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  1. 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.
  2. Although I don't have as much of a presence on this forum as I do on WAF, I still thought I would post this here too. I have decided to sell my Freikorps collection over the next year. It will be a slow process as I will sell only a few pieces every month as I still want to enjoy it for awhile. I will continue to post on GMIC, WAF, Feldgrau and other forums. But, eventually I will be leaving the hobby and all forums. It's partly due to my age (I'm nearly 70) and health and the impact of Covid (my income dropped by a 1/3 last year). I'd rather enjoy the money while I can. I'm not di
  3. Sorry, it's a well-known fake. Notice the ripples in the sail on yours. That's called "Luffing" in sailing. An old sea-dog like Ehrhardt would never have allowed the badge to have "Luffing", if for no other reason than it would indicate that the ship was crossing the wind and slowing down. The Viking ship is in full sail cutting through the waves which would not be possible with a "Luffing" sail. Whoever cut the die for this fake did not understand the fundamentals of sailing and obviously didn't examine real badges. That's a dead give-away that it's fake as well as several other details
  4. You're actually confusing the crosses somewhat. The one you're showing here is called Der Abzeichen für Dienstgrade der russische Westarmee (Badge for All Ranks of the Russian Western Army) and was more of a unit service insignia rather than an award. It is sometimes referred to as the Avaloff Cross 3rd class, but in reality was a badge separate from the award crosses. This is the story behind this service grade cross. By order no. 24 of March 4, 1919, Colonel Fürst Awaloff-Bermondt donated a badge in the form of a Maltese cross for the all military ranks of his volunteer troops. C
  5. Agree. Very likely a modern copy. This cross is widely faked. There are very few originals around. Better pictures including of the reverse and close-ups of the cross edge and enamel would confirm this one way or the other.

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    Fuhrungszeugnis (criminal record - none) - 1/6/1910 – Kanonier, Feldartillerie=Regiments Pender (1. Schles.) Nr. 6 EKII field document - 21/5/1920 Silesian Eagle II – 10/2/1921 signed in pencil by Generalmajor and Kommandeur der 2 Kavallerie-Division Otto von Preinitzer (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Preinitzer), (https://de.linkfang.org/wiki/Otto_von_Preinitzer) Austrian War Commemorative Medal with Swords – 14/12/1935 Bulgarian War Commemorative Medal – 30/1/1936 Notification with permission to wear the Bulgarian War Commemorative Medal – 1/2/1936


  7. These 3 Freikorps awards are not difficult to find. There are several available on various dealer sites. A Silesian Eagle I cl. such as this type would be around 125 EUR, a Brigade Grodno Badge about 500 EUR and a von Loewenfeld Cross I cl. about 300 EUR. if you're serious about wanting these, I can help make suggestions for you.
  8. These are indeed terrible fakes. But, there are also high quality die struck fakes of these three awards. The Silesian Eagle is a common cast fake identified by those strange elongated box rivets. Likewise, the Brigade Grodno badge and Loewenfeld Cross have been faked in great numbers and even in very believable high quality over the last 10 years or so. It really is about educating yourself, rather than merely asking for people's opinions. The fakers of even the high-end die struck copies have made several easy to spot mistakes in creating their dies, if you know what to look f
  9. Very nice examples of the MGSS badge with the typical Freikorps black cloth backing. I've been looking for one of these for some time. They are hard to find.
  10. True. But, many Weimar ear German State Police units used oakleaves as collar insignia. Bavarian police used 2 different types. I would also suggest that it could be for forestry personnel.
  11. Not a known Freikorps insignia. It could be a police collar badge or just for a hunting association.
  12. No. These pins are all quite scarce and very expensive. The pin you started this thread with would likely be at least 500 - 600 EUR and probably more if you could even find one.
  13. Eric is correct. Here is the history of this organization. Der Reichsverband der Baltikumkämpfer Organization for Freikorps veterans of the 1919 Baltic Campaigns, 1921-1936. Founded as the Verein Ehemaliger Baltenkämpfer (Association of Former Baltic Fighters) in Magdeburg in 1921. In 1924, it was renamed Der Reichsverband der Baltikumkämpfer and in 1935, it merged with the short-lived Kameradschaft Baltikum und Freikorpskämpfer (founded in 1933) as essentially their memberships overlapped. On June 2-3, 1934 a reunion of the 36,000 members was held at Castle Saaleck where a
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