Product Description: This Danzig is German! September 1939 Meissen Table Medal is an attractive, early piece, likely intended as a gift or presentation item. It is made from fine porcelain, in a natural red clay color, in the form of a double-sided medallion that measures 4.8 cm in diameter. One side features a stylized map, with the inscription of “Danzig ist Deutsch!” (Danzig is German!), the date “1. September 1939,” and the crossed swords emblem of the maker, Meissen. The other side features wording around the edge that reads, “Feldzug in Polen im September 1939” (Campaign in Poland in September 1939). The center bears two boldly rendered German national swastika emblems, and has text that reads “Mit Mann und Ross und Wagen, hat sie der Heer geschlagen” (With man and horse and wagon, God has defeated them). The Meissen emblem appears on this face as well. This attractive Danzig is German medallion is in excellent plus condition, with no chips, cracks or damage, and only very minor traces of age.
Historical Description: Meissen porcelain is the first European hard-paste porcelain. It was developed in 1708, by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. The production of porcelain at Meissen, near Dresden, started in 1710 and attracted many artists. This production established one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers Staatliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen GmbH, which is still in business today. Its signature logo is the crossed swords and was introduced in 1720, to protect its production. The mark of the crossed swords is one of the oldest trademarks in existence. It dominated the style of European porcelain until 1756. It was expensive and bought by the upper classes. Several fine pieces, such as these Meissen Medallions, were produced during the Third Reich Era.
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