Order of Saint Joseph, Knight


SKU: 01.ITA.0109.104.01.000

Estimated market value:

$2500 USD

  • Order of Saint Joseph, Knight Obverse
  • Order of Saint Joseph, Knight Obverse
  • Order of Saint Joseph, Knight Reverse
  • Order of Saint Joseph, Knight Reverse

Estimated market value:

$2500 USD


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    Obv: UBIQUE SIMILIS Rev: S.J. F. 1807
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Physical Description and Item Details

(Ordine di San Giuseppe). Instituted 1807. Issued 1817-1859. An excellent white-enamelled Gold six-armed cross with ball finials, exhibiting three delicate red-enamelled Gold rays between in each quadrant, surmounted by a classic royal crown in Gold, centre obverse in Gold depicting a figure of St. Joseph, surrounded by the Latin inscription “Ubique Similitus” (Everywhere the Same) on a red-enameled border, centre reverse also in Gold with inscription “ S J F 1807”(Institution Date), measuring 38.02 mm (w) x 57.01 mm (h - inclusive of ring suspension), weighing 14.7 g, ring having been cut, otherwise extremely fine.


The history of the Order reaches back to 1514, but it was largely inactive until Grand Duke Ferdinand III renewed the Order Statutes in 1807, prior to his reinstatement as sovereign of Tuscany in 1814.

It was originally conferred for meritorious service to the Duke and State within military, civil, and spiritual pursuits, and membership was restricted to practitioners of the Roman Catholic faith.

The Order was amended on March 18, 1817 by Grand Duke Ferdinand III, after his return to Tuscany. From 1817 onward, the Order was awarded to Catholic and non-Catholic foreigners and Tuscan citizens for valourous and brave service, in wartime and peacetime, that demonstrated loyalty to the Grand Duke and personal integrity.

Each grade was returned to the State following the death of the recipient.

The Grand Duke of Tuscany was always the Grand Master of the Order, and he and the Prince were the sole Order members allowed to add brilliants to their awards.

This Order was suppressed in 1859 when Tuscany was annexed into the Kingdom of Sardinia.

It is also known as the Order of Merit of St. Joseph.

The obverse inscription roughly translates to "Everywhere the same", and the reverse inscription features the initials of the Order's founder and its year of renewal.

Recipients of the Knight were bestowed with personal nobility.

The grade of Knight was limited to 60 members, excluding foreign recipients.

The Knight is also known as the Small Cross.


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