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  2. Here is a picture of one of these belts that sold on the South African auction site Bid or Buy. It was a bring back from the Angolan Bush War. Even though the above buckle is the standard Cuban shield I wanted to show that the canvas buckles were being used in the border war,
  3. Thanks for this information and advice gents. Much appreciated. Kevin.
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  5. First thing to check is to see if the fabric wear under the collar numbers matches up. That would be very hard to fake. The English Made on the buttons makes me suspicious. Country of origin markings came about as part of the British Merchandise Marks Act, which took effect on August 23, 1887.
  6. 1812 Overture, Veterans eligible for Austrian War Commemorative Medal had to pay a duty. So maybe this payment would have put some of them off purchasing it. Secondly the War Commemorative Medal was available from 15th April 1933 until 13th March 1938, which was just after the annexation(Anschluss) of Austria into Nazi Germany, whereas the Hindenburg Cross was available until late in the second world war. So maybe the bars were put together after the Anschluss when the Austrian War Commemorative Medal was no longer available for purchase. The Hungarian Commemorative Medal had to be purchased privately in licensed outlets upon presentation of an approval letter. So again maybe the cost put veterans off purchasing them.
  7. His pension papers are available on Ancestry. William Soper, b. 29 Nov. 1829 Woodbury Devon. Discharged 24 Feb. 1874 (deafness). Joined at Blackheath Stn. Oct 25, 1858. In R Division until 1865, then P Division. 5' 10" Warrant 3851. Father James Soper; mother Emily. Wife Elizabeth
  8. Kevin, have you tried the Old Bailey website? You never know he might have given evidence at some point. I’ve discovered a wealth of information from this source whilst researching the medals in my collection. Certainly worth a try!! Gordon.
  9. I agree with or without the Mizen connection, £15 is a bargain of bargains!!!! The collar numbers letters and studs alone are worth that!!!!
  10. 😆😆😆 you might well be onto something there Paul. Wonder whether his medals still exist?
  11. I agree with your identification of the medals. I suspect the RHS is bronze. Might be worth looking at the LSARS roll of bronze awards to see if any Malta police received one around 1890s 1900s. I suspect a few were awarded for fishing drunks out of Valetta harbour. Paul
  12. I received my Congressional Medal of Honor awhile ago so I now have all the medals mentioned in the first post. We are busy renovating the house so the medals are safely stored from prying eyes and sticky fingers, not that I do not trust people but better safe than sorry.
  13. That's what I have been told; it comes with lots of other pieces, besides other awards also including dinnerware with their coat of arms. The catalog, which will contain all those details we just don't have yet, should be available in maybe two weeks. PS: Might this thread be moved to the EK section, as it clearly is on EKs?
  14. After reading Nick's post I had a very quick look in my book on the police in Jack the Ripper era; "Capturing Jack the Ripper, In the boots of a Bobby in Victorian England". Undoubtedly, most collectors here will already own this book but for those that don't, I would thoroughly recommend you get this absolutely fantastic piece of work. As great as the book is, it has left me somewhat confused as the Index (p253) refers to a PC 56H Mizen which is backed up on p131. However, on p132 it refers to Mizen as PC 54H and on p90 as PC55H? I would of course love this to be connected to one of the ripper murders however, I have to be realistic. Is this a genuine untouched original or re badged/buttoned put together? I don't know but if I had to pick one I would probably go with the latter as after all, this was a £15 purchase from a car boot sale. However, It doesn't really matter to me either way as this represents a wonderful, thoughtful present from my wife and well worth £15 of anyone's money.
  15. Ladies and gentlemen, I recently visited some of the medal bars that are not mine. I found a little problem. No one in China answered me with satisfactory answers. So I want to ask what is the meaning of everyone? For example, these two groups of bars. Both are combinations after the First World War. From the perspective of styling, they are all obtained by Austrians. But why is there only the Hindenburg Medal of Honor? No Austria and Hungary World War I Memorial Medal? Some of the combinations I saw were there, some were not. Looking forward to a satisfactory answer. Thank you. ???
  16. Ladies & Gents, Saw this picture yesterday in the Malta Police Museum in Valletta, thought it might be of interest? I believe this chap is wearing the Egypt Medal & Khedive’s Star? Assume he must have either had previous service in the British army or navy and then settled in Malta When he was discharged? Or perhaps he was Maltese? His collar number appears to be 387 and he is also wearing RHS medal perhaps? Wonder with this information is it possible to identify who he is?
  17. Hello, Some tips about Kunftige Friedensuniform , literally the Future Peace Uniform , first .the colour was field grey for nearly all branches ,excepting ,jaegers and Mounted Jaegers, second,collar and cuffs were in the facing colour of the old uniforms and the cuffs were in the diverse types .swedish ,polish, brandeburgers, french , the Litzen returned to their pre war size, the shoulder straps were again fully coloured . third ,all the buttons were plain and bright in silver or gold colour. fourth ,the peaked caps were of stiffened type and with a visor of field grey coloured fibre. that of the Cavalry returned to the peacetime model ,dark blue ,light blue ,white, or grey green with the band and piping in facing colour but with field grey visor . fifth the pickelhauben were practically the peacetime ones ,with gold or silver plated badges , the epaulettes were not used more and the shoulder boards of oficers were of the old type with silver soutache or golden bouillon .the officers litzen ,returned to their peacetime size.
  18. 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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  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
  26. 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?
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