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laurentius

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    Awards and decorations from the German states and the decorations of WW1

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  1. Dear fellow collectors, often when we see medalbars where the Iron Cross is not the first decoration, we brand their owners 'naughty'. But they weren't naughty at all, for they followed the rules and regulations of their own state (Saxony, Württemberg or Bavaria). I know the late Rick Lundstrom wrote some interesting pieces on this topic over on the WAF, but I wondered if any of you know a book in which this precedence for the non-Prussian states in the German Empire is described. Kind regards, and thanks in advance, Laurentius
  2. I concur with the other members, precedence, but also combination on this medalbar is quite troubling. Although it features lovely, original medals the bar itself in my opinion is a modern composition. Kind regards, Laurentius
  3. Dear Claudio, very nice pieces you have there, if they ever needed a place to sleep.... Kind regards, Laurentius
  4. Dear ixhs Does this mean that this routine didn't take place during WW2? I think that during the war the dire need for precious metals was quite high. Kind regards, Laurentius
  5. Dear Komtur I have 2 questions, what happened to the medals after they had been handed back to the authorities and why didn't they take the RAO 4th class? It's also made of silver, so there is value in it. Kind regards, Laurentius
  6. Dear Chris That; s why I asked, I recall reading about it here, but a search on the web, both here and on other forums yielded no results. Hopefully someone remembers the topic, or is knowledgeable to these affairs. It wouldn't be surprising if you ask me, if you were to take all imperial decorations made of precious metals from all the German states you'd get quite a mountain of silver and gold. Kind regards, Laurentius
  7. Dear fellow collectors, I recall a topic (by Rick Lundstrom I think) about how the Gestapo had cards filled with information about local recipients of high-end awards (made of precious metals). These awards had to be returned, but after the fall of the monarchies this largely came to a halt. It was said in this topic that the Gestapo would scan local newspapers for obituaries of deceased soldiers, go to the home of the next of kin and they would demand the decorations. They could be bought off however, for a price several times higher the worth of the award. Can anyone confirm this, or perhaps post a link to this topic which I can't seem to find? Kind regards, and thanks in Advance, Laurentius
  8. Dear GMU The decorations on the bar are: EK2, HOHx, LS ( I think, prussian first, but there are 2 little lines at the end of the ribbon so I could be wrong), HE3xKR, China-medal, ÖMVK, HT, WV3. KVK II refers to the War Merit Cross, of which he received the 2nd class during WW2, I wonder for what sort of capacity, due to his age I wonder? Regarding your last question, you are correct, it shows a Centenary Medal, a Japanese Order of the sacred Treasure and a Romanian Crown Order. Perhaps he chose not to wear the Centenary medal, and the Romanians and the Japanese fought against Germany in WW1 so it isn't surprising he's not wearing those orders anymore. Kind regards, Laurentius
  9. Dear Martin2 It's a terrible fake of the Deutsches-Feld-Ehrenzeichen. It was a non-official award, which had to be purchased by the veteran himself at one of the several veteran's associations. Kind regards, Laurentius
  10. Dear fellow collectors I recently came across this Order of the Black Eagle with Garter, with an inscription on the back. Could this be the handiwork of Ernst Blass? The details, especially around the Garter are of better quality than what I've seen so far, but I'm still doubtful, especially the inscription on the back, saying that this award was given to his Royal Highness George, the Prince of Wales, by Prince Henry (Heinrich) of Prussia. I look forward to your opinions. Kind regards, Laurentius
  11. Dear Chris That is a beauty, Truly beautiful. Kind regards, Laurentius
  12. Dear P.F. Although this medalbar comes much closer, I'm still suspicious. Just look at the campaignspanges on the picture in the first post and the campaignspanges in the picture you supplied, there is clearly a difference. In the photograph they are layered like bricks, and in the picture they are just atop eachother. The bar might nonetheless still be original, since I don't think it's a unique combination. Kind regards, Laurentius
  13. Dear P.F. Yes, it looks like a device for 50 years, which he didn' t have, nor do I think the medalbar belonged to him. Although the combination is the same as the one on the picture, there is a clear difference in ribbonfolds and space between the medals. I highly doubt it's his bar. Kind regards, Laurentius
  14. Dear fellow collectors I was visiting some dealer's websites today, hoping I could find a nice bargain when I came accross this. It says it was made after 1918 but looking at the way the RAO-ribbon is attached on the back makes me think this might also be the handiwork of EB. What do you guys think? Kind regards, Laurentius
  15. Dear fellow collectors I was reading the topic on the unknown badge of Char. Vizeadmiral Max Looff and I was quite intrigued by his picture so I starting doing some research on him. I found a picture of him from just after the war and I noticed he had the crownorder and the lebensrettungsmedaille, both on the ribbon of the lebensrettungsmedaille (indicating he got the decorations atleast twice). When I see pictures of an officer/soldier wearing a KO on the ribbon of the life-savingmedal it always seems to be someone attached to the German navy. I have two questions, when did Max Looff get his KO on the life-saving ribbon, and did the navy in fact have a higher percentage of people with the KO on life-saving ribbon than the army? For those who might be interested, the second picture is Felix, Graf von Luckner, who's service during the war seems more alike to that of a pirate than that of a naval officer. Kind regards, and thanks in advance, Laurentius
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