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  1. A fascinating exposition, Flyingdutchman, and a wonderful dagger to accompany it!
  2. Trooper_D

    Westphalian crownorder and medals (1807 - 1813)

    Thanks for clearing that up, Jacques. So it's unique for the 'Commander-in-chief' rather than being for what would have been - even without the Orders insignia on the cuirass - the best dressed cavalry in Europe!
  3. Trooper_D

    Westphalian crownorder and medals (1807 - 1813)

    This looks like an interesting book, Jacques, on a subject I - for one - don't know anything about. Perhaps one for my Christmas present list I am intrigued by the blingtastic helmet and cuirass as I have never seen one like it before. Can you tell me more about it or, at least, where the image comes from. Thanks in advance.
  4. Thank you for your useful clarifications and context, Tifes, particularly your observations on the award of the War Decoration.
  5. As far as I understand it, this is a state award with no connection to the International Red Cross. I am attaching the section on the award in von Procházka's Österreichisches Ordenshandbuch, which - if you read German - will give you a better understanding. We know that the 1864-1914 Red Cross Order without the krieg dekoration (the laurel wreath) was awarded in return for a subscription (crudely put, the larger the subscription, the higher the award). The award with the krieg dekoration was only given, I understand, for appropriate war service. That being the case, I wonder what a Dane would have done to warrant it? Any thoughts?
  6. These are two different awards with different founding constitutions and, perhaps, different awarding criteria, are they not, Lars? That being the case, there should be no reason why both shouldn't be worn, I would have thought. I have a question of my own, if I may? What is the (national?) significance of the pentagon shape of the ribbon? Danish? I ask because I have a 1864-1914 Red Cross Order mounted on a similar ribbon.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Trooper_D

    "What are you looking at?"

    A squadron of Cossack Cavalry bearing down on them?
  11. 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
  12. I would have expected an Int Corps button to show the whole badge.
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  15. 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?