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United States: Medal of Honor. United States Navy & Marine Corps issue. 'Tiffany Cross' type (Navy type MOH) issued circa 1919-1942

An un-named and unattributed bronze gilt medal, marked on reverse "For Exhibition Purposes Only"

The original silk 'moire' corded riband fitted with the integral gold (gilt) top brooch 'Valor' bar. The reverse of the mounting brooch retaining the original long hinged pin and intricate drop clasp fittings, as issued

This model of Medal of Honour was authorised from 4 February 1919 (retroactive to 6 April 1917), and was designed and struck by the famous jewellery company 'Tiffany' - hence the name 'Tiffany Cross'. Medals of this type were intended to be awarded to navy and marines recipients exclusively for gallantry in combat in the period circa 1917-1928

The 'Tiffany Cross' was awarded to 22 x recipients, including 5 x 'Posthumous' awards. 19 of the awards were for acts of gallantry 1917-1918 during the Great War, and the last was issued in 1928, in respect of a USMC recipient decorated for gallantry in Nicaragua

This model of MOH was discontinued by an Act of Congress effective 7 August 1942

Note: In the inter-war years, under certain circumstances application could be formally made to the United States military for examples of un-named and un-attributed Decorations and Medals, for use by approved; institutions, museums, military establishments, state administrations etc. In the event that the respective service approved of the issue of the decorations and medals requested, they formally authorized the United States Mint, and or contracted jewellers / medalists, to issue the requested decorations and medals marked 'For Exhibition Purposes Only'

As it is a Federal Offence (illegal) to buy and sell original named issue Medals of Honor in the United States of America, collectors can realistically only aspire to obtain unattributed, and 'Exhibitions Purposes Only', examples of the various MOH types for their collections, which are rarely encountered

Rare and desirable

Condition: GVF

Code: 19629Price:


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United States: Distinguished Service Cross (Army)

Medal with 12mm crimp' style mounting brooch, in use circa 1945-1970

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

The absence of numbering or any maker marks indicates that the medal is an example awarded post 1945, typically for those decorated in post Second World War conflicts, including the Korean War and the early years (through to circa 1970) of the Vietnam War

Condition: EF

Code: 19473Price: 60.00 GBP


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United States. Certificate of Merit Medal

An un-numbered & unmarked contemporary issue

The medal fitted with a stitched corded silk 'moire' riband, this latter fitted with a slot-brooch with long hinged pin and intricate drop lock clasp fittings on reverse

Instituted by an Act of Congress on 3 March 1847, the Certificate of Merit (a parchment certificate) was originally conceived as a reward to mark the gallantry of soldiers in the United States Army who held the rank of Private. In 1854, eligibility was expanded to include awards to Sergeants. It was only in 1905, that an actual medal (of the type here offered) was authorized to be issued and worn by recipients of the 'Certificate' - medals also being issued retrospectively to those who had earned the 'Certificates' for campaigns since the Mexican War. The award was discontinued by Act of Congress on 9 july 1918, following the introduction of the Distinguished Service Medal

Reference 'The Call of Duty' (Strandberg & Bender, 1994), a total of 1206 x Certificates of Merit were issued

A rarely seen & desirable item of United States Army insignia

Condition: EF

Code: 19627Price:


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United States: Brevet Medal. United States Marine Corps

An un-named and unattributed bronze gilt medal, marked on reverse "For Exhibition Purposes Only"

The original silk corded riband fitted with a slot-brooch. The reverse of the slot-brooch retaining the original long hinged pin and intricate drop lock clasp fittings, as issued

The Marine Corps Brevet Medal, also known as the Brevet Medal, was a military decoration of the United States Marine Corps; it was created in 1921 as a result of Marine Corps Order Number 26. In terms of 'Order of Precedence' by 1929, the medal was worn immediately after the Navy Medal of Honour

Between 1814-1900, when 'Brevet' awards were discontinued in the United States Marine Corps, a total of 121 'Brevets' had been awarded to 100 x officer recipients. No 'Brevets' were awarded for services after 1900. When the 'Brevet Medal' was instituted. it was awarded to only 20 x living officers - all who had been awarded their 'Brevets' prior to 1901. Apart from one Civil War veteran who had received his Brevet in 1863, the remaining 19 x Brevet Medal recipients had been decorated for services during the Spanish American War, Boxer Rebellion and Philippine Campaign as under;

- Civil War (1 x)
- Spanish American War (10 x)
- Boxer Rebellion (7 x )
- Philippines Islands (2 x)

Note: In the inter-war years, under certain circumstances application could be formally made to the United States military for examples of un-named and un-attributed Decorations and Medals, for use by approved; institutions, museums, military establishments, state administrations etc. In the event that the respective service approved of the issue of the decorations and medals requested, they formally authorized the United States Mint, and or contracted jewellers / medalists, to issue the requested decorations and medals marked 'For Exhibition Purposes Only'

A most desirable specimen of an extremely rare item of United States Marine Corps insignia

Condition: EF

Code: 19628Price:


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United States: Silver Star Medal

Medal with government contractors marks for 'G-23' (for maker Ira Greene, Providence, Rhode Island) on reverse of 12mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, in use 'from' circa 1980's

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for services in the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 19472Price: 24.00 GBP


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United States: Silver Star

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings. As issued

Condition: EF

Code: 19035Price: 25.00 GBP


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United States: Bronze Star Medal

Medal with government contractors marks for 'G-23' (for maker Ira Greene, Providence, Rhode Island) on reverse of 12mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, in use 'from' circa 1980's

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for services in the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 19471Price: 12.00 GBP


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United States: Bronze Star Medal

Medal with Second World War / Korea War 'Slot Brooch' mounting brooch, in use through to circa 1960

The medal brooch retaining the original hinged pin and clasp fittings to reverse and as issued

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for services in the Second World War and Korean War

Condition: EF

Code: 19751Price:


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United States: Medal of Freedom (Instituted 1945)

The decoration fitted with contemporary slot-brooch mounting pin, as issued. The brooch retaining the original intricate long hinged pin & drop lock clasp fittings

Originally intended as a decoration for award to foreign nationals - specifically civilian - for specific acts of courage, or meritorious service that aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against the 'Axis Forces' 1941-1945

Although open for award in all theatres of war, in practise the medal was mostly awarded to resistance fighters and members of groups that gave succour to downed United States and allied airmen on the escape line networks established across Nazi occupied Europe

This very prestigious award was replaced in 1963 by 'Presidential decree', with the instiitution of the 'Presidential Medal Of Freedom' - the second highest Federal award in the United States honours system

A fine early contemporary strike of an infrequently awarded United States decoration

Condition: EF

Code: 19369Price: 95.00 GBP


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United States: U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal. Gilt

The decoration fitted with crimp brooch mounting bar which retains the long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fitting as issued

Reverse of mounting brooch with official Government Contractors marks 'Graco-GI'

Note: The Coast Guard DSM was instituted in 1962. Prior to that date, members of the United States Coast Guard Service had been awarded the Navy DSM

Condition: EF

Code: 19370Price: 35.00 GBP

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