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Phil Steele

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  1. Very Impressive collection and expertly displayed. Thankyou for showing. Phil
  2. That changes everything Chris. As far as documents are concerned you are only ahead of me by a mere 694 and I anticipate at this rate I will over take you by the year 3057. All the Best Phil
  3. Quite a collection Chris and I am not about to embarress myself by quoting my own meagre stocks but put it this way you are ahead of me with EK2's by a mere 106 although that does not count the dozen or so I have on medal bars. . Still we have to start somewhere but seriously I do hope either yourself or some other learned 1914 EK collector will take the matter to task. And I agree 100% with what Robin said....I simply hate the idea of having to have my laptop with me whenever I am answering a call of nature due to a lack of printed matter. Phil
  4. Thanks for the reply Chris. I do realise there is a large volume of work required to produce such a book or books. That said however, I would very much like to see any book published exclusively on the 1914 Cross and that also includes the documents. After many years bouncing around from one collecting theme to another I have settled down finally with collecting 1914 EK2's (and an occasional EK1). My collection is not large by some standards and I differ greatly from the bulk of collectors in that I have little or no interest in maker marks. Knowing who produced the item certainly aids i
  5. Some time back I saw (or thought I saw) some information that a book was being planned concerning the 1914 Iron Cross. I believe the authors were going to be Gordon Williamson and Chris Boonzaier. I am not a regular forum person so I have not kept up with the latest news (my fault) however, I would like to know if such a book is still being worked on and perhaps a projected time of publication if such a book is still in the planning. Thankyou. Phil
  6. My point exactly...surely the profit margin would be very low indeed on such an item and the chance of selling bucket loads of them would be virtually nil. I would think.
  7. I dont really see the point as genuine 1914 EK's are not what you consider an expensive item to collect. Most dealers in Germany sell them for 40 to 50 Euro. I can understand trying to fake high end items. It just does not make sense to me.
  8. Thanks Gordon and Jens for your input. Look forward to receiving it and displaying the tunic. Best Phil
  9. Hi Guys, I have been away from collecting now for nearly a year and what I did have in my collection I had to sell unfortunatly. However, I am back on my feet again and have just made a couple of purchases I would like you opinions on. I dont have the items as yet as they are still in transit but I would like to know are the various badges attached to the jacket applicable. Could somebody tell me what the qualification badge is above the pocket and what unit the brustenhanger belongs too...(I think that is what they are called). In respect to the cap, would this be appropriate to displa
  10. Well I did indeed learn something in this thread. Uwe you must understand my confusion and maybe this will help. During my years of collecting TR badges and medals I never heard this method or anybody catagorising their awards this way. All I ever saw was " Unissued" which to me says unawarded. Never have I heard it said Unissued or Unawarded so its classed a copy. Then again I have never been a prolific user of these or other forums so I could well have missed something. Phil
  11. Fair enough...I will admit I dont know how the fakers operate or the cost of their over heads. The only point I was trying to make was as I said not every single item in his inventory is fake which was implied and I know this from experience. I never intended to try and defend the guy or sing his praise. Phil
  12. All very true but when I purchased said medal bar I was not aware of him being a seller of such ill repute (fool me). And you can bet I will never purchase from him again. The point I am trying to make is that in amongst all the bad stuff is a genuine item. Saschaw I dont doubt some of his EK'2s are not the real deal as they are indeed faked probably by the same people who fake the 1870 and 1939 EK'2. However, in response to Wild Card and I am only speaking in general terms here, do you know of anyone who is quality faking inexpensive medals like the Oldenburg FA cross, Bavarian MVK 3rd c
  13. I tell you what Ricardo if you want rid of it I will take it off your hands as it matches the one as displayed in the members gallery by David Gregory as a small medal bar with the EK. Which by definition is thus not an original medal bar. One thing I have learnt is that if am to stay in this field I will in future have to catagorise awards into the following: 1. Original Awards that were indeed awarded prior to the cessation of hostilities. 2. Awards that were not awarded in which case they are classed as non original (I still cannot get my head around this) but were available as repla
  14. Uwe, I have never intended to put words into your mouth. As I said I feel it is in the translation. So let me get this right. You do not feel that Ricardo's medal is an awarded piece as you believe it was not made during the period 1914 - 1918. Uwe I agree with you on this, I always did. You however, say that it is not a fake which is where I and I think Ricardo are getting confused because to me to me a medal is either a reproduction (meaning a copy) or its not. I have never really heard of collectors labeling awards as Originals (that being awarded during the period of conflict). N
  15. Uwe I think maybe the problem lies in the translation and please do not read any disrespect in that statement. For me it is easy as English is my only language whereas I assume German is your native tongue. This I feel is where we are having a bit of a break down in communications and with me being Australian, we are well known for using common phrases applicable to our country which even confuse others from English speaking countries. That plus the fact we are often borderline rude without meaning so does not help but believe me when I say I in no way mean to offend anyone. I think for t
  16. I honestly think that some of his single inexpensive medals are ok. I would never purchase a medal bar from this person as I have learnt the hard way. About 18 months or two years ago I purchased a four medal bar which unfortunatly was a put together as I later found out. Of the four medals however, the only one that was a fake and it was a crude one at that was a Silesian Eagle which had been cast in lead. The other three medals, Prussian War merit cross for aid, Oldenburg FA medal on non combat ribbon and a prussian service award were indeed all genuine medals. Having said that about th
  17. Uwe you raise some interesting thoughts and yes you are right everybody is entitled to an opinion. I try (dont always succeed) to base my opinion on some fact and if that is not available then sensible reasoning and I am not one who will not or cannot say I was wrong. Ok that said, I differ strongly to your opinion that any award made after the end of hostilities in 1918 is not original and I would think so would a lot of other collectors. By this you are saying that documents dated after the war for awards won during the war are also not original. I in truth dont think you mean this exact
  18. Just to further what I was saying (I accidently pressed Post button too soon). I did not think that Imperial awards were as heavily faked as their TR counterparts so this has come as somewhat of a surprise to me when you say that Ricardo Bremen is a reproduction. I can understand TR items being heavily faked as medals from that era are in much greater demand than Imperial items. Not only by collectors but by Neo Nazi groups down to your average person who just wants a keepsake from an event that happened as far as history is concerned, not all that long ago. Plus, after 1945 awards from th
  19. This is very interesting and informative. Uwe based on your statement concerning the flat suspension ring do you think the medal by Ricardo in #5 the second medal without the ribbon and marked Huesken is a fake? This medal has a round ring and is very much like the version I have which I posted #3. Saschaw I would be interested in hearing your opinion on this medal as well. I gave up collecting TR items for a number of reasons but one of them was due to fakes or at least people calling them fakes.
  20. I had a bit of a look at some of his stuff that he sells and to be honest I do feel some of his items are the real deal. Agree that some of the medal bars are certainly fantasy but a few of the individual medals looked fine to me.
  21. Ricardo I seriously doubt any of the medals shown are fakes. I have done a bit of research since yesterday and have seen up to 4 Bremen medals which all differ from each other in some small way. I would say this is due to different manufacturers as I am sure this medal was still being made for sometime after the war much like various other medals and badges of the time. As for the flat style ribbon ring I also saw pictures of a few medal with round rings which mine has. I also believe that these medals are much later production and could have been made for replacements to original medals t
  22. I have done a bit of looking at other crosses after seeing this thread and I believe your cross is fine and matches quite a few I saw. Mine would appear to be of later manufacture than yours thats all. To be honest I dont really believe these crosses are heavily faked if they are indeed faked but I will most certainly stand corrected if someone can show me some fakes. Phil
  23. Here are a few pics of mine with some circled differences.....not great pics but I think you can see the differences.
  24. I am no expert and at first I thought it was fine but on closer inspection there are discrepancies between the one I have and yours. This could be put down to different makers but I am unsure if more than one manufacturer made these crosses. All the differences that I see are very minor and are to do with detail basically for example the detail on yours is somewhat softer than mine and the dots which look like small air bubbles with the red enamel on the circle dont look right but again this could be do to different makers. I will be keen to hear more learned opinions and are there actual r
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