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Some Freikorps Awards
Old 10-08-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Some Freikorps Awards

I am hoping that others will submit some of their Freikorps awards to fill out this thread.

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Eiserner Roland for actions against the communist worker and soldier uprising in Bremen on February 4, 1919.

Awarded to Kanonier Albrecht of Frei-Abteilung Caspari together with the award document and service document signed by Major Walter Caspari.
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Old 12-19-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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I just picked up a private purchase silver and enamel screw-back Bug-Stern of the Schutztruppe Bug made by Meybauer.

I'm showing it together with the silvered brass and black lacquer issue version originally instituted on February 1, 1919 for a minimum of 1 month's service in Kurland and Lithuania. However, less well known is the fact that it was also awarded retroactively for service in the Ukraine and Belarus in late 1918 before the Freikorps was officially formed. There were actually 5 different types and qualities of badges, including the original issue badge all made by Meybauer. The star was awarded up to 1923. Meybauer made about 6500 of the various types. Although, the exact number of pieces awarded is unknown due to the destruction of the Freikorps archives in a bombing raid March 1945.
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Old 12-20-2014, 04:03 PM   #3
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Hi Brian

I've seen the basic version of the "Bug Stern" for sale on occasion (another one to get once I outgrow my Schlesisher Adler phase) but the silver screw back enamelled version is very special. The DRGM # (ending with 46) on the screw disk is the same # as Meybauer used on their screwback EK Is if I remember correctly but its interesting to see how they went about showing their maker mark and the silver grade on a hollow stamped piece : by welding on a small square plate on the back

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Old 12-20-2014, 08:29 PM   #4
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Very interesting breast stars and what i am gathering from the two posts is that Maybauer is the manufacturer that used DRGM 653146? I have a Gold and Silver Screw back wound badges with the same screw set up and markings. Nice to know who made them!! Thanks!
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:15 AM   #5
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While it's true that Meybauer used this particular nut with the mark DRGM 653146 on all the company's screwback awards, I don't know if that means it's definitively a Meybauer mark. It's nothing but a patent number. It may be that Meybauer ordered this particular nut (or may have actually manufactured it) and used it on its awards. But, I don't think that by itself can be taken as absolute proof that they were the only company to use this nut with this patent number or that it indicates a Meybauer piece.

Perhaps someone has documentation on Meybauer which can prove that only Meybauer used this particular nut.
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for the clarification!
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Old 01-15-2017, 10:55 AM   #7
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Very interesting breast stars and what i am gathering from the two posts is that Maybauer is the manufacturer that used DRGM 653146? I have a Gold and Silver Screw back wound badges with the same screw set up and markings. Nice to know who made them!! Thanks!
read Meybauer instead of Maybauer
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I Hope they Are ok ?


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Old 06-25-2016, 05:14 AM   #9
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these actually belong in the Freikorps unit badges thread. But, anyway, both are good. Are you thinking of buying them or do you own them? They're both in pretty rough shape, if you're thinking of buying.
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I want to buy One !


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at 200 Euros, they're too expensive given the condition.
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Yes 200 but i Search One


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Old 06-26-2016, 04:20 PM   #13
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200 euro each? yikes..
Maybe for 200 for the pair... but, this stuff isnt super rare. No point in settling for second best.

I got mine for about $220.00, with velvet backing and a couple other items, and in far better condition.
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I Hope i Found a good One in mint condition


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