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Bulgarian Bravery order - early Austrian made

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Hi all,

In line with the title of the thread, 

Could any of you recognise or at least determine the country of origin of the markings on Prince Battenberg's 1st Class set? 

I think it's Austrian mark, but could well be Imperial Russian one (or else). 


PS: Provided normal image and a high-contrast version. 





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Thank you, Igor. Indeed I can read 56*. 

As far as I know, Russian makers were usually putting their initials (e.g. "ИО"  was for I.Ozeretskiy, etc). Unfortunately, I cannot recognise the letters in this case though. My assumption would be that it's "AK", which might stand for the company Keibel. Any thoughts?

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Hello Gentlemen,

I found something you may find curious.

I came across this photo of very bad quality in the Polish Wikipedia.

As you may see, there is a 3 grade cross, with big Lilly, like the pretended 1st Batenberg examples in V. Denkov’s book. Experienced collectors told me that the photos in this book are not reliable and such crosses are not proved to exist.

Which is even more curious is the breast star, quite like 1st class one but without the ring with diamond like metallic balls.

What do you think of those examples. Are they real, or maybe photoshoped ? Have anyone seen other photos of something like them?

Many thanks and best regards,



Edited by V.Vazov

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hi Vazov,

I am not convinced these these are photos of actual items.

If you compare central medallions - they look identical, in fact they look like the same medallion (see reflections, shades, lion - exactly the same). 

I think these photos were created with Photoshop.




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Hi all,


I think i found a matching miniature to this rare french made Bravery Order

The miniature is marked with a French mark for silver and partial mark for the maker

When comparing the features of both Full Size and the miniatures there are very similar.

-both are marked with French marks for silver

- both have very similar maker mark -which is more likely to be A. Chobillion according to couple of experts on French marks

-the swords forms are the same

- the connection above the cross and the ring are the same, although it is not very well detailed on the mini (quite understandable)

- the finish of both looks the same



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