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German Regimental Medal to a Balloon Observation Unit for Russia in 1942. N 172. - N 172
A Regimental Medal to a Balloon Observation Unit for Russia in 1942. The medal is in very good condition of a gold metal, showing to one side, a barrage balloon with a shield showing a flying bat. To the reverse, it has a flying luftwaffe eagle holding a swastika, with the date 1942 and the wording LUFTSPERRABTEILUNG2/101. It is an unusual and interesting item, to a balloon observation unit. The price includes UK delivery. N 172.

*Pair* Third Reich era, Kreistag Wetterau 1938 Metal Tinnie & Nazi Party Labour Day (Tag der Arbeit) 1935 . N 169. - N 169
“Tinnies” is a generic collector term for many different types of small pin-on badges that proliferated during the Third Reich. Small pins with various designs were made for members of various Nazi organizations, and were also made to commemorate events of all kinds, from Nazi Party rallies to sports races and trade conventions. Tinnies were also made to commemorate various special dates and anniversaries, holidays, and political days such as elections. Nazi Party Labour Day (Tag der Arbeit) 1935 pin. Labour Day (also known as May Day) takes place on May 1 to celebrate labourers and the working classes. In April 1933, after the Nazi party took control of the German government, May 1 was appropriated as the “Day of National Work,” with all celebrations organized by the government. On May 2, the Nazi party banned all independent trade-unions, bringing them under state control of the German Labour Front. Both pins and clasps are in perfect working condition, the latter being maker marked ; CHR.BAUER WELZHEIM. The price is for the pair (two) and includes UK delivery. N 169.

*Pair* NSDAP Wiedersehensfeier der Alten Parteigenossen Hattingen Ruhr 15.-17. Juni 1935 ‘Tinnie’ & German / Third Reich day badge 1936. N 168. - N 168
Tinnie" is the common term for a commemorative medal made from a non-precious metal such as zinc or tin (or even plastic) and with provisions for being attached to a garment and displayed while worn. The Nazi Government issued many different tinnies to commemorate various occasions.Shield shaped tin with a raised relief of a folded-winged eagle perched on a swastika. The tin reads “WIEDERSEHENSFEIER DER ALTEN PARTEIGENOSSEN” above the eagle with “HATTINGEN RUHR 15. 17 JUNI 1935.” There is a riband across the bottom with “GAUWESTFALENSUD.” In English “REUNION GATHERING OF OLD PARTY MEMBERS AT HATTINGEN RUHR 15-17 JUNE 1935” and the riband reads “GAU, SOUTH WESTPHALIA.”. In excellent condition with pin intact. German / Third Reich day badge 1936. Day badges were introduced in 1933, the NSDAP declared May 1st the “Day of National Work” as an official state holiday to celebrate labourers and the working classes. The Nazis sought to gain support of workers by declaring May Day, a day celebrated by organized labour, to be a paid holiday and held celebrations on 1 May 1933 to honour German workers. The Nazis stressed that Germany must honour its workers. Hitler often praised the virtues of labor, declaring in Völkischer Beobachter that "I only acknowledge one nobility—that of labour." It is constructed out of a die struck aluminium-alloy base that has been silver washed. The round shaped obverse depicts an old style plow, riveting hammer and downward pointing broad sword behind a German national eagle and reads “1. Mai 1936”. It is maker marked to the rear ‘PSL’ within a circle. The price is for the pair (two) badges and includes UK delivery. N 168.

Translated - HJ - 2nd area deployment North Sea (7) Bremen 1937 (North Sea HJ thanks the Old Guard). The badge has an approximate diameter of 3,7 cms. It comes mounted onto its functional pin- ie. catch set-up. The 'tinnie' is very detailed and retains most of its silver-coloured finish. The 'tinnie' - which is clearly maker- (ie. 'Wilh. Jäger - Frankfurt a. M.'-) marked on its back - depicts two side-portraits of a youngster and 'SA-Mann' and shows so-called 'HJ-Raute'. It shows the text: '2. Gebietsaufmarsch - Nordsee (7) Bremen - 1937' and is sub-titled: 'Nordsee HJ Dankt der alten Garde'. 'HJ'- ('Hitlerjugend') related 'Veranstaltungsabzeichen' was issued to commemorate participation in the: '2. Gebietsaufmarsch - Nordsee (7) Bremen' as held in the year 1937. The price for this scarce piece includes UK delivery. N 167.

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.
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