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#1 Martin Bull

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Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:33 AM

Just as I was despairing of finding anything worth buying at the Beltring Fair yesterday, I came across a ( sadly chipped ) coffee cup and saucer (but it only cost me £5...) : -

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On the bases are the Swastika-in-cogwhel mark and slogan : 'Modell des Amts : Scoenheit der Arbeit' -

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This goes with the fork which I already have ; -

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'Schoenheit der Arbeit' ( 'Beauty - or Perfection - through Work' ) was an office attached to the 'Strength Through Joy' organization ( the Nazis loved their slogans :rolleyes: ) and was established to approve the style of civil production items to fall in with the 'official line' on creating a clean, modern, utilitarian 'Nazi style' and to render all types of 'decadent art' obsolete.

It's an interesting little sideline in WWII militaria - anyone else have any ?
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:44 AM

looks like your on the ball there, martin, nice daf cup and saucer. this daf china tea cup and saucer, exactly the same design too, here..selling for $95
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 04:20 AM

Only 5 pounds? Not bad eh? These days that translates to about $7.50 or so USD... ;-)) Id have been happy to pay that price for two items even if they are not Military items per se ;-))
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:02 AM

Very pleased indeed to get this at Beltring. It's a large (A3-sized) catalogue for a 1938 MDASDA exhibition. Really superb condition with a fine colour cover.....

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Inside are pages and pages of original German industry advertisiements and photos of German factories, suitably decorated...

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The dealer charged me £8 and I didn't feel at all 'robbed'..........:cool:
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 08:55 AM

How come I missed this fine thread, great cup and saucer, I have a large coctail plate that goes with it , it is divided in several compartments. It has the same RAD symbol but it is kaki instead of green

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:39 PM

Two more items I picked up at Beltring : a plate with rather nice 'MDASDA' markings...

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...and a MDASDA bowl with the Reichsbahn logo and 'RBD Saarbrucken' mark....

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When I got home I checked out the 'RBD' marking - it stands for ReichsBahnDirektion : these were the regional control centres for the railways and Saarbrucken was one of them.
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:04 PM

Goodies Martin That Kurt Angelé obviously has some French ancestry.

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Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:43 PM

I'm guessing they must have been a distributor/wholesaler...Bauscher Weiden was ( and remains in business today ) one of Germany's biggest manufacturers of hotel porcelain.
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 09:10 PM

Highly probable, same for Saarland and Saarbrücken. Saargemünd also. (today Sarreguemines, Lorraine) It was a manufacturer for the Kaiser and they have been making some fine porcelaine until the 2000s.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:34 PM

Another nice addition to my little SdA collection - a Rosenthal soup-bowl....

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...and now I'm trying to find out which company's canteen it came from.........:confused:
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