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  1. Dear Iew, The painting of Alfred Gölitz does show a greenish ribbon next to the EK-ribbon which could be the Albrechtsorden. Given his rank and the fact he wears a three-piece ribbonbar in the 1939 photo makes me reluctant to believe the medalbar is his. Maybe he had an older brother, a father or a nephew? Families usually don't keep very good track of things like this, which results in these kind of problems. All identification problems apart, a lovely bar and a lovely photo, I am jealous. Kind regards, Laurentius
  2. His dad died (if wikipedia is correct) at the age of thirty. Our Freiherr von Vietnghoff was born in 1829 which would make him a rather young father at age 22. Cousins perhaps? Kind regards, Laurentius
  3. I don't think so, the Olympia-ehrenzeichen has stripes going down the middle and black edges. Both are absent in the picture of Karl Löwrick. Kind regards, Laurentius
  4. I don't want to hijack the subject, but what did Von Mirbach do to get that lifesaving-medal?
  5. Bit rich coming from someone who speaks Canadian eh? 😉 VInce is right though, it is important we all speak English to understand eachother. Welcome on the forum Chechaco Kind regards, Laurentius
  6. Ribbon three looks to me as a Schlesissches Bewährungsabzeichen (silesian eagle) second class and the sixth, as Simi already stated, the Baltenkreuz second class. Kind regards, Laurentius
  7. On German medalbars or with Austrian medalbars?
  8. Funny that he is in the Luftwaffe given the Prinzenerlasses of the previous year, a law barring members of the former German ruling houses to undertake frontline duties, as a result of the death of Wilhelm Friedrich von Preußen in 1940.
  9. I don't think so. In my opinion the MVK has not been mounted very well or has come somewhat loose due to heavy wearing. This combined with the left side of the crown of the Bulgarian Order of Bravery overlapping with the MVK leads to the optical illusion that there is something above the MVK, which is not possible since it did not come with a crown or wreath. Some people mounted swords above their MVK but this pictured does not seem to have them. Kind regards, Laurentius
  10. Seems normal to me, since there is also an Austrian medal I suspect this officer has some Austrian connection. Perhaps he got the steckkreuz without previously having gotten the lower grade. We can't be 100% certain but I would consider that very well possible.
  11. Alright, let's have a try. On the breast, clockwise we have: -EK1 -Order of Franz Joseph officerscross (FJÖ) -Iron Crescent (TH) -freikorpsbadge ( I recognize it, but can't identify it.) On the medalbar: -BMVO4krx (Bavarian Military Merit Order with crown and swords) -BMVO4 (Bavarian Military Merit Order) -Verdienstorden vom Heiligen Michael (don't know the abreviation) -I am thinking the gold prince Rupprecht medal or the 1918 wedding anniversary medal, sometimes smugly worn by Bavarians before the EK) -Prinzregent-Luitpoldmedaille
  12. I don't believe that, the researchgnomes are phenomenal, my paintings of Major Christian Leber and my painting of the Bavarian medic with the Militär-Sanitätsmedaille were made ten years prior to this one and they were wonderful there. They've always been much help. I only need a small start, if someone can confirm his uniform I can get looking.
  13. Austrian Military Merit Cross third class and the Bulgarian Order of Bravery with swords.
  14. When it comes to over 125 years of business three years is almost neglibible, I don't think much has changed within the company over that span of time. Nor am I willing to believe they would easily discard of historical dies worth their weight in gold. They can still be used in production, whether for jewelry or actual orders and otherwise they would fetch huge prices in auctions. Collectors and fakers alike would kill for these dies. It's a good thing they remain with the firm. Maybe a few princes would agree with me. Kind regards, Laurentius
  15. I got this off their website, it's a picture from 2018, but it shows several dies and mint decorations. I am not aware if they were made recently or if they are pieces which were never delivered to the Royal Bavarian Ordenskanzlei. Here is a link: https://hemmerle.com/projects/hidden-treasures/ Kind regards, Laurentius
  16. What if the picture shows a 2nd class cross with swords and crown rather than a 1st class with swords and crown? The second class had a larger pool of recipients and they can hardly be distinguished in black-and-white pictures. It is not uncommon for more common awards to be switched out for rarer ones. This would explain why the name Kalbe isn't mentioned in the lists and the 'mysterious' origin of the cross on the bar. Kind regards, Laurentius
  17. I think they do. I occassionally come across something from Hemmerle (jewelry and such) and the firm recently made some honours with original dies if I'm not mistaken, to celebrate their anniversary.
  18. Exactly my point, where could he possible have seen active combat service? I always wonder where the current members of former ruling houses get their decorations. Do they re-use pieces from their ancestors or do they have a jeweller they go to? Hofleveranzier Hemmerle still exists for the Bavarian royal family but Godet, often used by the Hohenzollerns is gone. Kind regards, Laurentius
  19. Dear fellow collectors, I came across this picture of Margrave Maximilian. He is wearing the grandcross with sash of the House order of Fidelity (Hausorden der Treue). Around his neck he wears the Order of Berthold I. (it is a grandcross worn around the neck, as we can see from the suspension-ring). On his breast are three contemporary German decorations: a decoration from the Red Cross, a decoration from the German fire brigade and a decoration (if I'm not mistaken) for bravery. Contemporary German decorations are not really up my alley so if I made any mistakes I would like to hear it.
  20. You are correct, if I'm not mistaken it is one of the older thread of GMIC. Nice to see some things resurface after a while. Kind regards, Laurentius
  21. A very nice picture. I wonder if the EK1 was later added to the picture? Rässler stands at an angle to the camera but the EK1 seems to be photographed straight from the front. Kind regards, Laurentius
  22. Now that you mention it David, he does like a bit like Camillo Benso, the similarity is stunning. I would be convinced it was him (glasses, muttonchops, the hair) if it weren't for the missing neckbeard and the fact that the orders my guy is wearing are not the same as he would have worn. Mine only has a knightscross in the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus whereas he had the grandcross. The collar would solve the mystery Watson. Kind regards, Laurentius
  23. Thanks David. Before I start I could use some help to see whether my assumption (Saxon civil servant/minister) is correct. It would be a shame if I went through all the Saxon books (I've tried the link and there are many of them) only to find out this man was in fact from Saxe-Meiningen or perhaps not a civil servant at all. Perhaps he was a count (graf) in his own right who happened to be in the right place at the right time to gather some decorations. If I could get a bit of help to get started that would mean the world to me. Kind regards, Laurentius
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