One of the highlights of the sale was this very
rare 1878-1928 Stahlhelm double-sided
embroidered standarten selling for over $2,000.
See additional information below.
Strong and, in some cases, record prices were realized at the Internet and catalog auction held by SoldUSA.com from mid-November through December 14, despite the deteriorating condition of the nation’s financial markets. “It would seem that when the stock market is down, people begin to switch to tangible items,” said Chris Roberts, the president of SoldUSA.com. “This was a great sale for us. Bidding was fast and furious, especially in the final days.”
Mr. Roberts attributed the sale’s success to the huge numbers of people who viewed the firm’s advertisements and auctionzip page. “We registered more than 500 new people to our mailing list,” he said, “and we had over 3,000 active bidders. We had over 800,000 hits per day the last few days of the sale, and we actually had to enlist backup servers to handle the traffic.”
The auction featured a large selection of World War II German militaria. “This is an area of collecting we are looking to expand into, and I feel we took great steps in that direction with this auction,” Mr. Roberts said.
Below are some of the highlighted items from this sale. All Prices reflect the 13% buyer’s premium.
SoldUSA’s next catalog auctions are scheduled for March, June, September and December 2009. They are currently accepting consignments for all of these sales. SoldUSA Auctions Inc. also holds a monthly Internet-only auction for which they are always accepting consignments.
WW1 U.S. Doughboy Uniform with Pants AEF Siberia, "Polar Bear Expedition"
The AEF "Polar Bear Expedition" was sent to Russia and served from 1918 to 1919. The last living veteran died in 2003. This rare offering has a beautiful 2 piece "Polar Bear" patch sewn on the shoulder of the tunic. The collar discs are US and crossed rifles with a letter K below them. Tunis has the rank of private on one sleeve and sergeant on the opposite sleeve. The pants are complete as is the tunic with all buttons. Condition: there is a small moth hole on the tunic and some period repairs. Overall very good condition. This is a seldom seen and very rare piece of WWI history. Sold For: $771.22
WW2 German State Nazi Flag
Original printed wool flag featuring a large bordered black swastika in a white field on a red body flag with the party eagle in the upper corner. Large, measures 57 x 96 inches. Finished end with lanyard rope. Opposite end edge frayed. Some small holes. Overall very good condition. Sold For: $406.80
WW2 Italian Air Force 1930 Pattern Dress Dagger
Seldom offered Italian Air Force dress dagger. Beautiful dagger with large eagle with outstretched wings on both obverse and reverse of the cross guard. Black bakelite handle, turned brass pommel and cross guard. Brass scabbard with skull located between the hanger rings. 12 inch clean blade, unsharpened, with engraved design on both sides. Overall dagger very good plus. Rare. Sold For: $514.43
WW2 Nazi Police Dress Bayonet made by Alexander Coppel
Original police dress bayonet made by Coppel. Stag handle with police emblem set in handle. Eagle head pommel. Stamped at cross guard S.M.IV.1588 with matching stampings on throat of scabbard. Excellent clean blade maker marked. Black leather scabbard with nickel silver fittings. Leather frog stamped with winged eagle and control number WAA668. Overall a beautiful example of a police sidearm. Sold For: $474.60
WW2 German NSKK Crash Helmet 2nd Type
Original NSKK motorcycle driver crash helmet type 2. Large NSKK eagle on leather helmet front with edelweiss decal applied to side of helmet. NSKK maker label inside liner. Helmet is missing its chinstrap. Overall condition good plus. Sold For: $711.90
WW2 German Nazi City Police EM Shako Helmet Rare
WW2 police EM shako helmet. Cloth body, black leather top and brim. Black represents city police. Large aluminum police eagle with aluminum cocarde. Black leather chinstrap. Maker mark inside top of helmet. Maker is Hans Romer. Inside clean, undamaged. Outside body has a small moth nip on backside; not a hole just a bite. Overall very good plus condition. Sold For: $830.55
SS, NSDAP Large Two-Sided Pennant with RZM Paper Tag
This is a fantastic original double sided pennant with attached paper RZM tag. One side of pennant black with two SS runes machine sewn on a black field. Reverse side, red field with sewn on white circle that has multi-piece swastika sewn to it. RZM paper tag attached to upper corner on black field side. Reinforced sewing to the end of the pennant. Bunting sewn on end, with two tie ropes. Pennant measures 28 1/2 inches long. A fantastic addition to any collection. Sold For: $978.86
50 Year Stahlhelm Standarten 1878-1928 Double-Sided With 1914 Iron Cross
Very rare 1878-1928 Stahlhelm double-sided embroidered standarten. This measures 47 x 41 1/2 inches and is done in heavy metallic thread. One side a finely detailed German helmet with crossed swords and the date 1878-1928. The group name and location embroidered above and below helmet. Reverse side a beautiful Iron Cross dated 1914 with the motto "Loyal and Strong" above the cross and "German to the Bone" below the cross. Mounting rings run down the edge for suspension. Maker label sewn on one side in the lower corner. This is a very rare and fantastic piece of German history and would be a great addition to any museum or collection. Sold For: $2,192.20
NSADP Ortzgruppen Einsatzleiter Complete Uniform, Visor Cap, Belt and Boots, Rare
This is a very rare, near complete set of a NSDAP political leader with the rank of Einsatzleiter uniform grouping. Grouping is as follows; 1. High peaked visor cap, blue piped, with RZM tag behind sweatband, complete with chinstrap. 2. Political leader brown belt with Gold wash political buckle, rzm on reverse of buckle. 3. Political leader’s tunic with rzm tag inside pocket with the rank of einsatzleiter, one collar tab is missing one pip. Sewn on the sleeve is a blue piped multi-piece constructed armband. Tunic has all correct political gold wash buttons, piped in blue. 4. Riding style breeches with all ties well marked. 5. Pair high boots, boots have a cut on the back seam, otherwise clean. 6. DRL sport badge in bronze. 7. Political 3 place ribbon bar with small metal eagle attachments. 8. Black tie with RZM tag sewn in backside. Condition: all items are in very good plus condition. This is a rare and seldom seen offering that will be the highlight of any collection. Sold For: $3,672.50