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Emageeman's Corner: V21N3

By Robert G. Segel

I: Russian silver shooting medal award

The obverse has a central image of an M1910 Maxim machine gun on a wheeled Sokolov mount with engraving above and below the Maxim in Russian that reads, “1st prize for machine gun fire.” The reverse is engraved in Russian (Shamordino 2 base 1919). Shamordino is a small village located on the Seryona River. Measures approximately 1 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches with a suspension loop at the top.

II: Wall plaque for the 2nd Australian Imperial Forces 2nd Machine Gun Battalion.

Red wood shield with insignia of the 2/2 Machine Gun Battalion at the top consisting of the Australian Rising Sun with crossed Vickers machine guns with 2/2nd M.G. BN. Beneath that is the formation patch insignia of a yellow T, bordered in black on a gray T field. At the bottom of the plaque is a banner that reads “2/2 Machine Gun Bn.”

III: World War I German silver presentation cup.

Engraved to the front is the German Iron Cross and “1 Masch. Gew. Komp. Inf. Regt. 372 Weinachten 1915 im Felde” (1st Machine Gun Company, Infantry) Regiment 372, Christmas 1915, in the Field). The bottom of the cup is engraved to “Vicefeldwebel Neumann” (Sergeant 1st Class Neumann). Also on the bottom is the maker marks “H. Nicolai” and imperial era marking for 800 silver. (800 parts of silver per 1,000, or 80% silver, 20% other metal. Sterling silver is 925/1000 or 92.5% silver. (800 silver is not sterling quality.) It was customary in the German army at that time that the regimental commander would present these cups to his NCOs at Christmas time in appreciation of their service. In this instance, this applies to World War I in the field (im Felde) meaning the unit was deployed. The cup is 4 inches tall with a rim diameter of 2 5/16 inches.

IV: Canadian brass shoulder title for the Automobile Machine Gun Brigade.

The letters AMGB are superimposed upon a Colt Automatic Gun Model of 1895/1914. At the start of World War I, Canada, as part of the British Empire Commonwealth, started raising an...

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