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  1. That's pretty much what I thought. It came with a group of items but, was interesting enough that I held onto it.
  2. This topic brought to mind a piece that I have been hanging on to for a while because I thought it was interesting. Not silver, not magnetic. The suspension is attached by a narrow strip soldered to the top of the planchet, similar to the war metal Baden Service Medals. Nimmergut lists a Kriegsmetall version in the OEK but, no photo. Has anyone seen a similar example?
  3. This one is on my "to do" list. I need to find a period Stanislaus 3rd Class to go with the pre-1905 Bavarian MVO. I don't know the exact background but, I am assuming that a non-swords award would be correct.
  4. Also posted this on the Lippe-Detmold topic but, these will work to revive this one, as well - Lippe 2nd Type Leopold Order, 3rd Class with a Red Eagle 4th and a Russian 1904/05 Red Cross Medal. A really unusual combo.
  5. I thought I would revive this topic with this little mini chain. The center award appears to be a 2nd Type Leopold Order, 3rd Class. The Red Eagle 4th is not unusual but, the Russian 1904/05 Red Cross medal is. With so few of the Leopolds awarded and the unusual Russian connection, is an ID possible?
  6. The only one I know of was written by William Hamelman in the '90's. It's pretty basic and the photos aren't that great but, it does cover WWI, WWII and the 1957 versions. I'm pretty sure it's out of print and used copies can be hard to find.
  7. The Hessian War Decoration in Iron below the Iron Cross 1st would lead me to believe that he was a Hessian or served in a unit with a Hessian connection.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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:
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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