Miniature Group of Eight.
Supreme Order of the Renaissance (Wisam an-Nahada), III class. Miniature six-pointed green enamel and silver star with silver loops between the arms, on a crowned black, white, green and red enamel Arab Revolt flag suspension; the face with a circular central silver gilt medallion bearing crossed Arab revolt flags in black, white and green enamel with the name of the founder of the Order in Arabic script within a red enamel ring bearing the name of the Order in Arabic script with beaded border; the reverse plain with rayed boss; diameter 18.84mm (0.74 inch).
The Wisam an-Nahada was established by Emir Hussein I ibn Ali in 1917 as an award for service during the Arab Uprising against the Ottoman Turks whilst he was ruler of the Hejaz. In 1924 ibn Saud ousted Hussein and founded what became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hussein fled to Cyprus and later settled in Amman, his son Abdullah having become Emir of Transjordan in 1921. The order was adopted by the Emirate (later Kingdom) of Transjordan in 1925 as both a military and civil order. It was made by Bichay of Cairo and Garrards in London. Abdullah became King Abdullah I and the current King of Jordan is his great-grandson. The Order continues to be awarded.
Royal Order of Independence (Wisam al-Istiqlal), III class. Miniature ten-pointed rayed silver star on gilt wreath suspension; the face with a laurel wreath supporting a five-pointed white enamel star with a central circular red enamel medallion bearing the gilt inscription ‘Al-Hussein ibn Ali’ in Arabic characters; the reverse plain; diameter 16.73mm (0.66nch).
The Wisam al-Istiqlal was established by Emir Hussein I ibn Ali in 1921 as an award for civilian or military merit whilst he was ruler of the Hejaz. In 1924 ibn Saud ousted Hussein and founded what became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hussein fled to Cyprus and later settled in Amman, his son Abdullah having become Emir of Transjordan in 1921. The order was adopted by the Emirate (later Kingdom) of Transjordan. Abdullah became King Abdullah I and the current King of Jordan is his great-grandson. The Order continues to be awarded.
Medal in Memory of the War of 1939-1945l (Midalat al-Zarari al-Herb al-Iradani Lasanat 1939-1945). Miniature circular bronze medal on scroll and laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with crossed scimitars, a Jordanian roual crown above, an Arabic inscription below, all within a central ring, inscribed above in Arabic and dated below ‘1358-1363’ (AH) and ‘1939-1945’ (AD) in Hindu-Arabic numerals; the reverse with a terrestrial globe showing Europe, North Africa and the Near East, a lightning bolt imposed, a ship in the Atlantic, a tank in central Russia; diameter 17.73mm (0.7 inch); the medal is mounted with the reverse outwards.
The Medal was instituted by King Abdullah I at the end of World War II to be awarded to those who had served in military operations for at least six months during the conflict.
China: Order of the Cloud and Banner with Grand Gordon (II class). Miniature eight-pointed graduated star with chiselled arms and eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face with a circular central deep blue enamel medallion bearing a yellow banner with stylised white clouds within a red enamel border imposed on a yellow enamel eight-pointed star with graduated rays and bifurcated ends to the arms, in turn imposed on an eight-pointed white enamel star, the upper three points with red stars, blue and white stylised clouds between the arms; the reverse stamped Order of the Cloud and Banner; diameter 17.13mm (0.67 inch).
The Order, sometimes referred to as the Order of the Resplendent Banner, was instituted by the Republic of China in nine classes on 15 June 1935 to be awarded for contributions to national security. The Second Class award, as in this example, was reserved for very senior officers.
Medal for War Service, 1948 (Midalat al-Amaliyal al-Harbiah fi Filastin 1948). Miniature octagonal gilt medal with stepped Jordanian royal crown suspension; the face with the Jordanian royal crown within crossed scimitars, inscribed above in Arabic and dated below ‘1367’ (AH) and ‘1948’ (AD) in Hindu-Arabic numerals, all within an octagonal line border; the reverse with an Arabic inscription imposed on a relief map of Palestine within an octagonal line border; diameter 17.19mm (0.68 inch).
The Medal was instituted by King Abdullah I in 1948 to be awarded for participation in the Arab-Israeli War in Palestine that year.
Great Britain: Defence Medal, 1939-1945. Miniature circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR. OMN : REX F : D ; IND : IMP. (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); the reverse with a crowned oak sapling with lion supporters, wavy lines representing the sea below, dated ‘1939’ and ‘1945’ upper left and upper right respectively, inscribed below ‘THE DEFENCE MEDAL’; diameter 18.69mm (0.74 inch).
The medal was instituted in May 1945 to recognise non-operational service from the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) to V.E. Day (8 May 1945) in Europe and to V.J. Day (2 September 1945) overseas. The qualifying service periods were 180 days in overseas areas subject to air attack or other close enemy threat, 360 days in other overseas areas and 1,080 days in the U.K.. For mine and bomb disposal personnel overseas, the qualification period was 90 days. A number of special awards, such as those to the Malta Home Guard and to recipients of a Commendation for Brave Conduct or for Valuable Service in the Air, were also made.
Great Britain: War Medal, 1939-1945. Miniature circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR. OMN : REX ET IND : IMP. (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Emperor of India); the reverse with a triumphant lion standing on a prostrate dragon, dated ‘1939 1945’ above right; diameter 18.62mm (0.73 inch).
The medal was instituted in 1945 and was awarded to all full-time members of the armed forces who had served at least 28 days between the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945).
Great Britain: General Service Medal, George VI, 1937-1949 issue, with ‘Palestine 1945-48’ clasp. Miniature circular silver medal with ornate scrolled ribbon suspension bar; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:’ (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain and Emperor of India); the reverse with a standing winged Victory with Greek helmet, an upright trident in her left hand, a laurel wreath in her right hand crowning an upright winged sword; diameter 17.97mm (0.71 inch); with ‘PALESTINE 1945-48’ clasp.
The medal was instituted on 19 January 1923 to be awarded to Army and Air Force personnel involved in small conflicts outside Africa and India from 1918 onwards where a separate campaign medal was not issued. The Palestine 1945-48 clasp was awarded for active service in Palestine between 27 September 1945 and 30 June 1948.
The Group is on original ribbons and original bar mounted with pin for wear. This good Jordanian Group would have been awarded to a very senior officer and the Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner probably makes it unique.