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Old 18th February 2009, 19:26   #1
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Default Himmler, Wolff & the Countess..............

Here's a little thing I found at an English coin and stamp auction some years ago.

It's a birthday greeting from Himmler to Countess Ingeborg Bernstorff, hand-written on the back of one of his calling cards. It was still in its little envelope, again hand-addressed by Himmler for dispatch in the internal mail.

The countess was at that time the mistress of Himmler's adjutant, SS-Ogruf. Karl Wolff, whom she later married.

Odd place for it to turn up.

Funnily enough, I found the (unrelated) TK ring at the same auctioneers.

Actually, it found me!

But that's a different story.
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Old 18th February 2009, 21:46   #2
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Very nice Robin and quite a find! I also have a hand written early Himmler calling card in my collection.
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Old 18th February 2009, 21:48   #3
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Old 18th February 2009, 22:48   #4
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Great pieces! Thanks for showing for both.
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Old 19th February 2009, 15:10   #5
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Very nice, Erich.

I think Himmler probably sent a gift of some sort with each of these cards.
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Old 19th February 2009, 21:44   #6
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You're probably right Robin, my card was for best wishes from him and his wife for the birth of a son.
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Old 20th February 2009, 08:03   #7
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Hi

A very nice piece, Robin. I think you are right that Himmler would have sent a gift with such cards. Most probably he even kept a record of that gift somewhere as he seems to have been a stickler for that.

The ring found you? That sounds like there was an almost supernatural element to the meeting of man and ring.

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Old 20th February 2009, 11:36   #8
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The ring found you? That sounds like there was an almost supernatural element to the meeting of man and ring.
It's a long story Raymond, but the basics are as follows:

1. RAMC soldier serving in Berlin is gifted the ring from the holder, whom he befriended while working on post-war welfare/reconstruction work (gave chocolates to the man's children and he had nothing of value to give in return..............except the ring).

2. In the 1990s, the vet's daughter (a librarian) spots an SS TK ring in one of my books and tells her dad it might be worth something.

3. Vet decides to sell the ring, as none of his family wants it.

4. Vet takes ring to nearby auctioneers in Warwick.

5. Auctioneers don't know if the ring is genuine so contact me for an opinion.

6. I see it is OK, and decide to bid on it.

7. I win the ring.

8. Via the auctioneers, I contact the seller who relates all the story about how he got the ring, his daughter seeing it in the book, etc. etc.

So..................nothing supernatural, but I still think that destiny decreed the ring should end up in the Land of the Picts.

It's almost mint. Belonged to a Georg Simetsreiter, who served in the SS Welfare Department (ties in with his later work with the RAMC) and with the Hunyadi Division.
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Old 20th February 2009, 12:51   #9
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Many thanks for indulging me, Robin.

We are clearly talking about a straight forward case of destiny with this one.

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PS - That is a very nice ring you have there.
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Fantastic ring Robin!
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