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From the Andreas Thies auction coming up in July:

ALBANIEN EHRENKETTE VON ALBANIEN 134 Ordensdekoration. Die Ordensdekoration in Form des albanischen Doppeladlers. Weißgold. Die Augen mit eingesetzten Rubinen. Auf dem aus Rotgold gefertigten Brustschild des Adlers ein Brillant. Auf der Rückseite gravierte Bezeichnung: „Skanderbegu“. Auf den rückseitigen Schwanzfedern Goldstempel „18K“. Extrem seltenes Exemplar einheimischer Fertigung. Laut Angaben des Einlieferers stammt dieses Stück aus den ersten Jahren der Volksrepublik Albanien und wurde in Anlehnung an die von König Zogu verliehene Ehrenkette von Albanien (1925 – 1931) die jedoch auch bereits zur Zeit der Republik ab 1922 existierte, für den jugoslawischen Staatschef Tito angefertigt. Dafür spricht die wertvolle Ausführung in Weißgold und der entsprechende Materialwert. Gewicht: 73,8 g

Order Decoration. This decoration is in the form of an Albanian double headed eagle in white gold with rubies inset as eyes. The red gold crafted eagle breast plate features a single brilliant. The reverse is engraved with “Skanderbegu” and the tail feathers feature the gold hallmark “18K”. Extremely rare badge of local production. According to the consignor, this piece dates from the first years of the people’s Republic of Albania and was created for Marshal Tito based on the Chain of Honor of Albania (1925-1931). It was instituted by King Zogu but already existed at the time of the Republic in 1922. The high value of the white gold and the superior quality of this example speaks to it as a high-level award. Weight: 73.8 g Zustand/Condition 1 – 2. 8000

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You’ll have to look on the Andreas Thies auction site incl registering to get a password and access to the mid july auction catalogue


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Hi Bob,

II think there is no connection between this object (I can't call it a "decoration") and Marshal Tito. Tito was decorated by General Hoxha with the People's Hero, during Hoxha's visit to Belgrade in 1946. At that time, the first type of People's Hero decoration was produced and it was not necessary for Hoxha to give Tito such a primitive product. , as this one is appearing at auction.
I believe that this object is a fantasy production with a distant resemblance to the Collar of Albania, made by a private person.



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Thanks Artan

I referred to it as an "exceptional item" on purpose but perhaps should not have called it Albanian ;)

Would be interesting to know the story behind who pitched this to the auction house.

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