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Tim Tezer

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  1. And here is the memorial plaque. Soon to be reunited with the group, thanks to GMIC! This was separated from the lot when it was sold at auction years ago, which is why I posted this thread. When the mistake was discovered, it had changed hands and we could not locate the owner. Still not too late - it's going home.
  2. Yes, TM1 (Turkish Mejidie Order, 1st Class) is a sash, badge, and I'm pretty certain that's what he is wearing. Tim
  3. Maybe he wouldn't have so much trouble moving inventory if he stopped buying things at retail from other dealers and doubling the price. :whistle:
  4. This is all pretty amazing. First of all, I didn't even know there WAS a roll of recipients of the Griffin Order. Still, I can't explain the absence of the Spanish order from this bar, so it may be too soon to conclude that this is our man. On the other hand, there may not be any better candidates. The original story on the group was that it was "taken from the uniform of a Lieutenant General when he was captured in 1945," but that story is barely plausible. There is a General's shoulder board that came with the group (just one) but as I said there is also an 1870 EK2 medal bar, so o
  5. There was also an Italian Order of the Crown with the group, on a ribbon that had been removed from a medal bar. But then again, there was also an 1870 EK2 group. Possibly a family group, but who knows? I don't that helps clarify anything. I don't see why the Italian Crown Order would be part of this group. These are supposed to be vet bring-backs from the war, but there's no way to kniw if all of these items came from the same source. Thus, it is possible he Friedrichs Order didn't belong on this bar, but it seems likely. Tim
  6. The Friedrichs Order came with this group, although detached. Long service cross ribbon would be much darker. I didn't realise there was a roll of Griffon Order recipients. That could be very helpful. Now I just have to figure out how to narrow it down. Tim
  7. Here is a photo of the back. The cloth is stitched down pretty tight, but you can see some traces of other ribbon colors where some scrap ribbon was used - note the red peeking through next to the Crown Order. Yes, the tiny rings of the swords suspension are really bent, and I haven't tried to straighten them yet. I will need to wait until a day when I have a steady hand and the patience to do it very carefully.
  8. Yes, I have to re-attach the Friedrichs Order - the ring is completely missing. And then I want to replace the Sword Order if that's what it was. It would be great to find the recipient, but I'm not very hopeful. The Fusilier Regt. Konigin Victoria von Schweden was a good lead, but nobody with the right combination of awards appears in the 1914 Rangliste. That would mean that this officer would have earned all of these orders after the publication of the 1914 Rangliste, including the KO4 without swords. Hmmm... I wish there was a roll of the Griffin Order, but to my knowledge, there's no
  9. Just got this new medal bar, and I'm trying to figure out what's missing from the last position. It also came with a ribbon bar that did NOT include the EK2 ribbon or the mystery ribbon on the far right. I have two theories: 1) it was a Braunschweig KVK2 with non-combatant ribbon (which is a little odd, since the EK2 has the black ribbon), or 2) it was a Swedish Order of the Sword Knight's badge. I have no identification on the recipient, and probably will never be able to figure this one out. Any thoughts?
  10. That's the real question. By my count, only three WW1 aviators could have had the Silver Star Medal with OLC and the DSC: Swaab, Clayton Bissell and Kenneth Littauer. John Hambleton earned the DSC with OLC, and two Silver Star gallantry citations, but while that would have made for a great medal group, Hambleton died in 1930 in a flying accident and never lived to apply for the Silver Star medal. Not sure about Bissell, as I couldn't find a date of death and never went to the trouble of pulling award record cards for all these guys. But at most there were three who could have had the DSC/S
  11. Don't want to nit-pick, especially as I also believe this is one of the best WW1 U.S. aviation groups in existence, but my (incomplete) research shows a lot more than three Silver Stars to aviators for WW1. I have counted 196 gallantry citations to aviators, which would break down into 186 Silver Stars and 10 Oak Leaf Clusters if not for the fact that many of those who received the citation never actually applied for or received the medal. In fact, a number of them never lived to see the establishment of the Silver Star medal in the 1930's. At least three recipients were upgraded to a DSC (
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