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Beau Newman

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  1. This just sold on ebay. A nice 1914 vaulted EKI but over $500? https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWI-German-Iron-Cross-Pin-/392350396334?nma=true&si=C3Z188Bgw6bgl9GINjjOvhDD7JQ%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  2. People ask me all the time about collecting as an investment. I tell them that most collectibles are pretty lousy investments, if that is all they are looking for. If you are buying and selling at auction, you pay a 15-20% commission when you buy and another 10-15% commission when you sell. Storing your collection can require anything from a good size gun safe to a good size room. It can take years to liquidate a collection once you decide to sell. People who collect do so because they are collectors and get something out of it that others get from water skiing, traveling or any of the many hobbies that we take up. If you happen to break even or make a few bucks in the end that is gravy but, not the point of it all.
  3. What I understand is that recipients were expected to wear them at all times while in uniform by regulation.
  4. This is the book by Moser. It also lists the Wurtt. recipients of the PLM and the MVO but, not the Friedrich Order, for some reason.
  5. Due to some family/work obligations on top of a fairly nasty bout of food poisoning, I missed the SOS this year. I was wondering if anything interesting turned up. I did manage to snag this piece a couple of days before the show (marked J.L. on the bottom arm) so, it wasn't a complete loss.
  6. These early merit medals of the Ernestine Order are pretty scarce (probably just a few dozen awarded for many of them). However, the collector demand isn't that strong. The current OEK has it at 530 Euros.
  7. An update to post #168 in this topic. I finally found a correct ribbon for this 1st Class with swords, along with some better front and back photos.
  8. You see these pretty often on medal bars mounted with the campaign bars, which didn't appear until the 1890's. These are probably from the same time frame.
  9. Wrong ribbon. It's probably an old wearing copy. The issue pieces had a wider suspension and were inscribed on the rim. This one probably isn't.
  10. I just received this in the mail. I liked it because the combination is a bit unusual. I can't come up with any obvious Oldenburg/Saxe-Weimar connections unless it was a Saxe-Weimar native in the Navy. I also thought that the fact that the Saxe-Weimar isn't on a swords suspension and has no sign that it ever was is also unusual. Any thoughts?
  11. No glow. The Hohenzollern and EK ribbons are matte silk and the others are all a "watered" silk with metallic thread on the Bulgarian.
  12. This was presented as a General's bar but, the lack of a Long Service award and the grades of the awards have me thinking it is likely someone at the Major level. The large number of foreign awards would indicate either a staff officer or, possibly, an officer who saw service in the eastern theaters. Any opinions or comments would be appreciated, as always.
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