Lot 657

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Cased nibbed pen used by Field Marshal Hugo Sperrle for ceremonial purposes. A rather ornate broad-nibbed pen with brass barrel and marbled wood or bakelite handle, 7.25 in. long, showing obvious signs of much use. The pen was likely used with interchangeable nibs, although the one in place here is very broad and would have been used only to apply the largest signatures. The pen rests within a yellow felt case adapted to its unique shape and clearly has been in and out of this case many dozens of times. The upper lid of the case is lined with blue felt, adorned with a small section of ribbon from an Iron Cross - further evidence of the probable ceremonial use for this implement. The top of the lid has had a gold metal Luftwaffe general's eagle attached, though its origin is unknown and it is not a uniform eagle. Case measures 8.5 x 2 x 2 in. overall. These optics were recovered by Sgt. Rollo G. Rice, Co. E, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne, a late 1944 replacement and apparently attached to a headquarters company. Co. E is one of the most notable groups of soldiers of World War II, made famous in the book "A Band of Brothers" and the television series of the same name. Rice was with the 506th at Berchtesgaden. He may have obtained his Sperrle relics at Sperrle's residence near Munich while en route to Berchtesgaden, or perhaps at the office of Gen. KARL BODENSCHATZ, who served as Adjutant to Field Marshal Hermann Goring. Rice's very early post-war map of the area about the Berghof (copy and photos included) shows Bodenschatz's office circled. As Sperrle had to flee Paris only hours before the arrival of the French and American liberators, and in light of the fact that his own home was in the path of American invaders, he may have elected to hide his possessions with his close fellow officer in the mountains of Bavaria. Our consignor purchased the Sperrle lots nearly a decade ago from Rice's widow, who confirmed their provenance. Our consignor's letter of provenance is included. See similar lots in this sale for additional provenance. HUGO SPERRLE (1885-1953) German Field Marshal in the Luftwaffe during World War II. Sperrle joined the Imperial German Army in 1903. He served in the artillery upon the outbreak of World War I and then joined the Luftstreitkr�fte. He was given command of the Condor Legion in November 1936 and his force became known for their ruthless bombing of towns and cities. Sperrle was used during the Anschluss and Czech crisis by the Nazis to threaten other governments with bombardment. With the invasion of Poland, Sperrle played a crucial role in the Battle of France and Battle of Britain, and in 1941 he directed operations during The Blitz. Through 1941-43 he became more involved in air defense, until his forces were depleted. His meager squadrons were totally ineffective in Normandy, and he was dismissed.

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July 14, 2020 11:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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