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I got this at a show last week...an impulse purchase. I think it's police by the middle ribbon, but would be very grateful if anyone can tell me exactly what it is I have here.

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Interesting not sure if it police. If it is the centre medal ribbon is the 1887 or 1897 Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Medal for Police ( Metropolitan & City Police). That would leave the end medal as something like the Conspicious Gallantry Cross which is not really on the cards for someone who was a police officer in 1887 or 1897.

The left white ribbon may be masonic ? That could make them all masonic ?

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yeah-impulse buys are interesting.

Flip it and you might have a CSC, Jubilee and Arctic medal-bizarre. Undoubtedly old and worn though-and on a very old style British mounting.

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As Ed says no sense whatsoever. Highly unlikey that someone who was a policeman in 1887 or 1897 would be then awarded a CSC after 1901. Even if he was ex Royal Navy and got recalled in 1914 (he would not be young man by this time) I have no records of any DSC winners who were policemen. Lots of DSMs and a few MCs etc but no DSCs. I do not think any Police from the Navy got recalled for the Boer War (lots of army) and again he would have had to have been a warrant or junior officer so again unlikely career move to police.

I do like these interesting queries !

I also thought about the St Johns idea (with the black having faded) but I am not sure that the British St Johns ever had a single white stripe. Also would the Jubilee medal not have taken precedence ?

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Well, there were only 8 DSCs before 1914 and as it's an award for 'in the face of the enemy" I doubt it's a polar 1904 medal bar. Still, it's a mystery and makes no sense as a fake either-too odd and obscure and undoubtedly worn.

My moneys on Red Cross/copper with some sort of DSC-like ribbon for Red Cross/county council service and dating from the 1920s. It has that "feel" to it.

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