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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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: /Jonas
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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: /Jonas
  9. A blazer badge sourced from the Old Comrades Association, I'm in fact not sure if this blazer badge originates from the regiment or the OCA. Three-pin fastening on the backside. The OCA is still active even though the regiment disbanded in 1998. /Jonas
  10. Ah, my usual bad luck then, Michael. I participated 1986-1988 (70th, 71st and 72nd 4-daagse) and got interrupted by national service and life in general... This former Air Cadet has nice memories from Camp Heumensoord! I believe those anniversary pins are official and worn on the medal ribbon, even with the standard pin for multiple participations? /Jonas
  11. Nice! Did my first 4-daagse 30 years ago, but no anniversary pins back then. Time flies... /Jonas
  12. Sweden uses NATO 7.62X51 rounds. The blank round is (was?, it may have changed now) a wooden bullet of similar measures as the live rounds, I've never seen anything like a short round used in 7.62 in the Swedish armed forces. The Swedish Mauser rifle (6.5X55) had practising ammunition with a very short round, but it doesn't look like 6.5mm on your picture. Let's hope someone with more knowledge than me can help you more. /Jonas
  13. Hello Michael! Is that 7.62X51 cases? That 027 stamp rings a bell from my army days, the green seal is also something I've seen on Swedish army cases. It looks like Swedish army cases though the links doesn't remind me of what we used with the ksp 58 MG (GPMG). According to this website,, it would have been manufactured by Norma Projektilfabrik in Åmotsfors if it is Swedish ammunition. /Jonas
  14. Hello Robin!

    I just saw your post with assorted skulls/mottoes of the Royal Lancers. as you say - all is well! However, if you for some reason should be interested in another skull - from Sweden - just let me know. I have one of the "Jägare 4.skvadron" patches from this thread for trade, should you be interested. The price? - A "Now we are one"-patch commemorating the Royal Lancers amalgamation! The patch I offer is a very rare patch (I estimate <50 were made, from my squadron of the Life-regiment hussars back in 89/90). To my knowledge, we of the section leaders school (GBS) got ours (and our GBS patches), but the troopers never even got their "Jägare" (Ranger) patches. If you are interested, just reply! I recently parted with a patch related to my regiment, the recipient would have been very happy with one of these skull patches, but in this case I feel it more appropriate if it would find a new home with a true skull collector!



  15. Hello Carl, and welcome to the forum! Let's see if we can ID some of the patches... Some squadrons were recently re-activated (they were last active in the 1830s!), and patches were produced for wear on bags and civvy jackets: 6. Valla sqn (31st Bn) 7. Sanna sqn (32nd Bn) 8. Arboga sqn (31st Bn) 9. Parachute Ranger Coy (323rd Coy / 32nd Bn) 12th Ranger Bn, as stated above, all squadrons of the battalion had their own colour of the inner border. This and the red border squadron were trained in the mid-90s. Mortar Platoon patch. A similar design was in use by the Norrland Dragoons too. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this patch was an "award" after completing some sort of test (as in taking the mortars for a wee walk!). /Jonas