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J Temple-West

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  1. Pity about condition...pieces by Rudolf Wachtler & Lange, Mittweida (100) are renowned for keeping their finish. Still, nice gift!
  2. They don't make them like that anymore...
  3. 'G L' - Luftwaffe General Luftzeugmeister (civil technicians)
  4. 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
  5. Dave You could always post your items in our sale room... http://gmic.co.uk/forum/35-the-old-sale-room-resurrected/
  6. A superb set, Stewy It always amazes me how well pieces from Wächtler & Lange keep their finish.
  7. Well, you learn something new every day.....this is what I love about this hobby. Nice to be able to add Karl Hensler to the list of makers of the Russian Front Medal. Cheers, Stewy
  8. A hard one to find, Stewy. As you say, pity about the catch....but all part of its history.
  9. No problems with that one.....
  10. Morning, Andreas More likely to be an on-board produced flotilla cap badge rather than for a particular u-boat. this one is for the 2nd U-boat Flotilla...the link will give you a little more information on the group. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_U-boat_Flotilla
  11. I agree with Jerry....the 70's saw a lot of etched bayonets hitting the market...some quite well done, using original templates..... some with fantasy artwork. I wouldn't write this one off just yet as the etching appears to have certain elements that were used by the firm F.W Holler - Solingen. The problem with etched bayo's is that even with decent pictures it's hard to give an opinion without having the piece in hand
  12. There is another field of interest to the Luftwaffe badge collector, this being the qualification badges issued to members of the German Luftwaffe who served with the other Axis Powers. Not only did these Luftwaffe flight crews wear the normal German qualification badges, but those who flew with any of the other Axis forces were also entitled to wear the corresponding badge issued by that particular Country.. Axis Countries. Germany. Italy. Japan. Hungary. Rumania Bulgaria. Independent State of Croatia (NDH) As with most Axis medals, awards and badges, both German and locally manufactured examples will be encountered. First up, the Bulgarian Observers badge. Made by the specialist German manufacturer ?Friedrich Sedlatzek? and personalized with the initials ?TK?.. The same badge can be seen, being worn, by a DKiG winner, in the photograph, below..
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    A very nice example of an original "DLV" stickpin you have there, Gerd. These multi piece membership badges also come with a button hole setup, and are getting harder to find.
  14. And a little beauty it is... 900 silver and cased.....very nice.
  15. As a point of interest, here is the same Juncker maker mark on their late Radio Operator/Air Gunner badge. This one obtained from the family.
  16. A very nice "Berlin SW 68" marked 3rd pattern Flak Badge. A lot of Juncker Flak badges are often regarded as fakes due to poor production strikes, but this one is a crisp example..Juncker at its best. This badge type can be found with both round wire as well as the flat wire catch that this badge has. The repair to the hinge pin only adds to the history of the piece, imo..... and wonderful that it remains in the family.
  17. And an even older acquisition. Again for female recipients.... Service medal for German Social Welfare.
  18. Cheers, Stan... Had this one for a lot of years...thought I would dig it out to photograph. women's 1937 pattern DRK Cross, 2nd class.
  19. Very nice, Paul. it must have taken an age to lay all that out for photographing....You really need to get a hobby.
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    All I know of him is that he is/was considered to be a seller of fakes that still cause problems in the collecting community today.
  21. Nice group of pix you have there, Jock
  22. Just in is this example of the "Bamberger Reiter" in terracotta from the Karlsruhe majolica factory. A war-time produced piece depicting the head of the medieval statue found in the Cathedral of Bamberg, Germany. Adopted by the Nazis, and in particular by Heinrich Himmler's SS, as a symbol of Nordic purity and German sprit.examples of the Bamberger Reiter were produced by a number of war-time porcelain manufacturers, such as Rosenthal, but interestingly not by Allach. The Karlsruhe Majolica factory is the only ceramic factory in Germany which has survived every political and economic crisis of the last century and is still running today. It was founded in 1901 by the painter Hans Thoma and his friend Wilhelm Süs. Since it was founded, the factory has responded to nearly all trends and events in cultural and art history from historicism and art nouveau to expressionism, constructivism, New Objectivity, Domestic Revival and art of the National Socialist period, to the tendencies of the 1950s and 1960s and finally to the current trends in art. In 1924, during the Great Depression, the state of Baden took charge of the company and had to intervene several times to prevent the Staatliche "Majolika-Manufaktur Karlsruhe AG" (National Majolica Manufactory Karlsruhe Inc.) as it is now called, from closing down permanently. During the Nazi period, modern artistic motifs were replaced by traditional ones. Apart from ceramics for usage and decoration the factory produced busts of Hitler, the eagle of the Third Reich, the swastika and symbols such as the Bamberger Reiter. As a result, the factory experienced great economic growth. In 1944, the factory was destroyed during allied bombing raids, but was rebuilt after the wars end. The statue of the "Bamberger Reiter" in the Cathedral of Bamberg, Germany. Ironically, the statue may also have provided a kind of chivalric inspiration for Claus Graf von Stauffenberg, the officer who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1944. Stauffenberg joined the elite Bamberger Reiter 17th cavalry regiment, and came to be called the Bamberger Reiter himself because of a perceived resemblance to the statue. Seen here is part of a large building eagle, produced by the company, during a recent exhibition at the factory...the mould must have been absolutely massive!