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Eric Gaumann

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    Naples, Floriduh, USA
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    More things than I can easily afford. :(
    Soviet and Imperial German ODMs for the most part. DDR and TR as well as Mongolian. I'd like to take the Yugoslavian plunge as well.
    Music, cooking, Pens/Bucs/Stillers, reading, websurfing.
    Need I go on? :)

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  1. The tooth cleaning paste has more abrasives in it that the soft nylon bristles of a worn tooth brush does. Although as a coin collector I will agree that any cleaning, other than acetone dips, is a big no-no.
  2. > I got the books. Unfortunately i could just narrow down a possible date. But its nice to have a list for all those numbers. Yeah, I got the same unhappy notice on my two GC4s. What date area did you end up with? Just a wild guess; 1915/'16? BTW, the 'Soviets' sent batches of serial numbered awards out to different units at different times and I think they followed what the Imperial Russians did. So if you find your number close to a few others they might been in the same brigade or regiment (more doubtful) or in the same division or corps (more likely).
  3. There is a book, printed in Russian language of course, that lists the recipients of the George Crosses by serial number. It's a bit hard to find and probably expensive. But, some who own the book will help with names, units and dates if you find the thread on the right Russian militaria forum. Oh, and a lot of the information is lost so don't expect too much.
  4. Thanks! I am trying to find digital images of partisan related documentation to use as a background for an awards display. Thanks for your help, comrade.
  5. Is this an award document for a Partisan Spomenica or is it something else?
  6. Slightly off-topic but I finally got around to framing my documented group of two OMMs and 2 OPAs. Don't worry, no original documents were harmed in making this display; I used photocopies.
  7. I agree about conditions. But I'd be more concerned about the possibility of theft. I hope these displays are kept in a very safe place. Very nice work done by OP!
  8. Interesting to note in that 3rd image showing where the (mostly) 20th Century General's collar tabs evolved from. Never knew that.
  9. Yes. And first thing I'd do is check the name on the doc with the entry in Podvignaroda. If that doesn't match then I'd be mostly sure of some skullduggery going on. Also, it depends on the seller. Some are a lot better than others.
  10. Here's a few interesting images from ebay showing different 1c(?) 5 torch versions. First (1 image); one with the early style pin & catch but without a serial number and without evidence of a screwpost! Second (3 images), one with the screwpost and 1k number, an early IKOM screwplate but without the gilding on the wreath! Third (1 image); early pin, sub-2k number, unfilled hole for screwpost, and no maker or content marks! edit: evidence of screwpost removal, and possible maker mark (hard to tell, to the left of the screwpost hole.) Fourth (2 images), two different items; both with gilded wreath, screwpost with later style screwplate, with maker and content marks but without serial numbers! Hope I got the images in order!
  11. Thanks! The pin 'keeper/holder' thing is not very effective. It slides open easily, and by the looks of it it must have taken time and a few extra steps to manufacture and attach to the award body. Not surprised we see so few of these models. And that's the reason I got this one, despite the fact I almost always prefer the original screwpost models. Have you seen any other versions of the reverse of this award beside the screwpost, pin with slide closure (this version), and the rotary pin closure system?
  12. Gentlemen and ladies; I finally got my OoB&U 1c recently and am posting here. There are two other threads for this award: Thread 1: Thread 2: I don't think we have a classification of this grade yet so I call this model (with horizontal double pin and old style catch) a Type 2. Type 1 has the original screwpost and screwplate (perhaps different plates) while the T3 has the double horizontal pin with the later type catch. Was there ever issued a vertical pin, like on the Merit to the People orders? Here are some images of the attachment system. And here are the full obverse and reverse shots. It's hard to see but the reverse is very 'shinney' despite the patina.
  13. Another one I don't have. I did, once, but it turned out to be a Markof fake.
  14. Very nice! The Mother's awards are something I've never acquired despite looking from time to time. Maybe someday I will...
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