An auctioneer planning to sell items from a dinner service made for Adolf Hitler has defended the sale – but said he will not take his commission.
Two dinner plates, two soup bowls and a coffee cup and saucer are listed for sale at the Townsend Auction Galleries in Beeston,near Swaffham, on Monday, September 9.
Owner David Townsend said publicity about the auction had resulted in some concerns being voiced about whether it was appropriate to sell objects associated with the World War II Nazi leader.
He accepted it was a sensitive issue for some but said: “From our point of view, we are happy to be selling them for their historical interest. The vendor is actually Jewish and he hasn’t got a problem with it.”
Mr Townsend said he did not want to offend anyone and with that in mind he would either not take any commission from the items or would donate the commission to charity.
Each item is expected to sell for at least £250.
The china is believed to have been made for Hitler at the Allach porcelain factory.
It was never used by him because the full set was found in unopened boxes in the abandoned factory after the end of the war.
The plates, bowls and cup and saucer are plain white.
Each is decorated with a small gold eagle design incorporating a swastika symbol and the initials A and H.
Mr Townsend said his client, who lives in Spain and has not been named, previously tried to sell the items on-line but they were rejected because of the swastika marking.
Other items of militaria scheduled for sale at the same acution will include a German U-boat submariner’s badge from World War II.
The sale will start at the auction galleries at Paynes Business Park, Dereham Road, Beeston, at 10.30am with viewing from 8.30am.
Viewing is also available from 9am to 7pm on Friday and from 9am to noon on Saturday.
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