|THIS IS A VERY RARE 1940 DATED TWO SIDED MEISSEN PORCELAIN COMMEMORATIVE FOR THE VICTORY OF FRANCE WITH RED LEATHER PRESENTATION CASE.
This item is one of the extremely rare, limited edition, ceramic commemorative medals specially crafted and manufactured by the Meissen Porcelain Company in August 1940 to celebrate the German victory over France.
The item is in the shape of a circular disk having a circumference of one and three quarters inches (1 3/4") across and one quarter inch (1/4") thick.
One side of the disk depicts the Eifel Tower in the center being past by two groups of flying German Aircraft. Around the perimeter of this side is the inscription "EINNAHME VON PARIS 14. JUNI 1940" (Occupation of Paris 14 June 1940).
The reverse side of the disk shows a German tank climbing out of an anti-tank ditch with a Swastika centered above it. Around the outer ring of this side is the inscription "ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN FELDZUG IN FRANKREICH" (In memory of the Campaign in France). This item comes complete with its original square, maroon colored, leather case which is two and three quarters inches (2 3/4") wide and long by one half inch (1/2") thick. The disk rests in a recess in the base of the case which is covered by a soft, dark red colored felt. The inside lid is covered with a bright red silk material across part of which has been sewn a second class 1939 Iron Cross ribbon.
Assuming that this latter item was not a planned part of the original Meissen item, it was probably added by its initial owner who either won the Second Class Iron Cross during the invasion of France, and/or by a family member of someone who was killed during the battle on the German side while posthumously winning this award.
In either case, it adds a personal touch of distinction to what is already a particularly rare commemorative piece.
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