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  1. It's an interesting question and we will probably never know for sure... But what we tend to forget is - as time goes by - historical events (like WWII) are sometimes thought of as a constant, uninterrupted chain of 'action' (invasion->war->defeat), but if you think of the actual time span in minutes, days, weeks, surely - even when it was clear that the TR was doomed - for some civil servants or military administrators it was business as usual for days, weeks and even months. The best way of denying the inevitable outcome is to concentrate on the more manageable bureaucratic job right in front of you...
  2. Tunisian Order

    To me it looks more like Muhammad V al-Nasir bin Muhammad Bey (1906-22). /Michael
  3. I have a feeling the top bar is unofficial awards. Last on lower one is the Turkish Red Crescent medal with silver oak leaves. /Michael And welcome to the forum of course
  4. Unknown ribbon bar - Swedish?

    The light blue ribbon with lighter blue stripes could be the Greek Order of the Redeemer. In that case the red ribbon could be the Greek Order of George I, but it doesn't explain the remaining ribbons (of which some would have to be Greek to justify the order of mounting). /Michael
  5. Awarded to foreigners I believe it was pretty much used as a 'court medal' during state visits. Court officials normally wear the full medal set (not a ribbon bar), so maybe that's the reason for not differentiating bronze, silver and gilt medal ribbons.
  6. Beautiful I wonder why the order was mounted with the reverse showing?
  7. Excellent. Thanks guys! That explains why I've seen some mounted foreign bars from the 1930s and 40s without the stripe. The prevailing explanation so far was "Maybe they didn't have the correct ribbon in stock".
  8. I can't find the mentioning of the medal of the order for foreigners is to have a white center stripe. -------- Oh, I see it was mentioned in the newer statutes in the first link. Does anybody know when it was added?
  9. "Coblenzer" Coblenz being the spelling of the German city Koblenz prior to 1926.
  10. Well, according to E. F. Wrede "Finlands Utmärkelsetecken" from 1946, this is the official Finnish version ("struck in iron with a diameter of 30mm"). Sweden may have struck medals for Swedish participants in the Finnish 1918 War of Independence, thus having Swedish hallmarks. Wrede does not mention anything about 'later versions made in silver'.
  11. Swedish Vaasa-orden

    Correct. When the system of orders in Sweden was reformed in 1974, this order was put 'on hold'. I had for quite some time been looking for this order (don't need it anymore), so always mentally noted prices from dealers and auctions. The prices are quite stable - on average $400 for a Knight cross in gold and about the double for a Commander's cross in gold. Silver gilt versions are a little cheaper. For this order eMedal's prices are - surprisingly - quite reasonable. And I agree. It's a beautiful order.
  12. Interesting that they misspelled General Hirschauer's name...
  13. Finland medals

    A very interesting photo! The cross if the "Skyddskårernas Förtjänstkors" (eng.: Merit Cross of the Defence Forces?). Instituted in 1922. The thing in the button hole is the 10 year long service award for service in the Danish "Kongeligt Livjægerkorps" (eng.: ?). Instituted in 1921. It is a powder measure (not sure if that is the correct translation?) to be worn from a green ribbon in the 3rd button hole.
  14. Thank you both for this enlightening information. I learned something new. Not expanding into tipstaff collecting - just saw these at a local online auction while at the same time reading this thread. Made me curious P.S: I can confirm that the tipstaff on the right is missing the top cross. /Michael
  15. I'm completely clueless when it comes to tipstaves, so just out of curiosity: Are these real tipstaves or something made by IKEA: (sorry for diverging a little from the Bow Street subject)