Fritz Sauckel as Gauleiter of the Thuringen and member of the Reichstag was an important leader in Nazi Germany, based in Weimar. In 1939, Hitler made Sauckel Plenipotentiary of Allocation for Labor. Sauckel ran what turned out to be the largest slave trade industry in history. Although he claimed he was only supplying people for jobs, he used the example at Nuremberg, "It was like a seaman's agency. If I supply hands for a ship, I am not responsible for cruelty that may be exercised aboard the ship without my knowledge"...
His judges didn't buy it and Fritz Sauckel was hung at Nuremberg as a war criminal on October 6, 1946. A man this powerful had great need for entertaining as there were large numbers of Party officials around his presence, so he had an adequate silver service using the unique Thuringen eagle for the pattern. Sauckel's silver is pattern is considered quite striking by collectors and is a very popular collectible.
SAUCKEL #40325 Fritz Sauckel Pie Fork
This small Pie Fork measures 6 inches long. The surfaces of the fork are plain. It ends in three tines, with the characteristic clipped left tine that distinguishes a pie fork from a bog standard fork.
On the lower handle is a beautiful Thuringen eagle. This very stylized bird is highly detailed and one of the best looking (if not the best) eagle designs used by the Germans.
The reverse is marked "Bruckmann 90", so we know this is a silver plated example.
A fine, rarely seen Sauckel/Thuringen example here.
Near Mint. $295.00
SAUCKEL #37544C Fritz Saukel Thuringen Serving Knife & Fork
This Serving Knife and Fork are very impressive, both utensils being about 10˝ inches in length. The knife is a great looking item, having a Bowie-style blade not meant for cutting but more for serving slices of meat. The knife is unadorned but for a very appealing Thuringen “broken wing” eagle and swastika associated with Sauckel on the lower handle. The knife is marked “Bruckmann 90” on the reverse, indicating silver plate.
The fork is equally impressive, with two large tines, both of which are nice and straight. The fork also has the Thuringen eagle and swastika. The detail to both of these eagles is simply extraordinary. The fork is also marked “Bruckmann 90”.
An wonderful pair here which is most likely one of a kind. They would make for a great acquisition for the serious collector of Reich silverware.
Near Mint. $995.00
SAUCKEL #37545C Fritz Sauckel Thuringen Serving Fork and Spoon
The fork is cupped like a spoon at the end but has four large curved tines that flare outward. The utensil is plain except for a Thuringen eagle and swastika on the lower handle.
The matching spoon is designed to mate with the fork. This utensil is completely plain except for the Thuringen eagle at the bottom. The detailing visible on both of these “broken-wing” birds is excellent throughout.
Both pieces are marked “Bruckmann 90” on the reverse, indicating that they are silver plated.
A great potential addition to a Third Reich silverware collection here.
Near Mint. $895.00
SAUCKEL #37548C Fritz Sauckel Thuringen Table Spoon
This large Table Spoon could have also been used as a serving spoon, given the size of the bowl. It measures 8Ľ inches overall. The bowl area is in perfect condition, and the handle is unadorned but for the distinctive Thuringen “broken-wing” eagle and swastika. The detailing to this fine looking eagle remains quite good.
This piece is marked “Bruckmann 90” on the reverse, indicated that it is silver plated.
An outstanding Thuringen Table Spoon here.
Near Mint. $395.00
SAUCKEL #38070C Fritz Sauckel Thuringen Fork
This long, slender fork measures 8 ˝ inches and is very thin. It has only two tines at the business end. It looks to me like it may have been a specialty item of some kind, obviously employed to spear lightwieght items.
It is quite a beautiful piece, quite plain in overall design but very elegant. It bears the striking Thuringen “broken wing” eagle, which is one of the most distinctive of Third Reich designs.
The fork is marked “Bruckmann 90” on the reverse, indicating silver plate.
A fork like this is quite rare; it would only have been included in the most elaborate of table service.
Near Mint. $795.00
SAUCKEL #38071C Fritz Sauckel Thuringen Pie Server
It is quite a beautiful piece, quite plain but nontheless very elegant. It bears the famous “broken wing” Thuringen eagle, which is easily one of the most distinctive of Third Reich designs.
This piece is marked “Bruckmann 90” on the reverse, indicating silver plate.
A utensil of this type is quite rare; it would only have been included in the most elaborate of table service.
Near Mint. $1,195.00