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Rick Research

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  1. What do the hallmarks reveeal about dates and makers? And how much do those things weigh!? They look like about 5 old U.S. silver dollars size....
  2. Unfortunately no. He was an exact clone for the American gay writer Gore Vidal, though.
  3. I was HOPING this would be easier than it turned out to be, but no such luck. That's the problem with Imperial enlisted men. There are no awards given in the R.A.D. Seniority Lists and nobody with a truly weird enough name to "know" that had to be THE one. For instnce, there was an Oskar Beyer who got the PrGMVK as a medical NCO...but no way to determine from what I have (Ptazwall's PrGMVK list) if he was the Oskar Beyer who was an R.A.D. Oberstfeldmeister in 1938. Even if his arm shield showed numbers, that might have been a help. Oh well!!!!
  4. Havn't got a clue who that was-- put it out in its own ID thread, front and back. Not Reichsheer or Reichsmarine which means this Mystery Hessian passed through Weimar in the Polizei--invisibly.y
  5. I would say that is the Prussian Golden Military Merit Cross-- the Pour le Merite for enlisted men. It started to be a fashion in the Third Reich to wear that from the buttonhole--never like HE is though just to not "lose" it in a medal bar. I have never checked PrGMVK recipients against the junior RAD officers Dienstaltersliste--I will do that today.
  6. Here he is (top entry) from the 1905 Ordensliste, Nachtrag 2: Funny but I never thought of military railway in Southwest Africa then!
  7. OK, if these are your "bits and bobs" now show us the GOOD stuff! Hadn't paid attention to this from the thread title. You've got a fantastic range of medal bars--how long have you been collecting these?
  8. The only Fritz von Otto I find was a technical officer in flying corps WW1 *1887, awards do not match--so if he WAS that "Oberst" he would have been Luftwaffe The only Böhlers who turn up were Badeners--no match Wahls certainly came from Württemberg, but I find no Eugen. There were Karl, Otto, and Wilhelm with WF3bXs, and Kriegsgerichtssekretär who could not be that man. Your non career officer looks like he was in artillery, maybe, from the Waffenfarbe shade on his insignia. For a non-career Major he was probably a char. Hauptmann aD after the First War. I agree that is a WW2 Rumanian "war ribbon" used on most Orders, in his burttonhole.
  9. Oh, make me weep!!!! Such things NEVER get over here! Is there an award DATE on that last one.. or did they forget in all the artwork?
  10. "If it's in a museum, it stays there, and the story is preserved a lot longer and more securely than any one of us in the family could preserve it." Actually, far more often than not: dumped in storage, forgotten, lost, stolen, or ...thrown away AGAIN. As--is far far more common than nice, well-meaning people would like to believe--are medals very deliberately chucked out in yard sales because the "near and dear" don't give a damn, either. Sadly, all too often the only people who DO care are... collectors.
  11. They are paper... in cardboard boxes in the attic... or cellar... somewhere. Pre-internet Old People stuff!
  12. But at least you have the scan for recording the story! Over 30 years ago--when only Chip and I were alive, crawling among the pterodactyl caves of "Kaiserzeit" magazine--a guy posted "his" Bulgarian WW1 commemorative Medal document. I immediately wrote to say I had the same officer's Hungarian--and did he want to sell his or buy mine? These were then something like ten bucks--not exactly Major Finds! Never got a reply. 8 years later it turned up in one of our own Jeff Floyd's paper snail mail catalogs. Both now have been together--without another one of his Urkunden ever turning up anywhere--since Ronald Reagan's first term. The world is small. All things come to those who wait and watch.
  13. I never assumed that this ribbon bar would ever be identifiable, given the same old/same old everybody got the same awards in the K.u.k. forces. But Glenn found the 1918 Jahrbuch für Militärärzte and in 500-some pages (army and navy, all sorts) ONLY Dr. Feld had these 7 awards. He was promoted Oberstabsazrt 2. Klasse 01.11.17 #16, having been commissioned Stabsarzt 01.11.13. In 1914 he was with Ulan Rgt 1, but the 1917 Schematismus shows him with Dragoon Rgt 1. His FJO was gazetted in Personal-Verordnungsblatt 56/15 as Stabsarzt kmdt. Feldspital 3/9. He did not have the Bronze Signum Laudis on War Ribbon at time of the 1917 Schematismus--which did not show Red Cross awards. Presumably the cross against his name meant whoever owned the original yearbook noted his demise--but when? Meanwhile my 10 German-style Austrian officer's ribbon bar with Red Cross, Marianerkreuz, EK2, Baden Zähringen Lion, and TH did NOT show ANY match--at least as a MEDICAL officer. So, if the ribbon bar above ALSO did not belong to a medical officer--just someone who got the Red Cross decoration...it will remain unidentified. But there was only 1 medical officer as of the 1918.....
  14. That's the way I collect uniforms. And--of course--they have to FIT me... because I like to dress up and... TMI?
  15. Those are MAGNIFICENT! The 25mm width is great and the poor guy with NOTHING but his tamara and Hindenburg makes me wonder: 18 years old in 1918 or one of the liberated prisoners of war there who were on-the-spot reinforcements? ANY Tamara ribbon bars are great finds--congratulations!
  16. Yet another "Historical-Record-Clerical-Error" Research Gnomes have to tidy up after! For readers who may regard this as nit-picking over trivia--this is the sort of error that can--and does--throw off correct identification of anonymous medal bars or photographs. That is precisely WHY we ALWAYS go through as many sources as possible to make sure that the long dead Official record Keepers did not screw up. Good catch!
  17. The problem is, there is simply no "overview" all-in-one-volume sort of reference on ANY aspect of Imperial collecting--though there are an amazing number of highly specialized books on specific areas--Saxony, Waldeck, award rolls (ahem) etc etc. Unless someone is lucky enough to immediately gravitate to a lifelong specific interest, my best advice after collecting Imperial German for more than 40 years is just this: buy EVERY new reference book that comes out. Virtually none will ever have more than one edition, so it's "now or never" when a book does get published. Once they are "rare and out of print" you wuill just end up paying a premium for having mised the chance to begin with... IF you can then FIND a missed book afterwards. When my late friend Neal O'Connor was publishing his WW1 aviation books, he ended up with piles of them that he could not "get rid of" in his garage. Then--once the books WERE all gone--suddenly all the people who wouldn't pay XX National Currency Units for them as they came out were paying XXX N.C.U.s to get second-hand ones! The same thing happened with Steven Previtera's Iron Cross book. I well remember the howls about its high price when he was selling one by one...and then when they TRIPLED in the "after market" he had none left. (Authors never profit from our labours--but second hand book dealers do!) If--after years of accumulating shelves of books--you discover that you are really NOT interested in Subject N any more, it is easier (and more profitable) to sell off... rare and out of print books than it is to FIND one you missed 20 years ago. Time travel is real--but it only goes in one direction!
  18. So-- Split 'em up, sell 'em off, move 'em out oddsiiiiide? (OK you have to be old enough to remember Clint Eastwood as a non-Italian cowpoke for THAT theme song reference....)
  19. That... THING is bigger than the Grand Cross of the Unrequited Order of the Bifurcated Voles Of Pandemia With Inboard Oars!!!!!!!!!
  20. OK, TWO pairs of Max-Joseph or ... because even though there WERE "right" and "left" on these... I'm bettin' that neither he nor anybody else noticed that....
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