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  1. Pakistan Princely States - Bahawalpur

    Jeremy Tenniswood Militaria often has Bahawalpur ribbons available on his web site. I haven't looked in a while, however.
  2. I cannot find this in my Greek sources. What is it?
  3. Thank you, Paja, for having a memory far better than mine.
  4. Thank you for the information.
  5. I know very little about the internal workings of the Greek Army in World War II, so I hope someone can enlighten me with some information. 1. How common was it for a man to be commissioned from the ranks? 2. How long would a second lieutenant stay in that rank during wartime?
  6. Unknown cross

    I've seen this one somewhere, but cannot recall the proper name for it. Can anyone help?
  7. Unknown cross

    The reverse is blank. The marriage possibility is certainly viable. This came out a very large estate collection, so there's no way to go back through the previous collector.
  8. This came to me described as the star of the Libyan Order of Good Workmanship. However, all the images I can find of this order show the center enameled areas to be in green, rather than red and black. The center inscription is appropriate and it's marked by Bomisa. Is this an earlier type? A trial piece? Something else entirely?
  9. Thank you both for the input. It's been most helpful.
  10. It would certainly make sense that the decisions bringing about the flag change would also be reflected in the design of orders.
  11. This 6-shot revolver came with the estate of a US Army veteran who served in Europe. His family thought it was a bring-back from WWII. It has no visible serial numbers or any other marks other than the maker's mark on the grip discs (stylized M superimposed over an F). The barrel length is about 56mm. This is so far out of my areas of interest that I'm at a complete loss. Can anyone give me any information on this pistol? The other side.
  12. Unknown revolver help, please

    Many thanks for the link. I'm not sure I ever would have found that and it makes my task so much easier. Regards, Jeff Floyd
  13. Unknown revolver help, please

    Many thanks for that. I'm now light years ahead of my complete ignorance.
  14. Chinese badges identification?

    Can anyone give any information on these two Chinese badges. They are both roughly 49x45mm. The dark area at the top is actually a bird of prey with black feathers. The reverses have the remains of a vertical pin. And another badge from the same source (48mm, with the remains of a horizontal pin).
  15. The Army Catering Corps was established in 1941, so that's not the source. If you Google "Association of Conservative Clubs", you'll find images of this type of medal.
  16. General Sir Charles J. Napier left India in 1851, so your Napier is probably a relative. By the way, Napier's "message" may never have existed in reality, and may have been invented later for drama, but it goes to my point of the uses of a classical education.
  17. Perhaps the missing words are "strong enough". The use of Latin and Greek in British military messages goes back a long way. Probably the best known is Napier's message of "Peccavi" (I have sinned [Scinde]). The Royal Navy seemed to lean toward biblical passages. If intercepted by an enemy, such usage veils the meaning somewhat to those without a classical education and adds a bit of fun in writing otherwise boring message traffic.
  18. It looks like the writer is substituting Greek letters from some Latin letters. With a little work, it should all come clear, but here's a very rough guess at the latter part: Wilson is not ----- ------ to attack the city (?), but 'e will keep his position till 'elp arrives, and he will prevent...
  19. Many thanks for the explanation. It helps a great deal.
  20. Iranian medal?

    This one doesn't appear in any source that I can find. It is vaguely similar in appearance to the Iranian Order of Gratitude, which is why I will tentatively identify it as Iranian. Does anyone have a solid identification/name for this one?
  21. Iranian medal?

    More information is always good. Thanks.
  22. PPCLI - Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Reynolds was with 102 Squadron, RAF, when he died (27 June 1918). He had previously been wounded (1916)
  23. Medal to id please

    Comoro Islands. Order of the Star
  24. Paul, Yes, named medals were issued to the next of kin. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org) has a searchable data base. Medal Index Cards can be acquired through the British National Archives:http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-medal-index-cards-1914-1920/ Ancestry.com worldwide services also provides access to MICs.
  25. Palmes Academiques uniform?

    Uniforms are not my area of interest, so can someone identify the items in the attached images. I assume, based on the bullion parts, that this relates to the Palmes Academiques, but who would wear this and under what circumstances? Age? A better image of the cap.
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