A very scarce three dimensional Bakelite model of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Stadium complete with its original box and associated literature.
The model is made in the form of a raised rim around a topographical view of the grounds. It has all associated areas, tracks, railway lines and accommodation. The raised rim is inscribed "XI Olympiade 1936 Reichssportfeld Berlin". The hollow reverse is embossed with details of the modeller, manufacturer and distributor :-
"Entwurf und künstlerische ooberleitung des reichssportfeldes Reg.Baumeister 8.D.Werner March Berlin Mitarbeiter Walter March Modell: Oskar Reich Berlin W35 Kurfürstenstr 148 Ausführung: Presswerk d.SIEMENS-SCHUCKERTWERKE A-G Berlin Alleinvertrieb: Sport-Lüder Berlin Spandau Potsdamerstr.48"
The model is contained in its original cardboard box with a detailed plan and key in the lid, and also containing a paper plan of the site, with numbers that call out Olympic sites such as Olympic Stadium, the swimming stadium, hockey stadium, tennis stadium, the equestrian grounds, House of German Sport, swimming pool, the Dietrich Eckart open-air stage, the Olympic Gate, the shooting range, etc.
Also included is a small enamelled souvenir lapel badge (pin affected) which features `XI Olympiade Berlin 1936 (On the back the manufacture is noted)., A souvenir book entitled "Was ich bei den Olympischen Spielen 1936 sah" ("What I saw at the Olympic Games 1936"), by Dr Paul Walff, published by Karl Specht Verlag, Berlin, 1936. The book contains full page sepia photographs of the various events and ceremonies.
~ Dimensions ~
The model has a length of 12 inches (30.5cm), a width of 8.6 inches (22cm) and a height of 1.3 inches (3cm). The box has a length of 12.5 inches (31.75cm), width of 9.3 inches (23.5cm) and a height of 1.5 inches (4cm). The book has a length of 10.7 inches (27.5cm) & a width of 9 inches (23cm). It has 31 pages.
The badge measures 1.25 inches (3cm) by 1.5 inches (3.75cm).
~ Condition ~
The book is in splendid condition with barely any wear to the edges, a straight spine and all the original pages. The model is in excellent condition, with all the buildings and towers still intact. The pin has some minor surface wear but is in an overall good condition. The box is worn, especially around the edges, but remains in a good condition for it's age.