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Posted 2 years ago

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Dr_Rambow
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I was going to post my Imperial Iron cross, but since there are a few up on CW I figured this might be an interesting alternative.

I found this little patriotic piece at a not-so-local flea market a few months back. Though this is technically a TR era item, it commemorates a soldier's service in WWI. These pins were made throughout various periods in German history with tiny representations of a soldier's (or civilians) awards. This man was awarded a iron cross II class and likely bought this version with an integrally die struck honor cross when it was instituted in 1934.

Each of these medals are a miniscule 11/32" tall; you can judge the size in the 2nd picture when they are placed over a nickle. The iron cross has beautiful enamel work and the honor cross is surprisingly well detailed for how small it is.

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    When I was a teenager collecting antique weapons, I remember having a number of these. Somebody might be negotiating a deal for a C.W. musket, sword or whatever & "throw in" a couple of these "stick-pins", a nazi flag & an SS dagger, for instance. Sure wish I had all that trading booty now! Dr--, I could tell you stories that would make you cringe in disbelief! In the 50's & 60's there just wasn't any interest as it was everywhere & common.
  2. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 2 years ago
    Yep, I missed the boat on this stuff by an entire lifetime.
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Dr_, you might have missed the boat on those days but I'm sure glad I don't have to worry about the days you are going to have to live thru in the future. I was born & lived in a charmed era.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Dr_, you might have missed the boat on those days but I'm sure glad I don't have to worry about the days you are going to have to live thru in the future. I was born & lived in a charmed era.
  5. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 2 years ago
    Talk about the good old days - back in the very early 1970s, there was one mail order militaria/surplus place that advertized something like "Write for our catalogue and get an actual piece of NAZI memorabilia FREE!" I wrote for the catalogue and it arrived with a stick pin like yours! The funny thing was, as a kid I felt ripped off!

    BTW, when I was serving in Germany, I was awarded the Abzeichen für Leistungen im Truppendienst - A military proficiency badge - by our West German Army partnership unit. It came with a miniature of the badge on a stick pin, like the WWI/II vets might wear. So they were still being made for modern awards quite recently.

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