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WW1 Volunteer Combattant Medals

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Tim B   

Tried to search for old threads and couldn't find any on this one. A bit of a surprise as I thought most awards have been discussed already.

Here are two Volunteer Combattant Medals for WWI service. First one shown has the word "Voluntariis" on the reverse.

Tim

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Tim B   

The fronts are virtually identical with the two soldiers representing the 1830's and WW1 eras.

Designer's mark is on the right edge.

Tim

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JPL   

According to Andre Borne, in his book "Distinctions Honorifiques de la Belgique", the inscription on this medal should be VOLONTARIIS. He does note that there is a variant with the inscription VOLUNTARIIS.

Hope this helps.

Jean-Paul

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TacHel   

Are you suggesting these might be fakes? Their low value kind of contradicts such an undertaking don't you agree? Different makers?

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TacHel   

I just checked the web sites of 2 European and 1 North American dealers, they hold multiple examples of both variants all advertised as original...

I honestly had never noticed this before. Any expert opinion on this?

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Detlev   

As you mention it, François, both are seen as authentiques.

So, the VOLUNTARIIS version is not fake.

Only difference, according to 'Borné' is the finishing of the medal itself :

by the VOLONTARIIS version, the medal is in patinated bronze, while the VOLUNTARIIS version should be more patinated dark ocre-yellowish instead of bronze...

Cheers,

Detlev

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GM1   

Here is my set of Volunteer Combattant Medals:

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Not that the version without inscription is smaller (demi taille?)

Best regards,

GM1

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belgoman   

hello, the smaller one is issued by the association of volunteers (Fédération nationale des Volontaires de guerre) and thus is a non-official item.

Hope this helps,

best regards

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