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  1. Hi Gavin, I was just reading this interesting series of old posts on the OPBGG, also among my favorite Chinese ODMs. I have 1st and 2nd class sets and either 4th or 5th (can't recall), and the past discussion is making me want to dig them out tomorrow to enjoy them as I haven't seen them in a while. What firm is YJA that you mentioned please? Also in the photo of Tsao-kun that JapanX shows, we see on his bottom row at left (as viewed) what seems to be a White Eagle Order star. I don't recall seeing others wearing this great rarity. Has any new information been published about China's Order of the White Eagle? Thanks, Frank Draskovic
  2. This post about the extremely difficult process of expert enameling is an excellent reminder to all of us who buy enameled insignia for our collections. The collector's best friend to inspect enamel and other small details is a high quality magnifying glass. I've found that magnifiers with at least two powers is best; one lens of about 5X to get an enlarged view of a main section, then a 10X at least to view tiny areas like hallmarks, makers marks and telltale signs of fakery like casting pits, etc. Having attended incalculable numbers of numismatic conventions over 55+ years of coin dealing and collecting, where magnifying glass are seen everywhere, I am always amazed when attending medal or militaria shows where one hardly sees a collector using a magnifier to view a medal or enameled Order. They seem more apt to accept the notion that what they're looking at, at arm's length, really is what it purports to be...but we know that very often, and increasingly now as with these excellent Bulgarian fakes, they are not. A quality magnifier used wisely will pay for itself many times over.
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    ITALY "ORDER" Identification needed

    After posting the above, I found a hint in Burke's that led me to a website. This is most likely an insignia of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. The still vibrant order describes itself at its website as shown below. 2018 is its 800th anniversary. "The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy is an international community of priests and brothers who live a life of prayer and communal fraternity. In addition to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, their members take a special fourth vow to give up their own selves for others whose faith is in danger. The Order, also called the Mercedarians, or Order of Mercy, was founded in 1218 in Spain by St. Peter Nolasco to redeem Christian captives from their Muslim captors. The Order exists today in 17 countries, including Spain, Italy, Brazil, India, and the United States. In the U.S., its student house is in Philadelphia, and it also has houses in New York, Florida, and Ohio. Today, friars of the Order of Mercy continue to rescue others from modern types of captivity, such as social, political, and psychological forms. They work in jails, marginal neighborhoods, among addicts, and in hospitals. In the United States, the Order of Mercy gives special emphasis to educational and parish work. The spiritual and communal life of the friars include prayer, meditation, Holy Mass, recreation, and apostolate. Their life is based on the Rule of St. Augustine and the Constitutions of the Order. Overall, the Order of Mercy commits itself to give testimony to the same Good News of love and redemption that it has shown since the beginning of its history." Additional comments and photos of other examples of the insignia are encouraged.
  4. Hi Gents: Along with the unknown "Portuguese" Order we've been chatting about, here is another unknown Commander cased set originating from Italy. It also consists of a neck badge in gilt AE and enamels and includes a miniature and lapel rosette in a plain red fitted case. There are no markings on the insignia and the case is likewise unmarked. There was also, inside the box, a 1949 transmittal letter to the recipient, a Mr. Giulio Fronza of Milan. However, there is no mention of the Order's name in the letter. So here we have a cased medal and a transmittal letter with still no name anywhere in sight! I've seen this insignia two or three times over the last few decades and someone once told me its name, but I have forgotten. Can someone remind me please if you know it. Thanks, Frank D.
  5. Hello Jerome, Nice to "meet" you. Many thanks for your comments. You are correct, unless someone comes up with a solid attribution, or a document with the insignia, we can only guess at it's origin and name. Speaking of names, you mention Concorde. I don't know it, so I checked the "Self-Styled Orders" index in Burke's, but can't find it there either. What is it please? Regarding accompanying documents with unknown insignia, I just started another unknown inquiry under Italy. That medal had a transmittal letter in the box, but it does not mention the name of the "Order" ! Please have a look there. Frank D. Frank D.
  6. Hello Paul, Nice to hear from you. I hope all is well. It's a handsome and well made insignia with the pierced globe and crossed batons with little globes at the ends. Wouldn't it be nice if we could name it ourselves? I'd agree with the "Order of Military Exploration", sounds terrific! But our pal quivivfrance has offered another scenario. He could be right, but we still need a firm attribution. Maybe someone will have a document or receipt for one? Best Wishes, Frank
  7. This is the gilt imprint on the top of the green Cravanzola case.
  8. Hello All, I recently acquired this Commander set in a case and request some help please with an accurate attribution if anyone knows for sure. It was purportedly a Portuguese "Order". It is large, 90mm to top of globe suspension x 40 mm wide, the cross with the same form as an Order of Christ, but in green. It is quite well made of gilt silver. The suspension is an armillary globe, thus it's likely something geographic, perhaps an Order of Geographic Merit from a learned society? Consists of a neck badge as shown in the photo, with Commander lapel rosette-pin with two gold wings, plus a handsome little miniature and a ribbon bar all in a Cravanzola, Roma, green case of issue with gold imprint of the Order arms on top. I'd say vintage is ca.1940s, +/- a few years. Can anyone help with an identification please? Many thanks, Frank Draskovic
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    Unknown "Order" or medal ID inquiry

    The attribution found by member Noor is correct and confirmed. Many thanks for his eagle eye in finding it !!! I hope to be able to return the favor some day. Frank Draskovic
  10. As member Noor might be familiar with Belgian awards, please have a look at this one...

     

  11. Another view at 400 dpi, reverse detail, showing the thick, broad weave and stitching, along with a few moth holes and tears, stains, etc. I have no doubt about genuineness. I'm more interested in the period used and if this size was particular to a certain rank perhaps? 3-20-18. Here are the rings that were attached to the corners, well oxidized now due to age. Would anyone know the current retail market value of this flag?
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    Unknown "Order" or medal ID inquiry

    Hello member Noor, Many thanks for your success in finding a similar medal for sale with an attribution. The first thing I did was go to my "Quinot" book on Belgian orders and medals to confirm..."Recueil Illustre Des Orders De Chevalerie et Decorations Belges De 1830 A 1963" by H. Quinot, 5th edition. It was not listed there in the Red Cross, or any other, section, though I did find the ribbon being used for a different medal entirely. I'll contact jkmilitaria and ask for an attribution. They are experts on Red Cross ODMs and should have more info on it. Thanks again Noor ! Regards, Frank D.
  13. If you click on the picture a few times, it will enlarge enough to see the weave and stitching. I'd guess it to be a cotton or linen fabric, certainly not modern. Another view at 400 dpi, reverse detail, showing the thick, broad weave and stitching, along with a few moth holes and tears, stains, etc. I have no doubt about genuineness. I'm more interested in the period used and if this size was particular to a certain rank perhaps?
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    Unknown "Order" or medal ID inquiry

    Hi to Bayern in Argentina. I'd say the colors are more of a faded light cobalt blue, rather than gray, but a good hint about a possible nurse's cloak badge. The mystery continues. Gracias amigo! Regards, Frank
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