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Antique Market Purchases for small sums

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At an interesting Antiques Market (indoor) this morning, there weren't too many dealers as the weather was too good, people are enjoying the sun. There must be a general price cut somewhere, or interest has receeded, everything seemed to be going for 2 Euros today! I had ten euros with me, as I didn't plan to make any big buys, as been spending enough lately, need to re-generate.

Ended up buying more than usual, there was a stand with interesting old postcards, so I thought, here is the opportunity, what do I look for? I thought I'd try "K" for Königsberg, as I had seen a few lately in the net, and its something that has died out. Two of these cards are of the "Blutgericht", which was also of special interest to me, that is where Walter and Liesel Neusüß were photographed in early 1942 (see resp. article).
So there were three nice cards of Königsberg, so I got these for 6 euros, ok. There were also other bits and pieces, such as navy buttons, all sorts, etc., and also one Reichskokarde of WW2 vintage but as good as mint, so I got it for 2 euros. Looking on further, there was another dealer selling everything for 2 euros - and there was a gigantic book, which is very familiar, but I never owned - it is terribly heavy and would almost break up under its own weight - HINDENBURG DENKMAL Für Das Deutsche Volk, which was published around 1924. It was all complete, reasonably good order, the spine slighly frayed and opening, which can be easily repaired. Contains many black and white and colour plates.
A well known historical volume dedicated to World War I and sponsored by Reichspräsident von Hindenburg. I can remember many years ago this book would have cost a fortune in DM. I believe it was also very expensive originally, when  published in 1924, and today at a throwaway price.

 

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Another stroll over that Antik Market in that shopping centre today, which is only held about 3-4 times a year. It was much busier and better visited than April, and you always get the occasional surprise and lots of other interesting things to view. One dealer had a few medals and a late war Wehrmacht water bottle and also a heavy duty Y-strap with unusual heavy aluminium fittings, stamped inside with a Berlin maker and 1940. Another dealer had a late 18th century or early 19th century infantry officers sword without scabbard, said to be Prussian, which I could not confirm, as many other armies had a similar weapon, an impressive and elegant piece however. The same dealer had an Erdkampfabzeichen of the Luftwaffe, which looked ok, not certain, an N.S. party sympathisers badge, and another item -  for me an obvious faked SS-deaths head skull with scroll - as are often seen as copies, this was accompanied by a cut-out with picture from an auction catalogue, as proof of being genuine. The first thing I noticed, the catalogue description said "zinc", I could clearly see the item was made of stamped brass, with a worn matt silver finish - an obvious fake. One further item which impressed was a Kriegsmarine U-Bootskriegsabzeichen, an early example in gilded bronze with a coke bottle horizontal needle and hook above - the maker at the back was "Imme" (JMME) - Imme was well known for maker for Luftwaffe aviation badges, especially early examples in Aluminium - I have never heard of a naval badge or a U-Boot badge by this maker (Imme, Berlin). The badge was offered for 80 Euro, normally well underpriced for such an example, of which quality would normally be around 600-750 Euros.

Does anyone have any experience of Naval badges by this maker? I would be pleased to hear.

The only thing I decided for, was a shortened lenght of neck ribbon for the Ritterkreuz for 5 Euros! However, not certain here about the originality, The quality is quite good, the colour and type of material look good, with some signs of handling, pinning, slight age and some paper/glue residue to reverse. However, what strikes me is the absence of the typical edges of a medal ribbon. Could be contemporary, could also be official postwar manufacture for the 1957 authorised version, or simply an older copy. Length, ca. 39,5 cm. See photo.

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You are correct Fritz, IMME never made any Kriegsmarine  awards. On the ribbon the lack of the D loops on the weft of the threads indicate post war ribbon but still OK for 5 Euro. 

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All exactly what I thought. Thanks, kenny. Good job I didn't buy the badge, it was very nice quality though. Never mind the quality, feel the width!

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Recently acquired for only 2,50 Euro in a nearby shop which deals with interesting second-hand items from house clearances, this little crest made of sheet brass, with ultra-accurate precision cut out, and representing the former Prussian Province of Pommern (Pommerania). It was originally mounted on a wooden shield without doubt, there are still remains of the fixing posts to the rear, finished in a clear varnish to prevent tarnish (anlaufgeschützt). Most likely pre-war.

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Flea Market purchases at the weekend -
Spent for 2 items, both well over 100 years old:

A helmet plate for Marine Infantry, probably from a sun helmet - colonies - cost 8,00 Euro
One of a set of fittings for furniture, heavy, gilt solid brass, decorative - cost 0,50 ct.

Extraordinary luck, normally, you don't find anything much of interest, and when, well over-charged. One way or another, flea market dealers mostly don't have a clue.

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