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.
Just months before Berlin was divided into East and West by the Berlin Wall, the 1961 European Figure Skating Championships were contested in that city from January 26–29. Does the stark design of the pins produced for this championship reveal something about Germany itself at the time? Perhaps, for the black and white palette easily could be seen as a metaphor for the ongoing political and cultural strife.
A large, heavy participant medal is a glorious and lasting piece of history made to commemorate the 1926 World Figure Skating Championships, held in Berlin, Germany, for men and pairs. The exceptional design and production value of the medal are evidenced in the detail. A central male figure skater in a classic pose commands attention on the outdoor ice surface, skating with apparent unbridled abandon.
The commemorative medal from the 1910 World Figure Skating Championships shown in the gallery is steeped in history and provenance. It is one of two presented to Ludowika Eilers and Walter Jakobsson for their second place finish in pairs at the World Championships. Measuring 1-1/8" in diameter (2.8575 cm), the face of the medal features a depiction of the Berliner Schlittschuh Club pin at the center with laurel leaves encircling the design.
The 1936 European Figure Skating Championships in Berlin were commemorated with at least two different pins. Curiously, the designs are so divergent from one another that one can easily question whether they even represent the same event—yet it's clear they do.