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Lukasz Gaszewski

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  1. It is easier with the second photo. The decorations on the ribbons may be as follows: Russian Order of St. Vladimir 4th Class with swords Montenegran Order of Danilo 5th Class Russian Order of St. Anne 3rd Class with swords Russian Order of St. Stanislas 3rd Class with swords Montenegran Obilich Medal (?) The neck decoration is probably the Russian Order of St. Vladimir 3rd Class The stars are from: Montenegran Order of Danilo Russian Order of St. Stanislas Italian Order of the Crown The photo seems to be after somebody's funeral (black armband). If we could find out whose, we could date it.
  2. A perfect shot Trooper_D! Please do accept another cigar from me, too I also thought of the Order of Christ, but the cross on the star looked a bit too different to me. I was also not sure if at that time (my portrait was dated to 1865) the eight-pointed star was already in use. It seems that the painting at the Boskovice palace was exactly that from which my miniature was made. Yes, the other star is of the Order of the House of Saxe-Ernestine (from which Albert, Prince-Consort of Queen Victoria also , originated). To make the things entirely clear, the neck decoration is the Commander Cross of the Austrian Order of Leopold - but I think it is obvious to everybody here. The funniest thing is that a few years ago I myself had the opportunity to visit the palace in Boskovice (which is located north of the City of Brno in the Czech Republic), but I completely do not remember if the portrait was there or not. Anyway, I would be delighted to learn who the painter was. I could not find it anywhere on their site. Trooper_D, Alex and laurentius, thanks once again for your assistance. Regards, Lukasz
  3. Hello All, This is the portrait of count Alfons Friedrich von Mensdorff-Pouilly in the uniform of a Hungarian cavalry colonel. I am interested in your opinions about the sash and the upper star. What can they be from? I have some theory but I do not want to impose my view. I will owe a lot for assistance. Regards, Lukasz
  4. Ribbon bars did exist in both German Empire and Third Reich and you can find lots of photos of German military wearing them, even on this forum. Still, those ribbon bars were treated stricltly as replacement only for the decorations and medals worn on the ribbons on the left chest, consequently higher classes were not denoted at all and were usually worn in full. In the Third Reich upper classes of some orders could be replaced by ribbon bars, but that regarded foreign awards only. Ribbon bars for the upper classes of German decorations appeared first in the Federal Republic. Thus you are unlikely to find the ribbon bar to a Pour le Merite, either in the German Empire, or in the Third Reich. Hope this will help.
  5. The LOM looks quite strange and it does not seem genuine.
  6. It would probably be easier to give advice if we could see the medals.
  7. And you are right. It reads: X International Offic[er] Horse Comp[etition], Warsaw 1937.
  8. I agree, it seems original! Its recipient must have been engaged in the underground (most probably left-wing) movement during the war, then drafted in the People's Army and served during the Berlin Operation (he did not need to participate in capturing Berlin to receive the medal). After the war he served either in the Militia (the behind the Iron Curtain counterpart of other countries' Police) or in security organs, as indicated by the last three medals. The Fire Fighting medal should come last, but the recipient decided to put it higher, probably because it was gold, compared to the remaining medals in silver or bronze. Other than that, the sequence is perfect. The double Medal for Victory and Freedom was a rare thing to see, but it happened. Regards
  9. It is not Polish, it is Austrian, namely from the Tyrol. It is the Pater-Haspinger-Medaille of the Bund der Tiroler Schützenkompanien, for 15-year membership. It is the Tyrolean eagle, albeit indeed very similar to the Polish one. Regards
  10. Certainly a copy. Look at the "cloudy" surface of the reverse. I guess it was cast from an original medal rather than struck. To make you happier I will tell you that some recipients wore similar replicas instead of the original medals.
  11. I am not insisting that it is from Czechoslovakia, I am only saying that some details point out it can be. Please note that such circles with the country lands' coats of arms can be found in the Czechoslovak war crosses as well. Also the reverse of the pre-WWII Order of the White Lion holds such coats of arms and the intertwined "CS" letters. And I am sure, too, that if it is Czechoslovak, it is nothing official and most likely issued very soon after the war. Unfortunately the photo is too blurred to see more. And something that has come to me right now: and what if it is the reverse of the medal?
  12. Thank you very much for all your responses. I haven't been here for a while. I am still unable to identify the decoration, but I have done some further research, which (hopefully) will finally help identify it. First, I have found out that the same decoration was conferred to another Soviet military leader, general Ivan Fedyuninsky (1900-1977). Enclosed are the ribbon bars from Fedyuninsky's jacket. The ribbon of the said decoration is the one before last, just before the Czechoslovak "Brotherhood in Arms" medal. I have also found an official photo of Fedyuninsky and been able to isolate the decoration, which is a fairly large round medal. Unfortunately, the quality of the photo does not allow to see many details, still it has a large circle in the middle, surrounded by five smaller circles. Judging from the fact that it is next to another Czechoslovak medal, I am more and more convinced that it is from Czechoslovkia as well. The five small circles may represent the five historical country's lands: Bohemia (Czechia), Slovakia, Silesia, Moravia and Carpathian Ruthenia (which they were forced to cede on the USSR after the war). That something within the upper circle may look like the Slovakian coat of arms and there can be intertwined "CS" letters inside the central circle. Hope this may help. Good luck in further hunting!
  13. A cute badge of the Association of Polish Legionnaires. The hallmark denotes 875 silver and if there is a 'W' next to the maiden's head, the piece was made after 1930.
  14. Thanks for the response. Yes, I did consult the Russian Wiki, with poor results though. The information has errors regarding other Katukov's awards, too (which is quite typical of Wiki), for example there are incorrect classes of his Polish orders, or no information that he was awarded both the 2nd and 3rd class the Order of the Grunwald Cross, and of course nothing about the mysterious ribbon. My tentative guess is that it can be a decoration of some African, Middle Eastern or Latin American country, which used to 'flirt' with the USSR in 1960s and 1970s, but so far I have been unable to find any.
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