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Heirloom. by Valkyrja-Skuld Heirloom. by Valkyrja-Skuld
heirloom [ˈɛəˌluːm], noun

- an object that has been in a family for generations.

I posted this one before, however I felt like it deserved another picture, without any photomanipulation this time.

Waffen-SS regimental ring, circa 1943.
This model, originally designed for the French volunteers of the 33th Waffen Grenadier Division der SS "Charlemagne", it was also used by the two Waffen-SS PzGrenadier Divisions "Langemarck" and "Wallonien.

This ring belonged to my grandfather, Joris D., SS-Untersturmführer, 27-Freiwilliger PzDivision "Langemarck" - Flemish volunteers.
He served from May 1941 to summer 1944.

Military awards:

1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse: 14. February 1943 - Battle of the Tannenberg Line.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Bronze: 21. June 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz: 25. May 1942
Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42": 22. June 1942
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HeinrichaHimmlerina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!Heart 
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Than you! w00t! 
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HeinrichaHimmlerina Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also than you, XD would be cool if they sold them in stores I'd be the first to buy them, I love the lightning!:happybounce: after skulls and crosses, are very gothic!
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
now that is a "real ss ring",finally!
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I'm sure there are thousands of copies in circulation...
I guess the only ways to be sure when it comes to authenticity are either being a very knowledgeable collector or having inherited such a ring from someone who really owned one (family member, acquaintance...)
A third option being that  allied soldiers often confiscated rings/medals....from prisoners - or took them from dead men - in order to "bring something back home".
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There are especially from Poland and Belgium, they had or still have originals to copy from, but they are casted, not engraved, it takes seeing a few originals to know the difference. I cant believe that other picture you posted with Galland's personal items in that museum, he must have gave them to them or sold them, he lived to very old age,no one took his stuff thats for sure, very well respected by the Allies, the Russians of course wanted him.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I've no idea how these artifacts ended up in the Malmédy Museum. Too bad they don't explain how they acquired them.
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thats a guess of mine, when you see that personal picture of him in the case,the daggers are definitely real and medals, I believe he spent a lot of time there...i'll check it out.
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Daphne-Hemlock Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG! I have read a lot about Charlemagne Division, they were real heroes!
you must be very proud to have that in your family!
Did you get to meet your grandfather?
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
My granddad didn't serve in Charlemagne, but in 27th SS PzDivision Langemarck - Flemish volunteers.
We enjoyed each other's company for about 20 years - sadly he made his way to Valhalla 2 years ago. We were very close and I'm extremely proud of being the granddaughter of such a man.
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