Table knife and fork
Silver, stainless steel
Overall (Knife): 10 1/8 in. × 1 in. × 1/2 in. (25.7 × 2.5 × 1.3 cm) Silver Weight (Knife): 3 oz (troy) 3 dwt (98 g)
embossed: on the handles: "A/ H" in roman letters stamped: on the undersides of the handles: incuse portrait bust in oval surround with superimposed hut in conforming surround, "800" and eagle
Silver table knife and fork in "Formal" pattern from service produced for Adolf Hitler. Fork has down-turned, squared handle with Greek-key border and embossed eagle surmounting a wreath with a swatstika inside framed by initials "A/ H" in roman letters. Fork also has four curved tines. Knife has similarly squared handle with Greek-key border and embossed eagle surmounting a wreath with swatstika framed between initials "A/ H" in roman letters and flat. Knife also has a curved stainless steel blade. Maker's hallmarks are stamped on the undersides of the handles.
This knife and fork is decorated with an eagle-and-swastika motif and the monogram "AH" that identify it as part of the three thousand-piece dinner service presented to Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) in 1939 to honor his fiftieth birthday. Produced by the German silver-manufacturing firm of Bruckmann & Söhne, the service is ornamented throughout with an eagle with outspread wings, a variation of Third Reich symbols used on the silver and ceramic dinner services of high-ranking Nazi officers. The set was donated at the end of World War II by New York financier and philanthropist Carl M. Loeb (1875-1955). Loeb reportedly received the war booty from an American soldier stationed in Germany who was a member of the Target Force that captured the Berghof, Hitler's Bavarian chalet retreat at Berchtesgaden in 1945.
Gift of Carl M. Loeb
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945); claimed by American Target Force soldier in 1945; given to Carl M. Loeb (1875-1955), the donor.
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