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Simius Rex

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  1. I want to follow-up on the strange collar-device that looks like an oak leaf with acorns as seen on the Hungarian Gendarm's collar tabs. I was perusing a Hungarian auction site and saw 2 sew-on devices for sale as "Unknown Badges" which are identical to the devices seen on the photo below. They are made of stamped sheet-metal. One appears to be silvered and the other is gilt. I have yet to find these devices in any reference books, but I suspect they are so obscure and rare, they are not known to most KuK collectors. However, based on the fact that the gendarme was photographed in
  2. The eagle's outstretched wings and his entire body surrounded by a large laurel wreath is not a typical design one sees in German eagles prior to 1918 unless you bring into consideration Prussian regimental flags featuring a Brandenburg-style eagle surrounded by a wreath. However, I also recognize the overall design of the eagle and wreath as one used by the veteran organizations of the Imperial German East-Asian Forces. These troops had to fight the Japanese and the British during WW1 in defense of Tsingtao. After the war, these veterans formed their own Kriegervereins in various Ger
  3. The Colonial Protection Forces Degen for Medical Officers and the Bavarian Degen for Medical Officers was used right up until 1918.
  4. I can think of only a few examples of swords that were designed specifically for German medical officers. The first example is the best known example: the Sword for Medical Officers of the Imperial German Colonial Protection Forces. This sword (degen) started with a basic M1889 pattern, but the Prussian eagle on the basket-guard was replaced by a big and bold-looking heraldic Imperial Eagle of the Holy Roman Empire, HOWEVER, instead of a pommel cap that looked like the Holy Roman Imperial Crown (i.e. used for the swords of the regular Protection Force officers) a very plain and smooth p
  5. I don't know if you realize this, but we wouldn't even have a Seeoffiziere Gesamtliste if it weren't for Markus. That's right... the person you are reluctant to thank because you "already have the Seeoffiziere Gesamtliste" is the person who actually compiled and published the Seeoffiziere Gesamtliste. Also, I'm confused by the observation that you "contribute" by asking questions. Going by that logic, I believe I can say that I contribute to meal preparation by eating the food. (My wife's going to be thrilled when I tell her that.)
  6. Hi Peter, I suspected that the inscription on the center medallion might be impossible to make-out on an old photograph. Here is a picture of a typical late 19th century Schützenkönig breast decoration. Sometimes, these things were the size of small hubcaps and were featured in several different designs that varied from club to club. Here is a link to an interesting gallery of Schützenkönig awards starting from the 17th century going right up into the 20th century. Simi. https://www.schuetzenverein-dolberg.de/orden/
  7. I believe the huge star represents the award of Schuetzenkoening... the title given to the top marksman in a shooting club for a particular year. The center medallion was typically engraved "Schuetzenkoenig" followed by the year the title was given-out, which unfortunately cannot be seen on the photograph.
  8. Well Vince, it looks like the major difference between your bar and Komtur's bar is that Komtur's man, Albert Wiesmann, served in the Prussian Reserves and took part in 4 significant battles during the Franco-Prussian War (that, other than the bow on the RAO, of course.) Great little bar!
  9. I've just completed reading several of your threads and posts, and I'm going to level an accusation at you that you cannot deflect or defend: You hardly ever say "Thank you." People competently and selflessly answer your questions or ID your bars, but after they do, you simply vanish without expressing any kind of gratitude for their efforts. I don't know why, but folks who don't bother saying "Thank You" irritate me to no end. In my experience, a simple "Thank You" goes a long way to create a positive image of oneself in a forum.
  10. Many valid points have been made in the previous posts. I would like to follow-up one very important point that Sandro (Member GdC26) eluded to in his post. This is both a help-forum and an educational forum. Bar-identification is a very hot topic here. There are several very experienced and brilliant members here (well, one in particular) who are very skilled at researching these various award combos. This forum, therefore, presents a unique opportunity for less experienced members like me, AT THE VERY LEAST, to gain an understanding about WHAT MAKES A BAR RESEARCHABLE, and what
  11. First of all, the long bar doesn't even belong to you in that it's currently for sale somewhere else. And secondly, aren't you the guy who has gotten bars identified in this forum only to turn around and flip them for a hefty profit as "ID'd Bars" somewhere else? Aren't you also the guy who sold the von Schraeder bars to Erik in Slovenia for a tidy sum right after a member here identified it for you? I think you probably owe that member a commission and/or a case of wine for adding serious value to those bars for you. If dealers intend to financially benefit from the research skills of oth
  12. I am well aware of the various flaws attributed to the hilt of this particular M1822-variant having been an avid edged weapons collector for almost 40 years. Frankly, I regret viewing the link to the photos of this sword before it was subjected to cleaning. The sword, in the condition you acquired it, looked right as rain. The luxurious, centuries-old, chocolate-brown patina of the hilt conveyed a sense of history, sophistication and permanence. It looked like an authentic, untouched, AND legitimate 200 year-old M1822! From an asthetic standpoint, the hilt's patina together with
  13. I was waiting for somebody to comment on the blade being inappropriate for the hilt and vice versa. Trooper-D spotted the smoking gun and now I'm going talk about the smoking cannon... the hilt. In my opinion, the hilt is an appallingly bad, modern casting with absolutely no attempt made at chasing, deburring or detailing the openwork and inner casting lines... and I was able to make this determination using the sub-standard, low-resolution photos posted above. The surface bears the characteristic pot-marks, voids, distortions, and irregularities one routinely sees on bad castings.
  14. It looks like the crown does not swivel and the Rautenkranz looks like a row of pine trees. Ernest's profile image actually looks handsomer than his image created by German jewelers. It's peculiar that a SEHO cross was foreign-made because the Nazi-Duke was having these made domestically up until 1933. I would imagine a gold version could have been easily custom crafted by these jewelers. Simi.
  15. I fail to understand why the previous contributor presumes to address forum-members in such a condescending and insolent tone. I've heard roughnecks speaking with greater civility than the member in the previous post. It's ungentlemanly in a gentlemen's forum, in my opinion. The members he labels as "Juveniles" are actually intelligent, educated adults who don't merit this kind of ill-tempered, disrespectful rebuke. In my opinion, the forumites who contributed here and who were humiliated are owed an apology. In fact, I think the above harangue is directed at everybody in the
  16. CDVs have been faked for years and years... it's nothing new. The cheapest and fastest way to make fakes involves making high-res laser prints glued onto CDV card stock. Clever fakers will even lay the fakes into UV sterilizing chambers to create the effect of a century's worth of ultraviolet radiation. For more involved fake CDVs and cabinet cards, the faker buys a real image and then uses a color copier to make a print that looks like the sepia-toned original. If they are skilled at using photo imaging software, a faker can turn any image into a sepia-tone print easily. That pri
  17. As I mentioned above, I was informed many years ago in a German forum that these pre-matted photos were created for street vendors to sell as souvenirs along with other trinkets for the Centennial Celebrations in 1913. These photos were a big novelty because nobody had actually seen real pictures of soldiers dressed in Napoleonic period uniforms before. People saw them in paintings and lithographs, but never the real thing. I am posting the seller's newest treasures below before they disappear from eBay.
  18. Thank you for that clarification. I'd never heard of an AEZ with Swords before so it was surprising to see such a thing on a ribbon bar. These bars must belong to Fregattenkapitän Emil Dohnke who was born in 1879 and entered service in 1898. He was around 57 or 58 years old when he got his Long Service Awards but there is no indication that he ever participated in WW2.
  19. Let's put it this way: he's definitely not somebody I would expect to see on a propaganda poster personifying the Master Race.
  20. @ArHoYou're right about these photographs being offered by the same seller. He goes under various names on eBay but he marks-up the auction pics with the same kinds of recognizable red lines and arrows. @Trooper_D If people want to collect and invest serious money in EARLY and MID 19th photographs, they should first learn how to recognize and distinguish the physical characteristics of genuine Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes and CDVs from this period. Then, tricky and misleading wording will no longer be factors. I downloaded the photos in ArHo's link because the auction p
  21. The question asked by the starter of the topic was anwered quckly and accurately. 24 January 1899 was the date that the Kaiser awarded the Prussian 2nd Nassau Infantry Regiment No. 88 its banderole. But for the hair splitters here, this banderole was draped around the eagle's neck. I was thinking about Hannover and its rampant horse. Both Nassau and Hannover were absorbed by Prussia in 1866 for siding with Austria and essentially ceased to exist as independent states, so it's easy to confuse two entities that simultaneously became geopolitically irrelevant in the same year and for the
  22. Great looking bar of a Knights Cross Holder. Who is it?
  23. You're right. This ribbon was used only prior to 1932 for the Order of the Crown. It was then used for the Order of the Star after 1932. The enamel on the device also looks red to me and there's no crown on top of the device. Since I collect mostly Imperial and Weimar, the ribbon tripped me up. I edited my previous post.
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