GERMANY – MEMORIAL MEDAL – S.M.S. MOLTKE
This is a memorial medal that was issued to honor the S. M. S. Moltke. I am not sure when the medal was issued, but an interesting story about it exists. The decoration is bronze-toned and measures 1 1/4″ in diameter. The obverse displays a profile image of Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, the Prussian Army’s Chief of the General Staff. (After the Empire was created in 1871, he became the Chief of Staff for all of Germany’s armies). Von Moltke became a military legend in Germany. Under his control the Prussian Army was modernized with better training, better tactics, superior weapons, and a rail transportation system that moved troops quickly to where they were needed. His generals in the field were the best in Europe. During the 1866 Austro-Prussian War and the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian War, his troops made short work of the enemy and the wars ended with all his objectives achieved. Ultimately, he became known after his death as “von Moltke the elder,” while his nephew, who became Chief of the General Staff early in WW I, was known as “Moltke the younger.” To illustrate the extent of the German public’s admiration for him, postcards (from before and after his death, and particularly during WW I) showed von Moltke, von Bismarck, and Kaiser Wilhelm I as the team that led had Germany to greatness.
I acquired a small horde of these commemorative medals from a collector in Hamburg. They were originally manufactured by the Hamburg firm of M. Fleck & Söhne. Each medal comes inside the original packet in which it was purchased. (I have little information about M. Fleck & Söhne, other than it was a military effects store serving the needs of military personnel from 1882). The paper packets measure 5 1/4″ x 2 3/4.” While all the medals come in the packet as described, some come with a ribbon and some do not. We are offering a small number of these very special decorations. The medals are priced at $150.00 WITH the packet and a ribbon. We are offering them for $125.00 in the packet and WITHOUT a ribbon. [If you would like more than one of these handsome decorations, we can offer even better pricing].