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Interesting find from my fathers stash.

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  • Member since
    September 2007
  • From: Finland funland
Interesting find from my fathers stash.
Posted by Trabi on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 5:01 PM

Well, my father passed away week a go at age 89. He collected many kind of stuff during his lifetime. From auctions, flea markets etc.

Today me, my mother and my wife we went through some of his stuff. From one of his shelf I found this cup. I assume it´s find from flea market. And I don´t think he knew what it was. (He didn´t spoke any english)


Doesn´t look anything valuable:


Wait a minute....



Something inside...



And on bottom, year of manufacture...



"Space may be the final frontier, but it´s made in Hollywood basement." RHCP, Californication

  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 5:38 PM


Sorry for your loss...

Sure is an interesting find...

But what is it? Some kind of a trophy?

Thanks for sharing and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 5:47 PM


Vox Angelorum means Voice of Angels in English.

A common reference to choirs.

Thorne was an important historic figure in Finland, in both good ways and not good ways, depending on one's point of view.



 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    July 2019
  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 7:13 PM

What an interesting find! It would be fascinating to learn how that cup ended up in Trabi's dad's estate.

I read the Wikipedia article, and…Wow! What a book/documentary/movie that story would make!

Years ago I discovered a book written by a widely respected Canadian journalist, Matthew Halton, who reported on the war in Europe and North Africa from its beginnings. He wrote a book, titled Ten Years to Alamein, that includes a chapter about Finland's Winter War with Russia.

You won't find a more mesmerizing account of that aspect of the war, and you can't possibly come away from reading it without a deep appreciation of, and wonder at, what the Finns accomplished in their effort to keep the Soviet Union at bay. Copies of the book are availble at little cost from the Advanced Book Exchange. I can't think of a book that I would as highly recommend as this one. The history of how the Finns sank Russian tanks as they crossed a frozen lake is worth much more than the cost of the book and shipping!




On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

  • Member since
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  • From: North Carolina
Posted by Back to the bench on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 7:57 PM

Sorry for your loss and that is an interesting find indeed. I hope the mementos provide many fond memories for you and your family.

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 10:41 PM

Please accept my condolences on your loss Trabi, but that is a very cool find.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 26, 2021 2:33 PM

Sorry to hear of your father's passing. Larry Thorne is something of a legend in the original SF community. If you have no interest in that cup yourself, I suggest that you contact the SOF Museum at Ft. Bragg and find out if they would be interested in that cup. 
If not them, some Finnish soldiers that I met during my deployment in Bosnia many years ago would sure love that item. He is still held in high regard by some Finnish soldiers as something akin to Audie Murphy.

edit- the crest inside the cup is from the 511th Signal Battalion, part of the 11th Airborne Division, which was stationed in West Germany in the 1950's prior to returning to Ft Benning.


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U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton



  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, August 26, 2021 4:01 PM

Yeah, Signal Corps - as in: "No, I'm no Intelligence nor Special Forces - I'm just Signal Corps" :-)

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!


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