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Nimmergut’s book, even though it is the most comprehensive work so far on German medals has many little mistakes. The measurement of 49×49 could be one of them. 43 to 45 mm indicates this to be a knight cross of the Griffin order. This would be measured from tip to tip excluding the suspension wedge. The next higher grade on a suspension device would be the commander cross and measures around 63×63 mm.
It looks like your piece being a fairly early one showing the pebbling in the suspension wedge. Later pieces towards the end of the existence of the order are far worse in quality.
Overall a nice example of the Griffin Order knights Cross.
P.S.: The Griffin order, other then the Ehrenkreuz and Stars, are normally not marked. The 800 silver mark Nimmergut shows in the description of no. 1679 indicates a non typical make of that cross.
I don’t know, honestly…
It’s a veterans society award of the society of the town WELSCHBACH. Unfortunately there are several towns with this name. Kriegerverein = Verterans Society
Nice piece. There are lots of good books out there to prepare for future medal acquisitions!
Yes, there are, but I would think that your cross being picked up on a flea market in the US, makes it highly unlikely it being fake. But post a picture here for us to see.
Well done! There is a lot of very nice material in there at reasonable prices.
Just to catch up on this old thread…….
I have documents for World War One medals issued to Germans, Austrians and Bulgarians living in the USA in the 1930 s and up to 1941.
I know the Centennial medal was issued via Consulates in the USA and via the various German-American veterans organizations, as their magazines included articles about the medal, how to claim older campaign medals and pension information.
Die Deutsche-American Hausfrau magazine also had a few such articles up until 1917 anyway.
Do you have some examples to post here?
There are several options, but the easiest one may be the Detlev Niemann catalogue if it’s third Reich. Black and white pictures though, but easy to maneuvour through. Again, you can email me pictures and I can send you information.
Here it is
This or very similar document was just offered for sale in Gunzenhausen.
Almost all orders were re-issued in 1957 in mostly the same design as their originals, awarded from 1934-45. The only difference in most cases was the lack of the swastika.There is an example of the 1957 Iron Cross in the OMSA database.
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Bayerischer Krieger-Bund membership Cross with oak leaf cluster for 25 years of membership.
Since then I bought a device called "Ölloclip" for my iPhone that makes amazing close ups!
Thank you for the info so far!
Please also see here: http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/57580-the-agricultural-merit-order-1913/ Paul Wood was kind enough to share some important information from Russian Literature.