Bulgaria - Kingdom of: Royal Order for Military Merit, V class, Boris III issue, in original fitted embossed case of issue, bearing makers details for Schwerdtner of Vienna. Faint handwritten details for the recipient are just visible on the lid of the case.
Condition: slight wear to the enamel, overall Good Very Fine, some wear the hinge silk of the case.
The order was founded by a Knyaz (Princely) Order dated 18 May 1900 ‘as a sign of particular recognition to our brave army’ and was an extension of the Order for Civil Merit to the military. (It is for this reason that the order bears the date of the founding of the latter order rather than its own). The Order had six classes and the example here, the 5th class, was awarded to company and section commanders up to the rank of Captain. This particular type was current from 1933 to 1944 and was almost certainly awarded during World War II.