Finnish Order of the Cross of Liberty Mourning Cross with Swords 1941 (Vapaudenristi Sururisti 1941). The Order of the Cross of Liberty was instituded on 4 March 1918, upon the initiative of General 'C.G. Mannerheim'. The Finnish artist 'Akseli Gallen-Kallela' was commissioned to design the Order's insignia with the swastika. The Cross of Liberty has a red ribbon when it is granted in wartime and a yellow ribbon when it is awarded in peacetime. This is an example with a black coloured ribbon which was awardad as a posthumous award to those who were killed during active military service. The Cross was presented to the closest relative of a soldier killed in action. The order is complete with its original black confectioned ribbon and swords (military version). The black cross is dated 1941 on the back. Nice example in good condition!