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Catalog Number 2006.175.001
Description Swedish Consul General Medal, c. 1908-1920. Medal given to Captain William Matson during his tenure as the Swedish Consul General in San Francisco, CA. Medal (.001) has a white enameled Maltese Cross with gold-colored three-dimensional crowns between the spaces of the cross. In the center of the cross is an open red inlaid oval on which the text, "GUSTAF . DEN . III . INST. MCCCLXXII *" is embedded in gold lettering. In the center of the oval is a three-dimensional gold-colored wheat stalk with overlapping handles. At top center between white spokes of cross is an upside-down gold-colored Fleur-de-lis above which is a larger gold-colored three-dimensional grown. The grown has gold vertical bands in the body which are separated by white "beads" affixed to points in between. Headband of crown has seven similar "beads" affixed in the colors: white, red, white, green, white, red and white. Back and front of medal are identical. There is a gold-colored loop affixed just below the cross at the top of the large crown for hanging. A copper colored pedal-shaped metal loop has been placed through the round loop.
Object Name Medal, Political
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title Swedish Consul General Medal, c. 1908-1920
Date c. 1908-1920
Creator Carlman, C. F.
Role Jeweler
Inscription Text "GUSTAF . DEN . III . INST. MCCCLXXII *" (embedded into red oval in gold lettering); "C.F. CARLMAN / KUNGL.HOF&ORDENSJUVEIERARE / STOCKHOLM / 15 REGERINGSGATAN15" (stamped in the center of white satin cushion in box lid in gold lettering)
Inscription Language Swedish
Inscription Translation 1772 (roman numeral)
Provenance Medal Given To Captain Matson, During His Twelve Year Tenure As the Swedish Council General in San Francisco, CA
Awarded to Captain Matson, grandfather of donor and father of Lurline Matson Roth, who owned Filoli.
Notes "One of the high honors conferred upon Matson was his appointment as Consul of Sweden, giving him jurisdiction over the Pacific Coast of the United States."
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"A consul is an official representative of the government of one state in the territory of another, normally acting to assist and protect the citizens of the consul's own country, and to facilitate trade and friendship between the peoples of the two countries. A consul is distinguished from an ambassador, the latter being a representative from one head of state to another. There can be only one ambassador from one country to another, representing the first country's head of state to that of the second, and his or her duties revolve around diplomatic relations between the two countries; however, there may be several consuls, one in each of several main cities, providing assistance with bureaucratic issues to both the citizens of the consul's own country travelling or living abroad and to the citizens of the country the consul resides in who wish to travel to or trade with the consul's country."
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Dimensions H-4 W-3.75 D-0.375 inches
Dimension Details 4 x 3.25 x .375" (medal); 1.5 x 3.5 x 5" (box-closed)
Search Terms Matson, William
Subjects Consuls
People Matson, William