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Monat: April 2017

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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