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Remembered Today:

Altered suspension


Bilco

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I have a sub-collection of Victory medals with altered suspensions. Here's a variety, some from my collection, some from the internet -

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Bill

 

...And some more ...

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Bill

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More practical than crazy

 

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I`ve never seen such a device on a star so that may indicate that the suspension on the VM was damage prone rather than that the required shape of the ribbon was awkward. Having said that, I`ve never come across a VM with a modified suspension like those! An interesting collection.

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What a random thread. I couldn't resist having a go.  I came across this one on the internet converted into a modern necklace which sold for £156.39......yes ......the decimal point is in the right place. 

It was awarded to '680630. GNR. T. CORNER. R.A.' (BWM/BVM, RFA TF, survived).  

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As a young lad I was able to buy VMs for 50p and wondered if I could make jewellery from them. There's my answer!

50p Victory medals.  Oh for a time machine.

Dave

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12 hours ago, depaor01 said:

50p Victory medals.  Oh for a time machine.

We must have had nearly the same militaria shop deaor01 ........ a 'shop' to rummage through now that's a rarity these days.  My 50p BVMs came from an old, rusty biscuit tin under the counter that contained about 20-30 other "orphans" separated from their BWM siblings who were melted down mid-War.  On reflection that tin would have had a valuable cross section of the local community at that point.  I confess I missed that connection at the time. 

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Many thanks  depaor01 - a very well-used medal!

A nice one TullochArd - judging by the colour of the beads I would guess this is another mourning piece, to be worn by a breaved mother or wife.

I started collecting medals in the early 1960s, and what we called 'junk shops' had Victory medals and WW2 stars at 2/6 a pop!

Bill

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5 hours ago, Bilco said:

........  judging by the colour of the beads I would guess this is another mourning piece, to be worn by a breaved mother or wife.

No Bill, it's just a modern necklace utilising a forgotten medal advertised on the internet.

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.........and a  Portuguese dodgy suspender ........ 

 

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This is from a family medal group. the ribbon has been replaced at some time. The loop appears to have been bent to allow the medal to lie flat.

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Thanks, TullochArd and Gardenerbill!

Tullochard - if you're referring to the dumbell-like bar at the top, it's a standard French method of wearing medals - 

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It's a two-part pin -

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which comes apart and threads through loops on the uniform and through the sewn medal ribbon, then the thin inner pin slides into the outer to secure the medal.

I have a French Victory medal ribbon that's made to be mounted this way -

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It's a lot safer for the wearer than the much more lethal French medal pin -

 

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Bill

 

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2 minutes ago, Bilco said:

Tullochard - if you're referring to the dumbell-like bar at the top, it's a standard French method of wearing medals  

 

I was - thanks for the education - it would appear that the Portugeuse used this type of pin as well?

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Another one, just arrived today  -

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It's chrome plated, and I think it must have been altered to be worn on a watch fob, or maybe a necklace, and to look like silver!

And just to show that it's not just the Brits and the Yanks -

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I suspect that this was a repair job, after the suspension knob broke off.

Bill

 

 

 

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