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Elmar Lang

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  1. Hello, I would like to revive a discussion I've started back in 2009 so, nearly 10 years ago. Late in 2008, I've bought a Cuban medal about which, until now, I haven't found any reference. Below, a picture of the piece. The size is: 83,0 x 54,0 mm.(incl. the suspension loop). Thank you in advance for any information, Enzo (E.L.)
  2. The collar of this Order, is very well illustrated, along with its neck ribbon fitted with enamelled ribbon-ring, in: Stephen Patterson: "Royal Insignia - British and Foreign Orders of Chivalry from the Royal Collection"; London, Merrell Holberton, 1996, page 167. Enzo (E.L.)
  3. Hello, I've seen this interesting discussion and I can add that this breast star of the Black Eagle enriched with the Garter, is a copy or, better, a fake. It starts from a copy of the Prussian order, made by Rothe & Neffe, Vienna, then fitted with a Garter, coming from one of the Blass-connected manufacturers; changed, "German"-style pin and, as a final touch, the "Godet" escutcheon. A work depicting the production of Mr. Blass, could be quite useful, because it seems that his masterpieces are now more often appearing again on the market. A good guide though, are the catalogues of the Munich-based auction house, ruled by the late gentleman from Hamburg. We can prepare a lavishly illustrated book on Blass's fakes (and I'd love to have a copy of it!), but never forget that it will help us about THOSE fakes only. Let's never forget that the forgerer's workshop is never closed... In my opinion, the study of originals is the best way to avoid fakes. All the best, E.L.
  4. I think that to identify the badge and uniforms, we should refer to early Czechoslowakia, or even Poland, from the early 20s. I cannot imagine that badge being an imperial AH one. Best, E.L.
  5. The ÖGO is a well-known, serious association, that also publishes an interesting bulletin.
  6. A good picture of the hinge and of the silver marks (besides the makers marks) would help a lot. E.L.
  7. Interesting, thank you for the further, precious information. E.L.
  8. Dear Tony, the group photo, depicts Landesschützen, not Jaeger. Their cap is ornated with a Spielhahnstoß and the collars with Edelweiß. Is there any note, on the reverse? Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  9. A mistake that surely wouldn't have been done by an Austrian officer...
  10. Just to add further info regarding Col. Mario Stampacchia, whose award document of the Skanderbeg Order was posted by Bob, I would like to say that this officer received two Silver and one Bronze medals for military valour, during WW1
  11. Hello, I'm on holydays abroad, and no chance to reach my copy of Mericka's book "Orden und Ehrenzeichen der Oesterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie", Wien, Schroll, 1974, until late in the next week. From what I see, there could be good chances that it could be a piece coming from the auction of the Fattovich collection, taken in Turin in June 2015. Perhaps, the auction catalogues could still be seen online. It's always a good occasion, to remember the Venetian collector; a true old-style gentleman, with a deep knowledge in the field of Imperial Austrian phaleristic. A curious note: also his wife, was a passionate collector.
  12. The date of the Statutes, can be detected from the date of the last "Nachtrag" to the statutes.
  13. The Leopold Order is one of the most beautiful European awards and one of my favourites.
  14. This medal, is a fine, original bronze "Jubiläums-Hofmedaille 1898"; as correctly remebered by Tifes, the triangular ribbon with bar, was for military, while the straight one of narrower width also with years' and suspension bars were for civil servants. The golden one at the opening of the topic, is a copy that can be attributed to Rothe & Neffe. I remember identical pieces in their shop, back in the late '70s. Best wishes, E.L.
  15. Dear Avsar, all the compliments for your cultural effort in phaleristic, are well deserved! All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  16. Hello Dejan, here too, my compliments for the fine pieces and their display. I regret to say that I don't have any length of original 1849-50 MVK ribbon, besides that mounted on my own pieces... All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  17. Hello, this medal is described in this book: Franco Scandaluzzi: "Medaglie e Distintivi della Resistenza e della Liberazione", Milan, 2001, page 124. There it's indicated as one of the various general commemorative medals given after the liberation, from the local veterans' organizations of the "C.V.L.". The book also indicates a "normal" tricolour ribbon. The purple one with tricolour borders, should be the one for the official volunteers' medal of the type for the National Liberation Corps. Best wishes, E.L.
  18. Actually, the inner of this case allows us to suppose that it could be for the Kriegskreuz für Zivilverdienste I Klasse. My own case, complete with its decoration is of a dark red-brown colour though.
  19. Just as a little contribution, my own piece of soviet production, bought back in 1992. I assume, an awarded piece.
  20. I regret to say yes, although someone dates this type of miniatures to earlier years, like 1922-1938.
  21. Hello, I'm glad that even after a long time, this discussion could have been of help. All the best, Enzo (E.L.)
  22. Interesting remark indeed, thank you. Actually, I don't know who could have been the original owner: this chain was on display in the showcase of one of the many jewellers along "Ponte Vecchio" in Florence, Italy, on the occasion of a visit in that beautiful city with my father, back in 1982. The price seemed fair and I bought it (with an important, financial contribution from dad). Best, Enzo
  23. Thank you. Well, behind the round button, there is a thin hook so, the thin chain, running behind the lapel, can be fixed to it.
  24. Actually, I agree with the observation of Tomas: the miniature chains (as different types) are three, where the Commander's one, is updated with the miniature star, to signify the class of "Kommandeur mit dem Stern". I've just "simplified", considering the Kdr.m.d.St. as a miniature-chain alone, giving the wrong idea that there should be 4 chains of different design. Enzo (E.L.) Here, my own FJO miniature chain for a Commander:
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