Product Description: This NSKOV Stickpin is a virtually perfect example. This pin was intended for wear by members of the Nationalsozialistische Kriegsopferversorgung, a social welfare organization for WWI veterans and families. It depicts the distinctive NSKOV organizational emblem, with a swastika and Maltese cross superimposed on a sword, surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. Virtually all of the original silver finish remains intact on this piece, with slight age toning. The reverse of the emblem is flat and smooth, and is marked in raised lettering with “Ges. Gesch.” indicating a legally trademarked design. The attachment pin is nice and straight, with a sharp tip, and is affixed to a round plate soldered to the rear of the emblem. There are no repairs. Overall, this NSKOV Stickpin 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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