ADOLF HITLER'S TREFFEN-WESTFALEN S.A. COMMEMORATIVE BADGE
An incredible find that has not seen the market in thirty years, Adolf Hitler's Trefen-Westfalen S.A. badge in solid silver, gold-plated with pin back, reverse stamped "900" for silver content, the front bearing an eagle and swastika motif, a rearing horse, the S.A. emblem, and "WESTFALEN TREFFEN 8-9 JULI 1933 DORTMUND" in relief. Hitler wore this badge on several occasions when would have been called-for, and was often so photographed. Dimensions are 1" wide and 1 7/8 tall, in fine condition. The provenance of this item is unimpeachable. Frau Anny Winter was the manager of Hitler's Munich apartment from 1929 to 1945 and had Hitler's complete confidence during the entire period. She was entrusted with the care and maintenance of every item in the apartment, and towards war's end cached them for safekeeping. The Free State of Bavaria attempted to confiscate much of the estate in 1954, but awarded her certain possessions in 1954. Following her death in 1970, these items were offered in a special sale on Apr. 2, 1971 in Munich by the auction house of Graf Klenau (covered in Time magazine, Apr. 19, 1971). Respected militaria dealer Mohawk Arms purchased some of the items at the Kleinau auction, purchasing Lot 1650, a large group of Hitler's medals. This medal was included in that lot, and it was in turn sold for inclusion in the Lattimer Collection, our consignor. Provenance includes an original copy of the 1971 Graf Klenau auction catalog, the original Mohawk Arms catalog, Mohawk Arms' certification, and a copy of the buyer's note to make payment to Mohawk, as well as his receipt. On July 8-9, 1933 Hitler addressed huge masses of his S.A. men at Dortmund, reviewing thousands as they marched in procession before him. On the 9th, he triumphantly announced a concordia negotiated after pressuring Rome, essentially banning priests from holding public office and requiring bishops to take an oath of loyalty to the Reich.