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Hans Schwegerle / Soldiers' center fund 1918
« Last post by Rabenauge on January 10, 2020, 07:50:21 AM »

Hans Schwegerle.  1918. 

IM — SOL- / DATEN / HEIM (in the soldiers' recreation center) (obv.);  FVER DIE/ ・SOLDATENHEIM- / SPENDE / 19 — 18 (in the soldiers' recreation center) (rev.).  Cast bronze, light-brown patina, 58.32 mm, 69.53 g.  Cast model.  Gussfrisch (as-cast), perfect condition.

Obverse: Soldier, full length, in Feldmütze, uniform, and boots, right foot on step, head lowered to his left, plays guitar; three-line title inscription as indicated on either side of figure; artist's signature H Schwegerle on step beneath soldier's right foot. 

Reverse: Four-line title inscription; handwritten in (barely legible) script below text Modell (indicates this example was a casting model as guide for production and finishing of further examples).

Cf: Hasselmann, Wolfgang.  2000. Hans Schwegerle - Medaillen und Plaketten, p. 176: 159.

Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A.  2016.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p 310, 24.17 (example in iron).

This example from the estate of H. Schwegerle, then passing to  the collection of Wolfgang Hasselmann, author of the monograph cited above.  As a casting model, it is slightly larger than production casts (57.5 mm). 

38 examples produced in bronze, 12 in iron, 2 in silver, as one of a series of medals to be given for donations to the Bayerischer Landesausschuß für Soldatenheime München (Bavarian National Board for Soldiers' Recreation Centers, Munich)  (Hasselmann, p. 176 - 178).
Erzsébet von Esseö 1883-1954 / Count Dohna-Schlodien
« Last post by Rabenauge on January 09, 2020, 03:19:43 AM »

Erzsébet (Elisabeth) von Esseö.  1916. 

∙KOM∙S∙M∙S∙MOEWE∙GRAF∙DOHNA∙SCHLODIEN∙ (Count Nikolaus zu Dohna-Schlodien, Commander of His Majesty's Ship Moewe [Gull]).  Cast iron, blackened, 83 mm, 146.6 g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Rare.

Obverse: Three-quarter profile portrait in uniform cap to right, title legend upper edge; artist's monogram, encircled ligatured ƎE lower right. 

Reverse: Eyed and winged ship on waves to left, smoke trailing to right, flag flying to left (!); two six-pointed stars in sky; artist's monogram lower left; legend ∙ANNO∙D∙MCMXVI∙ (AD 1916) lower edge.

Cf: Schulman.  1919.  La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXXV, p. 97: 890, pl. XX (bronze example).

Cf: Huszár, Lajos, and Béla Procopius. 1932. Medaillen- und Plakettenkunst in Ungarn, p. 200: 1930 (examples in iron and Kriegsmetall).

Second example: Cast bronze, 86 mm, 207.3 g; vorzüglich (extra-fine).  Rare.

Obverse: similar to example above, but portrait more in direct profile to right; artist's monogram center left. 

Reverse: as above.

Of these two examples, the bronze is the finer cast, exhibiting much greater detail.  Aside from size, there are also subtle differences in obverse images: iron example has portrait turned slightly more to left (compare, for example, position of subject's ear in relation to back of head); artist's monogram appears below chin of iron portrait, but behind head on bronze.

Count Dohna-Schlodien was the commander of the very successful commerce raider Moeve and is commemorated on a number of German First World War medals.
Unknown Artists / Press propaganda
« Last post by Rabenauge on January 08, 2020, 03:32:15 AM »

Unknown medallist.  1914. 

✤LÜGE・V・VERLÄUMDUNG✤VNSRE・GRÖSSTEN・FEINDE (lie a[nd] slander our greatest enemies).  Single-sided cast bronze, dark patina, 51.02 mm, 33.74 g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).

Title legend in double-lined border; at center of field, head with three grimacing faces, to front, left, and right, from whose open mouths writhe serpents; surrounding image, the names REVTER (Reuter) above; STEFANI below; PETERSBG.(Petersburg) right; HAVAS left; year date 19 --- 14 upper left and right, respectively.

This medal disparages the main news agencies broadcasting propaganda negative to the Central Powers: the English Reuter's Telegraph Company founded in 1851 by Paul Julius Reuter (a German immigrant); the Italian Agenzia Telegrafia Stefani founded in 1853 by Guglielmo Stefani; the French Agence Havas founded in 1835 by Charles-Louis Havas; and the St Petersburg Telegraph Agency founded in 1902.

The image of the snake-spewing faces on this medal possibly inspired that on the obverse of Karl Goetz's K-185 (Reuter Gezeter: deutsche U-boote in Amerika 7. Okt. 1916).  Goetz's medal employs a stereotype anti-Semitic caricature of Reuter (a German immigrant and converted Jew) to add scorn to the English enemy news agency.  The tri-faced image on the present medal, however, displays no obvious anti-Semitic features, though Havas also came from a Jewish family.

If any readers can shed more light on this medal - especially published references, the medallist, or examples in other collections - it would be much appreciated.
Erzsébet von Esseö 1883-1954 / Hindenburg 1918
« Last post by Rabenauge on January 07, 2020, 03:33:13 AM »

Esseö, Elisabeth (Erzsébet) von.  1918. 

HINDENBURG  —  ÆT・S・LXX (ætatis suæ [in the year of his age] 70).  Cast bronze, 70.02 mm, 179.4 g; vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Rare.

Obverse: Portrait profile bust in military collar to left; title legend around edge divided left and right by image; artist's monogram encircled ligatured ƎE below bust. 

Reverse: Naked warrior in Stahhelm 3/4 to right, driving enormous sword vertically downward into the occiput of vanquished, coiled, winged dragon; legend HABENT ・ SVA ・ FATA ・ HEROES ・ 1918 ・(heroes have their destinies) around edge.

Cf: Schulman. 1919.  La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXXV, p. 97: 891.

Cf:  Huszár, Lajos, and Béla Procopius. 1932. Medaillen- und Plakettenkunst in Ungarn, p. 200: 1929.

Erzsébet von Esseö 1883-1954 / Patroness of Hungary
« Last post by Rabenauge on January 07, 2020, 03:30:00 AM »

Esseö, Elisabeth (Erzsébet) von.  1916. 

PATRONA ∙ HVNGARIÆ — ORA ∙ PRO ∙ NOBIS ∙ 1916 (Benefactress of Hungary - pray for us. 1916).  Cast iron, lightly blackened, 58 mm, 42.56 g.  Vorzüglich (extremely fine).  Rare.

Description translated from Huszár / Procopius (see citation below):

O[bverse]:  Head of the Mother of God, to right, with veil-covered hair, the periphery of the medal forming the halo. 

R[everse]:  PATRONA ∙ HVNGARIAE — ORA ∙ PRO ∙ NOBIS ∙ 1916.  Over the entire field a large cross, in form like that of an order, upon which the Hungarian arms with the holy Crown of St Stephen.  Lower left [sic]: ESSŐ E.Dm. 58, cast double-sided round medal.  Kriegsmetall, 1916.  Collection Procopius.

Cf: Schulman.  1919. La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXXIII, p. 78: 767.

Cf: Frankenhuis, M.  1919(?).  Catalogue of Medals - Medalets and Plaques relative to the World War 1914 - 1919, p. 55: 399 (described as "Patron" of Hungary).
Cf: Huszár, Lajos, and Béla Procopius. 1932. Medaillen- und Plakettenkunst in Ungarn, p. 199: no. 1920 (Kriegsmetall example).

Listed as one of the earliest of Esseö's designs by H/P, it bears the Hungarian form of her signature with the family name preceding her first initial, the Hungarian ő rather than the German ö used later.  Apparently made before her adoption of the distinctive monogram, encircled ƎE, found on most of her oeuvre.

Kriegsmetall (war-metal) was a general term for non-standard alloys used for casting in lieu of restricted bronze or, perhaps in some instances iron, although the latter was frequently used for wartime medals. 
New Member Welcome and Check In / Re: Hello
« Last post by Haarmann on January 06, 2020, 09:28:33 PM »
Yes, yes you are... ::)
New Member Welcome and Check In / Hello
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« Last post by Haarmann on January 05, 2020, 11:54:29 PM »

Bertl Rungas - 1915, Cast Iron Commemorative Medallion, 92.7mm, 225.80g., Rim-punched: DS 81, Frankenhuis 653, Steguweit 150.  Ex Pellegrini Collection

Obverse:  Bust, right, Prinz Leopold of Bavaria, Conqueror of Warsaw.

Reverse:  Sword, pointing down with tip bisecting MCM  XV (1915), surrounded by broken knout and olive branch.
Sophie Burger-Hartmann / Pflügende Bäuerin
« Last post by Haarmann on January 05, 2020, 11:30:56 PM »

Sophie Burger-Hartmann - 1915, Cast Iron uniface Medallion, 108.6mm, 124.9g. Rim-punched: DS 38 36, Frankenhuis - 775, Steguweit - 10.  Ex Pellegrini Collection

Woman plowing the fields.  Above, three putti scatter seed blessings from a cornucopia.

The mans work remains to be done even when he is away at war.

Sophie Burger-Hartmann made only one other DS issued medallion, DS 31.
Arthur Loewental / Count von Haeseler
« Last post by Haarmann on January 05, 2020, 10:37:07 PM »

Arthur Lowenthal - 1915,

Blackened Cast Iron Medallion, 101.6mm, 271.0g., Rim-punch: DS 20 100, Frankenhuis 703, Steguweit 109.  Ex Pellegrini Collection

Obverse:  FeldMarschal Graf von Haeseler 1915; Bust, right in full military regalia.

Reverse:  CHIRON ACHILL Chiron assisting von Haeseler, as Achilles.
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