Himmler memorabilia

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by paulcheall, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. paulcheall

    paulcheall Son of a Green Howard

    A friend has just shown me a picture frame containing an enamelled badge, armband and hat band (?) found in Himmler’s possession when he was caught by the allies.

    It belonged to the friend’s grandfather from Norfolk who was a collector of allsorts.


    The item was bought by the grandfather from a gentleman who was in the Navy.

    A note in the frame says:

    “HAMBURG NAVAL BASE MAY 1945
    These items were given to me by a member of our naval staff. They were in articles in Himmler’s possession at the time of his suicide.
    Warrant Officer Class 1
    J A Melville
    Armament Articifer
    [signature]
    3-5-93”

    The latter data is not the date as my friend’s grandfather died before then. Equally, the framing was not done in 1945 – there is a decimal price pencilled on the wooden frame at the back.

    There is a cut out in the back of the frame to display a label on the back of the armband – showing maybe a stock code or something – 22748.

    Has anyone the slightest idea whether anyone could value or validate this item. Several auction houses have been contacted but no interest it seems.

    Many thanks in anticipation
    Paul
     
  2. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

  3. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Himmler memorabilia ?

    Yuk !!!!!!

    Ron
     
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  4. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    I totally agree with your sentiment Ron, although it would seem sinister characters of history do command an interest and do fetch a healthy price at auction or to the right collector. I suppose history is history not matter of its conotation.If times gone by had been full of good guys, forums like this would never exist because the events that make this site so unique would never of happen.There is always and antagonist and a protagonist, a right and a wrong, there would be nothing worth telling otherwise.History isn't one man's to make there has to be a conflict of some sort to make it worthy of putting pen to paper.

    I was recently at an auction that produced several of Kray brothers paintings and poems for sale and they made thousands just because of the name associated with them.In truth the actual pieces could of been written or painted by my 13 year old son,but the notoriety of the pair made them very salable under the social history banner.Like it or not these types of characters all form part of the Ying and Yang of life and history.
     
  5. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    If times gone by had been full of good guys, forums like this would never exist because the events that make this site so unique would never of happen.

    In that case I'd prefer not to have forums like this and have the world pass without murderous wars like the one that is the forum's object.
     
  6. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    A more sinister and dangerous man was Heydrich , he was if anything the power behind Himmler's throne.

    I recall reading that his son had great difficulty in obtaining employment in keeping with his qualifications simply because of his father's name and what he had done , the poor lad himself was a child a victim of who his father was.

    Himmler - I cannot think that he had any redeeming features a loathsome individual - part of the Ying and Yank of life - people like him exist today and potentially could again get the opportunity to influence history in the way Himmler did.
     

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