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Elmar Lang

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About Elmar Lang

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  • Birthday 19/04/1958

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    Southern Europe
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    Orders, Decorations and Medals of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, from Maria Theresia up to 1918;
    Awards of the former socialist countries.

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  1. Franz Joseph Order Grand Cross ?

    Interesting remark indeed, thank you. Actually, I don't know who could have been the original owner: this chain was on display in the showcase of one of the many jewellers along "Ponte Vecchio" in Florence, Italy, on the occasion of a visit in that beautiful city with my father, back in 1982. The price seemed fair and I bought it (with an important, financial contribution from dad). Best, Enzo
  2. Franz Joseph Order Grand Cross ?

    Thank you. Well, behind the round button, there is a thin hook so, the thin chain, running behind the lapel, can be fixed to it.
  3. Franz Joseph Order Grand Cross ?

    Actually, I agree with the observation of Tomas: the miniature chains (as different types) are three, where the Commander's one, is updated with the miniature star, to signify the class of "Kommandeur mit dem Stern". I've just "simplified", considering the Kdr.m.d.St. as a miniature-chain alone, giving the wrong idea that there should be 4 chains of different design. Enzo (E.L.) Here, my own FJO miniature chain for a Commander:
  4. Franz Joseph Order Grand Cross ?

    Yesterday, when replied, I was very tired, not noticing that Resch was the first manufacturer, correctly quoted by Tifes in his post. Re. The miniatures, they actually aren't miniature "collars" but, simply miniature chains, for wear as pinned to the lapel, often with the miniatures of the other orders awarded to the FJO's recipient. All the best, E. L.
  5. Franz Joseph Order Grand Cross ?

    Actually, the miniature chains existed for the following classes: Großkreuz Kommandeur mit dem Stern Kommandeur Ritter Tifes gave all the necessary details to identify the badges of the FJO and their size. Among the manufacturers, I would add Messrs. Resch of Vienna, makers in the relatively "early" period of this order. That roman numeral, engraved in the inner cylinder of the reverse medallion is just a reference for the mounting of the decoration, at the manufacturer's laboratory, to be sure that each part would perfectly fit to each other. In other words, that decoration in the maker's tray, was no. XVII. All the best, E.L.
  6. KuK bar, large silver bravery 2x

    Thank you for your very kind words!...
  7. 2 Valour Medals

    Hello, beautiful medals indeed. It should be noted, that the "Al Valore Militare" and "Al Valore Civile" medals, with the exception of few cases, were officially engraved by the state mint, before actually being awarded. Collectors, in fact, are highly interested in the study of the various types of engravings, since many were the specialists in charge of naming the medals. It is also worth to be mentioned that during WW1, a special tool was prepared at the mint, to compose and impress the naming on the medals for military valour, because of the high number of awards. Soon, this complicate tool demonstrated itself to be fragile and unfit to accomplish the job and was discarded. The medals named with this machine are uncommon to see, although some of them are known in collections. All the best, Enzo
  8. KuK bar, large silver bravery 2x

    Hello, of course, this is a post-Anschluß mounted Große Ordensspange, prepared when the man entered service in the Wehrmacht. The Goldene Tapferkeitsmedaille, being a "Bronze HMA" piece, in my opinion shouldn't be considered simply as a replacement because, besides a limited number of awards of medals actually struck in gold, most of such decorations have been officially awarded in the gilt version (but with the old-fashioned suspension, typical of the gold medals). I agree that the "K" Auflage should be later than 1918, and this can be explained because the shop that prepared the bar, also added the "german-type", shortened Wiederholungsspangen and surely in his drawer there were also other small metal devices, like the said "K". The 2nd class Silver medal, really looks to me an original, award type piece in silver and not a zinc replacement. Let's say that the bar looks like a "mix", as it should be expected for a group like that. I also agree that it was an expensive piece. But a group with the provenance from a known war-hero, is expected to fetch a price higher than what a collector would pay for the single pieces. Well, with more than 5.000,- Euro, again I agree that we could buy a single, important order, but we cannot enter in the head and "project" of collectors... And sometimes collectors, when fighting at auction for a piece, could fit in this paraphrase of Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade: "(...)Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to bid and buy." All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  9. KuK bar, large silver bravery 2x

    Hello, the STM II Klasse in Scheider's Ordensspange is a silver piece. Just different shades in the silver patina...
  10. I can confirm that officially struck pieces made of zinc existed. Among my a-h Tapferkeitsmedaillen, I have a "bronze" one, with signature of Tautenhayn, the rim struck with a "ZINK" mark.
  11. Actually, I see a little defect to the soldering of the suspension, quite visible to the reverse.
  12. In this post I see what looks like a fine piece of the 1859-1866 type Goldene Tapferkeitsmedaille.
  13. Hello, just to add some further material to this discussion, I would like to post a scan of an old drawing dating from the '30s (tempera on thin cardboard) from the archive of an Italian firm, once producers of orders and decorations, depicting the "Hero" class of Albania's Military Order:
  14. Order of the Iron Crown

    I agree that good info are what helps everybody to avoid bad "surprises"... All the best, E. L.
  15. Help with A-H emblem

    Hello, this fine badge, should have been mounted on the guard-valve of an Austrian, service sword for court dress or for state officials. Best wishes, E.L.
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