While clearing my dad's house, this appeared, hidden in a metal trunk.
The base has a musical chime (some sort of waltz) and the helmet contains a cigarette lighter.
It was the shield that interested me most.
A map of Germany showing the post World War 2 occupation zones, but also showing the 1939 border with Poland. I have seen this sort of thing before, an obvious indication that for a time there was still hope that the old borders would be restored.
Then we found out the story behind it.
My dad bought it in Germany while doing his National Service in the mid 1950s. He brought it back and gave it to his mum, who hid it fearing that her husband, (my grandad) would sell it for beer money. Yes, sadly my grandad was the sort of guy who felt that beer was more important than anything else in life. Hiding the ornament was also a big risk as, if my grandad found it he would probably have given her (yet another) thorough beating. I never really liked that grandfather, even without knowing this sort of thing. Guess I just got a feeling about him.
I found it strange that, many years after both of these grand parents died, the ornament was still being hidden. Maybe it brought back too many memories of what home life had been like.