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  1. Not if you are trying to sell one to a blue haired maven. And of course dressing tables are called lowboys so you can have them en suite.
  2. thanks everyone. Militaria is not the only realm of collecting where dealer-speak has created terms that supplanted what was the original name. Here in the states, antique furniture dealers created the term "highboy" to describe a chest on frame (usually on high feet). In the 18th century, when most were made, the term never existed. They were usually described as a "high case of drawers" but that does not sound nearly as catchy as a highboy so the new name stuck. I have seen a number of them over the years and even a quick check of eBay reveals quite a few for sale albeit more se
  3. So I have always been intrigued by hate belts. I recall spotting one in a dealer's booth about thirty years ago. I hesitated and when I went back, the dealer has ripped it apart to sell the pieces. The photo below shows one being worn by a rather self-assured soldier. My question is what do we really know about how they were assembled, who used them and what were the unofficial rules about making and wearing them?
  4. I found this Commandery member's medal to be the most unusual that I have seen. Usually, they are Latin crosses but this one clearly is based on the Iron Cross. Youngtstown had a large German population (I found a statistic that noted as of 2019 that Ohio has the highest number of people who self-identified as being of German descent and that 10% of the present population of Youngstown saw themselves as being of Germanic ancestry). So the use of this form seems logical. Masonic Knights Templar badges run the gamut with little if any uniformity. You probably know already that the 20 is the numb
  5. I recall in my youth going to various patriotic hereditary society events with my mother. Many of the men were decked out like nobility with their mini medals. This bar is such an example. I find such groups fascinating as I have often likened medals and ribbons to the idea of "wearing your resume." So this group illustrates the wearers military and fraternal resume for people to see.
  6. This is an interesting American mini-medal bar. The first three are military issue and probably reflect a late World War 2 enlistment/draftee: Good conduct, World War 2 victory, Army occupation medal. The next two are the Masonic medals reflecting Masonic Knights Templar membership including the Masonic Knight of Malta and Masonic Knights Templar. The last medal is a Veterans of Foreign Wars member's medal. An interesting albeit not particularly distinguished group but the only one that I have ever seen incorporating Masonic mini-medals into the larger bar. Unmarked on the reverse and not part
  7. I ask as I have seen a fair number of fraternal society badges and they follow fairly similar patterns. These, with the iron cross seem very distinctive. Really appreciate your posting them. If I may ask, I would be curious as to what you think this is. It is a very tinny star with a Stuttgart makers mark on the reverse. The Bostonia around the image of the owl suggests an American origin. It came from an American ebay seller. I am wondering if it is an Austria-Hungarian friendship society from Boston? This may not be the right spot to post but hoping you can help.
  8. very cool item. So with these German-American badges, did they copy existing European models and if so...how did they get them.
  9. Thank you so much for the information on the sailor. Very much appreciate it. The 1895 badge is very cool and your timing is impeccable. Some years ago, I ran a program in Lancaster Pennsylvania on the tradition of frakturschriften. Most of our speakers had the same consensus that there had been a rich and very visible German culture in the United States that was effectively wiped away by the First World War. The biggest casualties were the German language books and newspapers that were wiped out and which in turn led to the demise of the German language in many communities. Not f
  10. That is a fascinating item. I did not realize the widespread appeal of the Franco-Prussian War here in the states. A very cool piece. This is another American photograph. The image is from St. Louis and depicts a sailor. I am guessing that this is a copy image of an original probably taken in Asia. The reverse has a notation that he was stationed at the German naval base in China in 1901. Would be curious to know about the medals. I have seen American Civil War cdv photographs copied later in the 19th century as larger cabinet cards. My suspicion is that they were made so that multi
  11. Thank you all. I will share two other images of Imperial veterans living in the United States I lean towards these being worn as part of friendship societies in the pre World War One era. They seem to turn up in cities where there was a sizable German population. This handsome devil was photographed in Newark, NJ.
  12. I acquired this image some years ago. What fascinates me beyond his service (and I would be curious as to a read on his service based upon his medals) is that the photograph bears the imprinted logo " Henry D. Schocrry/43 Avenue A/New York." I suspect the subject was an immigrant to the United States and had this image made of him wearing his European medals. It is not the first example of a former Imperial soldier wearing his medals taken by an American photographer that I have and they fascinate me.
  13. An interesting addenda. There is some debate about the number "21" on the Pennsylvania masonic world war 1 service badge. While Perseverance Lodge is #21 on the rolls of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, these badges were issued to Freemasons across the state who were not members of that lodge. An example in my collection was from a member of a lodge in Philadelphia. They are engraved and dated (mine is from 1937) on the reverse. I do not have a clear explanation for the 21 although I have suspected this may be when it was authorized but that is a case. They are in sterling. As an unrelat
  14. Each year, the Masonic Knights Templar leaders gather in convocations. During the late 1800s and into the early 1900s, these were often huge events hosted in big cities. Commemorative pitchers, plates, books and badges were issued for these. Some were official and others were unique to a particular state or local Commandery who attended. My guess on this is that this was worn by the Templar members from Connecticut (the black and white are the colors of the Masonic Knights Templars) and the hanging nut...and I am not expert on this...is from the state where the convocation was held. My guess
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