Special Offers Recent Additions Sold Archive
  Top » Catalog » Miniature Medals » Great Britain-miniatures » GB1110 My Account  |  Cart Contents  |  Checkout   
Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
[GB1110]
Quantity Available: 1
£235
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
Click to enlarge

Miniature Group of Nine comprising: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (M.B.E.), Military, 2nd type, since 1935 issue; British War Medal 1914-1920; Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Great Britain and British Empire issue 1914-1919; 1939-1945 Star; Defence Medal 1939-1945; War Medal 1939-1945; Jubilee Medal 1935; Coronation Medal 1937; Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V 1930-1936 issue with ‘Regular Army’ bar.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (M.B.E.), Military, 2nd type, since 1935 issue, silver. Miniature silver cross patonce on Tudor crown suspension; the face with a circular central medallion imposed with the crowned head and shoulders portraits of King George V and Queen Mary facing left within a ring inscribed ‘FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE’; the reverse with a circular central medallion with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George V within a rope border; height 30.03mm (1.18 inches), width 22.46cm (0.88 inch).

The Order was instituted by King George V on 4 June 1917 in five grades to acknowledge the service of non-combatants during wartime. In 1918 the Order was divided into Civil and Military divisions. This example is of the second type; prior to 1935, the Order has Britannia rather than King George V and Queen Mary on the face.

British War Medal, 1914-1920. Miniature circular silver medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head of King George V facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND : IMP:’ (George V King of Great Britain and Emperor of India); the reverse with St. George on horseback, reins in his left hand, a sword in his right, trampling a shield bearing an eagle with wings outstretched and a skull and crossbones, wavy lines denoting the sea beyond, a radiant rising sun upper right, dated ‘1914’ and ‘1918’ upper left and right respectively; diameter 17.8mm (0.7 inch).

The medal was instituted in 1919 and awarded to members of the British and Imperial forces who had served between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. Officers and men of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, and Dominion and Colonial naval forces were required to have completed 28 days mobilised service, though this was waived if active service had been terminated by death. The award criteria were subsequently extended to include post-war mine-clearing at sea and service in operations in Russia in 1919-20.

Inter-Allied Victory Medal, Great Britain and British Empire issue, 1914-1919. Miniature circular gilt bronze medal on laterally pierced loop suspension; the face with a winged figure of Victory; the reverse inscribed ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914-1919’ within a circular laurel wreath; diameter 18.11mm (0.71 inch).

The idea of an inter-allied medal to commemorate victory in what was termed ‘The Great War for Civilisation’ is credited to the French Field-Marshal Foch. It was agreed that each of the Allies should issue a medal to their nationals featuring a figure representing ‘Victory’ on the front and have a symmetric double rainbow ribbon with red, the colour of courage and sacrifice at the centre, representing the colours of the allies flags and presenting an allegory of calm after storm. The British medal was instituted on 1 September 1919 to be awarded to all those who served in a theatre of operations between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was awarded also to all British Empire military, except those of South Africa, whose government issued their own variant. Additionally, it was awarded to those British servicemen active in the Hejaz and Aden after the end of the European war, for post-war mine clearance operations and for the Royal Navy mission to Russia, hence the latter date of 1919.

1939-45 Star. Miniature gilt metal six-pointed faceted star with lateral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally within a stippled ring inscribed ‘THE 1939 - 1945 STAR’; the reverse plain; diameter 18.06mm (0.71 inch).

The Star was instituted in 1945 to be awarded for operational service between the declaration of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945). Army personnel were required to complete six months’ service in an operational command. Airborne troops qualified if they had participated in any airborne operation and had completed two months’ service in a fully operational unit. Naval personnel were required to completed six months’ service and at least one voyage in an operational area. Air Force personnel were required to participate in operations against the enemy and to complete two months’ service in an operational unit. Non-aircrew personnel were required to complete six months’ service in an area of operational army command. For Royal Observer Corps personnel, the requirement was 1,080 days’ service. The Star was awarded immediately if service was terminated by death, disability or wounding. The award of a gallantry medal or of a Mention in Despatches led to immediate qualification for the Star.

Defence Medal, 1939-1945. Miniature circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP. (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the reverse with a crowned oak sapling with lion supporters, wavy lines representing the sea below, dated ‘1939’ and ‘1945’ upper left and upper right respectively, inscribed below ‘THE DEFENCE MEDAL’; diameter 18.89mm (0.74 inch).

The medal was instituted in May 1945 to recognise non-operational service from the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) to V.E. Day (8 May 1945) in Europe and to V.J. Day (2 September 1945) overseas. The qualifying service periods were 180 days in overseas areas subject to air attack or other close enemy threat, 360 days in other overseas areas and 1,080 days in the U.K.. For mine and bomb disposal personnel overseas, the qualification period was 90 days. A number of special awards, such as those to the Malta Home Guard and to recipients of a Commendation for Brave Conduct or for Valuable Service in the Air, were also made.

War Medal, 1939-1945. Miniature circular silvered metal medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:’ (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Emperor of India); the reverse with a triumphant lion standing on a prostrate dragon, dated ‘1939 1945’ above right; diameter 18.91mm (0.74 inch).

The medal was instituted in 1945 and was awarded to all full-time members of the armed forces who had served at least 28 days between the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945).

Jubilee Medal 1935. Miniature circular silver medal with scroll and laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with the half length crowned figures in relief of King George V and Queen Mary in state robes, facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGE • V • AND • QUEEN • MARY • MAY •VI • MCMXXXV’; the reverse with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI, the dates ‘MAY 1910’ and ‘MAY 1935’ to left and right respectively; diameter 17.92mm (0.7 inch); a small age-oxidisation spot to the reverse.

The medal was instituted to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V. It was designed by Sir William Goscombe John, R.A. (1860-1952) and awarded to distinguished persons throughout the Empire.

Coronation Medal 1937. Miniature circular silver medal on ornate scroll and laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with the head and shoulders portraits of King George VI and, beyond, Queen Elizabeth, both facing left, crowned and in coronation robes; the reverse with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally above the inscription ‘CROWNED / 12 MAY 1937’, circumscribed ‘GEORGE VI QUEEN ELIZABETH’; diameter 17.89mm (0.7 inch); age-toned; on probably original ribbon.

The medal was issued to mark the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on 12 May 1937 and was the personal gift of the sovereign to members and servants of the Royal Household and to members of the armed forces, governments and elected holders of office throughout the Empire and Dominions.

Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, George V 1930-1936 issue with ‘Regular Army’ bar. Miniature circular silver medal with claw and ‘REGULAR ARMY’ bar for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned head and shoulders of King George V in field marshal’s uniform facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIUS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:’ (George V King of Great Britain and Emperor of India); the reverse inscribed ‘FOR / LONG SERVICE / AND GOOD / CONDUCT’; height overall 28.79mm (1.13 inches), diameter 18.01mm (0.71 inch).

The medal was instituted in 1830 and has undergone various changes in design and award criteria since that date. At the time this example was awarded, the requirement was 18 years’ exemplary service.

The medals are on a recent court-mounting with correct ribbons.

 
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
Click to enlarge
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
Click to enlarge
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
Click to enlarge
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
Click to enlarge
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
Click to enlarge
Great War and World War II Miniature Military M.B.E. Group of Nine, court-mounted
Click to enlarge

Site by GoodAnswers