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  1. That is a superb , and possibly unique, set. The only way you would know for sure what it's worth would be to put it into a good militaria auction. If a dealer offered you £4000 it's probably worth twice that! Patrick
  2. I agree withTony on the ID. I have mounted helmet plates and buttons on card with black or red velvet type fabric stretched over the card and glued at the back ,then fitted into a frame. Small holes punched through for the loops and matchsticks or similar through the loops to secure the pieces. Cleaning is a personal decision. If you do clean, the white metal rose within the bugle horn device and the scrolls can be done with a metal polish, or Worcestershire sauce, if you want something non- abrasive. You may need to wipe the cloth, once you've cleaned the metal of the device. Do not try to remove the bugle horn device or the small scroll from the cloth at any point as it's almost certain that one or more of the bent retaining wires will break. If, as it seems from the photos,there is still gilt on the bugle horn and the rest of the plate then on no account use a metal polish to clean as it will remove the gilt. Warm soapy water and a soft brush is all I would use, although some people use diluted ammonia or lemon juice. Buttons can be done with a metal polish like Brasso. A nice set- congratulations on hanging on to the pieces. Patrick
  3. Grey C, Thanks for the reply, which was a very good lead. After doing some digging I've now established that it is a pre-1897 badge indicating membership of the port watch. It would be on the right sleeve for starboard watch. It is mentioned in the 1890 uniform regulations for the Royal Navy, but disappears in1897, so the uniform is obviously not 20th century. Patrick
  4. I am trying to help a member of another forum to identify a badge on a Royal Navy white uniform . It is a blue horizontal stripe high up on the left arm above the the rating badge ( Petty Officer 2nd Class) and good conduct chevrons. The uniform dates, we think, from the early 20th century. I have looked at the 1897 dress regulations but can find nothing like it. Any ideas? Thanks Patrick
  5. I don't know the answer to the question, but the place to get really good advice on restoration and maintenance is pickelhaubes.com . There is a section entitled 'restoration' and Brian Loree is the guru. He does some amazing work. Patrick
  6. Chris, It's years since I collected cap badges, and I'm quite happy to be corrected on my thoughts. My first reaction is that the back looks very shiny and clean, often the sign of a modern copy. However, the front looks to have been well polished, with highlights rubbed down, which suggests it might be genuine. How big is it? I don't recall seeing a cap badge like this, but I have seen pouch badges in this design. Final thought- it looks as though it has been cast, rather than struck from a die. This could mean that it's a poor copy. Some cast badges are genuine, and were made when a unit was stationed overseas, but I'm not sure Engineer Volunteers would have been posted abroad. Hope somebody more knowledgeable can help Patrick
  7. I'm a bit rusty on bages, and I don't have my books to hand, but the Cyclist Corps and Tyneside Irish are definitely WW1 period as, I think is the Carenarvonshire Volunteers. The Tyneside badge looks very shiny and new, and, despite the maker's mark, could well be a modern copy. Original Tyneside Irish badges are hard to find and not cheap, so if this one you've struck lucky.. The REME badge is post WW2 I think. The crown was the same for all monarchs after Victoria and before Elizabeth II. Patrick
  8. Hi Stuart Exactly! Have a good Christmas. Patrick
  9. Thanks Brian Still can't believe I got this one. It was on ebay at a very reasonable starting price and I got it for that price with no competition. Don't know if everybody else was spent up before Christmas! Patrick
  10. A new arrival. This is a green cloth helmet to the Shropshire Light Infantry, pre-1891. The light infantry regiments wore green cloths rather than the blue cloths worn by other regiments.The photo doesn't really do it justice, as the green of the cloth has become more of a blue in the process of importing the photo from Photobucket. The gilt is very bright and nicely toned- difficult to capture, as natural light is awful on the shortest day of the year in Scotland, so I've had to use flash. Patrick.
  11. Thanks all. I've checked both DNW and Spinks, but no joy. Also tried various google searches without success. What other medal auctioneers should I be looking at? Will continue with the search! Patrick
  12. I found out by chance that my Great-Uncle, William Russell Stobo, Chief Engineer, and his captain F D Struss were both awarded the DSC after their ship, The Manchester Trader, engaged in a running battle with submarine U65 in the Mediterranean and was sunk off Pantellaria on 4 June 1917. This was never mentioned in the family and I have no idea what became of the medal. I would very much like to track it down. Were these medals named? Even if not named, if might still be with his named Mercantile Marine medal and BWM. Where/how would I start looking? I'm not over-optimistic about finding it, but I won't know if I don't try! Thanks Patrick