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  1. Looks good at first glance, and a decent price. Would have been happy to bid on it but long gone are the days of clicking on eBay each day (multiple times!)
  2. Sorry, I wasn't paying attention (and rarely on ebay nowadays). What was sold for 4850? I am still recovering from the hero start a few months ago so pausing on new items. Well, OK, did get several Partisan star badges in the mail this weekend - I couldn't resist! :)
  3. Based on Urnukh's book and public lists I believe I've been able to narrow it down to 3 possible names (am assuming that it was awarded as it's part of the first batch of 20 produced and more were ordered). Given the very good condition, my hypothesis is pointing towards one name in particular and that is further reinforced by what appears to be in the big blue book full of awardees (i.e. that the other two options both passed away in 1939 and were awarded the Hero title posthumously if not mistaken without the gold star). If I am correct, the person who was awarded will be very easy to research and it will be an interesting one: German Titov (Soviet Cosmonaut). All it is right now is an educated guess though. If anybody here has access to German Titov's family members that would possibly enable me to validate the nr.
  4. Just in... an epaulette belonging to King Zog: "silver-plated with embossed crescent moons and monogram "AZ" fastened with pins underneath the crown of Skanderbeg. Silver bullion fringes. The back lined with black and white wool, the formerly gilt flap with raised manufacturer’s inscription "Unione Militare Roma"." A second one appears to have been sold at a French auction years ago. Fingers crossed to unite them.
  5. Attached something that just arrived in my hands: Hero of Mongolia Gold Star nr 14 Unfortunately the name of the recipient is not listed in Urnukh's book but I believe I've narrowed it down to 3 possibilities. Hoping to nail this down further in coming weeks/months/years? It took 10+ years of patience to fill this gap in my collection - a few more to go! Pics not great quality - need a new phone.
  6. A cased Tamara or somebody's color printer got a bit creative? ebay nr 202714664610
  7. Any chance of getting a PDF of this catalogue? Am trying to research some items and getting this would help.
  8. I believe, but am not 100% certain, it is a code for the department number of the product approval unit (Prufstelle)
  9. Yes, I did. I jumped on that one. There's another one out there for sale, not that much more expensive. PM me if you want it.
  10. https://www.ebay.ph/itm/Mongolia-The-Order-of-Hero-Star-2nd-Type-1946-Gold-5-Diamonds-USSR-Mondvor-/112896822770 And recently on Hermann Historica a Hero Star (nr 14) was auctioned off for 18K euro excl. buyer fees.
  11. I have one of Koldunov's Soviet medals (incl. document) in my collection. Can't recall which one, a 'basic' one. Closest I'll get to a Soviet Marshall!
  12. Wow - looks like we could use an "Albanian belts" section! Not my collecting area, but still impressive!
  13. And looks like above one changed hands http://www.caricat.it/index.php?id_product=827&controller=product&id_lang=1&search_query=albania&results=4 Plus http://www.caricat.it/index.php?id_product=1318&controller=product&id_lang=1&search_query=albania&results=4
  14. https://www.ratisbons.com/Auctions-archive/21st-Contemporary-History-Auction/Albania-Royal-Guard-officer-s-shoulder-boards.html Given the interest in these items...
  15. Yes, had the FN medal in my hand. Awarded in 1939 to a Serbian nurse. 4000 Euro was too much for me to branch out and start with these though... despite this medal being very rare and interesting. I still regret not having said yes to an offer a LONG time ago to buy one which had been awarded to a Mongolian nurse. Thanks for the link - interesting! And indeed, 2000 Euro was a rather hefty amount. I am not 100% certain of course whether the eventual buyer also paid that amount or more (or less).
  16. Hi - I asked the seller what the belt + epaulets went for and he told me 2000 Euro. I never got the chance to get them in my hands as they were sold while I was reflecting on them over a beer. Did not ask about the other items.
  17. Couldn’t quickly find another thread to post this so doing it here. just saw this at for sale at Militalia in Milan... went to drink a beer and think it over and when i came back it was sold and gone (perhaps to a forum member?) nice! Also some other items - is the small red medal also Albanian?
  18. Time to add a few more items First, not sure what it's for - here is best I can give: "Albania, Kingdom. An Albanian Association Badge, Unofficial, c. 1941 Three-piece construction, in silver gilt with black, white and red enamels, measuring 37.5 mm (w) x 49 mm (h), intact enamels, caduceus illustrating two snakes wrapped around the Rod of Asciepius in gold-coloured bullion wire in two textures embroidered on its original red ribbon, extremely fine." Based on the condition I have a hard time imagining it's from the 1940's... And here a nice set - Order of Skanderbeg, Knight Badge with Miniature, c.1941 (Italian Protectorate times). I always try to remove the interior to see what's behind it. In this case just a penciled in nr and a smart little mechanism to 'unlock' the case.
  19. http://gmic.co.uk/classifieds/item/403-tamara-ordersedlatzek/ No company name on the pin, perhaps a very small silver mark but difficult to be certain. I do have another Sedlatzek Tamara in my collection (based on my big excel file used to document my collection) but not at home and can't remember the details and suspect I did not post a picture here. Attached the pics of the current one.
  20. When I first started collecting the biggest fun and stress was on ebay... so many of us probably bidding against each other to try to get that type which was missing in our collection. Later moved on to more interest in the research/background of the recipient. Also miss the daily checking on whether Nota Bene had updated his site (with his great prices and friendly service!). The number of items 'missing' in my collection is fairly limited and the odds of getting these openings filled are slim (and expensive). Same with my Albanian collection. So, less busy with collecting but still fun and occasionally something new does pop up!:)
  21. Interesting to see that Battushig book which startes the mongolian collecting craziness is now offered for 250 usd on ebay
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