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Ship’s Eagle or Mascot (U-boat) (Item KRIEG 8-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is a genuine Kriegsmarine aluminum eagle taken from the front of the conning tower of a U-boat captured by the British in WWII. Practically all ships and U-boats would have one or more national eagles as décor onboard or as outer décor. One of our images shows the crew of a Kriegsmarine ship showing the objects they saved when their ship was sunk as result of enemy action: the Kriegs flag, a life ring, and their pride and joy, the mascot eagle. We also show an image of Adolf Hitler’s yacht, Aviso Grille, and another ship of the line bearing NS eagles. This one is molded originally in aluminum and this is what most of them were constructed of. There were various ways of fastening them to the conning towers or bulkheads. Whatever the case might be, this one has tabs in six places where it would be screwed to the placement area. This was bought from a former Kapitän zur See at a naval reunion in Bavaria that we attended. He took it from one of the U-boats in Kiel in 1946 as a token of his service time. Now that he is going to an old-folks’ home he had no place to put it anymore; all relatives gone! So he decided to sell it and we were lucky enough to be able to buy it. It’s the genuine article and has to be many more times rarer than the boxcar eagles.

PRICE:   Sold

 

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Art Plate Commemorating Marine Infantry Regiment No. 1 (Item KRIEG 8-2; WWI 10-9; KGLASS 3-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is a really beautiful porcelain plate or dish that is from the marine infantry detachments under the Kaiser's Kriegsmarine (Kaiserlichmarine). This is for Regiment Number One, the elite of the fighting troops of the navy. These were the man who armed themselves like army personnel, who would do all that was needed to be done when it came to nonshipboard action like clearing beachheads and wiping out enemy artillery nests and communications installations. They were tough and resourceful and a necessary unit to back up successful naval maneuvers. Plate is in good condition and rare.

PRICE: $225.00

 

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Extra-Superior Kriegsmarine Dagger in Mint Condition with Hangers (Item KRIEG 8-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is an absolutely marvelous WWII dagger and the condition is just about “stone mint” except for the one at KRIEG 7-12. I have never seen one quite this perfect. Like the one mentioned above this is also an Eickhorn piece and has the correct naval hangers with the grimacing lion faces (also in great condition except for a slight; very slight) bit of fraying on the shorter of the two hangers—almost unnoticeable. Unlike the dagger at KRIEG 7-12 this one is with the more standard scabbard with the lightning blitzes and geometric designs. In true Eickhorn fashion the eagle’s head is much more pronounced and dramatic than on other makers’ products. The grip has an ivory-toned look and is in perfect condition. Note: there is actually hand-finished work done to the wreath containing the swastika. The blade is again in mint condition and is etched with everything you would expect it to have: anchors, floral design, etc. All the special gilding on the grip fittings is intact (never polished). The dagger has the special tied portepee or sailor’s knot that is also in excellent-plus-to-mint condition. This alone is remarkable since 99 percent of these are quite frayed. This dagger was highly thought of and preserved carefully by the family of the original owner (die Matrosen). Try as you might it would be virtually impossible to find a better one than this; it is the ultimate Kriegsmarine dagger as is the other one that we have mentioned. To have two of the finest ever acquired makes us very proud to be able to offer them.

PRICE: SOLD

 

 

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Submarine Commemorative Dish (Item KRIEG 8-6)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a super U-boat dish that has the word “Handarbeit” on its backside (handmade). It is a commemorative piece of the style usually presented in appreciation by a U-boat crew to a favored officer, sometimes as he retired or was transferred to other duties. It is crafted in heavy pottery-style porcelain and bears the unit’s logo of the U-992 that first sailed on August 2, 1943 to 1945 Kapitän Hans Möller. This eagle with torpedo was also the side-cap emblem of this crew. The plate is heavy as this style of what is known as peasant pottery usually is. The colors are sharp and the condition excellent. It’s about 10 inches in diameter. This is an exciting piece of high-seas’ kitsch that will be great in a good WWII collection.

PRICE: $650.00

 

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Large Kriegsmarine War Flag (Item KRIEG 8-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is a large Kriegsflagge as used by the German Navy in WWII. It has the eagle stamp with the ‘M’ for ‘Marine’ (navy) along the bunting edge. For description of such a flag go to Item KRIEG 2-5 where we list one that is similar, but smaller and was not marked with “Kriegsmarine.” Otherwise, the description is there. This particular piece we offer is in near-mint condition and is complete with the lanyard and is most definitely a ship’s flag. Another that is closer to the description of this one can be seen at Item KRIEG 6-5a. This one is smaller, but definitely naval. Look at the ones stacked below Item KRIEG 6-5a, also. Anyway, this is the unique size that collectors seek. It’s the size used on destroyers and other medium-sized warships. Also stamped on the bunting edge is the maker or supplier Witte K.G. München (Munich). The German size is also stamped and evident “Kr.Fl. 150x250.”

PRICE: SOLD

 

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DDR Naval Officer’s Dagger (Item KRIEG 8-8)

DESCRIPTION: This is a boxed naval presentation dagger. This was considered an honor dagger and it was a tradition within the East German military for the new lieutenants to be awarded this Erendolch. Once in the hands of the new officer the dagger was used for ceremonial occasions. The production and registration of the daggers was controlled and each dagger received a unique serial number. Each branch of service had a variant of the dagger where the primary change was the color of the hanging straps: silver bullion was used by the land forces, light blue for the Air Force, while the Navy used gold bullion. The color of the metal on the naval daggers was also gold; setting it far apart from the others. The Volksmarine dagger you see here is the prettiest of all of the various other service models. We add this dagger to our Kriegsmarine section because although under the rotten communist regime, the DDR servicemen were after all still sailors in the service of Germany, “Der Vaterland!” When all is said and done the people of the East remained the Germans, while the Volk in the west were transformed into Coke-drinking Yankees.

PRICE: $500.00

 

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A deep orange grip Naval Officers dagger with knot (portepee)(Item KRIEG 8-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is the very best and these deep orange gripped naval daggers are eagerly sought after by collectors world wide. Thomas Wittman in his great book Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Navy shows an identical dagger to the one we offer here. He calls the deep orange grip “An Enduring Favorite”. He states on the opposing page that the W.K.C. Firm offered an orange colored grip version dark with a pebble surfaced scabbard. He says that during the time this combination was a good seller and today it remains a most desirable example with collectors. He also shows that such grips and pebbled scabbards were extra cost options. We also have determined from other Solingen sources that such magnificent daggers like this are roughly one in a thousand compared to the standard models. Without doubt this is one of the most handsome of all Navel knives rivaling the Damascus bladed models in importance. This dagger also has the rare protepee type of clove hitch knot tied in the complicated manner used only on Navel daggers. It is reminiscent of a sailors knot used by seagoing men for centuries. The dagger is by Weyersburg Kirshbaum (W.K.C.) of Solingen. They next to Eichorn used the major manufacturers of Navel daggers in WWI and WWII. IF the price seems high to you, you must be given to understand that this is the ULTIMATE! You probably will never see a better one ever!

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Large Kriegsflagge for the Kriegsmarine (German Navy)(Item KRIEG 8-10)

DESCRIPTION:This is a rather large Kriegsflagge (War Flag) of the German WWII Navy. It measures 10 foot 4 inches long by 74 inches wide. This would be a flag typical use by a mid size ship of the line such as a battle cruiser. It is in generally good condition with a few small moth holds here and there. For a description of this kind of flag go to Item KRIEG 2-5.

This flag is well marked on the bunting edge with the size in German 700x335. It also has the stamping type German edges. Sitting above an ‘M’ for ‘Marine’ (Navy). It also has the Maker’s Mark or supplier the Berlin firm of  Fahnen-Hoffmann. The flag has the rope lanyard for raising on the flag. Pole this is an excellent example of a flag that is getting to be quite rare and seldom encountered today in this condition.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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A Kreigsmarine Reichs Kreigsflagge (War Flag) German Navy WWI (Item KRIEG 8-11)

DESCRIPTION:This is the most desirable size of this rare flag. Nearly 8 foot long and 55 inches wide, collectors love these because they don’t take up an entire wall when displayed. This flag is in very nice condition except for a few minor stains here and there. This type of stain is sustained when the flag gets wrapped by the wind against the flagpole, picking up a bit of rust stain or just general sea flotsam. To view more description of this sort of flag go to Item KRIEG 2-5.

This flag is nicely marked with the German size description ‘KR-FL 150x250’, KR-FL standing for Kreigsflagge (War Flag). It also has the equipment style German Eagle and Swastika sitting above the letter ‘M’ for ‘Marine’ (Navy). It also has the maker or supplier’s name Witte K.G. München (Munich).

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Small German WWII Reichs Kriegs Flagge (War Flag) (Item KRIEG 8-12; WEHR 28-7)

DESCRIPTION:This Reichs Kriegs Flagge is the ideal size that collectors relish because it doesn’t take up a whole wall in display space. It measures 35x65 in size. It is in really good shape. It has the burlap style edge bunting but does not have Kriegsmarine markings.  Many collectors think that flags such as this were only for naval use and it is true that pictures showing such flags on ships are abundant in pictures of German vessels in high sea attacks or exercises. This very clean example is clearly marked on the bunting ‘KriegsFlg’. It is the German size of 10x170 and has a company logo. These flags flew from many a “Rathaus” (city hall) liberated or occupied (your choice) by German Wehrmacht soldiers, and they liberated  nationalist leaning German citizens who had been virtually rescued from hateful communist inspired Germanophobes of various persuasions &  backgrounds.  From more information on this style flag go to Item WEHR 8-1.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Victory Ring of the German Navy (Deutsches Kriegsmarine) (Item KRIEG 8-13)

DESCRIPTION:This is the naval version of the victory ring series. This is one more of the rings that we were so fortunate to be able to buy from a hidden horde of jewelry that was all produced in silver by a master silversmith. This purchase was accomplished at great cost at the Stuttgart Waffen Borse a few years back. Please go to our home page and see the history of this great purchase. Titled “About our Rings and Silver Insignia”. In our entire long careers in this field we had never envisioned let along experienced such an experience. This was the “Aladdin’s Cave” of military and N.S. treasures. We had to as we have  noted buy “everything” that was brought in but luckily we were able to sell all the non military items at one time locally in Stuttgart leaving us with multitudes of military and N.S. political pieces. The greatest of all the pieces designed and produced were the “Victory Rings”. We knew at first sight that these would be treasured by collectors due not only to their brilliant beauty but to their importance to the history of the German Wehrmacht (armed forces).  With different center designs they were for the Army, Air force, Allgemeine SS and the Waffen SS Adolph Hitler Leibstandarte. We feature some of these on other pages of our site.

This one is for the Kriegsmarine (wartime navy) and was the one that there was the least of. Like the other services it has the stylized Germanic Eagle raised and crafted in a separate piece framed in black enamel. The sides of the shank are with silver oak leaves in 3 separate panels at each side. The ring is crafted in (835) silver and is so marked inside. The shield in the center of the eagle’s chest bears the traditional naval fouled anchor also in enamel. The naval victory ring was something being experimented with and 2 or 3 were found in a navy blue coloration as well as the black which was the hue finally decided on to be the final choice. This is my personal favorite of the victory rings. A beautiful example of the finest in German jewelry craftsmanship.

PRICE: $1,200.00

 

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Unique Special Naval Victory Ring (Kriegsmarine) (Item KRIEG 8-13A)

DESCRIPTION: In the article above, we explain the adventure we experienced a few years back when we unearthed a vast treasure trove of Third Reich-era jewelry. Note in the last two lines of our description we mention that we had heard that there might have been two or three of these rings in navy-blue coloration, but we did not have one of these rare examples. Then, years later, we did manage to purchase separately two of the only three ever made in the blue color and we offer it at this time. It is just like the one shown above except for the color. It also has the “835” silver-content mark. We sold one so in our opinion this one will be the only one to ever be offered by us again.

PRICE: $1,200.00

 

 

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