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  1. My pleassure. That's what we're all here for... to learn things from each other. I've picked-up quite a few things from reading your posts, as well !! Simi.
  2. The piping and top look beige against the red tablecloth but I suspect it might actually be white, and also the body looks black but it may also be blue. If the cap is indeed black and the piping and top are white, then it is the Cheshire Regiment's side cap from around WW2. Simi. .
  3. I think it's a uniform because I believe the man is wearing a British officer's gorget around his neck. I looked up George Jones and found a picture of him as an older man. Do you think it's possible that Mr. Jones included himself in the painting? I am seeing an uncanny resemblance between Jones and the figure in the painting. Simi.
  4. Here is a picture of your Crown Order device from an online research article. Like I said, it is extremely scarce. If you were to display the ribbon bar without the corresponding medal bar, knowledgeable collectors would think it represents a Crown Order with swords. A few years back, I was bidding on a ribbon bar with this very same device. The bidding went nuts and the bar sold for an obscene amount of money. Simi.
  5. That's a pretty impressive grouping you've got there. Did Major Jordan continue serving in the 100,000-man Heer after the war? The group consists of some fairly pricey components, but by far the RAREST component is the device used to represent the Hohenzollern 3X on the ribbon bar. This was actually the device used to represent the Crown Order with swords. Notice that the crown is planted right on top of where the swords intersect. The tailor must have run-out of HOH-crossed sword devices (where the crown was positioned directly above and not on top of the intersection of the swords) and used this one instead. Simi.
  6. I don't know if this will be helpful, but it looks like the soldier in the painting is wearing a gorget around his neck which means that he's an officer (or maybe my eyes are deceiving me.) His hat looks like a not-very-accurately drawn field bonnet worn by the Royal Sappers & Miners. The uniform ensemble does, in fact, resemble the sappers and miners working dress (not their regular uniforms) from around the year 1825. I am puzzled by the absence of buttons and shoulder straps on the tunic of the man on your painting. (Maybe the artist just overlooked including these details.) Perhaps you could use this information as a springboard for further research. Simi.
  7. I found an old photograph from the 1920's that shows a Studentenmuetze identical to yours being worn. All this young lad needs now is an organ grinder, a tin cup and a street corner to stand on, and PRESTO... he's in business !!
  8. Glad to be of help, Gordon. The construction of the cap is very high quality with beautiful hand-embroidered details and should fetch a tidy sum on eBay-Germany or eBay-Austria. It falls into a category of collectibles known as "Studentika" which has become very popular among certain European collectors. Simi. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=Studentika&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjDnYjd1KnqAhUonOAKHQwYBI0QsAR6BAgBEAE&biw=1270&bih=631
  9. This is a student's cap for a college fraternity. I believe in German it is a Studentenmuetze or Prunktoennchen for a Burschenschaft. The logo on top (or Zirkel as it is known in German) with the exclamation mark is the logo for the Viennese Bruna Sudetia academic fraternity. The high quality of hand-embroidery leads me to believe that the student to whom this hat belonged came from a wealthy family. Simi. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Bruna_Sudetia_Zirkel.jpg
  10. Unfortunately, the components of the "Group" are no longer completely together. It looks like a family-decendant of Bruno von Rüdgisch may have decided to sell some things from the estate separately to maximize the money realized from the sale. At this point, I would strongly encourage member "Ottomanmedals" to try and work out a deal to sell Rüdgisch's medal bar and his various Turkish awards to member "CRBeery" in an effort to reunite this grouping for the sake of posterity. Simi.
  11. I just realized there is another thread dealing with Bruno von Rüdgisch! Would it have been too much effort for any of you folks in the forum to type a few words to inform me?? My question now is, WHO on earth split-up this amazing estate grouping? We have a medal bar, a mini frack-chain, a Johanniter Cross, 4 or 5 Turkish awards, accessories and photographs and God knows what else from this estate that some responsible collector should try to be re-uniting for the sake of posterity. Simi.
  12. Thanks to member "Ottomanmedal" who let me know that Bruno v. Rüdgisch BRIEFLY returned to active duty in Germany in the year 1909. Truthfully, I thought that Rüdgisch completely disappeared from the Prussian ranklists after 1898 because I was too lazy to look through each and every ranklist from 1899 onward. Anyway, Rüdgisch was INDEED awarded the Brunswick Henry the Lion Knight 1st Class in addition to the Prussian Red Eagle Order 4th Class and the Kaiser Wilhelm I Centenial Medal. He also received 4 Turkish awards and a St.John's Order Ehrenritter. (Please see a copy of the 1909 Ranklist below.) Does somebody have any information about Bruno von Rüdgisch receiving the Prussian Crown Order 4th or 3rd Class AND the Prussian Officer's Long Service Cross??? If so, the medal bar on eBay DOES IN FACT belong to Colonel Bruno von Rüdgisch. Here is a link to the auction: https://www.ebay.com/itm/353066349869?ul_noapp=true
  13. Rittmeister von Rüdgisch appeared in the 1898 Prussian Ranklist as a member of the Dragoon Regiment "Prince Albrecht of Prussia" whose Regimental Chief was, in fact, Prince Albrecht of Prussia (who at that time was also the Regent of Braunschweig.) By 1899 Rüdgisch became a member of the Cavalry Training Department in the Turkish Ministry of War and rose to the rank of major-general in the Ottoman Army with the title "Pascha" eventually becoming Chief of the entire Cavalry Training Department. As of 1898, the awards Rüdgisch was entitled to wear were the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class and the 1897 Centenial Medal. Is it possible that he also received the Red Eagle Order 4th Class, the Braunschweig Henry the Lion Knight 1st Class, and the Prussian Long Service Cross for Officers sometime after 1898 while in Ottoman service? But the bigger question is: were German officers who transferred over to the Ottoman Army still entitled to receive German awards during the time they were in Ottoman military service? Would their years of service in the Ottoman Army count toward their total years of service in the Prussian Army, entitling them to receive the Long Service Cross for Officers?
  14. So how do you go about obtaining the rolls of the Austrian-KVK awarded to Turks? According to Daniel Krause in the post above, they are still in the War Archives in Vienna. Do you actually have to travel to Vienna to examine these rolls? Can you possibly access a digitalised version? Simi.
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