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Simius Rex

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

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  1. Alright... let me get this straight. Prince Leopold awarded Lammers the Lippe Detmold House Order 2nd Class to allow his jewish friend, George von Eppstein, to emigrate to the Netherlands. Instead, Lammers sent von Eppstein to a concentration camp where he died later that year. There are some things in history that really puzzle me. Like for example... why the Prince didn't go up to this nazi after his friend was deported and rip the cross right off his neck. Interesting how Lammers posed for the photo above wearing the Lippe cross as if this turd of a human being had actually done something worthwhile to deserve it.
  2. I think you have a point there. The Olympia eagle is identical to Milch's Olympia eagle. Actually I think your eagle is in better shape because Milch's eagle's beak is chipped off. You know... I think sometimes when too much lighting is used to photograph these old items, it might make them look a little too "new" and a little bit "cheap". That could be what happened here with your pics of the bar. Simi
  3. The cross frame and the ring eyelet looked suspiciously "shiny golden" to me compared to the rest of the cross. Komtur's explanation makes a lot of sense and explains the two different looking finishes. I notice that Komtur's Crown Order 2nd class retained its original gold medallions when the silver swords were added. The Red Eagle above unfortunately lost its original round gold medallion frames. They were replaced by gold plated silver ones. I'm still wondering what could be done about the bottom cross arm that's bent to the left? Does anybody have any first hand knowledge about how it might be straightened out without damaging the enamel? Simi
  4. These are better pictures. The swords are not retro fitted. They are the typical die-stamped, screw-in type swords made by J. Wagner & Sohn. You should also see a little dab of solder applied to the swords where they meet the central barrel. The solder holds them in place and keeps them from wobbling. Wagner started making these gold plated silver crosses with these screwed-in solid die-stamped swords around November 1916. I see the Wagner signature W on the edge of the bottom arm. Do you see a silver stamp of 938 anywhere? 938 should be stamped somewhere. Too bad about that bottom arm because it looks like it got bent to the left, but how that happened, I have no clue. I wouldn't try to bend it back because you might crack the enamel. Very nice painted eagle, though. Wagner always did a fine job hand painting these red eagles. Simi
  5. Hey CCJ... I don't know what you mean about looking for better pictures, but I think you are seriously underrating your devices. They are clearly custom made and they are absolutely beautiful. Holy smokes. Did you raid a museum to get this thing? The Hungarian device above is mass produced. The Royal Hungarian Penzverde had cutting-dies and templates and jigs etc. etc. So you can't really compare it to your custom made devices. Well, I'm still looking for my Hungarian Grand Cross mini. I open a storage box with things from my collection and instead of staying focussed on finding the mini, I have to look at every damn thing in the box and take a trip down memory lane. Most of this stuff I had forgotten that I had! Simi.
  6. Well, believe it or not, I actually have one of these in my collection on a trifold ribbon. I'll measure it on Saturday after I find it and I'll post the measurements. It may interest you to know that I have seen these Hungarian grand cross devices on some fairly slender German ribbon bars. The rays (or sunbursts) on the top and the bottom were trimmed off so that they did not protrude past the ribbons.
  7. I hate to write things that might be unpopular, especially since I'm new in the forum. But I have to agree here with IXSH. Those not very high quality, flashy mini devices and the bar itself look like something Charlie Snyder (God rest his soul) would have put together in his basement in Ohio. I actually like the back of the bar better than the front. If this was really the famous Nazi-duke's bar, don't you think other savvy collectors (like the people commenting in this thread) would have recognized its importance? Bidders would not have allowed it to sell for what amounts to chicken feed. Since device #14 was brought up, I would like to comment. This award is known as the grand cross of the Hungarian merit order. I have first hand knowledge that Hungarians loved these mini devices and produced them in large numbers. Each time a merit order or a holy crown order was awarded, especially to a foreigner, the awardee would get a beautiful mini device for his ribbon bar. There was no reason to custom fabricate a mini device. They were readily available through Hungarian military purveyors. Besides, the Hungarian mini on this bar looks awkward, crude and just plain ugly. Just my two cents. Simi.
  8. No, it is not a masonic item. A long time ago, badges with hands clasped together were used mainly by three kinds of organizations... workers trade unions, fraternal organizations, and socialist/communist labor movements. The DSP of Germany for example used this symbol a great deal to represent unity between the rural peasants and the factory workers. The motto "United we stand, divided we fall" along with the buckled belt leads me to believe your badge or pendant belonged to a member of a socialist labor movement. I also noticed that the hands are black. This is no accident. The group was probably an early organization of black workers or black socialists/communists. I notice that you are from Cape Town. I assume you are aware that from 1919 to 1950 your country had a fairly strong communist party. They were successfully recruiting black workers from the factories, farms, mines, and the black freedom movement. They were heavily interacting with the American communist party that was also recruiting black workers. I'll bet one of those black South African communists wore this pendant or badge back then. The two black hands probably represent the close relationship developed between South African black communists and American black communists.
  9. The reason I brought up the "S" mark is that experienced collectors, dealers and auction houses disagree about what it stands for. I'll bet there are some people here in this forum who think that the S stands for Scharffenberg, some who think the S stands for Schneider, and some who think the S stands for Silver. Until somebody comes up with hard evidence about what this mark "S" stands for, there will be disagreement and confusion. Simi.
  10. When talking about medal manufacturers in Dresden, you shouldn't forget to mention Heinrich Schneider. Many collectors believe that the mark of "S" on the Albrecht order is his mark, and not Scharffenberg's. I have seen a few of Scharffenberg's labeled medal bars made in the 1940's and the quality of the workmanship was very disappointing to say the least. Simi.
  11. The first thing I notice is that the bottom arm (at 6 o'clock) is cockeyed. It looks likes it was bent toward the left. The other 3 arms are fine. The swords look like they were retro fitted. (I'm not saying retro fitted swords are good or bad. Its just an observation.) The painted eagle is a lot nicer than many I've seen. Sometimes these birds look like the artist wasn't even trying. This one is quite attractive. I'm not sure I'd call this cross an investment piece, though.
  12. If you think this guy's name raises eyebrows, wait till you hear about my run in with the dingbats from Ebay. Several years ago, I listed a denazified Luftwafffe Observers Badge on a buy-it-now or best-offer type auction. Soon afterwards, I got a message from the genius squad at Ebay. My listing was yanked because I violated Ebay's guidelines regarding the use of "obscenity/profanity/vulgarity." Huh??? Then it hit me. The title of my listing was "Observer Badge by Assmann." I relisted it right away with a changed title. This time I had no problems... "Oberserver Badge by Aßmann". Simi.
  13. Thank you for confirming my hunch, Ian. Well, just to seal the deal, so to speak, I found a nice sketch of General Guseck on the internet. It was sketched in 1915 when he was 2 star general. Take a look at his autograph on this sketch... its a total 100% match to the signature on Sandro's postcard. Simi.
  14. Well, the dude looks a lot like Oskar Guseck. In fact, I think he really is Oskar Guseck. Simi. PS: His full name was Oskar Guseck von Glankirchen
  15. The creature on your shield is either a griffin or a dragon. The German word for griffin is greif and there was actually a ship named Torpedoboot Greif. Not sure this is its logo, though. On the other hand, if this thing is a dragon, then there existed a German minelaying ship by the name of Drache which is the German word for dragon. Since the dragon is also a Viking symbol, you should maybe research German ships with Nordic names like "Thor" for example. Simi.
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