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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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