The Saxon manufacturer Meissen was known for producing some of the finest porcelain in Germany. They, along with KPM of Berlin and Rosenthal of Bavaria, were at the top of the heap when it came to their particular art. One of the more unusual items Meissen produced was porcelain table medals. These were generally made of bisque porcelain, then hand painted.
The example offered today honors Saxony’s Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr 104. The unit saw extensive service during WW I. The table medal measures 1 1/2″ in diameter. It is painted chocolate brown. Its front features the dates 1914-1918, along with a stahlhelm and sword. The Saxon King, Friedrich August III’s crowned cypher and the regiment’s name also is present. Its reverse displays Meissen’s logo, along with a representation of a military monument and the legend “Ehret Die Toten (Honor the Dead).”
The table medal is in excellent condition.