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    I am mainly a collector of Communist era hat badges: USSR, Warsaw Pact countries and various former Socialist-inspired countries around the world (South Yemen, Sirya, Lybia etc) as well as of post-1991 hat badges from CIS countries (mostly the Russian Federation).

    I also collect USSR and post-Soviet Guard's badges and various types of antiquities-memorabilia from the former Soviet Bloc.

    Finally, I am also a collector of Italian and Austro-Hungarian WWI relics I personally hunt on the battlefields in North-Eastern Italy.

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  1. Dear all, here I come today with a recently acquired piece that sparked my interest. I unfortunately had missed an auction for two communist period Hungarian embroidered flotilla cap badges. Meaning however that I had clear in mind how those look like. When this cap badge came up for auction listed as "Italian WWII" I knew for a fact that not to be the case. Here it comes: I had immediately anticipated this to be the result of "bricolage" work, as the winged cloth badge is clearly a Nazi Luftwaffe one. Upon receiving the badge I clearly ascertained the
  2. A section of my collection I am particularly proud of is the one devoted to cap badges used by the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Those used by the regular EPR (People's Army of the Republic) are much easier to get than the ones adopted by the CNT, UGT, POUM etc. militias. The design dates back to before the institution of the First and Second Republics and for these reasons many cap badges displayed here were simultaneously used by the Republican and Nationalist sides. Some cap badges, such as the one for the Naval Infantry or those of the Cuerpo de Seguridad y Asalto were produced
  3. Any contribution is more than welcomed! As you can imagine, due to the very limited scope of my collecting (USSR, Warsaw Pact, SFRJ cap badges), it is often difficult for me to engage in any debate at all with fellow collectors..
  4. I entirely agree with Tim that if any of the three cap badges I posted as dubious/fake is indeed fake (and imho at least the first and the one on blue cloth are [I fully agree with you Paja]), then we are facing a quality that is unknown to most attempts at producing fake Soviet cap badges (in fact a rather high quality production of fake Soviet M1922 and M1936 stars has started and quickly reached a frightening good quality, but so far these are sold as replicas and not passed off as original Civil War or WWII). I have been observing these a lot and at first I thought that only the badge on r
  5. Here they come! First of all, the original picture coming from that sister forum, which clearly shows the macroscopic difference between an original cap badge and the fake one. Now the photos of the two cockades put on sale on ebay some months ago.. Paja, what is your take on these? The one on red cloth seems to have a more convincing enamel, but still conforms to no proved original..and looks anyway almost identical to the cap badge in the first comparative photo, which we could imho safely assume is a fake.
  6. An interesting partisan award Tim. This type of badges (together with Czechoslovak ones) always attracted me, but I have since long sword a sacred vow to confine myself to collecting cap badges (which drain my finances well enough already..). Dear Theodor, here I come with come questions about Bulgarian navy cap badges. First of all, I'd like to submit to you my theory about a quite particular cap badge, which I believe is the result of the addition of a Soviet anchor onto a Bulgarian embroidered patch. Let me now show you the patient. Despite the similarities between many Bulgarian badge
  7. Thank you very much! I've read that post too and have attentively followed the discussion. I myself am absolutely convinced that the cap badges you posted is a modern replica. It is a remarkably well-made one, but several macroscopic differences would alert any expert of Yugoslav partisan cap badges. I've seen at least two different ones going unsold on ebay for quite a price..
  8. Thank you so much for your informed answer dear Theodor! The red paint star's crude and quite old looking red paint must have misled me into thinking this was an earlier version of the enamel and later plastic enamel/paint ones.. Thanks for clarifying this! Your information on the green star are very interesting indeed! I should have thought of this myself, since I am an avid collector of German-made reparation cap stars.. It seems perfectly plausible that Bulgarian workshops and firms produced cap badges of this sort and buttons for Soviet troops. Since you are so well informed about Bulgaria
  9. As previously announced, I've been lucky enough to add some few pieces to my 1944-1948 Yugoslav section and I thought I would be interesting to update this thread. Here comes M44 partisan "eggs". I still have some trouble properly cataloguing these. The sources I use in my endeavour are: "ОВАЛЬНЫЕ КОКАРДЫ ЮГОСЛАВСКОЙ АРМИИ. 1944–1946 - Бранко БОГДАНОВИЧ, Кирилл ЦЫПЛЕНКОВ" (Oval Cap Badges of the Yugoslav Army, 1944-1946 - Branko Bogdanovich, Kiril Ziplenkov) "Oruzana sila Komunisticke partije Hrvatske i Komunisticke partije Jugslavije 1941. - 1945. - Tomislav Aralica, Viseslav Aralica" (
  10. Thank you very much dear Paja and very nice talking to you again! Concerning the Generals' cloth badge, the information I have tells me that this belonged to the war uniforms of the Yugoslav Presidency, which after Tito's death became the supreme commander of the JNA. Needless to say, such uniforms were never used.
  11. You are too kind! When it comes to Russia, although I think I've done my homework properly, I still miss a few pieces and all the early 1990s transitionary ones. Yet, I'm still short of very many when it comes to other CIS nations. The fact is that these don't come for cheap at all and I have quite a problem with purchasing current say Belorussian cap badges for higher prices than the ones I pay for original Cold War or even war-time pieces!
  12. Dear Paul, thank you so much for your appreciation! Slowly but steadily I'll try posting all the different sections of my collection, which I finally managed to decently photograph. The Soviet and CIS sections account for more than half of my collection, but the effort I had to put into finding German pre-Nazi paramilitary cap badges or Spanish Civil War ones is hardly matched by anything else. I should be able to post the German 1920s-1930s badges today.
  13. Finally, everything I've got about the CIS: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Belarus, PMR and Kazakhstan (with a curious Soviet-style silver cap badges displaying a blue star..having no clear idea what that was, I thought it could be an early Kazakh cap badge [?]).
  14. Finally, the plastic ushanka versions of several cockades shown above, plus the first cockades of my larger CIS section, in this case some Ukrainian ones.
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