Jump to content


Active Contributor
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About ilieff

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Location
    Planet Earth

Recent Profile Visitors

2,931 profile views

ilieff's Achievements


Collaborator (7/14)

  • Dedicated Rare
  • First Post
  • Collaborator
  • Conversation Starter
  • Week One Done

Recent Badges



  1. This is what I meant, when I said 'simply pinned or threaded through a chain or cord'.
  2. Bulgarian Nurses decorated with the Queen's honorary cross. It's hard to tell due to the quality of the image, but it seems that these were not suspended from a ribbon but instead simply pinned or threaded through a chain or cord. Opinions?
  3. Thanks. I asked if the photo had a date on it because it appears to have been taken around the years of the Balkan wars. 🧐 I am under the impression that bravery crosses were issued on standard straight, looped-through ribbons but since there wasn't a unified manner of displaying enlisted awards at that time (or drafted solders were not aware of one), soldiers were using different ways, depending on their own personal preference and/or method of attaching the award to the uniform. Here is a photo of a detachment of the same infantry regiment, though taken in 1914. We can see 4 bravery crosses, one of which is 1st or 3rd class and one whose ribbon is triangular. Yet, the method of attachment appears to be the same in all 3 cases, hence it seems to be indeed a matter of aesthetics in the eyes of the individual soldier. And one more photo - of a Wehrmacht(?) obergefreiter with the bravery cross on (though we cannot really tell which type it is exactly).
  4. Hmm.... All the people in the photograph (perhaps, excluding the priest and the man in civilian clothing) are officers, hence their ribbons would usually be triangular, right? Do we have a specific date for this photo?
  5. Yes, Graf's correct All I can add is that 7th Infantry regiment was part of the 4th Infantry division during the war. However, in the records of KIA's during the Balkan wars, the recipient's father had been logged as being part of the 43rd Infantry regiment which was only formed during the mobilisation. The person had been killed in the first stages of the war - on 16th Oct 1912 during the largest battle of the war - the Battle of Lule-Burgas, and was buried there (village of Karaağaç, now suburb of Edirne, Turkey). Lastly, the document itself bears the signature of Major-General Hristo Lukov, Minister of War in 1937.
  6. Of course there were crossed ribbons! Otherwise it will be impossible to tell what class one's cross actually was, right? This photo from 1885/1886 is clearly showing what type of crosses were given back then.
  7. Hi, this is not an enhancement but rather a photo of [what I believe to be] the original decorations displayed at the royal palace. Honestly though, I have no idea why the British medal would be present there - perhaps something to do with international relations/diplomacy at that particular time, as Bulgaria was practically revoking the terms of the Treaty of Neuilly and was perhaps trying to soften the relations with the former Entente countries. In case you want to see a more detailed copy of the colourised image which Graf posted earlier, you can follow this link: https://royalbulgariaincolour.com/цар-борис-трети/ Furthermore, there is yet another hyperlink on that webpage containing a file to download, should you wish to do so. I am not that good with dates, but I believe that George VI was crowned in 1937, not 1936. Edward VIII never had an official coronation, I presume? King Boris III was in London in early 1936 at George V's state funeral. On his way back he stopped in Paris, too, where he held a press conference. This act sounds very unorthodox for a Monarch of the period, hence the French journalists paid their full attention.
  8. Nice photograph, Graf If I remember correctly, General Savov was awarded the 3rd class with swords above the crown, then several years later a diamond 2nd class set and eventually a 1st class set with swords through the middle. Nice illustration of the flexibility of the order with its three different sub-divisions. Here is another photograph - it depicts how the bravery cross was awarded at the front. A few things to note here: - Notice how the crosses are awarded with 'straight' ribbons, as they are meant to. It seems that the practice of folding ribbons in a triangular fashion was something the recipients were occasionally doing themselves, if we are to generalise by the large number of triangular ribbons dating from this period. - The paper envelopes for the crosses are also given away - The small wooden box - I wonder if this is the original 'shipping packaging'
  9. General Paprikov with a very nice bar - one of the few portraits which shows the 'Clementine' medal, suspended from a black ribbon edged in blue.
  10. Despite the fact that it might be irrelevant to the topic itself, I wanted to mention that on multiple images which depict Austro-Hungarian troops in WW1, we can see a four digit number present on them. In all cases I have seen, it starts with "4", sometimes it's printed (I assume by the photo atelier), often hand-written and occasionally visibly edited/corrected. I always wondered what its significance is. An inventory number perhaps? My mind clicked as soon as I saw the above suggestion of the number being "4418", so I thought I'd share this with you. Attached are a few examples and the back of one of them, just in case it yields any clues.
  11. This must be the wedding ceremony of Prince Kyril of Preslav and Rosario Nadal, which took place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1989. From left to right: Prince Kubrat of Panagyurishte, the then Crown prince Kardam of Tarnovo, Queen-mother Giovanna (late King Boris III's widow), Queen Margarita, bride and groom [obviously], King Simeon II, Princess Kalina and Prince Konstantin-Assen of Vidin. The signed photograph depicts the King addressing the Bulgarian Parliament upon his accession as Prime-minister in 2001.
  12. Yes, the sky-blue order mantle existed. King Ferdinand supposedly used to wear it on St. George's day when he hosted official ceremonies for certain officers who had been decorated with the order. The portrait itself is by Czech-Bulgarian artist Jan (Ivan) Mrkvička. It was painted in 1911, as indicated by the artist himself. The dating of the portrait provides us with, I believe, the first depiction of [what some people call] the 'grand master's collar' of the Order of Cyril and Methodius, which, 110 years later, is still in use by the current Monarch, as shown in the pictures above.
  • Create New...