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  1. Yankee

    early St. Alexander

    Hi Graf Yes that is exactly what I meant. It seems the one being offered at auction has the swds a bit more raised over cross then the one you provided. Perhaps they are silver plate so I doubt they are of high quality. I don't know the difference or if anybody knows the difference of a 6th class from Alexander's time to the early years of Prince Ferdinand. Pictured is a 6th class of a solid silver example that was probably a private purchase. Unless all the early ones were made of solid silver with the bulbous arms. This one is a two part construction, most likely for the 1877 War. It looks identical to your gilded one however the swds on reverse I think were detailed. Thanks
  2. Actually your correct there is a solid gold one with crown that I suspect was reserved for royalty. Since year 2000 have only seen once and that was at a auction in GB. I don’t think there is a solid gold one without crown or bronze as well. Take a look at the next Kuenker auction there is a bunch of fine Bulgarian being offered. Good luck Yankee
  3. Yankee

    early St. Alexander

    Fantastic pieces you guys have. In the next Kuenker auction there is a nice collection of Saint Alexander from different periods. There is a 6th class swds above the cross with only 10 being awarded Have only seen one other from that period and that was over a decade ago. No idea if they make copies in that grade.
  4. Nevermind it was it was in the ANS
  5. Hi Paul The Austrian made Rose have hallmarks or some other indication that led you to put the manufacture as A-H? The reason asking is recently acquired such an example having 34mm of high quality and assumed French origin. Have you access to that foto still? It never occurred to me that I could have a Rothe or Mayer made one. Thanks Brian
  6. Hi Igor Thank you for bringing the battle of Shipka to my attention, fascinating to know that the Russian authorities gave all who participated a silver medal I suppose for having achieved a tremendous victory. Appreciate showing those fine early bars that also belong to the heroes of Shipka. Came across this fine early group from the same time period as the Bulgarian bars. Interesting to note that their medal placements were connected to a clip on the reverse. One does not come across early Romanian groups often so can't say if this was a common practice.
  7. Hi Graf That is a good point you make with him, should have been given the Bravery Order before he put those commemorative medals on the bar which came at a later date. Then the info provided by Igor confirms your accurate views of him being an enlisted man. Thanks
  8. Hi Graf The reason I was thinking that the bar had the possibility of belonging to an officer was the award of the Russian medal in silver. Clearly he should have received the Russo/Turkish in bronze. Perhaps he was promoted to officer later & received the medal at that time. I suppose this fine group would be impossible to identify.
  9. What would be the rank according to this brave man's bar?
  10. Yankee

    Cholera Medal 1865

    Appreciate the search Gentlemen I suppose there can't be more than a handful in existence today. I wonder about the depiction on the reverse if that is the Tree of Life. It is wonderfully executed and a lot of thought had gone into its design. Perhaps it is similar to the Portugese Yellow Fever medal of 1858 in way of award criteria such as doctor, nurse volunteer. They were both given for humanitarian services in their respective capitals. Wonder if other Empires, Kingdoms, Duchies, Principalities had issued medals for such circumstances. If so please mention. Thanks Brian
  11. Hi Igor Thanks a bunch for providing that excellent research. I suppose the vast majority were awarded in peace time of this type. So this begs the question of how many were awarded for the Balkan Wars of 1912,13 & WWl? Interesting that in the beginning most of the awards went to foreigners is mostly because Alexander brought his own officers I think. I did actually purchase that order of merit from Victor but not the one shown above. As I recall there were 5 or 6 orders of merit all of the same signature telge being offered at once. So I just assumed being so many that they were not scarce. The one you show from vicmart is a Yelge which he describes as being scarce too. Vicmart describes the Yelge piece being early too or is he wrong? At that time remember seeing the order of merit Alexander type with wreath and one with chain but that was 10 or more years ago and I suspect long gone from his list. Did manage to pick up an Alexander type medal of merit from him.
  12. Hi Igor Should this one be from the time of the Serbian Bulgarian 1885 conflict? Any idea how many were awarded from that period?
  13. Anything marked CFR, CF Rothe is post WWI. These pieces are nothing more than post war replacements, copies, fakes, etc but they are not from the time of the Monarchy. So so many dealers treat these marks as genuine A-H Monarchy period. I suspect many dealers just don't know and push the narrative its a Rothe so it has to be good.
  14. Yankee

    Order of the Iron Crown

    I remember the Fattovich collection all too well. Never did I see so much A-H material being auctioned off from one collection. When I read the description of a good many lots being of later manufacture but of excellent quality gave me a moment to pause in being careful what to bid on. I knew right away that a lot of these fantastic copies would reappear on unsuspecting dealer lists and auction sites. I recall those fantastic gold collars being sold off dirt cheap. There is nothing to stop an expert jeweler/engraver to make official markings prior to 1918 on them. Have seen some very rare combinations myself recently not being labeled as copies. Basically a lot of collectors are going to get burnt As for myself I did purchase one item & I can only hope the other bidders who participated were in the auction room itself having already examined it. So basically took a chance & hope the dedication is genuine and not something of a 1960's or 70's collectors paid order.
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