I found something this weekend - something that doesn't make any sense but a very interesting item indeed. This item was in my Dad's things, and from what my Mom recollects, he said it was his father's. Dad was told sometime ago that it was from someone in his family, but who that was, we have no idea.
On one side it appears this way - with the year of 1813 at the bottom...
The flip side looks like this, with another year -1939 at the bottom and (gasp) a swastika (the official emblem of the Nazi Party) in the center.
I've done VERY LITTLE research on this item, but thought it was a great find and wanted to share it today. From what I've read during the weekend, it's called the Iron Cross and was a German military award during WWII. There are many different variations of it, I believe this one to be the Iron Cross - 2nd Class, an award for bravery in battle, or other military contribution on the battlefield.
Now for the mystery - my Dad's father did not fight in WWII, so how did he get this item? Who did it belong to and where on earth did they get it? These questions remain to be researched.
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