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  1. #4 appears to have a center medallion and is slightly smaller than the other awards. It may well be the Wurttemberg 1st Class Long Service Cross.
  2. Odd to see the Saxe-Weimar non combat award in with all those combatant pieces. There's probably an interesting story there.
  3. As I understand it, the Wilhelm's cross was an award for merit and not a bravery award. Even the awards with swords are considered non-combat awards to military personnel. The non swords awards with the "KRIEGS VERDIENST" reverse were awarded for home front service directly related to the war effort while the blank reverse style was awarded for public welfare service.
  4. I noticed in the current issue of the JOMSA that long time dealer Tim Eriksen passed away recently in California. Tim had been in poor health in recent years but seemed to always make it to the shows. For those of us who knew him, Tim was always a great guy to talk to and was very generous with his extensive knowledge of Orders & Medals. He was always one of the guys whose opinion I respected the most. He will be missed personally and in the hobby community. Please keep his wife and family in your thoughts.
  5. These were privately made commemorative pieces that were made for the 25th Anniversary celebrations in Germany and even in the immigrant communities in the US. There are dozens of variations of these for the various towns and provinces. Most that I have seen with ribbons are usually suspended on a cheap red/white/black one or on a state color ribbon.
  6. "Eisenhauer" was a quality designation and does not necessarily mean a damascus blade. "Damaststahl" or "Echt Damast" were used on damascus blades and were often used in addition to Eisenhauer. A damascus blade will almost always be unplated and show the pattern in the steel.
  7. Detlev Niemann's book identifies this as the Prussian Honor Cross, 1st Class of the Organization of Prussian War Participants 1914-1918 (Prussian Krieger-Bund).
  8. I was able to find the catalog. Here is a scan of the photo. A matching Breast Star (Lot 106) Sold for 3,400.
  9. Neal O'Conner's book gives a total swords and lions awarded of 72 between 1870 and 1907. This was based on Eric Ludvigsen's research (Eric was unable to find records between 1907 and 1914). He also shows a total of 53 for 1914-18 based on Kleitmann. There were also 29 with swords, crown and lions awarded between 1870 and 1889. This class was abolished in 1892.
  10. Sotheby's sold one in 2000 (Sale L00572, Lot 105). It was a Wilhelm II issue and had a dimension of 60.4mm, no crown. It sold for 6,000 pounds. They have pretty good archives on their site so, you may still be able to find it there.
  11. 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 ma
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