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  1. I first saw a museum curator use one of these at an art museum to assist him in dating/restoring a painting several years ago. I have been using a version (dyno-lite) that comes with a stand so the device is steady while I focus it. Very much like using these...the detail is amazing. But mine is not show portable (a drawback). If you go the fixed platform route like I did, I recommend recommend going wth the highest end you can afford. Allowing you to get very close images and take measurements. great for seeing photographic details and photo paper composition.
  2. The fur cap imho is the correct type for Iceland. As for the diamond, I don't know. Below is one in the Marine Museum collection that I was able to handle. I was suprised how small it was compared to a China Marine Diamond. I have no familiarity with a red engineer diamond, nor do I have any expertise on the Iceland Marines. But silver/mirror version is what I have encountered before in other collections.
  3. Cherilea makes sense...a U.K. Company started 1948 thru 73. Will bet Scott is correct on IR (from Imrie/Risley). IR still has a web site but looks like they have halted production. The German knights look like they have Lionel bases.....(a german toy soldier company that I think survived WW2 for a few years. The Britians below as you noted are modern by Britain's- the Civil War figures use original Britains castings, in an attempt to rekindle or ride interest in the original figures.
  4. Yes, the pre war is the marching one (Britain's called that position at the slope).....from set 77. A Britains figure with a mustache dates it before 1938...the charging figure was produced pre-war, but those had mustaches...but you have here a good opportunity to compare pre and post war painting styles.
  5. Manny is spot on. The first image does show a single pre-war Gordon Highlander at the slope c. 1925-37. The rest are all post war. The bottom image figures as Manny noted, are not Britain's, but most likely are by John Hill Company....post war. Although there are several other makers they could be from that era. Sadly, the post war market is way down, so not looking at a lot of money for these. Your selling target would be collector's trying to finish building an incomplete set and finding a close paint match in these, or a person new to hobby. Maybe 5-10 per marching figure or 25 per mounted.
  6. Here he is in China. He marked himself in many of the photos in the album. As a sportsman the photo shows the American team after its victory in the 1910 or 11 international track and field meet in Peking against the other nations legation guards. And doing a "victory parade" in honor of their win. Glad his GCM is safe from the developers!
  7. Dick: missed this the first time around....absolutely fantastic group. Here's a new shot of Reilly's Battery in Peking the Winter of 1900-01.
  8. Army owned ship....the Army had a fleet of these named for Civil War Generals from around Spanish American War time that moved soldiers to the PI, north China and back...later delivering Marines and Sailors to China until the mid-1920's when the Navy assumed the mission. The crew wore uniforms similar to Navy uniforms with similar Navy ranks
  9. This appears to be Armenian script....a speaker friend translated a few words to read "Stockholm" "London", "end of the war" and "treaty" . Also speaks of territory the expected to get back after the war. I wonder if he had Mid East time or his spouse was of Armenian ethnicity. Or he picked this up from an Armenian community in France.
  10. This should give you a Pre-WWI baseline it’s pulled from the 1913 regulations. Unfortunately I don’t have anything for the post war period. Can anyone else weigh in?
  11. Dirk

    Remembering Bobgee

    Kevin thank you for such a moving tribute to Bob. A part from his family, I don't think there is anyone else that could have been entrusted to telling our Community of who Bob really was, and what he meant to so many of us. I know how much your friendship meant to him. As a collector, he was a inspiration, always willing to share his knowledge. But know him long enough, and he became a real friend willing to listen and share his advice about life's ups and downs, aging, tennagers, marriage, politics. I found over time what he said in those arenas as enduring as his collecting guidance. I am going to miss his regular phone greeting "hello Kid, what do you say, what do you know...".
  12. Steve thank you! I am building a series of comparison shots of the construction of these.....here is one based on what you sent me last night with mine. Will talk soon
  13. Steve again thank you! HQ USMC authorized the roll collar in 1926 but it appears they were unable to get enough if them before 1929 so they kept delaying phasing out the Standing collar thru a series of orders. That said I wonder if yours is one of the earliest non converted roll collars? If you have time this week would live to see front back photos and if it's named.
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