Original German WWII WHW Gau Niederdonau Donation Can by Westermann & Co Neheim-Ruhr

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The WHW, Winterhilfswerk (Winter-help-work), was an annual charitable donation event held by the "NS -Volkswohlfahrt" (National Socialist - Peoples’-welfare-organization), in which personnel from all of the organizations would solicit donations from the public, and reward contributors with a wide variety of lapel badges or propaganda booklets.

This is an excellent condition red-painted, sheet metal can, roughly 17cm in overall height, and 10.5cm in diameter. Featuring a hinged lid which is stepped as it ascends, with an angled coin slot to its apex, unto whose surface are the raised serial numbers 1985 (serial number). To the lid, immediately above its hinge, is a small, circular perforation, with Papier (Paper) embossed to one side of it and Geld (Money) to the other. A handle is riveted to the reverse, beneath the lid’s hinge. Embossed to the can itself, Gau Niederdonau (Administrative-region Niederdonau). To its bottom is the embossed maker’s name, M. Westermann & Co, with G.m.b.H. underneath it, for Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (Company with limited Liability), both arching above Wesco within a diamond, and with Neheim -Ruhr arching beneath that. The embossed number 8 may be seen below the latter location.

Niederdonau formed in 1938 from the former Austrian federal state of Lower Austria and northern Burgenland; included from 1939 on parts of southern Moravia.

Examples of these cans have become harder and harder to find with damaged and poor condition examples routinely selling between $150 - $200. You won't find another like this excellent near mint condition example anytime soon!

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