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It's an interesting piece indeed (hopefully not a piece from which the KD was filed away...). We can consider it as a "Vorlagestück", since this class, as said, was never awarded. Most of the pieces remained, shortly after WW1 were melted in order to obtain precious metals.

Some pieces of such non-awarded types (both 1st and 2nd classes) survived the post-war emergencies and now are highly appreciated from collectors.

E.L.

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Hi everybody,

I read with great interrest this topic and I learn a lot.

But one thing is missing, you don't speak about this medal on ribbon bar.

Here is some from my collection about german ribbon bar with austrian ribbon.

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So I have 5 kind of wreath to represente the ÖM3K, don't hesitate to post yours

Christophe

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An interesting addition to this thread.

The laurel wreath attached to the ribbon means the "Kriegsdekoration" and is a device we typically see on German Bandspangen.

Best wishes,

E.L.

Edited by Elmar Lang

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Hi Gents

just found this great thread ...,

I'm hopefully going to be the proud owner of my first 'cross for military merit'.

I have just taken a chance on a bar containing this. I've not received it yet so still sweating on whether it is going to be as expected.

any obvious problems Gents??

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tony

 

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On ‎09‎.‎10‎.‎2011 at 22:03, Iver said:

..there was no II. Class MVK without War Decoration awarded as far as I know..

Only one award is known to

Feldmarschallleutnant d.R. Karl Edler von Strasser, commander of the Militärakademie Wr. Neustadt

on  19.12.1915 [PVBL. 215/1915]

But Strasser already owned MVK III./KD therefore he would have worn an MVK II./KD III.

Following the Personalverordnungsblatt für das k.u.k. Heer (Landwehr and Honved included) there were (minimum number) awards:

MVK II./KD: 166 (until establishing the swords, some swords awarded later to them)

MVK II./KD/Schw.: 147 (after establishing the swords)

An interesting detail: GdK Fürst Schönburg-Hartenstein was awarded MVK II./KD on 20.4.1915 and MVK III./KD/Schw. on 1.9.1918. Therefore he would have worn MVK II./KD/ and "Schwerter niederen Grades"

Not included: k.u.k. Kriegsmarine (if there were any?) and awards by Heller-Kommission after WW1.

And very important: not included awards to foreigners (they were not published in PVBl.).

Regards

Christian

Here a MVK II./KD/Schw. nied. Grades

0075-MVK II + KD + Schwerter 3. Kl. avers.jpg

Edited by Christian1962

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Here a late war case for MVK III/KD/Schw. from Köchert, Wien:

 

0062-MVK III. Kl. mit Schwertern Etui oben.jpg

0062-MVK III. Kl. mit Schwertern Etui unten.jpg

Here a nice example for a "Kleine Dekoration zum MVK II./KD/Schw. with luxury case and owners inscription on backside:

008b - MVK II + KD + Schw. - Kleine Dekoration avers.jpg

008b - MVK II + KD + Schw. - Kleine Dekoration Etui.jpg

008b - MVK II + KD + Schw. - Kleine Dekoration Etui unten.jpg

 

And a "Kleine Dekoration zum MVK I./KD/Schw."

0026-MVK III. Kl. mit Kleindekoration I. Kl. + KD + Schw..jpg

 

And a MVK III./KD/Schw. three times awarded.

Only 11 awards  from 22.7.1918 to 1.10.1918 in the k.u.k. Armee, k.k. Landwehr and k.u. Honved! 

0050-MVK III. + 2 WH-Spangen.jpg

Edited by Christian1962

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10 hours ago, Farkas said:

Hi Gents

just found this great thread ...,

I'm hopefully going to be the proud owner of my first 'cross for military merit'.

I have just taken a chance on a bar containing this. I've not received it yet so still sweating on whether it is going to be as expected.

any obvious problems Gents??

tony

 

Hi Tony,

This is a nice Friedrich Rothe piece. I cannot see any obvious problems in these pictures.

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Here is a picture with three similar cases but different producers.

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And one more picture, perhaps a bit artistic composition with two Rothe & Neffe pieces.

kompozicio02-1200.thumb.jpg.ddf8d893f80e6d6e556c2fe0dc1937d6.jpg

Regards,

cimbineus

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10 hours ago, cimbineus said:

Hi Tony,

This is a nice Friedrich Rothe piece. I cannot see any obvious problems in these pictures.

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

Here is a picture with three similar cases but different producers.

3-dob-nyitva-1200.thumb.jpg.688dca8bedf7ca0b6cc64d55331df1ae.jpg

And one more picture, perhaps a bit artistic composition with two Rothe & Neffe pieces.

kompozicio02-1200.thumb.jpg.ddf8d893f80e6d6e556c2fe0dc1937d6.jpg

Regards,

cimbineus

Hi cimbineus 

thanks for the maker ID - much appreciated

and

and loving for the pics of your own. Fantastic.

tony

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Dear fellow collectors

I think it has become time for me to make some contributions here. Firstly here is my Military Merit Cross 3rd class with wardecoration with a miniature for the cross 1.st class attached. Secondly my small bar with an Iron cross 2nd class and a MCC 3rd class, also with wardecoration. Both my crosses are manufactered by ´FR´, Rothe from Vienna.

Kind regards

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