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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.
  15. Rusty, The 'royal household' informs me that not only does King Faud II award both the Mohammed Ali and Ismail Orders but that HM instituted a new one class award for royal ladies called the Nishan el Noor [Order of Light] in 2017. An article published in JOMSA [Volume 68, Number 5--SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2017--pp. 43-44] details this new creation. Image below, copyright WORTH & used with that firm’s express permission for this note only, illustrates the insignia. To date, bestowals of all honors seem limited to family members, other royals and very close family collaborators. Further, a project for reinvigorating the Faud I Collar decoration may be underway. Implementing an Egyptian Crown Council concept [patterned on Ethiopian and Serbian models] apparently failed around late 2007-early 2008. As to the supposed Order touted by 'Crown Princess Laila Farouk and Grand Duke Lev Leznik' [out of Australia?] identified as the Farouk Family Order aka Egyptian Order of the Crown, an image of their star as manufactured follows below. A ‘Laila Farouk’ webpage explained her assertions to regal powers [including salacious details regarding her parentage and legitimation] but I cannot locate it at present. It seems that 4-7 years ago another Order styled the Royal Egyptian Order of the Crown with insignia based on the Nile Order--no image as yet--emerged. This may be the same as the Mohamed Ali Foundation award? Design elements include a five point white enamel star superimposed on a silver plaque. It may have a blue and yellow or blue and white ribbon.
  16. Yes indeed, a magnificent group!! Sincere congrats! Maybe the Brunswick Henry the Lion mini explains D.K. 13.06.1911 Deutsches Kreuz? Gab es erst in NS-zeit, Dragoner Kreuz??
  17. Maybe middle one is Bulgarian WW I Commemorative? Would suggest a Hungarian & ?
  18. Thanks to ALL!! Especially Igor for this precious document!!
  19. Any reverse marking? Center looks good. Swords of this type readily available & these not precisely aligned or contured....maybe an upgrade
  20. Last medal on this group appears to be Edward VII Coronation based on ribbon and profile. Ribbon seems to exclude Norway's King Haakon VII & Queen Maud Coronation Medal [22 June 1906] as well.
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    Turkish Nurse Safiye Hüseyin Elbi with TWM

    Safiye Hüseyin Elbi, a person of sterling integrity and outstanding accomplishment, certainly merited her awards. Several books and many articles discuss her personal history and contributions as a major influence on and developer of modern Turkish nursing. She is the only Turkish recipient of the ICRC Florence Nightingale Medal [seen next to her Order of Şefkat] known to me. She appears to wear a 1911 UK Coronation Medal next to her Nightingale Medal and a British Red Cross Society Balkan War Medal next to her Red Crescent Medal. She received a Spanish Republic Red Cross decoration neck badge as well. Demir, could you kindly comment on or confirm her awards?
  22. Most interesting Ismail ribbon in your post 27 example, Owain! Fahmy probably mentioned to you the difficulty in securing some materials and then importing them into Egypt, especially in 1940-44 and 1953-'59. He told me that ribbons and fittings like the metal swivels for attaching badges to sashes provided the most difficulty and that his staff developed work-arounds. I have maybe two Ismail neck badges with the same type cravat ribbon as yours. These appear to be of different than usual color hues, slightly narrower widths and tie strings lack the red stripe. This evidence may lead to establishing a contemporary 'type two' Ismail ribbon variety [as opposed to later 'close enough' ribbon replacements]. To date, I've seen no other ribbon widths in these hues. The 2nd class neck ribbon in Rusty's post 4 above seems different from both this type and the more usual one. Perhaps it represents yet another 'material scarcity' substitute or a 'close enough' replacement.
  23. Regarding use of wings and rosettes to indicate award grade, perhaps an Egyptian implementation regulation or other guidance exists to clearly define or regulate these marks. Protocole [1947, p. 96] provides only that rosettes shall not exceed a 1 cm. diameter and that only one, of the highest award, may be worn at the button-hole in street attire. However, Order of Ismail and Nile rosettes [at a minimum] exist in at least 7, 10 & 12 mm. diameter sizes As Owain notes, wings and rosettes differentiate between grades of awards in many instances. Exceptions do occur, such as addition of another type of device to suspension ribbons indicating degrees. Examples include the U.S. Legion of Merit or Presidential Medal of Freedom. As Owain suggests [because rosettes and wings seem to have originated in France], French seems the appropriate language to describe these distinctive class or rank indication marks. Donc, d'un vendeur de détail français, en français: Pour Chevalier : un ruban fin de 1 à 3 mm de large à coudre au niveau de la boutonnière (existe également en « prêt à fixer » appellé fixe-ruban qui est un ruban monté sur agrafe (longueur du ruban apparent : 1,5 cm). Il existe une version spéciale pour dame, il s’agit d’un nœud qui permet de le fixer sur tout vêtement. pour Officier : une Rosette de 6mm sur bouton ou pin qui se fixe au revers de veste au niveau de la boutonnière. pour Commandeur : une Rosette sur galon blanc pour Grand Officier : une Rosette sur galon blanc et or pour Grand Croix : une Rosette sur galon tout or Sizes for these appurtenances may be set by respective decoration description or statute but more often by practical usage or personal preference. Galon translates as braid. Usually galon blanc equates to silver braid and galon or to gold braid. Cheaper substitutes may be used as well.
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    Help Identifying Medal

    Based on ribbon arrangement and ribbon types, I'd opine a Carnival medal set