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  1. You're right. However, I am not comparing crosses of different classes to each other, per se, but rather the cross we are discussing with the two possible classes in separate images. The intention of the comparison was to compare the crosses when scaled to the size of the two possible variants, hence I uploaded two images and not one. If we are to set the initial scale of the crosses of a single grade to be of identical diameter within a given image, then proportions will remain the same (with the disclaimer i note above, of course). The second image compares the cross to a grand o
  2. Here's a visual comparison between this cross (white background) and other examples of grand and commander crosses (black background). I drew some horizontal lines to make it easier to see the ratios. A couple of things to keep in mind: all the crosses were visually fit to size based on the diameter of the arms (hence, this is a broad assumption that: a/ all images were taken 'straight on' and ignoring the inevitable tiling of the camera; b/ the original manufacturers kept the sizes of the crosses the same) Hope it helps.
  3. Hi new world, I do not see anything wrong with the order itself - looks like a decent grant cross set, minus the sash, as you already mentioned. The loops you are referring to are not necessarily exclusive to 2nd/3rd class crosses - I believe that the majority of late Boris III high class issues I've seen, actually feature such loop. Similar is the case with SS Cyril and Methodius grand crosses. The crown/cross ratio appears to be fine to me. Later I will try to create a side-by-side visual comparison, for reference later today. The only odd thing is the immaculate condit
  4. Hi, Would it be possible if you post the original images, rather than the 'enhanced'/colourised versions, please? Also, would be nice to see a zoomed-in snips of the inscriptions
  5. Yes, I believe that both gilded and enamelled rings were being used for decoration in this initial period, though I cannot really say whether this had any symbolic meaning or whether it was simply a matter or availability of stock. Among the first people to be decorated with the order were Nikola Genev, Olimpiy Panov, Atanas Uzunov etc. but they were given the 4th class, so we cannot really judge by photographs of them. Captain Danail Nikolaev is the first Bulgarian to have been decorated with the 3rd class badge in April 1880. His badge, as seen on later photographs, has a gilded
  6. My humble opinion is that the skulls and bones do not represent masonic symbols in this particular case but rather the symbolism of the Totenkopf and what the Germanic people of the 19th century (and earlier) make of it in its military sense (not to be confused with the later Nazi symbol of the SS). As a side note, the same symbol was used by various armies through the centuries and some still do to this very day. I don't share your opinion regarding the highest class of the order - I think that the Grand cross badge has been used on multiple occasions - there are several images and
  7. Great find! These images give answers to two questions at a time - who might have been the manufacturer and what the cases looked like. Thanks
  8. Vazov! Thanks for tagging me - otherwise I wouldn't have seen this thread, as I only check 'Central European States' section. Why in this section? Has there been a change I am not aware of? Congrats on spotting this. The few times when the Samara flag top has been displayed in the National military history museum, it has always been positioned with the reverse* facing upwards, so people were unable to see which emission the order actually belongs to. It is very curious indeed. My opinion remains unchanged though - I still believe that three stars is an interwar emission
  9. Reviving this forgotten thread by sharing an image of King Ferdinand wearing [what appears to be] Prince Alexander's old 1st class breast star of the Bravery order with skulls and bones - the one with the round gilded base. and Portrait of lieutenant-colonel M. Poshev with a nice pre-war bar (he died on the battlefield in the first month of the Balkan war). Note how the X and XX years crosses are positioned one above the other. Very neat and logical in my opinion.
  10. Just wanted to share this image of a 'lily' bravery order which appears to be of the 'cruder' type. Col. Dimitar Popov, c. late 30s
  11. Hi, Thank you for the information Great Dane! @Graf No, unfortunately, I haven't personally seen the royal collection. Hopefully, one day I will be able to do so and provide further insight. At this point of time, I'd assume that Cejalvo minted stars, as well as crosses, simply because we cannot proof otherwise. Even so, if there are no markings on the stars (like some other post-war semi-legal pieces) then we cannot disproof this either. Answer to 2nd question: Both orders which I mentioned, and which I am referring to as azure, are C&M of this unconfirmed type with
  12. Hi all, Thanks to the director of the Royal Fund of King Boris and Queen Jovanna, we have acquired some exclusive insight to the mysterious azure Cyril and Methodius crosses we were discussing lately. These certainly aren't Cejalvo products as some theories suggested (though yes, C&M crosses have been minted by them upon appointment of HM The King). Among the Royal collection at present, there are two such azure orders of different grades. At least one of them has been acquired by a third party via a Klenau auction in 1978 and later donated to the Royal Collection. This inf
  13. In relation to the Order of SS Cyril and Methodius, Just a humble note on my behalf, In his book, Prince Romanoff distinguishes two types of badges: he calls them 'badge' and 'lesser badge'. The latter is the type of badge which we're currently discussing - smaller in size and having a more pronounced shade of azure. Unfortunately, there's no actual image of the badge he's referring to in the book. Nevertheless, note that the size of the badge we're discussing is noticeably smaller than the 'default' 75mm wide arm span. This can be easily observed in one of the above images wher
  14. Yes, my assumptions were the same. I am unsure about no.6 and no.10, too The ribbon for no.6 resembles the one for the so called 'railway medal' but this does not make any sense. The medal "For allocation of the military banners" is supposed to have a plain red ribbon, according to Pavlov.
  15. Hi, I am reviving this forgotten thread by sharing with you a couple of quick snaps I managed to do with my phone while at the museum (I really hate the way the people working there chase you up along the corridors, preventing you from taking pictures - thankfully, nobody was around at that time, excluding cctv). It's Prince Alexander's bar again - a slightly better quality image. Due to the interior lighting, there was an awful glare and the identification would have to mostly rely on the ribbons. The orders are easily distinguishable but not the medals. I've tried to minimise the
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