Dutch Medal ID please

Sorry for the barely legible pictures, taken with my phone while I was doing an appraisal for a client. I have no idea on this one.

Obverse text:
TER VERDEDIGING DER VOLKSVRIJHEID

Reverse text:
NAT.WEDSTR.
B.W.1921
6e PR.M.C

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  • spoonspoon Posts: 2,813 ✭✭
    That's Dutch. Based on it's similarity to German, I'm guessing it says something like "Defense of the People's Freedom".

    There's a member or two from there who may be able to give a better lead. Try changing your thread title to mention Dutch to lure them here. image
  • PokermandudePokermandude Posts: 2,427 ✭✭✭
    Thanks. I'll change the title as you suggest image

    I googled various parts of the legend and one of the results/translations was something like "defending the undefendable".
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  • AndresAndres Posts: 3,484 ✭✭✭
    Spoon's translation is correct.

    between 1914 - 1940 there was a voluntary militia in the Netherlands called the Burger Wacht
    they held shooting contests with rifles and pistols .

    this medal was for a sixth prize won in 1921 by a member of the Machine gun Company ( M.C.)

    B.W. stands for Burger Wacht and NAT.WEDSTR.(IJD)= National contest

    Because the Netherlands stayed neutral in World War 1 , the Burger Wacht never came in real action,

    The Burger wacht militia ended with the occupation of the Netherlands, by the German Army in 1940.

    The man dressed as a civilian , is holding a boats hook .
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  • PokermandudePokermandude Posts: 2,427 ✭✭✭
    Awesome, thank you very much!
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  • AndresAndres Posts: 3,484 ✭✭✭
    at your service, heres a pic of the machine gun in question.

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  • PokermandudePokermandude Posts: 2,427 ✭✭✭
    Very cool, my client and I both thank you image

    Is there much of a market for a piece like this? I know the intricate silver/swiss ones can be fairly valuable. My client doesn't have any relatives or other ties to the Netherlands, so they are interested in selling it.
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  • AndresAndres Posts: 3,484 ✭✭✭
    Best chance is to send it to dutch auction house: MPO - Energieweg 7 - 3401 MD IJsselstein - Netherlands
    the guy that handles the medals is Idsard Septer email: I.Septer@mpo.nl , he will be glad to give an estimate for your medal.

    I said it was a boats hook , but now I've seen a similar medal in UNC quality , its some kind of an antique type long rifle.
    I have no clue about the value of your medal.
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  • PokermandudePokermandude Posts: 2,427 ✭✭✭
    Thank you very much, again image
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