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Schwarzburg Collection FOR SALE (en masse!)

Schwarzburg Collection FOR SALE (en masse!)


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Here is an instant collection of Schwarzburg medal bars and medals from the small principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.  Some of these medals are not commonly found for sale.  Double Schwarzburg medal bars are very uncommon.  All of these pieces were originally purchased from recognized dealers or auction houses (not eBay).


Top: Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Medal bar (5); two are from the Principality of Schwarzburg (L-R)


Schwarzburg 1914 War Merit Medal


1897 Kaiser Centennial Medal

1905 Schwarzburg-Sondershausen 25-year Jubilee Medal (obverse with the profile of Prince Karl Günther.  The medal was designed by the sculptor, Paul Fliegner from Hanau.)


Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was ruled by Prince Karl Günther until his death on March 28, 1909 when it was combined (not merged) with Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt under Prince Victor Günther.  The medal bar’s owner can be identified as coming specifically from the Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Principality due to the Jubilee medal.  He was in uniform in 1897 to receive the Kaiser Centennial medal; the Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Prince’s 25-year Jubilee medal in 1905 and was a combatant in WWI earning the EK2 and the Schwarzburg War Merit medal.


Middle: Schwarzburg Medal bar (6) and ribbon bar (5); with two awards from the Principality of Schwarzburg 

(medal bar L-R)


Schwarzburg 1914 War Merit Medal


1897 Kaiser Centennial Medal

15 year Long Service Cross

Schwarzburg Silver Ehrenmedal


(ribbon bar L-R)

EK2 ribbon

Schwarzburg War Merit Medal ribbon, with swords

Long Service Ribbon

Centennial Medal ribbon

Schwarzburg Ehrenmedal ribbon


This is an interesting set.  The ribbon bar is from before the owner received the Hindenburg Cross.  The medal bar was constructed after 1934 with the inclusion of the Hindenburg Cross and a small re-ordering of awards.  This is an excellent example of the allowable changes and the owner’s preferences.   Together, the differences between the ribbon bar and the medal bar show those changes frozen in time.



Schwarzburg Silver Ehrenmedal, with hanging loop style.  This medal, and the Ehrenmedal on the medal bar, allows the collector to compare the construction variations.


Arguably, this is an unique offering of so many, different Schwarzburg pieces all together in one place.  Dealer and auction house seldom have this much variety available at one time.  I am re-directing my personal collecting and I’m will to put up my Schwarzburg collection to a serious collector who always wanted a body of Schwarzburg pieces.

PayPal, check or trade (Tsingtau).  I will accept installment payments.


(((The offering is priced to the US$.  I will adjust to the Pound or Euro based on the current exchange rate at the time of the sale.)))


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