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  1. Hi Igor, I got the Lemaitre Knight cross This one has a French mark "boar head' for silver. The Officer is also French and also marked with "boar head" It look exactly the same as per the drawing on Lemaitre Catalogue I took picture next to each other, so you can compare Lemaitre one is a bit smaller by around 1mm in all dimensions The arms on the side do not taper as much as the arms of the Officer Class You can see also difference in the central medallions Interestingly This Knight cross is not as thick as the Officer cross you have ??11 Also
  2. Hi Igor You are right About the GC with the swords above the cross Th Cross badge is not GC size it is , as you suggest 2nd/3rd Class one. I have seen few such Sets that have been "mix and match ". Even in The Museum of Military History in Sofia they have few of those Sets on display. Even ion the picture you listed of the GC Set the Sash is from 1st Class Do you mean this one Graf
  3. Hi Igor, Congrats. If you manage to get such rare "birds" during this crazy times with almost all countries in some form of blockades That is an achievement Your collection of early St Alexander Order is getting very nice This is from a friend collection GC Set from Sheild I just found this pictures in my files with the early French model and a bit later Officer also French made You can see the difference Enjoy it as I did Graf
  4. Hi Igor , Did you manage to open the links It looks like the site is protected I got this Order and it is on the way to Australia If you were not able to open the links , once I got the Order i will list pictures of it It is the same as per the Lamaitre Catalogue with out the crown. I assumed the crown on the officer, as i discussed somewhere in the thread, was added to match with the new rules One thing is for sure this is a very old model and is marked BTW The Ivan Osipov Orders are very nice Are they yours? Graf
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  6. Hi,

    You have a miniature of GC of LOH on Ebay.fr.

    I am interested in this miniature , however I am not sure whether you can send to Australia.

    Also are you happy to sell it direct and What will be your Total to Australia


     Best Regards



    1. larsb001


      Hello Peter, good to get in touch again.

      Shipping to Australia seems to be a problem for the moment as you're not on the list of countries which I can ship to, but sometime in the future things should be normal again.

      I'm normally quite reluctant to close auctions as I hate when others do so. But as we have dealt before I believe I can do so, but I would ask the listing price plus postage and the 4% PayPal fee (a bank transfer is without fees within EU so that's why PayPal isn't listed as an option). If this is of interest we can do so but when you'll receive it is unclear, your guess is as good as mine. I may also have a Bulgarian Medal of Merit in Silver mini which perhaps could be of your interest?

      Kind regards, Lars


    2. Graf


      Hi Lars,

      Thank you for the reply

      The reason I asked you is because our Government put 10% Tax on all sales from overseas on Ebay.

      However if there are any doubts for the Post simply forget it  I will leave for times better the now.

      It looks like the Post in some parts of Europe does not include Australia at the moment

      It is nice to have the mini, however it is not a must


      Good Luck with the sales.. I noticed you listed several miniatures





  7. Hi 922F, Thank you for the comment. I also, like you, have been looking for a such mini for a while My latest Red Cross The ribbon looks modern one and not the correct, however this Cross is difficult to get, therefore i can not be very picky
  8. I agree wit Sal. Modern item. Also I am not convinced that it is a Grand Cross More likely Commander Just explore this Dealer site, including the Sold items as well and you can make your mind Best
  9. My latest Miniature Grand Cross of the Order of St Alexander
  10. My latest Red Cross Miniature Part of a small Austrian Group
  11. Hi Thank you for your opinion I agree with Eric That it could be a nice post war production using original parts I assume the maker used different core either because the original tools were damaged or to distinguish the post war production from the earlier ones I have not asked whether the core is magnetic. Just came across this EK while browsing on internet I do not know the size , however comparing the frames the cross looks wider the any of the known early production. Pity i had one few years ago, however I sold it as part of trimming and reshaping my colle
  12. Hi Gordon, Thank you for the reply In another Thread Those four clam shell were posted It looks the clam shell on this cross looks OK My question was about the cross itself So far I have never seen before a cross with closed arms of the number 4 all of Deumer crosses I have seen were with open arms of the number 4 of the date Graf
  13. Hi, I came across of this 1941 EK1 WW2 production by Deumer I know that the two well known Variants of this cross have open 4 on the Date 1914 This particular one has a closed 4 Graf
  14. Hi New World, Thank you for the adding to my point Here is a low grade fake Not only the high classes are safe from the fakers At least ,who ever buys it will not depart with handsome sum of cash
  15. Hi Petar, Thank you for your opinion. Also you do not have to feel sorry for the "bad name" created by the fakers. That is the human nature and greediness that makes those people to do such things. Comparing to what has happened with Orders and decorations from other countries that is a very small problem I can reassure you that even people with a "good" names and reputation such as well known Experts, Dealers, Sellers and Auction Houses have closed their eyes and for the sake of nice profit cheated the collectors community..and still doing it I have been keep
  16. Hi Petar, You have more exposure to those fakes in Bulgaria. Always is a good experience when you have in your hands both the fake and the original item and carefully analyze and compare both (as on your picture) Then you can have a better chance to detect fakes even from pictures, although no one is bullet proof We all have our bad experience with fakes. With time we develop a nice guts feeling to accept or reject an item Regarding the enamel i am sure that as we improve our knowledge and experience the fakers do the same and they perfect their work It is their job Our job
  17. Hi Petar, I agree with you and the other members - The Star is a fake I suspect that the enamel is a new soft one and will not pass the "needle test" The Star has so many bad spots to be original 1st Class Prince/King Ferdinand Model I also believe that the back plate cup with the maker name could have been copied from an original one There are Stars with the maker mark and also ones without this mark. The nuts on the back could be different Nevertheless all have very high quality finish You can see the nicely rounded edges of the stars arms See pictures provided It
  18. Hi Christophe, In addition of those makers , Very small numbers of the Bravery Order were made in France Here is a picture to what is believed to be the very first model of the 4th Class of the Order for Bravery made by V.L The miniature is also made by V.L French makers made Those Orders are extremely rare You can see the distinctive features of this model when compared with other models made other non French makers Note the Bulgarian makers stepped-in in the later stages of WW2 and post War period. Mainly in the Regency and the Republican periods Their quality was n
  19. Hi, It is Bulgarian Single bar More likely to be for the Order for Bravery, although such a ribbon was use for the Order for Military Merit and The Order for Merit in wartime periods On the picture you can see all above mentioned Orders on display From left to right Order for Bravery Order for Military Merit (without crown) and Order for Merit The Period is difficult to be identified More likely WW1 Also the crown is not typical Bulgarian which suggests that the owner was non Bulgarian Regards
  20. Hi Igor, Yes it is very nice In real looks even nicer It is more likely to be WW1 period It is the small type 53 mm x 30 mm German made Stamped, as you see "SILBER" on the top Godet?! Perhaps yes, however without maker mark difficult to say Recently 14 Carat Gold badge by Godet was sold on auction in Germany It was a stunning piece and the price was also stunning Sadly I was not the lucky buyer Graf
  21. Hi Vazov, This is a very interesting topic. Congrats If we assume that this is the Original top of the famous "Samara Flag it could be a prove of one of the theories for this rare emission. This theory speculated that it is the very first one dating 1880 This theory was supported by some Bulgarian Authors This Emission was short lived at that time and replaced by the Emissions we know for this period Then this Emission surfaced again during the period between WW1 and WW2 believed to be around the 1915 Emission period. It was speculated that left overs were found a
  22. Enamel of the front central medallion is missing??!! Otherwise the Order is in very good condition It looks it is Gold
  23. Hi Lars, Welcome. Here is a variant of the second model of the Cross 1915-1916 With a pin system on the back. However, the most common seen is with the ribbon loop on the top as yours Also a picture from the Queen Eleonora badge The text says "Druzestvo Samarianka" (Samarianka Society) which reinforce my belief that this is not a a model of Queen Eleonora Cross but a badge/sign of this Society. I am still researching when it was founded It continued trough WW2 period I found among my Documents a Certificate of Completed Course for Samarianka run by the Bulgarian red C
  24. Hi Lars, Yes, It seems the correct colour of the ribbon is red. i have seen it mainly in two shapes -Austrian type and strait one as seen on the picture with the Queen Eleonora photo. The page on the picture with Queen Eleonora signs, medals and crosses is from a book by Veselin Denkov According to the book there are four models of the of the Commemorative signs. Your sign is described as the 3rd variant -1915-1916 However when i looked the existing literature and information i am more inclined to think that that there are three different signs/ awards 1 Medal
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