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New Member Welcome and Check In / Re: New member
« Last post by NetJohn on November 21, 2023, 09:49:21 PM »
Welcome! This is a very slow forum, but hopefully you'll post some nice photos of medals for us to discuss.

I mostly collect art/commemorative medals around the Battle of Jutland/Skaggerak.

New Member Welcome and Check In / New member
« Last post by mfwehner on November 19, 2023, 03:16:37 PM »
Hi, I collect a wide variety of art medals. I am interested here in understanding the relationship between French art nouveau and German secessionist medals.
The Hall of Shame / Re: Chinese/Russian Crap Infiltration
« Last post by Haarmann on June 27, 2023, 12:12:21 PM »
After being notified, Hoehn graciously removed both pieces from the auction.  Kudos to them!
Arnold Zadikow 1884-1943 / Munich Revolution Fasching (Carnival)
« Last post by Rabenauge on June 27, 2023, 08:46:54 AM »

Arnold (Aharon) Zadikow 

1919.  xMUENCHENER —  x — REVOLUTIONS • FASCHING (Munich Revolution's Fasching).  Single-sided, hollow-cast bronze, medium-brown patina, 74.9 mm, 78.30 g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Very rare!

Death as animate, desiccated cadaver costumed as Renaissance gallant steps center field removing mask with right hand; middle distance crowd of costumed revellers dance on double ground-line; title legend surrounding upper rim divided by image (the x's in the title actually appear to be small left-facing Hakenkreuze); year date 19 —— 19 separated by image in exergue below ground-line; artist's monogram interlaced AZ lower center between Death's legs; raised rim.

For an example in the American Numismatic Society collection see:  To date, this is the only published documentation of this medal I have located.

Fasching is the annual pre-Lenten carnival celebration in Munich, characterized in part by numerous costume balls.  In 1919, however, the usual revelries were likely curtailed.  As the Great War neared its close, on 7 November 1918, a revolution occurred in Munich, the royal family fled, and a socialist People's State of Bavaria (Volksstaat Bayern) under the leadership of Kurt Eisner was declared on the following day.  Eisner was assassinated on 21 February 1919, and martial law with a 7:00 pm curfew was announced on 22 February.  Fasching began 27 February and ended 10 March, so martial law was almost certainly in effect throughout the period.  Eisner's assassination initiated a dangerous period of political and social instability, engendering incidents of bloodshed, until the declaration on 9 April of the Bavarian Soviet Republic (First Soviet Republic), which in turn led to a Second Socialist Republic, which was finally brutally suppressed in early May, in part by volunteer Freikorps personnel.

It is thus easy to understand this medal's imagery, even if the revelries portrayed bear little resemblance to reality that year.  Zadikow's presence in Munich at the time is also uncertain.  Conscripted in 1915, he was severely wounded and taken prisoner in 1917 and not repatriated from Britain until 1919.  Though he did return to his family in Munich, his arrival date is unrecorded so far as I know. 

Nine single-sided "Totentanz" medals were designed by Zadikow: two dated 1914, cast in iron and/or bronze; four dated 1915, also in iron or bronze; one undated (likely 1919), in iron or white metal; one dated November 1918 (likely produced 1919); and the present medal dated 1919, both in bronze. 

The medallist's repatriation from prisoner-of-war confinement in Britain in 1919 opposes a 1918 production date sometimes suggested in publications for two of the latter pieces (Cf: Fearon, D.  2009.  "'Out of the Barbed Wire': a newly discovered medal design by Arnold Zadikow," The Medal, no. 54 (2009), pp. 45 - 47, for additional biographic information).
Let's Talk Collections / Large Gies Acquisition
« Last post by Henry Scott Goodman on April 08, 2023, 02:56:05 PM »
I'm still smiling even though the auction ended last Fall.  With teeth-gnashing and fortitude I fought through some very spirited bidding at the VIA-Numismatik auction in Vienna, Austria and thus, acquired five new Ludwig Gies pieces.  This collection has been housed in Vienna since it was built in the 1950's.  A beautiful collection of original works with little, if any, evidence of previous handling. 

The premier piece of this material is a 'Lusitania' (WVZ 134) mis-dated to 1914.  It is unique with the only other known piece destroyed in war.  The remaining pieces are a Unique WVZ 71 'On to the Battle'; a Unique WVZ 103 'I Bemoan a German Hero'; a WVZ 111 'Russian Bear'; and a WVZ 159 'German Auxiliary Service'.

I will add these along with their images to the Gies WWI Forum as soon as I get a chance. 
The Hall of Shame / Re: Chinese/Russian Crap Infiltration
« Last post by Haarmann on April 08, 2023, 01:51:59 PM »
Here is another in an upcoming Hoehn Auction.  They were made aware of this piece and also Lot 529 listed as Goetz although it is a piece made by Alois Borsch.  Granted, it is mis-attributted in Kienast but clearly marked with 'AS' monogram.

Look at the Putti near the bottom of the reverse and tell me with country he is likely from.

Be careful out there!
New Member Welcome and Check In / Re: Hello to all of you
« Last post by Weidner on January 31, 2023, 12:04:54 PM »
Hello Henry,

I am sorry, I had expressed myself incorrectly. The medal I have is a later copy of a Götz medal made in 1991 by the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory on behalf of a book publisher from Berlin.
New Member Welcome and Check In / Re: Hello to all of you
« Last post by Henry Scott Goodman on January 28, 2023, 02:18:34 PM »
Hello Mario!  Again, so sorry you had to wait forever to be approved as a member.  I hope my apology doesn't ring hollow to you.

I would be very interested in any discoveries you may have made regarding Goetz Meissen pieces.  I have had several suspicions that he produced in limited scope using porcelain. 
These suspicions were born from my discovery of a hidden drawer contained with Karl's personal medal cabinet that I purchased from the Goetz family in Munich.

This box contained many small treasures of wax seals, coins, plaster casts of medals likely from museums that were used as reference for his creative process.  There were also two designs in plaster that match Meissen issued pieces.  Florian Goetz, Karl's grandson, gifted me with another unissued piece that was half completed by Karl.

If you'd like, I can create a 'Porcelain' sub-forum for futher discussions.  Just let me know!  Henry
New Member Welcome and Check In / Hello to all of you
« Last post by Weidner on January 28, 2023, 10:13:42 AM »
I wanna say hello to everyone here.
Found this forum during a research on a porcelain version (Meissen!) of a medal from Karl Goetz.
Actually, coins are my passion but also medals! A little bit of Goetz, but also Medals from Medalists from Saxony (Kitzkatz, Hörnlein and Barduleck)

best regards
I have several bronze medals with various amounts of verdigris.  I've tried a few cleaning solutions to no avail.  Note I am a long-time coin collector and won't be doing any mechanical cleaning (brushing).

Anyone know of a chemical that can neutralize and maybe reduce the green effect?  I've tried researching online but found many references to chemicals no longer available.

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