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This nice Prussian Golden Merit Cross arrived today. Instituted Jan 1912 it is a three piece design and could be awarded to both civilian and military personnel. This award came in silver also.

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Richard Auld

Mike,

Nicely struck medals, I see this sort of thing a lot but as I have said not my area. I will keep my eyes open and if they are cheap and chearful I will take them in the future. 

Rich

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Langensalza Medal awarded by the former Kingdom of Hannover, to her sons who fought the Prussians to a standstill during the Bruderkrieg of 1866. Although a temporary victory was obtained, Hannover was forced to surrender several days later, with its kingdom and army being absorbed by the Prussian victors. Interestingly, Kaiser Wilhelm I, allowed the former regiments of Hannover to wear all honors and awards to be worn, including the medals of the 1866 war.An interesting feature of the Langensalza medal is that the recipients name appears on the edge. No doubt due to Hannover's long association with the forces of Great Britain, notably the King's German Legion, who served with distinction during the Napoleonic wars. The medals of England nearly always have the recipients name appearing on the edge.One other interesting fact regarding the Langensalza battle was the appearance for the first time of the Red Cross emblem being worn by medical personnel

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Richard Auld

Nice bit of history Mike. I shall have to keep an eye out for named medals, it adds an extra dimension to collecting when you have the oppertunity to do a bit of research on an individual and not just the medal so to speak.

Rich

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Desert Rat

Super Medal Mike,

It's great to see all the different awards given out, not only in Germany, England, Italy.....etc....During the times and wars past.

Many Thanks...Ian

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From the Principality of Reuss their Golden Merit Medal w/Swords awarded to NCO's only. This one came on Reuss Amaranth ribbon. I'm very happy to have gotten this one.

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Reuss Silver Merit Medal w Swords, awarded to other ranks below NCO. This one is on Reuss's war ribbon which was authorized early January 1915. I have seen both Jan 5th or the 9th mentioned.

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Saxe Coburg Gotha. Silberne Verdienstmedaille des Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischen Hausordens Herzog Carl Eduard Awarded 1905-1918 for Meritorious Service to the Homeland.

A bit about Carl Eduard, at wars end not only did Carl Eduard lose his German titles but being the Grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert he also lost his English titles in 1919.

Carl Eduard joined the NSDAP rising to the rank of SA Obergruppenfuhrer became a member of the Reichstag and head of the German Red Cross. Captured and imprisoned by American occupation forces he died penniless in 1954.

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Baden Field Service Decoration with 1870 Clasp.

Medal was instituted 27 Jan. 1836 by Grand Duke Leopold and was awarded as a general service medal and for specific campaigns. 

On 7 Sept 1866 Grand Duke Friedrich instructed that clasps for the ribbon be awarded to denote the campaign concerned. It was awarded retrospectively for campaigns as far back as the Napoleonic Wars of 1805 and was last issued in 1871. There were 18 different clasps in all.

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5 hours ago, Richard Auld said:

I like those King Billy medals, they don't command a lot in value but what a well struck medal with lots of detail.

Piece of art really?

Rich

Agreed, older stuff is often like real art.

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