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  1. Hello Azyeoman. Did you get the PM I sent you concerning the matter?
  2. € 200 is not such a bad price Chris. Is about regular I think. The one that was sold at 900 GBP on ebay was to an executed spy who also received the Medal in the Order of the British Empire which obviously adds a premium. Nevertheless 900 GBP is still an extraordinary price. I would not expect too much from the above mentioned address. Don't forget we're talking about civilians here not military personnel. Chances that the military have records on them are very small. "Standard" the Belgian Agents also received the Belgian WWI Commemorative with silver crown on the ribbon and the Belgian victory medal. Individual cases also received one or two other decorations. Kind regards from Flanders l4h Oh yes, I must deny that father Joseph Pluymackers was executed though. He did indeed die during or shortly after the war, but he was not executed!
  3. St George Medal 3rd class

    Hi gents What's your opinion on this one? I tend to believe it's an original (except for the ribbon) Don't know if you agree? Kind regards love4history
  4. TWM BBCo

    Thanks everybody for the thumbs up. The medal indeed looks nice in my collection
  5. TWM BBCo

    Thanks Terry. Anyone else?
  6. TWM BBCo

    Hello gents Thinking about adding this one to the collection. Looks like a good private-issue TWM to me but as I've never handled one I'd like your thoughts about it just to make sure. Thank you very much for the help! cheers from Flanders l4h PS: enamel looks fades but that's just the lightreflection
  7. Belgium Wound Badge

    A bit of legislation: By decree of 25 february 1919 the mutilated and invalided were issued a military uniform (kaki), but in a circulary of dec 15th, 1920 they were ordered to hand in that uniform again in lieu of which they received the above pictured armband. The seal visible should be that of the Ministry of National Defense (there are similar armbands issued and with the seals of private organisations) As stated above the invalidity of the soldier had to be above 30%. If below 30 % but above 10% he received another badge (broken sword surrounded by laurel and oakleaves on a blue 6-pointed field) Warinvalids when wearing their armband should be saluted by military personnel on duty. (all taken from Distinctions Honorifiques de la Belgique, André Charles Borné)
  8. My French medal pick ups

    As the colonial medal seems to be for sale now I thought it'd be best to make this clear: Indeed so. The marking here on the jeton however is Cornucopia 1 ARGENT which indicates a strike somewhere between 1907-1913. Right? Correct me if I'm wrong
  9. ID ribbon bar

    Hello Ringo You're welcome. On the "Guldenboeksite" you'll find my name as one of the original contributors. Marc and I actually started up the project (mind you it would never have been finished if the other mentioned people wouldn't have come along) and while Marc had a more historical/genealogical aproach, I myself, being a militaria-collector next to a history buff, insisted in having ALL information indexed, including all the obtained medals and orders as well. I had precisely the type of question you posed in mind: to attempt to identify Belgian soldiers based on their awards. The database (including the medals) was not completely put on the internet due to practical reasons and preferences but I do have it at home. Meaning I can also search for people based on the awards. In this case I looked for all the Panama-medal recipients, and as it appears only Bievez received an OBE as well. His other medals as mentioned in my earlier post seemed to fit the bill as well, and as it turns out now we have found the right man indeed. Mind you: the info in these books is not complete (so neither is the database): by far not all veterans are mentioned in these books and the info is not always correct (the books were privately produced with no cooperation from the government so not to be taken for official sources). You have to get lucky to find what you're looking for. In this case we were. cheers l4h
  10. My New Kris..! :) (*** MODERATORS' CHOICE)

    Hi Hugh Thanks for sharing your Kris'. Very nice. Some small notes, not an expert on the matter mind you. The metal is indeed being folded and worked by the smith. This is what causes the distinct pattern/drawing on the blade. This pattern is called Pamor. The drawing is being made visible with arsenic (!) (which is what should be used once a year to keep the drawing nicely visible as well, but then again....) The different types of drawing/Pamor also influence the mystical power of the Kris. One type adding to the charisma of the owner, the other to his health, a third to this family life etc... I have personally witnessed a "standing" Kris myself about 15 years ago in a private home in the Yogyakart Kraton area. I can confirm: no strings or the likes. Don't know about the mysticism of it, but it sure shows remarkable craftmanship to shape the Kris in such a way that it has this kind of balance. I have a picture of the Kris standing up in an old box. Will have to dig it up and post here I think. There are indeed blades of Kris made from meteorite stone. However, if you put all the blades together from which it has been told that they were made from this stone it would have had to been the size of the moon..... Think you need a mettalurgic expert to confirm. Sidenote: traditionally a Kris should not be sold/bought. The terminology used in Javanese refers to a courtship and a dowry being paid (or something traded in stead) Often it is just given away. If you take the mysticism and the cleansing rituals seriously owning a Kris is a high responsibility (and a burden) which is why (if the original possessor has passed away) relatives may choose not to keep it in possession. My late father-in-law gave his two Kris away as he could not properly take care of them.... By the way Hugh: story also goes that you should not unnecessarily take the Kris out of the scabbard too often as it may want to see blood if you do so. Think to take it out for the cleaning ritual is OK though. @Windu: go ahead and continue posting interesting info on the subject please! We're on a roll here :)
  11. My New Kris..! :) (*** MODERATORS' CHOICE)

    Hi Windu Nice Kris. Thanks for showing it to us. May be mistaken but doesn't "dapur" say something about the shape of the weapon, like dapur bener (straight blade) and dapur luk (snake-like blade) (=two main types) There are more then 100 different sub-types of the dapur on the island of Java alone, never mind the other islands! Sonokeling wood is known as (East) Indian rosewoord (albergia latifolia) This truly is a largely unknown, underestimated and undervaluated collecting field!
  12. ID ribbon bar

    Hello Ringo Very likely this is the uniform of Edmond Bievez: Received both OBE and Medal of Solidarity 2nd Class His other awards include a WWI Croix de Guerre with 2 palms (exact match with ribbon bar!), Ysermedal, Firecross medal, Commemorative and Victory Medal all of which are reflected in ribbon bar. I have him registered after WWI as Colonel (Res) with both the Knight's Grade of the order of Leopold I and the Order of the Crown both with palm. Both orders are reflected in the ribbon bar with the palms but in a higher grade, however if he stayed on in the military he might indeed have risen to General's rank and would have obtained a higher grade in the orders (together with the Military Cross 1st class which is on his ribbon bar) You'll find a pic of him on www.tenboome.webruimtehosting.net/guldenboek/Guldenboekprojecttotaal/ Now you should probably try to find out more about his post-WWI career to verify I think. cheers Roel
  13. What is this Medal?

    Not sure either Jim. Never seen this one. I suppose the origin indicates a Belgian medal? Don't forget red-white are Austrian colors as well (and Polish and Indonesian and....)
  14. Belgian Sailor with British War Medals

    Ah, you were the one overbidding me on that pic on ebay Nice catch! One "colonial" veteran and one WWI merchant marine vet. Father and son? Who knows?
  15. Hi Jef I didn't know they still awarded the medals, thought they had switched to modern "pin-style" trinkets?
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