Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

 

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace
Every link is different

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace
The back of the links

Chain Necklace
The silver marks

Chain Necklace
The artist's logo

Chain Necklace
The backside

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace
Note stabilizer link for wear on coat

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace

Chain Necklace
The two Leipzig mayors in special Soldiers’ Day celebration

 

Wonderful Mayor’s Chain from the N.S. era in the City of Leipzig
(Item NSD 21-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the most important pieces of National Socialist paraphernalia that we have ever offered. It’s a Bürgermeister Kette or mayor’s symbol of office. It’s dated 1937, and in that particular year there were actually two mayors that held that post; one was Rudolf Haake who was the Hoch Bürgermeister, and a deputy mayor Kurt Walter Donicke, who had all the mayoral authority of Haake. In fact they were both highly esteemed leaders and both would have worn a chain of office. One of these chains showed up years ago and was brought back by Mr. R.L. Lawrence of Arlington, Texas. The one we offer is of course one of the two; we don’t know the whereabouts of the present collection. This chain is exquisitely constructed of solid “835” silver and so marked. The links in the chain represent every district by name that came under the authority of the Leipzig Gau Saxon and the year they were incorporated. There are 35 of these links. The central medallion is well marked with the crown, moon, and silver designation of “835” and the three-spoked suspension device is marked with the logo of the silversmith who constructed the chain. The chain weighs an impressive one pound six ounces and is an outstanding subject for further research. The central design is comprised of three separate planchets superimposed over each other. The top one has the black rampant lion of Leipzig with two blue stripes lying upon a golden shield. Under this is the ribbed swastika that is resting upon the circular vortex that has an inscription in raised letters that comes out to read something about the laws and regulations concerning all the municipalities and public welfare. This is a very important piece of German WWII history and a particularly beautiful example of the mastery and superiority of German metallic jewelry artisans. A Bürgermeister was a very prestigious rank in the National Socialist sphere of lawgivers, especially if said mayor was installed in a large metropolitan city like Munich, Berlin, and especially Leipzig, which was a sacred city to the German people for it was here that Napoleon Bonaparte met his greatest defeat in October of 1813; this monumental struggle was called the Battle of Nations because a coalition of the armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sweden led by Tsar Alexander I of Russia decisively defeated the French Army. The battle was the culmination of the 1813 German campaign and involved over 600,000 soldiers, making it the largest battle in Europe prior to WWI. For the French emperor it was the beginning of the end and as we know, the great Prussian marshal Gebhard von Blücher of Leipzig battle fame along with his “children” (Prussian soldiers) went on to deliver the last knockout blow to Bonaparte at Waterloo June 18, 1815. Without the Marshal Vorwarts Blücher the English would have decidedly lost. So, the German people have long held a deep reverence for their marshal and Leipzig and the Battle of Nations that radically changed history for the better until the bitter end of WWII.

PRICE: $15,000.00

 

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