Product Description: This WW2 EK2 & Ost Front Stickpin is an attractive set of miniature awards. The two decorations are made of a single piece of zinc. The Iron Cross Second Class is nicely detailed, with a well-defined swastika and 1939 date. The outer edge is finished with silver, while the “core” retains all of its original black enamel paint finish. The Eastern Front campaign medal also shows nice detail, and silver finish to the outer rim and helmet. There is slight, even age toning and patina. The reverse of the miniature double award is flat and smooth, with some fading of the silver finish that exposes the base metal. The attachment pin is textbook, with a knurled section to help hold in in place when worn, and remains affixed to the awards with the original solder. This WW2 EK2 & Ost Front Stickpin shows only slight age, and no evident wear. It is a choice example.
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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