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  1. Either that or the Royal Catering Corps, Poultry Division, Squab section ! (No offence intended to our Italian members.)
  2. Queen Victoria "Commemoration"

    Nick & Ralph That was goinfg to be my guess too, but the wording "In Commemoration", rather than something celebratory suggests, maybe, a memorial medal - something from 1900 or later. My tuppence worth. Peter
  3. Two more tidbits: This is the FIRST TIME either the Star of Valour or the Medal of Valour has been awarded since their inception on Feb. 1, 1993. Listened on the CBC national news an hour ago as Sgt. Tower was interviewed. He say that the "real heroes are our comrades who didn't come back." One of the Corporals was also interviewed and said when he was called into the Colonel's office he thought he was in trouble! In other words, not only did he do what won him the medal but he obviously didn't figure it was anything special or that he'd hear about it again. To paraphrase one of the Gospels: "Greater love hath no man than this that [he is willing] to lay down his life for his friend. God bless them, and all who go in harm's way. Peter
  4. Did you notice that Pte McHale is wearing his VC in the "wrong" spot: second instead of first. Tsk tsk! Anyone want to tell him?
  5. Jerome I was not suggesting that this photo showed a horseman, only that he might be a volunteer. I was aware of the "bearded return" but, as you say, no medals. A puzzle! BTW, apologies for not identifying you when I posted the address of your site. A wonderful site! Peter
  6. Ah! Thank you, Stuart. I've long forgotten what very little I knew about 19thC British uniforms - my interest for that period was the Indian Army. The site I mentioned for bearded horsemen is: www.hussards-photos.com If you click on "Bretagne" and scroll down to "yeomanry" there's a shot of a Royal Gloucestershire Yeo with a very nice bush and two others, under "Lost..." with magnificant facial hair. For what it's worth, Eduardo! Peter
  7. Did anyone notice that his sleeves don't match? Does this mean something or nothing? As to the beard, I was looking at some lovely shots of British hussars from the 1860's and several members of yeomanry units are bearded, with the captions suggesting that this was common/the norm. Peter PS I'll find the shots and put in the link - it's in another forum of GMIC!
  8. Masonic Badge? COCF

    Sounds good to me! Are the Rainbow Girls in any way masonic related or did they just ahppen on the clasped hand emblem? There are or were apparently dozens of groups with more or less tenuous links to various branches of the noble craft and even more people making badges etc to sell to them. Remember that afiliation brooches and watch fobs were ubiquitous in the late 18th, early 19th Centuries: lodges, church groups, clubs, fraternities etc etc. P
  9. Do you know this?

    I stand corrected, gentlemen! Sounds as if Renwax is great stuff! "Chemically pure" is good! See below. It occurred to me after I wrote re beeswax that it probably has trace elements of pollen init and in some distant future an eager archaeologist will find 21st century pollen traces on 19th century military artifacts and construct all manner of fantastic theories!
  10. Medals to cities ...

    Not a city, but the Island of Malta got the George Cross, the non-combat equivalent to the VC, for its behaviour during WWII, particularly its steadfastness during the Axis bombing raids early in the war. The GC now features on the flag of the island nation! Peter
  11. Do you know this?

    Here's the distyilled wisdom of the extensive course - 3 Whole Days - I took last year from the Ontario Museum Association: never pt anything onto an artifact you don't know you can take off. That's capital "N" "Never" ! Pure beeswax is 1st choice: almost chemically inert, protects, comes off, etc. NO neatsfoot oil on leather!!! (U can't put the natural oil back into leather any more than you can make seasoned wood into green timber again by adding water. All you get is hard oily leather. Again, beeswax is the key and I'll bet if you check the 100 Euro a bottle "museum stuff" you'll find it's mostly beeswax with enoguh of something else to justify slapping a brand name on it. My "quarter"'s worth.
  12. Yank Kev could be right, though the peak is odd for air crew - precludes googles or face mask one would think. Meant for waist gunners on B-25,s and so on, who stood by open "windows" while in flight? The british maker is odd too, for a Yank item. Try Googling shots of US troops - tankers maybe? - and air crews. If it was standard issue it should show up round someones neck or on his head in some shot or other. Other possibility: a "present" for "our boys at the Front", produced on civvie street and sent of with the care packages. I'd have worn one in North-West Europe in winter '44-'45. Heck, I'd wear one now up here in the Frozen North. Gotta go. Huskies to feed! Peter
  13. If you want to define "campaign" taht way, any of the several Naval General Service Medals had bars for single ship and small boat actions, some of which lasted mere minutes. For example, the bar "Tigress and Scorpion" to the 1793 NGS covers the capture of 2 US schooners in Cdn waters in 1813. Neither action - boarding from small boats and canoes - lasted any more than 10 minutes! ( BTW, the sole recipient of this bar was a Lt Andrew Bulger of the Royal Newfoundland Fencible infantry. I have the honour to be Sergeant Commanding, Bulger's Company, R Nfld Reg't military re-enactment group.) There appears to be no bar for "Zanzibar" to any British medal, using the index of Gordon's British battles and Medals, 4th edition as my source. It does say, however, that the "Ashanti Star 1896 (7th December, 1895 - 17th January, 1796) was acawarded to the 2nd Yorkshires, a composite battalion of Foot Guards, some odds and sods from various infantry units, the RA, A.M.C., and Ordnance STaff Corps & 3 nrsing sisters. Sounds pretty short to me!
  14. WW1 Equipment

    The fact that it is webbing and not leather makes it more likely to be post - war rather than WWI, though that's not a certainty. however, the fact that it has snap closings on the pouches rather than tabs and studs or buckles suggests veryt strongly to me that it is from the 1930's or later. the colour seems wrong for US - who tended to go green rather than khaki, but check some shots of WWII Us webbing fr comparison. Good luck. peter
  15. Ed Many many years ago (when Michael Johnson and I were founding the "Indian Military Collectors Society, which still exists, I believe) I had a brief correspondence with an American gentleman. He was then stationed in Rome with the US Foreign Service (wring term?) but had been in Pakistan for some years. He recounted how his first trip to the Peshwar and Rawalpindi bazzars produced "Indian medals" by the kilo many of which, he said, were being busily converted into "ankle bracelets for dancing girls" (never forgot the phrase). However, on his next visit, a decade later, after being re-posted, he said that he asked a very small trader the price of a medal and had the man whip out a Sotheby's "Prices Realized" from under the rug which was his shop! The details may be apocryphal but not, I suspect, the general truth. I know that here in Ontario at least, over the last decade or so practically every item of militaria or medals I see in a flea market or generalist antique store is overpriced. The dealers have apparently decided that "miltary = rare = expensive" and without bothering to check have slapped ludicrous prices on most everything. A case of ignorance on the buyers part NOT helping the informed buyer! Peter
  16. Masonic Badge? COCF

    Kevin A US masonic museum (see http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseu...m/foresters.htm ) refers to the IOF, so there seems to be a relationship of some sort. There's even a Catholic branch! (Oh, those Catlicks ) P
  17. Masonic Badge? COCF

    The only abbreviations on this badge that I could find anything on were COCF. Which might mean Canadian Order of Chosen Friends. Kevin Try Googling "The Independant Order of Foresters". This group began in 1874 as an American fraternal order somehow related to the English "Ancient Order of Foresters". Then in 1876 a Canadian branch declared themselves "Independent..." and set up as both a fraternal order and an insurance company, which company still exists. The motto would fit the IOF, thought the clasped hands symbol is, I believe, Masonic. It appears on a lot of tombstones in 19th century cemeteries (at least in my very limited knowledge of southern Ontario cemeteries) Hope this helps. Peter
  18. Portugal - Orders of Portugal

    As I recall, one of the British newspapers, in collaboration with a service institution, did something similar years ago: a "collector" mount and badges of all the "amalgamated" British regiments (after the first round in the '70's) Unfortunately the quality was ghastly - "gilded" and "silvered" plastic, even worse quality than the cheap "Staybrite" badges the poor squaddies had to wear ! These sets still turn up from time to time at flea markets over here (Canada) but, of course, invariably with a few badges missing! A nice idea if done properly but rarely execurted properly. Peter
  19. Tony wrote " I asked what she thought may have been kept inside and she said it looks like the kind of stupid birthday present a bloke would buy for his wife and he then probably kept his cigarettes inside. This was said before knowing what you suggested Kev. " Tony I'll bet yr wife has it spot on. Reminds me of the year I bought the wife a power drill for Xmas. No comment from her but the next year I got a lovely little black cocktail dress in my stocking! Sure looks like a "guy present" to me! Spurs sound good, or mechanical pencils or even test tubes of moustache wax and pomade. Neat, in a morbid sort of way: "I love my horse so much I'm going to keep part of him with me always." Though I seem to recall that one of the Britsh cavalry regiments keep/kept a snuff box in the mess made from the hoof of the drum horse or a famous charger. The Scots Greys and one of the horses riden at Waterloo? Rick would know.
  20. Regimental Names

    And an infantry reg't were "The Steelbacks" 'cause they were flogged so often; The 1st Foot (Royal Scots) were "pontius Pilates Bodyguard - did I say this? - 'cause they were so old. The Connaught Rangers - "The Devil's Own" for their fighting prowess on and off the battlefield. Don't have the books in front of me, but 18th & 19th C Br regiments ALL had nciknames, if only the old "colonel's title" "Barrell's Blues", for eg. (fought at Culloden, don't recall which "Foot") Kipling referes to a unit as "THe Holy Christians" as they'd been on home service so long - a dig at the Guards, I think. Peter
  21. Police Officer?

    Graham Stewart said "I've tried looking for a site dedicated to the Imperial Police, but have been unable to find one dedicated to it. Does anyone know if one exists?" Graham Having had experiences looking for similarly obscure stuff on the web - not this admittedly - and considering myself a reasonably capable searcher, my quick, shoot from the lip response is "If it ain't here, it ain't anywheres." "If Ed doesn't know, it ain't to be known." would be a rider Having said that, however, I'll poke about in the police collectors sub-world and see if I can scare something up.
  22. People's Republic of Kampuchea, 1979-89

    Ed At the risk of sounding petty / officious / etc, can I hope that a Kampuchean forum would come with the same kind of disclaimer as is common for TR stuff? Something along these lines, maybe: "The fact that we collect their medals and awards does not mean that we in any way endorse the activities of these murderous b***ards". Sorry, sermon over. Respectfully, Peter
  23. Non-magnetic 1813 EK2? Yea right.

    I notice a number of the shots show what appear to be 2 holes on one face, near the suspension. "Wear marks", I suppose, as opposed to poor casting ? Don't know why you'd be suspicious, Dan. I know absolutely nothing about EK's but I'd buy this one: it's "rare". After all, if this were exactly what you were looking for, it would be d**n hard to find, wouldn't it? Peter
  24. Police Officer?

    I've seen Michael's set and the cap badge does look spot-on for indian police. I know nothing about police ranks. A Prussian order sounds unlikely for a British colonial policeman but stranger things happen. I posted a while back in another forum about a WWI group I once owned to a Captain Branfoot, 37th Lancers, IA which included a Rumanian Order of the Crown which he was awarded for WWI service, though he was never within 100 miles of Rumania. Apparently the decoration "came round with the rations" one Christmas: sent to the War Office by the Rumanians to give out as the WO saw fit, which in this case apparently meant to an officer who didn'tquite qualify for an MC. Or so the seller told me, having heard the story from his neighbour, who'd served with "Branny". [branfoot was quite touchy about it too, we're told. ] P