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Gentlemen,

 

Just a quick question regarding the Finnish Order of the White Rose.

 

I have seen lower grades of the Order with swords running diagonally through the cross, but wondered if the GRAND CROSS came with swords? I cannot find any photos, just images of the Grand Cross without swords.

 

Thank you

Pierce

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Yes, but these are extremely rare. There was even a collar badge with swords. 

 

Thank you for your prompt reply.

 

Are all grades "with swords" uncommon? I have seen a few WW2 German Generals wearing this decoration with swords (Commander Grade).

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Yes all grades with swords are extremely rare.  For example the third class was awarded 18 times while the 2nd class (neck badge + star) was awarded 25 times. So no more then 43 neck crosses were given out. 

 

Thank you again utopis, and thank you for sharing your knowledge. I have learnt something new today. :)

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