A souvenir of VW production presented to Captain Bryce, 1946,
turned wood and stainless steel construction, the top with 'Beetle' symbol, the collar engraved 'Capt. Bryce v. Produktionsleiter Huland. 1946', 11cm high.
Captain Bryce was a metallurgist and Inspection Officer for British military vehicles and along with Colonel Charles Radclyffe, Major Ivan Hirst and Colonel Michael McEvoy, was part of the deployment team sent by the British Military to commandeer and oversee operations at the Volkswagenwerk KdF factory in Wolsfsburg after the end of World War II. Bryce was responsible for quality control and was experienced in fault-finding techniques at the Wolfsburg Factory. It is believed that Bryce, Hirst, Radclyffe and McEvoy were each presented with such a souvenir as offered here today.
This military deployment team are credited by motor historians and enthusiasts as being instrumental in reviving the post-War production of the car that become known as the 'Beetle'.
Bonhams sold the original German Volkswagen 'Beetle' blueprints associated with this immediate post-War operation at the December Sale at Mercedes-Benz World, at Brooklands on 3rd December 2012 (see Lot 43)