reverse. Vertical pinback. Comes on a full-length ribbon. In case of issue. Condition: Box: the velvet had been renewed. Decorations – superb and problem free From The Walter Alexander Mooromsky Collection. Walter Alexander Mooromsky (1927-2003) was born April 29, 1927, in China, to Russian parents. His father, Alexander Petrovitch Mooromsky, had been born near Penza, south-east of Moscow, at the end of the 19th century. The exact date is a mystery as he lied about his age to get in to the Tsar’s Army, and we think gave a different year when he emigrated to San Francisco in 1930. The family considers 1898 to be his birth year. In 1917, he joined the White Army to fight the Bolsheviks. A fervent Monarchist to the day he died, he never believed that any of the Romanov Royal Family escaped the slaughter in July 1918 – having been in the first White Army to reach Ekaterinburg after the Royal Family was murdered and having seen the site. He continued to fight during the Civil War through 1921, serving with pride under General Molchanoff. With the fighting coming to an end, the remnant of the White Army in Eastern Russia realized they needed to leave their beloved Motherland and they walked across the Gobi Desert to escape the Reds. Only a fraction survived this journey. Arriving in Harbin, China, Alexander met Zoya Anoufrovna Rogulsky and they were married there. Their son Vladimir Alexandrovitch was born in Tientsin. As a family they emigrated to California, arriving in San Francisco – Angel Island – in March 1930. At this point Vladimir Alexandrovitch was renamed Walter Alexander. Walter attended Lowell High School and graduated from the University of California Berkeley. He served proudly in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army in WWII and Korea. He was a long time employee and executive with Levi Strauss & Co., which moved him to Brussels, Belgium, in 1962 to set up a European marketing and distribution operation. He remained in Brussels for 16 years, having made a second home there. He returned to the U.S. in the early 1980s via a three year stay in Montreal, Canada. His interests were many, as were his passions and loyalties. He was deeply proud of his Russian heritage, always finding the time to participate in various Russian activities. He carried on his family’s love and honor of Mother Russia, and started his collection of Russian orders and decorations while living in Belgium in the 1960s and 1970s. There he had ready access to some of the great auction houses and dealers of Europe, enabling him to build his collection. To him this collection was about keeping alive the memory and honoring the country of his ancestors. It is his family’s hope that these pieces will continue to do so in the hands of others.
2104 CIVIL WAR and SOVIET UNION. ORDERS OF THE SOVIET REPUBLICS. Documented Group of Lieutenant Colonel Lutkevich P.O.