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  1. I am not technically very able; i will ask somone to help with the process of the photo; it is definately a 1st class red star with RPSSH. When I bought it I was a tad taken aback , as my 2nd & 3rd classes were both RPSH. All came from the same dealer.
  2. As usual, I am somewhat behind the rest of you as I have only just discovered this thread! The text states that no 'RPSSH' Red Star 1st classes have been observed! I am sure there will be many observed by now, but just to add a bit to this thread my Red Star 1st is an 'RPSSH' version. I bought it about 6 years ago (2012).
  3. bifter

    A Flintlock

    I recently bought a Wilkinson flintlock from around 1780's era! Cost £700, but is a brass, iron & walnut beauty. '15mm' balls & has been well looked after. I always have loved the 'romantic' brutality of antique weaponry. Each one a work of art! I also found a battered but very ornate '17mm' ball Italian flintlock with Roman numerls '1720' along the lock. It was still loaded. I would not want to be shot with one of these. They were very 'dirty' weapons!
  4. Those british awards are very much a special win!!!!!! Who did they go to??
  5. bifter

    My vietnam medal collection

    I like to consider myself as a 'serious' viet collector (a big collection!!!!! rather than them just being a sideline to other countries); i notice you have 2 'resolution for victory' & a 'fortress of the fatherland' order. I f you see any more of these' & you wish to sell them on for a wee profit' i will make it worth your while. Despite my 'dealer' being in Hanoi, these awards are rather scarce!!!!!
  6. Hi!
    My albanians have grown a lot recently. I now have a dealert in Tirana 7 he sells at great prices. Thank you for your interest in my affairs; Albanian awards are some of my favourite.

  7. Bifter's Hello I'm an Italian collector and I live in Albania ...
    I have different material Albanian and several medals, in my opinion the price of some medals that you said is something else.
    If you need to contact me Quelch piece you can find different things at prices much lower. bye, and forgive my English.
    Samuel soon

  8. I like this one. it seems good, even without holding it. You guys have already given all the good points so i need not do so again!!!!
  9. I just been sucscribing to the Atlas Editions Battleship Collection & they are VERY well worth collecting. This U -boat looks like a typical model from thier range of models. I hope they come to the U.K.
  10. bifter


    Hi! This medal is usually found on a small rectangular suspension, i cannot say what it is for though. I have only ever seen them on small suspensions.
  11. Thank you! I have been seeking pictures of all the early awards for years! I have a fair few but this is perfect. Please can you do more; preferablly with ALL the early stuff from Ukraine to Tuval etc.... If you can, i am sure many of us will be gratful to you.
  12. Could this be a genuine flatback that has been 'twisted' into a screwback by having its loop removed & a screwpost added? I have a nice flatback with its screwpost removed & a loop soldered on! Am i correct to assume removing screwposts & adding ribbon loops was the norm, & removing loops & adding screwposts wwas more to do with trying to get more money by fooling the unsuspecting collector?
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    I need help with this Chines badge / medal

    Hi! It is a copy of the medal for the liberation of northern China, during the civil war. The origional is on a ribbon, rather than being a badge.
  14. Hello! Mine is numbered 08! These badges are one of my favourites.
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    Gold Star of Vietnam

    Hi Seb16trs!!! I am guessing that the Vietnamese Gold Star is a rare one; but no one else seems to be talking to us!!!!! I know that they were not made of gold, or at least most of them were not that were issued to the Vietnamese themselves!!!! Maybe a few foreigners were given gold ones? The current issue ones from 2007 (as seen on the 'Medal Hound' website) are 24K plate. I really am kicking myself for not buying one of the 2007 ones last year, when i had the chance. It was $200, & i was busy collecting Albanian at the time. I cannot find one anywhere now!!! At the moment i am searching high & low for a 'Ho Chi Minh Order', a Cambodian 'Labour Order' & a Laotian 'Victory Order' - just thought i would mention that, in case you happen to have or know of any available!!!!! For seemingly cheap & 'lesser quality' manafactured awards, they are damn hard to come by!!! I have even offered high prices, to no avail!!! I offered $80 for the latter 2 each, & $300 for the Ho Chi Minh!!! Either they are all rare, or no-one wants to let thiers go!!