Lot 1142

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An exceptional World War II relic, a table personally owned by ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945) and taken from his Munich apartment at Prinzregentenplatz 16. The table was brought back to the United States as his only war souvenir, by an American officer who remained in service in Germany postwar to participate in the Nuremberg Trials and occupational duties in Munich. The custom made Art Deco round wood table is 24 in. tall and 25.5 in. in diameter, painted in ivory enamel and with a glass top. At the bottom of the table handwritten in black oil chalk is presumably a production number: '385NB' / '41'. The veteran who brought this item from overseas is the father of our consignor and the table has remained in his family until now. In his letter of provenance, he writes, in part: '... [I] was a young boy of 12, when my father first related a brief history about the small round table that sat next to his favorite chair. It belonged to 'Adolph Hitler', and it came from his 'Munich apartment', and had been given to him as a gift by one of his German counterparts during his time attached to the historic International Military Tribunal trials in Nuremburg Germany. I heard this story several times over the next few years...although the description sometimes was a bit briefer...He took pride in the fact that this was his only souvenir of the war. Our research later shows that it was designed by Gerdy Troost and can be seen in several period photos of Hitler's residence. My father used that table almost every night and day, until the time of his death from Parkinson's disease in 1969...My father was a man of few words but had immense pride in his military service in Europe. He was certainly one who lived up to West Point's sacred motto of ‘Duty, Honor and Country'. Much of the work he did for the military postwar was as G-4 Head of Staff, where at Ft. Sill, he was instrumental in establishing new protocols, and improving the living standards there...I am the only child...This table never left the possession of my family, and was bequeathed to me following my mother's death in 1984. This table originates directly from my family estate, and has remained entirely in the possession of my family until this date. I fully and unconditionally guarantee it to be authentic and its provenance as stated...' Accompanied by a copy of the officer's awards document as well as an obituary giving a brief rundown of his military record, in part: '...Sammy entered West Point and four years later graduated with the class of 1930 as a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery...Sammy served with distinction in combat in Europe and received several decorations during this period. He stayed on in Germany with the Army of Occupation in Munich...' The designer of this particular piece Gerdy Troost, was the wife of Paul Ludwig Troost, a favorite architect of Hitler's. When the couple moved to Munich she met Hitler through her husband and joined the Nazi Party in 1932. Troost took over the architectural and design business of her husband upon his death, resulting in her being put in charge of interior renovations of Hitler's official and private residences, including the Old Chancellery in Berlin, the Berghof on the Obersalzberg, and his Munich apartment. Hitler and Troost enjoyed a close friendship often discussing art and architecture. This table, a unique piece, is easily recognizable in photos of Hitler's Munich apartment, and in other rooms occupied by EVA BRAUN, the style also matching several other furniture pieces. There is some chipping and scratching to the paint, else in excellent condition. Any furniture owned by Hitler is of the utmost rarity.

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June 15, 2023 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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