ADOLF HITLER'S KELHEIM LIBERATION HALL BRONZE MEDALLION
A rare relic from Hitler's desk in Munich, his Kelheim Liberation Hall medallion struck to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the crushing defeat of Napoleon at Leipzig in 1813. The bronze medallion measures 1 3/4" across with an image of the hall and the text: "ZE A.D. JAHRHUNDERTFEIER BEFREIVUNGSHALLE" in relief. The verso bearing laurel leaves and a lengthy legend. Fine condition, displaying an attractive patina. The provenance of this item is unimpeachable. Frau Anny Winter was the manager of Hitler's Munich apartment from 1929 to 1945 and had Hitler's complete confidence during the entire period. She was entrusted with the care and maintenance of every item in the apartment, and towards war's end cached them for safekeeping. The Free State of Bavaria attempted to confiscate much of the estate in 1954, but awarded her certain possessions in 1954. Following her death in 1970, these items were offered in a special sale on Apr. 2, 1971 in Munich by the auction house of Graf Klena (covered in Time magazine, Apr. 19, 1971). Respected militaria dealer Mohawk Arms purchased some of the items at the Kleinau auction, including Lot 1650, a large group of Hitler's medals. This medallion was included in that lot, and was in turn sold for inclusion in the Lattimer Collection, our consignor. Provenance includes a copy of the 1971 Graf Klenau auction catalog, an original Mohawk Arms catalog, Mohawk Arms' certification, and a copy of the buyer's note making payment to Mohawk, as well as his receipt.