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  1. Trying to recreate an uniform

    Gentlemen The correct colour appears to have been resolved but we haven't addressed Andrei's question as to what material should be used. I am guessing that a course, wool cloth would be correct. Has anyone a better idea?
  2. This extract appears to support that thesis Source: Link to Google Books and this German language web page appears to explain the origins of the family, https://de.wikisource.org/wiki/ADB:Stamford,_Heinrich_Wilhelm_von
  3. You make a very important point, Tifes, which, as collectors, we should always bear in mind when considering the authenticity of medal bars. As you have shown, it is quite possible for a medal bar to be legitimate - and attributable to a named individual, perhaps - yet contain copy medals; the originals having been kept in their boxes in a safe at the owner's home. Perhaps too many bars are dismissed as being 'fakes' because some (or all) of the component medals are obviously copies. I suppose this comes down to what we consider 'authenticity' to mean when we discuss medal bars.
  4. Any confusion is entirely understandable, New World, as the history of the Constantinian Order is a bit convoluted. There are basically two 'flavours', Bourbon-Palma and Bourbon-Two Sicilies, which reflects a split arising from a Bourbon family dispute in the eighteenth century. Each flavour uses slightly different insignia. The Bourbon-Two Sicilies version itself split in 1960 with two cousins contesting the Grand Mastership. However, this latter split has not resulted in any difference in insignia. Questions about the legitimacy of the different branches of the Order has taxed lawyers and historians for generations so there is little hope us lesser mortals understanding the issue
  5. New World I believe that this is a Bourbon-Two Sicilies Constantinian star rather than one of Parma. My understanding is that a Parma Constantinian cross has a lower case Omega.
  6. Pre-WW1 Grand Maneuvers - Foreign Representatives

    Grande Manoeuvres de l'Est (1905) Paja I hope that you will forgive me posting this out rather out of sequence. There are one or two old friends, here
  7. Pre-WW1 Grand Maneuvers - Foreign Representatives

    Thank you for another wonderfully well researched series of posts, Paja. The narrative which accompanies the group photo in your first post refers to the automobile accident which involved von Winterfeld. Here is what the US military attache, T. Bentley Mott (the subject of this thread here), had to say about it, "Major von Winterfeldt had a bad motor accident at the manœuvres of 1910, nearly losing his life. The French authorities sent one of their best surgeons to operate on him, they surrounded him with every care and attention, they gave him the Legion of Honour and after long months he got well." Mott, Col. Thomas Bentley. Twenty Years as Military Attaché (Kindle Locations 1827-1829). Arcole Publishing. Kindle Edition. Incidentally, the marksrussianmilitaryhistory web page, which you posted a link to in your first post, erroneously states that von Winterfeld lost his life in this accident, perhaps as a result of a mistranslation from the French.
  8. His KCB was gazetted on 22 June 1909 (6th entry down from the top left): https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28263/supplement/4854/data.htm
  9. I imagine that the military attaches were particularly keen to attend these manoeuvres. As reported by The New York Times (9 Sept, 1907, p. 3), "[t]here is a special interest in the manoeuvres this year owing to the fact that the automobile will be used as a means of transport extensively for the first time".
  10. Thanks, Bayern. I rather think I should have known that This and #4: wonderful posts, Paja. Thanks.
  11. Here are the military attaches who attended the Grand Manoeuvres of the South-West in 1907, Can someone identify the nationality/uniform of the officer wearing the hat with turned-up brims in this detail from the group photo, please? My first thought was German and Schutztruppe but the hat is not quite right, is it?
  12. Pre-WW1: US military attaché to Paris Embassy

    You could well be right (left hand image flipped to help the comparison)!
  13. Pre-WW1: Saumur - Officiers Etrangers

    I think that Pershing provides us with another ID, that of the US officer in the postcard Paja uploaded in post #9. Apart from Guignard, Pershing named two other US officers who attended Saumur: Guy Vernor Henry, Jr (see Wikipedia page, here) and 'W. C.' Short. The photo in the Wikipedia page discounts Henry. However, Pershing's W. C. Short is, I believe, this W. C. Short, who was to go on to lead the US equestion team at the Antwerp Olympics in 1920 (the moustache being the giveaway!), Source: http://eventingnation.com/weird-but-true-olympic-eventing-history-antwerp-1920/ If that is the case, it dates the image to the time of Pershing's visit, 1909.
  14. Pre-WW1: Saumur - Officiers Etrangers

    Pershing's description of his visit to Saumur gives a major clue as to the identity of the US officer shown in the first image in this thread. Later in his memoire (p. 522) he gives a potted biography of William Guignard, the military attache at Paris who arranged his trip, Source: John J. Pershing, My Life before the World War, 1860-1917, p. 522. Google books Here we see that Guignard, an artillery officer, was at Saumur from 1903 to 1904. The officer in the photograph has, of course, crossed cannons on his sleeve and is thus an artilleryman. The identity is confirmed as being Guignard by the photo in his diplomatic passport, which was sold in September 2013 at auction by the Rock Island Auction Company, where the resemblance - in the jaw line, particularly - is undeniable (in my eyes), Source: http://www.icollector.com/Tower-Pattern-1856-Percussion-Cavalry-Carbine-with-History_i17061659 This evidence, of course, also dates the photo to the period 1903-4.
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