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German Police

 

Mint Police Badge

A Mint Condition Police Cap Badge (Item POL 3-1)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a semi-rare police cap badge in outstanding mint condition.  It must have been an officer’s model as it has silver frosting at the details and is quite handsome looking.  2 x 2 ¼ with fastening pins intact.
 

PRICE: SOLD

 

Feldjagerkorps Gorget

Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget
Feldjagerkorps Gorget (Military Police)
(Glows in the dark)
(Item WEHR 30-11 & POL 3-2)

DESCRIPTION: “The Feldjager” -- This was a unique elite military police unit that answered only to the supreme command of the German army. They were asked to hunt down deserters, arrest insubordinate soldiers, looters and malingerers, and search rear areas for any soldiers who were capable of front line service. The Feldjager were manned with battle experienced officers, NCO’s and tough and dedicated soldiers. They were given the power to arrest anyone who could not prove a satisfactory explanation for their absence from duty. Through the use of fear backed up by the high command of the German army (the OKW) it was hoped that these Feldjagers would provide the incentive and motivation for the German soldier to stand and fight to the death! The Commanders of Feldjager even had the authority in 1943 onward to the end of the war to hold a drum-head court marshal and execute a defendant on the spot! The power of the Feldjager units most defiantly came from the “gun barrel.”  Members of the Feldjagerkorps wore this special duty gorget that would glow in the dark so that the officer would be immediately recognized as a Feldjager when making a traffic stop to inspect papers should this be by the dark of night. Because of their unpopularity amongst the German rank and file, the Feldgendarmeri and Feldjager were often known as “Kettenhunde” (chain dogs) in reference to their duties and the wearing of the Ringkragen or gorget that suspended from a chain around their neck, the mere sight of this gorget coming at you was most unnerving to say the least!  The gorget we offer is in used but good condition with a little corrosion at its edges. The felt on the back portion is in very good shape.  Measures about 6 ½" wide and 3" high at its middle section. All parts are magnetic as they should be and unmarked.  There are reproductions out there but this one is 100% original. P.S. Has the flat tangs on the back as it should.

PRICE: SOLD

 

Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Silver Marks
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Bavarian Police HQ,
Heydrich's first office
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Gestapo HQ Berlin
Heydrich's Silver Platter
With Himmler
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Berlin Police 1933
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Berlin Police 1936
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Officer of Police
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter
Heydrich's Silver Platter

Large Silver Platter Presentation to Reinhard Heydrich 1934 (Item PER 4-11 & POL 3-3 & SS 35-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is absolutely the finest Heydrich piece ever made available for the historic implications are ‘stupendous’ and far reaching. The year 1934: until that year the Geheime-Staatspolizei (Secret State Police) was a private organization (Gemeinschaft) within the Department 1-A of the Prussian Sate Police.  It was established by Hermann Goring after Hitler gained power in 1933. In 1934, Goring under pressure from Heinrich Himmler agreed to grant control of this the aforementioned Dept 1-A to the SS. In 1936 Reinhard Heydrich became head of the Gestapo as it had by then been named in the transformation in 1934. In the course of the changeover to the more effective Gestapo, Heydrich had worked diligently with Heinrich Muller and others to modernize the units and bring them to speed as the most competent and efficient criminal investigative agency in the world. During World War II, the Gestapo was expanded to around 45,000 members. Prior to 1934, Reinhard Heydrich was the Police Chief of Bavaria and Head of the Sicherheitsdienst- SD from 1931 to 1942 and head of the Gestapo from 1934 to 1936. The writing engraved on this wonderful piece presented to Heydrich as SS Gruppenführer reads in grateful thanks for his leading talent in the beginning of our organization in 1934 and it is from his loyal police officers. Heydrich was an SS Gruppenführer, in 1934 he was promoted to this austere rank after the ‘Night of the Long Knives’ June 30, 1934. So it is obvious that this platter was given during the most crucial time of N.S. destiny. The men presenting it called themselves a Gemeinshaft (organization) because the presentation was obviously made during that time that the change was being accomplised from Department 1-A to Gestapo. The platter is huge and entirely crafted from genuine silver (835 grade) and so marked with the moon, crown, and eagle logo as required. The platter measures 18" x 13 ½" .  The edges are turned as fine German dining regulations demanded for elegant place settings. Below the eagle is the engraved statement ‘Meine Ehre Heisst Treue’ My Honor is Loyalty. The catch phrase of the SS and SS Police. These four words personify the SS organization and all of their agenda. It would be a real task to find something that is more historically important or more beautiful than this piece. The hand engraved eagle is the work of a master artist with each and every feather in minute detail. There were many eagles symbolizing various organizations within the Third Reich but none can compare with this special rendering for sheer glorious elegance. The engraving is so deep that you could slide your fingernail below each and every breast feather. This is National Socialist art personified !

PRICE: SOLD

 

Shako

Shako

 

Shako

Shako
The Weimar colors

Shako
The air vents

Shako

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Shako
The supplier's label

Shako
Police questioning suspected Red

Shako
Three effective hunters on patrol in 1920s Germany

Shako
Helping a tourist in Berlin

Shako
Police hunting Red thugs

Shako
Police Badge that goes with the Weimar shako

Shako
Karl Liebknecht, the Spartacist rabble-rouser

Shako
Rosa Luxemburg, the screeching hag of the far left

 

Police Shako of the Weimar Period (Item POL 3-4) SOLD

DESCRIPTION: Here is the black Polizei shako of the 1920s. This was the period of continual combat for Germany’s police. The Red thugs of the Communist International were intent on capturing Germany and thereby all of Europe into the communist Russian state of hell on earth. The Reds in Germany led by scum like Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht under the name Spartacus League sparked revolution all across the German Fatherland. The Spartacus bunch were really members of the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) (Communist Party of Germany) and were committed to a violent revolution in Germany, and in 1919 and 1920 attempts to seize control of the government continued. The Weimar regime was terrified of a Bolshevik revolution in Germany. Defense Minister Gustav Noske formed and authorized a series of anticommunist paramilitary groups dubbed Freikorps, and were formed out of demobilized WWI veterans. During the failed so-called Spartacus Uprising in Berlin in January 1919, Liebknecht and the hag Luxemburg, who were definitely part of it, were captured by the Freikorpsand duly executed. Not only did the Freikorps have to contend with these Red scum every day, but the Weimar police also were in constant danger of assassination and many died in the service to the nation. Then came the NSDAP (Nazis) and the “brownshirt” troopers, who were first opposed by the police, but eventually the cops and SA troops became brothers in arms against the Reds after the Enabling Act was passed. This was in the shadow of the burned and gutted Reichstag that was incinerated by the communists. Thus, the KPD was banned. This act did in fact give Hitler the complete and necessary control of the streets and now all communist deputies were arrested and jailed. The KPD was efficiently suppressed by the Nazis. Thousands of communists were imprisoned in concentration camps including the tough criminal gangster Ernst Thälmann and the party’s leader in the Reichstag, Ernst Torgler. Credit must be given to the brave German police officers in those hectic times for they, like so many colleagues in other lands, held their positions and stayed loyal to Germany and Europe in their hour of need.

The Shako

This handsome police shako was from the German Weimar period and because of the horse design in the center of the helmet shield I would think it were from the police precinct in Hannover. With it there was a badge in basic white metal that has the number of the officer and the Hannover horse symbol (it is a large badge.) During the communist insurrection of the late 1920s the mayor of Hannover, Ernst Meyer, was vexed over the reported atrocities alleged by the liberal press as to the brutalities vetted upon the Reds by the police, so he was encouraged by the town council to insist that police officers had to wear a badge that identified them. This is one of those badges. After January 1933, (the Machtergreifung), there was no longer any need of those badges as Communism was at that point defeated and the police and the “brownshirt” troopers had every right to be rough with this Red scum. The shako helmet is in very good shape throughout. It is a constructed of black Vulcan fiber. The metal shield features a starburst pattern with the horse. It has a double-buckle enlisted chinstrap attached to the sides, with metallic fittings. On each side of the shako are two screened air vents. The exterior is in very fine condition and shows very little wear. The interior crown shows the marker’s name: “Hans Römer/Neu Ulm.” The overall condition is excellent.

PRICE: SOLD

 

Shako

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Label inside

Shako
The "EREL" stamp on the inner flap

Shako

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Officer’s Model German N.S. Police Shako (Item POL 3-5)

DESCRIPTION: To my way of perception, the German WWII police shako is without a doubt the most regal and beautiful piece of headgear of the Third Reich period. Although the enlisted-patrolman’s model is quite stunning, the officer’s model is exceptionally striking. While the enlisted-man’s model has a double-buckle, leather strap above the visor, the officer’s model has the strap covered with aluminum overlapping scales and the central-themed aluminum eagle and wreath are thicker and stand right out there in high relief with frosted-silver plating. The cockade is constructed in fine metallic bullion unlike the enlisted model, which is in an all-aluminum piece. Both are handsome, but the ranking officer’s model is really superlative. The patent-leather accoutrements on the shako for metropolitan police—such as the visor’s front and back plus the top or crown—are always black, while the same parts for rural police would be brown. The first shakos worn after WWI by the German police were entirely black in all parts, but after Hitler’s “Machtergreifung” (Ascension to Power in January 1933) the new police shako had a grey-green felt cover over its central body, plus all the other elements that we have mentioned. (In other words, a serious beauty treatment.) The one we offer here is a great example with the standard construction including this pressed-felt exterior over the Vulcan fiber shell. The crown has a patent-leather top that has minor age spidering. The upright national cockade is made of silver-wire bullion with a very tiny bit of moth damage to the red felt. The exterior felt overlay is in excellent condition. Each side has the enameled ventilation screen. The Vulcan-fiber front and neck visors show normal age crazing. The interior has a complete leather liner and the size is marked “57.” The inside top of the shell indicates the maker or distributor as “Hans Dürbeck/Tschako.”Overall, condition is very good.

PRICE: $1,600.00

 

Shako

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A little spidering on the top

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The inner lable

Shako

Shako

 

German N.S.-Period Shako for the Rural Police Force (Item POL 3-6)

DESCRIPTION: By now you can see that we love . . . shakos! . . . here at Germania and we purchase them practically every time we see one at a reasonable price. The Tschako (in German) is one of the most truly stand-out headdresses of the German political and paramilitary functionaries of the Reich. Following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, military fashions changed and cloth and leather helmets based on German headdress began to appear; not only for the police, but for regular army, as well, and, after all, the shako really was born in Germany, but it was in rather limited usage and mostly for the riflemen of WWI. After the Great War, though, it rather replaced the spiked, leather helmet (Pickelhaube) that had become identified with the previous regime. This new headdress survived several political changes and was worn by the civilian police forces of the Weimar Republic. You can see one of those on our pages at Police 3-4 and at that time, the design was carried on in the basic form. When Nazi Germany come to power the difference was seen in the fact that the shako went through a beauty change and instead of the basic black coloration of these Vulcan-fiber shells, now the shako had a beautiful grey-green, pressed-felt exterior over the fiber shell. Now it has the N.S. eagle supported by a wreath of oak leaves as its frontal insignia and the rosette bares the N.S. colors for the nation. The eagle displays excellent detail. The rural police had brown coloration to the visors, crown, and chinstrap. (The metropolitan police wore black fittings.) The enlisted police officers had a leather double-buckle strap just over the visor that was connected to two aluminum side latches on the body. In the case of officers, the chinstrap is covered with scaled aluminum in overlying series and the side retaining buttons were far different. Whether rural or metropolitan, the N.S.-period shako is always a stunning piece of headgear. The one we offer here is the classic enlisted Rural Police model. It shows usage, but is still in very good condition. The patent-leather top or crown shows minor age spidering as well as minor paint scuffs. It has the correct and original upright national Kokarde above the enlisted-style aluminum police eagle and each side has two enameled ventilation screens. The Vulcan fiber and neck visors show a little bit of normal age crazing. The interior has a complete and unmarked leather liner with some wear. Inside the top of the shell you can see the label of “Robert Lubstein Berlin NW 21” as the maker and it also has the “Erel” label (Berlin). Erel was the absolute top distributor of the finest in military and police equipment, and headgear in the Third Reich. So, here is an excellent example of the wonderful headgear as worn by a working, duty police officer of the Reich.

PRICE: $950.00

 

 

Austrian Police Cap

Austrian Police Cap

 

 

Shako

Shako

Austrian Police Official’s Cap (Item POL 3-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is an official police cap for a high-ranking police official of the Austrian Civil Police. This fine-looking cap was worn before the Anschluss with Germany on March 28, 1938. Actually German troops marched into Austria on March 12, 1938. Adolf Hitler garnered a whopping 99.7-percent approval for the union of Germany and Austria. The Austrian police were then to come under the leadership and made union with the police powers of the greater German Reich and the ministry of the internal affairs. Their uniforms were then changed to the pattern of the German police. The cap we offer is very rarely seen let alone an almost pristine example such as this. The enameled shield in the black cap band shows the colors of pre-N.S. Austria with the single-headed Austrian eagle separately adhered. Above this is a golden brocaded roundel with the enameled Austrian colors in the center. The cap braid is a twisted gold cord. The brim is in great shape. It is piped in a strawberry red. Overall, it’s in magnificent shape.

PRICE: $250.00

 

Cap Set

Cap Set

 

Cap Set

Shako
N.S. Customs Service cap, with insignia

Shako
Dress dagger of the N.S. Customs Service. We do not have this; the picture is for information only.

Customs Official’s Cap Insignia Set (Item POL 3-8)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a set of N.S. insignia considered quite rare. It is the Zollampt, or Customs Service, complete cap insignia for officials in the Third Reich rail, ocean shipping, and aircraft systems. It’s comprised of the special eagle with upswept wings and the distinctive oak-leaf cluster peculiar only to this N.S. government agency. The collector from whom we purchased this set liked to mount his pieces whenever possible to clear, plastic sheeting. All the retaining clips are intact on the back of both items. We didn’t take them off as we do not like bending the pins. We leave that up to you when it's yours. This is considered one of the rarest of the N.S. insignia for government officials. The pins are intact and you can see the ges-gesch (patent protection) on the back of the wreath.

PRICE: $135.00

 

Shako

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Back of the bill is a bit scarred from the original wearer’s wearing it in the rain.

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Rain, rain, rain!

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Police poster depicting the transition-period shako

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The typical pre-Göring and -Himmler German police shako

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Transition shako being worn in Berlin

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Police poster depicting the transition-period shako

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Police with SS in the transition days hunting communist terrorists

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Weimar-period police in action

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Early police badge

 

Early Third Reich Transitional Police Shako (Item POL 3-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is a Weimar-period police shako and is made with the Depaheg pattern. This was the major maker of police equipment and it also made the WWI Pickelhauben (spiked helmets). The police shakos in the 1920s Weimar period had screened air holes both on the sides and under the helmet plate in front. When the National Socialists came to complete power (“Machtergreifung”) in 1933, the police came under this new national administration and much of their uniforms were changed in two stages. First, the only changeover of the traditional headgear was to do away with the front cap badges with state seal patterns and replace them with the N.S. eagle and swastika that is surrounded by oak leaves and acorns. The body of the early examples were produced with fiber material and invariably colored. Later, when Heinrich Himmler took over all German police functions and administrations, the uniform was radically changed and the shako for the police was improved and beautified by having green-wool covering laid over the whole of the helmet’s body. This was in fact much prettier, but in the early 1930s the black shako like the one we offer was still used, but with the new Reich eagle. Today, in the collectors’ market they are much rarer than the later green-felt models. The only other difference was that the pom-pom or Feldabzeichen would show the colors of the particular German state that the officer served, but with the nationalization of the police, the colors shown thereafter were the black, white, and red, the Third Reich colors. This shako is in very good condition inside and out with the front and back visors in excellent shape. The leather liner and cloth liner inside are intact. The chinstrap is in fine shape. There is a little expected scuffing, but it doesn’t detract from an all-and-all great example of a rare, authentic, period piece of headgear.

PRICE: $1,200.00

 

 

 

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German Police

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