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Dark gray velvet drawstring Georg Jensen jewelry bag used to hold pins commemorating the birthday of King Christian X of Denmark

Object | Accession Number: 2010.417.15

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    Brief Narrative
    Drawstring jewelry pouch used to hold commemorative emblem pins first issued on August 21, 1940, by the Georg Jensen Company to honor the 70th birthday of King Christian X of Denmark. Designed by Arno Malinowski, the pin features the King’s initials, the years 1870-1940, and the Danish flag. The German army occupied Denmark on April 9, 1940. Christian remained in Copenhagen and the Kingmark became a popular symbol of Danish independence, patriotism, and solidarity. Germany permitted the democratic government to retain control over domestic affairs until August 1943, when the growing resistance movement led Germany to institute martial law. Denmark was liberated by British forces on May 5, 1945. A second pin was issued for Christian’s 75th birthday in 1945. Over 1 million were produced until his death in 1947; production ceased at the request of his son, King Frederick IX.
    publication/distribution:  1940 September 26-1945 September 26
    creation: Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jordan, Lorraine, and Rachel Cherrick, In honor of Fred and Kay Zeidman
    front, bottom, silver paint, pressed : GEORG JENSEN
    Distributor: Georg Jensen

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Rectangular, dark gray velvet drawstring pouch with a black, double cord drawstring. The bag is divided into 2 compartments by a piece of velvet stitched to the interior. A manufacturer’s name is pressed onto the exterior of the bag.
    overall: Height: 4.875 inches (12.383 cm) | Width: 4.000 inches (10.16 cm) | Depth: 0.750 inches (1.905 cm)
    overall : velvet, string, paint, thread

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Copenhagen (Denmark)

    Administrative Notes

    The Christian X commemorative pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2010 by Jordan, Lorraine, and Rachel Cherrick in honor of Fred and Kay Zeidman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-05-24 16:09:02
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