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  1. no idea. It doesn't look official. I almost want to believe it is some kind of commemorative to the Marartha/Indian war and I keep staring at the letters on the scroll to say "Assaye"; but I only see "ESSAYXZ"

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    Its Easter and new exchange rates means that I have a lower, overseas price. 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. 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.


  3. Great! Post it again when you do. Front and back. I have seen the White Elephant on other medal bars and I think they are a really cool-looking award. They are a delight to see on the end of a medal bar.
  4. Great job Komtur! What a nice mini set. The medal bar must be a really stunning one to look at as well. I have always wondered what these officers did to receive the Siam award. Is this mini set yours pep? Let me know if you find it's big brother medal bar (or ribbon bar). I have space in my case for this one!
  5. Hello Martin; I am glad you can join us on this forum. In my opinion, if you are interested in buying MVKs, I would recommend a well-established dealer. Their websites make it clear that they guarantee the authenticity, and will buying back something if it is shown to be a fake. I look forward to your future posts.
  6. Outstanding! It is a bit of a collecting outlier for me, but I really like these attributed u-boot medal bars and groups with the research for details.
  7. WW1 advice needed

    Hello Morar; This is indeed an ambitious endeavor but you seem to have some of the qualities necessary to bring it to fruition. Namely, you knowledge of history, the countries, the players and their "tech" (machines of war). And lastly you have the desire and determination to do this. There may be dozens of us on this forum with the similar knowledge of WWI history and the weapons, but if you have the will and fortitude to push this project; that will make all the difference. In my opinion, you have an outline of the components of the game, the campaigns, the (Conquest) modes. It appears that you need a team of gamer programmers, software architects, and CGI artists to envision an end product and then to map out a way to get to that vision. There must be gamer programmers and software designers that would love to hear your idea. I don't know where to find them, but maybe there are forums and websites that openly solicit these talents and ideas. Good luck and don't forget about us if you are looking for awards to feature in your game. I'm sure we can give you LOTS of ideas there! -Claudius
  8. Ultimate WW1 + Freikorps non combat group

    £100,000,000,000,000.00 ?.....will you take 923,196 bit coin?
  9. St. Georg Cross lot

    Hello KDVR; These St. George medals and crosses really need to be examined in person. The fakes work very hard to convince with markings designed to fool. In hand, it's easier to be measure, weigh and listen to the subject awards to check for veracity. Yes, I said "listen". The legit medals/crosses have a distinct sound. However, there are some members here who might venture a judgment on these awards without having them in their hands.
  10. Hello Cheston; Welcome to GMIC! Thanks for showing your clasp. You correctly linked the "Afrika" clasp with the Sächsische Herzogtümer medal. This medal also had a sword clasp for "China" service. According to DOE (Deutsche Orden und Ehrenzeichen 1800-1945 by Nimmergut) both of these clasps came with swords. There was no known "no sword" clasp version. I have my doubts about your clasp, not just because there are no swords, but because the kerning is different from known examples.
  11. Order of Medjidie... good one or bad one?

    Hello Dan; It appears like you have something there that looks like the Turkish Order of Medjidie -5th class. I say, "looks like" because I don't like this one. However, there are others on this forum with a LOT more experience than me with these orders, and they may disagree. There are better quality Medjidies that can be purchased for $300 -$500. In the last two years there has been some downward price pressure on these awards.
  12. 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.
  13. King Haakon VII Coronation Medal !!!! Great identification skills!
  14. 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
  15. Medal Bar

    Hello Vince; I can't speak for anyone, but this bar seems to be a bit problematic; ribbons, hanger, rings, medals. IMO
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. .......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.