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  1. I know this was posted a while ago, but would still like to acknowledge it as a nice example.
  2. Ah, I missed that, my apologies. March 1941 and later - not 1936-39 Civil War related. Thank you Antonio!
  3. Thank you Antonio for the superb references. Perhaps I misunderstood, but I still don't see a ribbon like the one I posted. Is it an authorized hybrid? A prototype? Fictitious?
  4. I found this while conducting a search on the 'net. I've seen the Spanish Medal for Suffering ribbon with green stripes for Spanish military members, and with red stripes for foreign military members, but I've not seen a ribbon that combines green and red stripes. What is the explanation? Is this from the Spanish Civil War period? (the medal itself is 30mm in diameter) Thanks!
  5. Thanks Gordon, can't believe I missed that one. Are you sure it's silver? I magnified the photos, and wasn't 100% sure.
  6. Curious what this forum thinks of the so-called "one-piece" Spain Cross without swords: period authentic, or post-war fabrication? This type of cross has the eagles molded as part of the cross, rather than added separately. The cross photos below are for reference only, to illustrate the type of cross I'm referring to (the cross shown is not mine). My research indicates most collectors believe this cross type is period authentic, although no maker has been identified as far as I know. Note there is a one-piece cross believed to be a 'reproduction' (it has a flaw in one of the swastika arms of the central disk, among other minor differences from the one shown below). A few collectors believe the 'one-piece' cross is a post-war fabrication, since no one-piece silver versions have been discovered to date, and there is no period photographic evidence that definitively shows a one-piece cross in wear. Bottom line: I'm requesting thoughts & opinions on the originality of the 'one-piece' Spain Cross, like the example shown below. Thank you.
  7. I know resurrecting old threads is frowned upon, but this one has the history/context for my question... I have two, nearly identical plastic Luftwaffe "wavy" flags, both painted Flak red. However, the reverse on one says Flakartillerie, and the other says Nachrichentruppe. In Post 28 of this thread, dj--joe also shows a Luftwaffe red "wavy" flag marked Nachrichentruppe; but shouldn't a LW Nachrichen flag be painted brown like it's LW square flag counterpart in Post 34? Anyone have the background on these seemingly identical wavy LW flags that are marked differently?
  8. Scott


    As a side note, while many Spanish MMI may have been struck in genuine silver, a small nick on the Egana-marked MMI on my LC medal bar indicates it was made of silver plated bronze or "tombac".
  9. Some theorize the badges with the two side hooks on the reverse are WWII era (post Spanish Civil War).
  10. Scott


    Found this photo on the net... This LC veteran also spent some time in Bulgaria.
  11. Had the chance to look through one at the SOS...it seemed to be a compilation of other published works.
  12. Any feedback on this fairly new reference? Anything new or not covered in the several other references on the Legion Condor? http://www.schifferbooks.com/legion-condor-history-a-organization-a-aircraft-a-uniforms-a-awards-a-memorabilia-a-1936-1939-5156.html
  13. I 'm not sure the "combatant-red/non-combatant-white" rule was strictly adhered to, as a few period photos show recipients of the white cross also with the Spanish Cross with Swords.
  14. Received my answer in another forum: the cross appears to be an authentic Juncker -- thanks Jacques! Never thought I'd be able to add such a nice cross to my collection.
  15. How is the device attached? - Looks like the original metal rivet is still visible from the reverse. Perhaps the original devise was lost in the field, and a squadron mate cast a new one from resin?
  16. This looks like an authentic Juncker Gold cross to me, but want to get other opinions to be certain... Thank you. EDIT: Typo in thread title... it should say "Spanish Cross in Gold Opinions"
  17. That is attempting to represent a knight's cross of the war merit cross in gold - a fairly rare item, if authentic (for starters, originals didn't come with diamonds). It's not the worst fake I've ever seen, but it's still a fake.
  18. Likely a SS commerative cuff title, similar to commerative CTs for Horst Wessel. Sounds plausable given Gustloff's relatively early (Swiss) NSDAP membership and subsequent murder.
  19. Scott

    2013 SOS Report

    The Spanish forum has been a bit slow, so I thought I'd give a brief overview of the 2013 OVMS Show of Shows (SOS) held in Louisville, KY this weekend, and cover Spanish & Legion Condor items. This SOS was about 300 tables larger than previous shows (~2,000 tables this time). I arrived at 9am, and completed my first walk-though by 1pm, and I was moving at a good pace, only stopping at tables that I thought looked promising. Of course some of the notable dealers had good spots right up front (Wolfe-Harden, Jason Burmeister, etc.). They had their usual impressive show set-ups, so I didn't linger too long to gawk. They had several cased Spanish Crosses of every class, although I don't recall seeing a gold with brilliants this time. The rest of the show was typical: lots of repros, but some good things too. A beautiful Spanish Cross in Gold caught my eye early in the show: it was marked CEJ, but no silver content mark, and it had a price that was a little too reasonable. Pieter Verbruggen was nice enough to look the badge over for me, and gave it a thumbs-down, saving me a pocket full of cash. Thanks Pieter! There were a good number of bronze Spanish Crosses, and somewhat fewer Silver crosses at the show, but since I wasn't looking for those, I didn't look at them in detail. Gold crosses were fairly scarce (at least the ones I thought looked ok), and priced in the $4,000-$5,000 range. I saw 3 Legion Condor medal bars at different tables - 2 with the same medals: LW 4-year long service, Spanish White Military Cross, and Spanish Civil War Campaign medal. Both showed age and wear, and both were selling for $650 - more than I wanted to spend for the rough condition they were in. The third bar was also a 3-place, but twith the Spanish Red Military Cross in the center. This bar also was in rough shape, and the Red Military Cross was the type with the separate, hinged crown. The owner had stepped away from the table so I didn't get the price on that one. There were a few Legion Condor ribon bars, but I only found one I thought was authentic, so I grabbed it. It's a 4-place with the Spanish Wound medal for foreigners. The bar has some age and wear, but the wound medal ribbon is fairly scarce, so I couldn't pass it up. One seller had a Spanish Military Medal, but the ribbon and pin device were in rough shape; I don't believe it was an Egana-made piece. Another seller had a Spanish Military medal for Naval personnel - something I'd not seen before. The outer rim design had anchors in it, and the ribbon ring was rectangular. It was a nice piece. The owners of both MMIs were not at their tables when I was there (nor when I returned) so I gouldn't get the prices. There were a handful of Spanish War cross badges for sale (one in the original Egana box) ranging in price from $250 to $450. Spanish Civil War Campaign medals were plentiful (some with boxes), but the prices were silly: $100 to $225 (!). There were a couple of dealers with some post WWII Spanish medals, and pilot wings. However I found no Spanish Civil War-era pilot/aircrew wings. There were a couple of LC Tank badges at the show -- I think one was at the Wolfe-Harden or Burmeister table. That's a badge I'm not familiar with, so I didn't dwell on them. One dealer had a nice German Army waffenrock of a panzer enlisted troop with the red/gold "1936 Spanien 1939" cuff title. Again, not my area of expertise, so I didn't investigate further. That's about it from what I saw of the show. The show was huge, and exhausting - almost more than one person can see in a day. But it's the only military collectables show I attend, and I look forward to it next year! My ribbon bar is posted below.
  20. It's me again... I found this ribbon bar at the 2013 SOS.
  21. I've searched, but can't find the answer: Did any LC members awarded the Cruz de Guerra earn the Spanish Cross in Silver w/sords, or only the Spanish Cross in Gold?
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