Qsa & pip,squeak & wilfred
Article about: Here's an intresting group for your Opinions guys. This Bar of medals belonged to a work mate of mines Grandfather (not for sale staying with the family ) he asked me if i would mount them i
Not a crime to replace with original ribbons, IMO.
The bar will look so much better - though it's a
shame that it was left to corrode and decay.
Also, I'd gently remove the verdigris on the
front of the 14/15 Star only and leave the
other medals just as they are.........
Since you are asking for opinions, I agree with Steve, no harm in replacing the ribbons to freshen the look. Maybe keep the originals as part of the display?
The medals and bars are the important part. Replacing the rotted ribbons with decent condition and brightly colored pieces should be no problem. I particularly like the Boer War.
"Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."
It would kill me to replace those ribbons. That is part of the charm of this group.
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I'd leave them be too. It is part of the history of the group. Having been in the same family all these years they tell a story of being received with pride only to fall on bad times in later years by being poorly stored and then rediscovered by the same family who again are proud of their family members achievements.
In the condition the ribbons are in, they do not warrant replacing in my opinion. There may be a few holes, but they look to be generally sound.
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