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Elmar Lang

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  1. Hello, with some delay, I've been able to take a photo of the group: all the pieces belonged to Dr. George A. Mac Donald, Principal Medical Officer in the British Administration of Zanzibar, 1897-1915. I hope that the resize of the picture would leave it readable enough... kind regards, Enzo
  2. Hello, here, my 2 FJO knight's crosses (in gold) with dedication engraved/enamelled on the reverse medallion's outer circlet. Please excuse me for the disgraceful quality of the scans, but I have a stone-age flat scanner (from 1999) and my digital camera is in my office. Both pieces bear the marks of Rothe and they are from the early WW1 times. Best wishes, Enzo
  3. Hi Lilo, before searching more accurately, I can confirm the award of the St. Stephen's Order (Grand Cross) to King Edward VII and King George V (see: S. Patterson: "Royal Insignia - British and Foreign Orders of Chivalry from the Royal Collection"; London, 1996, pages 78-82). From the years of the Napoleonic Wars, we need to remember the 8 British Cavalry officers: Maj. Robert Pocklington; Lieut.Col. William Aylett; Maj. Edward Ryan; Maj. Cranby Calcraft; Maj. William Kier (or Keir); Maj. Edward Butler (or Buttler); Maj. Robert Wilson; Capt. Charles Blount who, thanks to their heroic deeds at the battle of Villiers-en-Crouch? (near Cambrai) on April 24th 1794, saved Emperor Francis II from being taken prisoner or killed. The Emperor, impressed from their valour, let a large gold medal be struck and awarded it to them, since the Maria Theresia Order couldn't be awarded to foreigners. Later, on Nov. 7th 1800, the Emperor created the 8 officers knights of the Maria Theresia Order (after a modification to the Order's statutes), allowing them to still keep the gold medal as a visible sign of his appreciation. Two of those excessively rare sets (Gold Medal with neck-chain and MMThO Cross): the ones belonged to Edward Buttler and Robert Pocklington, have been sold from Spink's in the mid '60s. Best wishes, Enzo
  4. Yes, all austrian-made pieces, have the reverse medallion hinged to the base of the upper arm. As a matter of interest, in my collection I have a knight's cross of the FJO with hallmarks of Rothe & Neffe (the "FR" in a lozenge), made of gold, and its reverse medallion is fixed, with no hinge. Ok, the reverse medallion's outer circlet bears an engraved/enamelled dedication so, this could be an explanation for the absence of the hinge. Best wishes, Enzo
  5. Hi Lilo, I'll check if the two British personalities received the Leopold Order, and which class. Anyways, I can say -with no doubt- that the Leopold Order, when awarded to foreigners, was of the same type as the one awarded to Austrians; in other words, complete with crown/pendilia above the cross. Kind regards and best wishes, Enzo
  6. Hello, yes, the picture is a bit unsharp where the last medal is visible, but it could be one of the W?rttemberg (considering that our Teck is wearing the Grand Cross star of the W?rtt. Crown Order). Best wishes, Enzo
  7. Hello, many thanks for the precious information. In reply to Ed's words, I admit that reading on paper would be a most advisable thing: I like the smell of old books and from my trips abroad I always take back home some reference books on many topics. The only problem is that I have full bookshelves in all of home's rooms (my wife thinks that a bookshelf with "meditative" literature would perfectly fit in the bathroom...). I've been asking about an online reference, because I've recently seen a fine old group of Zanzibar orders and medals from the late 19th Century and, besides the "common-to-see" pieces, there are some of which I have no idea. Best wishes, Enzo (Elmar Lang)
  8. Hello, Is there on the Internet a complete reference about the faleristics of the Sultanate of Zanzibar, including the medals also? Thank you very much, Elmar Lang
  9. Hello, the man looks like wearing the uniform of the Czechoslowakian Legion's troops in the Royal Italian Army in WW1. In this case, an "Ardito", or a member of the assault units. Pity that the cap badge is not very well visible. Best regards, Enzo
  10. Hello, I would like to remember that since a certain date, also the Franz Josef Orden was awarded with "Kriegsdekoration" for wartime merit, swords were also added to all classes from 1916. Kind regards, Enzo
  11. Hello, the Jubil?umskreuz 1848-1908 had three different ribbons, dividing the decoration in three groups: 1) Milit?r-Jubil?umskreuz (Jubilee Cross for Military): white with red side-stripes: 2) Jubil?umskreuz f?r Zivistaatsbedienstete (for Civil Officials): Red; 3) Jubil?ums-Hofkreuz (for Officials and Military attached to the Court): Red with white side-stripes (same as the Leopold Order). Best wishes, Enzo
  12. Hello, as a further information about the picture posted by ccj, the pin-back decoration Emperor Charles I wears on the right breast pocket is the "Franz Joseph-Kreuz", also known as "Militantibus a Latere Meo", instituted by Franz Josef on Nov. 21st 1916 (but practically created under his successor, Charles I) and awarded only 25 times to the late Emperor's closest military entourage. Sincerely, Enzo
  13. Hello, the price of the "Ehrenbuch" shouldn't exceed the 200.- Euro, hopefully... Best wishes, Enzo
  14. Hello, I don't think that it could be the Archduke Joseph. Could it be General Alexander v. Krobatin? Best wishes, Enzo
  15. Hello, it is not a statistic, and obviously incomplete, but this book can be of invaluable help: "Ehrenbuch der Oesterreichisch Ungarischen Wehrmacht - die Ausgezeichneten im Weltkrieg"; Vienna, k.u.k. Kriegsarchiv / Verlag Vaterl?ndisches Archiv, 1917 In this book, besides the statutes of all the awarded orders and decorations (and fine colour plates) there is an alphabetical list of officers with details of their awards. A good thing is that the "Ehrenbuch" is not rare and it usually appears at collectors shows and/or auctions. Best wishes, Enzo
  16. Dear Veteran, it is also possible to find your medal in some of the "classics" of phaleristic literature: it is mentioned in: Hermann von Heyden: "Ehren-Zeichen der erloschenen und bl?henden Staaten Deutschlands und Oesterreich-Ungarns"; Meiningen, 1897, page 226, no. 960. (von Heyden writes that the "R" under Maria Theresia's bust means "Rosnavia", the site of the Royal Hungarian Mint). The same piece was auctioned in v. Heyden's sale of Oct. 19th 1898; lot no. 819 (a second piece, under no. 820). Again, the medal appears in the famous auction catalogue of the Julius Collection, "Krieg und Frieden in der Medaille und in der Gedenkm?nze - II. Teil 1740-1804"; R. Gaettens, Heidelberg, 6-8 Nov. 1958; lot no. 1801 I'm happy to know that you've had the pleasure to meet Prof. Fattovich. I can't forget his patience, kindness and hospitality. When I had the honour to know him I was just a student moving my first steps in phaleristics and being lucky enough to live in Venice... I hope that these further details would be of help, sincerely, Enzo
  17. Hello, yes, the medal is an original piece, still retaining its original gilding. The piece illustrated in v. Falkenstien's (Dan Ragsdale's) book is the one belonged to the Fattovich collection. It reminds me of long ago, but I remember that piece, among those Prof. F. liked most. It is a rare piece, although I don't have an idea of its actual value. Regards, Enzo
  18. Hello, I consider this piece (a "Kleinkreuz" or Knight's Cross) as very interesting: all the crosses with black enamelled inscriptions are of early manufacture; the crown looks like "closed" at its bottom (where the link to the cross is soldered) and this is a type made in the 1st half of the 19th Century. Pity that the picture is not sharp... Enzo
  19. Hello, I would like to remember again that the St. Stephen's Order is a very rare one and all original award pieces were in gold. Yes, there existed silver-plated pieces available for private purchase (besides the copies made by Rothe & Neffe after WW2 and the very poor copies now made in Hungary), but they were of the highest jeweller's quality. In my collection I have 5 surely original pieces only, of this order (no commander's cross though) and I feel myself quite lucky... Best wishes, Enzo
  20. Hello, it looks like a fine Chamberlain Key from the reign of Emperor Franz I (1804-1835). The piece was shortened, probably for reasons of an easier wear in the typical "pocket" of the uniform. Best wishes, Enzo
  21. Hello, I would like to remember that the Grand Cross star with KD and swords of the St. Stephen's Order was awarded to Archduke Joseph during WW1 from Emperor Charles I. More, it is interesting to note that the Order's Treasure re-issued older pieces, for example "adapting" the crown once attached to the sash into the later suspension type (they appear as hollow on the reverse, sometimes with traces of the old ribbon-loop). All the decorations of this order were officially awarded in gold only. Any gilt insignia should be considered as a privately purchased piece (or a later copy). Not forgetting that messrs. Rothe & Neffe of Vienna re-produced this order in its various classes until the late 70s in gold also, from the original dies. In my opinion all current copies can't deceive collectors, because of their poor quality. Best wishes, Enzo
  22. Hello, thank you for the information. I can imagine that few medals would have been awarded to the Maltese Pioneers (I don't think that it was a huge unit...). As a matter of interest, I've seen a very old photo (from the era of the "calotype" process) of the Cheops' Pyramid and on one stone block there's a large inscription "CAMILLERI". Who knows, perhaps it was my medal's owner... Best wishes, Enzo
  23. Hello, I would add this book: Friedhelm Heyde: "Das Eiserne Kreuz 1813. 1870. 1914 (Preu?en-Sammlung Max Aurich)"; Osnabr?ck, Biblio-Verlag, 1980. It's a good reference book although illustrated in b/w only. Now it's out-of-print, but it happens to find it at collectors shows. Best wishes, Enzo
  24. Hello Johnsy, please excuse me for the lack of details: the medal is the GSM 1793-1814. The inscription on the rim is exactly as transcribed. Thank you and best wishes, Enzo
  25. Hello, in my collection I have a General Service Medal with single bar "EGYPT" named (officially impressed) for "LORENZO CAMILLERI MALTESE PIONEERS". May I have more informations about the unit and the medals awarded to it for the Egyptian Campaign? Best wishes, Enzo
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