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    Belgium NationalOrders, Imperial German Iron Cross, French Legion of Honour Order, Italy Order of the Crown.
    Bulgariam Royal Orders and Rare Communist Orders
    Epaulettes -WW1 and earlier era

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  1. Hi, It is difficult to determine the class only by the ribbon. Since the person was Vice -Admiral it could be anything from an Officer to a Grand Officer Class,depends when he was awarded. - ( as Vice Admiral or earlier in his carrier)
  2. That little gem was sold an auction few months ago Pity i missed the auction
  3. Thank you Here is a a nice Iron Cross grouping to a Bulgarian general Stefan Popoff (Popov) Both crosses are marked 800 Not rare however the Documents are It is a big grouping including the General School Certificate from primary School Field letters to his wife and the Awarding Documents including congratulating letter
  4. Hi Chris,, I searched the market quite a bit and also the available information on internet I found, so far, that this variation with brass frame does not come with a back plate??!! All the EKs I have seen from this variation are with the brass nut only All of them do not show any signs that they ever had back plate The patina on all of them is quite even on the reverse surface of the cross -including the cross I listed The silver frame screw back models come with two types of back plates -round and a cross like one (with one or two posts) I discussed this topic on two more threads regarding the pillow back model Interesting fact is that on two other forum sites where those crosses were discussed the owners of this variation sadly stated that their crosses were missing the back plate On both crosses that were listed I did not noticed any signs for ever existing back plate Both had this even patina on the reverse surface Unless more information is found I started to believe that this variation was with no back plate
  5. I just got a nice Meybauer - fully marked- the cross, the cross like plate and the nut are all marked This is a nice addition to my 1914 EK1 collection Here are my top eight EK1s
  6. Hi GregM, As you stated in one of the posts "NOT a fake. That is a pillow back style cross made by the maker "AWS". ( A. Werner & S?hne, Berlin ) These are a hard to find variation and usually bring a premium on the market. They can be found in screw back and pin back versions and can be found with silver or brass frames. I have one just like yours with a brass frame and iron core" I got the same brass core model. After looking in all existing materials I came to a conclusion that the Bras core screw back model never had a big plate only the screw which is also made of brass On some other forum sites the owners of this model were not happy that the "big disc" is missing. All crosses I researched none of them had any sign of previously existing big plate plate/disc The patina on the back, on all of them, showed very even pattern Best
  7. I have done a brief research of the existing and known crosses like the one I listed All brass frame crosses come without the additional big disk It looks like that they were delivered that way
  8. Hi I recently got this nice AWS Cross with screw back It is brass frame and a screw, however the core is magnetic Three is a faint mark? on the lower arm, which looks as a very faint AWS, however it could be just some other mark (not maker one) I have seen different variations of the screw back with big round plate or cross like plate in addition to the small screw(s) However all the brass frame versions I have seen were with no additional plates -like the one I got Furthermore there are no signs that there was additional disk Are those brass models without other plates/discs?
  9. My latest addition to the red cross collection German made in gilded Silver
  10. Hi, I just added a nice big miniature of an early model of the Order It is French made with mark "VL" and "head of hare" The 1'2 size Order in the middle is also French made with mark "head of hare"
  11. Hi, The Order is OK It looks Original It is a Knight Class from the Presidency Period A very short period from 1848-1852 It is relatively rare model It is a pity it is damaged, however still attractive Orders from this period in a perfect condition attract good price If you paid around 200 Euro or less You have done well The Order is made of Silver You can see the French mark for silver at the bottom of the cross - "boar head" typical mark for this period The red cloth inside the crown was added at some stage to make more attractive/dramatic look Usually a piece of ribbon is used You can get easily a ribbon for the order It is the same colour as the piece of cloth inside the crown Best
  12. Graf

    Legion D'Honour

    I agree with Daffy Duck I i can add that it is 3rd Republic Luxury Model Those Crosses were privately made by the owners to show some status in the society or in some cases by the the family or team mates for a special occasions Those crosses come in a many level of luxury from one Diamond to multiple ones From a flat forms to a very complex and domed ones The market and collectors value depends on many factors level of luxury, quality and number of diamonds, the material of the cross (silver or gold) the overall condition of the cross and other factors. Here are some examples I hope this was of some help
  13. We all agree - Bad recent work I agree the Officer will not add those fake Diamonds to a already worn Order. Any way item was sold
  14. In my opinion they could be French made, however South/North America High ranking Officer - a rank of general? Usually the French Epaulettes do not have metal rims and like Bayern pointed out the eagles have crown over their heads Second Empire French general Epaulettes look different. Any way it is a nice pair
  15. Hi New Word, For me it does matter. If the Dealer did it it is too bad If a lonely collector did it it point to creating purely fantasy item Any way No point arguing here Our role is to detect any fakes or unusual items and list it for discussions and to warn the members Best
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