Originally Posted by pzrwest
Thank you very much. Edgar told me that his father was a cadet when he was around 15 or 16 in Altenburg Saxony. And when he got married in 1911 he was honored by haveing the privilege of being married in the castle chapel in Altenburg. On his father's medal bar beside the EKII there is the Altenburg-Saxony medal. I know I have posted these pics before but still trying to sort things out
I apologize, I missed the Saxe-Altenburg part.
When you said he was a Saxon I was thinking only of the Kingdom of Saxony, not the Province of Saxony. The Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg was a part of the Province of Saxony, which is in the Kingdom of Prussia, so it would figure that he's wearing a Prussian uniform. There is a Saxe-Altenburg bravery medal on his medal bar to show that connection too.
The outdoor photo shows him as definitely being a vizefeldwebel because he has an officer's swordknot on his sword, sergeant's wore the enlistedman's swordknot. Secondly, it says vizefeldwebel d. Res. on the back of the photo. I can't really make out the unit Something Battalion 133, 3rd Company. I could be wrong, but I don't think that's an infantry sword he's wearing in that photo. Apparently he was serving in the position of Spiess because I believe only Der Spiess was allowed to have the unit record book tucked into the front of his jacket like that.
On the device on the ribbon bar, Saxons, for some reason, liked to put miniature Iron Crosses on their EK ribbons, there's a thread here somewhere about that. The officer's shoulder boards probably came later on (if they're his).