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  1. An excellent group! Thanks for showing. /Mike
  2. Great Dane

    Double dragon miniature group

    Well... Red Crescent I assume....?
  3. "For not following orders" /Michael
  4. That medal doesn't have degrees and was awarded to people serving on the hospital ship only (and a few in supporting roles). /Michael
  5. Awarded the Danish Order of Dannebrog (Knight) 26. June 1888. Awarded the Swedish Order of the Sword (Knight) in 1888. /Michael
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    Saint Stanislaus Breast Star unknown origin

    Well, I think it is pretty straightforward... the jeweler is "Mignolet, successor of Mortier". I have embroidered breast stars (not Stanislaus) from the same period that follow the same pattern - written in ink on the back: "XYZ, successor of ABC". And Jacob's book mentions Mignolet as a jeweler. /Michael
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    Saint Stanislaus Breast Star unknown origin

    The "Almanach des 25.000 Adresses des principaux habitans de Paris" from 1820 has this entry under "Jewelers" ("Bijoutiers, Joailliers"): Mortier, Palais Royal, galerie des pierre. 34. In that case (i.e. if Mortier is the name of a jeweler), "Sr. de Mortier" could be short for "Successeur de Mortier" - Successor of Mortier). In those days this was a normal way of signaling the continuing business.
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    Saint Stanislaus Breast Star unknown origin

    In French a raised letter is used to indicate an abbreviation (at least it used to). So the line reads: "Sr. de Mortier", which might be an address (Sr. could be short for "sentier" -´passage). I believe Palais Royal was a large complex (not just the palace) which used to house various artisans, including jewelers.
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    Order of the Double Dragon - Chinese recipients

    One has to be a bit careful.. it could be a stock photo in lack of one linked to the actual resignations. That often happens with sudden events and a need for a photo for illustration.
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    Saint Stanislaus Breast Star unknown origin

    Interesting... Jacob's "Court Jewelers of the World" has only this small entry under FRANCE: "MIGNOLET - This name has been seen only once, on a pre-1910 second-class star of the Portuguese Order of Christ."
  11. Great Dane

    Danish Medal Collection

    Yes, looks like a sports medal. Heimburger was a manufacturer of many non-official medals of the 1930-40s. /Michael
  12. It's an interesting question and we will probably never know for sure... But what we tend to forget is - as time goes by - historical events (like WWII) are sometimes thought of as a constant, uninterrupted chain of 'action' (invasion->war->defeat), but if you think of the actual time span in minutes, days, weeks, surely - even when it was clear that the TR was doomed - for some civil servants or military administrators it was business as usual for days, weeks and even months. The best way of denying the inevitable outcome is to concentrate on the more manageable bureaucratic job right in front of you...
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    Tunisian Order

    To me it looks more like Muhammad V al-Nasir bin Muhammad Bey (1906-22). /Michael
  14. I have a feeling the top bar is unofficial awards. Last on lower one is the Turkish Red Crescent medal with silver oak leaves. /Michael And welcome to the forum of course