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  1. The name is Scouller and you will find the London Gazette entry for his AFC here, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/48639/supplement/28
  2. Thanks for confirming that, Bayern. I hope you enjoyed the article.
  3. By one of those strange coincidences, today's Daily Telegraph (a UK broadsheet newspaper, for those who don't know it) has published a review of a book about the first (and only?) female winner of the Velká pardubická. As far as I am aware it isn't behind the paywall (I'm a subscriber so I can't tell) so I would encourage a read as - to keep it on topic for GMIC - it mentions the influence of the Austro-Hungarian cavalry in the starting of the race as well as its politicisation just before WW2 (a third of the entry in 1937 were German officers). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/unbreakable-richard-askwith-review-tale-nazi-fighting-jockey/
  4. If so, that brings it nicely back on topic Called Velká pardubická or so Wikipedia tells me, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velká_pardubická
  5. Google translate tells me that 'Riding Club' in Slovak is 'Jazdecký Klub' so I suspect that that accounts for the JK in VJK, making this the membership (?) badge of a riding club in Košice rather than anything military.
  6. Google 'Order of the Militia of Christ' and then choose 'images' view of the results where you will see many examples of this cross. There is also a thread on this very site about this Order (which appears to have had a slightly murky past),
  7. What an interesting back story, Stuka. I am not familiar with the way the Belgian army of the time trained officers. Was it necessary to be an NCO for a period of time before you could become an officer-cadet, as was the case in the German-speaking lands?
  8. An interesting find (or purchase, perhaps), Stuka! I have always had a liking for the Belgian Lancer dolman (and have a very moth-eaten one, myself). Can you clarify for me, is it an original photograph which has been enlarged more recently, do you think? I see a coat of arms in the top right corner. Is this a later addition, in your opinion? Have you researched the coat of arms to identify the subject of the portrait? Sorry, to ask so many questions
  9. I don't know the answer to your question, 1812 Overture, but Luxembourg is not part of Central Europe as generally understood. You will find all the Luxembourg questions posted in the Northern and Baltic States sub-Forum and will have a good chance of getting the information you seek, there. Good luck with your search for an answer.
  10. Straight from the horse's mouth https://www.hac.org.uk/home/special-constabulary/
  11. What wonderful detail, Glenn. Is the portrait life size? At whatever scale, the artist obviously studied the medals extremely closely and understood what he was painting. [ETA having now posted, I see that GlennJ has said the same thing - but better!]
  12. The Royal Exchange is a building in the City of London with a long history of commerce so it is no surprise to find a retailer (or even a maker) of edged- and other weapons located there. Even today, it has retail shops either inside or round its exterior. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Exchange,_London Googling >lacy "67 royal exchange" london< will give you lots of results referencing 'Bennett Sword Cutler to the Prince of Wales 67 Royal Exchange'. However, this link is for a pistol signed “Lacy, #67 Royal Exchange, London” so either Lacy was the predecessor to Bennett or they shared a premises, I would think. http://www.icollector.com/Over-and-under-tap-action-flintlock-two-shot-pistol-signed-Lacy-67-Royal-Exchange-London-The-p_i17738889
  13. I'm liking your classification system a lot, Brian
  14. Radarone The Royal Armouries hold a number of examples of this sword. You (and Brian, if you haven't already seen it) will, I think, be interested in the discussion about the type in the Notes section at the end of this page, https://collections.royalarmouries.org/object/rac-object-7796.html
  15. I have to say that the last photo on that page (of a group of breast stars), particularly when seen at full size, is pretty breathtaking!
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