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Wehrmacht

Wehrmacht
These rings were often presented
to men of the Condor Legion.

Axis Powers

Axis Powers

Axis Powers

Axis Powers

Axis Powers

Axis Powers

Axis Powers

Ring of the Falange (Item AXIS 3-6)

DESCRIPTION:This is an original ring of the Spanish Fascist Falange that depicts the arrow yoke of the organization. This is not to be confused with the very good copies that exist and are offered on other web sites. Many of the brave men of this organization fought the republicans (communists) in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. These were the nationalists who were assisted by Germany's Condor Legion and Mussolini's Black Shirt troops who crushed the Red hordes who literally invaded Spain from many western and eastern nations to include the Abraham Lincoln Brigade made up from Red thugs swept from the gutters of New York and Chicago. The design of the arrow yoke that's featured on the falange flag and on this ring is said to have been originally designed by Josť Antonio Primo de Rivera. He was the founder of the organization in 1933 and was murdered by the communist loyalists in November of 1939. After this the ring and lapel buttons were worn by many patriotic Spanish functionaries of the army, the Blue Division, and even by Condor Legion personnel in memory of this martyr of Spain and he who joins with other heroes of the Bewegung, (movement)! The main difference between this genuine falange ring and others that are restrikes is that this one is German made with the "835" stamp inside the shank. Several of the German jewelers made this handsome ring because, as I have indicated, it became a symbol of heroism and its design was so simple yet so attractive and aesthetically inspiring. The originals were finished both in Spain and Germany with the arrows and yoke in gold where all the copies are plain. This gold finish was quite light and seeing that the rings are 60-odd-years old the gold finish does fade, but you can still plainly see it on the examples we offer here. This is an alluring, graceful-looking and imminently important ring historically, as well.

PRICE: $450.00

 

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Kriegsmarine

Croatian Naval Admiral's Dagger (Item AXIS 3-9)

DESCRIPTION: Even before Yugoslavia capitulated, the Croatian nationalists saw the opportunity to proclaim their independence. On April 10, 1941, Colonel Slavko Kvaternik announced the organization of the free and independence state of Croatia under the Poglavnick (leader) Dr. Ante Pavelic. The Croatian people had for a thousand years always been part of another country; they were part of the Austro-Hungarian empire until it was dismembered in 1918. They then became part of the new Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which, in 1929, was renamed Yugoslavia. In 1991, Croatia again declared its independence. Dr. Pavelic was the leader of the Ustaski Pokret (Ustashe Movement) that came into being in 1929 under his leadership. The aim of the movement was the establishment of a free Croatian state. It was a paramilitary, revolutionary organization that was banned by King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. The invasion was the opportunity he needed and on April 14, 1941, he arrived in Zagreb, capital of the Province of Croatia, and declared himself leader. It was only possible because of agreement with Germany and Italy that the new country could exist. The Croatian Armed Forces were the Hrvatsko Domobanstvo (Croat Home Defense Force) and consisted of the Kopnena Vojska (Land Army). Ratno Zrakoplovsgvo (Air Force), Ratna Mornarica (Navy) and in the beginning of 92 the Ustaska Vojnica (Ustashe Army), which was more of an armed political force. The new Croat forces adopted new uniforms, ranks, insignia, and dress daggers. The basic decorative theme of Croatian daggers is the Hrvatski Troplet (Croat Triplet), a design going back in time to ancient Croat tombs. It consists of three rope-like lines in flat or twisted form with no beginning or end, signifying unity. The other is the Hrvatski Trolist (Croat Trefoil), in the form of three leaves each having two points. The trefoil design goes back to the crowning of Zvonimir, King of Croatia in 1096. His crown was decorated with trefoils on all the borders. Dr. Pavelic ordered on May 15, 1941, that it be taken as a symbol of Croat freedom. During WW II Yugoslavia became a unique battleground. The various Axis occupying forces, the communists, some remnants of the Royal Yugoslav forces and the Croats all fought each other; the three latter one probably fought with each other harder than against the occupying forces who never really managed to control the entire country. A considerable variety of Croatian dress daggers exists. They include those of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Labor Service, Treasury Guard, Diplomatic Service, and Leaders' Bodyguard. There also existed a dress knife for the Ustaska Mladex (Ustashe Youth). There will also be found many Yugoslavian and Croatian daggers that have had the original identifying marks removed during the War, sometimes crudely by the new owners who only used them for what they were. The dagger we offer here is the rarest of the rare. This is the dress dagger with portapee and hangers. The book by Robert J. Berger,World of Dress Daggers, Volume 1, the concise scholarly reference on non-German daggers, shows a chart listing all nomenclature of Croatian naval daggers. Much of the description is similar to the makeup of this piece except that this one has the gold-wire-wrapped grip. He states that except for the cross guard with the dolphin motif, the central theme is much the same as the army and air force model; however, the gilt wire-wrapped grip certainly sets it far apart and the high tone gilt finish make it particularly stand out as well. When he reaches the point of describing the hangers, this is where it gets interesting. His list describes admirals as unknown. Well, fellows, now they are known! We present them here! When he gets to the portepee, he lists as follows: officers-silver; admirals-gold. As you can see the portepee with our dagger is gold. The hangers for this dagger are of obvious German manufacture and this is borne out in Mr. Berger's book. The part where the straps fasten to the admiral's belt ring is much like the early deluxe Wehrmacht-style hanger device and this part is 'RZM & DRGM' at the rear. Note that the "Hrvatski Troplet" design is clearly visible on both hanger and portepee cord. The entire ensemble is in near-mint condition and we are extremely proud to offer it to the collecting public. Without a doubt this is by far the most extremely rare axis dagger ever to be offered. The blade is marked "Braca Knaus" (Knaus brothers) Zagreb. The blade has minute rust pitting in spots, but does not detract. The portepee is red leather with the gilded fabric as overlay. The hangers are of the same gilded fabric laid over a black velvet material. Length of the dagger in scabbard is 16 inches. The blade is close to 10 inches long. This is an exciting looking weapon to say nothing of its ultimate historic importance. It is really thrilling to discover such an absolute 'gem' of history. Don't miss this one if you are the "complete" dagger collector. There most probably is not another available in the world. We can say this with considerable authority, but instead we will simply say "wow!"

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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