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    Long service cross 50 years


    bilylev

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    Thank you, I am familiar with those sites and all the informations they contain,  but that does not help me make up my mind whether the cross offered is original or not.

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    Hello,

     

    from what I can see in the provided pictures, the cross is a pre-1918, private purchase piece. This is quite reassuring, I hope, since many pieces offered on the market are the rather well-made copies made by Messrs. Rothe & Neffe, Vienna, until the mid 70s of 20th Century.

     

    In the hope of being of some help, I would like to post some pictures of an original cross, made of gilt silver, struck with all the correct marks we would like to see on such pieces.

     

    As a curiosity, I would also like to post the images of a further cross for 50 years service for officers, of a quite uncommon to see variation.

     

    These two pieces are from my own collection.

     

    All the best,

     

    Enzo

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    You're welcome Jan, I'm always glad if I can be of any help.

     

    Re the price, if we consider how the price of Austro-hungarian awards is increasing in these years, yes, I think it's a relatively fair starting price (keep in mind that the auction's fees have to be added too...).

     

    All the best,

     

    Enzo (E.L.)

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    Thank you Enzo. It is collectors society auction, they are charging auction fee 10 percent only 🙂. If I may ask you again, they are offering also FJI commander with starting price USD 680,-. The ribbon is not original. What is your opinion concerning authenticity and price?

    Thanks

    Jan

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    8 hours ago, bilylev said:

     

     

    8 hours ago, bilylev said:

     

    Hello again, 

    Thank you all for the kind words. 

     

    Re. the Franz Joseph Orden, honestly I would pass on it and spare those 680,- Euro for something else. 

     

    The cross itself looks like a piece probably made by Mayer's Söhne, Vienna (although no maker's mark appears as having been struck to the round ring, passing through the crown's orb and the overall quality looks like being less accurate than what would be to expect even from a gilt-bronze piece made by Mayer). The long, grooved, tapering ribbon ring is typical of the awards made by Messrs. Johnson, Milan, Italy, from the early 50s of 20th Century onwards. 

     

    Best wishes, 

     

    Enzo 

     

     

     

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    On 27/08/2023 at 20:11, Elmar Lang said:

     

    Hello again, 

    Thank you all for the kind words. 

     

    Re. the Franz Joseph Orden, honestly I would pass on it and spare those 680,- Euro for something else. 

     

    The cross itself looks like a piece probably made by Mayer's Söhne, Vienna (although no maker's mark appears as having been struck to the round ring, passing through the crown's orb and the overall quality looks like being less accurate than what would be to expect even from a gilt-bronze piece made by Mayer). The long, grooved, tapering ribbon ring is typical of the awards made by Messrs. Johnson, Milan, Italy, from the early 50s of 20th Century onwards. 

     

    Best wishes, 

     

    Enzo 

     

     

     

     

    Hello Enzo,

    as a man who still can’t tell an original ribbon from a modern one i find myself continuously in awe of your knowledge...

     

    tony 🍻

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    Hi,

     

    H.D. Rauch auction. I think it´s a private purchased piece in gilded bronze, with good chances to be made pre-1918 (further inspection would be fine). The whole thing was basically simple as higher officer, usually general or colonel (there were also some Lt.Col, few Majors and one Captain only) reached 50 years of service, received the Military Service Cross 1st Class for 50 years in silver, and had their original 2nd Class Crosses privately altered by adding a crown in surmounting. This is what it looks like, maybe not the best quality though.

     

    Regards,

     

    Tomas/Tifes

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    Hi,

     

    well, I didn´t say that "H.D. Rauch" piece is not an original 2nd piece (on the contrary) but I liked more the MDZ 1st class for 50 years on the first picture, which was in better quality. If you would like to acquire an awarded piece in gilded silver as displayed by Elmar Lang then prepare yourself to wait for a very long time and then to pay a significant price for it (now I would say between 5000 to 6000 EUR).   

     

    Regards,

     

    Tomas/Tifes

     

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