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3 weeks 4 days ago #52427 by djb
David,

I am pleased they finally arrived in the post.

I have not seen sufficient bronze medals to comment but I am interested in the move to a fixed suspender and how/when this happened.

Well done on your purchases.

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David

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3 weeks 4 days ago #52431 by David Grant
I fear the suspender is a replacement although interesting that who ever repaired it sought out a bronze one. There is no retaining pin. The roll gives no indication of a replacement medal being issued and the naming is consistent with other muleteer medals that I have.



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3 weeks 3 hours ago #52522 by David Grant
The second bronze medal that came from India was a little worse for wear and the naming almost indecipherable is illustrated here.

With the help of a friend with a mega pixel camera ( the files were too large to be emailed and I could only view them on my digital radiography screen ) I think the name is to 47 Syce Sheik Abdulla of the Sercunderabad District. However my wife's glasses, a few beers and a squint were also necessary. However of interest is the suspender bar which is more of a red bronze rather than a yellow, more normal, bronze of all my other bronze QSA's. Leads me to think that unless the medal is in better condition than these last two, too much can be read into the suspender type.

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2 weeks 6 days ago #52529 by Brett Hendey
David
Thank you for another very interesting post. I am pleased that you have also found that beer has useful medicinal qualities!
When I see medals in such a poor state, I wonder what conditions caused it. It looks as though this one spent time in an acid bath.
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2 days 21 hours ago #52808 by djb
From next month's Spink sale:

Lot 116 QSA (0) bronze (19 Syce Chinnasuamy S. & T. Corps),

officially re-engraved naming, suspension post a little bent, very fine

Estimate £50-£70.

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2 days 20 hours ago #52812 by David Grant
79 Syce Chinnaswamy is the closest on the roll, Madras Command Bangalore District
WO 100/297 p188-97,201,205

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