Representative Samples

Auction: Includes silver, stamp box w/ stamps and tablecloth.

Avoirdupois Weight 243 Ounces (weight and measurements approximated)

Quantity Description Length
18 Forks - regular, stamped on back "A Bufe Shone 800" 8 1/2 "
15 Forks - Medium, stamped on back "A Bufe Shone 800" 7 1/4"
18 Forks - desert, with gold overlay, 12 are inscribed on front bold "E.B. 1907", stamped on back "800" 7.0"
18 Knives - regular, stamped on back "J.A. Henekels Solingen Zwillingswerk 800" 10.0"
18 Knives - small, stamped on back "J.A. Henekels Solingen Zwillingswerk 800" 8.0"
16 Knives - butter, with gold overlay, 11 are inscribed on front bold "E.B. 1907", stamped on back "800" 8.0"
13 Spoons - desert, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 5 1/2"
10 Spoons - desert with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 4 1/2"
9 Spoons - regular, stamped on back "800" 5.0"

Paul Revere Jr. the famous silver smith, made silver flatware pieces in large numbers. A single silver spoon was recently appraised at $12,000 - $18,000. It sold for $9,500.

This 145 piece set of silver flatware, some with gold overlay - and selected hand engraved with the initials EB and the date 1907, is one of a kind. Originally the set was larger, perhaps a table setting for 18 or 36.

Howard Vogel sent the silver home in cigarette cartons. They were transported in the holds of slow freighters - subject to be sunk by German "Wolf Pack" submarines. The salt water in the ships hold caused corrosion on several pieces. Most packages were water-logged on arrival at home.

Serving Pieces

1 Knife - butter, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" with symbols of a 1/4 moon, crown, 5-point star with A in center. 11.0"
2 Knives - butter, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 8.0"
2 Forks - very small, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 4 1/2"
1 Fork - serving, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 8"
2 Spoons - serving, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 8 1/2"
1 Spoon - large serving, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 9.0"
1 Spoon - serving, with gold overlay, stamped on back "800" 8 1/2"
145 Total Pieces  

Condition

Stainless steel knife blades show some saltwater blemishes (caused by salt water contact incurred in ships hold), otherwise all pieces are in very good to excellent original condition. All gold overlay pieces are in good to excellent original condition with varying degrees of wear. Stamping and/or engraving is clearly visible.

Inventory includes all remaining pieces not lost at sea during transport back to the United States. No additional pieces are known to exist.

 

 Handmade Lace Tablecloth.

Quantity Description Size
1 White lace tablecloth. Excellent Condition Approx. 30 oz, 77 x 56"
Authentication
  Description  

There are 10 audio CD's, copies of original audio tapes with 72 pages of transcriptions - as well as 24 photos, plus two notarized documents included

Copyright not transferred with sale.

The information and documentation in this article was researched and developed by Robert E. Thomas and Son Steven Thomas.


Lace Tablecloth

Audio D (download)

Later, at Goering's Estate, the inmate showed them where to dig, the location was covered with grass and trees. The Captain called in a bulldozer and the entrance was revealed. A copy of the original photograph taken at the time shows a large round oil painting placed just outside the entrance. It reveals a man and a woman holding a small child.

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Terms of sale:
  • All silverware with the lace tablecloth and Hitler's stamp box with the eight stamps are to be sold together.
  • Ebay escrow service or equivalent
  • Buyer to pay actual shipping, handling and fees.
  • The highest bidder will be able to view the three trophies at a security vault in Los Angeles for final approval.
View a transcript of the audio tapes

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