War of Liberation Miniature Pair.
Order of the White Rose of Finland, knight (Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun, Ritarimerkki). Miniature silver-edged white enamel cross pattée with silver lions of Finland between the arms, with loop for suspension; the face with a blue circular central medallion within a silver ring bearing a white and silver stylised rose; the reverse plain silver; diameter 19.01mm (0.75 inch).
The Order was established on 28 January 1919 to replace the Order of the Cross of Liberty and may be awarded to both military and civilian Finns and foreigners for outstanding acts benefiting Finland. It was designed by the great Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931).
This is a good early example of the first type of the Order.
Commemorative Medal of the War of Liberation (Vapaussodan Muistomitali) 1918. Miniature circular silver medal with eyelet for suspension; the face with a cross pattée with a cross gammée imposed and a central rose of Finland, a gauntleted arm holding a sword upper left, a mailed arm holding a scimitar upper right (both from the national arms of Finland) and dated ‘1918’; the reverse with the lion of Finland; diameter 16.24mm (0.64 inch).
The Medal was instituted on 10 September 1918 by the Finnish Senate and awarded for participation in the war to secure Finnish independence from Russia.
The Pair is mounted on an old silver-gilt chain with stick pins at either end.