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About Schießplatzmeister

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    I am a collector of the Bavarian MMJO and MVM/TKM. I collect groups, individual awards, documents, cases, antique ribbons, miniatures, and recipient photographs. I am always interested in new items for my collection.

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  1. Hello again Albert, I don't think that you will be disappointed with the Klein, Ulrich, and Raff book. Let me know what you think when you receive it. Here is the book that lists Württemberg golden MVM recipients: "Mayer, Albert: Ehrenbuch der Württembergischen Goldenen Militär-Verdienst-Medaille, nach dem Stand vom 1.Januar 1959." I have seen it available for €180 or less. There are not that many other books out there that I can think of. Auction catalogues would also be a good source for information regarding Württemberg awards. Look at Uwe Bretzendorfer's website also. Best regards,
  2. No. 6 is the Preußen Goldene Hochzeitsmedaille 1. Klasse! No, this is not the uniform of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg. The uniform belonged to a member of the Grand Ducal Baden household. See the Baden Hausorden der Treue GK ribbon!
  3. Hello Albert, If you are interested in WW1-era Württemberg orders and decorations, then the Klein, Ulrich und Raff second volume would be the one for you. You are correct about the price, the book is rather expensive. It is beautifully published however. I see your point about there being no book listing Württemberg MVO recipients. If I recall correctly, I believe that there may be a book listing the gold bravery medal recipients however. There is also the book by Neal O'Connor: Aviation Awards of Imperial Germany in World War I and the Men Who Earned Them, Volume IV (which covers Württemberg). It is a nicely done book and is available usually at a modest price. Best regards,
  4. Hello Albert, Actually there are a few superb books regarding Württemberg's orders and medals. I highly recommend: Klein, Ulrich und Raff, Albert. Die Württembergischen Medaillen von 1797-1864 (einschließlich der Orden und Ehrenzeichen). Verlag der Münzen- und Medaillenhandlung. Stuttgart, 2003. There is also a second volume which covers the period from 1864 - 1933. In addition, these authors have covered the history of Württemberg coins in various other books that they have written. Best regards,
  5. Hello, Congratulations regarding these very nice photos. The general appears to possibly be wearing a MMJO RK ribbon in his buttonhole. Best regards,
  6. Welcome to Imperial collecting! The PLM is one of the most counterfeited Imperial Orders. There exist counterfeit pieces of excellent quality. My suggestion would be to look at every piece that you can and to look at genuine pieces in old collections and museums. Gather knowledge (this may take many years) before you spend any money. Good luck!
  7. Hello, This appears to be an old private striking made from different dies than the originals. It is also probably not made from captured enemy cannon bronze and therefore lacks the "from captured cannon" impression on the edge. As noted the suspension is unlike the originals and the ribbon is not of the proper type. It is "original", but is a period-made piece offered for sale by a private firm and is not a piece that was awarded by a government entity. Best regards,
  8. Hello, This item rather newly made. It has machine engraving that is unlike anything that would have been made in 1914. It also has a glaring grammatical error that I see (and I am not a native German speaker). It was therefore prepared by someone who was did not speak German. This item has no value in my opinion. Plaques and table medals awarded to individuals are known, but they certainly did not look like this. Best regards,
  9. Hello, I don't see any problems with this field ribbon bar. The order of ribbon placement/precedence is strange, but I have seen much stranger original field ribbon bars. Best regards,
  10. Hello John, This piece is correct. The ribbon is a modern copy however. The deciding factor regarding purchase should now be the price. A Commander in gold may be found for a reasonable price if you search a bit. Good luck. Best regards,
  11. Hello all, I see nothing to immediately question the authenticity of this ribbon bar. I believe that it is not for a Prussian recipient necessarily, but possibly for a Princely recipient (Prince of Hohenzollern?). But it could also have been for a high-ranking general officer as all of the star devices have swords. I believe that this ribbon bar does not represent all of the awards of the recipient, but was an abbreviated version for wear. An interesting piece! Best regards,
  12. Hello Paul, No worries! Thank you for your thorough observations and explanation. I have very little knowledge regarding this particular Order. I thought that you were probably leaning on the side of satire! I now see what you mean about the altered star body. I am very familiar with stories regarding this individual. You comment "It is best to stick with the urkundes they tend to be less of a problem" has me in stitches!!! I have an interest in the awards of Ferdinand and have examined a piece in person from the Karlheinz Müller sale. Although I didn't mention my opinion above, my guess is that this particular piece may have been assembled circa "2015". Much older than 2018! Best regards,
  13. Hello, This particular piece is not listed in the 1989 Karlheinz Müller, Limburg auction catalogue which had a large number of the Orders and uniforms of Zar Ferdinand 1. of Bulgaria. The seller's description does not mention a relationship to Zar Ferdinand 1. of Bulgaria: "Georgien Orden der Heiligen Tamara, Bruststern 1.Klasse in übergroßer Ausführung für Generäle, wohl Silber und teilweise vergoldet, Zentrum Silber mit vergoldeten Erhöhungen, mehrteilig gearbeitet (zweiteiliger Stern bestehend aus einem vierstrahligen silbernen und goldenen Stern, diese rückseitig vierfach verschraubt), rückseitig an feinem Nadelsystem, Höhe 96,07 mm (also wie ein Großkreuzstern !!!), herausragend gearbeitetes Stück in absolutem Bestzustand, in dieser fast einmaligen Ausführung extrem selten" A curious piece to be certain. Apparently there is no provenance regarding this piece. It appears to be well-made, but one cannot be certain regarding who made it and when it was made. Best regards,
  14. Brilliant idea and very smart looking. They look more comfortable than wooden klompen! Had these been available years ago, I could have saved a great deal of money on children's shoes. I would like to get a pair as I am getting long in the tooth and will not have to bend over to tie them. Will you be shipping to "Merika"? ps: Do you have a patent? (If not, I might run off to China to have these mass produced at a discount). They are made out of 95% re-purposed materials and are recyclable (great for marketing these days).
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