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Here is a 2nd Class that came in today. This Order seems to mirror the old Tsarist Bulgarian Bravery Order, having 4 classes and 2 colors of enamel just like the old royal Orders:

1st Class (pinback white enamel),

2nd Class (ribboned--white enamel),

3rd Class (pinback red enamel),

4th Class (ribboned red enamel)

The swords seem to indicate that it was a MILITARY award, but it also seems to have been awarded long after Bulgaria changed sides in 1944.

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Correct for old Tsarist Bulgarian Bravery Order:

1st Class (pinback white enamel), - 3rd cl. 1st grade

2nd Class (ribboned--white enamel), - 3rd cl. 2nd grade

3rd Class (pinback red enamel),b - 4th cl. 1 grade

4th Class (ribboned red enamel) - 4th cl. 2 grade

there are of course 1st,2nd and 3rd classes and soldier's cross ( 5th cl)

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Here is a 2nd Class that came in today. This Order seems to mirror the old Tsarist Bulgarian Bravery Order, having 4 classes and 2 colors of enamel just like the old royal Orders:

1st Class (pinback white enamel),

2nd Class (ribboned--white enamel),

3rd Class (pinback red enamel),

4th Class (ribboned red enamel)

The swords seem to indicate that it was a MILITARY award, but it also seems to have been awarded long after Bulgaria changed sides in 1944.

Rick,

The Order of 9th September comes only in 3 classes. There has been however different types and variations:

1st class: 66mm white-enameled star on both obverse and reverse

2nd class: 60mm white-enameled star on obverse only, reverse blank

3rd class: 60mm red-enameled star on obverse only, reverse blank

There exist both a military (with swords) and a civilian (no swords) versions.

Vithout going into the detail of all the subvariations, early 1st classes were neck orders, while 2nd and 3rd were screwback. Then, all went on 5-sided suspension.

Marc

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Ah. :blush: I have seen the screwback and ribboned white and red ones and thought there were 4 classes, not 3. :cheers:

What year was the change from screwback to ribboned types?

"My" general had his 2nd Class before 1970, but that is all I know from an older ribbon bar.

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Today I got this screw-back 3rd Class:

The silver center portrait is a separate piece held onto the back by a nut on the silver screw post.

The reverse screwdisk and the lower right arm of the star on back are both maker marked:

Strakhil'

Miloshev'

3-23-89

Sofiya

Beslets. 55

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Very good order. Produce of famous in Bulgaria Strahil Miloshev. On the base of his mint atelier official bulgaria Sofia mint was organized.

Its very interesting information, that only 3-d class of second emission of this order have marks on the reverce. Really to this moment nobode know for sure why......Only suggestions......

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