POTPOURRI 41194 Adolf Hitler Street Sign
This porcelain covered steel street sign measures 30 inches wide and 8 inches tall. It is blue in color, with raised white lettering.
The sign reads Adolf-Hitler-Strasse bordered in white.
There are chips in the porcelain here and there, as well as at the corners where the mounting holes are located. The reverse is coated in thick black paint, with some chips and a bit of rust.
These signs appeared in nearly every German city and town during the Third Reich. They really made a nice addition to a collection.
POTPOURRI 41195 Adolf Hitler Street Sign
This sign is constructed of heavy steel coated in porcelain. The front of the sign is dark blue, with raised out white lettering.
The sign reads Adolf-Hitler/Strasse bordered in white.
This sign measures 23 inches by 12 inches. There is some rust and chipping here and there, especially around the corner mounting holes. The reverse is covered in rust and age but remains sound.
This sign is ready to hang above your collection.
POTPOURRI 41185 Kriegsmarine Porthole Clock
Naval porthole clocks are rarely offered and here is an opportunity to acquire one that not only works well, but will add great depth to a Naval collection.
I personally love clocks and have a lot of them. I like the fact that a given clock ran during a period of history and that it still runs today. Since I already have three Naval porthole clocks in by personal collection, I thought that it would be best to offer this example to a deserving collector, as I dont want to hog-up all of the existing supply.
This clock is in fine condition throughout having a case made of brass. The brass has five segments that are larger at the back end and get smaller with each stage, terminating in the opening for the face of the clock, The face is in immaculate condition being marked with Arabic numerals around the face and inside of the numerals are smaller numbers which can be used for 24 hour notations. Additionally, there are red trim lies outside of the black numerals to measure seconds. The maker name of the clock is upward from center on the face and it is composed of a star with the letter J in the center and the letters, unghans above the J, so I assume the name of the maker is Junghans. To the left of the center of the face, is an black open-wing Naval eagle clutching a wreathed swastika. Below the bird is the letter M, which, of course, stands for Marine. To the right of the center, is a black numeral 2860 which is the factory number of the clock and below is the letter, N. This N letter stands for the Nordsee Harbor, better known Wilhelmshaven. So, we know that this clock was was assigned to a Naval vessel that was harbor-based at Wilhelmshaven. I am sure there were records kept of the assigned numbers to these clocks and on what ship they were located, but I do not know if these records survived the war.
The original framed crystal is a hinged affair. It is kept closed with hasp device that is keyed, but I do not have this key and it does not matter, as the lock is open. The key for winding the clock mechanism was also missing, but we were able to alter another key I had around here and it does the job adequately. Amazingly, this clock works well with its two black metal original hands and swiping second hand. The clock is equipped with three holed brass flanges around the back rim which are already to hold the screws you need to put in to mount this clock in your collecting room.The past owner cut a piece of felt to cover the brass back of the clock and presumably keep it clean and dry. This felt could be left on or discarded, the choice being up to the next owner.
A rare piece of history here that still serves its original purpose. I hope the next owner enjoys this piece. I find with the ones I have in my collecting room, that they run about 8 days on a full wind. I assume this one does also. So, have fun winding this artifact once-a-week and get the good feeling that history, in this case, is repeating itself every second!
POTPOURRI 41158C Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo) Identity Disc
This Gestapo identity disc is in exceptional condition being die-struck in nickel-silver and being an oval shape. The obverse contains the open-winged Party-style eagle, looking to the viewers left and clutching an oak wreath with raised mobile swastika.
The finish at eye level remains brilliant, but when looking through an eye loupe, the history of the discs carrying time shows on the surfaces of the metal. To the left of the eagle is a precisely drilled hole which was used to retain the wearers pocket chain.
The reverse of the disc features the dreaded two-line, full name of the Gestapo, GEHEIME/ STAATSPOLIZEI. The word Gestapo is derived from these words. Interestingly, it was none other than Prussian Minister Hermann Gring who created this feared organization back in the organizing days of the Reich in 1935. After Himmler was given full charge of the Polizei in 1936, he, of course, fine-tuned the ruthless duties of this organization. But, I digress…. the first letter S in Staatspolizei is located slightly lower than the letter T next to it. At the bottom of the reverse disc is the accountability number of the agent, 11053. The number is precisely stamped and there is a vague line beneath the number which was built into the die to give the number stamper a straight- line position to do his work.
The accompanying pocket chain assembly appears to be the original example. It is made of non-magnetic nickel links with one end attached directly to the disc and the other having a spring-loaded circular device containing an opening bracket. This chain measures 11 inches in length.
This original Gestapo disc is accompanied by a letter written by the well-known author/researcher and Gestapo disc authority, Don Bible. The recent letter is dated May 5, 2018. In the signed letter, Don states that he has personally examined the above disc, compared it to other known originals, and it is his opinion that this disc, 11053, was issued between the period 1937-1945.
An outstanding opportunity to acquire a truly fascinating original piece of history. These discs are extremely rare and desirable. An outstanding potential investment for the future, as it would be hard to believe that collectors will not always be interested in items from this infamous, sinister organization. Think of the shutters experienced by the unfortunates confronted with the site of this disc coming from the pocket of a black leather over-coated Gestapo officer – Papers Please!
POTPOURRI 41088C Italian Fascist Pole Top
From what I understand, this pole top is a fairly rare item and is the first one that I have handled. The pole top is in the form of an eagle with half-open wings. The birds head looks to the viewers left. The bird is well-detailed to its feathering and talons. The talons grasp the traditional Italian grouping of sticks having pointed protrusions coming out the two side ends of the sticks.
Below is a flared collar device which would have accommodated the flag pole. There is also an opening at the top of the eagles head which must have accommodated some sort of a decorative device or possibly a coat of arms depiction. The eagle appears to be produced of cast brass having a light nickel-plated surface. There is some wear to the plating at the high points of the head, wing tips, talons and lower collar device. Otherwise, the pole top is in nice condition.
A fine accent piece to display with other Italian Fascist items.
POTPOURRI 41001 Hitler Youth Collection Can
This HJ Collection Can is about 6 inches tall and 4 wide. The metal can has a paper label printed with a HJ flag. The paper is ripped in a few place at the edges but it remains secure around the can.
At the top and bottom of the can there is a green background. The top is marked Deutsche Jugendherbergen or German Young Peoples Housing. The bottom is printed Gau Saxon, which is no doubt wear this can comes from. The reverse is printed with a D over JH.
The upper surface of the can has a slot to accept coins. It is also stamped 595, although I am not sure what this stands for. If you shake the can you can hear a couple of old pfennigs rattling around. There is what looks to be a sealed wire closure used to secure the top, so I cant pry it open and retrieve them without ruining the can.
A great HJ piece here; these cans are quite scarce these days.
POTPOURRI 41032C Geheime Staatspolizei Identity Disc with Chain
This very rare original disc is non-magnetic, indicating that it is made of German silver. Some discs, however, will be magnetic as different metal contents were used at various times during the period.
The disc is die-struck and accordingly has very precise detail throughout. On the obverse, the oval disc depicts a raised, open-wing eagle looking to the viewers left clutching a wreath with mobile swastika. On the reverse is the two-line raised infamous words for which the abbreviation Gestapo was devised, GEHEIME/ STAATSPOLIZEI The letters are completely crisp, and as we want to see on original discs, the S letter in Staatspolizei is slightly lower than the T being the next letter in the word. Neatly stamped at the bottom edge is serial number of the holder of the disc, 5350. There is a slightly vague straight line under the numbers, as there should be.
There is a precise hole drilled at the left obverse edge of the disc which contains the chain device. The chain measures about 9 1/2 inches in length. It consists of joined metal links. On one end is a snap clip which goes through the disc hole, and on the other is a round device with spring-loaded internal opening rod.
Accompanying this original disc is a letter of authenticity written and signed by the worlds leading expert on these elusive discs, Don Bible. The letter is recently dated, 30 April 2018, and states that Don has personally examined this disc and is of the opinion that it was issued during the 1937-1945 period.
As we all know, these Gestapo discs because of their desirability and value have been frequently reproduced with many generations of fakes making appearances over the years. This is a rare opportunity to acquire the real deal being in exceptional condition and guaranteed to be original.
POTPOURRI 41031C Zollpolzei Fahndungdienst Customs Police Disc
While ostensibly an element of the Reich Ministry of Finance, the Customs Police were ultimately subject to the direct control of the Gestapo, who could (and did) modify, nullify, overturn or otherwise disregard their decisions with no explanation. Talk about a rock and a hard place! In any event these discs are extremely rare and there are only about 6 examples that are known to exist today.
The disc is about the size of a silver dollar. It is a struck medallion being non-magnetic and appearing to be made of German silver. The obverse portrays a raised, open-winged eagle clutching a mobile swastika. The noted authority, Don Bible states in his book, Warrant Discs and I.D. Cards of the Gestapo and Kripo, that it has been determined that the Zoll Fahndungsdienst warrant discs were de-nazified for post-war usage.
This example has had an attempt to remove the swastika, but at best it was halfheartedly performed, as easily 50% to 60% of the swastika remains. In raised capital letters around the edge of the disc is, DER OBERFINANZPRSIDENT BERLIN-BRANDENBURG. On the reverse of the disc are the raised letter words in three lines, ZOLL/ FAHNDUNGS/ DIENST. Below this, near the edge of the disc, are the stamped numbers, 1631. Like the Gestapo discs, there is also a vague straight line below the numbers. At the top of the disc is a precisely drilled hole.
An extremely rare Customs Police artifact here being original and very collectible.
POTPOURRI 41030C Staatliche KriminalPolizei (KRIPO) Disc
The Staatlche Krimanlpolizei discs are struck in bronze and are much more commonly seen today than the rarer Gestapo discs. Apparently the stigma attached to the ownership of a Gestapo disc was far greater than that of a KRIPO official, thus the fact that these disc types have survived in far great quantities.
This disc is non-magnetic. The obverse portrays a raised open-wing eagle clutching a wreath with mobile swastika. The detail is excellent showing only modest wear. The reverse is struck with two-line capital letters, STAATLICHE/ KRIMINALPOLIZEI. Below is heavily punched the number of the carrier, 2444. There is a narrow line beneath the numbers. At the obverse left is a carefully drilled holes which would have been used to attached a pocket chain.
A very fine original example here, in perfect condition.
POTPOURRI 41029C Staatliche KriminalPolizei (KRIPO) Disc
The Staatliche Kriminalpolizei discs are struck in bronze and are more commonly seen today than the rare Gestapo discs. Because of the stigma attached to the Gestapo, these agents were more likely to dispose of their discs and this was not so much the case with the KRIPO.
The obverse displays a crisp open-wing eagle looking to the viewers left and grasping a wreathed mobile swastika. There are a few minor taps in the bronze here and there, but overall the obverse is in fine condition. The reverse has the two-line raised capital letters, STAATLICHE/ KRIMALPOLIZEI. At the bottom of the disc is stamped the owners serial, 8985. The stamping is extremely concise and crisp.
There is a vague straight line beneath the numbers. There are also some minor taps in the surfaces of the reverse. For some reason this disc has a hole drilled in both of the outer edges. The original hole done by the producer is at the left of the eagle. The other hole is just the slightest bit smaller, so it can be assumed this was drilled by the original owner for reasons of his own, or perhaps it was drilled sometime in modern times. The disc is non-magnetic.
POTPOURRI 33983C Lot of 10 Political Postcards
The Political Postcards included in this lot of ten remain in remarkably good condition for paper products of their age. They are only minimally yellowed and any discolorations present on a given card are very minor.
These are bifurcated cards, with a photograph on the left side of the card and a lined area on the right. The reverse side of each is blank. The subject matter of the photography is, in the main, the go-to Party subjects; marching men, huge rallies, and plenty of waving standartes. There a few notable examples, though, including a solitary HJ bugle boy and a great shot of some NSKK men tearing down a dirt road on their motorcycles. Hitlers JU 52 also makes an appearance, in flight over a picturesque landscape. There are also a pair of cards related to the 1936 Winter Olympics and a KDF example related to some sort of drive, Collecting at the end of the workday.
The right side is printed Postkarte and is lined so you could easily ink a note to Onkel Oskar and Tante Trudi detailing all the Bolsheviks you shot at the front. An image of Hitlers disembodied head glowers at the recipient from the upper right hand side, except on the Olympic cards which have an eagle with the Olympic rings and the KDF card, which has a green eagle in flight.
A very nice set of period cards here, in very good condition.
POTPOURRI 28027 Series of Nine Photo Negatives of German Soldiers
This series of negatives contains each photograph within a paper sleeve. Written on the paper sleeve in most cases is the name of the soldier as well as the date. These negatives were found in the drawers of an old photographer in Sweden.
Most of the photographs are dated 1943. There are photographs of Army, Naval and Luftwaffe personnel. Quite interesting stuff here, and you could easily develop these negatives for first-rate portrait pictures. They measure about 6 by about 5.
POTPOURRI 27087C Ausweiss Party Member Book
This Ausweiss has a red cover with a gold embossed Party eagle. It was issued to Party member Heinrich VonHajin. Hajin is shown pictured in his SA uniform, complete with swastika armband.
There are details about this man, as well as lots of signatures. There is a facsimile of Hitler, as well as Party Treasurer Schwarz. The booklet was originally issued 15 October 1933.
Books such as this one are great items to display with other Party memorabilia.
POTPOURRI 31106 Work Book for Auslander
Long ago this workbook once belonged man who was from Ukraine and was working within the Third Reich. His name was Daniel Tusanvisky, or something like that.
The book has a couple of entries in it and indicates that the man was from the city of Simferopol and that he was born on 10 December 1912. Presumably you needed a book like this in order to work within Nazi Germany, especially as a foreigner.
AN interesting piece of period ephemera here.
POTPOURRI 41016C 16 Aluminum Trolley Eagle
We dont see many aluminum Trolley Eagles compared to the Railway type. These smaller eagles were used on 3rd Reich buses and trolleys and also make great additions to highlight a dagger display.
This eagle measures 16 inches from wing tip to tip. The bird faces to the viewers left. The detail to the wing feathering, breast, talons and wreath are outstanding. The raised swastika within the wreath is nicely highlighted with a black-painted background, which is original; I have also seen trolley eagles with red swastika backgrounds. The entire eagle shows only modest patination, still being quite crisp.
The reverse of the eagles right and left wings respectively, have a cast-in marking consisting of an up-side-down V and a right-side-up V. In the center area behind the breast is a raised mounting stud which has been threaded. At the upper edge area of each wing, there is also a mounting position which is holed and threaded. The same arrangement is present at the reverse center of the swastika. The right wing has had a pencil notation done on the surface, U.S. 9th Army/ 1945, which appears to have been done by the returning veteran.
A fine opportunity here to acquire one of these very rarely seen eagle types. A great-conditioned, original example.
POTPOURRI 33535 Captured Silver Pocket Watch
This pocket watch came with some other items that were purchased from a veteran source and was captured during the war.
This watch measures a little bit over 2 in diameter. I am not sure exactly when it was made, but it looks to me to be a piece from the early 1920s. The watch is marked on the face with the name of the company Mutha. I tried to look this company up but do not find any record of it except for a modern company established in India. This watch is certainly not Indian! There is a fine design which goes around the outside edge and the crystal is still intact. I am not sure whether the crystal is plastic or whether it is an early glass one that is still intact. Either way, the numbers are made as black slots around the watch face and there are small Arabic numbers which go around the outside. The watch has numbers going up to 24, indicating it is a watch that also could tell military time. The watch winds from a standard mechanism at the top.
Opening the reverse case, the surfaces have a fine spun finish. In the upper area, the surface is marked in an ellipse figure with the two capital letters M. In the center is the typical silver markings used by German jewelers, a crescent and a Prussian crown. Beneath this is the silver content 800 and an arrow. Beneath this is the number 370. I didnt open the backing that secures the mechanism, but this watch really works well. I have had it on my desk for a couple of days and it is completely accurate.
A nice item here and maybe something you would like to add to your collection as an interesting watch.
POTPOURRI 33653 German Army Dog Tag
This German Army Dog Tag is in the standard format; an aluminum oval, with three central perforations and string holes at the top and bottom. The surface has some mild discolored patches here and there and the top edge has a minor gouge, but in the main the condition is quite good.
Mirrored on the top and bottom of the perforations on one side is the code, 252 / 4 BATT R ARTL ERS ABT225. I dont know the exact meaning of this code but I suspect the original owner was assigned to the Artillery in some fashion. The reverse of the tag is blank.
A good example of the type here. If you collect these tags hopefully this is a code you need!
Given the weight and dark grey color I think this Dog Tag is an early example made out of zinc, as opposed to the more commonly seen aluminum types.
The tag is in the standard oval shape, with three central perforations for snapping it in half and three string holes, two at the top and another at the bottom. There is what looks to be an old olive drab boot lace strung through the holes and knotted; Im not sure if this is the original string, but it certainly is old. The surfaces have darkened quite but but remain smooth.
Mirrored above and below the perforations is the code, Brschwg BLA RK / Heim. Kraftf. / 242. This text is a bit more legible (and of a much higher quality) than we normally see.
POTPOURRI 40999C Formal Hitler Hoffmann Portrait with Silver Presentation Frame & Box
Certainly one of the most desirable artifacts in our hobby is an example of one of the presentation AH photos in its original silver frame with accompanying box. The frame and photo are in choice condition. The picture and frame come from the famous Frank D. Gish collection and were acquired by Gish directly from the 101st Airborne Division veteran that brought the artifact home.
The frame has an edge with three step-up sections with smooth surfaces. At the lower portion of the frame is a matching silver panel measuring nearly 2 inches wide and having the four edges engraved with the classic Greek Key pattern seen on many AH items, to include the famous formal pattern state flatware. In the center of the panel is a raised Political eagle with head looking to the viewers right. The wings are fully open. The birds talons grasp a wreath which frames a raised immobile swastika. To the left and right of the wreath respectively, are the Fhrers initials, A.H.
The frame measures 13 3/8 inches long by 9 3/8 inches wide. The surrounding outer edge is smooth and is 1 inch wide. On the center of the upper outer frame surface are the stampings of the producer, FHW within a square. Below is a stamping depicting theMunich Monk; this figure has a long and equally interesting history, and one that has caused a bit of confusion in the hobby. On either side of the Monk are the artists initials, V H, respectively, and below the figure is an M, which stands for Munich.
The photograph is the infamous Hoffmann formal depiction of Hitler from waist up, standing in Political uniform with swastika and eagle tie pin. His left arm is positioned at the center buttons at the waist of his uniform, and the right arm is crooked with his right hand positioned on his hip. The Fhrers practiced face is serious, looking slightly to his left. The photograph remains in perfect condition having a 3/4 inch white matte. The original glass remains.
The reverse of the frame is covered in a brownish-purplish grained leather. The opening is hinged at the top and is retained closed by six screw-retained silver brackets.There is a flap which opens for standing display of the frame. The reverse remains in near perfect condition.
When we acquired the accompanying storage box, there was one edge of the box that was gone to time and also the edges of the box and lid had been separated from the top and lower surfaces. We re-built the box and edges, recovering the inner edges of the box with velvet to match as best as possible. We left the left side edge of the lid loose with an opening flap for easy lifting of the lid. The cover of the storage box features an embossed gold eagle which is about 3 3/4 inches wide and 5 1/2 inches long. The eagle is the Party type having half-open wings, looking to the viewers right and clutching a wreath with mobile swastika within. 100% of the gild to the bird remains. The interior of the box is red velvet covered. On the bottom inner portion, there is a recess which accommodates the flap on the reverse of the frame.
The frame and box come together with the veterans statement, Platoon Leader Lt. Donald N. Banman of 2nd Platoon, C company, 506th Para Inf., 101st Airbourne Division. The statement give details of the various booty, coming directly from the Berghof, of which this picture, frame and box are mentioned. The testament is dated July 11, 1987 and is witnessed by Frank Gish, the original acquiring collector.
A great opportunity here to acquire an extremely rare and desirable AH frame and box, which is not only original, but documented from the original acquiring 101st Airborne veteran. It just doesnt get any better than this.
POTPOURRI 38649 SS/SA 5000km Radiator Plaque
This Radiator Plaque was the award that was made from SS/SA vehicles that participated in some sort of long distance driving event. These type of auto tours were popular in the 30s and the SS and SA participated in them.
This plaque is quite impressive, being triangular and about 4 inches on each side. It is made of aluminum and is hollow-backed, being pressed out.
At the top is the number 5000 and beneath is a fine, open-winged eagle who looks to the viewers right and clutches and wreathed swastika. The eagle is exceptionally detailed. On either side of the birds talons we see a round SA rune and a set of SS runes. The recesses of the plaque have been colored with a flat black.
This plaque would make for a really great accent to a collection of SS or SA memorabilia. A very rare thing here, the first of the type I have ever seen.
POTPOURRI 40893 Deluxe Imperial Match Safe
This Match Safe is very well made and constructed of thick brass, making it quite heavy.
The upper portion of the safe is decorated the motto GOTT MIT UNS within a rope-like circular border, along with a sprigs of laurel leaves and an raised out Prussian crown. Flanking this design on the left and right are stylized artillery shells.
The reverse of the safe has a beautiful Joan of Arc medallion, complete with some very nice Art Nouveau style lettering (which I cant quite make out) ringing the top.
This is the first example of this type Ive seen. Perhaps this match safe was originally the property of an Catholic, or an artilleryman? Perhaps both? We will never know but this fine safe stands on its own.
POTPOURRI 40894 Imperial Match Safe
This Match Safe is constructed from fine brass. It is mostly plain, with the exception of a Prussian Crown design on the front. The crown sits atop sprigs of laurel leaves and in contained in a rope-like circular border. Above the crown is the familiar motto GOTT MIT UNS.
There is a slight indentation on the crown but it is hard to notice.
A nice Imperial example here. Matches of course were a valuable commodity in the trenches and warranted sturdy protection such as this!
POTPOURRI 40895 Imperial Cigarette Lighter
This Imperial Cigarette Lighter is a fine device. Ive always enjoyed lighters and have a collection of them, so Im not easily impressed!
This lighter is round in shape and constructed from stout brass. On both sides of the body of the lighter is the familiar motto, GOTT MIT UNS, with the usual attendant laurel sprigs and Prussian crown. There are small dings on either side of the crown, but this kind of wear it to be expected as it is quite vaulted.
At the top of the lighter is a brass stem which retains a round striker wheel. Next to the striker is the wick port, complete with a screw cap to protect the wick and keep the fluid from evaporating. There is no wick but thi