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  1. "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.
  2. 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).
  3. I was able to find the catalog. Here is a scan of the photo. A matching Breast Star (Lot 106) Sold for 3,400.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. What I understand is that recipients were expected to wear them at all times while in uniform by regulation.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
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