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Rusty Greaves

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  1. I obtained the Tewfik Bichai advertising flyer shown in my post of 21 August, 2020 and am illustrating the other pages in that advertisement in high-resolution scans below. These can all be zoomed, although that does not necessarily provide much additional detail of this flyer. This flyer may closely postdate when Tewfiq Bichay took over the Lattes workshop in the 1930s, as noted by Owain in his post on this thread of 19 August, 2020. Page 1 of the Tewfik Bichai post 1936 and pre-1952 advertising flyer showing a percussion press. The flyer opens with the attached pages 2 – 5, and p
  2. The same 3rd Class Commander neck badge of the Order of Ismail that I discussed in the first 3 photos of my post of 13 August, 2020 and in relation to the 1st photo of my post of 14 August on this thread, that has an anomalous wreath component has just re-surfaced on a current Liverpool Medals website auction, SKU 28988 (https://www.liverpoolmedals.com/product/order-of-ismail-commander-neck-badge-22ct-gold). The auction description states that this neck badge was made by Lattes but incorrectly states that it is hallmarked as 22 carat gold. Moderately high-resolution image of the ob
  3. Owain, many thanks for this additional background information about Fahmy Tewfik Bichay, some medals, and the photos. It is wonderful to hear the stories you, 922F, and some others have contributed about meeting him and the wealth of information he shared about many aspects of his career making so many lovely medals and to hear about the generous man he was. A pre-1952 advertisement for Maison Tewfik Bichai from a current eBay listing of some South African Air Force squadron badges made by Tewfik Bichay (https://www.ebay.com/itm/402193177081). This identifies the workshop at 40 Rue
  4. Below is an image of from a 22 April, 2016 auction by Ader-Nordmann, archived on the AUCTIONFR website (https://www.auction.fr/_en/lot/1ere-compagnie-de-chasseurs-parachutistes-france-libre-fabrication-du-caire-tewfik-9740941), Lot 81, that is identified as an original of the 1ère Compagnie de Chasseurs Parachutistes France Libre made by Tewfik Bichay in Cairo. Obverse of a Fahmy Tewfik Bichay-made FFL Parachutist badge for the 1ère Compagnie de Chasseurs Parachutistes France Libre. The auction description states it has a "safety pin" or locking pin attachment (modèle attache épingl
  5. Here is a link to a webpage of Frank Hummel of Marktbergel, Germany with many additional UN badge designs for other missions and different countries forces that were made by Fahmy Tewfik Bichay: http://www.frankhummel.de/bichay/bichay.html
  6. Gentlemen, Below are 2 images of a Cairo-made badge for the Polish UN Peacekeeping forces. This badge was probably created for the The Second United Nations Emergency Forces (UNEF II) deployment of Polish forces in November 1973. UNEF II that "was established on 25 October 1973 with the mandate to supervise the implementation of Security Council resolution 340 (1973), which demanded that an immediate and complete ceasefire between Egyptian and Israeli forces be observed and that the parties return to the positions they had occupied ... on 22 October 1973 " (https://web.archive.org/web/20090912
  7. I would like to elaborate a bit on the comment I made yesterday about the size of the wreath on the Spink Auction 20002, Lot 985 neck badge (shown in the 1st three photos of my post from 13 August, 202). I feel that this wreath element is larger than on other Lattes and on non-Lattes made examples (i.e., the Tewfik Bichay 1st Class sash badge from the fall 2014 Fritz Rudolf Künker auction I referenced yesterday and the 3rd Class neck badge made by Fahmy Tewfik Bichay illustrated by Owain in the 3rd photo of his post of on this thread on 5 April, 2018), suggesting a recent substitution of a wre
  8. Owain alerted me a couple weeks ago to a very recent Spink auction of an Order of Ismail neck badge that I had not seen. In looking at this piece, I also realized I had neglected to include a moderate-resolution image of another neck badge from a previous Spink auction in my discussion of design variations of 2nd and 3rd Class neck badges and 1st Class sash badges on 28 March, 2020 within this thread. Consequently, I am including images from the auction that Owain identified me and the previous Spink example for some minor additions to information about design variation seen in the Order of Is
  9. Owain, Thanks for the inscription translations and including the additional Libyan photos. The only translation I came across was associated with flickr photostream of askamel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/askamel/2074544038/) showing a badge that is not specifically identified beyond the tag: "The Egyptian Parliamentary Star". Today I paid attention to the inscriptions on the central medallion, and realized that I had not done so in my previous post and made some errors in attribution of the badges. I have cheated and gone back to correct those in yesterday's post. The most problematic
  10. Here are a few additional images of Kingdom of Egypt Parliament badges to complement the 1st post of Linasl and Owain's significant information about the insignia. The 1st set of images below are of another example of a neck badge with the associated ribbon. These images come from a past auction on The Orient Treasures website (https://www.theorienttreasures.com/shop-now/orders-medals-decorations/egypt-order-of-parliament-house-of-repesentatives-neck-badge-medal-nichan-rare). The only information in the auction description is that the diameter of the neck badge is 65 mm. All of these ima
  11. Amidst the COVID-19 troubles to health and the global economy, scofflaws who think masks & other health measure infringe on their "personal freedoms" (especially here in the US), ethnic injustice, political selfishness, and global warming that fill the news, this is a piece of well-needed joyous celebration about an honour recognizing Capt Tom as a Knight Bachelor. This whole story has been a very moving demonstration of selflessness & personal duty (See, among others: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/17/captain-tom-moore-knighthood-sir-knighted-queen-ceremony/). Three cheers f
  12. Today's news of good citizenship & a knighthood to celebrate!
  13. Freiherr, I don't see an Order of Ismail breast star among General Sir Francis Reginald Wingate's awards. In my brief research on Wingate, I could not find that he had been awarded the Order of Ismail, unlike other later Governors General of the Sudan; Sir Geoffrey Francis Archer, Sir John Loader Maffey, and Lieutenant-Colonel Sir George Stewart Symes who were awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of Ismail, as shown in my previous post of 25 Novemeber, 2019 on this thread. The only Egyptian honors that Wingate was awarded were the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Nile in 1915 and the Grand Co
  14. In contrast with the breast stars, sash badges, and neck badges of the 1st Class Grand Cordon, the 2nd Class Grand Officer, and the 3rd Class Officer, there are many fewer internet images of the 4th Class Knight breast badges of the Order of Ismail to compare design variations. Even fewer of these photos are good-enough resolution for a somewhat detailed a comparison of potential variation in their execution. Additionally, all of the images I have encountered are either for J. Lattes made examples, or unspecified manufacturers, so no comparisons can be done between makers. None of the images I
  15. Adding to the information on this thread about various manufacturers of the Mixed Courts badges, and some peripheral associations with these tribunals, I have found an example of a business card for the individual from the well-known Bichay family who designed and executed a 1949 medal issued to commemorate the closure of the Mixed Courts, Sadek Tefik Bichay. He designed and cast the King Farouk I medal issued on the date of the closure of the Mixed Courts, October 14, 1949. I have previously illustrated the silver and a bronze versions of these medals in my posts of 3 May, 2018. The reverse o
  16. I recently encountered a high-resolution image of an unmarked Mixed Courts silver badge with a couple of unique design executions. This is the same badge as I illustrated as the 7th image of my post of 24 March, 2017. I did not attribute the source of that lower-resolution image at the time, but it was from an archived past eMedals auction listing, Item W0248. Other than the dimensions, (118 x 88 mm), there was no significant information in that eMedals listing (https://www.emedals.com/africa/egypt-judicial-badge-w0248). I did not notice the couple of relatively minor design differences in tha
  17. I recently came across the image below of an individual wearing a bi-colored court sash with the crescent and single star pin of the Indigenous Court. This particular portrait is interesting as it combines what appears to be an Egyptian Royal Guard uniform with the Indigenous Court insignia of sash and crescent & star. In my discussion of the 1920 portrait image I re-posted recently as the 18th photo of my post of 6 April, 2020, I felt that this combination of sash, crescent and star with was and uniform likely a studio vanity shot, and the Court regalia would probably not have been combi
  18. In relation to the discussion on this thread about the US Stolen Valor Act, a recent German auction a US Medal of Honor from the Spanish American War in Cuba ignited a row between US Senator Ted Cruz (republican from Texas) and the Munich-based auction house Hermann Historica. A named MOH awarded to Thomas Kelly in 1898 is the featured medal in this controversy. Kelly was an Irish immigrant who enlisted in the US Army in 1894 and fought in the notorious Battle of San Juan Hill, rescuing a soldier off the battlefield. Kelly remained in the military until his death in New York in 1920. Senator
  19. Lars, Thanks for the good photos of these 2 additional miniatures of the Order of Ismail and the information about the other 2 examples from eBay. Do any of these other 2 have any manufacture's marks on the reverse? In your miniature collection, do you have any Egyptian minis of any medals (particularly Khedive or Kingdom era awards) with maker's marks on their reverse? Owain started a thread "Miniatures of the Middle East & Arab World" on 6 December, 2017 in this "Middle East & Arab States" section on GMIC. Owain mentions several manufacturers of Egyptian miniatures, but so far
  20. Owain, Many thanks for posting these high resolution images of 2 Order of Ismail minis. I have not seen the eBay listings (on US or UK eBay). I assume the descriptions provided no measurements? The second mini looks significantly like the obverse of the high resolution image I posted on 18 November, 2018 (same linear defect in the enamel of the superior arm of the star). The reverse of that mini is illustrated as the right hand image in my 23 March 2020 post (shown in the first image below). The staining on the reverse is identical to that seen in your 4th photo above. Both of the past i
  21. I recently came across several photographs of judges and lawyers in Egypt from a group of materials curated in the New York University Abu Dhabi, Akkasah, Center for Photography’s Yasser Alwan Collection (http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/akkasah/alwan/scopecontent.html). These images were collected by Yasser Alwan, a photographer in Cairo currently teaching photography at the German University in Cairo. The collection includes more than 2,000 photos, principally from the 1920s1940s of a broad array of ethnic and cultural diversity of Egyptian society in the early–mid 20th century. Most of
  22. gfh, Many thanks of the additional information and illustrations. Have you encountered images of any of the other executed badges made from the designs shown in the lower panel? I also want to thank you for the very informative eBay listings for your FFL pins and the very thorough photographic documentation you provided. As a non-collector, I rely on a lot of auction sites for some comparative images in my amateur research, and of course, the quality of photos and information runs the full range from excellent to drek. I was very impressed with the effort and knowledge you put into those
  23. I was interested to see this Cairo-made Free French Forces badge. I mostly dabble in research on a small number of Egyptian medals (I'm not a collector), but Fahmy Tewfik Bichay, one of a Egyptian family of medal makers, recently turned up in my auction site searches of photographs with a few Cairo-made Free French Forces enamel pins. Only one has a "T. BICHAY" maker's mark on the reverse, apparently it was quite common for his work on these pins to be unmarked. The original auction listing show images of the reverse of all 6 of these badges, but only the first example is marked. The seller of
  24. The above engraving of a session of the Mixed Courts is from: L’Illustration, No 2778, 23 May, 1896, pg 429. The article describing this session of the Mixed Court of Cairo is on pg. 436 of this same volume of L’Illustration. The engraving is based on a drawing by P. D. Philippoteaux, whose signature (as M. Philippoteaux) appears in the lower left corner. Paul Dominique Philippoteaux (1846-1923) is best remembered for a cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg, depicting Pickett’s charge. He also was the illustrator for engravings made for Jules Vernes’ 1877 Novel Off on a Comet(French title: H
  25. I am currently enjoying my 2nd week of quarantine here in Toulouse, France. While I have plenty of professional data entry I am doing on some of my information from my anthropological fieldwork in Venezuela with Savanna hunter-gatherers, there is also time to catch up on some of my other pedantry- This is a follow-up to my post on this thread of 31 January, 2020 about the anomalous engraving on the gold and blue enameled arms of two examples of breast stars of the Order of Ismail (on a 1st Class Grand Cordon set and the other a 2nd Class Grand Officer set). In that post, I included a mode
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