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Nazi cigar box on sale at Suffolk auction

PUBLISHED: 16:29 26 September 2018

The cigar box, bearing Göring’s signature, is worth an estimated £5,000 Picture: BISHOP & MILLER AUCTIONEERS

The cigar box, bearing Göring’s signature, is worth an estimated £5,000 Picture: BISHOP & MILLER AUCTIONEERS

BISHOP & MILLER AUCTIONEERS

A rare silver cigar case bearing the signature of Hitler’s deputy Hermann Göring is set to go under the hammer at a Stowmarket auction house.

The cigar box, on sale at Bishop & Miller Auctioneers, is expected to fetch more than £5,000 at the auction on October 6.

The German Third Reich presentation cigar case holds the inscription: “Generaloberst Milch, Zum 30.3.1939, in Kameradschaftlicher Verbundheit” and includes the signature of Hermann Göring.

Göring was Adolf Hitler’s second-in-command and in charge of German air force called the Lufftwaffe, having founded the Nazi secret police force, the Gestapo, in 1933.

The box itself is made of silver and lined with cedar wood, and the lid is slightly domed with a gold Luftwaffe eagle (including Nazi swastika) fixed to the top.

Managing director, Oliver Miller, said: “This rare German WW2 piece is a real find and has already attracted a lot of attention from private collectors.

“WWII memorabilia is growing in popularity and we’re finding more items coming to us to be sold – although items with such significance and provenance as this silver presentation box are not acquired every day.”

Also included with the military auction are two Third Reich National Hunting Association miniature presentation daggers, one of which also bears Hermann Göring’s signature.

The cigar case and daggers are being sold as part of a specialist military sale on Saturday, October 6, from 10am at Bishop & Miller’s Suffolk salesrooms.

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