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#1 PaulR

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:11 PM

I want to share with you all my Soviet orders and medals.  I will share macro views of my groups and over time, present them individually.  

 

This first set is to a cook.  The highlights for me in this one are the Belgrade Medal and double Military Merit.  The only award that is not long service is the earlier Military Merit.  It was awarded for providing tasty meals to the officers and men.  Strangely, the two serial numbers on the Military Merit medals are only 80 apart from one another.  

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:18 PM

Next is a group with an Order of the October Revolution. It is researched and the Order of the Red Star was awarded for two serious wounds, Comrade Mukhin received in WW 2.

 

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:22 PM

The next few photos are cases that contain several groupings each.  My favorites contain both civil and military awards.  

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:23 PM

A few more groups

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:26 PM

Some nice sets.  

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:28 PM

A few straight up civil groups.  Order of the Red Banner of Labor is among my favorites..  

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:31 PM

A few additional military sets. 

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:34 PM

Another tray of military groups. 

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:36 PM

Tray of undocumented orders.  Most have been researched.  

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:37 PM

Tray of mostly undocumented medals.  

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:38 PM

Medal/order bars. 

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:39 PM

Nice Berlin bar. 

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:40 PM

Rare civil documented single. 

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Posted 24 November 2018 - 08:41 PM

A few random medals and foreign communist medal bars (Hungary and Bulgaria).

 

Military Merit medal is an early version to a nurse. 

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:15 AM

Very nice, Paul! I see some "old friends" in there!



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Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:31 AM

Thanks Dave. Which came from you?

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:01 AM

It is very nice to see someone else that has a collection of Soviet awards.  They have fallen out of favor over the years, one reason being the inflated prices from dealers another is the cost of research and translation.

 

That is a good collection, thanks for sharing.



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Posted 25 November 2018 - 09:13 AM

Super Soviet collection Paul!

Years ago I collected Russian Army collar tabs & shoulder boards. These are now long gone.

Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 25 November 2018 - 11:19 AM

Thanks for the kind words all. I e been collecting these beautawards since 1991. Some of them actually were newish when I bought them, earning a lot of their patina in my custody :(

What attracts me to them is the ability to research, which provides many with an identity and life. Each medal, as with mist worldwide, is more than a 20 dollar trinkett, but a representation of sweat, tears, and many cases, blood.

When I was younger, first starting off in the military, they are the only major Collectables I could afford. I was honestly shocked to see the value explosion in the 2003-2015 era and am actually happy to see things returning to a reasonable level. I think most have a way to fall before its over. Despite this, I think the days of 5 dollar ORS and 20 dollar ORB are long gone.

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:01 PM

I almost forgot to include this set to a life-long NCO.  The funny thing is that I originally bought about half of the group for about 40 dollars.  A really good collecting friend found the other half of this amazing set for sale on a Russian (literally) site.  I was so excited to reunite this group!  The only thing missing is his 1985 OGPW1.  I dont think that I will ever find that one. 

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Posted 25 November 2018 - 08:05 PM

Senior Sergeant Chiabrashvili, Iraklii Vasilevich; Order of Glory 3rd Class, Bravery Medal, Labor Merit, Victory over Germany, Order of the Great Patriotic War 2nd Class(1985).  assigned the mission to recon the lead edge of the ’s defense. Penetrating to the lead edge while under heavy enemy rifle and MG fire, Chiabrashvili obtained the necessary information about the enemy and captured two prisoners which he delivered to the Command Post. He displayed  bravery while accomplishing his mission..

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:42 PM

Order of Red Banner of Labor grouping to Efim Petrovich Trandasir.  Based upon decree dates, it is theorized that they were awarded for agricultural excellence (Beet farming).

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 09:46 PM

Documents and Award Cards make groups all the better.  I think the Red Banner of Labor is one of the best looking Soviet Awards, that and the Nevsky.  Looking forward to seeing more.



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Posted 24 December 2018 - 08:53 AM

Paul, great collection of Soviet awards. I did pretty well living in Bishkek from 2014-17, and have boxes of Soviet and Kyrgyz awards. At some point I have to go through and figure out which I am keeping and which I am going to sell.

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Posted 24 December 2018 - 08:59 AM

That is simply mind numbing!

 

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