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*Original* German Infantry Assault Badge – Silver Class (Solid Reverse). N 116. - N 116
The badge was designed by C.E.Juncker of Berlin under the direction of the OKH and was instituted in the silver form on 20th December 1939 by Generaloberst von Brauchitsch. The criteria for the award were; to have taken part in 3 or more infantry assaults, to have taken part in 3 or more infantry counter attacks or combinations of 1&2, to have taken part in 3 or more reconnaissance operations, to have been engaged in hand to hand combat in an assault position and to have participated on 3 separate days in the restitution of combat positions. The pin and clasp are in very good order and the makers mark ‘JFS’ (Josef Feix & Sohne Babionz and er Niebe) is to the rear. See pages 160-161 (A.002 solid reverse) of ‘Combat Medals of the Third Reich’ by Christopher Ailsby. The price for this guaranteed original piece includes UK delivery. N 116.

*Original* German Minesweepers, Sub-Chasers and Escort Vessels War Badge. N 106 - N 106
Grandadmiral Raeder directed Otto Placzek to create a special badge for Minesweepers. It was to take the form of a silver spot, rising from the waves of the sea. The criteria for the award were; to have completed three operational sorties, to have been wounded during an operational sortie, even if it was his first, if the ship had sunk due to enemy action, for exemplary conduct in the execution of his duties over a six month period, to have completed a specially dangerous mission in a mined area and a mission comprised of 25 days or more on escort duty. The badge has an ‘Otto Placzek creaters mark to the rear and the pin and clasp are in very good order. See pages 128-9 (N.010) of ‘Combat Medals of the Third Reich’ by Christopher Ailsby. The price for this guaranteed original piece includes UK delivery. N 106.

Original 1882 Egyptian Khedive’s Star to Sergeant E. Jones 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. M 110. - M 110
This medal was conferred by Khedive Tenfik of Egypt to those who qualified for the Egypt Medal and was invariably worn alongside it. This 5 pointed star with circular centre depicts the Sphinx & Pyramids surrounded by a band inscribed ‘Egypt 1882’ also the Khedive of Egypt and the year in the Moslem calendar. The reverse shows the Khedive’s monogram surmounted by crown. The star is suspended by a ring from an ornamental clasp in the centre of which is a star and crescent. This medal has been privately engraved with the name of the recipient "1878 Sergt E. Jones 1 Batt. Sea. Highds". The star is complete with its ribbon. Price for this medal which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. M 110.

Winter Battle in the East 1941–42 Medal and Riband. BA 405. - BA 405
Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42 was a military award of the Wehrmacht which was created by ordinance of Adolf Hitler on 26 May 1942. The Eastern Medal was awarded to any member of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS ‘in recognition of experience in the struggle against the Bolshevik enemy and the Russian winter within the period from 15 November 1941 to 15 April 1942.’ It was also awarded posthumously to any service member who died in the line of duty within the Soviet Union. It was wryly called the Frozen Meat Medal or the ‘Order of the Frozen Flesh’. In very good condition with riband. The price includes UK delivery. BA 405.

Victorian Miniature Silver Copy of the Elcho Challenge Shield. 20433. - 20433
This is a very nice Victorian miniature silver copy of the ‘Elcho Challenge Shield’ with embossed decoration representing Scotland and England. Measuring 104mm in length and 63mm wide, hollow 10mm in depth. The elcho challenge is an annual long range shooting completion between National teams from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The first match was held in 1862 at Wimbledon Common between England and Scotland, which England won by 166 marks. The original shield was six foot high and made from a sheet of iron with gilt highlights. The decoration is clear and there is some minor surface scratching which is to be expected due to its age. An interesting piece worthy of further investigation. The price includes UK delivery. 20433.

1st Manchester Rifles Medallion by J.S. Wyon. 20432. - 20432
The obverse shows a medieval Archer with ‘AD 1400’. The reverse shows a volunteer kneeling and firing a rifle below words ‘IN DEFENCE’ around. The rim is engraved ‘THE WINNER OF THE CHALLENGE CUP OF No8 1st MANCHESTER RIFLES’ and the date ‘1866’. 5cm in diameter and 4mm thick, silver metal in very good condition with minor indentation to the rim of one side. The price includes UK delivery. 20432.

Pre WWI Belgium Order of Leopold Medal ‘Knight Class’ Military Division. BA 400 - BA 400
When Belgium became independent of the Netherlands, there was an urgent need to create a national honour system that could serve as a diplomatic gift. The national congress provided this exclusive right to the sovereign, this military honour system was written in Article 76. The first King of the Belgians, Leopold I of Belgium, used his constitutional right in a larger way than foreseen: not only military merit, but every service in honour of the Kingdom. Two years after the independence, the young King officially founded the dynastic Order of Leopold. The king approved the colour and grades both civil and military, and the official motto L’Union fait la Force/Eendracht maakt Macht. In 1832 Felix de Merode had a design approved by the Chambers for military and civil merit. This system was adapted from other European countries. More specific, the Order of Leopold is based on the French honour tradition with 5 classes. No membership can be granted to a person before the age of 42, except in the military division. On the 11th of June 1832 the law was promulgated, and the exact colours were defined; Article 2: "Le ruban sera ponceau moiré". The devise was presented in the 3rd article: L'union fait la Force. Retaining all of its enamel and ribbon intact this is a striking piece. The price includes UK delivery. BA 400.

*Original* German Sudetenland Medal with Ribbon. N 101. - N 101
The 1 October 1938 Commemorative Medal (German: Die Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938), commonly known as the Sudetenland Medal was a decoration of Nazi Germany awarded during the interwar period, and the second in a series of Occupation Medals. Stamped to the rear ‘Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer ‘translated; One people, one realm, one leader. Instituted on 18 October 1938, the medal was awarded to participants in the occupations of Sudetenland in October 1938 and Czechoslovakia in March 1939. The medal was awarded to all German State officials and members of the German Wehrmacht and SS who entered the Sudetenland on 18 October 1938 and to Sudeten Nazis who had worked for union with Germany. The price for this guaranteed original medal includes UK delivery. N 101.

*Original/Rare* German ‘Militar Verwaltung’ Badge. N 107. - N 107
A rare Militar Verwaltung badge constructed in silvered bronze issued to civilian administration staff. The obverse features Wehrmacht eagle and swastika emblem in the centre surrounded by an oval enamelled ‘Third Reich’ national colours (red, white and black) with inscription ‘Militar Verwaltung Belgian u. N Frankreich’ (Military administration, Belgium and Northern France) in gothic lettering. The front badge shows no wear or damage with the silver plating on the eagle intact. The back of the badge includes a brooch type clutch pin stamped with the issue number ‘3634’ measuring 46.92mm wide this badge is in very good condition. The price for this guaranteed original piece includes UK delivery. N 107.

Cap Badge of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. BA 439. - BA 439
The Lanarkshire Yeomanry was a yeomanry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1819, which served as a dismounted infantry regiment in the First World War and provided two field artillery regiments in the Second World War, before being amalgamated into The Queen's Own Lowland Yeomanry in 1956. Its lineage was revived by B (Lanarkshire and Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry) Squadron, the Scottish Yeomanry in 1992 until that unit was disbanded in 1999. Measuring; 44 x 46mm in good condition with lugs intact. The price includes delivery. BA 439.
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