Civil Merit Order of St. Louis, I Class Cross


SKU: 01.ITA.0101.101.01.000

  • I Class Cross Obverse

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    The image of the I Class Cross is a scanned image from Plate 49 of "The Book of Order of Knighthood and Decorations of Honour of all Nations" edited by Sir Bernard Burke. The book was published in 1858, and falls within the public domain in Canada {{PD-Canada-anon}} and the United States {{PD-1923}}. It is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. The image can be found at


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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