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  1. Hi, The Arabic reads 'Mohammed Rassoul Allah' - Mohammed Allah's Messenger. Medal maybe, religious token maybe, personal amulet maybe, fantasy maybe. Great story. Owain
  2. Hi, As the only Marxist state in Arabia the PDRY awards system was modelled on its supporters in the Eastern Bloc. Most of the high state awards were made by the Soviet Mint in Moscow and many of the other military awards were made by the mint in Budapest. Internal security awards - sponsored by the STASI, came from East Berlin in the DDR. Regards, Owain Ilja, Your medal reads as follows: Model Teacher Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen Ministry of Education & Learning Regards, Owain
  3. Ilja, Nice selection of images - medals worn appear to consist mainly of Order of Devotion, War of Liberation Medal, Combat Proficiency Medal, 10, 15 & 20 Year Military Service Medals, plus 10, 15 & 20th Anniversary of the Army Medals. Owain
  4. Thanks Ilja - amusing to note that once the order has been pinned on Brezhnev the medal is twisted and the reverse faces the camera!
  5. Ilja, Nice image of Brezhnev with Ali Nasser Mohammed - do you have a date for this image? See Order of Revolution below. Inscription reads: 14 October Radfan Order of the Revolution. The Radfan mountains are north /north-east of Aden where there was a tribal uprising which, post independence in 1967, the Communists regime appropriated as a 'revolution'. Made by the Soviet State Mint in Moscow - excellent quality. Regards, Owain
  6. Ilja, Than you for sharing the images of the certificates - it a always good to see documentation in support of the various orders. It is interesting to note that the recipient Sultan Abdo Nagi has received awards from all 'three' Yemens: Yemen Arab Republic, 1962-1990, Order of Science, 1st Class, for "revolutionary service" - 30 September 1989 Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen, 1967-1990, Medal of Literature & Art - 10 September 1977 Republic of Yemen, 1990 - to date, Order of 30 November, 2nd Class - 29 November 1997 http://en.sultannagi.com/List/315 He died in 1989 and thus it would appear that his YAR & RoY awards were posthumous. Regards, Owain
  7. Yes, It still had an Ismail pattern ribbon which has now been discarded! I suspect the past two purchasers saw the name rather than the medal and upon its arrival realised their error. Owain
  8. Ilja, It was awarded to Doctor Mohammed Mubarak Juma'ah. Owain
  9. Good morning, To the bottom right is the maker’s name “Huguenin”. On the reverse the three line inscription, “Medal of Rescue Iraqi Floods 1954 Year”. Regards, Owain
  10. Gentlemen, A search on the internet has indicated that the manufacturer of the miniature is from Germany. There were two minimum standards, 14 carat for gold and 800‰ (800 mil or 80% fine) for silver. The imperial crown, the Reichskrone, within a circle representing the sun ( Reichskrone und Sonne) was to be stamped on gold, and a crescent or half moon with the imperial crown (Halbmond und Reichskrone) was stamped on silver. The actual fineness of the metal was expressed in thousandths, and a mark identifying the company, or the trademark of the business, which stamped and guaranteed the marks. Sadly in this instance there is no maker's mark. Regards, Owain .
  11. Gentlemen, I detail below a recently obtained miniature - silver gilt with central cabachon. In recent years it was sold by two auctions houses as the Order of Ismail of Egypt! It is nicely made and marked with a crescent, a crown and 925. The crescent would indicate an Arab manufacturer, but numbers are not in Arabic script thus not, to my mind, Bichay of Cairo. Does anyone recognise the marks and have any idea who made this? Thanks, Owain
  12. Rusty, I believe the 'modern' medal is a privately made award, possibly by Worth, for the claimant to the Egyptian throne - Ahmed Fuad II (or his son Prince Mohammed Ali) who reigned as an infant 1952/3 until the Republic was proclaimed. Owain
  13. GD, Great - this clearly, to my mind, provides the circumstances of the award - he had met Haile Selassie before but I am confident that this visit to Addis Ababa was when he was presented with the order. Of course it would be nice to have a photo but that would be pushing my luck! I have had a quick look at the Mountbatten papers archive and no visible reference to a picture. Many thanks, Owain
  14. Gentlemen, Further to my ongoing research into Imperial Ethiopian awards can anyone provide the circumstances or details of the award of the Order of the Seal of Solomon to Lord Mountbatten. According to Wikipedia/Debrett's peerage he was awarded the Order in 1965. Many thanks, O owain
  15. Yes indeed - 😉 -wife does know best!
  16. Dond, I think jewellery not an order. Regards, Owain
  17. Hi, This is a UAR Military Technical College badge and the two suspended links read, I think, 'Good Administrative Duty' and 'Sport Superiority' - confirmation or otherwise awaited! Regards, Owain
  18. Dave, Interesting piece - I suspect this is an unfinished cross and that the 'silver' on the upper reverse relates to the soldering of the suspension ring. Regards, Owain
  19. Nick, Your observation is well made - many thanks - and I agree. Many thanks indeed. Always learning. Owain
  20. Johan, Nice portrait photograph. On looking again at the chain are two miniatures missing? Either side of the Swedish medal at the right? Owain
  21. Nick, Apologies for delay in acknowledging your post - all good stuff for which many thanks. I believe the star centre and some medals were the same design. I attach images of the medals with the original enamel - these were formerly in the collection of Prof. Dr. Gustav Tammann. Regards, Owain
  22. Johan, Looks good - a nice period piece - well made - silver gilt with mark on ring. Regards, Owain
  23. Good morning, I attach an image of a group which includes the Order of the Star - this was for sale recently at the Ader auction in Paris - I was not the purchaser! Owain
  24. Good morning, This group, from Ambassador Mesfin Abebe is in my collection and consists of the following: · Ethiopia – Order of the Star of Ethiopia – Commander (3rd Class) · Ethiopia – Order of Menelik II – Officer (4th Class) · Ethiopia – Emperor Haile Selassie I Silver Jubilee Medal, 1955 · United Kingdom – The Royal Victorian Order- Knight Commander (2nd Class) · Japan - Order of the Rising Sun – Grand Officer (2nd Class) · Federal Republic of Germany – Order of Merit - Grand Officer (2nd Class) · Republic of Sudan – Order of the Republic – Commander (3rd Class) · Brazil – Order of the Southern Cross – Commander (3rd Class) · Greece – Order of George I – Commander (3rd Class) · France – National Order of Merit – Officer (4th Class) · Yugoslavia – Order of the Yugoslav Flag – Officer (4th Class) · Jordan – Order of Renaissance – Commander (3rd Class) · Czechoslovakia – Order of the White Lion – Commander (3rd Class) In my research correspondence with a colleague, Greg Copley, President of the International Society for the Imperial Ethiopian Orders, allowed him the raise the matter with H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, Honorary Patron of the Society, and who, “asked me to pass on his remembrances of Ambassador Mesfin Abebe which you may wish to quote in your story and to add some texture” to the research on this group. “Mesfin Abebe was Imperial Ethiopian Ambassador to Greece in the early 1970s, and he would receive my Mother and I when we visited Athens. In 1975, when the Dergue's revolution began to bite, he moved with his family to the United Kingdom, where he was granted political asylum. He was a devout monarchist, and in exile in the UK he met frequently with my Uncle, the late Emperor Amha Selassie I, who was also in exile at that time in the UK. He was a highly-respected figure, and was good friends with Maj.-Gen. Nega Tegegne (who fought the Dergue with the Ethiopian Democratic Union forces) and Maj.-Gen. Nega Haile-Selassie (who was a major figure in suppressing the coup attempt in 1960), as well as Ras Andargachew Mesai, who was the husband of Prince Tenagne-Worq, the Emperor's oldest child. He was also a devout Orthodox Christian. Without being overtly political, he was — as someone so opposed to the Dergue — always of counsel to those fighting the communist Dergue.” “He was a quiet, dignified, sophisticated, and well-educated man. He was gentle and soft-spoken, but with a good sense of humour. He was highly social and sociable. He believed in service and duty. He was a career foreign service officer within the Protocol Department, which accounts for his trips accompanying His Imperial Majesty on the many State visits on which he was decorated. He was fluent in French, Greek, English, and, I believe, Italian, in addition to Amharic. I have lost track of his family, but I believe that he was survived by his two daughters.” Regards, Owain
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