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  1. 3 points
    After doing some research, I am reasonably certain that the artist who painted your picture is Elemér Nádasdi Sárközy who lived from 1900 to 1988 in Hungary. The signature on your painting perfectly matches known signatures of his. His paintings sell for decent money in European galleries and auctions. I am inclined to change the year that the painting was painted from 1925 to 1975, although it is possible that a talented 25 year-old artist could have executed this portrait. The reason I first said 1925 is that Europeans place a line through their sevens, therefore the number that looks like a seven must really be a two, or so I thought. It seems this artist didn't cross his sevens. As to the identity of the painting's subject... this was painted while Hungary was still under communism. I doubt that a painting of a nobleman who held high public office was commissioned by a communist governmental entity to hang in a public building. So there are only 2 remaining possibilities: it was a private commission OR the artist painted one of his own ancestors for himself or his family. The artist's family... the Nádasdi-Sárközy family... is actually an ancient Hungarian noble family. Some of the artist's ancestors became public officials in addition to carrying a noble title. So this portrait may very well be one of the Nádasdi-Sárközy ancestors who was a public official during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and also during the regency period of Nicholas Horthy. In fact, it may even be the artist's own father! Here... just take a look at the artist's impressive ancestral history: https://www.arcanum.hu/hu/online-kiadvanyok/Turul-turul-1883-1950-1/1906-FC48/1906-3-FFD5/a-nadasdi-sarkozy-csalad-100BE/
  2. 3 points
    It looks like the painting is signed with a family name "Sárközy" but I can't make out his first name yet. It has the number 925 after the signature which should mean that it was painted in 1925. There are a couple of 20th century Hungarian artists by the name of Sárközy but I'll have to do some research. If this is not the artist's name at the bottom, maybe it's the name of the man in the painting since there was a noble Hungarian family by the name of Sárközy with several members holding government posts. Well... at least there is somebody's name on the painting. Simi.
  3. 2 points
    I've been reorganising after moving earlier this year, and thought this group might be of interest. It belonged to Major Jordan of the Landwehr-Fussartillerie and came out of the woodwork years ago from the USA. Since Jordan died in 1945 in Thuringia, I believe these items were souvenired by US forces prior to the area being taken over by the Soviets.
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    Circa 1825 the Liverpool Town was policed by a rather rag tag outfit going under the loose title of the Liverpool Town and Liverpool Dock Police. By the mid century the crime on the river was becoming out of control and also the movement of gunpowder and other explosives on the river need to be Policed. In 1865 the Chief Constable got the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company to agree to fund a River Police. The Force was to be funded by the Dock Company but the officers were to be sworn in as Liverpool Borough Constables and administered by the Liverpool Borough Force Chief Constable. The River Police wore a different uniform and insignia. Officers wore a Naval refer style short coat, blue pullover with police logo and officers number displayed on front ( and possibly the back ) The Force remained a part of the Borough of Liverpool right through all changes including the 1880's when Liverpool became a City and the Police became the Liverpool City Police. The River Police continued on until the 15th of February, 1920, on which date it was absorbed into the Liverpool City Police proper. For a full overview of this force please go to the Liverpool City Police website. Insignia to the Liverpool River Police is very scarce on the market and in 50 years of collecting I have only seen one Cap Badge and one collar dogs come on the market., I know of two other Cap badges and two Collar dogs plus a number of buttons in a private collection. There was only ever approx. 14/15 men of all ranks so I am being generous saying they are scarce. In 1897 the Liverpool City Police decided to mark the Queens Diamond jubilee with a silver or bronze medal, this was to be a one off medal but circa 1900/01 the force began to issue similar medals for 20 years (Bronze) 25 years (Silver) and bars to silver medal for every 5 years thereafter. The Original medals bore the effigy of Queen Victoria. As the River police were funded solely the Dock Company I did not think that the River Police would be considered for an issue, imagine my delight to see a silver 1897 Liverpool City Police Jubilee medal to River Police Inspector John Elliott, there was only one Inspector in the River Police so this medal is unique and I believe that no other River Police officer received a medal. John Elliott was born in Weymouth, Dorset, c1845 and in 1851 was living with his Mother Jane ( Widow/Father at Sea ?) at Ivy Cottage,, Common District, Portland, Dorset. John joined the Royal Navy aged 13/14 years and by 1871 was serving as an Able Seaman on the Lord Warden of the Mediterranean Station. Sometime between 1871 and 1881 he leaves the Navy and briefly I believe he became a Constable in a Railway Company police Force but by 1881 he is a Constable in the Liverpool River Police, living with wife, Rose at 28 Canterbury Street, Everton District. !891 he is residing at 61 Gladstone Road, Edge Hill (Where I was born) with his wife Maggie. By 1901 he if living beside the River Mersey at 6 Wright Street, Egremont, Wallasey, Cheshire with Maggie. I lose sight of John after this date. During his service John was awarded a silver Marine Medal of The Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for a rescue from the River A very rare medal indeed. Hope of interest
  5. 2 points
    After a long time I finally managed to have the dirks in place. I used a Trilene monofilament, but I suggest using a multifilament instead, just in case. The displays look pretty good. Thank you for your useful advice Brian! Cin
  6. 2 points
    I thoroughly went through the 1916-1917 KuK Ranklists for both active and reactivated Major-Generals and there is nobody by the name of "Rauch" listed. However, in addition to the above officers I already mentioned, there is a GM Viktor Bauer listed as well as GM Ludwig Bauer who was reactivated for the duration of the war. Like I said, it would be helpful to see the front of this postcard. Simi.
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    There’s quite a lot of it so look at the pics and give me a heads up on what you’d like to see in more detail ! Ferg More. And more . Some more Let me know when you’ve had enough ! Gunners .
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    Based on the decorations that I already identified above, I would say the man is a government official of some kind. These kinds of paintings were seen hanging in Hungarian government buildings. They were portraits of high officials who previously held office at the county or national level and who worked in those buildings. In fact, this painting may have been looted from one of those government buildings after the war when the communists took over. In order to identify this guy, you will probably have to get lucky and find his picture in one of hundreds of Hungarian government almanacs from different categories of government bodies between the years 1920-44. Here is an example of just one of these kinds of almanacs... "Members of the Upper and Lower Houses of the Hungarian Parliament" Almanacs: https://library.hungaricana.hu/hu/collection/ogyk_almanach/ This is just one category of almanac! There are almanacs from all the various Hungarian counties and cities as well! Here are two links to examples of Hungarian government officials wearing the same kind of diszmagyar outfit that your guy is wearing: https://www.google.com/search?q=alispán+fotó&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjRy8nbzujpAhUJ0lMKHQZPCYkQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=alispán+fotó&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1Dz9QFYt9UCYI3dAmgGcAB4AIABUYgBnQWSAQE5mAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img&ei=9SXZXpH9EomkzwKGnqXICA&bih=614&biw=1280&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777 https://www.google.com/search?sa=N&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=főispán&ved=2ahUKEwjl9cW6zejpAhWnd98KHdQmAAA4ChCwBHoECAcQAQ&biw=1280&bih=614
  9. 1 point
    Gentlemen, I attach an image of a mystery piece recently acquired - a UN medal for Ethiopia in silver. This is the first time I have seen such a piece and other than being in silver is identical to the standard issue in bronze. Any suggestions as to why? The joy of collecting Imperial Ethiopian awards continues............. Owain
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    Glad to be of help, Gordon. The construction of the cap is very high quality with beautiful hand-embroidered details and should fetch a tidy sum on eBay-Germany or eBay-Austria. It falls into a category of collectibles known as "Studentika" which has become very popular among certain European collectors. Simi. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=Studentika&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjDnYjd1KnqAhUonOAKHQwYBI0QsAR6BAgBEAE&biw=1270&bih=631
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    Hi Petar, I agree with you and the other members - The Star is a fake I suspect that the enamel is a new soft one and will not pass the "needle test" The Star has so many bad spots to be original 1st Class Prince/King Ferdinand Model I also believe that the back plate cup with the maker name could have been copied from an original one There are Stars with the maker mark and also ones without this mark. The nuts on the back could be different Nevertheless all have very high quality finish You can see the nicely rounded edges of the stars arms See pictures provided It looks like that there is a new wave of fake Stars on the market I saw couple of similar Stars on the Bulgarian site -Auction.bg Well if there is a demand for Bulgarian Orders there will be always someone to try to "provide' them to the collectors. BTW Always be careful when the seller has a "story" and pretends not to have any knowledge. That is an Alarm bell ringing loudly Graf
  12. 1 point
    This is a student's cap for a college fraternity. I believe in German it is a Studentenmuetze or Prunktoennchen for a Burschenschaft. The logo on top (or Zirkel as it is known in German) with the exclamation mark is the logo for the Viennese Bruna Sudetia academic fraternity. The high quality of hand-embroidery leads me to believe that the student to whom this hat belonged came from a wealthy family. Simi. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Bruna_Sudetia_Zirkel.jpg
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    ... and here is his medal bar:
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    I have this Russian Provisional Government Medal of Saint George 3rd Class for review:
  16. 1 point
    Claudio, That is a beautiful Pickelhaube!! Here is some information regarding its owner. Andy Rudolf Urtel (06.08.1875-??) The 1941 Berlin Adreßbuch shows him as an Ingenieur living in Lichterfelde at Salzunger Pfad 11 22.03.15 Hptm. b. Personenkraftwagen Park d. Festung Metz 27.01.08-1914 Leutn./Oberlt. d.R. d. Kraftfahr B. [1908 Reserve Dienstaltersliste shows his profession as Ober Ingenieur in Berlin-Friedenau] 27.01.04-27.01.08 Leutn. d. Res. d. IR 94 all commissions were Reserve commissions Hptm. 22-03-15 Oberlt. 18-02-13 Leutn. 27-01-04
  17. 1 point
    Morning Claudio, I think this is conclusive; from an extract of a Kriegs-Rangliste of III. Bavarian corps showing Major Trautmann's awards. From top to bottom: Bavarian Jubilee Medal BMVO3 with Crown and Swords Bavarian Long service Decoration (DA) 25 years Prussian Centenary Medal Prussian EK2 Prussian EK1 Prussian Hohenzollern House Order 3 with Swords Saxon Albrechts Order Knight 1st Class with Swords Hamburg Hanseatic Cross Austro-Hungarian Military Merit Cross 3rd Class Mecklenburg-Schwerin Military Merit Cross 2nd Class Regards Glenn
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  19. 1 point
    The penultimate ribbon (7) could be a Spanish decoration: Knight's Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica
  20. 1 point
    Thank you Claudius. Some holes had to be done on the back so I could pass the filament through. This is not a professional work and I had no reference pictures, so I had to improvise. I’m sure this can be done better. I hope you find the pictures useful.
  21. 1 point
    Hi Twin, the publishing date in the Staatsanzeiger was the 07th. September 1918. The Staatsanzeiger was always a bit faster than the Militärwochenblatt. So he's got it alive and most likely already end of August. :-) Best, Daniel
  22. 1 point
    GGSD is the "Gamle Georg Stage Drenge" ("old Georg Stage boys") association. Instituted on November 29th, 1937. It's an association for former officers and crew from the Georg Stage training (sailing) ship. An unofficial medal of course... The association might still exist (I'm not sure).
  23. 1 point
    There is a medieval French cathedral which has wall decorations of the tortures of hell , one depicts a forger being tortured by devils with instruments of his trade. That would be a marvellous punishment for this individual. Paul
  24. 1 point
    He has Order of Medjidi 1 st Class and Liyakat metal (1st one from right)
  25. 1 point
    Picture (drawing) of Friedrich Werner Schulenburg with Queen Tamara order. The Flag of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921) on the background.
  26. 1 point
    After the war, many municipalities and cities awarded some medals to honor their combatants or victims of the war. These medals are not official and information about them is scarce. In this topic I show my own collection of them and share the information I have found. Feel free to contribute your own pieces and/or information. Ghent Awarded by the city of Ghent during the "Gentse Feesten" (Eng: The Ghent Festival) of 1920, in presence of members of the royal family, to all WW1 combatants and deported of the city of Ghent. The medal was also awarded to the widows or the rightful claiments of a fallen soldier. On of the shown pieces came in the box of the manufacturer "Jules Jooris". Medal of the Three Cities (Ypres, Diksmuide and Nieuwpoort) Created in 1955 and awarded by one of the three cities to combatants (usualy French or Belgian) who fought in their region. A bar with the name of the city is added on the ribbon of the medal. It is possible that one combatant has two or all three bars on the ribbon. Medal of Liège Awarded in 1920 during a ceremony, with crown prince Leopold (later King Leopold III) en General Leman (Commander of the Fortifications of Liège in 1914), to the defenders of the fortifications around the city and to inhabitants of the city who were political prisoners and tried by a German Court.
  27. 1 point
    Jemeppe-sur-Meuse Awarded to combatants of the municipality. "Jemeppe S/M [sur-Meuse] in recognition to their combatants 1945" St. Jean-Geest "The Municipality of St. Jean-Geets Gratitude 1940-45" Liège The medal shows the city's gratitude towards their liberators (3th US Armored Divison) in the design of the medal. It shows the head of a G.I. with a laurel wreath on his helmet. To it's side it shows the Perron of Liège (symbol of the city) and the Statue of Liberty (symbol of America). "City of Liège V [Victory] 1940 1945"
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    Of course post WW1... I just picked this up, the bronze Table medal for Rupprecht comes in a number of variations, sometimes with date, different Obverse and reverse as the years went buy... not as commercial items but as tokens from the prince for "whatevers" from visitors, servants etc..... in the lid of the box is the miniature pin for those who attended his 60th Birthday and a small lion pin which may just be a pin supporting the royal family? Am not sure if it had any specific meaning.
  29. 1 point
    The Schaumburg-Lippe Kreuz für treue Dienste was awarded on 19.6.1917. According to the Hof- und Staatshandbuch des Königreichs Bayern and the Bayerisches Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt, he received the Verdienstorden vom Heiligen Michael 4. Klasse in 1888. The statutes for the order were revised in 1910, upgrading this to the version with the crown. I have no information about his service record, but I would agree with your conclusions about the Prussian/German service medals.
  30. 1 point
    Hi, I read it as Rauch, and it could be von Rauch? Uwe
  31. 1 point
    The hats they're wearing are NOT the Bosnian fez, in case that's what you thought. These guys are Serbian and this kind of hat is known as a Šajkača. Simi.
  32. 1 point
    Major Franz Bernhold from IR 125, lived 1873-1940 EK, Württ. Mil.Merit Order, Württ. Frederick knight 1st with cutlery, Württ. Officers long service cross, Bav.Mil.Merit Order 4th class with crown and swords, Saxon Albert knight 2nd class, Hamburg Hanseatic. Best, Daniel
  33. 1 point
    #4 appears to have a center medallion and is slightly smaller than the other awards. It may well be the Wurttemberg 1st Class Long Service Cross.
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    The Hungarian ranklists are called Magyar Királyi Honvédség Névkönyve. The Honvéd started publishing its ranklists during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy because the Honvéd was a separate entity from the Austrian army. The Horthy period ranklists were destroyed by the communists and the few surviving volumes are stored in the permanent collection of the War History Institute and Museum in Budapest. What kinds of general things do you want to know about them? Simi. https://www.google.com/search?q=magyar+királyi+honvédség+névkönyve&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwi7gtXW3PXpAhUEON8KHcJYA58Q2-cCegQIABAA&oq=magyar+királyi+honvédség+névkönyve&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1D7PFj7PGCNQGgAcAB4AIABSYgBSZIBATGYAQCgAQGqAQtnd3Mtd2l6LWltZw&sclient=img&ei=bQXgXvuXK4Tw_AbCsY34CQ&bih=631&biw=1270&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777
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    Frameries The date on the medal indicate a commemorative medal to the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the war. Roeselare The date on the medal indicate a commemorative medal to the 50th anniversary of the Armistice. Wetteren Awarded to their combatants. The date on the medal indicate a commemorative medal to the 50th anniversary of the Armistice. Massemen Awarded to the civilians of the municipality who were claimed by the Germans for forced labour.
  36. 1 point
    I just managed to take the photo of my Luftschiffer out of the Kompakt (see a few posts above) --and there is a name on the back! It reads... H. Tegtmeier Nordholz 1917 Luftschiffharry and his great crew identified a MMT. Henry Tegtmeier who served on SL 8 and SL 20 under KptLt Guido Wolff. Does anyone have his service record? Did he survive the war? Comparing the studio portrait of young Henry above and in the crew photo below shows a more battle hardened Maschinist!
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    Gentlemen, I have recently acquired the below set of miniatures attributed to Fournage. In common with similar sets the 'routine' war and service medals are not included. From online research Guillaume Auguste Fournage was born in the 14th (Seine) district of Paris on 21 May 1901 and died at Frejus (Var) on 13 August 1991. He joined the French navy in 1919 and was appointed Enseigne de vaisseau 2nd class on 1 October 1921 at Cherbourg. He was promoted to Enseigne de vaisseau 1st Class on 1 October 1923 and on 18 January 1929 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant de vaisseau. On 1 January 1932 he was at Cherbourg and later promoted to Capitaine de Corvette and thereafter to Commandeant le croiseur auxiliaire X10. From the limited documentation I have: Fournage was appointed a Knight, 5th Class of the Order of the Dragon of Annam on 10 October, 1932, and his rank is noted as ‘Lieutenant de Vaisseau’. The certificate clearly notes that the order was conferred by the President of the Republic of France. Fournage was appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honour on 28 June, 1934 and his rank is noted a ‘Lieutenant de Vaisseau’. He was promoted to an Officer, 4th Class, of the Order on 11 November 1946 and his certificate when issued was dated 14 March, 1947 – his rank is noted as ‘Capitaine de Fregate’. Both certificates note his date of birth as 21 May, 1901. With regard to the Order of St Charles of Monaco - awarded for service to the ruler or the Principality of Monaco - an online search notes Fournage’s award was gazetted in the Journal de Monaco, the official gazette of the Principality, on Thursday 4 April 1946. Fournage is designated as Frigate Captain, commanding the navy at Nice. I am trying to obtain further information as to his career, but so far with no success. I am verbally advised he was at some stage during the 1930's posted to the French submarine Phenix - entered service 1932 , and which sank with 71 crew in 1939 in Cam Ranh Bay Indochina. That he spent time in the region is indicated by the Order of the Dragon of Annam and the Royal Order of Cambodia. Any suggestions as to where I can obtain further details as to his career? Kind regards, Owain. P.S. With regard to the USA Bronze Star Medal I have a colleague looking at US Records but these are not codified so it is unlikely that a specific date/reference will be found - as there is no device on the medal ribbon I am assuming it is an award for meritorious service given as one of many to the French Navy at the end of WW2.
  38. 1 point
    Given the order of precedence, I would assume that it is a Turkish bar.
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    At least one purveyor by the name of Carl Juengermann of Luedenscheid supplied both the flat-top and the round-top number 3 for shoulder board devices. The flat-top number 3 was created so people would not mistake the round-top number 3 on a shoulder board for a number 8... especially from a distance. The flat-top number 3 was also used in record keeping and for documents so people wouldn't be able to change a number 3 into a number 8 fraudulently. In spite of that, it seems that the round-top number 3 was more popular than the flat-top number 3 for shoulder boards in Germany. Simi.
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    Hello friends, I want to share a photo of Order of Queen Tamara. This award belonged to a famous Georgian politician and public figure of the late 1800s- Niko Nikoladze. Niko Nikoladze was the honorary chairman of the National Democratic Party of Georgia (1917-1921). He took an active part in the socio-economic life of the newly created Georgian republic. His signature is on the Act of Independence of Georgia (1918). More information about him you can find in this following Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niko_Nikoladze He was awarded with this Queen Tamara Order in 1918 by the Committee of the Independence of Georgia
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    I find it difficult to make a choice between these two.
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    I wanna share my latest addition to the collection. It is a temporary award document for an Order of the Red Star, awarded to Tzeva Mikhail Semenovich. I was not able to find anything of pamyat nor podwig naroda. Since he served in the organs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, his records wouldn't be accessible on both websites mentioned before. Translation: By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Council USSR from April 30th 1946, for long and excellent service in the organs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Red Army you're being award with the Order of the Red Star. Deputy Head of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Chernihiv Region. Skoryk Wish you all a great Sunday. Best regards, SovPha
  43. 1 point
    I didn't want to chime in thinking some top French uniform experts in this forum would tackle this I.D. but I guess they've been furloughed. Both tunics are French 3rd Republic from around the turn of the century. These light blue color tunics were worn by both the Chausseurs a Cheval and the Hussards. The particular style of your tunic along with the red stand-up collar and the unique cuff-detail indicate that they were officers tunics for the Chausseurs a Cheval. The tunic with 3 stripes belonged to a captain. The one with 2 stripes... a 1st lieutenant. The red officer's trousers were worn when the Chausseurs a Cheval weren't wearing their red riding breeches and boots. These pants are in great shape and a collector would pay premium bucks to have this in his collection. The red kepi was worn when the Chausseurs were not wearing their light blue shakos with the dark blue plumes, although this was also a standard kepi for several branches of service in France. The replacement buttons with the Texas style lone-stars look ridiculous, unless you plan to wear this tunic to a rodeo in Dallas. Hope this helps you. Simi. p.s. I forgot to mention the embroidered flaming grenades on the collar. I have to check my reference books on whether or not this is correct for this tunic. Does it look like the flaming grenades were sewn on recently?
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    Fake Ferdinand Election medal 1st class (on the left). This is a converted 3rd class medal (in the middle) with enamel applied to the center elements. Authentic medal is on the right, you can clearly see distinct features of 1st class (rays under red enamel, details in center on reverse, etc.).
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    Hi Here is a group from Officer of the Jäger Bataillon Nr. 13. Only two officers received these combo. The first one is Leutnant Paul Hederich who died in 1916 (he 's not received the RK) and the second one is Oberleutnant Georg Graf Vitzthum v.Eckstädt (who died in 1945). The Saxon Jäger visor hat is very rare to find. Mine is not in excellent condition but I have one. It's the most important for me.
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    I have 1 piece skanderbeg ikom numbered documented. But in albania docs does not signed the number of medal. Number 531.
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    The gold class is gilded silver, but exist rare exemplars in solid gold. Regards, Zaim
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    This is known in Hungarian as a Rohamtűzér Jelvény, in German as a Sturmartillerie-Abzeichen, and in English as an Assault-Artillery Badge (exact translation) or an Artillery Assault Badge. There were two sizes made: one for the tunic worn over the right pocket, and a smaller one for the tábori sapka which is known as an overseas cap in English. If it is aluminum or zinc, it is genuine. If it is steel, it is a reproduction.
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    It was first listed for 425 Euro. Then it was reduced to 375 Euro after a few weeks. It ultimately sold for 325 Euro. It makes Weitze look like a bargain-basement outlet.
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