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Posted May 10, 2018
Thanks a lot!
Does somebody know what the enclosed miniature is? The only clue I got from somebody is that it can be from an African kingdom like Swaziland, Lesotho, Zululand, Burundi or Rwanda. For the rest I am clueless.
Thank you all in advance.
PS. if it is not from Africa, then I would like to ask the admin to replace this topic. The general identification topic is closed, so I had to put it somewhere.
Posted March 1, 2018
I recently obtained a Nichan al Iftikhar order:
The cypher appears to be the one of Mohamed Sadok, but only rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise. Did this occur more often? It is a locally made order and I am pretty sure they did not always carefully made them according to designs.
And does somebody recognizes the mark on the back?
Thank you in advance!
in Middle East & Arab States
Posted December 17, 2015
thank you Owain!
Ah, ok, that republic. Is it possible to date such a medal? And were they awarded with a ribbon?
thank you very much! You wrote "I think the award continued into the Republic of Yemen." Do you mean that this piece is from before 1962?
Posted December 16, 2015
I recently got a bag filled with Arab medals. So far I identified all except one. Can somebody help me with this one?
Many thanks in advance!
in Masonic Medals & Jewels
Posted December 8, 2015
Now I am 100% sure that it is Masonic. I contacted the Altschottischer Obermeister (Oldscottish Headmaster) of the Grand National Motherlodge of Germany and he replied:
the information you got is right. The Rectified Scottish Rite which you find in Switzerland and Belgium are reated to The Allgemeine Altschottische Loge. During the centuries only parts of the RSR had survived in Germany. The Pictures show the Members Jewel of AASL. It is the 4th Degree of Große National Mutterloge „Zu den 3 Weltkugeln“. Grand National Motherlodge of the three globes.
Posted December 7, 2015
Thank you Hermann. I made a pretty good deal. The lot contained around 10 Freemason decorations and I paid less than 180 euro
About the badge. A quick Google search showed this image: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro%C3%9Fe_National-Mutterloge_%E2%80%9EZu_den_drei_Weltkugeln%E2%80%9C#/media/File:F-Hochgr-gruen.jpg
It is not a clear picture, but I think it is 99% sure that it is the same badge. Apparently it is the badge for the "Schottenmeister der GNML (3WK)".
The price of 180 euro is not really that trustworthy. It was also for sale for 98 euro: http://www.ma-shops.com/mueller/item.php5?id=15292&lang=en
Ok, thank you. So it is not masonic. The question remains: what is it?
I have this neck badge, but I have only minor information about it. It is some sort of badge of the Turkish Yükseliş lodge (lodge # 12), which is established in the Ankara region on the 24th of June 1950. It had approximately 120 members. I believe the lodge does not exist anymore, since all information I have found dates before 2004. The last grand master of the lodge (Ufuk BULUT) had this position in the years 2003-2004. All information I have is from this website: http://masonlocasi.blogspot.com/2015/04/yukselis-muhterem-locas.html, which I translated with Google Translate.
Can somebody tell me more about this badge? When was it introduced, who worn it, how many are there produced, did it have a particular function, etc?
and the backside:
Thanking you in advance for the information!
in Russia: Imperial
Posted November 17, 2015
3 hours ago, JapanX said:
One of only 4619 ...
One of only 4619 ...
Is this the fourth class?
Posted November 16, 2015
Thank you. Interesting to know that there are only 821 crosses awarded. Why in heaven's sake would a forger put such a high number on the cross... But one thing is sure, those forgers are good in letting something "feel" like old.
Posted November 16, 2015
Edited November 21, 2015 by TacHel
Last week I had to do a quick buy. I was offered this St. George cross 3rd class for non-Christians. The guy who sold it had "no idea" what is was. The only thing he could tell me is that he "dug this piece of metal up in Poland", after finding it with his metal detector. This was the only medal he was selling, all the other stuff were other findings he dug up. The price was really nice, so I had to act fast.
I have no idea about Russian Imperial medals, so I want to ask you all what do you think of this cross? Is it a valid one? And if so, is there a possibility to research the number (2065)? How many are there in total awarded?
I would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort and I am looking forward to an experts opinion!
Posted October 20, 2015
So far I have only found this bit of information (no clue if it is correct): http://www.ebay.de/itm/original-Orden-Freimaurer-vor-1900-Stern-gold-N-F-/311012605039
The advertisement implies that it is a German Freemason decoration from before 1900.
More information is really appreciated!
Posted October 15, 2015
Recently I bought a lot with different masonic medals from the Netherlands, Turkey, and England. In this lot, there is also one star I cannot identify. Does somebody here recognize it?
Thank you very much in advance!
in Northern European & Baltic States
Posted November 21, 2013
You have a good point. I never thought of a Dutch key. Like I said, I have no knowledge about these keys, and I know that they are used a lot in Germany, so I assumed this one should also be German.
A quick search on "kamerherensleutel" (the Dutch word for it) showed me this: http://www.ambtskostuums.nl/ambtskostuums/koninklijkhuis/sleutel.htm
Thank you both for your help!!!
Posted November 20, 2013
Nobody that has knowledge about this topic?
Posted November 2, 2013
I've tried to identify this kammerherrenschlüssel, but without any success (I have no knowledge in this area). The box is not the original box, but just one to store it in.
Can somebody with more knowledge about this area identify it?
Many thanks in advance!
in Germany: Third Reich: Uniforms, Headwear, Insignia & Equipment
Posted March 2, 2013
Thank you guys! Luckely I didn't buy it. Somebody wanted to sell it to me, but since I'm not collecting daggers or German stuff, I rejected the offer. But I became curious about its origin. And that problem is now solved.
Again, Thank you both!!
I recently came across this german dagger. I've seen a lot of different daggers, but this one is new to me (my interest is not into daggers).
Can somebody tell me more about this model and originality?
All your help is very much appreciated!
Posted December 20, 2012
Thank you very much!
Posted December 15, 2012
Does somebody know what award or pin this is?
Posted October 1, 2012
A relative of Jean Krans asked me if I knew what kind of badge it is. The idea of the French Foreign Legion is based on this sentence from the wikipedia site:
"Hij noemde zich voortaan Jean en droeg dageljks het insigne van de franc-tireurs, een gouden doodskopje, als dasspeld onder zijn kin."
From now on he called himself Jean and wore daily the isignia of the Franc-Tireurs (a golden skull) as lapel pin under his chin.
I have no further thoughts about the badge because it is not my area of interest, I'm just trying to help someone solving a mystery.
Is there somebody that could tell me more about this medal/badge?
I believe that it has something to do with the Légion étrangère. Here is also a photo of a former Legionair, who is wearing this medal/badge: http://nl.wikipedia....wiki/Jean_Krans (here they mention the badge as the badge of Franc-tireurs).
Any help is appreciated!