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Chris Boonzaier

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    The Imperial Iron Cross, WW1 research, The Boer war, The campaigns in South West and East Africa 1914-18...
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  1. The Blue enamel pins are still awarded today at Lufthansa, but just the round bit without the eagle. If I remember correctly there is the basic blue one (for everyone) then one gold ring, then two gold rings, then one with inversed colors... i.e. the badge is gold with blue rings.
  2. Indeed... I am rearranging the collecting room, but will take a pic of my budding krug collection soon :-)
  3. Hi, I just had a long conversation with Wolfgang Gult ;-) ... here is what I found out.... he said absolutely typical of a Krug around 1900 and earlier. The Ludwig II pics were almost a tradition, he was the "rock star" of his era and is a popular image up until today. After his death he still appeared everywhere as he was well loved, and on Krugs long after his death. The sites who mention the LII pics on fakes do not mean they were not very comman back then, but rather they are also very often used now, (IMHO an unfortunate formulation). The lid is fine, pusher included, the boring "pointy" lids are also typical of the pre 1900 Krugs... they had by then started with more decorative ones and later you basically only find the nicer lids, but this early it was normal to have a pointy, this being the classic with minor variations over the years. Many Krug collectors pass these early ones by, but apparently there are collectors who concentrate on them as there was more hand work involved back then, the later Krugs having more print with less painting than the earlier ones. These earlier ones have all the specifics (Regt, Name etc) all painted on. The earlier Krugs did in fact have a standard motif that was then adapted by hand by the painter, so the same Krug can be found for the Leib Regt and any other Infantry Regiment... the later Krugs (beginning 20th Century) began to add specific things for different Regiments /Preprinted carracks, Shoulder Boards etc...). So all is fine, this is a boring late 19th century one, most literature and collectors ignore them and concentrate on the "next Generation" 20th century ones... And I got an invite to visit and see his Private museum. I will use it to drink a beer tonight and retire it to its shelf ;-)
  4. Hi, I am open to all suggestions, Am just collecting all thoughts I have read. One collector said the 1913 and 1915 disc grenades are different sizes, this being the smaller one, quite a few are for ammo pouches.
  5. Hi, apparently for the small diskus grenades, the larger ones will not fit.
  6. Very possible indeed, I just noticed i have another from the same era, also with L II... but painted in a very different color scheme... maybe someone had made way to many before LII died and there were still enough for years to come...
  7. I will ask, I am assuming the picture at the bottom is not necessarily the reigning monarch... maybe L II was instantly recognizable and a symbol of Bayern? Even today he is the most recognizable of the lot...
  8. Sometimes it was something like a Soldier from State XXX served in a Bavarian regiment, and got State XXX awards as well Sometimes a Regiment fought under the command of a different Division for a certain action, i.e. a Prussian Regiment under a Bavarian Division commander... and they got Bavarian awards for that action Some small units were pushed backwards and forwards under different divisions or General kommandoes not of their own state (Ammunition columns, field hospitals etc) and they got awards from the different states commands they fell under Some like the Bavarian 21st IR were named for someone like Großherzog Friedrich Franz IV. of Mecklenburg Schwerin who then visited and distributed medals... Those are the ways I can think of off the top of my head
  9. I was tossing up smashing, or using it as my everyday beer mug :-)
  10. Hi, will get a pic done tonight. You had me so worried I was about to smash the Krug in frustration for buying a fake, but in the end I sent the pics to the gentleman who runs the Page you linked to above with the fake article. http://www.reservistenkrugsammler.de/Kopien_Faelschungen.php He confirms it is original. " Ihr Reservistenkrug ist ein Originalkrug, welcher aber Bodenrisse hat, was eine Preisminderung bedeutet. Der Soldat hat sich den Krug vielelicht nach seiner Entlassung machen lassen, weshalb der Krug keine Namensleiste hat. Der Krug ist aber trotzdem ein Original Reservistenkrug. " From what i understand, the krugs with the names of comrades etc are usually 20th century, when a system evolved and the Krugs got better. In the 1890s it was not that advanced and soldiers had them made after their service, with usually much more simple and old fashioned "Boring" Krugs. Phew... I was looking at my krugs and thinking "If THAT one is bad... then so is this one! and this one1" ;-)
  11. It arrived yesterday, it is kosher, but boring... has the hand painted details and all the good signs. By coincidence I found another of my older ones has the same Bodenbild but completely different Malerei. I guess they used old stocks of Blanko porcelain...
  12. Hi, I was told on FB that this was a special bandoleer for the small discus grenades....
  13. Still nothing, I have contacted the seller....
  14. Not rare, but not comman is the 3 on the cover... A nice pic methinks...
  15. Hi, can anyone identify this? I have never seen one like this....