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  1. Hello All, Kindly have a look at the front and back photos of a presumed cap insignia nicely made in bullion thread, about which I have had no luck in identifying. I naturally thought the "R" stood for reserve. My old Rosignoli book on WW 2 badges and insignia does not mention it. Dimensions are: height 2 15/16" and width 3 9/16". I'm sure someone here will know what it is and when it was used. Thanks for looking. Frank D.
  2. Hello Jerome, In re-reading this post , I just now realized that I forgot to thank you for the nice photo of the Concordia. Please accept my apology for this very late Thank You ! Frank P.S. A few days ago, I came upon our handsome "Unknown Green Order" that we were chatting about last year. It's such an interesting and well made piece. I hope we will learn its name and origin someday.
  3. Hi Gavin, I was just reading this interesting series of old posts on the OPBGG, also among my favorite Chinese ODMs. I have 1st and 2nd class sets and either 4th or 5th (can't recall), and the past discussion is making me want to dig them out tomorrow to enjoy them as I haven't seen them in a while. What firm is YJA that you mentioned please? Also in the photo of Tsao-kun that JapanX shows, we see on his bottom row at left (as viewed) what seems to be a White Eagle Order star. I don't recall seeing others wearing this great rarity. Has any new information been published about China'
  4. This post about the extremely difficult process of expert enameling is an excellent reminder to all of us who buy enameled insignia for our collections. The collector's best friend to inspect enamel and other small details is a high quality magnifying glass. I've found that magnifiers with at least two powers is best; one lens of about 5X to get an enlarged view of a main section, then a 10X at least to view tiny areas like hallmarks, makers marks and telltale signs of fakery like casting pits, etc. Having attended incalculable numbers of numismatic conventions over 55+ years of coin deal
  5. After posting the above, I found a hint in Burke's that led me to a website. This is most likely an insignia of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. The still vibrant order describes itself at its website as shown below. 2018 is its 800th anniversary. "The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy is an international community of priests and brothers who live a life of prayer and communal fraternity. In addition to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, their members take a special fourth vow to give up their own selves for others whose faith is in danger. The Order,
  6. Hi Gents: Along with the unknown "Portuguese" Order we've been chatting about, here is another unknown Commander cased set originating from Italy. It also consists of a neck badge in gilt AE and enamels and includes a miniature and lapel rosette in a plain red fitted case. There are no markings on the insignia and the case is likewise unmarked. There was also, inside the box, a 1949 transmittal letter to the recipient, a Mr. Giulio Fronza of Milan. However, there is no mention of the Order's name in the letter. So here we have a cased medal and a transmittal letter with still no name anyw
  7. Hello Jerome, Nice to "meet" you. Many thanks for your comments. You are correct, unless someone comes up with a solid attribution, or a document with the insignia, we can only guess at it's origin and name. Speaking of names, you mention Concorde. I don't know it, so I checked the "Self-Styled Orders" index in Burke's, but can't find it there either. What is it please? Regarding accompanying documents with unknown insignia, I just started another unknown inquiry under Italy. That medal had a transmittal letter in the box, but it does not mention the name of the "Order" ! Please have a lo
  8. Hello Paul, Nice to hear from you. I hope all is well. It's a handsome and well made insignia with the pierced globe and crossed batons with little globes at the ends. Wouldn't it be nice if we could name it ourselves? I'd agree with the "Order of Military Exploration", sounds terrific! But our pal quivivfrance has offered another scenario. He could be right, but we still need a firm attribution. Maybe someone will have a document or receipt for one? Best Wishes, Frank
  9. This is the gilt imprint on the top of the green Cravanzola case.
  10. Hello All, I recently acquired this Commander set in a case and request some help please with an accurate attribution if anyone knows for sure. It was purportedly a Portuguese "Order". It is large, 90mm to top of globe suspension x 40 mm wide, the cross with the same form as an Order of Christ, but in green. It is quite well made of gilt silver. The suspension is an armillary globe, thus it's likely something geographic, perhaps an Order of Geographic Merit from a learned society? Consists of a neck badge as shown in the photo, with Commander lapel rosette-pin with two gold w
  11. The attribution found by member Noor is correct and confirmed. Many thanks for his eagle eye in finding it !!! I hope to be able to return the favor some day. Frank Draskovic
  12. As member Noor might be familiar with Belgian awards, please have a look at this one...


  13. Another view at 400 dpi, reverse detail, showing the thick, broad weave and stitching, along with a few moth holes and tears, stains, etc. I have no doubt about genuineness. I'm more interested in the period used and if this size was particular to a certain rank perhaps? 3-20-18. Here are the rings that were attached to the corners, well oxidized now due to age. Would anyone know the current retail market value of this flag?
  14. Hello member Noor, Many thanks for your success in finding a similar medal for sale with an attribution. The first thing I did was go to my "Quinot" book on Belgian orders and medals to confirm..."Recueil Illustre Des Orders De Chevalerie et Decorations Belges De 1830 A 1963" by H. Quinot, 5th edition. It was not listed there in the Red Cross, or any other, section, though I did find the ribbon being used for a different medal entirely. I'll contact jkmilitaria and ask for an attribution. They are experts on Red Cross ODMs and should have more info on it. Thanks again Noor ! Regards, Fra
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