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  1. Jeff, The Arabic script on the circular medal reads "Nishan Dar Al Sultani Bokarai Shareef" which translates as Order of the Noble House of Bokhara. The date is 1353 - date of institution? I believe this to be a medal of the order and which had one time been enamelled. The central inscription in the lozenge shaped medals reads "Bokhara Shareef" (Noble Shareef) and the date 1334. This has also lost its enamel. This may be a military medal of some kind but the script is difficult to read. In some instances the medals were made by person who could not read or understand th
  2. Johan, Your query concerning the miniature has resulted in a revealing great images - for which I am most grateful. I am working on a history of the Order of the Seal of Solomon and these images are most welcome. My sincere thanks to you. Kind regards, Owain
  3. Johann, Thanks for the image - interesting to note the badge is different from the one given to King Badouin which is a more skeletal design. Is there an image of the breast star? I have tried the Livrustkammaren website but can find no images of the King's awards. Thanks, Owain
  4. Johan, Occasionally OSE miniatures appear on E-Bay France. From the date you mention the Chamberlain would have received the order during Ras Tafari's visit to Sweden. As the Regent to Empress Zawditu he visited Europe in 1924. During this tour there were various exchanges of orders - Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and United Kingdom. He visited Sweden, 7-13 June – an exchange of awards was made with King Gustav V, 1858-1959, – I have no details but it is known that Ras Tefari received the Order of the Seraphim. I believe the King would have receiv
  5. Hi, The text reads, "Nation, Honour, Devotion, Border Guards". The lack of a crown would lead me to exclude a Saudi provenance. Also Saudi badges, from memory, use crossed swords not a crossed sword and rifle. Regards, Owain
  6. Andreas, Many thanks indeed. I suspect his Abyssinan/Ethiopian award was from Emperor Menelik II for medical services to the Ethiopian community. I have now for some dates for Dr. Lorch : 1851-1928 - he appears to have been first employed by the German Hospital in 1886. Again thank you, Owain
  7. Gentlemen, Further to research into Ethiopian Orders I have come across Dr. Lorch. I attach below his entry in the Deutscher Ordens Almanac of 1908/9. Born 8 February 1851 at Winterlingen - formerly in Wurttemberg today in Baden-Wurttemberg. Ab SS 3 = Abyssinia Seal Solomon 3rd Class Gothic print and Imperial German award abbreviations are not my strong point. Can I ask one of you to 'translate' for me into legible German/English his full entry? With thanks in advance, Owain P.S. I have tried to find other det
  8. Gentlemen, I have recently obtained this group of nice miniatures. Can anyone identify the last/sixth award? The combination of life raft suspension and red cross device may indicate some manner of life saving award. The other awards are as follows: Societes de Secours Mutuels / Ministere du Travail et de la Prevoyance Sociale Republique Francaise Academie Devoument National Societe National Devoument et Progres Societe Republicaine d'Encouragement au Devoument Republique Francaise / Medaille du Bien Public Unknown
  9. Demir, Many thanks indeed - much appreciated. I tried Google translate but with no success! Owain
  10. Good evening, I have been given an unknown to me Ottoman title or rank yaveran i hazreti sehriyari Can this be translated? I think the second word is something like 'highness' Thanks, Owain
  11. Ilja, Thanks for the link. The English title is 'award' but the Arabic could also be easily translated as 'prize'. The award in four classes is linked not only to service but time served in qualifying, and the four grades are as follows- Collar 25 years plus, Sash 20 years plus, Badge (the Arabic reads 'order') 15 years plus; and the medal 10 years plus. Regards, Owain
  12. Ilja, An interesting combination of community award with a structure of an order. A lot of the Arabic is not clear but the upper inscription on the badge is, "In the name of Allah, etc.". The suspension disc on the collar reads, "The Collar", and on the sash, "The Sash". Some nice symbolism - red and white - the colour of the Dubai flag; seven points to the badge - seven emirates in the UAE; and the use of pearls to reflect the traditional industry of the emirate. Owain
  13. The lapel badge is also 'Cairo University', Owain
  14. Hi, It is a medal from 1956 for/from Cairo University - possibly something to do with 'life education' - it may be some manner of society badge. Regards, Owain
  15. Ilja, The certificate notes, "National Order of Labour" of the First Class awarded to Ambassador Salah Ali Hassan Al Malki. Owain
  16. Ilja, Not a medal but a prize. The inscription is not clear but I can make out that is is a prize for humanitarian work in the name of Mohammed Al Qassimi (Sharjah?). The top of the medal, I think, is, 'In the name of Allah, etc." Owain
  17. Thanks Nick. Even if I get 50% it will cover a few beers - thank for the link. Owain
  18. I am assuming these are of no great scarcity or value. Owain
  19. Many thanks - again GMIC members add information! Owain
  20. Gentlemen, I recently acquired as part of a lot of assorted UK club medals the pair of wings illustrated below. They are very well made and in excellent condition and are made by the firm of Johnson of Milan. The cardboard case may be original. One has a crown and one does not. Online research indicates that the crown was removed from the badge after the fall of the central government of Mussolini. This is not my area of expertise but as they are so well made I am happy to share. No doubt someone in GMIC can enlighten us. Kind regards, Owain
  21. Gentlemen, Finally for today another example of a RAOB Iraq jewel - this time of a standard early generic format - see India and Sudan jewels previously illustrated - of gilt metal of excellent quality: Obverse - Royal Antedeluvian Order of Buffaloes / S.T.B. / Iraq (I am unaware as to what STB stands for) Reverse - Bro. F. Crayton / Member Of The / R.A.O.B., G.L.E. / In Iraq (The name has been engraved) & Maker's name - L. Simpson & Co. / 56 York Road / King's Cross N1 In addition the box which the medal came in which is detailed - Telephone : North 0864 / L. Simps
  22. Gentlemen, This time a more detailed image of an already seen Omani based RAOB Lodge: Top bar - RAOB Obverse - Andrew 9898 Grainger Reverse - Plain other than the makers mark - Parry B'Ham As of writing I have no detail as to who Andrew Grainger is or was. Regards, Owain
  23. Gentlemen, Purchased may years ago in London: Top Bar - Pyramid Lodge No 692 Bottom Bar - Saudi Arabia Obverse - Founder Member 1982 Reverse - Plain I am not sure which jurisdiction this particular lodge came under - not the United Grand Lodge of England - possible an American one. I believe that there were lodges on US bases which were established by personnel who had been based in overseas in Germany or elsewhere. A quick search on line comes up with 'American Lodge of Past Masters 962 / American Canadian Grand Lodge / Under the Jurisdiction of / Uni
  24. Good afternoon, Two further generic RAOB jewels to, in this instance, Oman based RAOB lodges: Jewel A Top bar - Dhofar Lodge 9721 Obverse - Services Rendered Reverse (obscured by glue) - Presented to / Bro / Ducky Davies / KOM / For Services / Rendered / 1979 Maker - Parry B'ham Jewel B Top bar - Sultanate of Oman No. 1 Lower bar - Knights Chapter No. 307 Obverse - Royal Antedeluvian Order of Buffaloes / Nemo Mortalium Omnibus Horis Sabit Reverse - Mark of FC Parry of Birmingham - silver gilt & date mark 'H' - 1982
  25. Hi, It appears to be some manner of Iraqi Army Sport (olympic) medallion. The obverse 'RCC' stands for Revolutionary Command Council - with a bust of Saddam Hussein and the reverse Arabic is 'Al Jaish Al Iraq' - Iraqi Army. Regards, Owain
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