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  1. Just by way of information: one does not need to look for a special connection between Bavaria and Belgium to interact in railway matters. Prior to WWI Belgium was the 6th economy in the world (26th in 2018) and thé specialist in the field of trains, locomotives and railways. 1st railway on mainland Europe was constructed in Belgium in 1835 and in 1914 there were nearly 4000 locomotives and railway tracks laid from Russia to China and in South-America. There were Belgian engineers working all over the world doing railroad construction. The Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, was founded in 1876 by Belgian engineer Nagelmackers and would operate dozens of regular international train services over Europe. (most famous one being the Oriënt Express).
  2. @Great Dane. That's very interesting. Thank you for the input! I was already wondering what that award might be round his neck. It is not in the medal group I acquired. It certainly does look like the Order of the German Eagle and indeed would fit the time-frame for the award being made as he was in Köln in the mid to late 30's. Will see if I can narrow the date of the photo down. He would not have been wearing this award anymore after 1940.... A very interesting detail is that his wife was of German AND Jewish decent! Can you imagine what her feelings and her husbands must have been witnessing life/living in Germany in the late 30's !!! Thank you Graf for identifying the award. It certainly does look like the Bulgarian award does not originally belong to the group. It's not on the photo and I don't have any proof of him being in Bulgaria yet. Theoretically there still is a gap in his career between '25 and '31 where he could have been posted there and there were strong (family) ties between the Bulgarian Royalty and the Belgian one which might perhaps have played a role as well but so far no proof of anything. I will try to find out more. On analysing the photo further I have come to the conclusion that the mounted group on the photo shows from left to right the Officer's Grade of the Order of Leopold I, the National Committee First Class Medal, the Knight's grade in the Order of the Crown (rather the a French LdH as I thought first. The Knight's grade Crown Order came with the group as well but was badly damaged. In the mounted group as it is now it has been replaced by the higher Commander Grade in the Order of the Crown) and finally the Cuban Merit Medal for the Red Cross. Round his neck I think we indeed see the German Eagle Order, the Finnish Order of the White Rose and the Portuguese Commander in the Order of Christ together with the matching silver breast star. Can you agree with this chaps or do you see something else?
  3. Here's an attempt to show the MM. Besides the crown and the 813H I don't see a "yearmark". Have written to the secretariat to ask for more info. If they come up with something I'll let you know!
  4. Thank you Graf! Exact width of the cross is 64 mm. What does that mean? The Belgian GO Leo II came in a Fonson case. (Not that that proves anything) I have no paperwork tying the man to Bulgaria. What I have is: °Antwerp 1889 Antwerp 1911 obtains a master degree in "commercial and consular sciences" 1912 to Havana, Cuba 1915 (vice)consul in New York + marriage in NY 1921 Consul in São-Paulo, Brazil 1925 Consul in Helsingfors/Helsinki 1931 In Nairobi. Consul for Kenya, Uganda and Zanzibar and Tanganika 1934 in Köln. Consul for a # of German states 1938 in Sydney. Consul for the Commonwealth of Australia incl. Papua, New Guinee and both the British and French possessions west of 180° WWII (1943) in Australia 1947 in Pretoria. Consul for South- and North-Rhodesia, Nyassaland as well as for Mozambique (Portuguese) 1949 in South-Africa 1953 Consul in Australia
  5. Thank you JohanH! In his paperwork I have found one letter addressed to him as consul in Helsingfjors in 1925. I guess the award will have been made around that time. (this also coincides with a peak in the awards as visible in the table you provided). Going to write to the email-address you provided to see if they have more details. Details on the maker marks posted later today.
  6. Hello gents The medal below is in a group to a Belgian diplomat who was in Havana in the early 20's. It looks very much like the Cuban Red Cross Merit medal but this last one I only find on the internet with the moto "inter inimicos charitas" on the reverse while this particular medal has "inter arma charitas"? Thanks for the help in identifying! l4h
  7. Hi BalkanCollector. Don't mind posting a photo of all his awards. Here they are (only the wearable awards, I did not photograph the one Australian table medal that was in the group), together with a picture of the man himself. Note that not all the medals in the group are in the photo or vice versa. His mounted group has changed as well (second from right now is the British Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal from 1953 while in the photo it is another medal, possibly French Legion D'Honneur?) The Grand-Officer grade on the left is the Belgian Order of Leopold II but alas damaged. Will check prices out to have it repaired.
  8. Thank you. Here's a picture of the gentleman with what I think is his White Rose Order in wear (among others)
  9. I can distinguish two: a crown and a second symbol that looks like : | : | or are the two dots the numeral 8 or 3? Hard to tell if you have no idea what they might be. WIll try to make close-ups of the hallmarks
  10. Yes, obviously, my apologies, I thought I had posted the pictures. Will add the list of all awards in the group later at home. Thank you for the help!
  11. Hello gents In the group to a Belgian diplomat I just acquired there were a number of foreign awards. One of them is this medal which I think is the Bulgarian order of civil merit. As this is not my cup of tea, could anyone determine the time period and degree of the award from the characteristics? Thank you! l4h
  12. Hello gents Just acquired a group to a Belgian diplomat with a number of foreign awards. One of them is this Order of the White Rose. I could use some help to determine the degree of the award and the time period (if at all possible?). Thanks for the help Best regards l4h
  13. Hello Azyeoman. Did you get the PM I sent you concerning the matter?
  14. € 200 is not such a bad price Chris. Is about regular I think. The one that was sold at 900 GBP on ebay was to an executed spy who also received the Medal in the Order of the British Empire which obviously adds a premium. Nevertheless 900 GBP is still an extraordinary price. I would not expect too much from the above mentioned address. Don't forget we're talking about civilians here not military personnel. Chances that the military have records on them are very small. "Standard" the Belgian Agents also received the Belgian WWI Commemorative with silver crown on the ribbon and the Belgian victory medal. Individual cases also received one or two other decorations. Kind regards from Flanders l4h Oh yes, I must deny that father Joseph Pluymackers was executed though. He did indeed die during or shortly after the war, but he was not executed!
  15. Hi gents What's your opinion on this one? I tend to believe it's an original (except for the ribbon) Don't know if you agree? Kind regards love4history
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    TWM BBCo

    Thanks everybody for the thumbs up. The medal indeed looks nice in my collection
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    TWM BBCo

    Thanks Terry. Anyone else?
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    TWM BBCo

    Hello gents Thinking about adding this one to the collection. Looks like a good private-issue TWM to me but as I've never handled one I'd like your thoughts about it just to make sure. Thank you very much for the help! cheers from Flanders l4h PS: enamel looks fades but that's just the lightreflection
  19. A bit of legislation: By decree of 25 february 1919 the mutilated and invalided were issued a military uniform (kaki), but in a circulary of dec 15th, 1920 they were ordered to hand in that uniform again in lieu of which they received the above pictured armband. The seal visible should be that of the Ministry of National Defense (there are similar armbands issued and with the seals of private organisations) As stated above the invalidity of the soldier had to be above 30%. If below 30 % but above 10% he received another badge (broken sword surrounded by laurel and oakleaves on a blue 6-pointed field) Warinvalids when wearing their armband should be saluted by military personnel on duty. (all taken from Distinctions Honorifiques de la Belgique, André Charles Borné)
  20. As the colonial medal seems to be for sale now I thought it'd be best to make this clear: Indeed so. The marking here on the jeton however is Cornucopia 1 ARGENT which indicates a strike somewhere between 1907-1913. Right? Correct me if I'm wrong
  21. Hello Ringo You're welcome. On the "Guldenboeksite" you'll find my name as one of the original contributors. Marc and I actually started up the project (mind you it would never have been finished if the other mentioned people wouldn't have come along) and while Marc had a more historical/genealogical aproach, I myself, being a militaria-collector next to a history buff, insisted in having ALL information indexed, including all the obtained medals and orders as well. I had precisely the type of question you posed in mind: to attempt to identify Belgian soldiers based on their awards. The database (including the medals) was not completely put on the internet due to practical reasons and preferences but I do have it at home. Meaning I can also search for people based on the awards. In this case I looked for all the Panama-medal recipients, and as it appears only Bievez received an OBE as well. His other medals as mentioned in my earlier post seemed to fit the bill as well, and as it turns out now we have found the right man indeed. Mind you: the info in these books is not complete (so neither is the database): by far not all veterans are mentioned in these books and the info is not always correct (the books were privately produced with no cooperation from the government so not to be taken for official sources). You have to get lucky to find what you're looking for. In this case we were. cheers l4h
  22. Hi Hugh Thanks for sharing your Kris'. Very nice. Some small notes, not an expert on the matter mind you. The metal is indeed being folded and worked by the smith. This is what causes the distinct pattern/drawing on the blade. This pattern is called Pamor. The drawing is being made visible with arsenic (!) (which is what should be used once a year to keep the drawing nicely visible as well, but then again....) The different types of drawing/Pamor also influence the mystical power of the Kris. One type adding to the charisma of the owner, the other to his health, a third to this family life etc... I have personally witnessed a "standing" Kris myself about 15 years ago in a private home in the Yogyakart Kraton area. I can confirm: no strings or the likes. Don't know about the mysticism of it, but it sure shows remarkable craftmanship to shape the Kris in such a way that it has this kind of balance. I have a picture of the Kris standing up in an old box. Will have to dig it up and post here I think. There are indeed blades of Kris made from meteorite stone. However, if you put all the blades together from which it has been told that they were made from this stone it would have had to been the size of the moon..... Think you need a mettalurgic expert to confirm. Sidenote: traditionally a Kris should not be sold/bought. The terminology used in Javanese refers to a courtship and a dowry being paid (or something traded in stead) Often it is just given away. If you take the mysticism and the cleansing rituals seriously owning a Kris is a high responsibility (and a burden) which is why (if the original possessor has passed away) relatives may choose not to keep it in possession. My late father-in-law gave his two Kris away as he could not properly take care of them.... By the way Hugh: story also goes that you should not unnecessarily take the Kris out of the scabbard too often as it may want to see blood if you do so. Think to take it out for the cleaning ritual is OK though. @Windu: go ahead and continue posting interesting info on the subject please! We're on a roll here :)
  23. Hi Windu Nice Kris. Thanks for showing it to us. May be mistaken but doesn't "dapur" say something about the shape of the weapon, like dapur bener (straight blade) and dapur luk (snake-like blade) (=two main types) There are more then 100 different sub-types of the dapur on the island of Java alone, never mind the other islands! Sonokeling wood is known as (East) Indian rosewoord (albergia latifolia) This truly is a largely unknown, underestimated and undervaluated collecting field!
  24. Hello Ringo Very likely this is the uniform of Edmond Bievez: Received both OBE and Medal of Solidarity 2nd Class His other awards include a WWI Croix de Guerre with 2 palms (exact match with ribbon bar!), Ysermedal, Firecross medal, Commemorative and Victory Medal all of which are reflected in ribbon bar. I have him registered after WWI as Colonel (Res) with both the Knight's Grade of the order of Leopold I and the Order of the Crown both with palm. Both orders are reflected in the ribbon bar with the palms but in a higher grade, however if he stayed on in the military he might indeed have risen to General's rank and would have obtained a higher grade in the orders (together with the Military Cross 1st class which is on his ribbon bar) You'll find a pic of him on www.tenboome.webruimtehosting.net/guldenboek/Guldenboekprojecttotaal/ Now you should probably try to find out more about his post-WWI career to verify I think. cheers Roel
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