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  2. Hey Guy, you already know I like that hat ! ;-)
  3. I think it may have been sold by Jeff Floyd, Best ask Paul C on this.
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  5. Ach du lieber, that really is a Grosskreuz...
  6. Does anyone know who the current owner of this group is? I have a document that should go with it.
  7. very nice, would the cross be made by foehr since it has a ring attachment for the swords?? regards, chuck
  8. Paul Wood wrote: "Basically Victory Medals to non-casualty corps members such as ASC, RE and RA tend to be the cheapest." Paul: I hesitate to take issue with a medal expert such as yourself but I find your comment above somewhat interesting as it refers to the Royal Regiment of Artillery as a "non-casualty corps." It is a regiment, not a corps, and it suffered 48,948 dead and 132,000 wounded during the Great War and 28,924 dead during World War II (casualty numbers from the RA Commemoration volumes for the two wars). Regards, Gunner 1 (a proud American gunner)
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  10. At the top - the small coat of arrms of the Dominican Republic
  11. Hello Everyone, I recently pick up these items in a grouping of medals. Most of which I was able to identify but would anyone happen to know what these insignia are? and maybe how old they are?
  12. Hi Gordon et al., if you are still interested in the topic at large, there is a Bundeswehr journal called if (for Innere Führung). In its Nr. 4/2016 issue there is a multipage article on how to meet the needs and demands of a multi-religious army, now that growing numbers of German muslims have joined as professional soldiers. Their numbers are estimated at about 1400-1600. One way was to institutionalize the ZASaG, Zentrale Ansprechstelle für Soldatinnen und Soldaten anderer Glaubensrichtungen (Central Topic Center for Soldiers of Other Religious Faith/Denominations). It is the first center within the Bundeswehr for soldiers of jewish or muslim faith. Up to that point they had to rely on clergy from outside the Bundeswehr. The article also gives a concise overview of the structure of pastoral military care in the Bundeswehr today. Unfortunately the internet presence of the journal was discontinued in 2013, so only the print version is still available. I got mine for free. If there is serious interest I´d be prepared to scan and mail the 8 page article. GreyC
  13. Hello Kvart, and again many thanks for your informative reply!! I am interested in helping document award manufacturers as an adjunct to collecting insignia. Writers like Antti Ruokonen make solid effort towards this topic. When Jeff Jacob was drafting Court Jewellers of the World in the early 1970's, I did some preliminary research work for him. Recently, I decided to update [in a basic way] his effort. It seems best to capture data as quickly as possible before more is lost, given the apparently smaller number of order insignia manufacturers, at present. This useful information should be collated as accurately as possible. Some well-known long-established makers [Bertrand, Cejalvo, Faude & Huguenin, de Greef, ELM] remain involved as 'international market' players while other not so well known firms appearto mainly specialize in their own national & 'related' awards [Gladman & Norman, Ásmundsson, Opro]. Newer firms such as Worth should be documented. Verifying the likelihood that some ‘retailers’ may possibly subcontract manufacture and subsequently market insignia with their own markings [on pieces or in cases] exists as well. When I obtain sufficient material or when specific instances arise, information shall be shared [c.f. post 42 in GMIC thread: Estonia. Modern military medals]. For organization purposes, data may be gathered in a geographic systematic method. I began with Scandinavia since that seemed a more realizable objective given the relative accessibility of material and sources. Could you kindly expand on the ‘Hallberg’ reference? I am not familiar with it. Best wishes, EJ
  14. Hello Joseph,

    My grandfather was Cecil's cousin. His name was Bernard Clarke. his father William George Clarke bought the nursery at Beckenham from the Keeler family. My mother remembers Cecil, Lottie, Margaret and Sylvia. Do contact me.


  15. Welcome, Guy. I hope that this is the first of many from your collection that you will post here. If so, this looks like it is going to be an interesting thread and I, for one, am looking forward to it!
  16. Hello, I"m new on the forum, so I just introduce myself. My is Guy and collect now more than 45 years Belgian military uniforms, headgear and medals I present you a shako of a belgian enlisted army man mod. 1893. He served in to the 6 linie regiment from 1894. His name was Philippen Jean and he was born on october 31, Stockheim (Belgian Limburg) Hope you like it. Regards Guy
  17. Peter, my records are that it was a 1914-15 Star. He was 15th Bn. which took heavy casualties July 1, 1916. Michael
  18. I suppose living in the UK WW 1 medals are not as high in prices as Canada. I have picked up BWM Canadian Units for around 25 - 35 pounds, but have seen prices constantly pushing up over the last few years. Yes agree that looking at a certain unit, battle etc is the best way forward (something i wish I had done years ago) as there are so many options to choose from. End of the day its about the enjoyment of researching the medal and its owners history if you can as often there are great suprises to be had Caz
  19. Alas many BWMs were melted due to the antics of the Bunker-Hunt brothers. I remember one London dealer who remarked with pride that after removing all the BWMS to officers the rest (several thousand) were taken to be melted Paul
  20. Thank you for the directions, I will follow and see where they lead me.
  21. No allowance!
  22. No knife collection at that age?
  23. Well, she's changed just a bit since these were taken. Then again, so has Peter.
  24. I know it's not a tourist piece as I was given it by a nomad horseman in the north of Chad whilst I was in the military. Daughter..... Blade collection!! Obviously well brought up:)
  25. It certainly looks like copper, which must be afirly unusual, as even in a tourist piece it is odd to have a blade which clearly cannot be used. Nice piece, though, and I'd agree it is probably Toureg. I picked up two nice ones in Tchad or Burkina Faso [Haute Volta then] but lost one in a set of luggage on an airplane ride back to Nigeria. My eldest daughter grabbed the other years ago to add to her 'blade' collectiion but it's a standard iron/steel blade with a wooden handle carved to look like an antelope horn and a lovely embossed leather scabbard.
  26. What a lovely set! Thanks for sharing it. Also, Dave, thanks for the handy info. on unscrewing the order. It would never have occurred to me to try such a thing. Not that I own any White Elephants, but one never knows!
  27. Agreed, Cazk. My very first medla was a sliver BWM, one of 40-50 in a box on their way to a smelter back in the '80s when two brothers in texas tried to corner the silver market. 'Pte R. Milner, W Yorkshire Reg't'. $10.00 Cdn, which was a dollar below its bullion value! It would probably cost me upwards of $100 today, as he was a first day of the Somme casualty, though it took me years to confirm that. Now even singles to corps are getting up there. I'd go with a unit, or a battle or campaign to narrow the field, were it me. And hold out for something special. I saw a single BWM to a Captain recently, for $100.00, I think. Turns out he was a farm boy from the UK who joied the Cdn Expeditionary Force, tried 2 or 3 times to pass exams for officer training, finally got a commission, was commended for bravery and died a month after joining his new unit. I may grab it yet!
  28. Peter and Jerry. Thank you for the feedback. Much appreciated.
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