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  1. As a miniature collector I can only say that such groups is a minefield. You don't have to have much experience before you realize that a large number of British collectors take pride in creating groups from loose miniatures in the late evening hours. In many cases it's impossible to separate a made up group from an original group, but you could have a look at the ribbons, how they are faded, how the individual miniatures are toned etc. I cannot say weather this is a original group and the suggested explanation of the GC having been awarded 20 years later is valid or if this is made up group created to be "representative" of someone or .... You can easily find a large number of similar groups on eBay, but you can never know which ones are good or not. You do have to note that many British collectors have a completely different view on such things than many others. Some years ago a very nice WW1 VC miniature group was sold on auction. It was a nice framed set of a Pilot, in the (old) frame there were a picture of the man, a flying wing, a regimental badge and a miniature group consisting of a VC and a WW1 trio. The group fetched a VERY high price. After the auction I asked some British collectors of how this could happen, my take was that the Pilot was killed in a crash in 1916 and was awarded the VC posthumous and I couldn't simply understand how this pilot could have worn a miniature group consisting of a posthumous award and a trio that were introduced several years after his death. We never reached any form of agreement, but I understood that if a family member had assembled this group up to 30 years later in memory of the deceased pilot this could without problems be seen as said pilots personal miniature group, and this would demand a high price. I believe my point is that you can show a picture here, but apart from the obvious mistakes I think it's impossible for most to judge, we can only say "I believe", so if you're in doubt, leave it.
  2. Paul & Owain, thank you both for your comments. /Lars
  3. All, I assume this is arabic, but I cannot read it. It would be appreciated if anyone could tell me if this is military related or simply a piece of jewellery? It appears unmarked. /Lars
  4. All, in my collection I have 3 miniature examples of the Order of the Bust of Bolivar. On 2 of them Simon Bolivar is facing left, on the 3rd he's facing right. When checking the net I can find a number of full size badges where he's facing either left or right as well. Is there a reason for this, e.g. a 1st and 2nd type, different grade or some other explanation? I cannot find that info? Any comments appreciated! And yes, the middle miniature is a small beauty, it's set with 77 small diamonds in total!
  5. Hello Gord, and welcome to the forum! To me this looks like the Swedish Civil Defence Merit medal in gold (came in silver as well). Does this make sense? /Lars
  6. Michael, welcome to this Forum, and thank you for the additional comments, I never realized this should be so educational when posting the 3 miniatures and a simple question. /Lars
  7. Hello "Rusty" and Uwe, thank you for taking the time to dig into this, I would now have a much better understanding of the evolution of this Order, it was quite interesting to learn this. /Lars
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    Franz Joseph Order Grand Cross ?

    Hello E.L., although a little different topic than the original post I'd like to understand the difference between the chain for a "Kommandeur mit dem Stern" and a "Kommandeur", I have allways assumed they were identical. Given this distinction I assume this set from my collection qualifies as beeing a chain for a "Kommandeur mit dem Stern" but how would a "Kommandeur" look like? I have seen different type were the eagles have a different spread but have assumed this was due to different manufacturers. /Lars
  9. Hello, just wanted to show a recent purchase which I believe is a Navy support badge of excellent workmanship, 22 mm. Maker marked under the needle, but unreadable to me. Enjoy!
  10. I checked the site you're referring to, and yes, this seems to be the case. I would never have found this site as I don't speak spanish. I believe the mystery is solved. Thanks alot for your help. /Lars
  11. You may be interested in seeing a miniature version of the type II:
  12. Megan, feel free to use these pictures should you still need some of a nice original badge!
  13. This is a document most collectors miss - but here's your chance to buy the German surrender agreement that ended the Second World War: https://www.alexanderbitarcollectibles.com/categories/Documents
  14. This may be slightly off topic, but the producer of these badges have been discussed. This one, for a Swedish company, is so close in design and appearance that I would say it most likely the same produce. It's not mine, I have taken the picture from a auction site, and do not have a photo of the reverse, but it's described a beeing marked Sporrong and Co, a well known Stockholm based producer of badges and such. Just a thought!
  15. For those interested in the Order of the Westphalian Crown this would be of interest. On a recent auction I was OUTBID - so it's not mine. But this is the best miniature I've ever seen of this one, gold, 3 dimensional, and on a chain with the full suite apart from the Order of Spain. Enjoy!
  16. Is it a full size medal bar or a miniature group that is on display behind the director, and do you happen to have a better photo of that one?
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    Order of the White Tiger

    This may be completely off topic in this thread, but about a year ago I was unfortunately outbid on this miniature group (so it's not mine). The fourth miniature was described as medal of the order of the tiger. As this is unknown to me I'd like to know if this is a lower class of this order - or something completely else? Just curious! /Lars
  18. Spolei, thank you for the info, I never realized the 50 years cross were returnable, but that explains why you don't see them, apart from the fact that 50 years is a pretty long time to serve. /Lars
  19. Another Bavarian chain from Weiss & Co which recently landed in my collection. Most of the miniatures are rather common items but I'd like to get some info on the "Ehrenkreuz des Ludwigsordens für 50 Dienstjahre" which were awarded from 1827-1916. I have not really been able to find any info on this one in the sources I have, I did find one in gold in an older Thies catalogue (the Blass collection) valued quite expensive which could indicate that this is quite rare. Would any have some info on award numbers etc on this one? It's a rather nice fire gilded miniature, this didn't came out well in the scan. Enjoy! Lars
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    ribbon identification

    I agree that the first is most likely Ethiopian, but could also be a little more exotic like .... I have seen this ribbon mounted as green/yellow/red but also as red/yellow/green, this is btw a miniature!
  21. All, I'm hoping for a little help. A friend and I is in need of one or more photos of the German WW1 U38 Commander Max Valentiner, BUT from the WW2 period (1940-1946), civil and/or in his Kriegsmarine uniform. U38 operated during WW1 in the Mediterranean with Max Valentiner as captain. Valentiner won a Pour le Merite, which he later gave to a distant relative who helped him settling in southern Denmark after WW2. This story is beeing documented in an article which will be published in the Danish Orders and Medals Society magazine, so we're only interested in photos that can be published. We have also searched the net for such a photo withut luck, but should we have missed something a hint would also be of interest. Can anybody help with this request? /Lars
  22. I recently got an example of the Latvian flying badge to compare to the drawing shown earlier here ...
  23. Uwe and Peter, thank you for your comments, and sorry for this late reply. Uwe, after having spent some time on the net I understand that these "Siegespfennig" would be private purchases to commemorate a certain event, and should not be confused with miniature medals although they have the size and appereance as such, is this correct. Or would they be worn together with other miniature decorations? Lars
  24. Wild Card, a beautiful miniature, respect! Perhaps you'll be able to help me a little with your knowledge about these early miniatures. I recently got this one, I assume it's from Hessen, but I cannot find out exactly what it is, and from which part of Hessen - apart from the obvious text; .... Leipzig 1813. Any info on this one? Regards, Lars