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  1. My guess is that this was worn by a member of a Marching Band in Sicily, of the type that is seen in Easter parades in Palermo and elsewhere. Many of them wear quasi military uniforms. Google >palermo "Corpo Bandistico"< and you will see many photographs of such bands.
  2. Thank you for this, Bayern. Your suggestion makes good sense. What a shame that Prince Lajos wasn't more specific - there is a time and a place for princely discretion but this was not it, perhaps
  3. Very interesting, Bayern. Could you give a very short explanation as to why this was the case, please?
  4. Your supposition seems right, Paul. He was awarded his Navy Cross (and promotion to Rear Admiral) for his flight to the South Pole on November 28, 1929. So, if a Black Widow was sold at Sotheby's in Byrd's name, it can only have been a replacement (or duplicate). Post #4 at the link below, purports to show Byrd's medals (including the Tiffany gold MoH) at the November 10th 1988 sale. It certainly is a very dark colour! http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/263472-important-military-estate-auctions/
  5. In fairness to Muckaroon1960, the US Navy Naval History and Heritage Command state on their Navy Cross webpage that "The Navy Cross was established by an act of Congress (Public Law 253) on 4 February 1919" and, further down on the page (as a caption to a photo of one), "One variation picked up the informal nickname "Black Widow" and was in use about 1941-1942, in which the medal itself and its wrap broach were over-anodized for a very dark, gunmetal finish." Is it possible that Messrs Hawkes and Harris were wrong, I wonder? Link: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/heritage/awards/decorations/navy-cross2.html
  6. Thank you for posting this, GrayC. It is always a delight to see a Fritz Schönpflug cartoon/caricature - and this is a new one to me. For anyone who is not already familiar with his work, he was always amusing in the way he showed up German and Austrian military foibles as well as being pretty much 'spot on' with uniform detail. A search of Google Images using his name will be well rewarded!
  7. Interesting that Jaba1914's is not the exact same cross as shown in the black and white photo posted by Utgardloki.
  8. I think this might be Sergeant Driver rather than Sergeant Doctor, Stew.
  9. It transpires that the US Library of Congress has a copy of this photo in their collection, the details of which suggest (not necessarily correctly) that it was taken between 1915 and 1920. Here is the link, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2014707821/ The tiff photo which can be downloaded from this link is of a higher definition than we have seen before. I don't think that they add a great deal to the investigation but I am posting below two extracts from the original which are of a better quality than the enlargement I originally posted. [for some reason, I can't delete the double posted image ]
  10. Thank you very much, Laurentius. Please accept a cigar, as well
  11. Give the gentleman a cigar If you click on the link below and right click the small image of the portrait above that appears there, then select 'Open image in a new tab' (in Google Chrome; other browsers may differ) you will be presented with a very large version - too large to post here, I think. http://www.zamekboskovice.cz/rod-mensdorff-pouilly Incidentally, has anyone any thoughts as to the star below the one in question?
  12. In the second photo, the medal first from the left, a Vladimir with swords? The second from the left looks like the Order of Danilo 5th Class but surely that can't be right for someone of his status, can it? I wonder if the star, bottom right, is the Italian Order of the Crown. This enlargement of the first photo might help someone in identifying some of the medals.
  13. Something I have only just noticed. Your bracelet is named for EvEns not EvAns, so a Belgium rather than a Welshman, I would suppose
  14. Ostensibly, yes. However the British Army had been issuing official ID tags since 1907 (according to the link below) so I am of the opinion that bracelets, particularly the silver ones, were more of a fashion item than anything else. See the interesting explanation, here, https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/first-world-war-identity-tags
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