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  1. I never understood how they arranged their ribbon bars or the medals that they represent. I think there is somewhat of a pattern, but not really? It seems that every one I see, it looks all the same medals being awarded (multiple times).
  2. This is an interesting one. I know the details aren't that great. Although they are starting to mimic the specks in the enamel in which I seen real ones have at times. It also has the similar silver color like the large fake/fantasy breast badges they are making.
  3. I think thats Iranian or something.
  4. I have always wanted to create a database of these things as there are dozens of designs out there. Not sure if worth much effort
  5. Their translation of it is way off from what I can read. Its anti/fight Japanese badge. I know the first couple words on the 2nd line says 3rd war zone/area. Not sure where they got a "5" from. Soldier has his rifle pointed at the "rising sun." Like the others said, fakes or fantasies of badges to sell to tourists.
  6. I believe the tip is to help reduce the recoil. When the rifle is fired, the recoil forces it to go up. As the gas leaves the barrel, the bottom tip part diverts the gas to leave from the top forcing the rifle to go down. Both forces try to balance out and thus reducing recoil and improves aim while firing. Its a beautiful AK by the way!
  7. I believe its 6th class Order of the Cloud and Banner.
  8. To me it looks like 紀念章, which just means Commemorative medal. Usually these warlords are always commemorating something
  9. I am not sure on medal bars in this post.. ..but I was surprised to see this 1st lt. with a "7th" class Sacred Treasure. His hat looks lighter, probably a Imperial guard or something, forgot the name.
  10. The top gold one is from the 1950s. The one with the Red ribbon and white ribbon are coins. Damaged coins, so not worth much. One is one yuan silver coin, the other is 10 cash copper coin painted silver. You also have a Victory medal from the 1970s and a Taiwan period Air force Exemplary Medal. A hat badge from 1940s it seems.
  11. Oh wow... I assume silver or silver-like metal plated. Getting closer, but the enamel and other mistakes are horrible.
  12. Yeah probably polished, the high points are worn down.
  13. I haven't seen any Chinese fakes replicate the exact same font. They use modern font to stamp the medals. Both have the manufacturer marks circled in red. You did point out that the Brilliant Star and Cloud and Banner use the same base layer, didn't realize that, so it could be either one.
  14. Somebody must be bored.. thats an Order of the Cloud and Banner.. or was..
  15. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/antiques/9075120/Mystery-over-51m-sale-of-Chinese-vase.html Bidder refused to pay the 20% fee of £8.3 million. Total sale was over £51 million. The most expensive bidder remorse? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263411/20m-Chinese-vase-finally-paid-solicitor-half-50m-went-auction.html Sold for half the price about 2 years later after much drama.