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  1. Thanks for the positive ID on two completely unconnected awards!😁
  2. Gents, thanks for the helpful responses. I'm inclined to go with the Ehrenzeichen für Kriegsfürsorge 1916-18 as the most likely culprit. Interestingly, when I peeled back the ribbon, thinking it would reveal the unfaded colour it was still pink! If nobody minds I've got two other items I've struggled to ID.
  3. Any thoughts on what the pink and white ribbon might be on the buttonhole?
  4. Elmar, many thanks for your comment, very much appreciated.
  5. Bought these amongst some other items. I'd had seen the enamelled badge before, it has an Austrian eagle. I'm unsure as to whether it's WW1 era or the First Austria Republic. Any thoughts welcome! The reverse
  6. I agree with tifes in terms of its age, perhaps just prior to 1934 when the Hindenburg cross was issued. Or, as tifes suggests a non-german, though that looks to be the South German style of ribbon mounting. The medals themselves appear, from what I can see, to be good. Most of the dodgy Austrian medal bars I see tend to be mounted in the conventional German style which I think is perhaps a more saleable look than the Southern style but also much easier to fabricate from a few rolls of ribbon. Whereas the Southern style ribbon has that creased overlap going on that makes it less straightforward to replicate, though existing old stock could be used. That makes your example less likely to be bad. I also like the consistent colour fade of the first three ribbons. Just my initial thoughts. Have you checked the rims of the medals to see if there any maker marks/marks? The Pro deo medal should be marked 'Bronz' either on the reverse or on the rim. The Karl Troop cross may also have the same with the wound medal also. The large silver bravery may also have an 'A' on the rim. Not all of the above were marked but I always consider it a bonus if they are!
  7. I would appreciate any opinions on this recent acquisition, it measures a considerable 55mm in diameter. I've heard of the Drei Kaiser bund but not just the Kaiser Bund. It seems well made, I've not seen one before. Would appreciate any thoughts? Alongside a Hindenburg cross for size comparison.
  8. Nice to have the engraving, looks to be long service related with the 25 Jahre. Yours is the first other of these I've seen.
  9. A couple of recent acquisitions. I do like enamelled patriotic badges. The first badge is marked on the reverse. I have not found anything on Friedrich Drexler of Vienna, has anyone any knowledge of this manufacturer? The second has a naval slant, quite a nice design.
  10. Thanks Nick, I'm going to stick to the '36 variety, they're getting more expensive though.
  11. Is it a co-incidence that the bottom edge of four medals on the left are in line, then there is the Prussian General Honor Decoration, followed by the three on the right also linear but raised higher than the four on the left. Just an observation more than anything.
  12. I have a few of these stars and I like them, they are well made and I am sucker for good enamel work. My knowledge is lacking on the different types. To me, I am looking for examples the two piece varieties which to my eye means they are 1935/1936 varieties. The following two are recent acquisitions, they are both 'two piecers', but one is less of a typical ruby colour aside from its skewed H&S, the starburst on the reverse is also different from the one on the left. The starburst indentation is shorter than the one on the left which appears to reach close to the centre. So my question are, does this difference represent a different time periodyear within the 'two piecer' period? Was different colours of enamels specific to one period area of manufacturer? Or, just a random difference that occurred during the manufacture of millions of these?
  13. Thanks Gents, I was way off the mark! Gordon, I think you're right, I thought it looked vaguely familiar.
  14. I assume this is Austrian but from when, 1930s or far later? Any comments appreciated.
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