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Potpourri of German Historical Uniforms (Item WEHR 2-1)

DESCRIPTION: This very colorful collage of Germanic military dress goes back to the early Musketeers down through Grenadiers, Hussars, Cuirassiers, etc., and, finally, colonial troops, WWII Panzers, Africa Corps, and a Wehrmacht soldier is shown in parade-dress wear. This was done in 1941 by the artist from whose original drawing this print was made. Really attractive and would grace many different collecting modes. It measures 12 x 16 with a 1-inch-wide frame.

PRICE: $98

 

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Framed Promotion Certificate (Item WEHR 2-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is a fine promotional certificate promoting Dr. Theodor Geissler, who was a state official in the court system. It was issued at the Führer 's headquarters on 26 June 1943. There is a facsimile of Hitler's signature and the actual ink signature of the Reich's minister of justice. Nice condition and framed. It measures 40 x 12 inches.

PRICE: $285.00

 

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 U.S. GERMAN POW RING (Item WEHR 2-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most unusual rings that we have ever encountered. A group of these was found in Germany among a grouping of jewelry that was found in a bombed-out factory that specialized in fine military and Nazi-Party rings, brooches, pendants, etc. The strange thing about these rings is that they were made on ring blanks that are typical of American-style military rings, but they say along the edge, "German Prisoners of War, Camp McCoy USA."
Intrigued, we went on the net and actually found a Fort McCoy and after talking with a lady who had something to do with the fort's historical archives, we learned that there was a POW camp there during WWII. Ft. McCoy is in Wisconsin and still exists. From the lady we spoke to we found out that the German prisoners there were treated very special because the fort bordered a very huge and prestigious German community. So, the fascinating possibility and probability arise that suggest that these rings were actually ordered from the German firm (cited above) by German citizens in the Wisconsin towns and were meant to be given perhaps as Christmas gifts to soldiers within the confines of this camp. This is one for Ripley's Believe It or Not considering the harsh treatment fostered upon German soldiers in Germany in 1945 under allied auspices. The ring is stamped 925-practically the highest silver content used during that period in Germany. Understandably, the Imperial eagle is used rather than the Hoheitsabzeichen, "National Eagle," of the Third Reich. The sides show only enough of the typical military version of the American eagle. The symbolic American star and a rank chevron sit upon the bundle of sticks and arrow yoke. All the above is probably the German jeweler's idea of what is "Yankee" enough to blend with the fatherland's symbol hopefully making a peaceful amalgamation. This can be said to be a truly historical find with all sorts of interesting implications and wild conjecture. Its size is about a 10. Beautifully presented, this would be a great wear ring invoking much conversation. A history of Fort McCoy accompanies the ring. 

PRICE: $485.00

 

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GERMAN SOLDIER BOY (Item WEHR 2-4)

DESCRIPTION: This completely hand-carved plaque done in the very familiar Hummel style is expertly crafted in the era of the Second World War. It measures 7 ½" x 9 ¾" and is 1" deep. There is slight damage only to a flower at the bottom. This is a rare, handmade object d'art and shows the high skill and imaginative flair that the Harz-Mountain carvers demonstrated in their art. 

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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FANTASTIC HISTORIC GERMAN GENERAL'S GROUP (Item WEHR 2-6; ALBUMS 4-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is without a doubt one of the finest assemblages ever offered from the personal effects of one of the more important German generals. General Waldemar Erfurth was the official Wehrmacht historian for the O.K.W., Supreme Command, and he was a very close friend of Marshal Mannerheim of Finland. He virtually lived in the Finnish Army Headquarters from June of 1941 until September of 1944 as a German-language instructor in its War Academy. Years before, in the 1920s, he had met the young Mannerheim and was his language instructor at the same academy. His association with Finland and its leaders goes way back to the WWI era. Erfurth and Mannerheim became fast friends until the fatal end of the anti-Communist European struggle. There is a color picture that goes with this grouping of General Erfurth's funeral in the 1950s, that shows a portrait painting of the Marshal with General Erfurth in earlier, happier days. The medal display pictured alongside the funeral bier contained many Finnish orders, and a photocopied page from General Erfurth's service record is also included along with other information about him.

The collection includes:

# 1: A large, fantastic album that is one of the most historically important pieces of documentation and photographic excellence to ever emerge from the annals of the Second World War. This huge leather-bound album is the official record of the historic meeting between Adolf Hitler and Field Marshal Carl Von Mannerheim of Finland. Mannerheim was the builder of the "Mannerheim Line," the western guard against Russia, and served as President from 1944 to 1946. The album contains 39 photographs in 9" x 6¾" format. They are mostly sepia tone and some stark black and white. Each one is a masterpiece of photographic art, leading us to believe they are Heinrich Hoffman originals. The Finnish shield is embossed in gold on the thick, leather cover. The overall size of the album is 17" x 12" x 1½" thick. This one-of-a-kind archival treasure was obviously presented to General Erfurth by the Finnish Government, or Marshal Mannerheim, himself.

# 2: The complete dinner service having belonged to the late General consisting of 120 separate pieces of the finest in Dresden china. Dinner-Service List: 2 covered vegetable bowls, 1 coffee pot (no lid), 1 chocolate pot, 1 tea pot, 1 sugar bowl and creamer, 2 different-sized odd-shaped vegetable bowls (uncovered), 12 coffee or chocolate cups, 12 tea cups, 1 large meat platter, 2 large serving dishes, 2 different-sized oval dishes, 1 gravy bowl, 12 soup bowls, 24 tea cups, 12 dinner plates, 22 lunch plates, 2 dessert plates. The set is absolutely stunning.

PRICE: Price on request.

 

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General Waldemar Erfurth’s Cased Dagger (Item WEHR 2-6a)

DESCRIPTION: Wonderful!  This is the officer’s dagger that formally belonged to General Waldemar Erfurth who was the official German Army historian (see the narrative above at WEHR 2-6 for more information on this extremely important figure in German military history). He was born in Berlin and had an illustrious military career. During the 2nd World War he was a liaison officer in the Finnish headquarters and a very close friend of Gustav Mannerheim, Marshal of the Finnish army who also was the 6th president of Finland. Mannerheim was appointed Commander of the country’s armed forces while Finland was at war with the Soviet Union 1939-1944.  General Erfurth was the prime mover in arranging the famed historic meeting between Mannerheim and Adolf Hitler on the 4th of June 1942 (see the article above). General Erfurth wrote two concise history books -- Der Finnische Kreig 1941-1944 and Die Geschichte Des Deutschen Generalstabes 1918- 1945.  He certainly was an illustrious figure in world history. Among the many medals and orders that he received was the rarely conferred Finnish Order of the Cross of Liberty. Erfurth was born in Berlin 4 Aug. 1899 and died 2 May 1971 in Tubingen. His first WW I regiment that he was assigned to was the Brandenburgisches Fusilier Regiment “Prinz Heinrich Von Preussen N.R. 35.  He advanced rapidly through the ranks. He won the Iron Cross in battle and as a captain he was highly honored with the Knights Cross of the House Order of Hollenzollern. After the war he became a leader in the Reichswehr General Staff. His was a military career that spanned about 50 years in service to his Fatherland. He was true, steadfast and fiercely loyal.  The saying on the dagger case is silent testimony to these his ideals.

The beautiful wooden box measures across the top to 19 inches by 6 inches. It is 3 inches deep not counting the feet. It has a crafted iron larch on the front that allows opening or latching closed. The top of the box is deeply engraved or carved with letters and numbers that stand up in high relief   Here you will see as the central design, the figure of an eagle's head and his wings form the backing for the rest of the décor and under this you see a German (Stahlhelm) Helmet and under that is a Teutonic looking sword that is seen spanning across the entire top. It is positioned in back of the helmet. Under that there are hands joined in the form of a handshake (Germany and Finland?).  At one end of the box are the dates 1914-1918 and at the other end the dates 1939-1945. This would stand for the two major wars that General Erfurth took part in. On the body of the box in front are the inspiring words in German: Ihr Glaube an die liebe die der  Fahne Ihr wurdet unserem Reiche Ruhm und ihr offenbartet, und wir wahren sie ahne und euer name Loscht uns nie” Kreigsweihnachten 1942. (Translated: We believe in the love of the flags that brought fame and honor to our Reich and we will always remember you and you will not vanish. War Christmas 1942.) This was a statement that General Erfurth made to his troops in 1942 and now after the war he reminisces and has the statement carved on the box that contained his precious dagger that he proudly carried over the years prior to and during the war. The box was obviously crafted for him after the 2nd World War as an “Erinnerungs’ trophy; in other words a token remembrance of his service time.

When the case is opened there in silent repose lies the Armeedolch (officer’s dagger) that he carried.  The case is form fitted for the dagger to lie within. This is the standard officers dress dagger in fairly good shape except for a tiny chip at the top of the grip. The blade is by Gustav Spitzer in Solingen and has their roaring lion logo.  At the back of the cross guard there is engraved the W & E joined for his initials. Again look at the narrative and pictures preceding this one at WEHR 2-6 and note the W.E. on the dinner plate from the personal service of the General. Nothing we have seen lately on the web has this sort of fine provenance attached.  We do not really like to sell the cased dagger separate but collectors of daggers are often not particularly interested in important archival material.  Even through it seems a shame to break it up we feel we must.  However if someone who would want to own all of this vastly important historical grouping, we would be willing to negotiate but only for all of it and not parts

PRICE: SOLD

 

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 Disk of the Nazi Secret Police (Item WEHR 2-7; SS 3-1; POL 1-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is a 100-percent genuine disc of the Geheime Feldpolizei, Germany's plain-clothed military police formed in July 1939 by order of the Generaloberst Wilhelm Keitel (see Osprey book #213 German Military Police Units 1939-1945). These officers had many duties that included counterespionage, countersaboage, detection of treasonable activities, and counterpropaganda. They also assisted the army legal system in investigations for courts-martial. At times, circumstances allowing or required, they wore uniforms. There has been much hullabaloo about German police discs lately, but all that notwithstanding here is a genuine die-struck piece that can stand any test administered to it. This disc is said to be exceptionally rare in the aforementioned book, and it surely is. About 1 3/4" diameter. 

PRICE: $1,975.00: Reduced to $1,200.00

 

 

 

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