peter monahan

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  1. Very impressive - both the medals and the accompanying information. You might consider cntacting OMSA - Orders and Medals Society of America - to see whether they have more information and /or whether they are interested in publishing an article on these medals if you are interested in writing one. [ ]
  2. Lovely looking pieces and I suspect that the Thai Korea qualifies as 'quite rare'. Sounds like a good price too. It's nice to hear that such finds are still possible in the less 'in touch' parts of the world!
  3. Not my field, but I believe theat the Orders and Medals Society of America [OMSA ] maintains a 'ribbon bank' for the use of members and, perhaps, others. It might be worth checking out if you plan to collect US medals.
  4. Chris is quite active on the GMIC. You may PM him, if you wish, by clicking on his name at the top of any of his posts. Peter
  5. The Order was instituted in 1906, 'For meritorious service provided by foreigners to the Republic of Chile', and at least one 1930s award was to a Luftwaffe officer, presumably attached to the German embassy in Chile, so it's a fair bet that the owner of this set was a military attache or some such in Chile. One point: all the illustraions I can find show that the Order ribbon is solid blue, while the red/white blue ribbon on this example seems to be the ribbon for the Chilean Order of Civil Merit so presumably at some point the original ribbon was replaced, either in error or because the owner wasn't able to get the correct ribbon, with one from a similar order. Here is an example of the Civil Merit order:
  6. James I berlieve we have a number of members in southern Africa but am not sure what their collecting interests are. OTOH, dependiong on where you were thinking od selling, I suspect you would fins a lot of interest in Selous items, as such 'elite' units seem to fetch a real premium among some collectors. Good luck.
  7. Thank you, Demir! This is exactly the sort of thing which makes the GMIC such a pleasure to be involved with. Your work is appreciated. Peter
  8. "By Jove, I think he's got it!' Looks as if Welbeck College may be the answer. Well spotted, sir.
  9. The badge is the Bronze one issued to members of the Indian Army who served in WWI! He must be wearing the WWI medals and the badge of arelative. Perhaps his father? Good eye, Bayern. I wasn't able to make out any detail on the shoulder straps except that they were wearing some kind of slip-on, but what you sat seems plausible.
  10. I know just enough to be dangerous when it comes to preserving textiles and what I do know is that it is specialist work! The only easy and safe advice I have is: wrap it in acid free archival paper - art stores may have it - and keep it away from light. After that, if you want to do more, plan to spend money with a profesional conservator. Anybody else may well do more harm than good. The US National Parks Service publishes a series called "Conservo-grams". Section 16 has some on textiles including one on riolling and storing flags. Good luck! Peter
  11. I think that the first medal on his chest is the India General Service Medal (1909) - a very disntinctive gree/blue/green ribbon. [] So, he must be older than he looks, as the last bar for that was the NWF 1935 bar,before the medal was replced by the IGS 1936. On a second look, the rest of the ribbons look as if thewy could be WWI, not WWII. Does that fit with his age as you know it? The gent on the left is wearing a very odd tunic, with the exposed buttons and both appear to be wearing some sort of [temporary] slip-on rank tabs on their epaulettes, which makes me think 'officer cadet' or 'officer', though perhaps they belong to some irregular unit, uniformed by the British or Indians as the war wwas ending. A close-up of the badge he wears on his left breast pocket would be very very helpful.
  12. The rank appears to be 1st lieutenant Mulazim awwal. Other than that, I'm afraid I have no information.
  13. The 4th, his unit, were in the 1st Cdn Infty Bde with the 1, 2 & 3rd Bttns. Initially in reserve, the went into action at about 9:30 a.m. around Thelus and had 43 KIA, 130 WIA by the end of the day. The war diary has the complete 8-10pg plan for the assault and a literally minute by minute narrative which runs 6-8 typed pages.
  14. I think it was in the 1980s, back when I still paid attention to ODMs and their sales that a change aoocurred. An acquaintance got a Garter Star or some such and, as had been his custom, wrote to the relevant office in the UK to ask if they could put a name to the number on the reverse. He and others had done this for years but this time he got a quick respnse saying 'That's the property of HM and we'd appreciate it if you'd send it back to us.' That from the new head of the office in question. I'm not sure he surrendered tio but I recall the discussions around 'Now what?' and how quickly collectors stopped trumpeting their acqusitions after that.