1932 dated signed postcard of Beniamino Gigli. Gigli was an Italian opera singer who many consider to be one of the very finest tenors in the recorded history of music. Good sized signature is on bottom part of the photograph. This is from the estate of Edward A. Schaeffer, a family friend who passed away a few years ago. Collecting autographs of public figures from all walks of life was, for him, an obsession/addiction that brought him much happiness while he was still with us...
Good looking JFS Infantry Assault Badge. Lots of original finish remaining with no damage. Crisp JFS maker mark with characteristic ball hinge pin and hook assembly. Condition is excellent as per attached images.
Fascist militia antiaircraft sleeve shield. Nice piece but some damage to bottom corner. Priced accordingly but still a really nice item.
Porcelain propaganda plate made by Rhenania Duisdorf. Gold leaf transfer reads "Andenken aus Deutschland 1938 Heil Hitler" or "Souvenirs from Germany 1938 Heil Hitler". There is some gentle wear to the gold leaf but it remains quite strong. The three designs around the border have a subtle geometric fish scale pattern indicating a good degree of quality in workmanship. Backmarked Rhenania Duisdorf. Just under 20cm diameter. No chips or cracks...
Very well made Red Cross of Merit. This is a higher grade Red Cross medal with very nicely executed enamel work on both obverse and reverse. Case us undamaged and form fit for this medal. Excellent example.
Very nice Russian belt and buckle. Buckle is clean and in good condition. The brocade is lovely and has a real nice toned patina. Two clips for sword or dagger hangers. Some parts of the reverse are age faded a bit more then others but still really a great looking rig.
Very nice infantry assault badge by GWL. Lots of original finish leave this badge looking really solid. Great example.
This is a late war side cap. Type used in the field. Has a nice combat look to it but the strap on one side is real weak right at the button (See last photo). Still a respectable piece priced right.
Nice fire fighter's dress dagger. Distributor marked "L&W H". Scabard paint is near excellent. Handle is excellent with some finish loss, but nice and tight with original washer. Blade is excellent with just a touch of plate lifting at tip on one side and a couple of very small nicks on the cutting edge. Overall excellent condition.
Beautiful example of a classic badge. This example has a simply lovely chocolate patina throughout with original pin on the reverse. This badge was given to those who attended this famous rally in 1933. The importance of this rally was soon recognized and this badge became an officially recognized medal which could be worn on uniform. A must for any serious Third Reich collection.
Very nice four place ribbon bar. Obviously the value on this piece is the fourth ribbon which is for the NSDAP long service medal. The other three ribbons are 1914 Iron Cross, WWII War Merit and the Hindenburg Cross for WWI veterans. It is fun to theorize on who would have a particular combination of medals. With the 1914 EKII this fellow was probably a solid WWI veteran who apparantly then was an earlier NSDAP member to have gotten the NSDAP long service...
Soft leather holster for a Walther P38. In good, original condition except for the addition of the rawhide strap that has the look of a veteran add on. Markings on back are not pressed on very hard so difficult to make out. Code looks like DKB but last letter is super faint. Below that is a "44" and what looks like a light waffenamt. Honest example.
Really neat small metal plate with Hitler and Mussolini. Above their busts is "VINCERE", and below is a nice looking eagle clutching a swaz and a fasces. There is a maker mark in lower left hand corner and a date that I can't read. I am not sure exactly what this plate was for but it certainly is interesting. Unfortunately, whoever pulled it off of whatever it was on was a butcher and the bottom fixture hole was ripped open and the plate has a bend in the middle. Measures 6x4 cm.
Another patch recently acquired from an advanced collection. 117th Avn Co Assault Helicopter Cobra Toros. Very cool Vietnam era patch.
Very attractive WWI Masonic medal. Numbered 1894 and named to Bro E.M. Price. Pin catch is maker marked R Gaunt London. The Gaunt firm is well known for quality manufacturing and this medal is no exception. Nice and thick and heavy, this is a solid and well made medal. As with most Masonic items it is covered with symbology that I will not try to decipher. The front has the dates 1914 and 1918 which obviously represent WWI. The pin catch is a little bent and I will leave it as is...
Nice pair of deluxe luftwaffe dagger hangers. There is a repair to one strap near the main clip. There is every indication that this repair is period and other then that this is a real nice set. The main clip is the Thor hammer style with RZM U.E. 19 maker mark. All three clips are also DRGM marked. Being a deluxe example, all the hardware is attractively covered with oak leaves...
Nice, original WWII era German aiguillette. I believe with the red trim this should be for Red Cross (DRK). While I am sure of the age I am assuming on the Red Cross designation so would appreciate input.
Very attractive medal. This Red Cross of Merit is in top condition with perfect enamel and strong colors. Excellent example.