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Eric Gaumann

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  1. Thanks. I have a document for an OPA2 but it's not the actual doc that came with this order. More images. Huge box, BTW; 180mm x 122mm x 43mm.
  2. OK boys, here it is; my OPA2 that I just received; Some more images. When I saw this on ebay I thought the darker parts of the rays of the obverse were wear/patina. Sadly they seem to be where the gold paint either flaked away or was not correctly applied. Same on the reverse down by the catch. So it's just another 'shinny'. Seems I've maxed out my upload MB allowance so I'll try for more later.
  3. Eric Gaumann

    Commemorative Medal of the Partisans of 1941

    Thanks! Thanks! Did not know GK and BK predated IKOM. TIL (Today I Learned) Just like some of the People's Merit Orders. I assume the upper part on each is soldered to the screwpost which is then passed through the base? At least that's my guess.
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    Commemorative Medal of the Partisans of 1941

    Awesome list! Thanks for doing this. I've noticed the majority have three rivets securing the upper part while a few use the screwpost to secure it. How does that fit in? I also notice the "GK" maker's mark is for "Griesbach & Knaus" . Any idea who that maker is, and who is "BK"? PS. Any reason to doubt this well-worn award?
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    Commemorative Medal of the Partisans of 1941

    Wow...Nice! Despite the 16k number that screwpost has got to be very early, no? Congrats on a great find. That's on my 'bucket list' as well.
  6. Yes, in a safe home now. All four documents to the same man saved for posterity, for what that's worth. So few even notice this, much less care about it.
  7. Examples of award documents for 2nd and 3rd class Orders.
  8. Let's try the side shots again. I may replace these with better images once the morning sun reaches my work bench. edit: replaced images
  9. Now to the Order itself. It's got a massive chip, obviously, in the enamel of the flag on the obverse. It looks worse in person but I like "salty" so I'll live with it. My scale is on the fritz again but I've seen 60+ grams for this order. Serial numbered and hallmarked for content. I believe this single square hallmark denotes 950 silver content? I believe the original, T1V1 version of this Order had two screwposts, at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock, as attachments to the uniform. This has been modified to a pin-back attachment, I assume by ZIN despite it's almost home-made look. And finally two, poor quality side images. My guess is that this is a three part design with the center medallion, of just the two heads, either soldered or riveted to the circular white enameled piece, which is then riveted to the wreath/enameled red flag base. Having trouble uploading these last two images. Will try again tomorrow.
  10. So here are some more, detailed images of this beautiful Order. Starting with the box. It has a vertical slit in it to accommodate the pin-back, not the original double screwpost that I think this order originally was (more on that later.)
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    Yugoslavian Partisan Stars

    Thanks mate! I was speculating in my mind about awarded vs. unawarded and then I noticed a bump on the reverse 12 o'clock starpoint. I thought maybe this didn't pass quality control? As I type this I realize that's just wild speculation. I like your Star as well, nice low number. It's a rather simple design but it's very effective in it's typical Soviet style.
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    Yugoslavian Partisan Stars

    I finally got to upgrade my collection with a nice, Soviet made Partisan Star 2c. Nothing out of the ordinary, just wanted to share. edit: the 2 white lines on the obverse are just reflections.
  13. I think this is the best thread for an Order of Labor 1st Class. Even though it's titled 3rd class I see some 2c as well so. Here's a tease. Just received this less than 2 hours ago and I have to share. More details coming soon. edit: Another thread with some 1st Class images: This current thread is much more recent so I think I will continue posting here unless someone objects.
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    4th class St. George cross for other ranks

    I am not an expert by any means as I own only one GC4. But I did do my homework before buying it and I have to say this example looks good. Again, no expert and just my opinion.
  15. Never heard of that badge, although I focus a bit more on military and labor than this type badge.
  16. Here's some interesting images; maybe a die flaw? Never seen this before. Look at the 3 o'clock area.
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    Order of Military Merit

    Interesting image of a damaged OMM3. Obviously the Red Star is gone but there looks like there was some sort of clear covering to the small shield that backed the star. Not sure what's going on here.
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    Tsar Nicholas I. Medal

    "It was founded in 1896 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Nicholas 1. Silver medals were awarded to all officers and class officials who were in the reign of Nicholas I, on active service, bronze lower ranks. More than 30,000 silver and more than 220,000 bronze medals were minted at the St.Petersburg MD. " From: http://medalirus.ru/pamyatnie-medali/pamyat-nikolay.php Image of ribbon included.
  19. Not necessarily new, shinny and suspicious.... but I found a nice example of the shiny reverse 'coating' which I consider some sort of preservative lacquer. Notice how it seems to be brushed on; you can see what seem to be brush marks where it was applied. And also how reflective it is; in two of the images you can see the reflection of the underside of the pin.
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    Yugoslavian Partisan Stars

    Welcome back Radmilo, we/I missed your presence here. Thanks for the image, very helpful. But I have more questions. I have an image of a Pentagon Rooster with what looks like a "II" and a "2". See image 1. And the older marks you shared show a mark with a "I", "II" and "III". See image 2. Is there some 'overlap' with that content stampings? I apologize for being pedantic (and drunk tonight), just curious what you think.
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    Yugoslavian Partisan Stars

    I read on another forum about the rooster in the pentagon and the poster alluded to a Roman Numeral next to the rooster indicative to the content. Here's the image: We can see a Roman Numeral 'II', basically to the left of the rooster's butt, and what might be a Latin Numeral '2' up top. And here's the poster's comments: " the Rooster (depending on which roman number, it will denote the grade of silver, in this case II with Pentagon shape is .800 silver , depending on the time period the shape of the pentagon can be a square, and roman numbers can denote different meaning."
  22. Yes, very nice indeed. It's a "2.1.1" according to Paja's classification and the reason I initially assumed it had no number and hallmark (a "2.2") was because the certificate made no note of the serial number on it. So, were they ignoring existing serial numbers on awards when issuing documents for said awards by 1962, or are Gunner's items unrelated? The later seems less likely since there are two docs issued to the same awardee as well as the box.
  23. Great set of documents! I'm so tempted to start acquiring these... The award itself, I assume it's unnumbered and without the Ikom hallmark?
  24. Eric Gaumann

    Order of Military Merit

    Thanks! It would be interesting to determine the actual silver content of these 'double marked' pieces. edit: I made a collage of 5 images of mint and content marks from this thread as an aid for reference.
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    Order of Military Merit

    What are these mintmarks, and are they correct for this order? "900" is obvious and one of the other marks is for the maker/mint. But what is the third? And can this specific grouping of marks narrow-down a specific era (or group of years) when this order (and maybe others with the same marks) were made?
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