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  1. Instituted: 17 August 1943. Awarded: To foreigners who are considered worthy of the highest honour and recognition of the Argentinian nation. Collar: Grand Cross: Badge
  2. Great stuff, Emmanuel. Yes, I just found out about Eva Peron's special collar as well, but that's the only image I can find of it. Unfortunately it did not survive the military coup in 1955, being taken apart and all the gems sold off. The design was quite different from that in use today – although the badge of the Order was suspended from a laurel wreath with a curved sabre and Andean condor, the centre link of the collar from which it hung depicted the National Coat of Arms with four flags, and the rest of the Collar was made up of the shields of the then fourteen provinces united by a double chain of drums (representing the Tacuarí drum, based on a legend of a young drummer boy at the 1811 battle between Spanish loyalists and revolutionaries) and closing of laurels with a great sun's finale in back.
  3. Nice. Would you be willing to allow me to use the image on my website (with full acknowledgement, of course)?
  4. Here, as promised, is the Grand Cross star - a magnificent gold beast!
  5. That's interesting, Emmanuel... poking around on a mostly defunct corner of the Argentinan Chancellory website, it appears that the insignia for the Grand Officer class does indeed consist solely of a breast star. Here's the link: https://web.archive.org/web/20120409224548/http://www.cancilleria.gov.ar/portal/cancilleria/condecoraciones/sm_granoficial.html (archived in 2012) Here's one that Spinks are selling in the new year: The star is silver apart from the 'wavy rays' which are 18 karat gold. It's 90mm in diameter, the same size as the Grand Cross star, which is made completely of gold. I have an image of that somewhere as well... I just prefer to post on my own site before here :)
  6. Splendid... if only I could read Thai!
  7. Plenty... some are on Medals of the World already but there are more to be added. When I'm at my hom computer I can see about uploading some for you...
  8. Very handsome, Emmanuel - thank you for sharing.
  9. Megan

    Russian ribbon bar ID needed

    1. Order of Ushakov - to naval commanders for meritorious service. 2. Medal for Military Valour Class 2 Not sure about the rest yet, will have to dig a bit! Your man was perhaps a Naval Attaché... so a serving naval officer in a diplomatic posting.
  10. India General Service Medal 1854-1895. The clasps awarded are listed here: http://medals.org.uk/united-kingdom/united-kingdom031.htm These do include expeditions to Burma...
  11. Same ribbon as the Saxe-Ernestine House Order - pinkish-purplish red with green edges and a narrow dark blue stripe just to the inside of the green.
  12. Megan

    Medal ID help!

    Kingdom of Romania: Medal for Military Virture, instituted 13 November 1926. This is the Type 1 (1926-1940) Class 2: Silver Medal with crown described as a civil award for 'navigating personnel'.
  13. Let me know when you are back (and PM your e-mail address) and I'll send you a copy over. I had noticed the simularity of sash and flag, rather neat :) Wonder how it is done as a ribbon bar?
  14. Thank you... 2 more to add... :)
  15. This is all fascinating and informative, as I'm working on the Venezuela section of my website at the moment! Just to add even more confusion, it appears that the entire thing was dropped and replaced in 2010 by the Orden Libertadores y Libertadoras de Venezuela in collar and 3 classes - and a quite different centrepiece to the badge, if a rather scruffy image in the Spanish version of Wikipedia is to be believed. No idea as to the design of the stars worn by Class 1 and Class 2, yet. The ribbon is yellow/blue/red with small white stars on the blue stripe. I have found the law creating it, In Spanish of course, and am struggling my way through a translation (my Spanish is at the 'May I have a beer, please?' and 'Where is the bathroom?' level!). If anyone's good at Spanish I can send a copy over, she says hopefully... I have found an image from earlier this year of a 100-year old musician called Juan Vicente Torrealba receiving the Class 1 of the order - you can see the stars on the sash and the star but it is not at all clear.
  16. Guyana became independent from the UK in 1966, but did not institute her own orders until becoming a Republic in 1970. The highest order, awarded in a single class, is the Order of Excellence of Guyana. It is awarded to up to 25 living citizens of the Republic for distinction and eminence in any field of endeavour of national or international importance. Foreigners may receive honorary awards. Badge: Star:
  17. Maarjamaa Risti teenetemärk Instituted in 1995 and awarded to Estonians and foreigners for services to the state in 6 classes. Here is the Collar, which with a star makes up a 'special' class. Obverse: Reverse:
  18. Fascinating, thanks Antonio.
  19. My copy has just arrived and it's beautiful! More coherent comments to follow after I've stopped drooling over the pictures and actually read it!
  20. Of course, it's Eid al-Fitr isn't it. Have a wonderful festival. Eid mubarak.
  21. The Greek is basically the title of each medal Διασυμμαχικόν Μετάλλιον Νίκης = Allied Victory Medal Πολεμικός Σταυρός = War Cross (3rd Class) Αριστείον Ανδρείας = literally 'Award for Bravery', usually called the Cross of Valour.
  22. Megan

    Are these US patches?

    All Vietnam-era, bottom 2 are US. Top: Unknown, probably one of the 'joke' patches that were made up in country and worn unofficially. Middle: (blue with wing) is 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team (normally seen with a white on blue AIRBORNE arc above). Bottom: (red with sword) is US Military Assistance Command Vietnam.