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Mike Dwyer

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  1. ...and why no Reichs cockade? The coat looks like a mish-mash of Austrian and German styles.
  2. Mervyn, Here's another award of the Military Cross given just recently that I saw on FaceBook. Private Bryan Johnson, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, with the Military Cross that was presented to him by The Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, 14 December 2011. According to the Royal Correspondent at the Daily Express after getting his award... "Private Johnson of the Royal Regiment of Scotland went down on one knee and asked Kirstie Ward, 21, to marry him. She said yes." The writeup said he received the cross for rescuing a wounded soldier during a firefight in Helmand.
  3. A little bit off topic, but think of how many times this guy had to either buy new uniforms for the regiment he was assigned to, or get a tailor to make drastic changes to a uniform he already owned! Expensive business. :unsure:
  4. I'm with Red Eagle, it's blue and just looks white due to the old photographic methods. They're both wearing the grand collar of the Order of the Black Eagle.
  5. There are several von Schroeders listed in the 1914 Rangliste. There's an Oberst who's got a ton of neck crosses, so probably not him. There's a Hauptmann in Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1. Pommersches) Nr.2. There's a Rittmeister who's a personal flugeladjutant to the Grand Duke of Hesse who also has a truck-load of medals, so probably not him either. There's an Oberleutnant in 2. Pommersches Ulanen-Regiment Nr.9. Lastly, there are two Leutnants der Reserve, one in Füsilier-Regiment Graf Roon (1. Ostpreußisches) Nr.33 and one in 1. Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment.
  6. There are several von Schroeders listed in the 1914 Rangliste. There's an Oberst who's got a ton of neck crosses, so probably not him. There's a Hauptmann in Grenadier-Regiment König Friedrich Wilhelm IV (1. Pommersches) Nr.2. There's a Rittmeister who's a personal flugeladjutant to the Grand Duke of Hesse who also has a truck-load of medals, so probably not him either. There's an Oberleutnant in 2. Pommersches Ulanen-Regiment Nr.9. Lastly, there are two Leutnants der Reserve, one in Füsilier-Regiment Graf Roon (1. Ostpreußisches) Nr.33 and one in 1. Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiment.
  7. The only thing I can add, which actually adds nothing of substance, is that is BEAUTFIUL jacket!!!! :jumping: I think the old patrol jackets and whatever you call those greatcoats with the black silk braid on them that were worn back then, are among the most beautiful military garments every. Even if they were "subdued."
  8. It could be, but I don't think it's the same exact badge you've shown. The badge he is wearing has the arms of the cross extending just a little bit past the wreath, whereas the badge you've posted the cross arms do not extend past the wreath. Although it's blurry, I don't think that's a swastika on his badge, it looks like it might be an eagle with upraised wings. It looks more like a bird to me than a swastika.
  9. :jumping: :jumping: As always, Sandro, you have the most beautiful, sweetest, unbelievable, fantastic, eye-catching, monumental (I'm running out of words!!) uniforms! This is absolutely one of the nicest I've seen. :speechless1: :speechless1:
  10. Chris, I'm probably not much help, but in the 1914 Rangliste I can't find any Oberst Winkler. There are two Oberstleutnant Winkler's, but they're both artillery and it looks to me like there's a spike on that helmet, not a kugel. Just in case he might have gotten promoted I looked at Majors, there are two of them, but one's artillery the other is a Major a. D. at a Landwehrbezirk. So thinking the handwriting might say Oberleutnant, I checked and there's only two of them listed, one is in Infanterie-Regiment Keith (1. Ober-schlesisches) Nr.2, the other is in the 1.Garde-Grenadier-Landwehr-Regiment. On Wetsel there are only Leutnants. On Wetzel I found one Hauptmann in Landwehrbezirk VI Berlin. Just in case the name might be mispelled I looked at Wetzell, there is one Major Wetzell who is listed in two places Generalstab der Armee and III.Armeekorps Berlin.
  11. Also, every time I've seen the Spanish Order of the Golden Fleece worn, it's been on a red neck ribbon, but all the Austrian ones I've seen were worn on a small gold collar or chain. I have no idea, of course, what the "official" status of the RAO is, but the International Commission on Orders of Chivalry (ICOC), which is a private body and really has no authority over any of this stuff, only recognizes 3 house orders for Prussia, the Black Eagle, Royal Hohenzollern and Louisa. They consider everything else to have been a governmental order that died with the fall of the monarchy. The only order they recognize for Baden is Fidelity, but hey, he's a prince, he can do pretty much what he wants! Upon enlarging the photo to almost impossible size, it appears to be some type of white enamel cross with a gold crown above it and has a red ribbon with either white or some other light colored stripe along the edges.
  12. Thanks, Dave! I for one, am glad to see these orders still out and about. I saw an article on a royalist website where some "leftist" (their words, not mine) German polititians are already whining about the upcoming wedding. An independent televesion station is going to televise it and it's going to be held at the church at Sans Souci Palace in Potsdam with a guest list of around 700. That could be the Golden Fleece on Prince Bernhard, but he's not on any membership list I can find on the Internet.
  13. In other places on this forum we've talked about heads of former ruling houses wearing and/or awarding orders. Some don't like it, some say that if it's a house order it survives the overthrow of the monarchy and is a valid award of the house so long as it survives. I know the current duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and his children wear the Saxe Ernestine order and have awarded it to others. I've seen photos of Julius Eduard Prinz von Anhalt, Herzog zu Sachsen, the head of the ducal house of Anhalt, wearing the Order of Albert the Bear. Well, today while looking at a royalty site article about the upcoming wedding of the head of the imperial house of Germany and royal house of Prussia, Georg Friedrich Prinz von Preussen, I saw this photo of Prinz Georg Friedrich and his future bride, Princess Sophie von Isenburg , taken at the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco, showing Georg Friedrich wearing the Order of the Black Eagle, of which he is the grand master. This is the first time I've ever seen the Black Eagle being worn other than in antique photos and paintings.
  14. I've never had it framed, it's still rolled up in the original tube in was mailed in. It's too big to fit in my scanner, so I had to lay it on a flat surface, place large coins at each corner to hold it down and photograph it. It's a bit fuzzy. The star on the certificate is actually golden colored, but it looks black in this poor photo of mine.
  15. Yes, but that's the way it works, at least with the Ethiopian Crown Council. You have to either locate used medals, etc. or hope someone has modern copies made. For the Order of the Lion I was originally told they were impossible to find, but then someone here in the States had a few miniatures made and that's how I managed to get one. I seriously doubt I will ever see a full sized one. The miniature I have for the Order of the Star is also a modern copy.
  16. Hi, Chris, Unfortunately, I don't know. I've looked it over very carefully and I don't see any maker's marks or names anywhere on it, the back is completely smooth and there's nothing on the ring or around the edges. I bought the piece from another member of the order here in the States who had been promoted to grand cross and didn't need it anymore. He did tell he he bought it used and had the gold finish on it re-done due to the finish being damaged.
  17. Hi, Chris, I have been very active with The American College of Heraldry for many years. The former president of the college, the late Dr. David P. Johnson, was an close acquantaince of H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, president of the Crown Council of Ethiopia. Prince Ermias lives here in the States. He is the only son of the youngest son of Emperor Haile Selassie I. One day I received a very attractive certificate in the mail from the Crown Council stating I had been made a commander of the Order of the Star of Ethiopia for my "services to the arts" for my service with the ACH. I was kind of blown away, to say the least. Dr. Johnson had nominated me. A few years ago a joint meeting of the ACH and one of the prince's charities, the Imperial Society of St. George of Lalibela, was held in Charleston, South Carolina. Prince Ermias was there and I got to meet him. Because I helped with the event, the Crown Council made me a knight of the Order of the Ethiopian Lion too, so I have two Ethiopian orders. That photo was taken at the Charleston event which is the only time I've ever worn the neck decoration!
  18. Not all Department of Defense facilities use the same badge that Randy L posted. Very nice badge, Randy. There's a Navy base just down the road from me and they use a completely different style badge that's more oval shaped.
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