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Simius Rex

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 !!
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. Well... having access to the list of Prussian recipients of the MVK must come in very handy when trying to identify a German bar. It's good to learn that the KuK award files are still intact in Vienna and weren't destroyed in the War like many of the German archives. Are the recipients of other lesser Austrian awards also listed in the rolls, such as the various Merit Medals, Bravery Medals, and even Long Service awards? Simi.
  14. Well... you know what they say. Serbs end-up in the strangest places. Just ask Francis Ferdinand! Simi.
  15. I thoroughly went through the 1916-1917 KuK Ranklists for both active and reactivated Major-Generals and there is nobody by the name of "Rauch" listed. However, in addition to the above officers I already mentioned, there is a GM Viktor Bauer listed as well as GM Ludwig Bauer who was reactivated for the duration of the war. Like I said, it would be helpful to see the front of this postcard. Simi.
  16. In my opinion, it's one of four names... Lauer, Bauer, Obauer, or Sauer. The GM of course stands for Generalmajor. There was a Max Lauer who re-assumed command of the KuK Infantry Regiment "Archduke Rainer" in July of 1916, but he was only a colonel at the time. There was also a Major-General Rudolf Obauer who commanded the KuK 11th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front. It might help if you posted the photo on the front of this postcard. Simi.
  17. The hats they're wearing are NOT the Bosnian fez, in case that's what you thought. These guys are Serbian and this kind of hat is known as a Šajkača. Simi.
  18. You mentioned the "Austrian Rolls". Who here is actually familar with the Austrian rolls? I have seen the Austro-Hungarian Naval Officer's rolls, the Austro-Hungarian Honved rolls, the Austro-Hungarian Almanac that lists recipients of the Maria Theresa, the Leopold, the Iron Crown, and the FJO, but I have never seen a comprehensive ranklist of [non Hungarian] Austrian officers that shows all of their awards (like the Austrian MVK for example.) Hopefully these rolls are not like the Loch Ness Monster... everybody talks about its existence, but who's really ever seen it. Simi.
  19. Well, I have good news and I have bad news. As I previously mentioned, the War History Institute & Museum in Budapest has the records you need. They were digitalized several years ago so internet users could have access to those records. The bad news is that the server where these records are stored is old and outdated and is constantly flahing error messages when you try to look something up. Therefore, you will need to contact the Institute directly either by email or telephone. Here is a link. Notice that halfway down the page is a list of the ranklists available. Simi. https://web.archive.org/web/20050205214203/http://www.hm-him.hu/hadt.php3?page=300
  20. The Hungarian ranklists are called Magyar Királyi Honvédség Névkönyve. The Honvéd started publishing its ranklists during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy because the Honvéd was a separate entity from the Austrian army. The Horthy period ranklists were destroyed by the communists and the few surviving volumes are stored in the permanent collection of the War History Institute and Museum in Budapest. What kinds of general things do you want to know about them? Simi. https://www.google.com/search?q=magyar+királyi+honvédség+névkönyve&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwi7gtXW3PXpAhUEON8KHcJYA58Q2-cCegQIABAA&oq=magyar+királyi+honvédség+névkönyve&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1D7PFj7PGCNQGgAcAB4AIABSYgBSZIBATGYAQCgAQGqAQtnd3Mtd2l6LWltZw&sclient=img&ei=bQXgXvuXK4Tw_AbCsY34CQ&bih=631&biw=1270&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777
  21. The Hungarian Defense Ministry of the Titular Monarchy published ranklists of the Honved for the first time in 1927 and for the last time in 1944. The Gendarmerie published its own ranklists every single year until 1944. What kind of information are you looking for from those lists? Simi.
  22. It appears that your GI was also married at the time he was writing hot letters to the married British housewife. You might want to explain to us yanks what "billeted" means but I, for one, hope it has something to do with a threesome. This forum could sure use some tales of scandal and debauchery to liven things up. Simi.
  23. This G.I. has a very tricky name when it comes to doing a records-search in the National Archives. He won't come up if his name is typed in simply as Leclaire. His family name was recorded as two separate words: Le and Claire, i.e. Le Claire. Believe it or not, they also did that with German-American G.I.s whose names had the prefix "von". Imagine being a Wehrmacht soldier and you're captured by a G.I. named Lance Corporal von Hohenleiten. The Wehrmacht soldier wouldn't know whether to try and shoot him or to give him a hearty-old "Sieg Heil" Simi. https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?s=3360&dt=893&tf=F&bc=%2Csl%2Cfd&q=von+&btnSearch=Search&as_alq=&as_anq=&as_epq=&as_woq=&mtch=1488&pg=1
  24. Try your luck on the following websites. There are 11 pages to go through on Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/search/?name=Leo+A._Leclaire&name_x=1 There are some veterans' records available online. For anything further, you will have to contact the National Archives directly. Be sure to follow their directions closely when requesting records: https://www.archives.gov/research/military/veterans/online
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