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  1. Again I saw this Observer Badge, which is of really low quality compared to known originals. I see them coming up for sale more often. I decided to do side-by-side comparison - questionable badge is on the left, real badge on the right. Main differences: - Flat looking eagle, lack of details, - Flat wreath, details are lacking, no relief on reserve, - Different lion on red shield, no vertical stripes, - No details for mountains below the sun, - Miloshev mark - some letters don't even look right, i.e. - look at the last letter in Strahil and Miloshev - they look more like Latin Z than Cyrilic letter. You would think that Bulgarian maker would get their own alphabet correct. What do you think? Can we conclude that these badges are fake?
  2. Had cockades would sell for a nice amount if authentic (there are a lot of copies out there). Not sure about value of the plate.
  3. Copy of St Alexander 3rd class made by Gode. It even comes with a certificate. These used to be sold about 20 years ago, covered many countries.
  4. I recently saw this Serbian medal bar with strange St Alexander with swords. St Alexander is in wrong position, it looks like it's on the ribbon for Romanian order. In addition, awards itself is quite unusual. My guess is this is privately made order.
  5. First time me seeing this super rare Order of Bravery 2nd class award in case if issue!!! Version 1915 was awarded during WWI. Just to give you an idea of how scarce this award is - total of only 16 awards were presented in this version, with just 9 given to Bulgarian Generals!!! I've seen couple of these awards without the case, this is first time in my collecting career that I encountered this medal in original case of issue!
  6. $1800 for a modified 4th class? What are they smoking?
  7. 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?
  8. 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).
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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