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    1. British and Commonwealth medals, badges
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    3. European - WW II and prior medals
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  1. My nephew was in a similar position. We contacted the relative, and he offered to sell them for a fair replacement price. She declined and that was the end of it, but I know that both my nephew and I never felt right about it. We tried to recontact her to return them at no cost, but couldn't reach her. I also was contacted by another relative (different soldier) and sold the medal at a fair replacement price. I showed him a couple of comparable medals on offer and he chose one to send me. I think we were both quite satisfied with the trade. It would be generous to return them at no cost, but remember, the veteran or next of kin may have sold these medals into the market in the first place. A little hard to know what's fair. H
  2. Bit of a puzzler. The fuzziness of the image doesn't help. The most likely would seem to be the Flotten-Kriegsabzeichen (High Seas Fleet insignia), but it lacks the eagle/swastika on top, so that's out. Through a process of elimination, the only thing left is the Bandenkampfabzeichen (Partisan insignia), which seems extremely unlikely for a naval officer of this seniority. I'm looking forward to input from one of our experts to set me straight. H
  3. To state the obvious (to British collectors) - the crown appears to be from Victoria's reign, and the three feathers belong to the Prince of Wales. Couldn't connect the scroll with II to any regiment with Prince of Wales. So much from the dilettante. Now let's hear from the experts.
  4. Here's an advanced peek at my forthcoming birthday / Christmas present - an officer's dirk from the Seaforth (78th Highlanders - Ross-shire Buffs) - c. 1881 - 1914. I'm looking for some advice on how / whether to get rid of the rust on the blade (pictures to follow). I'm delighted to get this piece, since the 78th were my family's regiment before they got on the SS California for Boston in the early 1880's. It was outrageously expensive, but worth it to me. A note of caution: Apparently some shippers are having trouble importing edged weapons into the US these days. There was a bit of fumbling back and forth getting it over here from the UK and US Customs took a nick in spite of the declaration as an antique. Selfish bastards. Best, Hugh Now, what do I do about this rust? I've tried baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice (separately). It would take the rest of my admittedly short life expectancy to get it cleaned off with any of those. H
  5. Oh, Peter, you shouldn't have encouraged me. Some followup pictures. The first appears to be Princess Louise's cypher and coronet from the 91st (Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders). The second and third are the Boar and the Cat respectively. I wasn't able to attribute these in a quick search of J. S. Farmer, Kipling and King and Reginald Cox's books, but assume that one or both would have been the badge of the 93rd ( Sutherland Highlanders). Next up, the blade.
  6. I recently bought an officer's dirk from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, c. 1882 - 1900. You may have seen it in the Spnks catalogue. It was bloody expensive, but I'm happy with it, and of course must show it off. I've shown it with its cousin, a sghean dubh for the Seaforth Highlanders, which I showed some years ago. I like the idea of the knife and fork, rather like the Ghurka kukri I had years ago.
  7. I wonder if it might be a merchant shipping company insignia. Somehow just doesn't look naval to me. Hugh
  8. Sounds as though it could fit between the hammer and the striking position to absorb the fall. H
  9. Can you tell / show us the size of the device? I'm not aware of us using such a gadget in the US Armed Forces. Thanks, Hugh
  10. Back when we were doing small arms training during the mid-last century, the instructors seemed to place a high value on dry firing or snapping in - repeated alignment of the sight picture followed by gradual pressure on the trigger until the hammer released. Perhaps this device prevented damage from repeated snapping in. Can't envision how it might have worked. H
  11. I'm no expert, but this looks to me like the insignia of the Spanish Army. Of course, it could still have been worn by the Legion Condor.
  12. Hugh

    India Rank

    It seems likely that you are referring to the rank "Jemedar" ( also spelt "jamadar") which is a rank for junior commissioned officers (JCO). JCOs, who were known as Viceroy's Commissioned Officers during the time of the Raj, were roughly equivalent to warrant officers in the British and other Western armies. Apparently the use of "jemadar" has been discontinued, and "subedar" (sometimes spelt "subadar") is now used in its place. There are three ranks of JCOs. The article below may be useful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_ranks_and_insignia_of_India Best, Hugh
  13. These are VERY dated, but in case you get no other responses, it's a start. The Parentheses entries are my best recollection of where they are in the city, but it's more than 20 years ago. I've heard that the supply of old British medals has really dried up. Devichand, Delhi (Connaught Circus) Ribbons, replacement medals Satish Kumar, Delhi (Gole Market?) Curio Centre, Delhi (In a small market area named "something" Nagar?) Army Equippers, Delhi (Connaught Circus?) Ribbons, replacement medals Good luck! H
  14. I DON'T speak Italian, but the inscription on the medal/ribbon seems to be for the Fifth Congress of animal breeding and artificial insemination in September of 1964. Perhaps a Google search of Lazzaro Spallanzani might tell you more. Hugh
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