1888 Interlaken


1888 Interlaken Shooting Medal1888 Interlaken Shooting Medal
Actual 45 mm size by Hughes Bovy, E. Lossier, Genf

Obverse.

Adrian von Bubenberg, Hero of the Battle of Murten 1476, renowned a Bernese knight, astute military commander, and fair mayor (Schultheiss) of Bern, as standard-bearer of proud blazon, the heraldic beast - the striding bear, true namesake personification of canton Berne. Upon the Suisse Cross rays stylized brilliantly diverging all directions lavishing cherished virtues of independence and free rights, unity as the part fellow brotherhood of the Confederation.

Beveled right held the shield depicting the good coat of the arms of Aarmühle (olden honorific of past Interlaken), in correspond to same parallel emblem proudly displayed on breastplate. His sword in sheath at readied in momentous defense when to call for, and the three-feathery helm of striking ardent bulwark heralding of celebratory peacetime joy.

Far background seen, known olden aged lands of their origins past yonder, stood the Interlaken exalted monastery - Augustinerchorherrenstift anchoring the furtherance of this continual growth of the settlement. Settings the Bernese Alps ranges, the Jungfrau towers, silent witnesses to many forefathers’ deeds encounters, herein and past loved fables of this great lands.

Inscriptions.

"Hie Bern, Hie Eidgenossen!" - "Here you are, Berne!" - Murten 1476 -

Reverse.

Triune blazons coat of arms - top emblem of the Cross, reverence in unity of and kinship brotherhood of all Confederacy, with couplet left of heraldic beast – the striding bear insignia depicting the allegory of grand Berne canton, right placement of stylized great horned ram crest of Aarmühle (renamed Interlaken - 1891).

Six sharpshooters’ of prized choice Perkussionsstutzer Modell 1851 carbine-rifles crosses in unity intertwined the flora branches of the winner’s oaken and laurels, prestigious bestows onto the victors of grand Schützenfest compete. 

Background.

"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. He was greatly admired and portrayed in literature as the ideal of knightly virtue and of patriotism.

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 tenaciously staunch defiance against seemingly insurmountable odds during the siege of Murten.

He had been appointed commander of the city garrison in April 1476, and was vastly outnumbered 10:1 - He has 2'500 garrison defenders vs. 25'000 well-armed Burgundians.

The city was besieged for thirteen days in June by the troops of Charles de Bold, Duke of Burgundy, and Bubenberg astutely lead and command the bulwark defenders repeatedly in face of continuous fiercest attacks, until finally relieved by confederate forces on 22 June, leading to the decisive crushing defeat of Charles. The entire enemy's army was vanquished completely — of some 10,000 Burgundians were killed, hunted down along the shore and driven into the lake. As promised, no quarter was granted.

Since then, Murten celebrates the great victory every year on June 22."

In memory of, the patriotic knightly deeds of Adrian von Bubenberg, and the very significant battle events of 22nd June 1476 - Siege of Morat, in astute and staunch defense of city garrison during the Burgundian Wars, against Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.


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