World and European Figure Skating Championships: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, and 1950s The 1911 marriage of Walter Jakobsson of Finland and Ludowika Eilers of Germany brought together off the ice two figure skaters who had achieved much on the ice, both as a pairs team and separately as singles skaters. Theirs is a long and colorful… Continue reading Figure Skating Pins and Medals from the Jakobsson Estate: Provenance on Display.
From Paris to Berlin, 1936: World and European Figure Skating Championships Pins In 1936, figure skating's two premier events—the World Championships and European Championships—were held about 30 days and 650 miles apart on the European continent, one in Paris and one in Berlin. Those two cities could not have been more different in 1936. Paris… Continue reading 1936 World and European Figure Skating Championships Pins: Double Take.
In the gallery below, The Netropolitan Museum of Figure Skating Pins has on display a participant medal from the 1939 World Championships where ladies from seven nations competed for the title of best in the world. This medal would have been produced for and given to competitors and possibly event officials.
Dateline: Berlin, Germany, 1938, just less than a year and half before the onset of World War II. By all accounts, it was a dark and oppressive time, with the rise to power of those who sought, through any means, to control or silence all who disagreed with their singular political and cultural agendas and… Continue reading Craftsmanship On Display. 1938.
Commemorative medals, often issued by a host federation, were commonly presented to medal winners and others at early World Figure Skating Championships and European Figure Skating Championships. Such is the case with the provenance-laden medal featured in this gallery, given for second place in pairs skating at the 1937 World Figure Skating Championships, held in London, England.