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Auction Description for Alexander Autographs: Winter 2017 Militaria Auction - Day 2

Winter 2017 Militaria Auction - Day 2 (648 Lots)

by Alexander Historical Auctions | Alexander Autographs


648 lots with images

February 19, 2017

Live Auction

Chesapeake City, MD, USA

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1945 DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

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Description: 1945 DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS British award, a cased Distinguished Flying Cross with original ribbon, the reverse marked with the cypher of King George VI who instituted the award, engraved "1945" at bottom. Unnamed. In the original fitted presentation case by the Royal Mint, with gilt lettering on leather covering:" "D.F.C.". Fine. The D.F.C. is a military decoration awarded to personnel of the United Kingdom''s Royal Air Force and officers of other Commonwealth countries, instituted for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy"

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SS DEUTSCHLAND REGIMENT COLLAR TAB

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Description: SS DEUTSCHLAND REGIMENT COLLAR TAB Rare SS Deutschland Regiment collar tab, 2 1/8" long, embroidered in silver flat wire with silver wire and black thread piping. The tab has the typical SS runes commonly seen, but also bear the Standarten number "1" indicating affiliation with the Regiment Deutschland. A paper RZM SS tag remains affized to the reverse of the tab. In fine condition. In May, 1940 Himmler ordered that the numbers of the Standarten be removed from uniform SS collar tabs, thus this tab predates that order.

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OFFICER''S SS-TK COLLAR TAB

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Description: OFFICER''S SS-TK COLLAR TAB Flatwire SS-TK collar tab, machine embroidered and textbook in construction, showing period use. A partial RZM tag remains affrixed to the everse and it appears the tab was removed from a scrapbook as there is minor glue residue to the reverse as well. Scarce!

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KNIGHT'S CROSS OF THE WAR MERIT CROSS WITHOUT SWORDS

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Description: KNIGHT''S CROSS OF THE WAR MERIT CROSS WITHOUT SWORDS Knight''s Cross of the War Merit Cross Without Swords by Deschler & Sohn, with original worn neck ribbon and tie. This pristine award bears Deschler''s "1" stamp as well as a "900" purity stamp on the bottom of the lower arm. A superior example, in mint condition. The Knight''s Cross of the War Merit Cross Without Swords was instituted on August 19, 1940 and was awarded for outsanding military or civilian merit not involving front line combat service.

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WEHRMACHT GEN. ALFRED PHILIPPI'S IRON CROSS, FIRST CLASS

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Description: WEHRMACHT GEN. ALFRED PHILIPPI''S IRON CROSS, FIRST CLASS (1903 - 1994) Wehrmacht major general, recipient of the Knight''s Cross, participated in the Polish campaign, held regimental command in France, and commanded the 361st Volks Grenadier Division during the Battle of the Bulge. An excellent group of three items signed by Philippi, as well as his Iron Cross, First Class. Includes: the cross itself, 1 3/4" square, dated 1939 and with a mobile swastika at the center, with the pin marked "L/13", indicating that it was manufactured by Paul Meybauer of Berlin. The medal is mounted in an 11" x 13" frame, alongside an S.P., 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" (sight) b/w, a chest-up view of Philippi with the Iron Cross affixed to his uniform, signed across the chest in blue ink. The photo is in fine condition, while the cross shows three or four small chips to the black enamel at the center, with some minor tarnishing, else very good. WITH: A.L.S. in German, 2pp. 8vo., Winnweiler, April 29, 1986, to a Captain Sims, in part: "... I will gladly fulfill your wish for a memento from my past. Since we had a fire in our house six years ago, and much was destroyed that meant a lot to me, I don''t have very much to give, but I hereby give you my Iron Cross 1st Class. I received it in October 1942 when I was chief of staff of the 111th inf. Div. My division was responsible to force passage over the Ferak by Mosdok [in Russia]. This passage was necessary for the push along the ''Grunischen Heerstrasse'' in the direction of the Caucasus. Unfortunately, the 1st Panzer Army could not hold off the Russian defense in November..." Philippi signs at the conclusion in blue ink. This letter is stapled to a typed translation, else fine. WITH: a second A.L.S. in German, 2pp. oblong 12mo., [n.p.], June 2, 1986, Philippi checks in with Sims to ensure that his Iron Cross has arrived safely, and offers to check with the post office if it has not. This letter is also stapled to a typed translation, else fine. An excellent grouping with unshakeable provenance.

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Description: "REICHSFUHRUNG-SS" CUFF TITLE "Reichsfuhrung-SS" cuff title, issued to members of the SS high command, this example with white thread wrapped with silver comprising the embroidery, with bands of similar thread at top and bottom of the 16" cuff title. The band is cut at one end, rolled and finished at the other. Some of the silver border threads on the bottom have been pulled, still overall very good.

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SS

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Description: SS "DEUTSCHLAND" DIVISION CUFF TITLE Waffen-SS " Deutschland" Division cuff title, white thread wrapped with silver comprising the embroidery, with bands of similar thread at top and bottom of the 18" cuff title. The cuff bears a rectangular patch covering the reverse of the embroidery to avoid snagging and pulling, and both ends of the 19" cuff title are turned and finished. Very good.

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SS

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Description: SS "THURINGEN" DIVISION CUFF TITLE Waffen-SS "Thuringen" Division cuff title, white thread wrapped with silver comprising the embroidery, with bands of similar thread at top and bottom of the 16" cuff title. The band is cut at one end, rolled and finished at the other.Some of the silver border threads on the bottom have been pulled, still overall very good.

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Description: SS "LANGEMARCK" DIVISION CUFF TITLE Waffen SS " Langemarck" Division cuff title, white thread embroidered lettering on a 16 1/4" x 1 1/8" black backing with silver wire trim. Finished at one end, Paper RZM label remains attached. Flemish SS volunteers originally formed the SS Freiw. Sturmbrigade "Langemarck", which later became the 27.SS Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division Langemarck.

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ORDER OF ALEXANDER NEVSKY AWARDED A MACHINE GUN BATTALION LEADER

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Description: ORDER OF ALEXANDER NEVSKY AWARDED A MACHINE GUN BATTALION LEADER Scarce Soviet Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 3 screw back, solid silver with gold plating which remains largely intact, partially enameled. Two-piece construction, star and ray are one piece, with no rivets on reverse, center is soldered as a separate piece. Numbered "33783". Very good. The Order of Alexander Nevsky is named in honor of Saint Alexander Nevsky (1220–1263) and was originally established by the Soviet Union as a military honor during World War II. Red Army commanders who displayed personal bravery and skillful leadership that ensured the success of an operation could be recommended. In this case the recipient was Submachinegun Battalion Commander Gerasim Kalashnikov, recognized for his action on April 30, 1945 while fighting with the 1st Guards Army in Czechoslovakia. Specifically, he is recognized for his bravery and leadership in the capture of Ostrava, near the Polish border. Copies of part of his record and pertinent documents are included.

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SOCIAL WELFARE BADGE, 2ND CLASS

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Description: SOCIAL WELFARE BADGE, 2ND CLASS Most attractive Social Welfare Badges, 2nd Class by Godet, a simple design with black nactionaleagle surmounting a gold wreath oaf oak leaves and black swastika, with most of the badge in enamel. All of the enamel is perfectly intact, and the fire gilding is 99%+. Rare, especially in this conditgion.

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PANZER EM/NCO COLLAR TABS

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Description: PANZER EM/NCO COLLAR TABS Panzer enlisted man or NCO''s collar tabs, each 3" long, very lightly ribbed black tricot base with pink piping, an aluminum "totenkopf" affixed to each with three aluminum tabs. The reverse of the tabs reveals construction and materials fully commensurate with other authentic examples, the black fabric on one opened to reveal the coarse jute-like backing expected on these insignia.

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LUFTWAFFE PILOT-OBSERVER BADGE

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Description: LUFTWAFFE PILOT-OBSERVER BADGE Early combined Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer badge manufactured by FLL and produced in tombak. The burnished highlights to the wreath provide superb contrast, and all hardware consistent with proven authentic examples. Overall excellent condition.

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LUFTWAFFE BOMBER PILOT FLIGHT CLASP IN GOLD

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Description: LUFTWAFFE BOMBER PILOT FLIGHT CLASP IN GOLD Excellent Luftwaffe Bomber Clasp in Gold with full burnished highlights, an early tombak piece by Juncker. The blackened bomb device at center is nearly untouched, as is the rest of this fine award.

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BLOCKADE RUNNER BADGE BY PLACZEK

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Description: BLOCKADE RUNNER BADGE BY PLACZEK Blockade Runner Badge in tombac, blackened and silvered, maker marked "Fec. Otto Placzek Berlin", Gablonz, in very fine/mint condition.

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U-BOAT BADGE ISSUED TO A SAILOR LATER K.I.A.

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Description: U-BOAT BADGE ISSUED TO A SAILOR LATER K.I.A. U-Boat badge document, 1p. 8vo., 1944, issuing a U-boat badge to Kriegsmarine U-boat crewman man Erich Baumann. Very good. The unfortunate Baumann was aboard the U-1051 was part of the vessel''s crew of 25 which went down with the ship on Jan. 26, 1945 in the Irish Sea, just south of the Isle of Man following ramming and depth charging by four British ships.

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SS FOUR-YEAR SERVICE AWARD

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Description: SS FOUR-YEAR SERVICE AWARD SS Four-Year Service Medal by Deschjler, an early example produced in tombak and complete with the teardrop suspension loop. Worn a bit, still very desireable.

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Description: "GALLIPOLI STAR" The Turkish War Medal of 1915 (often called the "Gallipoli Star" or "Iron Crescent" ) was frequently awarded to German and Austrian personnel who served with the Turkish forces during World War I. It has a horizontal applied one-piece simple pin and hook closure, with no maker''s mark. This is a fine example, with perfect enamel and just a bit of tarnish.

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1914 IRON CROSS CLASPS

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Description: 1914 IRON CROSS CLASPS Lot of two identical silver clasps, "Wiederholungsspange 1914" to the iron cross 1870, each 1 1/4" long with two pins on the reverse, a black enamel 1914 Iron Cross appearing on the front of the pin. One pin is marked by maker "Joh. Wagner & Sohn", the second is also marked but indistinguishable. Sold with a tiny silver pin being a reproduction of a War Merit Cross, marked on the reverse by a British silversmith. Three pieces.

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1936 OLYMPICS CROSS, 2ND CLASS CROSS

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Description: 1936 OLYMPICS CROSS, 2ND CLASS CROSS Scarce medal, the German Olympics Cross, 2nd Class with Ribbon. This unmarked medal, likely by Deschler & Sohn, still retails almost all of the original enamel but for a tiny chip in one of the rings. The balance of the enamel is faultless. The two rivets on the reverse perfectly match those of authentic examples, as do details on the front. A nice example.

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AFRIKA KORPS REMEMBRANCE MEDALLION

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Description: AFRIKA KORPS REMEMBRANCE MEDALLION Brown porcelain table medal, 2" dia., reads (in German) on the front: "IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE WAR IN AFRICA" with an image of a tank, camels, and palm trees, while the reverse shows a pith helmet, sword and oak leaf wreath with the legend: "WE WILL DEFEAT THE ENGLISH WHERE WE FIND THEM". Fine.

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BRITISH WAR MEDALS

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Description: BRITISH WAR MEDALS Lot of five British medals, includes two George V 1914-1918 war medals, two George VI 1939-1945 war medals, and one George VI Defence medal. Very good.

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CASED SET 1939 SPANGE TO THE 1914 IRON CROSS, 2ND CLASS

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Description: CASED SET 1939 SPANGE TO THE 1914 IRON CROSS, 2ND CLASS Cased set of two spanges, one pin back, the second with prongs (never used), set into the original fitted case with a small section of ribbon intended to be sewn into the owner''s buttonhole. Fine.

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CLOSE COMBAT CLASP IN BRONZE

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Description: CLOSE COMBAT CLASP IN BRONZE A Bronze Grade Close Combat Clasp by Fec. W.E. Peekhaus, in zinc, marked "FEC.W. E. PEEKHAUS BERLIN", slightly vaulted, in worn condition, showing age, good.

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DEUTSCHES JUNGVOLK SERVICE BADGES

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Description: DEUTSCHES JUNGVOLK SERVICE BADGES Group of two similar pin-back DJ badges, one approx. 2" x 1 1/4", and the other approx. 1" x 1/2", both in the shape of a "sig" rune, with a mobile swastika in the center, surrounded by the legend: "Fur Leistungen Im D.J." ("For Services in the Deutsches Jungvolk"). Both badges bear RZM stamps on the verso, the larger with the number "M1/120", indicating that it was manufactured by Wilhelm Deumer of Ludenscheid, and the other stamped "M1/15", indicating that it was manufactured by Ferdinand Hoffstatter of Bonn. The larger badge is further stamped "291532". The retaining pin of the larger badge appears to have been reattached with solder, else both are very good.

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EQUESTRIAN PROFICIENCY BADGE IN BRONZE WITH CERTIFICATE

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Description: EQUESTRIAN PROFICIENCY BADGE IN BRONZE WITH CERTIFICATE German equestrian proficiency medal in bronze, 2" x 1 1/2", depicting a horse and rider in profile within a wreath of oak leaves. The badge is maker-marked on the reverse: "L. Chr. Lauer Nurnberg-Berlin Gesetzlich Geschutzt". The badge is accompanied by an award booklet, 16pp. 8vo., naming the recipient of the award as Maria Schaper, and listing the three equestrian competitions that qualified her to receive the award. The cover of the booklet is faded, and folded in two, while the badge is fine.

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FIRE BRIGADE HONOR BADGE, FIRST CLASS

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Description: FIRE BRIGADE HONOR BADGE, FIRST CLASS Third Reich-era Fire Brigade Honor Badge, First Class, 1 1/4" dia., of pinback construction, consisting of a white enameled cross, with red enameled flames on each arm and a mobile swastika at center, surrounded by a ring with the legend: "Fur Verdienste Im Feuerloschweser" ("For Merit in Fire Fighting"). The badge is marked on the back as being manufactured by W. Kolwitz of Bergedorf, with the RZM number "M9/72". The badge bears slight surface wear, else very good.

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GERMAN ARMY MARKSMANSHIP LANYARD

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Description: GERMAN ARMY MARKSMANSHIP LANYARD Braided silver metal cording with a zinc badge mounted to the top pad. Both attaching loops are present, The rayon backing to the pad show some wear, else very good.

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GERMAN ARMY MARKSMANSHIP LANYARD

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Description: GERMAN ARMY MARKSMANSHIP LANYARD Braided silver metal cording with a zinc badge mounted to the top pad. Both attaching loops are present. Fine condition, with the wool backing to the pad only lightly worn.

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GERMAN FOUR YEAR SERVICE MEDAL

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Description: GERMAN FOUR YEAR SERVICE MEDAL German Four Years Faithful Service Medal, strung by a veteran with black and white ribbons. Very good.

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GERMAN MEDAL MINIATURES JEWELRY

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Description: GERMAN MEDAL MINIATURES JEWELRY Pair of jewelry items incorporating German military medals, includes: fine set of four miniature German military medals, each approx. 3/4" dia., suspended from a braided gold chain, secured to the wearer''s clothing by a 1 1/4" stick pin at each end. The medals present here include: a World War I-era Iron Cross; the Kingdom of Saxony''s Friedrich August Medal; an Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 with swords; and a Third Reich-era Wound Badge in Gold. Bears slight oxidation, else very good. WITH: Stick pin, 2 1/4" long , decorated with side-by-side miniatures of the Iron Cross and the Wound Badge in Black. Black paint slightly worn on both, else very good. Two pieces.

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GERMAN MEDALS (4)

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Description: GERMAN MEDALS (4) Lot of four German medals, fairly common but these being good examples. Includes: Iron Cross, 2nd Class with small section of ribbon, the rink marked "128" for maker S. Jablonski, paint on the reverse eroded a bit, on the front much less so; 25 Years Faithful Service Award, with blue rippon and pin, lightly worn; Wound Badge in Black, and cased Sudetenland Medal. Four pieces, very good.

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GERMAN MOTHER'S CROSS IN GOLD

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Description: GERMAN MOTHER''S CROSS IN GOLD A Cross of Honor of the German Mother in Gold, 1 1/4" x 1 3/4", consisting of a blue and white enamel cross with a black enamel stationary swastika in a white circle at the center, surrounded by a gold sunburst, with the original blue and white-striped neck ribbon. This medal was awarded to a mother in the Third Reich who gave birth to eight or more children. The bottom corners of the cross bear minor enamel loss, else very good.

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GERMAN MOTHER'S CROSSES (3)

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Description: GERMAN MOTHER''S CROSSES (3) Lot of three German "Mother''s Crosses", includes a bronxe example with ribbon in original presentation case, and two silver examples with ribbons, wrapped in tissue and in their original presentation envelopes. Three pieces.

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GERMAN OF THOROUGHBRED HORSE BREEDERS AND TRIALS ORGANIZATION PINS

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Description: GERMAN OF THOROUGHBRED HORSE BREEDERS AND TRIALS ORGANIZATION PINS Lot of four badges issued by the "Reichsverband für Zucht und Prüfung deutschen Warmbluts", buttonhole badges including examples with silver wreath, green enamel wreath, and two black enamel badges given to regular members. Each about 1 1/2" dia., all very good.

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GERMAN POLICE 25 YEAR SERVICE MEDAL

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Description: GERMAN POLICE 25 YEAR SERVICE MEDAL German police medal: "Fur Treue Dienst in der Polizei " ("For Fathful Service in the Police), a mercury gold gilded tombac medal, a cross with political eagle, swastika and oak leaf wreath, lacking ribbon. Finish still very good, lacks ribbon.

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GERMAN STICKPINS

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Description: GERMAN STICKPINS Fine group of 14 organizational stickpins, includes: SS, SA, veterans, RAD, Wound Badge, more. All very good.

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GERMAN THIRD MOUNTAIN DIVISION VETERAN'S KRETA CUFF TITLE, MEDALS AND PHOTO

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Description: GERMAN THIRD MOUNTAIN DIVISION VETERAN''S KRETA CUFF TITLE, MEDALS AND PHOTO Fine grouping from a German 3rd Moutain Div., 139 Reg. veteran of the campaign in Crete. Includes a period 7" x 9 1/2" photo of the soldier in uniform, along with a display frame containing: the man''s identity disc, Iron Cross, 2nd Class with ribbon; War Maerit Cross with Sword, with ribbon; Close Assault Badge, black Wound badge; KRETA cuff title, and a small pin from a 25th anniversary of mountain troops.

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GERMAN VETERAN'S STICKPINS

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Description: GERMAN VETERAN''S STICKPINS Fine lot of 13 mint German veterans'' stickpins, unissued, fine condition, in original unmarked box.

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GERMAN YOUTH ORGANIZATION PINS

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Description: GERMAN YOUTH ORGANIZATION PINS Lot of German youth organization pins, includes: Brass Bund Deutscher Madel pin, 1" x 1/2", the letters "BDM" over a red and white striped silk ribbon, badly faded in this example. The verso bears an RZM stamp with "M1/15", manufactured by Ferdinand Hoffstatter of Bonn; Hitler Youth membership badge, 1" x 3/4", a diamond of red and white enamel on white metal, with a black enamel mobile swastika in the center. Bears an RZM stamp on the verso with "M1/8", manufactured by Ferdinand Wagner of Pforzheim. Very good. Two pieces

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HITLER YOUTH COMPANY MEDIC BADGE

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Description: HITLER YOUTH COMPANY MEDIC BADGE H.J. company medic badge, 2" tall with embroidered design. Fine.

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INSIGNIA AND MEDALS

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Description: INSIGNIA AND MEDALS Balance of a grouping, includes Australia 1939-1945 Service Medal, American Good Conduct, Asiatic Campaign, and Southwest Asia medals, Liberation of Kuwait, British 1914-1918 Victory medal, Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, 8th Class, cased, and eight various American ribbon bars.

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IRON CROSS, FIRST CLASS

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Description: IRON CROSS, FIRST CLASS Third Reich-era German medal, 1 3/4" square, an Iron Cross, First Class, with a mobile swastika at center and the date "1939". The medal is a screw-back type, and the securing button is stamped "L58", indicating that it was manufactured by Rudolf Souval. The face of the medal bears a dark patina overall, which extends to the outer edges of the reverse. Some mild tarnish to the center of the reverse and the inside of the button, else very good.

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LEGION OF MERIT MEDAL WITH

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Description: LEGION OF MERIT MEDAL WITH "V"DEVICE World War II-era Legion of Merit medal, 3 1/4" x 2", consisting of a five-pointed white enameled star with the points reversed and the "V"-shaped extremities capped with gold balls, superimposed over a green enameled wreath , with gold arrows between each point. At the center is a blue enameled medallion containing thirteen white enameled stars with gold borders, surrounded by a ring of gold clouds. The reverse of the medal is inscribed "United States of America" on the outside edge, with "Annuit Coeptis MDCCLXXXII" in a ring at center. A bronze "V" device is affixed to the suspension ribbon, indicating that the recipient was a member of the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, each of whom authorized the "V" for this decoration to recognize heroism in combat. The medal is housed in a more modern generic case, along with a ribbon bar with a matching "V" device. Fine.

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LUFTWAFFE MARKSMANSHIP LANYARD

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Description: LUFTWAFFE MARKSMANSHIP LANYARD Luftwaffe marksmanship lanyard, Grade One, both loops intact and both sliders present, metal emblem in perfect condition, as is the cord.

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N.S.D.A.P. EVENT TINNIES

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Description: N.S.D.A.P. EVENT TINNIES Lot of four tinnies, all related to large Nazi Party rallies and special celebrations. Includes: a composite Reichsparteitag 1937 tinnie, approx. 3/4" dia., depicting three figures supporting a platform with a national eagle, flanked by a grapevine and an ear of wheat, maker-marked on the verso "Ferd. Wagner Pforzheim"; a composite Reichsparteitag 1939 tinnie, approx. 3/4" dia., depicting a reclining mother and child with a grapevine, beneath a national eagle, RZM marked on the verso "M9219", further marked Augustin Hieke, Tyssa, Sudetenland; a "Tag Der Arbeit" (Labor Day) 1934 tinnie, approx. 1 1/2" dia., depicting a bust flanked, ironically, by a hammer and sickle, above a national eagle; and a "Tag Der Arbeit" 1935 tinnie, 1 1/4" x 1 3/4", depicting a laborer, an academic, and a farmer above a national eagle, maker-marked on the verso: "Tweer & Turck - Ludenscheid". All have their original retaining pins, very good overall. Four pieces.

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ORDER OF THE RED STAR AND ORDER OF THE PATRIOTIC WAR

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Description: ORDER OF THE RED STAR AND ORDER OF THE PATRIOTIC WAR Pair of Russian medals, includes the Order of the Red Star, no. 2040217 (issued 1945) and the Order of the Patriotic War, no. 638,291. Both very good.

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ORDER OF THE RED STAR AND ORDER OF THE PATRIOTIC WAR

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Description: ORDER OF THE RED STAR AND ORDER OF THE PATRIOTIC WAR Pair of Russian medals, includes the Order of the Red Star, no. 1001484 (issued 1944-45) and the Order of the Patriotic War, no. 6576123. Both very good.

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PANZER TROOPS MARKSMAN LANYARD SHIELD

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Description: PANZER TROOPS MARKSMAN LANYARD SHIELD Panzer troops marksmanship lanyard insignia, depicts a tank and national eagle with swastika, 2 1/4" tall with two pins on the reverse. Very good.

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RETURN OF MEMEL COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL

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Description: RETURN OF MEMEL COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL Return of Memel Commemorative Medal depicting two heroic figures with broken chains on one''s wrist, both above a national eagle and swastike, the reverse honoring the liberation of Memel, Mar. 22, 1939. With ribbon, very good. This medal was a Nazi decoration awarded in the interwar period, and the last of the series of Occupation Medals.

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