1980 World Figure Skating Championships Pin: A Missed Opportunity.

Profile: Lapel Pins from the 1980 World Championships, Dortmund, West Germany Rightly or wrongly, the city of Dortmund, Germany, is known more as an industrial hub rather than as a glamorous and cosmopolitan city like Munich or Berlin. But that fact hasn't stopped Dortmund from a racking up a long history of hosting major figure skating… Continue reading 1980 World Figure Skating Championships Pin: A Missed Opportunity.

1960 European Figure Skating Championships Pins: Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat.

Profile: Lapel Pins and a Medal from the 1960 European Championships, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Bavarian Alps, is sometimes said to be Germany's undisputed winter sports capital. In support of that claim, one has only to look at the long history of sport associated with the city, including as host of the 1936 Olympic… Continue reading 1960 European Figure Skating Championships Pins: Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat.

Craftsmanship On Display. 1938.

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.

East Leaves West. 1961.

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.

At the Berliner Eispalast. 1926.

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.