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  1. Just to add to Tomas's comprehensive posting, here is a link to a most interesting journal article, in English, by Jan Županič on the subject of re-ennoblement in the KuK, Re-ennoblement and nobility issues at the dawn of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (2009) In his introduction, he gives a good explanation of how a bourgeois soldier could become ennobled under the 30-year service rule.
  2. What an interesting photo! Taken after a Mess night, I would imagine, by the 'refreshed' expressions on some of their faces I notice that there is an Austrian officer present in the second from back row (and, perhaps, another in the rear row). I wonder what they are doing there?
  3. Andreas I understand why you have written this but, in fairness to 1812, CCJ doesn't own the copyright of the photos which started this thread. Indeed, if we only posted photos where we did own the copyright, this would be a rather image-poor site, I think. That having been said, I agree that you are correct by the letter of the law.
  4. Trooper_D

    "What are you looking at?"

    A squadron of Cossack Cavalry bearing down on them?
  5. Members might be interested to see that the Dorotheum has a KuK infantry officer's tschako and its wet-weather cover for sale, a photo of which I attach (a super-size version can be found at the link below. Although I have seen illustrations before - I seem to remember that it was shown in one of the postcards Ludwig Koch illustrated for the BKWI company - I have never seen a good photo of one of these covers before. The picture of the box is a bonus! Details of the sale here
  6. I would have expected an Int Corps button to show the whole badge.
  7. Trooper_D

    Do you know this woman?

    I'm sure you're right about this and I have seen it a lot. Was there some kind of tradition behind these photos?
  8. As you say, 1812, the definition of the relief, particularly on the reverses of these medals, is exceptional. Thanks for posting your pictures of them
  9. Trooper_D

    Austrian uniforms

    Welcome to GMIC, 1812 Overture. I am sure that you are going to enjoy this site as much as we will enjoy your postings. May I ask what was the occasion when you and your friends were wearing these uniforms, and where?
  10. Trooper_D

    Monaco badge

    Interesting item, Jeff. Thanks for showing it to us and for clearing up its purpose. Do you now know any more about the silver gilt version you have seen?
  11. Trooper_D


    Thanks for the explanation, djn.
  12. Trooper_D


    An enviable display, djn! Thanks for showing it. What is the explanation for the MVK hanging from what appears to be a damenschleife, please? Presumably, they were never issued to females so what is its significance?
  13. Trooper_D

    Austro-Hungarian case/etui

    Rather than being the boxes in which the original, awarded medals arrived in, might they be the boxes in which a replacement medal bought from a military tailor would be sold in?
  14. Kudos to you, Martin, for fessing up and offering the unwary a salutary lesson! In fairness, it can't be said enough times.
  15. It's the maker's name plaque, Stuka. If you google < haig "london & aldershot" > you will see many other examples.