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  2. Owain, Thank you very much for the quick and thorough reply. Very much appreciated. I'm finding my self looking around for new fields to explore with the whole Mongolian field being basically dormant. Cheers, jan
  3. Mike, your tipstaff does look Georgian or very early Victorian. I think it's the shape of the top and the handle that looks Georgian, not necessarily the length. I don't think the title "officer" was commonly used for constables that early on, and so perhaps not constabulary. I checked some historical population websites like findmypast and George Horne being a fairly common name, there are almost 250 George Hornes born plus/minus 40 years of 1760 in London, so my guess is it might be nearly impossible to identify this George Horne with any certainty. The National Archives in Kew might offer some more information so you might want to contact them by email.
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  5. Just to update IV checked the rolls for the 1953 coronation medal(last ribbon) and Peter Harry May is listed there and it matches what awards he had then(OBE was after 53) and what has been listed in the above posts,his service number to find his entries on the London gazette is 56729 ,hope this helps a bit for you!(also IV attached his entry in the 53 rolls)
  6. Well, I'm 99,5 % convinced this is the ribbon of the German China-Denkmünze! Any other suggestions, Gentlemen?
  7. Having another critical look at my medals it seems like a better split would be four-ways: pilot, soldier, marine and reserve. Considering my medals so far what do other collectors think of that idea? And with the addition of the Army Distinguished Service Cross I have two empty spaces left on my ribbon bars which is due to arrive any day...any suggestions?
  8. I thought it might be a good idea to push this lovely, interesting thread up again - the first one I posted in, after I became a member of this amazing community more than thirteen years ago, by the way! Despite his son claimed it was the big one and, to be fair, it is big, Bernhard Beck received "only" the medium medal. I was able to obtain it some years ago, among some of his other awards, but as I cannot keep everything I like, I consigned it to Bene Merenti auction, where it will be sold Friday next week. Just to let you know, in case someone is interested and can, other than I, afford it...
  9. I really like the ribbon bar at the top and never would have suspected that Yemen issues such striking medals but then I remembered Yemen lies in a volatile neighborhood (note: I am not trying to make anyone mad but simply stating what type of news filters through to South Africa) so there's probably no shortage of opportunity to issue medals.
  10. I have to agree with the other two posters about ribbons...I have seen some very well preserved ribbonless-medals on sites for sale and yet it didn't spark my interest. I noticed the market for ''after market'' ribbons are quite large but still if a medal isn't for sale with it's ribbon (even if I have to end up replacing the ribbon) it doesn't attract my attention.
  11. Hi Claudius, glad to hear there is someone else that attaches ribbons to medals that come without one, I thought I was the only one!, as you say, they came with one, and in my opinion are not complete without one
  12. 27 Classes and grades? That seems like an admin nightmare to put it very mildly. Not to mention on the confusing criteria it must have involved to be ''promoted'' to a higher class or grade.
  13. Here's my example that will probably be part of my site's next update. The Honour Cross 2nd class is the second most "common" class of this order, with nine recipients known. In total, the list of known recipients names 90 persons - for all 27 classes and grades(!) of this order combined. See here for the list published by Dr. Lars Adler in October 2018.
  14. Please notice there was a 2nd class, the neck cross of this order, sold as well recently. This was no piece I would have wanted for my collection... would you have?!
  15. I'm sorry to be such a wisenheimer, again, but this is totally not Garter related: the blue ribbon reads "FIDELITER / CONSTANTER", which is the motto of the Saxon-Ernestine house order... whose princesses decoration this is! The design might well be Garter inspired, however!
  16. These two medals are most confusing, and have always been. Even back then, in 1906 ff., there was much confusion, and you will often find them mounted on unfitting ribbons. The medal with inscription on the avers, the Erinnerungsmedaille für 1906, is a jubilee medal, awarded on occurrence of the golden wedding jubilee of the grand duke. The medal without inscription, the Friedrich-Luisen-Medaille, was instituted in 1906 as well, but not as a jubilee medal but for caritative merits. This was awarded for several years, probably until the "Great War" started. Most went to nurses and doctors, but many as well to civil state servants and private persons that supported hospitals, orphanages and such by giving donations to them. The Friedrich-Luisen-Medaille on the 4 place medal bar has the proper ribbon, but the Jubiläumsmedaille on the 3 place medal bar should be worn on the very same ribbon as the 1902 jubilee medal, that can bee seen on the second and third bar you show. Anyway, thanks for sharing! That is a brilliant portrait of Otto Winterer (1846-1915) who was lord mayor (Oberbürgermeister) of the city of Freiburg im Breisgau from 1888 until 1913... it's funny to see how messy he wore his medal bar!
  17. I have one as well, and as it came from some old collection, I'm pretty confident it is authentic. But with so many fakes of Tsarist Russian awards around, and my lack of experience in this field, I'd like to ask: Is this an authentic piece? Thank you!
  18. Claudius, to avoid confusion, Paul's comment related to the 2014 show... I pushed it up again for the 2019 show, which will take place in now less than two weeks! Thanks for all of your comments - so glad I won't be completely alone there! 1812 Overture, I think I will rather not make it to Beijing show, sorry!
  19. As I noted in another thread, it's a bit mean of me to ask almost five years after... The only medal I can find is a golden wedding jubilee of the Prince of Hohenzollern from 1884, but it's a table medal, none intended for wear. See here, lot 1292, for one in silver and here for one in bronze. I don't know but guess it came in gold as well.
  20. Thank you all for your reply sofar . benten.
  21. I dug these out again the other day and am just wondering if any other online research possibilities have become available over the past couple of years.
  22. Jan, From my notes - see below. Owain Obverse A circular medal with an embellished border, within which to the right a vertical rocket and rifle (AK-47). To the left the inscription in two lines. “Combat Proficiency” At the top a red painted star and at the base a red paint scroll with the abbreviation. “P.D.R.Y.” Reverse Plain grainy reverse. Size 36mm diameter bronze-gilt of both Hungarian and Soviet manufacture. The differences between the two versions are minimal with the Soviet medal being slightly darker and an aluminium back plate to the ribbon with the Hungarian back plate being of brass or brass coloured metal. Ribbon 23mm – red – the Hungarian ribbon is somewhat lighter in shade. Suspension By a loop affixed to the top of the medal.
  23. I love it; such a unique piece. Would be happy to own that and I only collect longer Luftwaffe ribbon bars! Just goes to show you how much I love It. 😃 J-
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