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Char. Admiral Gustav Schmidt - Medal bar ID


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Please help me ID/confirm the awards on his medal bar:

 

- Königlich Preußische Rettungsmedaille am Bande

- Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz

- Königlich Preußische Kriegsdenkmünze für die Feldzüge 1870–71 für Kämpfer (not sure)

- China-Denkmünze (Bronze or Stahl?) OR Kolonial-Denkmünze ???

- Königlich Preußische Kaiser Wilhelm-Centenarmedaille 1897

- something hidden beneath the Centenarmedaille and the last medal ???

- ???

 

Here is the list of his awards I compiled:

-Königlich Preußischer Kronen-Orden I. Klasse
-Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden II. Klasse mit Eichenlaub, Krone und mit dem Stern (19. 01. 1908)
-Königlich Preußischer Kronen-Orden II. Klasse mit dem Stern (17. 01. 1904)
-Königlich Preußische Kriegsdenkmünze für die Feldzüge 1870–71 für Kämpfer
-Königlich Preußische Kaiser Wilhelm-Centenarmedaille 1897
-Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden III. Klasse mit Schleife und mit der Krone
-Königlich Preußischer Roter Adler-Orden IV. Klasse
-Königlich Preußischer Kronen-Orden III. Klasse
-Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz
-Königlich Preußische Rettungsmedaille am Bande
-Kommandeurkreuz II. Klasse des Herzoglich Braunschweigischen Ordens Heinrichs des Löwen
-Großkreuz des Großherzoglich Mecklenburgischen Greifenordens
-Komturkreuz des Großherzoglich Mecklenburgischen Greifenordens
-Ehrenkomturkreuz des Großherzoglich Oldenburgischen Haus- und Verdienstordens des Herzogs Peter Friedrich Ludwig
-Kommandeurkreuz des Kaiserlichen Japanischen Ordens von der Aufgehenden Sonne
-Kommandeurkreuz des Königlich Italienischen Ordens vom Heiligen Mauritius- und Lazarus
-Großoffizierskreuz des Königlich Niederländischen Ordens von Oranien-Nassau mit Schwertern
-Kommandeurkreuz I. Klasse des Königlich Norwegischen Ordens des heiligen Olaf
-Kaiserlich Russischer St. Stanislaus-Orden II. Klasse mit dem Stern
-Kommandeurkreuz I. Klasse des Königlich Schwedischen Schwertordens
 

Thanks!

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4 hours ago, VtwinVince said:

Looks like an English Diamond Jubilee Medal covering the St. Stanislaus.

Would that be the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Medal from 1897? In 1897 Schmidt was Commandant of the Panzerschiff "König Wilhelm". And on Wikipedia it says: "On 26 June [1897], she ["König Wilhelm"] represented Germany at the Fleet Review for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee." It would make sense he was awarded the medal then.

Regarding the St. Stanislaus. How do you know that the second to last medal (covered by the Jubilee Medal) is the St. Stanislaus? And what class would be worn on the medal bar, 3rd? This doesn't make sense, because on the full photo you can see he is wearing the Breast Star of the St. Stanislaus 2nd Class he was awarded (which is confirmed by the Rangliste).

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12 hours ago, Kriegsmarine Admiral said:

 

Regarding the St. Stanislaus. How do you know that the second to last medal (covered by the Jubilee Medal) is the St. Stanislaus? And what class would be worn on the medal bar, 3rd? This doesn't make sense, because on the full photo you can see he is wearing the Breast Star of the St. Stanislaus 2nd Class he was awarded (which is confirmed by the Rangliste).

Karlo, 

Vince can no doubt speak for himself, but I agree the order looks like the St. Stanislaus. Moreover, whilst I think there is a first class star of the order, I'm not sure there is in fact a second class star. See: https://antique-photos.com/en/awardsdatabase/russian-empire/424-orden-svyatogo-stanislava.html 

    Kind regards,

    Sandro 

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3 hours ago, GdC26 said:

Vince can no doubt speak for himself, but I agree the order looks like the St. Stanislaus. Moreover, whilst I think there is a first class star of the order, I'm not sure there is in fact a second class star. See: https://antique-photos.com/en/awardsdatabase/russian-empire/424-orden-svyatogo-stanislava.html

Hello Sandro,

I'm quite sure there was a Breast Star of the 2nd Class. The 2nd Class could have been awarded with or without the Star. The Rangliste do make this distinction.

Below is Gustav Schmidt's entry in the 1909 Rangliste. You can clearly see the "RSt2" has the addition "mSt" (mit dem Stern). That's why it's odd he would wear the 3rd? Class on his medal bar and also the Breast Star of the 2nd Class. I can find no indication he was awarded the 3rd Class of the St. Stanislaus. Only the 2nd Class in 1892 with the addition of the Star in 1897.

Regards,

Karlo

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2 hours ago, Kriegsmarine Admiral said:

Hello Sandro,

I'm quite sure there was a Breast Star of the 2nd Class. The 2nd Class could have been awarded with or without the Star. The Rangliste do make this distinction.

Below is Gustav Schmidt's entry in the 1909 Rangliste. You can clearly see the "RSt2" has the addition "mSt" (mit dem Stern). That's why it's odd he would wear the 3rd? Class on his medal bar and also the Breast Star of the 2nd Class. I can find no indication he was awarded the 3rd Class of the St. Stanislaus. Only the 2nd Class in 1892 with the addition of the Star in 1897.

Regards,

Karlo

Schmidt 1909.jpg

Fair enough, Karlo.

Problem is that the hidden decoration strongly resembles the St. Stanislaus, and that there are not many orders that look like that. Moreover, mostfo his foreign decorations look to have bene Komtur grade or higher. In the pic Schmidt looks to hold Vizeadmiral rank. When did he achieve that rank, when was he awarded the RSt2mSt and did he have a third class of the order at any time after his appointment as Vizeadmiral?

Regards, 

Sandro

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1 hour ago, GdC26 said:

When did he achieve that rank, when was he awarded the RSt2mSt and did he have a third class of the order at any time after his appointment as Vizeadmiral?

He was promoted to Vizeadmiral on 13 September 1906.

He was awarded the RSt2 on 17 October 1892 while he was a Korvettenkapitän.

He was awarded the Stern to his RSt2 on 24 September 1897 while he was a Kapitän zur See.

I couldn't find anything on him being awarded the St. Stanislaus 3rd Class.

The only 3 awards he was awarded after he was promoted to Vizeadmiral were the RAO2mEKruSt, KO1 and GkMG.

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1 hour ago, VtwinVince said:

OK, so the Jubilee Medal is a match. I think he's wearing the St. Stanislaus on a bar which has yet to be 'updated' by his orders tailor.

From the pic that seems to be the case, but there is a very big gap between 1892, when he received 2nd class, and 1906 when he became Vizeadmiral. And the 2nd class is an award worn at the neck.

That said, eMedals gives 41 x 39 mm for a third class cross and  48 x 52 mm for a commanders cross. Wiki gives 30 mm for the Diamond Jubilee medal partially covering the alleged St. Stanislaus, and the Zentenarmedaille on the left side of it measures 40 mm. The order believed to be a St. Stanislaus is definitely substantially larger than both of these medals, so given relative sizes it seems possible that Schmidt wore the St. Stanislaus second class cross on his bar, rather than at the neck.

Kind regards, 

Sandro

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Thank you guys for all the help!

This is the first time I saw an officer wearing a neck decoration on his medal bar. Was this common? Because I thought that was against the regulations?

Anyway, there is one more medal from his medal bar that needs to be ID'd. This would be the 4th medal (in between the Kriegsdenkmünze für die Feldzüge 1870–71 für Kämpfer (I believe?) and the Centenarmedaille). I'm pretty sure it's one of the Colonial medals. Do you have any ideas? Possibly the China or Kolonial Denkmünze? And what class is it if it's the China Denkmünze? The color of the medal suggests Bronze, but during the Boxer Rebellion he was first Chief of Staff of the Naval Station of the North Sea (01 October 1897-25 September 1900) and then Executive of the Nautical Department, Imperial Naval Office (26 September 1900-03 February 1903). So I would guess Stahl (Steel) for non-combatants?

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