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  1. Great info, Chris. Thank you. Great links. I have visited Indian Caps when it stopped, early eighties of past century and bought some pieces, mostly medal strikes. Saw there were a lot of dies too but didn't know what to do with it.... that time🙂. Kind regards, Jef
  2. Made a small example about Fonson buttons made from start manufacturing till begin World War I. I used the knowledge I have so far. It is still under construction cause it's not finished. Have no idea if it ever will be finished ( ?), because it's not easy to find correct information. I was lucky to have advice and experience from different specialists collectors. Jef
  3. That's correct, I took some info from that study. Very nice study I must say.
  4. Hello Chris, I know you know a lot about buttons.... but I think Francois August Fonson made buttons around 1890 till start WWI When his son Jules came into the bussines (somewhere begin 1900, don't have a specifically year), the name was changed into Fonson & co . August was born in 1845, he died in 1920. The Fonson bussiness started in 1848 by two brothers Jean-Barthélemy (1808-1882) and Jean-Francois Fonson ( no known dates), they used the mark Fonson Fréres. It is not all clear for me,because there is not much information about those buttonmakers. I'm still looking for information. During the lockdown I organised my buttons.... had a lot of time. In this way I put the buttons of the Belgian line infantry in a small frame. There were buttons of Fonson Fréres, A. Fonson and Fonson & Co. So these buttons were only made till start of WWI, later in 1915 Belgians got khaki uniforms with buttons model Belgian Lion. Pic attached: I believe number 4 is French, still miss nr 5.
  5. Hello Chris, Nice uniform you have there. Could you tell me who made the buttons please? kind regards, Jef
  6. OK, Thank you Great Dane for the experiment. Jef
  7. Great, splendid Idea . Here is the pic. And addition of the OranjeNassau medal. Jef
  8. That's right Great Dane, nowadays you can manipulate photographs applying filters or with photoshop. If you should use the same filter on the whole photograph, the artilleyman would wear a strange uniform, I guess.😄 One hundred years ago photographs only could colourized. Well done. Kind regards, Jef
  9. Hello again, The explanation of Herman and Great Dane make sense, but at the same it time made me very curious. Because in the past I worked with WWI negatives ( mostly Kodak folding camera, Eastman company). I never worked with glass negatives, Maybe that's a difference? In this way I took two old medals from my collection and put it on the photograph. I see the black remains dark. The yellow is a bit dark too. Red is a bit darker. So, the shade of these colours are more or less corresponding the colours of the B&W pic. Now I'm wondering how the white/pale colour of the last medal could be dark blue? The more I look for an answer, the more I get question marks. with kind regards, Jef
  10. OK Great Dane, thank you for your appreciated answer. kind regards from Flanders. Jef
  11. Thank you Great Dane for your answer. It make sense, but the photograph with Palms in the Order of the Crown, I used to compare is not a modern pic. It's a pre-World War I photograph. So you think it is possible the photographer used another emulsion while developing the photograph? Kind regards, Jef
  12. Hello Herman, Thank you for your answer. I understand what you mean. I must say, the pic of the Oranje Nassau medal already is a black & white pic. This has nothing to do with negatives. The real colours are shown in detail below. Right real colours, middle B&W of thesame pic, left the medals of the artilleryman. A dark colour in this case, dark blue, shows in B&W pic, black (In the negative black would be transparant.In the past I developed photographs myself, so that's what I experienced). Second example a Belgian civilian with palms Order of the Crown. In color and in B&W; the white stripe remains white, dark parts remain dark. I hope you undertsand this. kind regards, Jef
  13. Dear Friends, I was wondering if someone recognise the third medal of this artilleryman, there are some look-a-likes, but the ribbon doesn't match. First medal of this gentleman is "medaille militaire first class" (long service), second: " medal Leopold II "( Commemo medal Reign LII), but the third seems very difficult. At first I thought it was the commemoration medal VIIth Olympics which was instituted in 1921. Impossible as the pic was taken pre-WWI. Someone stated it was the Dutch medal Oranje Nassau. The medal itself seems to match, but unfortunately not the ribbon! Does this medal exist with another ribbon? Or is it another medal? In this way I was wondering if anyone is able to ID the third medal. With kind regards and thanks from Flanders, Jef
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