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Mike McLellan

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About Mike McLellan

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  • Birthday 31/07/46

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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. Awesome. Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection. Mike.
  2. Well, Mister Weasel , thanks for breaking your silence! That display stand with your victory medals is a beautifully done piece of wood-working. Would love to see your entire display. Any more photos?
  3. Romanian WW2 era banknotes

    Bye the way, despite what I said about the beauty of the banknotes, which is undeniable, that is one sorry looking wolf. Mike (from wolf country)
  4. Romanian WW2 era banknotes

    Romulus & Remus! I never would have guessed. Thanks, New World, but that begs your question. What’s the connection?
  5. Romanian WW2 era banknotes

    Beautiful banknotes, especially the 5,000,000.00 note. What is the symbolism surrounding the people nursing at the sow? Also, on some of the notes, the round cartouche is blank ; on others, it contains a coat of arms, the couples’ profile, or the above-mentioned sow. Were these left blank at the press and meant to be finished by the bank? Stunning artwork. They just don’t print money anymore (anywhere!) with such quality.
  6. Fascinating display. Is there any program of recognition of professional achievement in place today? I don’t think our government experimented with non-military “attaboy” awards, but many private companies as well as endowment funds provided recognition of special achievement in various areas of industry and the arts. I suspect that many of the high-achievers of all of our countries took the position of: “Thanks, but if I’m that good, how about some extra money!”. That being said, these awards are a great reminder that everybody likes to hear the boss recognize an employee for a job well done.
  7. The divisional symbol, if I squint my eyes just right, somewhat resembles the fouled anchor of the Thames Division of The Metropolitan Police. On the other hand, it could be a stylized letter L or P or ?. The jubilee medal is lacking the 1897 clasp, so that’s no help in narrowing down the date. We’ll have to wait for Dave Wilkinson to climb aboard. He will have the definitive answer. Mike.
  8. WW1 advice needed

    Would these games be re-enactments of historical events, or re-grouping in hopes of a different outcome? Aren’t you running the risk of opening old wounds? It sounds like an ambitious venture. Good luck. Mike
  9. Battle of Teutoburg Forest 9AD

    Build a road through that? Those guys didn’t even have chainsaws! You’ve already captured it. Beautiful! Mike.
  10. Identification of cap

    That’t a beauty. I wonder if the badge represents aero-plane propellers or a heraldic device as in the arms of Plymouth, etc. Very nice hat.
  11. It would be better with pictures.
  12. Christerd / What a fascinating thread! From beginning to end, the story gets more interesting, and the information that was given to Mira made it all the more exciting. This is one example of why GMIC is the finest site on the whole damn internet! Mike
  13. My dear gentlemen, I wonder if “Fake” is too callous a term for this piece. We know that Bow Street has been the seat of policing for a century and a half. In all that time there has been no strictly adhered-to pattern of official accoutrements or equipment. This thing is woefully ugly. The apparatus on the top, in place of the pattee, resembles a beer-bottle opener; Something that could be quite utile in the keeping of the Queen’s Peace. The wooden handle shows no wear of any kind, although the shaft itself does. Nor does it resemble any wood native to England. Lastly, Bow Street is not within the City of London’s ancient limits. I suspect it’s a souvenir manufactured for who-knows-what market, or to commemorate some occasion that none of us were invited to. The bidding is fairly active, and in the end, we may find that, to at least one collector, this “Holy Grail” will find a place of honor in his collection. None of us were born experts. We learned what we know the same way the high bidder is going to gain a little bit of expertise. I hope he thinks it’s a bargain. Mike (Been there / Done that) McLellan
  14. Beautiful. I’ve never seen one before. When Professor Google called it a “gold medal”, was he refering to the colour or the content of the metal? Very nice, indeed! Mike