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  1. 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.
  2. Hi Igor Should this one be from the time of the Serbian Bulgarian 1885 conflict? Any idea how many were awarded from that period?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. There is one without signature. The merit order right above ( left example ) looks to have no engraver. If there is I can't see with naked eye, who is it?
  6. Hi Igor So basically there are three types of merit order from Ferdinand period. Two with signature and one without. Opps the little head I thought was common with TELGE signature. I have one of them just need to check engraver. Roughly what years were they awarded from by TELGE? Thanks The ones without signature are fake
  7. Hi Igor Is the big head type more rare? Never encountered YELOE engraver or a gold merit order. They must be very rare. Thanks for making me aware.
  8. It had never occurred to me looking at the medal posted by Igor being being the same as mine. The ribbon just faded out after all this time, and as you quite clearly point out the stitching is an exact match. I had hoped it was a different medal that Igor posted to get confirmation of the engraver. BTW just recently found your site and found it very informative and easy to navigate. Thanks for that
  9. I was wrong after removing the dust clouds from Ferdinand did discover a maker below the bust. - l NCR only those four letters were available to my loop. Any idea who the engraver is? Perhaps Igor's example just posted has same engraver.
  10. Good idea the before and after results. I could have sworn when first purchased my example looked exactly like yours.
  11. Right you are. Used cotton swabs a much safer route with excellent results
  12. I thought Coca Cola was only used to clean car engines and pizza restaurants. Good idea to experiment on something of less value.
  13. Hi Igor I too noticed the dirt for the first time. I can only think of the high humidity that I live in that would cause this build up. I don't like to disturb medals in trying to clean them, perhaps make it worse. I had no idea that it was rare. Hi ilieff I bought it about a decade ago, from a Bulgarian dealer. The reason why I purchased it was the high relief and crisp details that struck me. I believe it is silver and appeared to be in mint condition. Now it is heavily tarnished which I suspect must be from the humidity. I did not see any hallmarks. Any idea how many were awarded?
  14. Cholera Medal 1865

    Hello Can anybody provide the number of Cholera medals awarded. Did they also come in gold and bronze. In a recent auction one fetched an amazing 40,000 dollars more or less including auction fees in silver. Thanks in advance.