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    World Orders and Decorations. <br />Australian Forces History. <br />Royal Navy 1770-1820. <br />The Orders of HM Queen Elizabeth II. <br />The Defence Force Service of Chaplains. <br />

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  1. Broletariat, this is an old topic. Before your message, the most recent message was 4 years ago. Please don't be put off because no-one replied so far. It may take months for someone to find your message and reply. I keep my original medals in their presentation boxes and have noticed no damage over the last 20 years of collecting except that some of the Australian official presentation cases themselves have deteriorated. I want to display some and have made or bought jewellery display cases and they work well. I have many other medals that do not have presentation cases and I store them in food quality plastic boxes in individual purpose made medal sleeves/envelopes that are readily available at medal shops and on line. I hope this helps until those more knowledgeable and experienced find your message. Greg.
  2. Insignias are "supposed" to be returned on the death of the recipient but if they were, there would be some major gaps in our collections!! Greg.
  3. At one stage, I was told that info about recipients of any level of the Royal Victorian Order was never released from St James Palace. They don't reply to inquiries. And if I remember correctly (something that is happening less and less these days), appointments to the Royal Victorian Order are not published in the Gazette. So no good news I am afraid. I have 3 RVO medals and orders and I would like to research mine too. Greg.
  4. Thank you for clearing this up for me.. Mine is 73mm too so that means it is fine. Greg.
  5. I recently fulfilled a long term desire and bought an original KCVO (Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) from a reputable dealer in the UK. When it arrived here in Australia, I was surprised at the size of the Star. It was smaller than I had expected. Does anyone else happen to have one or have access to the correct dimensions? One thought has crossed my mind - that I have received a ladies version (DCVO) which could explain the smaller size Star. Pictures I have seen of the Royals show Camilla (GCVO) wearing a narrower riband than the men. Can anyone assist me? Greg.
  6. Value depends. I have seen a few on eBay and they have sold for $80 up to $350. I have seen them listed for $800 and they don't sell. I have no idea what is a reasonable price. Any help guys?? Greg.
  7. no. 36 is the one I meant. The WWII medals and stars sell for about $40 Australian. Greg.
  8. I'd like to buy the Victorian Order medal - last group picture ...b334.png bottom row, third from the end. How much do you want for it? And maybe a couple of others depending on price. Greg.
  9. A quick image search on google brought this up - with a colourised photo showing the good doctor wearing many medals. http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/battle_of_gate_pa_1864/topics/show/934 http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/APICollection/media/173167/640 For some reason, this system won't allow me to upload the photo and when I use the direct url of the picture, I get a message saying that I am not allowed to post a picture with "that extention" whatever that means. Maybe someone else can do it. Greg. (Downunder)
  10. The last medal looks too glossy to be not a replica. I agree with the other guys. I know a few Aussies who served a tour or two, left the ADF and went back to Iraq as private security. I'm not sure they would qualify for medals from the ADF for doing private security work but maybe they could get such recognition if they were doing personal protection for high ranking persons such as Iraqi Government officials but you'd think that recognition would come from the Iraqi Government not from the UK - here they wouldn't be allowed to wear such medals with their official ones. Does the UK Embassy in Iraq or Afghanistan etc employ private security? Greg.
  11. Hi Jock I would love to take you up on your generous offer. Are you willing to mail to to Australia? Thanks, Greg.
  12. Perhaps they were worn by his son or other family member who wore them on the right breast and therefore in reverse order - the most important closest to the heart as is one school of thought for people who have State medals and honours which may not be worn with National Honours on the left breast. Just an idea. Greg.
  13. Thanks, Paul. But I only have a photo, a first name and some of his medals. The (practically unreadable) name on the medal box appears to be wrong. The Chaplaincy office at the RAF have supplied me with a list of all RAF Chaplains during the war with a first or second name of Charles but that is as far as I can get. None of them match the other info I have. Some mysteries will just have to stay mysteries, I suppose. Greg.
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