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  1. BTW: the bar is turned upside down. The ribbon of the Order of St. Vladimir should go first.
  2. Hello everyone and let me share some thoughts on that photo. At this moment I cannot tell you who the gentleman is, although his face does not seem alien to me. Maybe I'll try to find out later. Anyway, he is wearing the uniform of a lieutenant general (I think I see three stars on the epaulettes), the type that was worn in 1860s and 1870s. I think your identification of the medals is ok, only IMHO the first medal is for the suppression of Hungary and Transylvania in 1849, rather than for defence of Sevastopol. What you call Virtuti Militari, was officially named the Polish Deo
  3. With all respect, I have serious doubts if that could be the Order of St. Henry - for at least two reasons: firstly, it looks quite different - the arms are clearly all covered with white enamel, while those of St. Henry were gold with white frames (cf. the cross on the Duke's hip) and the devices between the arms (whatever they can be) are of almost the same height as the arms themselves. Secondly, at that time multiple classes of the same order were never worn together, which seems quite logical. If a patricular class should represent the recipient's position within the order, only the highe
  4. Dear Laurentius, thank you very much for the quick answer. The Order of the Netherlands Lion was one of my guesses as well. Honestly, i did not think of the Saxon Merit Order at all, although considering the date of establishment (1815) it would be matching, too. I am quite suspicious about both though, due to the distinctly light blue ribbon of the cross on the picture. Dawe used to be very precise about the details of the decorations he was painting and I think that if he painted the ribbon light blue, it was light blue, indeed. For that reason my other guess was the Hanoverian (an
  5. Could someone kindly help identify the circled cross from the portrait of Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha? The portrait was made by Dawe in 1818 or 1819 and is part of the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. The cross seems to be out of the list of Duke's honours. And a blow-up of the Duke's awards:
  6. Yes, it is likely to be the Hungarian Order of Merit, Commander class. I have found another photo of Paul Fanger, already as admiral with, I think, the same breast star. It is clearly visible here that this is the star of Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy. Of course, the star on the first photo can be of a different order and then it can be that of the Spanish Order of Naval Merit (con distintivo blanco) as well.
  7. I agree. Although the sequence of the decorations is a bit odd.
  8. It looks like either the Russian Order of St. Andrew (albeit it is seldom seen worn like that) or Russian Order of the White Eagle (more likely to be worn in that manner). Considering the Duke's status, I would vote for the first. I cannot figure out either, what the silver medal could be.
  9. If I were to compare the Grunwald badge to a military counterpart from another country, I would point to the U.S. Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB), with the difference that unlike the latter, the Grunwald badge was not limited to infantry, but could be granted to other services as well. Still, the direct participation in combat was the necessary condition. Similarly, just like the CIB, which was normally not granted to the ranks above colonel, but could be conferred to a general on an honorary basis, the Grunwald badge could be bestowed upon generals, and in that case it was made of a silver rat
  10. Typical of British collars. Different person, different era, same order (well, almost), same ties. Field Marshal Alan Brooke in all his glory (courtesy Defence Academy, UK - https://www.artuk.org/discover/artworks/field-marshal-viscount-alanbrooke-18831963-kg-gcb-om-gcvo-dso-42715).
  11. War does not determine who is right. Only who is left.
    (Attributed to Bertrand Russell)

  12. It is the cross (order) of the Royal Confraternity of the Cubicular Knights of St. Ildefonsus and St. Attilanus of Zamora (Real Cofradía de Caballeros Cubicularios de San Ildefonso y San Atilano de Zamora). The ribbon should be green with red side stripes. Here is the website of the Confraternity: http://caballeroscubicularios.es/
  13. It looks like the ribbon of the Romanian Bărbăție și Credință Medal.
  14. ¡Hola Antonio! I am not sure about the said period, but in the first half of 19th century Theresianum pupils used to wear dark uniforms, with Litzen on collar. Attached is a miniature portrait, dated 1834, of the future well-known Polish painter Henryk Rodakowski, depicted as an 11-year-old boy, in the Theresianum uniform (courtesy National Museum, Warsaw). The uniform worn by the future king seems to be kind of similar to Rodakowski's jacket (albeit with double button rows and without epaulettes), so still Theresianum rather than Sandhurst. Besides, he entered Sandhurst i
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