This is oldest SS-Totenkopfring ever.
Published and earliest known Totenkopfring awarded to NSDAP Treasurer SS-Oberstgruppenfuhrer Franz Xavier Schwarz dated 24. XII.33. This Totenkopfring was given to Obergruppenfuhrer Franz X. Schwarz during Christmas celebrations December 1933. Oberstgruppenfuhrer had earlier joined the NSDAP in 1922 having Partei #6, participated in the Beerhall Putsch in 1925 later joined the Schutzstaffel in June 1933 and given the honorary rank of Obergruppenfuhrer. In March 1934 Chancellor Adolf Hitler promoted Schwarz to having full financial responsibility for the party. On Hitler's birthday April 20, 1942 Franz Xavier Schwarz was promoted to Oberstgruppenfuhrer one of only four SS generals promoted to that rank. Schwarz died in 1945 while in Allied captivity as a result of chronic stomach problems. The ring was liberated as a war trophy near a German concentration camp by U.S. Army doctor Davies who in later years gave the ring to his nurse as a result of his dissatisfaction of a poor repair made to the skull by a local jeweler. The ring was subsequently sold to Craig Gottlieb who authenticated and restored the skull to its current condition. The ring has been published in author Craig Gottlieb's book, " THE SS TOTENKOPF RING"
Ring comes with Don Boyle´s and Martin Toman´s COA and buyer will receive 2 signed original photos of F. X. SCHWARZ + a lot of original fotos + letter with original Schwarz´s signature.
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SS-Oberstgruppenführer F.X. Schwarz
Reichsschatzmeister (National Treasurer) of the (NSDAP).
Diameter: 19,10 mm
Ring comes from Craig Gottlieb. Skull is not original piece. Here is the full story of the ring. It was described by man, who owned the ring before Craig Gottlieb bought it and letting the ring go back to its original condition by replacing a copy of the skull. I copied the text from WAF forum.
The story of this ring begins in ww2 germany near a pow camp. the G.I who aquired it was a man named doc davies. he was an army doctor and officer. all i know is he got the ring near a pow camp.maybe regansburg who knows. he returned home after the war to continue practicing as a doctor and obtained his very own office. he was our family doctor for many many years and a very close friend of the family. he actualy delivered several of my sisters at our home. my mother was a nurse and at some point became his personal nurse rn practioner and worked for him. one day he came to the office very pissed off and handed the ring to my mother and asked if she wanted it. she accepted the ring as a friendly gesture and didnt understand why he was so mad. doc had taken the ring to his friend who was a jeweler and asked him to repair the ring because the skull was loose or comming off. well,the jeweler though he would surprise doc by removing the skull,drilling a setting and soldering a bezel on,and installing a diamond into it. side note: the diamond is a g-h color 35 or so pt vvs stone. so it was a very good stone. when doc went to get the ring he wasnt very happy. so he felt the ring was ruined and couldnt care less about it at that point. now,my mother takes the ring and puts it in a box in her belongings and forgets about it for 20-30 years or so. up until thew ring comes up in conversation between her and i. she discribes the ring but not in great detail. i ask that if it evers pops up could i have it. she says if she finds it its mine. 2 years or so go by and out of the blue she produces the ring. i knew it was an honor ring due to seeing one im one of my ss books. i am troubled though because it doesnt match any inscriptions i can find on the internet at the time. so,i contact don boyle and speek to him over the phone. as soon as i describe the way the inscription is written don became excited because at that time it wasnt well known aboth the roman numerals except by people who had seen original 33 rings. don made me a trade offer of a rare piece he had but i wasnt in the market to sell or trade at the time. i joined the gdc not long after and began to learn as much as possible about sshr's. i had a few offers over time and didnt want to sell. one was for around 12,000.00 to which i wish i had taken now. then a time came when hardship fell on my family to which i had to make a very hard decision. i made it known on the gdc that i was considering selling the ring.
Here is the text from Gottlieb´s book:
The ring is published in the book "SS-Totenkopfring - Himmleruv prsten cti":