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Richard Förster / World War - 1914-1919
« Last post by Rabenauge on November 18, 2019, 06:32:38 AM »
Richard Förster.  1919.  W E L T K R I E G —— 1 9 1 4  -  1 9 1 9 (World War 1914 - 1919).  Cast bronze, medium-brown patina, 66.6 mm, 95.9 g.  Vorzüglich (extra-fine).  Rare!
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Oskar Alexander Kiefer / Peace of Versailles
« Last post by Rabenauge on November 18, 2019, 03:35:28 AM »
Oskar Alexander Kiefer.  1919.  PAX VERSAIL- / LENSIS. (Peace of Versailles.).  Cast bronze, medium brown patina with some natural bronze highlights, 89.5 mm, 285.5 g.  Edge-punch artist's monogram interlaced AK encircled by O, inset.  Vorzüglich (extra-fine).  Very rare.
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Reading Room / Phagan, Patricia. The Art of Devastation.
« Last post by Rabenauge on November 08, 2019, 04:14:07 PM »
The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War.  2017
Phagan, Partrica, and Peter van Allen, eds.    American Numismatic Society.  354 pp.  $75.00.

This book should be used as an adjunct to Europas Verderben (see my previous post).  Though the text is in English, it is nowhere as complete that work, and its emphasis is different: representative medals (and posters) of the USA, European Allied nations, and Germany (with one Austro-Hungarian example).  Nevertheless, many outstanding German medals are illustrated and described, and it includes two important essays by Bernhard Weisser of the Münzkabinett of the Berlin State Museums and Thomas Hockenhull of the British Museum.  Dr Weisser is at the research forefront of German medals of this period, and this essay is to my knowledge the only one of his publications in English.  Readers less familiar with Allied medals will also gain new appreciation by the inclusion of some handsomely designed Italian and French medals equal in every way to better-known German work.  Several of the images in this book (particularly  Walther Eberbach's medals) are poorly photographed, and the book production is of lesser quality, with only a glued binding, but this important book also deserves a place in any research collection of this period.

This book is readily available from Amazon or a number of other USA sources.
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Reading Room / Klose, Dietrich. Europas Verderben 1914 - 1918
« Last post by Rabenauge on November 08, 2019, 04:09:39 PM »
I'm initiating an irregular issues series of bibliographic notes intended to aquaint collectors researching their collections with other references beyond Frankenhuis and the few other books or links already listed in the site's reading room.  Some of the books or pamphlets are in languages other than English, primarily German, but most are well illustrated, and deciphering at least the picture captions isn't difficult.  Some of the works are out-of-print, and even some in-print items may require a bit of digging to find, so where possible, I'll provide links or suggest ways of locating copies.

Klose, Dietrich.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den ersten Weltkrieg (Europe's Ruination 1914 1918: German and Austrian Medals of the First World War).  2016.  Staatliche Münzsammlung München (State Coin Collection Munich). 346 pp.  € 25.00
This is the best overall survey of the subject ever published in any language, and it should be on the shelf of any dedicated collector of WWI medals.  Don't be discouraged if you don't read German: it's illustrated in sharp full color throughout, and with a little diligence and a dictionary, any reader will easily be able to understand the picture captions.  This is the major reference for my collection, and it contains plenty of bibliographic material to propel further searches.  It is a well produced, high quality, sturdy volume with a thread-sewn binding that will stand up to frequent use, and it is a bargain at the current price.  Even if you have to pay an equal amount to have it shipped (it is a large-format, heavy book), it is worth every every penny.
This book is NOT available on Amazon or Amazon.de.  Although there are probably a number of German numismatic dealers and bookstores from which it can be obtained, the following link to the Münzengalerie München online shop in Munich, where the book was published, can presently provide it at the quoted price.  Like any large numismatic dealer or auction house, they have English speakers on staff who will gladly assist you with ordering:
https://shop.muenzgalerie.de/Europas+Verderben+1914+1918-+Deutsche+und+oesterreichische+Medaillen+auf+den+Ersten+Weltkrieg-+Mit+einem+Essay+von+Markus+Wesche+und+mit+Aufnahmen+von+Nicolai+Kaestner-+Klose-+D-O-A.htm
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August Gaul / Red Cross / raven with ring
« Last post by Rabenauge on November 08, 2019, 03:01:03 AM »
August Gaul.  1916.  1914 / 1915 / 1916 (obverse), FÜR / TREVE / ARBEIT / DAS / ROTE・KREVZ / MERSEBVRG / ✚ (for loyal service - the Red Cross Merseburg - reverse).  Cast iron, blackened, integral suspension loop, 43 x 35 mm, 17.88 g.
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August Gaul / Red Cross / ants and bees
« Last post by Rabenauge on November 08, 2019, 02:58:57 AM »
August Gaul.  1916.  1914 / 1915 / 1916.  Cast iron, blackened, 70.8 mm, 82.17 g
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New Member Welcome and Check In / Hi, from Rabenauge
« Last post by Rabenauge on November 07, 2019, 03:01:53 AM »
I began acquiring medals in 2015.   My collection now numbers between 200 and 300 pieces and embraces largely medals from the Kaiserreich (German Empire), Austria-Hungary, and the short-lived, ill-fated Weimar Republic, with the majority produced during the years of turbulence of the First World War and the resultant time of revolutions, suppressions, and civil unrest.  Many of these medals could by their design be classified as Secessionist.  Though my initial attraction to medals was aesthetic, I have a lifelong interest in art- and cultural history, so quickly began researching and cataloging my acquisitions from an art-historical perspective as well.  I have a basic reading knowledge of German, and have spent considerable time and some money to assemble a pertinent reference library.  I plan initially to post some bibliographic references and notes that may assist fellow collectors in researching their collections as well.
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New Member Welcome and Check In / Re: Test
« Last post by Dzonny on November 01, 2019, 06:19:12 AM »
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New Member Welcome and Check In / Re: Test
« Last post by Dzonny on October 31, 2019, 01:44:49 AM »
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New Member Welcome and Check In / Test
« Last post by Dzonny on October 31, 2019, 01:44:05 AM »
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