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Elmar Lang

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  1. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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:
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    Prince Osman Fuad as a Prussian Hussard

    Hello, on the past weekend, I've paid a visit to the flea market of Piazzola sul Brenta; one of northern Italy's best places for collectors of any field (including militaria, orders and decorations). There, I've had the chance to buy a portrait photo of prince Osman Fuad, wearing the field grey uniform of a prussian Hussard regiment, and various high orders and decorations. The cardboard base, bears the autographed signature/date: Osman Fuad Prinz des Osmanischen Reiches 20.11.1917 Searching the web, I've learnt that this man had a very interesting life. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  10. I agree with Macchianera. E.L.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.)
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    Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen

    I agree, this is a later (although good quality) copy, most probably made by Rothe, Vienna. More, an award piece of the Order of St. Stephen should always be made of gold. As a matter of interest, I hereby post three pieces from my collection: a very early, austrian-made gold réduction; a "Kleinkreuz" in gold from the late 19th Century and a mid 19th Century, gilt silver, privately made "Kleinkreuz". Best wishes, E.L.
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    The order of St. Maurice and Lazarus is an ancient order belonging to the Savoy dinasty and was one of the highest orders in the Kingdom of Italy. The Order of St. Lazarus is another thing, that for some time had a sort of protectorship by the Vatican. In any case it is considered as one of the various "self-styled orders". E.L.
  17. Hello, I've just seen this discussion on the St. Sava Order for non-Christians. From what I remember, this isn't actually a butchered order, but the group of a "self-styled" order, made with the basis of a St. Sava one. Honestly, I don't remember the exact name of this "honour", but it should have been something like the "Imperial, Byzantine Order of the Crown": I remember an identical set in the shop of Messrs. Cravanzola/Gardino of Rome in 2010, shortly before the sale and closure of their ancient shop in via del Corso. This one could be the same group (but the badge was suspended to a red sash). It is not a mystery that actual orders are often modified to prepare "privately instituted" ones. Later, the various passages and the fantasy of some temporary owner probably do the rest. Enzo (E.L.)
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    Order of the Golden Fleece

    A very fine piece indeed! Enzo (E.L.)
  19. Hello, besides my specific collecting interest on the Austro-Hungarian Orders & Decorations, I like the phaleristic of the former Socialist countries. Of course, the honours of the small and rather isolated (in the "Socialist" community) People's Republic of Albania are very interesting to me, for that Country is very close to Italy and some of its past (and present) have something in common. Since the fall of the Socialist r?gime, I've started to build up a collection of Albanian Orders & Medals. I would like to post here one of the first pieces found: a badge for Member of Parliament, clearly inspirated from those of the Soviet Union. Kind regards, Enzo Calabresi (Elmar Lang)
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    ID Weird A-H Flying badges

    Hello, I don't remember whether in the past I've posted the following pictures already: the piece comes form a group of orders and medals belonged to an unknown, Austrian pilot, shot down on the Italian front in 1918; the pilot survived and, once taken prisoner, he handed his decorations to an officer of the Italian Army. The latter's family, preserved the group (Feldiplotenabzeichen; EKO-IIIKl./KD; MVK-KD/ with reverse dedication of the Luftschifferabteilung; Silb.MVM; Bronz.MVM (with dedication from the Offizierskorps der Luftfahrtruppen), until I've bought from them the whole in 1999. As we can see, the crowns' pendilia are not "touching" the crowns and other details are in coincidence with Tifes's badge.
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    Curiously, the gentleman whose signature are we investigating about, is wearing both the military and civil Jubiläumsmedaille 1898 "Signum Memoriae"... E.L.
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    1800's or 1900's Silver Epaulettes

    Hello, these is exactly a pair of epaulettes for the dress uniform of an Infantry (or Carabinieri) 2nd Lieutenant. They were in use until the outbreak of WW2; the "Unione Militare" was a series of stores where any officer and NCO could buy all types of articles for his uniform, etc. In this case, the epaulettes were sold in the Naples's store. Sorry to say, they are not rare. It existed a "luxurious" type in silver, easily recognizable for the "800" silver marks struck close to the upper, double button bar. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
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    What is it?

    Hello, Paul sounds very optimistic with his "quasi" regarding the official character of certain "maltese" Chapters. In Italy, we call these rather flourishing orders as "Ordini farlocchi", that is impossible to translate in English, but is a more colourful synonym of "self-styled orders". All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  24. Thinking at what's happening in the later times, I regret to say that old Austro-Hungarian orders and decorations are quite "appreciated", this meaning even less chances to me to acquire new pieces for my own, humble collection...
  25. Actually, I've never read anything about such exceptional services in the Garter's statutes, but perhaps I've missed a "Nachtrag"...