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.
Profile: Lapel Pin – 1989 World Championships, Paris, France By 1989, more than 30 years had passed since a world figure skating event had been staged in Paris, the City of Light. The 1958 World Figure Skating Championships held there were marked with a high-quality lapel pin that carried a snowflake and French flag motif.… Continue reading 1989 World Figure Skating Championships Pin: Hidden Gems.
Figure Skating Pins Profile: 1956 European Championships Concluding just five days before the 1956 Olympic Winter Games opened in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, the 1956 European Figure Skating Championships in Paris crowned Europe's best skaters during essentially a stopover on their way to Northern Italy. Then, just ten days after the Games concluded, the world's best… Continue reading Paris to Cortina to Garmisch. 1956.
The pins issued for the 1936 World Figure Skating Championships and the 1936 European Figure Skating Championships bear a striking resemblance to one another in design. Non-identical twins, you might say. Although the pin from the European Figure Skating Championships bears a Berlin maker's mark, the World Championships pin is not likewise marked. It is likely, however, that both pins were produced by the same maker for the sport’s top two events of the year.