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  1. I visited National Military History Museum in Sofia around 5 years ago and I was quite surprised with the number of exhibited Serbian decorations, especially Takovo. There are probably more of them on display in Sofia than in Belgrade. General Dragutin Franasović (Драгутин Франасовић), photo from the 1890s. We can see Bulgarian Order for Bravery 4th Class 2nd grade on his medal bar. I presume he was decorated for the actions during 1876-78 Wars even though the order was established in 1880.
  2. Doesn't matter, still an interesting find
  3. Bayern, thank you for your prompt reply. So we can definitely exclude Denmark, what about Netherlands and Belgium? I forgot to mention its size - 5,5x5,5 cm.
  4. Unfortunately I can't find any information about it. I don't remember seeing them in wear nor stumbling upon them in literature. As far as I know Serbian regulations don't mention "embroidered decorations", I don't know about Montenegro. If you discover anything, please let us know.
  5. Greetings, Does anyone recognize this navy cap badge, presumably European? A fellow collector received it recently and we can't find any information about it. I wasn't sure in which category to put it but since the most monarchies are located in the northern part of the Old Continent this seemed like the best option. All comments are more than welcome.
  6. Very nice, thanks for sharing. Interesting to see Takovo III around his neck
  7. Thanks for sharing! Is the wreath of the 2nd or the 3rd class hallmarked? I don't remember seeing 2nd classes like that before but of course that doesn't mean they don't exist.
  8. Good luck with your search, hopefully you'll find a nice piece for a fair price. So far I collected six type&variants, I just have to find a two or three more and then I'll start a separate topic.
  9. Apart from Montenegrin Danilo I think I saw similar "cloth variants" of the Serbian White Eagle and even some Republika Srpska decorations. Someone posted photos of the Karađorđe Star as well, I can't remember where.
  10. In Serbia you either write, for example, "1." or "I", it's not correct to put the dot after Roman numeral. But the rules change over time, we can see those dots even on some royal era decorations' boxes, like BalkanCollector wrote, perhaps that was correct back then.
  11. One more very interesting Obrenović era medal bar with Montenegrin decorations. 1) Miloš IV 2) Takovo with Swords IV 3) Legion of Honor V (France) 4) Franz Joseph V (Austria-Hungary) 5) St. Alexander V (Bulgaria) 6) Golden Bravery Medal 7) Silver Bravery Medal (Montenegro) 8) St. Andrew's Assembly Medal 9) Military Virtues Medal 10) Medal for Zealous Service in War 11) Royal Guards Commemorative Medal 12) Commemorative Medal of the 1876-78 Wars 13) Commemorative Medal of the 1875-78 War (Montenegro) 14) Commemorative Medal of the 1885 War
  12. Congrats on your newest addition to the collection. Generally speaking there are 3 types: Type 1 in the form of medal Type 2 five torches Type 3 six torches
  13. Most interesting, thanks for sharing! I wasn't sure about the uniform because of the collar. It seemed to me like it could be generals' but that would be a strange combination with mundir with two rows of buttons and decorations from the 1880s.
  14. I was in the middle of writing my previous reply when you posted this. I'm not sure about the ribbon, Silver Bravery Medal was just a guess. Amazing medal bar! Many thanks for posting it! Do you know who's on the photo and when it was made? The uniform is a bit of a puzzle to me, it that a general? I'm not sure based on the photo, but it would be very interesting if those are truly two Golden Bravery Medals, I never saw a double recipient before! Any idea about decorations 5, 6 & 7? Perhaps #6 Serbian Silver Bravery Medal and #7 Montenegrin Silver Bravery Medal.
  15. It's hard to say based on these photos, but I think the medal in question is most probably the same one he wore on the 3rd place of his shorter bar. And the first photo of him posted in this topic was definitely made in 1896.