Walter Mooromsky medal collection

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2015-06-26 10:34:49

The Walter Mooromsky Medal Collection is a large collection of Russian orders and decorations, previously owned by Walter Mooromsky.

Walter Mooromsky

Walter Alexander Mooromsky, born Vladimir Alexandrovitch Mooromsky (1927-2003), was a Russian-American medal collector.

Born in China, he emigrated to the USA in 1930. He was a college graduate and World War II and Korea veteran.

He was a long time employee and executive with Levi Strauss & Co, which moved him to Brussels, but returned to the USA in the 1980s.

He died in 2003.

The collection

Mooromsky started his collection of Russian orders and decorations while living in Belgium in the 1960s and 1970s.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that “his Russian heritage was one to which he was deeply committed and proud of”, inspiring his desire to collect.

Described as an “amazing and unique collection of some of the finest examples of Russian orders and medals”, Mooromsky’s collection was dedicated to “keeping alive the memory and honouring the country of his ancestors”.

A notable piece in the collection is a gold and enamel neck badge for the Order of the White Eagle, awarded to those who had already been awarded the Order of St Andrew the First.

Another highlight is a cross representing the Order of St Anne, First Class, of the rather spectacular Flat Black Enamel type. It was described by Baldwin’s as “very rare, choice and problem free”.

Arguably the most spectacular piece for collectors is a gold and red enamelled Order of St Stanislaus, Second Class Cross. It has a unique Imperial Crown, made by Julius Keibel, which is only added to a limited number of medals as a special mark of distinction. Thus it is one the rarest of its kind to be found.

Sale

Items from Mooromsky’s collection were sold on 5th and 6th January 2011 by Baldwin’s, New York. The collection made up a large part of the “Sensational Orders and Medals” section of the auction.

The Order of St Stanislaus sold for $72,000, just under its estimate of $75,000.

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