What I can tell you: The full name was Markward Seb.Gg. Wernherr von Stauffenberg 1920 - 2000. You can find the history of the family in Wikipedia in German and English, just "Stauffenberg".
First and most important to me: Graf Stauffenberg was one of the finest man I ever met in person. It was a great honor to know him. - He was member of the Munich collectors group and of the Bodenseekreis, a group of collectors from Switzerland to Mainz. - He lived in one of the castles of the family in Jettingen-Scheppach, half way between Augsburg and Ulm, 1 hour to the west of Munich. Later he moved to a smaller house in Jettingen.
As far as I know, the young Graf Stauffenberg started collecting Wiking models in the 1930s.
He was missing models, not done by others. So: He started doing models for himself. He showed them at the collectors meetings and I think captain Dick Pattee encouraged him to do more. These were esp. models of the time "srew down - funnel up." He did around 30 models. The masters were casted by Navis/Neptun. Graf Stauffenberg painted the models and he was real master in putting sails on the models. They look like real sails with the wind in them.
Most of the models were offered at the meetings of the Collectors Groups. One or two times he had a table at Kassel. - There are few models in the US, because you cannot send the models by mail. The sails would fall off.
He produced a model less than 30 times. All models differ a little. - He did a fantastic SAVANNAH of 1818.
When you asked him, he did models in the version you liked it: He made a little diorama of Chinese junks for me and 2 versions of LANCING ex PEREIRE 1865 time 1916 with the engine removed, one in a storm. Fantastic models.
Graf Stauffenberg had a big collection with rare models like Albert models of sailing ships. The models were on display in several tables you could look at from above. As far as I know the collection is still in the hands of the family. A grand son of him is very interested in the models. Unfortunaly he does not come to our meetings.
This is what I can tell you. I hope it is correct. For me Stauffenberg means very good models and meeting a real gentleman.
You can find photos of SM-Models in Paul's book page 90, 91, 94; in Horst Krönke Aus der Welt der kleinen Schiffe, 2nd ed.1996, page 21 and 58 ( photo of Graf Stauffenberg ), page 89 some of his models.
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