39th Contemporary History Auction

Bidding on 1638 lots has ended on 27th September 2020. 82% of all lots sold

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Fischer, Waldemar v. - Naval sword with damascus blade presented by General Hans Geisler

Fischer, Waldemar v. - Naval sword with damascus blade presented by General Hans Geisler

Fischer, Waldemar v. - Naval sword with damascus blade presented by General Hans Geisler

LOT 49-0011
SOLD
Auction ended        26th September 2020  |  02:06 pm CEST
RESULT
STARTING PRICE: EUR 2.000,00
EXCL. BUYER’S PREMIUM: 22,50 %
DESCRIPTion, DETaILS & Photos
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PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
MATERIAL
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LOT 49-0011
EAN 2000000502502
LOT 49-0011
PERIOD 4
COUNTRY Deutschland
EAN 2000000502502
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
PERIOD 1918 — 1945
COUNTRY Deutschland
LOT 49-0011
MATERIAL
DIMENSIONS
EAN 2000000502502
Fischer, Waldemar v. - Naval sword with damascus blade presented by General Hans Geisler

Description

Consigned by the grandson and never available on the market before!

Waldemar von Fischer (1189 - 1974) served as a WW1 u-boat commander during WWI and as chief of staff of the WWII shipyards St. Nazaire and La Rochelle during WWII. He became Danish Naval Commander Islands from August 1944 until the end of the war.

His WWI U-Boot commands were: 
UB 33 - 1.2.1917 - 21.3.1917 
UC 60 - 25.6.1917 - 30.11.1917 
UB 38 - 6.12.1917 - 24.12.1917 
UB 126 - 20.4.1918 - 11.11.1918

Von Fischer has sunk four steamers during WWI: Est, Ottokar, Maja, Laila. 5461 BRT in total. Please see other items at auction.

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Outstanding "Kaiserliche Marine" officer's sword with a real Damascus blade made by WKC. The sword was presented by Hans Geisler to Waldemar von Fischer. The blade is etched "Hans Geisler s/l Waldemar v. Fischer" to the front side. It is maker marked to the company which etched the blade to the small side. The blade is slightly damaged to the tip and shows some minor rust stains. Overall good condition with original red protection leather. 
Brass guard with original gilding remaining. "v. Fischer" engraved to the reverse of the crossguard. White handle from ivory. Originally attached officer's portepee. Intact metal wire. Real ivory. 

Original leather scabbard with brass fittings showing original gilding. The patina is perfectly matching the sword. Nice detail to all ornaments. Leather partially fragile with bends and cracks. Including two leather straps. One broken. 

Length: 95cm.

Including an original photograph showing Waldemar von Fischer as a young cadet holding exactly the same sword in his hands! Size: 15cm x 8cm. Original ink signature and dedication of von Fischer.

An extremely rare piece of history with original photo proof!

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Hans Geisler (1891 - 1966) served as a later Luftwaffe General during WWII. In 1909 he joined the Imperial German Navy and served during the entire war being promoted an Oberleutnant zur See in 1915. He served as an observer with II. Marine-Flieger-Abteilung from May 1915 until June 1916. From October 1917 he switched to II. Seeflieger-Abteilung. Until 1919, he served as special officer of „Marine-Flugchef“ Kapitän zur See Heinrich Otto Kranzbühler in Berlin.

Geisler joined the newly formed Luftwaffe in September 1933, reaching the rank of General der Flieger in July 1940. As commander of Fliegerkorps X from 2.10.1939 until 31.8.1942, he used his background as a sailor to specialise in anti-shipping aerial operations. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 4.5.1940. On 31.10.1942 he retired as a General der Flieger.


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