From 1909 to the present day.

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Medals of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse.

From 1909 to the present day.

British Participation

Vierdaagse Cross, miniature versions.

KNBLO Small size KNBLO Small size (R)

These are not presented to walkers, but can be bought separately at the marches, with current versions available from Praefero, the official Vierdaagse supplier.  Unlike the full size crosses, purchase is not restricted to recipients.  

Width: 15 mm.

Width: 21 mm.

Width just over 21 mm at the widest point of the cross.

 

The principal manufacturer of these medals has been the firm who who produce the full size crosses.  

This was Koninklijk Begeer prior to 1977 and, since then, W. van Veluw.  

1959 – 1976.

These bear the lettes ‘KNBLO’, the initials introduced in 1959 to refelct the new 'Koninklijke' title.

These examples made by Koninklijk Begeer and are, from left to right, for two, five and eleven marches.  

Again, the five and gilded eleven year cross are silver.  The dagger hallmark appears on the back of the five year cross and is on the very top of the upper arm of the eleven year cross.

These examples were made by Begeer and are, from left to right, for one, two, five, six and eleven marches.  

All are made of the same materials as the full size crosses.  The five and six year crosses and the gilded eleven year cross are all silver.  This is confirmed by the dagger hallmark [] at the very top of the upper arm on the obverse of each of these crosses.

Minature crosses have been made in two sizes:

NBVLO Small size (R) (2) Miniature (15 mm version)

This smaller type is covered on a separate page, see link:

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Up to 1958.

These bear the initials ‘NBVLO’, and therefore pre-date the grant of the title ‘Royal’ (Koninklijke) in 1958.  From 1959 the initials on the medal were changed to reflect the new title.

A newspaper advertisement placed by Van Wielik dating from about 1930.

It advertises a miniature cross for two guilders, or about 90 euro cents.

 

The medal measures 22mm at its widest point and is virtually identical to the Begeer version, although the arms of the cross are slightly narrower when they meet the central shield.

The reverse is plain with no makers name or mark.

Van Wielik mini 2.

Prior to 1940 Van Wielik of The Hague also produced and sold medals of the 21mm size.

KNBLO Small 1-11 (R) KNBLO Small 40-60

Width: 15 mm.

1977 to date.

For 1977 onward, the firm of Veluw of Zeist began to produce both the full size and the 21mm wide miniature versions of the medal.  The design changes made to the full size medals were reflected in the miniatures, including being made of base metal (e.g. not silver).  All have “W.v.Veluw B.V. Zeist” at the centre of the reverse.

 

Ribbon numbers for further marches are similar to those worn on the full size crosses, although in plain yellow or white metal, without enamel.

These crosses cover all awards from one to eleven years.

The brighter bronze and gold crosses shown have been produced since the mid 1980's.  The silver crosses have been consistent since 1976.

The ribbon changed in the late 1990s from the narrower central green stripes (shown above on the bronze and silver crosses), to broader stripes (shown on both gold crosses).   This was done for ease of manufacture rather than to reflect any change in the full size ribbon.

These crosses are for two and eleven marches.

The darker bronze and gold crosses were awarded for the first ten years or so after 1977 and reflect the metal colour of the earlier full size awards.

These crosses are for forty, fifty and sixty marches.

Each of these minature crosses was introduced when the full size medals were first awarded.

The reverse side is common for all these medals.

Miniature (15 mm version)

This smaller type is covered on a separate page, see link:

KNBLO small Veluw 1977 KNBLO small Veluw 1977 (R) KNBLO Small 40-60 (Common R) Mini Top Bar (B) Mini Top Bar (R-B) Mini Top Bar (R-S) Mini Top Bar (S)

Separate suspension bars are sold at the KNBLO shop at the Marches.  Measuring 21mm by 16mm, they are designed to fit the ribbon width of these miniature medals.  They are available in gilt colour (bronze / gold awards) and white metal.

Since 2010, full-size crosses have been awarded to a modified design, with the crown made separately and fixed to the medal prior to award.

In 2012 Veluw introduced a miniature version of these for 11, 40 and 50 successful marches, with medals for years 2 and 6 available by 2014.

The examples above are for 11 marches, showing two variants, with a larger and a smaller crown.

The cross retains the same 21 mm width as previous versions.

NBVLO Small size  (3) (R) NBVLO Small size (2) NBVLO Small size (3) NBVLO Small 11+27 KNBLO Small 1-11

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Ribbon numbers for further marches are a smaller version of those worn on the full size crosses.                  

The wreathed figure on the guilded cross indicates 27 marches.  It measures 13mm by 9mm and is of hallmarked silver gilt.  Wreathes of this size were also worn on ribbon bars, mounted to the Vierdaagse ribbon.

These versions can be bought from Praefero, the official Vierdaagse supplier.  

Mini -11 (O) Mini-11 (R) HalfSize2012x11(R) HalfSize2012x11 (1)