This is a neat little set: the Jahrtausendfeier Merseburg (thousand year Anniversary Celebration of Merseburg) 1933 König Heinrich I plaque + accompanying Festschrift (brochure).
The plaque measures 7 x 5 centimeters and is in excellent condition, impossible to upgrade. It shows on the front legendary german King Heinrich I and a panoramic view of 1933’s city Merseburg, lightened by the sun being a substitute for National Socialism, that would bring as one thought at the time another 1000 years of prosperity.
On the lower right is written: ZUM DEUTSCHEN REICH DER SASCHENS PROST AUF EWIG UNS ZUSAMMENSCHLOSS (King Henry I, “the scion of Saxony united the German Empire forever”).
The plaque was issued during the festivities that took place on 21 – 27 june 1933 to celebrate the 1000 year’s existence of Merseburg.
There is a lot of history behind this plaque, as king Heinrich I was at the time regarded by SS fuhrer Heinrich Himmler to be the first real german King and this myth would in the years up untill 1945 get a lot of attention in SS publications.
The plaque was designed by Fr. Becker from Halle. Although it looks like it was intended to be a doorplaque, several examples in collections show that a patriotic ribbon was attached through the upper hole, making it possible to hang from the ribbon.
Included with the plaque here is the original period festivities booklet. It’s in (heavy) used condition, still very collectable and quite rare to find. There is some age damage from wear and tear, one small advertisement has been cut out (hardly noticeable), the booklet holds 112 pages. Rare!
Both together a highly collectible set that you don’t see everyday!