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  1. As can be seen on his earlier picture (which was taken before 1935), he already had the Red Cross medal on his ribbon bar. The pinback cross which can be seen on his later picture looks like the pinback of the Red Cross Decoration in its form after 1934, not like the Volkspflege cross.
  2. I got this set of nice bars sometime ago from Stogie. Though with 25+12 DAs, and most probably navy, this set has always defied identification. The strangest thing about it is the Messina ribbon which was used as a close-enough for - whatever, maybe a Saxon Honor Cross with X.
  3. The 3rd ribbon in the first row is the Saxon Albert Order with swords, knight 2nd class. But the outfitter used the wrong ribbon, that of the Italian Messina 1908 earthquake medal. The last ribbon in the 2nd row is simply the Red Cross decoration.
  4. Thanks for the additional information!
  5. I have posted this before (http://gmic.co.uk/topic/8319-my-first/), but I thought, after more than ten years, it would be worthwhile to post it here in better order. Also, there is some new information. This is the ribbon bar of Admiral Wilhelm Ehm (1918-2009), who was Chief of the GDR People's Navy from 1959-61 and 1963-87. The photo shows him wearing his bar (not this particular, but a similar one), between 1981 and 1983.
  6. Lukasz, thanks for this information about the Cuban order, I did not know that. That picture of Ehm was definitely taken before he received his Vaterländischen Verdienstorden in Gold in 1978. So it cannot be the Che Guevara order. Yes, in that case, the Yugoslav Order of Military Merit 1st class is very plausible. Actually, I found that in 1977, visits of friendship and talks took place between the GDR and Yugoslavia: https://www.nd-archiv.de/ausgabe/1977-01-14 It therefore is very likely that Ehm received this award on that occasion. Thanks for the information!
  7. Yes - thanks for the picture, I think that’s exactly the badge he is wearing.
  8. Here is another interesting bar with related ribbons, it was auctioned some time ago. There you have 1) Order of Vasa 2) Golden Medal of the Pro Patria Society Gustav V 3) Golden Medal of the Fire Insurance Society 1842 4) Golden Medal of the Life Insurance Society Victoria (light blue ribbon with white stripes!) I don't know anything about the last three medals nor about the societies which conferred them. Particularly interesting for me is No. 4 - the ribbon looks quite similar to no. 4 on my bar. Could that be a life insurance society medal?
  9. Recently acquired this ribbon bar of a style I have never seen before. Is this a Swedish bar? The last awards seem Order of Vasa and Order of the Northern Star to me. Any thoughts on this? Anyone seen this type before? Regards Chris
  10. Greek Order of the Redeemer is an interesting idea. The ribbon fits exactly, yes. And red could be the George I... hm. The order of mounting is a key issue here, I agree. I would like to challenge one assumption, though, namely that no one puts foreign awards first. See this 1920s Swedish bar sold a while ago. The medal in first place is the Gustav V 70th Birthday Commem Medal from 1928, followed by French Legion d'Honneur, then Swedish Polar Star and Vasa, then again two French ones. (By the way, actually, four of the ribbons are on my bar, too.)
  11. It's really hard to tell how old the metal parts are. This type of ribbon bar construction I have never seen before, neither in German nor Anglo-Saxon bars. My thought was: maybe it is someone from the household of Gustaf V or Gustaf VI. The crown has been soldered to it, question is: was it done by the wearer himself? In that case, there would have been other bars of this type (which I have never seen), but he wanted to put a crown on it. Or did the crown break off and was resoldered? In that case, this might be a totally unique construction. The Order of Carl XIII is a very interesting idea. That is quite a rare, high-ranking order, am I correct? I agree about the claps or rosettes, but maybe they just were not used on this type of bar. Regards Chris
  12. This is the late WW2 hollow back swords type. What are the earliest examples you have seen?
  13. Hello all, a belated Happy New Year! This time I have a question, regarding swords on ribbon bars, and specifically the type below, which is usually considered a late WW2 type. I have always wondered when they started to appear exactly. Does anyone have examples of this type of swords on ribbon bars which are clearly from before 1942? Regards Chris
  14. It is in the ribbon bar devices gallery: What I mean is this type of swords device:
  15. Thanks! Very interesting to hear that you haven't seen this style in Sweden before. It's completely new to me as well. It is hard to tell how old it is. And it's actually quite big, much bigger than the usual ribbon bars we see. I had the same ideas as you: 1) Crown indicates monarchy, so which one? If not Sweden, then what? 2) Court official seems also likely to me, given the style. Actually, I found some Swedish awards that might fit, for example: #1: the black ribbon for the Gustav V Funeral Medal - or this is just the Order of the Polar Star on the old ribbon. Would make sense in first place as his highest decoration. #3: light blue for the Gustav V Royal Household Medal #5: the green one could be the silver medal to the Vasa Order #6: for the last ribbon, blue with yellow stripes, there are several possibilities for medals, such as the Royal Medal for Zeal and Honor Gustav V How about that? Are there any Swedish medals on red ribbon?
  16. That is the combination of Generalleutnant Kurt Beuttel (1886-1956). I would say chances are quite low that there are other candidates with the same awards. The Zähringen is not so frequent. Very nice bar! Regards Chris
  17. Most interesting research, arb! That solves the question why the 1866 is not on his bar. He definitely was on the Kurhessian side, so fought against the Prussians in 1866. And great bar of course, Claudio!
  18. It looks like the silver medal, yes. The one second to last on this bar, which belongs to a forum member (I think):
  19. As I said earlier, it would be good to see the backs.
  20. Yes exactly. And the last ribbon might indeed be the Spanish Merito Naval, worn on his ribbon bar.
  21. The red stripe is hard to make out, but it is there. The Hindenburg Cross can also be seen on this later picture of him:
  22. Here is another, earlier pic of Wülfing with his medal bar. It seems he changed the precedence of his awards. The one behind the "Finn. Freiheitskreuz 2. Kl." on the ribbon bar above (the one with the lighter color) is in last position on his medal bar. I believe this is the Finnische Tapferkeitsmedaille.
  23. You need to show the backs of the bars as well.
  24. I've been wanting to start this thread for a while: Here are a number of pics I found online - from different sources. Some may be easy, some more difficult, some may have been ID'd here already. Anyway - here they come: #1 First, an old fellow: ((ID below: Friedrich Müller))