Kriegsmarine Stick Pin

Condition: Excellent


SKU: JW2950 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Kriegsmarine Stick Pin is a nicely made piece with an eye-catching eagle. It started off as an eagle and cockade insignia for the enlisted version of the “Donald Duck” cap. The cockade part has been broken off. This piece is likely 1930s production, and is made of a stamped brass alloy (Tombak). The obverse retains nearly all of the original, beautiful, light gold finish, with great shine. Some light wear to the chest of the eagle exposes the brassy color of the base metal. The eagle shows good detail, with crisp surfaces. On the reverse, this Kriegsmarine Stick Pin is hollow, There is a small scar at the bottom of the wreath where the support for the national cockade was broken off. The attachment pin is round Tombak wire, and has a knurled midsection. The pin is affixed to the eagle with the original solder. This eagle displays well.




Historical Description: In Germany, during and between the World Wars, stick pins 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 stick pins 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 stick pin versions. These took the form of miniature versions of the awards, and could either show one individual award, or all the awards that one individual had received. In many cases, German stick pins were made with the same standard of quality as the full-size medals and badges.



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