Lattimer, who was a physician who attended Göring and his fellow defendants at Nuremburg, obtained the ring from California militaria Roger Steele in September, 1969. On the envelope in which he enclosed the ring, Steele notes: "<I>Purchased just yesterday from a chap in nearby Burbank...<P>". A week later, Steelewrote Lattimer adding little more information: "...<I>there is nothing more by way of information I can provide you with regarding the hat and/or ring...<P>", and a few weeks later he adds that he only has "<I>third hand<P>" information. However, a third person, apparently a friend of Lattimer, sent him a 1969 two-page photocopy from "<I>MILITARIA The Military Collector's Magazine<P>", Vol. I, No. 4, specifically the classifieds page, in which one "<I>B. L. Liberman<P>" in Burbank offers exactly the same ring Steele sold to Lattimer. To thicken the plot, some time after Lattimer purchased this ring, copies turned up on the market, we understand perhaps twelve in number, likely attributed to Steele. One prominient collector has sent us images of his ring, as well as an idential ring sold several years ago in New Zealand, which was purported to be teh "original" Göring signet ring. As far as we can determine, the collector's ring and the New Zealand ring bear <B>identical<P> hallmarks in shape, design and location to each other. The ring we possess bears hallmarks in <B>different<P> positions, with the most notable difference being that of the ring's designer, Prof. Herbert Zeitner. While the Zeitner hallmark in the copies bears no rings about the "Z", our bears the two circles, and the bottom line in the "Z" flares at its termination, as his correct hallmark should. We have not found a single forged Göring ring that bears this correct hallmark. The ring is in excellent condition, bearing some slight wear only from Lattimer's having worn it on occasion, sold with the Steele correspondence and the Militaria copies. Available for inspection on request.
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