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Alex K

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  1. Hi, with regards to polished stars, they are generally made of bronze, I have several WWI stars made from bronze, (Generally called the "Mons Star"), they too were polished at some point, bronze, like silver, when exposed to the atmosphere will, over time start to tarnish again naturally, it will take time but they now look as though they were never polished, and without any artificial intervention, depends if you are prepared to wait, as for replacement bits and pieces, "Liverpool Medals" are a well known medal dealer, they sometimes have "Spare parts" http://www.liverpoolmedals.com/World-Medals-and-Decorations/
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    Bringing History to life...

    As a collector of awards decorations and medals I sit there looking at my little baubles for many hours. sometimes I stray to other forums, As it happens I visited the GWF (Great War Forum) and came across some very nice colourised B/W photo's which gave a degree of reality to the period, soooo, I thought I'd have a go, as it's a bit different, attached are two of my first attempts, Any comments appreciated. The first is Witzigheer, and the second is Molders. I have others but at this moment of time can't vouch for the ownership of the photo's so won't post. regards Alex K
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    Bringing History to life...

    Thankyou, glad you like them. regards
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    Bringing History to life...

    Hi Larry, bit late, but nice images as usual! With the upcoming centenary anniversary of the end of WWI, I decided to trawl through some of my long forgotten efforts and pay my own tribute, I normally go for the bigwigs with fancy uniforms, lots of bullion and medals, (I like the challenge), however, I do have some of the "Ordinary" guys that faced the muck and bullets, These are a random selection that I can find on file, and not any preference. I've had these on file for many years and unfortunately no longer recall the sources.
  5. Hi Thanks for the information, only just spotted it, I'll put it on file for future reference regards one final attempt, then I find another pastime!! plus a few more, I suspect he liked being photographed in uniforms Alex
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    Military Zippo lighters

    Hi My operation Granby one was given to me by the brother (A non smoker) of a serving soldier who received out in the Gulf at the time of the operation, so I assume it to be an authentic "Original", if I recall I've certainly had it since around that time, Unorttunately since a recent house move Its most probably lurking in some forgotten trunk regards
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    Military Zippo lighters

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  8. Hi all, this is a genuine question and an attempt to understand the facts, attached is an image of Eduard Prince of Anhalt, resplendent in ceremonial uniform, image credit "alchetron", no date given for the image but clearly fairly modern As head of the House of Ascania, and Master of the House Order of Albrecht the Bear, which he is wearing, no problem with that, family baubles, he's entitled to award and wear them. In addition, of the other decorations, included are the Prussian "Pour-Le-Merite" military, 2 grades of the Prussian Order of the Crown, and the Austrian Order of Leopold, given that all these were effectively abolished in 1918, long before he was born, who awarded them? or is it a case of dynastic dressing up? Forgot to mention the breast star to the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle regards Alex K
  9. Just for interest, a couple of colourisations I did some time ago
  10. Oops, didn't expect such a reaction, apologies, for my ignorance
  11. Thanks, interesting, so the above picture has been mislabelled, I thought there seemed a difference in appearance between it and other images of Eduard, as for the decorations I was wondering if they were an "E-bay" type of purchase, clearly I was not far off, (that PLM looks suspiciously like a 10GBP copy I have lying around somewhere). Interesting link. regards Alex K
  12. Just looking through this interesting thread and spotted this image, by Komtur, looking closely, he seems to be wearing a corduroy tunic, is it a colonial one such as this attached
  13. For those interested, I've answered my own question! Ribbon for the above decoration, extract from "Imperial German and Austrian decorations", by D G Neville
  14. Hi all, another quest for decoration identification, attached image of Graf Konrad von Degenfeld-Schonburg, with an unidentified Decoration, anyone recognise it, help, as usual, appreciated regards Alex K
  15. Hi, Thanks, I think you're right, attached an image, nice piece, anyone know what the ribbon would have looked like, thanks for your help, one more I didn't know about regards Alex
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    Rising Sun 6th class

    Hi Thanks for the info, much appreciated regards Alex
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    Rising Sun 6th class

    Hi all, havn't posted any recent acquisitions lately but picked this up a day or so ago, my first foray into Imperial Japanese, hope it's a good one, looks like it to me, unfortunately can't read Japanese characters or know what the particular period is, any tips would be appreciated, The case is lacquered wood regards Alex K
  18. Hi, thanks for the updates, I thought all imperial decorations were abolished as national decorations when the Austrian royal family abdicated, from the images it now seems to be some sort of civil decoration, shows how wrong I am, oh well you live and learn, must educate myself of the numerous uniforms also
  19. For those interested, there is an existing thread I started many years ago in Military Art "Bringing History to Life" section, it seems to have dried up somewhat so I havn't posted for quite a while, with regards to ownership images etc, I personally I try to use what are termed "Public Domain" where ownership is unknown or time expired, or as in the case of Leopold IV, above, obtain an appropriate licence for personal use, Images I know to be "privately owned" I may colourise but ensure I don't publicly post without the owners permission, It is Robert of Wurttemburg, the only Austrian medal he is wearing is the last one, the others are German, but Austrian mounted for some reason, apart from that the neck decoration is the Austrian version of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The Austrian version was discontinued in 1918, there is a Spanish version, which is still in use, as a results of both Austrian and Spanish Royal inter-marriages regards Alex ps this image is from Landesarchiv Baden-Wurttembug
  20. Hi Solomon thanks for the complement on the colourisation, The images you posted are really very nice, remember if they are period (Old)images, then they have historical value, particularly as a collector, modern digital images such as those I posted don't hold the same value, If I collected period images, I would be very pleased to have those you posted in my collection, in reality, if they are original, then they may well be unique regards
  21. Attached a revised colourisation, hope it's more accurate, I may need to brush up on my Feldjager uniforms!
  22. Hi Thanks for the correction, appreciate your input to enable me to be as accurate as possible, the collar, cuffs and trouser stripe is no problem, what does puzzle me slightly is the black stripes on the sash, to the best of my knowledge its a grand cross of the Austrian order of Leopold, which looks like this, I'm not aware of any special class ribbon which differs, perhaps you could confirm otherwise Edit, just had a thought, do you mean the waistband sash not the shoulder sash, I suspect so!! if so not a problem regards
  23. Yes interesting images, at least one is commercially available, I have a licenced copy for personal use, and my colourised version
  24. Hi all, attached is an image of a impressive 16 place medal bar being worn by a NSDAP official, clearly the medals are from imperial times, the name is given as"Fritz Lauffer", Googling the name produces nothing unfortunately, does anyone recognise or know of his career to allow him to so bountifully awarded? regards Alex K
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