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  1. Many tailors/technicians who assembled/mounted award bars used whatever scrap or spare ribbon to hand when mounting awards themselves to bars. Then they added the correct ribbon formed into the familiar shape around the award. While the correct ribbon may appear as the award mounting material, most bars I've seen with backing loose or removed display an assortment of varying ribbons or narrow strips of white/gray edge bound narrow cotton tape type material used for that purpose. This to indicate that the color of the red/green ribbon seen protruding beneath the KVK may have no
  2. Ideal that you found a ribbon, case and mini! Is the case marked Garrard, Spink or ...? From time to time issued cravats [both narrow, wide and, very rarely, 55 mm - 2 1/8 inch wide] appear on UK ebay or in dealer stock.
  3. Above crown format usually associated with insignia related to various Christian Eastern Orthodox/Melkite Orders [c.f. Patriarchal Order of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem] and "international" Order groups [c.f. Imperial Order of St. Eugene of Trebizond] these latter usually claiming a relationship with or descent from the Byzantine Empire. Sometimes this type of insignia uses a typical Bulgarian Czarist design suspension crown.
  4. Hildegarde Maria Slock-Cottell image found at http://www.caulfeild.co.uk/individual.php?pid=I121&ged=Caulfeild. She held a Belgian Leopold I knight as well, perhaps suggesting that her St. Sava was more than a protocol award.
  5. Japanese officers received various French colonial Orders including at least the Royal Order of Cambodia, Dragon of Annam, and Nichan Iftikir besides the Black Star of Benin. Images of naval personnel, for example, wearing such may be located via: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_Imperial_Japanese_Navy_admirals. Without in-depth research, hard to say whether some of these awards were protocol awards, recognition for service rendered in respective geographic areas, naval visit honors exchanges, or ???? Images at the website mentioned appear to show concentrations of these colonial d
  6. Hello Owain, Ambassador Abebe's group certainly has found an excellent home. Thank you for sharing this enlightening information!
  7. Has anyone information on the MBE/OBE manufacturer activity periods? Garrard examples seem to be earliest [1917-?], then Royal Mint [19??-197??] then contractors like Spink, Toye, Kenning & Spenser, Gladman & Norman Ltd, Worcestershire Medal Service and ???
  8. Hans-Georg Steltzer (born April 30, 1913 in Braunschweig, died April 12, 1987 in Königswinter), a German soldier, diplomat and writer, served in the Wehrmacht being promoted to major by 1945. Steltzer later became a career Social Democratic Party of Germany politician/bureaucrat. Among his duties, he headed the Federal Press Office in the Foreign Office and worked as a diplomat in Africa and at home. Steltzer left government in 1978-79 but remained active in foreign affairs, especially regarding Africa. He published several books on German-African colonial relations and the Imperial Ge
  9. Cannot determine whether circlet of 'dots' within the central rim are individually crisp & equally spaced. That said, looks OK, note ring suspension attachment & lack of casting marks. C.F. http://www.cimilitaria.com/Danzig Cross.html and other sites.
  10. Pink & White....sure looks like a Brazil Imperial Order of the Rose but maybe here representing a Hesse-Darmstadt award c. f. Distinguished Service Kriegsehrenzeichen 1916-18, War Aid medal, Ehrenzeichen für Kriegsfürsorge 1916-18, Military Medical Cross (Militär-Sanitäts-Kreuz--metallic silver stripes), 1914 or Long Service Award. All have a darker red color value and slightly different proportions. Another German State possibility escapes recollection for the moment.
  11. Hello New World, I reviewed the one photo I have of Tudor Petrov and could not be sure if he was my man. Do not have a photo of Professor Pavlov. Probably the apartment location will be key to identifying him. After my first visit to Bulgaria in 1979, I often had 'minders' intermittently keeping track of me. After 5-6 visits, they knew my routine and usual activities. This did result in no longer meeting some in their homes but always in public places, parks, bars... I visited only two people in their apartments regularly over the years. I'm sure that the gentleman I v
  12. Thank you New World for all of this fascinating information! The apartment I visited was not down by the Russian Church but near the Palace of Culture Park, maybe 3 blocks northeast from the Park. The building architecture was somewhat similar but maybe 5-6 stories tall with at least one small one bedroom apartment on the roof. Entry was in the middle of the front facade of the building. It was on the right side of the street, most likely on Bvd. Skobelev, as you face the park. There were a large number of filled bookshelves in main apartment rooms that I saw. I recall there
  13. Thank you, Graf!!! I will continue searching for the obverse image of this star. I looked at images of Bogomil Raynov but just do not remember the face well enough. The man that I knew almost always smiled and was, as the French say, très très sympa. Raynov's expression in images found on the Internet appear quite dour. My acquaintance certainly had complete understanding of royal Bulgarian and foreign awards. His collection included any number of 'classic' European decorations in addition to the full range of Bulgarian material. There was a small st
  14. Thanks to all. Graf, I appreciate your clarification regarding the sword hilt. I mentioned above a 1995 image of a reverse with round 'button' fitting. Found it but the picture dates from a visit to Sofia in 1980!!! The 'button' height was about 1.25 mm. Sorry, cannot find photo of obverse or the owner's name at present. Has anyone seen a definite genuine piece with such a button'? The owner had an enormous collection and lived on the top floor of a very exclusive building on what is now Boulevard General Mihail D. Skobelev or Boulevard Pencho Slaveykov mayb
  15. Thank you Graf! I am a bit surprized that the left sword hilt on the genuine piece has a stippled pattern rather that a knurled one. Is the reverse fastener a simple nut or a rivet type nut? I do not have mine to hand to compare. Somewhere I have an image made about 1995 of one with a rounded type fitting at the reverse center.
  16. Somewhere here, if I remember correctly, there is a post describing fake first class 68 mm. Bravery Order stars. Wasn't the most obvious characteristic the reverse rivet fastener? I can't find that post could someone refer to it please?
  17. Probably gold badge if relatively light weight, otherwise silver gilt with maybe gold centers. Gazzetta Ufficiale del Regno d'Italia N. 131 del 8 Giugno 1932 Sabelli ing. Emilio, capo ufficio progetti del Cantiere San Marco [Sabelli engineer Emilio, head of the projects office of the San Marco shipyard] Likely employed at Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino. Originally an Austro-Hungarian yard mainly building warships. Post WW I to Italian ownership building naval and commercial ships. Sabelli's award perhaps connected to 1932 launch of famous Italian liner SS
  18. 922F

    South Sudan awards

    Little information regarding Southern Sudanese awards seems available other than a few images and information snippets. President Salva Kiir Mayardit (in office since 2011 & First Vice President of Sudan, from 2005 to 2011) wears awards in two images shared below. [Besides Sudanese and Southern Sudanese decorations the President probably has received foreign honors.] His Stetson hat is a sort of personal emblem or trademark, stemming from a visit to the U.S.A., not a Southern Sudanese traditional Archetype. A news release indicates that President Kiir, the commander-in-chief of
  19. Indeed, the most difficult to find--sincere congratulations!!!
  20. Thank you for this information...perhaps his foreign awards resulted from coordinating investigations or teaching criminal justice matters or other international police cooperation matters. NCB Netherlands' history reveals much involvement in such matters.
  21. The hallmark possibly would provide a date range depending on what it is. Judging by enamel work, maybe 1900-1930 manufacture. Suspension wreath type similar to Black Star of Benin dating to that period and used maybe as late as the early 1950's.
  22. Examine hallmark on reverse suspension lug--that should reveal clues to source. Punch shape suggests possible Austrian or French manufacture. Look at ring as well for marks. Possibly made with struck motto rings & centers [or replacement centers] now simply displaying wear and oxidation. Champlevé work behind Gregory's head looks French. Not that the case necessarily was supplied with the decoration initially but it's general appearance looks to be of typical Bertrand, Bacqueville & similar origin. A fine example, in my opinion!
  23. First image looks like Delhi Durbar Medal of 1911 which Haig held. 2nd so muddled could be Saxe Ernestine Order {HAH!}
  24. Besides casting line and open ribbon suspension ring [which in fairness could be passed off as a replacement ring], details like facial hair lines & apparently muddy engraver's name. Medal attachment ring seems blundered too. Enlarged images would help in determination.
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