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David Gregory

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  1. That is an attachment for small-bore rifles to enable an instructor to check the aim of the weapon while the recruit was learning how to use it.

    From the packaging and finish, it was probably a commercial item made for shooting clubs and paramilitary organisations.

  2. I accidentally stumbled across the on-line issue of a German medals magazine on Tuesday and stupidly did not earmark the site. however, on it was a complete roll (49 pages) for the Franco-Prussian wars' EK for Junngfrau etc.. from 2006.

    Does anyone know where this is/was? Further google searches have resulted in nothing. :banger:

    I think you are referring to http://www.ordensjournal.ordensmuseum.de/, which I believe is a site belonging to a German member of GMIC.

  3. Bear,

    They are not from the era that primarily interests me, but as an obsessive document collector, I can appreciate how much they must mean to you.

    Despite the fact that one of them has been cut up, they are still outstanding pieces of history.

    David

  4. Hello,

    When working on the 8200 names, correcting, etc ... i came across one very strange unit => Freikorps :speechless1:

    A L?H award in 1920 towards a soldier who was in a Freikorps. Either his merits from WWI did reach to get it while he was already a member of the 'Freikorps' or he earned his L?H for actions during the after WWI years? Who will tell :speechless::jumping:

    Fun, fun it is :cheeky:

    It may be a delayed award for actions or services rendered up to 1918. Interesting, nevertheless.

  5. I have no picture but can explain you what it looks like. The old "4th class" actually was called "Ritterkreuz II. Klasse". Is was made of Gold, was blue enemaled but had no flames between the arms - that's it. This class was one of the originals, instituted in 1866. The swords came just in 1891, so noone wore swords before, even if awarded for bravery. The ribbon was the white and blue one ("Friedensband") up to 1913 for all versions, swords didn't matter.

    I finally found a picture, unfortunally a baaaaad cross. Though you can see what about it should look like ... ;)

    IGITT. That looks like one of raritaetensammler's offerings.

  6. Bulgarian Bar (a rarity!!, the first time I see a bulgarian bar... probably for sake of more research))

    It includes:

    1/ LS&GC cross 10 years for NCO Ferdinand edition (1889)

    2/ Commemorative Cross for King Ferdinand accesion to the throne 3th. class (1887)

    3/ Merit medal 2nd. class (Ferdinand -young- edition type II, 1887-1891)

    4/ Serbia War medal silver (1st. class) 1885

    Miguel,

    That is very nice! Where do you find these bars?

    David

  7. Hi Scott,

    After seeing the results of a number successful and failed attempts to reblue old bayonets and rifles, I would recommend you just leave the bayonet as it is. At its best, cold blueing tends to look patchy. Good hot blueing appears "sanitized" to me. The most I ever do is to remove any existing or prevent any further rust.

    It is almost impossible to repeat the original finish and the results seem to lose any charm/patina/soul (delete as applicable) that old items had before their "restoration". If you really want an example with its original finish, wait until one turns up at an acceptable price as they are by no means rare.

    Sorry if this is not the answer you wanted to hear, but I would just keep it and enjoy it as it stands.

    David

  8. The only clues we've got are running Roll numbers on the lower left of the award documents.

    Anybody have any to report?

    I have a document group to a gunner and later Unteroffizier of 1./FAR 4 including the Bew?hrungsabzeichen. In this case, his Braunschweig documents are numbered as follows:

    • KVK (later to become the 2nd class) dated 25 October 1917, roll number K4363
    • Bew?hrungsabzeichen zum KVK2 dated 25 July 1918, roll number K4228
    • KVK1 dated 25 July 1918, roll number K4228 (i.e. same date and roll number as the Bew?hrungsabzeichen above, but featuring a lower roll number than his previously issued KVK)

    Here are some other KVK (i.e. later 2nd class) document details in their order of issue where the numbers have not been trimmed off. However, the roll numbers in the lower left corner might be a bit misleading, as I cannot see any system in the suffixes that some numbers seem to have. Can anyone make any sense out of these?

    • KVK dated 2 September 1916, roll number D2234 (possibly P2234)
    • KVK dated 22 September 1916, roll number K6
    • KVK dated 14 November 1916, roll number K456
    • KVK dated 3 May 1917, roll number K11552
    • KVK am gelb-blauen Bande dated 24 January 1918, roll number K45632
    • KVK dated 7 February 1918, roll number K532
    • KVK dated 27 June 1918, roll number D1112681/15 (this might be a strangely transcribed D11,2681/15)
    • KVK2 dated 31 July 1918, roll number K4353
    • KVK am gelb-blauen Bande dated 28 October 1918, roll number K5845

    I also have a couple more that haven't been filed in my Braunschweig folder yet. One of them was awarded some time in 1915, if I recall correctly. I'll add their award dates and roll numbers later.

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