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    My military collectibles interest center mainly around;
    Imperial Germany -Tsingtau, China during WWI...Document/award groups.
    Imperial Germany -Pilots or Observers...Document/award groups.
    Imperial Germany -uncommon awards and identifiable medal bars/groups.
    Imperial Germany -Afrika or Pacific during WWI.
    Imperial Russian -Awards/medals and medal bars.

    " if you have something like this FOR SALE, please let me know!

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  1. .......and that's why I asked if you liked document groups. (remember post #2) If you don't like documents...that's ok. Not everyone does. Or swords, or insignia, photos, signatures, hats or kewpie dolls. If your not interested, just say so. have a good MAX show.
  2. I have some really nice, complex document groups, but here is straight forward one that I would part with.
  3. how do you feel about groups of medal documents attributed to one person?
  4. Hello; Certainly the ribbon matches and it is a good fit for the time period and ribbon bar style. If that is the medal for this bar, that should narrow down this gentleman's Saxon unit. (see Order of Battle for 1866 and 1870-71).
  5. What a great Saxon bar! 1) Saxon Civil Merit w/swords 2) EK2 w/EK device 4) Franco-Prussian War What is #3? It appears to be too yellow to be the Saxon Commemorative Cross for Medical Service, but maybe it is? Can we see the reverse of the bar?
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    • FOR SALE

    Here is an instant collection of Schwarzburg medal bars and medals from the small principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. Some of these medals are not commonly found for sale. Double Schwarzburg medal bars are very uncommon. All of these pieces were originally purchased from recognized dealers or auction houses (not eBay). Top: Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Medal bar (5); two are from the Principality of Schwarzburg (L-R) EK2 Schwarzburg 1914 War Merit Medal HK 1897 Kaiser Centennial Medal 1905 Schwarzburg-Sondershausen 25-year Jubilee Medal (obverse with the profile of Prince Karl Günther. The medal was designed by the sculptor, Paul Fliegner from Hanau.) Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was ruled by Prince Karl Günther until his death on March 28, 1909 when it was combined (not merged) with Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt under Prince Victor Günther. The medal bar’s owner can be identified as coming specifically from the Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Principality due to the Jubilee medal. He was in uniform in 1897 to receive the Kaiser Centennial medal; the Schwarzburg-Sondershausen Prince’s 25-year Jubilee medal in 1905 and was a combatant in WWI earning the EK2 and the Schwarzburg War Merit medal. Middle: Schwarzburg Medal bar (6) and ribbon bar (5); with two awards from the Principality of Schwarzburg (medal bar L-R) EK2 Schwarzburg 1914 War Merit Medal HK 1897 Kaiser Centennial Medal 15 year Long Service Cross Schwarzburg Silver Ehrenmedal (ribbon bar L-R) EK2 ribbon Schwarzburg War Merit Medal ribbon, with swords Long Service Ribbon Centennial Medal ribbon Schwarzburg Ehrenmedal ribbon This is an interesting set. The ribbon bar is from before the owner received the Hindenburg Cross. The medal bar was constructed after 1934 with the inclusion of the Hindenburg Cross and a small re-ordering of awards. This is an excellent example of the allowable changes and the owner’s preferences. Together, the differences between the ribbon bar and the medal bar show those changes frozen in time. Lower: Schwarzburg Silver Ehrenmedal, with hanging loop style. This medal, and the Ehrenmedal on the medal bar, allows the collector to compare the construction variations. Arguably, this is an unique offering of so many, different Schwarzburg pieces all together in one place. Dealer and auction house seldom have this much variety available at one time. I am re-directing my personal collecting and I’m will to put up my Schwarzburg collection to a serious collector who always wanted a body of Schwarzburg pieces. PayPal, check or trade (Tsingtau). I will accept installment payments. (((The offering is priced to the US$. I will adjust to the Pound or Euro based on the current exchange rate at the time of the sale.)))


  7. Solomon; I looked at the medal under magnification. It's a wonderful strike! The "silber" mark on the ring is really nice. And unusual. As a category of medals, I really like these Lifesaving medals.
  8. Hello 03fahnen; I can see why you love this ribbon bar, but I don't think your ribbon bar is simple. I think it speaks volumes! Obviously a veteran of the northern Western Front and proud of all his engagements he was involved in. The bar was made shortly after the war's end and he quickly acquired all of the available veteran's medals he could find (and the battle bars). He was old fashion or thrifty, or both. He liked the look of a old-type wider bar that would have adequate room for his battle bars. The clips so that he could have the medals dangle below or off depending on the social occasion. I think he wore the bar many times without them, and he wore it often. He either didn't want to change his bar after 1934, or he had an entirely new bar made with the Hindenburg Cross on it. thank you for showing it!
  9. OMG....Are you kidding me?!?!? "Pour le Merite 17.12.1917" Outstanding!
  10. Hello Laurentius; Don't be too disappointed in yourself. It has been a long process -over the last 30 years. We all had to "learn" what to look for after the fakes started to appear in the marketplace.
  11. 1)The above reference books show the features found with genuine badges. 2)The badge for sale by JP -militaria does not have the features found in the reference books above. 3)The JP -militaria badge is not a genuine badge. Q.E.D.
  12. This piece is full of bad quality features. Too many to mention in full, but the following reference books have good examples that I would recommend reviewing if you want to collect these types of badges. https://www.amazon.com/Imperial-Sky-Flight-Badges-Bavarian/dp/0967307074/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499108419&sr=8-1&keywords=imperial+sky https://www.amazon.com/Aircrew-Badges-Prizes-Flying-Troops/dp/3981501616/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499108451&sr=8-2&keywords=carsten+badge https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Badges-Central-Powers-1914-1918/dp/1495137848/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499108476&sr=8-3&keywords=pandis+badge