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Elmar Lang

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  1. Elmar Lang

    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.)
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    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...
  3. 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.
  4. Actually, I see a little defect to the soldering of the suspension, quite visible to the reverse.
  5. In this post I see what looks like a fine piece of the 1859-1866 type Goldene Tapferkeitsmedaille.
  6. 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:
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    Order of the Iron Crown

    I agree that good info are what helps everybody to avoid bad "surprises"... All the best, E. L.
  8. Elmar Lang

    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.
  9. Hello, your contribution is an interesting addition to this discussion. In this case (the medals struck to be mounted on "german-style" Ordensspangen, after the Anschluß), such medals have to be considered among the pieces produced for private purchase, because the original, imperial Austrian medals, were easily mounted on german-style bars. Best wishes, E.L.
  10. Elmar Lang

    Order of the Iron Crown

    Hello, thank you for the kind information. I would like to reassure you: my collar is an original piece, complete and homogeneous, with no defects, excepts some minor wear to a few white enamelled "pearls". Its original case of issue is also present. The collar sold at the Dorotheum some years ago, if I correctly remember, had the centre link (that to which the badge is suspended), changed with a new part and the badge was also missing. Besides that, a very fine piece. Recently, another beautiful, cased collar, was sold at Künker: this piece had its numbers erased, the closure-piece missing and a restoration to the badge. I know the mentioned copies, that can be dangerous to an unexperienced eye. Some are made with cast parts, but sometimes I see also other collars, actually being the well-known, beautiful copies produced by Rothe & Neffe, Vienna, in the '60s, then "upgraded" with fake marks. I have already seen some of the fine copies, once in the collection of the late Prof. Giovanni Fattovich of Venice, Italy, auctioned in 2015/'16, now re-appearing, with fake marks and other treatments to give them a "venerable" appearance. Best wishes, E.L.
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    Order of the Iron Crown

    Hello, I see this curious Order of the Iron Crown: obviously, it's a copy/toy order. An identical piece appeared at newsstands as part of an "Orders of the World Encyclopaedia": I've bought it some years ago and the EKO became one of the favourite toys of my then 3 years old son. The accompanying booklet, contained some hilarious mistakes, both technical and historical. Just to educate me a little more, how much that toy's price went to sky? Where was it for sale/sold? Re. the suspension ring of the collar's badge of the Iron Crown, if compared to the sash badge's one, it was of a smaller diameter and the gold wire had a thicker section, as visible on a detail from my own collar in gold of the Order.
  12. Hello, an officially awarded Tapferkeitsmedaille of the FJ type, period 1867-1916, should always bear the "LEISEK" (Golden and Silver 1st Class) and "TAUTENHAYN" (Silver 2nd Class and Bronze) signatures. That postcard is a well-known one, where is depicted also a Geistliches Verdienstkreuz "PIIS MERITIS" of a type made by Messrs. Rothe & Neffe, for private purchase (and produced/sold until the late '70s of XX Century). Best wishes, E.L.
  13. Hello, a Virtuti Militari Cross in gold of the type made at the USSR mint of Krasnokamsk, will be auctioned in the coming June. The piece is also in the original, leather case. Below, an image of the piece. Best wishes, Elmar Lang
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Well, For the not-young-anymore collectors, the name of Mr. Blass is quite well-known. I've called workshop what probably was a true industry of fakes and copies, in any field of phaleristic. Besides that, this gentleman was a true expert, with a deep knowledge in the subject. I still remember one of his advertisements (on "Orden & Militaria Journal" or "Info") in the '80s, with a text witnessing his modesty and sense of understatement: "Ernst Blass, einer Der besten Kenner von Oden und Ehrenzeichen as aller Welt und aller Zeiten". Let's not forget though, what the ancient Romans used to say: "de mortuis, nihil nisi bonum". E. L.
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Hello, The Feldpilotenabzeichen pictured above, is a copy that can be attributed to the "workshop" of the late Ernst Blass. Many of such pieces have been sold on the catalogues (Auction and "Merkur" ones) of the firm Graf Klenau OHG Nachf. of Munich, Germany, when owned by the mentioned Mr. Blass.
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Hello, a very well made close-up of the Zimbler mark would help. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  17. For instance, the Italian "Colonial Order of the Star of Italy", instituted in 1911, was made in a form of a white enamelled five-pointed star. The suspension crown (present in the classes from Officer upwards) was the typical, Italian royal crown, but the upper orb, was plain, without the cross. E.L.
  18. Hello, I'm having an interesting discussion with a friend collector about the British Order of the Garter. A question has arisen about the returning of this Order's insignia. I know that the collar and "Greater George" has to be returned at a Knight's death, being this compulsory. What happens with the Garters awarded to foreign royals and princes? do they remain in their families' hands or also those pieces should be restituted to the British Sovereign? For instance, at the Armeria Reale in Turin, Italy, it's preseved the Garter's collar belonged to king Humbert I... Any help would be most appreciated. Best wishes, E.L.
  19. Hello, all Austrian, officially made Tapferkeitsmedaillen (except the Golden ones of the 1859-'66 type), should bear the official engraver's name under the Emperor's bust. If not, they are pieces made by various firms firms, for private purchase. Some types of the privately-made medals are interesting pieces and are worth to be collected. E.L.
  20. Hello, I think that it could be interesting to describe the most typical Prussian award of WW1, in the version produced in Austria. They were closely similar to the "original" ones, with the difference in the iron centre that was "blued" with the same procedure used for firearms, instead of the typical black lacquer/enamel finish. The manufacturer was the well-known firm Rothe & Neffe of Vienna I provide the pictures of two pieces: a full-size and a "Prinzengr??e", resp. with the Austrian triangular ribbon for combatants and non-combatants. Obverse:
  21. I agree with Macchianera. E.L.
  22. Let's never forget that the fantasy of the "creators" of self-styled orders has no limits. More, the maker uses what's available off-the-shelf. E.L.
  23. A fine medal indeed. I need to note, that each infantry regiment had a sappers' unit, this means why Mario Pacchiotti appears as being a soldier in an Infantry rgt.. Al Valore medals awarded for the Lybian campaign are quite sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. E.L.
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    Questions on a Pike Grey tunic

    Hello, what makes you think that the grey tunic with green Egalisierung could be from the republican period? Best wishes, E.L.
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    Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen

    Thank you for the kind words! I'm always glad if I can be of any help. All the best, Enzo (E.L.)