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Brian Wolfe

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  1. The Meiji Period (1868 – 1912): The end of the feudal system along with the Shugunate (War Lords) and samurai was the beginning of modern Japan under Emperor Mutsuhito. The name of his reign or nengo was Meiji. Upon his death, as with all emperors, he himself became know by the name of his reign, in this case he was known as Emperor Meiji. Many think that the end of the samurai period coincided with the restoration of the Emperor in 1868, however the wearing of swords was not abolished until 1876. Further confusing the question of the end of the samurai period was the short lived r
  2. Thank you Bayern for your input. Those horrible times were much worse than today, as your story reflects. Perhaps this new era where the news comes into our lives through our computers, phones and tablets on almost a minute by minute basis makes today seem almost as frightening. I think that we can take comfort in the knowledge that if we stay strong we will get through this. Regards Brian
  3. Hello Everyone, Great topic! In the areas of military black powder firearms and swords I tend to be more of a preservationist than a restorationist. Helmets? Not an issue as who collects helmets anyway? I’m only kidding of course, I also have helmets; besides Peter knows where I live so even if I thought it I would never say such a thing. Automobiles, trucks, tanks and aircraft I like to see restored to their former glory. I’ve seen artillery pieces in “as found” condition and to be honest they just don’t have the same feel for history that “like new” holds, at least for me. N
  4. My condolences to the family and friends. May she rest in peace. Regards Brian
  5. The Pattern 1816 Baker Rifleman’s Sword One of the more interesting and perhaps least recognized British sword is the Baker Rifleman’s Sword Pattern 1816. Interesting in the sense that this particular sword demonstrates that the British military finally got the idea through their heads that a large bayonet or combination of sword and bayonet attached to the front of a rifle adversely affected the users aim. It should be pointed out that those in power for making such decisions lapsed back into the old ways and issued long bayonets for use on the SMLE rifle of WWI fame,
  6. Funny,as I am sort of a "sword guy" and I just realised that the sword is the Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer's sword. The hilt is actually the 1822 as if you look at it closely you can see that the side that would be against the uniform in wear folds up to prevent wear. This was changed in 1854. This is not as important in dating the photo as officers often carried a sword with the older hilt. What I can say for certain is that the sword would have to date no earlier than 1845 when the fullered blade was mandated. This Pattern sword was in use from 1822 (in this case 1845) up to 1895 when the p
  7. No sure if this is of any help but I remembered such a "hat" in one of the Men-At-Arms books, "The British Army of the Crimea" published by Hippocrene. It looks like the ball in your photo is white which would make him a grenadier. Regards Brian
  8. Population 5 and no Starbucks or even a Tims? You were at the ends of the world! Seriously, thanks for posting this lost from memory WWII site. Man, you just never know what you'll learn when you check the posts on GMIC Regards Brian
  9. Those are spectacular, very well done. The closest I would ever come to art is using a paint roller. Thanks for adding some true art to the post. Regards Brian
  10. 😄Very good!😄 The only real downside of this whole isolation thing is that I miss having kids still at home. We have grand kids but of course they can not come over nor can we visit and play with them. They are the only soft spot in my cynical personality. 😉 By the way, a group of geese is a gaggle, would a group of grandchildren be a mess? Thanks for your reply JohnF, it brings a much needed air of humour to the forum. Regards Brian
  11. I would like to add photos of the swords covered in this series from time to time, when I find them. With that in mind here is a photo from around the early part or just prior to WWI (going from the equipment) of a group of the 7th Hussars at their barracks holding their Pattern 1908 Cavalry Swords. Check further up in this section for an article on these swords under Britain's Last Sword. Regards Brian
  12. You are most welcome and thank you for the feedback. Regards Brian
  13. Perhaps the one regret, that I will ever admit, is all of the questions I could have asked those who served and just didn't. Now, obviously, it is to late. Thanks for your reply, Gordon. Regards Brian
  14. Thanks for your feedback and comments Gunner 1 and BalkanCollector. It is much appreciated. Regards Brian
  15. A little over 100 years ago a pandemic spread out over the world with devastating results. Misnamed the Spanish Flu it seemed to accompany the soldiers returning from the Great War. In actuality started in the State of Kansas in the United States, spread through the thousands of American volunteers for war service then crossed the Atlantic. Recent research has shown that the facts involving the influenza, or flu, were withheld from the general public so as not to start a panic and the thinking was that the governments didn’t want the public to think that there was a another threat to their “bo
  16. In looking through my German collection I realised just how many groups and individual medals I really liked. I do tend to purchase only those I like rather than attempting to get one of every type of medal issued. Not that there is anything wrong with that as a quick look around the collection room would prove me a hypocrite if I were implying there was anything wrong with one of each type. With that in mind I decided to pick out no more than two groups that I would hate to sell almost no matter what. Here they are. not the most glorious of groups I am sure but the ones I like the most
  17. Everything so far is just my guess but I'd say that you are correct regarding the numbers on the back strap area. I have been through every book and listing I have for the British and Canadian regiments and even delved into Indian regiments. Shows how desperate one can get. 😄 I even considered Provost Division but that quickly went nowhere. When and if I find out I will post a photo of the whole sword and scabbard. It happens that the scabbard is not original to this sword and is marked 21 L for 21st Lancers. It is in excellent condition so if I see a sword marked to the 21st I'll snap it
  18. Very nice groups fellows. Mine is more of a work-a-day group of Colonial German medals. The two photographs are not associated with the medals themselves. The group would indicate to me that after his military service he was in the civil service, if I am incorrect please advise me as this is not my area of knowledge. Regards Brian
  19. Hello everyone, I just acquired a Pattern 1899 Cavalry Trooper's Sabre marked to 3 P. D. and I cannot find what P, D, stands for. I believe the 3 is for the 3rd, and the D could be dragoons (?) but nowhere can I find a mention of what the letter P stands for. I've included a photo of the stamping on the guard but the description (in case the photo is unclear) is as follows. 3. P. D. followed by 26 that has been crossed out, over the number 6. I would think the 6 is the accountability number that would be registered to a particular trooper. The back strap on the grip which is als
  20. Those are great thanks for adding them. Regards Brian
  21. Today my Provincial Government has issued the list of essential services that will remain open with all those not on the list ordered closed “until further notice”. Contacts in the Regional Police Service (friends who still don’t have real jobs) have told me they are gearing up for a spike in the number of domestic disturbance calls due to the government policy of Social Distancing and Quarantining of those infected with COVID 19. It is somehow a little disturbing that two of the essential services that will remain open are the Beer and Liquor Stores. Domestic violence with the addition of alc
  22. Interesting and quite timely, thanks for sharing this with us. Regards Brian
  23. Thank you for your help, 1812 Overture. I am guessing that the print is much like the China Incident Medal in that it is a commemorative piece. I have framed the print and it now resides in the gallery that is the hallway between my office and the collection room. I've included of a photo. Again, many thanks for your assistance. Regards Brian
  24. Hello Everyone, While going through a drawer of military prints for an article I am working on I came across this one that I actually forgot I had. I believe it is a commemorative print showing victorious Japanese soldiers beside the Great Wall. On the back is a stamp which I think could have been a mark denoting the piece was authorised by the government, but that is only speculation on my part. On the front and under the picture is an embossed section with a descriptive message. Could someone please translate these two sections for me. It would be most appreciated. Since "finding"
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