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  1. Hi, does anyone have numbers of how many FIRST CLASS PINBACK war merit crosses were awarded during WWI in each state? I notice some are much more costly than others. I bought two of these today, the Brunswick War Merit Cross 1 Class and the Oldenburg Friedrich August Cross 1 Class and wonder about those two, first off, as I am adding them to my inventory list. Thanks in advance for info.
  2. I have my payment en route for a jawless style lionhead Prussian officer sword which on a langet has the lances of a Lancer group. I always thought of the lancers as light cavalry but there are some other motifs on the sword hilt that show cannonballs. For instance, instead of a Pantherhead quillon it has a cannonball quillon. There is another scene on the hilt that displays cannons but NOT on the langets. They have the typical lancers logo. Is that contradictory? How do I tell the difference also between this and a Hussar sword? Also, as an aside, it has in scroll work boldly Eisenauer. th
  3. thanks, I appreciate it I still like studying the following medal bar even though it is part military and part civil/diplomatic
  4. I have a still connected set that states: Albin Kuhlfedler Offenbach Kaiserstr. 63 13.9.77 1.K.Arm.B. 166 N. 314 can anyone shed light on this for me?
  5. I do also notice the mustache is not upturned like the Kaiser's style so this may have represented another field marshal? Kaiser Wilhelm even in young age had his mustache ends somewhat upturned unlike in this bronze depiction. The interesting thing is that it is detailed in every other manner so I do not think the mustache style is a "mistake."
  6. Another clue is the Order of the Black Eagle chain/collar. Does that help narrow it down to someone? Was that awarded to other field marshals too?? On the face of the round epaulette are three equidistant symbols that I cannot discern.
  7. If the Kaiser, it must have been a young Kaiser iteration. I say that because of the styling of the picklehaube but I am not sure. I wonder what period this might have been crafted in?
  8. This is on the way to me this week. 17 inches. I am thinking it may not be the young kaiser, rather, another field marshal. Any suggestions welcome. Also, how often do you see these?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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
  15. I, too, commend you in your creative endeavors and their good results.
  16. 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 corpo
  17. I had another jeweler test it and the cross arms are gilded silver, correct, though the crowns in between the cross arms tested 22K.
  18. 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 t
  19. I since found out through my own research that this is a work of Henryk Winograd (www.rebajes.com)
  20. 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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