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  1. Great Dane

    Imperial Russian orders

    I looked in my books but they don't go that far back unfortunately...
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    grandcross priest "sash"

    To elaborate on my previous post, here is a photo (source: Danish Royal Library) of bishop Hans Martensen wearing the insignia of the Grand Cross of the Order of Dannebrog (the breast star is the Grand Cross star). Not much of the neck ribbon is visible, but it is clearly not sash width.
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    grandcross priest "sash"

    Great photos! I know that in the 1808 statutes for the Danish Order of Dannebrog (when it was made into a multi-class order) it is specified that persons already awarded the Order of the Elephant (the other Danish order) or clergy is to wear the Grand Cross insignia around the neck. However, paintings and (later) photos suggest that it was worn from a ribbon similar to the Commanders, i.e. not sash width. In 1912 the insignia for the Grand Cross was made identical to the Commander, so the only way to tell if a priest was a Grand Cross or a Commander was by the breast star.
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    Franz-Joseph-Orden extreme price

    Well, he got his free 'air time'... So what justifies a price of 4.850 Euros (I'm asking in all honesty)?
  5. This one (photo courtesy of DNW)?
  6. I seriously doubt the "Danish volunteer" theory. The recipient was clearly Finnish (Finnish awards first), not Danish. And as I stated, the Danish Medal of Recompense must have been awarded between 1916 and 1920 (or shortly after).
  7. Furthermore, looking at the reverse of the Danish medal, it looks like the type that was struck between 1916 and 1920 (the wreath and maker's mark differ slightly between the types).
  8. If I remember correctly (Kvart can correct me if I'm wrong), the Norwegian commemorative medal was also often awarded in connection with state visits. Maybe he was in a supporting role during such visits (i.e. not as a court official, but as a lower ranking official like police etc.)
  9. Unfortunately there are no official lists for the Danish Medal of Recompense, as it could be awarded at the discretion of the King. It was typically awarded to foreigners in connection with a state visit.
  10. Andreas, Spot on. The Police Long Service medal should be easy to add if you so desire. They are issued unnamed. With all the medals being unnamed, it will be hard to determine the recipient.
  11. I have zero knowledge of uniforms, but to me it looks non-military... probably an ambassador or similar...
  12. Breast decoration no.2: Kingdom of the Two Sicilies - Order of Francis I Neck badge: Looks like Greece - Order of the Redeemer /Michael
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    Unknown US "Freedom" Medal

    US Medal of Freedom Wiki Medal of Freedom /Michael
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    French officer, help with medals

    Looks like you got them right... No. 2 is definitely the Norwegian Order of St. Olav (Knight). No. 3 can be several French orders, I think. Not sure if the Order of Danilo is Knight grade? /Mike
  15. Edw. F. Oates is confirmed on the roll for 2nd Battalion /Michael. Also marked as "In action Ridgeway 1866"