Germany’s Meissen porcelain has a history more than 300 years old.
That history includes being used to fashion propaganda medals during
World War II.
An Extremely Fine example of a 1940 medal made from Meissen
porcelain sold in Emporium Hamburg’s Nov. 13 and 14 auction, realizing
€92 (about $114.59 U.S.), including the 15 percent buyer’s fee.
The medal marks the capture of the French capital, Paris, on June
14, 1940. A Panzer tank on the reverse rises above the horizon. The
Eiffel Tower, the most famous symbol and structure in the city,
appears on the obverse. A black swastika adds contrast on an otherwise
creamy-white medal. The small crossed swords on the reverse are the
mark of the State Porcelain Factory in Meissen.
According to Karl Scheuch, who cataloged porcelain medals in a
multivolume series titled Medaillen Aus Porzellan, the earliest
porcelain medals were made in the early part of the 18th century, not
long after porcelain was first developed. Meissen’s first porcelain
medals followed later, around 1820, but became a regular part of the
firm’s production only upon the bicentennial of Meissen in 1910,
Complete results are available at the firm’s website.
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