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Beau Newman

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  1. Some jewelers who do jewelry repair as part of their business may be able to help with some items. Those that have the equipment to do laser soldering can work on a larger variety of items (such as enameled pieces) as the process does not heat up the surrounding metal as much as conventional methods.
  2. In the case of the Iron Cross on the non-combat or homefront ribbon, the issue becomes a bit more interesting. Just over 9% of 1870 awards were on the non-combat ribbon, while approximately 0.34% of the 1914 awards were. In other words, a reduction in the relative number of awards of over 95%. These were largely replaced by the Prussian Cross for Kriegshilfe. In this case, I don't think it is unreasonable to consider a bonafide 1914 NC EKII even more prestigious than the 1870 version.
  3. An unusual one for the Olga Order on Women's bow ribbon: A Hesse Phillip Silver Cross w/Crown: A custom case for a Saxe-Weimar EK pair: Saxe Coburg Ernestine Silver Medal w/Swords & Knight 2nd w/Swords: Lippe-Detmold 1st Type Honor Cross 4th Class:
  4. No marks anywhere on it. The spinner is made from a thin brass plate that was originally silvered but, only traces of the plating remain on the back side. There is no noticeable separation to the frame. The beading on the front shows a decent amount of wear so, I wouldn't be surprised if this hadn't seen some well done refinishing at some time although, there is no sign of rust pitting under the paint.
  5. This one just showed up. It has spikes added to the reverse to prevent the cross from turning when worn. This appears to be a custom job and not a regular production feature.
  6. #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.
  7. Odd to see the Saxe-Weimar non combat award in with all those combatant pieces. There's probably an interesting story there.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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