Wednesday, June 4, 2008


click on the images to enlargeBill examining a couple of swords which seem to have been damaged.

closeup of the bell. I think it could use another brightening to perk up the gold. That gold layer is pretty thin!

These ones made it all the way to Vimy Ridge last spring for the ceremony. I was thrilled to be watching this very same sword saluting the Queen.

This is the Eagle headed air force sword. The air force plaque is raised on a backing, and is the exact same "albatross" which appears on the cap badges of airmen in England, Canada, and all the other commonwealth countries. This eagle (we only call it an albatross) transcends nationalism, and like the fouled anchor is the symbol of sailors, the albatross is the symbol of airmen all over.

ip-location map zoom

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