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Bravery Medal, 1810-1839

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1810-1839 Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille). These were the seventh and eighth medals issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal and the first to be called Bravery Medal. In this and subsequent blogs I am going

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The Abyssinia Medal (1867-1868) to the RN

The Medal This attractive medal sanctioned in March 1869 is possibly the most unusual British medal of the Victorian Era, its suspender consisting of an imperial crown and ring was never used again for a campaign medal and the embossed naming of the recipient is reminiscent of

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Evolution of the Ludwig Order

Center of Ludwigsorder

Crafting order decorations started on a larger scale with the end of the 18th century. Jewelers were appointed to manufacture decorations for the various countries and states while perfecting their techniques in doing so. The famous Prussian jeweler Georg Hossauer was certainly one of them, but others

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Honor Medal, 1805-1809

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1805-1809 Honor Medal (Ehren Medaille). This was the fifth and sixth medals issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal. In this and subsequent blogs I am going to take the reader through the evolution

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1797 Tyrolean Commemoration and Merit Decoration

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Tyrolean Commemoration and Merit Decoration (Tiroler Errinerungs und Verdienstdekoration). This decoration was issued by Emperor Franz II in 1797 to reward those Tyrolean’s who took up arms in support of the Austrian army and who displayed exceptional bravery

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Who is this Bavarian Pilot?

This is an interesting photo of a Bavarian Air Service pilot.  He is wearing a large medal bar with the Military Max Joseph Order Knight’s Cross, a Bavarian Military Merit Order IV Class with Swords, and a Prussian Iron Cross 2nd Class.  These awards appeared to have been artistically “added” to the

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Honor Medal, 1792-1805

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the 1792-1805 Honor Medal (Ehren Medaille). This was the second medal issued by the Austrian Empire specifically as a bravery medal. In this and subsequent blogs I am going to take the reader through the evolution of the

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Collecting theme – changing direction

In an earlier blog, I mused about themes and how my appetite began and developed. As I expanded my Boer War collection  and tried to fill it out with representative medals to other regiments who served where the Gordons didn’t, I simultaneously began to acquire earlier medals

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Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Military Merit Medal for the Tyrolean Mobilization (Militärverdienstmedaille für das Tiroler Aufgebot). This medal was issued in 1796 by the authority of Emperor Franz II to reward the Tyrolean’s who participated in the defense of the Tirol

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The German Eagle Order – 1st Type

German Eagle Order - detail View

Adolf Hitler created the German Eagle Order on May 1, 1937, based on a personal request of Foreign Minister Dr. Meissner1). The creation of the order finally enabled the German Reich to honor foreigners. The order would be awarded through the Fuehrer through proposal of the foreign

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