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  1. ​By accident? This is the kind of "accident" I want to make. Looks like a really nice bar! Maybe you can post a photo of the entire bar for us to see.
  2. ​ I would tend to think it is NOT the "Medaille fuer deutsche Volkspflege" because of the absence of the FEK and the presence of the Legion of Honor medal. So I think the bar must have been assembled before 1934. To me the most logical choice for the ribbon in the middle is the Lippe "Militaer Verdienst Medaille mit Genfer Kreuz" especially since there is a Red Cross medal in position number 6. On the other hand, the ribbon on the bar is a 100% match to the K.u.K Leopold Orden, but maybe the tailor did not have the exact ribbon for the Lippe Merit Medal with Geneva Cross and instead used the closest match he had on hand at the time.
  3. ​Considering that only 176 of the Erstrittenen Thronanspruch Lippe-Detmold commemorative medals were issued, the recipient could at least be narrowed down. The fourth ribbon is undoubtedly the Lippe Militaer Verdienst Medaille mit Genfer Kreuz and that, combined with the Hausorden, should narrow it down even further, I should think.
  4. I was also convinced the last ribbon was a Spanish award. Quite a surprise about what it really represents. Here is what I read about this event and the medal in an online article: Instituted on October 25, 1905 in conjunction with the enthronement of Count Leopold of Lippe-Biesterfeld (Leopold zur Lippe-Biesterfeld, 30.05.1871-30.12.1949) as a Prince of Lippe (Lippe-Detmold) Leopold IV. The last sovereign of the Principality of Lippe, Leopold IV reigned from October 25, 1905 until November 12, 1918, when he was forced to renounce the throne. The death of incapable Prince Alexander (Karl Alexander zur Lippe, 16.01.1831-13.01.1905) who left no heir apparent to the throne was followed by an inheritance dispute between two lines – Lippe-Biesterfeld represented by Count Leopold and Schaumburg-Lippe represented by Prince Adolph. The case was taken to the Imperial Court in Leipzig, and according to its ruling of October 25, 1905, the throne of Lippe, one of the smallest member states of the German Empire, was handed over to the Lippe-Biesterfeld line that until that point had no territorial sovereignty. A commemorative medal was issued to all those participating in the court ruling that allowed Leopold to gain power. Design of the medal was done by the Dresden-based medallist Richard Diller.
  5. ​Speaking of Lippe... While Paul C was unpacking Rick's ribbon bars at SOS, I walked over to Craig Luther's table at the back wall of the main room. He was selling the extensive ribbon bar collection of a deceased Wisconsin collector. Luther bought the entire collection at an estate auction. I bought only this one S-Lippe bar (below) so I would still have enough money to buy some of Rick's bars later on from Paul C. As usual, the imperial and FK bars were underpriced, and any of the ones with HKs on them were overpriced. ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="559px">"> ' alt='' class='ipsImage' width="1000px" height="559px">
  6. The above was supposed to be a personal message to ixhs. Also, not sure why the photo was added a second time. Anyway, the post reads that the bars in the photos are posted merely to show Rick's bars that have already been sold so members who didn't see them previously might have an opportunity to view them.
  7. ​ Ich habe die Bilder meiner Spangen eingestellt, die ich aus dem Nachlass von Rick beim SOS gekauft habe, so die Mitglieder des Forums sie sehen koennten. Sie sind derzeit nicht mehr verfuegbar. Tut mir leid.
  8. Here are some more bars from Rick's collection I succeeded in purchasing that do not appear in the previous photo. Paul C has done a tremendous job in getting these bars sold for Rick's mother.
  9. garfordhouse

    Hungarian Naval badge ID request

    I saw a photo of a Royal Hungarian Field Gendarme (Csendor) with something that looked like this on the left sleeve of his tunic. He was a member of one of the Csendorsegi Vizi-Ors units (Gendarmerie Water Patrol). There were a total of 11 Csendorsegi Vizi-Ors units in existence as of 1940. These units were assigned to patrol navigable water-ways within Hungary. Here is what their patrol boats looked like: ' alt='' class='ipsImage' >
  10. The silent auction format typically involves people leaving their highest and best offer written down at your table. Each ribbon bar has its own notebook page and people can enter their bids in minimum bid-increments specified on the page. (This eliminates people trying to raise the bid by 1 penny.) Next to their name is written their cellphone number. There is typically a cutoff time for submitting bids, such as noon. Then, at noon, each winner gets a phone call telling them to pick up and pay for their bar(s). This format gives people who enter the room later a fair chance of buying something. It also maximizes the selling prices of the bars.
  11. Where is your table in the room? Have you considered a silent auction format ending at noon, or something similar?
  12. garfordhouse

    4th class St. George cross for other ranks

    Hi Andreas: Here is the whole bar, front and back. I do not understand, why a foreign award (the St Georg Cross) is not positioned at the END of a Prussian bar. Regards: Franz http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2015/post-12533-0-74535700-1424298893.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2015/post-12533-0-18203700-1424298925.jpg
  13. garfordhouse

    4th class St. George cross for other ranks

    Greetings Igor ! Speaking about St Georg's Cross for foreigners, sometimes you will see this award on German medal bars from the period 1866, i.e. the "Prussian-Austrian War." The attached photos show a St Georg Cross 4. class on a Prussian medal bar, BUT... ... this cross looks very questionable to me ! The arms look very flat... not barrel shaped. The molded edges look different than those of known originals. Any opinions? http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2015/post-12533-0-75527000-1424277423.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2015/post-12533-0-96881500-1424277445.jpg
  14. I guess this cross has the experts stumped.