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  1. Gordon Craig

    Cased Turkish War Medal sold by EMEDALS

    avsaribar, Thanks for that info. Very useful knowledge. Now I am really glad that I did not bid on this piece and the box. I already have a Bbco piece and I paid a lot less for it. Thanks again for the heads up on these boxes. Regards, Gordon
  2. Gordon Craig

    Cased Turkish War Medal sold by EMEDALS

    Gentlemen, Some of you may have seen the auction for this cased TWM on EMEDALS. As much as I would like to have a cased TWM in my collection I just could not bring myself to pay the asking price. It sold for for US$670.00 plus commission and shipping. Regards, Gordon
  3. Gordon Craig

    Pakistani 8 meadal bar

    Larry, And I hope that you don't mind me calling that. Interesting bar and comments from SA Gongs. The SA Gongs comments are somewhat confusing. They site the absence of the 65 and 71 wars when they are clearly on the bar. The absence of the Republic medal is curious though. As for the absence of the year Long Service, do the regulations call for them both to be worn at the same time? Or is the fact that you have the 20 sufficient and the wearing of the 10 year Long Service is not necessary? I lived in India for two years and the absence of a medal on a medal bar does not really surprise me. If you try to put western thought in India that really won't work. Two entirely different worlds. I'd also like to draw your attention to page 32 of the Medals Catalogue of Pakistan. Specifically the 65 and 71 war medals. Someone has mixed up the pictures of the two medals and if you try to use that as a guide you would be totally confused. Anyway, thanks for your thread. It helped me learn a few things. Regards, Gordon
  4. Gordon Craig

    Help identifying an item please

    Chris, Your welcome. A big part of collecting is sharing knowledge with others. I'm glad that the GMIC community could help. Regards, Gordon
  5. Gordon Craig

    Help identifying an item please

    Christopher550, So you want to do your own comparison? Well here goes. Here is a link to a web site that compares original and fake/repro Third Reich daggers. https://www.realorrepro.com/article/German-Army-Dress-Daggers . As a long time collector of German military artifacts, I have seen countless articles supposedly brought back from the war by returning servicemen, and sometimes by German vets themselves, that are not authentic. I can assure you, as others have in this thread, that the dagger you have posted pictures of was not made during the period of time covered by the Third Reich. In addition, the handle on the original daggers is not likely to have been made of ivory. Regards, Gordon
  6. Gordon Craig

    Help identifying an item please

    Christopher550, I agree with J Temple-West's comment. The dagger in the pictures that you posted does not look authentic to me. Here is a link to Wittman's site, a well known dagger collector, that shows what an authentic WWII Luftwaffe dagger should look like. http://www.wwiidaggers.com/41282.htm Regards, Gordon
  7. Gefreiter, Yes RAD had black backing to their SBs. Regards, Gordon
  8. Gordon Craig

    Bismarckbund - Erinnerungsmedaille

    Gentlemen, Here is a translation of a piece that I found on line. Regards, Gordon Bismarck Memorial Medal. 1 They were awarded medals and certificates. Because they had made the renovation of the Bismarck column on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the city of Bad Berleburg, four members of the Transport and Home Association, the Bismarck Memorial Medal was awarded. In the name of Prince Ferdinand von Bismarck presented the Hessian State Representative The Bismarck Federation, Norbert Becker and Felix Nawrotzki, in a small ceremony, the medal in bronze to the 1st Chairman Heiner Trapp and to the CEO Georg Bald. Honorary Chairman Günther Hirschhäuser and project manager Bernd Brömmeling received the Bismarck Memorial Medal in silver. Norbert Becker from Alsfeld and Felix Nawrotzki from Hatzfeld expressed their sincerest gratitude to the honorees and praised their commitment. Honorary Chairman Hirschhäuser emphasized that the appreciation must also belong to all sponsors , without which the renovation would not have been possible. "I carry the medal for the financiers," he explained. The photo shows the honored ones from the left, Bernd Brömmeling, from the Bismarck Federation Felix Nawrotzki, Heiner Trapp, Norbert Becker from the Bismarck Federation, Georg Bald and Günther Hirschhäuser after the presentation of the certificates and the medal.
  9. Gentlemen, For ease of viewing lets turn the display the correct way up. Regards, Gordon
  10. Gordon Craig

    French Medal of Honor of Labour

    Gentlemen, Since all of the medals posted are post 1948 I though I would add my silver award to A. CAPART 1911. Regards, Gordon
  11. Gordon Craig

    Serbian Cross of Charity

    Farcas, Thanks for your suggestion but I agree with Drugo. The only difference, as far as I am aware, between the award to men and women is the form of ribbon mounting. The women were usually awarded the medal with a ribbon in a bow shape as pictured below. But not always. Please see the other pictures below. The picture of the nurse awarded the Cross of Charity with the tri-fold ribbon comes from a recent ebay auction. There are far more 1912 dated medals than there are of 1913. Regards, Gordon
  12. Ladies and Gentlemen, A question on the Cross of Charity. My reference material says that this award was instituted "on 7 (19) June 1913 and was bestowed upon men and women, Serbian or Foreign, for having alleviated the suffering of the sick and wounded during and after the the conclusion of the First and Second Balkan Wars." It then goes on to illustrate the 1912 and the 1913 dated crosses and to describe the physical differences of the two crosses. It does not mention why there are two different Crosses of Charity. Does anyone know why there were two different Crosses of Charity? Regards, Gordon
  13. Gordon Craig

    Post-1947 Indian Groups

    Deben, First a question. How do you know this group is missing a Sangram medal? If you have some provenance that Sep. Sukhdev Singh was awarded it, I would suggest that you mount the medals that you have and display it with an unnamed Sangram medal. Other wise just mount what you have and display it that way. My two cents worth. Regards, Gordon
  14. Gentlemen, I have found the answer to my questions on ehrenzeichen-orden.de and I'l post an online translation of what this site says about each medal. The first form Recognition Medal of the King Karl Jubiläumsstiftung 1893 This recognition medal was donated in 1893 by King William II donated. It was 2 years after the founding of the King Karl Jubilee Foundation, which was built on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the reign of King Charles. The aim of the foundation was to support farms, small businesses and home industries. Among other things, funds were provided for start-up entrepreneurs. The Recognition Medal was awarded to persons who have provided services for many years and successfully in the sense of the Foundation. The awards were made by the Home Office, which was empowered by the king. This award was further awarded after 1921 in a modified form. The punch cutter of the medal was Karl Schwenzer, Round medal made of silver with raised edge. Above a soldered, ordinary eyelet with band ring. On the band a rectangular, hollow embossed bronze clasp. Behind a wide soldered metal strip for pulling the tape. On the metal strip a horizontal pin. Front: The inscription on the margin: - WILHELM - II - KOENIG - VON - WUERTTEMBERG -. In the middle, the right-looking portrait of King Wilhelm II. Under the neck section small the punch cutter - K. SCHWENZER -. The bronze clasp worked openwork, consists of a rectangular frame. Centered on the frame an oval shield with small eyelets on top, bottom and sides. In the recessed field, surrounded by a smooth edge, the crowned letter - W - increases. Laterally, the frame is limited by roundish embellishments. Above and below the frame is limited by ornaments in the form of a rope or rope. Above the rope are hanging triangular decorations. Back: In the upper 4/5 of the margin the inscription: - KOENIG (-) KARL (-) JUBILAEUMS (-) FOUNDATION -. From below 2 crossed dense oak leaves branches half round to about the middle. About it the 4-line writing: - FOR - / - LONGSTICKS - / - FAITH - / - SERVICES -. On the clasp a horizontal pin. The band pulled through and sewn. Obverse: Recognition Medal of the King Karl Jubiläumsstiftung 1893 Reverse: Recognition Medal of the King Karl Jubiläumsstiftung 1893 donated: 1893 by King William II Awarded: 1893 - 1921 Dates: Material: silver (medal), bronze (clasp) Size: 26 mm medal, 18.5 x 36.8 mm clasp Weight: 19.5 g estimated collector price: 100 - 110 € silver / bronze 110 - 130 € silver plated in tombac OEK number: 3022, 3022/1 The second form; Medal of the King Karl Jubilee Foundation Freistaat Württemberg This medal was donated on 2 November 1920 by the State Ministry of the Free State of Württemberg. After World War I and the formation of the Free State, the Constitution of the Foundation was changed. The purpose of the foundation remained basically the same. In addition to supporting and promoting agriculture, home industry and small businesses, a medal should continue to be given in a modified form. Workers and employees should be awarded after many years of loyal work in the same company. Workers in commercial enterprises could be awarded after 35 years and agricultural workers after 25 years of service. Civil servants and employees in private companies were excluded. Foreigners could also be awarded. The proposed maximum of 6 medals per year was obviously not respected. The medals were made of silver or silver-plated white metal. The size of the clasp also varies slightly. Round medal made of silver with raised edge. Above a soldered, ordinary eyelet with band ring. On the band a rectangular, hollow embossed bronze clasp. Behind a wide soldered metal strip for pulling the tape. On the metal strip a horizontal pin. Front: At the margin the inscription: - KOENIG - KARL - JUBILAEUMSSTIFTUNG -. In the middle, the right-looking portrait of King Charles. The bronze clasp worked openwork, consists of a rectangular frame. The edge is bounded on the outside and inside by a narrow edge. On it arranged oak leaves. Tied up crosswise at the top and bottom. In the corners are decorated clips. Back: At the edge a tight down crosswise tied oak leaf wreath. In the enclosed field the 4-line font: - FOR - / - LONG TERM - / - FAIR - / - SERVICES -. Obverse: Medal of the King Karl Jubilee Foundation Freistaat Württemberg Back: Medal of the King Karl Jubilee Foundation Freistaat Württemberg donated: 2 November 1920 by the State Ministry Awarded: 1921-1934 Dates: Material: silver, bronze Size: 26 mm medal, 17 x 36.5 mm clasp Weight: approx. 18 g estimated collector price: 50 - 60 € in bronze 40 - 50 € silver plated OEK number: 3113
  15. Gordon Craig

    My Austrian military set

    1812 Overture, Thanks. Regards, Gordon
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