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This section will contain German material, including pins, rings, badges, Vivat Ribbons and all other miscellaneous items, mostly from the WWI and WWII periods.

At the bottom of this section, there are photos of small items in groupings.  To save the time and effort of individually describing each item, we decided to group them at various price levels.  If you collect German material, you should have an idea what each item is.  I annotated the photos with words or markings that might not be visible in the photographs, due to lighting or shadows.  You can buy any item in each group, and pay that price per item.  When emailing, please refer to the Price Level, Item Letter and Group # if applicable.  All items are priced at or in many cases, below our original cost.


1G  -  BOOK - ADOLF HITLER BILDERAUS DEM LEBEN DES FUHRERS  This is the 1936 First Edition of the Adolf Hitler reference book.  A difficult reference book to find. This book was compiled by the cigarette photo card company Altona-Bahrenfeld to hold their cigarette photos.  Overall excellent condition for its age.  Tight.  Covers have minimal shelf wear, and some foxing along the spine.  Interior pages are yellowed somewhat, and have minor foxing.  All photos are crisp and intact.  This volume has 133 pages of information of narrative text (Fraktur typeface) and a large number (about 150 or more) of razor sharp Hoffman photographs of Hitler's life, including some of Hitler's early Vienna paintings from Hoffmann's collection.  The book measures 9-1/2 by 12-1/4 inches.  No dust jacket.  Another book from Dale's library.  $175

2G  -  WWI GERMAN MINIATURE MEDALS - ORDERS  Worn by officers at formal occasions.  Suspended from a horizontal fancy gold chain.  Total of 8 orders/medals...little jewels with superb detail, three with fired enamel colors. Each order approx. 5/8" across.  Choice condition.  Charm is affixed to the uniform by a fancy straight pin at each end.  Took considerable searching to obtain such a fine specimen.  $250

3G  -  JEWELRY GRADE NAZI COAT OR LAPEL SWASTIKA PIN   Very strongly made.  7/8" across.  The border is just under 1/4" wide, and consists entirely of deep and profuse rococo scrolls.  The central area has a gold swastika about 1/4" across.  Reverse has a pin, and a stout loop for attaching something else. Beautiful pin.  $95

  4G  -  A MASSIVE WALL CALENDAR - LUFTWAFFE 1943  14 1/8 X 17" closed.  It's going to be hard for me to describe properly, so please rely on the photos.  This is not your normal calendar, where a complete month is on one page.  These pages flow from week to week, each month.  Each page has another German airplane, and its name and basic information, in German.  There are Stuka, Junkers, Messerschmitt, Dornier, and many others. There are float planes and transporters.  These are copies of real photographs it looks to me.  The planes have swastikas and many other interesting things to study.  From what I can tell, there are some missing pages of some weeks in some of the months.  There are also three separate pages stuck in the rear, one looks like a week that has the bottom removed.  There is a sticker pasted on the inside back cover, which reads in part: "FARBAUFNAHMEN AGFA-COLOR (then a bunch of names below) Entwurf und Gestaltung: C. Gerger / ------UKTION UND OFFSETDRUCK / CARL WERNER - REICHENBACH i.V. / Gedrucki in Deutschland - Printed in Germany - Imprime en Allemagne".  The cover is a bit rough, and has some old tape repairs.  Dale purchased this in 1988.  It is an amazing thing to look through.  Priced at Dale's cost...$295

5G  -  WWI GERMAN PATRIOTIC "HOME FRONT" POCKET MIRROR  2" in diameter.  One side of the circular mirror case has a bright 1/4" steel border around a photo which joined two busts - Hindenberg and the Kaiser.  Lifting the face (lid) reveals a circular mirror inside.  Has a wire loop on one end to hang mirror on a nail.  Excellent.  $45

6G  -  GERMAN WWI PATRIOTIC BRACELET  Beautiful condition.  Top is a squared oval entirely faced with fired enamel in the National colors, red/white/black.  On one segment is the date "1914"...when the War began.  Fairly small size, 2" across, for a girl or young lady.  $95

7G  -  WWI GERMAN "GOLD FOR IRON" WATCH CHAIN  12" long.  Heavy iron links separated in three places with solid oval links with text.  Center one features the German eagle and inscriptions on back reading "IN EISERNERZEIT 1916" (Iron Times).  The two other links with inscription are identified and read "GOLD ZUR WEHR / EISEN ZUR EHR" around "1916" (Gold for Iron).  One end has hook for watch and the other has larger one for button hole. Fine condition.  $95

8G  -  WWI ERA FANCY GERMAN MARITIME BADGE - IN ORIGINAL JEWELER'S CASE  Reading the inside of the lid and what appears as a repeat on the life preserver separate medal is "EHRENWART * DEUTSCHER FLOTTEN-VEREIN" which seems to translate to "HONOR OF GERMAN MECHANIC Flottenverein".  The badge is 3 3/4" tall and begins at top with silver crown and ribband.  Below is a red/white/black ribbon.  Detached from the bottom of the ribbon is a gorgeous nautical pendant - gold anchor at rear, life preserver in front with fired enamel in maroon.  At center is a black eagle.  Top quality.  Ribbon shows lots of handling.  Original case.  $125 

9G  -  NAZI SS JEWELRY BOX, SS WATCH CHAIN & SS BRACELET   I bought these, as one lot, from the GI who “acquired” them in Germany, before War’s end. The story he passed to me is simple…he spent a night with a prostitute, and while enjoying the evening, he noticed this jewelry box, and curiosity being what it is, when he had the opportunity, he looked into the box to see what it held.  Being an inveterate souvenir collector, he pocketed the box and contents when he left in the morning.  He got away with it.  Some many decades later, at the Syracuse Gun Show, where I was buying inventory for our business, and Nazi relics for our collection, I ran into this grouping and had to have it. Just great stuff. (The above is what Dale wrote regarding these items.  I have no further information to pass on, just what the GI told Dale, he wrote down and kept with the items.)

A.   Nazi SS Jewelry Box - Available  Circular, lathe-turned, from close grain dark wood.  The entire exterior surface is given a decorative texture.  4 1/2" diameter, 2 1/4" deep.  Has a 3 1/4" diameter lift-off lid which has four neat inlays - two lighter wood swastikas 1/2" across, and two aluminum sets of SS runes.  Fine condition.  $275
SS Watch Chain
SOLD  8½” long. Top end has standard cross piece which goes through button hole and then rotates 90 degrees and holds the chain.  This links to a line of eight squarish oval slugs, linked together into a chain, ending in a typical snap on clasp which grabbed the loop on top of the watch.  Each slug has a mixture of the deaths head and SS runes.  Same on the other side.  They are either silver or nickel plated brass.  Tarnished a bit darker. Excellent showing some use.
SS Bracelet - 
SOLD  7½” long.  Almost identical to the watch chain.  Perhaps a bit smaller in scale, and also doesn’t have the darker background behind the runes and death’s head.  We think this is perfectly usable by both a man or woman. 

10G  -  WWI GERMAN WAR CARD GAME OF SCHAFKOPF   Deck of 31, lacking a single card.  Box lists count at 32.  It revolves around familiarizing the users with the appearance of all the important persons of the War, starting with Hindenberg, and working down.  Most of the cards have excellent color portraits of WWI personalities, including most generals.  Condition is very excellent.  I can't offer a translation of the considerable text on the box.  A few words of the title are: "Deutsche Kriegs-Spielkarte".  Worth more than the price just for the excellent portraits - all in color.  $75

11G  -  GERMAN MINIATURE LAPEL RIBBONS, BELIEVE WWI   Consists of a red, white and black miniature ribbon tied very much like a bow tie.  Back has small button for attaching to lapel.  Have two, different sizes.  One is 7/8" wide, and the other is 1 1/4" wide...and has gold crossed swords at center on the bigger one.  The largest looks unused.  The other is excellent, just needs minor straightening on ends.  The two...$28

12G  -  1942 G REICHSPFENNIG 3RD REICH 5 COIN  This could be made of zinc, according to some online info on German coins.  Otherwise, I know nothing about coins from this period.  $5

13G  -  WWI GERMAN PATRIOTIC POCKET KNIFE   3 1/8" long, closed.  Has two standard blades - one large, one smaller.  Grips are steel, worn to a natural grey.  One side has applied silver Imperial Eagle crest.  Beautifully detailed.  Blades are fairly bright.  A little wear and thin grey stains.  $65

14G  -  CAPTURED WWI GERMAN CIGARETTE CASE  3 1/4" square, silvered steel with prox. 50% bright finish left.  Affixed to face is the regulation insignia as found on Infantry belt buckles - circular, high relief, nicely stamped with wreath and motto "GOTT MIT UNS" around a domed crown...this in brass.  The capture part is evidenced by the circular medal affixed to the other side...clearly U.S., added by a G.I.  It is silver, and displays a familiar patriotic scene of a soldier with pike, stabbing a German eagle, below the words "GLORY TO THE UNITED STATES".  Very unusual and fascinating piece.  $95 

15G  -  WWI GERMAN ALUMINUM LARGE CIGAR CASE   4 x 5 3/4".  For large cigars.  Hinges open with hinges on the long dimension.  Front face has large, detailed Iron Cross stamped in, raising the design to have nice relief.  Background has hammered texture.  Emblem is 2 5/8" tall.  Inside has retainer tape that looks like elastic, but is not springy.  Very nice used condition, with very subtle areas of having been pushed on, being softer aluminum.  Does not detract at all.  $75

16G  -  FINE NAZI MEMBER'S CIGARETTE CASE   Very handsome with the entire exterior surface embossed with texture and bands.  The face has Nazi party emblem affixed at center, done in fired band around swastika against white, with a couple almost unseen flakes off the red band.  Beautiful silver box 3 x 4 3/16".  Very fine.   $375

17G  -  FINE WWI GERMAN CIGARETTE CASE  Black painted steel case with bright, silvered iron cross insignia applied to the face.  Original paint 90+%.  Never used.  2 3/4 x 3 1/2".  Insignia is 2" diameter, with crisp detail and mildly convex face and raised design.  Exceptional piece.  $75

18G  -  HITLER POCKET MIRROR   Bit over 2 x 3".  Fine mirror.  Back side of mirror has photo reproduction of an outdoor scene where Hitler has his arms around three children, with officers and one adult looking on.  Picture fills all but a small band at bottom, which has the wording "ADOLPH HITLER DER FUHRER MIT KINDER. 1936".  Nice quality.  Nice condition.  $75

19G  -  ADOLPH HITLER 935 SILVER BROOCH   Incredible hand made Hitler brooch.  Clear glass oval with bust of Hitler etched or otherwise sunken in the backside, giving the bust a frosted appearance.  Below is his name ADOLPH HITLER in sunken letters as well.  This is mounted in a 935 silver oval frame with pin back.  Has a tiny tab soldered on stating the brooch was "HANDARBEIT" (hand made) and "935".  Impressive and like new condition.  $225

20G  -  WWI GERMAN WALLET FOR PAPER MONEY   4 x 6".  Two stiff covers which hinge to open the wallet like a book.  Couple tapes inside hold the bills in place.  What's interesting is that the wallet opens from one side or the other, making the straps inside look like they switched.  Cover has light printing on top of the brown wallet.  Text is "Banknoten=Tafche / vom / eifernen Jahr / 1914", with an iron cross.  Very good.  $40

21G  -  IMPERIAL GERMANY COCKADE  Very fancy cockade featuring a waist-up photo of the Kaiser Wilhelm in all his uniform splendor.  The photo is a domed oval in a sepia finish, 2 1/2" tall, bordered by simulated spun brass wire, this within embossed paper scrolls, this within a border of white lace, this within an interrupted border of ribbon (ribbon tabs every 1/2" or so), within an oval border of more white lace.  Whole thing is 4 1/2" high oval.  Probably given out to select company at a very important gathering/celebration which this commemorates, and seems to have been attached to something...sash, book top, box, etc.  Very nice condition.  Couple spots on the embossed paper where the scrolls chipped off, and most of the embossed paper decorations on the tips of the white satin pieces are gone.  $45

22G  -  WWI GERMAN PENDANT WORN AS A PATRIOTIC DISPLAY  Consists of a specially made Iron Cross encircled with a wreath of oak leaves, the standard German decoration.  The Iron Cross is faced with glossy black fired enamel, silver edging to the cross, and interior details such as crown, dates 1914-15, and sprig of oak.  Fine condition.  Has ring at top for neck chain.  Pendant measures 1 1/8".  It was common during the War to wear patriotic pins or pendants with dates.  $40

23G  -  WWI GERMAN LADIES NECKLACE   Has a circular silver pendant 1 1/16" diameter, centered with an iron cross in black enamel.  Ringing the cross is a silver wreath of oak leaves and acorns.  Bright.  On original silver color chain.  $65

24G  -  FINE WWI GERMAN TRENCH ART BRACELET   Jewelry grade bracelet made from the sabot off an artillery shell (brass driving band from an artillery shell).  2 1/2" in diameter and approx. 1/2" wide.  Outer surface shows the grooving made by the passage of the shell through the cannon barrel.  Nicely gilded, showing only a trace of wear.  Top face has an oval decorative plate attached, faced with leaves and acorns, and featuring a fired enamel Iron Cross at center.  Bracelet hinges open for wear.  Opposite the hinge is a latch and safety chain.  Quite attractive.  Practically new condition.  Scarce motif.  $95

25G  -  WWI GERMAN JEWELRY GRADE TRENCH ART  Classic bracelet made from the sabot (brass driving band) of an artillery shell.  This bracelet is 2 1/2" in diameter, and 1/2" wide.  The outer surface has the imprint left from its passage through the rifled bore.  It was nicely finished and gilded, and cut to open on a hinge so it could be put on.  It has a latch opposite the hinge, with a tiny safety chain.  Affixed to one half the outer surface is a fine, fired enamel Iron Cross, flanked with 3-dimensional sprays of oak leaves and acorns.  Inside is a nicely engraved presentation message reading (as far as I can deduce the tiny writing)..."Meiner lieben Johnester zur Erinerung an de Belagerung (?) von Verdun 1914-15 (and 2 initials).  Fine complete condition.  Some wear to the gilt.  $125 

26G  -  CLASSIC WWI GERMAN TRENCH ART BRACELET  Made from the brass sabot from an artillery shell.  Outer surface bears the deep grooves from having passed through the cannon barrel.  2 1/2" in diameter, prox. 1/2" wide.  Brass has an attractive thin brown patina.  Top has fired enamel Iron Cross flanked by oak leaves and acorns - some of the left decoration appears to be missing, but maybe not.  Inside the bracelet are two panels which read (in German) "KRIEGSERINNERUNG 1914 1916" ("Remembrance of the War 1914-1916").  $45

27G  -  WWI SOUVENIR RUSSIAN COIN BRACELET  A fairly common souvenir to take home by the German soldier or the Russian soldier.  Dime size coins with two headed eagle, date between 1909-1915 and value 10 Kopecs.  Centerpiece is a fired enamel early Iron Cross (probably once a pin) 1 1/8" across, with crown, W and 1917.  Very nice.  Bracelet has 14 Russian coins, neatly wired together.  Lacks a little, thin wire clasp on one end.  $55

28G  -  WWII & EARLIER GERMAN COIN BRACELET   Don't know if this was sold as a souvenir during the War, or during Occupation.  It seems appropriate for both.  Bracelet consists of nine brass coins, linked together by a neat loop of wire.  Clasp is a single wire loop.  Coins are all 5 & 10 pfennig, and all but one has eagle on a wreath around a swastika.  All date in the 1930's, but last digit is obscured on most if not all by the hole for the wire link.  One coin is pre-Nazi (1923).  This seems like something a G.I. would like as a souvenir.  Coins are in very excellent condition.  8" long.  $55

Nice selection of early German coins from the 1930's with Nazi/swastika design, as far back as 1875 (one coin) and the Imperial Period.  Most are from the 1920's.  There are four Nazi coins, and the rest earlier.  Needs simple "U" shaped wire clasp.  The entire bracelet and coins have tarnished to a coppery brown.  Coins are very good.  Can't say if this was sold to German soldiers, and the general public, or to American soldiers as a souvenir.  Seems appropriate for both.  About 7 1/4" long.  $45

30G  -  OUTSTANDING C.1936 GERMAN CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM  Entitled "DIE BUNTE WELT" (which I believe translates to The Colorful or diverse) World.  Consists of 45 tissue separated pages, each with 6 different, small colored cards, total 270 different cards.  Each pictures some place, person, animal, fish, insect or object of curiosity found over the world and its many cultures.  Completely filled in.  I believe the cards came as a premium with each pack of cigarettes.  Album provides specific place for each card, over an explanation.  Condition of inside is clean, excellent.  Cover has embossed golden image of cathedral type building over the title.  Some edge wear.  Rear cover has some edge tears and 1/2 x 1/4" piece of lower edge torn off.  Exceptional album put out  by the Nazis just prior to WWII.  Book measures 9 5/8 x 11 1/4".  $75

31G  -  1933 GERMAN CIGARETTE CARD ALBUM  A general term for a most unusual and handsome book which has besides printed text, a great number of various sized colored pictures individually glued in their designated spots.  Some of these albums actually were filled with cards obtained as premiums with cigarettes.  This wonderful volume is entitled "DEUTSCHLAND HOCH IN EHREN".  Cover shows a UHLAN with horse.  Content seems to relate German military history from the earliest times to the present (1933).   9 x 13'', thick, stiff paper covers.  66 pages.  I estimate well over 300 color insert pictures, predominantly combat.  Complete.  Clean.  Excellent.  Shows some handling/edge rubbing.  $75

32G  -  WWI GERMAN GOLD FOR IRON PENDANT  Much more substantial than WWII tokens, primarily rings.  This is a 1 9/16" diameter brown black iron disc/pendant.  Has ring on top for neck chain or pin back support.  Has female figure on front, handing over what looks like a necklace.  Front side reads "IN EISERNER ZEIT 1916".  Reverse has further text over small wreath reading "GOLD GAB ICH ZUR / WEHR EISEN / NAHMICHZUR / EHR".  At the very bottom is the word "HOSAEUS".  Excellent.  $15

33G  -  WWI (and BEFORE) PATRIOTIC GERMAN RING  Worn to express wearer's support for the government.  Top face is flat and shield shaped...the shield seems artistically stylized, with a bit of a groove upper right, and appears kind of pulled. Just made that way.  The Iron Cross is crisply etched on top with black enamel.  Undecorated sides.  Stamped 800 underneath, and another mark.  Approximate size 8.5.  $35

34G  -  WWI GERMAN PATRIOTIC POCKET MIRROR   Circular, 2 1/4" diameter, with front face bearing photo quality bust of Field Marshal Von Hindenburg.  Shows all his decorations.  Has the following text arching over portrait ("Wilhelm Rudolph Annaberg") the exact meaning of which is not understood.  More text appears below portrait, which is advertising.  Reverse has very good circular mirror.  This was obviously a premium (gift) to a customer.  $35

35G  -  WWI PREMIUM POCKET MIRROR GIVEN TO GENEROUS CONTRIBUTOR TO THE FRENCH & BELGIUM RELIEF FUND   Largest pocket mirror we've seen used to reward contributors.  3 1/2" in diameter.  Picture side has celluloid coating over three photos - General French, King Albert and General Joffre.  Arching over the top is the title of the charity "For the French and Belgian Relief Fund".  Reverse has fine beveled glass mirror.  Great condition, with just some slight depressions under the celluloid; hardly seen unless you look closely.  $35

36G  -  WWI GERMAN PENDANT  Displays a German flag as a statement of support for the War.  It is a 7/8" diameter disc with gold wash finish in near new condition.  The flag is entirely correct in coloring and detail.  Quite attractive.  Has ring at top for neck chain.  I was common during the War to wear such patriotic pieces either as pin or pendant.  $35

37G  - WWII GERMAN NAVY OR SUBMARINE SWEETHEART BRACELET  A very interesting and sweet item for a wife or girlfriend of a German military man.  A German friend of mine said the translation on the heart is "Greetings from my heart". She also said her father was a German Marine, and this would have been something he would have given her mother.  The bracelet is 7" wide, end to end, and is quite decorative figure 8 with circular links in the middle of each.  In addition to the red enamel heart, there is an anchor with a tiny heart attached, a Bavarian stein; even the lid lifts.  The other side of the stein is a scene of a house in a forest setting.  On the other end is what looks like a torpedo.  With the Navy theme, perhaps this was for a guy on a submarine.  It's a charming charm bracelet, or as my friend said they called them "friendship" bracelets, we called sweetheart.  $35

38G  -  A SELECTION OF WWI GERMAN or AUSTRIAN VIVAT SILK RIBBONS  From Wikipedia: "These were silk ribbons with printed patriotic messages popular in Germany and Austria during World War I. They celebrated various battles and important events, as well as royalty and the military leaders. They were designed by many famous German artists of the period. Their name was derived from word "Vivat!" ("Live!") printed on most of ribbons. During World War I many ribbons were released by the German Red Cross to raise funds for war relief and had the following text on the bottom "Zum Besten Des Roten Kreuzes; Verlag Amsler u. Ruthardt; Berlin W8" ("To the benefit of the Red Cross; Verlag Amsler & Ruthardt; Berlin W8")." All listed below are in amazing MINT condition. I tried to get as close to the true color, but variations might exist due to lighting conditions during photographing.  Also because they each have been folded in fourths and stored that way, they will need a light ironing.  Therefore, some of the photos will also show shadowing.  Sizes are roughly 2 1/2 x 15 3/4", some slightly shorter.   Each $35  

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