Lot 838

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Description:

SWASTIKA-MARKED CONDIMENT KEEPER FROM A FAVORITE HITLER HOTEL
Fine hand-hammered heavily silver-plated condiment keeper, 5.5 in. tall with with a screw-on base. The bottom of the base bears a swastika encircled by a wreath, and the embossed 'GEBRUDER HEPP 90' hallmark of fine hotel silversmiths Gebruder Hepp, or 'Hepp Brothers', the same suppliers of silverware to Hitler's favorite hotel, Der Deutscher Hof in Nurnberg. The accessory is further embossed: 'Hotelbereitsges.m.b.h.' on the side. Heavily tarnished, otherwise very good. This relic was sold decades ago to a 50+ year collector of militaria by a member of the 101st Airborne who indicated he obtained it from a 'Nazi hotel in Vienna', undoubtedly the venerable Hotel Imperial. Before the war, the Imperial had partly been owned by Samuel Schallinger, who was forced to sell it in 1938 due to the Nazi persecution of Jews. Schallinger died in 1942 at the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague. Hitler had worked at the hotel as a day laborer while penniless in Vienna, and returned following the 1938 Anschluss as an honored guest, and had a permanent suite. Benito Mussolini stayed at the hotel during World War II with considerably less fanfare, being shepherded through the back door following his spectacular rescue from Gran Sasso. A great relic. With consignor's letter of provenance.

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December 8, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Elkton, MD, US

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