This is a beautiful frame with a picture of an Austro-Hungarian soldier and his medals (except the first one) from the kuk Bohemian Infantry Regiment "Freiherr von Koller" No. 94 (World War 1).
Ethnicity: 76% German; 22% Czech; 2% Other
Recruitment District: Turnov
Garrison: Headquarters, III., IV. Battalion: Liberec - I.Battalion: Jaroměř - II. Battalion: Turnov
Commandant: Colonel Joseph Zenkl Edler von Bunaberg
The first medal on the left is the Army Cross 1813-1814, also called Cannon Cross. It belonged to his greatgrandfather and it's a bronze cross pattée with stippled panels and with laurel wreath between the arms. The Cross is (originally) green varnished, with eyelet with official hallmark (see picture nr 6) on the top edge and original ribbed loop for ribbon suspension, it also comes with ORIGINAL ribbon (very rare)!! The face inscribed ‘GRATI / PRINCEPS ET PATRIA / FRANC. / IMP. AUG’ (A Grateful Prince and Country, Francis, Emperor); the reverse inscribed ‘EUROPAE / LIBERTATE ASSERTA’ (Europe’s Liberty Asserted) and dated ‘MDCCCXIII / MDCCCXIV’ (1813 1814); diameter 27.58mm. The medal was instituted at the command of Emperor Francis in 1814 and awarded in 1815 to the Austrian soldiers who had participated in the wars of 1813-1814 against Napoleonic France that culminated in the Battle of Waterloo. It is popularly referred to as the ‘Cannon Cross’ as it was MADE FROM CAPTURED FRENCH CANNONS. It is increasingly hard to find. A very good example, worth at least 300€ in auction.
The Medal for Bravery (German:
Tapferkeitsmedaille) was a military decoration of Austria-Hungary established in 1789 and awarded for bravery in battle until the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918.
Austria Cross Military Long Service VI years for NCO 1913-1918 WW1 Great War.
The Karl Troop Cross (German: Karl-
was instituted on 13 December 1916 by Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary.
The cross was awarded until the end of the First World War to soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army, regardless of rank, who had been with a combatant unit for at least twelve weeks and who had actually served at the front.
The design is based on the design of the Army Cross of 1813-1814 (usually known as the ‘Cannon Cross’ – ‘Kanonenkreuz’).
The fifth medal:
The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918 (German: Das Ehrenkreuz des Weltkriegs 1914/1918), commonly, but incorrectly, known as the Hindenburg Cross was established by Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, President of the German Republic, by an order dated 13 July 1934, to commemorate service of the German people during the First World War. This was Germany's first official service medal for soldiers of Imperial Germany who had taken part in the war.
Very rare lot!
- Austro-Hungarian medals WW1 + KANONENKREUZ 1813!!
- Country of Origin
- Army Unit
- Very good condition
- Original/ Replica
- Comes with certificate of authenticity