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Elmar Lang

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  1. Elmar Lang

    Franz-Joseph-Orden extreme price

    About those "Kleindekorationen" of the Leopold, Iron Crown and Franz-Josef Orders, I can only adjective them as "disgraceful"...
  2. In the past, I've bought some pieces belonged to Gen. v. Können-Horak: I should especially check the bottom of a case to a MDZ f. 25 Jahre.
  3. Curious to say, after the paper inscription, this piece should come from the property of Gen. v. Können-Horak: some orders and decorations from his property, have been sold years ago. The reprint of the Michetschläger, although very good, has the plates reduced. The original edition has the illustration in 1:1 size, besides otherwise stated. Best wishes, E.L.
  4. The Michetschläger is an expensive book, but it's a "must-have" one...
  5. There are no doubts at all, that the "Kleindekoration" of the MVK in any class existed (thank you for the beautiful portrait picture and for the plate from Michetschläger's book!); only, until now I think I've never seen a MVK case, embossed with "Kleindekoration" as it is known for orders.
  6. Actually, I've never seen a "Kleindekoration" case for the MVK, although it's some time since I've started to collect A-H awards. Most probably, they exist.
  7. The cross itself is original, so the case, where "K.D." means "Kriegsdekoration". The ribbon (I mean the cloth part) surely is post-1918; the enamelled, metal detail would need some thorough examination. Best wishes, E.L.
  8. Elmar Lang

    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    It's impossible to mix such horrors with originals...
  9. Elmar Lang

    Unknown Italian neck award

    I'd humbly suggest the Commander's Cross of the Order of St. Maurice and Lazarus...
  10. Hello, I think you are referring to the "Croce al Merito di Guerra" (War Merit Cross), because a Croce al Merito Militare (Cross for Military Merit), in 1947 didn't exist. "Marina Militare" is Italy's Navy, after the fall of the Monarchy (earlier, its name was "Regia Marina", or "Royal Navy"). S.Capo Segn. means "Sottocapo Segnalatore", or the rank immediately above Sailor, of the Signal Corps. Matr. 97289 is the number reported in his "dog-tag", in other words his enlistment number. cl. 1919 means "Classe 1919": he was born in 1919 Ferruccio Benvenuto (name and family name) "fu Giuseppe", means "son of the late Giuseppe" (first name of his father, deceased already, at the moment of the award) "I? Confessione - Part. Combatt.": I think the correct transcription should be: "I^ Concessione - Part. Combatt.", or "first award, for participation to fightings". The War Merit Cross, was awarded after a continuous period of presence and active participation to combats; meaning that this man received a further cross. the date, actually is when the decoration was awarded. Would it be possible to see a pictures of this paper? Best wishes, E.L.
  11. Let's say that a manual, illustrating the copies made on behalf of EB, could be very useful. I would like to remember that it wasn't this late gentleman only, involved in the creation of "imperial" fakes. Now, regretfully, a new generation of fakes (not copies, just fakes) are coming on the market, but that's another story...
  12. Interesting: I've never known, that EB tried to marry a Rothe, but I think that both the two kind ladies, showed good taste.
  13. Elmar Lang

    Cuba's Congress Merit Medal

    Hello, I would like to revive a discussion I've started back in 2009 so, nearly 10 years ago. Late in 2008, I've bought a Cuban medal about which, until now, I haven't found any reference. Below, a picture of the piece. The size is: 83,0 x 54,0 mm.(incl. the suspension loop). Thank you in advance for any information, Enzo (E.L.)
  14. Elmar Lang

    Question about the Collar of Hanedan

    The collar of this Order, is very well illustrated, along with its neck ribbon fitted with enamelled ribbon-ring, in: Stephen Patterson: "Royal Insignia - British and Foreign Orders of Chivalry from the Royal Collection"; London, Merrell Holberton, 1996, page 167. Enzo (E.L.)
  15. Hello, I've seen this interesting discussion and I can add that this breast star of the Black Eagle enriched with the Garter, is a copy or, better, a fake. It starts from a copy of the Prussian order, made by Rothe & Neffe, Vienna, then fitted with a Garter, coming from one of the Blass-connected manufacturers; changed, "German"-style pin and, as a final touch, the "Godet" escutcheon. A work depicting the production of Mr. Blass, could be quite useful, because it seems that his masterpieces are now more often appearing again on the market. A good guide though, are the catalogues of the Munich-based auction house, ruled by the late gentleman from Hamburg. We can prepare a lavishly illustrated book on Blass's fakes (and I'd love to have a copy of it!), but never forget that it will help us about THOSE fakes only. Let's never forget that the forgerer's workshop is never closed... In my opinion, the study of originals is the best way to avoid fakes. All the best, E.L.
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    Unknown arm insignia

    I think that to identify the badge and uniforms, we should refer to early Czechoslowakia, or even Poland, from the early 20s. I cannot imagine that badge being an imperial AH one. Best, E.L.
  17. The ÖGO is a well-known, serious association, that also publishes an interesting bulletin.
  18. A good picture of the hinge and of the silver marks (besides the makers marks) would help a lot. E.L.
  19. Hello, one of my recent acquisitions, is this group of orders, medals and a portrait photograph of an Austrian General wearing, besides his "typical" orders and decorations, the oval, neck medal for arts and sciences, instituted on August 20th 1887. The decoration is in gold and black enamel; ring, crown and medal's suspension loop are struck with the old Austrian manufacturer's (Rothe) and gold marks. As a comparison, I add the picture of the medal, along with a French medal of the Archaeological Academy (this piece too, shows old Austrian marks). Does anyone have an idea on who's this general? Many thanks in advance, for any help and advise, Enzo
  20. Elmar Lang

    A General with the "Literis et Artibus" Medal

    Interesting, thank you for the further, precious information. E.L.
  21. Elmar Lang

    Studio photos. RPPC.

    Dear Tony, the group photo, depicts Landesschützen, not Jaeger. Their cap is ornated with a Spielhahnstoß and the collars with Edelweiß. Is there any note, on the reverse? Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  22. Elmar Lang

    Austrian military merit cross

    A mistake that surely wouldn't have been done by an Austrian officer...
  23. Elmar Lang

    Italy - Medals relating to Albania

    Just to add further info regarding Col. Mario Stampacchia, whose award document of the Skanderbeg Order was posted by Bob, I would like to say that this officer received two Silver and one Bronze medals for military valour, during WW1
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    Austrian military merit cross

    Hello, I'm on holydays abroad, and no chance to reach my copy of Mericka's book "Orden und Ehrenzeichen der Oesterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie", Wien, Schroll, 1974, until late in the next week. From what I see, there could be good chances that it could be a piece coming from the auction of the Fattovich collection, taken in Turin in June 2015. Perhaps, the auction catalogues could still be seen online. It's always a good occasion, to remember the Venetian collector; a true old-style gentleman, with a deep knowledge in the field of Imperial Austrian phaleristic. A curious note: also his wife, was a passionate collector.
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    Small collection of Leopold

    The date of the Statutes, can be detected from the date of the last "Nachtrag" to the statutes.
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