Base Material: Iron/Brass
Product Description: This Imperial U-Boat Commemorative Table Medal is an attractive and interesting piece. It measures about 3 inches by 3 inches, and is made of iron, with a brass medallion at the center. This brass medallion depicts commander “Paul König” of the U-Boot “Deutschland” on the obverse, and the submarine itself on the reverse. The iron cross bears the date 9. July 1916 on both sides, which was the date that the Deutschland successfully completed her first journey to the USA (prior to American entry in WWI). The Deutschland arrived in Baltimore carrying a cargo of chemical dies, gems, diplomatic mail and other items. The iron cross shows an old patina, with some small areas of surface rust. The inset medallion shows typical age toning and scattered marks. A hole has been drilled in the top arm of the iron cross to allow this to be hung. This Imperial U-Boat Commemorative Table Medal is a nice and scarce object, in excellent 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, like 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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