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  1. Next to last may be Montenegrian St. Peter of Cetinje....?
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    A new rare one !

    Excellent series!
  3. Thank you, Emmanuel, for locating this elusive item. As usual, you graciously share your valuable, esoteric & hard-won information and imagery! Royal Insignia manufactured these decorations, designed by Philip Eagleton, in the early 2000’s. Sharif Ali bin Hussein perused the Order of the Hashemite Crown concept while envisaging restoration of a post-2003 Iraqi kingdom with himself as king. He continues to lead the Iraqi Constitutional Monarchy Movement. An Iraqi Hashemite who survived the 1958 revolution as a two year old, he was King Faisal II‘s first cousin; his maternal grandfather was the last king of Hejaz. However, the ephemeral monarchial restoration campaign evaporated so the Hashemite Crown project dissolved. To date, I cannot confirm that Sharif Ali ever actually used or awarded this Order or that these pieces represent more than just exploratory samples. Yes, Peter, both the star and badge exhibit damage. Several of the star point extremities are bent and the badge lacks several pearls in addition to the bent suspension [note enamel loss to arm under the crown].
  4. Yes, an interesting non-combatant group! Most likely someone active in the German medical profession originally earned these awards. Both the Hungarian [swordless design planchet & different ribbon for non-combat recipients] & the Bulgarian WW I [same design planchet for combatant, non-combat and next-of-kin but different ribbons for each variety] Commemoratives sport non-combatant ribbons and the Hindy lacks swords. Hungarian & Bulgarian value 4-6 times that of a combatant’s as singles. A DRK (German Red Cross) Service Medal recently auctioned for about $350. DRK medal bar position differs from ribbon bar position.
  5. Thank you for sharing this remarkable officer's history and awards!!
  6. Thank you for these additional precious images! The buildings appear to be in near original condition!!
  7. Very unusual case title variant! Typeface somewhat resembles that of much later Huguenin marked cases.
  8. Last item, a Queen Marie Cross [aka Order of Queen Marie] 2nd class, recognized civil and war time medical work merits and service. The award, established in 1917 in 3 classes, was revised in 1938 with minor cross design changes and addition of gold thread edge stripes to the original solid yellow ribbon. Source: Dr. Klietmann PHALERISTIK RUMANIEN, 1975. Your example appears to be a 2nd class awarded between 1917 and 1938. Of course, prices depend greatly on any number of factors. These may sell in the £75-£100 price range as a single. Miniatures might go for as much as £25-50. You probably have a fair idea of the value of the rest of the group.
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    WoW! a bunch of "what is it"s.......

    Your image depicts French General Denis Mistral who will be appointed general commanding the Foreign Legion in August 2018. His last row of awards includes [left to right] the National Order of Mali, the National Order of Merit of Chad, the National Order [of Merit] of the Ivory Coast, and an award I disremember. All appear to be knight grade honors. He probably will receive a Senegal Order of the Lion commander grade when he leaves his present assignmant as head of French advisory forces in West Africa.
  10. Graf--astounding mini, thank you for posting it! It is only the 4th that I have seen in over 40 years! And a better example than the others too. Seem to be at least one mark on the ring, have you identified it? Somewhere I have an image of an Honorary distinction "For Incentive of Philanthropy" first class set in a case--case lid has only Ferdinand monogram on lid. Maybe for foreign recipient?
  11. Thank you jovenmara for sharing this very important group with us! And, of course, thanks to Nick for his present and earlier work on this award. For reference ease, this thread should note the Turkish Nurse Safiye Hüseyin Elbi with TWM thread also discussing a FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MEDAL recipient in addition to the threads Nick lists earlier.
  12. Several GMIC posts detail various manufacturers and their hallmarks. Not to forget that nowadays Cejalvo of Madrid manufactures Danilo insignia for Nikola II Petrović-Njegoš, Crown Prince of Montenegro. An image of a Cejalvo made star follows below.
  13. Chris, Thanks for posting this image. His neck badge looks to be a Saudi Order of King Abdulaziz, commander grade [last ribbon on bar suggests same award].
  14. A true scholar and gentleman who shared his understanding on the widest and, in the 1980's especially, a non-political basis. Professor Petko Pavlov's personal knowledge and professional research attributes, his access to then sensitive archives and his ability to communicate clearly yielded extraordinary results which he freely communicated. Several personal meetings revealed his gracious and kind personality which further enhanced his impressive contributions.