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  1. The substance in the medallion cavity is definitely not jeweler's rosin. And you're absolutely right about the cross you found on eBay being identical to the fake shown in the photo I posted above on June 24th. What I would like to know is how a Schrägstich fake ended up in the hands of eBay seller feingehalt0232 who is typically not somebody who sells fakes. I've purchase items from him in the past and have been very pleased. It seems that the Schrägstich fakes are finding their way to unsuspecting, legitimate dealers. For the record, here's Schrägstich's cross magnified (left) next to a genuine cross (right).
  2. The ribbon may, indeed, be a left-over from Rothe's old inventory, but the fabric's weave pattern is consistent with modern, post-1945 ribbons. A pre-1945 ribbon for the Maltese Merit Order is going to be next to impossible to locate, so I think the modern ribbon in the link above is going to be your best bet.
  3. It was likely a ribbon bar created during or after 1934 without a DA-ribbon of any kind. The logic behind this is simple. It would have been much easier to create a 5 place bar using standard-size ribbons for all 5 decorations than to try and "Stretch" a half-size ribbon over another ribbon at the end. Then, sometime before 1940, the owner was likely awarded a DA - either an 8-year Police-DA or a RAD-DA - and instead of creating a brand new bar, a half-size DA-ribbon was added. A policeman, for instance, didn't make a lot of money, so why pay to have a new bar made when the existing bar could be easily (and inexpensively) modified.
  4. Thanks for the link. It would seem that SDA-Member @saxcob correctly identified the bogus medal bar as the work of the Schrägstich-Faker and provided a link to this thread. The eBay-Account "Norbmaschmi" is one of the aliases used by our esteemed faker. (See post # 1 above.) I am glad to see that collectors are using this thread as a source of information. However, I was disappointed to learn that a fellow collector fell victim to this con-artist to the tune of 1.020,00 Euro !! Incidentally... you should inform those German Jungs from SDA that they need to join GMIC. HERE, they can obtain a proper education about medal bars so they can avoid making such expensive and egregious blunders in the future!!
  5. It's time to update the Gallery of Schrott with some of this faker's recent inventory. I realize that after perusing all the pictures in this thread, you'll probably feel the need to take a shower. However, what I really hope to accomplish is to provide a database for when these abominations begin popping-up in the collecting community.
  6. I would seriously urge the OP to listen carefully to the evaluation of this piece by bolewts58 since he is probably the most experienced and knowledgable expert in the forum when it comes to practically anything relating to the interwar period in Germany. If you really and truly purchased this piece of garbage (and I'm assuming you did) then the money you have spent is what the Germans call "Lehrgeld" and you would do well to spend some time doing your research in the future before making such egregious blunders.
  7. I see you're still on this DA-kick. All applications for DAs were accepted up until April of 1940 and processed accordingly. In August and September of 1941, there were a limited number of the Sonderstufe of the DA awarded for 40 years of military service. The recipients were given a gold oak-leaf device to affix underneath the eagle-device on the 25-year DA's ribbon as shown below.
  8. The photos of the three Steckkreuze the OP used for illustration purposes are nicely executed, die-cut and die-stamped crosses. The cross in the OP's first post is, however, a casting of extremely substandard quality. People who desire to become serious and successful collectors in this hobby must FIRST learn to distinguish between a die-stamped piece and a crappy cast piece.
  9. If this is the case, what you are left with is a pair of Prussian shoulder boards onto which somebody has stuck an "L" and a "W" for unknown reasons.
  10. You photographed the tabs upside down, but despite that, you have a pair of Parolis for an Umlegekragen featuring one Sternrosette for a Class XI Militär-Beamte ohne Portepee (provided that the tabs are imperial-period.) This is the Beamte-equivalent of an army 2nd lieutenant. To me, they look scarlet-red which would be the facing color for an Artilleriezeugsbeamte, a Militärlehrer, a Militärfechtmeister, or a Militär-Beamte in general Armeestand. If they end-up being madder-red, then they would be the facing color for a Militärmedikamentenbeamte or a Militärtierärztliche Beamte. If the Sternrosette is silver made of stamped metal, then they are Republic-period Parolis for a Feuerwehrman who is basically a Truppman who successfully completed basic training in the Feuerwehr and who also completed the basic First Aid Training Course.
  11. "Allzeit Bereit" was the motto of the Pfadfinder (Boy Scouts) but I agree, the piece is nothing more than a fantasy piece.
  12. Yes... these flash-spotter units are relatively unknown to most collectors today. However, they performed an important and technically complex task for the foot-artillery gunners... i.e. providing them with vital information to help hit their targets. Admittedly, I have never seen officers boards from these LM units... only enlisted boards. But there is no other possible interpretation of "LM" devices on imperial boards other than Licht-Messtruppen. I borrowed a photograph showing enlisted man's boards from Uncle Helmut. Note that they have the typical flaming-barrels symbolizing the foot-artillery, a unit number, and the initials "LM" in block lettering.
  13. I'm not sure you understand what I'm trying to say in paragraph 2. Here is an example. From 1940 to 1945, if you were on active-duty in the Wehrmacht (re-called, re-activated, regular, volunteer, administrative, or whatever) and you possessed, for example, a Prussian 25 year Long Service Cross (pictured on the left) you were supposed to remove it and replace it with the 25/12 Long Service combo (pictured on the right.)
  14. For anybody interested in what kind of services flash spotters (Licht-Messtruppen) provided to the artillery, here is a description from Chris Boonzaier's website, "The Kaiser's Bunker". Flash spotters base their survey methods on simultaneous fixes on the gun flashes of the enemy cannon from posts that are from one to three kilometers distance from one another. They make note of a large number of land marks in their observation zones, drawing upon earlier plottings and fixed designations. These landmarks are coordinated with sector surveys for easier location. Besides enemy artillery, the flash spotters have to plot other targets for possible future use. So, for example, they plot trench mortars from the glare of the flash, searchlights from their being switched on, blast furnaces by their flickering glare and troop encampments by bivouac fire and smoke.
  15. The German gothic letters appear to be "L" and "M" indicating Licht-Messtruppen which were the Fussartillerie's "flash" target spotters and light ranging troops. The dark thread indicates a Prussian unit.
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