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  1. Boris, if you ever need any 'raw materials' medal images, please ask - you'd be welcome to the source images I have here on my hard drive. I use PaintShop Pro for image handling. I had a play yesterday and I have identified a quicker method for making images for my website than hitherto (but only when done on a large original and then reduced, it still needs extra work if I want the full-size image on a black background for something!).
  2. Megan

    Medal Work

    You do beautiful work, Boris - thank you for sharing.
  3. You do beautiful work, Boris. How do you prepare the medal images to put them on the background of your choice? That's the thing that slows me down, putting them on a black background for my website. I'd love to have a better way that adding the black by hand!
  4. Thank you, Emmanuel, for sharing fascinating images of rarely-seen medals. As for the somewhat ungentlemanly bickering, all I can say from my own experience is that storekeepers can often been quite reluctant to hand out the stuff you ARE entitled to, never mind anything else
  5. A bit of background for you. As you know, a Guardsman has no insignia on his tunic. A Lance Corporal in the Guards has 2 white stripes on his sleeve. Everywhere else in the British Army, a Lance Corporal has a single stripe. It's said that Queen Victoria declared that no man with a single stripe on his tunic would guard her, so the Guards Lance Corporals got an extra stripe. Of course, this posed a bit of a problem, because 2 stripes normally means a Corporal. Three stripes mean a Sergeant. So the Guards instituted the rank of Lance Sergeant and gave him 3 white stripes, like the one Graf has. A Guards Sergeant has 3 GOLD stripes on his sleeve. Colour Sergeants have an actual picture of a standard (colour)... and the Regimental Sergeant Major has a huge Royal coat-of-arms on his sleeve!
  6. Yes, it's decidedly unusual to have crossed swords mounted this way! There's no maker's mark that I can see (Carsten Zeige Auction 59, 2018-03-24, lot 339 if anyone's interested) but it could be a foreign-made one commissioned by the recipient back home if, perhaps, he was German. Or it could indicate a civil award at a higher level than a previously-awarded military award of the Order. Some thoughts. Megan
  7. More fascinating pictures, thanks Paja. And I quite understand, if it's important to you to control your images then you sometimes need to take extreme measures! Thank you for the offer of unwatermarked pictures, if there's anything I want a closer look at I shall make a request.
  8. A fine array - you've been busy, Paja. Thank you for sharing... .. but, any chance you could make your watermarking a little less obtrusive. It gets hard to pick out detail in places, and is rather distracting.
  9. Megan

    ARAB MEDALS -- Syria

    Interesting - I knew the Order of Merit had changed design but not why... until now!
  10. Fascinating stuff... particularly as I have been working on the Romanian section of my website recently!
  11. Megan

    ARAB MEDALS -- Oman

    I have it under Abu Dhabi, being awarded for 8 years' service in, as Owain says, the Abu Dhabi Defence Force. Nice picture... the image I have is, alas, without ribbon.
  12. You rang? Looks like the badge appendant from the chain Mnangagwe is wearing, which is the collar of the Zimbabwe Order of Merit - they use it as the President's badge of office. Red star, green wreath, gold centre motif; above is the arms of Zimbabwe: -
  13. Well, that's a fantastic website, to be sure. I'd found it last year but forgotten all about it!
  14. Nope, seems to be a random thing.... possibly different manufacturers?
  15. Why, thank you most kindly... yes, I could do with some images of the genuine beast! May I have your full name for the acknowledgements, please?