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To German Courage


Ludwig Gies

1914, Versilbert bronze Hero Plaquette.  91.2mm X 67.5mm, 98.0g., Ernsting WVZ 53var.

Within the plaquette's flat field, a sunken broad oval with a raised profile ground-line.  Image and text raised sculpturally from the picture surface.  A naked Herakles (= Hercules) striding to left, a sword in his left hand, with his right arm strangling all three twisted necks of a composite hydra springing and clambering from the left.

Dated 1914; Text DEUTSCHEM HELDENMUT (To German Heroic Courage)

Rarity: RRRR  This is an unrecorded variety of the Unique WVZ 53.  If WVZ 53 is Unique then it is likely this variety might be too.

Grade: SS-VZ (VF+)  Cabinet rub exposing bronze on some of the high points but does not distract from overall 'presence' of the piece.

PRICE $395