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  1. Berlin - Potsdamer Platz in just over one century 1900 Dense traffic aroung 1920 1935, Columbushaus Aerial view of the 1930s Potsdamer Platz, 1. May 1945, damage after the battle Potsdamer Platz, September 1961 Potsdamer Platz in the 1980s Potsdamer Platz, a view over no man's land from the West. Hitler's bunker was in this area, with no access. Potsdamer Platz in November 1989 after the borders were opened. Open Air Concert, Potsdamer Platz, 21. July 1990 April 1997, a loss of all val
  2. The Königliche Münze in Stuttgart was responsable for minting currency, silver, gold, and also silver, gold and bronze decorations for the state of Württemberg. The Iron Cross was not a Württemberg decoration, so this seems unlikely.
  3. 2. Garde-Ulanen-Regiment, other ranks' Tschapka, 1914/15 with removable (metal) top.
  4. Not tropical, wartime material, due to shortages.
  5. BSW is the maker's mark of Gebrüder Schneider in Wien (Vienna). Someone has scratched his name onto the back of the badge, "Beutin", this is sometimes seen on Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine badges. They should have got them engraved, but probably did not have the opportunity at the time, so scratched in. Name Beutin found in the telephone book, total of 84 entries, private and companies.
  6. Nice collection. The Richthofen postcard is a WW1 period card (postumus), but later signed in 1940 by Luftwaffe scholars in Schweidnitz as a souvenir of their course, 20.12.1940 till 25.1.1941. A rare photo and postcard which I haven't seen before. They all have the rank of Gefreiter to Obergefreiter. "Zum Andenken and die Fluganwärterzeit..." Names: Kannenberger ? Rettenmaier Maik Jordan Saemann Zank ? Kubart ? Laumann ? Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen with presumably original signature. General von Linsingen, later Generaloberst, resigned on 9. November 1918.
  7. This one is convex in shape, very unusual pin system, never seen one like this before, very nice presentation case. The 900 mark is 900 silver (90% pure), the cross did not strike me as being silver, it looked more like silver alloy, but the stamp should confirm the silver content. The core looks like iron, you can check this with a small magnet. An usual type of iron cross, more a commercial make. The D.R.G.M. is a registered pattern: Deutsches Reichs- Gebrauchsmuster, this undoubtedly refers to the pattern of the patent pin system. I don't know offhand what KM ST stands for, but I wi
  8. I remember going on a trip to West Berlin (1981) with someone in our firm, he was Danish, he said you can bring your girlfriend along, she had an American passport. This was a trip to the IFA Messe, Internationale Funkausstellung in W. Berlin. We went by car, all three. No problems going, but on the way back, on leaving W. Berlin, we were checked by the DDR Grenztruppen, passports, etc. The problem was, the American passport of my girlfriend had a residence stamp for the West, which was long expired, in combination with a W.German Personalausweis, dual nationality - the DDR did not recognis
  9. Well said. I wonder how he managed to get such items out of East Germany? Being an American or other neutral was maybe easier, but for (W.) German nationals very difficult and risky, for East Germans unthinkable, they weren't allowed out anyway, nor were they allowed to possess such things. Some collections did however manage to secretly surivive at great risk in the East, there were a few notable collections which emerged after 1990. I remember once I purchased a Bavarian artillery pickelhaube in Hannover, then travelled by train to Berlin (W.), crossing through the border checks, luckily the
  10. Around 2.900 awarded after 22. March 1871, on personal recommendation of Queen Augusta for ladies who selflessly served in the welfare of the troops and their families The white ribbon is correct to the award. The black/white ribbon is possible, for those who served on or near the battlefield under fire. The A and W monograms are for Augusta and Wilhelm. Known manufacturers were Godet and Wagner. Silver and enamel.
  11. Script to the portrait side: Imperator Nikolai II. i Imperatrina Aleksandra Feodorovna Coronovanui 1896 va Moskv Reverse with eagle: Ca Nami bog = in the Name of God (?) A commemorative, silver, non-portable medal concerning the Coronation in Moskau, 1896 (18. May) Below (left) is a coronation medal (portable) 14. May 1896 awarded to a lady, who was present.
  12. Prussia, Militär Ehrenzeichen 2. Klasse, instituted 1864, third highest military award for other ranks and NCOs. Awarded in the wars of 1864 and 1866 and in the colonies. May also have been awarded in the war of 1870/71. Awarded also 1914 - ca. 1917. Prussia, Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen (Silver), orginally created in one class in 1810. This later became the 2nd class. A 3rd class (bronze) medal was created in 1912. The 1st class, a silver cross with gold centre medallions, was created in 1900, had a slightly different ribbon.
  13. This one would be a safe bet, magnetic, it has a very unusual backing, which you won't find often. You can see this has been removed from a uniform.
  14. Not the nicest example I have seen, outer is not silver, looks like repainted. Best to wait till you find a nicer one, that's why the price is so low, they cost a bit more in recent years, for a really nice example with a prominent maker you may have to pay quite a sum nowadays.
  15. The last picture with the "pinback", this is of course not the real decoration, simply a representation of same. I see from the latest pictures that the P.l.M. seems to be definitely gold. The round shaped "Pour le Mérite" is the version for "Kunst und Wissenschaft", civil, and is still awarded today - an anachronism, as a republic has not the right to award a decoration that was originally inaugurated by the former Prussian monarchy. The gold Pour le Mérite, if by Wagner, may have a W mark on the side of the lower cross arm. It could also have been made by J.G. Godet.
  16. It's ok if you can accept the wear and tear. Most wear and tear has occured the post-war years or while being a prisoner of war, otherwise a uniform in service, etc. was always impeccable or at least repaired to an acceptable standard.
  17. Richard Georg von Wedell - there are several books with all WW1 recipients and their biographies, you can check this. The oakleaf is a jubilee award to the recipient. Otherwise, the type looks like a WW1 issue. They were gold till 1916, thereafter gilded silver. There may be also post-WW1 made examples as replacements or seconds, these could be gilded bronze. Do you have the neck ribbon for this? There were two versions: black, silver woven, there should be no silver centre stripe on ribbon, edge stripes only type for version with oakleaf, ribbon with silver centre st
  18. This one here is a definite stated copy, the embroidery is nicely done, the edge braid is straight. Originals are stated to be made of camel hair cloth. I would say the one pictured above is a worn original, the lining at the back also looks correct for the period. The Lufwaffe had it's own version on dark blue. Not to be confused with the AFRIKAKORPS title,which was a part of the uniform, copies of these are in almost the exact weave of the originals, and maybe more difficult. Afrikakorps title, unissued A worn and removed from the uniform example, edges are folde
  19. Rother Adler Orden 2. Klasse mit Eichenlaub to Georg von Wedell, 1875, we can't be sure this was to the same person as the clasp (1906) The other document was to Robert Koehne, so not the same.
  20. Nothing. Take a look at the Hochzeitserinnerungszeichen further above, I have added the two documents which go with this.
  21. Top clasp, upside down again, the Iron Cross is always in first place, from right to left: Iron Cross 1914 Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1914 Rother Adler Orden Kronen-Orden Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtnismedaille 1897 Bavaria: Luitpold Medaille(n), 1905-1911 Brunswick, 1914 Hessen-Darmstadt, Silberne Tapferkeitsmedaille, 1914-18 Hamburg: Hanseatenkreuz Hessen-Darmstadt, Kriegsehrenzeichen 1916 Last 2, Decorations of Baden(?) Next clasp on the left (2nd row), again all upside-down, from right to left: Iron Cross 1914 Bavaria, Militärverdienstkreuz Frontkämpferkreuz 1914-18 (1
  22. First of all, this is not a ribbon bar, but a decoration, I remember seeing you have the award document for this - this is the Silver Wedding Anniversary 25 Years - of Kaiser Wilhelm II. - Silbernes Hochzeits-Erinnerungszeichen on the ribbon of the last decoration previously awarded to the recipient, in this case, the Rother Adler-Orden., here with it's case, so you have the document to go with this, as already stated. Award document and letter accompanying to above decoration. Miniatures of British Awards for WW1 and WW2: 1914-15 Star Silver War Medal 1914-18
  23. A personal souvenir / tool. Special occasion was the 25 year jubilee of the accession to the Throne, Kaiser Wilhelm II., 1888-1913, probably sold as Royal souvenirs to the public, same as Queen Elizabeth Jubilee items, which were always on sale in London on special occasions, Mugs, tea towels, spoons, whatever. The housing looks like aluminium, Pilatus-Stahl on blade a trade mark. Just found - trade mark of the Engelswerk, Solingen-Foche
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