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  1. Hello Gordon Thank you for your post about captain Keogh, he had an impressive military career. He had a silver, third grade Castelfidardo medal... I saw somewhere a photo of an Indian cheef The Sitting Bull wearing a silver Castelfidardo medal around his neck dangling around with his peace pipe, suggesting that there were surely been more of the Irish veterans of the Papal army in the battles against Indians, as Peter has suggested... I was wondering if any of the Irish fighters got a higher grade Casterlfidardo medal? I saw a photo of the Irish batallion commander Major Mylas
  2. Hello Elmar Thank you for the info on the Brambilla's book, I have heard of it but never had one.. if any of the coleagues have this book, please help with the info regarding this medal! Best regards A.D.
  3. Hello Gordon Yes I have had several of silver ones in my posession, and I have heard of copies, but never had one in my hands... As for grades of this medal, there are four grades, some says even more! First grade is gold with enamels, second grade is gold(possible gilded gold), third grade is silver, fourth grade is bronze. But there are also silvered bronze, and even a nickel one... where those two features I haven't find out... If I made some mistake in grading, please do correct me! As for the first grade medal I have seen two of them in the Castelfidardo muse
  4. Hello Gordon Indeed, this is a rare medal I myself don't have many information about, thus I believe there were more battles in this Austro-Franco-Papal 1860 war... The clasps I know about are Castlefidardo, C Fidardo, Ancona, Perugia, St Angelo and Spoleto, but on these golden ones I have seen only C Fidardo and Ancona. I have seen only 4 of those, including mine, that's why my inquiry was how many of those were made considering they were bestowed to superior commanders only... how many of the superior commanders were there in 10000 soldiers army? Best regards Joseph
  5. Hm.... No one knows nothing about the topic? I know it is a rare item, but surely some of the phalermasters knows something about the first grade Castelfidardo medal... To enrich this topic a bit here are the rest of this lovely medal... enjoy gents!
  6. Hello Gents Here we have a Castelfidardo medal Ancona clasp, made in 24 karat gold. I believe it to be a quite rare item, but I need your help to find out how many of these medals were made? I know they were bestowed to supreme commanders, but does anyone knows how many of those still survived... I was also wandering why there is only one clasp on the ribbon considering there were five different clasps of different battles like Castelfidardo or Perugia clasp? This medal belonged to a supreme commander, shouldn't he be involved in more than one battle? Last question; what would b
  7. Hello gents This badge, similar to St Andrew star is probably the badge of officers of the Guard Cavalry, IMHO 😅 And Eric is right about GK3 it is made by Dmitri Kuchkina, it should have a stamp of DK and a stamp of 84 for silver! As I have said, a great find👍
  8. Hello Schlange This is Serbian Chetnik Ravna Gora badge, made in aluminum, with a proper clip pin, made after ww2 by the exile government, original period item with lowest number I have ever seen, quite good condition! Congrats! Joseph
  9. Hallo Duffy Duck Very nice medal indeed! As for the holes I dont think they were ment for diamonds, they are randomly placed with no order. The planned holes would be simetrical or circular, IMHO. Regards Joseph
  10. The numbers are impressed, and yes, there is a correct font. But fakers today make very good correct font!!! The older versions 19ct. medals had different correct font than the 20ct. medals, so there is some variations of correct font depending of the age... Regarding the 4 step you mentioned, the first and second degree crosses in gold or gold metal are marked 1 step and 2 step, the other two grades in silver or white metal are marked 3 step and 4 step Best regards
  11. 👍👍👍 In that case all you need is to find a White eagle mini with numbers 1883, and you'll have a matching minies!🤗 Joke aside, those mistakes are quite rare, thus I like these medals even better✌
  12. Hello Jeff Do you meen the numbers on the reverse? Many of these were not numbered, but still original pieces... Best regards Joseph
  13. Most probably, the jeweler had to made booth st Sava and White eagle miniature, and made a mistake by writing a White eagle year instead of st Sava.... but we'll never know for sure🤦‍♂️ Best regards
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