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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse

The quality of the insignia is exquisite and of the highest quality of craftsmanship

It is of the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars'. This most likely being dated to the era of the Great War

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order in the Belgian order of precedence

Condition: Toned EF

Code: 18319Price: 115.00 GBP


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United States: Medal of Honor. United States Navy & Marine Corps issue. 'Tiffany Cross' type (Navy type MOH) issued circa 1919-1942

An un-named and unattributed bronze gilt medal, marked on reverse "For Exhibition Purposes Only"

The original silk 'moire' corded riband fitted with the integral gold (gilt) top brooch 'Valor' bar. The reverse of the mounting brooch retaining the original long hinged pin and intricate drop clasp fittings, as issued

This model of Medal of Honour was authorised from 4 February 1919 (retroactive to 6 April 1917), and was designed and struck by the famous jewellery company 'Tiffany' - hence the name 'Tiffany Cross'. Medals of this type were intended to be awarded to navy and marines recipients exclusively for gallantry in combat in the period circa 1917-1928

The 'Tiffany Cross' was awarded to 22 x recipients, including 5 x 'Posthumous' awards. 19 of the awards were for acts of gallantry 1917-1918 during the Great War, and the last was issued in 1928, in respect of a USMC recipient decorated for gallantry in Nicaragua

This model of MOH was discontinued by an Act of Congress effective 7 August 1942

Note: In the inter-war years, under certain circumstances application could be formally made to the United States military for examples of un-named and un-attributed Decorations and Medals, for use by approved; institutions, museums, military establishments, state administrations etc. In the event that the respective service approved of the issue of the decorations and medals requested, they formally authorized the United States Mint, and or contracted jewellers / medalists, to issue the requested decorations and medals marked 'For Exhibition Purposes Only'

As it is a Federal Offence (illegal) to buy and sell original named issue Medals of Honor in the United States of America, collectors can realistically only aspire to obtain unattributed, and 'Exhibitions Purposes Only', examples of the various MOH types for their collections, which are rarely encountered

Rare and desirable

Condition: GVF

Code: 19629Price: 675.00 GBP


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Lot of Royal Navy Officers Identity Disc & 2nd Submarine Flotilla Sports Medal (Commander John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher, Royal Navy)

The lot comprises:

- 2nd Submarine Flotilla Sports Medal. For 220 Yards '2nd' dated 1925. White metal
- Silver Identity Disc & chain. Engraved (Lieut Commdr J. L. Fletcher C. of E.)

ID Disc: A customised item, favoured by Royal Navy submarine service officers. Comprising a silver 'Turkish' (Ottoman ?) coin, one side skimmed and engraved with details of the officer 'Lieut Commdr J. L. Fletcher, C of E'. Suspended from a long silver chain. Weight approx 22g

The positively attributed recipient of this lot became a Commander in the Royal Navy - John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher - a veteran of the Great War, who in the inter-wars became a 'Submariner' & served in the China Fleet / Hong Kong Colony in the 1930's, and who had previously served with the 22nd Submarine Flotilla (see other offerings on the website for items from the estate of Commander J.L. Fletcher, R.N.

John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher son of Frank Edward Fletcher (Organist & Teacher of Music) and Elizabeth Stringer Fletcher (nee Procter) was a native of Folkestone, Kent, England, where he was born on 16 April 1898. While a schoolboy, 'Jack' was a keen member of the Cadet Force Shooting Team, his prowess in shooting, especially 'Revolvers' was something he carried forward during his Royal Navy career. During the Great War 'Jack' Fletcher enlisted firstly in the British Army, when he joined the armoured cars of the Machine Gun Corps (Motors) on 18 June 1915. On being posted to the armoured cars 'Jack' was a Gunner and held the regimental number 1643. He served a total of 1 year & 2 months with the MGC (Motors), taking his discharge from the British Army on 31 August 1916, in order that he could proceed to accept an officers commission and serve in the Royal Navy (ref Authority of the Secretary of the Admiralty, No. C.E. d/ 24-8-16). 'Jack' Fletcher was commissioned and appointed Midshipman, when he joined the Royal Navy on 15 September. Prior to joining the Royal Navy, Jack, had not served overseas, he did however subsequently experience active service with the Royal Navy, when he served aboard H.M.S. New Zealand (one of three Indefatigable-class battlecruisers) on which he was posted between 3 February 1917 - 28 June 1918, including being present at the 'Second Battle of Heligoland Bight' on, 17 November 1917. Promoted Sub-Lieutenant on 15 May 1918, 'Jack, then served aboard H.M.S. Primrose (one of 24 x Acacia-class single-screw fleet sweeping vessels (sloops) that entered service in 1915) that was deployed on convoy escort duties, and on which ship he was posted between 28 June 1918 to 6 February 1919. 'Jack' is confirmed as having received the British War & interallied Victory Medals for his services in the Great War, the medals awarded to him as a Sub-Lieutenant, R.N., and sent to him at H.M.S. Maidstone (ref ADM 171/89). Post war promotions included; Acting Lieutenant, 15 May 1920; Lieutenant, 15 February 1920; Lieutenant Commander, 15 February 1928. A tall man, Jack measured just 'under' 6 feet & 2 inches in height - there are some extremely fine portrait photographs of him accessible on the 'Ancestry' genealogical website showing 'Jack' Fletcher in full dress Royal Navy officers uniform, wearing his Great War medal ribands, including photograph taken at his wedding to, Margaret 'Mollie' Mary Vaughn Sprague, at Edinburgh, Scotland, on 11 August 1923 (Mollie's brother, Dennis Vaughn Sprague, was also a Submarine Officer 'who later Died-of-Wounds serving with H.M.S. Thames, on 4 July 1940). After the Great War, 'Jack' Fletcher was assigned to the Submarine Service of the Royal Navy, and is known to have served on the following submarines during the inter-war years (the list is not exhaustive); H.M.S. Universal (P57) in 1919; K14 in 1921; H22 in 1922-24; L69 in 1924-26; H34 'In Command' between 1926-27, and L54 'In Command' from 15 November 1929. Lieutenant-Commander Fletcher served in Hong Kong Colony circa 1932-1934. UK Immigration & Passenger Manifests show that the Fletcher's left Hong Kong Colony in 1934, when they sailed aboard the P & O liner the S.S. 'Rawalpindi' for return to the United Kingdom, arriving at London on, 9 November 1934. Jack was promoted to Commander on 16 April 1943, on which date he was posted to the Retired List (Age) but still continued to serve during the Second World War. He was finally reverted to Retired List on 29 April 1948. Commander John 'Jack' Lionel Fletcher, R.N., is recorded as having died at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England, on 26 August 1987

Condition: GVF

Code: 19685Price:


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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division with 'Swords' suspension. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse, and crossed 'Swords' emblem on riband

The obverse of the insignia has the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars', and through to and including 1951

The Royal Decree of 14 February 1939, instituted the award of 'Crossed Swords' emblems, for retrospective award to qualifying veterans. The 'Swords' indicate that the recipient had accumulated a specified number of 'War Titles' during his military service, this being a combination of; Periods of front line service; citations for gallantry; orders & decorations held; evet promotions; escapes, etc. 6 'War Titles' were required for the award of the 'Crossed Swords' emblem in silver

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 19134Price: 75.00 GBP


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Belgium: Order of Leopold (Ordre de Léopold / Orde van Leopold). Military Division with 'Swords' suspension. 5th Class 'Officer' with uni-lingual 'French' language obverse, and Silver 'L' Palm emblem on riband

The obverse of the insignia has the 'French' language obverse type as awarded during both 'World Wars' & Korean War through to and including 1951

This insignia is a Second World War / Korean war era issue as reflected by the silver 'L' cypher palm legend, denoting a wartime award during the reign of King Leopold III (1934-1951)

The Royal Decree of 15 Novembre 1915, first instituted the award of 'Silver Palms' emblems, for wear on the riband of the 5th class Order of Leopold by qualifying recipients. The 'Palm' indicates that the award is for military service during wartime. For 4th class 'Officer' insignia a gilt palm was awarded

In the Belgian 'Order of Precedence' the Order of Leopold I is the 1st ranked national order

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 19135Price:


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United States: Distinguished Service Cross (Army)

Medal with 12mm crimp' style mounting brooch, in use circa 1945-1970

Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch and intricate drop catch hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

The absence of numbering or any maker marks indicates that the medal is an example awarded post 1945, typically for those decorated in post Second World War conflicts, including the Korean War and the early years (through to circa 1970) of the Vietnam War

Condition: EF

Code: 19473Price: 60.00 GBP


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United States. Certificate of Merit Medal

An un-numbered & unmarked contemporary issue

The medal fitted with a stitched corded silk 'moire' riband, this latter fitted with a slot-brooch with long hinged pin and intricate drop lock clasp fittings on reverse

Instituted by an Act of Congress on 3 March 1847, the Certificate of Merit (a parchment certificate) was originally conceived as a reward to mark the gallantry of soldiers in the United States Army who held the rank of Private. In 1854, eligibility was expanded to include awards to Sergeants. It was only in 1905, that an actual medal (of the type here offered) was authorized to be issued and worn by recipients of the 'Certificate' - medals also being issued retrospectively to those who had earned the 'Certificates' for campaigns since the Mexican War. The award was discontinued by Act of Congress on 9 july 1918, following the introduction of the Distinguished Service Medal

Reference 'The Call of Duty' (Strandberg & Bender, 1994), a total of 1206 x Certificates of Merit were issued

A rarely seen & desirable item of United States Army insignia

Condition: EF

Code: 19627Price:


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Royal Artillery: 'Kings Crown' OSD bronze cap badge - with revolving wheel

As worn in the World Wars

The badge reverse retaining the original fitted slider

Condition: GVF

Code: 14672Price: 20.00 GBP


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Belgium: Medal of The Royal Order of the Lion (Médaille de l'Ordre Royal du Lion / Medaille der Orde van de Leeuw). Gold (Gilt) 1st Class first type medal uni-lingual pre 1951 'French' language

A gilded metal medal

A colonial award issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

Condition: GVF

Code: 16271Price: 85.00 GBP


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Belgium: Medal of The Royal Order of the Lion (Médaille de l'Ordre Royal du Lion / Medaille der Orde van de Leeuw). Bronze (3rd Class) first type medal with uni-lingual pre 1951 'French' language legend

The bronze medal fitted with a long length of original silk riband

A colonial award issued in respect of services in Belgian Congo

A scarce 1st type medal to find in the market in this class and condition

Condition: About EF

Code: 17448Price: 50.00 GBP

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