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Elmar Lang

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. And here's my newest addition about the Austrian Golden Fleece:
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Besides the show, in Kassel there are good opportunities to taste some very good beer and traditional food... Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. ...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.
  10. 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.
  11. Actually, Italy is obsessed by bureaucracy; better, by a picturesque bureaucracy. A brand new "pearl": a few days ago, a decree was published, concerning any owner of a car (private or a society): if any car could be driven by a person different from the owner, this name/s has to be registered on the car's papers. To accomplish this, one has to fill an orientally complicated form; enclose the (authenticated) copies of the owner's and the possible other driver/s ID documents and driver's licenses; enclose the receipts of payment of two different registration taxes; send the whole in an envelope as registered mail to the Ministry of Public Transports and wait for the arrival of a nice sticker to apply on the car's papers. Once the further driver/s cease to use the car/s, the owner has to repeat the procedure, asking to cancel the names of the "temporary drivers" and obtain new car's papers in their original edition. Who, from November 3rd 2014 after an administrative control is found to allow his car to be used by other people, not having the name/s registered, shall receive a 750,- Euro fine, plus the car can't be used, until the new, updated car's papers are ready. Everybody knows that very few people, in Italy do own a car... Please excuse me for the off-topic...
  12. The Medals for Valour awarded to native troops weren't recorded in the "Bollettino Ufficiale"; they were simply recorded at the Ministry of Colonies in special registers. Until now, those papers haven't been found anywhere. I've been told that the registers for the Erithrean and Somali troops were preserved at the Governatorate of Asmara: the whereabouts of those Archives (except some yet unexplored crates of documents sent to Italy in the late '50s), are unknown. Best wishes, Enzo
  13. Yes, the "Al Valore" medals awarded to an unit were regularly "named" to it and suspended to the flag's staff by means of a long ribbon of its proper colour. Zanussi was the family, owner of the "REX" brand of washmachines and other home equipment. Now, the former Zanussi/REX industries are property of the swedish Electrolux company: most of the plants in Italy are now closed and the workers, jobless. But that's another story...
  14. Hello, the Colonial "Al Valore Militare" medals were awarded to native troops only and this piece awarded to Barachi Cassa (the italian more-or-less phonetical transliteration, of an somali/Arab name) for the battle of Zuetina is also engraved exactly as it should be, with its cursive font. I can say that it's an extremely fine piece, to be considered as very rare, in the italian collecting community. I'm still laughing, thinking at a possible Lybian origin of the Zanussi family... Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  15. Hello, I would like to note that these fine badges were not the military wound badges, but those indicating that a soldier was mutilated or remained invalid as a consequence of an injury received during a war. The royal italian armed forces' wound badges were gold and silver strips worn diagonally on the upper left arm of the tunic, resp. for wounds received in wartime or during active service/peacetime. E.L.
  16. No idea, I'm sorry. But on Saturday 4th, there will be the auction at Künker's in Osnabrück and in the following weekend, the annual Sammlertreffen in Gunzenhausen. E.L.
  17. Thank you for the interesting note. Actually, the Virtuti Militari was awarded in a very limited number of cases, especially in its higher classes. In my opinion, it's one of the most beautiful orders, besides its historical importance and significance. Best wishes, E.L.
  18. You're welcome! A good thing is that most of the numbered crosses can easily be attributed, thanks to this invaluable book and the following, most precious researches. E.L.
  19. On Wesolowski's book on the Virtuti Militari, the cross's number matches to Casimiro Buttini's one. Best wishes, E.L.
  20. A very fine specimen indeed, although I'm not sure whether the piece would have been made by Rothe or not. The ribbon, besides the Kleindekoration,, looks like a pre-1918 one! E.L.
  21. Hello, a branch of my collection is devoted to the Polish Military Order "Virtuti Militari". Among the pieces I've been lucky enough to find, one is -in my opinion- very interesting: the "Gold Cross" or IV Class awarded to Lt. Casimiro Buttini. (Born in Saluzzo, Piedmont, on Oct. 29th 1887, died in Saluzzo, on Febr. 23rd, 1959). He reached the rank of Colonel in the newborn "Regia Aeronautica" (Royal Military Air Force). He was a bomber pilot, flying on the famous "Caproni" machines, one of the best "heavy bomber" airplanes of its time. This officer, during WW1 was decorated with a Silver and a Gold Medal for Military Valour. The latter, for an action on Tarnova, in 1917 where, while bombing the Austrian lines, his airplane was target of intense fire from the enemy and a shell lirerally beheaded his 2nd pilot. Buttini, although wounded to the head and an arm, calmly kept the airplane in flight, continuing the bombing. The plane was severely damaged by the enemy fire, but the pilot kept the machine in flight, and the crew in order. When the plane, due to the damages started to fall, he succeeded to avoid crashing on the enemy position, until a safe landing behind the Italian lines. After the war, some Italians received a proper class of the "Virtuti Militari", from the new Polish Republic. A necessary condition to receive the Polish Order, was to be already decorated with the Gold Medal for Military Valour or at least 4 Silver Medals for Military Valour. I have a list, compiled by the Office of the Chief of the General Staff at the Ministry of War, addressed to Colonel Ivaldi, Italy's military attaché to the Royal Italian Legation in Warsaw with the names of the men, worth of the award of the Virtuti Militari. In this list, Casimiro Buttini results as having been proposed for the V Class (the Silver Cross), but the Polish Authorities, actually awarded the higher IV Class, as recorded in the official list of the Order. The cross was found at antique fair in Parma, back in 1993. The whereabouts of Buttini's other medals and decorations are to me unknown. Following, the pictures of the obverse and reverse of the cross, struck with the number "528" and of the letter with attached list from Italy's General Staff Office. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  22. Corporal Pietro Laugero, received a Bronze "Al Valore Militare" medal for an action in Sop (Serbian Macedonia), on Sept. 29th, 1918. He remained the only survivor of his machine-gun section and continued to fire his weapon, facing the overwhelming enemy, keeping his position, although the order to retreat was given. Only when the retreat was completed, he went back to the new position, not abandoning his arms, and carrying them in safe. Actually, a brave soldier indeed. E.L.
  23. A few years ago a Grand Cross badge of this same order (and manufacture), mounted on a sash of the Order of the Crown of Italy, appeared on eBay; then sold before the "auction"'s end. By the way, it's typical, on eBay, to read remarks like "I'm not an expert, etc.etc.", after an apparently so-so scientifical or überdetaillierte description... Best wishes, E.L.
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