Civil Merit Order of St. Louis, II Class Cross


SKU: 01.ITA.0101.102.01.000

Estimated market value:

$700 USD

  • Civil Merit Order of St. Louis, II Class Cross Obverse
  • Civil Merit Order of St. Louis, II Class Cross Reverse

Estimated market value:

$700 USD


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Physical Description and Item Details

A fine French made example in silver, with delicately white enameled arms and an obverse Gold centre crest depicting an enamels Saint Louis, presented in the French style, reverse crest also in Gold and blue enamels depicting 3 fleur-de-lys, silver hallmarked on ring with boars head denoting French silver guarantee manufactured 1838+, measuring 45 mm (w) x 48 mm (h - inclusive of integral horizontally pierced ball suspension, with some white enamel loss and period repairs, with original ribbon, near very fine.


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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