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  1. I will check the variations I have already got and get back to you if these are missing in my collection.
  2. Would you please help to ID this dagger and decipher the meaning of engraving on its handle? I gather it may have relation to RAF Third Tactical Air Force stationed in South East Asia during WWII. The knife may have been acquired / handmade locally by a RAF member while on leave at rest camp in Darjeeling, West Bengal. What "87466992. Lac. Corke" may stand for?
  3. Would you please PM me the prices for what is on sale. I may be interested in the Orders of Red Labour Banner and Red Combat Banner. Is Red Star 233588 (Heel type) available as well? Tnx
  4. Yes, these badges were awarded to the lower ranks of Red/Soviet Army only. The first badges were introduced in May 1942 as alternative military awards to the Soviet decoration system. There are 23 badges in total, two of which (rifleman and excellence in aviation) were constituted after the end of WWII. The numerous variations, produced both during and post war. All are discontinued in 1957. General information on the badges (Chrome is able to translate the page into English): https://medalww.ru/nagrady-sssr/nagrudnye-znaki-sssr/znaki-otlichnikov/ The variations are shown here: https://forums-su.com/viewforum.php?f=773
  5. It has nothing to do with the Imperial Russia for sure.
  6. Please let me know, if you get hold of other badges of this kind. I am collecting them, both war and post war manufactured variations.
  7. Hello, Is Excellent Fireman still on sale? What other badges from this series you have got available?
  8. Probably they are right, this kind of badges isn't my cup of tea. Though, what did they say about the enamels?
  9. I don't like it. This is a rare badge which is widely faked. Check the size, it should be 54x43 mm. Check here at the bottom http://www.sovietznak.ru/badge/398 I see difference between these two while they seem to be of the same type. Also note that enamels have been re-laid with the factory chimney and smoke covered. I don't like the engraving either, it does not look fluent enough and the "N" sign is non-typical.
  10. From £150 and up. This is WWII period order so it should be somewhat more expensive than post-war orders awarded for service .
  11. Original without a doubt. Too common and cheap to be faked.
  12. Thank you very much for this information. I will write Damir right now.
  13. You probably need his name spelled in Russian as well in case you do some search through Russian reference sites. Леднев Борис Семенович (surname, name, patronimic)
  14. I have seen such a great variaty of Gallipoli Stars with various types of tugra, pins, catches, hinges, riverts and even rings by now that I really don't know what I should be able to notice looking at the needle system and tugra as there is no such thing as the "correct" types of a needle or tugra Are these medals systematized anywhere so that a collector can rely on the description of the correct types of them? I posted this medal on a few militaria forums and in each forum were people with pro and contra opinions. The problem is that those who believe the star is a fake provide little or no arguments in support of their opinion.
  15. HSU #1 was awarded to Lyapidevsky - one of the pilots from Cheluskin rescuing mission. His awards are in the State Historical Museum, Moscow which invites a lot of questions on the item shown.
  16. I will try to make some extra photos tonight. Patina does not raise any of my concerns and seem quite natural. I say so because I have some experience in applying patinating ointments to the silver.
  17. Would you justify your opinion please? It does not seem a fake to me and I would like to see some arguments if possible.
  18. Stalino is the name for Donetsk in Ukraine in 1924-1961, major city of Donbass region where fighting between local militiaman and ukraininan government is ongoing. Well, before 1977 all the awards were to be returned to the state after awardee's death except for OPWs only which relatives could retain. Therefore, the posthumous awards should not be scarce in theory but lack of supplementary documents leave them untraced. I have got a few early suspension bar OPWs, one of which is in immaculate condition with all the enamels intact - most likely it is a posthumous award.
  19. Gentlemen, I am kindly requesting opinions on this Gallipoli Star. It is well-known fact this award was produced by numerous makers and, therefore, its variations are rife. There are also some number of fakes on the market out there and I would like to verify authenticity of this one. Would you be able to provide your thoughts on this piece? It seems to be fine to me: quality enamel, nice patina, non-magnetic (quite likely to be silver), 55 mm, 16.7 g but side opinions are very welcome.
  20. Hello, A friend of mine has got an Excellent border guard badge 173 with the award document to Soviet lieutenant colonel and willing to sell it. Would you advise the right price for the badge, please?
  21. Hi Mervyn, Thanks for your input and pictures you posted. Having examined the pics you provided I can only say that the dagger I posted resembles the one on the black and white pics and corresponds with the description. I wish it were Pattern 1 indeed but I am still hesitant due to lack of practical exprience with FS knives. I have a good chance of buying the dagger rather cheap but want to make sure I am not buying replica. Would anybody advise me a resource to get an opinion of a person with hands-on experience on FS 1? Many thanks
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