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21 Herman Goering's Baton
Herman Goering surrendered this baton to the 7th Army on May 9, 1945. The shaft is made of ivory and is embossed with 20 gold eagles and 20 platinum crosses. The ends are gold and encrusted with 640 diamonds. The museum's info card states that the "Devices" on the ends are platinum, but I'm not sure what they are referring to. The inscriptions in platinum bands read " The Fuehrer to the Reichmarshal of Greater Germany" and Herman Goering 19.7.1940. Goering's baton weighs 5 lbs and in 1945 was valued at $40,000. The Baton was presented to Goering by Adolph Hitler in August of 1940.