Lot 837

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HERMANN FEGELEIN 1906 - 1945) Nazi military leader and SS-Gruppenfuhrer, a Knight's Cross winner with Oak Leaves. Fegelein married Eva Braun's sister and served as liaison between Hitler and Himmler, but in the closing days of the war he was caught attempting to flee and was summarily executed. A 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger and scabbard with ownership attributed to Hermann Fegelein. The dagger is by Tiger and so marked upon the blade. The pommel is fine with oak leaves, pebbling and swastika retaining almost all original detail, and with the top of the pommel showing no dings nor dents. The crossguard is in even better condition, with oak leaves on top, pebbling eagle and feathers virtually untouched. The celluloid-on-wood grip is fine, and the original wire wrapping is tight. The band beneath the grip exhibits just a touch of oxidation, but it is otherwise also fine. The blade shows no running marks, although there is a bit of negligible black surface oxidation at the lower end. The tip remains untouched and very sharp. The scabbard is as fine as the rest of the dagger, with no dings nor dents, perfectly straight and with all pebbling and finish in fine condition. The dagger is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from CHARLES HAMILTON, probably the most famous autograph dealer and auctioneer of the last century who also authored perhaps a dozen books on autographs, including "Leaders & Personalities of the Third Reich". Although not widely know in militaria collecting circles, Hamilton's name synonymous with "authentic" among autograph collectors. He was also the first auctioneer in the U.S. to offer Third Reich material. His ca. 1970's letter first presents Fegelein's biography. It then notes: "...The possession of General Fegelein and his wife Gretl descended to Mrs. Braun, mother of Eva Braun and Gretl Braun. At the end of World War II, the German-speaking American officer who was in charge of the interrogation and surveillance of Mrs. Braun obtained from her a collection of artifacts that belonged to her daughters. These included presents from Hitler to Eva...[and Fegelein's] monogrammed briefcase. Included in Fegelein's effects was this Luftwaffe dagger..." Of course, Fegelein had no official connection to the Luftwaffe, but may have been gifted this dagger or obtained it from a friend during the war.

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May 1, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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