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<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Georgia, serif;”>Jeff, as usual, is right—I really do not remember when bars first appeared as enclosures in registration packets – maybe in the late ‘70’s? I am fairly sure that 1960’s date bars were retroactively struck, likely in the 1970’s. Someone, maybe Tim Bartholow?, exhibited a series of various issue OMSA membership and honor medals, associated badges & convention year bars at a convention recently. Tim probably knows everything on the subject.</span></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Georgia, serif;”>Years ago, before date bars for membership medals and possibly earlier the medals themselves appeared, OMSA convention goers sometimes received various types of dated & OMSA branded commemorative hand-outs in their registration table information packets. These included pinback ribbons and later non-wearable aluminum coin type mementos. I have a couple somewhere & will post images when I find them. </span></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-family: Georgia, serif;”>Outside the scope of your query, OMSA branded convention related registration handouts included caps, collared short-sleeve shirts & name tag lanyards at least. </span></p>
Agree with Megan, looks like an 1890-1910 iteration of one of the ‘St Christopher Orders [of Acre,Antioch or Jerusalem]
Tunisia Beydom Nichan Iftikhir
Look at ebay italia item 121919000027. Do you have information about criteria or history of this award?
Thank you for this tidbit, Jeff. Yet another poorly drafted law! Strict interpretation of:
authorized under applicable state or federal regulations or
3 a. Any decoration or medal authorized by Congress
4 for the Armed Forces of the United States. — Federal authorized medals for civilians and foreign awards, at least, not included. Does not include State or Territory or D.C. awards to anybody.
5 b. A service medal or badge awarded to a member of
6 the Armed Forces of the United States. — Awards to civilians not included but U.S. Federal authorized AND foreign AND State, etc. awards given to members of the Armed Forces included
7 c. A ribbon, button, or rosette of any badge,
8 decoration or medal, or any colorable imitation thereof. — Seems to include all ribbons, buttons, or rosettes!
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Yes, many insignia varients exist. Spanish identifiable usually by "H" in center but not always: other indications include red rays between cross arms and lack of fleur-de-lis between cross arms. Often badges appear on braided black/white cords instead of ribbons, anoher indicator of "Spanish’ insignia. [some examples: https://www.google.com/search?q=THE+HOS … 2#imgdii=_ and http://www.medal-medaille.com/order-kni … 10328.html].
As you see by the group’s history sometimes ‘confusion’ over insignia could result in "Spanish" members being recognized as "Malta" members to an individual’s potential social benefit. At times, the ‘Spanish" Order was somehow not ‘quite legitimate’ in others’ opinions.