Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Royal jewels safe after fire

May 26, 1930

Crown Prince Olav of Norway was finally able to access the fireproof vault under his home, Skaugaum, which was destroyed by fire on May 20. The area had finally cooled down, to allow for the opening today of the vault. The valuable contents, which included a diadem with 956 brilliants, a present to Princess Martha by the citizens of Stockholm on her marriage, were uninjured.
On the day of the fire, Crown Prince Olav and others were able to save furniture, paintings and other valuable items from rooms on the first floor, although everything else was destroyed. The fire started in a defective flue.

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