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  2. Now I will show different variation of the Cruz del Defensor. Mainly there is 3 type, one with an eyelet perpendicular to the cross (and that I believe was the first type), one with an eyelet parallel to the cross, and 2 rings to hung the ribbon, and there is a third type that seems to be cast. The Cruz del Defensor of Colonel Alberto Meyer illustrate prefectly the First Type. Another Cruz del Defensor mounted on a neck ribbon of Order of Merit of Paraguay is also from First Type The Cruz del Defensor on a black background is also from the First Type. I'am looking to purchase one like that.... The one of my collection (photo 4 & 5 is without ribbon). Also from my collection (photo 6 & 7), is a Cruz del Defensor with a different suspension Second Type, with original ribbon. I got that one in Buenos Aires, and believe me, if it is very easy to get a Cruz del Defensor without ribbon, to get one with its ribbon is VERY hard. Paid 200 US $ for it, but first time I see one for sale with its roriginal ribbon. The Cruz del Defensor from Captan Ramon Diaz de Bedoya, illustrate a different type, it looks smoother and less crisp detail. That cross is certainly a cast one. The Cruz del Defensor are 38 millimeters in size. Emmanuel This is a Cruz del Defensor cast.
  3. When I was in Asunción, I have been offered to purchase this frame, with a Cruz del Chaco & a Cruz del Defensor. But even if on reverse of the frame is an attribution, attribution to a Colonel of the Military Health Service Juan B.Rivarola, and attribution confirmed by the roll, price asked was 1000 US $. I didn't bought that frame. But I can show photo. Maybe next visit price will be a bit less expensive....
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    Three Miniature Orders: Order of the Dannebrog Christian IX (1863-1906) GOLD + Order of the Dannebrog Frederik IX (1947-1972) Silver + Order of Orange-Nassau Silver gilt. Signed for shipping from Copenhagen Denmark!

    £300.00

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  6. Latgale guerrilla regiment (Latgales partizanu pulks) was formed of several guerrilla groups operating against the Bolsheviks in northern Latgale. By the autumn of 1919, the number of the regiment reached 1500 people. February 23, 1922 Latgale guerrilla regiment was disbanded and partly converted into a battalion, which was accepted on April 1 2nd Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment Rezekne. The badge of the regiment was approved November 10, 1921. It has the form of a Maltese cross covered with black enamel, with 1mm silver edging. At the upper end of the cross - silver "dead head", on the bottom - regiment formation year "1919". In the centre there is the Latvian national emblem (the first version): the rising sun with three five-pointed stars. Between the ends of the cross - crossed swords, 40 mm long. This military unit takes its origins from several guerrilla groups formed in the occupied Bolsheviks Augshkurzeme townships (Upper Kurland). After the retreat of the Red Army scattered guerrilla units were combined into Augshkurzemsky guerrilla regiment on June 13, 1919. June 20, the regiment was included in the Latvian army, and on August 16 converted to the 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Jelgava regiment.
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    Miniature Orders: Denmark Order of the Dannebrog Frederik VIII (1906-1912) 18K GOLD. + (Same period Greek king was broather to Danish Frederik VIII) Greek Order of the redeemer in silver, center piece in GOLD.

    £300.00

  8. Hello Gentlemen, Here is the following of this topic. All Chaco Cross are in bronze, but the one awarded to the President was in Silver (with 2 real and much larger gold star on ribbon). Not in the Army Museum, but in another museum near Central Bank. Next is a Chaco Cross with a citation, a star in gold on a gold circle bordered by palms of laurel & olive leaf. That is the highest citation for a Military (said to be the one of Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia). The next one (third one), is the one of Colonel Alberto Meyer, one gold star is a Citation at "Order of the Army Corps" A silver star on ribbon would be a Citation at "Order of the Division" An open lozange shaped device would be a Citation at "Order of the Regiment". A gold star with laurel & olive leaf (but NOT on a roundel), would be a Citation at " Order General of the Army in Campaign " It is said to exist a Citation for Aviator who got the Chaco Cross, but even in books, you have no description. The last 2 are from my own collection. In Buenos Aires, I got a Cruz del Chaco with a neck ribbon. And long time ago, I got in the UK, a Cruz del Chaco with a lapel roundel (due to its suspension by 2 rings, I believe it was a cross made in the 1950ies or 1960ies). These 2 crosses are 39 millimeters. If there are collectors around who got Chaco Cross or other Awards from Paraguay feel free to post them.
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    Beautiful Hungarian Saint Stephen Jesuit School Medal Vienna made silver medal hallmarked "A". Worn condition/Patina. Ribbon not correct. Registreded shipping from Copenhagen Denmark.

    £130.00

  10. Hi Eric, it got a little better, than it already had been. This nice little cross came together with his "normal" twin... I will also show the normal twin, as it is always good to have some pictures to compare. The normal one is by the way in mint condition, except the box, which is done :-)
  11. Dear fellow collectors I hope you can help me to determine the age of this Order of the Iron Crown. There is no gold hallmarks, but it is tested to be at least 21 karat gold. Although the "top ring" is missing, I have come to like this piece because of its very fine details. The ribbon is not from this order. Top rings have probably been removed when orders had to fit into a Scandinavian groups of decorations. It is certainly one terori. Best regards
  12. That's correct observation. In fact all my boxes for Civil Merit from princely emission have rounded corners. Keep in mind that there were not many of them awarded.
  13. Thank you for your contributions of what you know on the topic James and Emanuelle, and sorry for the misunderstanding from the first my earlier post Peter. While I am unable to exactly tell without a closer look at the wording along the edge of the badge, the crown certainly shares a close similarity to that of the Kingdom of Tonga. My best guess at this time would be either the Royal Tongan Diplomatic order, or Order of Oceania mentioned by the manufacturer Worth Geneva on the previous page of this forum.
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    Austrian Red Cross Honour Decoration in Box. Hallmarked for Silver + "A" (Wienna) + Makers mark "G.A.S." Center cross in GOLD. Very beautiful and well preserved piece !!! Hard to find in this condition. Signed for shipping from Denmark!

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  17. On the ribbon bar (from Air Force Uniform, 2nd row, first from left), and on the Melgarejo ribbon bar (first row, last one on right hand side), this ribbon correspond to the Medal of Honor of the Ministry of Defense. The one I own is silver gilt and of very beautifull quality, but in Asunción I saw one which was one side gold, the other side silver-gilt. Tomorrow mid day CET I will post all the variation of Cruz del Chaco, Cruz del Defensor & Boqueron Medal I have in my data base, but for now, it's time for me to go to sleep.
  18. Heusy68 : Very interesting , its true the Chaco War is generally ignored, and was a long and bloody one ; tree years and between 80 000 and 100 000 dead according to the source consulted . two countries with scarce population , limited manpower and wealth commited themselves to a fruitless war . it was a singular one , a motorized war , with lorried infantry,and a logistical dominance of th motor. Bolivia employed with relative effect tanks , flamethrowers and a up to date air force , it was a war of fortified strongholds (fortines ) to conquest and of ample manouvres , developed on the vastness of the Chaco Boreal .was a war with few generals . with field officers commanding divisions and captains regiments , at the beginning , the belicist Bolivia had a Army in cadre , theoretically with 6 divisions , yes they exists but as skeletons of a division . total strength of the Army was less than 5000 men .Paraguay did well , declared a general mobilization . well its a theme very interesting the Chaco War . about the war few books exists in english , one the conduct of the Chaco War of the captn USAF ,D H Zook , the other The memoirs of marshall Estigarribia edited first in USA after the war, Osprey had edited a book , not very good , but with much usable information , about the air war exists a book of Antonio Sapienza and other , The militaria related to the war is mostly weapons , equipment and some decorations of the bolivian side, ,the paraguayan is limited just the decorations you have posted, initially the three crosses were only for the officers, I will try to post a few notes about the uniforms used by the bolivians
  19. Thank you very much Naxos, Great Stuff. I have been wanting to read these cards for a while now and its nice to see the what was written all those years ago. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  20. Here are different contemporary uniform. The first one from the Air Force, with only the ribbon bar. the 2nd and the 3rd are from the Army (there was a citation device on the ribbon of the Cruz del Chaco on uniform N°3, but sadly is missing). All Cruz del Chaco with citation are rare, but I have been told that the original citation were of real gold, this could explain many missings..... The 4th uniform (Brown color) shows no medals, but I choose to show it, because it's a bit "different" : Army Reserve corps
  21. Can any member provide me with a description for this badge. All I know that it is from Latvia and is for a Partisan Brigade Badge from the 1920's Robert Maher
  22. Here are the Awards of Captan Ramon Diaz de Bedoya You can se different suspension type of Cruz del Chaco and of the Cruz del Defensor (and also with different way to "make" the ribbon).
  23. Now I will post the Awards of Captan Juan E.Melgarejo. Born in 1911 and passed away in 1995, interestingly this Officer was not awarded the Cruz del Chaco, but as an Officers of the Transmission Unit, he was awarded the Medal of Honor of Communication. The medal show its reverse (it's the oval shaped medal on lower left corner of first photo). This is the obverse of the Paraguay Medal of Honor of the Transmisiones. All the different Medal of Honor for the different services Inside the Armed Forces were instituted in 1955 (one year after Alfredo Stroessner took power). There is 11 such a medals, each with a different obverse, but a common reverse. Some ribbon are for many of the medals like the red ribbon with edges stripes in red/white/blue, that is used by 4 of the 11 such a medals. The quality of frabrication vary enormously from the 1950ies till nowdays. In the frame that is in the museum, the ribbon is likely to be the one of the Medal of Honor of the Cavalry. You can also see the suspension of the Cruz del Defensor is different from previous crosses shown here.
  24. Souvenier de Anvers (Antwerpen) Allen herzliche Grüsse Euer Erwin Antwerpen 29.11.14
  25. Here are some photo related to Major Amancio Pampliega. The document in the frame is his Award Document with the Citation for the Cruz del Chaco. From left to right are displayed : Boqueron medal, Cruz del Chaco, Cruz del Defensor. Major Pampliega survived the war, and in 1968 published a book about the war : " El Conductor Glorioso : Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia ".
  26. Here is Order of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the highest award of the country, and this is this award that is worn by the late President Hugo Chavez from Venezuela (photo posted a few years ago by another member of this forum).
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