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  1. I have to admit, the discussion regarding the devices on Austrian ribbon bars is to sophisticated for my basic knowledge in this field. So I am not sure, if the group of Dr. Rudolf Mosaner could be of some help
  2. This was indeed an interesting diskussion about the special cross the Saxon king is wearing on this portrait. But I am quite sure, the answer for the initial question is another one. For officers in some types of the uniform (e.g. field uniforms) it was not allowed or unusual, to wear a sash with it. Therefore for Generals from the rank of Generaloberst upward or royalty in military uniforms of that kind there was no possibility, to wear something around the neck. Undoubtedly because of this painful situation for this group of people it was officially allowed according to the Offiziersbekleidungsvorschrift, to wear grand crosses or 1st classes around the neck. Usualy the last awarded decoration was elected for wearing that way. Here are some examples: GdK Freiherr von Bissing: Crown Order 1st class with swords on the ring GdI Ludendorff: Red Eagle Order 1st class with swords GdI von Plettenberg: Crown Order 1st class Generalarzt der Armee von Schjerning: Crown Order 1st class
  3. As far as I know the sky with the pink touch is related to the maker Jacob Chr. Petry and the period 1860ies and 1870ies. Therefore this style is typical for the awards with swords of the wars of 1866 and 1870/71. Note the difference in the colour between the both decorations on the medalbar of member Paris.
  4. Bayern Militär-Verdienstorden 3. Klasse mit Krone und Schwertern: 5. Januar 1918 Generalarzt Dr. Brecht, III. Armeekorps
  5. We could find in the Doorn archive: HOH2bX 27.1.1924 von Dommes, General á la suite Generalmajor, Potsdam 25.8.1925 Mewes, Flügeladjutanten Major 14.3.1926 von Kleist, Flügeladjutant Oberst 24.12.1927 von Unruh, Generalmajor, Regensburg 27.1.1928 von Sell, Freiherr HOH2aX 15.6.1928 Graf von Platen-Hallermund, Vizeadmiral und Hofmarschall, Berlin With a total of 151 persons over all classes to be found and a total of 349 awards declared by the Royal House of Hohenzollern towards German authorities in 134 we can estimate a number of about 10 HOH2a/bX. Two of them (v. Gontard and Mewes) are to be seen here:
  6. The advancement in the German armies follows the principle of seniority and capability. The seniority was well-defined by the date of enlistment as an officer in the army. The capability for the next higher level of rank was judged by the commander of an officer. From the beginning of the 19th century the German armies developed specific regulations who, when and with what content these Qualifkationsberichte had to issue. For more information about this complex theme I can recommend the book Untersuchungen zur Geschichte des Offizierskorps / Anciennität und Beförderung nach Leistung, Stuttgart 1962. Regards, Komtur.
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