GRAF ZEPPELIN airship DZR silver table knife – rare original in-flight service silverware made by Gebruder Hepp Pforzheim Germany
Scarce “in flight service” silverware that was used on board of the legendary German rigid airship Graf Zeppelin in the 1920th. German designation for the famous airship was number LZ127; she became the most recognized blimp of the time after she completed the first intercontinental flight in 1928 and first around-the-world flight in 1929. Graf Zeppelin and its sister ship LZ129 Hindenburg had an innovative design and were designated for carrying many passengers and cargo over long distances. The passengers aboard Graf Zeppelin traveled in unparalleled luxury and comfort, enjoying their meals in the full-size dining room with dishes served on fine “ivory” china trimmed with 24K gold – see the actual photo of the ship’s interior dining area attached, courtesy of Wikipedia.
This fine silver-handle service knife is a shining example of such long-gone airship travel experience. The handle is decorated with the classic DZR (DEUTSCHE ZEPPELIN REEDEREI) “dirigible over the planet” logo on one side; the other side is stamped with the silver fitness stamp GEBR HEPP / 90 at the base of the blade. Stainless steel blade is stamped Gebruder Hepp / Pforzheim / Rostfrei; the blade still has original edge; the tip is intact. Excellent overall condition with no damage; a few dents on the handle are noted for accuracy. The knife is about 9-1/16″ / 23 cm overall; the blade is about 5″ / 12.7 cm. Don’t forget to check out our Vintage Collectables section for other aviation-related listings, including several other Graf Zeppelin items.
One of the largest airships of the time, Graf Zeppelin had a crew of 36 (!!) men. Here are a few basic facts about LZ127: ship’s length – 776 feet/236.53 meters; ship’s diameter: 100 feet/30.48 meters; gas volume (Hydrogen): 3,700,000 cu. feet/111,000 cu. meters; propulsion: five 550 hp Maybach engines; maximum speed: 80 mph / 128 km/hr. The most successful commercial airship ever built, Graf Zeppelin flew more than a 1,000,000 miles on 590 flights, carrying well over 34,000 passengers without a single injury. Sadly, the Nazis cut up all of their rigid airships in 1940 – quality aluminum was needed for Luftwaffe’s war planes… You can read more about Graf Zeppelin on this dedicated Wikipedia page; this airship truly was the most famous blimp of all times.
This GRAF ZEPPELIN airship DZR silver table knife is in 100% original condition – not cleaned, repaired, or tempered with; these are the actual photos. Will ship via insured USPS Priority Mail within the US (insured USPS International Priority Mail for international buyers).