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  1. and In such matters, Google is often your friend. This is what it revealed, https://tallinnmuseum.com/2020/07/03/the-unrealized-order-of-the-duchy-of-brunswick/
  2. At the original resolution, I can see why you would think that, Andreas. However, when blown up, I think that it is 1933, which fits in with M. Valot's dates of service, of course.
  3. A variation I wasn't aware of. Thank you, Stuka.
  4. What is the uniform on the right, please, Stuka?
  5. From what I can see from the pdfs linked to above, these books look to be of excellent quality, Stephan. btw the third link is a repeat of the second. Might you be able to put up the correct link to the third book, please?
  6. A surprise. I'd have thought that Heavy Metal would have been right up his street However, long may he remain tone deaf!
  7. Have we addressed the question as to why a blade introduced in 1845 would be on a hilt dating to no later than 1830?
  8. I did consider Sir Arundell Neave but discounted him as I was concerned by the lack of a middle name beginning with M. I think that a better fit would be Arthur Montagu Neave (b.1842 liv. 1891). He was descended from the second son of the 1st baronet; if the 1st baronet was the original grantee of these arms, then being descended from the second son would explain the crescent in the arms for Arthur Montagu Neave. Furthermore, as the attached 1863 Gazette entry shows, he was an ensign in the 36th Foot at one point in his life. This is confirmed by the extract from his 1865 marriage
  9. In theory, all coats of arms are unique with only one person having any one design. The traditional way of looking up coats of arms is to use Papworth's Ordinary of Arms, which is what I have done. The best fit is to the family of Neve of Norfolk (see extract below). The crescent in the top left quarter indicates that the descent is from a second son of the original grantee of arms. Source: https://archive.org/details/alphabeticaldicta02papw/page/655/mode/1up Fairbairn's Crests, however, says that the crest (over the shield) is of Neve of Tenterden, Kent. https://www.myfa
  10. Thank you for posting these side-by-side images, Volovonok. They give a clearer indication of the complications of this issue. It is almost like the blade has been shortened from both ends. Let us hope that your examination of the etching throws more light unto this conundrum.
  11. Is it possible it is a broken blade which has been ground down?
  12. The bidding is all the stranger for the seller saying no more than that the man is wearing an 1850 model busby. It has to be said, of course, that this is careful wording which, while factually correct, allows a naive bidder room to read more into the description than is justified.
  13. The devastation caused by this ghastly explosion is almost beyond belief and is a major blow to an already stricken Lebanon. In this context, and in the light of how close he was, we should be thankful for the survival of your friend, a fellow member of our community, despite injury - and what sounds like a harrowing journey to get help - and the loss of his home. How fortunate that his family wasn't with him at the time. Let us hope that his recovery in body and mind is a speedy one.
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