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  1. The Order of Merit of the Prussian Crown that was awarded to Swedish prime minister Arvid Lindman was sold today in auction for 370 000 SEK which is about 36 000 € plus 22,5% commission. Apparently only 57 ever awarded! See the beautiful pictures here: https://prob.auction2000.se/auk/w.object?inC=PROB&inA=20200526_1458&inO=446
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  2. Unrelated, but I was going through my pics in an effort to help out another member an thought these might be of interest to you, Kriegsmarine Admiral. Unfortunately, no names unless otherwise indicated. Kind regards, Sandro
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  3. The gartered star - I remember his MMThO being sold at Thies, does anyone know something about this star? If you prefer... Prinzen.
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  4. Hmm, this is not good, all this suspicion about someone who recently joined and decided to share his knowledge. Many collectors these days don't share, not because they are trolls (as Laurentinu's suggests) but because they want to protect their identity, or because discussion on fora has stooped down to the quality of your average Facebook chat. And yes, I do think Stephan owns Schwarzbook Verlag (as is evident from the watermark on his pics) - but I'm not sure how relevant that is to the question whether or not we should welcome his contributions. I, for one, welcome, Stephan to th
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  5. Guys, I am going to clean this thread up.... if anyone has a problem with the reason why someone is posting a bar... they have the choice to ignore them. many bars have been saved from obscurity because someone posted them... many interesting discussions have resulted... If you feel people are making money and that offends you... ignore the post. If you feel the need to voice your displeasure, shoot the person a PM, and leave it at that... Best Chris
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  6. The medal set of Colonel Jan Hendrik Sar. One of the 17 Dutch who helped the Albanian forces in 1914. The empty place at the front of the bar was probably occupied by a Knight or Officer grade cross of the Order of Orange Nassau with the swords. He became Knight in this order in 1923 and Officer in 1946 after his retirement. Regards Herman
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  7. Lt dR Wilhelm Ruwie (destroyed seven tanks). From Nassauer Bote, 31.10.1918
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  8. Such an amazing project to lift all these brave men from oblivion 👍
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  9. I have been working and adding to this over the last few years... I think this will be my final effort on the Leiber Ring... unless something totally unknown pops up I think this just about covers every aspect and includes the officers award certificate, officers ring etc. etc...
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  10. He got the Swedish Order of the Sword on August 3rd 1905
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  11. The yellow embroidered badge on the SB had nothing to do with rank, it sigified only the branch (MAA, Flugmelde, SStA, Kraftfahr, etc.). The SB were never in black but in dark green, or from 1939 in uniform colour and material.
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  12. Ernst August shown wearing Hanoverian orders (plus some others ....😇)
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  13. "Das angegebene Datum ist nicht zwangsweise das Datum der Beförderung, sondern das Rangdienstalter (RDA). Bei guten Leistungen und Beurteilungen konnte das Rangdienstalter nach hinten verschoben werden, z.B. Beförderung am 1.10.1913 mit Rangdienstalter vom 1.4.1913. Damit konnte der nächste Dienstgrad schneller errreicht werden als bei einem am gleichen Tag beförderten Kameraden, bei dem Beförderungsdatum und RDA identisch oder dichter beisammen sind. Bei schlechten Leistungen und Verfehlungen konnte das RDA auch in die andere Richtung verschoben werden, das bedeutete entsprechend spätere Befö
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  14. "whp" was just a typo. I guess it should have been "who"...
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  15. Paul, UKR, Republic of Yemen - to commemorate the 25th anniversary (1973-1998) of the war liberating the Shareen ( a tribal name). The brick design may allude to the Marib Dam. I think for YAR and RoY flags are depicted Further research required........ Owain
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  16. many painters did the face from life and the remainder from memory often employing a student to apply the finishing touches and as we all know after a few bottles of wine the memory is often less than reliable p
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  17. Dear Colleagues and Collectors, actually I wanted to announce it officially in Gunzenhausen, but since Gunzenhausen is cancelled this year, here it is! I started working on the book about the orders and decorations of the Kingdom of Hannover. Since I can now bring in the experiences from my book about Brunswick, I think it will be a good book. I'm not sure if there will be, for example, the list of all bearers of the three Hanoverian Orders. For the list in the book about Brunswick I have been typing and checking lists every evening for almost 4 months. In Hannover it would probably ta
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  18. Hello! It's field marshal Harold Alexander and the picture is probably from their meeting in april 1945. There are alot of information about Alexander if you google him.
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  19. I don't often post items from my collection anymore but here is one item that I was able to trade for earlier this year during the height of the pandemic and being primarily a Grossdeutschland collector it will be hard for me to top. It is the Soldbuch and Führerschein to General der Panzertruppe Gerhard Graf von Schwerin who would win the Knights Cross, Oakleaves and Swords. In 1939 he was assigned as battalion commander of I/Infanterie-Rgt GD and would actually command the regiment for the opening of the invasion of France due to von Stockhausen being away for a few days (von Stockhausen's s
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  20. King's Commendation (1941) An original South African award, for valuable services during World War II. Insignia: A silver or bronze protea flower emblem, worn on the ribbon of the Africa Service Medal. Pin type = Height: 23mm, Silver - 925. SAM. Button type - silver.
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  21. Lt Carl (or Karl) Volk from Bad Homburg (middle row), and Hptm Stoessel von der Heyde (2nd attachment. See third column, near the bottom). https://sammlungen.hebis.de/zeitungen-hlbrm/periodical/pageview/254109 https://sammlungen.hebis.de/hebis-ffm/periodical/pageview/1342339
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  22. congrats for holding onto it--it's a good one. quite rare and desirable! there are also 1914 ek1s with this same type of silver content hallmark
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  23. Hi, ''Queen Victoria's Funeral on the 2nd of February in 1901.'' ''Sailors of the Guard of Honour [Royal Navy] at Windsor pulling the funeral gun-carriage which carried Queen Victoria's coffin. The Royal Yacht Alberta transported Queen Victoria's coffin from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth and at Clarence Victualling Yard a 100 bluejackets [sailors] from Excellent and 200 marines from Forton Barracks formed up on the dockside. The Royal Train then took Queen Victoria's coffin and the Royal Party to London where the Funeral Parade passed through the capital and then the Roy
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  24. Nice work Dave. Here is a death notice from 1941 for Karl-Otto Splettstößer. There are many Kriegsstammrolle records for him on ancestry.co.uk, unfortunately I could not find one which mentioned the HOH3x. So it must be another late award. Also interesting for the gold wound badge.
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  26. UKR, This is a Syrian Ba'ath Party medallion commemorating in 1988 the 28th anniversary of the 8 March 1962 revolution - it appears that whilst the revolution was planned in 1962 the actual seizure of power happened in 1963. Owain
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  27. On this day in 1943, the Axis operation Fall Schwarz or the Battle of Sutjeska began. Over 120,000 Axis troops encircled 22,000 Yugoslav partisans and thousands of civilians which resulted in over 7,500 killed partisans, a couple of thousand killed civilians and many more wounded. It is estimated that the partisan casualties were 2/3 killed and wounded. 7th Banija Division of the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia had 4,100 soldiers prior to the battle. Around 50% of its soldiers were killed during the battle's end in June. Only 550 soldiers of the division returned to Banija in Septe
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  28. Hi Dan, Here are two death notices, for Fritz Thielsch and Felix Tilgner. I couldn't find either of these men in the MWB.
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  29. Specifically this is the württembergische Jugendwehr. They existed from 1915 to 1925. They were active during the Freikorps period as auxilliaries of the Einwohnerwehr (Civil Militia). Here is a Freikorps period Einwohnerwehr Württemberg armband with the Jugendwehr shield.
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  30. definitely post 1940 the earlier type has enamelled rays
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  31. Definitely Schiffsartillerieschule.
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  32. Hi Peter, I suspected that the inscription on the center medallion might be impossible to make-out on an old photograph. Here is a picture of a typical late 19th century Schützenkönig breast decoration. Sometimes, these things were the size of small hubcaps and were featured in several different designs that varied from club to club. Here is a link to an interesting gallery of Schützenkönig awards starting from the 17th century going right up into the 20th century. Simi. https://www.schuetzenverein-dolberg.de/orden/
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  33. Bernd, Deepest thanks and sympathies are extended to you during this difficult time. It is with gratitude that there is such a great resource for Mützenband enthusiasts like myself. I am sorry for the difficulties that you faced during this last project. Thank you ever so much and sympathies to you during your loss. JustinG Es ist mit tiefster Sympathie und vielen Dank für Ihren unglaublichen Beitrag zu diesem Sammelgebiet
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  34. I come out here as a silent co-reader and co-author of the aforementioned book. Thank you for the kind words and the encouragement. Unfortunately, my English did not go beyond the level of the school, so I have to resort to a translation program. After the publication, there was soon a rift with the publisher. Agreements have not been fulfilled. On the other hand, the many years of very close cooperation with my colleague have left a clear mark. Thirdwasely, the sudden death of my wife came to me, which robbed me of the rest of my strength. Although I did a lot of preliminary work (data, facts
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  35. It's been hanging around in a rather large box for a while, so while I'm waiting for the Triumph spares shops to catch up on deliveries: Looks quite good perched on an old ammo box
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  36. Thanks Peter, hope your retirement is going ok. No idea how I ever had the time to go to work, but retirement is miles and miles better. Otto Carius of 2.sPzAbt 502 - the ones with the painted woolly mammoths - and another Tiger destroyed 17 tanks including a JS-1 in a 20 minute action in Malinava (Eastern Front). He is credited with over 150 kills and the only Tiger to have shot down an aircraft! He said it took his gunner two shots before he got one though - good grief. After the war he gained the qualifications and opened a chemist called 'Tiger Apotheke'. His book "Tigers in the
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  37. Hi Rusty & Owain. If you look at my alias in here it have some resemblance with said eBay seller, so ... Yes, I'm the seller, and as the two miniatures remainded unsold on the .com site they are currently on the French eBay site. I have much too many miniatures in my collection (2000+ items) so I'm slowly sorting items out that I feel are not essential. I ended up with four of these and decided I only need two. These are the two I'll keep for the moment allthough I had some doubt with the light blue one. And it is correct that the ribbon moved from one miniature to another,
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  38. Rusty, The E-bay vendor is 'larsb001' who is based in Denmark, however the miniatures are no longer for sale - possibly sold. The vendor has a 100% positive record and usually has a some very nice high quality pieces for sale - possibly selling some of his collection. I had considered bidding but prevarication and the fact that I already have a miniature allowed them to pass me by! Regards, Owain
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  39. Elaborating on Rusty's above note, this image shows different Grand Cordon suspension swivel devices used by Messrs. Lattes/Bichay. Fahmy Bichay gave me these samples in 1980. The first is a standard device [20 mm overall] which has a spring type closure. The metal loop swivels between the cone beneath the top ring and the 'washer’ at the top of the actual suspension loop. The cone is smooth save for a crimp line at the base. These are heavily gold plated and made in Germany pre-1939. The second slightly larger standard device [25 mm overall] has a spring type closure but do
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  40. Rusty, Thanks for posting this image. I'd opine that Ismail Teymour Pasha's neck badge you've IDed as a Legion of Honor is rather a Belgian Crown. Note the points on the components between cross arms and the loop above the bottom juncture of the suspension wreath. When enlarged the center looks more like a crown than a head.
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  41. Rusty--A Worth hallmark & silver fineness mark image follow below. Worth had a website, now unavailable, that imaged an Ismail star and Mohammed Ali set at least. You may be able to access via wayback or similar service. Worth has/had offices or correspondents in Paris, Lisbon, Geneva, and elsewhere. I am not sure whether Eng Leong or Royal Insignia actually made Ismail insignia with their proprietary hallmarks or acted as sub-contractors and used the direct contractor’s marks if any. I am unclear as to which firm actually made the pieces because Royal Insignia 'sprang' from Eng
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  42. Spink’s shorthand description may have misled...after all, their original description mispelled the supplier/manufacturer's name! JOMSA Vol 68, number 5, pp 43-44 describes Nishan el-Noor [Order of Light] insignia & cases. The case outer lid [illustrated there] bears the Royal Egyptian coat-of-arms above the supplier/manufacturer information. Some cases have this same material centered on the inside of the lid. Worth, the insignia supplier, informed me that Mohammed Ali cases have similar markings. Usually Worth provided stars and badges have Worth's trademark on the reverse center
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  43. The word is Al-istahqaq on both (the merit) and the calligraphy would suggest the design of the order and the medal (3 classes) came from the same 'stable'. There are two types of medal - suspension eagle/hawk - see below. We are drifting away from miniatures.... Owain
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  44. Merci beaucoup. In addition to being worn on miniatures, the 'galon' (new word to me) is also worn in undress uniform when only the ribbons are worn. With regard to the Order of the Nile, from my experience the badge of the 4th and the 5th class is the same with the class being differentiated by the rosette on the ribbon and the designation on the case of the award. I attach another miniature group which I displayed in a Romanian thread on GMIC last year - there is also a Nile here - from the 'galon' it is a 2nd Class award. Regards, Owain
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  45. Regarding use of wings and rosettes to indicate award grade, perhaps an Egyptian implementation regulation or other guidance exists to clearly define or regulate these marks. Protocole [1947, p. 96] provides only that rosettes shall not exceed a 1 cm. diameter and that only one, of the highest award, may be worn at the button-hole in street attire. However, Order of Ismail and Nile rosettes [at a minimum] exist in at least 7, 10 & 12 mm. diameter sizes As Owain notes, wings and rosettes differentiate between grades of awards in many instances. Exceptions do occur, such as additio
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  46. And some more Republic of Egypt miniatures. Ah, cinema in Saudi - a lot of money involved with the various franchises so someone will benefit......... Owain
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  47. I zoomed in on the original picture on Flickr, and the inscription appears to be the same as the title given for the medal on the Library of Alexandria's page, with the addition of four words I can't make out, though I think the second one might possibly be "بمناسبة" "On the Occasion of...". On the bottom is the date, from left to right "يوم الثلاثاء" "Tuesday (literally 'the third day' [of the week, as per Arab reckoning]) the numeral 12 or 13, I can't really tell, though more likely 13 (EDIT: According to a calendar I found online, Tuesday, Muharram 1328 was the 13th, so the i
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  48. Hello! That is a very interesting piece you've got there! The Hejaz (الحجاز) is the western (Red Sea) coast of what is today Saudi Arabia. It is the location of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and is the destination of those participating in the Muslim "Hajj" pilgrimage. Here is a lithograph (I think?) of the Khedive Abbas Helmy II arriving at Medina and being received by the Ottoman authorities. While Egypt did have a hereditary ruler at the time, it was nominally a province of the Ottoman Empire, as was the Hejaz. The reverse of the medal shows the Mohammed Aly Mosque, located in t
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  49. As a new member, I can offer some basic research help to any collectors or owners of medals to the Royal Irish Constabulary. This is generic info only; if you require service details you will have to apply to the appropriate provider. Peter Mc.
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