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  1. Some very beautiful Egyptian order medals in the Spink Auction today. The order of Ismail has always been one of the most beautiful Egyptian Order medals. The two Monarchy in Exile medals are elaborate works of art as well. I haven’t seen the two exile orders before.
  2. Thanks so much for all the details Rusty!🙏🏼
  3. Does any one have a source to purchase a commander Iraq Two Rivers (Kingdom Era) Neck ribbon from?
  4. Thanks Oaomotme, Great to see the original laws concerning this medal. I am surprised at the relatively low numbers issued for each class of recipients. That makes it a pretty scarce commodity. Interesting that the ribbon changes between classes as well. Markus
  5. Hi Paul, Two Rivers Order was used for military awards and civil awards. The Military award had two swords crossed in the wreath area. The one I posted was for a civil award. The military version is posted below. I agree that it is one of the best Middle Eastern order designs.
  6. Selling a cased Commander of Iraq order of Two Rivers (Wisam Al Rafidain) in original Garrard case. Perfect condition. PM or email me if interested. Markustruckee@gmail.com Asking $1200 US. + shipping cost.
  7. Queen Mary's Aftab order sash badge with diamonds, bestowed by Persia in 1904. From the book Royal Insignia, British And Foreign Orders Of Chivalry From The Royal Collection by Stephen Patterson. "in December 1952' Queen Mary's Private Secretary Major John Wickman wrote to the Librarian at Windsor Castle, Sir Owen Moreshead, that the Queen " well remembers the occasion before her departure with Kng George V to India in 1904 when the Shah personally invested her with an Order all blazing with diamonds which looked rather like a rising sun."
  8. This beautiful early piece is in the Morton & Eden Auction 90 November 23, 2017. Copy from the Morton & Eden auction listing: Iran, Persian Empire, The Royal Persian Order of the Lion and the Sun, Grand Cross Breast Star, Russian-made, circa 1850, by Andrews of St. Petersburg, in pierced silver, rose gold and enamels, of superb quality manufacture, backplate in pale gold engraved 'Andrews à St Petersbourg', with vertical brooch-pin for suspension (keeper now lacking), 88mm, extremely fine and an exceptional early Russian-made breast star. Presumed to have been commissioned by Keir Grant some years after his formal award of the Order of the Lion and the Sun for wear in conventional European style. This high-quality Russian-made badge by Andrews of St. Petersburg may well have been ordered in Paris. Awarded to Major-General Sir William Keir Grant K.C.B., G.C.H., 6th Dragoon Guards, late 15th Light Dragoons, who became Colonel of the Royal Scots Greys. William Keir (later Keir Grant) was one of just eight Officers of the 15th Light Dragoons to receive the spectacular gold Ehrenmedaille für Englische Kavalleriste, expressly awarded by the Holy Roman Emperor, Francis II, for gallantry in saving him personally from capture by French forces at the Battle of Villers-en-Cauchies (which is variously spelled in historical records), near Cambrai, in 1794. As it so happened, Keir Grant was later to become the recipient of an equally rare honour – the Collar and insignia of the Order of the Lion and Sun of Persia - for commanding a major British military expedition to the 'Pirate Coast' on the south-eastern Persian Gulf. Having roundly defeated the enemy and pacified the pirate stronghold of Ras al-Khaimah, Keir Grant succeeded in securing an agreement with a number of important tribal leaders, leading to an historic Peace Treaty of 1820 which heralded local truces and the foundation of the Trucial Sheikhdoms as well as the abolition of the Slave Trade in the area. Modifications to the Treaty and a full revision many decades later, in 1892, contributed to an enhanced British presence in the Southern Gulf and important new relationships with the Trucial Sheikhdoms. A loose British Protectorate was to last until the gaining of their independence on 2 December 1970, in turn leading to the creation of the United Arab Emirates.
  9. Generally the minurature medals were used in formal situations in which the recipient wore the small medal rather than the large medal to show their award, to better fit the occasion. For instance a cocktail party or formal event. Wearing the full size awards was limited to a few occasions. Many of the Grand orders where provided with a minurature medal as well as the regular size medal to cover all occasions. Markus
  10. Hi Ramen7, I agree that is probably Russian made. In Russia there have been quite a few reproductions of order medals. The quality doesn't appear too high and probably wasn't produced by a top jeweler firm. I have seen a number of similar items like the one you posted popping up on German EBay with low asking prices. Best Regards, Markus
  11. A Lemaitre Lion and Sun breast star 1st class. This breast star has a very large medallion painting, bigger than the typical ones with the Lion and Sun order. In the late 1870's Lemaitre moved to the address 42 Rue Coquilliere listed on the backplate of this breast star. They moved again in 1901 to 5 bis Rue du Louvre, so this places the production of this medal from 1870 to 1901. A very fine French Jewelers edition of the Persian Lion and Sun. Lemaitre 1st class Lion and Sun Order, close up of the medallion and back name plate.
  12. I have always appreciated the Order of Saint Sava for one of the most beautifully designed medals. In this thread I wish to explore Austrian made St. Sava and examine the different Austrian maker types. First I will start with a Karl Fleischhacker made Commander medal. "Karl Fleischhacker received his license in 1891 and established a firm at Peyerlgasse 4 and later on at No.7, in the 16th district of Vienna. This was the firms address until 1908 when it closed down. Business with the Kingdom of Serbia probably started soon after the firm had been established in the 1890's, when Fleischhacker took over the production over all Serbian royal orders. Karl Fleischhacker had a major influence on the production of Anton Fürst and Jacob Lesser." ( From the book, Serbian and Yugoslavian Orders and Decorations by Pavel Car and Tomislav Muhié.) The makers mark for Karl Fleishhacker is an oval with the letters KF inside. Karl Fleischhacker did not produce his own packaging and used Maksim Antonijevich for packaging and delivery. The cases were a standard red color. The medallion painter for this workshop produced very high quality paintings and Karl Fleischhacker was known for the highest Viennese quality in production. This particular III Class commander medal was produced in the Obrenovich Dynasty 1883-1903 and is the first type in production with the Monogram "M" on the back.The "M" was a monogram for King Milan I Obrenovich and this was changed to 1883 during the Karageorgevich Dynasty (1903-1918). One interesting anomaly that this badge exhibits, is a different type crown than others that were produced by the Fleischhacker workshop and this larger crown is known to be included in a portion of Fleischhacker production of St. Sava medals. The crown is wider and larger resembling a crown that could be found on the Order of San Marinus (Republic of San Marino). just below the crown are two hallmarks that were stamped into the link attaching medal to crown, KF in an oval and the Silver Mark of a lion greyhound head with the letter "A" and "4". This was the Austrian Silver mark for silver fineness 750. I have noticed that the balls on the tips of the Maltese cross seem a bit larger on earlier production types of St. Sava. The earlier medallions of St. Sava were all hand painted by artists and slight variations can seen even with the same workshop. It appears that Karl Fleischhacker used the same artist to paint all his St. Sava's.
  13. Thanks Radmilo! Yes I agree that the type 2 you posted looks very similar to mine. The St. Sava paintings are still really nice in these type 2's and haven't reached the more primitive simplistic style paintings at the very end of Scheid's production of type 2-St.Sava's. Appreciated your replies!
  14. Thanks Radmilo, Your comments are very useful. I did find an identical type illustrated in Serbian and Yugoslavian Orders and Decorations, by Pavel Car and Tomislav Muhie, page 210. The book lists it as a Class 2, type 1-II s.S from a later production period by Scheid. That is such a wonderful book! Markus
  15. Hi Radmilo! This breast star was sold at auction but can be found in St.Sava search on their site. http://www.emedals.com/europe/serbia/orders/order-of-st-sava/a-serbian-order-of-st-sava-second-class-breast-star-by-scheid I am the new lucky owner now. I had a couple of questions that you may be able to answer. How does one tell a 2nd class St.Sava breast star from a 1st class St.Sava breast star? How does one tell if it is a first type or second type example on the Breast stars of St.Sava? I know G.A. Scheid made both types 1 & 2 and am assuming that this star is a type 1 based on the St. Sava painting, which is more detailed and finer than later simplified paintings. Markus
  16. A beautiful G.A. Scheid made St. Sava breast star 2nd class. Sold by Emedals. Photos by Emedals. The quality of the enamels and workmanship is exceptional. Star measures 78 mm across.
  17. Hi Paul, I count eight points and three circlets, on the breast star, typical of a 1st class breast star. The sash badge is also very typical, being a 3rd class badge, the highest badge offered with that type of suspension and always seen on sash pairings, with the 1st class badge. Markus
  18. Hello Norseman, The Persia Lion and sun medal set you posted is from the approximate time frame you mentioned, late 1800's, probably 1880-1890 time frame. Kretly is a well know French maker of military and order medals. The order became obsolete in 1925 with the fall of the Qajar Dynasty. The breast star is a 1st class star and civil issue with reclining Lion. The set is made of silver. If you are interested in selling the medal set or would like an estimated value, you can send me a private message or email me at: markustruckee@gmail.com. a very nice set. Markus
  19. A rare French Billard made 4th class Lion and Sun.
  20. A very nice Boullanger French made 1st Class Breast star. The style of painting seems like a pretty early style (circa 1860-1890).
  21. Markus

    "Golden" St. Sava

    Congrats Rogi! A very fine addition to your St. Sava collection. Quite rare and fine samples! Thanks for posting. Markus
  22. Bonhams auction. A first class breast star with paste stones circa 1880, French made. The medallion looks like a Lemaitre painting. The sun has a nice hair piece, which is pretty rare and early example. Hammered at $11,055.
  23. Bonhams auction. A circa 1890 Russian made Breast star with paste stones, military division. The medallion looks Persian made. Eight pointed star would suggest 1st class star. Hammered at $8,422 US.
  24. Bonhams auction. A circa 1900 British made breast star by Walker and Hall in Sheffield England. Most Unusual a rare piece. Hammered at $2,613.