TABLE MEDAL – ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE
This is a very distinctive, large, table medal. It is in the shape of an octagon, and measures 2 3/4″ in diameter.
On its obverse it proclaims “Der Eiserne Schmied (the Iron Smith)von Hagen 1915.”
The reverse of the table medal says “Hammer Sprühe Flamme Glühe Schwert Erstreite Deutschen Sieg. (He hammers Germany’s Sword of Victory from the glowing flames).” In the reverse’s center is an anvil with a sword being forged for battle. The anvil’s base reveals manufacturer’s hallmarking, which appears to read F. Bagdon.
The table medal is housed in an interesting metal presentation case. This oversized case measures 3 ½” x 3 ½.” The exterior was painted to mimic the appearance of burled wood. Nevertheless, the case is metal and not wood. The orange silk liner of the upper lid has the selling information of the shop from where the medal came: “GERLACH Uhrmachermeister & Optikermeister (Watchmaker & Optometrist) Hagen-Haspe Kölner Straße 4.”