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  1. Over a year ago, I spotted a train guard wearing enamel ribbons on his uniform - a trio of Golden Jubilee, Diamond Jubilee, and Cadet Forces Medal. He was a bit startled when I asked him which of the Cadets he'd been involved with, without mentioning the ribbons at all!
  2. Given a jumble of Soviet and DDR awards, and apparent service in Army, Police, Customs, Border Guards AND State Security... not to mention Construction, Railways, and Agriculture... I'd guess this is a fantasy bar of whatever ribbons the vendor could get his paws on.
  3. Some fine images here, thank you for sharing Emmanuel.
  4. tcjbomber, would you be kind enough to grant permission for me to use this image on my website, please? (and if you are willing, may I have your real name for the credits?)
  5. I have been known to drink Lapsang Souchong and Tea, Earl Grey, Hot... both "without pollutants". I normally have one mug of coffee in the morning, then spend the rest of the day drinking Orange & Mango squash (by the pint). Then evening comes and it's a pint, followed by red wine with dinner and sometimes a drop of Laphroaig afterwards.
  6. Nice.... (more of these darn Russian gongs!)
  7. The last version of this award is also distinctive in having the 'stipple' effect on the reverse, rather than the completely plain one of earlier types.
  8. Great story, Enzo, and a great reminder that duty, honour, and courage are displayed on both sides of a conflict (my father served in the British army in Italy...)
  9. The latest issue of JOMSA crawled through my letterbox this morning with a fascinating article on Nigerian medals in it. Wilschut, E. (2020) The Biafran Conflict and its Origins Described Through Medals. Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America 71(5):3-12. It explains quite a lot about early Nigerian medals in general and answers some of the questions posed in this thread. (Note that all JOMSAs are now digitised as well as printed, and you can get a digital-only subscription for $19.95 - a good investment as the journal is a real treasure-trove.)
  10. Colours and the design of the eagle would suggest German, but the cross isn't shaped like any German - or Austrian - award I know...
  11. So sorry to hear that poor Elie was caught up in this horrific incident, good news at least that both he and his family are safe.
  12. Nice... it so happens that I decided to turn my eye to the DDR, and already have found a large number of images to add to my site. Fighting a bit with a correct order of precedence, though. Does anyone have a definitive one?
  13. Permit me a slight growl here... my father was a senior civil servant and received a knighthood. However, I join you all in applauding the award to Sir Tom Moore, well deserved. Once the story was picked up by the BBC just before Easter it caught everyone's attention and raised a massive amount for a good cause.
  14. It's the Order of Omar Torrijos Herrera, instituted on 14 December 1982.
  15. The best site covering Spanish ODM is Antonio Prieto Barrio's Condecarones. Here is the relevant page on the Order of Military Merit: https://www.coleccionesmilitares.com/medallas/texto/omm18751939.htm He only shows completely enamelled or totally 'naked' crosses, none with just the centre enamelled. However what both Barrio's work and that of Borna Borac (Barac, B. (2016) Reference Catalogue Orders, Medals and Decorations of the World: Part 1V Gold Book (P-Z). OBOL, Zagreb) suggest is that no cross, enamelled or not, had a plain reverse. For a cross of the period 1878-1931, which yours appears to be (Bourbon shield on the obverse), the reverse should show an entwined MM monogram. For a red-enamelled cross, this would be on a white roundel. A silver cross of the same period would have the same monogram on its reverse, no enamels. The ridges on the arms of your cross suggest that it may have 'escaped' from a jeweller before enamelling was complete; but its uniface construction indicates that it may have been a display copy rather than the real thing. Interesting piece. Hope this helps...
  16. Like several of you have said, even if such an award were to be authorised, it would be a nightmare deciding who ought to receive it. What about delivery drivers? What about teachers ensuring that at least some modicum of education is delivered online to pupils (and child-minding the children of those who have to work)? What about those of us stretching technology to its limits to make sure that university students can progress or graduate? What about this army of volunteers who have stepped up to help support those who are staying home? Maybe - shock horror! - this is finally a place for the 'medals for purchase' merchants? That if you feel the need to commemorate what you did during the coronavirus scare, you may buy a suitable medal, perhaps with an array of clasps to indicate what you were doing!
  17. There could be space found on my server if you want...
  18. Quite nice, although I'm not too sure about some of your colour choices or that heavy red lettering which makes it hard to read the quite detailed information about the various orders you display!
  19. OK, Micke - let me know when you have decided what you would like to do. Do you have a competent 'webhead' amogst the membership?
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