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Arts and Science

After coming across a very unique Arts and Science medal, I was very much inclined to post it here as to tilt the scale of all German blogs to another type of decorations. Honoring the Art and Science has a long tradition. From non wearable state awards

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal 1915-1917 Part I

Introduction: In this blog I am going to commence a discussion of  the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1915 with the image of Franz Joseph on the obverse. The Bravery Medal as a decoration had existed since it was first established by Joseph II in

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Joseph II Honor Medal, 1766-1780

Introduction: In 1766 when Maria Theresia was ruling the Austrian Empire as coregent with her son Joseph II, as Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary some medals were issued with Joseph’s image on the obverse. In this case the medal known as the Joseph II Honor

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A Photograph of Bavarian Military Max Joseph Order Recipients

This photograph was presented in Orden und Ehrenzeichen 16. Jahrgang., Nr. 94 (Dezember 2014) on page 349.  At the time of publication, readers were asked to identify any of the individuals shown in the photograph.  Readers were also asked to identify a possible the reason for the meeting. 

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal 1866-1915

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1866 with the image of Franz Joseph on the obverse. The Bravery Medal as a decoration had existed since it was first established by Joseph II in 1789. The first

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Maria Theresia Honor Medal, 1765-1780

Introduction:  In 1765 when Maria Theresia was ruling the Austrian Empire with her husband Franz Stephan von Lothringian as Empress Consort, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary, medals were typically issued with her image and that of her husband on the obverse. In this case however

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Jeweled Austrian Awards Part III

Introduction: In the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there were 11 awards that were issued in jeweled versions. Seven of these awards were authorized by statute, three were awarded at the direction of the emperor even though there was no statutory provision for them and one was

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Honorary medal for the primate’s, later Grand Ducal Frankfurt troops who fought in Spain

Frankfurt Troops in Spain

During the “War of the Fifth Coalition” in 1809, Frankfurt was ordered to aid the french troops to fight against Britain and Austria.  The embarkation order to set out for Spain was issued on August 10. 1808. Initially 868 men, called the „1. Bataillon des Regiments von Zweyer“,

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Franz Joseph Bravery Medal 1859-1866

Introduction: In this blog I am going to discuss the Bravery Medal (Tapferkeitsmedaille) that was issued in 1859 with the image of Franz Joseph on the obverse. The Bravery Medal as a decoration had existed since it was first established by Joseph II in 1789. The first

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Jeweled Austrian Awards, Part III

Introduction: In the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire there were 11 awards that were issued in jeweled versions. Seven of these awards were authorized by statute, three were awarded at the direction of the emperor even though there was no statutory provision for them and one was

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