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For Kaiser and Reich

DESCRIPTION

Lotte Benter. 
・MIT・GOTT・FÜR・KAISER・UND・REICH・. 
1916  Cast iron medallion, blackened;  105.14 mm, 458.14 g.  Edge-punch DS 178  15 (indicating [Freunde der] Deutsche Schaumünze 178, [cast number] 15).

Obverse: High relief profile bust of young reserve-lieutenant in peaked cap to left, title legend encircling upper rim; artist's signature LOTTE / BENTER lower right.  (Portrait model is of Karl Menadier, son of Julius Menadier (Director of the Berlin Münzkabinett), who died as a result of typhus on the Eastern Front in December 1914.)

Reverse: High relief profiles of three women of varying ages knitting, one seated, one standing, facing right, one seated opposite, facing left.  (The women engaged in War Samaritan Service on the reverse are the mother, sister, and bride of Karl Menadier (Kluge, op. cit.).  The women portrayed were personal acquaintances of the artist.)

Grade: VZ+ (XF+)  Beautiful, crisp and clean cast iron medallion.

Cf: Steguweit, W.  Das Münzkabinett und die Förderung der Medaillenkunst: Künstlerbriefe 1914-1918 Medaillenedition (Das Kabinett 5).  1998, p. 97: 9; pl. 2 (example without edge-punch).
Cf: Kluge, B., and B. Weisser, Gold gab ich für Eisen, 2014, pp. 98 - 99.
Cf: Klose, Dietrich O. A.  2016.  Europas Verderben 1914 1918: Deutsche und österreichische Medaillen auf den Ersten Weltkrieg, p. 240: 18.3.

PRICE $325