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      Painfully eclectic... With the exception of ribbon bars, I am not the sort of collector to have too many of any one thing. I get interested in a period, or a general aspect of it, and then collect rather scattershot within that broad area.

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    1. After a good twenty or so years of very casually searching, I finally tracked down a Tamara ribbon bar. My first ribbon bar with a tailor's label as well. Interesting that it's not a Bavarian tailor.
    2. At first glance, I thought it was a "forest" green. It looks more blue in the photograph than it does in person. Took a look it with my trusty photographer's loupe, and the weft is a similar blue to the Lippe-Schaumburg ribbon. I'm guessing that the green is just the result of aging, and it's effected some of the fibers more than others. (The black on the EK also has a distinctly navy blue tint to it that's more visible to the unaided eye.)
    3. I just scooped up a nice non-combatant's bar this afternoon, and I don't recognize the last ribbon. Anyone recognize it?
    4. Picked this up earlier this year. It had all the hallmarks of the military version that was contracted to both France and Portugal. The factory letter came in this afternoon confirming that it was indeed shipped to the French Army.
    5. Lt. Vollrath Freiherr von Maltzahn u. Wartenburg u. Penzlin 1. Eskadron, Husaren Regiment Nr. 9 In a thread here, Deruelle has a photograph of Maltzahn wearing the big brother to my ribbon bar. (Note the quirky placement of the Saxe-Ernestine in both bars.) As a bit of a historical footnote, Maltzahn went on to get his law degree after the war, and followed his father into the diplomatic service. Among other roles, he served as the first post war ambassador from West Germany to France from 1955-1958.
    6. Is there any obvious commonality among those seven that you can see? (e.g. all members of a specific unit that had some sort of a connection, etc.)
    7. I just picked up this ribbon bar today, and the middle ribbon has me completely stumped. Anyone recognize it? Also, anyone familiar enough with Schwarzburg to venture a guess as to which of their decorations would be represented by [very tarnished] silver swords on an enlisted bar?
    8. It didn't occur to me right away, but the miniature devices Nicolas7507 mentioned makes sense too. It was really the lack of a device on the second ribbon that caught my eye, as I'm more used to something like an HHOX in that spot. For what it's worth, the backing is one of those sheet steel style with the pre-punched holes. The first ribbon isn't lined up quite right for the hole to be centered. It might have scooted over a little bit over time, but it looks like it was probably at least a little off center even when it was originally made.
    9. Came home from a militaria / gun show yesterday with a new prize! There are holes in the first (EK), fourth (Hindenburg Cross), and sixth (Long Service) place ribbons where devices used to be. I'm guessing that the first ribbon is just a standard EK1914 with a 1939 clasp, but I'm unsure of what the second ribbon represents. Which of the Prussian decorations that share that ribbon would make sense in this context, without a device? Also, does the Anhalt Friedrich Kreuz paired with the Prussian decorations and/or the China medal shed any light on who the original owner might have been?
    10. Just received this interesting ribbon bar today. The lack of a long service medal to represent the 20+ years covered by these ribbons perplexed me at first glance. Am I correct in thinking that this was likely a crewman on a civilian ship that was involved in the response to the Boxer Rebellion, who then ended up in the military (Navy?) when WWI rolled around? Is there some other scenario that would make sense? Would the composition of the Iron Division make some sort of other interpretation make more sense?
    11. Weight: 5.1g The cross is 17.5mm wide at it's widest part. The thickest part of the center roundel is 2.6mm. It appears to be copper, or some sort of mostly copper alloy. I don't really have a way to test that other than appearance
    12. I stumbled across this little oddity, and had to scoop it up. I assume it's an unfinished mini version of a MVO. Has anyone seen anything like this before?
    13. I'm not really all that familiar with Austrian decorations, but the only [Austrian] medals that I'm finding that match are a couple of jubilee medals. Is there something else? I assumed it was a DRK / Volkspflege decoration, given the other medals.
    14. I just picked up this interesting miniature medal bar, without even realizing that it was anything other than a standard ribbon bar. It's a shame that the miniature medals have vanished, but I'll take what I can get.
    15. Thanks! I'm a bit out of my element when it comes to Baden, and didn't catch the mis-match of the titles. I've seen nothing to suggest any sort of genealogical connection, but he's got geography on his side when it comes to the possibility of a professional connection to the Baden royal family. I've seen two different addresses connected to him on Stephanienstraße in Karlsruhe (literally just down the street from the castle), and his name appears in the Baden archive related to the family (although I have not yet requested that record). If there is anything there, who knows how tenuous it might be.
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