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Miniature Decoration Chain Attributed to Char. Konteradmiral Otto Mandt

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Back in November 2019, the emedals site sold this Miniature Decoration Chain. They said it belonged to Char. Konteradmiral Otto Mandt. 

I am having trouble confirming if it really belonged to him.

The following medals are visible on the chain:

- Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class

- Oldenburg Friedrich-August Cross 2nd Class

- Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class with Crown

- China Medal in Bronze

- Southwest Africa Medal in Steel

- Prussian Long Service Cross

- Prussian Centenary Medal

Mandt retired in 1904, but was reactivated during WW1 and served between August 1914 and June 1916 as Director and Head of the Naval Supply Center Swinemünde. He retired on 30 June 1916 as Char. Konteradmiral.

Based on the 1904 Rangliste and the excel table Gesamtliste, I have the following list of his decorations:

-Königlich Preußischer Kronen-Orden 2. Klasse (14. 07. 1904)
-Königlich Preußische Kaiser Wilhelm-Centenarmedaille 1897
-Kolonial-Denkmünze mit Spange „Venezuela 1902/03“
-Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden 3. Klasse mit der Schleife
-Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden 4. Klasse
-Königlich Preußischer Kronen-Orden 3. Klasse
-Königlich Preußischer Kronen-Orden 4. Klasse
-Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz
-Ritterkreuz 2. Klasse des Großherzoglich Badischen Ordens vom Zähringer Löwen mit Eichenlaub
-Komturkreuz des Großherzoglich Mecklenburgischen Greifenordens
-Ritterkreuz 1. Klasse des Großherzoglich Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenachischen Hausordens der Wachsamkeit oder vom Weißen Falken
-Offizierskreuz des Kaiserlichen Japanischen Ordens von der Aufgehenden Sonne
-Kommandeurkreuz des Königlich Niederländischen Ordens von Oranien-Nassau
-Kaiserlich Russischer St. Annenorden II. Klasse
-Ritterkreuz 1. Klasse des Königlich Norwegischen Ordens des heiligen Olaf

As you can see from this list, he didn't have the Crown on his Order of the Red Eagle 4th Class. This is the main reason why I don't think the Minature Chain belonged to him. Also, there are no indications in his bio that would make him eligible for either the China Medal or the Southwest Africa Medal. During the Boxer Rebellion he served in the Imperial Shipyard in Wilhelmshaven and during 1904 he served as the Commandant of the Training Ship „Stosch“ and Commander of the Ships Young Division.

Here is the link to the emedals site: https://www.emedals.com/germany-imperial-a-miniature-decoration-chain-attributed-to-rear-admiral-otto-mandt

Mandt's bio: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Mandt

Any help in determining if this Chain belonged to Mandt would be much appreciated!




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