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  1. hi Vazov, I remember this dealer, he was active about 15 years ago. I would not put too much trust into his stories. My impression of him was that he used to exaggerate a lot. According to his descriptions almost every item he was selling was super rare and unique opportunity for a collector. I have to admit - he sold some nice and rarer items, but not every item on his site was unique as he was trying to represent.
  2. Very cool document!!! It's interesting how the award is called Military Order in the document, not Bravery Order.
  3. fake Bravery reverse of fake Bravery more...
  4. so, based on the above facts - can we conclude that badges marked with asterisks were made during WWI period?
  5. Graf, wide crown in your last pick looks like it's sterling silver Are you sure it's brass?
  6. Saint Alexander order marked with asterisk
  7. Thank you, this is very interesting info! We now established that these badges were made in Austria. I don't think the asterisk marks Red Cross badges for being war period (these were approximately from 1890-1900s, there was no war in Austria at the time).
  8. You've got the same boxes, but in much better condition! I checked Pavlov's book - he just has a photo of the box and does not say anything about it. Based on the fact that he put the box in section for Bravery with gold circle we can make conclusion that awards in my 1st post don't belong to these boxes. It looks like the sellers misinform us. Also, the fact that these early crosses were made by Schwerdtner is significant discovery - Pavlov does not say so, he also does not show photo of the stamp inside of the box.
  9. Thank you Graf. I have few awards with the asterisk as well. One of them is St Alexander 4th class from Boris period. It's well made award, so I am not sure your theory about them being temporary ones is valid. What would they be replaced with? Perhaps asterisk means something else...
  10. I saw couple interesting cased Bravery awards sold in these special boxes, marked by Schwerdtner, Wien. Boxes are covered with leather, are brown in color (unlike other Bravery boxes). These are supposedly late Alexander or early Prince Ferdinand awards. Not sure if the crosses belong to the boxes though. What do you think? Here's 4th class award 3rd class award
  11. What is the meaning of the * (star) mark on this badge?
  12. ilieff, It seems you are confusing two things here - Grand vs. Great Cross. Note how Petrov is referring to 1st class pre-1933 as "Great Cross"? This is not the same as Grand Cross. Grand Cross name was not used before 1933 for Civil and Military Merit awards. However, it was used for St Alexander order. You can see evidence of this by checking award documents and boxes.
  13. Wonderful collection! Considering there were around 1,700 of these awarded, you collection represents roughly 1% of them.
  14. Copy of early St Alexander star 1st class. Was sold last year as a copy.
  15. @Ilieff: 3. I see what you mean, but from accuracy point there were no Grand Cross awards before 1933 (except for St Alexander order). I am not sure what you mean by saying that design was unchanged. Grand Cross sets for Civil and Military Merit are very different from 1st class prior to 1933 - stars are very distinct and crosses are of larger size as well. 5. By classification I mean then Pavlov goes deep into various types of decorations, such as Swiss and French issues, glass type for Mil Merit, etc. Other authors don't get into such details. It looks like due to space limitations and other considerations you will not be going into that level of details. Few additional suggestions: 1. Award cases/boxes. Are you going to show them too? 2. Award documents. It would be nice to see them as well. 3. Award groups. 4. Awards in wear on photographs. It would be logical complement to awards ans would give peiple ideas about how medals were worn. 5. Badges. Some badges are nicer than the orders. 6. Medal bars.