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1942 - St Olav Orders made in London by Spink

During the second world war the Norwegian government in London were running out of spare St Olav orders. They needed to produce new ones in London and Spink was chosen for the production. Not many new ones were produced. Below is an overview of the items produced and the numbers produced and the numbers known today. So here is a nearly complete set of the Spink made St Olavs made in 1942 during World War 2. Not much is known about these, and their whereabouts are still a challenge to investigate. Please enjoy:


The Grand Cross Star made by Spink. Made in 12 sets and 4 of them are in private collections today.



The Grand Cross Badge made by Spink. Made in 12 sets and only 4 of them are known in private collections today. There is a ring through the globe on top.



The Commander Star made by Spink. Made in 17 copies and not many exist today. The third photo is of the original stamping tool at Spink in London.



The Commander Badge made by Spink. It is smaller than the normal St Olav Grand Cross / Commander versions. There is a ring behind the globe with a oval ring through. Made in 17 sets and 3 of them are in private collections today.



The Knight Badge made by Spink. It is smaller than the normal Norwegian versions. Made in 52 sets and 4 of them are in private collections today.



The Knight Badge Military made by Spink. It is smaller than the normal Norwegian versions. This is the only copy in existence. It was sold by Spink at their auction 11. December 2000. It is assumed that this is a prototype from Spinks own production stock. As can be seen the middle of the hinge is not fully cut out and also the Os are not fully cut out.



The Knight 2 badge was only produced in 6 copies by Spink according to Royal documentation. Over a short period 2 have been found in collectors circles. The one here was sold at an auction in London. And not long after a boxed version turned up.