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Hermann Göring's wealth and grand style of living required table service and flatware second to none. He and his wife, Emmy, constantly entertained at Karenhalle and Obersaltzberg, as well as their lavish Berlin apartments. This "legacy of opulence" has left much in the way of silver pieces to collect. There were literally scores of different patterns and settings, each bearing Göring's "Mailed Fist" coat of arms. As one of the richest men in the world at the time, we collectors can now enjoy some of Hermann's "previously owned" bounty.
This section also has been expanded to include items from Reichswerke Hermann Göring.
GORINGSILVER #40682C Hermann & Carin Göring Table Linens with Veteran Documentation
This set of table linens is a very rare find coming with complete veteran documentation from the family. The set consists 4 white linen napkins being 24 inches by 24 inches. Each napkin has the embroidered monogram, "HG" and is decorated in the linen pattern with intertwined swastikas. Next are 8 white linen formal napkins being 25 inches by 25 inches with the embroidered monogram, "HG". Lastly is a large formal linen table cloth measuring 51 inches by 65 inches. The cloth is monogrammed "KG". All linens are in fine condition, showing only a little normal age toning.
Accompanying the linen set is a picture of the returning veteran, US Army Corporal William H.S. Farris. Farris participated in the D-Day landing, but other details of his service and where he was in Germany are not known by the consignor, his step son. Apparently, he did not talk about his war experience, which is common among some veterans. Farris was born November 22, 1921 in Detroit and died in 2000 and his buried in Detroit. Accompanying the grouping is a picture of Farris in uniform as well as his Final Payment work sheet when he separated from the US Army. Additionally, there is a notarized letter from his stepson certifying that his step father brought the items home and that they have been in the family since the war. For those of you out there that are familiar with researching US service personnel, there is enough information here to possibly chart the whereabouts of Farris during the battle for Europe and the defeat of Germany. If so, it should be possible to discover from which of Göring's homes these artifacts were liberated.
Over the years, I have never had any linens associated with Hermann other than a napkin from his train, so I believe this discovery to be very rare and also most desirable. The monogram on the table cloth has Carin's initial with a "K" instead of the normally seen "C", but she was Swedish and the "K" initial was also used by her. In fact, one of the outstanding reference books that I use for research, "Encyclopedia of the Third Reich" spells Hermann's Hunting Estate as "Karinhalle".
It is interesting that a table cloth with Carin's monogram would have been saved after her death of tuberculosis in 1931, but Göring was completely crushed as she was the love of his life. If you have never read a biography of Hermann, it is like a romantic novel to read how he met Carin von Kantzow at the home of her brother-in-law, Count Eric v. Rosen, and they proceeded to fall in love at first sight. After coming to power Hermann actually had her body exhumed from Sweden and brought to an elaborate tomb at Karinhalle next to the lake. It was a solemn service attended by Hitler and Germany's elite in 1933. Hermann actually has a casket made for her from pewter that was large enough to also accommodate himself when the day came! Hermann never got over her death in spite of marrying Emmy Sonneman in 1935. The fact that he kept a painted portrait of Carin in the main room of his Berchtesgaden chalet until war's end testifies to his endless love for her. Apparently Emmy understood, otherwise his Schorfheide estate or his yacht would not have born Carin's name.
For those of you out there that can get into these kind of things, I believe that this linen set is a direct touch to Hermann, Karin and Emmy. It was a linen service that they absolutely used in one of their residences, so the new owner can comfortably enjoy this grouping knowing full well that Hermann certainly wiped a little gravy from a delicious venison liver from his chin, or Karin or Emmy may have cleaned a little spilled vintage wine from the table. And surely, these linens were witness to some very alluring conversations. A very exciting offering here and since it is listed for sale in its entirety, the new possessor will be the unique with exclusive ownership of the only known existing Göring fine table linen.
A 100% original, lifetime guaranteed opportunity here!
Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,495.00
GORINGSILVER #40326 Göring Dinner Fork
This large Dinner Fork measures just over 8 inches long. It has a fine design featuring a pattern of oak leaves running around the rim of half of the handle. In the center of the lower handle is the mailed arm clutching a ring that is the Göring Crest.
The reverse of the fork is marked with an eagle, "800", a crescent, and a Prussian crown.
A very fine piece of original Göring silverware here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $395.00(#120417)
GORINGSILVER #39891C Göring Reichsmarshall Dinner Spoon
This Göring Dinner Spoon is in excellent condition. It has a series of swirls on the lower edges and what looks like a rose design further up on the handle. This utensil measures a substantial 8 inches in length.
A striking Reichsmarshall's Eagle is delicately engraved on the bottom of the spoon. The eagle has open wings and looks to the viewer’s left. it clutches a pair of crossed batons with a superimposed swastika in its talon.
The reverse surface of the spoon is marked “800” and “R. Miracholief”.
A very fine Göring item here.
GORINGSILVER #37461C Silver Reichsmarshall Göring Candy Dish
This silver Candy Dish is constructed out of 800 silver, and is beginning to acquire a light patination. It measures 6¼ inches by 4¼ inches. The border rim has lined surfaces with scalloped edges. The interior slopes downward and is plain. At the bottom of this dish is a beautiful engraved Fieldmarshall's Eagle. It is open-winged and clutches a swastika. The swastika is superimposed above a pair of cross Fieldmarshall's Batons.
The reverse of the dish is marked “800” along with two jeweler's hallmarks that I don't recognize. These two hallmarks appear to in the form of animals of some kind, one looking like a rearing horse.
A very rare and very high quality item here. Given his bloated and jiggling stature I'm sure Herr Göring was enormously fond of candy; I'm surprised it isn't a bucket, actually.
GORINGSILVER #38884 Hermann/Emmy Göring Wedding Ashtray
This beautiful ashtray was no doubt a gift to Hermann and Emmy Sonneman for their wedding in 1935, as the silver lid bears their individual coats of arms on either side of a central handle. The Göring crest depicts a mailed arm clutching an upheld ring. The Sonneman crest takes the form of a shield with a pair of stars at the top and a single star at the bottom, divided by a lined center.
This ashtray is 5½ inches long and just over 2 inches wide. It is 2 ½ inches high. It is constructed of beautiful porcelain and is decorated with colorful flowers. The silvered lid slides to the left and right to reveal the chambered tray, complete with cutouts for resting a cigarette. The whole affair rests on a polished silver plate designed to perfectly fit the tray.
The bottom of the piece is marked “Wellner”, set in a shield that bears the three famous Wellner Gnomes. Apparently Wellner made the lid of this tray. Below the Wellner mark we see “Rosenthal”, along with “Germany” and “D.R.P.”.
A beautiful, original piece here.
Near Mint. $2,500.00
GORINGSILVER #35528C Göring Teaspoon
This Göring Teaspoon is about 5 1/2 inches long. It is a nice example, which appears to me to be of silver, although it is not hallmarked to that extent. The spoon has a slight patination throughout, and the handle is quite decorative, with a raised, vinelike border running around the edges having breaks of leaves here and there.
The Göring crest is engraved at the bottom of the handle having a double scribed shield, and with chained mail fist and ring crest. The reverse of the spoon is marked with the maker name "Koppen". I stand corrected, because there is also a silver hallmark, "800", that is further down the handle, that I did not see originally. A nice teaspoon here.
Excellent Plus. $650.00