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About Hauptmann

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  • Birthday 13/08/62

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    Carrington, North Dakota
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    All types of militaria from many countries and periods.
    Metal detecting.
    Coin/currency/stamp collecting (U.S. & Foreign).
    Collecting pocket watches.
    Collecting pocket & sheath knives.
    Collecting antique lock & keys.
    Science Fiction.
    Collecting movies & television series.
    Model building.
    Computers and computer/console gaming.
    Sherlock Holmes
    Lost ships and aircraft: Titanic, Lusitania, Andrea Dorea, Hindenburg to name but a few.

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  1. Order of Medjidie... good one or bad one?

    Well, that seems to be two thumbs down so think I'll skip this on. DEEPLY appreciate the input guy! :-) Many thanks! Dan
  2. Hi all, Am part Turkish and have always wanted to get a few Turkish (Ottoman) Orders but generally they're way out of my range. Am eyeing one but I know there are a ton of fakes out there and I know enough to be almost dangerous when it comes to this area. Would deeply appreciate any help anyone can give re: good or bad and if possible roughly (assuming good) what a decent price would be. Here's the pics... fingers crossed. Many thanks! Dan
  3. Honored Railwayworker Badge

    Hi all. I've finally managed to obtain the final Excellent Railway Badge (Signalman) to finish my set. However, this last one does not have the screw nut. I wondered if any of you might by chance happen to have a spare that you'd be willing to part with? If so, please let me know and hopefully we can work something out. Any help would be deeply appreciated. Once I have this last one in hand I'll do pics of it as well as the entire set and post them. Many thanks! God bless, Dan
  4. 1914 weiderholingsspange

    Come on guys... I don't have near the knowledge on these but I'm sure some of our members do. Can someone chime in here one way or the other? Nick is on pins and needles to know if this one is good or not. Please help out if you can. Thanks! Dan
  5. Virgin's Cross

    So glad you finally got one big guy!!!! She's a beaut!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to see her in person!
  6. Hi all. I have a close friend... she's like my older sister, who also collects and who made a purchase on Ebay last night while I was incommunicado at work. Hoping this is okay... it's the link to the auction which has ended. http://www.ebay.com/itm/German-WW-I-medal-original-big-knight-cross-steel-core-800-marker-1914-org-case-/142454337796?hash=item212af0b104%3Ag%3AGXEAAOSw5gxZdH~I&nma=true&si=HvCaykmTQ35HzjEVhxEYPNQe1Ho%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 First off, need, if possible, to know if this is indeed an original, ie: one made during either WW1 or WW2 for display in museums/shops or if it's simply a more modern copy? Secondly, if so, is it worth what she paid or thereabouts? The listing states in the title that it's cased and is a Godet, yet no pics were provided of the case. She's written to request same. After the auction ended she discovered a previous auction where the same seller sold a cased example which went for less: http://www.ebay.com/itm/German-WW-I-medal-original-big-knight-cross-steel-core-800-marker-1914-org-case-/142418393975?nma=true&si=HvCaykmTQ35HzjEVhxEYPNQe1Ho%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 This made her more than a bit nervous and she wishes she'd thought to look before bidding. Hoping all is okay but felt best to post here and let the experts take a crack at it. I do not want to see her get taken and would prefer to try to find out what's what before the item is shipped. She sadly paid right after the auction but hoping if it's not a good one then we can get it worked out before shipment and get her money refunded. She paid via Paypal so has the coverage from them and Ebay but hoping against hope we don't have to go that route. However, if it's a period piece used for display purposes at the time then I'd be okay with it as I know awarded examples are pretty much impossible to obtain and would cost a mint. If she even went just a bit high then that's still okay as we all do that from time to time with pieces we really really want. Hoping I can get some help/opinions on this and save the day if it needs saving. Many thanks in advance! God bless, Dan
  7. Hi Thom. Sorry but not ready to part with it. If I ever decide to I'll definitely get in touch if possible. Thanks! Dan
  8. Hi all. Hoping for some help on this one. So many fakes out there. The core is iron... magnet sticks to it. Pics not the greatest but all I have at the moment. Any help deeply appreciated! Many thanks! Dan
  9. Hi all. I acquired this recently as a replica, but on arrival I'm not so sure. It's hollow with the back plate. Very good workmanship. I have an original early type silver WB made the same way. Rather light weight and solid construction. I don't believe these hollow/solid backs were all that common, plus they require that much more effort to product. Can't believe fakers would go to the trouble to not only do it but do it right. Anyhow, I welcome opinions. The pics are the only ones I have right now but I can do some scans if required. Many thanks in advance, Dan
  10. Is this Japanese?

    My deepest thanks Hugh! I sure hope one of our members can help me solve it. It's been driving me nuts! I hate it when I can't research and find things on my own and this one has me totally stumped! I definitely agree it has that post war Asian army feel to it in my mind. I thought about South Korea, Taiwan, Japan... can't find any matches to save my life! Will keep pacing in the trench and hope someone comes up with it. If I figure it out I'll definitely post as well. Thanks again! God bless, Dan
  11. Is this Japanese?

    With the chrysanthemum I'm thinking Japanese... but for the life of me after searching on the next for the last few hours I cannot find anything similar to confirm it. Hoping one of our members can help. Possibly police or ? if not military? If someone knows what rank is it for? Many thanks! Dan
  12. ...was wondering if you received any images of Bruno Dilley from your request...have access to his complete medals/certificates...(8{

  13. Academy badges

    Hi all. I know this is an OLD thread I posted... but wondered if anyone can point out what each of these graduations were for... re: the schools/academies, etc? I was told the one in post #7 is for Space Forces... is that correct? Would love to know the actual title of the Academy or School and anything else anyone could tell me about that one... it's been one of my favorites. Got it from Alexei way way back in time. Many thanks! Dan
  14. Hi all. I managed to acquire a Major General's daily uniform from a friend. Common type but worked a very good deal and would like to dress it up a bit for display on a torso dummy. Am thinking perhaps one HSU, a good sized ribbon bar, an academy badge or two and possibly a Soviet Officer's Association lapel pin. Here's the possibilities I have to work with: First the tunic in question: Most of my academy graduation badges are here: Some of my ribbon bars... thinking one of the top three: Officer's Association pin: Here's one I found on the web that's rather like what I'm hoping to do: Although would two of my graduation badges work on this (assuming any of the ones I have would be proper for this rank)? I don't know of anything else that would be appropriate for this uniform and rank but if anyone knows different please let me know. Also, keep in mind that I have no intention of selling this but if I should I would remove the items I add as I would not want them to be considered original to the tunic. This is simply for my own display. Many thanks in advance. Dan
  15. My friend is trying to get more info from his relatives... not sure at this point if there is anything else available... but will try to get what we can. Many thanks! Dan