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Reichsparteitag

N.S. Party Days

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Book Nürnberg (Item PARTEI 2-1; AH 10-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is a special book that is a Third Reich presentation edition presented to important personages by the Chief Mayor (Oberburgermeister) of Nürnberg. This is an undedicated issue, but he front page makes it clear that the original copy was presented to Adolf Hitler on the occasion of his 50th birthday in a pigskin-covered cassette with brail-like and shaped decoration. It is noted that he received it as leader and chancellor from the city of the Reich Party rallies in Nürnberg. The 44 pages in the book are beautiful renditions of documents that were in true calligraphy within the edition presented to the Führer. The pages are in parchment and each one depicts a laudatory dedication to one of the heroes of old and new Nürnberg: Martin Luther, Gothe, Hans Sachs, Ullrich von Hutten, Kaiser Karl IV, Kaiser Frederich II, Richard Wagner, Ludwig König von Bayer, etc. The book is in very fine condition with a two-tone leather cover. This is probably one of the most beautiful volumes concerning Teutonic and Third Reich history ever produced. By the way, most of the greats within get one, sometimes, two pages of laudatory praise, but at the last part Nürnberg's very favorite hero, Adolf Hitler, gets seven. Search as you will, this is an edition seldom found. It was extremely limited. We have been fortunate enough to acquire two. The other is boxed in a wooden cassette and it was presented to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. View that at item number HH 1-5.

PRICE: $650.00; extremely rare and this is a very good price!

 

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Reichparteitag Beer Stein (Item PARTEI 2-2)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the typical gray clay beer steins that were the favorite souvenirs of the annual party rallies at the old city of Nuremberg. This was the larger model: 7 ¼ inches tall with a mouth opening of 3 ½ inches. The picture on the stein's front panel shows the Alteburg (The Old Castle) with the symbols (Wappens) of the city. The legend says: "Nuremberg, the city of the Reichparteitag" (Party Rally). These are becoming very scarce and this one is in perfect condition throughout.

PRICE: Sold

 

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Reichsparteitag Box (Item PARTEI 2-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is a wonderful little Reich’s Party Day souvenir crafted in porcelain and with brass fittings. It has the Nuremberg coat of arms and says around it: “ Nürnberg Stadt der Reichparteitag,” “The City of the Reich Party Day.” The box is 3 ½ inches long and 2 ½ inches wide and 1 ½ inches deep. It bears a maker’s logo of an “S” in a cogged circle. This is in wonderful condition and a colorful and historically important addition to an N.S. collection. Allach quality!

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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One Pfennig Lucky Coin (Item PARTEI 2-4; NSD 7-12)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a charming one-pfennig (one penny) piece from the Reichsparteitag city of Nurmberg. This is basically an advertising token. On the front it says (translation): “The lady wears Rosenkranz today (Nurnberg).” Rosenkranz was a major clothing manufacturer in 1930’s Germany. On the other side you have the informational luck symbols; the horseshoe, 4-leafed clover, and the saying: “This talisman is yours for bringing you luck through the entire year.” This is a very nice Nazi-era souvenir.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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1936 Reichsparteitag Badge (Item PARTEI 2-6)

DESCRIPTION: This has always been one of the finest of the party rally badges. It depicts three Teutonic warriors with their swords and shields guarding the pillar of culture that has the Hohitsabzeichen, or National Eagle, at its crest. The badge, unlike the later, cheaply made, white-metal ones, is made in genuine heavy bronze by Hoffstater in Bonn.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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1937 Reichsparteitag Badge (Item PARTEI 2-7)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the nicer looking of the Party Day badges (tinnies). It depicts the National Eagle being carried on a plinth by Teutonic warriors. It is made in the white-metal material that was used for tinnies from 1937 on. Made by Ochs, Bonn and Hanua.

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Reichsparteitag Photo Album (Item PARTEI 2-8; NSD 7-11)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a fine Reichsparteitag (party rally) original photo album. All of these are original photos that were gathered together from the snapshot collection of a man who was a tried-and-true NSDAP political leader in the central office of the party. The close-up shots of Adolf Hitler (never published) and Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels could never have been accomplished by anyone who did not enjoy special trust and have a top security clearance from the SS and SD. None of our “representatives of the people” would ever allow cameras to be placed by individuals in a crowd that close to their person without the Secret Service having conniptions over it. Besides some great snaps of the rallies, the man also shows some of the festive street scenes in Nuremberg and Munich. There are also pictures of the Ehren Temple, the Haus der Deutschen Kunst, the Führerbau, the Braun House, the Nuremberg Castle, etc. A pretty German maiden and an Algemeine-SS officer show up in several pictures. Perhaps he’s the photographer’s comrade, who is with his wife or sweetheart. The scenes in these pictures are, of course, familiar to those who have visited these sites, but here is the personal angle with people pictured beside some of these memorable buildings and stadiums. Almost every photo has NSDAP, SS, SA, RAD, and military personnel included. Every picture is candid taken by this party member and official. There are 102 pictures ranging in size from 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches to 4 x 3 inches to 4 ¾ x 3 ½ inches. They are all clear and fine photography. The album is 10 ½ x 3 ¾ inches and is ¾ inch thick with linen covers in excellent shape.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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1934 Reichparteitag Badge (Item PARTEI 2-9)

DESCRIPTION: This was one of the nicest and best made of the party rally badges. It depicts Teutonic warriors guarding the German National Eagle mounted on a plinth. The maker on the back was in Bonn. This badge was cast in brass and has some weight to it.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Prof. Speer and Adolf Hitler planning the position of the giant eagle by Ehmens

Bronze Nuremberg Eagle by Kurt Schmid Ehmen (Item PARTEI 2-10; ART 9-1; BRONZE 1-4; EAGLE 1-7)

DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the greatest finds for Germania International, LLC for 2005. Our specialty has always been to have our pickers in Germany investigate various companies that produced objects such as jewelry, insignia, and art during the Third Reich era. As a result they have turned up some wonderful finds. In this case we located a company known as Preussische Bergwerks u. Hütten AG. It was located in the outskirts of Berlin in the community of Gleiwitz, a town known for iron and bronze art pieces through hundreds of years. Many fantastic pieces of iron and bronze objects d’art were manufactured there between 1813 and 1815. For instance, more than eight thousand Iron Crosses for the heroes who fought against Napoleon were forged in the Gleiwitz foundries. The design was by Karl F. Schinkel. Adolf Hitler mentions the “iron of Gleiwitzer” in the ‘table-talk book,’ page 656. The Kunstguss company that our German associates and researchers found for us and visited was falsely accused of using slave labor in 1945 at the “STAR Chamber Proceedings” in 1945. Many Third Reich items of art were produced by Kunstgiessereigleiwitz and especially by Hütten AG. One of the most often seen in fine collections and museums is the very famous Nuremberg Eagle as designed and sculpted by the famous Third Reich sculptor Kurt Schmid Ehmen, October 13, 1901-July 14, 1968.
He was a world-renowned artist in bronze and stone. The listing of his works in the Third Reich period are legion to include the famous eagle to commemorate the martyrs of the November 9th Putsch at the Feldherrenhalle in Munich, the national eagles on the Führerbau in the Königsplatz, and even the eagles in stone for the four corners of the congress building of the German museum in Munich (they can still be seen today). The wonderful eagle that was to be seen on Der Haus der Deutschen Kunst in Munich and the golden eagle that topped the German pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair were executed by Ehmen. Today all that remains of his monumental work are the four eagles on the museum in Munich. Now we have unearthed what can be considered a tribute to this prolific and dedicated artist and this utterly fantastic discovery takes the form of several solid-bronze editions of the most famous of the Ehmen masterpieces, “The Tribune Eagles” from the Nuremberg Parteitag grounds. These wonderful sculptures are desk eagles that were bought at a fairly high price in their day to be given as gifts to the faithful to the N.S. ideals. The bronze editions cost much more than the more common examples in Weissmetal (white metal or zinc). These pieces were an expensive souvenir, but they were souvenirs not made for any official party function. The detail is great considering the casting process. Yes, they were made in Gleiwitz by the thousands, but today are extremely rare considering the de-Nazification process put in place by the ‘winners’ and the leftist postwar government of Germany. The company officials who sold these pieces just couldn’t bear to see these little gems of history destroyed and that without further adieu is the precise reason that you would have had the chance to acquire one of these Schmid Ehmen eagles to grace your collection. The span of the wings is 6 inches. The height of the sculpture is 7 inches with another 1 1/4 inches for the base. The bases are done with the utmost care and are exactly the same stock provided and used in the 1930s and 1940s. Some of the eagles had to have the patina refurbished to have once again the glorious finished patina. This Deutsch-Adler is without a doubt one of the most impressive art pieces in Third Reich sculpture. This more than any other artistic creation personified the Geist (spirit) of the National Socialist Bewegung (movement and ideals). In our supporting documentation we present for your historical information some images of previously unpublished photographs of the designing and construction of the original monumental Nuremberg Eagles and images of other Ehmen works. The pictures are from an original album having belonged to Herr Ehmen. In this album he showed photographs of various projects such as the planning and construction of the Mahnmal at the Feldherrenhalle, the magnificent eagles over the entrances of the Führerbau and Parteibau at the Königsplatz in Munich and there were many photos of his most grand project, the Tribune Eagles of the Luitpold Arena at the Nuremburg Party Rally grounds. Those eagles were destroyed in an act of cultural vandalism. Now, although smaller, the Ehmen eagles once more emerged not in the cheaper version in Weissmetal, but in glorious bronze just like the originals at the glorious Reichsparteitags der NSDAP. All the original eagles that we had were previously sold and now we were lucky enough as of May 2015, to have exact copies made to exact proportion and exact detail.

PRICE: $1,250.00; while they last

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Kurt Schmid Ehmens Bronze Sculpture of the Magnificent Eagle of the German Pavilion at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris
(Item PARTEI 2-11 & ART 9-1A; BRONZE 1-5; EAGLE 1-8)

DESCRIPTION: Earlier on these pages, in the description of the Nuremberg Tribune Eagles by the artist Kurt Schmid Ehmen you will have read about our fortunate discovery and purchase of several of those wonderful eagle sculptures that were cast in the late 30’s and early 40’s at the Preussische Bergwerks u. Hutten A.G. in their Gleiwitz Foundries near Berlin. The artist, of course, of this eagle was none other than Herr Kurt Schmidt Ehmen (1901-1968). You can read about him and the Bergwerks foundry in the narrative at PARTEI 2-10 (above). Ehmen was the “Adlermeister” of the Third Reich and you can see mention of many of the most famous sites throughout the Reich where his sculpted masterpieces were displayed. We have cited several places that the National Socialists considered sacred or sacrosanct and the works of this artist were effectively employed, the list is most impressive. This Adlermeister or ‘Eagle Master’ was considered one of the finest bronze sculptors of Germany and right up there in the ranks of Arno Brecker and Josef Thorak.

After the Party Congress eagles were unveiled and presented to the German public there was a huge demand for artistic renditions of them. The Nuremberg eagles were produced in zinc castings, bronze sculpture, and even sometimes in wood by the Black Forest carvers in the Alps. They were sold as souvenirs throughout the Reich especially at the stores in Nuremberg and surrounding areas at the time of the rallies and the ones that were in bronze by the Bergwerk u. Hutten were considered the best! They were definitely high-end souvenirs and were not made for any particular Party group or function. They were really quite costly in their day. Compared however to the white metal figures made mostly in Bavaria, they cost much more but were really superior in design and general good looks. Very dramatic in design. There was one sculpture however by Schmidt Ehmen that artistically exceeded the Tribune Eagles and that was the lofty, resplendent eagle that was created to be on the top of the Great Exhibition Hall in the German pavilion of the 1937 Paris World’s Fair. This was the absolutely majestic edifice designed by Albert Speer, Hitler’s great ‘Architect Extraordinaire’ and it was Kurt Schmid Ehmen who Speer commissioned to design and build the giant eagle that was seen dominating the view over all of the exhibition grounds. The power and majesty of this tower and this eagle figure were extremely awesome. At one point in time we had in our possession a scrapbook that belonged to the family who were the owners and proprietors of the Prussian Bergwerk u. Hutten AG. The family had collected photographs of the construction of the famous Paris eagle and also some great ones of the artist himself and his crew at work. There was also a great photo of the German Führer Adolf Hitler as he views two Schmidt Ehmen eagles along with architect Speer, prior to the finished masterpieces being erected.

Now in a much more limited number thanks to our picker we received four of the Paris Exhibition bronze models that were produced at Gleiwitz at the same time as the Nuremberg eagles. The Paris eagle is much larger, bolder and a bit more detailed and although at first glance it looks very similar it is decidedly different and of course mounted much differently. With the gorgeous three tier marble base, the sculpture measures almost 20 inches high. The bronze eagle by itself is 10 inches high and 10 inches across the wing span. The base is in three separate marble tiers, The largest standing vertically that directly supports the eagle stands at 6"x 5" and 2 inches thick. The next horizontal piece of marble that the above marble piece is standing on is 9 x 3 inches and the bottom plinth is 11 inches long and 1 inch thick. The piece weighs a “heavy” 33 pounds. It is our opinion that this eagle has to just about be one of the finest and greatest relics of the Third Reich. There are items that are even rarer and certainly more expensive but when I think of the typical aesthetic style of the Thousand Year Reich, the first things that come to mind that reflect all the glory and power present at that time, would be the 1936 officers dagger with chain hanger and the Kurt Schmid Ehmen eagle. Nothing to me is in the end, more purely National Socialist.

The Bergwerks foundry did not produce marble. That material had to be obtained back then at a nearby quarry firm near Gleiwitz. So everything was as it should have been and as it was in the Third Reich. The color, the size, the construction of the base is done to perfection and the marble or granite is in fine jet-black perfect stone. So in essence, the entire first sculptures were 100% original. The eagles are unsigned. The only one that we encountered signed was the pilot piece, and we think it was the single exception.

We want to make it clear that no company still in existence today officially sold us these first eagles...they were bought from the relative of a onetime company official who was able to preserve them in secrecy all these years and now thought they should be out there in the collector and museum world. This eagle would make the ultimate center piece of any fine collection. Here is a noble bird that commands respect and dignity and could be the most overpowering item in your house other than possibly “the little lady”! The originals were all sold, however, but the good news is that we were able as of May 2015 to have 100-percent perfect re-creations made that are absolutely perfect in every detail: Patina, mounting, finishing, etc.

PRICE: For the re-creations: $3,800.00  An amazingly reasonable price for such an outstanding art treasure that summons up all the mystique and historical retrospect of that time of high adventure and manifested earth-shaking destiny! Germania now proudly presents the  finest of the Kurt Schmid Ehmen sculptures in Bronze ”The Paris Pavilion Eagle.”

 

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Deutschland Eagle (Item PARTEI 2-12; BRONZE 1-5a; EAGLE 1-9)

DESCRIPTION: Here is the ultimate Schmid Ehmen eagle in bronze. Here was the greatest eagle sculpted by this man referred to as the “Adlermeister.” If you read the information proffered in the two articles above: Item Bronze 1-4 and Bronze 1-5 you will see how we managed to come by this one and the others from the group discovered in Germany in the year 2005. The items like the others were cast in the 30s at the Prussian Bergwerks U. Hutten AG. This foundry was located in the outskirts of Berlin in the community of Glewitz. Its main sales office was in Berlin. This company was responsible for the production of many beautiful bronze sculptures by many famous artists sculpting in the era of the Third Reich, but none so prolific as Kurt Schmid Ehemen, who rated up there with Arno Brecker and Josef Thorak. It was this artist who produced the Tribune Eagles in giant proportion seen on the ramparts of the Nuremberg Stadium. Those eagles were similar to the one we present at Bronze 1-4 on this page. Every eagle had a similarity, but each had its own distinctive features as well. The Paris Eagle at Bronze 1-5 that topped the tower at the 1937 World’s Fair was a bit different than the Nuremberg eagle and different again from this Deutschland eagle. Also, the marble base is much more elaborate and we feel that this one undoubtedly cost far more in its day than the others and may have actually been a state award for a party official or important personage who might have given funds for the promotion or needed support for the Nuremberg Party Rally of 1938. This rally was named the Reichsparteitag Großdeutschland (Rally of Greater Germany). This was the last Parteitag at Nuremberg. The rally of 1939 that was to be the Parteitag of Peace had to be called off because of the machinations of France and England and the sudden murders of many of the German minority in Poland. Germany was forced into war and the “Rally of Peace” never materialized. We feel strongly that the word “Deutschland” on the plinth of this sculpture was definitely connected to the 1938 rally and was ultimately more important than a souvenir piece like the small Kurt Ehemen eagle as seen in Bronze 1-4. However, that eagle, although smaller, is also an important art piece. This eagle, with its marble plinth, measures 18 inches high and the eagle by itself is 2 inches larger than the Paris eagle. The wingspan is 11 inches and is also larger than the Paris eagle. The swastika in the wreath gripped by the eagle’s talons is cut out in such way as to be able to view the eagle’s tail feathers, also unlike the swastikas on the other pieces seen above. The swastika is mobile rather than squared off. The marble or granite plinth is very unusual and is trophy oriented in its presentation. That more than anything else tells us that it is not a mere purchased souvenir, but rather a coveted prize or possibly a state trophy? All in all, with its grandiose look and meaningful emblazoned word it is probably the finest N.S. patriotic piece we could ever imagine as the personification of that glorious era of German history. We recently sold some of the original ones that were found, but they were so popular and in such great demand that luckily we were able to have some re-created at great expense. We can’t say how fortunate we feel to have procured these relics of the Reich--original or even the re-created ones--and be able to pass them along to you, the serious collector.

PRICE: SOLD

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