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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 shorter arms. One is a Grand necklace so probably it's not the badge whose image Great Dane has kindly provided. Perhaps it was sold at another auction or did not appear as a photograph in there? I believe 1978 was very productive for Klenau.
  4. 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 information is in line with 922F's comment above. I'd be happy if anyone has the old 1978 Klenau catalogues and is able to cite what the description of these orders was at that time. Either way, these two orders are being treated as genuine at present. This means that regardless of their actual background, their authenticity is currently not being questioned by the nominal awarding body itself. So, is anyone in possession of the above-mentioned catalogue?
  5. 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 where it's shown beside the breast star (which, again, tend to differ in size but we can assume it's one of the generic ones, measuring at about 75mm wide). Naturally, we should not assume that everything written by Romanoff is true, but at least it's a fact that by the time of printing (early 80s), these badges have already been around for some time and have been treated as genuine, plus it's highly plausible that His Majesty King Simeon II has provided exclusive insight into the topic which, in theory, can indirectly prove that these are genuine badges, perhaps produced by appointment of the King himself while in exile. Another footnote I wanted to add is that both Pavlov and Petrov cite an article which states that Zimmermann of Pforzheim have also minted C&M orders (perhaps in late 30's/ early 40's). Personally, I haven't seen any markings, other than Rothe, which seem to have minted both major variations of the star/badge.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 negative effect of the glare but it wasn't enough... Any suggestions as to what the medals might be? There are 9 in total. I do have a rough idea but would appreciate your opinions beforehand.
  8. Thank you all. Graf, I like your suggestion for My 'First steps' being the title.
  9. It's been fairly quiet in the current sub-forum, so I thought I'd share with you a portion of my first 'illustrations' of Bulgarian orders which I made when I was fifteen (or so) years old and a novice in graphic design. Yes, these images seemed pretty accurate to me back then. I hope these illustrations will bring a smile on your face, as they did on mine when I accidentally dug them up last week from my backup archive. Ilieff
  10. Hi all, I assume this is the correct section to post my request for help. Can you please see if you can id this breast star? It belonged to general G.Vazoff who was serving in the Imperial army for a short period of time. My assumption is that he received this order during that time, hence why I post it here. Thanks PS: Yes, I am aware it's none of the official state orders, but I thought it might be one of the local decorations. I.e. he served in the Near East, Tajikistan (Kushka fortress)
  11. I assume the auction has ended by now, as I cannot find it on ebay.de. I was wondering whether there were any images of the sides of the badge and the swords in particular? i.e. that is to see how those bizarre swords are attached to the cross itself or were they a single unit (as it should be). And yes, I agree with you all. One positive thing I can see about this set is that the sash appears to be genuine.
  12. Serbian Crown prince Alexander in 1912, wearing the Bulgarian St Alexander (Grand Cross) Our of curiosity, do you know what the last two awards on His bar are?
  13. Yes, I'd say that it is the same star. Romanoff used the so called Royal Collection of the Bulgarian Monarchy for reference, hence the unique pieces which he shows in his book.
  14. Good question. I'd assume a generic 1st class badge for this period (presumably Austrian-made (Rothe?) ). I've had a quick look at my image archive and noticed that the majority of cases where those diamond-cut stars appear, it's usually a member of the royal family who wears them. This supports Graf's theory of the stars being used by/given to [exclusively] the highest of the high-ranking people. Attached image shows two types of necklace sets - 1) with the so called 'Tsar' crown, worn by prince Cyril (c. 1909) and of the young Prince Ferdinand - example with crossed swords and earlier period crown suspension (c. 1888). Another examples of such stars which I came across are photos of King Boris III (both as King and heir to the Throne) and His mother Marie-Louise who only wore the diamond-cut stars without any necklaces/sashes.
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