Order of Santa Rosa and of Civilization, Grand Cross Breast Star (Military Merit)
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An eight-pointed faceted star in silver, featuring sets of diamond cut silver rays, obverse centre applique with a beautiful centrepiece consisting of a ball-tipped enamelled white Maltese cross, surrounded by a detailed enamelled green laurel wreath also in silver gilt, centre medallion in silver gilt depicting the arms of Honduras in Gold, surrounded by the inscription ORDEN DE Sa. ROZA Y DE LA CIVILIZACION (Order of Santa Rosa and the Civilization) on a enamelled green border, reverse with pin assembly and dual stays, maker’s mark of RUE COQUILLERE N. 42 LEMAITRE Ft D’ORDRES PARIS on the reverse cartouche, hallmarked with boars head/French assay silver hallmark denoting manufacture since 1838 on the pin and the catch, partial period maker’s mark on the pin, measuring 85.08 mm (w) x 84.09 mm (h), with minor cracked white enamels and lost of gilt, 11 o’clock arm slightly pushing inside for wear, extremely fine. https://www.emedals.com/south-america/other/honduras-republic-an-order-of-santa-rosa-and-of-civilization-grand-cross-star-by-lemaitre-c-1880
The Order of Santa Rosa and the Civilization was instituted in Honduras by President José María Medina on February 21, 1868. It was founded in five classes with different versions for military, civil and religious merit. It was founded as recognition of Honduras’s diplomatic initiatives by conferring orders on diplomats of other countries. This is the first order created in Honduras, and it was awarded by last time in 1901.
This Order is awarded with Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, and Knight. The Breast Star is the same for all the three divisions.
The design of the three divisions is identical except for the reverse inscription.
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