SIGNS #41279 Porcelain Adolf-Hitler-Platz Street Sign
It reads, "Adolf-Hitler-Platz" in Fraktur/Gothic lettering. Beneath this are what appears to be a pair of directional arrows. The whole affair has a black line border.
The porcelain around the four corner mounting holes is chipped and rusted, something we typically see with these signs. There is also some minor chipping on the edges and on the surface, but these are relatively minor.
The reverse of the sign is black and shows minimal age.
Just about every city in German had a street or plaza named for Hitler, and these signs made excellent war trophies for our victorious soldiers. A great addition to any collection here.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00(#080918)
SIGNS #41257 Porcelain Hermann Göringstrasse Street Sign
This Göringstrasse sign is done up in blue porcelain over a base of steel, with white lettering. The outwardly jovial and gregarious Göring was quite popular with the German people and as such had many streets named for him.
The sign reads, "Hermann Göringstrasse". The font is a conventional one, which leads me to believe it was produced after 1941 when the more traditional fonts were beginning to be set aside.
The porcelain coating remains in excellent condition, with the usual rust and chips around the corner mounting holes. There are a few very minor rust spots on the surfaces and edges, but these are almost trivial. It measures 27 ½ inches by 6 inches.
The reverse has been painted black, with quite a few rust spots scattered about.
A perfect highlight to your Luftwaffe collection here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00(#080918)
SIGNS #41259 White Porcelain NSDAP Sign
The white porcelain is quite good, with the typical traces rust on the edges and around the four corner mounting holes. There is also a rather large list spot on the left edge and another around the "D" in "NSDAP".
The sign features a black open winged eagle clutching a wreathed swastika. Beneath the bird are the initials of the Party, "NSDAP". The bird and text font are quite different than those we normally see; the eagle is a very stylized (rather simplistic) geometric design, and the text has an almost cursive quality to it, with exaggerated serifs. This sign comes directly from Poland and I suspect this has something to do with the styling. The whole affair is bordered in with a double black line.
The reverse is coated in black paint, with some traces of rust.
A great looking and unusual NSDAP Sign here.
SIGNS #41265C Hitler Salute Porcelain Propaganda Sign
This sign is an almost new-like condition, only showing some rust on the lower edge. The edges are not damaged as they typically are on this type of sign, which leads me to believe it was either carefully removed or perhaps not used at all. It measures 19 inches by 13 inches.
This sign reads "Unser Gruß ist "Heil Hitler!" which, in English, translates to something like, "Our Salute is "Heil Hitler!". This text is black, on a white background. On the left of the slogan is a large black mobile swastika. A black border completes the face of the sign.
These propaganda signs were most likely liberally applied to anything that held still long enough when Hitler came to power, lest anyone forget which way the wind was blowing.
A very striking propaganda sign here, speaking loudly of the rigid conformity prized by the NSDAP. This very sign was featured in the May 2015 Hermann Historica auction catalog, item 7147.
Near Mint. $995.00
SIGNS #41256 Deutsche Reichsbahn Porcelain Sign
In the center of the sign is a black Railway Eagle clutching a wreathed swastika. Below the bird the sign reads, "Deutsche Reichsbahn / Kraftwagengüterstelle" or "Motor Vehicle Freight Station".
This sign has some chips to the enamel at the corners but the rest of the sign is nearly perfect. The reverse is coated with black paint and has some areas of rust here and there.
An outstanding addition to a Railway collection here, and quite rare.
SIGNS #41266C Porcelain Police Sign
The sign features the old Prussian eagle set on a hexagonal sunburst. Below the bird the sign reads "Polizeiwache", which I think means "Police Station", or something similar. There is no swastika on this sign, but I suspect these things hung around for years without being replaced. I have a postwar Police sign in my office that incorporates the hexagonal sunburst, although it has a rearing Westfallen horse in place of the eagle.
The porcelain remains nearly perfect, with only minor damage to the corner mounting holes. The makers name appears on the lower left, reading, "Gladiator-email / Emaillierwerk Schulze & Wehrmann Elberfeld". Email (from Emaille) can also mean "enamel" in German, and has nothing to do with electronic mail!
A very nice accent to your Police collection here.
Near Mint. $495.00
SIGNS #40900 Skull and Bones Achtung Sign
In the center of a sign is grinning, black eyed skull, complete with crossed bones and a mouth full of pearly whites. This sinister character is done in white, with heavy black edge lines that really make him pop off the surface of the sign.
Flanking the skull are a pair of heavily skewed red lightning bolts, each tipped with an arrow. These bear a passing resemblance to Signal Corp arrows, but I suspect that it simply a coincidence.
Below the skull, in black capital letters, is the word, "ACHTUNG", which literally translates to something like "attention" in German, but I think "DANGER" is a better transliteration given the leering skull and blood red lightning bolts.
The orange porcelain around the edges of the sign is almost uniformly damaged and rusted, but remains sound. A few small rust spots also dot the fact of the sign, but these do not obscure anything interesting.
The reverse is olive drab in color. It is interesting to note there is the faint outline of Wehrmacht style eagle in the lower left corner, complete with wreath and swastika.
A real eye-catcher here. These signs are always crowd pleasers!