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  1. On ‎30‎/‎06‎/‎2020 at 03:19, freiherr said:

    This is a reasonable depiction. The breast star of the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Star of India, the St Michael and St George breast star, and on the spange: R-L Ernestine House Order, Oldenburg Cross and the Greek Redeemer are all within reason.

    I can't figure for the life of me what is the next to the Redeemer on the spange,  or the last one. The "continental old style" ribbon and what looks like a crown at the top of the round medal makes this unlikely to be a British medal.





    The ribbon at least on the silver medal matches the Karl-Eduard wedding medal maybe the "crown" bit is artistic licence

    Karl eduard wedding3.jpg

  2. Depends when the photo was taken, but appears strongly to be the Baden war cross for volunteers  1914-16, a short time before king George v renounced his German name from saxe-coburg-gotha to Windsor and made all British royalty do the same, similarly with the plm. Until then many of the British royal family were liberally festooned with German royal family orders (sort of keeping it in the family), a prudent move as kaiser wilhelm his cousin had started bombing Britain with his new heavy bomber, unfortunately also named the "Gotha" 


  3. 4 hours ago, steelbonnet said:

    Hi Mike,

                    I have attached a pic of the reverse of 2 WW1 RFC/RAF wings that I known are genuine and period.

    Both came directly from the families 

    The backing cloth is a good help as it must almost impossible for the fakers to get 

     One is fine gauge linen the other fine gauge twill (diagonal weave)


    Hi, I'm assuming the lower (black) backing is Raf, not RFC, is so then that would fit in with what I would expect based on what I have, the one posted by jean-sam has a ww2 look about the shape which would suggest modernist manufacture for rfc/raf just change the initials in my opinion, added ww2 new Zealand wings, only ones I have access to at the moment



  4. The medal is the British General service medal awarded from 1793,, the suspension device was sometimes quite loosly attached to the "Coin" so it would give the appearance of being off-centre when worn at an angle, a common thing with some british medals. image attached

    image credit Spink


  5. 9 hours ago, Great Dane said:

    Good piece. Since nobody else replied, I'll comment...

    I have never had to choose between the 2 paths described (restoring or leaving as is), but here is a somewhat related story that might cheer you up (as in being cheered up by hearing about something that is worse...)

    I like old cars... if I had the time and means I would gladly restore old cars as a hobby. Lacking both I revel in watching it on TV.
    BBC has a show - Wheeler Dealers - where 2 guys restore cars. Well, since the cars are not necessarily vintage it is often more repairing than restoring, but it's all done in good humor, explaining what they're doing and how details specific to this car was constructed and how it works etc. After each episode I feel I learned something. Great show!

    Then there is the... sigh... US variety. The - numerous - shows all claim to be restoring, but this is ALWAYS interpreted as slapping on some chrome, LED lights, metallic paint, big rims etc. All done without showing any actual work, but with loads of staged 'interpersonal drama', jumping high-fives and "That's so cool, dude" dialogue.
    It breaks my heart to see a beautiful - albeit worn and tired - old pickup truck being 'restored' into a pimp-mobile

    So all this to say... be happy that you only have to deal with restoring or leaving as is... not, say, a chromed Adrian helmet...

    Sadly this just about sums it up, but to be fair, I have seen some amazing work done on restoring vintage aircraft to their real former glory

  6. 3 hours ago, OvBacon said:

    I've been combing through the interwebs for the past few days and hove not been able to find a similar example... So please let us know if you do find it's exact origine  

    Hi, so have I, I've tried searching under every combination so far, Imperial, Prussian, veteran etc etc, I've now started on Weimar period due to the date the photo was taken, still no joy, I'm sure that badge wasn't the only one produced, It'll turn up one day I'm sure normally when you least expect it.

  7. Hi all, I've been doing some private research into the decorations awarded to Prinz Heinrich, and looking at images of his various medal bars, there's one decoration which is driving me mad! attached image, it's the shape which is puzzling me, the first six are Prussian, then unknown, followed by 3 British coronation medals, Austrian , and lastly Japanese, red cross special member. It appears to have a British imperial Crown but I could be wrong, I suspect it may well be some obscure commemorative or anniversary medal, but which country?. I've checked my reference books, but nothing. am I missing the obvious?


    any help appreciated as usual


    regards Alex K

    Edit, correction, British 1 x Golden Jubilee, 2 x Coronation!

    Untitled-2 copy.JPG

  8. Hi all, this is quite an old thread but here goes, did General der Artillerie Theodor Karl Eduard von Bomhard receive either the Max Joseph order Hubertus order during his career, this image, attached seems to show a star which resembles one or the other, (Unless I'm wrong) my looking around has resulted in this list I've located, most tally with what he's wearing, but no mention of either

    • Armeedenkzeichen 1866 (Bayern)
    • Eisernes Kreuz (1870), II. Klasse
    • Jubiläums-Eichenlaub „25“, 1895
    • Militärverdienstorden (Bayern), Ritterkreuz II. Klasse mit Schwertern und der Kriegsdekoration am 1. November 1870 als Oberleutnant im Königlich Bayerischen 4. Feldartillerie-Regiment „König“
    • Kriegsdenkmünze für die Feldzüge 1870–71 (Deutsches Reich) mit 7 Gefechtsspangen (die Spangen gab es erst ab 1895)
    • Militärverdienstorden (Bayern), Ritterkreuz I. Klasse ohne Schwerter am 23. Dezember 1883 als Major im Königlich Bayerischen 4. Feldartillerie-Regiment „König“
    • Verdienstorden der Bayerischen Krone, Ritter
    • Militär-Dienstauszeichnung, II. Klasse für 24 Jahre
    • Verdienstorden vom Heiligen Michael, Komtur II. Klasse
    • Komtur des bayerischen Militärverdienstordens II. Klasse mit Stern
    • Komtur II. Klasse am 27. Dezember 1894 als Generalmajor
    • Stern zum Komtur am 23. Dezember 1898 als Generalleutnant
    • Centenarmedaille, 1897
    • Komtur des Ritterorden des hl. Mauritius und Lazarus
    • Königlicher Kronen-Orden (Preußen), II. Klasse
    • Schwertorden, Kommandeur II. Klasse
    • Militärverdienstorden (Bayern), I. Klasse am 24. Oktober 1901
    • Prinzregent-Luitpold-Medaille mit Krone
    • Verdienstorden vom Heiligen Michael, Komtur I. Klasse

    Franz-Joseph-Orden, Großkreuz

    attached image in his later years



    General der Artillerie 500.JPG

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