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  1. Hello, This is my first French WW1 group, the name appears to be a M. Donal Gresse, a soldier of the 68th Regiment of Artillery. The 1914-18 Commemorative Medal has the maker mark of the Paris Mint, and the Victory has A. Morlon inscribed on the lower obverse. Have not been able to find any info on his unit if anyone could hell that would be appreciated. Jeff
  2. Thank you for your comments. It makes sense too that this set is not as common because we are more used to seeing EKII/HC combos - with over 5 million EKIIs and over 6 million Honour Crosses to combattants - combattant veterans without any award, even still over a million, do become the minority -and those with late 19th century service even more so comparitively. I would imagine that whoever the veteran was who took the time to have these two medals mounted with an accompanying ribbon button for civilian wear was proud of their service and rightly so. I'm still interested whether any pattern or connection can be made between where the Makers were located and where the veteran applied for their award or whether all makers sent their lots to a depository in Berlin for mass distribution regardless of geographic location. An interesting discussion for two seemingly mundane medals, I appreciate everyone's input. Jeff
  3. My gut says it's meant to be the Hindy, the button hole ribbons look and feel contemporary and help corroborate. Is it also possible the veteran could have simply done a stint in the army during the late 19th century, got out then recalled again in 1914? Could he have been a support trade at the front, or even still a rifleman and one of the 2/3 or so of Germans without an EKII or other award? I would imagine the majority of German soldiers came home with no awards, and then only if they applied in 1934.
  4. Thanks Don and Chris for the replies - your observations about the hooks leaning more towards 1870 intrigued me so I did a cursory search of past topics - hooks do seem consistently present on 19th century groups, however I did notice similar hooks and ribbon mounting styles also stood out on a fair number of Bavarian groups, including some post WW1 mounted. I'm not familiar with the various mounting styles according to different regions but I find it a very interesting topic I will definitely try to research more.
  5. Thanks for your reply, would you consider this combo uncommon or unlikely then if a Franco Prussian seems more fitting? Jeff
  6. Good day, I just picked up this nice pair - I understand both are probably some of the most commonly awarded but I like the simplicity. The Hindenburg Cross has the maker mark for Paul Shultze & Co. of Lubeck. Without any long service award, what would have been the likely circumstances of this veteran? A reserve soldier or from a state without long service awards? Is it safe to assume the veteran came from the Hanseatic States based on the proximity to the maker of the Hindenburg Cross? I understand it is impossible to know for sure but just interested in a likely scenario for this veteran. Any thoughts appreciated. Jeff
  7. I agree the quality is very nice for such small medals! Jeff
  8. That is a possibility, or perhaps a Belgian officer or diplomat to Chile who figured orders go before medals regardless of national precedence?
  9. Hello, This is my first set of Belgian miniatures, much more mini than I'm used to but very nice quality. The Chilean Order of Merit at the front - was this common for foreign decorations to go before service medals? Appreciate any info thanks. Jeff
  10. Hello, As mentioned here is the ribbon bar: it certainly appears to show signs of stiching on both lower grades of the George and Phoenix, perhaps swords. And the oakleaf is still hard to determine if bronze or Gilt, appears to show signs of gilting that has worn off?
  11. Nikos, Thanks for the excellent information and photos. The naval miniature bar essentially matches the same entitlement as my ribbon bar! Except of course for the Medal For Outstanding Acts - what are the chances they could be to the same individual, perhaps the ribbon bar was worn prior to recieving his Medal FOA later on? Again I wonder there can't be too many with the American Legion of Merit. Thanks again. Jeff
  12. Thanks again Gordon, I suppose I could have kept the posts together but figured I'd post the US decoration here That is a good idea to contact the War museum in Athens - from what I have found, none of the very senior Greek officers received American decorations, seems surprising to me, but I wouldn't imagine too many recipients if that is the case. Perhaps it was a post-War award as I believe Greece shifted from British military influence to American after 1945. Thanks again for your input. Jeff
  13. Thanks Gordon, I have always found Greek awards intriguing but never delved much further into them - this bar will be my first and it looks very interesting - a nice solid metal bar similar to the British naval style. The ribbons comprise: - Order of George I, Commander (no swords) - Order of George I, Silver Grade (appears to show signs of some stiching in centre possibly indicating a rosette of gold grade or crossed swords was previously mounted) - Order of the Phoenix, Commander (no swords) - Order of the Phoenix, Silver Grade - Greek War Cross (no crowns attached) - Greek Naval Campaign Cross with six stars (appear to be Gilt) - Greek Maritime War Cross - Greek Military Merit Medal with Laurel leaf (cannot tell if Gilt or Silver from photo) - Commemorative War Medal 1940-41 - Campaign Star 1941-45 - United States Legion of Merit, Officer grade A very nice quality bar which from my limited research represents a career post-War officer who saw considerable operational sea service (likely at the rank of Lt. Cmdr or below) who attained potentially flag rank at one of the lower levels. Unfortunately there are not too many resources online to attribute but at least will be nice to see the bar close up and keep researching. Jeff
  14. Gordon, Thank you very much for your detailed response that is very helpful. With my ribbon bar there are no swords on either levels of the George or Phoenix and unfortunately I do not have the medal bar but the set indicates a naval officer to me with considerable sea going service in WW2. I will post a photo once the bar arrives and look forward to further discussion. Jeff
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