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peter monahan

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  1. Early Napoleonic "Reproductions"

    A truly lovely thing! Thanks for sharing. I have seen the photos from the '50s and recall wondering about the unifroms - in great shape for the 40 year old souvenirs of a defeated army, I thought, but I know nothing of French uniforms and didn't pursue the thought. Glad to see an expert such as yourself chime in on them. Peter
  2. Egyptian ancient art anyone

    Cool! I have a friend who is an archaeologist [and Biblical scholar] who did all his digs in the Middle East - Lebanon and Israel - andf he had wonderful stories of the 'ancient coins' one can buy there. "Oh, wait, effendi. Let me get you a resh one from the back.' But I believe these items - 'ushabti', apparently - are common enough that they're not worth faking. I look at those and the occasional bronze arrowhead with lust from time to time but have so far resisted the urge. Please post more pics when you can.
  3. Early Napoleonic "Reproductions"

    I showed this to a couple of people, who all oowed and ahhed over it. Not, however, without noting that the whole 'reproduction' thing is a minefield when one goes back a century. A good friend makes quality reproduction uniforms, many of them French Imperial, for museums and historical units world wide and some of his efforts have found their way onto the market as 'authentic'. They're not, of course, and there are ways to tell - he typically machine stitches anything not visible when a coat is in wear, for example, but not everyone is as savvy or a shonest as The Armoury.
  4. Voznesensky Czapka

    Welcome to the GMIC, Stalker. And thank you for the identification. Given that you read Russian, you could become a popular guy here! Rick, that's a stunner! Thanks for posting it. Peter
  5. Mnangagwe Inauguration and medals of officers present

    Cheers, Megan.. I knew you'd know. And Happy New Year.
  6. Good luck with the hunt. The appeal and frustration of collecting combined!
  7. You should be able to load pictures by opening a window like this one, whereupon 'Drag files... chose files should appear at the bottom of the window. Load the files from your own computer.
  8. Morar Just saw this for the first time. I suspect, from the look of it that the background is a photographer's backdrop rather than a view of the outside, as was common at the time. Actual outdoor photos were not very common.
  9. Mnangagwe Inauguration and medals of officers present

    Order of? Megan?
  10. My understanding, which is admittedly slight, is that the WDC was, like the NAAFI and some other groups, is an 'ancilliary' or 'auxilliary' service of the MoD. So, while that service might count towards medals, as it did for the NAAFI folks in Iraq/Afghanistan more recently, it is not technically 'part' of the armed forces. Just my tuppence worth. The WDC was phased out in 1974.
  11. And everything looks to be in wonderful shape. Your Troop Sergeant Major would approve! Welcome to the GMIC. Peter
  12. Recent 28mm projects

    His Imperial majesty, the Emporer looks 'if not actually disgruntled, far from being gruntled'! Well done!
  13. Identification of cap

    On another forum it has been identified as belonging to the Dutch east Indies forces, as bayern suggests. No idea about the badge.
  14. Miniatures of the Middle East & Arab World

    A very useful post/thread indeed. Thank you!
  15. So, presumably, the white stripe is to indicate, when only ribbons are worn, that it IS the lowest of the grades of the order. Which makes sense to me, as the sort of people who earn such things usually do not want to be mistaken for members of the hoi-polloi if they are in fact nobs of the nobbiest sort!
  16. Nero 30 years ago when I was actively involved in buying medals and badges, the wisdom on the street was that 30- 50% of the WWII German stuff on the market was repro/fake. I can't imagine that the % has gone down! No easy answer except to talk to people you trust to be honest and experienced in the field and resist - its very hard! - the urge to buy quickly. I have no idea whether this is a good one, but there are lots of experts and lots of examples out there. Here are two sites which m,ay shed a little light on the question. Good luck with your collecting! Peter http://quanonline.com/military/military_reference/german/german_replicas.html
  17. One of the vendors in a large local antique market has an entire case full of 'unique', 'very rare' and 'extremely rare' items. Two or three of the 30 actually are. It makes me wonder where all the 'ordinary' and 'common' stuff has got to. Although in this case the vendor has offered some 'evidence' for his/her claim. Is the source reliable? Are there other similar sources?
  18. Awards of Electronic Warfare Troops

    Oopps! No offence intended, Egorka! Some of my best freidns are nerds.
  19. Awards of Electronic Warfare Troops

    Do you suppose Russian electronic 'warriors' are as nerdy as their Western counterparts?
  20. You may already have guessed or known this, Fahnen, but the rose for English counties was replace by shamrocks for Ireland, thistles for Scotland and the Prince of Wales three plumes for Wales. So yours is very definitely one of the English counties. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Lieutenant#Uniform
  21. Good luck with the negotiations. What a great find!
  22. Help with a old photograph

    Below are the ribbons for the campaign medals identified:General Service Medal, 1947, Paschimi Star, 1971, Samar Seva, 1965, Raksha Medal, 1965, 1971-72, Sainya Seva Medal. Judging by this area, the officer was a late WWII or just post-war enlistment – GSM 1947 – and served until at least 1971. Quite a career and clearly ‘at the sharp end’ a good bit, as one would expect from a Gunner. Shabash, huzzor!
  23. I was going to say the same as Coldstream: Lord Lieutenant of a County in the UK would have been my guess. Very lovely.
  24. British DFC Ribbon Question

    The awarding of rosettes began with napoleon, according to this source and was first done in the US in 1877. I would have pegged it somewhat later in the UK, as until the late 19th century, full size medals were the norm and decorations worn on civilian dress failry rare, I think. [https://www.hodgesbadge.com/history-of-rosettes/a/7/] I don't know anything about the Air medal and multiples, but when Canadian service personnel earned the UN medal for service in Cyprus in the '60-'90s, many were there 4-6-8 times, especially if they were support or signals and we eventually authorized a metal numeral to wear on the ribbon because that many rosettes just looked silly!
  25. British DFC Ribbon Question

    OTOH, even 'military' tailors - the chaps who thrive outside any large base -are not actually constrained by the regulations which apply to memebrs of the various armed forces and there are some wild and wonderful things out there on the chests [or walls] of current and former officers. And depending on the rank of the wearer, few people qualified or willing to make a complaint, official or otherwise. The classic example was Lord Montgomery of El Alamein. When he was serving he typically wore an RTR beret with two badges on it, completely against all regulations and radition. But who would say him nay? No one, apparently, as it became his 'trademark'. My guess would be that Chase lost or never had the appropriate device for his DFC ribbon and requested a tailor to 'fix that', this being the solution. My two cents worth!