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World War II: Autographs - Alexander Historical Auctions



World War II: Autographs - Alexander Historical Auctions
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An affiliate of Alexander Autographs
Rudolf Hess' peace
proposal and file from
his abortive mission
to England
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Auctions begin at 11:00 A.M. at our Chesapeake City, Maryland offices.
Part I, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
World War II - Autographs
World War II - Archives & Documents
World War II - The Holocaust
World War II - Posters & Photography
World War II - Relics, Uniforms, & Flags
The Great War
General Militaria
Lots 1 - 170
Lots 171 - 199
Lots 200 - 248
Lots 249 - 297
Lots 298 - 527
Lots 528 - 568
Lots 569 - 623
Part II, Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Colonial & Revolutionary War
The War Between The States
Supreme Court & Cabinet Leaders
Royalty and Heads of State
Science, Exploration, Aviation & Space
Business Leaders
Artists, Illustrators & Cartoonists
Entertainment & Sports
Notables & the Notorious!
Lots 624 - 667
Lots 668 - 796
Lots 797 - 862
Lots 863 - 988
Lots 989 - 1008
Lots 1009 - 1042
Lots 1043 - 1109
Lots 1110 - 1118
Lots 1119 - 1141
Lots 1142 - 1172
Lots 1173 - 1184
Lots 1185 - 1239
Lots 1240 - 1305
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A message to our friends and customers...
August 2013
“Where have you been?” Seems I’ve heard that question a hundred times since our last auction.
There’s certainly been a lot of water under the bridge since then. As is the case with everyone, sometimes urgent personal matters call for one’s complete attention, at the cost of time devoted to business. I’m
happy to report that that “late unpleasantness” is now behind us, and we’re back on track and keenly looking
forward to this sale.
As many of you already know, we’ve left the cramped and crowded confines of the Northeast Corridor
for our new location in historic Chesapeake City, Maryland, at the head of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and
only an hour or so from both Philadelphia and Baltimore. The entire region is steeped in history, from Elkton,
where the British landed in 1777 to march (and take) Philadelphia, to scenic Georgetown, Fredericktown and
Havre de Grace, destroyed by the British in the War of 1812. The county also served as a conduit for the Underground Railroad, and provided soldiers to both North and South during the Civil War. Now that it’s a lot calmer
here, we invite you to visit and perhaps indulge in a “crab feast”, an outing you’ll never forget. Accommodations and dining are plentiful, and in all price ranges.
Getting back to our sale, we have what I believe are some of the most enticing items we’ve ever offered.
Lot 171, the Rudolf Hess archive, is particularly historic in that it is the first time that the full scope of Hess’
“peace negotiations” and writings concerning his abortive 1941 mission have been made public. This is perhaps
the most important World War II grouping ever to be offered. In Lot 627, we see John Hancock appoint Joseph
Olney captain of the Cabot, an armed brig. Why is it important? While commanding the Cabot, Olney became
the first American naval officer to fire upon an enemy vessel. I personally like the fact that this document came
out of an attic near Detroit – if it could only speak! In an incredible expression of modesty, tinged perhaps with
fear, in Lot 798 Frederick Douglass insists, as late as 1892 that blacks had not advanced as far enough from the
level of slavery to earn the appellation “famous”.
And there are plenty of other gems as well, including “hard” items: Edo period samurai armor, several
American World War II “jump” jackets, a battle flag from the USS BARB, rare Damascus steel daggers and
swords, a letter from Winston Churchill sold with one of his cigars, and letters by Dashiell Hammett discussing
his masterpiece, “The Maltese Falcon”. And speaking of gems, there will be offered two long-lost pieces of
exquisite jewelry once treasured by two of the world’s worst criminals – Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goring.
Hitler’s prized ruby swastika ring, made by Germany’s leading goldsmith, was often displayed by him to admiring sycophants, and Goring’s bejeweled Reichsjagermeister collar pin was so striking, he wore it for a Time Magazine cover photograph. These items, further testament to the excesses of the Third Reich, were recovered by
American G.I.s at war’s end and have never before been offered at auction.
Needless to say, we have some catching-up to do. I apologize to you all for the delay in this sale, but
promise you that what you see within these pages will more than thrill you!
Our next sale is scheduled for December/January, and since we are now running “leaner”, we have lowered consignment rates across the board. Contact us soon for this sale which is already filling up.
Thank you all for your continued support, business-wise and as friends. It has meant a lot to us!
Bill Panagopulos
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World War II: Autographs
Adolf Hitler orders the creation of the Anti-Paritisan Award
1. ADOLF HITLER (1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler’s bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of
Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. Very
important signed document in which Hitler creates the Anti-Partisan Award in order to recognize those in the armed forces fighting increasingly fierce guerillas in German-occupied territories. The document is 2pp. legal folio on “Der Fuhrer” letterhead with blind-embossed national eagle and swastika, “Fuhrer Headquarters”, Jan. 29, 1944. It reads in full: “ORDER Regarding the institution of the
Anti-Partisan Award of 30 January 1944 1.) In recognition of the enemy’s employment of increasingly stricter organization and deployment of Partisan warfare, I hereby institute the Anti-Partisan Award. 2.) The Anti-Partisan Award is a valor and service award. The bestowal of the Anti-Partisan Award will follow three classes (Bronze, Silver, Gold). 3.) The Anti-Partisan Award will be worn on the left
breast side of the service tunic. 4.) The recipient will receive an award document. 5.) Upon the death of the recipient, the Anti-Partisan
Award shall remain the property of the surviving relatives, as a remembrance. 6.) The implementing rules will be established by the Reichsfuhrer-SS. Boldly signed with Hitler’s late-war cramped signature. Light toned spot at bottom of first page, else very good. This is
the first document we have ever seen in which Hitler creates an award - and this is one of the most notable of awards. Partisans or
guerrilla fighters were active in almost every country Germany invaded during the war. Partisans became large and dangerous movements, requiring increasing German manpower and resources to resist them. The badge existed in three grades: bronze, for 20 combat
days, silver, for 50 combat days, and gold, for 100 combat days against partisans. In the case of the Luftwaffe, “days” were counted as
sorties. The design of the badge constituted a wreath with a sword in the center. The handle has a sun wheel swastika, which represents
the Nordic and auxiliary forces. The sword plunged into the “Hydra,” a multi-headed sea serpent that represented the Partisans. The
mythical Greek creature was almost impossible to destroy since its heads grew again if they were cut off: this shows an interesting
parallel with the ever growing presence of partisan activities. Members of the Wehrmacht avoided wearing it, fearing retribution if captured, while the Waffen SS men wore it with pride, claiming it was “their” badge.
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2. KING GEORGE VI AND BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY Superb S.P., 9 3/4” x 7 3/4” b/w, a fulllength view of British King GEORGE VI who signs
“George R.I.” and British Field Marshal BERNARD LAW
MONTGOMERY who signs “B. L. Montgomery Field
Marshal”, the pair seated before seven other British
military officers, likely Monty’s staff officers. At bottom Montgomery has added: “Holland: Oct 1944”.
Fine. Following the disastrous failure of Operation
Market Garden only a few weeks earlier, Montgomery
was obliged to embark upon a self-promotion campaign to restore his damaged credibility. Here, King
George throws his weight behind Monty’s efforts.
Mass murderer Heinrich Himmler
sends his mistress
“a very special lovely kiss”
3. HEINRICH HIMMLER (1900 - 1945) Hitler’s Chief of the
Gestapo placed in charge of security and responsible for
the construction and operation of extermination camps.
He chose suicide rather than face a hangman’s noose at
Nuremburg. Rare (and incredibly ironic) A.L.S. sent to his
mistress and signed with an asterisk (*) as was his custom,
1p. oblong 12mo., a 1940-41 postcard supporting the
Volkshiftswerk, Friedrichs[?], Jan. 19, 1942. In part: “
dear [?] I can’t write much to you right now, only a very,
very dear greeting. You wrote to me so lovely, you are getting a very special lovely kiss. More tomorrow, With love!
Take care of yourself!...”. Very good.
Heydrich and Keitel discuss Abwehr chief Wilhelm Canaris
4. REINHARD HEYDRICH (1904 - 1942) “The Hangman”, Nazi head of the dreaded SS
and architect of the “Final Solution”, his assassination in Prague caused a retribution of
the destruction of Lidice and murder of many of its inhabitants. Fine content T.L.S. on
his official letterhead, 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Feb. 7, 1942 to Field Marshal WILHELM
KEITEL concerning WILHELM CANARIS, head of the Abwehr and already under suspicion
by Keitel and Himmler as having anti-Hitler sentiments, if not having even already been
in contact with the British. Heydrich relates, in part: “...As discussed over the telephone,
I enclose a transcript of my handwritten letter to Canaris. As you can see, I strive to
keep the negotiations objective and according to the directions of the Reichsfuhrer-SS.
Keitel has heavily docketed the letter and initialed it “K” twice: “In the meantime I spoke
to the Reichsfuhrer SS...who will advise Heydrich to continue...”. The notorious Wannsee
Conference was held only weeks earlier, and although Canaris was largely responsible
for Heydrich’s promotions from the Kriegsmarine, up, Heydrich was already warning
his colleagues of Canaris’ ‘snooping’. Worthy of further research!
5. HERBERT BACKE (1896 - 1947) Reichsminister for Nutrition and Agriculture eventually responsible for the deaths of millions of Russians as they were starved in order
to supply the Wehrmacht and the German population. T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p.
4to., Berlin, Jan. 10, 1945 to Reichsmarshal Hermann Goring. In part: “...for your birthday my best wishes...may the new year of life bring the full success of your responsible sure the German people will fulfill their duty to the nation in the hard year before us, and thereby promote victory!...”. Tipped
to another sheet, very good.
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6. PIETRO BADOGLIO (1871 - 1956) Italian field marshal who conspired with King Victor Emmanuel to depose Mussolini, succeeded
Mussolini as Premier and surrendered Italian forces to the Allies. Fine I.S.P., 9” x 11 1/4” b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform inscribed to
a security officer, Tripoli, 1934. Toned area and a ding affect signature slightly, trimmed at top, still very good.
7. IVAN BAGRAMYAN (1897 - 1982) Russian marshal, instrumental in the planning of two Soviet counter-offensives against the Germans, including the major push made by Soviet forces during the battle of Moscow, and in the battle of Kursk, Type D.S. in pencil with
multiple holograph corrections, 3pp. 4to., [n.p., n.d., ca. 1960], a biographical quation and answer corrected throughout by the great
general who boldly signs at conclusion. Fine.
8. HARRY H. BANDHOLTZ (1864 - 1925) American major general of World War I, saved treasures at the Hungarian National Museum and was
a U.S. military representative to Hungary. S.P. 8” x 10”, a chest, up portrait in unIform signed with rank at bottom. Very good.
9. GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT (1892 - 1967) German general, instrumental in planning the German invasion of Poland and France, participated in Operation Barbarossa, and afterward bore a large part of the responsibility for planning the defense of the Atlantic Wall and
Normandy. S.P. 4” x 5 1/2” b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform signed with rank in 1965. Fine.
10. GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT S.P. 2” x 2” b/w, a printed chest, up pose signed with rank in 1965. SOLD WITH: an A.L.S. 1p. 12mo.,
1965 giving the address of a colleague, with the transmittal envelope bearing his name in the return address. Two pieces. $150-200
11. KARL BODENSCHATZ (1890 - 1979) German Luftwaffe minister and previously a member of von Richthofen’s “Flying Circus”, also
served as Hitler’s adjutant. A.L.S., 1p. large 4to., Erlangen, Nov. 15, 1970. A response to an inquiry, in part: “...The signature on the
document reads Jeschonnek. He was a Generaloberst and chief of the general staff of the Luftwaffe. Towards the end of the war he departed from life by his own free will. Dr. Gritzbach, who lived here in Erlangen, passed away two years ago. I admire your great interest
in the memories of our great army commanders...”. Fine.
An impossibly rare war-date signature
12. RICHARD BONG (1920 - 1945) American ace and Medal of Honor recipient, with 40 kills and 7 “probables” all in the same P-38,
killed in the flame-out of a P-80. Exceptionally war-date signature and rank: “Capt. Richard I Bong” in blue ink on a small slip, slightly
affected by old tape remnants in margins. Mounted.
Martin Bormann’s SS personnel roster with complete biographical details
13. MARTIN BORMANN (1900 - 1945?) Head of the Nazi
Party Chancellery and private secretary to Adolf Hitler, by the
end of World War II Bormann had become second only to
Hitler himself in terms of real political power. Important
partly printed D.S., 14” x 11 1/4”, Bormann’s SS-Stammrollen-Auszug (personnel roster), Munich, Mar. 9, 1937,
signed by him as Gruppenfuhrer and staff leader to the
deputy of the Fuhrer. It lists much personal information, including his party membership number, his participation at
party marches, his SS membership number and awards, his
rank as Gruppenfuhrer, and his profession as Reichsleiter,
staff leader for the deputy of the Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess. He declares his religion as “believer in God”. His criminal record
shows a fine of 30,000 marks for a violation against a farming regulation and his one year prison sentence by the state
court for the protection of the republic. On the reverse are
listed his former party activities, including his membership
in the anti-Semitic “Organization Fighting Jewry” (“Verband
gegen die Uberhebung des Judentums”), section leader of the
paramilitary organization Rossbach in Mecklenburg 192223, his one year prison term for political reasons and his
entry into the Frontbann followed by his entry into the NSDAP
in 1927. He also notes that for one year he worked as press
chairperson in Thuringia, became a district leader for Jena
and speaker for the “Nationalsocialists”, finally becoming a
staff member of the Supreme SA Leadership (Oberste SAFuhrung) in 1928 and ultimately the deputy of the Fuhrer,
Reichsleiter of the NSDAP. File holes at left, one fold and a 8 1/2” section repaired with tape, boldly signed in black ink. The SS-Stamrollen
Auszug was a most important SS file document, essentially summarizing a member’s personal data, history, and military and political
activities. Bormann’s SS membership number was originally 278,267. By special order of Himmler in 1938, Bormann was granted SS
number 555 to reflect his Alter Kämpfer (“Old Fighter”) status. His religious statement is far-fetched - Bormann was the most anticleric member of the NSDAP upper administration.
14. MARTIN BORMANN T.L.S. in indelible pencil on NSDAP letterhead, a signed carbon, 1p. large 4to., June 9, 1938 to Labor Minister
Franz Seldte. Bormann writes concerning impending social law changes in Austria and makes references to gauleiters and political territories. Files holes, a paperclip stain at top, else very good.$400-500
15. VIKTOR BRACK (1904 - 1948) German SS officer, a war criminal who organized the T-4 euthanasia program and developed mass
sterilization techniques. A chief planner of the organization and implementation of mass gassings. Executed. Rare T.L.S. on official letterhead as a staff officer serving in the Chancellery, 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Jan. 29, 1936 to a man from Danzig advising him that his
message is being forwarded to a deputy at party headquarters in Munich. Very good.
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16. OMAR N. BRADLEY (1893-1981) American general of World War II who commanded the largest ground force ever led by one man.
He was later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Fine content T.L.S. on his General of the Army letterhead, 1p, 4to., Washington, Mar. 1, 1965
to a Belgian man. In part: “...About two years ago I visited many of the cemeteries in Europe where American soldiers lie buried, as well
as the cemeteries where the soldiers of our Allies lie at rest. Although it was won at great cost, we shall forever be grateful for the
victory which, all together, we achieved...”. Folds, else fine.
17. OMAR N. BRADLEY S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform, ca. 1965, boldly signed in the white bottom margin. Fine.
18. ALBRECHT BRANDI (1914-1966) German U-Boat commander credited with the sinking of eight civilian and four warships. S.P. 6”
x 4” b/w, a candid portrait of Brandi in uniform with other naval officers. Signature a bit light and contrast fair. Minor marginal wear,
else very good.
19. BRUNO BRAUER (1893-1947) German paratrooper, the first to jump from a plane in May 1936, later commander of Crete. Executed
for war crimes in Athens for committing atrocities on Crete, including the deaths of thousands. S.P. 4 1/4” x 5 3/4” color, a Willich portrait
of the paratrooper hurriedly signed at bottom. Dusseldorf postmark and message on verso, ink note at right margin.
20. ERNST BUSCH (1885 - 1945) German field marshal, served under List during the invasion of Poland and the following year led the
German 16th Army during the Western Offensive. Defeated in Russia, he was sacked by Hitler, recalled to defend Montgomery’s advance,
and died in a POW camp after capture. Rare late war D.S. “Busch” in pencil, 1p. oblong 8vo., [n.p.], Apr. 14, 1945, his notice forwarding
a recommendation for the addition of oak leaves to the Knights Cross issued to FRANZ GRASSMEL (1906-1985), commander of the
Paratroop Regiment 20 who received his Oak Leaves on May 8th (V-E Day!).
Two months before surrender, Germany eases requirements
for the issuance of its most treasured award
ARE EASED LATE IN THE WAR Important typed D.S.,
1p. folio, [Berlin], Mar. 15, 1945, in which General WILHELM BURGDORF (1895-1945), Hitler’s Chief Adjutant,
and Wehrmacht Supreme High Command staff member
and Knights Cross awardee JOACHIM DOMASCHK(1914-1986) approve a draft of new rules required for the issuance of Germany’s highest military
award, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. Both the
current requirements and proposed new requirements
are indicated, and essentially the conditions are eased:
the words “can be awarded...” are replaced with “will be
awarded...”, and generally it is recognized that smaller
groups of combatants fighting under less supervision
should be more easily rewarded for their bravery and
not be obliged to face the enormous amount of bureaucracy and paperwork previously required. Even those
who had not previously been awarded Iron Crosses
would become much more eligible for the Knight’s Cross.
At bottom, Burgdorf notes in his hand: “Approved by the
Fuhrer March 18, 1945...”, makes three minor holograph
corrections, and signs, further ordering that this new standard be properly distributed. Signed by both in indelible
pencil. Vertical fold, files holes in blank margins, else very
good. Clearly, this action was meant not solely to more easily recognize heroism on the battlefield, but also to boost morale among Hitler’s
armies, which were rapidly being crushed between the Russians on the east, and the Americans on the west.
22. CLAIRE L. CHENNAULT (1890 - 1958) American Army aviator who established the volunteer-staffed Flying Tigers to fight the Japanese invasion of China. He has also been (unofficially) credited with over 40 “kills”. Rare war-date signature “C. L. Chennault” on a postal
cover bearing his image, the Flying Tigers logo, and shield, boldly signed by him with censor’s stamp and July 12, 1945 Army postal
cancel. Grouped with a Flying Tigers patch (not authenticated), commemorative covers, stamps, etc. Fine.
23. EARLE D. CHESNEY (1900 - 1966) American military cartoonist, a Navy captain who invented the naval character, “Eggburt of the
Navy,” who, like the Army’s “Sad Sack,” entertained service men and women around the world. Lot of three items includes an I.S.P. 8” x
10” b/w, a wartime image of the artist seated at his desk and surrounded by his works, with two wartime compilations of his works,
each inscribed and signed “Earle” on the cover. Very good.
24. MARK CLARK (1896 - 1984) American Army general, commanded the landings at Salerno and Anzio against the forces of Kesselring.
Good content war-date T.L.S. on Fifth Army letterhead, 1p. 4to., [n.p.], June 19, 1944 to Brig. Gen. Frank “Hunk” Allen, Jr., commander
of the 9th Armored Division in North Africa, Chief of Public Relations at Eisenhower’s headquarters and Commanding General of the 3rd
Armored Division in 1945. Clark sends birthday greetings, adding: “...Your work as Commanding General, Combat Command ‘B’ of our
battle-wise 1st Armored Division has been of great value. Let us hope that on your next birthday you can be with your family at home
and that our battle here will be over and done...”. Folds, light soiling, else very good. The 1st Armored participated in the liberation of
Rome and continued in combat to the Po Valley until the German forces in Italy surrendered on 2 May 1945.
25. LUDWIG CRUEWELL (1892 - 1958) German general and commander of the Afrika Corps, recipient of the Knights Cross of the Iron
Cross with Oak Leaves. Partly-printed D.S., 2pp. 4to., [n.p.], Feb. 19, 1942, a recommendation that a soldier in his command be awarded
the War Merit Cross, Second Class, with Swords. Very good.
26. OTTO DESSLOCH (1889 - 1977) German Luftwaffe general and recipient of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves. Dessloch com-
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manded Luftwaffe units in the Eastern Front, as well as an air unit which avenged the liberation of Paris by bombing the city destroying
civilian targets and killing 200 French civilians in September 1944. Scarce war-date D.S., 4pp. legal folio, Mar. 7, 1944, his approval of
the awarding of the German Cross in Gold to Luftwaffe Ju 87 pilot Lothar Darstow, then serving with Stukageschwader 3 in Russia. A
summary of Darstow’s achievements which was ultimately sent to Hermann Goring mentions Darstow’s destruction of T-52 and T-34
tanks, AA positions, and: “destruction of many trucks...loaded with ammunition...a direct hit on a temporary bridge...that was vital for
Soviet operations...two direct hits on a tight group of attacking tanks...a pill-box...attacked by an to shoot it down...”
Also signed twice by the pilot’s group commander. File holes and stains at left margin, else very good. Darstow would receive his award
in March, 1944.
27. JAMES P. DEVEREUX (1903-1988) U.S. Marine Corps general who commanded a battalion at the defense of Wake Island in December
1941 and was a prisoner of the Japanese until the end of the war in 1945. A.L.S. 1p. 8vo. on his personal letterhead, [n.p.], Apr. 26,
1977 discussing a photograph [not present], “...taken at P.O.W. camp outside Shanghai probably in fall of 1944, Do not recall name of
civilian with me - One of the Contractor’s men...” and suggesting another party to contact. Fine.
28. EDUARD DIETL (1890 - 1944) Nazi German general who participated in the Anschluss and attack on Poland, he is most remembered
as the “Hero of Narvik” for which he received the first Oak Leaves of the war. Killed in an airplane crash with his corps commanders. S.P.
4” x 6” color Hoffmann postcard bearing an image of a painting of Dietl. Boldly signed at right. Some creases toward corners, else very
29. KARL DONITZ (1891 - 1980) German admiral who headed the U-Boat arm of the German Navy, later succeeded Hitler as Fuehrer
after Hitler’s suicide. Partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., [May 9, 1945], a copy of an ornately calligraphy copy of Donitz’s “Final Order” to the
Wehrmacht as Reichspresident, boldly signed at bottom, 1974. Donitz commends his men for defending Germany’s borders, and states
that at midnight the armistice had been signed and all hostilities had come to an end.
30. GEORG PETER EDER (1921 - 1986) Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight’s Cross. Eder flew 572 combat missions claiming
78 enemy aircraft shot down. Partly-printed D.S., 2pp. large 4to., [n.p.], June 20, 1944, an evaluation of twenty year old Lt. Edmund
Fischer stating that he has a quiet character, is tough, honest, and was well-suited to become a fighter pilot.
“I know the sentence already: Death. And for this, my fate, I feel nothing…”
ENTENCE Startling typed manuscript, 5pp. legal folio,
[Jerusalem, ca. Jun 7, 1962]. A week after the pronouncement of his death sentence and the drafting of a moresoftly-worded statement concerning his fate, Eichmann
issues this commentary, signed in type, with the excuse for
his actions which he used throughout his defense: “following orders”, and blaming others for his crimes. This historic
document reads in part: It is over. I heard the verdict last
week: Guilty. I know the sentence already: Death. And for
this, my fate, I feel nothing. Nothing at all...I confess a
moral guilt...I was a part of the inferno. But I will never confess to being more than a loyal obeyor of orders in a state
where all values had been reversed...It was the Great Ones
- Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich - who turned their backs on
the crying of the people...No, I do not want a
clergyman...They cannot send me to Hell because I am in
Hell...I’m longing to be dead - the quicker the better...”.
Eichmann describes his readiness to commit suicide should
he have been recognized while in American custody, speculates that a friend betrayed him to Mossad, and says that
he hopes that he may meet him before he hangs. He states
that all that matters to him at this point are his memoirs
and his family. Ironically, he discusses the fact that his own
children would never undertake a task without wondering if he would have asked them to do so. He writes: “I like that. I am proud when they
ask for my orders. That is the result of my care for them...I am only sorry that I cannot finish the job...I like it that this son of mine hides his
feeling for his father...I wish, without hypocrisy, to apologise to the Jewish people for what they suffered in the years of the last Reich...”.
Rusty staple marks, else very good to fine. From the files of Robert Servatius, Eichmann’s defense attorney who also defended Fritz Sauckel,
Karl Brandt and Paul Pleiger at Nuremberg.
32. ENOLA GAY First day postal cover honoring Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Norfolk, Jan. 26, 1971, signed by five crewmembers of the
Enola Gay - the B-29 which delivered the atomic bomb over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Those signing include Pilot PAUL TIBBETS,
33. PAUL TIBBETS (d. 2008) American bomber pilot of the Enola Gay which delivered the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6,
1945. Two commemorative covers, one honoring the “peaceful uses of atomic energy”, one honoring Douglas MacArthur, each nicely
34. FRIEDRICH AUGUST FEIHERR VON DER HEYDTE (1907 - 1994) Luftwaffe officer who served with the Fallschirmjäger during World
War II, reaching the rank of Oberstleutnant. a fierce fighter, he was heavily engaged at Crete, in the defense of the Carentan, and during
the battle of the Bulge. Lot of two S.P.s, each 6” x 3 1/2” b/w, printed portraits in uniform boldly signed in blue ink on the mounts. Fine.
35. FRITZ FESSMANN (1913 - 1944) German major, a Panzer tank officer awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, awarded his
Swords after being killed in action when a Russian shell exploded nearby, hurling him against another vehicle. Rare S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”
b/w, a Hoffmann photo postcard signed at bottom. Fine.
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36. KARL FIEHLER (1895 - 1969) German politician, Lord Mayor of Munich from 1933 until 1945 and one of the first to enforce antiSemitic racial laws against the Jews. T.L.S. 1p. large 4to., Munich, Mar. 19, 1938 sending confirmation that he had ordered the production
of sound recordings of the festivities surrounding the incorporation of three towns into greater Munich.
37. FRIEDRICH KARL FLORIAN (1894 - 1975) Gauleiter of Dusseldorf in Nazi Germany from 1930 until seven days after Adolf Hitler’s
death. T.L.S., 4to.,1p., Dusseldorf, Nov. 11, 1940, thanking Dr. Wilhelm Ziegelmayer, senior government official for army nutrition, for
sending him an article regarding modern army rationing. Very good.
38. “PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION...” HOWELL M. FORGY (1908 - 1972) American naval officer and chaplain aboard
the USS NEW ORLEANS at Pearl harbor during the Japanese attack. Forgy is remembered for repeatedly boosting sailors’ morale by urging
them to “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition”. That phrase was later used in a wildly popular song. Rare war-date signature, Jan.
28, 1943, penned in the return address area of an envelope sent by him from the NEW ORLEANS. Very good.
39. HANS FRANK (1900 - 1946) Nazi occupational Governor of Poland partly responsible for the genocide perpetrated there. Fine content
early T.L.S. on his letterhead, 1p. 4to., Munich, Jan. 18, 1928 to Philipp Bouhler. Frank discusses the charges of “blasphemy” that had
been leveled against party ideologue Alfred Rosenberg and Arthur Dinter and lays out his plan to have them cleared. Very good. Philipp
Bouhler (1889-1945) was a Nazi war criminal who supervised Hitler’s euthanasia program which ordered the “mercy killings” of thousands
of retarded, deformed and mentally ill Germans. With his wife he committed suicide as Americans closed in.
40. MITSUO FUCHIDA (1902 - 1976) Japanese naval air officer who commanded and personally led the first wave of the attack on Pearl
Harbor; he also helped develop the disastrous attack on Midway. A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Kashihara-Shi, Japan, Aug. 11, 1974 to a woman apologizing for a long delay in response, noting “I have been suffering for these long years from the most dangerous illness called ‘Coronary
Theombosis’ which almost 70% of the patients would be died [sic] by the heart attack. However, the Lord’s mercy has healed me now
and I am getting well again miraculously...” Light creasing, else very good to fine condition.
41. MITSUO FUCHIDA Bold signature and his return address penned on the face of an envelope sent to a New Hampshire lady. Fine.
42. FRANCIS S. GABRESKI (1919 - 2002) “Gabby”, the top American fighter ace in Europe during World War II, a jet fighter ace in Korea,
and a career officer in the Air Force. Rare war-date signature and rank on a small slip: “Lt. Col. F. S. Gabreski 56th Fighter Group”.
Mounted, tape remnant touches rank, else very good.
43. RICHARD GALE (1896 - 1982) British general who served in both world wars. In World War II he served with 1st Parachute Brigade
and then the 6th Airborne Division during the invasion of Normandy and Operation Tonga, the taking of Pegasus Bridge. Lot of two
signed items, includes an S.P. 3 1/2” x 6” overall, printed candid portrait signed on the mount, with an A.L.S., 2pp. 8vo., London, Jan.
10, 1966 sending the photo and advising that other addresses which his correspondent seeks will be sent via the Airborne Forces
Security Fund. Very good.
44. ADOLF GALLAND (1911 - 1994) German fighter ace of World War II and general of fighters. Lot of two signed photos (one inscribed),
each about 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” b/w, poses in uniform signed in black marker. Very good.
45. ADOLF GALLAND Fine S.P., 13 1/2” x 17 1/2” b/w, a lithograph of the gallant pilot showing him half-length in uniform with his
Messerchmitt above and unit crest beneath, limited edition no. 159/500, signed by Galland and artist Donna J. Neary. Matted and
framed, very good.
Inscribed to his adjutant who escorted Goebbels’ family to the bunker
and helped cremate Goebbels’ body
46. JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family
members in the last days of the war. Fine association I.S.P., 10 3/4” x 15” matted to 14
1/2” x 19 1/4”, a fine three-quarter length seated pose of the Minister of Propaganda by
noted photographers Sandau, boldly inscribed on the mount at bottom: “Hauptsturmfuhrer
Gunther Schwagermann in grateful recognition of his steadfast loyal service”. Nicely signed,
dated Berlin, June 12, 1944. A few spots and trivial stains, more so to the mount which is
slightly worn at bottom, a 1/2” tear at the margin of the photo and slight silvering but
nevertheless a rare, oversize photo with lengthy inscription. GUNTHER SCHWAGERMANN
(b. 1915) served as Goebbels adjutant from 1940, on. He personally escorted Magda
Goebbels and her children to the Führerbunker, and assisted with burning the bodies after
the suicides of Goebbels and his wife. In fact, Schwagerman may have ordered an SS man
to finish-off Goebbels when the latter botched his suicide attempt.
47. GORDON GOLLUB (1912 - 1987) German Luftwaffe ace, rose to the position of General
der Jagdflieger, one of only 27 to receive the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and
Diamonds. T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Sulingen, Feb. 11, 1977 in German,
concerns a photograph. Very good.
48. RODOLFO GRAZIANI (1882 - 1955) Italian army officer, commander in chief of the General staff, and led military expeditions in Africa before and during World War II. Graziani indiscriminately killed over 30,000 Ethiopians, including monks, and at war’s end remained
loyal to Mussolini. Important pair of two manuscript documents in his hand, prepared by
him for use in his 1945 trial in Italy for cooperating with the Nazis: 1.) A.Ms., 4pp. 4to., the
text of his telegram to German Field Marshal Wilhelm Kietel, military content mentioning
troop strengths and Hitler, and; 2.) A.Ms. 11pp. 4to., his memoir on the battle strategies of
the Armata Ligure in which Graziani insists that the “defensive” orientation of his army was
in order to counter potential attacks by the Free French, British and American invaders. Sold
with four period photos of the general. Very good.
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signed items, includes: ERICH HARTMANN (b. 1922) German
ace, the top ace of all time, with 352 aerial kills during which he
never lost a wing man. Captured and held by the Soviets for ten
years. S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a post-war photo with a USAF officer,
with a signed postal cover, and ADOLF GALLAND (1911 - 1994)
German fighter ace of World War II and general of fighters, S.P.
8” x 10” b/w, repro of a wartime photo showing Galland in uniform with his dog. Fine.
49. ANDREI GRECHKO (1903 - 1976) Marshal of the Soviet Union,
led the 5th Cavalry Corps in the defense of the Ukraine, later led
the 12th Army, 47th Army, 18th Army, and 56th Army, all part of
the North Caucasus Front. In 1943 , he was made the commander
of the 1st Guards Army. An ornate, gold-embossed May Day card
featuring images of Lenin and the Kremlin, boldly signed within.
Very good.
50. ROBERT RITTER VON GREIM (1892 - 1945) German Field Marshal and last head of the Luftwaffe, a Knights Cross winner involved
in the invasion of Poland, the Battle for Norway, the Battle of Britain
and Operation Barbarossa. His final words before taking cyanide
were: “I am the head of the Luftwaffe, but I have no Luftwaffe”. Fine
association typed D.S. on German Aviation Co. Ltd. letterhead, 2pp.
4to. Wurzburg, Mar. 22, 1928 harshly criticizing trainee pilot Carl
Vieck - - who would later become a superb military aviator and
would command Jagdfliegerführer Luftflotte 2. In part: “...He did
not set course immediately for Wurzburg...allegedly to get in flying
hours and gain experience...Herr Vieck declared that he had to
make a forced landing owing to an engine defect...[he] did not
switch off the engine, but called two workmen...and asked for information on where he was...If Herr Vieck had had an engine failure...he would have felt leave the aircraft...and to
investigate and cure the engine trouble...a case of inexcusable
negligence...I am compelled to declare him the maturity of character and in the reliability which one has to expect
from a pilot...”. Marginal tears and wear, two files holes, but no loss
of text and boldly signed. With translation.
signed items, includes: ERICH HARTMANN (b. 1922) German
ace, the top ace of all time, with 352 aerial kills during which he
never lost a wing man. Captured and held by the Soviets for ten
years. S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a post-war photo with a USAF officer,
with a signed postal cover, and ADOLF GALLAND (1911 - 1994)
German fighter ace of World War II and general of fighters, S.P.
8” x 10” b/w, repro of a wartime photo showing Galland in uniform with his dog. Fine.
57. HEINRICH HIMMLER (1900 - 1945) Hitler’s Chief of the
Gestapo placed in charge of security and responsible for the
construction and operation of extermination camps. He chose
suicide rather than face a hangman’s noose at Nuremburg. A
book from Himmler’s library bearing his ownership signature,
Seegeltung - Weltgeltung (“Sea Prestige, World Prestige”), by
Adolf von Trotha, a German admiral in the Imperial Navy, (Berlin:
E. E. Mittler & Son), 144pp. 8vo., with (stained) dust jacket bearing Kriegsmarine and NSDAP flags. Signed in green indelible
pencil on the front flyleaf: “H. Himmler 17.VII.1941.” Very good.
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52. WILLIAM F. HALSEY (1882-1959) American admiral who led
the task force attack on the Marshall and Gilbert islands and became commander of Allied naval forces in South Pacific commanding at the Solomon Islands and Leyte Gulf. His autobiography (with
J. Bryan, III), Admiral Halsey’s Story, (New York/London: McGrawHill, 1947) xvii, 310 pp., bound in blue cloth boards and gilt-titled
spine, boldly signed on the half-title page. Boards and spine
rubbed at edges, housed in original (but tattered) dustjacket.
Overall very good.
58. HEINRICH HIMMLER Partly-printed D.S. “H. Himmler” as Reichsfuhrer SS, 1p. sm. folio, Berlin, Dec. 8, 1933, an SS Service
Contract between the SS and SS Colonel Dr. HEINRICH KUHNE
in which Kuhne agrees to serve the dreaded police organization
until Dec. 23, 1951! Last three letters in Himmler’s signature are
light, signed twice by Kuhne. File holes at left margin and some
damp staining at margins, else every good. Kuhne certainly was
“retired” early.
“Hitler despite his eminent intelligence was
lacking the capability for objective, logical
53. FRANZ HALDER (1884 -1972) One-time German chief of
staff until transferred to the reserves by Hitler due to policy disputes. Suspected of plotting against Hitler’s life in 1944, he was
interned at Flossenburg until his rescue by the Allies. Fine content A.L.S., 1p. 4to., [Germany}, Jan. 20, 1967 in German concerning Hitler’s capabilities and the conduct of the war. In part:
“...Hitler despite his eminent intelligence was lacking the capability for objective, logical thinking. He was guided by his ‘intuition’, i.e. emotionally charged moments of impression and
was therefore most of the time of different opinion than sober
factual thinking...These differences of opinion became sharper
as he became more arrogant because of his successes...differences of opinion concerning the Polish Campaign...judgment of
the battle of Kutno and...the bombardment of Warsaw...these
reached their peak with Dunkirk...the Russian Campaign...the
General Staff did not approve of at all...”. Very good, with full
59. HEINRICH HIMMLER Rare S.P. “H. Himmler”, 5 1/2” x 3 1/2
b/w, a photograph of nearly the entire Nazi hierarchy ca. 1930
in brown shirt uniforms on parade, boldly signed by Himmler at
bottom. Visible at the head of the parade is JULIUS STREICHER,
and within the ranks appear ADOLF HITLER, HEINRICH HIMMLER,
HERMANN GORING, RUDOLF HESS, and others. With a 1938 T.L.S.
from Himmler’s adjutant and LAH member Joachim Peiper to a
Hitler Youth member congratulating him on joining the Waffendienst within an SS youth group and sending him this photo. Two
54. ERICH HARTMANN (b. 1922) German ace, the top ace of all
time, with 352 aerial kills during which he never lost a wing
man. Captured and held by the Soviets for ten years. Lot of two
signed items, includes a T.Ms. S., 1p. 8vo., [n.p.], Sept., 1980,
the text in German and english of Adolf Hitler’s telegram to
Hartmann awarding him the Knight’s Cross with Swords and Diamonds after Hartmann had scored his 300th kill. Sold with an
S.P. 4” x 6” b/w, a repro of a wartime photo showing the ace
wearing his medal, signed and dated September, 1980 at bottom. Fine.
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60. ADOLF HITLER (1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party
leader, Hitler’s bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in
suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. War-date
typed D.S., 1p. large 4to., “Fuhrer Headquarters”, Oct. 20, 1940, the
promotion of Hans Juppe to the rank of Generalmajor, then a deputy
administrator at Wehrmacht headquarters. Co-signed by Field Marshal
WILHELM KEITEL (1882-1946) German field marshal and army chief of
staff under Adolph Hitler, convicted of war crimes and executed at
Nuremburg, and by WALTHER VON BRAUTCHISCH (1881-1948) German field marshal and commander in chief who formally led the campaigns against Greece, France, Poland and the USSR. Light folds, with a
tiny bit of paper loss in embossed seal due to excess pressure when
embossed, else very good. HANS JUPPE (1889-1973) served in the
Wehrmacht communications department, later led the 206th Infantry
and Croatian forces near war’s end.
61. ADOLF HITLER War-date typed D.S., 1p. large 4to. “Fuhrer Headquarters”, Mar. 9, 1942, a promotion given to Col. von Fabrice to the rank of
Generalmajor of the 383rd Infantry Division to be effective March 1st. Boldly
signed by Hitler, countersigned by Field Marshal WILHELM KEITEL (18821946) as Supreme Military Commander. Folds, else very good.
62. ADOLF HITLER Partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., Bayreuth July 24, 1936, withdrawing
from a retired lieutenant of the 7th Cuirassier Regiment the right to retain that rank
and citing the law. Countersigned by WERNER VON BLOMBERG as Minister of War
and Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht. One horizontal crease, a lightly-toned
area at left with three abrasions where a small photo of Hitler was removed, else fine
condition.$1,200-1,500 %%62279-16
63. D-DAY PATHEFINDER SUBMARINES GEORGE B. HONOUR (1918-2002) Commander of the British mini-submarine X-23. On June 4, 1944 two “X-craft” fixed their
positions in front of the Normandy coast. Two days later, they set up the 18 foot high
navigation beacons that shone a green light to guide the D-Day fleet towards their
targets. Lot of two items, includes an S.P. 7” x 5 1/2” b/w, a mounted magazine photo
nicely signed, with a T.L.S. on his letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Mathon, July 22, 1966 sending
the image. Fine.
64. JOHN HOWARD (1912 - 1999) British Army officer who led the glider-borne assault on two bridges between Bénouville and Ranville in Normandy on D-Day, the
former later becoming known as “Pegasus Bridge”. Lot of two signed items, includes
an S.P., 5” x 4” b/w showing Howard in combat gear during the war, signed with rank,
sold with a T.L.S. on his letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Truro, Mar. 30, 1966 sending the photo
to a collector. Fine.
65. HANS HUBE (1890 - 1944) German general awarded the Knight’s Cross with Oak
Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, fought with distinction in Poland, Russia, and Italy.
Typed D.S., 2pp. 4to., 16th Panzer Div.’ [Russia], Sep. 4, 1941, a list of twenty soldiers
to be awarded the War Merit Cross, Second Class, with Swords.
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A day before the German surrender, Keitel orders
that Copenhagen be declared an “open city”
66. WILHELM KEITEL (1882 - 1946) German field marshal and army chief
of staff under Adolf Hitler, convicted of war crimes and executed at Nuremburg. Important T.L.S., 1p. 4to., an original signed carbon stamped “Secret”
and headed “Flash Telegram”, sent to the GEORG LINDEMANN, Supreme
Commander of German Armed Forces in Denmark. The day before this
telegram was sent, Lindemann met with the OKW, the new government and
the new German Head of State, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz arguing to keep
Denmark and Norway in German custody as bargaining chips in the armistice
negotiations. Keitel reacts: “...The Commander in Denmark is authorized to
declare Copenhagen an open city in the vent of an attack. Provided there is
no uprising and landing of Danish partisans set a time as late as possible to
avoid repercussions to combat troops. Until then, troops will stay in the city
and announce this decision in appropriate form to the Danish Foreign Minister...”. Near fine. Germany surrendered unconditionally the following day.
Hitler and Kietel discuss possible
gas warfare at war’s end
67. WILHELM KEITEL Heavily annotated typed memo signed “Keitel” and
also initialed, 2pp. large 4to., [Berlin], April 15, 1945, stamped “Secret”, also
signed by the memo’s author, unidentified. The memo concerns the removal
of “K-Stoff”, methyl chloroformate, which was used as a rocket fuel. Unfortunately, if the compound is burned, it releases phosgene, a deadly gas
widely used in trench warfare during World War I. The memo mentions that the
remove of the chemical cannot keep pace with the rapid advances of Allied
forces. Warehouses are in the line of fire from both sides, and bombardment
may cause release of gas affecting “friend and foe”. He also states that K-Stoff
will undoubtedly fall into the hands of the enemy, and the combination of these
possibilities may give the Allies the opportunity to blame Germany for accumulating and using poison gas. In a worst case scenario, the Allies might choose
to use their own gas and with their superior air strength the result would be
“disadvantageous to our warfare”. The author concludes that all K-Stoff reserves
should be immediately segregated but in any event the Allied powers must be
made aware of its presence and the Germans’ intention not to use it for purposes
of gas warfare. On the front of the report, Keitel writes notes that he had spoken
with Hitler on April 16th and had acknowledged his question, and the difficult
text may mention that Hitler ordered that a reserve of fuel be held. Initialed by Keitel. On the verso, Keitel writes several paragraphs beneath
the end of the report and signs “Keitel”. He comments on several sections
of the report, basically despairing of the situation. He states that it will
be impossible to avoid having the deadly fuel in either side’s line of fire,
nor does he feel there will be any way to avoid the Allies’ blaming Germany
for starting the use of gas warfare. He also accepts the fact that the enemy
may use gas to quickly end the war should phosgene gas escape. As to
notifying the enemy of the existence and location of the fuel stockpiles,
Keitel relates that Hitler had denied any such exchange of information. Keitel also refuses to permit the Foreign Office to initiate communications with
the West (“Nein! K.”) and concludes: “... it begs the question, how much
does the enemy know regarding the locations of the K-Stoff
warehouses...they already know.”. Surprising content considering that Hitler
is believed to have foresworn all use of chemical weapons - he himself had
been gassed during his service in World War I.
68. WILHELM KEITEL A.L.S. in pencil, 2 pp., legal folio, Mondorf, May 16, 1945.
A letter written while at the secret P.O.W. camp in Bad Mondorf, Luxembourg,
code named “Ashcan”, addressed to the commander of the camp. In part: “...thank
you for restoring my contacts with my escort officer...”. He asks the officer: “
release Corporal Monk as my personal staff member, which was revoked this
morning...who was ordered at my disposal by an order from General Eisenhower...”. Signed twice, at the letterhead “Keitel Field Marshal” and “Keitel” at conclusion. Along with a handwritten envelope in pencil. Usual folds, 1” tear at the top
fold, else fine.
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Prolific forger who became famous in 1983 as the creator of the
so-called Hitler Diaries, for which he received DM 2.5 million from
journalist Gerd Heidemann who in turn a person who in turn sold
it for DM 9.3 million to the magazine Stern. Stern’s publication of
the bogus diaries was one of the greatest embarrassments in
media history. Forged A.L.S. of ADOLF HITLER, 1p. 4to., June,
1934, discusses speaking with a deputy on the telephone concerning attacking a foreign diplomat, and ordering a meeting with
a gruppenfuhrer and inspectors. Very good. With a copy of a letter
of provenance from GERD HEIDEMANN stating that he believed
that letters purchased from Kujau were authentic.
69. ALBERT KESSELRING Partly-printed D.S. as Field Marshal, 1p.
8vo., “Headquarters”, June 11, 1943, an award of the Wehrmacht
Flak Badge to Obergefreiten Sibo Claasen. Ragged margins, some
soiling, but very boldly signed.
70. ALBERT KESSELRING S.P. 4” x 6” b/w, a fine chest, up portrait
in uniform boldly signed at bottom. Fine.
71. ALBERT KESSELRING Partly-printed war-date D.S. as commander of Luftflotte 2, 1p. 8vo., Apr. 12, 1941, an award of the
Iron Cross, First Class to a man in his command. Fine.$150-200
“The truth about Pearl Harbor as I know it…”
sold by Kujau to Gerd Heidemann, 6 3/4” x 9”, a pencil sketch that
barely approximates Hitler’s legitimate pencil drawing, bearing a
forged “Adolf Hitler” signature at bottom. With a copy of a letter of
provenance from GERD HEIDEMANN stating that his purchase of
this artwork from Kujau had been made under the premise that the
drawing had been actually drawn by Hitler. Very good. $200-300
72. HUSBAND E. KIMMEL (1882-1968) American admiral and
Commander of the Pacific Fleet when it was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Kimmel was consequently dismissed. He
fought the charges for years, claiming that Roosevelt had prior
knowledge of the attack. Rare, fine association signed book Admiral Kimmel’s Story by Husband E. Kimmel, (Chicago: Henry Regnery
Co.), 1955. 208pp. 8vo., with pictorial dust wrapper, fine. Inscribed
on the front flyleaf: “For Bill Pye with my regards this record of the
truth about Pearl Harbor as I know it, Husband E. Kimmel February
1955 Groton, Connecticut...”. Vice Admiral WILLIAM S. PYE (18801959) served in both world wars and ended his career as President
of the Naval War College. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor, it was Pye who replaced Kimmel as Acting Commander in
Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
81. OTTO KUMM (1909 - 2004) SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor
of the Waffen-SS, also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross
with Oak Leaves and Swords. Lot of three war-date partly-printed D.S.s,
each 1p. oblong 8vo., [Zagreb], Jan. 30, 1944, recommendation that
medals for bravery be issued to SS officers. Two documents signed
in ink, one in indelible pencil, all very good to fine.
82. LEOPOLD LINNARZ (1894 - 1974) German general, led the
5th Panzer Brigade early in the war and the 26th Panzer Div. in
Italy during the last three months of the conflict. Partly-printed
D.S. 1p. 8vo., Berlin, Nov. 1, 1944, the temporary award of the
Knight’s Cross to Feldmarshal-Leutnant József Vitéz Heszlényi.
Folds, else very good. Heszlenyi (1890-1945) was a Hungarian
general who commanded the 3rd Hungarian Army. Captured on
May 8, 1945 (V-E Day), he was sent to a POW camp in the Soviet
Union where he cut his wrists with a razor blade and died.
content A.L.S. on his personal
letterhead, 1p. 4to., Groton,
Apr. 25, 1955 concerning his
recently published book Admiral Kimmel’s Story, written in
an attempt to clear his besmirched reputation. In part:
“...I wrote the book to give the
American people the truth
about Pearl Harbor in the hope
that they would find a way to
prevent such occurrences in
the future. If the book helps to
accomplish this I will be content...”. Fine. $1,500-2,000
83. (PEARL HARBOR) JOSEPH L. LOCKARD U.S. Army radar operator who was the first to detect the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His signature with inscription on a 3” x 5” card. Light uneven
toning, else very good.
84. (PEARL HARBOR) WILLIAM R. FURLONG (1881-1976) American admiral, commander of the naval facilities at Pearl Harbor
during the Japanese attack of December 7, 1941. S.P. 8” x 10” b/w
chest-up portrait of the admiral in uniform signed with rank and
position as “Commandant Navy Yard and Naval Operating Base
Pearl Harbor, T.H. during World War II” Fine condition. $50-75
Fine S.P. 10” x 8” b/w, shows
Kimmel and two other Navy
officers examining a map of
the Atlantic, boldly signed in black ink. Fine.
“From one old soldier to another Douglas MacArthur”
75. PAUL KOERNER Chairman of the SS Obergruppenfuehrer, and
Hermann Goering’s personal Adjutant in the Prussian State Ministry. T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Oct. 3,
1940 to Adolf Hitler. He sends thanks for having sent birthday
wishes, stating that they were the best birthday gift he had received. Very good.
(1880 - 1964) American
general and Allied Supreme
Commander in the Pacific in
World War II, accepted the
surrender of Japan and was
later dismissed by Truman
for advocating an invasion of
China. Terrific oversize I.S.P.,
11” x 13 1/2” b/w, a wartime
bust portrait of MacArthur in
uniform, signed at lowerright: “To Francis Gilbody
From one old soldier to another - Douglas MacArthur”.
Ink his lightened just the
slightest bit, else in fine condition. Of course, MacArthur
no doubt alludes to his famous quote made in his
1950 farewell before Congress; “...old soldiers never die; they just fade away...”. $700-900
76. OTTO KRETSCHMER (1912 - 1998) U-boat ace, he became
famous on his U-99 for his night-time surface attacks against
convoys, and there his motto “One torpedo ... one ship” was created. S.P. 2 3/4” x 4 1/4” b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform, signed
post-war in black marker. Fine.
77. JOHN KROHN (1884-1974) Reich Commissioner for the Treatment of Enemy Property. T.L.S. 1p. oblong 8vo., Berlin, Jan, 11,
1945 (to Hermann Goring) sending him “sincerest congratulations”
upon his birthday. Mounted, else very good.
78. FRITZ KUHN (1896 - 1951) Controversial leader of the German American Bund, prior to World War II. A naturalized citizen of the United States,
he was arrested as an enemy agent and held by the federal government at
an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. His citizenship was canceled
on June 1, 1943 and he was deported to Germany. Scarce S.P. 3 1/4” x 5”
b/w, a postcard photo of Kuhn in Bund uniform delivering an address,
boldly signed in blue ink. Tiny crease at top, else fine.
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S.P. 10” x 8” b/w, a candid
pose of Mitscher aboard a
yacht speaking with two
fishing buddies. Fine.
86. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR T.L.S. on his General of the Army letterhead, 1p. 4to., [n.p.], Feb. 3, 1961 to a couple warmly thanking
them for their birthday greetings. Matted with a fine wartime color
image of MacArthur with his trademark corncob pipe. Very good.
That same year MacArthur would return to the Philippines for a
“farewell tour”.
(1891 - 1945) German
field marshal who led German armies against fierce
Moscow and Kursk, threw
back Montgomery’s attack
at Arnhem, and killed himself following his defeat in the Ruhr Pocket.
Partly-printed D.S., 1p. 8vo., Headquarters”, [Ukraine], June 3, 1944,
an award of the Iron Cross, Second Class to Xaver Scnatterer. Folds,
else very good.
officer remembered for his pithy report on the sinking of a submarine
by his aircraft: “Sighted sub, sank same.”. Bold signature on an envelope with a sticker describing the background of his report, with a
three cent Navy commemorative stamp. Fine.
88. ANTHONY MCAULIFFE (1898 - 1975) American Army general
who held Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, remembered for
his reply to a German surrender ultimatum, “Nuts!” Bold signature
adding rank as General, U.S. Army”, penned in white ink on the top
of a postcard honoring the battle of Bastogne. Fine. $100-150
89. WILLY MESSERSCHMITT (1898 - 1978) German aircraft designer and manufacturer, responsible for the creation of the Messerschmitt Bf 109, Me 209, and the first jet-powered fighter to enter
service — the Messerschmitt Me 262. S.P. 5” x 7” b/w, a fine chest,
up pose boldly signed in blue ink. Very fine. With a printed 1968 acknowledgement of birthday wishes (in German).
95. WALTHER MODEL War-date D.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., “Russia”, [n.d.,
ca. Oct. 10, 1941], a signed retained carbon copy list of four infantrymen from the 394th Regiment to be awarded the Irob Cross, First
Class, approved by Model in indelible purple pencil at bottom. File
holes at left, else very good.
96. BEN MOREEL (1892 - 1978) “Father of the Seabees”, the Navy
engineers corps, and chief of the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Yards and
Docks and of the Civil Engineer Corps. Scarce war-date A.L.S. on
Navy Department letterhead, Washington, Nov. 17, 1943 sending
a requested note and adding: “Yours for a great Victory and a
greater Peace!”. Fine.
90. JOHANN MICKL (1893 - 1945) Wehrmacht lieutenant general,
winner of the Knight’s Cross with Oak leaves. Mortally wounded
by Yugoslav partisans in April 1945. Partly-printed D.S. in green
grease pencil, 1p. 4to., [Yugoslavia], Nov. 10, 1944, an award report printed in Bosnian and German in which Mickl approves of the
award of a Bronze bravery medal for Heinz Hetterscheid who defended a German column against an attack by partisans. Extremely
light toning, else fine condition.
91. ERHARD MILCH (1892 - 1972) Co-creator with Goring of the
Nazi’s Luftwaffe, promoted to the rank of field marshal, later tried
at Nuremburg and imprisoned until 1954. War-date S.P., 3 1/2” x
5 1/2” b/w, an uncommon pose signed across his chest in pencil
(as always). Tiny corner crease, else fine. Verso bears Feldpost
cancellation and July 7, 1944 Berlin postmark.
“The really great men of the war are those
that actually man the ships and airplanes
which strike the enemy...”
(1887 - 1947) American
naval officer who commanded the aircraft carriers of Task Force 58 in the
Pacific area during World
War II, earlier a pioneering
naval aviator. Fine and rare
pair of war-date signed
items, includes a T.L.S. on
patriotic letterhead, 1p.
8vo., [n.p., but likely in the
South Pacific planning the
attack on Iwo Jima], Dec.
16, 1944 to a supporter in
Georgia. In part: “...I feel
highly flattered that you include me in your list of
great men of World War II
because the really great
men of the war are those
that actually man the ships
and airplanes which strike
the enemy...”. Boldly signed and fine, sold with a commemorative
envelope also signed by Mitscher across his return address, the envelope bearing an image of a torch, flags of allied countries, and
OUR VICTORY”. Both pieces are matted with a descriptive label and
set into a gilt wood frame. Fine.
97. THEODOR MORELL (1886 - 1948) Hitler’s personal physician from 1937- 1945. Morell is said to have prescribed strychnine, pervitin and a variety of dubious drugs to Hitler during
these years. After the war he presented himself as a resistance
fighter and his fortune in millions, piled up with the help of Dr.
Ley, remained untouched. War-date A.L.S. on his personal letterhead to which he adds: “Leibarzt des Fuehrers”(“Personal
Physician of the Fuhrer”) “Fuehrer-Hauptquartier, Osten Oct. 14,
1943. In part: “...Mr. Ministerialassistant Dr. Bode [an aide to SS
Heinrich Himmler along with Dr. Rudolf Brandt] visited me here
sometime and shared his wife’s ailment of an already operated
mastitis. I have seen very fast recovery when I intravenously injected Septojod solution and added ingestion in tablet form and
Ultraseptyl-urea powder dressings respectively on the infected
parts. Because of the difficulty of obtaining medications at this
time, I take the liberty to enclose medications and would be delighted if you could share the results and success with the medication...” Very good. Morell likely suggested Ultraseptyl as it was
made by a Budapest firm in which he had a controlling interest.
He also prescribed it to Hitler, who at the end of the treatment
was almost paralyzed by stomach pains and lay awake with
dreadful nightmares.
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104. WALTER OESAU Excellent
S.P. 4” x 5 3/4” b/w, a chest, up
pose in flight jacket with his major
awards, boldly signed adding
rank. Fine.
98. OSWALD MOSELY (1896 - 1980) British politician principally
known as the founder of the British Union of Fascists, closely allied with Hitler and Goebbels. S.P. 6 1/4” x 5” b/w, a printed
photo on card stock showing Mosely at his desk, 1947, signed in
black ballpoint. Very good. SOLD WITH: DAVID DUKE (b. 1950)
Ku Klux Klan leader and presidential candidate, now a non-entity.
S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a chest, up portrait.
105. WALTER OESAU S.P. 3 1/2”
x 5 1/2” b/w, a fine chest, up
pose with his Knights Cross with
Oak Leaves and Swords, boldly
99. LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN (1900 - 1979) British naval commander and statesman, supreme allied commander in Southeast
Asia responsible for the recapture of Burma. Lot of four T.L.S.s
“Mountbatten of Burma”, each 1p. 4to., Broadlands, 1968-69, various content concerning his involvement with the Gandhi Centenary Committee, how Nehru protege Apa Pant had been
misunderstood, and requesting a copy of an author’s book. One
letter slightly stained, all four framed.
106. HIOROSHI OSHIMA (1886 1975) Japanese ambassador to
Nazi Germany during World War II
and once his diplomatic code was
broken, he became a major source
of communications intelligence for
the Allies. Scarce S.P., 3 1/2” x 5
1/2” b/w, a chest, up portrait in a heavily-bemedaled uniform,
signed in both english and Japanese characters. Contrast fair to
good, else fine.
100. AUDIE L. MURPHY (1924 - 1971) Most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. Among his 33 awards and decorations
was the Medal of Honor, also received every decoration for valor
that his country had to offer, some of them more than once, including five decorations from France and Belgium. Credited with
killing over 240 of the enemy while wounding and capturing many
others. Rare I.S.P., 8” x 10” b/w, a fine chest, up pose in uniform,
boldly inscribed and signed. Fine.
107. FRANZ VON PAPEN (1879-1969) Chancellor of Germany and
Vice Chancellor in Hitler’s early years of power, von Papen was accused and later acquitted of war crimes. D.S., a New Years card
measuring 4 1/4” x 11 3/4” when open, Erlenhaus, Dec. 26, 1963,
with printed New Year wishes inside, signed “Franz v Papen” in
blue ink, and a color photograph of his residence “Erlenhaus” on
the cover with the inscription: “Erlenhaus, Christmas 1963”. Card
is separated in the middle, else fine.
101. BENITO MUSSOLINI (1883 - 1945) Italian dictator whose fascist supporters marched on Rome, securing him power; allied with
Hitler, after many military and political setbacks he was captured
and executed at war’s end by partisans. (1883 - 1945) Italian dictator whose fascist supporters marched on Rome, securing him
power; allied with Hitler, after many military and political setbacks
he was captured and executed at war’s end by partisans. Partlyprinted D.S., 1p. sm. folio, Rome, Apr. 3, 1928, in Italian, untranslated but almost certainly a military promotion in the Italian air
force, boldly signed at bottom, also signed by KING VICTOR
EMANUELE III (1869-1947) King of Italy who essentially served as
a figurehead during Mussolini’s administration, abdicated the
throne following the end of World War II. Very good. $200-300
108. GEORGE PATTON, SR. Father of Gen. George S. Patton’s. Patton graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), but did not
pursue a military career, instead becoming a lawyer, mayor of San
Marino and later the district attorney of Los Angeles County. Signature cut from a letter, mounted.
109. ERICH RAEDER (1876 - 1960) Commander and Chief of the
German Navy (1933-1943) who was largely responsible for its expansion. Retired over growing differences with Hitler. S.P. 4” x 6”
b/w, a seated pose in uniform with his marshal’s baton in hand,
signed at upper-left. Fair to good contrast, else fine. $200-300
110. ERICH RAEDER S.P. 3” x 5” sepia near full length portrait of
Raeder standing on the deck of a ship. Signed at top left with rank.
111. GUNTHER RALL (1918 - 2009) German fighter pilot and third
highest ace with 275 “kills”. Knights Cross ribbon fitted with black
metal two-pronged catch and showing very clear signs of extended use, 18” long, “worn” by Rall and signed by him in black
felt tip, along with a signed photo, 3 1/2” x 5” b/w, signed on the
front and with a dedication to the recipient of the ribbon and
photo: “To Richard commemorating your first visit to my home
17.05.2002” and signed again. Two pieces.
112. HANNA REITSCH (1912 - 1979) German pilot. Reitsch was
the first woman to fly a helicopter, a rocket plane, and a jet fighter.
She is also remembered as being a loyal confidante of Adolf Hitler,
even landing a small plane in central Berlin in an attempt to extract
Hitler only days before the city fell. Postal cover honoring the 1973
Helicopter Championships in England, boldly signed, along with
two second generation photos of the aviator, one from early in
World War II standing by a biplane with Nazi markings, the second
in her later years in flight gear. Fine.
102. CHESTER W. NIMITZ (1885 - 1966) American admiral, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during World War II and
largely responsible for the successful “island-hopping” campaign
against the Japanese. Fine I.S.P., 7” x 5” b/w showing Nimitz signing the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard thge USS MIS$600-800
SOURI in Tokyo Bay, Sep. 2, 1945. Fine. i
113. ROBERT C. RICHARDSON (b. 1887) American military officer, Commanding General of the Hawaiian Department, Military
Governor of Hawaii, and all Army personnel in the Pacific Ocean
Areas and Mid-Pacific. S.P. 5” x 4” b/w, a candid photo from the
dedication of a Hawaiian air depot, boldly signed with rank. Fine.
103. WALTER OESAU (1913 - 1944) German World War II fighter
ace who shot down 127 enemy planes in over 300 combat missions, disappeared after taking off to do battle after being insulted
by Goering. Excellent S.P. 4” x 5 3/4” b/w, an artist’s chest up
image of the pilot in uniform, signed across his chest. One spot at
upper-right, else very good.
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114. HYMAN G. RICKOVER (1900 - 1986) American admiral responsible for the construction of the “Nuclear Navy”, starting with
the submarine Nautilus. Fine lot of five (5) T.L.S.s, each 1p. 4to. on
an official nuclear cruiser or submarine’s letterhead, depending on
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the letter, “At Sea”, 1976-77. Rickover was a master of public relations and made it a habit to send multiple letters to important political figures from every new atomic submarine and ship he
commissioned as it returned from sea trials. Each of these letters,
all typed and hand-signed, was sent to powerful Vermont Sen.
George D. Aiken. Every letter describes the vessel’s successful sea
trials, the history of its namesake vessel, describes features of the
newest vessel, and concludes with a summary of the strength of
America’s submarine fleet. Vessels described here include the USS
Overall fine condition, most with transmittal envelopes. $250-350
fire. He returned to his post and continued to engage the fighters
until he died. He signs adding rank and noting his attachment to
the 43rd Bombardment Group. Both signatures are mounted and
tape nominally affects Zeamer’s first name and their ranks, else
quite good.
120. FERDINAND SCHORNER (1892 - 1973) Field Marshal in the
German Army (Wehrmacht) during World War II, tried and jailed by
the Russians for war crimes. Holder of the Knights Cross with Oak
Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. War-date T.L.S. 1p. 4to. on “DER
KOMMANDIERENE GEENRAL des XIX. (Geb.) Armeekorps” stationery, “K.H.Qu.,” May 17, 1943 in German to Frau J. Engstler in
Munich asking to be remembered to “Obergebietsfuhrer Klein”.
Offered with original transmittal envelope. Usual folds, else fine
condition overall.
115. ERWIN J. ROMMEL (1891
- 1944) German field marshal
whose Afrika Corps threw
back repeated British and
American assaults in North
Africa, later he defended Normandy and ultimately was
forced to commit suicide due
to his implication in the Hitler
bomb plot. Rare S.P. 3 1/2” x
5 1/2” b/w, a rare encountered image of Rommel in
Afrika Korps uniform and with
pith helmet, signed in pencil
at bottom with only fair contrast. Some faults include
marginal wear, a surface
crease at the subject’s forehead, and a few tiny spots, yet
still quite good. $700-900
116. ERWIN J. ROMMEL Very early D.S. “Rommel” in indelible pencil as commander of the 3rd Jager Battalion in the 17th Infantry
Regiment, 1p. 8 1/2” x 6”, Goslar, Oct. 25, 1934. A military certificate indicating that 20 year-old Helmut Schmidt had previously
served in the Reichsheer. A personal attestation from one of
Schmidt’s contemporaries is signed at bottom. It was while in this
position that Rommel was discovered by Hitler during a visit to review the troops a month earlier. On this occasion the S.S. tried to
place a row of their own men in front of Rommel’s parade as a
protection for the Führer. With both Himmler and Goebbels present, Rommel refused to turn out his battalion on the grounds that
it was being insulted. The SS were ordered to stand down, and
Rommel won Hitler’s favor with his pride...and audacity. File holes
at two margins, light soiling, else fine. Sold with a post-war Constantin Film promotional brochure for their release “This Was
Rommel”, 4pp. 4to., bearing promotional text and images of German and British soldiers jointly laying a wreath at the Tobruk War
U-BOAT TRAINING Important archive of diplomas, records and
other personal papers of Kapitan zur See ALBRECHT SCHMIDT,
(1890-ca. 1975), a World War I U-boat captain who commanded
1. Unterseeboots-Lehrdivision from Dec., 1941 until Jan., 1943
and later command the H.K.U. (HÖHERES KOMMANDO DER UNTERSEEBOOTSAUBILDUNG) in Kiel and Plon from Jan. 15, 1943 until
the end of the war. In this position, he wasa essentially in charge
of the training of all U-boat crews. The archive documents
Schmidt’s entire military career, which is summarized in a 1951
government recap of his biographical details, postings, and promotions. Present are: Schmidt’s promotions to Fregattenkapitan
and Kapitan zur See, 1939 and 1941 respectively, bearing facsimile signatures of Adolf Hitler and additionally hand-signed ERICH
RAEDER (1876 - 1960) Commander and Chief of the German Navy
(1933-1943) who was largely responsible for its expansion; KARL
DONITZ (1891-1980), the admiral who headed the U-boat arm
of the Kriegsmarine, signs Schmidt’s award of the War Merit
Cross First Class, with Swords, with Schmidt’s second class
award signed by Donitz with a rubber stamp; Adm. CONRAD
ALBRECHT (188-1969), who led Kriegsmarine forces in the invasion of Poland, signs two multi-year service awards and a war remembrance award; four promtions given to Schmidt, 1911-16,
bearing Kaiser Wilhelm II’s blind embossed seal; a permit to enter
Wilhelmshaven, 1919, showing Schmidt leaning against a U-boat
cannon with a cigarette hanging from his mouth; his May 1, 1919
discharge report and service record release form, his signed 1946
discharge from Allied confinement; and a 4pp. legal folio carbon
copy of the various departments and personnel attached to the
H.K.U. as of January, 1943. With a 5” x 7” photo of Schmidt and
some fellow officers. Overall very good to fine.
117. ERWIN J. ROMMEL War-date typed D.S. “Rommel”, 2pp. 4to.,
[North Africa], May 12, 1942, the award of a War Service Cross 2nd
Class, with Swords to a man in his command/File holes along one
margin, else very good.
118. ERWIN J. ROMMEL S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” b/w, a Hoffmann
photograph showing Rommel three-quarter length in full uniform,
his marshal’s baton in hand, signed in pencil (as was his custom)
at bottom. Very light crease at top, else near fine.
Rare grouping of war-date signatures of two Army Air Corps flyers
who received Medals of Honor for different heroic actions on the
same mission! Included is Pilot JAY ZEAMER (1918-2007) who
flew B-17 Old 666 on a mapping mission over Buka on June 16,
1943. Jumped by fighters, Zeamer was badly wounded but continued the mission, shooting down one of the enemy and returning
his shredded bomber to safety. His signature is the conclusion of
a letter signed with rank as major, mounted. JOSEPH SARNOSKI
(1915-1943) was an Army Air Corps officer on the same mission.
Normally a volunteer, he offered to serve as a nose gunner on the
mission. When the Japanese fighters jumped the plane, he shot
down two until being blown out of his compartment by cannon
122. KARL-HEINZ SCHNELL (b. 1915) Luftwaffe ace and recipient
of the Knight’s Cross, credited with 72 aerial victories in 500 combat missions. Typed D.S. signed twice, 2pp. large 4to., a recommendation for the promotion of pilot Wolfgang Wagner stating that
the pilot had fulfilled all the requirements necessary for promotion, no negative factors were found, and listing the usual qualities
stated in such documents. Signed by three other officers, who also
sign off on the candidate. Very good.
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give the Japs another crack so this letter will be mailed at sea...I’m hoping
the little yellow monkeys won’t be able to take much more, then all our
wonderful chaps can come home to the good old U.S.A. I have a couple
of daughters...I know girls aren’t worth much, not in comparison to boys,
however they will be pretty nice to come home to...”. Folds, else very
good. With signed transmittal envelope.
123. WALTER C. SHORT (1880 - 1949) American general responsible for the air and ground defense of Pearl Harbor. After the
Japanese attack, Short and Adm. Husband E. Kimmel were relieved
of command and blamed for the debacle. However, an inquiry surmised that officials in both Washington and Hawaii were derelict.
Rare S.P. 10” x 8” b/w, a candid pose of Short greeting a lady and
with four other officers, a line of soldiers standing for review in
the background, boldly signed adding rank. Likely taken in Hawaii.
STEELE (1912–1969) American paratrooper made famous in the movie
The Longest Day who landed in Sainte-Mère-Église on D-Day only to
find himself suspended from the town’s church steeple for the duration
of the battle. Lot of three items, includes: I.S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” b/w, a
mounted newspaper photo boldly inscribed and signed; an A.L.S. signed
twice, 1p. 4to., Mt. Airy, May 10, 1955 promising to visit and discussing
the addresses of “glider men”; and the transmittal envelope also signed
by Steele. Photo bears a horizontal crease, else very good. $100-150
124. WALTER C. SHORT Rare D.S. W. C. Short” as brigadier general on
Fort Bliss letterhead, 1p. 4to., Mar. 10, 1931, certification that a second
lieutenant had completed a course in mess management and been
found proficient. Mounting remnants at left margin and a paperclip
stain at top, else very good.
H. SIMPSON (1888 - 1980) American general who commanded the
Ninth Army under Omar Bradley and whose units were the first to cross
the Elbe, D.S., 1p. 8vo., [n.p., ca. Jan., 1945], the emblem of the 9th Army
signed at bottom adding rank, with GEORGE E. STRATEMEYER (18901952) Chief of Staff for Henry “Hap” Arnold and consultant in the ChinaBurma air campaign, later headed air forces in the Korean War, T.L.S. as
commander of the Air Defense Command, 1p. 4to., Mitchell Field, Dec.
15, 1947 sending Christmas greetings and stressing the need for cooperation between the armed services. Very good.
134. PAUL TIBBETS (d. 2008) American bomber pilot of the Enola Gay
which delivered the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945.
S.P., 8” x 10” b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform signed in blue ink. Fine.
135. PAUL TIBBETS S.P., 8” x 10” b/w, a full-length pose in uniform
standing before the Enola Gay. Fine.
A rare signed note sent to Dr. Theodor Morell,
Hitler’s physician
126. OTTO SKORZENY (1908 - 1975) Nazi officer and Hitler’s chief
and favorite commando, he made a daring mountain-top rescue of
Mussolini, placed english-speaking soldier in American uniforms to
mislead American forces in the Bulge, and after the war headed the
organization that helped hundreds of ex-SS officers flee Germany. S.P.
4 1/2” x 3” b/w, an image of Skorzeny and Benito Mussolini at the time
Skorzeny rescued the Italian dictator from atop the Grand Sasso, boldly
signed in red marker. Fine.
136. FRITZ TODT (1891 - 1942) Nazi military engineer who supervised the building of the Autobahn, the Siegfried Wall and the chain of
submarine bases on the coast of France. Died mysteriously in a plane
crash. Rare, fine association D.S., 1p. 6 3/4” x 4 1/4”, Berlin, September, 1941, a printed thank you card bearing his handwritten salutation
to DR. THEODOR MORELL and boldly signed at bottom. Stain at lowerleft corner, else very good. DR. THEODOR MORELL (1886-1948) was
Hitler’s personal physician from 1937-45. Morell is said to have prescribed strychnine, pervitin and a variety of dubious drugs to Hitler
during these years. Morell often used leeches to treat Hitler’s high
blood pressure and other illnesses. After the war he presented himself
as a resistance fighter and his fortune in millions, piled up with the
help of Dr. Ley, remained untouched.
127. OTTO SKORZENY Typed D.S. with initials “O Sk”, 1p. 4to.,
[Madrid, 1975], in French. The typescript describes an instance when
Skorzeny was attacked by an ex-member of the French Resistance following his having given a television interview. Skorzeny was bloodied
in the attack during which his assailant was arrested, but he did receive
many expressions of sympathy from the public. Marginal wear, else
very good.
128. ALBERT SPEER (1905-1981) Nazi German architect and Minister
of Armaments and War Production, convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg. T.Ms.S., 2pp. 4to., [n.p., n.d., ca. 1971, likely an excerpt from his
memoirs discussing meetings he had with Army Air Corps officers and
generals to discuss the effects of bombing raids on Germany and his
feeling that he had been complimented for his work. Fine. $100-150
137. JAPAN’S “HUMAN TORPEDO” PROGRAM Lot of two signed photos, includes: KENNOSUKE TORISU, in charge of the navy’s kaiten
(human torpedo) program, which put volunteers in single-man submarines tipped with explosives, S.P. 8” x 10” b/w, a repro of a wartime
image in uniform, boldly signed, and ZENJI ORITA (1910 - ?) Executive
and torpedo officer of I-15 on picket off Pearl Harbor who also launched
the first kaiten mission, S.P. 2 1/4” x 4” b/w. Fine
129. ALBERT SPEER T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Heidelberg, June 8, 1976, in German. Untranslated, but refers to Tempelhof Airport and the zeppelin field at Nurembeg. Fine.
three items signed by Japanese military personnel involved in Pearl
Harbor, including: HIRATA MATSUMURA, lieutenant and commander
who led the first wave torpedo attack from the carrier Hiryu and is
credited with dropping an 800 kilogram torpedo that struck the USS
West Virginia and the USS Oklahoma, a 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor cacheted cover issued in Great Britain, December 7, 1991, boldly
signed by Matsumura in both English and Japanese. Along with ZENJI
ABE, lieutenant and commander of a bomber company on board the
carrier Akagi who took part in the first wave attack under the direction
of Mitsuo Fuchida and later in raids on Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian
Islands, a 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor cacheted cover, boldly
signed in full, and MOKITSURA HASHIMOTO naval commander and
pilot who implemented strategic maneuvers during the first wave attacks, a fine S.P., an 8” x 10” b/w reproduction of Hashimoto, ca. 1946,
as a prisoner of war on board a United States submarine, boldly signed
on the verso in English and Japanese, adding his rank as “Commander”.
Three pieces, fine.
130. ALBERT SPEER Bold full signature on a rose album page, with a
small photo attached thereto. Fine.
131. HUGO SPERRLE (1885 - 1953) German field marshal of the Luftwaffe during World War II, captured by the Allies and charged with war
crimes in the High Command Trial at the Subsequent Nuremberg Trials
but was acquitted. War-date partly-printed D.S. 1p. 8vo., [n.p.], Aug.
10, 1941 awarding the War Merit Cross, 2nd Class with Swords Cross,
Second Class upon Anton Schmelhaus. Folds, a few tiny spots and file
holes at left margin, otherwise very good.
“I’m hoping the little yellow monkeys won’t be
able to take much more…”
132. CLIFTON A. “ZIGGY” SPRAGUE (1896 - April 11, 1955) Navy aviator and rear admiral, commanded the WASP in the invasion of Saipan
and the Battle of the Philippine Sea, won the Navy Cross for his action at
Samar, and supported the invasion of Iwo Jima. Fine content war-date
A.L.S. on Pacific Fleet, Carrier Division Two letterhead, 1p. 4to., [at sea],
May 25, 1945. While aboard his new flagship TICONDEROGA and in action against the Japanese home islands, he writes: “...I’m on my way to
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139. KURT UBBEN (1911 - 1944) Luftwaffe fighter pilot, recipient of
the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves. He claimed 110 victories in over
500 combat missions. Shot down over France and killed when his
parachute failed to open. Rare T.L.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., “In the Field”,
Mar. 1, 1943 thanking an admirer for his congratulations and sending
his autograph. One fold, else very good.
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The head of the Hitler Youth describes
the history of the HJ emblem
140. ERNST UDET (1896 - 1941) German aviator and combat flyer.
Flying a Fokker D.III, he scored his first victory on March 18, 1916 in a
lone attack against 22 French aircraft, later racking up 61 more victories. Udet was the highest scoring German ace to survive World War I.
Postcard photo of the German Alps, signed in the white margin. Fine.
141. ALBERT UHLIG Standartenführer (Waffen-SS). T.L.S. 1p. 4to.,
Berlin, Aug. 17, 1944 to Sturmbannfuhrer Horst Prassdorff congratulating him for his eight years of service in the SS. File holes at left, else
very good.
142. ANTON VOGLER (1882 19??) SS brigade commander and
major general of the Waffen-SS,
site commander of the Waffen-SS
Munich. T.L.S., 1p. 4to., Munich,
Dec. 30, 1944 to Gauleiter PAUL
GIESLER thanking him for the repeated donation of 10,000 liters
of beer for the Christmas celebration of the Waffen-SS and
adding that they will continue to
be ready for action at anytime.
Signed in black ink, file holes at
left covered with archival tape,
and initialed by Giesler: “G15/1”.
Giesler was known for the capture and defeat of the White Rose
student resistance movement,
and he was made Reich Minister
for the Interior in Adolf Hitler’s
will of April 29, 1945. He never
had the chance to assume this latest post, though: Giesler and his wife
committed suicide.
149. BALDUR VON SCHIRACH (1907 - 1974) Nazi leader of the Hitler
Youth and Gauleiter of Vienna, sentenced at Nuremburg to twenty years
for war crimes. Fine content A.L.S. “Baldur”, 4pp. large 4to., [n.p., Nov.
22, 1969 to a collector. Von Schirach discusses the potential sale of an
award, a Hitler Youth Honor Badge made of gold and gems, presented
by the Hitler Youth to him on his 35th birthday, and describes the evolution of the design of the award. In part: “...[it was made by] Peter Rath,
the best jeweler in Munich...the Bavarian kings used to buy their jewels
in the shop...the object is something for a collector. The history of the
emblem is this: the normal emblem worn by every member of the H.J.,
designed by myself long before 1933 was plain enamel and about this
size [sketch added] later after 33 the old members of the HJ were decorated by me with the so called ‘Golden HJ Abgeichen’ (the same enamel
emblem with a broad gold rim) and Hitler and the cabinet somewhat
later proclaimed the Golden HJ emblem an official decoration (‘order’)
of the Reich, to be worn by those who received it from me on any military
or other uniform. I presented this golden decoration to several high
ranking officers...members of the cabinet...went with an official certificate signed by me...the only official order...which could be
somebody else than the head of state...this one object is in no collection...I would sell the object together with a signed statement...”. One
page cleanly split horizontally, the other also bears partial splits, one old
tape repair, otherwise very good. Sold with a second A.L.S. “Baldur” on
both sides of his personal correspondence card, [n.p.], July 3, 1969 to
the same collector. He sends a promised emblem: “...the highest decoration awarded only once...I am deeply moved by your kind words...”.
143. PAUL EWALD VON KLEIST (1881 - 1954) German military officer, the top Panzer commander in the German Army and superior to
Guderian and Hoth, invaded France and later the Ukraine where he was
captured by the Russians. S.P. 4” x 5 3/4” b/w, a fine chest, up pose
engraving boldly signed in blue ink. Fine.
144. PAUL EWALD VON KLEIST Typed D.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., [n.p.],
Apr. 20, 1942 (Hitler’s birthday), a list of three men to be awarded the
War Merit Cross with Swords, Second Class
145. GEORG VON KUCHLER (1881 - 1968) German field marshal who
led the drive of the 18th Army to take paris and raise the swastika over
the Eifel Tower. Briefly imprisoned for war crimes. S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”
b/w, a fine chest, up pose in uniform, boldly signed in blue ink and
adding rank beneath. Fine.
GERMAN CROSS IN SILVER Fine content typed D.S. signed by three
prominent German generals, 5pp. legal folio, “In the Field”, Nov. 17,
1943. Oberst Volkmar Schone, an 8th Army staff officer and already
an Iron Cross recipient, is recommended for the German Cross in Silver.
His service record is briefly summarized, and the reason for the award
is set forth. Schone is credited with regulating crucial train scheduling
and transport of material, specifically during the German advances
during the battle of Kursk. Signed on the first page in indelible pencil
by HANS SPEIDEL(1897-1984), who served in Russian and notably at
Stalingrad, later with Rommel in France. At conclusion, Schone is further praised by Gen. OTTO WOHLER (1894-1987), a Knight’s Cross
with Oak Leaves recipient who also fought with distinction on the Eastern Front, who also signs in indelible pencil. At conclusion, the proposed award is further forwarded approved by ERICH VON MANSTEIN
(1887-1973) as field marshal, signing in graphite pencil. A very clean
tear through Speidel’s signature has been meticulously and expertly
repaired on verso, file holes in left margin, else very good.$400-600
150. JURGEN WAGNER (1901 - 1947) Waffen-SS brigade leader, commander of the 23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division “Nederland”,
awarded the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves. Typed D.S., 4to., 1p., field
command post, Feb. 18, 1944. Wagner responds to a letter regarding
the denial of promotion of certain unit leaders due to their being childless: “ is clear that the reason for being childless is not due to sickness
or non-desire, the procreation of the family is obstructed by to the continued war service and limited leave. For this reason a denial of promotion is unreasonable...”. Very good.
151. JONATHAN M. WAINWRIGHT (1883 - 1953) “Skinny”, American general
who defended Bataan and Coregidor after MacArthur’s withdrawal early in World
War II. I.S.P. 5” x 7” b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform nicely signed in white ink
and adding his rank: “General, U.S.A. (Retired). Near fine.
147. FRANZ VON PAPEN (1879-1969) Chancellor of Germany and Vice
Chancellor in Hitler’s early years of power, von Papen was acused and later
acquitted of war crimes. S.P. 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” b/w, a seated pose with papers
in hand, boldly signed in blue ink in lower margin. Mounted, fine.$150-200
152. WALTER WARLIMONT (1894 - 1976) German officer, Senior Operations Staff Officer to Keitel, a member of Hitler’s inner circle, tried
at Nuremberg. S.P. 4 1/2” x 6” b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform, boldly
signed with his rank added on verso. Fine.
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153. TAMON YAMAGUCHI (1892 - 1942) Japanese admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy whose carrier force was part of the attack on Pearl
Harbor, sheltering many of the planes that would attack the port. Yamaguchi was killed in action, choosing to go down with the sinking aircraft
carrier Hiryu at the battle of Midway. Very rare I.S.P., 3” x 2” sepia showing the future admiral relaxing upon a sofa, probably while attending
Princeton, inscribed and signed in english characters. Fine.
the recommendation for, and award of the Knights Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords to Waffen-SS Obersturmfuhrer der Reserve
Erich Weise. The first document, 4pp. 4to., “Headquarters OKH”, Nov. 8, 1943 sets forth Wiese’s military background and prodigious
accomplishments as Technical Repair Officer of the 5th SS Panzer Division “Wiking”. Due to the rarity of the award, the printed title of
the document had to be altered and an additional line in the award name added as no suitable pre-printed document existed. The document then went for Hitler’s review, and on Nov. 16, 1943 a typed note on the first page indicates that the award is “Approved!” with
an officer signing for Hitler beneath his typed name. The second document is the award, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Nov. 16, 1943, naming Weise
as the recipient and signed in indelible pencil by RUDOLF SCHMUNDT (1896 - 1944), general and chief adjutant of the armed forces
and a close friend of Hitler, mortally wounded in the July 20, 1944 bomb attempt on Hitler’s life. Also signed by SS-Obssturmbannfuhrer
WILHELM KMENT. File holes, else near fine. Weise, would later be awarded a Knights Cross, one of only 18 Waffen-SS soldiers to receive
this award.
19 signatures of the principal defendants at Nuremberg
155. NUREMBURG TRIAL DEFENDANTS Rare grouping of 19 signatures
of the Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military
Tribunal which was held between 20 November 1945 and 1 October
1946. The signatures appear within the book of photographs Nurnberg,
by Charles a. Alexander (Nuremberg: Karl Ulrich & Co.), 1946. Approx.
100pp., 9 1/2” x 12 1/2”, every other page bearing a full-page photograph of everything from shattered city streets and buildings to pastoral
scenes of farms, shoppers, and the city rebuilding. The first portion of
the book is devoted to images of the trials. One plate shows the entire
courtroom from above, including defendants, and is signed on the blank
verso by HERMANN GORING and RUDOLF HESS. The next page shows
an unknown witness testifying, and is signed on the verso by 17 other
and HJALMAR SCHACHT. When the book is open, this page directly
faces a gallery view of ten of the defendants. Sold with a 14pp. 8vo. informational program issued by the Information Dept. of the Military Tribunal setting forth the court’s seating chart, charges levied, biographies
of defendants, etc. Also a 1946 Polish pictorial publication with hundreds
of images from the trials. Overall very good to fine.
Thirty signed documents, letters,
and notes of Soviet marshals
156. MARSHALS OF THE SOVIET UNION Fine and rare archive of thirty documents,
cards, letters, etc. signed by Marshall of the Soviet Union, most figuring prominently
in military actions in World War II. Included is: GEORGI ZHUKOV, commanded the
Russian armies at the monumental battles of Moscow and Kursk, and in the taking
of Berlin, pre-war D.S., 4pp. 4to., signed attestation; MATVEI ZAKHAROV, D.S.,
4pp.4to., signed attestation; SERGEY AKHROMEYEV, serving with distinction on the
Leningrad front, ornate signed May Day greeting card; IVAN BAGRAMYAN, commander of the Baltic Front, T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p. 4to., 1966; PAVEL
BATITSKY, commanded the 73rd Rifle Corps and the 128th Rifle Corps, 1969 greeting card sent to Viktor Kharchenko; NIKOLAI BULGANIN, Deputy Commissar for Defense under Stalin, and served as Stalin’s principal agent in the High Command of
the Red Army, T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p. 4to., 1948, crudely repaired tears not
affecting signature; VASILY CHUIKOV commander of the 62nd Army during the Battle of Stalingrad, twice Hero of the Soviet Union, typed D.S., 4pp. 4to., signed attestation; ANDREI YERYEMENKO, fought in the defense of Moscow and was
instrumental in the surrounding of German forces at Stalingrad, large, bold scrawled
A.N.S., post-war; FILIPP GOLYKOV, commanded the Bryansk Front (1942) and
Voronezh Front (1942-43), A.D.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., 1967; ANDREI GRECHKO, led
armies in the North Caucasus, Ukraine, Hungary and Austria, post-war May Day
signed greeting card; SEMYON KORKOTKIN, brigade commander on the Voronezh
Front and later the 1st Ukrainian Front, signed May Day greeting; PYOTR KOSHEVOY, defended Stalingrad, and fought in the liberation of the Crimea and the
capture of East Prussia, signed May Day card sent to Viktor Kharchenko; NIKOLY
KRYLOV, chief of staff of the 62nd Army and commanded the 5th Army, 1963 May
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presented in a blue leather album with gilt trim and gilt Pilots Badge on
Day postcard, signed; VIKTOR KULIKOV, led a tank brigade, colorful signed 1983 May Day card; GRIGORY KULIK, led the Soviet’s
artillery attack on Finland, T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p. 4to.,
1940; KIRILL MERETSKOV, commanded the 7th Army and was later
on the Volkhov Front during the siege of Leningrad, typed D.S. 2pp.
4to., 1948, a recommendation for promotion; KIRILL
MOSKALENKO, tank corps commander at such as Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk, May Day greeting card sent to Viktor Kharchenko;
NIKOLAI OGARKOV, an engineer on the Western Front, 1977 New
Year’s greeting card; VASILY PETROV, fought in the defense of
Odessa, Sevastopol, and in the Caucasus. He later took part in the
liberation of the Ukraine, revolution anniversary card sent to another
marshal, signed; BORIS SHAPOSHNIKOV, Chief of the General Staff
who planned the invasion of Finland, typed D.S., 1p. 8vo., 1936,
mounted, with chips at margin; VASILY SOKOLOVSKY, fought in the
defense of Moscow, T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p. 4to., 1948;
SERGEI SOKOLOV, signed greeting card, post-war; SEMYON TIMOSHENKO, led 640,000 men at the Second Battle of Kharkov, commander of the Stalingrad, Leningrad, Caucasus, and Baltic fronts,
T.Ms.S., 1p. 4to., 1967; FYODOR TOLBHUKIN, engaged at Stalingrad and in the Balkans, D.S., 2pp. 4to., 1948, a recommendation;
KIRILL MOSKALENKO, post-war signed greeting card; KLIMENT
VOROSHILOV, bravely resisted the encirclement of Leningrad,
typed D.S., 1p.oblong 8vo., 1935, stating that he had fired his
housekeeper due to her devotion to her faith; IVAN YAKUBOVSKY,
tank commander fighting at Stalingrad, in the liberation of Kiev and
Fastiv, and the taking of Berlin, typed D.S., 1p. 4to., 1972; DMITRY
YAZOV, signed greeting card; and MATVEI ZAKHAROV, Chief of
Staff of the Kalinin Front and of the Steppe Front, helped plan a
number of brilliant operations against German forces, signed greeting card sent to Kharchenko. Also included are two ca. 1938
telegrams signed by ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV, member of the Politburo and Secretariat of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union,
and by ANDREI TUPOLEV, pioneering Soviet aircraft designer.
Overall fine.
bearing the images of four Luftwaffe Knight’s Cross awardees and signed
by each, 16 1/2” x 11 3/4” color, shows excellent renderings of four aircraft, squadron emblems, and the recipients, signed by each beside their
164. MILITARY NOTABLES Lot of 14 commemorative first day postal
covers and one card signed by generals and other military notables. Included are Iwo Jima flag-raisers JOHN BRADLEY and CHARLES LINDBERG, with photographer JOE ROSENTHAL, OMAR BRADLEY, MIKE
ALEXANDER HAIG, and others. Also included (and totally unrelated): astronomers CLYDE TOMBAUGH and JAMES CHRISTY. Fine. $150-200
165. TEST PILOTS AND MILITARY AVIATORS Lot of nine commemorative first day postal covers signed by noted aviators, includes CHUCK
two Memphis Belle crewmen. Fine.
166. THE “BLACK SHEEP” SQUADRON In August 1943, a group of
twenty-seven young men under the leadership of Major Gregory “Pappy”
Boyington were joined together to form the original “Black Sheep” of
VMF-214. The Black Sheep Squadron fought for eighty-four days. They
met the Japanese over their own fields and territory and piled up a record
of 203 planes destroyed or damaged, produced nine fighter aces with
97 confirmed air-to-air kills, and sank several troop transports and supply ships. A fine framed presentation, includes at center a photo of Boyington along with his engrossed and signed 1984 check making a $14.50
payment to Carte Blanche. These items are surrounded by seven identical
first day postal covers commemorating classic American aircraft, and
each cover is individually signed by a different squadron member. They
fine condition, double-matted in gray and black and set into a black and
gold wood frame.
157. AMERICAN GENERALS Commemorative first day postal cover honoring the 50th anniversary of the Veteran’s Administration, 1980, signed
on the face by American generals MATTHEW RIDGWAY, JAMES H.
items signed by three WW II prominent military men. Includes: I.S.P. 8”
x 10” color of JIMMY DOOLITTLE American aviator and Tokyo air
raider, showing him in uniform later in life, a clipped signature of
OMAR BRADLEY, general and later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and
a signed book cover from his memoirs by M.O.H winner RICHARD
O’KANE. A fine group.
167. THE FLYING TIGERS A superb limited edition color print of artist
Roy Grinnell’s painting The Legend Begins” signed in pencil by 29 veterans of Claire Chennault’s “Flying Tigers. The 27” x 20 1/2” (sight) image
depicts the first day the American volunteers flew in combat over China:
two P-40Bs are seen attacking Japanese Ki-48 “Lilys” then en route to
Kunming. Three of the bombers became casualties of their American
pursuers. The print was likely signed at the Aviation Hall of Fame on July
24, 199 as Flying Tigers were honored for their service. Among those
KEETON, and 21 others. Very fine condition, double-matted and set into
a fine silver-gilt wood frame.
159. DOOLITTLE RAIDERS A fine framed presentation piece assembling
items signed by Gen. JAMES H. DOOLITTLE and seven airmen who flew
with him on their historic air raid on Tokyo on Apr. 18, 1942. At center
is an S.P. 8” x 10” b/w picturing Doolittle in uniform in later years, the
inscription at top fairly carefully removed. It is surrounded by seven matted first day postal covers commemorating World War II, each individually
signed by a pilot, bombardier, or navigator who flew with Doolittle on
the mission. All of the items are in fine condition, double-matted and set
into a black and gilt gold frame. Attractive.
160. DOOLITTLE RAIDERS A fine framed presentation piece assembling
items signed by Gen. JAMES H. DOOLITTLE and twelve airmen who flew
with him on their historic air raid on Tokyo on Apr. 18, 1942. At center
is a white card boldly signed by Doolittle who piloted the lead aircraft. It
is surrounded by 12 matted first day postal covers commemorating
World War II, each individually signed by a pilot, bombardier, or other
crewman who flew with Doolittle on the same mission. All of the items
are in fine condition, double-matted and set into a fine wood frame. An
attractive display!
168. WORLD WAR II ACES Lot of 15 commemorative first day postal
covers signed by American aces of World War II. Included are two who
became aces in a single day. Also included is a 1942 postal cover honoring the Chinese-American alliance, signed by ten veteran Flying Tigers.
16 pcs.
169. WORLD WAR II MEDAL OF HONOR AWARDEES Lot of 51 commemorative first day postal covers individually signed by soldiers and
sailors awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor during World
War II. Also included is SHIZUYA HIYASHI, a Japanese-American who
joined the army before Pearl Harbor. After the war, a review board found
that racial discrimination prevented his being awarded the country’s top
military award and undid the injustice. Fine condition.
161. JAPANESE WAR CRIMINALS Japanese ten yen bank note signed by
at least two lesser Japanese war criminals, MASAICHI TOYAMA, Imperial
Navy Captain GOHSUKE TANIGUCHI , and also signed by “N. Nakamura”
and “Monkaya Ohsuge”. Fine, worthy of research.
162. LUFTWAFFE FIGHTER ACES Ornate bound album of individual
quarto-sized signed biographical and informational sheets signed by
various Luftwaffe fighter aces of distinction, issued ca. 1985 by the Military Gallery. Each page, with text in the first person, bears a portrait of
the signer, his biography, information on his unit, a description of the
aircraft he flew in combat, and a sample of a combat report in his own
words. Signers include: HERMANN BUCHNER, MARTIN DREWES,
postcard photos signed by three important artistic figures of the Third
Reich, includes sculptor ARNO BREKER, a close-up of the face of a statue
of a man; propaganda filmmaker LENI RIEFENSTAHL, a chest, up portrait, and FRANZ ADAM, leader of the National Socialist Reichs Symphonie Orchestra (signed in pencil). Overall very good.
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World War II: Archives & Documents
GREAT BRITAIN Offered here is perhaps the most important
wartime archive to ever be offered for private sale, Rudolf Hess’
personal file containing all of his personal notes, copies of letters,
transcripts of interviews, and other holograph material surrounding
his long-debated May 10, 1941 flight to Scotland to negotiate a
separate peace with England - including what is most likely the
handwritten proposal of peace terms he handed to Lord Simon on
the day of their official meeting.
About twenty years ago our consignor received an anonymous telephone call from a man familiar with his work. He was told to go to
a specific location the following day, where this material would be
left for him with the hope that it would be of use in his projects.
The original source of this archive remains unknƒown, though Hess’
notes and the personal nature of much of the contents indicate that
it belonged to Hess himself. Some speculate that the former head
of MI-6, Sir Maurice Oldfield, sought to prevent the truth about the
Hess’ British captivity remaining concealed forever. At the request
of Dr. Wilfried Beer, Dr. Baumgarten from the Bundesarchiv in Berlin
asked if he might be allowed to perform a forensic analysis of one
of the documents in the file. The results showed that the document
is an original document and definitely not spurious. Subsequently,
in 2012 the Bundesarchiv contacted the British government and
asked if something was perhaps missing. They were advised that
this “Most Secret File” was unknown to them, and they have stated
that they are not missing anything of this exact nature. While certain elements of this file, or certain copies thereof, have been made
available to the press, much of the file remains unknown to the
public and at the very least the disclosure of its content answers
many of the most perplexing questions that evolved from World
War II.
n.d.] listing eleven items included in the file and listed below.
The description which follows is written in the order in which the
documents appear in the file, which is arranged largely in chronological order:
1.) A handwritten table of contents in Hess’ hand, 1p. 8vo., [n.p.,
2.) “Discussion with Herzog von Hamilton on May 11, 1941 in Glasgow”, initialed “R. H.” at conclusion, 1p. legal folio, in pencil with carbon copy, [Maryhill Barracks, likely May 11, 1941]. Hess’ notes following his talk the Duke of Hamilton, in German. Likely written on the
morning after he parachuted into Scotland, Hess writes, in part: “In the end of August [1940]…a person known to both of us, General
Haushofer, mentioned the following regarding the offer of communication by the Fuhrer…Haushofer said ‘I know an Englishman of your
age whose personality would appeal to you who is a pilot like you, the Duke of Hamilton. If there were a possibility that the two of you
talk, I believe that he will show an understanding of the thoughts of the Fuhrer…That discussion made me think of talking to the Duke
after having made my flight to England…the war brings bad things to all participants…there is great sacrifice on both sides…The British
Empire will come out of this war weakened…or collapsed…the British Government will now be able to declare that they will discuss
[terms] with Reichsminister Hess...the offer by the Fuhrer is genuine…the British cannot continue the war without coming to terms with
Germany…By my coming to England, the British Government can now declare that they are able to have talks…convinced that the offer
by the Fuhrer is genuine…the British Government has no reason for further bloodshed…the British will agree to the suggestions made
by Reichsminister Hess…the Duke was moved…unfortunately I have come at an inconvenient moment…Germany is facing tough times
because the RAF has commenced great things…’There is no way that the British Empire will be destroyed’…I replied ‘Let us wait’ “ Fascinating content showing Hess’ certainty that Britain would accept his terms, and the duke’s amenability to Hess’ cause - but putting
to rest the long-held belief that Hess and the duke met secretly the night of Hess’ flight. DOUGLAS-DOUGLAS HAMILTON, 14th DUKE
OF HAMILTON (1903-1973) was a Scottish nobleman and RAF Squadron Leader. While visiting Berlin, Hamilton met Albrecht Haushofer,
who later became Hess’ advisor on foreign affairs and some suspect may have facilitated communication between Hess and Hamilton.
Interestingly, General Karl Haushofer’s name was mentioned by Hess probably to protect Albrecht. Under suspicion for aiding Hess in
planning the flight, Albrecht was put in prison for some weeks and then kept under Gestapo surveillance until he was murdered by the
SS in 1945.
3.) “Lord Chancellor Simon the 9th of June 1941 Foundation for an Understanding”, in the hand of Rudolf Hess, 2pp legal folio, [“Camp
Z”, Mytchett Place near Aldershot], June 9, 1941. Historic proposed terms of peace handed to Lord John Simon during Hess’ interview
by Simon the same day and contained in the transcript of that interview (see below).
This most important transcript sets forth Hess’ terms for peace between Germany and Great Britain, based on his multiple discussions
with Hitler. In part: “…1.) In order to prevent future wars between England and Germany spheres of interest shall be defined. Germany’s
sphere of interest is Europe - England’s sphere of interest is her Empire…2.) Return of German Colonies 3.) Indemnification of German
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Nationals who had their residence…within the British Empire and who suffered damage…Indemnification on the
same basis by Germany of British subjects. 4.) Armistice
and peace be concluded with Italy at the same time.The
above points were discussed with the Fuhrer by me in
talks as the basis for an understanding with England…
there were no other points named…With regards to Iraq…
this country should be left in the lurch…”. Folded in quarters, as though Hess had carried it in his pocket, some
marginal tears and file holes, else very good.
4.) “Protocol of the Discussion between R. H. and Lord
Chancellor Simon on 9 June 1941”, typed D.S. initialed “R.
H.” multiple times with extensive holograph notes
throughout, 76pp. legal folio, [“Camp Z”, Mytchett Place
near Aldershot], June 9, 1941. Lord John Simon, Lord
Chancellor (“Dr. Guthrie”), SIS officer Ivone Kirkpatrick
(“Dr. Mackenzie”), and interpreter “Captain Barnes”, in actuality an MI-6 agent operating under an assumed name.
In this first official interview of Hess, the Party Secretary
reveals the motivations behind his incredible flight to
Scotland and his proposed peace offer to the British Government. The three-hour interview, stamped “MOST SECRET”, follows. Hess’ responses are translated by the
interpreter, Barnes, who sometimes speaks for Hess in the
second person, and Hess has also translated many of the English questions asked onto the preceding blank page. In very small part: “…
his journey - has not been properly understood by anyone here…because it is such an extraordinary step…I arrived at the decision to
come here after seeing the Fuhrer during the French campaign in June…they would conquer England, sooner or later…I was of the
opinion that we must demand from England the restitution of goods…taken from us by the Versailles Treaty…The Fuhrer was of the
opinion that the war could possibly lead to a closer rapprochement between the countries, which he had always attempted to bring
about…even if victorious, they should not impose any severe conditions…Then came the Fuhrer’s offer to England at the conclusion of
the French campaign. This offer was, as is known, refused…his arrival here would be a ‘peg’, a ground for starting negotiations without
a loss of prestige [by England]…no serious historian is now of the opinion that Germany was responsible for the World War [I]…Germany
had this treaty imposed on her…”. Hess then recites a series of complaints regarding Hitler’s attempts to peacefully rearm and negotiate
disarmament pacts, which he claims were all to no avail. He continues: “England always seeks to build up a coalition against the strongest
Continental power and sooner or later attack it…England should imagine what it would be like to have a corridor going right through
the middle [Danzig]…Poland was even prepared to accede…Then the mutual assistance pact was signed…The reasons for intervention
[in Poland] were again the maltreatment of men of German race…England intended to occupy certain parts of Norway to serve as bases
against Germany…An [Allied] attack through Belgium and Holland was intended aiming at the Ruhrgebiet…This was all proved by the
finding of documents at La Charite…Germany has not treated any nation as England the Boers, the Indians and the Irish…We have not
created any concentration camps for women and children…the Fuhrer did not want to bomb the civilian population…”. At this point,
Lord Simon interrupts Hess’ statement to ask that Hess describe the purpose
of his mission, retorting: “…the British people too are a proud people…and will
not easily accept such reproaches…”. Hess responds in kind: “…All our aircraft
factories are still standing…factories have been added…England’s position is
hopeless…only a foretaste of what is still to come…our losses…are very small…
one day sooner or later this weapon will be in our hand and I don’t say it will be
decisive…I only say it will be more terrible than anything that has gone before
[V1 and V2?]…the numbers of our U-Boats…are very considerable…three-quarters of Europe is engaged in building U-Boats…U-Boat warfare as envisaged by
the Fuhrer has not yet commenced…The convoy system has failed…American ship production cannot be sufficient to cover these
losses…When I was considering the question of
this flight I always made enquiries of the Fuhrer
as to the conditions of peace…[Simon]…do you
come here with the Fuhrer’s knowledge or
without his knowledge? [Hess] Without his
knowledge Absolutely. [Laughs]…Yes, surely…
they are the ideas of the Fuhrer…”. The proposed terms of peace (see above) are entered
into the record, and Lord Simon asks several
questions about their content: “[Simon]
Moscow and all that part…is that part of the
European zone? [Hess] No, not at all…The
Fuhrer told him, when they were talking about
the occupied countries…some people say perhaps he would keep everything…[he said] ‘I am
not crazy’…[Simon] England feels that it must
not leave Holland in the lurch…[Hess]…that will
all have to come later…Britain should not mix
herself up in the domestic affairs of Europe…
The day will come when England will be forced
to accede…[Simon] there is a good deal of
courage in this country and we are not very
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fond of threats…”. Much more excellent, important content. File holes, else near fine. JOHN ALLSEBROOK SIMON, 1ST VISCOUNT SIMON
(1873 - 1954) was a British politician who held senior Cabinet posts from the beginning of the First World War to the end of the Second.
He is one of only three people to have served as Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer.
5.) “Transcript of a Statement in Connection with the Atlantic Announcement”, A.Ms.S. “Rudolf Hess”, 2pp. legal folio in pencil, with
carbon copy, “England”, Aug. 21, 1941. Hess pens a response to the Atlantic Conference and Charter signed by Roosevelt and Churchill
on Aug. 9-10, 1941 in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. In part: “…Since I was asked to make a comment regarding the eight points in the
announcement by the President of the United States and the British Prime Minister, I declare the following…the above-named announcement is basically an answer…it asks for the disarmament of the attacker nations…as long as the announcement contains insults, I have
to deny to even make any response to any point…I welcome the effects from the point of view of the [benefit to the people]…the German
People have not forgotten the experiences of [World War I]…without weapons, facing an enemy who, breaking the Treaty of Versailles,
could keep its weapons…it was not a tyranny, it was a democracy in Germany…”. File holes, else very good.
6.) “GERMANY - ENGLAND from the point of view of the war against the Soviet Union”, T.Ms.S. “Rudolf Hess” in type, [England, ca. Sep.
9, 1941], a translation of a handwritten text (also included), an A.Ms.S. “Rudolf Hess” at head and conclusion, 32pp. legal folio, in pencil,
Sep. 6, 1941 but indicated by Hess at top: “Handed to Lord Beaverbrook 9.9.41”. The typed text, boldly stamped “MOST SECRET”, states
that Germany seeks a “rational” peace with England, without military conflict. He extensively discusses Germany’s manufacturing
strength, and its extensive stocks of armaments and ammunition. He also compares warfare and army preparedness in 1941 to what
was seen during World War I. Moving forward, he tries to ally Britain with Germany: “…In the campaign of Germany and her Allies against
the Bolsheviks it is…a matter of…protecting Europe against the Bolshevik danger and of braking it…” He then reiterates Germany’s
strength in U-boat results and production, and the fact that Germany has no desire to occupy England. He further expands on Germany’s
air strength and its potential to destroy England, and mentions the Germans’ determination to resist the “horrible activities of Bolshevist
hordes in Germany”. Hess then examines the result of a British victory: he notes that the Bolsheviks would occupy Germany and much
of Europe, and represent a danger to the British Empire itself. He is convinced that even a German victory over Russia would fail to keep
that country down for long, and only all of Europe, using Germany as a “counterweight”, could
resist such a vast, populous nation. He concludes:”England should ask herself whether it is
worthwhile to try at great sacrifice to defeat the Axis with the certitude that Bolshevik Russia
will develop into a much more dangerous opponent…”. WILLIAM MAXWELL AITKEN, LORD
BEAVERBROOK (1879-1964) was a Canadian-British media tycoon and politician. Beaverbrook,
who headed Britain’s wartime aircraft production, was a close personal friend of Churchill. He
had coincidentally met and become acquainted with Hess (and Hitler) during several trips to
Berlin in the Thirties.
7.) Fair copies in Hess’ hand of various correspondences between Lord Beaverbrook and himself, 2pp. legal folio, Sep. 1-6, 1941, in pencil, with Hess’ letters bearing his initials. The first
letter, from Beaverbrook, asks if Hess remembers their meetings at the Reichs Chancellery in
Berlin. He states that he had intended for quite a while to meet with Hess again, and asks when
he may be allowed to visit. Hess replies that he recalls their meetings and hopes that their
talks will be official and without witnesses. Beaverbrook in turn promises a private tete-a-tete
and will provide a translator. Hess then re-confirms the privacy of the meeting, and states
that they will speak in English.
8.) Discussion with Lord Beaverbrook (resulting from the above), an A.Ms.S. signed “R. H.”,
4pp. legal folio, [England], Sep. 9, 1941, in pencil. Hess’ notes on his meeting, in part: “…
Beaverbrook inquires about my health…I have been a quarter of a year with a broken leg…
’You are missing your relatives and friends’…mentioned maybe he could be my friend…told
me he had met Churchill…when Churchill had received the news of my landing…Churchill
showed him a picture with the question: ‘Who is that?’ Beaverbrook said immediately ‘Hess’…
Beaverbrook did not believe of my coming…he had to travel to Russia…he was laughing…he
kept his original opinion despite the war…he regrets the war with Germany…we regret the
war with England, especially the Fuhrer…it’s difficult to stop in the middle of a war…I said
that’s why I came, to make it psychologically easier…I gave him the protocol of June 9th…
Major Foley showed up, he was interested in the talk…”.
9.) Fair copy of an A.L.S. “R. H.” from Hess to Lord Beaverbrook 2pp. legal folio, [England],
Oct. 23, 1941, in pencil. Hess attaches a copy of his Sep. 5, 1941 protest to the British Government. He adds: “…what I saw coming for a while has now happened…the Fuhrer has decided that now the war will be fought until victory. I know the Fuhrer too well and know what it means…as much as he thought about
an understanding, now he will fight until death…I did not give up hope that England will come to its senses and there will be an understanding between our people…he could not do much more…I put all my personal efforts on the line, but it was not meant to be…”. Accompanied by Hess’ “Statement of Evidence and Protest” to the British Government, copies (carbon) in English (20pp.) and an original
pencil and a second carbon copy in German (43pp.), with notation that they had been transmitted to Lord Beaverbrook on Oct. 23rd.
Hess complains of being slowly poisoned while in captivity: “…a curious feeling of warmth from the neck to the head…similar to a
headache…rapid firing of the brain…convinced I should become insane [if continued]…I jumped into the well of the house intending to
end my life…I only broke my thigh…I was given further quantities of the unknown substance…Each new quantity delayed the negative
reaction and prolonged the feeling of well-being…given tablets…’viganin’…for the purpose of reducing pain…” Hess also complains
about the painful re-setting of his leg splint, lack of mail and news, noise, etc. In the appendix, Hess promises that upon his return to
Germany, he will: “…cause an investigation to be made…” of “alleged treatment of prisoners in concentration camps”. His statement is
hedged with the claim that the camps hold communists, and that other countries had imprisoned National Socialists. File holes, else
10.) Fair copies of two A.L.S.s sent to King George VI, each signed “R. H.”, 7pp. total, [England], Nov. 3, 1941 and Jan. 23, 1942, in
pencil. Hess asks that the King appoint a commission to investigate his treatment while in captivity as Hess has had no response to his
protests. Hess states that he does not trust the British government, and hopes that the king may release potential witnesses from their
oaths of secrecy to testify on his behalf. Hess also states that he had come to England to serve the people of both countries.
11.) Fair copy of an A.L.S., “Rudolf Hess” with initialed postscript, 2pp. 8vo., [n.p., n.d.], in German, a partial copy of a letter lacking
perhaps the top one inch of text, probably sent to Lord Beaverbrook. In part: “…In the letter that I left for the Fuhrer, I wrote him that
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it might be possible for him to receive news
from England regarding my death. No matter
what is given as the cause of death, for example
suicide…and if there is a suspicion that the
death were brought through elements in England…which might influence a peace agreement…Germany should not be influenced…
even if my death occurred under the most suspicious circumstances, there still might be reason to come to peace with willing elements.
This basically is my last will…my death might
even be good for the cause…could play a great
propaganda role…I promised to the Fuhrer in
the letter that I will not commit suicide…”.
12.) Hess’ reasons for his flight to Scotland, a
recap of much stated above, an A.Ms. (unsigned), 14pp. 8vo., [n.p.], June 6, 1943. Hess
states the reasons for the war, faults Britain for
its adventures in Arabia, again cites the
strengths of the German navy and air force,
German strengths mentally and materially, alternatives to British cooperation, etc.
13.) Hess’ history of the first part of World War
II, from his perspective, an A.Ms. (unsigned),
6pp. legal folio.
14.) Group of various complaints by Hess as noted by nurses and staff, including a request that a seal be provided for his food, notes
on his treatment, a diagnosis of spasm of the pylorus, an appointment of the officer in charge of Hess, etc., one an A.N.S. initialed by
Hess, 1943-45, 9 pages. Hess’ flight had ramifications that have lasted until today. Immediately after the event, Hitler worried that that
his other allies would perceive Hess’ act as an attempt by Hitler to secretly open peace negotiations with the British. He ordered that the
media depict Hess as delusional and acting without any authority. Hitler also ordered Hess to be shot should he return to Germany and
abolished the post of Deputy Führer, assigning Hess’ former duties to Martin Bormann. Aktion Hess was initiated, a flurry of hundreds
of arrests of astrologers, faith healers, and occultists undertaken as part of a propaganda effort by Goebbels and others to denigrate
Hess and to make scapegoats of occult practitioners. Many have speculated that Hitler had sent Hess to deliver a message informing
Churchill of the forthcoming invasion of the Soviet Union, and offering a negotiated peace or even an anti-Bolshevik partnership. Stalin
and many others believed that Hess’ flight had been engineered by the British, with the expectation that eventually the British would
join an anti-Soviet bloc. Indeed, Churchill confronted Truman with just that accusation in 1944. Other theories include an elaborate MI6
sting which persuaded Hess that members of the Royal Family were willing to broker a peace deal with the Nazis, that Hess was indeed
involved in a plan to meet the King’s sympathetic brother, the Duke of Kent, and one theory holds that is was not Hess but a “body double” who parachuted into Scotland on May 11, 1941. While the British have - without explanation - sealed the contents of their files on
Hess until 2017, this archive for the first time brings to light Hess’ own thoughts on his failed “peace mission”, written in his own hand
at the time the events occurred. Virtually none of the content of this file has been written by others: it is a first-person history of the
great historic importance.
A checklist of vessels sunk at Midway, probably made on the scene
JAPANESE LOSSES AT MIDWAY An historic set of notes
detailing losses of Japanese vessels at the crucial battle
of Midway, likely written by the captain of the USS ENTERPRISE, JOHN D. MURRAY (1890-1956), during the
battle or within a few hours thereafter. The notes, 8pp.
8vo., have all been written on “U.S.S. ENTERPRISE CAPTAIN’S OFFICE”letterhead, in pencil. The pages list 47
individual vessels or classes of vessels, from full-sized
aircraft carriers to battleships, cruisers, destroyers, seaplane carriers, and submarines. What is most revealing
is the first page, which lists the carriers Hosho, Akagi,
Kaga, Ryujo, Soryu and Hiryu along with the numbers
and types of aircraft aboard each. Four vessels bear
check marks above their names, but only three of those
vessels bear a second check mark through the first:
Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu. These three “double” check
marked vessels were sunk or presumed sunk during the
battle. The Hiryu, which has only one check mark (which
must indicate it was hit), would not sink until the following morning, June 5th, when it was scuttled by the
Japanese. Therefore, these notes must have been written
before the Navy knew that the Hiryu had been destroyed. Additionally, two Mogami class vessels bear double check marks, and indeed
the heavy cruiser Mogami was heavily damaged in the battle, while her sister ship the Mikuma was sunk. An incredible set of contemporary notes from one of America’s greatest sea battles. Fine condition.
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Jimmy Doolittle’s unfilled promise to the Tokyo raiders...four would die as a result.
173. DOOLITTLE RAID ARCHIVE Fascinating and important archive of nine documents,
concerning the famous B-25 raid on Tokyo
headed by Col. James H. Doolittle on April
18, 1942, and its aftermath. The grouping
is 12pp. total, 4to., written from Washington and other locations, between Jan. 9,
1942 and Oct. 30, 1942. The first document is a T.L.S. by JAMES H. DOOLITTLE,
1p. (with carbon copy), 4to., “Headquarters
Army Air Force”, Jan. 9, 1942 to Commanding General of the Army Air Force
HENRY H. “HAP” ARNOLD. Doolittle
writes, in part: “...Mr. Paul Dronin and Dr.
Ed. Corbett have just presented a scheme
for the towing of fighting planes by
bombers...Considerable work would be involved in developing this does not
appear desirable that it be attempted at
this time...”. At bottom, Arnold notes in
pencil: “Have these men see Doolittle when
they come down to the office HAA”. Of
course, Doolittle’s planes flew to Tokyo
unaccompanied by fighters, so this plan
never “took off”. The second document,
3pp. 4to., War Dept., Washington, Nov. 11,
1942 is a memorandum stamped “SECRET”
and sent to Gen. Arnold listing: “...eighty (80) officers and men who participated in the Doolittle Mission...” and setting forth their current
disposition. The crew of Capt. Edward York’s plane is correctly listed as “Interned in Russia”, and six men are listed as “Missing, captured,
or dead”. Of those listed, two had drowned when their plane had crashed into the sea, three had been executed for “war crimes” by the
Japanese a month earlier, and one would die in captivity three weeks later. At conclusion, the report indicates that Doolittle asked that
ten crews be repatriated, but at the same time Arnold ordered that only five be sent home while the rest remain on active duty. Those
wounded are ordered by Gen. Laurence Kuter to only be returned upon the approval of Gen. Joseph Stilwell, then also in China. The
third document is a retained carbon copy of a letter to Doolittle by A.A.F. First Lt. Max Boyd to Doolittle, 2pp. 4to., [n.p.], July 16, 1942
marked “SECRET”, describing the loss of three men who had been on the Doolittle mission. Crewmen McGurl, Gardner and Duquette
perished on a mission subsequent to the raid on Tokyo when their aircraft crashed into a mountain during a bombing run over China.
The fourth item is a T.L.S. stamped “SECRET”, 1p. 4to., Nov. 11, 1942 sent by Air Corps Col. C. M. BEVANS to Gen. Arnold advising him:
“...General Bissell indicates no immediate contemplated return of combat personnel in view of the requirements of one year’s service in
an active theater...”. The next four items include carbon copies of three letters (one from Doolittle) and an original T.L.S., all between
the Air Corps and the parents of co-pilot Jacob Manch. They are particularly telling and tie this archive together in a meaningful way.
Manch had survived the raid on Tokyo and in his May 21, 1942 letter to his parents, Doolittle advises them of that fact and tells them
that he will “probably be returning here sometime in the not too distant future...”. On Aug. 30, Manch’s father writes Doolittle complaining that letters to the flyer are being returned and adds: “...When we saw Jack at Eglin Field in March [a month before the raid]all
of your boys I believe were going on a 90 day mission and then they were to be returned to the states for a furlough...I see where many
of these boys are and have been returned to the states. Is there any reason why Jack should not be allowed...”. The father’s letter is
replied to by an aide who simply gives a new address for the flyer and “passes the buck” to Manch’s unnamed commanding officer. The
last item is a letter from Manch’s mother to Gen. Arnold, Oct. 30, 1942: “...All of these men were promised that if they would undertake
a dangerous 90 day assignment (volunteer) that they would be returned to this country...the four or five men left over in China or India
should be allowed the promise which was given...these boys went through for their country...This boy did his task only
reason in writing is to have you know the truth...and injustice has been done to the men who dared...”. Overall fine condition. Manch
would remain in action in the China-Burma-India theater until June, 1943. If what Manch’s parents claim was true, an injustice was
indeed done to many of the Doolittle Raiders as 24 remained in service in with Manch in Asia, four of whom would be killed in action
within 90 days of the raid. Meanwhile, 37 men, including Doolittle, were returned safely to the U.S.
American seamen are is the vessel that rescues them!
on the sinking of the Liberty ship SS W. C. GORGAS in one of the most dramatic submarine/escort actions of World War II. The war-date file
contains 20 pages of reports, letters, statements, and cables concerning the sinking of the vessel. Some background: On March 11th, 1943,
German submarines attacked convoy HX-228 bound for the U.K. U-444 torpedoes freighter WILLIAM C. GORGAS (carrying 900 tons of explosives, foodstuffs, and LCT-2398). U-444 was then rammed by HMS HARVESTER and sunk. 41 of U-444 were killed, four rescued. HARVESTER
rescues the 27-man Armed Guard and 33 of the 43-man merchant complement from the GORGAS, but is herself later torpedoed and sunk by
U-432. Immediately thereafter, ACONIT returns to the scene and with depth charges, gunfire and ramming sinks U-432, with 26 killed and 20
survivors. Ultimately, only 12 men from WILLIAM C. GORGAS survive HARVESTER’s sinking, rescued by the ACONIT. U-757 then finally torpedoes
the nearly-sunk WILLIAM C. GORGAS. U-757 would ultimately be sent to the bottom with all hands nine months later. The documents are contained within a manila file folder with tab: WILLIAM C. GORGAS Sunk”. Most revealing is a 4pp. legal folio signed carbon copy of an attestation
given by First Asst. Engineer Yancey N. Hall (also signed by fellow survivors AB William Clark and AB Allen Giblin, New York, Mar. 27, 1943
setting forth details of the carnage. In part: “...was struck by a torpedo which hit on the starboard side...splitting the bulkhead. The main steam
lines were broken...filled with live steam. The ship began to settle...The captain order the vessel to be abandoned immediately...No. 6 life boat
was smashed against the side when it was launched. In this boat were the Second Officer and about 16 or 17 men and they were thrown into
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photographs, and so on. In total, about 75 pages of documents.
OPERATION PAPERCLIP netted the Americans about one hundred
scientists, including the builder of the American space program,
Werner von Braun. Overall very good, worthy of further study.
the sea...night was dark and visibility was very poor...force four, the
sea was rough...a second torpedo hit...There were 960 tons of T.N.T.
in this hold and the ship blew up immediately...two submarines surfaced, one on each side of us...HARVESTER appeared and took us
aboard...picked up 61 men...[he lists nine missing men]...instantly
killed by the explosion [or] dead because of the rough of her
[HARVESTER] propellers had broken off...the other propeller fell
off...about 11:00 AM we were struck by two torpedoes, both on the
port side...the destroyer sank within five minutes...everything that was
moveable and would float was thrown over the side...I was picked up
by the Free French Corvette ACONITE...had sunk one of the submarines and had taken 28 prisoners...”. Hall lists those who survived
the second sinking and also describes the deaths of his shipmates:
“...CAPTAIN JAMES C. an exhausted condition hanging on to
a life ring...saw him lose his grip and sink...” Other men are described
as drowning due to weakness, killed in explosions, or died from exposure. Also included: a 2pp. signed carbon of Apr. 2, 1943 request
for a declaration of “presumptive death” for 25 missing listed crewmen; a two cables listing surviving crewmen who had arrived at Clyde;
a signed carbon of a Mar. 13, 1943 T.L.S. from the War Shipping Administration (W.S.A.) advising owners Waterman Steamship of brief
details of the loss of the vessel and that the Coast Guard would notify
next of kin; Waterman’s March 15 response acknowledging receipt of
the news and promise to keep information confidential; W.S.A. signed
carbon, Mar. 19 to Waterman listing the names of seven crewmen
landed at Clyde. Six other crewmen are named and confirmed dead;
Waterman’s response, Mar. 22, 1943 to the W.S.A.: “...We regret to
note...that six of the crew members died as a result of the attack...our
sincere hope that some, if not all of the missing men, are found...”; a
Mar. 19 letter from Lykes Bros. Steamship to Waterman who had
loaded the vessel as sub-agents asking if the vessel had indeed been
lost and if they might be allowed to inform cargo interests; W.S.A. carbon, Mar. 23, initialed, to Lykes confirming the loss; and two letters
from the W.S.A. to the United Fruit Co., Mar. 12 & 13, describing the
loss. A heart -breaking history of a dramatic encounter. $300-400
178. (GRAF SPEE) Pair of documents relating to the internment
of the crew of the ill-fated German pocket battleship Graf Spee
the first 1p. 12mo., Argentina, Dec. 2, 1943, in which the vessel’s
second physician, DR. FRIEDRICH HAERTING is issued a pass
and promises that he will return to his internment camp (signed
by him). The second document, 1p. oblong 8vo., [Argentina], May
3, 1940, lists 17 crewmen by name and specifies the various maladies for which they are being medically treated. Very good.
Document from the Volksbund of the Germans in Hungary, Local
Group Jaad, certifying a Romanian soldier, formerly active in the
Romanian army with the rank of corporal and on the front while
in the Hungarian army, is voluntarily enlisting in the Waffen SS
and sent into action on May 12 1944. T.L.S., 6.75” x 8.25”
stamped by the Ortsgruppenleiter in Jaad on May 7 1944, with a
handwritten notation “Number 142/SS W.SS.”.
180. AFRIKA CORPS DIARY Rare war-date diary of Hans Weich,
a German soldier from Mainz serving in North Africa with the
90th Light Afrika Div., 1st Italian Army, assigned as a truck
driver, possibly a member of the 540th Motorized Ammunition
Handling Co. This 1943 diary bears a black faux leather pebbled
cover, with daily ink entries through Sept. 9th. Weigh is transferred to Africa on Feb. 18, and arrives in Tunis on Mar. 17. A
day-by-day description (but not a translation) of Weich’s entries
in included, in part: “...Stalingrad is lost!...learns of his transfer
to Africa...the outlook for crossing to Africa is bad...bombs hit 3 weeks there have been 75 raids...reports in to the
weapons and equipment section...visited by long-range enemy
bombers...another bombing raid, this time all trucks destroyed...moves more material including 20 machine guns and
85 tons of supplies...gets sent to the front and is assigned to a
bunker...sounds of battle are nearby...Tommy’s artillery is making things hotter...5 strikes today...Tunis falls...situation worsens. Artillery is raining on them constantly...getting hit from two
sides...[May 12] artillery fire is heavy in the morning...At 1300
Weich notices the tanks have stopped moving and artillery fire
has slacked off. At 1630 Weich counts 10 flares...the end has
finally come. A last formation is held...Weich and the 2,700
other German soldiers in his POW settle in...rumor circulates
that Leningrad is about to be captured by the Germans...alerted
to move out...4 1/2 hour trip under the hot sun...arrive in a new
camp where there are now 6,000 Germans...get Kommis bread
and milk at night...spends the whole day in his tent, suffering
from the heat and the flies...complains about the high winds
and says everything is filthy...suspicion there is dysentery in the
hospital...transferred by vehicle...the Tommies have landed in
Sicily...’We got cigarettes today!’...hundreds of flies and
heat...comrades are arriving from Sicily...”. Much more content
which should be properly translated. Spine chipped, else very
GOLD Telegram giving notice of the award of the German Cross
in Gold to Herbert Bachnik, a pilot attached to JG-52. Bachnick,
born in 1920, was credited with 80 aerial victories, all but one
over the Eastern front. He was killed in 1944 trying to land his
crippled aircraft after an engagement with American fighters.
176. “NEW TECHNIQUES IN GERMAN AIRCRAFT” Captured German aviation publication (copy): “New Techniques in German Aircraft”, by von Gunther Bock, (Berlin: German Academy of Aviation
Research), 20pp. 4to. in German with full contemporary english
translation, captured by U.S. armed forces in the closing days of
World War II and reproduced in 1948. It was then given to the
“Preliminary Design” department at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. for
study. Marked “Secret”, the book explores the development of
jet-powered aircraft in late war era Germany, exploring the reduction of air drag, the introduction of jet engines, and a detailed
view of the jet aircraft Me 262, Ar 234 and Ju 287. With photo
and line drawing illustrations. Also present is a second unrelated
report, March, 1942, text, graphs and drawing concerning flexural vibrations in the 803 VT I engine. Very good.
KEDESDY Complete denazification file concerning the life of Dr.
Horst Kedesky, an electron microscope researcher, whose talents
were recognized by the U.S. government, leading to his “exportation” to the U.S. through American military channels in 1947.
Kedesdy was a pioneer in the development of the electron microscope, and was employed at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin.
He was called up for service in 1939, and released following a serious wound in 1942. He returned to research with the institute
until Germany fell in 1945. “OPERATION PAPERCLIP” was the OSS
program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States, and the program was conducted
by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA). Kedesdy’s file is
complete: it includes his Nazi Party membership card, diploma,
military awards, discharge papers, wartime and post-war questionnaires, applications, letters from the U.S. military, a handwritten explanation of his involvement with the Nazi Party and military,
engineer, a specialist in combustion and high-efficiency furnaces,
employed by Friedrich Siemens during World War II. Large archive
of several hundred pages of notes, calculations, letters, documents, blueprints, printed publications, etc. the vast majority of
which is war-date and concerns Dr. Zotos’ work in the fields of
war-critical coal gasification and smelting. Also with much
ephemera concerning the 1936 proposed construction of a power
plant in Worcester, England. Interestingly, there are several pages
of handwritten notes in Russian, indicating that Zotos may have
fallen into the hands of occupation forces. Also present is a copy
of the newspaper General Anzeiger, Nov. 7, 1935 whose front
page story shows the design of the “new Reichskriegsflag”, along
with a 1941 cased edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, a burgermeister’s presentation edition but still in blank. Overall very good.
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182. BELGIAN RESISTANCE An intriguing item, one side being a
period copy of a letter signed in facsimile by Dwight D. Eisenhower, [n.p., n.d., but likely October, 1944], headed: SECRET To
the officers and men of all Belgian Resistance Organizations”. In
the letter, Ike praises the Belgian resistance for their assistance in
helping the Allies liberate their country, but asks that now that the
conflict has moved on, all arms be surrendered to the authorities
and that all hostilities “be directed against our common enemy”.
In October, British soldiers actually wounded 45 members of the
resistance who had marched on Parliament seeking to retain their
arms to continue fighting with the Allies. Soon, large numbers of
former members of the resistance enlisted into the regular army,
largely joining the Belgian Fusilier Battalions. The verso of the letter bears about 70 lines of tiny script in French which appears to
document post-war combat action by ex-members of the Belgian
resistance. Very good.
though the internment of Japanese-Americans is well-known,
thousands of American Germans and Italians were also held. These
are the first of their letters we have ever seen offered.$500-700
MILITARY AIRCRAFT A historically-important
archive of American military
copies and translations
of scientific reports,
graphs and photographs
documenting parts of
the development of the
Me-262, the first jetpowered fighter aircraft,
and the Arado Ar-234,
the first jet-powered
bomber. The data was
captured by U.S. armed
forces in the closing
days of World War II and
reproduced in 1946. It
was then given to the
“Preliminary Design” department at Lockheed
Aircraft Corp. for study.
A total of four bound folders are present, each representing a different aspect of jet propulsion and jet aircraft development. They
include: 1.) A Rocket Drive for Long-Range Bombers, by EW.
Sanger and J. Bredt, Ainring, August, 1944. Translated by H.
Hamermesh for the Technical Information Branch of the U.S.
Navy. The report concentrates on the limitations of rocket
propulsion due to thermal and mechanical stresses. The authors
study these deficiencies and make recommendations so that aircraft might be able to exceed the speed of sound. The report,
174pp., delves into take-off, projection of bombs, types of attack, testing, etc. and is filled with copies of the original graphs,
maps and photos, including a color fold-out schematic. The authors envisaged their aircraft being capable of bombing North
American cities. 2.) (Messerschmitt 262 Graph and Weight Tables,
Center of Gravity, and Trim Plan), approx. 80pp. 4to., copies of
microfilm images cataloged at Wright Field in 1946 showing
notes, calculations and side views of various versions of the famous aircraft with and without arms and ammunition and fuel.
Untranslated. 3.) The Tailless Construction of the Turbo-Jet
Fighter Compared to the Standard Model, by “Kappaus”, [n.d.],
translated May 22, 1946 at Wright Field, 22pp. 4to., a scientific
examination of the advantages of tailless aircraft which the author claims allows greater speed, decreased wing loading, shorter
takeoff distances, and greater speed required before reaching
critical Mach value. 4.) Development of Turbo-Jet Fighter Bomber
Arado AR 234, ca. Sep. 19, 1944, approx. 80pp. 4to., microfilm
copies ex: Wright Airfield, untranslated. A file of aerodynamic
calculations, measurements, and schematic views of the AR 232
and AR 234 including design of the wings and control surfaces,
aerodynamic stress analysis, influence of Mach-number on
stress, and so on. Several of the reports are marked “RESTRICTED”, all are in fine condition. An important grouping from
the dawn of jet-powered flight.
five items, includes three original government printings, each 1p.
8vo., Washington, [Dec. 8, 1941], citing Public Laws 328, 331 and
332 in which the United States declared war on Japan, Germany
and Italy. The first cites the “unprovoked” attack on the U.S., while
the declarations made in respect to Germany and Italy are in reaction to their declarations of war made first against the U.S. by
those nations (they being signees of the Tripartite Pact). The laws
are stamped with the name of Rep. Francis Smith who sent them
to a constituent. Paperclip stains at top, else very good. Also present is a transmittal letter from Smith, and a copy of a letter thanking him for sending the laws.
taken from a Japanese officer, 1p. 4to., (untranslated), bearing the
captor’s notation: “Letter taken from Jap officer 2-7-45”. A translation might prove quite interesting. Fine.
used to gather information from German concentration camp personnel and held by the camp commandant. The 2pp. legal form,
created in 1942, is headed “Konzentrationslager” and requests the
individual’s name, address, military history, party affiliations, any
criminal records, etc. Fine.
Gestapo promotion documents, 1p. legal folio each, Pomerania,
1941. Each document is signed by the NSDAP Gualeiter of Pomerania/Stettin, and certify that the individual to be promoted had been
questioned regarding his political stance, and that the promotion
may be carried through. Each is signed by the Kreisleiter as well
as a representative of the Gestapo who questioned him. Very good
condition, three pieces.
lot of six identification cards issued to S.A. members who are so
identified thereon (one a temporary ID), each 4pp. 12mo., all being
students. All bear official stamps and signatures, all but one
printed on waterproof cloth. None bear photographs. Overall fine
“I’m sure you miss Snooki…”
188. ITALIAN-AMERICANS’ LETTERS FROM A TEXAS INTERNMENT CAMP Rare grouping of five A.L.S.s written by Italian-American parents held at the alien internment camp at Seagoville,
Texas, 5pp. 4to., March, 1944 - June 8, 1945. The letters are sent
by Anne-Marie de Louge to her son Carl in South Carolina. In part:
“ you know, we are still here...Papa is doing some
paintings...he is just like home...Papa is always with our boys and
talking about has started again but only for grown up
people...the children went to a camp more suitable for them...they
have shops here for cabinet making, wood carving and
burning...they still have lovely Easter eggs here on the table...I’m
sure you miss Snooki since she went to Rome...we heard today that
we are going, when train reservations can be had...It was yesterday
three years since they interned me...”. Each letter bears a censor’s
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190. JET-POWERING THE FOCKE WULF TA 192 A historicallyimportant archive of American military first-generation copies and
translations of scientific reports, graphs, calculations and photographs documenting the Germans’ planned development of the
high-altitude bomber escort, the Focke-Wulf TA 192 into a jetpowered aircraft. The grouping is consists of five volumes of data
captured by U.S. armed forces in the closing days of World War II
and reproduced in 1946. It was then given to the “Preliminary Design” department at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. for study. Each volume represents a different aspect of the planning of the project.
They include: 1.) (Load Distribution of the Fw 190 fighter bomber),
Focke-Wulf Flugseugbau, Bremen, December, 1944. Approx.
110pp. 4to., copies from microfilm held at Wright Air Base, the
repository of the original files. Data includes tables for determining the center of gravity under different flying weights, loading
possibilities, and schematic views including a diagram of armored
sections and weights of armament. 2.) (Description of a modified
Ta 152 fighter using Jumo 222 AB/3 engine), Focke-Wulf
Flugseugbau, Bremen, July, 1944. 9pp. 8vo., copies from microfilm
held at Wright Air Base, a description of the airplane, its performance, and weight tables. 3.) (Determination of center of gravity for
Focke-Wulf fighter with Junkers jet engine), July 15, 1943, center
of gravity and weight calculations for the proposed aircraft. 4.)
Focke-Wulfe proposed fighter using Jumo 222 A engine), FockeWulf Flugseugbau, Bremen, March, 1943. 13pp. 8vo., copies from
microfilm held at Wright Air Base. The manufacturer’s proposal to
construct a Jumo-powered jet aircraft, all metal, low-winged, giving a general description, weight breakdown, and flight, engine,
and climb performance. 5.) (Fighter airplane using He S 011 engine), Focke-Wulf Flugseugbau, Bremen, October11pp. 8vo.,
copies from microfilm held at Wright Air Base. Data concerns performance and weight tables, including top speed, climb performance, range, and endurance. All untranslated, in fine condition.
The Ta 152 was rolled-out in January, 1945 as a high-speed,
high-level interceptor, but only 43 such aircraft were manufactured. It is unknown if any proposed jet-powered prototypes ever
flew. Great research material!
turer Mercedes Benz, the Mercedes Buromaschinen produced
the first practical electric typewriter in 1921, and, by the 1930s,
the revolutionary portable typewriter. In 1936, the year of this
letter, Mercedes developed their piece de resistance, the Superba, possibly desired by Hess. With a receipt stamp bearing
the printed signature of Hess. File holes at left, else very good
195. SS FILE OF GERHARD SCHAUB Personnel file for SS-Unterscharfuhrer Gerhard Schaub in the 4./SS Artillerie-ErsatzRegiment, from Oct. 10, 1940 until Aug. 7, 1944, shows he was
awarded the War Merit Cross, Second Class in 1942. Also containing his muster documents and transfer documents from the
LSSAH to Munich and subsequently to Prague. Also present is
his signed acknowledgement regarding the sexual behavior of
SS men, reminding them that abstinence is healthy, a honorable
duty of each SS soldier not to mingle with inferior women, that
sexual intercourse with girls and women of an enemy state is
against the honor of an SS man and not allowed, AND that after
each sexual escapade outside of matrimony one has to be sanitized. The document also notes he should expect punishment
for self-mutilation if a case of an STD is not reported. Other
documents include a signed memo regarding the importance of
speed limits, his report of stolen leather boots, and his records
which show no criminal records on file. Very good, in original
HERITAGE Pair of documents (fragebogen) in which an SS senior
lance corporal attests as to his racial heritage and that of his fiancé. The documents, each 2pp. legal folio, were prepared in
Schweinfurt on Feb. 21, 1938 and set forth the family background of Oskar Bayerlein and his future wife. Signed and
stamped at conclusion by an SS officer and racial office official.
SS men and their potential wives were forced to undergo such
racial background checks prior to having their marriages approved.
197. WEHRPASS AND ARBEITSBUCH GROUPING Good grouping of documents includes three Wehrpasses, including one soldier wounded three times, in France, Denmark and Russia,
awarded the Iron Cross, 2nd Class, with the signed award certificate included, and a flak battery crewman in Arnstadt; and
three Arbeitsbuchs, one issued to a young woman, with her
post-war ID, an electrician, and an Ahnenpass tracing one of
the holders back three generations. Also included is a military
discharge and a Kennkarte issued to a young lady. Overall very
SS officer’s long distance telephone book binder, once owned
by the Prague SS commander and bearing white printing on the
cover to that effect. It once contained pages bearing telephone
numbers of key SS members worldwide, and bears printing at
bottom “This is a secret object according to Paragraph 88...”
and threatening arrest for misuse. Spine bears a large chip,
right edge water stained, else quite good.
192. SEABEE IN PHILIPPINES WRITES ON CAPTURED STATIONERY Somewhat humorous American Seabee’s letter on
captured Japanese letterhead, 3pp. large 4to., “Philippines”, Jan.
19, 1945 in which Jim Burke writes a friend at home. Peppered
with the word “dam”, Burke relates: “...I have been dam busy, if
you know what I mean...we work on the beach...I am black as
the dam natives...We have a dam circus day and nite...the
men...bring us tuba, a native whiskey. It is made of fermented
coconut juice, and would make dam good’ll
get knocked for a loop...bamboo and coconut shacks...The guy
next to me...about 5 ft. tall, very dark with buck teeth. He is the
perfect picture of Tojo...We had a bunch of Jap saki...We also
see Jap prisoners. They are mean looking little bastards, and
full of tricks, but oh so dam polite when captured...they saluted
an Army lieutenant...I will drop in some money the Japs used
down here...I got enough of this to start a bank...” . Fine.
MEDAL THEODOR MORELL (1886 - 1948) Hitler’s personal
physician from 1937- 1945. Morell is said to have prescribed
strychnine, pervitin and a variety of dubious drugs to Hitler during these years. After the war he presented himself as a resistance fighter and his fortune in millions, piled up with the help
of Dr. Ley, remained untouched. Partly-printed D.S. with facsimile signature of Reichsminister Otto Meissner, 1p. large 4to.,
Berlin, Apr. 20.1939 (Hitler’s birthday), an award of the March
13, 1938 Commemorative Medal to Morell. Folds, else very
BERGHOF THEODOR MORELL (1886 - 1948) Hitler’s personal
physician from 1937- 1945. Morell is said to have prescribed
strychnine, pervitin and a variety of dubious drugs to Hitler during these years. After the war he presented himself as a resistance fighter and his fortune in millions, piled up with the help
of Dr. Ley, remained untouched. Lot of five photos once belonging to Morell and confiscated along with his other papers (see
other lots in this sale). Included are three postcard photos, two
showing Morell visiting with Hitler with Blondi present, one
showing him ministering to a patient, with a 7” x 9” original period photo of the Berghof and a candid photo of three unknown
officers reviewing troops. Also included is an unrelated invitation to Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch to attend a dinner
held by the British Ambassador and bearing multiple receiving
dockets, Apr. 6, 1938.
193. SS AUSWEIS CARD Partly-printed identification card for a
member of the SS, bears red SS stamp on recto, Heinrich Himmler’s signature in facsimile on verso. Unissued.
on Mercedes Buromaschinen letterhead celebrating the 1936
Olympics and bearing the iconic five Olympic rings, 1p. 4to.,
Berlin, July 15, 1936, to Rudolf Hess, who was then at the
Braunes Haus in Munich. In part: “...As far as your call is concerned, I may inform you that I already spoke with Herr Weber
about your request...with German greetings to you and the
Fuhrer!...”. Not to be confused with the automobile manufac-
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World War II: The Holocaust
Mengele orders Luminal, a drug he typically used to euthanize “defective” patients.
200. JOSEF MENGELE (1911 - ca. 1980) Nazi
“doctor” who plied his trade at Auschwitz, he
was the most brutal and detestable of all the
camp doctors. It was Mengele’s decision as to
whether camp inmates would be used as forced
labor or sent directly to the gas chambers, and
he as well performed hideous experiments on
inmates, especially twins. After the war, Mengele
fled to Argentina where he avoided capture until
his death. Rare and frightening war-date partlyprinted D.S. “Mengele”, 1p. 7” x 4 1/2”, Kaiser
Wilhelm Institute, Berlin, Apr. 6, 1943, a form
headed “Permission for the Acquisition of Poison”. It reads, in part: “The (name, title) Medical
Trainee Mr. Weber, Rudolf at (City, Place) Department for Race Hygiene wishes (amount) 1 Kl.
- pack (Name of poison) LUMINAL (100 Amp.) to
acquire. (Purpose for Use of Poison): - Sedation
- . No reason has been found to decline this
order. Berlin-Dahlem, the 6th of April 1943
Name of the Issuing Office: [Rubber stamp]
Kaiser Wilhelm - Institute for Anthropology
(Name/Signature) Mengele...” This document was signed while Mengele was working at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, but just before his
promotion to SS Captain and transfer to Auschwitz. He was employed under Dr. Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, to whom he would later send samples from his experiments on twins, etc. Von Verschuer was director
of the KWI-A Division on Twin Research. In 1935 Verschuer continued to work at the KWI-A but shifted his
primary attention to the Frankfurt Institute for Genetic Biology and Racial Hygiene, leading the sterilization
effort in the city of Frankfurt. In 1942 he returned to head the KWI-A with Mengele as one of his chief assistants. LUMINAL was used by the Nazis to euthanize “defective” (i.e.: retarded or otherwise disabled) children - clearly that was the intended use for the large amount of poison requisitioned here. $4,000-6,000
201. JOSEF MENGELE (1911 - ca. 1980) Nazi “doctor” who plied his trade at Auschwitz, he was the most
brutal and detestable of all the camp doctors. It was Mengele’s decision as to whether camp inmates would
be used as forced labor or sent directly to the gas chambers, and he as well performed hideous experiments
on inmates, especially twins. After the war, Mengele fled to Argentina where he avoided capture until his
death. Very rare signature: “Mengele” on a small slip of paper cut from a German document. With 5” x 7”
photo in civilian garb. Fine. About twelve years ago a single document bearing about ten Mengele signatures
was broken-up and the signatures sold separately - this is one of the very few remaining examples.
BY SS PERSONNEL Very rare printed map of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, 22” x 16 1/2”, tiled at top: Plan
of the Area of the SS Troops and Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen”. The map is an area view of the triangle-shaped
camp showing all structures, administration buildings, assembly areas, guards’ barracks, towers, industrial area, etc.
Of particular interest is a 3 1/2” x 4” original typed legend
pasted at upper right which offers a quick reference to 12
printed numbers appearing on the map. The legend is
headed: “Legend Current [as of] 1944” and lists locations
shown on the map including: “Disinfection Barracks...Punishment Detail...Exile Buildings...Blocks 38 and 39 [Jewish
barracks]...Workshop...”, etc. Tears with a very small bit of
paper loss at one marginal location, else very good. Clearly
judging by the map references, this plan would have been of
use only to SS guards and officers. Sachsenhausen was used
primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the
war. 30,000 inmates died there from exhaustion, disease, malnutrition, pneumonia, etc. due to the poor living conditions.
Many were executed or died as the result of brutal medical experimentation the results of which were applied to develop
techniques for mass extermination. $2,000-3,000
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Jews are transported as “cargo” to Ravensbruck
203. WOMEN ARE TRANSPORTED FROM SACHSENHAUSEN TO RAVENSBRUCK Extraordinary partly-printed document showing the transport of prisoners, most likely women and
children, from Sachsenhausen to Ravensbruck...and ultimately their deaths. The document
is signed by a railroad official, 2pp. 4to., “KL Sachsenhausen”, Oct. 11, 1943, and is essentially a waybill from the Deutsche Reichsbahn showing the contents of car number 21258, a
shipment of “94 Persons” from the Sachsenhausen to the Women’s Concentration Camp
(F.K.L.) Ravensbruck in Furstenberg, free of charge and also noting the freight weight of
6,200 kilograms and a travel distance of 48.6 kilometers. Receiving stamp “Deutsche Reichsbahn Bahnhof Furstenberg” on verso. Near fine. Sachsenhausen was a transit and work
camp, while Ravensbruck was dedicated to the containment of women and children. Initially
it was used as a labor camp, but by 1943 medical experiments were undertaken on the prisoners, most of whom were soon sent to Auschwitz for liquidation. In 1944, the SS constructed
gas chambers and crematoria on site.
piece of Nazi propaganda, the “instructional” children’s book Trau keinem
Fuchs auf grüner Heid und keinem Jud auf seinem Eid, created by 18-yearold art student Elvira Bauer and published by Julius Streicher’s Sturmer Publishing Company in 1936. The brightly-colored hardbound picture book
was issued to school children as a supplement to other anti-Semitic
“primers” such as The Poisonous Mushroom. It is replete with lurid imagery
of dirty, dark-skinned Jews up to no good amongst innocent and angelic
Aryan children, and highlights the heightened Nazi perception of racial differences with every stanza. The book begins with an account
of how the lazy Jews historically made their race bothersome to others, and quips: “Look, children, and the two compare, The German
and the Jew. Take a good look at the two In the picture drawn for you. A joke - you think it is only that? Easy to guess which is which, I
say: The German stands up, the Jew gives way”. This rhetoric amplifies as the book progresses with narratives against Jews and their alleged love of money, Jewish lawyers swindling a simpleton farmer, luring Aryan women away from their men with gold and jewels, and
so forth. It goes so far as to include an unabashed glorification of Streicher himself: “To him we owe our deepest thanks That German
stock remains so sound. The Jews in turn he’s taught a lesson, The value of a healthy folk. He let them feel the German spirit Twixt Jew
and us he’s shown the difference. That is Streicher!!”. Of particular note is an image of a wealthy Jew driving a pauper and his daughter
from his doorstep, a Jewish butcher serving Aryans cuts of meat from a filthy butcher shop, and ignorant Jewish children tormenting the
school-loving Aryan kids. Trau keinem Fuchs concludes with a bucolic image of Hitler Youth on the march and the verse: “From this
picture may be seen, Hitler Youth in splendid mien, From smallest to the biggest boy. All are husky, tough, and strong. They love their
German Führer and God in Heaven they fear. But the Jews they must despise! They’re not like these boys, So Jews must just give way!”.
This piece of anti-Semitism was one of the most vitriolic published by Streicher. With its bright illustrations and appealing typeface, it
enjoyed tremendous popularity and had a run of over 100,000 copies. This particular example is in near fine condition with just some
moderate soiling to the cloth parts of the covers and slight wear to the printed covers - the contents are fine.
rare book Der Giftpilz (“The Poison Mushroom”), by Ernst Hiemer with illustrations by
Philipp Rupprecht, published by Streicher’s Berlag Der Sturmer, 1938, cloth and paper
cover, in excellent condition with tight binding and just a small scuff to back cover
and light foxing to cloth trim on covers. Contents are very fine. The 17 color plates
within bear various insulting captions, including one beneath a sinister-looking figure
passing out candy to children: “The Experience of Hans and Else with a Strange Man:
‘Here, kids, I have some candy for you. But you both have to come with me’...”, and
one beneath a young boy showing a lady a mushroom in the forest: “The Poisonous
Mushroom: ‘Just as it is often hard to tell a toadstool from an edible mushroom, so
too it is often very hard to recognize the Jew as a swindler and criminal’...”. Julius Streicher, the Nazi publisher of the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer, issued Der Giftpilz to generate anti-Semitism among young children by wrapping hateful, corrosive
lies about Jews in the form of a traditional children’s storybook. Today, its naked propaganda is shockingly apparent, but at the time, it was just one step in the Nazis’ feverish rush toward the complete destruction of all Jews. The book uses outright
fabrications to create a portrait of Jews as ugly, depraved and dishonest outsiders who
must be rooted out for the good of society. Streicher used many of the same simplistic and often contradictory premises for Der Giftpilz
that he used in his newspaper. Defying logic, the stories taught that Jews were cunning but also stupid; too lazy to work, yet fanatically
dedicated to destroying the Aryan “race”; that they were money-worshipping capitalists but also capitalist-bashing Bolsheviks. The illustrations portrayed non-Jews as fair-haired, attractive, ideal Aryans. They showed Jews as dark, sinister, ugly caricatures. Following
war’s end, American soldiers gathered all copies of these books they could find and destroyed them.
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DACHAU (1892 - 1943) German military officer, commander of the
SS-Division Totenkopf of the Waffen-SS and one of the key figures in
the establishment of concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Fine association D.S. “Eicke” in bold graphite, 2 pp., 4to., Dachau, Jan. 3,
1936, recommending SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Walter Gerlach, adjutant to the commander of KL Dachau, Heinrich Deubel, for a promotion to SS-Standartenfuhrer. HEINRICH DEUBEL (1890-1962),
commandant of Dachau, filled out the evaluation of two pages, praising Gerlach for being a convinced National Socialist and being determined, noting his discipline and demeanor is in line with expectations
of the SS. Gerlach’s personnel record lists a stabbing wound to his
neck, head injuries, accusations of freeing prisoners, forbidden
demonstrations, disturbance of domestic peace and resistance to
state authority in support of the fight for the party. File holes at left,
black ink, annotations in pencil by later hand. Deubel was handpicked by Eicke to replace him when the latter was promoted to oversee all concentration camps.
German military officer, commander of the SS-Division Totenkopf
of the Waffen-SS and one of the key figures in the establishment
of concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Very important D.S.
“Eicke” in indelible purple pencil” as inspector of concentration
camps, 2pp. 4to., Berlin, Aug. 28, 1936, to SS-Brigadefuhrer Walter Schmitt regarding the transfer of various named “Protective
Custody Camp Leaders”, (mid-level SS officers) due to consolidation of KL Esterwegen and KL Columbia into the newly built facility at Sachsenhausen. Eicke makes detailed recommendations
for the staffing of Sachsenhausen, mentioning among others
KARL-OTTO KOCH, who would later command Buchenwald, living
there with his wife Ilse, “The Bitch of Buchenwald”, EMRAN
later commend Flossenberg, and others. Ending the letter with
the recommendation to dismiss HEINRICH DEUBEL, the commandant at Dachau, and transfer him back to the customs department, claiming he is absolutely unsuitable for the position as
camp commander. File holes at left and small tear at top left.
208. HANS SOMMER (1914 - ?) SS-Obersturmfuhrer, member of the
Gehlen Organization and STASI agent. In 1941, Sommer planned an
attack on seven synagogues in Paris in collaboration with Eugene Deloncle. Deported to France at war’s end to be tried for war crimes, he
also spied for West Germany, later becoming a STASI double agent.
A.L.S. 2pp. large 4to., Munster, Sep. 4, 1952, in German. Untrans$150-200
lated, but mentions a “Prof. Steinborn”. Very good.
209. WILHELM HOTTL (1915 - 1999) Austrian Nazi Party memebr, SS officer and spy serving with the RSHA. A prosecution witness at
Nuremberg who testimony quoting Eichmann set the figure of six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. T.L.S. 2pp. large 4to., Alt-Ausee,
May 11, 1951 to ex-Field Marshall ALBERT KESSELRING, in German. Untranslated, but with obvious mention of Nuremberg, a book by
Gen. Josef Rintelen, the “Russian problem”, von Manstein, and much more. Fine.
210. ERICH VON DEM BACH-ZELEWSKI (1899-1972) SS member and chief of Heinrich Himmler’s chief of partisan warfare, reached
the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer. Bach-Zalewski took command of all German troops fighting against the Warsaw Uprising, resulting
in the killing of over 200,000 civilians. Partly-printed D.S. signed twice, 2pp. legal folio, Breslau, Sept. 29, 1937, a personnel record for
Alois Beck, listing date of birth, occupation, and so forth. With SS Oberabschnitt Sudost stamps, file holes to left, light marginal wear
and pink staining to top and bottom right corners, very good.
-LOITERING FORBIDDEN!” Clearcoated porcelain sign bearing
printed message: “Jewish Settlement
Area.Loitering Forbidden!” Wear at
screw holes and oxidation consistent with age, very good. Just as
Jews were shunned if not outright
banned from many towns and cities
in Germany, gentiles were not allowed in ghettoes or Jewish settlements, but for far different reasons
- fear that they would bring material
or spiritual comfort to those within.
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216. “JUD SUSS” THEATER PROGRAM A rare printed program
from the notorious propaganda film “Jew Suss” commissioned by
Joseph Goebbels and completed in 1940. The movie played on
basic Nazi stereotypes of Jews having hooked noses and being
materialistic, immoral, cunning, untrustworthy and physically unattractive. The main character, a Jew, unsuccessfully pursues and
then rapes a non-Jewish woman, who then commits suicide. He is
executed, and all Jews are expelled from the state. The film was a
huge success in Germany, having over 20 million viewers. Illustrierter Film - Kurier “Jud Süß”, Nr. 3130, 8pp. large 4to., Berlin,
1940, listing cast members and giving a synopsis of the film, with
several scenes depicted within including the title character pursuing his “prey”. One marginal tear, still very good.
212. “DER EWIGE JUDE” THEATER PROGRAM A rare printed program from the virulently 1940 anti-Semitic documentary film “The
Eternal Jew - A documentary about World Jewry”. The movie accompanied the travelling exhibition of the same name and played on
basic Nazi stereotypes of Jews having hooked noses and being materialistic, immoral, cunning, untrustworthy and physically unattractive - a cinematic effort to prepare the German public for the
deportation and extermination of the Jews. The program is 8pp.
large 4to., Berlin, 1940, file holes at left, otherwise in excellent condition. Interestingly, Peter Lorre as a child molester is shown on the
cover in a scene from Fritz Lang’s “M” - a scene from the film was
used to denigrate Lorre and Jews in general.
213. “HANDBOOK OF THE JEWISH QUESTION” Very early edition
of the anti-Semitic mainstay: Handbuch der Judenfrage, by Theodor
Fritsch, (Hamburg: Kleipner-Verlag). 1919, 660pp. 8vo., illustrated
soft cover. Racial claptrap incorporating quotes, pseudo-facts, etc.
A common book, but not in this early edition, especially with the
clearly menacing cover illustration of a serpent (Jews) encircling the
globe. Binding loose, cover edges worn, owner’s stamp to title page.
217. “JUDD SUSS ON THE GALLOWS” German anti-Semitic publication, a special printing issued Stuttgarter NS Kurier newspaper,
Stuttgart, 1936, 80pp. 4to. with photo illustrations. The tract discusses the “history” of Jewish influence in the region, specifically a
“documentation of his real life in Wurtenberg...” which seeks to historically legitimize the German film “Judd Suss”. Rare. $150-200
218. “THE ETERNAL JEW” Printed program “Das Programm Von
Heute - Der Ewige Jude”. Issue number 651, Berlin, 1939, 6 pp.,
8” x 9”, folded. Dedicated to the anti-Semitic propaganda film “The
Eternal Jew” directed by Fritz Hippler. Includes general information
and many b/w photographs from the film. Excellent condition.
ROBERT LEY (1890-1945) Nazi politician, virulent anti-Semite, and
head of the German Labor Front. Ley ruthlessly enforced slave labor
policies, and committed suicide in his jail cell at Nuremburg while
awaiting trial. His booklet, International Race Melange or United National States of Europe, published by the German Labor Front, Berlin
1941, 32pp., 8vo., extensively illustrated with black-and-white
photographs, typical pseudo-science describing the contamination
of the “Nordic” race through infiltration by “international Jewry”.
Covers loose, front cover soiled, else quite good.
German propaganda publication, “The Great World Upheaval in
Myth and History” by Walter Gross (Dusseldorf: Verlag Deutsche
Revolution), 1936. 166pp. 8vo., illustrated. The author purports
to set forth the Jews’ secret plan for “world domination”, their intention to enslave non-Jews, etc. using Biblical citations and twisting history to support his allegations. With illustrations including
a menorah above a Bible and a rabbi bearing the arms of an octopus which encircle the earth. Very good. Gross was a Nazi Party
member since 1925 and from 1934 led the the Rassenpolitisches
Amt der NSDAP (Racial Political Office of the Nazi Party). His radical
publications on the “Solution of the Jewish Question” and his call
for a Europe free of Jews had great influence on other like-thinking
radicals in the Nazi Party. He would commit suicide at war’s end.
text, Israel’s Secret Plan for the People’s Destruction - Unknown Secrets of the Bible, by Dr. Wilhelm Matthiessen (Munich: Ludendorffs
Verlag), 1939. 112pp. 8vo. with cover illustration of what the author
felt an early Jew would have resembled. An anti-church, anti-Semitic
tract citing Biblical verse to support warped theories of Jewish world
domination, etc. Heavily marked-up by a previous “believer”, else
very good.
219A. “THE JEWS IN THE USA” Anti-Semitic publication, Jews in
the USA, by Dr. Hans Diebow, printed by Nazi-affiliated printers
Zentralverlag der NSDAP, Berlin, 1943, 64pp. 4to., with the cover
depicting New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, whose mother was
a Jew. Indeed, the cover story is dedicated to LaGuardia, whose
pictures within compare him to a grinning chimp, with additional
attacks on Felix Frankfurter, Albert Einstein, David O. Selznick,
Henry Morgenthau, and many others, all heavily illustrated. Cover
scuffed in a few areas, else fine. Diebow was a noted anti-Semitic
author of the time, widely employed by the Nazi Party. Light wear.
214A. “JEWRY AND SOCIAL DEMOCRACY” Anti-Semitic booklet,
Judentum und Sozialdemkratie, (“Jewry and Social Democracy “), by
Karl Paumgartten, (Graz: Heimatverlag Leopold Stocker, 1920).
72pp., 8vo. An anti-Jewish, anti-Socialist pamphlet with eleven fullpage illustrations. Tirades against Jews, socialists and Walter Rathenau: “...The Jew ist the biggest and most skillful twisting and
obfuscating artist that nature has ever brought forth...the Jewish
soul and the animal soul are almost identical...the name anti-Semite
is a title of honor...the negro and the gypsy is not only physically
different from us Aryans but also mentally...the Jew is a foreign intruder in the body of the Aryan people...the Jew is a different human
being...the Jew is materialistic, he doesn’t deny it and is proud of it,
his natural ability...the Jew never did honorable work...millions of
Aryan girls cannot bring themselves to marry a Jew for any
price...Workers of the world unite! The healing of humanity is in
your hands to free us from the terrible plague, the Jewry. You claim
you are for progress, the rejection of the Jewry, with the same materialistic world view as the animal, is progress”“ Typical caricatures
of Jews misleading and beating good “Aryans”, etc.
219B. “WORKER, LET’S HAVE A WORD!” Anti-Semitic publication,
Arbeiter, auf ein Wort! (“Worker, Let’s Have a Word!”), by Karl
Paumgartten, (Graz [Austria]: Heimatverlag Leopold Stocker, ca.
1923), 32pp., 8vo., with five illustrations. The publication attacks
attacking Bela Kun, a Hungarian revolutionary who led the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919. He is described as: “...the
thief...with a sadistic streak...washing his hands in streams of
blood...”, Paul Singer, clothing manufacturer: “...let the girls prostitute themselves, as long as we get cheap coats...”. It continues:
“Who are your leaders? Jews and Jew comrades!...The Jewry has
risen to an unheard of and in the history never before seen political
and financial power, and your leaders...for the most part
Jews...have become wealthy and live a good life...”. An earlier antJewish item meant to draw the attention of laborers and union
members. Very good.
215. “JEWS ARE PEOPLE TOO!” Rare Belgian anti-Semitic publication “Joden zijn ook Menschen!” by Jef van de Wiele. Brussels, 1942,
8vo., 34 pp., 33 illustrations and b/w photographs, unflattering caricaturist images include wealthy Jews and others handling jewelry,
etc. alongside poor or crippled Jews. Texts by the Belgian Nazi
politician Jef van de Wiele (1903-1979). Van de Wiele was a Belgian
Flemish Nazi politician. During the Nazi occupation of Belgium he
became notorious as the leader of the most virulently pro-Nazi wing
of Flemish politics. Some foxing to pages otherwise excellent.
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220. ANTI-SEMITIC ANTI-HINDENBURG BROADSIDE Rare early broadside, 9 1/2” x 12 1/4”, bears photos of ten prominent Jews beneath Hebrew-like lettering reading: “We vote Hindenburg!”, with ten portraits beneath, which include Ernst Rohm, Goring, Rosenberg,
von Epp, Goebbels, Frick, and others, beneath large lettering reading: We vote Hitler!” At bottom the broadside concludes: “Look at
them and you know where you belong!”. A bit fragile with some fold splits, still good.
221. ANTI-SEMITIC NSDAP PROPAGANDA POSTERS Collection of six weekly propaganda broadsides issued by “Zentralverlag der
NSDAP, Munich” including two anti-Semitic, anti-Bolshevik posters reading “It was the Jews who invented Marxism, it is the Jews who
are trying for decades to revolutionize the world with it.” with ornate calligraphy and printed in varying colors, each 9 1/4” x13 1/2”,
also quoting lines from speeches made by Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Clausewitz, etc. The Nazi Party’s Central Propaganda Office
(“Reichspropagandaleitung”) produced a weekly poster with a quotation that could be displayed in homes, party offices, public buildings,
etc. They were published in large editions, and were part of the visual face of the Third Reich. Minor foxing along the edges, else fine.
222. DER STURMER Two copies of virulent anti-Semite Julius Streicher’s newspaper, Der Sturmer, October, 1935 and March, 1937,
with articles including: “Ludwig Berliner The Banking Jew from Windsheim...Jewry Against Christianity…Jewish Bolshevists Fight Against
the Christian Church...Jewish Animal Abusers...”, etc., with the usual caricature-like photos, with two copies of “Vienna Illustrated”, military propaganda and wide-interest stories.
223. NAZI INVESTIGATION OF A JEW IN THE WARSAW GHETTO A partly-printed Nazi document, 2pp. legal folio, Bromberg, Sept. 10,
1942, being a request to investigate a Polish service engineer named Wladislaus Lica regarding his apparent criminal record. Stamped
several times at bottom, with one by the prosecutor stating he has no further information about whether Lica has a record because all
the files are at the Warsaw archive on Leszno Street. Another stamp emanates from the central archive of the Ghetto. File holes at left
margin, light toning, very good.
224. CERTIFICATE OF ARYAN HERITAGE Chilling D.S., 2pp. sm. folio, Vienna, Feb. 17, 1942, an NSDAP-issued certificate tracing the
religious ancestry of the holder, one Franz Wilhelm Josef Machek, who is found to be of Aryan heritage (“German blood”). On the verso,
Machek’s family history is spelled out, along with members’ religious affiliations, approved and stamped with a swastika at bottom. If
found to be “impure”, Machek could have been listed as a “Jew” or “Mongrel”. Very good.
Extraordinarily rare document documenting the transport of Jews to a concentration camp, a typed D.S., 1p., 4to., Oct. 13.1943, from the Deutsche
Reichsbahn Administration to the SS Economic Administration Department
Group D, responsible for concentration camps, in Oranienburg. The railroad
has submitted eight copies of freight lists, including lists of prisoners to
be shipped to concentration camps, but in their usual exacting ways they
have spotted an error: a female Jewish prisoner, Dorothea Hirsch, has been
apparently been listed twice, and the railroad asks if there are two prisoners
with the same name. They also request to be notified ahead of time in order
to make arrangements with each respective concentration camp. File holes
at left, some loss at lower left corner. Very few such documents survive,
many having been used in trials of war criminals or destroyed in the post
war years.
transit camp was a Nazi
refugee, detention and
transit camp in northeastern Netherlands. There,
Roma and Dutch Jews were
assembled for transport to
other Nazi concentration
camps. Westerbork also held Anne Frank and her family until they were deported to camps in Germany. Rare pair of used currency notes issued by the
camp, actually scrip in 50 and 100 cent denominations, series AA and BB
and individually numbered, Feb. 15, 1944, signed in facsimile by the camp
commandant, and SS-Obersturmfuhrer. Typical soil, folds, and trivial stains
from use, overall very good.
Quite rare yellow armband which once identified a Jew from Greece,
Serbia, Belgrade or Sophia, approx. 13” circ., 3” wide, and machine
hemmed at top and bottom. The band, undecorated, bears soiling
commensurate with having been worn in a cramped position over
a long period of time - perhaps it was compacted in order to minimize the possibility of it being seen by authorities. Sold with the
reference book The Jewish People, (Jerusalem: Keter Publishing
House), 1974, wherein an example of this armband is illustrated on
p. 75.
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228. FRENCH FORCED LABORER IN BERLIN DESCRIBES BOMBARDMENTS Fine content A.L.S. by a French forced-laborer near
Berlin, 2pp, 8vo., Sep. 10, 1943 to his friend. Clearly, the writer
does not fear censors. In part: “...After three bombardments it
does no good to keep silent. It’s the southern area that’s been destroyed. A pretty sight that I cannot recommend...The last raid saw
our barracks burned down. An incendiary landed just 30 meters the beginning two high explosive bombs went off...I do
not yet have a passport...I’m fatter by three kilos...Such difficult
(hard to please) people! I look forward to...seeing you after Tommy
and Sammy have landed...”. With translation. The references to
“Tommy” and “Sammy” are clear references to the British and
home, length of residence, military affiliation, etc., filled out and
signed by the applicant who was also required to apply a fingerprint. One of the documents bears a stamped Star of David with
the word “JUDE” at top. Of course, these documents were ultimately used to round-up Jews, military men, and others for deportation to the camps. The form also states that children, even
if of non-practicing or converted Jewish parents, were still to be
considered Jews. Also present is a yellow 4pp. legal folio form
which all physicians and medical practitioners were required to
complete, information required a bit more detailed than police
registration forms, this one bearing a photo of Polish lab technician Stanislau Lumberg and bearing a large blue Star of David
stamped on the first page. Sold with an unrelated 1938 postcard
bearing postmarks honoring the premier of the propaganda film
The Eternal Jew.
Rare printed order
“Confidential!”, 1p. legal folio,
Darmstadt, Jan. 7,
1939issued by Political Governor Jakob
Springer in HessenLandesregierung and
bearing Goring’s signature in type at conclusion.
new orders from Minister-President
Commissioner Goring,
then in the third year
of his four year economic plan. He orders:
“...To ensure the necessary uniformity in
the treatment of the
Jewish question, which
again touched the
strongest overall economic issues, I request all orders to be forwarded to me before implementation for my consent. All notices
to your local departments and agencies are also requested. I ask
you to educate others to refrain from undertaking independent action on the Jewish question...”. Very good. Following Kristallnacht
on Nov. 10 the previous year, Goring and other Nazi officials met
on Nov. 12 when he declared: “I implore competent agencies to
take all measures for the elimination of the Jew from the German
economy, and to submit them to me...”. This order resulted from
that meeting.
233. MIEP GIES (1909 - 2010) Dutch citizen who with husband JAN
GIES helped hide Anne Frank, her family and four other Jews from
the Nazis in an annex above Anne’s father’s business premises during World War II. Miep Gies also recovered Anne’s famous diary. Signature of both on a 1986 UN peace postal cover.
from Auschwitz on official postacrd, 2pp. 8vo., Apr. 5, 1942 in
which prisoner Edouard Urbanczwk writes his wife. in Bohemia.
He claims that he is healthy and says that he is allowed to receive
money monthly. He sends greetings to friends and family and
sends kisses. The letter also bears printed instructions on what
content is permitted, proper use of the lettersheets, etc., signed
in type by the commandant of the camp. With Auschwitz handstamp.
from Buchenwald on an official lettersheet, 2pp. 8vo., Nov. 5, 1944
in which prisoner Michael Swirat writes his wife. He states that he
is healthy and thanks her for sending him letters and packages.
The letter also bears printed instructions on what content is permitted, proper use of the lettersheets, etc., signed in type by the
commandant of the camp. Short splits, else good.
236. PRISONER’S LETTER FROM DACHAU Prisoner’s letter from
Dachau on an official Dachau lettersheet, 4pp. 8vo., Dec. 13,
1942 in which prisoner Jaroslav Svatos writes a friend in Bohemia
stating that he is healthy and asks for a package of essentials,
including bread, sausage, sugar and butter. The letter also bears
printed instructions on what content is permitted, proper use of
the lettersheets, etc., signed in type by the commandant of the
camp. With Dachau handstamp.
237. PRISONER’S LETTER FROM DACHAU Prisoner’s letter from
Dachau on an official Dachau lettersheet, 4pp. 8vo., May 21,
1944 in which prisoner Adalbert Ruckert writes his first letter to
his wife. He is not certain that his correspondent knows where
he is, but reassures her that he is fine, but is sad that he did not
see his children before his arrest. He asks for shoes, soap, toothpaste, socks, a spoon, and cigarettes, all essentials in the camps.
The letter also bears printed instructions on what content is permitted, proper use of the lettersheets, etc., signed in type by the
commandant of the camp. With Dachau handstamp. Ruckert, a
Czech prisoner, would be liberated at war’s end.
Questionnaire issued by the Swedish Royal Legation in Budapest
to those seeking passports to emigrate from Hungary, 2pp. legal
4to., Budapest, ca. 1943, the form requesting the name and biographical information for both the person interviewed and their
spouse, children’s names, if they had ever performed forced
labor or been held in a concentration camp, details of the camp,
etc. with various advice and instructions printed on the verso.
Edge wear else very good. Sweden was active in helping persecuted Jews flee occupied Europe.
238. PRISONER’S LETTER FROM DACHAU Prisoner’s letter from
Dachau on an official Dachau lettersheet, 2pp. 8vo., May 1, 1944,
in which prisoner Johann Lukeschitz writes a friend. He states
that he has received his friend’s package and twenty reichsmarks,
and notes that he has only received one letter from a mutual female acquaintance (possibly his wife). He has heard that where
the lady was living, conditions were very bad. The letter also
bears printed instructions on what content is permitted, proper
use of the lettersheets, etc., signed in type by the commandant
of the camp. With Dachau handstamp.
231. I. G. FARBEN CHEMICAL FACTORY PASS Partly-printed official worker’s pass to the I.G. Farben chemical works at Heyderbreck, Poland, 2 3/4” x 3 3/4”, pictures Hitler-mustachioed
August Rogosch who signed the pass on its day of issue, Aug. 1,
1943. I. G. Farben held the patent for the pesticide Zyklon B (used
in gas chambers), and owned 42.2 percent of Degesch, which
manufactured it. The plant in Heydebreck employed numerous
forced laborers until Allied bombings forced it to close in late
232. IDENTIFYING JEWS IN NAZI GERMANY Lot of three documents used by governmental authorities to identify and classify
Jews in Nazi Germany, includes two police resident registration
forms, printed in German and Polish, each bearing biographical
details including religion, marital status, language spoken at
Lot of eight postal receipts showing payments via postal funds
to various inmates at concentration camps at Dachau and
Buchenwald. Five of the receipts show payments sent to
JAROSLAV KOURIL, a Czech priest arrested at St. Maurice in Olomouci. Very good.
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photographs from an unknown concentration camp, likely
from a guard’s album, each 3 1/2” x 2 1/2” b/w, showing a
pile of bodies, people marching behind an electrified fence,
a view of several blocks, and two shots of people in civilian
garb, one showing a posed photo of about 30, some smiling,
standing before a trench which has a white bottom (lime?),
with a man with an “X” painted on his back in the background. Sold with eight unrelated photos: two large photos
showing dead being photographed by American soldiers and
presumably a camp guard being held down by a prisoner as
a soldier beats him with a large stick; three showing crematoria, one a group shot of ten Wehrmacht soldiers, and two
larger press photos of multiple bodies in burial pits.
photos, each 3 1/2” x 2 1/2” b/w, mounted to a black album
page using photo mounts, one image showing five Jews, a
few elderly, sweeping a street with armed German soldiers
evident behind them. Another image shows an elderly Jew, a
young boy, and others seated on a pile of lumber, again with
soldiers in the background. The third image shows bearded
men standing at a well as German soldiers line up to have
their glasses filled. The handwritten caption on the page
reads: “The Jews in their first useful work” . Sold with three
unrelated images, one showing orthodox Jews, captioned:
Judentypen” , and two printed photos of crematoria, possibly
at Belsen.
242. “WHEN YOU SEE THIS SIGN...” Chilling propaganda
flyer, 4pp. large 4to., [n.p., n.d.] bearing on the cover the infamous yellow Star of David with “Jude” printed within, worn
by Jews in Germany, with the bold exclamation above : “When
you see this sign...” . Within, the text continues: Remember
what the Jew did to our people...Now it is openly said for the
Germany’...Theodore Nathan Kaufman, President of the
American Peace Union, Speaker for World Jewry, in his book
publicy exclaimed ‘Germany must perish and disappear forever from the planet Earth...’...Judah has decided on the
deaths of you and your children...The German Wehrmach will
ensure that the terrible, gruesome plan of World Jewry which
the Jew Kaufman pronounced to the world will never become
a reality...Recognize the true enemy!...” . A 1” dia. mouse nibble at center, some wear to first page, else very good.
245. POLISH ANTI-SEMITIC WATERCOLOR CARTOON Polish anti-Semitic watercolor painting, 10” x 13 1/2”, likely on
art board, shows a mangy, mongrel dog menacing a welldressed Jewish businessman drawn in caricature, captioned
at bottom: “Meeting of enemies” and signed by the artist. A
well-executed painting, in fine condition. Framed.
anti-Semitic cigarette case, a Latvian-made alloy case 3 1/4”
x 4 1/4” with machine finished covers. The top bears the
owner’s initials “A. F.” and several Cossack symbols, including a riding crop, sword, horseshoe and a fez-like hat. The
reverse bears a poem engraved in Russian: “For the desecrated chuch, For Executed fathers, We shall beat and tear
into pieces, Communists and kikes” . Slight wear to surfaces,
interion very good, with elastics. The Cossacks were aligned
with the Nazi, solely because of their hatred for the control
the Soviets exercised over them.
243. (FRITZ GEBHARD SCHELLHORN) (1888-1982) German
Consul to the city of Czernowitz in the Ukraine, located
about twenty miles north of the Romanian border. Schellhorn
had personally witnessed the massacre of Jews during the
pogrom of Jassy on June 28, 1941. He immediately set to
work attempting to use his influence to stop any further
murders, but was overruled by Berlin. On Oct. 11, 1941 the
Jews of Czernowitz were moved to a ghetto for deportation.
Schellhorn, intervening with strongman Ion Antonescu, produced a list of 20,000 Jews he claimed were critical to the
region’s economy. He succeeded in saving their lives, but at
war’s end he was imprisoned by the Russians and held until
1955. A pair of hand-painted German two-piece pipe bowls,
each 5 1/2” long, both with well-executed whimsical images,
presented to Schellhorn and bearing his name and the names
of the presenters painted upon each bowl. One of the giftgivers is likely Jewish. One bowl is cracked, else very good.
Sold with a copy of an article describing Schellhorn’s actions
in saving the Romanian Jews.
soldier’s anti-Semitic cigarette case, 3” x 4 1/4” plated steel,
bears and image of a dagger with swastika emblem and oak
leaves thrust through the center of a Star of David with the
legend: “GEGEN JUDENTUM” (“AGAINST JEWS”). Interior bears
gold paint and intact elastics.
cigarette case with anti-Semitic theme, 3 1/4” x 4”, a goldwashed tin case bearing an engraved eagle battling a threeheaded fanged snake whose skin bears repeated Stars of
David. The finish is well-worn and oxidized, still quite good.
American anti-Semitic "kitsch", all ca. 1930-40, includes two
beer glasses, about 5 1/4" tall with silver rims, bearing the
title of the popular drinking song "Schnitzelbank", musical
bars, and a caricature of a Jewish man in profile, labeled " Judenmeier ", along with a 5.25" porcelain ashtray showing a
mohel bekoning a naked baby before him while hiding a large
pair of scissors behind his back, the baby obviously the wiser.
Captioned at bottom: " YIDDISH CLIPPER ". All very good.
244. POLISH ANTI-SEMITIC WATERCOLOR CARTOON Original Polish anti-Semitic watercolor cartoon, 11 1/4” x 14
1/2” on heavy art board, a caricature of three Jews who have
met on the street, two wearing armbands, all dressed in rags
and carrying worn-out shovels and brooms. The characters
are labeled at bottom “Trade, Industry, Finance” , and the
image is captioned: “How am I doing?” . Signed by artist M.
Jarosz. Some scattered light spotting, else very good.
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World War II: Photography & Posters
OVER 500 PHOTOS Extraordinary German
soldier’s photo album once belonging to a
member of the 49th Mountain Corps (XXXXIX
Gebirgs-Armeekorps) which fought largely in
the Balkans and in Carpathia. The album contains upwards of 500 photographs, most 5” x
3” or a little smaller, all set with corners into
a post-war album bearing a raised image of a
mountain division cap and the years “1938”
and “1945”. The album starts innocently
enough with images of the young soldier in
training in mountainous country, showing
men climbing, bivouacs, small towns, many of
his colleagues asleep from exhaustion, and so
on. Things quickly get a bit tougher, as the
photos start to show scenes of war: wrecked
aircraft and bombed buildings, hundreds of
prisoners, dead horses, bridges destroyed,
etc. The men soon return home for R&R which
include images of them skiing, taking classes,
etc. Suddenly, the images revert to scenes of
a city burning, and multiple dead in the street
and lined up in caskets. The men crowd about
wrecked Soviet aircraft, and soon move into
the field where the photos show all types of
destroyed armor62269-2. Multiple images
show the Russian dead, including one depicting a man whose head has been blown off where he sat. Christmas comes and goes with
photos of Christmas trees and decorations interspersed with those of German graves. The album closes with about eight pages of
reunion photos, ca. 1955 or so. A fine, well-rounded grouping.
$1,200- 1,500
ALBUM Akrika Corps
soldier’s photograph
about 300 photographs, most 3” x 4” or
so, the vast majority
from North Africa until
the soldier apparently
was captured by Americans and sent to a
P.O.W. camp in the U.S.
As usual, the album
opens with images of
training, and group
shots of friends and his commanding officers. There follow photos of the soldier in Rome and southern Italy, and of a vessel damaged
by the light cruiser HMS NEPTUNE, itself sunk by mines with only one sailor surviving. The second half of the album covers the years
1941-43 and bears a photo of the soldier, along with a portion of a silver, black and brown BeVo cuff title reading: “AFRIKAKORPS”. Images here include wrecked trucks, candid scenes from Bardia, Tripoli, and Benghazi, bivouac in the desert, a fairly distant shot of Erwin
Rommel, and about a dozen images from his internment in the U.S. from 1943-46. Not much in the way of combat photography, but
still a desirable subject.
$600- 800
AWARDEE’S PHOTO ALBUM Photo album which
once belonged to an unidentified German
Wehrmacht officer who is shown in a photo on
the front pastedown, contains 34 photos, each
4” x 5 1/2”, apparently taken in the eastern theater. Included are images of vehicles boggeddown in mud, troops being transported by
motorcycle and clinging to tanks, what appear
to be Russian dead on a shattered battlefield,
images of tanks, trenches, a river crossing by
raft, German cemetery, kubelwagen, machine
gun nest, and so on. In an unadorned album.
Very good.
$700- 900
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dignitaries and generals, touring the front, greeting children, in
parades, etc. Some images not seen by us before. Russian origin,
likely post-war manufacture.
$150- 200
256. GERMAN ATROCITIES AGAINST RUSSIANS Group of 31 second generation photographs, each 4 1/2” x 3 1/4” b/w, showing
scenes of exhumed bodies, presumably Russian civilians and/or
Jewish victims of einsatzgruppen, hanged partisans, liberated
Russian prisoners, grieving survivors, etc. These photos were likely
made in the waning days of the war for distribution for morale
building and propaganda purposes. Fine.
$150- 200
photographer best known for his many published photographs of
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi hierarchy. An oddball item, a Hoffmann
postcard photo of Knights Cross with Oak Leaves recipient Paul
Laux (1887-1944) in a chest, up image. Hoffmann has misspelled
the recipient’s name, labeling him: “General LAUSE”. $100- 150
Fine group of about 150 photos, 4” x 6” and smaller, highlighting
the military career of Col. GIUSEPPE AZZARO, first wartime commander of the elite1st Regiment Bersaglieri (Italy). They span the
years 1910-43, mostly 1935, on, and show Azzaro and other Italian officers in uniform, military parades, travel to Goslar in 1938
to purchase NSKK motorcycles for their use, testing of the bikes,
presentations, tank maneuvers, etc. Overall very good. The
Barsaglieri would fight the Greeks with distinction during the
abortive invasion of Greece. They exist as an elite unit to this day.
A rare and important Italian photo grouping.
$700- 900
253. (WALTER FRENTZ) (1907-2004) German cameraman, film
producer and photographer, a cameraman for Leni Riefenstahl also
photographing and filming activities of leaders of Nazi Germany,
including Adolf Hitler. Lot of 27 first generation color reprints from
Frentz’s negatives of portraits of Knights Cross awardees and other
military figures, most photos 5” x 7” with excellent detail. Included
are Skorzeny, Kahl, Rottemeier, Kummel, Sauvant, Bronikowski,
Posel, Langkeit, Antunesco, Hinz, Degrelle, Krass, Kruger, Eicke,
Dessloch (with Silver Pilot/Observer Badge with Diamonds), Mauss,
and others. Also included are two images of Hitler German shepherd “Blondi” whom he later poisoned to test the efficacy of
cyanide suicide capsules. Fine.
$100- 150
254. (ADOLF HITLER) Fine lot of two original candid photos, each
2 1/2” x 3 1/2” b/w, the first showing Hitler full-length in civilian
garb outside the Fuhrerbau in Munich as he is saluted by several
civilians, the second an exterior view of the same building showing
two guards with standards attached to the wall beside them. Very
$100- 150
255. (ADOLF HITLER) Group of 65 second generation photographs, each 4 1/2” x 3 1/4” b/w, showing Hitler in a variety of
images over perhaps a ten years span, including him meeting with
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CAPTURE OF HANKOW Japanese intelligence officer’s photo
album containing 104 carefully captioned photos of an intelligence officer and events following the July, 1937 invasion of
China, his transport to Hankow, and scenes of destruction in that
last major city to be taken by the Japanese. Photos include office
scenes on the day of the invasion, the call-up, farewell festivities,
the intelligence officer in uniform with his colleagues, portraits
taken on the battlefield, scenes of destruction in Hankow, including the Japanese Embassy which the caption claims was bombed
by the Chinese, a shattered train, etc. Very good, with an explanation of most of the captions. The siege of Hankow lasted over
four months as the Chinese threw 800,000 soldiers into defending the city. Yet, the fear of the Japanese following the “rape of
Nanking” and shortages caused them to retreat from their positions in October, 1938.
$400- 500
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259. NAZI/GERMAN PHOTO GROUPING Great mixed lot of photographs, postcards, and
other images, about 180 pieces, includes: 76 small original candid photographs, largely of
soldiers from several of the services in uniform while on leave, a few images of training in
the field; 59 postcard-sized photos, about half being original portrait photographs of various soldiers and officers, the balance being mass-produced images of Hitler, Goring,
Donitz, etc.; eight propaganda postcards, two showing SS parade images; and about fifty
3” x 5” “Bilder-Gruppe 28 Deutschland Erwacht” cigarette cards in original cardboard folder.
Overall very good. Also included is a modern ink-jet copy of the catalog issued by Hitler’s
photograph Heinrich Hoffmann, as well as an unrelated signed transfer of a soldier to
$200- 300
260. OCCUPIED BERLIN U.S. SOLDIER’S GROUPING Small grouping of items once belonging
to Sgt. David V. Blacker of the 16th Constabulary Squadron, U.S. Army, who served in occupied
Berlin from December, 1948 to 1950. Included is his photo album with hand painted shield on the cover, bearing within about 25 photos
showing Blacker and his colleagues parading, being reviewed, in armored cars, with a few photos of some German lady friends, with three
training completion certificates in Military Justice, “Demolition Mines and Booby-Traps”, and Air Transport of Troops and Equipment, and a
letter of thanks from an officer. Also present: one of Blacker’s dog tags; a Purple Heart named to him, with lapel pin; an earlier Ike jacket
with sergeant stripes and lapel pins, lanyard, SHAEF and custom-made 87th Infantry shoulder batches, custom-embroidered chest ribbons
and C.I.B., with Korean conflict pin; a second Ike jacket with 87th Infantry Division and 7th Army shoulder patches, ribbons including Presidential Unit Citation; Blacker’s dress sergeant’s uniform with C.I.B. and two pairs of trousers; a Korean War-era lined field jacket with fur
collar; and an unidentified bayonet. Very good. The 16th Constabulary Squadron was a military unit assigned to the Berlin Command - they
were tasked with keeping the peace within the American Zone and guarded the Nuremberg war criminals following their convictions.
$400- 600
261. PACIFIC THEATER PHOTOS IN NEGATIVE Collection of 52 contemporary 4 1/2” x 3 1/2” prints in negative of various World War
II scenes from the Pacific Theater. These images were likely used in the production of postcard and similar-sized image for market and
thus are contemporary to the times. They include Joe Rosenthal’s famous image of the Iwo Jima “flag raisers”, American and Japanese
prisoners, Japanese dead, some incinerated, troop transports, destruction at Hiroshima, the surrender in Tokyo Bay, and more. Overall
near fine.
$200- 300
PHOTO ALBUM Rare, fine quality photo album 1. TORPEDOBOOTS
- HALBFLOTILLE 1928-30”, apparently created to honor two long
journeys by a small flotilla of Kriegsmarine torpedo boats just prior
to Hitler’s rise to power. The book bears covers with gilt lettering
and blue cloth-covered covers, and contains within one hundred 5
1/2” x 3 1/2” photos with printed captions of the vessels, crews,
and events during the cruises. Scenes include crew group shots, the
vessels underway, torpedo and gunnery practice, drills, leisure activities, divers, heavy seas, local peoples and sites, etc. The rear
bears a fold-out map showing the routes of the two cruises, which
covered ports from Riga to Vigo, Spain. Spine bears two tears at bottom, contents are fine.
$200- 300
263. RUSSIAN MASS BURIALS Gruesome grouping of 41 second generation photographs, each 4 1/2” x 3 1/4” b/w, showing scenes of
exhumed bodies and skeletons, presumably Russian civilians and/or
Jewish victims of einsatzgruppen, some with skulls and bones exposed, with other images showing German P.O.W.s forced to exhume
the bodies and march past the burial sites. These photos were likely
made in the waning days of the war for distribution for morale building and propaganda purposes. Fine.
$150- 200
264. RUSSIANS LIBERATE CONCENTRATION CAMPS Group of 27 second generation photographs, each 4 1/2” x 3 1/4” b/w,
showing scenes liberated concentration camp victims, some moments before gaining freedom, others convalescing, a parade remembering those who had died, Russian doctors offering medical care, and one photo showing three souls who failed to see the
day. Very good.
$200- 300
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soiled covers, less so within, still quite acceptable.
$200- 300
270. 508TH P.I.R. ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM Rare program issued
at the third anniversary of the formation of the 508th P.I.R., 82nd
Airborne Division, (Frankfurt: Verlag Otto Lembeck), 60pp. 4to.,
Oct. 20, 1945. This copy bears the ownership signature of PFC
Martin Eltringham who jumped at Normandy and in Market Garden
in Holland, and fought in the Bulge and into Germany. The volume
contains a wealth of information, including a listing of the dead,
photos and names of all company, staff, and support members,
and a unit history. Covers are worn, but contents remain very
$200- 300
271. 508TH P.I.R. NEWSPAPER “DEVIL’S DIGEST” Rare newspaper, the 508th P.I.R.’s “Devil’s Digest”, published in Germany on
Aug. 7, 1945, the same time (Aug. 8) that Bocks Car would drop
the second atomic bomb, on Nagasaki, effectively ending World
War II. The paper covers a visit by President Truman to decorate
troops, sports news, medals given for bravery, and an anniversary
visit to notorious Ste. Mere Eglise. One edge mouse nibbled, some
soiling, else very good.
$100- 150
and rare photographic book “Schonheit Im Olympischen Kampf”,
(“Beauty in Olympic Battle”), by filmmaker and photographer Leni
Riefenstahl, [Berlin: Deutscher Verlag, [1937], first edition 4to.
gravure plates. Text in German, French, English, Italian and Spanish. Orange cloth gilt, 286pp. Riefenstahl’s magnificent photographic chronicle of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, including
photographs of the running of the torch, opening ceremonies,
German “ideal” nudes, Hitler, Jessie Owens taking off for his worldrecord jump, as well as other athletes, closing ceremonies, and a
section on the photographer and her team at work. A superb work,
issued in conjunction with her film, “Olympia”. Very slight sun
lightening to top of front cover, light wear to spine, else excellent.
$300- 400
Rare newspaper issued by the 508th P.I.R., 82nd Airborne Division,
the “Devil’s Digest” printed on May 7, 1945 with the headline: “ETO
WAR OVER TODAY...Duties Are Suspended As War Declared
Ended...”. The paper quotes Col. Roy Luindquist’s statement given
to his command, and the news of the surrender is described as
“ have done your part well in completely destroying the Nazis...”. Other articles include the award of the Medal of
Honor to PFC Len Funk, photos of a practice jump, awards, etc.
266. “I FIGHT” NSDAP publication, Ich Kaempfe (“I Fight”), (no author stated), (Munich: Franz Eher Nachf. Verlag) 1943. 100pp.
8vo., paper boards, illustrated with color and black and white photos. A book bearing “duties of party comrades” given to new
NSDAP members instructing them on the history of the party, the
oath to be given to Hitler, duties of the S.A., lifestyle of National
Socialists, and so on. Some toning, else very good.
$75- 100
267. “OLYMPIA1936” CIGARETTE BOOK Scarce publication,
“cigarette” photo books Olympia 1936, Volumes I and II, published by Cigaretten Bilderdienst, Hamburg, 168pp. and 126pp.,
9” x 12 1/4”, in blue cloth with black lettering and gilt Olympic
logo. These books were originally devoid of photos but were
filled with images by smokers who accumulated high-quality
photos as they purchased cigarettes. Both volumes are complete, and incredibly Jesse Owens and other racial “inferiors” are
fairly represented (though caricatured at the bottom of the
page). Hitler is given the first page - a full-page illustration and German athletes are most prominently depicted. Volume I
also includes a fold-out map of the Olympic village. Edges of
the spine of Volume II is worn, else near fine condition.
$300- 400
268. (FUNERAL OF OTTO SKORZENY) Sympathy letter acknowledgement, 2pp. 8vo., Madrid, August, 1975, sent by Skorzeny’s widow Ilse to those sending condolences upon her
husband’s death, expressing her thanks to the well-wishers
with a reproduction of a post-war painting of Skorzeny with his
facsimile signature beneath. Very good.
$100- 150
photo excised, else very good.
269. 503RD P.I.R. UNIT HISTORY: “THE RETURN TO CORREGIDOR” Rare unit history, the 503rd P.I.R.’s “The Return to Corregidor”, by Harold Templeman, Red Cross Field Director for the
503rd, (New York: Strand Press), [n.d., possibly a war-date publication], approx. 100pp. 4to. A heavily-illustrated history of the
503rd’s retaking of the fortress on Corregidor in Manila Bay, undertaken through landings by sea and by paratroop assault, also
including their presidential citation, a list of the dead from the regiment, names of all the members who participated in the action
with group photos of many, and letters of commendation. Heavily
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Good copy of the bound, post-war history of the 82nd Airborne Division, of of the hardest-fighting units of World War II, (Atlanta: Albert
Love Enterprises), 1946. The 9” x 12” volume contains about 200pp. ,
rich in photographs and containing a complete history of the division
from its organization until its return to the U.S. at war’s end, concentrating on World War II. This volume bears the ownership signature of
PFC Martin Eltringham, Co. H, 508th P.I.R. who jumped over Normandy
and Holland, and saw action at the Bulge and in Germany. Virtually every
action in the war is covered, from training to combat jumps, Normandy
to the liberation of concentration camps and occupation duty. While the
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your weapons and come forward!”. Fine condition, with a
second sheet in Japanese, untranslated.
$75- 100
spine bears a few chips and the front cover is loosening a bit, this volume is in otherwise very good condition.
$200- 300
274. ADOLF HITLER “CIGARETTE BOOK” Large format illustrated
book Adolf Hitler Pictures From the Life of the Fuhrer, (Herausgegeben vom Cigaretten/Bilderdienst: Hamburg), 1936, 136pp.
folio, foreword by Hermann Goring. A “cigarette book” which a
smoker would purchase and then fill with photographs obtained
smokes were purchased.
This volume, well-written, is completely filled
with photographs, in very
fine condition.$ 1 5 0 200
Scarce broadside, 12 3/4” x 18
1/2”, [n.p.], July 14, 1945, printed
in English and German, signed in
type by Dwight D. Eisenhower as
Supreme Commander, A.E.F.,
PEOPLE OF GERMANY”. There follows four paragraphs in which
Eisenhower proclaims to Germans: “...supreme authority with
respect to Germany has been assumed by the Governments of the United States, The United Kingdom,
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the Provisional Government of the French Republic...All persons...will obey immediately and
without question all of the enactments and orders continued in effect
or issued by me...”. The broadside continues, further explaining exactly who would be responsible for future orders, yet taking pains to
specify that Eisenhower would be ultimately in charge. Folds, else very
$300- 400
handbill, 8 1/2” x 12
1/2”, Berlin, in part:”14
million gave us their vote
on July 31...they wanted a
radical new organization
of political life...for a free
national and socialist Germany...they
against...Marxist blood
terror...400 of our best
gave their lives in the fight
for the soul of the German
worker...they died for the
Hitler...Adolf Hitler refused to sell out... against the powers against the will of the people...against the party of the Jews and Freemasons...we take up the
fight...” . Very good.
$300- 400
piece of ephemera, an FBI poster for an escaped German prisoner, 11”
x 16”, [Fort Lewis, Washington], June 10, 1944, seeking the capture
of Rolf G. U. Zieschang, a Wehrmacht private and well-educated law
student fluent in four languages. One light fold, else fine. $75- 100
HOSTAGES Broadside 24” x 19”, printed in German and Russian,
Pozarevac, Serbia, Nov. 19, 1942, notifying the public: “...despite
the request made by the German Army, the two kidnapped members of the Air Force...have not been returned...Therefore..according to the order of [general in Serbia] twenty hostages will be taken
by the Commander in Serbia in exchange for the two army men...”.
Badly split at middle with a crude tape repair thereon, requiring
proper restoration. Rare.
$100- 150
276. ADVERTISING POSTER FOR “MEIN KAMPF” Poster promoting the sale of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf” by its publishers, 12 1/2” x 20 1/2”, Munich, ca. 1927, pictures Hitler in
brownshirt uniform at left and proclaiming: “ADOLF HITLER MEIN
KAMPF The basic work of National Socialism...Understand Hitler
from his book!”. Titles of various chapters from the two parts of
Mein Kamp are listed, including “The Red Terror” and “The Jewish
Question”. Fine.
$100- 150
scarce imprint, a two sided 4to. leaflet, [n.p., c. Dec. 1939] printed by
the German authorities justifying the invasion of Poland. The leaflet, in
German, reports on the alleged systematic massacre of ethnic Germans
and claims that the Poles had killed 58,000 innocent civilians since the
end of the First World War. In small part: “...even by 1931, one million
Germans had been displaced from their homes by the Poles. The German-Polish pact of January 1934 did not even bring the expected
changes, but instead...more Polish rabble-rousing and terror in connection with their chauvinistic organizations and their Polish rape-and
torture administrations. The German-Polish contract was just a cloak
for the Polish Government to continue their oppression of Germans...We
have already informed the world press, that this Polish blood orgy happened against unarmed German men, women and children. The
Bromberg night was just the beginning of a campaign of terror and murder against every single German in Poland...”. The Bromberg incident,
dubbed by German propagandists as “Bloody Sunday”, involved the alleged massacre of ethnic Germans in the city of Blomberg (Bydgoszcz)
which the Nazis used to further inflame public opinion against the Poles.
The German government claimed “Our special investigation group already found hundreds of mass graves. We could open just a few of them,
because of the winter weather. We already identified 12857 bodies. In
the Spring, we will be able to open all those graves and identify those
killed. The Chief of civil administration founded an administration for
finding and rescuing ethnic Germans, which has been ordered to investigate how many Germans were killed since the outbreak of the war...The
total number of people murdered by Poles is actually 58,000. These victims of Polish terror were not just found at Bromberg. The field of dead
extends to the Silesian and mid Polish sector. Even in these areas, thousands of Germans have been displaced as cattle and had been shot by
the Polish Army with machine guns. The German nation paid a large
Miscellaneous selection of American and German World War II propaganda, newspapers, etc. includes War Stamp booklets with caricatures of the Axis leaders, five American “war maps”, almost all
showing areas of Allied and Axis occupation, a boy’s “Official Kit
Junior Aircraft Warning Service of America” with photos of military
planes, altitude calculator, armband, membership card, etc., German “cigarette book” “Die Deutsch Wehrmacht”, filled with pastedin color images of the German armed forces ca. 1936, a pre-war
Nazi promotional photo booklet for the city of Munich, a large foldout brochure in english touting Germany’s universities and colleges,
ca. 1935, one photo showing students exercising beneath a Nazi
flag, and three American newspapers including the death of FDR,
D-Day, V-J Day. Also included are a few unrelated American newspapers from World War I, including Armistice Day and two wartime
issues of Stars and Stripes. Overall very good.
$150- 200
propaganda flyer, 2pp. 8vo., a double-sided leaflet bearing text on
one side, the verso showing an emaciated Japanese male civilian
full-length with a vast, empty sea beside him. The leaflet is stapled
to a mimeographed sheet reading “RESTRICTED” and translating
the piece. It reads in part: “MARITIME JAPAN — WITHOUT SHIPS!
Your loved ones have been abandoned on isolated PACIFIC Islands
where they do not receive one grain of rice or one round of ammunition. Their single hope is that ships will come to rescue them.
Now that artery too has been severed. Numberless mines have been
laid...raw materials...are being blown up...JAPAN is bound hand and
foot...Each one of you holds the key to this problem...Throw down
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amount of blood for this, the Polish nation will be burdened forever...”.
Sadly, such German propaganda is still cited by some today as “proof”
of Polish atrocities toward ethnic Germans living there. Usual folds, tiny
tear at bottom center not affecting text, else very good.
$150- 200
sion of two ersatz SD cuff titles, about 50 unrelated photos, some second generation showing Himmler, Goring, Hitler Youth, battle scenes,
etc, small embroidered HJ and NSDAP flags, etc., yet the album itself
is authentic: orange and marbled boards, black stitching, silver runes,
and two white tassels. One corner bent, else very good. $150- 200
piece of Third Reich hunting ephemera, 1p. oblong 8vo., [n.p.,
n.d.], an engraved permission form intended to be used by Hermann Goring as Forestry and Reichs Hunting Master to allow the
named bearer to hunt the to-be-indicated game with firearms.
With raised embossed, seal, mounted, very good.
$100- 150
291. SS RECRUITING POSTER Scarce SS recruiting poster, 15
1/2” x 21 1/2”, shows a close-upportrait of a member of the
Waffen-SS in winter gear with rifle, mountains in the background, reading: “Volunteer for the Mountaineers of the WaffenSS”. Mounted, worn at margins with a few scuffs and a chip at
upper-right, still good.
$150- 200
COMPILATION Reproduction printing of wartime Japanese newspapers, possibly contemporary, approx. 60pp. folio, some photo
illustrations. In a presentation binder. Totally unknown to us - a
$100- 150
II anti-Soviet broadside, 23” x 18”, printed in red and black inks
with the left half in German and right half in Ukrainian, titled:
“Bauern und Betriebsleiter! (“Farmers and Factory Workers!”), and
urging them to put aside Bolshevism and instead sell 100g of
their wheat to the Germans for five rubles, with10 rubles equaling one Reichsmark. Folds, a small tear at right margin, overall
very good condition.
$200- 300
285. MARINES LAND AT NAGASAKI Rare war-time Japanese post
card canceled aboard the U.S.S. MARVIN H. MCINTYRE, bears a U.S.
NAVY cancelation dated Sep. 23, 1945 with pagoda-like cancel
parks, bears a stamp at bottom: “MARINE OCCUPATION LANDING,
SEPT. 23, 1945 The Atomized City of Nagasaki, Kyusha [sic],
Japan”. Fine condition. At 1300 on Sep. 23, 1945 the 2nd and 6th
Marines, in full combat kit with fixed bayonets and full magazines,
landed simultaneously on the east and west sides of Nagasaki harbor. The city, one Marine observed, “can be described very easily:
it is a filthy, stinking, wrecked hole, and the sooner we get out the
better we’ll all like it.” The MCINTYRE was a Haskell-class attack
transport, named after F.D.R.’s secretary.
$150- 200
war-date instructional booklets, the first in Finnish, 26pp. 12mo.,
ca. 1944., numbered, a heavily illustrated user’s guide to the
loading and operation of the anti-tank weapons, the panzerfaust
and the panzerschreck, with a fold-out of views of Allied tanks.
Sold with a similar book in German, 25pp. 12mo. (may be missing a few pages), also heavily illustrated, but the bottom portions
of pages gone due to dampness. Sold with a reproduction copy
of Der Panzerknacker, 24pp. 12mo., a guide to multiple methods
to destroy enemy tanks, and a copy of a 4pp. handout on the use
of the panzerfaust. Very good overall.
$100- 150
Corps published lithograph printed a month after the attack on
Pearl Harbor, 1p. 4to., Jan. 9, 1942, shows a Marine Corps “baby”
representing the New Year of 1942 writing his resolutions for the
new year. They include “Avenge! Pearl Harbor Wake Island Manila”,
while the previous page, 1941, bears an ink blot and the notation:
“JAP TREACHERY! Pearl Harbor Wake Island Manila”. Soiled a bit at
margins, else very good.
$100- 150
program, 14pp. 8vo., [Hungary], June, 1939, the printed program fro a visit to Hungary by German Minister of the Interior
Wilhelm Frick and his wife. Their entire itinerary for the trip is
set forth, including visits with police and political party officials,
social gatherings, etc., as well as what dress attendees are expected to wear. File holes at left, else very good. Czechoslovakia
had been fully occupied only three months earlier.
$60- 80
287. N.S.D.A.P. PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Printed handbill for an
NSDAP meeting in Austria, 1p. oblong 8vo., Mar. 22, 1944, the
meeting to be held at a beer hall “on the green” with Gauleiter Paul
Hinkler to address the gathering, with bold lettering at bottom:
$100- 150
295. HERMAN GÖRING DIE WERMACHT BROADSIDE* Fine German World War II advertisement for the Nazi publication Die
Werhmacht with Hermann Göring, “Die Reichsmarshall des
Grossdeutschen Reiches” in side profile. Measures 12” x 20” and
dated No. 16, July 31, 1940. Die Wehrmacht, an inexpensive
propagandistic German military magazine, was published from
1936-1944. Folds, pinholes at corners from hanging, light wear.
Very good condition, expertly floated on a black mat and presented in a wood and gilt frame. Not examined out of frame. Requires third-party shipping. Please see Terms and Conditions of
$200- 300
288. NAZI GERMANY IDENTIFICATION Lot of four items, includes: passport issued by the Free City of Danzig to a woman,
Sep. 15, 1940, 32pp. sm. 8vo., with ink stamp permitting the
bearer to reside in Germany; replacement I.D. card (Ausweis) issued by the D.A.F. for the Gau of Berlin, issued to a man working
at a train station in the city, with two train tickets and cloth ID case
(worn); state-issued Sea Voyage Book
issued to a commercial fisherman by a
Gauleiter Forster at Cuxhaven and
listing the vessels he has served upon,
as well as printed regulations; and an
official S.A. Sports Badge in Bronze
bound booklet issued to an 18 yearold. Four pcs.
$100- 150
296. IWO JIMA FLAG RAISING The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham, Wa., Feb. 27, 1945, 10 pp. “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”
is a historic photograph taken on Feb. 23, 1945 by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five United States Marines and a U.S. Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi
during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Herald published this iconic
photograph in this Feb. 27, 1945 edition. Little did people know
how iconic this photograph would become. The image is bolding
placed at the right top of the page, with the byline below. Other
information pertains to MacArthur giving free Filipinos a civil
government, and American bombers causing 30,000 casualties
in Berlin. A rare issue, fine.
$100- 150
color broadsides, each 11” x 15”, apparently reprints of the Soviet factory
newspaper “Denouncing God” but
printed with english translations beneath the Russian for consumption
abroad, all printed in 1930. Various
subjects including “Communism”
kicking God, the Pope and capitalism off the earth, the Red Front
crushing a caricature of capitalism, fascism, and the Pope, a poster
honoring the Stalingrad tractor factory, likening tractors to bombs
which would destroy the bourgeois world, the Five Year Plan
crushing God, Jehovah and Allah, etc. Very good.
$200- 300
290. SS OFFICER’S PHOTO ALBUM Finely constructed SS officer’s
photo album which appears to have been “gussied-up” with the inclu-
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propaganda sheet issued at Eisfeld, Germany, 1p. 4to., 1924, in
part: “...After a long winter night, a German Spring is sweeping
Germany...after a heavy sleep, the German people now
awake...the dream of peace in Europe and fraternal brotherhood
is over...all around us the enemy is armed and staring at us to
steal our Germany and tighten the chains of slavery tighter and
tighter about us...who wishes to stand at the sidelines?...nationalism is sweeping the German gaus...all over Germany there are
celebrations of German days...”. Signed at bottom by two mem-
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World War II: Relics
298. HERMANN GORING’S PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM Extraordinary photograph album which once belonged to Herman Goring, containing approx. 350 original
photographs, 7” x 5” and smaller, all showing Goring in a variety of public and private
settings. The album, 14” x 15 3/4” overall, is bound in one-quarter green leather
with gilt trim, also present at the corners of the covers, the balance of the covers
being white linen on hard boards. The photographs are set into photo corners and
are numbered on the album page, the numbers corresponding with typed descriptions
which precede each group of photographs. The pages are tabulated by date, indicating that the book covers the period May through December, 1938. These images
cover a huge range of activities - they include: Goring, Hitler, Goebbels and other
members of the Nazi hierarchy during the Nationalfeiertag des Deutschen Volkes (National Celebration of the German people); many intimate images of trips with his family aboard his yacht the Carin II; Göring’s trip to Austria to visit new construction
projects and also views of groundbreaking ceremonies for the Reichswerke Hermann
Göring, a steel mill in Linz; a visit to his hunting retreat in Lobau; playing tennis at
Carinhall; with Robert Ley at an exhibition of arts and crafts; his visit to the HermannGöring Meisterschule in Kronenburg/Eifel and a visit to Ordensburg Vogelsang; views
of meetings with generals of the Luftwaffe in the “West” and a visit by Hitler; greeting
Japanese military youth; visits by Italo Balbo of Italy and Miklós Horthy of Hungary;
interior and exterior views of Edda Goring’s cottage Min Lutten, a trip by sea to
Copenhagen; many images of the Carin II at sea; and family photos taken at Wenningstedt. The vast majority of the photos are blind-embossed by photographer
“Robert”, while the balance are apparently Goring’s own images (there are a very small
number of press photos, perhaps only a dozen or two, appearing at the start of the
album. While the edges of the covers are worn, the original binding cord is lost, and
the covers are soiled, the contents of this historic album are in very fine condition. In
researching this album, we found that a somewhat similar album exists in the holdings of the U.S. Library of Congress. In corresponding with the Prints and Photographs
Division of that institution, we learned that their holding, however, bears modern
album covers. Additionally, only one or two of the images shown on the library’s website match any of the photos in this album. Therefore, we believe that the vain Goring
had several photograph albums for each six-month period of the late pre-war years,
and that perhaps almost 90% of the photographs in this album have been heretofore
unseen. A rare opportunity to acquire a unseen grouping of important original photographs.
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299. HERMANN GORING PRESENTATION HUNTING PHOTO ALBUM An extraordinary photograph album presented to Hermann Goring
by a grateful friend and containing over forty original photographs of Goring pursuing his favorite passion...hunting! The album was
presented to Goring by Prof. LUTZ HECK (1892-1983), a zoologist who attempted to “resurrect” extinct species through selective breeding and who pillaged the Warsaw Zoo, stealing the most valuable animals and taking them to German zoos. The 8 1/4” x 10 3/4” album
is bound in green leather with gilt trim, raised hubs on the spine, and bearing the gilt location and year of their joint hunt: “Lobau
1938”. The front flyleaf bears Lutz’s gift inscription: “To the Reich Forestry Master and Reich Hunting Master General Field Marshal Hermann Goring in deepest gratitude for superb hunting days in the sunny Fall of the great year 1938. Waidmanns heil. Presented by Prof.
Lutz Heck. Christmas, 1938”. The album bears within forty-three original 8 1/4” x 10 3/4” black and white mounted photos, each
bearing a handwritten caption. The album opens with several candid portraits and group photographs showing Goring and his friends
in formal hunting attire enjoying pre-hunt cigars, beer, schnapps, and a lunch served on an outdoor banquet table. The Reichsjagerhof,
Goring’s enormous lodge, is shown, and Goring is shown full-length with leather vest, leather chaps, and hunting jacket as he holds a
long hunting spear. The next six photos show trophies from the hunt: enormous stags’ antlers, one of which the portly Reichsmarshall
hoists upon his shoulder. Other photos taken at the same hunt show one of the guests, King Boris III of Bulgaria who would later align
his country with Germany, but save 50,000 Jews from deportation. It is believed that he was poisoned in order to bring a more “compliant”
government to power. Fighter ace Ernst Udet is shown in two images as Goring fits a scope to an over-and-under rifle, and two other
images show Goring’s incredulity when a wounded stag is lost. The album closes with ten intimate photos taken at Carinhall showing
Goring’s daughter alone and with her parents, Hermann and Emmy Goring. While the edges and spine of this presentation album are a
bit scuffed, the contents are in very fine condition. A rare, up close and personal view of Goring the huntsman and Goring the devoted
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BERGHOF Set of six original designer’s drawings of wall sconce
light fixtures once apparently presented as a selection from
which Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, or a designer could choose for
retrofitting into Hitler’s vacation home at Obersalzberg. The
professionally-rendered drawings are executed in gold, yellow,
white and black pastel on approx. 15” x 28” sheets of heavy
brown paper and serially numbered one through six. All of the
designs vary, from classical to “folkish”. The first example
bears original lettering by the designer: “HAUS BERGHOF
FUHRERHAUS OBERSALZBERG NO. 1-6”. Light folds and soiling,
else very good. In 1933 Hitler purchased the Berghof with
funds he received from the sale of his political manifesto Mein
Kampf. In 1935 the house was expanded and extensively renovated at which time these drawings were likely undertaken.
Although wall sconces don’t appear to have been widely used
in the structure, they do appear in the main dining room and
may have been installed in servants and guards quarters as
GLASS WINDOW Fine original stained glass window,
11 1/2” x 15”, an image of the famous Coburg Badge
given to veterans of that early Nazi clash which bears
the legend: “MIT HITLER 1922 1932”. Beneath is a
painted inscription: “PRESENTED BY THE PRINCIPAL
carefully constructed piece, believed to be from the
estate of FRITZ WACHTLER (1891-1945), Gauleiter of
Bayreuth and an SS-Gruppenfuhrer, executed for desertion. Fine condition. On Oct. 14, 1922 Hitler and
800 Brownshirts descended on Coburg to march in a
“German Day” parade. Ignoring orders not to unfurl
their banners or otherwise incite the population, the
storm troopers marched on and clashed repeatedly
with many in the Marxist-aligned town. What was initially a bluff by the nearly bankrupt Nazi party turned
out to be a propaganda bonanza.
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stunning, impressive and desirable of Adolf Hitler’s close personal possessions,
the famous, long-lost custom-made swastika ring owned by Adolf Hitler. This
massive ring, carefully constructed of multiple parts, displays a 16mm. wide mobile swastika built-up on four different levels. Its arms are comprised of 15 multifaceted rubies which rise from the face of the ring to meet a larger, square
five-facet ruby at the pinnacle. One tiny ruby in one of the arms is missing and
could easily be replaced. When viewed from the sides, the swastika rises up much
like a city’s walls, with tiny upright swords carefully brazed thereto - only careful
examination shows one is missing. The sides of the ring bear two longer swords
which are flanked by wreaths of lightly-veined oak leaves, with blank areas bearing small “berries”, all on a lightly stippled background. In viewing the interior,
there is a large mobile swastika “cut-out” which directly conforms with the
swastika above. When held to the light, all of the rubies on the top of the ring are
viewable. The work appears to have been done on a sheet of silver which was
then secured to the body of the ring, having been rolled over in bands. A raised
stylized “KB” hallmark is evident on the inside of the band. The ring once had a
powder coating of yellow gold, almost certainly 24 karat, but only a hint of that
surface remains, with largely only the sterling silver base remaining visible. The
ring is offered complete with the original presentation sterling silver hand-hammered globe and ebony wood pedestal. The globe, approx. 5 cm. wide, bears one
central longitudinal and latitudinal line in relief, meeting at the front to form parts
of the arms of a static swastika which appears in relief. The globe bears a fine,
small closing catch at top which when opened allows the globe to fall open like
a clam shell, revealing a small mobile swastika which supports a curved silver
display hook, The ring rests upon this hook. The globe assembly in turn is attached to a three piece ebony wood pedestal with 16 small pieces of silver trim.
The ring was made by one of the most prominent of German goldsmiths, KARL BERTHOLD (1889-1975). After an apprenticeship with
an engraver in Dresden and education at the Drawing Academy in Hanau , he established his own workshop in Darmstadt in 1913. In
the 1920s, he joined the NSDAP and the National Socialist Combat League for German Culture. He taught at the Academy Hanauer and
later at the Stadel School in Frankfurt as acting director. On 15 April 1933 he dismissed “degenerate” professors Willi Baumeister, Max
Beckmann, Richard Scheibe, Jacob Nussbaum, Josef Hartwig and other “cultural Bolshevik Jew servants” and turned the Cologne factory
schools into a “master school of the Hanseatic city of Cologne”. This ring, like the Goring Reichsjagermeister pin elsewhere in this sale,
is well known to advanced collectors. The ring first appeared in Berthold’s photographic catalog Goldschmiedearbeiten von Karl Borromaus Berthold, 1937. The ring’s provenance is further described, and it is shown in photographs, in World War II German War Booty,
Vol. II, by Thomas M. Johnson (Columbia, SC: Johnson Reference Books) 1984, pp. 11-12 and in a 2011 article by journalist Ron Laytner.
Johnson cites articles published in the London “Telegraph Sunday” magazine of Apr. 4, 1982 and in Penthouse magazine. The articles
described a “Sergeant Joseph” who at war’s end searched the Fuhrerbau in Munich for souvenirs. In the flooded basement of the building,
he recovered this ring, as well as a gold-plated semi-automatic pistol presented to Hitler (which now resides at the museum at West
Point), Hitler’s gold watch, a small painting of Hitler’s mother, silverware, and other relics. The sergeant kept the relics under cover for
thirty years until he was tracked down by Nevada businessman Ray Bily. Bily purchased what Johnson describes as “The Treasure Trove
of the Decade” and donated the gold pistol to West Point. Laytner’s article bears more detail, as he interviewed Bily directly and listened
to a recording of the sergeant describing his discovery of the hoard of Hitler relics. The text of the Laytner story in itself is incredible.
In a nutshell, Sgt. Joseph relates that he was a member of the 144th Division tasked with securing the artwork found in the basement
of the Fuhrerbau. He discovered the relics, was forced to surrender one of two Hitler pistols he discovered to an officer, as well as a box
full of diamonds, he discarded what may well have been Hitler’s diary, and his girlfriend wore this ring around her neck for years! In
about 1981 the sergeant sold the remnants of his collection to Bily, and Bily died in 1994. The article states that the disposition of the
balance of Bily’s collection was unknown. In fact, the ring ended up in the hands of devoted collector and dealer William Blynn, who died
two years ago. It was offered for sale by Blynn who obtained a firm offer of nearly $400,000 but rejected it. It has been consigned to us
directly by Blynn’s estate. With copies of provenance.
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exquisite historic relic evocative of the flamboyance of Reichsjagermeister
and Reichsmarschall Herman Goring, his personal gold Jagermeister, or
“master of the hunt” collar pin and worn by him when he was photographed for the cover of the April 1, 1940 issue of Time magazine. The
solid gold pin, a masterpiece of the jeweler’s art, measures 3” long and 1
1/8” wide at its widest point. It is dominated by the head of a European
stag at center, its multi-pointed antlers encompassing a mobile swastika
lying upon a field of sun rays. The swastika is comprised of nine rectangular blue stones, most likely sapphires, each bearing nine facets and
carefully placed in settings bearing decorated with repeating squares. Riveted beneath the stag’s head is a small banner with the initials “D” and “J”
engraved in Gothic letters and darkened, appearing on either side. We
imagine that they may represent: “Deutsche Jagermeister”. The head,
swastika and banner assembly are in turn carefully double-riveted to the
gold crossbar which bears eight similarly faceted rectangular green stones
on either side, most likely emeralds, which are set side-to-side. They are
held in place by straight lines of gold edging extending from the 1/4” wide
bar which is adorned with a hammered design of laurel leaves. On the reverse, there is a round gold pin with barrel-type hinge, secured in a tube
with a sliding tubular-shaped catch which secures the end of the pin.
There are a few tiny white paint marks on the verso, placed there by the
previous owner perhaps as cataloging marks. There are no maker’s marks
on the verso, which is not at all uncommon for a custom piece. Indeed,
this item is well-known to long-time dealers and collectors, having originated from the collection of dealer William Blynn and from whose estate
it emanates. The jagermeister symbol far predated Goring, who co-opted
the original Christian emblem and substituted the swastika in the design
at the location of the original Christian cross. The original emblem celebrates St. Hubert (d. 727 AD), born in Maastricht, reportedly a great lover
of pleasure and his chief passion was the chase. Hubert was afield the
morning of Good Friday (while the faithful were crowding into church) and
he was participating in the chase of a deer on horseback with his famous
hounds. As he was pursuing a magnificent stag, the animal stopped and
turned. Hubert was astounded at perceiving a crucifix suspended between
its antlers, while he heard a voice from the figure of Christ say, “Hubert,
unless you turn to the Lord, and lead a holy life, you shall quickly fall into
the abyss of Hell!...Go and seek Lambert and he will instruct you.” Lambert
was the Bishop of Maastricht, who kindly received Hubert (who would
eventually succeed him). Hubert went on to convert thousands. His feast
day is Nov. 3 - at the height of the rut. A superlative relic, so prized by
Goring that he wore it when photographed for the cover of the world’s
most prestigious news magazine.
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marshal whose Afrika Corps threw back repeated British and American assaults in North Africa, later he defended Normandy and ultimately was forced to commit suicide due to his implication in the Hitler bomb plot. Museum-grade replica field marshal’s baton, an
exact copy in every respect of the baton awarded to Rommel following his promotion to Field Marshal on June 21, 1942. The 20” x 2”
jeweler-made baton bears bronze fittings at either end, one fitted with a Maltese Cross at one end, the other bearing an eagle and
swastika. A sterling silver ring is also fitted at each end of the shaft, reading individually: “Der Fuhrer dem Generalfeldmarschall Rommel”
and “Zum Freiheitskampf des Grossdesutsches Volkes 23 Juni 1942”. The red velvet-covered shaft of the baton bears alternating swastika
and eagle, Maltese Cross, and modern Wehrmacht-style Maltese Cross insignia attached thereto. The baton is accompanied by a custom-made black leather case with gilt-imprinted lettering: “GENERALFELDMARSCHALL ERWIN ROMMEL” on top, and the name of the
original maker: H. J. Wilm Berlin” printed on the white lining within. Only slightly tarnished. These top quality replicas were manufactured
years ago, and to our knowledge are no longer made. This example should in no way be confused with the much cheaper reproductions
using stamped lettering and poorly cast or turned fittings.
305. MELTED HIROSHIMA SAKE BOTTLE A telling relic from the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a saki bottle showing clear evidence of the intense heat it was exposed to at the time of the
explosion. The saki bottle, 5 3/4” tall, remains intact and bears shiny gray glazed surface on its bottom...every
other part of the bottle shows the effects of the blast. Much like the “shadows” left on stairways from those
incinerated by the bomb, this flask shows a dark side and a lighter side with a clear demarcation between the
two, the dark side having faced away from the blast. There is also a 1/4” dimple on the lighter side where the
bottle puckered from the effects of the heat. All glazing exposed (except the bottom) has bubbled, giving
the bottle the appearance of having been burned. The bottle, recovered near the center of the city, is contained within a simple wooden box whose lid bears the description (in Japanese): “Showa 21 [1946] July, memorial piece recovered from the rubble and dust of destroyed houses where also human remains were found.
This is put in the temple as memory of the loss of life”. Chilling.
306. N.S.D.A.P. STAINED GLASS WINDOW Fine quality leaded stained glass window which likely once hung at
the home of a wealthy Nazi sympathizer, officer, or party member. The panel measures 20” x 26” overall, with
a stylistic German national eagle occupying most of the window with an N.S.D.A.P. flag beneath, all surrounded
by a narrow yellow border with red corners. This is a very well constructed window with leading between each of the individual glass sections, and it remains completely intact. Believed to have originated from
Obersalzberg. Requires special handling.
of relics from Hitler’s state yacht, the Aviso Grille, including what is purported
to be a key from the vessel, brass, 4 1/4” long and stamped “118”, with ring and a small aluminum tag
stamped with the same number. Also present is a printed card bearing at top the name of the vessel Aviso
Grille and “Telephone Listing”. The card lists fifty extensions which include Line 10: “The Fuhrer and Chief
of the Wehrmacht”, Line 14: “Head of the Kriegsmarine”, with other lines including the vessel’s captain, officers, engineers, ship’s doctor, etc. The verso bears instructions on telephone operation, ship-to-shore
calls, etc. Hitler’s line number and title have been underlined in red. The consignor, a military dealer and
collector, describes the key as having accompanied the telephone directory, and that both were recovered
by a 101st Airborne soldier who stumbled upon the vessel and “liberated” these souvenirs. The Aviso Grille
was commissioned in 1935 and was used not only by Hitler (who sometimes suffered from seasickness) but
for other state ceremonies as well, including attendance at King George VI’s coronation. It was from the vessel’s stern that Karl Donitz announced Hitler’s death and his assumption of the role of head of state. The
vessel was broken-up in the 1950s - only a toilet survives, in a New Jersey auto shop.
308. ADOLF HITLER FORMAL PATTERN NAPKIN RING Fine original formal silver napkin ring
from one of Hitler's formal dinner services, 1 3/4" tall, 1 1/2" diameter, bearing a large Nazi
eagle and swastika device in relief, the swastika flanked by Hitler's initials "A H" at bottom. At topand bottom the ring also bears an engraved "Greek key" design. On the opposite side the napkin ring bears the hallmarks of silversmiths Bruckmann, "925" purity stamp,
and other appropriate hallmarks. Some light tarnishing, else fine condition. The Bruckmann "formal pattern" of silver flatware and tableware was made as a 50th birthday present to Hitler from Albert Speer. There are believed to be six complete sets of 500 pieces, or possibly five sets of 600 pieces, and they were distributed among the places Hitler frequented the most: the "Berghof" (Hitler's mountain
home); "Der Adlerhorst" (the Eagle's Nest); the "Gasthaus" (Guest House) at Obersalzberg: the "Braune Haus" (the "Brown House"); the
"Prinzregentenplaz" apartment in Munich; and the "Reichskanzlei" in Berlin.
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War II Thompson machine canvas gun drum pouch, ink stamped
on the inside of the flap by the maker: “AVERY 1942”, and stamped
“U.S.” on the outside, with matching adjustable canvas carrying
strap. Fine.
difficult item to locate, a piece of Adolf Hitler’s informal silverware,
possibly from his Munich apartment or Berchtesgaden. This item
is a three-tined dessert fork, 5 3/4” long and bearing a fluted
raised edge and handle with his initials “A H” engraved at bottom.
Properly hallmarked with half-moon and crown, “800” purity. From
a complete collection of samples of all of Hitler’s, Himmler’s,
Braun’s and Goring’s silverware owned by a noted Gettysburg historical museum.
313. WAR-DATED HAND-POWERED FLASHLIGHT Scarce wardate “hand-energized” flashlight, typically issued to paratroopers,
members of the Air Corps, and medics. The 5 3/4” flashlight has
a dark green body with a handle which, when repeatedly squeezed,
spins a flywheel within which generates enough electricity to light
a bulb screwed-in before a reflector. The case is stamped: “TROPICALIZED OCTOBER, 1944” and bears the name “DACO-LITE” and
maker’s address in Dayton, Ohio. The original cardboard packing
box with printed label is also present showing Air Corps and Signal
Corps spec. numbers, etc. Still in working condition! $200-300
310. CAPTURED HITLER YOUTH ARMBAND Hitler Youth armband,
4” wide rayon with BeVo white embroidered stripe, sewn-on white
patch with embroidered mobile swastika. Frayed at top edge, small
stain. With typed letter of provenance from PFC Edward J, Karczewski, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne who participated in all 101st
operations from D-Day to the occupation of Berchtesgaden who
notes that the armband was surrendered to him by: “... a young German teenager in the town of Berchtesgaden...”.
314. GERMAN OFFICER’S INFORMAL CHINA Lot of four pieces of
informal china used by German officers during World War II. Each
bears identical markings: a party eagle with outspread wings above
the individual seals of three cities. Included are three ivory dessert
or salad plates, 8” diameter with a ribbon-like band in relief at the
far edge, as well as a small soup bowl, 4 1/2” diameter with two
handles. All pieces are marked on the bottom by the maker
“Bauscher Weiden”, and by J. G. Sohn of Frankfurt/Main. These
items were used at an officers’ recuperation home or hospital at
Wildflecken, in northern Bavaria.
6 1/2” x 4 3/4” shadowbox display containing a “spent” .38 pistol
bullet in small plastic cases attached to a reproduction of a military
map of the landing beaches. The map has also been adorned with
a shoulder patch of an American regiment participating in the
landing. Accompanied by 1985 photos of the consignor’s children
at the Normandy beaches and battle site, along with his letter of
provenance. The consignor, a disabled American vet, has pledged
a share of the proceeds of this display to paralyzed veterans in
Washington State.
316. RELICS OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS IN NORMANDY Attractive 9” X 11” shadowbox display containing a “spent” rifle round
in a small plastic case attached to a reproduction of a military map
of the landing beaches. The map has also been adorned with three
shoulder patches of Ameican regiments which participating in the
landings. Accompanied by 1985 photos of the consignor’s children at the Normandy beaches and battle site, along with his letter
of provenance. The consignor, a disabled American vet, has
pledged a share of the proceeds of this display to paralyzed veterans in Washington State.
317. CAPTURED VOLKSTURM ARMBAND Narrow cotton armband, 2 1/4” wide, bearing printed text: DEUTSCHER VOLKSSTURM
WEHRMACHT” with two national eagle and swastika symbols,
sewn. Near fine condition. Worn by members of the Volkssturm,
the national militia established in the waning days of the war. With
typed letter of provenance from PFC Edward J, Karczewski, 506th
P.I.R., 101st Airborne who participated in all 101st operations from
D-Day to the occupation of Berchtesgaden who notes that the
armband was surrendered to him by: “... an elderly German soldier
in the Obersalzberg region...”.
rare, complex and important relic from a World War II B-29
bomber, the aircraft’s Remote Control Turret (RCT) system, otherwise known as the Central Fire Control Unit. This General Electric
analog computer allowed all turrets on the aircraft to become “harmonized” and to be taken over by different gunners. For example,
the nose gunner typically controlled the top and bottom forward
turrets, but if desired, he could make one of them available to a
side gunner who could then synchronize the available turret with
his own turret. Likewise, the tail gunner could relinquish his control of the tail mount guns to a side gunner. The RCT also automatically corrected for bullet drop, windage, and aircraft
maneuvering. When these features are taken as a whole, this early
computer provided devastating firepower to counter any enemy
airborne attack. The RCT measures 20” x 18” x 11” and weighs
about 100 pounds, which is understandable considering the massive amount of machinery and components within, and it bears its
original markings. Also present is an original 100pp. 4to. July,
1944 “Air Forces Manual No. 27 GUNNERY IN THE B-29”, a restricted publication discussing all aspects of the use of the RCT,
sighting, turrets and care of cannon and machine guns, check lists,
etc., additionally signed on the cover by Enola Gay navigator
DUTCH VAN KIRK who adds: “Navigator - Enola Gay Hiroshima 6
Aug. 1945”, and also including the restricted August, 1944 wiring
diagram. Fine condition and a great technological and military
(German Labor Front) aluminum emblem bearing a cog wheel with
a striated mobile swastika within, 8” dia., hollow back, unmarked.
Sold with a decorative heavy cardboard 13 1/4” dia., silver finish
with black stipple finish swastika within. Two pieces, very good.
British field telegraph, Fullerphone Mark IV, manufacturing date
1943, overall dimensions 11 1/2” x 7” x 7” including wood carrying box, the entire receiver, transmitter and telegraph key sliding
out on a rail when the box is set on its side. Also present are the
headphones, wire, and connector which are completely intact, and
all other fitting are present as well. Untested. Box bears typical
dings from field use, else very good, with replacement carrying
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war-date Wehrmacht issue flare gun holster, 12” long, 7 1/2” wide
at top, black leather with flap closure, ink stamped within flap (illegible) but national eagle and swastika discernable, with cleaning
rod. Very good.
321. GAS MASK FILTER AND BAG German military issue gas mask
filter, 4 1/4” wide x 3 3/4” tall, unused, marked “FE 41 Fe”, with
the original green cotton storage bag. Fine.
322. CAPTURED NSDAP FLAG Small NSDAP flag, 9 1/2” x 7 1/2”,
red rayon with white circular field and black mobile swastika sewn
thereon, with a loop at one end to allow its hanging vertically from
a dowel. A mass-produced war era item. With typed letter of
provenance from PFC Edward J, Karczewski, 506th P.I.R., 101st
Airborne who participated in all 101st operations from D-Day to
the occupation of Berchtesgaden who notes that the armband was
surrendered to him by: “... a German army soldier in the town of
328. MG 13 MAGAZINE CARRIER WITH EIGHT MAGAZINES Excellent MG 13 magazine carrier with eight ribbed steel magazines,
all hardware on the box operable and paint showing normal wear
from use. The top of the box is stamped with a national eagle and
swastika and dated 1938. Each magazine contains four marked
1939 7.92 mm. armor piercing rounds for display. The MG-13 was
a German general-purpose machine gun rebuilt from a World War
I water-cooled machine gun into an air-cooled version. It was typically used by second line troops. Magazines and/or ammunition
will be sold and shipped ONLY pursuant to all state and federal
firearms laws!
War-date German issue MG 34/42 ammo can, 14” x 6 1/2” x 3
1/2”, dark green paint with working latches, stamped “1941” on
top lid. The top lid shows bends, clearly from heavy use. Within is
a belt with 53 rounds of marked 1939 7.62mm. armor piercing
rounds fitted thereto, the belt also bearing a starter tab. Overall
very good. The MG 34 and MG 42 were mainstay machine guns of
the Wehrmacht. Magazines and/or ammunition will be sold and
shipped ONLY pursuant to all state and federal firearms laws!
pair of Luftwaffe “Aviator Fragment Protective Glasses”, 7 1/2”
wide black plastic ventilated frames with an elastic holding band.
These very rare glasses, manufactured in 1941, come with the
original 10pp. care pamphlet, and they were probably used to protect against tiny bits of flak, dust, or other fragments encountered
during flight. In original tissue-lined box.
330. N.S.D.A.P. BEER GARDEN PAPER LANTERN N.S.D.A.P. promotional paper lantern made for a beer garden owner sympathetic
to the Nazi Party. The red lantern, which collapses upon itself,
measures 9” in diameter and bears the Nazi Party white circular
field with mobile black swastika within. The other side reads:
“Burgerbraukeller A. Payerl Hochburg der N.S.D.A.P.”. Within the
lantern is a small metal candleholder. Negligible split at the seam,
else very good.
324. GERMAN CAMOUFLAGE TENT QUARTER Wehrmacht “zeltbahn”, a tent quarter or poncho in camouflage splinter pattern,
with buttons, buttonholes and grommets, maker’s black ink production number stamped at one corner. With black leather rucksack straps. A few spots of white paint at a few extreme edges,
else very good. The zeltbahn or tent quarter was a multi-purpose
piece of German army regulation equipment that was issued to
Wehrmacht soldiers. This piece of camouflaged material could be
combined to make tents or shelters of various sizes as well as for
camouflage, ponchos or stretchers.
331. N.S.D.A.P. DESERT PLATE Dessert or bread plate, 7 3/4” dia.,
bearing a swastika surrounded by a red ring at center, with the
outer rim of the plate bearing thin red, white and black rings. Bottom is unmarked. Possibly used for party functions. $200-300
325. GERMAN OFFICER’S TENT MARKER Shield-shaped German
officer’s tent marker, 20” x 26”, marked in black paint (in German):
“XXIII 11+2 Tent Row 8 Tent 4” Typical oxidation and wear. Interestingly, the old paint beneath shows through, showing a different
location. Obviously in larger encampments, this type of organization was necessary in order that any person of importance could
be located.
332. N.S.D.A.P. FUNERAL SASH Very high quality funeral sash
bearing NSDAP colors and swastika, 7 1/2” wide, 93” long, bearing
two separate white disks and black swastikas sewn near the ends.
The materials and construction present in identical to that seen in
authentic NSDAP armbands - ribbed material, with the arms of the
swastikas folded and sewn. The sash’s ends terminate in silver
painted fringe, now largely worn. A 1” tear appears near one end,
else very good. From the collection of an aviator who instructed
pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
326. INFANTRYMAN’S LIGHTER Black, “crackle finish” military
type lighter made by Park Sherman, Springfield, Il., a variation of
the Zippo but with a tighter mechanism and a flint adjusting screw.
Solid, and in very good condition.
333. N.S.D.A.P. POLITICAL RIBBON N.S.D.A.P. political ribbon, 18
3/4” x 3” rayon, issued to celebrants at a city festival at Bremen,
bearing printed text: “In remembrance of the 1st Gaufest in Bremen Lower Saxony...July 18-21, 1935”. The verso bears a red linen
field with a white circular field and green mobile swastika sewn
thereto. In a homemade wood presentation box.
327. LUFTWAFFE TABLEWARE Set of four pieces of Luftwaffe aluminum tableware, includes knife with Solingen steel blade, soup
spoon, teaspoon, and fork, all standard size and marked “F.L.U.V.”
for Luftwaffe administration. All four pieces bear wartime manufacturing codes and impressed Luftwaffe emblems. Fork has
owner’s initial’s lightly scratched into handle, else very good.
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panied by a copy of a notarized letter of provenance from Phyllis
Orisi, the niece of Sgt. Richard Cowling. She recounts how her uncle
recovered 120 pieces of Hess’ silverware and mentions that only
four pieces in each complete place setting bore Hess’ initials. Cowling sent the settings home through the military postal system to
Orisi’s mother who kept them until Orisi inherited the collection in
2005. With a photo of Cowling. Hess’ silverware is among the rarest
of that owned by Third Reich leaders.
interesting relic, a 1” x 1” section of black leather removed from
Adolf Hitler’s 1939 Mercedes Benz 770K convertible limousine, the
same vehicle used to parade Hitler and Benito Mussolini through the
streets of Munich on June 18, 1940, and used by Hitler in his victory
parade in Berlin, July 6, 1940. The six-ton vehicle had bullet-proof
windows and was bomb and mine-proof. The relic is mounted to a
laminated octavo descriptive sheet, numbered 432, and signed in
print by Ralph Engelstad, President of the Imperial Palace Hotel in
Las Vegas, and a notary. The hotel’s ownership of the limousine has
been extensively documented. Fine condition.
334. NAZI FUNERAL CANDLE HOLDERS Lot of approx. 100 thin
red celluloid candle holders with cardboard bottoms, each
about 3 1/2” tall. The front surface has a painted white round
field with black mobile swastika. These cups were designed to
hold a candle at the bottom illuminating the cup and design
for the duration of the funeral of an NSDAP member. The candle holders are stacked within each other, wrapped in the original tissue and set into the original cardboard box. A fine
dealer lot, or for the forward-thinking collector.
of advertising made for a contractor to the SS, an ornate wrought
iron table piece owned and used by the firm to indicate that a particular table had been reserved for a party from the company, but
obviously intended to impress the viewer and to advertise the firm.
This fancily crafted piece stands 13” tall and is 14 1/2” wide. Both
sides bear the painted name “Schmitt u. Funk SS Barracks” with “Reserved” appearing above. Some oxidation, with a few letters here
and there worn, else very good.
335. NAZI FUNERAL CANDLE HOLDERS Lot of approx. 100
thin red celluloid candle holders with cardboard bottoms, each
about 3 1/2” tall. The front surface has a painted white round
field with black mobile swastika. These cups were designed to
hold a candle at the bottom illuminating the cup and design
for the duration of the funeral of an NSDAP member. The candle holders are stacked within each other, wrapped in the original tissue and set into the original cardboard box. A fine
dealer lot, or for the forward-thinking collector.
Small SS-marked brass bugler, 11
1/4” long, 7” tall, a non-parade
example bearing a nickel-silver
national eagle and swastika and a
totenkopf brazed on top near the
end of the horn, detachable
mouthpiece stamped “A54” is attached with a thin chain to the
body of the horn. Brass body is
stamped with SS runes and again
“54” at opening for mouthpiece.
Two brass rings are brazed to the
body for a carry strap - an adjustable non-conforming RZM
leather strap is included. A few
oxidized spots, a few small dings,
overall very good.
336. NAZI HANGING DESK PENNANT Small hanging banner,
6” x 7 3/4”, a very well constructed two-sided miniature banner with three tassels at bottom and a hanging loop, likely
made to suspend from a small hanger one would find on a
hanger on an official or administrator’s desk. Some ageing as
you would expect, else very good.
337. NSDAP POLITICAL PLATTER Small platter or serving
dish, 10 1/2” x 6 1/8” white porcelain with thin gilt trim about
the lip, bearing a seal on the bottom which appears to be that
of the German Foreign Ministry, along with maker’s mark
“M.P.M.” and handwritten approval marks. Fine condition.
338. RUDOLF HESS’ SILVER TABLEWARE A set of three pieces
of sterling flatware once owned and used by Nazi Party secretary Rudolf Hess at formal functions. Included is a an ornate
fish knife, 8 1/4”, dinner fork, 8 1/2”, and a teaspoon, 5 1/2”.
All bear the same attractive floral design on their handles. Unlike his Nazi contemporaries, Hess chose not to mark every
piece of his silverware with his monogram - in this set, only
the fork knife bears his “R H” initials. Typical tarnishing, else
very good. Accompanied by a copy of a notarized letter of
provenance from Phyllis Orisi, the niece of Sgt. Richard Cowling. She recounts how her uncle recovered 120 pieces of Hess’
silverware and mentions that only four pieces in each complete
place setting bore Hess’ initials. Cowling sent the settings
home through the military postal system to Orisi’s mother who
kept them until Orisi inherited the collection in 2005. With a
photo of Cowling. Hess’ silverware rarely appears at auction.
chrome plated SS bugle, 11 3/4”
long with two suspension rings,
maker marked: “W. STOWASSER’S
SOHNE GRASLITZ 1939”. The mouth
of the horn is further period engraved: “Gestiftet dem S.Z III/101
SS-Standarte”. A few dings and
dents as would be expected, still
very good. Stowasser was a wellknown horn maker, and of course a
horn donated to the organization
required no SS stamped markings.
339. RUDOLF HESS SILVER SERVING SPOON Large, ornate sterling
silver serving spoon once owned and used by Nazi Party secretary
Rudolf Hess at formal functions. The hefty, deep-bowled spoon
measures 8 1/2” long and has an attractive floral design on both
sides of the handle and on the underside of the bowl, where three
hallmarks are evident. The end of the handle is ornately engraved
with Hess’ initials “R H”. Typical tarnishing, else very good. Accom-
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344. SS-MARKED “PONY FUR BACKPACK SS-issued “pony fur”
backpack, fur intack with black canvas closing flap and black trim,
fabric-covered wood framed within, all straps (except those for mess
kit) are present. Black leather trim on reverse of top of pack is embossed: “RZM L3/2/43” followed by SS runes. Typical wear from use,
very good.
ing for display.
352. WEHRMACHT RATIONS BAG Large Wehrmacht ration bag, 27”
x 48”, coarsely-woven jute bearing a large stenciled nation eagle and
swastika, an abbreaviation for “Main Rations”, and the year “1944”.
Thankfully, the rations are not included. Stained at bottom. $60-80
353. WINTERHILFSWERK COLLECTION CAN Winterhilfswerk (“Winter Relief”) was an annual drive by the National Socialist People’s Welfare Organization to help finance charitable work. Its slogan was
“None shall starve nor freeze”. The drive was originally set up in 1931,
though Hitler would later claim sole credit. It ran from 1933-1945
during the months of October through March. Although donations
were “voluntary”, one civil servant was actually tried for failing to give.
Original early WHW collection can with handle, 6 1/2” tall with paper
label bearing the organization’s name along with a national eagle,
swastika, and location (Vienna). Original red paint is largely intact.
The lid bears opening for change and paper money, and to keep collectors honest, there is a locking latch and a device to prevent coins
from being shaken out of the can.
345. WEHRMACHT BLACK MAP CASE Wehrmacht issue black
leather map case, pebble grain, 7 1/2” x 10”, with center divider
within, fixing and attaching straps, and pockets for writing tools.
Dated via production number blindstamped with closing flap. Typical
wear and soiling, else very good.
346. WEHRMACHT BROWN MAP CASE Wehrmacht issue brown
leather map case, pebble grain, 8” x 11 1/2”, with two center dividers
within, shoulder straps, and pockets for writing tools. The closing
flap is stamped “1943” and bears an ink stamp “Artillerie-Schule 23”
on the inside, and it bears heavy duty metal fittings. Within the case
is a leather case with snap closures and clear acetate on both sides
bearing red grid lines. It would hold a map in adverse weather conditions. Typical wear from use, else very good.
354. GERMAN MILITARY MISCELLANY Group of various items related
to the Germany and the German military, 1914-1945. A real mixed bag
includes a Hitler Youth buckle with paper insert, a set of (worn) Luftwaffe dagger hangers, a war-era lead-filled sap (worn); 22 period
French and German coins, including 5 RM, a service stripe, miniature
War Merit Cross with Swords, a small selection of German stamps and
banknotes, and two World War I souvenirs, including a “Gott Mit Uns”
Prussian theme brass covered matchbox and a handmade wood box
with inset pastoral scene marked France 1918.
347. WEHRMACHT BREAD BAG Wehrmacht bread bag and strap,
12” x 10 1/2” green canvas with leather loops and reinforcements,
two compartments within, with aluminum buttons and leather straps
for closing. Matching adjustable carrying strap with snaps also present. Unknown maker’s mark within. Very good.
As-new 1939-40 manufacture Wehrmacht canteen with metal black-painted
drinking cup, wool three-snap covering
entirely intact with no mothing. The canteen bears an extra long strap indicating
its apparent use by a medic - he would
carry two canteens, and the one with the
longer strap would be handed to the
wounded. Typically, a medic’s canteen
bore a belt hook on the reverse; this example does not but DRK canteen cups
were unpainted and typically had city
names indicated on the straps - this example doers not have those qualities.
349. WEHRMACHT MESS KIT Wehrmacht mess kit, case only, with original
leather strap and carrying handle. Wellused!
MASK CANISTER Dark green painted
ribbed metal canister which once held a
gas mask for a member of the Wehrmacht, the canister 11" tall, 5" dia. with a lid
that seals through the use of a springloaded snap with canvas pull tab. On the
inside of the lid is a compartment for spare glasses, maker marked
"rtl 44" Three metal loops are spot welded to the canister, used to
secure it to the shoulder strap. The letter "D" is embossed upon the
bottom of the canister for water tight. Light oxidation, else near fine.
seen grouping of items intended for use by a Wehrmacht officer while
in the field. All items are unissued and in excellent condition. Included is a folding blotter, 28” x 19”, constructed of heavy cardboard
with a green surface with black pocket corners. The verso bears a
pocket half the size of the entire blotter which can be folded to protect the documents within. The verso of the blotter is stamped:
“Property of the Wehrmacht. Only for members of the German Government”. Also present is a boxed black 3 1/2” tall inkwell with national eagle and swastika marking on bottom, and a wood steel
nibbed pen also marked: “Property of the Wehrmacht”. A neat group-
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from the intense fighting on Guadalcanal, a 5 1/2” x 3” piece of the
aluminum fuselage of a Japanese bomber shot down over the island.
A soldier who took this souvenir scratched the provenance on both
sides of the piece at the time he recovered it: “L. N. King 1st Lt. D.E.,
0-1689547. Mitsubishi 97 shot down 3 p.m. over our area on
Guadalcanal. The pilot was killed. This strip was picked up a few minutes after the plane was shot down while still burning.” Also present
is a 4 1/2” x 3” photo of what appears to be a Japanese Zero fighter
which has crashed upon the island. Very good. The Mitsubishi Ki.21
Type 97 “SALLY” was a Japanese Army front line twin engine bomber
widely used throughout the war.
356. JAPANESE CIGARETTES Complete pack of Japanese war-time cigarettes, likely military issue, wrapping entirely complete.
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World War II: Hardware
357. EARLY LUFTWAFFE SWORD WITH DAMASCUS BLADE An extraordinary early Luftwaffe sword, a real
rarity in nearly untouched condition with a fine 28” Damascus steel blade. The aluminum fittings display
flaws that any self-respecting expert would not even bother to mention: miniscule pitting and a very light
surface scratch to one side of the pommel only, with a small ding evident on one edge. The crossguard
feathering is unblemished, and even the top of the crossguard is untouched, and except for the pitting
mentioned above, all four swastikas are near perfect. The grip bears four tiny scuffs which just graze the
blue leather, and it is secured by a single strand of “bullion” type twisted silver wire. The grip is separated
from the crossguard by a silver ring, now slightly tarnished. The Damascus blade, unmarked, is flawless we can find absolutely no defect in it and it terminates in a needle-sharp point. The blue leather bumper
remains present. The scabbard is in as fine a condition: the pebbled blue leather covering shows but a single
1mm. square nick, otherwise it is straight, clean, and unblemished. The aluminum fittings are also in fine
condition, showing perhaps only one or two very light surface scratches or nicks. The attached blue leather
hanger shows wear to edges consistent with use. A spectacular sword, in probably the best condition obtainable.
358. HEINRICH HIMMLER SS HONOR DAGGER Rare and most desirable Heinrich Himmler SS Honor dagger with scabbard. A few days
after the “Night of the Long Knives” and the convenient disposal of Ernst Rohm and SA officers remaining loyal to him, Heinrich Himmler
authorized an SS dedication dagger based on the dagger Rohm himself had presented. Himmler’s example was to appear with an engraving on the blade: “In herzlicher kameradschaft, H. Himmler” (“In warm comradeship, H. Himmler”). Initially, Himmler presented examples of the dagger
bearing his inscription, although the
number of these
daggers is unknown.
In any event, they
served to tie together in “comradeship” (and guilt) all
of those involved in
the Rohm Putsch. We
offer a fine example
of one of Himmler’s
presentation daggers. As with all such
honor daggers, this
one bears a Carl
trademark with his
“squirrel” logo. The nickel silver fittings and tang nut are bright, clean and bear no pitting. The SS rune button is the flatter style with
double circles around the runes, and displays the commonly seen copper-like finish. The proper silver finish “high-necked” eagle is
inset into the ebony-colored grip, though the left wing is slightly above the surface of the grip. This may be because the grip bears a
vertical 1” hairline crack down the spine just above the inset eagle, causing the eagle to “lift” or pop-out, and it was set back in place.
The grip is in otherwise very good condition with just the tiniest indents, especially on the reverse. The interior of the crossguard is
properly marked “H E” and is stamped “5” on the underside. The blade is in excellent condition with a needle-sharp point. The motto:
“Meine Ehre heist Treue” remains entirely black and intact, and the coloration of Himmler’s inscription is 99% intact. There is only the
lightest, very scattered oxidation and minimal running marks except at top where the maker’s logo is slightly affected due to the tight
fit with the scabbard. The black paint to the scabbard is uniformly worn as is often the case, plated fittings are near perfect with the
yellowing at edges expected on legitimate examples. Original hanger with snap clip is present, the leather strap slightly worn from use.
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encountered very fine full inscription Ernst Rohm
Honor dagger with scabbard. A very fine example
with bright, nickel plated crossguards and tang nut
which are in top condition, bearing only the slightest surface wear and scratches. Even the lower
crossguard quillon ends are fine, showing no wear
and tear, and is stamped “Fr” (District Franken) on
the reverse. The grip retains almost all original finish, the SA button is well-centered with good
enamel, and the inset “short-neck” eagle retains
excellent detail throughout as wing feathers, wreth
and swastika appear virtually unworn. The grip’s
only flaw is a 1” hairline crack on the reverse, apparently caused by overtightening of the tang nut.
The blade is near flawless, exhibiting essentially no
running marks, no pitting, and with a Rarely encountered very fine full inscription Ernst Rohm Honor dagger with scabbard. A very fine
example with bright, nickel plated crossguards and tang nut which are in top condition, bearing only the slightest surface wear and
scratches. Even the lower crossguard quillon ends are fine, showing no wear and tear, and stamped “Fr” (District Franken) on the reverse.
The grip retains almost all original finish, the SA button is well-centered with good enamel, and the inset “short-neck” eagle retains excellent detail throughout as wing feathers, wreath and swastika appear virtually unworn. The grip’s only flaw is a 1” hairline crack on the
reverse, apparently caused by over-tightening of the tang nut. The blade is near flawless, exhibiting essentially no running marks, no
pitting, and with a very sharp point. Both engraved inscriptions are flawless, as is the E. P. & S. Solingen maker’s mark. The scabbard’s
paint is 99% complete, marred only by a few tiny scratches on both sides. Fittings likewise remain clean, bright and unblemished, though
the lower “drag” bears a few minor dings. Overall a very fine example! Following Rohm’s murder, S.A. members were ordered to either
dispose of these honor daggers or grind-off Rohm’s name...or face imprisonment! Most chose the latter route, as they were obliged to
pay for their own uniforms and daggers, thus intact Rohm honor knives are quite rare, especially in excellent condition. $4,000-5,000
Virtually untouched Wehrmacht officer’s dagger with Damascus
steel blade, portapee and hangers. This dagger is in superlative
condition by all respects, possibly the finest example obtainable.
The pommel features twelve oak leaves running around the circumference, all having sharp, crisp detail with factory-darkened
background distinct. The rim of the pommel bears no dings or
scratches, and the upper “dome” likewise shows virtually no damage. The crossguard is in near new condition, with all detail excellent: feathers, beak, wreath, mobile swastika and darkening are
very fine and nearly untouched. No scratches or other damage is
evident on the rest of the crossguard. The dark pumpkin -colored
grip bears two nearly invisible marks, each less than 1mm. long
and mentioned here only for accuracy. The unmarked Damascus
steel blade bears a repeating pattern of “eyes” which align along
the center of the blade and thus display expert workmanship. It is
in as-new condition, with original leather washer. The scabbard
has silvered nicely and the pebbled finish is still sharp. It remains
straight with no dings or dents, and its bands have excellent definition. Dagger and scabbard are accentuated by a properly tied
original portapee which is likewise in as-new condition. Hangers are also present, with deluxe fittings. The closed clip at the top is decorated with raised acorns and oak leaves, and on the upper bar is stamped “D.R.G.M.”. The oval buckles and slides bear overlapping oak
leaves and are fitted with snaps with oak leaf and acorn decoration and “push-up” type catches. Each snap is also marked “D.R.G.M.”.
While the fittings have lost a bit of their finish, the brocade is still in excellent condition, bright and clean, with gray velvet sewn on the
reverse. An excellent example!
collector’s piece, a custom Luftwaffe 2nd Model dagger with
Damascus steel blade, scabbard, and hanger. This rare example has a partly hand-finished pommel with excellent definition to the swastikas and oak leaves, with darkening still
very much in place. The crossguard eagle has excellent detail
to his head, breast feathering, talons, wing feathering and
swastika, and the upper surfaces of the quillon arms have
engraved oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule, largely hidden
by a fully-intact and properly-tied portapee, is the common
steel type with oak leaves. The grip has aged to an amber
color, slightly lighter on the reverse. The unmarked blade is
outstanding - true multi-layered Damascus with appealing
circular whorls and it remains unblemished with the tip very
sharp indeed. The leather washer remains in place. The scabbard is perfectly straight with no dents, and its pebbled pattern is crisp and unflawed with equally fine bands. Deluxe
hangers are present and in very good condition, with appropriate “D.R.G.M.” markings pull-up clips. Certainly one of the
finest examples of a Luftwaffe dagger you could hope to find - if you could.
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BLADE, IVORY HANDLE Exquisite custom-made 2nd Model Naval dagger with
Damascus blade, ivory handle, scabbard,
original portapee, and hangers, undoubtedly once owned by a well-to-do
Kriegsmarine NCO or officer. The crossguard bears excellent detail and remains
in fine condition, with almost all original
gilding remaining, and the oval plate beneath and scabbard release button are of
bright steel, a custom feature to this
dagger. The national eagle pommel
shows slightly more wear, consistent
with use, but again all detail remains
sharp. The custom grip is made of ivory,
still being in perfect condition and having tightly twisted brass wire. It shows
only light wear and ageing. The original
portapee is present, correctly tied, and only slightly frayed at the start of the knot. The scabbard is a lightning bolt type with the brass
being identically patinated as the pommel. All designs are deeply struck, and bands of overlapping oak leaves have good detail. The
custom steel throat is retained by two matching brass screws. The scabbard bears perhaps two of the tiniest dings, mentioned only for
accuracy. The Damascus steel blade is of regulation length and bears a fine design of whorls, circles, and layers nearer the hilt. Unmarked,
it is in mint condition, with brown leather buffer in place. Original hangers are present, each bearing buckles with lions’ heads at either
end, black moiré straps, and snap fasteners. One of the holes in one strap is slightly torn. Also present is the matching black moiré
dress belt used to support the hangers and dagger, with two lions’ heads with rings to receive the hanger snaps, and an anchor and
rope buckle. But for a few tiny moth holes to the felt interior, the belt is fine. This is a superior dagger in excellent condition, bound for
a discriminating collector.
quality SS Model 33 dagger and scabbard with hanger. The
nickel-plated crossguards are in very fine condition, showing
a super-bright finish and no flaws to the plating. The tang
nut and other fittings are also in remarkably good condition,
SS rune button is well positioned and bears just the slightest
flaw to the enamel, while the inlaid aluminum grip eagle is
likewise fine with outstanding detail throughout. The black
grip shows just the slightest use: miniscule indentations as if
someone wearing a ring had drawn the dagger from its scabbard. The blade is as good as one could hope for, with barely
trace running marks evident, the deeply inscribed motto having lightened slightly. The blade bears maker’s mark of
Robert Klaas, Solingen with his “kissing cranes” trademark.
The scabbard has had a good bit of the original paint worn,
possibly from repeated cleaning, yet still remains entirely presentable. Its fittings are bright and clean, with no damage at all to the
plating. The scabbard bears two tiny indents to the reverse and one to obverse, and the plated tip bears several dings which do not
greatly detract. The leather hanger with plated snap is present, the snap marked: “RZM M/5”. A fine example, at a reasonable estimate.
364. LUFTWAFFE SWORD Early Luftwaffe sword in superb
condition, its aluminum fittings showing the lightest surface
wear only: the pommel and crossguard swastikas are excellent, with no lifting or oxidation to either the swastikas or
plating, and the feathering on the crossguards is likewise virtually faultless. The blue leather grip is excellent, showing
just some surface wear, and the double-twisted wire-wrap is
secure and tight. The E. & F. Horster-marked 27” blade is
mint - it shows no running marks nor scratches worth mentioning, and lacks only the original leather buffer pad. The blue leather-covered scabbard has scattered nicks and indents, and there is
an intermittent tear along one edge which appears o have been professionally mended, but the fittings are in very good condition. The
attached hanger shows wear consistent with use, but it remains in very good condition. All in all, a far better sword than one usually
model flight or airport-marked Luftwaffe dagger, steel fittings
with navy leather wire-wrapped grip, one wire loosened a bit,
swastika-decorated pommel worn a bit as is crossguard which yet
retains swastikas in good condition. The underside of the crossguards are deeply embossed: “H.K. Kfb.” on one side, and “Nr. 21”
on the other. These markings generally tied such daggers not to
an individual owner, but rather to a unit or airport, and thus such
daggers are quite rare. The blade is bright and running marks are
negligible. Maker’s mark is by SMF, Solingen. The scabbard is
covered in blue dyed leather which has become a bit bumpy and
has chips in places, its fittings and hanger are generally good. Unusual and worthy of a bit of research.
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366. LUFTWAFFE SWORD Early Luftwaffe sword,
aluminum fittings show very light surface wear
only: the lacquered brass pommel and crossguard swastikas are very good, with just the
slightest oxidation to the crossguard swastikas,
no loss of plating to background silvering and no
damage to the well-detailed crossguard feathering. Blue leather grip in near faultless, and the
double-twisted wire-wrap is secure and tight.
The 30” blade is likewise excellent, virtually no
running marks evident, and bearing just the slightest oxidation near the tip, mentioned only for accuracy. Seated king SMF Solingen
stamp, with blue leather buffer pad. Blue leather-covered scabbard shows some minor age to leather with a few tiny nips or depressions
to leather, otherwise it is straight, clean and fine. Fittings are excellent, with only the inside of the drag bearing a few surface scratches.
The integral blue leather hanger shows wear to edges, but is likewise excellent. A sword in far better condition than one could easily
Pre-1935 first model Kriegsmarine “flame top” officer’s
dagger. Made by Carl Eickhorn, Solingen, the dagger
bears an off-white grip, once broken and now repaired,
with golden wire binding. The cross guard and pommel
retain almost all of their original detail. The typical double
engraved blade bears moderate pitting but has been
cleaned, and the engraving remains acceptable. The
hand-hammered scabbard is straight, though there is a
small crease on the reverse, finish is worn but the hammering remains clearly defined. Overall in good to very good condition.
Dagger presented to an S.A. leader and member of the N.S.D.A.P. “Blood Order”
Important association S.A. dagger and
sheath presented to Holzkirchen S.A.
also served as the Bavarian Government Chief Veterinarian. The dagger
bears a dark brown wood grip inset
with S.A runes button and nickel grip
eagle and swastika with excellent detail. Both crossguards appear original
to the dagger, and the pommel nut is
untouched. The blade bears a few
scuffs and some heavier surface oxidation in places - somebody may have
tried to sharpen it once, but no real damage is apparent. The etching of the S.A. motto "Alles fur Deutschland" ("Everything for Germany")
is deep and still fairly dark, and on the verso the blade is marked by the maker: "RZM M7/42". The red-brown scabbard is straight
throughout and fits perfectly, with all the nickel screws in place, though it is chipped and worn. Buchmiller's identification appears on
the nickel-steel: the obverse bears his name engraved: "Dr. Julius Buchmiller" while the reverse bears two small brass branches of oak
leaves encompassing his engraved number “Blood Order” number "223”.
369. GERMAN WORLD WAR II DRESS BAYONET World War II German dress bayonet, Robert Klaas (“Kissing Crane”), Solingen manufacture, 12 1/2” overall, checkered grip with leather ring, scabbard present. The chromed blade bears some pitting and oxidation, scabbard
likewise shows some oxidation.
Finely crafted hand-made Hitler youth dagger and sheath. The
dagger measures 9 1/8” long with mahogany or teak stained
wood crossguards, the grip bearing an expertly inlaid “S” rune
and two wood studs. The blade runs the length of the dagger
and is just slightly bumped at the end. The scabbard appears
to be composed of two expertly matched halves joined horizontally with a brass ring encircling the top. Overall a fine item,
likely made by a very devoted member.
371. CUSTOM CASE FOR DAGGER AND SHEATH Custom wood case for a Third Reich dagger and sheath, diamond shaped with inlaid
mahogany-shade and oak with black swastika at center, brass hinges, and three fitted wool-lined compartments which could be removed
and refitted. A nice presentation.
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372. WAFFEN-SS “COMBINATION” COVERALL Very rare Waffen-SS clothing item, the
Panzer “Kombi”, a reversible camouflage coverall first issued in 1943 to tank crews as their
typical black uniforms failed to provide any
camouflage advantage when the men were
outside their vehicles. Additionally, it was soon
learned that the presence of soldiers in black
uniforms alerted the enemy that an armored
unit was in the area. The reversible step-in
coverall bears Fall and Spring camo patterns in
Plane Tree No. 2 and Oak Leaf patterns, with
six original “glass” buttons securing the front,
the lowest button hole at a diagonal, one button missing on the oak leaf pattern side. Each
side bears two deep chest pockets and two
waist slash pockets (lined in a green herringbone twill), and all pockets are likewise secured by buttons. Shoulders bear loops and
buttons for shoulder boards. The suit, cut
generously so that it could be worn over the
traditional black uniform, bears an elastic at
the waist and cotton drawstrings at the bottom
of each pant leg. Size approx. 38-40 (U.S.). In
superb condition, showing only the lightest
wear and a fine item for display. One of only a
handful of such suits extant. $8,000-10,000
Waffen-SS field gray field jacket bearing original paper tag indicating manufacture at
“Befr. Dachau” (“Factory Dachau”), undoubtedly by slave labor. The herringbone twill
jacket panzer-style double-breasted jacket bears six buttons at front, the lower ones
of stamped metal and the top two of glass. Cuffs are plain, and the jacket bears no vent
at rear not under arms. Shoulders bear pebbled buttons and loops for fitting shoulder
boards. The jacket is unlined, and fitted with an interior pocket and two sets of tying
straps. The lower-left front of the jacket bears ink production stamp: “SS-BW” as expected, along with other production numbers. The end of the left sleeve also bears a
paper tag tacked thereto stamped with the same numbers, as well as: “Betr. Dachau”.
Some lightening to color at neck and shoulders, otherwise in fine condition. Substantial
amounts of unused military clothing and insignia were discovered at Dachau in postwar years.
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rare cotton unlined tunic issued to a volunteer Don Cossack serving
with the Wehrmacht in combat in the Soviet Union. The field gray lightweight tunic bears sewn-in should boards each with green base, silver
trim, two pips and red piping indicative of an artillery unit. Officer’s
cloth collar tabs are two crossed spears on a red background, with the
entire collar tab bearing silver bullion trim. Ends of each sleeve also
bear two bands of silver trim indicative of rank. Green Wehrmacht eagle
chest insignia present, as is Cossack “B D” shoulder patch on left sleeve.
Five original pebbled buttons in front, with four pockets, the lowers
having slightly diagonal, offset flaps with all buttons matching those
which close the tunic. In unissued condition, fine.
war panzer enlisted man’s black wool jacket and pants. The
jacket bears metal totenkopf insignia on rose-piped collar tabs,
typical six button front closure (two small buttons), and BeVo
eagle stitched to right front breast. Pebbled buttons and loops
present at shoulders but lacking boards. Buttons for sleeve closure also present. An Iron Cross ribbon is sewn to the top buttonhole. Within, the jacket shows much genuine wear and
soiling entirely consistent with use. A matching pair of wool
pants accompanies the jacket, though not of the same year of manufacture. The size 50 pants bear four buttoned pockets and taper
like riding breeches to lace and button closures at lower calf and ankles. The fabric is stamped: “SS-VA” and an RZM production tag is
sewn to the inside at the waist. Two pieces in generally very good condition.
jump jacket once belonging to a member of the fabled 101st Airborne Division, bears a CONMAR zippered front closure with four
front pockets, each bearing double snap button closure, the top
pockets slightly diagonally offset, double snap button wrist closures
and snap-on epaulets, pleated rear, with a 7th pattern 101st Airborne insignia tacked to right sleeve, a war-date example possibly
not original to the garment. With regulation belt with black Bakelite
buckle. Hand-marked “B 3086” within. A few scattered very small
spots, some soiling to the back in the area of the shoulders, and the
inside collar is heavily worn, otherwise in surprisingly good condition.
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THE LOS BANOS RAID HENRY J. MULLER (1917 ?) American brigadier general, earlier a G-2 with
the 11th Airborne during World War II who was one
of the two chief planners of the Los Banos Raid
[Philippines], Feb. 23, 1945. In that action, a combined U.S. Army Airborne and Filipino guerrilla task
force liberated 2,147 Allied civilian and military internees from a Japanese internment camp. It has
been celebrated as one of the most successful rescue operations in modern military history. We offer
the M1942 jump jacket and pants worn by Muller
during his training as a paratrooper at Fort Benning, Georgia. Both items are in virtually new condition, as Muller notes in a letter of provenance, he
wore them only once! The zipper-front jump jacket
was designed specifically for paratroopers. It features four spacious bellows pockets with large
pocket flaps, the top two angled for ease of access
in combat jump situations. The neck, pockets and
cuffs are fitted with double snap closures to keep
them from opening during jumps, and the jacket’s
generous cut is secured with a waist belt to minimize equipment snags. The trousers bear four regular hip pockets and two large leg pockets, button
fly closure, and narrow ankles fitted with elastic to
prevent wind from entering. A Philadelphia Quartermaster tag is sewn within. But for a few small
brown spots on one pocket, both items are in
nearly new condition. Three letters of provenance
are included, all written by Muller to a determined
collector between 1990 and 1997. The 1990 letters
mention the jump suit and sending it to the collector: “...I hope you will be pleased with the jump
suit...I believe I wore it for only one jump...It was too hot, however, to wear in the oven-like heat of a C-47 at Fort Benning in the summer...My jump suit, in a plastic cover, has been hanging in a long series of closets for nearly 50 years!...” Muller’s 1997 letter sends two
photos of himself (included) and mentions the raid: “This was a dramatic operation...”. Also present are photocopies of two typed speeches
given by Muller, one upon the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Los Banos Raid, the other anecdotes of his exploits in the South
Pacific, along with a hardbound copy of the book The Los Banos Raid, by Lt. Gen. E. M. Flanagan (Novato, Ca: Presidio Press), 1986. A
mint condition jumpsuit owned by an important military figure of the Pacific War.
378. 17TH AIRBORNE 513TH P.I.R. FATIGUE JACKET WITH INSIGNIA Fatigue jacket once owned
by a member of the 17th Airborne, 513th P.I.R., green khaki cotton body with sewn-in darker
green full wool liner, five button front closure with additional Talon zipper, two matching buttons
at ends of sleeves with tightenting straps. The rear of the jacket has two sets of three buttons and
and adjusting strap on each side. Hanging loop and size 38R tag present. Fully authentic 4 1/4”
embroidered 513th P.I.R. (Parachute Infantry Regiment) patch depicting Felix the Cat suspended
by a parachute with rifle in hand and a large red “13” in background, tacked to the left breast,
with circular 17th Airborne and seperate “AIRBORNE” insignia sewn to top of left sleeve. A few
brown spots affect the inside of the collar with a tiny hole thereat,
otherwise this rare jacket is in excellent condition. The 513th
P.I.R. was constituted on 26 December 1942 and assigned to the
13th Airborne Division. On 10 March 1944 the regiment was attached to the 17th Airborne and reinforced Patton’s Third Army
following the siege at Bastogne. After heavy combat in France,
the regiment participated in Operation Varsity, the last paratroop
action of the war, landing near Wesel where it encountered fierce
resistance and took heavy casualties.
Army green jump jacket once belonging to a member of the famous 82nd Airborne Division, bears a steel loop-tabbed zipper
front closure with four front pockets, each bearing double snap
button closure, the top pockets slightly diagonally offset, double
snap button wrist closures and snap-on epaulets, pleated rear, with an 82nd Airborne tab and patch
(trimmed example), original to the garment, sewn to the left shoulder. Within, the jacket bears a black
ink stamp indicating size 36R, with a production number: “N 3192 NF”. Owner’s ink ID on inside of
collar has been obliterated. A few tiny spots on the back, some wear to the paint on the metal buttons,
otherwise in incredibly good condition.
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383. MOUNTAIN DIVISION TROUSERS Original unissued pair of
mountain trousers with original tag, size 42” x 31”, in near mint condition. The trousers bear a quartermaster tag dated Sep. 11, 1942, but
actual date of manufacture was Oct. 24, 1942 per the King Kard Overeall Co. milspec label sewn within. With excellent elastic stirrups (which
are usually found torn), original Talon zippers, buttons, and solid windproof material. Eleven blue cutter tags remain pinned to the garment,
which is only slightly marred by a few tiny rust spots on the left pocket
and leg. These pants were typically worn by members of the famed 10th
Mountain Division, the 1st Special Services Brigade (“Devil’s Brigade”),
and Army Rangers serving in the Italian Campaign.
NCO JACKET Wehrmacht tropical herringbone twill (“HBT”)
jacket issued to an NCO, all original buttons, six at front with eye
and hook closure at neck, four
straight flap pockets, sleeves
with white bone or Bakelite buttons concealed by the cuffs. Soft
shoulder boards of the buttonon variety with green (infantry)
piping, green Wehrmacht eagle
chest insignia and collar tabs
entirely original to the jacket.
Triple vents at armpits with
hanging metal clips suspended
by small straps, unlined but for
a sweat guard at armpits. A latewar example, well-used, with
some button rust offsetting and
typical wear - still very good.
leather flight jacket, cap, and map case. The waist-length doublebreasted jacket made by Striva bears large lapels with button closures,
three buttons in front, slash “hand warmer” pockets and regular pockets
on both sides, and no vent in the rear. Within, the jacket is fully pilelined and has elastic cuffs to keep out chill winds. The full-head aviator’s
cap has a chin strap and ear openings which could be closed with leather
flaps that snap shut. It bears a 1933 maker’s stamp within. The 7 1/2”
x 10” pebble-textured map case is “Luftwaffe green”, with a separate
flapped enclosure within, a strap closing the entire case, and two canvas
hangers. A great vintage ensemble ideal for display.
T A N K E R ’ S
BOOTS Hungarian
doublebreasted with a
quadruplestitched reinforcing panel beneath
each set of buttons,
epaulets, two hip
pockets with scalloped flaps set diagonally, with a
third pocket at left
breast, sleeve ends
secured with double ring and tab closure. The jacket
closes using five buttons with a crown
design, each painted brown. Fully
lined in white cotton, with an interior
pocket and Hungarian production
stamps, one of which reads: “KR 943
OK MCS”. Matching leather pants are
present, four button fly with hook and
eye catch at top, slash pockets at
sides, suspenders and waist tightened
with steel double adjusting rings. Also
lined in cotton, with two production
stamps and dated 1943. The 17” high
leather boots bear flat cut leather
laces and four layers of leather soles
with metal taps at heel and toe. All
items appear unissued, though of expected medium to mediocre quality when compared to German or
American output. Hungary produced two of its own tanks, the Turan
I and II, which were hopelessly outclassed by the Russians’ T-34.
They were, however, provided with German armor $1,200-1,500
385. LATE WAR GERMAN NURSE’S OUTFIT Nearly complete late-war
German nurse’s outfit in outstanding condition. Includes: royal blue
cotton dress, size 46, seven cloth-covered button front closure (one
button lacks a bit of cloth), hook and eye neck closure, long sleeves
terminating with black button closures, well pocket and slash pocket
at the waist, with a small pocket on the left sleeve, lacking belt; course
white cotton apron with neck and waist ties, one interior and one exterior pocket; blue cotton bandanna with white trim bearing BeVo embroidered Red Cross emblem stitched thereto, fixing flap and button,
with addition eye and hook, white armband with embroidered Red
Cross emblem; and two button-on white collars. In very fine condition.
child’s navy captain’s uniform, a high quality wool outfit undoubtedly
owned by a wealthy youth with high aspirations. The jacket, which
measures only 18” from the top of the collar to the bottom, bears gold
bullion stripes of a captain at either end of the sleeves as well as on the
shoulder boards. A gold braided aiguillette is present, and the jacket
bears four gold buttons with anchors and chrysanthemums. Matching
button fly wool pants are present, lined at the waist with two pockets,
complete with original suspenders (one securing tab eroded). Except
for above fault, in as-new condition. Pre-war Japan had, more so than
any of the Axis countries, a militaristic culture and children were often
dressed in military outfits.
stamped aluminum NSDAP Political Leader’s buckle, approx. 2 1/4”
dia., with a large NSDAP national eagle with outstretched wings and the
eagle’s head facing to the left, surrounded by a closed oak leaf wreath.
Behind the body of the eagle is an oval field with a finely pebbled surface. The keeper features a single row of oak leaves. The reverse has
an RZM mark and is stamped M4/24 (Friedrich Linden of Lüdenscheid).
Excellent condition, only a bit rubbed, largely in higher surfaces.
washed box-type belt buckle with high relief embossed national eagle
clutching a wreathed static swastika. The swastika and wreath are in
turn encompassed by a rope border with the script motto: “Meine Ehre
heißt Treue!”, (“My Honor is Loyalty!”). The script is situated on a lightly
pebbled field. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse
and the brazed buckle catch, prong bar and prongs are all intact.
schutzpolizei (police opfficer) summer tunic, kahki/green interwoven
fabric, complete with brown and silver bullion button-on shoulder
boards, collar tabs and green police shoulder insignia original to the
garment. All original buttons present including four at front and one
for each of the four pockets. In near new condition, with only a couple of tiny holes behind the left shoulder.
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389. GERMAN YOUTH BELT BUCKLE Scarce German Youth (DJ) buckle
worn by the organization’s members prior to 1938, when they adopted
the standard Hitler Youth buckle. The nickel-plated steel base bears a
raised “S” rune which is brass plated, and the reverse bears an RZM
stamp and maker ‘s mark “24”. The original paper RZM tag remains attached to the buckle. Very good. A scarce item, especially with the production tag still present!.
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390. HITLER YOUTH BELT BUCKLE Hitler Youth belt buckle, solid nickel
type, rectangular with the center area bearing a double rope with fluting
between encircling a national eagle and HJ emblem with the motto “Blut
und Ehre” in relief above. The buckle is marked on the reverse: “Ges.
Gesch.” Fine.
391. WEHRMACHT OFFICER’S BELT Brown leather Wehrmacht officer’s
belt, 2 1/4” wide, pebble finish to the buckle, the leather stamped: “P.
EHRHARDT POESSNECK 1942”. Typical wear from use else very good.
392. LUFTWAFFE BUCKLE AND BELT Luftwaffe belt buckle and leather
belt, issued to air force personnel as well as paratroopers. Aluminum, with
rectangular receiving catch on reverse, maker-stamped leather tab attached. With the original belt with catch, size 95, the leather section into
which the pins are placed has separated from the belt itself. Very good.
400. LUFTWAFFE DOUBLE-DECAL DESERT CAMO HELMET Luftwaffe M1935 double-decal desert camouflage helmet, the body
painted in typical Luftwaffe shades of green and light and dark
brown, wartime national emblem on the right side, 80% intact, with
first pattern Luftwaffe decal on left side, 90% intact. Both decals
were carefully avoided by the helmet-painter. Within, the leather
eight-finger liner shows a great deal of use, the draw string and
“washers” remain in place and with the original gray/black paint
clearly evident. Stamped “3001” and “ET 6” within. The chin strap
has been pull up and secured above the brim of the helmet. A really nice genuine example.
393. WEHRMACHT OFFICER’S BELT Wehrmacht officer’s belt, brown leather
with pebbled double-pronged buckle with RZM stamp, two loops present
with one bearing a brass hanging loop at bottom. Very good. $150-200
394. R.A.D. AND D.A.F. BELT BUCKLES Pair of German aluminum belt
buckles, includes R.A.D. buckle, heavily pebbled body with sharp, deep
detail, in near new condition, with a D.A.F. enlisted man’s buckle, treated
with a protective film of sprayed on clear lacquer which remains 95% intact
. This example has a plain field and the four raised circles, one at each
corner. The reverse has a “U” shaped catch with plated bar and prongs.
RZM stamp and maker M4/49. Two pieces.
395. S.A. ENLISTED MAN’S/NCO BELT BUCKLE Sturmabteilung member’s belt buckle, slightly convex stamped brass, two-piece construction
buckle features, embossed national eagle clutching laurel wreth with mobile swastika with oak laurels beneath, with a ribbed border. Reverse bears
a raised catch and a prong bar with dual prongs. Very good.
396. GERMAN BELT BUCKLES Pair of German belt buckles, includes: German Police buckle, two-piece die-struck aluminum
buckle for a policeman in unissued condition. There is no maker
identification on the buckle. With German army belt buckle with
leather tab, very light wear with pebbling in excellent condition, the
tab maker-marked and dated 1938. Two pieces.
397. SS BEVO SKULLS Fine pair of unissued cloth BeVo SS Totenkopf skulls, 3
1/4” long overall, 1 1/2” wide, in mint
condition. Scarce.
401. LUFTWAFFE M1940 HELMET Luftwaffe Model 1940 single
decal helmet, second pattern Luftwaffe eagle decal affixed to left
side, dark gray/black paint, rolled edges and stamped air vents,
stamped “C66” and “11409” within. Black leather chin strap, leather
liner and metal band appear original to the helmet and untouched.
Decal is 90% intact, paint uniformly worn and even.
398. PANZER MARKSMAN’S LANYARD REPLICA REPLICA grade nine Panzer personnel marksman’s lanyard. The lanyard
consists of a heavy, twisted, aluminum
braid with buttoning loops at ends. A gilt
wire knot is fitted to both the top and bottom edges of the shield device, with another at the bottom buttoning loop. The
braiding has a protective grey ribbed
rayon strip of fabric neatly hand stitched
to reverse. The top of the lanyard has gilt
washed, stamped alloy shield with eagle,
swastika, tank and oak leaf wreath, attached to a braided rosette with protective
oval of wool felt hand-stitched to the reverse.
399. M35 WEHRMACHT MEDIC’S HELMET Very rare M35 German
army medic’s helmet retaining about 80% of its age darkened,
sand/white over-paint with hand painted red crosses to the front
and rear. The helmet has also been fitted with heavy-gauge steel
wiring for camouflage purposes. All three of the liners retaining rivets are intact, and the interior of the helmet has an aged M31 leather
liner, size 59, with all of the original eight fingers and drawstring
still intact. . Interior and exterior bear some pitting in places, and it
has much paint chipping and scratches consistent with use and age.
The blackened leather chinstrap with steel adjustment buckle appears to have been never removed. Possibly used in North Africa,
this example shows a great deal of honest age with heavy use and
much accumulated dust beneath the camo wiring. $2,500-3,500
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408. S.A. GRUPPENFUHRER KEPI Superb condition S.A. Gruppenfuhrer’s kepi, light brown wool body with hunter green group identification band encircling the body. The hat bears thin silver bullion
piping at top edge, with an ornate wide silver metallic ribbon encircling the hat and descending to the brim, offset by red and white
braided trim and a round silver button. Above the button is the expected eagle and swastika insignia, with brown leather chin strap
affixed by brown metal button set above the brim. The brim itself is
flawless. Within, the hat bears a light brown leather sweatband which
is almost untouched. The hat is lined in white cotton with a shieldshaped sweat guard covering the maker’s logo: “Militar-Warenhaus
und Uniformierungsanstalt A. & F. Vanek Wien...”. A truly fine example!
402. M1940 GERMAN FIELD-PAINTED CAMO HELMET German M1940 helmet, the exterior painted in medium green with
light brown applied to the front and about the “brim”, and the
wear to the paint indicative of extended age, the remnants of a
Heer decal which had been applied after painting still evident
on the left side, with no trace of a decal on right. Within, the
original dark gray paint is evident beneath the dark brow original liner with drawstring, chin strap also present but a bit
missing from the longer strap. Overall a very good example.
403. REISSUED M1918 GERMAN HELMET Reissued Model
1918 German helmet, likely field repainted, factory refurbished
and reissued to a German infantry unit sometime between 1940
and 1943. The helmet bears a single decal on the left side, consistent with 1940-43 national regulations. The paint on the
shell has minute specks of white paint, with a large, broad
scrape affecting the left side and decal as well. The liner and
zinc band are original and marked “57” , while the helmet is
stamped “62” within. Chinstrap with buckle present and is embossed “EUGEN HUBER MUNCHEN 1938”. Overall quite good.
404. GERMAN BEADED FLAK BATTERY HELMET M1940 German beaded steel helmet with original canvas liner and clear
plastic chinstraps, an unusual variation of what was usually issued to police but lacking any insignia or decals. This is a civil
lining but was probably issued to a member of a flak battery
late in the war as materiel began to become scarce. Owner IDed
“Eisenlohr” under the front brim. Some chipping to paint, still
very good.
409. S.A. KREISLEITER KEPI Scarce, early S.A. Kreisleiter’s kepi, brown twill
cotton body with thin silver bullion piping at top neatly meeting at the rear
of the hat. Silver bullion chin straps remain tightly affixed to their silvered
buttons at sides, round pebbled NSDAP button at front is excellent, as is the
eagle and swastika insignia above. The cloth-covered brim is straight and
smooth. The brown leather sweatband is untorn and in fine shape, as is the
white cloth lining and diamond-shaped celluloid. Maker “CW” stamped in
gilt lettering beneath the shield. The inside of the leather sweatband is
stamped: Archiv-Exemplar N. St. 1959” indicating that this item was held as
a representative example in a government or museum archive (probably in
East Germany) at some time in the past. Light wear to the cloth on top of the
kepi where it is supported by wire stiffener, else very good. $1,200-1,500
405. LUFTWAFFE M1940 HELMET Luftwaffe Model 1940 single
decal helmet, second pattern Luftwaffe eagle decal affixed to
left side, dark gray/black paint, rolled edges and stamped air
vents. Shell stamped “ET64” behind left ear. Only remnants of
the chin strap remain, leather liner is heavily worn, much pitting to paint and decal only about 50% present. Estimated accordingly.
406. GERMAN FIRE POLICE HELMET German Fire Police helmet, chromed metal rim on top, steel construction with rolled
metal edges and two sets of perforations on each side for ventilation. Leather liner within, with the seldom encountered
hanging leather neck flap to protect from burning embers. Chin
strap present. Some moderate scuffing to the paint, and both
decals have crazed - still entirely presentable.
407. LUFTSCHUTZE HELMET Black painted steel Luftyschutze
air raid helmet, bears original light brown leather liner and
chinstrap, large front decal scuffed but 85% intact. Size 56.
Decal at inside rear reads: “Sale approved pursuant to Air Protection Law Sec. 8”.
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410. CUSTOMS OFFICIAL’S MOUNTAIN BERGMUTZE Scarce wool mountain cap (“Bergmutze”) issued to a German customs agent, green wool body
with BeVo insignia, single button front closure with beige button which has
aged to an amber color, and dark green piping. The leather sweatband is
about fifty percent gone, the balance torn, the atypical field gray quilted lining
is intact and in very good condition. The right ear flap bears considerable
mothing, the left just a bit, otherwise this cap is in very good condition. From
the collection of an early aviator who trained American pilots and later
founded an airport in Waterbury, Ct.
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411. REICHSLEITUNG VISOR CAP Reichs-level Nazi political leader’s
visor cap in mint condition, oval topped and semi-saddle shaped, double braided chin cords in excellent condition and unfrayed, attached
to the cap with gold pebbled buttons. Brown felt sides and tan body
offset by gold piping, metal oak leaves and a fine eagle and cockade
with enamel entirely intact. Dark brown visor bears no cracks with only
a very thin scratch and a black scuff which could be polished-off. It
bears proper cross-hatching beneath. Within the cap bears a 1 1/2”
dark brown perforated leather sweatband, tan rayon lining and intact
celluloid diamond which shows just a slight sweat stain beneath. RZM
tag present beneath the sweatband, ink-stamped with maker “85”. Illegible owner’s name with the number “784948”, possibly his party
number. The cap is in superb condition in all respects, no moth damage, tears, or holes, virtually unused.
CAP Scarce Hermann Goring Division summer “crusher” visor cap,
Luftwaffe green-gray body with ribbed black fabric sides and three
bands of white piping. The front bears solid-backed eagle insignia
and stamped metal one-piece wreath and cockade, and black leather
chin strap secured by black buttons. Black visor is painted at front
edge, and is green on underside. Within, the light brown sweatband
bears perforations at front, and the celluloid diamond is intact and
sewn to the light brown rayon liner. Ink stamped size 57, with
owner’s name also penned-in. No mothing, generally very good or
PROVENANCE Waffen-SS officer’s visor cap in unissued condition, fine
field gray wool body with black side band and bright orange piping
denoting service in the Feldpolizei or recruiting services. The silver
double chin cords are fine, and the silver pebbled buttons are flawless.
The cap’s black visor and gray cross-hatched underside are likewise
flawless. The only visible flaws are slight oxidation to the finish on the
eagle and totenkopf insignia, which are otherwise also perfect. Within,
the hat bears a semi-perforated gray sweatband which is undamaged.
The light brown liner is damp stained at center, and the celluloid diamond protector has been torn. Its damage was likely caused by the
American officer who recovered this souvenir. He has pasted a small
photo of himself and another man to the liner, and added a small typed
tag: “Taken from Nazi warehouse by Capt. Samuel Motz, New Jersey”.
A finer example would be tough to locate.
fur and leather cap, multi-panel sheepskin construction with brown
wool interior. The cap features fold down side and back panels which
are held up by a thread loop and tan Bakelite button. The ear flaps
could be secured with the fabric loop and button closed under the
wearer’s chin, and each has a circular cut-out at the ears which could
also be covered with snap closures. Edges are trimmed in white cotton/rayon piping. The front of the cap has an embroidered second
pattern Luftwaffe eagle and national tri-color cockade. The cap visor
bears white leather on top and green cotton beneath. Overall very
good, missing one snap.
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415. WEHRMACHT CHAPLAIN’S VISOR CAP Rare Wehrmacht officer’s visor cap, specifically that of a chaplain. The field gray wool
body bears dark green sides and violet piping indicative of a chaplain. The black visor bears proper crosshatching beneath and is near
flawless. Double chin cords attached with pebbled metal buttons,
high relief metal wreath and cockade in good condition. Pinned
above the wreath is a western-style silver cross. The metal eagle insignia once in place above the cross is present, but fixing pins are
broken and should be replaced. The hat bears a partially perforated
light brown sweatband with matching cloth lining, and the celluloid
diamond sweat protector covers the gilt maker’s name: “Hut-Mayer
Neuotting”. Light perspiration stains beneath the diamond, otherwise in superior condition.
417. WEHRMACHT GENERAL’S M43 CAP WITH EDELWEISS INSIGNIA Rare general’s M43 cap, field gray wool with double gilt
pebbled buttons securing side flaps, BeVo eagle and national colors
insignia sewn to front. Top trimmed in gold braided bullion which
is carefully into seam at rear of cap. Two grommeted vent holes
present on each side. A 2 1/4” metal edelweiss emblem stitched to
a heavier dark cloth backing is sewn to the left side indicating that
the owner of this cap may have been Austrian in origin. High quality
light green liner, full brown leather sweatband. Some staining behind the sweatband, some moth nips, particularly at top, else very
gary-green Hermann Goring Division NCO wool overseas cap,
Luftwaffe eagle insignia and cockade original to the cap, fully
lined in gray fabric and stamped by the maker size 57 1/2 and:
“Lago-Posen 1943”. No mothing or other damage evident,
a superior example.
419. KRIEGSMARINE OFFICER’S TROPICAL CAP Scarce Kriegsmarine officer’s tropical cap complete with bullion-like officer’s eagle
insignia with green cloth backing and 3/4” dia. cockade with beaded
gold bullion trim at edge, the cap trimmed with gold piping. Lined
in green cotton, the hat is ink-stamped within size 56 and: “Ch.
Muck[?] Kelkheim 1942”. Very clean and showing very little wear.
420. WAFFEN-SS CAP BODY A somewhat “buggered-up” WaffenSS visor cap that has seen a few strange hands over the years. The
body of the cap is original: field gray wool, black side bands and
white piping have not been damaged or otherwise molested, and the
black fiber visor is very good and bears the usual checkering on the
underside. The leather sweatband, perforated at front, is typical of
legitimate examples, and the green liner and placement of the (missing) celluloid protector match legitimate examples. However, the
liner bears several ink stamps in an unknown language, possibly
Hungarian, and some stamps have been partly obliterated. The underside of the sweatband has been stamped with purple ink: “Betr.
Da. 1943”. The front of the cap has a totally “wrong” totenkopf clumsily sewn thereto, the chin cords are extremely worn (but may be
original), but their attaching buttons are incorrect and certainly replacements. Indentations and pin holes where original insignia were
once attached correspond with a “correct” SS visor cap. Our opinion:
a legitimate cap once stripped of its accoutrements, then refitted for
theatrical use. Worthy of restoration.
Scarce Wehrmacht general’s “crusher” visor cap, wool twill body
with dark green sides bands and braided gold bullion piping at top
and above and below side bands which all meet at professionally
cut and joined ends. Visor is black leather with a lightly textured
underside. Silver bullion BeVo eagle, wreath, and cockade completely intact and professionally sewn to front of cap. Sweatband is
brown leather, no perforations. Quality gold rayon liner uniformly
damp-stained except under the diamond-shaped celluloid protector which is completely intact. A small surface chip to the black finish of the visor, otherwise no mothing evident and in excellent
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421. WAFFEN-SS M43 OFFICER’S CAP Waffen-SS officer’s M43 cap
with BeVo insignia, field gray-green wool, double pebbled-button
side flaps, with silver braided bullion piping about the top which
meets at the seam of the cap at rear. Original triangular BeVo insignia
with eagle and totenkopf sewn at front. Brim is straight and stiff. Gray
leather sweatband affixed beneath brim, lining a dark beige rayon
somewhat soiled from use. Stamped with size 58 and: “SQ 798”
within. No mothing evident, in great condition.
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422. WAFFEN-SS TROPICAL M43 CAP Scarce Waffen-SS M43 tropical cap, tan cotton twill fabric, two-piece top construction, with two
ventilation holes on each side panel. Insignia at front were removed
but clearly show that the hat once bore SS insignia. Within, the cap
bears a green lining , ink-stamped with size “57” and “TZ.N.689”.
Obviously used by its owner post-war, still in very good condition.
423. LUFTWAFFE FELDGENDARMERIE VISOR CAP Luftwaffe feldgendarmerie (“field police”) enlisted man’s visor cap, field gray wool
body with dark orange piping, metal eagle insignia (swastika at bottom broken and lost), and one-piece oak leaf and cockade affixed
above the brim. Brim is uncommon molded vulcanized fiber. The
black chin strap is present though it shows a little crazing and the
fittings are slightly oxidized. The caps gray leather sweatband is excellent, and the celluloid protective diamond is intact. Overall very
424. S.A. GROUP SCHLEISEN KEPI Fine condition S.A. Group
Schliesen wool “coffee can” kepi, brown wool body with yellow felt
front panel which extends about the hat, and blue and white braided
piping surrounds the top. Brown leather chin strap with brown fixing
buttons, metal left-facing eagle original to the hat. Leather unperforated sweat band hides an RZM tag which has not been resewn.
Yellow rayon lining spotted, diamond-shaped celluloid sweat guard
intact. No maker indicated, size 59. Inside of sweat band inkstamped showing that the kepi was used in a film production:
“Eigentum Bavaria-Filmkunst”. Fine condition.
issued to a member of the Hermann Goering Division, a size 56 1/2
charcoal grey wool cap with ribbed black side band, patent leather
chin strap affixed with round black buttons, and appropriate cockade
and Luftwaffe eagle devices. The black vulkan visor is in fine condition, still bearing the oilskin edging. The hat bears a complete rhomboid celluloid covering maker’s name G. A. HOFFMANN Berlin, with
year of manufacture “1938” stamped within. The hat is lined in a
light ochre cotton with a leather sweatband (torn in places). The underside of the left side of the sweatband bears an ink stamp: “II Rgt.
Gen. Goering 7./Batterie I”. In near fine condition, with no mothing
or stains visible.
425. S.A. STAFF OFFICER’S KEPI Sturmabteilung staff officer’s kepi,
light brown twill body with red felt front panel, right-facing eagle
emblem, leather chin strap with brown button attachments. Silver
bullion braided piping at top, and two ventilation holes on each side.
Double-stitched brim is perfect. Lined in yellow rayon within with
unperforated leather sweatband, diamond shaped celluloid covers
maker’s logo “C W” and ink stamped size 57. One miniscule hole on
top, and only very light soiling above sweatband, else in near mint
426. EARLY SS GARRISON CAP Enlisted man’s first pattern field
gray SS garrison cap, unissued. The cap bears metal eagle insignia
permanently affixed to a triangular patch on left side, silver
Totenkopf button at front bears correct pebbling. Within, the cap is
lined in light brown cotton stamped size 58, with correctly printed
RZM tag sewn-in. Tiny moth nips here and there, generally fine.
427. JAPANESE TROPICAL HELMET I.J.A. tropical helmet, Type-90,
issued during World War II. These helmets were worn either by themselves or as a cover for Type-90 steel helmets. This example is made
of woven straw with khaki cloth cover outside, green within. The helmet also has a bronze Imperial Army star and cloth maker’s tags
within bearing production markings, year, etc. A 1” tear in cloth, else
very good.
428. JAPANESE FIELD CAP Japanese late-war green cotton field cap,
a tall cap with small brim, three-pice construction with a short,
stitched brim, metal grommets for ventilation and tightening cord
at rear, and white cotton lining. Maker’s label affixed within. Apparenty unissued and fine.
429. JAPANESE MILITARY WICKER TROPICAL HAT Japanese military wicker tropical hat, a high-standing cap with small brim, leather
sweatband, and of a finely woven three-piece mesh construction.
One ink stamp within. A few small holes and areas of weakness, still
quite good.
430. JAPANESE “DIVINE WIND” HEADBAND Japanese kamikaze
(“Divine Wind”) headband, 31 1/2” long, cotton, with printed lettering and “meatball”, the Divine Wind being lettered on either side of
the read emblem worn at front. Long mistaken as a headband worn
by suicide pilots, this type of headband was worn facory workers,
this particular band bears lettering showing that the owner worked
in an aviation manufacturing plant. Very good.
officer’s M43 winter field cap, bears silver braided piping denoting
officer’s rank encircling the top, a trapezoid BeVo insignia sewn to
the front, pebbled silver finish buttons, and a silver-finish Jager device pinned to the left ear flap. Within, the geen rayon lining bears a
size 57 ink stamp and obvious perspiration stains. Officers’ caps of
this type are not often encountered.
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433. PRESENTATION BATTLE FLAG FROM THE USS BARB A magnificent relic from one of the most successful American submarines
of World War II, a “miniature” battle flag from the USS BARB, 39 1/2”
x 32”, believed to have been made for presentation to Capt. Eugene
Fluckey at Pearl Harbor at war’s end in August, 1945. This flag was
most likely made, or at the very least, assembled ashore. It is highlighted by the sub’s emblem at center, a green barb holding a stick
of dynamite sewn onto a circular white field. The entire emblem is
made of separate pieces of cloth with period-embroidered edges.
Sixty-two emblems have been machine stitched to the black cotton
field. Japanese warships sunk by the submarine are represented by
miniature flags depicting a rising sun with rays, merchant ships sunk
are represented by the Japanese national flag, and damaged ships
are represented by miniature flags with hollow “meatballs”. Other
insignia show bombardments and rocket attacks on towns, and the
railroad symbol designates a land-based attack by crewmen on a
railroad train - the only American soldiers to land in Japan during
the course of the war. These attacks are labeled in blue ink, and the
German flag was placed in error when the BARB sank a Spanish merchant ship off Cape Finisterre on Dec. 29, 1942, believing it to be an
enemy vessel. The small Japanese flags below the boat’s name, each
with a black “7” superimposed, represent seven small craft destroyed. The large naval sun ensign above the emblem represents
the escort carrier Unyo. The 14 blue crosses may represent the 14
British and Australian prisoners of war picked up after the Barb torpedoed a transport ship. At top appear ribbons representing a Presidential Unit Citation given the crew, and Fluckey’s Medal of Honor.
The name “BARB” has been stenciled onto the flag - this may have
been a later addition in light of the better quality of the flag’s construction. The reverse, a white linen backing, has some brown staining which does not in any way affect the front. A fine war-era
commemorative item in solid condition.
wartime souvenir, a Nazi flag captured by a member of the 505th
Parachute Infantry regiment of the 82nd Airborne, a soldier who had
been with the regiment in every African and European engagement
from Tunisia to Germany. The relic is an N.S.D.A.P. flag, 104” x 78”,
cotton/rayon construction with a separate circular white field with
black mobile swastika printed thereon, one end of the flag looped
and machine-stitched so as to provide a loop for insertion of a pole
for suspending the flag as a banner. The flag bears multiple ink
notes, comments, and signatures. Most telling is a list of places
where the 505 P.I.R. had served: “Africa Sicily Italy Ireland England
France Holland”. At bottom the flag’s owner notes: “This is a souvenir from Robert Steiner To Show What is Left”. Four Dutch women
have signed beside his name, one labeled as his “sweet heart”. 23
of Steiner’s fellow paratroopers have also signed the flag, many of
them non-coms and officers. Of them, Bernard W. Peterson would
by KIA and Benjamin Thompson would die of wounds before war’s
end. At right is attached an embroidered image of a frowning Japanese girl in a kimono and holding a fan, and she is “suspended” beneath an embroidered parachute with green stitching reading”505th
82ND AB”. No doubt the owner of the flag anticipated that his next
tour would be in the vicinity of Japan. At left are attached 47 Dutchmade embroidered patches depicting the flags of mostly Allied or
Allied-aligned countries, with Italy, the U.S., France and the U.S. at
top. Three corners of the reverse of the flag bear lines typed by
Steiner, one a note to his sister sending the flag and promising to
tell her about it upon his return, one bearing some raunchy poetry,
and the third showing all of the countries he had visited and more
poetry: “Belgium is like Paris/They take you to their room/They play
with your dummy/Till your flowers come to bloom”. One stain in
white field, else very good. It was the 505th that parachuted into
Ste. Mere Eglise, jumped during Operation Market Garden and took
heavy losses throughout the war, hence Steiner’s comment about
“What is Left”.
435. N.S.D.A.P. BANNER CAPTURED BY AMERICANS IN BERLIN Large N.S.D.A.P. banner, 48” x 86” cotton with separate white circular field
with printed mobile swastika sewn to the red body. The banner originally had a factory-sewn looping of cloth at the top to permit the entry
of a hanging pole. At some point in time, perhaps when this souvenir was acquired, the red cloth was crudely cut and crude white stitching
replaced the original. Trace sewing holes from the original work survive. The flag is purported to have been captured by American troops.
A 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” candid photo and typed provenance indicated that the flag was “taken off the wall of a police station outside Berlin” with
the photo showing three GIs holding up this prize before their jeep. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War
II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
436. ENORMOUS N.S.D.A.P. HANGING BANNER The largest hanging banner we’ve ever seen, only 56” wide but about 55 feet long, cotton
construction, one sided, with a separate white circular field with mobile swastika stitched to the red body. A few faults: a tiny hole appears
in one of the black arms of the swastika, and a few stains appear beneath the swastika, a clean 3” tear appears about 10’ from the bottom,
and a few scattered other small holes and tears (some mended) and general soiling, otherwise in quite remarkable condition. $750-1,000
437. FIRST PATTERN REICHSKRIEGSFLAG Large first pattern Reichskriegsflag used from 1935 to 1938, 70” x 128”, cotton construction
with printed pattern, canvas-covered hoist marked “Reichskriegsflagge 2X3.35” with Kriegsmarine approval stamp, rope loop at top of hoist
with clip, with its end extending from the bottom. Corners reinforced. A 6” x 6” tear to right of swastika, patched corners, one corner frayed,
and a stain evident, scattered mothing, but still a good example.
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446. LARGE NSDAP BANNER Lengthy NSDAP indoor banner, 59” wide,
14’ long, red dyed cotton with a separately sewn white circular field near
center upon which is printed a black mobile swastika. The banner bears
a loop running its width at the top to permit its suspension by a pole.
Frayed slightly at bottom, small separation at top loop, and typical aging,
else very good. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots
during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport
swastika flag with offset disk is also considered the merchant flag or “Jack”.
The flag is 110” x 158”, made of cotton with reinforced corners at the
canvas covered hoist and overstitched corners at fly, the white 68” disk is
of separate construction on both sides with a swastika printed in black
ink at a 45 degree angle. The hoist has a metal ring and a cord loop on
the ends. The flag is marked “Z.R.N.” in black ink on the ground near the
hoist and the dimensions are printed twice on the hoist “400 x 300”. Disk
and swastika are offset about 35” from the hoist and 52” from the fly.
Scattered mothing and a small one inch tear at the top outside the disk
area, very good example.
447. LAUPHEIM D.A.F. “ORSTGRUPPE” FLAG Deutsche Arbeitsfront
(DAF) two-sided flag issued to the Laupheim local group, 49” x 34”, a
finely made cotton flag with separately constructed black “gear”, mobile
swastika and white field sewn to the red body, silver bullion trim on three
sides, five chromed swivel snaps along the hoist. A blue-bordered brown
felt panel is attached to both sides embroidered with white lettering:
“Laupheim”. Scattered small moth holes, overall very good. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later
founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
439. KRIEGSMARINE NATIONAL FLAG Kriegsmarine unknown national
flag, 1.5m x 1.8m, cotton two-sided printed design of five stripes of alternating red, white and green (colors of the Italian flag), oversewn at far
corners with reinforcing patches at corners along the hoist to which rope
loop and cord are also sewn. Rayon hoist is marked “F I N”, also bears
maker’s sewn-on patch: Wurttembergische Cattunmanufactur Heidenheim
a. Brz.” and paper inspector’s tag. Apparently never used (because nobody
could figure out what country it belonged to?), the flag bears very scattered
small moth nips and darker dye at extreme center right.
448. N.S.D.A.P. DESK PENNANT Small triangular NSDAP desk pennant, 8
3/4” long, two-sided red cotton pennant with a seperate circular white
field with black printed swastika sewn on, surrounded by two concentric
embroidered circles. Two small suspension rings are sewn at top. Very
440. KRIEGSMARINE NAVAL PENNANT Kriegsmarine naval signal pennant resembling the Japanese national flag, 57” x 70” (approx.), cotton
construction with a deep red circle printed on both sides. The tail of the
pennant is over-sewn to prevent tattering, and the hoist is covered in heavier nylon with a clip attached directly to one end and a longer braided cotton line and matching clip at the other. The hoist is marked with the flag
dimensions and “St V”, and the maker’s label is sewn to the reverse: “Wurttembergische Cattunmanufactur Heidenheim a. Brz.”. Heavily mothed in
places, otherwise very clean and still presentable. This pennant does not
match any signal pennant we know of, so a bit of research may be required.
From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II
and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
449. N.S.D.A.P. FLAG Small N.S.D.A.P. cotton flag, 19” x 15”, double-sided
with a separate white circular field with printed mobile swastika sewn on.
The left side of the flag has been looped about a 38” wood dowel which
bears a gilt turned wood end. Possibly home-made, fine.
450. N.S.D.A.P. FLAGS Pair of civilian N.S.D.A.P. flags for civilian use, the
first cloth, 21” x 14”, double-sided with a separate white circular field with
printed mobile swastika sewn on. The left side of the flag has been looped
about a wood dowel, 17” long, which has a notch at the bottom. Sold with
a small paper N.S.D.A.P. flag, approx. 12” x 9” on a 24” wood dowel, probably distributed at parades, etc. Very good.
441. LARGE HITLER YOUTH FLAG Large hanging Hitler Youth flag, 3.5
meters x 1.1 meters, cotton high quality construction with all elements
being individual pieces and professionally sewn, with a loop running the
width of the flag to permit suspension from a horizontal pole. Slight wear
and soiling, overall very good. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
451. N.S.D.A.P. HANGING BANNER N.S.D.A.P. hanging banner, 21 1/2”
x 28 1/2”, red cotton with separate white circular field with black printed
swastika chain-stitched to center. The top of the banner is looped about
a wood dowel which bears two turned gilt wood ends and a blue and white
braided cord for suspending the banner. Small tear at top, else very good.
442. LARGE N.S.D.A.P. FLAG Enormous 76” x 126” (approx.), cotton single
piece construction with swastika offset, print appearing on both sides of
the flag. The flag corners have been overstitched to prevent tattering, and
the hoist has been covered in a heavier duck cloth (unmarked) with a loop
and metal swivel hand sewn at top, with a loose cord attached at bottom.
Several very scattered small moth holes, small tears in disk and a couple
of stains barely detract. Clearly this was a “fair weather” flag flown over a
larger government or military installation. From the collection of an aviator
who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
banner, cotton, the body being 57” x 60” with an extraordinary 65” long
tapering “tail”! The two piece construction banner bears separate white
fields with printed black swastikas sewn to both sides of the red body. At
bottom, the very long “tail” tapers from 10 1/2” wide to a point which has
no method of fixing at its termination. There are six wide cloth suspension
loops sewn to the top of the banner, which save a stain at center (easily
cleaned) is in excellent condition.
453. N.S.D.A.P. HANGING OUTDOOR BANNER Scarce originals N.S.D.A.P.
hanging banner, 80” long, 29” wide, a well-crafted two sided cotton banner
with separate white field and printed swastika sewn at center on both sides,
the red field bordered by a 1’ white band. The top of the banner bears an
opening for the insertion of a hanging rod, and one side, reinforced with
canvas, bears metal rings through which a line would pass to prevent the
banner from flapping in the wind. At bottom are three 6” white wool tassels
which are also securely attached. There is some lightening to the red dye
due to exposure to the elements but otherwise in very good condition. From
the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and
later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
443. LARGE N.S.D.A.P. FLAG Enormous N.S.D.A.P. 4’ 11” x 8’ 2” flag,
printed through design, the disk being off-centered, which would be used
at sea, with far corners lightly overstitched, canvas reinforcement along
the hoist which is stamped “Goesch” (Jack) and with size 1.5M X 2.5M.
With rope loop and cord stitched to the hoist. Just a few tiny moth holes,
else very good to fine.
444. LARGE N.S.DA.P. BANNER N.S.D.A.P. hanging banner, cotton, the
body being approx. 51” x 144”, cotton two-piece construction with seperate white fields with printed black mobile swastikas sewn to both sides of
the red body. The banner is looped at top to allow a suspension from a
horizontal pole, while the bottom bears three sewn-on snap clips to prevent the banner from being blown about. In fine condition with no appreciable damage evident.
445. LARGE N.S.D.A.P. HANGING BANNER Large N.S.D.A.P. hanging twosided banner, 46” x 108”, cotton construction, a separate white field with
printed black mobile swastika sewn to the red body. The top of the banner
has been folded over and sewn to create a loop through which a pole
would have been passed to suspend the piece. Ties are also sewn at either
end to prevent the banner from sliding while strung along the pole. Some
fading and soiling from obvious use, but still very good overall. From the
collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later
founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
454. N.S.D.A.P. PODIUM BANNER N.S.D.A.P. hanging banner, 54” x 45”,
cotton three piece construction with seperate mobile swastika, white field
and red body, four round steel hanging rings knotted at top with a snap
ring at corner. In excellent condition with only a small bit of ageing to the
white field, no other damage apparent.
455. N.S.D.A.P. PODIUM FLAG N.S.D.A.P. podium flag, 28” x 39” onesided cotton construction, a seperate white field with printed mobile
swastika sewn at center, trimmed with a broad shiny white border.
The banner bears white fringe trim at bottom and several small round
metal hanging loops at top. In very good condition. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later
founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
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460. REICHSDIENST FLAG Oversize Reichsdienst flag, likely flown
by a larger non-military governmental vessel or over an administrative building, 12 1/2’ x 7 1/4’ overall. The flag is comprised of two
cotton segments sewn horizontally with a canvas covered hoist with
three period metal snap clips attached to hemp rope loops handstitched thereto. The two-sided flag has a printed design, and has
only a few minor stains near the hoist.
456. N.S.D.A.P. PODIUM FLAG Scarce N.S.D.A.P. podium flag, 36” x
43” red cotton with a large gold bullion mobile swastika sewn at center. The banner also bears a 1 1/2” wide gold bullion border about
the outside edge. The cloth at top has been looped to accommodate
a pole to suspend the banner, and gold metallic fringe is sewn at the
bottom. Reverse of flag is stamped twice “KREISTAG 1942 GREVENMACHER”. Grevenmacher was a German administered district in Luxemburg following the invasion of France. In rough shape, the trim
heavily worn and a few small holes in the red backing - still a seldom
encountered item. From the collection of an aviator who instructed
pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth
airport (N-41).
461. REICHSKRIEGS FLAG Fine condition German war ensign, 53” x
30”, cotton with design printed on both sides and far corners oversewn to prevent tattering. The hoist is also reinforced with a canvas
covering and additional patches of red cloth at top and bottom which
still bear the rope hanging loops. Original manufacturer’s marks are
present and dark, setting forth the type of flag, dimensions, displaying an eagle and swastika, and maker: “Plutzar & Brull K.G. Bielitz
O/S”. Very scattered mothing, otherwise this flag is in nearly new
condition. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots
during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
457. N.S.D.A.P. PODIUM FLAG N.S.D.A.P. podium flag, 28” x 44”
one-sided cotton construction, a separate white field with printed
mobile swastika sewn at center, trimmed with a 1” white cloth border. The banner bears white fringe trim at bottom and the cloth is
looped at top for suspension by a round pole. In very good condition.
From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World
War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
Sold with a swallow-tail hanging banner, 17” x 34”, cotton threepart construction and two-sided, white fringe along three sides, with
three circular metal suspension loops. Possibly a post-war repro,
and sold as such.
462. ITALIAN FLAG 1861-1946 Italian civil flag in use from 1861
to 1946, 40” x 25, cotton three piece construction with printed national symbol at center, three double ties along the hoist for fixing
to a pole. Likely a civilian model. Some discoloration here and there,
still very good.
item, a 12” x 8” rayon Japanese national flag, tied to a collapsible
black and white plastic-like staff with gold wood globe at top which,
when opened, extends to 14 1/2”. Its practical use is unknown, although a portable flag and staff one could carry everywhere would
be sure proof of one’s devotion to emperor and country! In a later,
unrelated painted Japanese box.
464. JAPANESE NATIONAL FLAG Japanese national “meatball” flag,
40” x 28”, fine quality white rayon with leather corner reinforcements
and tie cords along the hoist. A few trivial brown spots, else very
good. Certainly a wartime souvenir, from the collection of an aviator
who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
465. JAPANESE NAVY DISPLAY FLAG Imperial Japanese Navy display flag, 34” x 48”, cotton two piece construction with the design
appearing on both sides, a display flag with no hanging hardware,
loops, etc. This is a lower-grade flag, likely used as a windowhanger or sold to sympathetic civilians. Very good.
458. OVERSIZE REICHSKRIEGS FLAG Very large Reichskriegs flag,
5 meters wide, 3 meters tall, reinforced with overstitching about
all the edges, thick rayon reinforced hoist which is stamped “Kriegsflg. 300x500” and with the maker’s logo, the letters “WFT” enclosed
within a triangle. Hoist also bears hand-stitched rope loop at top
and hanging line at bottom. A few yellow spots and some “bleached”
spots about the swastika, with a couple of darker spots near the
hoist, no holes or other physical structural damage evident, in remarkably good condition. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the
Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
466. JAPANESE NAVY FLAG Imperial Japanese Navy flag, 29” x 21”,
fine quality white rayon with leather corner reinforcements and tie
cords along the hoist. A few damp stains, else very good. Certainly
a wartime souvenir, from the collection of an aviator who instructed
pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth
airport (N-41).
467. JAPANESE NAVY FLAG Imperial Japanese Navy flag, 35” x 23
1/2”, fine quality white rayon with gold cloth corner reinforcements
and tie cords along the hoist. Likely manufactured for civilian use.
Very good. Certainly a wartime souvenir, From the collection of an
aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded
the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
Reich Sports Office
(NS.R.L.) flag, 75” x
47”, cotton construction with flag’s design printed on both
sides, stitched reinforcement at far corners, and canvas
doubling (unmarked)
along the hoist. Canvas hanging loop and
single cord remain at
top and bottom of
the hoist. Quite extensive mothing but
still entirely presentable. From the collection of an aviator
who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
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468. JAPANESE SOLDIER’S FLAG A red silk Japanese flag showing
the rising sun on white background, measuring 20” x 14”, upon
which a Japanese soldier has written his name, the name of the Emperor, the word “samurai” and other lucky slogans. Most often,
these flags were carried into battle as a token of good luck. Expected folds, a couple of very light spots, overall very good condition.
first quarter, white field defaced with a cross of Saint George, measuring 8’ x 16’,
470. BRITISH UNION JACK World War II era high quality cotton
British Union Jack, 4” x 6”, canvas hoist ink stamped with size and
country. Very well constructed from individual pieces, possibly naval
use. Very good condition.
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471. GERMAN MOTHER’S CROSS WITH DIAMONDS Rare and controversial medal, the German Mother’s Cross in Gold with Diamonds.
The medal is 1 3/4” long, 1 5/8” wide, bearing
white and blue enamel. Raised gold letters at
center read “DER DEUTSCHEN MUTTER” in a circular arrangement and a gold static swastika in
a white circular field at center bears 17 small diamonds inset into the arms of the swastika. The
verso of the medal is engraved with a facsimile
of Hitler’s signature above which appears: “16
Dezember 1938”, the date the decoration was
instituted. The suspension ribbon present is
10mm. wide and about 28”: long. There is great
debate surrounding this medal, as no award
certificate has yet been found corresponding to
it. It is believed by some that one such medal
was actually awarded in 1945, but the exact
conditions of the award (bearing more than ten
children, or more than 15) is unknown. It is purported that this medal appeared in a prominent
reference book by John Angolia, and there are
claims that records of its manufacture and
award were destroyed in the fire-bombing of
Dresden. A notorious militaria dealer has offered a version of this award, though of slightly
different specifications. Our example has been
consigned by a long-time German dealer of
militaria who states that in purchasing a large quantity of “standard” Mother’s Crosses from the “Deschler Hoard”, he discovered this example
which accompanied by the original tissue and paper tag reading “Echte Brillanten”. Due to the controversy surrounding this medal, it is sold
as-is, as a curiosity...or potentially one of the rarest Third Reich awards created.
award documents issued to Feldwebel Walter Urban, a dive bomber pilot attached to the Luftwaffe’s Sturzkampfgeschwader 1. Urban was part of the second generation of Germany’s military pilots, receiving his wings in late 1942
and joining Dive Bomber Group 1 in early 1943. Urban’s unit was deployed in
central and southern Russia from late 1943 through 1944, and the pilot also
participated in Operation CITADEL and the subsequent battle of Kursk. Initially
the unit flew Ju87s before transitioning to FW190s. Urban fought with distinction and was awarded Knights Crosses, Second and First Class, a German Cross
in Gold, and an Honor Goblet. Present in this fine grouping is: Urban’s German
Cross in Gold, the rays on obverse somewhat worn from use as the fastening
pin is slightly bent consistent with use, tarnishing also consistent with age. The
reverse bears four hollow rivets and the pin and catch are attached to a oblong
rounded backing plate, which in turn is recessed into the reverse silver plate.
Hallmarked “134” by the scarce maker Otto Klein & Sohn. Accompanied by the
medal’s award certificate issued at “Headquarters” [Berlin], Mar. 20, 1944, 1p.
9 1/4” x 13” bearing a facsimile signature of HERMANN GORING and an
unidentified general, possibly Ferdinand Schorner, folds. Urban’s Iron Cross,
First Class is also included, the beading and black paint in very good condition,
only slight tarnishing. The “Coke bottle” pin with tapered point bears the hallmark “26” indicating maker B. H. Mayer, rectangular wire catch, and block/barrel hinge. This medal too is accompanied by the corresponding award
certificate, 1p. 8vo., “Headquarters”, Mar. 26, 1943, signed by Field Marshal
ROBERT RITTER VON GREIM (1892-1945) as commanding general of the
Luftwaffe in the East. The third medal in the grouping is Urban’s Iron Cross,
Second Class, the black surface repainted, but beading, suspension ring and
ribbon all in very good condition. Ring is stamped “128”. The corresponding
award certificate is also present, signed by Luftflotte 1 commander, Gen. ALFRED KELLER (1882-1974). All of the certificates have been matted and set
into gilt wood frames. Also included is Urban’s flight helmet, with lined earphones, chin strap and fixing straps intact, ink identified by him within. Provenance includes much 1991-98 back-and-forth correspondence between the
original seller, an aviation collector/dealer and the present owner, research
material, photos of Urban, etc.
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1939 Spange to the Iron Cross, First Class, pinback, unmarked,
of tombak metal. In the original presentation case with silver emblem on top cover. Fine condition. As it was possible for a holder
of the 1914 Iron Cross to be awarded a second or higher grade of
the 1939 Iron Cross, a special clasp was designed which typically
was attached to the 1914 Iron Cross medal ribbon beneath a tunic
THE IRON CROSS AWARDS Historic set of original pencil, ink, and
watercolor drawings executed by graphic FRANZISKA KOBELL in the
development of award documents given to recipients of the various
Knights Cross awards given deserving German soldiers who exhibited exceptional valor in combat. The award was instituted on September 1, 1939 and Adolf Hitler ordered Prof. Gerdy Troost to design
appropriate awards and presentation cases for his approval. He
placed Troost in charge of assembling a design team and overseeing
the project. Graphic artist Franziska Kobell was employed to design
lettering and document borders, Franz and Hermann Wandinger
were placed in charge of gilding, and bookbinder Frieda Thiersch
was chosen to design and construct the document folders and presentation boxes (“cassettes”). This fine archive includes 15 separate
sheets, averaging about 12” x 14” and bearing for the most part various designs for the borders of documents. Almost all incorporate a
swastika in some form, usually repeating itself in the pattern. A few
of the intricate sketches show the entire border of a document, and
three sketches have been painstakingly hand-colored with watercolor paint. Much of the work has been done on graph paper in order
to maintain symmetry in the designs. One of the pages bears notes
on how some of the folders may have been made, indicating that
only three stamps were needed to create the repeating border — this
would eliminate the need to create and entire page-sized die when
only three different dies repeating themselves would suffice. The
same page indicates that this design was intended to be used in the
construction of a guest book for Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher:
“Proof for Streicher Guest Book On Monday morning please...bring
it to Otto. He should finish it by Wednesday afternoon...”. Other
notes concern blind-embossing, size reduction, and design changes,
with some marginal notes concerning routine business matters. Finally, an octavo page with a baroque border is signed by FRIEDA
THIERSCH beneath a whimsical quote written in Italian, French and
German: “Malatesta d’un trompette etc.”. Some of the patterns very
closely approximate the final patterns used on Knights Cross award
documents and cases, perhaps only a single line or two different. An
intriguing assemblage which should be thoroughly researched. From
the sale of Frieda Thiersch’s estate, 2004. Sold with two copies of
Die Kunst im Deutschen Reich, June and October, 1942, Franz Eher,
Munich, containing articles on the Knights Cross award documents,
cassettes, embossed leather cases, etc.
476. ALLIED MEDALS Pair of medals, includes the British 1939-45
War Medal, cupro-nickel, obverse depicts the crowned head of King
George VI, the reverse shows a victorious lion standing on a defeated
two headed dragon (the Axis powers) with the dates 1939-1945
above. Sold with an unrelated State of Connecticut World War II service medal, ribbon, and (damaged) mailing box.
1921 Rare German Technical Emergency Service (“Teno”) Honor
Badge, 1 7/8” x 1 1/2” bronze with enameled center and gold frosting. The reverse bears a pin stamped with maker’s mark: “Wilhelm
Fuehner Pforzheim”, the badge numbered “1032”. The recto of the
badge, awarded to members who had joined between 1919 and
1923, is stamped “1921”, a rarer year. In overall fine condition,
enamel undamaged, in original leatherette case with matching numbered paper tag on bottom.
478. GOLD WOUND BADGE WITH CASE Gold Wound Badge, sold
back, maker-marked “30” and the most desireable of manufacturers of this particular badge. Hinge, pin and catch are correct, and
in just beautiful condition! With original fitted box stamped “LDO”
in gold letters on inside lid, the bottom of the box stamped “L/11”.
Class still having fairly bright silvering to the legs and good serrations. The center area has all of the black finish with a fine
raised out swastika in the center. The reverse of the badge has a
double barrel style hinge with a “Coke bottle” style pin with a
catch soldered directly to the badge. The fastening pin is marked
“L15” (Otto Schickle). Domed leatherette case with operating catch
present, though worn.
lot of six items, includes: captain’s cap oval, circular bars emblem,
and combat infantry badge, all on khaki cloth; blue infantry parachute cap oval; basic partatrooper wing; and a custom-made (Japan
or Philippines) bracelet bearing sterling jump wing attached. These
insignia were typically issued following the completion of jump
school. Very good.
SECOND AWARD BAR Imperial German 1870 Iron Cross 2nd Class complete with the 25 Year Anniversary
oak leaves attachment and the very
scarce 1914 second award bar which
remains in excellent condition. The
1870 Iron Cross retains a good black
finish to both sides of the iron center,
and all remains quite sharp. The 25
Year Anniversary oak leaves still have
good detail to the veins in the leaves
and relief numeral “25”. The jumper
rings on the reverse of these leaves
are undamaged and securely attached. The 1914 second award bar
is excellent, with fine black enamel
and excellent pebbling, one arm of
the cross bearing a tiny nick. The bar
is deeply marked: “JOH. WAGNER &
SOHN - BERLIN W” with imperial
crown and “800” silver content number. The ribbon is original and is
simply soiled with no pulls or damage to the obverse. This piece would
have been awarded to officers who
had been awarded the cross during
the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, remaining in the service in 1895
to be awarded the 25 year oak leaves, and still serve during the
First World War. But for the typical tarnish, a terrific piece and a
real rarity.
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scarce gold-tone hanging medal issued in 1975 by a society of
World War II veterans, measuring 1 1/8” dia. with an image of Stalin
on the front. Accompanied by a folded pamphlet signed by two notable World War II veterans: PAVEL IVANOVICH BATOV (18971985), Soviet brigade commander who took part in the 1939
invasion of Poland and 1940 invasion of Finland, later fighting in
the battle of Kursk. Additionally signed by celebrated Russian ace
ALEXEY PETROVICH MARESYEV (1916-2001). Maresyev started his
career as a fighter pilot. His plane was shot down in 1942 and his
injuries proved so severe that he had both legs amputated. Miraculously, he returned to flight in 1943 and was awarded the Gold
Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union, the highest military honor.
Light wear to medal and pamphlet, overall very good condition.
482. TINNIES, ORNAMENTS AND PINS Mixed group of 28 “tinnies”, pins, ornaments, etc., most war-date or earlier production,
includes commemorations of the NSKK, Hitler Youth, “Work Day”,
etc., etc. Generally very good.
483. TINNIES, ORNAMENTS AND PINS Mixed group of 27 “tinnies”, pins, ornaments, etc., most war-date or earlier production,
includes commemorations of the Red Cross, R.A.D., “Work Day”,
WHW, etc. Generally very good.
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Dienst der Deutschen Wehrmacht”. From the collection of an aviator
who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
484. WILHELM DEUMER CATALOG AND “KNIGHTS CROSS” SUPPLEMENT 1939 catalog and supplement issued by engraver and
medal manufacturer Wilhelm Duhrer. Most interesting is the 8pp.
4to., October, 1939 supplement which illustrates on the cover and
page two a Knights Cross of the Iron Cross (as a neck decoration),
an award many collectors claim was never manufactured by the firm.
Also included is the complete 27pp. catalog offering different
medals from all military and administrative organizations, regional
medals, medals from earlier conflicts, miniatures, bars, etc., along
with the Nov. 2, 1939 Deumer promotional letter enclosed with the
supplement and mailing envelope. Rare!
NSDAP (“Forward Deployment of the NSDAP”) armband, 3 5/8” white
cotton bearing letters and eagle/swastika design printed in black
ink, carefully joined at the rear. A lesser example having been sewn
off-center, some soiling. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the WaterburyPlymouth airport (N-41).
497. FELDGENDARMERIE ARMBAND Feldgendarmerie armband, 5
1/2” wide green cloth with the legend “Feld-Gendarmerie” machine
woven in yellow rayon thread. Lightly soiled otherwise in excellent
485. “KRETA” CUFF TITLE Embroidered “Kreta” cuff title given to a
German veteran of the invasion of Crete, 17 1/2” long, 1 1/4” wide,
bearing black ink stamp on verso: “RB Nr.070250/2340”. Frayed a
bit at ends, some soiling, else very good.
armband, 4 1/8” wide with machine-embroidered white cross applied to the cotton/rayon blue body, marked by the maker near the
rear seam “BEVO-BARMEN”. As new.
German chaplain’s Red Cross armband, 4” wide, comprised of seperate panels of white and violet silk or rayon, with a red cross carefully
stitched to the front. The band is secured with three mother of pearl
buttons, one of which is lost. A bit ragged and worn, but authentic.
From the estate of a collector who instructed pilots during the war
years and founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport, FAA identifier
War II military recruiter’s armband, heavy white cotton with national
insignia intricately machine woven in black cotton thread. The band
is sewn together at the ends. Some soiling, overall very good. and is
completely without damage.
487. KREISLEITER ARMBAND N.S.D.A.P. Kreisleiter armband, embroidered gold nylon, piped black swastika with white silk-like circular background, mounted on a heavy red wool band. Inner borders
3/4” wide with embroidered gold oak leaves, also bordered in gold
nylon cord. White piped outside borders. Lightly stamped within
“oben” with a broad arrow to indicate position of wear on inside, with
RZM tag affixed to verso of emblem. Very fine, unused. From the
collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and
later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41). $300-400
500. GERMAN NATIONAL RAILROAD ARMBAND Green rayon armband issued to workers on the Reichsbahn, the German national railroad, 4” diameter, with eagle and swastika device and “Reichsbahn”
embroidered in BeVo-type black lettering. Some brown spotting, else
very good.
ARMBAND The Nationalsozialistischer Reichskriegerbund (NS-RKB)
was the only veterans’ organization permitted in Nazi Germany. This
armband, 3” wide, is made of navy blue felt with the organization
shield sewn on, with the addition of gold bullion trim at center indicating that it belonged to an ex-officer. Mothing here and there, a
1/2” clean cut, still very good.
white cotton/rayon armband with machine embroidered black Gothic
script “Hilfs=Krankenträger” (“Auxiliary Stretcher Bearer”). The script
is surrounded by a simulated rope-like border. Both top and bottom
edges of the armband have interwoven rows of reinforcement stitching. As new.
502. GERMAN RED CROSS ARMBANDS Pair of German “Rotes Kreuz”
armbands, both white cotton with embroidered red crosses, one with
additional embroidery of the organization’s name: “Deutsches Rotes
Kreuz”. Honest wear and soiling, overall very good. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later
founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
489. WINTER-HILFSWERK ARMBAND “Winter-Hilfswerk des
Deutschen Volkes” armband, 4 3/8” white cotton with imprinted logo
issued by the Gau Schleswig-Holstein, in excellent condition. Winter-Hilfswerk (“Winter Relief”) was an annual drive by the the National
Socialist People’s Welfare Organization to help finance charitable
503. HITLER YOUTH ARMBAND Hitler Youth armband, red rayon/cotton 4 1/8” wide band with BeVo white stripe through center, white patch
with black swastika stitched to middle of armband. RZM tag present on
reverse of emblem. Some spots, still very good. From the collection of
an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded
the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
490. D.A.F. ARMBAND Sky blue rayon D.A.F. armband, 4” wide, with
BeVo embroidered swastika and cog wheel insignia, maker ID “26”
stitched on reverse. Wrinkled, a few light stains, else fine. $75-100
491. N.S.D.A.P. BEVO ARMBAND N.S.D.A.P. party member’s armband, about 13 1/2” circumference, with heavy BeVo-type insignia.
Very good.
504. LUFTSCHUTZ ARMBAND Luftschutz armband, 4 1/4” wide white
cotton overprinted in green to form: “Luftschutz NSDAP”, with red ink
stamp. Luftschutz personnel provided civil air defense.
492. D.R.K.B. ARMBAND Deutscher Reichskriegerbund armband,
blue wool construction with the organization’s emblem embroidered
on a white patch which has been sewn to the armband. A few moth
nips, else very good.
505. LUFTWAFFE DOORMAN ARMBAND Scarce German Luftwaffe
doorman’s armband, dark burgundy construction, 3 3/4” wide, with
embroidered white eagle on 2” gray disk, one silver aluminum bullion stripe, 3/4” wide, at bottom. This armband was worn by civilian
employees working as doormen and elevator operators. There were
three designations and this example with one single braid at the
bottom identifies the position as “Pfoertner” [Doorman] with the
Luftwaffe. Very good.
493. DEUTSCHE REICHSPOST ARMBAND German postal worker’s
armband is entirely of machine woven construction, black thread on
a green cotton blended backing, BeVo embroidered. The seamed reverse includes the woven name and location of the manufacturer,
Wuppertal. Soiled with some spotting, else very good. $100-150
506. N.S.D.A.P. ARMBAND N.S.D.A.P. party member’s armband, 4
1/8” wide, cotton construction with printed emblem, neatly joined
on verso. Soiled a bit.
armband, yellow cotton 4 1/8” wide with black BeVo machine embroidery, neatly sewn on the reverse. Only lightly soiled, else fine.
Typically worn by civilians employed by the Wehrmacht. $75-100
495. DEUTSCHEN WEHRMACHT ARMBANDS Pair of related German
Wehrmacht armbands, the first unknown to us, 4” wide high quality
white cotton with blue horizontal and vertical trim, a BeVo eagle insignia stitched to the front, certainly professionally manufactured;
the second armband the more typical white cotton imprinted: “Im
507. N.S.D.A.P. OFFICER’S ARMBAND High quality NSDAP officer’s
armband, consists of a red felt body with separate ribbed white circle
and swastika which is composed of two strips of black ribbed cloth.
4 1/2” wide, 18 3/4” long, with paper RZM tag attached to verso.
Fine. From the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during
World War II and later founded the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N41).
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SA 1 reservist’s armband with stamp “Bund der Frontsoldaten”. The
stamp identifies this armband as being used by a member of the
“Stahlhelmbund”. Gray cotton, 4 1/2” wide, embroidered black
swastika on a white disk, which is carefully sewn onto the armband.
The stamp is on the upper left hand side of the white disk. Very good.
508. N.S.K.O.V. ARMBAND Armband of the N.S.K.O.V., an organization
formed to assist war victims, 3 1/2” wide, dark blue wool construction
with two bands of silver bullion ribbon likely indicating an officer’s
rank, embroidered with the organization’s initials and “Gau Schwaben”.
Sewn to the front is a small metal emblem of the seal of the group.
Moth holes at left side, still quite good.
509. NS-RKB ARMBAND Veteran’s NS-RKB armband, 3 1/2” blue
cotton wide with BeVo embroidered emblem stitched thereto, the
ends unjoined. Fine.
520. SS ARMBAND WITH RZM TAG Rare wool SS armband lacking the
usual two bands of black trim, 4 1/2” wide, with separate ribbed white
field upon which is affixed a ribbed black swastika with separately sewn
arms. The interior of the armband bears a small RZM tag sewn in which
bears SS runes and “50/37”. Fine condition. Originally it was believed
these armbands were worn on the sleeves of greatcoats, but today that
supposition is being contended. Fine condition. From the collection of
an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded
the Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
510. NSDAP MITARBEITER ARMBAND Nazi sub-area leader’s armband,
black embroidered mobile swastika upon a white field which in turn is
sewn upon the red wool armband. The armband itself bears lined white
trim at top and bottom. Moderate soiling, still quite good
Long Service Award (NSDAP-Dienstauszeichnung) was a political award
in the form of a badge of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.
The obverse has a national eagle emblem surrounded by a wreath
within a four-pointed cross (Ordenskreuz) with rays. On its reverse, it
is emblazoned with the inscription, in German: “Treue für Führer und
Volk” (“Loyalty to Leader and People”). The ten year service award was
the 3rd class award. It is a bronze medal which measures 43mm and
is suspended from a 30mm brown ribbon which has double white
stripes on each side. The reverse side inscription was done in raised
lettering. Fine example of this award.
521. STATE SERVICE ARMBANDS State Service Nazi armband, 4”, yellow cotton armband with BeVo embroidered national eagle and swastika,
joined at rear. Fine condition. Sold with a second such armband, white
with black embroidery, a bit soiled. Two pieces.
(“TeNo”) armband, white rayon 4 1/8” wide with machine woven logo
of the TeNo. Beneath the seam on verso is embroidered maker’s identification: “ges.gesch H & F”. A few minor spots and some discoloration
512. ORGANIZATION TODT ARMBAND Unusual Organization Todt
armband, 5 1/2” wide, bears an embroidered BeVo style “ORG. TODT”
band about the top, with an embroidered swastika (typical style of the
period) on a circular white field sewn to the grey body. The Todt section
of the body bears a reverse BeVo maker’s name, indistinguishable, on
reverse. Possibly an administrator’s armband or a one-off piece. Some
discoloration from sun exposure else very good. From the estate of a
collector who instructed pilots during the war years and founded the
Waterbury-Plymouth airport, FAA identifier N41.
523. VOLKSTURM ARMBAND Narrow cotton armband, 2 1/4” wide,
bearing printed text: DEUTSCHER VOLKSSTURM WEHRMACHT” with
two national eagle and swastika symbols, sewn. Near fine condition.
Worn by members of the Volkssturm, the national militia established
in the waning days of the war. Very good. From the collection of an
aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the
Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
524. WAFFEN-SS NON-MILITARY PERSONNEL ARMBAND Yellow Waffen-SS armband, 4” wide, a quality yellow rayon with “Waffen-SS” with
BeVo-type embroidery, chain-type top and bottom borders, in as-new
condition and likely unissued. This armband was issued to non-ethnic
Russian POW’s and volunteers who served as laborers, drivers, supply
personnel etc. as early as the summer of 1941 against the express wishes
of Hitler and it was worn as another form of identification. $200-300
Blockleiter’s armband with gilt pip bearing eagle and swastika, 5 1/8”
wide, fine red felt-like cloth with gold bullion oak leaf trim, the arms
of the ribbed cloth mobile swastika trimmed with gold bullion piping
as are the top and bottom of the armband. Ribbed white field sewn to
the armband and is likewise trimmed in gold. The outermost edge of
the armband is trimmed in finely woven sky blue piping. The construction within is correct, and the band bears a white stamped RZM
seal. Scattered mothing barely detracts from this item.
“Kriegerwaisenhilfe (War Orphan’s Assistance Organization) armband,
4 3/8” wide, yellow cotton imprinted with green lettering also reading:
“War Veteran’s Day 1934”. The organization was founded in 1925. The
1934 meeting, proposed for Kassel, was actually canceled due to the
untimely deaths of Ernst Rohm and his cohorts. Seperated at seam,
very good.
514. R.L.B. OFFICER’S ARMBAND Scarce German Air Protective
League officer’s armband, fine royal blue cotton with carefully embroidered emblem of the organisation, silver bullion bands sewn at
top and bottom of band whose ends are joined. Very small spot on
front, else very good to fine.
526. WERKSCHUTZ ARMBAND Werkschutz, or factory security man’s
armband, 4 1/8” wide yellow cotton imprinted in black ink, with the
company name which translated reads: “Sheet Metal Rolling Works A.G.
Dinslaken/Niederrhein”. Very good.
515. REICHSARBEITSDIENST ARMBAND Reichsarbeitsdienst (R.A.D.)
armband, 4” wide, bearing the organizations symbol embroidered in
silver metallic thread with bands at top and bottom of the same material. A few threads pulled here and there, else fine.
527. GERMAN ARMBAND GROUPING NSDAP BeVo armband with disk
done in BeVo weave, sewn together in back. Stamped with illegible
stamp partially on disk. Some minor soiling otherwise fine condition.
Sold along with six various armbands, one being a NSDAP sleeve band
of all cotton construction and printed white disk and black swastika in
center, not sewn together, 2” wide and 18” long in brilliant red. A yellow cotton “Deutsche Luftwaffe” armband printed in black with a Luftwaffe eagle clutching a swastika, 4” wide. A white cotton or rayon
armband, printed in black ink “Gau-Einsatzstaffel der Verteidigungskommissar Westmark”. Some staining. Also included in this
group is a white cotton armband printed in black “Wehrmacht Standortstreife” (Garrisson Patrol) with two blue stamps “Standortaeltester
Menden Krs. Iserlohn”. 3” wide and some soiling. A gray cotton armband “Im Dienst der Deutschen Reichsbahn” (In the Service of the German Railways) printed in black ink, 3 1/4” wide. The last armband is
white cotton 4” wide, embroidered in black “Industrie”, probably worn
by a factory employee. Seven fine pieces from the collection of an aviator who instructed pilots during World War II and later founded the
Waterbury-Plymouth airport (N-41).
armband, light blue cotton construction with BeVo weave black mobile swastika and white background. Sewn maker information on reverse: “Ges. Gesch. H&F”. Small stain in front, else fine. The
Reichsluftschutzbund (State Air Protection Group) was a Nazi organization founded in 1932, and from 1933 given the role of air raid
protection and civil defense duties.
517. REISELEITER’S ARMBAND Top quality armband issued to a
tour guide in the Magdeburg-Anhalt region, black wool with highrelief aluminum lettering and swastika emblem, and metallic silver
piping at top and bottom. Minimal mothing, else fine condition. Both
cities were heavily bombed and virtually destroyed during the war
leaving little to tour.
518. S.A. SPORTS ARMBAND WITH RZM TAG S.A. Sports armband, 4
1/8” wide, textured white satin round white field with embroidered
round wreath of oak leaves and a downward-pointing Roman sword
at center, laid over a mobile swastika. RZM tag affixed to reverse of
emblem. A few trivial spots, else very good.
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528. WORLD WAR I GERMAN WOODEN PROPELLER Most desirable World War I German wood laminate propeller, 109” long, appropriately marked and with two partial
decals from the Anker propeller manufacturing company in Germany, which once
helped propel a German fighter-recon aircraft during World War I. According to worldrespected propeller expert Robert Gardner: “Your prop was made to a specification
laid down by Idflieg (Inspektor der Fliegertruppen) in 1918 for C Class aircraft with a
speed of 130-140kph (around 85mph). C-class described a two-seat armed recce biplane, powered by an engine of more than 150ps. There would have been several examples of which one is the DFW C V of 1916-17...Your data translates as: Ser. No.
9897; Serial number. The first mention of Anker as a prop maker was in September
1916...your prop was perhaps made about half way through the production run.
STAND 1300; Standdrehzahl test engine speed. Translates as the Condition Speed, a
parameter the prop had to achieve on a Mercedes 160ps of a known standard horsepower. FLZ test mark; Flugzeugmeisterei; a proofing authority, which is likely to date
this prop to 1917. MERC 160 PS; Mercedes engine of 160 German horsepower. Pferdestärke, horsepower...DCHM 2780; Durchmesser; diameter 2780mm...STG...Steigung meaning pitch...” German Class C aircraft used during the war, including the
DFW CV were most often used as close support fighters, and many aces won their
honors flying such aircraft. Dings and scuffs typical to age and storage, otherwise
very good. Crating and third-party shipping required.
529. AUSTRIAN BERNDORF NO. 2 HELMET Rare Austrian “Berndorf” helmet, the only
Austrian-designed steel helmet produced by Austro-Hungary during World War II.
Manufactured by Arthur Krupp A. G. Berndorf, total production was under 150,000.
This example bears the typical “crimped” sides and top vent seen, lacking “Frankenstein
bolts” seen in the original the first model. It has obviously been reworked, possibly in
the 1920s, as the shell has apparently been repainted and the liner was removed and
replaced. Chin strap is not original to the helmet, being a later replacement. A good
affordable example, fine for display.
530. GERMAN M1917 HELMET German M1917 helmet, appropriately lacking rings
about upper exterior vent holes, rolled edges, bearing original paint. Only shell is present.
German Air Force pilot’s “remembrance box”, 9 1/2” x 11 1/2” x 1” heavy black hinged
cardboard box with paper Iron Cross insignia on the cover, containing important relics
from the unknown pilot’s military career. Included is the man’s two Iron Crosses (First
Class and Second Class), a large photo of the pilot in uniform and showing his award,
set behind a paper wreath of laurel leaves and berries, a ribbon and bow in Germany’s colors with gold lettering: “Remembrance of the
Great War”; a photo of the pilot seated near the cockpit of his plane, with a second photo of a wrecked German biplane atop a building;
and three pieces of metal insignia once worn by the aviator. A rare and appealing display,
532. JOHN J. PERSHING (1860 - 1948) American general “Black Jack” Pershing commanded troops sent to capture Pancho Villa, and
later was Commander in Chief of all American forces in Europe in World War I. Scarce war-date T.L.S. on official Commander in Chief,
A.E.F. letterhead, 1p. 8vo., “France”, May 7, 1918. Pershing thanks a Philadelphian for sending leaflets, adding: “...It is very gratifying
to know that so many officers have been furnished by the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, and I trust that the character of their
service here will be in keeping with the high standard of the organization from which they come...”. Double-matted with the transmittal
cover bearing censor’s signature and a photo of Pershing in later years. Near fine. The First Troop dated back to the Revolutionary War,
and still exists today. It fought in the trenches at the Argonne.
533. WORLD WAR I AWARD DOCUMENTS Lot of two items includes an award certificate issued in the name of FRANZ JOSEF I, Emperor
of Austria, King of Bohemia, 1p. folio, Vienna, Oct. 18, 1915 Vienna, award of a silver merit cross with crown on band of bravery medal
to Theodor Mrazek, WITH promotion certificate in the name of PETER I, King of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, 1p. folio, Belgrade, Oct. 31,
1920 in Belgrade, also issued to Theodor Mrazek. Both documents signed by military officers, good condition. Also present is a postcard
photo of the recipient with his wife. Three pieces.
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543. SERBIAN ORDER OF ST. SAVA Serbian Order of St. Sava
Commander, first type “M” (a later replacement issue with green
robes), an attractive medal with light blue enamel cross, Serbian
crown, gilt laurel wreath and a painted miniature of St. Sava. An
enamel lettered ring which once encircled the miniature has been
lost, estimated accordingly. The order was created by King Milan I
in 1883. The Order of Saint Sava was established originally to recognize civilians for meritorious achievements to the Church, arts
and sciences, the royal house and the state. In 1914 a change was
made permitting military personnel to receive the honor. The order
was discontinued in 1921.
Lot of two A.L.S. by Scottish Cpl. W. E. Sutton of the B.E.F.
(“Cameronians”) and serving in France, 4pp. total, June 14 and 28,
1915 to a lady nurse in Ireland. In part: “...thank you for the splendid letter and papers which come very handy in the
trench...dropped bombs on London but they didn’t get quite far
enough back to receive their Iron Crosses before our airmen put
Paid to the Zepp’s bill...the fellows residing & under your kind care
are getting on nicely especially the poor chap who was gassed they have not tried it on us yet...this gassing business is not warfare...the trenches...soon get very muddy...munitions & a stout
heart will only win this war for us...”. With transmittal envelopes,
very good.
535. GERMAN WORLD WAR I ERA BUCKLES Three pre-war Imperial-era German belt buckles, includes a Reichswehr buckle,
used 1925-36, and two Prussian buckles, one with plated center
issued to officers. Overall very good.
536. S.A. POLITICAL LEADER’S Y-STRAPS Mint set of an S.A. political leader’s Y-straps, tan finished leather with three metal pebble-finished fittings, each marked “DRGM M5/289”. Closed loops
and and adjusting slides also very good.
537. WORLD WAR I FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF SOLDIER Photograph, 3” x 5” b/w showing a self-assured American soldier leaning against a railing in a studio, encased in a padded frame
embroidered “Souvenir de Belgique and of the Great War” with embroidered flags of various nations at bottom. Edges missing some
fabric, uncommon.
photo album from the eastern front during World War I, likely an
artillery battery, 54 photos, most 3” x 5”, a few commercial images. Views include exploded cannon breeches, gun emplacements, artillery while firing, an aerial view of a Fokker in flight, an
incinerated English soldier beside his tank, “Big Bertha”, many
dead within the trenches, some skeletal, nurses, hanged partisans,
etc. Very good.
538. A FLAG THAT FLEW OVER VERDUN Souvenir from the battle
of Verdun, a flag that flew over the battlefield ca. 1975, approx.
120” long, 76” along the hoist, cotton, in generally very good condition. The flag was obtained by an American veteran who after
closing plied the battlefield caretaker with wine and was offered
this flag as a gift. Verdun resulted in 306,000 battlefield deaths
(163,000 French and 143,000 German combatants) plus at least
half a million wounded. It was the longest and one of the most
devastating battles in the history of warfare. With the veteran’s letter of provenance.
Hussar’s photo album from World War I containing 173 original
photos with captions, the vast majority 4 1/4” x 3 1/4”, with the
first photo that of the owner, in uniform and wearing an Iron
Cross. The album opens with photos of the young man’s military
education, instructors, group photos, etc., with later scenes from
the front showing quarters in the field, a captured French flag, the
area about Passchendaele showing destruction, cemeteries, artillery, German aircraft, bunkers, a great assembled panorama of
a battlefield, prisoners, and so on.
539. “FATHERLAND HELP-SERVICE” ARMBAND World War I armband, 5 1/2” wide, three piece cotton construction, the German
national colors imprinted in black ink: “Vaterlandischer Hilfsdienst”, literally “Fatherland Help Service”. This armband was worn
by men, usually invalids, wounded, or those otherwise unable to
serve, who were obliged to perform public service. Uncommon.
issued to S. HICKS”on a medal bar, both marked “67463.2” and
with his name, the Victory medal additionally marked “R.A.F.”. Sold
with a second War Medal marked “DVR B. BLADES ASC”. Good.
Order of Orange-Nassau, Grand Officer Commander badge with
full ribbon, an earlier example with excellent detail to the lion,
crown and “W”, all enamel intact, including that found on suspension crown, lettering largely unworn, a fine example with only a
small area on the edge of the ribbon frayed. The Order of OrangeNassau is a military and civil order of chivalry founded in 1892 by
the Queen regent Emma. The Order is a chivalry order open to
“everyone who has earned special merits for society”. $600-800
542. ORDER OF THE STAR OR ROMANIA Scarce medal, the Order
of the Star of Romania, 1864 first pattern, a lower-level civilian
issue of this highest of all Romanian awards. Superior quality
throughout, with bright blue enamel, fine detail to eagles, laurel
wreaths and royal cypher, and suspension pin properly hallmarked. With ribbon.
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556. WORLD WAR I PROPAGANDA POSTER American propaganda
poster from World War I, 19 1/2” x 29 1/2”, shows a large blue “V”
(for “Victory”) on a red field above the word “INVEST”, a promotion
for war bonds. Fine.
557. WORLD WAR I PROPAGANDA POSTER Rare American propaganda poster from World War I, 22” x 28”, shows an infant in a bassinette
“saying” that his “‘daddy’ is ‘ober there’ fighting the Germans...” and
urging that the viewer war savings stamps. Fine.
558. WORLD WAR I PROPAGANDA POSTER American propaganda
poster from World War I, 21” x 29”, shows soldiers making a charge
across a snowy field, the text reading: “Victory is a Question of
Stamina Send - the Wheat Meat - Fats - Sugar the fuel for fighters”.
War I machine gunner’s photo album, 70 images generally 3 1/2” x
5 1/2” or smaller, scenes from northern France, Zonnebeke, Oeckene, etc. Includes scenes from a military hospital, parades, digging
trenches, emplacements, machine gun training, battlefields and
nearby destruction, the slaughter of a captured cow, prisoners[?],
etc. Overall very good.
American propaganda poster from World War I, 24” x 38”, shows
Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the declaration: “YOUNG
MAN Your Country and Your State are Calling YOU Join the New
Hampshire National Guard...DO IT NOW”, a blatant theft of James
Montgomery Flagg’s famous image by an artist named I>”Satterfield”, yet still effective. A 7” closed tear at botton and two surface
blemishes from old adhesive, else very good.
547. GERMAN WESTERN FRONT PHOTO ALBUM World War I German western front photo album containing 138 photos, about 4” x
3”, depicting scenes of many aspects of the war from Verdun, Argonne, the Somme, etc. Many images show destroyed buildings, denuded trees, snow-covered barbed wire, bomb craters, shelled
churches, a trench with dead, bunkers, shelling, multiple wrecked
aircraft, artillery emplacements, etc. A few commercial images, overall very good to fine.
propaganda poster from World War I, 30” x 41”, shows a female
factory worker full-length in coveralls, her upheld arms holding a
bomb and a biplane respectively. The text reads: “For every fighter,
a woman worker CARE for HER through the YMCA United War Work
Campaign”. Fine. “. Artist Adolph Treidler.
World War I German artillery officer’s photo album containing 52
postcard-sized and larger photos, largely from the area of Fournes
and Mesen. Included are images of artillery emplacements, shattered
buildings, “no man’s land”, trenches and bunkers, a zeppelin, the
destroyed interior of a church, a dead aviator, a cemetary, and more.
Good, sharp photos in excellent condition.
propaganda poster from World War I, 30” x 40”, shows a happy
doughboy with his doughnut and pointing with his thumb to a uniformed lady with a tray of doughnuts behind him. He exclaims:
“Oh, Boy! that’s the Girl!! THE SALVATION ARMY LASSIE Keep Her
on the Job...”. Very good. Artist G. M. Richards.
album with a small selection of largely commercial images of scenes
of Canadians and general destruction during World War I. Included
are graves in France, a returning camouflaged troop ship, soldiers
in training, and 8” x 6” images of marching troops, tanks, bombs
exploding, a wrecked French towns, an areial view of hangars, etc.
About 20 relevant photos, good to very good.
propaganda poster from World War I, 28” X 42”, shows an army of
female factory workers marching, some in uniform, some in coveralls and carrying wrenches, sledge hammers, rakes, etc., captioned: “FOR EVERY FIGHTER A WOMAN WORKER Y. W.C.A. BACK
German mortar unit member’s photo album from World War I, contains 48 3” x 2” photos slipped into photo album sleeves. A technically fascinating book, shows the men in the trenches, fitted with
gas masks, views of barbed wire and “no man’s land”, various morter
tubes and projectiles in detail, a medic, a destroyed trench, civilians,
etc. Very good.
propaganda poster from World War I, 28” x 41”, shows a group of
soldiers in a snowy forest entering a warmly-lit and very welcoming
YMCA building filled with obviously-relaxed doughboys. The
poster, issued by the YMCA and YWCA reads: “HIS HOME OVER
THERE More than 2000 Such Homes for Our Boys...”. Fine. Artist
Albert Herter.
551. GERMAN WORLD WAR I ERA FLAG German national flag from
World War I, 55” x 32” cotton three piece construction with a loop of
the red cloth sewn-over to accommodate a pole so that the flag may
hang as a banner. Heavily soiled, good condition.
propaganda poster from World War I, 26” x 38”, shows a farmer or
laborer in coveralls with several patriotic buttons obligingly reaching into his pocket. The text reads: “SURE! We’ll Finish the Job”.
Fine. Artist Gerrit A. Beneker, 1918.
552. NO LOT
553. WORLD WAR I PROPAGANDA POSTER Iconic American propaganda poster from World War I promoting the “Victory Liberty
Loan”, 30 1/2” x 41”, shows an elated American soldier full-length
with his spoils of war: three German helmets, shattered buildings
and barbed wire behind him, with the exclamation: “AND THEY
THOUGHT WE COULDN’T FIGHT”. Fine. Artist Clyde Forsythe.
565. WORLD WAR I PROPAGANDA POSTER American propaganda
poster from World War I, 28” x 42”, shows three smiling servicemen
with the caption: “keep ‘em smiling! help War Camp Community
Service ‘morale is winning the war’”. Fine. Artist M. Leone Bracker,
566. WORLD WAR I RED CROSS American Red Cross poster from
World War I, 30 1/2” x 40”, shows and angelic Red Cross nurse
pointing to another nurse who is ministering to an injured man,
entreating a civilian to join her cause with text reading: “We need
you”. Fine.
554. WORLD WAR I PROPAGANDA POSTER Well-known American
propaganda poster from World War I, 20” x 30”, shows a glamorous
Joan of Arc with sword held high, the text reading: “Joan of Arc Saved
Haskell Coffin. Fine.
555. WORLD WAR I PROPAGANDA POSTER American propaganda
poster from World War I, 20” x 30”, shows a soldier returning home
to his family with a medal and a German helmet slung from his neck,
the text reading: “For Home and Country VICTORY LIBERTY LOAN”.
Artist Alfred Everitt Orr, 1918. Fine.
567. WORLD WAR I RED CROSS POSTER Scarce American Red
Cross poster from World War I, 28” x 42”, shows a symbolic, oversized Red Cross nurse cradling a wounded, stretcher-bound soldier
in her arms, captioned: “The Greatest Mother in the World”. Fine. “.
Artist A. E. Foringer, 1918.
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568. SHOE BUCKLES BELONGING TO HORATIO NELSON (1758 - 1805) British naval officer
whose brilliant tactics made the British fleet victorious in battles against the French at the Nile
and Trafalgar where he was mortally wounded by a sniper. A superb relic of the utmost rarity,
a pair of brass shoe buckles ca. 1800, worn by Nelson, said to have been worn by him during
the historic Battle of Trafalgar. The buckles are 2 1/4” wide and are composed of smooth goldplated brass with sprung grips, bearing respective patent numbers on verso: “PATENT 3397I”
and “3402R”. Within one buckle is a period note of provenance stating that the buckles were
from the estate of Alexander Davidson, Nelson’s most trusted advisor, closest friend and executor of his estate. In full: “These Buckles are presented to Alexander Davidson Esq. of Swarland Park as a mark of my grateful respect for the many obligations he has conferred upon me
- sent from London this 2 Aug 1828 R. Bowyer [illeg.]”. On verso, a lightly-penned note reads:
“These buckles were presented to me by the family of the late Lord Nelson...likewise...Pr. identical buckles he wore at the ever memorable Battle of Trafalgar R. R...46 Pall Mall”. Robert
Bowyer (1758-1834) was a British painter of miniatures and publisher who knew Nelson and
painted a portrait of the naval hero in 1800. His home at 46 Pall Mall had previously housed
the influential Cocoa Tree Club and was later the site of the Historic Gallery, which published
his works. Ex: Sotheby’s, from the 2002 sale of the Alexander Davidson Collection of Nelson’s
belonging and relics. The lavish catalog (a copy of which is included) states: “A more elaborate
pair of shoe buckles with provenance that they were worn by Nelson at the time he ‘received
his mortal wound’ were loaned by J. L. Henderson Esq. both at the 1891 and 1905 exhibitions
of Nelson relics...It was stated that they had been in the collection of the family of Captain
Hardy until 1839...”. Sir Thomas Hardy (1769-1839) was Flag Captain to Nelson, and commanded the HMS Victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. Very good.
569. ARTHUR WELLESLEY WELLINGTON (1769 - 1852) British general and statesman, called
the “Iron Duke”, he crushed French forces under Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. A.L.S. in
the third person “The Duke of Wellington”, 2pp. 8vo., London, Jan. 17, 1829 to “Mr. Scott”.
Wellington acknowledges receipt of Scott’s letter, and states that since Scott had already written the Secretary of State, he declines to pursue the matter. Very good.
570. JOHN BANKHEAD (1783 - 1856) American general who entered the service the same day as Winfield Scott. During the War of
1812 he served on the staff of General Wade Hampton and served heroically in the Seminole War of 1838 and Mexican War. Brevet
brigadier general for Vera Cruz, commander of the Department of the East, uncle to Confederate Gen. John Bankhead Magruder. War of
1812 official military letter, 1p. 4to., Fort Moultrie, Sept. 28, 1816 to Col. Robert Butler, in part: “I submit to your consideration the enclosed from Major Sneed…there are…several Prisoners subjects for a General Court martial who have been for some time in confinement…Lieut. Henderson of the Corps of Artillery has been under arrest for two or three months at Fort Johnson, N. Carolina…”. Old tear
repair, else very good.
571. THE BATTLE OF CHAPULTEPEC Contemporary oil painting of a Mexican War
battle scene, likely the battle of Chapultepec, a rather naive 25” x 30” oil showing
American cavalrymen assaulting a Mexican fortress en masse. Quite well executed,
showing horsemen attacking the
fort in waves, with a wounded
horse in the foreground. A canvas-maker’s stamp on verso
Dechaux New York”, dating this
painting to the time of the conflict. A few very small chips here
and there, else very good condition.
mounted Presidential Guard pickelhaube helmet, a most attractive
piece of headgear. The nickel-plated body and spike stand 13 1/2” tall overall, with
the rear of the helmet extending down 4 1/2” and flaring 2 1/2” from the body. The
rear is adorned with eleven half-round brass rivets. The front bears a large, beautifully-detailed eagle grasping a snake in its beak as is stands upon a bed of cacti
- the symbol of the Mexican republic. The highly polished scaled brass chinstrap,
mounted to leather, terminate on either side in round radiant red, silver and green
attachments, two of Mexico’s colors. The top of the helmet bears a stamped nickel
cloverleaf attached with four brass rivet, and it in turn supports the tall brass spike.
The spike is loose within its support, and a hole has been purposely placed on either
side - presumable for the addition of feathers, plumes, or other such decor. The
interior of the helmet is painted in green, and a leather sweatband and cotton liner
are present and intact. There are a couple of small dings on the left top side of the
helmet, which is otherwise in very good condition.
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Wiped out with his entire command,
ten years before Custer
573. WILLIAM J. FETTERMAN (1833 - 1866) U.S. Army office during the
Civil War and subsequent Red Cloud’s War. In November 1866, Fetterman
and his regiment were stationed at Fort Phil Kearny, tasked with protecting
immigrants traveling to the gold fields of Montana Territory. Fetterman
boasted that with 80 soldiers, he could “ride through the Sioux Nation. On
December 21, 1866, a large band of Cheyenne and Sioux - which included
Crazy Horse - under the leadership of Red Cloud attacked a wood train
near the fort. Fetterman, with a group of (ironically) 80 men, pursued the
Indians...and (1833 - 1866) U.S. Army office during the Civil War and subsequent Red Cloud’s War. In November 1866, Fetterman and his regiment
were stationed at Fort Phil Kearny, tasked with protecting immigrants traveling to the gold fields of Montana Territory. Fetterman boasted that with
80 soldiers, he could “ride through the Sioux Nation”. On December 21,
1866, a large band of Cheyenne and Sioux - which included Crazy Horse
- under the leadership of Red Cloud attacked a wood train near the fort.
Fetterman, with a group of (ironically) 80 men, pursued the Indians...and
found himself facing 2,000 hostiles. He and his command were wiped out
to a man. Very rare Civil War-date D.S. “Wm. J. Fetterman” on Army of the
Cumberland letterhead, 1p. 4to., Lookout Mountain, Feb. 1, 1865, Special
Orders No. 20: “ 1st Lieut. John Miller ... having reported for duty with his
Company will take command, he being Senior Officer. II. 2d Lieut. Joseph
L. Follett will turn over all Government property in his possession pertaining
to Battery ‘G’ 1st Mo. Light Artillery to Lieut. Miller who will receipt to him
for the same. By order of Brig. Gen. King....” Two small holes and light
staining from previous binding to left margin, else near fine. A very rare
Indian Wars signature!
574. GEORGE W. GRUMMOND (d. 1866) American army officer in command of a
contingent of cavalry with Col. J. Fetterman, likewise annihilated by a large band of
Cheyenne and Sioux - which included Crazy Horse - on Dec. 21, 1866. Excessively
rare partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., Louisville, July 18, 1865, an “eagle discharge” of
William Dixon from the 14th Michigan Vet. Infy. Toned, several stains, and a mouse
hole at right, but signature remains bold and largely unaffected - still good. Grummond was one of only three officers killed in the engagement.
575. CHARLES GATEWOOD (1853 - 1896) American soldier, mostly known for his
tracking of Geronimo and convincing him to surrender in northern Mexico to Gen.
Nelson A. Miles. Rare D.S. on Headquarters Department of California letterhead,
San Francisco, May 27, 1890, assigning payment to various paymasters. Signed in
pencil at bottom.
“It was with Captain Yates and his company that Genl.
Custer made the last stand on the 25th of June
1876...three hundred were annihilated...”
ELIZABETH “LIBBY” CUSTER (1842 - 1933) American author, wife of George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) Union brigadier general killed at the Battle of Little Big
Horn. Extraordinary autograph manuscript signed “Custer” five times within the
text, 5pp. large 8vo., [n.p., n.d., likely New York ca. 1903]. Mrs. Custer describes
the life of Capt. GEORGE W. YATES, who would fall near her husband during the
Battle of Little Big Horn. In part: “...Capt. George W. Yates, a hero of the Sioux War,
who gave his life with his friend Genl Custer in the fight against Sitting Bull and his command deserves especial attention. He was appointed by the President 1st lieutenant in the 4th Michigan Volunteers (Cavalry)...”. She then describes Yates’ promotions and their
dates, also: “[he] drive Genl Price and his army of 20,000 from the state of Missouri...victory on the Osage River near
Fort Scott...served continuously with Genl Custer through the Wichita and all other Indian campaigns...they were always victorious...the
7th Cavalry captured eighty chiefs and finally ended the Indian trouble in those two territories...Capt. Yates served with Genl. Custer
through the Indian campaigns of Dakota and Montana against Sitting Bull...had several fights with Sitting Bull...Capt. Yates’ horse was
shot in the neck...In 1875 he, with a hand full of men captured the face of two thousand Indians who were all
armed with better was with Captain Yates and his company that Genl. Custer made the last stand on the 25th of June
1876...three hundred were annihilated...”. Libby and George Custer were close friends with Yates and his wife Annie, the two men having
met in Monroe, Michigan in 1862. Their wives became intimate friends and enjoyed extended stays with each other following the deaths
of their husbands. Very good. Sold with: the wrapper from the an 1866 document bearing Yates’ name seeking a promotion and bearing
the names of those who recommended him: “Grant...Pope...Custer...Pleasanton...Dodge...”; an unknown person’s letter to Yates, 1867;
a war-date pass on Headquarters Cavalry Corps Army of the Potomac letterhead authorizing him and a detachment of men to go to
Auburn “...for the purpose of re-capturing property...”, and some other related ephemera.
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“I shall look for the fate of a soldier...”
577. MYLES W. KEOGH (1842 - 1876) American military officer, a captain in the 7th Cavalry in command of Co. I. Keogh was the owner of
Comanche, the only surviving horse found on the battlefield. Rare (possibly partial) A.L.S. “M. W. Keogh”, 2pp. 16mo., [n.p., n.d.], to his brother
Tom. A desperate, despairing letter to his family, in part: “...I have become with plenty of gray hairs on my head. I cried & cried bitterly when
I opened & saw only one little scrap for me...[and it was] full of bitterness...I want to hear again from home & from you...let it be what it may
but let it be candid...Don’t make me think... [I am] ungrateful...I shall
look for the fate of a soldier...with a proud fear, not with a saddened
regret of not being loved as I once was...”. Very good. $1,500-2,000
578. FREDERICK W. BENTEEN (1834 - 1898) American army officer, a
captain in Custer’s 7th Cavalry who was ordered by Custer to patrol an
area near the Indian’s village during the battle at Little Big Horn. During the action, Benteen relieved Reno’s forces which were under
attack, the two groups holding out until relieved by forces under Terry. Fine and rare signed book, Poems by Alfred Tennyson, Vol. II
(Boston: Ticknor & Field), 1866. Leather boards, gilt-edged pages, raised hubs on spine, gilt lettering. The front flyleaf bears Benteen’s
pencil ownership inscription: “Benteen U.S. Army” and he has added crossed cavalry sabers and the number “7” at center (7th Cavalry).
A tad light but entirely legible. Also present is the first volume of this set of poems, the front flyleaf signed by Benteen’s wife: Katherine
Norman Benteen wife of General F. W. Benteen - 7th Cavalry”. Both books in very good condition and are described as having originated
from an auction in Atlanta of some of the possessions of the heirs of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell.
579. EDWARD G. MATHEY (1837 - 1915) American military officer, first lieutenant in the 7th Cavalry present at the Little Big Horn in
command of the pack train of Group IV and narrowly escaping death. Partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., Fort Rice, Dakota Terr., Jan. 7, 1878,
a requisition for cavalry stores. Co-signed by ELWELL S. OTIS as lieutenant colonel of the 7th Cavalry. Split at one fold, else very good.
580. EDWARD W. SMITH American military officer and adjutant to Brig. Gen. Alfred H. Terry. Terry wrote out and signed Terry’s famous
last orders to Custer telling him that if he located Lakota and Cheyenne: “...not to do as Reno did, but if he thought he could whip them
to do so!”. Smith also signed the Last Will of doomed Capt. Myles W. Keogh. Rare signed endorsement as Captain, 18th Infantry, St.
Paul, Nov. 20, 1876, signing on behalf of (once again), Gen. Terry, pertaining to a survey at the Standing Rock Agency. Slight soiling,
else very good.
581. ALFRED H. TERRY (1827 - 1890) Union brigadier general at First Bull Run, Petersburg and Richmond, he was also commander of
the expedition leading to George Custer’s death at the Little Big Horn. Good content war-date A.L.S. “Alfred Terry” adding rank, 1p.
8vo., [n.p.], Nov. 10, 1864, a telegram sent to Capt. I. R. Sealey. In full: “You may issue orders mustering out those officers upon whose
cases the mustering officer has reported favorably”. Very good.
Custer’s surviving scouts are described as: “…a badly demoralized gang
with arrows still sticking in some of their horses...”
in Co. A of the 7th Cavalry, a witness to the battle of Little Big Horn as he fought under Major Reno's command. In 1917 Taylor wrote a
detailed first-hand account of the battle. Fine content A.L.S., 2pp. 8vo., Orange, Ma., Mar. 14, 1922 to a man in North Dakota. In part:
"...the Indians have ever been treated in a mighty bad way. I have heard of John Grass [Oglala Sioux leader] and may have seen him at
Standing Rock...was Grass at Little Big Horn...the Official Report of Major Reno gives us killed "[?] Scouts
Bloody Knife, Bob-Tail-Bull, and Stab, some one else
calls him Little Horse...he got his information from
Lieut. Varnum who had charge of the scouts...[Varnum]
says he had to reports 21 [C]Rees as 'missing' when he
made out his muster roll...later on they were found at
Powder River, where 'he paid them off and dropped
them from the Rolls'. Forked Tongue and Goose remained on the hill with Reno, Goose being wounded in
the hand...I think your opinion of Curley, the Crow, is
all right, and you might say the same of three more of
his gang who started in with Custer and Mitch Bouyer
[scout killed in the battle]. Bouyer stayed, and is there
yet, the other three did not...the greater part of the
Scouts went into the fight (on the bottom) on our extreme left...the [Crees]...passed near Benteen's Battalion...a badly demoralized gang with arrows still
sticking in some of their horses...I am going to inclose
a list of enlisted men of L Troop killed at the Little Big
Horn...I shall have to 'chew' on your story about
Custer's death and who killed him...". Also included is
Taylor's list of the 44 enlisted men from Troop L killed
at the battle, which he has also signed at conclusion.
File holes affect a few words of text, paperclip stain at
top, and a purple signature across text, still very good.
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583. CUSTER LITTLE BIG HORN RELIC DISPLAY Battle of the Little Big Horn relic display, includes an ummounted 2” x 3 1/4” albumen photograph of Custer mounted to
paper along with a purported silk “remnant” of 7th Cavalry colors indicating it was
“Picked up on the field”. A newspaper clipping also attached refers to a “Mr. Schirmacher, one of the heroes of the Yellowstone campaign under Custer,”. Another part of
the display bears three spent .45-70 brass shell casings said to be relics from “the
Custer battlefield at the Little Big Horn” all mounted together. With a photocopied notarized “Letter of Authenticity” dated Nov. 15, 2000 by militaria dealer Gary Hendershott. The albumen, trimmed, is from the March 1876 series by photographer D.F.
Barry showing Custer in 7th Cavalry full dress uniform. The three .45-70s are correct
cartridges for the Model 1873 Springfield trapdoor carbine, but no further provenance
is present. The approx. 3” x 4 1/4” section of silk material is mounted with handwritten
caption: “Remnant of the only one of the colors of the 7th US cavalry saved from the
Battle of the Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876 (picked up on the field)”. The letter of authenticity states that the fragment was at one time owned by the Goodspeed Book Shop
at which time it was framed, and that it was originally owned by Pvt. Schirmacher. Silk
was not commonly used in the construction of battlefield flags, and no further provenance for the relics in this assemblage exists, therefore this item is sold as-is, and its
credibility rests on the faith of the buyer.
584. LITTLE BIG HORN RELIC COLLECTION Lot of three relics from the scene of the
Battle of Little Big Horn, June 25-26, 1876, between combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, against George Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment. All three relics were legally excavated on private land prior to 1984 by George
Scott, formerly a park ranger at Custer Battlefield National Park. Included is a spent
lead .45-70 rifle round, an eagle button, and .45-70 brass cartridge casing, each accompanied by a signed letter of provenance, map of the battlefield, and pinpoint location of where each relic was recovered.
U.S. Army gives up title to a horse which survived the Custer massacre and found its way to Canada! The manuscript letter, 2pp. 4to.,
Washington, Feb. 25, 1879, is signed by Adjutant General EDWARD D. TOWNSEND and was sent to Gen. Philip Sheridan. It notes that
Major J. W. Walsh of the North West Mounted Police: “...has in his possession a gray horse branded ‘U.S.’ which was captured by the Indians in the Custer battle & which he purchased from a half-breed & would like to retain...the Secretary of War authorized Major Walsh
to keep the horse...”. On verso is an endorsement by ALFRED H. TERRY (1827-1890) Union brigadier general and commander of the
expedition leading to George Custer’s death at the Little Big Horn. He forwards the letter to Walsh, noting: “...I had no authority as Department Commander to take any action upon the letter of Major Walsh...the United States makes no claim to the horse in question...”.
There is also an endorsement signed by WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE (1826-1902) Union brigadier general and Chief of Staff of George H.
Thomas at Chattanooga and Atlanta, sending the document to Terry. Very good.
586. HE WEPT OVER CUSTER’S BODY... JOHN CARLAND American cavalry officer attached to the 6th Cavalry, a close friend of George
Custer. Before the battle of Little Big Horn, in refusing additional forces including the 2nd Cavalry with its Gatling guns, the vainglorious
Custer told Carland: “I want all the glory for the 7th”. Carland was in Terry’s column which reached the scene of the battle to only recover
bodies. Carland and Terry wept as they stood over Custer’s body where it fell on the field. Partly-printed D.S., 1p. oblong 4to., Ft. Douglas, Utah, Aug. 22, 1885, a requisition for tents, shovels, etc. signed at bottom. Fine.
16 DAYS LATER JOHN GIBBON (1827 - 1896) Union major general who fought
throughout the war at the head of the Iron brigade, severely
wounded at Gettysburg, and after the war led the relief column to bury the dead at the Little Big Horn. Fine content
A.L.S. “John Gibbon Col. 7th Infty”, 2pp. 4to., “Hd. Qrs. Dist
of Montana”, Fort Shaw, July 23, 1877 to Capt. C. C. Rawn,
commander of the post at Missoula. In part: “...On arrival
of the companies from Ft. Benton & Camp Baker I shall
leave this post for Missoula by way of Cadottes Pass.
Should the main body of the hostiles attempt to come
through that way I shall meet them, and in that event I desire you to push on after them with all the force you can
get together of soldiers and citizens...Should they try to
strike north down the valley...follow as far as you can, and
let me know, by special courier on the Big Blackfoot
Trail...give me as early intelligence as you can of any movement on the part of the Indian...from Deer Lodge before I
start, of by special courier afterwards...”. A few trivial spots
on second page, else very good. After leaving Fort Shaw,
Gibbon picked up the trail of the retreating 750 Nez Perce
(200 warriors) and added 45 civilian volunteers to his force
of 161 men. With orders to take no prisoners, Gibbon’s
men attacked at dawn and killed everyone in sight. The Nez
Perce regrouped as Gibbon was wounded in the leg, and
sniping commenced between both sides. The battle ended
as the Indians withdrew, leaving the bloodied Federals half
dead of thirst and hunger.
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“Impossible to get their bodies as the
Indians fought desperately to cover them…”
HONOR RECOMMENDATION Fine content battle report, 6pp. legal folio, written
of the 9th U.S. Cavalry, Fort
McKavett, Tx, Oct. 14, 1869,
an action during which one
of his officers would so distinguish himself, he would
be awarded the Medal of
Honor. In part: “...I left this
post September 2nd and
proceeded to Fort Concho,
Tex....[with] a total of 103
Enlisted Men...proceeded to
the head of the North Concho, marching nearly due
north west 70, thence nearly
due north 69 Miles to first
running water on the Colorado River...five fresh Pony
tracks were discovered...
fresh smoke was in front or
due north...showed that we
had been discovered. These Signal Smokes were continued... roceeded
to Scout the Head Water of the Colorado river...fresh tracks of 11 Indians
were discovered...5 Indians appeared in the hills in the vicinity...Lieutenant [George] Albee was sent get in rear of them...The Indians
showed inclination to fight by firing...a skirmish ensued...they were Comanches and Kiowas...On the 16th...a large body of Indians appeared on
the hills with a Red Flag...increasing in number...a spirited charge by both
Detachments resulted in a running fight for eight miles...the loss of the
Indians was estimated at 25 in killed and wounded...all were removed by
the Indians during the fight...impossible to get their bodies as the Indians
fought desperately to cover them...our men were within a few yards of
the Indians at at one time among them...armed with...pistols, lances and
bows and arrows…Crossing the north fork of the Brazos...four large fresh
trails...made by six or seven hundred warriors...”Carroll recommends two
men for “gallant and meritorious conduct”, one of whom is Firt Lt.
GEORGE E. ALBEE: “...who with two men attacked and drove eleven Indians from the Hills near camp on the Middle Fork of the Brazos River,
Texas, on the A.M. of Sept. 16, 1869 and succeeded in reconnoitering
the country beyond and in the presence of a large body of Indians...”.
Albee would indeed receive the Medal of Honor based on this recommendation. The document also bears two signed endorsements by
RANALD S. MACKENZIE (1840-1889) Union brigadier general and Indian fighter, a career army officer who fought at Gettysburg and Appomattox, later served as colonel of the 24th U.S. Infantry, a Buffalo Soldier
regiment. He later led the 4th U.S. Cavalry in the Red River War, against
Dull Knife, and in the Black Hills War. The endorsements, Oct. 18, 1869,
forward the report and Mackenzie also strongly recommends that Albee,
Carroll, and Captain Heyl be recognized for their gallantry. Short splits
along folds, else very good.
OF BATTLES, CUSTER SLAUGHTERING CHEYENNES ANDREW W. EVANS (ca. 1830 - 1906) American cavalry officer
and an Indian fighter for 30 years, fought at Rosebud Creek
and led a column which destroyed a Comanche village and
killed dozens on Christmas Day, 1868. Fine content A.D.S.
“A. W. E.” , 1p. oblong 8vo., [n.p., n.d., likely in the field, late
December, 1868], likely a dispatch or the text of a telegram.
In full: “Gen’l Sheridan is at Fort Cobb with a large force
(1800 carbines), 7th Cav’y, 10th Cav’y, 6th Inf; 19th Kansas
Vols., &c - and has about 7,000 Indians collected, Comanches, Witchitas, all the Kiowas &c; and the Cheyennes &
Arrapahoes were coming in. Satanti [?] & other chiefs are held
as prisoners. The war is about over. Gen’l Custer had a severe fight with Cheyennes, on Washita River, Nov. 22nd; &
whipped them badly - Maj. Elliott & Capt. Hamilton killed. We
had a fight with Comanches, in Witchita Mts., on Christmas
Day, and cleaned out a village of sixty lodges”. Light toning
at folds, else very good. On Nov. 27 (Evans’ date is incorrect), Custer led an attack on peaceful Cheyenne led by Black
Kettle who were camped on the Washita River. The Indians,
on reservation soil and previously promised safety, were attacked at dawn and 103 (including Black Kettle) were slain.
This set the stage for later unreconnoitered attacks by Custer
- one in 1876 would lead to his destruction and that of his
(b. 1842) American army officer, and Indian fighter who won
a Medal of Honor for action at O’Fallons Creek in 1880, also
capturing more than a thousand Indians who had surrendered in the forks of the Missouri & Yellowstone, including
Rain-in-the-Face, Spotted Eagle and Iron Shield. A.L.S. 4pp.
8vo., Fort Keogh, Nov. 15, 1881 to a family member. He describes his journey to Fort Keogh commencing the previous
March, adding: “… I am not to go upon the staff as yet, but
have been selected to remain with my company, which after
all is the proper place for a Capt. In the army…This is a good
post…The rail road (N [orthern] P [acific]) is now completed to
within 25 miles of here…Tell the children I have a brand new
Indian story which is a long way ahead of the one I told them
last winter …”. Fold splits, some toning, else very good.
591. 3RD CAVALRY COLONEL IS CITED FOR BATTLE OF BIG DRY WASH A great Indian War letter 2pp. 4to., a true copy of a letter written
by Brig. Gen. OLIVER B. WILLCOX, “Headquarters Department of the Missouri”, Fort Leavenworth, Dec. 10, 1886, to Adj. Gen. Richard C.
Drum. In part: “...I beg to commend to the consideration of the War Department the…ability of Colonel A. G. Brackett, 3rd Cavalry for recognition…during the summer of 1882 at the time of the Apache outbreak at San Carlos Agency, Colonel Brackett rendered valuable service
in…[the] Department of Arizona. His hearty cooperation, good judgment and skillful direction of troops under his command contributed
materially to the final success by which…other officers and troops…were enabled to hem in Na-tio-a-tish and his band and destroy them
at the Big Dry Wash in August of that year. His loyalty was conspicuous when that of some others was…doubtful…”. In early 1882, nearly
sixty Apache warriors ambushed and killed four San Carlos policemen. On July 17, 1882, Na-tio-tish and his small band of warriors were
surprised and attacked by troopers of the 3rd and 6th US Cavalry. The battle resulted in victory for the US troops and four soldiers came
away from the fight winning Medals of Honor. Also included are two 1895 letters from former comrades of Col. Brackett one of which mocks
the colonel and reads, in part: “So often have I thought of you…at Fort Clark…I often am reminded especially of your running in a straight
line from me about two hundred yards, when in anger in order that you might become cool before allowing another moment to pass. Tonight I heard Mr. Wickidave & his wife express a wish that his cousin a young lady-did not see any Col. Brackett…are you this man? Do drop
me a line for old acquaintance sake…”.
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foot facility. The press pack, housed in a folder from “THE AMERICAN EMBASSY SAIGON, VIETNAM,” includes several explanatory
pages indentifying the images and describing the specifics of the
embassy that would become synonymous with the American loss
in Vietnam in 1974 as helicopter after helicopter evacuated Americans and high ranking South Vietnamese officials. The typescript
is accompanied by phonetic Vietnamese transliterations likely for
use by Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker to read the same release in
the local language. From Bunker’s estate. Fine condition overall.
592. HE DODGED THE BULLET... CHARLES S. ILSLEY (1836 1899) American cavalry officer, a captain in Custer’s 7th Cavalry
who escaped death with his commanding officer when he was detached to serve as an aide to Gen. John Pope. Manuscript L.S., 1p.
4to., Ft. Leavenworth, Sep. 1, 1872, reports for duty as an aide de
camp to the general commanding the Dept. of the Missouri. Very
(1843 - 1873) American artillery officer and son of Gen. Lorenzo
Thomas, killed with Gen. Edward S. Canby when they were attacked
by a band of Modoc led by Scarfaced Charlie. Rare signature adding
rank as “Capt. 4th US Artillery Brev. Major USA” on a portion of an
album page. Verso bears the signature of FREDERICK S.
STEELE(1819 - 1868) Union major general who led the Arkansas
expedition and was ordered to clear that state of Confederates who
might threaten operations east of the Mississippi.
600. VIETNAM MEDAL OF HONOR AWARDEES Lot of 16 commemorative postal covers honoring the Medal of Honor or Vietnam
veterans, each cover signed by a Vietnam Medal of Honor awardee.
Included is Vice Adm. JAMES STOCKDALE who as Ross Perot’s vice
presidential pick proved himself the most honest candidate to ever
speak in a debate. Fine.
594. THE THELLER MASSACRE EDWARD R. THELLER (1831 1877) American army officer attached to the 21st U.S. Infantry. On
June 17, 1877 Theller and his command of 18 men were boxed
into a canyon by the Nez Perce at White Bird Canyon, Idaho, killed
when they ran out of ammunition. Rare partly-printed D.S., 1p.
8vo., San Francisco, Jan. 23, 1871, Special Order No. 13 allowing
Capt. E. D. Baker to delay reporting for duty. Fine.
601. WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND (1914 - 2005) American Army
general who commanded U.S. forces in Vietnam (1964-68), Army
Chief of Staff. Lot of two signed items includes an S.P. 4 1/2” x 7”
blue tint, signed across his neckline, as well as a 1975 first day
cover honoring unioforms of the armed forces, boldly signed at
bottom. Fine condition, matted.
602. COLIN L. POWELL American general and Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs, instrumental in the defeat of the Iraqi armies in the
U.N. police action against Iraq. Good content T.L.S. on official letterhead as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, 1p. 8vo., Washington, Sep.
2, 1993, in part: “...Although I have no political aspirations at this
time, I am grateful for your expression of confidence...”. Fine condition, matted with a photo of Powell in uniform.
595. MAP OF AN ATTACK BY THE UTES THOMAS T. THORNBURGH (1843 - 1879) American military officer, failed to intercept
Dull Knife’s fleeing Cheyenne, later sent to the White River Agency
to put down Ute unrest. Killed in action at an engagement on Milk
Creek, north of the agency. Period hand-drawn topographical
map, 1p. 8vo., in pencil, likely drawn by an engineer who accompanied Thornburgh, showing Milk Creek and various elevations,
Thornburgh’s path, the location of demise, and his intended route.
Captioned: “Thornburgh killed here” with a later addition of the
year “1879”. Very good.
603. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF, JR. (1934 - 2012) American army
general, lead all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War. I.S.P. 8” x
10” color, a casual pose in uniform giving the “thumbs up”, boldly
signed in gold ink. Matted.
596. THOMAS S. JESUP (1788 - 1860) Army general and indian
fighter who battled the Seminoles using freed blacks and even taking prisoner those under flags of truce. Lot of two D.S.’s, each 1p.
4to., Washington, 1847 and 1850, estimates of clothing and
equipment at Fort Monroe and Charleston Arsenal signed by Jesup
at Quartermaster General. Very good.
signatures of naval heroes from the Spanish-American War, including GEORGE DEWEY, CHARLES D. SIGSBEE, and WINFIELD
SCOTT SCHLEY. Very good.
commemorative first day postal covers signed by recipients of the
Medal of Honor during the Korean War. Included is USMC Gen.
ARTWORK Ornately decorated German rifled flintlock, ca. late
1700s, 45 1/4” long overall, octagonal barrel 31” long. The
wood stock, apparently oak, bears a cheek rest on the left side,
and a small latched compartment which slides open on the
right. The entire stock is decorated throughout with filigreestyle inlaid metal work, a small area of which on the forwardright side has been lost, and it terminates with a thin metal
butt plate. The stock is additionally fitted with a loop for a
sling whose end would attached to a curled loop fitted about
three inches behind the trigger guard. The trigger and entire
firing mechanism remain tight and completely operational. The
ramrod is still present. The barrel bears a flip-up rear sight,
and bears only the slightest oxidation. The barrel and trigger
guard bear no maker’s marks. The stock bears two small
cracks near the muzzle which barely detract, else excellent
1965 A superb collection of 31 photographs (8” x 10” b/w) forming a portion of a press-pack produced on the completion of the
new U.S. Embassy in Saigon in November 1968. Especially striking
is the view of a helicopter landing on the top of the 49,000 square
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brass eight-pointed stars. Behind it is decorative metal trim which descends to the back of the helmet. The scaled brass chinstrap is present,
attached to the helmet with circular, sun-ray type attachments. Within,
the broad sweatband and liner remain completely intact. A fault in this
helmet is that it appears to have been rather clumsily repainted, with
overspray affecting the spike, its support, and the attachments for the
chinstrap. With care, much of this paint could be removed without further
Rare American-made percussion lock musket, 45” octagonal-toround barrel, 61” long overall, short walnut stock with brass trigger guard bearing floral design, right lock plate engraved “Ketland
& Co. UNITED STATES”, plate on left appears to be a later brass replacement with unmatched screws, brass butt plate, with some
cracks in the top edges of the stock (minor loss) and a repaired
crack above the hammer, still presentable. Not to be confused with
the British Ketland gunmakers, the American Ketlands were
Philadelphia brothers. Many speculate these muskets were manufactured at Harpers Ferry.
Garde de Corps helmet, ca. 1870, approx. 10” tall and 7” wide at its widest
point, quite well-constructed with a steel body with separate brass seal at
front painted with a Prussian eagle and the motto: “SUUM CUIQUE”, the
rays of the emblem surrounded by a band reading in relief: “MITT GOTT
FUR KONIG UNF VATERLAND 1860”. Separate brass chin strap is affixed
to the side of the helmet with ornate round brass buttons. The top of the
helmet is adorned with a silver eagle bearing a gold crown. One of the
eagle’s talons has been lost. Within, the helmet bears the original black
cloth liner and draw string. Some oxidation as one would expect, else very
good. The Gardes du Corps (Regiment der Gardes du Corps) was the personal bodyguard of the King of Prussia and, after 1871, of the Kaiser. The
unit was founded in 1740 by Frederick the Great.
606. BAVARIAN OFFICER’S CARTRIDGE BOX Attractive mid1800’s Bavarian officer’s cartridge box, 5” x 4” x 1 1/8” overall,
bears a finely-crafted plated lid with ornate seal of Bavaria which
includes two large crowned lions facing in opposite directions. The
lid and the cartridge box it covers are covered in fine red leather,
and a tin box is fitted for the storage o cartridges. The red leather
fixing flap is present, though torn; the leather tabs for securing
the box to a belt are present and intact. Overall very good.
610. DAGUERROTYPE OF A CHILD SOLDIER Ninth plate (2” x 2
1/2”) daguerreotype of a young boy in uniform showing him from
the waist, up, (possibly European) with a kepi, frock coat, and a
rifle standing between his legs. Set into an ornate gutta percha
case bearing sheaves of wheat and a sickle. Very good.$ 2 0 0 300
607. MODEL 1808
SHAKO Rare Model
1808 Prussian Jager
officer’s shako, 9” tall
overall, circular top,
felt-covered sides with
black leather trim at
bottom and thick, stiff
brim. Chin strap scales
are all present and with
no damage or loss, but
heavily oxidized, fixing
rosettes remain very
good. Hangers remain
on the top sides of the
hat, and a hole remains at front for the cockade, which is not present. The insignia at front is a jager hunting horn topped by a
beaded crown - a little of its gilding remains. The waxed cotton
sweatband remains largely intact, but any other lining once present has been lost to time. Overall this ancient piece of headgear,
present when Napoleon ravaged Europe, remains in overall good
PICKELHAUBE Rare pickelhaube
once worn by a member of the
Prussian 5th Guard’s Infantry Division, black painted leather
body, the front adorned with a
large, highly detailed Prussian
eagle and crown with a banner
across its wings reading in relief:
VATERLAND”. Atop the eagle’s
breast is a separate metal seal
bearing a sun ray design with a
second black enamel Prussian
eagle at its center, surrounded by
the motto: “SUUM CUIQUE” and
with branches of laurel leaves at
bottom, all in turn surrounded by
a circular braided cord. The top of
the helmet bears a 5 1/4” spike
with circular base which is attached to the helmet with four
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611. GERMAN BATTLE FLAG 1871-1892 Scarce German battle
flag in use in Germany from 1871 to 1892, 60” x 38” cotton with
canvas hoist, a loop at the top of the hoist and a longer single cord
at bottom, hand marked “R.R.”, a typically loose weave with printed
design on both sides, reinforced at corners with additional stitching. Scattered mothing, else very good.
large-bore “Howdah” percussion pistol with powder flask. This
double-barreled side by side muzzle-loading handgun has an
enormous 5/8” bore. The 7 3/4” barrel is lightly engraved with
scrollwork for most of its length, and the side plates bear a simple
filigree design. Twin triggers activate the hammers which remain
fully functional. The bottom of the brass trigger guard bears the
same design as side plates. The checkered grip is fully intact with
no appreciable dents or dings, and the ramrod is equally acceptable. A swivel cap is set into the base of the grip. Left barrel is
stamped with two maker’s marks, one appears to be a “G”. With a
tin black powder flask with screw cap and spring-operated dispenser. Both pistol and flask are presented in a 15 3/4” x 7” x 2
3/4” simple locking oak case with key. The case is lined with maroon felt and bears a wood lidded accessory compartment within.
Overall very good. The howdah pistol was used in India and Africa
from the beginning of the nineteenth century and into the early
twentieth century, during the period of British Colonial rule. It was
typically intended for defense against tigers, lions, and other dangerous animals that might be encountered in remote areas.
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613. EDO PERIOD SAMURAI ARMOR Samurai body armor from the Edo period
(1603-1868), consisting of the front and rear upper body armor (“Do”) and the
shoulder plates “”Sode”). The armor has been identified to the Meada Shogun
Family. The Do is comprised of heavily lacquered individual iron plates woven
together with silk lacing to provide flexibility. The leather plates bear floral
etched brass edges and decorative cherry blossom hardware distinct to the family. The front of the chest armor has two swivel mounts from which decorative
tassels were hung. Beneath are suspended two iron thigh plates and a thigh
plate, likewise lacquered and woven with silk lacing. They have a lower lacquered plate which also is etched with a floral design. Within, the armor is lined
in gold fabric and rice paper. The back armor is much like the front, with etching
similar to that found on the front, with four suspended plates protecting the
lower back and rear. Also present are two sode shoulder armor plates suspended from the back armor plate. The sode consists of five lacquered armor
plates attached to each other by individual iron plates and silk lacing. The inner
surface of each plate bears a gold finish, and the lowest plate bears the family
crest and a floral design. The armor plates are also attached to a heavy leather
neck support that also serves as protection for that area of the body. The suit
stands about 31” tall. A few of the lower plates’ lacings are broken, and a few
careful repairs have been made, otherwise in very good condition, with complete
descriptive text. The Edo period marked the governance of the Edo or Tokugawa
shogunate, officially established in 1603 and ending with the Meiji Restoration
in 1868. As concerns the family crest appearing on this armor, Maeda Toshiie
(1539-1599) was one of the leading generals of Oda Nabunaga and the son of
Maeda Toshimasa. His highest rank was Grand Counselor Dainagon and all of
his sons became daimyo in their own right.
614. ISLAMIC IRON AND CHAIN MAIL HELMET A scarce relic from jihads past, an iron Indo-Persian Islamic battle helmet. This early example is unadorned, likely worn by a simple foot soldier sometime between
the 12th and 14th centuries. The circular helmet bears a four-sided
spike on top and a curving arrow-topped bat nearly meeting it, likely
intended to deflect blows. The helmet is surrounded by chain mail all
around, with a suspended “mask” of chain mail hanging from the front
which bears padding on the rear for comfort. Overall a formidable-appearing accoutrement.
615. NORTH AFRICAN SHORT FLINTLOCK MUSKET North African short flintlock musket, ca. late 1800s, 31 1/2” long overall,
with a 19 1/2” long barrel. This firearm is beautiful in its simplicity: the rear and top of the oak stock bears multiple inlays of
either bone or ivory in diamond shapes or circles, which are further adorned with lines of inlaid brass and hundreds of brass studs.
The faceplate and top of the barrel bear a simple engraved wreath-like design. Ramrod is present, and the trigger mechanism is
completely operable. This is a gun one would want to carry carefully, as it was never fitted with a trigger guard! Overall in very
good to fine condition.
616. PORTUGUESE ORDER OF CHRIST Silver-gilt and white and blue enamel Maltese cross with ball-tipped finials, laurel wreath between
the arms, on royal crown swivel suspension. The face bears a circular white enamel medallion bearing a red and white enamel cross
with inset gilt edge. Between the arms appear ovals with four gilt rectangles within, representing the five escutcheons of Portugal. The
reverse is identical, but the arms lack the blue enamel (intentionally). The Order of Christ is one of the oldest orders still extant, having
been instituted in 1318 by King Denis as the successor in Portugal to the Knights Templar who had been forcibly disbanded in 1312.
The order survives and continues to be awarded to both military and civilians for outstanding public service. This example is from the
Royal period, pre-1910. Extreme tips of the cross have lost some enamel in some places, else very good.
617. PRE-WAR JAPANESE MEDALS Lot of two Japanese pre-war medlas and ribbons, includes Silver Order of the Sacred Treasure, 8th
Class, and the Showa Emperor Enthronement Medal from 1928. Very good.
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is a Swedish order of chivalry created by King Frederick I in1748, a
reward for Swedish and foreign “civic merits, for devotion to duty,
for science, literary, learned and useful works and for new and beneficial institutions”. The badge, identical on both sides, bears the
Latin words: “NESCIT OCCASUM” (“It knows no decline”) in gilt letters on a blue enamel circle at the center of which appears an
enamel white star in five sections. The foregoing in turn is at the
center of a four-armed cross of covered with white enamel, crowns
appearing between the arms, with another crown at top attached
to a swivel, with a suspension ring at top. Our example bears chips
to the enamel at three of the tips of each arm on either side, but is
otherwise in very good condition.
the Order of Nichan al Iftikhar, Commander ‘s Cross, 3rd Class,
from the Ali Bey period (1882-1902). This neck badge is silver
with brilliant cut rays, 62 mm., partially re-pierced, enameled rays
with the central medallion silver and also enameled. Original ornamented suspension device, lacking ribbon.
618. SOVIET MARSHALL’S UNIFORM Exquisite, rare Soviet
marshal’s parade uniform, 1969-91, likely manufactured just
at the time of the break-up of the Soviet Union. The visor cap
displays the pinnacle in Soviet ornamentation, with many elements used since Victory Day parades of 1945: wave green
crown, red band and piping, and superbly detailed gold-wire
embroidery of stylized oak and laurel leaves. The gold cockade bears an enamel red star and hammer and sickle emblem
within. The interior has a black silk lining, leather sweatband
and a leather maker’s label stamped with the manufacturer
and cap size. The cap manufacturer (which translates as “43rd
Central Experimental Manufacturing Combine”) was the most
common manufacturer of general and admiral caps in these
later years. No fabrication date is evident, but the quality is
far better than any later post-war collector’s uniform. The
same would apply to the wool tunic. It bears excellent embroidery of the same quality, with stylized gold wire oak
leaves, trim, and red piping upon the lapels and at sleeve
ends. The sewn on shoulder boards are works of art: gold wire
stars with red borders, wheat sheaves, a blue globe and gold
hammer and sickle have been expertly applied to a 2 1/2”
gold bullion board with red piping, the board itself 7 1/2”
long. The tunic is double-breasted, with three gold buttons
each with the seal of the Soviet Union, and there are two lined
pockets with flaps at the sides. The tunic is lined in a green
satin. Also present are the matching trousers, each side bearing two broad red stripes surrounding a length of red pockets.
There are two side pockets, a watch pocket, and a pocket in
the rear. To complete the uniform, there is a regulation cotton
white button-down shirt with two chest pockets bearing white
buttons (small rust stain beneath one pocket), and a narrow
black knotted polyester tie. The uniform, save the one minor
defect above, is in as-new condition and is an excellent example for display.
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621. TURKISH ORDER OF MEDJIDIE Turkish Order of Medjidie,
Second Class, a silver sevenpointed star of the order, 2 1/2”
wide, with miniature crescents
and stars between the rays bears
the calligraphic monogram of
Sultan Abdul Mejid I on the central medallion surrounded by a
red enameled ring with an inscription “Zeal, Devotion, Loyalty”. The badge is suspended by
a red enameled crescent and star
device. The award was instituted
on August 29, 1852 by Sultan
Abdul Mejid I who ruled from
1839 - 1861. It was awarded to
military and civil personnel for
combat and cultural merits. It
was also awarded to British and
French allies during the Crimean
622. TURKISH ORDER OF OSMANIA Large and impressive sevenpointed dark green enamel star with ball-tipped finials and with
three short faceted silver rays between each arm, on crescent and
five-pointed star suspension with loop for neck ribbon; the face
with a circular central red enamel medallion bearing a raised silver
crescent and inscribed in gilt Arabic letters “Relying on the Assistance of Almighty God, Abdül-Azîz Khan, Sovereign of the Ottoman Empire” within a circular green enamel ring; the reverse
with a circular central silver medallion bearing a trophy of arms
with crossed standards and drums, an oval plaque above bearing
the date AH699 (AD1299), the year of the foundation of the Ottoman Empire. Four of the star’s points bear chips to the enamel,
some substantial, and the accompanying ribbon may not match
the award. The Order was instituted in January 1862 by Sultan
Abdül-Azîz and became the second highest order of the Ottoman
Empire. It was awarded to senior military and civil persons for outstanding meritorious service to the state, originally in three
classes, but later, from 1867, in four.
623. U.S. MILITARY AND NAVAL MAGAZINE Scarce publication,
the U.S. Military and Naval Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 2, Washington,
October, 1833, 128pp. 8vo. Apparently a non-governmental publication aimed at the military market, contains a number of interesting articles on percussion guns, midshipmen examinations,
military intelligence, sailor’s anecdotes, lists of officers attached to
vessels, improvements in shipbuilding, etc. A bit rough with several
pages and cover quite chipped, pages loose, etc.
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