2nd Prize Shooting Award Token for Light Artillery

Condition: Very Good

Pattern: 2nd Prize

SKU: JW3990 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This 2nd Prize Shooting Award Token for Light Artillery is a scarce and attractive award piece. It’s made of non-ferrous white metal, with a subdued, matte finish. Most of the original finish is intact, with only slight wear and some areas of patina. The obverse of this award shows an extremely detailed rendition of a helmeted artillery soldier, using the optical sight of an artillery piece. It’s a striking design. The reverse of the award medallion shows laurel wreaths on either side, with the wording “Preisrichten 1935 2. Preis” at upper center. The “2” in the inscription was engraved after the award was manufactured; this same pattern of award was evidently used for other levels of the competition as well. There is no other engraving, and it is possible that this piece was never actually awarded. This 2nd Prize Shooting Award Token for Light Artillery is an attractive medal, in very good plus condition.



Historical Description: Military, political, civil and paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich created a wide variety of non-portable awards, mostly in the form of award plaques and table medals, but also including decorative plates, various kinds of trophies, and usable gift items. These awards were generally presented in cases where a medal or award to be worn on the uniform would not be appropriate. Non-portable awards were given to winners of various types of sport contests, as well as to recognize distinguished service to military or civilian organizations, and even private companies. The table medals were typically originally awarded inside special custom fitted cases, similar to those used for some military awards. They could be made of metal, or in some cases porcelain, and were generally finely struck, and of high quality. The wall plaques were typically made of metal, often mounted to a wood base. They could feature Hitler, organizational emblems, or other military or patriotic themed decoration. There was a vast range of non-portable awards made and used during the Third Reich. Some were unique, custom works of art. There were also factories that issued catalogs filled with all kinds of different mass-produced items. After the war, most of these items that bore images of the swastika or Hitler were destroyed to comply with Allied denazification policy.


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