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  • in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #36125

    megan
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    Today I’ve added the Army Emergency Reserve Decoration and Efficiency Medal, used to mark the services of officers and other ranks in the short-lived Army Emergency Reserve. Also, another short-lived award, the Imperial Yeomanry Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Oddly, despite these awards being short-lived and having relatively few recipients, I managed to find all the images I wanted!

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #36122

    megan
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    Phew! At last all the listings for every variation of the Efficiency Medal are up. Sorry about the lack of images, it’s proving quite hard to find all the variations in the wild.

    Next, the Army Emergency Reserve…

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #36104

    megan
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    Guess what? Even MORE Efficiency Medals – this time the 25 variations awarded under George VI after 1947, when India had become independent and so ‘Emperor of India’ was dropped from George’s official titles. There are quite a few gaps, alas… but I have, in my hunting, found some more Efficiency Decoration variants to add.

    Next time, the Efficiency Medal during the reign of Elizabeth II.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #36082

    megan
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    More Efficiency Medals – all 31 variations of the first type George VI, while he held the title of Emperor of India before 1947.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #36046

    megan
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    Added the George V Efficiency Medals – 19 variations!

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #36027

    megan
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    Today I have been sifting through literal mountains of Efficiency Medals (there are over 30 variants for the first issue King George VI one alone!) and will begin posting them next time.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35931

    megan
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    This afternoon I added the Territorial Efficiency Medal, a short-lived award (1921-1930) used when the name of the Territorial Force was changed to Territorial Army (so they needed to change the wording on the reverse).

    Next is the Efficiency Decoration, instituted in 1930. This has quite a few variations, especially as it now has an inscription on the top brooch which changed from TERRITORIAL to T&AVR (Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve) in 1969 and back to TERRITORIAL in 1982. This resulted in a ribbon change in 1969 as well, although it was kept on after 1982, and of course Honourable Artillery Company officers had their special ribbon (and at last I’ve found some specimens to show you!). Now this decoration was also awarded to officers in the Indian Volunteer Forces and the Colonial Auxiliary Forces – which led to a vast array of different top brooches, although I’ve only found a single CANADA one so far. The search continues…

    Next time, the Efficiency Medal awarded to other ranks 1930-2000, which also has a lot of variants to hunt down 🙂

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35920

    megan
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    More reservist awards today (and plenty more to come!), with the Territorial Decoration for officers and the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal for other ranks. These were relatively short-lived, 1908-1930, reflecting changes in the names of reserve organisations.

    In 1908, the Volunteers were renamed the Territorial Force, which also included the Yeomanry (mainly rural volunteer cavalry units). There was also a separate Militia, which became the Special Reserve. In 1930, the Territorial Force became the Territorial Army (and new awards were produced to reward service therin)… but more of those next time!

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35913

    megan
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    Today I added the Volunteer Long Service Medal, awarded for service in the ranks of the volunteers. Some authorities claim that there are TWO medals: this one and the Volunteer Long Service Medal for India and the Colonies… but there wasn’t a separate Royal Warrant to institute the second, merely an Army Order. Interestingly, the reverse remained constant, it was the way in which the relevant monarch’s titles were inscribed around their portrait on the obverse that differed! The Medals Year Book, which I’m using as the primary guide for this survey of British Medals, has it as a single award with variants, so that’s how it has been presented here.

    in reply to: Seeking medals #35875

    megan
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    He frequents another forum I am on, so I’ve sent him a message asking if he would drop by here and make contact with you.

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35857

    megan
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    I’m back! Sorry, last weekend got a bit busy…

    Today I’ve added the short-lived Ulster Defence Regiment Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct. This was awarded to full-time members of the regiment, part-timers received a different medal which I shall present later on. Also, we have the Volunteer Officer’s Decoration, the first in a whole series of awards for reservist officers who, unlike their regular service brothers, received long service awards. This one was awarded between 1892 and 1908 (when the Volunteer Reserve was renamed the Territorial Force), and conferred the post-nominal letters VD.

    in reply to: Personal Chinese Medal of 1945 #35853

    megan
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    Not to worry, Kirill – is that better now?

    in reply to: What's New in the Images Database #35804

    megan
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    I have been skiving today, but with good reason. Avşar Ibar was kind enough to send me a copy of his book Ottoman Empire’s Order of the Medjidie and Order of the Osmanie, and I curled up in the sun to write a review of it.

    Normal service will be resumed next week.


    megan
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    This is a spectacular book, beautiful and detailed, covering two famous orders of the Ottoman Empire: the Order of the Medjidie and the Order of the Osmanie. You’ve probably all seen images of them on sales sites around the world, but if you thought you knew about them you are in for a surprise! (Well, I was, anyway…)

    The foreword explains how this is a true labour of love, over thirty years in the making. As a little boy, Avşar treasured a few medals given him by his collector father, when all his friends hoarded model cars. This early exposure to the sheer delight an enthusiasm for medals can bring led him to eventually open his own shop dealing in both jewellry and medals… it makes a charming tale and reminds of the need to get the younger generation inspired by the things that we love!

    The first section deals with the Order of the Medjidie in exquisite detail, beginning with a detailed biography of the 31st Ottoman Sultan, Abdulmecid I, who instituted the order in 1851. Interestingly he was the first Ottoman rule to accept orders from anyone else. The discussion then covers the five grades of the order, along with the jewelled and ‘with swords’ insignia, everything clearly and beautifully illustrated slong with ancillary information like notes on the different cuts used on the precious stones in insignia set with brilliants. Makers’ marks, boxes, and different variations of the insigia are covered in dizzying detail.

    The second section gives the same treatment to the Order of the Osmanie, beginning with the history of Abdulaziz who succeeded to the throne in 1861. The following year he instituted the Order of the Osmanie, which has four classes, as an order senior to the Order of the Medjidie. Again jewelled versions and those with swords were awarded as well as the standard insignia; and again these are documented in painstaking detail.

    Finally, there is a section on fake specimens of these orders. It is careful to distinguish between those examples made by foreign (usually European) manufacturers for recipients and copies made with the intent to delude purchasers into thinking they have the real thing. There is a lot of useful general information about the sorts of tricks fakers use to make low-cost equivalents of the beauty of the genuine article, and plenty of pictures of fakes to examine, some of which have notes as to why they are fakes.

    Throughout, the text is Turkish and English, presented side-by-side in two columns. Alas my Turkish has not got beyond a few tourist phrases, so I had to read the Enlish which is very clear, even if a few quirks reveal that it wasn’t written by a native speaker.

    This is set fair to be THE book on these two orders, it’s difficult to think what one could add to the understanding of the insignia presented here. Award documents, I suppose. Exquisite images, copious details on each and every variation, this will become a definitive work.

    in reply to: Welcome to the French Forum !! #35780

    megan
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    Welcome back, Christophe – you always provide wonderful information!

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