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Bulgarian Order of St Alexander -Two Variatians?

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Hi Igor,




If you manage to get such rare "birds" during this crazy times with almost all countries in some form of blockades That is an achievement

Your collection of early St Alexander Order is getting very nice


This is from a friend collection GC  Set from Sheild


I just found this pictures in my files with the  early French model and a bit later Officer also French made

You can see the difference


Enjoy it as I did











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Hi Graf, 

Thank you for pictures ! 
may be you can post good pictures of your ubergross St. Alexander IV Class from Battenberg period ?! 

Your friend have very nice collection, but I remember GC with swords over cross and don’t like this set. 
Crown with swords not from GC, I think from neck order - 2nd or 3rd class 



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Hi Igor

You are right About the GC with the swords above the cross  Th Cross badge is not GC size it is , as you suggest 2nd/3rd Class one.

I have seen few such Sets that  have been "mix and match ". Even in The  Museum  of Military History in Sofia they have few of those Sets on display.

Even ion the picture you listed of the GC Set the Sash is from 1st Class

Do you mean this one





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Hi  Igor,


I got the Lemaitre Knight cross

This one has a French  mark "boar head' for silver.

The Officer is also French and also marked with "boar head" It look exactly the same as per the drawing on Lemaitre Catalogue

I took picture next to each other, so you can compare Lemaitre one is a bit smaller by around 1mm in all dimensions

The arms on the side do not taper as much as the arms of the Officer Class

You can see also difference in the central medallions 

Interestingly This Knight cross is not as thick as the Officer cross you have ??11

Also i took, I hope better pictures of the Russian made cross It is not marked, however it is gilded silver

It looks like converted Commander into Officer Class. I do not know when this had happened

Is it purposely  converted before it was awarded or in a later stage. One is for sure the ribbon loop and the cross show the same age. which means it is not a recent conversion














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