By Steve McCurry BBC SportThe first stainless steel kite is back on the market.
The first to be produced by Swiss company Stainless Steel and sold at auction in the US, it’s a steel spoon made to the specifications of the US Army, which used it as a weapon in World War II.
It’s one of just a handful of kites made in the United States, and they’re just now getting their first official appearance at auction, with a value of $1.4m (£1.3m).
It’s a huge price tag for a spoon made in Switzerland and a design that has been around for more than 40 years, says company spokesman, Christian Schell.
“It’s not just the spoon, it is the whole design of the spoon,” he told BBC Sport.
“That’s what makes it so beautiful.”
The spoon has a stainless steel rim with a steel ball bearing inside, and the kite was also designed to be waterproof.
This stainless steel angle carabiners were designed to carry items like hammers, screws, and knives.
They were used in World Wars I and II, and have been on sale since at least the 1990s.
“In World War I, the army had to carry these and many other things with them,” said Schell, who added that the spoon was often used to transport a person or weapon.
“I have a photo of a German soldier who had this spoon in his pocket during the Battle of the Bulge.”‘
Very elegant design’This spoon was made by Swiss steel maker Stainless Steel in 1934.
Its design has been copied and used in countless designs over the years, and now it’s back on sale.
“This is a very elegant design,” said owner, Thomas Wielgus.
“It’s very beautiful, it has a great feel.”
A few examples of the design are available at the American Museum of Natural History, and it has sold for around $2m (£2.2m).
It’s the first spoon made by a US company and it’s only the second to be sold at an auction in US history.
“We’re very happy about it,” said Wiellgus, who is now in the process of selling it to the US.
“I have it in a nice, beautiful condition, and that’s what I want to do with it.”‘
It’s beautiful and very practical’For now, the spoon is a museum piece, but it’s also a great piece of history, with the American military having used it for many years.
“The military had it in the 1950s, and a lot of people still carry it in their pocket,” said Mark Kline, director of the American Military History Museum at Fort Leavenworth.
“That’s the only spoon that’s been made in America.”
The military used the spoon in WWII, but the US government stopped using it in 1955.
“Today, you can’t find a single spoon that has that design,” Kline said.
“There are so many other designs that are being used in the world today.
It’s beautiful, and very functional.””
It was a really good design, and I’m very happy to have it back.”
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