Lot 757

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N.S.D.A.P. armband captured at the Nazi Party headquarters (the "Braun Haus") in Munich by Lt. Col. Willard White of the 129th Combat Engineers, H.Q. 7th Army, and likely owned and worn by Adolf Hitler himself. The armband is of standard three-piece wool construction, 16 1/4" long overall and sewn at rear, with a white grosgrain field with separate black cloth swastika applied at center. A partial paper RZM tag remains attached within with only the "A" of the production number remaining. White, widely regarded as the "king" of souvenir collectors, sent over 100 pieces of personal Hitler and Goring property home to his wife…the sister of future president Lyndon B. Johnson! The armband is accompanied by an original notarized typed 1975 letter of provenance by Beverly White Conditt, Col. White's daughter, who inherited the collection. Conditt states that her father was awarded the Silver Star for his gallantry in reconnoitering the center of Munich on April 30, 1945. While there, he raided the "Braun Haus" and obtained a quantity of Hitler's formal silver service. In this letter, prepared for a veteran who purchased three pieces of silver and this armband, she describes each item being sold though misidentifies the armband as an "SS armband." She does mention that the item bears: "RZM tag number A". The veteran in turn sold the silver and the armband to our consignor who has retained the original letter of provenance and armband in his collection since. The armband has a moth nip or two and a small dark stain, but is otherwise fine. Hitler, who wore an unadorned party armband, had an office at the Braun Haus and also entertained there. As Col. White was a very discriminating "collector" and gathered essentially items only directly connected to Hitler and Goring, it would seem that this armband was taken from Hitler's private offices or store rooms at the Braun Haus, at the same time as Hitler's silver was seized.

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August 24, 2016 10:30 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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