ZEPPELIN TABLE MEDAL – DEUTSCHE FLOTTEN – 1914/1915. This is a high-quality, early WW I table medal that was issued for the “Deutsche Flotten,” all of the Kaiserliche Marine’s various arms, including all naval vessels (surface and U-Boots), fixed-wing airplanes, and zeppelins. Its obverse features examples of all of the naval pieces, the zeppelin in the sky being the most prominent. The table medal’s bottom half features dedication listed below.
“Deutsche Flotten (The German Fleet is
Deutsches Schwert the German Sword
Beschützen Unseren Protecting Our
Heimatherd Homeland’s Hearth
The table medal’s reverse displays a high-relief likeness of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, the creator of the zeppelins used for commercial service prior to the war. He is wearing a military uniform (he was a Württemberg General). The motto “Excellenz Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin” surrounds his image. Von Zeppelin, along with Hugo Eckener produced the wartime zeppelins used by both the Imperial Army and Navy (as well as the prewar, civilian zeppelin). After von Zeppelin’s 1917 death, Eckener continued the company. After WW I’s end, they produced the “Graf Zeppelin” and the ill-fated “Hindenburg,” both of which provided around-the-world luxury air transport.
The medal measures 33mm (1 ¼”) in diameter. Its silver content, .800 silber, is noted on the edge. The table medal’s date is significant, since silver for items like this was no longer available by 1916. [Even the great Manfred von Richthofen was unable to purchase his prized silver victory cups after his 60th victory]. This table medal is in prime condition.