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When I started out – about 25 years ago – collecting German orders, decorations and medals, I had little – actually, absolutely no – knowledge about this complex topic. Needless to say, the first 15 pieces, bought from hard earned money, all turned out to be fakes.
Looking back to this incident, I realize that it was a good learning experience. I should have striven for more information. Instead, I just wanted to accumulate as fast as possible all those pretty and interesting medals.
I don’t think that this should happen to anyone else, especially since there are so many different sources of information in today’s world. The number of publications, books and collectors, even organizations, is in any case quite different than it was 20 or 25 years ago. Getting the right information is much easier these days and make our hobby more enjoyable and fulfilling.
I would like to share my experience with all those who not only are accumulating their treasures, but who also are looking for the history behind orders, decorations and medals.
Have fun working your way through my Web Space and always keep in mind that I still am looking for rare orders, decorations and medals for my own collection. Especially the Prussian Red Eagle Orders in their 3rd class, Hessian Ludwigs Order in all Variations and the Hessian Star of Brabant. You will find further valuable information on important order decorations like the Prussian Pour le Merite in all its different designs and will learn how to identify the period originals from fakes. The page also contains a listing on the manufacturers of the knight cross of the Iron Cross. See not only the different types from all manufactures and court jewelers, but utilize the image database to research and compare with those pieces of your own collection.