This handsome silver-toned table medal was created by the Carl Poellath firm from Schrobenhausen in Bavaria.
The same firm produced top flight badges for the Bavarian contingent of the Imperial German Air Service. In this case they made a table medal for the Handelskammer (Chamber of Commerce) from the Duchy of Braunschweig. The medal measures 2 1/4″ in diameter. It may be made of German silver (nickel). Its obverse features the Braunschweig Stallion rearing on his Shield in the center of the medal. The Shield is garnished with oak leaves on the top, left, and right. The words around the inner edge of coin read “Handelskammer F. D. Herzogt. Braunschweig-Für Treue Mitarbeit (Chamber of Commerce Duchy of Braunschweig – For Faithful Employment).” Our best guess is that the medal was given to retiring members of the Chamber in thanks for their service.
The medal’s reverse exhibits a high-releif, richly-detailed rendering of a municipal building from the Imperial German era. Undoubtedly it is where the Chamber was housed. The Latin motto “Quod Tibi Hoc Alteri, (Do to others what you want done to you)” is printed beneath the building.
The medal is contained in a handsome, maroon presentation case, with the title, “Handelskammer für das Herzogtum Braunschweig,” on the front. The case is 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ square. Inside, the upper lid is white silk with the name Carl Poellath and Schrobenhausen imprinted in black ink. The lower half is covered in blue velvet, with a circular cutout for the medal. It is a substantial piece, well-made and very attractive.