Product Description: This is a great, prewar Kriegsmarine Award Plaque that was awarded to the winner of a sailing competition. It is made of stamped metal, with a really beautiful toned bronze finish, and measures a bit under 2-3/4 inches wide. Nearly all of the original finish is retained on the front. This Kriegsmarine award plaque is in the shape of a shield, with a German national war flag depicted at the top. It has stamped lettering indicating it was awarded for a “Standort-Segel-Wettfahrten” (Area Sailing Championship), it is further hand engraved to indicate that this was a first place award for a competition in Mürwik, for “20. F.S.W.” (probably the exact type of competition), dated 7. 10. 37. Below the hand engraving is an eye-catching, large stamped German eagle and swastika emblem. There are 3 holes stamped in the plaque at the corners, for mounting. The reverse of this lovely Kriegsmarine award plaque bears the remnants of an original typewritten label with stamped date. It’s a beautiful piece with a great design and great eye appeal.
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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