ITALY, Mothers and Widows Unification Medal 1918


ITALY, Unification Medal 1918, Obverse: head L, VITTORIO EMANUELE III RE D’ITALIA, MARIO NELLI INC, C. RIVALTA MOD., Reverse: UNITA D’ITALIA 1848-1918 ASS. NAZ. MADRE E VEDOVE DE CADUTI, G B G, bronze, 32mm, for members of the National Association of Mothers & Widows of the Fallen, XF

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First issued for World War I combatants, later a version was made for mothers and widows of the fallen.

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?

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