Martin W.

Some rare Hilfskreuzer awards.

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Hi guys,

Here are a few HK awards from my collection that i thought i would share with you.

I consider these badges to be extremely rare as far as HK awards go.

First is a tombak award by Paul Meybauer.Now this example is in very poor condition,missing the catch,loss of finish,etc but i am so glad to have it.

I know of only one other of these Meybauer's in a private collection.

The badge is of riveted two piece consruction,it is unmarked and is the only HK award that features a cut-out swastika and this feature can also be seen on rare tombak Minesweeper awards by Meybauer.

The badge is meticulously hand finished around the oakleaves.

Regards,Martin.

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A third badge that i consider to be very rare is this zinc L/18 marked Mayer.

 

I have only seen three more of these badges  in collections.It displays typical reverse hardware that can be seen on other equally rare Mayer zinc Kriegsmaine awards.

 

 

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Finally,a Japanese made award in tombak.

 

Again, a badge i consider extremely rare as i only know of one other of these tombak variants in a collection.Sadly this example i have is missing it's catch and a fair amount of it's original finish but is a great looking patina on the obverse.

 

I have seen many of the "sterling" marked examples and yes,i do consider them to be rare also.

 

If any members has an example of the badges shown above,please post them here as i would personally love to see them.

 

Thanks and regards,Martin.

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Martin W.:

 

Thank you for sharing your Auxiliary Cruiser Badges with the Forum, nice photography of your rare pieces my friend. 

 

Best regards,

John

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Thank you for your comments John.

These are raraties in regards to the rest of my Hilfskreuzer collection.

Despite the poor condition of a couple of them,i would not trade or sell them for anything.

I have about five Schwerin's and six tombak Junckers,some in superb condition,but that old beat up Meybauer tops the lot IMO.

I am also very fond of the Japanese made badge,despite it's condition.

BTW,i did not photograph these badges.They are scanned on my "trusty old workhorse",the Epson 1670.

Regards,Martin

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Lovely badges Martin, I especially like the Mayer/Schickle one, nice quality too, interesting that these makers badges are usually not so rare, I mean a U-boat, minesweeper, destroyer or their heer badges made by Schickle design, but this aux are indeed a holy grail. The Meybauer is also great, lovely cut-out on the swastika, thank you very much for sharing them with us!

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Love them, Martin, thanks for sharing these precious rare HK awards with us. I do understand that even though there condition is battled, you still want to keep them. I am the same way, always love the history that comes with it. 

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Hi Martin,

You told me about that Japanese made one a long time ago.

Great to see that version here on our forum.

Thanks for showing.

Best regards

Eric-Jan

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Thanks for the comments,gents.

 

Now,here is another badge that i consider not "rare" but definately uncommon.It is an unmarked Foerster & Barth zinc piece.Probably,the finest of the zinc HK awards produced,IMO.

Having said that,i do consider the "L/21" marked pieces of this type very rare and i am still looking for one of these marked examples.

 

Regards,Martin.

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I'm glad you like the badges gents.

 

I guess i have to say that i am a "Hilfskreuzer geek". :wink:

 

In regards to KM awards,the HK's are all i continue to collect now.

 

Here is another that badge that i consider to be uncommon.This is what i beleive to be a late war needle pin variant by Foerster & Barth.

 

Regards,Martin.

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Indeed Hans,

 

and you will notice that is identical to the eagle on the F&B badge i posted in post # 13.

 

Here they the two F&B's together and IMO both of these badges were struck from the same set of dies.

 

Regards,Martin,

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A final image here.

 

These are what Gordon refers to as "the big four" in regards to WWII German Hilfskreuzer award production.A couple that are rare and a couple that are not so rare,but a nice quartet nonetheless.

 

From the top left,Juncker,Schickle,Meybauer and Schwerin.

 

I would still like to see any "rare" HK award posted here if  any of our members have them in their collections.

 

Regards,Martin.

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Super stuff Martin. Just shows what can be achieved with effort and determination when you decide to specialise in a single badge.

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Just picked this on up.

A zinc award of two piece construction but the globe is adhered to the badge and not riveted.

Right now the maker is unknown but certain features of the reverse hardware suggest that this badge may be a product of Wilhelm Deumer ?

Anyway,it's the only example we know of to date.

Cheers,Martin.

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I thought you've stopped adding new HK badges to your great collection recently? ;)
I know, I could not help getting it as well, no matter what! ;)

This is just fantasctic find Martin!
Cheers,

Hubert

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A very beautiful award, Martin! Lots of detail on it. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for the comments guys.

As Hubert mentioned I have pretty much stopped collecting awards now,but I just could not pass this one up,especially for the price it was going for.

I also have to extend a big thank you to Norm F for the lead on this one.

 

Cheers,Martin.

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