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    What was this Gentleman?

    Hi Vince, it is an interesting and impressive group for a man with a low military and civilian rank. Military service since 1895, highest rank "Gefreiter" (private), first in the regular army, and 12 years later in the Landwehr (Gefreiter der Landwehr) His first postal rank "Postschaffner" is comparatively > Gefreiter. His next and last rank as Oberpostschaffner is comparatively > Obergefreiter/Hauptgefreiter (Corporal). Such a mixed lot is as interesting as that of a non-commissioned officer or of an officer. Uwe
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    What was this Gentleman?

    Hi Vince, it is a higher rank in the lowest Prussian/German regulations (rank group). Compared with a military rank it is a higher EM (Mannschaftsdienstgrad): And that for 40 years! Uwe
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    A Masonic Badge?

    Hi, It could be an older decoration of the Schlaraffia Reych No. 239 "An der Leuben" (Leoben). You can find this motif on several badges and decorations of this Reych, partly combined with an eagle owl (Uhu), e.g.: Reych 239 But I cannot find it in an extensive Schlaraffia directory and not in the internet presence of the Reych 239. Uwe
  4. That is the date of the award, but it is not compulsorily the date of the completion of the certificate. Uwe
  5. Hi, it should be Oberstleutnant Friedrich Müller, commander of the regiment from 17.03.1915 - 30.07.1917 Uwe
  6. Hi, turn it around 180°, and you can see an Obermaat (side length 5,3cm) or an Oberbootsmann (side length 4,5cm) of the early German Bundesmarine, worn on different places on the sleeve, in different sizes. Based on the size here I think, that it is for an Obermaat. Uwe
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    Turkish War Medal - STEINHAUER & LÜCK

    Hi ixhs, and why not Ernst Schneider? Both are located in Lüdenscheid, nearby. Hi demir, "Ernst Schneider, Lüdenscheid and Steinhauer & Lück, Lüdenscheid had different pins and therefore they have to be recognised from their pins." Really? I have my doubts, that Schneider (or Schmidthäußler) are makers.´. Uwe
  8. Hi Rusty, it is really confusing. Different sources, different results. I've combined your source with the picture in the Portuguese language Wikipedia: The row in the middle from Wikipedia is concordant with the international way of distinguishing the different grades of orders on miniature ribbons; see parallel the French Légion d’honneur. Must we differentiate between a ribbon with the miniature hanging on it, and a ribbon on a ribbon bar without the miniatures; or as miniature without the miniature ribbon. See my two 3rd class pieces: Will we ever have a final result? Uwe
  9. Hi, "The rosette shown in Uwe's 21 January, 2017 post looks just like that shown in the Condecoraciones de Venezuela website section on ribbons for the 2nd class award." The horizontal ribbon band in silver is for the 3rd class. For the 2nd class it is half gold and half silver, for the 1st class it is in gold. Uwe
  10. Hi John, I don't understand that: "As the badge in question is of the 1957 design, ..." This piece is not a 1957er decoration, and such copies had been made several years before the law from 1957 (and of course after 1957). Uwe
  11. Hi, I don't understand the connection with: "made in 1957". It could be an original or a copy/reproduction/fake. If it is a copy, it could be made in 1953 or 1960. Such a piece have nothing to do with the 1957er decorations, if is meant that. Uwe
  12. Hi, yes, there are many variations! And there are many different descriptions; some are wrong. You can see here a complete set 3. Class (Commander). It is cased, and bottom left you can see the inscription on the case for the 3rd class. On the ribbon of the miniature you can see the added star: Miniatures of the 4th class (Officer) and the 5th class (Knight) cannot be a star, because the 4th and the 5th class don't have a star. The miniature ribbon of the 5th class should be without any added part, and the 4th class should have the rosette on it. In Post 1 we can see in the middle a 4th class in a very special design with diamonds. The miniature in Post 8 must be a 4th class too, based on all the other decorations there. But please, there are many variations! Uwe
  13. Hi, and I think, that the mystery is not complete solved. The source is the book from Maximilian Gritzner, edited 1893. There you can see the bust facing to the right. Uwe
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    Prelim doc EK2 1914

    Hi Chris, here is a simple EK 2 document, not preliminary, only "Ausweis". "... ist ... im Besitz ..." Awarded 22. September 1918, document from 2. Oktober 1918. Interesting for a documentation? Uwe
  15. Hi, My personal opinion: "Echte Auflage" means here, that the additions as the half moon and the letter band are in (genuine) silver, or they are at least (genuine) silver plated. Uwe
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