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Decorations from the collections of the Serbian museums

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Same museum different exhibition, photos found here.
Ottoman Order of Osmanieh and Order of the Medjidie
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I presume front page of the exhibition catalog.
Very nice miniature chain which consists of:
-Order of the Red Eagle (Prussia)
-Order of the Crown (Prussia)
-Order of St. Anna (Russia)
-Order of the Crown of Italy
-Albert Order (Saxony)
-Order of the Medjidie (Ottoman Empire)
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Two more interesting orders from Montenegro, photos found HERE.
-Order of the Lion and the Sun (Persia)
-Order of St. Alexander Nevsky (Russia)
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-MUSEUM OF PONIŠAVLJЕ PIROT (МУЗЕЈ ПОНИШАВЉА ПИРОТ)

-official website: http://test.muzejpirot.com/

Tain, Serbian soldiers’ bread
Aleksa Zdravković (Алекса Здравковић) holding tain
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Order of the Polar Star, Commander (Sweden)
II Balkan War Commemorative Medal
Albanian Retreat Medal
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St. Sava Society - Founder's diploma
Order of the White Eagle 5th Class awarded to Ceka Krstić (Цека Крстић), merchant from Pirot, 1898.
WW1 post cards
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A beautiful story about that particular bread can be read HERE.

"There are many testimonies that confirm the huge respect that bread enjoys among the Serb people, as the protector of life in a higher sense. To this day, there is the story of private Aleksa Zdravkovic from Pirot, participant in all three wars from 1912 to 1918, who took his mother’s advice to heart and spent eight years carrying his first portion of bread as the lucky charm. During the long years of soldiering, Aleksa believed that the ration of tain and strong will of his mother offered him protection. The tain of Aleksa Zdravkovic is kept to this day in the Museum of Ponisavlje in Pirot as a symbol of endurance and resilience, not just of one man, but of the entire Serbian people."

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Beautiful story indeed! That bread must have been hard as a rock since it didn't break during combat. It must have been a real pain to carry it around for eight years, not to mention the combat. 

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