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Brian Wolfe

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Medals: British and India (post 1947), Special Constabulary and a few others.
    General: Staffordshire and British Police memorabilia
    Plus odds and ends that capture my interest from time to time.

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  1. “It’s the Gospel”; a term meaning that something is beyond reproach, to be taken at face value, no questions asked. The Gospel also, of course, refers to a religious book and this is not the topic for debate today. We use the term, perhaps a bit liberally, to mean that any work, especially a work requiring research, is the definitive word on the subject. Here we are interested in military history and or collecting artefacts of historical military importance, at least important to the individual collector. In our search for information regarding our chosen areas of interest we might venture out and purchase a book or two or failing that refer to the Internet. Once we have such a book or information gleaned from the multitude of websites far too often we simply file that information away as fact, cold hard unshakeable fact. Accumulate enough of these factoids and you are an authority or expert on the subject; you might even decide to write these down and publish a book of your own, or post them a website or forum such as this one. Here’s a hypothetical problem, your research was flawed, for whatever reason you were incorrect about a fact, or two. Someone else reads your work and after a while felt they too would like to write a book and like a virus your error has been passed on, and on and on. As each new author researcher has taken your work as the definitive word on the subject, used your work, and those who followed you, to qualify their own work and now, the “virus” becomes pandemic. We read the work by author “Z” (to indicate author zero in 1966) and take his findings as correct as we might for Author “Y” (in 1975, revised edition in 1988) and then Author “X” (in 2003, 2010 and again in 2013) as we also purchased their books. I used the term “we” as I too tend to accept the works of researchers who then become authors. Why not, after all they have done the research and we (I) have simply taken the easy path and relied on their hard work. The problem was and still is that they all missed the research done in 1977 by another researcher. This is where I feel compelled to state that I am not criticising the work of any of the authors noted (or hinted at to be more accurate) as their work is for the most part completely on the mark. However, we need to remain sceptical and continue to ask questions and look for answers, not simply accept what others tell us is true. You cannot take anyone’s opinion either verbal of written as gospel. Well...except for mine of course. The sword I have managed to avoid to mention is the 1816 Baker Rifleman’s Sword which I will cover in a proper article later this winter in the section, “Let’s Talk British Swords”. I won’t go through the material found here again in the proper article but rather stick to the history of this very interesting and rare British sword. Regards Brian
  2. It looks authentic to my eyes. The naming looks correct, as to the Regiment, Lincolnshire would seem correct but there are members who would know more about that. Here in Canada the price would range around the $100. mark with the rank of Lance Corp being more desirable than a Private soldier. My price estimate is based on what I ask and get from these at the local shows where I sell medals. Mine are all with ribbons but these are cheap enough and easily purchased through eBay. I hope this helps. Regards Brian
  3. Hello Reinhard, Happy New Year to you as well and what a great post of your excellent collection to start the new year off on a high point. Many regards Brian
  4. Many thanks Andreas and Glenn. As soon as the holiday season is behind me (family Christmas on the 27th this year) I'll post the three new German additions to the sword collection. The one has a German made blade that was used on a Turkish sword that has their markings on the langet. Thank you once again. Regards Brian
  5. Hello Everyone, I was fortunate to have acquired three Imperial German swords lately, one made for use by the Ottoman Empire. These I will post at a later date. I was hoping that the membership could help me with the translation on one of the sword blades. I can figure out the easy part which states it was to a member of the Artillery Regiment No.9 but the rest is a mystery to me. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Regards Brian
  6. If it is glue any brand of mineral spirits should soften the glue and allow it to be gently removed. Even a paint thinner or turpentine should do the trick. Just be sure not the "scrub" it in any manner, scratches will completely ruin the piece. Please lets us know how you make out. Regards Brian
  7. Very nice grouping of sawbacked bayonets terrylee. Here is a photo of one of the rarest British swords and one that I recently acquired for my collection. This is a Pattern 1816 Baker Rifleman's Sword that is usually misidentified as a Pioneer or Artillery Privates hanger. I will go into the documentation supporting this identification in "Lets Talk British Swords" later when time permits. These were issued before the Baker Rifle was "fitted" for the familiar sword bayonet and when the Baker used with the then familiar socket bayonet,( I have two such Bakers in my collection), and it was decided that the rifleman needed a sidearm since a socket bayonet is of limited use when not attached to the firearm.. Regards Brian
  8. I wish I could help you out and can only add that this is one exceptional group. Don't give up on getting a response as I have seen members replying well after the initial post. Regards Brian
  9. That was quite interesting I had never heard of the hoaxer, thanks for adding to the story. Regards Brian
  10. Really? None was intended. I shall await your details. Regards and more than a little confused (happens more and more with age).😕 Brian
  11. Just when I was starting to doubt the health of this forum this post appeared, the item was identified and then the post took on a life of its own, so-to-speak. Just like in the past, it's good to see this sort of "sport" is not extinct. Now before my statement generates hate mail, I was just kidding about the health of the forum. Regards Brian
  12. Hello Dave, Your comment brought back memories of being firmly reminded that he or she was an "alleged offender"; the court will make any further determination. "Yes your worship" eyes down trying to look ever so humble, was the prescribed response. Ah the good old days. Regards Brian
  13. Hello Mossy

    I have received an email from a lady wanting to contact you regarding some ancestor research. Naturally I would not give out any of your contact information unless you authorised me to do so. If you are interested in helping her out let me know and I will forward your email address to her.

    Please let me know your current email address as it may have changed since your last information update. I see we have sammoss948@hotmail.com as you current address.

    Regards

    Brian

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  14. I can't help but wonder if this is a WWI era trench truncheon. I've seen similar in the past but this one has an especially interesting look to it. I hope others will weigh in on this post. Regards Brian
  15. An exceptional display, thanks for the photos. Full points to you. Regards Brian
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