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  1. Very fine and I am happy, that you got this one . It was the only lot, I would be interested in, but I was saturated for this year. Because of this before the auction I only had an unsuccessful glance on the lists. But I think, the former owner of this bar should be traceable. A navy medical officer is very likely.
  2. Nice bar He got the "stay-at-home" version of the KDM: non-combatant medal on combatant ribbon. That means he was in active military service during the war, but never crossed the border to France.
  3. As stated before by Andreas this person is wearing on the second position the Red Eagle Order Medal on the ribbon of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern. The medal was given with this ribbon only to the members of the Stabswache des Großen Hauptquartiers after the campaign against France in 1870/71 directly from the king on the 29th of April 1871. The Stabswache was formed by the beginning of the war from the personnel of the then dissolved Lehr-Infanterie-Bataillon. There is no doubt, that this person is a medical officer in the rank of an Assistenzarzt, posing in Berlin for this photo before the Kriegsdenkmünze for this war was issued first in mid June 1871 on the victory parade in Berlin. Therefore the picture originate from May 1871 to the point he got his commemorative medal for this war some weeks or month later. Before the personnel of the Lehr-Infanterie-Bataillons partly was used to built up the Stabswache, there was a Assistenzarzt Gustav Schweder detached to this unit. He got the Iron Cross 2nd class on the white ribbon and is listed for the war in the Sanitätsdetachement Nr. 3 of the Gardekorps. Every German Armeekorps had three of these Sanitätsdetachements, Nr. 3 was always responible for the service of the Commander. It is very likely, that Dr. Schweder was responsible for the medical supply of the Stabswache and therefore got the Red Eagle Order Medal on the ribbon of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern and ordered this picture back in Berlin in summer 1871.
  4. Here is the same combination, where wie only find a Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer instead the both inofficial decorations in the end.
  5. Could you please tell me, how to recognize a Zimmermann made cross and what time of farbrication exactly means early? Thanks in advance!
  6. Thanks for that substantial comment to the available sources about recipients of Serbian decorations. So we are missing Serbian periodicals, like staats almanacs, court calendars or order lists. So it seems to be really hard to find especially foreign persons among the recipients. In the past I often successfull researched medal bars or decorated persons on portrait fotographs of my own collection and for other collectors too. Therefore I know the expenditure of time one need for this kind of work. Thats the reason I really appreciate your help .
  7. In between I got the hint of the Greek Wikipedia biografie of Ioannis Metaxas. In the second part of his biographie about his military career there is mentioned, that he got in 1913 that order! Until now I can verify five of seven decoration on this bar for Metaxas (position 1, 2, 4, 5, 6). Because of his activities for the military convention with Serbia I assume, Metaxas could have gotten a Serbian order after May 1913, when this convention was signed. Could this information be of use, to search again in your sources for a possible award of the Serbian White Eagle Order to Major or Lieutenant-Colonel Metaxas? Many thanks in advance!
  8. Unfortunately these decoration came no longer as a bar, but they survive as a grouping. The way, the ribbons are folded, seems to confirm, they were worn together.
  9. Lieutenant Colonel Johann Metaxas got this cross in the gold version according to a biografie of him in September 1914. Metaxas was at this time Chief of Operations at GHQ and the closest ally to King Constantine I. and the center figure of the Greek royalist party. BTW the king wore his medal bar at this time also in German Style So Metaxas seems to be a quite hot candidate for my medal bar...
  10. From 1903 on I found these Greek officers as recipients of the 3rd class Prussian Crown Order: 15.4.1904 Polyzòys, Kgl. griech. Korvettenkapitän 12.4.1905 Orphanidis, Kgl. griech. Hautpm. und Adjutant 12.4.1905 Valvis, Kgl. griech. Hauptm., Adjutant des Chefs der Gendarmerie 12.4.1905 Zymbrakakis, Kgl. griech. Hauptm. der Gendarmerie 12.4.1905 Spyracos, Kgl. griech. Hauptm. der Inf. 12.4.1905 Negrepontis, Kgl. griech. Hauptm. der Ingenieure 12.4.1905 Bouboulis, Kgl. griech. Kapitänleutnant 12.4.1905 Zochios, Kgl. griech. Kapitänleutnant 15.9.1905 Hatzanestis, Kgl. griech. Hautpmann im Generalstabe 27.4.1908 Troupaki, Nikola, Kgl. griech. Hauptm. In der Gendarmerie 27.4.1908 Bellini, Nikolas, Kgl. griech. Kapitänleutnant 27.4.1908 Paparigopoulo, Etienne, Kgl. griech. Kapitänleutnant 27.4.1908 Andreadis, Anastasios, Kgl. griech. Kapitänleutnant 3.5.1909 Levidis, Constantin, Kgl. griech. Hauptm. der Art., Flügeladjut. des Kronprinzen 3.5.1909 Skouffos, Georges, Kgl. griech. Hauptm. vom Genie, Adjut. des Kronprinzen 24.4.1911 Mantzagriotakis Jatrou, Constantin, Kgl. griech. Gend. Major Polizeidirektor in Corfu 2.5.1912 Metaxas, Johann, Kgl. griech. Hauptm., Adjut. des Kriegsministers 3.9.1913 Krièzi, A. Kgl. griech. Kapitänleutnant 10.9.1914 Saliotis, Kgl. griech. Hauptmann im Kriegsministerium 13.11.1914 Lévidis, N. Kgl. griech. Major der Kavallerie The red marked persons IMHO would be suspects for a Godet-mounted bar made in Berlin. Captain Johann Metaxas was in May 1913 responsible for the military convention between Greece and Serbia. This could be a reason for receiving a Serbian decoration. Besides this he had a close relation to Crown Prince Constantine and especially to his wife Princess Sophie of Prussia.
  11. Many thanks for trying! I am still working on the Greek recipients of the 3rd class of the Prussian Crown Order. As far, as I can estimate, there will be about 30 candidates. Therefore I need another source to fix it to one person.
  12. You are right (See picture of reverse). There must be a relation to King Konstantin I. of Greece, who was married with Sophie of Prussia, a sister of Wilhelm II, in 1889. Konstantin became king in 1913, unfortunately there is a long period of possible occasions for exchanging decorations, like reciprocal family visits. It would be very kind, if you could look for Greek military recipients of the Serbian White Eagle Order. In between I will look for these persons with a Crown Order 3rd class in the Prussian Order Lists, to double check your findings. BTW the medal bar was arranged by the German company J. Godet & Sohn, Berlin. Thanks in advance!
  13. Thanks Paul, but I don´t think that will work. The Ordens Almanach (latest edition 1908/9) mostly listed German recipients. Additionaly it is more likely, that the Crown Order is of later date. The Greek medals are for the wars against Turkey 1912/13 and Bulgaria 1913