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J Temple-West

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  1. All members of the Heer/SS who engaged in hand-to-hand combat when unsupported by Panzer would qualify for the CCC. Bronze:15 days Silver: 30 days Gold: 50 days. Going on the criteria, your Grandpa certainly earned his bar.
  2. Fake, IMO... all the signs of being a cast copy.
  3. In January 1936, the SS Porzellan-manufaktur Allach was created in Munich under the control of Heinrich Himmler. Well known artists such as Professor T. Karner, Professor W. Zögel, Obermeier, Förster, and others were contracted to work at the factory. Due to a rapid expansion of the enterprise, the factory was not able to meet production, so in October 1937 a part of production was moved to the SS-operated Dachau concentration camp. Starting from 1941, and after the move of the entire factory to Dachau, the company employed German civilians and a large number of prisoners in the production of art and porcelain. At one point there over 200 items listed in their catalogue, ranging from small candlestick holders to the larger pieces, including entire dinner services, mounted horsemen (31cm high) rostrum eagles (80cm high), etc. The animal porcelain, such as the eagle, horse and dogs were the most popular products of the Allach factory. These pieces were produced to supply special gift items intended for loyal SS supporters. Here are a few items for my collection to give some idea as to the type of items that the Allach factory produced.
  4. Although there is no definitive proof that badges marked with the "AS" in a triangle are from the maker, Adolf Scholze. The general concensus is that the maker mark was used by the firm. Tombak
  5. Just in is this service medal for members of the German Red Cross......mounted on ribbon bow for females.
  6. If you are considering buying this item, there are plenty of undamaged examples out there which will hold their value a lot better than this one.
  7. Wow! Superb, Robin... But....surely you need shields with backing cloths for all three branches.
  8. Gentlemen, how about a database of all Luftwaffe RK winners? There were 1785 RK?s awarded to members of the Luftwaffe. If you have any photos or postcards of these winners, post them here. I?ll start off with the few that I have, some I have on file, and keep the list up to date as they come in. The best of any duplicates will be kept. Anyone who sees a photo or card that belongs to them and objects to it being posted in this thread let me know and I?ll either give them the appropriate credit or delete the image. Over to you.. Firstly, here's a photo to give you a little flavour of the world of the knight's Cross winner.
  9. Hi, Stephen What I'll do is, I'll send your pictures to a very good friend who is considered an expert in the field of glider pilot's and all that is connected to the subject for an opinion. it may take a little time due to the time of year... but we'll get there. bear with me
  10. Sorry, Stephen...even though I took a double take when seeing the front of this badge... I would give this one the "thumbs down". It looks to be a casting of a glider pilot's badge by the maker Brüder Schneider - Wien (BSW). Even if the reverse hardware was replaced, at some point, the characteristics (bubbling of the zinc during production/retention of detail/type of rivet etc) of the maker's zinc badges are just not there in my opinion. For comparison: an early example by BSW.
  11. Have moved this topic to this section.... In answer to your concerns...follow this link to your topic on your Air Gunner badge. http://gmic.co.uk/topic/69954-luftwaffe-air-gunners-badge/
  12. Regarding the Pilot's badge.... The "CEJ" maker mark, for the firm of C.E Juncker-Berlin, was only used on very early pre-war badges, such as the examples below. For comparison: 1st pattern Pilot's badge (left), 1st pattern Pilot/Observer badge by Juncker
  13. Hi, Stephen A post-war cast copy, I'm afraid...as is, as has already been said, the PB. To give you some idea as to the superb badges that W. Deumer produced, have a look at the badges below and compare them to your example.
  14. Nice, Don...I know who to burgle. Quite amazing how they managed to maintain the detail in their mini production. eg: Here is the cap badge ( maker: Berg & Nolte - Lüdenscheid) of the DLV with membership mini below....
  15. The smaller pin-back version is not too hard to find...but this one is. measuring 3.1cm with a buttonhole attachment by the maker, Karl Wurster - Markneukirchen.
  16. The first two (Heer and Kriegsmarine) are new to the collection. Heer.... Maker is still a bit of a mystery, but, going on the reverse hardware, I am leaning toward W.Deumer as a good possibility. Kriegsmarine... Nicely marked with the "A" for F.W Assmann - Ludenscheid Luftwaffe... I've chosen this example from the collection as it's a known unmarked example from the factory of Wilhelm Deumer and gives a good comparison for the heer eagle that started the thread...slightly different hinge, but a very similar setup overall.
  17. Romanian Medal for Manhood and Loyalty: if the crossed swords are silver - 2nd Class if the crossed swords are gilt - 1st Class
  18. The backing cloth could possibly be a later addition by the recipient (often seen)...but medals, construction of the bar,backing plate all look to be period correct.
  19. could we see a shot of the reverse...
  20. Pity about condition...pieces by Rudolf Wachtler & Lange, Mittweida (100) are renowned for keeping their finish. Still, nice gift!
  21. They don't make them like that anymore...
  22. 'G L' - Luftwaffe General Luftzeugmeister (civil technicians)
  23. Here you go, Rob...as requested. 2nd pattern eagle, 3rd pattern (factory darkened) tombak wreath by C E Juncker - Berlin. This example has some slight darkening to the gilding....most likely from the case. I don't think it was ever issued. Obverse