Ten Pins from Palestine
Ten pins from Palestine. Ca. first half of the 20th century.
• Lapel pins with the word "Enlisted" (in Hebrew) beneath a tower and stockade.
• "Defender of Jerusalem" – two identical pins; a lion is depicted in the center with an Israeli flag and a Star of David in the background.
• Pin bearing the Hebrew legend "My heart for my people" above crossed swords. A Star of David at the top with the Hebrew initials heh-lamed-heh inside.
• "For the defense of the homeland" – pin with the image of a lion holding an Israeli flag in the center, with the Tower of David in the background, and above it the legend "Judah is a lion’s cub." This pin may have been used by the Field Corps troops of the Haganah that were stationed in the area of Mamilla during the War of Independence.
• Pin in the shape of the Israeli flag with crossed swords around it.
• Pin in the shape of a flag, with crossed swords and sheaves of wheat around it. At the center of the flag (against a red background) is the legend "For labor and defense."
• Pin of the National Service Enlistment Center.
• M. K. 1 – Pin of the Schneller Army Base in Jerusalem, with the Tower of David and the Israeli flag above it.
• Pin with the legend "K. T., Jerusalem, 4 Tevet 1949."
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Morton Leventhal Collection, New York.