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Here is this week's (it's been a very, very long time) latest little silky treasure:

Five ribbon bar for someone probably of Major rank, perhaps a military surgeon or some sort of Beamter--

1) Combatant (or yet another of the bizarre 6,855 "black-white" noncombatant awards) Iron Cross 2nd Class

2) Noncombatant Anhalt Friedrich Cross. The usual combatant ribbon had RED edges. Unlike other states which employed reversed mirror-image ribbons to contrast combatant from noncombatant awards of the same decoration, Anhalt kept the main green color, and signified noncombatant awards with WHITE edges.

3) Prussian Red Eagle Order 4th Class (or General Decoration medal)

4) Prussian military long service award (presumably the XXV Cross)

5) 1897 Wilhelm I Centenary Medal

This combination-- the 1897 with a long service but no Anhalt 1896 Jubilee-- suggests someone who was not a native of Anhalt.

Neal O'Connor couldn't find any WW1 rolls in Anhalt, but cites the late Dr. Klietmann as having found exactly 186 awards total for the fiscal year 1916-17. Even accounting for ever increasing numbers of awards 1917-18 and 1918-19, there were probably no more than extremely low thousands of the Friedrich Cross awarded-- with NONcombatant versions being a tiny minority of that.

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Beautiful ribbon bar Rick :jumping:

It is possible that this officer may be d. R. a.D. He probably worked behind the front and it can explain why he received a non combattant medal :speechless:

If my memory is ok I remember that Dr. Scharfenberg work on Anhalt. He is THE specialist of Anhalt. May be you can write to "Orden une Ehrenzeichen Review" and demand his adress.


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No chance for Anhalt rolls.

The rolls for WW1 were destroyed in WW2.

Thats why for all Anhalt awards You can just estimate some numbers.

According to Dr.Scharffenberg the Friedrich Cross on the non-com ribbon was awarded around 600 times. So a rarity range of a plm!!!!!

best regards


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Are all of the above bars to the same person? The second ribbon bar from the top has a KO or Wurttemberg Friedrich Order ribbon. The third bar seems to have a EK2 Kombattants and a EK2 NK ribbon. Is this is correct? That is a very interesting group of bars!!

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