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  1. Is the remnants of the cloth backing visible in your photo blue-grey or greenish color? I can't make it out. If the former I would say LW but Gendarmerie if the later.
  2. So the boards did have the RFV cyphers? But the Oberzollinspek./Bezirkzoll-Kommissar boards like these as well as all Zoll boards should have green thread hash marks, not black. At least on the uniform charts I have.
  3. I do Matt. Thank you for showing your fine example of the 333 gold version of the Ehrennadel.
  4. Excellent photo presentation Matt. You're correct. Though the WWF is discussed in Angolia and Littlejohn, and as well in an older Patzwall issue, little is known or discussed about the award.
  5. I was wondering if any members out there have an example of this golden DAF lapel pin in their collection. It was awarded by the DAF to the owner and factory party leader of those factories designated as Musterbetriebe after the annual national competition. There are variations in markings on the reverse that also includes the pin number. I appreciate those forum members who have already graciously provided the information of the examples in their collections. Here is my cased example.
  6. I don't know if I would exactly call it a "Party Shooting Award". According to the text on the reverse, the medal was to commemorate a shooting event held in August-September 1933 by the Royal Private Fire Protection Association in Munich in celebration of the National Awakening of the German People (the Nazi takeover earlier in January). The organization chose to put the image of the new Chancellor on the obverse. So there is no connection to the NSDAP.
  7. Fascinating set Gordon. And he was carrying his privately owned Cz27 [P.Mod.27 (t)]. Hi G-Man.
  8. Alfred, these hand stamps featuring the dark/black handles and full brass heads are reproductions in my opinion. I have purchased a view of those style as well as some stamps I consider original that have light finish handles with peculiar characteristics that seem to be common to originals. Here is a rubber stamp that I have.
  9. Very nice info to complete the set Michael. You do marvelous work. It surely appears to be him, especially comparing the nose, cheek bone and mouth. Given the title of Generalmajor to sweeten the retirement benefits a bit.
  10. Claudio, the Haus Orden is superb. Is there any other provenance with the medal bar to connect to Dauwel beside the order of awards? With the Haus Order it narrows the field considerably and increases the probability to almost certainty. It is a beautiful medal bar. I believe there is a misprint in Andreas's book. According to the Police officer rank list of 1.9.41, Dauwel was promoted to Oberst d. Gendarmerie on 9.11.37. I might add that he was still an Oberst in fall 1941. He was accorded GenMaj rank on his retirement? He was married and had three children. He was a member of the NSDAP with membership number 3 266 350. It is possible that there is information concerning Dauwel on his NSDAP membership cards. On rare occasions, a photo is added to the membership card. Microfilms of these files are maintained at the US National Archives. I might suggest you contact Mike Constandy ( mjc@westmorelandresearch.org ). I have used his services in the past for research of personalities in the captured German records of WWII in the National Archives. If you choose to use him, mention to him the NSDAP entrance date and number to assist in his search. I will search my police magazine of 1941 and 1942 to see if I can find record of his retirement and rank appointment.
  11. Well for sure the Internet has assisted in bringing the community of collectors together and passing knowledge on rather quickly. Thinking back to the auctions of the 1970s and 1980s, it was difficult to expand collecting brotherhood and information. Many of us were in vacuums. Was your grouping acquired from private or public auction, if you are at liberty to reveal.
  12. Claudio, I am so very impressed with your wonderful Falke grouping. It is enormous and complex. Thank you for sharing. I was not successful in bidding for the miniatures on the Zeige auction. I found some wonderful information on Falke's escapades in the article "Winds Over the Sinai and Palestine" by Dr. Dieter Groeschel and Juergen Ladek published in the Spring 1998 issue of the magazine "Over the Front". And of course, Falke is mentioned in some of the O'Conner books on Imperial German combat awards. I am more a collector of material from the later periods in German history, not an avid Imperial collector, but when I saw the Ehrenbecher offered in 1989 I desired to pair it with a Luftwaffe Pokal that I had in my collection at the time and was successful at auction. I proceeded over the years to "flesh" in the person to whom the Ehrenbecher was inscribed. He was a most fascinating soldier/airman.I found an example of his Sanke card and added some examples of awards that Falke would have received to accompany the Ehrenbecher. And over the years I acquired some pieces of Imperial headgear. The heavy cavalry helmets particularly impressed me, such as this Saxon Karabiner example.
  13. I purchased over two decades ago from a well-known German auction house this Ehrenbecher that was awarded to Oberleutnant Richard Falke to celebrate his first aerial victory in combat in WWI. Though he had extensive air service in Palestine after transferring from land forces where he served since earlier in WWI, as an observer he never scored a victory in combat. After his transfer to the Western Front in August 1917 as commander of Kampfstaffel 24, he finally scored his first victory in combat on September 23, 1917. This is well documented. He continued in command and combat, being transferred to BG4, until he and his pilot were shot down and captured in June 1918. He survived both wars. This is his Sanke card photo. He received numerous awards and honors. Among these was this Ehrenpokal. At the top is the inscription of the date and location of his first (and only) combat victory. It is inscribed with his name and command at the bottom of the chalice. And finally on the bottom is the seal of the Commander of the German Air Services. On the upcoming December Thies Auction, there is offered at a considerable minimum a grouping of Falke material, including the transmittal letter of the Falke Ehrenbecher and an unnamed silver Ehrenbecher purported to be the one awarded to Falke. It appears to be a correct silver Ehrenbecher, but it is without inscription as are others that have been offered in the past with an without attribution to specific flyers. It is believed that Ehrenbechers conferred later in the war were of iron/steel as silver supplies were exhausted. My Falke Ehrenbecher is steel/iron composition. Included also is the notice of his award of the Imperial Austrian Flyer's badge. Earlier this year or last year, another piece of Falke material was sold on the Zeige Auktion. It is obvious that Falke's estate was disbursed to many places, documents and respective awards separated. It would do well for a potential bidder to apprise himself of all facts before the auction.
  14. I would describe this more as a display banner than a flag. These were mass produced for use during parades and festivities in the III Reich, hung from windows, balconies and similar locations. It is not an NSDAP flag, like those issued to Orsgruppen, Kreis or Gaues. There is really no way to determine the production date, other than to say it is probably post-1933. It seems similar in condition to others I have seen.
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