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Target Prize for Excellent Shooting (1940) Luftwaffe? Hunting & Shooting and Luftwaffe (Item EAGLE 1-1; HUNT 7-8; LUFT 14-13)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the famed targets that were given as prizes at shooting competitions. This one was won by a Jean Bratengeier. It’s signed by the artist in 1940, when it was presented. This was the Kriegsjahr 1940 (War Year 1940). It says: “Abschiessen,” meaning “shooting down,” “downwind?” “downward?” Inside the black bezel it says: “Wir kommen Schon.” This seems to translate to: “We’re already coming.” We believe all of this refers to the Battle of Britain, August 1940 to May 1941. The obvious look of these white-tailed eagles flying westward over water and toward the banks or cliffs (Dover?) we think says it all! The determined looks on the faces of the birds also serve to make this assumption feasible. The “shooting down” statement would suggest that Jean may have been a bombardier or belly gunner on a German bomber aircraft. In any case this is an important WWII art object and historic relic that would look great in any good collection of the Luftwaffe or general Wehrmacht items.

PRICE: $500.00

 

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

 

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving
Clams/barnacles?

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving

Eagle Carving
SS volunteer in Norway

Eagle Carving
Norwegian Waffen-SS in 1942

Eagle Carving
Soldier of the Waffen-SS Division Nordland

Eagle Carving
Banner of the Norske Legion

Eagle Carving
Norwegian SS recruiting poster

Eagle Carving
Sea eagle preparing to swoop in for the kill

Carved Sea Eagle from an Unit in Norway (Item EAGLE 1-2; WAF 14-11; SS 38-12)

DESCRIPTION: The noble sea eagle has been a revered symbol of the Viking Norse warriors in Norway and Sweden for centuries. This (der Seeadler) was emblazoned on their shields and often on the frontal sail of their long ships. The bird had sacred connotations to these brave raiders. Likewise, the 15,000 men of the Norwegian volunteer forces and Wehrmacht recruits highly honored this magnificent predator. It is strange, however, that not one of the uniform insignia reveals depictions of this bird because in National Socialist Germany the eagle is predominant on practically everything. It is noted here that at a certain antique store in Germany an old woman had brought a large package that was being carried by her grandson. It contained a curious wooden sculpture. One year earlier she had promised our picker that she would bring “next year” a very precious item owned by her late husband who was a volunteer in the Waffen-SS Division “Viking” and early on had been a member of a Norwegian fascist party, Nasjonal Samling (N.S. for National Unity). Unknown to us but revealed later was the fact that among the recent recruits at that time there was a small but elite unit known as the Headquarters #4 of the Norske Legion, known also as Frontkjempermerke. So great was the spirit within them concerning the fight for Norway and Europe that they celebrated by establishing a communal barracks that was beautifully furnished with such things as carved Viking-era chairs, dragon ships on maneuver, and this wonderful carved Seealder with runic SS insignia. When these men went to war first as the Norske Legion the lady’s husband who had assisted in the carving made sure to take a wonderful carving of the Norse God Wotan, a magnificent huge Viking chair, and the carved sea eagle back to his home and it stayed there in their possession for the last 70-plus years. The lady wanted to keep all the other items, but consented to let the Seeadler go and that is how we came to own it today. The carving is nothing short of phenomenal; possibly the best wood sculpturing we have ever seen. Norwegian woodcarvers are world renowned to be the equal to the craftsmen of Germany’s Black Forest.

The Eagle

The feathers of the chest and wings are incredibly real looking. This is a “regal eagle” indeed from beak to claw. We believe he was used as a hanging device for coats of the officers because of the hooklike branches; six in all that extend from the carving above. There are clam-shaped objects, but probably are barnacles. They are seen butting up against the wreath that contains the runes. Please look carefully at our images and take in the beautiful detail of the work—every feather is really a separate art piece. The bird is fairly large, measuring from its bottom branch hook to the top of its head at 21 inches and from the right branch to the left it measures 35 inches. The wingtips from side to side measure 21 inches across. There is a metal ring on the back that was used by the original owners to suspend it on a wall. It is obviously unique and certainly historically important to the history of the foreign volunteers of the Waffen-SS. Footnote: These large raptors are commonly known sea eagles or white-tailed eagles. In Norway, the locals refer to it as the sea eagle; hence, Seeadler (havørn in Norwegian). More than half of their population is in Norway. Except in the extreme north of the country, these birds are year-round residents there. Some are found in sizeable populations in Greenland and Germany. They have the largest wingspan of any eagle and are closely related to the bald eagle. They build their nests on coastal cliffs. Food is usually fish, but sea eagles are opportunistic and will eat mammals and other birds. It is certainly reasonable and even obvious to see that the Norge units would admire and gravitate to using this magnificent bird for the mascot of their particular corps. This creature is like the organization, itself—the elite of the species.

PRICE: $4,500.00.

 

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