Lot 136    

German Zeppelin Sherbet GlassĀ 
8/21/2013 - World at War: Live Salesroom Auction
One Hindenburg Zeppelin sherbet glass, ca 1936-1937, with fine etch work, marked D Z R and decorated with the logo of the Deutsche Zeppelin Reederei; ht. 4 in., dia. 3.75 in.

This Zeppelin sherbet glass comes from the family of McKendree B. Hutchins (1916-2009), who was inducted into the US Army Air Corps on January 6, 1942. He trained in the US and Iceland and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force Service Command after arriving in England. Hutchins landed at Omaha Beach on June 12, 1944, D-Day plus 6. During his time in the Army, he rose to the rank of master sergeant, receiving four silver stars and a purple heart.

Hutchins' service took him from Normandy, to St. Mere Eglise, Bastogne, and the Battle of the Bulge, and he was in Elm, Germany when the war ended. Because of his rank in the Quartermaster Corps, Hutchins was often in a position to help others. In one case, he was offered porcelain dinnerware and crystal sherbets in return for his help, which he turned down. The man was so grateful that he searched out Hutchins' address in Chicago and shipped the gift to his wife at home. Hutchins only found out about the thank you gesture when he returned home in October, 1945. The Zeppelin pieces remained in his family until his death in June 2009.


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Property of the Family of McKendree B. Hutchins, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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