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  1. Great Dane

    Transcription confirmation

    I believe the place referred to is "Violu u. Bernhardstein" See this link: https://www.lieux-insolites.fr/cicatrice/14-18/violu/violu.htm /Michael
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    Danish Medal Collection

    Looks to be a privately issued medal for - probably - a sporting event in Copenhagen in 1926...
  3. Maybe he felt the DRK was the prettiest one. That would explain why it was mounted in the first position and why the HK was clumsily added to the end instead of the beginning. It would also explain why his ribbon bar is in correct (I assume?) order - nothing pretty to show...
  4. An excellent group! Thanks for showing. /Mike
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    Double dragon miniature group

    Well... Red Crescent I assume....?
  6. "For not following orders" /Michael
  7. That medal doesn't have degrees and was awarded to people serving on the hospital ship only (and a few in supporting roles). /Michael
  8. 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."
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    Danish Medal Collection

    Yes, looks like a sports medal. Heimburger was a manufacturer of many non-official medals of the 1930-40s. /Michael
  15. 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
  17. 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
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    Unknown ribbon bar - Swedish?

    The light blue ribbon with lighter blue stripes could be the Greek Order of the Redeemer. In that case the red ribbon could be the Greek Order of George I, but it doesn't explain the remaining ribbons (of which some would have to be Greek to justify the order of mounting). /Michael
  19. Awarded to foreigners I believe it was pretty much used as a 'court medal' during state visits. Court officials normally wear the full medal set (not a ribbon bar), so maybe that's the reason for not differentiating bronze, silver and gilt medal ribbons.
  20. Beautiful I wonder why the order was mounted with the reverse showing?
  21. Excellent. Thanks guys! That explains why I've seen some mounted foreign bars from the 1930s and 40s without the stripe. The prevailing explanation so far was "Maybe they didn't have the correct ribbon in stock".
  22. I can't find the mentioning of the medal of the order for foreigners is to have a white center stripe. -------- Oh, I see it was mentioned in the newer statutes in the first link. Does anybody know when it was added?
  23. "Coblenzer" Coblenz being the spelling of the German city Koblenz prior to 1926.
  24. Well, according to E. F. Wrede "Finlands Utmärkelsetecken" from 1946, this is the official Finnish version ("struck in iron with a diameter of 30mm"). Sweden may have struck medals for Swedish participants in the Finnish 1918 War of Independence, thus having Swedish hallmarks. Wrede does not mention anything about 'later versions made in silver'.