Manufactured by B.H.L a Germany WW1 War service cross (Hindenberg cross) without swords medal. Manufacturer marking is in the center of the rear of the cross and is impressed / stamped into the medal.
A world war one War service cross without swords for Non Combatants from the manufacturer O.14 (marker mark in relief on lower arm of cross on medal reverse). Currently O.14 is an unidentified German medal manufacturer therefore any possible clarification would be gratefully received.
The Hindenberg cross (unofficial nomenclature) without swords would have been awarded to members of the WW1 German armed forces serving behind the lines or for organisations such as Firefighters or Policemen (Public servants) in Germany. Also included in the potential awardess would be leaders of industry supporting the war effort. EG Military materials suppliers.
German WW1 war service cross medal with swords. Manufactured by LAUER NURNBG-BERLIN, Lauer of Nurenberg and Berlin. Maker mark (hersteller in German) is in relief on the reverse of the medal in the lower arm of the cross.
Interestingly a Plough takes the place of the sickle in the “hammer and sickle” rendering on the reverse of this Sovier jubilee medal commemorating sixty years of the Soviet armed forces.
Obverse: A soviet soldier stands in the foreground with a “thousand yard stare” whilst the backgound incorperates ICBM’s (Inter continental ballistic missiles) on the left and a submarine on the right. Above this scene two flanker interceptor jets fly in formation. The dates 1918 1978 are immediately above the submarine and in relief.
Reverse: The aforementioned plough and sickle combination sits centrally superimposed upon a lotus leaf stylized soviet star. In the backgound a standard rifle with bayonet afixed and a sabe sword are crossed. Cyrillic lettering around the edge of the obverse of the medal completes the border / framing of the central motif.
French Inter war medal in Bronze for the Upper Silesia (Haute Silesia) campaign. In the post first world war years a plebiscite, admistered by the allied powers, was established in Upper Silesia whilst political discussions went on to award to the territory to either Germany or Poland.
The medal is made from Bronze and although considered a French medal (predominately awarded to French armed forces) the medal was actually issued by the Inter Allied government of Upper Silesia. This is recognised by the raised lettering on the reverse “COMMISSION INTERALLIEE DE GOUVERNEMENT ET DE PLEBISCITE” 1920 – 1922 dates in relief.
First world war “Hindenberg” cross with swords. Obverse is comprised 1914-1918 dates surrounded by a laurel wreath superimposed upon the cross. The G.5 maker mark has not been attributed.
Note: Some collectors consider the gothic script G to be in fact a B
Hindenberg cross with swords or correctly known as first world war, war service cross with crossed swords (denotes combat experience or at least belonging to the armed forces). This example manufacturer marked C.P.
A WW1 Victory medal awarded to 89747 DVR A PAINTER RA, A Driver in the Royal Artillery
Just short of TEN MILLION of these disc type medals with their pentagonal ribbon hangers were issued by the Soviet authorities on the 23rd February 1988 to comemorate sevety years of the existence of soviet / CCCP forces. The particular example shown below includes the ribbon attacment ring where the manufacturer markings “LMD” for the Leningrad mint can be discerned.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery badge by the much appreciated, amongst collectors, manufacturer Schwerin Berlin. Nava badges from Schwerin are reknowned for their high level of detailing, the way that they maintain their gilding / wash after many years and their robust hinge and pin set up (you dont find many with a broken / repaired reverse).
Note -> As always the problem with being a much appreciated antique badge is that they are also the first to be copied and reproduced. From the images shown below there is more than enough detail to make a comparison for authentication purposes.