I am trying to describe a medal that has a particular type of suspension. The suspension is akin to the type used on the Italian WWI Victory medal. Alexander Laslo in his book Interallied Victory Medals of World War I refers to this suspension as ‘staffa’. Is this the term that is commonly used? Or, was it unique to Italian medals?
The “staffa” suspension is not unique to Italian medals. There are some medals from Baden, for example, with variants of that same wide suspension, although the Germans don’t seem to apply a specific term to it. I’ve used “staffa” for many years of cataloging and nobody seems to have been too confused by it.