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  1. No, it is not a very normal pin. We don't see them too often. But on the other side, there is not that many people who collect them.
  2. I would also like to know this, as I am researching a Norwegian miniature group, and am not sure if the guy was knight or officer, and of the 1918 or 1944 variant.
  3. It is the king's medal of merit, in silver. In Norway, where they are mostly found, this silver version sells for about EUR 40-60. Abroad the price is often higher, but not in any way realistic. I've seen too many fantasy prices on Norwegian ODM at ebay and dealers lately.
  4. I doubt it. Then the device on the ribbon should have been in gold colour, and not silver. And Chief Commander is very rarely awarded, and even more so to persons not being head of states or governments.
  5. Am I right assuming it is rather rare to be awarded the commander degree of Legion of Merit twice? Here is a picture of admiral Haakon Bruun-Hansen, former chief of the Norwegian armed forces, being awarded the US Legion of Merit, commander. Among his ribbons, we can already see the is sporting the ribbon for said award and degree. A later picture, showing a gilt star on the LoM ribbon, with commander device. An even later picture still of his ribbons, clearly showing the gilt star.
  6. Yes, it is a Norwegian national service medal for service in the Royal Norwegian Air Force. The military conscript in Norway is 19 months, and about 10-11 months are served continuously, normally around the age of 19 or so. This is called "the first time service" and all the medals shown here are awarded upon completing the "first time service". Red ribbon for army, dark blue for navy, light blue for air force and green for home guard. In 2012 or so, all these medals got a new design. The air force medal with a wreath on the obverse is the pre-2012 version, and the one with only the falcon and crown on the obverse, is the post-2012 version.
  7. That is a very nice collection of Scandiavian ODMs
  8. I really hope the site comes back online. It was without doubt the absolute best site for the 3500+ Swedish medals that do exist.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Nice collection Was it possible to be awarded the Lappland Cross but not the Winter War medal?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. My money is on the Volunteer Combatants Medal (Belgium) too. Or the Belgian Congo Service Star. But why no Victory medal?
  16. 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.
  17. No, not available for the public. There might be something in the royal archives, but not so easy to get access there.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. This might be a long shot, but I will give it a try. Is it possible to come up with a list of foreign, that is Norwegian, recipients of the Belgian Order of Leopold II officer's grade? For quite a long time I have been pondering this goup sold at an online auction site some years ago. The text stated it was awarded to a major who was in charge of the Norwegian contigent in UNEF, and thus was awarded the Belgian and Italian orders. I don't think we can rely too much on this information, from what I can see neither Belgium or Italy sent soldiers to the UNEF. But this guy has been in the Norwegian armed forces for more than 35 years, his name will appear in the Norwegian state calenders. But so does thousands of other names, I was hoping to make a shortlist based on the Belgian or Italian orders. The medals are: 1) Norwegian Armed forces medal, for 25 years of service, pluss 5 + 5 years of additional service (stars) 2) Norwegian Army service medal, for completing one year as conscript, pluss 4 + 4 years of service (stars) 3) Belgian Order of Leopold II, officer 4) Italian Order of merit, officer 5) UNEF 6) Norwegian civilian athlete's medal So what do you guys think, is it possible to put together such a list of recipients of the Belgian order? Where could I go to try to make such a list?
  22. Yes, Tostrup was a Norwegian firm making a lot of medals and orders, until it went bankrupt in 1993. I do not know this medal, as it is a private, unofficial medal. It is most likely related to a choir, music orchestra, a guild of traders, merchants, artisans or something like that. Maybe a medal of merit for them. I'm afraid I cannot be of any more help, since there are several houndred Norwegian medals like this, and hardly anyone are fully identified. But it is a nice and well made medal.
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