San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
A hand-engraved silverware set reputed to have been owned by Adolf Hitler's wife, and found during the World War II capture of Hitler's Bavarian home, is up for sale.
Held by war veteran and memorabilia collector Bob Thomas of San Diego, the 145-piece silverware set is displayed on Thomas' website. While the items will be of special interest to war museums, Thomas says he will also consider bids from private investors and war memorabilia collectors.
The initials "E. B." appear on many of the pieces along with the date "1907"—the year Hitler's own mother died and was buried, adds Thomas.
"This hand-engraved silverware set was purchased and presented to Eva Braun by Adolf Hitler," says Thomas. "It was discovered, along with Braun's wedding dress and personal diaries, in a bedroom cedar chest when the residence was captured by American troops on April 26, 1945."
He notes that it was the 910th Mobile Antiaircraft Tank Battalion, at the time attached to the 101st Airborne Division, which first entered Hitler's Berghof complex outside of Berchtesgaden, Germany.
Items of historical interest linked to Berghof and Hitler's nearby "Eagle's Nest" have turned up on the market from time to time, adds Thomas. "But this silverware set is unique in that its capture is extensively documented by someone actually on the scene." A World War II veteran who saw action himself in the Battle of the Bulge, Thomas says he gained possession of the silverware set years afterward.
The Eva Braun silverware set can be viewed at TheBerghof.net, where contact information is available for those wishing to enter bids.