The Gettysburg Museum of History is currently exhibiting a complete set of silverware that belonged to Eva Braun, who was the wife of Adolf Hitler. The Museum states: “This set was “liberated” from Hitler’s home “The Berghof” sometimes referred to as “The Eagle’s Nest”. This is the only complete set we know of. Single pieces of flatware has been seen but not complete sets. This set was taken by a Paratrooper in the 506 Parachute infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne as a trophy of war.”
The ‘Butterfly’ monogram on the Silverware stands for the initials “E.B.” (Eva Braun) which was designed by Albert Speer. Speer stated in 1981 in his book: “”I have discussed the many patterns of silverware possessed by myself, Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun-Hitler, Göring, Himmler, Bormann and others. It was common practice for the silverware manufacturers in Germany as well as the occupied countries to present complete sets of their patterns to the members of the High Command and people who had power and influence. The silver was always marked with the monogram or coat-of-arms of the recipients and personally delivered by a representative of the silver firm. It was common practice when we were at Der Berghof or at private informal dinners with other Party members to use the newly acquired settings. Eva Braun especially delighted in showing off her new patterns at any opportunity, frequently using a different pattern at each place at the table and asking her guests which patterns they preferred.“
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