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Matthew Macleod

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  1. It came as a grouping with the medals corresponding to those won by Looff, ribbon bar, belt buckle and a dress jacket tagged to him. The wound badge was of the post war variety. It is impossible to confirm with any degree of certainty any unnamed medals as belonging to any particular individual. In that respect, this one is no different- it has been described as that which belonged to him but that's where the facts end.
  2. It's a Naval Wound Badge, IMO. It was one of the pieces auctioned off earlier in 2018 with one of his uniforms and some of his decorations. BTW, the picture above has been changed from the original that also shows his Party Badge. See below for higher resolution original. Here's one more of him showing the same badge.
  3. He scrutinized the piece before he knew it had a disc verso.
  4. Thanks, I think I am getting the picture.
  5. Which makers are you comparing in regards to that 'berry' you speak of? I ask because the link you used is of different maker badges so I am little confused as to how it could be of any use here? As far as the attachments go- they had it both ways. And then some. Not to mention the fact they continued to produced those pieces for years after the end of WW1. Also if you could point the coarse details in the comparison pic below, it would be of benefit to all of us here I think.
  6. Here's the verso. What do you mean by atypical lower berry? Can you show us a typical one? Can we compare those coarse details with those on a real one? Unfortunately it's my only Prussian Pilot so I can't do a side-by-side but if someone can link a real one, I'll do the rest.
  7. Would you like to elaborate on that?
  8. Visible now, thanks. Regarding the subject of the pictures- I'd say not positive but likely the same person.
  9. Frontbann or another name for then banned SA, was an organization that was rather short lived- only around 10 months in existence or until the SA ban was officially lifted. Although the organization at the time of its existence had its special insignia, including badges, this one here is a commemorative badge that was established around 7 years after the actual entity ceased to exist. At the time of its introduction it even achieved a status of a official badge of the NSDAP. Unfortunately, just like the organization it represented, its official status was removed and the badges were not to be worn by those entitled anymore by the end of 1934. Also known as the badge of the Old Guard.
  10. By Steinhauer & Lück of Lüdenscheid
  11. Few years before the SW68 period but few Junckers there decided to pose for a pic.
  12. Namely Wehrwirtschaftführer Abzeichen & Todt Preis in Steel. The WWF is far from being a popular or even common piece, but I was surprised when used the search function as apparently there are none shown here before. The Todt badge is one of the so called 'private purchase' zinc pieces. It is often confused with the silver grade of the same. Best way to tell is to look at the hardware- steel grade will have its pin and catch artificially blackened while silver will have its in, well, silver.
  13. Matthew Macleod

    Bismarckbund - Erinnerungsmedaille

    Looks like it's a currently awarded medal of an active organization. Apparently comes in three classes but the specific award criteria are unknown to me.
  14. Interesting piece. I can only add that it was originally designed by G. Weber, a well known medalist of the period. I think Uwe might be right about the medal being re-purposed for a ribboned piece. Those I have seen in the past were non-portable, unless of course they made both varieties. The size of the non-portable ones is 40 mm. What is the size of this one?
  15. With personalities like Goering, Himmler, Todt, Lutze, Hitler and few others as the recipients of the West Wall medal, I'd say it was everyone's territory.
  16. The red stripe on the Randow Cross ribbon has retained its red color rather well which leads me to believe that the last ribbon is that of a West Wall Medal rather than that of a Gallipoli Star which would presumably hold its color just as well. Also- the Gallipoli Star white stripes are thicker than those of a West Wall decoration making the middle (red) stripe more narrow (or wider in the case of a West Wall Medal) which is what seem to be visible on the bar under discussion.Just my opinion of course. Sorry, can't help in regards to the rest of your research but hope you find all you're looking for.
  17. Thank You for your kind words Nicolas. Here's one more.
  18. Here's one of my favorite stickpins. I'd like it even more if I could find out what exactly it was given for (or even if it was awarded and not simply offered for sale).
  19. Pretty sure you already have mine but if not, here are a couple of shots.
  20. Ukrainian Partisan Badge.
  21. Single one. The stickpin is an eagle cut out of a coin.
  22. That is an imposing design as well. I think I have seen that model utilized for different festivities. Apparently it wasn't an uncommon practice back then- the company that originally introduced the piece retained their rights to the initial design that was utilized for different meetings in the future- it's what happened with Gau Ost Hannover badge (which also, coincidentally, helped determine their maker). I'll see if I can find the piece I am talking about in my files although it might take a bit. Meantime- one more Gau badge that became a 'poster child' for the Gau badges in general (no pun intended). Classic design- wreath denoting Victory, swastika, denoting those who took it, and a little snobistic touch in the center for those who did not recognize the piece on the wearer's uniform. Whichever variety it was- It said all that needed to be said.