Civil Merit Order of St. Louis, III Class Cross
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A fine example constructed of silver, without enamels, with arms shaping fleur-de-lys and an obverse centre depicting a portrait of Saint Louis, reverse crest depicting 3 engraved 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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