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  1. Gentlemen, Somewhat out of my field of Arabian awards and I am trying to research this order - see attached miniature - and the most concise online source (wawards.org) I have found states: Order instituted on 19 July 1931. Order awarded to Romanian citizens and foreigners for outstanding achievements in the field of culture, art and science. Order have 4 grades: Commander, Officer, Knight 1st Class, and Knight 2nd Class. Order divided into eight categories: literature; science; arts, music and theatre; general culture; religion; education; sports and scouting; civil guard. Each category have individual ribbon. On line I have seen blue/purple or red crosses (breast badges) with our without crowns and I have also seen gilt and silver medals - are these the knight grades? Is there list of the different ribbons applicable to each category? Is the Commander a neck badge? How scarce are these awards? Many thanks, Owain P.S. I had posted this in the Southern Europe and Balkans section - I have been too long in Arabia and I have forgotten my geography! Thanks to Paja for showing me the error of my way.
  2. Carol, Thanks - I appear to have mis-graded the Italian, Tunisian and Romanian badges. Your suggestion as to why a Type 1 badge is with a Type 2 ribbon is feasible. Sadly with no way of identifying the recipient the chain remains but an example, albeit to my mind a superb one, of the miniature jewelers art. Kind regards, Owain
  3. Gentlemen, I attach images of the obverse and reverse of the set of miniatures. France - Order of the Legion of Honour, Commander, 3rd Class. France - Order of Public Instruction, Officer of the Academy, 2nd Class. Spain – Order of Isabella the Catholic, Grand Cordon, 1st Class. Egypt – Order of the Nile, Grand Officer, 2nd Class. Yugoslavia - Order of St. Sava, Grand Cordon, 1st Class. Sovereign Military Order of Malta - Pro Merito Melitensi, Grand Cordon, 1st Class. Italy – Order of the Crown, Grand Officer, 2nd Class. Tunisia – Order of Glory, Commander, 3rd Class. Rumania – Order of the Star of Rumania, Commander, 3rd Class. Belgium – Order of Leopold, Knight, 5th Class. Rumania –Order of Cultural Merit, Knight 2nd Class. With kind regards, Owain
  4. Kimj, Good suggestion - Many thanks, Owain
  5. Gentlemen, I have been tasked by a friend to locate a miniature for a lady in order that it can be worn at a wedding later in the summer. Any ideas of a source in Stockholm? Kind regards, Owain P.S. Images thanks to www.medal.nu
  6. John, Welcome to the forum. Arab awards are nigh impossible to research, but Tinson's book is beacon of light in the darkness and one of the very few books on Arabic awards. This forum represents the other great source of information. Kind regards, Owain
  7. Stuka, Will do once I have completed my research. Regards, Owain
  8. Thanks - research done thanks to the collective knowledge of fellow GMIC members. Regards, Owain
  9. Carol, As I suspected, an 'easy' research of a recipients list will not be possible. However my thanks to you, Paja and 922F for your assistance. Once final query - you note "two versions exist with respect to the effigy of the monarch in the centre, Carol II (1931-1940) and Mihai (1940-1947)". Which version is the miniature? Thanks, Owain
  10. Carol, This is most informative and interesting - thank you. The designation of category by ribbon must be fairly unique. I now know that the miniature is a Knight 2nd Class for Literature. I suspect the answer is 'no' but I must ask, are there lists of the recipients of this award? I believe the recipient of this particular award was a French national and he also received the Order of the Star of Rumania. Again many thanks. Owain
  11. Gentlemen, Somewhat out of my field of Arabian awards and I am trying to research this order - see attached miniature - and the most concise online source (wawards.org) I have found states: Order instituted on 19 July 1931. Order awarded to Romanian citizens and foreigners for outstanding achievements in the field of culture, art and science. Order have 4 grades: Commander, Officer, Knight 1st Class, and Knight 2nd Class. Order divided into eight categories: literature; science; arts, music and theatre; general culture; religion; education; sports and scouting; civil guard. Each category have individual ribbon. On line I have seen blue/purple or red crosses (breast badges) with our without crowns and I have also seen gilt and silver medals - are these the knight grades? Is there list of the different ribbons applicable to each category? Is the Commander a neck badge? How scarce are these awards? Many thanks, Owain
  12. Paja, Great - many thanks, Owain
  13. Paja, Many thanks for the information and the correction - I have reposted in Eastern Europe! Owain
  14. Herr General, No, nice group, but 'no', not an Omani medal, but a Ras Al Khaima medal....see my notes below: Regards, Owain The Order of the Tower of Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaima Owain Raw-Rees, OMRS 3088 OMSA 4978 The Emirate of Ras Al Khaima is the northernmost of the seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates which is situated at the southern end of the Arabian Gulf. The name of the Emirate comes from the Arabic word for peninsula - ras and tents - khaima, as it is traditionally held that the name of Ras Al Khaima was derived from a Saint Johasmi and the tents of his followers who resided on a headland where later a settlement of the same name was built. The Order was instituted by Emiri Decree No. 15/81 in 1981 and was instituted for and named after the ruling family of Ras Al Khaima. The Order is awarded for distinguished service to the Government of Ras Al Khaima. and is in four classes and is awarded as follows, First Class To Kings, Heads of State, Rulers and their Deputies. Second Class To Ministers, Ambassadors, members of the Armed Forces and Police above the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Third Class Senior civil servants, officers of the Armed Forces and Police on the rank of Major and above. Fourth Class Civil Servant, officers and other members of the Armed Forces and Police of the rank of Captain or below. The medal was awarded to members of the Mobile Forces of Ras Al Khaima. (The Mobile Force merged with the Abu Dhabi Defence Force and the Dubai Defence Force to become the Federal Armed Forces in 1976.) The details of the Order are as follows, First Class Breast star and sash with badge. Second Class Breast star with neck badge. Third Class Neck badge. Fourth Class Medal. Obverse Star A five pointed multi-rayed star with each point separated by and alternating with a traditional jambiya or dagger within its scabbards, hilts to the centre. In the centre a gilt tower on a blue foreground surrounded by a gilt wreath. This in turn is surrounded by a concentric red enamelled circle bearing a pattern uppermost and lowermost the Arabic inscription, “Tower of Qasimi” Badge As the badge on the star but also surrounded by a wreath of green enamelled palm leaves tied at the base. This has an outer border consisting gilt entwined cord. Medal The head of the ruler, Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, facing right above the Arabic inscription, "Ras al Khaima” Reverse Order Blank other than a serial number. Medal A tower surrounded by a wreath, and below which is the inscription, “Order of Qasimi” Size First Badge 70mm. Star 80mm. Second Badge 60mm. Star 80mm. Third Badge 60mm. Fourth Medal 36mm. Metal Gilded base metal. Ribbon Sash 110mm white with a 55mm red central stripe. Second 55mm white with a 25mm red central stripe. Third 40mm white with a 20mm red central stripe. Medal 32mm red with 8 mm white edge stripes. The medal ribbon bears a small circular device bearing the tower depicted on the obverse of the badge and the reverse of the medal. Suspension Star By a pin to the rear. Badge By a loop affixed to the top of the badge representing the top of an anchor, the remainder of which extends into the design of the badge and the flukes are set between the uppermost points of the palm wreath. Medal By a bar affixed to the top of the medal by a clasp. Designer Spink and Son Ltd. in conjunction with the Qasimi family. Manufacturer Spink and Son Ltd., who in November of 1980 manufactured the following numbers of awards, Numbers First Class - 10. Second Class - 20. Third Class - 40. Fourth Class (Medal) - 1000 The emirate of Ras Al Khaima, ruled by the Al Qasimi family which can trace its descent back to 1720, came under British influence in 1809 when the town of Ras Al Khaima was captured as the Qasimi Fleet were perceived as a threat to the trading activities of the British East India Company. The town was again recaptured in 1819 and on 5 February 1820 a general peace treaty was signed along with various other tribes in the region which became known as the Trucial States. The full title of this treaty was the “General Treaty for the Cessation of Plunder and Piracy by Land and Sea.” The treaty begins as follows, “In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate! Praise be to God, who hath ordained peace to be a blessing to his creatures. There is established a lasting peace between the British Government and the Arab tribes, who are parties to this contract, on the following conditions: Article 1 There shall be a cessation of plunder and piracy by land and sea on the part of the Arabs, who are party to this contract, for ever.” Later in the Treaty the flag of the Arabs is noted as being red with a border of white. This remains to this day the flag of Ras Al Khaima and its colours are those of the Order. The other Emirates have retained the red and white colour scheme but have adopted their own designs. The British formally left the region with the establishment of the United Arab Emirates in February 1972 and the current ruler of Ras Al Khaima, H.H. Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has done much to promote the development of the Emirate. Despite being located within the Arabian Gulf the Emirate has not been blessed with the oil wealth of its neighbours and has an economy which now includes such diverse activities as cement, pharmaceuticals, explosives, construction and agriculture. Moderator, Perhaps Herr General's post and my response can be taken out of this topic and re-started as a stand alone 'Ras Al Khaima' topic? Regards, Owain
  15. Dear Karsten, Happy to be of assistance. As you note it is a relatively common piece. Perhaps some $15-$20 is all that it is worth. Kind regards, Owain
  16. Dear Karsten, This is the Syrian Arab Army Medal and was awarded to all members of the Syrian Armed Forces serving on the First of August 1962, and commemorates the establishment of the Syrian Arab Army on the First of August 1946. (The date on the medal of 1945 appears to be a design error.) In 1965 the terms of award were amended to include all who had served at any time between First of August 1946 and the First of August 1962 and also to those who had re-enlisted between the Eighth of March 1963 (following the Ba’ath Coup D’Etat) and the Twenty-eighth of April 1965. Kind regards, Owain
  17. Milukas, This is some manner of Haile Selassie I presentation medalet which comes in 3 classes - gilt, silver and bronze. There should be a 935 silver mark on it which indicates the purity of the silver and to my mind its European origin - the pin or 'epingle' may indicate French origin. To date I have been unable to ascertain is true purpose. The case should have the same monogram upon it. The ribbon is correct. If it is for sale please let me know. Kind regards, Owain
  18. Aha, and the British flag is coming down on the left hand side. It is not a common medal, but the demand for Sudanese awards is not great. Finding the correct ribbon will be a challenge - 2nd row third from the left (red, white, black, white, black, white, red) - between the Long Service (black white black) and Independence (blue yellow green). Owain .....and the others, I think: Order of the Revolution, Order of Bravery, Order of Victory. Order of National Unity (?), Long & Distinguished Service, Evacuation, Independence. Merit 1st Class, ????, Egypt Military Star, Egypt 1973 War. Owain
  19. Dear Angelok, This is the 'Medal of Evacuation' awarded to all serving during the evacuation of foreign (British) forces from Sudan. Kind regards, Owain
  20. Gerald, Nice group - although perhaps for another thread. The Iraq ASM is a great medal and often the full size issue was awarded with a clasp however in very many years I have only ever seen once clasp in miniature. Should the TWM be before the GSM? Owain
  21. Gerald, very nice - it is a handsome medal and whether Saeed issue, like this one or the Qaboos issue, represents a fascinating and critical period of Omani /Arabian peninsula history. Owain
  22. Gerald, Nice group with a Sultan Saeed GSM. Are the Omani awards in the correct order of precedence? Should the Peace Medal come after the As Sumood (Endurance) Medal? Regards, Owain
  23. Gerald, Your miniature image is not showing - can you repost? Owain
  24. Excellent work - many thanks, Owain
  25. Good afternoon gentlemen, I attach images of the full size example I have in my collection - enjoy. Kind regards, Owain