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  • in reply to: Chinese Aviation Medal #15167
    paul wood
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    National China Air force Medal issued by the Kuomingtang regime (1928-49). Presumably comes in more than one class as I found a fully enamelled example listed in Borna Barac’s book.

    Whatever it is quite a rare item.

    All the best,

    Paul

    in reply to: Extant Type 2 Double Dragons #15043
    paul wood
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    Gavin, I suggest that the survival rate amongst European and U.S. recipients is quite high as they were rarely worn and usually were left at the back of a drawer. could easily have a survival rate of well above 25%, although some of these will have been damaged when adapted for jewellery purposes. My feeling is that with higher prices being achieved for Chinese orders of light I expect a lot more of them to come to light (very much as Russian material has in the last few years).

    Re other forum. May be a few things to interest you in our next sale.

    Paul

    in reply to: What is this enamel cross? #15105
    paul wood
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    I believe it to be a breast badge of the ephemeral Noble Order of Skanderbeg of Epirus.

    Paul

    in reply to: Two puzzling miniatures #14799
    paul wood
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    Top one looks south vietnamese without centre.
    Paul

    in reply to: Khahns from Annam #14223
    paul wood
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    Dear Paul

    In the Musee d’Armee, p. 135 they have an example of Khin-Kham decribed as argent dore perhaps this explains the silver piece

    All the best

    Paul

    in reply to: Chambord Cross #13824
    paul wood
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    This is a medal worn by suppoters of Henri d’ Artois (1820-83), grandson of the Bourbon king Charles X, known as le grande miracle. During the early Orleanist days he was seen as the legitimate candidate and was considered kiing (Henri V ) by them. He fell into oblivion until the end of the Second Empire, when in the early 1870’s he was considered a serious candidate amongst the various possibilities, indeed he had tacit support from Thiers. Unfortunately he refused any compromise in his sovereign rights and as a result he was largely forgotton by the mid 1870’s, your badge would date from around 1871-73.

    I hope this is of assistance,

    Paul

    paul wood
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    Very nice. Yes it is a shame that the Legion d’Honneur has become like the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.=other bugger’s efforts).

    Paul

    paul wood
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    Very nice. Yes it is a shame that the Legion d’Honneur has become like the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.=other bugger’s efforts).

    Paul

    in reply to: Military Medal / Médaille Militaire #13376
    paul wood
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    Dear Fred,

    Certainly the quality of Third Republic issue Medaille Militaires are very variable. The earlier ones have double sided suspensions the later uniface suspensions. In ANS part 1 in a lot of 11 there were 5 with doube-sided, 6 uniface suspensions and these were all official the quality obviously went down hill during WWI as so many were being awarded and France was broke by the end of the war. As to you example I tend to think that it is probably a privately, unofficially made piece but possibly a purchase for a lost original. I don’t think it is a re-enactment piece and it looks as if it has some age to it. It is even possible it was made locally for member of the colonial forces either in Africa or Indochina where you frequently get local variations of French made pieces. Whatever it is most interesting. Anyhow thats my centimes worth.

    All the best,

    Paul

    in reply to: Military Medal / Médaille Militaire #14116
    paul wood
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    Dear Fred,

    Certainly the quality of Third Republic issue Medaille Militaires are very variable. The earlier ones have double sided suspensions the later uniface suspensions. In ANS part 1 in a lot of 11 there were 5 with doube-sided, 6 uniface suspensions and these were all official the quality obviously went down hill during WWI as so many were being awarded and France was broke by the end of the war. As to you example I tend to think that it is probably a privately, unofficially made piece but possibly a purchase for a lost original. I don’t think it is a re-enactment piece and it looks as if it has some age to it. It is even possible it was made locally for member of the colonial forces either in Africa or Indochina where you frequently get local variations of French made pieces. Whatever it is most interesting. Anyhow thats my centimes worth.

    All the best,

    Paul

    in reply to: War Crosses / Croix de Guerre #13370
    paul wood
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    The various stars palms etc denote various mentions in despatches. I would assume that immediate battlefield awards would not necessarily have emblems.

    Paul

    in reply to: Muslim religious award #13343
    paul wood
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    It appears from the illustration to be quite an attractive award, certainly one of the few recent Russian awards which I would have any interest in owning. Almost looks like a hybrid Bukhara and Basmachi period award.

    Many thanks for sharing this with us François, it would be nice, if you are able to find them to show us illustrations of any other classes of the award.

    All the best,

    Paul

    paul wood
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    Chris,

    Very nice to see and 1815-20 version of the Ionian Islands and Maltese Order of St Michael and George.

    Paul

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