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  1. A painting of Kristian Rikardsen Loken (1884-1961), wearing a Norwegian captain's uniform, while he was commander of the Army Acadamy in 1932-33. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristian_Løken
  2. Do you wanna ID the guy or his decorations? The Order of St. Olav looks quite large, compared to other medals. It might be the commander grade, and should be worn around the neck. Also looks like a post 1906, but pre 1937, version.
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    Medal Mounting Supplies

    You could try www.wwmeinc.com for devices. If you are a member of OMSA, you can buy some ribbons from their ribbon bank.
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    Korean War Medal Bars

    From another Swedish auction site, the medal group of Dr. Bo von Garrelts.
  5. Am I the only one that can't see the photo?
  6. I see. It is a good project you have there. I look forward to the outcome of it Harald Hallberg's book "Norwegian decorations - awarded with ribbon to be worn on uniform or civilian clothings": http://medals.no/index.html It is a book from 2012 dealing with almost all Norwegian orders, decorations and medals to that time. It is pretty good, although some shortcuts had to me made during the production of the book. The language is mainly Norwegian, but some short summaries and headlines are in English. I'm planning to write a book about Norwegian ODM myself, in English. A lot has happend the last few decades or so. But due to other projects in life and at work, I won't have time to really start this until after 2019.
  7. I'm glad to help. May I ask the reason for your inquires, as this is a very narrow field in the world of phaleristics? Tostrup went out of business in 1992. David-Andersen then became the official supplier of the Order of St. Olav. However, these were still produced in Tostrup's old workshop, and stamped Tostrup, cf. Hallberg p. 29. In 2011 Opro became the new official supplier of this order and the insignias are supposed to be stamped Opro. But I have not seen this stamp myself yet. The awards of St. Olav have been greatly declining the last years. Only a handfull every year, and maybe no grand cross during that year. The last years several of the awarded commander crosses have been in gold, a version that to my knowledge has not been produced since 1958. So I think there is a huge degree of reuse. Thus little need for new produced insignias. Some Orders of Merit are stamped David-Andersen on the reverse. If you give me some time, I should be able to find a picture of this stamp. Oh, the royal mint also produced some Norwegian medals until the late 1990-ies: - Den kongelige mynt (Norge) But the mint was privatized in 2003 and sold to a company (Samlerhuset AS ("The collector's house Ltd")) which use it as a factory for mass production of so called "collector's items". Like commemorative silver coins, sold for 100 times their real value in silver and so on. They are utterly crap and Samlerhuset AS should not be taken serious in any matter. After 2003 the mint has never produced any official ODM and I doubt they ever will.
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    Belgian Congo medal bar

    I like this group a lot! Military service in Belgian Congo during WW2, I would say. But no star on the WW2 medal with yellow ribbon. So not an officer? But still knight of the Lion and the Crown? I thought NCOs mostly got medals.
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    Finland Minis

    Very nice groups
  10. Tostrup went bankrupt in the 1990-ies. Since then, there has been several suppliers of Norwegian ODMs: - David-Andersen AS (Oslo) - Sporrong AB (Sweden) - Reide AS (Norway) (not sure if theh produce anything, they might just reassamble it) - Poellath GmbH (Germany) - Opro Produkter AS (Norway)
  11. Thank you Michael for you help here. Another friend at this forum told me that from 1905 to 1969 only eight Norwegians were awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Orange. Only two of them were ambassadors. Lars Jacob Hvinden Jorstad, born 1894, Grand Cross May 1953 O.J.L. Kildal, Grand Cross 01.09.1964 So now I can look up the names in a book listing all Norwegians awarded the Order of St. Olav prior to 1947. It was common that Norwegian ambassadors were made knight 1st class after their first posting or so, and later promoted to commander after one or more postings abroad. Arne V. Bommen is listed awarded St. Olav knight 1st class (officer) in 1945. He was also awarded king Haakon VII's jubilee medal in 1930, but it is not in my group. Also he was no ambassador. So I doubt it is him. Otto J. L. Kildal was made knight 1st class of St. Olav in 1938 for service in China. By 1947 he was also a officer of the Finnish Order of the White Rose. My miniature group shows officer, so far so good. But prior to 1947 he was also made officer of the Belgian Order of Leopold. If my group came from him, it must have been mounted after 1964. But why no order that was awarded before 1947? I guess this is not the guy. That leaves just Lars J. H. Jorstad. Knight 1st class of St. Olav 1946. Was a clerck at the international court in Haag from 1931 to 1940. By 1947 he was also officer of Polish Polonia Restituta. My group shows only knight, but the full size order that came with it, was officer. He was by 1947 also knight of the Finnish Order of the White Rose. No full size Finnish order in the lot, and the miniature group shows officer. Maybe he was promoted later or my book from 1947 is not that accurate. But he is the one that fits the best. So I assume this group came from Jorstad. Thank you so much for your help.
  12. I don't know so much about the value, but I think I know where you found them for sale. And they have been for sale at that place for a pretty long time.
  13. It could look like the Norwegian military medal for pentathlon, a sort of athletic eligibility medal. But enameled ribbons are very uncommon in Norway.