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Belgian medal. A prime example of why you should know your stuff.

Article about: I was at my usual hunting ground of Earlestown market last Saturday, and I spotted a rather unusual boxed Belgian medal on one of the stalls. It was priced at 12. Unsure of what it was - I

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    Default Belgian medal. A prime example of why you should know your stuff.

    I was at my usual hunting ground of Earlestown market last Saturday, and I spotted a rather unusual boxed Belgian medal on one of the stalls. It was priced at 12. Unsure of what it was - I asked the seller. Straight away he told me it was a WW1 Belgian war medal. I must confess that my knowledge of Belgian medals is rather poor - well actually it's worst than that... After a bit of haggling I got him down to 8 and went off with my new find.

    After getting home, and a quick check on the computer, I soon found out that my 'WW1' medal was actually a 30 year labour award given to workers! A lesson learned...

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    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Good looking medal.

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    Hi Harry, they are nice looking medal, and boxed, you did ok...its a Belgian labour long service medal originally a Industrial and Agricultural Decoration. The Labour Decoration is awarded to those who use their knowledge, talent and dedication in the pursuit of their work for a specified time. It is awarded by the Belgian Ministry of Employment and Labour, well worth 12 quid..nice..

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    Quote by SteveR View Post
    Good looking medal.
    There's currently one on ebay being sold by a US dealer. They claim it is an 'officers' WW1 medal and want around 72 for it. I did send them a message to but them right, but...
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Well, it is one good looking medal and as the others have said, well worth the 's you spend on it.

    A happy accident perhaps?
    Πόλεμος πάντων μεν πατήρ εστί, πάντων δε βασιλεύς.

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    I also have one from my grandfather.

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    I have 1 too. not war

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