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  3. TheKnight

    Knights cross - original or fake

    Thanks Gordan appreciate your comments and any other views people may have, these are the only 2 pictures I can get unfortunately.
  4. Dear fellow collectors, often when we see medalbars where the Iron Cross is not the first decoration, we brand their owners 'naughty'. But they weren't naughty at all, for they followed the rules and regulations of their own state (Saxony, Württemberg or Bavaria). I know the late Rick Lundstrom wrote some interesting pieces on this topic over on the WAF, but I wondered if any of you know a book in which this precedence for the non-Prussian states in the German Empire is described. Kind regards, and thanks in advance, Laurentius
  5. Vince, Yes, the seller states gilded silver with a period original ribbon, measuring 36.33 mm (w) x 40.17 mm (h), weighing 18.2 grams. Thank You Chuck
  6. It appears to be silver gilt? I would say it's a later WW1 award piece. Too bad about the damage.
  7. Gentlemen, I've purchased Wuttemberg Knights cross and wanted opinions as to it being an original award piece or a jewelers copy and the maker. Thank you in advance for all assistance Chuck
  8. Chris Boonzaier

    DSWA Bayonets

    I am going to play devils advocate here ... do we know it is a DSWA bayonet? It is not a unit marking I expect to see on a DSWA bayonet, and having found North Korean Medals in a junk store in Kuwait, and the British 14-18 War Medal to a Belgian agent in the market at Marrakesh... I am always open to the fact that Militaria moves in strange ways... So I am not sure either way... just leaving a door open that this may have wandered out there after WW1, as a souvenier from the western front....
  9. Hello oamotme I having take a view to internet information and the Universal "Enciclopedia Universal Ilustrada Hispano-americana y europea" , there is not any information about spanish-abyssinian relactions in the XIX century, and the Cruz Roja Española have not any list of celebrities that have any decoration (in special so old). But I found a direction you can ask: The spanish embassy in Etiophia: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Documents/FichasPais/Etiopia_FICHA PAIS.pdf Embajador: D. Borja Montesino Martínez del Cerro Cancillería: Botswana Street, P.O. Box 2312. Teléfono: +251 0122 25 44 11 123 00 83/ 0929 136 159 / 0929 136 161 Teléfono de emergencias consulares: + 251 911 219 403. Fax: +251 0 11 122 25 41. Correo Electrónico (mail): emb.addisabeba@maec.es They surely know some english. ¡Suerte!
  10. Gordon Craig

    Knights cross - original or fake

    I suggest that a lot more pictures would be needed to provide an informed answer to your question. But to start with, the ribbon doesn't look right to me nor does the loop that it is passed through. Regards, Gordon
  11. heusy68

    JAPAN AKIHITO CORONATION MEDAL 1990

    For those who want to see some photo of the Coronation of Emperor Akihito : http://royalwatcherblog.com/2018/11/12/coronation-of-emperor-akihito-1990/
  12. Order of The White Eagle with Swords Class III, manufactured by the French company Arthus Bertrand.
  13. heusy68

    JAPAN AKIHITO CORONATION MEDAL 1990

    Hello to all the honorable Gentlemen member of this Club. I recently acquired what I truly believe, is the Medal for Akihito Coronation Medal. For reference Akihito succeed his father Hirohito after his passing on 7 January 1989, and was officially crowned on 12 November 1990. It was the first time in Japan history that the ceremony was held in Tokyo (before the ceremony was held in Kyoto). However as I do not read japanese, I would be glad, members of this forum, who do speak and read japanese to correct me. The medal is 30 millimeters in diameters, the thickness is 2,6 millimeters, and its weight : 22 grammes (including the ribbon). The ribbon is 36 millimeters wide, red with 2 white stripes towards each edges (with stripes are 4 millimeters). The medal came in a dark purple velvet case with inscription inside the lid. I do believe, but I might be wrong, that this medal was a Commemorative, but not intended to be awarded to any members of the JDF (Japan Defense Force), i.e.it's the official name of the army in Japan. I just do know, that on the obverse side is the Japan Imperial Symbol of the Sun, placed where the Throne Chair is located on Takamikura. The Takamikura is the structure used for the coronation. It's the last photo. Best regards to all & I wait for your comment. Emmanuel
  14. Thanks all for the information. The only consolation is that the amount of loss is not large .
  15. TS Allen

    Unknown Afghan Medals - Can you ID them?

    Thanks so much, Alexander. I sincerely appreciate the identification.
  16. Never seen or heard of such a title so would treat it with caution. Why would SAS troops working behind enemy lines have this sort of badge made? If anything they would have worn a Land Forces Adriatic formation sign. Try going onto the British & Commonwealth Badge Forum to see if any of their experts can help? Stephen.
  17. The winged badge on a triangle is Air Formation Signals- R. Signals units specialising in ground-air communication from lmid-ww2 until 1950's. Being bullion it is not of the standard printed variety but probably made somewhere in the Far East. Printed versions can be found with a unit's number printed above the wings. Stephen.
  18. Thank you friends, your answer has solved most of my problems. But I want to see the photos of the winners. . I think this medal is very similar to the Russian medal of Nicholas II. I don't know how to call him, it looks a bit like an Olympic medal. .
  19. I've just got back from a trip to Namibia. I spent week in the sun while the UK shivered but of course the you know the weather wasn't the real reason I was there. I was of course looking for DSWA remains. I found the expected Swakopmund museum, the Reiter memorial in Windhoek, a few artillery pieces at the Alte Fest etc etc. But one real surprise was in a seond hand shop in Swakopmund. Amongst all the usual brick-a-brack in a glass cabinet was a bayonet. I took a closer look- an S71/84 with unit markings! Isn't this then the oldest DSWA bayonet we've seen? I couldn't photograph it well in the case so I told the shopkeeper honestly, “You've got a great bayonet there. I can't afford it and even if I could I couldn't take it back to UK in my luggage, do you mind if I take some close up photos of it out of the case?” and gave him a tip in Namibian Dollars for the favour. It's not in great condition and the markings are faint. They seem to read “5.FP 2.123”. 5. Fuhrpark-Kolonne? The date mark is W?8 and I couldn't read the maker mark at all. But there's a tag on the bayonet saying 1888 and Weyersburg, which of course would seem to be a very good guess. Any comments appreciated. Cheers Chris
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  21. Can anyone give me an opinion on this medal. Is it genuine ?
  22. ...and another thing. Where is my memory today? If you read the first part of this tutorial you will recall that I suggested that before you drill the hole it might be a good idea to insert a thin piece of wood where the menu would normally be before you drill to prevent splitting or cracking of the Plexiglas. I did this to prove it would work and it did. This may be hard for those without a shop full of thin scrap but you can sand the piece (after cutting it as thin as possible) on a belt sander. I had to do this as my planner will not plane that thin. I think I have recalled everything now. Regards Brian
  23. Today I decided to finish this project with the modifying the second menu holder to support the scabbard. The only difference in procedure from the first part of this tutorial is in the size of the hole you will need to drill and therefore the resultant slot. I drilled a ¾ inch hole as that accommodates all of the swords I might want to photograph. With the exception of my oldest (c.1650) Japanese sword scabbards, they could use a hole of 1 inch in diameter. For this post we are dealing with British and probably most European weapons. I have included a photo of the sword in its scabbard to show how this looks if you decide to just use the stand to display a sword in its scabbard. The sword alone is sitting on a 4 inch deep box under the red fabric to elevate it above the scabbard and that seems to be about right for any posting I (or you) might want to make. The sword displayed is one of my prized specimens and is a Pattern 1822 Canadian Artillery Officer’s sword. I didn’t show the engraving on the blade which is very nice because we are only talking about the photographing or displaying of the whole sword; any sword would have done, I just wanted to “play” with this one today. I hope you, or your woodworking friend, will try this project as I think it really works well. Regards Brian Oops, I hate it when I resize a photo twice! I'll try again with the sword above the scabbard, to save your eyes. Regards Brian
  24. Officer honoured for his clifftop heroism A heroic detective is to be honoured for his bravery after saving the life of a motorist who tried to drive over a cliff. Detective Chief Inspector Adam Hibbert, 37, opened the car door and grabbed the ignition keys as the vehicle neared the 150ft drop at Telscombe Cliffs, east of Brighton. He held on to the driver until other officers and firefighters came to his aid. Police officers had been negotiating with the man for almost two hours when Mr Hibbert arrived. The man had twice tried to drive through a fence and was about to try again when police made a dash to stop him. Temporary Sergeant James Bowen tried to smash the windscreen with his baton before Mr Hibbert made his move. Mr Hibbert realised the van was unlocked and as the man attempted to drive over the edge he grabbed the door handle and forced his way into the van despite the man's attempts to stop him. He threw himself at the driver to break his grip on the wheel and pulled the keys from the ignition. Mr Hibbert struggled with the man before he was able to take the van out of gear and put the handbrake on. He restrained the man until assistance arrived. Mr Hibbert, who has 15 years of service, said: "I was shaking a bit when I thought about what could have happened. "The consequences don't bear thinking about. "Looking back, it was very frightening. "Not only did we want to save the life of this man, who was clearly distressed, but we had to think about the risks to ourselves. "If the fence had given way at any point, he would undoubtedly have killed himself. "James and I literally had milliseconds to think about what to do. "James tried to smash the windscreen with his baton but it just wouldn't break. "Then I noticed the locks were up so I just went for it and pulled the door open. "I know it sounds a cliche but you don't think about the danger. You just get on and do the job." The man, in his mid 30s, was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Brighton police station for his own safety following his rescue last November. Mr Hibbert will be visiting 10 Downing Street next Thursday before attending the 10th annual Police Federation Awards at London's Dorchester Hotel. Home Secretary Charles Clarke will honour officers, from 43 forces in England and Wales, for going above and beyond the call of duty. Brian Stockham, chairman of the Police Federation's Sussex branch, said: "Apart from the courage required in this incident, Adam's actions were an example of inspired and inspiring leadership. "Usually - and on an almost daily basis - our officers are expected to perform such acts and most often it is our constables and sergeants who are recognised for doing so. "As well as personal courage, officers rely on years of training and experience to do these things in the finest traditions of the police service and to do them right as Adam did." Mr Hibbert has had a mixed week - his house was burgled while he and his wife were out. He said: "They turned the place upside down and stole electrical equipment, a stereo and clothes. "I went to have a shave yesterday and found they'd even taken my razor." https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/6702846.amp/
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