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Guest Darrell

Here a beauty and an ORIGINAL you don't see around every day. This is a Cased Presidential Medal of Merit that came in a 1950's Style Plastic Clear Case. The medal is a mid to late 40's issue. It comes with a Ribbon Bar and Rosette Lapel Device.

Case Top with Medal:

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Darrell,

A wonderful example. They sure knew how to produce high-quality medals back in the late 1940s. Here is an example of the Medal for Merit certificate and accompanying letter on White House stationery. The recipient should be no stranger to any of us.

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slava1stclass

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They don't make 'em like THAT :love: any more. Sigh!

I've never seen that style of case before. From the slot on upper bottom, it looks like it was intended to hang "in its own frame" from a nailhead in a wall... what keeps the end that opens (which would then be on the bottom) and the plush lining from falling forward, out and (ohhhh noooooo) down under the weight of all that metal?

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They don't make 'em like THAT :love: any more. Sigh!

I've never seen that style of case before. From the slot on upper bottom, it looks like it was intended to hang "in its own frame" from a nailhead in a wall... what keeps the end that opens (which would then be on the bottom) and the plush lining from falling forward, out and (ohhhh noooooo) down under the weight of all that metal?

Hi Rick, yep, these plastic cases were only made during the early 50's through to the 60's. Then replaced by the simulated leather types that were the precursor to the hard-plastic generic types used today.

The lid is kept snug by those 2 brass spring loads you can see at the (top if it were hanging). The plush inside is quite snuggly fitted into the base. It can be removed with a little persuation, but wouldn't fall out or the case lid wouldn't open .. unless it "fell" off the wall :speechless1:

Yes, nice quality these era medals. Nothing like these that you see maufactured by modern GI contracts these days :rolleyes:

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That is spectacular....

I had a newer piece, 60s or 70s? and could clearly see the lack of detail and quality that is in yours....just lovely. The case is kliller....hard to find let alone in this case and complete.....great find

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