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Set of Naval Sword Candlesticks (Item KRIEG 4-1)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a set of wonderful candlesticks made at a sword-manufacturer's firm. When collectors see candlesticks such as these they usually shrug in horror! The thought that anyone would cut down a perfectly good sword to make candlesticks is naturally repugnant to a collector. However, gentlemen, you can relax because there is no need to be upset. The sword parts were extras that almost every manufacturer used to construct these neat things; usually as gifts presented to outlet stores or their proprietors to curry favor with the manufacturer and as an inducement to carry their products. They make a great display item, indeed. They are very dramatic and entirely militaristic. This pair is constructed with Prussian Naval Degens with folding basket guard bearing the anchor of the Kaiserlichmarine. The grips are brass wire-wrapped celluloid. The lion's eyes are ruby-like jewel stones. All the fittings are beautiful gilded brass Condition? Wonderful!

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Panzershiff Picture (Item KRIEG 4-4; KPAINTING 1-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is a great picture of the armored fleet leaving Kiel's harbor. Very dramatic and from the collection of a man who collected only WWI naval items. He paid a pretty penny to have it specially framed with the maritime rope framing because he thought so much of it. It truly is a colorful and strong rendition from the brush of Wichmann an artist-of-note during the WWI period. This is a large print measuring 35 x 26 inches in the frame. It would make a great centerpiece for any Imperial Kaiserzeit collection be it general or especially for an Imperial dagger or sword collection. Exquisite!

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Framed and Signed Picture of Knight's Cross Winner Reinhard Hardegen (Item KRIEG 4-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is a wonderful print of the U-boat ace of aces Reinhard Hardegen, commanding officer of U-123, winner of the Knight's Cross with oak leaves. He was the hero of Operation Drumbeat where he sunk more ships than any of the others in the wolf packs. He sank 23 ships for a total of 119,014 tons and damaged 5 ships for a total of 46,500 tons. His last rank was Korvettenkapitän, March 1, 1944. He also won the U-boat badge with diamonds. This print made up in 1983 was in an edition of only 500 and they were sold out early in 1983. So this should be considered quite rare, today. It is embossed on the edges as fine art prints are and it is signed by hand in 1983 by R. Hardegen, himself. The frame measures 27 x 20 ½ inches. The item is in very excellent shape. Yes, it's historically important, too.

PRICE: $450.00 plus s/h/i

 

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Kriegsmarine Table Knife (Item KRIEG 4-6)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very nice example of table cutlery and dinnerware as used on German military ships of the line. They are nicely marked with the Navy eagle and F.W.W. 39. The length is 9 ½ inches and the stainless-steel blade is marked "Rostfrei Solingen." The whole piece is in about mint condition. Nice momento of the mess-hall items of these naval personnel.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Naval Officer's Belt Buckle (Item KRIEG 4-7)

DESCRIPTION: This is a WW II naval officer's belt buckle for the brocade dress belt; however, the keepers are missing as they were made in their time out of a material that did not stand the test of time (fine in its day), but time and erosion of some metals did not last. The buckle itself is heavy enough to withstand all, but the keepers are kaput! This one is the gold color for high rank.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Naval Officer's Belt Buckle (Item KRIEG 4-8)

DESCRIPTION: This is a WW II naval officer's belt buckle for the brocade dress belt; however, the keepers are missing as they were made in their time out of a material that did not stand the test of time (fine in its day), but time and erosion of some metals did not last. The buckle itself is heavy enough to withstand all, but the keepers are kaput! This one is the silver color for low rank.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Portrait of a Young Sailor (Item KRIEG 4-9)

DESCRIPTION: This is a rather unusual picture of a Kriegsmarine Matrosen, probably 18 years old, possibly in the u-boat service and probably resting in the deep like so many, many of his comrades, who gave their lives for Volk und Vaterland. We believe it is a touch-up photograph of the type that was common in the 1930's and 1940's in Germany and the U.S., as well. The face is of photographic quality and the cap, tunic, insignia are obviously done in oils. The signature is "A. Baak." Although the O's are A's, because the printed name on the back in the form of a stamp proclaims "Albert Baak, who did portrait dubbing. His address in Berlin is there, but very faded. The picture in the original frame measures 15 x 19 inches, while the actual picture measures 15 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches. Here is a moving portrait of one of N.S. Germany's young heroes, who will not be forgotten as long as you add him to your distinguished collection in reverent honor and admiration.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

 

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Photo of Adolf Hitler with Naval Officials (Item KRIEG 4-10; AH 11-3)

DESCRIPTION: This is an excellent photo of the Führer in about 1933 standing on the deck of a battle cruiser of the German fleet. All wear binoculars. The Führer is garbed in his famous overcoat with his hands (as always) deeply thrust in the pockets. This is an original Hoffmann print that is professionally framed and matted. This is a piece of early photography by Heinrich Hoffmann, master photographer and personal close friend of Hitler. The photo section is 11 x 8 inches and the picture overall is 14 x 17 inches. This is a very impressive piece of WW II and Third Reich history.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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German Naval Dagger (Item KRIEG 4-11)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a Kriegsmarine officer’s dagger in very nice condition. This is a plain-blade model of the original-issue type. These are actually considered more scarce than the etched-blade models, which were for the most part private purchase. The celluloid grip is unbroken and bright. The fittings are very good. The scabbard has a door dent. The manner in which Kriegsmarine daggers were attached to the hanger allowed it to hang quite low on the tunic, and about 50 percent of every example found will bear this door dent caused when a door being closed at some time was closed abruptly and caught the dagger as the officer passed through. This does not really detract from the look of this fine dagger. This would be considered an excellent addition to any starting or advanced collection.

PRICE: $875.00

 

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Oil Painting of Matrosen and his Lady (Item KRIEG 4-13)

DESCRIPTION: This is a very nice original rendering of a German WWII sailor with either his sweetheart or his wife. It is very well done and the artist was particularly mindful of the importance of decorations and rank insignia. The features of the faces are masterfully accomplished, as well. The painting measures 20 x 26 ½ inches and is not framed. The canvas has been mounted on particle board in such a way that it can be easily removed. The condition is very good with on stains or abrasions. This is just a very nice and charming relic of the noble era.

PRICE: $750.00

 

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Stickpin from the Cruiser Nürnberg (Item KRIEG 4-14; PINS 4-14)

DESCRIPTION: This famous light cruiser was commanded by Kapitän zur See Otto Kluber, and was stationed in the Baltic at the start of WWII. In 1935, she was commissioned in Kiel. She was sister ship of the famous Genisenau. She was considered the flagship to the commander in chief (reconnaissance forces). After the war she was handed over to our “precious allies,” the barbarian Russians, who then commissioned her under the thug name of Admiral Markarov. This is a rare stickpin made for proud crewmembers of this beautiful vessel.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

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Book Die Deutsche Marine: vom dritten Jahrhundert bis zum Dritten Reich, The German Navy from the Third Century to the Third Reich (Item KRIEG 4-15)

DESCRIPTION: This book was published in 1934 with artwork by famous professor Alexander Kircher, naval artist. The text is by Minister-President Manfred von Killinger. Published in the second year of the new Reich it traces the history of naval warfare from the time of the Vikings to the ships built in the 1920’s and commissioned by the Third Reich. The color, the accuracy, and the action of the color plates is both vibrant and exciting. The plates measure 11 ½ x 8 inches and are stunningly beautiful. It comprises 151 pages depicting the ships and the sailors of Germany’s seagoing forces. Many famous battles and heroic exploits are chronicled in the pages. At least half of the 151 pages are the vibrant color prints. This is a rare volume because of its limited publication and it’s almost never seen in the book fairs on the European continent. It is large measuring 12 x 16 inches. The condition is generally good except for the fact that five of the back pages sustained some water damage and as a result are a bit wrinkled; however, these pages are practically all blank pages with only three of the plates showing slight wrinkling. The bottommost edge of the book is a bit stained; possibly from sitting in storage where sun was able to shine upon it. In any case, this is one beautiful volume worthy of inclusion into any important naval archive.

PRICE: $375.00

 

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Kriegsmarine Dog Tag (Item KRIEG 4-16)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a dog tag typical of the WWII type, but unusual in that it does not have the unit or ship on it. The name of the man, Dieter Wahl, and a number “4.7-38” is seen and his address: “Sonnenstr 3, Kiel” is plain to see. There is a company name on the back (the mfg.) (Kraas Berlin). We did notice that there was a very wide variance of dog-tag styles for the navy in John R. Angolia and Adolf Schlicht’s book Die Kriegsmarine: Uniforms and Tradition, pages 154 to 167. We have ventured the thought that this might be a sea cadet not assigned. Let us know your thoughts on this.

PRICE: $145.00

 

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Naval Dirk 1929 Pattern (Depot Model) (Item KRIEG 4-17)

DESCRIPTION: This represented the period changeover of the Model1921-pattern dirk with the black grip to the white grip in 1929. The white grip was perceived to be more in keeping with the reborn modern German Navy. This dagger is possibly one of those that had the darker 1921 ball pommel and when the grip was replaced on the probable 1921 dagger, the top was replaced as well. This model was used all the way up to the time that the Kriegsmarine changed the pommel in 1938 to an eagle with swastika. In the book Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Navy by Thomas Wittman, on page 204, three dirks are shown that were featured in the Carl Eickhorn catalog of 1933. The one labeled No. 10 is dead-on for the one that we offer. He shows that its scabbard reflected the older design on a lightening-bolt-motif body. This is the old model all the way in that is has no push-button (sic) release. The blade on this one is not by Eickhorn. It is by WKC and is similar to the dirk shown on page 208. It is mentioned that the celluloid-over-wood grip has turned an appealing off-white color resembling ivory. That would describe this dagger, as well. After talking with Mr. Wittman and telling him that this dirk is also numbered on both the upper scabbard near the throat and also on the blade with the No. 429, he said that this was a fairly rare “depot piece” because on the blade there is a stamping of “M” under an eagle of the issue style. This was the naval fiscal mark. This would indicate that this was a cadet dagger that was issued to officer candidates. Note the interesting pictures on page 211 of the aforementioned book. This shows these deport dirks being issued. Also not the pictures on page 212 to see the eagle and numeral-marked blade. Also note the scabbard bands are identical to our example except for the fact that this one is by Carl Eickhorn and ours is WKC. They are almost mirror images even to the description of the lack of release button. The dagger is certainly considered super rare. The condition is great with fine bright blade. The grip is perfect. The knot tied in the way only they could do it is frayed in the area that would see the swinging use. A beautiful and important weapon of the turbulent time.

PRICE: SOLD

 

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Super-Rare Imperial Naval Dirk, 1890 Pattern-Damascus (Item KRIEG 4-18; KWEP 3-7)

DESCRIPTION: Other than the famous Prince Adelbert naval dagger that we owned at one time, this dirk is probably the most important one ever offered because it was owned by one of the most important figures of the German Navy, Gerhard Stubenrauch, who was born 07/02/1880 and entered the German Navy on 01/04/1897 at the age of 18. In 1914, he saw service on the line ship Pommern as a navigation officer. By February of 1916, he was the commanding officer of the line ship Wettin and he was assigned to the Marine Inspection Division. It seems that he had flying experience and quickly traveled up the ladder in the new sea-flyer section as a staff officer in this fabulous addition to the Imperial fleet. By January of 1917, he was commandant of the marine command Mackensen and by June of 1917, it seems he was the commander of all the air arm of the Navy. After WWI in 1918, he was first officer on the battleship Moltke. In 1919, he retired, but in August of 1919, he reenlisted and was a Fregattekapitän. He is listed in the Kaiserlich Deutschen Marine of the year 1914. He was a recipient of the Red Eagle Order of Prussia (Grand Cross) and before he had the fourth class he had earned the Iron Cross First Class and the Rettungsmedalle with clasp of honor. He served his Fatherland faithfully and we are honored to now offer his personal dirk to a museum or to a serious collector who is interested in the finest historically important Imperial naval dirk ever offered. The piece is about 19 inches long in its scabbard. The wonderful Damascus blade measures 13 ½ inches long. The grip appears to be ivory, although this was the period when the celluloid grips were introduced so the color that matches ivory in hue probably is the celluloid variety. The carrying bands on the scabbard are in the simulated reef knot or figure-8 variety. It was in 1901 that Kaiser Wilhelm II decreed the restitution of the naval dirk for officers. This example is very similar to the one pictured in Thomas Wittman’s fine book, Exploring the Dress Daggers of the German Navy. Look on page 98 and you can see a dagger from Tom’s great collection. This one is just about a dead-ringer for the one we offer here right down to the pattern of the Damascus and the pebbling in the center block background. The one pictured at the top of page 99 is similar, except ours has the closed crown, not the open type shown. There is a different maker mark shown on the tang, also, which might be “BWH”? Only a few Damascus smiths ever produced these magnificent naval blades. The blade of this dagger is particularly gorgeous in the very finest maiden-hair pattern, but the wonderful feature is found in the fact that Commander Stubenrauch’s name is seen raised in a panel on the blade near the cross guard. His name also appears engraved near the throat of the scabbard. The condition of the dirk is quite fine overall with some darkening of the brass on the scabbard (pure age). There is a small notch where the pommel crown meets the grip. Why??? The original portepee is there, but a little distressed from wear. The commander wore it on a daily basis. My friend, Tom Wittman, considers this to be a prodigiously important dagger both in very important significance, but also for its rare blade in great personalized Damascus presentation. All in all, they really don’t come much better unless you are talking the Prince Adelbert dagger, and we dearly miss that one.

PRICE:  SOLD

 

 

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