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Ribbons (1986)
Welcome to the Ribbon Branch of the Orders and Medals Research Society. The branch can trace its origins back to the very beginning when The Orders, Decorations & Medals Research Society of Great Britain started out collecting medal ribbons and emblems in 1942. Whilst the branch has remained true to its specialist field by continuing to collect and research ribbons and emblems from all over the world, the society has evolved down the years into a world wide medal research and collecting organisation.

Information About the Ribbons Branch

Please note. As well as collecting, researching and giving advice about ribbons of the orders, decorations and medals of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth, it does not sell them. The Ribbon Branch only sells foreign ribbons as part of the THE FOREIGN RIBBON BANK. Please see the OMRS Journal for details of the Managers of the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth Ribbon Bank and the Miniature Ribbon Bank
The Ribbons Branch Journal

TThe journal of the Ribbon Branch is ‘The Ribbon Collector’ which is published four times a year by the Editorial Team. It is the vehicle by which the membership keeps in touch with other branch members, all aspects of the hobby and more importantly, what is new on the orders, decorations and medals front. We have members all over the world and are usually the first to know about a new coronation or campaign medal ribbon, additional classes to an existing order or a new emblem. A variety of medal ribbons will be issued with the Ribbon Collector if and when the editorial staff has sufficient supplies. The Co-ordinating editor, Mike Shepherd, is happy to accept any articles as long as the content is accurate, for obvious reasons. If you have anything that you think other members may be interested in, please let him know. His contact details are:

Mr M.J. Shepherd
6 Holly Close
Sandford, Wareham
BH20 7QE
e-mail mikes03@globalnet.co.uk

The Ribbons Branch Committee

The elected committee of the Ribbons Branch is:
The President.Mr. M.J. (Mike) Shepherd.mikes03@globalnet.co.uk
The Secretary.Mr. G. (Graham) Carter
The Treasurer.Mr S. L. Duffy (Steve)
Membership Secretary.Mr. R. J. M. (Rene) Verkuijlenrene.verkuylen@home.nl

Other appointed officers supporting the Committee:
The Editor.Mr. M.J. (Mike) Shepherd.
Foreign Ribbon Bank.Mr W. R. (Bob) French RVM MBIFM

Address for the Branch Secretary can be found in the OMRS Journal.
When writing to any member of the committee, please enclose a SAE.

Construction of the Ribbons Branch web pages: Abby French

How to join the Ribbons Branch

Once you have been accepted and granted an OMRS Membership Number, you should apply to The Ribbons Branch Membership Secretary, requesting an application form.

Mr R.J.M. Verkuijlen (Rene)
Louise Julianalaan 39
The Netherlands
email: rene.verkuylen@home.nl

Membership fees for the Ribbons Branch, which are payable at 31st July each year are:

United Kingdom £8.00
Europe and the EU £10.00
Rest of the World £14.00

Subscriptions for both the parent Society and Ribbons Branch membership can only be accepted in Pounds Sterling (£). Branch Subscriptions should be sent to the Ribbons Branch Treasurer. Cheques should be made payable to ‘OMRS The Ribbons Branch’

To assist with the payment of room hire charges, a donation of up to £2.00 is paid by those attending meetings at the conference centre.

Members normally assemble in the bar and take a relaxing lunch before entering the meeting room around 13:00hrs.

2012 Programme

Details of the meetings and programme of events for 2012 are to be announced:

Famous Guests
Famous Guests

The most important thing about any hobby is research. Here we use research to identify what orders, decorations or medals were awarded to a particular person, then put together the ribbons and emblems he or she would have worn. Here, as an example is the famous chest of Manfred von Richtofen, the German fighter Ace of the Great War.

These are the chest ribbons of Baron von Richtofen. (The Red Baron).

These are the chest ribbons of Baron von Richtofen.  (The Red Baron).
  1. Iron Cross 1st Class, Prussia
  2. Iron Cross 2nd Class, Prussia
  3. The Order of St. Henry, Saxony.
  4. The Order of Saxe Ernestine, 1st Class, Saxony.
  5. The Order of Military Merit (with swords), Bavaria.
  6. The Order of Military Merit, Wurtemmburg.
  7. Duke Carl Eduard’s Bravery Medal (with swords) Saxe-Coburge-Gotha.
  8. General Decoration of Honour for Bravery 1915, Hesse.
  9. The Military Cross of Merit 1914, Schaumberg-Lippe.
  10. The Cross of Merit (Combatants) 1914, Brunswick.
  11. The War Cross of Merit 1914, Lubeck.
  12. The War Cross of Merit 1914, Bremen
  13. The War Cross of Merit 1914, Hamberg.
  14. The Order of the Iron Cross, Austria
  15. The War Cross, Austria.

Further research revealed that the ‘Red Baron’ was also awarded the following Orders, Decorations and Medals: Pour le Merit, Prussia. The Order of the Red Eagle (with crowns and swords), Prussia. These two awards appear to have been worn as neck badges and the ribbons do not appear on the ribbon bar on the previous slide. The Order of Bravery, Bulgaria. The Imtjaz Medal (silver with swords), Turkey. The Liakat Medal (silver with swords), Turkey. The War Medal, Turkey. Von Richtofen, with 80 confirmed kills has been credited as being the highest scoring fighter Ace of any nation during the Great War.

Some collectors go to great lengths to obtain signed photographs of their subjects wearing the actual decorations and medals. Good quality ‘chest’ of well known celebrities such as Douglas Fairbanks, or war heros such as T E Lawrence or Sir Henry Seymour Rawlinson, sometimes turn up at auction and go for very respectable prices. Others use famous chests as part of a dossier for a particular military campaign or historical event. E.g. The famous chest ribbons of those senior officers of both sides who were present at the signing of the surrender document of the German Armed Forces in 1945.

  • Information about Manfred von Richtofen was kindly provided by Mike Shepherd

  • Where we meet and how to get there

    Where we meet and how to get there

    We meet in the Old Sessions House Conference Centre, Clerkenwell Green. LONDON, Telephone Number 020 72501212. The centre is a grand old mansion with a bar. Meals and bar snacks are available at reasonable prices. Parking is limited and by meter directly outside the centre. Please ask at the reception desk for the allocated meeting room.

    BY CAR. From the West …A40 > A501 > A5200 to Holborn > A5201 to Clerkenwell (see map). From the East… A13 > A11 > A1202 to Spitalfields > then St Luke’s, then onto Clerkenwell (see map) From the South. A3 > A10 > A1202 to Shoreditch, stay on A5201 through St Luke’s on down to Clerkenwell. (see map) From the North. A1 > A5201 to Clerkenwell (see map)

    BY UNDERGROUND. Circle or Bakerloo lines. Get off at Farringdon. Exit the station, turn left and left again down Turnmill Street. Cross over the street and proceed up to pelican crossing at road junction with Clerkenwell Road. Cross over, turn right and follow pavement around to the left. The centre entrance is on your left up the steps.
    Dahlia Harrison,Jim Lees,
    General Secretary, OMRSMembership Secretary, OMRS
    PO Box 6195, Royal Leamington Spa, CV31 9JUPO Box 248, Snettisham,
    Tel: 01926 312176King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 7TA
    Email: generalsecretary@omrs.orgEmail: membershipsecretary@omrs.org