Newsletter 258 June 18, 2017

Newsletter 258 June 18, 2017

The attached letter has apparently been sent to many collectors and dealers throughout the world very recently. Christian Jürs, who has submitted to us a number of informative, and accurate, articles on German military decoractions, has sent this to us and just recently, we received about twenty copies of this from interested parties. One collector, or dealer, wrote Mr. Jürs a short and nasty note and we are publishing this, along with his pointed response.   American Holocaust Survivors Association…

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Newsletter 257 May 30, 2017

Newsletter 257 May 30, 2017

Here is an email that apparently is being sent to many collectors, dealers and other interested parties. When it comes in, we will be certain to post it: ‘By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.’ According a recent report, ‘A Dark and Constant Rage,’ from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), right wing extremists have been responsible for planning at least 150 acts of terror in the United States over the past 25 years. They’ve killed 255 people…

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Newsletter 256 May 17, 2017

Newsletter 256 May 17, 2017

Here is a current official German exposition of a projected enforcement of current German laws concerning the sale and possession of Nazi-era items.   Vertrieb: Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH, Postfach 10 05 34, 50445 Köln Telefon (02 21) 97 66 83 40, Fax (02 21) 97 66 83 44, www.betrifft-gesetze.de ISSN 0720-2946 Bundesrat Drucksache 216/17 09.03.17 R – In Gesetzesantrag des Saarlandes Entwurf eines … Gesetzes zur Änderung des Strafgesetzbuches – Erweiterung des § 86a StGB in Bezug auf den Handel…

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Newsletter 255 May 4, 2017

Newsletter 255 May 4, 2017

SS-Totenkopf cuff title First instituted in September of 1938, this example is one worn on a Waffen-SS officer’s field tunic but is the same one that was issued to all ranks to replace the ‘Oberbayern” title. Ref: SS-Befehlsblatt Nr. 3, Ziff. 19, And RF-SS T-176 155/2684669 This title was hand-embroidered in aluminum thread. Wartime issues included machine-woven examples. SS-Totenkopf cuff title, hand-embroidered  

Newsletter 254 May 2, 2017

Newsletter 254 May 2, 2017

A Study in Mendacity by Wilbur Stump A Yugoslav-born immigrant from Germany, the Michigan-based Dietrich Maerz is an American success story. Hardly able to read and write in any language when he arrived in the United States, the former autoshop worker is now a successful author and publisher in the field of militaria. As well as his own books, Maerz publishes the work of other new experts through B&D Publications LLC. He also has a sideline in militaria authentication, administered…

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Newsletter 253 April 20, 2017

Newsletter 253 April 20, 2017

U-boat Badge with Diamonds Presentation Letter   The U-boat War Badge with Diamonds was instituted by Grand Admiral Erich Raeder and was a gold-plated silver version of the U-boat Badge in which the swastika was inlaid with diamonds. The badge was a special issue award given to U-boat commanders who had received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. This version was made of gold plate over silver. It was manufactured only by the firm Schwerin u….

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Newsletter 252 April 9, 2017

Newsletter 252 April 9, 2017

Here we have a collection of sample illustrations we are preparing for use in our new work on the enormous number of fakes being made for sale to a trusting collecting world. This will run to over 100 pages, contains many clear and revealing pictures, shows pages from the catalogs of makers of fakes and the sites of those who sell them as genuine. This compendium of frauds is not intended for sale; it will be free. The so-called “Goering…

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Newsletter 251 April 8, 2017

Newsletter 251 April 8, 2017

The Rommel Honor Dagger   Many collectors seem to be drawn to technical works that are published solely to sell fakes. These gaudy books contain endless “variant” pieces, “prototypes,” “late-war production” items and many other entertaining holy relics that happen to be in the possession of either the author or one of his partners in crime. It might prove instructive to illustrate a fictional fraud, based entirely on factual procedures. Let us consider the “Rommel Honor Dagger.” This would be…

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Newsletter 250 April 2, 2017

Newsletter 250 April 2, 2017

Wonders will Never Cease! Here we have an incredibly rare Third Reich item being offered for the first time to the collecting world. It is to be offered by a Florida auction house, Affiliated Auctions of Talahassee, and is the property of Germania International of Lakemont, Georgia. This is a wall lamp from Hitler’s personal bedroom in the old Chancellery and was acquired by Major Benjamin Dover of U.S. Army Intelligence in 1945 from a Russian Colonel he met at…

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Newsletter 249 March 29, 2017

Newsletter 249 March 29, 2017

This is a communication from a reader. I have redacted his name to protect him from vengeful and deluded collectors and exposed dealers” “Dear Mr. Royster: I read your site regularly and have learned a great deal from it. It has kept me from buying some of the many fakes that the dealers, and auction houses, are offering to collectors. I have a question for you and would appreciate your answer. Someone has offered me a German Cross in Gold…

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