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  1. Here is a Cuban group from the mid 1930's with a locally produced gilt finished vic, mounted on a nice 'Libertad' bar. I have a number of cuban vics and this is one of the gilt variety. Group consists of: * Order of Military Merit 4th class cross, with dark red enamel. * Long Service medal, with 5 chevron devices. * Unofficial Cuban victory medal. * National Reconciliation medal, with 1 star device. The victory medal was not made by Chobillon in France and accordingly does not have the 'C.Charles' makers mark on the obverse. This vic was produced locally in Havana by the firm of Vilardebo & Riera. They were the official maker of the Cuban Army medals and decorations. It very closely resembles the official vic strike from Chobillon. Regards, Rob
  2. Hello Paul, There are only estimates of medals awarded which is not necessarily consistent with actual combatant numbers. The original decrees (Decree 905 10 June 1922 for Navy, and Decree 1155 27 August 1924 for Army) does also not make reference to any police personnel. Laslo quotes a figure of 6,000-7,000 medals issued, with that number drawn from a Dr. K.G. Klietmann work published in a 1981 OMRS article. Given the paucity of available records, and the difficulty of confirming any details, out of Cuba, I think we will be left with estimates for the time being. Regards, Rob
  3. Hello Bill, A nice pickup with the green Frederico Costa box. These boxes are also seen in a darker blue colour as well. Either way they are not easy to find in complete non-crushed condition. Regards, Rob
  4. Hello Oliver, The list of Naval clasps and eligible ships is contained in print in the book 'The Call of Duty'. There is also numerous websites that have the complete listing. If you search for 'Naval clasps and service credits' you should be successful in your search. Regards, Rob
  5. Hello all, Here are a couple of Panama Medals of Solidarity. While Panama played no active part in the Great War they did award this medal in solidarity to the allies and it is associated with the Great War and the Interallied vic series in general. According to Alex Purves' book 'The Medals, Decorations & Orders of the Great War 1914-1918' this medal was produced in limited quantities, in three classes. Numbers awarded were reportedly 100 to each of the allied countries. Medals were awarded in gold (silver-gilt) to commanders in chief, silver with a rosette to generals and senior officers and bronze to officers and other ranks. This silver version, while not mine, shows the rosette clearly. Bronze example to follow. Regards, Rob
  6. Here is a Brazil vic on loan to me; an official type 2 according to Mr Laslo's book (no edge mintmark). Regards, Rob
  7. Hello Bill, Your assumption is correct. The Repro type 1 was indeed produced by Arthus Bertrand, and it is quite a difficult example to find. The Delande produced repro is not listed in Laslo. Regards, Rob
  8. And another. Special Service Medal. Regards, Rob
  9. Here is another. Gallantry Cross with gold star. Regards, Rob
  10. To all the RVN collectors, In the Medals of America publication 'The Decorations and Medals of the Republic of Vietnam and Her Allies, 1950-1975', mention is made of a Unit Citation award of the Military Merit Medal. The wording on page 34 of that publication is: 'Unit Award (Huy-Hiệu Tuyên-Cộng Đơn-Vị). Apparently authorised circa 1974. Description: The ribbon is in a gold-frame with a leaf background'. Given the difficult security situation that RVN was in, circa 1974, it is possible that these awards were never made despite the apparent authorisation. Have any RVN collectors ever seen such a Military Merit Medal Unit Award and if so are there any pics available? Regards, Rob
  11. Hello David, As far as a comparison picture is concerned, if you go back through this particular thread there are numerous pics of all the 4 common varieties. A specific composite picture is at post #15 with a close-up of the two different F.M. Lorioli-Castelli varieties at post #19. I have stopped posting my collection but there are numerous other illustrations in this thread which show the level of detail and differences between the varieties which can help you. Here is a pic of the official 'type 4' (This is not in my collection). Regards, Rob
  12. And another. Hazardous Service Medal. Regards, Rob
  13. Hello all, Some further contributions to this thread. All items are local RVN manufactured versions. Army Meritorious Service Medal. Any comments welcome. Regards, Rob
  14. Hello Bill, I have a copy of the article in quesiton from the September 1998 Medal News issue. It recounts the same background information about the Interallied Victory Medal conference that is contained in the introdcution to Mr Alex Laslo's book, as it specifically relates to the discussion about how the design of the vic ribbon was chosen. Regards, Rob
  15. Hi David, I picked up one of this interesting variety a couple of years ago. They are quite unique and there does not seem to be much information out there on their background. On my example the reverse planchet central area was particularly smooth, with what appeared to be grinding/filing marks just visible below the surface. That suggests the original lettering was removed, while the engraving looked professionally done. In addition there were, on my piece, a number of shallow test holes in the rim; which may have been indicative of some form of testing. What is noticeable on the example you linked to, was the barrel suspender does not appear to be part of the planchet with what appears to be solder, very noticeable, on the obverse. Regards, Rob
  16. Hello Claudio, I have also seen these initial victory medal authorisation documents glued onto the corresponding diploma for the Italian War Medal 1915-1918 (Medaglia Dell Guerra 1915-1918). There is, as you have suggested, great variety in these authorisation documents. Regards, Rob
  17. Hello Oliver, A nice darker patina Reimer model you have posted. It is great that you also post diameter and planchet thickness because that helps out all the vic collectors to see if there are differences to item in their collection. Regards, Rob
  18. Hello David, Notwithstanding that you are out of pocket some money, I would probably keep it as an education opportunity. Having modern reproductions to review in hand is as probaly as good as having the genuine example. The sort of bronze coloured reproduction that is illustrated above are quite common an eminate from the UK. Most of the vic series have been so reproduced all in the same sort of base metal. In this particular example the reverse planchet die flaws are common across a range of Cuban reproductions so keeping one close by for reference is a good idea. Regards, Rob
  19. Hello Oliver, A good selection that you have posted here on the forum for the benefit of all the fellow vic collectors. The range of minor variations, especially noted on the Romanian vic, is attributable to a wide and un-documented number of local unofficial manufacturers. It is this large number of variations that makes the vics worth collecting, as you never really finish collecting. It is, however, a long and often slippery slope once you start trying to find all the different major and then minor variations. Thanks for posting these pictures. Regards, Rob
  20. Hello Herman, I would leave both the brooch and engagment clasps as they are, unless you want to specifically construct a US french-made example complete with clasps. As Bill has indicated the edge marking of the large font 'MADE IN FRANCE' is consistent with late 20's to early 30's french manufacture; as is the ribbed planchet edges. Once the specimen is in your hands I would also inspect the remainder of the rim for either the marking 'BRONZE' or some other makers mark. You will also want to inspect both sides of the large suspension ring as there are occasionally markings on that as well. A gentle brush, with some warm water and a soft toothbrush, will remove the crud that has accumulated on the top section of the planchet reverse. A nice example. Regards, Rob
  21. Here are a couple of pics of my Siam and a Brazil vic on loan for reference. Once I work with my temperamental scanner I'll post others. I hope these help. Regards, Rob
  22. Hello david, A nice example that you have waited patiently for. Sometimes the rarer examples are worth the wait. I would replace the current ribbon (as it is a latter US type) and replace it with some nice French made ribbon. That would make your example more correct to type. Regards, Rob
  23. To one and all, I am attempting to confirm or deny if a French made reproduction of the Great Britain Victory medal for the Great War was ever produced. I am not sure if to post here or in the French forum so will choose both. This victory medal is depicted as illustration no. 158 on page 45 of M. Delande's 1934 Paris work 'Les Ordres Fran?ais, Les Ordres Coloniaux, M?dailles Comm?moratives, M?dailles d'Honneur des Minist?res, Les Croix et M?dailles, de la Guerre 1914-18, des Pays Alli?s'. Of note is that most of the interallied victory medal series are illustrated in this work, and there exist many specimens of these repro's including the Japanese, Czech, Greek, and US versions, as well as possibly the Belgian model. It is depicted with a ball suspender which was common for most of the produced and seen French repro's and it is most likely to have BRONZE on the edge and the hallmark of M. Delande (a small square or more likely a lozenge shaped hallmark). I have attached a copy of the illustration in question, taken from an original 1934 copy of the catalogue (and a very fragile book it is; but it has such marvelously wonderful drawings especially of the Colonial decorations !). Have any collectors identified an actual specimen of this variety as it is still unconfirmed, through two editions of Mr Laslo's work and the ensuing 75 years? Can anyone help?? Regards, Rob