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  1. Just another story about a Bavarian double-crossed by those diddly-darn Prussians.
  2. I have an observation about the 8-place police bar shown above. I think if Rick L saw this bar, he would say "Tuck those suspension rings underneath the ribbons" based on various statements of his. I personally think that exposed suspension rings above the ribbons are analogous a person walking around with his fly open and a shirt-tail hanging out of it. Just my humble opinion (influenced heavily by Rick L's posts.) I also have an observation about Finnish award-precedence on German bars: Nice guys Finnish last. ­čĄ¬­čĄ¬
  3. If you don't mind my asking, are you writing a book or research paper about generals of the land forces? If you are, maybe you should consider collaborating with forum-member Kriegsmarine Admiral on a gigantic book about both generals and admirals. I even have an idea for the title of the book: "Imperial Surf & Turf"
  4. What Komtur says is absolutely true. My ex-wife attended the University of Bonn and dated a few German guys. She reminded me many, many times during our marriage that Germans, indeed, have superior sausages. ­čĄÖ
  5. Okay... I just wrote him an email asking him to comment. If this piece turns out to be good, I wouldn't be surprised if he was the one who purchased it.
  6. I found the photos of this cross on eBay and enhanced them on my desktop so I could very carefully examined all the surfaces. The swords through the medallion and the suspension ring are all gilt silver. The body of the cross and the surmounted swords along with the two ball finials are NOT gilded. They have all the characteristics of being genuine gold. So I have no idea why the seller on eBay described the cross as entirely gilt silver. The piece is signed "W" but the eagle looks nothing like any Wagner pattern I've seen. Perhaps the medallion was damaged and r
  7. In my opinion the piece may be what the Germans call a zweitstueck (wearer's copy) dating from the 20s. The first photo below shows what a pre-1918 Wagner piece with all-gold components should look like. The second photo shows another post-1918 zweitstueck from the 20s or 30s in gilt bronze. None of these zweitstuecks ever look the same as the ones created during the Kaiserreich. The original craftsmen and jewelers who made them systematically and routinely simply weren't around anymore.
  8. The F├╝hrerbau was a unique building in the 3rd Reich. It was intended to be the nazi equivalent of a royal palace with all the trappings and ceremony of a royal palace. It hosted state visits of foreign dignitaries and state banquets for the nazi elite. As I stated in my first post, this concierge uniform was unique ONLY to the F├╝hrerbau. The Reich Chancellery and the Berghof were staffed by personnel from the Leibstandard SS... and that included the waiters and the busboys. Here's a photo of a waiter in his F├╝hrerbau food-service uniform standing in the background.
  9. We talk about "Prices" for militaria but what does that really mean? The "Price" is determined by a group of buyers a seller manages to attract or reach, coupled with the desirability and/or rarity of the item(s) as perceived by those buyers. Ebay is a good example of this phenomenon. There are buyers who shop almost exclusively on eBay for their militaria. The hammer prices end-up being simply baffling... either crazy-high or crazy-low. This recently ended auction for 2 ho-hum ribbon bars and a worn-out TDA25 illustrates this point. The seller reached a market wil
  10. Here is a picture of the Kammerherr of the F├╝hrerbau. He was in charge of the domestic staff including the Haupt-T├╝rsteher. Notice his chamberlain's staff, silk leggings, shoe buckles, and medal bar.
  11. Here he is again standing at the end of the red carpet in front of the F├╝hrerbau waiting to open the door of the next car that pulls up.
  12. That chap is the Head-Concierge / Haupt-T├╝rsteher at the F├╝hrerbau located on the K├Ânigsplatz in Munich. The staff at the F├╝hrerbau had their own, unique uniforms. The man in your photo stood at the front door area and opened car doors for arriving dignitaries and politely greeted them, among other things. He may have also procured hookers for the F├╝hrer and the big-shots, but that's just speculation on my part.
  13. To me, this cross looks like the Knights Cross of the Military Order of Maria Theresa. It was worn from the button hole from a ribbon in exactly the same manner like the one in the photo. Maybe somebody with a Bavarian rank list or an Austrian Court & State Handbook could confirm this.
  14. I downloaded, enlarged, enhanced, and sharpened the image focusing on the BMVO. It is clearly gilt bronze, not gilt silver. The gilding has worn off in some places and exposed what is unmistakably bronze. This is exactly the way these wearers copy crosses (what the Germans call spangenstueck) should look like. They are not as desirable as the gold or gilt silver ones, but they are a hell of a lot rarer.
  15. My goodness! The estate grouping of Regierungsrat and Regierungsbaurat for railway contruction Dr. Paul Lederer, who was also an observer in the Ottoman air force, was somewhat intact 16 years ago, but about a decade ago, it seems like it fell into the hands of an unappreciative, profit-oriented wheeler-dealer who split-up the group. Nice frack bar in spite of what happened to the estate grouping.
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