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  1. Many years ago my wife and daughter purchased a 6 foot high, 7 foot wide and 48 inch deep oak cabinet for me at auction , It has two rows of 17 drawers each with a drawer depth of a little over two inches. It is oak and was constructed in the late 1800s. I have been using it for over 20 years and have had no problem with silver items tarnishing over that time. The items are displayed on acid-free felt with an inch and half thick acid-free foam underneath. My guess is that any gases from the oak have long ago disappeared. The fact that the humidity is usually less than 15% probably also plays a role. I would mention that if you are storing medals, badges or other militaria in a safe that is closed for a long time you need to have a desicant in the safe to absorb any moisture. Make sure that the plastic medal envelopes that are used to store medals do not contain plastic softners in them as these will turn silver and bronze items a slimy green over a long period of time.
  2. seb16trs: I will be interested in your findings. I have a Partisan Star #2376 that was awarded to a Soviet Lieutenant on 30 April 1945 under the same order number as the one you illustrate. The recipient of the Star was killed in action near Vukovar on 8 December 1944. As you may be aware, a relatively large number of certificates for US decorations awarded to Soviets came on the market some time after the break up of that country. I wonder if the Soviets withheld the issuance of foreign medals to Soviet personnel after the war and that these were held in storage and 'liberated' when the Soviet Union dissolved (certainly during the war foreign medals were awarded to Soviets as there are numerous photos of Soviet personnel wearing them - i.e. the US Distinguished Service Medal to Pokryshkin)? It is also possible that some (many) of the Partisan Stars awarded to Soviets in 1945 were posthumous and that they were never sent to the next-of-kin, but rather held in government vaults and either stolen or released by the government during, or after, the breakup. If, as your small database suggest, there is a large number of these Partisan Stars, with certificates, being released in a short period of time, it would seem to imply that they were held by the government rather than being released to the recipients or their next-of-kin and somehow came on to the market.
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    The First Class of Medal of the Defending Republic

    For anyone interested in this order and medals the September-October issue of The Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America has an article titled "The Order and Medal of the Defending Republic" by Yin Lun.
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    British Victory Medals

    The clasp on the Victory Medal is an unofficial clasp that has been added to the ribbon - there were no clasps issued for that medal.
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    US Spanish Campaign Medal-Army. 1898.

    For those interested, the upcoming March-April 2018 issue of The Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America (goes out to the membership the third week of March) contains an article by Tom Nier titled "The United States Navy West Indies and Spanish Campaign Medals" Which one is the Rarer of the Two?."
  6. As far as I am aware the only way to obtain records for British Army officers whose service papers are not at The National Archives is to spend the £30 and have MOD send the papers - researchers do not have access to those records. If you post your officers name members may be able to assist you. Dick Flory
  7. In 1888 "F/1" would be a field battery - F Battery, 1st Brigade, RA which in that year was at Neemuch and commanded by Captain W L Hutchinson. During the Great War it was designated as 26th Battery RFA,
  8. The War Office List of 30 April 1917 indicates that "The award of 10 Distinguished Conduct Medals sent to the Japanese government was reserved by them until the end of the War." If these were eventually awarded they would have been unnamed.
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    Medal That May be Masonic; Unsure

    It is the Russian Medal for the Persian War 1826-1828. Comes in two sizes: 21mm and 25mm. Whether it is genuine or a copy I have no idea. The Russian medals of this period have been quite often faked. Gunner 1
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    British Victory Medals

    As Tony indicates, it is very difficult to determine when the BWM and VM were issued to British other ranks as the medal index cards and medal rolls for other ranks do not usually list the date of issue. On the other hand the medal index cards and medal rolls for British officers each give the date of issue. If the date of issue shown is prior to 1 January 1921 then the VM is most likely a Type I or Type IR; if the date of issue is on, or after, 1 January 1921 then the VM is almost always a Type II VM. I have seen a few VMs to other ranks which include a receipt form or the medal in the paperwork accompanying the issue of the medal which include the date of issue on the form. I think that I have mentioned this previously, but I have a number of blogs on the Orders and Medals Society of America website http://www.omsa.org/category/blog/british-post-1902/ that give extensive information on the various types of British Victory Medals, the naming on these medals and statistics on the numbers issued.
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    British Victory Medals

    oliver860: The photos are not of high enough resolution to determine which type you have. The characteristics that distinguish a Type 1 from a Type II British Victory Medal cannot be determined from the images you post.
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    British Victory Medals

    What color is the solder that holds together the two ends of the suspension ring together? It is hard to determine from the photos.
  13. If I were you I would send the item to Chris Dixon to be repaired, He has done a number of suspension replacements for me at what I thought was a very reasonable price. He usually has the needed parts available. Dixon's website: https://www.dixonsmedals.co.uk/
  14. The Soviet aviator standing next to Baklanov is Aleksandr Ivanovich Pokrishkin, arguably the most famous Soviet fighter ace, who was the recipient of an American DSM along with three HSUs.
  15. The GSM you illustrate looks very shiny. I wonder if it has not been lacquered to keep it from tarnishing and the black spots are areas where the lacquer has worn off and the silver is tarnishing. If this is the case you might try soaking the medal in acetone to remove the lacquer. Be very careful as acetone is very flammable. Regards, Gunner 1