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Title No 1 Infantry Regiment medal, bronze
Nationality Austrian
Period 1916
Price £65.00

This medal commemorates the 200th anniversary of this fine regiment and simultaneously commemorates the two emperors, Charles VI and Franz-Joseph. The full title of the regiment in 1914 was Kaiser Franz-Joseph No 1 and it was originally raised in 1715.

Interestingly, I have two examples of this medal, one in bronze (this one) and the other in pot metal, but in both cases singularly fine strikings, both signed by the sculptor 'KAPS', clearly on the bronze and close to illegible on the pot metal example. The edges of the pot metal example are canted at a slight angle, forming a triangle in cross-section. The bronze example has conventional straight edges, but they have undoubtedly been struck from the same die.

The condition is GVF, with a little rubbing to the highlights, of Franz-Joseph's eyebrow, in particular.

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

[Militaria : Medals : Austrian : 20th Century]


[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

Parcel arrived safe and secure two days ago. Thanks for quick dispatch and secure packaging. Hope to deal with you again soon.

S L, Australia, 20.11.2012