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I saw that one as well, and thought the combo very weird, although the component parts appear genuine.

"Components" That’s the word that comes to mind with me as well. The label in the back looks right. (I have a medal bar with the same label) and all the medals look original, but there is some sloppy stitching in the back. Was the Hamburg removed at one time and then poorly replaced?

It certainly has a great story to tell. The bar is from pre-1934 to a solder that served in Afrika, and didn't get an EK2. Nice.

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Thanks Claudius - Since the Colonial society medal is the second class it does not mean he serviced in the colonies, only that he supported the Colonial Society someway. I think you maybe right that the Hamburg was (damaged) and replaced. Than is my take on the bar.Any ideas on the color of the backing - seems strange. Cheers George

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Thanks Claudius - Since the Colonial society medal is the second class it does not mean he serviced in the colonies, only that he supported the Colonial Society someway. I think you maybe right that the Hamburg was (damaged) and replaced. Than is my take on the bar.Any ideas on the color of the backing - seems strange. Cheers George

Ah...I had not considered that as a 2nd Class award (1st class a pin backed award) that he only supported the Colonial Society.

The backing color doesn't bother me as much. It was the stitching that I thought was dodgy, but if the Hamburg was removed and then replaced it could account for the poor needle work.

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