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Forum: International Militaria Forum 07-03-2019, 08:01 AM
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Posted By peter monahan
Probably not. Given how pristine this piece is,...

Probably not. Given how pristine this piece is, it must be of recent manufacture and the last head hunting was done in the 1880s, with a little 'backsliding' by several groups there and in New...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 06-26-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By peter monahan
A good point! I know that medals were issued...

A good point! I know that medals were issued named with the highest rank reached but haven't checked on the RFC vs RAF thing. I have a pair to a Lieut. 'RAF' but he WAS a late war commission, so...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 06-24-2019, 07:04 AM
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Posted By peter monahan
I believe that 'RAF' rather than 'RFC' [Royal...

I believe that 'RAF' rather than 'RFC' [Royal Flying Corps] indicates a late war enlistment. The RFC became the RAF on April 1st, 1917. By the end of the war there were many non-flying officers...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-24-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By peter monahan
Not Turkish but North African. Algerian and...

Not Turkish but North African. Algerian and Moroccan troops from what were then French colonies fought on the Western Front throughout the great war.
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-24-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 141
Posted By peter monahan
Probably decorate by the owner. Fleury is both a...

Probably decorate by the owner. Fleury is both a French surname and the name of a village - Fleury-devant-Douaumont - destroyed in 1916 in a battle between French and German troops. Near Verdun. ...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-24-2019, 06:48 AM
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Posted By peter monahan
It is what's called a 'yataghan blade', with the...

It is what's called a 'yataghan blade', with the slight curve mimicking the curve in those eastern weapons. A popular style starting in the 1860s and used as late as the 1880s on French, British and...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 06-10-2019, 06:20 AM
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Posted By peter monahan
Interesting. Another person posted the opinion...

Interesting. Another person posted the opinion that this was a naval marlin spike. Who's right?
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 06-09-2019, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By peter monahan
Sadly, given the numbers of awards, MM citations...

Sadly, given the numbers of awards, MM citations were rarely published in the Gazette, even in 1916. But it is nice to have some extra information. :)
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 06-09-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By peter monahan
But... but... commandos... special ops...sexy......

But... but... commandos... special ops...sexy... expensive... :( :( :(
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-09-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 304
Posted By peter monahan
So, like many armies, officers wore 'private...

So, like many armies, officers wore 'private purchase' uniforms while ORs had theirs issued. Makes perfect sense and what I would have expected, given how the Japanese Army modelled many of its...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-06-2019, 06:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 304
Posted By peter monahan
That was my thinking too, Discus.

That was my thinking too, Discus.
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-04-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 304
Posted By peter monahan
I can imagine a Japanese bespoke tailoring firm...

I can imagine a Japanese bespoke tailoring firm from the 1930s-40s having labels in both Japanese and English, especially if they had an international clientele. It would also be a very strange...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 06-03-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By peter monahan
I would have thought a rather unusual shape for...

I would have thought a rather unusual shape for an issue medal. IMHO, it's more likely a civilian produced commemorative piece, of which there were lierally millions produced in France during and...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 05-29-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By peter monahan
Sounds like they may be silver then. I agree...

Sounds like they may be silver then. I agree that they don't seem to fit the parameters for collar dogs or cap badges. an interesting mystery!
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 05-29-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By peter monahan
A nice GI souvenir pickup! Yes, it presumably...

A nice GI souvenir pickup! Yes, it presumably had some stone in the center. I love the way the letters are done to look like the brush strokes of Korean or Chinese symbols. No flies on the Koreans...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-29-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 479
Posted By peter monahan
Martin Guerre: I heard an interesting story...

Martin Guerre: I heard an interesting story yesterday, not verified, but you may now. When news reached France of the Revolution in Russia, the Russian troops were gathered together and asked...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 05-26-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By peter monahan
The backs of the smaller badges look very like...

The backs of the smaller badges look very like lead to me, which of course does look 'silver' in colour when you scratch it/when it's first cast. But I can't tell much from the photos, slo I may be...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 05-25-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By peter monahan
The slidered one looks, IMO, like a casting made...

The slidered one looks, IMO, like a casting made from an original.

The smaller ones are a mystery: cast in lead and, apparently, once equipped with bolts, which suggests horse brass, car bonnet...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-19-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Posted By peter monahan
Given the crescent moons plus the French maker,...

Given the crescent moons plus the French maker, any chance that they are Morrocan or Algerian? Many of the French colonial units from those places used Islamic/Arabic style badging and the crescent...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 05-17-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By peter monahan
A couple of quick comments: 1) My guess...

A couple of quick comments:

1) My guess would be that 'Miss Shaw' was the typist.

2) The 'Straths' were at least briefly in Ottawa before embarking for SA, suggests to me that the guidons may...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-13-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By peter monahan
I won't disagree with Chris, who I know to be a...

I won't disagree with Chris, who I know to be a very knowledgeable gent, over whether a kukri made for sale to non-Gurkha troops is 'tourist' or not. My intention was only to suggest that it is not...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 05-07-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 225
Posted By peter monahan
Moose hide mukluks and not RCAF issue. As...

Moose hide mukluks and not RCAF issue. As Byterock says, perfect for snowshoes - I still have mine, though the 'racquest' are long gone.
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-07-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
Posted By peter monahan
It looks to be machine sewn, so either a folk...

It looks to be machine sewn, so either a folk costume or, more likely in my opinion, a child's costume done by reenactors. There were US Civil War 'Zouave' units, a number of which are re-enacted...
Forum: International Militaria Forum 05-04-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By peter monahan
Yes, the handle is buffalo horn and the straps on...

Yes, the handle is buffalo horn and the straps on the sheath are a half-a**ed copy of the frogging used by British and Indian Army Gurkha units, but this is a tourist piece. Possibly made in Nepal,...
Forum: British and Commonwealth Militaria 05-03-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 227
Posted By peter monahan
The diamond indicates HQ Squadron of a tank...

The diamond indicates HQ Squadron of a tank regiment and the fact that it is in yellow means that the regiment is second in a 3 regiment brigade. That plus the name suggests that this is a model of...
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