Lot 715: Historic Massive Trophy Horn, Inscribed to Lu
|Historic Massive Trophy Horn, Inscribed to Luftwaffe Chief and Nazi Huntsmaster Hermann Goering as a Birthday Present from His Hunting Comrades and Outfitted with a Figural Brass Stand|
|Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000|
|Description||Measuring 20 3/4 inches in height, the central piece of the trophy is a large animal horn, white in body with a dark brown tip, roughly 22 inches in length with a small brass tip and a 4 3/8 inch wide, 2 3/4 inch tall brass collar around the mouth. Either side of the collar features a deer head in trophy-style mounting, and the front bears the inscription "Fur unseren Reichsjagermeister zum Geburtstag - 12. Januar 1936 - Waidmannsheil!/von Ihren treuen Jagdfreunden aus der Schorfheide" (For our Reichs Hunting Master's birthday, huntsman's greetings from his loyal hunting friends from the Schorfheide Forest). The Schorfheide, located near the modern border of Germany and Poland, is one of the great old forests of Europe and was preserved during the Thirty Years War and other periods of conflict to serve as a hunting ground for royalty. 1933 was a big year for Nazi Germany as a whole and for Hermann Goering in particular, with the National Socialists taking a seat at the head of the table, with Hitler appointed Chancellor. Goering, already the President of the Reichstadt, was assigned a raft of positions including Minister President and Reichs Governor of Prussia and with the resources at his disposal started construction on Carinhall, his personal home in Schorfheide named for his departed first wife. An avid hunter, Goering had Carinhall patterned after a traditional hunting lodge but on a much larger scale. By the time this horn was presented, Carinhall was complete, Goering had remarried, and the legal fiction of the position of "Air Traffic Minister" was discarded with Goering at the head of the freshly unveiled Luftwaffe as Reichs Aviation Minister. As time went on, he continued to accumulate ranks and titles becoming Hitler's named successor in event of untimely death, the highest ranked military officer in the Third Reich, and other honors. The stand is multi-piece brass construction measuring 15 1/2 inches tall. A pierced-through two inch collar is positioned to hold the horn with a small thumb screw on the underside for securing the horn and a copy of Goering's personal crest: a mailed right fist holding a ring aloft set on a shield and a winged crown on top with an engraved sable background and a wreath border. The ring rest on the head of a 5 1/2 inch tall gryphon, rendered sejant with one paw raised, wings spread and tail between legs. The gryphon sits on an oval base which is then supported by four legs shaped like boars' head. In April of 1945, Goering evacuated what he could from Carinhall and had the place blasted to the foundations by Luftwaffe demolition teams to keep it out of Soviet hands; today, nothing survives but the outer gates and a few foundation stones. A number of items from Carinhall were known to have been moved to points further from the front lines, including Berchtesgaden in the Alps and Schloss Veldenstein near Nuremburg, both of which were known to have been targeted by treasure hunters in the closing days and aftermath of the war.
|Condition||Fine. The horn shows a number of natural voids and age cracks as well as some scuffs from the mounting collar and a few thin cracks in the mouth. The stand shows a well aged color overall, with bright spots mostly concentrated on the high points and some light handling marks. Overall, a very large and impressive trophy connected to one of the top men in the Third Reich.|
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