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    • FOR SALE

    Selling this United Nations Emergency Force Medal for participation in the United Nations Emergency Force between 7 November 1956 and 19 May 1967, offered to a Yugoslav officer ca. 1960, for 90 days of continuous service in Egypt. Next to Yugoslavia, other countries that provided troops to serve in the UNEF were Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, India, Norway and Sweden.



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    I'm selling this nice lot that belonged to an Armenian WWII veteran of the Red Army. The lot consists of: Order of the Patriotic War, II Class, Jubilee version (1985); Medal "Veteran of Labour"; Labour Medal for Lenin's 100th birthday; Victory medals for 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th anniversary; Red Army medals for 60th and 70th anniversary; Armenian veteran ID document with photo; Two watches that belonged to the soldier, a Poljot with a very nice engraving and a Komandirskie. Both watches are in working conditions, but I didn't test for precision. All medals have their documents except for Lenin's 100th birthday. The watches came without straps, I'm throwing in two nice pairs of straps that nicely fit. I checked the soldier on Pamyat Naroda, he was born in 1925 and did not receive any other reward besides the Order of Patriotic War II class.


  3. Yes, probably fac-simile was not the correct term, I was thinking more of an autopen. Certainly, quite a rare document nowadays. 🤠
  4. Very nice items, BalkanCollector! It's always a plus when you can trace the unit and actions where the decorated person took part, especially when such an important one. Is Tito's signature on the document original or a fac-simile? I assume only a few hundreds of these could had been awarded in 1958... Cheers, Drugo
  5. Thank you for this link, Wilsson02, it adds another piece to the puzzle! Cheers, Drugo
  6. Indeed, if such a list of holders exists, I'd be most interested to see it. It would be nice if Valjevo could share a link.
  7. Amazing lot! Too bad it seems that many awards do not come with original diplomas or certification papers at least... Regarding your question about a medal, it should be a common civil defense award from SR Croatia.

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    Dear all, here for sale a Yugoslavian Order of the Partisan Star with Rifles in an original war/early post war box. The box and the star numbers are not matching, still, this type of box is extremely hard to find and will only gain in value over time. Beautiful set! Payment can be done by Paypal friends or +4%. Worldwide shipping by registered mail from Italy or France at cost - please ask for destination. Any other question, just ask. Cheers, Drugo


  9. I found about David's death here, and I am very sorry about it. He wasn't an old man, and I haven't been in touch with him in years now, but we exchanged many many emails back in the days when I was starting my collection, and then again. I remember him as a tall, red haired gentleman and kind person. Perhaps most of you know him only as the "medals dealer", but David was an important figure in Slovenian modern history: Born in 1962 in Kruševac (Serbia, then just another republic of the SFRY), as a student in the 1980s he wrote for the Slovenian magazine Mladina, a left-wing liberal
  10. Hello Eric, This is a spomenica in itself! It was awarded to living relatives of fallen partisans. So it's the spomenica to the dead. It entitled the family to some social benefits as those of the living holders, but there was no award beside this paper. I was discussing precisely this with BalkanCollector just a few days ago, he even showed me one like this with several names on the same document, an entire fallen family!
  11. I just noticed this one. I would not like it in my collection. The full "IKOM Zagreb" hallmark is new to me, and the position of the serial number (with a full stop?) is not correct. Besides, the case doesn't look appropriate, with that blue ribbon.
  12. Hello Dan, regarding the leather, as a friend of mine who is an artisan says, leather is a living thing that should be treated the same way you treat your own skin. So if you put a hand cream of any sort stay reassured that it won't do any harm, it will just be absorbed. 🙂 Then, if you're not satisfied you can still think of alternative solutions... As for the oxalic acid, I don't know how it is regarded in the USA, I can speak for Italy and France, and here you can find it in its purest form in drugstores, DIY stores, cleaning products stores, etc. It's a white powder. Most helmet c
  13. Hello Dan, please, PLEASE don't do such a thing! 🙄I never understood how this approach would count as "refurbishment". Would you refurbish the Monna Lisa by removing the paint from the canvas and redoing it identical? 😖 As for your questions, I think you found an Italian M33 probably used in the Spanish Civil War. These were usually painted over in darker green, as yours appears to be. Today, many are found in the US after a large stock was shipped to the States now some decades ago, and they are most often in very poor conditions. This one is actually quite right.... As for how
  14. Hello 922F, I feel very lucky indeed. I am only sorry I was not able to recover the missing bits and pieces. As for additional information about Đikić's career, I am sure that digging thoroughly online more could be found. For example, here are the minutes from the XIX Congress of of the International Federation of Film Archives, held in Belgrade in 1963: And more important, a letter proving his residency in New York as Charge d'Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the SFRY to the United Nations, in 1960: Quite a fellow, our Đikić.
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