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Alex K

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  1. Yes agreed nice work, nice natural colours, regards Alex
  2. Hi Kris, nice, a bit bigger than mine (err..I mean my grandsons) Out of interest pieter what are prices like at Spinks, one imagines a top-not establishment with equivalent prices, am I wrong
  3. Hi Kris, thanks for posting from what I see it has the same level of "Vaulting" as my copy regards Alex I do trains also (Model ones only) it's an excuse to buy big boys toys, and use my grandson as an excuse!! (Just spotted your British Egypt campaign medal in the background, got one of those in my "Brit" section together with the Khedive star dated 1882)
  4. Hi Pieter, my earlier comments were of course light-hearted but the sentiments true, it is an amazing example of that grade of the order and would love to have at least one in my collection. I have in the past been a bit of an add-hoc collector, bit here, bit there etc, with no structure. I decided a while back for the near future at least to concentrate on a couple of specific subjects, these are The Romanian Crown Order (As posted earlier) and the Hungarian Merit Order, hence my enthusiasm, other stuff can wait, unless I spot the obvious bargain, I hope I can pick one up as nice as yours. regards Alex
  5. Hi Pieter, I am suddenly seriously in love, I want one, no, 2, or 3 etc, that is so very nice, does it really matter where it's made!? regards Alex
  6. Hi Pieter thanks, useful information about the 1935 changes, so makers remain a mystery, would they likely be Hungarian made or like many others, sourced from Austria, France etc? Alex
  7. Hi Kris, thanks for the link, a real shame about the damage, it looks like a really nice piece, and for 25 euros, a bargain, I asked so as to compare with mine, I assume yours has no markings to identify any possible makers, mine doesn't, is it highly vaulted? (The ribbons, to the best of my knowledge are original!) regards Alex
  8. Hi Paul Alex Hi Kris, nice looking Hungarian Order of Merit breast badge, any chance of a close up front and reverse? regards Alex
  9. Hi Paul, I don't throw old ribbons away, there is a thread in the Preservation/conservation thread where I actually state that is exactly what I do, carefully store and label tatty ribbons for future reference or if I sell the item, the original ribbon goes with the medal also, so the buyer has the choice, attached a few medals with original ribbons if there when I obtained the piece and their condition. (One Sava came without any ribbon) regards Alex
  10. To me the ek2 looks very similar to my original one made by Wagner & sohn, not expert on the oaks, best let others chime in also, that being so, the backing and ribbons look a little to "New" IMHO, could be a put-together regards Alex
  11. Hi Paul, the ribbon in my opinion is original, it's sewn on the reverse in such a way which doesn't allow me to remove and straighten it if I wanted to, so it stays like that, adds character I suppose, I have an EK2 1870 ,(Been there look) with a tatty ribbon, I tried it with a newer ribbon and it didn't quite look right so it sits with it's original tatty one again, replace? sometimes yes, sometimes no (Apologies to Stuka f don't mean to hijack your thread)
  12. extremely nice, great postcard also, thanks for posting Alex
  13. Hi Pieter, I'm sure your stay and visit was an extremely enjoyable experience, does the palace have any personal artifacts such as uniforms, decorations etc of King Kalakaua on display, if so would be interesting to see. BTW I actually like the colourisation I did of him so with regards to my avatar, I given him a reprieve for the time being regards Just for future info, from the Mannerheim museum
  14. Thanks for that, I'd like to think they were to the same person
  15. Hi Graf, thanks for the positive feedback, I can sleep soundly now I agree that whilst they came together I have to assume they belong together, they did come from a respected dealer at the time, but who knows, if nothing else, they are good period examples of badge and certificate thanks Alex
  16. I'm reading this thread with growing horror, I have to admit that those fakes would have fooled me, I may come to regret this, but any advice as to the authenticity of the attached Order of Civil Merit Commander and Award document, (It has been in my collection since January1991, they came together), Hoping for good news, regards Alex
  17. Hi Pieter, I can always put it back, I have many, many more colourisations than I post, so I like to rotate occasionally, I'm sure King David will make a re-appearance, how about another King, posted before but different uniform regards Alex May be of interest http://mannerheim.weebly.com/mannerheims-decorations.html#.V-6bZnn2ZhE
  18. Hi Pieter/Paul, my thanks also for the info you supplied, I was also unaware of the swords significance but assumed it would be gold/silver, however I have a copy of Paul Hieronymussen's book "Order, Medals and Decorations of Btritain and Europe" 2nd edition 1970 and it states "Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of the Sword Ist Class, which wears a Knight's Cross of the same size as the Grand Cross on a necklet and an upright silver sword on the left side of the chest", no picture unfortunately, this sounds the same as your info, maybe I should check the information I have sitting under my nose Ist!! regards Alex
  19. Hi all another interesting one (For me), Gustav Mannerheim (are those 2 flatscreen TV's in the background)
  20. Yes nice example one's on my list to add to my growing Crown order collection! Alex
  21. I should have known really, I did this of him many moons ago, they do look similar though (To me)
  22. It's smaller, does that have implications as to its monetory value!, I also note that Her Maj, still doesn't look like Her Maj
  23. Cheap and cheerful, I've got no problem with that, I wish my local flea-markets had such unwanted items on offer!
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