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    Midwest USA
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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. Unknown WW1 US medal

    Hello Jean; Peter is quite correct. There were many little veteran's organizations that sprang up after the doughboys returned home. These ex-service members that all served together in the same unit would have their meetings and reunions and issue little badges and medals to commemorate these gatherings. Understandably, since they were all from a single unit, they all served under the same branch of the armed services. Your medal is more generalized because it doesn't indicate any one unit/service and instead displays each of them. From the 11 o'clock position and moving clockwise it looks like; Signal Corp, Marine, Infantry, Calvary, Artillery, Navy, Engineers, ???. The American Emblem Company of Utica, NY made a variety of medals, buttons, and related paraphernalia for organizations on the east coast. I think your medal was designed to for wider circulation than just a single veteran's group or combat service man. This medal could have been worn by anyone that provided service to the 1917-18 war effort. Even if they didn't serve overseas.
  2. King Haakon VII Coronation Medal !!!! Great identification skills!
  3. Medal Bar

    Hello Vince; When examining Imperial German medals and badges there are a few "tells" that all collectors like to use to distinguish the fakes from the genuine. Still some items fall outside this scrutiny and are able to fool the experts. Imperial Russian items seems to have taken this to another level. There are so many medals that have been copied over the years and their production techniques have improved to adjust for these past "tells". No one tell alone is sufficient to judge and now a battery of tests have to be considered when considering a piece. Any public disclosure of these small discrepancies will only continue to educate these Fakers and they will make improvements. My best suggestion is to closely, closely examine these medals under magnification and compare them with other, known genuine medals...and medal bars. I think you will see the differences in finish, details and wear patterns
  4. Medal Bar

    Hello Vince; I can't speak for anyone, but this bar seems to be a bit problematic; ribbons, hanger, rings, medals. IMO
  5. These are still nice ribbon bars. Can you show us the reverse please. Have you taken a black light to the top bar? Thanks for showing them.
  6. Bringing History to life...

    Hello ErwinZ; Welcome to GMIC. Thanks for posting your colourized photos. They really show the humanity behind these B&W photos. I find them engrossing.
  7. .......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.
  8. I have some really nice, complex document groups, but here is straight forward one that I would part with.
  9. how do you feel about groups of medal documents attributed to one person?
  10. 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).
  11. 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?

    • 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.)))