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  1. Rarest of the rare - cross of Order for Bravery 1st class, 1915 version. No star. See comparison to 2nd class cross in 2nd photo, 1st class is on the right and noticeably larger. Some people are so lucky to have these extra rare awards in their collection...
  2. Igor, Thank you for the photos, but these are for Military Merit order and there were no questions that it had tsar crown from the inception (before 1908).
  3. Interesting photo, another example that shows that Civil Merit orders were awarded with Tsar crown before 1908.
  4. I'll have to look at my star with swords, in the meantime here's correct one from dealer listing. As you can see, the swords are as they should be and there's a rivet attaching them to the star.
  5. IMHO the star is not legit. It is real star, however the swords and how they are attached don't look right to me. Most likely swords were added later. This type with swords on top is very rare and would cost significantly more compared to common plain stars, so economically it makes sense to buy swords, attach them to the star and double your money.
  6. that's correct, making hard enamel is elaborate process and most fakers can't do it. Checking enamel should be first thing you do when considering awards.
  7. I recall we already discussed this one, with fake engraving and serial (?) number.
  8. I talked to the seller and informed him that the star is fake, told him about soft enamels. He still insists it's original and unfortunately is still for sale...
  9. Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Very rare award - modern version. Design is based on Royal version of award, however not as detailed. The Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius was reinstated on 29 May 2003 as the second order of the republic after the Order of Stara Planina and is awarded for merit in the fields of art, science, education and culture. There are three grades: 1) Collar, 2) 1st Class (Officer) 3) 2nd Class (Knight) Only 15 awarded in Collar Grade, so extremely scarce award. Even rarer with the document! Case and tubus for the document
  10. Pilot badge look very suspect, they both have gray substance on the reverse instead of clean smooth finish of real badges. real badge for comparison
  11. I completely forgot about this star we discussed earlier! Engraving is certainly done by the same person, it's identical style and font. Stamped numbers look the same, they are almost consecutive and are off by only 4 digits (1140 vs 1144). Problem is that we had some major concerns about legitimacy of Mil Merit star, which puts this St Alexander star in question as well.
  12. Take a look at this star 1st class with swords. The star itself looks legitimate (despite some enamel damage), however engravings and stamps on the back are very unusual. Engraving suggests German connection (German recipient?). Stamped numbers could be inventory numbers from a museum... What do you think?
  13. Hussar uniform he's wearing in this photo was recently for sale:
  14. This set is till for sale, it appears interest in modern Bulgarian awards is just too low.
  15. Highly decorated Soviet Admiral Holostyakov, wearing two Bulgarian transitional Republican period awards: 1. Order of Military Merit 2nd class with war distinction (cross on the left and star on the right side), 2. Order of Military Merit 3rd class (cross on the left side).
  16. Pilot badge miniature
  17. I agree with 922F - award on the bottom is not Legion of Honor. My first thought was same as Graf's, however I've noticed that wreath on top is different and ribbon is not solid red color.
  18. Absolutely yes, corporations were awarded as well. I have an award document from Tsarist period on award to a Factory.
  19. 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
  20. hi Vazov, I am not convinced these these are photos of actual items. If you compare central medallions - they look identical, in fact they look like the same medallion (see reflections, shades, lion - exactly the same). I think these photos were created with Photoshop.
  21. Supposedly rare tanker badge from 1944-45, made by converting German badge. Seller includes article form book by Todor Petrov, shield on his badge looks quite different though. Most likely modern conversion, attempt to transform common inexpensive German badge into something rare and significantly increase the price.
  22. How are enamels - hot or cold?
  23. You can't know for sure, a lot could have happened over the past 100+ years since this was awarded.