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  1. Gentlemen, I have had for many years a 1st type but sadly it is missing its central black star. Any idea where I can get one to make it whole again? Thanks, Owain
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    Afghan medal?

    UKR, It may be a coin or religious token adapted for a necklace. The centre of the obverse reads, "La ila il Allah / Mohammed rasul Allah" (No God but Allah / Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah). I cannot read the rest. Owain
  3. Gentlemen, During the Covid lockdown I have revisited my research on Viscount Kirkwall / Earl Orkney, but to date I have not been able to source an image of him in later life. Any suggestions? Thanks, Owain
  4. Gentlemen, I am researching Subhi Bey as it appears he received the Order of the Star of Ethiopia whilst Governor of Jerusalem - 1908/9. Of Albanian descent he was the first appointed Governor following the Young Turk Revolution and is remembered as a conscientious Governor who instituted the Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and tried to stimulate the local economy. Before his appointment he was Director of Commerce at the Ministry for Public works in Constantinople. Details of his life and career are proving to be elusive. I believe the Ethiopian award relates in some manner to support of the Ethiopian Church and property in Jerusalem but I am unaware of specific details. My query is whether as Governor of Jerusalem, a direct appointment of the Ottoman Sultan, he would automatically receive one of the Ottoman Orders - Medije or Osmanie? Of course he may have been in receipt of an order in recognition of his previous role. A photograph of Subhi Bey would be nice but to date I have and no success in locating one. Many thanks, Owain
  5. Gentlemen, A friend has sent me another Iraq based RAOB jewel - this appears to be linked to a specific fund raising event linked to the move from Hinaidi to Dhibban / Habbaniya and I would suggest available to all RAOB Lodges in Iraq and each indivdual lodge noted by a specific clasp. Suspension Top Bar - Donor Lower bar - Dhibban Iraq Clasp - Royal Baghdad Lodge No. 3647 Disc Obverse - Dhibban Building Fund Iraq 1937 Disc Reverse - Bro. R.W Smailes APRO 1938 From RAF Iraq Command Wikepedia: Air Headquarter initially situated in the Old British Residency in Baghdad. The Officers were accommodated in various messes in Baghdad and the airmen in a compound at Southgate. In December 1928 the Headquarters moved from Baghdad to RAF Hinaidi Cantonment and was located in one block of the original RAF General Hospital buildings. Apart from the Air Officer Commanding's staff mess, all the AHQ personnel were then accommodated at RAF Hinaidi.[4] In 1937 Air Headquarters and the personnel moved from RAF Hinaidi Cantonment to the newly built RAF Dhibban (renamed RAF Habbaniya in 1938). The Air Officer Commanding then lived in Air House at Habbaniya. Regards, Owain
  6. Gentlemen, Last Tuesday I went to the monthly Kempton Park (wet London) race course antique / bric-a-brac fair - the first since lockdown. I have not been there before and so did not go with any great sense of expectation. A long queue to get in - many vendors - all outside and suitably spaced. Anyway the sun shines on the righteous or at least someone with obscure collecting interests. I obtained two RAOB jewels to the Flying Six Lodge. Iraq is not mentioned on either medal but I recognised the ribbon on one from another piece - the Palm Tree Lodge of Iraq - see above. I was offered them at £10 each and told the vendor that I was buying them on a hunch and he said they were from Iraq - which confirmed my suspicion - bingo. The first medal is the Lodge specific medal bearing on the obverse the Squadron badge and the text, "R.A.O.B. Flying Six Lodge No. 6546" and the Latin motto "Oculi Exercitus". There is no engraving on the reverse. The medal is of silver gilt with a Birmingham silver mark letter "D" for 1928. The makers initials "W.& H." are for Walker & Hall Ltd. of Sheffield as also noted in its presentation box. The second is a generic RAOB medal bearing on the obverse, "Grand Lodge of England" and a suspension brooch engraved, "Flying Six Lodge". Importantly the reverse is fully engraved, "Presented to Bro. Fred Crayton Initiated in the Flying Six Lodge No. 6456 27th March 1925". Thus the pair belong together. The medal is of silver hilt with a Birmingham silver mark letter "D" for 1928. The makers initials "C.& Co." are for Cashmore & Co. of Birmingham as also noted in its presentation box. On looking up the history of RAF No.6 Squadron, formed in 1914 at Farnborough, I note they were based in Iraq from 1919 to 1935 and that the zig-zag ribbon pattern was a squadron design/pattern. The Latin motto "Oculi Exercitus" translates as, "The Eyes of the Army" and reflects its role in observation during the early years of the Great War. The squadron badge is an eagle preying on a serpent but this badge was approved in 1938 so the version on the medal - an Eagle in a figure 6 may be an earlier design, however I note online that the snake represents a six thereby avoiding the enemy identifying the squadron number - perhaps the RAOB jewel did not need to follow this precedent. As I was aware of the existence of the Palm Tree Lodge (possibly a subsidiary of the Flying Six Lodge) - I thought, well I'll never find one of these, but at least I have a picture of it and lo and behold I now have an even earlier piece which pushes back the establishment of such RAOB military/RAF base lodges to at least 1925. Fred Crayton's jewels took three years to arrive from initiation to receipt. "Following the Armistice the squadron transferred to Iraq, arriving in July 1919. Operating in the Army Co-operation role in Northern Iraq, it was equipped with Bristol Fighters, the squadron remained there for ten years before moving to Egypt in 1929. At the same time it re-equipped with Fairey Gordons and assumed the bomber role, Hawker Harts replacing these in 1935. Following problems in Palestine, the squadron relocated there in 1938 reverting to the Army Co-operation role with Hawker Hardys, adding Gloster Gauntlets and Westland Lysanders later." https://military.wikia.org/wiki/No._6_Squadron_RAF So a successful and importantly, an inexpensive foray out. Kind regards, Owain
  7. Gentlemen, Another Facebook selection of RAOB Oman/Saudi Lodge jewels - no reverse image and I don't know if they are all from the same person: Batinah Lodge No. 9898 - named after the Batinah coast north of Muscat the capital of Oman Dhofar Lodge No. 9721 - see earlier post. Andrew Grainger Lodge No. 9898 - same number as Batinah Lodge above. Midway Lodge No. 10090 - see earlier post. Golden Gulf Lodge No. 9683 - from the design I would infer that the Lodge was based on a British Aerospace compound in Dharhan, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. Kind regards, Owain
  8. Gentlemen, And some more from Facebook - these three all from Oman and are no doubt from the period when British servicemen were active in the Sultanate following the accession of Sultan Qaboos: Dhofar No. 9721 - see above also. Bob Hunt of Dhofar lodge No. 9721 - related to the above but who Bob Hunt was/is I do not know Andrew Grainger Lodge No. 9898 - based in Muscat - I do not know who Andrew Grainger was/is. Kind regards, Owain Gentlemen, And this time from Facebook a pair from El Firdan Lodge in Egypt - no image of the reverse - on the left the Lodge jewel and on the right a founder's jewel - I think, based on the style of the Founders jewel, that the pair date from early 1950's - probably before the 1952 Revolution. RAF El Firdan was based at Ismailia on the west bank of the Suez Canal. Regards, Owain
  9. Gentlemen, Another selection this time from a Facebook link: A more recent jewel - Shamal Lodge No. 9948 Saudi Arabia - a shamal is a hot wind from the north - this RAOB Lodge is from one of the British Aerospace bases in Saudi Arabia - Dhahran in Eastern Province . An older piece - Khartoum Sudan - no lodge number - the central rider upon a camel is reminiscent of the Sudan Defence Force. From the post, " The RAOB lodge jewel below is that of the Khartoum Temperance Lodge 6310 it later change its name in 1938 to the Blue Nile lodge 6310.its member were made up of RAF B Squadron sadly The Lodge closed around 1963" Owain
  10. Thanks Gunner - sadly I 'discovered' the silver medal after the article had gone to print - hence it is not noted in the article - sod's law! Owain
  11. Peter, Yes, the bronze one is mine too - whilst scarce they do appear for sale fairly often. Perhaps the silver one was for a senior officer or a trial piece. Owain
  12. Gentlemen, I attach an image of a mystery piece recently acquired - a UN medal for Ethiopia in silver. This is the first time I have seen such a piece and other than being in silver is identical to the standard issue in bronze. Any suggestions as to why? The joy of collecting Imperial Ethiopian awards continues............. Owain
  13. Gentlemen, Another one from Libya - the OEA Lodge No.8821 - a silver gilt piece hallmarked London, 1963 - with ribbon in the then Kingdom of Libya national colours. OEA was the name of the ancient city which in due course became Tripoli. Regards, Owain
  14. Claudius, See below - would the beer win a medal? Owain
  15. Bob, Yes, you are right - the lack of documentation is annoying - with some of the more obscure awards any historical context or decrees/laws are invariably difficult to source and thus a certificate, as well as providing provenance also assists with research. As far as I am aware other than references to laws on PDRY certificates, to date, none of the actual instituting laws or regulations have been seen. The main PDRY law is, I believe, Law 45 of 1978. Regards, Owain
  16. Emmanuel, Nice photos and information. I was in Belize a life time ago in 1982 with the Army - a while before I was interested in medals. I recall the local beer - Beliken Beer - was OK. Beers are on me - well in sentiment - this is my 1,000 post! Owain
  17. Chris, No sight of other awards but I attach three pictures of Khalifa Haftar from the Arabic internet - wearing varying amounts of ribbons - 4, 6 and 9 rows respectively. His more recent pictures have him wearing less ribbons - possibly distancing himself from Ghadafi era awards. Sadly the 9 row image is not in high definition and thus, when I have a moment, I may attempt to identify his 6 row set. Regards, Owain
  18. Gentlemen, A new medal (32mm diameter - copper alloy) seen on E-Bay out of Moscow. Apparently made in Russia this year, 2020, for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar for the Libyan National Army. The obverse translates as, 'Libyan National Army'. The reverse translates as, 'Honour for Military Successes'. Regards, Owain
  19. Thanks Emmanuel - as awarded to Erich Hoenecker and for sale at the next Thies Auction - no doubt it will be expensive! Owain
  20. Jack, Thanks for the higher resolution image. To my eye it appears to read: 1 Sha'abaan 1357 (25 September 1938) Almstr F. W. Kng (The Mister F. W. King) Thus it would appear that the recipient is a British national??? Of course I may have totally misread the Arabic. Regards, Owain
  21. Gentlemen, From a thread dealing with Arab awards I attach below a picture of Abdul Fattah Ismail, Head of State (1978-80) of the Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen (1978-80). It has take some time to identify his awards: PDRY - Order of 14 October USSR - Order of Friendship of Peoples Ethiopia - Hero of Ethiopia (neck badge) DDR - Order of Friendship of Peoples Grand Star (sash, etc.) USSR - Lenin 100th Anniversary USSR (??) - Unknown Can anyone hazard an educated guess as to what the last award on the brooch clip/suspension is? is it a Soviet one Many thanks, Owain
  22. Gentlemen, Even further progress - by 'googling' his name in Arabic I have found a colour version of the above image of Abdul Fattah Ismail and it is a portrait length image too. The sash, badge and star he is wearing of the East German Order - Stern der Völkerfreundschaft - it is the Grand Star - see details from Wikipedia below. The inner 'small' medal is probably the Soviet Lenin 100th Anniversary Medal as awarded 'to the figures of the international communist and labor movement and other progressive foreign leaders'. Any ideas as to what the last and smallest medal is? Regards, Owain The Star of People's Friendship (German: Stern der Völkerfreundschaft), a.k.a. Star of Nations' Friendship, was an order awarded by the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Established 20 August 1959, it was given to individuals of exceptional merit who had contributed to the "understanding and friendship between nations and preservation of peace". The Star of People's Friendship was given in three classes: 1st Class – Grand Star of People's Friendship in Gold (German: Großer Stern der Völkerfreundschaft in Gold) 2nd Class – Star of People's Friendship in Gold (German: Stern der Völkerfreundschaft in Gold) 3rd class – Star of People's Friendship in Silver. (German: Stern der Völkerfreundschaft in Silber) It was awarded on the recommendation of the presidency of the Council of Ministers (German: Präsidium des Ministerrates) via the chairman of the Council of State (German: Vorsitzender des Staatsrates) or in its name. The medal was awarded with a certificate.
  23. Jack, This was one of a series of 3 medals, each in three classes of gold, silver and bronze, instituted by King Fouad in 1923: Medal of Meritorious Acts Medal of Devotion Medal of Benevolence From my experience these appear to have been awarded to to Royal Court /Household staff - perhaps a bit like the British Royal Victorian Medal or Royal Long & Faithful Service Medal. I attach pictures of a named pair I acquired some years ago. Sadly I am unaware of any records which could be referred to to further identify the recipient. The medal were supposed to be awarded engraved with the name of the recipient and also the date but most of the medals I have seen are not named. I also attach a picture of a gold Medal of Benevolence - sold some years ago at a Schulman auction and a silver example. Please post detailed images and I will try and read the details. Regards, Owain A Named Pair of Royal Household Medals Medal for Meritorious Acts 2nd Class Suspension bar engraved “28 Shawal Year 1357” (corresponding to 12 October 1938) - reverse engraved “E. Geronimax” and a Medal of Duty 3rd Class – suspension bar “Emmanuel Geronimax”
  24. Gentlemen, It has been a long time coming - 12 years - but at last I have been able to identify the neck badge (in gold) as the order of the 'Hero of Ethiopia' of the People's Republic of Ethiopia from the time of the Derg / Mengistu regime. So now I need to identify the sash and the two small medals on his right breast........ Regards, Owain
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