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  1. This is souvenir patriotic badge that was made in Estonia somewhere between 1990 and 1992. It is marked with soviet mark that belong to Tallinn assay office. Letter Э stands for Эстония = Estonia. It is hardly possible. Since 1965 there were only five purity silver marks in USSR: 750, 800, 875, 916, 960. So it must be 916. After 1992 Estonia started to use 999, 925, 830 and 800 purity marks. Workshop used soviet hallmarks because new national hallmarks were formally introduced only in 1992 (and started to be used only in 1993).
  2. 5th class is original Meiji piece. Case and ribbon both match the badge. 4th class is also Meiji era piece. The enamel is "sick" https://asiamedals.info/threads/when-japanese-orders-are-getting-sick.12614/ Also the upper part of the sword is bent. Somebody turned over the ribbon (so it looks newer). The rosette was added to the ribbon much later. Same goes for the wrong case in which this piece was sold. Best, Nick
  3. I don't think so. I always looked at it as a commemorative souvenir piece. In this condition somewhere around 50 bucks. Give or take ...
  4. See https://asiamedals.info/threads/greater-east-asian-war-commemorative-badges-and-watch-fobs.18389/ Best, Nick
  5. Commemorative medal/paperweight. Korea Military Academy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_Military_Academy 15th anniversary of 43rd commissioning ceremony. 43rd graduation and commissioning ceremony took place on March 14, 1987. So this piece was issued back in 2002.
  6. JapanX

    French hallmark?

    Owl with 75 on the chest = Paris Assay Office.
  7. JapanX

    French hallmark?

    Interestingly back in 2013 Morton&Eden sold this piece (Peter Maren Collection) with the following desciption Sweden, Order of the Sword, Knight’s breast badge, in gold and enamels, French-made, first half 19th Century, width 36mm, with a later (post-1893) French ‘owl’ mark on suspension ring.
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    French hallmark?

    All french made items in gold were marked with eagle head. If this piece was originally ordered and made in France without any marks then (I guess) it could be "exported" by its owner abroad and later reimportated back to France where it was marked with Owl as a foreign (of unknown origin) item.
  9. JapanX

    French hallmark?

    Exactly. Several years and even decades. Same mark on the ring of the Prussian Order of the Red Eagle.
  10. JapanX

    French hallmark?

    This hallmark has been used since 1893 for imported jewelry in finished condition from a countries whose standards do not comply to french customs fineness standards and/or for imported jewelry of unknown origin.
  11. French-Made Rising Sun Orders https://asiamedals.info/threads/french-made-orders-of-the-rising-sun.13454/ French-Made Orders of Sacred Treasure https://asiamedals.info/threads/french-made-orders-of-the-sacred-treasure.12857/ Сomments and additional examples of french-made japanese orders are more than welcome.
  12. Chances of meeting another one are pretty slim. You see this is not a catalogue medal but a personalized one so to speak. Workshop used obverse of the standart medal in commemoration of Imperial Rescript on Education. Only the reverse inscription was changed. I don`t think that more than one hundred were minted.
  13. Yep, you won`t find much on this curious one anywhere. You certainly knew where to ask This commemorative medal was made by Suzuki workshop (Tokyo) somewhere around 1895. It was ordered by [soldiers] welcoming committee of Meirakuchō (Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture). Naturally for soldiers that returned with triumph (in the center of revers "to return in triumph"; "to return victorious") from First Sino-Japanese War 1894-95. Best, Nick
  14. Something went wrong and photos are not visible.
  15. More like achievements badges/功績 Japanese polce has a different badge for merit 功労 with a similar design. Although the difference between 功績 and 功労 is quite subtle. The earliest regulation that is known to me came from 1954. https://elaws.e-gov.go.jp/document?lawid=329M50400000014 These two badges look like an early vintage.
  16. Kite and then Constitution.
  17. Full member medal of Chinese Red Cross Society/Association.
  18. Could you post photos of these "urkunde" and photo of the cavalier? If possible of course. Regarding the badge - I wouldn`t pay more than $150-$200.
  19. Regarding the actual time of awarding. Not every order of Lenin was issued in the chronological sequence. For example. 306 173 was issued on May 28, 1966 356 899 was issued on June 12, 1959 Both orders were issued to the very same person.
  20. This order was made by Leningrad mint somewhere between March and September of 1956. Type V variation 1b according to Mondvor site classification. Type IV variation 2b according to Durov classification.
  21. P.S. Another (most likely scenario) - collar insignia of Formoza infantry.
  22. Looks like somebody added insignia of plume blossom to the standart 2nd lieutenaut shouder boards. Symbol of Plum Blossom was used by Imperial Korea http://www.hubert-herald.nl/Korea1.htm and by Republic of China (Taiwan) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Flower_of_the_Republic_of_China
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