Something a little different,
These two stars are part of the collection of Bombardier Eric Ferguson 2/8 Field Regiment, 2nd AIF.
Eric served in North Africa from late 1940-early 1943 participating in most of the major campaigns and put together a magnificant collection of odds and ends.I have 25 images in total and will post the whole collection when I organise it.
These two items are of particular interest but I feel they may be copy's made by some enterprising Egyptian or similar during WW2 as Australians would have taken great interest (the Galipolli connection).
The two examples here are painted EM versions of the Ottoman Star but I feel the pins are incorrect and scream copy as I have not seen this arrangement on any other examples I have found (Images).The quality of originals range from A1 German made enameled Officers examples to poorly made Turkish EM versions so the quality of the star itself may not be that bad.
The question I need to ask is "Has anyone seen a similar pin arrangement on other examples?"
There are also some known "good" Ottoman pieces within Erics group,Buttons etc. and due to the fact Eric's Regiment was deployed to Syria to assist in the downfall of the Vichy government these pieces may well have come from straight across the border.
But I do doubt these two Stars.
Any comments would be appreciated in relation to the pins etc.
Here's a sneek peek of the whole collection
I will post all 25 images at a later date.