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The Order of Poland Restored (Polonia Restituta)

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  1. #51

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    Hi Andrzejku,
    Thanks for your posts. I found more pics of Japanese Military Attache Colonel Masataka Yamawaki who had been awarded both the Virtuti Militari and the OOP.











    Also, I found an article about him.



    Best regards,
    Michael

  2. #52

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    Hi, Toni
    Gwiazda Orderu Odrodzenia Polski mocowanie na śrubę, nakrętka W.GONTARCZYK, WARSZAWA. biały metal emaliowany 76 mm.
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  3. #53

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    Hi Dzianis,

    Interesting star. Looks like a post war example.

    I’ll translate the text for the benefit of those who cannot read Polish:

    Star of the Order of Polish Rebirth, fastening via threaded post and nut. W. Gontarczyk, Warsaw. White metal, enameled. 76mm

    Regards,
    Tony
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  4. #54

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    Exhibited at the Allegro in section 1918 - 1939, sorry to not see as a fixed medal. This is an example of the continuation of our discussion, my star.
    Regards,
    Dzianis

  5. #55

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    Hi Dzianis,

    My bet is that this is a post war product due to the differences in the construction and details. It appears the seller has included it in the wrong era. Note the absence of the address on the spinner, which was typical of Gontarczyk spinners produced throughout the 1930’s. There’s little doubt that his place of business at 19 Miodowa Street was rubble after the Germans leveled the historic city following the 1944 Uprising. That might account for its absence.

    Regards,
    Tony
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  6. #56

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    Interesting version of the Star of the Order sold recently in Poland. Described as having been the property of a “high ranking foreign diplomat”.

    The description also includes: made by Wiktor Gontarczyk - Warsaw, silver, 2-part medallion. The reverse differs from the typical starts of this period and is stylized after those stars produced in the western part of Europe. The central area has a concave fitting. Fastening by means of a vertical pin and two hooks

    Regards,
    Tony
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    A new acquisition to share with you tonight . . .
    . . . some pictures! . . . of an item I could only dream of owning.

    Listed in the auction catalogue that arrived in the mail today is this very interesting “1st Class” cross, the likes of which I have never before seen. Made by Wiktor Gontarczyk, this one is crafted in gold with diamond ball ends along with a ribbon ring fully encrusted with diamonds.

    The cross itself is described as measuring 60mm across, which is the size of the cross for the 2nd and 3rd Classes of the order. I suspect this cross was made this way rather than having been altered afterwards as the cross bears the Gontarczyk maker mark, first time I’ve seen this on a cross from this maker, and evidently signifying a special product. Quite the piece I'm sure you'll agree.

    Cheers,
    Tony
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  8. #58

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    Hi Tony.
    I've seen this order few days ago. Also, I've never seen this version before. This item is available at Mrs' Bogdan Stambuliu auction. Unfortunately, I wouldn't be surprised it this version would be 'made up' to make a precedence and realise high price...
    Cheers

  9. #59
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    Well thats a blinged out example!

    If it is original to the cross, I wonder who it was awarded to? Surely someone important and wealthy.

  10. #60

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    Hi Tony,

    I agree what a fantastic piece,but I'am not sure that it should be attached to the Grand Cross Sash, to me it looks more like a Commanders Cross given the ring above the diamond encrusted suspension ring.

    The Cross of the Grand Cross is 68mm x 68mm, the Cross of a Commander is 58mm x 58mm, an Officers Cross is 53mm x 53mm and a Knights Cross is 42mm x 42mm (the measurements come from the book "Polonia Restituta" Orders and Decorations section written by Krzysztof Barbarski).

    If real then it would have had to have been purchased by someone with a large Bank Account, or given to a Foreign National.

    I have never come across this before in all my collecting life of over 30 years.

    No doubt some one some where knows ?

    Best wishes

    Andrzejku

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