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    ARAB MEDALS -- Syria

    It is not uncommon, in my somewhat limited experience, for 'foreign awards' and minatures in particular to have the wrong ribbons simply because the correct ones were not available to the tailor/jewelller when a set was being made up. And, if one receives such a set, finding the correct ribbons, especially for strange awards which one's peers won't recognize anyway, is probably not high on the 'must do' list.
  2. Wow! Twice. Once for a nice 'double issue', as I suspect that the R.E.Y. twice is very probably the same man and once for the identification by Michael. The Colombo lodge medal must be a fairly rare item as well. Peter
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    A Barrett Watts Capt Supt CRP (1902)

    Can you describe the medal, or show us a picture, please, us57? I'm afraid I'm a 'visual learner' and a photo is much more likely to jog my old brain. Thanks.
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    Help with a old photograph

    A masterful summation, Mark!
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    Walking Sticks - and as Weapons

    Very cool! So, clearly some effort went into producing an efficient implement. Not surprising, I suppose, given how dangerous snakes can be. My neighbour in Nigeria was out 'admiring the stars' [read 'smoking where his wife couldn't see him] and had a 6 foot spitting cobra curl up on the path between he and the house. Much excitement ensued, but what Mal remembered most and was highly indignant about was that the night watchman - barefoot, of course - absolutely refused to leave his post inside Mal's garage once he's figured out it was a snake! Mal was a NWF Pathan by birth, so he knew about snakes and eventually killed it, but only after it got into his chicken coop. Two chickens died, but I was always convinced one if not both were killed by Mal swingin a chair leg and not by snake venom! I was out yesterday at a gun show and saw a lovely cane with a small [6" x 3"] steel 'hammer' as a head, which the seller suggested was intedned as a defensive weapon. It looked as if it would seriously dent a cranium if swung or thrown! he thought it might be Hunarian, though he didn't say why. I think we tend to underestimate the deadliness of a well handled stick/staff/club because they are not part of our modern landscape. BTW, enjoying your posts immensely. P
  6. Welcome to the GMIC, Ed. I was going to suggest that you might have posted this in the 'German Imperial' section for uniforms and equipment, but clearly some other members look at posts in multiple areas! I 'm glad Bayern was able to help. Lovely piece of kit, BTW.
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    Iraq Military Vehicle Markings

    Same problem here: every link I click on takes me to a lovely photo of a river in Costa Rica. Nice, but not very relevant.
  8. Huzza! Thanks for sharing this, Ross.
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    Walking Sticks - and as Weapons

    Looks like an excellent snake-stick. I rarely went out at night during my 2 years in West Africa, but if I had one of these would have been useful. A lot of the snakebite victims coming to see the local missionaries, who ran a 'dispensary', had trodden on snakes while walking paths at night. The snakes lie up on the earthen paths which have been warmed all day by the sun. Is there anything 'special' about the stick, Rusty? A certain type of wood? The finish, other than having been de-barked? We tend to assume that people 'make' such tools as opposed to simply picking them up as needed and I assume this is an example of a 'purpose-built' utensil/weaopon. Peter
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    Tunisian Order

    This popped up on another site and I was intrigued. Can any member comment on the identification, which was: "Tunesian Order of Nichan Iftikhar Grand Cross breast star Ali Bey 1882", given without sources or explanation. I encouraged it's owner to contact us here, as I believe some members may be interested but hasten to add that I have no dog in this fight.
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    Miniatures of the Middle East & Arab World

    Several decades ago I met a chap who collected enamelled European orders 'becuase they look so nice' and kept them in an old medecin cabinet, velvet lined and with the mirror replaced by clear glass, which hung on his livingroom wall. These are 'pretty' enough to earn the same treatment, aside from their historical and numismatic interest and value! Gorgeous, Rusty.
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    Indeed! Good luck with the continued hunt for an example of your own, as I suspect they must be fairly uncommon. Any idea why this recipient got the award? The only time I was in Burkina Faso - 35 years ago - many of the senior police officials in the former French colonies - 'Haute Volta' as it was then, Chad, & Niger - were Frenchmen, many apparently on secondment from the Army. And on my only visit to Paris, in 2015, I ran across a very large group of African police officers from those countries, presumably there on a course, so I wonder if there are still close ties between the French and Franco-African police forces. Peter
  13. Veeery nice! A medal which doesn't turn up all that often.
  14. Gorgeous! And obviously kept with loving care, or beautifully restored. I would love to own such a piece of history which is also so asthetically pleasing - at least to a person of my perhaps odd tatstes!
  15. 'They also serve who only sit and wait.'? You're right, of course. Most armies most places don't do much but wait and train and wait and train and wait and wait and wait.
  16. Sadly, it was the case as long ago as the 1990s that a significant percentage of the 'WWII German' badges, particularly the rarer ones but even many common issues, were outright fakes, had been assembeled after the war from genuine parts or were in some other way 'not as advertised.' I don't know nearly enough to guess what % of today's items fall into these categories but I would be very very careful were I to start collecting in this field.
  17. Not sure. And not very interested in finding out! Does that make me a bad person?
  18. I have to agree. I wasn't able to read the scrolls on the Winnipeg Police flag but one wonders what a police force would consider a 'battle honour'. In their case, I hope it doesn't include the infamous general Strike of 1919! Colours seem a very odd affectation for what is now a 'paramilitary' organization only in the loosest sense. Flashier uniforms I can understand but this is just odd!
  19. Thanks, Lawrence! I should have scrolled up before asking. On a related note, how would YOU feel about being part of 'Operation Reassurance' ? 'We don't actually get to fight, but we do try hard to make people feel comfortable.' Or is that just too cynical for words?
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    Finds of the day

    Aren't they always thrilled when we show up with our treasures? Mine is!
  21. And our men and women now in the Baltic? Do they get something shiny as well?
  22. Interesting. Would their experience have been typical of German POWs or was there some special reason this unit was robbed in this fashion?
  23. Like the now infamous swastika, the fasces have a long and generally proud hsitory. In Roman times, and presumably in the minds of the Belgian Army, they make a nice visual shorthand for 'We enforce the law.', a perfectly logical motto for a military court, especially one with the power of life and death. Mussolini and his ilk, of course, emphasized the 'force' at the expense of 'law' but that does not completely negate the historical precedents and meaning.
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    South American bow and arrows

    I hear what you're saying about well intentioned government biologists! Up here, a few years ago, the 1,000 animal herd of Wood Buffalo, in a park the size of Rhode Island, got brucellosis from ranchers' cattle. Gov't solution? Wipe them all out, start over with 'pure animals'. Really, guys? And if you miss just one...? 'Oh, we won't.' It also sounds as if 'taboo' is the anthropological equivalent of the archaeologists 'ritual object' - 'We have no freaking idea what this does/is fo, so we'll call it religious, 'cause religion is mysterious!' I assume from your comments that you DO speak at least one local language, which I would have assumed was more or less a requirement for serious field work. I taught for 2 years, with our version of the Peace Corps, in Nigeria. In English, one of the 4 official languages there, but could just barely feed myself and get gas for my bike once off the beaten track. Can't imagine discussing anything of substance without some command of the local bhat. In fact, our local missionaries, had 30 years in country and their greatest asset was a colloquial knowledge of Hausa, the local lingua franca.
  25. A great story! And he was from Beeton, just down the road from my home in Alliston. A couple local boys joined the Cyclists, who often did duty in towns, helping the MPs direct traffic and man check points, so his police experience would have proved useful, though the bicycles themsleves were less of a success. 'A good cop'!