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    German medal bars, 1850 - 1945

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  1. For better comprehension about the dimensions of the ribbon bar presented here above, I shot a photograph of it close to a two row ribbon bar with 10mm ribbons and devices...
  2. Here is the GFM Milch's ribbon bar to compare, especially the enemaled white eagle device on the Olympia-Ehrenzeichen ribbon... mind you that the ribbons on Duke Carl Eduard's are smaller than the ones on GFM's Milch ribbon bar.
  3. Hello, Here's Konteradmiral Hugo Caanitz brief biographical data. As you can see he served quite a lot in the Baltic area, it is possible that he could receive an order of a bordering country on the Baltic sea. Usually after the long service awards predominantly foreign awards were put on the ribbon bar. But it could be also possible that he wore his DRK award in the last position on his ribbon bar. Strange nevertheless... I post also a picture of him discussed in another thread on the WAF (see below). BR C PS: I sincerely hope that the owner of this picture hasn't anything against for me posting it.
  4. I don't have any problems with that... considering that the ribbons are 8mm wide (!!!) and the devices extremely small (8mm), it's impossible that they are as accurate as normal and bigger devices put on 15 mm wide ribbons. Of course if you enlarge the very detailed picture I took, it looks as if the devices are crudely made, but taking into account that they are so small, you can't pretend that the level of detail is similar or better than on bigger devices. Furthermore the devices from the 7th to 12th and 14th ribbons are very likely custom made, because they are very rare to be found. The swords devices are WWII (war) time types as this bar was put together after 1940 as the Duke got his KVK2X. In my collection (I'm collecting since 40 years) I have different types of swords devices... they can vary from very detailled and high quality pre WWI silver devices to more crudely made WWII types. The most important thing is that I'm happy with this ribbon and that I'm going to keep it anyway. Best regards, C
  5. Hi everybody! It just arrived... it took ages, but the quality is really mind blowing. Now I’m 100% convinced it belonged to the Duke... Enjoy the picture! cheers, C I forgot to say that the lenght of the ribbon bar is only 11 cm!!!
  6. Great collection Jason! That’s quite a spectacular array of Saxon and high officer LW ribbon bars!!!👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😉
  7. Yes, I totally agree with ixhs... It's quite uncommon to see a WWI bar with lots of WWI related decorations, but no Iron Cross 2nd class; so he must have been a 100% homefront type of guy. Nice bar nonetheless!
  8. IMHO this ribbon bar looks like a typical Godet, which I have several in my collection, ribbon and medal bars. The hinge of the pin on reverse like also the fabric and kind of stitching does all look like the even the same person who worked at Godet did that. This guy had at least 15-20 or even more different uniforms on which on each of them had different medal or ribbon bars being made by different vendors. I think even the crossed swords devices they look even the type Godet used during WW2, of lesser stamped good quality. This bar would have been put together not sooner of 1940/41 (see that KVK2). It would be interesting to know when the duke got it (date of bestowal). In the end they took whatever it was still available in war and I said it before, in war I’m pretty sure they won’t have used metal devices like crossed swords in silver they might have used before, during and right after WW1. Bottom line is that I’m quite satisfied with this my purchase, more than some others. C
  9. Hi Pierce! If that blue white striped ribbon with crown device is a British Jubilee medal, then it narrows completely down to a unique possible wearer... I only was a bit puzzled to see a couple of Saxon Duchies ribbons they might have on this bar as well... especially that black yellow ribbon with the year device Ovale silberne Herzog Carl Eduard Medaille mit Krone ( home war merit medal with year of bestowal). But again in this case the original owner of this unique ribbon bar decided only to wear these orders and no medals. Thank you for all your inputs. C
  10. Naturally I thought of him first, too, but Charles Edward (Carl Eduard von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha) was awarded of many more and completely different awards... there are lots of pictures of him wearing different medal and ribbon bars, but no-one with that particular combination like I have shown in my thread. Carl Eduard wore such a wide variety of miniature ribbons bar, double rows ribbon bars, single normal sized ribbon bars, full sized medal bars... and he also wore lots different uniforms, Old Imperial Officer/General, Freikorps, SA, NSKK, Allgemeine-SS (black), Head of the Reichsluftschutzbund or as President of the German Red Cross uniforms... and many more. I'm posting some of the photographs with him, just to show you all, how many uniforms and different sets of medal/ribbon bars he had. Just incredible! But unfortunately, I don't think it is "my guy"... 😉 Yes, strange but not impossible or maybe he did not wear all the ribbons of the decorations he was bestowed. Thank you all for your interesting point of views and comments. Claudio
  11. Yes and no, the German Social welfare decoration was also the successor order of the German Red Cross decoration... and these Japanese Red Cross decoration you could easily be bestowed by giving an important amount of money as charity to the Japanese Red Cross organisation. Besides Japan was an important ally of the triple steel anti communist pact of Germany/Italy/Japan.
  12. On the ribbon bar are: Prussia, EK1914 2 Kl. 3rd Reich, KVK 2. Kl. with swords Saxony Kingdom, Order of St. Heinrich (RK or medal? both possible) Saxon Duchies, Saxon Ernestine House Order (probably RK 2nd or eventually 1st class) 3rd Reich, FEK (aka Hindenburg cross) Bulgaria Kingdom, Cross of military merit on Bravery ribbon Ottoman Empire, Imtiyaz Medal with crossed swords (Bravery Medal) 3rd Reich, Deutsches Volkpflege-Ehrenzeichen (Social Welfare Decoration), highest class (Breast star) 3rd Reich, Luftschutz-Ehrenzeichen (Air Defence Decoration), highest class (1st class) 3rd Reich, German Olympic Decoration, very likely highest (neck) class because of the enamelled eagle Not sure: Greece Kingdom, Order of the Redeemer Italy Kingdom/Fascist Era, Order of the Saints Mauritius & Lazarus, highest class (Breast star) Japan, red cross decoration Hungary, National Order of Saint Stephan, highest class (Breast star) You were by seconds quicker than me...
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