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Old 01-18-2020, 11:16 AM   #1
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Here is another select decoration from my collection which I‘d like to share with you guys - the Danzig Cross.

Even though it was an official recognized state award, it was a rather unknown and uncommon decoration, even in it‘s initial award period. Most of the recipients were either NSDAP or SS personal. This fact is most likely the cause, that this award was not re-authorized for wear in 1957 - even though the Danzig Cross does not display a swastika.
Nevertheless some vets like SS-Obersturmbannführer Schulze-Kossens wore the cross postwar - as displayed below on his miniature chain - Seb posted this interesting picture here a while ago...




The postwar Danzig Crosses shown below in the 1st Class pinback cross form and 2nd class on ribbon form - were made by St&L in the early postwar time period.
The 1st class cross it slightly larger than the 2nd class cross.
The quality is what to be expected of a decoration from this time frame - Fine quality enameling with very shiny and polished highlights. The pin hardware also matches the early postwar period.
I very much like the simplicity yet classy design of this decoration.
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Old 01-18-2020, 11:18 AM   #2
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Old 01-18-2020, 12:18 PM   #3
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Great collection, really nice to see the different classes of this rare postwar decoration!!
Super quality once again, with great gilding and enamel work!!!!
As you said, a good design that works well!!!
Is the case original to the Danzig cross too Alex...I haven't seen a case before!!!!
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Old 01-18-2020, 06:00 PM   #4
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Goodness me they’re beauties. Alex, you manage to find the best items. I still remember the Souval German orders, but the ones you’ve shown recently ate just great. I still wish there was a place on the forums where you could some of the Souval items without people pooing on them. However, this stuff will do. Keep em coming.
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Old 01-19-2020, 04:32 AM   #5
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I agree "WOW" beautiful set !!!! Tom
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:50 AM   #6
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[QUOTE=Tony T-S;8622933] I still wish there was a place on the forums where you could some of the Souval itemsQUOTE
@Tony....If there was enough demand, I think there is a chance.... maybe one day, that Souval's postwar pieces ( specifically their Swastika bearing pieces) could have their own section, or sub-section???
I did ask a while back, but the feedback wasn't great, you have to remember that to most Third Reich collectors, the postwar Souval pieces are disliked, and the majority of most fora are indeed TR collectors!!
You could always send a PM to Dave, Dietrich or any of the administrators of the forum, and see what they say, if enough people show an interest then it could happen.....
But if it did, people need to contribute to it, post, respond, discuss, etc. A section with no activity is no use to anyone!!!
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Old 01-19-2020, 11:39 AM   #7
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I still wish there was a place on the forums where you could some of the Souval itemsQUOTE
@Tony....If there was enough demand, I think there is a chance.... maybe one day, that Souval's postwar pieces ( specifically their Swastika bearing pieces) could have their own section, or sub-section???
I did ask a while back, but the feedback wasn't great, you have to remember that to most Third Reich collectors, the postwar Souval pieces are disliked, and the majority of most fora are indeed TR collectors!!
You could always send a PM to Dave, Dietrich or any of the administrators of the forum, and see what they say, if enough people show an interest then it could happen.....
But if it did, people need to contribute to it, post, respond, discuss, etc. A section with no activity is no use to anyone!!!
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Nigel,

Thanks for your feedback concerning Swastika awards. I also have some thoughts on that issue.
I have repeatedly been asked if there was a way for me the show much more of my Souval and St&L swastika pieces...
Some thoughts....
We could start a single thread (maybe as a sticky) named something like „Swastika Souval & St&L postwar“...
This could be a place were these pieces could be shown, discussed and compared, without mixing into the regular forum too much. This would limit the postwar swastika postwar theme only to this thread. Yet it would give those interested the chance to view, post, discuss and compare these pieces.
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Old 01-19-2020, 11:49 AM   #8
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I think that Alex's proposal is excellent.
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Old 01-19-2020, 12:15 PM   #9
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Now that is a good idea Alex!!!!
Anyone who doesn't want to see such pieces need only avoid the one thread!!!
Feel free to start the thread whenever you want, and I will make it a sticky thread so it will always be at, or near the top of the current page!!!
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Now that is a good idea Alex!!!!
Anyone who doesn't want to see such pieces need only avoid the one thread!!!
Feel free to start the thread whenever you want, and I will make it a sticky thread so it will always be at, or near the top of the current page!!!
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Very cool, thank you I hope this gives those interested a good home.
I will start an appropriate topic very soon.
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YES!!! Champion idea Alex, and thank you Nigel. It will give us a chance to actually look at the pieces that keep tricking people and both educate collectors and appreciate the pieces for what they are in themselves.
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Old 01-20-2020, 12:45 PM   #12
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I also like Alex's suggestion. And thanks for posting these Danzig Crosses.

Super!

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WOW! truly a beautiful award! then and now.
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Old 01-29-2020, 01:39 PM   #14
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I also think that Alex's proposal is excellent
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:23 PM   #15
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To be honest I don't remind if I ever seen a postwar DC 1st class... VERY, very nice catches !!!

I really love them !!!
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