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Elmar Lang

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Elmar Lang last won the day on October 24 2011

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    Orders, Decorations and Medals of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, from Maria Theresia up to 1918;
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  1. Hello, an interesting contrubution indeed. Perhaps, Messrs. Cravanzola used something "off the shelf" to satisfy the request of Burkina Faso's government. Has the item displayed on ebay been sold already? All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  2. Hello Igor, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schlaraffia you can have a general idea of the "Schlaraffen" movement. In the german-speaking world there was an active collecting of insignia and badges of this association. All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  3. Hello, I am glad if in this case I could have been of help in the identification of this medal. Many years ago, I've had the opportunity to meet Dr. Pizzi: he was a fan of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a faithful client of Messrs. Rothe & Neffe shop in Vienna. His collection, counted a tasteful choice of interesting, original pieces. All the best, Enzo
  4. Hello, in my opinion, the eagle holding hammer and sickle in its talons, is the coat-of-arms of 1919 Deutschösterreich, or the post-WW2 2nd Republic. Not being visible the "broken chain" to the eagle's talons, it's most probable that the badge dates back to the "Republik Deutschösterreich" Best wishes, E.L.
  5. Hello, this finely made medal is italian, "instituted" at the end of the 70s and "awarded" at least until 1998. The man, whose bust is visible on the obverse, with the inscription "GIO. CARLO II", is Dr.Ing. Giancarlo Pizzi from Milan, whose ancestry goes back to the Counts of Porcia in the Friuli region of North-East Italy. For unknown reasons, but surely with some sense of humour, he created this "Merit Medal", he used to award on the occasion of his birthday (or other occasions), to friends and other persons, whose fidelity and conspicuous merits towards him, deserved a visible sign of benevolence and gratitude. The motto on the reverse, "AI NOSTRI FEDELI E MERITEVOLI SUDDITI", means "To our faithful and meritorious subjects". The medal, struck in silver at the Johnson firm of Milan, was work of one of its own artists-medallists and it's really well executed; the ribbon, was provided by Messrs. Rothe & Neffe, Vienna. It exists with two types of case: the early one, is of typical "austrian" form, with rounded, forward side; the later one, is rectangular; all with various versions of the Austrian, or Lombardo-Venetian coat-of-arms, embossed in gold to the lid. It came with an award document, in a dark blue cardboard folder; the earliest, printed on simili-parchment paper, the later ones, in a laser-copy version, all with the recipient's name made with "Letraset" transfer letters. The documents, bear the signature "Gio. Carlo", autographed in red ink. It was not awarded in a great number, since one of the last documents known, from 1998, bears the number "N° 58". I think that Dr. Pizzi passed away (if not, I apologize!), because some years ago a certain number of such medals appeared on the italian market, all within a short period of time. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  6. Hello, the badge refers to the foundation of one of the many "Shooters' Companies" (Schützenkompanien"), active in the Alto Adige autonomous province (also known as "Südtirol" from the german-speaking population). Here, https://schuetzen.com/veranstaltung/40-jahre-wiedergruendungsfest-der-schuetzenkompanie-sepp-innerkofler-sexten/ you can find a few data about the celebrations for the 40 years of that company, to be held in the next July. As you can see from the link above, they mean to celebrate the "re-foundation" of their company, named to Sepp Innerkofler… that actually never existed prior to 1918; a curious story. The Tyrolean "Schützenkompanien" are now paramilitary organizations recalling the traditions of the Tyrolean Standschützenkompanien existing until some years after 1918 in the territories then passed to Italy after its victory over Austria-Hungary in WW1. In the territories now part of the Italian Republic, they keep a strongly nationalist, anti-italian position, assuming that no single Italian-speaking citizen, lived in South Tyrol, pr ior the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Personally, I can accept that local associations could keep alive, the old traditions of their own region/territory. I less understand the expansion, in an anti-Italian action, of such "Schutzenkompanien", all over the Trentino province, that is the Italian-speaking province, forming the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol; such companies, also proclaiming themselves as "re-founded", never ever existed in the Trentino area, also during the austrian monarchy, except some "Compagnie di Tiratori del Casino di Tiro di…(name of the town-city)". I apologize for this long introduction... Your badge was made by Granero, a very active and qualified maker of badges, orders and decorations: the firm, closed in 2013 and all their materials have been destroyed or lost; the machinery, sold or demolished. Mrs. Granero, the last owner of the firm, was a kind lady with a deep knowledge of phaleristic and technical jewellery, now enjoying her retirement after a life in a firm, she inherited from at least three generations, after its in Turin, back in the late 19th Century. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  7. Hello, This piece is a modern reproduction, made "in the style" of the copies made by Rothe & Neffe until the late 70s of 20th Century. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  8. the mark is "HUW", for Heinrich Ulbrichs Witwe; a mark actually not often encountered. All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  9. Hello Igor, the maker could well be a Romanian jeweller, unless there would also be present austrian silver marks. All the best, Enzo
  10. What decoration was struck with this mark? Thank you, Enzo (E.L.)
  11. You're welcome, Paul. I regret for not being able to give more info... All the best, Enzo
  12. Dear Paul, I've had this decoration in the past, from a vast number of pre-revolutionary China's awards, collected in the Shenzhen region, bought by me, back in 1992. Pity, no one was with any description. I can only add that the piece once in my property, had a ring suspension and ribbon with the colours of China's republic… and a different number, struck to the reverse. In the picture provided, the decoration's reverse allows to presume that a suspension has been removed. All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  13. Hello Glenn, my statement was about this picture... All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  14. Hello, I would like to revive this discussion, because the posted replica VC looks almost identical to the two pieces sold at Spink's on November 27th-28th 2019 sale, lots 580-581. The two pieces show a better finish though and both are named to two Irish men Danaher and Doogan resp., during the 1st Boer War. Good pictures of the two pieces can be seen on Spink's webpage. Best wishes, E.L.
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