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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

Just a quick line to advise that the badges have arrived in good condition and I am very pleased with them.

Thanks again for your prompt and kind attention.

P M, Australia, 03.10.2012

Found the item a little on the expensive side and a bit disappointed that you were unwilling to bend a bit on the price of the Officer's Tunic Eagle (half the fun of buying, after all, is the haggling), but impressed by the speed of delivery and the quality of the item. Was well worth it in the long run...

G F, UK, 30.08.2005

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