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Medal - Fishermans Stabbing Tournament Ulm 1912 Germany

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 Posted 10/09/2022  3:58 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hope you like this new purchase of mine. I tried to capture the toning in the photography. It's beautiful in hand and MS65 minimum in my opinion. The artwork is beautiful.

Traditional ceremonial fishermans stabbing tournament in Ulm due to the opening of the new bridge at the Gänsetor in Ulm
Engraver: Ferdinand Freiherr von Miller




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 Posted 10/09/2022  4:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Nycstlrr to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice! That bird doesn't look very happy.
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 Posted 10/09/2022  4:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ha, it's quite comedic! "Stop stealing all of our fish you stupid spear man." Although I don't know why the man has wings.

EDIT: It's not a fishing contest at all, it is a medieval jousting contest on the Danube which still goes on to this day. Teams face each other to try and push the other team into the water. The spears have rubber ends on which are prodded into the opponent's shoulder to try and wobble him off the boat!
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 Posted 10/09/2022  5:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a lovely medal, and the toning is really beautiful!

The bird must be the Ulm sparrow, a symbol of the city. The winged man must certainly be the "Tailor of Ulm", who in the early 19th century tried to build and demonstrate a hang glider. Not with much success though, he ended up in the Danube river, from where he was rescued by fishermen.
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 Posted 10/09/2022  10:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Yokozuna to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! The engraving is fantastic.

What a strange theme for a medal. I had so many questions when I first saw the images, but the replies answered all but one. Why was the "Tailor of Ulm" wearing a baseball cap?
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 Posted 10/10/2022  08:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Why was the "Tailor of Ulm" wearing a baseball cap?

Didn't notice that at first, but yes he is.

I found this German postcard from 1908, showing the tailor in action. Here he seems to have some sort of cap, so maybe there was an idea in the public's mind that he was wearing that.


Courtesy of Wikimedia, public domain.

There are some pictures on the Wikipedia page (more on the German page), but it is hard to tell from them if he was wearing some sort of head protection.

Or, you could just watch the movie :
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 Posted 10/10/2022  2:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pretty interesting stuff, thanks for all the replies. It's fun what history you can find from just a medal. I tried finding this exact bridge on google. I found a good website about the bridges of Ulm, but couldn't find this exact one. Maybe it was demolished and a more modern one replaced it.

https://bridgehunterschronicles.wor...ulm-germany/
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 Posted 10/10/2022  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The bridge opened in 1912 was blown up by the German Army in April 1945, just before the Americans entered the city. It was replaced in 1950 by the Gänstorbrücke (which is described in the link you provided).
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 Posted 10/10/2022  2:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TobyJ to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks! Guess I didn't search very hard <_<
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Graded MS64 by NGC, and I had some wonderful photography by NGC also.





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 Posted 11/30/2022  10:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, that is wild!
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Graded MS64 by NGC, and I had some wonderful photography by NGC also.
Outstanding!
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 Posted 12/03/2022  11:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrsmat71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So many cool things to see such intricate detail, that one is a pleasure to gaze upon!
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 Posted 12/04/2022  12:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Hondo Boguss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Toby, there is just so much going on in this medal - it's incredible!
Inordinately fascinated by bits of metal with strange markings and figures
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