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  1. Nope. Both are bad. It's a fantasy design based on Partisan Badge , with fake maker marks. Bercs and Mueller never used anything like that. Moreover, the original Partisan badge by Mueller has different design.
  2. Hi Dave, It's a well known fake, discussed on many profile forums. It was sold in quantities some time ago while original badges are really scarce. But what make it an evident fake is the fact that a badge with the same design exists with 2 different maker marks Pls see this and compare.
  3. Hi Gents, Ok, I'll try to post some pictures, hope it will help. In the following posts I will discuss only 1st class crosses. 1. The obverse picture of Rossbach cross published in July 1943 in Der Reiter gen Osten newspaper, and the cross from my collection which IMO is a perfect match to it. Having in mind untypical set up which can be only met on some decorations produced in 20-ies, I'd say that we see here the 1st run of these crosses. 2. The obverse picture of Rossbach cross from Klietmann's book dated 1979, and the matching specimen from Hartung catalogue. Having in mind the rarity of this version , and also the set up, I'd suppose that we see the additional edition awarded in 1933. Honestly said, that's it. I've never seen any other 1st class crosses which have any provenance. Of course we can't exclude private purchase items, but they are a question of believe and proper hand inspection As for the cross in the beginning of the thread....ufff... personally I do not like it. First of all it carries the design of these suspicious items which Brian describes as produced in 50-ies and we used to consider fakes. Please find below one of them for comparison. What makes it even worse, having the design of later production, the set up of this cross is trying to imitate the early one (?). And last but not least--the source. Brian can tell us more about the seller, I will just mention that some of the fake Freikorps decorations from this person are really well made and are not serial/unique. And what a coincidence, just few months before he also sold one of these "50-ies made" items... Fake one.
  4. Hi, I hope you know that the badge you posted is a repro. Best! Serg
  5. Hi Gents, Just a small announce...For those of you who do not afraid of Russian language. "Gallipoli Star (Eiserner Halbmond)" by K.Nikolayev. Russian language. Hardcover, 470 pages, full colored. The best book on the subject at the moment. 167 badges from 55 different makers are described and classified, plus miniatures, award lists, bars, ribbon bars etc. As an additional clause the book includes a graphic table of designs for easier comparison and identification of maker. Some pics.
  6. Actually I did already, some part of it , here
  7. I feel uneasy because I'm envy Great items you show here.
  8. Andreas, I've seen already enough to make my life uneasy But, should it happen that you have documents to these badges as well? Or any pictures? Best! Serg
  9. Thank you very much, Andreas!
  10. Hi Andreas, Good and scarce badge, congrats. I had one of these once, grotesquely modified. And it definitely was awarded much more than 15 times, I've seen at least 10 of them. Around 300-500, I would suppose. Can you show us Danzig Flak badge too? Best! Serg
  11. There were definitely more versions. Sorry for my mistake, the badge shown I've seen before, I believe it's an interesting one with horizontal pin set up instead of vertical, right?
  12. P.S. Damn Saturday morning. Paul, it's not the one I sold you on WAF, is it? I'd pay more attention
  13. Hi Brian, He got it from me And it's not enamel, it's transit laquered version
  14. Very good!! It's the 3rd Awaloff-kreuz certificate issued by Deutsche Legion I've ever seen thus far.
  15. Vice versa My group contains almost no papers, only "metal"
  16. Is there anything in a group what was not shown in a magazine? Congratulations!
  17. So you have the whole Enkel group, part of which was shown in Orden und Ehrenzeichen magazine, in an article about Eiserne Division?
  18. Andreas, WOW!!! Finally!!!!! This document was one of these "unseen" items I was searching for. MEGATHANX for showing! Here is a badge from my collection, from a group, to complete the thread. Do you have a badge as well? Best! Serg
  19. And mine (black). Sorry for offtop, btw
  20. Brian, The one with black cord is described by Klietmann. Since it was done based on his writings to Pfeffer himself, I hope we can trust him in this very case. I was thinkin about silver grade as well first, but we did compare it to a silver one, and no--it's black. Does not look like oxidation. Best! Serg
  21. Hi Eric, Hmmmm...what makes you so sure it's a Randow cross? Not Awaloff , f.e.? It's a private purchase anyway as it does not look like any known type used for official awarding IMO.
  22. Did you mean silver cord? This one for sure is black, we compared it to silver one closely. Yep, the price was good, congrats! I had a huge desire to buy it myself, to be honest
  23. Andreas, It was pretty complicated. Fangschnur of VII. Armee-Korps (FK Duesseldorf, Lichtschlag etc) had only 2 classes, usual green and green with additional silver cord (for 3 and 9 months). Pfeffer went further. He used two classes, but also added one more, with black cord, making it in 3 grades (for FK Pfeffer only). Best! Serg