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  1. Thanks for the info Simi. I have had a look on line at the fraternity and they have a most interesting pedigree. The hat has been in my collection for many years awaiting an ID and you do it half an hour, there really is a vast amount of knowledge with forum members. I think this cap may now be destined for EBay as it does not fit my interests Thanks again. Gordon
  2. Hi Mike, I have attached a pic of the reverse of 2 WW1 RFC/RAF wings that I known are genuine and period. Both came directly from the families The backing cloth is a good help as it must almost impossible for the fakers to get One is fine gauge linen the other fine gauge twill (diagonal weave)
  3. I have had this cap/hat for years and now need some help in having it identified. The quality is exceptional. leather lining is now dry and loosing the polished finish The embroidery appears to hand done and is sewn directly onto hat Is this cap Military Mess dress, a Civilian smoking pillbox, or even a Bellhop';s cap (quality is a bit good for the last option) Any help appreciated. Gordon
  4. A good start would be the reference book British,s Battles and Medals. Here you will get numbers issued to Royal Navy ships, Imperial Yeomanry Town, guards etc. I have collected Boer war medals since I was a kid decades ago and have always used the latest copy of the book I have never seen a full list of clasp issued, the number of medals is well above a half million. I would also direct you to the brilliant web site AngloBoerWar.com Gordon
  5. Thanks for the translation. I have posted a picture of the envelope that the certificate came in Gordon
  6. Here is one I have. Can any one give me a translation, I can't even read the text in this script. Would Hitler sign this type of issue document in 1935? Next pic is the envelope Gordon Here is the envelope Gordon Sorry no pic, I seem to have reached my upload limit G
  7. I do like to see a success story like this. Well done. Just as a side in my box of unidentified stuff I have a IP badge which is now identified, thanks for the help Gordon
  8. I have (attempted) to load the pics again. Gordon
  9. Can anyone help identify this piece, that turn up in my shop in Glasgow as part of and old model railway collection! It weighs 10.75kgs approx 24 lbs. I cannot find any markings either stamped or stenciled anywhere on the bomb. The tail fin has been flattened. The fins and cone above are are of sheet metal. There is limited movement between the heavy metal head and sheet metal cone below. A nose piece has been unscrewed and is now missing. Any pointers on ID would be appreciated. in anticipation GORDON
  10. As there is no badge for the airship division of the RNAS I wonder if this badge could be a private commission to be worn by veterans of the service in mufti and at parades to show there particular backgrounds? We have a history here in Scotland of wearing clan badges or simple thistle badges on glengarries or balmoral bonnets rather than regimental badges to show different backgrounds
  11. I have been offered a cuff title with the one word in italic lettering "LEIBSTANDARTE" Band is not bevo but is a black material with a vertical rib Lettering was silver in colour now tarnishinig to a bronze/brown colour which is much more pronounced on the lettering. The edge stripes are less tarnished. The backing to the letters is a light brown cloth. The source is good but not guaranteed to be pre45. I have trolled google and the few books I have but cannot find a cuff title with just the word LEIBSTANDARTE. Has anyone seen or know of such a title? Gordon
  12. Hi Jeff, I have in my collection the same medal and a post card. It appears that the regiment (or some other body?) sold these medals and the postcards to raise funds for the troops who were interned in Germany. There must be more to the story as the Badges, as they described, were sold on 17th July 1915 (ONLY ONE DAY?) First pic is whole postcard second pic is close up of top corner third pic is is detail from the reverse Gordon
  13. and some pictureshttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-53457700-1410108258.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-35266900-1410108277.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-76726200-1410108295.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-28248400-1410108311.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-94858600-1410108332.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-38852700-1410108350.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-71000600-1410108369.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-33985500-1410108390.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-00709900-1410108410.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-82919700-1410108432.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-29759800-1410108450.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_09_2014/post-7273-0-94814500-1410108603.jpg
  14. I have at long last worked up the courage to remove the handle from this sword. As well as the fixing peg the handle was held in place by a brittle resin type of material which I removed with petrol. Below I found what i assume to be Japanese writing on both sides and on the back edge. Can anyone help with translations. GORDON
  15. Hi Lars, I once had in my collection a french WW2 group in which the recipient had been mentioned in a dispatch and was sent the MID oak leaf after the war ended. The interesting bit which relates to your group is that covering letter referred to the inclusion of the War Medal (WW2) and details of how to attached the MID. I assume the usual conditions for the award of this medal were waived as they are with the award of a gallantry medal or a KIA, So I think your man or woman could have given some kind of important mentionable serve to the British War Effort, possibly without ever being in the UK. A most interesting group Gordon
  16. Such a logical thing to do now that you mention it thanks Gordon
  17. Ralph. Thank you for that. It really is a good story Would you believe I was a civil engineer with the Glasgow City for 10 years working on sewers amongst other things, The medal will now get a prime position in my collection of anything Glasgow (medals and badges) How did you find the entry, so I can work out what I wasn't doing. Gordon B
  18. I have a BEM EIIR reverse impressed to Thomas Murray along with Buckingham Palace award document THOMAS MURRAY Esq. The ribbon is civilian. Along with the medal there is a card that reads "B.E.M. .....etc..... etc........Presented By Lord Provost T A KERR December 1rst 1953. I cannot find him in the London Gazette (old or new search) or the Edinburgh Gazette T A KERR was was the Lord Provost (Mayor) of Glasgow in 1953 I have found a THOMAS MURRAY A/WO2 RASC who was awarded a BEM in 1943, but am sure this cannot be him 10 years on would have been very late presentation? Any suggestions as to where his citation might be? Gordon
  19. Thanks for your help, I will optimistically opt for the late 19th century. The set came from a country town amature dramatic group's store. All the army and air force uniforms (WW1 and later) were all as right as rain or any alteration were very amature and obvious but would have looked good on stage. I think I'll list it on Ebay soon (ID-thesteelbonnet) Gordon
  20. I've attached some more Pics. The main seams are all machined but all the button holes, eyelets etc are hand stitch with a heavy grade linen thread. I asked a dress maker her opinion which is that there is no evidence of any improvements or extra work having been done after initial manufacture. There is evidence that they have been cleaned and boiled many times. I am now happy that they have not been altered since leaving which ever Navy. There has been a square lable below the collar see pic with name, alas long gone. Does this extra info help with identification. A correction, on inspection the name, J. GROAT, is written or stenciled with some sort on Indelible pencil or ink, in black Gordon
  21. Thanks for quick reply Peter, There is a name hand sewn behind collar. I'll get some more pics posted over the weekend. This is getting most interesting. Of to Google now. Gordon
  22. Hi, I need some help in identifying this uniform I just got from a costume department. I is very well made from heavy natural coloured linen There are no official marks to be found anywhere but they may have been boiled off in many washes. There are also a few blue/white collars came with the uniform. Any help with what period and what Navy(?) this might be from would be much appreciated Gordon
  23. Thanks for your observations, I think I'll maybe get one listed on Ebay soon although I do not expectto get much Gordon
  24. Just bought 3 of these helmets which look unissued. Can anyone tell me anything about them. They are made of fibre/ pressed cardboard shaped and rivetted. The top piece is a metal plate folded and rivetted on, and finally painted green, the liner is simply stapled together. I cannot find any markings at all, the maker obviously didn't want his name on the helmet. The whole helmet is of the cheapest manufacturing quality, even the chin strap buckle is of plastic. Gordon
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