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Elmar Lang

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  1. It's interesting to note that FML v. Wurm is wearing the Leopold Order, reversed. E.L.
  2. Hello, the collection sold in Turin is the famous Fattovich one. Most pieces were used to illustrate V. Mericka's book "Orden und Ehrenzeichen der Oesterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie", Vienna, Schroll, 1974. The copies (of orders, mostly) were correctly described in the catalogue, for what they actually are. They were made by messrs. Rothe & Neffe, Vienna, directly on behalf of Prof. Fattovich and the average quality is very high. The decorations (Tapferkeitsmedaillen, Militärverdienstmedaillen, and commemorative ones) are -mostly- exceptional, for quality and provenance. I feel myself honoured for having known Prof. Fattovich personally: he was a true gentleman and a collector of the old school, with a deepest knowledge in the field of phaleristic. I was at the sale and felt touched, seeing pieces I've had in my hands when I was nearly a boy, going to the most different destinations. Each of them has a story of its own and hopefully, us collectors will remeber the great collector that was able to put together such a collection. I think that Professor Fattovich is happy that his collection continues its life in new collections. Best wishes, E.L.
  3. A curious and very fine medal anyways. I also remember that the Canton of Ticino awarded a diploma for the resident italians, wounded in WW1. E.L.
  4. Honestly, I don't completely agree. A well preserved badge could be well without any hairline cracks, same as any other enamelled order or decoration of its time. E.L. ​
  5. Hello, it's quite difficult to imagine which decorations are on the general's breast, because the ribbons are coloured without any resemblance to the original awards. What makes you sure that the first could be a MMThO Knight's Cross? E.L.
  6. Well, the cross for the capture of Ismail is described in the catalogue already, as a later re-strike (Nachprägung). E.L.
  7. Hello, I can say that your Bronze "Al Valore Militare" medal, is of the official type, as awarded by the Royal Italian Air Force (they weren't struck by the Royal Mint, but by a private firm: Pagani, Milano, thus, the lack of the "crowned-Z" mark. The naming is also what I would expect to see on an officially awarded medal of this type. What is engraved around the laurel wreath, means "SKY OF THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA - JULY 1941 - JANUARY 1942". The roman numerals mean the so-called "year of the fascist era" starting on Oct. 28th, 1922. All the best, Enzo
  8. That would be great, thank you. On my side I will try to take some pictures of the naming on my British Crimea Medal (no bars) awarded to General Giovanni Durando. Enzo
  9. A fine medal! Surely, the medal was "improved" by the soldier himself, or by someone who had the medal, between 1856 onwards. It would be very nice to see a detail of the naming! Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  10. Your fine Commander's Cross of the Vatican Order od St. Gregory, is struck with the typical marks of nowadays. From what I see, the mark looks like being "925" (so, a silver mark) and not "750" that would refer to 18Kt. gold, but a better check with a loupe or weighing the piece would help. The "star"-26-SS mark is the code of the jeweller. In Italy, jewellers, gold- and silversmiths have their own mark, where the star symbolizes Italy; the number is the maker's code as registered at the office for precious metals; the two more letters indicate the province where the jeweller is located; in this case, Sassari, region of Sardinia. Best wishes, E.L.
  11. Hello, it's a cadet's dress dagger of Italy's State Police Academy. E.L.
  12. As original, this medal is to be considered as rare and its price is still fortunately lower than its actual rarity. As said, this medal should be struck with the "A" mark on the rim only. The piece here discussed, is a copy, most possibly a cast one, due to the rough surface. Best wishes, E.L.
  13. Is this piece exposed at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna? I think that the uniform is the emperor's one, because of the "Kriegsmedaille 1873" worn with the reverse as the visible side. Best wishes, Enzo
  14. Hello, I would like to congratulate for the beautiful pieces displayed in your webpage! Best wishes from Italy, Enzo (E.L.)
  15. Hello, thank you for the kind words and please excuse me for replying this late. I don't know who was the original owner of my Goldenes Vliesz at the moment, but I think that with some patience I will eventually know that. In any case, although being the piece "anonymous" until now, I can say that I'm very happy with it. Best wishes, E.L.
  16. In these days, I'm studying a collection of modern orders and decorations of the islamic/arab states, belonged to a late diplomat: I've already seen a breast star of the Libyan Order of the Great Conqueror, of a slightly different manufacture than the pieces posted by Megan. It is made of gilt, 925/ooo silver and green enamel. The piece is imposing and very attractive. The medallion's outer circlet bears the dates of institution "1989" and "1399". There's also a 1st Class of the Kuwaiti Wissam al-Tahrir, or "Order of the Libération" (I think that the 1st Class could be quite rare), etc., mostly from the Gulf states. I hope I'll be allowed to take pictures and contribute to these interesting threads. Best wishes, Enzo
  17. And here's my newest addition about the Austrian Golden Fleece:
  18. Hello, Albanian awards from the Zog and the Savoy period can still be a mystery, but in my opinion (but I'm almost sure), the breast star posted by Bob is one of the various more-or-less fantasy pieces made at the workshop of the former Alberti firm of Milan, assembling different parts. E.L.
  19. Thinking about Hungary, I am sure there are many excellend dealers, but I'm still horrified, thinking about a certain gentleman, moved from the USA to Hungary... Hopefully, he's enjoying his retirement. E.L.
  20. Besides the show, in Kassel there are good opportunities to taste some very good beer and traditional food... Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  21. An exceptional piece indeed (and perfectly preserved, i need to congratulate). There is phptographic evidence of 1859-66 type GTM awarded in the early stage of WW1. I will try to find that picture, but I am sure of its existence, having seen it on an Italian Militaria Forum. E.L.
  22. Hello, after a long time, I see this discussion. Ok, a lot of time passed since the room was excited by the different opinions about this badge. I can only say that the badge itself is a very well-known copy, made by Messrs. Horvath of Budapest: they specialized in fine copies of any type of A-H aviation's badge, including the variation with the red enamelled crown's pendalia. The "Zimbler" hallmark struck on the reverse of the badge is typical of copies, well-different (although fairly well imitated) from the original one. Anyways, I can confirm that this type of Feldpilotenabzeichen, existed prior to 1918. E.L.
  23. ...although reading the description, both the badge and star have been repaired/restored and the sash is new. In my opinion, I would pass this otherwise highly attractive set. E.L.
  24. It is MOST interesting that the medals for native troops would have been listed on the Bollettino Ufficiale! The almost complete lists, as seen, are available on the Nastro Azzurro's webpage.
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