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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.

Condition:

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
$96
04/12/2019

 

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