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  2. Hi guys, any chance to find out the name of this General, please?
  3. Unknown Chinese Medal

    I would appreciate some help with obtaining the name of this medal, and what ribbon goes with it. Thank you Pierce
  4. marking on French belt plate...

    Don't know what the "3" and the "A" could stand for, but as it is a "genie" buckle, the "G" seems logical...
  5. looks like pewter but weights like bronze, no marking. It is 22.5 by 11 cm and weights nearly 1 kg!
  6. marking on French belt plate...

    Hello All, Any insight as to what this marking might signify? War trophy marked by its German appropriators, perhaps?
  7. Since we are "straying in Italy", does anybody have information about the following pilot's wings (period, qualification, civil or military, etc.)? What's that "I" in the middle refering to?... unless these wings are not Italian at all... Thank you in advance. All the best, Jean-Sam.
  8. My latest acquisition is this - something a bit different. Is it a coin or is it a medal? Laslo has it in his book as “So-Called Dollar” Type 2. It’s made of copper, and measures 36mm in diameter. The planchet is thinner than the Type 2 vic, and there is no suspension. The seller and Laslo both give a reference number of HK-902, referring to a book called “So-Called Dollars” by Harold E. Hibler and Charles V. Kappen. The contents of this book are viewable on-line and the page for this item is at https://www.so-calleddollars.com/Events/World_War_I_Victory_Medals.html The reference also mentions the same item in bronze with the reference number HK-901. I have seen a few suspension-less bronze US vics offered on eBay, but always assumed that they were Type 2 with the suspension removed! Laslo says that some 5-20 of the copper version are known and 51-250 of the bronze version. The obverse and reverse are identical to the official medal, so it is assumed that the official dies were used to produce them, but the manufacturer is not known. The quality of the striking is very good. The edge looks uniformly smooth. In 2005 a query was raised on the blog E-Sylum (which appears no longer to be around) of what was thought might be a ‘trial piece’, made in copper (The E-Sylum: Volume 8, Number 41, September 25, 2005, Article 16). The reply, from a gentleman called Dick Johnson, was rather scathing, and called the piece “junk”! He seems to link it to the firm of Aronson of Newark, who got a government contract to produce some of the Official vics, but their output was said to be of poor quality. These pieces have the name “So-Called Dollar” as this is the name collectors give to exposition, commemorative and monetary medals of a similar size to a silver dollar coin. Whatever it is, it’s an interesting addition to my vic collection Recently, a ‘solid-gold’ vic was offered on eBay – BIN $49,500.00. It had the suspension as normal, but had an HK ref of 902a, as if it was a so-called dollar – it isn’t in the book. The seller said that it had 22K on the edge, and it’s the only one of its type - ‘not even the Smithsonian has one ...’ Unfortunately, he didn’t ship to the UK …. https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/989589/interesting-sc-on-ebay-of-all-places Bill
  9. Dear Drspeck The lovely bars seem to keep coming, another tremendous beauty for your collection. Regarding the Bavarian award I would think it to be a MVO. The RAO, KO and SA are all awards given to officers, so a MVK seems unlikely. Once again, a true beauty. Kind regards, Laurentius
  10. Dear Drspeck Lovely bar once again, a gorgeous Prussian-first bar. I agree that the second to last ribbon could very well be the Hessian medal for bravery. Kind regards, Laurentius
  11. Dear all, I would like to show you the third ribbon bar from the Zeige lot from last auction. Another Prussian. 1914-1918. Grey Heer backing. Godet made. Notice the peacetime Bavarian ribbon. Which one could it have been, BMVO or BMVK? Notice also the flattened swords on the Bulgarian merit order, almost looks like a worn out die. Any thoughts? All feedback appreciated Regards. Peter
  12. Dear all, I would like to show you another ribbon bar from the Zeige lot from last auction. Prussian, 1914-1918. Dark blue/black backing. Naval? Godet? The second to last looks like a very faded Hessian... Any thoughts? All feedback appreciated Regards. Peter
  13. Dietrich, I'm glad that your DCM is indeed a DCM, with correct inscription on reverse of the medal. However, you should be wary of the ambitious value shown in Medal Year Book against miniature GV DCM's. It would be a very happy vendor who could receive the values therein shown..... The type II variant they refer to is NOT what you have (yours is actually much scarcer - do not however assume the value doubles...), the type II in the MYB refers to the standard second type GV DCM obverse which was a 'Crowned head' medal Mark
  14. Owain, I had a look at the Great War Medal rolls, and the Staff Nurse 'M'. Evans (A.R.R.C. 1916), mentioned above is confirmed as serving with the Territorial Force Nursing Service, and being entitled to and receiving a Great War cam 'Pair' of British War Medal & Interallied Victory Medal, which were issued/sent to her on 15 July 1922 (ref WO 329/2298). Note: I also did an 'exact' search for any Medal Index Card for M Evans - of the over 200 returned, none were to the TFNS! Good luck. Mark
  15. Badges ot Excellent Soldiers

    If somebody needs the Pozharnik-Fireman,I will sell it.The better photos of the badge.
  16. Shoulder Board / Strap ID needed - help please

    Hello , If today is still of interest , the grey shoulderboard with a silver soutache transversally applied could be a Romanian sublocotenent shoulder board.
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  18. Pakistani 1965 War Medal Naming ?

    SR = Sutlej Rangers. After River Sutlej which one of the 5 rivers in Punjab. In the 1965 war, troops were deployed on all the rivers of Pakistan. I hope this helps. Regards, Yasser.
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  20. Hi thanks for the additional information, true, special classes are seen so infrequently seen, images are difficult or impossible find, the ones you posted are amazing. regards Alex
  21. Dear Alex K Yeah, it is described as a Großkreuz in Sonderstufe, which translates to grandcross in special class. This one was apparently made for the rulers of Lippe-detmold and Schaumburg-Lippe, and since the creation of the Fürstlich Lippischer Hausorden (1869) only 7 rulers of the Lippe kingdoms have lived (if we count both the kingdoms without the regents for Alexander von Lippe who was mentally ill). That makes 7 grandcrosses in this special size, and the rulers would likely have had a pair of them, in case one got damaged. That's sometimes the problem with the collecting of awards from the German states, some medals were given out so little that it is sometimes impossible to find info or pictures. Kind regards, Laurentius
  22. can I also add this to the mix....without going against Ricks research...here is another.....Kerrsenbrock of the same regiment...could this also be "Anton"...???? given the date of 1915 on the binos https://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/TrinityReport_WEB.pdf
  23. Hi Laurentius, wow, thanks for the quick reply and images, very nice item, I wondered if it was a special class, as all my efforts to find information on it drew a blank, much appreciated. regards Alex
  24. You are right, all of the Romanian TACAM T-60s have been confiscated by russians, but they could keep the 20 TACAM R-2 tank destroyers.
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