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    Collecting Pre-1945 Military Artifacts, Boating, Fishing, Restoring Antique Alarm Clocks

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  1. It looks like the crown does not swivel and the Rautenkranz looks like a row of pine trees. Ernest's profile image actually looks handsomer than his image created by German jewelers. It's peculiar that a SEHO cross was foreign-made because the Nazi-Duke was having these made domestically up until 1933. I would imagine a gold version could have been easily custom crafted by these jewelers. Simi.
  2. I fail to understand why the previous contributor presumes to address forum-members in such a condescending and insolent tone. I've heard roughnecks speaking with greater civility than the member in the previous post. It's ungentlemanly in a gentlemen's forum, in my opinion. The members he labels as "Juveniles" are actually intelligent, educated adults who don't merit this kind of ill-tempered, disrespectful rebuke. In my opinion, the forumites who contributed here and who were humiliated are owed an apology. In fact, I think the above harangue is directed at everybody in the
  3. CDVs have been faked for years and years... it's nothing new. The cheapest and fastest way to make fakes involves making high-res laser prints glued onto CDV card stock. Clever fakers will even lay the fakes into UV sterilizing chambers to create the effect of a century's worth of ultraviolet radiation. For more involved fake CDVs and cabinet cards, the faker buys a real image and then uses a color copier to make a print that looks like the sepia-toned original. If they are skilled at using photo imaging software, a faker can turn any image into a sepia-tone print easily. That pri
  4. As I mentioned above, I was informed many years ago in a German forum that these pre-matted photos were created for street vendors to sell as souvenirs along with other trinkets for the Centennial Celebrations in 1913. These photos were a big novelty because nobody had actually seen real pictures of soldiers dressed in Napoleonic period uniforms before. People saw them in paintings and lithographs, but never the real thing. I am posting the seller's newest treasures below before they disappear from eBay.
  5. Thank you for that clarification. I'd never heard of an AEZ with Swords before so it was surprising to see such a thing on a ribbon bar. These bars must belong to Fregattenkapitän Emil Dohnke who was born in 1879 and entered service in 1898. He was around 57 or 58 years old when he got his Long Service Awards but there is no indication that he ever participated in WW2.
  6. Let's put it this way: he's definitely not somebody I would expect to see on a propaganda poster personifying the Master Race.
  7. @ArHoYou're right about these photographs being offered by the same seller. He goes under various names on eBay but he marks-up the auction pics with the same kinds of recognizable red lines and arrows. @Trooper_D If people want to collect and invest serious money in EARLY and MID 19th photographs, they should first learn how to recognize and distinguish the physical characteristics of genuine Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes and CDVs from this period. Then, tricky and misleading wording will no longer be factors. I downloaded the photos in ArHo's link because the auction p
  8. The question asked by the starter of the topic was anwered quckly and accurately. 24 January 1899 was the date that the Kaiser awarded the Prussian 2nd Nassau Infantry Regiment No. 88 its banderole. But for the hair splitters here, this banderole was draped around the eagle's neck. I was thinking about Hannover and its rampant horse. Both Nassau and Hannover were absorbed by Prussia in 1866 for siding with Austria and essentially ceased to exist as independent states, so it's easy to confuse two entities that simultaneously became geopolitically irrelevant in the same year and for the
  9. Great looking bar of a Knights Cross Holder. Who is it?
  10. You're right. This ribbon was used only prior to 1932 for the Order of the Crown. It was then used for the Order of the Star after 1932. The enamel on the device also looks red to me and there's no crown on top of the device. Since I collect mostly Imperial and Weimar, the ribbon tripped me up. I edited my previous post.
  11. There are many more surviving photos of veterans of Napoleon's Grand Armee than there are of the German veterans of the Napoleonic Wars. Here are two recipients of the EK2-1813 photographed in 1863. Note that THIS is how photographs from the mid 19th century should look !!
  12. The last 3 awards are the Hungarian Order of Merit with Swords, the Bulgarian Order for Military Merit with Swords, and the Romanian Order of the Star with Swords. The silver straps/bars behind these 3 devices might represent classes of these decorations higher than merely "medal-bar grade" but, then again, they may not. Any chance you could show the entire ribbon bar set? It looks very interesting.
  13. These are called Epaulettes and they belonged to a Prussian Oberarzt which is the medical corps equivalent of Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant) in the Heer. You should try and get a pip for it on eBay-Germany. Simi.
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