Product Description: This Customs Eagle Stickpin is a nice piece, with a very attractive design. The front of this stickpin features a straight-winged German eagle and swastika emblem, with the body of the eagle surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. It is made of zinc, with lots of original darkening in the recesses of the design, that gives it a look of depth. There is lots of detail, and no evident wear. The reverse of this Customs Eagle Stickpin is flat and smooth, and is unmarked. The attachment pin is crimped in, similar to how cap eagle prongs were often affixed, which is an interesting detail. The long attachment pin has a slight bend as well as a typical knurled section in the middle. It tapers to a point. This is an uncommon pin,that remains in outstanding, near mint condition.
Historical Description: In Germany, during and between the World Wars, stickpins were generally made for wear on civilian clothing, by either men or women. Whereas most civil and military awards intended for uniform wear were in the form of medals or pin-on badges, the simple stickpins were mostly for adorning lapels of suits. A huge variety of these stickpins were produced. There were pins that anyone could buy, that were patriotic or showed support for some specific cause. There were also various membership pins for military, paramilitary, civil and political organizations. Military and civil awards were also produced in stickpin versions. These took the form of miniature versions of the awards, and could either show one individual award, or all of the awards that one individual had received. In many cases, German stickpins were made with the same standard of quality as the full-size medals and badges.
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