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  1. Order of Medjidie... good one or bad one?

    Well, that seems to be two thumbs down so think I'll skip this on. DEEPLY appreciate the input guy! :-) Many thanks! Dan
  2. Hi all, Am part Turkish and have always wanted to get a few Turkish (Ottoman) Orders but generally they're way out of my range. Am eyeing one but I know there are a ton of fakes out there and I know enough to be almost dangerous when it comes to this area. Would deeply appreciate any help anyone can give re: good or bad and if possible roughly (assuming good) what a decent price would be. Here's the pics... fingers crossed. Many thanks! Dan
  3. Hi all, Found this shot on the web... no idea who to credit it to. But couldn't resist as it not only shows his Order of Kutuzov but also one I didn't previously know he'd gotten... a Soviet Guards Badge. I searched for about two hours last night and could not find another shot of him wearing these awards. Knowing how he felt about the Soviets I'd not be surprised if he promptly packed them away and never wore them or even looked at them again. You can see what I believe is the Order of Kutuzov just to the left of the Guards Badge. If anyone has additional pics of him wearing either or both of these please post as I'd love to see them. Thanks, Dan
  4. Honored Railwayworker Badge

    Hi all. I've finally managed to obtain the final Excellent Railway Badge (Signalman) to finish my set. However, this last one does not have the screw nut. I wondered if any of you might by chance happen to have a spare that you'd be willing to part with? If so, please let me know and hopefully we can work something out. Any help would be deeply appreciated. Once I have this last one in hand I'll do pics of it as well as the entire set and post them. Many thanks! God bless, Dan
  5. 1914 weiderholingsspange

    Come on guys... I don't have near the knowledge on these but I'm sure some of our members do. Can someone chime in here one way or the other? Nick is on pins and needles to know if this one is good or not. Please help out if you can. Thanks! Dan
  6. CHEMULPO 1904 Medal

    Hi all, Just wondered if anyone can tell me it this one is good or bad? I suspect the ribbon is incorrect and probably the kolodka as well but more concerned about the medal itself. Many thanks in advance! Dan
  7. Virgin's Cross

    So glad you finally got one big guy!!!! She's a beaut!!!!!!!! Cannot wait to see her in person!
  8. Hi all. I have a close friend... she's like my older sister, who also collects and who made a purchase on Ebay last night while I was incommunicado at work. Hoping this is okay... it's the link to the auction which has ended. http://www.ebay.com/itm/German-WW-I-medal-original-big-knight-cross-steel-core-800-marker-1914-org-case-/142454337796?hash=item212af0b104%3Ag%3AGXEAAOSw5gxZdH~I&nma=true&si=HvCaykmTQ35HzjEVhxEYPNQe1Ho%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 First off, need, if possible, to know if this is indeed an original, ie: one made during either WW1 or WW2 for display in museums/shops or if it's simply a more modern copy? Secondly, if so, is it worth what she paid or thereabouts? The listing states in the title that it's cased and is a Godet, yet no pics were provided of the case. She's written to request same. After the auction ended she discovered a previous auction where the same seller sold a cased example which went for less: http://www.ebay.com/itm/German-WW-I-medal-original-big-knight-cross-steel-core-800-marker-1914-org-case-/142418393975?nma=true&si=HvCaykmTQ35HzjEVhxEYPNQe1Ho%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 This made her more than a bit nervous and she wishes she'd thought to look before bidding. Hoping all is okay but felt best to post here and let the experts take a crack at it. I do not want to see her get taken and would prefer to try to find out what's what before the item is shipped. She sadly paid right after the auction but hoping if it's not a good one then we can get it worked out before shipment and get her money refunded. She paid via Paypal so has the coverage from them and Ebay but hoping against hope we don't have to go that route. However, if it's a period piece used for display purposes at the time then I'd be okay with it as I know awarded examples are pretty much impossible to obtain and would cost a mint. If she even went just a bit high then that's still okay as we all do that from time to time with pieces we really really want. Hoping I can get some help/opinions on this and save the day if it needs saving. Many thanks in advance! God bless, Dan
  9. Hi all. First time I've had any spare moments to get on here in quite a while. As it is I'm now heading out the door again in about 30 minutes to head to Fargo for the day. VERY cold! Not looking forward to it. Anyhow, have this flag... thinking it's for a car... not sure. Measures 18x12 inches... could be for a boat too I guess... just not sure. Don't have it in hand yet so no idea if there are any markings on the fly but once I have it I'll post any I find. Closest thing I could find online is the flag for the Foreign Service... but it's just the blue field and stars... no eagle in the center. Possibly a U.S. Diplomats flag? I'll keep checking as I have time but hoping perhaps one of our members might recognize it. Any help, information, etc., would be, as always, deeply appreciated! God bless, Dan
  10. Hi Thom. Sorry but not ready to part with it. If I ever decide to I'll definitely get in touch if possible. Thanks! Dan
  11. Hi all. Hoping for some help on this one. So many fakes out there. The core is iron... magnet sticks to it. Pics not the greatest but all I have at the moment. Any help deeply appreciated! Many thanks! Dan
  12. Hi all. I acquired this recently as a replica, but on arrival I'm not so sure. It's hollow with the back plate. Very good workmanship. I have an original early type silver WB made the same way. Rather light weight and solid construction. I don't believe these hollow/solid backs were all that common, plus they require that much more effort to product. Can't believe fakers would go to the trouble to not only do it but do it right. Anyhow, I welcome opinions. The pics are the only ones I have right now but I can do some scans if required. Many thanks in advance, Dan
  13. Is this Japanese?

    With the chrysanthemum I'm thinking Japanese... but for the life of me after searching on the next for the last few hours I cannot find anything similar to confirm it. Hoping one of our members can help. Possibly police or ? if not military? If someone knows what rank is it for? Many thanks! Dan
  14. Is this Japanese?

    My deepest thanks Hugh! I sure hope one of our members can help me solve it. It's been driving me nuts! I hate it when I can't research and find things on my own and this one has me totally stumped! I definitely agree it has that post war Asian army feel to it in my mind. I thought about South Korea, Taiwan, Japan... can't find any matches to save my life! Will keep pacing in the trench and hope someone comes up with it. If I figure it out I'll definitely post as well. Thanks again! God bless, Dan
  15. Hi all, I need to put out a request for a photo or photos (with permission to use in a personal display) of Bruno Dilley (Luftwaffe Stuka Ace and RK with Oakleaves holder), especially any in color. Any such pics would be deeply appreciated. I've found a few on the web but many were marked. Again I would like to use same in a personal display at home. Many thanks! Dan
  16. Hi all. Just managed to pick this one up this evening. The pics are the sellers but sadly none of the rim. Seller says the rim says: 4258 Pie J.Perrott 17th C.C. & T.C. although she sounded like she was having problems seeing it all clearly. After looking a bit on the web would it be safe to say that should read 17th Co. C&TC for 17th Company Commissariat and Transport Corps? I've requested scans/pics of the edge but no idea what if anything will come of it. Should be here sometime this coming week so if nothing else I can scan once it arrives. The old girl needs a ribbon... so on the hunt for that so I can give her back some of her glory. Now still learning about British awards... my understanding is unlike say, German award collectors, these are often cleaned, etc. So asking on this one should she be left as is just with the addition of a ribbon once I can get hold of one... or should it be cleaned? Might anyone have any info on this recipient? Any help would be deeply appreciated. Many thanks! Dan
  17. Hi all, Thought I'd posted these at some point but couldn't find them and as I've made a few new additions I figured I'd go ahead and pop them on. So without further ado here's what I have so far:
  18. Academy badges

    Hi all. I know this is an OLD thread I posted... but wondered if anyone can point out what each of these graduations were for... re: the schools/academies, etc? I was told the one in post #7 is for Space Forces... is that correct? Would love to know the actual title of the Academy or School and anything else anyone could tell me about that one... it's been one of my favorites. Got it from Alexei way way back in time. Many thanks! Dan
  19. Hi all. I managed to acquire a Major General's daily uniform from a friend. Common type but worked a very good deal and would like to dress it up a bit for display on a torso dummy. Am thinking perhaps one HSU, a good sized ribbon bar, an academy badge or two and possibly a Soviet Officer's Association lapel pin. Here's the possibilities I have to work with: First the tunic in question: Most of my academy graduation badges are here: Some of my ribbon bars... thinking one of the top three: Officer's Association pin: Here's one I found on the web that's rather like what I'm hoping to do: Although would two of my graduation badges work on this (assuming any of the ones I have would be proper for this rank)? I don't know of anything else that would be appropriate for this uniform and rank but if anyone knows different please let me know. Also, keep in mind that I have no intention of selling this but if I should I would remove the items I add as I would not want them to be considered original to the tunic. This is simply for my own display. Many thanks in advance. Dan
  20. Hi all. Just a quick one... getting ready to head into the gulag... tonight and tomorrow night then three blessed days off! Can't wait. This is a photo of a friends great grandfather. Trying to get more info but he has to contact family members, etc. For now, just have his name: Edmund Jacob, and this photo. I'm praying some of you can give us some info based on the uniform, insignia, etc. Assuming it's early war or pre war due to the numbers showing on the pickelhaube cover, and I think the shoulder boards. Wish we could see details on the belt buckle as I know that would help. Plus if in color a lot could be learned from the colors of the numbers (regiment?) and portepee. Anyhow, I'm hoping some of ya'll can put the pieces together and come up with something... anything would be a big help. He just wants to know more of his family history and he's very interested. He's a U.S. army vet, a great guy and a good friend. So hoping I can help him out. Many thanks in advance! Dan
  21. My friend is trying to get more info from his relatives... not sure at this point if there is anything else available... but will try to get what we can. Many thanks! Dan
  22. Hoping one of our members might be able to help me on this one. Any info would be deeply appreciated. Also an approximate value of possible. Many thanks in advance! Dan
  23. Hi all, I hope this is the place for this... if not please feel free to move it. I need to confirm if this is a good one and if at all possible I need at least a "rough" valuation (via PM is fine). This is a piece I've only seen in a few reference books and such and only from the front.
  24. In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    Well said! Sadly, I've seldom been able to be on for the last two years due to my work. How I miss you all and I especially miss my friends Mervyn and Rick. They were great libraries which have now burned down. Thankfully, they put so much of what they contained... their knowledge, wisdom and even a great deal of their personalities here on GMIC where it will, I hope, live on for many, many years to come. They are both irreplaceable. Rick always shared of his knowledge with me and all others freely and Mervyn kept up that tradition after Rick died. Things just won't be the same without them... but that's where we, including myself as much as I'm able, have to continue to carry on and keep their spirits alive. I'm am honored to have counted them among my friends in this life. May they both RIP. I'm sure they're up there in the great beyond sharing stories and having a grand old time just waiting for the rest of us to show up down the road. Dan
  25. Hi all. I've not had a ton of time for nearly the last two years due to my work. I try to pop on when I can but not nearly as much as I'd like or used to I'm very sorry to day. But I got a nudge from a friend who asked me about these two "awards". Not sure what the story behind them, if she has or is thinking of getting them or what. But she wanted to know if I could ID them for her. I've not been able to keep up with the myriad of awards, official or otherwise put out in Russia these last few years to honestly I don't have a clue. Hoping one of you might be able to help me out. Here's the pics she sent... hoping it's enough but let me know. Many thanks in advance for any help on these. Dan