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JackSofty

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Clearing out my wife’s late neighbour’s apartment in Trieste, her Ladyship remarked “Oh shit, We have Mussolin!” referring to a sheet of dense paper with a medal pinned to it and a distinctive signature.
A bit more digging unearthed a few more items:








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The medal pinned to its certificate is the 1936 East Africa (Ethiopia) medal, a campaign noted for its brutality and that next to it is the 2’ Armata medal which occupied Friuli and annexed most of Yugoslavia.
Along with these there are some uniform or ribbon adornments, the significance of which we do not know as well as a WWI War Merit cross and a gold WWI 50th anniversary medal along with 2 sets of (epaulette?) regiment numbers (16/61, 19/91?).
These we know to have all belonged to her father whose grandfather was one of Garibaldi’s bodyguard. Her mother’s father served in Franz Joseph’s infantry and we found his shako, silk girdle and gold military merit medal.
Whilst being a very sweet old bird, she was a total Fascist and I do not mean that in the student babytalk sense (we had already found her old switchblade knife and ‘Young Fascists badges) which makes it all the more odd that she left the apartment and contents to my mother in law as her family and her in laws ran separate networks supplying partisans with intel, food and weaponry.


Sent from my karzi while losing several pounds



Sent from my karzi while losing several pounds
 

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LE
Kit Reviewer
Clearing out my wife’s late neighbour’s apartment in Trieste, her Ladyship remarked “Oh shit, We have Mussolin!” referring to a sheet of dense paper with a medal pinned to it and a distinctive signature.
A bit more digging unearthed a few more items:








Sent from my karzi while losing several pounds
A stamp at least.
 

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Clearing out my wife’s late neighbour’s apartment in Trieste, her Ladyship remarked “Oh shit, We have Mussolin!” referring to a sheet of dense paper with a medal pinned to it and a distinctive signature.
A bit more digging unearthed a few more items:








Sent from my karzi while losing several pounds
Just for info:
As above +

!st Medal: Medal for Operations in East Africa 1935-1936
2nd Medal: Unofficial Commemorative
3rd Medal: WW1 50th Anniversary Medal in 'Gold'. Check the reverse of this medal. It may contain Gold Hallmarks
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4th Medal: WWI War Merit Cross 'Vitt Emm III Merito di Guerra' - Groce di Guerra
 
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JackSofty

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A stamp at least.
Oh, yes. It is printed or, more likely, stamped as there are fibres missing the ink (the surface is not smooth and all other print and ink applied by pen betrays no such inconsistency). However, that is not the point at all.



Sent from my karzi while losing several pounds
 
I have at least half a dozen of my grandfathers medals and have no idea what most of them are.
I know one is the star of Italy, as he was at Monticasino.
Is there a place in London that I could take them to for someone to tell me what they are?
 

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