Lovely Imperial German four place stickpin. The first medal is a nice enamel 1914 iron cross but the prize in the row is the second medal which is a lovely Bavarian merit cross with very fine detail and nice blue enamel arms. The row is finished by a Hindenburg Cross and a black wound badge. Very nice lapel pin intended for wear by the recipient of these medals while in civilian clothes.
Interesting set of two Romanian WWII medals. The first is for the anti-communist crusade they were forced to join in 1941. The second is from when the first crusade failed and they were again forced to join the war against Germany. The pair makes for an interesting conversation point.
A group of 4 gold gild bronze commemorative Napoleonic medals and 1 gold gild bronze plaque custom mounted in a wooden case lined with blue velvet.
From the left to right:
1. Napoleon coronation medal. Medalist: MERLIN F.
OBVERSE: Napoleon borne upon a shield by four warriors. With the inscription; BONTE DE TITUS SAGESSE DE M. AURELE GENIE DE CHARLES M. / AU NOM DE PLUS GRAND DES HEROS FREMIT L'HYDRE BRITANNIQUE / MERLIN F...
Very nice enamel cross for a veterans' organization member's 25 years of service. Really very nice enamel work. This is a good sized medal shown with a penny for size comparison. Just 2 or 3 mm shorter wingspan then a 1939 iron cross.
Very nice WWII Silver Star in hard to find 1943 dated blue box from Philadelphia QM. Nice item in great condition as per images.
Nice two place Baden medal bar. The Baden service medal shows some bubbling of the finish. The iron cross is a beauty with a very strange hallmark. It is hard to make out but looks like it is probably the WILM hallmark which is an odd variant. If not it is just some other weird variant so cool regardless. Lovely cross if you are one looking for different variants.
Very attractive medal reading BATTAGLIONE GENIO PIONIERI "CENTAURO", which of course refers to the engineer battalion of the Centauro Division. In the middle of this wording is the unit emblem of the centaur shooting an arrow. On the reverse is a nice rendition of what seems to be a tank using a plow to clear a path through obstructions and a pontoon bridge in background; Both good engineer references. The Centauro Division was formed in early 1939 by expanding the 1st Armoured Brigade Corazzata...
Very nice Imperial German flyer stickpin. Miniaturized version of the full size medal for wear with civilian clothes. Nice example as per photos.
The Order for Combat Merit was founded in 1945, to reward individuals, military units and military schools for outstanding combat merit in defense of the country. The five point, silver gilt star is formed by five gilt rays and three white enamel rays. In the center is the 1945 style national emblem, below which are a crossed rifle and sword The screw back is engraved with a serial number.
In very good condition with no cops or losses. Shows slight wear from use.
Very nice silver medal; The 1870 Medal of Merit for the City of Rome. The only negative is the blob of wax on the ribbon which could certainly be removed by someone properly motivated. The important point is that the original ribbon is present. ROMA is found on the ring attaching the medal to the suspension ring. Very nice medal.
Very attractive 1st Class Iron Cross. Excellent condition as per attached images. The catch is bent down a little bit and I don't really see a reason to bend it back up (If it isn't broke don't fix it). Very pleasant convex shape can be seen in images 5 and 6. Images 2 and 3 are with and without flash respectively. The box is also a wonderful example with an embossed (Not just painted) iron cross on the top center. The push button catch works well and the leatherette covering shows minimal wear...
Two place 1914 Iron Cross medal bar with matching ribbon bar. The second medal is Hindenburg Cross. The Iron Cross is a real nice example with very pleasant toning and an overall look just the way we like them. The red stripe on the Hindenburg is a bit faded and there is also a bit of red staining. Perhaps the poor guy got shot in his dress uniform? Otherwise the ribbons are structurally in good shape with no fraying and a very nicely done wrap job...
Very scarce Group Six Assaulting Battalions Medal. This was some campaign in East Africa and the same instance from which the more famous Montagna Cross arose. Fascist medal made in 1935 and designed by Costantino Affer. Obverse is Mussolini giving his Roman salute. Around him are the battalion names. The reverse shows two gladii over a fasces. In the center is the place names where these battalions particularly distinguished themselves in battle. Unfortunately this is the incorrect ribbon...
Very nice WWII Purple Heart medal with extras as shows. The ribbon bar has a plastic cover. the good conduct medal and ribbon bar came with so will go with. The pin is from a private company the veteran must have worked for. Again, it was with the group so it stays with the group. Nice little set from a veteran estate in Wilmington Delaware.
This is an interesting button hole pin reading "zur erinnerung an 1870" and a Maltese or Iron Cross in the center. I have actually seen a lot of fake enamel examples of this pin but didn't know there really was such a thing. This war was a rather quick French thumping. This is a painted example and I have included obverse photos both with and without flash to show the most detail possible. Cool item very reminiscent of later Third Reich membership pins.
Very nice American victory medal. Solid condition as per photos with nice strong colors on the ribbon. A little bit od rubbing to the finish but not bad. Aisne bar nicely fixed. Just in time for the 100th anniversary.
Great looking American WWI Victory medal. Nice and clean with five bars. Montdidier-Noyon, Aisne-Marne,St Mihiel, Meuse Argonne and Defensive Sector. Some nerds can tell what unit it was by the bar combination. I am not one of those but I do believe the Montdidier-Noyon bar is a scarce one. Great looking medal offered just in time for the 100th anniversary.
Very interesting Finnish medal for the WWII conflict with Russia. The Soviet Union first invaded Finland in 1939 in an attempt to grab some territory and create a buffer zone between Leningrad and a possibly hostile nation. This invasion shocked the world and there was even talk of US troops being sent to assist the Finnish. it is enough to make one's head spin when we consider how that would have affected the landscape as the war developed through 1940 and 1941...