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Eric Stahlhut

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  1. here's one that i am not 100% certain of, as they have been heavily reproduced in the last few years. this one seems to have the commensurate aging, and has been very well made, with very sharp details and well-soldered pin. opinions?
  2. Eric Stahlhut

    deutsche schutzdivision badge

    i suppose you could also get away with calling that medal a jeton
  3. underneath the dust and grime on the core there's that beautiful classic 'piano-black' lacquer. reverse has the more common type of hallmark
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    deutsche schutzdivision badge

    even though current literature and catalogs call it a bewaehrungsmedaille, a short search shows that the term plakette is equally valid for this piece, if it was intended to be worn from a necklace, watch fob, or bierzipfel. it certainly wasn't made to be suspended from a ribbon
  5. the metal insignia themselves seem to be fairly prevalent, but to encounter an example still attached to a collar tab is a rare occurrence. in any condition! removed from uniform and perhaps glued into a scrapbook. yellow is noticeably more vibrant on reverse
  6. Eric Stahlhut

    deutsche schutzdivision badge

    link to another good thread http://gmic.co.uk/topic/61375-new-schutzdivision-photo/?tab=comments#comment-581215
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    deutsche schutzdivision badge

    would you mind posting measurement and weight? let's see how it matches to the example i have. p.s. also, perhaps the letter seems to reference two separate items: the aforementioned 'plakette' and a previously unreferenced 'abschiedszeichen' or going-away commemorative badge? (or does the wording of the letter describe the "going away gesture" of gifting the plaque)? also, the pin on the "club/ordenssammler" example appears to be larger. look how it extends past the wreath
  8. here's an image of the corresponding document:
  9. alternate title for this thread: "in the time of chimpanzees, i was a monkey" i'm super stoked to have this. i consider it comparable in rarity to this other arcane item: anyways, i haven't been able to glean much information on this particular organization. given the times, i'm sure it wasn't too big of an outfit, but it serves as a great example of how it seems imperative that every german group had to have some type of award or medal. it illustrates the german propensity and predilection for medals and bling anyhow, here's the subject. nonmagnetic, finished in chocolate bronze, made by lauer of nurnberg. ribbon is cream and purple, which gives me the idea that there may be some religious affiliation. "the league of non-frontfighters"......anyone have any info on it? sorry about the horizontal images, they are correct on my computer, but when posting them on this forum, they magically go sideways
  10. i noticed that in my first post i neglected to include that sometimes these crosses are also attributed to c.f. zimmerman. anyhow, here's another that i find interesting due to the fact that the front frame is silver while the rear frame is of silvered brass. pin appears to be silver.
  11. when the topic of iron crosses made in austria arises, most people think of rothe and neffe, and few people are aware of another firm that manufactured and marketed them, perhaps as these crosses were also sold to resellers, such as f. sedlatzek in berlin, who stamped them with their own mark. "Erste Osterreichisch-Ungarische Metallknopfe- und Metallwaren-Fabrik Heinrich Ulbricht's Witwe, Wien" ...sometimes marked, "HUW" or "UW" this obscure maker made high quality crosses in many grades of silver, including 800, 900, 930, 935, "SILBER". interestingly enough, they are often automatically attributed to sedlatzek, as that berlin firm is more widely recognized. they came with many different types of advanced, peculiar, and attractive attachment systems, and are very desirable to advanced collectors these days. according to konstantin nikolaev, who in his magnificent two-volume opus on the iron cross (vol. 1, chapter. 31, pages 445-463), he attributes several styles and variations to this maker, including the unmarked version below.
  12. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Iron-Cross-1870-Germany-original/253729533409?hash=item3b13756de1:g:78YAAOSw1NJbPJBo
  13. superbly mounted piece to a flanders veteran
  14. hard to find, seldom encountered! such self-purchased "vanity awards" for non-combatants seem to be quite rare.
  15. very interesting indeed. well done!
  16. a superbly worn example hand-engraved, the most seldom seen version of hallmark from this maker... ...with a few of it's cousins, the mayers
  17. thank you for the correction, matthew. when i made the post back in 2008 i was probably using a nimmergut or niemann catalog for reference, which most likely had very limited or inaccurate information. and thank you for reviving this old thread with an updated and detailed summary!
  18. Eric Stahlhut

    a sedlatzek and its cousins

    thank you. here is another cousin, who despite having been not worn so much, deserves to be included in this gathering. some say sedlatzek, others say mayer p.s. note the rounded inner corners of the frame. seems to be found primarily on screwback examples
  19. here's something i got a while back from an esteemed fellow forum member. not because of it's aesthetic value, mind you ! i obtained it because you simply don't see a lot of these in zinc.
  20. Eric Stahlhut

    der Deutschen Ehrenlegion

    hiya, chris! nope, the austrian-made version is larger at 48 x 46mm. gilding worn down to base metal, which appears to be tombac
  21. 46 x 41mm. there were three versions of this. this one is the generic example. the other two were for 'ritterschaft furst bismark' and 'ritterschaft leipzig'. as far as i can tell, the only way two distinguish the difference from the three types is to look at the bottom of the central disc. my example has a dot. i know the the bismark version has a w, so i presume the leipzig version has something to denote it as well.
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