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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 4th class Cross with swords and black ribbon (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 4.luokka miekoilla ja mustalla nauhalla), posthumous award, often known as the Cross of Mourning (Sururisti), 1939
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 4th class Cross with swords and black ribbon (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 4.luokka miekoilla ja mustalla nauhalla), posthumous award, often known as the Cross of Mourning (Sururisti), 1939
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Black enamelled silver cross pattée with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with a silver white rose of Finland imposed centrally on a silver cross gammée; the reverse dated ‘1939’; slight chipping to the black enamel of the reverse from wear; on original ribbon for a posthumous award with silver wreath and crossed swords bar denoting an award for active military service. The Order was created on 16 December 1940 from the previous Cross of Liberty which had been founded on 4 March 1918 at the time of Finland’s war for independence. It is Finland’s premier order and, since 1960, may only be awarded for active military service in time of war. This example would have been awarded for service in the Winter War of 30 November 1939 to 13 March 1940 against invading Soviet forces.

 
Order of the Cross of Liberty, 4th class Cross with swords and black ribbon (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 4.luokka miekoilla ja mustalla nauhalla), posthumous award, often known as the Cross of Mourning (Sururisti), 1939
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 4th class Cross with swords and black ribbon (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 4.luokka miekoilla ja mustalla nauhalla), posthumous award, often known as the Cross of Mourning (Sururisti), 1939
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 4th class Cross with swords and black ribbon (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 4.luokka miekoilla ja mustalla nauhalla), posthumous award, often known as the Cross of Mourning (Sururisti), 1939
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 4th class Cross with swords and black ribbon (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 4.luokka miekoilla ja mustalla nauhalla), posthumous award, often known as the Cross of Mourning (Sururisti), 1939
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Order of the Cross of Liberty, 4th class Cross with swords and black ribbon (Vapaudenristin Ritarikunta, Vapaudenristin 4.luokka miekoilla ja mustalla nauhalla), posthumous award, often known as the Cross of Mourning (Sururisti), 1939
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