SSJEWEL #35564C SS Honor Ring Awarded to SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Henninger
This SS Honor Ring is in excellent condition having good detail throughout, with only excess wear showing at the rune at the bottom of the ring. The skull area is still excellent and there are traces yet of the skull teeth. The ring is an average size, being a size 9. The ring is engraved on the inside, "S. lb. Henninger 21.6.44 Himmler". There is a good clear joint seam directly beneath the skull. The excellent condition of the ring's outside is attributable to the late presentation date on the ring of June 21, 1944, being the summer solstice.
The ring originally was brought into the SOS Show about two years ago by a family who made the trip to have the ring authenticated.The ring was purchased by Craig Gottlieb and comes with his written lifetime transferable warranty. There is also a dossier that accompanies the ring, which also contains a picture of the original owner. Looking at the rank lists accompanying the ring, Henninger finished his SS career with the R Si Hauptamt (Race and Resettlement) and also was awarded the SS Officer Degen. His SS serial number was, "276 601". He was born 21.8.1884, so he was not a young man during the period. Henninger was born in Heidelberg and also served as Police President in the town of Freiburg. According to the SS Dienstaltersliste he became an SS officer in June 1, 1936.
The dossier contains the usual SS applications and rank lists. Possibly more work could be put into researching this man's career, as the records only touch the surfaces of this man's life. Records also indicate Henninger was a WWI veteran and was awarded the EK I & II and with a couple of other lessor badges. An excellent opportunity here to acquire a fine-conditioned ring and to also continue research on this officer. Because of Henninger's age, there are probably many topics that could be researched involving his prior police career in Freiburg.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,995.00
SSJEWEL #35497C SS Honor Ring Awarded to SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Rudolf Bergmann
This SS Honor Ring comes with a certificate of guarantee signed by acclaimed ring guru, Don Boyle, dated 2 April 2004. The ring is in near mint condition having all runes and skull in choice, totally visible condition. The ring is not a large size, being about a size "8". There is a visible seam below the skull. The ring is engraved inside, "S. lb. Bergmann 21.6.44 H. Himmler". The late date of presentation no doubt accounts for the fine condition of this ring.
Other than a couple of SS Dienstalterliste records, there has been no real research done on Bergmann - plenty to do here for the next owner of this ring! Bergmann's SS number was "272 246" and he is listed in the 1936 SS records as having been made an SS-Untersturmführer on September 9, 1936, were he was assigned to the SD Hauptamt. He was born June 2, 1909, so he was youinbg enough to have been instilled with the "proper" NSDAP philosophy. Bergmann continued with the SD during 1938 and was promoted to the rank of SS-Sturmbannführer. The 1944 Diensaltersliste lists Dr. Bergmann as being promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer and at this time is now with the RSi-Hauptamt. Since no real research has been done with this ring it could be a great "diamond-in-the-rough". Bergmann was obviously an educated man, so it would be interesting to see what he did with the SD and the Race and Resettlement Bureau. I am sure lots could be found out to put a "life and times" to this man's career and possibly also add lots more interest (and value) to this fine-conditioned SS Honor ring.
Out of curiousity I took a look on the Internet concerning Bergmann and found that he was an SS lawyer, having a doctorate in jurisprudence. As a matter of interest, he was directly involved in the handling of the acquisition of a large estate in Wannsee for Reinhardt Heydrich. The estate, complete with lake view, was acquired in 1940 for almost 2 million Reichmarks. It was used to house and entertain SS officers who allegedly could not find adequate hotel space when in Berlin. Bergmann was also head of the Vernehmungsstelle, which was a branch of the Gestapo which interrogated Luftwaffe-captured Anglo/American prisoners. If they could not prove beyond a doubt they were flyers and not spies, they were executed. After the war, in 1951, the Landgericht, the regional court in East Berlin, sentenced Bergmann to death and he was decapitated on 30 August 1952. A most interesting Honor Ring here, and obviously, there is much more to learn about this infamous SS officer. A great opportunity here for the right person.
Near Mint. $11,995.00
SSJEWEL SSJEWEL #33736 Set of Five SS / FM Membership Pins
This set of five SS/FM Membership Pins is an absolutely outstanding grouping, ready made to be prudly displayed. Three of the pins are the stickpin type, and two of them are the style with a pin back. Each one of the FM membership pins is in choice condition, with no visible flaws to the enamel. They feature a black ellipse with silver beaded border. The center area is all black enamel with a silver mobile swastika having black SS runes superimposed over the center of the swastika. At the lower legs of the swastika are the initials of the organization, “F”, “M” respectively.
The reverse of each of the pins is marked, “Ges. Gesch.” as well as the maker, “Dreschler München”. Also each pin has its own member’s number appearing on the surface. These medals are very difficult to find and this set of five are sold as a unit. These SS / FM membership pins are a great investment. The FM membership was a fund raising group for the benefit of the SS. These pins will make a great addition to any SS collection and are outstanding to display next to an SS dagger or some other SS memorabilia. Sadly, we cannot break up this particular grouping.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,000.00 - Price Reduced! $2,000.00
SSJEWEL #34876 Silver Plate presented to SS-Obergruppenführer Udo von Woyrsch
This Silver Presentation Plate is a very nice, high quality item, that measures just under ten inches round. It has a triple lined border, with a deeper section in the middle. Engraved in the center is a set of SS runes between double circles. The runes are shaded for effect. Professionally engraved in a circle around the runes is “SCHWANOWITZ, 7. OKTOBER 1939 SS-OBERGRUPPENFUHRER d. WOYRSCH”. The name “Schwanowitz” refers to the estate that was owned by Udo von Woyrsch. Von Woyrsch was a notorious SS officer that was a personal friend of Himmler. He was a member of the Freikorp during the 1920’s and became an SS member early on. He was quickly promoted, and was active in organizing the SS in the Gau Silesia. By 1935, he had already achieved the rank of SS Obergruppenfuhrer.
In September 1939, Woyrsch commanded an Einsatzgruppen, specifically charged with, and adept at terrorizing and murdering the Jewish population of Poland. The brutality of this Einsatzen group was such that it outraged Wehrmacht officers, who interceded with the Gestapo to have it withdrawn. Von Woyrsch was charged as a war criminal, and received 20 years imprisonment, but was released early. Von Woyrsch was also one of the few high up SS officers who received the special Damascus birthday degen from Himmler. Quite an infamous SS man here, and an interesting plate given to him for reasons unknown. The silver plate is hallmarked on the reverse, “FREY. SOHNE. BRESLAU” along with a crescent Prussian crown “830”, and a Prussian eagle. Additionally, the plate is stamped on the opposite reverse rim, “2151” “250”. An excellent opportunity here to own an artifact owned by an infamous SS Gruppenfuhrer.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00
SSJEWEL #28928C Silver Hitler Medallion Ring
This silver ring is completely patinated to a dark black color. The ring has a medallion about the size of a dime affixed to the center. The medallion portrays Hitler looking to the left. The Führer has his usual studious and somber look on his face. To the left of the Führer, in block letters running around the edge of the medallion raised out is “Adolf Hitler”. Behind Hitler’s head, there is a raised mobile swastika. An interesting ring here that probably was sold as a campaign souvenir. The quality though is pretty good throughout and appears to be of all silver, despite it not being marked.
Excellent Plus. $295.00
SSJEWEL #28927c War Merit Cross-style Ring
This ring appears to be made of zinc or pot metal and it is plain throughout except at the top where it has an applied miniature insignia resembling a war merit cross with swords. The center area though, instead of a swastika, has a head of a goddess. This may mean that medal is for some other country other than Germany, but if it is I do not know the pedigree. Someone out there that wants the ring may very well know its correct identification.
SSJEWEL #30927C WWI "Thank You" Ring
This WWI ring appears to be made of nickel material. Around the circumference of the ring in capital letters is “1914 VATERLANDS DANK”. This basically means “Thanks to the Fatherland 1914”. I do not know what the reason for this would be, unless it may have been a ring given as a thanks for turning in gold or silver for the war effort. Either way, it is a nice looking item that is not marked internally.
Excellent Plus. $65.00
SSJEWEL #30928C WW2 Aluminum Iron Cross Ring
This aluminum WWI ring has the dates “1914” and “1917” on either side of the center area. In the center, there are two iron crossed depicted, each one having colored dots positioned around it. There is little wear to this ring and there are no internal markings.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $65.00
SSJEWEL #30926C Aluminum Iron Cross Ring
This aluminum ring has a design of oak leaf type motif with a center depiction of an applied copper colored Maltese cross. It appears to be a ring that may have been purchased for a sweetheart after winning the iron cross. It most likely is of WWI vintage.
Excellent Plus. $50.00
SSJEWEL #31749C Imperial Ring with Iron Cross Motif
This silvered Imperial Iron Cross Ring is marked on the inside top under area with the silver content, “800”. The ring features, in the center area, a plain surface to which there is an enameled ribbon being in black, white and red colors, retaining a black enamel Iron Cross. On either side of the center are decorations of detailed laurel leaves, and below each laurel leaf, visible on each side, are the dates, “1914” and “1915”. The ring shows only modest wear and has a nice patination throughout. A very nice piece of Imperial jewelry here, and very reasonably priced.
Excellent Plus. $150.00
SSJEWEL #30153 Imperial Austrian/German Alliance Ring
This ring depicts the crossed flogs of imperial Germany and Austria. The imperial flag is a red, black and white color and the Austrian flag is black at the top and yellow at the bottom. On either side of the flags respectively is, “Mit Gott”. The ring appears to be a patinated silver and inside it is hallmarked, “800”. The ring is the adjustable type. A fine old piece here.