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Brian Wolfe

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  1. Here is the tip of the sword. I tried to put this on a second ago but must have screwed it up. Brian
  2. Hello All, I was digging through my stash of treasures and decided to share my modest collection of Japanese Swords with you. I was tempted to post this under the section dealing with Japanese Military History as the Japanese Sword is a history of Japan. Just a few notes on the Japanese Sword. Always store your sword in it's scabbard (Saya) and with the cutting edge UP! Never store the sword with the cutting edge down. There is a whole tradition on how to present and hold your sword both when showing it and when handing it over to another for inspection. Never, never, never ask to see an
  3. Hello PK, I will give that a go this weekend. This is an original print and the detail under a magnifying glass is excellent. Cheers Brian
  4. Hello Leigh, Under the magnifying glass the stripe really looks like a wound stripe to me. It looks to be one of the privately purchased brass stripes and not the sewen on cloth issue. I thought that there were some naval air service men in the photo as well but I am not familiar enough with uniforms to have made that claim in my original post. Since I purchased this photo I have been looking through several books written in the post war era and noticed several of the bombs, such as in my photo, shown being prepared for delivery to the air field. While my interest is mainly in medals I do f
  5. Hello All, At the moment I keep my collection in two closets measuring 9 feet in lenght and three feet in depth. In the one closet I have placed a drawer unit I built a number of years ago to store hand tools (I was a cabinet maker at that time). The drawers are lined with felt and I have not found that this has had any bad effects on my medals. I've used felt under my medals for many years. The drawers will hold two Riker Mounts each, one on top of the other, if I need the space. I've used the doors to hang more mounts and as the photo shows there are more Rikers stacked in the shelves.
  6. Hello All, Here is a photo of what I think is a group of RFC Training staff possibly from the bomber branch. The photo shows a nice variety of bombs and on the rear wall there are instructional charts showing the workings of the different bombs. I think the Sergeant Major sitting front left has a wound stripe on his left sleeve. Would anyone know if that is indeed what it is? On the back of the photo is the name "Eric Richardson" and a place name that I can not make out due to the person's hand writing. The name has two letters which looks like a "T" followed by a "u". The "T" looks to h
  7. Hi Tom, Many, many thanks on the identification. I have been searching through book after book with out any luck. I am happier with this information than I was to get the photo. Cheers Brian
  8. Hello All, I just purchased a stereoscope card from an antigues mall taken during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904. The card's title is, " In the Trenches- Awaiting a Charge by the Enemy, Valley of the Shaho". From Wikipedia: The Battle of Shaho was a land battle of the Russo-Japanese War fought along a 37-mile front centered at the Sha River on the Mukden-Port Arthur spur of the China Far East Railway just north of Liaoyang, Manchuria. Check out Wikipedia for more details of this battle and the Russo-Japanese War in general. On the rear of the card is printed this observation, An American
  9. Hello All, A few years ago I discovered that sterioscope cards were an inexpensive source of period military photos. The Boer War, WW I and even the eariler Russo-Japanese War are well represented. Most people skulking about antiques shops and malls are not looking for military so there is quite often treasures to be found. "Skulking" is my wife's term for what I like to do on weekends. Anyway, I was hoping that some of the members might be able to help with the identification of the gentlemen in this photo. The title of this card is, "F.M. Sir John French, C-in-C in France, with A.D.C.
  10. That would be good return on the initial investment, let me think about it..... I think I'll pass, but you can send the bottle anyway. Cheers Brian
  11. Hi Chris, Man, they would have loved you in post WW II Italy. My father traded one pack of smokes for the two daggers. His crew members laughed at him as they found out later such items were going for 3 smokes on average. Cheers Brian
  12. Hello David, Very nice weapon. I've used one of these heavy rifles for hunting many years ago, not with the bayonet of course. If you lug one of these around through the bush for a couple of days you start to get an idea of how tough the WW I and WW II soldgiers must have been. I found myself considering attaching wheels to mine after about an hour! Cheers, Brian
  13. Hello All, For the most part I don't like stories about how people's fathers or grandfathers came by their war souveniers. Especially when they are boiled down to, "He took it off a dead _____ (incert period racial slur here)". My late uncle who reluctantly when to war in 1944 and ended up seeing a lot of action that he never talked much about, used to tell us, "It's one thing to have to kill another man, it's another thing to scavenge his body for a trophy". He also said that most of those stories are a load of bull as when you are in battle the last thing you are thinking about is souveni
  14. Hello Leigh, I never thought of that. Easy, and it just might work. Thanks Brian
  15. Hi Michael, I may just try that (the Kew suggestion). If I can figure out who would be willing to give the xray thing a go I'd try it. If I were to hold it in my mouth the next time the dentist took an xray.... Ok, bad idea. But I will ask around at the University. Cheers Brian
  16. Hi Tom, Several countries used a very similar bayonet. There is an Austrian Model 1854 at 560.5 mm, one from the Netherlands Model 1871, First Pattern at 583 mm and a Second pattern at 579 mm. Yours, according to your measurement is 555.5 mm. Given a measure of error lets say 550mm. This lenght and the markings that show on the photograph match the Swiss Bajonett Ordonnanz 1863 in Paul Kiesling's book, "Bayonets of the World", Volume Two # 315 on page 20. Just in case you don't have this book here are the rifles and some background history from his book. Rifles: Infanteriegewehr Ordonnanz 1
  17. I think you are correct on the jewellery suggestion. I have used black light with no luck. I've also use several different magniying loops and even my microscope. I looks like a buffing wheel was used so the finished job, though incomplete, looks better than the old bastard file job(type of file not a file born out of wedlock). Cheers Brian
  18. Oh, I think I will stop where I am with this medal. The small triangle that I secured was in danger of falling out. It was a matter of fix it or risk the piece getting lost. Cheers Brian
  19. Gentlemen, Here is a photo of the EK II that I rehabilitated (and posted earlier today) along with a Hindenburg Cross and a ribbon bar from that period. I don't have a lot of knowledge of Imperial German medals so I hope the term Hindenburg Cross is correct. Both came without ribbons so I have "mounted" them in a rather "British" fashon as I do not know how to imitate the German style. If there is a web site that would give me intstructions on the corect way to mount German medals please let me know and I will remount them. I have included a ribbon bar that I think would be correct for tha
  20. Hello Gentlemen, I have just finished rehabilitating a WW I EK II that came to my collection in damaged condition. When I got this Iron Cross it was missing the ribbon and ribbon ring and there was a "V" shaped crack bteween the "W" and "1914. The "V" was horizontal pointing to the viewer's right. Since the black iron portion was separate of the outer boarder I could move the two larger parts away from each other and leave a "V" shaped space around the smaller piece. I took a very small drop of epoxy on a fine needle and put one drop in the crack on both sides of the "V". after this set th
  21. Hi Rick, I didn't know there was even a chance of researching this fellow. I wish I had more information. Cheers Brian
  22. Hello All, I am posting a photo of an EK II document from my collection. It is not all that great or showy but I purchased it because of the name. Our family originated in Germany and over the course of many years (going back hundreds of years) migrated back and forth between Germany and the UK. Somewhere along the way we changed the spelling of our name from Wolff to Wolfe. Most of the Wolfe side of the family was involved in the British military. The Wolff "group" settled in and around Belfast. This EK II was awarded to Fusl. Wolff. Not very likely a true relation but I liked it and no
  23. Hi Ralph, Wow! That's a great collection. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Brian
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