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Mike McLellan

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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
  8. Mike McLellan

    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.
  13. Well, between the links that Coldstream offered, the comments from Peter, and a Google search of De Wet and blockhouses, I am now one of the Worlds leading authorities on this aspect of the Boer War! Okay, that’s not quite true, but my ignorance has been tempered to some degree. Thanks gentlemen.
  14. Wow! Nice picture. I think you’re right about the British helmets. The other gentlemen ( we’d call them “Rustlers” in this country), are wearing uniforms of a more casual nature. My guess is that they might be Boers. I’d also guess that this “roundup” was a notable actual event that was memorialized by a painting. Probably researchable. Again, terrific print. Mike
  15. Man, this thread just keeps getting better! Fascinating stuff. Thanks. Mike
  16. Mike McLellan

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    I’d like to see a young trooper trying to explain the value of a “beautiful patina” to his Sergeant Major.
  17. And, much to the annoyance to his colleagues, he probably uttered, “The game’s afoot” when a sense of urgency arose. Thanks for showing, what would be, the centerpiece of any collection. Very nice indeed. Mike.
  18. Thanks for posting. Really nice collection. I’d like a closer look at the vellum document and the medals bar if you get a chance. Is there any etching on the blade to indicate whether it’s police or army related? By the way, welcome to GMIC. What else do you collect? Mike.
  19. Gentlemen, after much reflection and inner turmoil, I must admit that my original hypothesis was totally without merit. It is, indeed, a 1911 coronation medal. The photographer’s flash was of such a brilliance that the chemical composition of the blue stripes on the medal ribbon flouresced brightly and this bright reflection of light was captured on the photographers plate, reacting with the silver nitrate. The red portion of the ribbon, being of a somewhat different chemical makeup, did not reflect the light of the flash to any significant degree, so the red portion appears grey, as it should, while the blue stripes appear white, as in a burst of light. Examining different studio photos of policemen with their medals, one can see this same phenominum occurring quite frequently, especially with the 1902 medals, which appear grey with a single white stripe down the middle. In this particular case, the camera is not focused very sharply, and the slight blurriness exascerbates the allusion, making the blue stripes appear wider than they really are. Sorry to start this argument in the first place, but I’m old and it gets a little lonely out on the tundra, and I like to hear myself talk. I feel much better now. Thank you. Mike
  20. John, I don’t doubt what you say, but that ribbon just doesn’t look like a coronation piece.
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