This is a rare, named, World War I Service Medal presented to Joh Will, member of the International Brotherhood of Bookbinders (IBB) Local #10 of Albany, New York. The IBB was formed in 1892 and was a sort of competitor in the Union world with the International Typographer’s Union, a rather large union for writers at the time.
Approximately 1-3/4” x 1”
Enameled, engraved, and gold filled brass. Engraving filled with Jeweler’s Black
Chain links and horizontal pin with locking swivel catch.
Obverse: “JOHN WILL LOCAL 10 OF ALBANY N.Y. 1892. I.B.OF.B. 1892.”
Reverse: “IN APPRECIATION FOR SERVICES RENDERED TO HIS COUNTRY DURING THE WORLD WAR 1919. QUAYLE ALBANY.”
This is from a Union collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MEJX17 LBFEX02/17
7 (Very Fine): Light wear, the color is a bit muddled from exposure.
As with all my items, this piece is guaranteed original, and of the period stated.