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Nick

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  1. I am looking at trying to collate any pictures of insignia relating to the various Freikorps that existed in Germany post WW1. Can anyone help please ?
  2. In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    I am sad to announce that Mervyn Mitton who has been Senior Moderator and friend to many of us on GMIC for several years passed away on Wednesday. He had been ill for many years, but he never let this get in the way of his passion for Militaria and Police Collectables. His knowledge of British Police history and collectables was immense and his death is a tragic loss to GMIC and the wider collecting world. Mervyn was always very proactive on GMIC and a real driving force behind the scenes amongst the staff. I will miss his old world charm, warmth, generosity and guidance. Yes he could be slighlty cantankerous at times, but that was part of his makeup, an old school English Gentleman a dying breed that are irreplaceable. I will miss him.
  3. My May 1929 bible of Scotland Yard identifies 'A' Department was for Administration. A3 covered Promotions & Transfers, Pay Rates, Ceremonials, Special Duties, Medical & Sick, Police Orders. Previously called the Executive Branch A3 was mainly clerical duties, but also included Constables attached to Scotland Yard for special purpose such as motor drivers, and wireless operators. It also included the telegraph office.
  4. new member here- hello!

    Welcome to the forum
  5. One area of tinnies I collect are FlugTag tinnies. Here is one to kick things off.
  6. As part of the ongoing projects being considered here at GMIC I would like to start to create a tinnie database. Tinnies are still a relatively cheap collecting item and are something which I have been steadily collecting over the years. However as we all realise there are thousands of variants and cataloguing or collecting them all is next to an impossible task. Tieste has probably come as close as anyone has been able to creating a comprehensive catalogue but I have at times found even his great work lacking. To that end I will lay down a challenge and ask that within this thread we start posting pictures and information on tinnies. Please post here with the understanding that at some point in the near future I will start to collate the information and photos and put it into a catalogue format that will be available to all members. Sorry to those of you that have already posted in another thread but as this is for a project I thought it best to highlight requirements first. All tinnies, day badges, WHW, Police & Wehrmacht Badges etc are welcome. Are you up to the challenge..........
  7. Eric has yet again been very gracious in allowing all members to have for free the latest edition of his excellent ground breaking work The Decorations of Socialist Albania 2nd Edition. It is available in PDF (9MB) and as before the work is copyright to Eric Schena. The Decorations of Socialist Albania 2nd Edition
  8. I can change your profile name and then disable you account but I will not remove posts which form part of a discussed topic, as this can be problematic.

    all the best

    Nick

     

    1. jesper

      jesper

      Hi nick that ok with me.thank you very much

       

  9. Wellington's Awards

    As we have such a good thread going on Bonaparte's awards how about listing the Iron Dukes Awards?
  10. Rick's article has been archived for now and it was unfinished work. I will restore it at some point in the future. However all his images are still available here: http://gmic.co.uk/gallery/category/57-rick-lündstroms-german-ribbon-bars/
  11. The problem with this as previously pointed out, is not so much the profit Weitze makes, it is how dealers artificially influence market prices. Any item is worth what the buyer wants to pay and high end pieces are always going to appeal to a certain market. Weitze is a business man, he wants to squeeze the biggest profit he can, he knows his customer base and obviously judged correctly what someone is willing to pay. This unfortunately just makes collecting become more and more unreachable with many high end pieces now far beyond the price the average collector can afford. This is the issue we face as a community, it is a shrinking hobby, becoming more and more exclusive. Many high end buyers being investors as opposed to true collectors. Sure your low end mass manufactured awards are still going to be affordable to most, with prices climbing at a much smaller margin, but their appeal becomes limited over time. You can only buy so many Iron Crosses, Purple Hearts or British War medals. So to keep expanding collections, looking for those rarer item requires deeper and deeper pockets. How many previous collectors do you know who are no longer collecting? Ask them why. A large proportion will be for financial reasons I can assure you. The last decade has seen this really hit home. Many specialist medal auctions are inhabited by dealers and investors, with collectors walking home disappointed and empty handed because prices are too demanding. I have seen time and time again good pieces being auctioned off for crazy prices appearing on dealers sites with an even higher price tag weeks or months later. The dealers need to buy stock and auctions is one of their largest suppliers.
  12. Alan A photo of the armband and sword would be appreciated.
  13. Forlorn Hope

    Forlorn Hope Did soldiers who survived volunteering for the forlorn hope in breaching sieges get any kind of formal or regimental recognition i.e. a badge. I remember reading in one of the Bernard Cornwall novels that there was some kind of badge worn on the sleeve. Did this really exist and if so what did it actually look like and are there any surviving examples left ?
  14. Thanks for sharing this personal story with us.
  15. Auction

    I have no objection to material being questioned by collectors if supported by a reasoned argument which is conducted in a civil and courteous manner. However the arrogant and somewhat cavalier attitude of the original poster has undermined the worth of the topic and it has therefore been locked.
  16. Centenary Great War 1914

    This year marks the centenary of the Great War 1914-1918. In recognition of this GMIC will be establishing a Centenary area for you to post all you relevant topics relating to World War 1. At the end of the centenary period all posts will be moved to their respective areas. So get posting there is lots to discuss and see !
  17. Hi A long time ago I tried to clean some german ribbon with just water as it was really dirty. It did clean it but it is not something I would do again as it did slightly fade the colour and changed the feel of the material making it very soft and pliable. I would leave it as is. Nick
  18. Forum Upgrade

    Members need to be aware that over the next few weeks there will be some major upgrades taking place on the forum. The most important changes are in relation to user log on. Some users may be using a different logon name to their display name. As of the upgrade users MUST log on with their public display name and not their log on name as this will no longer work. Other changes relate to the style and as well as some structural changes. I will try to keep forum down times to a minimum. But to achieve this there may be some periodic changes in style and display, so please do not be overly worried if things look a bit strange from time to time.
  19. Forum Upgrade

    Tim Thanks for the positive comments. It is still very much work in progress. I agree the search needs work and I am slowly working on ironing out the issues. It has been quite a leap of faith trusting in the developers who have been creating this new platform from scratch. Lots still to be done but slowly we are getting there. Nick
  20. Forum Upgrade

    Thanks I need it ....
  21. Tom has asked me if I would start off a database here at GMIC which could record information relating to medal rolls for Police Officers who have served in the Metropolitan Police and received any type of officially recognised medal whilst in police service. I though this was an interesting concept, but it is a VAST undertaking which would never be completed as there must be hundreds of thousands of officers who have served with the Met Police, although granted only a fraction of those tens of thousands would have got medals But Tom has provided me with some research he has done which is a start. However any ideas how this could be progressed by pooling research information ? I suggested we start with easy targets like identifying those called to the Colours during the Boer, Great War and WWII ?
  22. GMIC moved servers last night so some topics and posts may have been lost in the time it takes for the domain to direct from the old to the new server. Apologies but it was unavoidable.
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