A Scarce Cased Olympia Ehrenzeichen 1. Klasse 1936. A total of 767 1st Class Decorations were awarded. The 1st Class German Olympic Neck Order, instituted February 4th 1936, was bestowed on leading German nationals and foreign figures for very special merit in the management of the 1936 Olympic Games. The award is a constructed out of two pieces of die struck tombak that had been gold fire gilded and contain white enamel work that has been finished in a protective lacquer coating. The obverse features the five Olympic rings (in white) above a five pointed white star and five golden lined bars all below a white German National eagle (with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed mole swastika in its talons). The full back reverse is gold and shows two rivets that attach the Olympic rings. To the top is an integral ring and soldered on loop that has 18 1/2 inches of the appropriate red, white and black rayon ribbon. Accompanying the award is a miniature ½ inch example pinned to the case. The award measures approximately 2 3/8 inches wide by 2 ¾ inches tall. The award comes housed in its appropriate issue case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained white leather (Lederimitat). To the top-center is the five Olympic rings emblem along with a thin gold border. To the front is a rectangular gilded steel push button. To the back is a gilded steel, staggered, piano hinge. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of a pressed cardboard base that is covered in a grey fibrous felt material that has a recessed rectangular portion for the ribbon. There is a grey silk covered cardboard exterior border to the bottom. The interior top is constructed out of a pink silk material and has an underlying pad. The interior silk hinge has a ½ inch tear to the left side. The push button and hinge continue to work well. The case measures approximately 3 3/8 inches wide and 5 ¼ inches deep and 1 3/16 inch thick. A prestigious piece that is incredibly hard to find!
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