Two small red marble fragments from Adolf Hitler’s Fireplace at the Berghof in Berchtesgaden. The two marble fragments were removed from a damaged Weatherhead Ashtray (Flick Your Ashes on Hitler’s Hearth Ashtray). The ashtray contained a piece of the Berghof Fireplace Marble which was taken from the Berghof in 1945 and used in 1946 as a promotional gift item by the Weatherhead company.
Albert J. Weatherhead was on technical war assignment in Europe on behalf of the United States government one month after VE-Day, when he entered Hitler’s Berghof at Berchtesgaden in June 1945 and removed a marble piece from Hitler’s living room fireplace to take home as a war souvenir. Later, as president of The Weatherhead Company, he had the marble piece cut into smaller pieces, each about 20mm x 8mm, he also manufactured some metal ashtrays in the shape of Hitler’s fireplace and had a small piece of the marble inserted in each of them. Those ashtrays were used as a company promotional gifts after the war.
The two small fragments were removed from one of those ashtrays. Includes a photographic print of the original ashtray from which those fragments were removed.