Type 1 (1940’s) variation of the Soviet campaign medal for Defence of the Arctic. Covering principally the Murmansk and Finnish border disputes the enemy in this theatre was more the climate / weather than the axis forces.
Believed to be a Type / Variation 1 example but could be type 3. If someone could comment clarifying the matter it would be most appreciated. There are no manufacturer / mint markings on the bronze medal.
WW2 silver German hollow back / stamped construction Panzer Assault Badeg (PAB) without manufacturer markings. Panzer Kampf Abzeichen in German. Distinctive hinge and catch assembly together with detailing should allow manufacturer attribution.
An interesting civil / political medal from the Italian facist state issued when the state took over the “General Confederation of Italian Industry” as part of Mussolini’s policy to control all aspects of Italian life. The General confederation of Italian industry is still in existence today (2019) in Italy under the name of Confindustria with more than 113000 companies continuing to meet and agree labour and business practices.
NOTE: This Italian medal was submitted to Medalcheck for identification from a person outside the medal collector community and for this reason is submitted by Admin rather than the members of this site.
Any additional information collectors may possess would be greatly welcomed either via commenting the medal below or via the contact function.
Later version of the Karl Wurster GAB (small w maker mark at 11 o’clock position). Compared to the earlier version of the General assault badge of the same manufacturer it can be seen that the medal is:
– Of a different finish (silver coloured paint wash vs silver enamel paint / electrolyte)
– Uses a different Hinge (Folded stamped metal vs Block hinge)
The obverse detailing shows commonality with the earlier variant so one can assume that the moulds of the badge were not changed but re used with the new metal composition.
An early example of the small w GAB (General Assault Bage) from manufacturer Karl Wurster. The badge is made from zinc which is then silvered and evidence of this can be seen on the rear of the badge where “zinc pest” (corrosion of the zinc) has produced bubbling beneth the silver coating.
Please see the later example of this badge by the same manufacturer which is also in the medal database.
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.
German Luftwaffe (Air force) qualification badge for Radio operator & Air gunner roles. The lightening bolts in the Eagles claws signify the Radio aspect. This example was produced by W. Deumer of Ludenscheid.
Please note that all Luftwaffe badges by this manufacturer (and indeed other manufacturers) are heavily copied due to their economic values within the medal and badge collecting community.
WW2 Kriegsmarine (German Navy) minesweeper badge by the “high quality” manufacturer Fec. Otto Placzek Berlin Ausf. Schwerin Berlin.
Note: Due to the Schwerin marked badges commanding a slightly higher price / being more “desirable” than other Kriegsmarine Minesweeper badges this is one that is heavily copied / reproduced. Compare as many details as possible to an in hand version before moving forward with any purchase.
German WW2 Kriegsmarine (Navy) Coastal Artillery badge produced by FLL 43. For whatever resaon these badges tend to maintain the gilding to the wreath very well but on the reverse tend to have what appears to be sloppy / excesive soldering. Pay particuar attention to the areas of Fine detail such as the waves and cannon as these areas are not easily falisfied.
Lightweight tinnie showing a sword vertically through the center of a swastika superimposed upon a sun burst. All surrounded by oakleaves. Plain reverse except for what could be a manufacturer or die marking.