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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. Holy Mackerel!! What a difference the photographic angle makes! Ok... now he looks like a human being again. Nice painting! Simi.
  2. For those of you wondering why Colonel Will has a freakishly huge forehead and generally disproportionately large head in the painting, it's not because he's developed acute cerebral edema. My art history class will now FINALLY come in handy for something. For centuries in Europe, portrait artists were "expected" to paint their subjects from aristocratic or noble or wealthy families with VERY high foreheads, whether or not they had high foreheads. You see, high foreheads were regarded as a sign that a person was of high and noble birth. Peasants and proletarians on the other hand were supposed to have low foreheads, kind of like neanderthals. The higher the forehead... the more noble a person was supposed to be. If you google the old portrait paintings of european monarchs and aristocrats and wealthy landowners, you will see what I am talking about. One of the most ridiculously high foreheads can be seen on the portrait of Ferdinand I of Austria. That artist made Ferdinand look like the Martian ambasador from the film "Mars Attacks." Simi.
  3. The award ribbon on the right hand side of the ribbon bar on the top consisting of red and blue is a service ribbon for the New York State 27th Division. If the ribbon bar assembler accidentally installed the ribbon segment incorrectly (red-blue instead of blue-red) then it represents either the 52nd Field Artillery of the New York State 27th Division OR the 71st Regiment Medical Company of the New York State 27th Division. Suffice it to say this soldier from Delaware at some point served in the New York State 27th Division which was not entirely unusual.
  4. Hi Christophe, I just saw your question today and the answer is that they are definitely not American stripes from WW1. They are Canadian stripes from WW2. The stripes are worn pointed side up on the lower right sleeve of the service jacket. Each red stripe stands for 12 months of service during WW2. The white stripe stands for volunteering for military service during the first year of WW2 (before September 9, 1940). The white stripes are the key to identifying this item as Canadian. They were known in Canada as "Overseas Stripes". If the white stripes were not sewn onto the patch of red stripes, the red stripes by themselves could have been attributed to any nation in the British Commonwealth including the UK. Simi.
  5. Well, I have to take back yet another thing I said earlier about Major General Mueller. I was thumbing through a Military Wochenblatt and discovered he was awarded the Red Order 2nd Class with Oak Leaves and Swords on the Ring. That probably meant he had to remove (and maybe give back) the Red Eagle on his medal bar which would explain its absence. So that leaves only two unexplained things. The presence of the China Medal and the absence of the princely HOH. This begs the obvious question... how many freakin' publications does a person have to look through to get the full picture of an officer's awards? Simi.
  6. Well, I have to take back what I said about Wilhelm Mueller being too young to participate in the 1866 War. I was thumbing through an almanac last night and it seems this 15-16 year-old lad was already shooting at Austrians on the battlefield. Not a big surprise, really, because about 70 soldiers under the age of 16 from my county alone were shooting at yankees in 1861-65 during the War of Northern Aggression. Simi.
  7. This is a very exciting medal bar where the owner obviously had a really strong connection to the colonial defense forces. As soon as I saw it, I thought for-sure it may have belonged to Major-General Franz Mueller but then I saw the China Medal and as far as I know he did not actively participate in crushing the Boxers. Or did he? On top of that, he was too young to participate in the 1866 War with Austria and his Red Eagle Order is missing. When is the auction? Simi.
  8. You mentioned that your friend was offered a general's tunic which included the odd ribbon bar pictured above. But what about the tunic itself??? It looks like a nicely tailored gabardine tunic with red piping. General's tunics don't come along everyday, so if the ribbon bar is a dud, just carefully remove it. Simi.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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