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Elmar Lang

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  1. A very fine, old, typical case of Austrian manufacture: not very easy to see...
  2. "The strange case of the empty case"...
  3. 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.
  4. Hello, in my opinion, that case could be fitted for the Montenegrinian Obiteljeski Orden Svetog Petra (or Family Order of St. Peter). E.L.
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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):
  9. 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
  10. 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:
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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:
  14. 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.
  15. ...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):
  16. The marks on the suspension loop, right side:
  17. The marks on the suspension loop (left side):
  18. Hello, as promised, I would like to add the pictures of my 1st Class, officers' Militärdienstzeichen for 50 years service. The piece is in gilt silver and black enamel; the suspension loop is struck with the "A"; "Windhundkpof" and "FR" marks, while the suspension ring is struck with the "Windhundkopf" and "FR" marks. Obverse:
  19. Hello, this is a most interesting discussion indeed. In the next weeks, I will organize myself to take some pictures of my Militärdienstzeichen, including the gilt silver 1st Class cross I've recently added to my collection. It's interesting to know that very few officers, besides the Emperor himself, were entitled for the highest class: is the list available? Best wishes, E.L. P.S.: I agree: Vaclav Mericka was one of the deepest scholars in phaleristic: I hope one day his unpublished studies would be printed and his immense collection catalogued and published.
  20. A very interesting excursus in the field of Italian and Italy's related medals of the Risorgimento. Just a little note: the Imperial Austrian "Metallenes Armeekreuz", a.k.a. "Kanonenkreuz" (in its italian regulations as distributed in the new "Regno Lombardo-Veneto", the decoration had an official, italian name: "Croce Metallica d'Armata"), was made of bronze from captured french cannons, but on its rim there wasn't any "AUS EROBERTEM GESCHUETZ" inscription. Only, the suspension loop was struck with the Imperial Mint mark: a two-headed eagle within a lozenge. Best wishes, E.L.
  21. Hello, I need to point out that the "Freigelassen" mark for precious metal is not the "F.R" within a rectangle or, later, the "FR" within a lozenge: both are marks of Rothe, Wien. I don't know what's the source from which Mr. McNamara knew that the "FR" mark would be a tax release one. The official marking system of Imperial Austria has been completely described in "Oesterreichs Orden" , Graz, ADEVA, 1996, pages 388-400, with illustration of all the assay and state marks officially used under Imperial control: more, almost all jewellers' marks are quoted and/or described at page 399: "C.F. ROTHE & NEFFE, Wien, Kohlmarkt: wohl berühmteste österreichische Ordensjuweliere, gergründet 1844, tätig als Ordensjuweliere bis vor kurzem, Firmenzeichen "FR" und "CFR"; Erzeugung aller österreichischen Orden vom Goldenen Vlies, Militär Maria Theresien-Orden, bis zu den einfachsten Auszeichnungen in allen Klassen und Materialien...". Best wishes, E.L.
  22. In Italy, what in Germany is called Spangenstück never bears any mint mark. They were made by private firms like Johnson, Lorioli, Pagani, etc. Interesting to see an unnamed, official medal. It's a pity that often, they fall into the hands of some "creative" people, trying to upgrade them with an attempt of an old, engraved naming, thus damaging an otherwise good piece. Best wishes, E.L.
  23. Hi, I know that named Al Valore medals to foreigners of the Axis powers, existed for sure. Usually, named pieces were those awarded after an operational phase, where the higher commands had time to collect proposals for awards. those accepted, had enough time to allow The Ministry of War in Italy, to order named medals to the Royal Mint. As said, the medals awarded "On the Field", were given out for instance from an Army Corps Command, that disposed of a certain number of unnamed medals, to be awarded very shortly after the date of an act of gallantry. Curiously, at a recent auction, Iìve had the opportunity to purchase three award documents of resp. a Silver, a Bronze and a Cross for Military Valour, to German Luftwaffe NCOs of the flying personnel, dating from 1941. The medals were missing though, but such documents to non-italians, are very rare. Best wishes, E.L.
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