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      • Dear Gentlemen,   Presentation of the "Commando Training*" badge of the Djiboutian Armed Forces: *Commando Entrainement.   The insignia is not a Drago "homologuation GS 51" but an Andor 06 le Cannet "homologuation GS 31".     There is a copy of this badge, the flag is painted,  it has two pin's and the "copie 2012" on the reverse.     Yours sincerely, No one
      • I have previously researched a member of the Mixed Courts from the United State, George Sherman Batcheller, but have not posted much about him here. I recently added a photo of a Spanish judge, Frédéric Rauret y Sugastres whose Mixed Courts badge I recently identified, shown in my post of 26 March, 2024. The photo of Judge Frédéric Rauret came from the George Sherman Batcheller Papers in the New York State Library Manuscript and Special Collections in Albany, NY, USA (Box 10, Folder 27). I received research copies of the cabinet card for Judge Frédéric Rauret in addition to scans of images of Batcheller when he was a judge on the Mixed Courts of Egypt. I am posting those image and information about George Sherman Bathcheller here.    George Sherman Batcheller (25 July, 1837-2 July, 1908) was an American jurist from a prominent family, a lawyer, diplomat, and U.S. Civil War soldier from Saratoga Springs, New York. His father, Sherman Batcheller, was a descendant of John Batchellor, one of the judges on the Salem witchcraft trials, and the nephew of a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Roger Sherman. Batcheller raised a company of volunteers of the 115th New York Infantry Regiment, and entered the volunteer army as a Major and Lieutenant Colonel in August 1862. He was captured in October 1862 at the Siege of Harper’s Ferry.  He was released in December of that year and served with the 10th Army Corps. He was appointed as Inspector General of the Volunteers and National Guard of New York. He was designated as the escort for the body of Abraham Lincoln on behalf of the Governor of New York.    Batcheller was initially nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant as a candidate to the newly created Egyptian Mixed Courts, and appointed to the Cairo District Court on 10 November, 1875. He was elected as Chief Justice of the Cairo Court in 1883. He served in that role until resigning on 30 November, 1885. Batcheller was involved with a controversial murder trial in 1880. Appointed as prosecutor because of a lack of staff on the Consular Courts, he tried Stephen Mirzan in those Courts, as a special assignment outside his normal role in the Mixed Courts. Mirzan was accused of killing, Alexandre Dahan, the advisor of the outgoing Viceroy of Egypt, Ismail Pasha. He was convicted and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted by President Rutherford Hayes to life imprisonment and he served time in Smyrna until 1883 and then in the Albany State Penitentiary, New York until his release in 1890. Bad press about the trial in America and Europe may have prompted Batcheller to write an article after the trial condemning the nature of the procedures in the Consular Courts, that the judge was a U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire and Mirzan was tried without benefit of a jury. Batcheller returned to New York State politics in the U.S. In 1885 but was re-nominated for the Mixed District Court of Cairo again by President Theodore Roosevelt and appointed to the District Court of Cairo on 12 December, 1897. Batcheller was elevated to the Appeals Court on 27 October, 1902 (but not as the President as I erroneously reported from one of my sources in my post here of 26 March, 2024) and served on that Court until his death in Paris from mouth cancer on 2 July, 1908.      Obverse of the cabinet card showing a young George Sherman Batcheller. Undated portrait, almost certainly taken between 1875-1885, and probably closer to 1875 when Batcheller was first appointed to the Mixed Courts. The photo shows him in the stambouline coat and tarboosh, but without his sash and badge. Photo by E. Bechard & Cie. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 3).      Reverse of the Cabinet card of George Sherman Batcheller. Undated portrait, as noted probably taken between 1875-1885 during Batcheller’s first appointment to the Mixed Courts. E. Bechard & Cie., Alexandrie, Egypte (photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 3).       Cabinet card portrait of an older George Sherman Batcheller, probably from his second appointment to the Mixed Courts as a judge, 1902-1908 (photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5). There are two copies of this portrait in the George Sherman Batcheller Papers.     Reverse of this cabinet card portrait of George Sherman Batcheller, Helios Photographie, Alexandrie & Caire, Egÿpte (photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5).     Obverse of the second copy of the cabinet card portrait of George Sherman Batcheller (note the photo is pasted over part of the “Helios” studio name and over the “Alexandrie” in the lower right corner so only “& Caire” is visible. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5).     Reverse of the same second copy of the Helios Photographie cabinet card showing a slightly darker print of the studio name than on the first copy reverse of this portrait (photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5).     Obverse of a cabinet card portrait of George Sherman Batcheller. This version is enlarged, cropped and dodged from the negative of the previous two portraits. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5).     Reverse of the enlarged, cropped and dodged version of the George Sherman Batcheller cabinet card, Helios Photographie, Alexandrie & Caire, Egÿpte. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5).     Obverse of a painted portrait based on the cabinet card photo above that is enlarged, cropped and dodged from the image of the Batcheller sitting in a chair. This shows the correct color of his tarboosh and red District Court sash. The sash color indicates this is probably a portrait from after his 1897 re-appointment to the District Court of Cairo  and prior to his appointment as judge to the Appeals Court in 1902 (his sash would have been green for the Appeals Court), Batcheller served on the Cairo District Courts from 1875-1885 and in 1897-1902. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5).     Reverse of the hand tinted image of George Sherman Batcheller on a Helios Photographie cabinet card. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 5).     Engraving of George Sherman Batcheller, probably from a photographic portrait by Atelier Reiser of Alexandrie & Caire (see envelope bellow). His older visage suggests this photo postdates his re-appointment to the Mixed Courts in 1897. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 7).       Envelope for the above portrait showing the Atelier Reiser name, and identifies this as Reiser & Binder, Alexandrie & le Caire, (Egypte). I do not know when Binder was added to the studio name  (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 7).      Portrait of George Sherman Batcheller by G. Lekegian & Co., studio, Cario (Egypt), wearing none of his court regalia. The awards he wears indicate this portrait must post-date 1889 (when he was awarded the Italian Order of the Crown). The image can be zoomed for som additional detail of his decorations. His white moustache suggests this is a later portrait than the above engraving. Batcheller wears the neck badge and breast star of the 2nd Class Order of Medjidie that was awarded to him 1n 1884. He wears the sash, sash badge and breast star of the 1st Class Grand Cordon Italian Order of the Crown (awarded 1889). The medal to the viewer’s right of the round medal on his chest is the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (appointed 1887). I do not know what miniature award Batcheller wears on his lapel nor what the round chest medal is. Batcheller also was awarded the French National Legion of Honor (Commander) sometime in the last year of his life, 1908. (Photo from: New York State Library, George Sherman Batcheller 1837-1908 Papers, 1825-1843, bulk 1858-1908, Box 10, Folder 6).     Obverse of a brooch with the bust of George Sherman Batcheller (photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. ID # C.S. 037922; Catalog number 037922; Accession #: 117577). This brooch probably belonged to his daughter Katherine (Kate) Batcheller. The presence of this item (“brooch”) in the Smithsonian collection was mistakenly identified as probably being Batcheller’s judicial badge in the 3 November, 2008 auction (#80) of a Froment-Meurice Mixed Courts District badge (Lot 3) formerly archived on the Sixbid.com website (see my post on this thread of 20 October, 2021), as well as in the published catalog of the Tammann Collection (2008. Ordern aus Aller Welt: Samlung Tammann, 80- Auktion, 4-5 November 2008. UBS, AG, Gold & Numismatik Basel, Basel, pg 40). I contacted the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History to determine whether they had Batcheller's judicial badge and was provided the information that the only other item in the collection (in addition to a uniform [https://www.si.edu/search/collection-images?edan_local=&edan_q=George%2B%2F%2Fsherman%2BBAtcheller&] and a presentation sword [https://www.si.edu/object/sword-presented-george-batcheller:nmah_420453]) was this brooch.      Reverse of the same brooch (photo courtesy of the in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. ID # C.S. 037922; Accession #: 117577). The Smithsonian does not have the judicial badge of George Sherman Batcheller.      The Batcheller Mansion in Saratoga Springs, New York (from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sherman_Batcheller#/media/File:Batcheller_Mansion_Saratoga_Springs_NY.jpg).      The Batcheller Mausoleam in the forma of an ancient Egyptian mastaba tomb in Greenridge Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, NY, designed by R. Newton Brezee (from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sherman_Batcheller#/media/File:Batcheller_Mausoleum.jpg). This image can be zoomed to read the inscriptions for George Sherman Batcheller, his wife, Catherine Phillips Cook, and his daughter Katherine Batcheller.    
      • Dear TracA,   Nick Komiya's article talks about 'classes' and only mentions the additional kanji "勲".   Yours sincerely. No one
      • Gentlemen, this is what I have for Johann Georg Adolf (Ritter) von Deines, any additions or corrections very welcome:   1 October 1867 Einjährig-Freiwilliger (one-year volunteer) 6 July 1869 Seconde-Lieutenant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of the Reserves) 15 July 1871 Seconde-Lieutenant (active) 4 April 1876 Premier-Lieutenant (1st Lieutenant) ?? ?? 1878 Hauptmann/Rittmeister (Captain) 12 November 1885 Major 27 January 1890 Oberst-Lieutenant (Lieutenant Colonel) 29 March 1892 Oberst (Colonel) 18 April 1896 Generalmajor (Major General) 18 April 1899 Generallieutenant (Lieutenant General) 29 May 1903 General der Kavallerie (General of the Cavalry)   Iron Cross (1870), 2nd Class on 18 December 1870 War Commemorative Medal of 1870–1871 (Kaiserliche Kriegsdenkmünze 1870/71; KD70/71) with 4 Battle Clasps on 20 May 1871 Imperial Persian Order of the Lion and the Sun, Knight's Cross (PSuL4/PL4; later PSuL5/PL5) Order of the Redeemer (Greece), Officer's Cross (GE3) Red Eagle Order (Roter Adlerorden), 4th Class (RAO4) on 18 January 1883 Order of Charles III (Spain), Commander 2nd Class (SC2b/SpCIII2b) on 14 August 1886 Cross of Military Merit (Spain), White Decoration, 2nd Class (SMV2/SpMV2) on 12 April 1887 Order of the Iron Crown (Austria), 2nd Class (ÖEK2) in 1887 Austrian-Hungarian Imperial Order of Leopold, Commander (ÖL2) Prussian Order of the Crown (Preußischer Kronenorden), 3rd Class on 18 January 1891 House Order of Hohenzollern, Knight's Cross (HOH3) on 6 September 1891 Albrechts-Orden of Saxony, Commander 2nd Class (SA2b) in 1891 Prussian Long Service Cross for 25 years (Königlich Preußisches Dienstauszeichnungskreuz; DA/PDK) Order of the White Falcon (Hausorden vom Weißen Falken), Commander's Cross (GSF2) in 1892 Red Eagle Order, 3rd Class with the Bow and the Crown on 27 January 1893 Württemberg Order of the Crown, Commander (WK2/WK2b) in 1893 Order of the Crown of Italy, Grand Officer (JK2) Franz-Joseph-Orden, Commander with Star (ÖFJ2mSt/ÖFJ2a) in 1893 Prussian Order of the Crown, 2nd Class on 19 September 1893 Anniversary Oak Leaves (Jubiläums-Eichenlaub „25“ 1870/1895) to the Iron Cross 2nd Class Chinese Order of the Double Dragon, 2nd Class, 1st Grade (ChDDII.1/CDII.1) Red Eagle Order, 2nd Class with Oak Leaves and the Crown on 27 January 1897 Prussian Centenary Medal 1897 (Zentenarmedaille) on 22 March 1897 Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Commander (Kreuz der Komture) on 22 May 1898 Star to his Prussian Order of the Crown 2nd Class on 27 January 1899 Star of the Commander (Stern der Komture) of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern on 6 May 1900 Baden Order of the Zähringer Lion, Grand Cross (BZ1) in 1900 Order of Isabella the Catholic, Grand Cross (SJ1) on 25 June 1900 Order of the Iron Crown (Austria), 1st Class (ÖEK1) in 1900 Star to his Red Eagle Order 2nd Class with Oak Leaves and the Crown Prussian Order of the Crown, 1st Class on 19 September 1901 Austrian Imperial Order of Leopold, 1st Class (ÖL1a) Order of the Crown of Italy, Grand Cross (JK1/ItKr1) Red Eagle Order, 1st Class with Oak Leaves and the Crown Belgian Order of Leopold, Grand Cordon (BelgL1/BL1) on 11 May 1905 House Order of the Wendish Crown, Grand Cross with the Crown in Gold (MWK1b/MK1b) in 1905 Commemorative Badge for the Silver Wedding Anniversary in 1906 (Erinnerungszeichen zur Silbernen Hochzeit 1906) Red Eagle Order, Grand Cross with Oak Leaves and the Crown Austrian Imperial Order of Leopold, Grand Cross (ÖL1) in 1908 Knight of the Order of the Black Eagle on 27 January 1910    
      • Thank you Tracy for this link!   There is some great information here!  
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