The Gallipoli Star was a Turkish decoration that was awarded to both Turkish military personnel and Germans. The issue decorations came in two varieties, essentially a first and second class which was attached to a ribbon. They were crudely made and the obverse was painted in red.
Most Germans and especially officers opted to upgrade their awards and purchased them privately from German firms. Instead of the painted obverse they were made with red enamel and were far more handsome. We have offered numerous German versions in the past and they are quite popular.
Today we share something really different in a number of ways. First it is quite a bit lager than the standard German versions. This example measures an impressive 2.5″ x 2.5”. We have a theory on the difference in size. It is our view that this was acquired by a senior German officer, perhaps even a General. The enamel of this decoration is flawless. It simply sparkles. It is also highly vaulted and in some respects as to size it resembles a breast star befitting a senior officer. The silver on the obverse has a fine patina which has not been cleaned in decades. On the reverse it has an impressive large and sturdy pin.
The decoration is housed in a gorgeous red presentation case which measures 3.5” x 3.5” x 1”. The outer lid bears the same image as is seen on the center of the decoration. The catch works perfects and secures both halves of the case. The decoration sits firmly in place in the bottom half of the case which is a black velvet. The upper half of the case is white silk. Impressed on the silk we see that it comes from the House of Godet in Berlin. As one of the House Jewelers to Kaiser Wilhelm II they were known for the quality of their products.
We have never seen anything approaching the quality of this Gallipoli Star and share it proudly with you today.