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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. Hello Fred; They all appear to be non-military lapel pins. They are colorful and visually appealing. I don't know what their value is, but someone who collects Hungarian communist militaria may be interested in adding them to their overall collection.
  2. Wow! Good work! You really did a nice job putting that together.
  3. These are not great photos, but to me it appears that #2 and #3 were added long after something else was removed. In #2, I would venture it was the same award, a HOH was removed and a HOH was later attached. In #3 something similar happened. I would like to see under those ribbons in #2 and #3. I suspect you will find some late needlework. However, I find the whole bar suspicious until a reasonable storyline could be pieced together as to how the bar started out, then stripped, and then repaired again. That is if I also believe the tired label on a mint-ish felt.
  4. sorry, don't recognize this one...
  5. It is a great little group! The Altenburg medal document is particularly nice in the company of the rest of the awards he earned.
  6. No, it doesn't look like a good one. It is trying to look like a Danzig Police Faithful Service medal -3rd class. Established June 20th, 1938 by the President of the Senate.
  7. Wonderful medal bar Claudio! -Post 265 (the Joseph Wirth is a great bar too) Hmmmm, what do you think you have here? A Frack mount, so EKII on the right, but the Saxon Officer Class Albert Order in the back is interesting. As well as the Centennial Medal, 2nd Class LS medal and a Weimar era WWI commemorative. If I had to speculate, a non-Saxon gentleman (Probably a Prussian or Kaiserreich), but was also respected by Saxony before WWI. In the military, but long after the FP war, but before the turn of century. Pre-war Red Eagle, and "new-style" LS award is recognized service. Served as a combatant during WWI and earned three wartime 2nd class merit awards, but not with a Saxon unit. Paid handsomely to have the whole thing mounted in the 20's for civilian wear.
  8. A court mounted Exemplary Work Service Medal -NICE!
  9. yup...that's bad.
  10. Hello Mark McM; I've looked at your photos of this medal though digital magnification. I have to say that I don't like it. This medal is known to be faked and some are from over 15 years ago (when I almost bought a bad one from e6ay). To be specific, here are SOME of the features that lend to my conclusion. On the reverse, there is that frequently seen squashed ose mint pressing. But this one is irregular and looks spalded. Where the ose and medal meet, there is the area where the coin edging is washed down to form the ose. On period medals the transition area is smooth and defined. This one is rough and hammered. Again on the reverse, the crossed sword and rifle; the sword edges look uneven and crude.
  11. IMO, I don't like the badge. I think the sloppy catch and pin soldering is done to deceive the collector into believing it was a "home" repair by the original recipient. But I also don't like the badge itself. It doesn't have any period construction hallmarks I would expect. But there are others who handle a lot of these badges and have the experience to object my assessment.
  12. Does anyone know if there are updates on the restoration plans? The July 2016 news article mentions a future meeting for August (two months ago). It would be no surprise to anyone if I said I hope they can find a way to restore the monument. Especially if it can also incorporate a usefulness to area as well; i.e. also a public beach or park. (My pardon if this isn't the correct forum.)