German Special Offerings

Exceptionally rare SS-Totenkopfverbande and Waffen SS Obergruppenfuhrer Theodor Eicke inkwell and ink blotter set

1411SO1 - Exceptionally rare SS-Totenkopfverbande and Waffen SS Obergruppenfuhrer Theodor Eicke inkwell and ink blotter set. SS Obergruppenfuhrer Theodor Eicke was an early member of the SS holding SS # 2921. Theodor Eicke was one of the most famous of SS generals being one of the key figures in the organization and development of the konzentrationlager system. In 1939 when the 3rd Waffen SS Division " Totenkopf" was constituted, it was Theodor Eicke who commanded the division which was instrumental in the German invasion of France and later Russia in 1941. The Totenkopf division was so well known for its fight ferocity that it was given the sobriquet "Hitler's Brigade" as they were rushed to areas where the fighting was the fiercest against the Russian army. Obergruppenfuhrer Eicke was shot down and killed on February 26,1943 while flying in a Fieseler Storch conducting a reconnaissance flight during the third battle of the Kharkov campaign. This porcelain desk set consists of an inkwell and blotter each bearing the facsimile signature "Eicke" and dated 17.Okt. 1937 ( Theodor Eicke's 45th birthday). The pommel of each porcelain piece displays a gilded Totenkopf that display use. The wooden underside of the blotter is paper covered and displays repeated use as evidenced by numerous and well defined Eicke signatures. The inkwell's interior shows dried blue ink dating from the period. The underside of each of the porcelain items reveals the initials, "K.P.M." the manufacturer. $5,000. More Photos

Very rare SS Totenkopf Hauptsturmfuhrer greatcoat

1410SO13 - Very rare SS Totenkopf Hauptsturmfuhrer greatcoat. This rare Totenkopf SS army pattern greatcoat features a dark green collar with a bullion Totenkopf officer collar tab and an officer's rank collar tab denoting Haupsturmfuhrer. By 1938 it was common for SS officers and nco/enlisted personnel to wear the army pattern coat having the dark green collar. On each shoulder is sewn a shoulder board that displays white waffenfarb indicating Infantry with a black underlay. The front is closed with double rows of six field gray pebbled aluminum buttons. On the right sleeve is a SS "Ehrenwinkle" ( Old Fighters Chevron) on field gray backing. On the left sleeve is an enlisted embroidered SS eagle. The interior is marked with the SS -VA inventory stamp and dated 1939. The interior is lined with gray/green cotton material and also displays the manufacturer " B. Weber , Miltonberg a. M.". The interior is well size and maker stamped. The interior also displays four openings for belt hooks. This very rare greatcoat is approximately size 38. $12,000. More Photos

108 autographs that were collected by U.S. Army Sergeant William Kerry at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials in 1945

1410SO15 - Oakleaf Militaria is proud to present an assembly of 108 autographs that were collected by U.S. Army Sergeant William Kerry who served as a guard at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials in 1945. This collection was acquired directly from the daughter of Sergeant Kerry. This offering may represent the finest collection of signatures of Third Reich dignitaries, Reichsleiters, Luftwaffe and Army Field Marshals and SS generals, Gauleiters and other NSDAP functionaries plus Hitler's personal secretaries Christa Schroeder and Johanna Wolf. Included in the collection are the signatures of Margarete and Gudrun Himmler whose signatures, I presume, were obtained during a visit.

This comprehensive collection includes recognizable Third Reich military and political personalities as Reichsmarshal Hermann Goring, Franz von Papen, Richard-Walther Darre ( Minister of Agriculture) , Wilhelm Frick ( Minister of the Interior) , Joachim von Ribbentrop (Foreign Minister), Seyss-Inquart , Frank, Alfred Rosenberg ( Minister of Occupied Eastern Territories), General Feldmarshal Wilhelm Keitel, Julius Streicher (Gauleiter of Nurnburg, later Franconia, editor of Der Steurmer ), Alfred Jodl, Rudolph Hess ( Deputy Fuhrer), Oberstgruppenfuhrer Sepp Dietrich, Reichsleiter Max Amann ( German Press), Reichsleiter Albert Speer ( Minister of Armaments and War Production), Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Generalfeldmarshal Albert Kesselring, Kurt Daluege, Sauckel, Heinz Guderian, SS-Standartenfuhrer Otto Skorzeny ( rescuer of Benito Mussolini), SS General Hans Lammers, Julius Schaub, Gottlob Berger ( SS Obergruppenfuhrer ), Generalfeldmarshal Erich Von Mannstein, Luftwaffe general Von Bodenshatz, Stumpf, Halder, Luftwaffe Generalfeldmarshal Erhard Milch, Army Generalfeldmarshal Walther von Brauchitsch, & Kriegsmarine Grossadmiral Karl Doenitz ( and successor of Adolf Hitler ) to name several. A number of these individuals were subsequently found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Many of the signatures were signed on the back of dental record forms or whatever paper was available at the time Sergeant Kerry encountered the signer. Since the signatures were obtained from the Kerry family they have been mounted using photograph mounting corners on standard white paper. Many of the signatures have been researched with accompanying newspaper clippings and photographs. This offering may be the most comprehensive list of signatures collected from Third Reich personalities by a U.S. or Allied serviceman at Nuremburg while these historic figures were awaiting trial...Extremely rare. $10,000. More Photos

UNISSUED  rare Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords by Deschler & Sohn

1410SO11 - UNISSUED rare Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords by Deschler & Sohn. This stunning example was recently acquired in a purchase direct from the U.S. Army veteran. This outstanding example is perfect. The award was first introduced on August 19, 1940. The purpose of the award was to recognize the recipient's achievements of military and non-military individuals for their support of the Third Reich in the war effort. The Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuz came with and without swords. This example features the die flaws at the "3" and lower arm on the reverse. The bottom arm is marked "1" (Deschler & Sohn) and "900". Vet./Pu. $8750. More Photos

MINT German Cross in Silver marked 20  ( C.F. Zimmermann )

1410SO12 - MINT German Cross in Silver marked "20" ( C.F. Zimmermann ). This stunning cross is impossible to upgrade. The cross would meet the standards of those collectors who want only MINT! The cross retains 100% of its original frosted, enameled and colored finishes on all surfaces. The "20" hallmark is stamped on the underside of the pin. During the period German Crosses were awarded only approximately 1,200 German Crosses in silver were presented as opposed to nearly 30,000 German Crosses in gold. A textbook and exceptional example. Vet./ Pu. $5700. More Photos

SS Oberbayern Totenkopf machine woven officer flatwire skull Form I cufftitle

1410SO10 - SS Oberbayern Totenkopf machine woven officer flatwire skull Form I cufftitle. This rare Totenkopf cufftitle was removed from an uniform. The cufftitle measures 14.0 inches. The reverse features the standard salt and pepper design. Very rare. $4750. More Photos

Very rare early Allgemeine SS transitional helmet

1410SO9 - Very rare early Allgemeine SS transitional helmet. This helmet features over-sized hand-painted SS runics and a canted swastika on the two sides. The hand-painted runics and swastika can be seen in period photographs and newsreels. This practice pre-dates the use of the standardized SS runics and the party shield decals. The exterior shell and interior feature a high gloss black paint as worn by the Allgemeine SS. The interior retains its original three pad liner and double buckle chinstrap that are in excellent condition. Most important is the glued paper nametag on the leather liner band that reads, " SS Sturmann Jakob Müller Sturm 5/II /58 ." SS Sturmann Jakob Müller would make an interesting research project. It is very rare to find such an early named piece. $6500. More Photos

Adolf Hitler formal dinner napkin

1410SO8 - Adolf Hitler formal dinner napkin . This linen napkin features the initials of Adolf Hitler with the Third Reich state eagle. The large size napkin is free of stains and separations. $850. More Photos

Joachim  v. Ribbontrop  formal  dinner napkin

1410SO7 - Joachim v. Ribbontrop formal dinner napkin. This linen napkin features the stylized ensign of the Third Reich's diplomatic service. The napkin is intact being free of stains and snags. - $400. More Photos

Rare  Heinrich Himmler 4 piece informal silverware set by WMF

1410SO6 - Rare Heinrich Himmler 4 piece informal silverware set by WMF. This set consist of one table spoon, one demitasse spoon, dinner fork and knife. All four utensils are WMF silver plated marked as required by strict German law. Each handle is engraved with the initials HH for Heinrich Himmler. The set is accompanied by a letter written by Karla Van Buren granddaughter of the U.S. veteran who brought the set back. The letter includes a photocopied iamge of Ms. Van Buren and her grandfather. The letter states that her grandfather liberated the dining set from Heinrich Himmler's summer home. Rare.$2250. More Photos

Rare Adolf Hitler informal dinner napkin

1410SO5 - Rare Adolf Hitler informal dinner napkin. This linen napkin features the stylized initials of Adolf Hitler. The napkin features a jacquard pattern woven into the fabric along with the "AH initials. Accompanying the napkin is a handwritten note stating from whom the napkin was purchased. The note states that napkin was acquired from U.S. Army Major Robert Clarence Laphew who liberated the napkin from "the eagle's nest " in Obersalzburg. - $850. More Photos

Rare Hermann Goring silver cigarette case

1410SO2 - Rare Hermann Goring silver cigarette case. This silver and leather cigarette case features in silver plate the crossed marshal batons of Hermann Goring beneath the state eagle. The reverse side of the silver upper section is stamped GESCHUTZT , then and incused "JB" , "ZAHL" ' 126737". As there is no silver content number it would be indicated that this is silver plated. This small high quality case measures 3.75. x .5 x 3.25 inches. $2500. More Photos

Kriminalpolizei warrant disc # 640

1410SO4 - Kriminalpolizei warrant disc # 640. This warrant disc features a finely detailed state eagle on the obverse. and the words " STAATLICHE KRIMINALPOLIZEI" ( Criminal State Police) on the reverse along with the identity number 640 on the reverse. This disc was issued very early and is one of the finest examples I have offered. $2999. More Photos

Hermann Goring honor goblet presented by the World Hunting Association made by J. Wagner & Sohn

1410SO2 - Hermann Goring honor goblet presented by the German Hunting Association made by J. Wagner & Sohn and very rare presentation photo album given by Eric Von Rosen featuring Karenhall. This set was reported liberated from Hermann Goring's personal train at Berchtesgaden by 1st Lt. Robert S. Chalifoux of Chicago, IL. . This magnificent piece was presented Hermann Goring as the "Reichsjagermeister - Generaloberst" dated 1937 for hosting the World Hunting Association's hunt in Berlin in 1937. This goblet measures 6 ¾ inches tall having a diameter of 5 ¼ inches. It is heavy being made of 800 fine silver. The goblet is inscribed to Goring, "Reichsjagermeister -Generaloberst Hermann Goring" and "Dem Schirmherrn der Internationalen Jagddausstellung Berlin 1937". On both sides of the goblet is the engraved motif of the German Hunting Association. The goblet is adorned with a raised design that encircles the circumference. The goblet rests on a tripod of three silver balls. The bottom is stamped with the maker's mark , J.(Johann) Wagner & Sohn 800". J. Wagner was the same firm that made the Luftwaffe Ehrenpokal ( Honor Goblets). The photo chronical was presented to Goring by Eric Von Rosen who was Hermann Goring's brother-in-law by Karin Von Rosen whom Goring's country house Karinhall was named. The album was presented to Goring by Eric Von Rosen on the occasion of Von Rosen's first visit to the new mausoleum built for Karen at Karenhall following her death. The first photo in the album was taken from Goring's office in Berlin showing his standarte as Police President of Prussia. The following photos are so personal that Eric Von Rosen did not feel the need to add captions. Very rare artifacts from the Hermann Goring Berchtesgaden estate. $4,500. More Photos

Very rare Luftwaffe tail section from ME109 with tropical camouflage finish

1410SO1 - Very rare Luftwaffe tail section from ME109 with tropical camouflage finish. This rare section of a ME109 features the canted swastika on a tropical tan camouflage background. Having its original tropical camouflage makes this a highly desirable addition to any Luftwaffe or Deutsches Afrika Korps collection. The material is light weight aluminum. The cut-out swastika section measures approximately 13.5 x 13.5 inches on a tan background. It is easy to imagine this rare item in flight over the north African desert or the Mediterranean. Professionally framed. $6,000. More Photos

Formal pattern Adolf Hitler presentation picture frame with Heinrich Hoffmann studio portrait

148SO1 - Formal pattern Adolf Hitler presentation picture frame with Heinrich Hoffmann studio portrait. Oakleaf Militaria is proud to offer this extremely rare example of the Adolf Hitler presentation picture frame. The frame (13.5 x 9.5 inches) was presented by Adolf Hitler as a personal rememberance in recognition of the recipient's contribution and support of the National Socialist German Workers Party ( NSDAP) or the war effort as in the case of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. The top edge of the frame is stamped "925' (silver content) and " FHW" indicating the Franz & Hermann Wandinger hallmark. The three-tiered frame is bordered with an inter-locking "Greek key" design. This same design is seen carried over on the Adolf Hitler formal dinnerware and serving sets. The frame features the stylized National Socialist party eagle centered between the "AH" initials beneath the formal portrait of Adolf Hitler. The framed portrait is an original from the studio of Heinrich Hoffmann. The reverse of the frame has a taped newspaper clipping reporting the sale of a similar frame presented to Field Marshal Hermann Walther v. Brauchitsch. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a presentation Adolf Hitler picture frame. $14,995. More Photos

Westland Waffen SS M40 combat helmet by ET

147SO13 - Westland Waffen SS M40 combat helmet by ET. This stunning helmet features the original owner's initials "A.S." handwritten on the leather liner along with his unit and the regimental title "Westland". The Westland regiment was a component of the 5th Waffen SS Division " Wiking". Wiking was the first of the non-German combat divisions raised by SS and was comprised originally by Dutch and Flemish Belgian volunteers. Wiking fought on the Eastern Front and was commanded first Felix Steiner followed by Obergruppenfuhrer Herbert Otto Gille. Obergruppenfuhrer Gille who was one of only two Waffen SS commanders to be awarded the Diamonds to his Oak Leaves and Swords. The other being Sepp Dietrich who commanded the 1st Waffen SS Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler ( LSSAH). The exterior shell displays normal period combat wear. The single ET decal presents about 95% of its runics shield. The interior features a complete leather liner that is marked, "A.S. 222 SS 5.E.Westland ". The side apron is stamped ET64 indicating the shell's maker and size. The rear apron is stamped with the low batch number "906". Rare. $8750. More Photos

Rare Land Customs ( Zolldienst ) clamshell dress bayonet by E.u.F Horster

147SO12 - Rare Land Customs ( Zolldienst ) clamshell dress bayonet by E.u.F Horster. This exceedingly rare Land Customs dress bayonet was worn as a sidearm by NCO's and enlisted personnel. The bayonet features stag grip plates with two retaining rivets. The pommel eagle does not have a slide on the backstrap. The lower crossguard displays a repeating oak leaf design. Beneath the crossguard is the clamshell that features the Prussian state eagle. The E.F. Horster maker's mark is beneath the clamshell. The blade rates near mint showing minor age related wear. The full length silver plated mirror finish blade measures 10.25 inches. The original leather buffer is intact. The black leather scabbard is perfect with a nickel silver lower fitting. The lower fitting is affixed with a single rivet on the reverse side. The leather scabbard is joined with a heavy stitch line on the reverse. Tied to the bayonet is a matching black trodel. The strap and slide have three rows of machine stitched aluminum silver thread. Rare. $2250. More Photos

Mint Luftwaffe officer 2nd pattern dagger with portepee by SMF

147SO10 - Mint Luftwaffe officer 2nd pattern dagger with portepee by SMF. This stunning example is intended for the discriminating collector who wants mint. This dagger features gilded swastikas on the pommel. Each of the swastikas retain 100% of its gold finish. The yellow celluloid grip is tightly wrapped with twistcord aluminum wire. A Luftwaffe officer portepee is tied around the grip. The aluminum of the ball, interwoven slide and cord is 100% perfect. The lower crossguard shows a deeply cast Luftwaffe eagle displaying excellent detail. The reverse of the crossguard features a deeply pebbled design with a darkened background. The blade is stone mint. The reverse ricasso displays the SMF seated king maker's mark. Above the SMF mark is a Luftwaffe waffenamt " eagle 5 ". The mirror finish full length blade is mint un-issued perfect. The scabbard retains its lacquered finish. The pebbled and oak leaf design surfaces are darkened to highlight the silvered suspension band that display a repeating oak leaves design. accompanying the dagger is a deluxe set of Luftwaffe officer hangers. The Luftwaffe blue cloth straps display two rows of multi-strands of silver aluminum thread. The two rectangular buckles feature the repeating oak leaves pattern. The reverse of the belt clip is marked in raised characters, " D.R.G.M. , E.U. 10 and RZM ( enclosed circle)". Each of the dagger suspension clip, als o with the oak leaf pattern, is marked with D.R.G.M. on the reverse. An incomparable set. $1850. More Photos

Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager M38 single decal helmet with early spanner bolts

147SO8 - Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager M38 single decal helmet with early spanner bolts. This early war Fallschirmjager helmet features the 1940 smooth dark field gray finish. This short-lived smooth dark finish was discontinued due to the glare that was reflected under combat conditions and replaced with a semi-rough non-reflective paint. The second pattern Luftwaffe eagle decal is 100% in its detail. This is one of the finest decals I've seen on a Luftwaffe M38 helmet. The internal liner and band assembly is attached to the outer shell by four matching ventilated spanner bolts. The interior features the early war Karl Heisler, Berlin leather liner. The numbers 71 and 60 indicating the shell and head sizes are stamped on the leather . On the side apron is stamped ET71 and the rear displays the production run number 4870. The leather and suede chinstrap is supple and complete and a perfect example with the attached friction clip. $8995. More Photos

Rare Mongrammed Schutzstaffel officer Ehrendegen unmarked by Krebs with tear drop hanger and portepee

147SO5 - Very rare SS Standard bearer's gorget shield with accompanying display chain. Worn with the black service uniform for parades and formal occasions whenever a SS standard was displayed, this rare nickel silver gorget features a central stylized Schutzstaffel eagle clutching a wreathed swastika. At each of the two upper curves of the shield is a button with double SS runics with a stippled background. This button is used for the attachment of the chain on the reverse. The lower of the three catches is stamped, "RZM M1/128". The rear green felt backing is original and displays wear. Accompanying the shield is a high quality reproduction chain. The links feature alternating skulls and SS runics. $11,000. More Photos

Rare Mongrammed Schutzstaffel officer Ehrendegen unmarked by Krebs with tear drop hanger and portepee

147SO9 - Rare Mongrammed Schutzstaffel officer Ehrendegen unmarked by Krebs with tear drop hanger and portepee. The Ehrendegen was an SS award presented to select officers and SS graduates of Braunschweig and Bad Tolz. The sword was accompanied by an award certificate. The SS Ehrendegen was noted in the SS officer Dienstalterliste as was the SS Totenkopfring. The sword features all nickel silver hilt and scabbard fittings. The pommel cap button is the step variety with multi-piece construction assembly as used on these early swords. Inside the pommel cap a secondary cap is present and unscrewed or tampered with. This construction is described in detail in Thomas Wittmann's, " Exploring The Dress Daggers and Swords of the German SS", published privately by the author, Copyright 2003, page 341.The monogram features jeweler engraved initials " HG " or " GH". The black ebony wood grip is perfect with tightly wound nickel silver wire. The double runics SS button perfectly centered. The underside of the lower crossguard and scabbard throat are proof marked with the SS acceptance stamps. Tied to the hilt is a mint SS officer portepee that features the double SS runics. The blade's ricasso is unmarked but is attributed to Peter Daniel Krebs. The blade is perfect and measures a full 33 inches in length. The scabbard features the stylized intricate Nordic design on the upper scabbard fitting. The scabbard's high gloss black paint finish is in near mint condition displaying only light surface wear. The nickel silver drag is without flaw showing no evidence of dings. Affixed to the scabbard is an original SS marked tear drop black leather sword hanger. The reverse side displays the SS RZM impression and stamped "1/36". The attachment clip is marked "A" indicating Assmann. $13,500. More Photos

Extremely rare and early Prussian Feldjagerkorps clamshell dress bayonet with trodel by Carl Eickhorn

147SO7 - Extremely rare and early Prussian Feldjagerkorps clamshell dress bayonet with trodel by Carl Eickhorn. The Feldjagerkorps was established in October 1933 by Hermann Goring who then held the position of Supreme SA Leader in Prussia which included all police units. On April 1, 1935 the Feldjagerkorps was incorporated to be part of the Prussian Schutzpolizei. The Feldjagerkorps was established primarily as a unit responsible for keeping order as an auxiliary police unit and maintain discipline within the SA ranks . This exceedingly rare Feldjagerkorps dress bayonet was worn as a sidearm by NCO's and enlisted personnel. The bayonet features stag grip plates with the Prussian state emblem in nickel silver on the obverse. The pommel eagle does not have a slide on the backstrap. The lower crossguard displays a repeating oak leaf design. Beneath the crossguard is the clamshell that features the Prussian state eagle. The blade rates near mint. The full length silver plated mirror finish blade displays the early Eickhorn maker's mark on the reverse ricasso. The blade measures 10 1/8 inches in length. The SA brown leather scabbard with nickle silver lower fitting rates near mint showing a very minor loss of coloration in the brown leather. The lower fitting is affixed with a single staple on the reverse side. The leather scabbard is joined with a heavy stitch line. Tied to the ( FJK ) bayonet with matching brown leather frog is a Polizei bayonet trodel. The trodel's strap and slide feature four rows of aluminum thread with a central red stripe. The ball displays the red, black and silver color pattern on the bottom. Extremely rare and textbook example.$4650. More Photos

Very rare SS Totenkopfverbande Oberbayern Regiment photo album

147SO4 - Extremely rare presentation document for the awarding of Honorary Citizenship to Albert Forster by the Free City of Danzig dated July 14, 1933 and accompanied by a NSDAP authorized 1934 commercially printed biography of Gauleiter and Honorary SS Obergruppenfuhrer Albert Forster . This extremely rare and historical large format document measures 18.5 x 14.5 x 2.0 inches an was presented in a tan cardboard cassette featuring a mounted knight battling a dragon. Opening the cassette reveals the award document featuring an elaborately decorated cover with a central crest depicting a red shield with a crown and a stacked pair of crosses. This motif is the coat- of- arms of the Free City of Danzig. On each side of the crest is Albert Forster's name written using Old Norse ( Futark) lettering. The cover is further detailed with an embossed interwoven Nordic design. The cover is further enhanced with the strategic placement of embedded semi-precious stones . The first page features an illustration of a Sturmabteilung standard bearer in a heroic stance. Beneath the illustration is a caption that reads, " July 26, 1902 Bavarian sovereignty. October 24, 1930, 300 party members in the Free City, 21,000 party members on the occasion of (Forster's) elevation to honorary citizen, at the people's plebiscite of May 28, 1933, 107,000 in favor 51.3 percent." The following page, the textual award document was produced in calligraphy using difference font sizes and colored ink. The page reads: " The Senate of Danzig, to acknowledge and gratefully reward his services, with the approval of the city population, bestows the right of honorary citizenship on the leader of the German national uprising ( non-violent change in the growth of National Socialism ) in the Free City of Danzig, the enabler of the moral and ethnic regeneration that Adolf Hitler has animated in the entire German nation, on the city councilman and Gauleiter Albert Forster. This is hereby declared on July 14, 1933. The Senate of the Free City of Danzig." Albert Forster was born July 26, 1902 in Furth, Bavaria. In 1923, he joined the Sturmabteilung in Furth where he rose in rank as an active member. In 1930 Albert Forster was appointed the NSDAP'Ss Gauleiter of the Free City of Danzig. In early 1933 Albert Forster was responsible for the pro-NSDAP take-over of Danzig. In May 1934 Forster married Gertrud Deetz. The state wedding was held the Berlin at the new Reich Chancellory with Adolf Hitler and Party Secretary Rudolf Hess as witnesses and wedding guests. With the German invasion of Poland pending on September 1,1939, Gauleiter Forster was implemental rousing support for Deutschland's expansion within his Gau and surrounding areas as the "Danzig issue" was one reason Germany used to legitimize the invasion. Throughout the war Forster remained Gauleiter of Danzig-West Prussia and was instrumental in implementing the Final Solution policies of the Reich. With the Russian Army gaining control of Poland, like other occupying German political and military personnel, Gauleiter and Honorary SS Obergruppenfuhrer evacuated Poland for Germany. During April 1945 Forster sought refuge in the British Zone where he was detained and returned to the Soviet authorities occupying Poland. Former Gauleiter Albert Forster died on February 21, 1952. Very rare and historic document. $13,500. More Photos

Very rare SS Totenkopfverbande Oberbayern Regiment photo album

147SO1 - Very rare SS Totenkopfverbande "Oberbayern" Regiment photo album. This stunning photo album contains 90 photos of SS Oberbayern personnel in various activities ranging from personal life and training to kasserne ( barracks) life. This most interesting assortment of period photos presents images of the SS personnel wearing a wide variety of uniforms including SS-VT and panzerjacke. The photo album itself is extremely rare with its cover displaying the silver SS runics and the title, " Erinnerungen an meine Dienstzeit SS-Totenkopfverbande " Oberbayern" ( In rememberance of my service days in the SS Totenkopfverbande ). $1999. More Photos

Allegmeine SS RZM double decal helmet featuring its original black high gloss finish

146SO2 - Allegmeine SS RZM double decal helmet featuring its original black high gloss finish. This helmet features, as described in author Michael Beaver with Kelly Hicks' book" SS HELMETS, THE HISTORY,USE AND DECORATION OF THE BLACK CORPS", published by Schiffer Military History, Copyright 2006, page70, as having, "multiple layers of paint and multiple decals". The reason of the multiple re-application of the black high gloss finish and at least three sets of CA Pocher decals was to make the helmet presentable for the purpose of parades or for use in a high visibility function such as a Leibstandarte guard duty at the Reich Chancellery. The exterior high gloss black paint is in excellent condition having a 100% finish that displays mild, normal surface wear. The CA Pocher Schutzstaffel runics and party shield decals clearly display period re-applications. The rear of the helmet displays the arcuated , or bent, striations caused when the shell was made at ET. This is a characteristic of RZM helmets. The interior features the helmet's original complete unique three pad liner with the original quick-release chinstrap. The liner's leather displays mild use. On the sides of the helmet's apron are the lightly stamped encircled RZM and SS runics. This is the exact helmet featured on pages 70-72 of the Michael Beaver with Kelly Hicks large format book, "SS HELMETS, THE HISTORY,USE AND DECORATION OF THE BLACK CORPS", pages 70-72 and again is featured in author Kelly Hicks', SS-STEEL, PARADE AND COMBAT HELMETS OF GERMANY'S THIRD REICH ELITE". Published by R. James Bender Publishing. Copyright 2004, page 98. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional and well documented SS helmet. $21,500. More Photos

Waffen SS M35 double decal combat helmet by ET

146SO4 - Waffen SS M35 double decal combat helmet by ET. This rare helmet features a smooth dark green finish characteristic of ET produced M35 helmet shells. The SS runics and party shield decals each retain better than 95% of their finish. The exterior's smooth finish shows light normal wear consistent with the decals and interior. The helmet's interior displays a complete leather liner size stamped 57. The original drawstring is intact. The leather liner shows light discoloration consistent with period use. The left side of the apron is stamped ET64 indicating the helmet's maker and shell size. The rear of the apron is stamped with the production run number 4372. $18,500. More Photos

German Eagle Order 1st Class with swords by Godet, Berlin

145SO1 - German Eagle Order 1st Class with swords by Godet, Berlin. This mint example features a white enameled Maltese Cross with a gilded border. Between each of the arms is a gilded and enameled NSDAP state eagle. The detail of the eagles is extraordinary as this degree of workmanship was a hallmark of the prestigious Godet firm of Berlin. The obverse displays two well detailed crossed gilded swords centered on the cross. The front and reverse enameled sufaces are 100% perfect and free of chips and cracks. The bale attaches to the cross by means of a fan design. The reverse of the bale is micro stamped "800" indicating the silver content and "21'" for the maker Godet, Berlin. The national tri-color neck ribbon with ties passes through the suspension ring that has two deep central ridges. This is a stunning example of a Third Reich jeweler made award. $3250. More Photos

Rare Allgemeine SS kepi

145SO4 - Rare Allgemeine SS kepi. This rare artifact of SS headgear features an early M29 eagle positioned above a false scallop. Below the false scallop is a black enameled button positioned above an early totenkopf. On each side below the circular top section are two black enameled ventilation grommets. The black wool is in excellent undamaged condition being free of mothing and stains. The black leather nco/enlisted chinstrap is secured by a black enameled button on each side. The interior reveals that there was once a diamond shaped celluloid label or tag as evidenced by the stitching lines. Along the circumference of the kepi is a thin black leather sweatband approximated .5 inch wide. The kepi went out of wear being replaced by the schirmütze during the 1932- 1933 period. Found inside the kepi were two newspapers placed inside in order that it could maintain its shape each dated 1932. $7,000. More Photos

Extremely rare named and dated Army Balloon Observer's Badge in silver

145SO2 - Extremely rare named and dated Army Balloon Observer's Badge in silver grade ( Ballonbeobachterabzeichen im silber des Heeres ). The Army Balloon Observer's badge was first instituted in 1944. It is considered as one of the rarest and controversial Third Reich military awards. In Michael Tucker's and Stephen Previtera's book, "GERMAN COMBAT BADGES OF THE THIRD REICH, Vol. I, published by Winidore Press of Richmond Virginia, coprighted 2002. Pgs, 184-192, "The Balloon Observers badge-one of the rarest and most controversial-has its detractors. Some doubt this badge was manufactured, or even presented so late in the war. Currently, no factory records of its production are known and period photos showing the badge being worn have not been discovered. Conversely, collectors and historians who believe evidence substantiates its existence consider the bronze example shown in this reference to be the correct form. The fact that examples have been acquired from American World War II veterans, and so few of these identically made badges exist, forms the basis for evidence for those who believe the Balloon Observer was indeed produced and bestowed during the war." In addition, it is known and accepted that a 1957 version of this badge was authorized for military personnel. This hollow-back badge features an observer balloon with Baltic Cross beneath the Wehrmacht eagle. The stamped reverse features a carefully inscribed ( barely legible ) " Schmidt 18-4-45 "indicating this badge was awarded very late in the war. Extremely rare. $3500. More Photos

Reichsarbeitdienst  ( RAD ) trumpet banner

143SO4 - Reichsarbeitdienst ( RAD ) trumpet banner. This rare heavy silk trumpet banner features the RAD ensigne within a white central disc encircled by a wheat wreath superimposed on swastika background with a silver border along the arms. The trumpet banner is bordered with silver aluminum fringe on all sides. Along the top side of the banner is a channel that the attachment pole would pass through. The tassels are affixed to a black, silver and red aluminum cord that passes thrpough silver aluminum loops sewn along the top edge. The banner measures 19 x 21 inches ( not including the fringed border. The banner is in excellent condition. $4500. More Photos

Very rare NSDAP Gauleiter collar tab set

142SO5 - Very rare matched set of Gauleiter second pattern ( post-1939) two-tone cello and bullion collar tabs. This set displays gold bullion accent threads in the eagle's wings. The two oak leaves and the eagle's breast and swastika are well detailed in cello. Each tab is bordered with wine red rayon piping. The reverse of the right side tab displays an RZM tag. Mint. $4999. More Photos

Extremely rare SS M42 combat helmet by with full chickenwire basket

1202SO5 - Extremely rare SS M42 combat helmet with full chickenwire basket. This helmet features a full chickenwire basket used for the attachment of camouflage materials. The helmet displays consistent oxidation where the basket has come into contact with the shell. The decal likewise displays this wear. The interior features a complete and worn leather liner with the original drawstring. The chinstrap is original to the helmet. The rear apron is stamped EF… ( Emaillerwerk-Fulda ) and the production run number 3115. This helmet comes with a Certificate of Authenticity provided by Kelly Hicks author of ' SS - STEEL , PARADE AND COMBAT HELMETS OF GERMANY'S THIRD REICH ELITE", published by R. James Bender Publishing, copyright 2004 and "SS HELMETS, THE HISTORY,USE AND DECORATION OF THE HELMETS OF THE BLACK CORPS", co-authored with the late Michael Beaver, published by Shiffer Publishing Ltd., copyrighted 2006. Extremely rare. $13,500. More Photos

Extremely rare dated SS Totenkopfring ( SS Honor Ring) awarded to SS Fuhrer Grams

1202SO4 - Extremely rare dated SS Totenkopfring ( SS Honor Ring) awarded to SS Fuhrer Grams. This SS Totenkopfring shows light wear to the runic panels and skull. The ring exhibits the characteristics evident in authentic 1930's Totenkopfrings. There were only 1137 rings awarded in 1936. There are less than a handful of rings with the January 30 date known to exist. Having a January 30, 1936 award date makes this an exceedingly rare date to be found on a Totenkopfring. The joiner seam is apparent beneath the discoloration of the silver solder on the interior behind the skull. This ring is a medium to large size (about 10.5). The engraving clearly displays the dedication Slb., Grams, the date of the award 30.1.36 and H. Himmler. The ring comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Don Boyle author of "SS Totenkopfring H. Himmler Honor Ring 1933-1945", published by IMAGE GRAPHICS , INC. 1993,1994, 1995. Copyright Don Boyle. Grams is currently being researched by Mike Constandy of Westmoreland Research. Extremely rare with 30.1.36 date. $10,000. More Photos

SS Birthday Presentation Telle for Alois Holzgethan Obersturmfuhrer

1202SO2 - SS Birthday Presentation Telle for Alois Holzgethan Obersturmfuhrer. This exceedingly rare hand-painted wooden plate was presented to Obersturmfuhrer Holzgethan on his birthday 12.4 1945 which makes this a very late war presentation piece. Obersturmfuhrer Holzgethan was attached with the Hohere SS u. Polizei Inspectorate in Munich where he served as a SS/ Polizei Inspector. The limited information available in his SS file states "Unifo. Ausw. 51067". His file jacket is stamped "Uniformtraeger". The plate measures approximately 12.5 inches in diameter. The hand-painted central theme features the SS runics superimposed over an eagle clutching a wreathed swastika. On either side of the swastika is the date 12.4. 1945. Along the rim of the plate is painted 'Wurst im Holzgethan in Gossensass ( Austria) zu seinem Geburstag Errinerungs" Roughly translated 'In rememberance of your birthday Holzgethan…..in Gossensass 12.4.1945." Price on Request. More Photos

early Type A micro 800 Knights Cross of the Iron Cross

1201SO2 - Very rare and early Type A micro "800" Knights Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreutz) with chemical frosting by Steinhauer & Luck. Oakleaf Militaria is proud to offer this very rare original Knights Cross. This Knights Cross features the correct micro 800 silver content stamp on the reverse upper arm beneath the bale (ring through which the suspension loop passes). The magnetic cross weighs 29.9 grams with the silver suspension loop. The suspension ring is also marked "800". The 9-12 o'clock elbow die flaw is well pronounced rather than worn indicating very early S & L manufacture. This is also made evident by the chemically applied frosting that is rarely seen on Knights Crosses. Chemical frosting was replaced by painted frosting to the ribbing. This is detailed in Dietrich Maerz's highly informative reference book, " The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross", published by B&D Publishing, LLC, copyright 2007. The cross exhibits the excellent detail expected in an excellent condition worn Steinhauer & Luck made cross. The cross comes with an early and rare original presentation case not described in Dietrich Maerz's Expertise. The box is in excellent condition free of scuffing and distracting wear. The hinge is magnetic. The cross is described in detail in the "EXPERTISE" and Certificate of Authenticity by Dietrich Maerz that accompanies the Ritterkreutz. $14,000. More Photos

Luftwaffe set of vehicle command flags

1111SO1 - Luftwaffe set of vehicle command flags ( Kommandoflaggen der Luftwaffe ) for the Commanding General of an Air District ( Luftkreis )or Commanding General ( i.e. divisional commanders). This set was removed directly from the Luftwaffe general's command car as evidenced by the resulting frayed edges of the car pennant and flag. These flags were displayed simultaneously on the vehicle. The command flag eagle is embroidered in heavy gold bullion thread while the command pennant's eagle is embroidered using gold cello thread. The flag is made of heavy cotton cloth while the pennant has a Luftwaffe blue wool background. It is trimmed along the edges with gold tresse displaying Luftwaffe eagles. Both flag and pennant display matching wear and age. Very rare. $3995. More Photos

German headquarters wall eagle from Metz, France

1110SO2 - German headquarters wall eagle from Metz, France. This historic wall eagle was once displayed in the city hall of German occupied Metz, France. The three-piece carved poplar wood eagle was found by a contractor after the war in the attic while the city hall was undergoing renovations. The contractor contacted his friend who he knew was a collector of Third Reich memorabilia who promptly expressed his interest. This eagle's wingspan measures 58.5 inches x 39 inches in height. The eagle's breast measures approximately 4 inches in depth. The wings detach from the breast area in a tongue-in-groove manner. One wing has suffered minor damage where it inserts into the body but this does not distract and is restorable. The swastika was de-nazified following the German's departure from Metz as were most items baring the swastika. The eagle was "re-nazified" with the addition of the swastika by the collector. Extremely rare and historic. $15,000. More Photos

Polizei trumpet banner

119SO1 - Polizei trumpet banner. This stunning example comes directly from Major (Ret.) Mario “Moose’ Estrada who began his World War II service in July 1943 as an 18 year old Private. Private Estrada served with the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion, ‘A” Company -1st Platoon. Private Estrada arrived in Normandy D-Day plus 21 with his unit where he participated in the Normandy breakout and later on December 16, 1944 saw action during the Battle of the Bulge. “Moose’ Estrada ended the war with two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Mario Estrada later saw action in Korea as an Infantry 1st Lieutenant and Captain where he was awarded the Silver Star for bravery and later was promoted to the rank of Major while serving in the Army Reserves. The trumpet features a heavy aluminum embroidered Police eagle and wreath on a green wool felt field with an aluminum tresse border. The banner measures approximately 18.25 x 17 inches and trimmed on three sides with 1.75 inches aluminum fringe. The two white leather straps with buckles that secure the banner to the trumpet are fully intact. There is very minor moth tracking and a couple very minor nips but this does not distract from the overall appearance of the banner. Accompanying this beautiful example is a 526th A.I.B. Association newsletter dated May 2011, a signed and notarized statement made by Major Estrada along with two signed copies of period photographs. Exceptional. $9750. More Photos

Cased Adolf Hitler presentation picture frame presented to the Frau Olga Kirdorf

118SO1 - Cased Adolf Hitler presentation picture frame presented to the Frau Olga Kirdorf the widow of German industrialist Emil Kirdorf. Oakleaf Militaria is proud to offer this world-class example of the very rare cased Adolf Hitler presentation picture frame. ". The framed portrait of Adolf Hitler (10.5 x 8) is presented in a red Moroccan leather case with a large silver foil embossed National Socialist German Workers Party ( NSDAP) eagle on the cover. The inside on the presentation case is lined entirely with rich red velvet. The opposite interior side of the presentation case where the frame rests has a contoured inset fitted to accommodate the framed portrait and its folding stand. The name Frieda Thiersch is imprinted on lower portion of the interior spine of the cover as the person who crafted the leather case. The top edge of the frame is stamped "925' (silver content) and " FHW" indicating the Franz & Hermann Wandinger hallmark. The three-tiered frame is bordered with an inter-locking "Greek key" design. The frame features the stylized National Socialist state eagle centered between the "AH" initials beneath the formal portrait of Adolf Hitler. The photograph is inscribed in Hitler's own hand, " Most politely on the occasion of 17 July 1943" and Frau Olga Kirdorf on the 80th birthday in association with the most heartfelt wishes " and the signature "Adolf Hitler". Adolf Hitler sought the support of wealthy and well-known German industrialists to join the NSDAP. Emil Kirdorf was one such person. Born in 1847, Kirdorf was one of the founders of the coal mining firm, the Gelsenkirchener Begwerks AG ( GBAG). The GBAG grew to become one of Germany's largest producers of coal, iron, steel and coke. Because of Kirdorf's leading role in the industrialization of Germany's coal industry, Kirdorf won recognition as the "Bismarck of the coal industry". Kirdorf was a strong proponent of German nationalism and opponent to Marxism that was gaining support in Germany following World War I. By 1927 after attending several of Hitler's public speeches, Kirdorf met with Hitler and joined the NSDAP party. Although Kirdorf was not known to lend substantial financial support to the party, he did speak in support of the party wielding strong influence among the many workers engaged in the various companies he represented. Kirdorf also was responsible for swaying other German industrialists to support the NSDAP thus adding greater strength to the party. Kirdorf resigned his party membership in 1928 fearing that National Socialism would soon supplant Kirdorf's capitalistic ideals and non anti-Semitism. Kirdorf rejoined the NSDAP in 1934 after putting aside his once negative feelings about the party and after being courted by Hitler. Emil Kirdorf died on July 13, 1938. Accompanying the presentation picture frame is a April/May period edition of 'Das Wert", a German publication for German workers that eulogizes the recently deceased Emil Kirdorf. Included in the publication are photographs of Kirdorf's funeral. The Adolf Hitler autographed portrait with cased presentation frame was presented to Frau Kirdorf on her 80th birthday five years after the death of her husband. Price On Request. More Photos

Rare Reichminister Joachim Von Ribbontrop formal dinner pattern fork and table linen napkin

118SO3 - Rare Reichminister Joachim Von Ribbontrop formal dinner pattern fork and table linen napkin. Reichminister Von Ribbontrop was head of the Reich's Diplomatic Foreign Service. This rare set was a recent veteran's estate purchase by a Chicago collector. The fork displays the Von Ribbontrop family raised coat-of-arms. The reverse features a "900" silver content stamp along with the manufacturer's hallmark. The formal pattern dinner napkin is linen and displays the embroidered eagle of the Diplomatic Service. This high quality of workmanship is seen on the table linens liberated from Hitler's Berchesgarten and Munich residences. $1500. or sold separately (fork $600. and napkin $900.). More Photos

Rare Reichminister Joachim Von Ribbontrop formal dinner pattern knife and table linen napkin

118SO2 - Rare Reichminister Joachim Von Ribbontrop formal dinner pattern knife and table linen napkin. Reichminister Von Ribbontrop was head of the Reich's Diplomatic Foreign Service. This rare set was a recent veteran's estate purchase by a Chicago collector. The knife displays the Von Ribbontrop family raised coat-of-arms. The handle features a "900" silver content stamp near the bottom and on the other side the silver manufacturer's hallmark. The stainless steel blade is marked "J.A. HENCKLES. SOLINGEN" and "ZWILLINGSWERK" along with the Henckles trademark. There is a minor separation between the blade and the handle but this does not detract and it is secure. The formal pattern dinner napkin is linen and displays the embroidered eagle of the Diplomatic Service. This high quality of workmanship is seen on the table linens liberated from Hitler's Berchesgarten and Munich residences. knife $600. More Photos

GEMEINDE KRIMINALPOLIZEI  warrant disc

117SO3 - GEMEINDE KRIMINALPOLIZEI warrant disc. This very rare disc features a finely detailed state eagle on the obverse and the words, "GEMEINDE KRIMINALPOIZEI" ( Municiplal Criminal Police) and the identity warrant number 813. The disc is is made of steel and therefore magnetic. GEMEINDE KRIMINALPOLIZEI disc are considerably rarer than both the GESTAPO and STAATLICHE discs. $4750. More Photos

Army Brandenburg Division cufftitle

114SO2 - Army "Brandenburg" Division cufftitle. The Regiment Brandenburg was first formed in August 1939 and initially designated as a "Special Unit" (Sonderverband z.b.d. 800) and named after its original garrison town. Regiment Brandenburg was used as a commando unit at the outset of the war under the direct control of the Army OKW's Counter Intelligence department. Later reorganized to division strength, it was renamed "Division Brandenburg" in April 1943 as part of Panzerkorps Grossdeutschland. In September 1944, the division was renamed Panzergrenadierdivision Brandenberg. This very rare cufftitle was first authorized for wear on August 17, 1944 making a late war honor cufftitle as very few German Army cufftitles were authorized to be worn by divisions. This cufftitle measures approximately 18. inches in length. The embroidered Brandenburg name is on dark green wool and is bordered with Russian braid. The title has no mothing or stains and is in excellent condition. Very rare. $3750 . More Photos

Adolf Hitler formal wine coasters by Wellner

113SO1 - Adolf Hitler formal wine coasters by Wellner. This matched pair of silver plate wine coasters measures approximately 4.25 inches. The coasters have a hard rubber center on which wine bottles were placed while formal dinners were served. On the front of each coaster is engraved the initials "A H". On the bottom of each coaster is the single name Wellner. The Wellner firm provided most of the serving pieces used by Adolf Hitler during formal occasions. $3000. More Photos

SS Totenkopfring (Honor Ring) awarded to SS Untersturmfuhrer Hendrik Wilhelm van Etten

113SO3 - SS Totenkopfring (Honor Ring) awarded to SS Untersturmfuhrer Hendrik Wilhelm van Etten SS Ausweis # 62939 dated 9/11/42. SS Totenkopfrings awarded to non-German volunteers in the Waffen SS are extremely rare. This SS Totenkopfring shows excellent detail in the skull and runic panels. The background stippling is also evident in the panels. The ring exhibits die flaw characteristics evident in authentic Totenkopf rings. The joiner seam is apparent beneath the original silver solder on the interior behind the skull. This ring is a medium to large size ( about 10.5). The engraving is typical of what is encountered in a 1940's style ring. The ring comes with a number of reproduced documents of Waffen SS Untersturmfuhrer van Etten's service. Hendrik Wilhelm van Etten (a Dutch national) was born 17.5.1916 in Amsterdam, Holland. He volunteered for service in the Germanische-SS Niederlande in 1941. Included in the documents is reference to Feldpost # 16284 in 1942 according to the research. The number 16284 is associated with the staff of the SS War Correspondents Kompanie/SS Panzer Grenadier Division "WIKING" where Untersturmfuhrer van Etten served as a war correspondent. The ring comes with Certificate of Authenticity from Don Boyle author of "SS Totenkopfring H. Himmler Honor Ring 1933-1945", published by IMAGE GRAPHICS , INC. 1993,1994, 1995.Copyright Don Boyle. $11,000. More Photos

Adolf Hitler formal pattern grape snippers by Bruckmann

1101SO1 - Adolf Hitler formal pattern grape snippers by Bruckmann. These grape snippers feature the formal dinnerware pattern as exhibited in the "Greek key" design that runs along the outer edge of the handles. The highly stylized eagle with the initials "A H " is central on each of the handles. The handles are made of 800 fine sterling silver. The Bruckmann hallmark consisting of the crescent moon, crown, 800 and eagle are stamped at the end of each handle where the cutting tool begins. The snippers measure approximately 7.25 inches in length. Rare. $2500. More Photos

Early Luftwaffe officer's Damascas Fliegerschwert

1012SO3 - Early Luftwaffe officer's Damascas Fliegerschwert. Oakleaf Militaria is proud to offer this rare Luftwaffe 1st model Luftwaffe officer's sword with Peacock pattern Damascas blade. This beautiful sword displays a nickel silver pommel and lower crossguard. The blue leather grip shows minor wear that resulted from period use. The blue leather is tightly wrapped with twisted wire. Knotted around the lower crossguard is a Luftwaffe sword portepee. All the nickel silver fittings match with age patination. The upper and lower scabbard fittings match the patination of the sword's silver surfaces. The upper silver scabbard fitting has been personalized with the addition of a oak leaves and acorn motif. A blue leather sword hanger is attached to the two side rings soldered to the upper scabbard fitting. This matches the blue leather on the grip and scabbard. The true Damascas blade displays the rich details of the Peacock pattern. The full length blade measures 28.25 inches long. The blade has not been re-tipped. sharpened or altered in any way. There are no signs of rust or pitting. The sword's tang beneath the wire wrapped leather grip is unmarked. A blue leather buffer separates the lower crossguard from the exquisite blade. The Luftwaffe blue leather wrapped scabbard shows light wear and is in overall excellent condition having no serious distractions. Very rare. $15,750. More Photos

Knights Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreutz) by Steinhauer & Luck

1012SO1 - Knights Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreutz) by Steinhauer & Luck. Oakleaf Militaria is proud to offer this very rare original Knights Cross. This Knights Cross features the correct stamps for the 800 silver content with an incused "4" along the reverse upper arm beneath the bale (ring through which the suspension loop passes). The magnetic cross weighs 29.3 grams with the silver suspension loop. The suspension ring is also marked "935". The dent row created by a flaw in the Steinhauer & Luck die is present in this Type B, pre-May 1945 Knights Cross as described in Dietrich Maerz's highly informative reference book, " The Knights Cross of the Iron Cross", published by B&D Publishing, LLC, copyright 2007. The cross further exhibits the excellent detail expected in a mint Steinhauer & Luck made cross. The black paint obverse and reverse is perfect. The ribbon is as was originally folded 65 + years ago. The frosted ribbing that surrounds the core is perfect. The cross comes with the original presentation ribbon that measures 73 mm and original Steinhauer & Luck presentation case. The cross is further described in the "EXPERTISE" and Certificate of Authenticity by Dietrich Maerz that accompanies the offering. A very fine, rare and investment grade example. $14,500. More Photos

Waffen SS M40 combat helmet with Oakleaf pattern cover

1010SO2 - Waffen SS M40 combat helmet with 2nd model Oakleaf pattern cover. This M40 helmet features a standard field gray semi-smooth finish that first appeared in 1940. The helmet’s exterior shows normal wear from combat use. The rear of the interior apron is stamped Q66 indicating the maker and shell size along with the batch number 82421. Attached to the helmet is a Waffen SS 2nd model fall/spring reversible helmet cover. The second model cover features foilage loops not present in the earlier style. The cover shows normal period wear. The cover is affixed to the helmet by three (3) anodized aluminum retaining rocker clips. The arabic numeral "3" is visible on the fall side indicating the pattern number. Rare. $13,500. More Photos

NSDAP Political Leaders pistolengehange (dress holster with brocade cross strap)

1010SO1 - NSDAP Political Leaders pistolengehange (dress holster with brocade cross strap). This extremely rare holster with cross strap was worn with the NSDAP Leader summer uniform. This very rare offering is displayed in the 1943 Organsationsbuch der NSDAP on page 27. This holster with cross strap was used to carry the Ehrenwaffe (Walther PPK with special NSDAP grip plates) awarded to party members for outstanding contribution of service. The holster is fabricated of brown lacquered pressed paper and suspended from the gold brocade cross strap by the attachment of a gold washed aluminum hanger displaying two cast party eagles positioned at the pass-throughs. The reverse of the hanger is RZM marked. The holster's flap has a party eagle unique to the holster. The gold brocade cross strap features embroidered oak leaves within a brown border. The reverse of the cross strap is backed with white wool felt informing us that it was intended to be worn with the leader's "weissen rock " or white summer uniform. The pistolenhange can be further viewed in the authoritative photographic study " UNIFORMS OF THE NSDAP, UNIFORMS HEADGEAR INSIGNIA OF THE NAZI PARTY"pages 42,43, 46,47, 48,49, 262 By Jeff Clark and published by Schiffer Military History Atglen, PA. Copyright 2007. Extremely rare. $15,000.Extremely rare. $15,000. More Photos

Rare SA Obergruppenfuhrer und Gruppenfuhrer kepi

107SO4 - Rare SA Obergruppenfuhrer und Gruppenfuhrer kepi. This stunning and rare kepi worn by SA (Sturmarbeitlung) leader's features 3cm wide tresse along the botton edge of the false side panels. Above the panel and crown is silver twistcord aluminum piping. The top panel is gold/yellow indicating the Sudwest SA district. The kepi's body is khaki brown cotton that is free of stains. A nicely frosted NSDAP eagle is positioned above a bright silver button where the two false side panels meet at the front. The brown leather chinstrap is secured to the sides by brown enameled buttons. The interior is lined with brown weather-resistant cotton fabric. The lining is marked with a single size stamp "55". Under the complete leather sweatband is a brown SA RZM tag. $4500. More Photos

SS Dachau Concentration Camp tunic of Hauptscharfuhrer Walter Miltsch

101SO2 - SS Dachau Concentration Camp tunic of Hauptscharfuhrer Walter Miltsch. Witness to one of history's darkest episodes, this SS tunic is perhaps the only surviving example named to a concentration camp guard. Privately tailored, it corresponds in appearance to the Model 1935 standard army tunic which the SS adopted in March 1938. It is fully lined, an upgrade characteristic of private purchase uniforms for commissioned officers and senior NCOs. The liner fabric is light brown, rayon faux satin. Another feature of this tailor-made tunic is the inside button-down pocket on the right side. Below the opening is sewn the name tag reading, " Miltsch W. "

The tunic itself is cut from wool gabardine of officer's quality. Each sleeve has three vertical seams. The use of three vertical panels to form a sleeve instead of a single, broader length of material suggests that only a partial bolt may have been available. Enlisted grade wool was in supply at SS clothing depots, which were often established at concentration camps. Higher quality gabardine however, would likely be scarcer at these rural facilities. The non-regulation construction of the garment may indicate that the tailor was an inmate who customized the uniform according to available resources and his or her visual perception of the Model 1935's physical characteristics. This tunic has a custom tailored collar liner.

Though the surface of the fabric shows mothing, the striking insignia greatly enhances the tunic's overall appearance. The hand-sewn, right collar tab features a horizontal skull wrought in hand-embroidered aluminum wire. The left side rank tab indicates the rank of Hauptscharfuhrer (SS master sergeant). Upon Miltsch's promotion the tab was lifted to add a vertical Litzen strip and then sewn back down. The hand-sewn sleeve eagle is an officer's aluminum flatwire; like the skull tab a private purchase upgrade. The dark green wool felt collar and shoulder straps display the machine sewn silver tresse denoting sergeant's rank.

The matching shoulder straps with black underlay are textbook SS. They are bordered with extremely rare copper-brown waffenfarbe, the service branch color for concentration camp staff. The matching pebbled aluminum buttons are field gray and are all stamped "RZM/SS" on the reverse. Hand-sewn on the right sleeve is the silver-and-black SS Ehrenwinkel, "Old Fighters" chevron which individuals affiliated with the NSDAP prior to January 30, 1933, were authorized to wear. On the lower sleeve is also the dark green wool felt army specialty patch for Oberschirrmeister, or technical sergeant in the motor pool. It indicates the wearer was a senior mechanic and/or driver. "Ref. Cloth Insignia of the SS, by LTC. (Ret.) John R. Angolia Assisted by Stan Cook, Roger James Bender Publishing, Copyright 1983, pp. 432". Qualified SS personnel initially wore army trade patches on their uniforms. The style for Oberschirrmeister is one of the few patterns bordered in silver thread instead of white cotton. The upper left side of the tunic has three loops for a ribbon bar. There are two sets of loops for metal decorations below the pocket flap.

The grouping includes photocopies of original documents from Walter Miltsch's SS personnel file. They list details of his career such as postings, awards and performance evaluation. He was born near Rosenheim in the Bavarian Alps in 1909. Miltsch enlisted in the SA, the brown-shirted para-military organization that protected speakers and kept order at NSDAP assemblies, in November 1927. He transferred to the SS in 1936. Miltsch was posted to Dachau concentration camp where he was responsible for the transportation of inmates to Hartheim Castle where they were executed under the T4 euthenasia program in 1941. Later, Hauptscharfuhrer Miltsch was posted to Konzentrationslager Mauthausen. He survived the war. During the post-war period Miltsch was both a defendant and prosecution witness at war crimes trials of former SS personnel.

A veteran of a U.S. armored division brought Miltsch's tunic home as a war souvenir. Eventually, the veteran sold the tunic to a collector who owned it for the next 35 years. The Miltsch tunic is accompanied by both provenance (an uninterrupted trail of private ownership from the war years until today) and supporting documentation connecting the artifact to the original wearer and period of manufacture. Very few SS tunics of any branch offer both criteria of authenticity. This rare SS concentration camp tunic is completely original and unaltered since the war. Price on Request. $24,900. More Photos

Eva Braun beaded black evening bag

0910SO1 - Eva Braun beaded black evening bag. This beaded evening bag carried by Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler's mistress and who later married him in the bunker under the grounds of the Reich's Chancellory, measures 7 ½ inches x 7 inches. The bag has a gilt chain and is secured by two rhinestone clasps. The bag is lined with black moiré silk. This same bag is pictured in "Collector's Guide to "Liberated" Adolf Hitler Memorabilia" vol. III, by Mark D. Griffith, M.D. $2,000. More Photos

Eva Braun mirror and brushes toiletry set

0910SO2 - Eva Braun mirror and brushes toiletry set. This rare offering features three brushes and a mirror each carrying the stylized butterfly pattern EB engraved monogram. This high quality matched set is composed of two straight brushes, one thin and one wide brush each measuring 6 ½ inches long, a larger oval brush with a handle that measures 9 ½ x 3 ½ inches, and a mirror measuring 11 inches x 4 inches. All measurements are taken from the longest and widest points. It is easy to imagine Eva Braun sitting at her dressing table using these elegant pieces. Each of the brushes and mirror is stamped with 800 indicating the silver content and the maker's hallmark. The smaller and large oval brush retains all their bristles. There medium brush shows bristle loss in several rows. These pieces are offered separately or as a complete set. The small brush (0910SO2a) is offered for $895. The medium size brush (0910SO2b) for $950. The large oval brush (0910SO2c) is offered for $1095. The mirror (0910SO2d) for $1.425. More Photos

Eva Braun mother of pearl LeMaire Fabi opera glasses

0910SO3 - Eva Braun mother of pearl LeMaire Fabi opera glasses. This opera glass features the stylized butterfly pattern engraved EB monogram on the front bridge. The glasses are covered with finely set mother-of-pearl. Atop the eye cups are the maker's name LE MAIRE FABI PARIS. The glasses are gilt over brass with wear evident to the gilt finish. $1650. More Photos

Saxon Garde-Reiter- Rgt. (Die Sachsischen Schweren Reiter) reserve officers ceremonial parade helmet with travel box

098SO1 - Saxon Garde-Reiter- Rgt. (Die Sachsischen Schweren Reiter) reserve officer’s ceremonial parade helmet with travel box. This lobstertail helmet worn by reserve officers of the Saxon Heavy Cavalry was first introduced in 1907. The tombak helmet features a large, starburst helmet plate (wappen) with the gilt coat-of-arms of Saxony superimposed over a silvered Maltese Cross below a gilt crown. The silvered Maltese Cross differentiates the helmet as being that of a reserve officer’s. The gilt brass officer chinscales are secured to each side by a plate with a kokarde with the German national colors on one side and the state colored green kokarde of Saxony on the other. At the top appears a tall, fluted and vented spike that is secured to an officer’s style baseplate. For full dress occasions the spike was removed and replaced with a silver lion. The highly stylized lobstertail neck guard is composed of three tombak scales that extend downward from the rear of the helmet. The underside of the lobstertail is laminated and in excellent condition. The interior features a moiré silk ling that opens in a clamshell design giving ventilation and access to the attaching bolt hardware that affixes the fluted spike and officer’s baseplate at the helmet’s crown. Affixed to the moiré silk lining is a single brass initial “S”. The helmet’s size 57 is stamped in the tombak. All the interior bolts are present and original to the helmet. The helmet’s full width officer’s leather sweatband is complete and shows light period wear. There are no dents or dells. There is a tiny crack present on the right side of the helmet body which shows signs of a period repair. However, the helmet is in overall excellent plus condition. Accompanying the helmet is the original travel box. The box is conical in shape with a flat top. Made of wood and covered with black lacquered fabric, the box is secured with supple and functional leather straps and buckles. The interior is lined with golden-yellow silk and is in excellent condition. The original maker’s label is affixed to the box’s base. The exterior of the travel box shows normal wear having several areas of minor loss of the black lacquer finish. This helmet and box set is an exceptional offering in overall excellent condition. $18,500. More Photos

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091SO2 - Reichsministry of the Occupied Eastern Territories senior official's visor hat. This extremely rare visor hat was worn by officials of the Ostminiserium (RMBO) or Third Reich government officials responsible for overseeing the occupation of the "Eastern" (Soviet) occupied territories. This is one of the rarest hats Oakleaf has ever offered. Directed by Reichsminister Alfred Rosenberg, the Reichsministerium fur die besetzten Ostgebiete -RMBO, wore uniforms distinct from the Foreign Ministry. This hat features a distinctive gold wash metal eagle and wreathed kokarde. The kokarde is separate of the wreath. The hat has a high peak and great saddle shape. The hat body is made of heavy medium brown wool identical to the fabric of the RMBO uniform. The hat has wool gold crown and capband piping indicating rank as that of a senior level official. The wool upper body and dark brown velvet capband are in excellent condition being free of stains or mothing. The chincords are made gold celleon (cello). The brown lacquer on the vulcanfiber visor shows use. The interior shows heavy use as evidenced by staining and wear. The sweat diamond is mostly present and the sweatband is fully attached. The interior is lined with gold artificial silk. Ubder the sweatband is an RZM tag stitched in place at the rear. This schirmutze is a "must-have" for any collector of rare Third Reich headgear. $7500. More Photos

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091SO4 - SS Division "Walloonie" M42 combat helmet. On August 8, 1942 the first draft of Belgium volunteers entered service into the German Army. The first contingent was listed as Infantrie Battlion 373. Leon Degrelle of Waffen SS fame and Knights Cross and Oak Leaves winner volunteered as a private. Between November 1941 and February 1942, The Belgium volunteers was employed in antipartisan operations at the rear of the Russian front. Fron its inception the Belgium volunteers suffered heavy casualties defending the Reich (and Belgium) against Bolshevism. In May 1943 by their efforts on the Russian front, Himmler had the Walloons incorporated into the Waffen SS. In June 1943, THE Walloon Legion became SS Sturmbrigade Wallonie. In November it was assigned to the Wiking Division and saw action in the Ukraine where again it suffered heavy losses. On September 18, 1944 after almost continous figthing on the eastern front, Himmler announced the formation of SS Volunteer Grenadier Division "Wallonie" with the division redesignated the 28TH Waffen SS Division the following month. By mid-April 1945 the division had been reduced to almost 700 men with remnants of the division being evacuated to Norway and later Spain. This exceedingly rare M42 helmet features the Black, Yellow and Red shield that represented the Belgium Walloons who volunteered service in the Wehrmacht. The Army eagle is clearly evident where the shield had been placed over it. On the opposite side of the helmet is an area where the decal has been removed. It could have been no other decal but SS. This M42 shows honest period combat wear. The apron is stamped ET66 and the batch number 1544. The complete leather liner shows wear but is in excellent condition. Own a historically significant combat helmet. $4250. More Photos

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0812EW3 - Kriegsmarine officer's sword with original portepee and very rare triple etched by F.W. Holler. This is one of the nicest Kriegsmarine swords I have ever had. This sword features a deeply cast lionshead pommel with the lion having one green and one red glass eyes. The artificial ivory grip is tightly wire wrapped with age spidering. It looks great and lends character. The basket features a deeply cast fouled anchor. The obverse of the blade features an etched panel with a battleship, a biplane with floats and another ship of the line. There also appears the not often seen Kriegsmarine eagle and swastika superimposed over an anchor. On the reverse of the blade the panel features a cruiser, biplane with floats and a U-Boat. The U-Boat is rarely seen on Kriegsmarine edged weapons. The upper edge of the blade is etched with a more generic pattern. The scabbard 's brass metal fittings are in excellent condition as is the leather. The original silver thread portepee has tarnished to a deep golden color and shows appropriate wear. This wonderful sword is a beautiful, collectible piece in itself but the etched panels are really fantastic showing excellent detail down to the flags….$3999. More Photos

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0811SO1 - More images of the Fend collection. More Photos

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0810so1 - Hermann Goring wine goblet. This rare crystal goblet features etched scenes of nature. The workmanship is exquisite as one would expect being a goblet once owned by Hermann Goring. Central in one scene is the Hermann Goring coat-of-arms, the mailed fist holding a ring. The rim of the goblet is decorated with gold leaf. Very rare and a must for the collector of Third Reich personality items. This stunning piece of a larger set was made for the Reichsmarchall by the prestigious French glass firm Lalique. Price $2495. More Photos

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088so3 - U-Boot 7x70 binoculars ( Doppelfernrohr 7x 50 fur U-Boote or U-Boot-Fernglaser) by Carl Zeiss. These very rare binoculars were issued as standard equipment to U-boats. This model was used by U-Boat men as they kept watch on the bridge of the conning tower. These binoculars feature rubber protective lens covers that allow for viewing. Beneath the hinged covers are the three letters "blc" which is the manufacturer's code for Carl Zeiss. These binoculars also come standard with "auto-focusing" lens. This was a high technical achievement at this time. The optics are very impressive having clear and undiminished vision. The body is the standard gray - green rough textured (for a better grip) finish. The set also comes with the remaining cloth lanyard. These binoculars are identical to the pair shown in Gordon Williamson's highly authoritative book, "Torpedo los! "on pages 316, 318 and 319 published by R. James Bender Publishing, 2006. Anything related to the U-Bootwaffe is very rare and highly collectible. $3250. More Photos

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079so3 - Adolf Hitler personal silver service champagne bucket. This beautifully made champagne bucket measures 9(ht) x 11 (handle-to-handle) x 8 diameter. The maker of this high quality silver plated piece is indicated by the micro-miniature hallmark on the underside, WMF - Wurtt. Metallw. Fabrik. The front of this bucket features a stylized German eagle with A H on each side. You can read more about Adolf Hitler serving pieces in the Mark Griffith M.D. book, " Collector's Guide To "Liberated" Adolf Hitler Memorabilia". Adolf Hitler personal silver serving articles continue to rise in value. $5500. More Photos

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