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Medal - Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg
  • Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg
    Mayer, Wilhelm, born 1840
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Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Stuttgart (made)

  • Date:

    1916 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mayer, Wilhelm, born 1840 (medallist)
    Wilhelm, Franz, born 1846 (medallist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Museum number:

    A.69-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze medal depicting the portrait of the Feldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg is made by the the Mayer & Wilhelm die-sinking company in ca. 1916 in Germany.
Wilhelm Mayer, a sculptor and engraver founded a die-sinking company (Metallwarenfabrik) in 1860, which he run from 1876 with his brother-in-law, Franz Wilhelm (b. 1846). The firm specialised in portrait medals.

The sitter Hindenburg (1847-1933) had already retired from active service in 1911, when he was recalled in August 1914. Under his and General Ludendorff's strategy the Russian invasion was forced out of East Prussia in 1914. In 1916 he took over the German land forces, then him having been promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. After the war von Hindenburg was elected President of the Weimar Republic in 1925. He was still regarded by many Germans as a father figure. In 1933 he found himself forced to appoint Adolf Hitler as Chancellor.

Physical description

Obverse: Bust of v. Hindenburg in military uniform. Inscription.
Reverse: Attacking infantry. Inscription.

Place of Origin

Stuttgart (made)

Date

1916 (made)

Artist/maker

Mayer, Wilhelm, born 1840 (medallist)
Wilhelm, Franz, born 1846 (medallist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'G. FELDMARSCH. V. HINDENBURG'
obverse

'1914-1916 FELDZUG GEGEN FRANKREICH, ENGLAND, RUSSLAND ETC.'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 5.4 cm

Object history note

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1978.

Descriptive line

Medal, bronze, Field Marshall Hindenburg, by Wilhelm Mayer and Franz Wilhelm, German, ca. 1916

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

War

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Portraits; Politics

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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