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Elmar Lang

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  1. Hello, thank so much for the news! Any idea about the award period of this decoration? Or the meaning of the inscription? Sincerely, Enzo
  2. Hello, Many years ago, I've bought this star; it is the same size of a Soviet Hero of the Socialist Labour. The centre medallion has the enamelled profile of a state within laurel branches and the lower rays show an inscription in arabic writing. The reverse is plain (with a strong trace of proof to see if the piece was made of gold...). Material: bronze with thin gilding and synthetic/varnish enamel. Ribbon: white and light grey/green. Could anyone identify this piece? Best wishes, Enzo
  3. Hello, I would like to post the example of this medal, part of my little Albanian collection. I think it's a medal rather uncommon to see. It is a carefully struck piece (if compared to other Albanian medals of later manufacture). Due to its quality and finish, I agree with the opinion of Eric, that these pieces were made in the USSR. Best wishes, Enzo
  4. Hello, excuse me for this long wait... Here follows the picture of my MOP badge's reverse. Best wishes, Enzo
  5. Hello, I hope to be forgiven for the bad scans of my two FJO with dedication, posting an hopefully better picture of them. Best wishes, Enzo
  6. Hello, I mean that in the 80s-90s, the price asked in Italy for Soviet awards was very cheap. On the opposite, I remember the prices asked in auction, back in the '70s, at a then famous auction house, based in Munich, Germany: those Soviet pieces were very expensive thanks to their rarity, due to the strict Soviet law. Of course, the Soviet crysis made those pieces enormously cheap, much cheaper that their actual rarity and/or historical value and importance. In my opinion, the prices of today are not an expression of importance/rarity, they just express the desire of possess from people with no problems of cash. A similar situation happens with contemporary art and happened in the past with big buyers from the Middle East. But this is another story. Best wishes, Enzo
  7. ...and I prefer not to remember the price (asked in Italy) of Soviet awards in the years 1989-1995, when many people was used to say "why collecting those horribly designed things?". Enzo
  8. "...Now these items - which spent some years in the west - are going back to Russia into the bank vaults of some Russian collectors. ..." ...until some Russian collectors die and leave their collections to the Central Army Museum... ...until the next Russian crysis. Our sons shall see (and possibly, collect, taking those pieces to the West, etc. etc. etc.). Best wishes, Enzo
  9. hi, it sounds strange that in museums there are crudely made cast copies on display, when the Soviet State Mint produced orders made for museum display: those pieces were marked and/or engraved "Образец" on the reverse. Could it be possible that many original (or official copies) pieces have been sold in the '80s and now substituted with less-valuable copies? Best wishes, Enzo
  10. Hi, I've had a lot of fun, in the '80s-early '90s, collecting orders and decorations of the ex-USSR as a "divertissement" from my central collecting theme: Austria-Hungary. I agree that now I couldn't afford most of the then relatively cheap pieces. Now I'm afraid that when Russian collectors would have bought every tsarist and soviet piece, from the cheapest to the rarest one, they could decide to collect western european orders... Enzo
  11. ...and please don't forget that a (honestly quite rare) screwback Order of the Red Banner with "2" was sold at an auction of Thies in October 2007 for ? 15.000,- plus buyer's premium. Again, about Russia and its new phaleristic market, let's not forget for how much Russian Imperial orders are sold, lately. I'm not speaking about most rare orders, but simply the most common classes of the St. Stanislas Order... Excuse me for this nearly off-topic reply, but I cannot forget those days in the years 1987-1994, when many CCCP pieces were available for unrealistic (but interesting for us collectors) prices... Best wishes, Enzo
  12. Quoting Eric: "...so I have always considered this an introductory guide...". I remember that also Sir Alan Gardiner called his work "Egyptian Grammar - being an introduction to the study of hieroglyphs": three editions (1927; 1950; 1957) and innumerable reprints until today. That monument of philology, still introduces a lot of scholars and students into the world of egyptian language. See? That book was published in 3 editions: this means that us collectors are waiting at least for the 3rd edition of our introduction to the study of Albanian Orders & Decorations... Best wishes, Enzo
  13. Hi all, I need to publicly thank all those who, either on the Forum or via email, helped me in this research on the Zanzibar group belonged to Dr. Mac Donald. This research (that involves my professional life) has now become a fascinating work on a relatively less-known aspect of Great Britain's colonial history, facts that deserve all the attention of collectors and enthusiasts. In this case, history and documents gave "life" to an otherwise anonymous (although rare) group. The participation and contribution of many people in this Forum, gave the "final touch" to a highly interesting picture. What's happened in these days, shows how important the Web can be, allowing the contact between us, the otherwise little world of collectors and experts of Phaleristic. Sincerely, Enzo Calabresi
  14. Dear Eric, your work (2nd edition) has become my "livre de chevet", when I'm in an "albanian collecting mood" so, I'm very happy that the 3rd definitive edition has come to light. Best wishes, Enzo
  15. Dear Jerome, thank you very much for this highly interesting information! The orders' pillow doesn't show the Order of the Crown of Italy, but that piece still exists, pinned to the award document and the authorization for wear from the Zanzibarian Government. Besides the orders, the group counts a good number of old photos of Dr. Mac D.(both "official" and private); his wife, friends, his home, the Sultans (also with dedication!); parts of his parade uniform; a group of letters and various papers; a dagger and a sword with gold mounts. I'm trying to imagine how would have been the "colonial" life of an European in Zanzibar, in those old days (1895-1915): no telephone (perhaps the telegraph?), no tv, no internet... best wishes, Enzo
  16. Yes, the naming looks strange, but I've reported what's impressed on the medal's rim exactly. Best wishes, Enzo
  17. Dear Paul, thank you very much for this precious information! I've tried to search if HMS Philomel had anything to do with Zanzibar and/or operations on the seas around that area, but no success... Kind regards, Enzo
  18. Hello, the medal, is actually a Queen's South Africa Medal, without bar (and no sign that there would have been one), named "W.E. BRAHMIN, SEEDIE. H.M.S. PHILOMEL". The reason for the presence of this medal in Dr. Mac Donald's group is a mistery to me. Regards, Enzo
  19. Hello, after some research, I've found a photographic portrait of Sir Evelyn Wood. It is preserved at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The Grand Cross breast star of the Imperial Austrian Order of Leopold (for time of peace) is clearly visible. Best wishes, Enzo
  20. Hello, of course, we're talking about centre medallions. But it's interesting to note that the reverse one on the gold-made badges of the Franz Josef Orden is usually hinged to the upper arm (with the exception of the pieces made by Rothe & Neffe) and that the Goldenes Verdienstkreuz (with or without Crown) has the obverse centre medallion that can be opened. The fine piece of Kevin (does it still preserve the original case with gold-impressed similar dedication?) is a "Silbernes Verdienstkreuz mit der Krone", whose reverse medallion's outer circlet bears an engraved-enamelled dedication. This piece is also made by Rothe and -differently from the other austrian manufacturers- that jeweller made silver crosses with added centre medallions. Best wishes, Enzo
  21. Hi all, thank you very much for the comments and for the invaluable information. The badge (breast star?...) nr. 4 is made of real gold, embossed, pierced, chased and engraved, with a vertical pin on the reverese; the piece looks as being of local manufacture. I don't know how and where to start a research about Dr. Mac Donald, on the British side, but if anyone would know something more about his career and life, any information would be most welcome. Kind regards, Enzo
  22. Please excuse me for my bad "resize" of the picture; thank you for having helped me! Best wishes, Enzo
  23. Hello, it was a good idea to remind that also the Goldenes Verdienstkreuz (with and without crown), when made in gold, have the obverse medallion that can be opened, in this case thanks to an ingenious system of a loop and pin device. I would like to say that trying to open both the medallion of the FJO and of the GVK can be dangerous for the fragile enamel! best wishes, Enzo
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