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Mike McLellan

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About Mike McLellan

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    Fairbanks, Alaska
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    Repairing & tinkering with older Smith & Wesson revolvers, Wildlife & Bird watching, Met Police insignia, Running errands for my dear bride.

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  1. Is there a maker’s name stamped on the heel end? The shape resembles a Parker, Field truncheon but the painted decorations do not. The painting, while clearly the hand of an accomplished artist, suggests a much more garish style than a typical Parker Field example, particularly the crown. Quite a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece.
  2. Perhaps forfeiture of part, or all, of his pension might teach him the importance of providing truthful answers on official documents! Larceny indeed!
  3. Very nice. The dramatic lighting helps to accent the features too.
  4. Well, tap as I may, I can’t get the photos to appear.
  5. Fascinating stuff. As a youth, I read (with difficulty), Solzhenitsyn’s dreary accounts. It’s gratifying to see that there were, from time to time, happy endings. I had never presumed that the awards could be restored. Thanks for posting. Mike.
  6. According to Mr. Google, Gieves & Hawkes of Saville Row, London still possesses a Royal warrant to manufacture bespoke uniforms, etc. I imagine they would do a super job on the button repair, if given the opportunity. It’s not something I would normally wear, but it’s a beautiful bit of head-gear none the less. Show us the finished product when it’s done. Mike.
  7. Amazing that it has lasted this long in such beautiful condition. It must be quite sturdy, or it’s owners have been very careful through the years. The document adds immensely to its value. Very beautiful! An absolute treasure. Mike
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    Badges ot Excellent Soldiers

    Thanks. That’s what I meant. I’m not too keen on starting a collection, but I must applaud the whole concept of giving some token of appreciation to those workers who strive for excellence, regardless of their oftentimes mundane Professions. Instilling pride might not put food on the table, but it sometimes makes the hunger pangs less acute. Mike.
  9. Please forgive me if I ask a foolish question. I’m trying to learn the service requirements for obtaining ww2 medals. How could the son qualify for the home defense medal if he also qualified for the Africa, Italy, and war medal? Not to mention the long service medal. Thanks. Mike
  10. Nice one. These stories breathe a good bit of life into these old medals. Even though historical anecdotes are sometimes streaked with exaggeration, it’s fun to read them. Keep the tales coming.
  11. Mike McLellan

    Badges ot Excellent Soldiers

    Were these “excellent “ badges only for members of the military? Were there similar awards for civilian high-achievers? Is there a site where a list of all the examples could be seen? Really fascinating badges. Thanks. Mike.
  12. For guns in similar condition, light oil and very fine bronze wool. If a gentle scouring doesn’t work, just leave it. A rough scouring might do more damage. Mike.