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  1. I have strong doubts that this is genuine. The fact you bought it on eBay reinforces this opinion. The infamous "Club" and its various alter-egos dole these out sparingly on eBay, in order the avoid raising alarms. There's also a seller called Porre81 who sells these and most of his items are fake. Except for eBay, I have never seen this cross before, anywhere and I've been collecting Imperial for over 50 years. It could well be a fantasy piece.
  2. Where did you get it? As far as I know these are considered fake. They pop up on eBay periodically sold by known crooks.
  3. Being a native speaker, you should know. Thanks for the clarification.
  4. Echte Auflage doesn't appear on every version of this brass type of Meybauer eagle. It could refer to a first edition or first strike of this badge.I agree. I'm sure they weren't worried about unauthorized copies. Echtgold means real gold. So, I find it odd that it would mean gold-plated. Where did you find this info? Vergoldet means gold-plated.
  5. Echte Auflage means 'genuine edition', 'genuine impression' or 'genuine strike'.
  6. agree. modeled on the Life Guards helmet.
  7. agree. BTW, the Baltic Cross didn't come in classes. It simply was available either on a ribbon or as a breast badge and often both were worn together as is seen here. The cross for Freikorps Avaloff is actually referred to as Das Malteserkreuz der Russische-Westarmee and was a unit insignia, not an award. The Avaloff Cross is something different and was an award.
  8. agree. With Germany rocked by communist uprisings, worker strikes, political upheaval and foreign incursions into its territory, the advent of lots of official and unofficial bling for those loyal to and defending the status quo was politically expedient. I remember seeing a period German cartoon in which the first panel showed an angry mob of disaffected soldiers and civilians, the second panel showed a General showering the mob with various medals and awards and the third panel showing the smiling mob, wearing their new medals and marching lock-step in the opposite direction.
  9. I understand why some might mistake this for Freikorps as he's wearing oakleaf collars that look similar to many Freikorps collar badges. But, in fact, those oakleaf devices are Stahlhelm 'Wehrsport' collars.
  10. The breast badge is not Freikorps, but the 13th Stahlhelmbund Annual Meeting badge for 1932, held in Berlin. The inscription in German notes that he was attending this rally.
  11. The last one is not Freikorps. It's Stahlhelmbund.
  12. Nice photos. Top to Bottom: Detachment von Randow Merit Cross I cl., Baltic Cross Defence Badge of the V Army Corps, Silesian Eagle I cl. Detachment von Neufville (Guard star collar badges), von Neufville Merit Cross I cl. Freikorps Epp
  13. Real Deal

    Freikorps is a bit of a minefield these days as interest has increased dramatically in the last couple of years. As a result, there are many more high quality fakes on the market. As someone who has collected Freikorps since the late 60s, I would say that there really isn't a totally legitimate source for genuine FK items. Even dealers who are considered to be more or less reputable sell fakes (knowingly or unknowingly). Educating yourself through reference books, reading through forums and asking questions about pieces you are considering buying is really the only way you will be able to build your knowledge and collect. While there are many novice collectors on the scene now, there are relatively few knowledgeable collectors around and most of those post on forums. Also, the best reference books are in German and Russian. So, unless you can read those languages, you'll need help translating them for information. The first book you should buy is Das Buch vom deutschen Freikorpskämpfer by Ernst von Salomon. An original 1938 edition will run about 250-300 EUR, if you can find one. But, there are reprints available on Amazon, Abebooks etc. for around 50 EUR. For Freikorps insignia, the best book is Katalog der Uniformabzeichen der deutschen Freikorps by Ingo Haarcke (38 EUR). There isn't a comprehensive book on all Freikorps awards. But, there are 2 very detailed volumes in Russian on Freikorps awards related to the Baltic and Silesian campaigns by Konstantin Nickolaev. But, these are only available from the author and I don't think he's printing any more at the moment. There is no dealer in the world who I would rely on. So, your best bet is to read references and consult experts on forums.
  14. Rare Freikorps naval cap tally of Die Eiserne Flotille / Eiserne Torpedobootsflotille Originally known as Die Freiwillige Nordsee-Torpedobootsflottille. Founded in Wilhelmshaven under the Generalkommando des Garde-Korps (Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Division, Berlin) on February 20, 1919. It was disbanded on August 3, 1920. Commanded by Korvettenkapitän Rudolf Lahs (later Reichsmarine Kontoradmiral, Vice-President of Deutschen Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt (DVL) and President of the Reichsverbandes der Deutschen Luftfahrt-Industrie (RDLI). Order of battle 1. Eiserne Halbflottille 2. Eiserne Halbflottille The Flotille were first stationed in Emden harbor in March, 1919 to prevent a communist uprising. The Flotille participated in the Hamburg uprising, June 1919 (known as Die Hamburger Sülzeunruhen). - The Eiserne Flotille with 8 torpedo boats blocked the Elbe and the entrance to Hamburg and provided a link between Detachments Lebedur and Heug (Reichswehr Pionier_Batl. 9). It also supported the Kapp-Luttwitz Putsch in March 1920.
  15. I think it's a Baden hunt club from the 1920s and not veteran related.