Original RZM Hitler Youth Knife by E. & F. Hörster with HJ Armband owned by Heinrich Hass & two Rare 1938 Turnfest Breslau Entry Cards
Here on offer is a really interesting original Hitler Youth grouping that is associated with a member named as Heinrich Hass and some documentation also relating to his sister Grete Hass. They where both from Sindligen am Main near Frankfurt.
The group of items includes Heinrich’s original HJ knife and his HJ armband.
What I find really interesting, are the two very rare cards that Heinrich and Grete acquired to get free entry to the famous Deutsches Turn-u. Sportfest at Breslau in 1938. This was held at the Hermann-Goring Sportsfield between the 23rd and 31st July 1938.
The first German Turnfest (Gymnastics Festival) was held in Coburg in 1860. This special gymnastics sports week received an overwhelming response from various Turnverein (clubs) gymnastics club) which was growing at that time so that it began to be held regularly every five years. During the reign of Hitler Turnfest was recorded twice, in 1933 in Stuttgart and in 1938 in Breslau. The third was supposed to be held in 1943, but was later cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II.
Any memorabilia from the 1938 Turnfest is rare to find and obtain a high premium. I have searched for examples of these cards/passes but cant find any on the Internet? I can only assume being paper, most where discarded after the event or perished during the war years.
There is also a newspaper cutting of the words in German to Lili Marlen and a photo of Hitler inspecting the Hitler Youth, possibly including Heinrich himself?
Now to the HJ knife itself:
The nickel-plated hilt fittings are in good condition with the usual genuine loss of plating on the front and rear of the pommel where the scabbard strap has worn the plating off over the years of use. There is also some loss on the high points of the crossguard and the top of the pommel looks like it has been used as a hammer, so most of the plating has gone!
The Bakelite grip plates are in perfect condition and are still held in place by the two-nickel rivets.
The HJ diamond emblem is perfect and retains its enamel finish. It “wobbles” in the grip recess as genuine examples are supposed to do!
The blade is the type without the motto and retains its original shape and edge. It looks like someone has run a small grinding wheel or file along the blade on both sides for some unknown reason? The blade itself is in good condition with no pitting or rust, just these weird grinding marks?
It is the thicker blade version with a stepped ricasso that has the RZM logo and M7/36 stamped into it.
M7/36 relates to the maker E. & F. Hörster, Solingen.
The leather buffer pad is still in place.
The excellent steel scabbard has been very professionally repainted at some point in its life, as many where and retains all the black paint finish.
The original leather belt loop hanger and fastening strap and stud are still in place. The leather has aged and is dry with some age cracks and would benefit from some leather feed. The fastening strap is slightly fragile and I recommend that the popper is left unclipped and if closed, opened with care to avoid braking the strap itself.
The blade measures 5.4” (13.6cm) long and the knife is 9.6” (24.5cm) in total length.
Inserted in the scabbard it measures 10” (25.4cm) long.
It weighs 290g.
Now for the Armband:
I am sure this is an original two-piece construction version and is in excellent undamaged condition, but is very grubby. I would be reluctant to try cleaning it as I am not sure how fixed the original dyes are?
It measures 6.25” (16cm) wide and is 3.6” (9.2cm) wide.
It is hard to find genuine examples of these HJ armbands these days and makes a great display piece in this collection/group.
So for the price, you get an original HJ Knife, a genuine HJ Armband and some rare documentation/memorabilia.
They came to me as a group and I have no reason to believe they have not been together for the last 80+ years!
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