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  1. Something a bit different on eBay today ... According to the seller the medal was to a recruiter. Item #153138460248 Bill
  2. Hi Oliver - a very nice named example. Congratulations! Bill
  3. Hi Gents, In post # 62 I showed a French-made reproduction of the Czech vic with ball suspension and the Arthus Bertrand triangle mark (incorrectly identified in the post as Chobillon) and BRONZE on the edge. My latest acquisition is this version, also with ball suspension, but with no markings on the edge ... obverse reverse. As bought it was rather dirty and had dark patches on the reverse. I cleaned it with a non-toxic, non-acidic, non-corrosive, non-caustic, and non-abrasive cleaner, which took off a reddish tint and showed some verdigris under the dark patches. I'll treat those next. It had a modern ribbon as bought, and I'm sourcing a French ribbon for it. Any thoughts on a maker? Bill
  4. Searching a bit wider, I've found mention of several Arthus Bertrand Portugese vic reproductions on FIM, so I guess it's not new. Perhaps the really rare one is the Chobillon version. I wonder if Laslo saw one with a triangle mark that was as hard to read as mine, and just assumed it was Chobillon ... Bill
  5. Hi Gents, My latest acquisition is this Portugal Repro Type 1 - or is it?? For sure it has the BRONZE and a triangle on the edge ... ... but the design in the triangle is hard to make out. I tried scanning the edge from different angles and these are the clearest images I can manage ... ... and it seems to me I can see a star at the top of the triangle and a circle in the centre of the bottom. That would seem to be this mark ... .. which makes it a product of Arthus Bertrand! Laslo says that the Repro Type 1 is by Chobillon - which should have the triangle with AC stamp, and this isn't that stamp. I have one by Delande with the square stamp with a bee, also not in Laslo. So, have I found another unknown Portugal Repro?? All comments welcome.
  6. Bilco

    U.S Medal Online Resources

    Hi John, Folks here should know http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/forum/83-medals-decorations/ Bill
  7. Herewith ... OK - I get it - no VILLA! And no dots!! Bill
  8. Many thanks Macchiatera72 - herewith ... Bill
  9. Hi macchianera72 - if there is no signature (by which I guess you mean the manufacturer's name) how do we know it is by Lorioli & Castelli? I have one, but always understood that the manufacturer is unknown. Bill
  10. 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
  11. SAI could be South African Infantry, or South African Irish Regiment, although the National Archives site show the abbreviations for these units differently https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwiwicjUtZbaAhXHe8AKHag0ALYQFggnMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nationalarchives.gov.uk%2Fdocuments%2Frecords%2Fabbreviations-in-world-war-one-medal-index-cards-unit.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2F7XSDOgHy8GRlugku0bu- This source also shows a unit called Rhodesian South African Infantry Brigade, abreviation RHODNS. S.A.I. BGDE. This is a lot to get on the edge of a medal after number, rank and name, so may have been shortened to SAI? The link downloads a .pdf file. Bill
  12. Chris - have a look at this thread http://sagongs.ipbhost.com/topic/6572-877-havildar-sher-zaman-66th-punjabis-msm-pair/ Same regiment, so maybe someone there can help ... Bill
  13. nelo

    Hi Bill, tryed to post on forum but wouldn't let me post photos. 

    I've been collecting Victory medals of WW1 for a couple of years, and last week I purchased 50 Belgium medals from a Belgium dealer, 44 of which were Victory medals and all official type one's, in this group of medals I have a number that are a lot thinner than the standard type one's, and one that is thinner and appears to have a larger ball suspension then all the rest, the edge of this medal is also marked all the way round with lines. if you know what I have, I would be grateful for any help.

    I enclose my email address if you want to contact me directly
    1. nelo



  14. The first medal in this group appears to be of French design, but it's with two Portuguese medals. Is it French or Portuguese - or something else?? The other medals are: The other two medals are: "Medalha Centenário do Marechal Francisco Marcelino de Souza Aguiar, 1855 – 1955" or "Medalha Souza Aguiar" in Bronze created by June 10, 1955 and ordered by the Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs, to commemorate the first centenary of the birth of Marechal Souza Aguiar. and Marine Rescue Silver award. Portuguese name: Philanthropy and Charity Medal of Relief Institute to Castaways. Issued by the Shipwreck Relief Institute (ISN), which is the Portuguese Institute for Lifesaving. Such awards are usually for rescue at sea and come in few variations and 3 classes. Originally established in 1908 and revised in 1913 with additional types. Presented here is award with inscription: 'Philanthropy - Charity'. Most wonderful decoration, rarely awarded in any class. Bill
  15. Bilco

    Medal to identify

    Many thanks, Bill