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  1. Check for marks; may be gold. This piece with so called Pariseren [French] sword quillons - some say these indicate Saxe Altemburg or Saxe Miningen issue. Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha issue usually seen with so called Prussian Sword quillons. Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha issue post WW I swords on ring insignia displayed French quillon swords, however.
  2. See ebay 184951476299 and associated. Ernst is so cheap because it lacks reverse [ACCORDING TO VENDOR] motto ring, allowing visions of epoxy!
  3. Are there plans for an English or French language edition?
  4. You may wish to contact http://www.ribbonsshop.com/austria-republic/au292-austria-order-of-the-knights-of-malta-ribbon-for-merit-crosses-and-medals/ for a replacement. Besides what's listed on-line, they have some old stock not always shown on their website. Teo Toussaint now manages Ribbonshop.
  5. Many tailors/technicians who assembled/mounted award bars used whatever scrap or spare ribbon to hand when mounting awards themselves to bars. Then they added the correct ribbon formed into the familiar shape around the award. While the correct ribbon may appear as the award mounting material, most bars I've seen with backing loose or removed display an assortment of varying ribbons or narrow strips of white/gray edge bound narrow cotton tape type material used for that purpose. This to indicate that the color of the red/green ribbon seen protruding beneath the KVK may have nothing to do with the item originally placed there. White with red central stripe ribbon could well be an Ottoman Red Cross [KVK & Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe could support this proposition] or maybe a Spanish MMO, white distinction. In either case, odd that it appears where it does.
  6. Ideal that you found a ribbon, case and mini! Is the case marked Garrard, Spink or ...? From time to time issued cravats [both narrow, wide and, very rarely, 55 mm - 2 1/8 inch wide] appear on UK ebay or in dealer stock.
  7. Above crown format usually associated with insignia related to various Christian Eastern Orthodox/Melkite Orders [c.f. Patriarchal Order of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem] and "international" Order groups [c.f. Imperial Order of St. Eugene of Trebizond] these latter usually claiming a relationship with or descent from the Byzantine Empire. Sometimes this type of insignia uses a typical Bulgarian Czarist design suspension crown.
  8. Hildegarde Maria Slock-Cottell image found at http://www.caulfeild.co.uk/individual.php?pid=I121&ged=Caulfeild. She held a Belgian Leopold I knight as well, perhaps suggesting that her St. Sava was more than a protocol award.
  9. Japanese officers received various French colonial Orders including at least the Royal Order of Cambodia, Dragon of Annam, and Nichan Iftikir besides the Black Star of Benin. Images of naval personnel, for example, wearing such may be located via: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_Imperial_Japanese_Navy_admirals. Without in-depth research, hard to say whether some of these awards were protocol awards, recognition for service rendered in respective geographic areas, naval visit honors exchanges, or ???? Images at the website mentioned appear to show concentrations of these colonial decorations in the 1890's and WW I era but a couple seem to be in the 1930's. Do not forget that during WW II Japanese personnel received both Cambodian and Annamese honors from the king and emperor, French collaborationist governments and possibly the Japanese controlled puppet states. During and post WW II, the Black Star of Benin and Ouissan Alaouite were likely the most usual colonial orders used to 'protect' the Legion of Honor but examples when other colonial orders fulfilled this role exist.
  10. Hello Owain, Ambassador Abebe's group certainly has found an excellent home. Thank you for sharing this enlightening information!
  11. Has anyone information on the MBE/OBE manufacturer activity periods? Garrard examples seem to be earliest [1917-?], then Royal Mint [19??-197??] then contractors like Spink, Toye, Kenning & Spenser, Gladman & Norman Ltd, Worcestershire Medal Service and ???
  12. Hans-Georg Steltzer (born April 30, 1913 in Braunschweig, died April 12, 1987 in Königswinter), a German soldier, diplomat and writer, served in the Wehrmacht being promoted to major by 1945. Steltzer later became a career Social Democratic Party of Germany politician/bureaucrat. Among his duties, he headed the Federal Press Office in the Foreign Office and worked as a diplomat in Africa and at home. Steltzer left government in 1978-79 but remained active in foreign affairs, especially regarding Africa. He published several books on German-African colonial relations and the Imperial German Fleet. Steltzer served as German ambassador to Egypt and Ghana and received many awards including, at least,: Germany [Federal Republic] Order of Merit, 3rd class; Cameroun Order of Merit, First Class [sash/badge]; Egypt Order of Merit, [Grand Cordon?]; Gabon Order of Merit, Grand Officer; Ghana [Order of Volta?, class unknown]; Ivory Coast Order of National Merit, Commander; Liberia Order of African Redemption, Commander; Madagascar Order of National Merit, Grand Officer; Niger Order of Merit, Grand Officer; Senegal Order of National Merit, Commander. Tunisia Order of the Republic, Grand Officer. Has anyone additional information regarding Steltzer's Wehrmacht service [and possible awards]? Is this list of his post-war decorations accurate and complete? Thanks for your assistance!
  13. Cannot determine whether circlet of 'dots' within the central rim are individually crisp & equally spaced. That said, looks OK, note ring suspension attachment & lack of casting marks. C.F. http://www.cimilitaria.com/Danzig Cross.html and other sites.
  14. Pink & White....sure looks like a Brazil Imperial Order of the Rose but maybe here representing a Hesse-Darmstadt award c. f. Distinguished Service Kriegsehrenzeichen 1916-18, War Aid medal, Ehrenzeichen für Kriegsfürsorge 1916-18, Military Medical Cross (Militär-Sanitäts-Kreuz--metallic silver stripes), 1914 or Long Service Award. All have a darker red color value and slightly different proportions. Another German State possibility escapes recollection for the moment.
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