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Fabulous Replica of SS-Totenkopf Death's Head Ring










  Mother's Brooch (Item SS 4-1)

DESCRIPTION: This is the greatest of all our SS finds if rarity is of great consideration. Here we show an item of which the original information that we had pointed to the fact that only one was ever made. This was the SS Mother’s Brooch. This piece was bought many years ago by a famous collector by the name of Dick van Heuvelen. Originally it was taken from a cupboard of SS Hauptsturmführer Richard Brandt, who was a personal staff officer to Reichsführer- Himmler. This beautiful piece of jewelry was only in the planning stage with only this very one being finished. At that time, it was to be produced by the famous firm of Otto and Karolina Gahr at the suggestion of Himmler, who stated in an official communiqué that the design was very beautiful and he would welcome a gradual development in so far as every SS man who is married and whose wife has had a child should present her with this brooch. The brooch should be worn only by woman who have become mothers. The Mother’s Brooch would have had dual significance in that it showed that the wearer was a proud German mother, but also that she belonged to the elite SS order; therefore, the brooch would have been an almost spiritual symbol for said woman, as the Totenkopf honor ring was for the SS man. Its value as a piece of jewelry at the time would only be secondary next to the deep-seated, sacred value to the SS mythos. The Mother's Brooch went through several stages of design planning. At least three designs were proposed and they are shown on the cover of the book, Die Silberschmiede der NSDAP und der SS, The Silversmiths of the Nazi Party and the SS by A. Meyer and H. W. Schild. Of course this refers to Herr and Frau Gahr. The text within the book traces the history of various SS jewelry and includes the information about the evolvement of the SS Mother's Brooch. Another treatise was written in English by the well-known American author, Charles Barger, for inclusion in volume II of his book, Documents of the SS. Charles does a great job of recounting the saga of the original brooch. A copy of the article by Meyer and Schild will accompany the sale of this item as well as the Barger article. The incredible part now looms! In the German National Archives at Koblenz, Heinrich W. Schild, one of the authors of the aforementioned book, discovered seven letters of correspondence between Karolina Gahr and R. Brandt of the SS main personnel office concerning the Mother's Brooch. These letters were translated and are, of course, included. The letters discuss the various charges, samples, pricing, etc., to the Reichsführer-. In the final letter dated June 30, 1939, there is a notice to K. Gahr that the Reichsführer- will get back to the Gahr firm in autumn of that year. This is signed by Diefenbacher, SS-Sturmbahnführer, and acting staff leader of the SS's main office. The order for these items were marked on the boxes containing them Nach dem Krieg (After the war). It’s assumed that after this sample that was put into the aforementioned cupboard it was in fact the first one we sold and was the one that was earlier acquired by Dick van Heuvelen. That prototype had an elaborate safety device so that the important piece would not be lost. The design and depth of the runic figures are incredible--you could read it as one would read Braille! The whole presentation is blatantly Teutonic. The design was taken from various museum relics, particularly the war shields of the Cheruski, the brave warriors who soundly defeated the Roman legions led by General Varus in 9 AD at the Teutoburger Forest. In any case, here we have what is without a doubt the rarest SS relic ever to be offered to those who might be called specialists. Now, for the revelation that we recently discovered: It seems that the jeweler from whom we bought the huge collection at Stuttgart a few years was the silversmith that was chosen by Gahr to produce the items. Although none were actually sold to the SS commissary people there were in fact a few produced by our man at his silver bench. Look at the heading About Our Rings on our home page. We were informed only recently by our German colleagues that these pieces were in fact among the treasures procured at that time we purchased the Jewelry. It is generally believed that the Gahrs subcontracted many of their productions to other jewelers in this way since they stayed very busy at all times with their NSDAP orders. We have, as a result of this discovery, three of the ones made by this prolific jeweler. The only difference is the fastening device: instead of the elaborate safety-device arrangement, these use the normal European roll catch and pin-style fastener. The German partners have one or possibly two of the prototype editions, but the production model is actually just as fine and very rare.




Images of the personnel are courtesy of Mark Yerger, author of many fine books on the SS;
look him up on Google.
His books are oustanding for pertinent information and outstanding photo content.


SS Ring

SS Ring







 SS-Totenkopfverbände Ring (Item SS 4-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is possibly the ultimate ring if one could be said to be ultimate! This is the only official ring of the Allgemeine- Death's Head Division. This was from the Kampfzeit, the days when the Totenkopf was just one of the protective units for Hitler and the NSDAP. Later, when they became the elite Third Panzer Division, 22 October 1943. The men of the -Totenkopfverbände were for the most part quite young and tough in the early days and these formations went into action for the first time in 1933 at a time when there were many bloody encounters fomented by the communists to answer the threat of violent subversion against the new Reich. Reichsführer- Himmler set up near the town of Dachau, an internment camp, the first of the Konzentrationslager-KZ-Concentration Camps, special units. The Totenkopfverbände, (TV), were given the job of guarding the camp; however, they always considered themselves soldiers, not warders. The men of the TV were given intense training and they carried arms. The head of the unit was Brigadeführer Theodor Eicke. He soon built up three Standarte regiments to which he gave the names of German provinces-Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria) at Dachau, Brandenberg at Oranienburg, and Thuringen at Buchenwald. It was the Oberbayern -Totenkopf group that first adopted the ring as shown here. Sometime after they were called upon along with the -Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (LAH) to carry out the arrests and executions of Stabchef Ernst Röhm and his SA conspirators in the "Night of the Long Knives." The SA was decapitated and the was the new praetorian guard of the NSDAP. The various trapping of the elite were definitely awesome from the black helmets, tunics, daggers, and the corps ring that you see here. Rather than describe how several of these beautiful rings came into our hands we will direct your attention to the description of the Victory Rings under "SS." The TV ring is similar in art-deco design to the official ring of the LAH Victory Ring (Item SS 3-4), but it bears the distinctive skull and crossbones at each side in a recessed configuration stamped 835 for silver inside. The ring is in fine near-mint condition. This must surely be the greatest of the best! Completely original and rare!



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