Civil Merit Order of St. Louis, I Class Cross
Image courtesy of Plate 49 of "The Book of Order of Knighthood and Decorations of Honour of all Nations" edited by Sir Bernard Burke
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A fine example constructed of Gold, with delicate white enameled arms and an obverse centre crest depicting an enameled Saint Louis, reverse crest in blue enamels depicting 3 fleur-de-lys, measuring 45 mm.
The Civil Merit Order of St. Louis was instituted by Duke Charles Louis, and it was awarded to Roman Catholics in recognition of extraordinary civil merit.
It was amended by his son, Charles III, Duke of Parma, in 1849. Thus the Order is also ranked within the Orders of the Duchy of Parma.
This Order was only awarded from 1836-1849 within the Duchy of Lucca. During its short lifespan, the Order consisted of three classes: I Class, II Class, and III Class. It had no breast star. The ribbon was blue with a yellow stripe on each side for all classes.
The Order had no inscription.
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