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Prussian RAO and KO with swords and without war ribbon


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Dear friends, I've seen these images of Red Eagle and Crown Orders from Prussia. I found them strange beause are shown with swords, but not the black- and-white war ribbon that traditionally accompanies swords to indicate facts of combat.

Is it a mistake, or could be given these orders with swords but without the black and white war ribbon?

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Thanks for your help.

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I thought foreign recipients got the awards with swords on the statute ribbons?

That´s right.

BUT: The second picture must be wrong, because the Oak Leaves were given only to natives and NOT to foreigners. So black and white ribbon and Oak Leaves OR statuary ribbon and no Oak Leaves

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That´s right.

BUT: The second picture must be wrong, because the Oak Leaves were given only to natives and NOT to foreigners. So black and white ribbon and Oak Leaves OR statuary ribbon and no Oak Leaves

Unless it was awarded proir to 1864, when the war ribbons were introduced for the orders... Otherwise totally correct what's been written here.

However, it's not only the combination of order and ribbon that looks strange with this RAO... I totally don't like the painting, from what I can see in the picture... not a cross I'd buy.

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