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  1. Seems like the link I wanted to give, doesn't work. https://www.bunkervliegtuigarcheo.com/antwerpen-en-armstrong/
  2. I'll get back to you as soon as it turns up. First search wasn't succesfull...
  3. The story of th medal can be found here; Antwerp -x- medal Translated; Together with the decision to place the memorial plaque on the Rubenslei, an investigation was also ordered into a commemorative medal "Ter Ere van Antwerp X". The order for this went to art sculptor Arthur Dupon who had to design and deliver “The medals, the bronze casting of the model, as well as the molds that remain the property of the City” before the end of August 1945. From 9 July, approving articles appeared in the Antwerp press with an image of his plaster model. The 55cm large plaque was presented to the moved Armstrong on September 4, 1945, the first anniversary of the liberation, however relative it may have turned out in retrospect. Mayor Huysmans presented them to him in front of the City Hall, where he himself had just received the War Cross that had been awarded to Antwerp. "Gene. Armstrong, greeted with an endless ovation, finds some short simple clear words to thank the “friends from Antwerp” for their sympathy. “When we saw how brave you stood in the danger,” he says, “we felt proud to be working with you. Your determination has been an example to us.” (The People's Gazette) In addition to the large one, 50 medals of 9 cm were also made, 20 of which were presented to the commanders of Antwerp X. All medals bore the text “Antverpia mutilata sed grata Brig. cl. H. Armstrong sociisque” and the 20 medals for soldiers were also provided with their name, degree and unit at the time of Antwerp X at the back. and they especially praised the attitude of the citizens. “Compared to the men, women and children of Antwerp who, with such admirable courage and faith, endured the worst scourge that can strike a city, I am actually not worthy of the medal you sent me. But she will always occupy a place of high honor in my home, as she is a tribute to a very gallant people.” Harold P. Hennessy, Chief of Staff Antwerp X, 2.2.1946.
  4. Hello, I'll have to check. And ready to part of it, if it is still there.
  5. I have allways been in antiques in general, and cleaning up houses for a living. I cleared Indian cap's in the late eighties, it took me two months. And it was only a 15 minutes drive. But there was much and it was heavy. Everything was stacked in a ware house in Merksem at the time I did that job. And father Van Koetsem was no longer. I still got quiet some die's.
  6. Thank you all, for the input. I was aware of the De Lombaert PDF, maybe I should read it again. However it isn't ...let's say; "complete",.... to me, based on what I know and what I was told .... For instance; Indian Caps or Van Koetsem (same compagny, from Antwerp) isn't mentioned any where . And this compagny had for over the 50.000 die's (coming from most of the mentioned makers!) to strike medals, buttons and insignas. Even 19 th century helmet crests and sword ornaments. In a huge factory in the center of Antwerp....! I also had the last (active) Beerts ( not mentioned too!) descendant as a neighbour, when I lived in the center of Antwerp. To Jef; I also used the lockdown to spend some time on my buttons. Not only the Fonson buttons. It can be seen on; https://www.warrelics.eu/forum/uniform-buttons-world/variety-belgian-regimental-buttons-their-maker-761770/ No intention to promote WRF! If not allowed feel free to erase the link. I posted it also on a French militaria forum and can poste it here as well, if wanted. About the "De Lombaert PDF " pdf ; Elimex; a compagny that used to work in Brussels around 1910, isn' mentioned eighter...
  7. Hey Graf, no indication what so ever, except the medals emplacement. 6 ribbon medals and one breast star, is my only indication.
  8. I am dating them between 1840 and 1871. Still trying to find out who's coat it was...
  9. Thanks! And hang in, I will have to part of it....one day....😉
  10. Hello, no I can't tell you who it originaly belonged to. I was looking for a 1870 EK and this was the best buy at the time (here on the forum!). I will ad a pic later on today.
  11. A very nice medal. Here is mine, part of a German medal bar.
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