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Alpha Draconis

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  1. Hallo Duffy Duck Very nice medal indeed! As for the holes I dont think they were ment for diamonds, they are randomly placed with no order. The planned holes would be simetrical or circular, IMHO. Regards Joseph
  2. The numbers are impressed, and yes, there is a correct font. But fakers today make very good correct font!!! The older versions 19ct. medals had different correct font than the 20ct. medals, so there is some variations of correct font depending of the age... Regarding the 4 step you mentioned, the first and second degree crosses in gold or gold metal are marked 1 step and 2 step, the other two grades in silver or white metal are marked 3 step and 4 step Best regards
  3. 👍👍👍 In that case all you need is to find a White eagle mini with numbers 1883, and you'll have a matching minies!🤗 Joke aside, those mistakes are quite rare, thus I like these medals even better✌
  4. Hello Jeff Do you meen the numbers on the reverse? Many of these were not numbered, but still original pieces... Best regards Joseph
  5. Most probably, the jeweler had to made booth st Sava and White eagle miniature, and made a mistake by writing a White eagle year instead of st Sava.... but we'll never know for sure🤦‍♂️ Best regards
  6. What is curious, I have seen only numbers from 2000 and 3000 range, none under 2000. Has any of you gents pieces under No. 2000? Regards Joseph
  7. Hello Lars Paul is correct as always, it means soldier No. 2230 of the 1st regiment de Ligne. Only 1st regiment has the inscription, as I have seen so far... Best regards Joseph
  8. Hello!! BK should be Braca Knaus, the same company as GK only later... Best regards
  9. Thank you Misiu! Is it a defence force badge or badge of honor? Regards Joseph
  10. Hello Gents Please help me with the identification of this badge. I have some infos but need a clarification. I was told that this is the badge of Finland defence forces, and it's some kind of medal of honor. Please tell me in what period was it bestowed and the rarity of the badge. Any info is appriciated!! The badge is Finish made and numbered. Best regards Joseph
  11. Hello Obi This is probably Dimitri Kuckhina st George cross, price roughly 400-600$ Best regards Joseph
  12. Hello Jan The two Croatian badges are fakes, most probably the Yugoslavian as well. Bulgarian could be good, Prussian Ce Juncker has the markings and exaust holes, ciukd be good but I'm no expert in Prussia. Spanish is good... Best regards Joseph
  13. It's a good one! Dating is difficult because archives were destroyed in ww2, but as Stuka f said most prabable from 1914-1920 Best regards Joseph
  14. Hello Nick There were many producers of this medal, mostly from Wien. It is believed that about 200 000 pieces were made, and none of them bears any hallmark... Some believe that the loop version is older than the other one. There is a ball suspension version as well. Best regards Joseph
  15. Hello KimKan I believe that those letters are "R.A." not "G.A.". Anyway on the initial photo the maker is most probably "G.D.", but never mind since you don't have that order any more. Chinese order of double dragon is known to be made by Russian jewelers! Best regards Joseph
  16. Enzo, I need to visit Firenze with my father too But I doubt I'll be that lucky!! Best regards Joseph
  17. Beautiful chain Enzo Serbia, Japan, Russia, all civil, this must belong to Austrian Ambassador! Trooper D, The "plain chain" is in the back of the uniform or suit so it doesn't need to be fancy.:) Best regards Joseph
  18. Hello Gents Here is another, I believe better photo of the mark, it is definitely a 3 Chamois without a letter A. Does it mean it is most probably Gebrueder Resch 1867-1872 Order like Thomas said? Elmar, thank you for clearing out the Roman numeros on the lid, I have suspected this is the case, but it is better to wait for confirmation. And, why make a mini collars when there ate normal minis of this order? Were there any other collar minis of other Austrian orders like Iron Crown or Leopold? Of course the Golden Fleece had collar minis.... Best regards Joseph
  19. Hello Tifes Thank you for the elaborate answer. I'm sorry about the photos of the mark, they are faint, I'll try to take a new photo at different angle. I taught there were more producers of FJO than just two. Do you know anything of that Roman numeros on the lid, I know that doesn't have any significance for this order, just to resolve my curiosity Tifes, were there ever the collar of FJO? Maybe for Franz Joseph himself? Best regards Joseph
  20. Hello Gents I have one nice FJO badge and I need your help about few things. I believe it is Grand Cross badge, but I need your confirmation. It measures 6,8 X 3,7 cm, weight 24 g. Gold acid tested not only 18k, but up to 22k gold, stamp not fully readable but I believe to be a Chamois mark with number 3, but it could be something else with number 2 when I turn the photo upside down... I've seen no letters on the mark.. Now, is it possible to find a maker and a year, establish the class( I don't think it is commander or Grand commander class because second loop is small, not long ) and one more curiosity? I had several FJO-s with "secret locker", but none of those had Roman numeros engraved on the "lid". What does these numeros mean? Probably the number of product, or something like that? Please Gents, check your beauties at home and see if they had numeros as well.... Best regards Joseph A.D.
  21. Hello Eurorders Are you sure thay this is black enamels on your st Stas? It looks like dark red enamels on the last set of photos? I believe that on black enamels you can't see the "ribs" under the enamels no matter the angle of the light... I had a few and never saw the gold under the enamels. I have one miniature with datk red, looks like black, but it's not. Best regards Joseph
  22. Hello Graf Thank you for your post. I got this order in a lot 3 years, or so, ago and I never knew it's real value, but didn't care because I kept it regardles I'm not a Bulgaria decorations collector, I admired its craftmanship and age. But now the time has come to part with it and I couldn't find anywhere what class this is so I don't lie to potential buyer. And you are right, the market will tell its real value. Ilieff That's nice example of crown variations, and no wonder that lots of us are confused with so many different models, but after all, the diversity of them makes collecting even more interesting! Best regards Joseph
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