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    US Marine Corp service dress jacket

    Gung Ho! Looks good.
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    Spanish sword dated 1854

    Interesting. Looks as if it could well be a match.
  3. Agreed: soldiers, even rankers, were smart enough to buy things which made life easier, and clever NCOs to ignore 'non-issue, non-regulation' bits which weren't actually dangerous or illegal.
  4. Depending on how much time and interest you have, it is now possible to search a lot of the records online, as Ancestry.com has purchased the rights from the National Archives at Kew. I have a basic membership, which only gets me Canadian records in full and lists of British records, but a membership is not expensive if you plan to keep collecting and researching. Here's some basic information from the Archives, with links to Ancestry and other resources: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-military-campaign-and-service-medals/ Good luck!
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    Spanish sword dated 1854

    Definitely the Spanish coat of arms - Leon & Castile. I did a quick search for Spanish 'Model 1854's and didn't find one, but I'd still be inclined to think the date is a model ID and not a manufacture date. OTOH, what I know about Spanish swords could be written on a postage stamp with room left over.
  6. I've seen similar 'pulls' here in North America and suspect they were common from the mid 1700s or so, when tight fitting riding boots came into fashion. Still available for riders, I believe and, absent any markings probably impossible to say for sure whether they are civilian or military, but a prwetty standard piece of equipment for at least a century.
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    What medal is this?

    I can't get it to read 'ASSAYE' either, even when I squint. perhaps the motto of the bearer of the arms? Does the cipher on the back read 'B / B' or 'R ? B' . It seems to me that the clues lie there and, of course, in the coat of arms. Two lions as supporters and perhaps a third as the crest. The arms halfed vertically - forgotten the term for that - with a chevron on one half but I can't make out the rest of the charges.
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    Identification help please

    Welcome to the GMIC! Off the top of my head, which is how I usually speak, the bird looks as if it might be a civilian pin - based on what I can see of the fastening - though possibly inspired by the RAF 'bird' or some other air force's insignia. The pin with the 'mural crown' on the top - often indicating the arms of a city - shares the red and white of the coat of arms of Malta and is almost certainly a civilian item. Such pins were / are commonly produced for sale to tourists throughout Europe and very likely the sort of thing a sailor on shore leave might pick up to take home. I hope some of the other members have somethig more useful to say about these items. Peter
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    Spanish sword dated 1854

    Might it be a French Model 1854 cavalry sword like the one below? https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-french-model-1854-heavy-cavalry-carabinier-5758653-details.aspx
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    Life Guards

    I know that the Scots Grey's who were at the 200th were from the Regiment itself and had the support [read 'money] of the Army. The recently retired Colonel of the Greys, who I believe was at that time commanding the London District territorials, or somethig of the sort, was a mover and shaker in getting the group to Belgium. I strongly suspect that the Life Guards were supported similarly by their unit and perhaps an Old Comrades group. Again, your best bet is most likely the NA chaps. If you are a Facebook user, try to hook up with a Major Rob Yuill. he was our Brigade Major at that event and now works for the Rifles Museum in some official capacity. He's very involved in napoleonic re-enacting, a lovely man and almost certainlywilling to offer advice. Good luck! [His FB identity shows up as "Rob Yuill RHQ The Rifles"] Good luck with the search!
  11. I actually taught philosophy, to teenagers, which was both fascinating and frustrating by turns! Two problems with 'puzzles' is that, in terms of 'events' conspiracy theories are almost always more fun than the boring old truth and, in cases like this, it is fatally easy to fall in love wiuth one's own 'clever answer' [aka 'castle in the air'.] But then, that's what makes us human. Those of us who are!
  12. Magnus It sounds as if you indeed have sufficient on your plate to prevent the kind of boredom which can drivwe one to 'surfing' - the Web that is. And I do like a man who takes the long view! I'm sure you'll get that ship built! Cheers. Peter
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    Life Guards

    Michael In June of 2015 I was priviliged to take part in the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. I was with a composite battalion of North Americans but we were brigaded with a 'company' from the Colstream Guards, made up of British members of the Napoleonic Association. All of their kit was spot on historically and very lovely and, probably needless to say, all reproduction including buttons, gorgets, belt plates and so on. I suspect that if you were to contact the NA with your query they could connect you with whoever makes their kit, who I strongly suspect must have a set of illustrations or even original examples of buttons and so on for a variety of units. I have a friend here who makes such things for the 'trade', but only for the British and Canadian units who served in North America. Here is the contact info. for the NA: https://www.napoleonicassociation.org/contact Good luck! Peter
  14. A double DCM mounted for wear, with a rosette instead of a dated bar for the second award is certainly possible. or it is an improvement / error / fake. This question was asked on another forum as well and I don't think any of a list of six 'possibles' given there was a Fusileer. I'm a firm proponent of Occam's Razor - the simplest explanation is the one most likely to be correct. And the simplest explanation, IMHO, is that it isn't quite right.
  15. The 'stirrup hilt' and curved blade are classic light cavalry. It looks a lot like a British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry sabre to me, and I know the British did buy some of their blades in Europe at some points in theri history, as there was a real scandal in the 1870s over 'German made' bayonets which turned out to be substandard when used by British squaddies on hostile 'Fuzzywuzzies'. So, possibly Belgian made for the British Army? 'J. B. Ronge FILS Liege' was apparently an arms maker, established in 1789 who made revolvers and shotguns so A Ronge may have been the predecessor company.
  16. Yes, i wish it were mine! Stole the pic from Pintrest. Glad it was of some help.
  17. Two badges I picked up some time ago. My minimal research suggests that they were worn on the helmet and perhaps also on the first peaked caps, sometime between the 1880s and the 1920s. One is complet, the other missing the central device. The second was clearly painted black at one time as well.
  18. If the cipher on the second set is "M Y C", I would suggest 'Montgomeryshire Yeomanry Cavalry' as a possibility, though their dragon seems to face the other way. A picture of a sabretache of theirs below. The cipher looks the same, but that's hardly surprising. http://www.uniformology.com/YEOMANRY-06.html
  19. Magnus I perfectly understand your reluctance to give up real life for the often fascinating but always artificial 'life' of the World Wide Web. I'm afraid I have become an addict but won't share with you the embarassingly high number of hours I spend on-line in any given week. In fact, your post probably went into the right 'drawer' for this forum but, sadly, most of our membership do not seem to have a great interest in weapons per se. Or , if they do, they indulge it elsewhere. You might have more luck on the 'Sword Forum International'. http://www.swordforum.com/vb4/ I have once or twice gone there in search of esoteric info. and have had my queries responded to promptly and with good will, if not necessarily with the answers I sought. One must register prior to posting but I recall that this was easy and quick. Whatever you decie, good luck in the hunt! Peter
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    BWM help

    Well said, Michael!
  21. Magnus I'm glad you got past the 'note in a bottle' but, yes, 'Contact Us' is your best bet. Me being one of a nuymber of Moderators is based on my having the interest, the time and the inablity to duck or go invisible when the Sergeant says 'I need a man for...' I am whetever the opposite of a computer geek is, so helping you change your password is well outside my area of expertise. That siad, if the contact link doesn't pan out, PM me and I'll give it a whirl. our illustrious leader, Nick, is 'up to his a** i n alligators' as the Yanks say and doesn't have a lot of free time and I don't even know if we have a tech wizard on call, but we'll et ti sorted. Again, welcome to the GMIC. Peter
  22. I noticed the '3' was blurred but, even armourer sergeant's have off days too. Or the shakes first thing in the morning? may not be significant. Peter
  23. Posted on behalf of Happydiver, Basic Member, Manitoba, Canada The Mystery of AB William Dearl Trickett, Stoker (1st Class), HMCS Athabaskan G07 Like any good Navy ditty, this tale starts in a bar. Little did I know, my visit to the local Legion in my home village of Kelwood, MB would end up on a quest to uncover some of mine own RCN family history that would have soon gone into the oblivion. While sipping on my Club beer (it's still horrible stuff), I was perusing the military memorabilia on the walls when to my great surprise, I see the crest of my old Athabaskan 282 up on the wall with the date of the original G07's sinking on it. A relative happened to be there who said it was from my old Great Uncle Willie. Unbeknownst to me, AB William Dearl Trickett, RCNVR, Stoker (1st Class), V38773 had served onboard HMCS Athabaskan G07! Due to the obvious Navy ties, I started my first inqueries with my parents. Mom said, oh yes, he was a Japanese POW and complained that his stomach was never the same after being interned. Well, they were about half a world off and the wrong Axis power, so I started hunting for actual documentation. He was onboard G07 when she went out for her final patrol April 28, 1944 and fortunately he didn't perish with the other 128 men of his ship that night. Unfortunately, he ended up being part of the 83 men captured by the Germans and he spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. Of course, like most WWII vets, Willie never spoke of his experiences and might have easily taken them to the grave. Of course, complicating matters as I continued to dig, his surviving son out in Victoria had financial issues and is estranged from the family. He must have liquidated his father's possessions because I turned up an old Ebay ad for his Wartime Log (POW No. 1295 of Marlag und Milag Nord, Germany) and an original photo of G07. Command Post, a military memorabilia shop in Victoria, had sold the items on Dec 08, 2011 for $1165 and $24.49. Enquiries with the shop were a dead end. I am trying to track down organizations, outfits, or forums who would have some idea of who might have been interested in such items. My intention is to ask the present owner if they would be willing to part with the items especially the logbook. The log is an invaluable part of both my family and RCN history that IMHO shouldn't be hidden away by some private collector. I have slowly chipped away the layers of mystery surrounding the wartime record of my Uncle. It was a little difficult as the family had never received a Death Notice or Obituary on either he or my blood aunt who had resided in Saanich, BC. All I could find was a mention of the date of his passing in the Legion's Last Post archives. I have the BC Genealogical Society helping me track down his final whereabouts plus I've sent a request to Ottawa for his Service Records. Dr. André Levesque, whom I believe you know, is kindly helping me also. My ultimate intention with all of this sleuthing is to put together a proper narrative and memorial for presentation to Willie's home Legion back in Kelwood especially in light of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the sinking next year. Every Remembrance Day people say the words 'We will remember' but they ring hollow if stories like my Uncle’s are lost. I'm glad I was part of the Athabaskan 282 Remembrance ceremonies for G07 when we were near the site of the wreck in 2015. I find it amazing that two related prairie boys from the same little Manitoba hamlet ended up in the same chunk of ocean with the same namesake ships. While I was the Public Affairs Representative for Athabaskan 282, I put together a montage of the G07 and 282 ships companies that I understand was presented to Mr. Takalo on his last attendance of 'Athabaskan Sunday'. I have attached a soft copy of the image for your use. From my understanding Bernard Lauren, George Takalo, and Harry Hurwitz are the only surviving members of G07. Mr. Ray Meloche passed away May 29, 2017. I will keep you apprised of my investigative progress and final presentation. I am sure the RCN will be doing something associated with the sinking (they better), so I'll pass on my material from my end if you want it.
  24. peter monahan

    South American bow and arrows

    Fascinating. Thank you! Having made such a shot, retiring modestly to rest on your laurels isalways the recommended strategy!
  25. Blair, I trust you've considered contacting Veterans Affairs and the 'new' "Canadian Navy" about what you're research and memorabilia might ad to any commemorations. Thanks for sharing them!