German Special Offerings

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

Award document for the SS officer's sword

1202SO1 - Award document for the SS officer's sword ( Ehrendegen ). SS Fuhrer ( officers) were not all entitled to wear the SS sword. It was bestowed upon them with an award document signed by Heinrich Himmler for outstanding individua l achievement or performance. The sword was awarded with an accompanying document. This particular document announces the sword was awarded to SS-Obersturmfuhrer Wolferseder of SS-Standarte 'Deutschland" dated 9. November 1935 in Munchen. SS officer August Wolferseder , born January 1, 1905, SS Ausweis # 252387served with Deutschland and in 1938 served with the 15.Kompanie/SS-Standarte 3 / Verfugungstruppe. In 1941 Fuhrer Wolferseder transferred to the 5TH SS Panzer Division WIKING where he served with the I. Abteilung /SS-Artillerie Regt.

The document reads:

I ENTRUST YOU WITH THE SWORD OF THE SS

Never draw the sword without cause! Never return it to its sheath without having used it honorably!

Defend your honor just as conscientiously as you defend the honor of others and protect those who are defenseless!

This sword shall remain the possession of your family if you have worn it with integrity. Should you withdraw from the SS, the sword will be returned to the Leader of the Reich's SS.

Never for one moment should you forget that Adolf Hitler's Schutzstaffel has placed great trust in you by entrusting you with this weapon .Remain constant in good times and in bad.

CARRY THIS SWORD WITH HONOR!

H. Himmler


The framed award document comes with a Certificate of Authentcity provided by Don Boyle author of SSTotenkopf H. Himmler Honor Ring 1933-1945. Very rare. $5500. 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 Deschler u. Sohn Totenkopf for the SS dienstmutze

1202SO3 - Early Deschler u. Sohn Totenkopf for the SS dienstmutze. This totenkopf dates to the first run by Deschler of the new style M34 Schutzstaffel skull. The silver finish over cupal is in excellent condition. The reverse is marked RZM Ges. Gesch. ( patent pending) as the Reichszeugministrei implemented its expanded control in 1934. The reverse also displays the extremely rare maker's name abbreviated to " D.&S. M." ( Munchen). The attachment pins have th e proper straight cut ends. Very rare. $2500. More Photos

Early Army Fanfarenflaggen for Artillerie-Regiment 31

1201SO4 - Early Army Fanfarenflaggen ( fanfare trumpet banner) for Artillerie-Regiment 31, Halberstadt. This early trumpet banner features ' Artillerie Regiment 31 , Halberstadt' chain-stitched with embroidered early M1929 style eagles on a fieldgray/green felt background on one side. On the obverse side on a red felt background is the Wehrmacht eagle encircled by a silver embroidered wreath and centered in the Iron Cross. In each corner is a mobile swastika. The red felt background is bordered with twisted red, white and black cord. The trumpet banner is bordered on three sides with 2 inch fringe on each side. The banner measures 23.0 x 21.0 inches. The original stiffener is present on the side from which the banner suspends. The two original tie-strings are present. Very rare. $7,850. More Photos

SS Totenkopfring SS Honor Ring awarded to SS Untersturmfuhrer Wilhelm Giebel

1201SO1 - SS Totenkopfring ( SS Honor Ring) awarded to SS Untersturmfuhrer Wilhelm Giebel SS # 170185 dated 20.4.37. This SS Totenkopfring shows wear to the runic panels and skull. The ring exhibits a number of characteristics evident in authentic 1930's Totenkopfrings. 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 clearly displays the dedication Slb., Giebel the date of the award and H. Himmler. The ring comes with a number of reproduced documents of Allgemeine SS Untersturmfuhrer Giebel's service. He began service in Allgemeine SS in 1932 and serviced into 1945. Giebel's service record indicates posting with 3rd Stb. 9th Standarte "Pommern" and 27th Standarte Ostmark. 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. Accompanying the ring are 35 pages of photocopied documents from Untersturmfuhrer Wilhelm Giebel's NARA ( National Archives) file. Ring box sold separately. Rare. $5500. 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

Presentation box for the SS Totenkopfring

1201SO3 - Presentation box for the SS Totenkopfring. This style ring box is shown in Craig Gottlieb's authoritative book, ' THE SS TOTENKOPF RING, An Illustrated History from Munich to Nuremberg", published by Schiffer Publishing LTD., Copyright 2008. page 78. The ring box is actually more rare than the Totnkopfring as most boxes wear discarded or destroyed. Ring box sold separate unless otherwise stated. Very rare. Mint. $3500. More Photos

Pour le Merite by Jean Godet u. Sohne

1112SO1 - Pour le Merite by Jean Godet u. Sohne. This stunning example was manufactured after the First World War and prior to the outbreak of World War Two. The gold-bordered Maltese Cross features a blue enameled center with the Imperial era crown positioned over “F” ( King Frederick II of Prussia ) who instituted the award in 1740 in the upper arm of the cross. The remaining three arms read “Pour le Merit”. Between the separate arms of the cross are finely detailed Imperial eagles. The blue enamel is in perfect condition showing no cracks or chips. The Pour le Merit ( PLM ) is stamped on the upper curvature of the suspension arch “ JG u. S. 938 “ indicating Jean Godet & Sohne. 938 indicating the silver content. This high quality example would have been worn as a replacement by a recipient not wanting to wear his awarded piece. $3,000. 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. $1500. or sold separately (knife $600. and napkin $900.). 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

Very Rare Rumanian presentation dagger

117SO2 - Very Rare Rumanian presentation dagger. This very rare presentation piece features artificial ivory grip plates with a gilt wreathed mobile swastika. The pommel displays a finely detailed eagle's head. The gilt lower crossguard displays a floral design. The obverse of the full-length 6.75 inch blade displays a floral design. The reverse features the recipient's name 'H. Franke". The blade is in excellent ++ condition having no dark spots, rust or pitting. $1850. More Photos

Luftwaffe JG27 tropical flight jacket named to Oblt. Egon Rall and mesh flight helmet marked with JG27

117SO1 - Luftwaffe JG27 tropical flight jacket named to Oblt. Egon Rall and mesh flight helmet marked with JG27. This very rare set features the Luftwaffe flight jacket that displays a cut-out cloth pilot badge on the area of the lower left breast. On the right breast is an aluminum Luftwaffe pin-on eagle attached by tan loops. On the right lower sleeve is a hand-sewn Luftwaffe “AFRIKA” cufftitle. Inside the exterior upper pocket is the remnant of a Luftwaffe size tag indicating II ( medium). On each of the shoulders is a matched set of golden yellow piped ( waffenfarb) slip-on shoulder boards for the rank of Oblt. The on the lower portion of the jacket are two button flap pockets. The interior reveals a frayed cloth name tag that bears the name and rank ‘Oblt. Egon Rall…27”. On the underside of one of the interior pockets that is well marked with the size, ” is printed ‘G.E. Rall”. JG27 was one of the first Luftwaffe units posted in North Africa being transferred there in September 1941. The interior elasticized belt was removed for comfort. Each sleeve has a “wind cuff” (not shown) to prevent chill from higher altitude flying. Accompanying this rare flight jacket is a mesh flight helmet with avionics that is marked JG27 on one of the earphone. The helmet comes complete with the throat microphone and plug-in cord. The maker’s tag is sewn-on the interior. This set also comes with a small metal plate removed from a BF109, four period photographs taken in North Afrika and a Luftwaffe map (karte) showing a portion of the North African coastline. Extremely rare. Price on Request. More Photos

SS Totenkopfring presentation box

116SO1 - Very rare 7th Panzer Regiment Trumpet Banner. The 7th Panzer Regiment was formed in 1936 making it one of the earliest regiments of the Panzerwaffe. The 7th Pz. Rgt. fought in Poland being attached to Panzer Division "Kempf" aka Panzerverband "Ostpreußen" (this was a composite unit which also included Waffen-SS units. Assigned to the 10th Panzer Division after the Polish Campaign , the 7th Pz. Rgt. took part in the invasion of France in 1940 as part of the 4th Panzer Brigade. The regiment was a key component in Guderian's XIX Panzer Korps during the French campaign, breaking through at Sedan and driving to the English Channel. The 7th Panzer Regiment in 1940 had a Headquarters staff with a signals platoon, along with light and medium armor components and the regimental band. This trumpet banner was used by the regimental band during this period. Following the capitulation of France, the 7th Pz. Rgt. participated in the initial attacks of Operation Barbarossa ( the invasion of Russia ) in late June 1940. In Russia the regiment fought in three major "pocket" engagements: Minsk, Smolensk and Vyasma and held during the winter of 1941/42. The regiment suffered such heavy casualties it was sent to France for refitting. While in France the regiment was sent to Dieppe to counter the British and Canadian attack. In November 1942 the regiment along with the 10th Panzer Division was sent to North Africa to join Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Deutsches Afrika Korps to counter the Allied invasion. While part of Rommel's Afrika Korps, the 7th Panzer Regiment was successful in defeating the Americans at Kasserine Pass. When German resistance in North Africa collapsed after suffering heavy casualties and coupled with fuel and material shortages, the Deutsches Afrika Korps surrendered in May 1943. The 7th Panzer Regiment also surrendered. The 10th Panzer Division and 7th Panzer Regiment were never reconstituted after the surrender. This very rare trumpet banner features the highly stylized "P R 7" centered on a black field with silver thread panzer skulls positioned in each of the four (4) corners. Each component is machine sewn with hand-detailing evident in the P R 7 and the borders of the Iron Crosses. On the reverse Is the Wehrmacht eagle done in silver thread on a pink field with Iron Crosses positioned at each of the corners inside a silver border . Outside the silver border it is framed in black silk. Silver fringe borders two sides and bottom. All four sets of the original string ties are present. The banner displays normal, minor age and soiling. The banner measures approximately 19 x 19 inches not including the silver fringe border. Very Rare. $8,000. 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

Presentation miniature of a cased Luftwaffe officer's dagger by SMF

113SO2 - Presentation miniature of a cased Luftwaffe officer's dagger by SMF. This dagger is in mint condition having a bright blade with a mirror finish. SMF, DRGM is stamped on the blade. The yellow grip is pristine with a tight wire wrap. A miniature portepee is tied around the lower crossguard. The scabbard retains its original gray anodized finish. This stunning miniature dagger measures approximately 9.0 inches in overall length with the blade measuring 6.0. It comes complete with a blue simulated leather cased lined with blue velvet with a blue satin lid. $2750. 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

Luftwaffe grouping of rare document set and dagger for Otto Hartmann Hauptstabsingenieur (Oberst equivalent) attached to the Ingenieurkorps der Luftwaffe of the Reichs Luftfahrtministerium (Reich Air Ministry)

1012SO4 - Luftwaffe grouping of rare document set and dagger for Otto Hartmann Hauptstabsingenieur (Oberst equivalent) attached to the Ingenieurkorps der Luftwaffe of the Reichs Luftfahrtministerium (Reich Air Ministry). This rare grouping consists of a Luftwaffe 2nd model officer's dagger by SMF. The pommel has deeply cast oak leaves. Beneath the pommel is a tightly wrapped grip wire over the yellow - orange celluloid chip and crack free grip. The crossguard Luftwaffe eagle has a nice age patina and shows excellent detail in the casting. The full length and bright blade rates 99% being in near mint condition having very light in and out wear. The mirror finished blade shows no sign of being re-tipped, sharpened or polished. The SMF trademark is deeply acid etched. Below the the SMF trademark is etched the original owner's rank and name, "Haupting. Hartmann RLM ) ( Reichs Luftministerium). The scabbard retains much of its original burnished finish and is free of dings. Accompanying the dagger are Otto Hartmann's promotion documents and award documents for the War Service Cross 1st and 2nd Class. The first document promoting Hartmann to the rank of Fleiger-Hauptingenieur ( Hauptmann or captain equivalent) is dated 20 April 1936. This document is signed in pencil by Erhard Milch. The second promotion document dated 30 Juli 1937 indicates Hartmann was promoted from Fl-Hauptingenieur to Fl-Stabsingenieur ( Major equivalent) and is signed with facsimile signatures of Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goring. The document displays an elegant embossed stamp of a wreathed state eagle. The document is folded indicating it was presented in a mappe (presentation folio). The third document , a typed written letter, assigns Hartmann to the RLM on 27 Juli 1937. This letter is signed with Hermann Goring's name. The fourth document dated 20.4.41 awards Hartmann the KVK 2 (War Service Cross 2nd Class). On 20 April 1943, Otto Hartmann was promoted to the rank of Flieger-Oberstabsingenieur (Oberst). The promotion document carries a state eagle beautifully embossed in gold foil above the award. The document is signed by Milch and has an Adolf Hitler facsimile signature. The wreathed state eagle is again embossed on the bottom left corner. Again, this document is folded indicating it would be presented in a mappe. The last document is for the award of the War Service Cross 1st Class. This document is dated 20.4.44. Very rare. $3650. 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

SS RZM helmet

1012SO2 - SS RZM helmet. This very rare and early transitional SS stalhelm was intended to replace the stock of World War I helmets in use by the SS. The helmet displays the blue/black paint finish characteristic of this style helmet. Brought back by a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany over 40 years ago, this helmet has resided in his collection since that time. The exterior finish displays textbook details having the helmet's liner band rivet near the lug air vent. The interior features the original complete three pad liner and leather band. Both liner and band show period use. The original liner drawstring is present. The RZM and SS stamps are clearly evident on each side of the helmet's apron. The rear of the apron has the striations in the metal that is also characteristic of this style helmet. On the left side is attached the remaining rusted clip of the quick-release chinstrap. $12,500. 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

Very rare Allgemeine nco/enlisted summer white top visor hat

107SO1 - Extremely rare Allgemeine nco/enlisted summer white top visor hat. This “weisse SS schirmutze” features a white wool upper body with black crown and white capband piping. The exterior wool is in excellent condition being free of mothing and stains. The capband is the standard black wool felt found on the standard nco/enlisted visor hat. The totenkopf and eagle are Allgemeine and display age toning and slight wear. The checkerboard underside of the vulvanfiber visor has the RZM acceptance stamp. The interior is lined with the standard copper colored weather resistant cotton fabric. There is a complete leather sweatband that shows light use. The SS diamond is complete with a paper tag that shows the original owner’s name “Weber” and unit “Reiterstandar..” Under the leather sweatband is a RZM tag. The size 56 is stamped above the sweat diamond. $18,000. 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

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

101SO1 - Hermann Goring honor goblet presented by the World Hunting Association made by J. Wagner & Sohn. This magnificent piece was presented Hermann Goring as the "Reichsjagermeister & Generaloberst of the Luftwaffe in 1937 for hosting the World Hunting Associations 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 jeweler's mark , J.(Johann) Wagner & Sohn 800". J. Wagner was the same firm that made the Luftwaffe Ehrenpokal ( Honor Goblets). $7500. More Photos

Kriminalpolizei identity warrant disc

0911SO1 - Kriminalpolizei identity warrant disc. This disc features a finely detailed state eagle on the obverse and the words, STAATLICHE KRIMINALPOIZEI" ( State Criminal Police) and the identity warrant number 6676. The reverse show light vertigris that woud result from being stored in the leather pouch the disc were often carried and stored in. $3,000. More Photos

Political Leader’s holster hanger for the Honor Pistol. (Ehrenwaffe)

0910SO5 - Political Leader’s holster hanger for the Honor Pistol. (Ehrenwaffe). This gilt aluminum hanger features two NSDAP state eagles on pebbled bases that connect to the cross strap belt with two loops and two straps at the rear of the holster for the Ehrenpistole. The Ehrenpistole was presented to high ranking members of the NSDAP party for their outstanding contribution and support of the party. This holster hanger is marked RZM M5/8 on the reverse indicating Assmann as the maker. Assmann was the only firm that produced these very rare holster hangers. $800. 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

Luftwaffe General Der Flieger white summer tunic

095SO7 - Luftwaffe General Der Flieger white summer tunic. This high quality, tailor-made wool tunic features slip on shoulder boards for the Luftwaffe rank of General der Flieger having gold bullion and aluminum braided cords with two rank pips. Each tailor-sewn bullion collar tab has three bullion "gulls". Over the right pleated breast pocket is a gold Luftwaffe general's rank pin-on eagle. Over the left breast are 5 loops for attachment of a long ribbon bar. On the left breast pocket are 4 sets of loops for the display of the general's decorations. The 4 gilt pebbled aluminum buttons that secure the front all match, marked Assmann and are permanently sewn. The tunic's exterior is in excellent condition showing little wear. The interior is lined with crème colored silk. Inside the left breast pocket is a tailor's label and dated 1939. The general's name has been cut out. The interior shows very light use. $8750. More Photos

General der Flieger Karl Eberth's service uniform

095SO2 - General der Flieger Karl Eberth's service uniform. Karl eberth was born November 12, 1877 in Munich. He entered military service July 14, 1896 as a Fahnenjunker in the 1st Bavarian Field Artillery Reg't. During the First World War, Karl Eberth held a number of General Staff assignments including of the III Bavarian Army Corps from 1913 - 1916 and Chief - of - Operations in the General Staff of the 2nd Barvarian Infantry Division from 1916-1918. In 1914 Eberth was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Classes. He also was awrded the Wound Badge in Black. During the interim war years Karl Eberth remained in military service and held a number of staff positions mainly with artillery commands. He retired from the army in November 1930. He entered service in the Luftwaffe as President of the Higher Air Force Office Munich on April 1, 1934. He retired on August 31,1935 and placed on Army active reserves until May 1940 at which time he assumed the position of Higher Artillery Commander 301. Later 1940-January 1943 he served in the Fuhrer-Reserves OKH. Officially retired from military service January 31, 1943, Karl Eberth ended the war as a retired Army General der Artillery.
This beautiful uniform is from the period Eberth served in the Luftwaffe as President of the Higher Air Office Munich. This high quality uniform features white piped shoulder boards and collar tabs. Each bullion shoulder board features gold and silver entwined cords with two rank pips. The gold bordered white collar tabs each feature three bullion gulls showing nice patination. The collar is bordered with bullion gold piping further distinguishing general rank. Above the right breast pocket is a beautiful bullion Luftwaffe general's eagle. All insignia - shoulder boards, collar tabs and breast eagle are meticulously handsewn to the tunic. Above the pleated left breast pocket is the general's ribbon bar. On the breast pocket are two sets of loops for displaying the Iron Cross 1st Class and the Wound badge the general was awarded in 1914. The interior is fully lined in dark blue rayon. The inside left pocket has the maker's label indicating the uniform was tailored by Wilhelm Holters, Berlin with the name Gen Eberth and dated Marz 34. There is a remnant of the original Holters label remaining on the upper back area beneath the collar. Holters, Berlin was the most prestigious uniform and hat maker in Berlin, supplying most of the higher functionaries of the third Reich with their hats and uniforms, including Adolf Hitler. Included with the tunic are the general's white broad striped trousers. The stripes run along the outer seam and are beautifully machine sewn there are two front slash pockets and a single watch pocket. The fly is secured by 4 vertical buttons. There is a cinch belt on each side of the dark green rayon silk waistband. All interior buttons for attaching the braces are present. A single pocket is on the seat. The uniform shows minimal wear. Visor sold seperatly. $9,500. More Photos

Luftwaffe general's visor hat by Erel

095SO1 - Luftwaffe general's visor hat by Erel. This general's visor features gold bullion general rank insignia with a rich patination. The high quality blue wool upper body and black mohair capband are in excellent condition having no mothing or stains. The gold bullion chincords, capband and crown piping all have matching patina. The interior features gold artificial silk lining with the Luftwaffe procurement office indicated on the complete Privat marked Erel rhomboid sweat diamond. The leather sweatband is also Erel marked. $9800. 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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0812SO1 - General -Admiral Hermann Boehm uniform grouping. General-Admiral Boehm was born January 18, 1884 and entered service in the Imperial Navy as a Seekadet in 1903. During WWI, Kapitanleutnant (Sept. 19, 1914) Boehm served as 'Commandant of Torpedo-Boats V-60, G37, G41, V69, V112, D2 and Flag-Leutnant (adjutant) in the VI. Torpedo-Boat Flotilla. From July 28, 1918 through March 16, 1919, Boehm served as 3rd Adjutant to Staff of Naval Station OF THE North Sea. In March 1919 Boehm retired from Naval Service until reactivated in 1923 at which time he served in a number of administrative and training positions including Chief-of-Staff, Fleet Command from September 28, 1929 - October 2, 1932. On August 25, 1936 Boehm was made Commander of Naval Forces in Spain and held this position through August 1937. At the outbreak of WWII, Boehm was Fleet Chief, Fleet Command and subsequently assigned by Erich Raeder to be Commanding Admiral Norway at which time he assumed full command of all Kriegsmarine forces in that country. On April 1, 1941 Admiral Boehm was promoted to the rank of General-Admiral making him one of only eleven Kriegsmarine officers to attain this rank during World War II. General-Admiral Boehm retired from Kriegsmarine service on March 31, 1943 which coincided with the retirement of Grosse-Admiral Erich Raeder. General-Admiral Boehm spent the remainder of the war placed at the disposal of the Kriegsmarine and detached to the Inspection of Training Affairs of the Navy. He was officially retired on March 31, 1945. Hermann Boehm died in Kiel on April 11, 1972. This exceptionally rare and historic grouping consists of the admiral's frock coat which he wore while holding the rank of full Admiral as indicated by the sleeve rank stripes and the two pips on each of the shoulder boards he wore prior to his promotion to General-Admiral rank, the Admiral's Fore-and-Aft hat has his name imprinted in gold on the silk lining inside the hat. The hat is identified as an admiral's by the gold tresse and gold(line officers had silver accoutrements) button with the national eagle. Along with the hat is the storage box that contains his dress epaulettes, admiral rank aiguillette and dress brocade belt. This storage box has a brass plate affixed with the admiral's name engraved. Also with the admiral's frock coat are his shoes and matching wide striped dress pants. This full-dress uniform, a carry-over from the Imperial Navy, was authorized for wear at funerals, parades and meetings with foreign dignitaries. The wearing of the uniform was discontinued prior to the outbreak of the war and replaced by the reefer coat and visor hat. The ¾ length, double breasted frock coat is made of high quality navy blue wool features two vertical rows of five buttons, a high quality bullion Kriegsmarine officer breast eagle, a long set of loops over the area of the left breast and a single set of loops in the front. Each sleeve has three gold rank stripes over a fourth wider gold rank stripe indicating the rank of full admiral. On each shoulder are a matching set of inter-laced gold and silver bullion admiral's boards each having two pips. The interior features black silk lining with a tailor's label inside the left breast pocket. The label is dated June 1938. The matching straight-legged trousers are lined with black silk and feature a single wide gold rank stripe. There is also a typed, dated and signed letter sent by the admiral's son, Hans Hermann Boehm, that provides an inventory personal items sold to a collector in July 1975. This inventory is a partial listing of pieces eventually sold from the late admiral's estate. The admiral's visor hat and sword pictured in the photos are sold separately. An exceptional offering at $19,500. More Photos

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0812SO2 - Regiment General Goring panzer beret (schutzmutze). This exceptionally rare beret is the rarest item of headgear I have ever had. I first heard of this piece several years ago when I learned that this was sold to an advanced collector approximately 25 years ago after turning up at a show in Greenbelt, Maryland when a person walked in with it along with a sturmartillery beret. This until now unobtainable beret was worn by the Regiment General Goring armored units from 1938 through early 1940. This offering features a machine stitched bevo Luftwaffe eagle and machine woven kokarde. The beret's upper body (tam) is in excellent condition showing only minor wear. The crash helmet liner indicates the maker as G.A. Hoffmann, Berlin. The oilcloth maker's label is unit stamped " 1/ /Pz.R./III" - 1ST Kompanie/…./ Panzer Regt./ 3rd Battalion. The sweatband is marked size 55. Under the leather sweatband is stamped B II 40 (Luftwaffe depot marking and date). Extremely rare. $16,999. More Photos

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

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0810so3 - Allgemeine SS general's visor hat by Erel. This stunning example features high quality age-patinaed SS eagle and skull. The high quality black wool and black velvet capband are without mothing. The aluminum chincords have fixed slides that do not allow for loosening or adjustment. The interior features classic Erel construction . The hat is lined with gold artificial silk. The two materials used , one ribbed the other smooth is in near mint condition. The Allgemeine SS generally stopped wearing their black uniforms shortly after the outbreak of the war. The complete Erel rhomboid features a portion of the original foil manufacturer's tag. The complete leather sweatband is stamped with the Erel logo with the front perforated for ventilation. The leather sweatband also indicates light wear. Very rare and desirable hat. $29,999. 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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089so1 - Geheime Feldpolizei (GFP) warrant disc. This exceptionally rare offering was issued to the "plain clothes" military police. Formed in July 1939 and under the Oberkomando der Wehrmacht, these personnel were commanded by the Chief of Army Police. On the obverse side of this circular disc is a finely detailed Army Wehrmacht eagle (different from the state eagle that appears on Gestapo and Kripo disc). The reverse reads OBERKOMMANDO DES HEERES - GEHEIME FELDPOLIZEI under this is the bearer's individually stamped identification number. Personnel carrying this disc had almost unlimited access in carrying out their duties which included military investigations, counter-espionage, counter-sabotage, interrogations, etc. I cannot stress the extreme rarity of this item being much harder to find than the Gestapo and Kripo counterparts. The Polish reproductions are made of nickel silver. This piece is made of nickel silver over brass. A known original example of this rare piece is shown on page 13 of German Military Police Units 1939-45 ; by Gordon Williamson and Illustrated by Ronald Volstad and published by Osprey, copyrighted 1989. Extremely rare. $6,500. 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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087so3 - RAD "Reichs Arbeit Dienst" trumpet banner. This stunning trumpet banner features the rad symbol of the spade and oak leaves superimposed over a swastika. The heavily embroidered motif shows high quality construction on cotton cloth. The heavy silver aluminum tassels are machined stitched along the edges. Along the top edge is a beautifully interwoven cord of alternating black, red and silver aluminum ending with ornate tassels. This work of Third Reich craftsmanship measures 18 inches (along the top) x 20 inches down the sides, with the tassels fully extended, approximately 40 inches along the top. The condition is excellent showing normal age and storage wear. $5,950. 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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079so2 - Heer trumpet banner and small fanfare trumpet for the "Heeremusik Schule Frankfort (Main)". This beautiful banner features the name and location of the Heer Music School on white silk background embroidered using heavy red cotton or silk thread. The reverse of the tile side features a beautifully embroidered Army eagle. The banner measures approximately 18 x20 with a 2 inch cotton fringe border. The smaller fanfare trumprt is complete with mouthpiece and measures approximately 27 ½ inch long. $5500. More Photos

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