Presented below is a full frontal view photograph of this guaranteed original, high quality, bust of Adolf Hitler crafted by the internationally famous German metal sculptor Oswald Schimmelpfennig in Berlin in early 1933 to commemorate the NSDAP’s ascension to power in Germany on 30 January 1933.
As is clearly visible in the above photo, the bust, which has been produced from what appears to be extremely high quality bronze, depicts a hatless Reichschancellor Adolf Hitler wearing a traditional SA shirt jacket, with cross strap, shown from the lower portion of the chest pockets up. As part of his uniform, Der Fuhrer is also shown wearing the standard SA necktie, the SA eagle and swastika stick pin serving as a tie tack and the 1914 First Class Iron Cross which he personally won for exceptionally bravery as a front line soldier during World War I.
As can be clearly seen in the enlarged frontal view photograph of this bronze bust presented below, the detail in all aspects of this piece of art, to include facial features, as well as the swastika in the stick pin, the cross strap buckle and Der Fuhrer's WWI First Class Iron Cross, are all exceptional and rank among the best that I have ever seen in fifty (50) years of collecting German World War II artifacts.
As an aside, this level of professional quality is fully consistent with the career achievements of the artist Oswald Traugott Schimmelpfennig (1872-1944?) which include the famous "Iron Hindenburg” statue which was a tourist attraction in Berlin’s Thiergarten beginning in 1917 until it was destroyed during the Allied terror bombing campaign against German cities during World War II. As an aside, several of Oswald Schimmelpfennig’s non political works, such as his famous "winged girl” that was reported recently sold via the Internet, are still available through international art auctions from time to time, fetching prices consistent with their exceptional beauty and uniqueness. In confirmation of Herr Schimmelpfennig‘s crafting of this particular bust, his name, together with the location of Berlin and the year 1933 appear on the reverse side of its base. A photograph showing this information is included below
Centered on the front bottom of the Adolf Hitler bust, as exhibited in the photo appearing immediately below, is a four inch (4") long banner in bronze bearing the German language inscription in raised block lettering "WILLE IST SIEG". A literal translation of this expression into the English language would roughly be "Determination has Triumphed", expressing the sentiment of the large majority of German artists and intellectuals, such as Thomas Mann, upon the Fuhrer’s assumption of the position of German Chancellor.
Dimensionally, this particular piece of artwork is eight and three quarters (8 3/4") inches (22.5 cm) tall by nine (9”) inches (23 cm) long by four (4") inches (10 cm) deep. Moreover, it weighs a total of nine pounds (9 lbs) and is covered by a highly attractive bronze wash finish which is still more than ninety percent (90%) intact. Designed with an irregular shaped trapezoid base, the walls of this hollow bronze statue are a full one quarter (1/4") inch thick (.75 cm). For reference, the weight of this item, together with the exceptional stability it derives from its base design, permits it to sit very securely on any flat surface without fear of tipping. A photograph illustrating its base construction has been included below for reference.
Given its year of production in 1933, together with its motto of "Wille ist Sieg", this bust can only have reasonably been produced by Herr Schimmelpfennig to celebrate, along with the vast majority of the German people, the fact that, after more than ten (10) years of virtual civil conflict in the streets and great economic uncertainty that a leader had now come to power who it was generally believed would put Germany back to work, while providing health care and other essential life services to the general population so sorely missing since Germany’s loss of World War I.
This is an opportunity to own an incredibly rare and beautiful piece of original period art that would be a worthy centerpiece of any German WWII era collection. In furtherance to this representation, photographs showing different views of this item from the back, left and right sides respectively are included below for your consideration.