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  1. Hi Rob, There are good photos to compare your medals with here https://www.medaillesinteralliees.fr/portugal Bill
  2. It looks go to me Rob. My 'tell' is the fineness of the fingers, particularly the forefinger of the hand holding the baton. Bill
  3. Hi Rob, Check your second medal against the photos here https://www.medaillesinteralliees.fr/tchecoslovaquie For the first one, there are treatments for verdigris. I use a product called Verdi-care, but I've heard that WD-40 does the job. In both case, wash in distilled water after treatment. Bill
  4. They do come in different thicknesses of planchet. See https://www.medaillesinteralliees.fr/pologne
  5. It has the diacritical marks on the appropriate letters, so it looks promising. https://produto.mercadolivre.com.br/MLB-1416873608-brazilian-victory-medal-medalha-vitoria-guerra-ww1-militaria-_JM#position=31&type=item&tracking_id=75e7502a-3e80-476b-be5d-7f8e734ce543
  6. Hi Rob, There is a post about half-way down on page 23 of this thread showing a So-Called Dollar version of the US Victory medal. It's made of copper, so is a different colour to the issue planchet. Bill
  7. Hi Rob, I'm interested to see the version with the blank central disk. It looks significantly smaller than the other medal. I have an example which is the same size as the standard : Diameter 36.5mm, thickness 2.3mm, with the Delande punch and BRONZE on the edge. I gave it a gentle clean, and it appears to be Delande's bronze doré, like yours. Bill
  8. Good evening Gentlemen, A new web site dealing with the Victory Medals of all the Allied and Associated Nations has just come on-line: https://www.medaillesinteralliees.fr/ The author is Jean-Michel, who posts on this section of the Forum, and he invites comments, corrections and additions from collectors. I hope you enjoy the web site, Bill
  9. The BBC News web site has an item about an exhibition of photos of German POW at Donington Hall in WW1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-50168487 The small selection shown is from 54 exhibited at the University of Derby until 3 January. There are a few more here https://www.google.com/search?q=exhibition+of+German+POW+photos+at+university+of+Derby&tbm=isch&source=univ&client=firefox-b-d&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjvg9vD27nlAhUnRhUIHUqTA48Q7Al6BAgJECQ&biw=1594&bih=710#imgrc=_ Bill
  10. Good evening Gentlemen, My latest acquisition ... The planchet is a straight-forward French Reproduction, with no marks on the edge as to maker or MADE IN FRANCE. The 4 clasps seem to match the description in Laslo's book, page 99, where the raised 'frame' around the wording, and the 'grained' background is mentioned. They show the M like an inverted W that Jim Michels shows in his book as a Reproduction type 3 clasp. As can be seen in the last photo, the clasps are inside the ribbon, and the bottom three are held in place by stitches of red thread. The
  11. Oliver - I think your medal is a perfectly good original Unofficial Type 1. Graham - I think the differences that you point to are just the effect of different lighting and wear. Bill
  12. I think this is the Officers uniform of the South African Air Force, WW2 vintage. See aafww2pilots2.yolasite.com/saaf-ww2-uniforms-and-insignia.php That seems to match for Eagle & Crown buttons and lapel badges, the double button cuffs, and the Army-type rank pips on the epaulette. Bill
  13. Not the medal - the box! On eBay at the moment is a US Vic in a box with this label ... It's actually a WW II Victory medal box, with a bit of paper stuck over the end of the description to make it look like WW I ... Item # 11332447517 - but hurry - bids are up to $19 already ... Bill
  14. Many thanks Paul. I contacted the Academia Falerística de Portugal to ask about buckles on Portuguese medals. Senhor Paulo Estrela of the Academia sent this reply: The buckle, a Portuguese type device, usually is a part of Portuguese decorations; but after 1971 regulation Portuguese military medals lost it and nowadays almost none is award with. So, for Portugal’s Victory Medal a bronze buckle is required according with regulation. After one year, it was decided to issue a small silver star (to be wear on the buckle’s center) to distinguished the combatants from the so-called non
  15. I contacted the Academia Falerística de Portugal to ask about buckles on Portuguese medals. Senhor Paulo Estrela of the Academia sent this reply: The buckle, a Portuguese type device, usually is a part of Portuguese decorations; but after 1971 regulation Portuguese military medals lost it and nowadays almost none is award with. So, for Portugal’s Victory Medal a bronze buckle is required according with regulation. After one year, it was decided to issue a small silver star (to be wear on the buckle’s center) to distinguished the combatants from the so-called non-combatants vetera
  16. I have a Portuguese WW1 Victory Medal ... It has a buckle on the ribbon, which makes it too wide to fit in the box. I assume that the buckle was put on after the issue of the medal, and I have seen pictures of other Portuguese medals with buckles on the ribbon. Why are they put on? Is it just a piece of bling that the recipient fancied, or is it significant in some way? Any help gratefully received. Bill
  17. Gentlemen, I regularly look through the US vics offered on eBay, and over time I’ve noticed that in some cases the suspension knob seems to be very insecurely attached to the planchet, with a very small area of solder. I started to look at all the examples offered on eBay, as well as those on this thread and in my collection, and I think I’ve identified 3 variants of the knob-to-planchet soldering: Type 1 – the solder bead extends almost the full width of the knob, or even wider. Type 2 – the solder bead extends over approximately half the width of the knob.
  18. Just acquired is a Portugal Official Type 2, together with the lid of the box from the firm Frederico Costa of Lisbon However, the buckle on the ribbon barely fits into the lid, and would definitely not fit into the bottom half if it were present. So, I'm wondering if the buckle is a piece of bling fitted by the awardee after receiving the medal. Maybe that's why there isn't a bottom half to the box - the medal no longer fitted, so it was discarded. I'd be interested in any thoughts or insights you Gentlemen may have on this. Bill
  19. Something a bit different on eBay today ... According to the seller the medal was to a recruiter. Item #153138460248 Bill
  20. Hi Gents, In post # 62 I showed a French-made reproduction of the Czech vic with ball suspension and the Arthus Bertrand triangle mark (incorrectly identified in the post as Chobillon) and BRONZE on the edge. My latest acquisition is this version, also with ball suspension, but with no markings on the edge ... obverse reverse. As bought it was rather dirty and had dark patches on the reverse. I cleaned it with a non-toxic, non-acidic, non-corrosive, non-caustic, and non-abrasive cleaner, which took off a reddish tint and showed some verdigris under the dark patc
  21. Searching a bit wider, I've found mention of several Arthus Bertrand Portugese vic reproductions on FIM, so I guess it's not new. Perhaps the really rare one is the Chobillon version. I wonder if Laslo saw one with a triangle mark that was as hard to read as mine, and just assumed it was Chobillon ... Bill
  22. Hi Gents, My latest acquisition is this Portugal Repro Type 1 - or is it?? For sure it has the BRONZE and a triangle on the edge ... ... but the design in the triangle is hard to make out. I tried scanning the edge from different angles and these are the clearest images I can manage ... ... and it seems to me I can see a star at the top of the triangle and a circle in the centre of the bottom. That would seem to be this mark ... .. which makes it a product of Arthus Bertrand! Laslo says that the Repro Type 1 is by Chobillon - which s
  23. Hi John, Folks here should know http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/forum/83-medals-decorations/ Bill
  24. Herewith ... OK - I get it - no VILLA! And no dots!! Bill
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