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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 type for version with oakleaf
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Nothing. Take a look at the Hochzeitserinnerungszeichen further above, I have added the two documents which go with this.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. There seem to be a lot of variations with most documents of the period, there was nothing quite standard (internet photos) Civil type document signed by Meissner (facsimile) Police, second document, military,Heer A further army document, and Kriegsmarine (right) Luftwaffe, variations, each authority may have had their individual designs Another different LW document, this one with the Spange
  14. An easily found decoration, not worth faking, a few years back they cost around 25 Euro, at the moment around 30 Euro. The bar is considerably more.
  15. I didn't notice that, see now. No idea. Maintenence was regularly carried out normally.
  16. Not a rare decoration, but significant. With a maker's number, usually a plus+
  17. Indeed, 1. October 1938 was the occupation of the Sudetenland. Later, for the annexation of the rest, the Prag Bar was given for this. This medal has already been featured in previous topics. Nice award document for the recipient, unusual style of document., these can vary. The medal was also issued in a red case, but these are not often seen today. With Prager Spange (centre) Awarded to a Luftwaffe recipient, this one with no bar
  18. Apparently the DHL has raised it's prices at the beginning of the year by launching it's so-called "Konjunkturpaket" to reduce it's losses due to the present crisis. The trouble is, that many closed postal branches have been replaced by little kiosks and newsagents calling themselves Paket Shops etc.
  19. View through the cockpit of a Junkers Ju88 A-1, photo stated as dated 1940, has been later coloured.
  20. Very nice! I assume these are all facsimile signatures? The name Hasso von Wedell also rings a bell. He can be found in the army officers list of 1939 "Das Deutsche Heer", also in reprint by Podzun Pallas Verlag around 1960s 1970s, as most originals were destroyed for obvious reasons.
  21. These are all wonderful books with important historical content, no comparison to history books today, unfortunately the condition is not the best in some examples, nevertheless, these books are quite valuable today, however, it is rather difficult to sell books at the moment, as the demand is not the same as a few years back, not the fault of the books. The small volume "Illustrierte Geschichte des Weltkriegs 1914/15 is quite well known and quite a few were printed for the general public, they were well texted and well illustrated, I think there was a series of several volumes. The open p
  22. another face, another name Max Wilth, Rostock, 1. 6.1894 2.10.1913, 3./ Husaren-Regiment 15, served 1914-18 + Hamburg, 2.2.1964 These items were donated to the museum some time ago and lay under "entries", unsorted. Little known, apart from the Lazarett information in the document from the 1960s, Krankenbuchlager, Berlin
  23. A helmet previously featured type: Model 1867/71 - this is a very early helmet, but in very good condition for age, it is of exceptional private purchase qualtiy for an NCO rank. It features the larger, longer peaks and a seam in the leather construction under the back spine, a typical feature of earlier helmets. Emblem, chinscales and cockades of officer quality and has been fitted with the later 1897 Reichskokarde. The silk liner is missing, the leather sweatband in good order, in little worn condition. It has the original cardboard transport case, fastening strap has worn off. Inside the bo
  24. I got this EK2 recently for someone else, it was offered for 45 Euros, so I thought that is ok, but no ribbon. The mark on the ring is a "U" as was stated, nobody knows which maker this was. I then got a convincing opionion from someone, who may be counted as an "expert", and he stated, it is actually an "S" lengthwise and only half visible, this I found convincing, it had not occurred to me. The "S" is stated to be Hofjuwelier Hugo Schaper in Berlin, a renowned Crown Juweller, but not so well known for EKs. So I was quite pleased with that, apart from which, the EK itself is of a ve
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