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Newsletter 269 September 27, 2017

Newsletter 269 September 27, 2017

The Schloss Klessheim Fraud       For some time now, the military collecting world has heard, mostly in the Maerz book on the Knights Cross, stories of fabled hordes of diamond-studded German orders and decorations found hidden in Schloss Klessheim near Salzburg. The story was that an American soldier noticed what appeared to be a false ceiling and upon ripping it apart with his field shovel, discovered a “big crate” containing hundreds of diamond-studded medals and military standards. The…

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Newsletter 268 September 24, 2017

Newsletter 268 September 24, 2017

I have been doing considerable research into the matter of the purported, “Adolf Hitler Ring” that was allegedly recently sold by the Alexander Auctions people for $66.000 . On April 4, 1982, the British “Telegraph Sunday Magazine” (and later in the American “Penthouse” magazine) an article appeared on what was then called “The Treasure Trove of the Decade.” This dealt with the purported discovery by a certain “Sergeant Joseph” in the “water-logged” basement of the “Führerbau” on the Koenigsplatz in…

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Newsletter 267 September 15, 2017

Newsletter 267 September 15, 2017

We get considerable input from readers and from the readers of other sites devoted to exposing fakes and fakers. Here is a sampling: Author: xxxxxxxx Email: xxxxxx @outlook.com To: christian@juersmilitaria.com Comment: this was on waf, A H Auctions are now selling fake snipers masks   To: xxxxxx From: christian@juersmilitaria.com Today, 10:02 AM xxxxxx@outlook.com   In a wartime German publication there was a picture of two soldiers wearing such masks. These were splinter pattern camouflage. These masks were home-made and not…

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Newsletter 266 September 6, 2017

Newsletter 266 September 6, 2017

From: balclava@gmail.com To: adroyster@hotmail.com Subject: xxxxxxxxx Auctions Date: Tue, 5 September 2017 09:16:26 –0600   Dear Mr. Royster:   In your most excellent columns, I have been following, with admitted sinking feelings, comments about so-called “paper whiteners” and the rather distressing news that they were not used in paper until 1951. In another posting, I note several articles about the xxxxxxxxx Auctions that are certainly of a somewhat negative nature. My unhappiness lies in the fact that I have been…

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Newsletter 265 September 3, 2017

Newsletter 265 September 3, 2017

Here are odds and ends of information, some of which might be of value to collectors and some of which will no doubt annoy others. “Stosstrupp Adolf Hitler cufftitles in the original production were machine-woven while modern copies are machine-embroidered on what is known as “tank destruction” metallic silver strips. This is the same type of strip that was used as the sleeve rank for top SS officials. This means that the lettering on the originals was sharp and defined…

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