Danish Medallion

In Attire
Front of the medallion with chain shown
Front of the medallion with chain shown

Me and My sister are the first generation of americans on my mother’s side of the family. My mother and her siblings were first generation canadians. My grandfather, his parents and many generations before were born in Denmark and lived there their whole life. This medallion was made in Denmark, and produced by the company Jorgen Jensen. The medallion is all Pewter including the chain. You wear the medallion around your neck as a piece of jewelry and were very common in Denmark around the 1930s. My great grandfather, Gustav, bought it to give to my great grandmother, Ellen In 1925. She then passed it down to my grandmother, Ann, who brought it to Canada with her in 1959. Ann then gave it to my mother in 1978. This object was then brought to America in 1994. The viking shield medallion is a widely known symbol for Denmark and it is a reminder of my family’s past. My great grandparents lived through WWI as infants and WWII as adults. During WWII they hid refugees in their house for safety from the war. This object is important because it is part of who I am, where i’m from, and the ones who came before me.

Year: 1959

– Renee

Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant