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. Archive: I.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
Collar of the Order of the Tower and Sword, issued to the key aide to Olympics founder P. De Coubertin
One of the sixteen link-pairs composing the Collar: each link-pair is 44 mm. long.
Collar's total length is 730 mm.
The silver and enamel Order of the Tower and Sword of Portugal, was origianally founded in 1459, and reinstituted in 1808. This Order is to this day the premier honor issued by that country.
Balck's 4th Class collar was issued by King Dom Luís I (reigned 1861-1889), who was mostly a man of the sciences, with a passion for oceanography. During most of that century, the name was the "Ancient and Most Noble Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and Merit".
While historically the Collar has generally been issued only with the 1st Class of the Order, during Luis' reign Collars were issued with all four classes of the Order.
Badge of the Order of the Tower and Sword, reverse:
Motto in Portuguese PELO REI R PELA LEI:
means "FOR KING AND LAW".
Book represents the Charter of the Monarchy.
Awards of Outstanding International Importance to Statesmen and Heroines
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Central disk has maker's inscription
"J.A. DA COSTA
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Observe that some green enamel leaves are missing from each side of the large wreath; likewise, some enamel appears to have been chipped off of the small wreath in the badge's center.