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  1. What wonderful detail, Glenn. Is the portrait life size? At whatever scale, the artist obviously studied the medals extremely closely and understood what he was painting. [ETA having now posted, I see that GlennJ has said the same thing - but better!]
  2. The Royal Exchange is a building in the City of London with a long history of commerce so it is no surprise to find a retailer (or even a maker) of edged- and other weapons located there. Even today, it has retail shops either inside or round its exterior. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Exchange,_London Googling >lacy "67 royal exchange" london< will give you lots of results referencing 'Bennett Sword Cutler to the Prince of Wales 67 Royal Exchange'. However, this link is for a pistol signed “Lacy, #67 Royal Exchange, London” so either Lacy was the predecessor to Bennett or they shared a premises, I would think. http://www.icollector.com/Over-and-under-tap-action-flintlock-two-shot-pistol-signed-Lacy-67-Royal-Exchange-London-The-p_i17738889
  3. I'm liking your classification system a lot, Brian
  4. Radarone The Royal Armouries hold a number of examples of this sword. You (and Brian, if you haven't already seen it) will, I think, be interested in the discussion about the type in the Notes section at the end of this page, https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-7796.html
  5. I have to say that the last photo on that page (of a group of breast stars), particularly when seen at full size, is pretty breathtaking!
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    Wearing other state orders, Chinese Empire officials

    An absolutely amazing series of photos, 1812 Overture, thank you. You have opened my eyes to aspects of the late Chinese Empire/early Chinese Republic period I wasn't previously aware of. In particular, some of the personalities you have shown us have prompted me to investigate them further.
  7. The leopard's head is the mark for the London Assay Office (the lion indicates that it is sterling silver, of course). This page explains this and other Assay Office marks http://www.silvercollection.it/DICTIONARYDECRYPTINGUKSTERLINGMARKS.html I am not completely convinced that the date mark is for 1919 as I can't see the riser for a gothic lower case 'd'. Rather, it looks like a gothic 'o' (1929) to me. Perhaps that can only be confirmed by another look at the letter through a loupe and a comparison with the date letters on this page, https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Dates/London/Cycle 1916-1935.html
  8. A fascinating exposition, Flyingdutchman, and a wonderful dagger to accompany it!
  9. Trooper_D

    Westphalian crownorder and medals (1807 - 1813)

    Thanks for clearing that up, Jacques. So it's unique for the 'Commander-in-chief' rather than being for what would have been - even without the Orders insignia on the cuirass - the best dressed cavalry in Europe!
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    Westphalian crownorder and medals (1807 - 1813)

    This looks like an interesting book, Jacques, on a subject I - for one - don't know anything about. Perhaps one for my Christmas present list I am intrigued by the blingtastic helmet and cuirass as I have never seen one like it before. Can you tell me more about it or, at least, where the image comes from. Thanks in advance.
  11. Thank you for your useful clarifications and context, Tifes, particularly your observations on the award of the War Decoration.
  12. As far as I understand it, this is a state award with no connection to the International Red Cross. I am attaching the section on the award in von Procházka's Österreichisches Ordenshandbuch, which - if you read German - will give you a better understanding. We know that the 1864-1914 Red Cross Order without the krieg dekoration (the laurel wreath) was awarded in return for a subscription (crudely put, the larger the subscription, the higher the award). The award with the krieg dekoration was only given, I understand, for appropriate war service. That being the case, I wonder what a Dane would have done to warrant it? Any thoughts?
  13. These are two different awards with different founding constitutions and, perhaps, different awarding criteria, are they not, Lars? That being the case, there should be no reason why both shouldn't be worn, I would have thought. I have a question of my own, if I may? What is the (national?) significance of the pentagon shape of the ribbon? Danish? I ask because I have a 1864-1914 Red Cross Order mounted on a similar ribbon.
  14. Just to add to Tomas's comprehensive posting, here is a link to a most interesting journal article, in English, by Jan Županič on the subject of re-ennoblement in the KuK, Re-ennoblement and nobility issues at the dawn of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (2009) In his introduction, he gives a good explanation of how a bourgeois soldier could become ennobled under the 30-year service rule.
  15. What an interesting photo! Taken after a Mess night, I would imagine, by the 'refreshed' expressions on some of their faces I notice that there is an Austrian officer present in the second from back row (and, perhaps, another in the rear row). I wonder what they are doing there?