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I have been very fortunate to pick up three additional Gies WWI art medals over the past six weeks. This is unheard of regarding Gies material and especially the early stuff. I think the economy is mostly responsible for these appearing since the sellers were pretty bummed out that something had to leave their collections. I promised that I would give them a good and loving home. :cool;

 

 

Ludwig Gies

 

Angriff (Attack)

1915, Uniface art medal, Cast Bronze, 74.9mm, 101.7g., Gussfrisch, RRR.

 

6 examples are known with three in private collections and three in the following museums;

 

Brüssel, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Albert I Penningkabinett (Royal Library)

London, British Museum, Department of Coins and Medals

Paris, Musée d’Historie Contemporaine a9museum of Contempory History)

 

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Great medal. It is a shame that collectors have to part with items that they really treasure. Perhaps one day they'll be able to reacquire the items.

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We collectors are just caretakers/guardians of the medals, they, compared to us are immortal. I know when you see offered a number of rarer George III medals that someone has had to sell part of his collection, or he has shuffled off this mortal coil and someone is selling off his estate. One man's loss is another one's gain. So enjoy while you may.

 

On a brighter note, the medals could not have found a better home, or owner, who shares his collection through his web-site and this forum for the benefit of us all :ninja:

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We collectors are just caretakers/guardians of the medals, they, compared to us are immortal. I know when you see offered a number of rarer George III medals that someone has had to sell part of his collection, or he has shuffled off this mortal coil and someone is selling off his estate. One man's loss is another one's gain. So enjoy while you may.

 

On a brighter note, the medals could not have found a better home, or owner, who shares his collection through his web-site and this forum for the benefit of us all :ninja:

 

Yes, I was just telling my paper conservator the other day (while reviewing Goetz's Jugendstil design paintings and drawings) that I am only the current steward of the material and that I am responsible for stabilizing/restoring/conserving to the best of my ability for future generations.

 

We never truly own anything but pay for the opportunity to be the "caretaker" for a short moment.

 

I also feel, as Constanius stated, that it is our responsibility as collectors to breath new life into each work as it passes through our hands. Shared research results and images are imperative. What a wonderful tool the internet is to assist in this endeavor. ;)

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It could not be in a better home, reunited with so many of its siblings.

 

 

As a matter of fact, I'm going to need some serious redesign on my Gies exhibition display. I had it worked out almost perfectly at the last exhibit but now interior display themes will need to bridge across several display cases. I've come up with an idea to color the display card that the medal rests on with a subtle theme color...Blue for Departure, red for War themes, orange for propaganda, green for prussian refugess, etc... Nothing gaudy of course, just something to tie the sub-themes together visually. Before, everything worked out correctly within one display case.

 

Pics of the other two as they arrive will be posted to subsequent threads. S

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As a matter of fact, I'm going to need some serious redesign on my Gies exhibition display. I had it worked out almost perfectly at the last exhibit but now interior display themes will need to bridge across several display cases.

 

I feel for you. Isn't life a bitch! What to do with too many Gies medals! I'll gladly take a few off your hands (maybe that big one that wastes a whole case for just one medal) to help restore order to your world.

 

Actually, I can't wait to see the new additions in person. I thought it was a great collection before, now it just keeps getting better.

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"I'll gladly take a few off your hands (maybe that big one that wastes a whole case for just one medal) to help restore order to your world."

 

You'd better have a number of thugs with you... :ninja:

 

Bill, the last time we talked I was planning on being in L.A. in August...those plans have changed as I can't swing being in L.A. for a week. Besides, I spent all my money on Gies material ;)

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Too bad, but I might make it north towards the end of August. If so, I'll plan an overnight in your area. Its a perfect days drive when I head to Idaho.

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