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  2. Yes, he wears a a Friedensrock. He’s Bavarian but not sure if the collar litzen represents Leib Regt, General Staff, etc.
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  4. Absolutely. This was an era when an officer could face censure for coming to the front door of his own home (albeit Police provided) without a tie. But this was not a point I made in isolation ... If anyone, incidentally, has any information about the other questions I raised, I would be very grateful. Namely ... Does anyone have any information about gutta-percha truncheons Does anyone have any information as to when warrant cards were first introduced and by which forces? How were the Glasgow and Edinburgh forces, which preceded the arrival of the Met in 1829, equipped? Also, dpk, loved the story about the bouncy baton.
  5. So, I wonder how likely it could be that he was awarded honors not listed in the 1916 nor 1918. in 1916 these awards would have been worn on the breast. It appears only the Franz Joseph would be worn on the right side. (Opposite breast side of medal bar) it looks like his Franz Joseph maybe without War decoration. Bayern Militär Verdienstorden, Offizierskreuz mit Schwertern Bayern Verdienstorden vom heiligen Michael, Offizierskreuz Hohenzollern Hohenzollern Hausorden, Ehrenkomturkreuz mit Schwertern Mecklenburg Greiffenorden, Offizierskreuz Preussen Johanitterorden, Kreuz der Ehrenritter Österreich Franz Josefsorden, Komturkreuz mit der Stern
  6. Hi Gents, I wonder if there is anyone who can assist me please - I am trying to find out any information about a PC William Soper who served in the Metroplitan Police in the mid-19th Century. The exact dates are not known but he was born in 1831 and died in 1916. I have the fantastic book by Jim Kemp - “The Metropolitan Police The Men and their medals. Vol. 1” which does list an officer of that name but the period of service is too late (1884 - 1907) to be the man I am trying to research. Anything you can tell me would be much appreciated. He was the G/Great Grandfather of a friend, who recently showed me some memorabilia of his and asked if I could help her trace any records, as I am a retired policeman myself. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the Metropolitan Police nor how to access any records. Kind regards, Kevin.
  7. Hi Brian, Thank you so much for your reply and useful information. You got the idea right! I like the idea of using fishing line for *exactly* all the reasons you mention. I’m including a picture of the display case for the dirks, which will be exhibited in a room as part of a collection of Royal Navy items (museum style). I also include one with a jacket to show how the display case will look like when finished. I’ll post a picture of the finished case when I get the product and the items assembled. Cheers from River Plate, Cin
  8. Wow! Just keeps getting better! I don’t think I’d clean it just yet. Far fetched, I know, but somebody somewhere will wonder if there’s retrievable DNA evidence on that tunic. Okay, my imagination has gotten the best of me. Mike
  9. You are right. 75 medals were made of gold, 11 medals were produced in silver guilt. The medal was awarded by Prinzregent luitpold on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his membership in the Order of Saint George on 15th dec 1889. Only the members, who take part at this jubilee, were be awarded.
  10. Interesting ancestry! It's a real shame that his awards aren't together. I'm making a guess but the lower breast star might be Bulgarian Order of Alexander. The one on the top, maybe something Prussian?
  11. Almost too good to be true.😎 PC 55H Jonas Mizen (Joseph Mizen PC 55H—Times Aug 19th 1886) One of the first constables on the scene after the Ripper murder of Mary Ann Nichols. If, and it is an enormous if, it is genuine the tunic could fetch a considerable sum.
  12. I know that is a bit off-topic but is this a field grey Friedensuniform? I need to buy more literature about those uniforms. What was the main difference to the old blue ones? Sure the color. No more epaulettes but only shoulder boards? Not so many variations in cavalry uniforms? I have never actually seen a comprehensive description of the differences to the blue one.
  13. That's a very nice display. I have the following US medals in my collection: 1. Congressional Medal of Honor (Air force) - with ribbon bar, lapel pin and display box 2. Air Force Cross (Full Size and miniature) 3. Silver Star (Full Size and miniature) 4. Legion of Honor (Full Size - miniature on it's way) 5 Bronze Star (Full Size and miniature) 6 Purple Heart (Full size - still betting on trying to acquire the miniature) I also have the rank insignia of a modern four-star general that I'm intending to display at one point after a house move. I like your idea of display and with your permission I would like to copy it but modify it so I can protect my medals with glass doors.
  14. Thanks, I've never seen that badge before. I wonder if Castell-Castell was awarded any Turkish or Bulgarian awards? It would be reasonable to assume so given his position.
  15. Miniature of Pg Major diameter 23 mm Partisan Group Vtáčnik also issued to the 75th Anniversary of Slovak National Uprising
  16. Found this photo on the local flea market. Quite an impressive group including a Spomenica, two Orders for Bravery and a Medal for Bravery. Too bad there isn't a name on the back.
  17. I'm really getting addicted to Spomenice with booklets. My latest example belonged to an officer and political commissar in the 1st Dalmatian Proletarian Shock Brigade. He carved his initials (V.K.) on Spomenica's reverse. I've marked the initials with red circles. Judging by the photo in the booklet he was also an Infantry officer of the Yugoslav People's Army with most likely the rank of a Major.
  18. This set is pieced together,after searching through the number of the second class order of in the archives, the second and third class order of Glory belongs to two different people, and only the red star belongs to the female warrior.
  19. Memento Mori https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori Crosses, mostly Orthodox (i'm too orthodox) have too skull & bones in the bottom. It means Golgata or (symbolicat Adam) Skull Hill where Jesus was crucified.
  20. Thanks Peter. I have a pair of South African 2nd Regiment collar badges each with the Maker's Mark of G & S Co 112 Regent St W. I remember hearing that the four South African Infantry regiments and other associated units (Heavy Artillery, SASC, e.tc.) had to get their badges made in England as they were volunteer units and fell under the British Army. Anyway, as you say, a nice find and one I will happily keep.
  21. Hi Blackrose, Personally I have always stayed away from hooks. Not only do you run the chance of a reaction between the metal of the hook and the steel in the blade the item may be accidentally knocked off the hooks and require opening the display case to remount the item. This may not be a problem and I may not understand exactly what you are using for the display case. I have mounted daggers in shadowboxes and used light weight fishing line (6 lb / 2.7 kg) called Trilene. This is transparent and almost invisible. You can mount the items on a backing board "sewing" them on and then mount the backboard into the display. If you ever need to remove the items just take the back board out of the display and cut the line. Then simply remount them if needed later on. This has always worked for me and in several decades of collecting and mounting weapons for display and never been a problem. Let us know how you make out and if possible show us the results. I'm sure other members would also be interested. Good luck Regards Brian
  22. I have a couple of dirks with their scabbards to place inside a framed display case, which has approximately 2 in. (5 cm) depth. I intend to place them in horizontal position. Do you know of any hooks or method to mount knives/dirks on a display case?
  23. Ok, this one has been nagging me. Since there is nothing in the lists besides the FJO komtur that would be worn on the right breast, I've gone back to my references to see what Bavarian officers did wear on the right side. Not much, as it turns out, at least not much in terms of true decorations (they did wear commemorative - unit - badges etc. to post war veterans meetings). But I did find one thing that might fit: the Erinnerungszeichen an die Goldene Hochzeit 1918. Not unlikely for an adjutant to the king, and worn on the right breast, roughly on the spot of the second paidr of loops, as the post war pic below confirms. So: FJO on upper right breast, with the Erinnerungszeichen underneath it?
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