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  1. Hello Bill, The badge you presented is a post war fabrication. It has been commissioned by one of more colorful personalities in our hobby (JF) and is a fantasy item- there were no real badges of that nature prior to 1945. Whether or not the order has been fulfilled post war by Stubbe or some other outfit that used Stubbe maker's mark to 'enhance' the pieces is unknown to me.
  2. Matthew Macleod

    A Masonic Badge?

    Not Masonic but another carnival medal, IMO. This one carries the coat of arms of the city of Leoben which is located in Austria. Not sure if immediately obvious but the maker stamp on the verso should be that of Schwertner & Cie. of Graz. While I wouldn't be able to date it, the company responsible for producing the piece is still in business and can be contacted here: https://www.schwertner.at/. All in all, a neat piece, congrats!
  3. It's a Carnival medal, IMO. Here's a similar one, although from different area. As nicely as they were produced, they did lack some quality when compared to their "real" medal counterparts. I suspect it had to do with the amount of time they were worn on (typically only for the duration of the festivities) but more importantly with the price. Which is why we see some of those in 'tinnie' quality (semi hollow), something that can't be said for even something as common as most shootingor various civil service medals. Still, a nice and, I suspect, very uncommon piece. Pic credit: John T@Germanwarbooty.com
  4. Here are some originals.
  5. Yes, although as a side interest. cheers Matt
  6. Here's another stick for the spokes
  7. I see three possibilities: worn or faulty die (comparable to the case of C.E. Juncker stamp turning over time to C.F. on close combat clasps), intentional omission because of date change or multiple dies (same as the Thuring. Gautreffen of 1933 in Erfurt to name one). I got few projects going on at the moment but the easiest way to find out would be to access some of the online repositories of period newspapers- if the event took place, it will be mentioned somewhere. That could help eliminate at least one of the above. The fourth possibility of putting ANY date just for the proofs to get accepted while working out the actual date (or its omission) from the production pieces later would be highly unlikely IMO. If anything, they would omit the date on the proofs and add it on the mass produced pieces when they would be closer to knowing which date to inscribe. Interesting topic either way. cheers Matt
  8. Interesting presentation, thank you for that. This might be of interest: https://www.weitze.net/militaria/21/III_Reich_VDA_Volksbund_fuer_das_Deutschtum_im_Ausland_Fest_der_Deutschen_Schule_Sept_1933_Landesverband_Mark_Brandenburg__266421.html?t=x Another interesting feature: part of the date (17) on the left side of the pin seem to be omitted from finished and issued pieces. Perhaps a last minute reschedule? Matt
  9. No, that date signifies something else, not a time of his death. cheers Matt
  10. Hello Ruslan, Here's the recipient of your medal numbered 1246: cheers Matt
  11. The golden party badge 9817 was awarded to Ernst Einecke. Matt
  12. As much as we know about medals being reproduced for veterans post 1945, they were also produced pre 1945 for original recipients. And not only in Spain but also elsewhere (Italy comes to mind). Your medal has typical Spanish verso set-up, "short" swastikas that are also present on other Spanish made pieces, overall lack of quality when compared to their German made counterparts and few other features that in my eyes make it a variant that was made in Spain. Unfortunately I could not tell you when it was made- perhaps one of our GEO collector friends will pitch in- but judging by toned gilt over brass base- I'd say no later than 1950-60s. Perhaps even pre 1945 but that's an supposition on my part only. Either way- an uncommon piece so congratulations! Here's another Spanish made GEO, this time in miniature- picture courtesy emedals.com
  13. It looks to be Spanish made variant judging by its construction.
  14. Yes, it appears it has been sold.
  15. Last one I've seen come up for sale had a price tag of $60.000 Euros. cheers Matt