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    • Upgrade Progress: Image Posts   28/03/15

      I know a lot of you have been as frustrated as I have been about the forum upgrade. The upgrade is still very much ongoing and the images are being reloaded back into posts. The process which reloads the images is a background process which is running rather slowly due to the size of the database. This process stalled and had to be restarted hence the delay. However you will start to see that some images have already been rebuilt in the more historic posts and over the course of the next few days all should be completed. There is still a lot of work to do on the forum, so please  notify me of any other problems as you find them. Once completed there will be a significant improvement to how GMIC operates but like most progress, the initial jump is never easy. So please stick with it.  
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    • Order of African Star awarded to Nordic citizens?
      By christerd · Posted
      Found some more ! Kongo awards was´t very common to Swedish officers what I can see .  I now found two officers with awards from Kongo Maj Arvid Wester born 1856 he got the l´Etoile de Service medal  and Capt Peter Glimstedt born 1871 he got the I´Etoile de Service and Kongo Lion Order Gold Medal , I will check if I find anything else    Christer    
    • Please Help evaluate Verdienstorden vom Deutschen Adler 5th class, fake?
      By 922F · Posted
      A group supposedly belonging to a mid-upper level Bulgarian diplomat includes  this Verdienstorden vom Deutschen Adler 5th class insignia.  The group comprises a Croatian Zvonimir civil commander,and an Italian Roman Eagle lst type commander [both appear to be original based on hallmarks] a British George VI coronation medal [!]  + a Bulgarian Civil Merit Grand Officer set, a St Alexander civil commander, two Bulgarian merit medals, & a non-combatant WW I medal.   Other awards may accompany this lot, the vendor claims not to have yet seen the whole group. I know nothing about the German Eagle Order insignia except that it has been repeatedly faked. This piece has slightly vaulted enamel on the cross and the number "25" stamped on the ring.   Vendor says the "25" mark exactly matches one on an Iron Cross shown imaged below.   "25" apparently may signify manufacture by either Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Graveur-Gold-und Silberschmiede-Innungen Hanau or A.E. Kochert of Vienna.  The gammadion crosses under the eagles have well defined edges but unequal amounts of white enamel between cross 'legs'.   It measures 45 mm across the Maltese cross points, no marks on fan & no "900" fineness mark.  Images of insignia detail follow.  Could anyone please advise me whether this is a known type of genuine  or fake insignia?   Another somewhat questionable issue regarding this  provenance   occurs to me -- if this individual had neck badges from other Axis powers, why a 5th class German Eagle Order?  
    • Ribbon Identification Help
      By Streptile · Posted
      Thanks Rogi. I agree, it looks pretty close to some of those Bavarian ribbons, but I've yet to find an exact match. I don't quite know if it's silk or not. It's rather "rigid" feeling, which makes me think it's not, but that could be the effect of the silver wire in the stripe. Here's a closer look. You can see the silver stripe is composed of alternating silver and white threads. The card the ribbon is wrapped around says "Bayern Sanität....." and then becomes illegible for the last word or syllable. I assumed that was an error, or the card was used for a different ribbon before, because I've been unable to find anything that fits the bill.
    • Mongolian Air Force
      By stephenmiller · Posted
      Any good pics of Mongolian air force badges including pilot wings out there?
    • Ribbon Identification Help
      By Rogi · Posted
      The ribbon  you posted gives me a Bavarian Military Merit vibe for some reason, although excellent quality, is it silk? The quality and colors almost make me think Military Order of Max Joseph, the quality sure looks like for a higher order.
    • Thoughts on awards of Novorossiya & the DNR/LNR?
      By TacHel · Posted
      I must admit at NOT liking them one darn bit...   And I'm trying VERY VERY HARD to remain apolitical... They've dished out over a dozen blings so far, they even issued a "Russia - Ukrainian War campaign Medal", and I'm not talking about the Russian "Return of the Crimea" medal. The way things are going, nobody can make a call on this one IMHO...  Events in the near future might overshadow, even eclipse this...  This...  Not even sure what to call it...  Period of madness...?
    • Ribbon Identification Help
      By Streptile · Posted
      ​Hi Chris, I've seen a lot of German states' awards mounted on medalbars with watered / moiré ribbons which would not originally have had them when awarded. I think it's possible that some ribbon makers made moiré ribbons as a sort of "luxury" type of ribbon, or maybe for mounting. For example I've even seen moiré Iron Cross ribbons, and the Bavarian MVO ribbons seem to me to be about 50/50 regular vs. moiré. Same with the Prussian Crown Order. Some ribbons are moiré and some are not. I'm not even sure if they're supposed to be moiré.  
    • JFS Grade IV (75) GAB.
      By big ned · Posted
      ​Thanks a lot! Here's a few other items I've picked up over the last few years.  
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