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Order of the Red Star

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Guest Darrell

Here is my contribution to this very nice looking award (Type 2 without screwpost base):

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I agree, Darrel. These are very nice looking awards. Here is an older one with screwpost. s/n 217937

Gerd

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Here is another one s/n 2795173. These little buggers are sooo pretty, aren?t they? smile.gif

Gerd

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Here is a comparison with both shown Red Stars. Look at the difference in the color of the enamel. I was told, that they enameled them in batches and they have a little difference in the Composition of the enamel.

Gerd

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Might be a good idea to post the serial numbers in the text, since it's not always clear from scan flash and dark what the actual numbers are.

3,515,802 is a LATE 1956 number. Now that could be a 15 year service award as that type of routine bestowal ran out (in 1957) ... or it might have been for crushing the Hungarian uprising.

Sometimes you find completely weird exceptions to the known "rules:"

Here is a thin type without screwpost base-- number 1,845,186 -- that is 1.3 MILLION over the highest observed number in McDaniel & Schmitt. Luckily it came with a complete group, so I know it was awarded in August 1945 to a naval aviation Lieutenant with the Polar Fleet who had apparently had himself a VERY quiet war, though he was in long range bomber aviation during the Cold War, and got a routine 15 years Red Star during the 1950s.

Here are the front and back of the highest numbered one of this nice, delicate type I have ever seen, the entries page from his Orders Book, and his two Red Stars side by side for comparison. The thickness differences of the arms shows plainly. I like the thin early ones best, personally.

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Guest Darrell

Nice ones guys :food-smiley-004:

Thanks for the tidbit on my Star date Rick smile.gif

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Rick,

do you have a theory, why he got this version with such a high s/n? Maybe it was reserved for him and it was numbered, right before he got it, obvioulsy much later?

Gerd

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I think they were just "forgotten" up there and this is a case where a unit which did NOT have priority got "leftovers."

Odd, because he was "front lines" in the Cold War and "backwater" (literally) during the World War.

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1 hour ago, BalkanCollector said:

Fake factory?

No,all orders are original.Simply,a few years there were such  offers in flea markets and in the meetings of the collectors.I think,we can compare with the ammonts of the Orders of Partisan Star.I remember I bought 25 years ago the OPS 2nd Grade for 300 euro,now we buy it for 50.

2 hours ago, BalkanCollector said:

Fake factory?

Nice or awful?Is this photo better now?

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