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  • TABLE MEDAL -  BRAUNSCHWEIG - CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – BRAUNSCHWEIG – CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 27-32

    $195.00

    This handsome silver-toned table medal was created by the Carl Poellath firm from Schrobenhausen in Bavaria. The same firm produced top flight badges for the Bavarian contingent of the Imperial German Air Service. In this case they made a table medal for the Handelskammer (Chamber of Commerce) from the Duchy of Braunschweig. The medal measures 2 1/4″ in diameter. It may be made of German silver (nickel). Its obverse features the Braunschweig Stallion rearing on his Shield in the center of the medal. The Shield is garnished with oak leaves on the top, left, and right. The words around the inner edge of coin read “Handelskammer F. D. Herzogt. Braunschweig-Für Treue Mitarbeit (Chamber of Commerce Duchy of Braunschweig – For Faithful Employment).” Our best guess is that the medal was given to retiring members of the Chamber in thanks for their service. The medal’s reverse exhibits a high-releif, richly-detailed rendering of a municipal building from the Imperial German era. Undoubtedly it is where the Chamber was housed. The Latin motto “Quod Tibi Hoc Alteri, (Do to others what you want done to you)” is printed beneath the building. The medal is contained in a handsome, maroon presentation case, with the title, “Handelskammer für das Herzogtum Braunschweig,” on the front. The case is 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ square. Inside, the upper lid is white silk with the name Carl Poellath and Schrobenhausen imprinted in black ink. The lower half is covered in blue velvet, with a circular cutout for the…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - "GOLD FOR IRON" - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – “GOLD FOR IRON”

    SKU: 27-29

    $65.00

    TABLE MEDAL – “GOLD FOR IRON” The “Gold for Iron” Program was very popular among patriotic Germans. They gave gold items for the war effort and received in return patriotic items that were made of iron. This example of the program is a table medal, measuring 1 ½” in diameter. The obverse makes reference to “The Iron Time” along with the date 1916. The reverse mentions “Gold for Iron.”

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  • TABLE MEDAL - 1,000th ANNIVERSARY OF NORDHAUSEN  IN ORIGINAL PURCHASE PACKET - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – 1,000th ANNIVERSARY OF NORDHAUSEN  IN ORIGINAL PURCHASE PACKET

    SKU: 27-64

    $50.00

    TABLE MEDAL –  1,000th ANNIVERSARY OF NORDHAUSEN  IN ORIGINAL PURCHASE PACKET. Nordhausen is a city in the Thuringia region of Central Germany. It was an important industrial area during both WW I and WW II. It suffered heavy bombing damage due to its wealth of arms and munitions plants during WW II. It was initially occupied by the U.S. Army after the bombing, but its location in the Eastern zone caused it to come under the Soviet Union’s administration until East and West Germany were reunited in the late 20th Century. Today we are offering a high-quality bisque-porcelain table medal manufactured by noted firm porcelain manufacturer Meissen. [The firm, located in the city of Meissen, is near Dresden. The firm was established in 1710, making it one of the oldest porcelain manufacturing firms in Europe, and Germany’s oldest. It originally belonged to the King of Saxony. It remains in existence today, after surviving WW II and years of Soviet rule]. The table medal commemorates the 1,000th-year Anniversary of Nordhausen’s founding in the year 927. Meissen produced the table medal in 1927 to commemorate the anniversary. The chocolate-brown table medal measures 1 ” in diameter. Its obverse depicts a crowned king holding a sword and shield, flanked by the dates 927 and 1927. Meissen’s world-famous crossed swords hallmark also appears on the obverse. The table medal’s reverse features a shield with an eagle and further mention of the 1,000th Anniversary. The table medal comes in its original Coat-of-Arms embellished purchase packet,…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - 100-YEAR-COMMEMORATIVE - VÖLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL LEIPZIG - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – 100-YEAR-COMMEMORATIVE – VÖLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL LEIPZIG – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 27-38

    $250.00

    TABLE MEDAL – 100-YEAR-COMMEMORATIVE – VÖLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL LEIPZIG – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE. Over the years we have offered a variety of items to the Völkerschlacht Denkmal Leipzig. Today we are offering a cased table medal that commemorates the monument. It was, and is, an impressively large monument located in Leipzig. It consists of a large monument (in the form of a building), along with a reflecting pool and magnificent grounds. The monument was dedicated in 1913. It saluted the struggles and participation of Saxony and Germany 100 years before during the 1813 Napoleonic War. Kaiser Wilhelm II and Saxon’s König Friedrich August III were present at the 1913 dedication. The table medal’s obverse states that it was presented by the Deutscher Patrioten Bund. Below that is a scene showing the monument, along with the legend “Leipzig 1913.” The table medal’s reverse depicts four battling eagles. Three eagles are attacking the fourth. The attacked eagle assuredly represents France and Napoleon’s forces. Two of the attacking eagles represent Prussia and Saxony. I do not know whom the third attacking eagle represents, although it might be another smaller German state with whom they were allied. The table medal’s edge displays the dates “16-18 Oktober 1813,” which was the occasion of the heroic battle. Table medals for any and all occasions were an integral part of Imperial German culture. Germany’s people supported various occasions and causes with heartfelt patriotic fervor. Higher-quality table medals often were purchased in presentation cases of matching elegance and superiority.…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - BAVARIA - CENTENNIAL - BATTLE OF LEIPZIG - BEFREIUNGSHALLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – BAVARIA – CENTENNIAL – BATTLE OF LEIPZIG – BEFREIUNGSHALLE

    SKU: 27-37

    $75.00

    The Befreiungshalle (“Hall of Liberation”) is a monument built upon Mount Michelsberg above the city of Kelheim in Bavaria, Germany. King Ludwig I of Bavaria ordered the Befreiungshalle to be built in order to commemorate the victories against Napoleon during the Wars of Liberation that lasted from 1813 to 1815. The following quote from King Ludwig I is embedded into the marble floor: “Möchten die Teutschen nie vergessen was den befreiungskampf nothwendig machte und wodurch sie gesiegt. (May the Germans never forget what made necessary the Struggle for Freedom and by what means they won).” It also graces the reverse of this handsome bronze table medal, which measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. The medal was issued on 25 August 1913, when Kaiser Wilhelm II visited the Befreiungshalle to celebrate the Battle of Leipzig’s Centennial, one of the battles for which the monument was created. The medal’s obverse features a high-relief rendition of the monument. The occasion is noted around the medal’s edge, while the date is listed at the medal’s bottom, “25 VIII 1913.”

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  • TABLE MEDAL - CASED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – CASED

    SKU: 27-54

    $175.00

    This is a handsome table medal that measures 1 ½” in diameter. It comes in a brown, leatherette presentation case measuring 2 5/” x 2 5/8 x 5/8,” whose front is emblazoned with a gilt Prussian Eagle. Inside, its top half is covered with almost pristine white silk, while the bottom half is covered with blue velvet. A small black ribbon beneath the medal enables one to lift it more easily from its fitted space. The chestnut-colored medal’s obverse features a high-relief Greco-Roman goddess (probably Demeter/Ceres) in its center. She holds a full-length staff in her left hand and a laurel victory wreath in her right. She is surrounded by a number of smaller, also high-relief images depicting men and women engaged in farming activities, and several farm animals (plus a resting stag). The reverse displays a thick, high-relief wreath composed of laurel and oak leaves, in addition to other types of flowers and leaves, encircling the phrase “Fur Landwirthschaftliche Leistungen” (For Agricultural Services). It is an extremely attractive piece.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - CASED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – CASED

    SKU: 27-42

    $230.00

    This is a cased table medal in its original presentation case. The circular table medal, which appears to be made of light gray pewter, measures 1 3/4″ in diameter. Its obverse sports a high-relief portrait of a bare-chested, heroic male figure clad only in an animal skin pelt. His hair is long and his feet are bare. He brandishes a long spear in his right hand, and balances a tall, eagle-bedecked shield with his left. A hunting horn and a short hunting blade are at his waist. He has a bracelet around his upper right arm and on his left wrist. He may very well be a depiction of the mythical hero, Siegfried. Indeed, the medal’s reverse features the words “Der Sieger (the Hero),” separated by oak leaves and acorns from “Das Kriegsministerium.” In the center is “Weltkämpfe (World Battle 1917).” The case is covered with dark maroon leatherette, and measures 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4 x 1/2.” The velvet lining both sections of the case is the same dark maroon as its exterior. The lower half has a cutout section in which to fit the medal. The upper half has a small section slightly marred by a somewhat sticky residue (perhaps from another dealer’s price tag). [It might be removable via a cleaner designed to treat glue. We will leave this to its new owner]. Otherwise, the presentation case and medal are in excellent condition. This handsome medal was probably produced as a reward for supporting a War Ministry…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - COMMEMORATING KURFÜRST JOACHIM II AND KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III - CASED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – COMMEMORATING KURFÜRST JOACHIM II AND KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III – CASED

    SKU: 27-57 XES

    $95.00

    TABLE MEDAL – COMMEMORATING KURFÜRST JOACHIM II AND KÖNIG FRIEDRICH WILHELM III – CASED This is a consignment item. It is a large table medal that commemorates two important leaders in Prussia’s history over a span of three-hundred-years. The first is Kurfürst Joachim II (1505-1571), who was a member of the House of Hohenzollern. Joachim II was the Prince-elector of the Margraviate of Brandenburg. 1539 was a key year in his life for both political and religious reasons. It marked the future of the House of Hohenzollern as Lutheran rather than Roman Catholic (extending as far as Kaiser Wilhelm II). The other man commemorated here is König Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840). He was the grandson of Prussia’s first great King, Frederick the Great. He was extremely important to Prussia as he led his country through the difficult times of the Napoleonic Wars in the early part of 19th century. He lived until 1840 and saw the beginnings of what would become the modern Prussia and ultimately Germany. His son was Wilhelm I who would succeed his brother Friedrich Wilhelm IV and would become Germany’s first Kaiser in 1871. This bronze-toned table medal measures 1 ¾” in diameter. It is housed in a presentation case which measures ½” x 2″ x 2.”

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  • TABLE MEDAL - COMMEMORATING LEIPZIG’S VÖLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL DEDICATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – COMMEMORATING LEIPZIG’S VÖLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL DEDICATION

    SKU: 27-65

    $95.00

    TABLE MEDAL  – COMMEMORATING LEIPZIG’S VÖLKERSCHLACHT DENKMAL DEDICATION This is a table medal that was produced in 1913 to commemorate the dedication of the Völkerschlacht Denkmal, a vast monument commemorating the 1813 Battle of Leipzig (also known as the Battle of the Nations) in which German and allied armies defeated Napoleon’s armies. [With his defeat, Napoleon retreated to Paris. By 1814 the war was over, with Napoleon deposed and sent into exile. He escaped in 1815, and returned to power in France until he was again defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by troops from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Prussia and certain other German States]. The monument was completed in 1913 and dedicated to recognize the 100th anniversary of the first Napoleonic War’s pivotal battle. The monument site also was the scene of some of that war’s bloodiest fighting. Kaiser Wilhelm II, along with every German head of state, attended the monument’s dedication. [I have visited the monument. It is very impressive, with a pyramid-shaped design and beautiful reflecting pond much like the one for the Washington National Monument in Washington, D.C.]. The bronze table medal measures 1½” in diameter. The monument is depicted on the table medal’s obverse, along with information about its dedication. Its reverse sports a Germanic Knight with sword and shield. The medal comes in its original purchase carton, which measures 7/16″ x 1 ¾” x 1 ¾.” The dates 1813 and 1913 appear on the upper lid’s exterior. It was produced for the benefit of…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST von MACKENSEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL AUGUST von MACKENSEN

    SKU: 27-51

    $35.00

    Today we are offering a table medal, measuring 2″ in diameter, that features August von Mackensen, one of the best-known, most-successful WW I German generals. He was especially-known for wearing 1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr 1’s uniform. He is wearing the latter’s attila on the table medal. Some light corrosion shows at the medal’s bottom, as well as a touch at the medal’s top on two of his name’s letters. The reverse depicts two soldiers shaking hands. In spite of the condition issues, it is a reasonably-priced table medal.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - HUGO ECKNER AND LZ 126 - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – HUGO ECKNER AND LZ 126

    SKU: 21-205

    $210.00

    This is a circular table medal commemorating the LZ 126. The LZ 126 was a part of Germany’’s war reparations to the victorious allies. Dr. Hugo Eckner, who assumed the Zeppelin Company’s control after Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin’’s death, personally delivered the LZ 126 to the U. S. Navy at Lakehurst, New Jersey in 1924. [Lakehurst was where the zeppelin Hindenburg exploded thirteen years later]. The LZ 126 became the U. S. S. Los Angeles. The medal’s obverse displays a high-relief likeness of Dr. Hugo Eckner. Its reverse depicts the LZ 126 and the various stops on her voyage to America.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - KAISER WILHELM II - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – KAISER WILHELM II

    SKU: 27-52

    $30.00

    This table medal commemorates Kaiser Wilhelm II’s life. It measures 1 5/8″ in diameter. The table medal’s obverse displays his likeness wearing a pickelhaube. His birth and death years (1859-1941) flank his image. Around the edges we see the words “Wilhelm II Deutscher Kaiser König v. Preussen.” The reverse boasts a post WW II-style eagle and a reference to the German Bundesrepublik (founded after WW II’s end). The medal is silver-toned, but is NOT made of silver. It is in very fine condition.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE

    SKU: 27-23

    $240.00

    TABLE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE This is a very distinctive, large, table medal. It is in the shape of an octagon, and measures 2 3/4″ in diameter. On its obverse it proclaims “Der Eiserne Schmied (the Iron Smith)von Hagen 1915.” The reverse of the table medal says “Hammer Sprühe Flamme Glühe Schwert Erstreite Deutschen Sieg. (He hammers Germany’s Sword of Victory from the glowing flames).” In the reverse’s center is an anvil with a sword being forged for battle. The anvil’s base reveals manufacturer’s hallmarking, which appears to read F. Bagdon. The table medal is housed in an interesting metal presentation case. This oversized case measures 3 ½” x 3 ½.” The exterior was painted to mimic the appearance of burled wood. Nevertheless, the case is metal and not wood. The orange silk liner of the upper lid has the selling information of the shop from where the medal came: “GERLACH Uhrmachermeister & Optikermeister (Watchmaker & Optometrist) Hagen-Haspe Kölner Straße 4.”

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  • TABLE MEDAL - OTTO von BISMARCK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – OTTO von BISMARCK

    SKU: 27-61

    $95.00

    This is a very striking, large-format table medal depicting “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck. The silver-toned table medal measures 2 ¾” in diameter. The obverse shows a high relief bust of von Bismarck in profile, wearing a pickelhaube. Von Bismarck’s likeness is highly-detailed, including his massive mustache and stern visage. Circling around his likeness is the legend declaring him the master-builder of the German Empire, “Fürst Bismarck Der Baumeister des Deutschen Reichs.” The reverse shows his coat of arms and a lengthy quote.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - OTTO VON BISMARCK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – OTTO VON BISMARCK

    SKU: 27-55

    $140.00

    This table medal honors Fürst Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). He served as Chancellor from the 1860’s under first König (later Kaiser) Wilhelm I until he was dismissed by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1890. Bismarck was a master politician who transformed Prussia from Germany’s single largest state to its dominant power. His manipulations eventually led Germany to become one of Europe’s major players. A favorite von Bismarck quote of mine is “Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided . . . but by iron and blood.” From this, he became known as the “Iron” Chancellor. The table medal is bronze-toned and measures 1 ½” in diameter. The obverse features von Bismarck’s uniformed, high-relief profile. The dedication around its edge refers to fifty years of service to Prussia and the reich (1835-1885). The reverse depicts Bismarck’s Coat-of-Arms and refers to his 70th birthday. The table medal is in excellent condition for being more than one-hundred-twenty-five years-old.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - PRUSSIA - BERLIN - REICHSTAG BUILDING’S COMPLETION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – PRUSSIA – BERLIN – REICHSTAG BUILDING’S COMPLETION

    SKU: 27-59

    $125.00

    This is a table medal that commemorates the beginning and end of the Prussian Reichstag Building’s construction in Berlin. The table medal measures 33mm in diameter. The massive building was begun in 1884 during Kaiser Wilhelm I’s reign and completed in 1894 during his grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II’s rule. Prior to its completion, the legislature was scattered throughout several Berlin locations. [The building gained great notoriety in 1933 after a “mysterious” fire caused it considerable damage. The event and who started the fire remains under debate; some historians feel that it was started by the Nazis themselves. It allowed Adolf Hitler’s government to limit Germans’ personal rights and freedoms, and allowed Hitler to consolidate his power. The damage was not repaired. The Reichstag’s legislative role was ended until after WW II. The building suffered further damage during the war. After East and West Germany reunified in 1990, the German government decided to renovate the building and use it once more as the German legislature’s seat. While the building’s interior primarily was new, much of its exterior design was retained (including a 1960’s renovation). The building was reopened in 1999 and remains the seat of German government today]. The table medal’s obverse displays the completed building as its central motif. The building’s start and completion dates also appear, as does mention of the building. The medal’s reverse sports a truly beautiful design that displays a Hohenzollern Eagle in its center. Circling it are the assorted states’ shields from the Second Reich…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA - DUKE CARL EDUARD - CASED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA – DUKE CARL EDUARD – CASED

    SKU: 27-46

    $395.00

    This is a most unusual oversized table medal of Duke Carl Eduard from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1884-1954). He was a grandson of Queen Victoria, as well as a royal in the British monarchy. During WW I, he was denied this position. Later, after he abdicated his throne (along with all German royals), he joined the Nazi Party in 1935. He became a high-ranking official in the SA and also served as the German Red Cross’s president from 1933 through 1945. After WW II, he was jailed for his political sympathies. The oval-shaped table medal measures 4 5/8″ x 3 3/4.” It features a high-relief profile of Carl Eduard. Around his profile we read “Carl Eduard Herzog von Sachsen – Coburg – Gotha.” Under his profile is the artist who created the design’s signature, “B. Bleeker” and the date, 1937. Nothing appears on the reverse. The case measures 6″ x 6″ x 7/8″ and is a light-brown. Inside the case is a light-blue-gray silk liner on its top half. The identically-colored bottom half is fitted to the table medal. With the lid open, one has a very attractive presentation, which is what table medals are all about!

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  • TABLE MEDAL - SAXON RED CROSS - MEISSEN - CASED - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – SAXON RED CROSS – MEISSEN – CASED

    SKU: 27-35

    $295.00

    This is a fascinating item. We have never seen anything like it before. It is a cased set of four table medals for the Saxon Red Cross, made by the famed porcelain manufacturer Meissen. The case is 4 ½” x 4 ½,” and covered in somewhat soiled white leatherette. A simple red cross decorates the top lid’s center. The Meissen hallmark appears in the upper left corner. Inside the case, the Meissen hallmark is repeated on the white silk upper lid, again in the upper left corner. The words “Vom Sächsischen Roten Kreuz Dresden” are printed in gold. The lower half is covered in green velvet, with four hollowed spaces for the four table medals. Although they all sport the same design, each one is colored somewhat differently. One is totally chocolate brown, one is brown with gold trim and highlights, one is totally white, and the other is white with gold trim and gold and red highlights. Each has a picture of a praying mother with two children beside her on the obverse. The words encircling the coin are “Es Klagen die Mütter In Hunger In Not Es Klagen Die Kinder Es Wütet der Tod (The Mother laments in hunger and need, the children lament, Death rages).” The reverse features a (red) cross, the date 1921, and the words “Landesnotopfer – Für das Sächsische Rote Kreuz.” One of the case’s back hinges is broken, and the box is a little warped. This does not detract from the piece’s overall…

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  • TABLE MEDAL - SAXONY - PORCELAIN COMMEMORATING INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 182's SERVICE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – SAXONY – PORCELAIN COMMEMORATING INFANTERIE-REGIMENT Nr 182’s SERVICE

    SKU: 27-56

    $125.00

    This is a post WW I, top-quality porcelain table medal from Saxony’s Meissen workshops. The table medal commemorates Saxon Infanterie-Regiment Nr 182’s service. It was the last of the pre war regiments before the massive war call-ups in 1914. The regiment was garrisoned in Freiburg and only existed between 1912 and 1918. The table medal is made of bisque porcelain. It measures 1 ½” in diameter, and sports the brown exterior that is often appears on Meissen bisque porcelain table medals. One side has a German soldier in uniform, complete with stahlhelm. It appears that he is holding two “potato masher” grenades. Circling the medal around him we see the various places where the regiment fought. These areas included Russland (Russia), Galizien (Galicia in Southern Poland), Rumanien (Romania), Ukraine, Belgien (Belgium), and Frankreich (France). So, the regiment fought on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. On its reverse we see printed on its edges “Unsere Gefallen – Freiburg 1922.” In the center we see what appears to be the towers of an old castle. Below that we see IR 182, 1912-1919, and Meissen’s crossed swords. The table medal is in very fine condition.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - SAXONY - RESERVE-INFANETRIE-REGIMENT Nr 104 - MEISSEN PORCELAIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – SAXONY – RESERVE-INFANETRIE-REGIMENT Nr 104 – MEISSEN PORCELAIN

    SKU: 27-34

    $225.00

    The Saxon manufacturer Meissen was known for producing some of the finest porcelain in Germany. They, along with KPM of Berlin and Rosenthal of Bavaria, were at the top of the heap when it came to their particular art. One of the more unusual items Meissen produced was porcelain table medals. These were generally made of bisque porcelain, then hand painted. The example offered today honors Saxony’s Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 104. The unit saw extensive service during WW I. The table medal measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. It is painted chocolate brown. Its front features the dates 1914-1918, along with a stahlhelm and sword. The Saxon King, Friedrich August III’s crowned cypher and the regiment’s name also is present. Its reverse displays Meissen’s logo, along with a representation of a military monument and the legend “Ehret Die Toten (Honor the Dead).” The table medal is in excellent condition.

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  • TABLE MEDAL - WW II ERA   - FEATURING ANTIAIRCRAFT CANNONS FIRING AT AIRPLANES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TABLE MEDAL – WW II ERA – FEATURING ANTIAIRCRAFT CANNONS FIRING AT AIRPLANES

    SKU: 27-58

    $50.00

    Here is a rather interesting table medal/small desk piece that does not appear to be from either WW I or Germany! Some of our research points to Belgium, but it is rather sketchy. If some of our eagle-eyed readers have other ideas, we are open to them. The medal is bronze-toned and measures 1 ¾” x 3″ x 3/16.” The central theme is a medium high-relief representation of a battery of antiaircraft cannons firing at a flight of airplanes passing over a rural landscape. The crew’s helmets appear to be similar to those worn by WW I Belgian soldiers. The airplanes appear to be monoplanes rather than the biplanes that dominated WW I aircraft. Also, Belgium was overrun by Imperial Germany early in the war, so anti aircraft defense was NOT a factor for them in WW I. The twin-engine aircraft probably are medium bombers, which indicates WW II. Initials and/or words appear in two places. The one in the upper right corner reads “1R – D.T.C.A. – VIII°.” [An internet search reveals that Belgium’s anti-aircraft effort was labeled Défense Territoriale Contre Avions (DTCA)]. The words in the medal’s lower left corner has “P. BAEYENS m.o.” [Another internet search reveals that Baeyens is a fairly common Belgian name). A pair of outstretched wings is etched across the table medal/plaque’s bottom. Its center features a pair of crossed cannons with a flaming torch superimposed in their middle. [Once again, the trusty internet provides an entry on YOU TUBE© entitled “Marche de…

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