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  1. I really hope the site comes back online. It was without doubt the absolute best site for the 3500+ Swedish medals that do exist.
  2. That would be the diploma that came with the Defence Medal 1940 – 1945 (Norwegian: Deltagermedaljen/Deltakarmedaljen). In French also known as the Narvik medal, because it was awarded to the members of The French Foreign Legion who fought at the battle of Narvik in 1940. The diploma says "[name] has during the campaign in Norway 1940 participated in the defence of the fatherland from [date] to [date]. Norway thanks you for your service in the struggle for freedom." Signed by king Haakon VII.
  3. I have seen both the one with dotted surface in the red enamel, like the one right above here and the one from Morton, and one with more like a sun ray pattern in the red enamel. The ones with dotted surfaces are way more common, if common even is a word fitting this red medal, than the one with sun ray. Notice hat the dark blue one also has the dotted surface. A friend of mine is selling a red Oscar with dotted surface. Feel free to send me a PM if it is of interest.
  4. You have the version which has been awarded since 1946 and still is awarded. But they are all awarded with name and year ingraved. Not sure why your's hasn't.
  5. Nice collection Was it possible to be awarded the Lappland Cross but not the Winter War medal?
  6. If I was to make a guess, I would say it is not British. If British, there are too many foreign ribbons compared to the one single British ribbon. It can of course be, but I think it is unlikely any British subject would be awarded 2-3 low ranking foreign campaign medals, and only qualify for the BWM on the home nationality front. So I would guess it is Belgian. I'm not quite sure what order Belgian (campaign) medals are worn in, I have seen many variants. This ribbon bar could be part two of two ribbon bars. Part one could contain some Belgian orders, CdG, Victory medal and so on. And this part two contains the lower ranking Belgian medals and foreign medals. In my own collection I have this group with volunteer medal, Victory medal, WW1 medal and Congo star. But I will never know if this guy was in Congo during WW1 or only after.
  7. I like this group. The medals for 12 and 4 years of service, together with the Norwegian Order of St. Olav, knight/chevalier with swords (military class), version 1906-1937.
  8. My money is on the Volunteer Combatants Medal (Belgium) too. Or the Belgian Congo Service Star. But why no Victory medal?
  9. The Norwegian medal could have been awarded during state visits from head of states, yes. But I'm not so sure about this medal in this actual group. King Haakon of Norway recieved state visit from Finland 6-8 October 1926, and went to Finland 2-4 June 1928. Which is after the year it is generelly belived this medal was no longer awarded. But there might be other visits, of far less formal character.
  10. No, not available for the public. There might be something in the royal archives, but not so easy to get access there.
  11. Samlerhuset is known for producing modern crap and trying to sell it as something to collect. There are many stories about elderly people starting a subscription on silver commemorative collectable coins monthly from Samlerhuset, each coin bought for anything up to GBP 100. After a while the elderly people will try to sell their "amazing" collection, thinking it has been a good investment. In one case a guy was hoping to get more than GBP 8 000, which was about what he paid. However, the true value was onle the silver melting price, which was about 10-20 % of what this poor guy paid.
  12. Christiania is correct about the Norwegian medal. The royal commemorative medal in silver without crown was awarded from 1906 to about 1917, as a sort of 3rd and lowest class of the royal commemorative medals. It is quite rare.
  13. No, you don't want to know that Some years ago I found a box at a fair with many hundred cards like this, with a medal, badge or miniature medal stapled to each card. It was the leftovers from Tostrup's archive. Behind the post it-note there are dates and amount of medals delivered from Tostrup at each date. It would have been a perfect source for putting together a catalog of Tostrups production, and so far to my knowledge, the only way to propper ID all the different medals. However all the official and more expensive medal cards were long gone from the box. All cards are numbered, this is card 799. Quite a lot of the cards were missing. And the dealer's price was not of this world. There was no way I could buy the incomplete remains of the archive. But some other dealers did and cards are indivdual sold at different Norwegian auction sites now. The prices are still ridiculous and it seems impossible to put them back together again
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