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eMedals-Austria, Imperial. A Merit Cross in Silver with Crown, Cased

Item: EU16579

Austria, Imperial. A Merit Cross in Silver with Crown, Cased

Sale Date: March 25, 2019 Hammer Price

$156

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Austria, Imperial. A Merit Cross in Silver with Crown, Cased

(Verdienstkreuz in Silber mit Etui). Constructed of silvered bronze with enamels, on loop for suspension from its period original tri-fold ribbon, consisting of a Ruppert Cross with red enameled arms, the obverse with a central monogram of Franz Joseph I circumscribed by an inscription of “VIRIBUS UNITIS” (“UNITED FORCES”), the reverse with a central date of “1849”, unmarked, measuring 37.61 mm (w) x 60.10 mm (h), weighing 16.4 grams (inclusive of ribbon), accompanied by its period original presentation case, the obverse lid with a gilt inscription of “V. K. m. d. K.” (“MERIT CROSS WITH CROWN”), the interior with a white satin-type lid liner bearing a gold Imperial Austrian coat of arms, with a slotted and depressed white doeskin medal bed, opening with a functional bronze spring catch with exterior stud release and a functional magnetic metal hinge, the reverse marked “BRONZE” and “1918”, with a maker’s mark of “ETUIS & CASSETTEN FABRIK, J.G. BERGMANN, WIEN”, measuring 60 mm (w) x 110 mm (l) x 20 mm (h), in very fine condition.
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