A question for the 57er guys. We know that S&L 57ers closely followed the designs of the TR versions ( where S&L had actually produced a TR equivalent) and in some cases the actual original wartime tooling was modified to produce the 57er version.
Logically, with shields, which are basically just big hollow "tinnies" stamped out of cheap sheet metal it is unlikely that such a major modification could be made to the original tooling as removing the eagle which represents the entire top half of the badge. BUT, I would imagine that the design for the remainder of the award would closely follow the original design.
With the Krim shield, virtually every shield from different makers has different detail, in the eagle and in the coastline of the Crimean peninsula.
The zink shield shown here is listed in the Weber book as from an unknown maker, but recently has been claimed as a 2nd type Deumer solely due to some being found on so called "barter boards" which came out of Lüdenscheid at the end of the war. (It is well known however that Deumer barter boards often have awards from other manufacturers on them - as do Steinhauer barter boards)
Comparing the details of the coastline of the peninsula and especially the easternmost part, of the original wartime piece here with the same part on the 57er shows a remarkable similarity, yet totally different to the accepted wartime Deumer.
So, from the 57er point of view does this wartime one look like a good match to the S&L 57 Krim.?
05-24-2016 10:57 AM
For comparison here is the isthmus from a definite Deumer.