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Title Large silver gallantry award, Franz Josef I (tailor's copy)
Nationality Austrian
Period 19th century
Price £25.00

The award was given for combat gallantry and the German inscription on the reverse reads 'for bravery'. These copies were made for the soldier to wear on his uniform for everyday use, while keeping the best one for special occasions.

This particular example is struck in brass and heavily silver plated. It is the large version and measures 42mm in diameter. One noticeable feature is the absence of the sculptor's initials on the bust of the emperor, together with a slight lack of definition of his uniform, indicating that it is a copy piece.

The condition is excellent for its age and the piece has been laquered. The brass shows through at various points on the rim, more on the reverse than the obverse, reflecting regular everyday wear. The ribbon is original but somewhat soiled with age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Militaria : Medals : Austrian : 19th Century]

testimonials

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005

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