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  1. This catalog was sent to me March 9th. I must have bid on something many years ago---don't remember. It is a hefty volume and I'll keep it. Since Tim Eriksen died, I no longer collect medal bars and that with the current environment it is simply no longer rewarding. Tim was my agent for European auctions and figured out all the intricasies with the language, descriptions,bidding, shipping etc. I thus got some fine pieces that would have never made it to the Midwest USA.
  2. Thanks.  My address is Bob Schmidt     5984 Highway Y    French Village, MO    63036.   I will send the $ on Monday or so.  We are homebound with a major snow storm right now in the midwest.  I am still collecting medal bars and such.  Sincerely   Bob

  3. Sorry, a poor choice of words on my part. Yes, it has the typical needle arrangement. I must have taken the dealer's description too literally. Bob
  4. Paul 😄 I wonder if after nearly 20 years if this CD is still available? You may remember me--I bought some of your ID'd bars in 2017. Bob Schmidt
  5. Saw a single mounted 25 year Prussian service medal gilded bronze pinback on a dealer's site. Isn't this unusual for the veteran to mount just this award and wouldn"t he have some other medal during his service?
  6. Any other bars with the Schaumburg-Lippe Medal for Merit? Perhaps there are similarities to this one from which conclusions can be drawn.
  7. Can I get your advice on a Russian Life Saving medal?  I am the owner of Lot 5158 Hermann Historica Auction #72, the estate of the Piano Composer and virtuoso Xaver Scharwenka, of which this medal is a part.  A pic is online but I can send another to you if needed.  It came on blue ribbon but not sure if correct.  I've searched all my meager references but was unsuccessful in locating anything on this item.  Do you know it and its background?  Thanks a lot.   Bob Schmidt

    1. JapanX


      Hi Bob,

      about the badge


      So ribbon is the wrong one, because there was no ribbon at all. 

      Only blue rosette.

      Example of such rosette 


      In wear 









    2. rabaduex


      The awards on the site you provide does not match the one I mention---perhaps because mine was to a civilian?


    3. JapanX


      Cross inscriptions are the same, dear Bob.  

      As for the differences - most likely yours was privately ordered.

  8. Many thanks to Komtur, Ixhas, Leutwein and of course Paul C. for assistance in this bar's identity. Bob
  9. If not as described by the dealer at the S.O.S., what other possibilities are there as to rank and status of the person who wore this medal bar?
  10. Does the wrong medal mounted some fifty years following its issue disqualify the original attribution? Besides that, what else can be gleaned from the remaining medals on this bar?
  11. Thanks to Paul for posting this for me. A recent purchase from the '16 S.O.S described by German dealer as Sanitatsoffiziers Ordensschnalle. The Red Eagle has an N on the lower arm; the Crown Order stamped ZEHN; Prussian Kriegsdenkmunze 1870/71 is non-magnetic (a later private purchase by the veteran from the 1895 era?); steel China Denkmunze. Does this help?
  12. thanks for the enlightened commentary. As the old timers might say, its a "hard row to hoe". I have had experience in the past but it does not make this experience any easier. A couple years ago, a well-known dealer at all the Shows in the US sold me a silver Prussian flight badge that was not silver (confirmed by a jeweler) and had all the peculiarities of being fake after I bought and read Imperial Sky by Stephen Previtera. The dealer refused a refund but did do a trade with me, though I know I came out short. I am not one to pass along such an item just to get ahead. The other time, back in the eighties, I collected 3rd Reich photos and bought from a then well-known auction house. When I was streamlining my holdings, I presented the same photos to the same auction house and was refused as he said the photos were not original. I quit collecting and did not re-emerge until 25 years later. For middle age men of some means who want a new challenge to collecting for their last twenty or so years, these episodes are a killer.
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