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.
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.