Base Material: .800 Silver
Product Description: This named sterling Luftwaffe Candelabra is a gorgeous piece of art from the Third Reich. It’s a substantial piece, 10-1/2 inches long and 6 inches high, made of 11 ounces of 80 percent silver. It features a simple and really attractive swirling design, typical German art and craftsmanship of the period. It has sockets for three candles. One side of the base is beautifully hand engraved with an early drooptail Luftwaffe flying eagle and swastika emblem. This engraving shows great skill and is undoubtedly original. The opposite side of the base has the date 15. 10. 35, a special date in this person’s life that is commemorated by this exquisite candle holder. The base is also marked with some silver maker stamps and the silver content, “800.” The bottom edge of the base bears the name of the original owner, Heinz Alewÿn. Also on the edge of the base are his date of birth, 1. 2. 1907, and his date of death, 30. 11. 1985; these dates were presumably added by the family after his death. The surname Alewÿn is not very common and this may be researchable. This named sterling Luftwaffe Candelabra makes for a beautiful display and is in excellent condition.
Historical Description: One of the characteristics of the Third Reich was a völkisch popular movement that influenced the art and aesthetics of the era. A rejection of “modern” art and a call for a return to traditional Germanic design and motifs, blended with the Art Deco stylings of the 1930s to create a new artistic style. During the Nazi era, artists and craftsmen of all levels were creating works that shared common styles and themes. Germanic runes and symbols found on ancient objects made by early German tribes were often used, often in subtle ways. Traditional German folk art forms, such as wood carving and tapestry, became prized objects in many households eager to display their connection to German culture and heritage in a time of hyper-nationalism. Fine artists working with painting and sculpture, who embraced the National Socialist aesthetic, were widely promoted. Even simple household objects like furniture and silverware were produced using these Reich art design styles and motifs. After the war, these aesthetics fell out of favor, and many pieces were destroyed either intentionally or through poor storage or neglect. A demand for original pieces remains strong, for the historic and also decorative value of this art.
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