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Most Handsome Little SS Trooper (Item SS 38-1; NSTOYS 1-2)
PRICE: SOLD Exceedingly Important Tapestries of the Third Reich The Grand OKW “Oberkommando der Wehrmacht” Tapestry (Item SS 38-2; ART 17-19: TAPESTRY 1-3) PRICE: For now it will be priced upon request. Serious inquiries only. The Book of Love signed by Heinrich Himmler (Item SS 38-3; HH 4-18; PERS 7-1) PRICE: $1,700.00 VERY RESONABLE FOR SUCH AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FIND! Beautiful Little Eagle Device for Staff Car (Item SS 38-4; NSD 21-21) PRICE: SOLD Genuine, Mint-condition Honor Ring (Totenkopf) Presented by the Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler (Boyle Certification Included) (Item SS 38-6; WAF 14-8) PRICE: NO LONGER AVAILABLE Meine Ehre heist Treue! (My Honor is Loyalty!) Hand-carved Desk Plaque (Item SS 38-7; WAF 14-9, ART 18-4) PRICE: $2,500.00 Uniform (Tunic & Trousers) for an -Gruppenführer of the Deutschland Regiment (Item SS 38-8) PRICE: $45,000.00; serious inquiries only Allgemeine- Enlisted Man’s Black Visor Cap in Mint Condition (Item SS 38-9) PRICE: $4,500.00 SS Officer’s Degen (officially Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS) (Item SS 38-10; SSDAG 2-5)
PRICE: SOLD SS Officer’s Degen by Puma (officially Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS) (Item SS 38-10a; SSDAG 2-5a)
PRICE: $4,500.00 DESCRIPTION: We do not often do this and I am not sure it is really OK to do. But because I consider Mr. Tom Wittman to be one of the most honest and knowledgeable dealers and authors in this business and it so happens that he has a sword on his site nearly identical to the one we offer here. He states that his is one of only two or three he has ever seen in his 50 plus years in this hobby and business. I hasten to add that I have seen only this one, myself. As for the one Tom has, he’s asking nearly fifteen thousand dollars for his and the only difference in his and ours is that his has two matching oak leaves and acorns at each side of the motto on the blade. However, the similar one Tom shows on page 493 of his book Exploring the Dress Daggers and Swords of the ” also does not have the oak leaves. Like Tom’s sword, this one is in excellent shape having fine nickel-plated hilt and “D” guard. Just like his, the pommel cap is the flatter NCO style having a set of SS runes raised out of the center surface. The factory blackening in the background gives it a very dramatic appearance. The standing oak leaves running around the ferrule all have hand-enhanced veins and are further decorated with small, punched rings giving further life to the whole look. The ebony grip is perfect with all of its ribs being crisp and flawless. With the sword is the SS portepee in silver with double-line, black, side stripes running the entire length of the strapping edges of the material. This portepee is in silver bullion; the ball at the bottom is also in bullion and has the embroidered SS runes in a circle with bullion ties, and the drops fabric is seen with alternating black-and-silver roping effect. The knot is in perfect condition and we show it separate from the sword so you are able to see all the features that it would cover if attached. The SS runes in the form of the Kulturzeichen is plainly stamped on the lid of the scabbard’s throat’s top. This is to honor Professor Karl Diebitsch SS-Oberführer whom I have mentioned as the SS-Reichsführer’s personal referent on all things artistic .It was Diebitsch who designed the SS sword and the chain on the 1936 model SS officer’s dagger and many other SS articles. The scabbard is in great shape, but with a minor ding about 5 inches up from the drag. It is hardly noticeable and does not detract. The paint on the scabbard looks to be original at least 98-percent unblemished and with only minimal signs of wearing. The paint has its original semibright luster. The mount is retained by two unturned flathead screws. The feature that makes this SS Degen so rare and desirable is, of course, the blade. It is a matte-finished, 31-inch example. I would have to describe it as being in practically mint condition except for two microscopic blemishes (pinhead size). At the blade’s obverse side beginning at about 8 inches downward is the perfectly etched motto “Meine Ehre heisst Treue.” This is like Tom’s absolutely original and he emphasizes that it was always possible that the motto etching would be specially ordered from the blade producer, but that few SS troopers did this because there was some considerable expense involved. There is a fine-condition, once-white leather blade buffer that protects this extra-fine blade. This is an incredible find for the advanced SS collector. The piece is not only historically important, but is in excellent-plus condition. Tom has had to ask a real premium price for his in accordance with the price he had to pay for his magnificent sword. However, we price according with what we pay as well and we bought ours with a significantly lower price and will pass the savings along to the very fortunate collector who is lucky enough to acquire it.
PRICE: $9,500.00. This is a fantastic opportunity to have one of the absolutely greatest and most rare items of SS blades ever offered. SS Mess Hall Porcelain (Four-Piece Group) (0) (Item SS 38-11; MESSHALLPORC 1-0; WAF 14-10) Our price for ALL is $1,000.00. This is surely a bargain for absolute rarities such as this. Carved Sea Eagle from an Unit in Norway (Item SS 38-12; WAF 14-11; EAGLE 1-2) PRICE: $4,500.00. 1936 Model Officer’s Dagger (Item SS 38-13; SSDAG 2-8) PRICE: $9,800.00; Pricey? Not for perfection like this! I hope you can step up to the best! Original Bugle Banner with RZM Acceptance Label (Item SS 38-14; FLAG 5-4) PRICE: $3,500.00 SS Long-Service Medal (Item SS 38-15) PRICE: $ P.O.R. Allegemeine-SS Armband with Label (Item SS 38-16) PRICE: $875.00 Poster Glorifying Germany’s Victory over France (Item SS 38-17) PRICE: $450.00 Allgemeine-SS Bugle (Item SS 38-18) PRICE: $4,500.00 Allgemeine-SS Marching Drum (Item SS 38-19) PRICE: $3,500.00–Ultrarare! Allegemeine- Armband (Item SS 38-20) PRICE: SOLD Stupendous Find! Carved Wooden Skull from the 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf” (Item SS 38-21; WAF 14-15) PRICE: No longer available; traded off for other historically important items Great Allgemeine-SS Officer’s Cap (Item SS 38-22) PRICE: $8,500.00 Cufflinks Presented by Reichsführer Himmler to Erich Kempka, his Bodyguard and Chauffeur (Item SS 38-23) PRICE: $7,500.00 Original Honor Ring with Don Boyle’s Official Certification (Item SS 38-24) PRICE: $8,500.00 Allegemeine- Armband with and "RZM" Label Inside (Item SS 38-25) PRICE: $850.00 Early SS Trumpet Banner; Probably SS-LAH (Item SS 38-26; LEIBSS 2-10) PRICE: $1,200.00 Book Entitled Liederbuch Schleswig-Holsteinischer (Item SS 38-27; PARTYSONGBOOK 1-1; SA 15-3) PRICE: $125.00; Rare! Very rare. Presentation Box for a Deluxe Wedding Edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf (Item SS 38-28) PRICE: SOLD Julleuchter (Yule Candlestick) (Item SS 38-29) PRICE:
Allgemeine- Arm Band (Item SS 38-30) PRICE: $550.00
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DESCRIPTION: Here he is in his full glory immaculately dressed in his kampzeit uniform. Little Hans wears his proper brown shirt (since the SS evolved originally from the SA troops commonly known as brownshirts ). Note his enlisted black collar tabs. He also has his belt with swastika symbol. He sports the traditional black cross strap. His riding trousers are typical of the type worn by the early SS men. He has his shiny boots probably made of oilcloth. On his shirt is the swastika armband and of course there is the black necktie. His face beams with youthful exuberance and patriotism to the cause he adores. For the most part, he is perfect, but somewhere in a street fight with the Rote Front (Communist thugs) he must have lost the cap insignia that was on his kepi. Yes, he looks boyish and mild tempered, but that is what these early elite fighters appeared to look, but they were subject to the words of their Führer: “Swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp’s steel.” Well, little Hans has tried to live up to that. However, he can come to you minus his cap insignia or here’s an idea: I have an original eagle-and-swastika silver stickpin that might just fill the bill that can be added to little Hans price for $50.00. (It’s a $100 pin, but since we admire him so much we are willing to give a very substantial discount if Han’s new friend desires to purchase it. (See the last image to envision what the cap would look like, if added). In any case, this little trooper is petite measuring a little over 9 inches tall. It’s light as a feather and rarer than a chained SS dagger and certainly much cuter. *It's absolutely original to the Third Reich period.
The official Dachau Memorial tapestry
Tapestry of the
“Oberkommando der Wehrmacht.”
The piece ABOVE is what we are offering, here.
The -Ahnenerbe tapestry by
Karl Diebitsch and Elsie Seifert
The Berchtesgaden Chancery tapestry; later in Himmler’s home
This is “Der Grosse Wandteppich” (The Great Tapestry), a genuine Munich Gobelin that was missing for many years and now discovered once again and is in a safe repository. This surely is the most meaningful tapestry to the Germanic mythus that was ever created in the Third Reich. It is huge--12 feet by 10 feet in size--and in its magnificent portrayals it shows the eagles of the three Reichs: the Holy Roman Empire is represented by the eagle at the bottom, and then the Hohenzollern Dynasty is represented, and after this at the top is the familiar and dominant eagle of the Third Reich.
The Lebensborn tapestry: “When you walk on your way you cannot take one step when a thousand ancestors do not follow you."
DESCRIPTION: We start this narrative with a statement that should go at the end, and that is: “What could be more important than this magnificent and prodigiously important relic of the Third Reich?” Here is the unique (and I use the term “unique” for its intended definition—“One of a Kind”) Wandteppich (tapestry) that once hung in the headquarters of the Supreme Command of the German Armed Forces. The OKW or Oberkommando der Wehrmacht was the organization that was responsible for all preparations for national defense in time of peace and for the conduct of operations in time of war. The head of the OKW was a cabinet member and represented the joint interest of the three branches: army, navy, and air force with respect to other departments of the government. The OKW was supreme and fully responsible for the coordination of the active war effort by the three subordinate branches, while the OK der Heeres (army) is responsible for all army matters, just as each of the other two high commands—air force and navy—were responsible for the application of general policies within each one's own sphere. In wartime, each high command had a forward echelon and a rear echelon. The forward echelon moves to a location appropriate to the theatre of main operations, while the rear echelon remains in the Berlin area; actually the building was Wündsdorf near Zossen in the outskirts of Berlin. Although it was not as grand as Göring’s air-ministry building on the Wilhelmstrasse it still was a classic example of Third Reich architecture. A branch of the OKW was on the Bendlerstrasse; now named the Stauffenbergstrasse after the traitor Claus von Stauffenberg who was a would-be assassin who planned with other army officers to murder the Führer. When the coup failed he was shot by firing squad on the spot. The fantastic tapestry was either from this HQ or the one in Wündsdorf-Zossen. Many of the very important Third Reich buildings had handmade tapestries within but the total amount couldn’t be over a dozen. We at Germania have owned and found homes for the tapestry’s from the -Deutsches Ahnenerbe that was located in Berlin, and the Lebensborn tapestry that came from the Steinhöring home known as “Heim Hochland.” We have had several important smaller tapestries as well. The importance of tapestries to the National Socialist mythos cannot be underestimated. “The Norns” were in Norse mythology female beings who ruled the destiny of the gods and men as they spun the thread of fate at the foot of Yggdrasil (the world tree). They weave the threads onto a giant tapestry that predestines the lives of the human species. Recently a writer named Joan Schweighart wrote a story called “Gudrun’s Tapestry” based on Germanic legends. In the days when the church and great royal houses ruled the Germanic world tapestries were symbols of great wealth. Whenever official ceremonies or public celebrations were held, tapestries lent beauty and richness to the events. Bishops and kings welcomed important visitors with red carpets flanked by tapestry displays. Royal processions proceeded along routes flanked and marked with tapestries. So, with tradition being so prodigiously important to the N.S. artistic sense and because of the intellectual state of mind that prevailed, the display of tapestries became extremely aesthetically important to Hitler’s Reich. In the mid 1980s I had occasion to visit with former -Oberführer and Professor Karl Diebitsch who was the artist responsible for the beginnings of the porcelain art industry known as Allach. He was also the designer of much of the SS regalia including the chained Mod 36 SS dagger. Go to our -Schutzstaffel page and at SS 36-14 find more information on Prof. Diebitsch and the dagger. It was Diebitsch who designed the black SS uniform. He also designed a whole series of tapestries for the SS and other N.S. groups. This fabulous tapestry may well be one designed by this brilliant artist. Another tapestry we have offered is the one known as the Himmler wall hanging. Go to SS 36-15 to see that one, which is the most colorful one we have ever encountered. You will find more information about tapestries there. I mentioned in that article that there was no more a valued article to the Third Reich doctrines than these great wall hangings. Professor Diebitsch designed them and they were constructed by his sister, Elsie Seifert, both in completely woven design or applique, or both. Diebitsch tapestries stood alone in the use of almost iridescent silk cloth used to highlight certain areas of the work with bright gold or silver hues such as you can see between the eagle’s limbs and behind the swastika on this OKW wall hanging. In the Himmler tapestry the gold is very evident and the highlights are the swastikas and oak-leaf branches.
The OKW Tapestry
This beautiful tapestry bears the stylized Wehrmacht eagle separately sewn on. The eagle looks to its left and clutches an oak-leaf wreath with four Teutonic swords crossing each other behind the wreath. The eagle’s limbs and talons are accented, as is the swastika with gold-bullion cloth that gives it a rather three-dimensional effect. The uppermost portion displays a curved bandeau while the underside has a decorative oak-leaf braid and numerous applied rosettes. Both sides have pressure marks from a frame that had contained it (when?) The wall hanging lay for decades in a small Russian museum outside Moscow and recently it was bought by our German picker and thus returned to Germany and is now in the U.S. This may be the most important tapestry of Third Reich origin ever offered. It is a big 16 x 8 feet (192 x 96 inches or 490 x 245 cm). Let it be said that only Germania International could bring such fabulous articles forth to the collecting public.
DESCRIPTION: The book is by Werner Jansen and is titled Das Buch Liebe published by Georg Westermann in Braunschweig with copyright date of 1920. It comprises 304 pages. The cover is in green cloth with gilt title on the spine, and a small tear on the edge of the spine (fixable!); otherwise, fine. This is a presentation to Heinrich Himmler, inscribed to him on the front flyleaf with: “Oberwachtführer of the Rote Kreuz (Red Cross) Ilse Doehring with friendly greetings November 1940.” Beneath this Himmler has added his ownership signature: “H. Himmler.” This epic saga was dedicated to young women whose men were at the front during WWI. The author, Werner Jensen, and this work were very dear to Himmler’s heart in 1924. After first reading it Himmler declared this book, “. . . the songs of songs to the Nordic woman.” He said, “This is the ideal image we Germans dream of in our youth and are ready to die for as men.” (‘Very good’ and historically important to the extreme.) It shows the obvious sentimentality of the Reichsführer-SS. This is not only revealing, but Himmler's signature is one of the boldest and best of his that we have ever seen. He was obviously proud to own this book.
DESCRIPTION: Here is the nicest little N.S. eagle that would be the topper for a command-car fender pennant as used by a commander in the SA or by a political leader. It could even be used by ranks of the SS like an SS-Gruppenführer or Obergrüppenführer This is a little charmer indeed; petite, but it exerts importance and is certainly a quality production. 100-percent original and in mint condition. The base is threaded for tight insertion on the staff. If really neat items are your bailiwick, here it one!
DESCRIPTION: Here is an SS Honor Ring in mint condition in size 9¾. The skull and runic symbols are highly defined with outstanding relief on the exterior and the teeth on the skull remain intact and sharply defined. There is a very visible seam below the skull. The name of the recipient is “Achatz,” but we cannot find any reference to him. Don Boyle says this is often the case. Inside the ring is engraved “S. lb. (Seinem Lieben) Achatz 21.12.43,” and then a facsimile signature of the Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler. Again, this ring is very exceptional because of its fantastic condition. Seldom does one this fine ever show up. Don Boyle, the author of SS Totenkopf H. Himmler Honor Ring 1933-1945, has said of these rings: “This has to be the most-sought-after item of the Third Reich,” and we know that they are rare in that they were bestowed upon carefully and specially selected members of the SS according to very specific criteria. The item that was considered the most treasured item an SS man could win was “der Ehrenring.” It was treasured even beyond the SS honor sword and chained officer dagger. Around the body of the ring are the classic Armanen runes. On the top is the skull (Totenkopf) that was a "reminder at all times to be willing to risk the life of ourselves for the life of the whole.” Then comes the sig rune (Siegrune-symbol of victory) followed by the Hagel rune (symbol of “unshakeable faith” in Nazi philosophy), the Hakenkreuz (swastika), and the double rune employing the SS runes and proficiency arrow known as the Heilszeichen (sign of salvation). One of the things that made these rings so extremely rare was that when any SS member retired or died the ring had to be returned and stored in a chest in the SS Wewelsburg Order castle. This was meant to be a memorial to symbolize the ongoing membership of even the deceased in the order of the SS. Himmler ordered that further manufacture and awards of the ring were to be halted in 1944. He then ordered that all the remaining rings—around 12,000 of them—be blast-sealed inside a hill near Wewelsburg. To find one like this in such marvelous condition is an extremely rare discovery and so seldom accomplished. We are truly proud of this one. The ring with Boyle’s certification are quite reasonably priced.
DESCRIPTION: This is an absolutely beautiful example of the woodcarver’s art. It was possibly done by hand in the Black Forest . . . or . . . was it done by machine? Regardless, it shows fantastic ingenuity. No one who has seen it can actually make an educated guess as to the procedure used. It is absolutely incredible. I personally believe it was carved by hand, or machine by a master carver and it was presented and used on the desks of high-ranking SS officers, probably on Heinrich Himmler’s staff.
The words are the official motto of the SS going back into the 1920s, and these Allgemeine-SS and Waffen-SSmen lived by this oath even to the death! These were also the words on the blades of the SS daggers. The carving on its wooden base is 17 inches long and the base is 2 inches wide. The capital letters are about 1½ inches high, while the small letters are about an inch high. The piece is in perfect shape throughout and is stunning in its beauty. This is Germanic SS art at its zenith and is a real treasure with iconic meaning.
The uniform pictured to the left is the piece we offer, but did not belong to SS-Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich is shown here wearing the rank of SS-Gruppenführer (Note: the collar tabs.)
His picture is placed here to illustrate the importance of this item.
DESCRIPTION: This is absolutely one of the most fortunate finds we at Germania International have ever made. It is a genuine black set of tunic and trousers of a high-ranking officer in the Allgemeine-SS. This is the finest such uniform ever found in recent years. The collar tabs are of the absolute finest weave and quality of the era. The “Deutschland” cuff title is utterly superb and perfect with the correct six-strand configuration in beautiful silver gothic text (hand embroidered; simply beautiful). The Gruppenführer collar tabs are in extra-fine bullion. The U.S. equivalent rank would be a lieutenant general.
The inside pocket has the cloth SS (rock) tag with the runes and RZM logo. This tag has all the NSDAP information such as issue numbers, etc. The single shoulder board is typical and correct for the Allgemeine uniform with twisted silver bullion weave. The pebbled buttons are marked and are by Assmann and such. There are loops on the right side over the pocket for a ribbon bar that would have been quite long so the owner would have undoubtedly been a combatant in earlier warfare probably WWI and on the pocket of the right side is a l oop obviously for the Iron Cross First Class. The inner sleeves are in the striped silk material as is absolutely correct, while all the rest of the inner material is black. On the pleated back just above the tails are L-shaped belt retainers as well as the vaulted style. This is the 100 percent proper cut for the typical Allgemeine-SS uniform. The swastika armband is also the typically correct type. It has a little moth damage that does not detract from its marvelous look. Thank goodness the nasty little creatures only liked “red" wool at that time. The trousers are manufactured with the fine, twill weave. This is usual with German military clothing especially with trousers as they are the part that takes the roughest use. The trousers are the typical SS style with the jaunty jodhpur look where they tuck into boots. There are sets of 20 metal-supported holes for the laces and on the inside of the trouser legs are support patches that measure 12 inches by 6 inches. This is obviously to protect the part of the garment that would rest against the flanks of a horse and from the wear that would occur from rubbing motion that the rider would experience when riding. The Deutschland regiments, like other elite units, were preceded by standard-bearers and often, equestrian glockenspiel bearers when marching during high-dress ceremonies. This may very well be the reason for these special trousers. All appropriate buttons and pockets are intact on these beautifully made trousers. The set of tabs that are seen on this tunic are version 1: 1929-1942. After 1942, the tab would have had a single pip added. There is silver brocade piping all around each collar tab. An SS-Grupppenführer was an extremely important rank in the Schutzstaffel. We show in our pictorial section several Third Reich SS leaders who at some time or another in their careers reached the rank of SS-Gruppenführer. I don’t think any other site has ever or is presently offering an original Allgemeine-SS uniform of such superb magnitude and profound historical importance.
DESCRIPTION: This cap is in fantastic quality with black tricot wool material and Presstoff (replacement leather) chinstrap–that is correct!–and the “RZM SS” is stamped on the visor. This cap has a fully lined interior with orange-tan oilcloth to the crown and orange-tan cheesecloth to all the body lining. The crown lining has the original clear celluloid sweat diamond intact with the large gold-tone circle with the runes. The size tab was never added, but be assured the cap is a small size. The inner sweatband shows the pattern for ventilation holes, but they were never punched through (We have seen them patterned like this.) The sweatband is intact and under it to the side is the black oilcloth RZM tag–Tuchmütze with the manufacturer’s numerical code “45” and the RZM number “353721.” This is without a doubt the finest one we have ever seen and we try to refrain from using the term “mint,” but with this one, there would be no other possible way to describe it. Even the aluminum SS eagle and skull are in pristine condition with original, dull patina. The visor is correctly made of a synthetic composition material and smartly shines in beautiful brilliance. Overall, any serious SS collector would truly relish this cap. How often have you ever seen a mint original offered at any price?
DESCRIPTION: The SS-Ehrendegen, also SS-Degen, was a straight sabre or dress sword worn with the Schutzstaffel (SS) uniform from 1935 until 1945. First introduced in 1935, it was designed by Professor Karl Diebitsch, who founded the SS Allach porcelain manufacture and was Himmler’s reference on all art and design in the SS. The Degen was originally manufactured by the firm of Peter Daniel Krebs in Solingen, Germany—the one we offer here is one of those Krebs masterpieces. The officer Degen was officially awarded with a hand-signed certificate to hand-selected officers of the SS-Verfügungstruppe and the SS-Totenkopfverbände in recognition of special merit. It was also awarded to officers who graduated from the SS-Junkerschulen (Junker Schools) at Bad Tölz and Braunschweig (Brunswick). The importance of the SS Honor Sword cannot be minimized. It is without a doubt the most important—and practically sacred—item that an SS officer would ever receive; even more important than the chained Mod. 36 dagger or the “Ehrenring” (Honor Ring). These swords are seldom encountered in any condition today; they are very rare and heavily sought after by discriminating collectors. This particular sword that we offer can almost without a doubt be called the finest one ever offered. We do not exaggerate! It is not only in practically mint condition, but it is a “Krebs” example, and that alone would put it in the classic category immediately. I don’t like being repetitive, but again, I have to say that this precious sword is really practically mint. With that being said I will follow up with these particulars. The pommel is an excellent example with the Krebs exclusive style. In 1936, Krebs was the exclusive contractor. It’s obvious that the sword has never been taken apart as there are no marks on the pommel cap. The D-guard is perfectly shaped running down through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillion decorative on both sides. The ferrule is a fine example: decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The ebony grip is also in near-mint condition. There are a few tiny blemishes, but you would practically need magnification to see them. Our camera has a magnifying lens so the little buggers do show in the pictures, but to the eye without such blow-up images, the average person wouldn’t even notice them. I don’t think I can be accused of serious divergence if I say that you can see on what can be called slight (oh, so slight) evidence of the original recipient’s handprints on what can be described as the right side of the grip. This also almost needs magnification to see. This follows as this is the area where the proud owner would rest his hand on wearing his magnificent sword. To me, this has to be a plus showing me that this treasure was without a doubt worn by proud former owner who loved the weapon and kept it in pristine condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with matching nickel wire and has a matching cover plate on the reverse concealing the mounting of the wire. The obverse grip is fitted with an SS runes button with exactly matching patina. This button has excellent runes and 100 percent of the original background darkening. The lower section of the hilt is stamped with the SS Kulturzeichen mark as does the scabbard throat. This evolved as an appreciative logo honoring the sword’s original designer, SS-Oberführer Karl Diebitsch. The scabbard is straight throughout and with 100 percent of the original paint (There is not even as much as one scratch, no matter how minute on it.). The lower mount or boot has the usual decorative accent lines on both sides which retain all of the original darkening. This mount has no screws holding it in place. Tom Wittmann told us that the finest of the Krebs swords were done this way, whereby swords by other makers had retaining screws at that point. The upper mount is the Wotan’s Knot type with the areas inside the knot have 100 percent of the original darkening inside. The mount is retained by a pair of dome-head screws located on each side of the lower loops. The blade has the standard matte finish. It also is in fine close-to-mint condition. On the blade where it joins the crossguard is the original white washer and below that is the clearly marked logo of Peter Daniel Krebs-Solingen, with the crustacean image. This sword is an amazing 40 inches long. The SS man who wore this one must have been very tall and very probably a member of the elite Leibstandarte- Adolf Hitler. The average length of these swords is generally much shorter. I would have to say that this SS man almost would have to be at least seven foot tall! If you are a collector that is seeking what I would call the absolute finest SS-officer’s sword ever offered as to its immaculate condition, then you need look no further. You have found the ultimate!
DESCRIPTION: This sword for officers of the both the Allgemeine-SS and Waffen-SS was officially titled Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS because the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler personally issued them to officers who had distinguished themselves by graduating from the SS-Junkerschule (Junker School) at Bad Tölz and Braunschweig (Brunswick). The sword is the type you see above at SSDAG 2-5 and at SS 38-10. This sword is by the Puma Works in Solingen. It was a subcontractor to Krebs of Solingen which had the original contract from the office of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. There were other Solingen firms which also produced SS officer and noncom SS swords. Puma is considered by collectors as one of the best, next to Krebs. The condition of this sword is rated good and is in the usual condition as seen with these swords that saw much use in daily wear by their original owners. Then there’s the fact that often they were stored in the sometimes-damp basement belonging to the GI, who managed to bring it home at the end of the fratricidal Second World War.
I said that the condition of this sword is good, not excellent, not fine, but good! The pommel cap has darkened, but does not show any evidence of tampering or any improper takedown. The “D” guard is perfectly shaped running down through the crossguard and ending in a teardrop quillion (Puma style). The ferrule is a fine example decorated with six standing oak leaves separated by acorns. The ebony grip is in fine condition with no chips. The tightly wrapped grip has matching nickel wire and a matching cover plate on the reverse concealing the mounting of the wire. The obverse grip is fitted with an SS runes button with exactly matching patina. This has 100 percent of the original patina in the original background darkening. The scabbard is straight throughout and has the Kulturzeichen. This mark honors Professor and SS-Oberführer Karl Diebitsch, the designer of all SS and police swords. He was Heinrich Himmler’s chief referent on all things artistic. He designed the SS Mod-36 chained dagger as well as many pieces associated with the SS. The lower mount or drag has the usual decorative accent lines on both sides and they retain the usual darkening, but this mount has seen old rust and corrosion long ago stopped and unlike the swords by Krebs this mount is attached with two dome-head screws. The upper scabbard mount is the Wotan’s Knot type. The areas inside the knot have about 40 percent of the original darkening left and some of the old rust corrosion is here also, but to a lesser degree. This mount is retained by a pair of dome-head screws located on each side of the lower loops. The blade of this Puma example has the standard matte finish and has evidence of a visit of Father Time and some neglect, but all in all, it is again deserving of the rating “good”! Except for a little ancient rust and a bit of very slight normal wear on the D guard I would say this is a very good SS officer’s sword.
Considering rarity of these swords, the buyer of this weapon once worn by the elite will be very fortunate to acquire this one. Hey! It’s an Ehrendegen and an honest one belonging to an almost-extinct species of Third Reich swords. The scabbard is presently a little bit “homely.” The paint is thoroughly grungy, but intact. This sword would be much improved with a scabbard painting and this surely would bring about a sword you can be proud of and for a genuine SS officer’s sword, the price is more than reasonable.
DESCRIPTION: Here is an absolutely incredible find! We purchased recently a very large grouping of mess hall china to include pieces from the services of the Luftwaffe, Army, Navy, and Deutsches Work Front. Among them are four incredible pieces from the Waffen-SS. They are all marked on their bottoms “-Reich.” The porcelain pieces for the SS dining halls were always marked this way regardless of what particular SS unit they were issued to. The Leibstandarte, the Totenkopf Div., Deutschland, Germania, das Reich all had the same markings rather than individually named units being separately issued. The famed porcelain firm of Bauscher Weiden in Weiden, Bavaria, manufactured almost all of these beautiful mess hall pieces. This has been a major porcelain-producing firm since 1881. Besides making heavy industrial dinner pieces for many years they provided wares for the German military through WWI and WWII. Its chinaware is known for its durability. The pieces could be dropped from a dinner table and survive; the construction is that heavy. We offer a grouping in which all the pieces have the “-Reich” marking under the glaze, plus the Bauscher Weiden logo.
The group consists of:
1. A large meat platter 16 x 10½ inches
2. A small dessert or vegetable dish 6½ inches in diameter
3. A deep-dish soup bowl 9 inches in diameter
4. A magnificent gravy boat. The serving-unit bowl is permanently attached to the platter. The platter measures 9½ x 6 inches and the gravy bowl is about 9 inches long and 4½ inches across.
All the pieces are in fine, unchipped condition. There are a few really tiny spots that all porcelain gets after 75-80 years. After all, German mess hall china is pretty, but is not made for the Imperial Palace dinner in Berlin. We are selling this group as a set only—we will not break it up. Buying it this way will save you many dollars because individually they would be much more expensive. For example, true individual values:
Gravy boat $450
Large meat platter $450
Small dessert plate $200
Soup bowl $250
DESCRIPTION: The noble sea eagle has been a revered symbol of the Viking Norse warriors in Norway and Sweden for centuries. This (der Seeadler) was emblazoned on their shields and often on the frontal sail of their long ships. The bird had sacred connotations to these brave raiders. Likewise, the 15,000 men of the Norwegian volunteer forces and Wehrmacht recruits highly honored this magnificent predator. It is strange, however, that not one of the uniform insignia reveals depictions of this bird because in National Socialist Germany the eagle is predominant on practically everything. It is noted here that at a certain antique store in Germany an old woman had brought a large package that was being carried by her grandson. It contained a curious wooden sculpture. One year earlier she had promised our picker that she would bring “next year” a very precious item owned by her late husband who was a volunteer in the Waffen-SS Division “Viking” and early on had been a member of a Norwegian fascist party, Nasjonal Samling (N.S. for National Unity). Unknown to us but revealed later was the fact that among the recent recruits at that time there was a small but elite unit known as the Headquarters #4 of the Norske Legion, known also as Frontkjempermerke. So great was the spirit within them concerning the fight for Norway and Europe that they celebrated by establishing a communal barracks that was beautifully furnished with such things as carved Viking-era chairs, dragon ships on maneuver, and this wonderful carved Seealder with runic SS insignia. When these men went to war first as the Norske Legion the lady’s husband who had assisted in the carving made sure to take a wonderful carving of the Norse God Wotan, a magnificent huge Viking chair, and the carved sea eagle back to his home and it stayed there in their possession for the last 70-plus years. The lady wanted to keep all the other items, but consented to let the Seeadler go and that is how we came to own it today. The carving is nothing short of phenomenal; possibly the best wood sculpturing we have ever seen. Norwegian woodcarvers are world renowned to be the equal to the craftsmen of Germany’s Black Forest.
The feathers of the chest and wings are incredibly real looking. This is a “regal eagle” indeed from beak to claw. We believe he was used as a hanging device for coats of the officers because of the hooklike branches; six in all that extend from the carving above. There are clam-shaped objects, but probably are barnacles. They are seen butting up against the wreath that contains the runes. Please look carefully at our images and take in the beautiful detail of the work—every feather is really a separate art piece. The bird is fairly large, measuring from its bottom branch hook to the top of its head at 21 inches and from the right branch to the left it measures 35 inches. The wingtips from side to side measure 21 inches across. There is a metal ring on the back that was used by the original owners to suspend it on a wall. It is obviously unique and certainly historically important to the history of the foreign volunteers of the Waffen-SS. Footnote: These large raptors are commonly known sea eagles or white-tailed eagles. In Norway, the locals refer to it as the sea eagle; hence, Seeadler (havørn in Norwegian). More than half of their population is in Norway. Except in the extreme north of the country, these birds are year-round residents there. Some are found in sizeable populations in Greenland and Germany. They have the largest wingspan of any eagle and are closely related to the bald eagle. They build their nests on coastal cliffs. Food is usually fish, but sea eagles are opportunistic and will eat mammals and other birds. It is certainly reasonable and even obvious to see that the Norge units would admire and gravitate to using this magnificent bird for the mascot of their particular corps. This creature is like the organization, itself—the elite of the species.
DESCRIPTION: OK, collectors, here it is, the ultimate chained SS dagger and are you ready for this? The dagger is the early style with the scabbard’s having the factory shell surface with beautiful, blued anodization (not painted). It has nickel mounts and the blade is excellent; however, instead of an SS district marking on the back of the crossguard, this one has a GAU marking on it (“He”). This is quite correct according to the ultimate dagger expert Mr. Thomas Wittmann on page 121 of his fabulous book Exploring the Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS. Wittmann says that occasionally a collector will encounter a nickel-silver lower crossguard that has a stamped abbreviation mark identical to the stampings which were used on early SA dagger crossguards . We know Model 1936 daggers with these markings are original, as many unaltered examples have come directly from veteran sources. Why would SA GAU distribution marks be present on an SS dagger? Some in the hobby feel this may have represented the economic using up of inventory, but this theory does not seem altogether plausible as it is generally believed that GAU stampings were not applied by factories, but rather by distribution sectors based in the individual GAU sectors. It is this writer’s opinion that Model 1936 daggers having GAU-marked lower crossguards may be attributed to the use of existing stock accumulated from Röhm SA daggers previously returned to the factory. In some instances the SA-dagger owner elected to purchase a new example rather than have the dedicated blade ground. The SA Röhm example was accordingly returned to the factory. On separate occasions Mr. Wittmann and I have personally purchased original unaltered Model 1936 chained examples exhibiting these GAU stampings. Whatever the true reason for this anomaly, these GAU-marked examples are absolutely correct and unaltered. Many of the crossguards used for early Model 1936 production are found to be marked “He” as this one is. This dagger chain is the variant type with what has become known as the smiling-skull style—the standard early type so desirable to collectors. The dagger has never been taken apart. The tang nut matches the other mounts and it is quite apparent that a disassembly tool has never been near it. The top and bottom crossguards are perfect with deep and precisely cut accent grooves, crisp edge definition, and fine, smooth surfaces. The grip is also in perfect condition having no trace of repairs anywhere. This grip is a medium-contour example showing practically no wear and it fits the crossguards like a glove. The SS rune button is perfectly placed and retains 100 percent of the enamel with no problems. The SS runes and dual circular borders nicely match the rest of the mounts. The nickel-grip eagle is the style with straight-on beak; it retains full detailing, with finely raised breast and wing feathering. The piece has its original portepee and it is tied appropriately. This 42-cm example is tied in one of the two ways. These portepees were often seen in 1936 model daggers. There is a slight amount of fraying where the cord would rub against the uniform. The portepee is definitely original to the dagger and other than the natural fraying, it is in perfect condition. The scabbard is straight throughout. This shell retains 100 percent of the original anodized finish, which is downright handsome. The upper and lower mounts are also of nickel and are in extra-fine condition right down to the lower scabbard ball. These mounts have the original nickel screws, which have never been removed. The center ramp is an extra-fine example of the type with background pebbling that was never factory darkened. This mount is fashioned with three intertwined swastikas on both sides and is retained by a single matching nickel screw. Attached to the upper and center mount is what we call the “smiling skull” chain. Both the links and the connecting tabs on this chain are constructed of nickel. The links also have pebbled backgrounds which match the center ramp. The skulls on this type of chain have a far more dramatic look to them in that the smile is much more pronounced than the standard type, imparting a cheerful but macabre look; the effect is quite eerie! The bones are interesting in that their knob ends are smaller than those we normally see. The nose is a triangular cutout (not unlike a jack-o-lantern) and the eyes are oval shaped, the teeth are also a bit different, but they are intact and do much to complete the look. The SS runics are nicely rendered, high off the surface and with nicely pebbled background. The cloverleaf clip is also slightly different than one expects in the norm. It is the open type and is constructed of thinner nickel than a standard type. The opening at this piece reveals the “DRGM” letter on the below snap-clip surface. The second link of the upper chain has the SS-Kulturzeichen stamp proofing. The connecting tabs are the type that we see on the type I chains, being smaller and solid looking without the usual openings we often see on type II connecting tabs. Really, this is a most interesting original chain. The unmarked blade (as they should be) is extremely nice being bright throughout, also having most of its grain. Other than the normal in-and-out markings, this blade is in mint condition. The SS motto is crisp, having 100 percent of its frosting in the background letters. The blade shoulders perfectly meet the lower crossguard contour. We try to almost never use the word “mint,” but with this dagger it is more than tempting to cross the line and if not mint, then we would have to say pristine. In many years we have never seen one better. Here is the ultimate SS dagger and we would really hate to see it leave, but if you love it as we do then surely you should have it.
DESCRIPTION: Here is a genuine SS Trumpet Banner with the SS runes on one side and the standard swastika flag on the other side. Evidently, this was the only general-issue trumpet banner distributed by the inner offices of the Allgemeine-SS. Many Pakistani-made copies of SS banners in all shapes and forms are seen regularly on various websites. The major difference here is that this one is an actual SS issue. At the topmost middle section high above the runics one can see two cloth labels one above the other that contain the “RZM” issue wording “Von Reichsführer SS befohlene Ausführung” and the tag below this has the RZM SS numbers for this particular issue. The meaning of the tag on top would be proclaiming that the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler has approved the issue of this particular piece. In all the years I have been engaged in the procurement of rare NS items I have never actually found an issue bugle banner. Many of us who are collectors and dealers are familiar with a similar tag that is found in issue SS armbands. When one of these is found it has much more value than the later type that did not have a label, or had a paper label. In our estimation, this bugle banner so marked, is exceptionally rare and important. This piece measures 28 x 18½ inches including the fringe. It has three support tabs at the top that would fit the bottom rail of the trumpet. On the swastika side, there are two small tears about seven inches from the top. The item has been carefully checked with black light and passes all tests. This is 100 percent an original-issue SS relic. For those of you that have continually requested of us a genuine SS trumpet banner, “finally” here is the best one you will probably ever see!
DESCRIPTION: We present a fine SS 12-year service medal that lacks the ribbon, but is obviously authentic and to the period. The detail is “superlative.” This medal is lacking the presentation box as well, but it makes up for it in significant beauty. Much of the original frosting is evident. The SS service medals were manufactured by two firms: Deschler of Munich and Petz & Lorenz of Unterreichenbach and were die struck and had a metal composition of different alloys such as bronze, tin, copper, and zinc. All levels of the long-service awards were held on blue ribbons (See images). The 12 years’ service and 25 years’ service awards normally had the SS runes service branch embroidered into the ribbons. These awards were presented in a black case, which bore white or silver wash with SS runes posted on the top center of the box cover. This offered specimen is the finest example we have seen in years.
DESCRIPTION: Here is a classic and perfect Allgemeine armband with five-piece construction. It’s in great shape throughout and just as important it has the attached cloth Reichsführer RZM-issue label that has the “SS” in a circle across from the RZM also in a circle. The words within the label work out to indicate that this is definitely an issue uniform item. When SS armbands are found without the label, it simply means that they were private purchase, not issue. Below the larger label is a smaller label also bearing the circular "RZM" and “SS" and the numbers “23-36.” It probably means that this armband was issued in 1936. The quality of this piece is superb. The red cloth area is comprised of a felt material with gross-grain black striping with the center circle of fine cotton while the swastika is separately adhered in gross-grain. Seldom does any armband of this quality ever show up. When we find one, we buy it with gusto! They are so very rare today and in this condition even much more scarce.
DESCRIPTION: The poster depicts the German eagle surrounded by SS runic symbols. This is one of the posters that was considered excess by Russian Archives and we were able to buy them from a Russian art dealer. This depiction is superimposed over the Reichskriegsflagge that spaces itself behind the famed Brandenburg Gate. In the spaces between the columns the SS runics are seen again as panels. Below these are the standard swastika flags and in the middle of these are the Deutschland Erwache standards held by the adoring crowds. The poster is for the most part in good condition except for the fact that when stored in Russian Archives it was folded in half and the fold is quite noticeable, but does not entirely detract from the beauty of the whole spectacular scene. There are some slight bits of staining, but they do not interfere with the great drama portrayed. The back of the poster shows some evidence of some sort of preservative that was applied while in storage, but does not show on the front. The poster measures 32 by 25 inches.
DESCRIPTION: We proudly present an extremely rare Allgemeine-SS bugle. Remarkably, this very bugle was sold in 1973 in the Nazi catalog of Edward P. Rich and Co., who sold rare and scholarly books and historical relics. Dr. Rich was one of the first major dealers in these items. His catalog no. 4 has a picture of the bugle on the front cover and the rear cover. This original catalog accompanies the bugle. (See our images). We were quite fortunate to turn it up again after all these years and it is still in the condition when first sold. The B-flat bugle is wrapped in typical SS bullion cord with coloration black and silver. The tassels are intact and the entire bugle is in excellent condition except for a few dents in the tube. The earliest Nazi eagle with expanded wreath and swastika is adhered to the greater part of the horn. It stands out strongly. This would be the eagle of the Kampfzeit. The entire bugle is nickel plated. Below the eagle is the supplier who was ANT. SCHÖPF MUNICH. Dr. Rich said mounted bandsmen carried these bugles across their backs. Here is a chance to acquire a very rare and very handsome relic of the Black SS; extremely historically important.
SS Marching Drum
DESCRIPTION: We were quite fortunate to have been able to acquire this very rare SS musical instrument. It is in remarkable condition and both drum heads are intact. These are seldom encountered while the Hitler Youth-style shows up from time to time. The coloration makes the difference. The SS drums always have triangular design in black and silver while the Hitler Youth drums are in the national colors of black, white, and red, and usually had a flame design. It has been many years since we have seen one of these SS drums offered. The condition shows much usage and it has the iron belt hanger attached. It measures 15 inches across its top and bottom and the drum is 7 inches deep. It bares markings as follows: the SS runics followed by the letters and numbers “M10/21/41.” In this field an SS drum in this condition would merit being acquired by an advanced collector or museum. In our some 50+ years, we have never encountered one of these so we are quite proud of this offering. It would make a great display piece in your collection. This drum would seem ready to beat out the prelude to the SS song “Wenn Alle Untreu Werden.”
DESCRIPTION: Here is one of the truly rare SS armbands that were worn by Allgemeine-SS personnel. These are extremely scarce (at least the real ones!). The armband is constructed of at least five different parts sewn together to produce a beautiful piece of SS regalia. It has the black stripes along the edges which distinguishes it from other party armbands. Most importantly, inside the band is a tag that indicates that it is approved by the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and has the SS office’s approval and the RZM system. Below that tag is a smaller tag with again the RZM and SS approval, but with the addition of the issue number which is “61/35”—“35” no doubt is the year of issue. The armband is practically in mint condition and is in a soft, wool material overall, but the white circle bearing the swastika is in file material. The swastika is comprised of several pieces all adhered to the white circle. These armbands with the SS and RZM approval on the tag are very scarce and we seldom encounter original ones such as this. We explicitly guarantee this one and any others that we handle on our site.
DESCRIPTION: Totenkopf (Death’s Head) was an elite division both in its prewar service in the Black Allgemeine-SS as the Totenkopf Verband and later the with the 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf.” The latter distinction was granted when the unit was formed in October 1939. The Totenkopf Division had close ties to the camp service and its members. When first formed, 6,500 men from the SS-Totenkopfverbände were transferred into the Totenkopf Division. The Totenkopf was initially formed from concentration-camp guards of the 1st (Oberbayern), 2nd (Brandenburg), and 3rd (Thuringen) Standarten regiments of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, and men from the SS Heimwehr “Danzig.” Members of other SS militias were also transferred into the division in early 1940. The division had officers from the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT), of whom many had already seen action in Poland. The division was commanded by SS-Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke, who was one of the key figures in the development of the concentration-camp system. Later, during the war, he was known to his Waffen-SS soldiers, who revered him, as (“Papa Eicke”). At the time of the Battle of France, the division was actually equipped with ex-Czech weapons. In subsequent battles, however, the division was provided with state-of-the-art equipment far superior to what the regular army was issued. Theodor Eicke commanded the unit from November 1939 to July 1941. At that later date a spotter aircraft in which he was the official chief observer crashed and Eicke was killed on the Eastern Front during the Third battle of Kharkov. The men of the division fought bravely on all fronts. Yes, they committed some atrocities, but perhaps no more than were committed by their foes; Russians, Brits, and even Americans. It should be duly noted that no hands were squeaky clean in this the“BAD WAR.” You can look “Totenkopf” at your favorite search engine; be sure to have your read-between-the-lines glasses on and remember the victors always write the history of the war.
The Death Skull—“Totenkopf”
The skull is 100-percent life size and in amazing proportion and has quite an admirable anatomy, so perfect that if it were painted white one would take it for a true human skull (frighteningly realistic). It is mounted on a black, wooden plinth consisting of two fine tiers. Emerging the top of the highest tier is a steel shaft on which the skull is firmly supported. The measurement from the very bottom of the wooden plinth to the crown top of the skull is roughly 17 inches. The measurements of the skull are equal to the measurement of the average human head. The bottom tier of the plinth is about 4 inches high and 25 inches wide across the frontal view, while the top tier is about 3 inches high and 4 inches wide. The skull is entirely hand carved by an artist who was an absolute master woodcarver, and had a great clinical knowledge of the human anatomy, as well. Just the work on the teeth alone is illustrative of the artist’s great accomplishment and his keen and exact perspectives. We believe this masterwork was originally presented in November 1939, and we believe it was destined to adorn the desk of SS-Obergruppenführer and general of the Waffen-SS Theodor Eicke, to commemorate his gaining command of “TOTENKOPF” that later was the famed 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf." There are silver letters spelling out “Totenkopf” on the face of the bottom and a set of runes on the upper tier. Obviously, there was a wreath around the runes at one time, but is now missing.
DESCRIPTION: This SS-officer-grade service cap is one of the finest that we have ever acquired. It is in near-mint condition and is size “58.” It has the company label properly sewn in the crown. Under the size are the words “Uniformmutzen u. Efftekt A. Lang Darmstadt” (the rest is not readable because of normal wear in the past). Below the diamond-shaped label is the information as to the former owner: “-Ustuf. O. Hammel stab Ab. XXII.” On page 61 of the “Dienstaltersliste” he is shown as number “1892” as a staff officer, but is not shown as a party member. His SS number is 543121.
The cap is tailored in wool felt, but the band is in fine, black-velvet material. The cap has never been crushed and its peak stands up at attention. The silver cap cord is in the correct position with the correct pebbled silver buttons. The SS eagle and skull are 100-percent original and proper. Original SS officer’s caps such as this are extremely rare, today. Inside the sweatband is the proper RZM label TUCHMUTZE für SS; the Hersteller number is “38 RZM.” The Einzelhandel number is “10013.” Other words and numbers accompany this on this important tag. Located on the brim, which, by the way, is in beautiful condition, is the “SS RZM” stamp. The sweatband is in very good condition throughout. The tan, silklike liner inside the cap is in excellent condition. The piping in the three areas of the cap is also clean and distinct as you can see in our pictures. Make no mistake, this is a very special item deserving of a special place in any advanced collection or museum. They just are not around anymore that is if you want a 100-perecent original piece.
DESCRIPTION: Erich Kempka (16 September 1910 - 24 January 1975) was a member of the Leibstandarte-. He served as Adolf Hitler’s primary chauffer from 1934-April 1945. Kempka joined the NSDAP on the first of April 1930, as member #225,639. Josef Terboven gave a recommendation. At first, he was tasked as a reserve driver for Hitler’s personal entourage. He became one of the original members of an eight-man squad known as the -Begleitkommando (“ Escort Command of the Führer”) assigned with protecting the life of Adolf Hitler. In 1934, he was present at the arrest of Ernst Röhm during the so-called Night of the Long Knives aka Operation Hummingbird. In 1936, with the death of Julius Schreck, Hitler’s earlier driver, Kempka became Hitler’s primary chauffeur. He was also appointed by Hitler as the Chef Kraftfahrwesen beim Führers und Reichskanzlers (Führer’s and Reichs Chancellor’s fleet of cars). As the supreme leader’s chauffeur, Kempka usually drove one of Hitler’s black Mercedes cars from a fleet of six to eight that were stationed in Berlin, Munich, and other official places. Unless Hitler was in the company of an important person like Benito Mussolini, Hitler would sit in the front next to Kempka with a valet behind him. In a cavalcade, Hitler’s car would be followed by a second car with bodyguards. Then a special police car came up with adjutants and a physician, and more cars for press-agency representatives and stenographers. Later, in accordance with Kempka’s directive, a fully armor-plated Mercedes was delivered on 15 April 1939 in time for Hitler’s 50th birthday. The car had 18mm steel plate and 40mm bulletproof glass. On December 1, 1937, Kempka joined the SS Lebensborn Society. He was awarded a Totenkopf ring and the SS Honor sword from Heinrich Himmler. Intensive research has shown us that not only the ring and sword were awarded to special SS officers, but they were also selectively given the cufflinks of the type we present here. This set was the actual set presented to Erich Kempka.
These links have the runic symbols in the middle of a circular grouping of oak leaves. They are marked underneath with the double-twisted runic symbol that was the hallmark of Professor Carl Diebitsch, who was the artist that designed them. On the other side, they bear the half moon, the crown, and the silver designation “800.” Underneath the main roundel on the back is the hand-engraved date of birth the recipient. In this case, September 16, 1940. These cufflinks were always personally gifted by the Reichsführer- Heinrich Himmler to his most favored SS officers on their birthdays. The cufflinks are exquisite and in mint condition. They came from a special source and a long-time collector in Germany. They are extremely rare and having been from one of Hitler’s closest associates, they are extremely historically important. Along with the cufflinks comes a copy in English of Erich Kempka’s book I WAS HITLER’S CHAUFFER; The Memoirs of Erich Kempka. This book allows the reader to discover a very different depiction of the German Führer than he is seen in most of the published biographies.
SS Honor Ring Certification by Don Boyle
Don Boyle's book on SS Honor Rings
DESCRIPTION: Original Honor Ring with Don Boyle’s Official Certification
This is an excellent example of the SS Ehrenring (Honor Ring). It was presented by Heinrich Himmler on 9-11-41 to Karl Thiemann, who was also a recipient of the Honor Sword. His NS Party number was 331 077; SS number was 290 633. He was born on October 22, 1894, and was promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) on 10-9-39. He was attached to the RSI Hauptamt (the headquarters of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler). The ring has the official certification of Mr. Don Boyle who wrote the book SS Totenkopf H. Himmler Honor Ring 1933-1945. Mr. Boyle gave this certification to the former owner of the ring, Mr. Sonny Kimball, on February 22, 2019. Don says of this ring that it has the nice, compulsory seam and there is some wear to the skull and bottom runics. Without Boyle’s certification these Honor Rings are hard to document. The ring obviously has been cleaned and the Himmler name inside is a bit hard to read without magnification. The teeth of the skull are worn, but evident. Overall, the ring could be classified as at least “good.” It is in a size 11, which is the size most desired among collectors. The inscription inside is quite clear and it has the obvious seam underneath the skull. A good, honest SS-Ehrenring is seldom found today, but very much sought after by collectors. This won’t be with us very long so I suggest if you ever wanted one of these rare pieces, act now.
DESCRIPTION: We are always seeking these SS-labeled armbands and they are practically the only type we purchase and they go out almost as fast as we post them. This one is particularly fine and, of course, it’s made of several applied pieces. Inside the band is the “RZM” and “SS” label and it is number “123/40,” and, of course, it has the acceptance label of the Reichsführer-SS (see label image). These Allgemeine armbands are much sought after by collectors worldwide and are seldom found in the condition of the one we offer here.
DESCRIPTION: Here is a trumpet banner that is typical of the style used by the elite -Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. As early as the 1920s the piping on flags, uniforms, etc., invariably had silver cord intertwined with black. This stood apart from piping on SA or NSKK paraphernalia and always was distinguishable even in the Kampfzeit (struggle for power). The banner is double sided and its center construction with swastika is in three parts overlaid. The swastika is separately adhered on the white background and this is placed upon the red cloth that is trimmed with black-and-white ropelike piping. The exact same work is repeated on the reverse side. (Double sided). Four brass attachment rings are seen at the top. All along the edges of three sides there is white fringe. The banner is very well made and heavy and it’s in great condition throughout. It measures about 13 x 15 inches not counting the fringe. The fringe all around the three sides is about 2 inches long. Here is an item from the NS time of struggle and the forming up of the Allgemeine-
whose honor was loyalty—“MEINE EHRE HEIST TREUE!.”
DESCRIPTION: This is rare one printed in 1934 by the book handlers for the National Socialist Party under the auspices of Hans Schumm printing in Altona Elbe. The book comprises 64 pages with all the early party favorites such as “Argonnerwald,” “Deutschland erwacht!,” “Deutschland über alles,” “Horst Wessel Lied,” “Hitlerlied,” ”Hitler-Jugend-Lied,” “Den Toten des 9 November 1923,” “Annemaria,” “Marschlied der SS,” “Volk ans Gewehr,” “Wenn alle untreu werden,” and the Hitler Youth song “Unser Fahne flattert uns voran” plus many more N.S. favorites that were sung by patriotic citizens and party functionaries. Nothing thrills quite like great Volkslieder and Parteilieder.
DESCRIPTION: Here is an ultrarare SS item seldom seen today. It is a wooden chest or box carved exquisitely with the SS runic symbols on the cover. If we were to tell you where you could see one of these boxes other than the one we offer here we would have to send you to the British War Museum in London. That is the only other identical one we know of on display in any collection. It is that rare! The box was said to be made to house very special presentation editions of Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf, but evidently high-ranking SS personnel were able to procure these boxes to house the copies of their wedding editions. The State gave wedding editions of Mein Kampf (Hochzeitsausgabe) to newlyweds on the occasion of their marriage. Usually imprinted with the city state’s symbol on the cover, the typed page between the front-end paper and the title page recorded the names of the newly married couple and was usually “signed”by the Bürgermeister, or mayor. These editions typically had a brown cover and blue, leather spines. Such a gift ensured further indoctrination of National Socialist ideals within an “ethnic German” family/union. The box measures about 3 inches high, and the box cover is 9½ x 7½ inches and extends about ½ inch over the edge (see images). The bottom base platform also extends in the same manner. The entire box is a masterpiece of dovetail work and tapered projections as is the interior with corresponding mortises (A real work of art). Now back to Mein Kampf. When it was located, this box was empty. The consignor believes that the veteran he received it from had told him that the item had been found in what was a former SS headquarters building near Hitler’s Berghof above Berchtesgaden and the book (Mein Kampf) that it contained was taken by another soldier of the American infantry unit that he served with, but that he personally had “liberated” the box. We knew the exact type of wedding edition that would have been enclosed in the chest so we have taken the liberty of placing a very nice original marriage edition within.
The Wedding Edition of Mein Kampf
This is a deluxe wedding edition as presented to the newly married couple by the Amtsbürgermeister (assistant mayor) of the municipality of Menden on June 27, 1939. (See images). Inside the front cover, you can see the presentation that was standard in these special editions. This one is as it should be with the gold seal of the township on the cover, and a beautiful, leather spine binding that includes the author’s name, book title, and a depiction of an oak leaf with acorns all inscribed in beautiful gold lettering. The book is in its original storage sleeve and fits snugly in the interior of the box.
The lid of the box has the carved SS runic symbols in a triple-tier framing that is neatly incised, and raised while outside this perimeter is a fabulous extra framing with carved oak leaves that boldly stand out dimensionally. At the bottom of this framing, there is a nonmobile, early type swastika. Amongst the oak leaves is the Germanic Hagel rune that represents faith and camaraderie that leaders of the SS idealized. This is a further indication that the boxes were practically always meant for procurement and ownership by officers of higher rank and prestige. This also is an indication of why they are so rare. The box appears to be constructed in oak and since oak was considered the sacred tree of Teutonic saga, we believe this would certainly be the chosen material for such a practically sacrosanct an object as this beautiful coffer obviously was in visage, meaning, and paramount purpose.
DESCRIPTION: Offered here is a fine, original example of the famous SS Julleuchter, that was made by a porcelain manufactory that was approved by Himmler’s SS. The SS Leadership saw the SS Julleuchter as somewhat of a holiday alternative that was a practically sacred article for certain holiday occasions and to honor those days that were of great importance to the SS beliefs as well as important dates in NSDAP history such as Adolf Hitler’s birthday. The i>Julleuchter was, for example, to be lighted on the Mid-Summer Solstice, Mid-Winter Solstice and “Yol.” The pagan Yuletide, but “Yol” was never intended to replace Christmas. SS men were left completely to choose the manner of celebration that was to be observed (Christian or Pagan). These items were presented to SS personnel from 1936 to 1944. Production numbers in 1939 alone were 52,635. Records show that probably 250,000 were produced, yet today it’s very seldom that one ever shows up. The leuchter is made of unglazed stoneware and decorated with a cut-out heart symbol representing the inner sprit of man and life itself. Below this is the Hagel rune—this is also cut out and represents power that is generally beyond human ability to possess or control (Aryan spiritual). The piece is very heavy and decorated with a distinct dotted pattern. The height of the Julleuchter is 8 inches and it is about inches square at the base. In the beginning of such ceremonies being observed, the SS porcelain manufactory at Allach was the only maker of the Julleuchter, but as the war progressed, Allach was unable to meet the demand and this piece was coproduced by other manufacturers. The item we show here is possibly not made by the Allach company, but certainly under official Allach auspices. The item is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks and will make an important asset to every SS or SS-Ahnenerbe collection! This piece is guaranteed to be 100 percent original and there is a cute story that I feel compelled to share with you. When I found this item it was listed in an auction as a “ceramic incense burner.” Of course, I knew instantly what it really was having had two original ones over the past years so I happily bought it. Therefore, you can see that having some knowledge of memorabilia does pay some premiums from time to time. For those collectors who realize the value of an authentic Julleuchter, the price will seem very reasonable.
DESCRIPTION: Here is an armband that shows much usage. However, it is the completely proper black issue type comprised of several entwined pieces all making for the traditional sleeve insignia of the Schutzstaffel. Used, but with no damage whatever–no tears, holes and intact, not sun bleached at all, bears the as-expected bright coloration throughout. Black-striped top and bottom edging that divides it from the SA and party types here is a good, honest piece of pertinent insignia.
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Most Handsome Little SS Trooper (Item SS 38-1; NSTOYS 1-2)
Exceedingly Important Tapestries of the Third Reich
The Grand OKW “Oberkommando der Wehrmacht” Tapestry (Item SS 38-2; ART 17-19: TAPESTRY 1-3)
PRICE: For now it will be priced upon request. Serious inquiries only.
The Book of Love signed by Heinrich Himmler (Item SS 38-3; HH 4-18; PERS 7-1)
PRICE: $1,700.00 VERY RESONABLE FOR SUCH AN IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FIND!
Beautiful Little Eagle Device for Staff Car (Item SS 38-4; NSD 21-21)
Genuine, Mint-condition Honor Ring (Totenkopf) Presented by the Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler (Boyle Certification Included) (Item SS 38-6; WAF 14-8)
PRICE: NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Meine Ehre heist Treue! (My Honor is Loyalty!) Hand-carved Desk Plaque (Item SS 38-7; WAF 14-9, ART 18-4)
Uniform (Tunic & Trousers) for an -Gruppenführer of the Deutschland Regiment (Item SS 38-8)
PRICE: $45,000.00; serious inquiries only
Allgemeine- Enlisted Man’s Black Visor Cap in Mint Condition (Item SS 38-9)
SS Officer’s Degen (officially Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS) (Item SS 38-10; SSDAG 2-5)
SS Officer’s Degen by Puma (officially Ehrendegen Reichsführer-SS) (Item SS 38-10a; SSDAG 2-5a)
DESCRIPTION: We do not often do this and I am not sure it is really OK to do. But because I consider Mr. Tom Wittman to be one of the most honest and knowledgeable dealers and authors in this business and it so happens that he has a sword on his site nearly identical to the one we offer here. He states that his is one of only two or three he has ever seen in his 50 plus years in this hobby and business. I hasten to add that I have seen only this one, myself. As for the one Tom has, he’s asking nearly fifteen thousand dollars for his and the only difference in his and ours is that his has two matching oak leaves and acorns at each side of the motto on the blade. However, the similar one Tom shows on page 493 of his book Exploring the Dress Daggers and Swords of the ” also does not have the oak leaves. Like Tom’s sword, this one is in excellent shape having fine nickel-plated hilt and “D” guard. Just like his, the pommel cap is the flatter NCO style having a set of SS runes raised out of the center surface. The factory blackening in the background gives it a very dramatic appearance. The standing oak leaves running around the ferrule all have hand-enhanced veins and are further decorated with small, punched rings giving further life to the whole look. The ebony grip is perfect with all of its ribs being crisp and flawless. With the sword is the SS portepee in silver with double-line, black, side stripes running the entire length of the strapping edges of the material. This portepee is in silver bullion; the ball at the bottom is also in bullion and has the embroidered SS runes in a circle with bullion ties, and the drops fabric is seen with alternating black-and-silver roping effect. The knot is in perfect condition and we show it separate from the sword so you are able to see all the features that it would cover if attached. The SS runes in the form of the Kulturzeichen is plainly stamped on the lid of the scabbard’s throat’s top. This is to honor Professor Karl Diebitsch SS-Oberführer whom I have mentioned as the SS-Reichsführer’s personal referent on all things artistic .It was Diebitsch who designed the SS sword and the chain on the 1936 model SS officer’s dagger and many other SS articles. The scabbard is in great shape, but with a minor ding about 5 inches up from the drag. It is hardly noticeable and does not detract. The paint on the scabbard looks to be original at least 98-percent unblemished and with only minimal signs of wearing. The paint has its original semibright luster. The mount is retained by two unturned flathead screws. The feature that makes this SS Degen so rare and desirable is, of course, the blade. It is a matte-finished, 31-inch example. I would have to describe it as being in practically mint condition except for two microscopic blemishes (pinhead size). At the blade’s obverse side beginning at about 8 inches downward is the perfectly etched motto “Meine Ehre heisst Treue.” This is like Tom’s absolutely original and he emphasizes that it was always possible that the motto etching would be specially ordered from the blade producer, but that few SS troopers did this because there was some considerable expense involved. There is a fine-condition, once-white leather blade buffer that protects this extra-fine blade. This is an incredible find for the advanced SS collector. The piece is not only historically important, but is in excellent-plus condition. Tom has had to ask a real premium price for his in accordance with the price he had to pay for his magnificent sword. However, we price according with what we pay as well and we bought ours with a significantly lower price and will pass the savings along to the very fortunate collector who is lucky enough to acquire it.
PRICE: $9,500.00. This is a fantastic opportunity to have one of the absolutely greatest and most rare items of SS blades ever offered.
SS Mess Hall Porcelain (Four-Piece Group) (0) (Item SS 38-11; MESSHALLPORC 1-0; WAF 14-10)
Our price for ALL is $1,000.00. This is surely a bargain for absolute rarities such as this.
Carved Sea Eagle from an Unit in Norway (Item SS 38-12; WAF 14-11; EAGLE 1-2)
1936 Model Officer’s Dagger (Item SS 38-13; SSDAG 2-8)
PRICE: $9,800.00; Pricey? Not for perfection like this! I hope you can step up to the best!
Original Bugle Banner with RZM Acceptance Label (Item SS 38-14; FLAG 5-4)
SS Long-Service Medal (Item SS 38-15)
PRICE: $ P.O.R.
Allegemeine-SS Armband with Label (Item SS 38-16)
Poster Glorifying Germany’s Victory over France (Item SS 38-17)
Allgemeine-SS Bugle (Item SS 38-18)
Allgemeine-SS Marching Drum (Item SS 38-19)
Allegemeine- Armband (Item SS 38-20)
Stupendous Find! Carved Wooden Skull from the 3rd SS Panzer Division “Totenkopf” (Item SS 38-21; WAF 14-15)
PRICE: No longer available; traded off for other historically important items
Great Allgemeine-SS Officer’s Cap (Item SS 38-22)
Cufflinks Presented by Reichsführer Himmler to Erich Kempka, his Bodyguard and Chauffeur (Item SS 38-23)
Original Honor Ring with Don Boyle’s Official Certification (Item SS 38-24)
Allegemeine- Armband with and "RZM" Label Inside (Item SS 38-25)
Early SS Trumpet Banner; Probably SS-LAH (Item SS 38-26; LEIBSS 2-10)
Book Entitled Liederbuch Schleswig-Holsteinischer (Item SS 38-27; PARTYSONGBOOK 1-1; SA 15-3)
PRICE: $125.00; Rare! Very rare.
Presentation Box for a Deluxe Wedding Edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf (Item SS 38-28)
Julleuchter (Yule Candlestick) (Item SS 38-29)
Allgemeine- Arm Band (Item SS 38-30)
Please refer to item designator in parentheses in all correspondence.Please E-mail for any additional information you may need.