A rare “Reichsparteitag” Non-Portable Table Medal 1939 of quite a common tinnie! The 11th Nuremberg Rally, scheduled for September 2–11, was given the name “Rally of Peace” (Reichsparteitag des Friedens). It was meant to reiterate the German desire for peace, both to the German population and to other countries. It was cancelled at short notice, as one day before the planned date, September 1st, Germany began its offensive against Poland (which ignited World War II). The award is constructed out of a die struck finezinc alloy base that has been gold gilded and lacquered. The round shaped obverse features a national eagle (with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons), above a seated, topless woman who is wearing a dress and has a sheaf of wheat on her lap. The woman is behind her seated child that is holding a bundle of grapes. Both are in front of a grape vine and beside the designers initials “RK”. This all lies on a smooth backing and reads: “Reichsparteitag” (bottom) and “1939” (left). The full back reverse reads: “N.S. Kampfspiele 1939 Dritter Platz”. The gilding is partiall absorbed by the zinc. minor zinc pest. It measures 3 ¾ inches in diameter. The award comes housed in its issue case. The case is constructed out of a wood and pressed cardboard base that is covered in a simulated grained black leather (Lederimitat). To the front is a round plated steel spring loaded push button. To the back are two gilded steel, staggered, piano hinges. The interior-bottom of the case is constructed out of a grey felt that outlines the award. The interior top is covered in a light grey velvet above a pad that is maker marked, in black “Carl Poellath Schrobenhausen”. There is typical age scuffs. The case measures approximately 5 1/8 inches wide by 5 1/8 inches deep and 1 inch thick. Very rare, perfect as a center piece for the Reichsparteitag tinnie collector!
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