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Another new acquisition, Kriegsdenkmünze with 2 bars and a Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnismedaille. Been after one of these for awhile with the campaign bars

    

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There were over 25 official bars for the war of 1870/71. I have quite a few and am still trying to find the rest.

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I have seen some bars that appear blackened on these medals, is there a reason for this?

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Shouldn't be. They were bronze with a fire gilding. Do you have any photo examples?
This is the only example I know of

Oldenburg Friedrich-August-Kreuz 1914 Großherzogtum, Dt. Reich, 2. Klasse,  mit Bandspange Vor dem Feinde, Kreuz, am Original-Band mit Spange | MA-Shops

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Here is an example. I wonder if these are fakes or later replacements. The blackened bars have a different pattern as well.

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I assume they are heavily patinated. Bars could be in various sizes.

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So the pattern inside the bars was also different as well? Checkered and a dimpled appearance?

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There were more variations, also the edge rim (compare)
Bars, official:
– AMIENS – AN DER LISAINE – AN DER HALLUE – BEAUMONT – BEAUNE LA ROLANDE –
– BEAUGENCY-CRAVANT – BAPAUME – BELFORT – COLOMBEY-NOUILLY – GRAVELOTTE-ST.PRIVAT
– LOIGNY-POUPRY – LE MANS – METZ – MONT VALERIEN – NOISSEVILLE – ORLEANS – PARIS –
– SPICHEREN – SEDAN – STRASSBURG – ST.QUENTIN – VIONVILLE-MARS LA TOUR –
– VILLIERS – WÖRTH – WEISSENBURG

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