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Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum Today, 09:13 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
I get your point. But, it's not about those...

I get your point. But, it's not about those produced 10 years ago as they would obviously be repros. But, there were lots of WWI vets still alive in the 1960s and 70s who were customers for private...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum Yesterday, 04:18 PM
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Posted By bolewts58
More accurately, they were available for purchase...

More accurately, they were available for purchase by living veterans well into the 1960s-70s. The last 1st class Don shows in post #1 has post-1945 hardware and falls into the "57er" category....
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-17-2020, 04:30 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
The badge is Freikorps: Generalkommando...

The badge is Freikorps: Generalkommando Lüttwitz/Abteilung Lüttwitz. I've never seen this badge on this kind of collar. Nor have I ever seen it together with a swastika. However both the badge and...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-10-2020, 02:13 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
The cross is a bad cast, very clearly seen on the...

The cross is a bad cast, very clearly seen on the reverse. The pin, hinge and catch are also obviously cast. Besides the "muffin" crown, this should have been a dead give-away to the dealer selling...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-08-2020, 08:07 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By bolewts58
It was used until 1933.

It was used until 1933.
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-07-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By bolewts58
Hi Don As I said in my post, the...

Hi Don

As I said in my post, the Feld-Ehrenzeichen was made by Fleck u. Sohn, Hamburg who were a well-known manufacturer of official and unofficial awards during the 1920s and early 30s. Except...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-07-2020, 07:08 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
It's just a pretty common bit of patriotic bling....

It's just a pretty common bit of patriotic bling. These were readily available for purchase in different materials (iron was the most popular) and with different dates. They weren't expressly...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-07-2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By bolewts58
Perhaps you could move it to the Third Reich...

Perhaps you could move it to the Third Reich forum for more answers, as it is not Weimar period and doesn't belong here.

The following link would be a more appropriate place to post what is as it...
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-06-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By bolewts58
Although not an exact match, I think the pin on...

Although not an exact match, I think the pin on the first type of Deutsches Feld-Ehrenzeichen is pretty close. These were made by Fleck u. Sohn, Hamburg.
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-05-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By bolewts58
Hi Don I'll see if I can find an example...

Hi Don

I'll see if I can find an example that identifies a maker.
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-05-2020, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By bolewts58
My guess would be post-WWII Bundeswehr with an...

My guess would be post-WWII Bundeswehr with an added Reichs-kokade and Third Reich wreath that someone thought would jazz it up.

It's certainly not Weimar period.
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-05-2020, 02:15 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
Hi Don I can't obviously speak to the cross....

Hi Don

I can't obviously speak to the cross. But, the hardware is of a type seen on some Freikorps awards especially the Silesian Eagle and Weimar-era veteran's awards.
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-04-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 311
Posted By bolewts58
IMO, the most desirable and scarcest version of...

IMO, the most desirable and scarcest version of this badge in aluminum.
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-04-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 311
Posted By bolewts58
Ok. I take it back. Although, I have seen this...

Ok. I take it back. Although, I have seen this type of hinge and pin on known fakes of various badges which prompted my comment about it. The badge posted by Ron R. is an original and shows the die...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-04-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 311
Posted By bolewts58
I don't like that one either. eMedals aren't...

I don't like that one either. eMedals aren't infallible. Perhaps not knowingly. But, they've sold fakes in the past.

I don't like that narrow block hinge and the pointed needle pin. It's been used...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-04-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 311
Posted By bolewts58
There are fakes of all kinds of badges that come...

There are fakes of all kinds of badges that come from new dies. The infamous "Club" in Germany sells quite high-end pieces including the Elephant order that are die struck.

But, I'm certainly open...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-04-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 311
Posted By bolewts58
True. But, in this case, given the number of...

True. But, in this case, given the number of genuine badges on the market over the years having the exact same characteristics and flaw, it seems likely that there weren't multiple manufacturers or...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-04-2020, 06:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 311
Posted By bolewts58
The Elephant Order has been widely faked for many...

The Elephant Order has been widely faked for many years. I believe the one shown from Draco medals is a well known fake. The one you have is not one I would want, either. I very much doubt an...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-03-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,364
Posted By bolewts58
I'm becoming less impressed with this book. I've...

I'm becoming less impressed with this book. I've been finding mistakes in information and typos. German's not even my first language and yet I have spotted quite quickly some stupid spelling errors...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-01-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 123
Posted By bolewts58
very nice eagle by Steinhauer & Lück,...

very nice eagle by Steinhauer & Lück, Lüdenscheid.
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-01-2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 15,760
Posted By bolewts58
It probably was from original stock. Since the...

It probably was from original stock. Since the Oberland-Bund really didn't cease operations even during the Third Reich, I'm sure they had lots in stock and probably continued to manufacture them. I...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-01-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 15,760
Posted By bolewts58
Yes it was. But, the edelweiss was different and...

Yes it was. But, the edelweiss was different and I believe not marked on the reverse. So, those who know can tell the difference. Was your badge gilt and enamel or silver and enamel?
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-01-2020, 03:41 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 15,760
Posted By bolewts58
Ehrenzeichen der Freiwilligen Hundertschaft Krose...

Ehrenzeichen der Freiwilligen Hundertschaft Krose

(Badge of Honor for Volunteer 'Company' Krose - It's difficult to precisely translate "Hundertschaft" as it's an old German military term for a...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 01-30-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By bolewts58
Yes. I think it's Weimar period. But, I doubt...

Yes. I think it's Weimar period. But, I doubt anyone who posts regularly on this forum will know anything about it. Maybe try on the Third Reich forums.
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 01-29-2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By bolewts58
Post it in the headgear forum.

Post it in the headgear forum.
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