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Jacob Ulrich Holfeldt Tostrup was born in Norway in 1806. He began working for a local silversmith at the age of thirteen and started as a goldsmith apprentice in 1823. He spent a short amount of time in St. Petersburg and Copenhagen In 1828, he received his Journeyman’s certificate and moved to Christiania (now Oslo) in 1832. That same year, he founded the firm “J. Tostrup.”
His firm is responsible for the enamelled insignia for the Order of St. Olav when the order was established in 1848 and was later in charge of the entire order’s production. The firm received the title royal court jeweler, and Tostrup himself was awarded the King’s Medal of Merit in gold and the Knight of the Order of St. Olav.