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  1. Option A or Option B What you are about to read you may find disturbing or even offensive. If you do then you need to grow up. The permanency of life is an illusion and you cannot afford to delude yourself to thinking you are immortal. Therefore, if you have elected to read on, you have been duly warned and I will make no apologies if you find your delicate feelings have been hurt. Jim [not his real name] was 6 foot 2 inches tall, a big guy but not such as you would say was overweight at all. Age had left him, as it does most of us, a little soft in the midsection. This was just about all t
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  2. a small group with boxes
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  3. Lifesaving medals are something really special and among, if not the most distinctive awards - each medal a life saved from greatest danger... you cannot say the same about many other awards! So, despite we have already seen a Bavarian here some thirteen years ago, I'm bumping this thread up with another one, single mounted, that will be in my shop's update tomorrow. Looking their history up, I noticed two things that are most unusual and worth mentioning: Despite their monarchistic design, these were handed out until the early 30s, when they were superseded by a very short lived and
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  4. Old thread, I know.... Quite often, when I come across something, I think, Rick would love to see it.... This photo came to me recently. Legendary triple lifesaver Lt. Wittmer Best, Daniel
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  5. The replies above have identified the typical ways a Landesorden was awarded. Practice varied from state to state, especially with regard to which award one might get, and the criteria changed during the war. Braunschweig, for instance, initially only awarded the Kriegsverdienstkreuz on the blue-yellow ribbon if you served at the front or in the Kriegsschauplatz, with awards on the yellow-blue ribbon for merit on the homefront. Eventually, Braunschweig changed this to follow Prussia's practice, where military personnel in the Heimat could receive the Iron Cross on the black-white ribbon. So, e
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  6. Hmmm…you did say "favorite". This all reminds me of a song. To the tune “My Favorite Things” as sung by Julie Andrews. Tsingtau doc. groups and South See Pacific, Army, or Navy flight badges to be more specific, Research on medal bars that make their owner’s sing, These are a few of my favorite things… Doc. groups and medals to observers or pilots, MPs and WPs with brave wartime highlights, Orders with gold marks stamped on their rings, These are a few of my favorite things… When the fake comes, When the group splits, When I was outbid, I simply remember my favorite thi
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  7. 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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  8. He got the Swedish Order of the Sword on August 3rd 1905
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. First of all, the long bar doesn't even belong to you in that it's currently for sale somewhere else. And secondly, aren't you the guy who has gotten bars identified in this forum only to turn around and flip them for a hefty profit as "ID'd Bars" somewhere else? Aren't you also the guy who sold the von Schraeder bars to Erik in Slovenia for a tidy sum right after a member here identified it for you? I think you probably owe that member a commission and/or a case of wine for adding serious value to those bars for you. If dealers intend to financially benefit from the research skills of oth
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  14. In a nice hotel close to the airport of Munich there is a nice painting which showa Franz Dettenhofer, the former owner of this hotel. In the German French War of 1870 / 71 he recieved the iron cross the silver and the golden military merit medal of the kingdom of Bavaria. I love the fact, that the painter had put so much effort in the details of the medails, isn't it amazing. That the owner of this hotel still kept this painting on the wall is even better, not quite usual in Germany these days. Franz Dettenhofer was famous for the liberation and rescue of some bavarian row and cap
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  15. Hi Gents, here is a good site with further informations: https://juergenmauser.de/fm/page5/page22/page22.html Kind regards
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  17. Here is an award card and citation for this Red Banner. Name: Ivan Matveevich Dagilis Rank: Batallion Comissar (political officer rank equal to Captain) Position: Political assistant officer of the 1st Battalion commander, 20th Tank Regiment, 10th Tank Division, South-Eastern Front. Comrade Dagilis was a tank commander during the enemy lines attack on June 23, 1941 near the town of Radzehuv. Leading the attack forces with his tank he penetrated inside enemy tanks formation and managed to set on fire 2 enemy tanks. German troops concentrated intense artillery fire on his ta
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  18. Hello Waldo, Thank you for providing the link to this cast forgery. The quality of this forgery is good. For years, many collectors were deceived by these finely-cast pieces. I hope that members here study it, so that they avoid this type of counterfeit. It should also be noted that this isn't the only medal forgery like this. Many other types of medal forgeries have been made like this. They are sometimes still described as "original" pieces. Best regards,
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  19. He is actually in the 1914 rank list, on page 755, as a Rittmeister der Reserve (V Berlin) in the reserve of Husaren-Regiment Nr. 7, with the RAO4, LD1, CDIII2 and JM4. It is Dr. Arthur Mudra, Ambassador to Ecuador from 1928 to 1932. He was born on 30 December 1871 in Berlin and died in 1960. Almost all of his foreign decorations were as a diplomat, not an Army officer. He was a consul in Shanghai during the Boxer Rebellion, and later in Yokohama and Nagasaki (where he also represented Italy and Romania), so that would account for the Chinese, Japanese and Italian decorations. In 191
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  20. Hello to all, Here is a four-placer that I bought this weekend at the SOS. I was glad to add this one to my collection as you don't often see an order/decoration from Waldeck-Pyrmont on a medal bar. Hope you like it! Best regards, Tom
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  21. Hello to all, Here is a five-placer from the recent SOS. I bought this one because I like Third Reich Police bars and it is really clean, condition-wise. Best regards, Tom
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  22. Omg that new blues uniform is sooooo frigging ugly. I loved my "dress" blues in the Army. What they have done to them is horrible. Blech..... do that many people in higher hq need promotions that we change the uniform every two years??
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  23. 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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  24. Such an amazing project to lift all these brave men from oblivion 👍
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  25. 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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  27. I guess I'm hijacking my own thread, but here is a nice bar with another Romanian award.
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  29. How do you like this very special medal bar from Brunswick?
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  30. Thank you . dealer offered it to me for $375 with shipping . i may do it since I know it’s a good MVK2 ?
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  31. First of all, I want to thank this Finnish friend for helping me many times and answering many strange questions. I used to like to collect medals and orders from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but now I gradually tend to collect the breast star orders of the Grand Officer and Grand Cross before 1910. Please accept my compliment to you Please look at the Order of Olaf from my Grand Cross of the Kingdom of Norway. It is assumed that the age was created between 1925 and 1930. I know it has many versions. In fact, I am looking forward to a lion on the badge of the Grand
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  32. It is actually „Großpapa“=Granddad. You might not find him in the list either for obvious reasons ☺️.
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  33. Order on Slovak internationalist who took part in the Civic War in Russia in 1918.By Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 28.10.1967-50th Jubilee of October Revolution.Booklet with some damages on name Vincent Tóth.a booklet to the order and the document to the Medal 100 Birth of Lenin.I do not why the both documents are so dameged.Vincent Tóth,born 1896,captured in Russia,became the soldier of Red Army. I do not know who and why put the Soviet order on the ribbon of Czechoslovak order of Red Star,number 3002. Destroyed certificate with the medal-1
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  34. Fire brigade. 永年勤続功労章 - long distinguished service badge Pretty common badge.
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  35. My pleasure. Here is another contribution. Kriegsmarinedienstelle Stettin tally. This is from a small photo lot of a reunion of WW1 ex-U-Boat crew. The ceremony was held aboard U-43. Cheers, Larry Another from the series. Unterseebootflottille Hundius tallys and one Marineschule Wesermunde tally.
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  36. It's known as a forage cap - or camp hat, tent cap etc. Essentially a peakless soft bonnet worn in undress uniform as opposed to shakos or helmets. Typically worn around camp for training, it was also worn on campaign in lieu of standard regimental head dress - particularly if such had been destroyed or lost. They lasted into the late Victorian era before being supplanted by Kilmarnocks, glengarries, Atholls and Balmorals, but one could say they survived beyond that as Tams and the GS caps of WW2 - which are not that much removed from caubeens and berets.
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  37. 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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  38. 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 R
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  39. It is a lot of time since I was at Aeronauticum. But now I could take a better picture of the display. It is in small letters but his name is there.
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  40. 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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  41. 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 S
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  42. nice ‘little’ civilian group arrived this week incl a load of jubilee medal documents only rarely see the october revolution in larger documented groups
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  43. Very nice combination. Cheers, Larry
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  44. David, There are no rolls for the KVK, and from what I saw in the archives in Wolfenbüttel, only about a quarter of the award files with recommendations and approvals remain. Christophe Thanks for your observations. The volume and page are there because that is the way the roll was organized. Also, it is possible someone may want to see the actual award recommendation, if it still exists, so they would need that information to draw the right document at the archives. Additionally, many award dates are unknown, as the recommendations and Resolutions-Vorschläge are missing; the vo
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  45. French Prisoners exchange salutes with German officers after an attack by the Bavarian 12th Infantry Regiment in October 1915... then the Bavarian Walking wounded....
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  46. INTRODUCTION : Firstly, this is a genre outside of the usual Blogs and entries to be found on Forums - it is an ongoing Novel. I have had the idea for many years to write a series of Novels on our early British Police - starting in the late 18th Century and continuing to the start of the Metropolitan Police in 1829. This is a big undertaking and one that I have put off. However, our new blog section is now doing well, Greg is writing regularly and is interesting and Brian has a brilliant little series coming out twice a month - and very thought provoking they are. My story
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  47. Hello, the "swan mark" is NOT a manufacturer mark. In France every item that is to be sold on auction has to be certified by the "Bureau de Garantie" = Office of Guaranty , in the meaning of guaranty of precious metal (like silver, or gold). The swan hallmark so often seen on pin or elswhere on Order means "items produced outside France that is guaranty to be silver". The Orders & Medals produced in France,and which bear french hallmark for silver (boar head,then after "crab"),or gold (the head of an eagle) doesn't need to pass by the hand of the Guaranty Office to be auctioned. Before 18
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  48. From forum member rumjar (looks like he's got scanner problems), a great photo of a post WWI Frontiersman, complete with 1914 / 1914 - 15 Star trio - at first glance a "Mountie" but the insignia are those of "The Legion". NIce photo.
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