BELGIUM 1914 – 1918 Combat Volunteers Medal


BELGIUM, 1914 – 1918 Combat Volunteers Medal, no date (1930), Obverse: heads of 1830 volunteer and World War I soldier I, Reverse: VOLUNTARIS PATRIA MEMOR 1914-1918, bronze, 35x48mm, for voluntary enlistment and service in a combat zone for more than six months, old ribbon, XF

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There was a large component of belligerence and militarism in Belgian political culture in the late 19th and early 20th century. It has always been a little country, and one could argue that given their history they had no choice, but on the other hand their adventures in Congo kind of point to the possibility that they, in a social sense, kind of liked it.

Medals, awards, decoration, insignia, documents, equipment, of military, police, private, and irregular military style organizations. We sometimes sell small weapons but we do not sell working firearms. If a thing happens to be military but is hundreds of years old I stop thinking of it as a military thing and start thinking of it as a relic or an antiquity. I suppose that means that “militaria” really starts around the middle of the 19th century or so, when uniforms became normal. Does that seem right to you?

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.