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Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-24-2020, 11:22 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
mmmm. Haarcke needed to do better research for...

mmmm. Haarcke needed to do better research for that book. There several problems throughout.
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 02-24-2020, 03:26 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
Having spent plenty of time in markets in India...

Having spent plenty of time in markets in India and Nepal, I can attest to this being typical of the "antique Kukri" artificially aged and distressed sold to tourists. I particularly remember an...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-23-2020, 09:09 PM
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Posted By bolewts58
Thanks for the correction Serg. Is that shown in...

Thanks for the correction Serg. Is that shown in Haarcke's book?
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-22-2020, 09:28 PM
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Posted By bolewts58
Freikorps. Either...

Freikorps. Either Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Division or Ehrhardt Brigade. It depends on the details of the guard star which can't be seen here because of the quality of the photo.
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-22-2020, 09:24 PM
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Posted By bolewts58
This type has been copied at a very high level....

This type has been copied at a very high level. So, I have some doubts. Can you show a close-up of the swords and wreath and the edges of the eagle?
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-21-2020, 07:02 AM
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Posted By bolewts58
Yes. In his new book on Freikorps awards, Ingo...

Yes. In his new book on Freikorps awards, Ingo Haarcke has a chapter on this and other Imperial awards, such as wound badges, pilot's badges etc. that continued to be awarded specifically for...
Forum: Freikorps / Weimar Period Forum (1918-1933) 02-20-2020, 07:54 PM
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Posted By bolewts58
Very nice Iron Division and Russian Westarmee...

Very nice Iron Division and Russian Westarmee group. I like the German-made (likely Godet) St. George Cross.
Forum: Imperial Militaria Forum 02-19-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
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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 02-18-2020, 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
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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
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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
Views: 206
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
Views: 206
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
Replies: 13
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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: 320
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: 320
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: 320
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: 320
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: 320
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: 320
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...
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