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Tom Y

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  1. To kick things off here's one that just arrived. RAO and Kriegshilfe.
  2. Another recent arrival, this has me a little puzzled. It was my understanding that the Säbeln were only on the 1870/71 version and suspension was a lug rather than the Öse and the WWI version had the Öse and Schwertern. This has the Öse and Säbeln. Since my batting average hasn't been too good lately I'll put it to those who know more than I.
  3. After Waterloo Neuchâtel (Neufchàtel) became a part of the German Confederation. In 1831 Republican sentiment ran high and a mob attacked the castle. Freidrich Wilhelm III sent in troops and restored order by December of that year. A small (25mm) medal was designed by Professor François Henri Brandt, a native of the canton, and awarded to "those who participated in the military operations and took up arms against the rebels in the year 1831 and maintained order in their communities." Only 7,006 were struck. The arms on the obverse are those of the canton and the reverse bears the motto "Fidelite au devoir et a la patrie" and "FGIII" for Frédéric Guillaume III (Freidrich Wilhelm III).
  4. In 1840 Wilhelm II of W?rttemberg established an award for veterans of all ranks of the Freedom War. It was to be made of captured French guns and inscribed with a Fraktur W on the obverse and on the reverse the number of engagements the recipient participated in, from 1 to 14. Those for up to 11 engagements are known to exist. In 1849 it was reinstated with slight modifications: a Roman W on the obverse of that for one engagement, and a Fraktur W on that for 2 for the Schleswig-Holstein War of 1848. This award is rare, as there was only 1 battalion of W?rttemberg infantry participating. In 1866 it was revived again by King Karl for the Seven Weeks' War, this time siding with Austria against Prussia. It bore a Fraktur K for Karl and was for one engagement only. A Schnalle with a wreathed and crowned W was awarded for 2 engagements. This is the 1866 version coupled with the 70/71 Prussian KDM. How soon they forget
  5. In my quest for information on 2 Franco-Prussian War officers I'm having a literacy problem. Being S?tterlinly challenged there are some words on their EKII docs I can't make out. On the Wibel doc in the handwritten section I can make out his name and K?niglich and 3"Infantrie Regiment Prinz Carl, but that's all.
  6. Tom Y

    Dogs of War

    How about some views of man's best friend?
  7. In February1864 Wilhelm I decided a award was needed for the war with Denmark, but didn't want to resurrect the Iron Cross. Thus the Milit?r=Ehrenzeichen was created. It came in a 1st Class cross and a 2nd Class medal, to be awarded to the rank of Feldwebel and below for "merit before the enemy". To put it in perspective, it was worn on the Iron Cross ribbon. It went on to be awarded for the "notch wars"of 1866 and the colonial wars. In the Great War it was awarded to foreigners in lieu of an Iron Cross.
  8. While TR isn't my cuppa, I do have a '39 repeat bar for continuity's sake. I hadn't thought too much about it until I saw Paul's offering in the Sale Room and decided to give mine a butcher's. I dug it out of its nest among a flock of 1914's for comparison and discovered that there are considerable differences in the design, although it has the concave plinth. Could one or more of you TR types comment on: 1) its authenticity, 2) period of manufacture, and 3) possible maker I don't want to take the ribbon off for a scan, but with some judicious bending and bunching the back appears to be blank.
  9. Tom Y

    Oh, no, not another TWM!

    This group just arrived today from My Man in Porscheburg.. The Cross looks like it might be a Wagner, but to me the interesting thing is the TWM.
  10. If you look closely you should see a punch mark on the rim near the Öse denoting silver. Swords although, I believe, unoffficial are often seen on the ribbon. The official attachment was the repeat bars, in this case two, which wrapped around, thus, no holes.
  11. It appears to be a quite high quality civilian commemorative/mourning medal for Friedrich. The motto is appropriate, as throat cancer is a slow and painful death. Even with the broken wreath, a great piece in 900 silver. What is the maker's mark before the 900?
  12. Just to add to the confusion I see an 88.
  13. For nine years marching up and down the square in Hessen.
  14. IOf it looks like they've been together for a long time, I would say leave it. Someone had a reason for putting them together and, although we'll never know what it was, it should be respected (pink with black polka dots being an exception ) Here's an EKII I've had for several years with a bizarre ribbon that I've left as found and intend to keep that way.
  15. Now that we have a name it must be a publicity shot from Ft. Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, or Rio Grande with John Wayne.
  16. Tom Y

    polish case

    It looks like there might be a slight impression of the medal in the velvet. Strong lighting from the side could bring it out.
  17. Tom Y

    1914 EKI with hooks.....

    Verrry nice Never seen one with horizontal hooks before. If you ever upgrade keep me in mind ;)
  18. It was a tossup whether to put this here or in the rarities post, but since it's not hens' teeth rare, just thin on the ground, it wound up here. Until 1866, when it was annexed by Prussia for staying neutral in the war against Austria, the city of Frankfurt am Main was a free city with its own standing army. If a fellow managed to stick it out for 15 years he got one of these. Established by the City Council in December 1840, it was awarded for " faithful and reproach-free performance in the line military of the Stadt." The dies were cut by Tomschütz of Frankfurt and the medal was produced by the Herzogliche Nassauische Medailleur Zollmann in Wiesbaden. Considering the population of the city was around 55,000 at the time there wouldn't have been much call for them.
  19. Welcome aboard Here's hoping your stay will be a pleasant one. Classy cross. Although it lacks the splendor of many other awards or the simple elegance of the Iron Cross It's one of my favorites. As far as I know it's the only Austrian award made "aus erorbetem Geschütz", i.e. captured cannon. You've picked a tough area to collect. The awards aren't as easily found as those from later wars and almost 200 years' attrition has turned many ribbons to dust. Have you tried the OMSA ribbon bank?
  20. By goom, that's a Bad'n (I've always wanted to say that) You can find out most if not all of what you want to know, and about the other 1848/49 insurrections throughout Europe here.
  21. Beautiful. One of my all time favorites, and with all the bells and whistles . To a woman who would have been locked up at best seventy years later! Congratulations on a superb find.
  22. If I go to Teheran will there be one of these waiting when I get back? I've always ed the repaired EK's, and this mounting is probably unique in the true sense. Congratulations :cheers:
  23. I weep in frustration. Of course, at the tender age of five I had other interests, usually dealing with mud and small crawling things.
  24. Thanks, guys. I didn't have much doubt about the originality, just the type. Jim, can I get Freis with that? :lol: