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  1. It seems like some sort of insignia of the Swedish W:6 society. I don't know whether it is an award or just a sign of having reached a certain rank/level within the society, W:6 seems like some sort of "Freemason-like" society only existing within Sweden. See link: http://www.w6.se/ /Jonas
  2. Clan Buchan? The crest with the sunflower as well as the motto seems to fit. /Jonas
  3. Not the 10th, wrong badge... It's the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own). Here's a link with some facts about the regiment: http://web.archive.org/web/20080118043718/http://www.regiments.org/regiments/uk/cav/D11h.htm /Jonas
  4. Owain, looking at the UN badge it looks entirely different on obverse/reverse. So, as you say, a trial piece might be the real truth? The more I look at it, the more questions I have! I'll try to track down a friend who served with the first Swedish UNEF rotation and see if he knows anything, the problem is that he's quite "stuck" into his Congo mission of the '60s... /Jonas
  5. "Swed Bn" seems like it means Swedish Battalion. I know that "SWEBAT" abbreviation was used in the Balkans, but I can't say which of all the possible spelling alternatives would be correct for the Swedish contribution to UNEF. "Bn" is the American abbreviation for battalion, right? The Swedish military abbreviation would be "bat". I would expect UNTSO to be an accompanied mission - in fact I know it was in the 80's since a former class mate of mine lived for a year in Cairo while his father served in that mission. Could it even be from the 70's and related to UNEF2? But, then, why not a "2" or "II" behind UNEF? /Jonas
  6. Hello Owain! I think the "YK-VAIMOT"- medal is Finnish. It seems like "YK" is the Finnish abbreviation for UN, and "vaimot" is Finnish for "wives". I'm quite certain that it isn't Swedish - my native language is Swedish! I can't speak for the Finnish medal, but the Swedish medal is not allowed to wear on uniform. In fact I've never even heard of it or seen one until now. /Jonas
  7. Paul, surely you mean Oscar II monogram? Oscar II reigned 1872 -1907, while his father - Oscar I - reigned 1844-1859. Nevertheless a nice photo from which I hope is possible to identify the recipient. /Jonas
  8. Looking at my own meagre personal collection of medals originating from Sporrong, gold plated silver (with oxidized surface) are marked "925" (for the silver content), silver (with oxidized surface) are hallmarked wih the "cat's foot" as well as "925" and silver plated base metal (with oxidized surface) has no stamps at all as to content. Those are of course of considerably later manufacture, but I'd say the markings would still have been the same during the whole of the 20th Century. Modern issue medals may differ as I believe the "cat's foot" are no longer mandatory. Stefan, if your medal doesn't have the "cat's foot" and the silver content markings, then it isn't made of silver, though it could be silver plated. I'm really curious as to what that silver medal of yours are made of! Mike, if you ever find out who was awarded that second silver medal, I hope you post the name in the thread! /Jonas
  9. Hello Stefan! If it is made by Sporrong in 925 silver, it'll be hallmarked accordingly (with the maker's mark, the Swedish "cat's foot" hallmark and the silver content). Otherwise silver plated. /Jonas
  10. Me, being a man who travelled around the world back in the day, has actually been to The Man's office! It is reputed to be just south of the Arctic Circle and a tad bit north of Rovaniemi in Finland. Being clever, I visited Santa's place in the summer, avoiding that nasty white stuff covering the whole of Scandinavia at times (and Canada too, you're not forgotten!)... /Jonas
  11. John, you might also find "And They Rode On" by Michael Mann of interest. Published back in 1984, so it may be easier to find at the Queen's Dragoon Guards museum shop than at Amazon: http://www.qdg.org.uk/shop/qdg.php/products_id/236 /Jonas
  12. Don't forget that the fat guy with the beard wearing a red suit was (reputedly) drawn by a Swede, probably thinking of the wee gnomes with red caps who tended to the farmsteads of Sweden! Cursed be the farmer who forgot to give the gnome a plate of rice porridge - bad things would happen to his farm and his animals... By the way, what's the origin of the rice porridge? /Jonas
  13. Hello John! You might be interested in reading "The Cavalry that Broke Napoleon", a recently published book by Richard Goldsbrough about Levitt's regiment in the battle of Waterloo. It gives a very good picture of a British heavy cavalry regiment during the Napoleonic Wars in general and of the 1st Dragoon Guards at Waterloo in particular. /Jonas
  14. I'd like to see the charge of The Light Brigade as an interesting case of leadership (and not!) - "The Four Riders of the Apocalypse" (Raglan, Lucan, Cardigan and Nolan) and their actions are indeed very interesting to study. Let's not forget the far more successful charge of The Heavy Brigade as well as the actions of the 93rd Highlanders. The Turks, who took the brunt of the early fighting are also rarely mentioned. /Jonas
  15. Nice painting, Pieter! Nunnerley had left the 17th Lancers by the time the document was issued - he left in 1857 and joined the Lancashire Hussars a couple of years later, becoming Troop Sergeant Major. Here's a link to Trumpeter Lanfried of the same regiment sounding the charge in a recording from 1890: https://archive.org/details/EDIS-SWDPC-01-04 /Jonas