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This is sad! We have a great site here and almost no one knows about it. Maybe after the summer doldrums, the China virus and the riots fade away things will come back to life.
That leaves one more medal:
Looks like the original owner was very frugal and had a wife that was skilled with needle and thread.
Just a guess based on coins and banknotes. This could be an old Iranian order converted to the new Islamic Republic standards.
Thanks Kevin! Hope we are not the only two here, Fred
Sugden Medal Update… . By the 1885 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book two more Company F’s are listed which would date the creation and issue of this medal to some time between 1881 and 1885 or so I thought until an article in the December 29, 1896 issue of the Racine Journal Times was brought to my attention. This article states that the “Sugden Medal” was a drill prize medal created just for the men of Racine’s Company F. The drill competition was held on the evening of Dec. 28th in the Armory Hall and was won by a Warren Scott. The medal was held by Sergt. E. Lambert for the preceding year when Sergt. Scott won it. Sgt. Warren W. Scott was with Company F when they were sent to Florida during the Spanish-American war and died there of Typhoid Fever on July 13, 1898. Scott is listed as a sergeant on the company roster but based on his picture it would appear that he was a 2nd Lt. by the time of his death. Company F remained in Florida for the duration of the war and lost three men to disease.
Back in 1964 I found 4 Prussian campaign medals on the bid board in my favorite Milwaukee coin shop which sparked my interest in German states medals. Then within a year or so at the annual Milwaukee Numismatic Society coin show I found 2 Wisconsin National Guard medals, Spanish-American War and Mexican Border Service medals, which hooked me for life.
Thanks Karen! I never did find out anything about the unit markings on his medal. Based on the Records Jeff Floyd provided I know that the name is miss-spelled on the medal and that he entered service from Hanover, Ont. Regards, FredAugust 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm in reply to: Illinois National Guard 1st Infantry (131st Inf. ) Gold Long Service Medal #34330
Here is the obverse and photo;
I am not the oldest member but I have been collecting for a while. I bought my first medals off a bid board in a local coin shop in 1963 or 1964. At coin shows medals would show up occasionally. Gun shows were also a good place to look. Best of all were classified ads in the local newspapers offering to buy medals etc. There were still a lot of WWII veterans around back then and after years of nagging from their wives they were ready to sell. For books all that I can remember were the lists and booklets by Al Babin with his line drawing illustrations. It was a fun time to collect.
No there isn’t Megan. Back when I published it they wanted three copies and $100+ so I rejected that idea. I will never pay for the right to donate especially when they demand 3 copies. They do have a copy of my first book but that was 30 years ago when they were not so greedy. I have given a few to local libraries etc. who were grateful. Fred
Clyde, I have a Middleton Mothers Star (one star on brooch) and it is definitely from Massachusetts based on the State coat of arms, a standing Indian with a bow and arrows.
Five years later but still nothing I know of exists about the Swiss Border Duty Medals issued during 1870-71, 1914-18, 1939-45.