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    WWI German Belt Buckle & Assorted Militaria

    Good day all. I'd won a small lot of odds and ends at a local estate auction. There's a nice example of WWI Germanicon belt buckle, an English men's munition workers pin, and a "head-scratcher". It's an imperial German eagle shield pendant and I have no idea if it's a pendant, a watch fob, part of some other decoration, or even if it's military. It's enamel on copper, maybe brass, but I think it's copper. Any input would be most appreciated if any of you guys have come across something like this before.

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    OK, adding to my own post. In the case of the Prussian eagle, thanks to Polaris on Canadiangunnutz, who put me on the trail of the correct research path, it's part of the Prussian 25 yr. service veteran's decoration (see pic). As to the munition worker's pin, the plain brass ones were issued to men, women having an enameled one, to indicate that they weren't dodging their military service but were working for the government in munitions production. There were different makers, the one pictured being made by "J.A. Wylie & Co. Ltd, London" and serial numbered "27044". I have no idea what the "Z" on the crown indicates. Now I have to try to come up with an idea of value.
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    I've got one of these 'On War Service' ones somewhere, they are reasonably common. The designs vary somewhat, some firms produced unofficial ones before the government scheme.

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    I would say that the WW1 Germanicon belt buckle is desirable because it is complete, undamaged and unmessed. It doesn't look particularly special, to me, just a bog standard belt buckle, with the usual "Gott Mitt Unns", which as we all know means "God is with us".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    I would say that the WW1 Germanicon belt buckle is desirable because it is complete, undamaged and unmessed. It doesn't look particularly special, to me, just a bog standard belt buckle, with the usual "Gott Mitt Unns", which as we all know means "God is with us".
    I'm trying to determine a fair market value, but prices seem to vary widely depending on location and demand. Some folks are asking what to me seem to be insane pricing and some are going comparatively inexpensively. I'm in contact with a few local militaria collectors and I should be able to get a better idea once this whole covid thing dies down. On another note, I found a chap in Australiaicon from whom I bought the upper section of the 25 Kreigerbund award. That'll help it's attraction to a prospective buyer. I find it highly unlikely that I'll ever find the ribbon, but it'll still look better 2/3 complete.

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