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    kimj last won the day on September 24 2009

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      My main collection interests are Soviet and Swedish awards, with a side of what ever takes my fancy. :))

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    1. These aren't really found on the open market yet, too many living recipients. I have only seen one or two full size ones being sold, those were without minis. But since she intends to wear it she must have misplaced her original. In this case I think the court will be able to help you or at least point you in the right direction to get a replacement. email them. http://www.kungahuset.se/royalcourt.4.367010ad11497db6cba800054503.html
    2. Hi Uwe Thanks! These wordless pins are a pain to google. So no military connection but probably related to the Baltenkreutz. /Kim
    3. Hi I have bought this at a flee market with a Baltic cross. If they go together I don't know. But there is some likeness to the insignia of the freikorps von Brandis elkhorn. Is this possibly an old comrades badge/pin for post war meetings? Any input welcomed. /Kim
    4. I have an unusual problem for myself. I have stumble across a story about a Swede who claims to be a Papal warhero in about 1870. Supposedly awarded with order of St Gregory the great, order of St Sylvester and a neckworn medal Benemeriti. As you can see quite a handful. Are there any available lists to confirm him as a Papal knight? Or call him out as a liar. I have been in contact with the secret archive in the Vatican but I'd like some phaleristic expertise in the matter. All help greatly appreciated. /Kim
    5. How to wear Swedish medals/orders is regulated only if you are at the royal court or in the military. All other civilians are not bound by rules but rather to practice, what is OK takes a lot from military wear though. When it comes to military medal bars they are not that often with "pure" unofficial civilian awards. Most are usually organizations connected to the military as volunteer groups. But there is a list on what you can and cannot wear on uniform. On this list there are many semi-official medals that have been granted the use of the king's profile. This is a group with 45 awarding organizations (2015). The next group is the unofficial medals (not royal or state), a long one with plenty of local military medals and others. Here's a link with uniform regulations, on page 613 the medal section starts. All in Swedish. Uniform regulation 2015. This being said there is always that guy who wants to show of all his medals and regulations be damned. I think the germans call this "ordenshunger". /Kim
    6. A little gooling didn't get me anything. But having a good forum with knowledable collectors did. It must be something like a "well done"-medal for the society then? The order of Vasa is only pined to this with a separate safty pin. So I doubt it has relevance to the other medals, but until I'm certain I keep it there. The other medals are: * Blue Star gold medal of merit. The Blue star used to be, until 1975, the organisation that helped the armed forces with their horses. Today they have training for animal care. * City of Borås medal, for municipal workers * Svalen-medal * Swedish women's society for the protection of animals So I think this is a medal bar for someone to use in a eviroment with a strong interest in animal care. The Danish cross fits in perfectly in that context. The fact that she shouldn't wear it on her uniform at Blue star probably meant less. Mange Takk Michael! /Kim
    7. The text is: ACTUOSA / PROVOLO. So probably something to do with aminal protection like the last Swedish medal. Would you agree with the stamp looking Danish Michael? Swedish silver stamps doesn't look like this. /Kim
    8. Hi I got this medal bar recently. The only medal I'm having problem ID-ing is number three. I think it could be danish as the silver mark looks like those of A. Dragsted in Copenhagen. But I would like to know what it is. Anyone? Kim
    9. ABLM

      Dear Kim -- My great-grandfather, Rosendo Buenaventura Torras (1851-1929). of Brunswick, Georgia, was awarded the Order of Vasa (I don't know in what year).  I've checked the foreign section of the 1905 list to which you referred someone earlier, but don't find him there.  I'm wondering if you could direct me to any on-line sources that might give the year of the award and, if not, if I could impose on you to consult the materials you have in your possession.  I believe the likeliest time frame is 1890-1895.

      Thanks, in advance, for your time and any help you may be able to give me.

      Best wishes,


      1. kimj


        Hi Arthur

        Your ancenstor was awarded in 1905 the order of Wasa 2nd class, a class specifically for foreigners. You can find him in the 1915 edition of the "statskalender".


        Best regards


      2. ABLM


        Hey, Kim,

        Thanks so much for your help with this!  My 90 year-old mother will be thrilled, as am I.

        All the best,



    10. No problem. I'm happy to help out in "my" field, A Wasa knights cross for a lieutenant who's also a foreigner.... That's not bad. Maybe he was part of a state visit and did favours to the court. The problem with knights orders is that they don't have a citation. The knights are deemed worthy and accepted as knights by the king, no motivation. /Kim
    11. There are some lists online the ones nearest your timeframe are 1881, 1905 and 1915. Start looking here in the "foregin" section of the Wasa order 1905. It is sorted by last name. I have access to most of them if you can't find your ancestor. Those can NOT be found online. Here you can find the knights cross, probably the same as he would have gotten. Knights orders of the order of Wasa are not hard to find, hold out for a nice example. /Kim
    12. Internetauctions at its best. No doubt Finnish awards are popular in Sweden and prices are going up. But one internetauction can't say much about price in general. All it takes is two people who really, really wants it. I remember a plaque for the "Folklandskampen 1941" on our internetauction site that I wanted. That ended at well over 120USD, too much for me. Six months later I found one in another auctionlot. That cost me 30USD with a number of other medals as well. So what is the "real" price.... /Kim
    13. Your're welcome! Swedish phaleristics is a subject not very much is written about. The award trade between Prussia-Sweden-Russia have only been the subject of one article I know of: "När svenska tapperhetsmedaljer "byttes" mot ryska S:t Georgekors", Nordisk Numismatisk Årsskrift 1942. The text is in Swedish. The Russian St Anne medal was never given to Swedes as far as I know. There wasn't anything in the Swedish award system to trade with, all we had was bravery medals. The medal you show looks awful, condition wise. If it's good or bad I can't say as czarist medals are far from my expertise. I'm sure you can get a more qualified answer from the Russian section of the forum. /Kim
    14. Mr Nelson, welcome to the forum! I hope I can shead some light on Swedish medals of Napoleonic times for you. Medals at this time was a "thank-you-for-your-service" award that mostly went to wounded soldiers. There was a small sum of money attached to being awarded a medal. So when you got back home, was fired from the military and kicked out of the house (because it was the army who owned it) at least you had that. Those who recovered continued their service, like Gadd. His Russian cross was part of an award-trade between Russia and Sweden. They got 200 swedish bravery medals and the swedes got 200 St George crosses for NCO and privates. The Russians had no say in what specific soldier should get a cross. Instead the regiments got a number of awards to give to the bravest soldiers. Some commanders did not like this because the number given out was so small that many brave soldiers would be without crosses. The number for Kalmar regiment was three (!) crosses. The Order of St Anna is probably a mix up, because it was an award for higher status people, not common soldiers like Gadd. The most common missconception of the Russian award is that the soldiers cross is an Order of St George. This is know to have a couple of soldiers going around back home calling themselves knight of the order of St George..... But it's a lower class of St George and no knight titles involved. So Gadd probably "only" had two awards the Swedish medal for bravery and the Russian cross of St George. But that is not bad. Also, there are separete lists of the troops in Stettin, so no "hole" 1807-1817. The normal peace time lists were not kept during wartime. They can be found online as a pay service. Finaly. There are no lists of the enlisted men's medals but most (all?) the gold officers bravery medals are listed at the national archive. If there are any other questions I'd be happy to help. /Kim
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