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    General military history, First Empire, 18th century wars, the Great War, medals and decorations, figure painting, 'battlefield crawling'.....

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  1. The 1812 Russian-Turkish War

    I don't have any images of this war but it does make me think of a postulation that I have had for years. What if at Tilsit, Napoleon would have offered Alexander and Austria unfettered 'access' to the Balkans & Constantinople, to divide as they saw fit (minus Greece perhaps)? As Bismarck would later say, "the Balkans aren't worth the bones of one Pomeranian grenadier!" That would of really taken up Austria & Russia's efforts. It would have also peeved the British.
  2. Marching to the Beat of a 9 Bars KGL MGS Medal

    I really miss Rick Research. RIP.
  3. Gentlemen, Can anyone help me with this issue: how did this minor Saxon principality issue a 'Waterloo' Medal? I realize that this tiny state had an infantry regiment in the Confederation of the Rhine under Napoleon (4th Rheinbund) that serve in the XI Corps (along the Northern German coast) during the Russian Campaign (per Nafziger). However, I cannot find any order of battle listing a Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg contingent in the Waterloo campaign. What gives?
  4. EK 1813 Winner photo

    Incredible photo. I have never seen a photo of a Napoleonic veteran with that many different decorations. Outstanding.
  5. Merci beaucoup Augustin. Was there a difference between medals issued to officers and other ranks? Thanks.
  6. Does anyone have the history and details of this particular Prussian medal issued in 1863 to the survivors of the Napoleonic Wars? Thanks.
  7. Thanks Paul. Since the cost of buying an original is beyond my means, I was interested to see if good quality copies of the 1807 Saint George's Cross were being made. My Napoleonic collection is comprised of original pieces except for 2 medals (1813 EK 1st Class and the Novodel Preussichs-Eylau Cross as I mentioned above.
  8. Hi Nick, Are they making fakes of the original Saint George's Cross of 1807? If so, can one buy them as a copy and not get ripped off? I realize that this is a stupid question......Thanks.
  9. Thanks Nick. I assume that the faking is largely done in Russia, correct? Are the fakes cast copies or are the original dies still out there? It is a fascinating though depressing black market in action out there.
  10. This is a very disturbing thread (as it should be, alas). I will be looking at some of my pieces in a new way! Nick, are you aware of anyone faking the Preussichs-Eylau Cross of 1807? Some years ago I purchased a purported 'Novodel' 19th century copy from one of the 2 major Russian dealers in the U.S. It was reasonable and sold as a copy (in brass). I had it guilded for my Napoleonic collection since the dealer told me that such original crosses are just not available on the market. Since it was originally crudely made like most St. George's, I'm surprised that I haven't seen those for sale by the fakers. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
  11. Not that I doubt your judgement (I don't), but how does one determine that they are fakes? I have some WW I era St. George Crosses bought years ago and they are all crudely made. The thing about your fake examples that betray them to me is their newly minted shine.