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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1916,0707.9

  • Description

    Cast iron "Lusitania" medal in box.(obverse) The Lusitania sinking.
    (reverse) People standing in line to purchase tickets from a skeleton behind ticket booth.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1915
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 57 millimetres
    • Thickness: 3.5 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse exergue
      • Inscription Language

        German
      • Inscription Content

        DER GROßDAMPFER
        LUSITANIA
        DURCH EIN DEUTSCHES
        TAVCHBOOT VERSENKT
        5 MAI 1915
      • Inscription Translation

        The big steamer
        Lusitania
        Sunk by a German submarine.
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        K G
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        box under lid
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        The "Lusitania" (German) Medal

        An exact replica of the medal
        which was designed in Germany
        and distributed to commemorate
        the sinking of the "Lusitania."

        This indicates the true feeling the
        War Lords endeavour to stimulate,
        and is proof positive that such crimes are not merely regardewd
        favourably, but are given every en-
        couragement in the land of Kultur.

        The "Lusitania" was sunk by a
        German submarine on May 7th,
        1915. She had on board at
        the time 1,951 passengers and
        crew, of whom 1,198 perished.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Language

        German
      • Inscription Content

        KEINE BANN WARE
      • Inscription Translation

        No Bann ware.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Language

        German
      • Inscription Content

        GESCHÄFT ÜBER ALLES
      • Inscription Translation

        Business over everything.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        box lid
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        R.M.S. LUSITANIA
        CUNARD LINE . 32000 TONS
        SUNK ON HER RETURN JOURNEY
        FROM THE UNITED STATES
        BY A GERMAN SUBMARINE
        MAY 7TH 1915
  • Bibliography

    • Carey 1991 p.12 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Promised for loan to National Museums Liverpool during 2015

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    7 November 2013

    Treatment proposal

    Secrue delaminated textured paper cover to the box structure.

    Condition

    The storage box is a lid-base-hinged type. The textured paper is split/torn along the edges of face and spine, and face and right-side and delaminated, exposing light brown cardboard underneath.

    Treatment details

    A strips of Japanese paper (kozo fibre) were inserted under the textured paper along the split at the right side of the lid in order to secrue adhesion over the joint of cardboard. Delaminated texture paper cover was re-adhered to the box structure using wheat starch paste (as dry as possible to avoid water staining).

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: First World War (1914-1918)
    • Associated Event: Sinking of the Lusitania 1915
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1916

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    1916,0707.9

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