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J Temple-West

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  1. I am not going to comment, other to say....I'm going to fold up in a fetal position and get over my envy. Soooo nice, Gary
  2. Hinge & catch show that it's a post war piece produced by Rudolf Souval.
  3. I have just managed to pick up another early die stamped, nickel sliver plated tombak, Infantry Assault Badge by Otto Schickle. This one has the sheet metal catch and, as can be seen, has the most wonderful toning/patina. These badges come with two different types of catch...Sheet metal and round wire. Generally called 'Schickle/Mayer' badges due to the head of the Präsidialkanzlei, Dr. Otto Meissner, signing a decree, in June 1941, stating that the firm of Otto Schickle was prohibited from the manufacture and trade of orders and medals founded after January 1933....the reasons remain unclear. Schickle, however, were allowed to sell off certain parts of their leftover stock and the firm of B.H Mayer was one of the purchasers at a later LDO supervised sale. The one just in.... sheet metal catch. Round wire catch.
  4. Luftwaffe badge production by the firm Berg & Nolte, Ludenscheid. Pilot's badge. Radio Operator/Air Gunner Badge Air Gunner Badge Paratrooper Badge Flak Badge
  5. Hi, Nack A common fake, I'm afraid. just looking at the front of the badge is enough...these fakers produced these badges from parts cast from various makers, stamped different maker marks on them and put them on the market as originals. This one of yours has an Assmann eagle when it should have all the parts produced by Juncker and marked IMME. Looking at a comparison of your badge and the eagle on an original Assmann Observer badge shows the total lack of detail of a cast copy of an original.
  6. No matter the condition, having a named badge is a nice piece of history. Foerster & Barth - Pforzheim (L/21).
  7. Thank you for the reverse, and closeup, shots… So, the backing plate is certainly an early original and if it wasn’t for the suspect 10 year device I wouldn’t be too worried about a normal political bar being bad, as there are a lot of made up bars out there and it wouldn’t be a great loss if this one turned out to be one. The important point about this bar is the Danzig Cross ribbon. Having been awarded in very low numbers, anything to do with the award is rare and a very important part of the history of the time… also a piece that would command a high price in the market place. A little background about the award: Designed by Benno von Arent and instituted on the 31st August 1939 by Gauleiter Albert Forster as a decoration to be awarded to those who contributed to building up the NSDAP in the free city of Danzig. Numbers awarded: 1st class – 88 2nd class – 253 Most of these awards were issued, with great pomp, at a ceremony on the 24th October 1939, the rest by the 11th December 1939 being the last day of the award period. There is speculation that more awards were made after the 11th December 1939, but to date no evidence of this has come to light. 1st class decorations were made to members of the upper echelon of the NSDAP such as; Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Reinhard Heydrich, Fritz Todt, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Ludolf-Hermann von Alvensleben, etc 2nd class to those such as; Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Hans Baur (Hitler’s pilot), Kurt Daluege, Commanders of the SS Heimwehr Danzig etc. So, all In all, an important award, issued in very low numbers and much sort after by collectors today, and this is why, since war’s end, fakers have not only mass produced every conceivable piece of militaria but have, when it comes to ribbon bars, produced bars that have high end awards on them to increase desirability, and price. All this, having been said….the bar in question has an early backing plate, combatant ribbons, a political ribbon and the, all important, early Danzig Cross ribbon. Then why does it not have the typical bronze 10 year NSDAP ribbon device? As much as I would like this potentially important ribbon bar to be of wartime production, the fact that there is this question mark regarding the 10 year device puts the originality of the entire bar in doubt. I’ll leave this with a quote from the late, great, Richard Lundström “no original device was ever painted”.
  8. A very warm welcome to the forum.... The next of kin Spanish Cross is a very rare award (as you say, only 315 awarded) but original examples are made of bronze. This one is certainly a post war fake.... when it was made is anybody's guess.
  9. Just a little addition for these unsung heroes who's only aim was to save lives. This volunteer fire fighter survived the war and continued to serve, receiving his 50 service medal on retirement.
  10. I have a bad feeling about this bar... All ribbon bar attachments for the 10 year NSDAP long service award, that I've come across, have been made from bronze and this means that there was no need to add any kind of coating. The attachment on this bar looks to be of a base metal which has been painted, something that raises a 'red flag' for me. Could we see a shot of the back of the bar? In the meantime, here are a couple of NSDAP bars to have a look at....both having bronze attachments for the 10 year service award.
  11. So, from what I can gather form the paper's archives (and a little help from a translation app) Ernst and his wife lived in Saxony until the late 90's when they moved to Berlin (Marchwitzastraße, Marzahn-Hellersdorf - Berlin) to be near their daughter, two grand and two great grandchildren.
  12. Could this be the Ernst? Photo states the this is one Ernst Quaas with his wife on their 65th wedding anniversary. Certainly looks like an older version of him.
  13. Very nice, Bob...many thanks for taking the time. Especially like the B&NL pb, very nice condition. So, had a quick look at some listings and see that Quaas also had the DKiG when with 5./KG 26 dated 12.7.43.... but then did a general google search and all became clear....quite a service record.
  14. BITS AND PIECES!!!! OMG!! Is this all to one pilot or singular items in the collection? That 'Erel is top draw, and what looks to be a very nice cased 2nd pattern Assmann PB. As to the Ehrenpokal...out with the camera please....who was the recipient? "bits and pieces", indeed...you can't get away with that.
  15. Good morning, Uwe As the badge in question is of the 1957 design, it would have to have been produced after 1957....when is any body's guess. these 1957 type badges are still produced today and can be found for as little as £/E/$ 35.00 on auction sites. Again, as a point of interest... the picture shown below is the only known original example of a Small Battle Units War Badge that came from the estate of Ottfried Neubecker, the designer of the award. As can be seen, the fins of the sawfish are smooth. compared to an example of a typical 1957 series piece.. As can be seen, the fins are ribbed. (photo from an article by Gordon Williamson)
  16. Hi, Stojan The difference between wartime pieces and those produced in 1957 is that the fins are not ribbed on those of the 1944 design. The 1957 design, having ribbing on the fins, shows that the badge that you've posted is based on the 1957 design but has a maker mark for C.E Juncker. The Juncker factory was destroyed in late 1944 which means that either this is a one-off piece produced in 1957 with a totally different reverse set-up to the those found on most 1957 badges and with a fake post-war maker mark for Juncker. With all these red flags, I would have to give an opinion that this badge was produced to deceive. As a point of interest, there has only been one documented original 1944 'Small Battle Units War Badges badge' sold on the open market and that was in 1998 by a dealer in Germany....this shows how rare they are.
  17. Original wartime issued examples of these Small Battle Units War Badges are extremely rare and have certain characteristics which this one does not have... nor does it have the typical reverse setup (hinge/catch/pin) of a 1957 issued piece.
  18. A very nice bar and probably from a member of an early construction crew involved in the building of the 'Westwall', or a later member of a 'Flak Abteilung' after the defences were garrisoned prior to Allied Invasion. Quite a hard combination to find....congrats!
  19. This is a fake.... Original close Combat clasps by F&BL (Funcke & Brüninghaus, Ludenscheid) has the maker mark above the clasp and is upside down.
  20. The last two, on the top row, look to be the Spanish War campaign medal and the Order of Military Merit (red) for combatants. To be totally correct, ribbon bars for combatants should have crossed sword attachments on both....not unusual for them to be forgotten. As to the bottom bar....yes, it is the correct ribbon for the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure and with rosette it is most likely the 4th class....to be sure, you should post the bar in the Asia forum.
  21. A couple of transitional Luftwaffe badges produced by the firm of F.W. Assmann & Söhne who were based in Lüdenscheid. The term ‘transitional’, when it comes to badges, is used for badges that were produced from parts, held in stock by the manufacturer, of both pre-and war time designs. When it comes to collecting, these transitional pieces are some of the hardest to find. First up is a pilot’s badge with a first pattern pre-war eagle on an early third pattern wartime wreath. Observer badge with the same period designs; a first pattern pre-war eagle on an early third pattern wartime wreath….and of all the badge makers, of the time, my favourite design of pre-war Observer eagle.
  22. Hi, Stojan this badge looks to be a badly executed cast copy of a Juncker 1st pattern army paratrooper badge....in other words...a fake. The overall lack of detail of eagle and wreath + points of poor casting (missing details) of the wreath are the main indicators.
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