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  1. This is all fascinating and informative, as I'm working on the Venezuela section of my website at the moment! Just to add even more confusion, it appears that the entire thing was dropped and replaced in 2010 by the Orden Libertadores y Libertadoras de Venezuela in collar and 3 classes - and a quite different centrepiece to the badge, if a rather scruffy image in the Spanish version of Wikipedia is to be believed. No idea as to the design of the stars worn by Class 1 and Class 2, yet. The ribbon is yellow/blue/red with small white stars on the blue stripe. I have found the law creating it, In Spanish of course, and am struggling my way through a translation (my Spanish is at the 'May I have a beer, please?' and 'Where is the bathroom?' level!). If anyone's good at Spanish I can send a copy over, she says hopefully... I have found an image from earlier this year of a 100-year old musician called Juan Vicente Torrealba receiving the Class 1 of the order - you can see the stars on the sash and the star but it is not at all clear.
  2. Guyana became independent from the UK in 1966, but did not institute her own orders until becoming a Republic in 1970. The highest order, awarded in a single class, is the Order of Excellence of Guyana. It is awarded to up to 25 living citizens of the Republic for distinction and eminence in any field of endeavour of national or international importance. Foreigners may receive honorary awards. Badge: Star:
  3. Maarjamaa Risti teenetemärk Instituted in 1995 and awarded to Estonians and foreigners for services to the state in 6 classes. Here is the Collar, which with a star makes up a 'special' class. Obverse: Reverse:
  4. Fascinating, thanks Antonio.
  5. Review now posted (see Books section below).
  6. My copy has just arrived and it's beautiful! More coherent comments to follow after I've stopped drooling over the pictures and actually read it!
  7. Of course, it's Eid al-Fitr isn't it. Have a wonderful festival. Eid mubarak.
  8. The Greek is basically the title of each medal Διασυμμαχικόν Μετάλλιον Νίκης = Allied Victory Medal Πολεμικός Σταυρός = War Cross (3rd Class) Αριστείον Ανδρείας = literally 'Award for Bravery', usually called the Cross of Valour.
  9. Megan

    Are these US patches?

    All Vietnam-era, bottom 2 are US. Top: Unknown, probably one of the 'joke' patches that were made up in country and worn unofficially. Middle: (blue with wing) is 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (normally seen with a white on blue AIRBORNE arc above). Bottom: (red with sword) is US Military Assistance Command Vietnam.
  10. Megan

    State Courier Service jubilee badges

    Pretties! Thank you for sharing, Frank.
  11. 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!).
  12. Megan

    Medal Work

    You do beautiful work, Boris - thank you for sharing.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. Megan


    National Order Instituted: 31 May 1963. Awarded: In recognition of exceptional service to the state. Grades: 5 (Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer and Knight). Here is the Commander:
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Megan

    ARAB MEDALS -- Syria

    Interesting - I knew the Order of Merit had changed design but not why... until now!
  21. Fascinating stuff... particularly as I have been working on the Romanian section of my website recently!
  22. 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.
  23. 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: -