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Mike Huxley

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  1. Doc, how about naming a price for this group, it helps if members know what you want for it?
  2. Very rare indeed. Here's the link to my original post and comments from Rick. Sorry, my link to the article didn't seem to work. So here's what Rick said. Posted 16 May 2007 · Report post For many many years the "noncombatant" and "war effort" awards were not highly regarded by Imperial collectors. In my own case, I sold almost all of mine when I got into Soviet collecting 13 years ago. @#&%*!!!! NOW, as rolls come out, and we get some idea of the real numbers awarded, no matter how "non exciting" these may SEEM compared to frontline bravery awards, the smaller the state, the much rarer these are. That Altenburg medal with the wrap-around 1914 bar, for instance, was awarded only 1,091 times (1,086 as this combination, and 5 bars to a pre-war medal) Rare as 1,091 is, SUBTRACT 381 awards to women and 1 lone one to an Austrian and already the Possible Suspects List is immediately knocked down to 709 German men. A good number of those can be eliminated as military or ex-military personnel and people with other known awards, but I have never pursued it beyond this point because many hundreds of people about whom nothing will ever show up in awards records would be left. What once was thought impossible is now eventually... inevitable. The key will be a Mecklenburg roll for the second cross which can be compared to the Altenburg one. On that happy day, I expect the name will LEAP off the page. And based on what "seeheld" has shown us of the Mecklenburg rolls that DO exist... like Lippe-Detmold's rolls, there will be birth and other data included to add some LIFE back to the name. The 20XXs/201Xs are going to be very very exciting years for Imperial research, with the team assembled HERE pursuing our inter-related goals of award rolls transcriptions and officer research.
  3. If any of my fellow Flight collectors are interested, I have this badge for sale
  4. By the way guys, I have a few more bars for sale and an Observers badge. If anybody's interested drop me a PM here
  5. Ahhh Rick, go on be a devil and have both. You know I'll come to a deal with you on shipping etc
  6. I love the bar, but I have one question please. Have you black lighted the ribbons. To me they look very new and the same for the stitching on the reverse?
  7. All I will say is, that my Great Uncle who lived to 105 and was with the 7th Cameron Highlanders in WWI always kept his medals clean. I am sure that any soldier would do that, so why leave in a state of decay?
  8. Then let it remain like that Chris ... I don't think an Egyptian soldier would clean it anyway
  9. That's true Chris it would be, with nothing to show it's age. Is there any inscription on the rim?
  10. Hmmmm ... I'm in two minds on this one Chris. All my British medals are clean, so I think some gentle cleaning to bring this back to life is needed
  11. The reverse view of mine with a slighly different means of attaching the Barden award. Unfortunately missing the mounting pin.
  12. Very nice original pair Brian. As you say,the Baden Felldienstauszeichnung does come with a bar and here's my pair with the 1870 -1871 bar on it. Not in the best of conditions but, nice all the same.
  13. Mervin, are you saying that on a Bar, the ISM should take prescidence and would be mounted before Gallantry awards and campaign medals? Mike
  14. Two fantastic groups But what strike me is .... Both lovingly cleaned and polished as medals should be. Wait till a collector gets their hands on these in years to come and I bet they'll just let them get dull and dirty in the name of preserving them as they were Cheers, Mike
  15. Hmmmmmm Interesting Chris, both "BB&M" and "Medal Yearbook" state that these were not named usually? Cheers, Mike
  16. Brian, I was wrong about the War Medal, this one was officially named to Australian and South African personnel only, however not the Defence Medal. Cheers, Mike
  17. Tony, Kev & Graham are correct. None of British WW11 medals were named, that included all Stars and the War Medal. BBM quotes that some Stars were named to South African and Austrailian personnel. For War and Defence both were issued unnamed for all countries. Mike
  18. Well she's still got to list the remaining 3 awards from the original group. I wonder what price she'll be looking at receiving for those? If she gets anywhere near her "Buy it Now" prices .... then I'll be selling off my Saxon bars for sure, then I'd live in luxury well into my very old age Mike
  19. She's getting all bitchy now. Have you seen her latest additions to the comments. I have sent a message explaining that eBay frowns on private offers being made. Better that she lists the group as one and it will find it's price that way. Mike
  20. I've sent the seller a message pointing out the error of his ways and suggesting that he relists the complete group. May I ask all of you to do the same in a polite way. We may yet be able to get him to change his mind on this. Cheers, Mike
  21. Mike Huxley


    Bottom left is a "Godet" of Berlin made piece. Top second from left "BB&Co" piece
  22. Pete, Yes you could say that I'm more than happy with my purchase. Being a local Auction House I guess there weren't many military collectors there. My good luck I guess. Mervyn, I had that gut feeling about these so bought on impulse. What pee's me off more was that there was a mixed bag of items in an old hat box. This lot included what was listed as "costume jewellery" ... however on looking into it, all was not as stated. In there was, amongst other things, two ZULU Hanging Necklaces along with various other items of jewellery and interesting items. I was prodded in the side by the other half when I bid up to £50 and told no more. I'm now kicking myself for not going the full length with this lot. The two necklaces were definately palm leaf stringing and looked exactly like the one you posted on the Zulu thread the other day. I could throttle the other half now. Mike
  23. Chris, All are OK under blacklight scan. Even the backing behind the badges doesn't shine out. The back of the frame has very old paper covering, so I guess from the period. I haven't seen many of the RAF Signals wings before or the original ASR arm badges. So for £30 the lot, I'm more than happy. Mike
  24. I attended a local auction today and picked up this framed group of WWII Flight Wings. All seem to be original to the period and are from RAF, RAAF and RCAF. Your oppinions would be gratefully appreciated as I'm not that conversant on this period. However I thought that they were a nice collection of period wings and would look nice on my wall.
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