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  1. It looks like this same C&M set was sold at Klenau auction in 1978. Interestingly, there was also small collar for sale, which leads me to believe that full line of C&M insignia was made by someone. Is it possible that a collector or a museum commissioned some jeweler to make them all grades of C&M award? Someone who realized that he would never be able to collect all real insignia and decided to go for close looking copies?
  2. I saw this post on GMIC about amazing the longest chain known to exist with 48(!!!!!) miniatures of the decorations. It was made by Godet around 1910. One of them is 1st or 3rd class of Bulgarian Saint Alexander order (green cross).
  3. If that's the case, then we should not be taking endorsements of this "royal fund" seriously. 922F set it straight - these are fantasy pieces, made from scratch for collectors. They resemble real awards and could fool most collectors at the times when information was scarce, but today we have enough reference materials to reject these imitations. What bothers me is the fact that this modern royal fund puts these imitations on the same level as authentic awards. Think about it - someone bought these at the auction, with no history, provenance or maker attribution, no proof these were ever awarded or even worn, yet this society decides they are legitimate. Why? Because they were donated? This is insane!
  4. What you are saying is that some of these "copies" were made from leftover parts, such as unrelated, generic star bases, with newly manufactured elements on top of them.
  5. These don't even look like collectors copies, which are supposed to be exact replica of the originals. I've seen some high quality copies made for collectors, they were practically indistinguishable from the originals. The idea is that collectors can purchase copies that look exactly like originals, from the same materials (silver, enamels) or from same looking substitutes (i.e. gold plated instead of pure gold). Such copies were made because originals were impossible to obtain due to rarity or prohibitive price. Also, those copies did not cost $8,000, more like hundreds of dollars. These items sold by eMedals look more like fantasy pieces.
  6. Based on the information provided this set for sale by eMedals is not real. Dealer knows something that made him describe these awards as copies. If he could he would have happily sell them as originals and would have asked much higher price. He is a dealer after all and I never saw a dealer voluntarily downgrading value of the items he's selling. Did anyone ask Barry what's the story behind these medals? I'd be curious to know what he says.
  7. Boris is certainly wearing old style star. Look how dark are wings around the head in the center, they are dark (red) color like on old designs, not grey color like on new star.
  8. 2nd class of Bravery order. Type 1 - 7 dots. Note repair on section where crown connects to the cross.
  9. Here's nice chain of heavily decorated German with 2 Bulgarian Civil Merit miniatures - 5th and 6th classes
  10. here are some photos of early Bulgarian awards, pics were taken in Military Museum in Sofia and posted on GMIC by a fellow member:
  11. Really bad fake, some sort of old star base with modern parts attached.
  12. "If the Dealer did it it is too bad If a lonely collector" Whoever did it - those stones do not belong there. I think we can agree this was not done by the person receiving the award. This was given for acts of bravery and owner was an officer, this type of modification would result in jokes and mockery from his fellow officers.
  13. It doesn't really matter who did the "enhancement", what matters is that it was not official and does not belong to this award. It certainly does not add to value of it, quite the opposite - it decreases the value. Dealer put this on an auction and attached description to it which implied that this is some sort of improvement. The price is already above the price for what these crosses normally sell for.
  14. For sale by a dealer: Военна ордена на смелостта, Гранд Крос. Instituted in 1880. Grade I with 1915-1917. In silvered bronze with red and white enamels, with four glass stones embedded in each handle of the crossed swords, measuring 48.5 mm (w) x 48.5 mm (h), vertical pinback, intact enamels, scattered silvering wear, near extremely fine. Note that stones were attached to already worn award (see how silver plating is worn out and bronze metal is visible right under the stones). This is a sure sign that stones were applied later, after this medal was worn quite a bit. This was done long after this was awarded, likely it is a modern addition, to increase value of the award.
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