All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1950 item #1246130
I'm told that the cases for the highly prestigious Silver Star are rarer than the medals themselves. (This one came to me as a box for a string of fine pearls, the original contents description covered by a silver sticker.) Now maybe someone can afford their treasured award a proper receptacle.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1245724
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...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1245568
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...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1940 item #1244936
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...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1940 item #1243775
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.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1242179
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.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1236679
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.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1236631
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.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1950 item #1236145
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...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1236139
Beautifully made stickpin with three miniature Imperial German medals. Two pins suspending a gold chain with properly fit loops for the medals. The third medal is the Friedrich August Medaille in silver which was a Soxon medal awarded to NCO's in acknowledgement of notable service. The other two medals are the Hindenburg Cross for WWI veterans and the 1914 Iron Cross which, again, was awarded for outstanding service...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1990 item #1235718
Nice looking Italian Cavaliere Order of Merit medal. Shows four eagles around a white enamel central cross suspended from a crown formed from a crenelated castle tower. Great looking medal.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1940 item #1235334
Very interesting badge. The Hungarian Combat Leadership badge was awarded to officer's who led a unit of up to regiment strength in live combat. This is an award that carried a solid level of prestige. This badge was active from 1922 to 1944 so obviously most were awarded for WWII service. I am not sure if this would have been awarded for previous WWI service but certainly a good decoration either way. Good looking award with attractive enamel work.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1900 item #1233630 (stock #2699)
Fine Qing Dynasty glass archer’s ring emulating white jade. Glass archer’s rings are much rarer than jade one’s, given the fragility of the material. There are two “fleabite” sized chips noted in second enlargement and scale is noted in metric in the last.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1920 item #1225959
Very interesting version of a 1914 Iron Cross. This is probably a jeweler made piece maybe intended as jewelry for the wife of an Iron Cross winner. That is just a theory. 800 marked on the pin catch and an interesting, smooth matte black finish to the front. About 15mm in diameter. Very nice item for someone who collects iron crosses specifically.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1940 item #1225068
Interesting table medal for Fascist commerce conference of 1938. front has a really attractively rendered, raised eagle with wing stretched out to encompass a fasces. In his claws is a bundled package which is a reference to the commerce nature of the medal. CONF. FASCISTA DEI COMMERCIANTI. Reversed is engraved: ACCADEMIA COMMERCIO 1909-1913 LUGLIO 1938-XVI. Of course XVI is a reference to the years since the Fascist march on Rome and acquisition of power...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1950 item #1224962
Very interesting medal and a good display of Spanish colors. Front has, under a gold crown, an enamel roundel with the lettering ENSENANZA MILITAR with the bust of a Spartan warrior. This is on a very three dimensional ribbon which has about 3/4 inch depth with ends of nice, high quality bullion. Reverse has a nice pinback assembly. All in overall excellent condition as per photos. This comes with a 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch photo of a Spanish soldier with the medal being worn...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1900 item #1223149 (stock #ES637)
Rare authentic antique, 18th -19th century, Mongolian saddle made in distinguished Mongolian style, constructed of several elements of hardwood of a beautiful grain, with a tall gullet and cantle fitted with a brass frame engraved with a repeated braid pattern deeply stamped on the four ends with a rectangular seal containing Chinese characters. The exterior adorned in coral color, and enhanced in the interior with a green paint border.

The Mongolian saddles, with there unique pattern...

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Militaria : Decorations : Pre 1900 item #1222774 (stock #ES616)
Antique 18th -19th century Turkish Ottoman or Turcoman Islamic Warrior belt made of stiff broad double sown together layers of hide, beautifully enriched at the front with three rows of large oval Genuine Carnelians (Precious Stones) in raised beaded gild silver settings, mounted on a brass panel. The back ornamented with pierced brass plaques attached with large round-headed brass rivets. At the right side a pendant openwork brass disc set with another carnelian; at the left side the clasp in...