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Luftwaffe Sword for Officers (second type) (Item LUFT 7-2)

DESCRIPTION: This is the standard German Air Force sword in pretty nice condition (overall). This unsigned issue type in the aluminum-frame scabbard and grip show some small amount of scrapes. These are easily covered with blue shoe polish. Blade is nice as are all the aluminum fittings. The gold in the Sonnenrad swastika is intact and bold. An all-around good example of a sword that gets harder to find every day. It could be said that swords in this condition can be considered semi-rare, now. When no company logo is present I understand they are even more scarce because this shows that the example is an issue instead of a purchase.

PRICE:  SOLD

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Luftwaffe Condor Legion Sword (Item LUFT 7-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the greatest and most rare of Luftwaffe items ever offered. It is a presentation by one of the more well-known Gauleiters of the Third Reich to a returning hero who served in the Legion Condor in Spain in 1936. The blade is by SMF Solingen, but it must be understood from the onset that the engraving is not German. It was executed in Toledo, Spain at the order and request of the Gauleiter who wanted it to be given to the recipient in Spain. At this point we will disclose a flaw in the spelling. The blade is with acid-etched engraving and proclaims Für unseren siegreichen Piloten Unteroffizer Friedrich Lindemann. Aus ihrer Heimatstadt Hannover Gauleiter Ost-Hannover. Note: Unteroffizer should be Unteroffizier. The Toledo artists eliminated the 'i' in Offizier. We have seen mistakes like this in other handiwork that was commissioned in foreign countries. Instead of detracting, we fervently and honestly believe that this gives character and interest to the piece. The sword from the top of the sun-wheel swastika to the end of the scabbard boot is 34 ½ inches and the leather on grip and scabbard is practically unscathed or unscratched. It has the leather hanging device. The words that we have quoted also have the peculiar Legion Condor condor or eagle in between and the facsimile signature of Otto Telshow, 1876-1945, the Gauleiter of East Hannover,. Except for military service in WW I Otto Telshow was a police official from 1901 to 1924 in Hamburg. He joined an anti-Semitic party in 1905 and was an early member of the NSDAP. In 1925 Telshow was made Gauleiter of Luenebur-Stade (renamed East Hannover in 1928). He retained this position until the end of the war. He died on May 31, 1945 after torturous interrogation by allied officers. Telshow was an unrepentant NSDAP member to the end. His last words were Es Liebe Deutschland, Heil Hitler!. The sword to the Legion Condor hero is one of the very few relics that survive this early warfare. On July 27, 1936 Adolf Hitler sent to Franco's Nationalists 26 German fighter aircraft. He sent 30 Junkers-52's from Berlin and Stuttgart to Morocco. During the next couple of weeks the aircraft transported over 15,000 troops to Spain. This was the nucleus of the Legion Condor and this Fighter arm soon went into action. During the course of the following 3 years Germany sent men and military supplies including experts and technicians of all kinds along with the dashing young heroes of the Legion Condor. This of course was a training ground for the virtually new young Luftwaffe and many of the later aces had their baptism of fire in the skies over Spain. The Legion Condor was an autonomous unit responsible only to Generalisimo Franco. The legion would eventually total 12,000 men. Hugo Sperrle the general was in command of the legion from beginning to end. The legion participated in all the major engagements including Brunete, Tervel, Aragon, and Ebro. During this war Lt. Werner Molders was credited with 14 kills. The history of this elite fighting force is carried forth in this wonderful presentation weapon. This is a great find and a historical treasure personified.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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 Richthoffen Commemorative Ring, Goggled Skull (Item LUFT 7-4)

DESCRIPTION: This is a biker-looking ring that is definitely, most emphatically NOT a biker ring. This is an elegant and prodigiously important historical relic of the both WWI and WWII. The special denotation of the ring comes from the grim, but realistic, view that the German pilots had of the air war of WWI. The significance and morbid gravity was that death was the immutable Kamerad of the Kampfleiger, fighter pilot. The flyer knew that unless he were inordinately fortuitous that he would meet the Grim Reaper just as his enemies did that he so often sent to their doom. The grinning death's head was seen on jackets and on the fuselages of the planes very often though rather grotesque the skull often was the symbol not only of the war flyers, but also of the WWI Strosstrupp, Storm Troopers, and other elite units. It became the badge of the gallant and immortal heroes of combat. One look at this splendidly designed exquisite ring and it can be very expeditiously determined that this is the genuine article. It is tastefully designed, simple yet artistically convoluted enough to make it unique among death's head rings of the era. The skull is deeply set inside of the headpiece and chinstrap. The goggles on the forehead and the wings that surround and then sweep back forming the shank of the ring all join to make this such a jewelers and designers masterpiece. Although the ring was designed and offered to airmen of WWI (especially the men of the famed Richthoffen Flying Circus), it carried over to WWII and the Luftwaffe personnel of the flying arm relished this ring and it became a very sought-after item of imposing attire. The inside shank has the almost obligatory "835" for silver content in the stamped form. Overall, this is one of the most awesome, magnificent rings we have ever found. It was made in Lüdenscheid by the elderly jeweler from whom we purchased so many pieces of jewelry at Stuttgart, Germany a few years back. See About Our Rings.

PRICE: $285.00.

 

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Richthoffen Commemorative Medal (Item LUFT 7-4a; KMEDAL 4-20)

DESCRIPTION: This is a beautiful medal struck in ‘800’ silver commemorating the heroic life and death of Baron Manfred von Richthoffen (the Red Baron) of World War One flying fame. The original strike of the medal was by the famed medalist Karl Goetz, but the medal was so popular that several companies specializing in silver art objects such as Franz Schnell, our silversmith that we had the great pleasure to meet, soon purchased the rights to strike editions of this beautiful medal. See our writing about Schnell and his artistic endeavors at About Our Rings and Silver Insignia. The medal bears wonderful detail and is marked on the edges “Bayer Hauptmunzampt (Bavarian head coinage office). The medal is so fine that the artist was able to register it with the official office of coin distribution of the Reich (government sanctioned). Richthoffen, next to Rommel, was and is considered among the foremost heroes of the German fatherland regardless of the relentless anti-Teutonic propaganda spewed out of the mouths of “inferior mench.” The medal has a great depiction of the Baron dressed in his jaunty German field cap. He wears the greatcoat that he was so often seen in. He also wears the high-collared tunic and suspended from this collar is the highly coveted Pour le Mérite or Blue Max. Around the edges of this obverse view are the words “RITTMEISTER MANFRED FRHR V RICHTHOFFEN.” On the reverse side it says around the edge “DER ROTE KAMPFFLIEGER,” “The Red War Flyer,” and the pictures are first an arrow that pierces a figure ‘80’ that sums up the kills of this fantastic sky warrior. The eagle is shown looking to the sky and seems to mourn the death of the young champion. To the right is the coat of arms of the noble Richthoffen family with the date of his death—April 21, 1918. Richthoffen was the finest airman the world has ever seen. He was not only a good and super-effective fighter, but also the noblest of all airmen on any of the sides. He had the reputation of never killing an enemy after he had him “cold.” After forcing an opponent down he often landed beside him, helped him from his machine, and saw that he was honorably treated. The men of Richthoffen’s famed Flying Circus to a man acted with the same humanitarian and chivalrous nobility. When Manfred was killed he was given full honors accorded to a hero by the Australians with the final rifle salute by former foes. Yet recently, the “History Channel” found an old, decrepit Australian veteran and produced an interview with the crusty old bastard to spew out various indignities about his being overjoyed at the news of the Baron’s death. Also, a recent film called “Flyboys” produced in Hollywood depicted a vicious, nasty ace German flyer who obviously you were to relate to Richthoffen doing all the opposite that Manfred did in the annals of true, unbiased history. Such is the direction of the controlled media today. Orwell was right! In any case here is a lasting and beautiful memorial to the “bravest of the brave,” the eternal Red Baron. His true reputation and legend truly transcends all the rotgut garbage that the Culture Distorters can invent. Horrido! To the skies!

PRICE: $235.00

 

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 Luftwaffe Pilot Observer's Ring (Item LUFT 7-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is one of the finest designed rings of the German Luftwaffe. They were made by the firm of Steinhauer & Lück in Lüdenscheid, which made many insignia and specialty jewelry. We have about four of these in our collection at present and we find them often in Germany at the shows. Practically every pilot went through observer training first and since this ring is really nicer looking than the pilot version, so often full-fledged pilots were seen wearing the observer's ring instead. The ring is in fine silver and has the "835" silver-content stamping. The eagle is quite clearly depicted although sometimes a little worn, mostly at the wreath. This is a very nice example of the PX ring of the air arm of the Deutsches Wehrmacht.

PRICE: $325.00.

 

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