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  1. Wessel. If I have my conversion rates correct that works out to about £9.50 GBP? Not sure how rare they are for SA but over here in GB they are fairly common and I would be happy to pay that for an original particularly if it had a bar. Regards Simon.
  2. This is what is known as a Company Bunting which, certainly in the Coldstream Guards would be posted outside the Company Office and would be the responsibility of the Company Clerk. As this example has the 'II' in the centre it would, I believe refer to Number 2 Company of a particular Foot Guards Battalion. The plume of feathers is an ancient symbol and is used by many Units, not only those with a Welsh connection. These small flags are seen on occasion and are carried by the Colour Markers on Parades such as Trooping the Colour. They are also frequently seen on Company Photographs of the various Foot Guard Regiments. They were often given to Company Commanders as a farewell gift on promotion, retirement etc. Regards Simon.
  3. Nice set and a great find, the Control Commission Germany badges could well fit with the group although the Staffordshire Badge appears to have a Victorian Crown and so may be unrelated, Regards Simon.
  4. If you could supply full names and rough dates of service then we should be able to establish some details of where your relations served and hopefully make a link with the badge shown. Simon.
  5. Hello and welcome to the Forum. Only my opinion and many others will have a different one but I would leave it as it is, part of the history of the medal for me. If I may enquire what was your 2nd Great Uncle's Unit, any idea of the whereabouts of his other medals. Regards Simon. Cancel my request, I have just read your other post and discovered the Unit in question, thanks. Simon.
  6. Christopher, Take a look at this website, all fake or reproduction depending on your viewpoint. http://www.sofmilitary.co.uk/shop-re-enactment-german-ww2-category,781 Go to page five of the weapons section and you'll see a very similar dagger to yours. Regards Simon.
  7. Christopher, I am by no means an expert regarding 3rd Reich daggers however the real examples that I have examined are of a much higher quality than the one shown in both quality of materials used and definition and construction. The hangers (straps) are not a of any pattern I have ever seen and again the quality is just not there. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news and again it is only my opinion, as before if you post the images in the relevant German section of the Forum you will get a much more detailed answer, I'm sure. Regards Simon.
  8. Pretty sure your Luftwaffe dagger is a poor fake, post the images in the German section and one of the Experts there will confirm it for you. Simon.
  9. You see old Cabinet cards from many Units with these being worn, you would need to check clothing regulations for exact details. From what can be seen in the images the buckle looks to be real to me although they are not uncommon. Regards Simon.
  10. Victorian general service belt and buckle although the belt is missing two sliders which would push up against the buckle to keep it in place. Simon.
  11. Christopher, You have a modern Helmet for probably a Drummer or Musician serving with the Princess of Wale's Royal Regiment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_of_Wales's_Royal_Regiment From the images the top cruciform device and spike do not appear to be very well secured to the helmet and without looking at it I could not say if it was a genuine example or made up from parts. Simon Apologies Peter, obviously posted replies at the same time. Simon.
  12. Duncan, Afraid I can't help regarding the VX prefix however for South African research try rhino.research@icon.co.za or dewald@nelantiques.co.za. Regards Simon.
  13. Asil Sorry for the late reply, there is an online list somewhere which I can't find at the moment, When I get time I'll try to find it and post a link here for you. Simon. Didn't take me long in the end, here is the link http://armyservicenumbers.blogspot.com/2010/01/army-number-prefixes.html Regards Simon.
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