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AHSILVER #45725 Bronze Teutonic Knight Presented to August V. Mackensen after Prussian Victory May 1915

This bronze is an extraordinary work of art and an extremely historical piece being of museum quality. The bronze is extremely heavy, measuring 20 inches high. It depicts a formidable Teutonic Knight with chainmail armor, helmet, sword, shield, and flag. The shield and the flag are separate bronze pieces which disassemble from the bronze. The Knight holds the shield upward in his left hand. The shield is decorated with a raised-out Maltese Cross. Held in the right hand is a flagpole with a flag atop. The flag also projects a raised Maltese Cross.The helmet, warrior's face, tunic fabric, sword and boots are of all high detail and completely true-to-form. A splendid sight indeed! The bronze Knight is positioned mounted on a bronze base, which is further attached to a gray marble block textured with white swirls in the marble surfaces. The marble base remains in excellent condition with no corner breaks. At the face section of the marble is a brass or bronze presentation plate which reads in five lines, "Dem siegreichen Feldherrn / August von Mackensen / Das dankbare Ostpreussen / Mai 1915 / Batschi-Friebe". Translated: To the victorious General August von Mackensen in thanks from East Prussia, and facsimile signature signed by Batschi-Friebe. The presenter, Batschi-Friebe, was the governor of East Prussia and was also a member of the Prussian House of Lords. Most collectors know of v. Mackensen, the great Hussar Field Marshall and competent military leader of the Great War. He retired in 1920, but in 1933, Hermann Göring appointed him Prussian State Councillor. von Mackensen was a committed monarchist attending many official functions in military uniform. He lived a long life, being born 6 December 1849 and died 8 November 1945

This bronze is one of the best items I have been able to offer over the years. It would make the ultimate center piece to an advanced Imperial German collection, or would serve a meaningful place for anyone interested in German history and masterful artistry. After all, who in our collecting circles has never heard of v. Mackensen or has not seen the pictures of him wearing his magnificent Field Marshall's Hussar uniform with decorations including the Pour le Mérit? An extremely interesting bronze and worthy of a collector that will appreciate not only its beauty, but its historical significance. This is truly a museum piece.

Excellent Plus, Plus $4,995.00

ART #45598C 50th Birthday Wood Box Gift to Adolf Hitler

This one-of-a-kind wooden box was produced for and presented to Adolf Hitler on his important 50th birthday on April 20, 1939. The box is constructed of a very fine wood, which looks to me to be a walnut. It has a contrasting wood inlay line that runs around the center area of the front side. There is a small area where a small amount of the inlay has chipped out over the years, but it is miniscule. There are also two, one inch round pearl material inserts in each end section of the box respectively. The box also has a brass inset flush lock, but the keys are gone to time. The obverse lid of the box is quite elaborate. In the center, is inlaid a Political-style NSDAP eagle with half-open wings and a wreath carrying a raised mobile swastika of overlapping oak leaves. The eagle appears to be produced of brass. The details of the bird are exquisite throughout and are of the highest quality The bird appears to have been most-likely constructed of hand-chiseled brass. Outstanding workmanship here. On either side of the eagle respectively, is a matching inlaid monogram, "A H". The letters are formed in the old Gothic style manner. Beneath the eagle are the inlaid brass numerals, "50", representing, of course, Hitler's age. On each corner of the lid are inlaid brass immobile swastikas.

Hitler's 50th birthday on April 20, 1939 was a national holiday featuring massive military parades. It was a perfect occasion for Hitler to show Germany's might to the world. At midnight, Hitler was presented with scores of gifts. Many were composed of statues, Meissen porcelain, oil paintings, tapestries, rare coins, antique weapons, and a mass of other gifts, many of little value. It is easy to imagine almost every town and village in Germany wanted to use this momentous occasion to present a gift to their successful Führer, who by this time was at the height of his power and popularity. Witnesses to the gift presentations say that Hitler admired some, made fun of others and completely ignored most. In fact, he referred cynically to many using the word "Kitsch", which literally means "thrown together works of art". (for those of you that are familiar with Hitler's personality through your readings on the subject, we can all literally imagine him acting like this).

Well, I am sure the craftsman that produced this box surely used extreme ability and the best of talent. Whether the box meant anything to Hitler or not is unknown, but surely the box meant a lot to the person, group, or town that made the presentation. Hitler had the majority of the gifts he received stored in the Reichs Chancellery and also at Berchtesgaten. At war's end in the bunker, Hitler ordered that all of his possessions be destroyed. Most likely, many were in fact destroyed, but this box has somehow survived. The consignor tells me his father, an antiques dealer in 1960s New York City, acquired the box from a veteran that allegedly was assigned with a military group to guard Hitler's captured possessions. Well, I guess we all know how these kinds of assignments somehow develop holes. So, there is no provenance per se on the box, but examining it throughout, there is no question that it is 100% original and guaranteed to be what it is.

So, if you are looking for something to store some insignia, medals, caps or even your skivvies, this would make for a fine conversation piece and add some elegance and interest to your collection.

Excellent Plus $19,995.00

ART #45015 Bronze SS Fencer

This bronze is a real attention-getter. It is 16 inches high with a fine flawless even factory dark patina. It depicts a fencer standing and looking to his right with his left arm extended to present an open wreath of oak leaves. In his lowered right arm, he grips a fencing foil with blade touched to the base of the bronze. The blade of the foil is extended in an action-packed curve. The figure is nude, but for a thong. The Nordic features to his body purvey a well muscled, very-athletic looking man. The rectangular base is a part and parcel of the bronze being plain on the surface except for a raised rimmed circle with a set of SS runes in relief in the center. On the underside of the base is a period paper tag printed in black Gothic lettering, "Deutsche Handwerkekunst/ 1938", or German Hand Worked Art 1938. The bronze is quite heavy weighing a little over 7 pounds.

A very effective presentation here and most likely was an award for an SS fencing competition. Hard to imagine a better classic touch to an SS collection. A very choice original item here.

Mint. $2,995.00

ART #45018 SS-LAH Gymnastic 1st Prize from Licterfelde Barracks Berlin

This outstnading bronze is about 11 1/2 inches high, mounted on a gray marble base. The bronze depicts an SS athlete on parallel bars. H arms are extended upward as he grips one of the bars. The athelete is dressed in "t" shirt with shorts, belt and gymnastic shoes. The detail throughout is outstanding to his muscled body. The marble base has a couple of minor chips to the egdes and corners, but nothing serious. Attached to the obverse of the base is a patinated brass plaque. The plaque reads in three lines, "1. Sieger/ Turn Meisterschaft der L SS AH/ Berlin-Lichterfelde". Translated "1st Prize - Gymnastic Master of the SS-LAH at Berlin's Lichterfelde Barracks". Lichterfelde was the well-know barracks where the specially-selected LAH recruits were trained under the auspices of the famed general and Hitler favorite, SS-OberstgruppenfŸhrer Sepp Dietrich.

A great and very rare one-of-a kind bronze here that is just waiting for the opportunity to decorate its next owner's advanced SS collection. A very fine original item here.

Excellent Plus. $2,795.00

ART #40413 Grenadier Statue

This statue is most impressive, measuring 12 inches tall. It depicts a full equipped Grenadier mounted on a base. It has a silvered finish and a very fine patina.

The soldier is rendered in the act of preparing to lob a stick grenade. The detailing to the uniform are superb. The face of the grenadier is extraordinarily done, capturing a look of concentration as he readies himself to fling his deadly potato masher. Four additional grenades hang from his belt, along with ammo pouches, a canteen and bread bag, and a gas mask canister. The boots are also nicely detailed, as is the bayonet which is partially hidden the his brace of grenades.

The helmet has the "Frankenstein" style rivets and no breast eagle on the uniform so this probably dates from the early 1930's, although I hesitate to say this with certainty after allowing for artistic license.

The pedestal base is professionally engraved "Z. Erinnerung / an / meine / 12 / jähr / Dienstzeit / d. Kamaraden d. 2 Schwadron". This tränslates to something like, "In Memory of My 12 Years Service (with) My Comrades of the 2nd Squadron".

An outstanding period art piece here, perfect to dress up your collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

ART #44347C Bronze Hitler Bust

This Hitler bronze is a very large size, bring 1 ½ life time presentation. The bronze overall measures about 24 inches high and the bronze of Hitler's head itself is 17 inches . The bronze is a fine likeness of Hitler and is in perfect condition except for a very small indentation just at the very top of the head. It is nothing and it is hardly noticeable. The bronze was produced by Emil Hub. Hub lived from 1876 to 1954 and was well known for his work during the period. The bronze is signed on the back with the artist and also with most likely the casting company "WMF Geislinger, Std, and the the word dekoeyer. This bronze is of extreme weight and if ordered by the next purchaser it would be shipped with the head area separately from the marble base. The marble base is a squared block being a gray material with lots of black grains running through it. The large bronze is supported on the the base by a bolt which is removable. If you have been looking for a Hitler bronze of this size this is a good opportunity to acquire same as bronzes of this side are very rarely offered. A tremendous accent for the right person.

Excellent Plus. $11,995.00

ART #44338C Etched Glass Röhm Portrait

This etched glass portrait is one of the neatest things I have seen and must be virtually unique. The portrait portrays an etched likeness of Röhm portrayed from the chest up having his parted in the middle hair style mustache collar tabs armband and a party pin in his tie. The likeness is undeniable although I will say that they did eliminate some of Röhm's old World War 1 battle scars. The image is shown in a white oval with black treatment for the design. Below the oval portrait is an early SA eagle etched into the glass which grasps a wreath with black mobile swastika. Above the oval image in a ribbon form is the name "RÖHM". The likeness measures seven inches by nine inches and is in its original black forest style frame. The frame is simulated wood branches with a sprig of oak leaves in each corner. Studying the reverse of the frame which has some type of a hard cardboard covering it does not appear to me as though this etching has ever been out of the frame. Can you imagine how rare something like this must be. After the Röhm purge virtually everything that has to do with the "traitor" was destroyed. Anyone that would save this likeness of Röhm I would think would be looking for trouble here as there could be some question to his allegiance to Hitler. At any rate this image is in fantastic original condition and is ultra rare. It would make an absolute great highlight to show off over a full Röhm SA dagger. A very very rare item here in choice condition.

Mint. $2,450.00

ART #43436 Mussolini Bronze

This bronze of Mussolini is very large, measuring 26 inches tall and weighing in at 31 pounds.

The bronze depicts Il Duce is at his best, in his typical power stance and with a large smile. His right arm is raised and his almost looks to be plucking an olive from a tree. He his dressed in his full fascist military garb, including jodhpurs and his ridiculous hat. The detailing throughout the figure is very good.

The figure stands on a bronze base that is at least two inches thick. On the front of the base are the words "L'Italia Tira Diritto", or "Italy Pulls Straight". On both of the sides of the plaque are more Italian phrases, which is most amounts to more Fascist bombast.

Given the size and solid quality of this bronze this piece would make a fantastic centerpiece to a Italian Fascist collection. A great bronze here, and very rare.

Excellent Plus. $4,395.00

ART #42445 HE-111 Desk Model

This model HE-111 is very well done, having come from a family. The seller stated he had given to a local museum where it remained for many years, until it was removed after complaints about the swastika on the tail. After this he figured it should be sold to someone who would appreciate it.

The model is made of metal, being gray on the top and a light aqua color on the lower fuselage. There are Iron Crosses on the tops and bottoms of each wing, and also an Iron Cross on each side of the fuselage. The tail bears a mobile swastika on both sides.

The model is a fairly faithful likeness of the actual aircraft, albeit more stylized. The triple bladed propellors are retained with pins and spin to the touch. The whole affair is mounted on a display base, fashioned to look like an iron bomb sitting on its fins. This bomb is mounted to a segmented black base.

If you are a Luftwaffe enthusiast I can't imagine a better piece to highlight your collection, or to sit on your desk! A fine period item here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

ART #40344 Grand Admiral Dönitz Portrait

This oil painting is quite an interesting depiction of Dönitz in his Grand Admiral's uniform. He is gazing rather sternly off to the left. The artist attempted to depict light falling on the face of the Admiral, which fades off in a reasonably good approximation of reality beneath his cap and towards the right of his face.

The detailing to the Naval Eagle and swastika, wreath, and "scrambled eggs" on the brim are quite well done, as are the Field Marshall batons on this shoulder boards. He also wears his Knight's Cross with Oak leaves.

The painting has some cracking but there are no cuts or repairs. It looks to be in the original wooden frame. It measures 27 inches by 24 inches.

The reverse has a tag which reads "Kriegsmarine / Stützputst Pillau / Kasino". This painting was allegedly found hanging in the submarine base at Pillau. There is also an attached hanging wire, so it's ready to be hung up.

A compelling piece of period art here. It is not expensive and would definitely add interest to a Navy Dagger collection.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

ART #39905 White Marble Bust of Mussolini

This bust measures 6 inches high. It depicts the “unforgettable” face of Il Duce, who is dressed in uniform complete with a helmet marked with a Fascist flag. He wears a military tunic, tie, and the usual smug expression.

An extended panel on the base reads “Benito Mussolini Dux”. I don’t see any other markings on this bust.

A great item to add to an Italian Fascist dagger collection, or as a paperweight for bills you’d rather not look at.

Near Mint. $495.00

ART #28469 Reservist Soldier Bust on Marble

This Reservist Soldier Bust on Marble would make a fine desk piece. It is only about 3½ inches high by about 3 inches wide.

As the name would imply, this is a silvered bust of a solfier. He has excellent detail to his helmet, face, collar tabs, pockets, and even the 3rd Reich eagle can be seen above the man’s right pocket. This depiction has a silver finish, and must of the original frosting still clings to it.

The bust is mounted to a white marble base, having a white felt bottom. The base has a crack running through it, but does not look like it is going to separate any further.

A nice looking desk piece here.

Excellent Plus. $125.00

ART #37561C Hermann Göring Portrait Plaque

This plaque depicts a profile of Hermann Göring, done in nickel or brass and colored black. It is mounted in a walnut base. The plaque measures 8 by 11 inches, and it is quite heavy.

The image of Hermann is very well done, and he is looking to the viewer's left. This type of plaque would have been displayed in an office or the like.

The reverse has a bracket for mounting the piece, and the bolt that hold the head in place is visible.

A great item here to spice up your Luftwaffe collection.

Excellent Plus. $495.00

ART #27319 Imperial Bavarian Framed Service Time Memory Board

This Imperial Bavarian Framed Service Time Memory Board is quite well done and appears to still be in itsoriginal frame. The frame is a brown wood and is complete with the original backing and hanging devices. The frame measures 21 inches by 17 inches. There is a gray matte that runs around the border and the interior background is a green color. Applied to the background is the silvered slogan “zur Erinnerung/an meine Dienstzeit”. This, of course, means “In Memory of My Service Time”. There is a colorful depiction of the Bavarian prince regent Luitpold shown in his bemedalled uniform with dried flowers around his portrait. Below and to the left of the regent is a semblance of Germania. She is holding up an orb in one arm and a sword in the other. In the center is an Uhlan style facsimile of a shoulder board and to the right is a little house over sets of standartes. Within the house is a photograph of the original owner of this framed presentation, who is celebrating his service time. The owner is in a photograph, showing him in officer’s Uhlan uniform, complete with great coat, sword and flat-topped Uhlan pickelhaub. The sword has one of the shaving brush style portepees and overall, the photograph is still very well preserved. This framed presentation would go very nicely in a collecting room.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $250.00