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Plate from the Personal Reichsmarschall Service of Herman Göring (Item GOR 13-1)
DESCRIPTION: This is an official dinner plate from the set of dishes that were once in Carinhalle, Göring’s palatial estate in Schorfheide forest. Göring had many sets of dinnerware at this beautiful, stately mansion, but the main official one was this one with the national eagle in gold superimposed upon two crossed marshal’s batons; all set in a gold-framed field of royal blue. The edges are gilded and with powder blue striping. The plate is about 8¼ inches in diameter and there is a mark of the company on the back and, in this case, the company is Italian. This is but one piece of an ensemble that Count Galeazzo Ciano, Benito Mussolini’s son-in-law, presented to Marshall Göring on April 16, 1939, on occasion of Göring’s visit to Rome with invitation from Il Duce. The dish is very handsome and dramatic looking, made for the man called the latter day Falstaff . . . a man who lived the life of a royal prince, but was also a barrel of energy as he went about his duties in his several high offices. This simple, yet elegant, piece of porcelain reflects in every way the lifestyle of the man the German people called “Unser Hermann” (Our Hermann). This was the man who was second only to Hitler and enjoyed great power in the third German Reich and managed several crucial offices within the National Socialist regime. In the end, he stood defiant but proud before the allied hypocrites and Star Chamber judges. He cheated the murderous, vile Nuremberg hangman, Sgt. Woods, and took his own life with poison that was smuggled to him by one of the G.I. guards who wanted to help the great man to at least die in dignity and he will be remembered as a hero by some who admire courage, even today. R.I.P.–Hermann Göring.
Extraordinary Gothic Wax Seals in Presentation Box to Hermann Göring (Item GOR 13-2)
|DESCRIPTION: This is indeed a major find!: a beautiful “850”-silver presentation box produced by Bruckmann, with a Gothic-lion seal to imprint wax and an accompanying ring all set in a velvet lining. The ring has Göring’s name along the side. The box was presented to him as a birthday gift in January of 1943 with a dedication on the front. It measures 5½ x 4 x 2 inches.
Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring Silverware (Item GOR 13-3; Third Reich Tableware 1-2)
|DESCRIPTION: We have a positive identification of this silverware as it is presented in James A. Yannes’ book The Encyclopedia of Third Reich Tableware, so we are more than honored to offer it here. Presented is the logo of crossed batons with swastika signifying it is the coat of arms of the Reichsmarschall. According to Yannes, this is the type 3 Göring eagle with five feathers, and the pieces are “800” silver with the hallmark of Karl Kaltenbach & Söhne—Altensteig/Württemberg. Our pieces are in pristine condition with a few minor-wear scratches detected with a magnifying glass.
PRICE: $800.00 for each piece; tremendous Third Reich collectibles!
Magnificent Göring Christmas Canister by the Master Goldsmith Herbert Zeitner (Item GOR 13-4)
|DESCRIPTION:In our many years of handling Third Reich personality items, this is in a class all by itself. Not only is it a Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring object, but it was made no less by one of the master jewelers of Germany, Professor Herbert Zeitner. He was Göring’s personal jeweler; although he made numerous items for several high-ranking Third Reich officials. Born in Coburg, Germany, in 1900, he trained at the College of Art in Hanau, then taught at the Academy of Applied Art in Berlin in 1924. He became a professor and was awarded the Ring of Honor of the German Associates of Goldsmiths. After the war, he continued his artwork, which is still admired to this day in museums around the world. In 2010, his works were displayed in two exhibitions. Just a casual perusal of the internet will show you his many works, including those for other Nazi officials. You will definitely see his style reflected on the piece we offer. He made many things for the Reichsmarschall, some of which you can see on our site and which usually don’t last long as you will see by the many “SOLD” tags. He made everything from swords to jewelry to decorative boxes for the Reichsmarschall. This came to us as a consignment item. The background on this is a historical delight in itself. His mother was German and her father was a cavalry officer during WWI, where he served on the Russian Front. After the war he received a degree in finance, which made him a candidate to serve in the Logistical Office of the German Army, with the rank of colonel. He received the piece from a spouse of his friend who was gifted this by the Reichsmarschall. Her husband had been killed in an air raid. The canister’s lid has a slight tilt to one side; however, it is not loose nor does it affect the lifting of the lid, but this occurred they believe from debris in the air raid. His mother later married an American soldier, a company commander of the 82nd Airborne, and her father gave the item to him as Americans were “de-Nazifying” items and they did not want such an important historical item lost. The canister then made its way to America and remained in the family. The canister has “Weihnachten (Christmas) 1937” on the lid and obviously was made to house candy. The consignor states his family kept Christmas candy in it so its original purpose resumed! The signature of the Reichsmarschall is above “Weihnachten 1937.” It sings of being an object the Reichsmarschall, as the Head of the German Hunting Society, would commission. First, there is the wonderfully executed hallmark of the hunting society, the sacred St. Hubertus symbol. This has been the symbol for hunters for hundreds of years. Hubertus, as the legend states, was a poacher, but one day when he fell over a precipice and looked up hanging on for dear life, a white stag appeared with the sign of the brightly shining Cross between the antlers. The stag bent his head down so Hubertus could grab the antlers and was thus saved. The stag imparted to him to stop his poaching, which he did, thereby becoming a Saint for animals. Reichsmarschall Göring was a protector of animals and conservation. He even stopped vivisection of animals in labs. The laws he created are still in use in Germany, today. During the Reich, the Cross was replaced by the Swastika, a much more ancient symbol of life and nature reaching back thousands of years to the Paleolithic, or the Old Stone Age. All in all, I have never seen a better rendering of the symbol as on this piece. The man he gifted it to must have been a hunting colleague. All the animals in Göring’s hunting life are portrayed—the deer, the moose, the buffalo, and my favorite, the boar. The latter shows a male and female as is done with all the animals, but with a sow nursing little ones. To the side of the sow is a little piglet who just can’t seem to get into the nursing going on. All the animals are set with a background of oak trees, the German iconic ancestral tree, and a ground rich in foliage. Oak leaves surround the lower handle. The detail is just amazing of this forest scene! Only a Grand Master could achieve this of which Zeitner truly was. The canister appears to be of gold plate with the lid of gold plate/bronze. The pictures provided don’t really register the rich gold appearance. The canister weighs in at a hefty 4 pounds 9 ounces and is 6 inches in diameter by about 4½ inches high. The famed “Zeitner Berlin” hallmark is on the bottom side, and again on the lid as “Zeitner” both with the characteristic double marks on the “Z.” This is an extraordinary rare find and as stated has a double value to it having been a gift from the Reichsmarschall and a Zeitner artwork. It had a harrowing time in its survival, but we are fortunate that it was preserved. Surely, it is a piece which will only increase in value. Historically, it is invaluable.
Herman Göring’s Gift of a Cigar Case to an Unknown Friend (Item GOR 13-5)
|DESCRIPTION:This is a very manly item of rich leather with the presentation written in beautiful scrollwork: “Werkfest Carinhall Juli 1937 In Dankbarkeit” (“Hard work on Carinhall July 1937 with gratitude Hermann Göring.”) Carinhall was the residence named for his Swedish wife, Carin, a countess, who had passed in 1931. When he remarried, it was to Emmy and renamed, “Emmyhall,” but this was in 1935, so he had not changed the name of the residence at this time going by this gift, or wanted to keep the designation on this memento of someone who no doubt knew Carin. Excellent addition to any Göring collection.
Book on Horse Racing Signed by Hermann Göring (Item GOR 13-5; OLY 7-22)
|DESCRIPTION:The Sport of Kings was also the favorite of the elites of the Third Reich of which Göring was a huge fan of. This book is full of horse-racing pictures along with such admirers as Mussolini pictured. The autograph of Göring is quite large and distinct as we often see with his prominent and masculine form of writing making it without hesitation that it is his signature. There are several Luftwaffe air ministry stamps on this page. The book is in excellent condition except as you can see from the photo that there is some foxing on this page. Also, the spine is slightly distressed, but holding well. One of the pages is slightly torn but all there. The book starts with a lovely critique of horses from use on farms to the military and then gravitates to racing both general and with a sulky. A small pamphlet was included with the book on racing in general and is entitled “Behörden und Spitzen-Verbände” which is a listing of the leading authorities involved in racing. This is a TOP Göring collectible! It’s worthy of any historical collection.