, "8985". The stamping is extremely concise and crisp.
There is a vague straight line beneath the numbers. There are also some minor taps in the surfaces of the reverse. For some reason this disc has a hole drilled in both of the outer edges. The original hole done by the producer is at the left of the eagle. The other hole is just the slightest bit smaller, so it can be assumed this was drilled by the original owner for reasons of his own, or perhaps it was drilled sometime in modern times. The disc is non-magnetic.
A good, original KRIPO example.
POTPOURRI #33983C Lot of 10 Political Postcards
The Political Postcards included in this lot of ten remain in remarkably good condition for paper products of their age. They are only minimally yellowed and any discolorations present on a given card are very minor.
These are bifurcated cards, with a photograph on the left side of the card and a lined area on the right. The reverse side of each is blank. The subject matter of the photography is, in the main, the go-to Party subjects; marching men, huge rallies, and plenty of waving standartes. There a few notable examples, though, including a solitary HJ bugle boy and a great shot of some NSKK men tearing down a dirt road on their motorcycles. Hitler's JU 52 also makes an appearance, in flight over a picturesque landscape. There are also a pair of cards related to the 1936 Winter Olympics and a KDF example related to some sort of drive, "Collecting at the end of the workday".
The right side is printed "Postkarte" and is lined so you could easily ink a note to Onkel Oskar and Tante Trudi detailing all the Bolsheviks you shot at the front. An image of Hitler's disembodied head glowers at the recipient from the upper right hand side, except on the Olympic cards which have an eagle with the Olympic rings and the KDF card, which has a green eagle in flight.
A very nice set of period cards here, in very good condition.
Excellent Plus. $115.00
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 6¾” by about 5”.
A great little grouping here.
Excellent Plus. $225.00
POTPOURRI #27087C Ausweiss Party Member Book
There are details about this man, as well as lots of signatures. There is a facsimile of Hitler, as well as Party Treasurer Schwarz. The booklet was originally issued “15 October 1933”.
Books such as this one are great items to display with other Party memorabilia.
POTPOURRI #31106 Work Book for Auslander
The book has a couple of entries in it and indicates that the man was from the city of Simferopol and that he was born on 10 December 1912. Presumably you needed a book like this in order to work within Nazi Germany, especially as a foreigner.
AN interesting piece of period ephemera here.
Near Mint. $30.00
POTPOURRI #41016C 16" Aluminum Trolley Eagle
This eagle measures 16 inches from wing tip to tip. The bird faces to the viewer's left. The detail to the wing feathering, breast, talons and wreath are outstanding. The raised swastika within the wreath is nicely highlighted with a black-painted background, which is original; I have also seen trolley eagles with red swastika backgrounds. The entire eagle shows only modest patination, still being quite crisp.
The reverse of the eagle's right and left wings respectively, have a cast-in marking consisting of an up-side-down "V" and a right-side-up "V". In the center area behind the breast is a raised mounting stud which has been threaded. At the upper edge area of each wing, there is also a mounting position which is holed and threaded. The same arrangement is present at the reverse center of the swastika. The right wing has had a pencil notation done on the surface, "U.S. 9th Army/ 1945", which appears to have been done by the returning veteran.
A fine opportunity here to acquire one of these very rarely seen eagle types. A great-conditioned, original example.P>Mint Minus. $1,695.00
POTPOURRI #33535 Captured Silver Pocket Watch
This watch measures a little bit over 2” in diameter. I am not sure exactly when it was made, but it looks to me to be a piece from the early 1920s. The watch is marked on the face with the name of the company “Mutha”. I tried to look this company up but do not find any record of it except for a modern company established in India. This watch is certainly not Indian! There is a fine design which goes around the outside edge and the crystal is still intact. I am not sure whether the crystal is plastic or whether it is an early glass one that is still intact. Either way, the numbers are made as black slots around the watch face and there are small Arabic numbers which go around the outside. The watch has numbers going up to 24, indicating it is a watch that also could tell military time. The watch winds from a standard mechanism at the top.
Opening the reverse case, the surfaces have a fine “spun” finish. In the upper area, the surface is marked in an ellipse figure with the two capital letters “M”. In the center is the typical silver markings used by German jewelers, a crescent and a Prussian crown. Beneath this is the silver content “800” and an arrow. Beneath this is the number “370”. I didn’t open the backing that secures the mechanism, but this watch really works well. I have had it on my desk for a couple of days and it is completely accurate.
A nice item here and maybe something you would like to add to your collection as an interesting watch.
Excellent Plus. $695.00
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 #33675 German Dog Tag
The tag is in the standard oval shape, with three central "perforations" for snapping it in half and three string holes, two at the "top" and another at the "bottom". There is what looks to be an old olive drab boot lace strung through the holes and knotted; I'm not sure if this is the original string, but it certainly is old. The surfaces have darkened quite but but remain smooth.
Mirrored above and below the perforations is the code, "Brschwg BLA RK / Heim. Kraftf. / 242". This text is a bit more legible (and of a much higher quality) than we normally see.
A very nice early Dog Tag here.
POTPOURRI #40999C Formal Hitler Hoffmann Portrait with Silver Presentation Frame & Box
Certainly one of the most desirable artifacts in our hobby is an example of one of the presentation AH photos in its original silver frame with accompanying box. The frame and photo are in choice condition. The picture and frame come from the famous Frank D. Gish collection and were acquired by Gish directly from the 101st Airborne Division veteran that brought the artifact home.
The frame has an edge with three step-up sections with smooth surfaces. At the lower portion of the frame is a matching silver panel measuring nearly 2 inches wide and having the four edges engraved with the classic Greek Key pattern seen on many AH items, to include the famous formal pattern state flatware. In the center of the panel is a raised Political eagle with head looking to the viewer's right. The wings are fully open. The bird's talons grasp a wreath which frames a raised immobile swastika. To the left and right of the wreath respectively, are the Führer's initials, "A.H".
The frame measures 13 3/8 inches long by 9 3/8 inches wide. The surrounding outer edge is smooth and is 1 inch wide. On the center of the upper outer frame surface are the stamping's of the producer, "FHW" within a square. Below is a stamping depicting the Munich Monk; this figure has a long and equally interesting history, and one that has caused a bit of confusion in the hobby. On either side of the Monk are the artist's initials, "V H", respectively, and below the figure is an "M", which stands for Munich.
The photograph is the infamous Hoffmann formal depiction of Hitler from waist up, standing in Political uniform with swastika and eagle tie pin. His left arm is positioned at the center buttons at the waist of his uniform, and the right arm is crooked with his right hand positioned on his hip. The Führer's practiced face is serious, looking slightly to his left. The photograph remains in perfect condition having a 3/4 inch white matte. The original glass remains.
The reverse of the frame is covered in a brownish-purplish grained leather. The opening is hinged at the top and is retained closed by six screw-retained silver brackets.There is a flap which opens for standing display of the frame. The reverse remains in near perfect condition.
When we acquired the accompanying storage box, there was one edge of the box that was gone to time and also the edges of the box and lid had been separated from the top and lower surfaces. We re-built the box and edges, recovering the inner edges of the box with velvet to match as best as possible. We left the left side edge of the lid loose with an opening flap for easy lifting of the lid. The cover of the storage box features an embossed gold eagle which is about 3 3/4 inches wide and 5 1/2 inches long. The eagle is the Party type having half-open wings, looking to the viewer's right and clutching a wreath with mobile swastika within. 100% of the gild to the bird remains. The interior of the box is red velvet covered. On the bottom inner portion, there is a recess which accommodates the flap on the reverse of the frame.
The frame and box come together with the veterans statement, Platoon Leader Lt. Donald N. Banman of 2nd Platoon, C company, 506th Para Inf., 101st Airbourne Division. The statement give details of the various "booty", coming directly from the Berghof, of which this picture, frame and box are mentioned. The testament is dated July 11, 1987 and is witnessed by Frank Gish, the original acquiring collector.
A great opportunity here to acquire an extremely rare and desirable AH frame and box, which is not only original, but documented from the original acquiring 101st Airborne veteran. It just doesn't get any better than this.
Excellent Plus. $20,995.00
POTPOURRI #38649 SS/SA 5000km Radiator Plaque
This Radiator Plaque was the award that was made from SS/SA vehicles that participated in some sort of long distance driving event. These type of auto tours were popular in the 30's and the SS and SA participated in them.
This plaque is quite impressive, being triangular and about 4 inches on each side. It is made of aluminum and is hollow-backed, being pressed out.
At the top is the number “5000” and beneath is a fine, open-winged eagle who looks to the viewer's right and clutches and wreathed swastika. The eagle is exceptionally detailed. On either side of the bird's talons we see a round SA rune and a set of SS runes. The recesses of the plaque have been colored with a flat black.
This plaque would make for a really great accent to a collection of SS or SA memorabilia. A very rare thing here, the first of the type I have ever seen.
Excellent Plus. $650.00
POTPOURRI #40893 Deluxe Imperial Match Safe
The upper portion of the safe is decorated the motto "GOTT MIT UNS' within a rope-like circular border, along with a sprigs of laurel leaves and an raised out Prussian crown. Flanking this design on the left and right are stylized artillery shells.
The reverse of the safe has a beautiful Joan of Arc medallion, complete with some very nice Art Nouveau style lettering (which I can't quite make out) ringing the top.
This is the first example of this type I've seen. Perhaps this match safe was originally the property of an Catholic, or an artilleryman? Perhaps both? We will never know but this fine safe stands on its own.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
POTPOURRI #40894 Imperial Match Safe
This 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".
There is a slight indentation on the crown but it is hard to notice.
A nice Imperial example here. Matches of course were a valuable commodity in the trenches and warranted sturdy protection such as this!
POTPOURRI #40895 Imperial Cigarette Lighter
This lighter is round in shape and constructed from stout brass. On both sides of the body of the lighter is the familiar motto, "GOTT MIT UNS", with the usual attendant laurel sprigs and Prussian crown. There are small dings on either side of the crown, but this kind of wear it to be expected as it is quite vaulted.
At the top of the lighter is a brass stem which retains a round striker wheel. Next to the striker is the wick port, complete with a screw cap to protect the wick and keep the fluid from evaporating. There is no wick but this could be easily remedied.
These period cigarette lighters are fascinating examples of clever design, a far cry from the disposable trash we commonly see these days.
POTPOURRI #40892 Cologne Turnfest Penknife
This Penknife is about 3 ½ inches long, with a silvered finish on both plates. One of the plates features the raised out image of the famous cathedral of Cologne. Beneath this depiction is a raised coat of arms topped with a ribbon reading "Köln - 1928". The opposite side has the initials "FF"; the second "F" is flipped and mirrors the first. Below these initials is the image of a man carrying a banner marked with the same initials. Further down is the text "Deutsche Turnfest / Koln A / RH. 1928". A turnfest is a gymnastics festival, which were quite popular in Germany at the time. Apparently this was a souvenir of the event.
This knife originally had two blades, but sadly one has been broken off at the ricasso. The remaining blade has a marker mark that I can't quite make out.
A neat period knife here, with an interesting pedigree.
POTPOURRI #40980C Iron Sonnenrad from Berlin Olympic Stadium
This all-welded iron Sonnerad (Sun wheel swastika within circle) is a great looker, being quite heavy. The sun wheel is mounted to give a "floating" look to it while secured to a circular iron outer covering. When we received it, it had no stand, only the steel mounting rod. We put an appropriate stand with it and painted it to match, so that the artifact can be truly enjoyed sitting on a desk or collector shelf.
The consignor states that this Sonnerad was a veteran pick-up and the vet said that the piece was liberated from the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (This is unverified, but research should be able to prove this statement out). Apparently these Sonnerad were run around the top of the stadium as a decorative touch. This is the first example that I have seen. Would make quite a nice addition to any collection and maybe a great item for a Berlin Olympics collection.
Near Mint. $995.00
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 #40758C Original Naval Honor Dagger Presentation Case
This Presentation Case was produced by the Carl Eickhorn firm for use with the special Honor Daggers made for U-Boat award winners and retiring admirals. The workmanship throughout is exceptional. You can see a few of these boxes in my Navy Book, on pages 422 and 429.
This example is in very nice condition, covered in blue leather with a fine grain. There are some signs of wear at the corners and along the edges, but overall the leather remains in nice condition.
The lid of the box has a an embossed, gilded Naval eagle in the center. This impressive open-winged bird looks to the viewer's ring and clutches a wreathed mobile swastika. The lid is secured with a pair of brass catches, both of which are in good working order.
The interior is lined in padded white satin. In the right corner is a gilded Eickhorn "Over the Shoulder" Squirrel trademark that was used by the firm after 1941. The lid is affixed and hinged by means of a satin flap. The lower portion of the box is lined in navy blue felt and recessed to perfectly fit a Naval Honor Dagger. The bottom of the box is covered in black leather, showing mild age.
There is no getting around the fact this box is very expensive. It is, however, an extremely scarce accoutrement of one of the rarest and most valuable daggers in the hobby. If you should be lucky enough to own one of the 17 or 18 known Naval Honor Daggers, this piece represents an almost unheard of chance of completing it.
Excellent Plus. $24,995.00
POTPOURRI #37320C Reinhardt Heydrich Porcelain Formal Dinner Plate
This very rare, original Heydrich Formal Dinner Plate measures 10 ½ inches across. It has a 1 ½ inch Greek Key border enclosing a series of swirls separated by what look to be potted plants every three inches or so. It is in totally perfect condition.
The main surface of the plate is white porcelain. The ornate and beautifully gilded monogram of Heydrich, "RH", appears in the very center. It is interesting to note that strokes of the letterforms are actually stylized siegrunes! The effect is very striking.
The reverse of the plate is marked "Bavarian / Tirschenneuth". Above this maker name is a crest composed of a shield with a heraldic bend and a Bavarian crown.
When these plates were first discovered about 15 years ago a certain subsegment of "collectors" immediately deemed them to be fakes. This was, as usual, another error that has since been proven wrong.
Quite a showpiece here, and perfect for the SS collector.
POTPOURRI #38515 Luftwaffe Dinner Soup Plate
The plate is constructed of unadorned white porcelain. The reverse is marked with a Luftwaffe eagle and "FL. U. V.". Below this is the maker mark, "Koenigszelt 1939".
A fine Luftwaffe Plate here. It was mostly likely used in a Luftwaffe Officer's mess.
Excellent Plus. $95.00
POTPOURRI #40740 German Red Cross Sign
This German Red Cross Sign sign is fairly large and quite heavy, being porcelain coated over a convex, vaulted steel base. The sign measures 20 inches X 20 inches square. The white porcelain has the usual damage around the four corner screw-in holes and also there are three mild taps to the porcelain off the center area, each being about the size of a quarter.
The sign features a black Red Cross Eagle. The eagle is portrayed with head looking to the viewer's left with closed wing depiction. The black bird grasps the Geneva Convention red cross in its talons, and on his chest is a contrasting white swastika. Beneath the eagle in black Gothic letters is the name of the organization, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz". The sign is further bordered with a thin black line that runs around the edges.
The black reverse has a few rust spots and minor signs of age, but nothing detrimental.
This rarely seen sign would make a terrific center piece to an advanced Red Cross/Social Welfare collection or would make a highlight on a collector room wall. A great piece here!
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
POTPOURRI #40746 Veteran Mounted 24" Railway Eagle
This setup is really great and basically already to hang on your wall, featuring a 24 inch aluminum eagle is veteran-mounted in a wooden case. The vet used the eagle's back bolts to go through the wood of the case and then used the original railway nuts to hold it secure - how cool!. As a background there is a red cloth, which I am sure is a piece of a Nazi flag; it is the same cotton and faded to the dull red color than I see so many times in my business. A neat touch here.
The eagle itself shows the usual great detail throughout and it has a fine smoked patina evenly spread throughout the surfaces; it is just a great look here that will make you smile.
The wood back mount for the eagle is in a separate frame that measures 25 inches X 15 inches. This frame fits securely into a back frame, so that the eagle and front frame are removable from the back case. The back case measures 20 inches by 27 inches. The mounting wood has never been finished, but looks just fine the way it is. One side edge of the back frame has been burnt some in a fire in the vet's house, but if anything, it adds character to the package. I did not bother to take the eagle off apart from the mount to look at the maker and other details on the back of it, as it seemed a shame to disrupt this bird's fine nest.
This eagle has resided untouched in my consignor's home for three decades and came directly from the veteran that liberated the eagle. This exact eagle is pictured on page 18 in the renowned book on railway eagles, 'Third Reich Reichsbahn Eagles' by author Wilhelm P.B.R. Saris. The slight burn mark on the left spine on the frame is an exact match. A stunning piece of period work here, and what a great spectacle it is!
Excellent Plus. $3,495.00
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, sent to Argentianian Ambassador Botschafter. Ministerpräsident Generalfeldmarschall Göring und Frau Göring announce the birth of their daughter Edda in Berlin on 2 June 1938.
Along with the original announcement is a telegram sent to Botschafter 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. $850.00
POTPOURRI #40683C Seating Arrangement for Reich Chancellery Diplomatic Dinner
This is an extremely fascinating document. It measures about 19 inches by 14 inches and is folded in half. The cover denotes that the document is an "Evening event from the Führer und Reichskanzler for Wednesday on 1 Mârz 1939, with the Diplomatic Corps".
The invitation was sent to the Ambassador of Argentina Botschafter and his guest Frau Cincar-Markovié. Once the cover page is opened, it is indeed a grand sight to study. The document includes the complete table setting arrangment for a huge dinner, held in the Reich Chancellery. All the names of the participants are printed next to the table images. At the front of the room is, of course, Hitler, and as was usual for him, he has a lady on each one of his sides,"Frau Hamdi Arpag" on the right and "Frau Attolica" on the left. Göring sits to the right of Frau Attolica and the guest of honor, Ambassador Argentina Botschafter in on Göring's right. The rest of the immense dinner layout includes almost everyone important in the 3rd Reich. Just wading down on side of one table is Dr. Ley, v. Schirach, Funk, Bouhler, Himmler, Hühnlein, Lütze, Dr. Meissner, Dr. Lammers, et cetera, et cetera. On tables to the right are the likes of SS Obersturmführer Wünsche and SS Gruppenführer Schaub. Even Goebbels and Darré are in attendance. Amongst all of the notables are many officials from Argentina and other Latin American countries. As we all know, Hitler had a good relationship with Argentina... Maybe too good of one!
This seating chart is extremely interesting and what a great thing to study. It could be easily framed for great viewing. It must have really been something to be a fly on the wall of one of these banquets and just imagine the elegant dresses, fantastic outer wear and, of course, the beautiful music that was surely played in the background by an orchestra. Imagine the uniforms that were worn to this affair! Couple it all with the strict European manners observed by the Germans, and man, there must have been some choice bowing and heel-clicking at this shindig. An extremely interesting piece of history here!
POTPOURRI #40560C Imperial Prussian Automobile Club Dirk
This Auto Club Dirk is an extremely fine weapon; it is quite rare and very desirable. This is a Prussian example, although there was an Auto Club established in Bavaria. The German Army took an interest in automobiles in about 1906, feeling that the owners (and the automobile itself) could be something of use to the country in the event of an armed conflict. When the war event broke out in 1914, many of these club members acted in service of their country as drivers. There were also Flying and Boating organizations of this type. These clubs were usually peopled with royal types and other assorted well-heeled gentry. They missed very few opportunities to showcase their wealth (and patriotism), with expensive uniforms and lavish parades, to say nothing of their newfangled vehicles.
This particular dirk has solid brass hilt mounts. The closed Imperial pommel is identical to that used on Naval pieces, with an orb and cross set atop a series of finials. Eight dome shaped devices ring the pommel, alternating between designs of crosses and Imperial eagles.
The crossguard is basically the same as an Imperial naval type, with the exception of the reverse center block which is devoid of decoration other than random pebbling. The obverse center block has an applied automobile horn. The guard arms are four sided, with a capstan at the end, also like a Naval piece.
The grip is a most beautiful, deluxe, extra-cost type. It is more bulbous at the top and tapers at it goes down. It has very fine grain and has toned to a most desirable gold color, particularly on the reverse. It is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire.
The scabbard is a brown leather example, with the usual twin decorative edge lines and being sewn up the back. The leather remains in excellent condition and shows little age. The scabbard shell has matching brass mounts, with scalloped ends but otherwise plain. The upper mount has a long lug to accept a frog.
The blade is a real beauty, with a double edges and a center ridge. It has been heavily nickel plated and remains in mint condition. It is mirror-bright and has a needle-like tip. The reverse of the blade is unmarked.
A great dirk here, especially if you are the type of collector that enjoys the unusual.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,295.00
POTPOURRI #39689C Period “Zenith” Watch with SS Markings
This watch comes directly from the son of the veteran who brought it home. According to his son Morris Hershgordon was involved in concentration camp liberation and due to the fact that he was fluent in German he was assigned to be a military guard in a prison of war camp. He was assigned to Stalag XIII D in 1945 in Northern Bavaria. While at this camp he came into the possession of this Zenith watch.
The watch is an extremely well made item being waterproof which was quite rare at the time. The face of the watch if black with a luminous dial having a second hand sweep as well as the regular two silver hands. The watch is finished in a silver finish. Beneath the Zenith title on the face there have been painted a set of luminous SS runes. These runes do not look to have been factory done but were done aftermarket and appear to be professional especially since the luminous paint was used. Further, on the reverse of the case it is marked “SS” using one of those engravers that leave the small dimple marks which we see frequently on SA presentations. The watch is factory marked “ACIER INOXYDABLE”. Below this appears the serial number of the watch “593920”.
Attached to the watch is an expensive hand made bracelet which is marked “12 Karat Duchess/Top/Bottom”. The watch is fairly small and since the bracelet name implies a female status I believe that this watch was owned by a female SS prison official or someone of the like. The watch was not running when I acquired it and we went through the expense to have it completely overhauled and it now runs wonderfully.
Along with the watch comes the statement of the son of the veteran, Robert Hershgordon, about his father’s time in the service. Also included is dog tag which belonged to Morris Hershgordon, stamped with his serial number, “13115219 243”. Further down are the letters "A" and “H”. The dog tag is still complete with its original neck chain.
This is an opportunity to acquire an original SS owned watch which is also of high quality and will probably run well for many many year to come. A very interesting example there which is documented by the son of the veteran and guaranteed by myself to be original.
POTPOURRI #40581 Marble Pen Set for Dog Training Leutnant
This pen set is composed of a beautiful light green color marble base fitted with two brass fountain pen receivers and a long slot that was used for laying a pen down. The marble unit is about 10 inches X 5 7/8 inches.
In the center upper area of the marble is positioned a bronze representation of a Deutscher Schäferhund, more commonly known as a German Shepard or an Alsatian if you are a Hun-hating Brit. The dog is laying in a prone position relaxing with his front paws outward and tail curved around his butt. He looks outward with long handsome snout and high ears. Above the pen resting slot is a small brass presentation plaque. It is engraved, "LT. BAUMGART/ HUNDEERPROBUNGS ABT./ B. O.K.W.".
The inscription would imply that Baumgart was with a dog training unit which was part of the O.K.W. The original green felt covering on the bottom of the marble shows age and wear, but is still in good condition.
A most interesting desk set component that would be a must for a German Shepard owner who also is a collector. A wonderful piece here to dress up your desk!
Excellent Plus. $995.00
POTPOURRI #39945 Small 1935 Partietag Souvenir Banner
The top has a built-in hoist which retained the original metal bar. Attached to the bar is a red cord, with a white tassel affixed to either end.
On one side of the banner is a scene of medieval Nüremberg, with (unsurprising) word "Nüremberg" beneath. It is very colorful and extremely well done, being rendered in woven thread.
On the opposite side is the logo used for the 1933 Party Day rallies, featuring an eagle clutching a swastika. The bird is set atop three figures. The center figure is that of Hitler, flanked by a Wehrmacht soldier and the head of a Party member. These figures are surrounded by a black line and a green border.
Inside the border is the slogan "Der Gott der Eisen Wachsen ließ der Wollte Keine Knecht", or "The God who made iron grow, did not want servants".These words of course, are taken from the Vaterlandslied, a patriotic poem written by Ernst Moritz Arndt in 1812. Apparently Hitler represents the "god" in this context.
Around the bottom of the image, in black, are the words "Reichspartietag 1935".
A really great little item here, perfect to accent your collection. It is extremely well made and was most likely sold at the rally.
POTPOURRI #40591C 24" Aluminum Railway Eagle - PS
This Railway Eagle is the 24 inch variety (actually 23 and 7/8's, but who's counting?) and remains in choice condition. The obverse surfaces are perfect with no flaws and very fine detail throughout the bird's wings, wreath and swastika. The bird's head faces to the viewer's left.
The reverse of the eagle is marked "PS" within a circle on the left reverse wing, being the initials of the producer. Beneath the maker marking are the markings, "LOK 600", standing for "Lokomotive" and the millimeter dimensions of the wing spread. Beneath this is the make-up of the metal mixture, "GAL-Mg-Si" being notation for aluminum, magnesium and silicon. On the center reverse area are the markings, LOK/RZA5/BERL (Reich Zug Adler and dimension) and BERL. (Berlin).
The eagle is equipped with the four original threaded studs. The two end studs also have a hole drilled through the side which was probably done by a previous owner to aid in hanging the eagle (no harm here). As we see on a lot on the "PS" eagles, the reverse has been period painted a green olive drab. This paint remains in excellent condition, still being about 98% intact.
A great original Railway Eagle here ready to place above your dagger collection and provide a dynamite look to your collection. We can never get enough of these. They are really hot items, so if you are interested, suggest you get in touch immediately.
Mint Minus. $2,795.00
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 #40457 Zeppelin Christmas Ornament
The zeppelin is fabricated of silvered glass and is seven inches long. It has red trim on the fins and the gondola. The dorsal fin is decorated with a black swastika set on a white field. The word "Zeppelin" can be seen o either side of the envelope.
This interesting item were recently discovered in a warehouse in Czechoslovakia, having languished there since the 1930's. A great, original ornament here, perfect to dress up your tree.
Excellent Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #32851C SS Truppen Ausweis Document With Complete Record of SS-Sturmbannführer Karl Bristot
This complete record of SS Sturmbannführer Karl Bristot includes Bristot’s original Ausweis document, which contains his photograph as well as the validation stamp for 1941. Original Ausweis documents in themselves are extremely rare.
In addition, the grouping includes Bristot’s complete SS record beginning from his attendance in 1935 at Bad Tolz to the war year of 1944 when he became commander of the Btl. 14 W.Gr. Div-ss. Some of the highlights of this document include the SS application, the recommendation for the German cross in gold which Bristot received, the preliminary recommendation for the Knight’s Cross which Bristot did not receive, the preliminary award document for the German cross in gold, his SS officer school record, a record of him being wounded, an evaluation of Bristot while under the commando of Rommel in Paris, a record of the award of the E K II and I, the Russian medal, the DRK medal and the war merit cross without swords, his basic service record along with the sword award and the Leuchter, an insert for his Wehrpass, the birth of his daughter Ingrid, a thanks for a wedding gift, a marriage request for he as well as his wife, a marriage certificate from the police president in Braunschweig and many, many other certificates and copies of service recommendations.
There is enough information here to keep an SS research student occupied for many days. This is one of the few complete SS records that exists along with an original Ausweis certificate. A great item here for the SS researcher or for someone who wants to add a real tidbit to an SS collection. This documentation was once owned by J. Gillespie, a famous collector of the past.
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 #40217C Friedrich Herder Paper Issue Sack
This Issue Sack is constructed of manila paper. It measures 19 ½ inches long and 5 ½ inches wide at the top, tapering down to about 2 inches at he bottom. I'm guessing that this sack was meant for a 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger, but I'm not sure.
The sack is rubber stamped with the model number "No 547". The Crossed Keys trademark of the Herder firm are also visible. Above and below the Keys respectively are the words "Waffenfabrik" and "Solingen". In smaller print near the bottom are the words "Blanke Waffen aller / Militäreflekten". There is also a printed directional arrow and the RZM code "M7 / 49".
This paper sack remains in excellent condition, with the upper flap folded over. It was torn open, but it is not ripped into shreds as these things normally are.
A very nice original Issue Sack here. If anyone has a Herder catalog I'd love to know what dagger was classified as Model #547.
POTPOURRI #40216C Paper Issue Sack for Army Officer's Dagger
The top has been opened up but the flap is not ripped. There is a tear on the left edge but it is not bad. Printed on the face of the sack we see "Offiziers-Dolch" and "WH".
This issue sack has no maker marking as was apparently used to ship Army Officer's Daggers. We see a lot of unmarked Army Daggers, particularly those that were made after the start of the war.
A great bag to put with a mint, wartime-issue Army Dagger.
POTPOURRI #40215C Original F. W. Höller Sword Length Paper Issue Sack
Printed on the front of the bag we read,"F. W. Höller / Waffenfabrik / Solingen / Gegründet 1866 / Höller Qualitäts-waffe", long with the Höller Thermometer trademark. Beneath this mouthful is "No _____ / Länge _____"; obviously this is where the model number and sword length would have been printed.
A great opportunity here to acquire an original sword issue sack and rule complete your Höller piece.
POTPOURRI #40218C Original F. W. Höller Sword Length Paper Issue Sack
Printed on the front of the bag we read,"F. W. Höller / Waffenfabrik / Solingen / Gegründet 1866 / Höller Qualitäts-waffe", long with the Höller Thermometer trademark. Beneath this mouthful is "No _____ / Länge _____"; obviously this is where the model number and sword length would have been printed.
A great opportunity here to acquire an original sword issue sack and rule complete your Höller piece.
POTPOURRI #40219C Original WW2 "Bring-back" Certificate
This "Bring-back" Certificate was issued on December 1st, 1944, to Private First Class Tony W. Mass. It is signed and authorized by an Army Captain of the 23rd Engineer Battalion. It shows age and has been folded but is free of tears and remains in good condition. You might even frame it.
At the bottom of the slip, written in ink, we read "One - Nazi Party Dagger". I guess the ownership of this nature is basically a license to steal, as the description of the dagger is ambiguous to say the very least. I hope no unsavory person tries to pass this document off with one of their own daggers!
An interesting piece of WW2 ephemera here.
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 #40258 Set of NSDAP Christmas Ornaments
These NSDAP Christmas Ornaments were recently discovered in a warehouse in Czechoslovakia, having languished there since the 1930's. These ornaments are quite interesting, most likely being sold during Hitler's rise to power. They have been repackaged to protect them, the original straw packing material having degraded over the years.
The balls in the set are eight sided affairs, done up in silver with alternating red panels. Four of the sides have raised out black swastikas. Each of these balls shows minor signs of age but each remains completely intact.
The set also includes a finial. This finial is about ten inches long and has an arrow shaped center. The edges are trimmed in red and have a raised swastika.
A great set of ornaments here for your special collecting room tree!
Excellent Plus. $795.00
POTPOURRI #40260 Adolf Hitler Christmas Ball
This original AH Christmas Ball is in the (rather comical) likeness of Hitler. It shows some age here and there, but is generally good shape. Poor old Adolf is rendered in silver, complete with the silly combover haircut and "iconic" mustache done in black. The staring blue eyes are an inhuman, swimming pool blue and are sure to give your holiday houseguests indigestion.
This interesting item were recently discovered in a warehouse in Czechoslovakia, having languished there since the 1930's. These ornaments are quite interesting, most likely being sold during Hitler's rise to power. A real conversation piece here!
Excellent Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #40285 Adolf Hitler Christmas Ball
This original Christmas Ball is in the unfortunate likeness of Hitler. It shows some age here and there but is generally good shape. Herr Schicklgruber is rendered in silver, with the plastered down combover and toothbrush mustache done in black. The unnerving blue eyes are an inhuman, swimming pool blue and are sure to put viewers of a more fragile constitution off their fruitcake.
This interesting item were recently discovered in a warehouse in Czechoslovakia, having languished there since the 1930's. These ornaments are quite interesting, most likely being sold during Hitler's rise to power. A real conversation piece here!
Excellent Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #33623 Ernst Udet Table Medallion
As we know Udet had apparently had enough of the war and was given more responsibility by Göring than he could stomach, eventually taking his own life in 1941. He was, of course, one of Görings WW1 wing mates and a winner of the coveted Pour le Mérite. He was reportedly a fantastic man to be around, a great joke-teller and drinker.
A nice medallion here, no doubt made after his death to honor him. It was most likely displayed in a box.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $295.00
POTPOURRI #40266 Machine Gun Marksmanship Plaque
This plaque is mounted on black oak. It measures 5 ½ inches by 7 inches. A typical triangle hanger is mounted on the reverse, along with a paper tag marked "Oscar Steigwate", along with an address. Two bolts and nuts retain the plaque.
A crew of two men are depicted manning a water-cooled Maxim gun. The image is highly detailed, particularly about the faces and helmets of the men as well the workings of the machine gun itself. The gun is mounted on a tripod base and the spent casings can be seen being ejected from the side. The image is raised and the gun is rendered with a convincing impression of depth.
Beneath the image is an engraving which reads, "Dem Besten Shützen der 7th Corporal 17 "M. G." R 46 / Head Sept 1937".
A very nice item here, perfect to add interest to your collection.
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 #40167C SS/Army Panzer Cigarette Case
This cigarette case is in a completely untouched state, having a heavy patina across all of the surfaces. It is constructed of steel and looks to be either nickel or silver plated. it measures 3 by 3 ½ inches and has a standard "push-in" clasp on the right side.
The upper left portion of the case is decorated with floral designs. Applied to the design is a silvered Panzer skull. This skull looks to be the same type we would see on an SS or Army Panzer collar tab. The detailing remains quite good on this skull but it is heavily patinated. On the lower right of the case is a finely detailed panzer. It faces to the left is is very nicely rendered, looking similar to a tanker's sleeve insignia.
The interior of the case has a smooth, even layer of rust, although remarkably the elastic straps are intact, if somewhat discolored. The reverse of the case has been decorated with a subtle checkered pattern.
This is a great opportunity to acquire an absolutely original Panzer cigarette case.
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 #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 #40173C Trommler SA Ashtray
This ashtray is constructed of nickel and measures about 4 inches across. On the flat upper edge of the ashtray are the words, "Trommler Alarm Sturm Neue Front". Between age of the words are notches for resting a smoke.
A very fine item here, most likely found on the tables of many SA meetings.
POTPOURRI #39824 Porcelain “Führerzimmer” Sign
This small sign measures 11 ½ inches by 3 inches. It is white in color, with a black border and text. There is some chipping on the porcelain around each of the four mounting holes, as well as on the upper and lower edges at the center.
“Führerzimmer” translates to something like “Leader’s Room”, in the sense of an apartment or personal chamber. I suppose it was very useful for keeping the riff-raff out of the bosses personal space.
A good period sign here, perfect to hang on your bedroom or collecting room door!
Excellent Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #39861 Box of Six Period NSDAP Christmas Balls with Finial Top
Yes collectors, this box of Christmas Balls are original, recently discovered in the Czech Republic, stashed away in a dusty back room. I had a box of these about a year ago and never thought I’d see another one!
The balls have been repackaged into a much more sturdy box, but it is easy to see that they are very, very old. They are about three inches around and are identically constructed constructed from red glass. The obverse has a silver circle set with a raised black mobile swastika. At the top is the usual hanging ring typically seen on an ornament.
The finial top is also in the same motif, only in silver with a red ring making a field for the raised black swastika. The finial does show some age but is in good condition.
Some very interesting items here; they do much to dispel persistent myth that the German people in general were either godless, nihilistic atheists or bloodthirsty nouveau-Norse pagans. Contrary to popular (and wildly inaccurate) belief, the Party was never truly unified on the subject of religion, or at least could never find a way to enforce their bizarre farrago of pseudoscience and Neo-Paganism on the whole of the German populace. The Nazis may have conquered Europe, but in the end their battle against Christianity and its traditions proved to be yet another Russian front.
A great opportunity here to set up your very own little tree, complete with ornaments, with your own collection. If you are married I’m sure it would annoy your wife, but as a collector I’m also sure that you are used to that by now.
POTPOURRI #39862 Hitler Head Christmas Ball
Although it is hard to believe, this is in fact an actual, period Christmas Ball made in the unfortunate image of Adolf Hitler. Coming from a find in Czechoslovakia where a number of NSDAP Christmas items were discovered, It is constructed entirely of glass.
It is about 3 inches tall with a silver finish. The likeness is very interesting, accurately capturing the plastered down combover haircut, complete with anal-retentive parting (no doubt laid down with a surveyors string line) as well as the usual constipated expression. The eyes are particularly unnerving, done up in an inhuman, swimming pool blue that I’m sure will add an air of festive paranoia to any Christmas gathering. The tufted eyebrows and iconically ridiculous mustache are present in a deep black.
What a hoot to have this ball hanging on your tree, preferably were Aunt Gertie or your annoying fruitcake-laden neighbors won’t see it… or will see it, depending on your love of holiday arguments. In either case you will get a good chuckle out of it.
An ultra-rare, original item here. I guarantee no one else will have one!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
POTPOURRI #39968C Large Karl Ernst SA Poster
This poster has to be the best example of the type I’ve ever seen. It has been professionally framed and matted and remains in very choice condition. There is a very, very small tear at the top right, and a few minor fold lines. Beyond these, however, it is nearly mint.
The poster depicts the head of an earnest looking SA man, rendered with what looks to be charcoal in the very stylized, almost Deco fashion that was popular at the time. The initials of the artist, “SB / Senger / TRUF M4/7” can be seen at the lower left. This poster is done in red, black, and tan, set on a black matte. The effect of this simple, bold color scheme is very striking.
Below the head, in red Gothic lettering, is the word “Wohltätigkeitsfest”. This means something like “Charity Party” in English, so I’m guessing this was some kind of gala fundraiser.
Underneath is mouthful of letters it reads, “SA Gruppe Berlin Brandenburg / zu Gunsten bedüstiger SA Kamerden / unter dem Protektorat des Gruppenführers / Karl Ernst”. This translates to something like “SA Group Berlin Brandenberg / for the benefit of SA Comrades / under the sponsorship of the Gruppenführer / Karl Ernst”. So it appears that the flamboyant SA Group Leader, former bellhop and gay bar bouncer Karl Ernst, was at the head of this event to raise money for the SA, which I suspect worked out quite nicely for him.
Gruppenführer Karl Ernst was very high up in the SA, and an “intimate” friend of Ernst Röhm. It was rumored (but never proven) that he was instrumental in starting the famous Reichstag fire on February 27th, 1933. He did not escape the purge, with he and his sham wife being apprehended by the SS trying to feel to Madeira. He was hauled back to the LAH barracks and executed by a firing squad on June 30th, 1934.
This event was obviously grim and grimy beerhall punchup or Bolshevik boot party, oh no. The poster goes on to read “5 Kappellen / Ball / Reichshaltige Tombola / Kabaret / Kirmes”, or “5 Chapels / Ball / Rich Raffle / Cabaret / Fairgrounds”. As you can see by this comprehensive list of attractions Herr Ernst was pulling out all the stops in an effort to fill the SA coffers, and by extension his own pockets. The poster then appears to list the various celebrity personages that would be in attendance, an exhaustive roster including star power such as silent film star Charlotte Ander, the chansonniere, cabaret artist and film actress Lotte Werkmeister, and the rather mysteriously named act “5 Mädels un ein Flügel”; I can only venture to guess what these ladies were doing with the horn.
The event was set to take place on 9.12.33, at “im Kaisersaal des Zoo sämtlichen Nebenräumen!” or “In the Kaisers Hall of the Zoo, and all the adjacent rooms!” at 8:30 PM.
A great piece of art here, and one of amazing historic significance. It is amazing that an original poster of this nature would have survived all these years, to say nothing of the turbulent period after Röhm was eliminated. I can’t imagine a more interesting piece to hang with your collection!
Near Mint. $3,495.00
POTPOURRI #39969C Framed Poster “Wehrgabe der SA”
Apparently this was what you got for donating to the “War Gift of the SA”, a collection taken up for the Wehrmacht on the occasion of Hitler’s 46th birthday. It depicts a brightly colored SA man in full uniform, gazing wistfully at the ghostly specter of a weary looking German solider, set against a cheerful background of graves.
At the bottom of the poster is a blank form to be filled out, detailing how much was donated, when and by whom. There is also a SA rubber stamping on the lower left.
A very good looking piece of SA ephemera here.
Near Mint. $795.00
POTPOURRI #39931C Gestapo Cuffs
To say these Gestapo Cuffs are imposing would be a fairly enormous understatement; they would not be out of place in a dungeon. I’m sure this intimidation factor was an intentional element of their design.
The body of the cuffs appear to be of aluminum construction, with the swinging, saw-toothed locking portion made of steel. A stout looking block hinge joins the cuffs together in the center and only allows for very limited movement.
The locking mechanisms still work, and the keyholes appear to be designed to accept a key from two different orientations. I suppose this would be a useful feature if you needed to lock up someone prone after you’d just clubbed senseless with the butt of your pistol. The original key is included, tied to a length of twine.
Deeply stamped into the surface of one of the cuffs is the ominous marking, “GESTAPO / 5 23”.
An original set of Gestapo Cuffs here, easily one of the scariest looking items to survive the period. Make no mistake; these things are nasty looking. A very rare item here and quite desirable for the SS or Police collector.
Excellent Plus. $3,995.00
POTPOURRI #39809C German Pilots Watch
This German Pilots Watch is of very large size. It was constructed by the Lemania firm, a very prestigious maker of complicated watches. Lemania was founded in 1884 by Alfred Lugrin. Lugrin had trained at Jaeger-LeCoultre, a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer based in Le Sentier, Switzerland, founded way back in 1833. Until 1930, the factory was called Lugrin SA, until Lugrin's son-in-law Marius Meylan established the brand name Lemania Watch Co., based in l'Orient.
This watch, in addition to the normal functions, also has two pushbuttons on the right edge. The mechanism is very complicated but it works great. The first controls an auxiliary second hand that sweeps on the left side of the watch. The second pushbutton controls a hand which keeps track of the number of minutes that the second hand has run. This sort of timing device was invaluable for a pilot, and an indispensable tool for navigation.
When we received this watch it was not running. After $950.00 in repairs, however, it has been completely overhauled. It is now in excellent running condition.
The face of the watch is black with luminous numbers. The producer’s name, “Lemania” is at the top below the 12.
The reverse of the watch is marked “R L M – Nav” and “5121”. These letters stand for “Reichs Luft Flotte Ministry / Navigator”. This watch was apparently made specially for Luftwaffe pilots. There is a serial number of “48829”.
The watch looks to be made of stainless steel, but I am not sure. The band is a matching stainless, flexible type which may or may not be original. It is a very large size.
This watch is the property of the son of the veteran who brought it back. The watch also comes with a testimonial to this effect, which you can see in with the item photos. A very rare and special item here, in good working order which is a rare thing, A great item to add to a Luftwaffe collection, to be sure.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,495.00
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 2½ 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 #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 don’t think anyone would want to smoke after all these years, but it is a unique Göring item.
Near Mint. $1,895.00
POTPOURRI #39921 Reichsbahn Brass Lantern
This brass Reichsbahn Lantern is the highest quality example I’ve seen. I have had a few of these Railway lanterns in the past that have been made of steel, but this example is constructed mainly of fine brass.
It is complete with the fuel tank and attendant valves, pumps, and knobs. The original wick is in place, shuttered by cleverly designed doors with sliding wire latches. This model has two handles, the first being a U-shaped crook of wire with a shaped wooden handhold used for a swinging suspended carry, and the second being a pistol grip (in what looks to be aluminum) protruding from the back.
The lantern is marked “J.P Giessling / Nüremberg/1939” on the top front. Opposite this marking there is a Railway Eagle and swastika pressed out of the brass. This bird is flanked by the initials “D” and “R”, for Deutsche Reichsbahn.
This lantern looks to be in complete working order. This is the best lantern of the type I have ever had to offer, and a very fine DR item.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $750.00
POTPOURRI #39835 Cased Gold “Cyrus” Pocket Watch
The case has a faux-turtle look and measures 3 ½ inches by 4 inches. There is a gold border and, in the center, a coat-of-arms. The shield bears a Prussian eagle with clutching a sword and lightning bolts in his talons. A swastika can be seen on the breast of the bird, and below are a set of crossed hammers. The name of the company, “Saargruben”, appears between the hammers and the eagle.
Saargruben was on of the largest mining concerns in the Third Reich, suppling the coal, coke and minerals to feed Germany’s ravenous wartime appetite for steel. This huge company competed with the Göringwerks which was also involved in resource extraction.
The case opens by means of a push button. The top portion has a slot which retains a card. This card has the name “Karl Krämer” on it, as well as his address, “Kökendorf, Gartenstrasse 85”. I looked up Kökendorf and it turned turned out to be a salt mine in the area of Bad Friedricheshall.
The watch is a real beauty. It is a large pocket style with a flip-open hunting case. The outside of the case is fluted on both sides, with smooth edges that afford a pleasing contrast. The obverse has a plain oval that may have been meant to accept a monogram.
The inside of the lid is stamped with the 14 karat gold designation used in Europe, “.585”. Below this, in an oval, in the name “Cyrus”, which I assume is the maker of the watch case.
The watch itself is very beautiful, with a new-like face and fine, fancy golden hands. There is a conventional winder and it runs very, very well. The watch slots into a recess to hold it firmly in place.
A very beautiful piece of jewelry here, and perhaps something that could be researched. If you are looking for the finest of 14 karat gold watches with a Third Reich pedigree this items should be of great interest to you.
Near Mint. $4,500.00
POTPOURRI #39605C Cobalt Blue Reichsmarschall Göring Dinner Plate
The plate is 10 inches across, with a two inch band of cobalt blue running around the edge. The rim is further accent by gold lines on both sides. At the top of the plate is a beautiful gilded Reichsmarschall eagle, with open wings and looking to the left. This imposing bird clutches crossed batons with a swastika in the center.
The one problem with this plate can be seen in the form of a surface chip. It is about an inch wide and sits to the right of the eagle. This, of course, has a large effect on the value of the plate and certainly is a shame, but it is what it is; we can’t travel back in time!
The reverse of the plate is marked with the company name, “Tirschenreuth 1838”. Beneath this are the words “Echt Kobalt”, indicating the special material used to make the magnificent blue color.
So, if you would like to own a specialty Göring plate for about a third of what a perfect piece would sell for, this is a great opportunity.
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 viewer’s 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 Veteran’s medal, a British Woman’s 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 #39611C Gebirgs Jäger Regiment Mountain Pick Axe
This imposing mountain pick axe measures 31 inches in length. The sturdy oak wood handle is equipped with a metal sliding ring device with cloth strap attached to act as a handhold. There is a large polished steel head having a pick point on one end and an ice chopping edge on the other. There are also serrations below the pick point area that assumedly would aid in securing the pick axe head in place to rock or ice.
The head is maker-marked, "Stubai", with the name being enclosed within a diamond. The handle wood is stamped at the upper area, "GJR 137", which would represent Gebirgs Jäger Regiment 137. Om the other side is a carving of what appears to be "A11". The lower handle is protected by a matching steel boss device having a spike on the end of it.
A very sturdy original item here and a great accessory if you are working on equipping a Jäger display.
Excellent Plus. $595.00
POTPOURRI #39629 Pair of Framed Luftwaffe NCO Photographs
In the first image we see the proud looking NCO posing in full uniform, decked out with his 2nd Model Dagger complete with a portepee. His three eagle insignias mark his rank as that of Feldwebel. The dagger can be seen quite clearly, and is interesting in that it proves that higher ranking NCO’s were in fact eligible to wear the 2nd Model dagger. The photographs name and address are on this image.
The second photo is slightly larger, showing the man from the chest up. He’s been promoted to Oberfeldwebel in this photograph.
There is some slight yellowing on these images but if anything this adds a fine, vintage look to them. Both frames have the small, triangular wall hooks we commonly see on German items of this type.
These photographs would be great to display with a fine Luftwaffe collection.
Excellent Plus. $125.00
POTPOURRI #38812C Large Grouping of Veteran War Booty & Original Addressed Shipping Box
This consigned vet grouping has to be one of the best treasures that I have had the opportunity to offer to the collecting community. The wooden box was recently discovered in the back of an old boiler in the cellar of the vet's home that was sold after his death. The vet is buried down the street from the West Virginia home where the vet lived his life. The consignor currently occupies this home.
I am listing all of the items below and we are presenting photographs of each of the items. This grouping has to be sold as a single lot as per the instructions of the consignor, so I regret that we can't break anything up. This may be painful, as surely there are some things here that singly would be very desirable to serious collectors. It is also interesting that the vet included a cross and a St. Christopher's medal, probably something that he clung to in order to get him through the war and home again. The fact he stored these religious items in with the box would seem to indicate this. This box has been closed throughout the last seven decades and was first opened by the consignor after he discovered it.
The wooden box is about 13 inches by 10 inches and is 5 inches deep. It is quite well made with dove-tailed corners and a brass latch. Rather than open the box from the latch, the top was neatly sawed off. On the lid in old paint is: "PFC. Burkhart/ ASM - 35088098./ AT co. 71 INF. A.P.O. 44/ c/o PM, NY. NY" "To: Mrs. C. Burkhart/113 Hess Avenue., Martinsburg, W.Va." On the inside of the box's lid is a color advertisement in German showing a blond Nordic-looking girl holding a product that resembles a castle turret which is also the logo of the advertising company, MAUXION/Meisterklasse.
Inside the box is what appears to be a KZ shirt that was used to wrap around the goodies and protect them all of these years. I understand the 71st Infantry was instrumental in liberating one of the camps, so it is possible this is where not only the shirt comes from, but also the rest of the militaria, as most of it is not only in the original cases or issue packets, but some of the medals are also in their printed cardboard issue boxes.
This is an absolutely fascinating veteran grouping that merits extensive research; it is a standalone collection in its own right. I have no doubt that this literal treasure trove of history will provide the next owner countless hours of enjoyment.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $10,000
POTPOURRI #39580C LAH Straight Razor with Strop
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 #39583C SS Thermometer in Original Cardboard Tube
This cardboard storage tube of this SS Thermometer is red, with a lift-off top. The details of the thermometer are printed on a white label. It is stamped with the date "April 1942"” as well as "SS-Packung".
The thermometer itself appears to be functional. Rather that just a straight glass tube as we all were used to seeing as kids, this model has a bulbous section at the bottom which begins about halfway down the length. Hopefully this isn't some species of rectal thermometer; some mysteries are best left uninvestigated.
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. $325.00
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 #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
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 ½ by 3 ½ inches, and about 1 ¼ 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 higly active during the war, under the command of Jürgen Könenkampa. The research includes a record of U375’s 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 #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 #39596C Hermann Göring Cigar Band
It is quite an attractive looking band, bearing an image of Hermann in a dark suit in the center, looking rather like Bela Lugosi. This image flanked by acid green ribbons that read “Göring” on either side, and the whole affair is trimmed with elaborate embossed gold borders and deep black background shading.
A rare piece of ephemera here, although personally I wish the original cigar was included!
#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.
#39595C Printed Hitler Dinner Invitation
It lists Hitler as Chancellor of the German Reich, and has blank, printed lines inviting whatever "Frau" you’d care to pencil in, as well as more lines for the date and time.
This would be a very rare invitation to receive during the period, and an even rarer document to see these days.
POTPOURRI #33953C Signed Photograph of Hermann, Emmy and Edda Göring
This 3½ by 5½ inch original photograph depicts Hermann Göring in a white Field Marshall’s uniform complete with a Knight’s Cross and Blue Max with other medals sitting next to his actress wife Emmy Göring and his little two year old daughter Edda. Hermann is lovingly looking downward at Edda. There were many jokes about Göring that the child was really not his. One look at this photograph and the resemblance between the two is undeniable. The photograph is signed by Hermann Göring and Emmy Göring with different colored ink.
On the back of the card is the writing probably by Emmy, “Recht gute Besserung / Wünschen” which would have meant, “With our best wishes. Obviously Emmy gave this photograph with the signatures to a friend. The photograph is still in excellent condition with good clear photography. It looks as though the photograph was taken out of an album as there are traces of paper residue on the edges of both ends. A fantastic original photograph here with very desirable signatures.
Excellent Plus. $1,200.00
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 #38898C Wrought Iron Fenstergitter from von Schirach Summer Home with Provenance
This fenstergitter (a window grille in English) is from the summer home of Baldur von Shirach, who is probably best known as the Nazi Party's National Youth Leader (Reichsjugendführer) and head of the Hitler Youth from 1931 to 1940.
This custom made iron grille measures 41 inches by 12 ½ inches. The slender bars of the grille intersect to form a diamond which encloses an elongated swastika. There are six holes drilled into the grille for use in mounting.
The original paint remains on the grille. There is rust and patination throughout the metalwork, but it is not too bad. The central swastika is the style that was used by the Studentenbund, being slightly elongated on the vertical axis and with flared tabs at the end of each leg.
It is my understanding that there were originally six of these window grilles installed at von Shirach's Haus Aspenstein at Lake Walchensee. It is believed only two of these grilles survived; one purchased in 1964 and to this day in a European collection and the second surfacing in a Munich auction in 2000. This grille is the latter example. This frame was offered by Mohawk Arms in Auction Catalog 57 back in June of 2007.
This is great opportunity to add an exceptional piece to a HJ collection, given that it was the property of von Shirach. After writing the description of this Fenstergitter, I have secured some documentation on the item. There is a letter from well-known author and HJ expert, Philip Baker, dated 9 November 2000. In the letter Mr. Baker states that he possessed one of the original v. Schirach window fenstergitter and purchased this additional fenstergitter from Hermann Historika. He compared the two and they are identical, so this was the other one that was known to exist from Schirach's summer home, "Sommehaus".
We have this letter and we also have a copy of the original statement made by Heinrich Hummel, who did work at the Schirach home in 1964 and was given the first fenstergitter (now in Mr. Baker's collection) by the then current owner who apparently had it stored after it was removed from the home after the war. There is also a color photo of the two fenstergitters together. So, there is no doubt that this fenstergitter is indeed from the home of v. Schirach.
A fantastic piece of history here.
POTPOURRI #39328 Himmler Christmas 1943 Soldier’s 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 ½ 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 Reichführer SS / für feine tapferen Soldaten / der Waffen-SS / Kriegsweinachten 1943”. This translates to something like “From the Reichsführer 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 1990’s. A most interesting item here; I don’t 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 GI’s. This is doubtlessly a product of this initiative.
A very interesting item here.
POTPOURRI #38980C Carl Zeiss Monocular with Trench Art Bullet Stand
The exact purpose of this monocular is unknown to me; I can only assume it was used in conjuncture with some sort of weapons system (my best guess is a Flak 36) although I suppose it could have been used for surveying as well.
In any event it looks as it had, at one time, some sort of stand attached to the bottom which has gone missing. This was no trouble for the GI who liberated it, however; he simply welded four Luger bullets to the bottom to act as a support!
The optics on this piece are still clear and it is marked “FARBGLÄSER” which, oddly, translates “color glass”... From what I understand it had internal, mechanically actuated filters that could be applied to cut down on glare. There are two plates screwed to this optic, one marked “Carl Zeiss Jena” and the other having some typically cryptic German specifications, “B-FL. 10X45 FÜR EM4MRH38 / NR1127”.
An interesting item here, especially for those interested in period optics.
POTPOURRI #38920C Fanfare Bugle with Long SS Banner
This Bugle is quite long, measuring 30 inches. It is in excellent condition throughout, with no dings anywhere. It is an all brass instrument, complete with nickel trim around the fittings and bell. It is equipped with a pair of rings used to attach a banner.
The banner accompanying this bugle appears to be original to the piece as the snap clips exactly mate up with the rings, allowing it to hang fully extended in the proper fashion. The banner is constructed of cotton and is double sided, with separately applied SS runes on both sides. It measures 18 inches by 18 inches, with a fine 2 inch border of gold bullion fringe. This banner is in nice condition, only showing traces of age on the white SS runes. The clips that affix the banner to the bugle are very similar to those used on dagger hangers.
This is a very great pair here, one that would look fabulous displayed with an SS collection.
POTPOURRI #38736C Diver's Knife
The grip portion of the knife is fashioned with a a series of horizontal rings. The knife screws into the brass scabbard in typical diver's knife fashion. The scabbard itself is plain and has a “U” bracket at the top.
The blade is unmarked with a Bowie-style tip and a ricasso. It shows mild age in the surfaces but it is free of rust and still mostly bright. The original rubber scabbard seal is still in place.
This knife is unmarked but it looks very much like a period German piece.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
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 #38807C Bracelet of Political Leader Gorget Links
The links are the same size and shape as those we would find on a gorget, however they are connected from the sides as opposed to the ends, giving them a narrower look. The links are alternate between eagles with swastikas and wreathed swastikas. Each link has a round connector on each of the four holes. At the end of the bracelet is a catch which links around a mate mounted on the opposite end.
To me this does not look like something that was knocked together by a veteran after the war; it appears to be a professionally made item. In any event it is a beautiful piece and is priced the same as loose gorget links.
Excellent Plus. $295.00
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 #38688 Large Adolf Hitler Street Sign
The porcelain has has some spots touched up where it has been chipped over the years. The touch ups are not bad and appear in four places. The sign shows some wear and rust around the top edge where it would have been most exposed to the weather. The reverse retains most of the original black paint and also shows some mild rust.
The sign is equipped with four mounting holes.
A really great item here, perfect to set off your collection. I have sold a number of this type of sign over the years and they never fail to attract attention!
POTPOURRI #38650C SA Shooting Prize Stein
On the front of the stein is a hunter with a child standing in front of a target. On either side of the man are shields, one with crossed rifles and the other a Prussian eagle. Further on we see a raised ribbon with the slogan “Shützenlust hebt die Barust”. On the other side is another ribbon which reads “Ueb Aug und Hande für's Vaterland”.
The stein is equipped with with a hinged lid. The lid has been engraved with the name “Max Raithel”. Along the rim of the lid is the inscription “SA Werbeschissen 11. Nov. 1934”. This must have been a SA sponsored shooting contest and this stein was presumably a prize.
The bottom of the stein is marked “5” and “1854”.
A great item to add to a collection of SA artifacts, or even your bar!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00
POTPOURRI #38680C Waffen-SS Stamp Plate
The plate has an open-winged eagle with a wreathed swastika. Open the eagle is “Waffen-SS”. The plate shows some usage but it still serviceable.
It should not be difficult to rig up a replacement handle for this piece.
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. Rogoß / zur Erinnerung gew. v. d. / Uffz. Korps. Hacketau”. This translates, roughly, to “To Our Admired Comrade, A. Rogoß, 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 #26360C Honorary Key of Barracks II A.R. 69
This huge honorary Key is over ten inches in length and weighs over one pound. The key is an honorary example for the barracks at Lüttich Kaserne, which was the home of the Second Artillery Regiment No. 69. This key is dated 1939 in large, raised out letters, and in the center, is a raised out mobile swastika.
I am not sure of the history of this barracks, but apparently it represents that of a very famous regiment, as today, there is a museum there in the town of Kassel. This key needs to be researched but in the meantime, it would make a wonderful display with some other Third Reich artifacts. This key is most impressive. It would look really good in its own mount with a picture of the apparently famous barracks.
Near Mint. $995.00
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, “VERMÄHLUNG”. 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 / Nürnberg”. 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 ¾ 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 #37039 Busche Compass & Carrying Case
The compass itself still works great, and as I dictate this the needle is nicely pointing from North to South; since I know the position of my house the reading looks to be correct.
There is also an inner lid, mirrored on both sides and hinged, When the case closes we can read the text “Busche / 88273 / D. R. G. M.”. On the lower side there is a centimeter ruler which appears to be hinged to that it flips out, as well as a nickel carrying ring. The lid is equipped with a snap.
The compass comes with the original carrying bag which is constructed out of a fabric that almost resembles paper, but since it has survived all these years I'm sure it is some species of impregnated cloth.
A nice period item here that is still working like new.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $150.00
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 #37323C SS Pole Top or Section Marker
I'm not sure whether this item is a pole top or perhaps a marker to designate an SS configuration or group. Whatever it's purpose, it is a splendid item to enhance an SS collection. The marker is shield-shaped and measures 6 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. It is made of two pieces of medal riveted together and having an applied set of brass SS runes on the obverse.
The bottom of the shield has a round support tube rivetedto it and is meant to receive the end of a pole. The metal of the shield appears to be aluminum, but it is much heavier than this medal, so looks may be deceiving in this case. A great period item here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00
POTPOURRI #37275 Miniature Imperial Anchor on Wooden Plaque
This wooden plaque measures approximately 3 inches by 5½. 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. Kõnigsberg”, 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 #37263 BDM/Hitler Youth Powder Compact
This compact is a glided brass item, being about 2¾ inches around. The outside border has scalloped edges. On one side there are raised, arrow-like figures that point towards the center where there is a smooth, round area reserved for a monogram. A monogram has been engraved here, but I can't make out what it is. On the reverse of the compact is a series of star-like figures.
The compact opens via a push-in switch on the right. The upper interior lid reveals a mirror, still in good condition, and, on the right side, there is a gilded brass sphere which has had lined checkering, and in the center there is an intricately engraved Hitler Youth diamond. The engraving is really outstanding, having the lines on the top and bottom diamond while the two side diamonds are left smooth for contrast. In the center the center the swastika is done in the mobile style, with vaulted legs to provide depth. A great looking engraving here that can really be appreciated when viewed through a loupe. This area also lifts up to lock in the powder and puff that carried inside way back in the 30's.
A really neat item here that most likely would have been owned by an older BDM girl, at least one that was was old enough to wear some makeup. The BDM had girls as old as 21, so they would certainly qualify to have owned this fine piece of memorabilia.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $495.00
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 #36566 SS Presented Large Wrought-Iron Candle Holder
This candle holder is about 20” high, and about 15” wide. It is made all wrought-iron, the handwork performed by a wounded German veteran. The holder has a three-tiered round steel base, having a star-like design in the metal where the holder is attached.
The base itself is hollow, and a heavy nut secures the upper structure securely to it. Inside is affixed a paper label which reads, “WIRTSCHAFTDIENST / FUR KRIEGSVERSEHRTE UND HIEMINDUSTRIE / Ausstellungsnr. 414/12 / AUGSBURG – KONSTANZ – DUSSELDORF”. This (roughly) translates to, “ECONOMIC SERVICE / FOR WAR VALIDS AND HOME INDUSTRY / Exhibition No. 414/12 / AUGSBURG – KONSTANZ – DUSSELDORF”. Presumably this holder this the production of some sort of make-work program for wounded veterans or other non-combatants, which I understand was a common practice during the period.
There are three arms on this holder, each ending to a spike to secure a candle as well as a broad, shallow cone to catch any errant wax. Between these arms are two circles of wrought-iron, one high and one low, and each festooned with elaborate twists, curlicues and roughly hammered balls. Within these two circles, affixed to iron tabs, are two brass plaques.
Each brass plaque measures about 2½” by 2½”, and are in the shape of shields, complete with a slightly pointed escutcheon. The left hand shield (on the obverse) is engraved, “29. / SS STA / SCHWABEN / 1938. The text is engraved at an angle; in heraldic terms I suppose it would be a reverse bend. Thinly scribed lines separate the text, as well as define the border. On the reverse the shield bears a finely engraved depiction of the city crest of Schwaben. The right hand shield is engraved in a similar fashion to the left; “106 / SS STA / AUGSBURG / 1938” on the obverse facing, and the city crest of Augsburg on the reverse.
These excellently rendered engravings obviously refer to the 29th and 106th SS Standarten, from Schwaben and Augsburg respectively. It is possible that there may have been a sports contest between these two groups, or perhaps some other affair involving the two which caused the commissioning of this holder.
A most interesting item here, and one that would go well with a sophisticated SS collection. It might be a worthwhile research project to see what the connection was between these two SS groups.
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 für die Luftfahrt und Reichstagspräsident/Preussicher Ministerpräsident/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 Walküre. 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 7¼ inches.
Another great street sign, and a perfect addition to any SS collection.
POTPOURRI #35549 SA Marine Table Award
This rarely seen SA Marine Table Award is quite heavy and is about 4 inches round. The details throughout the award are highly raised and quite poignant to the eye. The center area features a wreath of oak leaves with a swastika in the center and a Roman-like sword superimposed lengthwise over the swastika. Since this is the symbol used on the SA sports award it’s a good assumption that this award was given for a sports event. Beneath the wreath is a crossed set of anchors which are also raised out. Raised out around the border of the medallion in Gothic style letters is “SA-MARINESTANDARTE 116 WILMELMSHAVEN. FÜR LEISTUNG”.
In other words this SA Marine medallion was given from the Wilmelmshaven Harbor SA Marinestandarte 116. The reverse of the medallion is engraved “Wehrkampftag / 4. 6. 1939 / 4 x 100 m staffel / 2. sieger / 1/116”. This presentation would indicate that the medallion was awarded for second place in a 4 x 100 meter race and given to the marine SA group 1/116. This is a outstanding very rarely seen medallion that would go great with other SA Marine items or even a dagger.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
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, “FÜR 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 #31656 Imperial Artillery Shooting Prize Stein
This Imperial Artillery Stein is the first example I have ever seen having the shape and features literally resembling an artillery shell. The stein itself is made out of the normal baked clay like substance. It is colored a gray color and has fluted lines that run throughout its surfaces and they are raised out. These lines are made to give the look of an artillery shell. At the top is the measurement that the stein held, “42 L”. There is a standard handle attached and the top of the handle has a pewter like opener which is topped with a flaming ball.
The lid of this stein is all metal appearing to be pewter and brass. The upper part of the brass top has measurements simulating those for adjusting an artillery shell. The cap itself at the top is threaded and turns off having a little secret hiding spot maybe to put your wife’s best diamond. The lower metal portion has a beautiful professionally done Gothic engraving as to the details of the winner. It is engraved, “Preisschiessen 1912 / 11. Comp. 133.”. Obviously this translates to the 1912 Shooting Prize for the 11th Company the 133rd regiment. The bottom of the stein is marked, “J. Reinemann / München.” and below this “Gesetzlich / Gesschützt”. Obviously this means the Reinemanncompany had their artillery shell stein design patented.
A tremendous thing here for a stein collector, as well as a collector interested in imperial artillery regiments.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00
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 SCHÜlT. 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. Glühe, Tellendorf 1935-36 / Otto Müller, 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. Grützmaihen 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 4¾ 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 3½ 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 fireman’s 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 3½ inches by 3½ inches having swirls in the grain and the lower portion covered in the original purple velvet. Applied to the marble block is a bronze fireman’s 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 #34433 Imperial Porcelain Pipe from Potsdam Garde du Corps
This Imperial Pipe was apparently carried by a man belonging to the Garde du Corps. The pipe has a figure showing the Garde Star between two flags. There is a soldier on one side with a miter style cap and a man dressed in riding gear on the other side. The reverse of the porcelain shows a carriage with a driver carrying a whip. I assume that this pipe was purchased by one of the carriage drivers of the Royal family. There are some expressions written in the porcelain, as well as the name of the individual, Edward Baum, the first Garde Regiment Potsdam 1898. The pipe comes with a fine, hickory stem and measures overall about eleven inches.
The pipe cover is in the form of a Garde Du Corps calvary style pickelhaus, having the Garde star and eagle on the top, with eagle on the front plate, and spiked top. There is also a metal chin strap. The pipe top cover is hinged, and is operational. A pretty nice example here, which would be very hard to find.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $195.00
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 #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. $295.00
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 – this is a one-piece construction – 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 shovel’s 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 #33535 Captured Silver Pocket Watch
This Silver Pocket Watch came with some other items that were purchased from a veteran source. The pocket watch was captured during the war. This watch measures a little bit over 2” in diameter. I am not sure exactly when it was made, but it looks to me to be a piece from the early 1920's. The watch is marked on the face with the name of the company “Mutha”. I tried to look this company up but do not find any record of it except for a modern company established in India.
This watch is certainly not Indian! There is a fine design which goes around the outside edge and the crystal is still intact. I am not sure whether the crystal is plastic or whether it is an early glass one that is still intact. Either way, the numbers are made as black slots around the watch face and there are small Arabic numbers which go around the outside. The watch has numbers going up to 24, indicating it is a watch that also could tell military time. The watch winds from a standard mechanism at the top.
Opening the reverse case, the surfaces have a fine “spun” finish. In the upper area, the surface is marked in an ellipse figure with the two capital letters “M”. In the center is the typical silver markings used by German jewelers, a crescent and a Prussian crown. Beneath this is the silver content “800” and an arrow. Beneath this is the number “370”. I didn’t open the backing that secures the mechanism, but this watch really works well. I have had it on my desk for a couple of days and it is completely accurate. A nice item here and maybe something you would like to add to your collection as an interesting watch.
Excellent Plus. $295.00
POTPOURRI #32174 Imperial Trench Art Ashtray
This ashtray is produced of brass and it is about 4½ inches wide on the east to west direction and about 3 inches wide on the north to south direction. It has small section curves which would allow for cigarettes to stand in the ashtray. In the center there is soldered what appears to be the inside of an Pmperial buckle. It has the Prussian crown in the middle with double rope borders containing the slogan, “Gott Mit Uns” inside over a wreath of laurel leaves. A fine item here to display with other imperial army items.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $45.00 (#041211)
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 viewer’s 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 bird’s 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 bird’s 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. Mischke’s 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 #4061 Boar Whisker Hat Plume
This hat plume comes from a hunters hat and is a period piece. The plume consists of long boars whiskers connected at the end to a green wool material. There is a Reich cockade attached at the bottom. The cockade has a red insert made of wool, while the next ring, instead of being white, is a gold color. The outer ring is fluted and is the usual black. A great looking thing here, and could be a real life saver if you are missing this important decoration from your Hunting Lodge.
Excellent Plus. $175.00
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.