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Leopold I Order, Knight with swords - period shortly after founding of the order (1832) to award military participants of the 1831 Revolution (against the Dutch). Very fine example by the first official manufacturer of the insignia - J.G.Dutalis in Brussel

NEW! Leopold I Order, Knight with swords - period shortly after founding of the order (1832) to award military participants of the 1831 Revolution (against the Dutch). Very fine example by the first official manufacturer of the insignia - J.G.Dutalis in Brussels. This original type features the so called "Spanish" crown (even though it has noting to do with Spain or their decorations). We prefer to call this the 'Dutalis' type crown; in fact the design was most likely influenced by the crowns used in the Order of Bath (English). Some early examples made in France also show this crown style. Cross can be safely dated to the 1832 - early 1840s manufacturing period (even though Dutalis lost the official contract in 1835, we believe that lesser production still took place). Judging by the centres, it is (in our opinion) probably the '2nd' variant manufactured by J.G.Dutalis; however, it is not possible to narrow it down further - to the particular period within this short time-frame. Hallmark of the 1831 regulation for silver (sword) visible on the left side of the wreath ties, manufacturer's mark (Dutalis) is struck on the right side - it is a stylised letter 'D' and is partial on this example, yet very clear. Cross has professional restoratory work done on some of the arms (typically damaged areas). Some flaking to the red ribbands otherwise condition is very good (compared to known examples). Silver frame/crown, gold centres. Beautiful crown details, proper and original ribbed suspension eye. Ribbon is original and of excellent quality/condition! Cross in full size (38mm wide). Good opportunity to own a piece of Belgian 'history'. Most were issued to Belgians and the French. Item # Bel-100 (435)

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$435.00
Belgique Order of Leopold I, early Knight class in civil Division. Very nice example manufactured by C.J.Buls in Brussels

NEW! Order of Leopold I, early Knight class in civil Division. Very nice example manufactured by C.J.Buls in Brussels. This firm was the 3rd official Belgian manufacturer of the order and used 2 particular crown designs on their Officer/Knight class of the order. The first form which was fairly round in appearance is believed to be in usage around 1839-1845; likely as result of die breakage - new style was devised and is commonly addressed as "gonflé" type. We prefer to simply call it 'Buls type 2' crown. Other than the crown, there are several interesting variations on Buls's crosses - especially the appearance of the lion in the centres. Many forms are known and we believe that crowned lions belong in the earliest period of firm's production line. Presence of well detailed manufacturer's mark would likely indicate earlier vintage of the production also. This example has en exceptionally well detailed mark (B with wreath beneath), struck to both, the wreath ties and the suspension eyelet. Silver hallmark also clearly impressed on the ties. This hallmark was no longer used after 1869 yet occasionally seen on later crosses (since couple of other firms purchased Buls's remaining blanks circa 1885). None of those post 1885 crosses should (in theory) bear the mark of the manufacturer and the lions become quite rough in appearance (often very flat and featureless). It would be safe to date this particular cross around 1845-1850. Condition is exceptional, just a few minor chips to the tips of the cross. Beautiful patina is evident. Complete with short length of original ribbon. Cross measures 40mm in width. It would prove hard to find better example of this type/period. Item # Bel-99 (215)

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$215.00
1871 Belgian Red Cross, Cross of Recognition 1st class
NEW! Belgian Red Cross, Cross of Recognition 1st class. This was the very earliest and the highest award given by the Belgian Red Cross to the volunteers during the French-Prussian War. Little is known about the award or the numbers issued. Came in 2 classes (ribbon with or without rosette). A beautiful cross in an unusual pattern, reverse features centre disc with hand engraved date "1871". A slight chip to white enamel on the left arm (close to the centre shield with the white/red enamel). Original ribbon with rosette is rare and it shows age/wear. Cross is in silver and it is slightly vaulted, measuring 41mm across. Overall condition is good for this super rare award. Item # Bel-98 (245)
$245.00
Medal of Merit of the Belgian Red Cross, 1897
NEW! Medal of Merit of the Belgian Red Cross, 1897. Silver gilt, original frail ribbon. Excellent details. Named (hand engraved) to: "Dr. Simon Fils". Nicely patinated, enameled cross intact. 41mm x 26mm. Rarely seen award. Date 1897 stamped to the bottom. Item # Bel-97 (108)
$108.00
Volunteer's cross 2nd class. This early Belgian Red Cross
NEW! Volunteer's cross 2nd class. This early Belgian Red Cross award was normally issued for the International volunteers during the French-Prussian War of 1870-71. Very good quality, appears to be silver with gilded parts. Original ribbon. Black enamel has a small chip in the left-top corner but it is not detractive. A cople of ball-tips are bent. Reverse shows a Royal cipher of King Leopold. Cross is nicely vaulted. Rare. Measures 35.5mm in width. Crown measures 19mm in width and is quite robust. Item # Bel- 96 (195)
$195.00
Begian Medal for Industrial Recognition, bronze grade (medaille hommage et reconnaissance des CSC)
NEW! Medal for Industrial Recognition, bronze grade (medaille hommage et reconnaissance des CSC). Heavy bronze, excellent condition and original ribbon. Item # Bel-102 (12)
$12.00
Belgian 1940-1945 Medal for the Prisoners of War.
NEW! 1940-1945 Medal for the Prisoners of War. Medal in bronze, complete with original ribbon and 'U' type fastener. Nicely toned with age. 35mm in diameter. Very good condition. Item # Bel-101 (42)
$42.00
Belgian Military Cross, type 1 as issued between 1885-1909. Silver gilt, excellent quality. Completete with rare and original box of issue. Manufacturer's stamp on the underside: "

Military Cross, type 1 as issued between 1885-1909. Silver gilt, excellent quality. Completete with rare and original box of issue. Manufacturer's stamp on the underside: "
J. Fonson, Medailles & Art." This is the second class of the award, given to the NCO's. Other than couple of small enamel chips, condition is very good. Original ribbon with few slight rubs. This first type differs from later awards by having intertwined 'L's' on the reverse. Comes with original 'U' type stick pins for fasteners. 38mm wide. Very nice set. Item # Bel- 95 (140)

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$ 140.00
Belgian Order of Leopold I, Commander class by Fish Brussels

Order of Leopold I, Commander class. Very nice and earlier vintage. Crown style is reminiscent of the Wolfers's made insignia yet centres are quite different - actually rarly seen. These features are in our opinion exclusive to the earliest production of this order by the firm of Fisch (in Brussels). Our educated guess would place it's vintage prior to, or WW1 period. Badge of very fine quality in silver and gilt. Finely engraved pattern to the inner trim of the white arms (this feature seems to only exist on early examples by Fisch). There are some minor enamel restorations to the arms of the cross (white), otherwise enamels are fine. Cross shows some wear. Overall, very good condition. Complete with original ribbon and ties. Cross measures 58mm in width, crown is 35mm wide. Truly nice example. Item # Bel-94 (485)

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$485.00
WW1 Injured Soldier badge. Soldat Belge Hors Combat
WW1 Injured Soldier badge. Soldat Belge Hors Combat. Probably better classified as a 'wounded badge'. Officially numbered '8410'' to reverse (impressed). Badges were issued to some 10 000 soldiers as a result of the Great War. Die struck in white metal, lapel type fastener. Badges shows typical wear. Very good highlights. Belgian badges for wounded are fairly hard to find. Wonderful design, by: 'Victor Rousseaot' (marked in relief to sword's blade). 45.1mm x 38.8mm. Item # Bel-93 *Sold*
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Belgian Order of the Lion in the Knight class type 1

Order of the Lion in the Knight class type 1. Early example of this great looking decoration. Characteristics would indicate manufacturing by G. Wolfers in Brussels. Centres of good quality. Complete with original ribbon. Early original examples by P.Fisch and DeVigne Hart have different details and are also difficult to find. Slight knock on the bottom arm. Some flaking to the blue ribband and the red/blue centres but none is detractive from the overall appearance. Nicely patinated. Likely awarded in the 1909-1920's period. 40.5mm wide. Please note that majority of insignia in the recent (www) offers are indeed reproductions (by Fonson and others). We'll be happy to assisst if you have questions pertaining to Belgian Orders. Item # Bel-92 (305)

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$305.00
Leopold II Order, 5th class (Knight)
Leopold II Order, 5th class (Knight). Earlier vintage in silver, good details and older 'Heremans-style' crown. Some enamel flaking to the centre disc, otherwise good conditon. Very nice original ribbon. Good patina. This was likely distributed by either 'Fish' or 'Fonson'. 38.5mm wide. Item # Bel-91 (38)
$38.00
Belgique Order of the Crown, 5th class (Knight)
Order of the Crown, 5th class (Knight) in silver and enamels. Good quality, massive construction. Original faded ribbon. A few slight chips but not detractive. Nice example, likely of the 1930-1950's period. 43mm dia. Item # Bel-90 *SOLD*
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Belgium Order of Leopold I, Knight with swords (Military Division)
Order of Leopold I, Knight with swords (Military Division). Very nice example, typical of the Fernand Heremans production, likely awarded right after WW1. Even though such short swords were frowned upon by the Chancery after the first decade of the 20th century, this manufacturer continued to produce the short version for several years. Very nice example, excellent patina. Made in silver with gilt centres. Condition is remarkable (such crosses are normally prone to the enamel chipping). Crown is of the cut-out top part type which is similar to the earlier work by J.Heremans (Fernand`s brother). Complete with original ribbon and `U` type stick pin fastener. Would be hard to find a better example of this vintage and maker. 40mm wide. Item # Bel-89 (140)
$140.00
Begian War medal 1914 1918
Commemorative Medal of the War 1914-1918. Instituted July 21, 1919. Awarded to Belgian civilians who served in the armed forces during WWI. Name impressed to right of soldier's head "E.J. De Bremaecker". Bronze, nice details. Maker's initials to reverse "E.D.R." 31 x 48 mm. Item # Bel-88 *SOLD*
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Congo (Colonial) Silver Service Star, type 1 as issued 1889-1910 (Belge Etoile de Service argent)
Congo (Colonial) Silver Service Star, type 1 as issued 1889-1910 (Belge Etoile de Service argent) . Nicely crafted in silver with gilt star superimposed to obverse. Ribbon appears to be original, showing age and wear. Award itself is in excellent condition. Such type 1 stars are very hard to find. 30mm in diameter. Item # Bel-87.  *SOLD*
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1914 Yser medal, Yser medaille
1914 Yser medal. Bronze with green enamelled suspension. Awarded to those who resisted the German advance on the River Yser in Oct 1914. Enamel intact. Original ribbon along with the 'u' type pin fastener. 36 x 49 mm. Excellent condition! Item # Bel-81 *SOLD*
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Belgian 1914-1916 African Campaigns commemorative medal in silver (for Europeans). 1st type.

1914-1916 African Campaigns commemorative medal in silver (for Europeans). 1st type. This relatively scarce medal was issued to participants of the many battles between Belgian/Allied forces and the Germans for the control of the German colonies in Africa. Starting in Belgian Congo, attacks were launched on the German East Africa (Rwanda/Burundi/Tanzania), also Cameroon and parts of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) along with Congo itself.  Medal was issued mainly to Belgians, British and the French. Some sources list others (Portuguese, South Africans) as well. Offered here is an excellent original example in silver. Medals were made in France and all (silver) originals should bear the French silver mark (wild boar head). There are copies on the market bearing no or faint mark. Maker's mark is also present - struck to the eyelet. It clearly shows letters 'P L' with lightning bolt between them. This is most likely mark of the French medallier Phillipe Leclerc. Ribbon is original, faded to obverse side. Some thread separation at the top (visible on the back side where the 'u' type pin fastener is attached. Medal shows nice patina, details are crisp and there is no damage. 30.5mm in diameter, planchet is 2.2mm thick. Excellent and all original example. Item # Bel-80 *SOLD*

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Medallion of the 'Le Cercle Royal Africain des Ardennes Aus Combattants des Campagnes D'Afrique' - Royal African Combattant society of Ardennes. This is the non-wearable version of the medal below. Excellent, Art Deco inspired design
Medallion of the 'Le Cercle Royal Africain des Ardennes Aus Combattants des Campagnes D'Afrique' - Royal African Combattant society of Ardennes. This is the non-wearable version of the medal below. Excellent, Art Deco inspired design. Quite elegant in its simplicity. Bronze, maker's name struck to the rim (FISCH). Complete with original cardboard box, society's name stamped to the lid. Box is trimmed in gol, bottom with manufacturer's label (Fibru Fisch). Medal insriptions to reverse: 'A La Memoire Des Coloniaux Du Pays De Salm, C.A.A VIELSALM'. Salm's coat of arms of mirrored fish. Obverse with beautifully stylized profile of a Congolese woman, leaping lion above and antilope beside. Word 'CONGO' at 2 o'clock. Medallion of very good quality, designer's name present (RAU - or RAV). Original finish nicely preserved (edge/detail blackening). Few smears are believed to be factory oversight. Large in diameter - 70mm. Superb set, rarely found complete with the box. Item # Bel-79 (105)
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Commemorative medal for the members of the Colonial effort - civilian and military (in Congo) from the Salm region. 'Le Cercle Royal Africain des Ardennes Aus Combattants des Campagnes D'Afrique' - Royal African Combattant society of Ardennes
Commemorative medal for the members of the Colonial effort - civilian and military (in Congo) from the Salm region. Medals were made on behalf of the 'Le Cercle Royal Africain des Ardennes Aus Combattants des Campagnes D'Afrique' - Royal African Combattant society of Ardennes. Medal struck in bronze by Fibru Fisch in Brussels. Complete with ribbon (seemingly original), paper pouch of issue and 'u' type stick pin fastener. 30mm in diameter, condition is excellent. This is the wearable version of the medal above. Hard to find, probably made after 1951. Item # Bel-78 (88)
$88.00
Belgium WW2 Miniature bar comprising: Order of Leopold II Knight with silver 'L' palm; WW2 War Cross with 'A' bronze bar (somewhat unusual); 1940-1945 Resistance Medal; Industry and Agriculture Decoration in gilt with rosette (older type); 1940-1945 Political Prisoner's medal; WW2 Commemorative Medal with crossed swords

Great WW2 Miniature bar comprising: Order of Leopold II Knight with silver 'L' palm; WW2 War Cross with 'A' bronze bar (somewhat unusual); 1940-1945 Resistance Medal; Industry and Agriculture Decoration in gilt with rosette (older type); 1940-1945 Political Prisoner's medal; WW2 Commemorative Medal with crossed swords. Locking typ pin fastener. All ribbons are original. Bar shows slight wear. All miniatures are of high quality and range in size from 13mm to 16mm.

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Belgian 1940 - 1945 Maritime medal (Medaille Maritime 1940-1945)
1940 - 1945 Maritime medal (Medaille Maritime). This medal was approved by Belgian Government in exile in 1941 (in London). Awarded to seamen of the Belgian fleet (both Navy and Merchant Marine) for merit while at sea. Also given as an award for long service (2 years) during war on board of Allied vessels/ships. Hard to find Belgian award. Comes with original (and proper) crossed anchors ribbon device. Rampant Belgian lion to obverse and King's (Leopold III) Royal cipher to reverse. Fancy suspension. Original ribbon. Condition is very good with, nicely toned with age. 32.8mm in diameter. Item # Bel-69  *SOLD*
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Leopold II, Royal Life Saving Society gold medal
Leopold II, Royal Life Saving Society gold medal. Silver gilt, great quality. Old ribbon appears original. Attributed on reverse to: 'J. Rondeau'. Oberse inscrided: 'Leopold II R.D. Belg. Souv. De. L'Etat Indep. D. Congo'. Reverse inscribed: 'Societe Royale Des Sauveteurs De Belgique'. 27mm in diameter. Old style crown. Quite rare in this form. Wonderful example for a Belgian medals or Life Saving medal collector. Item #Bel-56 (58)
$58.00
Commemorative Medal of the Reign of Leopold II
Commemorative Medal of the Reign of Leopold II. Medaille Commemorative du Règne de S. M. Léopold II. Awarded for 20 years 'good and faithful' service of a civic nature. 1st type of award with dates 1865-1905. No ribbon. Bronze gilt, very good condition. 32mm dia. Item #Bel-59 (20)
$20.00
Commemorative Medal of the Reign of Leopold II, type 2 with dates 1865-1909
Commemorative Medal of the Reign of Leopold II, type 2 with dates 1865-1909. Very good quality, maker's mark above King's epaulette. Original ribbon lightly faded. 32mm dia. Item #Bel-60 (30)
$30.00
Commemorative Medal of the Reign of King Albert
Commemorative Medal of the Reign of King Albert. Medaille Commemorative du Règne de S. M. Albert. Issued for good and faithful service in the army during 1909-1934. Designers initials V.D. (Victor Demanet). Bronze, light wear. Original ribbon. 32mm dia. Item #Bel-62 (24)
$24.00
City of Charleroi WW2 Commemorative medallion
City of Charleroi WW2 Commemorative medallion. Inscibed: "La ville de Charleroi reconnaissante 1940-1945." Large (70mm dia.) bronze medallion by 'Darville'. Good condition, darkened with age. Interesting design. Item #Bel-65 (45)
$45.00
Special decoration for industry and agriculture, Mutualite - Onderlinge Bijstand (Health/Security) type
Special decoration for industry and agriculture, Mutualite - Onderlinge Bijstand (Health/Security) type. 2nd class. Appears to be silver. Original ribbon, multi-part construction. Enamels intact. Very attractive. Item #Bel-67 (34)
$34.00
Decoration Industrielle et Agricole (Decoration for Industry and Agriculture)
Decoration Industrielle et Agricole (Decoration for Industry and Agriculture). 1st class, 1905 type. Original ribbon with 18mm rosette. Gilt crown suspension. Good quality, enamels intact. Rivet shows through on reverse. Item #Bel-46. (26)
$26.00
Decoration Industrielle et Agricole (Decoration for Industry and Agriculture). 2nd class, 1905 type. Original ribbon somewhat soiled. Appears to be silver, but not hallmarked. Good quality, enamels intact. Concave reverse, marked "E. van Zuylen" and "Brux." for Brussels. Highly unusual to see maker marks on these pieces. Judging by marks and condition, likely pre-WWI issue. Item #Bel-47. (35)
$35.00
Decoration du Travail (Labour Decoration)
Decoration du Travail (Labour Decoration). 1st class, 1958 type. Original ribbon with 18mm rosette. Gilt crown suspension. Good quality, enamels intact. Plain reverse. Perfect condition. Item #Bel-48. (25)
$25.00
Decoration du Travail (Labour Decoration). 2nd class, 1958 type. Original ribbon with 18mm rosette. Gilt crown suspension. Good quality, enamels intact. Plain reverse. Perfect condition. Item #Bel-49. (20)
$20.00
Decoration Civique pour ancienneté de services (administratifs)
Decoration Civique pour ancienneté de services (administratifs). Civic Decoration for long service. 1867 type. Medal, 2nd class. Granted to mid-level public workers after 25 years of service (eg. prison guards, chaplains, supervisors), and as an additional award for 35 years of service to public workers in lesser positions. Item #Bel-50. (18)
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Decoration Civique pour ancienneté de services (administratifs). Civic Decoration for long service. 1867 type. Medal, 3rd class. Granted to public workers in lesser positions (eg. hospital janitors, laundresses) after 25 years of service. Quite nice details. Item #Bel-51. (15)
$15.00
Military Decoration for Long Service, 2nd Class
Military Decoration for Long Service, 2nd Class. Bronze gilt. 1910-1934 issue, Double 'A' reverse .Smaller lion variation, type VIII (according to  G. Deploige). Instituted on December 22, 1873, awarded to non-commissioned officers and other ranks for ten years’ service. 33 x 50 mm. Item #Bel-42. (35)
$35.00
WWI-Colonial Service Bar
WWI-Colonial Service Bar. Comprised of: (1) Order of Leopold II, gilt merit cross. Bronze gilt. French inscription. Very good quality. (2) Deportees Cross 1914-1918. Awarded to all Belgians who were deported as defaulters into Germany and were submitted to forced labour. (3) Colonial Service Star, gold class. 1910 type. Silver gilt, 950 purity hallmark. Multi-part construction. Superb quality. Awarded for 10 years' service in the Congo. (4) The Medal for Colonial War Effort 1940-1945. (5) Military Decoration, 1910-1934 type. First class for 15 years' service, with chevron, type IX (according to  Mr. G. Deploige). All mounted on original ball-tipped bar. Item #Bel-43. (245)
$245.00
WW1 Veteran Association Commemorative Cross. Bronze. Blue enamel to centre. Complete with old silk ribbon (unsure if original). Very interesting piece. Darkened with age. 32.5mm wide. Item # Bel-1 (32)
$32.00
WW2 Combatant lapel slide. Bronze with nice details. 12.5 x 20.3mm. Item #Bel-11. (22)
$22.00
1940 Royal tribute commemoration
1940 Royal tribute commemoration. Simple yet elegant little medal, head of Leopold III on obverse. Ribbon appears to be original. 20.5mm dia. Item # Bel-14   (35)
$ 35.00
Order of Leopold II. Cased Knight class
Order of Leopold II. Cased Knight class. Maker stamped to lid of the cardboard box: 'Fonson, Medailies '. Silver cross with gilt (?) center. Very good condition to all. Cardboard (silk lining to bottom) box of issue. Enamel intact. Item # Bel-26 (75)
$ 75.00
The Civic Decoration for Long Service - silver cross with original ribbon. WW1 vintage in silver. Great details and very good condition. Ribbon lightly faded. Reverse same as obverse. Item # Bel-28 (25)
$25.00
Custody of Rhineland (Occupation) Commemorative medal
Custody of Rhineland (Occupation) Commemorative medal for participant of both occupations 1918-1929 and 1945-1955. Issued to troops taking part in both events. Medal in bronze, designed by M. Henry. Made by famous Belgian maker: P. Degreef, Brussels (marked to reverse). Original silk ribbon. Good details and high relief. 38mm x 50mm. Item # Bel-32 (37)
$ 37.00
Decoration for Work. 1st class, earlier type (since 1905). Original ribbon with 18mm rosette. Gilt crown suspension. Good quality, enamels intact. Plain reverse, probably Made by J. Fonson. Item # Bel-36 (22)
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Belgium Great War Cross with SILVER PALM and Lion device. Croix de guerre avec palme et lion
Great War Cross with SILVER PALM and Lion device. Croix de guerre avec palme et lion. It is hard to find such combination. Silver palm was used to indicate 5 citations on Army Level. Bronze Lion device denoting citation in the order of the day on Regimental Level. Lion device on this award is quite large, it is possible it replaced number of smaller lions. Silver palm sports superb detail (much better then bronze palms). It appears to be made in silver and it is stitched to ribbon. Very nice combination. Silver palms and scarce. Cross in bronze, typical quality. Darkened with age. Ribbon is original. Item # Bel-76 *SOLD*
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Rare officer cap badge of Compagnie Belge Maritime du Congo (Belgian Maritime Company of Congo)
Rare officer cap badge of Compagnie Belge Maritime du Congo (Belgian Maritime Company of Congo). This shipping company dates back to 1895. King Leopold II (with considerable British influence) established CBMC in order to provide a regular shipping service to Congo. On 6 February 1895 the passenger liner Léopoldville (I) was the first ship to leave Antwerp under Belgian flag. Until 1930, activities were limited to shipping service to Congo, carrying passengers, cargo and mail. In 1930 CBMC absorbed the Belgian shipowner Lloyd Royal Belge. The company name was changed into Compagnie Maritime Belge and the first additional lines to North and South America and the Far East were started. In the Second World War CMB lost three quarters of its fleet aiding War effort.
Badge dating is difficult but most likely circa early 1900's. Floral wreath in metal bullion, considerable amount of verdigris throughout. Copper (or bronze) badge with all enamels intact, affixed to body with 2 folding prongs. Black cloth bacground, white canvas and paper backing. Thickly padded. Shows wear and age. All early shipping insignia are hard to find. Overall 66mm x 46mm. Most interesting and original badge. Item #Bel-66 *SOLD*
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Belgian Order of the Crown, Knight of an earlier vintage
Order of the Crown, Knight of an earlier vintage. Most likely by De Vigne Hart. Very good quality and condition. Original ribbon, nicely watermarked. Complete with 'U' type stick fastener. Silver, gilt and enamels. 43mm wide. Shows light wear. Item # Bel-85 *SOLD*
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Belgium Order of the Crown, Grand Cross breast star.
Order of the Crown, Grand Cross breast star. Excellent quality example by one of the earliest manufacturers (De Vigne Hart). Silver, gilt and enamels. Some flaking to centre (blue), arms of the cross are in very good condition - just slight cracking (typical). Star is massive and really well detailed. Diamond cut arm patterns are particularly well executed. Nicely vaulted. Star is 88mm in diameter, badge is 55mm in dia. Nice and early, probably early 1900's. Would be hard to find a better example. Item # Bel-s *SOLD*
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WW1 Injured Soldier badge. Soldat Belge Hors Combat
WW1 Injured Soldier badge. Soldat Belge Hors Combat. Officially numbered '1663' to reverse (impressed) - this is a rather low number. Item # Bel-84 *SOLD*.
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Order of Leopold I, Knight with swords and Palm for WW1
Order of Leopold I, Knight with swords and Palm for WW1. Excellent example by Wolfers in Brussels (unmarked but normal for this maker). Condition of the cross is near mint. All original as awarded with ribbon (faded to the front), palm and 'U' type fastener. Interesting Wolfers's variety with 'orange-yellowish' enamel to centre band. Top notch piece, would make great addition to your Great War collection. Cross in silver, 40 mm wide (regulation). Item # Bel-83 *SOLD*
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Belgium Civil Decoration 1914-1918, Cross 2nd class
Civil Decoration 1914-1918, Cross 2nd class. Silver with white enamel. Issued to civilian and military non-combatants for notable service to the nation. Original ribbon with proper 1914-1918 bar. A few minor cracks and one small chip in enamel around royal cipher. Very good quality, considerably thicker then usual construction. Award made of 3 parts (2 centers and body of the cross with swords). Complete with original 'U' type fastener. 36 x 42 mm. Item # Bel-75   *SOLD*

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Croix de Guerre - WW1 Belgian War Cross with 3 bronze PALMS and corresponding miniature
Croix de Guerre - WW1 Belgian War Cross with 3 bronze PALMS and corresponding miniature (also with 3 palms).This indicates 3 citations on Army level. Superb set, minis with palms are quite rare. Very good quality to all, original ribbons. Sold as set (will not separate). Complete with original 'U' type stick pin fastener. Item # Bel-73 *SOLD*
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Belgium Military Decoration 1st class - WW1 period. Superb silver gilt 'deluxe' example
Military Decoration 1st class - WW1 period. Superb silver gilt 'deluxe' example - most likely by Wolfers or Fisch in Brussels. Other then material used (normally bronze gilt), this cross differs by excellent details and grooved arm trim. Flawless enamels, excellent gilding. Original ribbon and rosette. 38.8mm wide, 3 part construction. Very hard to find in 'deluxe' version. Most certainly Officer's example. Item # Bel-72 *SOLD*
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WW1 Colonial Service Medal (La Médaille Commémorative Coloniale 1914-1918)
WW1 Colonial Service Medal (La Médaille Commémorative Coloniale 1914-1918). Awarded to civillians who served in Congo during WW1. Bronze gilt, original ribbon (very nice watermarking). Thin wreath suspension type. No bar. Shows light wear (mostly to gilding and few slight edge bumps). Scarce medal. Item # Bel-70  *SOLD*
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Belgian WW1 War Cross (Croix de Guerre) with bronze 'A' Palm
WW1 War Cross (Croix de Guerre) with bronze 'A' Palm. Excellent and early example with thick arms and large ball-tips. Palm denoting mentioned in dispatches in the order of the day on Army Level. Original ribbon in good condition, just few light pulls and dark spots. Bronze, 39.2mm wide and 3 part construction. Item # Bel-71 *SOLD*
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Belgium medals bar
Interesting group of full sized medals, mounted on metal bar. War Cross (WW1), Civic Decoration 1st class, Civic Decoration 2nd class and Leopold II Reign medal, 1865-1905 type. Original ribbons. Medals in great condition, ribbons show slight wear. Item # Bel-82 *SOLD*
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Belgian WW1 Injured Soldier badge. Soldat Belge Hors Combat
WW1 Injured Soldier badge. Soldat Belge Hors Combat. Officially numbered '7945' to reverse (impressed). 45mm x 39mm. Item # Bel-74 *SOLD*
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Commemorative Medal of the War 1914-1918
Commemorative Medal of the War 1914-1918. Instituted July 21, 1919. Awarded to Belgian civilians who served in the armed forces during WWI. Name impressed to right of soldier's head "E.J. De Bremaecker". Maker-marked on reverse "E.D.R." 31 x 48 mm. Item #Bel-40. *SOLD*
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Belgian WW1 War Cross (Croix de Guerre)
WW1 War Cross (Croix de Guerre). Bronze, touch of verdigris. Original ribbon has few pulls. Nice early quality, considerably thicker than later issues. Large lion type. 40mm wide. Item #Bel-57 *SOLD*
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Médaille Commémorative du Comité National, fourth class
Médaille Commémorative du Comité National, fourth class. National Comittee recognition medal for social workers during German occupation during WW1. Bilingual (French and Flemish) inscription to reverse: 'En Souvenir De Sa Collaboration', 'Ter herinnering aan zyn medewerking'. Interwoven letters 'CN' to centre with dates 1914 and 1918 to sides. Medal by G.Cevreese (marked to obverse). 34mm in diameter. Ribbon appears to be original. Nicely detailed. Shows wear and age. Item # Bel-9. *SOLD*

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Medal for the Military Fighter of the War 1940-45
Medal for the Military Fighter of the War 1940-45. De Medaille van de Militaire Strijder van de Oorlog 1940-1945. Instituted in 1967 as an award to enlisted military personnel during the Second World War. There was a need for strictly miltary awards since most Belgian medals were extended to civilians as well. It also could be conferred on Belgians or foreigners serving in the UK during WW2. Type with very well-detailed lion. 38mm wide. Original ribbon. Item #Bel-64 *SOLD*
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Albert I Veteran's Group medal. White metal. Dated 1909-1934. Recipient name engraved: "Wageman A". 41 mm dia. Item #Bel-41. *SOLD*

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Commemorative medal for Congo (also known as Colonial Veteran's medal)

Commemorative medal for Congo (also known as Colonial Veteran's medal). Established in 1929 as distinction of honor in recognition for merit and devotion. Awarded to agents of International Association of Congo and the Independent State of Congo, societies, missionaries, merchants and colonists who during period of 1879 to October 18, 1908 (when Congo became Independent State) for valiant contributions in founding the Colony and opening central Africa to the west.
Medal in bronze gilt, 32mm diameter. Designed by G. Devreese. Original ribbon with gold embroidered Star of Congo. Great condition, hard to find medal. Item #Bel-55 *SOLD*

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The African War Medal 1940-1945
The African War Medal 1940-1945. Medaille Africaine de la Guerre 1940-1945. Awarded to officers and other ranks of the armed forces that served in the "Force Publique" (probably best described as a colonial armed force). Awarded for service (at least 1 year) between May 10th, 1940 and May 7th, 1945. Medal in solid brass. Original ribbon. Reverse is plain. Designers' name: 'Dupagne'. 50mm x 32mm. Item #Bel-63 *SOLD*
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WWI Inter-Allied Victory medal
WWI Inter-Allied Victory medal. Official Type 1 (Laslo). Awarded to those who served in Belgian Army between August 1, 1914 and November 1, 1918. Designer's name in raised letters on obverse: "PAUL DUBOIS". Wonderful worn original ribbon. 36.5 mm. Item #Bel-39. *SOLD*
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Rare - Military service medal during 1870-71 French-Prussian War
Military service medal during 1870-71 French-Prussian War. Although not a participant, Belgian army had stood ready guarding borders in case of German offensive. This cross was mainly awarded to commanding officers and NCO's of the armed forces. Not often seen. Beautiful detail. Obverse featuring King's head. 4 armed cross with oak leaf wreath between arms. Reverse inscribed: 'Anciens Militaires, 1870, 1871'. Fancy swiveled crown suspender and fine ring. Original ribbon in good condition with light stains. Medal in gilt (some has rubbed off), 85% remaining. 48mm high (bottom to tip of crown) x 30mm. Presents quite nicely. Item # Bel-8. *SOLD*
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Brabant (region of Belgium). Belgian Bicycle League race prize (11th place in 52Km race)
Brabant (region of Belgium). Belgian Bicycle League race prize (11th place in 52Km race). Great detail and high relief. Royal arms with laurel/oak branches to obverse. Inscription: 'Ligue velocipedique Belge', 'Brabant'. Maker and designer - Fisch brothers (A & P). Reverse engraved '3-5-94' (obviously 1894), '11e Prix, 52 Kil' all within oak/laurel wreath. 30mm in diameter. Old ribbon. Very nice medal, struck in bronze. Shows age and wear, no damage. Item # Bel-16. *SOLD*
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Commemorative medal for army mobilization during Franco-Prussian War of 1870
Commemorative medal for army mobilization during Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Medal in bronze. Nice gold highlights. Attractive design with Belgian Royal arms and inscription to obverse. Reverse of letter 'A' (King Albert instituted this medal) and dates 1870-71. 32mm in diameter. Original ribbon lightly worn and soiled. Item # Bel-13. *SOLD*
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Belgian Medal of Recognition to Civilian Victims of the WW1
Medal of Recognition to Civilian Victims of the WW1. Excellent design. Finest quality ribbon of 'inverted' Interallied Victory Medal colour pattern. Oxidised bronze. 50mm x 32mm. Quite interesting medal. Item # Bel-68  *SOLD*
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Grounds of Waterloo battle souvenir medal
Grounds of Waterloo battle souvenir medal. Complete with old ribbon (unsure if original). Bronze, well struck. Unknown vintage. Lightly worn, no damage. Most interesting piece. Item # Bel-2 *SOLD*
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Belgian Red Cross Merit decoration, first class
Belgian Red Cross Merit decoration, first class. 1880-1940's. Not issued after WW2. Three-part construction. Most likely bronze gilt. Lion with small red cross shield to center. Dark red enamel intact, except for a tiny crack on center shield. 37mm wide. Item #Bel-5. *SOLD*
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WW1 commemorative medal. Complete with 4 years service ribbon device. Item #Bel-61 *SOLD*
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WW2 War cross with bronze palm to ribbon (letter 'L' for King Leopold). Awarded for valour and bravery on battlefield. Very good condition, ribbon lightly faded with age. Royal cipher to reverse (Leopold III). Early, local manufacture.38mm wide. Multi part construction. Much more rare than the WW1 War Wross. Hard to find. Item # Bel-10 *SOLD*
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WWI Yser Cross
WWI Yser Cross. This early campaign saw nearly 1/3 of all the Belgian army killed or wounded by advancing Germans. Fights took place along river Yser. Some 60 000 men were casualties. Although the Cross replaced the Yser medal, it is much harder to find; in fact it is quite scarce as one had to apply for this issue and few bothered. Yser was one of more important battles of the Great War. Very attractive in design. Wounded lion on a battlefield with Yser below and royal cypher with crown (within green enamel) atop. Reverse of naked soldier with staff, date 17-31 Oct 1914, green enamelled YSER atop. Cross in bronze, good heavy quality. Designer marked to obverse. Scarce piece. 43mm wide. Item #Bel-53. *SOLD*
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Yser medal
Yser medal. Bronze with green enamelled suspension. Awarded to those who resisted the German advance on the River Yser in Oct 1914. Enamel intact. Original ribbon. 38 x 49 mm. Item #Bel-44. *SOLD*
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WW1 Injured Soldier badge
WW1 wounded badge'. Officially numbered '8167' to reverse (impressed). 45mm x 40mm. Item #Bel-58 *SOLD*
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1831 War of Independence Commemorative Medallion
1831 War of Independence Commemorative Medallion. Obverse of General D'hooghvorst, commander of Civil guard. Reverse inscribed: 'Dediee a la nation, MDCCCXXXI, Fidelite Courage Desinteressement'. Silver plated, signed by 'Hart F'. Great detail, high relief. Very good condition with just minor wear. 50mm in diameter. Item # Bel-23. *SOLD*
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Rhine Occupation
Rhine Occupation, Army commemorative cross. 1918/1929. Rare type of the award, the officer's type in enamels (black, red and yellow). Silvered bronze. Original silk ribbon. 2 part construction. Plain reverse. Lightly vaulted. Comes with original miniature. Both pieces in cases of issue by DeGreef, Brussels. 30mm, miniature is 12mm. Rarely seen award. Item # Bel-31 *SOLD*
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WWII African service medal (Medaille Africaine de la guerre 1940-1945.)
WWII African service medal (Medaille Africaine de la guerre 1940-1945.) Bronze, with all 4 possible bars (hard to find). Bars were issued as follows: "Nigerie" for 3 months' service in Nigeria; "Moyen-Orient" for service in Egypt, Palestine, North Africa, Tripoli, Sudan and those who served at least 6 months in the expeditionary force including the field hospital; "Madagascar" for 1 month's service in Madagascar; "Birmanie" for three months' service in Burma (oddly, since Burma is nowhere near Africa). Original ribbon. Ref. Quinot p. 281. 45 x 31 mm. Item #Bel-54. *SOLD*
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Civil Decoration 1914-1918
Civil Decoration 1914-1918, Cross 2nd class. 36 x 41 mm. Item #Bel-45. *SOLD*
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Commemorative medal of King Albert's 25 year reign. There are many different designs released for that occasion but this one is in my opininon one of the more interesting pieces. Four-armed cross with crown suspension, red enamelled letter 'A' within wreath to obverse. Reverse with dates '1909-1934'. Original ribbon and fastening device. 31mm. Gilded bronze, majority intact. Item # Bel 18. *SOLD*
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Queen Elisabeth Medal, 1914-1916
Queen Elisabeth Medal, 1914-1916. Bronze. Instituted on 15 September 1915, awarded to Belgians and foreigners for wartime services. Image of the Queen on obverse, reverse depicts a veiled woman symbolising sacrifice and submission to duty and humanity. Marked "RV". Interestingly, most are dated 1914-1918, but this example is dated 1914-1916, evidently issued during the War. On original ribbon. 35 mm. Item #Bel-38. *SOLD*
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Belgium - WW2 War Cross 'Croix De Guerre'
Belgium - WW2 War Cross 'Croix De Guerre'. All original, "L" palm on ribbon. Good condition, patterned arms type. Item #Bel-52. *SOLD*
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WW2 Commemorative Medal. Awarded to all participants (armed forces, merchant marine and resistance). Belgian lion with letter V (for Victory) beneath. Reverse inscribed: 'Herinneringsmedaille, medaille commemorative de la guerre 1940-1945 van den oorlog'. Original ribbon. Gilded bronze (much worn). Nice condition, no damage. 37mm diameter. Item # Bel-12 *SOLD*.
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WWII Veteran's Cross. Issued after the war. Bronze gilt, multi-piece construction. Original ribbon and swords device. Very good condition. Handsome in appearance. 37.8x64mm. Item #Bel-4. *SOLD*
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The African War Medal 1940-1945. Awarded to officers and other ranks of the armed forces that served in the "Force Publique" (probably best described as a colonial armed force). Awarded for service (at least 1 year) between May 10th, 1940 and May 7th, 1945. Medal in solid brass. Original ribbon is stained and faded. Reverse is plain. 50mm x 32mm. Shows wear points. Good overall. Item # Bel-7. *SOLD*
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Kingdom, Military cross
Kingdom, Military cross. This was officer's long service award (1885). 2nd class of the award as given to NCO's for 25 year service. 1st class only differs that rosette was present on ribbon. Original ribbon, black enamels intact. Majority of gilt remaining. This award is hard to find as not many were issued. Nice detail to all. Albert's cypher to reverse. Great looking cross. Item # Bel-15. *SOLD*
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WW1 Croix de Guerre. Cross in bronze with unusual finish to arms (almost like intricate pattern as opposed to usual pebble dots). Bronze palm and lion device to ribbon. The latter is hard to find. Letter 'A' for King Albert to palm. The little lion device was issued for citation in the Order of the Day on a regiment level. It has been downgraded from the citation on Army level (to that of regiment level) in 1917 though. For some reason these are hard to find. So the recipient of this cross had one Army level and one Regimental level citation. All original including ribbon. Shows bit of wear, no damage. Item # Bel-17. *SOLD*
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Order of Belgian Lion
Order of Belgian Lion. Knight's badge. Hard to find order in any class. Silver cross with gilt centre. Only minor chip to blue ribband. Original ribbon. 40mm wide x 67mm high. Multi-part construction. Very attractive piece and in great condition. Item # Bel-25 *SOLD*
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1830 Volunteer's Cross
1830 Volunteer's Cross. Issued for taking part in the war for independence fought against the Dutch. Belgium, after centuries of external rule had finally been recognized as an independent nation. Not many issued. Condition is quite remarkable with nearly no enamel damage (just a bit to one of the tips of the Maltese cross). Silver royal crown as suspension. Original ribbon. These awards had not been re-issued past early 1900's. Original ribbon, although short has much darkening. Great quality to all. Meticulously crafted National lion to center disk, date 1830 to other side. Faint marking to eyelet. Truly rare Belgian award, very hard to find even in Belgium (especially in this condition). Cross spans 35m in width. Item # Bel-21. *SOLD*
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WW2 Prisoners of war medal with 2 bars (2 years in prison). Bronze, very good detail. Crown suspension and original ribbon. Very attractive design. Excellent condition. Item # Bel-22. *SOLD* (42)
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Order of Belgian Lion. Gold merit medal 1st type
Order of Belgian Lion. Gold merit medal 1st type. Large inscription variety. Superb details. Hard to find decoration in any class. 30.4 mm in diameter. Original ribbon. Great condition to all. Item # Bel-37 *SOLD*
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