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  1. Peter, Many thanks - I would concur. I believe the Medal Rolls are for both the Medal and Star are at the British Library - a task when I am next on leave from Saudi.. Again thank you. Regards, Owain
  2. Gentlemen, I have recently obtained a worn Afghanistan Medal 1878-80 , claps Kabul to "PTE Khyroodeen, 28th Bombay Infantry". He may have also been entitled to a Kabul to Kandahar Star 1880, however British Battles & Medals make no reference to the unit, but other sources make reference to the unit being at Kandahar. Of course if he was present he would have been entitled to the Kandahar clasp to the medal as well. Perhaps if there is no clasp then he was not there and thus not entitled to the Kabul to Kandahar Star. My field of expertise is Arab world so this is all somewhat new to me. Any thoughts / suggestions? Owain
  3. Dear Mark, Further to studying the photo of your grandfather I am almost certain that he is also wearing the Order of the Star of Ethiopia - instituted by Emperor Menelik II in the late 1880's. Do you have any idea as when the photograph was taken? The neck badge is of an early type and I would suggest he received it in the 1890's. Was he on a Mission to Addis Ababa. Kind regards, Owain P.S. I suspect the big star in the centre is Ottoman.
  4. Gieth, OK - I am sorry I do not have one - they are scarce pieces to find either military or civil issues. I have been collecting for over 25 years and I am still looking for one. Good luck, Owain
  5. Geith, Are you trying to sell one or are you wanting to buy one? Owain
  6. Please Help To identify Medal

    Nick, The is a commemorative medallion marking in 1978 the 10th Anniversary of the 1968 Ba'ath Revolution which brought the Ba'ath party to power and ultimately to the rule of Saddam Hussein. The case bears the inscription "Central Bank of Iraq". It is not an order or medal to be worn. No uniform (wearable) medal was issued to mark this anniversary. Kind regards, Owain
  7. buying medals in Kuwait

    Caz, Not been there for a while but from my previous visits no success at all. Try you hotel for suggestions as to junk shops although much which passes for antiques in Bahrain, Saudi , Oman or UAE comes from India or Pakistan and should viewed with a degree of cynicism. Regards, Owain
  8. Gentlemen, Just to reiterate, as far as the Kuwaitis are concerned it is an 'Order' and Spink did not make it nor did they subcontract it to anyone else. Kind regards, Owain
  9. Please Help To identify Medal

    Nubirus, It is, I believe, a 1967 Lebanese military college pocket badge. I think it may be missing a central device. Regards, Owain
  10. The Silver Plate from Egypt

    Nick, As noted it is 900 silver made in Cairo and the date mark is for the period commencing 1 October 1985 to 8 October 1989. Regards, Owain
  11. Unknown Medal

    Nick, The obverse has Gamal Abdulnasser of Egypt and I suspect it is one of the many souvenir or memento medals issued during the 1950s and 1960s. I can't read the obverse script other than the last word which is 'the nation'. Kind regards, Owain
  12. Finland Minis

    Tomasz, Superb quality, Owain
  13. Kingdom of Egypt (1922-1953)

    Nothing specific at all in all three museums. I'll next be in Cairo in October and will again visit both the Abdeen Palace and the Military Museum - the latter I believe was set up many years ago with the assistance of all people the North Koreans hence there is a somewhat propaganda driven feel to the whole place. The Abdeen Palce is nice but 'could be better' but all in all both are well worth a visit. Regards, Owain P.S. On another matter I note your post on HM Yacht Maroussa - do you have any information on its predecessor HMS Noor al Bahr?
  14. Kingdom of Egypt (1922-1953)

    Chris , I visited the BA in February and whilst I can confirm that it is well worth a visit if you are in Alexandria, there is no medal display or exhibit. There are a few medals on display at the National Museum and also at the Jewellery Museum but the displays of themselves would not justify a visit to Alexandria. Kind regards, Owain
  15. Miniatures of Japanese Orders and Medals

    Gentlemen , Another Rising Sun miniature - this time in an Ethiopian led group of miniatures to Ato Mesfin Abebe. Regards, Owain
  16. Please Help To identify Medal

    Dear Nubirus, This is the post-1969 DRS issue - the 1956-69 RS issue has a rhino badge on the obverse - see attached. The medal comes in three classes. Regards, Owain
  17. Unknown cross

    As the centre is a Moroccan it may be that an original Bertrand of Paris manufactured centre has been 'married' to the cross. The rim of the centerpiece is different from the rim of the cross. Is there a reverse image? Regards, Owain
  18. Jeff, As Chris notes there are two versions - pre and post the proclamation of the Jamahariayah. Regards, Owain
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Kimj, Good suggestion - Many thanks, Owain
  24. Oman Gallantry Medals

    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
  25. Stuka, Will do once I have completed my research. Regards, Owain