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Lot 80599
Palestine/Israel: rare undocumented numbered decoration of Irgun/Etzel Zionist-Revisionist underground, circa. late 1940s-early 1950's; not maker-marked; size: 25.50 x 12.50mm; weight: 4.25g. Single contoured rectangular metal piece with 2 colored stripes, blue & white, on a coarse surface, with the Etzel's emblem within circle superimposed in the center. On the reverse is a stamped number (1523) + screw-back with washer. The reverse is incused along the area where the organization's emblem appears on the front. Undocumented award: some say issued to IZL members in the Jewish Brigade (due to the blue-white flag device on the front), but serial numbers seen on other examples are higher than the Brigade's size. The badge was probably awarded during or after the 1948 War of Independence in recognition of service, as with Palmach, Haganah & Lechi awards; this is a credible suggestion as the official "Etzel Ribbon" was only created in 1979, and there is no mention of the Etzel "veterans Association" (est. 1961) on this piece.

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