Secessionist Medals

Secessionist Artists - WWI 1914 -1918 => Erzsébet von Esseö 1883-1954 => Topic started by: Rabenauge on December 22, 2019, 08:48:41 AM

Title: Horthy - Battle Cruiser Novara
Post by: Rabenauge on December 22, 2019, 08:48:41 AM

Esseö, Elisabeth (Erzsébet) von.  1916.

・M・VON・HORTHY・KOM・S・M・S・NOVARA・ (Miklós von Horthy, commander of SMS Novara).  Cast yellow bronze, 38.0 mm; 19.4 g; vorzüglich (extra-fine), slightly worn surface.  Scarce.

Obverse: head-and-neck profile portrait to left, dolphin below; artist's monogram, encircled, ligatured ƎE to right; title legend around rim; pearled border. 

Reverse: battle cruiser, full front, firing to left, above waves, legend ・ANO・D・ - MCMXVI・ (anno domini - 1916) top edge; pearled border.

Cf: Schulman.  1918.  La Guerre Européenne, Catalogue LXX, p. 125: 1416 (medallist not credited).

Cf: Frankenhuis, M.  1919(?).  Catalogue of Medals - Medalets and Plaques Relative to the World War 1914 - 1919, p. 54: 389 (medallist not credited).

Cf:  Huszár, Lajos, and Béla Procopius. 1932. Medaillen- und Plakettenkunst in Ungarn, p. 199: 1921; plate XXVIII.

Cf: Kluge, B., and B. Weisser.  2014. Gold gab ich für Eisen, p. 109: A 25 (iron example).

Commemorates Horthy's command of the light cruiser SMS Novara in the Battle of the Strait of Otranto, the largest battle of the war in the Adriatic and a victory for the Austro-Hungarian naval forces.  Following the First World War, Horthy became regent of Hungary, serving until the German occupation of Hungary in 1944.