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AppraiserJM, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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I have a german tapestry that was taken from Adolf mmlers

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I have a german tapestry that was taken from Adolf himmlers home during wwii
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is*****'m a certified appraiser, and I'd be happy to help.

This is a very interesting Third Reich tapestry.

Can you document it was removed from Himmler's home (apart from family word of mouth)? I need to figure out if that attribution can be used in valuing it.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can't other than word of my grandfather who aquired it
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

Thanks. Without a photo of it in place, or something else that proves its provenance, there is no way to use that attribution. Family stories are so often wrong, or change over the years--it's not considered a reliable source.

An SS Wandebehang, or tapestry, was an old folk art that was revived during the SS era to keep "pure" German heritage alive. These mimicked the designs used for generations by farmers. Traditionally, the SS family would keep these in a corner with a Yule chest, SS family book, and other SS memorabilia. Here are some links and articles:

Yours incorporates a number of images quite nicely--the German Eagle, ships, sun, moon, family, farming, and mythological creatures.

The value would be in the range of $3,500.00 - $4,500.00.



Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was mistaken we do have images of the home it was removed from and my grandads service record documented
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We do have images of the home and my grsndads service record
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

So you have images of Himmler's home with the tapestry in it? (The service record won't help.)