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About Claudius

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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. Great group! Wow! With the Tamara. I wish Rick was still alive to see this. He would have loved it.
  2. I've been carefully looking at the ribbon wrappings, the medal mounting and overlapping. I think the photo in post 17 and the same medal bar in post 22 are same, however Laurentius is correct about the campaign spanges. They have been moved. The only explanation I can think of is that they were realigned sometime after the photo was taken. Either by the Looff, his tailor or more likely by a collector who thought they were not symmetrical over the China medal.
  3. That is a really nice group! That is bravery that I can really respect. Chris, your bravery is the kind I can personally understand. I luv the documents. Is that a wound badge for actions in WWII?
  4. Recipient was Hauptman or higher in rank, Army. Little or no pre-WWI service. Recognized for wartime service by Bulgaria. Likely mustered out after the war and had his medal put together on the bar after 1934. Great bar!
  5. If anyone cares, the badge below the EK1 looks like the Kolonialabzeichen "Elephant" Order.
  6. Claudius

    Wearing other state orders, Chinese Empire officials

    An excellent series of photos on the subject. Thank you for assembling them here for us all to enjoy.
  7. I think you have some fuzz stuck in the left MM. Perhaps it is covering an "800" stamp?
  8. Hmmmm...straightaway there is one that I can think of, but looking at the bar I don't see any other affiliations with Schwarzburg. I want to believe this ribbon bar, but I don't understand it (the awards, the ordering, the construction).
  9. While I can appreciate that you want to understand for your knowledge's sake and for going forward when you examine other badges you find but I don't want to provide an online, pinpoint tutorial on how to identify "tells" for the fakers to make improvements. This has occurred where the fakers have adjusted their construction. These upgraded fakes look a lot better than the old fakes. There are some great books out on imperial flight badges with the details on the multiple makers and their distinctive styles. I can PM the list if you are interested.
  10. What do you mean by atypical lower berry? Can you show us a typical one? -What I meant was that the lower berry in the landscape area is not found where this berry is found on most period badges. And on the badges that the lower berry is there, they have completely different overall constructions. That back attachment is highly unusual. Even when they did a screw back version the screw would be attached to the badge, not the badge as the "nut". I attached a thread that will show two cliché' type badges for comparison purposes. The photos have a terrible yellow cast but the details are there. (scroll past the Bav. badge to post #23)
  11. Sure, 1) I can't see the crown area very well, but there appears to be excess material around the ball and cross. 2) Strange filings on the tops of the crown's left fringe (leading to the ball and cross) 3) The airplane and landscape have course details. 4) The lower berry on the left side wreath is atypical. Can you show us the reverse please?
  12. ah, yes...I made the correction. (must be the sticky fingers from eating all this Halloween candy)