1888 Interlaken

1888 Interlaken Shooting Medal          1888 Interlaken Shooting Medal
Actual 45 mm size by Hughes Bovy, E. Lossier, Genf

At Obverse. Adrian von Bubenberg, Bernese knight, military commander and mayor (Schultheiss) of Bern. Celebrated as hero of the Battle of Murten, 1476 

He held on the proud standard blazon, heraldic beast - the bear, its long served as namesake personification of the Bern. Upon the Suisse Cross rays stylised brilliantly diverging all directions, for the canton part fellow brotherhood of unified Confederation.

His right held the shield, coat of the arms of Aarmühle (old name of Interlaken), identical emblem proudly on breastplate. At background seen of lands origin, the  monastery anchoring the settlement, of village homes. Far settings, the  Bernese alps ranges, the Jungfrau towers, silent witnesses to encounters herein.

"Hie Bern, Hie Eidgenossen!" - "Here you are, Berne!"

- Murten 1476 -

"Adrian von Bubenberg was born as the son of Heinrich IV von Bubenberg, Schultheiss of Bern and lord of Spiez, whom he succeeded in 1465. 

Numerous times before and after the Burgundy wars, he led Bernese negotiations with other cantons of the old Suisse Confederacy and foreign powers including Savoy, Burgundy, France, and Holy Roman Empire. But his heroic stature in Swiss history is due to his tenacious defence during the siege of Murten. He had been appointed commander of the city garrison in April 1476, and was outnumbered 10:1 - He has 2'500 garrison defenders vs. 25'000 Burgundians.

The city was besieged for thirteen days in June by the troops of Charles de Bold, Duke of Burgundy, and Bubenberg managed to hold until he was relieved by confederate forces on 22 June, leading to the decisive defeat of Charles. The enemy's army was destroyed completely — some 10,000 Burgundians were killed. Since then, Murten celebrates the victory every year on June 22." 

At Reverse. Three blazon coat of arms - top emblem of the Suisse Confederacy Cross, reverence in unity of and brotherhood of all, with left bear insignia personification of proud Berne canton, and right places crest of Aarmühle (renamed Interlaken - 1891).

Six long-shot rifles intertwined branches of the laurels, to be bestow on the winners of Grand Schützenfest.  

 Schützenmedaillen celebrates the Battle of Morten, and the heroics of Adrian von Bubenberg.



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