H018380 CASED COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL OF 1ST OCTOBER 1938. (Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1 Oktober 1938 mit Etui)

BACKGROUND: The Commemorative Medal of 1ST October 1938 was the second of the "Anschluss" (Union/Annexation), medal series and was introduced on October 18TH 1938, for award to civilians and military personnel who participated in the "return" of the Sudetenland to Germany. The award followed the same design as the earlier, "13TH März" medal, that commemorated the annexation of Austria into Greater Germany. The Sudetenland, with over three million German inhabitants, was a section of Bohemia that had been awarded to Czechoslovakia in 1919 by the treaty of Saint Germain en Laye signed between Austria and the allies at the end of WWI.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 31mm diameter, die struck alloy award with a bronze wash. The obverse of the award features two embossed figures symbolically breaking the chains of bondage with an unfurled national flag in the background and a high relief national eagle to the bottom. The reverse features embossed Latin script to the center, "1 Oktober 1938", encompassed by additional embossed script, "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer" (One People, One State, One Leader). The suspension loop and medal ring are both intact and the award comes complete with a roughly 35mm wide, 9cm long, piece of original ribbed rayon ribbon. The ribbon is still very nice and clean and has a brass pin back device hand-stitched to the top reverse edge. The award comes housed in its original, roughly 10cm x 5cm x 2cm softwood and pressed cardboard construction issue case with a simulated grained burgundy leather covering with an impressed, gilt printed national eagle to the center of the fold back top lid. The reverse of the case has a magnetic staggered bar hinge and the obverse has a magnetic spring activated closure button. The interior of the case has a burgundy flocking lining to the bottom with a raised bar with a central cut-out to secure the award in place. The interior top lid is lined in white satin. Satin lining is loose, but would be an easy fix. Decent untouched example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $139.00

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