Bulgarian Order For Military Merit Commander's Badge

2.125" x 3.625".  Red enameled Pisan cross with crossed swords and wartime green wreath, with "ЗА ВОЕННА ЗАСЛУГА" (for military merit) surrounding monogram of Prince (later Czar) Ferdinand I (r. 1887-1908), founder of the order.  Reverse depicts gilt rampant lion with Saxon coat of arms surrounded with August 2, 1891 date.  The whole hanging from a gilt and enameled Bulgarian crown.

Size indicates the badge is likely a Commander Cross of the order, awarded to regimental commanders. It was likely awarded during the period of the reign of King Ferdinand Himself.


Good overall. Enamel is still of good quality with some damage to bottom cross arm on obverse and to white enamel on reverse.  Gilt finish has a pleasing luster. Ribbon missing. A good example of a scarce First World War era Bulgarian order.

Estimate: $100 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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