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Luftwaffe Honor Goblet for Unteroffizier Georg Geissler with Document

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  • $ 4,800


Luftwaffe Honor Goblet for Unteroffizier Georg Geissler with Document- This goblet was awarded to Unteroffizier Georg Geissler on 16.1.43. The included document has an auto pen signature of Reichmarschall Göring. Standing about 8.5” tall, these goblets are a marvelous thing to behold – and must have been satisfying to receive! The goblet consists of an oblique-sided base ring with a raised inscription in large letters reading “Für besondere Leistung im Luftkrieg” (“For Special Achievement in the Air War”). This example sits quite flat and steady. The oblique base transitions to a short, vertical shaft section (this is actually hollow) displaying a band with two parallel rows of exquisitely-detailed, raised-relief oak leaves and in a small band beneath this, the engraved name of the recipient and date “Unteroffizier Georg Geissler AM 16.1.43” The goblet widens at the top where the lip flares out to form the rim. The goblet has hand hammered sides that provide a spectacular faceted reflection effect. A life-size image of an Iron Cross is embossed (fully raised above the side) on the center of one side of the goblet, with the opposite side embossed to show a raised relief scene of two eagles embraced in a life and death struggle. Quite a handsome piece! The silver is stunning with moderate toning/bluing. Viewed from the bottom, the open shaft affords a view of the lightly curved cup bottom, which is clearly marked “Joh.Wagner & Sohn”. It also says "Feinsilber" and "Auflage" around the central word "ALPAKA" which is inside a ring. There is extremely minor wear to the dueling eagles. Back to the document, which measures 11 3/4" x 8 1/4". There is minor wear, discoloration and two binder holes. The typed inscription says "Unteroffizier Georg Geissler in Anerkennung seiner hervorragenden Tapferkeit und der besonderen Erfolge als Kampfflieger".  This translates to "in recognition of his outstanding bravery and the special success as a combat pilot". Outstanding and scarce to find the accompanying document!