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Jeff Mc William

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    Military history, uniform & badges, also world wide interest in medals and decorations..tho' not a collector of anything.

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  1. Hi Andy Thanks for your reply. The reason I asked is because a very similar badge (possibly the same one) was offered at the Bosley sale of 5th July 2017 Lot 151. The badge was described as : "Georgian Officer's Regency shako plate attributed to Staff …." It was reversed metals and had a pin-back replacement, and the Unicorn was missing its horn, just as Brian's item. I feel sure this is the same badge. What evidence supports this view was not given. Possibly Hamilton ? Anyway, have a nice Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Regards Jeff
  2. Hi Andy Any news from Gary Gibbs yet ? Brian ; Have you by any chance sold this badge recently ?
  3. Hi Andy No problem : I guess a few people will have copied them already. You are all very welcome. Images 2 & 3 were both taken from Lionel Buckle's notes in the Ogilby Trust Files which I had the great privilege to visit in 1977 at Whitehall when John Tamplin was the assistant there. I'm afraid tho' all the photos and drawings were very old and in black & white. Also, I had assumed the shako badge was in one piece and silver, but I could be wrong. Image 2 I believe originated in the RUSI records. Regards Jeff PS: I have had dealings with Garry Gibbs, please give him my regards.
  4. Hi Andy Thanks for your reply. I get your point re the "badges" but of course these do confirm the protocol. Re my 3rd image, this is definitely 1st Guards … not too clear I admit, but if you look closely, one can just make out the reversed and entwined cypher. I would guess this dates the badge as circa 1816 - 1820, after which the Royal Arms badge we are discussing followed. The 1799 badge is also interesting that it does not follow the "universal" design of trophies for Line Infantry but has a lion & unicorn instead. There is also a Coldstream Guards version of this with the star of the Order of the Garter in the centre. I do not have details of the 3rd Guards badge but guess it would be similar with perhaps a thistle. Regards Jeff
  5. Hi again Andy Thanks for your reply and the interesting pictures. In return, here is a copy of the page to which I referred ; it is taken from "Records & badges of the British Army" by Chichester & Burges-Short, Pub Gale & Polden 1900. My other reference was "Battle Honours of the British Army" by C.B.Norman Pub John Murray 1911. Both have been recently reprinted and I guess are probably obtainable from Amazon, but I would NOT recommend them to badge collectors as they are rather large Tomes and the information they contain is mostly historical and nothing to do with badges. Included also are some images I have re the 1st Guards shako badges : The first is the shako plate for 1799 to 1812. I am not certain of the provenance for this one however. The second is a rather fuzzy close-up of another design for the Regency Shako 1816 to 1829. It is a silver badge with the reversed & entwined Royal Motto … very different from the badge we have been discussing. This is from the Ogilby Trust Archives and is taken from a shako in the pre-war Shapiro Collection. So, again yet another design for the same regiment and the same shako ! Regards Jeff
  6. Quote : " I don't believe the reversed metals represents different Battalions. Or I've never heard of that before" Hi Andy Not nowadays of course. But years ago these differences took on much more significance than they do today. eg; According to Chichester & Burges-Short, the reversed and interlaced Royal Cypher was the prerogative of the 2nd & 3rd Battalions Grenadier Guards, and the Honour "Waterloo" was also, strictly speaking, only awarded to the 2nd & 3rd Battalions. I must confess, I do not know if or how these distinctions were reflected in their badges at the time, but certainly with respect to the Coldstream Guards, there are shako badges of the same period with and without the "Peninsula" honour, possibly reflecting the 1st & 2nd Battalions ? Such distinctions even carried onto different Companies of the same Regiment, ie; The 1829-44 shako plates of the Light Coy 61st Foot carry the honour "Maida" while those of the Battalion Coys do not. Similarly,for the same period, with the 40th Foot; Both of the Flank Coy badges carry the Sphinx & Egypt honour, while the Battalion Coys do not. This is also reflected in their SBPs. With regard to the early Grenadier Guards shako badges, there appear to be three (or four) different designs for the same period, viz 1816 to 1825, the significance (if any) does not appear to be documented, so one can only speculate, as indeed we are doing. Regards. Jeff
  7. Hi Andy Sorry I have not found the HAC plate yet, but here is the D of W badge referred to earlier : As you can see, it is not quite the same design as Brian's badge (disregarding the reversed metals) , but this could simply be a manufacturer's difference. The only other reasons I can think of to explain the reversed metals is, either a 1st & 2nd Battn difference/distinction (?), or perhaps "Gentlemen at Arms" badge.
  8. Hi Andy Yes, very nice. Tho' of course this is an Officer's "Albert" shako c.1844 to 1855. I have a nice photo of a HAC Bell Top shako plate c.1829 to 1844 which I will post on when I can find it. However, Brian's shako plate is much earlier (circa 1820 I would say) and not quite the same design as the D of W badge to which he refers, ie the scroll on that badge being a three-part item, not a single semi-circular scroll as on Brian's badge (which also of course has reversed metals) … a real puzzler. Also, I find it difficult to believe that Other Ranks (even in the Guards) were issued with silver and gilt badges. Do you have any evidence to support this ? Regards Jeff PS: Will post my images ASAP … as soon as I can find them.
  9. Hi Bryan. A lovely badge indeed, tho' I disagree with Andy, and would say it is definitely an Officer's badge. To me the reversed metals indicate The Honourable Artillery Coy (Infantry Bn). This certainly applies to the later "Bell-Top" and "Albert" shako badges and SBPs which I have seen. Regards. Jeff PS: Apparently this distinction was formerly confirmed by William IV in 1830, although it may well have been in practice much earlier.
  10. Jeff Mc William

    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Megan Thanks for asking. (many don't bother). Download mine by all means, but don't forget they originate from Spink. All the best Jeff
  11. Jeff Mc William

    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hello Paul Yes, they are very nice (and rare). I only wish I had seen them at the time ... I might have been able to make a bid. As it is, some other lucky person has "bagged them". They were illustrated on Spink's cover, that's why you can see the vestige of other items.(copy attached). Glad you were able to open these files. Regards. Jeff Spanish Medals pen war spink.tif
  12. Jeff Mc William

    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Antonio Once again, very many thanks for your kind help in this matter and for the interesting link to your web site. Please find attached (if it works) two further examples of Spanish Peninsular War awards taken from an old Spink catalogue ... not mine I'm afraid. I will be back later with my Albuhera Cross query later if I may. Once again, many thanks. Jeff Spain 3rd Army Leon & Cadiz 1815.tif Spain Chiclana Cross 1811.tif PS: Sorry I don't know how to download pics yet, but if you click on these,they will come up. Regards Jeff
  13. Jeff Mc William

    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Antonio That's terrific ! Thank you very much for your most prompt and interesting reply. This document seems to imply that the medals were given in bulk by the Spanish Junta to be distributed by the British as they thought fit .... hence no Spanish list ?? So I guess I aught to be looking at the UK records if I can find them ! Anyway, this has given me fresh food for thought ... thank you. Any thoughts about the ribbon dilemma ? Once again, very many thanks for your help. Regards Jeff
  14. Jeff Mc William

    Sanish medals of the Independance war.

    Hi Augustin Very many thanks indeed for sharing these rare, historic, and beautiful Spanish decorations and documents of the Napoleonic Wars. At last I have found someone interested in these exquisite Peninsular War awards and who (I hope) may be able to help me with some long-standing, and so far unanswered, queries : The first concerns the medal for Bagur & Palamos awarded in both gold and silver to British Naval personnel for their actions in Sept 1810. To begin with ; despite the numbers being "banded around" viz, "8 gold, and the remainder in silver" there does not appear to be any list of names ... official or un-official for these decorations. I wonder if you could help me on this ? Next, for the same medal ; All of the dealers and most of the printed references refer to the ribbon as "Red with yellow edges", but the example in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwhich, (which appears to be original) is yellow with red edges, and on two Spanish Web sites the ribbon is given as Green moire !? Is there any explanation for this ? I do have some other queries re the Albuhera Cross, but I guess these will be enough for the time being. Looking forward to any help you can give. Sincerely Jeff McWilliam
  15. Hi Augustin Some fabulous and rare Swedish medals of a long forgotten contribution to the Napoleonic Wars. Thank you for sharing. Regards Jeff