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  1. During the period of 1878-1885 many Bulgarians were presented with the Order of Takovo. I cannot quote any number, but it was large enough for the Ministry of War to issue official documents outlining who, how and when can wear their foreign awards, the Takovo order being one of the prime awards mentioned.
  2. Former member of the Bulgarian Voluntary corps G. Ivanov with an impressive display of awards.
  3. The King in hussar uniform. Note the Constantinian order of St. George with the 'Bulgarian' type of jewelled crown - something we discussed in another thread.
  4. Hi, Unfortunately, I haven't got any info about this display. I only came across this photograph in the archives and decided to share it with you.
  5. Since we're on the topic of display of awards, here's another interesting one: Display of the honours, awards and orders awarded to Shipkoff's Rose essence factory. I did not know that corporate entities could be awarded with orders, too. Or... perhaps these include the personal decorations of the director himself. Opinions? Which is the French (?) order?
  6. Very nice. Vojvoda Stepanovic was the sole foreigner to have been decorated with the 2nd class order "For Bravery" during the Balkan wars. In total, during the period of 1912-1913, there were 9 decorations with the 2nd class order - all remaining 8 orders were given to Bulgarian generals (Savov, Fichev, Kutinchev, Ivanov, Dimitriev, Toshev, Dikov and Todorov).
  7. Very nice photo Paja. Thanks. By the way, this thread should not be treated as 'Bulgarian-related' only, even though it's currently the case. I'd be happy to see more interesting photographs of other countries too. As for the swords/no-swords dilemma - my understanding is that if there are crossed swords above the cross, then [in most cases] the lappets won't be there and vice versa. This suggests that if there weren't any swords present, then we should see the lappets of the crown. I can't. And no, the Princess wasn't the commander of a Bulgarian military unit, as far as I know. My thinking is that she's been given the St.Alexander order for Her personal deeds as a nurse in the field hospitals of the Great War.
  8. Princess Nadezhda. It's interesting to see [what appears to be] a St.Alexander order on a ladies' ribbon and with crossed swords. It's news for me.
  9. Prime-minister Stambolov - one of the few Bulgarians to have been decorated with the 1st class of the bravery order. We can also see a diamond (?) St. Alexander star and perhaps a gold grade medal of merit.
  10. No idea. I do not collect awards, so I couldn't possibly know - just wanted to share the ad.
  11. More fake Military merit orders This one looks to have been made from scratch (perhaps a small portion of the parts of the cross might be genuine) and I must say that I am impressed (and worried). https://balkan.auction/en/auction/3910876/royal-order-for-merit-merit-iii-degree-borisovo-issue
  12. Rarest of things: Medal of merit - solid gold, 2nd Ferdinand emission If we assume that this is the original case, who would be the maker? Rothe? Or perhaps Schwerdtner? Image courtesy of Mr Manov, collector
  13. This video basically covers the above article about the baton but with subtitles in English. Enjoy
  14. Hi all, For those of you who can read Bulgarian, here's the source of the images: https://www.24chasa.bg/ojivlenie/article/6660366 By the way, this is yet another indicator that the King never wore a bravery order higher than the 3rd class he was given in WW1.
  15. Slightly off-topic: The mythical King Boris III's fieldmarshal's baton which was meant to be presented to Him (along with the corresponding military rank) just a fortnight after this death. Original invoice for the production this masterpiece was 148 229 reichsmarks, excluding the materials, I believe. Maker is Gerb.Godet&Co (supposedly, the best jewellers in Germany at that time). The baton is property of the National Military history museum but due to its high value, it's permanently stashed at the National Bank treasury deep underground.