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Matthew Macleod

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  1. Typically, WHW pieces were cheaply made as the idea was to raise as much as possible with spending as little as possible. This one looks like an enameled piece, heraldicall in nature. My bet would be a Town or a City Wappen so that's where I would look first. Personally, only one featuring three trees over water as this one seem to be, that I know of, is that for Olbernhau. That said, there are probably a dozen if not more that I never heard of. Let us know if you find it.
  2. The modification was definitely factory made, so far we know of two varieties- straight brass 1923 bar as seen in post 1 and enameled oval with the same date above. We know it was something that was more or less mass produced, I have pics of multiple recipients of such badges (one of them below). In the case of this badge, the significance of the year 1923 as added to the 'regular' piece was- it was the year the recipient joined the Party (similar to the 1923 Gau General badge).
  3. Some, although very few, are marked L/58. The attachments differ slightly between their early and later pieces as well but the design is the same.
  4. Good Ole John. Sure miss him. Not quite 1941 (the scan has been doctored, it is a pic of a 1940 piece), and not quite a tinnie (both sizes are non portable) but thought I'd add it here for posterity. To date no tinnies of this design are known. Good Ole John. Sure miss him. Not quite 1941 (the scan has been doctored, it is a pic of a 1940 piece), and not quite a tinnie (both sizes are non portable) but thought I'd add it here for posterity. To date no tinnies of this design are known. 1934. Along with its non portable counterpart. 1935. 1936. 1937. 1938. 1939.
  5. There was a number of different badges/awards of the Ausland Institut, here are a few. Unfortunately the stand for the non portable is missing from my piece.
  6. The badge that started this thread is a post war reproduction made by R. Souval of Vienna. Same with Ailsby's badge on the left. There was only one design of Gau Essen Honor Badge- that is the one shown by Stan as well as in the pic two posts above this one, on the right. They were struck in 935 silver as well as 585 gold. Same detail, same tooling, same size. It has been said that the gold version has been awarded 5 times only but tried as I did, I could not find any period sources confirming this (by sources I don't mean Klietmann). That said, both silver and gold badges existed and at least some have survived. The aluminum produced pins of similar design are of course festival tinnies and the only thing they have in common with Essen Honor Awards is the fact they were introduced on the same date, during the same event.
  7. There were 23 1st Class and 188 2nd Class medals awarded to the Researchers, Officers and the Crew of the ship that took part in the Expedition. This and the above info comes from "The Meteor Expedition" by F. Spiess, published in 1927. No idea where the ribbon story originated. To add to the confusion- there is another medal commemoration that Expedition that was produced, one of a non-portable variety. The detail of the non-portable medal matches that of the ribboned medals. Size is slightly different.
  8. There were two classes but it wasn't the ribbon that differentiate the two. It was the color of the laurel leaves. First class sported them in gilt while second class featured silver ones (awarded to the crew of the ship). Picture credit: antique-photos.com
  9. The other three stickpins are typically marketed as vintage 1920's Lufthansa insignia but are in fact pins of the German Aero Club (DAeC), an organization founded in 1950. As for the faithful service pins- its verso with its Roman numeral is, shall we say, as unorthodox as its obverse with its combination of paint and enamel (among other things). To the best of my knowledge, all original ones, starting with No. 1 (awarded to E. Milch, exactly 15 years after the inception of Lufthansa, on Jan. 06, 1941), were stamped with Arabic numerals. I am sure there are those here that remember the unexpected discovery of rather large number of those pins anywhere and everywhere, typically in tandem with enamel Zeppelin insignia, about 10 years ago. Image credits to their posted owners.
  10. Sorry, I should've been more clear- I have my doubts as far as its originality goes. If it is a figment of a faker's imagination as I think it is, then it will be impossible to figure out what the maker had in mind when he produced those. Regarding the 25 year swastika pins (I assume you mean those): the company they supposedly represent was founded in 1926.
  11. Faithful service pin. Personally, I have never been a fan of the painted swastika/enameled roundel variety but there are those that think they are original.
  12. Aside from the badge in the pic having tapered arms, where would he qualify for a Croatian medal introduced in May 1941 being posted in Wilhelmshaven and later Norway (1943) until 1945?
  13. Purely a conjecture based on a vague photograph but it might be a breast star to the order of St. Olaf.
  14. Not a dogtag specialist by any stretch but Neudorf was only part of Kreis Elbing until the creation of the Free City of Danzig in 1920. When things got reshuffled administratively after the German Invasion of 1939, the town became part of Reichsgau Danzig West-Preussen as a part of Kreis Großes Werder (as did all the areas situated west of Nogat River). Close to Elblag (Elbing) but not quite a part of it. That, to me, points toward this piece being a WW1 tag.
  15. Andreas is right. The disc shown predates the Institution of the Danzig Cross. In fact, it predates the Free City of Danzig itself so definitely WW1.
  16. It came as a grouping with the medals corresponding to those won by Looff, ribbon bar, belt buckle and a dress jacket tagged to him. The wound badge was of the post war variety. It is impossible to confirm with any degree of certainty any unnamed medals as belonging to any particular individual. In that respect, this one is no different- it has been described as that which belonged to him but that's where the facts end.
  17. It's a Naval Wound Badge, IMO. It was one of the pieces auctioned off earlier in 2018 with one of his uniforms and some of his decorations. BTW, the picture above has been changed from the original that also shows his Party Badge. See below for higher resolution original. Here's one more of him showing the same badge.
  18. Which makers are you comparing in regards to that 'berry' you speak of? I ask because the link you used is of different maker badges so I am little confused as to how it could be of any use here? As far as the attachments go- they had it both ways. And then some. Not to mention the fact they continued to produced those pieces for years after the end of WW1. Also if you could point the coarse details in the comparison pic below, it would be of benefit to all of us here I think.
  19. Here's the verso. What do you mean by atypical lower berry? Can you show us a typical one? Can we compare those coarse details with those on a real one? Unfortunately it's my only Prussian Pilot so I can't do a side-by-side but if someone can link a real one, I'll do the rest.
  20. Visible now, thanks. Regarding the subject of the pictures- I'd say not positive but likely the same person.
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