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  1. Laurentius, Thanks for the information. That goes along with the rest of the history of this breast star.
  2. Gentlemen, I'd be interested in comments on the illustrated breast star. My expertise with such things is long outdated, although I don't ever recall seeing a maker's mark like this. The star weighs 78.1 grams. This came to me along a tortured path. My investment in it is only some time, so I have no real expectations.
  3. I can't add anything definitive to this discussion, but in researching other Brazilian awards, this one is often connected to the Geographical Society of Brazil.
  4. I missed this on your site initially. In looking more carefully at the piece, I can see where the palms have been removed/fallen off. Many thanks, Jeff Floyd
  5. Many thanks. That is far more information than I had before.
  6. This small breast star came with two other ephemeral order stars, but I have never seen this one before. Any ideas?
  7. Can anyone tell me the significance of the red, rather than blue, surround on this Maria Cristina Order?
  8. He's not on the roll for a federal Mexican Border Service Medal. These medals came out a the US was gearing up to send much of the National Guard to France, so many veterans never heard about them. Ohio had it's own Mexican Border Service Medal, so he may have acquired one of those. They were unnamed and unnumbered.
  9. JBFloyd

    Monaco badge

    I'd guess that the gilt badge is either for a consul-general or perhaps someone in the diplomatic chain.
  10. JBFloyd

    Monaco badge

    After some back and forth with the Embassy of Monaco here in the US, the Ambassador has confirmed that this is the badge given to Consuls of Monaco. The Ambassador is herself a past consul and consul-general.
  11. There are very few published sources on Nicaraguan awards. However, one light in the darkness is a book published in 2002 by Luis H. Flores called"Nicaragua: It's Coins, Paper Money, Medals, Tokens". The section on medals (which also covers military insignia) runs just over 100 pages and illustrates many of the awards from the Daniel Ortega period. This is the only place I've ever seen these Ortega-era awards. It's a very hard book to find, but might be available through numismatic book dealers.
  12. Nicaragua. Ministry of the Interior Distinguished Service Medal. Comes in three classes - gold, silver and bronze.
  13. JBFloyd

    Monaco badge

    OK, not exactly French, but close. This badge came to me identified as the badge of an ambassador of Monaco. I've seen a similar badge, but silver-gilt, also without a solid identification. Does anyone know what it actually is? It measures 61x44mm.
  14. Many thanks, Frank. That clears it up.
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