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German Naval Bulkhead Clock from a U-boat (Item KRIEG 7-1)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a 100-percent working German naval clock. This clock is similar to the one pictured on page 244 of the book, Die Kriegsmarine: Uniforms and Traditions, Volume 3. It is referred to as a bulkhead clock by the firm of Junghaus, the maker of 80 percent of all German naval clocks. This clock has been running and keeping perfect time for at least 3 weeks after winding it every 8 days. It has the eagle and swastika over the ‘M’ for Marine (navy) and on the other side is the issue number and the letter ‘N.’ This indicates that the clock was issued to a U-boat of the Nordsee (North Sea) fleet. During WWII the German military authorities laid down strict regulations concerning the issuing of timepieces. The Kriegsmarine had overall responsibility for the issue and maintenance of all military timepieces. Any clock requiring maintenance had to be returned to the Kriegsmarine command where inventories were kept at the naval ports of Wilhelmshaven, Kiel, and Gotenhafen. We don’t know the reason for the red areas around the edges and emitting in flashes from the center dial fixture to the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions. Can any of you collectors out there help with this? The clock face also has the eight-pointed star with a ‘J’ in its center. This is the Junghaus logo. The clock is much lighter than the heavy brass ones of the ships of the line. We are told the U-boat types were purposely lighter. This is a fully functional, very rare piece of WWII history (a great and important relic).

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Book Matrosen, Soldaten, Kameraden (Item KRIEG 7-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is an absolutely beautiful book of pictures of the Deutsche Reichsmarine & Kriegsmarine (German WWII Navy). Although undated, the book was probably published in 1933, the year of Hitler’s appointment to the office of Reichskanzler. The subtitle of the book is Ein Bildbuch von der Reichsmarine and this was the name for the German sea service before it became the Kriegsmarine in 1933. One of the opening pictures is Admiral Raeder with Adolf Hitler reviewing the fleet. It has 127 pages of great naval pictures, ships, sailors, techniques, exercises, landing parties; all great pictorial content. It measures 9 x 11 inches and is in immaculate condition. It’s quite a scarce book.

PRICE:   $250.00

 

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4 x 6 Imperial Battle Flag in Beautiful Condition (Item KRIEG 7-3; WWI 9-5; KCLOTH 1-18)

DESCRIPTION: This is just about the nicest of these that we have ever encountered. It’s almost immaculate with one small rip along the left seam about 3 inches long. We have also found five or six small moth holes on the right side of the flag spaced here and there, but it can truthfully said that they do not detract at all from the general great look of this flag. The colors are bright; the fabric clean. These flags when found command huge prices in Germany, but here in the Georgia mountains we will offer it to the fortune buyer at only…

PRICE:   SOLD

 

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Book Schnellboote vor! (Item KRIEG 7-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is a great and extremely rare Kriegsmarine picture book. You have seen the German books about the ships of the line and U-boats, but this scarce book is about the German Schnellboote, S-boats or PT boats, and their valiant crews. This pictorial was published in 1943 in Oldenburg. It has 104 black-and-white photos and 11 color plates depicting the lives and duties of the crews of these speedboats. Also depicted are the actual crafts, officers, command headquarters, ports of call, sailor life, and recreation. This is a wealth of knowledge about this little-visited subject that is profoundly interesting to the naval collector or archivist. The book measures 10 1/2 x 8 inches. The back binding cover is gone, but the rest of the book is in fine shape; all pages are intact. The book suffers no looseness due to the spine damage. This is a very scarce volume.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Naval Clock of the Kriegsmarine  (Item KREIG 7-5A)

DESCRIPTION: Here is yet another of these great but elusive rare clocks of the Kriegsmarine. As usual it is an 8 day movement and like the one above it was bought from an English military seaman who removed it from one of the captured German ships. This clock has the eagle and swastikea mounted over the (M) for Marine (Navy). It does have the serial number 19330 that is seen over the letter (N). The clock is of the type manufactured by Kieninger & Obergfell. The case and dial are in good to excellent condition and it is running good. Many of these clocks were issued from the Kreigsmarine issuing office painted black but the crews invariably cleaned them down to the brass even though this necessitated constantly polishing them.  In this case, the sailors put a light coating of gilt paint on it so it would never need polishing (clever these Gobbies!). A great and rare relic of the Naval War in WWII.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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German Album of the Marine Landing Forces (Item KRIEG 7-6; ALBUM 1-3)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an especially neat album filled with real goodies throughout. Start with the cover because it's a beauty. It has a solid-silver eagle of the naval style on the leather or leatherette finish. The eagle is very dramatic with a swastika suspended in relief, and you can see the cover between the arms. This is the exclusive work of Herr Franz Schnell, who worked for the Reich almost exclusively in silver. This was his specialty. We had several of these eagles that had been bought from his estate, but we didn't know for sure what their use was. We jumped to the conclusion that they were uniform breast eagles, perhaps, but we thought the fastening device unusual so we didn't list them until now. Anyway, this album came along with a large group that we recently bought. And lo and behold, there was one of these eagles right there in use. So, a mystery is solved, and we'll offer the eagles and this great album. This album is mixed with pictures of naval coastal artillery battalions and ship-cadre battalions. Many officers and enlisted personnel being land-based units wore the naval field gray uniform, but also you will see later in the book the white and blue uniforms, as well. There are about 100 pictures in the album; almost all of them are uniform shots. I have to be repetitive here; this is a great album as military albums go. It comprises ships, uniforms, training, action shots, officers, enlisted ranks, ceremonies, a beer get-together, swimming exercises, headquarters, rocketry, etc. Note the image of personnel in group scene with the wise guy in the back giving the “rabbit ears” to his friend in front of him—sailors will be sailors. Pictures range in size from 3 1/2 by 2 1/4 inches to 2.5 x 2.5 inches. There are others that are 4 x 2 3/4 inches and others at 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. All are crisp, clear, and not copies—all original. The album measures 11 1/2 x 9 inches and is in perfect condition. This naval land-service stuff is really rare.

PRICE: $475.00

 

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Ship’s Clock (bulkhead type) (Item KRIEG 7-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is a great-looking, copper-bodied clock of the Deutsches Kriegsmarine. The British veteran who sold this beautiful timepiece stated that is was recovered from a captured U-boat that was taken by British forces at Kiel Harbor when they were finally abandoned in 1945. Actually, there was no particular style of U-boat clock yet there were many different styles of naval clocks. This one is the type known as a bulkhead clock. Some were heavy and all brass, while some were actually constructed from plastic. All they have in common is that most of them were manufactured by the firm of Junghans, they're all with serial numbers and all had the eagle and swastika perched over the ‘M’ for “Marine.” There were some with a second hand and others without. Some were made for naval headquarters use while most were for actual shipboard use. The maker Junghans is considered the finest maker of clocks and watches outside of Switzerland. They have been producing timepieces since the 1890s. We recently had a mentally-defective x-spurt tell a customer that this was not a U-boat clock. But we have never said that this type clock was exclusively for use in the German submarine service. As we have pointed out, there was no particular type. We only go by what a veteran tells us and this man told us where this one came from and that is sufficient for us. Plus, over the years, we have noticed that the clocks claimed to have come from U-boats are usually the lighter-weight clocks; for instance, copper frame instead of heavy brass. This makes sense because, like a light jockey is used on a race horse for obvious reasons, the U-boats were carefully kept as weight conscious as possible, right down to plastic salt shakers rather than metal and heavy glass; every half ounce was given consideration. This clock is mounted on a piece of oak framing for display. The winding key is hanging below the clock body. The piece has a second hand that moves right along. The clock keeps good time and needs rewinding every 8 days. It has been professionally cleaned and has a great movement according to the watchmaker who cleaned it. The clock’s glass door opens and snap shut. It does not need the locking device as used on the brass models. The measurement is about 8 inches in diameter. The mounting board is 9 x 10 inches. Here is a bona fide trophy of war that you can actually use. It’s historically, important, of course, but great looking, too.

PRICE: Sold

 

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U-boat Handmade Cigarette or Whatnot Box (Item KRIEG 7-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is a veteran pick-up that we bought in England. It is typical of the type of field art put together by crew member from various services within the Kriegsmarine, or German Navy, during long stretches between combat missions. The parts usually were pirated by these personal from many different sources using a part of this and a part of that and soft soldering them to make a presentable presentation piece to give to a friend of favored officer. This one is in silver? or sheet metal and has decorative leaf boughs on the top and bottom of the design plus a national eagle and U-boat. The box is 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches and about an inch deep. The bottom of the box has markings that probably have absolutely nothing to do with the item. The marks were probably in something else that the parts were grabbed up from; possibly a tool or electronic apparatus of some kind. In any case, the amateur jeweler has made a neat little seaman’s box that is quite presentable. This is a good example of WWII combat art.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

 

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Superior WWII Naval Dagger in Mint Condition with Hangers (Item KRIEG 7-12)

DESCRIPTION: This is without a doubt the best WWII model dagger we have ever offered or ever sent. It’s in the semirare, hammered scabbard and it is the very desirable Eickhorn manufacture. It has the proper hangers with the lion faces (hard to come by!). The double-edged blade is bright and clear with the etched typical designs of fouled anchor, etc. The center design is in frosted finish and very beautiful. The scabbard is the pebbled variety that is much scarcer than the straight-arrow etched version. There is actually handwork to the wreath that contains the swastika. One hundred percent of the gilting is evident all throughout the dagger and scabbard. The detail of the eagle’s head and the anchors on the cross guard are typical Eickhorn. The grip has an ivory-toned look and like everything else on this beauty is perfect! The blade is in mint condition. We just can’t enough about this magnificent piece. So we just won’t try. Suffice to say again we have never encountered any WWII naval dagger that is a fantastic as this one. The former owner purchased a wooden display case for it and the buyer can have this also. Inside is a u-boat badge stickpin that goes with it free of charge. This is a once-in-a-lifetime (probably) chance to acquire the best; the very best. Do you deserve any less?

PRICE: SOLD

 

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German custom was to give to children at Christmastime presents such as these garments.

Child’s WWII Naval Uniform (Item KRIEG 7-13)

DESCRIPTION: This is a real cute item, if we may use the word. It’s 100-percent original from the period. We think it was custom made in the 1940s for a Matrosen (sailor) father who was so proud of his service that he decided to have this outfit tailored for his little boy. It has the typical cut with wide-open collar on the tunic. A brocaded eagle is seen on the breast. The double rows of buttons (10 in all) are the WWII style with anchor, but without the crown as used on the Imperial type. The striped collar is detachable; the tunic can be worn with or without it. The vest also has the same buttons, only smaller. There are four of them. The trousers are with buttons that close the cuffs tightly around the leg when worn. The three pieces are in beautiful condition—no mothing, no tears. The tunic buttons are made never to be buttoned. It is held closed by two buttons with a chain attachment that holds the two sides together loosely as heritage and tradition of the maritime services dictate. This is truly a jaunty outfit that would be the pride and joy of the boy who was daddy’s pride and joy. We do fervently hope that both dad and son survived the terrible fratricidal war.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Bund Deutscher Marine Verein (BDMV) Mitgliedsabzeichen (Item KRIEG 7-14; PINS 6-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is a stickpin for the German Naval Veterans Association. It’s the Third Reich period and the membership was comprised of veterans of the naval service. In WWI this organization sponsored veterans’ reunions then and even now. I attended one in the little town of Wiesenfelden in Bayrishe Wald (Bavarian Forest) in 2001. It was great with oom-pa-pa music and great ceremony. Sailors know how to do it! The stickpin is quite nice with the words “Deutscher Marine Bund” around the edge with a golden anchor in its center.

PRICE: $48.00

 

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Kriegsmarine WWII Album (Item KRIEG 7-15)

DESCRIPTION: This is a large album with more than 225 pictures part of which go back to the navy in the Weimar time, but most are WWII vintage. They are the usual mixture of shots of training exercises, girlfriends, ships, pets, ports visited, officers, Matrosen, shore battery personnel, monuments, comrades, hospitals, and photos while on leave. There are some great pictures here and naval albums are rather rare. These are of course the usual pictures of the travelogue type, but 90 percent are actual uniforms, equipment, and shipboard views. Whoever the sailor was he was well traveled appearing in Africa, Greece, Italy, etc. The red cover is in a leatherette-looking material and is in decent shape with minor bumps, bruises, and a corner or two frayed a little. It measures 12 1/2 x 9 inches and is really kind of scarce.

PRICE: $375.00

 

 

 

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