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  1. Hi Oliver - yes, this looks to be a good Official Type. Bill
  2. I suspect that this link refers to the Belgian Committee in Taunton ... Bill
  3. I think you're right Simon - the SLR mag had an angled base - see Bill
  4. It looks rather like the magazine fron the FN SLR, the standard infantry weapon of the British forces in the 1950s to 1970s. Bill
  5. There's a copy of the 2nd edition of Laslo for sale here Bill
  6. David - the fingers look fine to me ... This is my main 'tell'. Bill
  7. Many thanks Jim. And thank you for the info on USNRF and Great Lakes ILL - I wondered what the significance of that was. The medal is staying 'as bought'. Bill
  8. Have a look at the Victory Medal section of this Forum - There are lots of single Victory medals on the market - and lots of varieties to find. But some prices are high for the rarer ones - Brazil, Cuba, Siam. Bill
  9. Hi Claudio, Congratulations - a nice piece at a very nice price! Bill
  10. Hi Claudio, It looks good to me. Did you get it from Mercado Livre? Bill
  11. Many thanks for your thoughts on this, Tim & Paul. I was coming to the conclusion that swapping a ribbon from another medal was the only way of finding a replacement, but I don't like the idea of messing up a perfectly good, if unattribited, medal! If the ribbon wasn't held in place by the wrap brooch and stitches it might not be so bad, but the US vics almost always have these fixings. Bill
  12. Hi Gents, My first medal of 2017! Arrived today ... ... obverse ... ... reverse. The clasp rope segment count is 261/2 31/2 261/2 31/2 ,which appears to make it a Gleim Type III, according to Laslo and Jim Michels books. It has the smooth background and width of 6.3mm, and would have been made by the US Mint. It makes a nice companion to my edge-engraved example. I'm wondering if I should make an attempt to fit a better piece of ribbon, and reinstate the clasp and brooch in their proper positions - if I can source an original piece of US ribbon. Your thoughts are invited. Bill
  13. Hi Bence - I'd say it's a good one that has suffered a few knocks over the last 100-odd years. Bill
  14. Many thanks macchianera72 - it's always nice to hear that I have a good 'un, even better to hear that it's a bit special! Bill
  15. And I thought that my Brazilian vic, at £2500, was expensive! On eBay this morning was a British vic for £36,526 - mind you, it came with an identity bracelet made from a French silver coin!! It's now been taken down, after several people asked the seller if he really meant to ask that amount. Bill