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Beau Newman

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  1. That looks like the style of sword hilt seen on the Hessian Order of Philip. Whether this style made it onto ribbon bars, I do not know.
  2. Wild Card - Interesting Saxony/Hannover combo. Do you know the story behind it?
  3. Here is an interesting Commander of the Ernestine House Order with the added dates "1914" and "1918". The cross tests at 14k gold and the weight is 38.1 g. As I understand it, these were awarded to military officers for non-combat achievements. 1918 would be the year of bestowal. I have included a couple of close-ups of the dates. There does not appear to be a standard format for the dates that I can find. Any enlightenment on whether these may simply be later additions would, of course, be appreciated as I haven't seen enough of these to get a good read on it. Any further information on the award itself would also be appreciated.
  4. If I squint hard, it appears that the 5th from the left on his medal bar is a Hindy so, the 1946 date on the back may be when the photo was taken. Definitely post-1934. The 2 odd badges could be some kind of postwar thing, like a jubilee or adjutant badge for one of the ex-royals. The one on the right could be anything from foreign to some kind of veteran's group badge.
  5. If I'm not mistaken, both Oldenburg and Hanseatic awards are often seen in Naval groups.
  6. The Saxony/Reuss combo likely indicates a 13th Jager Batallion connection. I posted this group a few years back elsewhere but, it fits here, as well.
  7. This just arrived from Oz. It appears to be a variation of the Lifesaving Medal awarded by the Bavarian Free State from 1931-1934 (more of a Weimar piece than Imperial, I know) although, the design is a bit different than the photo in Nimmergut. It is well struck and appears to be silver. The ribbon is correct for that award. Any thoughts?
  8. Although the small gold medal was awarded on the combat ribbon, there is no record of the large gold medal ever being awarded on the combat ribbon during WWI.
  9. The GH stands for Gebruder Hemmerle, a well known Bavarian jeweler. It is a 1914-18 period piece since it is on a wartime ribbon.
  10. I just picked up this little lapel enlisted ribbon group. EKI & EKII, Waldeck Service Medal, Austria Bravery or Military Merit Medal, Finland Medal of Liberty, Finland 1918 Liberation Medal, Hindenburg Cross and Hungary WWI Commem. Medal. Any thoughts on what unit might have had a Waldeck/Austria/Finland connection?
  11. It is the Prussian General Honor Medal, which was probably awarded after the others, I believe it could be awarded either to long serving soldiers or to civil servants.
  12. A neat little Oldenburg non-combat War Service Medal that you don't often see as a mini:
  13. The details on the EK look pretty good. If you can get a look at where the jump ring attaches to the frame, there should be a semi-circular "tab" extending up from the frame that the jump ring attaches to.
  14. I've had this bar for a while and I've never been sure about it. The construction looks ok and the wear on the ribbons is what you would expect to see. My main issue is the crown & sword devices look a little odd. Any opinions?
  15. Great toning. It looks like it's rarely been out of the case.
  16. It appears that he saw military service in the 1864 War with Denmark and the 1870 War with France. After that, he was likely a civil servant with a long career as the 1st 2 medals were primarily civil service type awards.
  17. This was a little more than I usually am willing to pay but, the condition made it worth it.
  18. The shading can get a bit odd for the colors on these old photos. The only thing with that stripe pattern I can think of is the China Medal.
  19. I recently picked this up as a restoration project. Plus, I don't have a group with a NC Hungarian Medal. It is an odd construction. It almost looks like it was put together in pieces. The 1st two ribbons with missing pendants are sewn up with yellow thread and have suspension clasps while the rest are sewn up with red thread and have no clasps. The Hungarian drape is different than the others. I know the 1st missing pendant would be the Zahringen Merit Cross but the 2nd solid green ribbon is a bit of a mystery. It probably was a bit darker originally based on the reverse side color. I can't come up with anything Baden and the Saxon Labor Medal seems like a stretch. Any suggestions?
  20. This arrived recently. It's interesting. It includes a rather rare Silver Medal of the Karl Friedrich Order named to "PAGENSTECHER", an enlisted award. It also has a 20 year Prussian Reserve Officer's Cross and a 1914 Iron Cross. Since it is a reverse mounting, the 2 Baden awards are both placed behind the Prussian awards. Unless this has been played with (always a possibility) it appears that the recipient served in a Baden unit in the Franco-Prussian War and served in the Prussian Army later in life into WWI. I looked for Pagenstechers in the 1914 Rank List and found a few. The only one that looked like a possibility was a Dr. Pagenstecher who was a medical officer in the Landwehr Inspectorate in Braunschweig. If anyone has the 1870/71 rolls for the Karl Friedrich Medal, I would be interested to see if a Pagenstecher appears.
  21. Personally - I would give this one a pass. If you search through the older posts, there is a very good discussion on these from a while back.
  22. Here are some better shots. It is definitely a later piece with the swords integral to the wreath and not applied. It is marked JGuS 938 so, it is silver gilt.