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  1. Their production company is in Brooklyn. One of the PAs jobs is to cruise eBay for interesting high-end items and contact the seller to persuade him to come on the show...oh, and you have to fly your own ass to Vegas for the honour of being on camera and making their show a success. I had a Polish Winged Hussar helmet that I had NO incentive to let Gottlieb pronounce over in 50 countries--or wherever they are syndicated. The PA (twenty-something gal) called me back a year later saying Rick thought it would be neat to have a Viking sword on his show, and did I know where there were any! And yes, EVERYTHING is worked out ahead of time right down to the back and forth of the negotiation. But why mutton heads don't put their genuine treasures into legit auctions I guess goes to the lure of the 15 minutes of fame.
  2. A very interesting U-bootkriegsabzeichen 1918 from a dealer's site. I show a textbook Schott for comparison. What confuses me is this is heavily pitted like a bad cast, but the detail and design on it are amazing! Look how the keel contours, and how the bow curves, Look at the detail to the deck housings, or the stern rudder and flag. Super crisp! Is this an unknown type or a fake? Were some of these cast? If a fake are many badges turning up that look better than originals? Can't say I've seen that with aviation badges, but heard that was true with some Third Reich badges. Be very curious for your comments.
  3. All the sub guys gone? Going over the posts from 10 years ago, it seems that these should be die struck. Brass alloys don't rust but can show corrosion, but I'm not sure what we're looking at here. Otherwise this looks like an unusual "CE Juncker" badge Tim B posted from a Detlev N. catalog, which I repost below. Top pair is another textbook Schott for comparison. Tim B points out that in this CEJ the base of the radio mast in front extends forward, rather than back towards the stern as in the Schotts and Meybauers. I also see the sloping keel and the extra detail in this die...
  4. Can anyone give me a list of awards to: Freiherr Horst Julius Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels (the Zeppelin ace). Many thanks!
  5. Alex (jaba1914) emailed me the following IDs-- 1. Eisernes Kreuz 2.Kl. (09.01.1915) 2. Hausorden von Hohenzollern, Ritterkreuz mit X 3. Hohenzollern (not Prussian) Ehrenkreuz 3. Kl with X -- but I'm not sure. 4. Oldenburg, Friedrich-August-Kreuz 2. Kl. 5. Hamburg, Hanseatenkreuz 6. Austria, Militärverdienstkreuz 3. Kl
  6. This is the best photo I could find from the war. Can any of you "Adleraugen" identify the bar? Thanks!
  7. Wow, maybe this will be a two-way miracle, Vince. A laying on of hands and a laying on of Heilige Ordensspange! Can we have a photographer present? Thanks, Christophe. Not really being a medal guy I thought "x" meant "cross"!
  8. You can laugh, but while I'm not the kind of guy to hobble to Lourdes and leave my crutches (if I had crutches to leave), I am DEFINITELY mailing my B-B famous chest to you once I build it so you can touch it. I assume your dad shook hands with B-B at some point, and you've touched your dad. Maybe there is some of B-B's DNA on you!!! Time to take the tablets...
  9. Hey, if you're going to drop names, who better than a WW1 Zep ace!!!
  10. I'm crosseyed looking at cyphers! The simple cigarette case below has one on one side and his wife, presumably (with the smaller coronet), on the other. I'm guessing it's a household gift to someone of not-exalted rank. But who from? FA and SW or WS. I know there was a Friedrich August in Saxony and another in Oldenburg at this time, but the other cypher doesn't match their wives. Hallmarks are : crown, 800, 201236, D.R.G.M. and BC. My DRGM list dates this to 1903. Can anyone help?
  11. Understand, though I imagine it gets more complicated from there--those who were ennobled or "entitled" in the King's service, like Count von Bismarck, who probably started out in life as just another Junker with a five pointed crown. I wonder if he was given a land grant? At any rate, thanks for the clarification.
  12. Hi, Gunnar!  Hannes suggested I check with you about Horst Julius Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels (the Zeppelin ace) to see if we are missing any awards...

    PLM + HHOx + Ek1&2 + FA1&2 + HamburgX.  Are we missing anything?  Thanks for your help!


    1. Soderbaum


      Hi John

      Horst do have an BAMA file in Freiburg 6/5630. It is a good chance that this file have all his awards. I havent checked it. He ended up as Oberst in the Luftwaffe during WW2.

      Gott Nytt År


    2. Luftmensch


      Thank you, Gunnar. 

      Happy hunting in 2018!!


  13. Thank you, Vince. I remember reading that before about your dad! I'm sure you've read B-B's book, it is a hoot (not the raids against England, but his hijinks on the ground). Now if I do a famous chest I'll just have to let my imagination run wild! Hannes sees the PLM, HHOx, Ek1&2, HamburgX and Friedrich August X 1&2 (the last two incl. Hamburg Cross many airshippers seem to have gotten). But I think there may be are one or two more I see in photos... Happy hunting in 2018!
  14. So, that eliminates Friedrich August II, Grand Duke of Oldenburg? Leaving Friedrich August III, King of Saxony? But who is SW? FA's wife (who ran away after being accused of sleeping with her dentist, a man named O'Brien) was called: Luise Antoinette Maria Theresia Josepha Johanna Leopoldine Caroline Ferdinande Alice Ernestine, Princess Imperial and Archduchess of Austria, Princess of Tuscany, Hungary and Bohemia. Every letter in the alphabet but SW....
  15. Yes! It is the one in post #5, which you sold Ferg, carefully restored by a great jeweller!
  16. Thought I'd share my small flock of Godet Zepps, and encourage any others to come out of their roosts... Fullsize, converted from screwback to pinback. Prinzens--one of each. The Army has cut-out gondolas. Even the mini has amazing detail, right down to the longitudinal ribbing on the airship.
  17. Catch me up. What is the evidence for this 100 badge order?
  18. It was desirable to preserve a nucleus in all specialties, and presumably gainful employment was sufficient incentive in those days. I'm guessing the Reichswehr Army was strapped supplying uniform necessities without having to buy commemorative pieces. Unless you are saying an officer bought badges for those who served under him? Or, maybe, as with the non-portable aviation awards funded by the aero industry, he got a cheque from one of the manufacturers who profited from making these vehicles.
  19. Thank you for the badge at Zeppelinheim. You have one in your collection? Would you post it again to this thread? It seems you, me, Ferg and Carsten have half of the world's Godet Zeppelins!
  20. Not my area, but didn't the flamethrowers et al already have some kind of distinctive insignia? For the gearheads back then nothing impressed like an airship, a U-boat or a bloody great lumbering tank. I think size won. Big vehicle, big badge. Luca Brazzi and the gas troops weren't sexy enuff, I guess.