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Fabulous Replica of SS-Totenkopf Death's Head Ring
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Kampfzeit Mug from the Early 1920s or 1930s (Item SS 31-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very nice beer stein or mug with cut-glass motif including floral design with leaves and vines. It's crafted in the heavy and thick glass, but it's the pewter top or lid that is the most important part. The design is again floral with wheat sheaths and in the center are the neatly engraved double runes of the SS. Below this is a mobile swastika in a keystone-style setting. This is typical of the personal beer-hall tankards used by SA and SS man while soaking up the suds and the local beer hall. The Munich Bierstube were to a great extent the birthplace of the NSDAP and the perfect meeting place for the tough street fighters that were so necessary to the security and safety of the party personnel and leaders. These men were by nature German-beer drinkers and by no means teetotalers. The liquid of Gambrius flowed at most all get-togethers of the Praetorian guards of Adolf Hitler's court (beer halls). It was the beer hall putsch that was the original starting point to the successful NS movement. This little mug probably saw a lot of action in its day. It's a great historical item and is 100-percent original.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Cufflinks of the Himmler Presentation Variety (Item SS 31-2)

DESCRIPTION: This set of cufflinks is the same as the set that was owned by -Obergrupenführer Gottlob Burger that are shown at SS 12-1 . Please read that section to know more about the issue of these presentation cufflinks. All of these cufflinks that were found bear a date engraved on the bottom of the round and flat portion of the link. Berger’s set shows that it was presented in 1942; July 16 to be exact. It's, of course, always speculative whether the date engraved matches the date of birth of an SS officer; then the assumption is that this particular pair would be his former property. Quite a few of these cufflinks were accumulated by a German collector, who belonged to the “Hilfsgemeinshat auf Gegenseitigkeit des Angehörigen der Ehemalingen Waffen- (HIAG), that translates to “Mutual Help Association of Former Waffen- Members.” This was a charitable organization that was officially founded in 1951 by former members of the Waffen-. The purpose of the organization was to offer help to veterans and to provide legal assistance because Germany's then-current government refused to pay pensions to these elite soldiers ostensibly because the (enemy) had declared that the Waffen- was a criminal organization. In the 1960s, about 75,000 former Waffen- members were enrolled. The man who accumulated most of the cufflinks was a key leader in the HIAG and did much to enable these combat veterans to receive aid and assistance. He was however, an incurable collector and was able through his offices to buy many of the cufflinks that belonged to some of the more notable officers and famous men of the SS. In some cases cufflinks and honor rings having belonged to men who were not HIAG members were procured by other members who were closely associated with them. The cufflinks were fairly easy to buy from the men, but very few honor rings were bought because of the oath taken by the recipients dealing with the duties of the ring bearer. It must be remembered that the was the most loyal of all the German armed forces to their oaths and agenda. “Wenn alle untreue werden so bleiben wir doch treue!,” “When all were unfaithful, we remained faithful.” These were their watchwords, and they generally stood their ground. So our collector had to forego his attempts to buy any honor rings. He didn't even dare buy any since if the word got out that he was buying them this could possibly preclude his being able to gather any of the other items that the elderly members were willing to part with. They seemed to be willing for the greater part to sell and sometimes simply give him the cufflinks, uniforms, cuff titles, etc., but this man, a former Hitler Youth member and leader, was also elderly and a few years back he decided that he would sell his entire collection and this is exactly how so many of these important articles were made available. The cufflinks were sold as a group and today most of them are in a prestigious collection maintained by a serious and a well-known reputable collector. Because we are not able to document exactly the SS officer whom these cufflinks were issued to they are being offered at a much more reasonable price.

PRICE: SOLD

 

 

 

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Painting of Germanic Elves (Item SS 31-7; ART 16-13)

DESCRIPTION: OK. You ask why this painting is situated in the Allgemeine-SS and Personalities categories. Well, it’s because of who painted it and why. In 1945 a certain Dr. Kajetan Mühlmann was captured by the U.S. Army in Seewalchen on the Attersee in the Austrian Alps on June 13, 1945. On 20 July he was transferred to the American POW camp at Payerbach in upper Austria where he was interrogated by the CIC, that so called ostensively (“worked-on culture”), also known as “culture intelligence.” They induced him to discuss the so-called deeds of Hermann Göring, Seyss-Inquart, Hans Frank, and Kaltenbrunner. He himself was charged with being responsible for (again so-called) art plundering in Poland and the Netherlands. He held the title during the Third Reich special commissioner for the safeguarding of art in the occupied territories. He actually was responsible for purchase or in some cases confiscation of Germanic art in the hands of those persons identified as (enemies of the Reich). Much has been written about these accusations from negative and positive viewpoints. In any case, our narrative is about the art historian Mühlmann. He was an -Oberführer. He actually worked as an undercover agent for Reinhard Heydrich. He had family and social connections to Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Göring, Heydrich, and even had a close relationship directly to Hitler in matters artistic. Besides being one of the most prolific of the art accumulators for the Reich and its highly placed individuals he was an artist himself of sorts. In his early days before joining the party and SS he had done charming illustrations for children’s pictorial books. Because of the interrogation sessions with the Americans this was found out and immediately the camp administrators were all over him requesting him to produce little artworks so that they could send them home to family and friends. Kajetan otherwise referred to as Kai, obliged and received rather special treatment with extra rations, cigarettes, etc. Then there came a time that the camp commandant decided that he would dearly like to have a large mural of elves that cold be hung in his children’s nursery. Mühlmann received many favors from the Americans because of his special talent. When the American commandant insisted that the rendering of his painting be on canvas, there arose the problem where would it be at al possible to procure such a large piece of canvas. They were stumped; both the officer and the artist. Then out of the blue the orderly officer came up with a brilliant idea. He pointed to a map in the briefing room and what was it printed on, but “canvas.” Immediately the commandant stripped it off the wall and put into the hands of the German artist who in turn started on the painting of the elves’ antics called “Spiele der Elfe,” “Games of the elves.” The painting is 79 inches by 25 inches in the frame. It’s divided into three sections. The one to the left depicts an elderly elf whose cart came separated from the horse and as it started to run away the elf grabs the carriage rods and he is propelled down the steep road by the weight of the cart while the horse tries to catch up. The second sequence has some mischievous elves who hide in the trees while a chicken placed by a window while an irate gray-bearded occupant tries to shoo him away. In the scene to the right some more mischievous elves are foiled when the victim of some prank pours hot chocolate or coffee down the derriere of the would-be prankster. All these legends are surely from Grimm’s Brothers’ fairy tales, no doubt. The painting was bought from one of the children of the commandant now grown to manhood. Why he ever parted with it we cannot say. We also cannot say the name of this family because of the father’s very special favors done for this alleged Nazi war criminal back then. This is quite a canvas even though it was once a map. It’s well executed and artistically charming and produced by a major SS officer with a reputation. It’s cute, but also historically important.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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8-Year Service Medal; SS-Dienstauzeichnungen (Item SS 31-8; WAF 9-4)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a pristine example of the 8-Year Long-Service Medal. As condition goes it’s just about as nice a piece that you will ever see. This award was founded on January 30,1938, for members of the -Verfügunstruppen, -Totenkopfverbande, and the -Junkershulen who were on active service and had served honorably. All other SS members were only eligible to receive the NSDAP long-service awards. Four classes of the award were designed by -Oberführer Professor Karl Diebitsch of Munich, who was the chief advisor for all things artistic within the SS organization. We had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing him in Tegernsee in 1973. This is the third-class medal and has the wreath superimposed over a large swastika. On the reverse side is a large figure ‘8’ and across this the words: “Für Treue Dienste in der ,” “For loyal service in the SS.” The medal is in excellent condition in bronze with highlighted figures, numerals, and runes. This is one of the most beautiful medals of the Third Reich.

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Honor Ring (certified by Boyle) (Item SS 31-9)

DESCRIPTION: Here is an excellent example of the -Totenkopf Ehrenring, one of the finest examples we have ever seen. Not only is the ring in practically mint condition, but the wearer was one of the more interesting personalities that has ever shown up. The ring skull is perfect with every characteristic that is noted among the best of them; e.g., clear, finely defined teeth (the eye within the eye) as noted by the experts, cross bones clearly defined, inside the joined seam is clear, engraving is clear and perfect. Gentlemen, they just don’t come any better! Now the former owner’s name is Axel Holder who in September 1944 was assigned to the 1st Cossack Division where he, like a few other German officers, served in this capacity as advisors to the brave and patriotic Cossack forces that fought bravely alongside of their Germanic comrades against the evil and vicious Stalinist hordes. Officers who numbered among their ranks were General Helmuth von Pannwitz, Captain K. Langfeld, and Major Harry von Johnston. Von Pannwitz and von Johnston when confronted by a Soviet general in 1945 at the end of hostilities chose to stay with their Cossack brothers rather than be repatriated to Germany. Pannwitz was murdered by hanging; von Johnston served 10 years at hard labor and died of yellow jaundice on the day he was released in 1955. Axel Holder was one of these brave officers, but of the attachments to the Cossack brigades. We can only hope he escaped the clutches of these murdering reds. Holder received the Ehrenring in 1941 when he was an -Sturmbannführer with the number 241 797 and NS Party number 2 588 380. He was born August 13, 1903, in the city of Stolp in Pomerania. In his personal papers he is listed as Nordic, with a smallish, lean figure. He is listed as ‘discipline correct,’ good in sports, politically correct. He was a jurist in premilitary enlistment; studied law at the University of Heidelberg; held several offices in the German legal system and chamber of courts in Berlin. He must have served a short time in the Army in 1935-36. He entered the SS/SD in Jan 1936 as leader of the head office (RFSS) courts and legal administration. At the same time he was awarded the post of government assessor in the office of the Gestapo from August 1936 to April 1937. He was employed by -Gruppenführer von Ribbentrop. He also managed in June and July 1936 the SD Oberabschnitt “Greater Berlin.” On August 1, 1937, he was transferred to the Reich Forest Section and was promoted to the head position of the Forest Department. Then, by agreement between Reichsführer- Himmler and the Reich Forest inspector, Holder was transferred to Prague to manage the state forest direction there. Holder served in the Wehrmacht (Heers) in 1936 from January to July in the reserve battalion Spandau (9th Inf. Rgt.) and in March 1937 in the 50th Inf. Rgt. in Landsberg. On November 1, 1939, he was called up for service in the Wehrmacht and entered an infantry battalion that was employed in Poland and Holland. In April 1940 he was promoted to sergeant and cadet. He was discharged from the Wehrmacht on June 30, 1940, and then resumed his duty with the army supply offices. He advanced in these positions to war supply inspector and was transferred to Belgium joined the Waffen-. He was a member of the NSDAP, SS, NSV, and NSRB. He was also an honorable member of the DAF at the disciplinary court in Berlin with membership in the since 1933. He was an officer on the staff of -Obergruppenführer Sepp Dietrich -Oberschnitt Ost. He was in the SS/SD headquarters at the time of his “Lebenslauf,” his background statement written on July 27, 1941. He was an -Obersturmführer in the SD and at that time was representing the court of Berlin Charlottenburg. He had limited knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Swedish. In 1938 he was married to NS Party member Gertrud Annuszat. From that date in July 1941 above we lose track of his career to some extent, but there are numerous references through the 40-odd pages that have been photocopied from official archives in Berlin. There is much material here about this fascinating officer. At one point he was reported deceased, but was happy and healthy, elsewhere. The record shows that he was a recipient of the ring and a Julleuchter (candle holder). He was also a member of SS Lebensborn as well. He was awarded the Kriegs Verdienst Cross in 1943. His various promotion certificates are all there. His transfers from office to office are evident as well. On November 22, 1943, he was bombed out of his home in Charlottenburg and lost his Julleuchter and was requesting a new one. There are various good-conduct reports throughout the files. The translation of the assembled material was done by our official translator, Willi, who was in the Hitler Youth and later a paratrooper in the French Foreign Legion. The footnotes and accurate translations are his. He is an incredible fellow and is a walking encyclopedia of the Second World War and especially the Third Reich. The certification of authenticity is by Mr. Donald Boyle, the foremost expert on these items and the author of the greatest hornbook on honor rings in the world entitled SS-Totenkopf H. Himmler Honor Rings 1933-1945. Don has certified and described this ring as an original pre-April 1945 German historical artifact. He did say that the ring has a nontypical date in the 1940s ring, but he says here and in his book that this variance has been known to exist. The date in Holder’s ring is ‘9/4/41.’ Usually the rings have dates of famous events such as April 20, Hitler’s birthday. This accounted for most of them. But others were awarded on June 21, the midsummer festival. November 9, the day of the Munich putsch, December 21, the Winter Festival, but certain dates important to the individual and recognized by the leadership as being important were also granted in the awarding. We don’t know what date 9/14/41 has as significance. We do know that one month before he was promoted from Obersturmführer to Sturmbannführer with personally signed promotion certificate by -Gruppenführer and Lt. Gen. der Waffen- Oswald Pohle. Could it be the date he actually took office? All in all, Holder was a good soldier, administrator, and leader. His ring is now the only testimony to his loyalty and devotion to the and his Führer. This is in the finest condition and prodigiously important ring currently available anywhere on the internet. We are very proud to offer this great ring to the collecting public. We have researched and sold quite a few of the finest honor rings that have ever been offered, but in our opinion this is the best—history-wise and condition-wise! You wanted a Totenkopf honor ring didn’t you? Well why not the best?

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SS Perpetual Calendar (Item SS 31-10)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very rare example of the SS calendar in the past 30 years or so. We have seen only one other of these and part of the date cards was missing. This one has them all: months, days, and calendar dates. They are hand changed every day. The eagle at the top is of the style. Every organizational eagle in the Third Reich had a distinctive shape and this is very definitely the eagle of the Allgemeine or Waffen-SS. In this instance this one was issued within the Waffen-SS and it has the letters on the back on a big square stamp. Plus, there is a smaller stamp from the Schultz Staffeln HQ Berlin SW/68. The finish on the front looks like hand-set parquet, but is actually a print process with overlay. It measures 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches and we repeat, all the cards are there! For these date cards to remain intact for 65-70 years is incredible! This is the type SS item that is dreamt about and the price is commensurate with the rarity. This is a first-class SS relic indeed!

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Fabulous Replica of SS-Totenkopf Death's Head Ring
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