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Mike McLellan

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About Mike McLellan

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  • Birthday 31/07/1946

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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. Talk about aesthetic beauty! The six-panel helmet has so much more subtle, but beautiful, character than any design that followed (in my humble opinion of course). Throw in a spike and those beautiful chin chain, and these helmets are works of art.
  2. Big miniature bar

    Fascinating ribbons. Surely, a DSO who: served in Egypt, South Africa, MID in the Great War, and still had enough energy to serve on the home front in the Second Great War, cannot remain anonymous for too long around here. Just wait. Someone will come up with name and probably a photo of your man.
  3. Prins Dschero Khan - US special forces?

    I may be wrong, but I think that he was also an “Iron Chef”.
  4. US Marine Corp service dress jacket

    Looks like a perfect match to me. Very nice. Mike
  5. Well done! Successful research helps bring these things back to life. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Hanseatic Campaign

    I wonder if the heavier or thicker font, as well as the pronounced third ring around the rim is due to cleaning or normal wear. The example with the red background looks untouched. The other looks almost mint. Otherwise, yours looks okay to my tired eyes.
  7. WW1 Commemorative piece

    Beautiful!! Do the sandbags provide enough ballast to mitigate the harm caused by a clumsy oaf reaching across his desk for his coffee cup? I speak only for myself, of course. Seriously, that is a beautiful piece of work. Mike.
  8. It’s awfully hard, even for the most clever among us, to improve upon perfection. The City Police insignia is, in my not-so-humble opinion, one of the most beautiful police badges in the world. Why change? Mike The RCMP is a very close second. We need a thread devoted to aesthetically beautiful police insignia. That should spark some fierce debates!
  9. Thanks Dave. Always helpful. So...from the Contemptables to the Beatles! Quite a span. Mike.
  10. What looks like a nest of slithering slimy creatures is actually a group of City of London Police helmet plates that arrived in yesterday's mail. I don't get many opportunities to add to my collection, so when these appeared on line, I resisted for as long as I could, but finally bit the rather costly bullet, and caved in. I'm sure that you all know the feeling! Since COL plates have evolved almost without change in the past 150 years, I really don't know how old these things are. The paint condition and bits of green mold suggest that they are quite old. Any guesses or other comments? Mike
  11. Awesome. Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection. Mike.
  12. 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?
  13. 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)
  14. Romanian WW2 era banknotes

    Romulus & Remus! I never would have guessed. Thanks, New World, but that begs your question. What’s the connection?
  15. 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.