The exhibition The Known Stranger was opened on June 30 (Thursday) at 5.30 pm at the National Museum of Military History at 92 Cherkovna Street in Sofia. Created on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Museum, it presents an unknown and very curious part of its million-dollar fund - the collection of valuable jewelry, most of which will be shown to the public for the first time.
Among the curious exhibits are lapel pins, cufflinks and collars, watches, rings, snuff boxes, decorations and Faberge eggs. Exquisitely crafted from precious metals and precious stones such as platinum, gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and sapphires, they bear the mark of universal values and elegance that has outlived its time.
The exhibition presents works of jewelry from over 25 of the most prominent European studios from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, such as Ludwig Wrana and Ernst Paltscho (Austria-Hungary), Peter Rath and Willy Ganssen Coburg (Germany), Bvlgari and Settepassi (Italy), Faberge and Bolin (Russia), Cartier and Hermes (France) and others.
The exhibition will also feature jewelry watches of famous Swiss, German and French brands. It is a curious fact that some of the jewelry companies also produce Bulgarian awards. Part of the exhibition will be the stars of the highest award of the Principality of Bulgaria "St. Alexander ”, made by C.F. Rothe and G.A. Sheid (Austria), and Kretly (France).
Visitors will be immersed in the era of the second half of the XIX and early XX century with musical moments from the repertoire of the National Musical Theater and selected footage of the Bulgarian National Film Archive.
Text and photo: National Museum of Military History