THE OAK LEAVES WITH SWORDS & DIAMONDS TO THE KNIGHT'S CROSS AWARD

The most coveted award of the Third Reich was the Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds to the Knight's Cross.

It was instituted on July 15th, 1941 and only 27 of them were ever awarded and it stands amongst the rarest of the rare of all military awards. Recipients include: Generalleutnant Adolf Galland, Hauptmann Hans-Joachim Marseille, Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel, Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel and SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich.

The Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds award featured here is a fantastic, dead accurate Museum Copy cast from molds taken directly from the original award "liberated" by an American combat engineer of the 29th Division who had taken it from the personal vault of Gauleiter Josef Wagner whose office was near Stuttgart. The award was made by the prestigious jewelry firm of Klein of Hanau and is correctly maker marked with a small letter “k” within a circle followed by the silver content number being “935”.

Like the originals this award is made up of 4 pieces held perfectly in place by 3 pins and is solid pure silver. The 58 diamonds are high quality Zirconia diamonds each one being correctly claw mounted by hand. It is also available with real diamonds having a cumulative weight of about 2.7 carats.

This true work of art is handcrafted to perfection in North America by a second generation high-end jewelry manufacturing firm. The finished award is beautifully displayed in a handmade European presentation case with the ribbon completing the set.

If you are looking for that perfect one of a kind piece to complete your Knight's Cross or Third Reich display, look no further, they simply don't come any finer then this Museum Copy set.

PRICES IN US FUNDS

  • Each set mounted with Zirconia diamonds, cased with ribbon $695 US
  • Each set mounted with about 2.7 carats in high quality real diamonds, cased with ribbon $3,995 US

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THE GOLDEN OAK LEAVES WITH SWORDS & DIAMONDS AWARD

This set is also available in solid 18 carat gold. Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the only recipient of the Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds in Gold. Rudel owned two sets of these and he never explained why he had two sets in his possession. Hitler personally awarded him the first set and it is thought Goring also awarded him a second set at a later date.

PRICES IN US FUNDS

  • Each 18 carat gold plated set with Zirconia diamonds, cased with ribbon $695 US
  • Each 18 carat gold set with Zirconia diamonds, cased with ribbon $995 US
  • Each 18 carat gold set mounted with about 2.7 carats in high quality real diamonds, cased with ribbon $4,395 US

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THE LUFTWAFFE PILOT/OBSERVER BADGE WITH DIAMONDS

Amongst the rarest of the rare is the Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge with Diamonds. Reichsmarschall Goering's obsession with his decorations and flamboyant uniforms appears to be mostly based on his penchant for elaborate representation and show. His persistent need to emphasize his status and power was also reflected in his practice of awarding personal decorations to friends and loyal staff.

This award was conceived during the summer of 1935 with the first bestowal taking place on November 11, 1935. It is noteworthy that both the inception and first presentation predate the introduction of the Combined Pilot's and Observer's Badge, which was introduced on March 26 1936. During the war on October 19, 1939, Goering raised the badges' status to that of an official decoration.

The badge was constructed in two distinct versions. The first being the official version being awarded by Goering personally. These were produced in gold and platinum and beset with real diamonds. The second type was the official "Dress Version" or "Daily Wear" badge, which was inlaid with synthetic stones, the wreath being gold plated on silver.

This Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge with Diamonds is a jeweler's copy of the official "Dress Version" worn by Reichsmarschall Goering. The eagle is cast in solid silver, the wreath also cast in silver with 14K gold plating, the 103 Zirconia diamonds are professionally hand mounted just like the originals. This gorgeous award is handmade in North America by a second-generation jewelry firm specializing in high-end jewelry.

  • Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge with Diamonds and case $995 US
  • A few of the more famous recipients of this award include: Heinrich Himmler, Karl Doenitz, Sepp Dietrich, Erwin Rommel, Adolf Galland, Erich Hartmann, Hans Baur, Otto Skorzeny, Hanna Reitsch and Benito Mussolini.