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  1. Bonjour, Well it even seems that the 3 photos are showing the same "Model", with different types of false moustaches/beards... Definitely dodgy sales - someone will get badly burnt.. (well, IF there is actually a real bidder in these auctions !) Jerome
  2. Bonjour, I am a bit puzzled with the early 1900s Japanese blue uniform for Line Cavalry. Most period colored illustrations (Ukiyo-e) shows pattern as per following Uniform Plates : Blue Attila, Red Breeches, green collar and green band on breeches, yellow attila braiding and yellow cap band. The above is from Sino-Japanese War ("Our Cavalry Scouts Reconnoitering the Enemy Camp at Fengtienfu", my collection), but period books on the Russo-Japanese War generally say that cap band is red for Imperial Guard, and yellow for rest of the army (except special odd cases, medical a
  3. Great pics, sweet ! The Lieutenant-Colonel is Eugène-Isidore Pinet. He went to Mexico as a Sergent in the 95e de Ligne, sailing on 23 August 1862. He was promoted a Sous-Lieutenant in the Régiment Etranger on 5 April 1865. He left Mexico in 1867, sailing back to Algeria, where he landed on 17 April. (Much !) later, he joined 55e de Ligne as a Lieutenant-Colonel, on 11 October 1894. Cheers ! Jerome
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    Bonsoir Dave, The stamp you are showing seems to be saying "COSTUMIER" or "COSTUMIERE". The design of the Domans certainly looks like pre-1830 (probably Napoleonic) ; but from the photos, the pieces don't look to be period - I'd venture costumes for theatre (or cinema). Such repro uniforms have been around since at least mid-XIXth century. Rgds, Jerome
  5. My pleasure Jim. As it stands, the Crimea medal is correct with its "Sebastopol" clasp. Bien cordialement, Jérôme
  6. bonjour, Looks like the Légion d'honneur was hard-earnt too ; the 1862 decree states : "Meneboode (Benoît-Charles-Henri) , lieutenant au quatre-vingt-onzième régiment d'infanterie de ligne; vingt ans de service effectif, 8 campagnes, 3 blessures." (20 years service, 8 campaigns, 3 wounds) 91e de Ligne was the old 16e Léger ; and it seems to have been a family affair, as the 1852 Annuaire Militaire shows a MENEBOODE as "Capitaine d'Habillement" au 16e Léger - his uncle as it seems from a genealogical website... Benoît-Charles-Henry MENEBOODE was a Sergent-Major in the 5e Compagnie of the 1er Ba
  7. Hi gents, sorry I cannot get anything more detailed for the Cross ; but a badge looks possible indeed. Thomas, Thanks for this photo - very nice ! And... introducing another old Vet'.. Photo re-cut to fit in a 1860s album ; no photographer's détails whatsoever. I love the colouring ! Salutations, Jérôme
  8. Bonjour Colin, Find below the profile view. Cheers ! Jerome
  9. Bonjour, Superb sculpting, congratulations ! Fournier-Sarlovèze was a fascinating character ; there was a very interesting article about him (in French) in "Vivat Hussar" No.16, pp.53-82, Tarbes, 1981.(apparently a reprint of the same article previously published in "Le Ruban Rouge" No.28) Article including a reproduction of a copper etched profile portrait. You already saw that one ? Salutations, Jérôme
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    Bonjour, Here are text and translation : "J'espère que nous aurons bientôt de vos nouvelles ; quand rentres-tu en classe. Je vous embrasse tous bien affectueusement. Ta Tante." "I hope we will soon get news from you ; when will you start school ? I kiss you all very dearly. Your Aunt." Cheers ! Jerome
  11. Thanks gents for the comments, the explanations on the medals, and checking the name ! MMh, so there seems to be some mystery here ? Well sometimes names found on CDVs are dedications rather than signatures ; doesn't really look to be the case here, but that could be a lead... Cheers ! Jerome
  12. Greetings, Meet Herr Heinrich PRETZEL, who seems to have had some interesting years : Photo was taken in Gross-Tychow (now "Tychowo"), not so far from Danzig/Gdansk. Any chance to identify his other awards / decypher the comments / find out more about his service ? Cheers ! Jerome
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