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  1. Hi Numis, You should look for V.O.C. medals/decorations as they were the ones that gave them to individuals (Most of them, if not all, where one offs). I've seen a list on the internet in the past about those from Cape Town, but unfortunately I can't find it anymore (forgot what it was called). Did find this one for you. Honorary Medal Awarded by the VOC to Ysbrant Godske for the Construction of the Castle at the Cape of Good Hope, anonymous, 1677 engraving, h 8cm × w 5cm × l 42cm × w 493gr gold (this one is in the Dutch Rijksmuseum). With kind regards, Marcon1.
  2. Hi pat66, I did see it, but it looked like some damage to the ring 😀 Even with a magnifying glass I can't see anything but what looks like a dent in the ring. So I will take your word that it is a Arthus Bertrand made medal. Maybe I can see more with a microscope ! Thanks for your help. Marcon1
  3. Thanks to both of you for your help. But as far as my poor eyes can see there is no marking on the ring - could this mean it's a different medal than was original in the box. If so, what other markings should I look for and how many other manufacturers where there ? Marcon1.
  4. Hi, I just got this French medal from a friend and as I know nothing about French medals I would be very grateful for any advice on type, value (if any) and ribbon. The name ARTHUS BERTRAND PARIS is stamped lower right of top lid. There is a mark (impression) which is difficult to see/make out on the "tail" at bottom of medal. - Sorry for the fussy scan, can't get it any clearer. Also, this ribbon was in the red leatherette case. Any ideas if this is correct, or, if not, from which country/medal is it. (Personally I'm thinking Greece or Israel because of the 2 colours used). Any help more than welcome. Marcon1
  5. Hi, I have several indian medals from the 1960's-70's with naming on it. Can anyone tell me where to go (look) for information about these persons. For example: INDIA 1971 20 YEARS LONG SERVICE MEDAL, Named: 14470446 HAV S NATH, ARTY, Cu-Ni. (MYB: I-65). INDIA 1971 9 YEARS LONG SERVICE MEDAL, Named: 1C-12070 A-MAJ. K.M. SETH, ARTY, Cu-Ni. (MYB: I-66). INDIA 1973 PASCHIMI STAR, Named: 3366417 SEP JOGA SINGH, SIKH R., Bronze. (MYB: I-37). Thanks in advance. Marcon1.
  6. Forget royalty, look for a high ranking military officer. Anglo-Boer war with 6 clasps. World War 1 trio and also french/belgian (?) war cross.
  7. LIST OF PREFIXES ON WW2 SOUTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN MEDALS: PREFIXES ON SOUTH AFRICAN MEDALS 1939-45 M Indian & Malay Corps H Indian & Malay Corps (Hindu) C Cape Corps CJ Junior Cape Corps N Native Military Corps CN Cape Navy (Coloured personnel serving in the SANF) F Womans Auxiliary Air Force W Womans Auxiliary Army Service WN Womans Auxiliary Navy Service P South African Permanent Force ACF Other Ranks serving in the part-time Active Citizen Force including units such as the NVB, SACDC, MEB, R&H Bde (Part Time), etc. MN Merchant Navy( Merchant Navy personnel did not qualify for the Africa Service Medal unless they had also attested into the UDF and volunteered for service outside South Africa) ESPC Essential Services Protection Corps (Most ESPC medals do not carry this prefix and have the number only. Number blocks allocated to ESPC were 639640 to 640640 and 700000 upwards. Highest number issued was 705016. A few ESPC medals carry Company prefixes as follows:- CT Cape Town ESPC Companies D Durban EL East London PE Port Elizabeth Rly Railways NL Natal NRB Roads ESPC Companies SARP South African Railways Police (Serving policemen who volunteered to serve outside South Africa) SAP South African Police Battalions (1st & 2nd) (SAP) South African Police (Serving policemen who volunteered to serve outside SA) (SAP) is placed after the police number) SR Southern Rhodesian serving in the South African Forces. NRV National Reserve Volunteers N.N. or N/N No Number. (Some N.N. or N/N prefixes have been seen followed by (ACF)) Persons with no military number who applied for WW2 campaign awards. Approximately 80 are recorded. They include, for e.g., Officers of School Cadet Detachments, Medical Officers in Protective Rank, War Correspondents, Chaplains,S.A. Red Cross Personnel, Censors, Railway Movement Control Officers,Campaign Stars to Senior Officers of the R&H Bde. for visits for less than 30 days duration to areas in the “fire zone”, and classified as of unusual importance to actual operations, and a variety of others. No number Officer in the ACF (Active Citizen Force) No prefix White male full time volunteers and members of the South African Military Nursing Service
  8. Hiya, Go to Google images and just enter Langensalza medal - there are plenty of pictures (+ info on the medal)there !
  9. Voluntary Medical Service Medal (1932-) (MYB: 266) UK Version no marking under cross. Named: J. ROBERTS Insignia: A circular silver medal depicting the head of Florence Nightingale (obverse). Branch: British Red Cross Society and the St. Andrew’s Ambulance Corps (Scotland). Ribbon: Red with yellow and white stripes. Metal: Originally struck in silver but since the 1960’s it has been produced in cupro-nickel. Size: 36mm. Description: (Obverse) the veiled bust of a female holding an oil lamp, symbolic of Florence Nightingale, (Reverse) the crosses of Geneva and St. Andrew, with the inscription FOR LONG AND EFFICIENT SERVICE. Comments: Awarded for 15 years’ service, with a bar for each additional period of five years. The service bars are embellished with a Geneva Cross or Saltire (St. Andrew) Cross, whichever is the more appropriate. Geneva Cross Saltire (St.Andrew) Cross UK/SOUTH AFRICAN version marked STERSIL Named: M. BUTCHER pin has joe calafato box 1475 pretoria on it. SOUTH AFRICAN version marked STG E S.A.M. (South African Mint) Named: M.C. de WAAL ///////////////////////////////// Observation/Question: Since this is a English medal made in South Africa and issued to a South African recipient I’m wondering if this (Red Cross) medal was also made in other British speaking countries (i.e. Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc) for recipients in those countries. If so, are there any indicators (hallmarks) on these medals – WHO OF YOU CAN ANSWER THIS QUESTION ?? Regards, Marcon1.
  10. Hi Pegase001, Unless you have a certificate with the corresponding number it's almost impossible to track the original recipient.
  11. Hi, I'm looking for good pictures/photo's (obverse & reverse) of the following medals. Statutory Bodies Two statutory bodies, i.e. semi-government organisations established by Acts of Parliament, award medals. In terms of the official Table of Precedence, these medals rank after national and provincial awards, and presidential permission is required to wear them together with official awards. The bodies concerned are the SA National Parks Board, and the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority. South African National Parks Board The South African National Parks Board (SANParks) was established by Act of Parliament in 1926, to manage the country's game parks and nature reserves. Kruger Cross: Gold (1988- ) For death-defying heroic deeds of outstanding valour. Insignia: A gold cross displaying SANPark's kudu head emblem. Kruger Cross: Silver (1988- ) For exceptional bravery in great danger. Insignia: Same design as the gold cross, but in silver. Kruger Cross: Bronze (1988- ) For bravery while in danger. Insignia: Same design as the gold cross, but in bronze. --------------------------------- Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA), formerly the Security Officers' Board (SOB), was established by Act of Parliament in 1987, to regulate the private security industry. Bravery Medal For bravery by security officers. Awarded in gold, silver, and bronze. Insignia: A circular medal displaying the PSIRA coat of arms and "Valour - Dapperheid" (obverse). Also, any info on the ribbons would be welcome. With thanks, Marcon1.
  12. Whatever is the real story about this guy, at least he has an impressive medal collection 🤣
  13. (MYB: SA-44) SAP Medal for Faithful Service (1963-2004) For 18 years (until 1979) or 10 years (from 1979) irreproachable service and exemplary conduct. Until 1979, a clasp could be added after 35 years service. Insignia: A circular bronze medal displaying the shield and crest of the national arms (obverse) and the SAP badge (reverse). Clasp. OBVERSE Thin suspender, leaves touch pillar at left, no pole to cart REVERSE Thin suspender, clearer Police badge, notice distance between …FUL and SER…… OBVERSE Thin suspender, leaves don’t touch pillar at left, pole to cart REVERSE Thin suspender, unclear Police badge, notice distance between …FUL and SER…… Reverse tilted to right. Thick suspender, diff. design Coat of Arms on front (horizontal wave, leaves etc.), Police badge on back. Thick suspender, diff. design Coat of Arms on front (horizontal wave, leaves etc), new Coat of Arms on back. ------- The thin suspender version was issued somewhere in the late 80's. Marcon1. (text at beginning: Arthur Radburn).
  14. (MYB: 284) Police Good Service Medal (1923-63) An original South African medal, awarded to "other ranks" only, for (i) distinctly gallant conduct (Bar MERIT – VERDIENSTE), or (ii) 18 years exemplary service. Most of the 11 636 awards of this medal were for long service, and it takes precedence as a long service medal. Insignia: Almost identical to the Prisons Good Service Medal: a circular silver medal, displaying the SA coat of arms and "Police service - Politie Dienst" (obverse) and the words "For Faithful Service - Voor Trouwe Dienst" (reverse). The Dutch was later changed to the Afrikaans "Poliesie Diens" and "Vir Getroue Diens", and finally to "Polisiediens" and "Vir Troue Diens". (DUTCH VERSION) (AFRIKAANS 1st. TYPE VERSION) (AFRIKAANS 2nd. TYPE VERSION + MERIT – VERDIENSTE bar) (AFRIKAANS 2nd. TYPE VERSION -hallmarked .925 RMP (= Royal Mint Pretoria) Marcon1 (text: at the beginning Arthur Radburn).
  15. (MYB: SA-45) SAP Star for Faithful Service (1979-2004) For 20 years irreproachable service and exemplary conduct. A clasp was added after 40 years. Insignia: A circular silver medal displaying a cross of four aloes in the centre of an 8-pointed multi-rayed star (obverse) and the SAP badge (reverse). no markings. SILVER marked between FAITHFUL and SERVICE. Also, note difference in enamel. SILVER marked on bottom part of suspender. Also, note difference on reverse, different Coat of Arms/Badge. SILVER below Coat of Arms. SILVER below L of FAITHFUL. ============ So here is an other South Africa Police medal to have fun with trying to find all the differences. Enjoy. Marcon1. (text: Arthur Radburn) (PS: Does anyone know when they changed the reverse design ??)
  16. (MYB: SA-43) SAP Star for Merit (1963-2004) For (i) particularly meritorious or exemplary service, or personal heroism, in the line of duty, or (ii) 30 years irreproachable service and exemplary conduct. As the majority of awards were made in the latter category, the medal ranks as a long service award. Insignia: A 6-pointed multi-rayed silver star displaying two hands shielding a flame, and the letters VM, on a blue triangle on a white circlet (obverse). 2nd. award bar (for 30 Years service) no silver markings. marked SILVER at bottom. marked SILVER at bottom (NOTE DIFFERENT Coat of Arms/Badge on reverse). marked SILVER below Coat of Arms. ============ So here is an other South Africa Police medal to have fun with trying to find all the differences. Enjoy. Marcon1. (text: Arthur Radburn) (PS: Does anyone know when they changed the reverse design ??)
  17. (MYB: SA-46) SAP Medal for Combating Terrorism (1974) A campaign medal for service in preventing and combating terrorism after 26 August 1966, by (i) being in combat with terrorists, or (ii) being injured through terrorist activities, or (iii) completing 60 days (originally 6 months) counter-insurgency duty in a designated area. Awarded for operational service against the People's Liberation Army of Namibia in South West Africa (1966-89), for operations in Rhodesia (1967-75), and for internal security in South Africa. Insignia: A 6-pointed silver star on a voided circlet decorated with aloe leaves (obverse), displaying the SAP badge (reverse). Clasps were added for additional periods of service. 2nd award clasp. Silver on suspender SILVER high above “VAN”. SILVER low above “VAN”. Hallmarked S 925 P S.A.M NOTE: Differences in size (both full size) and position of letters and thin lettering. (NOTE DIFF. DESIGN PROTEA) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE: South African Police medal for Combating Terrorism. Unique as its reverse is completely flat – no wording or coat of arms. = offered for sale by Kaplan for 200rand. – trial ???? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  18. List of titles and honours of Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn This is a list of the titles and honours held by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, a senior officer of the British Army, Governor General of Canada, and member of the British Royal Family as third son of Queen Victoria. Contents 1Name 2Titles, styles and honours 2.1Titles and styles 2.2Orders, decorations and medals 2.3British 2.4Foreign 3Military 3.1Ranks 3.2Honorary appointments 3.2.1Personal Aide-de-Camp 3.2.2Colonel of the Regiment 3.2.3Honorary Colonel 3.2.4Colonel-in-Chief 3.2.5Foreign military appointments 4Civil 4.1Privy Counsellor 4.2Others 5References Name[edit] On 22 June 1850 Prince Arthur was baptised in the Chapel at Buckingham Palace with the Christian names Arthur William Patrick Albert.[1] As a member of the Royal Family, he had no surname[2] until 17 July 1917, when a Royal Proclamation of King George V declared that all British descendants in the male line of Queen Victoria would bear the name of Windsor.[3] Titles, styles and honours[edit] Titles and styles[edit] 1 May 1850 – 24 May 1874: His Royal Highness The Prince Arthur 24 May 1874 – 16 January 1942: His Royal Highness The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn As a son of the sovereign, Arthur had the title of Prince and the style of Royal Highness from birth. The princely title had been used for sons of the sovereign since Tudor times[4] and was formalised by letters patent of 30 November 1917,[5] while the style of Royal Highness had been used since the Restoration[4] and was confirmed by letters patent of 3 February 1864.[6] Through his father, Prince Albert, he also bore the titles Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke of Saxony until 17 July 1917, when King George V discontinued the use of German titles.[3] On 24 May 1874, Prince Arthur was created Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Earl of Sussex,[7] in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[8] As a duke of the Blood Royal, he had the formal style of Most High, Most Mighty, and Illustrious Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Earl of Sussex.[9] Orders, decorations and medals[edit] (ribbon bar, as it would look today; British decorations only) British[edit] KG: Royal Knight of the Garter, 31 May 1867[10] KT: Extra Knight of the Thistle, 24 May 1869[11] KP: Knight of St. Patrick, 30 March 1869[12] GCMG: Knight Grand Cross of St Michael and St George, 16 April 1870[13] GCSI: Extra Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India, 1 January 1877[14] CB: Companion of the Bath (military), 17 November 1882 – 7 July 1890[15] KCB: Knight Commander of the Bath (military), 8 July 1890 – 20 May 1898[16] GCB: Knight Grand Cross of the Bath (military), 21 May 1898 – 25 February 1901[17] Great Master of the Order of the Bath, 26 February 1901 – 1942[18] GCIE: Extra Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire, 21 June 1887[19] GCVO: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, 6 May 1896[20] KStJ: Knight of Justice of St John, 1896 – 11 June 1926[21] GCStJ: Bailiff Grand Cross of St John, 12 June 1926[22] Grand Prior of the Order of St John, 23 June 1910 – 1939[23][24] Royal Victorian Chain, 11 August 1902[25] GBE: Knight Grand Cross of the British Empire, 4 June 1917[26] The Duke was Bailiff of Egle from 1894[27] Campaign medals Canadian General Service Medal with clasp for Fenian Raid 1870[25] Egypt Medal with clasp for Battle of Tel el-Kebir 1882[25] British War Medal, 26 July 1919 Victory Medal, 1 September 1919 Long service medals Volunteer Officers' Decoration (VD), 27 May 1892[25] Territorial Decoration (TD), 19 June 1934[25] Foreign[edit] Variant of the arms of Prince Arthur as knight of the Spanish branch of the Golden Fleece and the Order of Charles III Anhalt: Grand Cross of Albert the Bear, 1890[28] Austria-Hungary: Grand Cross of St Stephen, 1873[25][29] Baden: Knight of the House Order of Fidelity, 7 September 1906[25] Bavaria: Knight of St. Hubert[30] Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Royal Order of Leopold(military), 1873[25] Brunswick: Grand Cross of Henry the Lion, 1890[31] Denmark: Knight of the Elephant, 2 August 1873[25][32] Ernestine duchies: Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order, 1868[33] Ethiopia: Grand Cross of the Star of Ethiopia, 20 August 1917[25] France: Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, 20 December 1898[34] Greece: Grand Cross of the Redeemer, 5 May 1879[25] Hesse and by Rhine:[35] Grand Cross of the Ludwig Order, 4 February 1872 Grand Cross of Philip the Magnanimous, 18 February 1878 Italy:[25] Knight of the Annunziata, 1898 Grand Cross of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, 1898 Grand Cross of the Military Order of Savoy, 20 August 1917 Japan: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum, 1 July 1890[25] Mecklenburg: Grand Cross of the Wendish Crown, with Crown in Ore, 27 July 1879[36] Monaco: Grand Cross of St. Charles, 20 August 1917[25] Montenegro: Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I, 26 March 1897[25][37] Netherlands: Grand Cross of the Netherlands Lion, 23 August 1878[25] Norway: Grand Cross of St. Olav, with Collar, 13 November 1906[25] Ottoman Empire:[25] Order of Osmanieh, 1st Class in Diamonds, 17 July 1867 Order of the Medjidie, 2nd Class, November 1882[38] Tunisia: Grand Cordon of the Order of Glory, 1 June 1865 Portugal: Grand Cross of the Tower and Sword, 3 April 1879[39] Prussia:[25] Knight of the Black Eagle, 1872 Grand Cross of the Red Eagle, 1873 Pour le Mérite, 17 November 1882[40] Romania: Grand Cross of the Crown of Romania, 20 August 1917[25] Spain:[25] Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III, with Collar, 16 April 1876 Grand Cross of Military Merit, November 1882 Knight of the Golden Fleece, 15 May 1902 (during his attendance of the enthronement ceremonies for King Alfonso XIII)[41] Sweden:[25] Knight of the Seraphim, 18 July 1873[42] Commander Grand Cross of the Sword, 15 December 1902 Knight of the Order of Charles XIII, 1905[43] Military[edit] Ranks[edit] The Duke of Connaught in Field Marshal's uniform, 1915 1866: Cadet, RMA Woolwich[25] 19 June 1868: Lieutenant, Royal Engineers[44] 2 November 1868: Lieutenant, Royal Regiment of Artillery[45] 3 August 1869: Lieutenant, Rifle Brigade[46] 1 May 1871: Captain, Rifle Brigade[47] 14 April 1874: Captain, 7th Hussars[48] 7 August 1875: Major, 7th Hussars[49] 27 September 1876: Lieutenant-Colonel, Rifle Brigade[50] 29 May 1880: Brevet Colonel, British Army[51] 29 May 1880: Major-General, British Army[51] 14 December 1886: Lieutenant-General, British Army (local rank while commanding the troops in Bombay)[52] 1 April 1889: Lieutenant-General, British Army (supernumerary)[53] 1 April 1893: General, British Army (supernumerary)[54] 26 June 1902: Field Marshal, British Army[55] 18 October 1920: Honorary Captain, Royal Naval Reserve[25] Honorary appointments[edit] Personal Aide-de-Camp[edit] 26 May 1876: to Queen Victoria[25] 1901: to King Edward VII 3 June 1910: to King George V[56] 1936: to Edward VIII[57] Colonel of the Regiment[edit] The Duke of Connaught as Colonel of the Scots Guards, 1890 24 June 1883: Scots Guards[58] (until 1 May 1904)[59] 2 September 1902: Army Service Corps[60] 1 May 1904: Grenadier Guards[59] 13 October 1911 – 11 November 1916: Colonel of the Governor General's Horse Guards 13 October 1911 – 11 November 1916: Colonel of the Governor General's Foot Guards 13 October 1911 – 11 November 1916: Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards Honorary Colonel[edit] 30 June 1871: 28th Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps[61] 26 April 1873: Royal East Kent Yeomanry[62] (until 16 January 1878)[63] 24 July 1875: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Artillery[64] 1 September 1883: 7th Bengal Native Infantry[65] (until 13 May 1904)[66] 1 September 1883: 29th Bombay Native Infantry (2nd Biluch Regiment)[65] (until 13 May 1904)[67] 27 February 1886: Royal East Kent Yeomanry[68] 12 February 1896: 3rd and 4th Battalions, Highland Light Infantry[69] 1 May 1900: The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) 19 March 1904: South of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry[70] 6th Regiment, Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles Colonel-in-Chief[edit] 29 May 1880: Rifle Brigade[51] 22 June 1897: 6th Dragoons[71] 4 September 1901: Highland Light Infantry[72] 13 May 1904: 13th Duke of Connaught's Lancers (Watson's Horse)[66] 13 May 1904: 31st Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers[66] 13 May 1904: 7th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Rajputs[66] 13 May 1904: 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis[66] 1929: The Royal Canadian Regiment Foreign military appointments[edit] 1890s: Colonel à la suite 27th (Kiev) Regiment of Dragoons, Russian Army[25] June 1905: Honorary General, Swedish Army[25] 12 September 1906: Field Marshal, Prussian Army[25] 1908: Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, 9th (Arapiles) Battalion of Light Infantry, Spanish Army[25] 24 May 1910: Honorary Admiral, Royal Danish Navy[25] Civil[edit] Privy Counsellor[edit] Member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, 16 May 1871[73] Member of the Privy Council of Ireland, 10 January 1900[74] Others[edit] Ranger of Epping Forest, 1879[75] Bencher of Gray's Inn, 4 July 1881 Elder Brother of the Corporation of Trinity House, 1898;[75] Master, 1910–1942[8] High Steward of Wokingham[8]
  19. INTRODUCTION TO "SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE MEDAL OF HONOUR FOR COURAGE AND FAITHFULNESS" In the early 1960s, a decision was made to award a medal to those police dogs who distinguished themselves in the line of duty. This medal, entitled the Medal of Honour for Courage and Faithfulness, was awarded for the first time in 1964. The award was to be considered annually on the recommendation of the Commanding Officer of the Dog School. In a move to keep costs to a minimum, and also possibly as a result of the Police Good Service Medal serving a dual purpose of being an award for long service as well as an award for gallantry, redundant stocks of this medal were used for the above award. The medal was issued named around the rim to the dog and it appears that only the third issue of the Police Good Service Medal was used for this award, presumably as a result of this issue being the only redundant stock available. Over the years, however, there has been no uniformity in the issuing of these awards. While some awards were the standard Police Good Service Medal, other awards have had the reverse inscription of the Police Good Service Medal removed, and have been engraved with a variety of inscriptions. These inscriptions all appear to be in Afrikaans. The award was officially known as the South African Police Medal of Honour for Courage and Faithfulness. In numerous Force Orders. However, it has been given various other designations such as Medal for Courage and Loyalty, Medal for Distinguished Service, Medal of Honour for Faithful and Meritorious Service and Medal of Honour for Courage and Loyalty. These errors, and lack of uniformity are possibly as a result of there being no official documentation available for the institution and awarding of this medal. It is possible that over the years, those tasked with compiling the memorandum and those involved in translating citations from Afrikaans to English and vice versa, for publication in Force Orders, have used their own interpretation of the title of the award instead of adhering to the officially accepted title. The medal was awarded suspended from a ribbon which was long enough to be sewn into a loop to be suspended around the neck of the dog. Once again there has been no uniformity as far as the ribbon is concerned, with some awards being issued with the original Police Good Service Medal ribbon while others have been awarded suspended from a dark blue ribbon with a wide yellow central stripe. Two different sizes of this blue and yellow ribbon have been used. The first is 30mm wide and has a central yellow stripe of 9mm wide. The second is 44mm wide and also has a central stripe of 9mm. The diversity of the ribbon used, the variety of the inscriptions on the reverse of the medal and the naming details around the rim, have made it impossible to give a general description of this award in respect of the above details. For this reason, where the medals have been available, the ribbon details, obverse details and the naming details around the rim have been given at the end of each dog's citation. Over the years, the rule was for the dog handler to return his dog's medal to the South African Police Dog School in Pretoria on the death of the dog. It appears, however, that this rule has not been adhered to as to date (2001), the dog school is in possession of only six medals. From 1963 to 2001, a total of 33 awards have been traced. ----------------------- Found this on the internet, thought it was of interest to collectors. Marcon1
  20. Hi, Can anyone tell me which Lebowa (former South African Homeland) medals these are. All I know is that the ribbons are wrong AND ......... that's it Thank you Marcon1
  21. Why do I like to collect South African medals ? Answer, because there is so many variety in them. Take a look at these for instance. SAP Cross for Bravery (PCF) - 1st Type (1963-1989) Awarded for conspicuous and exceptional gallantry in the line of duty, or in protecting or saving life or property. Only 13 decorations were awarded - the first recipient (1964) was Sgt J.R. Nienaber, who drowned while trying to rescue a man from the sea. Superseded by a new decoration of the same name. Insignia: A gold layered cross, depicting a smaller cross on a gyronny background inside a blue circle inscribed "Vivit Post Funera Virtus" (obverse), and the national coat of arms (reverse). Worn on a neck ribbon. SAP Cross for Bravery: Gold (PCFG) (1989-2004) Awarded for outstanding bravery in extreme danger. First awarded (1991) to Maj André du Toit, for twice single-handedly disposing of bombs, and for bravery while leading a raid on an armed fugitive's hideout. Insignia: Same design as the 1963 PCF, but smaller and with a narrower ribbon, and worn on the chest. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and marked 9ct at bottom. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and no marking at bottom. SAP Cross for Bravery: Silver (PCFS) (1989-2004) Awarded for exceptional bravery in great danger. Insignia: Same design as the PCFG, but in silver. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and marked SILVER at bottom. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and no marking at bottom. SAP Cross for Bravery (PCF) - 2nd Type (1989-2004) Awarded for bravery while in danger. Insignia: Same design as the PCFS, but in lower-grade silver. NOTE marked 925 on lower half of cross. NOTE no markings. This is just one type of medal, but almost all medals from South Africa come with varieties for the collector to look out for. So have fun. Regards, Marcon1. (ribbons and text Arthur Radburn).
  22. Hi Arthur, Thanks for the usefull information. Order of Transkei (1987-94) Awarded in five classes: Grand Cross (GCT) - gold Grand Officer (GOT) - silver Commander (CT) Officer (OT) Member (MT) Any idea which class it is ?? === Order of the Aloe (1976-94) In a single class. Pictures are of 2 diff. - silver gilt and silver, thus 2 diff. classes ?? ==== On the 4th. one is says Pro Patria Medal. - Is that a clue to which class ?? ======= With thanks, Marcon1. PS: Info on orders from your very usefull listings on the Internet (which I no longer can find, did you remove them or did you list them somewhere else ?) maybe you should list them here on the forum for all to use and see (just an idea ).
  23. Hi, Does anyone know what these are. They all have the Coat of Arms of Transkei on their back. I can't find any information about these "medals/orders/decorations". Pictures 2 and 3 have a front that looks like some Lebowa medals have and picture 4 has a Coat of Arms that looks a bit like the one from Kwazulu ?!?!? With thanks. Marcon1
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