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Knife and Fork Having Belonged to the Dining Service of Ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop
Panzer commander Rudolph von Ribbentrop, son of Joachim von Ribbentrop
Knife and Fork Having Belonged to the Dining Service of Ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop (Item PERS 4-18a)
DESCRIPTION: This knife and fork were part of a sale in 1950 of items that were looted by GIs or by the neighbors of the Ribbentrop’s who did not want to see the Americans steal all of the items stored there and most everything taken by these neighbors was eventually returned to Frau Ribbentrop after she returned from the denazification process administered by the ‘good’ Germans and their American and British “advisors.” Frau Ribbentrop did not accept any items that bore a swastika because she had justifiable fear of the “liberators” who had murdered her beloved husband. She believed she had not seen the last of these bandits and troglodytes, yet. So many of the items featuring the feared symbol were stashed in neighboring homes and came out in 1950 and in subsequent years.
The Knife and Fork
The two pieces of bestecke (flatware) are from the set owned by the Ribbentrop family and bear the particular eagle that the chief ambassador chose as his personal N.S. symbol. It is a bit different than the ones in the carving set seen above, but still it is the Ribbentrop eagle. The pieces were designed by Bruckmann and that was the company that produced the Hitler Reich chancellery and Berghof silverware. The pieces are signed on the tang with the Bruckmann signature and the half moon, the crown, and “925” for the silver content and then the tiny eagle that follows the silver stamps. The blade of the knife has the famous twin symbol of the J.A. Henckels Solingen Zwillingwerk. So, the pieces were made by two of the most famous names in cutlery in Germany. They measure 7 ½ inches on the fork and 8 ¼ inches on the knife. The quality is superb as befitting the table of this distinguished gentleman who was true to his family, his nation, his Führer and his God. The items offered here can be silent memorials to this brilliant and amazing man. If any saying could be uttered that would fit this N.S. loyalist it would be this one by George William Curtis: “A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.”
PRICE: $1,750.00 for the set
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