Monthly archive for September 2016

The 1815 Reorganization of the Order of the Bath – Part 1

In my previous blog entitled Knight Companions of the Bath (K.B.), I described how the establishment of this order in 1725 helped create a whole new class of “political favors” available to the Crown, thus an expedient solution in staving off of an increased demand for limited

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Attachments, an interesting story of embellishment, part IV

Introduction: In this blog which is the fourth part of the series on attachments I will review the multiple award bar attachments. You may wish to view the first three blogs in this series before proceeding so that you can have the multiple award attachments in their

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Double Relief

During the Victorian era, there were many sieges, some small, some large, some lasting several days and others many months. Not all sieges resulted in medals or clasps to medals and the details of the defence or relief or a particular town or fort might best be

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RN Wide suspender Long Service Good Conduct medal 1847-1875 – EXTANT list

The Naval Long Service Medals by Kenneth Douglas-Morris originally published in 1991 contained a partial list of all recipients of the Wide suspender Long Service and Good Conduct medal.  This list was based on reviewing thousands of individual RN service records in the ADM29, ADM139, and ADM188

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Military Merit Cross, Third Class

In this blog I am going to discuss the Military Merit Cross, third class in some detail. Readers may wish to review the previous blogs I have published on the Military Merit Cross prior to reading this one. The previous blog titles are: Five Military Merit Crosses

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Connecticut Medal of Valor

Connecticut Medal of Valor Established in 1955, the Connecticut Medal of Valor is the state’s highest award for military heroism in the performance of duty in state emergency operations. The criteria specify that the act be “conspicuous gallantry, at the risk of life, above and beyond the

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Researching the Wide suspender Long Service Good Conduct medal 1847-1875

Collecting Victorian Royal Naval medals has been a serious passion of mine for over 30+ years.  It is therefore my desire and goal to pass along the wealth of knowledge that I have acquired and to show new collectors the ins and outs of researching such medals. 

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French Manufacturer’s items related to the Bavarian Military Max Joseph Order

This group of unusual items was found in the archives of the now defunct French order and medal manufacturer M. Delande of Paris.  Although I am not certain of the exact years that Delande was in business, they were certainly in business during the first few decades

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