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Virtuti Militari Thread

Article about: Hi.It's a virtuti militari thread so I'm just curious.Is that original Polish armed forces in the West virtuti with engraved 1944 date on the back? Cheers.

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    Hi everyone,

    I have just noticed for sale on Allegro the Virtuti Militari Legitymacja Nr: 928, which was awarded to Franciszek Edward Pfeiffer the photograph in the Legitymacja shows him as a Major with the VM (Silver Cross), KN, KW x 4, KZ etc.

    You might say so what, nothing unusual about that, but wait Major Pfeiffer went on to be a General Brygady (only 3 months before he died in 1964) also awarded the Virtuti Militari Gold Cross.

    There arn't many opportunities to purchase a future Generals award Legitymacja.

    It can be found on Allegro in the Polish Medals section pre 1939 last item on the page.

    I have also listed below a brief outline of his career:

    Born in Lodz 21st Jan 1895



    Kpt - 1st June 1919

    Mjr - 1st January 1928

    Pplk - 1st Jan 1936

    Plk - 27th August 1944

    Gen.Bryg. 19th March 1964

    Died in London 13th June 1964.

    The link for the we page is: VIRTUTI MILITARI - legitymacja nr. 928 , UNIKAT (2699016813) - Allegro.pl - Wi

    Best of Luck

    Andrzejku

    To buy this once in a lifetime item, it will cost you 455.32p plus postage.

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    Hello,
    I would like to ask your opinion about this cross.
    Thank you gents
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  3. #83

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    Hi Simon, It's a modern copy of the early 19th century Duchy of Warsaw version of the 5th class VM. These are popping up on the market regularly of late.

    Regards,
    Tony
    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

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    Quote by A.J. Zawadzki View Post
    Hi Simon, It's a modern copy of the early 19th century Duchy of Warsaw version of the 5th class VM. These are popping up on the market regularly of late.

    Regards,
    Tony
    Thanks Tony... great help as always
    Regards,
    Simon

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    my latest addition... Jan Knedler
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  6. #86

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    Hi Simon,

    Very nice acquisition, congratulations!

    Ive always had an affinity for the later Knedler VMs, and especially like the split-wreath used on the center disc.

    Thanks for sharing it with us

    Cheers,
    Tony
    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

  7. #87

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    Hi Guys

    Does anyone know where I can buy a very high quality replica of a 1831 Virtuti Militari? My Greatgreatgreatgreatgrandfather from my mothers side was awarded one in 1831 whilst with the 4th Regiment, originals are so rare I thought of getting a high quality replica to frame at home.

  8. #88

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    Hi Nick, that's a great way to commemorate your ancestor. Yes, original "November Uprising" VM's are out of reach of the average collector, and not seen very often outside museums. Definitely RRR category pieces.

    I don't recall seeing any reproductions lately on the market, and I dont even know if they are reproduced for hobbyists. However, the earlier pattern Duchy of Warsaw VMs are being made for the collector market and readily available on the internet auction sites. There's one pictured earlier in the thread (post #82). They look reasonably good and as most casual observers do not know the differences in VMs perhaps one of these might serve as a stand in until you can find the correct pattern- ?.

    Please share pics with us once you have completed your project.

    Cheers,
    Tony
    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

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    Hi guys,

    Does anyone know who might be the manufacturer of this Cross? The description says its likely of Italian WW1 manufacture.
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  10. #90

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    Hi all,
    I've just been wondered if you may have any pre-war Virtuti's in cases. If you have one please post a photo
    Cheers

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