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The History Behind Featured Antiques: Explore the fascinating stories and origins behind some of the most prized antiques in our store.

The History Behind Featured Antiques: Explore the fascinating stories and origins behind some of the most prized antiques in our store.


German Order Service (Ordnungsdienst) Badge, May 1940


The "Ordnungsdienst," which translates to "Order Service" in English, played a unique role during World War II. As the Nazi regime took control over vast territories in Europe, it implemented various means to manage the populations, especially within Jewish ghettos. In many of these ghettos, the Nazis compelled the local Jewish councils (Judenräte) to create the Ordnungsdienst, often informally referred to as the "Jewish Police."

These units, comprised mainly of Jewish members from within the ghetto, had the responsibility of maintaining internal order. Unfortunately, in several instances, they were also forced to assist with deportations to extermination camps.

The RMZ marking indicates the badge's connection to the Reichszeugmeisterei, the main equipment office of the Nazi Party. Responsible for production and distribution of many Nazi-related materials, from uniforms to flags, the Reichszeugmeisterei played an essential role in the propagation of Nazi symbolism and propaganda.

This badge, with its May 1940 production date, comes from a period when the Nazis were expanding their territorial gains and consolidating their rule. Its existence serves as a reminder of the difficult choices many had to make under the oppressive Nazi regime and the complex history of collaboration and resistance during the Holocaust.


Gb Div. Mountain Troops Cigarette Case, WWII Era

The Gebirgsjäger, or mountain troops, were a specialized division within the German Wehrmacht during World War II, trained to operate in mountainous and arduous terrains. Their distinctive edelweiss insignia, typically worn on the side of their caps, was a nod to their alpine roots.

These troops were equipped and trained for mountain warfare, making them vital assets in campaigns that involved difficult terrains, such as in the Balkans, the Eastern Front, and parts of the Arctic Circle. The Gebirgsjäger were reputed for their tenacity, stamina, and specialized training, allowing them to conduct operations in conditions that regular infantry units might find challenging.

Throughout the war, the Gebirgsjäger divisions played crucial roles in various campaigns, notably in the invasions of Norway, Greece, and the Soviet Union, among others. They were often recognized by their distinctive uniforms tailored for cold climates and their robust mules which were used to transport equipment in rugged terrains.

The cigarette case with the insignia of these mountain troops serves as a tangible connection to this unique and specialized division of the German military during WWII.

Candelabra by WMF hallmark is made by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik

The Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, commonly known as WMF, began its journey in 1853 in Geislingen, Germany. Throughout the years, it has become synonymous with high-quality metalware, pioneering numerous advancements in metal processing. By the 1930s, WMF had solidified its reputation as a leading producer of elegant and durable products, blending aesthetics with practicality. The era was characterized by a unique design movement, with organic and free-flowing lines taking precedence, and this candelabra is a perfect embodiment of that zeitgeist. With its graceful curves and sophisticated form, it not only serves its functional purpose but also stands as an art piece, reflecting the artistic inclinations of the era.

Berghof 1939 Eva Braun Silver-Plated Napkin Holder

The Berghof, located in the Obersalzberg of the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany, was Adolf Hitler's retreat and was considered a second seat of government. It was a place where many of the Nazi elite, including Eva Braun, spent much of their time. Items from the Berghof, especially those connected to prominent figures like Eva Braun, are of significant interest to historians and collectors. Eva Braun became Hitler's longtime companion, and although their relationship was kept a secret from the public until the very end of WWII, she played a notable role in the inner circle of the Nazi leadership.

This pair of napkin holders, with its link to Eva Braun and the Berghof, provides a tangible connection to this historical period.


Note: Items from WWII, especially those associated with Nazi Germany, are fraught with moral complexities. Such artifacts are valuable for historical and educational purposes, to ensure that the lessons of history are not forgotten. When acquiring or displaying such items, it is crucial to approach them with a profound sense of respect, understanding, and responsibility, refraining from glorifying any malicious ideologies

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