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  1. While the family tree shown doesn't go back this far, I wonders whether / how he is related to this rather well-known military gent. Gaspard II de Coligny Political leader Gaspard de Coligny, Seigneur de Châtillon was a French nobleman and admiral, best remembered as a disciplined Huguenot leader in the French Wars of Religion and a close friend and advisor to King Charles IX of France. Wikipedia Born: February 16, 1519, Châtillon-Coligny, France Assassinated: August 24, 1572, Paris, France Spouse: Charlotte de Laval (m. 1547) Children: Louise de Coligny, François de Coligny, Charles de Coligny Parents: Gaspard I de Coligny, Louise de Montmorency Siblings: François de Coligny d'Andelot
  2. Sorry, not a clue. I got mine with the order in it. Best, Hugh
  3. Concur completely with Dave. This looks just like the box for my Order of the White Elephant, Special Cordon 1st Class, except that yours is missing the tray. Best, Hugh
  4. I can't find it in any of my US books, but I have a recollection that the US originally adopted a ribbon for the WW I Victory medal which incorporated the national colors of all the Allied nations. This doesn't look exactly like what I remember, but it's perhaps a logical possibility. Comments? Hugh
  5. Thailand - Order of the White Elephant. Not sure of the class. My book shows metal devices to show class. Probably Officer or Commander. Who's the recipient?
  6. It seems to me that long ago, the branch colors were seen on trouser stripes and NCO chevrons for the old dress blues. Also, as a center stripe on the gold braid for officers sleeves. I don't know when branch colors appeared on caps. We need someone with better data to get involved. Hugh
  7. I'm far from an expert, but this looks to me like US Army junior officer from about 1900 - 1930. What i don't understand is why it has the plain mohair* band, and not the branch color ( auf Deutsch, Waffenfarben) as shown in Stuka's example. Find the answer to that, and you'll probably narrow the time frame. Best, Hugh * If I remember correctly, the USA once classified mohair as a strategic commodity. Wouldn't want those boys to go hatless.
  8. Are there regulations on how the Aussie digger should wear his bush hat: brim turned up or flat? An SAS friend took particular pains to crush the crown down almost flat, but we never discussed the turnup. Flat on some occasions, turned up on others? Did it change over the years? I can't remember seeing pictures of Kiwis with the brim turned up, and they like that pointed crown effect, like the Americans in WW I. Somebody should give us a little input, please. If you haven't already seen it, WW2today is a great daily bulletin on events of WW II. Brit oriented, but he occasionally wanders abroad. I've borrowed this picture from today's post.*+)
  9. I'm pretty convinced it's Czech. The white lion with two tails is Czech and there are not one but two Czech orders which reference the white lion. The red/white/blue background is the same as the Czech flag and the letters CSR probably stand for Czech Socialist Republic. (See the Wikipedia reference below) This item doesn't look like any of the Czech orders or medals I know, but I'm far from an expert on the Communist era awards. I'm hoping one of our better-informed members will weigh in. If forced to guess, I'd say that this might be a veteran's or commemorative badge. Let's wait to hear from the experts. Hugh
  10. Looks to me like Communist Czechoslovakia (Post WW II). I wouldn't think it's military.
  11. Going from the factual to the literary, let me recommend Time for a Tiger, part of Anthony Burgess' trilogy The Long Day Wanes. It's a great story about the Malayan Police after World War II.
  12. Sorry to disappoint, but I'm afraid that the fourth and fifth class exist only in my fevered brain. I wrote without consulting my source data, and, as often happens, screwed up. I was probably thinking of the European orders, many of which have five classes, but NOT the Tamgha-i-Khidmat. Now, about that enamle... Best, Hugh
  13. Far be it for me to dissent from those more knowledgeable, but just a couple of observations. I can't see any trace of remaining enamel, and normally, I'd expect to see at least a small ridge at the edge of the enamelled surface to prevent the liquid enamel from running over the edge. There is none. Of course, neither of these is conclusive but I wonder if anyone has ever heard of a non-enamelled version. Just asking.
  14. Thanks for the help. The medal is in a glassed frame, so I can't get a look. Sorry. Any thoughts on the white enamel vs. no enamel? H
  15. Now and then it's useful to look at one's notes instead of just winging it from memory. Apologies. I have this listed as Tamgha-i-Khidmat 2nd class in my inventory. Is that correct? Dimensions shown in previous post. Thanks, Hugh