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SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance

SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance
SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance
SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance
SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance
SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance
SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance
SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance
SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance

SS-Totenkopfring | L SS AH Unit Commander | KIA | Provenance

 

Pieces of History | Pair Schaub Golden Party Badges
Pair of Golden Party Badges (30.5mm & 25mm)  to Hitler’s Personal Aide & Chief Adjutant, SS-Obergruppenführer Julius Schaub
Matched pair Golden Party Badges for sale. The two Golden Party Badges consisting of the larger 30.5mm version, along with its matching small size 25mm badge. The large badge with red enamel  to the obverse  being  translucent and over a particularly fine, engine-turned base. The outer border with golden oakleaves. The reverse  with the vertical so-called 'military style' pin. To the upper reverse a horizontal cartouche bearing the Ges Gesch designation. Upper centre a horizontal cut bar with central air hole. The badge a replacement piece without number.
The 25mm badge with red enamel to the obverse and golden outer oakleaves. The reverse with typical horizontal brooch pin assembly, To the lower section, a small air hole, and then Schaub’s NSDAP membership number ‘81’.
Condition report: The Gold Party Badges in overall excellent towards near mint condition. Showing just light use overall. Approximately 95% mercuric gilt plating to the obverse, likewise to the reverse. The enamel to both badges in close to perfect condition, free from chips or other major damage.
Provenance: From the family of Julius Schaub 1970s. In one or more collections between the 1970s and 2000, then acquired by the well known German-based military antiques dealer, Detlev Niemann. Sold by Niemann to a prominent New York-based collector, and remaining in that collection to date. A copy of Niemann’s expertise included in the sale.
Background to Julius Schaub: 

Pieces of History | LAH Commander’s SS-Totenkopfring

 

Awarded to SS-Obersturmfuhrer Heiger, Chef 4./Pz.GR.2 L SS AH

 

By August 1944, the war was turning against the German’s. Hitler’s crack units of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler were despatched to Normandy to try and stop the advance of the allies. SS-Obersturmfuhrer Willibald Heiger was leading the 4th Company. He was killed in action on the 10th August 1944, two days before the Germans were forced back to defend the Falaise Pocket.

 

It isn’t known if Heiger’s SS-Totenkopring was taken from his body as ‘war booty’ by the allies, or if members of LAH had the time to remove the ring for safe keeping. If the ring was removed by members of the LAH, then it would have been sent directly to Himmler in Berlin for safe keeping, as was the case with all SS-Totenkopfrings from fallen soldiers.

SS-Totenkopfring in silver. The ring with outer decoration of Runic symbols amidst oakleaves, and with a skull to the top. The inside of the ring with the hand-engraved designation, ‘S.lb. Heiger 21.6.1939 H.Himmler’.

Condition report: The Totenkopfring surviving in worn condition. The outer Runic symbols quite worn.  The oakleaves decoration remaining clearly visible. The skull likewise remaining clear and sharp. The inside hand-engraved designation also remaining clear and the teeth still visible. The much-discussed seam line directly below the skull, clearly evident.

Background to Willibald Heiger: Born 5th June 1908. Joined the SS in 1934 – 76th SS Standarte.  Promoted to SS-Untersturmfuhrer 9.11.1936. Promoted to SS-Obersturmfuhrer on 11.9.1938. Received SS-Totenkopfring on 21.6.1939. Transferred from Allgemeine-SS to Waffen-SS in 1941. Trained at Junckerschule Bad Tolz 1941-1942. Joined Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler in 1942. Fought in Greece, Russia, and France. Awarded Iron Cross 2nd Class, Iron Cross 1st Class, Infantry Assault Badge, Russian Front Medal.

 

Background to the SS-Totenkopfring: It was Himmler’s belief that SS-Totenkopfrings from fallen SS men had spiritual power. To this end, he wished for all rings to be retrieved from fallen SS officers, and delivered to him in Berlin. From Berlin, the rings were taken by Himmler to Wewelsburg Castle , where they were to have their final resting place. Himmler set-up two specialist units of the SS-SD, which were given the dangerous and morbid task of venturing into battle areas over taken by the allies, locating the bodies of fallen SS officers, and retrieving the rings. This activity was still taking place virtually to the end of the war. Further information about the SS-Totenkopfring can be found within the publication, The Allgemeine-SS 1923 – 1945, by Ulric of England. 

Provenance: Kuligowski collection (USA). Beggs collection (USA). Stiles collection (SS specialist UK). One collection to date. Boyle expertise included in the sale. Background information from SS researcher, Robert McDivitt. Background information from SS researcher, Bernie Brule. Large quantity of research papers, along with photocopies of Heiger’s entire SS file. Information from the German War Graves Commission, and details showing Heiger’s grave location in France.


Price:

£ 5,950.00

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