Legion of Merit (Commander) c. 1946/7 – How to Identify?

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    Greetings All:

    I have the medals of (British) Major-General John Arthur Mallock Bond… that is, I have them all except the US Legion of Merit (Commander) awarded to him by the US government after WWII. I would like to find an appropriate example of that award, of the same vintage, as a representation of his award. (FYI, Bond’s citation is repeated below.)

    I have been looking for years — but with no luck. In fact, I’m struggling with this one, largely because:

    a) I want to get an "authentic" replacement — ie., one from the late 1940s;
    b) I know that the order has changed (at least in terms of some slight — but easily recognisable — manufacturing details over the years); but
    c) I do not know what details/changes to look for, in order to determine if any given example dates from the desired period (ie., 1940s).

    As a result, I would be most grateful if anyone would please explain — or post a few scans showing — the details one should look for in order to confirm that an example of the Legion of Merit (Commander) was manufactured in the immediate post-war period.

    Thank you.

    Glen
    Ottawa, Canada
    Bond – US Legion of Merit Citation Commander.jpg

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    #16838

    Thought I would give this one bump — 10 months later — in the hope that maybe a fresh set of eyes that can help will set upon it.

    Cheers,
    Glen,
    In Our Dominion of the North

    #16839

    jb floyd
    Moderator

    Your best bet is to look for one of the many boxed examples by L.G. Balfour that came into the market about 10 years ago. They were made around 1950 and, although a little later than this award, they are not noticeably different and have the quality you are looking for — quality gilding and enamel work. I’ve never kept up with the manufacturing varieties of these pieces, but a boxed Balfour example is still fairly inexpensive — around US$175 or so.

    #16910

    Jumpmaster
    Participant

    Glen
    Here is an example to use in comparison, it is a Balfour and when side by side with other manufacturers the quality is distinctly higher
    [attachment=0]Legion of Merit Commander Balfour 1951obverse.jpg[/attachment]
    Legion of Merit Commander Balfour 1951obverse.jpg

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    #17514

    sgt
    Member

    Not a 1946/7, but a 1951.

    eBay item number: 201366401243

    Starting bid: 500.00 USD

    BOXED SCARCE VARIATION OF LEGION OF MERIT COMMANDER

    COMMANDER GRADE LEGION OF MERIT IN ORIGINAL BALFOUR 1951 CONTRACT BOX WITH LABEL BEARING SPECIFICATIONS. BEAUTIFUL PIECE IN MINT CONDITION. BOX IS 1" DEEP BY 2 3/4 X 3/4 SIZE. BLUE CARDBOARD WITH DECORATIVE FINISH. RARE.

    THIS ITEM WAS PURCHASED FROM NOTED COLLECTOR AND DEALER. GEORGE B. HARRIS III. IN AUGUST 1995 FOR $425.00. SEE PHOTO OF HIS AD AND GEORGE DO NOT USE THE WORD RARE LIGHTLY. BOX AND LEGION OF MERIT IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.

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    #17551

    emccomas
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    OK, I finally locate the pictures of my LOM Commander. IT has been identified by a noted expect on LOM medals as a "transition piece" (1946-1949), and would have been in a WWII vintage presentation case.

    The medal suspension loop is NOT numbered. The ribbon is the nice watery silk that we expect from that period. The neck attachment devices are hand sewn snaps, using pink colored thread.

    The pendant itself is very high quality. The lapel pin is marked BB&B. The service ribbon matches the set very well.

    Here are some pictures.
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    #17552

    emccomas
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    A couple more pics
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