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About Schießplatzmeister

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    I am a collector of the Bavarian MMJO and MVM/TKM. I collect groups, individual awards, documents, cases, antique ribbons, miniatures, and recipient photographs. I am always interested in new items for my collection.

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  1. The ribbon on the right does indeed look like a Russian St. George Order/Cross ribbon, but it is difficult to tell exactly what it is due to the fact that it is tightly folded. The 1909 Militär-Handbuch shows no Russian awards for Leopold Prinz von Bayern. He received quite a few foreign awards, including Austrian awards, so there are many possibilities.
  2. I think that they are there underneath many layers of other awards. You can see that the "25" anniversary 1895 oakleaves for the EKII are there in your photo if you compare it to the photo of the group prior to it being stolen. Also, the 1870/71 campaign medal would be directly under all of the campaign bars. This is a good question. It is not listed as still missing, so it may have been recovered. I have a feeling that these items may no-longer be on display due to security concerns. Perhaps some of our friends in Bavaria will know the answer regarding the current situation. Here is a link to the Schloß and Museum website: http://www.hohenschwangau.de/
  3. Here is a photo of the Leopold Prinz von Bayern's large medal bar as it existed at Hohenschwangau Castle prior to being stolen. There is also a listing of the awards that remained on it (most gold orders appear to have been removed. Perhaps some were returned to the Order Chancellery per statute?). The photo and listing is from the Bavarian Police information poster after the burglary of November, 2005. Here is an article regarding the burglary and the recovery of some of the stolen items: https://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/bayern/Gestohlene-Orden-aus-Schloss-Hohenschwangau-sind-zurueck-id7964841.html Here is a link to the current Bavarian Police information regarding pieces which were not recovered: https://www.polizei.bayern.de/fahndung/sachen/diebesgut/index.html/12400
  4. Hello Claudio, Congratulations on owning this fantastic group. I once had the pleasure of seeing George Seymour's collection before he passed away. He was a very nice gentleman with one of the best collections this side of the Atlantic. I have recently seen the items for Franz Kress von Kressenstein that came onto the market. I purchased one item that was family-related. It is interesting how these family items come onto the market from time to time. MfG,
  5. Hello Wessel, This is a great question. I know of no instance where, while in uniform, the PLM ribbon only (buttonhole, field ribbon bar) was worn to signify the award. If in uniform, the award was usually worn. For civilian wear there were miniature buttonhole ribbons that would signify the full-size award. Best regards,
  6. Hello again Albert, I don't think that you will be disappointed with the Klein, Ulrich, and Raff book. Let me know what you think when you receive it. Here is the book that lists Württemberg golden MVM recipients: "Mayer, Albert: Ehrenbuch der Württembergischen Goldenen Militär-Verdienst-Medaille, nach dem Stand vom 1.Januar 1959." I have seen it available for €180 or less. There are not that many other books out there that I can think of. Auction catalogues would also be a good source for information regarding Württemberg awards. Look at Uwe Bretzendorfer's website also. Best regards,
  7. No. 6 is the Preußen Goldene Hochzeitsmedaille 1. Klasse! No, this is not the uniform of King Wilhelm II of Württemberg. The uniform belonged to a member of the Grand Ducal Baden household. See the Baden Hausorden der Treue GK ribbon!
  8. Hello Albert, If you are interested in WW1-era Württemberg orders and decorations, then the Klein, Ulrich und Raff second volume would be the one for you. You are correct about the price, the book is rather expensive. It is beautifully published however. I see your point about there being no book listing Württemberg MVO recipients. If I recall correctly, I believe that there may be a book listing the gold bravery medal recipients however. There is also the book by Neal O'Connor: Aviation Awards of Imperial Germany in World War I and the Men Who Earned Them, Volume IV (which covers Württemberg). It is a nicely done book and is available usually at a modest price. Best regards,
  9. Hello Albert, Actually there are a few superb books regarding Württemberg's orders and medals. I highly recommend: Klein, Ulrich und Raff, Albert. Die Württembergischen Medaillen von 1797-1864 (einschließlich der Orden und Ehrenzeichen). Verlag der Münzen- und Medaillenhandlung. Stuttgart, 2003. There is also a second volume which covers the period from 1864 - 1933. In addition, these authors have covered the history of Württemberg coins in various other books that they have written. Best regards,
  10. Hello, Congratulations regarding these very nice photos. The general appears to possibly be wearing a MMJO RK ribbon in his buttonhole. Best regards,
  11. Welcome to Imperial collecting! The PLM is one of the most counterfeited Imperial Orders. There exist counterfeit pieces of excellent quality. My suggestion would be to look at every piece that you can and to look at genuine pieces in old collections and museums. Gather knowledge (this may take many years) before you spend any money. Good luck!
  12. Hello, This appears to be an old private striking made from different dies than the originals. It is also probably not made from captured enemy cannon bronze and therefore lacks the "from captured cannon" impression on the edge. As noted the suspension is unlike the originals and the ribbon is not of the proper type. It is "original", but is a period-made piece offered for sale by a private firm and is not a piece that was awarded by a government entity. Best regards,
  13. Hello, This item rather newly made. It has machine engraving that is unlike anything that would have been made in 1914. It also has a glaring grammatical error that I see (and I am not a native German speaker). It was therefore prepared by someone who was did not speak German. This item has no value in my opinion. Plaques and table medals awarded to individuals are known, but they certainly did not look like this. Best regards,
  14. Hello, I don't see any problems with this field ribbon bar. The order of ribbon placement/precedence is strange, but I have seen much stranger original field ribbon bars. Best regards,
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