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Treasures From the War Chest

A new book spotlights history's most beautiful and unique military decorations

In Lest We Forget: Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations, author Judith Price provides true tales behind some 150 military medals, pins and more.

See also: How much do you know about the Civil War?

The slideshow below features 10 of the book's most beautiful and interesting pieces, honoring outstanding military service around the world, from U.S. Civil War soldiers to valiant rescue animals in World War I to American civilians working toward victory on the WWII homefront. The 160-page book is set for release on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011.

Civil War Badges

Country: United States
Years(s): 1861-1865
Materials: Silver

The badge on the left is from the 2nd Corps, 1st Division, 82nd NY & 10th NJ regiments. The badge on the right is from the 2nd Corps, 34th NY regiment. The badge designs, such as these clover leaves, often reflected the culture of the unit it honored, which in this case included many Irish-Americans.

  — Courtesy The American Numismatic Society

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Photo captions adapted from Lest We Forget: Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations, by Judith Price (Taylor Trade Publishing).

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