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I have just won this...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=290002972433

Has anyone seen one before? Obviously worn... was this given to the Austrians they were serving with... or other regts of the Alpenkorps?

it is from 1915, the time when the Austrians awarded the Alpenkorps the Edelweiss cap badge....

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Hi Chris!

I already saw that medal being sold at Hermann Historica Auction a couple of years ago. I don't know if this Austrian "Spange" is legit, though. The ribbons looks quite brand new for me. The combination is quite interesting. It looks to have the same ribbon, although yours is very faded.

Ciao,

Claudio

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These Regimental Medals are quite collectable within a very narrow group. They are quite rare and it's nice to see two examples of this one!

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This is however a different class. Most regt medals are for the 50th or 100th anniversary. This one is a wartime one given to the Austrians whe were fighting with the Alpenkorps. The Alpenkorps was being trained for mountain warfare by the Austrians at the time.

Would love to find the exact criteria....

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Hi Chris, I don't know of any information available in print on these. We are truly in "uncharted waters" on these. There nay be some articles in the BDOS volumes, but you'll have to check that on your end.

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These Regimental Medals are quite collectable within a very narrow group. They are quite rare and it's nice to see two examples of this one!

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Chris,

I have seen one at least once before on Ebay. I think I might have printed out the results. If I can find it, I will post the information here.

Chip

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Hi,

I dont find this on his site anymore ?

I don't remember how old those photos are, but I've had them on my hard drive for some time now.

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I think Weitze has the wrong ribbon?

The medal also appears to be mounted backwards.

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Beautiful piece Chris! I can count on one hand the number of these I've seen offered in the last 10 years...

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Beautiful piece Chris! I can count on one hand the number of these I've seen offered in the last 10 years...

One can see a lot of these medals still today especially in Bavaria.

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One can see a lot of these medals still today especially in Bavaria.

Hi,

a lot is relative. I see lots of EK2s, KVKs etc. etc. But so far this is the first one of these I have conciously seen.

Realistically speaking... how many commemoratives can one regt have given out, compared to an official state medal?

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So... I have seen 1 more of these for sale without ribbon,

have still to find any info on it, a glance through the leib regt history does not mention it...

Any of the new blood in here seen anything about them?

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Well, I thought I had a good one, but I think I got the Ol' Bait and Switch. Cast repro, right?

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Hi Michael, I think much better pictures/scans would be needed. but... it does look like some "classic" casting flaws/pock marks on the upper flat sections of the reverse.

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Thanks guys. This should be proof enough. I bought this off eBay from a "collector" in Austria who offered a pic of what appeared to be an original. This badge that was delivered is certainily not the same one offered on eBay. It was only 35 Euro and it is going back if my concerns are valid.

If anyone has an original they are parting with, let me know. Thanks for the input.

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Well, definately not the same quality.... but the question would arise.... is there really any need to fake this????

Another question... was it only awarded to Austrians?

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Chris,

You touched on the point that occurred to me, why bother. As much as I personally like the medal, an original that is, I can't imagine demand would justify the effort. The same "collector" has another currently available on ebay, so perhaps he is the metallurgist as well!

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