An Edward VII Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) Long Service and Good Conduct medal to C556 G GREEN SEA 1 CL RNR – Seaman first class.
Obverse – EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR and the Image of Edward 7th.
Reverse – DIUTURNE FEDELIS – literally Overtime faithful underneath a stylised image of the then technologically advanced royal navy ship HMS Dreadnaught
Note – Ribbon colours changed over time for this medal and varied according the service. EG – The RNR and RVNR had different ribbons after 1919.
Iron cross second class (IC2) from WW1 Germany produced by the manufacturer F.
German first world war Iron cross second class from the manufacturer WILM (Stamped into ribbon ring).
Iron cross 2nd class (Also known as EK2 – Eisner Kreuz Zweite Klasse) from manufacturer KO whose manufacturing mark can be found stamped into the ribbon ring.
An interesting medal from Franco Prussian war and presented by the King of Prussia (Kaiser Wilhelm I) to his troops and civilians. Note that with this medal three versions exist:
– Steel version for Non Combatants
– Version seen here in Bronze for combatants and with edge Stamped lettering
– Version same as seen here but missing the stamped lettering around the rim of the medal.
Curiously the design of the medal went on to form the design of the “frontkampfers kreuz” (War merit cross) of World war One.
Obverse – 1870 1871 within a laurel leaf wreath superimposed over a cross
Reverse – Royal cypher / monogram of Kaiser Wilhelm and immediately below DEM SIEGREICHEN HEERE – The victorious army, surrounded by GOTT WAR MIT UNS IHM SIE DIE EHRE – God was with us, to him the honor
RIM – AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ – From captured Cannons (Not present on all medals and if you encounter the version with inscription expect to pay a little more).
Medaille militaire for Valor (bravery) from 3rd Republic 1870-1940 (can see 1870 in Enamel) Valor award start by Napoleon continue to today.
Front: REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE 1870 gold letters, blue back
Back: VALEUR ET DISCIPLINE