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Elmar Lang

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  1. The priced catalogue published by the owner of Anticopresidio (who is a numismatist with a good reputation, though) is a relatively good book, but lacks of some in-deep research and detail. In any case, books are always precious, even when not agreeing with the author. In my opinion, the best work available on the subject of Italian awards are the two-volumes work of A. Brambilla "Le Medaglie Italiane degli Ultimi 200 Anni" (now a collector's piece) and the new edition of volume 1 (enlarged and now fully illustrated with colour photographs, instead of line drawings); volume 2 is almost complete, as far as the author said some weeks ago. All the best, E.L.
  2. Hello, Many years ago, I've had this same medal, also in bronze and found in Italy, in a case that was exactly the twin of the one shown by Paul... No further technical info about it though... Enzo
  3. Hello, some time ago, I've found this fine portrait of Felmarschallieutnant Baron Bianchi, Duca di Casalanza (a title granted by the King of Naples). Almost all the orders in wear, are perfectly depicted: very interesting the Grand Cross with diamonds awarded by the King of Sardinia, in the hope that Bianchi would accept to enter service in the Sardinian Army. With the picture (slightly damaged, though), I've acquired his "brodée" breast star of the Neapolitan Order of St. Ferdinand and of the Merit ("Ordine di S. Ferdinando e del Merito"), his "Kanonenkreuz" and a few minor objects belonged to the general. Curiously, the Kanonenkreuz is engraved "Max Wimpfen F.M.L.". A question rises: maybe, Bianchi and Wimpffen exchanged their own crosses as a sign of friendship?
  4. Hello, after a long time, I try to up this discussion again, in the hope that someone could help me to solve the "mystery" about this medal... Best wishes and many thanks in advance, Enzo (Elmar Lang)
  5. This Silbernes Verdienstkreuz mit der Krone with the hallmark of Braun in Vienna is an extremely fine piece, whose quality is always excellent. Finding it in its correct, original case is also a rare plus. I would like to anly add some further info: This exact piece, being struck with the silver marks introduced in 1867, can be dated around that period (although Braun worked earlier too!). The very 1st type of the Verdienstkreuz, in my opinion, was made by Kittner (Vienna): its typical crown (in the pieces "mit der Krone") was small too, but somewhat "rounder" than Braun's one. Kittner marked pieces, never have any gold or silver marks. Best wishes, Enzo (E.L.)
  6. Hello, I see that this fine case shows some damage, but it's an old piece from, let's say, 1870 ca. I think that it's worth the price asked by the seller. Yes, in the past, besides very rare cases (collars, grand crosses), they weren't really expensive. Best wishes, E.L.
  7. Hello, a Colbertaldo Ruggero, with Royal Decree of April 29th, 1915 was appointed as 2nd Lieutenant, coming from the Military Institutes (Gazzetta Ufficiale del Regno d'Italia, nr. 128/Straordinario, May 24th 1915, page 3192). It's interesting to note that Italy entered in the war against Austria, exactly on May 24th. I think that we're talking of the same person: he could have survived the war and continued his career and reaching the qualification for the Long Command Medal in Bronze. Best wishes, E.L.
  8. Actually, the case looks like one for the Verdienststern mit der Kriegsdekoration. Not bad indeed...
  9. The case is already an important step. Sometimes, there are decorations looking for their home, and with some patience they arrive... All the best, E.L.
  10. A very fine, old, typical case of Austrian manufacture: not very easy to see...
  11. "The strange case of the empty case"...
  12. Hello, I find it highly interesting to see the Italian China medal awarded to a German and mounted in a Große Ordensspange. All the best, E.L.
  13. Hello, in my opinion, that case could be fitted for the Montenegrinian Obiteljeski Orden Svetog Petra (or Family Order of St. Peter). E.L.
  14. Hello, in my opinion, the best dealer of Italian orders and medals is Mr. Adriano Brambilla of Milan who, with his Brother Alessandro is the author of the best book on the Italian awards, recently published in its 2nd -fully revised- edition; the 2nd volume will be published soon too. Mr. Brambilla is present to all the major militaria shows in Italy and to some, in Germany (Gunzenhausen, etc.). Books with "prices" are useless (again, in my opinion): better, would be to give the grade of rarity. I think that Italian orders and decorations are a fascinanting field of collecting. Best wishes, E.L.
  15. Well, both the Hungarian and the Yemenite stars were made at the State Hungarian Mint so, no surprise that the "style", especially of the suspension could be very similar...
  16. Well, let's say that I'm quite happy for having found the Callao Cross, although my collection of orders and decorations is in another field...
  17. And now, I would like to add a full series of Austria's Goldene Tapferkeitsmedaillen, from the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II to Karl I. Those of Emperor Franz I appear in the two variations, engraved by Wirt and Harnisch; two variations of the Ferdinand type and, last but not least, the medal of Karl I is also in gold (the "K" ribbon badge is in gold too):
  18. I do agree with Paul's opinion. The seller said that he bought the Callao cross with other jewels, brooches and a few (already sold) austrian medals, from a family in Vorarlberg. At an antiques fair, I would expect to find "usual" orders/medals. This one was a true surprise. If medals could speak... Enzo
  19. Hello, a couple of weeks ago, I've visited an antiques fair in Innsbruck. Curiously to say, the only fine piece that attracted my attention was a South American piece, that I've purchased after a kind discussion with the seller. It's a cross in gold for the battle of Callao, May 2nd, 1866. Pity that the suspension ring is missing and that one arm has an enamel damage, but I'm feeling quite happy for this curious and rather uncommon find. A mystery is how this decoration arrived in Austria... An almost identical piece, was sold in Basel, at the Tammann sale on November 4th/5th, 2008, lot 747. Some pictures of the obverse, reverse and of the mark, struck on the suspension loop:
  20. You're welcome, Michael. I don't have other medals of this type (I collect Imperial Austrian Orders & Decorations), but being Italian, I like to be well documented about our own award system. I should check in Mr. Brambilla's work (vol. II), where all the awards of the Italian Republic are listed and described. I think there were at least two more medals, for state visits to South America. Best wishes, E.L.
  21. They're the Merit Medals for the State Visits of the President of the Italian Republic. As correctly noted by Jeff, the inscription on the reverse bears the name/dates of the presidential visit. All the best, E.L.
  22. As a matter of interest and if it could be useful to anyone, I would like to post some pictures of my Tapferkeitsmedaillen of Franz Josef: the 1849-1859; the 1859-1866 and the 1866-1914 types:
  23. It's a pity that the video is not available anymore, but the "Auferstanden aus Ruinen" Anthem is not difficult to find anyways. E.L.
  24. ...and my own piece of the interesting variation with the "Rudolphine" crown (as illustrated in Mericka's book, page 190, ill. 122 - 17/d/l):
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