An official torch, commemorating the inaugural run of a torch relay from Olympia, Greece, to Berlin, Germany, in anticipation of the Games of the XIth Olympiad, Berlin, 1936. Documentation for this object states this torch was commemorative, and not actually used in the relay, which was the first ever in the history of the Modern Olympics. There is however, no evidence to confirm this. Furthermore, the outer layer which has flaked off from the base, inside the torch shaft, may suggest otherwise (i.e. possible heat exposure). Fuel used was magnesium based. Inscription on the collar of the torch reads: 'ALS DANK DEM TRÄGER/ORGANISATIONS-KOMITEE FÜR DIE XI. OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936'. Inscription around the outside of the shaft reads: FACKEL-STAFFEL-LAUF/OLYMPIA-BERLIN/1936'. An stylized geographical outline of the torch relay features below. On the underside of the collar is the manufacturer's details, stating the torch was manufactured by "Krupp A.G." from it's "Nirosta" brand of V2A Steel.
0 - Whole: H: 270 W: 155 D: 155mm (H: 10 5/8 W: 6 1/8 D: 6 1/8")
Organising Committee for the Games of the XIth Olympiad Berlin 1936