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I would appreciate any information on this Dutch medal dated 1830-31. Also, is it possible to obtain a replacement ribbon for this piece? Thanking you all in advance.

 

 

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This medal is oficially named: METALEN KRUIS (Metal Cross) VOOR VRIJWILLIGERS (for volunteers) 1830-1831, nicknamed HASSELT CROSS; instituted per Royal Decree of 12 Sept. 1831.

It was awarded to Dutch Army participants in the 10 Day's Campaign against the Belgian rebels in the Belgian War of independance in 1831. It was struck from the bronze of captured Belgian field guns at Hasselt.

There are two versions, for regular and for volunteer troops. The ribbon for the regular forces was striped: blue-orange-blue-orange-blue-orange, the ribbon for volunteers was striped: yellow-green-yellow-green-yellow-green. The medals are not scarce, but the (Original silk) ribbon for the volunteers medal is very hard to find.

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This medal is oficially named: METALEN KRUIS (Metal Cross) VOOR VRIJWILLIGERS (for volunteers) 1830-1831, nicknamed HASSELT CROSS; instituted per Royal Decree of 12 Sept. 1831.

It was awarded to Dutch Army participants in the 10 Day's Campaign against the Belgian rebels in the Belgian War of independance in 1831. It was struck from the bronze of captured Belgian field guns at Hasselt.

There are two versions, for regular and for volunteer troops. The ribbon for the regular forces was striped: blue-orange-blue-orange-blue-orange, the ribbon for volunteers was striped: yellow-green-yellow-green-yellow-green. The medals are not scarce, but the (Original silk) ribbon for the volunteers medal is very hard to find.

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Many thanks for this information, most helpful indeed. Is it possible to obtain a new ribbon for the medal as opposed to an original?

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Er - the Order of the Oaken Crown ribbon is yellow with 3 green stripes, with the stripes being narrower than the yellow areas between them. The ribbon for this medal is asymmetric, with equal widths of yellow and green but with yellow at one edge and green at t'other.

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There are so many single crosses floating 'round, missing the ribbon, that it would make sense if some one would make a mile of ribbon for these.

To my knowledge, most of these medals to Volunteers were never issued, sold for scrap metal, and were bought and brought in circulation by a dealer many years ago. These are still around... The ribbon is considered very scarce and a usable length would fetch a much higher price many times higher than a single medal. I have seen collectors use a made up paper ribbon as compensation and a gap filler in their collection...

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