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High objects of State (letters patent from Queen Victoria, each w/ Great Seal):
Author of Balfour Declaration - 1898 diplomatic credentials, for talks with Germany
Chancellor of the Exchequer letters patent of Gladstone, 1873 

The (Swedish General) Viktor Balck Olympic Games- Founding Archive
Swedish gold and bronze medals honoring Viktor Balck | Viktor Balck 1912 Stockholm Olympics book Tower and Sword collar of Viktor Balck

Civil War Gillmore Medal to Jewish officer who helped 1863 "Glory" charge toward Ft. Wagner 1863                                                                        
Statesmen |Koerber - 1920s friend, then foe of Hitler |The Viktor von Koerber WWI Aviation Archive|
Presentation keys, gold medal to major U.K. statesman  Award Documents to important 19th century European diplomats

The JFK and staffers convention badges etc. ArchiveI.D. Badges to JFK and Secretary Ev Lincoln Mass. Labor Federation badge (major speech)  1960 Democratic Nomination campaign: aide Bob Troutman

Heroines | "Girl who defied Hitler" at 1936 Olympics: biography  Inge Sorensen Archive: items                 First ever (gold NYC) Women's Club Medal of Honor
  Award Diplomas to great Jewess opera singer
The Poignant Mayer family Jewish Heroism for (in WWI) and Flight from (pre-WWII) Germany Archive 
Presentation trowel etc. to president of "philanthropic" society for troubled girls

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                                               Curriculum Vitae

                                 JEFFREY ANDREW SCHRAMEK

Born in 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where the family lived until 1961, when they moved to Morton Grove, Illinois, where he passed through primary and secondary school.

Higher Education
College: undergraduate
Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, USA; completed a B.A degree in History

Graduate studies
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois; completed an M.A degree in History

Professional studies
Chicago Police Department, Metropolitan Training Program; graduated/certified as an Illinois Local Law Enforcement Officer. 
Professional Associations
Orders and Medals Society of America (O.M.S.A.), Member since 1983:               
Presented a scholarly seminar at OMSA's 1994 national convention, concerning  "Styles of Collecting" of historical award insignia; collaborated with Joseph Berton for an exhibit on the awards of Lord Winterton, and published booklet With Lawrence in Arabia, 1989 OMSA convention.

Orders and Medals Research Society (of U.K.); State Microscopical Society of Illinois.

Military Service
U.S. Army, USAR Control Group (ROTC): Honorable Discharge, 1974.

Work Experience 
City of Chicago Department of Aviation, Security Guard and Special Police Officer for over 26 years; retired on pension. 

Editing of books by Joseph L. Daleiden: The Science of Morality: The Individual, Community, and Future Generations, (1998) and The American Dream: Can It Survive the 21st Century? (1999)

Entrepreneurial activity concerning collecting, dealing, brokering and consulting in regards to historical award objects, from c. 1987 to present.

Visits to London, England; and Stockholm, Sweden, consulting with personnel at the Swedish Royal Coin Cabinet Museum, the Nobel Foundation, and the Nobel Prize diploma-binding firm Falth & Hassler AB.

Interviews about award-objects, on local television in Chicago, Illinois, late 1990's, e.g. on WGN-TV Morning News, and the popular Public TV program Wild Chicago;

Subject of articles/segments in the national and international press, e.g.:
"Nobel for Sale" , Fermi News, February 5, 1999                                                     (see https://www.fnal.gov/pub/ferminews/FermiNews99-02-05.pdf  );
 "Neutrons for all", in Frank Munger's column, Knoxville News Sentinel, November 5, 2003;
and "Nobel Price: way over Rs 10 lakh" (see 
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2004-04-07/news/27416127_1_nobel-medal-physics-prize-rabindranath-tagore-s-nobel ) in the Economic Times of India, 7 April 2004 (regarding the stolen R. Tagore Nobel Prize medal caper).

Interview on SVT1/ SVT2 (Swedish national television), broadcast during intermission of Nobel Prize ceremonies, 10 December 2006.

Major Exhibits
"Celebrating Women's Suffrage", Northwestern University Library, Evanston, Illinois, USA, 1995.
                                                                                                                                                                                Philanthropic Honors
Royal Association of Knights Bachelor, (founded by King Peter II of Yugoslavia, a hero for the Allied cause in WWII, in 1970) Associate Member, certificate number 46, 1992.
(See https://san-luigi.org/government/high-protector-of-the-order-of-the-crown-of-thorns/some-notes-concerning-h-m-king-peter-ii-of-yugoslavia/ )

Community activities
Presentations about collecting of award-objects, in Chicago metropolitan area, e.g. at Northbrook Rotary Club.

Recognized contributions (in person or via email) to  debates about the economy/financial markets, with Jean-Claude Trichet (President of the European Central Bank), Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, Simon Johnson (former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund), Joseph Bast (President of the Heartland Institute), Dean Baker (co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research), and widely-respected web-based financial markets' experts Clive Maund, FOFOA, Michael "Mish" Shedlock, and Charles Hugh Smith;  such contributions have been particularly frequent  as an active, regular participant at the semi-annual Chicago Resource Expo.

Occasional panel member, Association for the Development of Philosophy Teaching, semi-annual conferences, at Roosevelt University (Chicago, Illinois), Barat College (Lake Forest, Illinois), and Benedictine University (Lisle, Illinois), 1990's.

Awards of Outstanding International Importance to Statesmen and Heroines

About Us

Telephone  773-539-5751      
FAX            773-304-0131
Postal address
P.O. Box 300791, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
Electronic mail  buynobel@sbcglobal.net
Prices available upon request.

More details available upon (justified) request.

Jeffrey Schramek, M.A., research and historical context
Robert J. Sadlek, authentication (over 50 years of experience)
Kathy Foulke, Kenneth Goldberg, and W. Robert Barnes, international social liaison.

Joe Berton and Joseph Berg, photography.
We have had some of our Awards of Outstanding International Importance on display, at every convention of the
Orders and Medals Society of America, since 1991.
  Our expertise has been consulted by responsible persons in this Society in the most significant circumstances (e.g. from the standpoint of protecting the integrity of the Society's reputation for displaying only authentic specimens).  These conventions are attended by major collectors and dealers from around the world.  The public is permitted into these conventions on a Saturday;  in 2015, the convention will be held in Irvine, Georgia, with public admittance on 9 August.    We cordially invite interested parties to meet with us to discuss any aspects of the collecting of awards.  From 2008 on, when we sell at this Convention, our prices are more flexible for those who pay with bank cheques, or currency of any major economy (e.g. euros, yen, Candos).
  We have also been consulted by scholars and others, (e.g. insurance firms) about such issues as (market) evaluations of award objects, esp. Nobel Prizes.  We were consulted by the Crick family regarding the value of Francis Crick's Nobel Prize set, which was  auctioned in April 2013 in New York for over $2  million.

Also membership in: Orders and Medals Research Society (of U.K.), the Ohio Valley Military Society (USA), and previously the State Microscopical Society of Illinois (USA)

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J. Schramek and K. Foulke with Anders Bárány, Senior Curator at the Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2000.  
Above right:  Indian national hero R. Tagore, and his Nobel Prize for Literature medal, which was stolen in 2004, this act prompting the Indian press to query J. Schramek about the value of Nobel Prize medals.
J. Schramek & Associates was able to contribute to the resolution of an impasse between the Nobel Foundation and authorities in India, regarding the Indian request that the Foundation send a gold replacement for the stolen medal.  See  "Nobel Foundation to replace Tagore's stolen medal with replica" (OutlookIndia.com, 1 Oct. 2004), and "Chennai-based firm to replace stolen Tagore Nobel medallion" (The Hindu, 28 Aug. 2004).

Among other significant persons with whom Schramek has had the pleasure of very fruitful cooperation and  friendly relations are
Prof. Marty HARROW (was director of the Psychology Dept. at U. Of Illinois at Chicago, before his recent semi-retirement;  a Chess Master known for having given Bobby Fisher fits in tournament play) (see   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Harrow )

Deputy Chief Stanley R. BURNETT (ret.) Lansing, MI P.D.

Sgt. Maurice "Skip" GUERIN
, (O'Hare Airport) Aviation Police Watch commander,

Licensed investment Compinance Officer
Pete CONTOS, North Star Investment Management Corporation and North Star Investment Services, and

musician George FLYNN (ret., De Paul U. chairman of Musicianship and Composition)

We have superbly friendly relations with the following dealers in fields not directly related to ours:
John & Karl Subak
of Subak, Inc. (coins, in the Chicago Loop)
Tim DeWine of
Expression Galleries (fine art, near Chicago Loop)

David Neville, publisher of Military Images magazine


pub. 1983

J. Schramek being interviewed on Swedish TV
J. Schramek's thoughts about awards have been significantly referred to by the following respected students/ scholars (e.g. of the gold market, and of the broader cultural aspects of awards): 
trade/finance/gold blogger FOFOA, in his 17 January 2012 post "The Gold Must Flow";

James F. English, (John Welsh Centennial Professor of English at the U. of Pennsylvania) in
The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value (Harvard, 2005).

Also, Mr. Schramek was consulted by the Crick family regarding the value of Francis Crick's Nobel Prize set, which was auctioned in April 2013 in New York for over $2 million.


Aspects of the history of intellectual etiquette:
a contribution to the understanding thereof

Ever since my exposure to the history of Western philosophy (at Ripon College, esp. from Prof. Seale Doss), I’ve always extended and expected common courtesies in debate, e.g. that one should critique only the position one’s interlocutor is actually holding, rather than a straw-man caricature thereof. Indeed, I’ve increasingly considered sensitivity/alertness to breaches of such standards to be a hallmark of the street-wise intellectual. .
  Yet, over subsequent decades, I’ve been increasingly struck by how dirt-common is the (probably often unintended) practice of (implicit) presentation of such caricatures as if they were accurate portrayals of others’ positions, (this being common even in well-educated circles) often by jumping to conclusions (about other’s positions) which are not warranted; alas, extension of such courtesies is not so common as I had supposed.
  Moreover, over these decades, I’ve encountered only one person in the mass media who has referred (in more than passing) to the importance of (recognizing and limiting) that practice, this being syndicated columnist William Pfaff (e.g. at http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-01-20/news/1994020037_1_killer-spirit-argument-television-and-press ).
Finally I decided to do some research on this phenomenon, and, lo and behold, the commonality of this practice is more easily understandable. It turns out that (according to Doug Walton, one of the most respected logicians in recent times, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Walton ) there has been surprisingly little attention from major philosophers toward this practice. In his 1996 essay about “The straw man fallacy” (at  http://www.dougwalton.ca/papers in pdf/96straw.pdf ), he describes how Aristotle referred to, but did not stress, the illogic of this practice, and how subsequent references to this fallacy by philosophers have been so meager that, finally, “it is now in (at least a few) leading textbooks”, as opposed to being standard fare therein.

  Esp. seeing that it is commonly taught that Aristotle was the first great analyst of processes of debate and logic, the sparseness of subsequent references (incl. in the Media) to a fallacy to which he only passingly referred is more understandable, while still being striking and tragic. 
The tragedy of this situation can hardly be overemphasized. That modern (U.S.) civilization, with all of its technological prowess and complexity, has not managed to establish, even within its most educated ranks, fidelity to what (ought to go without saying) is a bedrock principle of logic and etiquette, can only lead to a grim prognosis for this civilization’s prospects for muddling thru the various problems which it faces; indeed, the prospects of this civilization’s getting around to facing these problems are grim, as long as such principles are honored as much in the breach as in the observance, such that people end up talking past, rather than to, each other. (Indeed, such simple aspects of etiquette deserve explicit attention in primary schools!)      
  In a civilization running on sound principles, persons resorting to such a practice would be excluded from polite company, and would thus in due course find it in their interest to refrain from such a practice.
Alas, this sort of practice may be getting more, not less, common.

As Pfaff put it in 1994:
… journalists, politicians, and academics increasingly have substituted destructive confrontations for the kind of constructive argument that can clarify the way people think….
Ideological confrontation and killer journalism both are essentially sterile,
caricaturing reality. The only useful debates are those that start out with a clear agreement on what the argument is about, and in which the opponent's arguments and person are paid respect. The agreement on what the argument is about can be called 
second order agreement. (First-order agreement is agreement itself -- a lack of argument.)
.  To obtain second-order agreement, I -- for example -- have to be able to explain to a third party what my opponent's position is, on the subject of our disagreement. He has to agree that I have more or less accurately set out where he stands, and must then explain to that third party where I stand, in terms I find acceptable. .                                                                                                                                                  
.  Once we have done that, we can have a serious and constructive argument.
Without this second-order agreement, we are merely arguing over the terms of our disagreement -- or, worse, we are substituting for debate, an attempt to destroy the standing or reputation of the person who disagrees with us. That way lies the destruction of civil society, and we already have taken several steps down the road

Once the habit becomes “destroy the standing” of others, we’ll soon enough be so unable to cooperate with each other (on even the simplest of tasks) that we’ll destroy our capacity to work together to construct solutions, or to keep enough peace with each other to allow the delivery of even the most important of goods and services (e.g. to prevent starvation). If we can’t help clarify the way people think, we’ll get Hitlerian exploitation of this lack of clear thinking, followed by disasters stemming from the new Führer’s own lack of clear thinking.

J. Schramek
July 2015

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