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About laurentius

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  • Birthday 31/08/2000

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    German medals and medalbars from 1813 to 1918, although I don't mind a third reich medal on my bars

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  1. Dear Drspeck The lovely bars seem to keep coming, another tremendous beauty for your collection. Regarding the Bavarian award I would think it to be a MVO. The RAO, KO and SA are all awards given to officers, so a MVK seems unlikely. Once again, a true beauty. Kind regards, Laurentius
  2. Dear Drspeck Lovely bar once again, a gorgeous Prussian-first bar. I agree that the second to last ribbon could very well be the Hessian medal for bravery. Kind regards, Laurentius
  3. Dear Alex K Yeah, it is described as a Großkreuz in Sonderstufe, which translates to grandcross in special class. This one was apparently made for the rulers of Lippe-detmold and Schaumburg-Lippe, and since the creation of the Fürstlich Lippischer Hausorden (1869) only 7 rulers of the Lippe kingdoms have lived (if we count both the kingdoms without the regents for Alexander von Lippe who was mentally ill). That makes 7 grandcrosses in this special size, and the rulers would likely have had a pair of them, in case one got damaged. That's sometimes the problem with the collecting of awards from the German states, some medals were given out so little that it is sometimes impossible to find info or pictures. Kind regards, Laurentius
  4. Dear Alex K The laurel between the arms was only in the Sonderstufe (special grade) which was only worn by the monarch of Lippe-detmold. It was for sale at the last Zeige auction at the beginning of the year. I have the catalogue with a A4 size picture of it. I found the catalogue online so here are the pictures. Kind regards, Laurentius
  5. Dear Drspeck The bar looks original to me, and the double RAO is also not a problem IMO. I think it's a 4th class cross with crown and a 3rd class cross with Schleife. Lovely pre-WW1 medalbar. Kind regards, Laurentius
  6. Dear 03fahnen I was thinking that too, but how would a german WW1 officer/soldier have gotten those? It was mainly awarded to germans during the Spanish civil war, but there is no FEK so I doubt that as a possibility. Maybe some Freikorp award? Kind regards, Laurentius
  7. Dear fellow collectors I was browsing one of my favorite websites and I came across this nice ribbonbar. I most unfortunatly couldn't identify the third award, could any of you help me? Kind regards, and thanks in advance, Laurentius
  8. Dear alan Pieces are getting harder to find, that is true, but that is happening all over the world, with all the medals. I recently went to a militaria fair with a good friend of mine who collects EK's from WW2. He was willing to pay 140 euro for an Einzelspange EK2 1939. I was quite stunned by his willingness to pay such a large amount, especially since I know that he likes to get cheap deals (who doesn't ?). After he had bought it he told me that it is rare nowadays to come across such a piece, while in the 70's and 80's you could buy 10 at the time. In dutch we call it 'de opdrogende waterval' which literally means 'the waterfall that is drying up'. I think this 'drying up' is caused by the new collectors from Russia, the Middle-East and Asia. People collect there, and often pay extreme amounts for normal medals. Pieces go there, but they don't come back. Sometimes when I go through the catalog of an auctionhouse I come across pieces of which I knew the former owner. But we don't see this happening in Asia, Russia and the Middle-east. Pieces go there, but they don't come back anymore, causing the 'drying up'. Quite sad indeed. Kind regards, Laurentius
  9. Dear alan Although I am a collector of awards from the German States and awards from WW1 my mecklenburg collection is rather small, especially considering yours. The only thing from Mecklenburg I have is a nice ribbonbar with a Mecklenburg Military Merit Cross and a Mecklenburg service cross. I'll add a picture for you. Kind regards, Laurentius
  10. Dear alan Is that lovely collection of Mecklenburg awards yours? All very beautiful pieces. Kind regards, Laurentius
  11. Dear Lew It's a beautiful bar, and IMHO a genuine piece. I am afraid that identification will not be possible, since the combination is not unique. Kind regards, Laurentius
  12. Dear Peter You're right, Prince Phillip, the duke of Edinburgh, is indeed a descendant of the greek royal family. But to be completly honest the greek rulers were of Danish descent. All the royal houses were intertwined back in those days, I can remember that Prince Phillip once donated blood which was used to determine whether 2 bodies found in russie belonged to the last tsarevich and the last grandduchess of Russia. They and Prince Phillip came from the same family as the Danish royal house often married into the Romanov family. That is also the reason the russian wear their medals in the Danish manner, being a pentagon. Kind regards, Laurentius
  13. Dear Megan I would expect atleast a mark for the silver and the gold since the grandcross is made from silver-gilt and gold. Perhaps you are right about the foreign-made commisioned piece, seems like a viable option. Kind regards, Laurentius
  14. Dear fellow collectors I recently came across this beautiful piece up for auction at auctionhouse Carsten Zeige from Hamburg. Although my collection-area is Germany in WW1 I also have an interest in WW2 awards and awards from different European states, since there was a lot of cross-awarding between states (germans like Max Becker, Ernst zu Lippe-Weißenfeld and Franz von Chauvin received the award for example despite the fact that the order is not-german). When researching this cross I saw a lot of examples, but not a single one of them had their swords crossed in this bavarian style (MVO for example). Other pieces I saw had their swords crossed between the arms. At Emedals I found the same class with the swords crossed in the regular way. Could any of you give me some info on this piece, and on whether it is authentic? I will attach some examples. Kind regards and thanks in advance, Laurentius
  15. Dear Dond I went around the web again and this time I also found a lot with and a lot without the Umlaut. Maybe a variation. But that still doesn't explain the detail on the leaves on your piece and the thickness of the cross. It's becoming more and more interesting. Perhaps some other collectors want to join in on this conversation? Kind regards, Laurentius