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  1. Hi Folks! I have a trio of these oversized rings. They came in a collection of circus giant rings, which I am knowledgeable in, but these things have been a mystery to me for quite some time. Recently I went to reddit with them and I just learned that they're probably WW1 French trench art. The one marked Joyce is marked Recloses, France, 1918. Recloses is a French commune. The one marked St. Dizier has no other markings. Saint-Dizier is a French commune. The one marked Arras has no other markings. Arras is a city in northern France. Like I said over in r/whatisthisthing, I would like to know who made them and why. If the purchaser embellished them, who made them? Why would someone put the name of commune on a ring? Was it where they were stationed? Were the rings made with the intent of being modified? Are they scarf rings? So many questions!!! Here's the thread over at reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/whatisthisthing/comments/bghrxy/giant_rings_french_communes_circa_1918_not_giant/
  2. So this is one of those things that I've had for ages just waiting for identification. Every year or so I'll take it out and try to find something about it online, and this has been going on for about six years. Maybe someone here will know what it is and when it's from. On the reverse it says DIE ROSE HIER SEY SINNBILD MEINER LIEBE IHR HOCHSTER WERTH IST UNVERGÆNGLICHKEIT Google Translate changes that to THE ROSE HER SEY SYMBOL MY LOVE YOUR HIGHEST VALUE IS immortality No idea why "immortality" is changed to lower case. ...anyone?
  3. I was told that these three medals are Krzyz Zaslugi (Cross of Merit), civilian. One Bronze, Silver, and Gold. They could have been awarded after 1952, and I know the owner of them had them for at least twenty five years. I'm hoping to learn more about them for the intent of selling them. Thanks as always!
  4. Hi! So I have this small pin. On the reverse it says Lehmann & Wundenberg Metallwarenfabrik, which I know to be prolific on German military items so I thought I'd bring it here. The pin is enameled and has the name and logo of Continental Motors. I'm hoping maybe someone might know the age of it, or deduce the age by the way the pin is made? Thanks
  5. Hi! I have these six medals. I honestly don't know a better forum to post them in to ask about them. They're very confusing, especially the one dated 1947. It's got the Switzerland cross on the front, but it's got German, French, and Italian on the back. The others seem to all be French. They were in a box in New York City that was sealed in the mid 1970's. Once I figure out what they are I'm hoping to figure out if they've been earned by someone in the family or just collected by them.
  6. There is a book titled "Hafted Weapons in Medieval and Renaissance Europe" by John Waldman, which is partially available for free at scribd.com. This book seems to be the leading guide on these matters. As a non-paying member of scribd.com I can search in the book but not read the book. These are the results for a search of "scorpion" collection. Fig. 64. Italian “scorpion” of about 1530. Note that althoug is shown in the detail photo of the scorpion mark. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Muse but made a transition via the “scorpion” form, which was indeed a powerfu down to the beak-spike. Note the scorpion mark. Private collection. Fig. 62. Larg Fischer, Lucerne. Fig. 64. Italian “scorpion” of about 1530. Note that although the is shown in the detail photo of the scorpion mark. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Muse exists with a similar form called a “Scorpion,” so named because it bears a scorpion so named because it bears a scorpion mark (fig. 64). The scorpion, howeve bears a scorpion mark (fig. 64). The scorpion, however, has a less massive blad century including the well-known “scorpion” mark also found on Italian roncones an 163 Schön 16 Schorno 61, 87 Schwyz 21 scorpion 34, 67–68, 69, 109 Scottish Acts 195 Sc No doubt items 2 and 6 are referring to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. I think the next time I have a trip planned to NYC (I visit fairly regularly) I will contact them prior to see if I can meet with the someone from the Arms and Armor department and take the bill with me. I have already contacted them by email about this and am waiting for a reply. I have also contacted the Basel Historical Museum in Switzerland regarding this and am also awaiting their reply.
  7. Hello all! Over twenty years ago this halberd was bought for me by an experienced antique dealer (who admittedly didn't know squat about weapons). I do not know where it was bought from. A story came with it, which I'll withhold for the moment. Might any of you know anything about this weapon? There is a quite large ...hallmark?... on one side of the blade that sort of looks like a scorpion. Within seems to be a plus sign and the letter B. The blade is still edged, but not necessarily sharp. I definitely would not want this thing falling on me. Here's some more pictures...
  8. Micheal, thanks for that perspective but that is of no concern of ours. We've already had and sold dozens of items with names where we've tried contacting the descendents of the recipient. Most don't even respond to us. We would absolutely rather sell something at a discounted price to a descendent of the item than to sell it at full price to a stranger (of the item). We call that "sending it home". Our interest with this document though is in the unit itself, the 305th Field Artillery, and whether or not there was something particularly (historically) special about them.
  9. If you don't already know me, my father-in-law was an antiques collector. When he passed away it became his daughter, my wife and my responsibility to deal with (sell) his massive and varied collections. We have an Honorable Discharge certificate from 1919 for a private first class that was in France in the 305th Field Artillery, and the document is signed by Colonel Doyle. Not knowing military history, I did some searching, and it seems that this regiment was particularly interesting in that there's even a book dedicated to them. Is this fairly typical, or is this something particularly unique and more valuable because it's from a member of the 305th? Thanks!
  10. Meh. Thanks for your input. This plaque is annoying the heck out of me. It is 13" x 18" and weighs thirty eight pounds. I have it on good authority that it's not Abraham Lincoln, Louis L'Amour, Wilbur Wright, or Henry Ford. Reeve Lindbergh and Nancy Sinatra have both told me that it wasn't their dads. General Chuck Yeager himself told me it wasn't him. The hunt continues...
  11. Hi! My wife inherited this plaque from her dad who collected antiques. Someone suggested that it might be Manfred von Richthofen, which I immediately knew to come here to ask. This is where my military experts are So... Do you think that this is von Richthofen? Paul
  12. Just a side note.... There are more than a few websites that offer a way to turn a really long link into a short one. I'd say that the top three are https://goo.gl and https://bitly.com and https://tinyurl.com.
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