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  1. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. I'll have her send it back to whence it came.
  2. Paul, Thanks for your reply and for the information. Much appreciated. This came in to my mother's shop. No idea of the provenance. I'll see if I can arrange some better photos for review, although I'd wager it's not right and one of the many reproductions floating around. Cheers, Adam
  3. Hello all, It's been awhile since I was on here, out of the game these days for the most part. I've attached photos of what I understand to be an Imperial Russian badge. I'm guessing this is a regimental badge or similar, but despite searching on here and online generally I've been unsuccessful at finding an exact match. Can anyone help? I am out of my depths here, but am aware that these are a real minefield as far as reproductions go. I don't know what kind of a chance this one has at being genuine...personally I don't get the "warm fuzzies". These are the only photos I have at the moment...I can probably get some more. I'd appreciate any help you may be able to offer. Cheers, Adam
  4. Another factor that influenced the gratuity was rank, at least during Victorian times. I have a VR DCM, and while researching noted that in the unit records the Sgts awarded the DCM, had a higher gratuity that that of the Corporals, and these again higher than those to privates. No expert on the subject, merely an observation. Cheers, Adam
  5. Very nice examples. I really like these myself. I have a few examples. Once I get my photography capability set up, and have a bit of time, I plan to photograph some of my collection so should, hopefully, have some to share. Cheers, Adam
  6. Hi Chris, I remember when you bought this set. Very nice. If the Halifax Rifles badge was also his, you may be looking for a man with WWI and WWII and possibly militia service as well as it's a WWII vintage item. This would entail ordering his WWI and post WWI files separately. Cheers, Adam
  7. Sorry, on the BMF...British Medal Forum. I must have been distracted mid post!
  8. They are struck. I believe examples have been posted on there.
  9. While the next to most recent batch of CDs were, I agree...horrendous, I have the great pleasure to report that the most recent examples are of considerably better manufacture. As I understand the Canadian Mint is now making these vice a private contract...(responsible for the abominations of the SSM and the 125) NEW SSMs are, apparently much nicer looking than the original "strikings/castings" As an aside I would caution collectors with regards to the aforementioned seller as he has been involved in well-documented sales of altered medals. Caveat emptor (maximus)
  10. Well there you go! Thanks very much for the ID! I will probably sell the badge down the road...but first I think I will do some research on the SCADTA, never heard tell of this organization. Thanks again to everyone that assisted. Cheers, Adam
  11. It's very similar to an Ecuadorean coat of arms that I will post when I get home. It's not exact but it's the closest I've seen to my badge. Have to remember that this is probably 1920s/30s so current national emblems may differ from that period. I agree, must be naval aviation of some sort judging by the symbology.
  12. Hello everyone, I used to think I was pretty adept at identifying bits of militaria...until I picked up this badge. I acquired it with a small accumulation of WWI and WWII British and Canadian cap badges (all of which are genuine period pieces). However, this certainly isn't British or Commonwealth... It appears to be a pilot or aircrew badge of some sort, but I have not been able to determine its country of origin. Most people that have seen in feel that it is most likely Pre-WWII South American, quite possibly from Ecuador. It's made of what I feel is gilded bronze. The insignia at the bottom is enamelled in different colours. There are no visible rivets, but the badge is made of 3 parts: the wreath portion, the bottom insignia and the wings. The wreath portion measures approx 45 mm x 35 mm and the wings are about 55mm. The top of the badge features a crossed propeller and anchor (naval aviation?), the centre is a pair of wings with a clenched fist in the middle, the enamelled insignia at the bottom appears to be a bird of some sort soaring over a mountainous landscape with a river in the foreground. At a guess, the design and construction possibly hints at some Germanic influence: Oakleaf wreath in the oval shape... but from there similarities cease. There is no maker's mark, or writing on the badge of any kind. The insignia suggest a military connection to me...however, I have not found a match anywhere I have looked online and I have scoured every site I could find about both civil and military aviation insignia. It's extremely well made, and shows some wear. Definitely not something made too recently. I've attached photos of the obverse and reverse...I am confident that at least one of you can tell me what this badge is, where it's from and what its significance is! I look forward to your replies. Cheers, Adam
  13. You should be able to find some mention of him in the London Gazette. Searching their archive can be frustrating and tedious but usually pays off... That's probably the best place to start. With some initial details you can likely determine whether or not you wish to dig deeper and get a service file. Cheers, Adam
  14. Interesting gong. Incidentally, it's box Lacrosse (vs the girly field variety) that is our national summer sport. Hockey is Canada's national winter sport.
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