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  1. You made the right decision. Ironically, these fakes originated in Poland. Hence the Polish dealer.
  2. Yes, technically you're correct. You see contemporary regimental and veteran crosses with the contraction of "Alle Zeit" to Allzeit" Bereit (Alway Ready or Ready All the Time). "Alle Zeit" as two words is grammatically correct, but as one word, as written on this cross, not correct. The "e" in Alle should be dropped. If two words, "Zeit" being a noun should always have a capital "Z" at the beginning. Grammar and spelling are often what trip up fakers.
  3. I don't care if it's cast or not. I don't want to be rude. But, you're typical of collectors who make a mistake, won't admit it and turn themselves inside trying to prove they're right, while denying the facts. Please accept the truth. THIS CROSS NEVER EXISTED UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO. It is an invention and nothing more. The resident expert/collector of Weimar era veteran awards, especially obscure awards, Eric Stahlhut has to my knowledge never shown this cross. I would think, if it was genuine, he would have long ago acquired one for his collection and shown it here. I'd be interested in his opinion on this.
  4. I've been collecting for 60+ years and never saw this cross until during the last few years. I've never seen it in any reference books or archives. There simply is no documentation of which I'm aware of this cross. Also, it is absolutely not Freikorps. While there are some very minor differences between your cross and the ones that Porre81 sells all the time and yours appears to be of slightly better quality, I am 100% sure they both come from the same source. I am also 100% sure that it's a made up award that never actually existed contemporary to the 1920s and onward. It's unfortunate it's not a legitimate award because it is rather attractive.
  5. Yes. A fantasy sold by that crook Porre81 (his name is Marc Poredda). I'm sorry to say that he won't give you your money back either. I have complained about him repeatedly to eBay because he is one of the biggest crooks on there. But, they don't care.
  6. Here are the collar badges. The post horn on his sleeve was red and indicates that he was in Sächsische Grenz-Jäger Regiment 3. "Nostitz". Here is a recruitment postcard for this Freikorps.
  7. No. It is as I said. 1. Kompanie. 1 Btl. Hans Weber was a great myth-maker as one of the last surviving original Oberlanders. I would take a lot of what he wrote with a grain of salt.
  8. Yes Sturmfahne Teja was 1. Kompanie, 1 Bataillon and they were the only ones eligible for the Gedenkmünze. Here is a postcard and armshield for Sturmfahne Teja.
  9. Thank you for your help. Fortunately, someone on WAF filled in the blanks for me. Here's the info for anyone who's curious. 31.5.1920 Oberjäger Stier gehörte seit dem 9.12.18 dem untenstehendem Truppenteil an und wurde am 31.3.20 in Ehren aus dem Reichswehrdienst nach […] entlassen. Bez.Kdo. [= Bezirkskommando] Stockach / Ba. [= Baden] Oberj. Stier ist berechtigt, seine Reichswehrab- zeichen in Zivil weiterzutragen. Geeignet zur Verwendung in der Reichswehr. Ärztlich untersucht und für gesund befunden. M. 50 Entlassungsgeld und M. 550,- Treueprämie. 1 Entlassungsanzug mitbekommen. Infolge Heeresverminderung entlassen. Vereidigt: 6.11.19. [signed] Müller Hauptm. u. Komp.F. [= Hauptmann und Kompanieführer] [sealed] z.Zt. [zur Zeit] Frankfurt M [= Frankfurt am Main] Bonames." ["31/5/1920 Oberjäger Stier had been a member of the unit mentioned below since 9/12/18 and was honorably discharged from Reichswehr service to [...] on 31/3/20. District Command Stockach / Baden Oberj. Stier is authorized to continue wearing his Reichswehr badges with civilian dress. Suitable for service in the Reichswehr. Medically examined and found to be healthy. 50 Marks discharge payment and 550 Marks faithful service bonus. Issued 1 discharge uniform. Discharged due to downsizing of the army. Sworn in: 6/11/19. [signed] Müller Hauptmann and acting company commander [sealed] presently at Frankfurt am Main/Bonames"] I have his military pass and here is the summary of his service. Unteroffizier Alfred Stier served mainly on the Western front all of 1917-1918. Although for a time in late 1917 he was on the Eastern front as it says in his battle list that he was there when the truce and armistice was declared as a result of the Bolshevik Revolution, I presume. He was wounded or at least ill at some point in early 1918 as he was in hospital in April and May 1918 and got the EKII on April 30, 1918. He was back on the Western Front until Nov 11, 1918 finishing up in the 2. Garde Regt. He then immediately continued with the Garde Regt. with the rank of Oberjäger, when it became 1. Garde-Landesschützen-Abteilung, Detachement von Neufville on Dec. 9, 1918. He was with Detachment von Neufville right through to May 31, 1920, by which time it was part of Reichswehr-Brigade 25. So, he would have been involved in all the Freikorps von Neufville actions right from the beginning (the the battle with and suppression of the workers 'and soldiers' council in Frankfurt am Main in 1919 and support for the Ehrhardt-Brigade during the Kapp Putsch in Berlin in April 1920 etc.) As the page that I attached says, he was discharged because of downsizing of the army. Given his long service, he would have been entitled to the Freikorps von Neufville Treukreuz, either on ribbon or the pinback cross. The Freikorps connection, particularly with Detachment von Neufville and his long service in that Freikorps is what makes this pass. Otherwise, it's fairly standard.
  10. I am having trouble with some of the Kurrentschrift on this page and would really appreciate some help. I understand there's a reference to "Reichswehrdienst" and the wearing of a "Reichswehrabzeichen" (in the red box). But, I need a more precise translation of the page. Thanks.
  11. I know. You've already shown it before. That's one of the 4 regular companies in Freikorps Oberland. But, that's not Sturmbataillon Teja, which was a special assault unit within Freikorps Oberland. Unless you have something that specifically says your grandfather was in the assault batallion, then he was just a regular Freikorps Oberland member. Did he receive Die Gedenkmünze für Oberschlesien or Der Adler des Sturmzuges? Both of these awards were for the Sturmbataillon Teja only.
  12. This is your grandfather, correct? Was he in Sturmbataillon Teja?
  13. It's very possible. Bayernwacht used an armband like this and their logo was printed on it rather than having the metal oval badge with the lion often seen. Also, the uniform is nothing a Freikorps or Einwohnerwehr would have worn. It's very typical of paramilitary uniforms from after the Freikorps period in the later 1920s and early 30s.
  14. I think your reaction is out of line and childish to say the least. Simius Rex was being very respectful and only trying to help. Is it really "too inaccessible, too elitist and too semantic" to try to be historically accurate? That is the raison d'etre for forums like this to exist. You obviously showed this bar hoping for a fawning "ooh, aah" reaction from other members. When you didn't get it and your lack of basic knowledge was quickly exposed, you made the absolutely inane and silly response of "I collect medals, not ribbons". (What medal collector doesn't collect ribbons?). If you're intent on leaving the forum after only 41 posts because you can't accept the truth, while unfortunate, it's no great loss to any of us. Obviously, based on your reaction, you're not interested in history but only in accumulating shiny things like some magpie.
  15. The ribbon bar likely means 2nd class. BTW. I have my doubts about that eMedals grouping being anything but cobbled together. The ribbon bar doesn't have a Silesian Eagle on it and you don't often get Freikorps who served both in the Russian Westarmee in the Baltic as the ribbon bar indicates and in Silesia. The Russian George Cross is not typical of the German-made types normally worn by German recipients. I also believe the black enameled Maltese Cross which I assume is supposed to be the "Dienstgrade" badge is even Freikorps. I'd need to see the back.
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