Newsletter No. 230 November 6, 2016

Newsletter No. 230 November 6, 2016

Fraud among the High and Mighty

by Wilbur C Stump

wcstump@gmail.com

 

There were three Großkreuze produced during the war by the Berlin firm of C.E. Juncker. One had a gold rim and was rejected by Hitler and two were given to Göring. But there was only one presentation document, presented to Hermann Göring by Adolf Hitler on 15.7.1940. The gold-tooled vellum document was contained in a lavishly produced cassette in Luftwaffe blue maroquinnerie with a hand-tooled fire gilt bordering inlaid with diamonds and rubies. The fire-gilded national eagle was similar in design to those on the Ritterkreuze cassettes but slightly larger and with a diamond-filled swastika. A period original series of full color pictures of the original document and case can be found in “Die Kunst im deutschen Reich”- 6. Jahrgang/Folge 10 of Oktober 1942, pps 254-255.

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Original

Göring kept his award documents and citations in this special room at Carinhall, his hunting estate near Brandenburg, to the north-east of Berlin. Before Carinhall was blown up on Göring’s orders on 28.4.1945, a Luftwaffe unit removed the Reichsmarschall’s art collection as well as other valuables and personal possessions for transport to Berchtesgaden. His GK document was probably kept in this room. Göring also had a special cabinet in which he kept his orders and decorations. Like Hitler or any high-ranking official, he had several dress uniforms in each of his various residences and headquarters, enabling him to travel light. However, the suggestion that Göring had a dozen or two dozen Großkreuze is not based on any photographic evidence but rooted in the sort of deliberate misinformation spread by the dealer fraternity.

 

In November 2006, the author, and self-proclaimed expert, Dietrich Maerz published a photograph taken at that year’s MAX Show of the GK cassette on the WAF. The cassette was displayed on the Wolfe-Hardin stand with an unrelated Großkreuz. Mr Maerz described the cassette as “covered with Luftwaffe blue maroquin leather, inside with ivory velvet. The decor is made of hand-finished gold. The stones are gold topaz and diamonds. It’s a piece of art!”.

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Reproduction

Later that year, another prominent American collector told fellow WAF members that he had tried, unsuccessfully, to buy the Hermann Göring Großkreuz document and cassette from Mr. Wolfe. Yet another collector stated that the cassette had been sold previously through the Munich auction house, Hermann Historica. The buzz was building but for students of the fakers’ and scamsters’ various modi operandi, a typical confidence game pattern emerged.

There were actually three Grand Cross documents in existence. The original is in the Luftwaffe Museum in Berlin while two post-war copies are in private collections. The one shown at the MAX show by Wolfe-Hardin was sold by them to Elmer Chen, an architect resident in Hong Kong. Mr. Chen, who poses as an Air Cathy Flight Captain, paid one million dollars for this piece. Mr. Chen also is the proud owner of the Doenitz dress Grand Admiral’s baton, the original of which is still in a British Army museum where it has been since 1945.

A second post-war copy is now in the hands of one Yevgeny Stoltsov of the Russian Republic, who bought it from another American dealer, Charles Snyder,  for only five hundred thousand dollars.

Just recently, we received a copy of an email sent to Mr. Arthur Royster, whose website makes a point of exposing Third Reich fakes.

Here is a copy of it:

Date: Tue 7 Jul 2015 05:19:38 +0000
To: adroyster@hotmail.com
Subject: Counterfeit documents
From: sstatake@rediffmail.com

From your articles I know you are interested in German fakes. I am in the bookbinding business in India and that document for the German Grand Cross was made partially here in India and also a part in China.

The customer who had the case made was a person from a National Capitol Military company in Springfield, Virginia USA. I am regretful that their payment check was refused by the bank and to this day, we can get no satisfaction on this.

If you can find this person or give us information to assist us in recovering our money, we would most grateful!

Sincerely yours,

Sachin Tatakae

Thane, India

Who is National Capital (sic) Historical Sales? This is a firm run by one George A. Petersen of Georgetown, Virginia. At the time of this incident, his firm was located in Springfield, Virginia.

National Capital Historical Sales Inc

5810 Kingstowne Center # 120
Alexandria, VA 22315 –

38.775235 -77.135169 Phone: (703) 971-8535

Web: Nchsinc.com

George A. Petersen gpete2000@aol.com

 

The question arises as to whether Mr. Petersen had this item (and several others) made to deceive another dealer or whether he merely acted as a go-between as the agent for the eventual seller.

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More reproduction items prepared in India and China

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Newsletter No. 230 November 6, 2016

  1. Excellent expose of another pompous fraud, beloved by the twitties of the WAF and praised by his fellow crooks in the advanced militaria business. Keep this up and eventually all the ignorant dealers, selling fakes either they commissioned or bought knowing them to be fake will end up sleeping in parks and standing on traffic islands, hat in hand and a begging sign at their feet. The dim-bulbs are not sure who you are and I have read dozens of possible names and states of residence. Be careful and do not go to the big shows or someone will come up behind you and slug you with their purse! I have some information on one dealer who specializes in personality items and fake art objects of the period and will send it on.
    Misha

    1. I know the dealer you mean and by all means, send away.
      We are planning to sue him anyway.
      Stump does excellent articles and I reach far more collectors that he does so he is sending me reams of input, along with excellent pictures, for me to use in enlightening the collecting world.
      And concerning the purse attacks, yes, I am aware of the animosity, and even hatred I have earned from both the crooked dealer and also from the swindled collector who was his victim. No one abides the destroyer of the dream.
      ADR

  2. Gentlemen:
    Selling a fake SS cuff-title for small change is cheap fraud but selling a million dollar document, that the sellers must have known was fake, is a major criminal activity. When we see a dress SS officer’s brocade belt selling on a notorious site for $5,000 (with a CoA yet!) and then find out that this is the product of Reddick Militaria, that too is criminal mail fraud. The Reddick people never sell anything as original and have bits and pieces to fix daggers, original US decorations, and replica German militaria. They are not at fault but a dealer who knowingly buys a reproduction from them and then turns around and sells it as original for far more than he originally paid for it is a criminal in the eyes of the law. We need to get a few of these fraud merchants prosecuted and then the others would be more careful. “Himmler tapestries,” “Anzio helmets” and humped daggers would vanish from sight.

    1. While it is easy to prove where the dealers get their fakes, it is difficult to get them prosecuted for fraud because the victim must first make a complaint. Most collectors who buy “Stalingrad” camouflaged helmets or “Half-loop rare issue Knight’s Crosses” are very reluctant to admit that they were easily fooled into spending a good deal of money for a crude fake. Having gloated to fellow-collectors and trumpeted their good fortune on the WAF, they do not want to appear to be a bigger fool than God made them. But what happens when a collector tries to sell that “SS Charlemagne woven cufftitle,” made in Pakistan? Or the “Guerrilla Warfare Badge in gold with diamonds,” made by Dr. Kleitmann? When he realizes that he can’t find a buyer dumber than he is, the idea of making a complaint rises to the surface. It is probably more realistic just to laugh at the antics of the gas-bags and their poodles than contemplating them being raped in the showers of a Federal penitentiary.

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