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    European history and kingdoms, orders of decoration and regalia

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  1. I wish I had a photo of it, but someone text messaged me with a photo of a St. Stanislas they have to sell that does NOT have the eagles between the cross arms. Who can tell me about this variety and what time period and relative value it has to a standard Stanislas? It has the cursive SS initials on both center disc sides. I have looked through my various reference books and cannot find any pictures of them, but KNOW I have seen examples here and there. Please inform. Also, should I be wary of fakes if this one was bought 30 years ago? Red enamel on one side and gold on the other.
  2. I was reading in my books that recipients of orders in Russia and in Austria were entitled to a stipend or pension annually under the old system and I started wondering if certain German states or other nations during the old imperial era also were accorded pensions that were coupled with selection for certain orders of decoration? With old Russia and perhaps Austria, there were front end entrance fees as well but at least they received monetary pensions for many years as part of their "award." David
  3. I was reading in my books that recipients of orders in Russia and in Austria were entitled to a stipend or pension annually under the old system and I started wondering if certain German states or other nations during the old imperial era also were accorded pensions that were coupled with selection for certain orders of decoration? With old Russia and perhaps Austria, there were front end entrance fees as well but at least they received monetary pensions for many years as part of their "award." David
  4. I was reading in my books that recipients of orders in Russia and in Austria were entitled to a stipend or pension annually under the old system and I started wondering if certain German states or other nations during the old imperial era also were accorded pensions that were coupled with selection for certain orders of decoration? With old Russia and perhaps Austria, there were front end entrance fees as well but at least they received monetary pensions for many years as part of their "award." David
  5. Interesting topic. I have a photo reservoir of pictures/portraits electronically of Prussian German generals and many have these in their portraits. My eyes went to the crowns on the metallic ends. Were the crown ends on the aiguillettes specific to the Germans or did other royal kingdom nations of the time also have these ends?
  6. Oh, how I would wish someone would write and publish a book in English on German imperial era medal bars. I really don't think a coffee table sized reference book on this exists yet. It would be an opportunity for a researcher/writer. I loved the format of the book Parade Medal Bars of the Third Reich, but the author of that said he was not going to pursue that route I just mentioned, which I respect. I thought I would ask him first. I know of several persons who would contribute to such a work. Who wants to take the lead and pursue? I'll be one of the first ones buying a copy
  7. I, too, commend you in your creative endeavors and their good results.
  8. Interesting. You mentioned reproducing props. Here are some I have done as a moonlight sideline to relieve previous corporate work tension. It is not my strong suit, but nevertheless I love these "creations." I actually used relatively common materials, not precious ones. The sceptre is a kingly type sceptre and not a wand type, but it didn't all fit in the photo frame. And I placed the existing heraldic eagle at the base of the orb for effect mainly. Interesting. You mentioned reproducing props. Here are some I have done as a moonlight sideline to relieve previous corporate work tension. It is not my strong suit, but nevertheless I love these "creations." I actually used relatively common materials, not precious ones. The sceptre is a kingly type sceptre and not a wand type, but it didn't all fit in the photo frame. And I placed the existing heraldic eagle at the base of the orb for effect mainly. I did not make the sword of course, simply bought that. Interesting. You mentioned reproducing props. Here are some I have done as a moonlight sideline to relieve previous corporate work tension. It is not my strong suit, but nevertheless I love these "creations." I actually used relatively common materials, not precious ones. The sceptre is a kingly type sceptre and not a wand type, but it didn't all fit in the photo frame. And I placed the existing heraldic eagle at the base of the orb for effect mainly. I did not make the sword of course, simply bought that. *Ther sword I simply bought.
  9. I had another jeweler test it and the cross arms are gilded silver, correct, though the crowns in between the cross arms tested 22K.
  10. As a former writer of business biographies and a reader of nonfiction almost exclusively, I have a startling remark to make. I think that very possibly, writing fiction, good fiction, would be tougher to do than nonfiction. Here is why, given my limited exposure to good novels. Novels take on themselves more depth of character development, creativity and the mastering of the introduction and intermixture of rich dialogue. They have interwoven drama and pretext and subtext and subtle interactions of characters. Thoughts? I am not saying what is better than another, rather, which one might be tougher from a writer's craft.
  11. I since found out through my own research that this is a work of Henryk Winograd (www.rebajes.com)
  12. paperweight with felt bottom and hallmarked on side III W 999 with the III looking like a W. That would then be from jeweler Nikolay Shepelev of Riga who was a jeweler from 1902 til 1919
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