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Posted by: Pipo September 21, 2009 07:48 am
can anyone help identify the medals on this portrait? It shows Gen. Stefan Stefanescu in 1929.

Many thanks,

Posted by: Claudiu1988 September 21, 2009 11:30 am
At the neck: Crown of Romania Commander with swords 1916

The bar contains drom left to right:

Star of Romania Officer 1877
Star of Romania Knight if I'm not mistaken Military in peace time
Crown of Romania Knight 1881
French Legion of Honor
Russian Order(I don't know)
WW1 comemorative medal
25 years of Service in the army
2 nd Balkan Medal 1913
ww1 comemorative medal
( here are 2 ww1 medals I think there are both models 1916-1918, 1916-1919)
Manhood and Loyalty 1913 model with the 1913 bar
Jubilee medal of King Carol I 1906

The big star on his chest is the Serbian Order of Saint Sava Grand Cross

Posted by: REGAL UNIFORMA COLECTOR September 21, 2009 04:09 pm
Imperial Russian order on the ribbon bar is the Saint Vladimir with swords 3rd class with ribbon. He also wears a Saint Anne without swords 4th class directly below the medal bar.

Posted by: montana December 10, 2009 01:04 pm
Hi everybody,
I'm not starting a new topic, since I ask to help me for a similar identification!
Please let me know if the soldier in the picture below is Romanian, what troop and what medals does he has.
Many thanks in advance for your help.
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Posted by: Alexei2102 December 10, 2009 01:44 pm
Romanian officer - he is wearing the Order of the crown - officer and knight.



Posted by: Claudiu1988 December 10, 2009 10:54 pm
QUOTE (Alexei2102 @ December 10, 2009 01:44 pm)
Romanian officer - he is wearing the Order of the crown - officer and knight.



He is wearing the Crown of Romania: Officer and Knight model 1916 both medals were won in ww1.

Posted by: montana December 11, 2009 11:42 am
Many thanks for your prompt answers!
Do you know what troops/army can be?

Posted by: bansaraba December 11, 2009 11:16 pm
Is that a watch at his hand?

Posted by: C-2 December 12, 2009 12:25 pm
I learned from Montana that is a pocket watch with a device that makes it a wrist watch.

Posted by: montana December 14, 2009 12:03 pm
Hi everybody,
indeed he has a watch at his hand!
There were two variants through which was made the transit from pocket watches to wrist watches.
One of them is the presented one in which were manufactured several leather bracelet that allowed the pocket watch fitting.
An example of such a bracelet in the offer of you can see hereafter:
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(picture taken at the Musée International d'Horlogerie (MIH) - La Chaux-de-Fonds)

The other variant was as lady pocket watches that has two connected tabs on which a strap can be fit.
These watches are called transitional watches.
Although before 1900 there existed several examples of bracelet watches rather as esthetically lady accessories, the wristwatches become a man device during the WW1.
Below there is a picture of a wristwatches among the first used as standard in equipping US military (Signal Corps) at WW1 times.
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Zenith and H. Moser "Signal Corps" watches from personal collection


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