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  1. 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
  2. Medal to identify

    Many thanks, Bill
  3. Medal to identify

    Hi Lambert, Another possibility is a medal dedicated to Saint Cecilia, if your group is more related to music, it would be consistent with that. May I post the picture of the three medals on another fourm to see if there is any further identification? Bill
  4. Hi Lambert, Yes, the scene on the reverse of your medal has some diiferences to the ones at the Maritime Museum. The medal was made by Spink, and the Museum web site shows an example with a simple wire loop suspension http://prints.rmg.co.uk/artist/27488/spink-son-ltd Maybe you should contact Spinksand ask if yours is one of theirs or a copy by someone. https://www.spink.com/departments/medals.asp Best wishes, Bill
  5. Hi Lambert, There is an example of this medal in the Royal Museums Greenwich with description. However, the ones illustrated don't have the suspension loop. They are made of gilded bronze, white metal, pewter, or tin. http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/38637.html http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/40438.html http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/40219.html http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/38639.html Google Images has several pictures of the medal, all without the suspension yours has https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=centenary+of+the+battle+of+trafalgar+medal&client=firefox-b-ab&dcr=0&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9_PfBrtXYAhWsAMAKHXi-ACEQsAQIQg&biw=1600&bih=720#imgrc=_ Best wishes, Bill
  6. Hello Oliver, That looks like a French-made repro, as shown in Laslo. He gives diameter of 37mm, and says that there 'might' be MADE IN FRANCE on the edge, so its absence isn't a problem. Bill
  7. Very nice, macchianera72, and in much better shape than mine ... Bill
  8. Just acquired, this Cuban-made Victory medal by Vilardebo y Riera. On the first page of this thread, first and second post, there is a group of medals posted by RobW, showing another example of this variety. It is shiny gilt, with a thin planchet, the obverse striking is shallow without a background to the figure, while on the reverse the lettering at the top is hard against the rim. Jim Michel's book classifies this version as Unofficial Type 2. This one has a strange small suspension ring - possibly to go on a fob chain? I have sourced a replacement ring and a suitable ribbon to restore the medal. All comments welcome. Bill
  9. An interesting article on the unofficial Victory Medal ribbon on this Australian site https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/unofficial-victory-medal-ribbon-1919 Has anyone seen the article referred to at the end? Bill
  10. It looks to be a good example, with the designer Paul Dubois name on the obverse. The ribbon is a nice example of the Belgian 'sine-wave' watering, and it has the two-pronged mounting. Bill
  11. There was a thread on the British Medal Forum back in 2015 about modern ribbon for the British vic, which shows some comparisons between modern and original ribbon, and points up the different quality of modern offerings http://www.britishmedalforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=286&t=105615 You might have to sign up to the BMF, but it costs nothing and they don't pester you! Bill
  12. Hi Yasser, No, nothing new to contribute I fear. I do note the distinctive watering on the Belgian ribbon - I must look into how this is produced ... Bill
  13. Herman - without being able to see the rest of the brooch it's hard to be definite, but there are several US-made brooches used on various official and unofficial awards that could fit the bill. There is a very good illustrated guide to US medal brooches here http://www.medalmuli...ooch-guide.html which might help you. Bill
  14. I think you're OK Herman. Bill
  15. Is there any mark on the edge? Bill
  16. Unknown medal.

    Hi Lambert, Uruguay has coins with a radiant sun with a face, and a medal, too. I know no more! Bill
  17. Hi Oliver - yes, this looks to be a good Official Type. Bill
  18. I suspect that this link refers to the Belgian Committee in Taunton ... https://somersetremembers.wordpress.com/category/exhibition/ Bill
  19. I think you're right Simon - the SLR mag had an angled base - see http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=346901 Bill
  20. It looks rather like the magazine fron the FN SLR, the standard infantry weapon of the British forces in the 1950s to 1970s. Bill
  21. There's a copy of the 2nd edition of Laslo for sale here http://www.britishmedalforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=400&t=121135&sid=e0f865406366f7c701154c13517a9d00 Bill
  22. David - the fingers look fine to me ... This is my main 'tell'. Bill
  23. 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
  24. Have a look at the Victory Medal section of this Forum - http://gmic.co.uk/forum/254-inter-allied-victory-medals-of-the-great-war/ 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